From the Principal

The Eucharist and more

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

Corpus Christi Sunday

The Twelve approached him and said, ‘Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.’ He said to them, ‘Give them some food yourselves.’ They replied, ‘Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.’ Now the men there numbered about five thousand. Then he said to the disciples, ‘Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied.
Luke 9:12-17

Last Sunday the Church celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi or more commonly the Body and Blood of Christ. This feast has its focus on the Eucharist. We receive Jesus in Communion at Mass. At Mass, we offer our lives up and Christ nourishes us at the table of the Lord. In receiving the Eucharist we are changed because we become more Christ like. These changes may see us becoming more loving people and more ready to give ourselves for the service of others.

At Marist we are asking our students to have concern for others, particularly those on the margins of society. It is the Eucharist that strengthens us in this endeavour of being present to others and being there for others. We trust that God’s love is bountiful, and we give that love to others.

Last Friday our Year 11 Reflection Day was held at Elanora Heights and it was led by Michael Fitzpatrick. I was very heartened to hear the honesty from our next group of school leaders. They spoke with passion about where they saw the year group and how they wanted their leadership to influence the rest of the school. It was good seeing this group of young men preparing to take their place and to make a real difference.

Our current Year 12 leaders have shown their leadership this year in simple ways such as their volleyball competition and the spelling competition. Their initiatives have brought the students together in very positive ways.

Trivia Night

I am looking forward to seeing a good group of parents here on Saturday evening for our Trivia Night. These are always good nights to experience our Marist Community in action.

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Mobile Phones and more

Mobile Phone Policy - Update

In Term 1 I surveyed staff, students and parents around the use of mobile phones at school and at home. The results of the survey were not surprising with the majority of parents and staff looking for a firmer policy at school. The students themselves also acknowledged their over reliance on their phone and the distraction it can cause.

Since receiving the results of the surveys, whilst it seems significant time has passed, we have been working on developing a policy, behind the scenes, which supports the needs of parents and the learning of our boys. A mobile phone committee was established with representatives from across each faculty area. This committee has met every fortnight before school and explored the following:
  • Available research on mobile phone use in the learning environment
  • The survey results from staff, students and parents
  • Other schools policies on mobile phone use at school
Utilising the entirety of this data, the committee then developed a draft policy that was taken to the student leaders and staff.

All students will now be taken through the policy, the presentation is linked here.

The new policy will come into effect in Term 3 Week 5, with all parents being emailed a copy of the policy in the next week. Parents will be required to acknowledge receipt of the policy and will play a significant role in ensuring our boys adhere to the policy.

If any parent would like to comment on the policy please email the College.

7 - 10 Parent Teacher Interviews

The Year 7 - 10 Parent Teacher interviews will take place over two sessions: Monday 22 July from 1.30pm - 7.00pm and Wednesday 24 July 1.30pm - 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for you and your son to be given subject specific feedback based on your son’s progress thus far. The evening will also help your son to reflect upon the goals he set for himself at the beginning of 2019 and to adjust or re-focus on these for the remainder of the year, in order to achieve his best.

Students are expected at school on both days as lessons will run till 12:30pm at which time students will be dismissed to attend their interviews or go home to study. Supervision will be available for those boys who require it. Please let the House Coordinator know if this is the case.

Bookings will open at 9am on Monday 24 June and will close at 3.00pm on Friday 5 July 2019.

Bookings can be completed electronically via - Sentral Parent Portal:

Should you have trouble logging into the Portal to book your interview please refer to the portal instructions e-mailed to you before the College Goal Setting Day in Term One 2019.

If there are any further issues with bookings, please contact the College.

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Faith Formation

Year 11 Leadership Reflection Day

On Friday 21 June, Year 11 students participated in their Leadership Reflection Day at Elanora Heights. It was facilitated by Mr Michael Fitzpatrick, with contributions from our College staff. Through various activities, our students considered:

What do we want to be known for?
What do we want to be remembered for?
What are some areas in the school that we could work together to make a positive impact on the school community?
What do we need to change in our Year level?
What will hold us back?
What should be different about leadership in a Catholic school?

An atmosphere was created where boys could contribute to discussions honestly without fear of ridicule or recriminations.

Griffin Kenny:
The Leadership Reflection Day was an eye-opening experience. Seeing new aspects and views on leadership and what it really means to lead. I enjoyed the day very much. It was educational by helping us learn more about our peers within the cohort.

It was very pleasing to see our boys engaging with the day in such an open and positive manner. I look forward to following their progress as the HSC Class of 2020.

Click here to view photos from the day.

