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Carols by Candlelight is an opportunity for the Marymede Community to come together and celebrate the Christmas season whilst helping out those less fortunate. 

Come along at 6pm to enjoy a FREE BBQ, followed by a fun family evening hosted by Rob Latham, featuring our very special guest, Santa Claus. 

Support our annual Christmas Care Appeal by bringing in a non-perishable donation for your child’s allocated House Charity.

We thank you in advance for your wonderful and generous support.

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The Marymede Uniform Shop will be open across the following dates thorughout January 2018:

January 2018

Tuesday 9th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 11th 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Tuesday 16th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 18th 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday 20th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Monday 22nd 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 23rd 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 24th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 30th 10:00am - 4:00pm

~ Normal trading hours commence Wednesday 31st January 2018 8:00am - 12:00pm ~

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE 2018 PRICE LIST

 

Congratulations to Laura Daniele (Year 11) who was recently announced as 1 of only a limited number of students across Victoria to be invited to attend the National Schools’ Constitutional Convention to be held in Canberra and attended by the Prime Minister across March 20-22, 2018!

Laura was given the opportunity to attend local and State conventions recently as part of her VCE Legal Studies classes and after enjoying taking part in the initial conventions felt encouraged by the opportunity to apply for the National Convention.

As part of her application, Laura wrote a small piece on the Australian Constitution as a whole and why she believes it is important for all Australians to learn about their Constitution. 

Laura is a keen participator in her Legal Studies subject and particularly enjoys gaining in-depth knowledge about the inner workings of the Australian Government and how she as an Australian Citizen can affect new laws which will shape the country for years to come.

Congratulations Laura!
 

The Marymede Catholic College Top Acts Performing Arts Concert will take place on Thursday November 9 at the Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre.

Celebrating the top performances developed by Marymede Catholic College Drama, Dance and Music students.

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Congratulations to Jamie-Lee Mathews (Year 8) who was recently selected to represent the Victorian Under 17 Women’s Softball Team at the upcoming National Softball Championships which are set to take place in Sydney throughout January 2018.

It all began around 4 years ago at the age of 10 for Jamie-Lee, who attended a local ‘Come and Try’ day at the suggestion of her Mother, Gail. “Mum was a Softball player herself and really enjoyed the game when she was younger, so was very excited when she saw the ad for the ‘Come and Try’ day” remembers Jamie-Lee.

Jamie-Lee, who is the youngest player in the recently announced Victorian Under 17’s squad, is also a member of the Marymede High Performance Academy and plays outfield and third base for her local team the Monarchs in the Northern District Softball Association. 

Away from School, her Softball schedule consists of four training sessions per week along with additional fitness programming and Marymede High Performance Academy commitments.

She cites the biggest challenge of the game to be reading the ball. “Whether you’re batting or fielding, you never know the true direction of the ball and constantly need to be paying attention whilst being aware of the game situation”.

Jamie-Lee hopes that her own sporting endeavours will one day lead her to the College World Series in the United States of America followed by a long and successful professional career in the game.

For now, however, her sights are solely focused on the upcoming National Championships in early 2018 and she is happy to offer the following advice to other young aspiring athletes: “Just have fun. Give it everything you’ve got. Have no regrets when you play and leave it all out on the diamond, field or court!”.

Marymede Catholic College congratulates Jamie-Lee and wishes her all the very best in the upcoming National Championships in Sydney. 
 

Our Prep 2018 Parent Information Evening took place on the evening of Monday 16 October. Thank you to all those in attendance.

Families may access the evening's presentation via the link below:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE PREP 2018 INFORMATION EVENING PRESENTATION

 

With 2017 VCE Examinations right around the corner, families might find the 2017 VCE Exam Navigator useful - this document can be viewed via clicking the link below:

 

2017 VCE EXAMS NAVIGATOR

Please find below a list of starting dates for all students in 2018:

Click Here to Download

We would like to invite all families to attend our 2017 Trivia Night set to take place on Friday October 20 here at the College. All funds raised on the night will go towards our 2017 REMAR Solidarity Camp in the Northern Territory, along with the charities visited in the Philippines by students taking part in our 2017 Philippines Immersion Tour. 

TRIVIA NIGHT
Date: Friday 20 October, 2017
Time: 7.00pm -10.00pm 
Location: Marymede Catholic College - Fitness Centre
Cost: 10$ per person – Tables of 8
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/SEYL by no later than Monday 16 October.

Silent Auctions, Games, Prizes, Music and more!  

We look forward to seeing many members of the Marymede Community, family and friends in attendance. For more information please do not hesitate to contact our Acting Director of Faith & Mission 7-12 Mrs Marie Bagh via marie.bagh@marymede.vic.edu.au
 

We are pleased to inform our Marymede Community  that Gabriella Agosta (Marcellin) and Ebadat Dhillon (McAuley) have been announced as our 2018 College Captains!

We would like to congratulate Gabriella and Ebadat on this achievement and also acknowledge our unsuccessful candidates on their applications.

 

On Tuesday 19th September Year 11 and 12 students met John Maher, a Ballarat father who for the last 20 years has been travelling around the country sharing his family’s tragic story of loss involving motor vehicles, to ‘drive home’ the message of dangerous driving.  

Each time we get behind the wheel of a car we are facing risks. The risks are particularly elevated among teenage drivers due to inexperience, fatigue, distraction, excess speed, and drink driving.  All of these risks can lead to life threatening and deadly motor vehicle accidents.  

His one hour seminar moved many of us to tears as we heard the tragic story of the loss of his 18 year old daughter, Carmen, who died at the wheel of her car only 5km’s from their home. Carmen fell asleep at the wheel. “We can’t give her a cuddle. We can’t tell her we love her,” said John as he reminded our students that they are the most important people in the lives of the people around them. He expressed that a car crash is a life changer for everyone and a parents loss of their child is almost impossible to live with. His message was clear, “Make good decisions as road users and be aware of the dangers of fatigue”. 

For more information about John Maher and his presentation, follow this link: https://motivationalspeakeraus.com.au/home


 

 

Congratulations to Year 11 student and aspiring filmmaker Damon Rudge, whose short film 'Afraid of everything. Did it anyway.' has been selected for the ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Film Festival in the Youth Filmmaker category!

Damon's film was created for a Media assignment and will receive its world premiere on September 27 at ACMI in Melbourne and Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The film festival offers a platform for Australians and Indonesians to come together and share their stories through the compelling and creative medium of short film.

Marymede sat with Damon to learn a little more about his passion for filmmaking and the film's influences.

Damon, how long have you been interested in filmmaking?
 
I have been interested in filmmaking when I first used iMovie back in 2006. My Dad brought home the latest iMac and I have been hooked ever since. I remember making many videos on the program and presented them to my parents, grandparents almost weekly. Although they weren’t very complicated they contributed to my love and passion in making films. Due to me being bored a lot, I would also go through the menus on DVD’s and explore the behind the scenes on how the film was created, I believe that creativity behind making films is very unique and fun, and is one of the main reasons to why I still enjoy making films to this day.
 
What inspired you to make this film?
 
I was inspired by “Alice in Wonderland”, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” as well as “Arrival”. The quirky and mysterious world by Lewis Carroll was very influential, which I have been interested in for as long as I can remember, I was also influenced by the mystery of space and the unknown. I had slight inspiration by the film “Arrival” which influenced the subtle non-linear style that the film is in, although the film is highly subjective to the viewer.
 
In your opinion, which is the most difficult part of the filmmaking process?
 
The most difficult part of the filmmaking process, in my opinion, would be the production stage. I believe that writing script, drawing the storyboard and even editing all the footage requires a lot of effort. But if you don’t have the right footage to edit, or if your ideas from Pre-production haven’t been shown on your footage, the film will be a disaster. Most if not all stages of filming are quite flexible, which makes the filming process quite difficult, as it will literally influence how the film will look as a final product.
 
What are your three favourite films?
 
Can I say the Back to the future trilogy? They all just have such a wonderful character which differs to most films. I always find myself attached to the characters and the story is delivered in such a unique way, I don’t know why or how that is, but it’s beautiful.
 
What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers?
 
My advice for aspiring filmmakers would be to just give it a go, nothing you create will be bad. It might not look professional to begin with, it just comes in practise. Experiment with different angles, lighting techniques and maybe something that is unconventional and different to anything anyone has seen. I also strongly believe that story will make everything, the good story is what sets a good film apart from a terrible one. But if there could only be one piece of advice to give anyone, just put your creations out there, you never know how far you could make it if you don’t give it a go.
 

You can watch Damon's complete film at ACMI's Australian Mediatheque, where it will be exhibited during the school holidays from September 28 until October 4.

Marymede wishes to advise of the following important information regrading a change in traffic conditions as a result of ongoing works on the Marymede Station/Mernda Rail Extension Project:

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Robin Panousieris, a member of our Secondary Teaching Team and Technology Domain Coordinator.

Name: Robin Panousieris – Secondary Teacher – robin.panousieris@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am a Year 6 to VCE 'Product Design and Technology: Wood' teacher. I know how fortunate I am to be teaching at Marymede Catholic College because few teachers statewide could boast that they have the opportunity to teach from Year 6 through to Year 12. I am the Technology Coordinator and oversee Digital Technology, Food Technology, Design and Technologies: Wood and Textiles which is a diverse range of subjects that are all linked by the fact that the design process is used. This encourages students to be creative and problem solve. 

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

The Year 10 Design and Technologies: Wood class are making a small piece of furniture. The range of ideas is impressive as one student is making a blanket chest, another a small set of drawers. Then there is a TV Unit but not to forget a well-designed shelving unit that is a box within a box the list goes on. I never know what design ideas the students will come up with hence teaching in this area is always challenging because no two students make the same product.   

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

I left teaching for 3 years to become an Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Consultant and I realized how boring any other job is compared to teaching. Students make me laugh and sometimes their jokes are better than mine! Every year I am impressed by the quality of many of the products they make. When the standard is set high at least one student will achieve the impossible, last year it was Tinotenda Mubayiwa who was the first Marymede Catholic College student to exhibit in Top Designs. He is now completing a Bachelor of Design at Swinburne University.  

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Anything someone else cooks - as I can't cook very well!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: ‘Baby Driver” at the moment because the music and car chases are great.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I was a lecturer in charge of furniture design at the University of Melbourne for 4 years. It was the first time that a woman held that position at a Tertiary level.

Favourite Sporting Team: Australian Test Cricket Team because they show the depth of skill needed to play Cricket for 5 days. 

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Edith Lyons - The first woman elected into the House of Representatives and she had 12 children which shows that women can do it all;

Brian Cox (Musician and Physicist) - He makes sense of the world from snowflakes to galaxies and he was in 1980s band that had a top hit “Things Can Only Get Better”;

Tetsuya Wakuda - One of Australia’s best chefs who isn’t afraid to experiment and think differently to other chefs. 

 

 

Recently, as part of our VCAL team's 'Personal Development Skills' coursework, students were required to plan and organise the completion project which encompassed their goal to build community partnerships.

Over the past few years Marymede Catholic College has formed a strong partnership with our neighers at the Arilla Retirement Village and in 2017, the VCAL students not only arranged and project managed an afternoon tea for these residents, but also thought it would be a good idea visit the Retirement Village and spend some time with residents discussing Technology. Research tells us that more and more Australians over the age of 60 are turning to Technology and our students felt it would be a great opportunity to help the residents of Arilla learn a little more about the use and capabilities of different types of Technology.

Student reflections proved it to be a valuable and worthwhile exercise.

"The experience was amazing, I loved working with such knowledgeable older people.  I learned from them but they also learned from me”.

 

 

“It was a very different learning experience.  It was something out of the norm as we don’t usually get to interact with older people.  It made me really happy seeing how happy they were and their reactions when we were teaching them about Technology.  I got a better understanding of the older generation as I took it for granted that everyone knew how to use technology”.

 

 

“It was lovely to see two different generations working together and the connection we had despite not knowing each other.  It was a really valuable experience”.

 

  

 

'Where Are They Now?' gives the Marymede Community an opportunity to catch up with and meet members of the Marymede Alumni - past graduates who have since commenced new journeys and adventures outside of Marymede Catholic College.

Name: George Baini – Class of 2015 - www.gb.com.au

What year did you graduate from Marymede Catholic College and tell us a little bit about your journey after Secondary School?

I completed my VCE in 2015. In January 2015, and during my final year at Marymede, I registered and commenced operating my own company ‘The George Baini Group’, which is growing and operating successfully today. My company specialises mainly in Business Internet, IP Telephony, 4G Voice and Mobile Broadband, Private Networks and Cloud Solutions. I have been self-employed since and love what I do.

Tell us about an interesting project that you are currently working on or provide us with a ‘snapshot’ into your daily routine:

The George Baini Group is a Tier-1 Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider. We distribute and resell Microsoft Office 365 and Azure services. The George Baini Group is about to launch its own partner centre, allowing IT businesses to partner with us and resell our services, including Office 365 and Azure.

What will you remember most about your time at Marymede Catholic College?

It was amazing to see how well students across year levels, and staff came together as a close community. Also, most importantly how well everyone had a mutual respect for others. The rapid growth of the college and all the building extensions was also exciting.  

