MCC Newsletter

10 August 2018
Issue Thirteen
Principal News
Assistant Principal News
Director of Pastoral Care
Director of Mission
Calendar and Canteen
College News
Counsellor and Well-Being 
English News
Maths News
Fr Christian - Parish Chaplain
 sports News
Careers News
Marian Catholic College
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Griffith, NSW, 2680

Principal News


This coming week, we affirm our belief that Mary is now in Heaven. This feast of Mary originated in a sixth century feast of the Dormition or ‘Falling asleep of Mary’. By the seventh century the feast became known as the Assumption of Mary. The date of this feast commemorated a very ancient harvest festival towards the end of summer, which gave thanks to the Earth Mother for her fertility in producing the harvest. The feast of the Assumption commemorates the glorification of Mary, chosen by God, to be the mother of Jesus the Christ. The feast acquired a special status as a feast of Mary when Pius XII in 1950 defined the assumption as a dogma of faith. On this feast we are encouraged to affirm our humanity and work to enhance the dignity of people as daughters and sons of God.

(Taken from Stories and Seasons: Saints and Feasts for Catholic Schools and Parishes by Kevin Treston)

Empowering God, Inspire us by the example of Mary’s openness to your Love. May we live in this attitude and bring to birth a new world! We make our prayer through Jesus Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen


Dear Parents, Students and Friends

This week our College Assembly honoured our students who work in the Community Action Team (CAT) by formally recognising the important work that they do by issuing them representative badges. The CAT have been in working within the College Mission areas of Service and Care for a number of years so not only were current members awarded their badges but students who are in Years 11 and 12 who have now progressed onto other responsibilities were also included. Director of Mission Mr Neville put together a powerpoint of some of the work they have been doing. He also thanked Mrs Sue Hone for the work she had done with the group whilst she worked at Marian. The Community Action Team can be joined by any student from Years 7-12. Students can find out more information from Mr Neville.


Students from year 6 who have enrolled at Marian for 2019 attended classes this week in Mathematics and Design and Technology. This is the second time they have spent time with us and we are looking forward to another couple of visits next term.  Transitioning from primary to secondary schooling is an important step in the learning stage and I thank everyone involved in their care and attention of our next co-hort. They looked excited to be at our school and seemed eager to next year to start.

Our HSC Elective Music students performed last night in their HSC Trials. Not only do we have a talented group once more coming through but it is very heartwarming to see so many other students and parents who attended as supporters.  I also thank the numerous local musicians who also attended as backing artists for our students. Griffith is fortunate to have such talented people within our community, giving their time to support and nurture fellow younger musicians.

Next Tuesday, the College is holding the Feast of the Assumption Mass in the Marcellan Hall at 1pm. You are invited to join us. In our prayers and thoughts will be our Year 12 students who commence the HSC Trial Examinations the following day and continue these important assessments until Friday 24th August. Following the Mass will be our College Youth Mass at 9am on Sunday 19th November, once again you are invited to the Marcellan Hall at 9am.


Peace and Best Wishes

Alan Le Brocque



Assistant Principal News

Already this term has seen many diverse successes particularly in the extra curricula areas of sport, creative arts and community service as well as in the HSC Trial performances for Drama and Music. Congratulations to all those involved ​on your preparation, effort and successes.


Trial HSC Examinations

Year 12 students are finalising their preparations for the Trial HSC examinations that will commence on Wednesday 15th August.  Students can access past HSC style questions, marking guidelines, exemplar responses and notes from the marking centre on the NESA website at:

It is very important that students focus sharply on achieving their best and are fully aware of which exam is on which day.  Students should be familiar with the procedures surrounding exams and are asked to check their timetables thoroughly to give themselves enough time to be at school in the right mindset.

If a student is feeling unwell, please contact the office before each exam to inform the College of any non-attendance.  A doctor’s certificate is required for any absence due to illness.  If a student is feeling unwell during an exam, the presiding officer, Mrs Kate Norris, should be notified before or immediately following the exam and a doctor’s certificate should be sought straight away.  Claiming misadventure for feeling unwell during an exam without a doctor’s certificate is not possible.


