From the Principal

From the Headmaster

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

On Sunday this week the Church celebrated the feast of Pentecost. 

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 

Now there were God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem.  When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 

Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Acts 2:1-11

I see these apostles of Jesus moving from their mourning the death of Jesus a month ago, through the amazing experience of the Resurrection to now being given the grace of God through the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to people in Jerusalem and around the world.

I was very enthused on Sunday listening to Fr Davin Day’s homily on this passage. On Monday morning our staff prayer had this verse as its focus. Tony McDonnell brought this to life with a Taize Chant.

On Sunday the Church of Australia launched the plan to hold a Plenary Council in 2020-21. Plenary Councils don’t happen often. The last in Australia was in 1937 in response at the time to the rise of Communism. This Council is in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Church leaders are looking for the way forward in bringing the message of Jesus and the Gospels to the Australian People in a time where the Royal Commission has had and will continue to have such an impact.

Last week the Year 12 students undertook their Retreat at The Hermitage in Mittagong. I was so delighted with the leadership of Anthony Munro, in the preparation and facilitation of this experience. The generosity of the teaching staff who came with the boys was uplifting and in turn the response from our senior students was extremely positive. Everybody involved took the time to consider the important relationships in their lives and their relationship with God.

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Digital Footprint and more

Digital Reputation and Footprint

The appropriate use of technology allows students to become efficient, self motivated and enquiring learners. Unfortunately students often forget that the misuse of technology and particular online and social media mistakes will lead to information and details remaining on the internet and social media sites.

Increasingly employers are visiting potential candidates' profiles on social network sites as part of the screening process. Employers may choose to reject a candidate based on content found on their social networking profiles but at the same time, many have hired a candidate based on his or her presence on those networks.

Students are encouraged to build a positive online reputation for themselves and avoid making mistakes that can prove to be very difficult to remove or modify. Generally there are three main rules to follow in developing a positive online reputation:
  • Don’t place unflattering photos or comments of yourself or friends online.
  • Make sure that you know what people are saying about you online. In a digitally connected world, your online reputation spreads faster than you imagine.
  • Make sure you build a positive reputation about your skills. You could do that by sharing links, readings and resources on a subject.
Further information can be found on the Office of Children’s eSafety Commissioner. This site has valuable information and resources relating to esafety. The site can be found by going to

College Photographs

The College photographs will take place on Friday 25 May. The boys should have already received an information package from the photography company. I would encourage all boys to ensure that they are correctly attired for the day, older boys are to be clean shaven and hair neat and tidy.


A reminder that all boys should now be wearing their winter uniform. Whilst most boys have started Term 2 well presented, many are finding it difficult to wear their shirt correctly, with the top button done up. This along with the tie makes for an untidy look and does not do justice to the uniform. If the boys are unable to do up the top button on their shirts they will need to purchase a new one. The College blazer must always be worn to and from school.

Boys late to school

A reminder to students and parents that the school day begins at 8.35am. Tutor group at the beginning of the day is a vital part of the educational programme and involves much more than roll marking. It is an opportunity for the boys to plan the day and week, to interact with peers and establish relationships with teachers. I would ask that you ensure that your son is organised and ready to be at school by 8.35am each day.

Rick Grech
Deputy Headmaster

Faith Formation

Year 9 and 10 Evangelisation Day

On Friday 18 May, a small group of Year 9 and 10 students, including myself, were given the opportunity to attend an Evangelisation Day at Mary Mackillop College, Wakeley. We joined over 600 other students from across Sydney Catholic schools. The day was a fantastic experience in which we looked deeply into our faith, we sang and we danced, respectfully discussed contentious issues and most importantly met and enjoyed the company of students from other schools. As a group, the boys there certainly became a lot closer and the day was a fantastic, enriching experience for all involved! A special thanks to Ms Kugel for accompanying us on the day.

Aiden Brennan
Year 10, Kelly 5

Year 12 Retreat

Throughout last week our Year 12 students took part in their annual Retreat at the Hermitage in Mittagong. This year saw a new structure and program implemented based on the theme of ‘A Future Full of Hope’ (Jer 29:11).

A Retreat, by definition, means to withdraw or pull back. At this stage of their life journey, Year 12 were provided an opportunity to do exactly that. To take a step back from the pressures of school, work and other commitments to reflect upon their life and build relationships with the members of their community and with their God. After all, it was Socrates who said that ‘an unexamined life is not worth living’.

