From the Principal
The model of schooling we work in was originally designed to support the rise of industry in the late 19th century. A need to provide educated workers for factories and industry spawned classrooms with specific ages learning individual subjects from specialist teachers. While educators have been saying for a long time that we need new models for a contemporary world (some call it ‘21st century learning’), we remain locked into a regime of external exams to determine university admission and all things leading to that point to ready students who wish to pursue further education for such learning. The 50-year-old HSC exams of New South Wales and its derivatives, and the content-dense Australian curriculum, keep us entrenched in this model.
There are signals of change afoot. No doubt, they will take some time to catch up to the national education agenda, but change is coming. The latest report, colloquially called ‘Gonski 2.0’, is a ‘blue sky-thinking’ approach to how education could and should be. It’s an exciting time in education and students are getting the benefits of a broadening approach to curriculum and evidence-based teaching practice.
St Mary’s teachers are currently in the swing of such practice, opening up their teaching to peer feedback and student voice. The St Mary’s staff are working very hard to be the best teachers they can possibly be and evidence says that teacher quality has the biggest effect on student learning within all possible school factors. I’m very proud of the teachers at St Mary’s and their constant efforts to be even better.
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The siren blows – we glance at the scoreboard
Tameika Grist, Director of Pedagogy (K-12)
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Friday 22 – Friday 29 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams.
Friday 29 June
- Junior School Mid-Year Assessment Statements released.
Saturday 30 June
- First Communion, St Mary’s Cathedral (6.00pm).
Monday 2 July
- Excursion: Year 4 to Sustainability Learning Centre, Mount Nelson (9.00am-2.00pm).
Tuesday 3 July
- Year 9/10 (2019) Course Information Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (7.00pm).
Wednesday 4 July
- Year 9/10 (2019) subject selection opens.
- Excursion: Year 3 to Risdon Cove (9.30am-12.45pm).
Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 July
- Festival of Voices Combined Schools Rehearsal for Year 5, Hobart City Hall (10.00am-2.00pm).
Thursday 5 July
- Festival of Voices: 2018 Tasmania Sings Concert featuring our Year 5 students, Hobart City Hall (7.00-8.30pm).
Friday 6 July
- Year 7-12 Mid-Year Assessment Statements Released.
Term 2 concludes.
Monday 23 July
- Student Free Day/Study Day (K-12).
Tuesday 24 July
- Term 3 commences for all students.
Congratulations to the following students
Nicola Hutchinson (Year 11), whose recent success at the Southern ODE Championships in horse riding has led to her selection in the Tasmanian 2018 Interschool team that will compete at the nationals in September. Pictured below: Nicola competing in 2017.
Sophie Williams (Year 10), who has been selected in the U19 underwater hockey team for Australia that will compete in the 2018 Trans Tasman championships in Rotorua, New Zealand in October 2018.
Zoe Banks (Year 8), who has been selected in the state U16 basketball team that will compete at the Australian championships in Queensland during the Term 2 school holidays.
All Junior and Senior School students who participated in the 2018 City of Hobart Eisteddfod and received awards or accolades at the event. For the full list of award winners, please visit the City of Hobart Eisteddfod website: https://www.hobarteisteddfod.com/
We’re really sorry if your child was missed off this list, but we just didn’t hear the news in time.
Share your news with us: If your son/daughter has a notable achievement, please let us know so we can celebrate it with the College community by emailing email@example.com or simply message us on the St Mary’s College Facebook page.
Last chance to order Junior School tea towels and aprons!
Don’t forget – you have until 9.00am tomorrow (Thursday 28 June) to order your Junior School 150th anniversary commemorative tea towel and apron.
Available in two fun designs (Kinder-Year 2 and Year 3-6), these limited edition souvenir items feature individual portraits drawn by every student from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The aprons and tea towels have been produced especially for SMC students and families to remember this significant year and, as such, make a wonderful keepsake to proudly display in your home and/or share with relatives and special friends.
- The Kinder-Year 2 design will be screen printed in green onto a high quality white tea towel and in white onto bottle green aprons.
- The Year 3-6 design will be screen printed in blue onto a high quality white tea towel and in white onto navy blue aprons.
Cost is $12 for the tea towel and $20 for the apron.
Order yours now via the Qkr! mobile phone app.
Monday 23 July is a Student Free Day
Families are reminded that Monday 23 July is a Student Free Day/Study Day for all students in Kindergarten to Year 12. The College will be closed on this day.
We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 24 July for the start of Term 3!
Catholic Standard newspaper goes digital
Did you know you can now enjoy the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Catholic Standard newspaper online directly from your desktop, iPad or smart phone?
To access this month’s digital edition, simply click on the link below:
2018 Melbourne Art Trip
On Thursday 7 June, 24 of our Year 10, 11 and 12 Art students, accompanied by teachers Jessica Lewis, Anna Berger and Debbie Claridge, travelled to Melbourne for the annual three-day art trip. View more photos on our online gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Melbourne-Art-Trip
Upon arrival, the group made a beeline for the Heide Museum of Modern Art for a moving and enigmatic tour that explored the history of the museum and current exhibition by famous photographer, Diane Arbus.
Following the visit, students and staff hopped back on the bus and, before checking into their hotel, made a pitstop in the CBD, where they wandered through several of Melbourne’s popular and world-famous street art laneways.
It was an early start the next day with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on the agenda and, of course, more exploring and photographing of the city’s street art scene.
At the museum, the girls participated in an intriguing tour of the gallery’s permanent collection, during which they learned about famous works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and many other prominent artists.
They then viewed the ‘Top Arts’ exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, which showcases the outstanding achievements of Victoria’s most gifted young artists who have completed courses equivalent to those that some of our students study here at St Mary’s College.
Arguably, for the girls, the most exciting part of the trip was being part of the huge crowd passing through the MoMA collection currently on show at NGV. Our students viewed works by big-name artists such as Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse to name but a few, and were visibly moved, showing tears – and enormous smiles.
The girls displayed gratitude for all the artwork they viewed and spaces entered and should be commended for representing SMC responsibly and with pride across the three days. The group cannot wait to go again next year!
Students unite to tackle climate change
On Wednesday 13 June, members of SMC’s Footprint Project team attended the 2018 Climate Leaders Conference at the Sustainable Learning Centre.
Attended by more than 250 students from 24 schools across Tasmania, the event brought together youth and experts in the fields of climate science, change, justice and action, renewable energy, STEM and sustainability.
After hearing from experts including Laura Skyes (Australian Youth Climate Coalition national schools director), Gustaaf Hallegraeff (IMAS Professor of Marine Science) and Sophie Muller (Tasmanian Climate Change Office director), each school linked up with a professional who will support the students to plan and undertake an on-ground activity in their schools relating to the sustainability development goals: ‘Climate Action’ and ‘Life Below Water’.
Our participating students worked with Laura to develop their vision for the College in the coming years.
The schools and mentors will reconvene in September to report back on the progress they have made towards these goals. The Footprint Project team is excited about its ideas involving waste and energy reduction around the College. Keep watching this space to find out more in the coming months!
Robots take over Year 5 as students learn to code
Question: What changes colour, makes faces, dances and purrs like a kitten?
Answer: A robot, of course.
Year 5 Waratah has been buzzing with energy and excitement recently with students learning all about the world of robotics.
With guidance from UTAS researcher, Ying Chen, students have been following online tutorials to build their own LEGO EV3 robots.
The girls then used iPads to program their robots to dance to a song and navigate an obstacle course and are grateful to UTAS for the opportunity to experience the digital technology firsthand.
Year 9s put science under the microscope
Analysing bacteria and small parasites, deconstructing models of the human anatomy, body painting and personal DNA examination were all in a day’s work for Karen Walter’s Year 9 Forensic Science class during a recent excursion to the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.
Year 9 student, Jade Hey has provided the following account of the experience:
On June 6, Year 9 Forensic Science took a trip to the Menzies Centre to discover some of the ‘ins and outs’ of science.
The Menzies Centre is the major medical research lab in southern Tasmania. The centre works very closely with the University of Tasmania, and many students with an interest in studying something along the lines of medicine will spend quite some time researching and studying there. Menzies professionals conduct very detailed research investigations and work alongside the students, helping them through their studies.