A Balanced Study Routine

Within the College our Year 12 students have been focused on and preparing for all their upcoming Trial examinations.  When looking ahead to a time of examinations, we remind students not to lose sight of their health and well-being.  Regular exercise or activity away from the desk and computer screen is needed.  In recent years students have found success in “walk and talk” time, revising as they pace around outdoors, or study afternoons at a local library when their individual focus needs a boost.  

Connecting with the outside world and connecting with peers who are sharing the Trials experience can be effective circuit breakers to increasing anxiety.  Healthy eating and sleeping patterns also have a critical role to play.  The temptation to stay up late to study can interrupt sleep patterns and can also leave our students worrying at an isolated time when the rest of the house is sleeping.

Engaging your sons and daughters in a clear discussion about how the family can support their examination experience is of value.  These discussions can open up the space to work through their individual study plans, study timetables and strategies around exercise and contact with peers.  

For many students the Trials are the first extended examination experience where they are only at school for exams and the family are out at work and school.  Working through their plans, appreciating the newness of the experience, is one way of showing an understanding of the importance of these weeks in their world.  If any assistance is needed please contact our Year 12 Pastoral Coordinator, Mrs Louisa Patten, or our Director of Pastoral Care, Mrs Lora Segrave or myself via the College Office.


NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) assesses the literacy and numeracy skills of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, in schools across Australia. In 2018, NAPLAN began moving from pencil and paper tests to online tests in some states and territories. The NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test is a practice test before NSW starts moving to an online platform for NAPLAN Reading, Writing, Grammar and Spelling Conventions and Numeracy tests.

In 2019, Marian Catholic College will be completing all NAPLAN tests utilising the online method.  The move to NAPLAN Online means new benefits including better assessment and greater student engagement for our students.

To successfully facilitate our move to this online platform, students in Year 7 and 9 will participate in two School Readiness Tests during Week 6 of Term 3, on Monday August 27 and Wednesday August 29.  It is an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online tests, to identify any technical or administrative issues, as well as allowing students and teachers to familiarise themselves with the online system and experience this new test delivery method.  Since these online tests are not assessments, they will not be marked and results will not be distributed to schools and parents.

For more information, please visit the following web link:


Transition Program – Session Two

Session Two of our MCC Transition Program with the Year 6 students of St Mary’s Yoogali, St Patrick’s Griffith and students from the local public schools occurred this week. The session focused on the comprehension strategy of making inferences through exploring mathematical inquiry, design experimentation and problem solving in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Teachers, Mrs Maureen Shannon, Mr Lee Summerville, Mrs Evelina Blanco and Mrs Belinda Aventi, team-taught to provide the students with a two-hour learning sequence, exploring authentic learning experiences of collaborative inquiry in problem solving and critical thinking skills for STEM contexts.  Feedback from the students and the Year 6 teachers detailed that both Mathematics and STEM experiences were extremely enjoyable and that they all learnt a lot about the skills and thinking required to solve complex mathematical problems and to design and test a solid and functional swinging tower model.

I wish to extend my thanks to all the teachers involved in facilitating Session Two of our successful Transition Program, and I also wish to thank Miss Brittany Crofts for her work in supporting me to lead this fantastic initiative between Marian Catholic College and the feeder Primary Schools in Griffith.  The Year 6 students will be returning to MCC for the third session of the Transition Program in early Term Four.


Wishing you all the best for a safe and happy weekend.

Mrs Tonetta Iannelli

Assistant Principal

Director of Pastoral Care

‘Young people are at the Highest Risk of mental health problems, yet are the least likely to reach out for help’ this insightful comment by Dr Debra Rickwood is only one of the reasons the MCC Pastoral team are continually noticing and asking young people how we can best support them. Some key elements of support that we also encourage at home are:

-Keep communication open

- Be available

- Spend time with the person

- Take their feelings seriously

- Encourage and support positive friendships

- Encourage activities that promote mental health

- Give positive feedback

- Let the person know that you love them

(Headspace 2018)

Active interest, empathy and encouragement of activities that support good mental health are three key factors that have driven a number of activities recently undertaken at the College.

