From the Acting Principal
I have the fortune of writing this short introduction for our last newsletter before the school holidays in Fuzhou, China. Fuzhou just happens to be the ‘city with good luck’ and Hobart’s sister city.
Last year, students from the No.18 Middle School in Fuzhou visited Tasmania and stayed with families from our College. Now the cultural exchange is being reciprocated and our girls have been welcomed into Fuzhou families. There are more than 4,000 students at the No.18 Middle School and today, they will share a holiday to celebrate the Autumn Festival. We will visit the school on Tuesday and I can’t wait to see how the teachers manage the tuck shop line. It will be interesting to ask our students what they felt they got out of the trip. I’m sure the answers will be as individual as are all these wonderful young people.
With only a few days before the end of term 3, the staff and students look forward to school holidays. Although most parents and carers will still be working, I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, a time to get out in the garden to celebrate spring and all the joy that it brings.
Thank you to the St Mary’s College community, students, staff and parents, for all the hard work, support and participation that contributed to a very busy and successful Term 3.
We celebrate spring’s returning and the rejuvenation of the natural world.
Help us to understand our place within this miracle.
Let us see that as a bird now builds its nest, Bravely, with bits and
pieces, So we must build to nurture human faith.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 27 September
- Year 7 immunisations.
Friday 28 September
- Excursion: Year 2 to West Hobart Train Park.
- Term 3 concludes.
Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October
- Term 3 holidays.
Monday 15 October
- Term 4 commences for all students.
- P&F meeting, St Mary’s College (5.30pm).
Wednesday 17 October
- 150 Faces of St Mary’s College book launch, Mary Morgan Wing (5.30pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- ICAS English Competition winners: Sasha Bennett (Year 3) and Grace Marshall (Year 5) – High Distinction; Caitlin Marr (Year 8), Natalie De Cesare (Year 9), Lily Ransley (Year 8), Madeline Young (Year 7), Kasota Clayton (Year 7), Zyla Williams (Year 6), Lucy Pinelli (Year 3), Jasmine Williams (Year 3) and Clare Wanandy (Year 4) – Distinction.
- Chinese Speaking Competition winners: Molly Topham (Year 8) – 1st place, Jessica Bremner (Year 8) – honourable mention, Isabella Cox (Year 9) – 3rd place, Gabriella Colavecchio (Year 10) and Selamwit Woldeabzghi (Year 10) – honourable mention.
- Taylah Hayes (Year 6), who has been awarded a Local Sporting Champions grant through Judo Tasmania.
- Zoe Gray (Year 8), who will be competing in the Gymnastics Australia National Clubs Carnival on the Gold Coast in October. Zoe will represent the Hobart Gymnastics Academy in Women’s Level 5 Artistic Gymnastics.
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150 Faces of St Mary's College book launch
You are warmly invited to join us for the book launch of 150 Faces of St Mary’s College.
Researched and edited by College Archivist, Margaret Rootes, this special publication features images and stories about 150 men and women who have made significant contributions to the College during its 150 years of operation.
All members of the St Mary’s College community are welcome to attend the launch, which will be held on Wednesday 17 October from 5.30pm in the Mary Morgan Wing.
Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available to purchase for $45. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and mingle with many of the individuals featured within its pages.
Entry is free, but RSVP is essential by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (03) 6108 2560 by Wednesday 10 October.
If you can’t make the launch, the book will be available to purchase from the College Reception or website: www.smc.tas.edu.au.au
A limited number of books will also be available for purchase at our Grand Bazaar on Sunday 21 October.
If you have made a previous order, we will be in touch to arrange collection.
2019 term dates released
Get organised for the 2019 school year early!
Next year’s term dates are now available to view on our website via the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/school-terms/
Expressions of interest open for 2019 student exchange
St Mary’s College is calling for expressions of interest from students wishing to undertake an exchange in 2019.
Students studying Italian – and who will be in Year 9-12 in 2019 – are eligible to apply.
