From the Principal
Our teachers recently had the privilege in being led in Professional Learning by Sharnie Read. Sharnie is a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman and also a mum in our school. Teachers felt so blessed by the time Sharnie spent with us. We talked about belonging, culture, understanding, misunderstanding, art, respect and disrespect. It was such a great learning for us and we were honoured that Sharnie was talking as a St Mary’s mum who knows what we are on about as a school. We are very fortunate to have Sharnie as a parent in the College. It also made me wonder about the richness in our community that goes unnoticed. Hopefully our St Mary’s Aboriginal community is growing. If you would like to be part of it, you can get in touch with me, or Claire Raward, whose job it is this year to promote Aboriginal perspectives in our College.
This is the last Fountain edition before the holidays. I would like to wish families a happy Easter, a time for being attuned to the hope of the risen Christ. Let’s all be instruments of hope!
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
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Upcoming important dates and excursions
Wednesday 3 April
- Entertainment books distributed to youngest member in family.
- Year 6 Migration Exhibition, Year 6 Area (11.15am – 3.00pm).
- Novice Red Division Debating – Hutchins v St Marys, Hobart College (7.15pm).
- NAPLAN practice tests (Year 7).
Friday 5 April
- Senior School Athletics Carnival, Domain Athletics Centre (9.00am).
- STCPSSA Swimming, Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre (Years 3 – 6) (9.00am).
- Rowing Awards Night, New Town Bay Rowing Club (6.00 – 7.30pm).
Monday 8 April
- Palm Sunday Liturgy, St Mary’s Cathedral, Kinder – Year 6 (9.00am).
Tuesday 9 April
- Junior School NAPLAN practice tests.
Wednesday 10 April
- Year 7 – 12 progress reports released via SEQTA.
- Grandparents’ Day, Classrooms and Nagle Centre (Kinder – Year 6) (9.15am).
- Grade 8 Debating – St Mary’s v Collegiate 2, New Town High School (7.30pm).
- Grade 9 Debating – St Mary’s v Collegiate 1, New Town High School (7.30pm).
- Grade 10 Debating – St Mary’s v Collegiate, New Town High School (8. 30pm).
Friday 12 April
- Easter Week Liturgy, Nagle Centre (Prep – Year 12) (12.10pm).
- Term 1 concludes.
Friday 19 April
- Good Friday.
- Business Office closed until Monday 29 April.
Monday 29 April
- Term 2 commences.
Tuesday 30 April
- Nano Nagle Mass, Nagle Centre (Prep – Year 12) (9.00am).
Wednesday 1 May
- Novice Red Division Debating – St Mary’s v Friends’, Taroona High (7.15pm).
Congratulations to the following students:
- Jack Lemm, Carlie Booth, Ryder Vagg, Max Drew, Samuel Antony and Angus Cupit (all Year 2) whose team, the Blue Ninjas, won the Futsal Grand Finals which were held on Friday night – congratulations! The team is pictured to the right.
- Phoebe Teal (Year 10) who placed second in he Under 17 finals at the National Rowing Championships held in Sydney. Sophie Robinson, Kate Oliver and Sarah Haas were also extremely successful at the State Rowing Championships as winne
- rs for the Under 19 Eight.
- Anna Blackwell (Year 12) who attended the Australian Athletics Championships where she competed in the Under 20 10,000m race walk winning a silver medal with a personal best time of 53:35.
- Mary Clingeleffer (Year 9), who will be representing St Mary’s at an upcoming surf and swimming competition.
We want to hear about your child’s significant achievements, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary’s raising funds with Hot Cross Buns
The College will be selling Cripps Master Baker’s Hot Cross Buns with all funds going to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion. With a choice of standard or choc-chip, the buns are $6.30 for a pack of six. Orders close on 5 April and can be made through either the Qkr! App or by the below form, which is to be returned to the student’s classroom teacher.
Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis
St Mary’s students in Year 5 and 7 are invited to participate in The Spine Society of Australia’s National Self-Detection Program for Scoliosis. The fact sheets, which will be distributed to students, can be found here, and provides details on how to self-assess the condition.
