From the Principal
We had our Leaders’ Commissioning for Year 6-12 this week. Head Prefect, Isobel Kuo delivered an inspiring address. She told the students ‘…it is an absolute truth, it is its people who comprise the College who make St Mary’s great. It will never be the sandstone façade; it will never be the fountain. It will never be the top ground, or the science labs, or the art rooms. What makes St Mary’s great has always been, and always will be, you.’ She is wise beyond her years!
Join us for an evening on the green
We are in the Parent Information Evening season! I hope you are able to come along and get a sense of what is in store for your son or daughter this year. It is a great way to start a new partnership in supporting your child or young person. Those of you lucky to have a Parent Information Evening tomorrow night can also partake in the P&F Welcome Evening on the College Green (top ground). Stacey Daley, the new P&F President, is sure to make you feel a part of the place.
Starting good habits early
At the start of the year, routines established early are so important. For the smaller children, the management of possessions, carrying the bag, filling a water bottle and the like are key. For older students it is about getting into a good habit of revising school work each day, completing homework, using the College diary and starting assignments early. Parents and carers can keep an eye on the College diary for homework and assignments.
Take time to reflect
The late Irish poet, author and priest, John O’Donoghue offers a reflection on beginnings…
Beginnings often frighten us because they seem like
Lonely voyages into the unknown.
Yet, in truth, no beginning is empty or isolated.
We seem to think that beginning is setting out from
a lonely point along some line of direction into the unknown.
This is not the case.
Shelter and energy come alive when a beginning is embraced.
A beginning is ultimately an invitation
to open toward the gifts of growth and are stored up for us.
To refuse to begin can be an act of great self-neglect.
When the heart is ready for a fresh beginning,
unforeseen things can emerge.
And in a sense, this is exactly what a beginning does.
It is an opening for surprises.
Surrounding the intention and the act of beginning,
there are always exciting possibilities.
Beginnings are new horizons that want to be seen;
They are not regressions or repetitions.
Somehow they win clearance and become fiercely free of the grip of the past.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 21 February
- Parent Information Evening (College/Manresa), Mary Morgan Wing, 6.00pm.
Thursday 22 February
- Excursion: Year 3 to Molesworth.
- P&F ‘Welcome to SMC 2018 Evening’, College Green (top ground) (5.00-7.00pm).
- Year 3-4 Parent Information Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (6.00-7.00pm).
- Year 5-6 Parent Information Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (7.00-8.00pm).
Saturday 24 February
- Rowing Club Cocktail Party, New Town Rowing Centre (7.00pm).
Monday 26 February
- Parent Information Evening (Nagle/Presentation), Mary Morgan Wing, 6.00pm.
Tuesday 27 February
- Kindergarten Information Evening, Kindergarten classrooms (6.00-7.00pm).
Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 February
- Year 3 Junior School Learning Conferences, Year 3 classrooms (3.00-6.00pm).
Wednesday 28 February – Friday 2 March
- Excursion: Year 10 Camp, Maria Island.
Thursday 1 March
- VET Information Evening, Guilford Young College Glenorchy (7.00pm).
Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 March
- Tas Schools Rowing Regatta, Lake Barrington.
Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 March
- Junior School Learning Conferences (excl. Year 3), Junior School classrooms (3.00-6.00pm).
Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 March
- Excursion: Year 9 Camp, Far South Wilderness Lodge, Esperance.
Wednesday 7 March
- Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia International Women’s Day Breakfast, University Club (7.30-9.00am).
- Excursion: Year 4 to TMAG and St David’s Park.
- Year 10 Welcome to Senior Studies Dinner, Hobart Function Centre (6.00pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Lydia Attrill (Year 12 ), the College’s Sports Prefect for 2018, who had the honour of carrying the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton during the Glenorchy leg of the relay. Lydia, who was nominated by her grandfather to run in the event, has recently participated in four national athletics competitions. She also regularly volunteers her time with Little Athletics, where she coaches at a number of local clubs.
- “My Dad ran in the Sydney 2000 torch relay and it was such an honour to follow in his footsteps and do not only my family and friends, but my school proud in my actions,” Lydia said. “I am grateful to have had such a fantastic opportunity and I’m sure the memories made will last a lifetime!”
- Amelia Cox and Mary Clingeleffer (Year 8) who have been selected to play for Tasmania in the state U14 team, which will be competing at the National Water Polo Championships in Albury-Wodonga from March 28 to April 2, 2018. We are very proud of both of these girls and wish them good luck and every success.
St Mary's College Open Day - see us as we are
See us as we are!
We warmly invite all prospective and current parents and students to our Open Day on Thursday 22 March. Take a tour and see what we get up to on a regular day at the College.
