From the Principal

P and F more

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

At the Parents and Friends AGM we reviewed a very successful year. The 2019 P and F were very capably led by Veronica Rios as President, Fiona Lucas as Vice President, Illya Shackell as Secretary and Linda Hogan as Treasurer. Lyndal Jenney, as Class Parent Coordinator, who did a wonderful job in encouraging parental support for our various functions.

Some of the high points of the review were that our Trivia Night raised more money than in recent years and there were 410 who attended our Fathers’ Day Breakfast. The P and F have now purchased the College’s minibus which is getting used almost on a daily basis.

The 2020 P and F will be:

President – Fiona Lucas
Vice President – Fiona Notley
Secretary – Illya Shackell
Treasurer – Colette De Bruyn
Class Parent Coordinator – Lyndal Jenney

General Committee Members:
Veronica Rios
Melissa Samson

I appreciate the support of the P and F and the time that each of our members has given to ensure that our Marist Community comes together properly. Thank you to those who have taken on roles for next year. Special thanks to Veronica Rios and Linda Hogan for the outstanding support and leadership that they have both given to our team.

The last HSC exams took place yesterday. There were a few yahoos released (shouts not students!) as the Design and Technology Students left the final 2019 HSC exam. It is a huge process preparing students for their HSC Exams and such a rite of passage as they finally finish their secondary schooling and move onto their next step of the eithr entering the workforce, TAFE or university. This group of young men are good examples of our Marist Men of whom we are rightly proud.

Jack Lucas, Ethan Cook, Nathan Ring, Griffin Kenny and Joshua Parker represented Marist College North Shore at a Remembrance Day Service at the North Sydney War Memorial.

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Self Harm & more

Self Harm can be digital too

Self-harm is becoming an increasing concern in boys’ schools. It has been a concern that girls’ schools have been managing for many years now and is something all parents should be aware of. Here is an article detailing just one of the ways students can self-harm - something many may have not thought of before.

Everything will be ok

Make it a habit of always asking your son if he is okay. It’s a simple question and when everything is not ok can be a lifeline for them. There’s no need to probe further if he says he’s fine, the mere question shows him you care and are interested. If you ever have any concerns about your son, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the school; always remember it takes a village to raise a child - you are not alone.

Dates to Note:

15/11/2019Dyslexia Awareness Fundraising - Paper Plane Comp and Red Mufti Day
25/11/2019Staff Spirituality Day (pupil free day)
9/12/2019Year 10 My Strengths Program and All My Own Work
11/12/2019Prizegiving Assembly
12/12/2019Christmas Liturgy/Student Finish 12pm
13/12/2019Voluntary Parent/Teacher Interviews (8:45 - 12pm)
29/01/2020Year 7 Orientation Day (9:00 - 12:00pm)
30/01/2020Years 8-12 Students Return (8:35am - 1:30pm)
3/02/2020Swimming Carnival - Botany Pool
10/02/2020 - 12/02/2020Year 7 Camp

Brigid Taylor

Assistant Principal

Faith Formation

Student Leadership Planning Day

On Friday 8 November the 2020 Senior Student Leaders gathered together for a planning day. The day commenced in prayer, considering the qualities of a leader, linking it to Jesus choosing his 12 Apostles.

We then moved into reflection and evaluation of how the Leadership Team has gone so far. We looked at the strengths of the group and identified areas where the group could improve on as they move forward.

A large part of the day was planning for and designing the 2020 College Theme. Each year, our student leaders think about some areas that they would like to College community to focus on. It was impressive how the boys could articulate where they felt improvement could be made. Their draft selection of words and the rationales for these words were most insightful.

I look forward to seeing the finalised theme and its implementation next year.

Anthony Munro
Director of Faith Formation

Leadership Forum

On Tuesday 12 November four of our Year 12, 2020 student leaders attended a Leadership Forum, hosted by the Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP.

After a keynote address from the Archbishop, our boys engaged in table-based discussions with students from Sydney Catholic Schools. Following this discussion, our students had an opportunity to pose questions to Archbishop Fisher who was most gracious in his engagement with them. The Forum concluded with a Commissioning Liturgy in St Mary's Cathedral.

