MCC Newsletter

09 June 2017
Issue Nine
Page 2
Calendar and Canteen
College News 
Director of Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care
Parish Chaplain
Public Speaking
Careers News
Year 9 Community Day
Marian Catholic College
02 6969 2400
185 Wakaden St
Griffith, NSW, 2680

Principal News

The Holy Father said,

“In our days, there is a great need

to pray – Christians, Jews

and Muslims – for peace.”

Pope Francis, 7 June 2017

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,

Yesterday, the Marian staff and students answered the calls of Pope Francis and took a minute of their day to pray for peace. On Wednesday, Pope Francis urged people across the world to stop and pray for peace at 1 pm (Rome time). The power of the prayers of millions of people across the globe uniting and calling on God simultaneously through prayer should not be underestimated. It was a significant spiritual experience to be part of this global action. With recent terrorist attacks in London and Melbourne and the ongoing conflicts around the world in countries such as Syria and South Sudan, prayers for peace are needed. Lord, Hear our Prayers.

On Thursday 8 June, the Marian Catholic College community celebrated International School Support Staff Day. This commemoration was first introduced last year in Australia and New Zealand because of the need to recognize the vital role that support staff play at the school. At Marian, our support staff are the heart and soul of the school, working behind the scenes to make our school run smoothly and to ensure that every student gets the education they deserve in a safe and nurturing environment.

We celebrated and acknowledged our support staff at a student briefing where they were given a standing ovation by the College community. The roles of our school staff are so diverse and we used the occasion to celebrate our administration staff, teacher’s aides, TAS and Science assistants, library staff, canteen workers, careers advisor and maintenance staff. The hashtag #careersthatmatter is so appropriate for School Support Staff Day, as without the work of these dedicated individuals our school would simply not function. Every single College event, facility or activity bears the contribution of these fine men and women.

Today, while students had a pupil free day, our staff participated in a Spirituality Day. The theme for the day was Missionary Discipleship and was facilitated by Lana Turvey from Catholic Mission and Chris Cotter, the Assistant Director of Schools at the Catholic Schools Office. Staff engaged in learning to deepen their understanding of Missionary Discipleship and apply that to the Marian Catholic College context to further bring our Vision and Mission to life. Opportunities for spiritual nourishment are vital for our staff to strengthen our authenticity as a Christ-centred learning community and the day was enjoyed by all.  

Over the last few weeks, Marian students have been busy learning. This learning has taken a variety of forms whether that be in the classroom, hiking on a Duke of Edinburgh excursion or learning on the sporting field. You will see the diverse range of opportunities offered throughout this newsletter issue.

Parents are encouraged to look for upcoming events via the School Calendar available on our website at This resource provides information including excursions, exam periods, parent evenings and assemblies. It can also be useful for forward planning for families in relation to term dates and holiday periods. Please keep referring to the calendar as it is regularly updated.


I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend. School returns on Tuesday 13 June.

Peace and Best Wishes


Christie Scoble

Acting Principal



The Transition Program for our Catholic Primary Schools – Saint Patrick’s Griffith and Saint Mary’s Yoogali, commenced on Wednesday May 31st with Marian Catholic College teachers, Belinda McKellar, Brittany Crofts and Tonetta Iannelli visiting Year 6 classes at both schools. The visits involved observing the learning of the Year 6 students during various teaching sessions relating to the Comprehension Strategy of Inferring. The MCC teachers also had the opportunity to team-teach with the Year 6 teachers at St Pat’s and St Mary’s. This experience, provided valuable insights of how the future 2018 MCC students like to learn.

The next part of the Transition Program involves the Year 6 students from both schools visiting Marian Catholic College to experience a snapshot of what learning may look like in a secondary school setting. This will involve each school’s students coming to the College on two separate occasions, once this term and once in early Term 3.

I would like to extend my thanks to the respective Principals of St Pat’s and St Mary’s, the Year 6 teachers and all the beautiful Year 6 students for providing us with the wonderful opportunity to visit their lovely schools, and to witness quality teaching and learning in their own environment. We look forward to the Year 6 teachers and students visiting the College in two weeks.



