From the Principal
We’ve had a very sad time these past few weeks. As is often the case, tragedy has brought out the best in people. I couldn’t be more proud of the St Mary’s students as they have rallied around one another. They have shown themselves to be children and young people who know what compassion means and how to show it.
We have also seen great kindness offered to us as a College. Flowers, cards and emails have expressed great empathy and we are deeply grateful.
Grief is a long journey. Often, young people don’t understand this. It’s important we help them to realise that grief can be a very long process, but it’s also a normal process. I think of it like a river seen from above, always moving forward but somehow snaking back on itself. And of course, each of our experiences of grief differ. Helping young people to understand this is important.
As Christians, we believe in life with God beyond death. I’ve noticed our students pondering what this means. Maybe a family discussion would be timely.
We hold all the people in our community who have experienced a death of a loved one in our hearts and continue to pray for them.
Venerable Nano Nagle, pray for us.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 March
- Excursion: Year 9 Camp, Far South Wilderness Lodge, Esperance.
Thursday 8 – Friday 9 March
- Excursion: Year 7 Retreat, St Mary’s College and Wellspring, Sandy Bay (school hours).
- Excursion: Year 8 Retreat, St Mary’s College and Wellspring, Sandy Bay (school hours).
- Excursion: Year 10 Retreat, St Mary’s College (school hours).
- Excursion: Year 11 Retreat, C3 Church and allocated locations.
- Excursion: Year 12 Retreat, The Lea.
Thursday 8 March
- Rowing Quiz Night, Mary Morgan Wing (6.30pm).
Friday 9 March
- IPSHA Year 6 Leadership Day, College Green and Nagle Centre.
Monday 12 March
- Public Holiday (Eight Hours Day)
Tuesday 13 March
- Student Free Day (Moderation Day).
- Gifted Get Together – Student Activity Day for students from Southern Catholic Schools, St Mary’s College (10.00am-2.00pm).
Saturday 17 March
- 150th Anniversary Fun Day, convent lawns (12.00-3.00pm).
Sunday 18 – Saturday 24 March
- Catholic Education Week.
Monday 19 March
- Excursion: Year 5 classes to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (9.00am-12.30pm).
- P&F meeting, Student Resource Centre (5.30pm).
Wednesday 21 March
- Kindergarten photos (9.00am).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Lucy McKenna (Year 5), who has been shortlisted for the Redgum Book Club Young Writers’ award in the Picture Book category for her story, Muddy Feet. Lucy is among just 10 young budding authors from primary schools across Australia to make the finals, with the results to be announced on March 12, 2018. You can read her story here.
- Leni Vagg (Year 4), who won first place in the Tasmanian wakeboard championships on Lake Meadowbank. Leni, who is only nine-years-old, was competing against girls up to the age of 14.
- Stephanie Pickrell (Year 11), who achieved national weightlifting success at the 2018 Australian Open in the Women’s 48kg category. Stephanie won silver in Snatch (57kg lift) and Clean and Jerk (68kg lift).
- Sophie Robinson (Year 10), whose rowing crew won the women’s U19 quad scull at the 2018 Tasmanian State Club Championships at Lake Barrington. Sophie competed alongside fellow crew member and St Mary’s College alumna, Meg Messer (Class of 2017). The girls are now preparing to take on the upcoming Australian National in Penrith.
- Amy Prokopiec (Year 10), who will be travelling to the United States later this month to compete in the Dallas International Girls Cup 2018. The annual tournament sees more than 110 of the world’s most competitive female soccer teams converge for five days of competition.
- Grace Boxall (Year 11), for her performance in the Old Nick Theatre Company’s musical production of Annie Get Your Gun.
- Zali Kingston (Year 8), who has been named the new Ambassador for the House of Dance Tasmania. This major award recognises those dancers who go above and beyond for the dance school. Zali has been described as someone who is supportive and kind to her peers, willing to put her hand up for extra responsibilities and always giving 110 per cent.