          YR 11 REFLECTION DAY

   On Thursday the 5th of July, Chris Doyle visited the College to facilitate the Yr 11 Reflection Day. Chris is an exceptional presenter and students responded well to his facilitation and encouragement. Chris used his musical talent to connect with our students as well as sharing his life experiences and humour. The Yr 11 students bonded through dance, movement and music in an enthusiastic and positive manner. This day was a valuable experience as students were reminded of the importance of self-reflection, teamwork and communication to support each other through their senior years at the College. Thank you to Mr James Moore the Yr 11 Coordinator for organising the event. 



On Friday 27th July, the Yr 11 Well-Being Committee hosted their annual ‘Stress Down Day’. The students sold Donuts at the ‘DoNut Worry stand’ with over 200 Donuts donated by Donut King. They then organised three sessions to run during period five to allow students to take advantage of the benefits of exercise, relaxation and music in managing stress and anxiety. Ar’e Abera once again generously donated his time to run a Zumba session with over 200 students, while others took advantage of the relaxation/meditation session run by our College Counsellor Rowena Gilbey, and a drumming session with Youth Links.  The sessions raised over $600, which will be invested into mental health programs within the College. These programs will be designed to assist with the De-stigmatisation of important issues and to raise awareness and start conversations about issues related to young people.



On the 3rd and 4th of July Enlightened Education visited the College to work with our Year 9 and 10 students. The students were divided into gender groups to discuss issues related to their gender the girls explored issues such as; how do we make friends? Whom should we make friends with? How should friendships be maintained? How do we decide if a friendship is helping or harming, personal safety and boundaries, managing conflict, and loving the skin they are in a digital world that challenges self-perception?

While the boys focussed on the most common and damaging myths about boys and strategies to develop positive ways to move beyond stereotypes. Topics such as boys and respectful relationships, boys and body image, boys and emotions, boys and conflict management, boys and technology, deconstructing gender stereotypes and boys and were covered.

These sessions were incredibly valuable and we received overwhelming enthusiasm from the students that took part on the day.



Lora Segrave

Director of Pastoral Care

Director of Mission

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane and Chair of the Bishops Commission for the 2020 Plenary Council, spoke at a recent Synodality eConference on synodality in practice. It is an interesting word, which seems to be a theme word for our current Pope. To be honest, until listening to Archbishop Coleridge I had not contemplated the true meaning of it at all. It is loaded with canonical and theological significance but broken down simply means a journey of people moving from one space of knowledge/understanding to another through the practice of listening to the spirit. The Archbishop went on to say that this journey that you take when listening to the spirit ‘gets messy’ and is never ‘clean cut’. He continues by stating “if you want things to be neat and tidy and clean cut then this is not the path for you”. I found this interesting and something to focus on for this week.

It demonstrates to us that there is time for teaching and a time for learning. You can only do both when you are listening! To make it even more confusing theological research tells us you can only truly teach when you are learning and learn when you are teaching (I am still working on that one). For now I would like to focus on the listening to the spirit and show you how important this is through faith in action, as always, right here at Marian. It does get messy and is never easy but the students here definitely make it look easy and that is why we are so proud of them. Enjoy this weeks edition and I hope you see how the following segments are echoing how our students and staff are listening to the spirit of the community and each other.

ICare Kits

iCare kit was the social justice initiative of term 2. This year we were able to develop 36 kits. This is an increase on last year and the largest amount we have ever been able to produce. The Community Action Team enjoyed assembling these kits and were delighted to be able to present these kits to the Linking Communities organisation on behalf of the College. The work Linking Communities does is a vital resource in our community and we were pleased we could support their group and the people they help.

The bags that the items are in were also purchased from Cotton On, they were apart of their cotton on foundation range of products which means the cost of the bags goes directly towards one of their programs in Southern Africa or Uganda. Cotton On presented the College with an award of thanks for giving $100 towards their program supplying books and bricks for a school in Uganda.

It showed that the whole College community is listening to the need of others and the spirit to take action. We are forever grateful for the kindness and generosity shown by all.


Youth Mass

Just a reminder that the MCC Youth Mass in on Sunday the 19th of August. This term Yr 7 and 10 students are required to help and support the mass with setup and duties. The College would love to see students with their families attending simply to enjoy a moment of reflection on a Sunday with friends and then share some morning tea and a chat afterwards.

Quite often we field questions and pleas for suggestions on how people can find the time to spend as a family and sometimes we hear how they wish they knew how to separate children from social media devices. I can only offer this as a possible solution of providing a short period of time on a Sunday where they can have a break!

