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Marist College Ashgrove Volume 47 Issue No. 5 March 2011

Dates to Remember Thursday, March 31 • Year 11-12 Exams - Finish • Newsletter Online • Year 11-12 Work Experience - Finish Friday, April 1 • Year 11 Classes resume • Year 12 Filming Day • Year 5 Camp - Finish • Year 5 Parent Dinner

Wednesday, April 20 • Cross Country Holiday Training Squad Thursday, April 21 • Holy Thursday Friday, April 22 • Good Friday

Saturday, April 2 • Rugby/Football Trials v SEC/SLC • CIC Rugby/Football Trials v NJC

College News

Monday, April 18 • 1st/2nd XV Rugby Tour to Tonga - Finish • Cross Country Holiday Training Squad

Saturday, April 23 • Easter Saturday

Normal teaching week from the 4th of April

Sunday, April 24 • Easter Sunday Monday, April 25 • ANZAC Day • Easter Monday

Tuesday, April 5 • Old Boys Assoc Meeting Wednesday, April 6 • Junior School Drama Concert - 3-5pm Thursday, April 7 • Junior School Assembly Periods 3-6 • Inter-House Cross Country 1.30-3.10pm Friday, April 8 • End Term 1 - 3.10pm • 7A Rugby Tour to Armidale - Start Saturday, April 9 • Cross Country - QA Meet - 1.30-4pm Sunday, April 10 • 7A Rugby Tour to Armidale - Finish Monday, April 11 • 1st/2nd XV Rugby Tour to Tonga - Start • Cross Country - Holiday Training Squad Wednesday, April 13 • Cross Country - Holiday Training Squad

Tuesday, April 26 • AIC Heads of Sport Meeting • ANZAC Day Public Holiday Wednesday, April 27 • P&F Executive Meeting • Year 9/10/11 Parent/Teacher Interviews • Cross Country Training Commences Thursday, April 28 • Term 2 Commences • Millmerran/Goondiwindi Show Visit - Start Friday, April 29 • Junior School Chess begins • CIC Cross Country Carnival • Allwell Year 10 Testing Saturday, April 30 • Rugby/Football Trials v TGS (H) • CIC Rugby/Football v Iona (H) • Millmerran/Goondiwindi Show Visit - Finish • Cross Country QA Meet

Friday, April 15 • Cross Country Holiday Training Squad Saturday, April 16 • Cross Country - QA Meet - 1.30-4pm Sunday, April 17 • Passion Sunday

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, We are now well into Lent and possibly a good time to take stock of how our Lenten commitment is progressing ….. or has it stalled? During Lent, as previously mentioned, as Catholics we are asked to pray, go without and help others. In helping others, we are being encouraged to show compassion. Karen Armstrong is a British author who in 2008, called for the drawing up of a Charter of Compassion in the spirit of, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I’d like to share the Charter for Compassion with you: Charter for Compassion The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others – even our enemies – is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion. We therefore call upon all men and women – to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion – to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate – to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures – to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity – to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings, even those regarded as enemies. We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarised world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

We are encouraged to share stories, resources and events to help others live and spread compassion throughout the world. Let’s all practice compassion as we continue our journey to Easter. Yours in Jesus, Mary and St Marcellin, Peter McLoughlin HEADMASTER

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From the Headmaster Continued... Congratulations • To boys involved in the Autumn Music concerts held on 17 and 31 March and their teachers Mr Craig Kennedy, Ms Stefanie Smith, Ms Catherine Wasserman, Ms Kellee Green and Mrs Laura Kavanagh • To the boys of the Year 12 Drama class on their performance 3000 held on 21 March and their teacher Ms Elizabeth Falconer • To the Tech Crew led by Mr Peter Spensley who supported the above mentioned events with their expertise.

Year 12 2010 QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships Winners • To Eddie Burgin, Patrick Roggenkamp, Stephen Cannon and Richard Ta from Year 12 2010 who were presented with QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships on 17 March • To our boys who competed for our College in the first trimester sports of Cricket and Volleyball. Special thanks to their coaches: • Cricket Ben Maddox, Dave Cameron, Andrew Fogarty, Chris Purcell, Stan Kosiek, Pat Meehan, Matt Smale, James Metzeling, Brett Gillett, Wayne Hansen, Brendan Kiernan, Tim Fuller, Nathan Rogers, Andy Keily, Pate Wiseman, Josh Mulligan, Joe McKillop, David Sheehan, Casey Brealy, Simon O’Hare, Aaron Hanson, Jack Marshall, Jack Castles, Graham Lawson, Damian Nelson, Matt Poole, Brad Lester, Lachlan Busby, Nick Ryall, Joe Selwood, Brandon Ciocca, Alex Heinke • Volleyball Andrew Grant, Adam Pollock, Alex Toolis, Chris Dash, Kieran Ivers, Jordan Matters, Nick Reddaway, John Calvo, Will Thwaite, Matt McKeown, Leigh–Anne Robinson, Tim Hicks, Rod Jarrett, Paul Kearney, Jorge Ruiz Prayers Please Please pray for the repose of the soul of: • Sue Gillard, Great Grandmother of Ethan Fowler (Year 8 Rush), who passed away recently. • Please pray for the repose of the soul of Gloria Apps, the mother of Junior School teacher Ryan Apps. “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: • Margaret Butt, grandmother of William Collins (9S) who is recovering from recent surgery.

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From the Headmaster Continued... ANZAC Day March As most would be aware, ANZAC Day falls on Easter Monday. As this is during the holidays it means we will be marching without our usual strong presence of boarders. Therefore, the responsibility this year falls to the day students. I am asking our day students, especially our Year 12 boys to be involved in the March and Service at Ashgrove which will require the boys to assemble in full winter uniform at 8.15am in the grounds behind St Finbarr’s Church in Ashgrove. We march to remember those who gave their lives in service of their country, some as young as our Year 12 boys. Lest We Forget

ENROLMENTS Year 8 2012 Boarding Scholarships Marist College Ashgrove is currently inviting applications from our existing Year 7 students and new students intending to enter the College in Year 8 2012 as boarders, to sit an academic scholarship examination. The scholarship examination will be held on Saturday 14 May 2011 at 8.30 am at Marist College Ashgrove and various country centres. The closing date for applications will be Friday 8 April 2011 [after which registrations incur a late fee]. These Boarding Scholarships are generally intended for students who live in rural, regional or remote communities who would otherwise not be able to access a Marist education. [Applicants must be Australian citizens]. Mrs Kim Taylor, Registrar For further information and to apply online, please visit our website: – Enrolments – Scholarships and Bursaries

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.

YEAR 10 DANCING LESSONS Parents of Year 10 students – has your son returned his form for the Year 10 Dancing Lessons Program? Places are filling quickly, so you need to make sure that his spot is secured. It is a wonderful experience and one which the boys enjoy. Don’t let your son miss out. Forms are available from Ms Stevens or from your son's Head of House. Don’t delay – reply today!!