- Lauren Shelton and Alicia McConaghy (Year 7), who both enjoyed success at the recent 2018 Tasmanian Junior Athletics Championships in Hobart. Lauren won gold in the U14 girls’ high jump, triple jump and javelin; silver in the long jump and fifth-place in the 200m sprint. Alicia won a swag of medals (a total of seven), including gold in the U14 girls’ long jump and 400m sprint, and five silver medals in various events. She also recorded four new personal bests.
Celebrate our 150th birthday in true Irish style!
Anyone and everyone who has a connection with the College is warmly invited to attend our 150th Anniversary Fun Day on Saturday 17 March (12.00-3.00pm).
Get in on the spirit of the day by dressing up in colonial clothes or wearing something green (in nod to our Irish roots). There are prizes to be won and free food and entertainment galore!
1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching
Good news – there are still a few spots available for the ParentingPlus ‘1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching’ course, which will be delivered in Hobart over two sessions on Wednesday 14 and 21 March, 2018.
Designed for parents of two to 12-year-olds, 1 2 3 Magic and Emotion Coaching helps adults to manage children’s behaviour in positive, calm and effective ways.
The six-hour course will be presented by St Mary’s College Counsellor, Gai Bath, together with registered celebrant, Maxine Lowry.
For more information, please visit the College website here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/1-2-3-magic-and-emotion-coaching/
College family needed for boarding student
Can you help out?
The College is seeking a family to host a current Year 7 student from Sunday evenings to Friday mornings (school days only) on a temporary basis.
This would be a paid agreement based on negotiation (the duration of the boarding arrangement is yet to be confirmed).
This arrangement is necessary because the family currently lives at a distance from St Mary’s College which makes daily travel to and from unfeasible.
The family does not feel comfortable for the student to stay in a hostel accommodation and would prefer a family situation for her.
If you would like more information, please contact Acting Deputy Principal, Brigid Knight by emailing email@example.com
Thank you in advance.
Reminder: Public holiday and student free day next week
Families are reminded that the College will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 12 March (Eight Hours Day) and Tuesday 13 March, which is a Student Free Day (Study Day for students and Moderation Day for teachers).
Students will return to school on Wednesday 14 March. We hope you enjoy the mini break!
150th Art Competition entries closing soon
The St Mary’s College 150th Art Competition closes on May 12, which is almost one month away!
Don’t miss your chance to have your artwork featured at our Anniversary Gala Dinner and displayed at the College. Winners also take home an AdArt voucher valued up to $150 – imagine all the fantastic art supplies you could buy!
There is still time to create your piece. Click here for more details about the competition and to submit your entry
Visiting Chinese teacher welcomed
We would like to welcome Alice Meng Zhang to our St Mary’s College community.
Alice is our Chinese teacher assistant, sponsored by Hanban – the Chinese Education Department. She will be at St Mary’s on Wednesdays through to Fridays, attending junior and senior Chinese classes.
A qualified teacher with a Masters in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Alice also plays the guzheng (Chinese harp), practises Chinese dance and can speak French.
We are very pleased to have Alice at St Mary’s College this year. She will be a fantastic asset to the St Mary’s College Chinese language program.
If any families are willing to offer her homestay, even for a short period, please contact Shelley Macleod: firstname.lastname@example.org or Alison Lowe: email@example.com for further information or with any queries.
Tourism students gain industry insight
SMC’s Certificate II in Tourism students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre during an excursion in Hobart recently.
The girls met with Tourism Services Manager, Alex Heroys, pictured above, who provided a fascinating insight into the growth, statistics and forecast of the tourism sector in Tasmania.
We thank Alex for being so generous in sharing his time and knowledge with our students.
With the industry in Tasmania continuing to grow, it is certainly an exciting time to gain a qualification in tourism!
NAPLAN information for parents and carers
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assess literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life.
Students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.
The scheduled dates for the tests in 2018 are Tuesday 15 May, Wednesday 16 May and Thursday 17 May.
