From the Principal

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

The week before last the gospel was the Parable of the Sower, where he casts seeds onto the path, some on rocky ground, some amongst the thorns and some on good soil. The seeds that land on the good soil bears fruit a hundredfold. This is one of the few parables that Jesus actually explains, he says that the seeds represent the word of God. It compares how we may hear the word but neglect it like the seeds that fall on the rocky ground and those represented by the good soil are the ones who hear the word of God and hold fast to it with an honest and good heart.

This week we heard the Parable of the Mustard Seed. The tiniest seed grows up to become a tree and the birds of the air nest in its branches. Jesus uses the mustard seed as a comparison for the Kingdom of God.

Our second parable this weekend was the Parable of the Yeast. Jesus again compares the Kingdom of God with the yeast . A small amount of yeast is mixed with the flour to leaven the whole batch. The yeast makes the dough rise. There is a great impact on our lives with such a small message as the Kingdom of God.

My Parish priest described parables as poems in which the mysteries of the Kingdom of God are revealed. He also described Jesus as God’s poem.

Jesus uses these well known images of a sower, seed, yeast and a mustard seed because these are all things that would have been well understood by the people of his time. They are images from their world.

Archbishop Fisher tells it this way: ‘Jesus' parables tell of the mysteries of God, the world and of ourselves, that we will never fully plumb, but which speak directly to our souls and are worthy of our pondering alone and in the company of the Church. They invite us into relationship with our fellow Christians, with the tradition which is all those who have asked the questions all the way back to the apostles, and with Christ the storyteller, Christ the teacher, Christ the parable of God. "Look around you", He says to us this morning, "where you are standing there is rocky ground, there are thorns, but there is also good soil for the word of God. Which will you be?"’

The Kingdom of God is really God’s action in our lives. It is our experience of Jesus' message and of the Word of God revealed in the Gospels.

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Student Wellbeing

MCNS takes great pride in its inclusive and nurturing environment based on the values of love, dignity and respect. The right for all boys to be treated as individuals, to feel safe and to have their dignity respected is vital at Marist College North Shore. The key to this is by establishing and maintaining positive relationships between the boys, highlighted by our tutor system, but also with staff and all members of the community. The College Pastoral Care program aims to address age specific issues through discussion, workshops, research and using guest speakers at various times.

A key document in our wellbeing policies is our Anti-Bullying policy. The concept of Bullying works adversely to our understanding of the rights we hold as valuable at the College. It is important for us as a community to firstly understand what we mean “Bullying” to define but also address the various roles the College community can take to ensure that Bullying is addressed and dealt with.

The College policy addresses Bullying as “repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful, and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons”. It can take many forms including humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and all forms of harassment including those based on sex, race, disability, sexual orientation or practice of religion”.

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Faith Formation

Champagnat Day Assembly

Firstly I would like to express how thankful I am for receiving the 2017 Senior Champagnat award, I feel very honoured.  I’d like to talk to you about what the Marist Spirit encompasses for me and how best to incorporate the spirit of Marist within your own experience at the college. Through the efforts of Marcellin Champagnat and his practical use of the word of God, this great school was born. As students of this wonderful college, we should be honoured to represent the values that he modelled so well. For this reason, Marist to me is a community that facilitates the best qualities of each individual student, through demonstrating the 5 simple characteristics that make up the Marist spirit:

  • Presence 
  • Simplicity 
  • Family Spirit
  • Love of Work 
  • Acting in the way of Mary

The first characteristic of Marist is presence. Of Living in the moment, and making the most of every opportunity. You may have heard this plenty of times throughout your time here at Marist, but it is important to ensure that you are ‘present’ within the college community. Our Marist community wouldn’t be the same as it is today, if it wasn’t for St Marcellin Champagnat’s dedication to be present in the lives of the children and young men that he educated. My time here at Marist has been so much more than just my academic education. It is here where I have been fortunate enough to experience other aspects of college life. In order to make the absolute most of your schooling life here at Marist, it is important to involve yourself in as many activities that the college has offered you. Whether this refers to attending Solidarity, Immersion, or to be a part of a sporting team, the debating team, mock trial, chess, or the band. All these opportunities assist in reflecting the Marist spirit, and ultimately develops you into a true Marist Man.