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come together

The Marist College Ashgrove community is a great resource of w i s d o m, f a m i l y s p i r i t, m e m o r i e s a n d t r a d i t i o n s a n d n o w h e r e a r e t h e y put to more practical use than at home in the kitchen. The Foundation is capturing this precious knowledge in Convenire, a c o l l e c t i o n o f r e c i p e s a n d s t o r i e s f r o m t h e M C A c o m m u n i t y.


very family has a favourite meal

You don’t have to be a Masterchef, just tell

that brings everyone together

us what works in your household.

after a busy day. Every mother knows a few sure-fire lunchbox

IT ’S EA SY TO CONTRIBUTE! Just go to the Convenire webpage via the College’s website for more

From practical time-savers to impressive

information and use the template

treats that never get traded for junk. Every

dinners for friends, the best home baking

and email address provided.

Dad has a fool-proof BBQ recipe that has

and sinful desserts, Convenire will quickly

guests begging for more.

become your go-to reference in the

Convenire is

your opportunity to share your best recipes


with other families, and access a diverse collection of ideas to help with nightly

Chapters will include:

dinner dilemma.

• Breakfast and Brunch

Or you can fax your recipes and stories to (07) 3300 9916, or post them to MCA Cookbook, 7 C a n t e r b u r y P l a c e, T h e G a p Q l d 4061.

– Ideas for Lazy Sunday Mornings Convenire will be a high-quality, hardback,

• Lunchbox Winners

full colour, coffee table style book that

• From Post-School Munchies to High Tea

you’ll be proud to have on display in your

...– Afternoon Tea Ideas

home and to give to friends and family.

• Salads, Lunches and Light Meals • “What’s for Dinner?”

As well as your recipes, we’d like to hear the

- 30 Minute Wonders

stories behind them. Maybe it’s a recipe

- Family Favourites

your grandmother made for you, or a

- On the BBQ

great idea you picked up overseas. Does

- Friends for Dinner – Impressive Recipes

your family have a special Sunday morning

......./for Special Occasions

breakfast ritual, a Christmas tradition, or a

• From the Heartland – Country Cooking

dish that reflects your cultural heritage? Is

....from Boarders’ Families

there a recipe you first made when your

• Recipes and Hints for Allergy Sufferers

children were toddlers that they still enjoy

• Desserts

as adults? And what about those dinner

• Christmas Recipes and Traditions

party stories – the disasters and triumphs

• Gourmet Gifts

– that have become family folklore? Marist College Ashgrove Foundation

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mushroom cakes

High tea with the Headmaster. These mushroom cakes are part of the McLoughlin family’s culinary heritage.

Peter McLoughlin’s Mushroom Cakes Preparation: 45 minutes

Preheat oven to 200oC (180oC fan-forced). Lightly grease a round-based mini tart

Cooking: 15 minutes

baking tin. Place the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process

Makes: 12 – 15

until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and iced water, and process until the mixture just comes together.

1½ cups plain flour, plus more for dusting 120g chilled butter, cubed

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough to about 3mm thick. Use a 7 cm-diameter

1 egg yolk

round pastry cutter to cut out disks. Press disks gently into the mini tart tin. Roll out

2 tablespoons iced water

remaining pastry to make a log about 1cm thick; cut into 4cm lengths to make the

½ cup raspberry jam

mushroom ‘stems’. Refrigerate pastry for 15 minutes.

1 – 2 tablespoons powdered chocolate for dusting

Meanwhile, make the mock cream.

Combine sugar, milk and cold water in a

saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

Mock Cream:

Place boiling water in a heatproof bowl, sprinkle over gelatine and whisk until dissolved.

1 cup caster sugar

Add gelatine mixture to the sugar mixture and stir to combine. Cool for 15 minutes.

1 tablespoon milk

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add the sugar

1 tablespoon cold water

mixture in a thin steady stream and beat until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap

1 tablespoon boiling water

and set aside until required.

½ teaspoon powdered gelatine 100g unsalted butter at room temperature

Prick the pastry bases with a fork and bake bases and stems for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.


jam in a saucepan over medium heat for about 2 minutes until melted; strain and spoon a small amount into each pastry shell to line the base. Set aside for 5 minutes to set. Spread mock cream evenly among the pastry bases and smooth the surface. Dust with powdered chocolate and add mushroom stems.


grew up in Sydney’s western suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s and one of my strongest memories is of my mother’s cooking. I was a difficult child to cook for but I really enjoyed my mother’s mushroom cakes – individual cakes in the shape of mushrooms, not cakes made from mushrooms! I believe my preference for sweet foods, especially desserts and cakes, was inherited from my mother. I distinctly remember my mother and three of her sisters sitting around drinking tea and eating cakes - including these ‘mushrooms’. Our dining room was filled with the chatter of four women and their collective murmurs of approval: “Mmm!” At the time, I shook my head and thought, “Get me out of here!”, but it would be a joy to experience that again. I hope you enjoy Mum’s mushroom cakes as much as I did.

What’s your family’s favourite recipe? Send it to:

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Free Support for Parents of Teenagers As teenagers get older, they become more interested in going to parties. This can be a source of worry for parents. Common concerns include: the availability of alcohol, supervision, who attends, and how safe their teenager will be. Even if teenagers do not consume alcohol, there are risks associated with drinking amongst their peers. The University of Queensland is currently offering Project SHIELD, a FREE program for parents wanting to prevent alcohol-related harm before it occurs. Project SHIELD offers a confidential one-hour session with a registered health professional, over the phone or as a home visit. Parents of teenagers as young as 13 can be involved. It is designed to be practical and suitable to your situation and is a great investment in your child’s health and well-being. For more information please call Dayna Smith on 3346 4833, or email

Kokoda Trail Looking to achieve something truly remarkable? I am organising a trek over the Kokoda Trail in August or September this year involving parents, friends and associates of the Ashgrove community. Not only will you have the adventure of a lifetime, but by the end you will be fitter than you have ever been. You will be exposed to an inspirational piece for Australian history and accomplish something many desire but few achieve, all the while meeting new people and creating some great friendships. Numbers are strictly limited and closing time is fast approaching. Anyone willing to tick this off the bucket list? If you have an interest please email me at for an information pack. Nathen Shearer (Mater Dei parent)

Are you a Working Parent? Being a working parent can be challenging. If you’d like some tips on how to manage more effectively you may be interested in attending a series of two Triple P seminars aimed at improving work life balance. The two 1.5 hour seminars cover topics like: • Leaving work at work and home at home • Preventing and managing stress • Taking care of yourself • Positive parenting strategies. The seminars, developed as a part of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program at UQ are currently being offered FREE as a part of a research project. For more information call 3365 7307.

