From the Principal

Easter and more

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends

Easter Sunday morning Gospel
Luke 24:1-8

At daybreak, on the first day of the week, the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.’ And they remembered his words.

I am not surprised that it is the women who arrive at this dangerous time to go about attending to the body of the crucified Jesus. They are also the first to hear of his rising from the dead. They could have abandoned Jesus because it was difficult but they remained faithful to him. Writer, John Lane says that “God rolls away stones in our lives to make all things new” How are we open to a new life in Jesus?

As a school, we reflected on the Passion of Christ during our Easter Liturgy at the end of Term 1.

Term 2 is already presenting many challenges. Our staff professional development will be focussing on developing the literacy of the students. The teaching of literacy skills will be presented at staff meetings and worked on in faculty meetings and then will be brought together during our staff development day on literacy at the conclusion of Term 2.

Our Mothers’ Day Assembly will take place at 9.00 am on Wednesday 8 May. This is always a special time in the school calendar.

Also on Wednesday 8 May at 5.30 pm, we will be inviting the girls, who will be commencing at Marist in 2021, to a Listening Assembly. We are keen to share with them our work done thus far and seek their reactions to it. Following this, we have our Term 2 Parents’ and Friends’ Meeting at 6.30 pm. These meetings will be in the Academic Resource Centre.

I found this article on helping students to study in a recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald. The original article is from the Washington Post and the writer gives a hard time to both rereading and summarising of work saying that they have been found to be not very effective. I would not be so quick to put these strategies down because they are most important first steps in the learning process. I did like some of the other strategies that the writer puts forward. Each of us learns in different ways and it is about finding the technique that works for each of us, in particular, ones that make us better students.

Tony Duncan

Creative and Performing Arts

Shakespeare Festival

This Thursday 2 May, 2019 the College will be holding our Shakespeare Carnival. Students from all years were invited to create original entries in the performing and creative arts inspired by Shakespeare's plays.

The Carnival begins at 6pm and is anticipated to conclude at 7:30pm. It will be held in the College Library (ARC). Tea and coffee will be provided.

We encourage you to come along and support the creative and artistic efforts of our students and enjoy a night of entertainment.

Students are all competing for a place in the Regional Shakespeare Carnival which will be held at our school on Friday 14 June. The Regional Carnival is an opportunity to compete against other schools from the Sydney Region.

I look forward to your support.

Samantha Slattery
Drama Teacher

ANZAC Day March

ANZAC Day Marching Band

It has been a busy time of rehearsals and performances for the Marist College North Shore Marching Band.

The band participated in the recent ANZAC Day March and a marching band performance at the Sydney Royal Easter show lead by our Drum Major Leader, Sean Auer.

Marching through the Sydney ANZAC Parade was a wonderful honour for our musicians to not only assist returned servicemen and women, but were also very excited to hear some of the best military marching and pipe bands in Australia perform in this parade.

The Royal Easter show was a fun-filled day that included the Bandleading two parades around the showgrounds. We were happy to experience some carnival rides, showbags and the crazy Easter Show cuisine!

I would like to thank everyone for their commitment to performing during the school holidays and their wonderful preparation and rehearsals for these events. We look forward to marching in 2020.

Rod Herbert
Band Leader

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Walk On Country

On Monday, April 8, six students embarked on a Walk on Country experience at La Perouse with students from St Mary’s Cathedral and Marist College Kogarah. The students were led down a bush track in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Uncle Tim was our guide, he taught the boys about the history of the park pre- and post- first contact with Europeans. Students also learned about the uses of the large variety of vegetation in the bush from using a Lomandra leaf as a whistle to catch snakes, to the variety of uses for fruiting cone of a coastal banksia i.e. as a filter when accessing freshwater from a sandstone pond, to the antibacterial qualities of the red resin from eucalyptus trees.

Please read the boys thoughts from the experience.

Alex Cramp
What we enjoyed:
I enjoyed meeting fellow indigenous students and walking/discovering all of the Indigenous plants/animals/sites around the Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

What we valued:
The experience of going with peers and learning all of the different aspects of indigenous culture from Tim Ella’s perspective.

What we learnt:
We learnt all about the different types of bush tucker you can eat and all of the types of tools that they used to catch and hunt foods.

Ben Cramp
What did we learn:
  • That the land is everything
  • That they had smoke signals warning them that Captain Cook was coming
  • The way of life and how they lived
  • How they hunted
  • What plants you can eat
  • How they used the land
What I enjoyed: 
  • Eating local foods
  • Learning about the local area
  • Languages
  • Everyone sharing time in the country
  • Meeting people alike
  • Finding new people who were like me in the school
  • Everyone sharing and listening to information
What I valued:
  • The experience of learning our past
  • Having a diverse cultural background
  • Meeting other people who shared the same heritage as me
  • Making new friends
  • Having time to get back to country
Josh Cannon
What I valued?
Going on the excursion, I valued how well they could preserve the area so people who went on the excursion can experience how they lived and survived.

What did I learn?
I learned which plants I should eat and not eat. Example: The ones we could eat was a leaf called sarsaparilla. It was also interesting learning how they survived against animals and the laws that they had.

