Full of Grace
The Lord is with Thee
Blessed art Thou among women
And Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Dear Parents, Students and Friends,
Marian Feast day was held on Wednesday 24 May, coinciding with the celebration of the feast of Mary Help of Christians. It is important for us to align our feast day with one of the many feast days of Mary is May 24 as both of our founders, the Sisters of Mercy and the Marist Brothers, have a particular affinity with Mary. This resonates in our own College Vision statement where we strive to embrace ‘Mary’s way of courageous acceptance’ to ‘fulfil Christ’s promise of ‘The Way, The Truth and The Life’.
At our Marian Feast Day Mass we had many special guests who came to share the occasion. We were able to welcome back a number of past teachers for our celebration. We treasure the connection we still have with past educators who have helped to shape the wonderful school community that is thriving today. We were also blessed to share our Mass with representatives from the Sisters of Mercy, Sr Theresa Foley and Sr Trish Johnson. The continued involvement of our founding orders is so valuable to staff and students, providing opportunities for authentic connection with our heritage and mission.
Our Mass, the greatest prayer of the Catholic Church, was celebrated by Fr Christian and beautifully organised by Liturgy Coordinator, Mrs Aventi. Our Mass was also enhanced by the choir and musicians, who were once again guided by Mr Segrave.
Following our Mass, we started a new tradition at Marian Catholic College where our staff were acknowledged for their years of service. Staff , received a certificate, for the milestones of 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service. This was a very special moment for the Marian family and each group of recipients were celebrated with heartfelt applause. These dedicated teachers are the foundation and strength of the Marian community and we are proud of their contribution to making this school such a wonderful and dynamic learning environment.
Our College community continued to celebrate the Marian Feast day throughout the afternoon in festival style with a range of fun activities and delicious food, including hamburgers made by Helen Panarello and prepared by our Year 12 leaders.
This week, our College community also held a Stage 6 Science professional development opportunity for teachers across the region from Catholic, Independent and Government schools. The workshops were facilitated by Patricia Stockbridge, a leading expert in the area of Science Education. Patricia has worked with NESA (New South Wales Education Standards Authority) consulting on the new syllabuses and currently works as a teacher at PLC Croydon and a Science Education lecturer at Sydney University.
We were fortunate to receive a visit by Adrian Piccoli on Monday who took the time to speak with our teachers about the new syllabuses that are to be released for Year 11 students in 2018. Parents of Year 10 students should take the time to read the ‘Parent Guide for the New Syllabuses’ by clicking on the link below. http://syllabus.nesa.nsw.edu.au/assets/global/files/parents-guide-nsw-k-10-syllabuses.pdf More information relating to the changes will be given early next term before Year 10 students commence their subject selection process.
Our College community finished our full week with a Zumba party to raise money for Chris Brugger, a member of our local community who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This was a great opportunity for us to release some endorphins, whilst also raising some much needed funds. MCC raised over $300 today.
Enjoy your weekend everyone.
Peace and Best Wishes