MCC Newsletter

15 September 2017
Issue Fifteen
Principal News
  Assistant Principal 
Director of Pastoral Care
Calendar and Canteen
College News
Pastoral Care
Father Christian - Parish Chaplain
Design and Technology News
Careers News
Year 12 News
Child Studies News
Science News
History News
Chess News
Marian Catholic College
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Griffith, NSW, 2680

Principal News

Dear Parents, Students and Friends

Last Sunday September 10, was Child Protection Sunday. This year our theme was“ See Me, Hear Me”. The question is how do we, at Marian Catholic College, play our part in listening to young people to ensure they are kept safe? This year the National Committee for Professional Standards have commissioned a video and brochure through the Australian Catholic University reflecting on research around what children think about their safety.  

In the first reading for Child Protection Sunday the Prophet Ezekiel speaks of “being a sentry to the House of Israel’. As already stated within our Catholic Communities there is horror, anger and sorrow over the abuse of children. As Pope Francis outlined before leading the crowds in the Angelus prayer in March last year it is important to “Listen: this is the key word. Do not forget, listen to the hurt, sick and marginalized, or among families” As a sentry, each of us plays a part in listening to what the children have to say, making sure that every child is safe and protected from abuse and harm.

At Marian, we are fortunate to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that abuse and harm of those in our care are protected and all staff are provided each year with mandatory training in Child Protection Guidelines.

The Year 12 Farewell Assembly takes place next Wednesday at 10am in the Marcellin Hall. Everyone is most welcome to attend and there will be light refreshments available afterwards. I ask that you continue to keep the group in your prayers as they complete their last few days as students and they finalise preparations for the HSC examinations in October and November.

During the ceremony the 2018 College Captains are announced. All our student leaders for next year have been selected and a full list will be made available at the start of Term 4, when their work commences.


Vale Mr Evan Davis

Everyone at Marian, as well as the broader community of Griffith were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Mr Evan Davis. Evan taught at Griffith High from 1975 until he joined Catholic High as it was then known in 1990. Evan had been a teacher here until his retirement from full time work in 2011. Since then, he has here most weeks filling the very important role of a relief teacher . Nothing was too much trouble for Evan. He was always obliging and giving and it was often remarked that he had a gift in handling difficult students with his patient and caring manner. The College formed a guard of honour outside the school as he was driven to St Alban's Cathedral last Monday.

We continue to keep Evan,  his wife Kerrie, daughter and staff member Lisa a as well as the extended family in our prayers.

Peace and Best Wishes

Alan Le Brocque



Assistant Principal 


On Thursday and Friday, the 14th and 15th of September all Year 7 and all Year 9 students participated in the online NAPLAN tests in readiness for the NAPLAN test moving online.

This means moving NAPLAN from the current paper-based tests to computer-based assessments. The transition to NAPLAN online will commence from 2018.  All schools will be undertaking NAPLAN as paper-based tests in 2017.

In May of every year, students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 take part in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). NAPLAN was first introduced in 2008 and has become a routine part of the school calendar in Australia.

NAPLAN, which is a part of the National Assessment Program (NAP), is how Governments, education authorities and schools can determine whether young Australians are reaching important educational goals.

States and territories determine when their schools commence NAPLAN Online.

Moving NAPLAN online brings many new opportunities for students and teachers that are limited or not possible with paper-based tests.

The benefits of online assessments

Some of the main benefits of students taking part in NAPLAN Online include:

  • Better assessment – and more precise results. NAPLAN Online uses a tailored test or adaptive design, where the test automatically adapts to a student's performance and asks questions that match the student achievement level, allowing the student to demonstrate their knowledge. This provides teachers and schools with more targeted and detailed information on students’ performance on the tests. Tailored testing also provides an opportunity to broaden the scope of the assessments.
  • Faster turnaround of results. Delivery of assessments online significantly reduces the time it takes to provide feedback to schools, students and parents, so teachers can respond more quickly to learning needs.
  • More engaging. ACARA research into online assessment has shown that students have engaged well with electronic tests.

As technology develops, ACARA aims to further refine the delivery of the tests to best use the available technology to provide increasingly sophisticated assessments and valuable feedback to teachers, parents and education authorities.

