From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends

A Prayer for Mothers

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All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children for whatever reason and also because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen


Last Wednesday our Mothers Day Assembly was a blessing. We were so well supported by mothers, grandmothers and important women in the lives of our boys. We were pushed in actually seating our assembly which is one of the best problems you can face!

Our formula for this assembly has been the same for many years. We have a Year 7 student speak, a mother to respond and a musical item.

The Year 7 student was William Solomon. William has a maturity, humour, and oration well beyond his years. His confidence and clarity of speech were astounding. Mrs. Lisa Netting, the mother of Sean and James, responded. Her words were clever, well thought out and incisive on this topic that we hold dear to our hearts.

The Year 12 band, under the guidance of Mr. Herbert, played the old Beatle number Here Comes the Sun. This was done really well with harmonies and exceptional musical support.

Our hospitality supplied morning tea for the mothers.

I know what I have just described is probably too much detail but the assembly really hit the mark for me. Mothers give us life and make such a huge contribution to our lives that trying to articulate and recognise their gift to us is a challenge.


Marist Catholic College North Shore

We have already been busy this term working to realise the vision that is our Kindergarten to Year 12 co-educational college. Our current progress is:

  • Mr. Grech has now interviewed a majority of our teaching staff to ascertain their ideas, enthusiasm, and need for professional development.
  • Mr. Grech is also chairing four important committees that are working to create our future reality. These are the Catholic Identity and Mission, Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing and Operations and Infrastructure Committees. This is a very big undertaking and we are so lucky to have his leadership in these projects.
  • We held our Listening Forum with a group of the 2021 girls and their parents. We had well over a hundred people take part in the conversations. We also plan to invite both the girls and the boys of 2021 to talk with us about their thoughts on being the first co-ed group.
  • The architects have presented their plans for the first stage of the work on the College. This is a smaller type of project that will see the construction of new bathrooms for both boys and girls located off O’Mara Plaza. We are seeing this area as a Year 7 and 8 yard. It will receive a new roof and the classrooms around it will be refurbished.
  • The Uniform Committee has selected a uniform supply company to produce the new College uniform for the K to 12 students.
Tony Duncan
Principal
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From the Assistant Principal

Welcome Back

Welcome back for Term 2. We trust all families had a relaxing and restful break. Term 1 was certainly a long one.

Term 2 is in full swing with debating, the chess competition, the Shakespeare Festival, Year 12 Retreat, our Mothers Day assembly, the Semester 1 Sports Awards and quality professional learning taking place in the area of literacy with staff.

Students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society. Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of context.

Literacy also encompasses the knowledge and skills students need to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school. Success in any learning area depends on being able to use the significant, identifiable and distinctive literacy that is important for learning in each Key Learning Area e.g. Science, Maths, and PDHPE.

Staff at the College will be exploring specifically questioning techniques and the way that we assess students for learning, formative assessment.

May is certainly a special month for the Marist family. May is the month we honour Mary and as our boys well know, our Marian connection is strong. The relationship between Jesus and his mother, Mary, was one based entirely on the trust of Mary as the "Good Mother". We as a Marist community see Mary as a perfect model of being Marist, tender, strong, constant in faith, open to God's calling us to our own journey of discipleship.

It is no coincidence that Mother's Day is also celebrated in May. The boys were reminded of the special place mothers, grandmothers and significant female role models play in their lives at our Mother's Day Assembly.

As a mother myself of a teenage son, I know how special our boys are to us and how challenging they can also be, but as we were reminded by Mrs Lisa Netting at our assembly, we love them unconditionally and always.

I do hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day and your sons recognised your efforts and love, even if only in the smallest gesture, like washing up his own cup.

Reminder

Boys must wear their blazers to and from school each day.  Haircuts should be short and neat, boys should not be slicking their hair back with gel or be able to place it behind their ears.  There is a current trend of parting the hair in the middle and having it long on either side so it reaches behind the ear.  This is unacceptable and boys will be sent home to have their hair cut.

Whilst some may question why schools focus on the uniform, the reason is simple.  It is the smallest things that matter because these small things when put together are what makes us who we are.  The little things count here because they all help the boys to succeed.

Uniforms are not the sole domain of schools, many of your sons will work in professions where a uniform is required and is required to be worn to the highest standard.  Why, because it is representative of the company, and it highlights what they stand for and who they are.  This too is true of us as a College.  You would never see a pilot or barrister walking around with his shirt out nor would the boys see a member of the male staff here walking around with his shirt out.

We ask all parents to support us in ensuring the uniform is worn correctly and with pride by every student of the College.

We greatly appreciate your support in all the above matters.

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Creative and Performing Arts

Shakespeare Carnival



On Thursday 2 May the College held our first ever Shakespeare Carnival in conjunction with By Jove Theatre. 

