From the Principal
The last few weeks have involved much enrichment for St Mary’s College students. There have been swimming carnivals, camps and excursions, retreats and liturgies.
I know some parents and carers get anxious about time spent out of the classroom. If this is you, I would like to assure you that co-curricular activities have a significant role to play in education.
As a Catholic school, we are committed to the education of the whole person, including intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development. If you consider why you originally chose St Mary’s College, it probably had something to do with that holistic education.
There is much research to say that if students feel like they belong and are connected to school they are better placed to learn. This rings true using our common sense. We could probably say the same things about our workplaces.
In my experience working with senior secondary students for over 20 years, there is a significant pattern to the students who do the best ‘academically’. They are more often than not, highly engaged in the life of the school as well as committed to their personal study.
Co-curricular activities build relationships between staff and students, and this is also a factor in positive educational outcomes. Having a common experience to discuss, or shared experiences to draw from in teaching, augers well for success.
I noticed on the day of the Big Splash, we had double the absenteeism we normally would. Undervaluing these experiences is really working against students thriving academically, socially and emotionally. If you have the opportunity to support your child attending an co-curricular event, you are supporting them to do well, even if they are stressed in the short term about an assignment that is due in.
As a College we don’t take decisions to suspend classes for other activities lightly. Hopefully you will see the importance of the life of the College and not even entertain the idea that your daughter or son might stay at home and miss an activity.
Thank you to all the parents, carers, alumni and extended family who have been volunteering at St Mary’s so far this year. We are blessed to have such a strong community. We are looking for a new member to replace the irreplaceable Stacey Pennicott. Stacey, who has been Deputy Chair the last 12 months, is finishing up.
Thanks Stacey, for everything you have done for the College through your work with the Board. If you are interested in contributing through the College Board, please send me an expression of interest. Last time we called for applications we were overwhelmed by such high-quality candidates. I am sure it will be the same this time.
A prayer for living the Gospel
God of yesterday, today and tomorrow,
we call to mind your presence within us and around us.
Open our ears that we may hear your Word.
Open our hearts that we may understand your Word.
Open our mouths that we may speak your World.
Inspire us with the Gospel message,
that we may celebrate all that is life-giving,
restore hope where it has been lost,
and work to bring about change where it is needed.
May we live the Gospel with courage,
constancy and love.
May we be open to the challenge
of your call to true freedom.
May we be faithful to you in our daily choices
May we make your love known
through our words and actions.
May the triune God reign in our hearts, now and forever.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 20 March
- Harmony Day (Junior School).
- Alliance of Girls’ Schools Leadership Workshop, Mt Carmel College (Year 9).
Thursday 21 March
- Alliance of Girls’ School Making a Difference Young Leaders Summit (8.30am – 2.30pm).
- Catholic Education Week Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral (Year 6) (11.00am).
- JSSATIS Swimming Carnival, Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre (Year 3 – 6) (9.00am – 2.30pm).
Friday 22 March
- Immunisations, Student Recourse Centre (Year 7) (9.30am).
Saturday 23 March
- Head of River, Lake Barrington.
Monday 25 March
- Feast of the Annunciation Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral (Year 5 – 12) (9.00am).
- Justice Action Day, Sustainable Learning Centre (Mount Nelson), (Year 9 – 12) (9.00am – 2.30pm).
Tuesday 26 March.
- SATIS Swimming Carnival, Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre (Year 7 – 12) (9.00am – 3.00pm).
- Welcome Evening for new families, St Mary’s College front lawn (5.00pm – 6.30pm).
Wednesday 27 – 29 March
- Year 10 Outdoor Education Journey Walk, Tasman National Park.
Wednesday 27 March
- Excursion: Marine Discovery Centre (Year 1).
Thursday 28 March
- Open Day, St Mary’s College (9.30am – 12.30pm).
- Excursion: Ten Lives Cat Centre (Prep).
Friday 29 March
- Excursion: TSO Concert, Federation Concert Hall (Year 3, 4 and 5) (10.45am – 1.00pm)
Saturday 30 March
- Earth Hour 2019.
