From the Principal

Welcome to 2020

Dear Parents, Students, and Friends 

Marist begins another exciting year. In our first fortnight, we have had the swimming carnival, assembly, parent information evenings, house meetings and classes. We are working to prepare the school for the future while ensuring that the current students are our primary focus. I am keen to maintain both the agenda of the future and of the present without losing either in our way.

One of the exciting possibilities for this year is the indigenous immersion to the Northern Territory that Mr Rulewski is currently looking at with Year 10 and 11 students. The school has had an indigenous immersion for a number of years. This will focus on Central Australia. Mr Munro is looking forward to the Religious Education trip to the Holy Land in the Easter Holidays. These are on top of the Immersions to India and to Cambodia.

Our school has a great history of being there for the poor in society. Our Year 10 students will support the Salvation Army’s Street Level Cafe, Year 11 will support the Matthew Talbot Hostel and the Year 12 students will continue to support the Night Patrol.

Each of these Solidarity Experiences is a part of our work as a Marist school to ‘Make Jesus Christ known and loved’. Jesus had a special regard for the poor of society and his message of love was our guide to how we care and relate to those in society who are struggling. I am very enthused that our teachers through their generosity and energy enable all of these activities to take place.

Families in Years 8 to 12 would by now have received our 2019 Maristian. This is an outstanding record of our College life last year. We are indebted to Mrs Julie Pacifique for her skillful work in taking photos, recording the activities of the school and editing the document.

This Friday we have our Year 7 Information Evening beginning in the Hall at 5.30 pm followed by the New Years Drinks at 6.30 pm. It is a simple evening where the Marist Community can gather and welcome the new families to our school. This is the first Parents’ and Friends activity for 2020. Over the years the P and F have air-conditioned our school room by room and in 2019 purchased the minibus. I hope you will be able to support their great work this year.  The next P and F meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at 7pm in the ARC. 

Tony Duncan

From the Assistant Principal

Attendance and more

Welcome back to all our parents in Years 8 – 12 and a special welcome to all our new parents in Year 7 along with those who have begun in other Years.

The College theme for 2020 is Courage. The students, in developing the theme for this year, placed great emphasis on the following key areas: respect, gratitude, spirit, and action. This is a year of getting things done and being thankful for all that we have, have had and will have. As we look to a year of celebrating Marist College North Shore, this theme encompasses what we as a Marist community ask of our boys each day through our five Marist Pillars – Love of Work, Simplicity, Presence, Family Spirit and always In the way of Mary.

There are many upcoming events that mark the beginning of our new school year – the Commencement Mass, the Year 7 camp, the parent Meet and Greet evening and Open Day. All of the details for these events can be found in this newsletter.

All parents and students have access to the College’s SENTRAL Student/Parent Portal. Please ensure you utilise this resource on a weekly basis. The boys MUST access SENTRAL on a daily basis. School bulletins will be posted on SENTRAL as well as the boys timetable and attendance. If you do not yet have access to the SENTRAL portal please email the College’s IT department.

If you have already registered for SENTRAL remember to use your email and password to access the portal. You can access the portal via our College website.

The College has adopted a new policy around communicating with parents this year to ensure everyone gets the information they need. You will receive an email every Wednesday which has all the permission notes for Year based excursions and any whole school correspondence such as the Newsletter or communication from the Principal. Please ensure that you check your email every Wednesday afternoon for this important email.

The diary is very important in ensuring your son is organised and ready to learn. It is also, as mentioned above, crucial for home/school communication. You will find in the diary all College rules and expectations. We ask for all parents’ support in ensuring all College rules, expectations and procedures are followed. It makes it very difficult when parents ‘cover’ for their son’s when they have not followed the rules/procedures of the College. As well as academic learning, it is vitally important that our boys learn that all actions have consequences and they must think through and take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.

Mobile Phone Policy and the /Acceptable Use of Technology Policy
These two Policies are located in the front of the students’ diaries. They must be signed by all parents. Please ensure your son has shown you his diary and these two important policies have been signed.

