5 August 20222
Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,
Over the last few weeks, I have had the privilege of meeting with parents and carers at our level-based morning teas. These informal catch ups are an important way for me to hear directly from you on what’s working well, areas we need to focus on and for me to share more of our vision for the next few years.
It’s an exciting time to be at Marcellin College. Our new gifted and talented program, SOAR, will commence in 2023 for our incoming Year 7 students. Upgrades to our new student wellbeing spaces in the Placidus Centre have commenced and we are about to engage with local residents on the redevelopment of the Sandra Street entrance to improve safety and vehicular access to the College through an improved internal road scheme involving: (Click here to access architect renders)
Earlier this week, we held an Information Evening for prospective Year 7 2024 families. The evening was very well attended and we had a couple of videos from some of our current Year 7 students, who shared their experience of being a member of Marcellin College. Their comments were very honest and I must admit I did have a good laugh as I heard how popular our canteen is. You can view the clips via the following links:
The end of the term is fast approaching as our Year 12 students look to finish their formal classes. I encourage them to remain focused on their learning and knowing that in no time they will become an alumnus of the College. With that comes a lot of satisfaction and enormous pride. They will join a long list of graduates who have gone on to have amazing careers – from those playing professional sport to those leading our medical discoveries to running small and large business. At Marcellin College we want our students to ‘be’ the best version of themselves, so they can ‘become’ greater citizens that make a meaningful contribution to the world.
This week we held Globalisation Week, where we celebrated our languages and embraced all things cultural. I’m grateful to our Languages Learning area, under the leadership of Mr John Di Natale for hosting several events for our students. The food trucks were a popular hit, as well as the performances for our junior students at lunchtime. I’m sure the canteen was relieved to have a few quieter days.
Learning a language is more than memorising words and phrases – to truly understand a language we also need to embrace everything it offers – from the culture, food, fashion, arts, sport, etc. Languages at Marcellin College are a strong component of our learning and teaching programs. I am hopeful that we will be able to recommence our international exchanges and immersion programs to Italy, China and Indonesia in 2023. Stay tuned for more from our Languages Learning Leader, Mr Di Natale.
Finally, congratulations to all our athletes who this week reinforced how great our Sport program is. To the Cross Country team, congratulations on winning their 22nd championships in 23 years; what an amazing feat! To our 1st Volleyball Team for picking up a bronze medal; to our Soccer Team for making it to the grand final and to our 1st Football Team, we wish you the best of luck for this weekend’s grand final. We believe in you and know you will give it your all.
Please continue to look after each other, and as we start to see early signs of spring, let us remember that we are entering a time of renewal and hope for a better and brighter future.
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