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Vol. 50

Issue #16

10th November 2014


St. Vincent de Paul’s Society Night Patrol 2014 Award Receipients Aaron Wilkie, Mr Tony McDonnell & Mrs Pamela Lewis

FROM THE HEADMASTER Dear Parents, Students and Friends, On the evening of Friday 7th November, a number of our College’s leaders attended the Marist Ministries Mass and Dinner held at Champagnat Catholic College, Pagewood. This event was attended by Marists from all over NSW. There is a great sense of being Marist in 2014.

The same can be said of liturgical singing and involvement in the annual Musical across all Year levels. He has also been involved in Immersions each year since they commenced in 2004. All these activities require many hours of commitment well above and beyond the call of duty. Tony does all of this methodically and competently without fuss or bother.

The head of Marist Schools Australia, Br. Michael Green, spoke of the Marists of tomorrow being: “mystics, prophets and in communion with other Marists”. Marists continue the work of Jesus in developing the Reign of God or the Kingdom of God in our schools. Our Marists these days are now the Brothers and lay staff, parents and students who identify with the goals of St. Marcellin Champagnat. Our own staff are now moving with the other Marists in Australia to form the Marist College North Shore Society of St. Marcellin Champagnat in recognition that we see ourselves as Marists. During the dinner a number of Marists were acknowledged for their work in continuing the great work of Champagnat in their schools. Our own Mr. Tony McDonnell received one of these important awards on recognition for his great work at Marist College North Shore. The following is the citation that was read on the night: Currently in his thirteeth year at Marist College North Shore, Tony embodies and radiates what it means to be a Marist educator. In those three decades, he has filled a great array of roles. To each of these he brings a passionate commitment and an unwavering desire to do all in his power to facilitate the intellectual, physical, cultural and spiritual growth of boys in his care. Tony leads from the front. For 24 years he has trained Year 12 volunteers and accompanied groups of them on Night Patrol every alternate Monday night (school holidays included), driving the St Vincent de Paul van around the Sydney CBD feeding the homeless. The College has a long and well established tradition of activities centring on social justice as a result of Tony’s initiatives.


Celebrating Mr. Tony McDonnell’s achievements as a Marist educator: Ms Carolyn O’Brien, Mr Anthony Munro, Mr David Forrester, Mr Tony McDonnell, Mr Stephen Versteegh and Mr Tony Duncan

Recently, Tony spent a year with the Marists at Sala Lavalla in Cambodia, yet another example of his identification with Marist praxis and spirituality. As a House Coordinator, Tony knows each boy individually and comprehensively. His style of Pastoral Care is direct but impartial, springing from a desire “to be with young people, to enter their world and to journey alongside them …. (to) inspire young people to be creative in developing their own identity and widening their understanding of themselves, of others, of the world and of God”. (WFR, 142) Tony Duncan Headmaster

FROM THE DEPUTY HEADMASTER ANTI-BULLYING POLICY Over the course of Term 3 the College had a significant review of our Anti-Bullying Policy. Last week, all students in Years 7 to 10 examined the contents of the policy in a pastoral period. At the centre of what we educate our young men is the value of forming positive and enriching relationships. It is our hope that we foster an understanding in each individual the importance of ensuring that the dignity of a person is respected. Specifically, the significant elements of the policy that were examined in the pastoral period included: Our Guiding Principle Bullying in any form is unacceptable behaviour at Marist College North Shore. The Marist North Shore community shares a joint responsibility to identify and address bullying behaviour. Definition Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful, and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. How Bullying is Reported Students are encouraged to report incidences of bullying to any of the following people: • Parents • Tutor • Peer Support Leaders

