From the Principal
I think sometimes we can all forget just how big a community St Mary’s College is. We have 940 students ranging in age from five to 19-years. We have 148 staff looking after and teaching those students. The size of St Mary’s and the variation in ages make for quite a complex and diverse community. If we stand back and consider this, I think most of us would say that we value diversity and recognise complexity as a part of modern life. For the College, this complexity and diversity provide both richness and challenge.
Is at the heart of God’s self disclosure,
Our privileged task
Is to consecrate the ordinary,
To draw out from its womb.
The midwives of mystery,
The embodied presence
Of our wonderful God.
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Identity and Mission
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Matthew Williams, Director of Identity and Mission
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 August
- Excursion: Year 10, 11 and 12 Outdoor Education snow camp at Mt Field National Park.
- Excursion: Year 11/12 Legal Studies to Lawfest at University of Tasmania (9.30am-3.00pm).
- Excursion: AGSA Year 10 to Parliament House (9.30-11.30am).
Friday 25 August
- Excursion: Year 10-12 Drama students to Drama Merchant of Venice performance (10.30am-1.30pm).
Sunday 27 – Tuesday 29 August
- Excursion Year 11/12 Tourism class to Tasman Peninsula.
Monday 28 August
- Excursion: Year 10 RYDA day at Royal Hobart Showground.
- Excursion: Year 7 Textiles classes to Spotlight.
- Japanese Speech Competition at The Friends’ School (3.50-5.00pm).
Wednesday 30 August
- Father’s Day Breakfast on the College Green, otherwise known as the ‘top ground’ (7.30-8.45pm).
Friday 1 September
- Student free day (moderation day for Kindergarten to Year 12).
Tuesday 5 September
- Year 3/4 Choir to perform at Clarence Eisteddfod (10.00-11.00am).
- P&F meeting in Seminar Room (7.00pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Pictured: Grace Marshall (Year 4) for placing 3rd in the Primary Rescue Challenge of the UTAS RoboCup competition on July 29. Grace has been attending a workshop on robotics for two hours every Sunday morning since March working on building and refining her robot and learning coding through the Tasmanian Association for the Gifted.The Year 6-12 Choir, who did a spectacular job performing in front of 460 guests at the Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. Thank you to the students involved, along with Ms Levy and Mr Weston for their hard work.
- Isabel Burdick, Jorja Geeves, Amelia Howell, Cecilia Hutchinson and Emmeline Mead (all in Year 7), who are performing in the Musical Theatre Crew’s upcoming production of The Addams Family. Parents and friends of the College are encouraged to come along in support of our talented young performers for what will be a fantastic show.
- Ella Berresford (Year 10), Chloe Cooper (Year 10), Lucy Eade (Year 9), Julia Gunn (Year 9), Livinia Sproule (Year 10) and Angela Caberica (Year 9), who have been selected in the Tasmanian U16 girls state team to compete at the 2017 Pacific School Games hockey tournament in Adelaide in December.
- Natalie De Cesare (Year 8), Georgia Banks (Year 12), Emily Molnar (Year 12), Chloe Fox (Year 10), Lucy Ryan (Year 10), Alyssa Lee (Year 8), Neve Mason (Year 8), Ella Dodge (Year 10), Spriha Paudel (Year 10), Fay Burke (Year 9), Ruby Dean (Year 9) and Caitlin Hughes (Year 9), who achieved awards at the recent Australian Geography Competition.
- Cecilia Hutchinson (Year 7), who has been selected in the U13 state hockey team to compete in Perth in October.
- Jessica Smith (Year 4), who has made the Tasmanian team in the School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships which was run at the Rokeby Police Academy recently. Jess participated in both the single run and relay team run.
- Zali Kingston and Eliza Marshall (both in Year 7), who will perform as part of the children’s entertainment troupe, ‘The Scallywags’ this Saturday 26 August at 12.30pm in the Elizabeth Street Mall.
Young Vinnies Quiz Night
The St Mary’s College Vinnies Team is proud to announce that on Friday 15 September, we will be running our annual quiz night to support and assist with the outstanding works of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The event will take place in the Mary Morgan Wing from 7.00pm.
Student free day
Friday 1 September is a student free day (moderation day) for all students from Kindergarten-Year 12.
Body Image - It's Not a Taboo Topic
Over the next month, each edition of the Fountain newsletter will feature a different article on a cyber-related issue that families can discuss with their children.
