From the Principal
Last night we celebrated our Graduation Mass with Year 12. Before we went in, I told the group how lucky they were to be part of a cohort who knew each other so well and who were also part of a great tradition.
Following a beautiful Mass, the latest artwork for the 150th was unveiled on the facade of the Convent building; a video installation celebrating our past and heralding our future.
We had a sumptuous supper in the staff room – perhaps a bit small for the occasion, but it was definitely celebratory! And so begins the beginning of the end of the year.
A beautiful part of the graduation tradition is the staff singing a blessing to Year 12. We will continue to pray for our leavers over the coming weeks.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 1 November
- EveryBody Program family session (Kinder to Year 2), Mary Morgan Wing (5.30pm).
Friday 2 November
- Final day for Year 11 and 12.
- Excursion: Year 2 to Train Park, West Hobart.
- Leavers’ Assembly, Nagle Centre (1.30-2.35pm).
- Belling-out (2.35-2.55pm).
Saturday 3 November
- SMC Alumni Mass, AGM and Reunion, St Mary’s Cathedral (12.00pm) followed by afternoon tea and AGM in staffroom (2.30pm onwards).
Sunday 4 November
- Rowing – blessing of the boats, New Town Rowing Shed (10.00am-1.00pm).
Monday 5 – Friday 9 November
- Year 11-12 Study Week.
- Year 11-12 Language oral examinations.
- Year 11-12 Music practical examinations.
Monday 5 November
- Additional offers commence for Year 7 2020.
- EveryBody Program family session (Year 3-6), Mary Morgan Wing, 5.30pm.
Tuesday 6 November
- Pre-Kinder session for Kinder Koalas 2019 (9.30-10.30am).
Wednesday 7 November
- Prep to Year 6 Orientation Day, Year 10 Common Room (9.15-11.30am).
- Prep to Year 2 Athletics Carnival, College Green (‘top ground’) (12.45-2.30pm).
Thursday 8 November
- Pre-Kinder session for Kinder Wallabies 2019 (9.30-10.30am).
Friday 9 November
- Excursion: Kinder Wallabies to Campbell Street Woolworths.
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 November
- Junior Rowing Camp, Lake Barrington.
Monday 12 – Thursday 22 November
- Year 11-12 TASC written examinations.
Monday 12 November
- P&F meeting, St Mary’s College (5.30pm).
Tuesday 13 November
- Pre-Kinder session 2 for Kinder Koalas 2019 (9.30-10.30am).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Georgia Chambers, Neve Mason, Alyssa Lee (Year 9) and Bethany Creese (Year 7), who competed at the national finals of the Future Problem Solving Program, held recently in Melbourne.
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Reminder: SMC Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting
The St Mary’s College Alumni Association will be holding its annual Alumni Mass and Annual General Meeting (AGM) this Saturday 3 November.
Mass in the St Mary’s Cathedral will commence at 12.00pm followed by afternoon tea ($20) – including bubbles – and the AGM from 2.30pm at the College.
The meeting is a great opportunity for SMC alumni to meet up with old and new faces and share ideas on alumni programs and events.
In honour of our 150th anniversary year, each alumni will be invited to ring the school bell.
There’s still time to register your interest to attend by contacting the College Business Office on (03) 6108 2560.
Alternatively, please follow the payment instructions on the flyer available on our website: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/past-scholars-association/
Expressions of Interest for 2019 student exchange
St Mary’s College is calling for expressions of interest from students wishing to undertake an exchange in 2019.
Students studying Italian and who will be in Year 9, 10, 11, 12 in 2019 are eligible to apply.
We encourage students to take up this excellent opportunity to experience living and learning internationally.
If your child does not wish to participate in the exchange but, as a family, you are happy to host a student, we would love to hear from you.
Further information on the exchange program offered by St Mary’s College can be obtained by contacting Tammy Carlton: email@example.com
2019 student cultural tour to Italy
We are excited to reveal that preliminary plans for a cultural and educational tour of Italy in September/October 2019 have begun.
Girls who will be studying Italian and who will be in Year 9, 10, 11 or 12 in 2019 are invited to put forward an expression of interest to take part in the cultural tour.
