Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,
I trust everyone had a restful and enjoyable break. It certainly was a busy one with Easter and ANZAC Day falling into the fortnight.
Term 2 has started with many activities, including our annual Mother’s Day Breakfasts on Tuesday 3 May and Wednesday 4 May. As always, it’s wonderful to see mothers and sons enjoy this time together to celebrate the truly impactful relationship between the two. Mothers hold a very special place in our hearts. May is also the month of Mary, mother of Jesus. As the northern hemisphere enters spring (and we winter), it is considered a new beginning. New growth in nature reminds us of the life Mary gave to Jesus. Mary’s ‘yes’ secured all the events that followed: Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. It’s the same for our mums. They gave birth to us and for that we honour them and say thank you.
Earlier this week we had the pleasure of hosting 66 prep students from St Clement of Rome Primary School, who dropped by the College on a neighbourhood walk. Their energy and excitement in a new environment and seeing our great College was palpable. They explored our spaces, spoke to students and left us with the biggest smiles on our faces. It also reminded me that someday, and in only a short time, they will be in Year 12. Our days spent in school seem a distant memory as we grow older. However, they are fundamental in forming memories and shaping us into the person we are today. I encourage you all to try and remember your time in prep and what left a lasting impression on you.
On Thursday, 28 April we came together a whole College for our ANZAC Day Mass and Assembly. My thanks to Dr Allan O’Connor who spoke to our students and shared his journey serving Australia in the Vietnam War. It was a solemn reminder of how very fortunate we are to have the freedoms we have because of their courage, determination, leadership and mateship. The ANZAC Spirit Award is presented in honour of those who fought for our freedoms. Congratulations to this year’s recipients, Joshua and Anton, who live out these qualities daily and strive for the highest.
This week we also kick off our Winter Sport season. I wish all of those participating the very best as they battle not only some tough competition, but also the colder weather. I look forward to supporting my son’s rugby team with a hot chocolate in hand!
Rehearsals for the senior production, Matilda, continue. Please support our students and Performing Arts by attending of one the performances later this month at our sister school, Our Lady of Mercy in Heidelberg. Tickets can be purchased here.
North-East Link Update
You may have noticed, fences along Bulleen Road have gone up in preparation for works starting on the North-East Link. Construction of the tunnels will start later in 2022 and the land required to build the tunnels has now been acquired by the project. There is no impact to the Marcellin ovals. Additionally, a No-Go Zone has been established between the ovals and the area needed for construction, to further reduce impacts to the school and to ensure uninterrupted use of the ovals for students. We will continue to share information with the school community before works start later this year.
We know that we will be faced with colder mornings and all that this brings about. News report are saying that our Flu season will be worse this winter, so it is important that we remain vigilant with our health. Please ensure that you do not come to school if you are unwell and report any positive COVID results to the College’s nurse, Ms Gaye Viney.
This term we see a number of important assessments taking place, including NAPLAN on Thursday, 12 May. I encourage everyone to remain focused on their academic endeavours, connect you’re your teachers and peers, and continue to grow and strive for the highest.
May God continue to bless this great community.
Marco Di Cesare