We encourage students to take up this excellent opportunity to experience living and learning internationally.
If your child does not wish to participate in the exchange but, as a family, you are happy to host a student, we would love to hear from you.
Further information on the exchange program offered by St Mary’s College can be obtained by contacting Tammy Carlton: email@example.com
Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parent Council Conference
The Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parent Council Conference will be held on Saturday 20 October at St Paul’s Catholic School at Bridgewater.
This year’s conference program will be delivered by key speaker, Rob Randall, chief executive officer of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, whose talk will be focused on ‘NAPLAN – Real benefits versus negative consequences’.
Please refer to the attached flyer for details: TCSPC Conference 2018
The TCSPC is a collaborative and respresentative organisation dedicated to promoting faith, seeking equity, ensuring choice and quality education with a voice for all children in Catholic school communities.
Catholic Standard digital edition: September 2018
This month’s edition of the Catholic Standard can be accessed online using the link below: https://bit.ly/2QAEiSR
Year 5 Wax Museum opens to rave reviews
Famous people past and present came under the spotlight at the College on September 18 with the launch of the Year 5 living wax museum.
The project, which signalled the culmination of a term’s work, required students to choose a famous person, read their biography and then write a short speech based on what they learned.
They then dressed up as their chosen character and delivered their speech to crowds in the Mary Morgan Wing before freezing again.
Notable individuals portrayed as wax figures included American aviation pilot Amelia Earhart, Roman Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa, Australian zookeeper Steve Irwin, Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, Italian Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci and Australian country music singer Slim Dusty.
More photos can be viewed on our website gallery: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Year-5-Wax-Museum-2
150th day celebrations a major hit
September 19 was the 150th day of the 150th year of St Mary’s College and to celebrate, our Prefects threw a party!
In the spirit of the day, Year 5-12 students flocked to the College Green to soak up the festival atmosphere with food vans, live music, hair braiding and dancing in the rain, while our younger students gathered to enjoy a lunchtime sausage sizzle on the front lawn.
All proceeds from event will go to Neuroblastoma Australia, the chosen Prefect charity for 2018.
Classrooms were also buzzing during the day with various year groups participating in their own activities.
In the Early Learning Centre, Abi Ball’s Kinder Wallabies were hard at work decorating biscuits in celebration of the College’s 150th anniversary. The boys and girls iced and decorated a biscuit in the shape of a number one, five and zero for themselves, as well as one for each Kinder Koalas student, adding up to exactly 150 biscuits. The biscuits and a story were then shared together to mark the special day.
For the Year 1 Echidnas, the anniversary celebrations provided a chance to get their creative juices flowing. Students were given the task to bring five items from home that meant something to them. The assortment of sentimental objects (150 in total), ranging from personal photos, jewellery and sweet treats, were collected to create a big class collage.
Meanwhile, in Year 2, the day was all about crazy hats! Students created hats decorated with 150 individual squares of brightly coloured paper and card. The activity also included a reflective aspect, with the girls and boys challenged to create an image depicting what they thought they would look like at the ripe old age of 150-years. The level of detail used in each portrait was very impressive!
Footy fever sweeps the College
Footy fans were out in force on September 21 as Footy Colours Day swept St Mary’s College.
Dressed in their footy jerseys, jumpers, hats and scarves, students in the Junior School put aside sporting rivalries to wear their favourite teams’ colours with pride.
All codes of football were represented including rugby, Aussie rules, AFL and soccer.
To participate in the day, students were asked to bring a gold coin donation for the Year 6 charity drive, which supports the College’s foster child program.
Chinese students embark on adventure of a lifetime
On September 20, we wished our Language students, and their teachers Shelley Macleod, Alison Lowe and Jacqueline Conboy, safe travels as they set off on their trip to Fuzhou in China.
We hope they all have a wonderful time, and we look forward to hearing all about their adventures when they return home in two weeks’ time.