To give parents and carers the opportunity to view and discuss the proposed itinerary and projected costs, we invite you to attend a meeting on November 12, 2018 at 6.30pm in our Italian classroom.
For further information and to obtain an expression of interest form, please contact Tammy Carlton on 6108 2560 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation urgently needed for Junior School family
Can you help?
The College is looking for a one or two-bedroom dwelling that may be suitable for one of our Junior School families (a single parent and daughter).
The accommodation is urgently required from the beginning of December 2018, as the family needs to vacate their current one-bedroom unit at the end of November.
If you or someone you know would be willing to offer self-contained accommodation, such as a granny flat or similar, please contact Gai Bath at the College: email@example.com
Accommodation close to a bus route is highly desirable. References can be provided upon request.
Thanks in advance for your consideration and assistance!
Catholic Standard digital edition: October 2018
Please take a moment to read this month’s edition of the Catholic Standard, which you can access online using the link below:
Hughes-Warrington Learning Hub declared officially open
The College was delighted to welcome St Mary’s Alumna, Marnie Hughes-Warrington on October 29 to mark the official opening and blessing of the Hughes-Warrington Learning Hub, named in her honour.
Professor Hughes-Warrington, who graduated from SMC in 1987, is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Australian National University in Canberra.
Her name is mentioned in various contexts within St Mary’s College with respect and awe, because her academic achievements are simply outstanding!
In particular, we are very proud to claim Professor Hughes-Warrington as our only Rhodes Scholar in the 113 years of the award.
The Hughes-Warrington Learning Hub will provide an inspirational and collaborative space for educators at St Mary’s College to encourage young minds to reach their full potential.
You can read more about Professor Hughes-Warrington and the vision behind the College’s new Learning Hub in our Director of Pedagogy’s blog post here.
Congratulations to our College Prefects for 2019
Congratulations to our newly elected Prefects for 2019.
We wish these wonderful young women all the best as they serve the College body in the coming year and look forward to their valuable contribution.
Chloe Cooper (Head Prefect)
Saakshi Dhakal (Deputy Prefect)
Chloe Bowden (Deputy Prefect)
Students band together to support College fundraisers
Students were out in force on October 24 to show their support for the College’s annual Socktober and Bandanna Day fundraising events.
‘Crazy’ socks and bandannas of all colours, patterns and prints could be seen around the College, as Senior School students took part in a sausage sizzle and Junior School students indulged in an ice-cream cone to do their bit for two important causes:
Catholic Mission’s October appeal, ‘Healing a Nation through Education’, which is raising funds to support educational programs in Myanmar; and Neuroblastoma Australia, the Prefect’s chosen charity for 2018.
We are still finalising figures but are proud to announce that the Junior School raised more than $1,400 through its combined Bandanna Day and Socktober appeals. Well done to everyone who made a contribution!
More photos from the event can be viewed on our online gallery here: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/Crazy-Socks-and-Bandanna-Day
Celebrating 150 faces of St Mary's College
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 150 Faces of St Mary’s College book launch on Wednesday 17 October.
The evening was a wonderful celebration of our SMC community and the hard work of College Archivist, Margaret Rootes, who researched and wrote the book.
The book features 150 men and women who have been fully or partially educated at the College during its first 150 years of operation.
It tells the story of the College through its people, highlighting achievements through personal anecdotes, memories and photographs relevant to their time.
A former student – and later, teacher – of the College, Mrs Rootes returned to St Mary’s in 2013 to establish the school’s first Heritage Archive Centre.
Fuelled by a passion for St Mary’s College and a desire to capture its rich and colourful history, she spent three years researching and writing the book, which she describes as ‘a labour of love’.
‘It is all about St Mary’s College, a place of which I am unashamedly fond of and to which I am strongly connected,’ Mrs Rootes said.
150 Faces of St Mary’s College can be purchased for $45 through the St Mary’s College office or online at www.smc.tas.edu.au
Visit our online photo gallery for more photos from the night: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/150-Faces-of-SMC-book-launch
Outdoor Education students flex their adventurous spirit
Our Year 10 students enjoyed an exhilarating day of scaling rock faces and abseiling during their recent Outdoor Education camp at Freycinet National Park.
