From the Principal
Winter is coming…
With the coming of winter and the shortening of days, it is even more important for us to be mindful of our own health and the health of our families. Making some time to get organised to put in place all the things we know we should be doing is an essential element for weekends, especially at this time of year.
As children move into adolescence, it is important to encourage them to maintain exercise, be mindful of healthy eating and consider vitamin D. Sleep is something that also varies in this growing phase. Headspace has a good factsheet on it, which can be accessed online here.
I’m sharing a prayer that the Presentations Sisters are praying. It shows what inspiring women of faith they are!
You are luring us unto a future more
expansive than our minds can conceive.
Grace us and make space in the womb of
our hearts for the possibilities you offer us.
Unsettle us! Disturb us!
Move us to the edge of new horizons
that we may be open as you come to
us in our sisters and brothers
and the cry of our earth.
May wisdom’s flame shine for us,
within us and from us –
our feet know the way;
our hearts carry the light.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 30 May
- Time and Space: Year 8 Mother and Daughter Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (6.45pm for a 7.00pm start).
Thursday 31 May
- Time and Space: Year 7 Father and Daughter Evening, Mary Morgan Wing (6.45pm for a 7.00pm start).
Friday 1 June
- Year 11/12 (2019) subject selection opens.
Sunday 3 June
- Walk with Christ from St Joseph’s Church to St Mary’s Cathedral (walk departs at 1.15pm).
Monday 4 June
- Excursion: Year 4 Bluegum to Freemasons Homes of Southern Tasmania, Lindisfarne (1.00-3.00pm).
Tuesday 5 June
- World Environment Day.
- Excursion: Year 6 to Dru Point, Margate (9.15am-1.30pm).
Wednesday 6 June
- Excursion: Year 4 Myrtle to Freemasons Homes of Southern Tasmania, Lindisfarne (1.00-3.00pm).
Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 June
- Melbourne Art Trip.
Friday 8 June
- STCPSSA Cross Country Carnival, Rokeby Police Academy (9.15am-1.45pm).
Monday 11 – Friday 15 June
- Cyber Safety Awareness Week.
Wednesday 13 June
- Kindergarten 2019 second round offers released.
Congratulations to the following students:
- Shea Williams (Year 12), who has won a scholarship to participate in the 2018 Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington DC in July 2018. Shea is one of more than 350 young women from across the world chosen to attend the summit, which is hosted annually by the United Nations Foundation.
- Isabel Burdick (Year 8), who competed in the southern final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition earlier this month. Isabel came second in the junior section of the competition, which saw her prepare a speech on the topic, ‘Proud to be different’, as well as an impromptu topic.
- Chloe Cooper (Year 11), who was among 20 Year 11 and 12 students from across the state to attend the 2018 Tasmanian Youth Science Forum – a three-day program hosted by the University of Tasmania’s College of Science and Engineering.
- Stephanie Pickrell (Year 12) and Hannah Pickrell (Year 8), who have both successfully qualified for upcoming weightlifting championships. Hannah has been selected to represent Tasmania in the Youth National Weightlifting Championships to be held in Perth in July 2018. Her older sister, Stephanie will compete against athletes from more than 25 countries when she represents Australia at the Junior Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent Uzbekistan, also in July.
- Alanna Cooper (Year 11), who has been selected in the 2018 National Centre of Excellence (CoE) U17 netball squad. Alanna is one of only three Tasmanian netball players appointed. She will attend a national squad camp at the Netball CoE in Canberra in October 2018.
- Leni Vagg (Year 4), who finished 1st in the Tas Wake Association Summer Series. The series consisted of three rounds of wakeboarding held over four months in New Norfolk, Launceston and Meadow Bank.
- Jessica Smith (Year 5), who won the junior female section of the City to Casino 2.7km fun run event. Jessica recorded a time of 10:13, which saw her place 6th overall and awarded a trophy and $200 gift voucher.
- Charlotte Chambers (Year 9), who has been selected in the Tasmanian U15 girls’ soccer team that will compete in the National Youth Challenge, which will be held in Coffs Harbour in July 2018.
Walk With Christ
Students and their families are invited to attend the 2018 Walk With Christ, which will be held on Sunday 3 June to mark the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Walk With Christ is the annual Eucharistic procession that travels through the streets of Hobart and culminates with prayer and Benediction at St Mary’s Cathedral.
Led by Archbishop Julian Porteous, this year’s walk will depart St Joseph’s Church, (corner of Harrington and Macquarie streets), at 1.15pm. For interested people not walking, Benediction will be held at 3.00m at the Cathedral.
Representatives from the College will be attending the procession, during which they will carry the Book of Life. The book will then be presented before the Blessed Sacrament at St Mary’s Cathedral.
A centuries-old tradition, the Walk With Christ engages Catholics of all ages in a public demonstration of faith.
