Around the Schools

Green thumbs

Students put their green thumbs to good use recently as part of tree planting days at Star of the Sea Catholic College and Sacred Heart Catholic School Geeveston. As part of their studies on Creation, Grade 3 and 4 students from Star of the Sea spent time planting tree in the community. Despite the wet and muddy conditions the students enjoyed contributing to the environment. At Sacred Heart, the students spent time revegetating a burnt out area in the bushland, planting a variety of native grasses, bush tucker and shrubs in the hope that a diverse understory will grow and attract birds, insects and frogs.


Sacred Heart students planting grasses


Mind games

The Tournament of Minds is a problem-solving program for students from both primary and secondary years. Students form teams to solve challenges relating to Applied Technology, Language Literature, Maths Engineering and Social Sciences all without outside assistance. The program aims to develop students’ diverse skills, enterprise, time management and ability to work collaboratively.

This year teams from across Tasmania came together in Launceston early in September to showcase their creative problem-solving skills. Students from St Patrick’s College won the State Final in the Language Literature challenge based on the works of Australian author Aaron Blabey, with Mount Carmel College placing second. Marist Regional College received two commendations in the form of the Honours Award and the Spirit of Tournament of Minds Award.


St Patrick's College students with their awards


Back in Time Ball

On Thursday 3 September the St Mary’s College prefects held a 'Back in Time Ball' in which students dressed up in clothes from their favourite era in the past. The night had everything from a teacher vs student dance off, teachers sporting mullets, fluro, glitter, glamour and a substantial amount of music that brought the memories back. The event was held in order to raise money for this year's prefect charities: Speak up Stay ChatTY and the Annie Kenney Young Women's Refuge. There was an amazing turn-out with over 120 students coming on the night and a successful fundraising tally of $1,200!