the page Volume 43, No. 8 Wednesday 3rd June, 2009 COLLEGE•PAGEWOOD “The school is filled with young men that FROM THE PRINCIPAL radiate a strong sense of hope about their lives. They are committed to their studies Dear Parents, Friends and Students, with great energy and dedication. They are also proud Nationals and feel connected Happy Champagnat Week to all! Our to the land they live and work on” College this week will celebrate the life and legacy of Saint Marcellin These opportunities will allow our boys to Champagnat. Mass on Friday in The reflect on the essence of their Catholic Hermitage will give us the opportunity to Faith as well as being able to put this thank God for the life of Saint Marcellin Faith into action, one of the central and the work the Brothers have done for missions of our Church. us over the years. The boys will undertake service activities in the afternoon. With my best wishes, Contained with this newsletter is a parent survey distributed by the Catholic Mr. David McInnes Education Office as part of my upcoming COLLEGE PRINCIPAL Contract Renewal process. Parents are invited to complete the survey and return CHAMPAGNAT DAY it to the College Office in the attached envelope. Student surveys have been Champagnat Day, the feast day of St distributed to their school email Marcellin Champagnat, is a significant addresses. day in the life of the College. As a Marist school our ethos and philosophy are The College Executive is currently centred on the charism of St Marcellin. interviewing parents and boys who have The following passage is taken from “In applied to enroll at the College in Year 7 the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat” next year. The applicants are very keen to and describes what a charism is and then join our Marist family and comment continues to explain the Marist charism regularly on the wonderful spirit and we have inherited from Saint Marcellin. great pride our boys have in their school. “Marcellin’s story is one example of the Last week we welcomed Mr Vetrano and renewing power of God’s activity in Ms Ben-Nissan back from their trip to St human history. We believe he received a Joseph’s College Mabiri in Bougainville. charism, a unique spiritual gift given The visit was designed to create a through him to the whole Church in its relationship between our two Marist service of humankind. He was inspired by schools to provide opportunities for the Holy Spirit to discover a fresh way of interaction in the future. Mr Vetrano and living the Gospel as a concrete response to Ms Ben-Nissan will present a report in the the spiritual and social needs of young next issue of the newsletter and at the people in a time of crisis. We see next Parents and Friends Meeting on June confirmation of the enduring relevance of 24. Some of their reflections include: this charism in its ability to inspire The values of the College are the foundation on which we build our Marist culture and make decisions: Acceptance of responsibility for one’s behaviour and a willingness to learn and grow through the pursuit of knowledge. generations of disciples, including our Hart put on solid performances against own. Eastwood, Brigidine and Waverley and narrowly lost to Santa Sabina and The experience of the love of Jesus and Marcellin. This team will go far and they Mary for each of us personally and for have twice narrowly missed out on the others, openness and sensitivity to the play-offs. needs of our times, and a practical love of young people, especially those most in Our Year 10 team used the season to fine- need, are at the core of the Marist tune their speaking, arguing and debating charism we have inherited from skills. The team consisted of Patrick Marcellin.” Peeti, Josh Moarbes, Nathan Hall, James Iskander, Dylan Watson and with William We should all feel deeply privileged to be Manukia and Bradley Raad as the back part of this great work that is Marist bone of the team. A strong performance education whereby we strive to make against Brigidine was one of the Marcellin’s charism meaningful to our highlights of the 2009 season. With boys here at Marist College Pagewood. Bradley Raad as first speaker, William We strive to do our best to educate as Manukia as second speaker and Patrick Marcellin would with parents and boys too Peeti’s summary the opposing team and having a special role to play in making even the audience were shocked by the sure we remain a truly Marist Catholic final decision. It was great to see the team school. comeback to debate strongly the following week. Brother Don Newton COLLEGE CHAPLAIN The Senior 2 team posted wins against Brigidine and Waverley. Ellias DEBATING Moussallam, Thashan Pather and Kristna Lie debated fervently and zealously every With the conclusion of the preliminary