From the Principal

Good Luck and Congratulations

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends

Dag Hammarskjold was a reflective and prayerful man. Dag became the second Secretary-General for the United Nations in 1953. He was killed on the 18 September 1961 in a plane crash while he was trying to resolve problems in the African Republic of Congo. Before his death he wrote:

We die on the day
when our lives
cease to be illumined
by the steady radiance
renewed daily
of a wonder
the source of which
is beyond reason.

These characteristics of wonder, awe and curiosity are qualities that fit well within our College Learning Framework. In Dare to Be we are working to have the students challenged, relational, engaged and deep thinkers in their learning. Students who are engaged should be curious and full of wonder. I am concerned about them being awe-full where maybe they should be awe-filled!

It is a remarkable attitude/attribute to be curious. Can we encourage the students to question carefully?

We would like our students to be inspired by creation from the smallest living creatures to the vastness of the mighty stars and planets. It would be wonderful if they have a reverence for life and an appreciation of the people they meet.

Dag Hammarskjold also wrote:

The best and most wonderful thing that can happen to you in this life is that you should be silent and let God work and speak.

Please keep our Year 12 students in your prayers as they face their final days at school. We pray that they will work hard to realise their potential in these upcoming exams.

Congratulations to our newly appointed leaders for the remainder of 2019 and 2020.

College Leadership Team 2019-20

College Captain: Aiden Brennan
College Vice Captain: Ben O'Sullivan
Faith & Solidarity Captain: Harry O'Brien
Academic Captain: Lucas Murphy
Arts & Culture Captain: Tom Djani
Environment Captain: Corben Madden
Sports Captain: Daniel Oliver

House Captains:
Chanel: Declan Haywood
Kelly: Will Micheletti
MacKillop: Jack Previtera
Montagne: Max Partridge
Moore: Hugh Hipwell
Salta: Ollie Dwyer

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Vaping and more

Vaping (e-cigarettes) Trend

A concerning trend of students vaping or using e-cigarettes has emerged at the College from boys across Years 7 - 12. This is a most worrying trend given the lack of research around the harmful effects of vaping. This is what we do know: Vaping is the inhaling of a vapour created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. 

Health experts are reporting serious lung damage in people who vape, including some deaths as was seen in the USA.

Vaping puts nicotine into the body and we are all aware that Nicotine is highly addictive and can:

  • slow brain development in children and teens and affect memory, concentration, learning, self-control, attention, and mood
  • increase the risk of other types of addiction as adults
E-cigarettes also:
  • irritate the lungs
  • may cause serious lung damage and even death
  • can lead to smoking cigarettes and other forms of tobacco use

Some people use e-cigarettes to vape marijuana, THC oil, and other dangerous chemicals. Besides irritating the lungs, these drugs also affect how someone thinks, acts, and feels.

The long-term effects of vaping are still unknown but we do know is that no good comes from inhaling oil or any other substance. The vapour that comes from the e-cigarette is not water, it contains harmful chemicals. None of our boys should be vaping and neither parents or students should think it is a safer option to smoking cigarettes.

Summer Uniform

Students will return to school in Term 4 wearing their summer uniform. If your son is choosing to wear shorts during summer his socks must be the correct size and fit i.e. reach the knee. It is now the time to check that his summer uniform fits and if you require news socks or shorts the uniform shop is open every Wednesday. There will be a uniform check throughout the first week of Term 4 to ensure students are dressed correctly.

Students are welcome to continue wearing their long trousers throughout the summer should they not want to wear shorts and long socks.

Graduation - Friday 27 September

Graduation Day is one of the most significant dates on our College Calendar. All students are expected at school on Friday 27 September to help us farewell our graduating class of 2019. Doctors certificates will be required for absences. Students in Years 7 - 11 will be dismissed at approx 12:45pm after the assembly. Year 11 students will then join us later in the evening at the Graduation Mass.
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Faith Formation

Year 7 Reflection Day

On Friday 13 September we went to Hunters Hill for the Year 7 Reflection Day. The theme of the day was that everyone is unique and that beauty comes from within. This was shown to us through fun examples such as how Shrek said that Ogres are like onions and Shreks companion said that parfait is something everybody likes. We discovered that what Shrek was suggesting is that onions are disliked compared to parfaits. But what Chris Hopkins showed us is when the onion was cut in half there was chocolate inside indicating that beauty comes from the inside. We also learnt that we can’t assume who people might be like by what they look like. We learnt this through a fun game.

