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Marist College Ashgrove Volume 47 Issue No. 3 February 2011

College News

Dates to Remember Friday 4 March • Junior School Assembly – Student Leaders Induction • Term 1 Fees Due • AIC Swim Meet • CIC Swimming Dinner • Year 8 Ignatius/Rush Camp • Year 12 QCST Trial 8.15am • Junior School Movie - Draney Theatre - 1-3pm • Year 10 Camp #3

Friday, March 18 • National Day of Action against Bullying • Junior School Swimming Carnival

Saturday, March 5 • AIC Volleyball/Cricket v St Edmunds (A) • CIC Cricket v SPC

Monday, March 21 • AIC Cross Country Training Commences • Year 10 Camp #5 - Starts

Monday, March 7 • P&F Forum - Cyprian - 7pm

Tuesday, March 22 • Sports & Group Photo Day

Tuesday, March 8 • CIC Swimming Carnival • Year 8 Ephrem/Harold Camp - Start • International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 24 • Year 11-12 Exams - Start

Saturday, March 19 • AIC Volleyball/Cricket v Padua (H) • Senior Pre-Formal from 5.30pm, then Formal at 7.30pm • Feast of St Joseph • CIC Cricket v BBC

Wednesday, March 9 • Ash Wednesday

Friday, March 25 • Year 11-12 Exams • Old Boys Golf Day • The Annunciation of The Lord

Thursday, March 10 • AIC Swimming Championships - Years 11 & 12 Supporting • Autumn Concert 1 - Draney Theatre - 7pm

Saturday, March 26 • Rugby/Football Trials • CIC Rugby Coaching Clinic • Year 8 2013 Interviews conclude

Friday, March 11 • Year 7 Dinner - Cyprian

Monday, March 28 • Year 11-12 Exams - Start • Year 11-12 Work Experience - Start

Saturday, March 12 • AIC Volleyball/Cricket v Villanova (H) • CIC Cricket v MBBC Monday, March 14 • Year 8 Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews • Interruption Free Week - Start • College Foundation Meeting • Year 10 Camp #4 - Start Tuesday, March 15 • Year 8 Foley/Gilroy Camp - Start • Sports & Group Photo Day

Wednesday, March 30 • Year 5 Camp - Start • AIC Cross Country Season Launch • Year 11-12 Work Experience Thursday, March 31 • Year 11-12 Exams - Finish • Year 11-12 Work Experience - Finish • Newsletter Online Normal teaching week from the 4th of April

Wednesday, March 16 • Rush House Triathlon Thursday, March 17 • Optimus Awards Breakfast • Feast of St Patrick • Newsletter Online • Autumn Concert 2 - Draney Theatre - 7pm

Mass & Reconciliation 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 Ashgrove Family, At the Boarders’ Mass on February 20th, Fr Pius in his homily spoke to the boys about the difficulty we sometimes find as humans to say, “I love you”. He encouraged the boys to do this with their parents, which is something we tend to live to regret when our parents are no longer with us. In his book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” Richard Carlson writes about the fact we often get caught up with thinking of people who irritate us and instantly become filled with negativity. He writes: “Once I made the conscious decision to spend a moment each morning thinking of someone to love, my attention was redirected toward the positive, not only toward that one person, but in general throughout the day ….. Every morning when I wake up, I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then I ask myself the question, “Who shall I send love to today?” Instantly a picture will pop into my mind – a family member, a friend, someone I work with, a neighbour, someone from my past, even a stranger I may have seen on the street.” His message toward these people is simple, he wishes them a wonderful day with loving kindness. Carlson writes that it has a profoundly positive effect on him. St Marcellin’s golden rule for educators was simple, “To educate children first you must love them, and love them all equally.” It’s simplistic and resonates with a true sense of family spirit. The love for neighbour was truly evident during the recent floods and cyclones we suffered in Queensland. People put the needs of others before their own needs so that those devastated by the forces of nature would not be alone in their hour of need. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is quoted: “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. (13:34) Jesus doesn’t just mean all those who live near us, he means all of humanity everywhere. We reach out to others with what we have but our greatest gift is with our presence. St Marcellin valued highly being present and being a good example to others. Let’s all practice Love of neighbour in the coming weeks. Yours in Jesus, Mary and St Marcellin. Peter McLoughlin Headmaster

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From the Headmaster Continued... ICT Conference Congratulations to Ms Alana Armitage and her organizing team for the excellent Annual Professional Learning Conference- Creating, Collaborating, Communicating- 21st Century Digital Learning Environment. There were 110 Marist staff who attended the conference as well as 110 teachers from other schools. Our Services Staff and Tech Crew provided wonderful support on the day. The organizing committee were: James Metzeling, Chantal Hochstrasser, Ed Wright, Cathy Atkinson, Cheryl Geck, Doug Perrers, Gerard McKeown, Joshua Mulligan, Margaret Keetels Matt Green, Robbie Rentz, Roma Deo, Wayne Hansen, Stephen Porter, and Pam Brooks. Champagnat Sports Lunch Congratulations to our wonderful committee Peter McWhirter, Kay Wells, Leigh Perkins and Tony Byrne who yet again created a sensational afternoon’s entertainment on Friday February 25th. The Sports Lunch exists to support the Champagnat Trust whose aim is to provide a Marist Education for all. John Eales and Matthew Hayden are excellent co-Patrons of the Trust and faithfully support its aims. Sports Poet, Rupert McCall has created a wonderful poem in tribute to John and Matthew’s time here at Marist in the Blue and Gold and we hope to have Rupert recite the poem for boys at Assembly in the future. ACARA information Dear Parents, This Friday, 4 March 2011, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) will launch the updated version of its website My School 2.0 ( The website provides profiles on every school, including ours, and includes information about the school such as student and staff numbers, attendance rates, and results from the national literacy and numeracy tests. For the first time, the website will include information about changes in school NAPLAN results and school finances. The website also uses an index to compare our school’s NAPLAN results with those from other Australian schools serving students from statistically similar backgrounds. While this information will provide a resource to help consider what areas our school is doing well in and where improvements might be possible, it should also be recognised that the information represents test outcomes at two single points in time and is only a very small part of the overall education picture. Financial information for our school is also shown on the website, with 2009 recurrent income and capital expenditure broken down by source of funding. Our school is funded by Australian and State Government grants as well as by your school fees and other contributions. On average, Catholic schools in Queensland receive 52% of their income from the Australian Government, 21% from State Government and the rest, 27%, is made up by contributions from parents and the community. It is important to note that Catholic schools, on average, receive only about 60% of the total government funding received by State schools. The funding of Australian schools is an important, and in many ways, complex issue. For a detailed explanation about the funding of Catholic schools, I would encourage you to access information developed by the Queensland Catholic Education Commission at (Finance and Resourcing) There is a lot of information contained on the My School 2.0 website and we encourage parents, carers and other interested members of the school community to view it. If you have any further questions you can contact the ACARA information desk directly on Ph 1300 895 563, or please also feel free to contact me at the school. Yours sincerely, Peter McLoughlin

