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09 2010

Marist College Ashgrove Volume 46 Issue No. 9 June 2010

Dates to Remember Thursday, June 10, 2010 • Year 10 Camp #9 • Year 11-12 Work Experience • Year 8 Foley 7’s (lunchtime) • Newsletter Online • PNG Immersion Commissioning Prayer & Dinner (5.30pm)

College News

Friday, June 11, 2010 • AIC Chess v St Laurence’s (Away) • Year 10 Camp #9 • Year 8 Foley 7’s (lunchtime) • XCountry AIC Invitational Meet at Villanova (4-5.15pm) Saturday, June 12, 2010 • AIC Rugby/Soccer v St Laurence’s (Home) • CIC Rugby/Football v NC (Away) • Old Boys Sports Day • Winter Sports/Specials Photo Day

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 • Junior School Assembly 1.45pm • Term 2 Finishes - 3.10pm Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • Staff Day • Vanuatu Immersion - Start • Curriculum Planner Training • Ideas for Using Rationale - Workshop Thursday, June 24, 2010 • Staff PD Day • DoL Inservice • ICT Steering Committee - Laptop Project Evaluation • Laptop Project Teachers - Complete Project Design Friday, June 25, 2010 • Staff Reporting Day • XCountry Tour to Sydney departs

Monday, June 14, 2010 • Queen’s Birthday Holiday

Saturday, June 26, 2010 • Visit to Moree/St George Visits - Start

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 • BIS Debating, Public Speaking, Chess • AIC Rep Selection Meeting • Semester 1 Book Hire Returns Begin

Sunday, June 27, 2010 • Brothers’ Jubilee Celebrations Monday, June 28, 2010 • Visit to Moree/St George Visits - Finish • Semester 1 Reports Posted • XCountry tour to Sydney - Returns

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 • Year 11-12 Exams - Work Experience • Drama Concert 4.15pm Thursday, June 17, 2010 • Year 11-12 Exams - Work Experience • AIC Heads of Sport Meeting • Debating (7-9.30pm) Carrick Wing + 104-106 • Year 5 Concert Friday, June 18, 2010 • AIC Chess v St Edmund’s (Home) • Year 11-12 Exams - Work Experience • XCountry AIC Invtational Meet at St Patricks (45.15pm) • Year 11 Dinner

Sunday, July 4, 2010 • Vanuatu Immersion - Finish Tuesday, July 6, 2010 • Old Boys Association Meeting Monday, July 12, 2010 • College Foundation Meeting • Staff Day Tuesday, July 13, 2010 • All Students Commence Term 3 - Winter Uniform • Year 9 QCATS Implementation commences

Saturday, June 19, 2010 • AIC Rugby/Soccer v St Edmund’s (Away) • Feast of the Sacred Heart Sunday, June 20, 2010 • Past Mothers - Mass & Lunch

Mass & Reconciliation

Monday, June 21, 2010 • Year 11-12 Exams - Work Experience • College Foundation Meeting • PERIOD SWAP - WHOLE SCHOOL - PERIODS 2 and 5 (to allow for ADFA visit in Per 5) • RE Dept Meeting

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

College Website: AIC Weekly Sport: Parenting Ideas: (password=kidscount) 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 College Community, We celebrated Champagnat Day last Friday. The Mass was magnificent!! A great tribute to St Marcellin and the seventy years this College has proudly served the Marist family of Brisbane. Br Emili, the Superior General, and Br Joseph, the Vicar General, of the Marist Brothers worldwide who were able to be present at this wonderful celebration were very impressed with the boys and their active involvement in the Mass. My thanks to: • The Mission Team • The Music Faculty • The Sound and Technology team • Mr Moniz and the Year 10 Boarding students who set up the Champagnat Centre • Joe Gardiner 12D and his grandfather who built the boat used in the Mass • Fr Jim Hargrave • Leo Martinez 12R who spoke to Br Emili on our behalf in Spanish, and Mr Ruiz who translated Leo’s speech into English. • Pam Stoodley who printed the Mass booklets. At this same Mass we presented the inaugural Champagnat Day Awards. These awards will be presented to those in our Community who model to us through their daily lives the qualities that St Marcellin Champagnat shared and nurtured in the first Marist Community. The citation on the certificate reads as follows: In his life Marcellin Champagnat displayed among others the qualities of being; Faithful, Encouraging, Persistent, Trusting, Caring, Hardworking, Generous, Respectful. The Champagnat award acknowledges these qualities in service of the Marist College Ashgrove Community In this inaugural year there were 3 recipients of this Champagnat Day award. These words were taken from the Mass: “Our first today is awarded to one of our families. This family has for a number of years been an intrinsic part of many of the Marist Family celebrations and activities. One of the characteristics of Marist Education is Family Spirit. From the very beginning of this College parents of different generations have stepped forward with generosity to respond to particular needs, the family we honour today in a special way gives life to their belief that their sons’ education is important and that they are prepared to support them with the elements of service, sacrifice and commitment. They do this freely with their dedicated involvement with the Parents and Friends Association, the BBQ with homeless people especially over holiday periods, the Walkathon organisation team and in many other small ways. These elements are all part of Family life and Marist Community. Our Champagnat Day award to our Marist Family for 2010 goes to John and Debbie Moloney.

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From the Headmaster Continued... The characteristic of Presence within our Community is the hallmark of our staff member who will receive our second award today. By presence we mean a person whose faith, whose manner and whose insight are given simply, freely and with a generosity that knows no bounds in the service of this Marist Community. Our staff member’s presence in the staff room, the playground, on the BBQ with homeless people and wherever he situates himself always commands the deepest trust, respect and affection from all within our Community. The other characteristic of Marist life evident in this staff member is in the way of Mary. Our recipient’s firmness, his gentleness, and his compassion speak to us of Mary’s way of relating. He animates a love of God, a dedication to others and a passion for this Marist Community in his daily response to the little things - always with care, attentiveness and humility. Our Champagnat Day award to our Marist Staff Member for 2010 is awarded to Mr Richard Ward. The Champagnat Day award is open to any student in our College. The inaugural award goes to a Year 12 student. Our recipient for the Student award is an extraordinary young man who displays two qualities of Marist Education - those of Simplicity and Hard work. These are seen as he quietly contributes in so many different facets of College life, in his commitment to service, academic studies, and sport. In the respectful and gracious manner he shows to staff, his peers, and younger students. Our recipient is often seen before and after school assisting other students who may be struggling. It is seen in his openness to our visitors at the BBQ with the homeless. He always offers dedicated, supportive encouragement to Ashgroves’ sporting teams. It is seen in his tireless endeavours in his own academic achievements. Champagnat said ‘a good character is the source of great happiness’ - our recipients humour, warmth and determination are elements of this good character that speak to our Marist Community. Our Champagnat Day award to our Marist Student for 2010 goes to Angus Martin. This event couldn’t but help you feel proud to be a part of the Marist College Ashgrove family. With every good wish, Yours in Jesus, Mary and St Marcellin, Peter McLoughlin Headmaster

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Headmaster’s Notes

Br Ray Mulvogue (left) with Br Emili Turú, Superior General (centre) and Br Joseph McKee, Vicar General New staff • Ben Hicks has commenced his job of replacing Deb Ryan when she is unwell. He will also work full-time as a laboratory assistant during Term 3. • Susie Brown has commenced as VET and Careers officer. Prayers please • The repose of the soul of Alan Forbes whose funeral was held on June 7, 2010. A committed member of the Finance Advisory Committee who made a huge contribution to the College over a number of years. • Teresa Zanco, younger sister of Damian Nelson who is still in pain but recovering. • Rob Corboy’s father in Melbourne who is recovering from an operation. • Ronnie Grant’s mother who is now at home in Melbourne and recovering. • Peter Orlicki’s father who is unwell. • Debbie Ryan as she continues her battle with cancer. • Lucy McCahon, the infant daughter of Matt and Anne McCahon who is still in Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and is improving daily from open heart surgery but will still have a long recovery

FROM THE COLLEGE FOUNDATION As of this term receipts for donations to the College Foundation will be sent prior to financial year end in June as a summary of contributions. If you require a different approach please contact Wayne Hansen on 38544584 or mobile 0457 826 480. Thank you for your continued support of the Foundation.