Anthony Munro
Director of Faith Formation


Regional Shakespeare Festival

On Friday 14 June Marist College North Shore held one of three Regional Shakespeare Carnivals in Sydney.

We hosted an exciting night in celebration of Shakespeare and his plays. 100 students from eight schools across Sydney arrived to compete from; Abbotsleigh, Burwood Girls High School, Cranbrook, Cherrybrook Technology High, Lindfield Learning Centre, Loreto Normanhurst, Pymbles Ladies College and Roseville College. It was a stupendous night of varied and innovative student performances of Shakespeare’s plays.

Students competed in a variety of categories; dance, movement, ensemble scene, music, film and group devised mash-up. Something for everyone.

The calibre of work was very high and the students were original, creative and engaging in their self devised performances. They entertained the audience and put on a thoroughly fun night of entertainment..

Winners from the Regional Carnival move through to attend a workshop with an industry professional in their creative area on 29 June and compete in the State Carnival at the Seymour Centre on Sunday 30 June.

This is the first time Marist College have competed in a Shakespeare Competition and I am delighted to announce that Maxwell Partridge, Year 11, won the category of Music and Cooper Kahui-Chee, Year 10, won the category of Short Film. Both students will go through to compete in the State Shakespeare Carnival.

A big thank you to all those parents and friends who attended and a special thank you to all the Year 11 students who kindly stayed back and assisted me in making our Shakespeare Carnival a smashing success that ran like clockwork and was a smooth night of professionalism. 

Marist College have a great deal to offer in the performing arts and I am sure you will join me in wishing Maxwell and Cooper the best of luck in the State Carnival. 

To view the Year 9 performance clickhere.

Samantha Slattery
Drama Teacher

Newman Program

Congratulation Joshua Bassett

On Tuesday 18 June the Year 7 Newman class experienced the 2019 Sydney Catholic Schools Creative and Performing Arts School Live Performance event at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour. The students were audience members to witness and celebrate Johsua Bassett’s (Year 7 Salta 5) involvement in the cast of this spectacular show. Joshua participated in the Eastern Region performance and the combined finale. The Live Performance event showcased students from Sydney Catholic Schools performing in a full 600 voice choir, the Youth Ministry Band, Goodjarga, dance, drama and regional squad ensemble performances and video packages.

The excursion exposed the Year 7 Newman students to live theatre in areas of giftedness and talent through performance including acting, dancing and singing. This provided students the opportunity to reflect on their own gifts and talents in the creative, social, and fine motor skills domains and perhaps be the catalyst for them to explore their own gifts and talents through performance and/or artistic endeavours.

Joshua’s fellow classmates thoroughly enjoyed the show and we are all very proud of Joshua who was proud ambassador of the College. Thank you to Mr Rulewski who also attended the excursion.

Carolyn O’Brien
Newman Facilitator & CAPA Leader of Learning


Careers Term 2 Week 9

Click here for all the current Careers Information

Students enjoyed a presentation from Notre Dame University on 
Thursday 20 June.


Trivia Night Reminder

ATAR Evening


Reading Challenges


Remi Cunningham and Jack Dowd participated in the NSW All Schools AFL Carnival representing CCC North. The team performed very well under trying weather conditions on the Tuesday and Wednesday and were runners up in the carnival, losing by just one goal! A fantastic effort. The boys had a great time and enjoyed competing against boys from all over the state.

The carnival also served as a selection process for the NSW AFL team to compete in Launceston in late July this year. Remi was successful and will be part of this NSW team competing against 7 other states and territories.

Congratulations to both students and good luck Remi from the MCNS Community.

Thomas Sage-Pickin

Thomas Sage-Pickin was recently selected in the U15’s MCC Rugby League Team which competed at the State NSW CCC Rugby League carnival. Thomas was proud to represent both Marist College North Shore and MCC at the carnival with the team playing 4 games.

Sport Results 20 June

MCC Round 6 Thursday 20th June 2019

Yesterdays results- Rugby League v's Lewisham

B Grade North Shore 50 Lewisham 0
15/14 forfeit
13[1's] North Shore 16 Lewisham 16
13[2's] North Shore 14 Lewisham 18

Soccer v's Lewisham

A Grade North Shore 0 Lewisham 0
B Grade North Shore 1 Lewisham 2
15's North Shore 1 Lewisham 3
14's North Shore 0 Lewisham 1
13[1's] North Shore 1 Lewisham 5
13[2's] North Shore 0 Lewisham 2

Peter Giles

MCC Soccer Champions

Students from MCNS were selected to be part of the MCC soccer team at the NSWCCC Tournament.