The excursion offers our girls a different adventure and the opportunity to build on their experience of camping, while taking away strengthened friendships, respect, resilience and a sense of accomplishment.
From sea kayaking at Coles Bay, mountain biking at Friendly Beaches and making the trek to Wineglass Bay, the young ladies embraced every physical and mental challenge that they were faced with and supported each other along the way.
St Mary's College Student Art Exhibition Opening Night
Please join us at the College for a special viewing of the outstanding artwork that our Year 9-12 students have produced this year.
The opening night of the 2018 St Mary’s College Student Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday 15 November from 6.00-7.30pm in the Senior School Common Room (Mary Morgan Wing, level 2).
Along with the opportunity to view the showcased works, the evening will include a special guest address and the presentation of the prestigious 2018 Art Awards and Art Acquisitions, which recognise those students who have delivered outstanding results and dedication to art.
Enjoy refreshments in the exhibition space, while also admiring the artwork on display in the corridors on level 1 and 2, and in the Art and New media classrooms.
The Senior School Common Room can be accessed through the top gate in Brisbane Street to give you flat access across the College Green (‘top ground’).
Humanities and Social Sciences update
Throughout the year, many students have participated in a range of Humanities competitions and opportunities. We are very proud of all students who have been involved, particularly in their resilience to take on challenges and passion to investigate the world around them.
I would like to congratulate the students who participated in the National History Challenge:
- Molly Topham (Year 8): ‘How was the Holocaust a turning point for human rights?’
- Charlotte Cleary (Year 10): ‘How were the 1967 Tasmanian bushfires a turning point?’
In Year 9, students have the opportunity to enter the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize. The following students conducted research into the impact of World War I and armistice, presenting their findings in either essay or video format.
- Emma Johnson
- Shreya Karunakara
- Amelia Roberts
- Phoebe Teale
I wish to thank HaSS teacher, Christina Martini, for assisting students to prepare for this competition.
Over the Term 3 holidays, Year 9 students, Emily Keane and Isabella Cox were successful in their applications to attend the Tasmanian Youth Local Government Conference. The program aims to empower its participants to engage with local issues, represent their community and collaborate on policy ideas. The girls took part in workshops, spoke with local councillors and discussed local issues that were important to them. We are proud of how they represented the school. I would also to acknowledge Isobel Kuo, in Year 12, who did a great job as a facilitator at the conference.
Finally, we have also received excellent results for the Australian Geography Competition that was held in Term 2. We would like to acknowledge the following students who achieved outstanding results:
Top 1 per cent in Australia
There are a range of Humanities opportunities that are offered throughout the year on the school bulletin and the Humanities notice board. It is fantastic to see so many students getting involved, developing their skills and sharing these with the wider community. Congratulations to all students.
Humanities and Social Sciences Coordinator
SMC combatting the War on Waste
SMC is continuing its ‘War on Waste’ by phasing out single-use whiteboard markers.
Our old disposable markers will be replaced with refillable AusPen markers which feature metal casings, lids made from recyclable post-consumer plastic from discarded ink jet cartridges and ink that is xylene free.
They also come with replaceable nibs and inserts to cater for the inevitable wear and tear of teaching.
Championed by former staff member, Kerry Hennessy, who used his set of AusPens for more than 20 years, the new markers will soon be used by all teaching staff across the College.
As plastics persist in the environment for hundreds of years, every pen makes a difference. And with six fun colours to choose from, they will brighten up any lesson!
Help us make disposable coffee cups a thing of the past
Going Green with the Footprint Project
Last week the SMC Footprint Project conducted an audit of the waste at St Mary’s collected in one day. The group found 31 disposable coffee cups.
That’s 155 disposable coffee cups in a school week!
Did you know that:
- Each year 500 000 cars worth of greenhouse gas emissions are emitted by paper cups?
- 58 billion paper cups are thrown away globally each year?
- 32 million trees are cut down to produce paper cups?