There will also be opportunities to visit our classrooms, speak with students, staff and College parents and find out what makes us a leader in Catholic education.
For more information, including tour times, please refer to the flyer below.
Year 7 and Kindergarten applications for 2019
St Mary’s College is currently welcoming enrolments for Year 7 and Kindergarten in 2019.
Please be reminded that the due date for all Year 7 applications is Thursday 29 March 2018. Applications for Kindergarten 2019 are due on Friday 4 May.
To ensure you don’t miss out, we recommend you complete enrolments as soon as possible.
If you have any queries about the enrolment process, please contact our Enrolment Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6108 2560.
To download an Application for Enrolment Form, visit http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/enrolments-and-tours/
1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching
Would you like to develop new strategies to help manage your child’s behaviour, strengthen the relationship with him/her and parent proactively rather than reactively?
1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching will help you develop these skills and take the wonder out of what to say and do when unwanted behaviours are exhibited.
Click on the link below for more details.
Expressions of interest for host family
The College is seeking a family to host a Year 7 student from Sunday evenings to Friday mornings (school days only). This would be a paid agreement based on negotiation (the duration of the boarding arrangement is yet to be confirmed).
Expressions of interest should be emailed to Acting Deputy Principal, Brigid Knight, email@example.com by March 3, 2018.
Thank you in advance.
150th Art Competition: Entries closing soon
There’s less than two months to go until entries for the St Mary’s College 150th Art Competition close!
Don’t miss your chance to have your artwork featured at our Anniversary Gala Dinner and displayed at the College. Winners also take home an AdArt voucher valued up to $150 – imagine all the fantastic art supplies you could buy!
Celebrate our 150th birthday in true Irish style!
St Mary’s College will be seeing green next month, but don’t worry, it will all be in the name of fun and frivolity!
Preparations are in full swing for our 150th Anniversary Fun Day, which will take place at the College on Saturday 17 March from 12.00-3.00pm – and what better way to celebrate our Irish roots than with a birthday bash on St Patrick’s Day?
Guests will be transported back to the past with a jam-packed program of old-fashioned games, colonial dress-ups, Irish music and dancing, and a giant birthday cake to complete the celebrations.
In true festival style, there will be a sausage sizzle available on site, along with a wide array of delicious snacks and drinks – all of the green variety, of course, as well as anniversary merchandise and free face painting and a scavenger hunt for the kids.
There will also be prizes awarded on the day for best-dressed guests (with the luck of the Irish on their side), so get your thinking caps on and fancy dress to impress to ensure you stand out from the crowd.
Come along and enjoy the fun on St Patrick’s Day. You will be able to find us on the SMC convent lawns – just look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
A more specific program will become available shortly.
For more information about our upcoming celebrations, head over to http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary/
Girls put leadership in focus
What defines a good leader?
For millennia, this question has been posed by society as humanity grapples to comprehend what outstanding features and unparalleled traits distinguish one person from the rest of the community. Within our modern world, the term ‘leader’ continues to fathom a variety of responses from individuals based upon the approaches and characteristics which best suit their personal preference. With such a broad and diverse understanding of the issue, how is the individual expected to create change? What skills must they have? How are they to act, speak and behave?
Over the course of the summer holidays, Year 12 students Shea Williams and Isobel Kuo, with the guidance and support of Mrs Debbie Claridge, were presented with the opportunity to explore and delve into these questions at the annual Student Leadership Conference held at Bond University. Hosted by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia and the yLead Organisation, the girls spent three days developing public speaking skills, fine-tuning their conflict resolution capabilities and enriching their team-building capabilities.
Despite the 164 students present and the numerous countries represented, the girls were able to form meaningful friendships with like-minded leaders which will continue to last a lifetime. The event was dotted with seminars, hands-on activities and panels with inspiring guest-speakers such as Liz Volpe, Cam Greenwood, Sarah Gulley and Stephanie Rice in attendance.
The girls would like to express their gratitude to St Mary’s College and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia for the life-changing experience. They would also like to thank Mrs Claridge for her unwavering support, compassion and kindness throughout the course of the trip.
Isobel Kuo and Shea Williams (Year 12)
A comment from Debbie Claridge, Senior Teacher at St Mary’s College:
“Isobel and Shea were fine ambassadors for St Mary’s College at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Student Leadership Conference and I was extremely proud of their exemplary behaviour and their excellent participation in all of the activities provided. They have gained many leadership skills which they are now putting into practise, sharing what they have learned and empowering the entire prefect body.”
Year 7 Blue Lagoon adventure camp
The start of Year 7 has been a very busy one for our 108 students. After three days of exhausting activities, the girls were ready to relax at a two-day camp in picturesque Dodges Ferry.
