From the Principal
I hope you had a happy Easter and enjoyed some family time, chocolate and hot cross buns. I certainly did, and perhaps too much chocolate. I find it intriguing to see how Easter seems to be morphing into a secular celebration. Hot cross buns – a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus – are now being called ‘Easter buns’. Rather than being a once-off Good Friday fare, hot cross buns are produced for weeks and weeks in the lead up to the Easter. The symbolism of bunnies and eggs too, of new life through the resurrection of Christ, has become more about the chocolate and less about the symbol. You can get all kinds of figurines in chocolate to recognise Easter – did I see a Star Wars chocolate figure?
To hold onto a Christian view of Easter, you need to actively pursue it. Easter is a culmination of Holy Week. It leads us from a period of deep and critical self-reflection through the recognition of the communal nature and our part in service to others, to a time of recognising the hope of Christianity.
It is the beginning of a whole Church season of hope and peace. Happy Easter!
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 4 April
- School resumes.
Thursday 5 – Friday 6 April
- Year 9 Art Camp, Spring Beach.
Friday 6 April
- Excursion: Year 2 classes to Inflatable World, Eastern Shore Sports Centre (9.00am-12.00pm).
- STCPSSA Swimming Carnival, Hobart Aquatic Centre (11.30am-2.30pm).
- Rowing End of Season Awards Evening, Rowing Sheds, New Town Bay (5.00-7.00pm).
Saturday 7 April
- Year 7, 2019 Enrolment Morning, Mary Morgan Wing (10.00am-12.30pm).
Monday 9 April
- Feast of the Annunciation Day Mass, St Mary’s Cathedral (9.00am).
- SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY parent information session, Mary Morgan Wing (6.00pm for a 6.30pm start).
Tuesday 10 April
- Year 10-12 Learning Conferences, Mary Morgan Wing (4.00-7.00pm).
Wednesday 11 April
- SATIS Summer Sports Finals (TBC).
Thursday 12 April
- Senior School Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (all-day).
Friday 13 April
- AHISA tours of SMC.
- Term 1 concludes.
Monday 30 April
- Term 2 commences.
Congratulations to the following students:
Ellie Lane (Year 11), who competed in the recent State Eventing Championships, which comprises the three equestrian disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping. Ellie represented St Mary’s College in the highly competitive EVA 65 class, in which she came sixth overall. She also competed in the Interschool’s EVA 65 class, winning first-place.
Alicia Dale (Year 5), who competed in the 2018 Tasmanian Easter Tennis Tournament. Alicia received the following outstanding results: 12 and under Singles Champion, 14 and under Singles Champion, 14 and under Doubles Champion.
Isobel Kuo (Year 12), for being named the winner of the Public Speaking award at the Lions Youth of the Year Program Club Final.
Mollie Emery (Year 11), who was awarded a CSIRO IMAS scholarship to attend a six-day marine studies course during the April school holidays. The course is designed to give Year 11-12 students a free taste of life as an IMAS marine biologists on Maria Island on Tasmania’s East Coast.
Reminder: SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY parent presentation
Parents and carers are invited to attend a free facilitated information evening presented by Mitch McPherson, founder of SPEAK UP! Stay ChaTY, at the College on Monday 9 April (6.00pm for a 6.30pm start) in the Mary Morgan Wing.
This one-hour session will address basic mental health information, the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, lived experiences of bereavement by suicide and ways of engaging young people in conversations about mental health.
Mitch will also provide information about the community-based resources available for students and parents on the topic.
The session will run for approximately one hour. Please refer to the below flyer for more information.
RSVP by Friday 6 April to Ryan Flack: firstname.lastname@example.org
Data on school students with disability
St Mary’s College will be collating evidence for the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) upon students with a disability. This evidence includes identifying students with a disability and demonstrating how they are supported in our school.
Once collected, the evidence is passed onto the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office for inclusion in this National Count.
You can learn more about the NCCD by clicking on the link below.
If you have any queries about the NCCD, or would like more information on how the NCCD can benefit your family, please contact the College’s Learning Support Coordinators, Isabeau Sloan and Louise Davidson, through the Business Office.
Thank you for joining us on Open Day
Thank you to all the wonderful parents and their children who joined us for our Open Day on Thursday 22 March.
It was lovely to see so many new families interacting with our staff and students, who willingly gave up their time to conduct tours and answer questions about St Mary’s College.
We are very proud of our SMC community – well done to all involved for making our visitors feel so warmly welcomed.
Holy Week celebrations
The Junior School was led in a joyous liturgy by Year 2 Wombats on Monday 26 March in the St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.
Palm Sunday, which falls on the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus and his disciples’ triumphant arrival into Jerusalem.
During the procession, boys and girls waved their palm branches and sang Hosanna! as a gesture of praise and welcome.
On Holy Thursday (March 29) the whole College gathered in the Nagle Centre this morning to mark the true meaning of Easter with a Passion Play staged by our Year 9 Drama students.
The room fell silent as students observed the moving dramatisation, which depicted the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.
Well done to our Director of Identity and Mission, Andrew Clarke, and all students involved for the poignant and thought-provoking performance.
Easter 'bun-raiser' a sweet success
A big thank you to all our families who supported us with the Cripps hot cross bun drive.