NAPLAN Online: key messages

  • NAPLAN helps parents, carers and educators to see if children are meeting important numeracy and literacy standards. It is used to support school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor their students’ progress over time and to identify areas of strength and development.
  • NAPLAN provides parents and carers with an individual report, showing their child’s results and a national comparison of their child’s performance against other Australian students in their year level.
  • NAPLAN Online will provide better assessment, more precise results and faster turnaround of information.
  • NAPLAN Online will use ‘tailored testing’, which gives students questions better suited to their ability, resulting in better assessment and more precise results.
  • The precision and improved timing of the results will help teachers tailor their teaching more specifically to student needs.
  • An online national assessment platform has been developed by Education Services Australia with funds from the Australian Government.
  • Significant planning, development, research and trialling have been ongoing since 2012 to support the move to NAPLAN Online.
  • State/territory education authorities will determine the timing of their move to NAPLAN Online and lead implementation for their state/territory.


For more information on NAPLAN online, visit the NESA website at:


Transition Program Session 3

The Year 6 students will be returning to MCC for the next session of the Transition Program in Week One of Term Four. Session Three will focus on the strategies of inferencing, questioning and problem solving through numeracy activities and mathematical games. The Mathematics team at MCC are already working on this next phase of our Transition Program and look forward to meeting our future Year 7 students of 2018. 

Director of Pastoral Care

As the term ends and we farewell our Year 12’s from their last lessons here at Marian you cannot help but be infected by a sense of pride that both teachers and students have of the College. This is evident in the many farewell gifts from teachers to students and from students to teachers that we saw being exchanged in the forms of handshakes, cakes and just a general thank you as they concluded their final day. It showed a general admiration and respect for each other in what has been a long academic and wellbeing journey. 

Also in the past fortnight the College has been busy organising for the final assembly that will take place next Wednesday the 20th. Here we will officially say goodbye before they bunker down in preparation for their HSC. This week we made it very clear to our leaving seniors of the importance of finishing strong. Sargent Brett Ryan attended the college on Thursday form the Griffith LAC to help deliver a message to the seniors around their behaviour and the choices that they make in and out of school can leave a lasting legacy. Mr Le Brocque, Mrs Morris and I all delivered a strong message of our duty of care around their behavior and the legalities around events such as scavenger hunts and muck up pranks. We asked them all to think and reflect on the ramifications of rash decisions that can be made in their final weeks. We would like to thank the Griffith local Police for their support in this presentation.

In other College initiatives it has become clear that with the new beautiful weather has seen students come alive with activity. The oval is full at lunchtimes which is fantastic. It is also great to see that most students are respecting the rules of no eating and bags on the oval. This was in light of the rubbish we were seeing in this area. This was a major focus in my role this term. College beautification and respect was a keen aim and I am happy to report that the College grounds have seen a marked improvement when it comes to student littering. This is a positive step.

Furthermore, I would also like to thank publicly all of the students here at Marian for the way they conducted themselves in a guard of honour on Monday the 11th for the passing of Mr Evan Davis. It was a privilege to be a part of and help organise the small tribute to one of my colleagues and past teacher. Mrs Belinda Aventi helped me put it in the best possible words in an email to all students during the week that wrote:

“just wanted to say a big thankyou to everyone for the respect that was demonstrated yesterday, the way that the Marian community joined together in silent prayer forming Mr Davis' guard of honour was a lovely tribute for a wonderful teacher.” 

It truly was a lovely tribute and every student did the college proud in performing it for such a teacher.

That is all from me this week. Have a great weekend!


Heath Neville

The Marian Way

The Marian Way, is a small section that seeks to highlight those who are truly living the Marian spirit. It is a simply way to focus some attention on those who are doing great things that sometimes go unnoticed.

This week’s Marian Way feature is going to be a huge double to end the term! There was no way to split the two nominations so I thought they were both worthy of mention.

Firstly, to a group of students who have enthusiastically supported the Year 12’s through all their HSC performances and more. These following students have dedicated their time and talent without question to ensure that other students are achieving their best: Anastasia Comarin, Ruben Sebastian, Doug Harvey, Kayla Macecdone, Teneeka Andreazza and Lara Camm. Congratulations and thank you from the College for showing us all the Marian Way!