• Classmates • Teacher • House Coordinator

Students are encouraged to record the details of the incident or speak directly to one of the specified people. Students should ensure that if they feel that a response from a selected person was inadequate then they should speak to a parent, their House Coordinator, Deputy Headmaster or Headmaster. The sooner that the student reports the bullying and action is taken the sooner things can change. Students were involved in a task whereby in groups they were asked to create and design an electronic method for the reporting of bullying. It was encouraging to see many ideas shared with Mr. Brown who along with Mr. McDonnell designed the pastoral period. The College will examine the suggestions and look to build on the ideas of the students and ensure that an electronic method for reporting will be placed on the College website. The College has reviewed how we respond to reports of bullying and ensuring that we track any concerning behaviours. Within the policy there are elements of our Education program, strategies for students, teachers and parents in managing bullying issues and a number of support networks listed. A copy of the College Anti Bullying Policy as well as the link for the CEO policy can be found on the College website for further details. David Forrester Deputy Headmaster




Just a reminder that the College has moved away from using just one text book for a course. All students in Year 11 now have access to Learning Field where they are able to either view various books online or download them to view offline.

The College moved to the Google Suite in 2012 as part of an initiative of the Catholic Education Office Sydney. By now all students should be using Google Drive, Docs, Presentation and other applications for their schoolwork. The advantage of using the Google platform is that no work can ever really be deleted and you can access your work from any device. A number of students have seen me this year asking for an extension due to ICT related issues – this can be avoided if students work only in Google. If for some reason a student needs to use applications outside the Google Suite for PDM or IST, please ensure that all work is backed up on an external hard drive. There are also a handful of laptops available in the Library that students can borrow if their laptop has been sent off for repairs. No extensions will be granted due to IT issues from now on.

Mr Branca from the IT Department sent an email to all of Year 11 last week with screenshots showing them how to download their texts for offline viewing and printing. There is no need for any parent or student to buy an additional text book as various texts are available for use through the Learning Field website. Payment is not required at this point as Learning Field has allowed for free access for at least thirty days. Details for payment will be provided before the start of 2015 and will be made directly to the Learning Field, not the College.

Ann McGovern Director of Teaching and Learning




In preparation for their exams, the Year 10 Elective French class spent a lesson revising specific topics in a different way. In groups, they made ‘Silent commoncraft’ clips. But what is Commoncraft? Click here to find out!

Multilingual Mania @thepolyglot · Oct 31 10 Idioms From Around the World http://bit.ly/1wjHgMC Multilingual Mania @thepolyglot · Oct 23 8 Ways to Learn a Language outside the Classroom http://bit.ly/1tj7Xjl Apple Languages @AppleLanguages · Oct 20 How people #sneeze in different #languages #languagelearning #langchat

Their groups were given a ‘kit’ of tiles of text and images to select from and a blank canvas for filming. Ideally, these sorts of clips are filmed with an iPad however the Year 10 students were very creative in holding their laptops awkwardly in using their cameras!

Sip & Shop at Ethicas Cocktail Party Thursday 20th November, 5:30 - 8pm Isabel Menton Theatre 11 Mount St, North Sydney Entry $10 includes glass of wine or Pisco

Bursting at the seams with bright hues and delicate weaves Ethica Accessories is hosting a beautiful Peruvian Cocktail Party which is sure to tick a few boxes for your Christmas shopping and also get you on Santa’s nice list at the same time.

The students only had one lesson to quickly learn about this activity and then produce a version of their own! Here is a fantastic example from Lukas Powling, James Muil, Thomas Kay and Frank Separovich.

All of Ethica’s products are lovingly handmade by women in Peru who get to keep the profits when you buy one of their products, it really makes a difference in their lives. Those families in Peru will truly thank you and your friends will thank you for that gorgeous (guilt free) gift.

Katherine Bucknole French

Held at Isabel Menton Theatre, Petite Voices from Loreto Kirribilli Junior School choir will set the mood with some Christmas carols whilst you sip your complimentary wine or pisco and browse Ethica’s gifts. www.ethica.org.au For more info 02 8912 2716 or gina.bradley@sosj.org.au 5