week. In their first year of ‘senior’ rounds it is fair to say that Pagewood has debating the team was faced with new had mixed results. The Debating team challenges in terms of an ‘unknown’ topic. should be confident and proud of their Like all Pagewood teams, they rose to the abilities and the high standard of their challenge. arguments and debates. The Senior 1 team were convincing, Our Year 7 team consisting of Eamon compelling, argumentative and showed Darragh, Liam Grouse, Daniel Iskander, their prowess in all their debates. Their Kyle Geaney and Eddie Toma have put on enthusiasm, leadership and assistance in some riveting performances and posted all aspects of the 2009 debating season strong wins against Brigidine and should be commended. The team in their Waverley. Special mention to Eamon last year of debating at the college Darragh as the team’s third speaker, his consisted of Kieren Irons, Troy Pirschel, manner, method and use of matter was Stuart Marsh and reserve: Luis commented on by a number of Charalambous. With narrow losses to adjudicators. Marcellin and Santa Sabina the team is out of contention for the elimination Our Year 8 team of Jack Bell, Tim rounds. McFadyen, Jake Haines and Cameron The values of the College are the foundation on which we build our Marist culture and make decisions: Acceptance of responsibility for one’s behaviour and a willingness to learn and grow through the pursuit of knowledge. YEAR 9 TEAM have been reading this novel, which is set First Speaker: Andrew Moussallam in a Nazi Concentration Camp during Second Speaker: Joseph Kilby WWII. This classic novel has been made Third Speaker: Matthew Hill into a film. On Friday 15 May Year 8 took Reserve: William Manukia part in a Pastoral Care Day, where they participated in a range of discussion and History: activities, including viewing the film, as a Elimination Rounds 2008 way of further engaging the topics which have been discussed during Pastoral Care This season: classes. Marist Eastwood Brigidine The film tells the tale of Bruno, a nine Waverley year old German boy whose father is a Santa Sabina Commandment in the Nazi Army in Strengths charge of a Concentration Camp. Bruno Compelling and convincing speakers meets some of the prisoners who all have a Quality and Substance to their profound effect on him, none more so than arguments Shamuel, a nine year old Jewish boy living Great team unity in the camp. But can a German boy and a Jewish boy really be friends? This concept set the theme for the day as the boys discussed the concept of treating everyone the same, regardless of the differences on the outside. Upon their return to the College the boys Matthew Hill Andrew Moussallam Joseph Kilby created a mural which will be presented to the College. The theme of the mural was Ms Tina De Souza hope and equality despite the fact that we Debating Co-ordinator have to cross our own barbed wire of judgement, fear, hate and misunderstandings. YEAR 8 PASTORAL CARE DAY Congratulations to all the students in “We're not supposed to be friends, you Year 8 for their participation on the day and me. We're meant to be enemies. and many thanks to Mr McInnes, Ms Ben Did you know that?” Nissan, Miss Daley and the Year 8 (Bruno – The Boy in the Striped Homeroom teachers for their support on Pyjamas) the day. As part of Year 8’s Pastoral Care Program Ms Leigh Richards for 2009 the Year 8 Pastoral Care Team have been studying the causes and effects PAGEWOOD’S BIGGEST MORNING of bullying; with a particular focus on TEA AND LUNCH empathy and the importance of treating each other the same. In 2006 Irish author John Boyne wrote a novel, ‘The Boy in the On Wednesday 20th May the School Striped Pyjamas’, which deals with these community came out in full force to very themes. Many of our Year 8 students support the Pagewood SRC. The malteser The values of the College are the foundation on which we build our Marist culture and make decisions: Acceptance of responsibility for one’s behaviour and a willingness to learn and grow through the pursuit of knowledge. white chocolate/berry muffins and mini- pizzas made by the Year 11 and 12 Hospitality students were a treat. The Thank you to everyone for your chocolate brownies donated by Madhouse support in donating small change, Bakehouse at Mascot (off Gardeners Road) buying or just spreading the word were quick sellers and enjoyed about the Morning tea + lunch. Over wholeheartedly by all customers. The $1000 was made through your Cadbury chocolates also were great sellers generosity. and catered to all the chocoholics in the school – some even buying in bulk and Ms Tina De Souza stocking up for the term!! DATES TO REMEMBER: The hospitality students contributed June 2009 greatly to the event. As well as making 1-4/6/09 Year 7-10 Exams the delectable pizzas and muffins which 5/6/09 Champagnat Day also catered for the ‘Staff Make a Donation 8/6/09 Public Holiday Morning Tea’ of gourmet canapés 12/6/09 Staff Development Day including broad bean pate, stuffed Debating Elimination mushrooms, and prawn sandwiches. 