From the Principal
This week marks our last week for Year 10s. They have had their first taste of exams and survived! And in the Junior School, all eyes are on swimming and getting ready for end of year concerts. It certainly is busy! You’ve probably also noticed your son or daughter is tired with all that is happening at school. We are counting the days till the holidays! That said, it is often this time of year where curious learning happens and enrichment deepens previous learnings.
For all in the Senior School, we celebrate our end of year in The Tasman Room, noting endeavour and success throughout the year. This year I have invited a guest speaker – Lisa Forster. Lisa is a highly successful young business woman who oozes positivity. I am sure she will enhance our evening.
There is one more edition of The Fountain beyond this one, but I will take this opportunity to thank families for their ongoing support of our College and community. It has been a year of both deep sadness and celebration. I feel very blessed that we have such a strong community who has ridden the roller coaster together.
For the families who are finishing up with St Mary’s College at the end of the year – thank you for being a part of our community. For our boys moving to St Virgil’s, especially, we wish them well. We will proudly claim them as alumni.
Venerable Nano Nagle Pray for us.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Friday 30 November
- Prep – Year 6 end of year assessment statements released.
- Year 2 boys’ graduation, Adrian Doyle Chapel (9.00-9.30am).
Saturday 1 December
- Year 7 (2019) Family Day, Mary Morgan Wing (10.00am – 12.30pm).
Thursday 6 December
- Sustainability Fair, St Mary’s
- Excursion: Kinder Koalas, 2P and 2W to Playhouse for Pantomime (9.00am).
Saturday 8 December
- Junior sculling regatta, Franklin.
Tuesday 11 December
- Final day of school for Year 9.
Wednesday 12 December
- Year 10 end of year assessment statement released.
- Year 3 – 6 concert, Nagle Centre (1.00pm).
- Senior School Prize Giving Ceremony, Wrest Point (7.00pm).
Friday 14 December.
- College Business Office closed.
Congratulations to the following students:
Isobel Gray (Year 5), who broke the 200m and 400m record at JSSATIS the recent Athletics Carnival. Jessica Smith and Mia Anderson (Year 5) also had a great day, coming in first and second respectively in the 1500m event. Congratulations girls!
Imogen Barry-Murphy (Year 12), who has been offered an Excellence Scholarship at Bond University in Queensland. These scholarships are only offered to Australia’s best and brightest students who have shown exceptional academic ability, leadership skills, extensive community and extra-curricular involvement and personal character. Congratulations Imogen!
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Standard's Digital Edition
This month’s edition of the Catholic Standard can be accessed online using the following link: https://bit.ly/2ORcaZm
Expressions of interest for 2019 Student Exchange
St Mary’s College is calling for expressions of interest from students wanting to undertake an exchange in 2019. The exchange will be open to students in Year 9-12 next year that study Italian.
We encourage students to take up this excellent opportunity to experience living and learning internationally.
If you’re interested in hosting an exchange student only, we’d also love to hear from you.
Additional information regarding St Mary’s exchange program can be obtained by contacting Tammy Carlton via email@example.com
2019 homestay expressions of interest
St Mary’s College is seeking expressions of interest from families wishing to provide homestay accommodation for a 23-year-old female Chinese Teacher Assistant.
The Teacher Assistant, who will be employed at the College, requires accommodation from Term 1, 2019.
The initial length of the homestay arrangement will be a minimum of six weeks, but the duration can be extended through negotiation with the host family and College.
All families are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to those that live within the greater Hobart area and in walking distance to a bus route.
Hosting an international teacher can be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for many households and families, providing new learning and social experiences and the chance to build lifelong friendships. Some financial assistance will be provided.
If you would like to consider being a homestay family, or for more information on the role of host and the homestay requirements, please contact Tammy Carlton on 6108 2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary's has your Christmas sorted
With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect opportunity to purchase a special St Mary’s gift. To mark our 150th anniversary year, the College has two gifts that celebrate the school’s history.
‘150 Faces of St Mary’s College‘ showcases the stories of some of our most successful alumni. This coffee table book is a great Christmas present for anyone in the College community and a beautiful way to learn more about the College’s rich history. Priced at $45, this book can be bought by contacting the College Business Office or through Qkr!.
There are also a limited number of the College’s A3 commissioned watercolour prints by Esther Shohet available to purchase for $17.50. This beautiful piece showcases Hobart’s lively connection to St Mary’s. As these prints are limited, re-ordering is not guaranteed.
The College’s 2018 Yearbook will be distributed this week to the eldest student of each family. Year 10, 11 and 12 students will receive their copy at the Prize Giving Ceremony on Wednesday 12 December. Additional copies can be purchased for $20 by contacting the Business Office.