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From the Headmaster Continued... Prayers Please Please pray for the repose of the soul of: • Frank Andrews - grandfather of Ben (12F), and old boys Sam, Jack, Matthew, David, Sean, Simon and Daniel and father of Old Boys Robert, John, Geoff, Bill, Peter, Paul and Terry who passed away on January 12 2011. • Robyne Flannery – grandmother or Alex Campbell (12R) who passed away last week. • Bernard Hannagan, 1966 Old Boy passed away on 13 February. His Brothers Terry, Kevin (Dec'd) and Chris attended the College. His sister Mary-Jude (Ex-President P&F) had a son (Tom) through in 2005 and mother Mavis served as secretary of the P&F for many years. Bernie as he was known died of a brain stem bleed very suddenly. • Brian Halls, husband of Janice one of our service staff who passed away last week. "Eternal rest grant to them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. Please also keep in your prayers the victims in the 6.3 magnitude (on the Richter scale) earthquake that hit Christchurch New Zealand last week.

ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL EVENTS The Conditions of Enrolment state in part that: “The College requires full participation in events integral to the life of the school. This includes: • College Masses • Retreats • College Swimming and Athletics Carnivals • College Walkathon ....” In the table below, the first row of figures for each year level shows the number and percentage absent on the Swimming Carnival days. The next row shows the absentees on a typical school day. The comparisons are disappointing and indicate that some people are not fulfilling their obligations. These days are not optional.

The records of those boys with consistent patterns of unacceptable absences on days such as these are noted and monitored for future reference. Richard Ward DEPUTY HEAD OF SCHOOL (PASTORAL)

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GOOD FROM DISASTER? Explanations as to why natural disasters happen are of little consolation to those caught in the middle. The suffering, sense of loss, grief and disbelief along with the stories of courage, generosity and hope have been a part of our lives over these last few months. Does it ever seem to end? News of the earthquake in Christchurch now pours into our TV screens. It is hard to talk of any good coming out of such events, especially when there has been so much pain. Recently I did hear a story of some good that came out of the experience of two neighbours coming to terms with awful damage to their homes. They had lived next door to each other since the early days of their marriages. Years ago a small trifling argument between their two small children separated these families into cold isolation; they may as well have lived a hundred kilometres apart. When tragedy struck they got over their differences and bravely faced the mess of trashed homes. Both the mothers found the courage, after working together for some hours without speaking to each other, to say ‘sorry.’ A tough word to say, some say the hardest. They said it! The old spark of friendship way down below all that pain ignited and the fire of friendship re-formed. As we continue to support those in Queensland who have suffered so much let’s spare a prayer for the people of Christchurch, that there may be stories of hope to encourage them in their struggle. Fr Pius Jones SM College Chaplain

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Shop Hours TUES and FRI 12.30pm – 2.30pm WED and THURS 12.30 – 4.00pm Shop closes Friday 8th April for Easter holidays SPECIAL OPENING TIMES TUES 5th APRIL – FRI 8th APRIL SHOP WILL BE OPEN 10.30am – 4.00pm WED 27th APRIL (Student free day) SHOP OPEN 2.00pm – 6.00pm THURS 28th – FRI 29th 10.30am – 4.00pm WINTER UNIFORM WILL BE WORN FROM 28th APRIL Years 5 – 10 wear L/S grey shirt, tie and pullover Years 11 – 12 wear Blazer L/S blue shirt, tie and trousers. Shop no – 33665738 Mobile 0404 299 479 Email 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.

Our Lady’s Catholic Parish, Everton Park - Sacramental Program Our Lady’s Catholic Parish, Everton Park (situated at 14 Halle Street, Everton Park) will commence its Sacramental Program after the 8am. Mass, Sunday 13th March 2010. This Program, designed for children in Grades 3 and upwards, will prepare them for the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation. ALL WELCOME Further information: Fr. Joe (Parish Priest) Tel: 3855 3255

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DateS Correction Blue and Gold Ball Please note there is a correction to the College calendar. The correct date for the Ball is Saturday the 6th of August. 8-9 Dance In Term 3 this appears twice on the Calendar. The 30th July is the correct date.

2011 Tennis Championships Sunday 27th March

Year 12 Information Night The video recording of the recent Year 12 Information Evening is now available on the College website under Latest News or by clicking on this link: http://

Entry Fee: $15 per person – Includes Sausage Sizzle Pay on the day of play Format: Knockout event with a plate draw Part of the selection process for Marist inter-school tennis teams. Everybody guaranteed of at least two matches! 8am play starts – Players to arrive at 7.45am To Enter Put your name down on the entry form at the junior school office. Entries close Thur 24th Mar. Run by Laura Flynn - Pro-Am Tennis. Allan Say Ph: 0408 766 882

CLOTHING POOL 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.

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FROM THE HEAD OF MATHEMATICS – JACQUI KLOWSS Please find below the Maths Tutoring Roster for students who would like to advantage of this service.

LEC is open every morning for any tutoring Year 8-10. Old Boys are also available for Maths tutoring for Years 8-12 every morning from 7:30am – 8:30am in Room 203/204.

BOOKFEST !!! AT ST. MICHAEL’S PARISH HALL, 250 BANKS STREET, DORRINGTON ON SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2011 8.OO A.M. TO 6.00 P.M. AND SUNDAY 13 MARCH 2011 9.00 A.M. TO NOON 6,000 books on a great variety of subjects ---- novels, History and Warfare, Health, Sport and Education, Australiana, Travel, Politics and Business, Cookery and Gardening, Poetry and Classics, Religion and Philosophy, hundreds and hundreds of Children’s books (for all ages). BARGAINS GALORE !! COME !! BROWSE !! BUY !! ALL PROCEEDS TO ST VINCENT DE PAUL QUEENSLAND FLOOD RELIEF APPEAL

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“Many boarding and day student families have been impacted and we are opening an Appeal for them to assist with school fee alleviation.” The Headmaster Mr Peter McLoughlin is urging the Marist College Ashgrove family to dig deep to assist our Marist families who have been affected by the 2011 floods and cyclones. If you would like to make a donation to this great cause please fill out your details below and pledge your amount.