Empowerment seminar gives girls tools to shine
Five St Mary’s College Senior School students, Chloe Cooper (Year 11), Mikayla Foster (Year 7), Lara Vincent (Year 9), Nikita Manaena (Year 9) and Ireland Powell (Year 11), had the privilege to attend the ‘Empowerment: Girls can do anything’ seminar at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre on September 17.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Salamanca, the seminar explored ways to empower and motivate young women to achieve their goals in life through education, believing in themselves, seizing opportunities, hard work and giving back.
The two motivational speakers for the event, Margo Hewko and Ebony Altimira, spoke about how they identified and embraced opportunities in their lives to become leaders in their work and community.
To learn more about the guest speakers, check out their bios below:
Margo Hewko: Margo, born in Argentina, is an international motivational speaker with Rotary International. She has worked in five countries as a journalist, writer and executive. She has lived her life by taking opportunities and is passionate in giving back to communities, locally and internationally. She now lives in Chicago.
Ebony Altimira: Ebony is an extraordinary young Tasmanian who has gained success both in her professional field where she was appointed as the youngest senior manager ever at MyState Bank and in her sporting life. She plays women’s rugby union. She has won premierships, been a coach, and a manager for rugby teams and became the first woman board member for Tasmanian Rugby Union. She sits on the national committee working to prevent violence against women through sport. Ebony is passionate about helping younger people achieve greatness in their chosen fields.
Full marks for ICAS English Competition participants
Congratulations to all students who participated in the ICAS English competition.
Well done to the students who received the following awards:
Distinction: Caitlin Marr, Natalie De Cesare, Lily Ransley, Madeline Young, Kasota Clayton, Zyla Williams, Lucy Pinelli, Jasmine Williams, Clare Wanandy.
High Distinction: Sasha Bennett, Grace Marshall.
MAT Mathematics Relay - the results are in
On September 16, St Mary’s College had six Junior and Senior School teams compete in the state MAT Mathematics Relay held at Rosny College.
The girls had fun trying to solve as many of the 20 questions as possible in the 45 minutes provided.
Well done to the following students who represented the College:
Year 3/4 team – Clare Wanandy, Chloe Riley, Gracie Pelham, Sarah Thomas.
Year 5/6 team – Zyla Williams, Madeleine Ambrose, Adalia Hauler, Anna Fracalossi.
The College’s senior students also performed well on the day, with the Year 7 and 8 teams working cooperatively to score a total of 125 points out of a maximum 190, and one Year 9 team notching up 145 points out of a maximum 170.
Year 7 team – Bethany Crease, Mikayla Foster, Kasota Clayton, Madeline Young.
Year 8 team – Cara Fitzgerald, Caitlin Marr, Jessica Bremner, Emily Walter.
Year 9 team (combined) – Emily Keane, Georgia Chambers, Neve Mason, Ava McInerney, Alyssa Lee, Morgan Vizer, Shreya Karunakara, Miranda Guy.
Thank you to the College’s dedicated and energetic team of Mathematics and Science teachers and SMC parent, Greg McInerney (who acted as official team marker for the day), for giving up their time to supervise the event.
Our teachers should also be commended for their efforts with coordinating the many lunchtime practices held in in the lead-up to the competition, and for inspiring our girls to develop a passion for mathematics.
SMC Music Gala Night
Members of the St Mary’s College community were in for a special treat at the recent SMC Music Gala Night – and they weren’t disappointed!
Held at the University of Tasmania’s Stanley Burbury Theatre on September 18, the evening was an uplifting showcase of musical talent, with Junior and Senior School students performing more than 20 musical items to a very enthusiastic audience.
Bravo to our young performance artists and congratulations to the College’s Director of Music, Scott Weston and Junior School Music Teacher, Estelle Levy for producing such an entertaining and high calibre event.
Young scientists rewarded for success
It’s been a sensational month for science at St Mary’s College!
