From the Principal

Advent and more

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. This is the start of the season of waiting. We are in Church terms waiting for the child Jesus. The Gospel of Mark in its very direct way says the words: Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake! You do not know when the appointed time will come.

Rather than looking at these words as speaking of death coming I like to think they are an encouragement to live life as we should and not to wait. Living a good life. Working to help others. 

Last Wednesday afternoon our first ever Newman class displayed some of their work. Carolyn O’Brien, our Director of Diverse Learning, has led the introduction of this gifted education program at our College. Next year we will have a Newman Gifted class in both Years 7 and 8. 

On Friday evening we came together to celebrate the end of the year with the P&F Christmas Drinks. I appreciate the work of Fiona Lucas and Illya Shackell who organised the gathering. This was the last event for our outgoing president Ray Djani.
Ray has been a tireless supporter of the College. He has been well supported by Veronica Rios as Secretary, Sue Kenny as Vice President and June McFadyen as Treasurer. Ray announce the handover of another great donation to the College of $36,000 which will cover the cost of the remaining air conditioning. The whole College will be covered by air conditioning as a result of the efforts of the P&F.

Tonight we will have our P&F AGM at 6.30pm. This is an important group in our community. We are keen to see you and hope you will be able to assist in developing our Marist Community.

We begin our last fortnight of the school year and it will be a busy one. Year 10 will go on the Australian Catholic Youth Festival. This is a big experience from Thursday at the Homebush Arena through to Saturday at the Domain. Our boys will join approximately 12,000 young people from around Australia.

Students from Years 7-9 will compete in Champagnat Gold at Balmoral. This is a uniquely MCNS experience.

Tony Duncan


From the Assistant Principal

Student Leaders Gathering

Mr Grech and Mr Fitzgerald together with Ethan Bishop, Felix Jenney, Ryan Lange and Riley Sanders attended the Student Leaders Gathering for 2018.  The boys participated in a variety of leadership activities in the spirit of Marcellin Champagnat and how they can apply the 5 qualities of the Marist Charism to their priorities in leadership for 2018.  This event was a very worthwhile experience.


Book Review Competition

Book Review Competition
I would like to congratulate Cooper Kahui-Chee for winning the Book Review Competition with his thoughtful analysis of the book 'To Become a Whale". Cooper selected this book from the 'mystery books' that are wrapped and displayed in the Academic Resource Centre and after reading this text he was able to write a winning book review. We have included a copy of his winning submission. Well done Cooper! Tracey Dunne Academic Resource Leader

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Project Based Learning

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Invitational Chess Challenge

On Tuesday 28 November a group of MCNS boys embarked on a trip to Holy Cross Ryde for the annual Invitational Chess Challenge. This Challenge was unique in that it featured an amalgamation of various Marist Schools in Sydney, seeing the boys play many of our MCC rivals, this time on the Chess board. MCNS fielded 6 teams, each comprising of 3 players, with one in the junior division, three intermediate, and two senior teams. MCNS was well represented and without the typical competition NSBHS, and other elite schools, in with a good chance to place well. And so we played six rounds of Chess, a personal highlight included a thrilling win, after throwing away my advantage, managing to promote to a queen, and then checkmate with mere 17 seconds on the clock.

Ultimately, it was crucial wins like these that paved the way to a good showing on the day from us. Of our 6 teams, three placed in the top three of their respective divisions. It must be noted any team on the day could play each other, however awards were presented to the best Junior, Intermediate, and Senior teams. The Marist North Shore J1 team (12.5 pts), was led by current Chess Champion Arvend Karunagaran to a second place in the Junior Division. The MCNS I1 team (11.5 pts) comprised of myself, Jerry Chu, and Harry Mikhael finished third place in the intermediate division. And finally the MCNS S1 team (10 pts), was led by Academic Captain Frederick Krisman, to another second place spot. Controversially they actually equalled 1st placed PB Blacktown score of 10 points, yet were robbed of top honours by a strength of schedule rating.

I would like to thank Holy Cross Ryde for being generous hosts on the day, for another great tournament (and free food!), as well as Ms Drivilas, and Mr dela Paz for facilitating our involvement, and for accompanying us on the day. Without their continued support Chess at Marist would we not be seeing the great results we had on days like this.

Sean Auer
Year 10 Kelly 3


PASS Excursion

On Wednesday 22 November, two Year 10 PASS [Physical Activity and Sports Science] classes and one Year 11 SLR [Sports Lifestyle and Recreation] class attended the Australian Pro-Am golf tournament at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney. 

The boys spent the day walking the fairways with the world ranked professionals [Jordan Speith and Jason Day just to name a few] as well as local celebrities [Ricky Ponting, Pat Rafter, Layton Hewitt] while on the excursion the boys were able to observe how a Professional golfer prepares and plays a round of golf and at the same time watch some gifted celebrities show their own outstanding golfing skills. The boys were also able to see firsthand how the topic of Event Management, which all 3 classes studied, in practice after covering the theory section in class.

The boys collected autographs and pictures with the golfers and celebrities and really enjoyed the day.

Peter Giles

RYDA Excursion

On Monday 4 December, 130 Year 10 students attended RYDA to learn and understand the importance of road safety. The students were able to hear from people directly affected by road accidents and the effects it has not just on them and their families but entire communities. They also saw a practical example of the distance required for a car to stop safety at different speeds. The students attended six different learning activities throughout the day where the frightening statistics were examined and discussed and they were also given practical advice on how to be better drivers. It was an excellent opportunity for our young men to experience before undertaking their licence.

Dan Brown
Year 10 Coordinator

Newman Program

Newman Symposium

Marist College North Shore
Newman Selective Gifted Education Program

On Wednesday 29 November, 31 very hardworking Year 7 students and their teachers hosted our first Symposium in the Academic Resource Center. All subjects were represented and the Symposium showcased their enrichment activities, projects and class work which were differentiated to cater for gifted students.

Gifted pedagogy focuses on developing the student’s creative and critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, investigation of real world issues and processes, collaborative working practices, and recognising their personal areas of passion, needs and curiosity.

In each subject the enrichment projects and activities was embedded with gifted strategies used in the classroom including; Cultures of Thinking, new technologies, deep thinking protocols, and strategies learnt in the teacher’s professional learning over 2017.

The Symposium enabled the students to guide our College guests, their parents and many future parents and students around each presentation and display. The teaching staff from Mosman Sacred Heart attended as a professional learning experience in gifted education, which provided our ex Mosman Sacred Heart students the opportunity to reconnect with their previous school and showcase what they have learnt in the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program.

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P&F End of Year Celebrations

Friday night saw parents and staff come together to celebrate the end of year Christmas drinks, hosted by the Marist P&F. O’Mara Plaza was bustling with Christmas cheer, music and lights, as the P&F capped off another wonderful year of events.

Canapes were served by our fabulous Marist College 2018 student leadership team who gave their time to help host the event.

Be sure to look out for the 2018 welcome drinks invite when school returns and save the date in your diaries.

Ray Djani
P&F President


State Cup of Touch Football

Keaton Dal Santo has shown great dedication and hard work in his training as a referee for Touch Football.

On the weekend he refereed at the State Cup of Touch Football, making Keaton one of the youngest ever Level 4 State Graded Referees. There has only ever been just over 500 in the last 30 years or so.

This is also a credit to Mr Brown and Mr Dowe, encouraging and giving him the stability and support over the past 4 years, it's been great seeing him to grow into a good young man.

School Gym

The College gym is a popular place each afternoon as students and staff have the opportunity to utilise the sports equipment. Boys are proud to wear the new MCNS singlet. It is great to see students concerned about their own wellbeing and fitness.