What did I enjoy?

I enjoyed meeting other people throughout the experience and getting to learn how my ancestors lived.

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Immersion Fundraising Dinner Report

Last Term in Week 10, the College hosted an Immersion Fundraising Dinner. This event has been running for almost a decade and aims to raise awareness about the Immersion program we run whilst at the same time raising much-needed funds for the communities we visit in Cambodia, India and Far North Queensland.

The event was organised and run by Immersion students and staff and was attended by families and friends of this year’s Immersion students as well as members of the wider College community. We had over 170 people in attendance and it was a fun and exciting evening with a 3-course meal, silent auction, and other activities.

This year we raised $17,861 after expenses which is a great effort and will go directly to funding necessary projects in the communities we visit. Thanks must go to the students and staff who organised the night as well as all those who came to support the evening.

One additional group of people we do need to acknowledge are not just the families who donated to the evening but also the local businesses who donated items to support the night’s silent auction and raffle. These businesses are listed below in gratitude and acknowledgment and in the hope, you might consider supporting them if you are in need of a service they provide.

Lifestyle and Homewares

The Lifestyle Store -
Uber Photography, Gordon -
Nic’s Ceramics -
Lindfield Bookshop

Health, Beauty & Wellness

Roseville Physiotherapy -
Genbu-Kai Karate, Forestville -
Sloans of North Sydney Hair Salon -
Mosman Village Yoga -
Adapt Performance, North Sydney -
Angelhair Salon, Roseville

Giulians Jewellers -
Rodney Clark, Castlecrag -

Restaurants & Cafes
The International College of Management Sydney
The Crows Nest Hotel
The Sydney Restaurant Group

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

Once again thank you to all who supported the evening. If you were unable to attend the evening but would like to support the Immersion communities with a donation please contact College reception and they can organise that with you.

Gabriel Rulewski
Solidarity & Youth Ministry Coordinator




Mothers Day Assembly

ANZAC Day Representatives

Sean Netting and Guiliano Parisi attended the North Sydney ANZAC Dawn Service.

Dawn Services around the country are gaining support each year. The North Sydney gathering was well in excess of a thousand people. The Mayor of North Sydney Jilly Gibson spoke of the local young men who went off to World War I and named them as coming from the local streets around the school. She said that 20 percent of the soldiers attending from this area were killed on the battlefields. There were between 3 and 4 thousand young men from this area involved in this war. Those returning were either visibly injured or suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for years after the end of the war. Families and life in this area was forever changed. Those who died were obviously not able to take the positions in society that they would have taken if they had not been killed in war.  

Patrick Nercessian and Ethan Leffers also participated in an Anzac Ceremony at Bupa Willoughby.  It was a great success and Bupa Willoughby were very appreciative of the Marist College North Shore boys. Patrick and Ethan were involved in reading poems to the elderly. 

Tony Duncan

Community Notices

Jesuit Mission Fundraiser



Year 7 and 8 Imaginative Writing Club

Athletics Carnival

Athletics Carnival 2019 - Thursday 11 April 2019.

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Bill Turner Cup

Bill Turner Cup Report Round 1 Sydney North Division

For the second consecutive year, Marist entered a team into the Bill Turner Cup soccer competition. This is a knockout competition for U15-year-olds in its 41st year. It is an interstate competition which includes divisions in NSW, Queensland, ACT, and Victoria.

On Friday, April 5, Marist were drawn to play St Ignatius Riverview in round one of the competition. This was to be a tight match up with both teams sporting strong rosters.

Despite most members of the team playing in the MCC Gala Day on Thursday, they started the game with great energy that couldn’t be matched by Riverview. Marist controlled the tempo of the game and had the bulk of possession in Riverview’s half.

After approximately 8 minutes MCNS broke the deadlock with a relatively straightforward finish from Lachy Lal who followed up on a failed save from the keeper and placed the ball unopposed in the net. This followed some sound lead up play from the MCNS midfield and Archie Bibb on the left wing.

Ten minutes later Marist doubled their lead as a result of a delicate pass from Ryan Devine into the path of a flying Archie Bibb who confidently rattled the onion bag making the score 2-0.

MCNS continued their dominance into half time.

The second half saw a combination of Marist tire and Riverview pick up their tempo as they chased a goal. However, a combination of wonderful defense and quality goalkeeping maintained Marist’s lead and on numerous occasions thwarted Riverview’s attack, which ultimately frustrated them.

Congratulations to: our goalkeeper, Jack Obern who made some magnificent saves and was a rock in goal, earning him the man of the match honour; our defenders who were structured and disciplined in their duties: Massimo Vescio (VC), Christian Archibald, Dylan Vlatko, Jack Coombs, Jack Bowyer, Isaac Altham; our midfielders who were tenacious, technical and ever present in their roles: Ryan Devine (C), Seisa Melbourne, Tom Hynes; and our attackers who worked tirelessly in attack and defence throughout the game and showed composure in front of goal: Lachy Lal, Archie Bibb, Jackson Collins, Roman Kalaf, Jack Jenkins

Finally, a big thank you to our Principal, Mr Duncan and all the parents and siblings who were there to support the team. Your support makes a big difference to the boys!

