From the Principal
I do hope you had some lovely family time over the break.
Before the holidays, I had the privilege of reading the mid-year reports. I was, again, amazed by the hard work that is being undertaken by most of our St Mary’s College students.
For students above Year 3, I still feel challenged that months of learning can be distilled into a single letter, A to E. It is actually a Federal Government requirement that we report grades. I think what is more telling for parents, is the scale/s associated with application to learning. Not everyone is a brilliant student with natural ability and a conducive lifestyle for learning. Every student, however, has the capacity to give of their best. If your child is meeting or exceeding expectations in regard to application to learning, then their grade is a good indication of their best achievement.
As learners get older, their application to learning seems to play a larger and larger role in their grades. Students with natural ability are less able to ‘perform’ without good study habits.
This was highlighted for our senior students at a recent assembly, when we invited SMC Alumna, Miranda Ling (pictured above) back to receive the Principal’s Award for earning the highest ATAR last year. She made an outstanding address. Rather than try and encapsulate it, you can read it in full on the College website by clicking here. It was inspiring to staff and students alike. If you have a high school student, you might encourage them to read it too. #proudprincipal.
I am reminded of one of my nephews whose father wanted him to study physics and chemistry. He wanted to study construction and ultimately won, finishing Year 12 to gain an apprenticeship. He won the state apprentice of the year in his final year and went on to create his own successful building business. It is what we do with our abilities that ultimately counts, perhaps more so than what our abilities are in the first place. #proudaunt.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 27 July
- Yaizu Japan sister city visit (26 July-2 August).
- Excursion: Year 11/12 Tourism to Mona.
Friday 28 July
- Yaizu Japan sister city visit (26 July-2 August).
- Year 12 versus teachers volleyball match (lunchtime).
Tuesday 1 August
- Yaizu Japan sister city visit (26 July-2 August).
- Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews (3.00-6.00pm).
- Year 7-12 Student/Parent/Teacher Conference (3.30-7.30pm).
Wednesday 2 August
- Junior School Parent Teacher Interviews (3.00-6.00pm).
Thursday 3 August
- Official opening and blessing of the newly built/refurbished early learning facilities (4.00pm).
Tuesday 8 August
- P&F meeting, Student Resource Centre, St Mary’s College (7.00pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Luzie Gillard (Year 8) for generously giving up her time to help knit 23 blankets for St Vincent de Paul.
Luzie, together with her mum, Bernadette, and Hobart local, Maria Decesare, created the blankets using squares knitted by ladies awaiting further testing at BreastScreen Tasmania.
This inspiring initiative was a ‘win-win’ for all involved, providing a welcome distraction for patients during an anxious time, creative fun for the volunteers, and warmth and comfort for people struggling to make ends meet.
Well done, Luzie, in your efforts to go ‘one pace beyond’ to reach out and serve those less fortunate in our community.
- Faith McDougall (Year 12 and Prefect for the Arts) on being selected to take part in the Hobart city delegation to Yaizu, Japan for the 40-Year Sister City Celebration from August 10-16. The delegation will be led by Hobart Lord Mayor, Sue Hickey.
- Isobel Kuo (Year 11) who represented Tasmania at the recent United Nations Youth Australia National Confernce in Perth, Western Australia, where she was awarded the Kenneth Wilkinson Award for Best Delegate 2017 in recognition of her leadership, public speaking and negotiation skills.
Well done, Faith and Isobel on your individual achievements. You are both exceptional role models for our younger students and the College community is very proud of you.
- The College’s first-grade hockey team: Angela Caberica, Annabelle Scutt, Chloe Cooper, Chloe Hine, Claudia Mathewson, Ella Berresford, Georgia Stalker, Julia Gunn, Kaela Beechey, Keeley Hine-Haycock, Livinia Sproule, Lucy Cooper, Lucy Eade, Lydia Attrill and Olivia Eade, who are through to the Southern Grand Final on Tuesday 1 August (4.15-5.15pm) at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre. They will play Mt Carmel College. Well done and best of luck, girls!