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Celebrate 70 years of Marist spirit at the


BALL SPONSORSHIP URGENTLY NEEDED Ok everyone, it’s crunch time. Tables for the Blue & Gold Ball have now sold out and we have started a waiting list. There are still some seats available so please contact Community Relations Manager Kay Wells on 3858 4586 if you wish to attend this fantastic night of Marist community spirit. We are going to have a beautifully decorated room in honour of Marist’s 70th anniversary filled with more than 600 guests. We’ve booked the band, have been thinking about what meal to serve and drinks to order and just about have our auction items finalised. The only problem is, we have not had any sponsors come on board yet. Not one. Nada. We have over 1100 families at Marist so we are asking people to think really hard about whether they can prioritise Blue & Gold ball sponsorship for this year. We need sponsors. This makes a big difference to the amount of money we can raise for our new state-of-the-art science centre, which is a $10 million project. Over the past two years the Blue & Gold Ball has raised more than $100,000 for the science centre, but as you can appreciate, we have a long way to go.

7.00pm Saturday 7 August 2010 Champagnat Centre Black tie or bow tie Featuring Brisbane’s best party band Hot Sauce

So, please consider becoming a $5,000 sponsor. Your table of 10 guests will enjoy full table service throughout the evening and you will receive recognition in the program, school newsletter, on the College website and during the evening’s audio-visual presentation. Your signage will also be prominently displayed. Best of all, $3750 of your sponsorship is fully tax deductible. You can even pre-pay it before the end of the financial year to claim it back promptly. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Joanne Collins on 0421 587 425.

$125 per person or $1250 for tables of 10 Payment required to reserve table. See Marist website for booking sheet

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YEARS 10, 11 AND 12 2011 CHAMPAGNAT TRUST BOARDING BURSARIES The Champagnat Trust has been established to provide assistance to persons in necessitous circumstances selected on the basis of financial need. The Trust takes its name from the Founder of the Marist Brothers, St Marcellin Champagnat. These bursaries are intended for our existing students and new students intending to enter the College as boarders in Years 10, 11 and 12 in 2011. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents. The closing date for applications will be Wednesday 30 June 2010. These Champagnat Trust Boarding Bursaries – • Are generally intended for students who live in rural, regional or remote communities who would otherwise not be able to access a Marist education. • Cover half tuition, half boarding and half compulsory fees. The remaining half tuition, half boarding and half compulsory fees and miscellaneous costs will be the responsibility of the parent/s; Applicants must be prepared to board at the College for the period of their bursary. If at any time the student requests a change to day status the bursary will be withdrawn and full day student fees will then apply.

For further information on these bursaries, please contact Mrs Kim Taylor, College Registrar / 07 38584507

MELBOURNE CUP LUNCH 2010 - CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? Due to changed work commitments our Melbourne Cup Lunch convenors, Deb Waddell and Therese Taylor, have had to retire from this role. Our thanks go to Deb and Therese for the great work they have done. We are seeking new convenors for this function and if you feel you would like to help please contact Kay Wells (3858 4586 or Deb and Therese have a very comprehensive information folder and they would be happy to share it with you.

Card Day Term 2 Our Card Day on 26 May was another pleasant day in the Cyprian Pavilion. We enjoyed the company of 118 guests who were mostly playing bridge throughout the day. Thank you very much to all of our wonderful volunteers who contributed to making the day that it was, especially the mums who helped at short notice; Jo Hodgetts, Helen Buck, Adele Hamilton, Veronique Maes, Paula Cramsie, Debbie Heather, Helen Perry and Julie Stower. Thanks to our College families who sponsored the raffle this term; Notting, Busby and Toolis Families and the Marist Old Boys Association. Our hospitality boys were again very much involved with the day with Gary Keown’s help and it was great to have their company and baking which was readily purchased by our guests. We would love to have some more Junior school mums come along to Card Day to volunteer. Please call us if you would like to pop in and stay for an hour. It’s a great opportunity to meet some other Marist mums and we promise that you will enjoy yourself. Our next Card Day will be held in the Cyprian Pavilion on Wednesday 28 July 2010 starting at 9.30am. Lisa & Janine Card Day Coordinators Ph Lisa on 0400 729 643|Janine on 0412 628 546

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P&F News Sports Canteens The rugby/soccer season has been extremely busy for the sports canteen committee with a canteen being run almost every weekend this term. Our thanks go out to the year level co-ordinators who have ensured that the canteen has enough volunteers to run smoothly each Saturday. Thank you to Roberta Bannah, Angie Ciocca, Kerrie Callaghan, Carol Bendall, Sue Kendall, Therese Eddy and Jo Darwin for their wonderful organization in making sure that enough people are on hand each Saturday for the canteens. Thank you also to those people who have responded and have spent time in the canteen this year. Without your help there would be no canteens. Now the rugby/soccer season is quickly coming to an end with only two home games left. This weekend sees the junior school playing Churchie and June 12 will see the last combined home games for 2010. Marist V St Laurence’s. Year 8 parents will be asked to volunteer to man the canteen for these games and if you are able to help can you please contact Jane Kinsella at or Roberta Bannah at …… an added note from Kay Wells our Community Relations Manager “The rugby/football round against St Laurence’s will be the highlight of this year’s football season. As well as our regular match supporters, Old Boys from both Marist and St Laurence’s First XV teams from 1950, 1960 and 1970 will be attending. There will also be some class reunions and a visit to the game will be part of the get together. A huge day! We encourage you to come along to this celebration and if possible to assist in the sports canteen- we will need all the help we can get!” Year 10-12 Gym dance Thank you to the parents and teachers who assisted with last week’s gym dance. We realize how busy everyone is at this time of year but thank you for giving up your Saturday night to help out. For those who have never supervised a gym dance before, these are held for Years 10-12 once a term. Parent supervisors are NOT in the gym with the students but are required to “store” the hundreds of bags brought to the gym – the beginning and end of the night is very busy! Auditor sought for P&F financial statements 30 June 2010 The P&F, a level 1 incorporated association, seeks the services of a qualified auditor for its annual financial statements to be presented at the AGM on 2 August. The accounts are straightforward and have been prepared by a CPA. An audit fee can be paid. If you know of, or are associated with, an auditing practice which is able to undertake this role, please contact the Treasurer, Ewen Thompson, on 0412 080 726. Time to thank our teachers! As this semester rapidly draws to a close, and our sons are stressed out with exams/assignments, please spare a thought for our teachers who still have to mark them all! As parents it is easy to be critical of teachers (based on our son/s perceptions) – but how many of us would love their job? We ask that you will consider spending five minutes emailing a teacher/s of whom your son has spoken fondly. A quick email can mean a world of difference to a bad day – just write their …… surname initial @ If each family would email just one teacher we would have over 1000 positive comments coming their way – a quiet achievement. If you have any difficulty or are unsure of how to spell the teacher’s name, please email me at dmoloney@ and I will ensure they are forwarded. And finally…… Early in Term 3 we will be calling for nominations for the 2010-2011 P&F Committee. Details of nomination procedures will follow with the first newsletter. Our meeting dates for next term are July 19 and August 2 (AGM). All are welcome. Best wishes for a quiet time before Term 3! Deb Moloney

