From the Principal

What a Term!

What a term, what a first semester! 

2020 has certainly thrown all of us challenges we never expected. I wrote at the start of the term about the complexities that this pandemic has brought to our lives. Prior to this pandemic we yearned for a simpler life, where we had more downtime, time to reflect and enjoy each other's company; where our sons would get off their devices and talk face to face. But when COVID-19 happened and gave us that downtime in the form of isolation, no longer being able to visit people, attend events or social gatherings this also caused fear, anxiety, and perhaps even despair at times, as we now yearned for more complexity in our daily lives. Technology then became the only way for our sons to communicate with their friends and engage in their learning. How were we to manage this?

I suggested we use this pandemic to reset, to see COVID-19 as an opportunity to turn to our beloved Savior in trust and complete abandonment so as to rest in His merciful hands. To rest in the hands of God means we are secure, despite the uncertainty of life. It means we are free to love God and others, despite the challenges we face. It means we raise our eyes to Heaven, rather than look down in fear. 

As we now slowly creep towards what we consider normality, I suggested that we now must seriously question what is normality in our lives and is there a new way to think about it. Is there a new normal? And what does that mean for us as Marists? 

We as a school community have been attempting to answer these questions throughout Term Two. There have been many learnings from this pandemic and it has been a profound time for reflection and analysis about the way we do things at school. We have set up many committees to explore what we do and how we do it, all with one focus - what is best for our students moving into the immediate future. This has meant a review of current College policies that encompass our pastoral structures, learning, assessments, conduct, and commendations. We are also reassessing other policies that will ultimately benefit your son's wellbeing and academic successes. Our review has been timely, as the review into the NSW curriculum has also just been handed down and we have found that many of the changes we are aspiring to implement are also being recommended to the State Government  (NESA Curriculum Review). 

Semester Two will bring in the initial phases of change at Marist as we prepare for an improved way of educating our students. We are thinking outside the square, looking at what is possible and this means that we won’t be doing things the way we have always done them. Change brings a period of adjustment that is understandable. Some of our students will not be happy, some will take it in their stride. That’s okay. We’re entitled to feel the way we feel. In fact, we encourage your son to take the time to process these changes and understand the benefits that will be infused into his daily life at the College as he joins us in this vision for his wellbeing and education.|

Change is difficult, it’s uncomfortable but as Marists, we know that Mary did not shy away from change - she was most certainly fearful when she found herself in the presence of the angel but, we must ponder how she responded at this time. There was no disdain, no anger, she did not run and hide; she listened, she had her faith and she believed she could be part of something miraculous that would change the way people saw the world and each other.

As we travel the path of change in Semester Two, I kindly ask parents to reserve judgement and fall forward on this journey. That is, join our enthusiasm and positivity for where the College is headed into 2021 and encourage your sons to experience the change for themselves. In doing so, you create and allow a gentle space for them to decide for themselves.

Let them talk it through with you, listen to them without opinion as they learn to process change - this is very much a life skill. Nothing ever stays the same, we must prepare our boys for this; we must trust their resiliency and nurture an excitement within them.

I would like to support you in taking this time to reflect on how we each respond to these new changes. Do we become paralysed or do we see the opportunities and new adventures that come with this change. We must always be mindful of the presence of God and Mary in our lives, especially in such moments of difficulty and trial as we ponder what challenges and opportunities we may encounter on the road to our new normal.

I take this opportunity now to acknowledge Mr. Duncan, a wonderful man who embodies for us all here what it is to be Marist. Your wisdom, patience, and sense of humour will be greatly missed, but this is not goodbye because we plan to farewell you at the end of the year with the boys and with the parents. A farewell will be organised for parents, hopefully in November, so you can all express your appreciation for an excellent school leader.     

 

Words really can’t sum up what this semester has been like, so please enjoy this video of our boys and staff and their experiences. 

 

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. Please come back to us strong and healthy. 

Brigid Taylor
Acting Principal

 

 

From the Assistant Principal

Religion and Peace

I have recently taught my Year 12 Studies of Religion class a unit called Religion and Peace. In a Christian context, peace, as used in the New Testament, is a translation of the Greek word eirēnē, itself a translation of the Hebrew 'Shalom' and means “to be in harmony with another”. Shalom refers to the concept of a peace that engulfs all parts of an individual's life. It is a form of harmony that occurs within a person and translates to a commitment to share this harmony with others. It is the ultimate expression of peace.

 

In looking back over this Term, our community has largely been peaceful. Our students, through building and maintaining positive relationships, create an atmosphere of harmony. At times, however, this harmony has been fractured through words and actions which have caused someone to feel hurt. A significant cause of this hurt has stemmed from the use of Memes and Banter.

 

Memes can be humorous. When used in a positive manner they can demonstrate tremendous wit. Sometimes the intention is sincere, but we simply do not know what impact our words, as innocent as they seem, can have on someone. Unfortunately, memes have commonly been used in recent times to cause embarrassment, pain, and to tease members of our community. Banter, defined as ‘the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks’ is another interaction that is negatively impacting on our community. Unfortunately, the ‘playful and friendly’ component is often removed and is simply just ‘teasing remarks’. When questioning students about why hurtful things have been said, the instinctive response typically has been ‘oh it’s just banter’. My response has been ‘no, it is teasing’. 

 

I would like to remind you that any form of disrespect can be reported to any teacher. We also have our online Disrespect Reporting form. All members of our community have the right to feel happy and safe.

 

I often speak to our students about respect. As a College, we pride ourselves on respectful relationships through positive interactions. When words are used as a destructive tool, our community fractures, often leading to retaliative behaviour and hurt relationships. I would encourage our students to think about their words before using them. The old saying ‘if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all’ rings true. Let us work together to be a community of peace. 

 

I wish everyone in our community a safe and restful holiday and I look forward to a successful Term 3 ahead.

 

Anthony Munro

Acting Assistant Principal

 

Faith Formation

Fundraising at MCNS

 

Looking back at the term that’s been, with all the changes and uncertainty of the Coronavirus, and the social turmoil currently sweeping parts of the world, it can be easy to lose faith. I know my own has been tested at times. I also know, from talking to your sons, that many are asking “Where is God in all of this?”

It’s a question that we all ask at some point. I’ve asked it myself many times over the years. In many ways it’s been a question that has shaped my life and the choices I’ve made. In many ways, it’s a question that has led me to work at Marist.

 

That’s because the Marist way takes Mary as the model. The Marist way follows Mary’s example and seeks to find God, and love God, in simplicity, in presence, and in family. It seeks to find God in the daily work of life that is at the same time ordinary and mundane, but also deeply spiritual and sacred. 

The Marist charism becomes a reminder to us that in the turmoil of life, we can answer that question of “Where is God?” by looking at the people around us rather than worrying relentlessly about things outside our control. Or to rephrase that, using words written by the Marist Brothers on this very question:

“God is revealed to us through those we meet. Young and old people, members of our families and communities, the refugee and prisoner, the sick person and the caregiver, our co-worker and our neighbour, all are mirrors reflecting the God of life and of love.” - Water from the Rock 


In a very concrete way these words have gained particular significance this term through the continued efforts of our community to do what they can for those who may be struggling even more than we might be in these times. Efforts which are outlined below.

Jesuit Social Services - Food Drive 

Thank you to all those who donated grocery items for the Ignite Store run by Jesuit Social Services. Your contributions have been sent to Emerton where they will be made available to families and individuals who are experiencing extreme hardship.

Marist Cookbook - We need your help

Whilst the Coronavirus has meant our international Immersions have been cancelled, the vital work undertaken by the Marist communities we visit, to provide a life-giving education to some of the world’s most disadvantaged children, has not. 

In past years, we would have held a fundraising dinner for the La Valla School in Cambodia and the Chetana Tribal Boys Hostel. 2020 had other plans. 

In order to still do what we can to stand in Solidarity with our International Marist family we’ve decided to put together a Marist College North Shore Cookbook with recipes submitted by members of our College community. This is where you come in.

Nothing says family quite like sharing a meal together. We’re asking for one and all to submit their recipes. The ones that have brought your families together over the years. The ones that warm the heart and stir up memories of love and affection. Our plan is to collate them into a cookbook tentatively called “Our Marist Table” which will be sold later in the Year with all the funds donated to Cambodia and India. 

We might not be able to include every recipe in the final product but our aim will be to include as many as we can that represent the rich diversity that makes up our College community.

If you’d like to submit a family recipe please do so by Friday 24th July (Week 1, Term 3) using this Google Form:

https://forms.gle/AjD9Qn7hvsDmw42z6

 

Gabriel Rulewski
Acting Director of Faith Formation

 

Marist Catholic College North Shore

The Future of MCCNS

Creative and Performing Arts

DRAMA Trial HSC 2020


 

The Year 12 Drama class performed their Trial HSC Performance Exam on Thursday 26th June 2020. Our audience comprised students from Year 10 Drama, Year 12, and staff who all came along to enjoy an afternoon of theatre. Students in Year 12 performed their Group Project Performance; Cookies for TN’s and a variety of 6 Individual Project performances both comedic and dramatic.  

Year 12 has worked vigorously in the lead up to the exam, rehearsing after school, during their free periods, lunch and recess, and during study. I commend all students for their commitment to quality preparation and their intrinsic understanding of the hard work it takes to prepare a performance both experientially and academically. 

They have demonstrated courage by performing their HSC projects in front of a live audience for the first time and learnt from the experience not least of all that our community is there to support them and that when you take a risk and DARE TO BE people will applaud and praise you. 

Students have shown developed resilience in light of the significant changes to their learning environment and changes to the weighting of the components of their HSC course. 

I am extremely proud of Year 12 and the way they have; problem solved, transformed their learning, and critically evaluated their approach to the new look HSC exam. 

Year 12 have been utterly delightful to assist on their journey through the HSC course. 

I wish them every bit of luck and success in their HSC Exam in Term 3.

 

Samantha Slattery
Drama Teacher

English

English Competition

Principal’s Poetry Prize Finalists

After trawling through over sixty entries the English Faculty have deemed the following poems to be finalists in the inaugural Principal’s Poetry Prize. 

We were overwhelmed by entries in the JUNIOR CATEGORY from Year 7 and 8 and have narrowed it down to these final six entries. All entries will receive house points for their submission:


 

Unfortunately, there were no entries from Years 9 and 10 however we did have some participation from the SENIOR CATEGORY and the following three poems are finalists:




Because there were no entries from Years 9 and 10 we now have a new category - A People’s Choice Award, where students, teachers, and others in the community can vote on their favourite poem.

Please take some time to read over the poems and then click HERE to vote for a JUNIOR, SENIOR, and People’s Choice winner. 

Thank you.

Candice Green 

Leader of Learning English

 

Year 12 Extension English


The Year 12 Extension 1 class participated in our first ever ZOOM Creative and Discursive writing workshop hosted by Felicity Plunkett and Bernard Cohen of the Writing Workshop.

 

I know. Get a load of this. 

Both Felicity and Bernard are talented and experienced writers, who provided our class with insight on approaching the HSC trials and how to holistically elevate our writing. It was a valuable experience in preparation for the HSC examinations; with Felicity sharing years of English Advanced and English Extension 1 Chief Marking insight with us. Both passionate authors, with their fair share of published texts; novels, short stories, poetry, and critiques their advice was wonderful. 



Bernard introduced us to his own form of writing he called ‘Short Two’s’, a branch of short story writing. The ‘Short Two’ is a snapshot of a moment between two protagonists/characters. These short stories spanned no more than two to three sentences, yet, the moral punch he was able to deliver in such a small number of words was intriguing. His thought-provoking phrases saw our consciousness’ conjuring up endings and tying up loose ends; he re-affirmed the potential creative writing has to provoke and connect. 

 


My personal favourite of his ‘Short Two’s’:
Babycinos, if you have a chance to read his collection of Short Stories "When I saw the Animal", well, read it. 

Felicity and Bernard engaged our class with their light humour, video acting performances, and oscillating discussion; a great time overall. We even got to write some of our own creative pieces and receive feedback from both Felicity and Bernard. 

Thanks to Ms Green, Ms Hutchinson, Bernard Cohen, and Felicity Plunkett for the writing experience last Friday afternoon.

Tom Djani

Year 12, Kelly 4

Public Speaking Final

Owen Chan represented the College in the Year 7 division for the Grand Final of Public Speaking. I congratulate him on making it through all three rounds in his first year. He spoke passionately on his topic, The Grass is Greener, linking this conceptually to how social media can portray lives and happiness in an artificial way. The speakers were all extremely eloquent and adapted well to their new speaking conditions via Zoom. 

Amanda Lee
Assistant Leader of Learning English

 

 

TAS

Senior Industrial Technology - Guest Speaker

Visit from Stuart Faulkner, master woodworking and furniture designer -  Heartwood Creative Woodworking

The College was fortunate to have Stuart Faulkner, a woodwork master crafter and furniture designer from Heartwood Creative Woodworking visit Marist College and talk with our Year 11 and 12 Industrial Technology, and Design and Technology students. Stuart shared his passion and expertise with the students and teachers, challenging traditional woodwork projects and showing new techniques in woodworking to create curved design projects and components. Stuart brought many of his own design diaries, drawings, tools, jigs, and sample projects to show students and to challenge them and inspire them to be creative and to learn how to use various tools with more advanced techniques. Stuart also gave in-depth training and demonstration on the features of new machinery that the College has recently purchased for the TAS Department. Stuart’s focus and demonstration on the importance of good design, sketches, scaled drawings, and sample models, mirrors what both Industrial Technology and Design and Technology students need to achieve successful marks for their major projects and folios. 


The Year 11 Industrial Technology students were amazed at the possibilities of the new techniques for cutting and bending timber to create eye-catching and stunning pieces of furniture. 


Rochelle McArdle 

Leader of Learning - TAS

 

 

Science

Practical Science

 

The final two weeks of Term 2 has seen the students engage in a variety of scientific practicals with the focus of increasing engagement and learning growth. Year 8 is starting to wrap up their biology focused topics of 'body systems' and 'growth and repair' which has allowed students to look deeper into the relationships between organs and cells that promote the continuity of species. Here the students have engaged in more dissections, through comparing the kidney, to the heart and even branching into a focus on plant life with a dissection of the flower. Year 7 has also had the opportunity to dissect species based on their recent topic classification, where they have looked deeper into why organisms are classified based on given characteristics. Year 7 have engaged in dissections of the fish and the squid. With a focus on practicals, 7sci2 have delved further into the working scientifically realm by designing their own practical to test claims of the effects of solutes on solvents. With a push for students to have a mastery in scientific procedure, it was interesting to observe the students' research, design, conduct, and analyse their own practicals. More to come in Term 3.

Daniel Levitt
Leader of Learning Science

ICT

ICT @MCNS

Parent-Teacher Interviews
Parent-teacher interviews are taking place tomorrow and Friday this week.  This is the first time we have run them online.  To ensure that it runs smoothly please make sure that you have Zoom installed on your computer before the interview.  If you are using your son’s laptop, please make sure that they update the Zoom App well before your first interview.

Zoom Client for Meetings can be downloaded from here:  http://zoom.us/download

For teacher links please CLICK HERE

If you have any questions before your interview please contact reception@maristcollege.com about bookings or ict@maristns.catholic.edu.au for technical questions.   We will be taking a limited number of phone calls on the day.

Canvas Changes
The Canvas LMS platform has changed to make it easier for parents to quickly access the system.  You will now be presented with this new screen when you try and log in.

To log into your parent account please click on the button that says “Parents and External Users”.  This will take you through to the correct, normal login screen seen below.

 

 

The school has pushed very hard for this change and we feel that it will make everything much smoother and easier for parents.   It clears up any confusion around different login pages.

If you have any questions about this new process please email ict@maristns.catholic.edu.au and we will respond.

