From the Principal
Gratitude seems to be a bit of a pop-psychology fad at the moment. It is actually an ancient truth belonging to many world religions. In Christianity we usually call it thanks-giving. It is a recognition of God’s blessings in our lives. I think it is also a recognition that there is always someone worse off than you. It is a worldview as much as anything.
I would like to pay gratitude to the St Mary’s parents and carers. I am thankful for the partnership we share in educating your children. I am grateful for the trust you place in us, every day.
I appreciate the parents and carers who are going ‘one pace beyond’ in their busy lives, contributing to the School Board, the Parents and Friends Association, helping out on excursions, coaching and managing sports teams, contributing to the building fund, hosting exchange students (there is opportunity now to host a Chinese student for a fortnight by the way!). There are a host of contributions parents and carers make above and beyond.
A very special thank you
This week, I had the privilege to attend the funeral of a former parent, Mary Excell. Mary was the first female president of the SMC P&F. She then spent years of her life committed to Tasmanian Catholic Parents and Friends, among working in many other significant volunteer positions. It is people like Mary who give such strength and vitality to our St Mary’s College community.
Sr Campion, a Presentation Sister and former SMC teacher, will be buried tomorrow. The Sisters who have worked at our College and those who still do have a tremendous generosity and show us the way to serve God through serving our students in education. I am grateful, deeply grateful, for these two great women, and the other women they epitomise. I invite you to join me in praying for them, and those who loved them.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them
May they rest in peace
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 29 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams (23-30 June).
- Year 10 mid-year exams (27-30 June).
- Excursion: Year 8A mid-winter Antarctica Experience, CSIRO (all-day).
- My Fair Lady musical performance, St Virgil’s College, Joyce Performance Centre, 7.30pm (29 June-1 July).
Friday 30 June
- Year 11/12 mid-year exams (23-30 June).
- Year 10 mid-year exams (27-30 June).
- Junior School mid-year reports distributed.
- My Fair Lady musical performance, St Virgil’s College, Joyce Performance Centre, 7.30pm (29 June-1 July).
Saturday 1 July
- My Fair Lady musical performance – finale, St Virgil’s College, Joyce Performance Centre, 7.30pm (29 June-1 July).
Tuesday 4 July
- Excursion: Year 10 Science to UTAS (all-day).
- Year 9 (2018) Information Evening, Mary Morgan Wing, St Mary’s College (7.00-8.00pm).
- P&F meeting, Student Resource Centre, St Mary’s College (7.00-8.00pm).
Thursday 6 July
- Excursion: Year 10 Geography field trip to Dunalley (all-day).
Friday 7 July
- Year 10-12 (2018) preliminary subject selections due.
- Year 7-12 mid-year reports distributed.
- Term 2 concludes.
Monday 10 July
- Term 2 school holidays commence (10-24 July).
Congratulations to the following students:
Stephanie Pickrell (Year 11), who competed at the recent 2017 Australian Weightlifting Federation Championships in Hobart in the 48kg weight class.
Stephanie successfully lifted 56kg in the snatch and a 70kg clean and jerk, which not only earned her a gold medal in the junior division but also bronze in the senior division – an incredible feat for an athlete who is still technically classified as a youth weightlifter competing in two age classes above her age category!
As a result, Stephanie has been selected to officially represent Australia at the International Commonwealth Oceania Championship on the Gold Coast in October.
The College is very proud of your achievements, Stephanie, and wishes you, and the rest of the Australian team, all the best for the championship.
Clement McKenna, Gabriela McKenna, Lucy McKenna, Oliver Williams, Gracie Williams, Meg Pinelli, Lucy Pinelli, Manuela Rigoli and Giorgio Rigoli, who represented the College brilliantly at the Walk With Christ procession on Sunday 18 June.
To give up a few hours of their time on a Sunday shows their commitment and connection to the College. Well done!
In our reports at St Mary’s College, we use the same grading system that is used by all Tasmanian Catholic Schools.