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The Daly family home Goondiwindi

Paddy, Mick and Max the dog Daly

Main street Cecil Plains

“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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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 . QUT Open Day The QUT Open Day (Kelvin Grove Campus) is on Sunday 31 July 2011 from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Next Step 2011 The Queensland Government will again be conducting its annual statewide destination survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2010. The Next Step survey is a brief confidential survey that aims to gain a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers. Any person who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive a telephone call or instructions to complete a web-based survey by mail, between March and May 2011. Please encourage them to

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From the Deputy Head of School - Teaching and LearningContinued... take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate in the survey. Thank you for your support of the New Step Survey in 2011. For more information visit or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587. Year 12 Students Applying for Special Provision in QCST 2011 The Information Package and Application Form for students wishing to apply for Special Provision in the Queensland Core Skills Test has arrived. Copies of documents may be collected from Mrs Zande in the Studies Office and a register of names will be taken. Please note that your application for Special Provision in QCST must be accompanied by documents from professionals. Applications must reach the Qld Studies Authority by Friday 20 May 2011. If you intend to apply, please collect the documents and start preparing your application now. TSXPO Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2011 Opening Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm Venue: Exhibition Building RNA Showgrounds 2011 Events Australia’s most comprehensive range of education and careers events www.careersevent. com

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DATE CLAIMER Mother son Mass on May 5th at 7.00pm. We would like to invite all Mothers and Sons to the Mother Son Mass to be held in the College Chapel on Thursday 5th May at 7.00pm.

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.

DOROTHEA MACKELLAR POETRY AWARDS 2011 Can you write a poem, or can you get together with a group of friends and write a poem? You can choose to write using the theme “Making Pictures”, or you can choose your own theme. The poem can be up to eighty (80) lines long. Of course, the poem must be the student’s own, original work. This is an opportunity for students from Year 5 to Year 12. There are some conditions, which you can check out at . There is also a school entry fee, so check with me or your teacher if you decide to enter and we’ll sort it out. There are also monetary prizes, up to $500 depending on the age of the entrant. So, have a go and see what you can come up with. Talk to me, talk to Mr Littleton (Head of KLA English) or have a chat to your English teacher. If you do decide to enter, I NEED TO KNOW – please! Good luck, Ms Stevens Learning Enrichment Centre

Uniform sHop

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.

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HPE News - By James Metzeling, Head of KLA HPE AS WE HEAD TO THE HOLIDAYS: Well done to all HPE boys who have been working well over the last few weeks on their HPE assessments. As we come to the end of the Term I encourage all boys to continue to bring their PE gear as we will start to move onto our Term 2 sports. All boys would have done one piece of theory assessment and have been graded on their practical ability for their sport. When students receive their reports Year 10’s doing HPE Exam New Tennis Courts Year 8’s doing HPE exam their mark will reflect an average of their practical and theory grades. I encourage those boys who have not received “A’s” for their effort and application to class time to see this as an opportunity to improve in Physical Education and make this their goal to improve next term. SPORTS BEING STUDIED IN TERM 2 Year 12PE Australian Rules Football Year 12REC Adventure Sports Year 11PE Australian Rules Football Year 11REC Oztag Year 10 Basketball or Volleyball Year 9 Soccer or Touch Football Year 8 Athletics PE PRACTICAL GEAR As we head into Term 2 many boys will be playing Rugby or Soccer and wearing their blue shorts on a Saturday. Can I please encourage parents to buy their sons a second pair of shorts so that they do not find that they are dirty or still wet when it comes to PE class on Monday. This will help keep boys participating in PE. Having said that, if a student forgets we will loan out gear for the students to use. However, this will still be regarded as a “no gear” and if a student reaches 3 “no gears” in a Term then they will receive a Friday detention. HPE HEALTHY INITIATIVES Over the next three terms the HPE staff are going to be running a number of healthy initiatives for staff and students to promote healthy living and enjoyment of life. I encourage all students and staff to get involved in these and live a healthy happier lifestyle. If any boys see a healthy initiative being run in their community and you think it may link with some of our HPE values then please bring the information to me and we will have a look to see if it can be followed up in school. Please send through any ideas to WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN MR KIERNAN’S CLASSES Golf is one of those games that played well looks so easy. Both 11 REC and 12 REC are currently learning the nuances of the game along with golf etiquette and the various rule formats. It would be fair to say that the enjoyment of hitting a small white ball on frequent excursions to Victoria Park Golf Driving range has been the highlight. Learning to control the ball is proving a little more difficult. The Year 11 REC class has begun to learn the general principles of coaching; including the completion of an Australian Sports Commission on-line coaching course, and have begun to apply this to learning how to play golf. The 12 REC class enjoyed a visit to the Ashgrove Golf course and listened, as resident Golf Pro and MCA parent Gareth Small shared his experience as a coaching professional. It was a HEALTH TIP FOR THE FORTNIGHT: great opportunity to have explained the facilities and Water is vital to your wellbeing as staying adequately function of the Pro Shop. The 12 REC classes have a hydrated is important for both health and body. Research Social Golf Day on Wednesday 6th April. This Ambrose suggests to work out how much water you should competition should provide some highlights to finish consume in a day follow this formula: the term and the golf unit. The Year 8 classes of Ephrem and Gilroy have settled in well learning general lifesaving skills and stroke correction in the practical elements of the course. Lessons in the pool, for most of this Term, have been a welcome relief from the heat and rigours of the usual day. The lessons in water safety have included using rescue tubes, paddle boards, throw ropes and life jackets. The Year 8 Health exam on the Musculoskeletal System challenged many to recall which bone is connected to which! The spelling of some anatomical terms also provided some light relief at times! Mr Brendan Kiernan

* Divide your weight (kgs) by 30 and that’s how many litres of water you should consume in a day. HPE TRIVIA * The most rugby tackles made in one hour is 4,130 by students from Scots College (all Australia) at Scots College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on March 15, 2007. * London, UK The longest time controlling a football is 24 hours and was achieved by Dan Magness (UK) during an event organized by Sony PlayStation in Covent Garden, on 30 April – 1 May 2009.