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Mission and Ministry News


“I give you a new commandment:  Love one another.  Just as I have loved you,  You also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,  If you have love for one another.”   (Jn 13:34f) 

God, you have revealed to us  The new commandment of perfect love,  And in St Marcellin Champagnat you have given us  A great example of this love in action.    We follow this example and are one in solidarity  With those who live in danger and struggle.  Whether near or far,   we share their anguish and their hope.   

Through our passion for humanity may we support,  encourage and love each other as brothers and sisters,  And fired with a passion for Jesus may we be a witness  of this love and truth to our world.  So this is the commandment that we have been given:  Those who love God must love their brothers and sisters  also. 


World Day Against Child Labour 

Sunday 20th June      UN World Refugee Day: Every year on June 20 the world honours the courage,  resilience  and  strength  of  refugees,  women,  men  and  children  who  are  forced  to  flee  their  homeland under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence.  Attention is focused not only  on the plight of refugees and the causes of their exile, but also on their determination and will to  survive and on the contributions they make to their host communities.  Sunday 20th June   

National Refugee Week commences 

Sunday 20th June      Simply  Sharing  Week  commences:  Simply  sharing  week  is  an  ecumenical  activity of the International aid development agencies of the Christian Churches of Australia. It is an opportunity  for communities in Australia to work together to learn and act in order to make the world a better place. Simply  Sharing suggests a movement towards living simply and sharing what we have. It suggests, too, that we can make a  difference  to  the  massive  problems  of  injustice  and  poverty  in  the  world:  by  making  some  sacrifices  in  our  own  lives, we can help to bring hope into the lives of others.  Saturday 26th June 

International Day in support of victims of Torture 


Opportunities exist in a range of areas for students, staff and families to take part.  Students are welcome to drop  into the Campus Ministry Office before or after school, at morning tea or lunch time any day to find out what is  available  to  them  and  to  put  their  name  on  a  roster.  In  the  senior  school  Campus  Ministry  Office  parents  can  contact Br Mark Fordyce on 3858 4589, or email and Mrs. Caroline Smith on 3858  4589 or email  Mrs.  Mena  McLean  works  from  the  Junior  school  and  can  be  contacted  on  3858  4551  or . 

MATES BBQ with the Homeless People 

Our thanks to the staff, students and families  who have generously offered their time to  participate in the MATES BBQ in the last few  weeks. 

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Mission and Ministry News Continued...

26th May  2nd June 

Mr Graham Lawson (Staff Driver) Br. Mark (Team Leader), Angus Martin, Hamish Teitzal, Lachlan  Thompson, Hayden Brimblecombe, Tom Pirrone, Will Devine, Mr Mark Fairweather, Mrs Angie  Fairweather, Jo Fairweather.  Graham Lawson (Staff Driver), Br Mark(Team Leader), Fletcher Evert, Charlie Evert, Mr James  Evert, Luke O’Toole, Luke Hodgkinson, Lachlan O’Keefe, Harry Collier, Cath Collier, Scott  McCarthy, Ben Andrews, Joe Knynenburg, Sam Ledingham 

The MATES BBQ Roster for the next fortnight is:    Richard Ward (Staff Driver & Team Leader) Catherine Mardon, Kieran Mardon, Callum Ingram,  16th June  Rob Aston, Sam Ledingham, Mitch Fuller, Chris Cullen, Rob Hodge, Ryan Donnelly, Richard Ta,  Jack Watson, Frank Mara  23rd June  James Couper (Staff Driver) Elizabeth Falconer (Staff Leader), Mitchell Pilat, Simon O’Hare, Aaron  Week 1  Hanson, Alex Milliken, Brandon Ciocca, Joe Knynenburg, Jesse Ainsworth, Felipe Gama Silva,  School  Lachlan Thompson  Holidays    The following boys were rostered on over the last few weeks in the various MATES Ministries and we would like  to thank them for their generosity and commitment to reaching out to others in our community.  Paddington Day Respite Centre  25th May‐ Alessandro Reggi, Shem Falzon, Dean Baker, William Davisdon  1st June‐Hastings Donaldson, Daniel Byrne, Caleb Collins, Brandon McAnally, Brendan Cooke, Joel Speed.                       Little Kings Movement   th 26  May‐ Tristan Yamashita, Kyle Schuh, Jerome Pang, Lance Backo, Caleb Collins, Tim Humphries  2nd June‐Joshua Gault, Joe Hennessy, Thomas Piovesan, Ben Hayter, Fred Williams, BJ.Connolly                          LAMP‐Mater Dei School  th 27 May‐D’Arcy Gannon, Kieran Moon, Matthew Trubshaw, Joe Kneipp  rd 3 June‐ Lachlan Michelmore, Terry Phelan, Ryan Humphries, Tom Copley    Lamp‐ St Peter Chanel School  27thMay‐ Sam Barker, Tom Workman, Alex Bannah  3rdJune‐ Sam Barker, Myles Gorman, Tom Workman 


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Mission and Ministry News Continued... The following boys are rostered on over the next two weeks in the various MATES Ministries. 

Paddington Day Respite Centre  15thJune‐ James Mackie, Ryan Chapman, Fred Williams, Liam Peterson, Dylan Strelow  22ndJune‐Jordan Maes, Mackenzie Kelly, Ryley French, Joshua Murphy, Connor Heather    Little Kings Movement   16thJune‐ Tom Sheridan, Hastings Donaldson, Tim McPhee, Lewis Gannon, Declan O’Sullivan, James Oliver    Lamp‐ Mater Dei School  17thJune‐Liam Sharpe, Sam Bentley, Joseph, Ben Kemp    Lamp‐ St Peter Chanel School  17thJune‐Billy Renouf, Chevez Morton, Michael Wood, Joseph Byrnes   

Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat Celebrations 

With the feast day of Marcellin Champagnat on the 6th June, the entire College Community celebrated this special  event in our Marist lives on Friday 4th June beginning with the Eucharist at the Champagnat Day Mass. Celebrated  by Bishop Joseph Oudeman OFMCap DD. Our Liturgy incorporated special recognition of 2010 being dedicated by  the Holy Father as the Year of the Priest. It was a great pleasure to have Fr Ken Howell, Father Harry Moore SM, Fr  Peter Brannelly, Fr Pat Doran and Fr James O’Donohue, who concelebrated with Bishop Joseph.  As  a  Marist  Community  we  welcomed  Br  Emili  –  Superior  General  and  Br  Joseph  –  Vicar  General  of  the  Marist  Brothers.  As  a  Community  we  acknowledged Christ call to each of us to come and follow him.      During  the  mass  we  also  celebrated  and  remembered  those  generations  of  Marists  who  have  responded  to  the  call  to follow  the  Marist  way,  to  be  the  good  news  of  Jesus  for  others,  particularly  young  people  and  the  poor  and  vulnerable  in  our  society.  Jesus  gathers  us  together.  As  he  gathered  his  disciples around the boat so we also gathered together as a community.    We remember that it is through those we journey with that God is revealed to  th us. Br Emili, the 13  successor to St. Marcellin, placed for us the World Youth Day pilgrim staff, a reminder of the  challenge we have before us to follow in the footsteps of Marcellin and his companions, to leave our safe harbours  and  put  out  into  the  deep  trying  to  develop  a  way  of  being,  loving,  and  doing  that  is  our  response  to  Jesus’  challenge to “come, follow me”.    The  Champagnat  day  awards  were 

presented to Deb and John Moloney; to  Angus Martin and to Mr Richard Ward. These awards acknowledge the contributions made by these people to the  Marist Community.  

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... Social Justice Forum at Australian Catholic University 

On Friday 28th May twelve students from years ten and eleven accompanied  by Br. Mark Fordyce, travelled to the Australian Catholic  University at Banyo  to  participate  in  the  Social  Justice  Forum  Day.  ACU  has  an  impressive  commitment  to  social  justice  with  a  strong  sense  of  social  responsibility,  concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of life and dignity of all human  beings.   The  Forum  provided  an  opportunity  for  our  students to  engage  in  a  range of workshops that were designed to instill passion and to further enrich  and foster social justice within them, enabling them to bring back new  ideas  and  a  sense  of  further  commitment  to  the  social  Justice  causes  that Marist College supports.  On the day the key note speaker was MS  Therese  Rein,  wife  of  the  Prime  Minister,  who  is  a  psychologist  and  trained  rehabilitation  counsellor.    In  the  past  two  years  she  has  been  involved  in  a  number  of  issues  in  her  official  capacity  including  homelessness,  disability  and  mental  health.  Zach  Woodward,  also  a  presenter  at  the  conference,  who  is  now  a  Bachelor  of  Education  student  at  ACU,  since  leaving  Marist  College.  Zach’s  interest  in  social  justice  began  at  just  13  yrs  old,  when  he  joined the St. Vincent de Paul Society and became involved in a variety of fundraising and community initiatives,  including the MATES Program.   St Vincent De Paul Group Serve Families at Ronald McDonald House  On Friday 21st May from 3.30‐5.00pm, the  following students and staff: Scott  McCarthy, Stephen Mellor, B.J.Connolly,  John Vercoe, Kieran Dee, Alexander  Grace, Mr Luke McMahon, and Ms  Jennifer Elvery from the St Vincent De  Paul group visited Ronald McDonald House at Herston to cook pancakes and  make milkshakes for families staying there looking after sick and hospitalized children.  PNG IMMERSION NEWS  The immersion group travelling to Yangaroo in PNG had their preparation weekend at the Brothers residence  Tugan on the 28th and 29th May. This preparation gave the opportunity for  the group of pilgrims to understand a little more the significance of what  they are about to undertake on behalf of Marist. Br Chris Wills the Director  of MAPS (Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity) spoke about the receiving  community at Yangaroo and how excited they were that we were taking  the time and commitment to go and share their lives for ten days. The  Immersion group will leave Australia on the 23rd June and return on the 3rd  July. The commissioning prayer will take place at the Brothers Chapel on  the 10th June where the staff, boys and their families will be commissioned  and enjoy dinner with the Brothers Community on the same evening. 

Mates Free Dress Day  On Thursday 27th June the school community participated in the MATES free dress day with a gold coin donation as  the major fund raiser for the MATES Program.   

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Invitation to all parents and carers – have your say on your child’s education An invitation is extended to all parents and carers in Kelvin Grove to discuss the future of education in Queensland. Learn more about the planned reforms to Queensland schools outlined in the State Government’s discussion paper, A Flying Start for Queensland Children, at one of two special community forums: Date: Time: Location:

Tuesday 15 June, 2010 11am – 1pm or 6.30pm – 8.30pm Queensland Academy of Creative Industries (QACI) 61 Musk Avenue Kelvin Grove

Items on the agenda include the Government’s plan to integrate Year 7 into secondary school in 2014 and other initiatives such as the “Queensland Ready Reader” volunteer program. The State Government wants to know your views on a range of proposed education initiatives and it is important that parents and carers provide feedback. Don’t miss out on having your say. Secure your spot at the forum by emailing your RSVP to or free call 1800 452 056.

Uniform shop & CLOTHING POOL

For more information about the discussion paper, A Flying Start for Queensland Children, visit the Queensland Government website at

BLAZERS – PLEASE NOTE The Year 11 blazers are ready for collection now. Vicki Ellingsen Uniform Shop Hours: • Mondays closed • Tuesday and Friday - 12.30pm - 2.30pm • Wednesday and Thursday 12.30pm - 4.00pm

Clothing Pool Hours: Wednesday 8:00am - 9:30am & 3pm - 4:30pm. Cash or cheque only for clothing pool. CLOTHING POOL All clothing submitted for sale must be washed and ironed. Blazers must be dry-cleaned and mended.

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.

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O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, in conjunction with Marist College, would like to extend a special offer to experience the wonders of World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland...


Crisp, cool days and clear nights make winter a wonderful time to escape to the mountains. Explore World Heritage rainforest or unwind by the open fire as you watch the stunning mountain sunset. Treat yourself to our ‘Winter Escape’ Package at O’Reilly’s and enjoy...  Accommodation in a Mountain View Room  Morning and afternoon teas  Full hot and cold breakfast daily  Early morning bird walk, two hour guided afternoon walk and evening audio-visual presentation All this from only…

per person, per night, twin share

Minimum two night stay on Saturday night. Rate based on two adults twin share. Valid between 01.06.10 – 31.08.10. Not valid with any other offer. Subject to availability. Direct bookings only. Conditions apply.

Upcoming Events...  

4 – 6 June, 2010

Kick-start a healthy lifestyle with an opportunity to focus on YOU! Join us for our Wellbeing Weekend, an invigorating experience combining fitness, health and fun. This event is exclusively for women, so bring a friend or come alone and make some new ones.

12 – 14 June, 2010 Take time for yourself to de-stress, detox and commune with nature. Meditate while walking, sitting on the roots of ancient millenarian trees or next to waterfalls to clear your mind, uplift your spirit, align to the life-force of trees and water, and ground yourself.

For bookings or enquiries, contact O’Reilly’s Reservations: Phone on 1800 688 722, e-mail: or visit

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The 2010 Marist College Ashgrove Foundation Community Directory



FRIDAY 18 JUNE 2010    RSVP DUE 11 JUNE 2010     It would be wonderful if you could join us.    Any enquiries please contact   Nives Robinson  Phone: 3300 9812; email        David Helfgott  

Fundraising Concerts   


A copy of the printed directory is available for all families. The Directory is a very handy booklet and College families find it very useful. As in previous years the Directory will contain contact details for families, handy College and sport information and will incorporate the College’s Business Directory. To access our online Business Directory please go to http:// Extra copies are available from the Finance Office for $10.