It was a pleasure to be with Year 12 as they wholeheartedly participated in the program and were open to the themes and experiences presented to them.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the support of my colleagues who gave of their time to be with the boys on Retreat: Patrick Fitzgerald, Gabriel Rulewski, Linda Hutchinson, Tam Dang, Amy Dunlop, Carolyn O’Brien, Tony Duncan, Vicky Drivilas, Grace Perry, John Bullivant, Peter Jones, Kathleen McGrath, Rochelle Eggins, Jo Talwar, Luke Hill, Tony McDonnell, Rick Grech and Br Michael Hill.

I am pleased to include a student’s perspective of the Year 12 Retreat. Frederick Krisman’s account appears below.

Anthony Munro
Director of Faith Formation

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Mathematics Homework Club Returns for Term 2!

Mathematics Homework Club will be on again each Wednesday afternoon during Weeks 5 - 10. There will be a Mathematics teacher in the Academic Resource 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 5 - 10
Where: Academic Resource Centre
Time: 3:25 pm (for approximately an hour)

Please encourage your son to attend, this is a great opportunity to get some extra help - don’t miss it!

Grace Perry
Acting Mathematics Leader of Learning


Immersion Youth Mass

Community Notices

Taize Pilgrimage

Winner of MKR

Alex Clark, a student of the College in the mid to late 1990’s won the grand final of “My Kitchen Rules” for 2018.

Alex attended Marist College North Shore from 1995 till 1998 (School Certificate year) and completed his final 2 years of schooling at St Joseph’s College. Br Bill Sullivan was Headmaster at the time.

After leaving school Alex studied Graphic Design and then went overseas and ran two bar/restaurant venues in London for almost 7 years. While overseas he won several international competitions for cocktail-making and earned a reputation as a leader in this field. Since returning to Australia he has managed several venues in Sydney and then the Gold Coast, before being selected mid last year, with his partner Emily, to be a contestant on “My Kitchen Rules”.

Position Vacant

Exciting Employment Opportunity at Jesuit Mission

Jesuit Mission is seeking to appoint a personable, self-motivated and highly organised Office Coordinator to join its small team in North Sydney.

So if you’re passionate about empowering poor and vulnerable communities overseas to transform their own lives; are interested in joining a passionate and energetic team; and have the relevant skills and experience of an Office Coordinator please contact Helen Forde on (02) 8918 4109 or email for more information. Applications close 3 June 2018.


Premier's Reading Challenge

Years 7 and 8 are now enrolled in the 2018 Premier's Reading Challenge. This is a great initiative to encourage students to read and this is a major target for the students of Marist College North Shore. Please click here if you have any questions or alternatively click here for information regarding Oliver and the Premier's Reading Challenge.

Tracey Dunne
Academic Resource Leader

NSW CCC Swimming Results

Three students qualified for the All Schools in individual events:

Marcus Farmer - 50 Freestyle
Gordon Durie - 50 Backstroke
Lachlan Roche - 50 Backstroke

Two Marist relays qualified for the NSW All Schools:

Boys 12-19 All Age Freestyle Relay - Gordon Durie, Lachlan Roche, Jack Down, Marcus Farmer, Daniel Oliver and Kaiya Melbourne.

Boys 17 and Over Freestyle relay - Kaiya Melbourne, Heath Morgan, Daniel Sims and Brando Schroeder

Year 7 Study Skills

On Tuesday 22 May Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ( ran a highly successful study skills evening with Year 7 parents and students. There were over 260 parents and students at the Study Skills Seminar and the evening helped families put systems in place to help students work towards achieving their personal best in an efficient and effective way. Students examined their home study environment, the way they organise and manage their resources, how to work effectively at home and deal with distractions, how to manage the workload in high school, and the steps to studying in high school: making study notes, learning the notes by testing yourself and doing as much practise as possible.

Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made. Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website:
Building strong home school partnerships is the key to achieving academic goals and a collaborative approach to student learning. With the College’s focus on a Growth Mindset using SMART Goals, the students and parents were able to learn about and establish effective strategies to achieve their goals for the year ahead. To develop lifelong independent learners establishing strong study habits in Year 7 will enable each student to achieve with a balanced approach to school and home. In Term 4 there will be a Pastoral Care Lesson for Year 7 students to focus on their Assessment/Exam Week and to integrate the effective strategies presented by Dr Prue Salter from the recent Study Skills Seminar.

Carolyn O’Brien
Director of Diverse Learning

NSWCCC representatives

Congratulations to Year 10 students, Jack Divett-Moro and Matt Riley, who have been selected for the NSWCCC Northern District AFL representative team. They will now go on to compete in a round robin competition from Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 June at Blacktown.

Marist College North Shore has the highest representation in this selective team which draws from Canberra, Nowra, Tweed Heads and everything in between.

We are very proud of the boys and wish them every success.