Matthew Fitzgerald

CCC Sport

On Friday 5 April a group of boys competed at the Combined Catholic Colleges annual swimming carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. All boys swam very well against tough competition. Lachlan Roche medalled in both the 50m and 100m Backstroke and Bailey Screen medalled in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke. An incredible effort from both boys.

Jayden Screen, Oliver MacDonagh, Marcus Farmer, Daniel Oliver, Daniel Devaris, Jack Dowd all swum well in their personal events with some boys achieving personal bests.
The 6x50m freestyle relay team of William McDonald, Bailey Screen, Lachlan Roche, Jack Dowd, Marcus Farmer and Daniel Sims swum themselves into the win with a personal best of 3 seconds. As a team this is only the second time they have swum together. An amazing job was done by the boys.

Kyra Oliver
Swimming Coach

Student Achievement

Julian Lee (13 years old) was selected by NSW athletics to compete in the 2019 Australian Track and Field Championships in the under 15 age group for the 200 metre hurdles.

More than 3500 track and field athletes competed in the 2019 Australian Track and Field Championships, held at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre for able-bodied and para-athletes from 1-7 April 2019.

This event is for the elite athletes from all over Australia. To be selected you have to achieve the Australian qualifying time.

On the 3 April, Julian came 6th out of 9 in his race, and ran a time of 30.79 and became the 12th ranked in Australia.

Congratulations to Julian from the MCNS Community.

Year 7 Study Skills Seminar

On Tuesday 3 April Dr. Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ( ran a highly successful study skills evening with Year 7 parents and students. There were over 300 parents and students at the Study Skills Seminar and the evening helped families put systems in place to help students work towards achieving their personal best in an efficient and effective way. Students examined their home study environment, the way they organise and manage their resources, how to work effectively at home and deal with distractions, how to manage the workload in high school, and the steps to studying in high school: making study notes, learning the notes by testing yourself and doing as much practice as possible. Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made. Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website:

Building strong home-school partnerships is the key to achieving academic goals and a collaborative approach to student learning. With the College’s focus on Goal Setting with a Growth Mindset using SMART Goals, the students and parents were able to learn about and establish effective strategies to achieve their goals for the year ahead. To develop lifelong independent learners establishing strong study habits in Year 7 will enable each student to achieve with a balanced approach to school and home. In Term 4 there will be a Pastoral Care Lesson for Year 7 students to focus on their Assessment/Exam Week and to integrate the effective strategies presented by Dr. Prue Salter from the recent Study Skills Seminar.

Carolyn O’Brien
Director of Diverse Learning

MCNS Staff Professional Development for Gifted and Talented Students

Building the capacity of all teachers at Marist College North Shore is one of the key goals for the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program. To achieve this goal I am facilitating the Gifted Education Online Courses 1 and 2 (GEO 1 and GEO 2) to provide the teachers training in the identification of gifted and talented students and the appropriate education provision for gifted and talented students. The Staff Development Day on Friday 12 April was an opportunity for all teachers to commence the modules and to discuss the content, issues arising from the content and the case studies/assessment requirements.

GEO 1 Course entails:
  • What is giftedness and talent referring to Francoys Gagne’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent, Gagne’s definition of giftedness and talent and levels of giftedness.
  • Characteristics of gifted learners, their educational and affective needs and the teacher nomination procedure.
  • The Identification Program at Marist College North Shore.
  • Identifying gifted underachievement and strategies to reverse underachievement.
  • Identifying Twice Exceptional students and strategies to support Twice Exceptional students.
  • Using data to identify gifted students and what are their educational needs.
  • Pre assessment formats and relevance for gifted and talented students.
GEO 2 Course entails:
  • Pre assessment formats and design.
  • Curriculum differentiation for gifted learners.
  • Differentiation using the Maker Model and the Kaplan Model.
  • Differentiation using Bloom’s Taxonomy, Williams Model and Visible Thinking.
  • The social and emotional needs of gifted students.
  • Acceleration and curriculum compacting.
  • Flexible grouping for the provision of gifted students.
The College’s School Wide pedagogy DARE TO BE is in alignment with the Newman Selective Gifted Education Program as we are providing a challenge, engagement, deep thinking in a relational context in the Marist tradition.

The outcomes from the GEO 1 and 2 course will be:
  • Teachers being empowered to reflect on their practice to provide a student centred approach in their classroom.
  • Teachers working together to develop resources, sharing skills and expertise in the provision for gifted and talented students.
  • The early identification of gifted students in a range of domains so their educational needs can be met.
  • Awareness of the affective needs of gifted and talented students for their well being and self efficacy.
  • Gifted and talented students in all year groups being engaged and challenged in the classroom.
  • Fostering a learning community where teachers and students are on a life long learning pathway.
Whole school provision for the educational needs of students who are gifted and talented is crucial for our students to flourish as learners, and to develop a lifelong passion and curiosity for learning. Their educational needs need to be catered for so they can achieve their potential and most importantly, so we can prevent underachievement and disengagement with their learning pathway.

Carolyn O’Brien
Director of Diverse Learning
Newman Selective Gifted education Program Facilitator