Ticket ballot for Government House Cocktail Party
One of the events planned for our 150th anniversary is a party hosted by the Governor of Tasmania at Government House on Thursday 10 May 2018 at 6.00pm.
We would love everyone to be part of this event but unfortunately we are limited by space constraints. Once the VIP invitations have been accounted for, we will still have considerable places.
For this reason, anyone interested in attending the cocktail party is welcome to enter a ballot for an invitation.
There will be three separate ticket ballots offered for current staff, current parents and alumni of St Mary’s College.
If you would like to be considered for the ballot, please complete the online application form, which you can access at the link below:
This process will only take a few minutes of your time and all information provided will remain confidential to the College.
The ballot will close on March 16, 2018.
The results will be drawn randomly, with successful applicants advised of the outcome of the ballot by email by March 23, 2018.
Please note, tickets issued via this ballot are only valid for the admission of one person (plus-ones will not be accepted).
Thank you for your interest in our event!
Senior School Prize-Giving results online
Did you miss out on attending the St Mary’s College Senior School Prize-Giving ceremony last year?
If you did, don’t worry – you are in luck. We have uploaded the link to the evening’s program, which includes the full list of awards recipients.
To view and download the booklet as a PDF, simply click on the link below.
Come see us as we are at Open Day
We invite you to explore beyond our picturesque sandstone veneer and see what else St Mary’s College has to offer.
Come along to our Open Day on Thursday 22 March 2018. There will be opportunities to take a tour of the College and see what we get up to on a regular day of school.
More information is also available on the College website here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/open-day-2018/
Gala Dinner tickets selling fast!
Kick up your heels and join us for the 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 12 May 2018 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
Tickets are $89 a head, which includes three courses and musical entertainment, not to mention many laughs and stories as you reminisce about the good old days at St Mary’s College.
Book a ticket here and let us know with whom you would like to sit, or get together a group of friends and book a whole table!
For further information contact Kate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0418 325 927.
Anniversary updates and events can be found on the College website: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/150th-anniversary/
New playground swings into action
Have you heard the exciting news? Our new outdoor play space has been completed, much to the delight of St Mary’s College students.
With a rock wall, climbing ropes, a bouncing area and monkey bars, the equipment will provide our older and younger students with hours of fun and sensory play.
The playground is located on the top court (on the Brisbane Street side of the school) – if you are visiting, be sure to check it out!
SPEAK UP! stay ChatTY: Parent information session
St Mary’s College parents and carers are invited to attend a free facilitated information evening presented by Mitch McPherson, founder of SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY, at the College on Monday 9 April (6.00pm for a 6.30pm start).
This one-hour session will address basic mental health information, 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 further details. Please send RSVPs to Ryan Flack: email@example.com by Friday 6 April.
SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY is a registered not-for-profit that works to promote positive mental health and prevent suicide by normalising conversations about mental health and encouraging people to seek help when they need it.
Students champion International Women's Day
Today is International Women’s Day – a day when women across the world are recognised for their achievements without regard to political, social, economic and cultural divisions.
The following quote from St Mary’s College Prefect for Justice Action, Shea Williams, perfectly sums up the importance of International Women’s Day within our College community:
‘International Women’s Day encapsulates our school’s ethos of celebrating both ourselves, as strong, independent females, and those within the global community that continually raise awareness for women’s rights,’ she said.
‘The theme for 2018 is ‘Press for Progress’; this encourages gender equality, and is inspired by the World Economic 2017 Report, stating that gender equality is still over 200 years away.’
To mark the day, the College’s Social Justice Group created purple and green ribbons which were distributed to students to wear on their blazers.
‘The colours originated from the British leader of the suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst, whose Union in 1908 gave a woman the right to vote in the UK,’ Shea said.
‘Purple represents the unity of all those that are part of the feminist movement, while the green symbolises hope.’
Our Year 12 Prefects, including Head Prefect, Isobel Kuo (pictured), this morning had the opportunity to attend the International Women’s Day Breakfast hosted by Mount Carmel College, Sandy Bay for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.