Students across the Senior School have produced outstanding results in a number of recent STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ventures, including the RACI Tasmanian Titration Competition, Tasmanian Science Talent Search Engineering Challenge and University of Tasmania (UTAS) Science and Engineering Awards.
RACI Tasmanian Titration Competition
The following students were successful in the Titration Competition and, as a result, progressed to the national finals held at UTAS on September 21:
The girls are now eagerly awaiting their results from the finals. We wish them the very best of luck!
Tasmanian Science Talent Search Engineering Challenge
Congratulations to Lucy Eade, pictured below, who was awarded first prize in the intermediate section of the Tasmanian Science Talent Search Engineering Challenge.
Lucy collaborated with SMC teacher, Gabriele Stuebing and ICT Network Officer, Jeremy Kidd, in conjunction with the Science department, on a study into the weight of student backpacks in the College.
She found that the majority of students tested (more than 70 per cent) carried backpacks greater than the recommended limit, which is 10 per cent of their body weight.
Lucy then worked on a prototype device which alerts the wearer when their backpack weight is beyond the ‘safe’ level.
UTAS Science and Engineering Awards
The following students were successful in winning prizes in the recent UTAS Science and Engineering Awards:
First prize – Caitlin Marr, Emily Walter.
Honourable mention – Isabella Thurley, Mia Christie-Johnson.
First prize – Lucy Eade.
Second prize – Sophie Williams.
Honourable mention – Lily McShane, Jessica Lang, Anya Grimmett.
Health and Wellbeing Science (Junior) – Caitlin Marr, Emily Walter.
Health and Wellbeing Science (Intermediate) – Isabella Cox, Emily Keane.
Environmental and Marine Science (Year 5-12) – Sophie Williams
The St Mary’s College Science Competition is also underway this week with students from Year 7-11 displaying the details of their Research Investigations in the Women in Science Centre.
The results of this competition will be published early in Term 4.
Students learn the art of food presentation
Our Year 9 Food Studies students have become masters in the art of food styling following a two-hour workshop with Eloise Emmett, an award-winning Tasmanian cookbook author, qualified chef and photographer.
Check out some of their aesthetically pleasing creations below. Buon appetite!
Nutrition students on a healthy-eating mission
The College’s Year 9 Health and Physical Education classes recently completed a ‘healthy foods’ excursion as a culmination of a Nutrition unit.
The girls had to make a healthy lunch choice, with a maximum $10 to spend. Students made some excellent choices and really enjoyed the experience.
Going Green with the Footprint Project
Hello! The SMC Footprint Project welcomes you to our new, permanent spot here in The Fountain. We hope to engage and share some easy, no fuss ways to help save the planet. One step at a time!
First up is how we can reduce our plastic waste. Almost every single item purchased nowadays is packaged or comes with some kind of environmental debt – especially in our supermarkets. Plastics that accompany our food products while doing the groceries seem almost unavoidable, but we can help to reduce the amount of plastic we bring into our homes for the benefit of the planet. In 2016, 335 million metric tonnes of plastic were produced worldwide. That is 2,784,091 Olympic swimming pools full of plastic waste, most of which is thrown away to sit in our overflowing landfill ravines. An easy way to reduce this toll on the environment is to buy in bulk.
That may mean buying a large box of biscuits, as opposed to individual small packets, or a large tub of yogurt and de-potting it, as opposed to single servings for lunchboxes. Not only is this a great way to reduce the amount of plastic we dispose of, but it is also more cost effective. When decanting your bulk food, try to use re-usable containers so that you can send your family off with ‘nude food’ lunches. You can also reduce your plastic waste by taking re-usable bags for your groceries, and smaller re-usable bags for your fruit and vegetables. Good luck reducing your plastic!
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Footprint Project and have some great sustainability ideas or skills of your own, we would love to hear from you. On December 6, 2018, SMC will be holding its biannual Sustainability Fair and we are looking for members of our wider community to share their knowledge, skills and passion for the environment. If you think you might be interested in being involved, please contact our Sustainability Officer, Mrs Tanaz Jungalwalla.
