From the Principal

Champagnat Week and more

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

Champagnat Award Winners

During our Assembly last week we had the chance to award Max Partridge the Junior Champagnat Award for his positive contributions to the College in a variety of ways including sport and the College Band.

The Staff Champagnat Award was previously presented to Ms Rochelle Eggins. Rochelle has worked tirelessly over the years to support many College initiatives. Her contributions to College hospitality and to the immersion dinners was noted as was her willingness to undertake additional roles within the leadership of the College.

Riley Sanders who is our Senior Champagnat Award winner addressed the assembly. Riley spoke of Champagnat’s own life and of his qualities which are ones we seek to follow.

130 Year Pins

Last week we issued every student and teacher with our 130 Year Commemorative pins. In 1888 the Jesuit Parish Priest, Fr Kelly, of St Mary’s Parish asked the Marist Brothers to begin a school to educate the poor children of the Lower North Shore. The founding Principal was Br Walter Moore. Br Walter and two other Marists began the school on 2 July 1888 and by the end of that year had an enrolment of 100 students.

This great relationship between the local Jesuits and the Marist Brothers began that year and has held strong ever since. Nearly every Mass said for our College over these years has been led by one of the Jesuit priests.

Symposium 27 June

Sydney Catholic Schools will be holding an Information Symposium at 7.00-8.30pm on Wednesday 27 June in La Valla Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to inform our community of the plans for the development of the College and in particular the enrolment of the first group of girls in 2021. If you have any neighbours with children in Year 4 or younger they may be interested in attending this meeting. All are welcome. It should be an interesting evening and one that marks a change in the direction of the College.

Events in the next few weeks

Please consider attending some or all of the following school events:
  • Paul Dillon, drug and alcohol educator, Wednesday, 20 June 2018 from 6.30 to 7.30pm in the Academic Resource Centre (library)
  • College Production, The Real Inspector Hound, Friday 22 June at 7pm and Saturday 23 June 2018 at 6.30pm in LaValla Hall 
  • P&F Trivia Night, Saturday Evening 30 June at 6.45pm in La Valla Hall. Click here for further information 

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Champagnat House Spirit Awards

The Champagnat House Spirit Awards are presented at the College Champagnat assembly following the Feast of St Marcellin. The recipients are those students who stand out in the way they live out Marist charism in their daily dealings within their Houses and tutor groups.

These young men are present to their fellow students and encourage others to share their talents and be a part of the whole. They are students who have a presence in their house and who are present to their peers, they have truly lived out our College theme for 2018.

These young men are always willing to step up and lend a hand, share of their talents and give of themselves in ways that foster and add to the spirit of the College houses. They take great pride in all aspects of their College life, pride in their uniform, pride in their learning, pride in their House and pride in all that is Marist College North Shore. They demonstrate a genuine leadership through the strong example they set for other members of the house and are proud Marist men.

The recipients of the Champagnat House Spirit Award for 2018 are:
Chanel House - Sean Netting (Chanel 5)
Kelly House - Jonathan Amirzaian (Kelly 5)
MacKillop House - Joshua Willathgamuwa (MacKillop 6)
Montagne House - Guiliano Parisi (Montagne 6)
Moore House - Thomas James (Moore 6)
Salta House - Chad Rogers (Salta 4)

Faith Formation

Champagnat Day Mass

On Wednesday June 6 the College Community gathered in St Mary’s Church, North Sydney, to celebrate Mass for the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat. We welcomed many special guests to our celebration, including Dr Frank Malloy, National Director of Marist Schools Australia and Mr John Robinson, Regional Director of Marist Schools Australia. From Sydney Catholic Schools we welcomed Ms Cheryl Fernandez, Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Eastern Region and from our North Sydney Marist Brothers Community we were pleased to have join us Br Peter Rodney, the Community Leader.

We are first and foremost Christians, who live out our Catholic faith with a Marist flavour. We are reminded through the Five Characteristics of the Marist Charism to have a Love of Work, to have Simplicity, to be Present to others, to have a Family Spirit and to do all of this in the Way of Mary. Our College is indeed a community where you can see these five characteristics of the Charism at work on any given day.

The Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat is one of the most important days in our calendar. A charism is a wonderful gift and it is right that we celebrate it with such enthusiasm. We had a beautiful liturgy, enhanced by the singing from the boys. I would like to thank Mr Herbert, Mr McDonnell and their respective students in the Vocal group for leading this very important Ministry. Our thanks are also extended to Mr Pedicini who acts as our Acolyte, assisting Fr Daven in preparing the Altar and training and supporting our students who are Altar Servers.

Every year, we present a number of awards at our Mass. Congratulations to our many members of staff who were recognised for 10, 20 and 25 years of service to Marist Education and to Ms Rochelle Eggins, who received the Staff Champagnat Award. Riley Sanders of Year 12 received the Senior Champagnat Award and Maxwell Partridge received the Junior Champagnat Award. Congratulations boys!
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Our three Immersion groups are currently in their final stages of preparation for their respective journeys to India, Cambodia and the Northern Territory. In preparing for the Immersions, our three groups have conducted preparation retreats and most recently, the pre-immersion dinners were held. The dinners are very important occasions. Parents are a significant part of the Immersion process and were present as we commissioned our boys and teachers in a special liturgy. We wish all three groups every success and safe travels as they embark on these extraordinary experiences.

Anthony Munro
Director of Faith Formation

Creative and Performing Arts

School Production


Writing Competition

Paddy Foley Jones entered the Nan Manefield Young Writer's Competition and was placed second. He received a highly commended award and will now take part in a Masterclass with Australian author Ursula Dubosarsky. What a great feat for Paddy. Congratulations!

Janette Durand
English Leader of Learning

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On Reading

Recently Mr Duncan posed a question regarding the importance and value of reading in our lives. Sir’s words led me to contemplate how contemporary life is in so many ways a cruel and mundane arbiter of what is of value, and what is merely faddish and ephemeral.

Is reading important? Could you imagine a Headmaster of the pre-digital age posing such a question?

Yet Mr Duncan’s words are more relevant and indeed more urgent than those posed by earlier Headmasters.

As teachers we are aware that reading is not only a means of acquiring knowledge, perhaps improving your ATAR or indeed making you a more interesting person. Reading reveals new worlds, cultures and perspectives, people of faith and of no faith, optimists, pessimists and realists, self serving individuals and those whose sacrifices make our world a better place. Reading explores love and hatred, revenge and forgiveness, joy and sorrow, darkness and light.

But more importantly, I feel it reveals one’s self. One’s fears, prejudices, sense of worth, one’s place in the world are revealed as you turn the pages. When I talk to some of my colleagues at this College, many reveal the great solace reading brought them and continues to do so. Reading gave us some direction and comfort. We realised our fears were universal, our family conflicts part of the human condition, our foibles and fancies part of the journey of life. Through reading we realised we were not alone. Reading creates empathy and exposes both frailty and resilience. Reading can be both redemptive and comforting and helps create an individual’s identity in a changing and challenging world.

Young men of this fine College, you are extremely lucky to have such extraordinary English teachers as Ms Durand and Mr Watts. Their love of the spoken and written word imbues in all of us a love of books and the importance of reading. Recently Ms Durand lent me The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes while Mr Watts encouraged me to read The Sympathiser by the Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Both of these novels made me think and challenged my perspective of the world. They did so, not in a didactic or proselytising manner but by the development of empathy, a concern for a shared humanity and the value of mercy and compassion. Reading is a mirror in which you get to know yourself and your place in the world. I challenge you young men of this fine College to develop a reading habit and to discover yourself through the voice of the written word. I commend the promptings of Mr Duncan to reinvigorate reading at the College and urge staff and students to support this most urgent and worthwhile initiative.

John Boyle
History Teacher


Multicultural Lunch

As part of the Champagnat week celebrations the College celebrates the diverse cultural backgrounds that make up our Marist family at North Shore. Students from all years got involved in putting on a feast with different nationalities represented. All money raised will go to Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity to help make education a reality for some of the poorest people in the world.  To view gallery click here.

