From the Principal
If you were lucky enough to be at our 150th celebration on St Patrick’s Day, you will know what I mean when I say that St Mary’s College is such a strong and vibrant community. Our students modelling bygone uniforms, painting faces, serving drinks and Irish dancing involved those from Prep to Year 12. There was a large alumni presence led by the Executive, but which also included past scholars who reconnected with St Mary’s on the day. There were former principals and staff members, and lots of current staff. With the backdrop of some great Irish music, and a glorious day, it was pretty hard not to revel in the joy of St Mary’s College. Thanks to the 150th Anniversary Committee, particularly Marg Rootes, and the staff, parents and alumni who made our festivities possible.
Entries invited for 150th Art Competition
Calling our artists from within our community! Entries for our 150th Art Show closes on April 12, 2018. The theme is ‘150 years at St Mary’s’ and there will be a prize of $150 art supplies voucher for the chosen Junior School entry and the Senior School entry. Adults are encouraged to enter also, with a $50 AdArt voucher for the winner of the People’s Choice category. For more information about the competition, and to submit your entry, click on the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary/
Building school pride
St Mary’s College also had a large contingent of rowers at the Head of the River regatta at Lake Barrington at the weekend. They continue to represent us with great pride and accomplishment. Our Year 12s braved the weather for as long as they were allowed, to work for funds and awareness for cancer, in the Relay for Life. Thanks to all the staff and parents who supported St Mary’s through these events over the weekend.
Celebrating our Catholic school community
This week is Catholic Education Week. John Mula, the Director of Catholic Education in Tasmania writes, ‘Catholic schools and colleges strive to develop in children faith, spirituality, life-giving values, and a clear sense of right and wrong to give greater meaning and purpose to all that they do. Families and teachers want our students to be good citizens and people of integrity’. At the Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission Recognition Awards on Thursday, our beloved Sister Gabrielle Morgan is being recognised with the highest accolade for her enduring service to Catholic Education, and particularly St Mary’s College. Jo Messer, alumni, past P&F President and Board member, will also be acknowledged as a ‘Friend of Catholic Education’, specifically for her work with St Mary’s College. Former staff member, Kerry Hennessy will be awarded in highlight of his significant and valued teaching at St Mary’s College. These three members of our community are people who have put our children and young people at the heart of their work and we are greatly appreciative of the long standing contribution they have made to St Mary’s College.
The art of gentle revolution
We have entered the seventh week of the term, meaning we have now passed the half-way mark. It is a good time for older students to refocus on the goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. For parents and carers, supporting them in ensuring early established habits are being followed is timely.
Michael Leunig’s simple and yet challenging theology never ceases to engage my spirit:
God help us to change.
To change ourselves and to change the world.
To know the need for it. To deal with the pain of it.
To feel the joy of it.
To undertake the journey without understanding the destination.
The art of gentle revolution.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Sunday 18 – Saturday 24 March
- Catholic Education Week.
Wednesday 21 March
- Harmony Day 2018.
Thursday 22 March
- St Mary’s College Open Day (9.30am-12.30pm).
- JSSATIS Swimming Carnival, Hobart Aquatic Centre (8.50am-2.30pm).
- Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission Recognition Awards Ceremony, Guilford Young College Glenorchy Campus, Don Bosco Creative Arts Centre (4.00pm).
Friday 23 – Saturday 24 March
- Year 11/12 Big Night In, Mary Morgan Wing (3.15pm to 9.00am)
Friday 23 March
- Earth Hour (1.30-2.30pm).
- Excursion: Year 6 classes to Harmony Garden Centre, Lauderdale.
Monday 26 March
- Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia Year 8 Leadership Day, Wellspring Church, Hobart.
- Prep to Year 6 Palm Sunday Liturgy, St Mary’s Cathedral (9.00am).
Tuesday 27 March
- Year 10 meningococcal immunisations, Mary Morgan Wing (11.00am-12.00pm)
- SATIS Swimming Carnival, Hobart Aquatic Centre (9.00am-3.00pm)
Wednesday 28 March
- Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day, Nagle Centre and classrooms (9.15-11.30am).