The cohort bussed down to the Blue Lagoon Christian Camp, quickly unpacked, and then feasted on a delicious morning tea of homemade doughnuts.
With energy to burn, the students then immersed themselves in many different challenges. While some enjoyed rock climbing, others tested their archery skills, or chose to untangle themselves from a giant web of rope.
Creativity was not ignored, with groups walking down to nearby Park Beach and competing against each other to build complex sand cities or scavenge for items.
College Principal, Helen Spencer visited on Friday and enjoyed seeing the many opportunities on offer – especially the huge slide!
Over the two days, all students behaved impeccably, worked together and built new friendships.
Leaders' Commissioning Ceremony
On Tuesday 20 February our Senior School and Junior School leaders were commissioned in their leadership roles during a special ceremony held in the Cathedral.
All of our Year 12s as a leadership group were also formally acknowledged and presented with a Nano Nagle heart badge.
Following the ceremony, our leaders, together with parents, staff and invited guests, continued the celebrations with a morning tea together.
Congratulations to all our leaders, who embody courage, wisdom, humility and grace – qualities that we foster in our students. We are confident that they will represent St Mary’s College in their roles and duties in the true tradition of Nano Nagle.
Click here (http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/commissioning-of-college-leaders/) for the full list of College Leaders for 2018.
Special thanks to members of the College Board, Governing Council and Congregation for their attendance and to Father Shammi Perera leading us in prayer.
Belling-in: A chime for every child
Today (Wednesday 21 February) was a particularly exciting day for our new students, who were officially welcomed into the St Mary’s College community with a traditional Belling-in ceremony.
This new ritual is the prequel to the ‘Belling-out’, where the College farewells its graduands at the end of the year.
Students received a warm reception – with many cheers and high-fives exchanged – as they made their way through a guard of honour, while the convent bell tolled in the background.
More photos are on our online gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/…/nggallery/galleries/Belling-in-1
Students mark beginning of Lent
On Wednesday 14 February the College gathered as part of God’s family to observe Ash Wednesday together with a Liturgy in the Cathedral.
Ash Wednesday is one of the most important liturgical days in the Church year, as it signifies beginning of our Lenten journey towards the joy of Easter. It is a season that is focused on reflection, prayer and service.
In the course of the Mass, ashes were blessed and distributed to all students and staff members of the College.
During Lent, our school will continue to the tradition of raising money for Project Compassion, Caritas’ annual Lenten appeal, filling money boxes in each classroom with coins.
Blessing of Nano Nagle sculpture and Chapel windows
The College officially joined together on Friday 9 February for the blessing of our Nano Nagle sculpture and Adrian Doyle Chapel leadlight windows.
Officiated by His Grace Archbishop Emeritus Adrian Doyle Am DCL and Sister Gabrielle Morgan PBVM, the ceremony served as a poignant reminder of our school’s establishment in 1868 by the Presentation Sisters, the Catholic order founded by Nano.
The life-size sculpture of the Irish born woman, famously known as ‘The Lady with the Lantern’, was commissioned by the College to commemorate our 150th anniversary in 2018.
It is the work of Tasmanian stone sculptor, Ben Tolhurst, who carved the 2.2-tonne figure out of dolerite (blue stone) – a project that took one-a-half-years to complete.
St Mary’s College Year 12 students, Isabella Franklin, Imogen Barry-Murphy and Taylah Pickett were the young creative minds behind our Presentation window, which they worked on in partnership with College Principal, Helen Spencer, Sr Morgan and glass designer, Merinda Young.
Windows on the opposite side of the Chapel, which signify the Story of Creation, were also blessed during the ceremony.
Year 12 Afternoon Tea
It was lovely to welcome the Class of 2017 back into the College on Friday 9 February for a catch-up over afternoon tea.
The event provided the opportunity for our newest generation of SMC alumni to connect with our current Year 12 girls and pass on their knowledge, wisdom and advice.
Our graduates also had the special privilege of meeting the Co-Presidents of the St Mary’s College Alumni Committee, Brigitte Gralak and Brigid Shea.
Thank you to everyone who came along!
The Alumni are always willing to welcome new committee members, as well as ideas for future functions.
If you’d like to get involved, contact the committee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone the College on 6108 2560.
You can find out more about the Alumni of St Mary’s College by visiting the our website here.
Year 7 enrolment process
A note from the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission
To assist families with the transition process from primary to secondary schools, the 2018 Year 7 enrolment process has been broadened to allow families of students in Year 5 and 6 to commence the enrolment process for Year 7 in Catholic education.
Advertisements will be circulated shortly opening up the enrolment process for Year 6 students who will commence Year 7 in 2019 and Year 5 students who will commence Year 7 in 2020.
