Contribution to Marist
Outstanding Contribution to Marist Education
Marist College North Shore like all Marist schools exists because of the hard work, dedication and commitment to faith displayed by the Marist Brothers, inspired by St Marcellin Champagnat, to ensure that there is always a sound Catholic education for boys, and girls in some cases, across Australia. Whilst acknowledging the heritage and traditions of our Charism and all it has brought to create Marist College North Shore, we must also pay tribute the work of the lay staff who over the years have worked alongside the Brothers to continue the tradition. The staff, consisting of our classroom teachers, coordinators and support staff, work tirelessly to provide a quality holistic education, supporting boys in the classroom, encouraging and promoting extra curricular activities through the arts and sport and providing opportunities for the boys to develop their sense of justice and service through involvement in the many Solidarity activities.
The College has a long history of service amongst its teacher's and support staff, a testament to the enduring family and collegial culture that permeates through the school. From time to time it is important to stop and recognise, acknowledge and appreciate staff contributions to Marist Education. Each year, Marist Schools Australia acknowledges staff members in the Marist Schools across Australia with an award for Outstanding Contribution to Marist Education. Last Friday evening, I had the great pleasure of reading a citation for a staff member who has truly contributed to the fabric of MCNS. Mrs Joyce Kelly was nominated for, and received this award, presented by Br Peter Carroll fms Provincial of the Marist Brothers in Australia and Dr Frank Malloy, MSA National Director. This award was presented to Joyce in recognition of her 25 years of service to MCNS. Congratulations Joyce.
“In 1991 while her son was still attending Marist College North Shore, Joyce Kelly applied for the position of Assistant Accounts Clerk. Her principal in 1994 described Joyce as ‘among the most loyal and competent people you would ever hope to meet’. In 1995 Joyce took on the role of Headmaster’s Secretary. This was a role that she maintained for 16 years through until 2011. In 2012 she took on the role of Curriculum Support Officer which she continues today.
As Headmaster’s Secretary Joyce gave her absolute support to each of her Brother Headmasters. She was the quintessential support for each of these men. She has a strong connection to Marist and to the Marist Brothers having worked closely with many principals.
Joyce has a genuine care for staff and students at the school. Behind the scenes she has created many, many certificates for assemblies and graduations. In her time, Joyce completed the vast amount of secretarial, administration that is required in running a busy school. Joyce embodies the Marist Charism of Love of Work. She has always worked with grace under pressure and with a steadfast commitment to quality, excellence and hard work. She has been described as caring, friendly and as a most community-minded woman. Joyce has strong understanding of family spirit, being a wife, mother and grandmother with care and love for her family.
I believe it is this personal understanding of Family Spirit that has been present in her work with and for Marist Education at Marist College North Shore.”