80 Turner Rd, Kedron, 4031 

Samford Show 17th and 18th July

  David Helfgott, a fascinating man with an amazing gift.  His extraordinary life inspired the  Oscar winning film Shine.  David  Helfgott  has  kindly  agreed  to  do  a  series  of  not‐for‐profit  concerts,  backed  by  the  Ellaways  Music  Foundation,  with  the  aim  of  raising  enough  money  to  provide  a  $50,000  grand piano for participating schools.   Padua  College  is  proud  to  announce  two  evening  concerts:  Wednesday  July  28th  and  Monday 2nd August (7‐9pm).  Tickets are $35 each.  It  will  be  an  evening  to  remember  and  by  supporting  The  Ellaways  Music  Foundation  by  either  buying  tickets  to  a  David  Helfgott  concert  or  by  making  a  donation  ‐  through  the  Adopt  a  Key  program,  you  will  be  providing  much  needed  financial  assistance  for  this  fundraising venture.  For more information and to purchase tickets or ‘Adopt a Key’ visit: or and follow the links 

Buy a ticket to the David Helfgott Fundraising Concerts by June 10th and go in the draw to win a $100 Ellaways Music Gift Voucher

Samford Show Society Memberships available now! Family Memberships just $25 Unlimited entry over the two days of the show for 2 adults and 3 kids Please contact Angela on 0408717835 or go to the website and download the membership form www.samfordshowsociety.

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From the Deputy Head of School - Teaching and Learning 2010 Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test: Approved Calculators The calculator to be used by students is to be hand-held, solar or battery operated, noiseless and not attached to a printer. The calculator should be able to perform basic functions – addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and powers. Graphing calculators (without computer algebra system (CAS) functionality) may be used. Mobile phones are not permitted, students will not be able to use the calculator functions of a mobile phone during the test. No form of personal computer is permitted. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Any parents who could spare half a day, one day or two days to help voluntarily supervise the Queensland Core Skills Test in The Champagnat Centre on Tuesday, 31 August 2010 and Wednesday, 1 September 2010 please give your name to Marg Keetels by phoning 3858 4515 or email at Session times are 8:30am – 11:30am & 12:15pm – 2:30pm on both days. Lunch will be provided.


The 29th annual Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) is the ideal way for students to access the latest

information on tertiary studies, further training, career options, apprenticeships, scholarships, enrolment procedures and more; they will have the opportunity to obtain important information from representatives of over 110 organisations from around Australia and New Zealand. Click here for the most up-to-date exhibitor listing. Features of the event this year are:   

MORE seminar sessions – now over 60 presentations on offer $2,000 bursary competition Chance to win a laptop valued to $1,000 Record number of exhibitors

Please visit our website at Click on the tabs for a number of very useful links for students including:  

Bursary & competition details Seminar presentation listings Student Worksheet

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Music News BLUE & GOLD 2010 A big thank you to all boys, parents, staff members and marist community members for the outstanding Blue & Gold Concert. Particular congratulations to Bryce Gilholme, Brodie McAllistair and Nathan Hearn who were featured soloists on the night. The standard of performance in all items was outstanding and for the first time in the history of concerts in the Draney Theatre the Orchestra and soloist Nathan Hearn received a standing ovation for their performance of Rhapsody in Blue. Some of the many emails we received from the community included: “Congratulations! What a fantastic night we enjoyed the concert and thanks to all of the music department for making it a really enjoyable evening” “Just wanted to congratulate you all on yet another brilliant concert night, and say heartfelt THANKS for all the effort you all put in to help our guys realise and reach their artistic potential. Thank you once again.” “My congratulations on the successful and enjoyable Blue and Gold Concert last evening. Performance levels of excellence acclaimed all round. Links with former students and inclusion of parents and former staff says it all for the MCA style! All the performance groups reached new heights in confidence, sound quality and musicality. Choice of music for the various items reflected a blend between standards works and a tad towards contemporary that was well accepted. I thought the level of difficulty in the choice of music was somewhat higher this year, yet well performed.” We look forward to Blue & Gold 2012. INSTRUMENTAL REPORTS As we are moving to a new computerised system for instrumental reports this year reports for all instrumental and vocal lessons will be sent out early in Semester 2. They will not be going out as usual with the boys’ academic reports at the end of term 2. ATTENDANCE AT LESSONS* With exams and the end of term coming up it is important that students make sure they notify the music department if they cannot make a lesson. If a student, for any genuine reason such as a test or very important lesson, is unable to attend his instrumental lesson, he must advise his teacher and the Music Department ( In most cases, if we have prior notice, an alternative lesson time can be arranged. However, if the student does not notify us in advance, it is very difficult to make alternate lesson times. If the student simply forgets to come to the lesson, we have no obligation to make up that lesson. When a student is absent on exams, excursions, camps etc., we will endeavor to make up this lesson at another time providing we are given prior notice by the student or his parents. Finally another reminder to parents that lesson times can be checked via the music section on the Colleges Web Site. main.shtml With many disruptions throughout the term it is important for parents to check this each weekend.

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Music News Continued...


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From the Archives... Hello to you all again. We pick up our tale of Marist College Ashgrove with the departure of the legendary brother Brother Cyprian Dowd from the College at the end of his Directorship in late 1952. The Provincial Council decided that his successor would be Brother Ferrer Robinson, largely on two counts: Ferrer had been at Ashgrove since 1945, and so was well versed in its ethos and culture, and Cyprian himself recommended the appointment of someone who had been a staunch ally and deputy throughout his Directorship. The more usual practice was to bring in “new blood” from outside, so Cyprian’s endorsement was probably decisive. Ferrer moved into the Director’s Office in the Tower Block in early 1953. Mark Farrelly’s “Canvas of Dreams”does not sing the praises of Ferrer’s period: its chapter on 1953 to 1958 is entitled “second fiddle”. The impression one gains is of a man lacking in confidence, struggling with the exacting demands of leading the College and knowing he was not quite up to the job. My personal opinion is that “Canvas of Dreams” is probably too hard on Brother Ferrer, and that this was a period when significant events in the Ashgrove saga occurred. Certainly, he had a hard act to follow in Cyprian, and ANYONE would have suffered in comparison. Secondly, the charisma so necessary to dynamic leadership is given to very few: most of us simply have to do the best we can in the daytime, and then worry about it at night, and Ferrer was like most of us. He was small in stature, but presented a tough exterior to the world, perhaps to compensate for his smallness: the boys took to calling him “Mighty Mouse” as a result. He could be very strict, and never hesitated to use punishment, sometimes corporal. He wasn’t approachable, as Cyprian was, and scarcely, if ever, dropped his guard to reveal his inner self. He was an efficient Science and Religion teacher, well-organised and well prepared; as one former student remembers, “ You did well in Junior and Senior if you learned what he taught you.” He was also known as an excellent cricket coach, taking the First XI to many Premierships, and his 7 stone 7 Rugby League team (in the days before Union) swept all opponents away. He also had a great deal to do in the supervision of the boarders – persistent and constant in this supervision, he is remembered by one boarder as the epitome of “good order”. His best quality, however, according to his students, was his scrupulous fairness: there was one law for all, and it applied to everyone equally. As one remembers, “it was a characteristic that was part and parcel of him.” There is an anecdote told of Ferrer as umpire of a First XI game between Ashgrove and St Laurence’s. With their last man at the wicket, SLC needed only a few runs. A terrific appeal rent the air: the outcome of the match was in Ferrer’s hands; after solemn deliberation, he announced the batsman was “not out”, and SLC went on to win. As one fieldsman remembers, “If it had gone the other way, no one would have queried it, least of all the batsman; it was that close.” Nonetheless, Ferrer as umpire had demonstrated the integrity that lay at the very core of his being. He was also a totally committed Marist Brother, devoted to the sense of community fostered by the Order, and carried a deep sense of prayer in his life. He encouraged his students to follow Marcellin Champagnat, and one present Brother of the Ashgrove community unhesitatingly nominates Ferrer as his inspiration in deciding to join the Brothers. His virtues, then, were manifold; he might not have been a Cyprian, but he was a capable man who was aware of his limitations, particularly in interpersonal relations, and did his best despite those limitations. That he faced challenges was undeniable, particularly with regard to the infrastructure of the school: by the mid 1950s, Marist College Ashgrove was becoming too large in student numbers for the existing buildings to accommodate. Classes were overflowing onto verandahs, and the situation had to be solved somehow. As so often in Marist College history, the situation would draw forth the personality to provide the solution, (Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man). And while that man wasn’t Ferrer, he was wise enough to allow the man who was full rein. But the circumstances of all that will have to wait for another day……. Until next time, From The Archives, Dave Cameron: 38584591 or