This process will continue to be based on the TCEC Enrolment Policy, which can be accessed by the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office Website: www.catholic.tas.edu.au.
In opening up this process we hope it will provide an opportunity for families to discuss any concerns they have about their child’s transition and provide certainty around their ongoing education pathway into Year 7.
Have you bought a ticket to our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner?
Dust off your waistcoats and pretty frocks – it’s time to party!
Are you thinking of holding a school reunion this year, but don’t know where to begin?
Let us do the hard work for you – book a ticket to our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 12 May 2018 at Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.
It is really easy to do and you can elect to sit with people from your graduating year or family attending.
Tickets are selling fast, so please don’t miss out on what will be an evening to remember!
To book a ticket and organise your table, visit https://sievents.eventsair.com/st-marys-college-gala-dinner/smc150/Site/Register
College life in pictures
This week we have photos from:
Big Splash Carnival
It might have been a little windy and rainy, but that didn’t stop St Mary’s College Senior School students from having an absolute blast at our Big Splash Carnival on Friday 16 February.
From enthusiastic chanting and cheering in the stands to the bright and colourful costumes on display, spirits were at an all-time high as girls partook in a range of novelty races in exchange for House points.
A very big thank you to staff, House Captains and everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event.
Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to all Year 3-6 students who participated in the annual Junior School Swimming Carnival at the Clarence Aquatic Centre YMCA on Thursday 15 February.
There was fantastic spirit and houses were most confidently organised by their 2018 leaders.
Thank you to all Senior School students and teachers who assisted and those parents who volunteered their time, it was most appreciated.
Keep an eye out for the results, which will be published on our website soon.
An 'oar-some' display of resilience, respect and relationships
Competition, fun and friendship were all on display at the North West Schools Regatta at Lake Barrington (17-18 February).
St Mary’s College rowers put on a strong team performance and should commended for their efforts during the two-day event. Well done, girls. You represented the school beautifully and should be very proud of your efforts.
Our rowing supporters are reminded that the SMC/SVC/GYC Rowing Club’s 1st Annual Cocktail Party will be taking place at New Town Bay Rowing Centre on Saturday 24 February from 7.00pm.
If you haven’t bought your ticket yet and wish to attend, please log onto: https://signedevents.net/australia/new-town-1/smc-svc-gyc-rowing-club-1st-annual-cocktail-party/ or contact Elizabeth Carter at email@example.com
Parents and Friends update
Welcome to SMC 2018 Evening
The St Mary’s College Parents and Friends Association is hosting a ‘Welcome to SMC 2018 Evening’ to be held this Thursday 22 February from 5.00pm on the College Green (top ground).
The event is a fantastic opportunity for our community to meet each other and or catch up from last year, and for new families to get to know the P&F and one another.
There will be a variety of well-priced food and beverages for purchase on the night, along with a jumping castle for the kids to have fun.
Please refer to the below invitation for more information.
We hope you can join us for what will be a wonderful community gathering!
Keep up-to-date with P&F news and events by visiting the P&F page on the College website.
Parents and Friends Association
Midford Uniform Shop update
Public holiday coming up
A reminder to families that the St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday 13 March as it is a Student Free Day (Moderation Day).
The uniform shop will return to normal hours on Thursday 15 March 2018. Throughout the school term, opening hours are 8.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday.
More information can be found on our website here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
Don’t forget, you are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
What: Get into hockey – junior hockey for ages 6-12 years
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, 19 Bell Street, New Town.
When: Rosters take place throughout Term 1 and 2. A basic skills session is offered during the school holidays. Visit the website for or Facebook page (details below) for key dates.
More information: www.hockeytasmania.com.au or follow ‘Hockey Tasmania – Southern Hockey’ on Facebook. Contact: E: email@example.com
What: St Virgil’s College Senior School Open Day – come and experience Year 7 to 10 students at work and play during an interactive tour of the College. Meet staff and students and learn about the exciting learning opportunities available to boys at St Virgil’s College.
Where: Guided tours will run from Austin Ferry Campus.
When: Thursday 8 May 2018 (9.00am-5.30pm).
More information: www.stvirgils.tas.edu.au
What: Learning with your local Kumon Centre
Where: Kumon North Hobart Education Centre
More information: http://au.kumonglobal.com
Contact: Instructor Carmel Davies T: 0408 853 200
What: Support the Claremont Girl Guides – the guides are holding a market their hall and car park. Lots of bargains available on the day. Sites are $10 inside (includes table) or $5 outside.
Where: Opposite Claremont Village, Boxhill Road, Claremont.
When: Sunday 25 February (10.00am-2.00pm).
Contact: Claremont Girl Guides District Manager, Robyn Midson T: 0437 075 623