SOLIDARITY NIGHT PATROL On Friday 31st October, St. Vincent de Paul’s Society Night Patrol commitee announced their first annual awards and recognition of those in the community who help serve along side them in Night Patrol, a food and beverage service that drives through the Sydney CBD providing assistance to Sydney’s homeless. There are 1,200 volunteers who contribute their time throughout the year, so it is an outstanding achievement to be recognised above and beyond all those who conduct such good work. As you can see on our newsletter cover, Marist College North Shore was blessed to have three representatives from our College community recogninsed for their outstanding work. They have been chosen by the Night Patrol coordinator and committee based on their contribution of their time, how they conduct themselves while out working amongst the community and that they continually epitomise the values of what Night Patrol stands for. Aaron Wilkie, who recently completed his HSC studies, was awarded the St. Vincent de Paul’s Society Night Patrol’s Sydney Student of the Year Award. Aaron was nominated by the College because of his consistent support of the program and effort he displayed.



Now that November has begun and many have started to think about the Christmas shopping that is going to be upon us soon, I ask you to spare a thought for those who will not have a Christmas where they are able to provide a present for their child or even put a roof over their head. Last year, as a College community, we provided over 70 Christmas hampers to the St. Vincent de Paul Society and I hope we can do the same this year. Below is what each house has been asked to donate each week during the Appeal. Thankyou to those who have already donated items for the Hampers during the first two weeks. Christmas Appeal 2014 Roster of Items Help Make A Christmas Wish Come True

Mrs Pam Lewis was award St. Vincent de Paul’s Society Night Patrol’s Most Prolific Volunteer of the Year. Pam has attended Night Patrol on a Monday night on twenty occasion throughout the year.

Week beginning 10th November Chanel House: Packed goods and drinks Kelly House: Christmas goods Moore House: Canned food items Salta House: Toiletry items

Mr Tony McDonnell was also recognised for his sustained contribution to Night Patrol, receiving a Service Award for his twenty years of service. In fact, Tony has served twenty-two years in total and his Night Patrol’s second longest-serving volunteer.

Week beginning 17th November: Chanel House: Canned food items Kelly House: Packed goods and drinks Moore House: Toiletry items Salta House: Christmas goods

We congratulate these three individuals on being true examples of Service in the Marist way and hope that others follow in their footsteps as we continue our good work through Marist Solidairty here at the College.

Stephen Versteegh Solidarity Coordinator





On Monday 27th October, with an air of excitement, the Year 10 Food Technology classes set out for their much anticipated excursion to the iconic Sydney Tower and Dining with Ms Kim, Ms Eggins and Mr Dowe.

Our end of year Christmas function will be held on Friday 28th November, 6:30pm - 10:00pm in the O’Mara Plaza at the College. Please note, this is a parent/adult only function. Students and siblings are not permitted to attend. The cost is $27.50 per guest and this includes finger food and beverages. All attendees must present their ticket upon entry to the event please. Tickets can now be purchased via the online booking system: http://www.trybooking.com/110724 It’s a wonderful opportunity to get together with the College Staff in attendance and meet other parents. We look forward to seeing you there! Claire Manning P&F Secretary 0419 698 484 pnf@maristns.catholic.edu.au

The boys participated in a full tour of both front and back of house operations and were able to speak with industry professionals further enhancing their classroom learning. The highlight of the day for most of the boys was having lunch at the Sydney Tower Buffet where they were able to eat their fill from the diverse and delicious buffet menu.

CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS THANKYOU The College wishes to extend a ‘Thankyou’ to Mr Joseph Taylor for his continued generosity. Mr Taylor has yet again made another donation of musical instruments to the Music Department of which we are truly grateful for. Rod Herbert Band & Ensemble Conductor

St. Mary’s North Sydney Community Choir - Christmas Carols Our students represented the College exceptionally, enabling a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for all.

Paul Meller, a member of the Sydney male acapella chorus Harmony, is inviting Marist North Shore students to join the St. Mary’s Community Choir for the upcoming Christmas celebrations.

