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No. 1 February 2009

Marist College Ashgrove

Dates to Remember Friday, February 6 • Swimming Inviational Meet • CIC Swim Meet (H)

College News

Saturday, February 7 • Visit by Japanese Students from Anan City • AIC Cricket/Volleyball v Villanova (H) • CIC Cricket v SLC Monday, February 9 • Secondary Parent-Tutor Evenings • Year 10 Canoeing Camp • Year 10 Surfing Camp • P&F General Meeting • Teaching & Learning Committee Meeting - 9am • Year 5, 2010 Interviews Commence Tuesday, February 10 • Secondary Parent-Tutor Evenings • Year 8 Ignatius Camp • Year 7 Parent Information Evening Wednesday, February 11 • Visit by French Students from Lycee Marmoutier • Year 12 Information Evening Thursday, February 12 • Inaugural Mass Friday, February 13 • Swimming Invitation Meet • CIC Swimming Meet (Churchie)

Saturday, February 14 • AIC Cricket/Volleyball v Padua • CIC Cricket v Iona • Gym Dance Years 10-12 Sunday, February 15 • Harold House - Little Kings Appeal Monday, February 16 • Japanese Students from Anan City depart • College Foundation Meeting • House Swimming - Year 8 & 11 • Year 5 Allwell Testing Tuesday, February 17 • Year 8 Harold Camp • House Swimming - Year 9,10 & 12 • Year 11 AVS Parent Information Evening • Year 6 Parent Information Evening Wednesday, February 18 • Year 7 Camp • Year 5 Parent Information Evening Thursday, February 19 • MATES Free Dress Day • Newsletter Online Friday, February 20 • College Age Swimming Championships Saturday, February 21 • AIC Cricket/Volleyball v Iona (A) • CIC Cricket v Terrace

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JUNIOR SCHOOL Junior School - 3858 4551 Junior School Fax - 3858 4557 Junior Sportsline - 3858 4688 Student Absences - 3858 4697 SECONDARY SCHOOL Secondary Office - 3858 4555 Secondary Fax - 3858 4502 Secondary Sportsline - 3858 4698 Student Absences - 3858 4697


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From the Headmaster Dear Members of the Marist Community, It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that I write my first newsletter to you. I was last a member of staff here at Marist College Ashgrove in 1992. The Headmaster in 1992, Br Terence, wrote of hope in the first newsletter of that year: “We hope that it will be the experience of every boy to know that he is well known and to feel that he is valued and constantly encouraged. We hope that genuine efforts to learn, to acquire knowledge and to master skills, bring to the boys a growing sense of competence and freedom; that they experience study as enlivening and enriching. We hope that good teaching and thoughtful study will bring the boys closer to Christ, to understanding what he teaches and to living as he urges, and that sincere prayer will become a habit for them. We hope that there awaits every boy an experience of friendship with the sharing, mutual acceptance and good fun friendship has to offer. We hope that as the year goes on values such as honesty, fairness, courtesy and generosity take on more and more importance in the lives of the boys. We hope that come the end of the year every boy can look back over physical challenges met and mastered; that his appreciation for the value of teamwork is heightened; that his awareness of and respect for the genuine efforts of his classmates are greater.” Whilst those thoughts are now seventeen years old, I see nothing but relevance in them today. It encourages us all to see the good in all with whom we come in contact and to be the best possible person we can be. As Jesus asks us to treat others as we would like to be treated (Matt 7:12). 2009 has begun with challenges to those in far North Queensland who have experienced major flooding and with bushfires in many of the southern States. Please keep those who have been adversely affected in your prayers. During his life St Marcellin’s motto was’ “All to Jesus through Mary, and all to Mary for Jesus.” May we be inspired by Marcellin’s faith, humility, simplicity and modesty in all that we do in 2009. With every good wish, God Bless

Peter McLoughlin Headmaster

Mass&Reconciliation Mass: Wednesday & Friday - 8:10am Reconciliation: Tuesday - 8:10 - 8:40am

Prayers Prayers please for the repose of the soul of Jean Basille, Grandmother to Donna Kosiek and Great-Grandmother to Joseph Kosiek (7R). Rod Kirkman’s funeral was held at St. Peter Chanel in November last year. The Family is appreciative of the College’s support and apparently Jason has shown great strength through this difficult time. I know Dominique appreciates our thoughts and prayers. Tony Byrne Also please pray for members of the College community who are unwell at this time.

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Keperra Country Golf Club Friday 27th March

*** $10,000 hole in one prize! *** Come and join us on the day, which will provide you with an excellent opportunity to meet the College community and supporters. If you would like to sponsor a hole for the day please call to discuss.

Entry Fee Includes: * Green Fees & buggy * Lunch at 11:00am * Savouries & Drinks at presentation * Drink cart * vouchers

Registration 10:30am Shot gun Tee Off 11:30am For information contact: Peter Casey on 0438 325 863

* Prizes galore


Acceleration are continuously striving to discover the most efficient ways of enhancing the sports performance and everyday functionality of the students at Marist, Ashgrove. Acceleration have been privileged enough to be opened up to a series of tests and exercises named Deep System Integration (DSI). The concept is to discover any faults in your joints and deep muscular connections within your body and to respond with exercises enhancing your stability, showing immediate results. Marist Acceleration participants have recently been exposed to this training innovation and are already benefiting greatly from it. Squats are looking better, bench press weights are increasing and running techniques are neater. The exercises seem simple and unusual but are all designed with specific purposes and anyone can try them. For more information on the program at your school go to

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General News WELCOME We warmly welcome all new students to Marist College and new members of staff: Mr Josh Grinter (replacing Ms Joan Mason Term 1) Ms Rebecca Johnson (replacing Mr John Nunan Term 1) Mrs Kinga Schmidt (Head of VET and Careers) Mr Chris Dash (Science teacher, replacing Mr Tony Valentine) Ms Jo Keeling (job share with Ms Brianna Bright) Ms Jane Graham (replacing Mr Mark Tremble till 13 Feb) Mrs Roberta Rentz (Head of Information Services) Ms Chantal Hochstrasser (Teacher-Librarian, replacing Dave Cameron) Mr Matthew Jones (teacher replacing Janice Minihan) Ms Rebecca Dunne (school officer replacing Ms Simone Eckel) Mr Iain Funnell (Boarding) Mr Ashley Higgins (Boarding) Mr Danny Condon (Team Leader Grounds, Gardens and General Duties) Mr Patrick Nolan (Instrumental Music teacher) Mr Leo McFadden (Instrumental Music teacher) Br Mark Fordyce (Campus Minister) A sincere welcome back to Mr Patrick Quirk and Ms Brianna Bright who have returned to the College after leave. Year 12 2008 We would like to congratulate the Year 12 class of 2008 on their excellent OP results.