Gabriel Rulewski, Kathleen McGrath & Milena Vuckovic
Multicultural Lunch Committee

MAPS Presentation

At the Champagnat Assembly last week Mr Paul Harris presented to our students on the work of Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity (MAPS). He spoke about how the organisation is continuing to fulfil St Marcellin's vision of education for all children, especially those on the margins of society. MAPS has projects in 19 countries within the Asia Pacific region and Marist College North Shore contributes to these through our fundraising efforts each year. Mr Tony Duncan presented Mr Harris with a cheque for $3,099 which was raised by our community Multicultural Lunch. An excellent effort and thanks must go to the College community for their support.

Gabriel Rulewski
Solidarity and Youth Ministry Coordinator


Update on Careers

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P and F Trivia Night

School Production

Community Notices

Employment Opportunity at Jesuit Mission

Jesuit Mission is seeking to appoint a talented and passionate Communications Coordinator to join its small team in North Sydney, working part-time 3-4 days per week.

So if you have demonstrated experience in communications across multiple channels, you’re passionate about empowering poor and vulnerable communities overseas to transform their own lives, and are interested in joining a passionate and energetic team, please contact Carlene Albronda on (02) 8918 4135 or email for more information.

Applications close 25 June 2018.


MCNS Vs Hull UK Team

On Tuesday 12 June, Marist College North Shore hosted a touring squad of young Rugby League players from the Archbishop Semantu Academy School in Hull, England. The players were from a school that takes talented young rugby league players and places them in an environment that allows them to improve both academically and in their chosen sport.

The Marist U/15 MCC Rugby League team were looking forward to the challenge of playing against the English. The game was played at North Sydney No. 2 oval.

It was a very physical game but played in wonderful spirit. The MCNS boys got out to an early lead but were under the pump at the end of the first half and went into the break with a narrow lead. The second half again was a close and physical game until the end when MCNS were able to break the game open with some great tries. Marist College North Shore ended up winning 44-22 . The Marist team was well controlled by our halve pairing of Callum Brown and Jordan Dickson, Sam Woollett was a threat in both attack and defence, Josh Parker did some hard work in the engine room but our best player was Jackson Archibald whose fast and elusive feet caused the English too much trouble.

Marist prepared a traditional bbq for the English players and a presentation was held. It was great to see all players enjoying themselves after the game with the players and staff mingling and sharing stories.

Dan Brown
Rugby Coach

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CCC Football Tournament

Congratulations to Thomas Fay, Kyle Devine, Salvatori Agostino and Max Patridge, who represented MCC in the recent CCC football tournament.  The boys played against various regional teams and won 3 games out of 4.  It was a great experience for all competitors.

Bill Turner Cup - Round 3

Bill Turner Cup Report Round 3 Sydney North Division

After a 5-0 victory over Chatswood High in round two of the competition, Marist were drawn to play Knox Grammar.

The game was played at Knox’s home ground Tuesday 5 June in wet and testing conditions. From the opening whistle is was a tightly contested game. Both teams were well drilled and possessed a wealth of talent.

Marist had the better of the two teams in the first half with more shots at goal and possession being held in Knox’s half. Marist’s midfield and defence retained the ball well and contested every ball. Knox was thwarting Marist’s play though with a well-organised backline and were proving difficult to break through.

The scores were locked at nil all at half time, however Marist were a man down due to a late first half dismissal.

The second half was as tight as the first half, yet a bit more open as Marist were a man down.

About ten minutes into the second half Marist conceded a well-taken goal, through perhaps their only defensive lapse in the game. This prompted Marist to press high and put pressure on Knox, which they did quite effectively. Some determined and creative play through the midfield and good movement up front saw Marist nearly snatch an equaliser.

Marist’s defense in the second half was also exceptional as they always managed to shut Knox down even when Marist had committed men forward and it was looking grim. This was epitomised by the goalkeeper, Rorie Keenan saving a penalty with five minutes to go to keep Marist’s hopes alive. However, on this day, Knox were to be victorious.
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