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  • Marian Catholic College 185 WAKADEN STREET, GRIFFITH NSW 2680

    TELEPHONE: (02) 69692400


    No 5

    Friday 26 February 2016

    Heavenly Father, give us the strength and courage to be Your

    good and faithful servants, to use Your gifts well and not to

    bury them, so that we may be a part in Your joy. Amen.

    Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

    Next week, Year 12 will be on Retreat. Their Year Coordinator Mr Lawler, Homeroom Teachers, Liturgy Coordinator Mrs Aventi, and the Marian Director of Pastoral Care, Mrs Segrave have put together a program which will personally and collectively challenge the group to make real our College

    motto, The Way, The Truth, The Life. The theme they have chosen is “Dream Big” With them will be retreat team, Burn Bright. The Year 12 Leadership Development Program they present will equip students with the necessary skills to be effective leaders, understand their influence, build resilience and begin to shape their values. Acting Chaplain, Fr Christian will also be joining the group to say Mass and be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. They stay at Warrambui Retreat and Conference Centre, Murrumbateman and also use the time, being so close to Canberra, to meet with leaders from other faiths to support learning for the HSC subject, Studies of Religion. A report from the group will be published upon their return. I ask that you keep them in your prayers during this time.

    Catholic Schools Week, March 6-12 is rapidly approaching. This year the theme is ‘ I Belong, You Belong, We Belong.’ More about this next week. Television advertisements promoting Marian Catholic College have already commenced and include the 2017 Year 7 Enrolment Information Evening. This will be held on Tuesday, 22nd March. Please pass this information to any parents you think would be interested in enrolling their child at Marian.

    It has been brought to my attention that some students have already missed a number of days at school with no contact or explanation from parents/guardian.

    School Legal Requirements –Student Attendance and Exemptions

    Below is an excerpt from the Catholic Schools Office handbook-Policy: Procedures for School Attendance.

    It is the duty of the State to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality and it is the duty of parents to comply with the compulsory education requirements of the Education Act 1990.

    Responsibilities of Parents:

    Explaining the absences of their children from school promptly by means such as a telephone call, written note, text message or email to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence.

    If there are 5 days in total where their has been unexplained absences, the school will contact the parents/guardian.

    If there are 10 days in total where their has been unexplained absences, the Principal or delegate will formally contact parents/guardian with a letter .

    If there are 12 days in total where their has been unexplained absences, a meeting with the Principal or delegate will be requested in writing.

    If there are 15 days in total of unexplained absences the Catholic Schools Office, Wagga Wagga will be informed.

    If there are 20 days in total of unexplained absences Formal Undertakings being (Legal Process) will commence. These will be managed by the Catholic Schools Office Wagga Wagga.

    Peace and Best Wishes








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    T Feltracco J Salvestro

    S Favero A Donadel D Beltrame

    L Vico M Harrison V Sharma

    P Testoni S Comarin E Caffrey A Gibbs

    R Connelly J Poloni S Sergi B Foggiato

    CALENDAR OF EVENTS – Week 5 Term 1

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    29 February 1 March 2 March 3 March 4 March

    Peer Support Lesson 1

    Year 12 Retreat Warrambui

    Year 12 Retreat Warrambui Bissa Swimming Junior All Schools League Tag Competition

    Year 12 Retreat Warrambui Clean up Australia Day Year 8

    Please pray for:

    The family of Mrs Bellato, grandmother of Luke Cadorin.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY - MyDay Psychology and

    Social Work in Wagga Wagga on 22 March 2016

    CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY APPRENTICESHIP - employer based in Griffith and is offering a full time apprenticeship in Building and Construction. See me for further information

    MEDICINE: Year 12 students intending to study undergraduate medicine need to undertake a UMAT test in July, applications are now open.

    TSFX MASTERING THE EXAMS: June 2016, University of Sydney. The program is for year 11 and 12 students with information on skills and strategies that can be used during exam periods. strategy-lectures/ COUNTRY EDUCATION FOUNDATION UNI SURVIVAL GUIDE The Survival Guide provides information on accommodation, part- time work, health services and finding textbooks.

    Mrs Farrugia

  • On Thursday 18 February, Year 12 Pastoral Group had their first HSC Support Night for 2016. It was extremely encouraging to see such a large group of students and their parents in attend- ance. In recent years Marian Catholic College has built an impressive HSC record within the Wagga Wagga Diocese. We know that this is because of the hard work from teachers and par- ents together, and the success of such informative presentation nights.

    Teachers and parents alike, realise the pressure faced by all involved during the HSC year. Presentations on the night focused on “Good Study Habits”, identifying the “Mindset” to suc- ceed and “finding a balance” throughout the year.

    I have created a Google Classroom in order for students to access information, I will also be posting helpful APPS, websites and activities for the students to utilize in the future. I would like to thank all that attended, as well as the presenters Mr Le Brocque, Ms Scoble, Mrs Seagrave and Ms Cashmere.

    We look forward to seeing more students and parents at the next presentation.

    Aaron Lawler Year 12 Pastoral Coordinator

    College Tuition Fees College fee statements have either be mailed or emailed this week. We take the opportunity to remind families your College Tuition Fee account payment for Term 1 should have been received by 8th April. The policies adopted by College management require that fees be paid in a timely manner to enable us to operate on a sound financial basis whilst continuing to serve all students. In order to achieve this, we require each terms’ fees to be paid by term end and the account must revert to a nil balance in order to begin each new school year. We offer a discount to families with 2 or more children at Marian Catholic College, being 10% off Tuition Fee only for the 2nd child, 50% off Tuition Fee only for the 3rd child and 100% off Tuition Fee only for the 4th child. This family discount will apply only when your account is in order & will be applied during 4th term. A further 2% discount applies to accounts paid in full by 8th April 2014. Feel free to contact the office to individually calculate your applicable discount should any of these concessions apply. Should you experience difficulty managing your account, there are a number of flexible payment options available to suit families’ budgets which we are happy to discuss with you. Please contact me at the office to make arrangements. Thank you to all families who conduct their account efficiently. Joanne Smith Business Manager.

  • Marian Catholic College’s production for 2016,

    GREASE, is underway!

     Students who are interested in assisting backstage need to see Mrs Aventi


     Students involved in the show will be practising on Tuesdays 3:30pm—5:30pm and Sundays

    1pm—5pm Commencing Tuesday 9 February

     Students who wish to discuss their roles, please see Mr Hillam or Miss Calabria






    * We have some great packages available for sponsorship so if you think you would like to be

    associated with another of our fantastic productions please email Belinda Aventi for more information

    * We will have a FACEBOOK page up and running for everyone to see our progress but for now keep

    the dates free

    WED 15th JUNE 7pm, THURS 16th JUNE 7pm, FRI 17th JUNE 7pm and

    SATURDAY 18th JUNE 2pm and 7pm.

    Student Laptops Dear Parents,

    When students were issued with their laptops, it was part of the agreement that students would carry them to and from their classes an