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Marist Mountainbikers

Congratulations go to the following riders, who exhausted (and occasionally injured) themselves in riding for the College in the 2017 NSW All Schools Championship. The 4 hour race is held in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and covers some pretty steep and challenging terrain. MCNS has had teams in the race in each of the last 6 years.

Our Senior team was represented by Jayin Naran, Lucas Mayer, Alex Butler and Harrison Mentis-Bullock. It was the last race for Year 12 riders Alex, Jayin and Lucas, who have the remarkable record of being together in a team every year since 2011.

The Intermediate team was Arthur Turner, Caden Becker and Max Pickton.

The Junior team comprised Cooper Cossettini, Harry Grover and Thomas O’Sullivan.

With almost 200 riders, the intensity of the Race was unrelenting. Our teams all rode as hard as they could and showed excellent camaraderie and team spirit. The standout riders, who produced the fastest lap times, were Alex (Senior), Caden (Intermediate) and Harry (Junior).

A big thank you must go to the wonderful parents who gave up their Sunday to come along and support the riders so willingly.

Peter Bennett
Mountain Bike Coach



MAPS is a not for profit international developmental agency of the Marist Brothers province of Australia. They support the education and community development activities across Asia and the Pacific.

MAPS envisions a world that reflects Marists’ desire that vulnerable young people are brought towards the centre from the margins through access to education. Their mission is to empower young people by enhancing their human dignity and developing their capacity to transform their lives and communities.

Throughout Champagnat Week, we as a Marist community held a number of activities to raise funds for MAPS:
  • tutor group collections
  • multicultural lunch

We as a College community were extremely generous during this week - We raised over… $3500!

You might have been wondering - where does this money go?

Placing it practical terms:

$20 - Will clothe a child in India for a year
$100 - Will provide a child in Cambodia with adequate health care and appropriate medicine for a year.
$300 - Will provide a class in Samoa school supplies and equipment for a year

The highlights of MAPS success for 2016 - Was that MAPS had over 80 projects operating in 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region.
Some project highlights include:
  • In Thailand, where Burmese children are denied access to education - MAPS was responsible for 60 Burmese children receiving a formal education.
  • In India, 2.4 million people are living with HIV/AIDS - MAPS was able to provide medical support, nutrition supplements and support programs for over 800 families.
  • In Cambodia, children with disabilities are excluded from society and are refused an education - MAPS provides free health care for these children and a full primary education.
This is only a snapshot - These projects and our contributions make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Thank you so much for family's continued generosity and support of MAPS this year.

Gabrielle Nicholson
Solidarity Coordinator

Cambodia Solidarity Immersion 2017

On 28 June 2017, nine Year 11 students (Jett Balbi, Ethan Bishop, Finn Haron, Jack Kelly, Ryan Lange, Tristan Leffers, Heath Morgan, Didier Radford and Robert Slater) and three members of staff travelled to Cambodia as part of the Marist North Shore Solidarity Immersions. Over the two weeks it was very pleasing to see everyone embrace all aspects of the immersion experience with great energy and enthusiasm. The boys need to be congratulated on their attitude to the challenges faced in Cambodia. Many thanks also to Ms Nicholson and Ms Tlaskal for not only assisting with the leadership of the immersion but also being prepared to really travel the journey of immersion with the boys.

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Career Opportunities

Medical Engineering at the University of Newcastle Launch
Tuesday 22 August – 5.30pm
From 2018, UON are offering a 4 year Bachelor of Medical Engineering. Come along to learn more about our new degree and the fascinating majors available. You’ll also get to hear from some of our experts in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment on the amazing medical engineering projects they are working on.

University of Notre Dame Sydney Suburb Info Evenings
Baulkham Hills - 7 August 2017
Campbelltown - 9 August 2017
Auburn - 15 August 2017
Liverpool - 16 August 2017
Northern Beaches - 17 August 2017
Call in anytime between 4pm and 7pm

Experience Swinburne Grant
Applications close Wed 26 July
Students in year 11 or 12 travelling from interstate to Swinburne’s Open Day may be eligible to have travel costs covered. Find out more and apply online.
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Community Notices


"Australian Army Cadets is a youth development program for teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17. It provides young Australians with the opportunity to learn, develop and practice many interesting, fun and valuable skills. It is the only government sponsored youth group in Australia. 206 ACU is based at Marist College North Shore. We parade every Tuesday night of the school term from 5:30 to 8:40pm and we attend one weekend camp at the end of each term.