Peter McLoughlin Headmaster

2009 College Leaders COLLEGE CAPTAIN Jack Marshall VICE CAPTAINS Jacob Allen-Ankins Kurt Gelsomino Tom Hogarth

Marist Leadership Camp Toowoomba – L to R Kurt Gelsomino, Mr McLoughlin, Jack Marshall, Tom Hogarth, Jacob Allen-Ankins, Mr Ward

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Music News Welcome all to what promises to be another exciting and productive year for the Music Department. In 2009 we have several exciting events planned including a possible tour to New Zealand for Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Big Band 1. Details of the proposed tour have gone home with the students of these ensembles following Music Camp and it is hoped that all parents return the tear of slip attached to this note before February 9. A reminder to all parents that information regarding all music activities for the year will be given via this page, the College Website, (music section), and in the newsletter. It is very important that both parents and students refer each fortnight to this page to keep up to date with events. Music Lessons Any Secondary or Junior school student who wishes to begin to play an instrument this year may enroll by returning the enrolment from which can be found in the Instrumental Music Handbook. The Instrumental Music Handbook can be downloaded from the College Web site or be obtained from the music centre. It gives full details of the music program at Marist and procedure for enrolment. Tuition is available on Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Guitar, Bass Guitar, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Percussion, and Saxophone. At present we

are especially looking for students to play the Tuba, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon and French Horn. Also, any student who wishes to discontinue lessons this year must fill out a cancellation of enrolment form available from the music centre or downloaded from the music website ( au/music/info.html) and be returned before the end of week 2. Lessons for students have already commenced. It is very important that students check lesson times in the Music Centre and online at the Music website. If you have any queries please contact the Music Department on musicstaff@ Music lesson enrolments carry over from term to term and year to year and only cease once a cancellation form has been received. Rehearsal Times Rehearsal times are now available on the Music Website on the rehearsal page for Term 1 2009. Please note that for all morning rehearsals, students need to be in the room at least 5 minutes prior to start time to set up and tune. Also some of the ensembles have changed names for 2009. If students are confused with what ensemble they are in they can check the noticeboard in the music centre or ask the music assistant in the music foyer office.

Education Tax Refund (ETR) In 2008 the Australian Government announced the Education Tax Refund (ETR), under which parents can claim a 50 percent refundable tax offset for education expenses up to $750 for a primary student and up to $1,500 for a secondary student. Legislation to establish the ETR was enacted in December 2008 and it will apply from 1 July 2008. The Australian Taxation Office has established a website at www.educationtaxrefund. to provide information about the ETR. The website contains information on what education expenses can be claimed, a Fact Sheet, FAQs and Examples.

http://www.marash.qld. Any further questions regarding music at the College please email the department on the following address: au CANVAS OF DREAMS The DVD of the 2008 Junior School production of “Canvas of Dreams� is still available and can be collected from the Music Centre. Cost $10.

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From the Deputy Head of School – Curriculum Congratulations to all the Year 12 students of 2008 on their final results! Marist College Ashgrove offers: • A diverse range of opportunities which foster boys’ spiritual, academic, vocational, creative, technological, cultural, sporting and social development • Teaching learning and assessment styles which recognise and draw on boys’ strengths • Effective classroom teaching and learning experiences which are engaging, relevant and forward-looking in a secure learning environment with consistent discipline • An environment in which students are rewarded for achieving their own personal best • A place where students learn to manage knowledge, to become competent, to live together and, most especially to grow as persons • A positive approach to the celebration of male identity Our 2008 Seniors deserve hearty congratulations on their impressive academic and vocational results. These results reflect their commitment to the pursuit of excellence and are the product of consistent hard work. • 88.8% Year 12 students received an A, B or C on the Queensland Core Skills Test • 27.9% received an OP between 1 and 5 • 32% received an OP between 6 and 10 • 23.4% received an OP between 11 and 15 • 14.7% received an OP between 16 and 20 • 2% received an OP between 21 and 25 Well done, Seniors of 2008!

OPTIMUS AWARDS Congratulations to the following students who were presented with Bronze and Silver Optimus Awards at the College Assembly held on Wednesday 4 February. Optimus Awards recognise students’ pursuit of excellence in their studies. Silver 5A’s or better of 4 A’s and 3 B’s Bronze 4 A’s or better In the above there can be NO D’s or E’s anywhere on the report. In year 11, 2008 Silver and Bronze Optimus recipients were: Silver Sam Andrews (F) Sam Burns (G) Rory Callaghan (E) Daniel Collins (D) Adrian Dyer (E) William Foxcroft (E) Nicholas Jackson (I) Jack Marshall (R) Myles McCallum (R) Sean McKeague (F) Joseph McKillop (R) James McPherson (D) Ciaran McWhirter (I) Sam Payne (G) Sam Russo (S) Nick Wing (G)

Bronze Luke Beauchamp (H) AVS Jack Brown (S) AVS Luke Carbon (G) Brenton Cassidy (R) Thomas Courtenay (F) Louis Frisby (H) Kurt Gelsomino (F) John Hallam (F) Nicholas Poppeliers (E)

In Year 10, 2008, Bronze Optimus Recipients were: Bronze Tim Ainsworth (H) Michael Austin (I) David Barnes (S) Mitchell Board (H) Joshua Brand (S) Andrew Brough (H) Rhys Byrne (R) Joseph Christiansen (F) Christopher Connor (E) Joshua Cox (F) Matthew Duff (R) Joseph Gardiner (D) Cooper Hallam (E)

Ryan Harbourne (I) Nathan Hearn (F) Joseph Knynenburg (S) Scott McCarthy (E) Alexander Milliken (R) Geordie Prasser (F) Ryan Quinlan (G) Nicholas Rigby (D) Patrick Roggenkamp (G) Richard Ta (F) Sam Templeton (S) Dane Williams (F)


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From the Deputy Head of School – Curriculum ASSESSMENT CALENDARS


Assessment Dates for each Key Learning Area can be found on the College Website.

• Click on Enter Parent Extranet Login • Enter: - Account Number (Account Number on School Fees) - Postcode (of where you live)

These dates can be accessed through the Marist College Ashgrove homepage www. Intranet

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FROM THE HEALTH CENTRE POLICY ON FOOD ALLERGIES Marist College Ashgrove recognises that food allergies, in some instances, may be severe and even occasionally life-threatening. The foods most likely to cause allergic reactions are peanuts, tree nuts, daily products, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, and shell-fish. The School has introduced this policy to reduce the likelihood of severe allergic reactions of students with known food allergies while at school and to assist members of the School community  with understanding and implementing appropriate preventative and reactive measures.  