What advice would you give to current students at the College?

School is a major time of transition. You might feel overwhelmed but these are growing experiences that will probably be most valuable to you later throughout your life. Always listen and pay attention, ask your questions, even if you think they may be pointless, and remember knowledge is valuable in the future, and you can never get enough of it.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Anything Japanese mainly Sushi

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Highway Patrol

Hobbies or Something We May Not Know About You: From a young age, I have been building computers and applications, and still do. But the truth is that I don’t really like computers and turn them off as soon as I can. 

Favourite Sporting Team: I am a Hawks supporter, but must admit that family obligations have lured me also towards supporting the Magpies!

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Eddie Murphy: For the laughs;

Bill Gates: He has inspired me ever since I was a child to never give up;

Larry Page: Co-founder of Google, one of the most revolutionary companies in human history.

George in Year 12, 2015

 

Year 11 student Daniel Nicolo featured in Leader News online this week discussing his views on how to improve public transport in the outer north!

Daniel showed some great initiative in writing to Leader News outlining some ideas for new bus routes in the Whittlesea area.

You can read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2gN6Rz5

Article Courtesy of: Paul Shapiro at Leader Newspaper

Congratulations to Daniel Preziuso (Year 10), Daniel Nicolo (Year 11) and Sophie Temelkovska (Year 11), all of whom were recently nominated as finalists in the RMIT Urban Futures Competition.

Students were required to submit a 300 word response and image based on how they would help urban environments adapt to meet the future needs of our population.

These students were 3 of only 20 selected and are now invited to attend a celebratory evening on September 20 at RMIT University at which they will find out whether or not have have placed in the Top 5 for the Competition.

Outstanding achievement.

Please find via the links below, important information from College Principal Mr. Michael Kenny regarding School Fees and levies in 2018 along with our recently released 2018 Fee Structure:

From the Principal - School Fees & Levies in 2018

2018 Fee Structure

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mrs. Stacey Brice, a member of our Primary Teaching Team who also happens to be one of our foundation Staff members (having joined the College in its establisment year of 2006).

Name: Stacey Brice – Primary Teacher – stacey.brice@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I currently work 2 days a week, teaching PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) to all of the children in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2. PMP exposes students to a range of movements that aim to develop their perceptions of themselves and to build the range of skills required to manage the demands of schooling, specifically fine motor skills, developing perception, judgement, focus and eye movement. 

I am also very involved with the Primary School Choir that meets every Wednesday after school. 

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

As this is a brand new Specialist subject this year, we began our classes back in Term 1 with whole class activities.  We have now moved on to completing four different rotational activities every lesson, spending roughly 10 minutes at each activity.  All activities focus specifically on balance, locomotion, hand/eye coordination and fitness. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect for me is watching my students learn and witnessing that 'Lightbulb Moment' when they actually understand a concept. That moment makes it all worthwhile. Seeing the joy, excitement and sometimes relief on their faces when they learn something that they did not know before is simply priceless.   

I also love teaching across various levels as I am able to develop amazing relationships with many students in our Primary years. 

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Chocolate - Must be Cadbury or Lindt!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Movie: The Sound of Music / TV Show: Friends

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I started dancing when I was 3 years of age and only stopped at the age of 27 (when I fell pregnant with my first daughter). 

I also had private singing lessons throughout my entire Secondary schooling, which is why I enjoy working with Ms. Oman and the Primary School Choir! 

Favourite Sporting Team: Not really into Sports as an adult, however, I did grow up in a household full of Collingwood supporters! 

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

I would love to have my 3 deceased grandparents (Nana, Nonna & Nonno) over for dinner to introduce them to my two gorgeous daughters. My Grandparents would have loved to have spent time with my girls and watch them grow and achieve in all areas of their lives. 

Stacey's 2006 foundation Staff member photo!

 

'Where Are They Now?' gives the Marymede Community an opportunity to catch up with and meet members of the Marymede Alumni - past graduates who have since commenced new journeys and adventures outside of Marymede Catholic College.

Name: Thomas Bennett – Class of 2014 - VCAL Program 

What year did you graduate from Marymede Catholic College and tell us a little bit about your journey after Secondary School?

I graduated from Marymede Catholic College in 2014 and moved straight into a Automotive Apprenticeship at Watson Holden, having already participated in work placement there during Year 11 and Year 12 VCAL. 

Tell us about an interesting project that you are currently working on or provide us with a ‘snapshot’ into your daily routine:

Currently I work on lots of interesting things every day at work, including front wheel alignments, services and tune-ups, diagnosing and repairing various faults in vehicles, taking vehicles on test drives to make sure they are running well and washing cars before returning them back to customers. Sometimes, the whole team needs to work together to clean the workshop area and there are also times when I assist with opening and closing the workshop in the morning and at the end of the day. 

What will you remember most about your time at Marymede Catholic College?

I remember enjoying the VCAL Program because it involved a lot of practical activities and working with others in teams to complete projects - such as cooking and serving afternoon tea for the elderly. I liked hanging out with my friends and having fun with them and I also enjoyed going on School camps. 

What advice would you give to current students at the College?

My advice is to take subjects that you enjoy so that you have a better chance of moving into an industry that you are passionate about. I also think it is important to have a good, respectful relationship with your teachers and listen to their advice.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: My Nonna's Schnitzel

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Top Gear

Hobbies or Something We May Not Know About You: I make great Sausage Rolls (which I learnt from studying Food Technology at School!)

Favourite Sporting Team: Melbourne Victory

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Archie Thompson: My favourite Soccer player;

Gordan Ramsey: A talented and creative Chef;

Daniel Ricciardo: A young achiever who always flies the flag for Australia at an elite level in Formula One

Thomas @ Watson Holden

Thomas in Year 12, 2014

 

Thank you to all those who recently participated in our 'Ask Mr. Kenny' campaign. It was great to see many members of the Marymede Community provide their feedback and input on topics which are important to our families.

Mr. Kenny has responded to each parent directly via email and we are happy to share with all members of the Marymede Community the following responses:

Would you reconsider the Grade 6 Camp to Canberra to take place somewhere closer? Sandra

Hi Sandra, this trip has been an annual event in the School Calendar each year and one in which our Year 6 students look forward to with great enthusiasm. This Camp also links in strongly with student studies in ‘Civics and Citizenship’ which includes a topic on Government. Therefore at this stage we do not have any plans to relocate the Camp, however as is common with all of our teaching and learning programs, this will be reviewed on an annual basis, based on changes in our curriculum along with a view to providing the best possible opportunities available for our students at the time.

Can you please advise why Marymede students conclude Term 4 usually one week before most other primary schools (this includes Catholic and state schools) and also often commence each term a day or two later than other primary schools? This puts an additional burden on working parents as this can mean that our children are having about 6-7 weeks of holidays during the Christmas/New Year break and childcare arrangements can be difficult to arrange. Natalie

Hi Natalie, I am of the belief that in a Prep to Year 12 School it is important to retain equality, where possible, across all year levels in order to maintain balance and fairness to all families, many of whom have children in both Primary and Secondary years. Therefore we try to keep the difference between end of year conclusion dates to a minimum. As a result students in Secondary years often conclude slightly later than many of their counterparts whilst students in Primary years conclude a week or so earlier. Teaching Staff will then use the final week to conduct planning amongst their teaching teams as the early days of Term 1 are often set aside for programs such as one-to-one Literacy and Numeracy Testing.

With regards to our students commencing term a day or two later than other Schools – we believe that this is the most appropriate time to conduct our annual P-12 Staff Professional Development sessions as opposed to these sessions being scattered throughout mid-week dates across the term. These Professional Development sessions are required for Staff and they are extremely beneficial in providing engaging, challenging and innovative teaching and learning programs for our students.

It is nice to know the School will start a new Kindergarten program. Great effort. I am interested to  find out if any Education Support Staff will be required for these programs. I am keen to submit my Resume and be considered for any opportunity to participate within the Kindergarten Program in 2018. Prashanthy

Hi Prashanthy, in the coming weeks, Marymede Early Learning Centre will advertise for a range of positions to commence in 2018. These roles will be advertised via a number of mediums one of which includes the Marymede Catholic College website 
(www.marymede.vic.edu.au) additionally, you are welcome to submit your expression of interest to me via principal@marymede.vic.edu.au.

Will there be more secure fencing and security around the School once the Marymede Station development is complete? Sandra

Hi Sandra, I am able to confirm that the College will implement a range of new security/surveillance resources around our perimeter. We will also monitor the impact of the Station to College grounds in the early years to ensure that any additions/developments to security are made as required. It is my intention to ensure that all students and families at Marymede Catholic College feel safe within our environment at all times. Additionally, I am of the understanding that Marymede Station itself will also be equipped with a range of surveillance and security resources within the area. 

When you took over at Marymede Catholic College, one of the fast changes you made was to finish all year levels at 3.15pm. This was justified by the required hours Secondary students needed to complete their studies. However, as a parent who does pickup everyday, this created major traffic and safety issues. When finish times in the past were staggered by 7 minutes I found the traffic flow was better, creating a much safer environment for the children.  In a perfect world we have enough car parks, wider lanes, and enough staff to supervise the kids around the campus.  But in reality we need to make small changes that will create a safer environment for the children. Creating a peak time of 3.15pm when prep to 12 all come out at once is not the safest solution. I know Marymede has engaged expert traffic surveys in the past for these issues. I believe the safety of children is the highest priority. I would like to know how Marymede is looking at the possibility of easing the 3.15pm gridlock. Anthony

Hi Anthony, in reference to your question regarding the finish time of our students - in addition to students meeting the minimum time requirements for face to face learning, I am also of the belief that in a P-12 College it is important to maintain equality where possible across all year levels. Another important benefit in having one standard and consistent timetable has been the availability of Secondary Teaching Staff to teach students in our Primary years throughout a range of specialist subjects. Most recently, as part of the rotational elective program which is run in Years 5 and 6. These curriculum programs not only work to provide a unique learning opportunity to our younger students but also play an integral role in the transition of these students through to their Secondary education here at the College. This is made possible by having one consistent/standard timetable across all year levels. 

With regard to traffic management, the College will be developing a brand new 130+ space car park zone within Gate A as part of the new Marymede Early Learning Centre project. This development will also see a roadway constructed from Gate A around the rear perimeter of the College through to Gate G. We believe this will greatly improve traffic flow for our families. Additionally, we anticipate that some families may also opt to use new drop-off facilities located across the road at Marymede Station once this area is open and operative. This will help to contribute to reduced congestion within our own drop-off/pick-up zones and assist with traffic management around the area.

Could you please change the time for signing in the mornings. I would like to see a change to 8.55am - 9.00am due to Train Station construction and roadworks. Shine

Hi Shine, I can understand and appreciate that the ongoing construction works that are part of the Marymede Station development project will place additional demands on families who are dropping their children off to School in the morning and collecting them in the afternoon. 

However I do not believe that an amendment to our current timetable is in the best interests of our students. A change in our bell time will significantly decrease the time available for students in Homeroom and Pastoral Care each morning – a period which allows students to adequately prepare for their days’ learning. There is also the risk that a later commencement time may cause disruption to Period 1 teaching and learning which commences at 9.00am. Whilst the development of this new station may cause some temporary disruption to our families over the next 12 months, we are excited about the long term opportunities it will provide to both our students and families in the coming years and I thank your family and our parents for their understanding and patience during this process.

Is it possible to publish the general average VCE results for subjects and overall ATAR scores achieved by Marymede  Catholic College students? There is no other way of comparing school performance than this. Phil

Our College publishes detailed information on our VCE results in the first edition of our Newsletter each year. Additionally, extensive data around study scores and average ATAR information is published for all Victorian Schools in the Herald Sun at the conclusion of each year. Data can also be found on the ‘MySchools’ and ‘Better Education’ websites.

What will be done regarding car parking for drop off/pick ups in the future, and should parents that are picking their children up through the express lanes, be actually getting out of their cars/leaving their cars parked in the lanes? This contributes to a lot of time spent in the lanes/congestion. Brian

In regards to car parking facilities in the future, the College will be developing a brand new 130+ space car park zone within Gate A as part of the new Marymede Early Learning Centre project. This development will also see a roadway built from Gate A around the rear perimeter of the College through to Gate G. We believe this will greatly improve traffic flow for our families. Additionally, we anticipate that some families may also opt to use new drop-off facilities located across the road at Marymede Station once the area is complete and operational. This will help to contribute to reduced congestion within our own drop-off/pick-up zones and assist with traffic management. 

Parents who opt to use the drop-off/pick-up lane in Gate B should not be leaving their vehicle at any time. I agree that this is a major factor in congestion. Car park etiquette is something which I have included in my Newsletter articles throughout the year. Where feasible, Staff on Yard Duty will also request that parents follow the guidelines for this zone however in a School of this size it is important that we have the full co-operation of all parents to ensure the safety of our children during morning and afternoon pick up times.

Are the rumours of an aquatic styled building being built by the School correct? Brian

With regards to the development of an aquatic space at the College, many families may not be aware that in 2016 the College purchased a small parcel of land along Williamsons Road (Opposite Gate C). As part of our long term development plans, there will be several new buildings constructed on this site – one of which has been earmarked as an aquatic facility. However, no commencement year or timeline has yet been put into place for this specific facility and again I wish to reiterate that this forms part of our long-term development Masterplan.