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JUnIoR Junior School News SChooL nEWS

Dear Parents, Staff and Boys, The College celebrated the Feast of Saint Marcellin Champagnat on Friday 4th June. It was a great day and I am sure the boys left the College on Friday far more aware of the influence of this young French Priest. For our short Reflection, I will provide some personal thoughts on Marcellin Champagnat, particularly his Spirituality, after many years of association with the Marist Brothers and many Marist schools, both in Australia and South Africa. Marcellin was the youngest of a large farming family, who were not poor. His father was very involved in civil matters and was even involved with the French Revolution. The Champagnat farm seemed to be profitable and the family lived in a modest, but adequate home. It seems to be a very warm and happy environment for the young Marcellin and an addition to the family was an aunt, who was a nun, but had been forced from her Convent during the French Revolution. She came to stay with the family at this time and I am sure there would have been interesting discussions between the aunt and Marcellin’s father! I believe Marcellin’s mother had a profound affect on him. His mother was deeply religious and this was very much part of their home life. Her religion would have been pious, but doesn’t seem to have been rigid, or unbending or pre-occupied with rules and regulations. Marcellin always believed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was the perfect way to follow Jesus and this would have come from his mother and, most probably, his aunt. The Spirituality of the home was a gentle and accepting spirituality and this would have affected decisions made in the home. An example of this, I have always thought, was the decision taken regarding Marcellin’s education. When Marcellin was sent to school, as a very young child, he was badly affected by the cruelty of the teacher towards another student. He went home and informed the family that he did not want to return to school. The family agreed to this and from that day, Marcellin stayed within the confines of the farm, but started up a small business of selling lambs, which was successful. This incident illustrates for me the type of home created by Marcellin’s parents. They would have listened to the young boy, seen his anxiety about the situation and made a decision. Marcellin witnessed the qualities of profound faith, quiet listening, understanding and hard work growing-up and he would carry these gifts with him into adulthood and share them with the first Brothers, who, in turn, have passed them onto countless people ever since. We are the inheritors of these gifts and the challenge for us is to make them relevant to our boys in this new century. At this time, my prayer is for each of our precious boys in our care and I pray that Saint Marcellin and Mary, Our Good Mother, keeps each one safe throughout their lives. A few items of news as Term 2 draws to a close: My sincere thanks to you all: As the term draws to an end, may I express my sincere gratitude to each of you for what you have done to make Term 2 proceed so smoothly. Most importantly, however, is your presence. Quite often we emphasise ‘what is done’ but equally important is the daily presence of each member of staff, each student, each parent and each colleague. Thank you for everything and I wish you a very relaxing and safe holiday. Drop-off in the mornings: Very soon parents will be unable to drive up and drop off their sons in the parking area behind the Junior School, so I would suggest that parents, who use this method, find an alternate plan. The amount of parking space has already diminished due to the new building site, so it’s becoming very dangerous. The best solution might be to drop your sons in Moola Road and the boys walk into the College grounds. Thank you for your assistance with this.

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Junior School News Brisbane Independent Schools (BIS) Competition: Chess, Public Speaking and Debating. Marist College Junior School hosted this event on Tuesday 1 June and I wish to thank each boy who participated and represented the College so well. The visiting school was Brisbane Boys’ College. The details are: Debating: “That we rely too heavily on the internet.” Team 1, which was the Affirmative, won the debate and the boys are congratulated on their achievement. The Speaker of the Night for Team 1 was Izaac Ellings. Congratulations, Izaac. Team 2, which was Negative, did not win the debate, but the boys performed very well and are congratulated. The Speaker of the Night for Team 2 was Liam Dale. Congratulations Liam. The final BIS Competition has been cancelled, due to All Hallows inability to provide a team. Our 2 teams will debate against each other in the Draney Theatre on Monday 21 June at 9.00am. Public Speaking: Thank you to the following boys who represented the College in Public Speaking: Alfie Green (Year 6 Gold); Samuel Nilon (Year 6 Gold); Patrick Lewis (Year 6 Blue); Rory Davidson (Year 6 Red); Jack O’Connor (Year 6 Blue) and Oscar Cooney (Year 6 Red). There were 2 Speakers of the Night: Rory Davidson and Patrick Lewis. Congratulations, boys! We thank the 2 Adjudicators: Mrs Bernadette McPhee and Mrs Donna Spillane. Chess: Marist College Junior School was very well represented in Chess and we thank the following boys for representing the College in Chess: Jordan Maes, Tavish Healy, Henry Smith, Michael Fairbairn, Bailey Ainsworth, William Colman, Andrew Mather, Liam Hegarty, David Lake, Harrison Bowles, Zachery Coman, Joshua Howse, Nicholas Goh, Adrian Mifsud, Callum Ross and Seamus Treston. Long Service Leave: I would like to inform all the Junior School parents that I have requested 2 weeks Long Service Leave at the start of Term 3. I will, therefore, return to school on MonDAY 26 JULY. During my time away, I will be overseas visiting family and friends in the UK and also my brother and his family who live in Prague. I also hope to visit Brother Neville in Paris. While I am away, please contact Mr Gerard McKeown, Mr Luke Caplick or Mr Michael Connolly if you require any assistance. Important dates to remember until the end of Term 2 and the beginning of Term 3: Monday 14 June: ThE QUEEn’S BIRThDAY – Public holiday.