Important Dates to Remember in relation to Teaching and Learning



On Thursday June 22, the College will hold Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences for all Year 11 Students.

To make appointments for the conferences we use the SOBS online bookings system. Please see the following page for instructions. This way parents have input about their preferred time and can do it more quickly and efficiently from home.  Parents can access the system at any time, day or night.  There are no codes or pin numbers to remember, and a series of simple screens and prompts can assist you to make their interview bookings, selecting the teachers you wish to see and time slots that are convenient.

To access the SOBS online booking system, please go our new College website:


On Thursday June 22, the College will also host a special Awards Assembly for Year 11 and 12 Students, commencing at 12 Noon (during lesson 3). All parents, carers and grandparents of these students are invited to attend.


Mrs Tonetta Iannelli

Assistant Principal (Acting)


Calendar and Canteen





College News 

Prayers Please

We keep in our prayers the families of Mr Tesser,  Grandfather of Sophia, Nicholas and Christopher Zappala and Mr Torresan Grandfather of Claudia Torresan who sadly passed away.


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

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Avanti Breakfast at MCC

MCC Year 11 & 12 Hospitality students hosted a breakfast for the Avanti Rotarians. The Year 12 Hospitality prepared and cooked and the Year 11 Hospitality presented and served the breakfast. An early start for our students arriving to start work at 6.00am. It was a great opportunity for our students to host and serve a breakfast. Thanks to the Avanti Rotarians for their time and kindness in attending our school breakfast.

Gabrielle Mc Mahon and Maureen Shannon



We take this opportunity to remind families your College Tuition Fee account for Term 2 should have been received by 30th June 2017.

The policies adopted by College management require that fees be paid in a timely manner to enable us to operate on a sound financial basis whilst continuing to serve all students.

It is an expectation of enrolment that accounts are kept in order and each terms’ fees are to be paid by term end.

We shall be contacting arrears account holders to discuss the position of their account.  Should you experience difficulty managing your account, there are a number of flexible payment options available to suit families’ budgets which we are happy to discuss with you. Feel free to contact me at the office to make arrangements.

Thank you to all families who conduct their account efficiently.


Joanne Smith

Business Manager



A big thank you  to  everyone for their participation and generosity for the Biggest Morning Tea.  All funds raised will go to Cancer Council.  Great to see such amazing support from the MCC Community.


Director of Pastoral Care

In the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to speak about the pride of being a part of the Marian Community on numerous occasions but there are two moments that stand out. One being the Avanti Breakfast that was held on our College grounds last week on the 1st of this month, and a conversation started around the table (that was a mix of community members and staff) around how proud we must be of such a beautiful school that we have. I was honoured to hear such feedback and replied with an outstanding ‘yes, we are’.

The second occasion was our College Morning Briefing held this week on Thursday where we were reminded of one of the reasons that makes this school so beautiful and that was the support staff. We all took a moment to acknowledge the efforts of the support staff here at Marian and how they help Marian create such a beautiful environment for our students. It was here that I stood in front of the whole College and stated how proud I was to work and be a member of the Marian community. This pride is what I believe is the Marian vision and what keeps us moving forward. It is the reason why it is important to have segments such as ‘The Marian Way’ below. I truly am proud to work and lead at Marian and the many programs and initiatives we have here in place looking after the wellbeing of our students. Academic Pastoral Care is one of those programs and in the next two weeks we have two session coming up and I will report on these in our next newsletter. In these sessions College pride is something that is fostered and at the briefing we asked the students to think about this and how they can show it more in their everyday actions. We have started a conversation around showing our pride here and I hope this will continue.


Marian Way


This week’s acknowledgement of the Marian Way was recommended by our Yr 8 Pastoral Coordinator Mrs Calabria who nominated Alexis McMaster.