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Faith Formation

Eastfest 2020

The Eastern Deanery and Sydney Catholic Schools is hosting its annual 'Eastfest' on Friday 28 February at Brigidine College, Randwick. Marist College will be sending a group for anyone who would like to be involved. The event is an opportunity to explore the Catholic Faith and will include prayer, music, and talks. If you or your son is interested in attending please email or talk to Mr Rulewski:

Creative and Performing Arts

Head On Photo Awards

Head on Festival - STUDENT PRIZE

  • Student prize includes exhibited photographic work, cash, Sony cameras and more!!
  • Photographs are judged anonymously by a panel of leaders in the photography community. This year our director Ellie Waterhouse has been selected to sit on the judging panel.
  • The Head On Student Award is open to all K-12 Australian school students (closing 16 February)
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Brand New French books have arrived

This year, Year 8 students will be spending the start of the lesson by reading French picture books, readers, comics, magazines, etc. This is to foster students' love of learning and reading in French as well as to expose them to a bigger variety of French language. At the beginning, they will not be expected to understand the whole story but rather will be browsing through to scan for words they already know or words they can recognise as there are a lot of words with similar spelling in French and English ("cognates"). They also will be read to, in order to be exposed to the sounds and how they are strung together. The stories will be chosen to reflect what is being learnt in class to support students' learning. More books and learning resources are yet to arrive from France. Looking forward to unpacking them!

Ms Galiane Marterer
French Teacher

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Indigenous Immersion Information Evening

The College recognises the importance of offering our students opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture and heritage in meaningful ways.

In 2020, we are inviting students in Years 10 and 11 to attend an immersion to Central Australia with Red Earth. This will take place in the September school holidays and will be organised separately to the Year 11 Immersion program to India and Cambodia. This change to previous years allows us to continue to offer this significant opportunity. 

Red Earth will be holding an information session at the College on Thursday 13 February from 6pm-7pm in the Faith Formation Room for any families interested in the experience. 

Click here to see the attached Handout for more information. 

Mr Gabriel Rulewski 
Solidarity & Youth Ministry Coordinator


Open Afternoon

School Notices

Youth Camp

Community Notices

Driving Course

Cadet Information Night

206 Army Cadet Unit is currently looking for new recruits aged 13 or older to join the unit for the first of the two recruit intakes of 2020. If you are interested in joining or just want to see what cadets is about, there will be an information night on Tuesday the 11th of February, here at Marist College North Shore at 7pm. 

For more information, speak to the cadets at school or go to their website 


Good Luck

Christian Turner, in Year 9, is competing in the upcoming 2020 World Poomsae Championships Team Selections in Perth. These are being run over the weekend of 15 and 16 February 2020.  If Christian makes the Australian Team, the World Championships will be held in Denmark in May.  

The school community wishes Christian all the best of luck.

Swimming Carnival Results

Congratulations to Moore House who won the Overall Swimming Carnival Trophy.

Hugh Hipwell, Moore House Captain accepts the award.

Matthew O’Donoghue - National U/16 Football Representative

During the holidays Matthew represented the College at the national level on the U/16 UK Football Tour.

The avenue Matthew took to achieve selection in the national team began with trialing for the U/16 CCC representative team, where he was selected and then went on to compete at the NSW All Schools carnival. At this carnival, Matthew was selected to represent the NSW All Schools team to compete at the National All Schools carnival. Finally, at this carnival, he gained selection in the national team.

As evidence, it is quite a rigorous process to gain selection to represent the country and this is a true testament to Matthew’s positive attitude, skill level, and work ethic.

Whilst on tour Matthew got to travel through parts of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland and play a variety of international representative teams and local professional youth teams.

Matthew had a successful tour. He was the recipient of the Coach's Award for the Player of the Tour. Additionally, he was the player of the match for two out of the nine games against the Irish and Scottish National teams. Matthew received the pennants from those countries for his efforts.

On behalf of the College community, we congratulate Matthew for representing our College with pride at the highest level.

The results of the tour were as follows:

Jan 12 .      England Independent Schools Lost 0-1
14 Jan Newport County FC Won 2-0
16 JanBristol City Academy Won 2-0
18 JanRepublic of IrelandLost 0-2
20 JanOLSPCK (Northern Ireland sport school) .     Drew 1-1
22 JanScotlandWon 3-2
23 JanBolton WanderersLost 0-3
24 JanFleetwood Town FCWon 4-2
27 JanWest Ham United Dev SquadWon 16-0
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