Tuesday 15 June: BIS in Chess and Public Speaking. The visiting school is All Hallows School, but they are unable to provide Debating teams as their Year 7 girls are in Canberra. The evening begins at 7.00pm. The boys representing the College in Chess are: Connor O’Farrell, Andrew Mather, Callum Ross, Carter Kendall, Nicholas Goh, Joshua Howse, Zachery Coman, David Lake, William Colman, Tavish Healy, Jordan Maes, Bailey Ainsworth, Michael Fairbairn, Liam Hegarty, Harrison Bowles, Adrian Mifsud, Seamus Treston and Henry Smith. The boys representing the College in Public Speaking are: Liam Hegarty, Matthew Geraghty, Jack Purtill, Michael Gardiner, Callum Williams, Max Pyne Wednesday 16 June: Photographs: Rugby, Soccer and Cross Country. Year 7 Mass at 2.30pm in the College Chapel. Parents are most welcome to attend. Drama Concert at 4.15pm. Thursday 17 June: Year 5 Music Concert at 6.00pm in the Draney Theatre. Tuesday 22 June: Junior School Assembly at 1.45 in the Draney Theatre. Parents are welcome to attend. School closes at 3.10pm for Term 2.

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Junior School News Wednesday 23 June: STAFF DAY. Thursday 24 June: STAFF DAY. Reports will be posted on FRIDAY 25 JUnE. There will be a number of enclosures, so please ensure that all is removed from the envelope. Contained in the Report Envelope is an important letter regarding the Parent/Teacher interviews for the start of Term 3. Parents are required to electronically book their preferred times for Parent/Teacher interviews and the letter explains the process you need to follow: The dates for the Parent/Teacher Interviews are in the College Calendar, but this is a reminder: Monday 19 July: Year 7. Tuesday 20 July: Year 6. Wednesday 21 July: Year 5. The Parent/Teacher interviews will take place in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Monday 12 July: STAFF DAY. Tuesday 13 July: Students return for Term 3. (Winter uniform) Wednesday 14 July: Drama classes begin at 3.30pm. If parents wish to receive more information about the Drama classes, you can make contact with Mrs Fiona Bazley-Hodges on 0411 246 487 Friday 16 July: Chess lessons with Mrs Pizzato in the Junior School Library from 7.30-8.30am. Monday 19 July: Year 7 Parent/Teacher Interviews, in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Tuesday 20 July: Year 6 Parent/Teacher interviews, in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Wednesday 21 July: Year 5 Parent/Teacher Interviews, in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. I conclude by wishing you a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to welcoming our boys back to school on Tuesday 13 July. My warmest wishes to you all.

Michael B. Druce

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Junior School Sport NewsSChooL SPoRT JUnIoR The C.I.C. Rugby and Soccer season is fast coming to an end; therefore I would like to thank the people who have made this season so successful in operation of the games, participation of the players and the on field performances. Firstly, I would like to thank the outstanding and dedicated coaching staff who have given up their time to help coach and direct our boys. As well, we have many parents who have volunteered their time to also help our boys learn the sport. Secondly, without the help and support of our fine contingent of referees, we would be unable to play the games. Each weekend these referees give of their valuable time to contribute to the proud Marist sports program, always upholding the values the school stands. Finally, I would like to thank the boys for participating in Term two sport. This year, the Junior School has seen an increase in participation levels in both Rugby and Soccer which will only enhance the tradition and culture of this fine College. RUGBY / FooTBALL WET WEAThER PRoCEDURE – GAME DAY Wet weather procedure for Saturday is: 1. Assume the match is on if no notification from coach or Head of Sport 2. Phone Sportsline (3858 4688) by 7am. Website will also be updated with changes. 3. If in doubt go to the match and if field conditions deteriorate then a decision will be made at the game by the coaches and the home school Head of Sport. 4. Check updated website and Sportsline details if changes occur Friday afternoon/ night. No change to the original message should mean games are as per original schedule.

C.I.C CRoSS-CoUnTRY 2010


Our Cross Country squad should be commended for the effort and commitment they displayed throughout the whole season. We had a group of about 50 boys who regularly showed up for training on Monday and Wednesday morning. With a total squad of 38 picked it was unfortunate that some boys who contributed to training sessions and C.I.C Carnivals on Friday afternoon were unable to gain selection in the C.I.C Cross Country team. Special thanks to all boys who attended training sessions and Friday afternoon C.I.C Carnivals and the army barracks time trials. The CIC Cross-Country Championships were run in overcast conditions at Minnippi Parklands on Wednesday 2nd June. Results for the Championships can be found on the College website or by clicking on the following link This overall result is a testament to the level of dedication and exertion the boys displayed from the start of the season which obviously progressed throughout the duration of the season. All boys who were part of the 2010 Cross-Country squad should be congratulated, regardless of whether you were selected in the final CIC team or not, your contribution to the squad should not be understated. Well done to all the boys who contributed to the 2010 Cross-Country Program. Before we headed off for the CIC Cross-Country Championships last Wednesday we presented our CrossCountry Age Champions. These were a result of the 5 lead-up runs, with runners receiving points for each run. First place received 20 points, second 18, all the way down to 2 points for 10th place. Big congratulations must go to the following boys who consistently performed throughout the lead-up events in the CIC season. Under 10

Under 11

Under 12

Under 13

1st Nick Houlahan 2nd Tom Carroll 3rd Campbell Mowle

1st Jackson Courtney 2nd Jack Gullo 3rd Calum Mackay

1st Alex Darwin 2 Brandon McAnally 3rd Louis Garrone

1st Ryley French 2nd Will Moodie 3rd Zac Fisher


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Junior School Sport News C.I.C AThLETICS 2010 The Athletics season is fast approaching and we would like to encourage as many boys as possible to attend the training sessions offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout Term 3. There are many talented athletes in the Junior School and a few may not have even tried athletics before, so we look forward to a big season; discovering talent as well as developing it. The aim this year is to encourage as many athletes as possible to ‘have a go’. An expert multi-events coach and former teacher in the Junior School Ms Krishna Stanton has been employed along with Mrs Anne Quill, Mr Matthew Green and Mr Jamie Brauer to implement an 8 week program encompassing sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws and middle distance. Ms Stanton’s philosophy is to focus on sprints, technique and strength to build a solid base which will help and is a requirement of all other events, i.e. the boys who would normally only try out for throws or jumps can benefit from sprint training as explosiveness is important in field events. Week 1 of the program will begin first week back in Term 3 with an orientation week where we will gauge the level of interest for each event. Weeks 2 – 9 will be conducted on a rotational basis with the boys having the opportunity to do at least 2 events at each training session. Participation and team spirit are what Marist College Ashgrove is about, so we look forward to a large turn out for our first week back next Term. Over the remaining couple of weeks this Term we will be trialling boys in all track and field events to come up with our nominations for the North-West District trials and also for the CIC training squad.

C.I.C BASKETBALL 2010 Basketball trials will commence for all Year groups over the next few weeks. Ashgrove will enter three Year 7 teams, three Year 6 teams and three Year 5 teams into the C.I.C. competition. A reminder to all parents of basketball players that there will be no transport provided by the College for any boy playing away from the College. Basketball fixtures occur on a Friday afternoon and alternate on a home and away basis. Basketball singlets will be provided to players, therefore no need to purchase any playing attire.