The condition, which can affect up to twenty-five girls per thousand, can be combated if detected early. Additional information about scoliosis, and the screening can be found on their website.
Host families wanted
St Mary’s College is seeking expressions of interest from families wishing to provide homestay accommodation for our female, 23-year-old Chinese Teacher Assistant. Some financial assistance will be provided.
The Teacher Assistant, Dandan Ren, who will be sponsored at the College, requires accommodation from Term 2, 2019.
The initial length of the homestay arrangement will be a minimum of six weeks, but the duration can be extended through negotiation with the host family and College.
All families are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to those that live within the greater Hobart area, and in walking distance to a bus route.
Hosting an international teacher can be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for many households and families, providing new learning and social experiences and the chance to build lifelong friendships.
If you would like to consider being a homestay family, or for more information on the role of host and the homestay requirements, please email Tammy Carlton email@example.com, or phone 6108 2560.
Early learning education app
Parents and carers with children in Prep will start using ELLA, a specially designed app for learning languages from Term 2. St Mary’s is one of 300 schools across the country who’ll be trialing the app with the trial rolling out to more grades in the coming years. Information for parents and carers can be found here and more details about the app can be accessed here. ELLA was rolled out for Kindergarten students in 2018 and will continue this year in Term 2.
St Mary’s College would like to invite grandparents and special friends to Grandparents’ Day on Wednesday 10 April.
Please join students firstly in their classrooms from 9.15am – 10.00am, then in the Nagle Centre for a short assembly at 10.15am. Morning tea will be served from 10.45am. We’re looking forward to seeing you all!
Have you got all your belongings?
With the end of term nearing, please make sure you remind students to check Lost Property (Junior and Senior) for any belongings that may have gone missing.
You are warmly invited to take a tour of our purpose-built Kindergarten learning spaces with our Director of Junior School on Thursday 4 April at 9.00am. To register, please contact our Enrolment Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone, 6108 2560.
Make sure to submit any Kindergarten enrolments soon as applications for 2020 close 3 May 2019.
Learning the value of clean water
Twelve-year-old Thandolwaygo used to walk seven kilometres every day to collect water for her family and had little chance of finishing school until Caritas Australia gave her a future. Year 3 Bottlebrush, who have been raising money for Caratas Australia throughout Lent, learnt a little what Thandolwaygo’s life was like as they gave up their lunchtime to participate in the 2019 Water Challenge. The students, and some staff members, attempted to transport five kilograms of water by balancing containers on their head. With a better understanding of the value of safe drinking water, Year 3 will continue to raise funds to help end poverty throughout Lent.
Amazing author inspires young students
Our students from Kindergarten to Year 2 were treated to an inspired morning with acclaimed author Kym Lardner on March 26 in the Student Resource Centre.
The two sessions allowed Kym to share his expertise as an accomplished author and illustrator and allowed students an opportunity to participate in his unique approach to reading, creating and writing.
Needless to say, everyone loved, laughed and lived the adventure he took us on!
Below are some of Year 2 Potoroos’ responses to the event:
‘He was hilarious’– Henry
‘He rhymes his words really well’– Jack
‘I loved everything he did because he was so funny’– Isabel
‘He was excellent at drawing’– Jesse
‘He was great at singing songs about our classmates’– Seb
‘If every you want to make someone laugh, you just need to say “I have a pickle in my head”’ – Sofia
‘He is spectacular at cartoons’ – Gabi
‘I was so amazed at how many books he has written’– Bella
Youth Conferences kick off
It has been an exciting start to 2019 for the St Mary’s Vinnies Youth Conference with Kristi McRae, Georgina Green, Madeline Young and Nicola Hutchinson elected to the roles of President, Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer respectively at their first meeting on Friday 15 March. Madeline went on to represent the conference at the St Vincent de Paul Youth Induction Mass, held on the evening of Thursday 21 March.
Held at the Parish of St Therese of Lisieux Moonah, the Induction Mass was and was presented by student members of Vinnies Youth conferences from various southern Catholic Schools, Baillys (adult support persons for each event) and the Southern office of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
The Mass was co-celebrated by Fathers Michael Tate, Mark Hahns and Deacon Michael Hangen. School representative presidents were presented with a Vinnies candle during the mass to symbolise the light they will bring to people in darkness. Following the Mass, student members from the various schools had the opportunity to meet one and other over a shared supper.
