From the Principal
It is a busy time of the year for schools, with graduation, reporting, the returning of library books, swimming programs, picnics, leadership programs, step-up days and concerts filling up the calendar. It is also busy with the planning that has to happen for next year to run smoothly, from finalising calendars and timetables to sorting book lists, staffing and class lists. The same is true in families, as they respond to all the end-of-year activities and planning for next year. Throw in a Christmas party or two and it seems unfathomable!
This Sunday is the start of Advent, the Christian season in preparation for Christmas. It is supposed to be a time of reflection and preparing ourselves while waiting for Jesus. In Australia, Advent is caught up in the end-of-year craziness. The candles on an Advent wreath symbolise hope, faith, peace and joy, with one lit for each Sunday of Advent. Perhaps this is a simple way that families, at home, can focus on the significance of Christmas and the lead up to it. You have to make time to gain time to reflect, and a family ritual might be just the thing!
Christmas is also a time for charity. At school, we are supporting the Vinnies Christmas Appeal. You can join in by donating a non-perishable food item and encouraging your child or young person to think of what it means to really prepare for Christmas. It would be even better if this item is purchased with their own pocket money, or hard-earned pay.
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Identity and Mission
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Matthew Williams, Director of Identity and Mission
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Friday 1 December
- Year 2 boys’ Graduation, Adrian Doyle Chapel (9.00-9.30am).
- Final day for Year 10.
Monday 4 December
- Year 7, 2018 ‘Step-Up Day’, Nagle Centre (8.45am-1.00pm).
Tuesday 5 December
- Excursion: Year 4 to Fusion Adventure Based Learning, Kingston.
Wednesday 6 December
- Excursion: Year 5 to Village Cinemas to watch ‘Wonder’.
- Kinder-Year 2 Concert and Year 2 boys’ Graduation, Nagle Centre (10.30am-12.00pm).
- Excursion: 7D to Mary’s Grange.
Thursday 7 December
- Excursion: Year 1-2 to the Playhouse Theatre, Hobart for ‘The Sisters Grim’ production.
- Excursion: Year 3-6 to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for Big Monkey Production, ‘Aladdin & His Magic Lamp’.
- Excursion: Year 6 to Village Cinemas to watch ‘Wonder’.
Friday 8 December
- Thanksgiving Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral (9.00-9.30am).
- Prep-Year 9 Presentation Picnic, Dru Point, Margate.
- Excursion: Kinder Koalas to the Playhouse Theatre, Hobart for ‘The Sisters Grim’ production.
- Junior School reports distributed.
- Year 7-9 end-of-year reports distributed.
Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 December
- Year 7-9 Activity Days.
- Excursion: Kinder Wallabies the Playhouse Theatre, Hobart for ‘The Sisters Grim’ production.
Tuesday 12 December
- Final day for Year 9.
- Excursion: Prep to the Playhouse Theatre, Hobart for ‘The Sisters Grim’ production.
- Excursion: Kinder Wallabies and Year 6B Buddies to West Hobart Train Park.
- Rowing Committee Meeting, SVC Junior School (4.30pm).
Wednesday 13 December
- Term 4 concludes.
- Year 3-6 end-of-year concert.
- Year 10 reports and Year 11-12 Statement of Internal Reports distributed.
- Prize-Giving Ceremony, Wrest Point Casino (6.30pm for a 7.00pm start).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Eloise Deconinck, Spriha Paudel and Keeley Hine-Haycock (Year 10), who have been selected as national finalists in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards, joining just 23 other students Australia-wide. The girls will travel to the finals camp which will be held in Melbourne in February 2018.
- Matilda Waddington (Year 6), who has been selected play in the Tasmanian U12 cricket team in New South Wales in January 2018. A brilliant cricketer, Matilda regularly plays for the U17 cricket team and occasionally, for the women’s team.
- Bonnie Bowden (Year 7), Lianna Kenna (Year 9) and Kaela Beechey (Year 11), who have been chosen to represent Tasmania in the upcoming Australian All School Athletics Competition in Adelaide. The girls recently competed against a talented pool of athletes to secure their places in the team.
Your '2018 Back to School Toolkit'
On Wednesday 29 November 2017 parents and carers of the College were emailed a ‘Back to School Toolkit’ for 2018.