Once again this section is to congratulate and shine a light on students and staff that are living the Marian way. I have been told Alexis has been donating her own hair on numerous occasions for charity in the past. This is a wonderful action from such a young member of our community and an outstanding example for her peers. Therefore, congratulations Alexis for showing us all ‘The Way’ and I hope here at Marian you are encouraged to continue. You should be very proud.

If you are aware of students or staff that you believe deserve a mention in this segment, please let us at the College know. You can send your example to [email protected].


Best wishes from the Pastoral Team


Heath Neville

Director of Pastoral (Acting)

Pastoral Care


The COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM are extremely grateful to all students and staff who have supported our major fund raising activities during term 2.


Without school community support our activities would not be successful and we would not be able to provide the level of support for those within our community who are currently facing personal hardship or distress.

Individually we can help but collectively we can make a significant difference and substantial change. To the lives of many.

Donations of goods will continue until Friday the 16th June.

The C.A.T along with the members of the JUSTICE MATTERS TEAM will be promoting the achievements and contribution made to our community  of refugees as part of “Refugee Week” which is national recognised during 19th June until 25th June. More details will be included in our next newsletter.

On a personal note I would like to thank the many families who have donated uniform items which are no longer required by their family. The items donated are quality garments and are distributed to members of our school community who currently require assistance. Given that the weather has been extremely cold of late you can imagine how your act of kindness and generosity makes a significant difference to the wellbeing of the child.

Please remember if I can be of assistance to you or your family or you have any concerns I can be contacted through the office staff.

Have a wonderful week.

Stay safe and stay warm.

Regards Sue Hone (Pastoral Care Worker


Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Children & Young People:

Understanding and Managing Anxiety in Children & Young People:
Helpful and Practical Tools for Carers and Parents.
Workshop Program for Griffith (2.5 hours) on Sunday 2 July 2017
Venue: Griffith Leagues Club, Bridge Road Griffith NSW 2680
Cost: $30.00 includes light lunch
Call Toni @ Griffith Specialist Centre 026964 5509 
Presenter: Peter Watt

This workshop will review the signs and symptoms of anxiety and how debilitating can be for normal functioning. What may cause it and how it can be treated will be covered. Tips and tools on how to manage anxiety will be demonstrated and practiced. There will be activities throughout the workshop. 

Peter has been registered as a psychologist for 21 years and prior to this he was a Secondary School Teacher and Ambulance Officer. After completing his Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Macquarie University, he worked as a School Counsellor on the Central Coast for a number of years before taking up a position as Specialist Counsellor – Behaviour at the North Harbour Unit for conduct-disordered students. He has presented several workshops for CCWT regarding aggressive adolescents and special needs. He subsequently moved to Melbourne for three years where he worked as a Disability and Youth Counsellor in Sexual Health with Family Planning Victoria. He then returned to Sydney in 2005 as a Community Services Psychologist for High Needs children, working with an Intensive Support multi-disciplinary team. He is an accredited offender counsellor at clinical level for children and young people with the Office of Children’s Guardian. He currently works in private practice as a Counselling Psychologist in the Central West of NSW.

Proudly sponsored by the Griffith Specialist Centre , 115-119 Binya St Griffith NSW 2680

Parish Chaplain

This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity. May we make this prayer to the Blessed Trinity our prayer and our reflection.

The prayer to the Trinity

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity. Let nothing trouble my peace or make me leave You, O my unchanging God, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your mystery. Give peace to my soul; make it your heaven, your beloved dwelling and resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring, and wholly surrendered to Your creative action.

O my beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for your heart. I wish to cover you with glory, I wish to love you even unto death! But I feel my weakness, and I ask You to “clothe me with Yourself,” to identify my soul with all the movements of your soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute yourself for me that my life may be a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Redeemer and as Saviour.  O Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life listening to you, to become wholly teachable so that I may learn all from you. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You always and remain in Your great light. O my Beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from your radiance.

O Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, “come upon me,” and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery. And you, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature; “cover her with Your shadow,” seeing in her only the “ Beloved in whom You are well pleased.”

O my `Three', my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to you as your prey. Immerse yourself in me so that I may immerse in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of your greatness! 


(Excerpt from Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity)






On Tuesday in week 4, Mrs Savage, Mrs Ianelli, Ms Crofts and Ms McMahon took: Two year 7/8 Girls
One year 7/8 Boys
Two year 9/10 Girls and
One year 9/10 Boys to compete in the Netball All Schools Cup in Griffith. All teams played exceptionally well with one of the year 7/8 girls teams and the year 7/8 boys teams advancing onto the regionals in Wagga later this term. I would like to thank the teachers for coaching them and wish the teams all the best in Wagga.

Reconciliation Cup at Collina Oval

On Friday 26th May, Marian along with Griffith High and Wade High attended the inaugural Reconciliation Cup at Collina Oval. The day was designed to develop awareness, celebrate and understand the Aboriginal Culture on such an important National Sorry day. The day united the 3 high schools with a touch competition, cultural dance, music and traditional foods. I would like to thank all students and teachers Mr Moore, Ms Foschi and Mr Le Cornu who attended day and I hope this will be an annual event.

AFL News
AFL – On Tuesday 30th May , Mr Morris and Mr Le Cornu took the Open Boys and Girls AFL sides to compete in the Giants Cup at the Exies Oval. Whilst our teams were up against some very strong opposition from Leeton and Wade, their coaches were impressed with their level of sportsmanship and effort on the day. I would especially like to congratulate all the students who participated and Mr Morris and Mr Le Cornu for their work organising the day

Issac Testoni represented in Under 15s AFL CCC Team competing against Combined High Schools and Combined Independent Schools in the NSW Team Selections.  Isaac played extremely well in representing MCC.

     After strong wins against Wade High and St Francis, our Bill Turner Girls side has progressed to round 5. Congratulations to the girls and to Ms Foschi and Mrs Centofanti and I wish them good luck in the final.

    The Bill Turner Boys side has also enjoyed strong wins against Wade High and Albury High to advance to round 4 against Mater Dei Catholic College on Wednesday 14th in Wagga. I wish the boys and Mr Dal Nevo and Mr Abdala luck on Wednesday.


On Friday 5th May, Marian held its largest Athletics Carnival to date, due to the amount of participation from all – especially our senior students.

The following records were broken on the day

Boys 15 Year 100m - Connor Higgins

Boys 16 Year 100m - Samuel Scarfone

Boys 13 Year 200m - Ethan Andreazza

Boys 16 Year 200m - Samuel Scarfone

Boys 13 Year 400m - Ethan Donetto

Boys 14 Year 400m - Johnathan Codemo

Boys 16 Year 400m - Samuel Scarfine

Boys 14 Year 800 m - Jonathon Codemo
Boys 16 Year 800 m - Joshua Golden

Girls 13 Year 1500m - Airlee Savage

Girls 12 Year  Discuss - Alexandra Parisotto

Girls 16 Year Discuss -  Tanna Collins

Girls 17  year Discuss  - Johane Oberholzer

Girls 15 Year High Jump - Emma Snaidero

Boys 13 Year Long Jump - Ethan Donetto

Boys 14 Year Long Jump - Connor Sully

Boys 15 Year Long Jump - Tyler Andreazza

Girls 15 Year Long Jump - Emma Snaidero

Boys 16 Year Long Jump - Samuel Scarfone

Girls 17-21 Long Jump - Johane Oberholzer

Girls 12 Year - Triple Jump - Alexandra Parisotto

Girls 13 Year - Triple Jump - Yingxin Li

Boys 14 Year - Triple Jump - Connor Sully

Boys 16 Year Triple Jump - Samuel Scarfone

Boys 12 Year old  Shot Put - Raymond Halaapiapi

Girls 12 Year Shot Put - Alexandra Parisotto

Boys 13 Year Shot Put - Ethan Donetto

Boys 14 Year Shot Put - Connor Sully

Boys 16 Year Shot Put - Samuel Raciti

Girls 16 Year Shot Put - Lara Salvestro

Boys 17-21 Shot Put - Emmanuel Talia

Girls 17-21 Shot Put - Johane Oberholzer

Boys 16 Year - Javelin - Samuel Scarfone

I would also like to congratulate the following Age Champions for the 2017 Athletics Carnival.