Term 1 sports off to a flying start
Ready, set, GO! It’s been action-packed month of sport at St Mary’s College. What a great way to kick off the year with more than 66 senior school students competing in soccer, cricket, sailing and tennis in Term 1. All rosters are now up and running and we have finished up with:
- Three soccer teams (Year 7/8, Year 9/10 and 1st grade)
- Two cricket teams (Year 7 and Year 8/9)
- One tennis team (2nd grade)
- One sailing team
We aim to provide all of our students with the opportunity to play sport in a fun and inclusive environment, make new friends, be active and more importantly acquire other valuable life skills such as team work, resilience, adaptability and respect for their teammates, coaches and opposition.
In order to do that, we rely very heavily on parent help when it comes to coaching and managing team, so a massive thank you goes out to all the mums and dads who have put their hands up to assist with this very important job. Without you, the students won’t be able to compete so we are grateful for your help.
But wait – there’s more!
In addition to the team sports, our swim teams have been very busy preparing for the upcoming SSATIS Carnival to be held at the Hobart Aquatic Centre on March 14.
Best of luck to the team and a quick thank you to Ms Eaves who has been coaching the girls. Results of the carnival as well as the SATIS event to follow.
Finally, the last two sporting events to take place in Term 1 will be the Tasmanian School Surfing Championships on Monday 19 March at Clifton Beach and the All Schools Equestrian Event on April 15.
St Mary’s will be represented in both those events and we wish the girls well!
SMC rowers take centre stage
St Mary’s College rowers continued their dominance at the Tasmanian Schools Rowing Championships held at Lake Barrington last weekend (March 3-4).
Held under sunny skies, the event, which is the highlight of the school rowing calendar, saw the College claim the U13 Double shield (Lizzie Monks and Bellah Parker) and U15 Doubles shield (Phoebe Teale and Sarah Haas) – a phenomenal result!
Adding to the medal tally, our girls finished second in the Junior Aggregate and third in the Senior Aggregate, with a number of rowers making their way through to the finals. A very commendable performance by all. Well done, SMC!
Full results are provided below:
- Schoolgirls U16 Singles final: Summer Carpenter 3rd, Sophie Robinson 4th
- Schoolgirls U15 Doubles final: Phoebe Teale/Sarah Haas 1st
- Schoolgirls U13 Doubles Petite final: Mia Christie-Johnstone/ Estella Whiting 4th, Charlotte Barnes/Bell Thurley 5th.
- Composite SMC/St Brendan Shaw: Ella Hutcheon/Luca Mansell 6th, Tilly Waddington/Keeley Matulin 8th.
- Schoolgirls U13 Double final: Elizabeth Monks/Bellah Parker 1st.
- Schoolgirls U16 Four final: Kate Oliver, Hannah O’Connell, Summer Carpenter, Sophie Robinson. Coxed by Holly Teale.
- Schoolgirls U14 Single Petite final: Felicity Carter 4th.
- Schoolgirls U14 Single final: Cecilia Hutchinson 8th.
- Schoolgirls U13 Quad final: Claire Oliver, Charlotte Barnes, Bellah Parker, Lizzie Monks, coxed by Meg PinelliSchoolgirls U16 Quad final: Kate Oliver, Hannah O’Connell, Sophie Robinson, Summer Carpenter coxed by 2nd.
- Schoolgirls U14 Double final: Felicity Carter/Cecilia Hutchinson 2nd.
- Schoolgirls U14 Double Petite final: Holly Goward/Holly Sice 8th.
- Schoolgirls U16 Composite 8 final: Sophie Robinson, Summer Carpenter, Maddie Lamb, Hannah O’Connell, Kate Oliver, Phoebe Teale, Collegiate’s Anais Jubb and Mount Carmel’s Mel Bremmers 3rd.
- Schoolgirls U13 Singles Petite final: Stella Devine 8th.
- Schoolgirls U13 Singles final: Lizzie Monks 5th, Bellah Parker 6th.