I believe that the Uniform Policy should allow our Year 12 students to wear their Year 12 jumpers at all times in their final year of School. It’s something simple that allows them to show the hard work they have done to get to their final year of schooling and to showcase to the entire community that they are in Year 12 at Marymede Catholic College. Melissa

In reference to your feedback regarding the Year 12 jumper - my firm belief is that our School Uniform sets a standard for our own personal grooming expectations both internally and within our wider local Community. 

I am a big supporter of our School Uniform and for our most senior students to act as role models to their younger peers in the wearing of our uniform. There are many Schools which do not allow for their Year 12 garment to be worn at all during School time and so we work in compromise with our Year 12 students to allow them to wear this garment one day a week – I feel this arrangement provides a fair balance between the celebration/achievement of reaching Year 12 whilst maintaining the importance of a focused and diligent approach to their final year of studies. At this stage I do not support the Year 12 jumper replacing their uniform for any longer than the current period. Thank you for your input.

Mr Kenny have you had thoughts about introducing Driver Safety seminars/ lessons as part of the School curriculum (similar to the USA). With the increased focus on safety on our roads and safe driving standards, it is a vital age to give our children practice which they may not recieve elsewhere. Aaron

I am always open to providing our students with additional learning opportunities which benefit them whilst at School and once they leave the Marymede Community. I will speak to our Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching P-12, Ms Tracey Kift about this concept and the possibility of its introduction at Marymede Catholic College. Additionally we have previously offered a range of seminar experiences to students regarding road safety and driver’s education such as the ‘Keys Please’ program and we hope that these will continue in the future.

If possible I would like to see a more structured and better Tennis Program at the College with staff that take the sport and commitment seriously. If there is any help I can provide to the program, this can include taking the training after school I am happy to provide this. Tony

I am keen to create an engaging and challenging Tennis program here at the College which encourages students who have an interest in the sport to take part. 

In addition to raising your concerns with our Sport Department, we currently work in partnership with ‘Vassallo Tennis’ to conduct our weekly morning ‘Hot Shots’ Coaching Program – I will also engage in discussion with them around ways in which we can improve the Tennis program in the senior years here at the College. I will keep you updated on any changes. It has been pleasing to see the growth and success across our P-12 sporting programs in recent years and it would be fantastic to see these achievements expand to Tennis in the future.

Are there plans for all Year levels to be involved in an inter-school competition each year in both summer and winter sports? For example, Years 8 students do not compete in inter-school AFL. Aaron

The inter-school competitive sport program is organised via the ‘Sports Association of Catholic Coeducational Secondary Schools’, also known as ‘SACCSS’. Unfortunately the current SACCSS schedule sees Years 7 & 9 teams compete during winter months (Terms 2 and 3) of which AFL is included as a sport, and Years 8 & 10 teams competing during summer months (Terms 1 and 4) in which Cricket is included as a sport. This schedule would apply to all Schools participating within the SACCSS competition.

We look forward to the Marymede Community's feedback in future 'Ask Mr. Kenny' campaigns in the future!

 

This year, our students in Year 4 have been taking action to reduce the amounts of rubbish which go into landfill each year. Recently, a group of students from Year 4.3 contacted the Whittlesea City Council to request stickers that could be used in assisting our younger students to appropriately place recyclable items into the the correct bin.

They were very appreciative of Kristina from Council who supported this initiative and students are now confident that if they work collaboratively with others they can make a difference in caring for God's creation.

At Marymede Catholic College, we believe that we can only seek to get the best from our students by working together in an open and co-operative partnership with our families. One in which communication is encouraged on a regular basis.

We understand that it can be hard for parents to get to a Morning Tea with the Principal event, therefore in Term 3, the College will be introducing a new program titled ‘Ask Mr Kenny’. By visiting the link below, parents can ask College Principal, Mr Kenny a question or leave him a comment of your choice. Questions will be collated and responses published to the Marymede Community in the coming weeks via a number of mediums.

To ask Mr Kenny a question, or leave him a comment, simply visit: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/ask-mr-kenny and submit your content by no later than Friday July 28.

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Marymede Film School returns on Wednesday July 26 and is celebrating 5 years!

Film School is a filmmaking workshop where students from Years 6-12 collaborate on the creation of a short film every Wednesday after school in SS03. Students will form small production teams and specialise in scriptwriting, directing and cinematography, or editing.

The filmmakers will walk the red carpet for the premiere of their short films at the annual Iris Media Showcase.

 

'Where Are They Now?' gives the Marymede Community an opportunity to catch up with and meet members of the Marymede Alumni - past graduates who have since commenced new journeys and adventures outside of Marymede Catholic College.

Name: Michaela Cuschieri – Class of 2013 - College DUX  

What year did you graduate from Marymede Catholic College and tell us a little bit about your journey after Secondary School?

I graduated in 2013. Since then I’ve completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences and I am currently studying a Doctor of Medicine at Monash University. I have been tutoring since I graduated, as well as volunteering at the Northern Hospital and Bundoora Extended Care Centre. I haven’t been overseas in a long time, but I’m based in Churchill, Gippsland for this year and I think that’s far enough for now. 

Tell us about an interesting project that you are currently working on or provide us with a ‘snapshot’ into your daily routine:

Well Medical School is exactly like Gray’s Anatomy. No, my life mainly consists of anatomy, learning drug names and preparing for placement. When I’m not at university I am either working, at the gym with my housemates or at some social activity that I lack the self-control to refuse. And, of course, I have to study, a lot. 

What will you remember most about your time at Marymede Catholic College?

All of the great teachers, the sporting carnivals and the other students I got to meet.

What advice would you give to current students at the College?

Be friendly to everyone! You will be surprised how many people remember the way you treated them in high school and will be willing to help you because of it. Nice people always finish first!

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Burger!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Beauty and the Beast

Hobbies or Something We May Not Know About You: Boxing

Favourite Sporting Team: Manchester United 

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Victor Chang: If you don't know who he was, 'Google' it!

Chris Evans: Do I need a reason?!

My Mum: Her in a room with Captain America (Chris Evans) would be hilarious!

Michaela in Year 12, 2013

Please be advised that the College has received notification from Yarra Valley Water and AusNet services, that Water and Electricity supplies will be interrupted on Thursday 13 July from 8.00am to 4.30pm. Subsequently, the College will be closed on this day.

Should you need to urgently contact the College urgently during this time, please our College Principal via principal@marymede.vic.edu.au, or Deputy Principal via tracey.kift@marymede.vic.edu.au  

 

Congratulations to Year 6.2's Classroom Teacher Mr. Anthony Amerena on being featured in a recent edition of the Northern Star Weekly!

Mr. Amerena has recently been nominated for the “A Day Made Better” Award. You can read the full article via the link below:

http://www.starweekly.com.au/news/marymede-teacher-makes-the-grade/ 

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Tracey Kift, our Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching P-12.

Name: Tracey Kift – Deputy Principal - Learning and Teaching P-12 – tracey.kift@marymede.vic.edu.au  

What is your role at the College?

I am Deputy Principal – Learning & Teaching P-12; I oversee the development of the curriculum from Prep to Year 12, professional learning for the teachers, the development of the timetable and lots of other interesting things. I also teach one class; this year I am very lucky to be working with the extraordinary Year 8 Extension Mathematics class.

Provide us with a 'snapshot' into your daily routine at the College:

There is no such thing as a normal day in my role – every day is very different and offers new challenges. Often my days have lots of meetings – with teachers, students or different teams and committees – and a lot of time spent working at my computer on developing plans for new initiatives and programs for our students. Other than the time I spend in my classroom teaching, my favourite part of the day is when I go out onto the Primary yard in the morning before school and get to enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of our students as they arrive for each new day at school. Even when I’m feeling a bit tired, the excitement of the primary students helps to kick start each day.

What do you love most about working at Marymede Catholic College?

I love the challenges of my job and the chance to be creative, to build relationships, to problem solve, to teach, and to always keep learning. It is so fantastic to work in a school that is vibrant and enthusiastic about new ideas; I’m excited to be a part of helping to realise the huge potential that Marymede has.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Cadbury Chocolate, anything made of potatoes, fresh bread, doughnuts …anything that’s sugary or full of carbohydrates!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: At the moment, Grimm and Suits are my favourite TV shows.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I sing and have played the piano since I was 6. One of my many jobs when I was at university was singing and playing piano at the Warrandyte Hotel.

Favourite Sporting Team: I don’t follow any sport. But my 6-year old son is a Magpies supporter and my 7-year old son barracks for Bulldogs. So I probably either barrack for the Magdogs or the Bullpies. 

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

The thing that I enjoy most is seeing my sons enjoying themselves and exploring new ideas. Through helping them pursue their interests, I have learned so much and become interested in so many new things. So my 3 dinner guests would be people my sons would love to meet:

Brian Cox (Professor of Physics and Astronomy): To talk with them about space.

Andy Griffiths (Author of the Storey Treehouse Series): To talk to them about books and silly, fun stuff!

Adam Spencer (Comedian and Author of The Enormous Book of Numbers): To chat about all the cool/fun things about Mathematics!

Throughout Semester 1, our Year 11 VCAL students have been actively involved in 'The Garden Collective' program as part of their Religious Education Studies.

'The Garden Collective' is a food security project where students are involved in exploring the science of growing vegetables in the garden. On June 15, the vegetables were ready for harvest, and students were blessed with the powerful experience and humanity of sharing them.

In recognition of Refugee Week 2017, the fresh herbs and vegetables that students grew were harvested in the morning and delivered to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre where the produce was added to the offering in their Food Bank and immediately made available to needy parents to be able to prepare a meal for their families.

This social justice initiative was a unique opportunity for our VCAL students to experience this positive, social initiative that does make a difference.

 

New details have recently been released for the Marymede Early Learning Centre Kindergarten Programs scheudule to commence in February 2018. For more information on the Marymede Early Learning Centre - please visit http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/marymede-early-learning-centre

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Megan Richardson, a member of our Secondary Teaching Team.

Name: Megan Richardson – Secondary Teacher – megan.richardson@marymede.vic.edu.au  

What is your role at the College?

I teach two Year 12 English classes, two Year 11 English classes and a group of Year 9 Commerce students. I am also very involved with the Senior English – SOS program on Wednesday nights.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

At the moment, both of my English classes are gearing up for their ‘Analysing Argument’ SAC, which requires them to work out how writers use language to persuade. It can be quite tricky and requires lots of higher order thinking skills.

My Commerce recently ran a market for the Grade Five Marymede students, selling either products or services that would appeal to them. They were required undertake lots of market research and preparation for the big day and it was extremely rewarding to see the culmination of all their hard work!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

I think there are lots of rewarding aspects of teaching but I suppose I think the most rewarding aspect is being able to help and support students with their learning and watching as they grow in confidence and ability. Often students don’t see the progress because they are so caught up in doing better but we as teachers get to see the small improvements along the way, which often reminds us why we work as hard as we do.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Fried Chicken and Cadbury chocolate

Favourite Movie/TV Show: I am a Harry Potter fanatic so I guess it would be the Harry Potter franchise in general.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I find it really easy to remember song lyrics. I only need to hear a song once or twice to know the song and then once it is in there, it’s there forever! 

Favourite Sporting Team: I am not really a sports person. I would much rather spend time with friends, watch movies or hang out with my dogs!

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

J.K Rowling - I would love to pick her brain about the world she created through her books and how she was able to write in a way that inspired millions of children to love reading

Jane Austen - Again, an author I admire for her cutting wit and perceptive understanding of society.

Malala Yousafzai - An amazing young woman with incredible wisdom beyond her years.

 

The reviews are in - our 2017 Junior Production Seussical Jr.was a smashing success!

Outstanding job by all Cast & Crew, lots of hard work and hours put into rehearsals and preparation - all students should be extremely proud of their efforts.

Congratulations to Ms. Bedford and her team on yet another brilliant College production.

Re-live the magic in the photos below!

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mrs. Jane Darrou, a member of our Secondary Teaching Team and Head of Humanities.

Name: Jane Darrou – Secondary Teacher – jane.darrou@marymede.vic.edu.au  

What is your role at the College?

My role at Marymede Catholic College is 'Head of Humanities' and this year I am enjoying the classes that I teach which are Year 8 and 10 Humanities, VCE Unit 1 History and Year 8 English.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

I love teaching all my classes and am currently working with the Year 8s on some exciting activities about Medieval Japan. It is always gratifying to teach World War II and particularly Australia’s part in the conflict which I am currently working on with my Year 10 class.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

For me, teaching is a great privilege. It has afforded me an opportunity to make a big difference to students’ understanding of our world and to support our precious youth to flourish as good people. 

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Thai Beef Salad

Favourite Movie/TV Show: ‘Silk’ is a favourite series, ‘Foreign Correspondent’ is always interesting and I love a trip down memory lane with shows like ‘MASH’.  I especially enjoy programmes that make me laugh.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: One of my passions is singing. I performed a solo in Fauré’s Requiem for the Archbishop of Canterbury when he visited Ballarat and I ‘trod the boards’ of Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat in musical theatre performances. I’m looking forward to seeing my students in Seussical Jr. 