With your help, we raised almost $750 for Project Compassion, the Lenten fundraising campaign by Caritas Australia.
A further $900 was raised through the College’s Harmony Day activities, which will also go to Project Compassion, bringing the grand total to $1,650. A fantastic effort by all at St Mary’s College!
Gratitude for grandparents
The Junior School welcomed grandparents and special friends on Thursday 28 March for a taste of College life and to celebrate their important role in the lives of our students.
The College was a bustle of activity as our visitors participated in classroom activities before attending a special performance and morning tea in the Nagle Centre.
Thank you to all our St Mary’s College families that helped make the day so memorable for our students and grandparents.
Debating season underway
The debating season is underway at St Mary’s College, with some enthusiastic debating teams from Year 7-10 participating in this year’s competition.
Newcomers to the world of debating, our Year 7 team started the season off with a win against Taroona High School. The other teams also celebrated victories in their second round. Congratulations, girls!
All teams are coached by some very talented and enthusiastic Year 11 and 12 students who give up their lunchtimes each week to assist the younger students. It is wonderful to see the girls sharing their skills and past experience.
Thank you to the team managers, Gillian Goldsworthy, Karen Walter and Christina Martini who also give up their time to attend the debates.
Recognising excellence in Catholic education
Four members of the St Mary’s College community have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to Catholic education at the 2018 Tasmanian Catholic Education Commission Award Presentations ceremony, held recently at Guilford Young College.
The College wishes to congratulate the following award recipients:
Sr Gabrielle Morgan PBVM, Congregational Leader of the Presentation Sisters in Tasmania (Exemplary Contribution to Catholic Education)
Kerry Hennessy, former teacher of St Mary’s College (Outstanding Service as an Employee within Catholic Education)
Christopher Ryan, College Board member (Outstanding Contribution as a Friend in Catholic Schools)
Josephine Messer, College Board member (Outstanding Contribution as a Friend in Catholic Schools)
College life in pictures
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JSSATIS swimmers set the pace
St Mary’s College students collected a swag of ribbons at the Junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmania Independent Schools (JSSATIS) Swimming Carnival held recently at the Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre.
In an impressive result for the College, the majority of our swimmers finished in the top four of their race, with many crossing the line to earn top-three honours and a ribbon.
All girls should be commended on their performances and behaviour on the day.
Captain and vice captains announced
The leadership roles for the Junior swimming team have been announced, with Year 6 students, Aurora Giuliani named as Captain and Georgia Blanton as Vice Captain.
In recognition of her achievement as Top Year 6 Female of the meet, Aurora was presented with the Bill Henderson Memorial Shield and medal at the JSSATIS Swimming Carnival. Aurora shares the shield with Daniel Wylie, of St Virgil’s College – who was awarded the title of Top Year 6 Male at the same event, before it is handed over in six months’ time.
Aurora dominated the pool at the carnival, with records broken in the 100m freestyle and the 50m freestyle.
After a short, but much-deserved break, the SMC swim team is now training hard ahead of the Southern Tasmanian Catholic Primary Schools Sports Association (STCPSSA Swimming Carnival), which will take place on Friday 9 April. Go girls!
Parents and Friends update
Entertainment Books for sale
Once again St Mary’s College will be offering Entertainment Books for sale, with a portion of the funds raised from the book sales going to our Parents and Friends Association.
Early birds will be rewarded, with orders made before May 2, 2018 to receive more than $150 of bonus Early Bird offers.
To place your order, head to the online order page on the Entertainment Book website or see Traci-Jean Berresford at the College Reception.
Books will be sent home to families on Friday 4 May 2018 (please note the change of date) – keep an eye out for yours!
Thank you, in advance, for your support!
Parents and Friends Vice President
What: Get Into Hockey – Term 2
Junior Hockey for ages 6-12 years, including basic skills sessions, mini games and primary school roster.
Where: Tasmanian Hockey Centre, 19 Bell Street, New Town.
When: April 17 and 24 (School Holiday Program), May 23-June 20 (Term 2 – Get Into Hockey Program), May 5-June 30 (Term 2 – Primary School Hockey Roster), May 26 – June 30 (Term 2 – Stick2Hockey Winter Roster).
More information: All details can be found on the Hockey Tasmania website: www.hockeytasmania.com.au
Contact: Tania Barry T: 0423 632 616 | E: TBarry@hockeytasmania.com.au
Youth ARC will be hosting a range of free events and creative workshops for young people during the April school holidays. The program will coincide with ‘Youth Week Tasmania’ (Friday 13 April, 5.00-8.00pm), which will see the Hobart Town Hall host an evening of games, live music and art for all to enjoy.
Where: 44 Collins Street, Hobart.
When: Friday 13 – 27 April 2018 (5.00-8.00pm).
More information: youthartsandrec.org
Contact: Bookings required for April Holiday program. T: 03 6238 2573 | E: email@example.com
When: April 16 – 26, 2018, seven to nine-year-olds (11.00am-12.00pm), 10-12-year-olds (12.30-1.30pm).
More information and to book: Contact Hobart PCYC T: 03 6230 2246
When: Friday 20 April and Friday 27 April 2018.
More information and to book: Contact Hobart PCYC T: 03 6230 2246
Where: Waterside Pavilion.
When: Saturday 14 April (11.00am-3.00pm).
More information: www.tassieff.com