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P&F News Our first Parent Forum for the year was held on Monday March 7. When the P&F first introduced the idea of Parent Forums over 6 years ago, our aim was to provide an avenue for “input” after which parents would have the opportunity to discuss relevant issues. One of our initial Forums with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg had over 600 people in attendance. We have had some excellent guest speakers which the College has generously funded or subsidized on our behalf, however over the past couple of years we became increasingly aware that we were moving away from the idea of a “forum” to more of a “lecture”- great information but limited time for discussion. In late 2009/ early 2010 we decided that we needed an “in-house” focus whereby we could discuss the most relevant issues raised by the Boys Issues Committee, or the Leadership Team at OUR College. With a number of very significant “school- based issues” at this time, our obvious focus was Drug and Alcohol issues (particularly related to parties/Formals) and cyber-bullying. Hence, the opportunity for parental discussion of issues at the Forums. The focus of our first Forum this year was to provide parents with information and the opportunity for discussion concerning the Marist College Ashgrove “drug initiative” policy, especially after incidents in the College at the end of 2010. You may recall that at the P&F Parent Forum in March 2010, Richard Ward launched the MCA Alcohol and Drug Resource Booklet on our behalf. This document was the culmination of many of our parent forums for the past 5 years, especially after our work with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. We provided copies of this document last year to families of all boys in Years 7, 8 and 9. If you would like to receive a copy of this booklet copies are still available from the Junior School office or Main Administration. Our March Forum, prepared and presented by Richard Ward, Peter McLoughlin and the Boys Issues Committee was very well attended, and parents appreciated the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions to our Leadership Team. The talk certainly stimulated a lot of discussion and we really admired the heart-felt honesty and dedication of Peter McLoughlin and Richard Ward. There are no easy answers to these issues-especially if our sons are involved. These issues are also heart wrenching for our staff – many of whom are parents themselves. A concern raised, from which we have had further parental feedback, is that, if the College has some concerns, substantiated or not, about our son/s and potential/possible drug usage – WE AS PARENTS WANT TO KNOWsometimes we have no idea; sometimes we just need confirmation and support – this issue is too serious to ignore!!! We hope that you will never receive this phone-call. The P&F would like to thank Richard, Peter, Monica Smith and Pip McGlinn (Boys Issues Committee) for the time and effort spent in preparing this Forum for us. Great job! Hopefully our next Forum (Term 3) will not be as a result of any current issues!!!!! Boarder's Support A huge thank you to those parents who have been transporting our boarders to and from sporting events over the past few weeks. This is a great help to the College, as there are many occasions where the boys need to be at a variety of places which makes for challenging times for the school transport. With the rugby and football season just about to get underway, we will be looking for assistance once again in transporting the boys. If you are able to help out with this, once the teams are finalized and you have any boarders in your sons teams please email me and I will make the necessary arrangements. I have also had a number of parents ask about inviting boarders home for a weekend or a meal. The boys would really enjoy spending time with you and your families, so I would encourage you to please make contact with Rob Corboy or James Couper to make the arrangements. Rob can be contacted via email : or Thank you also to the wonderful ladies and gentlemen on our afternoon tea roster, the food so far this year has once again been magnificent. This is the highlight of the fortnight for the boarders as you know and they really appreciate everything that is served up. If there is anyone else out there who would like to join the roster, please email me. It is a small thing, but it makes a huge difference to the boys, who are all absolutely delightful. This year we are also seeking interested parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles or Old Boys who would be interested in helping out with the supervised study for the boarders. Some of the boys just need assistance with time management, whilst other may need help generally with homework. Any assistance would be really appreciated, if you know of anyone who may be interested, again, please email me and I will make contact.

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P&F News Continued... It was lovely to see so many of our Year 12 parents, (some 150 of them), both boarding and day parents, gather at Iceworks last Saturday night, while their boys enjoyed the formal. The cocktail party was a great opportunity for parents to mingle and enjoy a drink and some fabulous food and conversation. Some parents met for the first time, while others enjoyed catching up with familiar faces. The response to this event was wonderful this year and we look forward to being able to cater for even more parents next year. Thank you to the staff at Iceworks, for an outstanding job. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or you would like to become involved in supporting our boarders. I hope you all enjoy a relaxing holiday over the Easter break. Kind regards, Michelle Carmody Solo Parents' Group Last month's meeting was our biggest to date - thanks to all who attended. We have a number of new members and are always ready to welcome more! The change of venue seems to have worked well, with more people comfortable with the idea of enjoying sparkling conversation in a private home, rather than the local. Our next meeting is on Saturday 30th April starting at 4pm. Kids are welcome. Please feel free to stay on for a BBQ. Contact Pip for more details ( Sports Canteens Swimming: This is the first year that the P & F has been involved with the swimming canteen and I would like to thank all the parents and staff who helped me with the organisation of the canteen each week. Cricket and Volleyball: A BIG thank you to the three Mums of 5A and 5B cricket teams for helping in the canteen at Des Connor Park on every home game, the Mums and Dads of the 1st XI, 2nd XI and 15A cricket teams who made the sandwiches and helped in the canteen at McMahon Oval and all the parents of our Volleyball players who helped in the Gym canteen. Thank you to all of you for helping without any hesitation each week your boys played at home. Your support is greatly appreciated. Without your help we would not be able to provide this service. The Rugby/Soccer Season has started and I am asking for volunteers to be Year Group Coordinators for each of our home games. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to be Year Group Coordinators. I still require a coordinator for Year 8. All that you are required to do is prepare a roster and be there on the day and to direct your volunteers to the areas of the canteen that require help. I will also be there on each day to help you as well. If you require and further information please contact me anytime on 0427 166 128 or Dates and coordinators are as follows: CIC (Junior) Rugby/Soccer Round 1 – 30th April V IONA – Ali Bray and Saskia Vanderbyl Round 2 – 7th May V Terrace – Year 5 Coordinators: Deanna Heinke – Cathy Roach – Round 3 – 14th May V Churchie – Year 7 Coordinator: Jen Rafter Round 5 – 28th May V SPC – Ali Bray and Saskia Vanderbyl Round 6 – 4th June V MBBC - Year 5 Coordinators: Deanna Heinke – Cathy Roach – AIC (Senior) Rugby/Soccer Rugby Trials - 2nd April V SLC and SEC – Year 12 Coordinator: Kerrie and Chris Callaghan Rugby Trials – 9th April V TSS A & B Teams only Rugby and Soccer Trials – 30th April V TGS – Year 8 Coordinator Required Round 1 – 7th May V IONA – Year 10 Coordinators: Jo Darwin and Therese Eddy Round 3 - 21st May V SPC – Year 9 Coordinator: Julia Churchman Round 5 – 4th June V SEC – Year 11 Coordinator: Carol Bendall Thank you again to everyone that has already offered their assistance so far this year. Without your help these canteens wouldn’t be open. Enjoy the remainder of the Term and have a great holiday. Roberta Bannah. Best wishes for the end of term and for a safe Easter. Deb Moloney (P&F Vice President)

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Mission and Ministry News LENTEN PRAYER Loving and gracious God, Be with us during this season of Lent, As we respond to your call for conversion of heart and life. Deepen our awareness of your presence even in those whom we cannot see May our imitation of you in word and deed inspire us to be Generous in our prayer, fasting and alms giving. We make this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus. 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. ANNIVERSARIES & UPCOMING EVENTS 2nd April Death of Pope John Paul II UN World Autism Awareness Day 3rd April

4th Sunday of Lent

7th April

St John the Baptist de la Salle World Health Day

10th April

5th Sunday of Lent

11th April

St Stanislaus

17th April

Palm Sunday

18th April

World Heritage Day Monday of Holy Week

21st April

Holy Thursday

22nd April

Good Friday of the Lord’s passion

24th April

Easter Sunday

25th April

Anzac Day

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 fordycem@ 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 mclean@marash. 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, Campus Minister - Senior School) 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 March Scott Murphy (Staff Driver) Elizabeth Falconer, Br Mark (Team Leader), Jan Nicholls, Fr Pius Jones , Zac Tedim, Marco Zheng, Sam Cootes, Toby Waddell, Henry, Waddell, Simon Kaye, Tom Milliken, Tim Good, Debbie Waddell

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... 23rd March Br Mark (Team Leader & Staff Driver), Gary Keown, Vanessa O’Connell, Harry McGovern, Nick McGovern, Dom Smith, Craig Barry, Ben Hicks, Nick Paulsen, Jack Bendall, Will Thomasson, Jake Rector, Aaron Ormsby, David Chapman

