From the Principal

Reflection and more

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

Easter Octave

Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.' Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.

There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name. Jn 20:26-31

Yesterday the Church finished the Easter Octave or eight days after the Resurrection of Jesus. During these eight days there were a number of appearances of Jesus to the disciples. This appearance is to the apostles who are locked in a room, fearful.

Some of the Apostles have seen Jesus and some have not. Thomas is noted as being one who has not seen Jesus. He expresses these doubts for all of us but later, after seeing the risen Christ, Thomas claims him as My Lord and My God. He does this also for all of us.

These are critical passages in the bible for our Christianity. We believe in a risen Christ through whom we see the significance of our lives.

Immersion Dinner
On Friday evening a good crowd of the Marist Community gathered to enjoy a meal and to hear about Immersion. The guest speaker was Jack Garay from the HSC of 2014. Jack told of his trip to Wadeye in the Northern Territory. Jack spoke of his fears before the Immersion and of his confidence following the experience.

Jack spoke of Immersion as an experience of meeting others who are on the edge of society and of building simple relationships with these people.

I sat on a table with Br Michael, Br Peter and six ex-students. It was wonderful hearing of their experiences following school but also of their fond memories of school. It is surprising to hear of the number of immersion type experiences that these men have undertaken in these few years since school.

The dinner was organised by Gabriel Rulewski, our Solidarity Coordinator and the other Immersion Leaders which includes; Tony McDonnell, Anthony Munro and Greg Angelou. We are thankful to Rochelle Eggins for her work in organising the meal.

Newman Gifted Selective Education Testing
The first Newman Selective Education Testing took place today. We have approximately 40 bright students who will undertake this testing for the first time. Our Newman Gifted Education classes are now in Years 7 and 8. Our Director of Diverse Learning, Carolyn O’Brien, has lead the development of this work at the school.

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Resilience and more

Resilience - a character trait of a successful learner
All students in Years 7-11 will shortly receive their Interim reports. These reports give both the student and parents a snapshot of how the school year has begun. It also serves as an excellent opportunity to assess oneself as to how successful one has been as a learner. All too often we take the opportunity to bask in our own glory of successes and achievements, often rightly so. But how often do we look at the areas requiring improvement and make this our priority. As learners, the trait of resilience sits high on the list. The Oxford English Dictionary defines resilience as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties”. From an educational viewpoint we encourage the boys to assume the characteristics that build resilience. These include: using clearly defined goals to guide your learning; viewing failures and stressful situations as opportunities to challenge and become stronger; be balanced, tolerant and patient; be open to change, (if we do the same thing we will get the same result); most importantly, resilient learners have good relationships with family, friends, fellow students and teachers, they are willing to ask for help.

Student Diary
I ask parents to assist your sons in using our College diary so that it can encourage them to be organised, set clear learning goals, develop a study program and to engage in a discussion about the importance of learning. Students should be using their diary to record and monitor any work that is due, either formal or informal. I urge parents to regularly check their son’s diary and discuss their goals and progress in learning.

A reminder that all students must be wearing the correct winter uniform at the beginning of Term 2. Blazers for Year 7-10 students are available for purchase from the Uniform Shop. Senior Blazers are available for collection upon payment of balance owing. Finally, now might be time for the boys to try on their long trousers to see if they still fit. Trousers are also available from the Uniform Shop. The school holiday break is also a perfect opportunity to ensure that school shoes have been cleaned and polished and to visit the hairdresser.

Sports Shoes
The College has clear guidelines for the correct sports shoes that must be worn for practical PDHPE classes and Thursday sport. Many boys lately have begun wearing canvas/suede “skate” shoes like Vans and Chucks. The boys should be in runner style shoes. I ask parents and boys to ensure they wear the correct uniform at all times.
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Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Year 9 Camp

The Year 9 Camp in 2018 was a roaring success. Students were challenged in a variety of ways and pushed well beyond their comfort zones. They embarked on long, challenging hikes, canoed against the tide, rock climbed, abseiled, built rafts, participated in the milk crate stack activity, and archery. 

Students also cooked their own dinners and set up their own tents each evening and packed them down each morning. Furthermore, students had to deal with temperature highs of 35°C and 31°C on Monday and Tuesday, followed by lows of 20°C and 22°C on Wednesday and Thursday along with 15mm precipitation. They also dealt with temperatures as low as 13°C at night with consistent rainfall.

I would like to thank the staff who accompanied the students on camp. These staff included: Ms Nicholson, Ms Kugel, Ms McRae, Mr Munro, Mr Collis, Mr Wells and Mr Jenkins.

Camp was an overwhelmingly positive experience and whilst challenging at times, it was wonderful to see many students face up to those challenges and complete the camp program. For some the experience of camp might still be a bit raw, but it is events such as this which build character and students look back on with great fondness.

