From the Principal

Proud to be Australian

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

I am Australian. Very proud to be Australian. But…
  • 1298 Refugees in Australian Detention Centres
  • 1162 Refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. (According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection)

Are we doing the right thing with the people that we have locked up for long terms in detention centres in Australia and on Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island? We hear the political language that both sides of politics use in discussing refugees and asylum seekers. Are we convinced?

In some ways this language is about saving refugees from the dangers of people smugglers bringing them to Australia. Stopping deaths at sea. This ignores the 37 that have died since 2010 in these very detention centres.

We seem to have fully accepted the status that refugees have no rights. No human rights.

We do seem to be ignoring the UNHCR Text of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees Rights. This text has only been modified once since 1951 and this was to broaden its application.

Is there any logic to the money spent in this process. Billions to house refugees in Australia. Billions to house refugees in Nauru and Manus.

We actually spent $55 million to resettle 6 asylum seekers in Cambodia and then three of them went back to their country of origin. That seems a lot more expensive that settling those same 3 in Australia and spending the remainder on Australian Education.

Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees said:

The Church, responding to Christ’s command to “go and make disciples of all nations”, is called to be the People of God which embraces all peoples and brings to them the proclamation of the Gospel, for the face of each person bears the mark of the face of Christ! Here we find the deepest foundation of the dignity of the human person, which must always be respected and safeguarded. It is less the criteria of efficiency, productivity, social class, or ethnic or religious belonging which ground that personal dignity, so much as the fact of being created in God’s own image and likeness (cf. Gen 1:26-27) and, even more so, being children of God. Every human being is a child of God! He or she bears the image of Christ! We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see, that migrants and refugees do not only represent a problem to be solved, but are brothers and sisters to be welcomed, respected and loved.

I just feel that Francis is right and we should be doing more to help these people.

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Term 4 and more

The beginning of Term 4 has presented itself with numerous opportunities for valuable messages that need to be reinforced with the boys of Marist College at many levels.

The boys experienced a pastoral lesson last Wednesday catered to the specific needs of each year group. Whilst the College has a well established House system, there are often times that the boys are brought together to hear messages or engage with an issue relevant to their age group. Year 11, soon to become Year 12 are looking at planning for their HSC assessment tasks, many have obtained their driver's licence and are beginning to drive, and as they mature into responsible young men they are now able to enjoy lunch in the local area, free to make good choices. Year 10 have a specific focus of the term working towards their Assessment Week , White Ribbon Day and the Australian Catholic Youth Festival.

Years 7, 8 and 9 boys are working towards their end of course examinations in the coming weeks. Ms O’Brien has prepared a valuable resource explaining effective study which the boys have been working through and which will be shared with parents.

I have also had the opportunity to remind the boys in recent week’s of their obligation to maintain the high standards set by the College, whether they are inside the school grounds or travelling to and from school. There have been many compliments and reminders about the College Summer uniform, whilst the school socks worn correctly still poses a challenge for many.

Our new student leadership team will spend a day this week working on a theme for 2018. A great deal of the discussion on the day will be centred around the great experiences all the boys have encountered along with how we can all work to further the Champagnat spirit at MCNS. The boys are very energised and filled with many ideas. The leadership team will look for the boys in the younger year groups to get on board and be part of the experience.They, as does the College, mandate to ensure that the boys voices are heard and supported as much as practically possible.

Finally, I encourage all boys to continue to work hard alongside their teachers to ensure they maximise their learning in the last half of Term 4 to ensure a successful completion to 2017.

Rick Grech
Deputy Headmaster


Refugees Have Rights Too

Refugees Have Rights Too

Jacob Nweke, Year 7, informs you about refugees in our country.

Every year thousands of refugees arrive in Australia and seek refuge from their home country. One of these refugees is Morteza Poorvadi, whose parents got sent back to Iran from Christmas Island leaving him a 15 year old on his own in Australia.

The story of “Don94”, as the Australian government renamed him, started when he and his parents decided to seek refuge in Australia. On the way here their boat sank and the Australian navy took them to Christmas Island where he was separated from his parents, who were sent back to Iran leaving him all on his own at a place he barely knew the language of.

Refugees like Morteza want Australians to know that they came to Australia to escape violence not to create violence and they want to help the economy and be a part of Australia and be considered as a contributor to our society.

If you were stuck in a war-filled county where your family members have died, friends have died, and you don't have a home, what would you do? Stay in that country or make a new beginning in a safe and wonderful place like Australia?

Linda Hutchinson

English Teacher


Mathematics Homework Club is back for Term 4!

Each Wednesday afternoon during Weeks 2-6 there will be a Mathematics teacher in the Academic Resources Centre to help students in Years 7-10 with homework or assessment preparation. Students are to come prepared with their own work to complete during this time and teachers will be there to assist.