24/6/09 P&F Meeting 6.45pm At lunch there was a sausage sizzle and WALK WITH CHRIST! while the queues were long, the patience, Last year, Sydney witnessed the enthusiasm and support given by both tremendous power of faith through World staff and students was incredible. Almost Youth Day. This year on Sunday 14 June, 400 sausages and drinks were served by join thousands of Catholics as we Walk the SRC led by Captain Kieren Irons and With Christ in a Procession from St Vice-Captain Stuart Marsh. Patrick's Church Hill Wynyard through the Sydney CBD, to St Mary's Cathedral. A special thank you must go to Mrs. The Bishops will lead the Procession Denise Martin (hospitality teacher), carrying the Blessed Sacrament. We need Year11/12 hospitality students, the your voices and your passion! Come sing, Pagewood SRC, Year 8 RE2 and the pray and share our faith. Cardinal Pell plethora of staff and students who also will conclude the ceremony with solemn helped out. Benediction. For more information, phone 02 9390-5996 or visit Thank you to Madhouse Bakehouse at www.sydney.catholic.org.au Mascot, their support and donation was very generous. If you are needing gourmet delights please consider Madhouse TERM 2 STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY: Bakehouse and returning the gesture. Friday June 12th www.madhousebakehouse.com.au Boys are not required to attend school on this day however supervision will be available at school should parents wish to send boys to school. PARENTS and FRIENDS: Wednesday June 24th, 2009 Meeting: 6:45pm. The values of the College are the foundation on which we build our Marist culture and make decisions: Acceptance of responsibility for one’s behaviour and a willingness to learn and grow through the pursuit of knowledge. CAREERS NEWS Dear Students and Parents, Years 9-12 in the next week or so. I am Year 12 have been meeting regularly and still waiting on a few notes for Marine are really on target when it comes to Taster, Engineering at UNSW and Day at awareness about their options and UNSW. The notice underneath has just planning for 2010. Amongst other things arrived, see me if interested we have discussed the idea of a GAP year and the many wonderful opportunities Computing Workshops and the Thrill that are available. Some students have of Virtual Reality @ Macquarie already decided to apply for a Defence Force GAP year which is not only a great The workshop is designed for high school experience but pays successful applicants students to get experience in $40 000 for the year, with no obligation. programming in high level programming languages. There are three activities: (1) There were only two expressions of animation; (2) Python programming (3) interest regarding the driving program so virtual reality lab visit Fee: $5 Venue: that will not run. Two students would like Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, to attend the Sport Careers day $20- I will North Ryde NSW. Time: 10 - 2pm. Tel: book those places this week so if anyone (02) 9850 9584 else is interested see me soon, next week Email: firstname.lastname@example.org will be too late. Any student, 14 years or over who is Best Regards interested in doing a Senior First Aid Course with St John’s Ambulance later in the year should see Stefanos in Year 12- Sue McKay – Careers & VET we have about 8 so far but will not make a Coordinator booking for less than 24- a deposit of $25 Marist College Pagewood must be paid. The total cost will be approximately $110. Mon to Thurs phone: 9349 7333 Fax: 9344 9883 I will finalise numbers for the day at email@example.com UNSW for Year 11 this week. Any student not aware of the program come and see me as soon as possible. There will be an Employment and Apprenticeship expo on the 22nd of June- it is a major event run during school hours. Any student looking to leave school to move into a Traineeship or Apprenticeship is urged to attend. We will probably require a Telford’s bus so there will be a small charge. Permission forms can be collected from my office- numbers will be capped at 40 so first in best dressed. Further details regarding GAP year and the application process can be found at the ADF website. Don’t forget our own Careers Expo from 6-8pm on the 1st of July- notes will go home with students in The values of the College are the foundation on which we build our Marist culture and make decisions: Acceptance of responsibility for one’s behaviour and a willingness to learn and grow through the pursuit of knowledge.