MCC Newsletter

03 February 2017
Issue One
Principal's Report
Assistant Principal
Pastoral Care
Sports News
Fr Christian - Parish Chaplain
Marian Catholic College
02 6969 2400
185 Wakaden St
Griffith, NSW, 2680

Principal's Report

Welcome to Term 1

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

Welcome to the 2017 school year. I trust that the break has rejuvenated and energised you, hopeful for a successful new year. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless our school and all those who contribute to fulfilling God’s promise of “The Way, The Truth and The Life.”

 A great deal of time and effort into ensuring that the first few days of 2017 go smoothly for students and staff, and I thank those involved for spending so much time getting the school “ship shape”. Our new Year 7 students are looking ready and eager to begin their journey through high school and I wish them every success at Marian. There are photos of their Community Day “We are Gifted” in this newsletter.

The 2016 HSC results were outstanding and for the fourth year in a row, Marian has shown strong academic growth.  Our HSC results demonstrate that our College provides an excellent education for our students. A more detailed analysis of our results are in Ms Scoble’s Assistant Principal’s column in this newsletter. Congratulations to all 2016 YR 12 HSC students and the College wishes each and every one of you future success as you venture into post school life!

On Wednesday Marian celebrated the 2016 HSC results at the Dux and High Achievers Assembly. Daniel Dunne was our worthy 2016 Dux with an ATAR of 96.95. Daniel and fellow student Emma Zanotto also were honoured by being on the BOSTES NSW All Rounders Achievers List. Both had received Band 6 results in 5 subjects. There were only 247 students in all Catholic Schools in NSW who received this award.

Unfortunately, Daniel wasn’t able to attend as his family had recently relocated to Perth. However,  he wrote a speech which was read by their Year 12 Coordinator, Mr Lawler.  There are “pearls” of wisdom in his words.

 Firstly I would like to send my sincerest apologies to you all for my absence today, with any luck by the time this is read I will have just arrived in Perth after 4 days of hard driving 

In keeping with this sincere tone I have decided to apply the world renowned school motto 'The Way, The truth, and The Life' to this speech. 

The Way comes through the work of my teachers. Without their continual support, guidance and commitment to helping not only me but all students, I would not be able to be in a position where I could look back at my achievements with great pride and satisfaction that I can now 

The Truth is that to be in this position is no easy feat- a fact I am sure my fellow students can agree. I can recall waking up every morning to diagrams of almost every part of the human body and the exact chemistry to produce sodium carbonate. In a way it was these little things that grew on me so much that in the end it was harder to take these notes down than it was to actually create this odd collection. The real truth however is that there comes a point in everyone's life where you begin to realise that schooling is an opportunity- a place where you want to be and want to learn in order to get to the right career, job or trade that you deserve. 

It is on that note that leads me finally to The Life. To be where I am now does not come without its fair share of hard work and sacrifice. To tell you the true extent of the countless hours I have spent at my desk calculating, drawing and drafting may deter rather than inspire and at times when assignments are due and exams are around the corner - this may be true!

Nevertheless the way I have always thought of the HSC is like training for a marathon - if you don't put the work in you won't finish the race, to train too much may lead to overtraining or 'burn out' before the race even begins. However a balance between studying and socialising every now and again is for me the true formula to success. It would be foolish to think that life is a playground where things  are handed to you. For me school was always the number one priority in my life. I would often set myself goals for each day and am certain I would have to be on my death bed to miss a day of school. In light of this I found that friends and family often offer social and support group that we all need to allow us to reach our goals, they were there to give me that break every once in a while from the grind of studying and more often that not inspired me and pushed me to achieve more and truely complete my take on the 'The Way, The Truth and The Life' 

Thank you for listening and good luck for the future years.

Congratulations to School Vice Captains, Megan Beecher and Jack Martin who were announced as 2017 Junior Citizens of the Year in their respective towns of Griffith and Leeton. Both were awarded this honour for “service to the community”.