Another two activities that year 7 took part in consisted of walking around the room and making a chain of names. We then had to ask the person questions and see what we have in common. The main point of the activity was to prove that even though we're all different and look different everyone has something in common and not exclude ourselves from other people and to go out and discover more people.

We also took part in a game in which a few boys were chosen to go on an investigation of a crime scene with clues. After looking at the clues they had to make a folio on the person. They had to figure out their gender, occupancy, their hobbies and what country they live in. After the boys finished the investigation Chris explained to us how we were jumping to conclusions and how we were ‘judging a book by its cover’ and how we don't get the correct chances to see a person's features because we disregard them by the way they look.

All in all it was a fun day for all and it had good life lessons.

Liam Godber & Aidan O’Ryan
Year 7

Creative and Performing Arts

Year 12 Drama Performance

Drama ON-Stage Nomination

On Tuesday 3 September the Year 12 Drama class were examined for the practical component of their HSC. This meant that 60% of their HSC was completed that day.

All students in the class worked together to create a Group Performance. They developed an original narrative and theatrical experience for audiences. Their performance was titled Simulated Power - Reputation Annihilation. This project was worth 30%. A thoroughly entertaining, comical yet serious examination of how people can use mobile phones in a way that can destroy people’s reputations.

As well, each student developed an Individual Project Performance which was also worth 30%. The Individual Performance is a rigorous process of selecting a script, developing a directorial concept, rehearsing a performance, learning lines and being a director as well as performer. All students in the class produced work of quality and a high standard. Their exhibition on Cultural Arts night was an engaging night of theatre.

It is with great pleasure and pride that I received notice from NESA that the Individual Performance of Adams by Jonathan Amirzaian was nominated for ON-Stage as an example of an exceptional standard. This is the highest accolade you can receive in HSC Drama and the class and staff are so proud of Jonathan Amirzaian, our Cultural Arts Captain, and what he has been able to achieve through hard work, dedication and commitment.

Adams is a performance that explores the idea of ‘invasion’ and the absurdity of conflict and satirises the motivations and rhetoric that surrounds those who have power and think they have a right to exert violence to gain control. Expressed at a suburban level between neighbours it is a metaphor for countries that wage war on each other, particularly superpowers who think they can throw their weight around on a world stage.

Congratulations Jonathan!

Like all the arts, Drama is a very important subject. It allows students to find new and interesting ways to communicate with and understand others. It teaches students to find ways of expressing complex or dull ideas in entertaining ways. As well, it teaches you to think on your feet and be able to improvise in impressive ways. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly TEAM-ORIENTED rather than hierarchical. Drama, importantly, helps students develop TOLERANCE and EMPATHY. I encourage students to participate in Drama whenever possible.

I take this opportunity to thank my Year 12 Drama class for all their dedication and hard work over the course of their senior year. They are an inspiration and delight.

Samantha Slattery

Drama Teacher

Cultural Week 2019

The 2019 Cultural Week was an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and special talents that the students at Marist College North Shore have shared with the College community. The week focused on the Drama performances from students in Years 9 - 12, Year 12 Visual Arts Body of Work Exhibition, the Spring Music Festival, and the Cultural Assembly which all occurred on Wednesday 3 September.

The Cultural Assembly was an opportunity to celebrate and affirm the students who participated in the Shakespeare Festival where the Year 9 students (Noah Klusberger, Liam Cunneen, Talis Kalinis and Charles Dethridge) performed their interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, and Jonathan Amirizaian Year 12 Drama performed his powerful and engaging Individual Project Monologue. Year 12 Music students Thomas Borkowski, Billy Rowe and William Byrne performed displaying their musical prowess (click here to view). Thank you to Jonathan Amirzaian for hosting the Cultural Assembly and for his leadership in his role as Arts and Culture Captain. 

The Spring Music Festival was a wonderful family gathering where the students performed in solo, group and band ensembles. The Jazz Band, the Concert Band, along with the Year 12 HSC Music students performed. The Year 11, Year 10 and Year 7 Music students demonstrated high quality performances. The quality of the musicianship and the performance preparation was clearly evident. Special thank you to Mr Rod Herbert, Mr Tony McDonnell and the many parents who helped to make the evening such a success. Thank you to the parents who supported the event through supplying refreshments and items for the auction.

The Drama performance evening included students who performed their Shakespeare performances and the Year 12 HSC Group and Individual Performances. Ms Samantha Slattery initiated the College’s involvement in this highly prestigious competition and on the day of the Drama performances the HSC Drama students had their HSC Drama performance exam. The evening was a celebration of their (and Ms Slattery’s) hard work over the year.