- Schoolgirls U14 Quad final: Cecilia Hutchinson, Imogen Brown, Liliana Radic, Eliza Mason, coxed by Gabi Radic.
- Schoolgirls U15 Singles final: Phoebe Teale 3rd, Sarah Haas 4th
- Schoolgirls U16 Doubles final: Summer Carpenter/Kate Oliver 2nd.
The rowing season will culminate with the Head of the River event to be held at Lake Barrington on Saturday 17 March, which will include a luncheon by the river.
Please contact Elizabeth Carter, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details, and if you would like to assist with preparations on the day.
1st Annual Cocktail Party
Thank you to everyone who attended our first annual cocktail party and silent auction. It was a big success.
Thank you to all girls for gathering donations; the many businesses that supported the club with their time and donations, and our fundraising committee for bringing the event into fruition.
We also wish to acknowledge the efforts of Andrew Edwards, Nick Silcox and Jenny Cole, who provided light and entertaining speeches, and auctioneer extraordinaire, Harry Coomer from Charlotte Peterswalds, who made a big impact by raising the bidding by more than a $1,000 on the night.
A fabulous time was had by all!
Quiz night tonight!
If you don’t have any plans tonight, why not come along to our rowing quiz night, which will be held in the Mary Morgan Wing at 6.30pm. Tickets are $10 per person, with 10 people to a table. To book, email Elizabeth Carter at email@example.com
You can keep up-to-date with all the latest rowing news and events by becoming a member of the SVC/SMC/GYC Rowing Alumni Facebook group.
Joining the group is a great way to stay connected with other rowing families and supporters, while contributing to the rich history of the club.
Parents and Friends update
P&F Welcome Evening hailed a success
The sun was shining, sausages were sizzling, conversations were flowing and children’s delighted squeals could be heard from across the College Green – we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting for our Welcome to SMC Evening!
Thank you to all of you who attended the event on February 22, 2018. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to welcome new families to the SMC community.
A special thanks to the numerous volunteers who pitched in to ensure food and beverage stalls were set up and packed away, tummies were fed and jumping castle queues were safe and orderly.
More photos are on the College online gallery here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/…/galleries/P&F-Welcome-to-SMC-20…
Anyone is welcome to be part of the P&F Association, or to provide ideas or assistance.
Contact the P&F by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the next meeting.
Entertainment Books 2018
The P&F, along with the support from the College, will once again be fundraising with the Entertainment Book this coming May to raise money for our children.
In the past our fundraising has purchased, whiteboards, bean bags and various other items that are all listed on our P&F page on the SMC website.
Presales are due to commence mid-March and more information will provided. Some new organisations that are on the presale voucher list are Bento, Mr Burger, San Churro, Pancho Villa and more!
Books will be sent home to all the youngest in the family as per previous years and on launch day there will be an opportunity for those who do not want the book to leave it with me.
More communication will be provided in the coming weeks. We look forward to your support again this year!
Keep up-to-date with P&F news and events by visiting the P&F page on the College website.
Parents and Friends Vice President
Midford Uniform Shop update
Mary Jane-style shoes now available
The St Mary’s College Uniform Shop now stocks Mary Jane-style school shoes – a great option, especially for the younger girls.
Sizes available are 10-4.5.
Public holiday coming up
A reminder to families that the St Mary’s College Uniform Shop will be closed on Tuesday 13 March as it is a Student Free Day (Moderation Day).
The uniform shop will return to normal hours on Thursday 15 March 2018. Throughout the school term, opening hours are 8.00am-4.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday.
More information can be found on our website here: http://www.smc.tas.edu.au/shop-uniform-order/
Don’t forget, 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 email@example.com
Uniform Shop Manager
What: Harmony by the Bay – a major schools event for students in Year 4-8 to mark Harmony Day.
Where: Cornelian Bay, Hobart.
When: 21 March 2018 (11.00am-1.30pm)
More information: hobartcity.com.au/harmonyweek
Contact: Scott Davis, Community Development Officer, E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (03) 6238 2746.