The View

15 March 2019
Issue Three
A Word from the Principal
From the Director of Primary
Identity and Mission
Curriculum News
O'Brien Resource Centre
Digital Technologies
Headline Act
College Sport
Uniform Shop News
Parents & Friends News
Old Scholar News
Extra News
Upcoming Dates
Mount Carmel College
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Sandy Bay, Tasmania, 7000

A Word from the Principal

“The future does have a name…and its name is hope.”

Pope Francis


Already this term the College has come together to celebrate the word of God. Firstly, we took to the Cathedral and Fr Brian celebrated Mass with us. Then last week the College came together again to celebrate Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Father reminded the students that this celebration marked the beginning of a time of preparation, time to reflect and pray, time to focus on improving ourselves and on giving hope. This time marks our preparation for Easter and all it brings to us and in the words of Pope Francis, it brings hope.


Hope is all around us. Working in a school like Mount Carmel, hope is often in the eyes of the students. Our students wonder at how they can make a difference to the world around them – whatever the issue might be.  They see an issue and think about ways to resolve it. They are not constrained by any limitations. They delve, ask questions and consider responses. They are inspired by each other, by the women who studied at the College before them and the staff who work alongside them.  At the recent International Women’s Day Breakfast, held at Fahan for the Alliance schools, a staff member shared with me the extraordinary experience of turning up at the hospital to find that everyone she came into contact with, from the admitting nurse to the registrar and the supervising doctor, were Old Scholars from Mount Carmel.  Old Scholars in fields of medicine, law, finance, research and human services just to name a few.  Last night, Guilford Young College celebrated their Commendation Evening and amongst the names of students being commended were a number of Mount Carmel Old Scholars.  Hope is all around us, in the generation of students  which follow us. Hope is in the smiles of those we meet, the kind words that we use to talk with one another and the care we show all.  This Lent, be an expression of hope for all those you meet.

Pope Francis' Words

Do you want to fast this Lent?

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
Fast from worries and trust in God.
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

Strategic Planning

This year the College will commence it’s strategic planning. Glenn McLachlan from PLI will be faciliating this process with the community.  The Master building plan will be finalised to align with the Strategic Plan.

If you would like to be involved, please contact the College on [email protected]

Staff News

I have granted Linton Higginbotham immediate leave on compassionate grounds. I ask the Mount Carmel community to keep the Higginbotham family in their prayers. I thank Aimee Woodward and Mary McIntosh for stepping into the gap caused by Linton’s immediate release.


Mrs Fiona Nolan - Principal

From the Director of Primary

Bullying. No Way!

Education is a shared commitment between teachers, students and parents.  IN order to achieve improved student outcomes, we must have a shared purpose one that achieved through shared conversations and shared actions.  With this key message in mind I would like to draw attention to several key initiatives.

Friday, March 15 is a National Day of Action against bullying and violence. This year the theme is Bullying, No Way! Take action every day.  We all have a responsibility to stand united against bullying and violence so that collectively we are creating safer communities for everyone – in the classroom, in schools and beyond.



What is bullying?

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening. Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.  Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

At Monday’s Prep to Year 6 Assembly the Year 5 and 6 Leaders will outline how we can stand united against bullying by providing tips for students and outlining activities that will take place in the yard next week.  The national statistics around bullying are incredibly alarming with one in four students being bullied in person, and one in five online. 

On the home front, parents and carers play a vital role work in preventing bullying and responding effectively if it happens.  Key tips are provided in the following card.

Playing it Safe

During the past fortnight there has been considerable discussion about the Momo Challenge, an online game.  The scary doll-like figure allegedly targets children and teens, asking them to participate in a game which involves setting them challenges or dares. 

It is a timely reminder about ensuring that we are helping our children to be safe online.  The best way to keep children and young people safe is to talk with them and be involved in their online world. 


Setting up safe internet use:

There are things you can do to help keep children safe online, for example, filter unsuitable content or monitor their internet use.

You could:

  • enable Google SafeSearch on all devices
  • enable parental controls on streaming services such as YouTube, Netflix and AppleTV
  • install software that filters content or lets you choose what times devices can be used/not used
  • get to know how your child’s phone or device works so you can help them use it safely
  • know children’s email addresses and passwords so you can monitor activity. If you do this, remember to let children know what you are doing and why
  •  check the permissions you are giving when you or your children install a new app. Your personal data such as photos and documents might be accessible to others. Read unbiased reviews before installing apps
  • know how your device stores data, and whether this is secure. Many devices use ‘cloud storage’, e.g. Google Drive or Apple iCloud, to store data such as documents, photos or videos. Make sure children and young people:
  • know the risks and benefits of ‘geo-location’ or ‘checking-in’ functions that identify their location. These can be limited or disabled
  • use a PIN or access code on their phone or device so if they are stolen they can’t be used to send negative texts or images to contact lists
  • do not expose younger children to inappropriate content.