As a further way to assist you may wish to bid in the open auction for a signed and display mounted Powderfinger guitar from their last ever concert in Brisbane! Watch the Marist Website for upcoming details:


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Keperra Country Golf Club Friday 25 March

Business Card Draw - Round of Golf for 2 at Keperra

*** $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.

$95 Entry Fee Includes: * Green Fees & Buggy * Breakfast - Inc Bacon & Egg Burger * Lunch - Hamburgers, Fries, Buffet * Drink Cart - Drink Vouchers on Course * Prizes Galore!!!

Registration 7:30am Shot gun Tee Off 8:30am For information contact: Peter Casey on 0438 325 863

To order tickets, please post the following form to: Peter Casey c/- PO Box to 141, Moorooka Q 4106 or Fax: 07 3255 5129 Please enter _____ players for the Marist College Ashgrove Golf Day My “not negotiable” cheque, payable to Marist College Ashgrove is enclosed or. Expiry date:

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From the Deputy Head of School - Teaching and Learning 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, 30 August 2011 and Wednesday, 31 August 2011 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. NAPLAN 2011 Any parent who wishes to withdraw their sons from participation in the Year 5, 7 or 9 NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) please advise the College of this fact via email keetelsm@ QUT Open Day The QUT Open Day (Kelvin Grove Campus) is on Sunday 31 July 2011 from 9am – 3pm.


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PARENT FORUM DRUG ISSUES— ADOLESCENTS IN SCHOOLS Join with other parents, Peter McLoughlin and Richard Ward as we discuss the serious issues facing our children:  


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Mission and Ministry News LENTEN PRAYER

Almighty and everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility. He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man And giving His life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You By following His example of suffering And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son. St Marcellin Champagnat; Pray for us St Mary Mackillop; Pray for us Mary our Good Mother; Pray for us And we remember always to pray for one another.


St Casimir Day of Penance World Women’s Day of Prayer 2011

Sunday 6th March 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time Monday 7th March Ss Perpetua & Felicity Tuesday 8th March

St John of God Shrove Tuesday-Why Pancakes? Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent, a 40 day period of fasting before the great celebration of Easter. Traditionally, people did not eat eggs or fat during lent. Making pancakes was a good way of using up these foods before Lent started. Shrove Tuesday is a last chance to indulge ourselves before our time of “giving things up”- it is a “feast” to prepare for the time of “famine”. Although it is a day of feasting we are well aware of what things we are going to “go without” or “take up” the following day. International Women’s Day Wednesday 9th March Ash Wednesday- Day of Fast and abstinence The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a special time of 40 days to prepare for the great 50 days of Easter. Lent is a penitential season of prayer, self denial and helping others. The main focus in lent is to pray with greater purpose and to see the real needs of our neighbor.

Lenten Practices and Rituals

The word ‘Lent’ means ‘springtime’ and of course in the northern hemisphere, Lent occurs during, or just before, Spring. It is intended to be a time of preparation for energetic growth. It is a time set aside to renew and prepare ourselves to receive the fullness of the resurrection. Yet before there can be the joy and exuberance of new life, first there must be death - death to selfishness, death to mean-spiritedness, death to anything that serves ourselves rather than others. To prepare our minds and hearts for the joyous celebration of new life and energy of Easter, we can use Lent as a kind-of spiritual makeover time. Personal pledges to forgo favourite foods, to fast, to give to charity and to extend our prayer time are simple and effective ways to reorientate our hearts from selfishness towards life and love. The Stations of the Cross is an ancient prayer tradition designed to do just this. While it can seem sombre and gloomy to meditate on Jesus’ suffering and death, the essence of this prayer is to recognise the ‘cross’ in our own lives so that we too may participate in Jesus’ death and resurrection Friday 11th March Day of Penance Sunday 13th March First Sunday of Lent Thursday 17th March St. Patrick

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... MATES PROGRAM

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

The Campus Ministry Team would like to thank all students, staff and families for offering their time to help with the Homeless BBQ. At present our rosters are at capacity and we have a family rostered on each week for the foreseeable future. However please don’t be discouraged from offering your assistance as opportunities will arise later in the year. I welcome all enquiries regarding the BBQ and please feel to email me on (Caroline Smith, Senior School Campus Minister) Our thanks again to the staff, students and families who have generously offered their time to participate in the MATES BBQ in the last few weeks. 16th February Richard Ward (Team Leader & Staff Driver), Susan Steward, Veronica Grant, Ben Andrews, George Young, Matthew Hayes, Kenneth Lopez-Loo, Ashley Vienna, Lincoln Farmer, James Oliver, Pat Cenita. 23rd February Graham Lawson (Team Leader & Staff Driver), Tegan Banks, James Mackie, Jenni Watts, Samuel Barker, Xavier Devlin, Connor McWhirter, Oliver McCall, Darcy Meehan, Moira Meehan, Darcy Gannon, Matthew Coleman, June Coleman, Phillip Coleman. The MATES BBQ Roster for the next fortnight is: 9th March Br Mark, Kay Wells, Paul Kearney, Tom Noonan, Patrick Nicholson, Joseph Byrne, Paddy Maher, Jack Bendall, Jordan Holmes, Kevin Birney, Ryan Humphries 16th March Scott Murphy (Staff Driver), Caroline Smith (Team Leader), Elizabeth Falconer, Jan Nicholls, Zac Tedim, Marco Zheng, Tim Good, Nick Poulsen, Hamish Teitzal, Toby Waddell, Henry Waddell, Debbie Waddell, Angus Waddell 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. Little Kings Movement 15th February - Darcy Marnane, Nick Furness, Ryan Haling, Elliot Martin, Jerome Pang, Loel Speed, Callum Atterton 22nd February -Tom Piovesan, Patrick Beveridge Riley Sheehan, Jack Neumann, Alex Duff, Jack O’Connor, Lachlan Hughes. LAMP-Mater Dei School 17th February - Sam Dale, Julian D’Arcy, William Thompson, Will Burke 24th February – Oliver Darwin, Ben Perkins, Wes Pearson, Reilly Warmington

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... LAMP- St Peter Chanel School 17th February - Taylor Duke, Harrison Fowler, James Garrett, Benjamin Liversidge, Nathaniel Hully 24TH February - Joseph Garrone, Cameron Green, Daniel Greig, Jerome Pang, Alex Ladd

Anniversary of Federal Parliament’s Apology

On Monday 14th February the following staff and students attended the Anniversary of Federal Parliament’s Apology at Holy Rosary Primary School. Bianca McDowall, Br. Mark, Jerome Pang, Benji Waters, Eric Law, Charles Cameron, Jayke Stevenson, Jack Watson and Nathan Bassani.