Finally, we have a teacher who has also been awarded mention in this week’s segment. I could not ignore a beautiful act of kindness from a Year 12 Homeroom teacher Mr Mason. This teacher had his last homeroom today with his class and gave each and every one of his homeroom members a present as they left. The present was a simple action figure from toyworld. They were superheroes including Batman, Superman, Ninja Turtles and others. The kids loved them. They loved them not only for the thought and kindness behind them but also for the message that they too are and can be heroes every day. A beautiful thought from one of the great teachers here at Marian Catholic College. Congratulations Mr Mason you are also this week’s focus for the Marian Way.


Calendar and Canteen



Calendar of Events


College News

Yr. 7  -  VACCINATION - Wednesday 11th October.

Year 7 Boys and Girls will be vaccinated for the following:

- 2nd dose HPV and

-  Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Community Health has asked to remind students to ensure they eat breakfast on this day.

If you have any questions or queries please contact NSW Government Health Department website or the local Community Health Centre phone on 69669938 - Callie Macklin.
Marian Catholic College is just a venue for immunisations.  All queries need to be addressed to NSW Government Health as above.

Tournament of Minds

Marian students and parents travelled to Sturt Public School on Sunday, 27th August, to participate in Tournament of Minds. TOM aims to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment. This year we had three teams competing within three different disciplines: 

  • Science Technology
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Social Sciences

​Every student actively contributed to their team, collaborating ideas, time and their individual talents, to produce some outstanding presentations. The ingenuity that was on display by these students, and their ability to solve their chosen problem in a unique and creative manner is a testament to the work and dedication of each student, their teachers, in particular Ms Robertson and Mr Chowdhury. Whilst our teams were not successful on the day, they achieved much and should be proud of their efforts.


College Magazine



Congratulations to Delroy Kasawaya who was representing Wagga Wagga Diocese in the 800 m at CCC Athletics Sydney.  Delroy finished first place with a time of 2 minute 16 seconds.  Well done Delroy on this achievement.

Congratulations also goes to Ethan Donetto who has just come first in 400m  at CCC Athletics with a time of 55.23 seconds.


Exciting News!


Uniform shop news

Parents if your child needs to upsize their College blazer for 2018 please make an appointment  before 20 October.  

Blazer fitting dates are from 23/20/2017 to 8/11/2017 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Please note there has been a price correction for the MCC Sports socks, new price is $7.00.

Please contact uniform shop for my details.


Raeleen Ceccato

Uniform shop

Pastoral Care

This week members of the COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM once again provided assistance to two local organisations. Students and Food Tech staff gave up their lunch time and recess on Wednesday to cook for CAREVAN and this was followed by an extremely early start in chilly conditions on Thursday when they volunteered at the Griffith “R U OK DAY?” breakfast. The breakfast acknowledges the work of the “R U OK DAY?” campaign and provides an opportunity for people to socialise, stay connected and have meaningful conversations. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to be actively engaged in a community activity and the organisers were extremely impressed with the student’s enthusiasm, behaviour and were grateful for their assistance. 

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and build healthy relationships. It strengthens our ties to the community and exposes us to people with similar interests.

Studies have shown that volunteering helps people who donate their time feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression.

We will continue our voluntary work next term and hope to build on our community contribution and connections in 2018.

Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to exciting things to come in term 4.

Stay safe & stay happy.

Regards Sue Hone (Pastoral Care


Father Christian - Parish Chaplain


Design and Technology News


Careers News

Charles Sturt University Parent Information Evenings 

Charles Sturt University will be presenting Parent Information Evenings from 5.30 to 7.30pm.

Orange 18 September 

Bathurst 19 September 

Wagga Wagga 20 September 

Albury Wodonga 21 September

Dubbo 21 September

UAC are guest presenters at Orange, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

For any questions you may have, please talk to a CSU Prospective Student Adviser by phoning 1800 334 733.