 In accordance with the recommendation of Anaphylaxis Australia, Marist College Ashgrove does not have a ban      these   on particular foods, including peanuts and nut foods. The reason for this is that banning foods can possibly cause complacency amongst staff and students and it does not allow for hidden allergens contained in some foods.     The school and parents share responsibility for  implementing appropriate preventative and responsive  measures for allergic reactions.          Parents will provide accurate and current information related to their son’s allergy.          Parents of students with allergies who are at risk of an anaphylactic reaction will provide current information   on the student’s conditions and treatment from the student’s medical practitioner.          of an anaphylactic reaction will develop, in consultation with Parents of students with allergies who are at risk the medical practitioner and the School Nurse,  an Action Plan for the student while at school.             The School Nurse will be  responsible for overseeing the 

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implementation of the Action Plan in the School.

6. The School will ensure that regular training is provided to School staff in allergy awareness and emergency response. 7. The School will develop guidelines for student camps, activities and functions where food is provided to students.

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8. The School tuckshop will avoid as much as possible the sale of items containing nuts. Many thanks Elizabeth Dangerfield, R.N. Health Centre

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Marist College Ashgrove | College Newsletter 2009

VET & Careers News Welcome to all parents and students for the year 2009. My name is Kinga Schmidt and I am the new Head of Vocational Education and Careers at Marist College. I am of Polish background and have been a teacher for the last 15 years, both at tertiary and secondary levels and Head of Vocational Education since 2005. It is truly a privilege to be a part of the Marist College Community. In the first week of school I had the opportunity to meet with the AVS teachers. It didn’t take me long to realize how dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic they are about Vocational Education and Training. In Week Two I will be meeting with Year 11 AVS students. I am also looking forward to meeting their parents during the Parent Information Evening in Week Four. Our Year 10 students will also have the chance to find out about the Career’s Program in Week Four. I hope that the Career Induction Session will be a good starting point for planning and reflecting on their future career choices. I would strongly encourage you to check on “From the Head of Vocational Education and Careers” in our newsletters for the latest information on school-based apprenticeships and traineeships. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help or have any queries about the College AVS/ Careers Program. I wish you all the best in the Academic Year of 2009. God Bless Mrs Kinga Schmidt

Year 8 Literature and Reading Evening This year, students in Year 8 are beginning their English studies by exploring their own connections to the world of reading and stories through a unit entitled “My Life in Literature.” To set the students up well for their study of English at Marist Ashgrove, we want to emphasise the ongoing significance of reading and writing in the life of a student, and to examine the ongoing power of stories in all of our lives. As part of this process, and to encourage dialogue between students, parents and teachers, the College is hosting a literature night for Year 8 parents on 18 February 2009 at 6.30pm. On this night, Guy Coaldrake and Joy Lawn, of Coaldrake’s books, will provide parents and teachers with information on some of the latest books for adolescents. Beyond being an informational session, it will also be an opportunity to meet with your son’s English teacher, and a realistic means of engaging him in his first English assignment, by bringing the discussion of books and reading into the family home. A note regarding this event will be sent home via your son in the second week of term, and it would be appreciated if you could fill in the response sheet and return the form as promptly as possible (to allow us to cater appropriately for numbers.) On behalf of the English Key Learning Area, I would like to welcome all Year 8 students and parents to the College for 2009, and I look forward to meeting many of you personally on the evening of 18 February. Mr Joe Shorter Head of English KLA 2009 CHAMPAGNAT TRUST SPORT LUNCH RAFFLE Congratulations to Melissa Hall (Jamie Year 8 2009) who is the winner of the table for 10 at the Sport Lunch on Friday 27 February. Many thanks for the generous support of the College community.

Marist College Ashgrove | College Newsletter 2009

MINISTRY and MATES 2009 “Their eyes were opened and they recognised Him.” Luke 24:31 The Campus Ministry Team for 2009 has expanded. Ms Cathie Stone and Mrs Caroline McClure are joined this year by Brother Mark Fordyce. Br Mark has been working in schools as a teacher for 20 years, and more recently has been very involved in school based solidarity and outreach programs in NSW Marist Schools. Acting justly in our day to day lives is different from knowing about justice. It means taking action and not being paralysed by uncertainty. It means overcoming our blindness to injustice and having the courage to do what we can. We cannot be called truly “catholic” unless we hear and heed the church’s call to serve those in need and work for justice and peace. One way that the Campus Ministry Team serves the college community is by coordinating the MATES program, initiating justice and service programs and supporting the staff and students at the College in putting our Catholic faith into action. We look forward to connecting with staff, families and students throughout the year. Watch this space for developments and more invitations to take part in MATES and ministry programs. Many thanks to all who assisted with the BBQ’s with the homeless people over the summer break. As well as our College staff coming during their holiday time, there were many families who responded to an invitation to take part in the experience. There were some occasions where there were many more of us on the team, than there were people at the park to meet us. It is wonderful that our families are so enthusiastic to support this valuable ministry and accompany their sons in the experience. Thank you. The roster is now open for semester one. Year 11 & 12 students are welcome to come to the Campus Ministry Office to sign up. Families are welcome to come out on a BBQ during the holiday breaks. Please send an email to with the dates that you would like to join a team. If you require further information about the BBQ with the homeless people you can also email and we will send you the information booklet in PDF format. All other outreach and service activities will be starting again in the coming week. Boys should watch the notices for more information regarding rosters.

Marist College Ashgrove | College Newsletter 2009

P&F News Welcome back, or welcome to all new parents to what is already looking like a very busy year! We hope you all enjoyed a safe and happy holiday with your families. The P&F is already in “full swing”, particularly those concerned with the Boarder Support and Sports Canteen committees. Your committee until August this year is: President Vice President Secretary Asst Secretary Treasurer

Debbie Moloney John Shanahan Kerriann Cox Sherree Price Laurie Carwardine

Amity Bernie Reddaway and Karen Ryan Boarders Support Michelle Carmody and Jenny Power Boys Issues Carolyn Gardiner and Monica Smith Card Days Lisa Gelsomino Teaching and Learning Committee (formerly Curriculum committee) Sandie Downes, Karen Bate Development Tano Di Mauro. Political Action Jonnie De Lacy Sports Canteen Jane Kinsella Walkathon Alan and Adele Hamilton Meetings For those who are new to the school, we hold one P&F meeting each term, generally on the second Monday evening of the first month of the term, and a Parent Forum in terms 1-3 on an evening of the second month. All meetings are noted on the School Calendar. Meetings commence at 7pm in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion, and conclude by 9pm after supper. We would welcome anyone who cares to join us – like all committees, we often have very low numbers in attendance (usually less than 20 people – including staff and committee members.) Our first meeting will be held on Monday, February 9, and our first Parent Forum (March) guest speaker this year will be Dr Paula Barrett. More details of the Forum will follow in future newsletters. Our first meeting will be followed by informal drinks to welcome Mr Peter Mc Loughlin as our new Head of School. To enable parents to have a chat with Peter we will endeavour to keep the formal meeting brief. If you would like any issues raised at meetings please contact Debbie Moloney or Kerriann Cox one week prior and we will follow this up. Volunteering At various times during the year, sub-committees of the P&F ask for parent support with activities. The details of all the committees can be found on the P&F page on the website, however we are currently in the process of updating this page. It is of great assistance to us if you are able to contact the liaison person via email or telephone, as it saves us many phonecalls. We realize that many people are hesitant about volunteering, but please be assured any help is greatly appreciated. It is a great opportunity to meet more parents and get involved. Sports Canteens- URGENT HELP NEEDED Please don’t stop reading now! Our sports canteens have become a major source of revenue for the P&F. This money is channeled directly back to the school to provide facilities for our boys. The Sports Canteens can only operate if we have sufficient volunteers. There is a canteen for each sport each term, and this canteen only runs at “home games/meets”. Our sports for term one include swimming, volleyball, and cricket. FOUR canteens are operated at various times during the year- the main oval, the flats(during rugby season), the gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, and the pool on a Friday night.) We ask that