Thursday 29 March
- Year 7, 2019 applications due.
- Easter Thursday Liturgy (Stations of the Cross), Nagle Centre (9.00-10.00am).
Friday 30 March – Tuesday 3 April (inclusive)
- Good Friday (March 30) and Easter break.
Wednesday 4 April
- School resumes.
Congratulations to the following students:
- Samantha Rickwood, Olivia Read, Zali Kingston, Millie Lane and Mary Clingeleffer (Year 8), who competed in the Tasmanian School Surfing Championships at Clifton Beach on Monday 19 March. The girls entered in the High School Long Board Division, with Millie and Olivia making it through to the top 16 (but narrowly missing out on making the cut for the semi-finals). Mary surfed brilliantly in the semi-finals to earn her spot I the final, finish 4th overall.
• Isobel Kuo (Year 12), who has been selected for the Tasmanian state debating team, which will travel to Perth to represent Tasmania in May 2018.
• Claudia Williams (Year 10), who participated in the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Sydney’s Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Claudia was placed 5th in the U17 Women’s high jump, and made the Top National 6 – Target Talent Program Squad. We are very proud of you, Claudia, for going ‘one pace beyond’.
• Bonnie Bowden (Year 8), Lauren Shelton (Year 7), Olivia Read (Year 8), Alicia McConaghy (Year 7), Talia Atkinson (Year 8), Isobel Gray (Year 5), Jessica Smith (Year 5) and Chloe Gray (Year 2), who each represented their club with great success at the state Little Athletic championships held recently in Launceston:
- Bonnie Bowden: Gold 80m hurdles, gold 200m hurdles, gold long jump, gold triple jump.
- Lauren Shelton: Gold 70m hurdles, silver high jump, bronze shot put, bronze javelin.
- Olivia Read: Silver 100m, silver long jump, bronze 80m hurdles, bronze 200m.
- Alicia McConaghy: Silver 200m, bronze 100m, bronze 400m.
- Talia Atkinson: Bronze javelin.
- Isobel Gray: Gold high jump, silver 60m hurdles, bronze long jump, bronze shot put, bronze 200m.
- Jessica Smith: Bronze 800m, bronze 1500m.
- Chloe Gray: Participated in four events.
SMC Open Day tomorrow
Come and see us as we are at our Open Day tomorrow. We will be conducting tours and answering your questions about the College. To find out more, click here.
Order your hot cross buns and help support Caritas
St Mary’s College, with the support of Cripps Master Bakery, is raising funds for Caritas and as part of our efforts, you can order yummy hot cross buns for the cause.
The College is offering hot cross bun packs of six for the hot price of $6. Flavours include standard and choc-chip.
Money raised through this fundraiser will go directly to Project Compassion, the Lenten fundraising campaign by Caritas Australia.
If you would like to order a pack of hot cross buns, please use the Qkr! app.
For instructions on how to download and use Qkr! please refer to the below link on the College website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-payments/
Junior School families will be able to order through their class teacher. Senior School families have the option to place an order at the school Business Office.
Please complete your order by Friday 23 March 2018.
Ordered buns will be distributed to junior classrooms on Wednesday 28 March. Senior students are asked to collect their orders from the office that day.
Thank you for your support with our fundraising efforts to help Project Compassion.
Celebrating our grandparents and special friends
On Wednesday 28 March we are hosting our annual Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day.
This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to share a variety of activities in a modern 2018 classroom. It is also an opportunity for our visitors (grandparents or other relatives and friends) to reminisce about their own experiences at school with our Junior School students.
This year our guests are invited to join the students in their classrooms from 9.15-10.15am. Proceedings will continue with a brief assembly at 10.30am in the Nagle Centre. Morning tea will then be served at 11.00am.
Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day is one of the highlights of the school year – we look forward to meeting new and old friends of the College!
Fun and festivities abound on St Patrick's Day
St Mary’s was bathed in a sea of green on Saturday 17 March as we celebrated 150 years of our Irish beginnings with a community ‘fun day’.