Hope to see you all there.


Plenary Council 2020

We are currently planning to facilitate and contribute to the discussion being held around the Plenary Council 2020. To get the ball rolling I thought I would simply offer a quick definition of what it is. Very broadly a Plenary Council is a meeting of all of the Bishops of a particular area to consider matters that in their view need to be attended to. It is in this time we should be listening to one another and asking ‘What is God asking of the Church (his people) in Australia at this Time?’. It is suggested that to properly answer this question we need to take time to listen, reflect and discern – in our families, in our parishes, in our Diocese and in our case, our Marian community. Marian will be facilitating workshops and leading our community to be part of the Plenary Council in the near future.

MCC Return and Earn: Water bottle initiative REMINDER

The Recycling program in our first term of operation managed to recycle over 230 plastic bottles. All funds were given to Community CareVan who kindly assist the program in a major way.

We are looking to beat this figure this term and hopefully receive further support from the students. It has definitely not been a neat and tidy start as students continue to place their usual rubbish into the recycle bins. Why not have conversation around your table with your childs understanding and listen to how much they care about making a difference. It may result in you starting your own war on waste at home! Remember we are more than happy to accept your recylced bottles from home also. Thanks for the support.


That concludes another article so have a great weekend. Thanks for reading and remember that life is not always neat and tidy but a beautiful mess that can lead to miraculous change.

Please do not hesitate to contact me through the office or on [email protected].

Kind Regards

Heath Neville

Director of Mission

Calendar and Canteen

Calendar of Events




College News

Prayers Please

We keep in our prayers the family of Mr Townsend, grandfather of Juliette who sadly passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We pray for any families in our community who have lost loved ones or are suffering illnesses.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Clothing Pool

The College is in need of second hand uniforms for occasions where we need to loan out spare garments for 'emergency' purposes, ie: boys splitting pants, soiled uniforms etc. There are also families in need for second hand uniforms & this will provide much needed relief.


If you have any items no longer of use & in good condition, please send them into the office & they will be greatly appreciated by the students as needed.


Please ensure all students clothing items are labelled.  There are a number of items in lost property with no names.

Uniform Shop News

Dear Parents of Students for Yr 7 2019,

Please find an updated notice for the days and dates that the uniform shop at Marian Catholic College will be open for appointments for fitting for students.


Appointments for fittings will take place from Monday 24 October to Friday 4 November 2018.

·     Monday 22 October, Tuesday 23 October, Wednesday 24 October:  8am-12noon

·     Thursday 25 October & Friday 26 October: 3:30pm – 6pm

·     Monday 29 October, Tuesday 30 October & Wednesday 31 October:  8am-12noon

·     Thursday 1 November & Friday 2 November: 3:30pm – 6pm


Bookings for these appointments need to be made by calling the Uniform shop, BEFORE Wednesday 17 October, on 6969 2432 between 8am - 12noon Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.      

MCC IT Support Workshop - Thursday 16 August
4:00pm to 5:00pm - Library

MCC would like to invite parents and students to a workshop which includes Navigations around programs and student portal, Education Perfect and Literacy Planet.   Light refreshments will be provided. This workshop will be presented by Sanita Lole - Cultural Liaison Officer.


Counsellor and Well-Being 

Coping with Exam Stress

I thought it would be relevant this week to discuss exam stress as the year 12 trial exams commence next week. It can be a challenging time for both students and parents but let's not forget the teachers as well who do their best to work with and support their students through the exam period. We all find exams stressful because we tend to compare ourselves to everyone and focus on who we feel we should be, how well we should be doing and what will happen if we don’t get the mark that we desire. However, there are some useful steps that we can take to lessen the amount of stress we experience and manage the anxiety that comes along with it.


The School TV website (follow the link on the homepage of the MCC website) has a topic called “Exam Jitters” which has some fantastic resources to support coping during this time, including interviews with Dr Carr-Gregg around preparing for and surviving exams, fact sheets, articles, Ted talks and book recommendations.


I encourage you to have a look at this topic on School TV for some helpful advice on coping with exams. Below is an article (from School TV) which I thought would be really useful and gives practical advice that everyone could use.


How to handle exam anxiety

"It would be weirder to have zero nerves and be totally relaxed."