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P&F News continued... every family whose sons are participating in a sport offer at least one hour of their time during the term to assist with these canteens. They are very social occasions and an excellent opportunity to meet other parents. Tasks are not onerous – you do not need to “order or organize” anything, just help serve behind the counter or cook the barbeque. Each volunteer should only have to work for an hour, so the more we have the better. The Main Oval canteen runs throughout the day, so mornings or afternoons are fine. We encourage you to volunteer for an hour before or after your son’s match so you are still able to watch him play. We need a team for each Year level and are calling for coordinators to help draw up a roster of volunteers. Each year level team would be responsible for only ONE home game canteen, thus sharing the responsibility amongst the whole school parent body. Please contact Jane Kinsella if you wish to act as a coordinator for one of the year levels for a particular sport.. We ask that you will offer your services as soon as possible as some sports have already started. P&F Welcome Drinks Traditionally this evening has been an opportunity for “new mothers” to meet, however we would like to extend an invitation to all parents who are new to the College to join us for drinks and savouries. A reminder that this evening, hosted by Mr Peter McLoughlin and Mr Michael Druce will be held on Monday February 23, commencing at 7pm in the Cyprian Pavilion. It is a wonderful social evening and an opportunity to meet other parents and our new Head of School. We hope you will be able to join us. We also ask that you drop a quick RSVP to the Amity Committee members Bernie Reddaway or Karen Ryan to assist us with catering. And finally… Michelle Carmody and I were delighted to be able to meet many of the parents and grandparents of boarders last Monday night, some of whom had a somewhat “interesting” journey through floods to bring the boys to school! I was also able to spend some time in the dormitory with the families of the year 7 and 8 boarders. We hope that you had a safe journey home – by all accounts the boys are settling well and we hope that you are still getting some ‘happy” phone-calls! I encourage you to contact any of the sub-committee representatives if you would like any more information, and hope you will be able to join us for Parent Dinners or the Welcome Night if you are in the vicinity.

BLAZERS for Year 11 boys must be ordered by 20 FEB. DEPOSIT required $50.


Uniform shop & CLOTHING

Best wishes for a great 2009, Deb Moloney

The Uniform Shop has Eftpos and Credit Card facilities (Visa / Mastercard). Parents can take advantage of this service by phoning through their card details allowing their sons to come down at lunchtime and pick up any uniform requirements. Please note that uniforms will not be issued until card details have been received and transactions approved. Uniform Shop Hours:

Clothing Pool Hours:

• Mondays closed

Wednesday 8:00am - 9:30am & 3pm - 4:30pm.

• Tuesday and Friday - 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Cash or cheque only for clothing pool.

• Wednesday and Thursday 12.30pm - 4.00pm

CLOTHING POOL All clothing submitted for sale must be washed and ironed. Blazers must be dry-cleaned and mended.

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NOTICE The Australian Army Cadets has commenced recruiting for 161 ACU (Army Aviation). In addition to being taught Army Cadet skills, training will also be provided in Aviation industry skills. Cadets will have the opportunity to elect for the following courses which include theory & practical training: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Powered Flying Non-Powered Flying (Gliding) Aero Modeling ATC (Air Traffic Control) Ground Crew – Aircraft Handling Engineering

Cadets on the Powered

Flying Course

Upon the successful completion of specified courses, the Cadet will be issued with an industry recognized qualification. Courses are conducted during school holidays. Bivouacs are also conducted throughout the year. There will also be an opportunity to join the Unit Drum Corps If you are at least 12 years & 6 months of age and would like to learn about compass navigation by day and night, people management, leadership, radio communications, military history, basic bush skills, self discipline and aviation skills, take the challenge and contact us. For further information & expressions of interest please contact: CAPT (AAC) Richard Leahy 0417 758 492 LT

(AAC) Charles Martin 0411 247 544


Web Page HTTP:// To find your local Army Cadet Unit: Call toll free 1800 203 307


Sunday 08 February 2009


Open 08:30 am to 3.00 pm


Joint Logistics Unit Apollo Road Bulimba BRISBANE

Bushranger 77

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ACCIDENT PROTECTION FOR STUDENTS AT MARIST COLLEGE ASHGROVE Dear Parent, Every day there are accidents involving children. To assist parents with the costs associated with those accidents, Catholic Education in association with Catholic Church Insurances Limited have developed the SchoolCare Children’s Accident program. Marist College Ashgrove is pleased to be a part of this program and our 24 hour policy provides protection to all children attending our school. The 24 hour policy includes accident cover for school camps, school sports (including sports out of school hours), work experience and travelling to and from school. It also includes activities organized or authorized by the school and/or other youth groups. Cover is worldwide. Our policy covers three important areas of care; any one accident may be claimable under one or more of these areas. It is important to note that the policy cannot cover any Medicare service including the Medicare gap. Cover includes: 1.

Up to $5,000 inclusive per accident for medical costs from the following registered medical practitioners: ¾ Dentist ¾ Chiropractor ¾ Osteopath ¾ Physiotherapist ¾ Remedial Massage ¾ Podiatry ¾ Acupuncture, and also costs from a ¾ Chemist and ¾ Hospital Accommodation and Facility Fees

2. Fixed amounts for defined events – for example – when a child accidentally receives a fracture of a hand the policy will pay a fixed amount of $300. The full table of benefits lists all the defined events covered under this policy and the fixed amount payable. The full table of benefits is printable from 3.

A number of other benefits: ¾ Emergency transport ¾ Home tuition ¾ School fee relief ¾ Hospital Inconvenience Allowance ¾ Nursing Allowance ¾ Professional Counselling Fees

These are all limited to specific amounts per accident; specific amounts are detailed in the table of benefits. Your child may have an accident so please cut out the information below and keep it on your fridge or in a handy place. YOUR CHILD IS PROTECTED BY A SCHOOLCARE ACCIDENT POLICY NAME OF SCHOOL: POLICY NUMBER POLICY TYPE INFORMATION

MARIST COLLEGE ASHGROVE 04.PAE.102446 24 hours – standard If you have any questions please call the SchoolCare Accident Help Line 1300 138 498

MAKE A CLAIM You can print a claim form and the policy wording from Your child’s school will need to endorse the claim form prior to it being submitted. You will need a Doctor or Dentist’s certificate and copies of accounts or invoices for any claimable expenses. Catholic Church Insurances SchoolCare cannot pay for any Medicare service including the Medicare Gap.