In this system, a student’s understanding of the strands in each Learning Area is described as ‘Developing’, ‘Consolidating’ or ‘Extending’.
This year you will notice that we have divided the boxes for Extending and Developing into two sections and that for Consolidating into three sections.
This allows teachers to give a better indication of a student’s position within the band.
Student Free Day - Monday 24 July
Families are being reminded that due to a Student Free Day/Staff Spirituality Day, the College will be closed all-day on Monday 24 July, re-opening on Tuesday 25 July for the commencement of Term 3.
Important notice for parents with CDF accounts
Generous hearts support Nagle Foundation fundraiser
On Wednesday 28 June, Junior School students were encouraged to express the spirit of generosity, compassion and kindness by supporting our key charity, the Nagle Foundation, with a Nagle Heart coin line totalling $600.
As St Mary’s College is a school in the Presentation tradition, we seek to continue the legacy of Nano Nagle (the founder of the Presentation Sisters) by creating exciting and fun initiatives in Homerooms and classes over a calendar year.
This year all classes have been raising funds to support the work of the Presentation Sisters, with a particular focus on Presentation missions in countries such as the Philippines and Papua New Guinea.
Past initiatives have included cake auctions, face painting, a car wash, sweets and milkshake stalls and ‘guess the teacher’ competitions.
The founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, was the forerunner of a band of strong women of faith whose particular ethos and charism guide our school today.
A word from the VET and Careers Coordinator
Term 2 has been a busy one in the learning area of Vocational Education and Pathway Planning. Students and parents in Year 10, 11 and 12 had the opportunity to hear from Ms Helen Spencer and have one-on-one discussions with teachers about their subject choices for 2018.
All Year 10 students attended UTAS for a ‘discovery day’, where they involved themselves in one of the faculty activities on offer.
On June 13, a Career Conversations evening was held in the Nagle Centre. All students from Year 7-12 and their parents were invited along to hear from professionals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
We sincerely thank our guest speakers, Will Kestin (CEO of TASICT), Vanessa Cox (CEO of Long Tail Property), James Bender (neuroscientist and PhD candidate from the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre), Associate Professor Kathryn Burdon (Principal Research Fellow with the Cancer, Immunology and Genetics Group at Menzies Institute for Medical Research) and Caitlin Davie (final-year biomedical engineering student at UTAS).
The evening was rich in knowledge and advice about each profession and the opportunities to be creative and entrepreneurial in the many careers incorporating STEM.
Dark Mofo, which was being held at the same time, was highlighted as a great example of how expertise in STEM and the creative arts can work together and culminate in a spectacular event.
Finally, we wish our Tourism, Nursing and Business students well as they embark on their work placements in the final week of term.
At Southern Cross Care (Sandown), our Introduction to Nursing VET class has been learning how to make beds, safely move patients and communicate with the elderly in an aged care setting.
We feel privileged to collaborate with Southern Cross Care and the many small and medium-sized businesses that continue to invest in, and support, our Vocational Education programs.
Learning Area Coordinator VET and Careers
Italian exchange students at St Mary's College
St Mary’s College is very lucky to have a vibrant Italian connection. For the past nine years, we have hosted students from Liceo Arcivescovile Secondary School in the northern Italian province of Trento, and this year we welcome our first students from Liceo Maffei Secondary School in Riva del Garda (a town and commune in Trento).
Currently, we are hosting two girls from Liceo Maffei, Noemi Zulberti (pictured far right) and Chiara Bernardi, who will be here until mid-August.
At the same time, we farewell Nicole Gasperini, from Liceo Arcivescovile, who finished up at the College on June 24. Since joining us on May 8, Nicole spent much of her time assisting the Year 3 classes. The student really enjoyed her company.
Thank you to the Scott, Mann and Prokopiec families for hosting the exchange girls as it is, without a doubt, an invaluable cultural experience to welcome someone from another country into your family.
Every year, St Mary’s College offers an exchange program to Italy for individual SMC students. In addition, we are always looking for willing families to host students from overseas.