Little Kings Appeal - A very big Thank you to all the students in Harold House who were involved in the Little Kings Door Knock appeal on the weekend of the 12th -13th February. We would like to announce that from this door knock the students collected a total of $5,387.40 Well done to all students in Harold House who participated in this and also thank you to the Head of Harold House Mrs. Veronica Grant and the Harold House Tutors for supporting this most worthy cause.

Solomon Islands Rugby Calling

You may be aware that our Solomon Island Immersion group visits St Joseph’s Tenaru. Father Aisake Silatou, a Marist Father is Chaplain to the college at Tenaru. Father is Tongan and is starting a rugby team at the College. He has requested if possible the donation of any second hand rugby boots that can help him get under way. Remembering this is a high school and larger sizes are probably more appropriate. If your son could drop them into the Campus Ministry office your generosity and thoughtfulness would be appreciated.

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... SVDP Conference

The SVDP Conference would like to remind all staff and students of the BBQ which is held every Thursday morning in the main yard. The SVDP boys run a sausage sizzle before school to raise funds for the Conference. They would welcome your support by the purchase of a sausage for $1.50.

Lenten Collection 2011

Marist College has a strong tradition and commitment to raising funds during the season of Lent. This year we plan to raise funds by two main means. The first one is by the selling of Marist Solidarity Wrist bands. We hope that every student in the College can purchase a Marist Solidarity Wristband for $5.00. The first day that students will be able to purchase these wristbands will be on ASH WEDNESDAY-9TH MARCH. “I SEE YOU - MARIST SOLIDARITY”- This is the wording that will be on the wristbands. This is to tie in with the MAPS theme for this year (Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity) of “I See You”. All students and staff are offered the opportunity to purchase one of these which will help raise the much needed funds that will be then sent off to the three main organizations MAPS, Caritas and Catholic Mission. There will be a Free Dress Day for the whole College on Friday 11th March and a $2.00 donation is encouraged. In the last week of Term (4th-8th April) an Easter Egg House Raffle will take place. All students in each House will be asked to purchase a raffle ticket towards this fundraiser which will be drawn later in the week. The Junior School will also have an Easter Egg Raffle. Your support with the 2011 Lenten Collection will be greatly appreciated.

Mates Immersion Experiences 2011

The Information and application packages were made available to the Year 11 students last week. These Immersion experiences are offered to Year 11 students who wish to broaden their horizons and perspectives on life and deepen their own self understanding, faith and spirituality through living a simpler way of life. These MATES Immersions involve visiting a Marist Community in the Asian Pacific Region. This year the students have the opportunity to travel to the following communities: Santa Teresa Aboriginal Community, Alice Springs St Dominic’s Rural Training Centre, Vanga Point, Solomon Islands St Michel’s Rural Training Centre, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu La Valla School, Phnom Penh, and Pialin, Cambodia

13th-20th August 15th-25th September 15th-25th September 25thNovember- 9th December

If parents or students have any questions or further inquiries regarding the application process for the Mates Immersion Experiences please feel free to contact one of the Campus Ministers in the Senior School via email or telephone.

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... Movers & Shakers 2011

Movers & Shakers is a week- long Christian leadership training program for young people aged 16-25 running from the 17th-21st April at the James Byrne Centre, Toowoomba. If you want to become the best leader you can be, this is the training for you! This program is organized and sponsored by the Queensland Catholic Diocesan Youth Coordinators. For more information or to register go to or speak with your local Parish Youth Coordinator/Parish Priest, or your APRE/Campus Minister. Registrations close 18th March.

Snapshots from the Swimming Carnival

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HPE News

By James Metzeling, Head of KLA HPE


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IN THE TH HICK OF IT T: Our HPE stud O dents are working well, getting involvved in a number of activitties at the m moment. We have studen nts  participating  p e, Tennis, Vo olleyball, Wa ter polo, Oriienteering,  in a numberr of sports including: Ulti mate Frisbee Swimming an S nd Golf. It’s b been good to o see studentts continuingg to bring the correct spoorts uniform and getting  in nvolved in alll activities. A As we lead in nto Assessmeent time for both practical and theorry elements o of PE can I  encourage st e udents to plan ahead of time and to  also openly communicatte with theirr teachers an nd look to  eir potentiall.  achieve to th a   YEAR Y 8 PE E LOGO DE ESIGN – A ffew weeks aggo students in Year 8 had d the opporttunity to dessign a new HPE  lo ogo for 20111. It was greaat to see a nu umber of stuudents enter and I’m happy to annouunce that Huggo Oates was  the winner. H Hugo wins a p pair of Nike sshorts, $50 R Rebel gift voucher, a Rug gby ball and CCap with his logo printed d  on them. We o ll done Hugo o. I have included below  the entries aand congratu ulate all boyss for entering.  