The MATES BBQ Roster for the next few weeks including the School Holidays is as follows: 6th April Richard Ward (Staff Driver &Team Leader), Kay Wells, Charlie Fox, Lisa Fox, Jacob Young, Lachlan Young, Karen Young, Peter Moran, Harrison King, Tom Copley, Joe Coughlan, Tim Good, Sebastian Kirkpatrick 13th April - School Holidays Peter Orlicki (Staff Driver),Kim Horwood (Team Leader), Ed Horwood, Majella Adams, Luke Adams, Liam Adams, Paddy Maher, Rory Van Den Brink, Connor O’Sullivan, Stewart Jones, Alison Barlow, Matt Gatty, Joe Byrne 20th April - School Holidays John Moloney (Staff Driver) Deb Moloney(Team Leader), Alison Barlow (Team Leader), Stewart Jones, Ben Manthey, Jack Moran, Tom Fairweather, Zac Tedim, Brodie Klotz, David Chapman, Joseph Hogan, Hogan Family, Ash Vienna, Jack Silversmith 27th April - School Holidays Peter Orlicki (Staff Driver), Caroline Smith (Team Leader), Chantel Hochstrasser, Darcy Meehan, Moira Meehan, Jono Notting, Shelly Notting, Angus McArthur, Myles Darwin, Joseph Zammit, Abraham Zammit, Isla Zammit, Dom Smith 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 21st March Alex Grant, Joel Goncalves, Louis Gannon, Matthew Weir, Miles Capel

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... Little Kings Movement 16th March Lachlan Carroll, William Darwin, Rhys Durre, Alistair Emmott, Martin Boga, Dominic Smith, Nathan Jennison 23rd March Claem Fegan, Jacob Keogh, Cormac, Lindsay, Cameron Martin, Benjamin McClure, Daniel McLean, Chilly Peng

LAMP-Mater Dei School 24th March Broden Kennedy, Oliver Taylor, Michael Passlow, Aaron Goh

LAMP- St Peter Chanel School 17th March- Dylan Sattolo, Joe Cloake, Elliott Cox, Jo Hennessy 24th March, Reilly Warmington, Wes Pearson,Tom Piovesan, James Mackie, Nic Stride

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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 quadrangle. The SVDP boys run a sausage sizzle in the yard before school to raise funds for the Conference. The conference members would welcome your support by the purchase of a sausage for $1.50. RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE: On Friday 18th March the following staff and students Tom Jeffrey, BJ Connolly, Myles Gorman, Jackson Nobes, Sam Kiernan, Peter O’Donovan, Ben Andrews, Caroline Smith and Luke McMahon attended the first visit to Ronald McDonald House in Herston for the year. Throughout the afternoon the students cooked and served pancakes and milkshakes for the families staying there looking after sick and hospitalised children. The students provided all the ingredients for the afternoon tea.

Ronald McDonald House Lenten Collection 2011 Marist College has a strong tradition and commitment to raising funds during the season of Lent. We hope that every student in the College can purchase a Marist Solidarity Wristband for $5.00. “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. Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity (MAPS) began operations in 2002 as the International development agency of the Marist Brothers Sydney Province in Australia. MAPS provides financial and material support as well as education and volunteers services for the Marist Brothers’ ministries in Pakistan, India, Cambodia, East Timor, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, and other places in the Pacific. To achieve its goals, MAPS fosters a strong relationship with staff, parents and students of Marist Schools in Australia and supports them with educational and experiential programmes. 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 All interested students who have applied to go on an Immersion should have made their Immersion Interview appointments with the Religious Education office for Tuesday 29th March, Wednesday 30th March and Friday 1st April of this week. Applicants will be advised in the last week of Term One whether they will take part in an Immersion. Charism Mass Archbishop John Bathersby invites you to the annual CHRISM MASS Thursday 14th April 2011 7.30pm at The Cathedral of Saint Stephen. A Celebration for the entire Diocese. All welcome

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... Marist College Pilgrimage World Youth Day, Madrid. Thursday 11th August- Wednesday 24th August 2011 This pilgrimage is open to all interested Students in Years 11 & 12. If you would like to join this once in a life time opportunity where you will experience and visit destinations that include Paris, France, The Hermitage, and Champagnat Country, World Youth Day Vigil and the World Youth Day Mass in Madrid , Spain. To be able to add to the pilgrimage a visit to the Birthplace of Marist Education, to see The Hermitage of St Marcellin and visit many iconic sites in Champagnat Country will be a rich and unique experience. Estimated cost per student is $5,000. This does not include passport costs, travel Insurance or spending money. If you are Interested please email M. Luke McMahon Assistant Head-Mission at by Thursday 31st March. Rosies Street Retreat Program Year 12 Students Rosies Youth Mission offers a small number of our Senior students the opportunity to experience their ministry on the street, by way of a one night Street Retreat. This is another MATES opportunity where students and staff are given time to spend with marginalized, abandoned, isolated and lonely people in our local community. As part of this program you will be serving hot and cold drinks and engaging in conversations with the patrons of the service. Marist has been given dates during Terms 3 & 4 in which we will be participating in this outreach program. You will be placed on a roster to attend one of a series of night visits. This is an invitation to invite any interested Year 12 student who may wish to become involved in Rosies Friends on the street next Term and to let me know of your expression of interest. If you have not already seen me and would like to be involved please send me an email indicating your interest. will be a compulsory Rosies Information and training session towards the end of Term 2. (Mrs. Caroline Smith Campus Minister) Year 8 Annual Camps The last of the Year 8 camps was held for Foley and Gilroy houses during the week of the 15th-18th March. The Campus Ministry Team (Mrs. Caroline Smith, Mrs. Mena McLean and Br. Mark) led the Commissioning prayer for each House. This prayer was dedicated to the boys understanding of the faith, character and symbols that are at the foundation of Marist College.

Foley House

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Mission and Ministry News Continued...

Gilroy House

Growing Good Men:

A weekend for dads & their teenage sons.

‘Growing Good Men’ is a unique opportunity for dads and their teenage sons to embark on a quest of discovery. It is an exciting new initiative from Men Alive. A son’s relationship with his father can be a powerful guiding force as he wrestles with the questions of what kind of man he is becoming. The most important ingredient in this relationship is time. Take time out together to get reconnected in an environment which fosters honesty, mutual respect and a hunger for more out of life. Growing good men is a program that invites fathers and their teenage sons to work through many issues that face teenagers today. The retreat is being held in Brisbane between the 8th and 10th April 2011. For all enquiries call Gavin on 0411 619 195 or Robert on 0412 745 734. Register now as numbers are limited!

Snapshots from Around the College Year 11 & 12 Exam Study in the library on Day 1 of the exams.

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Mission and Ministry News Continued... Year 12 Formal

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champagnat trust

SPORTS LUNCH The 2011 Champagnat Trust Sport Lunch Committee wishes to express sincere thanks to all those who supported the recent lunch at The Sofitel Hotel.

We are aware that some supporters of this annual event were unable to obtain seats this year and we are very sorry about that. We don’t wish to exclude anyone but unfortunately we are limited to room. The Champagnat Trust Sport Lunch will continue to be held on the last Friday in February and we are seeking your early registration for the 2012 lunch. This will help us with our forward planning.


