From the Principal
I can think of three reasons it is important to come to school information evenings and learning conferences.
The first one is that it is an implicit message to your son or daughter, that school is important. It shows them you are sacrificing your precious time to invest in their main ‘occupation’. It doesn’t matter to them that they’re not your first child through St Mary’s and you’ve probably ‘heard it all before’. Presumably this message will promote a stronger investment in school from your son or daughter.
The second reason is that there is conclusive research that a strong home-school partnership has a notable positive impact on student learning. A partnership needs to be lived out; it is more like a contract or an arrangement if we don’t get together face-to-face and know each other.
The third reason is because we feel like we have important things to say! Equally, we have important things to hear from you; your perspective on your son or daughter often gives us insights into their learning or behaviour. It really does make a difference to teachers as to whether or not you are there.
I hope you can get to our parent evenings and learning conferences this year.
The introduction of the new Mobile Phone Policy in the Senior School appears to be going well. I would cautiously suggest that students even have a sense of relief to be freed from the compulsion to check their phones for most of the day. Thanks to parents and carers for their support of this policy.
We have set up an email system through SEQTA Engage which will let you know if your daughter has breached the policy, and will inform you as to what the consequence will be. Hopefully this way you feel empowered to have the conversations at home as needed.
You are the giver of all we possess,
the source of all of our blessings.
We thank and praise you.
Thank you for the gift of our children.
Help us to set boundaries for them,
and yet encourage them to explore.
Give us the strength and courage to treat
each day as a fresh start.
May your Spirit help them to grow
in faith, hope, and love,
so they may know peace, truth, and goodness.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 21 February
- Year 3 – 4 Information Evening, classrooms (6.00pm – 6.30pm).
- Year 5 – 6 Information Evening, classrooms (7.00pm – 7.30pm).
Friday 22 February
- Rowing Quiz Night, Nagle Centre (6.45pm for 7.00pm start).
Monday 25 February
- Excursion, Year 3 to Molesworth Environmental Centre (9am – 3pm).
Tuesday 26 February
- Kindergarten Information Evening, classrooms (6.00pm – 6.30pm).
Thursday 28 February
- VET Information Evening (Year 11 – 12), Guilford Young College (Glenorchy Campus) (7.00pm – 8.30pm).
Saturday 1 – Sunday 3 March
- North West Schools Regatta, Lake Barrington.
Monday 4 March
- Big Splash (Year 7 – 12), Glenorchy Pool (11.00am – 3.00pm).
Wednesday 6 March
- Ash Wednesday Liturgy (Year 4 – 12), Cathedral (9.00am).
- Junior School Ash Wednesday Liturgy (Prep – Year 1), Adrian Doyle Chapel (9.00am).
- Junior School Ash Wednesday Liturgy (Year 2 – 3), Adrian Doyle Chapel (10.00am).
Congratulations to the following students:
Matilda Waddington (Year 8) has been selected in the state Under 15 cricket team.
Claire Ransom (Year 9) who has been selected for the Australian School Girls’ Football team.
Congratulations to Taylah Hayes (Year 7), pictured, who recently competed in the ACT International Open Judo competition.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 7 and new Senior School students Information Evenings
We are having our Information Evening for parents and carers new to St Mary’s Senior School on Wednesday 20 March from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
It will be held in the Mary Morgan Wing and is for parents, not students.
It is an opportunity to understand the timetable and homework expectations, learn about the new MindMatters for Parents initiative, meet your daughter’s Homeroom teacher and learn how to access our home-school communication tool called SEQTA Engage.
This is crucial as it is the method we use to provide ongoing feedback to parents. Please do ask your daughter what the name of her Homeroom is before you come!
I hope to see you there!
New Norfolk to Hobart bus changes
A new school bus service will be running from Monday 18 February 2019. The additional bus means students will no longer need to change busses at Glenorchy.
The morning service will start at Fairview at 6.55am and depart from New Norfolk Central at 7.15am with the afternoon services unchanged for St Mary’s students.
Generation badges now available
In 2018 the College thought it was fitting to acknowledge the many generations that have passed through St Mary’s in its 150-year history by introducing a series of Generation badges. These badges are currently extended to six generations.
