3 June 2022
Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,
This week’s cold snap has sure taken us for a surprise and added an extra layer of clothing to our daily attire. However, this did not stop our Year 7 students from enjoying their 3-day camp at Kyenton. They returned back to the College on Wednesday with beaming smiles, having experienced a range of fun activities including archery, zip lining, wall climbing and even snow. One student who returned wearing a pair of shorts, was pleasantly surprised at how warm the temperature was in Melbourne! I look forward to hearing their stories in the coming days.
Last night, Thursday, 2 June, we held our 2022 Year 12 Formal for the first since the start of the pandemic. It was a wonderful night and I’m grateful to all those involved in making the evening a special one for our students. Congratulations to our seniors who embraced the evening with a sense of pride and tradition. It’s been great to see these traditions return after a couple of years of hibernation. These connections are an important part of their time at the College.
You may have heard in the news about some schools having to merge year levels and return to remote learning for some classes, amid a shortage of teaching staff due to rising colds and flus, as well as COVID-19. I am grateful to our teachers for their leadership and commitment to our students’ learning and wellbeing. We are fortunate that we have not had to go down this path and our attendance rates remain good. This is a credit to all our hardworking staff here at Marcellin College. However, there are still some absences with cold and flu moving through the community and I remind all members of our community to remain vigilant and stay safe.
Earlier this week we held a Choosing A School for Your Child information evening session with families from local schools. It can be one of the most important decisions families make and with so many schools to choose from, it can be overwhelming. The evening highlighted areas to consider and raised some questions families may wish to ask as they explore their options.
Moving into the last couple of weeks of Semester 1, some planned activities have had to be moved to later in the year due to the cold weather. On Monday, 6 June we will celebrate the Feast Day of St Marcellin Champagnat. This annual event is one connects us to our Marist heritage and is talked about by students for years to come. This year we will hold our annual mass and celebration in the morning, but due to inclement forecasts, we will postpone the fair and activities to later in Term 3, when we can celebrate together without the prospect of artic temperatures. Students should be in full winter uniform on the day.
Finally, this week we stood together in recognition of Reconciliation Week (27 June – 3 June). I was impressed with our students who acknowledged this important time during our Indigenous Sports round and began each game with an acknowledgement of country.
Lord, open up our hearts so that we may hear the message you teach of a world in which the wrongs of the past are recognised – a world in which a reconciled people walk and talk together sharing stories; a world in which all burn with the desire to have your peace and justice reign. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Marco Di Cesare