Congratulations to the following students:
Lucy Eade (Year 11) who has won the Pretty Foundation’s Pretty Innovative Award for her independent STEM project which found a solution to students carrying backpacks more than the recommended safe weight. You can read more about her award here and more about here project here.
Congratulations to St Mary’s College rowers who will be representing the school in the Sydney International Rowing Regatta next week. Maddison Lamb (Year 11) will compete in the Schoolgirls’ Open Single Skull and Sophie Robinson (Year 11), Maddison Lamb (Year 11), Sarah Haas (Year 10), Phoebe Teal (Year 10) and Gabriella Woodhouse (Year 10) who are competing in the Schoolgirls’ Coxed Quadruple Scull Sprint.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at email@example.com
St Mary's Open Day
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.
New families Welcome Evening
St Mary’s College would like to warmly welcome our new families to our Welcome Evening on Tuesday 26 March from 5.00pm – 6.30pm on the Convent Lawns (through the Harrington St front entrance).
Please RSVP to Kia Pelham by March 21 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host families wanted
St Mary’s College is seeking expressions of interest from families wishing to provide homestay accommodation for our female, 23-year-old Chinese Teacher Assistant. Some financial assistance will be provided.
The Teacher Assistant, Dandan Ren, who will be sponsored at the College, requires accommodation from Term 2, 2019.
The initial length of the homestay arrangement will be a minimum of six weeks, but the duration can be extended through negotiation with the host family and College.
All families are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to those that live within the greater Hobart area, and in walking distance to a bus route.
Hosting an international teacher can be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for many households and families, providing new learning and social experiences and the chance to build lifelong friendships.
If you would like to consider being a homestay family, or for more information on the role of host and the homestay requirements, please email Tammy Carlton email@example.com, or phone 6108 2560.
Kinder enrolments closing
Please submit Kindergarten enrolments soon as applications for 2020 close May 3, 2019. Applications for siblings of current students of St Mary’s College must also be received by this date to be considered.
Harmony Day celebrations
St Mary’s College Junior School celebrated Harmony Day on Wednesday 20 March with many students and staff wearing symbolic orange clothing and accessories. Starting with an assembly, the students learnt what Harmony Day is about and celebrated Australia’s diversity with an ancient Aboriginal song and Chinese lion dance performance.
After assembly Year 4 students learnt further about the traditional lion dance of Asian cultures and were lucky enough to experiment with the elaborate lion costumes, while other students and the other students participated in kite flying.
Year 5 and Year 6 also presented a Harmony Day exhibition.
More photos can be viewed here.
Into the wilderness with Year 9
The Year 9 cohort travelled to Far South Wilderness Camp in Dover from Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 March.
Students were kept busy with activities including a visit to Hastings Caves and thermal pool, team challenges, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, bike riding and build-you-own raft. There was also an opportunity for students to slow down and reflect with mindfulness, bush art, a Tasmanian history talk and a special Ash Wednesday liturgy. Keeping warm around the campfire, students also held sing-a-longs and a talent show which lent itself to some great bonding.
The girls really challenged themselves over the three days and I’m sure slept well over the long weekend!
A huge thanks to the staff that made the camp possible including – Kath Webb, Gillian Goldsworthy, Georgina Harris, Ken Laughlin, Ian Cantle, Lucy Paske and Sam Lelong.
As you can see from the photo gallery, a great time was had by all.
Year 10's island adventure
College strikes 4 Climate
Forty St Mary’s College students had the privilege of being part of the global, youth-led event, School Strike 4 Climate, which was held last Friday.
An estimated 6,000 – 8,000 students from across Tasmanian gathered at Parliament Lawns where they had the opportunity to prove to politicians that young people have a voice that needs to be heard. This is such an important notion, because as students, we are the future of Australia and we know the direction which Australia must head.
Marching around the streets of Salamanca, students bore compelling posters with slogans like ‘what is the point of getting educated if politicians don’t listen to the educated’ and ‘this isn’t your future, it’s your children’s’.