2012 CHAMPAGNAT TRUST SPORTS LUNCH Friday 24th February 11:30 am for 12:00 noon $145 per head or $1450 for table of ten Platinum tables (Sponsors tables) @ $5000 for table of 12 Contact Peter McWhirter on 0412 732 143

If you would like to pre-book a table for next year’s Champagnat Trust Sport Lunch could you kindly notify Kay Wells, College Community Relations Manager by email –


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Music News Autumn Guitar and Percussion Concert The Guitar and Percussion Concert will be the third and final concert in the Autumn Concert series. Thursday 7th April will see the 4 Guitar Ensembles and 4 Percussion Ensembles perform for the first time in 2011. Being held in the Draney Theatre, all performers are to assemble in the Green Room at 6.30pm in performance uniform. Parents are welcome to enjoy refreshments in the foyer before the concert. Seven Deadly Practice Sins Students get so much out of learning a musical instrument, both academically and socially. However, the practice that needs to take place between lessons can often be a stumbling block on the road to success. The following is taken from an article by Samantha Coates, titled the ‘Seven Deadly Practice Sins’, they are important pieces of information that can help your son get the most enjoyment from learning an instrument. Over the next few newsletters I will be offering these seven helpful suggestions. 1. No routine The average child does not naturally gravitate towards practice at home. This is completely normal – just like they don’t naturally gravitate towards doing homework. There is no point waiting for the magical time when a child will ‘feel’ like practising. Practice needs to be timetabled in, and it should be a compulsory part of the daily/weekly routine, like brushing teeth. If a child senses that practising is optional, most times they will opt out. A reasonable practice routine would consist of at least four practices per week. This means that practice is at least taking place on more days than it is not! Five sessions per week is ideal, and any more than that... well, the teacher will be in heaven. As for how long the practice should be, that all depends on the level of playing, the age of the child, and the efficiency of the practice! Ten minutes of really solid practice is more effective than thirty minutes of just playing through pieces without listening or fixing. The key is to have a consistent time each day for practice to take place, for example Monday at 4, Wednesday at 7:30, Thursday at 4, Saturday at 9, and so on. Battle of the Bands Coming up next Term is one of the feature events for some boys’ calendars. On the same day as the Walkathon, 15th May, the hotly contested Battle of the Bands 2011 may even be the launchpad for the next big thing. If you think you have what it takes, see Mrs Hutchinson in the Music Centre with the details of your band to register for auditions. Also new to this year’s BOB will be a section for DJ’s. Cancellation of Lessons Students enrolled in instrumental lessons must continue lessons for a complete Term. If your son is considering discontinuing on his instrument, please complete a cancellation form and return to the Music Centre before the completion of the term. Cancellation forms are available from the Music website or from the Music Centre. Music Accounts Music accounts will be forwarded to parents after the completion of this Term. The accounts are sent in arrears and as such students who have missed a lesson at some point throughout the Term with a legitimate reason would have either received a make up lesson or this lesson would not be charged for. Students who missed a lesson without a legitimate reason will still be billed for that lesson and a make up lesson would not have been arranged. Instrumental Reports Instrumental Music Reports are completed at the end of each Semester therefore no reports will be sent with the Term academic reports at this time.

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From the Archives Hello to you all again. Our series on “special” people at MCA continues this edition with someone who has spent much of his life at the College as both student and teacher – Mr Denis Callaghan. Denis is at present approaching his 78th year – and still working !!! – so he’s literally seen much water flow under the bridge at Ashgrove, and is part of the fabric that makes up the College story……. Denis was born in 1934, and had two sisters, Anne and Marilyn, and a brother, Philip. The family lived at Mareeba Road, Ashgrove, very near The Flats, (now Des Connor Park), so Denis as a boy from a Catholic background was destined to attend St Mary’s College, Ashgrove, as MCA was then known. That didn’t happen immediately, however, because the school had been evacuated to Eagle Heights, Mount Tamborine, from 1942 to 1944, owing to the wartime emergency situation. Denis attended Rosalie school in 1944 to do Year 4, and then when the College re-opened in 1945, he came to Ashgrove for Year 5. One of the childhood memories he recalls is VP (Victory in the Pacific) Day to celebrate the Japanese surrender : every child was given a commemorative medal, which probably didn’t mean much, and an ice-cream, which did…… Time passed quite happily for Denis at the College, but then came the big hurdle in 1947 of the Scholarship exam. Passing this exam was vital if further education was a student’s goal – a Pass meant the right to go on to secondary schooling; a Fail was a guarantee of immediate introduction to the workforce. The added attraction of a Pass from the point of view of Catholic schools was that, at this stage, they received absolutely no financial aid from the State: but those students who passed the Scholarship exam were given a “scholarship” grant from the government, regardless of religion. So Scholarship was taken very seriously by parents, students and Brothers, and an indication of this was that the Scholarship class at St Mary’s College had extra schooling – on Saturday morning !!! Denis remembers his teacher vividly, Brother Linus, a strict man of somewhat red-faced and potentially choleric disposition. (Brother Linus rejoiced in the nickname of “Tiger Bum” to his students, “Linus” proceeding to “Lion Arse”, then to Tiger Bum in typically schoolboy logic.) Another memory for Denis is of Senior boys disrupting Brother Linus’s lessons by deliberately dropping shot puts on the floor above the class: if their intention was to provoke Brother into near-apoplectic fury, Denis believes they succeeded admirably. Despite the interruptions, Brother Linus was a highly competent teacher, and Denis had no problems with the Scholarship exam, thereby gaining admission to his secondary schooling at St Mary’s College, Ashgrove, in 1948. What has to be kept in mind is that St Mary’s College Ashgrove in 1948 was in no way the giant of a school that it would become; indeed nearly all classes were taught in a wooden building known as the Classroom Block. The only brick building on the property was the Tower Block; the recreation area had three concrete cricket pitches on it, but was otherwise bare dirt and rocks; of money for development there was little or none. The roll call number for the entire school in 1948 was 276. Denis was perhaps fortunate that the Director (Headmaster) during most of his schooling was the legendary Brother Cyprian Dowd, a man of Churchillian bulldog determination and grit, and a man convinced that St Mary’s College Ashgrove could advance by its own communal efforts and strength. All that was needed was that everyone contributed: Brothers, boys, parents and friends. It was Cyprian who gave Ashgrove its playing fields through his development of the Main Oval and The Flats: it was he who directed first boarders and then dayboys in “emu parades” to pick up the almost limitless stones on the fields near Enoggera Creek; it was he who set the example by labouring on alone after the boys had been dismissed; most importantly for our story, it was he and his fellow Brothers who were making a profound impression on the young Denis by just being who they were. Probably even without knowing it, he was becoming mightily impressed by the men who were his teachers, and it would alter the direction of his life……… Denis gained a solid pass in the Junior Public Examination (Year 10) in 1949, and so proceeded to his final two years at the College. Again, contrast the Ashgrove of his day with the present one: there were five (yes, FIVE !!!) teachers in the entire secondary school - Brothers Cyprian (Latin and English), Ferrer (Science), Justinian (French), Gildas (Mathematics), and Mr Connolly (Book-keeping/Accountancy). Denis remembers them as “a wonderful crew – tough, but great teachers.” Cyprian was responsible for two things that helped mould the boy into the man: he thought sport essential for all adolescents, so the College concentrated much of its efforts into organised games. “Good for me,” recalls Denis. “I was pretty shy and timid, and sport helped develop my confidence.” Cyprian also introduced Army Cadets to Ashgrove, and the immense popularity of the Ashgrove Cadet Unit meant that it, too, became a “must join” organisation. Perusal of the 1951 Blue & Gold reveals Denis as a member of the First XIII (Rugby League) team, the First XV (Rugby Union) team, and in all his martial glory as Cadet Lieutenant Callaghan, commander of an Infantry platoon in the Cadet Corps. And there, in 1951, we must leave this first part of our story on the development of young Denis. His father, as fathers do, held dreams for his son’s life and future career: sons, as sons do, sometimes follow different paths…….. Until next time, From the Archives, Dave Cameron 38584591 or