During the coming weeks I will continue to provide tips about how we can collectively work together to educate the students so that they be safe online.

NAPLAN Online - Term 2 (14-16 May)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process - it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance.

In 2019 most students across Australia will sit NAPLAN online.  At Mount Carmel College, the Year 5, 7 and 9 students will complete the online assessments while the Year 3 students will continue with the paper tests.  To ensure that the Year 5 and 7 students are familiar with the online format, the students will be involved in practice tests on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April. 

Although NAPLAN Online is not a test of keyboard skills students are encouraged to have a keyboard especially for the writing assessment.   

Why online? One of the main benefits of NAPLAN Online is tailored (or adaptive) testing, where the test automatically adapts to a student’s test performance. The test presents questions of higher or lower complexity, depending on a student’s performance.  A student’s overall NAPLAN score is based on the number and complexity of questions they answer correctly.

More details about NAPLAN will be provided at the commencement of Term 2. 


Mrs Caroline Wilson-Haffenden - Director of Primary

Identity and Mission


On Ash Wednesday last week Primary and Secondary students were marked with the sign of the cross as a reminder of our need for God in our lives, especially during this time of Lent. Ashes have a rich history from the Jewish – and in turn – Christian heritage, symbolising our human imperfection and the need for God’s grace and mercy. Just as fire has the power to regenerate vegetation, ashes burnt from last year’s palms serve as a reminder of our own spiritual life. The mark on our foreheads with ash is an outward sign of our need for God’s tenderness and compassion in our lives.  It reminds us of our pledge to make changes in our lives that will build up our relationship with God and with one another. 


During this time of Lent we may pause and reflect: 

  • What does it look like for me, personally, to be God’s ambassador?
  • How can I allow room for God to grow in my life?

Project Compassion

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. 


Last week all families received Project Compassion boxes with the intention that they be filled in order to assist those living in poverty.  Our Secondary Mission Sisters held a Pancake Day on Shrove Tuesday.  A multitude of pancakes were cooked and sold at lunchtime with a choice of toppings.  The money raised was donated to Project Compassion. 


On Wednesday 10 April, a Kilometres for Compassion day is being organised by the Primary Mission Sisters, with all students from Kinder to Year 6 walking with their buddies for a nominated distance.  Students will be encouraged to seek sponsorship from friends and family with all proceeds going directly to Project Compassion.

This week’s Project Compassion story focuses on Thandolwayo.  It is heartening to hear how the efforts of Caritas Australia were able to help this 12 year old from Zimbabwe.

Read more about her story by clicking on the link:

Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 to provide clean water and a future full of hope for vulnerable communities in Zimbabwe.


Miss Ida Saracino - Director of Mission (Primary)

Curriculum News

Welcome to Week Six

The term is going so quickly. Currently students in all years are working on assessment tasks. Please monitor the time your daughter spends on tasks. The majority of assessment pieces will be completed in class, but on occasion there will be some finishing off required during homework time. Your daughter should not be spending hours on homework. If this is the case, please contact teachers so that we can monitor and see what is happening.

Learning Conferences

Learning Conferences will be held on Monday 25 March and Tuesday 2 April for all students from Kinder to Year 10. These will all be held in Providence House and gives parents, carers, students and teachers an opportunity to discuss progress, goals and monitor learning. 

Curriculum Captains

I am very excited to introduce our Curriculum Captains for the year - Rose Goward and Sarah Wilson-Haffenden. We meet regularly and both Rose and Sarah have wonderful ideas about lifting the profile of curriculum and letting our community know about the all of the great things that are happening in our classes, from Kinder through to Year 10.  You can read their first news article by clicking on the following link: 

Mrs Kim Schade - Director of Teaching and Learning

O'Brien Resource Centre

Harmony Day

Harmony Day in Australia has been held on March 21 since 1999, coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Harmony Day has grown over time into Harmony Week, 17th - 23rd March, a week celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity.


Living in Hobart and attending Mount Carmel College each day, it is easy to forget just how culturally diverse Australia is. Harmony Week allows us an opportunity to consider the cultural makeup of our Nation and reflect on whether we are truly a culturally inclusive society where everyone is treated with dignity and feels a deep sense of belonging. 