Pool Games
· Game 1 vs CBSA – MCC won 1-0
· Game 2 vs Wollongong – MCC won 1-0
· Game 3 vs Maitland/Newcastle – MCC won 1-0
· Game 4 vs Armidale/Bathurst – MCC won 1-0

Grand Final
· MCC played Broken Bay – MCC won 2-0

The MCC team went through unbeaten and without being scored against.

Subject Selection for 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It is an exciting time of the year for all students as Term 2 draws to a close and the winter holidays beckon. At the same time, Year 8 and Year 10 students are considering their subject selections for 2020.

Both year groups have been given information letters and subject information packs have been emailed home. Boys are encouraged to talk to you as parents and their teachers about their subject interests. I love having these conversations myself. What makes for good subject choices? We tell the students:

Choose courses that you are interested in
Choose courses that challenges you
Choose courses that you feel you will do well in

Which often equals

Happy student
Happy subject
Happy growth, learning and results

A way that we explain subject selection throughout schooling is to use an analogy

From Kindy to Year 8 many students are on the bus that is driven by teachers and education systems. They are told where to be and what to study.

In Year 9, students get their L plates. Teachers and systems still largely inform students what they will study (Core subjects = Catholic Studies, English, Maths, Science, PDHPE, Australian History and Australian Geography). Now students have the opportunity to study 2 Elective subjects.

In Year 11 the real excitement begins where students get their P plates. Teachers and systems work with students in the courses that they have chosen to study. A total of at least 12 units in Year 11 and 10 units in Year 12.

Please have a chat with your son about the subjects he may consider in Years 9 and 10 and Year 11 and 12. We will work with him here to find the right fit as well.

A reminder that all Year 10 students and their parents are to be at the Subject Selection information evening, Monday July 1st (Week 10), beginning at 5:15pm. Leaders of Learning from each department will be on hand to discuss and answer questions. Also, Mrs Brown has organised an ATAR information session from UAC (Universities Admissions Centre) beginning at 6:45pm.

Peace and God Bless,
Mark Heiss
Director of Teaching and Learning

Bill Turner Cup Report Round 4 Sydney North Division

The Semi Final of the Sydney North Division was a hotly contested affair! Marist were expecting Narrabeen to be a quality outfit and they proved to be early on. Marist went into the game with a defensive mindset and a 4-5-1 formation, consequently absorbing a lot of pressure early on. Unfortunately, Marist conceded a penalty at the ten minute mark, which Narrabeen confidently converted. From this moment on, Marist changed to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation and tried to work their way back into the game. The remainder of the first half was a tight tustle, with neither team giving an inch.

An interesting discussion was had at half time amongst the team. They discussed player roles and where they were getting beaten on the pitch. Each player knew their responsibility going into the second half. They agreed that they should change to a 4-3-3 formation and play their own brand of attacking football.

This was exactly what Marist did. They went into the second half and dominated Narrabeen across the park. They began playing with a lot more confidence and placed Narrabeen’s midfield and defence under a lot of pressure. Eventually Marist were awarded a well-earned penalty which was confidently slotted by Lachy Lal. Marist continued to pressure Narrabeen, but was unable to find a winner in regulation time.

The game moved into extra time, which was a slightly different format from the usual. It was two ten minute halves where a player from each team dropped off at five minute intervals. Furthermore, it was a golden goal!

These two halves were played very tentatively by both teams. Narrabeen perhaps played with a more defensive mindset, as Marist had the momentum following the second half, however it was Narrabeen who came closest to scoring from an intended cross which hit the crossbar. The game finished 1-1 and moved into penalties.

Click here to watch the penalty shoot out and enjoy! The composure required from each young man who stepped up to take a penalty and Jack Obern, who was immense in goals, was truly remarkable. Congrats to the boys on their victory. They will now face the winner of Holy Cross, Ryde and Killara HS in the Sydney North Division Grand Final.

Thank you to all the parents and families who came to support the boys. It is wonderful to see the boys get so much support from their biggest fans! Also, a special thanks to Mr Grech and Mr Mullaly who came to support the team and get a taste for the world game at its finest!

Men of the Match: Christian Archibald and Jack Obern

Team Members:
Jack Obern
Sam Donnell
Christian Archibald
Massimo Vescio (vc)
Ryan Devine (c)
Tom Hines
Jackson Collins
Ollie MacDonagh
Luca Gwozdecky
Archie Bibb
Lachy Lal
Jack Coombs
Roman Kalaf
Isaac Altham
Jack Jenkins
Jack Bowyer
Seisa Melbourne