From the Principal

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.

Underground Metro

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

From the Assistant Principal

Safety and more


Student safety at Marist College is a high priority. I would remind boys and parents to ensure they exercise caution when being dropped off at school by car or alighting from a bus. All boys in the afternoon should be exiting via the Miller Street gate.

All boys are required to stay inside the school grounds once they have arrived in the morning. No boy is to leave the school grounds unless directed by staff as in the case of Year 12 leaving for lunch and boys attending St Leonards Park.

A reminder that the College grounds are generally open from 7.00am each morning and supervision is offered from 8.20am.


Marist College North Shore is a community that respects the rights of each individual and believes that, as a community all have the right to feel safe and respected. All forms of Bullying are not accepted at the College. Any boy who has experienced Bullying should notify their House Coordinator as soon as possible to inform them of the situation. The school has policies and procedures to support all students involved in incidents of Bullying. I would encourage all parents to talk to their child regarding Bullying and contact the College if you have any questions regarding this matter. Further details can also be found on the College website under Our College/Policies section.

Pastoral Care and Student Management

The College has detailed procedures in place to care for the needs of all boys. Information regarding the Pastoral Care/Student Management Policy can be found on the College website under the Our College/Policies section.

Complaint Handling Policy and Procedures

If, at any time, you find that you have a concern with the school, you are encouraged to come to the school and speak with the teacher/s, House Coordinator, Deputy Headmaster and/or Headmaster, to find a resolution for your concern.

It is our aim to work with all members of our school community to ensure that we do the very best we can to provide a productive, safe and enjoyable learning experience for our boys and professionally fulfilling experience of our staff. The policy on our website under Our College/Policies section which clearly outlines the process available. I would encourage you to view the policy if you have any concerns.


The College regularly communicates to parents and the community. This is an important part of the ongoing partnership required to educate the boys at MCNS. Emails, text messages and phone calls are regularly made either individually or in large groups. If you have changed any of your contact details in recent times, please contact the College office to update.
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J.C. Burke Visit

On Tuesday 5 June, Year 12 Standard English gathered to welcome J.C Burke, the author of ‘The Story Of Tom Brennan’ who spoke to us about her novel and how she came to write it.

After  giving us insights into her own creative process, Ms Burke then moved to showing us how to write our own short story, and we put her ideas into practice on the spot, writing a quick 50 words of creative writing.

At the conclusion of her seminar myself and many others queued up for a personal autographed copy of her novel, with some people even getting selfies!

Cooper Jouault Year 12


Year 9 Skype with French Penpals

On Wednesday afternoon, students from the Year 9 Elective French class had the opportunity to Skype with the French pen-pals they have been communicating with online since the beginning of the year.

It was a fantastic experience to see our friends from Marseilles face-to-face and to practice using French in a real-life situation. After introducing themselves in French, our MCNS students worked to understand and respond in French to trivia questions about France and Marseilles.

Our pen-pals were very impressed by the level of French and cultural knowledge demonstrated by our MCNS students! Perhaps as impressed as we were with their level of English and knowledge about Australian culture and history. All students were deeply enthused and motivated by this experience, and are already looking forward to the next Skype call!

Madelyn Kugel
Language Teacher


Chess Season 2018

On Friday 25 May the College were hosts to students from Manly and North Sydney Girls and took part in intriguing games of chess for round three of the chess season. As with every event hosted by Marist College North Shore, an exemplary display of hospitality and the qualities of being a Marist school were on show. Before the students arrived members of the College chess team took the time to set-up chess boards in the Academic Resource Centre, which was where the games took place. Throughout the afternoon students from Years 7-12 took part in games of chess, where they could further hone their skills in the game and practice for future battles. After the games had finished a wide selection of refreshments, including wraps and fruits, were available to the players. This was a great opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the games and view some of the longer games.

Dorian Duschbauer
Year 11, Kelly 4
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Newman Program

Year 7 Newman RE

The Year 7 Newman RE class have just finished a unit on Sacred Scripture. The class celebrated its learning by comparing pre unit quiz results with its post unit quiz results. There was plenty of applause (and a few laughs) as learning gains were viewed across all questions. Two questions in particular had 100% success and were vast improvements in understanding when compared to understanding before the unit began.

One section of the unit examined Passover and the way it helps create community for the Jewish people. Some response to this learning are shown below.

Passover is a religious meal celebrated by gathering around for dinner and eating lamb, bitter herbs and unleavened bread. It creates community by reminding Jewish people of when they united together to escape Egypt. It also makes friendships between foreigners and Jewish people. An example is the time Barack Obama celebrated the Passover meal with his Jewish friends in Washington. A long time ago the Israelites worked with each other with Moses leading them to escape the Pharaoh. As a result of this Jewish people feel united once again on the night of Passover. Foreigners who have never celebrated Passover before may want to partake in this celebration and are able to celebrate it respectfully.
Overall the Passover brings people together and as such creates a community as it remembers the history of the Jewish people.

Tim Street, Byron Gaddes, Evan Venning

How does passover bring together and create a community?

Passover brings together a community because there is always a Passover Seder, which is a dinner not only Jew come together for, therefore creating a community of many religions. The Passover Seder includes many very important symbols including the; Seder plate, Seder table, foods include (lamb, unleavened bread, wines and various other foods). This dinner is a gathering for all people however is especially important for Jewish people and creates a sense of community as they reflect on their past. Many people and of different religions, celebrate Passover. It is clear that this celebration brings together a strong community.

