From the Principal
The College has just been through a review process called Validation, where a panel of experienced educators visits and delves into our practices – they consider the religious, learning, pastoral care and community aspects of our College.
Over two days, they met with considerable numbers of students, staff and parents. From all reports, interviewees enjoyed the experience and felt proud of the College. The panel were certainly impressed – they called us a ‘high functioning school’, and were amazed at our resources, especially considering we are deemed a ‘low fee’ school (I’m sure that isn’t how it feels to individual families, but that is the category we fall into).
The panel are finalising a report for the College, including a list of commendations and recommendations, which I will share with the community when finalised. I think we have much to be proud of at St Mary’s College. Thanks to all the parents who generously gave up time to speak to the panel.
We were saddened by the death of Sister Doreen (Clement) Williams, one of our Presentation Sisters, a fortnight ago. Sister Doreen had worked at St Mary’s for many years and was a much-loved colleague and a loving presence to students.
Staff attended Sr Doreen’s Mass of Christian Burial and we held a Rosary in our Chapel for those who couldn’t get to the funeral. We keep Doreen’s family, friends, and her Presentation family in our prayers.
In the funeral booklet, an insert found in Sr Doreen’s Bible was included:
I do my thing and you do your thing.
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations,
And you are not in this world to live up to mine.
You are you and I am I,
And if by chance we find each other,
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 29 May – Friday 31 May
- Year 9 Enrichment Day
Thursday 30 May
- SSATIS Cross Country (Year 7 – 12) (9.00am – 3.00pm), Pontville Park.
- Excursion: Year 4 to Mures Sustainability Fish School (10.45am – 2.00pm).
- Year 11 – 12 (2020) online course selection opens (8.30am).
Friday 31 May
- Excursion: Senior School English Applied students to The Happiest Refugee (6.00pm), Derwent Entertainment Centre.
Wednesday 5 June
- World Environment Day.
- Excursion: Kinder – Prep to TSO concert (9.15am – 11.30am).
- Year 8 Debating SMC V Taroona High School, (Dominic College) 6.30pm.
- Year 9 Debating SMC V Calvin Christian School (7.20pm), Dominic College.
- Year 10 Debating SMC V The Friends’ School (8.20), Dominic College.
Thursday 6 June – Friday 7 June
- Justice Action Group clothes swap (lunchtime), Year 10 common room.
Thursday 6 June
- Excursion: Year 10 – 12 Art students, Melbourne Art Trip.
- Year 6 Debating (4.00pm), Mt Carmel College.
Monday 10 June
- Public holiday.
Tuesday 11 June – Thursday 13 June
- Year 10 exams.
Wednesday 12 June
- Novice Red Division Debating SMC V Taroona High School (7.15pm), Taroona High School.
Congratulations to the following students:
Lucy Roberts (Year 10) has been selected in the under 17 National Training Centre Challenge which will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport in July.
Morgan Vizer, (Year 10), Ava McCoull (Year 10) and Isabella Cox who participated in the Tasmanian Chinese speech and performance competition earlier this month. Isabella placed second and has been selected to represent the state in Melbourne this year.
Isobel Gray (Year 6) who has qualified for the School Sports Australia’s National Athletics Championships which will be held in Darwin in September. She will be competing in a combined 100m, 800m, long jump and shot put, and the 200 meters event.
- Jessica Smith (Year 6) who competed in the City to Casino race. Jessica competed in the Under 13 division and was the first girl over the finish line and placed fourth over all.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents and carers of students with a disability
This Term the College is gathering information on the supports in place for students with either learning or physical disabilities. This is a process that schools complete each year, and is known as ‘the count’ or the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD). Further information can be gained through their website.
MWEW Award renewed
We are pleased to announce that St Mary’s College Junior School has been renewed as an Eat Well Move Well school, meaning we’ve demonstrated a commitment to embed healthy eating and physical activity into daily school life.
College set sights on Italy 2020
Preliminary plans for a cultural and educational tour of Italy in April 2020 have begun. Girls who intend to study Italian and who will be in Years 9 – 12 in 2020, are invited to put forward an expression of interest to take part in the cultural tour. To give parents/carers the opportunity to view and discuss the proposed itinerary and projected costs, we invite you to attend a meeting on 6 June 2019 at 6.30pm in our Italian classroom. For further information, or to obtain an expression of interest form, please contact Tammy Carlton on 6108 2560 or email@example.com.
Rave review for Bleeding Tree cast
Year 12 students Ailish Steel, Ella Dodge and Lucinda Smith took to the stage recently to perform the multi-award-winning Australian play The Bleeding Tree. The cast of three tackled confronting topics to give a powerful and haunting performance over two nights. Their mastery of the script was demonstrated as they faultlessly jumped between characters mid-sentence and the play’s confronting topics highlighted the cast’s acting range. Well done Ailish, Ella and Lucinda.
Students speak out at UN visit
Year 10 History students were visited last week by Kareem El-Ansary, who is the 2019 United Nations Youth Representative. Kareem is visiting young people all over Australia to hear what issues are important to them. Later in the year he reports to the United Nations in New York, using the recommendations from young people to address politicians in Australia and relevant stakeholders.