Climate change is an immediate and global issue with its effects already being felt, so if serious action isn’t taken, we can only imagine the consequences.
With more than 90 strikes occurring worldwide, St Mary’s was an honoured to be a part of this historic, youth-initiated event.
The College’s Footprint Project and Justice Action group will continue to advocate for important issues in our community such as climate change throughout this year, and for many years to come; engaging in events like this, where the youth are certainly heard.
Lucy Ryan, Prefect for Social Justice
Eloise Deconinck, Prefect for Sustainability and the Environment
Year 10 Welcome to Senior Studies dinner
Last week our Year 10 students formally celebrated the start to their Senior Studies with a dinner at Blundstone Area. You can see more photos from the night here.
Big smiles for Big Splash carnival...
Glenorchy Pool was a sea of colour for the College’s annual Big Splash Carnival.
The event, which caters for all swimming abilities, provide students with the opportunity to let their hair down while they dive into challenges like Tunnel Ball, Rope Throw Rescue, and the crowd favourite Boogie Woogie Relay, to earn House points.
House spirit points are awarded throughout the day, and this year the race will be close, will students from all four houses keeping changes and cheers going throughout the day.
The winners of the Participation and Spirit awards will be announced at the next Senior School Assembly – which house will come out on top?
Students celebrate SSATIS success...
St Mary’s College swimmers dove into the SSATIS Swimming Carnival held at the Doone Kennedy Centre where new PBs were set and school spirit was celebrated.
There were some great team results on the day; the Under 13s, 14s and Opens all finishing fifth, our Under 16s coming in seventh and the Under 15s securing an amazing second place behind St Michael’s Collegiate.
Well done to Georgia Stalker and Hannah Manning on their selection as Captain and Vice-Captain.
Update for Parents and Friends
Students benefit from P&F’s additions
Your Parents and Friends Association would like to welcome you to a new school year! New meeting dates have been added, so please have a look on our College webpage, as we would love to see some new faces.
To start the new year, we wanted to share with you where our fundraising dollars have gone to with some photos. The P&F fully funded a portable stage that can now be used for a range of College events – we think it looks great – and have received a very heartfelt thank you from the school. The stage was recently used for a photo shoot with The Mercury.
The P&F have also contributed to the new Year 5 class room furniture set-up. We were invited to have a look at the rooms, and I must say, the teachers have done a wonderful job and the rooms look amazing; I am sure our Year 5 girls are enjoying this more relaxed style of learning.
The playground equipment, made possible with funding from the P&F, was a welcome addition to the Bottom Court, and I am sure will bring lots of enjoyment throughout the years to come.
We have also purchased additional STEM learning devices (Spheros) for Year 6 students to code and use as part of their ongoing education.
Once again, we have some community events planned for this year – including Mother’s and Father’s Day breakfasts – which we hope to see you at; more information on these events will follow, so watch this space!
The P&F is thrilled to be launching the new 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Memberships soon!
For Junior School and Year 7 students, the books will be sent home with the youngest student in each family.
Students in Year 8 – 12 will be able to purchase either a hardcopy book from Student Services after April 3, 2018, or can down an app version now, here.
Pre-orders are now open, so please take advantage of bonus Early Bird offers while they last – not only can you enjoy bonus vouchers, but you’ll also receive a $20 Woolworths Online offer and $50 Cellarmasters Online offer!
Celebrating 25 editions, the 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Membership is arguably their best edition yet.
Vice President and Secretary
Youth Week Tasmania
Youth Week Tasmania is looking for volunteers for their Market in the Carpark Twilight Festival which will be held on Friday 12 April from 3.30pm. If you’d like to know more information, or be involved, please head to www.gcc.tas.gov.au.
Lego holiday workshop
Bricks 4 Kidz school holiday workshops will be running holiday programs aimed for kids aged 5 – 12 years of age. Half-day workshops start at $40 with full-day workshops $80 and will be held at Ogilvie High School (228 New Town Road, New Town) between Monday 15 April – Thursday 18 April. For more information, please visit www.bricks4kidz.com.au/tasmania-hobart