- 100 billion litres of water are used to produce paper cups?
To do our bit for the environment, we have decided to design and sell St Mary’s College KeepCups.
By using KeepCups we can save forests, cut waste and tackle climate change!
We will be selling St Mary’s KeepCups to students at the Sustainability Fair on December 6 for $10. What a bargain!
Check out our design below:
Sarah Thomas, Gracie Pelham, Clare Wanandy, Jasmine Williams, Meg Brewer, Sasha Bennett
Year 3/4 Extension Group
1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching
Parenting Plus is offering 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching to parents and carers of two to 12-year-olds as an evening course on November 21 and 28 from 6.00-9.00pm at 2 Swan Street, New Town.
Presented by St Mary’s College Counsellor, Gai Bath together with Maxine Lowry, the course is designed to assist families to learn more about how to sort behaviours to make a positive and well-informed response, emotion coach their child/ren, parent peacefully and, ultimately, develop a strong and respectful relationship with their child/ren.
Registration can be made on the website (http://www.parentingplus.net.au/) or by phoning 0409 971 757.
Please refer to the below flyer for more information.
Parent survey on education issues
St Mary’s College parents and carers are invited to have their say on issues relating to their child/ren’s education and schooling by participating in a short survey, which is available to complete online at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q32ZQ22
Run by the Australian Parents Council (APC), the survey should only take three minutes to complete and all responses will be kept anonymous.
The findings of this survey will assist the APC to advocate for parents across the political landscape.
The Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council is an affiliate member of the APC, an apolitical, non-profit organisation representing the interests of parents with children at non-government schools at the federal level.
If you would like to know more bout APC, please visit the Facebook page or www.austparents.edu.au
Basketball wrap up
Year 3-4 runners-up
Well done to our Year 3/4 division 2 basketball team who finished runners-up (by just two points) in the Southern Primary School Basketball Championships, which were held on the weekend of October 20-21.
Not only did the girls compete in five games over the two-day tournament – which is very impressive, but it was the first time they had played together as a group!
They represented St Mary’s College in fantastic spirit and should be commended for their hard work and sportsmanship.
Congratulations to all participants and thank you to coach, Natalie Geard for your dedication, encouragement and enthusiasm.
Senior finals results
Year 7 Green won their final on Wednesday 24 October, beating Sacred Heart College 48-33 in a very fast-paced and action-packed game.
Unfortunately, our Year 8 team didn’t get the same result, going down 26-21 to Sacred Heart.
Overall, we had a really good basketball season with three of our seven teams making finals, and even though it is nice to finish on top, the main aim of all our sports at St Mary’s is about having fun, being active and playing sports with your friends.
A big thank you needs to go to all the amazing parents who helped out with coaching, scoring and team management as well. Without them, none if would be possible!
Senior School Sports Coordinator
Parents and Friends update
150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar a success
It’s ‘fair’ to say that our 150th Anniversary Grand Bazaar was a ‘grand’ success!
Thank you to everyone who supported the SMC Parents and Friends Association by attending, and all those who helped with stalls, donations, sponsorship, setting up and packing up.
An event of this scale takes a great deal of planning and team work, and your spirit, generosity and enthusiasm did not go unnoticed!
Congratulations to Annabel Hutchinson (Year 1), pictured left, who won the lolly jar guessing competition, and the Cruz family, who were announced as the lucky winners of the Giant Trailer Hamper Raffle.
More photos from the event can be viewed on our online gallery here: https://www.smc.tas.edu.au/photos/nggallery/galleries/150th-Anniversary-Grand-Bazaar
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop update
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
Stand Up Paddle Surf Groms – 9-12-year-olds
Where: Dodges Ferry, Seven Mile Beach, Kingston, Sandy Bay.
When: Term 4 (after school and weekends) and during the summer holidays.
Information and bookings: E: https://www.surfgroms.com/
2008 St Mary’s College Reunion
Where: Australian Italian Club, 77 Federal Street, North Hobart
When: Friday 2 November from 7.00pm
Contact: Casey-Rae McCrickard E: email@example.com