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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Monday 18 – Friday 22 September
- NAPLAN Online readiness testing for students in Year 3, 5 and 7.
Wednesday 20 September
- Excursion: 4M to TMAG.
- Excursion: Language students to Chinese Poetry/Speech Competition, The Hutchins School.
- Excursion: Kinder students to Eastside Activity Centre, Rokeby.
- Excursion: 9A History to TMAG.
Thursday 21 September
- Excursion: 4BG to TMAG.
- Excursion: Year 3 to TMAG, Sullivans Cove, St David’s Park and Princes Park, Hobart.
- Excursion: Year 6 ‘come and try rowing’, New Town Bay.
Friday 22 September
- Footy Colours and Activity Day (all-school).
- Excursion: Year 10 Law and Politics class to TMAG.
- Alumni Champagne Tour of SMC, 5.00pm.
Saturday 23 September – Saturday 14 October
- World Challenge trip to Cambodia.
Saturday 23 September
- SATIS Athletics Carnival 7-12, Hobart Domain.
Sunday 24 – Thursday 28 September
- Year 6 Canberra trip.
Tuesday 26 September
- 8B and 8D HaSS classes to Parliament House, Hobart.
Wednesday 27 September
- Year 7 immunisations.
Congratulations to the following students:
- The Year 5/6 and Year 7/8 Tournament of the Minds teams, who represented St Mary’s in the state finals held at Ogilvie High School on Saturday 9 September.
- The Science Department, who did us proud at the UTAS Science and Engineering Investigation Awards held last Thursday 14 September.
- Stefani Khoo (Year 6), who has been nominated for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award. The Premier, Will Hodgman will present Stefani with her certificate at a special ceremony to be held on Tuesday 17 October at Parliament House, Hobart.
- Zoe Gray (Year 7), who will be representing the Hobart Gymnastics Academy at the 2017 National Clubs Carnival in Bendigo, Victoria from September 16-29.
- Bellah Parker (Year 6), Claire Ransom (Year 7), Zoe Banks (Year 7), Chloe Kitto (Year 7), Amelia McMahon (Year 7) and Olivia Read (Year 7), who play for the Clarence U14 girls’ basketball team that won the 2017 Basketball Tasmania state championships (the third title for this season).
- Hannah Isaac (Year 7), for receiving the annual Huntingfield Pony Club Chief Instructor’s Award for her embodiment of what is desired of a Pony Club member.
- Anna Blackwell (Year 10), who recently competed in the U18 women’s 5km championship walk at the Australian Road Walking Championships in Wollongong, New South Wales. Anna walked in demanding conditions to achieve a 33-second personal best, earning her fourth place.
- Georgia Groom (Year 9), for being selected to participate in a student exchange program to England in 2018.
- Mia Anderson (Year 4), who plays for the OHA Hockey Club Tasmania U12 team that won the state championships recently, and Amelie Cox (Year 7) who was on the premierships winning OHA hockey teams for both U14 and U16 recently.
- Olivia Eade and Isobel Kuo (both in Year 11), for making the state grand final of the Evatt Tasmania competition on September 9. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the United Nations Security Council, where teams of two students debate, amend and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at email@example.com
Date set for Screen on the Green
- Bean bags
- Camp chairs
- Warm clothes
Term 3 break
Next Friday 29 September marks the final day of Term 3. Next term is a fairly short one (nine-weeks long) and commences on Monday 16 October.
A note from the Acting Deputy Principal
Symbolism plays a huge part in culture
Acting Deputy Principal
Heather Omant awarded Winifred Curtis medal 2017
Young scientists tackle Science and Engineering challenge
Great minds bring home honours
Year 7/8 team – Secondary Social Sciences Division: Isabella Cox, Shreya Karunakara, Natalie De Cesare, Neve Mason, Emily Walter, Bridie Lawler and Caitlin Marr.
Vinnies Quiz Night Success
By Isobel Kuo (Year 11)*
The St Vincent de Paul Society has a special place within the heart of St Mary’s College.
Vibrantly embodying the traits, charism and mission echoed by the Presentation Sisters, the role that the society has played within the cultural life of the College is immeasurable.
Over the past several years, the school has worked closely with the Vinnies Youth Team to assist and support the organisation in its outstanding works through various school-wide fundraiser and awareness events.
However, the highlight of the social calendar is, and continues to be, the annual quiz night.
On September 15, the St Mary’s College St Vincent de Paul team was proud to host the 2017 quiz night. The evening consisted of challenging questions, exciting games and, most importantly, enviable prizes.
With 80-plus trivia champs in attendance, the night was rife with healthy competition and comradery.
The highly coveted winning title was swept away by the ‘Let’s Get Quizzical’ team after a close battle with the teacher’s table.
Coming together under the collective effort of the ‘Mini-Vinnies’ team, along with teachers and staff, the night was an astounding success.
Special thanks are extended to Mr Michael Gaynor, Mr Andrew Clarke, Mr Matthew Williams and Mrs Charmaine Fenton for their unwavering care and dedication towards the cause.
The evening was generously supported by the following sponsors:
*Isobel Kuo is the President of SMC’s Young Vinnies group.