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P&F News Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the Welcome Evening on Tuesday evening – it was lovely to meet so many of you. We realize that there are many demands on everyone’s time at the start of the school year, hence if you would like to be involved in P&F activities but were unable to attend on Tuesday evening you may be interested in contacting one of the following sub-committee co-ordinators or our secretary Jonnie de Lacy at and she will forward your details to the appropriate committee representatives. Amity is responsible for co-ordinating and assisting hospitality and social functions for the College, particularly the Welcome Evening in February, the Pre-Formal function held at the College in March, the Mother/Son Mass in May, year-group dinners for parents with boys in each of years 5 through 11 (the ‘Year Dinners’), Grandparents Day in November and College social functions as arranged from time to time. Please contact Karen Ryan at if you would like to volunteer or for more information. Boarder Support assists and supports boarding students and their families in the daily life of the College, easing the concerns of parents who are often far from their sons. Volunteers may be called upon to transport boys to medical or dental appointments, to assist the younger boys in shopping for clothes, sewing on name tags and other day-to-day tasks the boys find difficult to do for themselves, or even helping our Senior boys as they prepare for their Formal. This group also organises a dinner for Year 12 day and boarding parents on the night of the Senior Formal, co-ordinates afternoon teas of home-made food provided by parents on a fortnightly basis for boarding students (every plate is always clean at the end!), and also assists the college in arranging emergency accommodation for boarding families, through a list of day families who have generously offered their homes for this purpose. Contact is Michelle Carmody at . Alternatively boarder parents may like to chat with Gilliam Semple (boarder parent) at Card Days are a long-established initiative that remain a very popular event on the College calendar. The Card Day committee provides a social opportunity for cards players in our own and surrounding community and in doing so, provide a modest contribution to P&F fundraising. Card Days are held once each term on a Wednesday (check the College Calendar) from 9.30am-2.00pm in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Our guests book tables of 4-6 and enjoy the day playing card games such as bridge, euchre and 500. Volunteers prepare and serve a home-baked morning tea. At lunchtime a cash bar operates with sandwiches served, and raffle and lucky door prizes drawn. We invite you to consider becoming a volunteer with Card Day, especially our Junior School Mums, as it is a socially rewarding and low commitment voluntary role and one that provides the value of friendship of other Mums during your son’s years at the College. There are other ways we’d love to have your involvement with Card Day... come as a guest, donate a raffle prize, bake something delicious to serve. If you’d like to find out more about Card Days, please give us a call. Lisa Gelsomino 3366 9020 Mob. 0400 729 643 or Janine Sharman 3353 4943 Mob. 0412 628 546 or Card Day - Vacant Sub-Committee position The position of Card Day Coordinators remains vacant with the Parents & Friends Association. The current Coordinators have sons finishing this year and it would be ideal if the role could be filled this semester to assist with the handover at year’s end. Lisa Gelsomino - 33669020 | 0400 729 643 | Debbie Moloney - 3356 6796 | The Solo Parent’s Group has been established to help any Single Parent at Marist bringing up their boys on their own.  The group meets on a monthly basis during school term at a local venue.  The meetings are very relaxed with lots of chat, laughs and sharing. Members support each other with advice from experience during open discussions. If you are a solo parent, you are assured of complete confidentiality and will be very warmly welcomed. Contact is Pip McGlinn at Sports Canteens are operated for every sport during home games/ swimming carnivals. As well as being a much needed service at these events, the canteens are an important source of revenue for the P&F and a way for parents and families to socialize and meet your sons’ peers and parents. We ask that parents consider volunteering a small amount of time to serve in the canteens during the season. We can always use more help. Contact is Roberta Bannah at

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P&F News Continued... Walkathon The Walkathon committee works to prepare and ensure the success of the Walkathon each year. The annual Walkathon is the major fundraising event for the P&F Association and is a wonderful opportunity for parents and families to be involved. Held on a Sunday morning in May the boys, and often other family members, participate in a supervised walk then return to a family barbeque and the annual “Battle of the Bands” which is hotly contested by the Senior School boys. We will be calling for volunteers soon. Contacts are Alan and Adele Hamilton and a link will be established through the College website closer to the Walkathon to assist with communication. Some other reminders……. Parent Forum on Monday, March 7 Last year the P&F launched the Drug and Alcohol Resource booklet which was distributed to families of boys in Years 9 and below. There are copies available at Student Administration for anyone who missed out and would like one. This year we plan to have a particular emphasis on the issues surrounding drug usage by adolescents and the College policies and criminal laws which apply when drugs are brought into our Marist community. The impact on individuals and families who have been through this experience is devastating and long-lasting so there needs to be continuing collaboration between parents and the school as to how best to manage the tensions that these situations cause between: the mission and ethos of a catholic, Marist school; the legal aspects; and the duty of care that requires all students to be safe in this school environment. Parents are very welcome to contribute to this discussion which will be led by Peter McLoughlin and Richard Ward on Monday 7th March in the Cyprian Pavilion. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the evening which will finish no later than 9pm. Pre formal drinks – Saturday March 19– we still need volunteers The Amity Committee is in need of volunteers to assist with the preparation of savouries for the Senior Formal pre-dinner drinks which are held in the Champagnat Centre. On Saturday March 19 we need at least 12 parents from 2pm till about 7pm– or any times in which you are available. Menus and ingredients are prepared, you just need to chop, prepare, blend, present and wash up- no culinary skills are necessary!!!!! If you would like to volunteer or need any more information please contact Karen Ryan at Have a good fortnight, Deb Moloney (Vice-president P&F)

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From the Archives Hello to you all again. This is the second article on “special” College people, and deals with Michael Howard Gubbins, or Gubbo, lay teacher at the College from 1964 to 1991. Michael was hired by Brother Othmar Weldon, Headmaster of St Mary’s College in 1963 and 1964. Othmar met Michael, then teaching at Cranbrook School, at a GPS Rugby game in Sydney, and immediately offered him a job in 1964. It was an association that would last until Gubbo’s untimely death in 1991, making him at that time the longest-serving member of staff in the history of the College…… Gubbo’s major areas of teaching were English and Religious Education, but it was the lessons behind the lesson being taught that were his major preoccupation. A gentleman of impeccable style himself, he felt a need to knock off the rough edges, to show his students a better, more genteel way, to inculcate in them respect for others, to eliminate barbarian tendencies, and to replace them with finer things. In this he had no peer, and his gregarious humour and kindness spread to cover staff as well as boys. It was no accident, with his wealth of experience, that he became a Year Master, nor that his advice was accepted by several Headmasters, nor that the main staffroom in the school was named the Gubbins Room as a mark of the respect in which the entire school community held him. Tom Cranitch, the editor of the Ashgrovian, the Newsletter of the MCA Old Boys Association, summed up Gubbo perfectly in December 1991: “A passionate and ever busy man (perhaps even a little disorganised) – but none the less with a zest for life that was obvious to all…..Gubbo was an Ashgrove legend, a man that makes institutions like Marist College Ashgrove such inspiring places….most Old Boys would have a story about Gubbo, whether it be his colourful classroom lessons or his dedication to coaching sporting teams. (He) was the type of person every young man needs in his educational development…the overall education of a student was what counted for him……he regularly attended class reunions to catch up on ex-students and his interest and warmth in their lives were amongst his finest qualities.” Gubbo valued human interaction and stimulating conversation: for him good food, good wine and good company were the very staff of life. Did he overindulge on occasion??? Of course he did: as Derek Cameron said in his eulogy, Gubbo was a great believer in the power of diets….he went on them hundreds of times. Gubbo also possessed a great tolerance for alcohol – the only sure sign of approaching inebriation in his case was the repeated use of the word “indubitably”…..(try saying that when you’ve had a few yourself !!! ) He had a memorable catch-all phrase for when things were not going