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Waleed Aly - Would be great as a dinner guest because I enjoy his wit and his insights.

Emmanuel Macron (Newly elected President of France) - It would be fascinating to meet him and use my French language skills to speak with him.

Sarah Millican (British Comedian) - Another top choice because I like her infectious optimism and brilliant sense of humor.

 

In this week's edition of 'Meet the Parent' we are speaking with Michael Flint, recently announced as the new President of our Parents' & Friends Committee.

Name: Michael Flint

Occupation: Accountant & Managing Director at 'Smart Audit Pty Ltd' 

What year did you join the Marymede Community and what year level/s are your children in?

We joined the Marymede community in early 2010 when our daughter (Laura) was baptized in Marymede's Chapel of the Annunciation. Laura commenced as a student in 2015 and is now in Year 2

Amy, our youngest daughter, will start Prep in 2018.

Why did you choose Marymede Catholic College for your son/daughter's education?

We chose Marymede Catholic College for the benefit of an uninterrupted Catholic education across Prep to Year 12 along with its close proximity to our home in South Morang.

What have been some of your most memorable highlights during your time here at the College?

The Year 1 (2016) excursion to Edendale Farm which I attended as a Parent helper along with the 2016 Primary Choir Concert have been two memorable highlights.

What is your favourite thing about Marymede Catholic College?

The fact that our daughter is getting involved in (and enjoying!) everything that the College has to offer. 

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Baked Cheesecake

Favourite Movie/TV Show: The Big Bang Theory

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I’m a squash aficionado; I have been playing the game ever since picking up a racquet at the age of 4!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Brisbane Broncos (NRL)

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Prince William and Kate - To keep things formal and 'real'!

Ed Sheeran - For some good tunes.

Kermit the Frog - Just to lighten the mood!

Michael with his two daughters, Laura and Amy.

Laura, Amy, Sarah and Michael

Marymede Catholic College is pleased to announce that Speech Therapy services will now be accessible on campus during School hours at a competitive cost to families. The service will be available to support students whom experience difficulty with social skills, speech or sound errors, language delay, ASD, literacy and phonological awareness, stuttering and more.

For more information please refer to the attached flyer or alternatively contact our Director of Student Services (Counselling), Ms Sasha Preece via phone or email sasha.preece@marymede.vic.edu.au

Marymede Early Learning Centre will offer a Kindergarten program for 3 and 4 year old children located on College grounds.

To register your interest in joining this program from 2018 please CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information!

 

Congratulations to Marymede's own Cameron Hughes (Year 12) who recently competed for Victoria in the 2017 Australian Men's and Mixed Netball Association Championships held in Queensland.

Cameron's U17's team would go on to reach the Grand Final and finish runner-up to New South Wales.

Cameron, who plays the position of Centre, started his Netball journey at the age of 12 after filling in for his sister's Mixed Team competition one evening and has been playing ever since. Although he opted against trying out for the National team this year due to Year 12 commitments, it is a challenge which he may look to undertake in the future with a view to one day representing his country on a tour to traditional Netball rivals - new Zealand.

Congratulations Cameron and best wishes for your future sporting endeavours!

 

 

Congratulations to Mr. Doherty and all members of Marcellin House after recently being crowned champions at our 2017 House Athletics Carnival on Thursday April 20, narrowly beating the team in blue (McAuley) for victory!

Success in the Athletics Carnival caps off another marvellous double for Marcellin who were also crowned Swimming Carnival Champions earlier in the year!

Check out a few of the happy snaps below!

 

Do not miss your chance to experience our inaugural Junior Production SEUSSICAL JR!

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favourite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Tickets go on sale from 9.00am on Monday 24th April 2017.

To purchase your tickets please click HERE

 

Marymede Catholic College is excited to annouce the introduction of our new Marymede Cricket Academy. The Marymede Cricket Academy will commence here at the College in 2017 for students in Years 4-9. This program will commence in the coming weeks.

This is an opportunity for Marymede’s cricketers to take their sporting performance to the next level through participation in cricket specific clinics running across Term 2, 3 and 4. We are looking for students who are enthusiastic and committed to cricket as well as those wanting to learn how to play the game for the first time.

The program will be delivered by, Cricket Coach, Tim Jessel. Tim has been an integral part of the development of the MCA as head coach. Tim currently competes at Sub-District turf level (Preston Cricket Club) and has played at both Premier and Sub-District 1st XI levels. Tim has also worked with Cricket Victoria in coordinating and coaching Milo In2Cricket programs and with successful SACCSS Premier League winners for a number of years at Marymede Catholic College. He also has the resources to provide additional coaches as required by MCA, including those who have coached SACCSS teams. 

Any student interested in applying for a position in the Academy is asked to please complete the attached application form and return to the Sport Department by no later than Wednesday April 26. For further information please refer to the attached letter or contact the Head of Sport Ms Ann-Marie Kane on 9407-9000 or via email at Annmarie.kane@marymede.vic.edu.au

Click Here to View the Marymede Cricket Academy Information Sheet

Click Here to Download the Marymede Cricket Academy Application Form

 

In our first edition of 'Meet the Parent' we are speaking with Pina Grasso, a foundation parent here at the College.

Name: Pina Grasso  

What year did you join the Marymede Community and what year level/s are your children in?

We joined the Marymede Community in 2006 - my eldest son John commenced as a foundation student and is currently in Year 11 and my daughter Olivia started in 2011 and is now in Year 5.

Why did you choose Marymede Catholic College for your son/daughter's education?

The thought of a new School with brand new facilities and more importantly a Catholic Prep - Year 12 establishment sounded pretty amazing.

What have been some of your most memorable highlights during your time here at the College?

We have many fond memories at Marymede to recount - As a foundation parent, we experienced the first of many new introductions - the development and growth of the School from its beginning until now has been very encouraging and pleasing for me as a parent.

What is your favourite thing about Marymede Catholic College?

The fact that we can drop off and pick up both our children at the same facility is amazing - it saves us parents a lot of time. 

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Anything Thai!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Call the Midwife and Dr Zhivago

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I am a great organiser!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Essendon Bombers Football Club

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

The Bee Gees - I just love their music. 

Audrey Hepburn - Because she is all class.

My Father - Just to hear his voice again.

Pina with her Husband Sam, and children Olivia and John.

 

Marymede Catholic College's latest development project commencing in April 2017 will consist of a new extended Science Wing, 4 General Learning Areas and a new Student Toilet Facility.

Total Project Cost: $3.37m

Funded By:
Federal Government Grant: $2m
College Loan: $1.37m

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PLANS

Congratulations to Joel Grace and Jack Petrucelle (Year 12), along with 2016 Graduate Vincent Nativo on earning selection into the Northern Knights 2017 TAC Cup Squad.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that applications for Prep 2018 will close on May 1, 2017.

Applications for Year 7 2019 will close August 25, 2017.

Do not miss out - contact us to apply now and secure your child's future at Marymede Catholic College today.

For more information please contact College Registrar Matthew Luczek on 9407-9000 or download and Enrolment Application Form HERE

 

Our 2017 House BBQ's were a huge success. A big thank you to all families who attended on either night along with our parent volunteers who worked tirelessly to assist Staff with preparation and pack up for each BBQ.

Check out some of the great photos below - already looking forward to the 2018 editions!

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mr. Trent Brownjohn, a member of our Health and Physical Education Teaching Team.

Name: Trent Brownjohn – Secondary Teacher – trent.brownjohn@marymede.vic.edu.au  

What is your role at the College?

I am currently teaching Health & Physical Education and Maths within Years 7-12. I also coach a variety of sports. I live down in the Fitness Centre!

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

Currently with my Year 8 classes we are working on the topic of Water Safety. It’s something I am very passionate about as I used to volunteer my time as a lifesaver. I also love anything to do with water – surfing, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating. We live in a country surrounded by water but still too many people lose their lives by drowning. 

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Making a difference in someone’s life. It might be a student or even a colleague but to know I’ve helped them in some way makes me very proud. Helping someone learn a new skill, challenging someone or even making someone smile is so very rewarding.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Chicken Vindaloo

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Vanilla Sky

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: Renovating - I consider myself a 'Handyman'!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Western Bulldogs, Newcastle United and the Chicago Bulls.

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Ricky Gervais - Funniest man on Earth! He'll provide the laughs! 

Jason Day - My favourite golfer plus I need some tips.

Jeff Buckley - Favourite artist who was taken too soon. I'd need him to sing to me and the other guests.

 

Congratulations to Gabriella Agosta (Year 12) who was recently crowned Champion at the Club level 'Lions Club Youth of the Year' public speaking competition.

Gabriella will now compete at the Zone Finals in early March.

Gabriella, who has been interested in public speaking since Year 8 placed first when she had to present a 4-5 minute speech on forced marriages.

Congratulations Gabriella and good luck for the Zone Finals!

 

Parents who missed our recent Year 9 Challenge Camp Information Evening can access the Powerpoint Presentation delivered on the night by clicking HERE

 

Congratulations to the students in Years 5-9 who have been cast in Seussical Jr. Rehearsals commence this week, students have been emailed this information and will also be able to see the full Term 1 schedule on SIMON Learning Areas in the next few days. Stay tuned to Facebook for ticket booking information later this term:

Horton the Elephant: Daniel Sabatino

Jojo: Madeline Mangos

Gertrude McFuzz: April Robertson

Mayzie La Bird: Ella Rudge

Sour Kangaroo: Ivana Ilic 

The Cat in the Hat: Elise Guzzardi

Mrs. Mayor: Jarnai Brancaleone 

Mr. Mayor: Anthony Pandolfo

The Wickersham Brothers: Nandana Nair, Claudia Pironi, Stefan Buzevski

Gertrude’s Bird Girls Group One: Gabriella Cvetkova, Tegan Macartney, Philippa Carville 

Gertrude’s Bird Girls Group Two: Nerissa Diaz, Fern Hughes, Jacinta Dimovska

Young Kangaroo: Alexandra Taylor

Mayzie’s Bird Girls: Mariem Ismail, Jennifer Roussos, Felicity Day, Anneka Roberts, Bridget Camacho, Jessica Corevski, Jessica Bahen, Grace Talintyre, Olivia Rocca, Madison Ackland, Emma Hancy, Gemma Bzdel

The Whos: Nicholas Melchiorre, Regen Cairns, Jessica Passas, Christian Melchiorre, Chloe Falzon, Tayah Keenan, Jasmine Khuu, Yianni Palkopoulos, Alessia Kyrifidis, Cassandra Rukweza, Lucy Pegoraro, Tayla Tutuaitu 

The Jungle Citizens: Kiara Longo, Stephanie Kurtzman, Natalia Panetta, Stephanie Camacho, Nicholas Bahen, Verity Colosimo (all monkeys), Janith Wendakoon (as Vlad Vladikoff), Paul Roflo (as Yertle the Turtle), Leah Preziuso, Izel Tekin, Pedia Sibanda, Mila Miseski, Keeley Harris, Stephen Sibanda, Khiana Giuliano, Molly Freeman, Nikita Patney, Brianna Parisi 
Human/Fish Ensemble: Nuwin Fernando, Hazel D’Souza, Mitchell Huggins, Savannah Shamon, Thimasha Peiris, Alannah Geddes, Victoria Kyriazis, Chloe Daniele, Gemma Westgarth, Neka Mathew, Sanjit Sidhu, Jemma Healy, Ally Nyman, Elizabeth Xerri, Maddison Debono, Angelina Pavlovski, Nerissa Diaz 

Yertle the Turtle: Paul Roflo

Vlad Vladikoff: Janith Wendakoon

Dr. Dake’s Nurses: TBC

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Miss. Krystal Crichton, A member of our Prep Teaching Team.

Name: Krystal Crichton – Prep 5 Homeroom Teacher – krystal.crichton@marymede.vic.edu.au  

What is your role at the College?

I am the classroom teacher of Prep 5. You can find me in Room PR01 in the Prep House!

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on with one of your classes?

We are reading one of my favourite books at the moment, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' written by Eric Carle. We have been focusing on all the different foods that the caterpillar ate and how the caterpillar turned into a beautiful butterfly. We also created our own classroom caterpillar by drawing what our favourite food is to eat!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding thing about being a teacher is seeing your students grow in their learning. I love teaching Prep because the children learn so much! At my previous school, I taught Preps and at the end of the school year I would sit with each of my students individually, and we would look at the start of their writing books and see how they were writing when they first came to school, compared to the end of the year. It brings me much joy to see the growth of their learning.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Pad Thai

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Shawshank Redemption – I have watched the movie over 5 times and still love it!

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I am a black belt in Karate! It took 7 years for me to get my black belt - I remember going for my exam and having to do 400 push ups! 

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Collingwood Football Club. Travis Cloke was my favourite player since 2005 when he played his first AFL game, but unfortunately Travis has now gone to the Western Bulldogs!

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Nathan Buckley - to see what he and Eddie McGuire have planned for Collingwood to win the 2017 Grand Final this year! 