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                                  COLLEGE CANTEEN PRICE LIST Jan‐09

Pricing will be reviewed at end of  first term.  Thank You

DAILY MENU PRE ORDERED MENU ONLY Bread Roll (Plain) Beef Burger with Salad (Lettuce/tomato/Beetroot) Chicken Burger Chicken Pattie ONLY Chicken Burger & Salad (Lettuce/Tomato/carrot) Double Chicken Burger Double Chicken & Salad Chicken Kebab & Rice Hash Browns Hot Dogs Hot Dog with Cheese Lasagna /Tortellini Nachos Noodles : Chicken/Beef/Oriental Meat Pie Pizza Rounda Potato Pie Potato Pie Sausage Roll (jumbo) Scallop

$  0.80   $  3.70   $  2.20   $  1.70   $  3.20   $  3.70   $  4.20   $  3.00   $  0.90   $  2.20   $  2.40   $  3.00   $  2.00   $  2.20   $  2.40  $  2.00  $ 2 60 $  2.60   $  2.00   $  0.80 

Sauces : Tomato/ Sweet Chilli/ BBQ/ Mayo

$  0.20 

SUB’S      (9" soft long rolls) Salad Chicken & Salad Ham & Salad Hot Sweet Chilli Chicken Sub ‐   Double  Meatball Sub with Sauce Tandori Chicken with salad

$  3.20   $  3.70   $  3.70   $  4.20   $  3.00   $  4.50 

WRAPS Ham & Salad  Chicken & Salad Chicken , Lettuce & Mayo

$  3.00   $  3.00   $  3.00 


FRIDAY Pizza  ‐ Single Box  Pizza per slice

Regular Salad (Ham salad + slice of bread) Super Salad (Ham/Chicken Salad & bread) Extras (Beetroot; onion etc. ‐ $0.30 each)

$  2.70   $  1.50 

$   4.00  $   4.80 

SANDWICHES Salad (Lettuce/tomato/carrot/cheese) Chicken & Salad Egg & Lettuce Egg & Salad Ham & Salad Vegemite Extra Fillings   (Beetroot / Onion etc.)

$   2.50  $   3.30  $   2.50  $   2.80  $   3.20  $   1.50  $   0.30 

TOASTED SANDWICHES  Chicken Ham Chicken/Cheese Ham/Cheese

$   3.10  $   2.60  $   3.50  $   2.80 

Ham/Cheese/Tomato Ham/Tomato Cheese/Tomato

$   3.10  $   2.80  $   2.60 

SERVED ON A BED OF RICE  with a choice of either    sweet chilli  or sweet & sour sauces or mayo Chicken Kebab

WEEKLY SPECIALS Sushi (2 rolls per packet)


Chicken Schnitzel Tandori Chicken Satay Marinated Chicken

$   3.00   $   3.00   $   3.00   $   3.00 

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DRINKS Breaka Milk (Assorted Flavour’s)


Popper Breaka Milk Ice Break                                                          500ml Ice Break                                                          750ml Choc Rush / Latte Supa Shake cartons Sm So Juicy ;  Orange,  Orange/Mango,Orange/Passionfruit Lge Classic 100% Orange Popper Juice  :     Apple/ Orange /Tropical Gatorade sports drink Water          (Plain / Play ) Iced Tea     (Green ,Lemon ,Peach) Golden Circle 1 litre Juice & Smoothies

$  1.80   $  2.80   $  1.20   $  3.00   $  3.50   $  2.90   $  3.00   $  1.20   $  1.80   $  2.00   $  1.00   $  3.00   $  2.00   $  2.00   $  2.80 

Chips ‐ Assorted Chips ‐ Assorted

Sm Lge

Chocolate Bars

$   2.00 

Cookies  ‐    Choc Chip (Cold) Donuts : Rings/Jam & Cream/Jam

$   1.80  $   2.00 

Ice Blocks / Ice Cream Sunnyboy’s Fruit & Yoghurt Tubes

Fr Fr

Ice Blocks / Ice Cream

PEPSI RANGE Cans Small Bottles Large Bottles

$   1.00  $   1.90 

$  1.50   $  1.80   $  2.50 

PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS *All Primary Lunch orders must be written on a Lunch bag and placed in class basket.   *Primary students will not be served hot food over the counter at lunch time.  * Morning Tea  is bought over the counter.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS High School students may pre order their lunch by using a Lunch bag. It must be paid for at time of ordering.  Pre ordered lunches can be collected from the Primary School counter. 

$   0.80  $   0.70  $   0.40 

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Marist College Ashgrove Junior News  Marist College Ashgrove Junior News   Dear Parents, Staff and Boys,    Once again, I am so thankful that all our boys have arrived safely back at school after the long summer break. It’s a pleasure  for me to welcome you all back to the Junior School for the new school year. A very special welcome to the new Year 5 boys  and their families, plus our new boys in Year 6 and Year 7. From  what I can observe, the boys are settling in well, but if there are  any difficulties, I ask that you make us aware of this as soon as  possible.    I  have  titled  the  short  Reflection  “Our  Lady  of  the  Prisoners”  and  as  you  read  further,  you  will  understand  why.  Over  the  Christmas  holidays,  I  travelled  to  South  Africa  and  while  I  was  there,  a  very  famous  South  African  politician,  Helen  Suzman,  passed away at the age of 91. She was an amazing woman and  here is a very brief history of her extraordinary life.    Helen was born into a happy and privileged Johannesburg home.  Her parents were Russian Jews who had fled to South Africa in 1914, to escape persecution. Her mother died soon after she  was born and her father re‐married a woman whom Helen loved and admired. Although being a very conservative Jewish  family, her parents decided that she would be educated by the French Nuns at one of Johannesburg’s most famous Catholic  Schools, Holy Family Convent – Parktown. Here Helen would be influenced greatly by the Sisters, especially her work ethic,  which was to guide her for the rest of her life. It was also the influence of these holy women which opened Helen’s mind and  heart to the atrocities of Apartheid.    

Being intellectually brilliant, Helen studied and was soon lecturing within South Africa’s universities and beyond. She married  an  eminent  physician  and  had  two  daughters.  Her  marriage  was  very  happy  and  always  spoke  of  her  deceased  husband  with great admiration and affection.   

Apart from all of the above, Helen Suzman was known as a politician of great courage. She believed that she had to live out  the morals she had received from her Jewish home and her Catholic education. The best place to do this was to become a  politician to fight against the Apartheid government. She was elected in 1948 and fought tirelessly for justice for over 40  years. For many years, she was the ONLY opposition member in Parliament and she was often at the receiving end of snide  and anti‐Semitic remarks. She retired from Parliament at the age of 72.   