The Generation badges are now available to purchase from Student Services for $8.00, once proof of family attendance has been verified by the College Archivist Margaret Rootes.
Application forms are available below.
Rowing Quiz Night
This Friday night St Mary’s will be holding its Rowing Quiz Night.
With some great prizes up for grabs, the night offers a social and fun way to help support our rowers.
Tickets are $10 each, at a table of 10, with tickets available to purchase at the door.
The night kicks off at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start – so bring along some snacks for you table. Beer, wine and soft drink will be on sale throughout the night.
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Carter email@example.com.
Belling In and Leaders' Commissioning Mass
Last Thursday was a big day at St Mary’s as welcomed our new students and inducted our 2019 Junior and Senior School leaders at Opening Mass and the Belling In ceremony.
Opening Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Julian Porteous, was a formal start to the academic year where we recognised and commissioned the College’s leaders who will represent St Mary’s throughout 2019.
The Belling In, which is a rich St Mary’s tradition, sees students form a guard of honour in front of the Convent building with new and Year 12 students walking into the College applauded by the school family.
Photos from the day can be viewed here.
Year 7 camps out
The start of Year 7 has been very busy for our 112 students. After three days of hectic campus-based activities, the girls were ready to relax at a two-day camp in picturesque Dodges Ferry.
The cohort bussed down to Blue Lagoon Christian Camp, quickly unpacked, then feasted on a delicious morning tea of homemade donuts.
With energy to burn, the students then involved themselves in many different challenges; some enjoyed rock climbing, others tested their archery skills, or untangled themselves from a web of rope.
Creativity was not ignored, with groups walking down to nearby Park Beach and competing against each other, building complex sand cities or scavenging for items.
The attending staff enjoyed seeing the many opportunities on offer for the girls and watching the new friendships being created.
Over the two days, all students behaved impeccably and worked together.
Come see us as we are
The College will be opening its doors on Thursday 28 March for Open Day – this is a great opportunity for families to see a regular day at school.
Come and take a tour, speak with our staff and students and see what we get up to at St Mary’s.
We look forward to welcoming you and your children on Open Day.
Swimming Carnival results to come
Last week Year 3 – 6 headed off to Clarence Aquatic Centre for the Junior School Swimming Carnival. It was a great chance for students to challenge themselves and cheer on their peers.
You can see some actions shots from the day here.
Make sure you read the next edition of The Fountain to find out which house will take home the cup!
Midford Uniform Shop update
Midford Uniform Shop open
For those needing to purchase a College blazer, new shipment has just arrived at the Uniform Shop.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
Rubik’s Cube competition
Can you solve a Rubik’s Cube? The National Rubik’s Cube competition will be held in Hobart on Saturday 9 March at The Friends’ School in North Hobart. To register, or for more information, visit: https://www.worldcubeassociation.org/competitions/HobartOpen2019.
PCYC’s Teen Gym and Twinkle Toes Toddler Ballet
Run by the Tasmanian Ballet School, Twinkle Toes Ballet is aimed at children aged between 18 months to five years old. The 40-minute classes are held across six locations and cost $13 per week. For more information, call 0458 313 055, email email@example.com or visit their Facebook page.
Liverpool Street’s PCYC will be holding gym classes for teens aged 12 – 16 years-old on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4.00pm. You can get more information via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 6230 2240.
David Parkes concert
Irish singer David Parkes will be performing in Claremont on Tuesday 26 February.
Commencing with Mass at 6.30pm at St. Bernard’s Church, the concert will take place in the Parish Hall at around 7.00pm with the evening concluding with supper.
During the concert David will give his testimony about his miraculous healing from Crohns disease when prayed over by Fr. Peter Rookey in Medjugorje.
John Canavan, Director of Divine Mercy Publications Australia, will also give his personal witness on how Divine Mercy dramatically changed his life.
Entry is free but a collection will be taken up to help with expenses.
David’s latest CD Remember Me will be available to purchase.
Enquiries: Maree Triffett 0429 024 621.
Canterbury Young Lions 2019 Junior Development Program
There will be free hockey development days on Sunday 24 February and Sunday 3 March open for hockey players aged between six to 16 years old at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in New Town from 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
For more information, or to register, visit www.cantebury.asn.au/juniors/ or phone 0416 145 189 or 0410 356 019.