Bart Cummings - he was a legend of the racing industry and won 13 Melbourne Cups. I enjoy going to the races over the Spring Racing Carnival.

Andy Warhol - when I was in Year 11 and Year 12 I studied Studio Arts and was inspired by Andy’s art. Last year I was lucky enough to see some of his artwork at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Carol Fisher, our Careers Coordinator.

Name: Carol Fisher – Careers Coordinator – carol.fisher@marymede.vic.edu.au  

What is your role at the College?

I am the Careers Coordinator here at Marymede Catholic College. I have come to Marymede this year from Assumption College in Kilmore where I spent the past 10 years as a member of the Pathways Team.

Provide us with a ‘snapshot’ into your daily routine at the College.

I work part-time on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. My main role is to help advise our students on future pathways and the opportunities available to them after their time at Marymede Catholic College. I work closely with Mr Gary Hickey (VET/SBAT Coordinator) and Mr David DiSilva (VCAL Coordinator) and our assistant Mrs Angie Dalgleish. We currently run a wonderful Marymede Careers Website (www.marymedecareers.com) and release regular Career Newsletters containing news and information from a number of tertiary providers.Our Careers website also contains a link which will allow parents or students to book an appointment to come and see me.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is working with students to fulfil their dreams. In some cases it is helping students to understand their skills and strengths and how to maximise their God given talents.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Chocolate

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Bold and the Beautiful or Married at First Sight

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I started my Career as a trainee Dental Nurse in Whittlesea and attended University for the first time in 2014 studying a Graduate Certificate in Career Development at Swinburne University.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Carlton Football Club

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Donald Trump - Just for a laugh!

Sir. Richard Branson - To explore how he started his career and gain his thoughts/insights on employment and employees.

Keith Urban - So he could sing to me!

The Careers Office at Marymede Catholic College is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

 

The scene was set for a dramatic finish with McAuley edging ever so close to overall victory but in the end it was Marcellin House who took the final prize to make it an amazing FIVE straight victories at our House Swimming Carnival held on Tuesday 14 February, 2017.

Congratulations to all students who participated and represented their Houses with great pride. The yellow dynasty continues for at least another year!

Check out all the action from a great day below.

 

 

Term 1 2017 has seen many exciting mornings already take place, with both our new Year 7 students and new Prep students commencing their Secondary and Primary School journeys respectively, in addition to several new students across Years 1-6 and 8-12.

Once again this year, the yards at Marymede Catholic College saw lots of smiles, cuddles, and even some tears as parents sent their children off on new adventures and exciting new journeys began. We are pleased to report that all students have settled into class well.

Our Year 7 students have been busy learning their new timetables with the asisstance of Senior students and also enjoying a raft of new subjects, whilst our Prep students introduction into Primary School will continue over the coming weeks as they move into full days/weeks at School.

2017 sees over 200 new students to the College. We would like to extend a warm Marymede welcome to the following students and their families:

Prep – Year 6

Eva Antoniou, Massimo Aparo, Natalia Archila, Aayaan Aswal, Eric Atanasovski, Rudra Bakshi, Benjamin Barrett, Archie Bax-Vitacca, Baani Bhullar, Emma Bibis, Jaxson Borg, Lucas Brigante, Lewis Cadoni, Owen Campbell, Mia Cangialosi, Harry Cardamone, Kevin Chagumaira, Zara Collins, Joseph Comeau, Lucy Connor, Kaiden Constable, Ava Costa, Mikayla Cross, Alyssa D'Este, Christian De Sensi, Ava De Sensi, Piper Dyson, Asher Fernando, Joel Fernando, Chanel Fiorenza, Sebastian Furfaro, Allegra Gatto, Brodie Gregory, Christian Grillo, Aris Halkidis, Romeo Hallowell, Mia Hatzigeorgiadis, Crystal Humphrey, Blake Ioannou, Naiara Iozzo, Jasmina Ivankovic, Catherine Jay, Alvyn Joseph, Alana Karmiste, Anahid Kavand, Ella Keith, Samara Khoury, Brooklyn King, Eva Kirkman, Sienna Kosaros, Jiyu Kuriakose, Zach Large, Sebastian Liwanag, Ella Macheda, Zane Madin, Tadana Makura, Chloe Maloney, Isaac Marton, Cianna Mathew, Sara Mazzanti, Mira Mazzanti, Joshua McCabe, Holly McEwan, Xavier McLagan, Richard Michail, Marcus Mignanelli, Annika Miguel, Sage Mueller, Ananya Nair, Jasper Noguera, Adar Nurianbi, Hope O'Loughlin, Alexander Panayiotou, Dion Papas, Sofia Pastrana Martinez, Sachi Peiris, Charissa Perera, Chloe Petrou, Alex Petrou, Alexander Pezzotto, Bella Porchia, Zoe Prewett, Jessie Qiang, Sienna Resta, Oliver Ripley, Alana Robertson, Emelia Roe, Daniela Roman, Charley Rukweza, Chelsee Rukweza, Evie Sabol, Sienna Sabri, Lucy Sacco, Abie Schembri, Amelia Scire, Sienna Sekrevski, Lily Shamon, Daniel Shanty, Saranya Sharma, Gabriella Shehata, Kayan Siganporia, Anoop Singh, Massimo Sinopoli, Danny Soeterboek, Yash Sreejith, Joshua Stanyer, Levi Stavrou, Adriana Stefanovski, Sienna Stivala, Ethan Talintyre, Harry Talintyre, Madeleine Tawadros, Isabella Tawil, Shaun Thomas, Charlotte Torcasio, Levi Townsend-Booth, Leo Tran, Finn Tran, Jordan Triantafillakos, Julian Triantafylidis, Olivia Trivett, Luis Vassallo, Jasmine Veljanovska, Andy Victor, Dharmini Viknesveran, Krystyna Vildovas, Isabella White, Anqi Zhou, Govind Ajith, Angela Ameen, Jennifer Renin, Alyssa Tauafao'Ale, Yuvraj Bhangu, Anshveer Dhindsa, Hayley Gosstray, Franswa Al-Malih, Mikayla Henry, Kirrit Mahal, Roark Navra, Anmol Purewal, Xavier Smyth, Yuvraj Mann, Shayne Manyere, Chloe Pinolo, Evan Sergakis, Harkirat Singh, Ethan Bedford, Madison Gosstray, Yadeesh Gunawardana, Yadeesha Gunawardana, Annie Henry, Isabella Marton, Ava Petrou, Kiran Purewal, Ryan Shorey, Ethan Tekin, Tyrone Uwandu, Callum Fitzpatrick, Chentale Matta, Tiahn Rain, Dean Sergakis, Samuel Clark, Thomas McHugh

 

Years 7 - 12

Steven Ameen, Josh Anil, Jackson Armstrong, Antonio Bentovski, Cheryl Boyd, Ethan Brennan, Stefan Buzevski, Regen Cairns, Philippa Carville, James Catalfamo, Isabella Chessler, Nyasha Chimusoro, Tehya Chithavong, Jayde Coates, Loretta Cvetkova, Jamelia Dean, Jackson Dwyer, Nicole Dziva, Chloe Emini, Odhran Fitzpatrick, Emma Ford, Bianca Fredericks, Laura Fusco, Alanah Fusco, Shania Gaunder, Brock Greaves, Olivia Grossi, Ryan Guest, Seth Jackson, Kyle Jury, Aishleen Kaur, Isabelle Kenna, Ali Khochaiche, Geordie Lagkadiotis, Chantelle Makura, Chloe Males, Mark-Jestner Mangoba, Adam  Mathew, Massimo Montalto, David Naskovski, Tafadzwa Nhunhama, Ratidzo Nhunhama, Kudikwashe Nhunhama, Thimasha Peiris, Shante Pisani, Komal Purewal, Lachlan Rain, Ethan Roberts, Jonathan Sevas, Kavit Shah, Savannah Shamon, Ethan Siljanoski, Lara Smyth, Mark Stublin, Corey Thompson, Wil Turner-Dickason, Zane Villella, Jocelyn Walsh, Inuka Bopage, Jacob Fitzgerald, Kieran McMahon, Liam Fahy, Brooke Hamilton, Vimbainashe Mubayiwa, Megan Powell, Ben Yossef, Christopher Chrisidis, Jacob Elissa, Ryan Ta

 

On the morning of Tuesday february 7, the College held it's annual Leadership Induction Assembly - a chance to acknowledge and induct our 2017 Student Leaders and congratulate our 2016 Year 12 high achievers.

This year, the College was honoured to welcome back Emma Wardell (2016 College Dux) who addressed students and spoke about her journey from Years 7-12 at Marymede Catholic College.

Additionally, we acknowledged and congratulated her fellow graduate Tinotendo Mubayiwa. Last year, Tino was accepted into the 2016 Top Designs Exhibition for his work in Product Design & technology - Wood. Not only was Tino 1 of just 5 to be selected, he is also the first student of African heritage to ever be selected for this prestigious honour.

Our 2017 Student Leaders were presented on stage and together they recited the 2017 Leadership Pledge - written and created by the students themselves.

Finally, the College acknowledged and introduced our Fire Carrier Students and was joined by Ms. Sherry Balcombe from ACM who inducted these students as our inaugural fier carriers.

Click HERE to watch Mr. Kenny's Principal's Address

Click HERE to watch our student leaders recite their Leadership Pledge

 

Marymede Catholic College is proud to announce that Ajay Jay (Year 11) was recently named as a winner of the prestigious Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Award!

To enter and subsequently be named as a winner of this competition, Ajay was required to write an essay on the experiences of soldiers during World War 1. Ajay will head over to Canberra with other winners from across the State, visiting key World War 1 monuments and memorials.

Ajay's success in 2017 continues a proud tradition for Marymede students in this annual competition, following on from victories by Michael Manoussakis in 2014 and his younger brother James in 2015.

Congratulations Ajay on yet another outstanding achievement!

 

Weekly Community Mass at Marymede Catholic College is back for 2017

Every Wednesday (Commencing February 8)

Time: 8.00am

Venue: Chapel of Annunciation

All members of the Marymede Community and local area are invited and welcome to attend.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that all students in Years 7-12 INCLUDING those undertaking VCAL are expected to be in attendance at the College at the commencement of Term 1 on Wednesday February 1.

 

Marymede Catholic College is excited to open its doors to the community once again in 2017 for our annual Open Day scheduled to take place on Sunday March 26, 2017.

Our teachers will be on hand for a chat throughout the day, our marvellous students will be conducting tours of our Prep to Year 12 facilities and there'll be plenty of interactivity for guests to take part in!

Event: Open Day 2017

Date: Sunday March 26, 2017

Location: Marymede Catholic College - 60 Williamsons Road, South Morang 3752

Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm (Last tour leaves at 1.30pm.)

Open Day provides both current and prospective families with a great opportunity to visit the College, meet our Staff, take a guided tour of our Prep to Year 12 facilities and immerse themselves within the Marymede Community!

We invite all members of the community to come down, have a chat, collect a free showbag and enjoy a free sausage sizzle and experience Marymede Catholic College first hand.

Stay tuned for regular updates.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR OPEN DAY 2017

 

Marymede Catholic College is looking forward to the 2017 School year with great excitement!

Here's what you need to know regarding commencement 2017.

1. WHEN DOES TERM 1, 2017 COMMENCE?
 

The first group of students will return to School for Term 1 on Wednesday 1 February, 2017. This will be students in Years 7 to 12 only. Students in Years 1 to 6 will commence on Friday 3 February and finally all Prep students will commence on Monday 6 February.

Please click HERE for a full list of starting dates.

2. WHEN DOES THE MAIN OFFICE OPEN?
 

The Main Office has now re-opened, for any enquiries please contact 9407-9000.

3. WHERE CAN I FIND A LIST OF IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 1, 2017?

The College Calendar for 2017 is available on the website by clicking HERE. We strongly encourage families to check the College Calendar on a regular basis as this is updated frequently.

4. IS THE UNIFORM SHOP OPEN?
 

Yes. The Uniform Shop is open and normal trading hours for Term 1 will commence on Monday 23 January, 2017. The Uniform Shop can be contacted on 9036-7358.

5. WHICH UNIFORM DOES MY CHILD WEAR IN TERM 1?
 

All students will be required to wear their SUMMER uniform for Term 1, 2017. New students are to refer to the acceptable footwear document provided to them upon enrolment for rules regarding footwear.

6. UPON THE COMMENCEMENT OF SCHOOL, WHERE CAN I DROP MY CHILD OFF AND COLLECT THEM FROM?

The College Drop-Off/Pick-Up areas are located at Gate A (exit through Gate C), Gate E and Gate F (exit through Gate G).
 

7. IS THERE ANY FURTHER INFORMATION WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BOOKLISTS?

Families who have not yet ordered their child’s/children books for 2017 via the OfficeMax portal are strongly encouraged to do so immediately. This will ensure that your child has access to all of the required online resources from the commencement of the school year.

All e-Resources listed via OfficeMax Portal are a compulsory requirement. Primary students will be provided with login details from their classroom teachers in their first week back.