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according to plan, always accompanied by a cheerful, if somewhat rueful, grin: “Ah well, all part of Life’s rich pageant !!!” In a career remarkable for its highlights, some standouts: *The memorable advice offered by the venerable former Headmaster of Ashgrove, Brother Cyprian Dowd, to Gubbo: “Mark me well, young Michael. There exist three great enemies of Mankind, and they are Communism, the members of a rival religious group, and Rugby League….not necessarily in that order !!! ” *An occasion against a TAS opponent when Gubbo’s beloved Under 13A Rugby team were being given an absolute caning by the referee, again a prominent member of a rival religious order. Gubbo’s boys suffered what he regarded as absolute injustice, but he kept a stoic silence until yet another penalty proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. Knowing that he should not, must not, Gubbo’s anguished shriek still resounded across the playing fields: “No wonder Luther left your mob !!!!” *Gubbo’s volunteering on one memorable occasion to teach Science, a subject in which he was eminently NOT qualified. The brand new Science Block was subsequently rocked by the explosion caused by Gubbo’s inexpert mixing of substances, and his budding career in the Sciences was abruptly terminated by an irate Headmaster, who suggested in no uncertain terms that Gubbo should return to English and R E forthwith….. Gubbo’s passing would not prove to be an easy one, but he bore it with the gentlemanly dignity and quiet good humour that was the essence of the man himself. In his last conscious moment, he grinned, and said, “Oh, am I still here?” The Champagnat Centre was packed to more than overflowing as the school community acknowledged his 27 years of service to the College, and his great, good soul. There was sadness, of course, but also a feeling of privilege at having known a man who influenced so many thousands of lives for the better. Let Tom Cranitch have the last word: “Men like Mick Gubbins cannot be replaced easily. Sure, some person will teach his classes and another coach his sporting teams. But somehow there is a void that takes time and many experiences to replace”….. Until next time From The Archives Dave Cameron Ph: 38584591 Email:

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Music News We are now coming close to the first concerts of the year to be held in the Draney Theatre. We certainly are blessed with a facility such as this which gives the boys an opportunity to perform in a real-world environment. Performances commence at 7pm and boys are to arrive by 6.30pm. For parents, this time can be put to good use in the Draney foyer where refreshments will be available. If this is your first concert at Marist we hope you enjoy yourself and we look forward to seeing you at many more performances throughout your years at the College. Craig Kennedy Acting Head of Music Junior Choral Day On Friday 18 February, Marist Voices travelled to St Dympna’s, Aspley to participate in the Junior Choral Day. Now a regular annual event, this year saw the boys spending the day learning new repertoire, participating in workshops and performing as a combined boys choir of almost 100 voices. It was wonderful to see so many new boys join the choir this year and with a good start to the year such as this, it will be exciting to see what they will produce throughout the remainder of the year. Thank you to Laura Kavanagh for organizing the day and also Kellee Green for accompanying the choir during rehearsals and the performance. Choral Program This year has seen an influx of boys becoming involved in the Choral program at the College. Our Chamber Choir recently performed at the Junior and Secondary assemblies and are proving themselves to be lifting the standard of this auditioned group. There are however opportunities for any boy to become involved in one of the un-auditioned choirs. Marist Voices is a choir for Junior school boys which rehearse Wednesdays 7.30 – 8.30am in the Music Centre. The ensemble for Secondary boys is the Performance Choir which rehearse Fridays 7.30 – 8.30am in the Draney Theatre. Any boy is welcome to come along and if you are interested in joining, see Mrs Kavanagh in the Music Centre. Autumn Concert Series The first performances for every ensemble will occur in the following weeks. Due to the large number of performing ensembles, this year’s Autumn Concert Series will consist of three concerts, each held in the Draney Theatre. Letters have been distributed during this week and are also available from the Music website. In brief the concerts are:

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Music News Continued... Bands Concert - Week 7, Thursday 10th March, 7pm All Wind Bands, Big Bands and Jazz Ensemble String & Choral Concert – Week 8, Thursday 17th March, 7pm All String Ensembles, Choral Ensembles and Symphony Orchestra Guitar and Percussion Concert – Week 11, Thursday 7th April, 7pm All Guitar and Percussion Ensembles All of these ensembles have been rehearsing since the beginning of the year and are preparing for these performances. Like any team pursuit it is imperative that members attend the performance to ensure the ensemble can perform at their best. Any student who is unable to attend a performance is required to give written notice at least one week before the concert. Concert Brochure The Semester 1 Concert calendar is now available. Please check this carefully for all events that your son will be involved with. This has also been posted on the music website and hardcopies are available from the Music Centre. Klub Uke The Ukulele is often seen as an inferior instrument but that’s certainly not the case at Ashgrove. The idea was spawned by Mr Paul Kriesch who’s enthusiasm for the instrument has brought many budding Ukulele players out of the woodwork. Starting with six members in it’s first week, in it’s second week this number doubled and it has the potential to become one of the most popular groups in the department. The club meets every Thursday lunchtime in the Music Centre. Everybody is welcome but you must bring your own Uke and be prepared to enjoy yourself. No previous experience necessary.

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Junior School News Dear Parents, On Wednesday 9 March the College community will gather in the Champagnat Centre for an Ash Wednesday liturgy. As we are all aware, Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, which, for many of us, is not our favourite season on the Church’s Calendar. I suppose this is due to the fact that for many years, it always had a very negative and ‘fire and brimstone’ message. We were encouraged to ‘give up’ something for Lent, like lollies, ice-cream, chocolate, sugar in tea etc… Over the years, this view of Lent has changed somewhat and today we are encouraged to have a more positive outlook on Lent and use this time for gentle reflection and consideration of how we are living our Christian lives. This does not mean that we are asked to scrutinise our every action and utterance, but to spend time reflecting on how we are responding to the person of Jesus Christ, whose teachings should be reflected in our daily lives. During the weeks of Lent, let us all take a few short moments to reflect on our daily lives and how we are responding to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This should not be a negative exercise, looking only at our failings and faults, but an honest reflection of how our gifts and achievements have brought happiness and joy to others. It is not easy to look into some areas of life, especially the areas that have caused us great pain or hardship, but through an honest Reflection, we do purify ourselves. I leave you with a short Reflection from Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Theologian, who died in 1996. Henri Nouwen wrote these words during a time of bitter heartache: “The great challenge is living your wounds through instead of thinking them through. It is better to cry than to worry, better to feel your wounds than to understand them, better to let them enter into your silence than to talk about them. The choice you face constantly is whether you are taking your wounds to your head or your heart,” Although I agree that we tend to take our pain and anguish to our heads more readily than to our hearts, it’s important that we do both. Nouwen was blessed with an extraordinary sensitivity, which he learned from crushing heartache and breakdown during his life, so it is natural that this is emphasised in his writings. The caution given to us by Nouwen is that if we take our disappointments, anguish and failures just to our head, we could end up with denial, blaming others and becoming very hard and bitter. Please note the following: Year 5, 2012 Interviews: I completed the interviews on Monday 28 February and the process went very smoothly. It’s always an honour for me to meet with the parents and their sons. I will be in contact with all families, who applied for Year 5, 2012, before the end of Term 1. Would you be able to assist with early morning reading programme in the Junior School Learning Enrichment Centre? We have had some very kind offers of assistance from parents who are interested in helping with our morning reading programme. We know that it’s difficult with work and ‘life’ commitments to attend regularly, due to our six-day timetable. We would, however, be very happy to accommodate parents who would be able to assist from 8.30-9.00am. You would not have to make a regular commitment. If you are interested, please would you contact Elizabeth Lemon at: Lenten collections: The Lenten Collections are always very well supported by the Junior School families, so these are the details, which have been forwarded to me by the College Mission Team. We would appreciate your support. This year, we are collecting for the ‘Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity’ [MAPS] and a number of other Catholic charities. • Marist Solidarity wrist bands – “I see you – Marist Solidarity”: These will be on sale from Ash Wednesday 9 March, 2011 and they cost $5.00. The boys will be allowed to wear them at school for the remainder of Term 1. • Free Dress Day: Friday 11 March: The boys are asked to bring a Gold Coin on this day.