The next inter-conference event this year will be a pizza night on Thursday 11 April where students from the various schools will meet again to have some fun, build fellowship and share the work they are doing to support the vulnerable. All St Mary’s Youth Conference members are invited!
The St Mary’s Youth Conference meet weekly to plan support and fundraising campaigns for the year. On the agenda so far are the annual Vinnies Trivia Night, Winter Woolies campaign and Winter Sleepout.
If you are a student at St Mary’s and want to get involved then please speak with Andrew Clarke, Daniel de la Motte or a member of the Vinnies Youth Conference.
Year 4 Report on Chinese dancing
On Harmony Day, the Year 4s did Chinese dancing to learn about Chinese culture. The Year 4s learnt how to do the Chinese lion and dragon dance. They also learnt about how to play the music for the lion dance. Years ago, there was an evil spirit that terrorised the people of China. One day the people of China got out all their red things, drums, cymbals and did scary things like dragon and lion dancing. It scared the evil spirit away from China never to return. Now red is their lucky colour and they do lion and dragon dancing.
Lion dancing requires two people, a head and a body. The person at the back has to lean down and shake their bottom. The person at the front has to look at the ground so it looks out at the people. There are two poles that they hold onto and there are two holes on the mouth to allow the lion to open and close it’s mouth. There is a string at the back of the lion’s head to pull and make the lion blink. The people have to try and make the lion engage with the audience. The people can make the lion do lots of tricks. It takes a lot of training to master the lion dance.
The dragon is very different compared to the lion. The dragon is made of fabric and bamboo. The dragon requires nine people at least. The dragon has sticks coming out from the bottom of the dragon that you have to hold onto. You put your right hand as high as you can and the left hand at the rubber bit at the bottom for safety reasons.
By Beatrix Clarke & Georgina Stringer
Students head to UN Youth State Conference
Isabella Cox (Year 10), Emily Keane (Year 10) and Saakshi Dhakal (Year 12) attended the UN Youth State Conference earlier this month, with the theme of ‘justice for all’. They each researched their chosen country and debated a range of global issues. We are very proud of them for signing up for such a valuable experience and holding their own amongst students from all over the state.
Saakshi has shared her insights from the State Conference:
On March 15, three students from St Mary’s attended a UN Youth event, known as the State Conference. It was a three-day camp filled with debates, workshops and learning about how the United Nations works. Each student represented a different nation during the debates. We debated many global issues such as colonisation, the Venezuelan crisis and the Rohingya genocide. Overall, it was an extraordinary event which was inspiring, thought-provoking and very fun.
There are many opportunities for students, particularly in Years 9 to 12, to attend conferences and competitions that are run by the UN Youth Tasmania. There is another State Conference in April, with the theme of The World of Espionage, as well as the Evatt Tasmanian UN-style competition in May. If students are interested, they can find more information on the UN Youth Tasmania Facebook page.
All Year 10 students will be visited by the Youth Representative to the United Nations as part of a nationwide listening tour during their History classes in Term 2. There are a vast array of opportunities for students to have a voice and to think deeply about current issues in the world.
In addition to this, we are delighted that Emily and Saakshi have been selected to attend the UN Youth National Conference in Melbourne in July. Only 10 students from Tasmania have been invited to this event. The theme, ‘the age of information’ will explore a variety of topics about privacy, corporate transparency, access to information, the future of education and journalism. They will delve into topics in six discussion-based workshops, four model United Nations debates, a crisis simulation and a variety of speaker sessions.
Year 7 takes a creative approach to learning
Over the last few weeks, Year 7 students have been exploring the Lenten journey.
In preparation for Easter, new conversations were started about Holy Week and the intense events that make up this important time in the Church’s year.
After admiring the fourteen Stations of the Cross in our very own Cathedral, 7D were commissioned with the task of recreating the Leonardo DaVinci’s iconic Last Supper.