When: Wednesday Week 2 - 6
Where: Academic Resource Centre
Time:3:25 pm (for approximately an hour)

A reminder that students also have access to past papers through Google Classrooms for the Mathematics level they are studying which will help them with their preparation.

Please encourage your son to attend, this is a great opportunity to get some extra help - don’t miss it!

Amanda Conde
Mathematics Leader of Learning


Terry Shaw Shield

On Sunday 17 September, Jerry Chu, Dylan Odenthal and I played in the Annual Inter-School One Day Tournament, the Terry Shaw Shield. The Competition was seven rounds of high octane chess against some of the best schools in the State, James Ruse, North Sydney Boys and Sydney Grammar were amongst the competition. 

The boys put in a valiant effort, and came out better players for it, regardless of a win or loss, we gained experience, against an often superior opponent. Its often against these tougher opponents that the struggle for the victory brings out your best moves. Best demonstrated by our Board 3, Jerry Chu, notching up an impressive victory against Sydney Grammar - despite a two pawn disparity heading late into the game. I personally thought my best game of the day was against Sydney Boys High B, in a dogged match that was seemingly a lost cause, after a losing exhange, I capitalised and took the lead, however would soon fall to the time pressure. Despite losing, I can honestly say the most satisfaction comes from a good performance, and not a good result. In the end every point was crucial, with our team finishing on 10.5. An equal 8th place from 17 teams, which will set an adequate bar from which we can improve upon next year. 

I would like to thank Mrs Drivilas, and Mr dela Paz for organising our participation at the tournament, and their tireless work each week for Chess at Marist College North Shore.

Sean Auer

Year 10, Kelly 3


Young Scientist Award

On behalf of the Young Scientist Committee, I would like to inform you that the following student has been selected as a prize-winner in the 2017 STANSW Young Scientist Awards.

Frederick Krisman, Spectralite Individual

With over 600 projects submitted, the judges have spent many hours reading all entries and making preliminary and then final decisions. Projects have been double-marked by trained judges and the winning projects have gone through further stages of judging.

A Presentation Ceremony is to be held at the University of Wollongong on Wednesday 1 November in the evening. 

Congratulations to your school for this excellent achievement in this major New South Wales STEM event. 

Ann Hanna
STANSW Young Scientist Awards Coordinator, 2017

School Notices

Canteen Price Changes

Dear Parents/Guardians

As of 1 November 2017 drink prices will be increasing due to a new scheme introduced by NSW Government.

Shelley Kemsley
Canteen Coordinator

P&F Annual General Meeting

Uniform Shop

New Opening Times for the Uniform Shop Term 4

Tuesday 8am – 12pm
Wednesday 10am – 2pm

All sizes in grey shorts are now in stock, but remain low on size 77cm.

Looking Forward

The Year 7, 2018 Fitting Day will be held on Saturday 25 November 2017.

As in previous years I am asking for extra volunteers for this day.

The shop will be open 9am to 4pm, if you are able to assist either in the morning 8.30am–12.30pm or in the afternoon 12pm–4pm (or any time you can assist during the day) please email

Morning Tea and Lunch is provided on the day.

Volunteers 2018

If you are currently volunteering and are unavailable in 2018, please let me know before the end of term.  Extra volunteers will also be required for the Tuesday morning opening, if you are available please email me as above.

June Mitchell
Uniform Shop Coordinator


Write A Book In A Day

'Write a Book in a Day’ was a creative and thrilling experience, testing the willingness of every individual who took part in the challenge! As a group, we planned different outcomes to enhance the plot of this story. We were given a variety of random characters and situations which we used in our book. As a result, we created an unforgettable and truly unique book called ‘I’m Flying!’ Hopefully you will you enjoy reading our book ‘I’m Flying!’.  Click here to read this book.

Dion Foresto
Year 8, Kelly 4

Thomas Pitts - Gold Medalist

Tom Pitts represented MCNS last Sunday at the NSW All Schools Championships. We congratulate Tom on receiving a Gold medal in long jump. He will now be going to the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide in December. We wish Tom the best of luck.

Milena Vuckovic
MacKillop House Coordinator

Food Tech

During our double food tech practical Mr. Grech came into the class and taught us how to make a steak sandwiches with wedges. Throughout the practical lesson the whole class was attentive and very lively, communicating with each other and asking for help. Mr. Grech guided the groups that were struggling very well, giving us an insight on his secret passion for cooking and his amazing teaching skills. I would enjoy having him come back to take another lesson as I found it interesting and a really fun experience.  This lesson taught me how to adapt to new teachers and different teaching styles that will really benefit me in the future.

Aron Chanelian
Year 10, Kelly 2