Around the Schools

Community outreach

Grade 6 students at Larmenier Catholic School St Leonards have formed a Community Group, carrying out good works around their community.  Students have assisted with gardening, caring for the School’s animals, fund raising staffs and cooking.

Most recently, students in the Community Group visited Mt Esk Nursing Home and interviewed residents about their lives.  Students discovered what schools the residents went to, their professions and what Launceston was like in the 40s and 50s.  The benefits for students are invaluable and residents have also enjoyed these special interactions with Larmenier students.

As part of their community outreach program, senior students from Star of the Sea Catholic College George Town and members of their Vinnie’s Youth group have been visiting the Ainslie Nursing Home on a weekly basis.  Every Tuesday lunchtime, students visit residents to chat or share in activities.  Both students and residents are enriched by the opportunity to share stories, laughter and pearls of wisdom from a life well lived. 

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Larmenier students with Mt Esk residents                                                        Star of the Sea students with Ainslie residents 


Learning Japanese

This year has been the first year that weekly Japanese lessons have been offered at Holy Rosary Catholic School  Claremont from Prep to Grade 6. The progress the students have made is amazing. The key to learning a new language is repetition, which can become tedious. To overcome this, the students have increased their knowledge of Japanese through fun, active lessons. The primary classes have strengthened their recognition and usage of the Hiragana script and the early years classes have been very impressive using the vocabulary they have learned in simple sentences.

Hitori Futari Hiragana Jump

Hitori Futari                                              Hiragana Jump


Breaking records

Congratulations to the St Virgil’s College Austins Ferry athletics team for their success at the recent Athletics Carnival held at the Domain Athletics Centre in Hobart.  Under the guidance of Captain Jack Hale, the team took home the Junior Boys trophy and won a remarkable 28 of the 49 events they entered.  Spirits were running high when Jack became the fastest male in Tasmanian Athletics history running 10.44 seconds in the Boys Under 16 100m.  At the statewide Athletics Carnival held in October, Jack proved that he is not one to rest on his laurels.  Breaking his own record, Jack shaved 0.02 seconds of his previous record running the 100m in 10.42 seconds!


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St Virgil's students at the southern Athletics Carnival


Scary stuff

Recently Sacred Heart Catholic School Geeveston entered the Botanical Gardens Scarecrow competition.  Jack, Lucy (Grade 4), Harrison and Lachlan (Grade 3) with the help of teacher, Michael Crawford and staff members, Scot McQueen and Isaac Dean created 'Ned Kelly' the Scarecrow.  They did an amazing job working really well as a team.  All the scarecrows were displayed at the Botanical Gardens.  Not only did 'Ned' frighten off all the birds, but he also 'frightened' all voters into gaining their support!  'Ned' won the People’s Choice Award, which was a fantastic result.  Well done to the Sacred Heart Scarecrow team!

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