Reading fiction is just one way we may gain insight and understanding into our cultural diversity, so that we are able to develop connections with people who have a different cultural background to our own.  Research by psychologist David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano, at the New School for Social Research in New York, has shown that reading literary fiction enhances the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions, a crucial skill in navigating complex social relationships (Bury, 2013).  An ability to empathise is crucial to the wellbeing of a society and what better way to build empathy than immersing oneself in the lives of another through the reading of fiction.


We will be celebrating Harmony Week here at the O’Brien Resource Centre with students being engaged with stories representative of all cultures that make our country such a richly diverse society.


Ms Melinda Levy - Teacher Librarian


Bury, L. (2019). Reading literary fiction improves empathy, study finds. [online] the Guardian. Available at: [Accessed 13 Mar. 2019].


Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies - Years 7 and 8

Although we meet many of the Digital Technologies curriculum in current subjects such as Mathematics and Science, there are a few areas which need specialist time and resources at the Year 7 and Year 8 level. For instance, the Australian Curriculum requires that we “Investigate how data is transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks, and how the specifications affect performance”. Therefore our work with students needs to include information about components that control the movement of data including routers, hubs, switches and bridges. Some of this specialist knowledge is difficult to cover in our regular curriculum.


To meet this requirement the Curriculum Team have approved four full days of instruction for all of Year 7 and Year 8 students specifically on Digital Technologies curriculum not covered by other subjects. These days will be scattered throughout the year and will be assessed and reported upon as per normal.


If you have any questions or concerns about this curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Mr Anthony Peck - E-Learning Manager

Headline Act

Autumn Concert

On Wednesday 27 March, our students will be staging the annual Autumn Concert to celebrate some of the outstanding music-making that happens at Mount Carmel College. 


The concert will extend from 7.00pm - 8.30pm in the Cahill Centre (College Hall).  Featured in the concert will be Elective Music Students, Instrumental Music Students, Middle Years Voices, Senior Singers, College Orchestra, String Quartet and College Flute Ensemble. The evening will conclude with a performance by our Instrumental Music Teachers. It promises to be a great night of entertainment, showcasing some very talented young musicians. 


All performers need to ensure that they are well presented in full summer uniform, and that they arrive no later than 6.45pm to prepare for their performance. 


Whether your daughter is performing or not, you are invited to come along to support the students and enjoy this evening of music. 


Car parking is limited at the College and therefore we encourage you to park at Wrest Point or in the surrounding streets. 

College Sport

Secondary Swimming Team

Congratulations to the members of the Mount Carmel Swimming Team below that represented the College at the Southern SATIS Carnival on Wednesday.  Highlights from the carnival included:

Winners of the U14 Pennant

3rd place in the U16 Pennant

Olivia Nichols came 1st in the U14 50m Breaststroke and Backstroke and 3rd in the 50m Freestyle and Butterfly

Maya Chapman came 4th in the U13 Freestyle and 6th in U13 Breaststroke

2nd in U14 Medley Relay including Holly Nosworthy, Olivia Nichols, Charlotte Webb and Maya Chapman

3rd in the U13 Freestyle Relay including Holly Nosworthy, Natasha Furjanic, Zoe Fava and Maya Chapman

Annabelle Raymond came 5th in U15 50m Breaststroke

6th out of 11 in the Girls Junior Pennant

An enthusiastic group of Year 7 team members competed in events above their age group.

Under 13 Under 14 Under 15 Under 16
Aurelia Albertini Remi Mansfield Annabelle Raymond Isabella Albertini
Charlotte Bateman Olivia Nichols   Macy Bresnehan
Matilda Brumby Gemma Terry   Dayna White
Meg Butler Charlotte Webb    
Maya Chapman      
Zoe Fava      
Avalon Forbes      
Sophie Fraser      
Natasha Furjanic      
Haylee McGee      
Holly Nosworthy      
Heidi Preshaw      
Lita White      
Georgina Wilson      


Primary Swimming Champions

At the Primary assembly last week, the following students were awarded as Primary Swimming Champions and Runners Up from the results at the Mount Carmel Swimming Carnival.  Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding performance and special mention of Year 4 student Lily Bannister, who broke the record for 50m Freestyle with a time of 40.58 sec.


  Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Champion: Sophie Jones Lily Bannister Hannah Jager Ella Maxwell
Runner Up: Jemima Geappen Ivy Bresnehan Isabella Copeland Olivia Jones
    Matilda Forrest    

Primary Swimming Team

From the results of the Swimming Carnival, a team has now been selected to represent Mount Carmel at the Junior Southern Sports Association of Tasmanian Independent Schools (JSSATIS) on Thursday 21 March and the Southern Tasmania Catholic Primary School Sports Association (STCPSSA) Primary Swimming Carnival on Friday 5 April.  Congratulations and good luck to the following students:

Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Riley Bain Lily Bannister Sofia Bowman-Shaw Sienna Azzanese
Lily Cherry Taylor Bayliss Isabella Copeland Elsie Batchelor
Georgie Costelloe Ivy Bresnehan Isabella Heroys Emily Browne
Jemima Geappen Matilda Forrest Hannah Jager Olivia Jones
Olivia Ims Ruby Kaye Lucy Jamieson Matilda Kaye
Sophie Jones Matilda Keeling   Ella Maxwell
Sophie Sommerville Maggie Smythe    
Cleo White      


The North West Schools regatta was held at Lake Barrington recently. Seven students competed including Lucy Balfour, Josi Braid, Hayley Davis, Molly Marshall, Ursula Nation, Jazlin Paterson and Mia Reardon. All girls competed in singles and doubles races in several age groups and Mount Carmel also had U14 and U15 coxed quad crews. The team overall did very well with most girls qualifying for at least one race in the upcoming schools championships. Thanks to Chris Reardon and Bruce Ims for organising the team and coaching the girls.

Little Athletics State Representatives

Congratulations to the Year 7 students Jessica Bray and Avalon Forbes, who have been selected to represent Tasmania at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in the U13 division, which will be held in Hobart on 27-28 April.  Selection in the team followed their outstanding results at the State Individual Championships.

Year 6 students Olivia Jones, Bailey Van Den Broek and Bella Quin all performed strongly with Bailey and Olivia winning at least 10 gold medals between them.  Year 3 student Jemima Geappen also took away some medals.   Congratulations to all the Mount Carmel students who qualified and participated at the championships. 

Woolworths Primary Cricket Blast School Cup

Last Tuesday a Year 5/6 Cricket team represented Mount Carmel at the Woolworths Primary Cricket Blast School Cup Hobart Region Event.  The team included Year 5 students Lucia Devine and Elizabeth Ims and Year 6 students Imogen Mulder, Asha Nicol, Zoe Rhodes, Matilda Ross, Avara Donovan, Kayla Round, Matilda Kaye and Elsie Batchelor.


Three games of blast cricket were played against teams from St Cuthbert’s and Molesworth.   All players had the opportunity to bat, bowl, and field and to cheer on their team mates.  The team played with great enthusiasm, winning their first two games and only narrowly losing to the mixed team from Molesworth. 

The College now qualifies for the Southern Regional event in Term 4. Thanks to Year 10 student Ella Marsh who assisted with Coaching and Umpiring on the day.

Inter School Horse Trials

The annual Inter School Horse Trials are being held on Sunday 31 March 2019, at Huntingfield Pony & Riding Club. 

If your daughter is an experienced rider and a current financial member of a Pony Club or an affiliated Club of Equestrian Australia, and would like to represent Mount Carmel College at this event, please sign up online:  before 19 March 2019.

 Further information is available by emailing [email protected]


Ms Nikki Stuart – Sports Administration Officer

Uniform Shop News

Opening Hours

Shop Closure:

A notice to all parents that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Uniform Shop will be closing an hour earlier on Wednesday 20 March, 4.00pm rather than the normal 5.00pm.

The Shop will also be closed for the full day on Thursday 21 March.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause families. If you have any urgent uniform requirements, please contact the College Office and they will endeavor to assist you.


Term 1 Holiday Opening Hours:

The Uniform Shop will be open for the first week of the school holidays.  This is your opportunity to collect laybys and purchase any other uniform items required for Term 2.  We will open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday 15 April through to Thursday 18 April. (Friday being Good Friday Public Holiday). 

Winter Uniform Fittings

Thank you to all those families who have taken the opportunity to have their child fitted for the winter uniform. 

Please contact the Uniform Shop on 6216 7925 or email: [email protected] if your son or daughter still requires a fitting, and we can make a mutually convenient appointment time.  A reminder, that if orders are not placed, we cannot guarantee sufficient stock will be available.

Gold Polos for Sale

Year 10 students may wish to purchase the original gold polo for the purpose of having friends’ signatures on them as a keepsake.  There are limited quantities and sizes available, which are being sold for only $15 which is well below cost.