I conclude with a few quotes from tributes written at the time of her death:   

“On issues of justice, no prime minister, no minister, no government official escaped her barbs. A lone voice in a formidable  patriarchal parliament, she used her extensive political rigour and ready whit to expose the iniquities of apartheid to the  world.  For  this  she  became  world  renowned,  twice  nominated  for  the  Nobel  Peace  Prize,  receiving  numerous  honorary  doctorates and in 1989 she was made a ‘Dame of the British Empire’ by Queen Elizabeth II”   

“Helen visited the political prisoners, including Nelson Mandella, where she monitored the prison conditions. She organised  a pair of glasses for Nelson Mandella when she noticed his eyes being affected by the glare from the limestone quarry.”   

“The prisoners, both political and common‐law, consider her as ‘Our Lady of the Prisoners’. She is, indeed, a living legend  among the people inhabiting the world of the shadows.”   

“Helen’s legacy of tacking issues in an informed manner became her hallmark. Already in 1969, she spoke of Apartheid as  ‘structural violence’ that disrupted black lives in a most personal way, commenting that ‘ the broadest sense, violence  can also mean the unfettered use of power by the state against a citizen, so as to deprive him of his normal civil rights.”   

When we reflect on extraordinary lives, we are drawn to give thanks for these heroic people as they give us all great hope.  Although Helen Suzman was of the Jewish Faith, she lived a life that all the great Religions of the world honour because she  spent her adult life fighting for justice for the poor, during one of the world’s most horrific regimes.    Here are some important messages for the start of the new school year:    Welcome to Mr Matthew Jones:  At  the  start  of  the  new  school  year,  it  gives  me  great  pleasure  to  introduce  and  welcome  Matthew  Jones  to  the  Junior  School Staff. Matthew completed his teaching degree at ACU at the end of last year and is teaching Year 7 Green. Matthew  is a past student of Marist College Ashgrove, starting in Year 5 in 19. It’s wonderful having an past student on our staff as  this  has  been  a  dream  of  Matthew’s  for  many  years  –  to  return  to  his  old  school  as  a  teacher.  Matthew  has  made  an  excellent start to his teaching career, already demonstrating great ease in the implementation of IT within the classroom nd  relating in a quiet and gentle manner to the boys and their parents. We are very fortunate in having Matthew on our staff. 

Marist College Ashgrove Junior News Congratulations to Mr Matthew Green!  We all extend our sincere congratulations to Matthew Green, who was married on Saturday 24 January, 2009, in Grafton  NSW. From all reports, it was a wonderful day and we pray that Matthew and Natasha spend many, many joy‐filled and  peaceful years together. Congratulations, Matt!    Driving within the College grounds:  Many new parents would have already experienced the congestion which happens at certain times of the day within the  College grounds. Parents are requested NOT TO DRIVE UP THE ROAD LEADING TO THE JUNIOR SCHOOL, OR TO PARK IN  THE  PARKING  AREA  BEHIND  THE  JUNIOR  SCHOOL.  The  reason  for  this  is  that  at  the  start  of  school  and  when  school  finishes there are so many students walking in that area.    Any concerns or questions?  If you have any questions or concerns at the start of the year, please do not hesitate to make contact with me. If you son is  finding settling down in his new school difficult, please give me a call. I am in the office from 6.45am each morning, if you  need to make contact with me.    YOU  WOULD  HAVE  RECEIVED  THE  ‘JUNIOR  NEWS’  VIA  E‐MAIL.  PLEASE  REMIND  YOUR  FRIENDS  IF  THEY  HAVEN’T  FORWARDED THEIR E‐MAIL ADDRESS TO MRS CATH COLLIER AT:    Policy on food allergies:  (This is a short summary. The full Policy is found in the main College Newsletter.)  Marist  College  Ashgrove  recognises  that  food  allergies,  in  some  instances,  may  be  severe  and  even  occasionally  life‐ threatening.  The  school  has  introduced  this  Policy  to  reduce  the  likelihood  of  severe  allergic  reactions  of  students  with  known food allergies while at school.   In  accordance  with  the  recommendation  of  Anaphylaxis  Australia,  Marist  College  Ashgrove  does  not  have  a  ban  on  particular  foods,  including  peanuts  and  nut  foods.  The  reason  for  this  is  that  banning  these  foods  can  possibly  cause  complacency amongst staff and students and it does not allow for hidden allergens contained in some foods.    POLICY:  (1) The school and parents share responsibility for implementing appropriate prevention and responsive measures for  allergic reactions.  (2) Parents provide accurate information.  (3) Parents of students with allergies who are at risk of an anaphylactic reaction will provide current information on  the student’s conditions and treatment from the student’s medical practitioner.  (4) Parents of students with allergies, who are at risk of an anaphylactic reaction, will develop, in consultation with the  medical practitioner and the School Nurse, an Action Plan for the student, while he is at school.  (5) The School Nurse will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Action Plan in the school.  (6) The  school  will  ensure  that  regular  training  is  provided  to  School  staff  in  allergy  awareness  and  emergency  response.  (7) The school will develop guidelines for student camps, activities and functions where food is provided for students.    (Elizabeth Dangerfield RN)    Important dates until Thursday 19 February.    Friday 6 February:  Chess begins at 7.30am, in the Junior School Library.    Monday 9 February:  Year 5 2010 interviews begin.    Tuesday 10 February:  Year 7 Parent Information Evening, at 7.00pm, in the Year 7 classrooms.  Thursday 12 February:  INAUGURAL MASS at 7.00pm, in the Champagnat Centre. Information went home to all new boys and Year 5 boys as it’s  compulsory for them to attend this important event. We encourage all boys and their families to join us.    Friday 13 February:  North West Districts Swimming Championships. Details will be forwarded.    Monday 16 February:  Year 5 classes: Allwell Assessment.  Year 7 classes: Australian Youth Development Programme (AYDP).     

Marist College Ashgrove Junior News

Tuesday 17 February:  Year 7 classes: River Cruise.  Year 6 Parent Information Evening at 7.00pm, in the Year 6 classrooms.  Wednesday 18 February to Friday 20 February: Year 7 Camp.  Year 5 Parent Information Evening at 7.00pm, in the Year 5 classrooms.    Thursday 19 February:  MATES FREE DRESS DAY. Gold collection for Marist Missions.    My warmest wishes to you.          Michael B. Druce.     