Sean Dowe TAS

Auditions and rehearsals take place on Monday afternoons/evenings over the next few weeks. If any students are interested, please contact Ms

O’Brien: carolyn.obrien@syd.catholic.edu.au


VOLUNTEER ROSTERS CANTEEN 10 Nov: Lisa Brink, Penny Davis, Julie Moriaty, Maureen Knox, Jackie Pickton, Lee Sternberg 11 Nov: Pip Byrne, Nicola Hart, Andrea Morgan, Chris Saunders 12 Nov: Leanne Bishop, Ann Catanzariti, Margie Morgan, Katharine Watts 13 Nov: Julie Gaidzkar, Maureen McKee, Sandra Robinson, Anton Singh, Kasumi Tucker 14 Nov: Dominica Edwards, Melaine Lindquist, Susan Mayall, Joanna Milenkiewicz, Michele Mulligan, Jennifer Vahldieck 17 Nov: Annette Bradford, Donalda Brown, Rosalind Elliot, Grace Ooi, Andrea Morgan 18 Nov: Louise Frith, Kendra McKenzie, Nina Stowers-Kahui, Nola Xenakis 19 Nov: Joyce Aimond, Dianne Pastuszak, Janet Pereira, Cindy Van Kampen 20 Nov: Lynda Challenger, Sally Engeman, Marg Mitchell, Margaret Weller, Karen Whitehead 21 Nov: Paulette Bendixen-Brown, Brid Bowers, Sue Rennie, Vicki Robinson, Teresa Ukrainetz, Anne Young UNIFORM SHOP 12 Nov: Megan Sturrock, Cheree Fullwood, Natalie Chanelian, Lizzy Chant 17 Nov: STOCKTAKE - VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED





The Year 7, 2015 Fitting Day is on Saturday 22nd November. As you would all know this is a very busy day. In order to make the day easier for both volunteers and incoming parents / students I am asking for extra assistance.

A reminder to parents/guardians that school fees are all now overdue for payment.

If you can spare three hours between 9.00am – 3.30pm, please email me: june.mitchell@syd.catholic.edu.au Some volunteers will assist in sizing the students while others in packing the selected items. You do not need to have worked in the Uniform Shop previously. Morning tea and lunch are provided. Could I ask all volunteers currently on the Uniform Shop roster to also send in their availability for the day. June Mitchell Uniform Shop 8

LOOKING AHEAD 10>14 Nov: HSC Hospitality Work Placement 17>21 Nov: Year 9 Assessment Week 17 Nov: Solidarity - Night Patrol (Salta) 21 Nov: Solidarity - Surry Hills (Kelly) 24>28 Nov: Year 7 & 8 Assessment Week 4 Dec: Year 10 & 11 Champagnat Gold 5 Dec: TERM 4 CONCLUDES FOR YEAR 10 & 11 Solidarity - Surry Hills (Moore) 10 Dec: Year 7, 8 & 9 Chamagnat Gold 11 Dec: TERM 4 CONCLUDES FOR YEARS 7, 8 & 9 15 Dec: Solidarity - Night Patrol (Kelly) 18 Dec: COLLEGE CLOSES FOR 2014 19 Dec: Solidarity - Surry Hills (Salta) 19 Jan: COLLEGE OPENS FOR 2015 28 Jan: Year 7 Orientation Day Uniform Shop open 29 Jan: ALL STUDENTS RETURN FOR 2015 30 Jan: SWIMMING CARNIVAL Solidarity - Surry Hills (Moore) 9>11 Feb: YEAR 7 CAMP 9 Feb: Solidarity - Night Patrol (Kelly) 13 Feb: Solidarity - Surry Hills (Salta) 18 Feb: Ash Wednesday 20 Feb: COMMENCEMENT MASS Year 7 Marist Induction & Laptop Rollout P&F Welcome Drinks 23 Feb: Kelly House Mass, 6pm Chanel House Mass, 7.15pm Solidarity - Night Patrol (Moore) 24 Feb: Salta House Mass, 6pm Moore House Mass, 7.15pm 25 Feb: Vaccinations - Year 7 HPV & Year 8 HPV Catch up

Reminders were sent out during the holidays to those who still had statements outstanding. It would be appreciated if those payments could be made promptly. If you have any queries, please contact Accounts on 9957 5000 or at accounts@maristns. catholic.edu.au Mark Brooks Business Manager

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