Making time for reading
Internet safety: Cyber bullying
- Why do you think people cyber bully?
- Have you ever sent a mean message because you were upset?
- What would you do if someone created a mean, fake profile of you or one of your friends?
- How can you stop yourself from being cyber bullied?
- Who would you talk to if it happened to you?
- Are there any occasions when it is OK to text something nasty to another person?
- Have you ever received a text message that upset you? How did you respond?
Show your true colours this Friday
The SMC Prefects are calling on all Senior School students to ‘show their true colours’ this Friday 22 September for Footy Colours Day!
This free event is about putting team rivalries aside and wearing your favourite team’s colour with pride to raise much-needed funds for the Fight Cancer Foundation.
Students are asked to wear their school uniforms to and from school, and to change into their soccer, rugby and/or AFL clothing once on campus.
Having a ball with our dads
There was no shortage of smiles at our Kinder Father’s Games Afternoon last week.
The weather was a little fresh, but that didn’t stop pupils and their dads, grandads and important male mentors from having a ball, with activities ranging from cricket and soccer to frisbee-throwing on rotation.
Head to our photo gallery to view more ‘happy snaps’ from the day: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Kinder-Father’s-Games-Afternoon-1
Pick up an SMC tea towel
SMC tea towels are hot off the press!
Available now until the end of 2017, these make the perfect gift for the SMC girl in your life.
To place your order, email Alyssa Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide your mailing address for delivery, or arrange pick-up at the SMC office.
Payment is via:
St Mary’s Alumni
BSB 067 000
Using your name as reference
SSATIS athletics carnival
- Junior Girls Shield
- Junior Girls Aggregate Shield, and
- U13, U15 and U16 age group winning pennants.
Expressions of interest sought for 2017/18 rowing season
SMC kicking goals in soccer
Jump Off Day gets heart pumping
Thursday 7 September marked the end of our Jump Rope for Heart program, with Junior School children celebrating and demonstration their new-found skipping skills and health knowledge gained during the six-week campaign.
Thank you to all families who have supported our Jump Rope for Heart campaign and their children’s fundraising efforts!
Parents and Friends update
Screen on the Green
The Parents and Friends are proud to say they are helping to support the Prefect group with their Screen on the Green initiative on Friday 20 October.
Please come along to help support an event that is not only a great idea but which also supports a worthy cause, Amira.
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop
Term 4 trading hours
A reminder that the Midford Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Thursday 28 September at 4.00pm.
The Term 4 holiday trading hours are as follows:
Thursday 12 October, 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Thursday 26 October, closed.
Normal trading hours resume on Tuesday 17 October, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Normal trading hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
You are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the shop is next open.
Instructions on how to make an online order are available on the College website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
Where: Don Bosco Creative Arts Centre, Guilford Young College, Glenorchy.
When: September 27-29.
More information: An adaptation of renowned Australian playwright, Patricia Cornelius’ play of the same name, ‘You Still Here’ is based on interviews and the real stories of many young Tasmanians. It explores what it’s like to be a young person living on an island; the pressures faced, desires and dreams, uncertain futures and the draw of the mainland. With moments of comedy and drama, there should be something for everyone in the audience.
Cost: Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students, available through the Sacred Heart College office.
Contact: For ticket information, or any other enquiries, please call 6279 4090.
Where: Glenorchy Cricket Club KGV Oval, Anfield Street, Glenorchy.
When: U14 and U17 girls’ rosters – Wednesday 4 and 11 October, 11.00am-1.00pm.
More information: Roster starts Tuesday 7 November (U14); Monday 30 October (U17). Games 5.00-7.00pm (U14); 5.30-7.30pm (U17).
Cost: Come and try – FREE.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 0408 284 228.
Where: 4 Droughty Point, Rokeby.
When: Tuesday 3 – Friday 13 October.
More information: Running a number of October holiday sessions including a half-day program (one suitable for children aged five-years and older, and the other for children in Year 3 and above) and holiday fun sessions.
Cost: From $15. Bookings required for all sessions.
Contact: Email email@example.com or phone 6247 7399.
Where: Domain athletics track; Pembroke Park, Sorell.
When: Starting 7 October 2017.
More information: October – Saturday mornings from 9.00-11.00am, November until March – Friday nights from 6.00-8.00pm. All age groups available: Tiny Tots, U6 to U15. New athletes and visitors welcome. Registrations online via Little Athletics Tas website: http://taslittleathletics.com.au/
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, Bell Street, New Town.
More information: Ages six to 11-years.
Contact: For game times and information, email Tbarry@hockeytasmania.com, or visit www.hockeytasmania.com.au
Where: Howrah Primary School (top oval).
When: ‘Come and try’ days – Saturday 23 September, 10.00-11.00am; Sunday 1 October, 10.00-11.00am.
More information: Registration day – Saturday 21 October, 10.00-11.00am. Roster commences Saturday 4 November 2017. Games played at Corrie Jones Softball Park, Derwent Park (Prince of Wales Bay).
Contact: Fiona Donna on telephone 0407 917 678, or email firstname.lastname@example.org