Champagnat Day Celebrations
Dear Parents, Students and Friends
On Wednesday we will be celebrating the Feast of St Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers. Our school celebrations begin with the Champagnat Mass at 9.15am and will continue throughout the week. Celebrations include our Multicultural Lunch and this year, a karaoke type of “Sing Off”. The “Sing Off” will probably be memorable for the experience rather than the quality.
One of our traditions each year is to announce the recipients of the Senior, Junior and Staff Champagnat Award. The Senior Champagnat Award recipient is given the honour of wearing a special blue blazer for the week. These are positive traditions.
St Marcellin was born in 1789 in a village of Marlhes near St Etienne in Central France. Though not a great scholar he was an ordained priest and his first appointment was to the parish of LaValla. It was here that he attended to the dying boy, John-Baptiste Montagne who knew nothing of God. At the conclusion of the French Revolution there was significant poverty in this area and Marcellin recognised a need and formed the order of teaching brothers, initially called the Little Brothers of Mary, whose purpose was to educate the poor rural children in faith and learning.Director of Faith Formation Contract Renewal
Anthony Munro underwent a most successful contract renewal process last week. Staff and parents were surveyed, teachers, support staff, students and parents were interviewed and resulted in the most positive picture of a hard working, dedicated, faith filled man who works tirelessly for the North Shore community in his role as the Director of Faith Formation. Anthony was recognised for his significant personal leadership qualities as well as his leadership of teaching and learning and of the Catholic Life and Mission of the College.
During the middle to later part of next year the state government rail authority will be boring two metro train tunnels beneath the suburbs of St. Leonards, Crows Nest and North Sydney. This will result in a further improvement to the public transport available to the students of our College in the future. The first metro trains will begin service in 2024. Our nearest station will be Victoria Cross Station about 200 metres down Miller Street.
Last week I attended a briefing on the tunnelling. The two tunnels are bored out in opposite directions with the boring machines reaching our school about 6 weeks apart. The tunnels are due to be constructed under our LaValla Hall and the St Mary’s Church in approximately September next year. It is not possible for the construction company to give us an accurate time frame until the tunnel boring machines are in action commencing in February next year.
The machines will each be operating under the Hall for approximately 3 or 4 days. We should receive significant advance warning if the College needs to make any adjustments to lessons or exams during the construction period. The noise and vibration should not disturb classes but would disturb tests. We will inform students and families next year if there will be any need to move the location of exams during the construction period.Tony Duncan