CRICKET The  first  round  of  the  C.I.C.  cricket  season  will  commence  this  Saturday  with  the  majority  of  Ashgrove’s  fixtures  being  played against St Laurence’s. Each year, cricket seems to become more and more popular with the boys, regardless of the  recent  demise  of  the  Australian  cricket  team.  With  this  in  mind,  Ashgrove  has  continued  with  this  trend  in  2009,  by  amassing 6 teams in each age group, totalling 18 teams within the Junior School. To cope with the huge number of teams,  this year the Junior School has acquired the use of several other playing fields. A cricket handbook will be published very  soon; it will contain every detail concerning C.I.C. cricket and the venues for each team.    A couple of important points to keep in mind this cricket season:‐   

Marist College Ashgrove Junior News • • • • • • •

For health reasons, each boy needs his own protector.  Each boy must have his own water bottle at every match.  Helmets must be worn while batting and keeping up to the stumps. This directive has been included in the cricket  handbook for your information and it will be enforced throughout the season.  Students must field in a College broad brim hat.  UBD co‐ordinates are placed in the draw for all away games.  All cricket information will be placed on the College website. It can be accessed by clicking on SPORT then CIC and  then CRICKET  Information regarding all weekend sport can be heard on the Sportsline – 3858 4688 or accessed through the  College website on  

JUNIOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROGRAM  This  term  we  are  implementing  the  Acceleration  Australia  Performance  Program.  Several  mornings  each  week  the  Acceleration Australia Coaches will come in and work with the boys on a dynamic warm‐up plus a stability and flexibility  program.  This  training  program  has  been  designed  specifically  for  9‐12  year  olds  and  it  is  only  15‐20  minutes  long.  Acceleration Australia has many years of experience in helping young athletes develop, therefore they have designed the  program so that it has 4 levels that can be completed during the term. Each student is able to enrol into the program by  going  to,  go  to  “School  Programs”,  click  on  “Marist  College  –  CIC  Performance  Program”  and  then  click  on  “Enrol NOW”.  This  will  give  each  student  a username  and  password  so  that  they can  see  the program  themselves and complete the program at home if they wish. This program has been provided free of charge by the school  during  Term  1,  so  that  all  of  the  students  from  Grades  5  to  7  can  experience  the  benefits  of  practicing  running  form,  improving stability and increasing flexibility. Towards the end of this Term the program will operate on a user pays situation  and run in the morning before school from 8.00 – 8.30am. Enrolment details will be provided at this time, along with costs.  These programs will be designed specifically to assist our Cross‐Country, Rugby, Football and Athletics programs, however  all students are able to enrol regardless of their involvement in these CIC sports.     SWIMMING – Scott Murphy (Junior School Swimming Coach)  While  most  sports  have  taken  a  break  over  the  holidays,  the  swimming  program  has  continued  intensely  with  a  large  number of boys committing much time and effort to training for the upcoming 2009 CIC swimming season.  Well done to all  those boys who made the commitment to swimming over the holidays and trained so exceptionally well, your hard work in  training has not gone unnoticed and I know you will all swim very well when it comes time to race!     The  Junior  School  Swim  Camp  was  held  at  the  College  on  the  16th  January  and  was  attended  by  approximately  30  swimmers.  The boys participated in a number of team building activities and undertook a skills‐based pool session which  will prove very beneficial in the upcoming swim meets.  The swimmers (and coaches!) had a fantastic day and I hope all  who attended not only had fun but learned a thing or two throughout the day.    The following day the boys rose early and headed to the Sunshine Coast for the day to attend the Pelican Waters Caloundra  swim  meet.   Although  most  boys  were  very  tired  from  their  swimming  camp on  the  previous  day, and  the  extreme  heat  conditions throughout the day, the performances of all boys was nothing short of fantastic!  All swimmers who attended  from the Junior School managed to record a personal best in at least one event with some swimmers reducing their best  times by a number of seconds from the times recorded at the swim meets held in late 2008, which in swimming terms is a  tremendous achievement.  Congratulations to all boys who competed on the day and the great results they have produced.     Although we have seen some great results already this season, it is very important that we don't become complacent with  ourselves  and  rest  on  our  laurels.   The  improvement  in  all  of  our  swimmers  has  been  absolutely  outstanding  and  has  exceeded all expectations at this stage.  However this allows us to now raise the bar in terms of achieving our best possible  results,  and with  only  about  FIVE  WEEKS  left  to  go  until  the  CIC  Swimming  Championships,  we  will  now  be  entering  the  hardest phase of our training in the lead up to the concluding and most important swim meet of the season.  Training over  the last 17 weeks has been outstanding; however as a squad we need to lift our training to another level to ensure that we  gain the best possible results at the CIC meet.  Let us leave no stone unturned as we search for more ways to ensure that  we all swim as fast as we can on the day!  Remember, our goal is for each of us to swim as fast as we possibly can to gain  our best results for the greater benefit  of our team ‐ Marist College Ashgrove.  Let’s not forget that swimming at Marist  College Ashgrove is a TEAM sport, and so we need to work together as a team to achieve our goals.    If you are seeking information about swimming please check the College website as all information about the season can be  found either on the swimming home page or by downloading the Junior School Swimming Handbook.   

TENNIS COACHING  Any boy wishing to take private tennis lessons should contact Alan Say who is part of Pro‐Am Tennis. This is available for all  grade  levels  however  there  are  limited  spaces  available  so  get  in  quick.  You  can  access  the  website for further information or contact Alan on 0408 766 882.    Luke Caplick ‐ Head of Junior School Sport 

Ashgrove Sport From the Head of Sport

Marist Cricket Carnival From the 9th -16th of December 2008 whilst the majority of students were enjoying their well earned holiday 13 boys were representing the Ashgrove 1st XI at the 36th AMSA Cricket Carnival in Sale, Victoria. The Ashgrove team contested five matches over 6 days and eventually finished the carnival with 3 wins and 2 losses. The carnival began with matches against the two most fancied teams in the competition. Day 1 saw Ashgrove lose a close match to the eventual winners of the Carnival Notre Dame College Shepparton, whilst on Day 2 St Joseph’s College Hunter’s Hill proved too classy for their Ashgrove counterparts. Despite losing the opening two matches against older and more fancied opposition the boys’ determination to finish the carnival on a high could never be doubted. Day 3 saw Ashgrove post a competitive score to comfortably defeat Sacred Heart College Adelaide with Lachlan Thompson’s steadying innings of 46 proving invaluable. Day 4 saw Ashgrove comprehensively chase down a total of 154 against Catholic College Sale in only 23 overs thanks to a fine 83 no by James McPherson and a powerful 57 no by Kurt Gelsomino. After 2 comprehensive victories the boys managed to defend a total of only 87 runs against a strong Marist College Canberra side on the final day. Ashgrove eventually bowled the Canberra side out for only 57 runs to claim a memorable victory with Joe McKillop and James McPherson each claiming 4 wickets in a devastating spell of bowling which saw 9 wickets fall for 20 runs. Throughout the course of the carnival there were many outstanding individual achievements which were recognised at the concluding dinner in Sale. Ashgrove captain James McPherson was awarded the Br Evan O’Halloran memorial trophy for being selected as the Most Outstanding Cricketer of the Marist Carnival. James was also selected as Captain of the combined Marist XI selected at the conclusion of the carnival and received the Br Crispin O’Sullivan Memorial Trophy to recognise his fine achievement. Lachlan Thompson was awarded the David Parsons Trophy for being selected as the Fieldsmen of the Carnival whilst Kurt Gelsomino and Joe McKillop were named to join James McPherson in the Combined Marist XI. The College would like to also acknowledge the efforts of Anthony Mathison (coach), Mark Tremble (assistant coach) and Jim Buckley (manager) for their contribution to the success of the tour. The side was

also very well supported by many parents and family members who made the trip to support the team.

