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20/10/2014

The Prayer Tables in Classrooms Project at Marymede Catholic College South Morang, was envisaged as a meaningful activity which would reflect our belief in “faith in action”.  According to Judeline Wadhwani, Head of Faith and Mission (P-12), “Whilst we could have purchased the required number of prayer tables for each of the classrooms, we decided that we had enough talent and commitment from our students and staff to make these tables at school as a way to engage students and enhance our daily morning prayer.”

Mr Ronan Kennedy, Woodwork teacher, suggested that one full school day be dedicated to making thirty prayer tables in our Design Technology room.  The students he recommended be invited to participate in this project are known to be passionate about Design Technology – Wood and have shown remarkable giftedness and the ability to create a design brief and execute it to perfection.  Mr Kennedy commented, “the project was “a great opportunity for all these students to showcase their talent and contribute to Marymede in a positive way.  It has provided the opportunity to show the strengths of these students in a practical based subject and enable them experience success”.

The day dawned on 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption of our Lady, when the thirty students from across the Guilds arrived at the Woodword Room and greeted Mr Kennedy, full of enthusiasm to participate, produce and proudly parade their skills.

Soon a thick carpet of wood shavings spread across the floor as the team continued to work in a calm but indescribably urgent manner for the task to be accomplished at the stroke of 3.03 pm.  They had pledged to deliver on Mr Kennedy’s expectation of thirty prayer tables at the close of day.

So impressed were our Year 12 Media students with the “Pied Piper” effect that Mr Kennedy had created with the project, they offered to film the beehive of industry and conduct interviews.

Year 9 student Jamie Perta said, “I am enjoying making the tables.  It is good pressure to try and finish the thirty tables in 1 day and we are having a lot of fun working on them.” 

Another Year 9 student Joel Crocitti said, “I like building stuff and the project has provided a lot of fun.”

Vincent Doherty, a new member of the teaching staff commented that the project was “a great opportunity for students to identify with the Catholic ethos of the school in bringing together all their skills to see the completion of the tables within a day.”

A pizza lunch was provided to the thirty strong team who relished it, but got back to work in no time.

Ms Wadhwani commented, “Regular visits to the Woodwork room provided several moments of awe-struck wonder as I beheld student engagement at its height : every student owning the project, working with the utmost concentration, attending to precision as they sawed and chiselled and worked the machinery, with the clock ticking away to the end of day”.

Marymede Catholic College invited Archbishop Rev. Denis Hart for the Blessing and Opening Ceremony of our new VCE Centre on 16th September.  During the Blessing Ceremony, Archbishop Hart blessed the prayer tables which are now ready to be rolled out to each of the classrooms.

We are very proud of our team of Woodwork students and staff for the commitment they have shown, to see the project to its successful completion.

To view a video surrounding the project, please click here.

 

19/09/2014

In early April, three Marymede students applied for the 2014 Australian Catholics Media Internship Program, which offered students a unique opportunity to be a guest Editor of the Spring edition of the Australian Catholics Magazine.

Connar Nelson (Year 11), Nanette Mangoba (Year 10), and Emily Maney (Year 10), were each required to enter 3 pieces of writing to Australian Catholics Magazine.

Emily was to later be announced as 1 of only 6 students from Catholic Schools across the State to be awarded the internship.

Emily, who submitted two short stories and one news article in her application, spent 5 days at Jesuit Communications, where she gained hands-on experience and developed her skills in journalism and publishing.

“On our first day, we were told that our theme for our writing pieces was “Be Brave”. We then sat in a group and brainstormed some different ideas that we thought would be interesting to read and write about.”

Each student was then assigned 2 articles each, which they were to work on and then have published in the spring edition of the Magazine.

“Every morning started with a 30 minute briefing with Michael, our editor, but we also spent the week listening to different guest speakers, and had a lot of downtime to work on our articles.”

Emily, who is aspiring to continue her journalism career after Secondary School, said the opportunity to be a part of the program gave her valuable insight into the life of a journalist.

“I really enjoyed getting in there and experiencing what journalism is all about, getting a first-hand view of a job in journalism. I learnt that writing for a magazine is very different to writing a short story or an essay for school”.

 

Marymede Catholic College congratulates Emily on her recent achievements.

11/09/2014

Our journey from 2006 to today has been nothing short of amazing, and the College has certainly seen lots of change and additions to the faciltities and grounds.

Marymede is proud to share with our community these amazing aerial images which show just how far we have come!

Compare that to photos shown on Google Maps from approx 5-6 years ago...what a difference!:

And some more great snaps:

11/09/2014

Marymede Catholic College proudly congratulates James Manoussakis (Year 8) on his recent outstanding achievement in being announced as 1 of only 80 Victorian students to represent Victoria at the 2015 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli.

James will now visit Gallipoli and Istanbul to visit battle sites and sacred memorial areas on April 21st, 2015.

With more than 630 students applying for positions, James was required to submit his application form along with detailed answers to four questions regarding what the ANZAC Spirit means to him, and the significance of the Gallipoli campaign.

The Year 8 student now follows in the footsteps of his older brother Michael (Year 11), who earlier this year was 1 of only 6 students to be awarded the prestigious Spirit of ANZAC Award.

James is extremely excited about his upcoming trip, claiming “It will be an absolute honour to visit the battlefields and be a part of the ceremony.”

Congratulations James.

09/09/2014

The 2015 School Fees and Levies have now been released and distributed to all families.

Primary

 

Prep to Year 6

$3,225

Family: 2+ children (Prep to Year 6)

$4,655

Building Levy (per family)

$200

Combination Padlock (Year 5 & 6)

$15

Secondary

 

Year 7

$5,245

Year 8

$5,245

Year 9

$5,530

Year 10

$5,530

Year 11

$5,805

Year 12

$5,805

E-Resource Fee

$365

Building Levy (per family)

$200

Combination Padlock (Year 7 to 12)

$15

 

Click Here for 2015 Fee Schedule

Click Here for 2015 School Fees and Levies Letter

27/08/2014

Nine years ago, Year 8 student Tanisha De Silva took part in her very first Taekwondo lesson, after seeing her older brother participate for some time.

Her nine year journey has seen many exciting achievements and opportunities arise, most recently, having the chance to compete at the Oceania Taekwondo Championships and Australian Open which both took place in Sydney from August 14-17.

Tanisha competes in the ‘Sparring’ competition, in the Cadet Division (Ages 12-14) and managed to leave the event with two medals! Gold (1st) in the Oceania Championship event and Bronze (3rd) in the Australian Open event.

Tanisha, who enjoys all aspects of her sport, particularly learning self-defence skills, is now looking forward to the National Championships which will take place in Adelaide this December.

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Tanisha on her recent outstanding achievements.

 

Photos By: Jeremy Guzman

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