22 July 2022
Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,
Despite some very chilly mornings, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the start of Term 3. It has been wonderful to see our students and staff return refreshed and ready to take on another busy term. We are two weeks in and there is already much to celebrate.
On Tuesday, 12 July we held our very first Mid-Year Awards Assembly where we recognised and celebrated the achievements of our students. The awards acknowledged the academic and sporting excellence of students across all year levels and we gathered together as a whole College to congratulate them. I would like to extend a special congratulations to recipients of the Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence and Principal’s Award for Academic Endeavour, as well as all those who were recognised on the day.
This will be a new ritual that we will celebrate at the College and there will be another opportunity to celebrate our students and their learning later in the year with an Evening of Excellence that will honour our top achievers from Semester 2. You can read more about our Awards Assembly in Ms Farley’s report below.
We held our 2023 Subject Selection & Careers EXPO on Thursday, 14 July. It was great to see so many families back on site interacting with our teaching staff as students prepare their courses for next year. As a parent of two boys in Year 10 moving into Year 11, I know I was extremely grateful to have had the chance to connect with tertiary providers on the night, as well as the opportunity to speak to different Learning Leaders. I wish you all the best as you work with your sons to finalise their 2023 subject choices.
I had the pleasure of visiting our Year 12 students on retreat last week. I fondly look back on my time in Year 12 and the impact these important rituals had on me. I was extremely pleased to see our students embrace the activities and experiences of the two-day retreat. They were actively engaged in moments of sharing and connecting with their peers, while reflecting on their six years at Marcellin College.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the ongoing challenges COVID-19 continues to present. We will continue to follow the health recommendations around ventilation, masks and encourage social distancing, where possible. I know many of us are feeling somewhat fatigued by the daily strains these challenges place on us, but I urge you all to remain connected and supportive of our young people and each other.
I would like to wish all students the very best for Term 3, as we continue to embrace our 2022 theme of Connect, Respect and Grow.
St Marcellin Champagnat, Pray for us
Mary, Our Good Mother, Pray for us
And let us always remember, To pray for one another
Marco Di Cesare