From the Principal
I’m heading to Ireland to meet Sr Majella Kelly to explore the places of Nano Nagle’s life and legacy. Then I’m heading to Italy to visit our sister schools in Assisi and Trento, before taking some leave. I will be away for the next three weeks!
I am very grateful to the Governing Council, the Presentation Sisters and our staff for allowing me this very special pilgrimage. During this time Jacqueline Conboy will be Acting Principal, Matthew Williams will be Acting Deputy Principal and Andrew Clarke, Acting Director of Identity and Mission.
Maddy Curtis was a finalist for ‘Trainee of the Year’. Well done, Maddy!
Stuart Calvert (our Director of Business and Operations) has been nominated as a finalist in the Leader/Manager category of the Tas State Final, Australian Leadership Excellence Awards. The ceremony will be held on September 14 and we wish Stuart well.
Thanks again to the P&F for supporting our Religious Education team to provide a bigger and better Father’s Day.
Don’t forget to look at the website to find out about our 150th plans: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary-committee-3/
With the closing of Birchalls, the College has finalised a contract with OfficeMax to resource our booklists. Further details will be out shortly, and the actual booklists will be included in the end of the year reports. We have changed the practice of having parents contribute communal supplies for class groups.
When I am in Cork, I will pray for our children and young people, their families and school staff, and the wider St Mary’s College community.
Latest from the blogs
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Identity and Mission
Listen to what Diogenes has to say!
Matthew Williams, Director of Identity and Mission
Upcoming important dates and excursions
Thursday 7 September
- Jump Rope for Heart ‘Jump Off Day’.
- Excursion: Year 10 Creative Writing to Fullers Bookshop.
- Year 12 v Teachers futsal game (lunchtime).
- Excursion: Year 9 History to TMAG.
- Annual College Colours Cocktail Party, GYC Hobart Campus (6.30pm).
Saturday 9 September
- Tournament of the Minds state finals, Ogilvie High School.
Wednesday 13 September
- Excursion: Year 11/12 Sport and Recreation – bowling.
- Kinder Father’s Games Afternoon, top ground (2.00-2.45pm).
Thursday 14 September
- Excursion: UTAS Science Investigation Awards, UTAS Activity Centre (8.45am-1.15pm).
- Excursion: Year 6 classes to TSO.
Friday 15 September
- Vinnies Quiz Night, Mary Morgan Wing (7.00pm).
- Celebration of Ordination, Cathedral (7.00pm).
Monday 18 – Friday 22 September
- NAPLAN Online readiness testing for students in Year 3, 5 and 7.
Monday 18 September
- SOFOS Activity Day, Corpus Christi Catholic School (9.45am-2.00pm).
Tuesday 19 September
- Excursion: Year 7 classes to Addams Family performance, Peacock Theatre (9.15am-12.00pm).
Wednesday 20 September
- Excursion: Year 4M to TMAG – First Settlement (9.00am-1.00pm).
- Excursion: Chinese Poetry Competition for junior and senior students, The Hutchins School (10.00am).
Congratulations to the following students:
Screen on the Green - event postponed
We regret to inform you that Screen on the Green has been postponed until further notice and will be rescheduled at a future date.
Thank you to everyone who has expressed their interest in attending on Friday, despite the weather forecast.
Please keep an eye out for more updates in Term 4.
China School Trip 2018
Last week we held an information session for students and parents interested in the China School Trip 2018.
If you are planning to submit an expression of interest for the trip, please return your form to Mrs Macleod by the end of Term 3. This will enable us to finalise details and give you more information.
Kinder Father's Games Afternoon
All fathers, grandfathers, uncles and/or special male friends are welcome to attend a Father’s Games Afternoon, hosted by the Kinder Koalas and Kinder Wallabies on Wednesday 13 September from 2.00pm on the College Green (top ground).
If you wish to attend the afternoon, please RSVP to your child’s class teacher at your earliest convenience.
Young Vinnies Quiz Night
Get a team together and come along and support the St Mary’s College Vinnies Team’s Quiz Night on Friday 15 September. The event is held annually to assist with the outstanding works of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
The night will kick off from 7.00pm in the Mary Morgan Wing. We hope to see you there!