The Year 12 Visual Arts Body of Work Exhibition provided an opportunity for the students to showcase their talent and insights into the world in their artworks. Ms Kathleen McGrath has nurtured the student’s idea development and technical skills to enable students to achieve a Body of Work. The Year 12 Technology students also displayed their projects to their family, friends and the College community.

Culture is flourishing at the College where the energy and enthusiasm of the teachers and students is clearly evident. We have a community where students can perform and exhibit their talents and be appreciated and celebrated by their peers, teachers and families. Thank you to the teachers who share their talents and passion with the College community to provide opportunities for the students. I am very much looking forward to designing a dynamic 2020 cultural program with my fellow Creative and Performing Arts Teachers.

Carolyn O’Brien
CAPA Leader of Learning


Year 8 Geography Excursion

Last Tuesday and Wednesday Year 8 went on an excursion to the Orchard Hills Filtration and Penrith Water Recycling plants. 

I think on behalf of the grade I can say that everyone enjoyed these visits and learnt something new. Science experiments, collaborative activities and demonstrations were just some of ways we learnt new things about water and its importance in our world. 

The tours allowed us to understand each step of the filtration and recycling process and to realise the role consumers need to play in protecting our supply of clean water. It was shocking to see (and smell) the amount and variety of pollutants that Sydney Water are constantly working to protect us from. 

This was an excellent chance for us to deepen our knowledge of urban water management, especially as Sydney faces water restrictions due to dry weather and increasing demand.

This excursion was an engaging experience and one that future Year 8 students can look forward to going on again.

Andrew Johnston, Year 8 Montagne 2


Year 9 French Lunch

Year 9 students who do Elective French were treated to a French lunch as an extension to their Unit on School Life. In this unit, they learnt about school items and schooling life, as well as the cultural differences with France. They discovered about the French school restaurants, where students are take part in a 4 course menu each day (equal to $5-$7). Some schools even offer locally produced and/or organic meals.

So, last Friday the Year 9 class organised a lunch to they could have this experience at MCNS. A special mention goes to Jacob Oechslin who amazed us with his salade niçoise, including a magnificent homemade French dressing. Merci Jacob!

Galiane Marterer
French Teacher

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Term 3 Week 9

Year 10 Work Experience

Students who wish to undertake work experience in Term 4 week 6 are reminded that all required documentation must be returned to the college this term. Please ensure that all forms are completed fully before submission directly to myself. Please be aware that no late applications are able to be accepted in term 4.

Year 12 UAC

The early bird charge of $70 ends at midnight on Monday 30 September so remind your students to apply by then.
Read more about early bird closing

SRS applications also close on Monday 30 September and school applicant ratings for 2019 close at midnight on Wednesday 9 October.
Read more about SRS

ATARs this year will be released at 1pm on Tuesday 17 December – the same day as HSC results.
This is so students will have all the information they need on the day to make their future study decisions and have more time to finalise their preferences for December Round 2 (read 'Offer rounds for Year 12 students' below).

UAC is once again operating its ATAR Enquiry Centre for students who have queries about the calculation of their ATAR.

Tuesday 17 December, 12pm–8pm
Wednesday 18 December, 8.30am–4.30pm
Thursday 19 December, 8.30am–4.30pm
Friday 20 December, 8.30am–4.30pm

Remind your students to download and print their ATAR Advice Notices when ATARs are released in December. They only have free access until February; after that they will be charged for a digital or printed copy.
Read more about ATAR

For a full list of dates, including offer rounds visit UAC’s website.

Mon 30 September
Early bird applications close & SRS applications close

Tue 17 December
HSC results released & ATARs released (1pm)

Mon 23 December
December Round 2

Fri 10 January 2020
January Round 1

Click herefor all up to date Careers information


MCNS Walkathon

Clickhere for details.

Community Notices

Slow Down to 40

Slow Down to 40 When the Bus Lights Flash

In NSW there are thousands of buses that travel every day transporting students to and from school. Due to their size and mass, buses take more time to stop. Crashes involving buses often result in more severe outcomes for other road users.

The Centre for Road Safety is committed to improving safety around buses and is implementing a tactical school bus safety campaign. This is a reminder for parents and carers that they always need to supervise their children and hold their hand when walking to and from the bus stop or interchange and when crossing the road. In addition, parents should not call their children across the road as it could lead to dire consequences.

The law states that a speed of 40km/h applies if passing a bus when the front and rear lights are flashing as the bus is picking up and setting down school children. Please slow down to 40km/h when bus lights are flashing. This is for the safety of all students.

If you want more information on this campaign please visit the Centre for Road Safety link: