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Vol. 52 Issue #9 14 June 2016
Champagnat Day Festivities
FROM THE HEADMASTER
Dear Parents, Students and Friends, As I am writing this article we are hearing of yet another mass shooting in the US. 50 dead and approximately the same injured. The linking of ISIS with a homophobic agenda just adds to the confused sadness. A bit over a week ago Sydney and Picton were inundated, storms lashed the coastline and homes in Collaroy were destroyed and in Picton were flooded. It is not all out there. Sometimes we face problems much closer to home. Relationships change and this can hurt deeply. Raising children, which once seemed like a really good idea, can test us as parents. It is still a good idea but it doesn’t stop being a challenge. I am convinced of the importance of prayer in our lives. Prayer can help us to manage the difficult times. It can give a centre to our lives when things appear to be swirling around us. Once the Spirit of God lives in us we are able to serve God effectively by reaching out to our neighbour. This Spirit gives us the power to comprehend the love of God. The Letter to the Ephesians gives us this Trinity/God meditation: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, God may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19
Our Marist College North Shore – Marist heritage has given us some wonderful traditions. The Champagnat Mass last week was another great celebration of being Marist. Mr Munro ensured that so many details came together in our liturgy. Mr McDonnell prepared the singing with his usual skill and dedication.
The Junior Champagnat Award winner was Kaiya Melbourne. Oliver Herbert was the Senior Champagnat Award winner and Mrs. Jane Rorke was the Staff Champagnat Award winner. Br Michael Hill addressed the Champagnat Assembly as the guest speaker. Br Michael spoke about what it was to be Marist. He asked the question of what would Champagnat think? Michael felt that Champagnat may be concerned that too much emphasis was placed on himself when it should all be about Jesus. Michael was very affirming of the College in its efforts to be Marist. Tony Duncan Headmaster
MIND MATTERS MENTAL HEALTH
FROM THE DEPUTY HEADMASTER
The College has made Mind Matters Mental Health one of its priorities to ensure staff and student wellbeing is addressed. Recently, all boys had the opportunity to complete the Mind Matters student survey. The results of this survey give the pastoral team at the College the information needed to cater professional learning for the staff that will ensure specific areas are addressed. The results of the survey also directly inform any pastoral programmes, both internally provided or externally sourced, that will assist the community in being better informed regarding mental health and wellbeing. The first area that the staff have addressed is Resilience. Resilience refers to the ability of an individual, family or community to manage change (life challenges or adversities) so as to maintain mental wellbeing. Resilience, like mental health, is not static but is something that can change over time due to experiences and circumstance. Staff have examined current theoretical practices relating to Resilience and how they can become part of the day to day life at the College. The practices include:
• Social and emotional learning Self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
• Cognitive behavioural approaches
• understand the connections between one’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours
• reflect on everyday challenging situations and some of the negative or self-defeating thinking patterns that can emerge
• identify more helpful ways of thinking or alternative ways of viewing challenging situations.
• Positive psychology Positive psychology, as applied in
schools, can incorporate a number of approaches and activities around key themes (for example, positive emotions, positive relationships and finding
meaning). Some examples include: • performing small acts of kindness
• identifying and using one’s
signature strengths • learning to forgive
• making changes in your life to
match your priorities
• Mindfulness Mindfulness approaches are based on the belief that by connecting with the present moment and calmly observing our thoughts, feelings and sensations we increase our self-awareness and improve our capacity to manage our thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness can be practised through meditation and contemplation exercises but may also be cultivated through paying attention to one’s everyday activities such as eating, gardening, walking, listening and school-based activities such as class work.
Richard Grech Deputy Headmaster
Our Lady of the Way
Confirmation Enrolment Evening, 7.00pm Wednesday 15th June
Ron Dyer Centre Hall, 42 Ridge Street, North
Sydney (Adjacent to St Mary's Church, Ridge Street) This is the only date for Enrolment and an important first step towards the process of preparation for this year's Confirmation. Confirmation will be celebrated on 21st August. More information is available on the parish website including relevant dates and registration information. http://www.northsydneycatholics.com/sacraments/confirmation
CHAMPAGNAT MASS – AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Champagnat Awards. This award is given to students who display the qualities of Marcellin Champagnat in their college life. These include being encouraging, persistent, trusting, caring, hardworking, generous and respectful. This year, for the first time, a staff member was also presented with the award. Congratulations to the three recipients: Year 12: Oliver Herbert – Chanel Year 10: Kaiya Melbourne – Moore Staff: Mrs Jane Rourke
At this year’s Champagnat Mass, we also recognised staff members for their service to Marist Schools. 10 Years: Pam Lewis and Mark Heiss 20 Years: June Mitchell 25 Years: John Boyle, Joyce Kelly and Peter
COLLEGE PRODUCTION REHEARSAL
MOUNT ST BENEDICT SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM
On Tuesday afternoon May 31st, a selection of Year 11 Immersion and Solidarity students attended the 17th Annual Mount St Benedict’s Social Justice Forum. The theme this year was “ONE to make a difference, TOGETHER make a change”. The forum explored a range of different social justice issues including fairtrade, refugee & asylum seekers, poverty, homelessness, disabilities, ecology and aboriginal reconciliation. The aim of the night was for schools and community organisations to come together to learn more about how to advocate and raise awareness on different social justice issues. All our students assisted in the ‘Schools Think Tank’ where other students from different schools engaged with our MCNS presentation on what social justice (Solidarity) means at our school. The keynote speakers were the 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Nic & Lucas from Orange Sky Laundry who captivated their audience of over 400 students and over 100 staff from many schools of different religious and nonreligious backgrounds. Our Marist students are to be commended on their excellent presentation as well as their fantastic engagement and participation with the whole event. Thanks also to Mr Grech for transporting the students and Mr Duncan for supporting the boys at the forum too. Mrs Katie Lynch Solidarity Coordinator Reflection: The social justice forum at Mount St Benedict's college was most definitely a worthwhile opportunity. It was a time to understand what other schools did for their social justice programs and to learn of what we as a Marist
community can also do to make Solidarity here at Marist grow, and enable to have a more profound impact on the lives of more and more people. I also thought it was a great idea to learn about different organisations both religious and nonreligious, and how they are planning to make a difference in the lives of others. I especially enjoyed listening to a talk by a volunteer of the Wayside Chapel in Sydney, and how their focus on helping people was not just giving things out for free, rather, they wanted to give people the power and the choice to determine how they were going to make a change. They work to ensure that people are able to look after, care and provide for themselves by doing things like teaching them to save money. I have learnt that it is not just enough to give someone some food or clothes, but you must also support, empower and treat people in such a way where they can feel a sense of dignity and belonging. Brayden Shawcross 11/MR3
IMMERSION 2016 PARISH FUNDRAISER
This Sunday June 19 the Immersion students will be helping with the St. Mary’s Church North Sydney Sunday Youth Mass at 6pm. The Immersion students will be engaging with our local parish, participating in this popular mass and fundraising through a bake stall with all proceeds going towards their designated Immersion communities. It is important to note that as you would have read this year with other fundraising that all donations are for the communities our Immersion students engage with - there is no subsidising for the students’ costs. St Mary’s North Sydney within Our Lady of the Way Parish North Sydney are very generous in their invitations to schools like us to be involved in masses and to have another platform on which to provide advocacy and fundraising to our wider Catholic community.
We are asking for our College community’s support - we would appreciate any family who could bake some biscuits, slice, cupcakes, cake, anything sweet that could be brought in by your son to school (Faith Formation Room before tutor group) on Friday June 17 to be sold at mass on June 19. Small or large quantities are welcome. Please have them in a plastic take-away container (no lunchboxes) or plastic cellophane bag. Please
also include a label or a note with what the baked good is. We would also like to extend the welcome to any MCNS family to attend this Sunday’s mass at 6pm. As previously mentioned, it is a popular mass and well-attended by many parishioners and families in the local area. The Spirit Band (led by teenager musicians and singers) engage in brilliant music ministry every Sunday. Please come along! Your support is greatly appreciated! Mr Michael Dela Cruz Youth Ministry Coordinator Mrs Katie Lynch Solidarity Coordinator
Firstly we would like to welcome all new families and friends to Marist.
Some of you may not be aware that the main fundraiser of the school is coming up, the annual Marist Trivia night on SATURDAY 30th JULY 2016. The evening will
be filled with lots of fun, games and laughter. The night is always a great way to meet and socialise with other members of our school community.
Our fundraising success depends on these funds and all proceeds raised will go a long way helping out the school to provide the best and brightest
possible education for our sons.
To succeed in our mission we’re asking for HELP. This event, not only takes a lot of work behind the scenes, but also takes a lot of prizes. It would
be highly appreciated if you or your organisation is able to donate a prize to the value of $25 or more for our mystery envelopes, silent auction or live
auction. Please feel free to ask your local community contacts for vouchers.
Many hands make light work so if you’re able to assist with set up on Friday 30th July OR if you wish to donate an item please follow the link
email [email protected]
Your donation will be acknowledged in all promotional materials.
Bring your own meals - BAR available on the night (cash only)
To reserve seats go to https://www.trybooking.com/201198 For GROUP seating arrangements please email Sue [email protected] after you
have made your TryBooking reservations.
In anticipation of a fun evening and successful fundraising drive, we thank you for your support.
TAMING OF THE SHREW
FROM THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
On Friday of week 5, Year 9 headed to Seymour Theatre in Redfern to see the Shakespeare classic ‘The Taming of the Shrew’. This was to help them with their upcoming unit on ‘Appropriations’ and ‘Shakespeare’. The day began with year nine gathering at North Sydney station and catching the train to their destination, Redfern. After the 15 minute train ride they had arrived at the theatre, they were greeted by four other high schools, some include; Willoughby Girls and Sydney Girls High. They then began to pile into the theatre, after a few minutes the play had begun. The first half of the play was very enticing and left the boys eager to see the second half after the intermission. After about five or ten minutes the boys headed back into the theatre, to watch the second half of the play. After another hour or so the boys gave a huge round of applause and exited the theatre, they headed to the train and went back to school for dismissal. It was a great day for all the boys and I’m sure everyone learnt a lot about the style of plays Shakespeare wrote. Here are some reviews from the boys; “Great play, I think I learnt a lot!” Sean Netting, “I enjoyed it and thought it was a good day.” Finn Nixon-Tomko. Harrison Lanigan On Friday the 27th of May, year 9 went to watch the play ‘’The Taming of the Shrew’’ at the Seymour Centre. There were about three other schools that were there to watch this performance, which is a Shakespearean play re-imagined that is set in the time period of the silent film. The playwright for this play was Shakespeare and the director was Ryan, from the Sport for Jove theatre. Overall I believe that all of year 9 is thankful for the opportunity to see this entertaining and well known play.
The plot of the play was very intricate and engaging. The play starts off with a brother and sister who change into each others clothes, in order to change into the others identity. The story then reveals a new character in the uniform of a captain by the name of Petruchio. It turns out that he wants to marry a lady by the name of Kat (the shrew). However Kat doesnt want to marry Petruchio and protests to the marriage proposal. However Petruchio declares that they will marry whether she likes it or not. At the end of the play all of the characters in the play gather together and are horrified to find out that Kat has finally been “tamed”, by her saying a long speech about wives loyalty to their husbands. The actors involved in the play were very skillful and believable. We could easily have believed that the actors weren't real actors. This is mainly due to the fact of their credible acting skills and expression of their emotions during the play. The director of the play did a commendable job of directing the play by keeping it intriguing and enjoyable. The design element of the play played a large part in the believability of the overall play. The set design was most impressive, with the life size sets of the buildings throughout the play. The design element also relates to the realistic costumes worn by the actors, and further enhances the play's experience. The costumes also make the play more appropriate to the time era that the play is set. I thoroughly enjoyed “The Taming of the Shrew”, and thought that it was a very enjoyable english excursion, not just for me but also for all those who were present. I believe that it was a very well made and engaging play, with talented actors. I would definitely recommend people go and see this great play. Dorian Duschlbauer I would like to thank Ms Bell for her leadership in managing this excursion. I would also like to extend my thanks to the teachers of year 9, Mr Taylor, Ms Tlaskal, Mrs Hutchinson and Mr Davidson who accompanied the year group. Taking 150 students to the theatre on public transport and through the streets of Redfern is no easy task so again I thank all that were involved. Janette Durand Leader of Learning-English
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY VISIT TO LANE COVE NATIONAL PARK
MODERN HISTORY VISIT TO LANE COVE NATIONAL PARK
Thursday June 9 2016 saw quite a large group of students visit the Lane Cove National Park seeking inspiration for their final task before commencing their studies in Year 12. As was the case last year a severe weather event had just occurred but this time the water level over the weir had resided to a trickle whereas last year it was still a torrent. The students were a delightful group and asked Mr Tim Porter the Ranger in Charge many questions as they sought areas of common interest. At the conclusion and after thanking Mr Porter students had the opportunity to walk in the park observing the natural bush setting, the river and many of the buildings and facilities. A useful mornings work and the rain held off!
Ralph Chandler Design & Technology Teacher
The two Year 12 Modern History classes attended the History Teachers' Association HSC Study Day on Thursday June 19. The HTANSW has been successfully running its HSC Study Days at the University of Sydney for over 20 years. The lectures are presented by experienced teachers and markers of the HSC, and therefore provide invaluable assistance to students preparing for HSC Modern History. The students attended lectures on all of their HSC Modern History units studied thus far - an aspect of their Core Study WWI, their National Study Germany, and Personality Study Albert Speer. The students are to be commended on their engagement with the content and conduct on the day. Katie Lynch and John Boyle Year 12 Modern History Teachers
MSS CHESS COMPETITION
Marist Intermediate A, Round 1-5 Road to the Finals Chess is back! For our team it began at St Pius X with what was really a victory parade. Our arrival at Pius was met with a swift 4-0 victory. I would like to acknowledge the late inclusion of Aron Chanelian as a replacement on Board 4 for the season. Our first challenge encountered on the route to the finals was Shore A, tough games on all boards against a team of Year 10s. I managed a win on board 2, likely one of the worst games I’ve played. Our others boards fell to their superior play... 3-1 to Shore. Our most recent round saw an encounter with our fellow peers, Marist D. Despite a valiant effort on their part it was a fairly easy victory for us all... 4-0 to Marist A. Round 4 Travelling to Mosman we encountered some interesting opponents, no uniform allows for some interesting expression of character, in this case our Board 1 played a fellow with the Australian flag draped across his back as a cape. Eventually after an awfully aggressive play from my opponent I prevailed, Jamie walked away with a win, Daniel was swiftly and suddenly blundered into a checkmate and Aron prevailed from two minor pieces down to win a very decisive round, handing us a 3-1 victory. As the scoreboard updated this round it seems that we are in 1st position on 12 points, trailed by St Augustine's on 11 points (Though might be on 12). Our encounter is Round 7, likely the decisive battle for the top of the division. Round 5 Manly B came to the Marist home of Chess, the library, on our very own Pupil free day, yet not one of the chess team bludged which I am proud to say. We even saw the return of Mosman B and their Board 1 who it seems uses the Australian flag as his daily wear. Regarding the games I came away with a patient win of attrition that slowly gobbled up pawns against my opponents singled minded attack with his Queen and not much else. Jamie lost after an unfortunate blunder involving his Queen, Daniel quickly prevailed and Aron drew. Great effort from the boys to claim a 2.5-1.5 point victory. We venture to their home ground to play their D team on the 10th. Sean Auer Captain
Marist Senior B, Chess Round 4 & 5 Round 4 For Round 4, we walked up to Shore to compete with their A team. Benjamin Burgess subbed in for Lewis Watts on Board 4 and played the longest game, eventually he lost momentum in his attack and was unable to win. On board 3, Max Engeman gave it his best shot but also lost. Theo Agathokleous lost his game on Board 3 after his opponent gained a small advantage and used it to wear his material down. I played on Board 1 where there was a power struggle between my opponent and me. For the majority of the time we were even but then I misjudged a trade off allowing for my opponent to win some time later. Even though we all lost, each of us gain more experience with every game thereby increasing our chance of victory. Round 5 An interesting night was to unfold as Queenswood was due to play our team in the Library. There was quiet and focus for a few minutes into play… and then they began talking. While this isn’t ideal for chess, it did distract my opponent on Board 1, so much so, that she very quickly blundered her queen. From there, victory was not as hard to achieve as I had expected before play. It became evident that the girls were in a hurry as they discussed their plans for later that night. However, that didn’t stop the remaining players from focusing and taking their time… or stop talking. On Board 2, Lewis Watts gained a small advantage but unfortunately had a basketball game to rush off to, so a draw was agreed upon. The girls began to push for adjudication, however, the fact they were slowing down the games by talking and that 2 hours had not passed yet meant that play was to continue unless both teams agreed to stop. Theo Agathokleous managed to gain a seemingly substantial advantage until play progressed and both him and his opponents could not find decent moves. They played back and forth for a while with material almost even until they decided that a draw was appropriate due to their position. Ordinarily, games are allowed to continue even if they had been playing for more than 2 hours. However, the opposing team pushed for the game to end so a draw, adjudication and resumption were all considered. Max Engeman and his opponent were in the middle of a tense moment as the
MSS CHESS COMPETITION
game could still go either way, with both of them carrying out their own attacks. Therefore, they decided on a draw. So we achieved our first team win with Queenswood scoring 1.5 points and we scored 2.5 points. This is a significant step forward and I look forward to witnessing further improvement from all team members. Mathew Failla Captain Marist Junior A, Chess Round 4 & 5 Great results from our year 7 and 8 chess team these past two weeks against St Ignatius and Monte St Angelo. Perfect record of wins in the competition by Rowan Cargill and Arvend Karunagaran and a draw and a win by Griffin Kenny. Narrow losses by Tristan Oliveri in well played games. Against Saint Ignatius, Rowan Cargill was able to capture a lot of material against his opponent in the opening leading to a decisive win. Rowan Cargill Captain Marist Senior A, Chess Round 4 On May 30 we all wandered down to Shore where, after some exploration, found the chess room. The people there were very friendly and after our boards two, three and four won they went out onto their field to play some touch football. Unfortunately after an unlucky catch of the ball our board two broke his finger - another chess injury! After a while, our board one agreed on a draw which was good because he was down in material. End result: 3.5 to 0.5 victory Felix Powling Captain
Adults $15 Kids $12.50 Book at: https://www.trybooking.com/lgbu
Finger food will be served. Drinks and additional delicious meals are available for purchase at the bar and bistro.