If you would like more information about participating in the Italian exchange program or hosting international students, please contact the College Language department.
Visiting students from Japan and China
In addition to the Italian exchange program, St Mary’s College is preparing to host two visiting exchange groups from Japan and China.
Eight students from Yaizu, Japan will join us next term from July 26 to August 2. We will also have our first visit from our sister school in Fuzhou (Hobart’s sister city in China) from August 11-18, marking the 40th anniversary of the Yaizu-Hobart sister city relationship.
We would love to hear from anyone willing to host for these visits. We are fortunate, at St Mary’s, to have these visits from overseas schools, as they provide students with opportunities to develop cultural awareness and intercultural capabilities and a rich experience for host families.
Tapping into Melbourne's contemporary art scene
On Thursday 8 June, 16 of our Year 10, 11 and 12 Art students ventured to Melbourne for their annual three-day art trip. Accompanying the group were Art teachers Miss Havard, Miss Berger and Miss Lewis.
On the first day, the girls toured a number of popular commercial galleries in the Melbourne CBD, including Arc One and fortyfivedownstairs. There they had the opportunity to speak with local artist, Rehgan De Mather about what it is like to become a professional artist. Rehgan shared valuable insights into his artistic processes and allowed the girls access into his personal studio space.
The girls were up bright and early the following day, with a trip to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on the agenda. On their way to the gallery, they explored the various nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s street art scene, stopping to take photos in front of their favourite murals. They later viewed the Top Arts exhibition, which showcases the outstanding achievements of some of Victoria’s most gifted young artists who have completed courses equivalent to those of which the girls are currently studying here at St Mary’s.
The group also experienced an inspiring guided tour at the NGV and witnessed powerful photographic works by Bill Henson and a famous painting by Rothko, among many others. Some of the girls remarked, ‘There was so much amazing work, I just couldn’t take it all in!’
Possibly the most exciting aspect of the trip was being a part of the huge crowd passing through the Van Gogh and The Seasons Exhibition that is currently on show.
On the Saturday (the final day), the group travelled to Heide Museum of Modern Art, where they were treated to a moving tour that explored the history of the museum and which also took them through Australian artist, Charles Blackman’s latest exhibition.
The girls showed appreciation for all the artwork they viewed and staff were very proud of the way they conducted themselves and represented St Mary’s College.
Bunsen burners, buddies and bears
Our Year 6 classrooms have been a hive of activity of late.
Year 6 Science has been learning about the states of matter and the differences between reversible and irreversible changes. The students have enjoyed working in the science laboratories to conduct experiments that demonstrate these changes.
Every year, the Year 6 classes ‘buddy up’ with a Kindergarten class, an initiative that sees the students from both year groups form positive, and often lasting, relationships.
Recently, Kinder Koalas and Year 6 Wattle went on an excursion together to the West Hobart Train Park.
The weather was beautiful and a wonderful time was had by all.
Every week in the Junior School, classes compete to win a library toy by returning books on time.
Year 6 Wattle has won Paddington Bear a few times now, and he has joined the class on a number of excursions.
He even had a visit from a look-a-like, Heather Jatan, who helps with literacy in Year 6 Wattle.
Creating connected communities
Local Aboriginal artist, Reuben Oates has joined forces with St Mary’s College this month to create an impressive two-panelled mural that will be displayed on the school grounds.
Using the dot-painting technique, the artwork, which will feature a sunset, the Derwent River, Mt Wellington/kunanyi and native animals hand-drawn by our students, is based on the concepts of ‘connection’, ‘community’ and ‘relationships’.
Mr Oates is pictured here with Bonnie Bowden and Caitlin Marr (both in Year 7), who are among the students working on the project.
Students get 'Cosy for Compassion'
St Mary’s College marked the shortest day of the year with our annual Cosy for Compassion Pyjama Day on June 21.
Students in all year groups donned their fleecy PJs, slippers and onesies during school hours, and donated warm, second-hand clothes/blankets for the chance to win House points.
Well done to everyone who donated, and to the Senior School Vinnies team for organising such a successful and heart-warming campaign.