The students discussed a range of issues they were concerned about, including gender equality, climate change and their education. Their insightful comments prove that young people’s voices need to be heard and that they have an important part to play in shaping the future.
Students can post their photo with a comment starting with ‘In my ideal Australia…’
Delegates debate in Deloraine
Students were in Deloraine recently for a MUNA where they debated resolutions on global issues with other students around the state. Having researched their countries – Syria, Afghanistan and Indonesia – the students spoke articulately for or against resolutions.
Emily Keane and Isabella Cox – Syria
Luzie Gillard and Maddison Marschke – Afghanistan
Alyssa Lee and Morgan Vizer – Indonesia
Behind the crime scene with Year 9
On Thursday 23 May, our Year 9 Forensic Science class had the privilege of having Stef from Forensic Science Service Tasmania come and speak. He spoke about DNA, blood splatter analysis, hair and fibre identification, looking for a weapon at a crime scene, cleaning up after a murder, different chemicals used to examine and identify blood – and he also told us some gory stories.
The talk was a very informative, giving us some insight to what really goes on in a forensic scientists’ life – from single-handedly discovering the murder weapon to paperwork. He also talked about the skills and knowledge used in a forensic laboratory and a real-life depiction of what actually goes on in the forensic field, including some possible drama that forensic scientists might have with police officers.
By Caitlin Marr, Bridie Lawler & Nicola Morgan
Runners off to a flying start
There was an active finish to Term 1 with our Senior School Athletics Carnival held on Friday 5 April at the Domain. Despite concerns, we were treated to a sunny sky – and only a slight breeze – which is a rarity for the Athletic Centre!
The students had a blast with their peers, on and off the course, dressed in a colourful array of jumpers, runners, all vying for a spot in the St Mary’s Athletics team, which will compete in the Southern and State SATIS carnivals later in the year.
A big thank you to all the parents who volunteered on the day, and to those who assisted in measuring, raking or recording – the College appreciates your work.
Congratulations to all of our age group winners, in either Track and Field as well as Year 12 student Georgia Stalker who completed a rare hat-trick, taking out Open Field Champion, Overall Athletic Champion and the coveted Kerry Hennessy Trophy, which is awarded to the Sprint Queen of the track in the 100m handicap race.
Last but by no means, least…the highly contested House Trophy Winners!
Well done to Presentation who, after a five-year drought, took out House Participation. College magically pulled out the double – winning both the House Spirit trophies for Big Splash and Athletics – great work!
Now that the leaves are slowly turning, and you can feel the crispness in the air, all attention and focus shifts to Cross Country. More news and accomplishments on that to follow!
Age Group Winners.
U13 Track Champion Nyah Hall
U13 Field Champion Davina Cox
U14 Track Champion Kendra Vizer
U14 Field Champion Lauren Shelton
U15 Track Champion Chloe Struwe
U15 Field Champion Amelie Cox
Track Champion Georgia Chambers
U16 Field Champion Amy Prokopiec
OPEN Track Champion Anna Blackwell
OPEN Field Champion Georgia Stalker
Overall Athletic Champion and Sprint Queen of the Track Handicap Race Georgie Stalker, Year 12
House Participation – Presentation (House Captain Ella Berresford) House Spirit – College (House Captain Lucinda Smith)
Update for Parents and Friends
How to return your Entertainment! book
First reminders have been sent to those who are yet to return their Entertainment! book.
If you’re not planning to purchase the Entertainment! books that were sent home in April, could you please return them to Student Services as soon as possible.
Second reminder letters will be sent to those who haven’t returned their books in the next couple of weeks.
Entertainment! Membership is also offering a bonus $10 Priceline e-gift card if you purchase a book before 1 June 2019.
If you would like to purchase a book, but haven’t yet received one, please do so from here.
Your 2018-19 Entertainment! book expires on 1 June.
Midford Uniform Shop
New style trackpants are now available to purchase. We have a small amount of old-style stock (with elastic bottoms) available for $38 (normally $55).
Soft shell jackets have returned to the Uniform Shop and can be purchase for $110.00.
Clemente Tasmania drawing unit
The second semester Clemente unit will be drawing, commencing on Tuesday 23 July from 5.00pm – 8.00pm at the Hunter St Creative Arts Building UTAS. It will have eight contact weeks, with a semester break the middle.
Clemente is a social justice social inclusion initiative that offers a supported, fee free Certificate in Liberal Arts through the University of Tasmania. No experience or equipment needed. The programme is for adults whose learning pathways have been disrupted due to life’s circumstances. It is about supporting people in reengaging with learning.
Interested adults can contact Dallas Williams on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tasmanian Association for the Gifted state conference
The Tasmanian Association for the Gifted will be holding a three-day conference for parents educators and psychologists in September (Friday 6 – Sunday 8) at Elizabeth College, North Hobart. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit their website – www.tasgift.com.au.
Parsons Swim School
Located in Derwent Park, please contact Parsons Swim School, either via text all call, on 0447 340 266 if you’re interested in children’s swimming lessons. You can also email them at email@example.com or find them on Facebook – @Parsons Swim School.
Please see the flyer attached for information about cartoon camps for the June – July holidays.