2019 Junior School leaders announced
St Mary’s is pleased to announce the Junior School’s 2019 leadership positions:
Head Girl: Sophie Kelly
Deputy 1: Mia Anderson
Deputy 2: Madison Mackey
Nagle Captain: Jessica Smith
Deputy: Ines Cruz
Presentation Captain: Alice Bakes
Deputy: Evie Christie-Johnston
College Captain: Evie Long
Deputy: Helena McKay
Manresa Captain: Rianna Scott
Deputy: Bridie McInerney
Councillor 1: Amelia Dickman
Councillor 2: Grace Marshall
Councillor 3: Madeleine Ambrose
Councillor 4: Lucy McKenna
We wish these 15 girls the very best in their new roles and know they will hit the ground running next year, as they represent the student body with spirit, enthusiasm and pride. Congratulations girls!
Students' science success
St Mary’s College students’ science achievements were honoured on Sunday 25 November, when the girls were presented with their awards from the recent Tasmanian Science Talent Search.
Lucy Eade (Year 10) received a 1st in the Intermediate (Year 9 and 10) Engineering Section, the CSIRO/BHP Billiton Foundation Student award in the Intermediate Secondary category, a Merit award in the Intermediate (Year 9 and 10) Research Investigation section and the Rowe Scientific Student Special Award – Research Investigations for an excellent effort in the Intermediate section.
Sophie Williams (Year 10) took 2nd place in the Intermediate (Year 9 and 10) Research Investigation Section and the Rowe Scientific Student Special Award (Research Investigation) for an excellent effort in the Intermediate section.
Emily Walter (Year 8) received a Merit award in the Junior (Year 7 and 8) Research Investigation section, the Rowe Scientific Student Special Award (Research Investigation) for an excellent effort in the Junior section.
Caitlin Marr (Year 8) also received a Merit award in the Junior (Years 7 and 8) Research Investigation Section and a Rowe Scientific Student Special Award (Research Investigation) for an excellent effort in the Junior section.
Well done on your amazing achievements and outstanding work throughout the year!
College fair celebrates sustainability
St Mary’s College will be celebrating our beautiful earth on Thursday 6 December when we hold our biennial Sustainability Fair. Students from Kinder to Year 9 will participate in workshops, specially designed around educating students on the environmental issues facing our planet, and how small changes can make a difference.
The fair is organised by the College’s Footprint Project, a student-led group, and will focus on everyday changes students can make. These small changes include everything from how to pack a nude-food lunch box, savvy op-shopping tips, and choices to help reduce the impact of beauty products on the environment. At the end of the day, the year groups will come together and share what they’ve learnt.
There will be a special focus on local produce, with food vans and a cupcake stall at the College offering gourmet options, served in compostable packaging with free range and fair-trade ingredients. Our very own KeepCups – which were recently launched to those in the wider school community – will be on sale, encouraging staff and students to ditch single-use coffee cups. Students will also participate in a swap-meet, involving swapping quality items no longer used for an item someone else has donated, and a make-your-own beeswax wrap stall.
Spending the day learning from teachers, their peers, and guest speakers, the Sustainability Fair will provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate our earth and participate in the stewardship of creation.
In the Fair’s lead up, please remind your child to bring items for the swap-meet and money for lunch or pack a nude lunch box. But perhaps, more importantly, ask your children what they have learnt, and be open to their suggestions of making small changes, so that collectively, we can make a big difference.
Renowned artist opens college exhibition
After months of hard work, the Year 9-12 recently showcased their artwork at the College’s Student Art Exhibition. On display were a range of mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, digital photography, and graphic design. Students had the opportunity to talk about- and show off – their work to friends and family, as well as to digital artist, and St Mary’s 2018 Commissioned Artist, Cary Littleford.
In addition to speaking at the show’s official opening, Cary also collaborated with a group of Year 11 students, creating a contemporary video piece celebrating the past, present and future of St Mary’s in its 150th year anniversary that was projected onto the Covent’s façade for two weeks. Cary’s work takes a digital approach and centres on recontextualising the way we view everyday spaces. In 2017, his projection work was included in the DarkMOFO festival.
The evening also recognised students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their Visual Arts practice. Year 9 Art Awards were presented to Luzie Gillard and Olivia Graham; and Lucy Eade and Maddison Lamb received Year 10 Art Prizes.
Each year works from the exhibition are selected for acquisition by the College. The works are purchased from the students, professionally framed and displayed at the College as a lasting record of our Year 11-12s’ talent and creativity. Congratulations to Alana Bellette, Ailish Steel and Imogen Barry-Murphy, whose art, photography and, digital art and media (respectively) were selected for acquisition.