Year 10s hit the slopes
Women's leadership forum
There are no limits to what young women can achieve in today’s world.
Morcombes deliver child safety presentation to students
Talking politics with Denison MP, Andrew Wilkie
Mr Wilkie drops into Year 10
Keeping road safety top of mind
8D excursion to IMAS Taroona
Books, bunting and being our best
NAPLAN Online: Trial of the new online assessment platform
Internet safety: Mobile phones
- What features do you use on your mobile phone? Could you show me how to use them?
- Have you ever received a text from someone you do not know? If so, what did you do about it?
- Have you ever sent a text that was rude or mean?
- How many numbers do you have stored in your phone? Do you know them all in person?
- Has anyone ever taken an embarrassing picture of you without your permission?
- Have you ever taken an embarrassing picture of someone else? What did you do with it?
- Have you ever talked with someone you first met online on your mobile phone?
- What would you do if someone sent you a text or picture that was inappropriate?
Promoting positive behavior online
History in the making
Wine Tasting Lunch at Puddleduck
College life in pictures
This week we have photos of our Father’s Day Breakfast and recent Book Week celebrations, along with images of the student Rally for Hope, College Choir’s performance at the Tasmanian Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, Year 5 Wax Museum and Fuzhou, China sister school visit in August. Enjoy!
'Mud run' and triathlon registrations now open
Registrations are now open for the Red Banks School ‘mud run’ and all-schools triathlon.
If you are interested in participating in either of these events, make sure you register your details as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.
All forms and information can be accessed on the College website via the following link: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/sport-activity-hub/
Parents and Friends Update
Parents and Friends President
Midford Uniform Shop
Term 4 trading hours
The St Mary’s College Uniform Store will close for the school holidays on Thursday 28 September at 4.00pm.
The Term 4 holiday trading hours are as follows:
Thursday 12 October, 9.00am to 3.00pm.
Thursday 26 October, closed.
Normal trading hours resume on Tuesday 17 October, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
Normal trading hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8.00am to 4.00pm.
You are welcome to purchase from the online uniform shop at your convenience and your order will be filled when the store is next open.
Instructions on how to make an online order are available on the College website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
For more information, please contact Margaret Ilias on telephone 6108 2572 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Uniform Shop Manager
What: Salvation Army Couch Wars Sleep Out
Where: The Salvation Army State Office, 115 Central Avenue, Derwent Park
When: September 23-24, 2017 (6.30pm-8.30am)
More information: Register with a team or on your own and show your support for those who have no choice but to couch surf. Race and compete against others, find hidden couches around Hobart and complete challenges to make a difference. Registrations due Monday 11 September.
Cost: $10 per person.
Contact: Register on Facebook (‘Couch Wars Salvos Sleep Out’), phone Sarah on 0429 213 385 or search for ‘salvosyouthtasmania’ on Instagram.
What: Spring Teen Camp
Where: Blue Lagoon Christian Camp, Dodges Ferry
When: October 6-9, 2017
More information: Presented by Blue Lagoon and YoungLife Australia, this camp is suitable for students from Year 6-10. Cost: $120 per student.
Contact: Email email@example.com or visit www.bluelagoon.org.au
What: Songwriting Spring School
Where: Kickstart Arts, Hobart
When: October 9-13, 2017
More information: Song making, workshops, group sings, recording, finale showcase and mentors from around the country. For all ages.
Contact: Phone Theresa Young on 0474 853 880 or visit www.songwritingspringschool.org
What: Clarence District Cricket Club registrations now open
Where: 15 Derwent Street, Bellerive
More information: Please refer to club flyer below. Register at http://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?id=1911
Contact: Milo in2CRICKET, T20 Blast & U14 Girls: email Mia Blignaut at firstname.lastname@example.org | Hurricanes Junior Formats: email Josh Dobie at email@example.com
What: BRICKS 4 KIDZ school holiday workshops
Where: Various locations in and around Hobart.
When: October school holidays 2017.
More information: Designed for children aged between five and 12-years and staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ instructors. Workshops feature LEGO bricks and lots of creative free-play building.
Contact: Kylie on 0408 487 393, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bricks4kidz.com.au/tasmania-hobart/ to enrol.