Past and present students, teachers and parents took part in the festivities, which centred on a program of Irish music and dancing, colonial dress-ups and old-fashioned games dating back to SMC’s 19th century heritage.
Guests enjoyed historic tours of the College, green food and beverages and a fancy dress parade showcasing St Mary’s College uniforms through the ages, with children kept amused with face-painting, a scavenger hunt and jumping castle.
Celebrations on the day culminated with the cutting of a giant birthday cake and a wonderful dancing display by the Scoil Rince Ni Kelly School of Irish Dance.
A very big thank you to our hard-working staff, students, alumni, parents and friends who helped make our 150th Anniversary Fun Day a reality. Your commitment to our school community is a blessing to us all at St Mary’s College and we are delighted to be able to celebrate our 150th birthday with you.
Student collections in the spotlight at TMAG
The stories behind the collections of carefully curated objects belonging to two St Mary’s College students are being shared with the community in an exhibition currently showing at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).
Now in its 14th year, the program sees participants learn how to prepare their collections for display to the public.
A ‘returning collector’, Phoebe is showcasing her impressive collection of snow domes which she has maintained since the age of six (when he only had 11). Her collection has grown to nearly 50, with some of her most loved snow domes featured in the display.
Speaking at the opening of the exhibition, Phoebe highlighted the importance of ‘collecting and categorising your favourite things’.
A newcomer on the collection scene, Amber’s display comprises 18 money boxes, each of which comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.
Both collectors were required to set up their display cabinets, as well as write about their collections.
If you happen to be in the area, please drop into the museum and check out the girls’ displays.
Art excursion to MONA
On Friday 2 March the Year 11/12 Art, Graphic Design and Photography students visited the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Berriedale accompanied by teachers Emma Havard and Jessica Lewis.
The excursion provided the opportunity for the students to view the current collection at the museum, as well as its current – and controversial – exhibition, ‘The Museum of Everything’, which attracted mixed reactions from the girls, resulting in some robust discussions upon their return to class.
The students took photos, made notes and even engaged in some self-directed observational drawing while touring the museum.
They represented the College admirably and left MONA inspired to begin work on their own artistic practices.
Catholic Education Week
This week, St Mary’s College is participating in Catholic Education Week. This year’s theme of reflection is ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me’ from Luke’s Gospel 4:18-19.
Last Sunday, Year 11 student, Manuela Rigoli represented the College at St Mary’s College Cathedral as a reader for the Sunday parish service.
Tomorrow (Thursday 22 March) students from the Junior School will participate in the Southern Schools Mass to celebrate the contribution of Catholic education to the lives of more than 16,000 students currently attending our schools and to local communities across the state.
Preparations underway for SMC's 2018 musical
St Mary’s College is thrilled to announce that this year the Senior School will be performing Beauty and the Beast as its biennial musical production.
Teachers Leah Smith and Scott Weston, together with our choreographer and St Mary’s College alumni, Georgina Taskunas, held auditions in weeks 3 and 4 at both St Mary’s College and St Virgil’s College.
Approximately 100 students from both schools auditioned and there was much talent to have to choose from – we would have loved to offer everyone a role!
Congratulations to the following students who received performance roles:
Cecilia Hutchinson, Will Norris, Jacob Braid, Serafina Brady, James Simonetis, Will Lonergan, Isabella Cox, Amelia Howell, Hannah Munnings, Emmerson Spencer, Charlotte Nicholson, Grace Boxall, Fay Burke, Taylah Lowry, Lucinda Smith, Duncan Banks, Sofia Brock, Isabel Burdick, Oliver Cis, Cara Fitzgerald, Jorja Geeves, Madison Glass, Miranda Guy, Myles Hall, Eliza Marshall, Ava McCoull, April McDougall, Connor McKenzie, Jenna Mollineaux-Herbert, Mekdes Mulu, Josh Murray, Lily Nielsen, Harry Prior, Alice Ryan, Rachel Salter, Eliza Smith, Ailish Steele, Eve Tsolakidis, Bryce Tollard-Williams, Lilli Westmoreland, Charlotte Barnes, Maddison Cains, Annalise D’Silva, Ella Dodge, Isabelle Freeman, Claire Heathorn and Maddison Smith.
