Marist Schools Australia

Catholic Education in the tradition of St Marcellin Champagnat

ASSOCIATION COUNCIL MEETS AT LANCEFIELD

From Sunday to Tuesday last week the members of the Marist Association Council met at Lancefield, just outside of Melbourne for an intensive strategic planning workshop. The Councillors used the material that came from last year’s Australian Mission Assembly and the subsequent regional gatherings of Marists in Term 4, to distil a statement on the hopes and priorities for the Association from now until 2018. A draft of this document will be considered at the MSA Principals’ meeting this week at Mittagong and at next week’s Directors’ Forum in Sydney before a final version is signed off by the Council at its next meeting on 23 March.
On the first night of the strategic planning meeting, the Councillors were hosted by the boarding community and Association Members at nearby Assumption College Kilmore for Mass and dinner.
Pictured are members of the Council, some Marists from ACK, and some senior boarders at in the Marhles Restaurant at the College.

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS

From all our MSA teams, we wish you and your families all the joy and peace of Christmas, and every blessing for 2016.  

Our offices will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period and will re-open on 11 January.  

Commissioning Ceremony for new Provincial, Br Peter Carroll

On Saturday 26 September, approximately 200 Marists gathered at St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill for the Commissioning Mass of Brother Peter Carroll as Provincial of the Marist Province of Australia and Leader of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat, led by Fr Ray Chapman SM.  

This special occasion also allowed us to publicly thank Brother Jeff Crowe for his years of leadership as Provincial.    Julia Lederwasch, Deputy of St Franics Xavier’S College, expressed her gratitude to Brother Jeff on behalf of the Marist Association. Brother Peter Carroll added his own words of appreciation to Brother Jeff and presented him with a specially created icon of St Marcellin and Our Lady.

Read Brother Peter Carroll's speech here.

Marist Senior College 50th Reunion

As part of the College’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, 85 men who were foundation students at Marist Senior College when it opened its doors at the Churchlands in 1965 were invited back to the College for a 50th reunion. Many of these had not been back to the campus for 50 years and were overjoyed to reconnect and reminisce with their former classmates over drinks and canapés in the Newman Sports Complex.


The evening began with former students taking the opportunity to tour the campus. Many were stunned at the changes that have occurred over the 50 years, for the school was originally one four storey building. In 1965 the top floor was mainly dormitory areas; the middle two floors were all classrooms; and the bottom floor was the kitchen, laundry and refectory.


To complete this special evening three former teachers also attended – Des Tuck (formerly known as Brother Bernardine), Peter Collins and Peter McGowan. Fascinating stories were fondly recalled, including planting of the grass on the football field, playing pranks on the boarders, hiding “grog” in the creek so the Brothers wouldn’t find it and having to wear moccasins to minimise wear and tear on the school’s brand-new linoleum floors.


The sense of pride and admiration people had of their time at Marist Senior College was overwhelming. Relationships were rekindled, with many promising to catch-up on a more regular basis – not leaving it 50 years between gatherings!

Marist College Bendigo

Marist College Bendigo welcomed 220 students comprising Years 7 and 8 to its new campus at Maiden Gully on Monday, 2 February.

Mr Darren McGregor the foundation Principal in his welcome reminded  the students that their school is built on the land of the Jarra Jarra people and builds on the traditions of Marist Education which commenced in Bendigo in 1893.

In addition to the students and staff there were many parents present at this historic occasion and all were given the opportunity to inspect the new facilities which have been built to meet the needs of the first students at the College.

Purpose built to allow for the implementation of a Project Based Learning Model of education to deliver the Australian Curriculum, the state of the art facility is an enticing environment in which to engage the students.

Mr Denis Higgins, former Director of the Sandhurst Catholic Education Office, former student of Marist Brothers Bendigo and current Chair of the Marist College Advisory Council was at this first gathering. It was under Mr Higgins' leadership as Director, that the idea of a new school at Maiden Gully was first mooted in 2006 and in 2012 the decision to open it as a Marist School was finalised.

 

Paul Herrick      

MSA Director, Southern Region

MYF 2015

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The Marist Youth Festival was held in Sydney between 12-15 January, attended by 200 young people.  It was a vibrant celebration of faith as a Marist community, an intensification of Christian discipleship, and a compelling call to live justly and mystically.  Keynote speakers were led by the Superior General Brother Emili Turú, augmented by an impressive list of other presenters.  The praise and worship was animated by Father Rob Gallea and his band.  Thanks to all schools and Marist communities for their support of this wonderfully successful and grace-filled experience. Click here to see the pictures.

Christmas Blessings

All of our MSA teams wish you and your families all the joy and peace of Christmas, and every blessing for 2015.  Our offices will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period and will re-open on 12 January.  Regional Directors are available via their mobile phones for any emergency.