Cian Byrne
School ICT Officer (SIO)

 

 

Sport

Sport Term 3 2020

MCC Sport will return at the beginning of Term three [unless the current situation changes] The MCC has decided on a number of modifications to our normal season.


These are as follows:

 

*A shortened MCC Winter season will be held at the beginning of the term with the 8 schools split into 2 pools. The winners of each pool will play in the Finals. All teams will play 4 games. The Finals for [13’s – 15’s} will be held in week 5 and [A/B Grade] will be held in week 7 [after HSC Trials]


POOL A


POOL B


BANKSTOWN


ASHFIELD


LEWISHAM


KOGARAH


NORTH SHORE


PAGEWOOD


RYDE


RANDWICK

 

*MCC Athletics will not be held this year. A NSWCCC Carnival is planned for later in the year and boys wishing to compete will be able to apply online by submitting previous times and results later in Term 3.

 

*MCC Golf and Squash will be held in week 8 [Thursday 10th September] on the same day as the MCC Volleyball competition.

MCC TERM 3 2020 REVISED CALENDER


WEEK 1 –  23 JULY


Winter Trials [internal]


WEEK 2 – 3 0 JULY


MCC Round 1 v Lewisham


WEEK 3 –  6 AUGUST


MCC Round 2 v Ryde


WEEK 4 –  13 AUGUST 


MCC Round 3 v Bankstown


WEEK 5 -   20 AUGUST


Finals – 13’s, 14’s, 15’s [all teams play]


WEEK 6 -  27AUGUST


No MCC games


WEEK 7 –  3 SEPTEMBER


Finals – A/B Grade


WEEK 8 -  10 SEPTEMBER


MCC Golf, Squash, Volleyball


WEEK 9 -  17 SEPTEMBER


Summer trials – internal


WEEK 10 -  24 SEPTEMBER 


Summer trials – internal

 

VENUES FOR MCC WINTER GAMES


WEEK 2 –  30JULY

Home  15’s/14’s League, A/B Grade Football

Away  A Grade,13[1/2] League, 15’s/14’s Football

13[1/2] Football


WEEK 4 –  6 AUGUST

Home  A Grade,13[1/2] League] 15’s/14’s Football

13[1/2] Football

Away  15’s/14’s League, A/B Grade football


WEEK 4 -  13 AUGUST

Home 15’s/14’s League, A/B Grade Football

Away A Grade,13[1/2] League,15’s/14’s Football

13[1/2] Football

 

SCHOOL INTERNAL SPORT YEARS 7 – 10

Boys in Years 7 – 10 will resume a modified internal sports program from the beginning of Term three. More details regarding choices for each year group will be made available to the boys in the coming days once we know if further restrictions are to be lifted. Years 11 and 12 will continue with their study program except for the boys playing MCC sports.

Peter Giles
Sportsmaster

 

Careers

Term 2, Week 10

Click here for up to date Careers Information.

Nicola Brown
Careers Advisor

School Notices

IMPORTANT UNIFORM INFORMATION

Uniform Shop - Important Notice

From the start of Term 4 the uniform shop will no longer be located on-site. Noone, who has designed our new uniform, will take existing stock and this will be sold via their Chatswood store or online. Parents are strongly advised to purchase any uniform pieces they require from the current uniform in Term 3 if they will be required in Term 4 and into 2021. This includes the grey shorts or sports shirt. 

Whilst Noone will replenish basic uniform items such as trousers and shirts up until the start of 2022, items such as the blue jumper will not be replenished once stock has run out. It is suggested that if your son needs a piece from the current uniform or will next year that you purchase that item in Term 3, particularly the jumper. 


Please purchase early in Term 3 so you do not miss out on a piece you need.

 

 


New Uniform - 2021

Students in Years 7 & 11 will be in the new uniform from the start of 2021. Students in Years 8, 9 or 10 are free to move over to the new uniform from 2021 however, there is to be no mix and mismatching of items; they are two very different uniforms and students in Years 8, 9, 10, 12 must wear either all pieces from the existing uniform or all pieces from the new uniform. 

All students are expected to be in the new uniform from 2023.