CRICKET The sight of hundreds of players on the ovals last Saturday was an encouraging sign for the interest and enthusiasm the students have to compete in cricket. This week sees the management and arrangement of teams / squads for the 2009 season. Team lists for week 2 have been posted on the Sports Notice Board, as has a draft training timetable for week 2. Players should have an option arranged for late cancellation of training which can occur at this time of year due to seasonal weather patterns. Players are reminded that the College cricket uniform – whites, Ashgrove cricket shirt and Ashgrove hat / cap is the only accepted uniform for play. Other personal items considered essential: protector, sunscreen, water bottle. A correctly fitting approved helmet for batting (practice and matches) and wicket keeping is strongly recommended. The team kit should provide all other equipment necessary for play. The College website: should be accessed to retrieve training timetables, weekly match schedules, points tables etc. Weekly match details will be confirmed by Wednesday each week. The Sportsline 3858 4698 can be contacted for cancellation and updates on Saturday from 7am. AIC RD 1 Saturday 7th February v Villanova


Swimming is off to a flying start for 2009 and it is looking set to be another successful season. The swim team was extremely committed throughout the holidays with the boys completing up to 10 sessions a week throughout the break. This culminated in the Swimming Camp being held at the Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre, Burleigh Heads from 22nd-24th January. The purpose of this camp was not to spend time in the pool training, but to bring the boys together and develop the leadership and team spirit that the MCA Swim Team has been renowned for over many years. The boys participated in various team building activities and spent plenty of time soaking up the sun on the beach. All swimmers and staff had a fantastic time and a special thank-you is extended to our Dads who assisted with the running of the camp. The Pelican Waters Caloundra Swim Meet was also incorporated as part of the swimming camp for both Junior School and Senior School Swim Squads. It was one of the few times where both squads can go away and compete together as one group, and as in previous years, it once again proved to be a very successful venture. Our first Friday night carnival was hosted by Villanova at the Langlands Park Pool on Friday 30th January, and it was a great first hit-out for our swimmers. While many of the boys felt a bit rusty,

some fantastic results were produced and it was a chance for them to see the rewards of so many weeks of hard training and it is the first sign that AIC is not too far away. Our next Friday night meet is Friday 6th February and will be hosted by IONA, and this is another chance for our boys to get some valuable race practice under their belt. Buses will depart the College Bus Stop at 3.30pm and will return at approximately 8pm. With only 5 weeks to go until the AIC Swimming Championships, I would like to announce that our swimming captains for 2009 are Luke Beauchamp, Michael Morton and Tim Mason. Congratulations boys! These boys have displayed tremendous leadership qualities over a number of years and their commitment to the swim team and swimming at the College is unquestionable. I would like to thank these boys for what they have done so far, and wish them well on the journey that they will be taking over the next 5 weeks. These boys will be assisted by 4 vice-captains, who will act as age-group leaders. They are James Barrett (13yrs), Kenny Cuschieri (14yrs), Andrew Flanagan (15yrs) and Sam Burns (16yrs). Congratulations and best wishes also go to these boys. It is important that the boys remain committed to training and that they participate in all Friday night carnivals. These carnivals are an opportunity for the boys to race and submit times which will contribute towards selection in the AIC Swim Team this year. Keep up the hard work boys!!

VOLLEYBALL In Brief – The College was represented at the National Schools Cup in Melbourne during December for the first time. The open team (predominately 1st VI) competed in the top division and finished 8th from 24 sides. As a result of team and individual performances a number of players have been identified fir future development with the AIS: Ben and Alex Toolis, Jordan Matters and Mackenzie Speechley. The pre-season camp held on the week prior to the return of students enabled coaches to develop individual skills and prepare teams for the coming AIC season. Thanks to all players and parents who supported this initiative. UNIFORM All players are required to wear the Ashgrove Volleyball warm up shirt or HPE polo to and from matches. The College supplies playing shirts. These require parents and or students to sign a hire agreement and lodge a $50 deposit. In previous years this has not occurred but the loss rate is too high for the College to bear. The College has also purchased new playing shirts for 15yr and older teams. Next season all teams will be in the new playing attire. The older style shirts will be sold off at the end of the season for $5 a shirt. Shorts for underage teams will be the plain royal soccer style short – no rugby style Canterbury shorts.

The College website: should be accessed to retrieve training timetables, weekly match schedules, points tables etc. There will be a specific link to the “Hive” which is the Volleyball site which will also include video highlight footage and coaching information. AIC RD 1 Saturday 7th February v Villanova (Home)


Professional Tennis Lessons at School We hold lessons for all standards and ages from grade 5 through to grade 12. Lessons held by friendly, professional qualified coaches. Lessons held before and after school. Group lessons and private lessons also available. Spaces are limited so please book early. Please contact Allan Say for booking and details: Ph: 0408 766 882 or E-Mail:

RUGBY REFEREEING COURSE The College is seeking interested parents, older age students or old boys to register to complete a school based rugby refereeing course to enable participants to officiate at school level rugby games. All potential referees will be required to complete a Smart Rugby Course. Re-accreditation can be done on-line via the following address For those who have not yet achieved accreditation courses are available from the following link: r,65241.html To register to attend the course set to run mid term 1and or to receive more information please send name, contact details and rugby experience to:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS Parents are requested to forward any noteworthy achievements to for publication. CONGRATULATIONS TO: Andrew Flanagan, David Edwards, Declan Maguire, Kieran Maguire, Rory Maguire for their selection in the U19 Met North Water Polo team to compete at the State Championships on the Gold Coast from 12-15 March.

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING STRENGTH & CONDITIONING The new Ashgrove Acceleration Program has just started for 2009. Start the New Year on the right path to reach your goals. Train with the Acceleration Program and prepare yourself for the upcoming sporting season. For more information or enroll into the Ashgrove Acceleration Program please go to or call 1300-661-847.


For more information go to our website to watch an online DVD about Acceleration Australia or call 1-300-661-847. For more information on the program at your school go to

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS Parents are requested to forward any noteworthy achievements to for publication. CONGRATULATIONS TO: Andrew Flanagan, David Edwards, Declan Maguire, Kieran Maguire, Rory Maguire for their selection in the U19 Met North Water Polo team to compete at the State Championships on the Gold Coast from 12-15 March.

Marist College Ashgrove Newsletter  

Newsletter Issue 1, 2009

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