This guide contains important information that will serve as a handy reference as families prepare for the 2018 school year.
Click here to view the Back to School 2018 Toolkit. The toolkit can also be accessed under the ‘In the School Bag’ section on the home page of the College website.
If you have any queries or need further assistance, please contact the Business Office on telephone 6108 2560.
Please be advised that end-of-year reports for Year 7-9 will be distributed on Friday 8 December 2017.
Our Prize-Giving Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 13 December 2017 in the Wrest Point Tasman Room at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Students will need to arrive by 6.30pm and sit in the designated areas with their Homeroom teachers. Parents and families are invited to sit in the Plenary Hall.
This is a very special evening for St Mary’s College, where we honour our prize-winners and celebrate our school year. All students must wear full formal uniform including blazers. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, such as illness, your daughter is unable to attend, please notify Ryan Flack on telephone 6108 2560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
SMC alumni are being invited to participate in a short survey that will allow the St Mary’s College Alumni Committee to establish an Alumni Directory for 2018.
This exclusive tool will enable current and past students to build professional networks, share resources, seek advice and exchange career tips with like-minded women in their desired industry or profession.
Please take a few moments to complete this survey, which can be accessed via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8BDRMF
Thank you in advance for your input and support!
Nominate a young achiever
Do you know a young person in the St Mary’s College who is going ‘one pace beyond’ in their efforts to help others?
They could be involved in a project or initiative that is improving the lives of people in their local community, or maybe they are setting a positive example through their leadership and drive.
If someone comes to mind, why not recognise their achievements by nominating them in the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards?
Nominations close December 13, 2017 so get in quick. For more information or to nominate, visit https://awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/tas/
Students thinking inside the box
If you want something done with care, compassion and creativity, just ask a child.
That’s what students at St Mary’s College have shown when they chose to undertake a very special community project in support of the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF).
Rodney Clear’s Year 8 Design in Wood students have created 25 donation collection boxes to help establish Tasmania’s first-ever community-funded child trauma recovery centre for children impacted by abuse.
The colourful array of boxes are uniquely shaped as houses to symbolise the sense of home and safety every child needs.
Hill Street Grocer, which partnered with the ACF to help build the centre, needed new donation boxes for its shop counters and approached St Mary’s College for help.
The boxes will be placed on the counters of all 10 Hill Street stores around the state, and donations will go into a dedicated fund for the Tasmanian Child Trauma Recovery Centre.
Donations can also be made online at childhood.org.au
Designers in the spotlight
St Mary’s College Graphic Design students, Isabella Franklin, Imogen Barry-Murphy and Taylah Pickett (Year 11) have been working with College Principal, Helen Spencer and Sister Gabrielle Morgan PBVM on the design on a new leadlight window, to be installed in the College’s Adrian Doyle Chapel to mark our 150th anniversary in 2018.
The ‘Presentation Window’ will be centred on the concept of ‘Mary saying “yes” to God’. Its design will comprise individual pieces of coloured glass, which will be intricately cut and joined together with a lead channel between pieces.
Once completed, the window will serve to complement four leadlight windows on the opposite side of the Chapel building which signify the Story of Creation.
Helen and the girls are pictured here with local glass designer and maker, Merinda Young, who the College has commissioned to create the Presentation Window.
The window is anticipated to be finalised for installation by the end of this year. Stay tuned for more updates soon.
SMC art exhibition draws a crowd
The evening of Friday 16 November saw the opening of the annual St Mary’s College Art Exhibition in the Senior Common Room.
We were delighted to have close to 100 guests attend the exhibition, which featured works from Year 9-12 students of visual art, photography, graphic design and new media. Click here to view a selection of works on our online photo gallery: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/St-Mary’s-College-Student-Art-Exhibition
Proud family and friends had the opportunity to view student artworks on display in the common room, level 1-2 corridors and the art and new media classrooms until November 20.
The evening’s program also included a special guest address by Tasmanian artist, Joshua Andree and the presentation of the 2017 Art Awards and Art Acquisitions, which recognise those students who have delivered outstanding results and dedication to art.
Congratulations to the following students whose work was selected:
2017 Art Awards
Marissa Chu (New Media)
2017 Art Acquisitions
We would like to thank all parents, students and art teachers for your involvement in making this year’s art exhibition such a great success.
Thank you also to Joshua Andree for being our guest speaker and sponsors, AdArt and Derwent Ceramic Supplies, for helping bring the event into fruition.
Leavers' Dinner 2017
On Friday 24 November the Year 12 class of 2017 celebrated another rite of passage – their Year 12 Leavers’ Dinner.
Cameras, laughter, tears, dancing and a DJ – the event had it all! Our graduates were no longer girls, but lovely young women, who all looked so glamorous and classy dressed in their finery.
The Year 12s had a fantastic night and their parents, significant others and teachers were delighted to share it with them.
Supporting the Presentation Sister mission
This year, each Homeroom at St Mary’s College has been involved in running fundraising events to support the Presentation Sister mission in the Philippines, as part of their Nagle Foundation fundraising for 2017.
We are delighted to announce that a total of $2,000 has been raised as a result of these efforts. Well done, SMC.
Sister Gabrielle Morgan PBVM, on behalf of the Presentation Sisters, accepted the donation at our Presentation Mass on Tuesday 21 November, where each Sister was also gifted a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
Observed annually on November 21, the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast that celebrates Mary’s dedication to God and her identification with the Temple of God.
St Mary's continues to excel in science
On Sunday 26 November, a group of St Mary’s girls, together with Science Coordinator, Heather Omant, travelled to Launceston to attend the Tasmanian Science Talent Search prize-giving ceremony, where the students were honoured for their outstanding research investigations submitted earlier in the year. Read a summary of the Tasmanian Science Talent Search here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/celebrating-outstanding-talent-in-science/
In addition to the prizes received, all students were awarded Rowe Scientific Student Awards for Excellence. Eloise Deconinck (Year 10) received the Rowe Scientific Award for Most Promising Young Scientist in the intermediate division for 2017.
In more fantastic news, Eloise, Spriha Paudel and Keeley Hine-Haycock (Year 10) have been selected as national finalists in the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards (BHPBSEA), joining just 23 other students Australia-wide. The girls will travel to the finals camp in Melbourne in February 2018.
This is the fourth consecutive year that St Mary’s College has had a student/students enter into the BHPBSEA finals.
Andrew Clarke appointed new Director of Identity and Mission
The College is pleased to advise that our Religious Education Coordinator, Andrew Clarke has been successfully appointed to the position of Director of Identity and Mission.
Andrew, who will commence the role in January 2018, replaces Matthew Williams, who after five-years of service to the College is sadly leaving with his family to take up the position of Deputy Principal at St Peter’s College in Melbourne.
Congratulations, Andrew and Matt on your new roles. We wish you both the very best as you set forth on your journeys.
Entries open for 150th Anniversary Art Competition
We are calling on all creatives to enter their designs in the St Mary’s College 150th Anniversary Art Competition.
The competition, which runs until April 2018, is an exciting opportunity for SMC’s emerging artists to showcase their work at our 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on May 12, 2018.
Along with the coveted title, winners will take home a $150 AdArt voucher and their work will be framed and hung on display at the College.
The competition is open to all current students (Kinder to Year 12), alumni, teachers/staff and parents and friends of the College, with prizes to be awarded in the following categories:
Junior School ($150 AdArt voucher)
Senior School ($150 AdArt voucher)
People’s Choice ($50 AdArt voucher).
For more information (including the full Terms and Conditions) and to apply, please visit: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/calling-all-creatives-2018-art-competition/
2017 National VET Award
Congratulations to the College’s VET team, Angela Mitchelmore, Michelle Baker, Rosemary Dwyer, Trish McConnon and Maria Cooper who, as part of our VET consortium, have won the 2017 National School Pathways to VET Award.
St Mary’s College is a proud member of the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Colleges Trade Training Centre and is thrilled to receive this accolade.
New Koalas and Wallabies receive a warm welcome
On Tuesday 28 November we warmly welcomed approximately 50 new boys and girls to St Mary’s College for our Kindergarten 2018 Orientation Day.
It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces as our new enrolling students spent the morning getting to know the Kindergarten teaching team and support staff. They also had the chance to explore the school grounds, before meeting back in the Nagle Centre for morning tea. Thank you to everyone who attended the session.