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Junior School News Dear Parents, This will be the final Newsletter for Term 1. It’s been a long and busy Term so we are all looking forward to the holidays. For our new families, I am hoping that Term 1 at Marist College Ashgrove has been a happy and productive time for you all and now that you know ‘the ropes’ you may find Term 2 less busy and easier. I wouldn’t count on that though! During the holidays, we will participate in the Easter liturgies, where we remember the death of Jesus and his resurrection. I begin this Reflection with these words from Saint John’s Gospel. “When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother. ‘Woman behold your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ and from that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.” These words were said by Jesus as he looked down from the cross. His final thoughts are for his mother and the disciple closest to him and Jesus would be very aware that these two figures, at the foot of the cross, are the only ones left. Peter has denied him, Judas betrayed him with a kiss and most of the disciples had run away. It looks as if all Jesus’ work had brought no results at all. The scene Jesus views from his cross is a new community. A new church is formed at the foot of the cross. Two people are present, a woman and a man, brought to the cross by their love of Jesus. Their loves are different, that of a mother and that of his closest friend, but they become one family as there is no rivalry. Both need the other. What so often breaks up human communities is hostility and accusation. The community, which the disciples had tried to form, had been splintered because of accusations and mistrust, now a fledging community has been formed at the foot of the cross. Father Timothy Radcliffe OP writes these words. They are powerful words during the season of Lent: “We are hostile to other people because they are not like us: they are black or white or Chinese; they are Jewish or Moslem; they are homosexual; they are progressive or conservative. We look at others with accusation and seek to expel them. Societies are often built upon exclusion. We seek scapegoats who can bear upon their backs our fears and rivalries.” What is the message of the Cross of Good Friday? The message is simple, but not easy. To be a Christian is to recognise that at the foot of the cross a family is born, a new church, from which no one can be excluded. This is a challenge for all of us. The cross teaches us that Jesus died for all our divisions, accusations and rivalry. As we approach the great Feast of Easter, let us reflect on our own attitude to those who might be different from ourselves. How do we treat them? How do we welcome them? I conclude with an Easter blessing for all our Junior School families: May God bless us as we journey towards Easter, travelling the path of justice. May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, so that we may live and reflect from deep within our heart. May God bless us with anger at injustice and oppression so that we may work for justice and peace. AMEN.

Please note these items of information and news at the end of Term 1: Farewell to Mrs Elizabeth Lemon: At the end of Term 1, we farewell Elizabeth Lemon, who has resigned. Elizabeth has been on our Learning Support Staff for over 18 months and for a major part of that time, has been leading Learning Support in the Junior School. We are very sorry to see Liz go. She has been an outstanding member of our Staff, very highly regarded by the Staff, parents and especially the boys. Liz’s greatest love is to be in the classroom, assisting the class teacher and the boys and this is what we will truly miss. We have all loved Liz’s gentle presence among us and we thank her, most sincerely, for all she has done. Liz wishes to spend more time with her family at this time.

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Junior School News Continued... Acting Head of Boarding for Term 2: Mr James Couper has been appointed Acting Head of Boarding for Term 2, replacing Mr Rob Corboy, who will be Deputy – Pastoral during this time. We congratulate James on the appointment and we know he will do an outstanding job in this challenging role. This appointment has affected James’ presence and role within the Junior School for Term 2 and we are advertising for a Year 7 teacher for Term 2. Interviews are due to take place in the final week of Term 1. Thank you from Saint Vincent de Paul Society – Queensland. [The Gap Conference] The following words of thanks were received a few weeks ago: “Once again, we were overwhelmed with the wonderful donations to our Christmas hamper appeal. The presents were perfect and delighted the families. We delivered 40 hampers in our area and were able to assist with our neighbouring communities as well. Thank you for your support.” JUDITH CLINTON. Thank you for your support with our Lenten Collections: We have had wonderful support from the Junior School families with our Lenten Collections. The latest figures we have are: Year 6 Cake/Sweet Stalls: $1002. 75. Wristbands: $963.00 Thank you to you all! Zonal Chess Competition: Wednesday 23 March, 2011: The following boys will represent the College at the first Zonal Chess Competition for 2011. Mrs Pizzato has been coaching the boys for this important competition. The following boys are thanked for representing the College: Harrison Bowles [Year 7 Green]; Patrick Healy [Year 7 Gold]; Bailey Ainsworth [Year 7 Blue]; Joseph Jarjees [Year 7 Green]; Henry Smith [Year 6 Blue] and Michael O’Connor [Year 6 Gold]. These are the results and the boys are congratulated: First: Harrison Bowles. Second: Callum Ross. Third: Henry Smith and Daniel Groves [tie third] and Joseph Jarjees. Touch Typing Programmes: A few weeks ago, the Year 5 teachers sent the following information to their parents, via the Year 5 Website, and I thought other parents might find this information useful. The Staff have noticed that some boys are really struggling with keyboard skills, so the information below was sent to the parents in Year 5. “If you don’t have a touch typing programme, such as Typing Tournament, there are many free downloads available. See below for some suggested websites.” typing tutors.htm Thank you to Liz Lemon for this information. Important dates for the conclusion of Term 1 and the start of Term 2: Wednesday 30 March to Friday 1 April – YEAR 5 CAMP. Friday 1 April: Year 5 Parent Dinner, in the Brother Cyprian Pavilion, at 7.00pm. Tuesday 5 April: Soccer and Rugby Trials, from 1.30-3.00pm. Wednesday 6 April: Swimming & Cricket photos for Blue & Gold. 8.45am-10.40am. Boys to remember their cricket ’whites’ and swimming shirts. Drama Concert/Open Afternoon at 4.15pm. Thursday 7 April: Junior School Assembly at 1.45pm, in the Draney Theatre. Parents are welcome to attend. The SRC, for 2011, will be announced at this Assembly.

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Friday 8 April: Year 7A Rugby leaves for Armidale at 10.00am. Mr Luke Caplick, Mr Ryan Apps and Mr James Couper will accompany the boys.   given to the boys to bring home. School closes are Term 1 at 3.10pm. Reports will be

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Monday 2 May:                                                                LABOUR DAY.

Tuesday 3 May: BIS Competition – Debating, Chess and Public Speaking. This begins at 7.00pm.

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Wednesday 4 May: Drama classes begin at      3.30pm. [Details will be in the Report envelope.]                                                                                                       

Michael B. Druce.