The musical will be showing at the Playhouse Theatre from August 15-18, 2018.
Stay tuned for more information soon.
Leah Smith, Senior Drama Teacher
Scott Weston, Learning Area Coordinator for the Arts and Director of Music
150th anniversary artwork and merchandise
Commemorate our 150th anniversary with an Esther Shohet or Peter Barraclough artwork, cheeseboard, coasters or greeting card.
Local artist Esther Shohet has created an original piece to showcase Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s College.
Amongst the historic buildings and many facilities, you can see students at play and a nod to the Presenter Sisters foundress, Nano Nagle.
Click here to order to your 150th anniversary merchandise items. Order forms can be downloaded, scanned and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or printed and delivered in person.
Esther Shohet A3 print $17.90
Esther Shohet cheeseboard $17.90
Esther Shohet coasters (set of 4) $25.20
Esther Shohet greeting card $3.30
Peter Barraclough A3 print $15.00
Positions available in UTAS Clemente study program
Clemente Australia is an innovative university-level program for Australians experiencing multiple disadvantage and social isolation.
Since the introduction of the program in Australian universities in 2001, more than 800 Australians have enrolled in a Clemente Australia program. Many who have completed the program with a Certificate of Liberal Arts Studies have continued to further education, employment and community participation. The achievement of studying at a university level has transformed the lives of many of those who are marginalised, for whatever reason, on the edge of society.
We have been notified that there is currently a small number of vacancies for entry to semester one units at the University of Tasmania, which commence next week.
If you are interested in this program, you can find out more here: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts-law-education/study/clemente-program
Harmony Day: embracing and celebrating our diversity
Today is Harmony Day, a Day when we, as a College community, embrace and celebrate our multicultural and inclusive environment.
Our Year 6 classes organised an extensive program for the day, which included a Junior School assembly, followed by a kite-flying activity on the College Green with their Kindergarten buddies and an exhibition featuring a Caritas and Red Cross display.
Harmony Day fits implicitly into being a Catholic school, where we teach about creation and humanity’s Christian responsibility to be stewards on God’s Earth.
Pounding the pavement for an important cause
Well done to all Year 12 girls who lent their talents to participate in Hobart’s Relay for Life last weekend. The students were full of energy and spirit, and were a credit to the school.
Special thanks also to the staff who supported the event, in particular Acting Deputy Principal, Brigid Knight and Senior Drama Teacher, Leah Smith, who expertly managed the abandonment of the event due to high winds in the middle of the night!
Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
The event is a chance for the Hobart community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.
Learn more about Relay for Life and Cancer Council by visiting the website: https://www.relayforlife.org.au/
College life in pictures
This week we have photos from:
SMC success at 2018 Head of the River
St Mary’s College’s proud tradition of success in rowing has continued with a spectacular performance at the 2018 Head of the River regatta held on 17-18 March at Lake Barrington.
In a wonderful result for the school, SMC finished second overall (by just three points) in the pursuit for the junior shield.
“We must commend all of our rowers on a fantastic end to what has been a very successful season,” SMC Rowing Coordinator, Liz Carter said.
“The girls represented us at the Head of the River admirably and we can all be proud of their achievements.”
Thank you to our dedicated staff and the many rowing parents on staff for making the Head of the River such a success.
Full results are outlined below:
- Sophie Robinson, Hannah O’Connell, Summer Carpenter, Kate Oliver coxed by Holly Teale, 1st Under 16 four.
