Secondary boys college Est. in 1950


Principal's Blog 8 March 2024

Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,

Earlier this week we received the sad news of the passing of our 2023 College Captain, Connor Whyte. Connor died peacefully at home. He was a much-loved former student who touched so many of our lives.

Connor's journey at Marcellin College was one marked by exemplary leadership, unwavering commitment, and a radiance that touched all facets of college life. In this time of profound sorrow, we extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to his family, assuring them of our collective support and prayers.

Connor embodied the spirit of Marcellin Champagnat with his hard work, respectfulness, and an infectious grin that illuminated every corner of our great community. As College Captain, Connor was distinguished not just by the roles he held but by the immeasurable impact he had on those around him—students, staff, and the wider community alike.

Connor remained deeply engaged with our college, not only in coaching basketball and refereeing for us; it was only last Thursday that he was here addressing our Year 12 parents and students. This came after he had helped us on our Year 12 retreats and Year 7 camps. It was clear that he loved this College. Sitting beside him last week, one could see that Marcellin was not just a school to Connor, but a home, a place where he thrived and inspired others to do the same.

Connor was more than just a student or Captain; he was a beacon of kindness, ambition, and generosity. The following message that I received from one of his teachers perfectly encapsulates his spirit: Connor was celebrated for his diligence, his constant quest for improvement, his humour, and his extraordinary capacity for empathy. He was a young man who, in his interactions, reflected the best of what we strive to cultivate in our community

To support our community, the Chapel was open to students with our counsellors offering support. We express our thanks to Assumption College who assisted us by sending two College Counsellors to support our students. On Thursday we hosted a memorial liturgy with the Class of 2023. We were honoured to have Connor’s family in attendance to join in the powerful showing of solidarity amongst a group of fine young people who mourn the loss of a dear friend. Throughout the week the boys were engaged in conversations and prayers for the Whyte family. I encourage you to continue to speak to your sons and to reach out to us should you feel the need for support.

As we remember Connor, let us draw comfort from each other and from the belief that his spirit will forever guide us. May St. Marcellin Champagnat and Mary, our Good Mother, watch over Connor’s family, and may his beautiful soul rest in peace.

God Bless

Marco Di Cesare

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