Owen O’Carroll, Zac Malloy, Josh Kingston

How does Passover create community?

Passover certainly creates community by bringing the Jews and non Jews together. At the time of passover, Jews, Israelites and others gather as a community to celebrate Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery. Passover combines people and community by gathering to commemorate this history. At the same time, Catholics celebrate Easter through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is commemorated at the time of passover by the lamb served (The Paschal Lamb). Jesus is related to this lamb by his sacrifice to die on the cross, just like the sacrificial lamb. The Jews and Israelites had to make unleavened bread for their family and others at the time of the Tenth Plague. As you can see, Passover certainly creates community because it brings people together in one gathering, even of different religions. It reminds the Jewish people of their history and brings them closer together while being a part of the Catholic religion through a connection to the sacrifice of Jesus.

Finn Napier, Finn Conlon, Alec Longeville

Mark Heiss
Director of Innovation and Learning


Marist Social Justice Forum

Over the weekend (1 June - 3 June) Marist Youth Ministry hosted a weekend for Year 11 students from all of the Marist schools across NSW and ACT. This weekend focused on the theme of Social Justice. Joshua Willathgamuwa and I attended this event, accompanied by Mr Gabriel Rulewski. Not only did this weekend challenge us about the concept of social justice, but gave us a opportunity to connect with other Marist schools students on a deeper level, which was one of the highlights of the forum.

We began the weekend by discussing what Social Justice meant to us and to consider how we, as Marist Men and Women can respond as an agent of mercy and justice in our school, as well as the local and wider community, with our role models being Jesus, Mary and Marcellin Champagnat.

The Forum gave us the opportunity to explore two important forms of Social Justice. We looked at human trafficking and modern slavery from the team at ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans). We looked at how slavery has been used in the creation of chocolates, electronics and clothes, mainly being cotton and that human trafficking is being used here in Australia today. We also discussed the issue of bullying, which was presented by the team at Marist Youth Ministry, with the statistic that 1 in 4 reported that at some time they experienced bullying. Both of these workshops gave us ideas and ways to raise awareness and work towards reducing and resolving the issue.

James Netting
Year 11, Salta 3

Immersion Youth Mass

On the evening of Sunday 3 June, Our Lady of the Way Parish invited the College to be a part of their weekly Youth Mass held at St Mary's at 6pm. We used the opportunity to have our Year 11 Immersion Students be an active part of the liturgy as readers, musician and Eucharistic ministers. The Parishioners also were able to hear about the Immersion program and the work the College does in supporting charitable works in Cambodia, India and the Northern Territory.

After the Mass our Immersion students held a cake stall to raised funds for the communities we visit. Thanks to the support of the Parish over $1200 was raised which is a great result. These funds will be added to the money raised at the Fundraising Dinner held last term.

Thanks must go to the Immersion students and their parents for their support in attending mass and donating items to be sold. Furthermore, the support of the Our Lady of the Way Parish, and in particular the work of Michael Patron, their Youth Minister, and Fr Daven Day, is greatly appreciated. It was a lovely community event that highlighted the longstanding relationship between the College and the Parish.

Gabriel Rulewski
Solidarity and Youth Ministry Coordinator


Career Opportunities

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Nicola Brown
Careers Advisor


Paul Dillon Presentation

School Notices

Uniform Shop

Unfortunately we are still waiting for the College Track Suit stock to arrive, we apologise for any inconvenience. The stock may not be available before the end of term, please watch High Notes for further updates.

June Mitchell
Uniform Shop


Student of the Year

Patrick Goodyer of Year 12, has been awarded the Technology/Business Services Student of the Year Award along with the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year at the recent TAFE NSW excellence awards.  Patrick has also received an exclusive mentorship and will accept this on Thursday at the Daily Telegraph Project Sydney Gala Dinner (see attached brochure).  He is also a finalist for Apprentice/Trainee of the Year which will be held on Thursday 14 June at the Regional Training Awards with the Governments Department of Industry.

As a school community we would like to congratulate Patrick on all his achievements and wish him every success for the future.


Sitting the HSC is arguably the most challenging part of high school, with extracurriculars and non-school related activities given a lower priority during this stressful period. Most universities, if not already, will soon open applications for entry in 2019, adding even more pressure on what is already a hectic year.

One of my goals is to study mechanical engineering overseas in the United States; specifically, automotive engineering. Whilst perhaps this isn’t the ideal time to be moving to the US, there are more opportunities in the automotive industry over there than there would be in Australia, particularly with the recent collapse of local manufacturers such as Holden.

As part of this goal, I took the SAT examinations in May to satisfy one of the many requirements for entry into a US university. Upon receiving my score, I was asked to write an article about my experience of preparing for and sitting the SAT exams, so here it is!

The May SATs were actually my second attempt – you can retake the test as many times as you wish, and it is common for most students to take it twice (sometimes even three times!). I first did the SATs during early March down at Canberra, and whilst my score from that sitting was strong, it wouldn’t hurt to try and raise that score to something even higher! After all, very few exams afford you the opportunity to resit if you didn’t do ideally the first time!

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