- Summer Carpenter, Kate Oliver, 1st Under 16 double scull
- Phoebe Teale, Sarah Haas, 1st Under 15 double scull
- Bellah Parker, Lizzie Monks, 1st under 13 double scull
- Phoebe Teale, 2nd Under 15 Single scull
Ellie Atkins, 2nd Under 13 Single scull
- Sophie Robinson, Maddie Lamb, Summer Carpenter, Kate Oliver coxed by Holly Teale, 3rd Under 16 Quad scull
- Sophie Robinson, Alana Bellette, 3rd Open Double sculls
- Holly Goward, Felicity Carter, Liliana Radic, Cecilia Hutchinson, coxed by Gabi Radic 3rd, Under 14 Quad sculls
- Cecilia Hutchinson, Felicity Carter, 3rd Under 14 Double sculls
- Summer Carpenter, 4th Under 16 single scull
- Estella Whiting, Keeley Matulin, Matilda Waddington, Stella Devine coxed by Evie Christie Johnston, 1st Under 13 quad scull
- Brooke Sice, Eden Frame, Ella Hutcheon, Bell Thurley coxed by Chloe Skinner, 2nd Under 13 quad scull
- Holly Sice, Imogen Brown, Eliza Mason, Meg Pinelli coxed by Chloe Skinner, 4th Under 14 quad scull
- Hannah O’Connell, Maddie Lamb, 5th Under 16 Double scull
- Ella Hutcheon and Claire Oliver, 5th Under 13 Double Scull
For more highlights, visit: https://flipagram.com/f/1PK8flvDnhn
Parents and Friends update
Mark these dates in your diary
We have some exciting things happening this year within P&F and the first on our list is our Mother’s Day Breakfast! Our breakfast will take place on the College Green (top ground) on Wednesday 9 May 2018, starting at 7.30am and running until 9.00am.
More information will be sent home in the lead-up to the event, but we wanted you all to save the date and come and join us for a fun-filled morning of pancakes, fruit salad, yoghurt and – most importantly – coffee! It’s a great chance to get together with the other mums in your child’s year group and to meet new mums, while being part of a lovely social event. The added bonus is that our male committee members will be donning the aprons and serving up a storm! So please make some time and come along and have an enjoyable morning with your children before school and work commitments start.
We are also preparing to kick off with our first fundraising event for the year. As stated last fortnight, we are once again going to fundraise with the Entertainment Book. The Entertainment Book Early Bird Vouchers and pre-order for the Entertainment Book is now open. Orders can be made via the following link: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/24s0131.
For enquiries, please email email@example.com
Once your order has been received, I will send you a confirmation email, enabling you to arrange collection of the vouchers which can be redeemed straight away.
The Entertainment Book packs will be sent home to families on Wednesday 2 May. More information will follow soon.
On another note, we had a very productive and great meeting on Monday night. A list of our meeting dates are available on our website so please, if you can spare some time and come to one or two meetings we would love to see you there. All parents have a voice and a say, so don’t be shy!
On behalf of the Parents and Friends Association, we would like to wish you all a very safe and Happy Easter. We hope the Easter Bunny finds you all in good health and spirit!
Parents and Friends Vice President
What: Eastside Activity Centre April School Holiday Program
Where: Lot 25, 73 Droughty Point Road, Rokeby.
When: Activities will run from Tuesday 17-26 April and include a full-day program (April 23, 2018, 9.00am- 4.00pm) – $40, and half-day program (April 18 or April 24, 2018, 9.00am-1.00pm) – $25. Bookings are required for the full and half-day programs. Other activities include free G ninja instructional sessions and the trampoline park. For more information and to register your child’s spot, please visit the website.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Get into Hockey – Twilight Program
All participants will learn the skills of hockey and play mini-sided games in the following age groups: Mini 5s (Age 6-8 years, 1/8 field); Super 6s (Age 8-10 years, 1/4 field), Hockey 7s (Age 10+ years, 1/2 field).
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, 19 Bell Street, New Town.
When: Wednesdays 5.00-6.00pm (program runs for five-weeks, March 7-April 4).
More information: Cost $20.00. Register online at: https://get-into-hockey-twilight.eventdesq.com/
Contact: Tania Barry T: 0423 632 616 | E: TBarry@hockeytasmania.com.au