Any family who has previously place an order but omitted the digital subscription component will be required to log in again and place a further order. Parents can log on via the following website:

https://www.officemaxschools.com.au

Access Code: MCC2017

VCE Students will receive an email from OfficeMax in the coming days outlining all of their access codes and websites for their e-resources. These are subject specific.

Students in Years 7 -10 will receive an email from our Director of ICT in the coming days with details on how to access their jacPlus resources. All other resources will be set up by Monday 30 January.
 

8. I DID NOT REVIEW MY CHILD’S SEMESTER 2, 2016 ACADEMIC REPORT, WHERE CAN I ACCESS THIS?

Semester 2, 2016 Academic Reports were released online via our Parent Access Module (PAM) during the final week of Term 4, 2016. Parents will be able to access their child’s report by visiting PAM and logging in with the details provided to them. If you cannot remember you PAM login details, please contact the College on 9407-9000. For privacy reasons, the College will need to confirm the identity of any detail request before providing usernames and passwords.

9. PRIMARY SCHOOL TESTING DATES:

During the final week of 2016, all Primary families received a letter containing login details to book testing sessions via our Parent Access Module.

Testing will take place by appointment on Wednesday 1 February and Thursday 2 February. ALL Primary families will be required to book their child’s testing sessions online. If you are unable to locate your login details please contact the College on 9407-9000 immediately.

10. WILL WE HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH COLLEGE PRINCIPAL MR. KENNY IN TERM 1?

Yes, all families will have the opportunity to catch up Mr. Michael Kenny via a ‘Morning Tea with the Principal’ in the early stages of Term 1 and throughout 2017.

11. MY CHILD IS NEW TO MARYMEDE CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN 2017, AND WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE HOUSES. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

No. The College does not allow for movement between Houses.

12. MY CHILD IS NEW TO MARYMEDE CATHOLIC COLLEGE IN 2017. WHAT ITEMS CAN HE/SHE BRING WITH HER TO SCHOOL EACH DAY?

The College does not take responsibility for any personal items brought into the College grounds. Secondary School students should refer to their 2017 Student Diary for rules regarding the use of Mobile Phones and other technologies on College grounds.

13. WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL FEES IN 2017?

Please click HERE to view the 2017 School Fee Structure.

14. WHEN WILL FEE STATEMENTS FOR 2017 BE SENT OUT?

All families will receive their first Fee Statement for 2017 during the week commencing Monday 23 January, however, families are able to make payments on their School fees prior to this day. Please contact the Accounts Office for further information.

15. WILL THE SCHOOL BUS SERVICE CONTINUE IN 2017?

Yes, the School Bus Service will continue in 2017, with changes to the routes maps being introduced in order to allow for a greater service area. Families who submitted their details online for the Bus service late in 2017 will receive a letter mailed home during the week commencing Monday 12 January, with details regarding the Bus service. The College requires a 25% deposit on all Bus fees by no later than Friday 27 January, with all Semester 1 Bus fees required to be paid IN FULL by no later than Friday 24 February, 2017.

To view proposed routes click HERE.

16. MY CONTACT DETAILS HAVE CHANGED OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK, WHO CAN I REPORT THESE TO?

For any change in contact details please contact the College Registrar on 9407-9000 or alternatively email to registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au.

PLEASE NOTE: Any family who changes contact details via CareMonkey is also required to report this change to the College.

17. ARE 2018 ENROLMENT APPLICATIONS OPEN?

Yes. Applications for Year 7, 2018 are closing soon. All applications are due by no later than Friday 17 February, 2017. Enrolment Interviews are scheduled to take place in early March 2017, and all applicants will receive a letter regarding this process.

Yes. Applications for Prep 2018 are open and will close on Monday 1 May, 2017.

Additionally, applications for Year 7 2019 are also open and will close on Friday 25 August, 2017.

For further information regarding enrolment at Marymede Catholic College please contact the Registrar on 9407-9000.

18. WHEN IS THE IT HELPDESK OPEN?

The IT Helpdesk is open daily between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm. You can contact the IT Helpdesk via phone on 9407-9020 or email at helpdesk@marymede.vic.edu.au.

19. MY CHILD HAS A DEVICE AT THE IT HELPDESK FOR REPAIR. WHEN WILL IT BE READY?

All devices which were submitted for repair over the School holidays are now ready for collection. We encourage any Parent/Students whose device has been in for repair over the break to collect the device by no later than Friday January 27, 2017.

20. MY CHILD’S DEVICE REQUIRES REPAIR PRIOR TO SCHOOL COMMENCING, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If your child’s device requires repair please bring this in to the IT Helpdesk as soon as possible.

21. WILL MY YEAR 7 CHILD BE PROVIDED WITH A DEVICE IN 2017?

All Year 7, 2017 students were provided with their device at Orientation last year. All new students in Years 8-12 were also provided with their device at their orientation session.

22. WHEN WILL 2017 SCHOOL PHOTOS TAKE PLACE?

School photos will take place early in Term 1, 2017. Students in Years 7-12 will have their photos taken on Monday 6 February, 2017. Students in Prep to Year 6, along with any Secondary student absent on February 6 will have their photos taken on Monday 13 February, 2017. Further correspondence regarding School photos will be sent to families in the coming weeks.

23. WILL THERE BE ANY PARENT INFORMATION EVENINGS/IMPORTANT DATES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2017 SCHOOL YEAR?

Yes. The following events will take place during the early stages of Term 1:

  • Whole school Opening Mass: Friday 3 February
  • Years 7-12 School Photos: Monday 6 February
  • Prep Parent Reading Information Evening: Tuesday 7 February
  • Prep – Year 6 School Photos: Monday 13 February
  • VCE/VCAL Parent Information Evening: Monday 13 February
  • Secondary House Swimming Carnival: Tuesday 14 February
  • Year 12 2017 Information Evening: Tuesday 21 February
  • Year 6 Confirmation Family Workshops: Thursday 23 February
  • Year 9 Challenge Camp Parent Information Evening: Tuesday 28 February
  • Prep – Year 6 Curriculum Evening: Monday 6 March
  • Year 6 Transition Day: Wednesday 8 March
  • Labour Day – PUBLIC HOLIDAY: Monday 13 March
  • House BBQ’s: Tuesday 14 March – Wednesday 15 March
  • Open Day: Sunday 26 March
  • P-12 Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews: Thursday 30 March – Friday 31 March

Further information regarding each event will be communicated to parents throughout Term 1.

24. WHEN WILL SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR CLASS TIMETABLES?

Secondary School students will be able to access their draft class timetable via SIMON from Friday 27 January. Students can log into SIMON via https://simon.marymede.vic.edu.au. Students are to log in with their existing username and password.

For all further enquiries regarding the commencement of the 2017 School Year please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9407-9000.

Marymede Catholic College currently has spaces available for students wishing to enrol in the college’s private instrumental music program for 2017.

 

For further details and to download the application form, please visit http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/enrolment/applicationforms.

 

Please Note: Our instrumental teachers’ timetables will be finalised during the first week of Term 1, so the deadline for receiving enrolment forms will be FRIDAY JANUARY 27.

Our 2016 Carols by Candlelight was a huge success, performed infront of a packed crowd inside the Fitness Centre!

The Chirstmas Spirit is well and truly alive at Marymede Catholic College, check out some of the photos below!

 

In May 2017, Marymede Catholic College will proudly present our first ever Junior Production, Seussical Jr.

Based on the beloved books by Dr. Seuss, Seussical Jr. brings characters such as Horton the Elephant and The Cat in the Hat to life in this fantastical musical extravaganza.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.  Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.  Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Seussical Jr. auditions will be held in Term 1, 2017 for students in Years 5-9. 

2016 Annual Raffle Winners:

Congratulations to the 2016 Annual Raffle winners - drawn this past Saturday Night at our Family Movie Night:

1st Prize: Patrick & Jan James
2nd Prize: Antoinette Fernandinho
3rd Prize: Hania D'Avoine

Recently, the Victorian State Government released new information regarding the Mernda Rail Extension project.

Construciton of this project will commence in early 2017, and will see the development of a new train station directly across the road from our College which is sure to be of large benefit to members of the Marymede Community 

For more information and design of the new Marymede Train Station please click the flyer link below or visit http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/merndarail

Click Here For Information on the Marymede Station Precinct

 

Originating from Zimbabwe, Tinotenda Mubayiwa (Year 12) brings a distinctive talent to furniture design that merges African and Australian qualities in a product that is both functional and eye catching. 

Tino’s talent has seen him become not only the first student from Marymede Catholic College, but the first from an African background to be shortlisted for inclusion in the 2016 Product Design & Technology Top Designs program.

Using Jarrah,  a uniquely Australian timber with deep rich red tones and Victorian Ash that created shadow lines in contrasting soft straw pink, Tino designed and made a 2 piece product that is both a seat and a storage unit. 

With an eye for visual balance Tino wasn’t content to work just in timber as he was inspired by the fabrics from Zimbabwe that his mother Swiner wore.  Drawing first in coloured pencils he used earth tones that hark back to his heritage as he coupled burnt orange and black stripes.  Few other students would then take the concept further but Tino is a rare talent.  His original design was electronically sent to a printing company in the USA and within 10 days this unique fabric arrived back in Australia. 

He had overcome the technical challenges of making high quality furniture out of wood but sewing was not a skill Tino had envisaged he would also be acquiring.  With his usual calm demeanour he worked intently and the melding of two cultures became apparent to all.  

Tino brings upon the emergence of a new type of designer at Marymede where students from a range of ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to use their life stories and retranslate them into art and design works that surprise, as this seat with storage has the feel of Australia but it could never be as unique without the Zimbabwean influence.

Tino’s product along with a range of other art and design works by talented students in VCE Art, Media, Visual Communication and Design and Textiles will be exhibited at Marymede Catholic College in the recently established Calthorpe Gallery from November 7 – 11. 

Opening Night: Tuesday November 8: 3.45pm – 5.30pm

 

Written by Ms Robin Panousieris

VCE Product Design and Technology Teacher 

Carols by Candlelight

Date: Thursday December 1, 2016 (Doors Open at 6.00pm)

Venue: Fitness Centre

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/NPQY (on sale from Monday November 21)

All proceeds donated to St Vincent De Paul Society

 

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate to our Secondary Mathematics and Engineering Tournament of Minds team who recently competed in the Australasian Pacific Finals in the Gold Coast and were crowned CHAMPIONS of their division!

This win breaks a 10 year drought for Victorian Schools in the category and is an outstanding achievement for all involved.

To qualify for this event, Team Marymede had to first win the Regional Finals and then the State Finals. The 2016 Tournament of Minds Australasian Pacific Finals were held at Griffith University, Gold Coast on the 15th of October, 2016. Winners from all the states and territories in Australia as well as teams from New Zealand and Thailand took part in the APF this year.

The Maths & Engineering competitors were given the challenge of building a device that would extract a table tennis ball placed inside an inverted plastic cup which in turn was placed on a slant table. The whole setup was covered by a 20 cm open wall and the cup and the ball had to be extracted from above the wall without losing either. The students were giving some bamboo sticks, paper and fishing lines to build the device. The team which extracts the ball and the cup in the fastest time recieves the maximum points. The demonstration of the device has to be incorporated into a performance of 10 minutes. Students were also required to make props for their performance using recycled materials. The preparation time for the script, device, props, explanation of mathematics behind the device and rehearsals was just 3 hours.

In each of the stages (Regional, State and Australasian Pacific), teams must also complete a spontaneous challenge. The students are given three minutes to discuss and one minute to present the solution for the challenge. At APF 2016, the challenge was to identify a moment of time they would like to freeze and the reason for their choice. The teams are judged on their team work, creativity of their choice and explanation.

The presentation ceremony for APF 2016 was held at the dolphin beach in Sea World. The teams relaxed with a wonderful dolphin show put together by the organisers. After the show, with heartbeats rising every minute, Marymede Catholic College was crowed Australasian Pacific Champions in the Engineering Mathematics Secondary Division for 2016 – the first Victorian School to win this division since 2005.

Fun Fact: The last time a Victorian School were crowned champions in this division - Marymede Catholic College did not even exist!

Congratulations to the winning team members - we are extremely proud of your achievements!

2016 Australasian Pacific Champions - Secondary Maths and Engineering

Claudia Pironi (Year 7) 
Nicholas Melchiorre (Year 7)
Jarnai Brancaleone (Year 7)
Adam Argyros (Year 9)
Daniel Preziuso (Year 9)
Laura Daniele (Year 10)
Ricardo Krstevski (Year 10)

On Thursday 3rd November at 7pm, the Performing Arts Domain are proud to present the 2nd annual Top Acts concert in the Marymede Catholic College Theatre.

This evening will celebrate excellence in Dance and Drama from Years 5-12, including top scoring Drama Solos and the debut performances of the Primary Dance Club and Years 7-10 Sessional Dancers.

Admission is complimentary, but RSVP via www.trybooking.com/NKNU is essential for catering purposes.

Please come and support these talented performers, and learn more about the ever growing Dance and Drama program at Marymede Catholic College.