Written by Stella Barnhoorn (Year 12) on behalf of the Footprint Project.
Wanted: Glass jars and bottles
The College is on the hunt for used glass jars and/or bottles with 2cm wide necks. If suitable, the jars and bottles will be used for homemade relish that will be sold at the upcoming Grand Bazaar.
If you can assist in making a donation, please contact St Mary’s College Senior School teacher, Rosemary Dwyer through the College Business Office.
Thank you, in advance, for your support.
College life in pictures
This week we have images of:
Students in Brian Webberley’s Year 8 Applied Design class have made tables this semester. Check out some of their creative designs below.
Victorious state hockey win for 1st Grade champions
What a game! SMC’s 1st Grade hockey players took on Marist Regional College in their SATIS grand final at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre on September 21, winning 4-1.
This is the third year in a row that the College has taken home the trophy as state champions. Congratulations to the victorious team on a fantastic season!
Goal scorers were: Olivia Eade (1), Chloe Cooper (1), Livinia Sproule (2).
1st Grade basketball grand final
Gracious in defeat and still smiling!
The College’s 1st Grade basketballers came up against a very experienced Guilford Young College side in the SSATIS grand final held on September 21.
It was a competitive, hard-fought match and although our girls played their hearts out until the final siren sounded, they went down 29-55.
The team is to be congratulated for the admirable way in which they represented St Mary’s and how well they played and supported each other.
2018 state SATIS Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to the following St Mary’s athletes who finished in the top three of their respective events at the State SATIS Athletics Carnival held in St Leonards, Launceston on September 22 (please see results listed below).
All students should be applauded for their resilience and willingness to step up and help the team out when needed, including our 1500m athletes who put their hands up to run the relay not once, but twice in one day – phew.
A special shout out goes to Bethany Creese (Year 7) who ran the 400m, 800m and 1500m in the Open age group, as an U13 competitor – a massive feat!
Thank you to the following parents who offered to help out at the jumps. It was wonderful to have your support: Nicole Read, Lisa Norris, Tim Vizer, Janine Wendeling, Michael Williams and Laura Atkinson.
1st high jump
3rd long jump
3rd shot put
1st 80m hurdles
2nd long jump
U14 relay team – 2nd
1st Shot Put
Junior sports update
September 14 saw Year 3-6 students travel to the Domain Athletics Centre to participate in the Junior Athletics Carnival.
With no rain in sight this year and the sun brightly shining, the carnival was guaranteed to be a fun day.
The usual hues of the Domain were quickly dominated by our SMC House colours of blue, red, green and yellow, as all students prepared for the day ahead.
The day is all about fun and, most importantly, participation with all points vital to contributing to winning the coveted House Shield.
A very big thank you to our parent volunteers who ensured that the day ran smoothly and was indeed a huge success!
House Shield results:
4th: Nagle, 484 points
3rd: Presentation, 529 points
2nd: Manresa, 619 points
1st: College, 644 points
Age champions and runners-up:
Champion: Venus Wani
Runner-up: Isabelle Hoggett
Champion: Isobel Gray
Joint runners-up: Jessica Smith and Mia Anderson.
Champion: Mackenzie Graves
Joint runners-up: Holly Richardson and Penny Williams.
Joint champions: Imogen Stewart and Piper Bell.
Runner-up: Jasmine Williams.
Central Regional Football Association (CRJFA) roster wrap-up
Arguably our most anticipated and supported roster on the sporting calendar, the CRJFA roster kicked off in early Term two and has only recently finished – comprising 16 rounds of soccer for our students who range in age from six to 12 years!
Ten teams represented St Mary’s College in the roster, which is played throughout central Hobart (however, some rosters play as far south as Cygnet and Woodbridge).
It goes without saying that we cannot enter teams without the many wonderful coaches and managers who give up their time to ensure teams back up each week and play the game with great pride, sportsmanship and enjoyment – a very big thank you to all those individuals.