C.I.C TEnnIS 2010 CIC Tennis Selection Process & Upcoming Season There are 8 teams consisting of 4 players in each team. Teams 1 – 3 ranked on ability. Team 4 is only for Year 5 players however, if a year 5 player is good enough to beat players in other teams they can play in those teams. Teams 5 – 8 ranked on ability. Effectively there is a list of players ranked 1 to 32. If a player ranked in 25th spot challenges a player in 10th spot and wins, that winning player takes 10th spot and the loser drops down to 11th pushing everyone below down one spot. If the challenger loses nothing happens. As this process takes a very long time we use the whole of Term 2 to sort the boys into their rankings. A challenge consists of a one set match. First to six games, no tie breaks. The 2010 season will commence on 24th July and will finish on the 11th September. The season will last for 8 weeks, with a weekend off for the Exhibition break. Matches will be played on a Saturday mornings from 8.00am - 11.30am. Games will be scheduled for home and away, so it is up to the individual to find transport to the away games. Car-pooling may be necessary. Due to the number of teams playing at various locations, parental help would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to help out in anyway, please contact Scott Murphy (Junior School Tennis Co-ordinator), via his email ( Teams will be playing home and away in the following groups: Teams one, two, five and six Teams three, four, seven and eight For first two Saturdays our home venue will be at the College courts. Following this we will have a different home venue as the Senior School uses the College courts. This will be made known in the coming weeks.

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Junior School Sport News MARIST WInTER SWIMMInG PRoGRAM Students who have a keen interest in competitive swimming or wishing to keep up their fitness over the coming winter months are encouraged to join the Marist Ashgrove Winter Swimming Program, which is currently being held at Ashgrove State School pool. The pool is heated, and sessions are available Monday Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm - 5.15pm, and also on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 6.00am - 7.30am. If you would like further information regarding the Marist Ashgrove Winter Swimming Program, please contact Michael Wooldridge via email - - or on 0412 333 922.

InDIVIDUAL AChIEVEMEnTS Congratulations to Charlie Renouf (6 Red) who has been selected in the Metropolitan North U/11 Rugby League Team which will compete at the State Championships in Aspley from July 5 – 9. We all wish Charlie the best of luck at these Championships and congratulate him on the achievement of representing his Region in Rugby League.

RUnnInG FoR RESEARCh – WoRKInG MIRACLES FUn RUn Want to get active, have fun and work wonders for sick kids? The annual Woolworths Fresh Food Kids Hospital Appeal fun run, Running4Research, is just around the corner and we would love you be part of this great family event. Held at Roma Street Parklands on Sunday 20 June, there is something for everyone with 10km, 5km and 1.5km events, as well as a jumping castle, face painting, sausage sizzle and more. With plenty of parking and handy to public transport, join us for a beautiful run or walk through the picturesque parklands whilst working wonders for sick kids. Visit register or find out more. Luke Caplick Head of Sport – Junior School


Marist College Ashgrove | College Newsletter 2010

Ashgrove Sport From the Head of Sport


This Saturday sees the penultimate round of the AIC  competition verse traditional rivals St Laurence’s  College. This home round fixture will be a fitting  second last round as teams in all grades and both  codes jostle for premiership positions.    This round shaping very much like the ‘heritage’ round  as the local rivalry between IONA College and Villanova  will also be tested. In the 1st XV competition Ashgrove  faces yet another test in a difficult run home. The  Laurie’s side was beaten by Eddies who we have in the  last round. A strong and character building win over a  fast out of the blocks St Pat’s side is an indicator of just  how much the team has matured. The side is still  relying on either IONA or St Peter’s to cause an upset  to keep their premiership hopes alive.    One of the big challenges for the rugby program each  week is the ability to officiate our B division and under  matches. This weekend alone the College has to cover  24 games not covered by QRRA appointments. I like to  acknowledge the following Parents and Old Boys for  their continued support and availability to ref this  season: Brad Smith, Damian O’Rourke, Peter Tregenza,  Andrew Cole, Andrew Carmody, Mark Fairweather,  John Carol, Simon Moore, Adam Uren, Sebastian Pelly  and Joel Negline. It is also pleasing to note student refs  Adam Nelson, Duncan Stephens and Brad Cox obtain  their accreditation and begin ref appointments for the  College.    The 1st XI Football side is heading for a 3rd undefeated  premiership; a result not achieved at this level of  competition by any College in the AIC. Comprehensive  and dominate victories in the 5 rounds of competition  so far have set the side up for a big finish. With the  World Cup kicking off this weekend the interest in  football at a local level is very strong. The aggregate  results will hinge on matches v Laurie’s this Saturday.  The Uhlsport Cup competition is also progressing for  the 1st XI with a second group match being played on  Tuesday.   

NB – All after school training should finish by 5pm:  especially with light fading fast this time of the year.  Students need to ensure they have arranged a suitable  pick up time to avoid waiting in dark areas like the  Flats. The A/H Reception is located next to the Health  Centre and should be used by a student if there is a  problem. Alternatively, students should wait at the bus  sheds for collection.      


Saturday 12th May ‐   AIC Rd 6 v SLC  Photo schedule will be published the week of the 7th June.  Most team photos will occur 1 hour prior to the start of  their match.  All players must have correct Ashgrove playing uniform to  be in photo.  See College website for schedule       


Available for purchase from the  Boarders Shop next to the  Tuckshop ‐ $6    The Ashgrove Clothing Shop has  in stock the new Ashgrove  Sport Polar fleece ($45). This is  an alternative cool weather  uniform option for all students  who participate in winter sports (Rugby / Football / XC)       


The AIC division of the Independent Schools AFLQ  competition will commence on the 19th July (week 2 /  term 2). The competition caters for two teams per  school: 14yrs and under and a 16yrs and under side.   To begin the task of selecting and organizing teams the  16 yrs players will ‘sign on’ this Friday followed by the  14yrs ‘sign on’ on Friday 18th June.     To be eligible players must have participated in term 1  or 2 sports for the College.           

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The annual inter‐House cross country race known as  the Harold House Pursuit of the Eagle was run as part  of Champagnat Day celebrations last Friday. As at time  of publication official results were not yet published.    Regular training is Monday, Wednesday & Friday  mornings meeting at the Gym @ 6.45am  The holiday Training Camp booklet and permission  forms have been distributed to approx 80 runners to  attend for AIC preparation. y.shtml     The squad continues it preparations with another KOM  (King of the Mountain) run on Wednesday followed by  a team breakfast in the Cyprian. They then head to  Villa Park this Friday for an AIC trial run.    AIC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 31st July 9am – 12 noon  Limestone Park Ipswich  MCA Defending Champions     

Term 2 Strength & Conditioning training has begun. There are still places available for new students. All rugby players should consider maintenance program of weights during the football season. For more information or to enroll into the Ashgrove Acceleration Program please go to or call 1300-661-847


TENNIS Professional Tennis Lessons Term 3 We offer group classes and private lessons for all standards of player – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Squad training available for players looking to move into tournament level tennis. We also run Hotshots modified tennis for the younger beginners. All classes start back in the second week of term 3. We also run fixtures for the players wanting play competitively. All on site at Marist College. If you would like to enrol and book a space in classes for term 3 please contact us on the below details:

PRo-AM TEnnIS Allan Say – Marist Head Coach PH: 0408 766 882 E: W:

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS Parents are requested to forward any noteworthy achievements to for publication.


Marist College Ashgrove Newsletter


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