Dr. Richard Keegan, Assistant Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Canberra, wants you to know "some degree of tension or anxiety is natural and necessary" leading up to exams.

In fact, that tension can be used to help you study and even improve your performance.

We caught up with Richard for some step-by-step tips on how to identify and handle study stresses.

Step 1: Come back to reality. Don’t needlessly freak out.
"The first thing to do [when stressed] is pause and reflect on what’s being asked of you," Richard says.

"That’s probably a step most people miss out, because people assume whatever emotion we feel must be real and genuine, and actually, sometimes, the emotions we feel can be a runaway train."

Richard recommends you begin by thinking back on what you’ve covered over the school year—or semester—and how you’ve done during previous tasks and assignments.

"You’re reassuring yourself that you have done relevant, meaningful, purposeful work along the way [which] can help alleviate that initial stress," he says.

Step 2: Talk it out. You might know more than you realise.

"If you want to test yourself in an informal way, you can try and talk through some of the things you’ve learned with parents or friends or people who may not even know what you’re supposed to be doing," Richard says.

"So, they won’t be judging you in relation to the criteria. You’re just getting a sense of, ‘You know what? I actually have learned something here. I’m saying things now I couldn’t have said three or four months ago.’"

He also recommends creating mock exams with fellow students who do know the subject matter.

"[It’s] an incredibly powerful strategy, to get into the mind of an examiner and think, what would they look for? What’s a reasonable question to ask people that’s not too hard, too easy?"

Step 3: Start doing the work.

"[You] have to have done some of the legwork."

By that, he means the actual act of studying can help alleviate the stress of studying. Make sense?

"Afterwards, you find, ‘Oh, I actually remembered some of that stuff; it wasn’t just meaningless facts, some of it actually went in’."

Richard also encourages students to pat themselves on the back when their study is going well.

"[It’s] borderline cruelty to the self [otherwise], because you have done meaningful work; you’re further along than yesterday," he says.

"That anxiety… can have knock on effects in terms of undermining your sleep [and] just generally making you more tired."

You may even start to associate negative emotions with revision, and that’s not going to be very helpful.

Step 4: Getting stuff wrong helps you identify knowledge gaps.

"Sometimes you can do a bunch of revision and realise, ‘Right, I’ve got some extra work to do here’," Richard says.

"That’s a meaningful, important discovery, but it can make someone feel bad, so they end up shying away from the next day’s revision.

"No one likes having those things exposed."

However, that’s why it’s so important to push past the ego-bruising and study through self-doubt.

"Without knowing what’s missing, how do you know where to start building?" he asks.

"That is absolutely the nature of how knowledge is built and constructed… You spend a lot of time groping around, not knowing what it is. And then suddenly something makes sense, and you get a little minor reward."

Step 5: Stick with it!

"The best of the best, the PhDs and professors, have basically just got the hang of being slightly out of their depth," Richard laughs.

"Some of the learning takes a while to connect.

"It’s worth putting the effort in and you have to have the faith that the effort will pay off. Even if that weren’t true, you’d still have more fun and more enjoyment and more persistence if you believe that."


Step 6: If your ‘exam anxiety’ is something deeper, seek more help.

Richard acknowledges some stress might mask a deeper anxiety; for that, you may need to seek additional help.

"If that anxiety or unhappiness or whatever it might be is permeating every aspect of your life—so it’s not just school or sport, it’s everywhere you go and its preventing you from functioning—then we’re in the position where it’s worth seeking help," he says.

This is especially true for anyone who might want to get an extension or some assistance.

"It’s good to talk to your tutors, but often, I find, they’re restrained in what they can do until you’re actually able to get something concrete from counselling or a medical GP or something," Richard says.

"That ‘note’ opens up all manner of options, in terms of extensions, in terms of taking you into a different room to do the exam separately; it really depends on the specific nature of your experience and your anxiety, but the best way around it is to seek formal help."

Visit ReachOut to get support to help you with everything from everyday issues through to tough times.