Anthony Munro
Director of Faith Formation

Newman Program

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program Symposium

MCNS Newman Selective Gifted Education Program
2019 Symposium

On Wednesday 6 November the College hosted the annual Newman Program Symposium where Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students showcased their enrichment projects and presentations in the Academic Resource Centre. The Newman classroom is differentiated with gifted teaching and learning activities that develop the students’ critical and creative thinking skills, problem-solving skills, investigation of real-world issues and processes, collaborative working practices, and most of all having choice in their mode of presentation and recognising their unique gifts and talents.

The Year 7 and Year 8 students developed projects in their core subjects under the guidance of their teachers. Time to create their unique products was provided through curriculum compaction as they work at a more rapid rate. The Year 9 students presented their Individual Project at the Symposium which was developed over this year with the mentorship of their teachers or experts in the field. The Individual Projects ranged from novels, poetry, TED talk presentations, coding to create a fractal design, artworks, music composition, and performances. Their depth of inquiry and mature approach to their selected area of investigation was appreciated by their family, guests, teachers and their peers.

This year we collaborated with St Mary’s Primary School with a mentorship program with Year 7 students co-designing STEM PBLs with a Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 student. They presented at the Symposium their theories of safe energy and removing plastic waste with worms and bacteria.

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Marys House Fundraising

Across Australia, there is a substantially apparent need for accommodation for women and children who are seeking to escape from situations of domestic violence. The North Shore Women’s Benevolent Association (NSWBA) is a not-for-profit organisation established to support women and children who need help because of domestic violence. They operate a hostel called “Mary’s House”, with the purpose of providing a safe haven for these women and their dependent children. In order to support the operation of Mary’s House, there will be a fundraiser at the College where the Assistant House Captains will be selling wristbands to students and anyone who would like to support the cause.

Domestic violence is not always obvious. It is often hidden due to fear, financial dependence, control, and embarrassment. These women and children deal with years of emotional, financial and psychological abuse as well as physical violence. As indicated by the North Sydney Police as well as other care providers, the need for accommodation is overwhelming. One in every two women seeking a bed is being turned away on any given day. With the operation of Mary’s House, we will be one step closer to combating this problem. As part of the community as well as Marist men and women, we must play our part in supporting those who need it most.

Francis Lo Year 10, Salta 4 and Shivvy Kumar Year 10, Chanel 2

Vinnies Appeal

We are beginning our Annual Christmas Appeal this week. As per previous years it will be run in tutor groups and will go until the end of Week 8. We are aiming for 2 Hampers per tutor group.

The North Sydney Conference of St Vincent de Paul relies heavily on our donations to make their appeal a success. I know it's another thing to worry about but it is a truly great way that we can give back to the local community and help our boys realise the value of charity.

You might like to watch this with your son as a way to discuss the Appeal and issues around poverty and hardship

Gabriel Rulewski
Youth Ministry and Solidarity Coordinator

School Notices

55-18 FSA Duke of Ed

Dear Students and Parents,

Marist College North Shore will be starting the Duke of Edinburgh Award for students in Year 9 and 10 in 2020 (this year's Year 8 and 9). If any student is interested they are welcome to see Miss Fsadni during the week so that they can register their interest. More information will be given to students during the next few weeks.

Anna Fsadni


Statewide CCC Basketball

Marist North shore entered a combined Year 9/10 basketball team into the state-wide CCC basketball championships held over two days at Penrith basketball complex.

It was the first time we have ever entered a team into this competition and so the boys were really enthusiastic about it. On the opening day we played three games in total, losing the first two games against two very good teams from interstate, before finishing strongly to win our last game against Blacktown. As a result, we were put in the division two championships on the second day.

The boys again played three games and ended up winning them all to be crowned division two champions. In the final game, they were, at one stage 11 points down, but dug deep and played some amazing basketball to end up winning by 12 points. A tremendous effort. Over the course of the two days, the boys displayed amazing determination and team-work and a never give up attitude. They should be so proud of what they achieved. Well done!

Ben Smuts
Basketball Coach