Read about last year’s walk at the following link: https://hobart.catholic.org.au/media/news/walking-christ
2018 NCCD information for parents
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students with disability and the level of reasonable educational adjustment they are provided with.
Read more about the data collection here: 2018 NCCD Information Sheet for Parents
Show your support for our Year 5 choir
St Mary’s College is delighted to announce that our Year 5 choir will be taking part in the 2018 Tasmania Sings, which will be held on Thursday 5 July at Hobart City Hall, Macquarie Street, Hobart.
Our young singers will join more than 500 participating students from 14 Tasmanian schools, who will come together under the direction of guest conductor, Chris Burcin.
Accompanied by the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the choirs will perform a varied program of choral music, including songs by Australian composers.
This event usually sells out, so please ensure you don’t miss out on the opportunity of seeing this performance.
To book your ticket, log onto: https://festivalofvoices.com/tasmania-sings/
Reminder: Monday 11 June is a public holiday
Families are reminded that Monday 11 June is the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. The College will be closed on this day, re-opening Tuesday 12 June.
Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth!
Mum's the word for Year 12 Mother's Day Breakfast
By Lydia Attrill (Year 12)
On Thursday 17 May the Year 12 students hosted the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, a celebration of mums and an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the chosen Prefect charity.
The Prefects have chosen Neuroblastoma Australia as their charity for 2018, which supports children with cancer, as well as their families and carers. Neuroblastoma is a cause very close to the hearts of the Year 12 students, and they are making the most of this opportunity to support children with cancer and fund research to fight back against this cruel disease.
This year’s breakfast included a raffle, lucky door prize and silent auction, all of which helped raise funds for this chosen cause. Guests also had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker, Karen Rogers who works for the Cancer Council Australia and worked directly with Year 12 student, Rose during her many treatments.
The Year 12 students and their mums were honoured to hear from her and learn not only about Rose’s journey but also about one of the many charities helping people like her every day.
The event was a great success and the Year 12s all enjoyed spending time with their mums and special friends on the day.
To view more photos from the Year 12 Mother’s Day Breakfast, visit our online gallery here.
Model United Nations Assembly 2018
On May 19-20 St Mary’s College Year 10 students, Fay Burke, Ella Griggs, Leah Morrison and Anya Grimmett travelled to Deloraine, in Tasmania’s central north, to compete in the annual Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA).
Organised and sponsored by Rotary clubs throughout Tasmania, MUNA pits teams of like-minded Year 10 students against each other as they debate issues of international significance.
In pairs, the girls represented the United Kingdom and Australia as they discussed global issues ranging from the use of chemical weapons, climate change commitments, production of universal education and other social, economic and political challenges the UN is dealing with currently.
Ella and Anya, representing the United Kingdom, were announced as the winners of MUNA’s ‘Most Improved’ award.
We commend our SMC representatives for their enthusiasm and diplomacy, and the commitment to research that was displayed throughout the competition.
Students code their way to competition success
St Mary’s College students achieved high scores in Grok Learning’s Web.Comp 2018, a coding competition which teaches new coders from around the world how to design their own websites.
Students competed for five weeks alongside more than 6,000 students from across Australia and the world, using code to design websites of increasing sophistication and complexity. The twist? Many of them had never written a line of code before!
In the final week of the competition, students used their new coding skills and creativity to produce their own website designs. The designs were submitted into a design tournament, where other competitors, along with the public, voted on the best designs in head-to-head rounds.
Congratulations to the following students:
Jessica Bremner (Year 8), who achieved a High Distinction in the beginner’s section.
Lucy Eade (Year 5), who achieved a Perfect Score in the intermediate section.
For more information about the competition, visit https://groklearning.com/webcomp/
Science and Engineering Challenge inspires young minds
By Shakira Bone (Year 9)
On Friday 25 May, students in Year 9 and 10 from our College participated in the UTAS Science and Engineering Challenge.
In teams of four, we competed in numerous events testing our science and engineering skills.
Some students competed in two half-day activities, while others took part in one full day activity.
The challenges were mentally stimulating and pushed us to our limits, but in true St Mary’s style, we all went ‘one pace beyond’ and showed resilience, as well as determination.
One event that posed a great challenge was the ‘Helter Skelter Shelter’. In this challenge, teams had to construct two towers with limited resources: Three metres of tape, eight straws and eight pieces of A4 paper (per tower).
One of these towers had to undergo a static test. The team’s tower which could withhold the most weight and had the most reasonable height won this part of the activity.
The second tower had to undergo a seismic test. The team’s tower which could withhold the most weight on an ‘earthquake’ machine and had the most reasonable height won this part of the activity.
This challenge proved to be quite difficult as we only had limited resources and had to make the tallest and most stable tower we could. A great deal of the time was spent constructing each tower and discussing the ways we could make the towers tall, yet stable enough to hold multiple weights.
As a school, we were impressed with our results and came out of the challenge with a new perspective of science and engineering. We’d like to offer a huge thanks to Dr Gourlay and Mrs Lelong for organising and supervising us at the event.
Congratulations to all the teams that participated, I’m sure we all look forward to the challenge again next year!
SMC hosts international expert in education
We were incredibly honoured to welcome international education expert, James Nottingham to the College on Friday 18 May.
A highly successful speaker, published author and entrepreneur, James is considered a leader in the world of education, and is renowned for his ability to rethink norms and create motivating learning.
James, who flew in from the UK specially to present to us, delivered a series of exciting workshops for teaching and leadership staff, which focused on areas of student learning including ‘challenge’, ‘feedback’, ‘growth mindset’ and ‘progress’.
Staff were encouraged to test out new teaching strategies and techniques and found James’ presentation very inspiring and motivating!
Getting to the heart of the humanities
A group of St Mary’s College Senior School Humanities teachers were very excited to have the opportunity to head off to the recent ‘Heart of Humanities Conference.’
The conference was jointly run by the Tasmanian Association for the Teachers of English (TATE), Tasmanian History Teachers’ Association (THTA) and the Tasmanian Geography Teachers Association (TGTA).
The teachers were lucky enough to hear passionate and inspiring key note speeches by celebrated children’s authors, Morris Gleitzman and Jackie French, as well as participate in a range of workshops on how to reinvigorate the teaching of English, history and geography.
In added coup for the College, teachers Chelsea Mouritz and Gillian Goldsworthy had the chance to present a workshop at the conference. Their workshop sought to guide teachers on using the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities as a framework to allow students to explicitly focus on skill development.
It was an honour for Chelsea and Gillian to be selected to present at the conference alongside leaders in humanities education across Australia.
Congratulations to our 2018 Confirmation recipients
Congratulations to all our students on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation last Sunday (May 20, 2018).
The girls and boys were presented with their certificates and a pin in recognition of this important milestone at a special Liturgy in the Cathedral attended by their families and peers on Friday 25 May.
Thank you to our Religious Education staff for all their hard work in supporting families in preparing children throughout the year, and to our SMC parent community which continues to guide and nurture our young people on their faith journeys.
Please keep these newly confirmed students in your prayers:
Margaret (Maggie) Parker
Pier Giorgio Rigoli
Students think art is all the rage
Art students in Year 10, 11 and 12 recently visited the Long Gallery in Salamanca to view the touring Art Rage exhibition.
This exhibition showcased the work of outstanding 11/12 Art students from around the state, including work from three of our former and current SMC students.
Students arrived in time to listen to one of the artists speak about their work and were given the opportunity to pose questions to inform their own art practices.
You can view more photos on our online gallery here.
Kinder classes share a love of reading
Our Kindergarten classes were enthralled by the fast-paced action and adventure in the story of Hickory Dickory Dash.
Written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood, the fun picture book was read to our Wallabies and Koalas on May 24 in celebration of National Simultaneous Storytime.
Now in its 18th year, the annual event sees children from across Australia unite to read the same book on the same day. #NSS2018
More photos are on our online gallery here.
SMC Cross Country Carnival - the results are in!
Congratulations to the following students who were named age group winners and runners-up in the Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnival, which was held on May 14 at the Queens Domain.
Champion – Kendra Vizer
Runner-up – Claire Oliver
Champion – Mary Clingeleffer
Runner-up – Millie Lane
Champion – Sophie J. Robinson
Runner-up – Bianca Hoggett
Champion – Lucy Eade
Runner-up – Sophie E. Robinson
Champion – Anna Blackwell
Runner-up – Julia Gunn
Captain – Olivia Eade
Vice-Captain – Anna Blackwell
House Trophy Award
The final placings were:
1st – Nagle on 363 points
2nd – Manresa on 288 points
3rd – Presentation on 275 points
4th – College on 261 points
Champion – Priscilla Wara
Runner-up – Beatrix Clarke
Champion – Billie Salter
Runner-up – Mackenzie Graves
Champion – Jessica Smith
Runner-up – Mia Anderson
Champion – Nyah Hall
Runner-up – Isabelle Hoggett
Congratulations to the St Mary’s College Cross Country team that competed in today’s SSATIS Carnival at Rokeby Police Academy!
Winter sport: First-Grade Captains and new players
First-Grade Captain – Lillian Wing (Year 11)
Vice-Captain – Isabella Franklin (Year 12)
New players – Bridget Haydon (Year 11), Chloe Bowden (Year 11), Elizabeth McGann (Year 11), Holly McConnon (Year 10)
First-Grade Captain – Olivia Eade (Year 12)
Vice-Captain – Ellie Kaye (Year 12)
New players – Amelie Cox (Year 8), Emma Fenner (Year 8)
Midford Uniform Shop update
Term 2 trading hours
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
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