The future and more
During this part of August the Church recognises three women who have shown Christ’s presence in their lives. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop worked to bring education to students throughout Australia. Her oft repeated expression was to ‘never see a need without doing something about it'. Mary MacKillop is the first Australian Saint and a former resident of North Sydney. She would have been a visitor to both our St Mary’s Church North Sydney and to our school. Mary MacKillop died in North Sydney on August 8, 1909.
The second woman recognised is Edith Stein, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a Jew, Carmelite Nun and Martyr. Edith Stein began life in a Jewish family in Breslau, Germany. She lost her faith and commenced a life of study firstly at the University of Breslau and later at the Gottingen University. She converted to Roman Catholicism and then became a nun. On August 7, 1942 Edith was murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.
The third woman is Mary, Jesus' mother whose Assumption into heaven is recognised on August 15. Mary’s role and example to us as Jesus’ first disciple and her absolute dedication to his life and mission is an example of love that we hold dear.
Two of Many Outstanding Students
Hats off to two of our Marist Men who are achieving in the Performing Arts. Jett Balbi from Year 12 has recently received well deserved praise for his work in dance. Jett has previously received national recognition in this field. See Student Achievements for the the full article.
In 2019 Adrian Escudero-Genc will be touring Germany with the Sydney Children's Choir - Gondwana Choirs. During this tour his choir will perform with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
Last week there were two decisions that have brought excitement to our discussions about the future of MCNS. The first was that a firm of architects has been selected to undertake the master planning of the North Sydney Catholic education precinct. Part of their brief is to design the new area for the Year 7 and 8 students.
The second was the decision to commence the enrolment process in Term 4, 2018 for the first co-educational group of students starting at our school. These boys and girls are currently in Year 4 in primary school and will commence their schooling at Marist Catholic College in 2021.Staff Development Day
This Friday the teachers will be working to develop our school-wide pedagogy which is supporting our "Vision for Learning". The teachers have nominated that Dare to Be will be supported by having our students Engaged, Relational, Thinkers and being Challenged. The hope is that our teachers build into their classes opportunities for students to engage in their learning, which will also focus on one of these strengths. It is great that the MCNS teachers are passionate about their work and vocation.Tony Duncan