From the Principal

Reflection and More

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

Reflection

“Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12)

Perhaps, like ourselves, you are disturbed by the spread of iniquity in the world, you are concerned about the chill that paralyses hearts and actions, and you see a weakening in our sense of being members of the one human family. Join us, then, in raising our plea to God, in fasting, and in offering whatever you can to our brothers and sisters in need!

Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis, Lent 2018

Pope Francis is calling us to help the poor this Lent. He is encouraging us to action.



Open Day

We are grateful to the Marist Community for coming together on Saturday to help us present Open Day. Our Parents and Friends were there early providing the barbeque and refreshments. The College was very well supported by the all staff members and students.



The P and F have had a busy start to the year. They did well the Friday before last with the P and F Welcome event. This was well organised and well supported by parents.

Our P and F is led by the President, Veronica Rios, Vice President, Fiona Lucas and Secretary, Colin Lynch. Lyndal Jenney has done a great job of organising year group patrons. This support has been evident with Year 8 parents organising the Welcome Event and Year 9 parents the Open Day.

High Achievers’ Parent Forum

Later in this High Notes Carolyn O’Brien gives a great summary of our High Achievers’ Parent Forum. I was delighted to see so many boys and their parents from across the school years attend. The conversation with the 2017 HSC students was very insightful.

I am convinced that part of the success of such a night is the advice given and the other part is having the younger students consider the future and what they will need to put in to get there.

There were many ex-students that could have been there to help us. Students who have worked hard and achieved apprenticeships, students who have gotten into courses related to film making and drama, students who battled real hardship in order to get through to their next stage of life. Our school does a wonderful job with the wide range of students that enrol.

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From the Assistant Principal

Communication and more



Communication with the College.


At Marist College North Shore there are a number of processes that support effective communication between the College and parents across all aspects of school life whether it be academic progress, learning or student wellbeing. The College encourages and promotes the partnership between parents, students and the College.

Meetings

Staff are available to meet with parents and guardians at our parent/teacher evenings to discuss your son’s progress. An individual teacher, Leader of Learning or House Coordinator may arrange a face-to-face meeting to discuss a particular issue regarding your child. If you wish to speak to your son’s teacher or a coordinator outside of those occasions about a particular issue, please contact the school office to arrange a meeting time with reasonable notice.

Our teaching staff have numerous obligations throughout the school day including teaching, playground supervision, meetings and extra-curricular activities, and therefore it will be rarely possible for a staff member to meet with you immediately if you attend the school site without notice. If there is an urgent matter you need to discuss with a member of school staff, please contact the school office directly.

Telephone calls

All phone calls to College staff should be via the school main reception line 9957 5000. College reception is open for phone calls between the hours of 8am and 4pm.

Teachers and coordinators will ordinarily be teaching or meeting during that time and will rarely be available to speak with you immediately, if this is the case, the school reception will take a message and alert the staff member as soon as practical.

If a matter is urgent, please alert the school support officer in reception accordingly. Urgent matters include urgent health issues impacting students (eg. forgotten medication), police issues or serious issues impacting student wellbeing.

For non-urgent matters, school staff, including teachers, will return your call or enquiry within three days.

Emailing

Emails are a helpful way and simple to communicate with the College.

For non-urgent matters school staff including teachers will return your email or enquiry within three working days during school term time. School staff are not required to return emails at night or on weekends and ordinarily will not be checking emails during those hours.

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Faith Formation

Big Day Out

Sydney Catholic Schools - Big Day Out

Marist College North Shore is a member of a system of schools called Sydney Catholic Schools. There is the Central Office located at Leichhardt and three regional offices located in Daceyville, Lidcombe and Revesby. Every year, hundreds of staff from the Sydney Catholic Schools offices hold an inservice at the WaterView Conference Centre at Olympic Park called the ‘Big Day Out’. This year, their day focussed on the Church’s Year for Youth and we were invited to present a workshop on our India Immersion. 



The context of the presentation was to highlight how students in Sydney Catholic Schools are engaging in social outreach. In a wide ranging talk, Felix Jenney, Riley Sanders and Ben Greaves firstly explained what solidarity is, its significance in the College and what motivates them to be involved. They then went on to explain the process in becoming an Immersion student and the preparations involved, including the fundraising. Following this, they explained to the staff what they did on the Immersion itself, the people they encountered and some of the challenges that they faced along the way. The boys were also very articulate in explaining how the Immersion connected with them on a spiritual level. 