As a cadet there are lots of other activities you can participate in like: the annual camp (one week); leadership, abseiling and water craft courses; military marches (such as ANZAC Day) and much more. We also learn lots of skills such as first aid, navigation and organisational skills.

206 ACU is currently recruiting. 
Our information night is being held on: 
Tuesday 1 August at 7:00pm
at Marist College North Shore, 
270 Miller St, North Sydney.

If you are interested in finding out more, please check out our website. If you have any questions, speak to any of the cadets here at the school."

Jarrod Missaghi
Year 10 Mackillop 1


ATAR Information Evening

Click here for further information

National Saxophone Champion

On Sunday 25 June, Zac Coleman attended the NSW Junior Saxophone Competition at Barker College. This was the first major competition for Zac and he was competing against players from all over the state.

We are delighted to announce that Zac won this competition and is now the NSW Junior Saxophone Champion.

Congratulations Zac on your achievement.

Killer B's Rugby League

NS 12 DEFEATED Lewisham 10

“Oh the power and the passion, oh the temper of the time
Oh the power and the passion
Sometimes you've got to take the hardest line”
Power and the Passion - Midnight Oil

The rescheduled Round 5 match with Lewisham was played in blazing sunshine on a brisk winter's day at North Sydney Oval Number 2. The Killer B’s were without eight of their starting line-up from the start of the season and down to one player on the bench however they refused to be deterred as this was an occasion to farewell the eleven year twelve students who would be playing their final game for the College.

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MCC Sport - Winter

MCC FINALS   Thursday 27 July
Tunks Park
Tunks Park
13 [1's]Kogarah 
Scarborough Park
13[2's] to support 13[1's] at Scarborough Park

A GradeKogarah1pm
Lambert Park
Fraser Park
13 [1's]Kogarah11am
Fraser Park
Year 12 to support A Grade at Lambert Park
Year 8 to support 13[1's]/14's at Fraser Park

Good luck to all the teams competing in the finals.

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NAIDOC Celebrations

MCNS continues it’s commitment to ensuring that staff and students are well informed about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and contemporary issues. On the last week of Term 2 the student leaders presented to the assembly the history and significance of NAIDOC and its 2017 theme “Our Languages Matter”.

Sydney Swans player and AFL Hall of Fame member Michael O’Loughlin (a Ngarrindjeri man) attended the school and addressed the assembly about his upbringing and what it takes to be an elite AFL player. Mr O'Loughlin spoke of his own family who were significant in establishing the early contact between European settlers and Indigenous Australians. His decision to chase his dream and become an AFL legend has meant that he had to move away from home and work hard at building his understandings of his culture.

Mr O’Loughlin spent a lot of time talking about his personal experiences which linked to the College’s current theme of Growth Mindset and resilience. Mr O’Loughlin’s own journey took him away from his home of Adelaide and brought him to Sydney at a tender age of 17. This hard road coupled with encouragement from his mother pushed Michael to build mental strength and to work hard on his resilience. As he trained his resilience, his AFL skills improved so much that, not only did he reach his goal to play AFL but he also become an elite player in one of the most demanding sports in the country. Mr O’Loughlin’s application to being his best extended to his diet, training and game play.

Mr O’Loughlin likened his effort in AFL to that of students and their study and how if there is no effort, when the test (or game) comes, there is no result. Michael finished with a beautiful, if honest message, “Whatever your dream’re going to have to work your backside off, and also you are going to have to take the knocks along the journey. Fall forward, get up and be resilient. Use your growth mindset”

Michael has now joined forces with Adam Goodes and is helping out the next wave of young people in their journey to achieving their goals. The GO Foundation helps students afford a quality education while chasing their sporting or other dreams. The GO Foundation believes that education and finishing school is an absolute priority. Their good work is supported by community donations and on behalf of MCNS Mr Duncan made a generous contribution to the Foundation. If you would like to support the GO Foundation please go to

Mark Heiss
Director of Innovation and Learning


Congratulations to all students who have achieved a commitment award for Semester 1.

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AFL National Championships

Congratulations to Connor Hungerford who represented NSW/ACT at the Multicultural AFL National Championships on the Gold Coast during the July school holidays. 
Due to Connor's outstanding performance, the Multicultural AFL Program officially invited Connor (and his teammates) to attend the AFL Multicultural launch of the 2017 Toyota AFL Multicultural Round at Lachlan’s Old Government House in Parramatta from 9.45am on Tuesday 25 July.