Car Park and Drop-Off/Pick Up area All drop/off and parking is either through the new Macarthur St entrance or along Hickey Crescent. No students should be crossing Wakaden St,. Students have been briefed about about these requirements. The school day finishes at 3:25pm and parents should come after then to avoid queuing into Macarthur St causing traffic disruptions.

I have included a complete list of our 2017 Staff in this newsletter. Welcome to new staff, Mr Abdala, Ms Bibikova, Ms Foschi, Mr Marshall, Ms Ravanello, Ms McMahon, Ms Suidgeest, Ms Kumaran, Ms Frost , Mr Dal Nevo, Mr Rizzeri.

School Newsletters will now be released every two weeks instead of weekly. The thinking behind this is that Marian has Facebook and Twitter with regular updates on daily events to keep people informed.



Have you ever seen the dawn? That moment when it is no longer dark, but not yet fully light. It is a moment when our vision sharpens and our senses slowly attune to the things before us - the arising movement and the emerging sounds. It is a twilight moment full of anticipation and expectancy in what lies ahead. The dawn is opening a door to a new day!

We celebrate our Marist Bicentenary with the same expectancy and hope of the awakening of a brand new day. A time to re­flect on what has been and look ahead to what is to come.

It is a moment of gratitude for the inspiring vision and life of Saint Marcellin and the early Marists.

It is a moment of giving thanks for each on one of us, for all Marists, and for our God who has journeyed with us.

It is a moment of discernment as we look to the future, one full of excitement and hope as we are led by the Holy Spirit in the particular way we make Jesus Christ known and loved.

We take up the invitation of Pope Francis to ‘Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a di­erent way of doing things, of acting, of living!’

So let us as Marists welcome every sunrise full of hope as we embrace all the opportunities the new day brings.

 ‘Arise, awake, and Christ will shine on you’ (Eph 5:14).

Anthony Clarke Director, Marist Formation Team

Assistant Principal

Teaching and Learning News


High Achievers Assembly

On Wednesday morning our College held an assembly to celebrate the achievements of our High Achievers in the 2016 HSC. It was a wonderful opportunity to honour these fine young men and women, acknowledge their efforts and dedication and celebrate their success as a community. Last year’s HSC results highlighted the depth and the breadth of HSC success at the College; across students and Key Learning Areas.

Firstly we acknowledged our Distinguished Achievers. These are students who achieved a Band 6 in one or more subjects. Two of our students achieved Band 6s across five subjects which is an amazing achievement and is a testament to talent and dedication of Daniel Dunne and Emma Zanotto. This put these students on the NSW All Rounders Achievers List.

Secondly, we celebrated the seven students who received an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of over 90. This places students in the top 10 percent of all students sitting the HSC in New South Wales. It is a prestigious accomplishment and we are very proud of the following students:

  • Daniel Dunne our Dux of 2016
  • Emma Zanotto
  • Karl Panarello
  • Andrew Seton
  • Grace Ryan
  • Sophie Woodbridge
  • Daniela Vico

Each of these students shared aspects of their HSC journey at the assembly. We are grateful for the wisdom, advice and encouragement they imparted to the current Marian students. In a way they are passing the torch of HSC success on to future years.


Important Parent Meeting for Year 9

Next Wednesday 8th February at 7pm in the Hall, we will be holding an important information session for Year 9 parents about the changes to the HSC that will affect Year 9 students in 2020. The focus of the meeting will be to explain:

  • The need to demonstrate a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC
  • Opportunities students will have to demonstrate this minimum standard
  • What we are doing now to help your child meet the minimum literacy and numeracy standard.

After the meeting, staff will be available to answer any questions teachers or students may have after the laptop distribution session. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Pastoral Care

Welcome to 2017

 I hope all students are happy to be back and new students and families are becoming familiar with their new environment. As Pastoral Care Worker I am part of the team that supports the emotional and general well being of students and members of our wider school community. Part of my role is to work with students who are members of our COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM. These students have a passion for social justice and follow the teachings and values as identified by the Catholic Church however the vision, direction and decisions are made by the group with an emphasis on social justice and access and equity issues. The team is made up of volunteers from year 7 to year 10 and meet on a fortnight basis (or as required).