For more photos, visit our online gallery here.
2017 Alumni fundraiser
Calling all former and current students, staff and families of the College. It is time to get your creative juices flowing …
The St Mary’s Alumni Committee is kicking off its major fundraiser for 2017 and is seeking your ideas and inspiration.
What iconic SMC images would you like to see featured on your trusty tea towel?
Nominate your best design for the chance to win a double movie pass. We can’t wait to see what you ‘dish’ up!
Exploring gender myths
How do our gender beliefs shape the way we teach, learn and experience the world?
Leading author and gender expert, Professor Cordelia Fine will unpack the myths and science surrounding gender differences at a presentation to be held at St Michael’s Collegiate on July 27 from 5.30-7.30pm.
Prof Fine tasks parents teachers and society with carefully monitoring our entrenched perceptions, and the language we use around those perceptions, i.e. boys are more ‘naturally suited’ to science, construction, invention and risk-taking, while girls are more naturally suited to nurturing and artistic professions.
She will also explore the way sex, hormones, culture and evolution work together in ways that make past and present gender dynamics only a serving a suggestion for the future – not a recipe.
The speaking tour is presented by The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.
If you are interested in attending, please email Ryan Flack, Administration Officer to the Deputy Principal: email@example.com.
Read more about Prof Fine, her previous work and her new book, Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the myths of our gendered minds on the AGSA website.
Madonna King presenation: Being 14
Is your daughter 14? Are you struggling to know what is going on inside her head? Are you worried?
Parents of secondary school-aged children are invited to attend an evening with renowned journalist, author and media commentator, Madonna King.
Madonna’s latest book, BEING 14, gives a voice to every teenage girl in Australia.
In the author’s own words, the book is aimed at ‘helping fierce teens become awesome women’. It also seeks to provide parents with advice to assist their daughters to navigate their tricky adolescent years.
Presented by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, this deeply informative talk will be held on Monday 21 August at St Michael’s Collegiate School at 6.00pm.
A wine and cheese networking session, together with book sales, will be held from 5.15pm that evening.
Tickets are free, however bookings are essential via www.trybooking.com/QVCJ
Tickets are free, but bookings are essential via www.trybooking.com/QVCJ
Website tip: Did you know you can subscribe to our calendar?
Did you know that you can synchronise the calendar from the College website with your own personal electronic calendar?
On the calendar page of the website you will find a blue ‘subscribe’ icon on the bottom right of the page. When you click on this button, a drop-down menu will appear giving you options of which electronic calendar program you would like to use, such as Outlook or Apple. From there, simply follow the prompts.
Having the SMC live calendar synched with our own personal electronic calendar will make it so much easier to remember important school dates. Give it a go today!
Junior pupils hit the ground running at Cross Country carnivals
With the arrival of winter comes our interschool Cross Country events. SMC’s Junior Cross Country team performed commendably at both the STCPSSA and JSSATIS carnivals, which were held recently at the Rokeby Police Academy.
More than 50 competitors participated in each race, with SMC highlights including Jessica Smith (Year 4), pictured below, who took out both of her events (in fact, at both carnivals we had four athletes in the top 11 in this race), and Billie Salter, who won the Year 3 race at the STCPSSA carnival.
All girls involved can be extremely proud of the way they represented our College. Well done, girls!
The results from the Tasmanian Primary All Schools Cross Country, which took place on Tuesday 27 June at Symmons Plains, can be found here.