- Our talented Year 5 vocalists who represented the College beautifully during the Festival of Voices’ ‘Tasmania Sings’ program.
Led by guest conductor, Chris Burchin, the combined school choir performed as part of the ‘Tasmania Sings’ program at the Hobart City Hall on Thursday 6 July.
The Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held at the College on the following afternoon and evening sessions:
Kindergarten-Year 6: Tuesday 1 August and Wednesday 2 August (3.00-6.00pm, both evenings).
Year 7-12: Tuesday 1 August and Thursday 10 August (3.30-7.30pm, both evenings).
If you are yet to make an appointment, or should you need alternate times, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the teacher(s) involved in your son or daughter’s learning.
Art installation brings colour and vibrancy to school grounds
I am pleased to announce that the art installation created by visiting indigenous artist, Reuben Oates and students of St Mary’s College is now complete.
The artwork is a contemporary dot painting which depicts the symbolism of the Hobart region with Mt Wellington/kunanyi as a silhouette.
The native Tasmanian animals featured include nine platypi, which represent the nine nations of Tasmanian Aborigines.
The handprints are significant as they embody the students’ signature and denote their connectedness to the land, while the circles portray sources of life connected to each element of the painting.
A seventh-generation Aboriginal and descendant of Mannalargenna (the chief of the Ben Lomond tribe during Tasmania’s colonial settlement), Reuben uses colours of the rainbow to showcase the vibrancy and energy of living things.
We will be welcoming Reuben again to our College for a ‘grand opening’ of the artwork and look forward to keeping you updated about this exciting event.
Isabeau M Sloan
Lantern Coordinator Senior School
Aboriginal Education Coordinator K-12
Girls take a leaf out of Litfest
On Thursday 6 July, as a prequel to the AATE National English Teachers’ Conference, St Mary’s College was invited to join other Hobart members of the Coalition of All Girls’ Schools Australasia at St Michael’s Collegiate to participate in a Litfest.
Girls from the Year 11/12 English Literature and English Writing classes, as well as the Creative Writing class, had the opportunity to pose questions to some top-line Australian female writers, publishers and editors.
The panel included Aleesah Darlison, Libby Gleeson, Angela Meyer, Julie Koh and Tasmania’s own, Danielle Wood.
Run as a Q&A session, the girls were encouraged to present questions to the panellists about writing and publishing from a woman’s perspective in 21st century Australia.
It was an engaging and insightful experience for our girls, giving them some idea of the choices, rewards and difficulties facing women writers and the potential job opportunities in the writing and publication industries.
House Voice competition
On the final afternoon of Term 2 our inaugural House Voice was on show in the Nagle Centre. Our hosts, Faith McDougall and Jamie Symons did a wonderful job announcing the acts. Our judges were overwhelmed by the wonderful talent our school showcased.
A huge thank you to our judges, Chelle Burtt, Emmah Burtt-Stone and Ms Spencer for giving up their valuable time and providing such heartfelt advice to our performers. In addition, Mr Weston and Mrs Smith ran the technology brilliantly.
All 16 singers were marvellous and did a fantastic job representing their house, with Nagle House coming away as the inaugural overall winners.
Individual awards included:
Judges’ award – Taylah Lowry
1st place – Isabella Franklin, Sarah Cooper and Grace Boxall (trio)
2nd place – Lara Vincent
3rd place – Cecilia Hutchinson
Nagle – Cecilia Hutchinson, Isabelle French, Lara Vincent, Isabella Franklin, Sarah Cooper, Grace Boxall
College – Emma Barry, Isabella Cox and Miranda Guy, Taylah Lowry
Presentation – Anastasia Seymour
Manresa – Mekdes Mulu, Maya Manaena, Gloria Wani and Lisa Morgan, Amelia Howell
We hope many more students take on the challenge next year.
Nagle House Coordinator
Year 10 Religion Indian feast
By Jordan Sice and Molly Hunter*
As a celebration to mark the end of our Term 2 unit on Eastern Traditions, Year 10 students enjoyed a feast of Indian curries and culture.