We look forward to welcoming our new Kinders back at the start of 2018 as they ‘officially’ start their educational journey with us as Koalas and Wallabies.
Record-breaking performance at JSSATIS Athletics Carnival
What a day we had at the recent JSSATIS Athletics Carnival!
Following a false start on Thursday 16 November due to inclement weather, SMC’s 38 athletes were keener than ever to stretch their legs on the track and field, with the rain holding off just enough for the carnival to go ahead on the Friday (November 17).
Not only were our young competitors blessed with sunny, and even warm conditions by the afternoon, but we also had a number of stand-out performances on the day.
In particular, Jessica Smith (Year 4) put in an impressive performance, breaking the Year 4 girls’ 800m record – the longest-standing record on the JSSATIS program.
Jess crossed the line with a time of 2:52.06, managing to beat the previous record time of 2:53.50, which was set in 2004!
Well done to the following students:
Maddison Cains: High jump – 3rd.
Emma Grubb: High jump – 2nd.
Isabelle Hoggett: High jump – 3rd.
Isobel Gray: 400m – 1st (.3 of a second off the record), long jump – 3rd, 100m – 1st, 100m relay – 2nd, high jump – 3rd, 200m – 1st.
Grace Fogarty: High jump – 1st.
A special mention must also go to the following students who participated in up to five events on the day. While some may have missed out on a place, they all put in 100 per cent in every event and should be commended for their efforts.
- Kendra Vizer: 1500m, 400m, 100m, 100m relay, 200m, long jump.
- Nyah Hall: 400m, 100m – 4th, 100m relay, 200m – 3rd, 800m.
- Mia Anderson: Vortex – 5th, long jump, 100m – 2nd, 100m relay – 2nd, 200m – 2nd.
- Bree Steele: 100m – 1st, 100m relay – 2nd, 200m – 4th, 800m.
- Penny Williams: 400m – 3rd, 100m – 2nd, 100m relay – 3rd, 200m – 3rd.
- Mackenzie Graves: Vortex, 100m – 1st, 100m relay – 3rd, 200m – 1st.
A big congratulations to all the girls who participated in the carnival. They represented St Mary’s College with excellence and never failed to show each other respect and support, both on and off the track/field. We are very proud of them.
Year 7/8 Regional Basketball State Final
Congratulations to the following Year 7/8 girls for an outstanding result in the regional basketball state final, where they placed third on the ladder. Terrific job, girls and well done for remaining undefeated during the southern round.
Olivia Read – southern only
We sincerely thank coach, Ash Banks, team manager, Shellie Wilton and all parents who supported the girls.
Parents and Friends update
Thank you for a wonderful, fun-filled 2017
In our report this week, and on behalf of the new committee, I would like to formally acknowledge all the wonderful contributions, innovative ideas and leadership of our outgoing President, Jo Messer, who has completed her final term with us. Jo, your enthusiasm, boundless energy, support, laughter and pride in our community will be sorely missed. We would like to thank you for all the fun and great times we have had as a committee these past few years. Under your leadership and guidance, we have managed to contribute to the SMC community the total sum of $38,307 – what an impressive year this has been! We have hosted some lovely community-building events throughout the year, which we will continue to grow well into the future. For a full report of the P&F contributions, please visit the P&F webpage on the College website via the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/parents-friends-association/
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our incoming President, Stacey Daley. Stacey comes to us with a wealth of business experience, knowledge and fresh ideas that we cannot wait to share with you all next year. We look forward to our new journey with Stacey at the helm, so watch this space.
To our new and existing committee members, I would like to personally thank you for a wonderful, fun-filled year. We are a great team, and we have worked hard to achieve the successes we have to date and overcome obstacles in our way. One event we will never forget and fail to laugh over was our outdoor fair, which soon become our indoor fair in just a matter of hours due to weather conditions that went off without a hitch! I look forward to working with you again next year to continue to support both the Junior and Senior School students, staff and departments.
We welcome your suggestions and feedback – our president’s email remains the same, so please send your thoughts and ideas to email@example.com. Our new meeting dates will be available on our P&F page, and we would welcome any parent or friend of the College to attend.
Thank you again to all the parents for your continued contributions, assistance and support. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018.
Contact: Kylie (E): firstname.lastname@example.org (T): 0408 487 393