Students from Years 7-12 entered the categories of Movement, Duologue, Group-Devised Mash Up, Music Composition and Film, inspired by the plays; Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet and Othello. These boys premiered sensational performances that possessed integrity, originality, and flair.

It was exciting to see the passion, creativity and hard work our students put into their performances, films, and compositions. They bravely performed in front of an enthusiastic audience of parents, students, and staff whom we thank you for your unflinching support.

Jonathan Amirzaian, our Culture, and Arts captain hosted and entered this inaugural event with style and grace and I thank him for his mentorship of the Year 7 Students and his enthusiasm for the Carnival and competition. 



We now have students who have won their category and will go on to compete in the Regional Shakespeare Carnival.

Marist College will host the Regional Carnival on Friday 14th June in the La Valla Hall. Students from approximately 6 schools, who have won their categories in their own school Shakespeare Carnivals will descend on Marist College at 5 pm ready to act it out for a place at the State Shakespeare Carnival.

Students who progress through to the State Carnival could win prizes with Sydney Theatre Companies, workshops at NIDA, film making workshops amongst many other prizes.

We invite you to join us in celebrating our students at the Regional Shakespeare Carnival on Friday 14 June, 2019 at Marist College North Shore.

I thank all students for their time and hard work in entering this exciting competition.

Mrs Samantha Slatter
Drama Teacher

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Mathematics

Mathematics Homework Club Term 2

Each Wednesday afternoon during Weeks 2 - 8 there will be a Mathematics teacher in the Academic Resources Centre to help students in Years 7-10 with homework or assessment preparation. Students are to come prepared with their own work to complete during this time and teachers will be there to assist.

When: Wednesday Week 2 - 8
Where: Academic Resource Centre
Time: 3:20 pm (for approximately an hour)


A reminder that students also have access to past papers through Google Classrooms for the Mathematics level they are studying which will help them with revision and exam preparation.

This initiative is increasing in popularity and students are benefiting from this opportunity to receive extra help with Maths. Please encourage your son to attend!

Amanda Conde
Mathematics Leader of Learning

Solidarity

Thank you

Again, we would like to thank the following businesses for their kind donations for the Immersion Fundraiser.


Lifestyle and Homewares

The Lifestyle Store - www.lifestylestore.com.au
Uber Photography, Gordon - www.uberphotography.com.au
Nic’s Ceramics - www.instagram.com/nics.ceramics
Lindfield Bookshop 

Health, Beauty & Wellness

Roseville Physiotherapy - https://www.rosevillephysio.com/
Genbu-Kai Karate, Forestville - http://www.genbu-kai.com.au/
Sloans of North Sydney Hair Salon - www.sloans.com.au 
Mosman Village Yoga - www.mosmanvillageyoga.com.au
Adapt Performance, North Sydney - www.adaptperformance.com.au
Angelhair Salon, Roseville 

Fashion
Giulians Jewellers - www.giulians.com.au
Rodney Clark, Castlecrag - www.rodneyclark.com

Restaurants & Cafes
The International College of Management Sydney www.icms.edu.au
The Crows Nest Hotel  www.crowsnesthotel.com.au
The Sydney Restaurant Group www.sydneyrestaurantgroup.com.au

The Apprentice Restaurant, Ultimo
Cafe Saluto, Roseville
Four Brothers Espresso, Lower North Shore
Christophe’s Patisserie, Lindfield

Gabriel Rulewski
Solidarity & Youth Ministry Coordinator

Careers

Week 3 Update

Click here for the latest Careers Information.

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are invited to Monte for a information presentation on Study in Victoria: VTAC and the University of Melbourne: This is an exciting opportunity to hear from VTAC about applying to Victorian higher education institutions, and from the University of Melbourne and Newman College, a residential college affiliated with them. 

Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019 6.30 – 8.00 pm.
Location: O'Regan Arts and Cultural Common Theatre, Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, 128 Miller Street North Sydney
Bookings essential at: www.trybooking.com/BBXWU

Community Notices

Chilled

Other

Photographic Competition

Lane Cove Council recently held “Captured”, a Photographic competition. Kurtis Puxty (Year 8) entered a photo under the theme 'What makes me Happy' and from 180 entries he was awarded third place. We congratulate Kurtis and acknowledge his creative efforts and commitment to exploring his photographic skills beyond the classroom.


AFL Representatives


Two of our students, Remi Cunningham of Year 10, Kelly 3 and Jack Dowd of Year 9, Chanel 3, attended the NSWCCC Australian Football Selections for AFL last week.  Both students were successful in the selection process and will now represent NSWCCC on the 4-6 June 2019.

Congratulations from the Marist Community.