Thank you, too, to all parents, grandparents and friends who braved the often icy and muddy conditions to support the children and see them have fun and improve their soccer skills as the season progressed.
Well done to all competitors. The St Mary’s College community is very proud of how you all represented the College each week.
Parents and Friends update
150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar – donation collection week
In order to make the Grand Bazaar a huge success for your daughter’s school, we require your help.
Can you please take the time to read through the below information to see what is happening in the lead-up to the event, which is taking place during the first weekend back to school (Sunday 21 October).
Trailer raffle – Friday 28 September
On Friday 28 September, your son or daughter will bring home a raffle book to sell, with the prize being a trailer full of groceries. Tickets are $2 each and there are 20 tickets in the book. We ask that the raffle books are returned to the school by Friday 19 October as the raffle will be drawn on the day of the Grand Bazaar.
Monday 15 October
Cake plates will be distributed to volunteers on Monday 15 October. Parents are asked to kindly return these – with their baked items – on Friday 19 October at school drop off, or by 10.00am on Grand Bazaar day (Sunday 21 October).
Wednesday 17 October
Wednesday 17 October is our official Grand Bazaar donation day. Please bring your donations of items for the trailer raffle to the College Green (‘top ground’) and we will fill the trailer. Children can wear their sports uniform on this day. More information is contained in the flyer, linked below.
If you own a business, or if you know of a friend or family member that does, please consider making a donation towards the Grand Bazaar chocolate wheel. Donations can include electrical items, hardware items, sports equipment, toys and vouchers.
Can you help?
We are still seeking helpers for the Grand Bazaar – any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop update
Holiday trading hours
A reminder that the St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will close for the Term 3 school holidays on Thursday 27 September at 4.00pm.
The shop will return to normal hours on Tuesday 16 October.
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 email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
Australian Hockey League 2018
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, 19 Bell Street, New Town.
When: Pre-sale tickets online now until October 3, 2018. Refer to the poster below for match dates.
Cost: $15 adults, $5 children
More information: www.hockeytasmania.com.au
Clarence District Cricket Club 2018/19 season
Where: Clarence District Cricket Club, 20 Kangaroo Bay Drive, Rosny Park.
When: Registrations for the 2018/19 season are now open. Refer to the flyer below for match times.
More information: www.playcricket.com.au
Contact: E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hobart Cartooning Workshops
Where: Clarence Sea Scouts, Montagu Bay.
When: Monday 1 – Friday 5 October.
More information: Booking close Thursday 27 September. To register, log onto www.illustrating-man.com.au, click on the ‘Cartoon Camp’ button, select ‘Hobart’, complete the online form (an email confirmation letter will follow shortly thereafter).
Holiday music classes with the Academy of Music Hobart
Two hours of hands-on musical fun covering drums, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar and uke.
Where: Academy of Music Hobart, 41b Burnett Street, North Hobart.
When: October school holidays. Refer to the flyer below for full details, including workshop times and dates.
Cost: Prices range from $0-$50.
More information: http://iamhobart.com.au/
Contact: Lyndon T: 0413 289 978 E: email@example.com
Queenborough Little Athletics ‘Come and Try’ Morning
A session for children and parents to find out more about Little Athletics before the season kicks off on Sunday 14 October at the Domain Athletics Centre.
Where: Sandown Park, Lower Sandy Bay.
When: Sunday 7 October.
More information: www.queenborough.org or ‘like’ Queenborough Little Athletics on Facebook.
Badminton School Holiday Program
Have fun on the court, move and play together with other children and families during the Term 3 school holidays.
Where: Southern Tasmanian Badminton Association, 101 Cascade Road, South Hobart.
When: Various sessions held throughout October. Refer to the poster below for full program details, including cost per session.
More information: Register online at southerntasbadminton.com.au/JuniorBadminton/SuperSmash
Contact: Donna T: 0448 819 974 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org