SBAT(School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships) OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE NOW:

- Burns Welding & Fabrication Stills Aust.  Welding & Fabrication business. looking at employing two (2) apprentices. Cert III Engineering & Fabrication & Welder / Boilermaker.
- Reece plumbing in Retail warehousing
- Sugar Mill in Hospitality
- Broomes Fresh Produce in Retail, Customer service and Stock Orders (Cert in Business Services)
- A & G Engineering - Cert III in Engineering: Fabrication trade
- RSC Optus Griffith- Cert in Retail Sales


- Collier & Miller are seeking applications for a full time Junior Receptionist- The successful applicant will be provided with on-the-job training as well as support to complete a traineeship in Business Administration.
- Full Time Apprentice Chef- Cottontails Winery & Restaurant Wagga Wagga
- A & G Engineering offering Full Time Apprenticeships in retail sales, drafting and design, and estimating/sales, apprenticeships primarily for Cert III in Engineering: Fabrication trade.

Please check the MCC Careers website additional information on the opportunites available: 

Ms Lucia Dickie

VET Coordinator


English News

What text will your child be studying this term

Both Year 9 and Year 10 English Units involve the study of a set text this term. Year 9 will study a Shakespearean play, while Year 10 will focus on a classic novel. Below is a list of classes and the texts that the students will be studying:



Students should now have also received their formal assessment task notification for this term. Year 7 will have the opportunity to create two different news reports on the same issue – one objective and the other subjective – to highlight their understanding of bias. Year 8 will be creating a portfolio of texts that appropriate the voice of the refugee in order to establish empathy. Year 9 have the exciting opportunity to transform their Shakespearean play into a modern or cultural adaptation. They will then also create a portfolio of texts to demonstrate their learning. Meanwhile, Year 10 will be refining their Senior writing skills by composing an analytical essay based on their class novel.

Also don’t forget Book Week will take place during Week 5 of this term. Year 10 will be given to dress as their favourite literary character and take part in a competition and fashion parade on Friday August 24th.

The theme for this year is ‘Find your treasure’. We encourage students and parents to have a discussion at home about their own ‘treasured’ works of literature.

Happy Reading,

Mr Herb

English Leader of Learning


Maths News

Year 8 Paper Folding Activity

Year 8 had a paper folding activity demonstrating fractions on a square paper. This activity is a creative means of addressing the assessment for learning on this topic. It engages students effectively in mathematical modelling, visualising, algebraic thinking and problem-solving. This activity provides a hands-on, active experience that contributes to the development of mathematical ideas, thinking and concepts; skills in communicating mathematically and group interaction skills.


Everybody enjoyed this activity and made their own cubes!!!



The college celebrated Mathematics Week last week from August 6-10 . As in the previous years, the whole week was full of different activities that provided opportunities for each student to enjoy the many applications of Mathematics in their daily lives. Each student was encouraged to enter at least one of the activities set for the week.

The theme for this year’s Maths Week was : Mathematics is in your Dream Job!

Last Monday, July 25, the Bake a Cake/Cupcake Contest was on. Mathematics’ teachers judged the entry/ies based on the artistic aspect of decorating the cake with mathematical symbols/signs. As soon as winners were announced during lunch time and prizes were claimed, cakes were returned to the students who participated in the competition.

Also on this day, Year 10 students did a Maths Challenge Problem Solving activity in the Hall, where the students, in groups of five, competed with each other in Problem Solving. The group that gathered the most number of points, won the activity!



The college started this year’s Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians on  the first 3 weeks of Term 2. This is a problem-solving activity organized by the Australian Mathematics Trust which is aimed at the top 15% of students in their year level.

Students  received a problem booklet containing 6 problems. They were required to present written solutions to as many of these problems as they can. The problems were challenging and required time and persistence but were based on Mathematics which should be known at that level. Students work with a partner on all the 6 problems.

I congratulate the following students on their efforts in attempting the Maths Challenge Stage problems. The fact that they participated indicates a desire to achieve. The problems were meant to be challenging, and for students to achieve and have a feeling of enjoyment and success, they needed to be committed.


It is not just about completely solving the problems; it is a matter of participating to the best of one’s ability and learning in the process.