At the end of the presentation, the staff were given an opportunity to ask questions to the boys and there was one which stood out the most. A lady remarked that in addition to thoroughly enjoying the presentation, she enjoyed seeing the passion, pride and look of joy on the boys’ faces when recounting their experiences. She said it spoke volumes of the continuing impact that this has on their lives. Dr Dan White, the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools congratulated the boys as well. He spoke with them at length about their experiences and the boys were quite impressed by his interest in them and the immersions in general.

The Immersions we offer are life changing experiences for our students. I was so proud to witness three extraordinary young men captivate an audience in such an authentic way. We can never take for granted the impact that our Immersions have - both on our boys themselves and on the people they encounter in the communities they visit.
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Mathematics

Mathematics Homework Club is back in 2018!

Each Wednesday afternoon during Weeks 6 - 10 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 6 - 10
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

Co-Curricular

Music Concert

Solidarity

Transit - Year of Youth Event



Building on the success of last year's Australian Catholic Youth Festival. St Mary's Parish, North Sydney is holding a Youth Night this coming Friday at 6pm. Genevieve Bryant and the ACYF house band will be performing. It promises to be a great evening of fun and faith. It's an excellent opportunity for those boys who went to ACYF last year to reconnect with other young people they met. The event is free and all are welcome. See the Flyer for more information.


Gabriel Rulewski
Solidarity & Youth Ministry Coordinator

Other

HSC High Achievers Parent Forum

Unpacking the HSC With Teachers and Past Students

On Wednesday 28 February the College hosted a Parent Forum where our 2017 HSC High Achievers shared their experiences and strategies for their academic success. There were over 200 guests with families from all year groups attending the forum who were keen to hear each student’s HSC journey and their advice. 

Questions included:

  • What subjects did they choose to study?
  • What they are doing in 2018?
  • How they developed study and work habits form the earlier years to Year 12?
  • What study habits and strategies were most helpful?
  • Did you do independent or collaborative study? 
  • What is their most effective study environment?
  • Pros and cons of collaborative study?
  • How did each student work effectively with their teachers to achieve their results?
  • How did they manage their workload and stress in their HSC year?
What was revealed in the forum was that each student had their own unique journey and strategies for what worked for them in terms of study habits, study environment, management of work and life balance.

But there were underlying themes that was evident in their responses including:
  • Self discipline
  • Organisation
  • Goal oriented 
  • Have a go attitude
  • Knowing what study strategies worked best for them
  • Had strong relationships with their teachers seeking advice, feedback and challenging concepts
  • Recognising that they can have setbacks with their academic results and still achieve 
  • Family support - knowing how each student studies and don’t persistently reminded them to study (can have a negative affect)
  • Removing distractions when studying - especially mobile phones
  • Developing skills, knowledge and understandings early not just in their HSC year. Some students related that they had their academic focus and habits from Year 7
  • Select subjects they enjoyed and were good at - made workload and study easier
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MCNS Study Skills Program

With the continuation of the College’s focus on developing a Growth Mindset with the students in their Goal Setting and establishing effective strategies to achieve their goals, a Study Skills pastoral care lesson was designed and taught to Year 8, 10 and 12 students on Wednesday 28 February.

Years 8 and 10 had a particular focus to assist their organisation skills, effective use of their College diary, home study routine and environment, note taking skills and how the school can support and help with developing a study routine. The Year 12 Study Skills lesson was focusing on effective study skills to prepare them for their Mid Course Examinations on Tuesday 3 April (Term 1 Weeks 10 - 11).

Developing and maintaining strong home school partnerships in terms of study habits and organisation skills is the foundation for academic success and also providing for each student’s well being and self efficacy. Parents of Year 8, 10 and 12 were emailed a copy of the Study Skills Booklet and were invited to go through their son’s Study Skills Booklet completed in the Study Skills lesson to assist with their study timetable and home study routine and environment. In the coming weeks Study Skills pastoral care lessons will be offered to the other year groups to help every student achieve their potential with support and effective strategies.

Carolyn O’Brien
Director of Diverse Learning