As a class group we walked down to the Menzies Centre with Mrs Walter and Mrs Jones. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Menzies techical officer, Debbie Orchard. We then split up into two groups. Group one participated in a tour of the building, delving deeper into the world of science.
While group one was on tour, group two stayed at one of the main research labs and did some activities. Activities ranged from analysing bacteria and small parasites under a powerful microscope, deconstructing models of the human anatomy to body painting and personal DNA examination.
After group one returned from the tour and group two had finished their activities, the groups swapped so that everyone could have a taste of the wonderful world of science.
Year 9 Forensic Science would like to thank Mrs Walter and Mrs Jones for giving up their time to take the class on this excursion and giving us this wonderful opportunity that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
College life in pictures
This week we have photos of:
Cooking vegetable soup in Prep
Kinder Koalas and Year 6 Wattle Buddies excursion
Year 1 exploring Narryna, Battery Point
Term 3, 2018 sports registrations
Registrations are now due for all sports offered in the Junior and Senior School in Term 3.
If your daughter is interested in playing one or more of the sports listed in the table below, please sign up by no later than Friday 29 June via the following link: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/sports-signup-term-3/
Term 3 sport options
|Team/grade||Days played||Start date||Sign up|
|Basketball||1st Grade||Thursdays||2 August||https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/sports-signup-term-3/|
|2nd Grade||Mondays||20 August|
|Year 9/10||Mondays||20 August|
|Year 7/8||Wednesdays||15 August|
|Hockey||Year 7/8 Division A||Thursdays||2 August|
|Year 7/8 Division B||Mondays||30 July|
|AFL||Year 7-10||Tuesdays||7 August|
|Sport||Team/grade||Days played||Start date||Sign up|
|Year 3/4 and 5/6||Thursdays||9 August||https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/sports-signup-term-3/|
It's a wrap! Junior cross country results announced
Friday 8 June and Thursday 14 June saw the College’s junior cross country team travel to the Rokeby Police Academy to compete in the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association (STCPSSA) and Junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmania Independent Schools (JSSATIS) carnivals.
In true cross country style, all weather was experienced – cold temperatures, wind, rain and sunshine.
As always, our girls participated with gusto, showing great resilience, determination and, of course, pride for our school. The SMC community should be very proud of all our young participants and their efforts.
We had our most successful JSSATIS carnival to date with place-getters in Year 4, 5 and 6. The best result, however, was that we had runners in the top 10 of all age groups, which was an awesome effort, especially for our Year 3 girls as only half our competitors were available.
Top results: JSSATIS
Billie Salter – 1st
Jessica Smith – 1st
Isobel Gray – 2nd
Nyah Hall – 1st
Top results: STCPSSA
Billie Salter – 2nd
Jessica Smith – 1st
Isobel Gray – 2nd
Nyah Hall – 2nd
Parents and Friends update
Entertainment Books – now due for return
We are looking to wrap up our sales of Entertainment Books in the next few weeks.
We currently have 126 books outstanding, so for those parents or teachers who have purchased a book and still wish to do so, please return your payment in the envelope provided or click on the below to register:
Any unwanted books will need to be returned to the College Business Office urgently so they can be scanned back in. Please ensure all books are brought back in their original envelope. Parents of Junior School students may wish to check their children’s school bags for outstanding books, while Senior School students should be reminded to search their lockers.
Any individuals or families with an outstanding book against their name will receive a follow-up phone call from me towards the end of this week and into next week, so if you’d like to avoid receiving a call – please return your books.
We wish to thank all those parents and friends who have supported us in this fundraising effort. Our raised funds are a little lower this year, so if you do want your book, please continue to support your children’s school.
Parents and Friends Vice-President
Midford Uniform Shop update
Uniform Shop trading hours
A reminder that the St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will close for the Term 2 school holidays on Thursday 5 July at 4.00pm.
The shop will open for the Student Free Day on Monday 23 July (9.00am-3.00pm), before returning to normal hours on Tuesday 24 July for the commencement of Term 3.
Please visit the Uniform Shop page of our website for school uniform requirements and pricing, and regular trading hours.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager