Principal's Blog - 4 May 2017
Dear members of the Marcellin College family,
The promotion and marketing of our College to the wider community is an important activity. Some may suggest that the motivation behind such an activity is purely about attracting prospective families to our College. Whilst this is true in part, I believe that our more important aim and responsibility through this activity is to represent who we are as a Catholic Marist School for boys. It is to celebrate all that is positive and valuable about this wonderful community.
There are many strategies which the College employs in this endeavour, from advertisements in the local papers and educational magazines to billboards and brochures at our local primary school. Each of these methods has its place, however, by far the most effective and significant of the marketing methodologies employed at Marcellin involves our students. The research clearly shows that it is our students who most strongly represent us to the community and who are the greatest influencers on the decision making processes of prospective parents to our College.
Last Saturday our College hosted an Open Day for families wishing to know more about Marcellin as they discern one of the most important decisions regarding the educational future of their sons. Our dedicated staff had worked very hard in advance of this day to provide representations of the various offerings of our school. Our grounds staff had worked extremely hard to showcase our magnificent grounds and our College registrar Michele Mellas did an incredible job in providing important information concerning enrolment and the broader offerings of our school.
All this was important and I am very grateful to the staff of Marcellin for the genuine commitment and passion they demonstrated for Marcellin through their presence and effort on this important day. It was our boys however who were the real stars of the show! Not only did they give of their precious time and boundless energy, but more significantly they came to this event with a genuine desire to support and to represent our College with authentic pride and love for their school.
Many prospective parents approached me and other staff of Marcellin to express their appreciation and admiration for the way our boys spoke about Marcellin. They used terms such as knowledgeable, thoughtful, mature, passionate, respectful, positive and genuine to describe the character and attitude our Marcellin students brought to this event and their significant role in it. I asked one young prospective student what he liked best about the tour he had just participated in. He said… the nice big boy who showed me around. What better endorsement of the young men of Marcellin.
Last week I attended the annual Premier’s Awards which celebrate and recognizes excellence in VCE performance from the previous year. These awards honor those students who have achieved outstanding results in all subject areas and are the most prestigious academic awards in our state. I was there, along with Further Mathematics teacher Abbey Alderuccio to congratulate Class of 2016 student Aaron Gravias on his incredible achievement in receiving a Premier’s Award for Further Mathematics. To put it in perspective, of the approximately 35,000 students who completed Further Mathematics in 2016, Aaron was one of only 11 student to receive a Premier’s Award in the subject. Abbey Alderuccio reliably informed me that this places Aaron in top 0.031% of Further Mathematics students in the state! I would like to congratulate Aaron on his fine achievement. I would also like to acknowledge the skill, dedication and hard work of Aaron’s Further Mathematics teacher, Abbey Alderuccio and thank her for supporting, guiding and encouraging her student to achieve his very best.
Friends of Football Lunch
Last Friday our College in conjunction with the Marcellin Foundation and the Friends of Football hosted the Annual Friends of Football Lunch as a prelude to the match against Penleigh and Essendon Grammar. It was encouraging to see so many past students and families at this event and we were also grateful for the presence of the Principal of PEGS, Tony Larkin, the College’s Head of Sport, Catherine Lane and the Boys Sport Coordinator, Chris Clarke. I am also grateful for the presence of Old Collegian David Zaharakis, Former Teacher of Marcellin, Peter McKenna and Former parent of the College, Tony Jones who, along with PEGS Old Collegian, Dustin Fletcher informed and entertained us throughout the afternoon. A very special thanks to Chris Mirabella, Prue O’Shannessy and Lisa Gillies for their great work in organizing this wonderful event.