This took place on Monday 3 July in our Year 10 Common Room. The room was decorated in traditional colours of orange, red and hot pink, and there were artefacts like statues of Buddha, candles and flowers adorning our table. Eastern music provided an authentic backdrop to our feast.
Annapurna Indian Restaurant catered for our meal, providing delicious vegetarian curry, as well as butter chicken and naan bread. It was a great warm up on a freezing day.
Year 10s have studied Hinduism and Buddhism in Religious Education during Term 2, and our feast was a chance for all three classes to spend time sharing food and each other’s company.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.
*Jordan Sice and Molly Hunter are Year 10 students at SMC.
Students get a taste of 'cool' careers
SMC’s Year 8A class recently took an excursion to the Antarctic Research Centres as part of the Midwinter Antarctic Festival for Science.
The 10-day event is designed to highlight and celebrate Tasmania’s connection with the Antarctic.
Participating St Mary’s College students, Emily Keane and Maddison Marsche have provided the following report about their trip.
On June 29 8A joined four other schools from around Tasmania to participate in the ‘Midwinter Antarctic Festival’ program.
During our excursion, we went to the Australian Antarctic Division, the CSIRO and IMAS to hear from speakers about the many different career options available in Antarctica.
The whole class learnt a lot about everything from mapping ice glaciers to how artists can help fund scientific expeditions to Antarctica.
One speaker was an artist who made brooches inspired by albatrosses. These brooches feature ‘dead’ tracking devices that were once attached to the legs of albatrosses, and had often travelled thousands of kilometres.
The excursion opened up avenues that many of our class members did not know existed – for instance, you don’t need to be a researcher to go to Antarctica.
One speaker dedicated his entire career to Antarctica, first researching the Aurora Australis and then later coming back as a guide for tourists.
Another researcher studied the water patterns in the sea and the effect that global warming has on the ocean. Did you know that the ocean absorbs around 70 per cent of the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere?
There are doctors, chefs and even carpenters working in Antarctica – there is a world of opportunities out there and Year 8 is just the beginning.
We had a wonderful time learning all about the different occupations that exist in Antarctica, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future.
Take a virtual tour of the College
You can now take a ‘virtual’ tour of St Mary’s College from the comfort of your home computer of armchair.
The tour shows you around the Junior and Senior School classrooms, main outdoor areas, resource centre, Women in Science centre and gym.
To explore our 3D space, visit http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/virtual-tour/
How to navigate our Virtual Tour
Once on the tour page, select the tour option that interests you and then click on the play icon at the centre of the screen to ‘Explore the 3D Space’.
After the page has loaded, press ‘play’ to view the video in full. You have the option to switch between views (dollhouse or floor plan), or click on the direction arrows on either side of the play button to skip through the video.
You can also independently navigate throughout the various highlighted areas of building and grounds by clicking and/or dragging your mouse on various parts of the photos to let the application ‘know’ where you would like to go.
Enjoy the tour!
New Kindergarten playground in full swing
We are delighted to announce that our Kindergarten outdoor learning and play space is in full swing, with the slide and play equipment now installed and ready for use.
The sensory playground forms part of a major capital works project at the College which included the construction of a brand new purpose-built Kindergarten facility, as well as newly renovated Prep classrooms, a fully refurbished performing arts facility and the relocation of the school’s hospitality kitchen into the VET hospitality teaching space.
The new facilities will be officially blessed and opened in a ceremony officiated by His Grace, Archbishop Porteous on Thursday 3 August.
Pick up a copy of our Alma Mater
The July 2017 edition of the Alma Mater has been published.
The Alma Mater is our twice-year publication which features the latest College news and photographs, along with interesting reports by our College Leadership Team and information on events relevant to SMC Alumni. This edition is a particularly exciting one as it contains important details regarding our upcoming 150th milestone.
As you may know by now, the College is turning 150 in 2018, and we are calling on all members of the SMC community to help us mark the occasion by joining in a series of celebratory events.