“Finger food was delicious, and a superb venue – the whole family had a great night”
“A brilliant night – great to see so many Marist families getting together”
We had a great response from families who came to watch Game One!
CANTEEN 15 June: Diane Pastuszak, Janet Pereira,
Cindy Van Kampen, Melissa Stephens
16 June: Sally Engerman, Anna-lise Sewell, Anne Cunningham, Jennifer Sheldon, Ting Ting
17 June: Brid Bowers, Sue Rennie, Vicki Robinson, Teresa Ukrainetz, Shann Curtin, Marg Mitchell
20 June: Bissy O’Donaghue, Anna Archibald, Vivienne Micheletti, Carilee Hicks
21 June: Sandra Fitzgerald, Sarah Walls, Catena Lake, Belinda Woollett, Bianca Brown
22 June: Amanda Gallen, Ruth Scholes, Sue Van Twest, Cathy Kinsella, Margarita Carrion
23 June: Barbara Doll, Catherine Dovgan, Lynne Shearman, Tara Smith
24 June: Jane O’Shea, Christiane Heinl, Annette Louise Watts, Kelly Gallagher, Tina Tidor
27 June: Debbie Jenkins, Alana Fiorenza, Sally Edwards, Michelle Bowditch, Veronica Valderas
28 June: Jacqueline Moran, Maria Pagano, Katy Mallone, Zuelma Skender-Sterling, Dana Goennemann
UNIFORM SHOP 15 June: Maria Failla, Janet Pereira, Tracy
Pitts 22 June: Debbie Jenkins, Joanne McLeod,
Teresa Ukrainetz, Sue Rennie
All sizes of Blue Sport Shorts are now in stock. All sizes of Grey Trousers are now in stock.
15-18 June: College Production: Odyssey 15 June: Solidarity: Matthew Talbot 17 June: CSDA Elimination 2 Debating Team Dinner MSS Chess Round 7 Year 10 White Card Year 12 Economics Excursion 20 June: Pupil Free Day 24 June: CSDA Quarter Finals Yr 12 English – Merchant of Venice Solidarity: Salvation Army Café 27 June: Solidarity: Night Patrol 28 June: Yr 12 Chemistry Excursion NAIDOC Focus Assembly 29 June: NT Immersion Solidarity: Matthew Talbot 30 June: LAST DAY OF TERM 2 18 July: TERM 2 RESUMES
Year 7-11 Parent Teacher Interviews
20 July: Year 8 Subject Information Evening, 4pm
Year 10 Subject Information Evening, 5:30pm
22 July: CSDA Semi Finals Solidarity: Street Level Café 25 July: Solidarity: Night Patrol
Year 7-11 Parent Teacher Interviews
27 July: Solidarity: Matthew Talbot 28 July: Post Immersion Dinner and
Reflection 29 July: CSDA Finals 30 July: P&F Trivia Night 1 Aug: Year 12 Trial HSC begin Year 10 Work Experience Begins Year 11 Ministry Week Begins Year 9 History Excursion (Group A) 2 Aug: Year 7 Science Zoo Excursion Year 8 Creative and Performing
Arts Festival Year 9 History Excursion (Group B) P&F Meeting - 6pm Parent Forum with Brad Marshall -
VOLUNTEER ROSTERS LOOKING AHEAD