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Junior School Sport News C.I.C RUGBY & SOCCER The Rugby and Soccer season is now underway with a number of trials already taken place and a successful Coaching Clinic was enjoyed by the boys and parents on Saturday. Thanks very much to all parents for their assistance at the Coaching Clinics. I know the College greatly appreciated your time and the boys gained some valuable knowledge on many different fronts regarding their Rugby and Soccer skills. All enquiries regarding Rugby and Soccer teams must be made to the respective Year level coordinators: RUGBY Year 5 – Luke Caplick –; Year 6 – Jamie Brauer –; Year 7 – James Couper –; SOCCER Year 5 – Philip Oostenbroek –; Year 6 – Janice Minihan –; Year 7 – Matthew Green –; TRIAL V NJC - This Saturday April 2nd we will be having a trial round V Nudgee Junior College. Boys will be placed in teams for this trial however these are trials and will be used for this purpose. All Rugby matches will be played at Nudgee Junior College, Kate St, Indooroopilly and all Soccer matches will be played at Marist College Ashgrove. The draw is posted on the College website under Junior Sport and then click on either ‘Rugby’ or ‘Soccer’. WEEK 1 TERM 2 - The first week back next Term we will have them all placed in teams for Round 1 of CIC v Iona. All teams will train on the Flats from 3.30 – 4.45pm on Thursday 28 April and will play on Saturday 30 April, Marist v Iona, with all matches played on the Flats. RUGBY JERSEYS - For those of you who have purchased Rugby jerseys from the uniform shop, you are probably aware that the jerseys have ‘Ashgrove Football’ sublimated onto them. This is a mistake and the wholesaler has agreed to replace all jerseys with this mistake sublimated onto them. For the time being boys are to wear the jerseys they purchased however when the correct jerseys arrive at the uniform shop I will notify the boys and they can exchange them at the uniform shop. JUNIOR SCHOOL SINGLES TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS On Sunday, 27 March we saw the first of the Marist school tournaments being held on our new state of the art tennis courts. We had 24 players participating in the knock-out draw which encompassed a plate draw also for the first round match losers. The first upset of the day saw number 1 seed Sam Knynenburg narrowly losing to number 4 seed Macklin Freke in a very close encounter 6-5, in the semi-finals. All four of the top seeds had made their way to the semi-finals and in the bottom half of the draw number 2 seed Michael Gardiner beat number 3 seed (and brother) Ben Gardiner in another very close match 6-5. The main draw final saw Macklin Freke beating Michael Gardiner 6 – 2 in the final. Congratulations to Macklin Freke for being the Junior School Champion for 2011! In the plate draw final Ben Geraghty played Rory Davidson which Rory won 6 – 0. Congratulations to Rory for being the Plate Draw winner! A great day was had by all on the new courts, with a sausage sizzle included on the day. Thanks also to Laura Flynn for running the tournament. Allan Say, Head Tennis Coach, Marist College Ashgrove INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to Christopher Banning (5 Gold) and Jesse Henley (5 Gold) who were successful in the North Brisbane Futsal trials and are subsequently competing in the Vikings Futsal Pacific Regional Tournament which is being held in the April Holidays. The boys will be part of the U/10 ‘A’ Team representing North Brisbane. This is their third year representing North Brisbane. We wish Chris and Jesse all the best at this tournament and congratulate them on their achievements. Congratulations to Ben Fracchia who was selected in the U/12 Metropolitan North Basketball Team last Monday. We wish Ben all the best when he represents his region later in the year. Well done Ben! Luke Caplick Head of Sport – Junior School

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Senior Sport News Word from the Head of Sport Round 7 last week started with a whirlwind of activity with numerous teams aiming to hold onto their 1st position in the competition. In addition, a number of boys and staff attended various coaching and refereeing courses in preparation for the coming Rugby and Soccer season. Unfortunately the weather had the last say in the cricket season and almost all games were called off, and the poor coaches and referees endured torrential rain at Ballymore while they learned their trade. Overall, the season has been a successful endeavour for cricket, volleyball and swimming with Ashgrove placing 1st, 5th and 1st respectively in the Aggregate placings; however, there are numerous other reasons aside from the scoreboard that have made 2011 a success. This year saw the introduction of a new direction for the Volleyball program and the appointment of a new volleyball convenor in Australian representative player Mr Andrew Grant. A number of staff and coaches also returned to the program after having a season or two off and it seems that the sport is experiencing a large increase in popularity, both at this school and at all other AIC schools, as the common theme around the table at Head of Sports meetings was how we can accommodate such large numbers of participants………..a fantastic problem to be faced with as a Head of Sport. The Swimming season, although beginning well before the bell rang at the start of Term One, showed yet again the depth of talent and commitment for which Marist swimming is renowned. The boys, after committing long hours in the pool, demonstrated the type of teamwork that coaches, Mr Michael Wooldridge and Mr Derek Cameron, continually talk about. On the day it was truly a champion team that managed to hold it together to beat a team with many champions! The cricket season, as always, demonstrated yet again the historical dominance of the Marist machine. The 1st XI touring squad started us off with a successful campaign to win the Marist Cricket Carnival and the dominance didn’t stop there. At the end of the season, it would prove to be one of the most successful seasons of cricket, with Ashgrove teams winning nine, and coming second in three, of a possible thirteen premiership competitions. More importantly, the cricket season saw huge numbers of participants being involved and looks set to continue this trend in to the future. Results aside, the overwhelming success of this program stems from two things: 1) Boys eagerness to participate in the co-curricular program; and 2) The willingness of staff, parents and the extended College community to offer their services as coaches, umpires, referees, scorers or simply to drive the boys (boarders included) to and from training and competitions. Already these two points are suggesting we are going to have a successful Rugby, Cross-country, Soccer and Chess campaign, as there have been over 250 students sign up for cross country, over 600 boys sign up for Rugby, over 250 boys sign up for Football (soccer) and so many boys in chess that the coaches are struggling to keep up! In some age groups, there is a 90 - 95% participation rate of boys in sport! I would like to congratulate all boys, staff and extended community involved in the College sporting program in Trimester 1 for their efforts, commitment and hard work, and wish all those gearing up for the Winter sports all the best. Sincerely, Mr Phillip Holding Head of Sport Marist College Ashgrove

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Soccer/Rugby Trial Game Notices In preparation for Trimester Two sports, the following trial matches for Rugby and Soccer have been arranged: Term 1: - Sat 2/4: Whole school trials V St Laurence’s College/St Edmunds College Rugby - (Home) Soccer- (Venue TBC on account of SLC field suitability) - Sat 9/4: (1st day of School holidays) Rugby: A and B teams only V The Southport School (Home) Soccer: A and B teams only V Ipswich Grammar School (Away) Term 2: - Sat 30/4: Whole school trial V Toowoomba Grammar School (Home)

View and purchase professional sports photography from 2009 and 2010, including the current cricket and volleyball seasons.

For more information or to enroll into the Ashgrove Acceleration Program please go to www. or call 1300-661-847 Students should consider their winter season sporting goals and commitments and look to maintain strength and conditioning throughout this period.

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