Please refer to the special 150th Anniversary postcard and booklet contained in this edition of the Alma Mater for more information on the activities and events being planned.
We encourage you to keep these items handy (or even better, stick them onto your fridge!), and to mark these dates in your diary so you don’t forget.
If you missed out on a copy of the magazine, you can pick one up at the College Business Office.
The Alma Mater can also be viewed online, or downloaded as a PDF, on our website at: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/newsletter/
Welcome to new students
We extend a warm welcome to the following students who commenced with us this week:
Bernadette Smith (Prep), Anthony Smith (Year 2), Elizabeth Smith (Year 4), Teresa Smith (Year 6) and Serafina Brady (Year 8). We wish them a happy and rewarding time at St Mary’s College.
This fortnight, we will also be welcoming our visiting students from Yaizu, Japan. If you see them along your travels, please stop and say ‘Kon’nichiwa’.
Netball fever sweeps southern Tasmania
It was terrific to see our Year 5 and 6 girls brave the cold weather to participate in the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association (STCPSSA) Netball Round Robin on Friday 30 June.
St Mary’s College students entered the tournament for the first time this year, which saw 58 teams from all – but one – southern Catholic primary schools represented. SMC had two Year 5 and four Year 6 six teams playing.
St Mary’s College Deputy Director Junior School, Glynis Devereux, said enthusiasm at the event was at an all-time high and that the girls had ‘an absolute ball’.
‘What is so nice about this day is that the girls have the opportunity to meet students from other schools in a friendly situation,’ she said.
‘We were lucky to have a great group of parents and one grandparent assist with coaching and umpiring, and two girls from the Senior School, Emily Stone and Meg Hastie, with umpiring.
‘It was a great day and one that the girls want to happen again next year.’
More photos from the day can be viewed on our online photo gallery here.
Runners take on Symmons Plains
Congratulations to our Senior School athletes who tackled the Tasmanian Secondary All Schools Cross Country at Symmons Plains on Tuesday 4 July.
SMC students received the following individual results, with the Under-16 Girls’ team finishing fourth in the teams’ event:
Anna Blackwell (U17 Girls) – 31st
Lucy Eade (U16 Girls) – 9th
Sophie Robinson (U16 Girls) – 22nd
Kate Oliver (U16 Girls) – 52nd
Hannah Manning (U16 Girls) – 73rd
Year 3 Blue netball marked the end of their netball season with a sugar-filled celebration at North Hobart cafe, Sweet Envy.
The parents of Year 3 student, Matilda Wise (Teena and Alistair Wise, who co-own Sweet Envy), opened the shop especially for the girls and their parents and siblings, and put on a spectacular spread of pizza and milkshakes for families to enjoy.
The girls donated money for Matilda to pass on to her charity, UNICEF.
The team would like to thank Sweet Envy for hosting the end-of-season celebrations, and for the delicious cupcakes provided at each match!
Thank you also to coach Eleanor Richardson, who presented the girls with medals following the final game. Eleanor coached the team with unlimited patience and kindness, and all players are grateful for her support and guidance.
Parents and Friends update
SMC High Tea Afternoon
Don’t forget to RSVP to attend the SMC High Tea Afternoon, which will be held on Sunday 13 August from 2.00-4.00pm.
RSVPs and payment are due to the College Business Office by this Friday 28 July. You can also RSVP by email at email@example.com
Please note, payment will only be accepted at the office prior to the event and by the RSVP date, as firm numbers are required for catering purposes.
If you would like to be involved, donate a prize or bake some food, please email the Parents and Friends Association or contact President, Jo Messer on 0438 077 740.
Have you returned your Entertainment Book?
All outstanding Entertainment Books are due back to the College by no later than Monday 31 July.
Be sure to finalise your payment online via the Entertainment Book website, or through the College Business Office as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
Parents and Friends President
What: Hockey Tasmania ‘Hookin2Hockey’ skills program
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, New Town.
When: Tuesday 1 August, 4.00pm.
Contact: Hockey Tasmania participation coordinator, Tania Barry.
More information and to register: E: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.hockeytasmania.com.au