For further information, locations for the talks and to register visit go to:

Medicine UNE Rural Scholars Summer School

Closes 2 October

On from 13 to 17 November

The Rural Scholars Summer School is open to anyone 15 years and over who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and lives in a rural, remote or low-SES area. Regardless of whether you are a high-school student or school leaver, if you are passionate about making a difference in rural and regional areas, we want to help you succeed.  This is fully funded for students from applicable areas

Contact Kirra Porter at (02) 6773 2185 or [email protected] 

Application Form here:

Betsy Farrugia

Careers Advisor 

Year 12 News

Spring Bazaar

Recently, Year 12 held their very own Spring Bazaar offering a variety of market stalls including baked goods, clothing, plants, furniture, artwork, glassware and many more quality goods. As well as an all-day car wash testing both the students and teacher’s abilities to work as a team and put on the best car wash Griffith has ever seen. Along with live music and face painting for the kids the day was an absolute success raising approximately $3000 which will be donated to charities significant to Year 12 students and their families including:

‘Griffith Diabetes Association’, ‘Catholic Mission Organisation’ and ‘Project Sam’

Ashton Savage, Elizabeth Portolesi and Giorgia De Paoli who were the brains behind the Spring Bazaar could not be more pleased with the result of the day including the weather which greatly impacted greatly on the overall outcome.

The day would not have been possible if it weren’t for the generosity of students and teachers assisting or supporting throughout the preparation for this day. However, the compassion of the Griffith community is outstanding and it’s clearly demonstrated from local businesses who donated towards our fundraiser in some way. Firstly, a big thankyou to the local butchers who donated a large selection of their sausages and bread these include:

Gannon’s Butchery, Meat Market, Hanwood Butchery, Central Butcher and Vaccaris Bakery.

Thank you once again for your generosity. Along with many local businesses who donated prizes towards our raffle held on the day; A big thankyou to

Office Choice,’Ivory & Ash Homewares’, ‘Under the Arches’, ‘Griffith Central’, ‘GB’s Sports and Lifestyle’, ‘Bunnings, Warehouse’, ‘Riverina Nursery’, ‘Blue Sky Outdoors’, ‘Kendall's Shoes’, ‘Soul Pattinson Drive Thru Chemist’, ‘Buzzi and Moo’, ‘Griffith City Cinemas and Star Bowling’, ’Griffith Regional Theatre’, ‘Collins Booksellers, ‘Searls Newsagency’, ‘Bush Chemist’, ‘Nail Parlour’ and ‘Bakers Delight’.

 It’s amazing how many local businesses have assisted or donated towards our fundraiser and the outcome would not have been possible without this community’s support and generosity. Once again thank you to anyone and everyone who contributed or attended on the day. Truly, your kindness has not gone unnoticed and we only hope we embody the same spirit in all we do here at Marian Catholic College.

All surplus items from the Spring Bazaar’s Trash n Treasure stall were donated to Barnabas House, Griffith.

This non for profit service offers affordable short term accommodation for people from all walks of life who are experiencing difficulties of various kinds. The service provides a safe, stabilising environment during a time of crisis and access to professional counselling. This is one of the only centres in Griffith and surrounding areas which provides assistance for a complete family unit and relies greatly on donations and community support.

Any items that were donated and prove suitable for tenants will be given as per need and any remaining items shall be sold at their bimonthly garage sale to raise much needed vital funds for the service.

Additional support was also provided by delivering some of the oranges that were left over to Meals on Wheels and the remaining will be given to CAREVAN as we are rostered to cook their meal today. Sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge difference in someone's day.


Child Studies News

Child Studies Excursion

As part of the Unit 'Children and Play', the girls have been learning about the benefits of play, different types of play and play equipment. The girls walked to City Park last week to play on various play equipment and analyse what ages would be appropriate for each. They have also drawn a new park each that children would love to play in. They have participated in games that children would enjoy such as Captain Ball, Tug a War and the Parachute.

Their Assessment Task involved them Designing and Construction of a toy/game and then justifying what age would be appropriate and the benefits the child would get from their toy. The girls have put a lot of effort into their toy and should be very proud

 Mrs Savage


Science News


The Preliminary Physics students at Marian were fortunate to observe some large dark patches on the surface of the Sun during one of the lessons earlier in this term.

These dark patches were sunspots and using the size of the Sun as a guide, the students were able to calculate the size of these sunspots relative to the planet Earth.