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Junior School News Continued... • Year 6 Cake Sales, on these dates: Thursday 3 March and Thursday 17 March: This will be for the Junior School only and will be co-ordinated by Mena McLean and Michael Connolly. These are the details for when the boys will be involved: Thursday 3 March: Year 6 Red and first half of Year 6 Gold. Thursday 17 March: Year 6 Blue and second half of Year 6 Gold. • Junior School Easter Raffle: Always a very popular event! The Raffle will be co-ordinated by the College Mission Team and drawn on Wednesday 6 April, 2011. Hair cuts/styles in the Junior School: A reminder that the boys need to have SHORT hair at school. At present, there are quite a number of boys with very untidy hair. Could I request that families ensure their sons have neat and short hair cuts. Thank you. Somerville House Chess Competition: Sunday 27 February, 2011: The first Somerville House Chess Competition was very successful for the Junior School! We had 4 teams playing: TEAM 1: Harrison Bowles [Year 7 Green] - CAPTAIN; Bailey Ainsworth [Year 7 Blue]; Tavish Healy [Year 7 Gold] and Henry Smith [Year 6 Blue] TEAM 2: Adrian Mifsud [Year 6 Gold] - CAPTAIN; Michael O’Connor [Year 5 Gold]; James Fairbairn [Year 5 Gold] and Partick Birchley [Year 5 Gold] TEAM 3: Callum Ross [Year 6 Gold] – CAPTAIN; Daniel Groves [Year 5 Gold]; and Joseph Jargees [Year 7 Green]. TEAM 4: David Lake [Year 6 Red] - CAPTAIN; Matthew Allen [Year 5 Red] and Cyrus Goulter [Year 5 Gold] There were a number of boys who were playing in a Chess Competition for the first time and each boy is congratulated for what he achieved. At the beginning of the competition, Mrs Pizzato, our Chess Coach, asked Team 1 if they wished to play in the ‘Novice Division’ or the ‘Intermediate Division’. Mrs Pizzato explained that the ‘Intermediate Division’ is a lot stronger, but the boys decided to play in the more competitive section and actually came first in the Intermediate Division. The boys were presented with a trophy and each received a medal, which will be presented at our Assembly. Congratulations to Team 1 for taking up the challenge and for doing so well. This Team also represented Marist College at the Senior School Chess Competition on the evening of Friday 25 February, 2011. Unfortunately, we will only be able to participate in one Somerville House Chess Competition in 2011, but there are other competitions planned for Term 2, through the Brisbane Independent Schools [BIS]. Important dates to remember from Friday 4 March to Thursday 17 March: Friday 4 March: Junior School Swimming Carnival, beginning at about 9.00am, at the College Pool. Parents are most welcome to attend. The Carnival will finish at 12.30pm and in the afternoon the boys will see a movie in the Draney Theatre. CIC Swimming Dinner in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion. Tuesday 8 March: CIC Swimming Carnival at Chandler Pool. The boys will leave from the College on a bus. The Year 6 class will also be attending the Carnival. Wednesday 9 March: ASH WEDNESDAY – There will be an Ash Wednesday Liturgy, in the Champagnat Centre, for all students of the College. Friday 11 March: MATES FREE DRESS DAY. Students are asked to bring a Gold Coin. Wednesday 16 March: HARMONY DAY: There will be an Assembly, for all the students of the College, in the Champagnat Centre, at 9.45am. Wednesday 23 March: Photographs: Cricket and Swimming. Boys are to be in their correct uniforms. With warmest wishes to you all, Michael B. Druce.

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Junior School Sport News COLOUR SWIMMING CARNIVAL – Friday 4th March BELOW IS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLOUR SWIM CARNIVAL • Snow Cones will be on sale all day down at the pool. Cost - $3.50 per snow cone • Rash shirts/ or shirts are compulsory for all boys to wear during the novelty events • HATS and SUNBURN CREAM - it cannot be stressed enough the need for these. Shirts to be worn when not in the pool. • Boys are allowed to bring along mascots and wear zinc cream in their team colour if they wish, within reason. The day is meant to be fun without going overboard. • BAGS - everyone will take their own school bag with them to the pool. No school gear, just swim gear, morning tea and drink. Boys to put their polo shirt and other clothing in their bag when not wearing them. • MORNING TEA will be at the pool. Lunch will be in the primary school yard. Tuckshop can be purchased the usual way through your class basket. • Parents are welcome to come and watch.