This fortnight’s topic is ‘Internet safety’.
Not everyone online is who they say they. Make sure that friends, followers and contacts are people that your child knows and trusts.
Remember, the most important thing is to keep communication open between you and your child. If they tell you something that has happened online, never react by suggesting they can no longer go online – if you do, it is likely they won’t tell you anything again!
Start an open discussion with your child about Internet safety – some questions you could ask:
- What are your favourite things to do online?
- What is personal information? Why should you keep it private?
- What could you do to be safer online?
- What would you do if someone asked to meet you face-to-face?
- Do you have any online contacts you have never met in person?
- How certain can you be that an online contact is who they say they are?
- Besides me, who do you feel that you can talk to if you are in a scary or uncomfortable situation, or if someone online makes you feel uncomfortable?
Brain Injury Awareness Week
Brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere and at anytime. And it can change your life in an instant.
Just ask St Mary’s College student, Ella Berresford (Year 10), who is recovering from the lingering effects of acquired brain injury after being hit in the head by a hockey ball 14-months-ago.
Ella and her mum, Traci-Jean, share their family’s journey through brain injury in a short film produced as part of Brain Injury Awareness Week (21-27 August).
Watch Ella’s story here: http://www.biat.org.au/news/ellas-story
Lights, camera, action! Year 5 Wax Museum opens
Festival of Bright Ideas
Visit from Dr Warrington
Making waves during National Science Week
Rally for Hope
Wind and rain did little to dampen the spirits of the dedicated young men and women who participated in the Student Rally for Hope on August 12.
During the week that they were here, students attended a welcome afternoon tea at the Town Hall hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor, and a Welcome Reception by the Fujian Association.
All students and teachers involved from St Mary’s and Hutchins also enjoyed an excursion to Bonorong Wildlife Park, pictured right, a barbecue and a trip to AMF Bowling.
Our Year 11/12 Japanese students and Year 8 class practice their calligraphy skills under the guidance of our Chinese visitors.
Winter sports finals round up
The past two weeks have seen the final rounds and grand finals played out for the winter sports (netball and hockey), with SMC recording a very successful season.
This term, netball again proved to be one of the most popular sports for SMC girls, with eight teams entered and 70 girls registering to play.
From the eight teams, we had three teams play off in the grand finals on Monday 14 August. Our Year 8 Division 1 team, and College 2nd Grade and 1st Grade teams were all successful in their quest to win the trophy. What an outstanding effort to have all three teams win!
Congratulations to the following girls:
We wish our 1st Grade team every success as they head north later in September to play in the state final. Good luck girls!
Thank you to all parents that have coached netball and assisted to ensure the smooth running of the rosters. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to our first grade hockey stars who blitzed the field on August 1 to clinch a thrilling 7-1 southern grand final win over Mount Carmel at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre. You can read more about the terrific win here.
This weekend on Saturday August 26, Meg Messer has been invited to row, for the second consecutive year, in the Vice Chancellor’s Cup Eights Race on the Tamar River. This Cup goes way back in tradition with students at University (in the South) vs University students in the North.
Even though Meg is not currently at University she has been asked to row in the eight as she rows for T.U.B.C (Tasmania University Boat Club). The south won last year and is hoping to go back to back.
Jump Off Day
Parents and Friends Update
Father’s Day Breakfast: Wednesday 30 August
Parents and Friends President
Where: Goulburn Street Primary School, West Hobart.
When: Thursday 7 September, 2017, 7.30pm (following the TAG AGM).
Topics: Psychologist, Sarah Muskett, will cover the topics of types of perfectionism, healthy vs unhealthy perfectionism and coping with perfectionism.
Cost: Free for members, or $5 for non-members.
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Where: Buckingham Rowing Club, Marine Esplanade, New Town.
When: Thursday 24 August, 14 September and 2 November 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm.
More information: Suitable for parents and family members of children on the autism spectrum over seven years. Registration is free.
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Where: Guilford Young College, Chapel, Hobart Campus.
When: Thursday 21 September 2017, 7.00pm.
More information: A priceless opportunity to re-examine our Christian life in the light of the Scriptures and help us to envisage the future of the Church. Lecture followed by supper.
RSVP: By Thursday 14 September 2017.
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Where: Hobart CBD.
When: Saturday 18 November 2017, 10.30am.
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