 

2017 Sacramental Program Dates:

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:

Sunday April 23, 2017 - 2.30pm

St. Patrick's Cathedral - 1 Cathedral Place, East Melbourne

 

SACRAMENT OF FIRST EUCHARIST:

Sunday October 15, 2017 - 2.30pm

St. Patrick's Cathedral - 1 Cathedral Place, East Melbourne

 

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:

To Be Confirmed - Further details to be provided to parents in early 2017.

 

Further information regarding the 2017 Sacramental Program will be distributed in early 2017. Should you require information prior to this please contact our Head of Faith and Mission (P-12) Mrs. Melinda Muir via melinda.muir@marymede.vic.edu.au

Congratulations to the following Year 11 students who have recently been announced at members of our Senior Student Leadership Team for 2017:

Faith & Mission Leader: Olivia Capodicasa

Wellbeing Leaders: Kaitlyn Van Amelsvoort & Milly Turner

Environment Leader: Cameron Hughes

Sport Leaders: Connor Fitzgerald & Jacinta Costanzo

Cultural Leaders: Paulene Roflo, Michael Kyrifidis & Jordyn Cullen

CHANEL House Captains: Joel Motley & Madison Delios

CHISHOLM House Captains: Hayden Cox & Nimrat Kullar

MARCELLIN House Captains: Steven Azzopardi & Maya Dove

MCAULEY House Captains: Jack Petrucelle & Chanjutha Nagasanthakumaran

MCCORMACK House Captains: Tyler Wittison-Southern & Patience Kihara

ROMERO House Captains: Chelsea Ford & Sienna Cater

These students will join our 2017 College Captains Angelique Milevski and Allen Puthenkavil Shaji on the Leadership Team.

 

Prep - Year 3 Family Maths Night:

A family fun night all about Maths with special guest presenter Colleen Monaghan.

This event will give parents a chance to:

• engage with some interesting maths activities with their children, 
• understand the different and contemporary approaches to teaching maths and 
• get ideas about how to extend and support their children with maths at home.

DATE: Tuesday 25 October 2016
TIME: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
RSVP: Please email rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au to let us know if you’ll be attending

 

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Allen Puthenkavil Shaji and Angelique Milevski on recently being announced as our 2017 College Captains.

Allen (Romero House) commenced at Marymede Catholic College in 2014 joining us in Year 9, having previously travelled to numerous destinations accross the world due to family commitments. Allen's eductaional journey has seen him spend time at Schools in Oman, India, United Kingdom and Tasmainia followed by another 2 years at a boarding School in India before reaching us here at Marymede. Meanwhile Angelique (Chanel House) joined the Marymede Community in only our second year (2007) in Year 2 and has never looked back.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting new people, facing the tough challenges that come with a Senior Leadership role and working together with Mr Kenny and my fellow student leaders." said Angelique. Allen is also looking forward to his leadership role, hoping to take his past experiences as a House Tutor Leader to the next level in 2017.

We congratulate Allen and Angelique on this achievement and wish them all the very best for 2017 as they work closely with Mr Kenny and the Marymede Community to represent the College

 

Marymede Catholic College - VCAA Examination Timetable
 

Click Here to Access the Marymede/VCAA Examination Timetable

 

As part of our 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations, Marymede Catholic College warmly invites all Staff, past and current, to attend our 10th Anniversary Staff Reunion on Sunday 6 November from 1.30pm - 4.30pm.

Mass will commence at 2.00pm sharp in The Chapel of the Annunciation.

Event: 10th Anniversary Staff Reunion

Date: Sunday 6 November, 2016

Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm (Mass commencing at 2.00pm)

Location: Marymede Catholic College

RSVP: lee.campbell@marymede.vic.edu.au by no later than Friday 28 October 2016 indicating any special dietary requirements.

The 2017 School Fees and Levies have now been finalised. For more information please click the link below to read correspondence from the Principal in addition to the 2017 Fee Structure.

From the Principal - 2017 School Fees and Levies

2017 Fee Structure

To view our 2017 starting dates for all year levels please click the link below:

Click Here for 2017 Starting Dates

 

In a history making achievement for Marymede Catholic College, seven students across Years 7-10 were recently crowned State Champions at the 2016 Tournament of Minds State Finals Competition held at La Trobe University on Sunday 4 September.

Students were one of 80 teams who competed in the Northern Metro Regional Finals as part of the Secondary 'Maths and Engineering' Division finishing 1st overall and subsequently moving into the prestigious State Finals.

The challenge faced by all teams in the State Finals was completely different to that of the Regional Finals. Teams were given 3 hours preparation time and the challenge to build a device which would mimic the response of a high vertical jump. They were then required to devise a script and present the device in dramtic form to the Judges.

The Verdict:

Judges thought the team has clearly understood and demonstrated all aspects of the challenge to high quality and were very impressed with our students. They were subsequently crowned State Champions, and first in the College's history.

What's Next?

Team Marymede has now earnt the right and privilege to represent Victoria in the Australasian Pacific Finals to be held on the Gold Coast on 15 October, 2016 at Griffith University.

At the Australasian Pacific Finals, students will be face winners from all states in Australia, as well as teams from New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

CONGRATULATIONS STUDENTS!

 

‘Footy Day’ 2016 will take place on Thursday 15 September.

All students (P-12) will be permitted to wear their P.E uniform along with footy colours (any code) such as a jumper, scarf or hat.  Please Note: Students are not permitted to paint their face or colour their hair.

Gold coin donations will be required on the day, with ALL proceeds donated to the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry’s ‘Open Doors Program’.

If you have any further questions regarding Footy Day please do not hesitate to contact the College.

 

 

On Friday 26 August, 82 students from Years 4-6 competed for Marymede Catholic College in the Bridge Inn Athletics Carnival held at Meadowglen Athletics Stadium.

Students competed against 8 local schools and were extremely successful on the day, being crowned champions in every age group whilst also claiming the overall honours on the day.

In addition to outstanding efforts by all athletes to participated on the day, the following students were successful in multiple 'A' division events:

Stephanie Camacho: 1st - 800m & 1500m
Louisa Folino: 1st - 800m & 1500m
Jack Miles: 1st - Long Jump & High Jump
Tobenna Obani: 1st - 100m & Triple Jump 
Essa Al Noobi: 1st - Hurdles & 200m
Alicia Bokhaazi: 1st - Shotput and Discus

Marymede Catholic College also came 1st in all six 4x100m relays for the 2nd consecutive year!

Congratulations to all who took part on the day. 

Congratulations to Ajay Jay (Year 10) who has been featured in this week's edition of the Northern Star Weekly after being named Victorian Champion at this year's Australian History Competition!

Congratulations Ajay - outstanding achievement!

Article and photo courtesy of: Laura Michell @ The Northern Star Weekly

 

Recently, five teams from Marymede Catholic College (2 Primary and 3 Secondary) participated in the Tournament of Minds – Metro Northern Regional Finals 2016 at La Trobe Univeristy. A total of 35 students from our College were involved in this competition against Schools from across the region.

We are pleased to announce that our Secondary – Maths and Engineering team were named winners in their division and will now participate in the Victorian State Finals to be held on the 4th of September at La Trobe University, Bundoora.

The students will be putting together a 10 minute performance based presentation of the device they will build between 1.50 pm – 4.20 pm.

Congratulations to Laura, Jarnai, Claudia, Daniel, Nicholas, Adam, Riccardo and Mr. Narasimhan on this outstanding achievement.

This is the second year in a row that a team from Marymede Catholic College has progressed through to the State Finals. Addition, our Secondary – Social Sciences team also recieved Honours in their division. 

An outstanding effort by all those who took part on the day.

FRIDAY 26 AUGUST - EARLY DISMISSAL:

Marymede Catholic College wishes to remind all families that students (Prep to Year 12) will conclude at 1.30pm next Friday 26 August.

This early dismissal will assist in facilitating the setup for our Open Day on Sunday 28 August. Please ensure you make arrangements for the collection/transport of your children at this time.

Camp Australia will be available to provide after-School care for students in Prep to Year 6 from 1.30pm onwards. To arrange, please contact Camp Australia. All 3 Marymede chartered bus services will depart from 1.45pm.

 

 

 

Recently, the College celebrated 'Marymede Week' - an annual tradition in which we take time to reflect on what it means to be part of the Marymede Community, and celebrate the life of Mary our Virgin Mother.

This year, Marymede Week saw additional events scheduled in celebration of our 10th Year Anniversary and culminated in an amazing Marymede Day Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

The week commenced with our second ever Mission Action Day - an opportunity to gather and raise much needed funds for our House charities. Once again, this day proved popular with our students despite the colder weather conditions:

The middle of the week was used to celebrate and recognise our current Foundation students and Foundation families who have been with us for the past 10 years. In acknowledging these members of the Marymede Community's commitment to our College, students were presented with a certificate at our Founders Assembly and parents with a commerative candle at our Founders Evening. Additionally, we heard from Foundation students and parents about their memories of the foundation years at the College.

The week would conclude with Marymede Day Mass, which was this year held at St. Patrick's Cathedral. This event saw all 1,750 students, along with Staff and past Principals gather in celebration for what was a truly memorable event led by Archbishop Denis J Hart DD.

 

Marymede Catholic College Teacher Mr. Liam McCormack recently led a group of young Australians incuding our very own Year 11 student Clarissa Polifroni to the 14th World Youth Day summit which is this year being held in Karkow, Poland.

Mr. McCormack has been in contact with the College and sent through an update on the beginning of their journey:

"World Youth Day officially started today and we kicked things off with the biggest ever gathering of Australians in Poland. We then commenced our walk (in the pouring rain!) to the WYD opening Mass which saw us join over 1 million pilgrims from all parts of the globe. The sun would finally break through the clouds and shine rays of light on us during the Mass. It was a truly humbling experience to see the Church alive in so many young people.

We have been focusing on the face of mercy and what it looks like to us and to others around the world. We are also learning more about ourselves and developing our faith each day. The countdown to Mass with the the Holy father is almost over and we are looking forward to celebrating this special event with potentially over 2 million people!

We are exhausted at the end of every day yet still blessed to be a part of this amazing experience." 

Mr. McCormack pictured here with Year 11 Marymede Student Clarissa Polifroni

The gathering of over 1 million pilgrims at opening Mass

 

On Friday 22 July, our Prep students celebrated their first 100 days of Primary School!

Whilst minor for some, this was a momentous occasion for the youngest members of the Marymede Community, who celebrated their special day by participating in a range of activities related to the number 100, followed by a special 'Prep Disco' in the afternoon!

They were also spotted around the yard throughout the day wearing their '100 Days of School' badges which they decorated during the morning!

To celebrate the day, we asked some of our Prep students what their favourite part of Prep has been:

Isaac (Prep 1) – "I have enjoyed making lots of new friends and playing with them outside."

Holly (Prep 1) – "I have enjoyed learning about symmetry and telling the time."

Mackenzie (Prep 2) – "I have enjoyed learning how to write the letters of the alphabet."

Ace (Prep 3) – "I have loved learning Italian. I can count to ten in Italian!"

Elliah (Prep 4) – "I have enjoyed learning how to skip count by 10’s and 5’s."

Congratulations Prep students!

 

Combined Mernda-Whittlesea Catholic Schools & Parish Fete:

Date: SATURDAY, 10th September 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Venue: St Joseph’s School - 44 Mernda Village Drive, Mernda

- Rides

- Food Stalls

- Games

- Community Market

- Cake Shop 

- Plants and Secondhand Book Stall

- Live Entertainment

- Face Painting

...and much more!

Sponsorship & Market Stall Enquiries: tom@tomjoseph.com.au

Our 2016 Open Day will take place on Sunday 28 August, 2016 between the hours of 11.00am - 2.00pm.

Open Day provides both current and prospective families with a great opportunity to visit the College, meet our Staff, take a guided tour of our Prep to Year 12 facilities and immerse themselves within the Marymede Community!

There will be plenty of activities on offer for children to take part in throughout the day, along with FREE Showbags and a FREE Sausage Sizzle lunch!

More information to follow.

 

As part of our 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations – all past graduates of Marymede Catholic College are invited to attend our ‘10th Year College Reunion’ on Friday September 2, 2016.

This event will provide all past graduates with a fun opportunity to reconnect with the Marymede Community.

Event: 10th Year Anniversary College Reunion

Date: Friday September 2, 2016

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Sagi Bar – 57 High Street, Northcote

Tickets: www.trybooking.com/LUHK

Drinks and finger food provided.

Please Note: Only students who graduated in Year 12 at Marymede Catholic College are invited to attend this event.

If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact our College Registrar on 9407-9000 or email alumni@marymede.vic.edu.au  

 

There was a change of scenery in the Year 2 House recently, with our students taking part in their first Friday Fun-Day of the year: taking part in some activities that our Year 2 Teaching Team are passionate about!

Activities included Comic Book creation on the iPads; Zumba & Dance Class; a fishing lesson; Aboriginal inspired art and a Science class which sees our students making their very own bath bombs!

A lot of smiling and happy faces and potentially some future fishermen/women!