CIC SWIMMING (Andre Cois – Junior Swimming Coach) The Junior Swimmers have been smashing out some good swims over the last two weeks, paving the road to a great year of CIC competition. Of the boys mentioned in the last newsletter, these boys have been   selected for the regional er person trials to be held at the Fortitude Valley Pool on Tuesday 1st March: Entry F Fee: $15 p n – Include es Sausage e Sizzle   Nick McPhee. U11 – Tom Carrol, Matt Dangerfield, U10 – Sebastian Leavy, Ben Gerahty, Lachlan Kahl and ay on the  ay  U12   – Dominic Fielden, Alfie Green, Max Pyne and Jack Tom Dangerfiled, Mike Pa Lidstone and day of pla Dean Perkins. Riley. U13 –Fo Rory Davidson and Elliot Grace. Ia plate dra would  likeaw  to also add, that all the boys who competed out ormat: Kno ockout eve ent with a at Samford from Marist, made the NW District team.  Congratulations boys, and good luck this Tuesday. Part of the P e selection n process ffor Maristt inter‐sch hool tenniss  On a high note, the College Age Championships held  last Friday night played host to some very strong teams.  PB’s and tight races. Congratulations to the following  boys who won Age Champion in the junior school: U10 Sebastian Leavy, U11Mike Lidstone, U12 t two mat – Jack Riley & Dominic Fielden (Tied) U13 – Elliot Grace. Everyybody guaaranteed o of at least tches!    A message to all boys as it CIC day draws closer, with little over a week to go now before the big day.                                   5am  8am m play sta rts – Playe Leave everything in the pool, makeers to arriv as many ofve at 7.45 the final training sessions that you can before CIC day.                                                                                        Now is not the time to settle for mediocre training efforts. Best of luck boys with the final days, see you in the pool.

To Ennter  Put you ur name  down on n the  entry form at thee junior sschool  officce.     Entries close Thhur 24th Mar.    RUGBY COACHING   We are seeking expressions of interest for CIC Rugby Coaches. Ally Laura Fl Coaches must have obtained Run by lynn ‐ Pro o‐Am  Smart Rugby accreditation, which the school will organise and pay for. Apart form this accreditation coaches   Tennnis. must be available from 3 – 5pm on   all Tuesday’s and Thursday between April 27 – June 11 and every

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to Ben Fraachia,       Matthew Richards and Sam Jury who were all            selected the North-West                                                                                            District Basketball team. All these  boys were integral members of the undefeated 5A CIC Basketball Team last season. Well done boys and good luck at the Regional Championships next month.   It is always good for the College to recognize boys’ individual achievements. If you are aware of an achievement of a particular boy/s  please e-mail the accomplishment to

Saturday morning between these dates. If you are keen and available to Coach a Marist College Ashgrove Rugby Team with the above time commitments in mind, please contact Luke Caplick via email on , thanks.


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Senior Sport News Monday and Tuesday saw the 8 College Houses pitted against each other in what one could be forgiven for confusing with the world swimming championships. In reality it was the 2011 Marist College Ashgrove House Swimming Carnival‌..something far more important. With Monday playing host to the new and enthusiastic Year 8 alongside their more experienced Year 11 counterparts, Rush, Harold, Ignatius and Foley raced out of the blocks in a battle for the early lead. By lunch time, following the impressive performances of their enthusiastic new recruits, Rush House seemed to be the one setting the pace for the day and held a small lead from Harold and Foley. Following the half time break (lunch), Houses came back and it seemed Harold House was determined to knock Rush from the number one spot. Whilst it was Rush Year 8 who dominated the pool early, it was the more experienced campaigners from Harold who clawed back the lead and finished the day with a impressive relay win by Year 11 to snatch the lead in the dying moments of the day. At the conclusion of the day results showed Rush winning the Year 8 competition and Harold winning the Year 11 competition with Harold holding a small lead over all. Entering Day Two, Tuesday saw Year 9, 10 and 12 stepping onto the pool deck with Rush and Harold holding the coveted positions of 1st and 2nd. It was clear from the start of the day that the other six Houses weren’t going to let these two hold onto the lead and six Heads of House and an army of supporters set about trying to fight their way back into contention. By mid morning it was evident that this was serious business as the Ephrem Year 9 began bringing home the wins and the Foley Year 12 seemed unstoppable. By lunch it seemed a foregone conclusion that the Slattery boys had cleaned up in the Year 10 age group and they had their sights on taking the day. Finally with all events concluded and only 3 medley relays and an all age relay, scorers could hardly split the Houses, with any of up to 5 Houses with a chance of not only winning the day, but winning the Carnival. With an impressive run of wins in the Year 10 and 12 Medley relay, as well as dominating the All Age 4 X 100 relay, as well as a 3rd in the Year 9 Medley, Slattery secured line honours for taking out Day Two. When the two days were compiled, the results showed how close the competition really was. With 1200 boys, split between 8 Houses, the margin between 1st and 8th was only 151 points and each of the Year level competitions was won by a different House.

Congratulations to Mrs. Grant and the boys from Harold for taking out the 2011 Marist Ashgrove House Swimming Championships - a deserved victory in a hard fought competition. I would also like to congratulate boys on the behaviour, attitude and participation on both the days, as well as all staff who contributed to helping the two days run so smoothly. I wish all boys and coaches the best of luck for Rounds 5 and 6. Sincerely, Mr Phillip Holding Head of Sport

Marist College Ashgrove | College Newsletter 2011

Senior Sport News Continued... Rugby Union Training Commences This Tuesday saw the first Rugby training session underway. For the next 3 weeks leading up to trials, Mr Cook and a number of coaches will be down on the flats from 6:45am putting boys through their paces in preparation for the Rugby season. The sessions were intentionally placed on Tuesday morning so as not to interfere with cricket and volleyball training, and with the 1 or 2 teams it does clash with, boys are reminded that CRICKET AND VOLLEYBALL TAKE PRECEDENCE IN TERM 1! ALL boys are invited to attend training. All boys hoping to trial for the A and B squads are strongly encouraged to attend as A coaches will be scouting in preparation for selection trials in Week 9. Rugby/Soccer Trial Notices In preparation for Trimester Two sports, the following trial matches for Rugby and Soccer have been arranged: Term 1: - Saturday 26/3: Internal trials (Home) - Sat 2/4: Whole school trials V St Laurences College (Home) - Sat 9/4: A and B teams only V The Southport School (Home) – Rugby Only! Term 2: - Sat 30/4: Whole school trial V Toowoomba Grammar School (Home) SWIMMING Last Friday saw Marist swimmers competing in the 2011 Age Championships. With boys ranging from Year 5 to Year 12, it was fantastic to see the level of commitment across the board. Congratulations to the following boys for winning the Swimming Age Championships for their age groups: - U13: Brendan Cook - U13: Ben Laing - U13: Jackson Mair - U14: Sebastian Fahey - U15: Sam Clarke - U16: Harrison O’Neil - Open: Harry Podbury Boys are reminded of the College expectations regarding the colour of their swim trunks. Either the College togs, or royal blue togs are acceptable; however, leave the funky trunks for training and home!!!

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