Nicholas Bertollo – Distinction

Piriyarathan Karunapalan – Distinction

Julia Forner – Distinction

Aribo Kaibwa – Distinction

Devarsh Pancholi – Credit

Amos Salvestro – Credit

Nayani Navaneethan – Credit

KAranbir Singh Sidhu – Credit




Maths Coordinator


Fr Christian - Parish Chaplain


There was a story of  a priest who walked into a pub one evening and said to the first man he met; Do you want to go to heaven?” The man replied, “I do Father.” The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.” Then the priest asked a second man, “Do you want to go to heaven?” “Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply. The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.” Then Father walked up to Jim and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?” Jim said; “No, I don’t Father.” The priest was surprised and said; “I can’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?” Jim said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were rounding us up to go right now!”

Friends , it is really beautiful that around this week and next week, we are celebrating three beautiful feasts, first the Feast of Transfiguration of Our Lord on the 6th August, then the Solemnity of St. Mary of the Cross (MacKillop), Australia’s second National Patron Saint on 8th August and thirdly the Solemnity of Assumption of Mary on 15th August. One element that is very common to all these feasts is that they remind us of heaven, they show us how beautiful heaven is. Heaven is truly an awesome place, a home where we will go to after our life’s work and journey. It is a place of perfect joy, perfect peace and perfect happiness. It is a place where we will truly have and enjoy the fullness of life, life with God, life without end.   These feasts encourage us then to know that we too can get to heaven. We need to see our life on earth as a time of preparation, a time to genuinely and sincerely be friends with God in prayer, attending Mass on Sundays, going to the Sacraments regularly and in keeping the commandments of God and always following the right pathways of Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.




Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request.
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.



 sports News

Bill Turner Soccer

The Bill Turner Knock-out Soccer Competition is the largest sporting competition in Australia. It is an inclusive competition spanning the Eastern Seaboard from Melbourne VIC to Cairns in far northern QLD. The competition is divided into 32 regions for both Bill Turner Cup (Boys) and Bill Turner Trophy (Girls) competitions.

Marian Catholic College has enjoyed a lot of success in these competitions, with Marian finishing in the final 4 teams on two occasions. 2018 is no exception with Marian being decisive winners in the Riverina Final competing against Griffith High School for the boys and Albury High School for the girls.

On Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th August, Marian travelled to Albury to decide the Final 32 and Final 16 rounds of the competition.

Marian boys competed against John Paul II College ACT in their final 32 game. Despite a slow start with Marian finishing the first half 3 – 1 down, they started the second half strongly and levelled the score 3 – 3 with 5 minutes to go. Strong attacking raids by Jonathan Codemo, Franky Pirrottina, Connor Sully, Andrew Febo and Mason Donadel kept John Paul on the back foot for most of the half. This was complemented by Kolby Seers holding the middle and excellent defence by Jackson Curran, Connor Bourke, Victor Catanzariti and Ethan Andreazza. Unfortunately, a small lapse in concentration in the dying minutes resulted in a goal against the run of play, resulting in Marian going down 4 – 3 in a very close and skillful game.

The boys then played a consolation game the following day against Corowa High School (Western Region Champions). Despite the disappointment of the previous day, our boys played strongly and totally dominated the game. Marian finished the game with a very dominant 10 nil result. Well done to the U15 Bill Turner Boys side on a very strong and successful season.

Marian girls played their final 32 game as the Riverina Final against Albury High School. Despite Albury scoring in the first minute of the game, Marian went on to control the possession with very strong defence in Georgia Salvestro, Ella Farronato, Nicola Zanotto and Sarah Culla. Beth Huxley dominated in the centre, strongly supported by Tess Viccari, Claudia Torresan and Airlee Savage in attack. Marian finished the game with a 3 – 1 victory.

The girls went on to play Maribyrnong College VIC for a spot in the final 8 of the Bill Turner Trophy competition. The girls started the game where they left off against Albury High, with strong attacking raids and shots on goal. Strong defence by their keeper and the extremely wet conditions kept Maribyrnong in the game. After an unfortunate penalty early in the second half, Marian applied even more pressure with Tess Viccari scoring with only minutes to go. With a 1 – 1 score the game went into extra time (golden goal). Tess Vaccari wasted no more time in scoring again in the opening minutes to seal the game 2 – 1 to Marian.

Well done to the very strong U15 Marian Girls side, who go on to play the Wollongong Region for a spot in the final 4 of the Bill Turner Trophy.



