2 December 2021

Student Wellbeing

2 December 2021

Student Wellbeing

Student Wellbeing

As we move toward the end of an unpredictable 2021, we look forward to an opportunity to wind down and reset during the holiday period. When doing this however, I encourage all of our students to look back on the year that was 2021 with a sense of pride and fulfillment. Although 2021 presented numerous challenges, it has been wonderful to see so many of our students demonstrate great resilience in the face of the uncertainty and frustrations that this year has brought. I have been lucky to see and hear of many examples where our students have supported each other through the more difficult parts of 2021. These boys have demonstrated in these times a true Marist spirit and in the way of St. Marcellin, “rolled up their sleeves” and acted when they saw a friend in need. Our Pastoral Care Team too have worked tirelessly in 2021. They have checked in with students and families, offered high levels of support to those in need and kept our students connected to their school whilst working remotely. For this, I thank the Pastoral Leaders, House Leaders, Director of Students and College Counsellors for their wonderful work in our community this year. We also acknowledge our parents, who have helped with homework, contacted teachers, solved internet issues and supported wellbeing whilst our boys learnt from home. We look forward to continuing our work with you in support of each student in 2022.

Time and Space | Year 9

Last weekend some of our Year 9 students engaged in the Time and Space program. After a year that has certainly had its challenges, Year 9 students and their dad or male mentor were lead by Bill Jennings from Time & Space who has facilitated this experience for our community for the past eleven years. The two days involved an amazing race style adventure where teams of Year 9s and their dads/mentors raced around the city of Melbourne finding clues to be the first team to crack a code. More than this however, this program gave our Year 9 students and their father/male mentor time to reflect on and affirm the role that they play in each other’s lives. With so much research now supporting the strong impact of male mentors on the choices, beliefs and behaviours of young men, Marcellin College has provided this program for our students and their role model  as an opportunity to engage with their peers in a relationship of support and community. Well done to all involved and we look forward to the Year 7 and 8 Time and Space evenings next year.

Important Student Achievements

Well done to our first basketballers and their coach Mr. Atley on winning the state basketball championship. With numerous state and a national title over recent years, our basketball program continues to go from strength to strength. We look forward to a another successful 2022 AGSV season and congratulate all boys involved.

Respectful Relationships and Pastoral Program

HeadStart has marked the beginning of our new Pastoral Care program. This program focusses on Respectful Relationships and the role that wellbeing plays in promoting happiness, flourishing and learning. It will focus on key topics including;

  1. Emotional literacy
  2. Personal strengths
  3. Positive coping
  4. Problem solving
  5. Stress management
  6. Help seeking
  7. Gender and identity
  8. Positive gender relations

This program will aim to work with our young men to ensure that student safety and the dignity of each individual continues to be our foremost consideration, both within our College and in the wider community. It will also support the philosophies of Catholic Social Teaching and our Marist Charism as it seeks to link cornerstones of these foundations such as solidarity, equity, social justice and St. Marcellin’s ideal of being a “good Christian and good citizen”.

May all in our community have a wonderful Christmas with their family and loved ones and we look forward with hope to 2022.

Rocky Gentile

Assistant Principal – Students