Matthew Fitzgerald
Montagne House Coordinator
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Creative and Performing Arts

Clancy Prize for Visual Arts

During March, the Visual Arts faculty entered two collaborative student artworks to represent our College at the annual Sydney Catholic Schools art competition - The Clancy Prize. The exhibition was held at the McGlade Gallery at Australian Catholic University, Strathfield and there was over 60 participants from schools across Sydney. The Clancy Prize is a prestigious art competition where Visual Arts or Photography and Digital Media students from all Catholic High Schools are selected to present their work based on a religious theme.

Congratulations to Elliot Inman 10M5, Lorcan Kerr 10M3, Neal O’Brien 10S1, Oliver Nutt 11C4, Tim Pettigrew 11MK4, and Nick Severino 11MK5, who produced highly creative collaborative artworks reflecting The Clancy Prize theme from Pope Francis:

“A little mercy makes the world less cold and more just.”

The Year 10 Visual Arts collaborative artwork titled Mercy Can Bloom From Almost Nothing embraces Pope Francis’ words as “the words calls us to be merciful and contribute to ridding the world of evil making our world a better place for all people. This year we have chosen to explore the intricacies of life, exhibiting the nature of mercy through a series of flowers, revealing how in the darkest of times mercy can bloom from almost nothing, conveying through melancholic colours transforming into vivid flowers flourishing on the right hand side of the artwork.”

The Year 11 Visual Arts collaborative artwork titled React with Kindness interpreted Pope Francis’ quote “as a call for us to make the world a better place. Through the Subjective and Structural Frames we explored warn and harmonious colours, layered over each work, to create a series of works evoking an emotive response. Influenced by the work of Mark Rothko and Dale Frank, our focus was on igniting the audience to respond to the mood of each artwork, to read the quote and make a connection between harmony and mercy, to react with kindness.”

Thank you to the students who shared their creative vision to communicate such a powerful message from Pope Francis and to challenge the audience with seeing alternative points of view and develop empathy for others. Thank you to Ms Kathleen McGrath who guided the Year 10 and Year 11 Visual Arts students in their artistic and faith journey.

Carolyn O’Brien
CAPA Leader of Learning


Kidz Lit Quiz 2018

A team of avid readers from Marist College North Shore were triumphant at the The North Sydney Heat of The Kids Literature Quiz, an international literature competition for students aged 10-13 years. The competition was held on 28 March at Shore Grammar where approximately 25 teams from a variety from the greater eastern metropolitan area of Sydney competed for a place in the Australian Finals. The team of Year 7 boys, Taras Myronov, Andrew Johnston, Finn Napier and Lachlan Dent displayed incredible collaboration, knowledge and above all their extraordinary passion for reading literature. These boys will be competing against the winning teams of all heats throughout Australia on Friday 4 May 2018.

The second team from Marist College North Shore was also not far behind. Rhys Neyle, Gordon Durie, Thomas Faulkner and Owen O’Carroll displayed their knowledge and love of reading and also won a book of their choice for winning a round of the competition.

We would like to congratulate all the boys who have been attending practice sessions and putting efforts outside of school to continue their passion for reading. We wish them all the best for the Australian Final.

Jo Talwar
Literacy Teacher




Immersion Dinner 2018

On Friday 6 April, Immersion students and staff hosted our annual Immersion Fundraising Dinner for children in need from each of our Immersion communities. The evening has become an important event in the College calendar as not only does it raise awareness about Solidarity at the College and how it is expressed through our Immersion programs, but it also is an excellent community.

Thanks needs to go to Ms Rochelle Eggins, Ms Maxine Moule, Ms Sally Kim, Ms Julie Niland and the Year 12 Hospitality class for all their hard work in preparing the delicious three course meal. Rochelle’s vision and expertise was well received and enjoyed by all. The Hospitality team’s continued generosity and support of this event is a key contributor toward the success of the evening.

The 2018 Immersion students and staff wish to thank our generous sponsors who donated items of value for our Silent Auction, Raffles and Games. The contributions of families and local businesses and individuals is greatly appreciated.
We are currently finalising the total of the money raised from the dinner and will communicate the final figure next term.
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Career Information 2018

Career opportunities term 1 week Open Days & Info Sessions

UNE Open Day Friday 11 May
UNE Open Day gives you the chance to explore UNE and find out everything you need to know about studying at university. Every year, we hold information sessions, individual course advice, tours of the academic campus and colleges, live demonstrations, free food and activities.
Open Day runs from 7:30am - 2:30pm, starting at the residential colleges at 7:30am, where you can tour the residences and meet current students to chat about college life.
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Avondale Futures Day Tuesday 5 June

Avondale Futures Day provides an opportunity for students to visualise their potential at Avondale and experience university life. It is often a turning point for many students as they visit the campus and experience it for themselves.
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CSU My Day
This event is a great opportunity to check out facilities, and have your questions answered about what it’s really like to study at CSU.
There will be plenty of opportunities to meet academics, current students and support staff to get all the information you need about studying at CSU.
Port Macquarie – 19 June
Albury-Wodonga – 27 June
Dubbo – 5 July
Wagga Wagga – 6 July