The students eagerly took on the challenge and worked together to bring the two-dimensional painting to life using clay.
This unique and eye-catching art work is currently on exhibit in the Level 1 corridor.
Senior students plan city's future
On the 12 March the students from the 11-12 Geography class were invited to attend a workshop run by the Hobart City Council about the development occurring in the midtown precinct on Elizabeth Street.
Organised by the council, the workshop gave students, and young people who use the area, the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas about the area’s proposed development.
The class discussed issues relating to public transport in the area, how to effectively make this area a more sustainable, safe and enjoyable space for all Tasmanians.
Overall, the whole experience was a wonderful opportunity to learn about city planning and to actively have a voice in local government affairs, especially one so important to us as students.
Year 12 Geography Student
Relay for Life
Congratulations to St Mary’s students who walked all night long to raise vital funds for cancer patients!
Oar-some efforts from College rowers
Not put off by some very wet weather, St Mary’s Rowers put in an amazing effort, and saw some great results, when they took to the water at Lake Barrington for Head of River on 23 and 24 of March. With slightly dryer weather at the All Schools Championship on 16 – 17 March, College Rowers came away with a third place in the Junior Aggregate and a second place in the Senior Aggregate cups. You can find all the results, and photos from the day, here.
SATIS Swiming results are in!
Congratulations to the Senior School students who recently competed in the SATIS Swimming Carnival. The girls had a great day, swimming well and bringing home some consistent result, finishing 8th in the U13s, 9th in the U14s, 8th in the U15s, 11th for U16s and 10th for Opens – well done!
Update for Parents and Friends
P&F launches the 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Memberships!
The P&F is thrilled to be launching the new 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Memberships with books coming home this week!
For Junior – Year 7 students, the books will be sent home with the youngest student in each family.
Students in Year 8 – 12 will be able to purchase either a hardcopy book from Student Services after 3 April 2018, or can down an app version now, here.
Celebrating 25 editions, the 2019 – 2020 Entertainment Membership is arguably their best edition yet.
Midford Uniform Shop Holiday trading hours
With Term 1 coming to an end, Midford Uniform Shop would like to make you aware of their holiday trading hours.
Basketball Tasmania holiday camps
Registration for the April Basketball Tasmania Holiday Camps is open. Registration for the April Basketball Tasmania Holiday Camps is open. These school holiday Basketball camps offer junior basketballers the opportunity to develop their skills while having fun! Camps are available for boys and girls born between 2006-2011. The camp cost is $80 per person. The cost includes a Molten basketball!
The dates and locations for the BTAS Holiday Camps have been confirmed and registration is now live:
- April 15 and 16 – Elizabeth College, Hobart.
- April 17 and 18 – Ulverstone Sport & Leisure Centre, Ulverstone.
- April 23 and 24 – Elphin Sports Centre, Launceston.
For more details and to register follow this link: https://bit.ly/2WcJdLw
Mother’s Day Classic
You can form a College team and register for Hobart’s annual Mother’s Day Classic held on Sunday 12 May. In 2918, 67 schools across the country competed for the school trophies, raising a total of $27,500 in the process. To register, or for more information about the event, please visit their website – https://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/.
Ticket to play
Ticket to Play is a program launched by the Tasmanian Government which offers a sport voucher to young Tasmanians. The program is available to children aged between five to 17, and who hold a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (either by themselves, or by their parents or carer). Vouchers will also be available to children in Out of Home Care and are offered on a first come, first served basis until November 2019. More information about the program can be found here.
Royal Hobart Hospital seeking volunteers
The Royal Hobart Hospital is seeking student volunteers in Year 11 and 12 for a two-hour weekend shift to help deliver newspapers to patients. If you’re interested in gaining some work experience for your CV, please contact Marion Cooper on either 0417 371 726 or email@example.com.
Hockey Tasmania holiday clinics
Hockey Tasmania will be running holiday a clinic on Thursday 18 April at the Tasmanian Hockey Centre in New Town. The program, Get into Hockey – Basic Skills Session, is designed for children aged from six to twelve years of age and costs $20. To register, please visit their website www.hockeytasmania.com.au