John Seers


MCC Open Girls

The MCC Opens Girls Soccer team have had an excellent start to the CCC Knockout Competition, first they were the undefeated champions of the Catholic Education Diocese Wagga Wagga defeating St Francis Leeton, Xavier College Albury & Mater Dei College Wagga Wagga. Round two, in Young, saw the team defeat MacKillop College Bathurst, 2-1. The girls had some outstanding passages of play that led to two goals, one from Johane Oberholzer and the other Nadine Zanatta. Standouts from the game were Georgia Salvestro who came into the team late and being a year 9 student really met the challenge of the opens game, others were Lauren Zalunardo and as always Clare Murray in goals.

We are now through to the Quarter Finals, and set to host Freeman College from Bonnyrigg Sydney.  This game is scheduled for the 23rd August, 2pm at the MCC Oval.


Rugby 7’s

Year 7-11 Boys were involved in the Griffith High School’s Rugby 7’s competition recently. The year 7/8 team played impressive rugby throughout the day and showed great character throughout the competition after the short week of training. The Year 9/10 team went through the pool rounds undefeated beating Yanco Ag, St Francis and Wade High. Connor Higgins showed blinding speed to top our try scorers list with the support of Lotu steam rolling opponents left right and centre. Unfortunately, they went down in the final to St Francis but should be very proud of the way they played and conducted themselves on the day. Year 11 team saw the debut of three players, Rocco, Marco and Brandon who should all consider transitioning across to the oval ball game. It took a few games for the boys to warm up, but when they did, saw them defeating Yanco Ag in their last game.

Very impressive effort from all involved.

Coaches: Mr Moore and Mr Lyon


Tri Sports

Year 10/11 students were once again involved in the annual Tri Sports competition against Wade and Griffith High. After taking out the 2017 premiership, Marian was certainly the team to beat and the students were hungry to go back-to-back champions. After losing the majority of the 2017 team to their HSC studies, the pressure was on. The girls had an impressive day, beating Griffith and Wade in the Volleyball and beating Griffith in the basketball. Some outstanding volleyball was played throughout the day with Samantha, Mabel and Sharon in their debut showing some very impressive skills. The boys against some tough competition defeated Griffith in the basketball and Wade in the Volleyball. The mixed teams in badminton brought it home strong with Harris again leading the charge. Marian came out victors on the day to retain the shield and go back-to-back champions.

Coach: Mr Moore


Careers News

MCC students attended    an event organised by Macquarie University at Griffith High School as part of the subject selection process. The day included a general information session about getting to university including pathways. The employability skills to develop and long term employability after university study. The students were able to access interactive faculty stations and had opportunities to ask questions. 

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Each job will have a range of specific skills they need, but in general, these are the ones that will help you stand out the most:




4.Team Work

5.Ability to Learn

6.Problem Solving




10.Tech Skills


Parent Information Evenings 

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will be hosting parent information evenings in regional locations in August.  find out further information about applying, accommodation, costs and scholarships. UAC will be attending some of these evenings as guest speakers. Information on venues and dates can be found at  


Scholarships for Y12 students 

AIQS offers scholarships for Year 12 students who qualify for entry into a Quantity Surveying, Construction Economics, Construction Management (Economics) or other appropriate course at an AIQS accredited Uni in Australia. The scholarship is to the total value of AU$3,000. ($2,000 cash/$1,000 Textbooks). Entries close 31 October. Visit for more info or call 02 8234 4000. 



Students put surveying to the test on their work experience placements For students who love maths, geography, IT or the outdoors, NSW Surveying Taskforce can facilitate work experience placements with local surveying firms. Surveying is undergoing a skills shortage and tertiary graduates enter the profession in high demand. Students can learn about surveying work experience opportunities at

ATARs for 14 health courses around the country We all know how much time students can spend looking up ATAR information online. That's why My Health Career has created a listing of ATARs for every course around Australia for 14 health professions. Follow the link to find out what the ATARs are for everything from physiotherapy to optometry, nursing to dietetics. 

Tarnpreet Kaur (Year 11) successfully applied to the University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Medicine to experience a day in the life of a medical student. The program is aimed at rural students interested in a career in medicine. Students participated in a variety of activities such as suturing, plastering, resuscitation skills and medical examination. A tour of the facilities at Notre Dame was included.The students all had a great time and gained a deeper understanding of what it takes to become a doctor, they were all polite considerate and engaged. 








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