Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,
I write my newsletter this week from the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne. All principals of Marist schools from Australia have gathered to work on a common school improvement process for our schools. As many of you would know, Marcellin College worked with the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) this year through their School Improvement Tool. Marist Schools Australia (MSA) has chosen to adopt this model and it is something that will enhance our schools now and into the future.
On Wednesday night we were also united as we gathered after our meeting to cheer on the Matildas. It did not matter where you were this week, as a nation, we were all cheering them on and there was a lot of talk about their potential and what they could do. They did us proud on the world stage and demonstrated what it means to strive for the highest. Along with the years of planning and preparation and the overwhelming success of the team, there were injuries, elation, pressure, anticipation, the longest penalty shoot-out in Women’s FIFA World Cup history and heartache as the Matilda’s World Cup dream ended. In the weeks to come, we will look back and see a successful team that represented the dreams of our nation on the world stage.
Our Year 12 students may be feeling many of the same emotions in the lead-up to their exams. Like the Matildas, planning and preparation will be key to their success. They are in the home stretch of the marathon that is Year 12 and it will be important for them to stay focussed. We will soon say farewell to the Class of 2023 and I wish to remind them that that the path they walked thus far is just the beginning of their story. They have taken steps, faced challenges, overcome hurdles, and grown in ways that many of us never imagined.
Taking inspiration from the Matilda’s and with a spirit of celebration I close off today with our Marist litany:
Mary, our Good Mother, Pray for us
Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Pray for us
Saint Mary of the Cross, Pray for us
And let us always remember to, Pray for one another.
Marco Di Cesare