UNSW Year 10 Subject Selection and Info Evening 9 May, 6pm
This evening is the best place for you to start if you are thinking about coming to uni in two years' time and are currently a year 10 student (or you are the parent or teacher of a year 10 student).
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Uni of Wollongong Year 10 Subject Selection Info Evening
Thinking about going to university? Want to hear what it’s really like being a uni student? UOW is holding and information evening specifically for year 10 students and their parents. This will be an opportunity to hear from current staff and students about subject selection, and opportunities available to those who choose to study at UOW.
1 May – UOW Wollongong Campus
2 May – Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club
9 May – UOW South Western Sydney Campus
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Uni of Wollongong General Info Evenings for 2019
Sutherland Tuesday, 15 May
Campbelltown Monday, 21 May
Wollongong Tuesday, 22 May
Canberra Tuesday, 22 May
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P&F Movie Night

Mother's Day Assembly

54-5 DBR Anzac Day

Community Notices

The Breakfast Club Volunteers


Throughout Terms 2 and 3, Marist College North Shore runs a literacy program called ‘The Breakfast Club’ for a selected group of Year 7 students. We have found this program to be a great success in previous years at the College and are continuing it in 2018.

However, we need volunteers!

As a volunteer you will be assigned a student to work with through various literacy activities, which will compliment their English lessons. You will be supported by Learning Support Officers, Ruchi Arora and myself (Ms Amy Dunlop). Tea, coffee and breakfast are provided.

If you are interested in volunteering your time and able to commit to every Thursday morning (7:20-8:30am) throughout Terms 2 and 3 we would love to hear from you. Please contact me with any expressions of interest by email:


Coding Competition

Top spots in international coding competition

Grok Learning’s Web.Comp 2018​, is a coding competition which teaches new coders from around the world how to design their own websites. Students competed for five weeks, alongside over 6,000 other students from across Australia and the world, using code to design websites of increasing sophistication and complexity. We had 30 students who enrolled in this competition with several students from Year 7 achieving high scores. Andrew Johnston, Montagne 2, achieved a Perfect Score and Maxwell Warton, Chanel 6 and Victor Tam, Montagne 5, achieved High Distinctions. We would like to congratulate all the boys who participated in these Wednesday afternoons and hope to see them enrol in other coding competitions throughout the year.

Tracey Dunne
Academic Resource Leader

Powerhouse Excursion

On Friday 16 March 2018, Year 11 and 12 Design and Technology and Industrial Technology students from Marist College North Shore attended an excursion to the Sydney Powerhouse Museum. Accompanying them were TAS teachers Mr Chandler, Mr Angelou and Mr Sherringham. 

The purpose of this excursion was to further benefit students in the path of developing their future major works for their respective courses. Throughout the day, students listened to guest speakers from a variety of design industries, such as, fashion entrepreneur Zoltan Csaki of Citizenwolf ( and UNSW interior architect graduate Donna Helm. Each talked about multiple difficulties that needed to be addressed in their path to success. Later in the day, free exploration of the Powerhouse Museum and its exhibits was offered to the students and many utilised this time well. At the conclusion of the day, the classes were dismissed after lunch at Paddy’s Market. 

Through this experience, all students were able to engage and learn from the multiple projects on display which provided them with new ideas and an extended knowledge of the expectations of design and its professional industries.

Will Orellana
Year 11, Salta 4

Bill Turner Cup

Bill Turner Cup Report Round 1 Sydney North Division

Marist College North Shore for the first time in many years have entered a team into the Bill Turner Cup competition. The Bill Turner Cup is a long running knockout competition that is in its 40th year. It is an interstate competition which includes schools from NSW, Queensland, ACT and Victoria.

On Wednesday 28 March, the team travelled to play their round one game against Northern Beaches Christian School.

It was the first time a lot of these students had played together, yet they created many chances early on and controlled the bulk of the possession. A well taken goal by Marcus Lal put the team up 1-0 at half time. The second half was very similar to the first. Marist were rarely tested and piled on the pressure, eventually scoring a second goal through Ryan Devine. In the final ten minutes Marist did concede a goal due to a defensive lapse. The game concluded with Marist victorious 2-1. Whilst it was a positive first round win, there is some work to do before their next game which will be in the early in Term Two.

Man of the Match: Ryan Devine

Team Members:
Matthew O’Donohue (c)
Buster Obern (vc)
Rorie Keenan
Ruari Foley-Jones
Jordi Tidor (not pictured)
Adam Waite
Cameron Powter
Marcus Lal
Inigo Castro
Callum Brown (not pictured)
Ryan Devine
Joe Vodden
Christian Archibald
Massimo Vescio (not pictured)
Lachy Lal
Luka Gwozdecky
Seisa Melbourne
Jack Coombs

Matthew Fitzgerald
Montagne House Coordinator