Both of the sunspots you can see in the images below are larger than our planet. The Sun is huge! Three days after our observation, the larger of the two sunspots collapsed, causing a once-in-a-decade solar flare. This flare sent a massive amount of material towards the Earth, causing a massive geomagnetic storm. This storm caused radio blackouts over most of South Africa, aurora in both the southern and northern hemispheres and fluctuations in power systems close to the north and south poles.

Please note that all observations of the Sun were made using either certified eclipse glasses or a solar filter on the telescope. Observing the Sun without either of these things can permanently damage your eyes.


Science Sparks

Science week was full of fun activities to inspire the young scientists at Marian Catholic College.

Unfortunately, the weather was against us on the science extravaganza night but that didn’t deter Mr Marshall on the telescope nor the parents who came to wonder at the work done by students in the science department.

Some Year 12 students had a massive experience to Sydney and Canberra to enhance their knowledge in preparation for their Higher School Certificate examinations in October.  The hands on lab experiences at Sydney University were awesome with many students rekindling their excitement for the study of science by interacting with passionate scientist working on current projects, such as the search for the gravitational waves at ANU.  The students were very exhausted by the time they arrived back at Marian but I am sure that it was an experience that they will never forget.

This week has been the final teaching week for year 12.  We urged the students to continue to use their time wisely over the next few weeks doing past paper questions, interacting with the NESA website to do the large bank of online multiple choice questions, revise the science by going over the syllabus dot points






Junior Science

The Year 7 students will be going on an excursion to Cocoppara National Park in the first week of next term.  This is to support their study of the Changing Earth and to learn about the geology of the local area.  Australia has some amazing geological history with some of the oldest crust on the Earth existing in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.

The junior years will be sitting their final yearly exams in week 4 and week 5 next term.  The notifications will be out next week so we urge students to revise and study for these exams.

And last on the list but first in the College are the year 11 students who are just about to graduate to Year 12, the leaders of our school for 2018.  As they embark on their study for their final year we hope that they remain focused and use their time wisely to enjoy and learn what we are offering in our classrooms.

It has been a very busy term so on behalf of the science staff, I wish you and the staff a relaxed and peaceful holiday break.

Kind Regards

Esther Dumbleton  

History News


Chess News


CHESS COMP: ROUND 6 v Xavier High School, Albury

CHESS COMP: ROUND 6 v Xavier High School, Albury

Thanks to a generous compromise from Xavier High School, Marian’s chess team met their semi-final counterparts at Wagga library instead of Albury - a 2 hour rather than a 3 hour journey. In following 2017’s pattern, our opponents were 2 to 3 years older, yet a 4-1 match record suggests we were not perturbed! However the Alburians had that ‘we’re serious’ look about them and so it proved to be. Following a last minute scratching of a sick Piri Karunapalan, year 8’s Harry Laurent stepped in to revive his past glories from last year. After a strong start, Harry matched his year 11 foe, piece for piece, for an hour, until a single minor error meant he literally ran out of men. Karanbir Sidhu on table 4 was overwhelmed by a blistering, relentless attack. He kept up as major pieces were swapped but when a queen was accidentally sacrificed, there was no back-up, leading to a quick capitulation. Fortunately, Matthew Salvestro turned Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and walked his man down. Forget the “I can wait all day’ strategy of the last few games. This time Matthew, promoted to Piri’s customary table 2,  boldly landed his queen in front of their king and said ‘check mate’ within the first 15 minutes. Wow!! This meant a scorecard of 1-2, with Muntaqim, on table 1, now the decider. The fate of Marian’s season was left to Muntaqim and for 90 minutes the two premier chess talents from the Albury and Wagga diocese battled for control of the centre of the board - the key to a successful conclusion. The onlookers’ patience was tested but never the players - each waiting for an error from the other. Innovative ideas were tried but to no avail. As with Harry, a minor error led to a single piece deficit and this proved decisive. Final team score: 1-3.


This marks the end of a season marked with friendliness, competitive spirit and superb results: top 3 in the Riverina (2nd best result ever); 4-2 team result and a 16-8 individual count. The boys represented their school with distinction and provide great promise for the coming years. Best and fairest goes to Matthew Salvestro who ended the season unbeaten in 6 rounds - great work Matthew!





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