12 girls Alexandra Parisotto                         12 Boys Pasquale Agresta

13 girls Airlee Savage                                     13 Boys Delroy Kasawaya

14 girls Felicity Bonny                                    14 Boys Jonathan Codemo

15 girls Sarah Quarisa                                     15 Boys Tyler Andreazza

16 girls Teneeka Andreazza                            16 Boys Samuel Raciti

Open girls Johane Oberholzer                    Open Boys Daniel Rossetto

The winning House for 2017

                4th Brendan House

                3rd Marcellin House

                2nd Patrick House

                1st McAuley House on 13 058 points


We would also like to congratulate the following students who will be participating in the CCC at Eastern Creek Next Friday.

Pasquale Agresta

Teneeka Andreazza

Chaise Donetto

Ethan Donetto

Delroy Kasawaya

Isabella Salmon

Jonathan Codemo



Students from MCC represented our Diocese at the CCC Championships at Valentine Park, Sydney  on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 May.  Teachers from MCC Nadine Johns, Gabriel Abdula and Jamie Gibbs accompanied the students.  Well done to all involved.

John Seers 

Sports Co-ordinator


Public Speaking


Monday 29 May,  Marian Catholic College was crowned Regional Public Speaking Champions for 2017!

Adding to this, our students dominated the prizes for the night. In both the Junior and Senior divisions our students finished 1st and 2nd - our best ever result!

In the Junior division Muntaqim Chowdhury was crowned as champion and Nayani Navaneethan the runner up. Meanwhile in the Seniors, Megan Beecher finished first and Talissa Cerato 2nd.

We also had an attendance record on the night with a total of eleven speakers, all of whom did brilliant job!

Congratulations also to Coach Tara Suidgeest who spent countless hours during free periods and lunch and recess preparing the students, building their confidence and showing faith in their ability. Well done!

Muntaqim and Megan will now travel to Yass in mid June for the Zone Final.




Careers News

Year 12 HSC Support Evening


Thursday evening saw a large number of Year 12 students and their parents attend this event. The proceedings began with Angela Morris emphasising the importance of study plans and timetables. Betsy Farrugia presented some useful career resources and information, most of which become available for students on the Careers Google Classroom.

Josie Marks, the School Engagement Office with TAFE NSW, spoke of the myriad pathways to university and bachelor degrees that can be studied at TAFE. Many vocational courses are available through a variety of study options. She is available for students and parents to speak to, and her contact details will be on the Classroom.

Patrick O'Connor, Domestic Student Recruitment Coordinator from University of Wollongong, outlined life at university at UOW and generally, went through the  changes at UAC regarding number of preferences allowed and offer dates. He also gave a detailed run down of the early entry process.

Heath Neville closed with attitudes for success. "I'm good....and getting better"

Year 9 Community Day

Year 9 Reflection Day

On Friday June 2 Year 9 took part in a reflection day. The focus of the day was on the topics of relationships, sex, self-worth and personal identity. It is important for young people to fully grasp the importance of the gift of relationships and sex and to treat themselves with the dignity they deserve. Today our young people receive so many mixed messages about this topic and can be unaware or confused about the precious gift they hold. The presenters from Real Talk delivered this message in a fun and interactive way whilst being real and honest. They were really encouraging the group to make healthy choices that show respect for others and themselves. The Year 9 students participated in some group activities, listened to the guest presenters and had some time for quiet reflection. At the end of the day I hope the students took with them the message that they are all a precious gift, they were all created for a purpose and that they should treat themselves and others with dignity.


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