Kendra Vizer – 8
Claire Oliver – 11
Harriet Kelly – 30
Laura Smith – 14
Bellah Parker – 22
Ella Robinson – 21
Ella Hutcheon – 33
Elizabeth Monks – 24
Bethany Creese – 38
Nyah Hall – 5
Isabelle Hoggett – 9
Holly Teale – 27
Alexandra Cooke – 15
Aurora Giuliani – 12
Emma Grubb – 29
Georgia Blanton – 31
Isabella Gebka – 18
Jess Smith – 1
Bree Steele – 7
Isobel Gray – 8
Mia Anderson – 9
Sophie Harback – 25
Amber Walter – 28
Tina Purves – 37
Paige McKenzie – 26
Gracie Pelham – 47
Billie Salter – 1
Bella Carter – 37
Sarah Thomas – 44
Zoe Brooks – 26
Leni Vagg – 36
Holly Richardson – 29
Ruby Lane – 48
Kendra Vizer – 10
Claire Oliver – 14
Harriet Kelly – 16
Laura Smith – 15
Bellah Parker – 26
Ella Robinson – 23
Ella Hutcheon – 30
Elizabeth Monks – 29
Bethany Creese – 44
Nyah Hall – 4
Isabelle Hoggett – 7
Holly Teale – 40
Alexandra Cooke – 35
Aurora Giuliani – 23
Emma Grubb – 36
Georgia Blanton – 43
Isabella Gebka – 33
Jess Smith – 1
Bree Steele – 6
Isobel Gray – 7
Mia Anderson – 11
Sophie Harback – 28
Amber Walter – 37
Tina Purves – 36
Paige McKenzie – 26
*Due to a conflicting school excursion, Year 3 did not attend the JSSATIS event.
Parents and Friends Update
SMC High Tea Afternoon
The Parents and Friends Association warmly invites all students of SMC, along with their mothers, grandmothers and aunts, to attend our SMC High Tea Afternoon.
We envisage a fun afternoon – we will be sampling some sweet and savoury delights, and adults may enjoy a glass of bubbles as well. For activities, we will have fun fashion parades and a tablecloth design competition, with prizes awarded for winners! There will also be a raffle on the day.
Your patronage of this event would be most appreciated.
Some businesses we already have on board with donations are:
- Pretty Little Bird
- Lola Cafe
- Succulent Restaurant
Payments prior to the event would be most appreciated and may be made at the school Business Office.
If you would like to be involved, donate a prize or bake some food, please contact the Parents and Friends on firstname.lastname@example.org. You may like to contact me directly on 0438 077 740.
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop
Term 3 trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Store will close on Thursday 6 July at 4.00pm, re-opening on Thursday 20 July from 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Normal trading hours resume Tuesday 25 July, 8.00am to 4.00pm. (Normal trading hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm).
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
What: Hockey Tasmania ‘Junior Zone’ school holiday program
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, New Town.
When: During the Term 2 school holidays: July 11 and 18 July, 10.00am-12.00pm.
Ages: Children six to 12-years.
Cost: $15 per person.
More information and to register: Hockey Tasmania participation coordinator Tania Barry.
Contact: E: firstname.lastname@example.org I www.hockeytasmania.com.au
What: Three-day ‘how-to’ archery program
Where: Gerrard Street, West Moonah.
When: During the first week of the Term 2 school holidays: July 11, 12 and 13, 11.00am-12.30pm.
Ages: Seven-years to adult. Parents also welcome to join in with their child (same fee applies).
Cost: $45 per person (includes three sessions). All equipment is provided.
More information and to register: T: 6244 7556 | M: 0418 451 950 | E: email@example.com | W: www.arrogonearchers.org.au
What: 2017 Get Fit Tas Glenorchy Fun Run – 2km, 5km and 10km
Where: Derwent Entertainment Centre
When: Sunday 30 July. 2km starts 9.45am, 5km run/walk starts 10.00am, 10km run starts 10.00am.
Cost: Adults $18 (early) / $20 (from 29/7); Under-18 $13.50 (early) / $15 (from 29/7); 2km $9.00 (early) / $10 (from 29/7); 2km accompanying adult free.
More information and to register: Online entries available at www.nsac.org.au
What: Community Sports Camps – football (AFL) and soccer
Where: New Town
When: Term 2 school holidays: July 17 and 18.
Ages: Four to 12-years.
Cost: $140 per person (two-day price); $15 discount for siblings. Morning and afternoon tea provided.
More information and to register: T: 1300 562 571 | communitycamps.com.au