College life in pictures
Last Friday night, the Year 12 girls celebrate their hard work and dedication at their Leaver’s Dinner, held at Glen Albyn Estate. More photos from the event can be found here.
School's rowers make a splash
Training for the 2018-2019 rowing season is well underway, with St Mary’s set to take to the water for the first regatta on Saturday 8 December in Franklin. Congratulations to Kate Oliver and Hannah O’Connell, who have been named Captain and Deputy of Boats (respectively) for the season. The College is looking forward to you leading our rowers with strength and pride!
Girls put best foot forward at athletics carnival
The St Mary’s junior athletics team travelled to the Domain Athletics Centre on Friday 9 November and Thursday 15 November to participate in the STCPSSA and the JSSATIS inter-school athletics carnivals.
Every girl participated with great gusto, giving 100% and always with a smile! A big thank you should go to the girls who enthusiastically stepped up at the last minute to fill a position of someone not available.
The athletes at the JSSATIS carnival showed great resilience as they participated in all types of weather: showers, wind, the cold and though sparingly, sun!
With the girls’ excellent results, there were too many winners and place getters to mention individually, however, a special mention goes to Isobel Gray (Year 5) who broke two records at the JSSATIS carnival: the 400m and the 200m (the previous record was set in 2008 by a St Mary’s student) – well done Isobel!
As always, the girls represented the school amazingly and respectfully, and are a credit to their parents, their teachers and the St Mary’s community. All parents should be very proud of their girls for making the team and competing to the best of their ability in every event.
Midford Uniform Shop update
All College jackets are now 30 per cent off, currently priced at $59.50 and are available in sizes 4-14 and XS-XL.
Term 4 trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will close for the school holidays on Tuesday 11 December at 4.00pm.
The shop will return to normal hours on Tuesday 5 February.
Throughout the school term, opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday (8.00am-4.00pm).
For additional holiday trading hours, please refer to the poster below, or visit the Uniform Shop page of our website. There, you will also find information regarding school uniform requirements and pricing.
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
Sacred Heart Catholic School’s ‘Carnival’ Fair
Sacred Heart Catholic School in Geeveston will be holding its School ‘Carnival’ Fair on Friday 30 November from 3.30 – 7.00pm. The Fair will take place on the school grounds on the outskirts of Geeveston, with ample parking both at the school, and nearby Kermandie Oval. There will be a great variety of food stalls offering everything from a spit roast, fresh salmon, Italian cuisine, BBQ, jacket potatoes, and of course, some mouth-watering desserts!
With plenty of activities, including a craft and cake stall, auction, chocolate wheel and plants for sale, come along and enjoy some real country hospitality at Sacred Heart Catholic Fair.
Eastside Activity Centre’s holiday clinics
Eastside Activity Centre in Rokeby is running a range of sessions to keep your kids busy over the Christmas holidays. Activities include arco, trampolining, gymnastics, slack-lining and circus starting from $15 per child. For more information, please contact Eastside Activity Centre via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
YMCA’s Christmas colouring-in competition
The Hobart YMCA has invited all Junior School aged children to participate in a Christmas colouring-in competition. They are running two competitions for children aged 4-8 years, and students aged 9+ and offering a BMX bike and a Christmas lolly hamper as prizes for each. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
2019 Sacramental Program
Expressions of interest are open for the 2019 sacramental program for families with children, eight years old and over, who are wanting to become fully initiated into the family of the Catholic Church.
We hope to have a group dedicated to secondary students, as well as a number of small groups for primary school aged students.
The three sacramental steps after Baptism are: Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation), Confirmation and Eucharist (Communion).
Plans for the year will be discussed before you decide to enrol at the Information Evening:
20 February, 2019, 6.30 pm
Preparation will start the week beginning 3 March, 2019.
If you would like to receive updates and reminders before 20 February, please get in touch with us: email@example.com 0427734503
Carols on the Hill
Tickets are now available to the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Carols on the Hill, held at Guilford Young College on Saturday 15 December at 6.00pm.
Suitable for children of all ages, the event will be compared by Tasmanian-born author Sam Clear and feature group and individual performances, as well as community carol singing.
Tickets are free; however, you’ll need to order your tickets through Eventbrite.
For more information, please see check Eventbrite.
Girls’ Football in 2019
The North Hobart Junior Football Club is seeking interest from girls aged 12 and under and 18 and under for their 2019 season. For more information, please contact the club – firstname.lastname@example.org