The actions of the group normally follow a 3 step process.

SEE (Education & Awareness)

THINK (Formation & Reflection) and

DO (Community Service & Fund Raising)

Throughout the year the team will conduct a major activity each term as well as specific activities if the need arises and the team has identified that they can be of assistance. This assistance may be in the way of fundraising, community participation of volunteering for the benefit of the wider community. I will be looking for students to join the team and will be holding our first meeting for the year as soon as possible. Details will be included in the morning notices.

The C.A.T also has their own Facebook site which is a great way to inform members and families of our activities, projects and a range of items of interest. Please feel free to “Like” our page.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like further information regarding the C.A.T or if I can be of assistance to yourself or your child.

Have a wonderful weekend, stay cool and stay safe.

Regards Sue Hone (Pastoral Care Worker)




Sports News

Swimming Carnival Information

MCC Swimming Carnival is Friday 10 February.

Students are required to attend the Carnival in House Colours.

It is a normal day and attendance is compulsory.

No students will be allowed to leave during the day without a note signed by Mrs Segrave or your Year Co-ordinator.

Students can make their own way to the pool by 8:50 am.

Students requiring a bus to and from Marian to the pool will need to meet at Marian on Wakaden Street before 9:00am.

Students wishing to compete in the 200m IM or do warm up laps will need to be at the pool before 8:15 am.

There will be a canteen on the day, Please remember to bring food, drink, hat and sunscreen on the day.

Any parents wishing to volunteer for timekeeping are welcomed and greatly appreciated.



Events Calendar


Canteen Roster


Uniform Shop News

MCC Caps will be available on Monday $15.00.



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


Coming soon… a celebration for Valentine’s Day. Tuesday the 14th, will be a major fund-raiser initiated by the Year 12 students as part of their commitment to local charities. There will be opportunities to order and buy treats for friends, buy Roses and Balloons for the special someone and a chance to be crowned Miss and Mr Valentine of the Day. We have a HUGE Raffle starting on Monday with some great prizes with donations made from businesses all over town. There will be live entertainment on the day and the usual sausage sizzle and cupcake stall, so bring your coins. Of Course, this is a normal school day with normal lessons and students need to bring all their required books. We are looking forward to a great Valentine’s celebration and appreciate your support!



Tickets on sale - 27 February 



Year 9 Parent Information and Student Laptop Rollout 2017

Wednesday 8th February 7:00pm


Parents and Students of Year 9 are invited to an information night on Wednesday 8th February at 7:00pm in the College Hall where Year 9 students will be issued with their school laptops. Laptop agreements will be handed out to students during school on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th to take home and have parents to sign. This agreement must be signed by both student and parent/guardian and handed in on the night before students are allowed to take home their laptops. If students or parents cannot make it on Wednesday night, student laptops will be issued to the students the following day at school – not before. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night.


Year 7 Welcome Evening and Student Chromebook Rollout 2017

Thursday 9th February 7:00pm


Parents and Students of Year 7 are invited to an information night on Thursday 9th February at 7:00pm in the College Hall where Year 7 students will be issued with their school Chromebook. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet and greet the teachers of Year 7 and the Curriculum Coordinators of each faculty.


Chromebook agreements will be handed out to students during school on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th to take home and have parents to sign. This agreement must be signed by both student and parent/guardian and handed in on the night before students are allowed to take home their Chromebook. If students or parents cannot make it on Thursday night, student Chromebooks will be issued to the students the following day at school – not before. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday night.


Mr L Summerville

ICT Coordinator

Fr Christian - Parish Chaplain

Friends, welcome back to yet another school year! Special welcome to anyone who is new to our school especially our Year 7 students and our new teachers and staff. We all have our dreams and goals for this year and even beyond. Let us work towards them following the beautiful footsteps of Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Let us commend this year into the hands of Jesus as we say this prayer:

God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with us as we begin
a new school year.
Bless us and our teachers and staff.
Give us strength and grace as our bodies grow;
wisdom and knowledge to our minds
as we search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to our hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.


God bless



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