Returning Uniform Items

A reminder that the Uniform Shop cannot refund for "Change of Mind purchases. We are happy to exchange sizes for faulty goods.

Your excess uniform items can be sold on our Closed Facebook Group (search Mount Carmel College, Trading Page) and click to Join.

Lost Property

A drink bottle and a pair of Mount Carmel shorts have been left behind at the Shop. If you believe one or both of these items belong to your child, please contact me and I will take it down to the College Office for collection.


Mrs Dianne Ranalli - Uniform Shop Coordinator

Parents & Friends News

We're fundraising with Tea Towels!

Our limited edition tea towel design will be made up of self-portraits drawn by all our students and staff in Kinder through to Year 6, including Long Day Care.


The pictures and names will be arranged in class groups then screen printed in navy blue onto premium 100% white cotton tea towels. Each tea towel will cost $15.00.


An order form will be sent home with all students in the next fortnight and will also be available to download from the Parents & Friends page of the College website:


Payment will be able to be made either via the Qkr! app or in person at the College Office.

Orders will be filled and sent home in time for Mothers' Day and there will be a sample tea towel hanging in the College Office to view.


If you have any queries, please email Sophie Newland at:  [email protected] 

Mothers' Day Stall

The Parents & Friends are hoping to host a Mothers' Day stall during school hours on Thursday 9 May and are calling out for parents who are interested in assisting.


There are two areas that we would need assistance with - in the lead up to the event with wrapping gifts and/or assisting on the stall  during the day. If we have enough volunteers, the stall will proceed and all students from Kinder through to Year 6 will be invited to purchase gifts.


If you are able to assist, please make contact with Caroline Jager at:

[email protected]

Old Scholar News

GYC Commendation Awards

The annual GYC Ceremony of Commendation was held last night at the College's Glenorchy campus. Every year it is held on the evening of the anniversary of the death of the College namesake, Archbishop Sir Guilford Young (10.11.1916 - 16.3.1988), the eighth Archbishop of Hobart.

The occasion recognises and celebrates academic, training, cultural, faith, service and sporting achievements by students and staff from last year.

Mount Carmel College is proud of the following Old Scholars who were all presented with awards on the night and congratulate them.

Madeleine Black 2018 Guilford College Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community
Zoe Byrne 2018 Course Award for Environmental Science
Verena Koerner 2018 Academic Award for Outstanding Tertiary Entrance Score (106.6)
  2018 Course Award for English
Emily Smith 2018 Course Award  for Psychology
Bridget Thornbury 2018 Guilford Young College Award for Outstanding Contribution to the
Kasey Willey 2018 Course Award for Psychology
Grace Woolford

2018 Guilford Young College Award for Exceptional Commitment and 

Contribution to the life of the College

  2018 Vocational Education and Training Award for Certificate II in Tourism

Extra News

Vacation Care Program for April School Holidays

The Vacation Care Program for the April school holidays is attached below.

To confirm your Vacation Care bookings, please ensure that your booking form is returned to the College Office by Friday 29 March.  So that there is adequate staffing for our program, bookings must be made.  We may not be able to accommodate children who arrive at Vacation Care without a booking in place. 


Holy Spirit Sacramental Program

Catholic children aged eight and upwards who live in the Sandy Bay-Taroona Parish, or who attend Mass in the Parish, are invited to join the 2019 Sacramental Program.

An information session and first lesson in preparation for First Reconciliation will take place on 28 March.

Parents who wish to enrol their child should contact the parish secretary, Claire Manthorpe, as soon as possible on 6224 1423 between 9.30 am and 1 pm on weekdays or email: [email protected]


Fr Brian Nichols - Parish Priest

Upcoming Dates


  • Saturday 16: Open Day, 11.00am - 1.00pm
  • Monday 18 - Wednesday 20: Outdoor Education Camp, Huon River
  • Monday 18 - Friday 22: Catholic Education Week
  • Monday 18:  Prep to Year 6 Assembly, Cahill Centre, 10.00am
  • Tuesday 19: Year 7 Immunisations
  • Thursday 21: JSSATIS Swimming Carnival, Hobart Aquatic Centre
  • Saturday 23: Head of the River
  • Saturday 23 - Sunday 24: Relay For Life
  • Monday 25: Kinder – Year 10 Learning Conferences. 3.40pm - 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 26: SATIS Swimming Carnival, Hobart Aquatic Centre
  • Wednesday 27: Autumn Concert 
  • Wednesday 27- Friday 29: Year 5 Camp, Port Arthur
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