 

As part of our commitment to Reconciliation, Marymede Catholic College recently celebrated National Reconciliation Week 2016 with House Assemblies involving a range of speakers:

Uncle Ian Hunter local Wurundjeri elder and traditional landowner performed a Smoking Ceremony and shared his story with Romero;

Members of the Stolen Generation Debbie and Kerry shared their story and journey of healing with McCormack and McAuley;

Karen spoke to Marcellin House about the role of Aboriginal people in Australia’s history and Bryan spoke to Chisholm about ‘History in Pictures’ a series of artworks designed by Aboriginal artists, each against the theme of government policies pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs.

 

 

The Nationals Senator for Victoria - Senator Bridget McKenzie, along with Auxiliary Bishop - The Most Reverend Terence Curtin, were on hand at Marymede Catholic College on Wednesday April 27 to bless and officially open the Marymede Trade Skills Centre.

Check out a few photos from the ceremony below:

 

On Friday 22 April, our Year 12 Media students were treated to a very special Masterclass and Q&A session with Class of 2015 graduates Stephanie Camilleri, Tayla Defazio, Jack Peerman and Daniel Sim.

As preparation for their SAT, the Masterclass provided our current Year 12 Media cohort with an insight into how some of last year’s top filmmakers and photographers at Marymede successfully created their media products. They also had the opportunity to talk about their own ideas and seek advice from the panel of experts.

Stephanie, Tayla, Jack and Daniel are all undertaking further education in Media and Film at La Trobe University, Swinburne University of Technology and JMC Academy. We'd like to thank them for their time and continued support of Marymede Catholic College.

Masterclass Panel with Mr. Guzman

 

There was history in the making for Marymede Catholic College on Thursday April 21, with our Year 10 Boys Premier League Soccer team capturing the College's first ever Boys Soccer Championship after a scintillating contest with St. Monica's College.

In a close contest and playing away from home, a brace from Lee Missailidis put Marymede in-front before a late equaliser would send the game into extra time and the dreaded penalty shootout.

Our boys would save the best for last though - with a heroic performance by Man of the Match Goalkeeper Matthew Krstina saving two kicks from the spot and helping to see the team to victory with the shootout ending 3-1.

Marymede Catholic College - 3 St. Monica's College - 3

Marymede Catholic College won 3-1 on penalties.

 

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate the entire Year 10 Boys Soccer Squad on this outstanding achievement - a victory that was 4 years in the making with many members of the team playing together since Year 7.

Year 10 Boys Premier League Soccer Team - 2016 Champions:

Randeep Atwal

Evan Papaioannou

Andrew Fu

Dylan Georgievski

Joshua Ibrahim

Matthew Krstina

Lee Missailidis

James Tsafkas (C)

Shiva Nagpur

Joel Impeduglia

Nicholas Naskovski

Damien Quadara

Jacob Talevski

Lucas Vasilevski

Mitchell London

James Popovski

Christopher Roussos

Riley Edwards-Kendrick

Maksim Ilic

Coach: Mr. Derek McConn

 

The Parents and Friends Committee at Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters and friends to our 2016 Mother's Day Celebration Evening. This evening will include champagne, finger food, desserts, tea & coffee, Guest Comedian Monica Dullard, a variety of market stalls, giveaways and more!

Date: Thursday May 5, 2016

Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Venue: Fitness Centre at Marymede Catholic College

Cost: $25.30 per ticket

RSVP: By no later than Friday April 29, 2016.

Tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/LEAW or https://www.trybooking.com/196062

Please Note: This is and adults only event. (No children permitted)

 

The Parents and Friends Committee are inviting all members of the Marymede Community to put their brains to the test and enjoy a night filled with fun and laughter at our 2016 Trivia Night!

Date: Friday May 13, 2016

Time: 7.00pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Venue: Fitness Centre at Marymede Catholic College

Cost: $15 per ticket - Alternatively, organise a table/group of 10 people for $100.

Click Here to Download the Registration Form

 

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all parents/guardians of current students to attend our Term 2 ‘Morning Tea with the Principal’  taking place on Wednesday May 18, commencing at 9.00am in the Auditorium Foyer.

This event gives parents a great opportunity to catch up with our Principal Mr. Michael Kenny, along with other parents and members of the Marymede Community.

Bookings are essential due to limited spaces, and spots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To book, please send your RSVP to rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au along with the following details, by no later than WEDNESDAY MAY 11:

- Full Names of ALL in attendance

- Your child/children’s year level

- Contact phone number

Should this event reach its capacity prior to Wednesday May 11, the College will send out an email to all families closing the bookings. Please note, this event invitation is extended to parents/guardians only. Marymede students will not be permitted to attend.

 

 

The safety and wellbeing of our students at Marymede is very important to us.  We are very fortunate at Marymede Catholic College to have an on-site provider of Before and After School Care provided by Camp Australia. 

This service provided by and administered enables parents/guardians to access care for their primary school aged child/ren in the mornings and afternoons outside of the times that teachers are on supervision duty in the College grounds. 

Before School Care provided by Camp Australia runs from 6:30am – 8:45am, Monday to Friday and After School Care runs from 3:15pm – 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.  Before and after these times, there is no supervision provided by the College on the College grounds. 

The teachers commence their yard duty supervision in the playground at 8:20am and it concludes at 3:40pm.  Unless a student is attending Before School Care and/or After School Care, no students should be on the College campus before 8:20am or after 3:40pm.

Any primary student who is on the College campus before 8:20am will be taken to Before School care where they will be supervised until 8:45am. Camp Australia will charge parents for supervision of their child/ren.  

The same applies to any students who are not collected from the College campus by 3:40pm.  They will be taken to After School care, where they will be supervised until they are collected by a parent/guardian.  Camp Australia will charge parents for supervision.  

Primary students are unable to use the College Library as a before or after hours supervision area, unless they are supervised by a Parent or Guardian.   Primary students with Secondary school siblings are unable to be supervised by their Secondary school sibling in the library and would also need to abide by the above.

For further information about Camp Australia services please visit their website www.campaustralia.com.au

Applications for enrolment at Marymede Catholic College in Prep, 2017 are open now but will close soon on Monday May 2, 2016.

Any family interested in applying for a position and becoming a new member of the Marymede Community will need to complete the 'Enrolment Application Form' and return to the College with copies of your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate (where applicable) and Immunisation History Statement along with your $77 application fee.

For more information regarding Prep, 2017 please contact the College Registrar on 9407-9000, email registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au or alternatively check out the links below.

Discover new ambitions and aspire to achieve excellence at Marymede Catholic College in 2017.

Enrolment Application Form

School Fees

Curriculum Information

School Bus

General Enrolment Information

 

Applications for our Year 7, 2017 Scholarship Program will open on Monday April 4, 2016.

In 2017, the College will offer Scholarships to students entering into Year 7 in three categories:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • General Excellence Scholarship
  • Music Scholarship

Marymede’s Academic Scholarships may carry part or full remission up to 50% of tuition fees and are conditional upon sound academic progress and active participation in all aspects of College life.

Marymede’s General Excellence Scholarships may carry part or full remission up to 50% of tuition fees and are conditional upon students meeting the eligibility requirements and College expectations.

Marymede’s Music Excellence Scholarship may carry full remission up to 100% on the Instrumental Music lesson fees of the primary insturment studied. This Scholarship is conditional upon students meeting the eligibility requirements and College expectations.

For more information regarding the 2017 Scholarship program please click HERE

Monday March 21 saw a perfect day for our 2016 Athletics Carnival with all students competing for their Houses with pride.

Congratulations Chisholm House on being crowned 2016 House Athletics Carnival Champions for the 3rd consecutive year!

It proved a closer race than previous years with Chisholm holding off a fast finishing Marcellin House by only 7 points!

1st: Chisholm – 467
2nd: Marcellin – 460
3rd: McAuley – 448
4th: McCormack – 445
5th: Romero – 412
6th: Chanel – 358

 

Semester 1 Progress Interviews will take place at Marymede Catholic College on the following dates:

These progress interviews will be held on:

Primary School: Tuesday 12 April 2016: 10.00am – 8.00pm

Secondary School: Tuesday 12 April 2016: 10.00am – 8.00pm AND Monday 18 April 2016: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Please note, normal classes will not run on Tuesday April 12 and students are expected to attend interviews with their parent(s).

For more information please refer to correspondence from the Principal which can be found by clicking HERE.

In THE WEDDING SINGER, it's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

With a brand new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s, THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.  

Producer and Director Angie Bedford

Choreographer Emma Kiely 

Musical Director Sava Djukic 

Assistant Producer Simone McGill 

Thursday 26th May, 7.30pm; Friday 27th May, 7.30pm; Saturday 28th May, 5pm 

at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, 35 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang, Vic 3752

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW

 

Ticket Enquiries: Angie Dalgleish Angie.Dalgleish@marymede.vic.edu.au 

Please note that online bookings will close at 3pm (11.30am for Saturday 5pm show) for performances on that evening. Remaining tickets will be available at the Theatre cash only. 

Please select your tickets carefully as we cannot offer refunds or exchanges. 

N.B. Holders of a ticket bearing 'CONCESSION' will be required to show proof of concession entitlement at the door. Please do not book tickets for yourself or other patrons unless the person occupying the seat holds a valid card (or is obviously child/school student). 

 

 

Tuesday March 8 was International Women's Day. A chance to show respect, appreciation, and love towards women whilst celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women across the world and throughout history.

In recognition of International Women's Day - Marymede Catholic College held our first International Women's Day Dinner on Thursday March 10 with guest speaker Dr Michelle McIntosh from Monash University.

Dr McIntosh leads a team of Scientists at Monash University who are working on developing an inhalant form of Oxytocin so that the lives of thousands of women each year in developing countries can be saved during childbirth.

About 287,000 women in 2016 will die during or after childbirth and 99% are these women are in developing countries. Oxytocin works to stop haemorrhaging – a major cause of death during childbirth. The World Health Organisation recommends that every woman at every birth is given an injection of Oxcytocin and if that were the case, over a 10 year period we could prevent over 41 million cases of haemorrhages with 1.4 million deaths prevented. Currently however, Oxytocin needs to be refrigerated and administered intravenously. Dr. Michelle’s team hope to make it portable, non-refrigerated and inhaled. 

This will revolutionise medicine for pregnant mothers and make a huge difference across the world.

In addition to discussion on her research, Dr. McIntosh made a few key points which resonated well with students:

  • When thinking about what to do with your life, always follow your passion – if you love what you’re doing the jobs will come;
     
  • You never stop learning – what Dr. McIntosh has learned over her working life is that every step of the way she has had to learn new skills and gain new knowledge that she had no idea she was capable of when she was in Secondary School or as an Undergraduate; the skills are part of being a Scientist and include being an independent thinker, critical analyser, and constantly questioning.
     
  • Grab the opportunities that arise and run with them – but always follow your heart.

Marymede Catholic College would like to thank Dr. Michelle McIntosh for her time and wish her all the very best in her future research.

You can check out Dr. Michelle's profile here: bit.ly/21XgO9T

Tickets for our 2016 Easter Raffle which is being organised by the Marymede Parents' & Friends Committee have been sent home with students this week.

All tickets - sold or unsold - are to be returned to the Main Office by no later than Tuesday March 22, 2016.

The raffle will be drawn in the Primary School Courtyard at 3.05pm on Thursday March 24, 2016.

Marymede Catholic College would like to acknowledge and congratulate the 16 students who were successful in having either a piece of writing or artwork published in the current edition of 'Shared Stories Anthology' of which the 2015 theme is 'Remembering'.

Commencing in 2006, Shared Stories is an annual anthology of creative works by primary and secondary students from Catholic schools across the Archdioceses of Melbourne, Sale and Sandhurst.  The anthology forms part of the permanent collection of the State Library of Victoria.

With only 21 Schools across the State represented, this is an outstanding achievement for the students of Marymede Catholic College who were acknowledged, congratulated and presented with an achievement certificate by Principal Mr. Michael Kenny at a recent Assembly.

You can find our more information on the Shared Stories Anthology by visiting: http://www.sharedstoriesanthology.org/

Recently, Marymede Catholic College completed the re-surfacing of our external Tennis/Multi-purpose courts results in a new and improved area for students to participate in a range of sporting activities both during class time and as part of the College co-curricular program.

Check out the photos below:

Recently, Marymede Catholic College was included in a Media Release from the Victorian Government with regards to the Mernda Rail Extension set for completion in 2019.

This Media Release can be found by clicking HERE

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all families to our upcoming House BBQ's set to take place on across 3 nights during March from 5.30pm.

Our House BBQ’s provide families with an excellent opportunity to meet with teachers and other families in your house, reinforcing the partnership between home and school. Additionally, students in attendance will receive their commemorative 10th Year Anniversary Pin on the night.

Chanel House BBQ: Wednesday March 9

Chisholm House BBQ: Wednesday March 9

McAuley House BBQ: Tuesday March 15

Romero House BBQ: Tuesday March 15

Marcellin House BBQ: Wednesday March 16

McCormack House BBQ: Wednesday March 16

Food and drink to be provided for free by the College on the night. For a list of menu items please visit: www.marymede.vic.edu.au/house-bbq-menu. Additionally, families may bring their own picnic basket/food with them.

Please Note: This is an alcohol free event.

 

Our P-12 House BBQ's will take place throughout March and provide our families with an excellent opportunity to meet with teachers and other families in your house, reinforcing the partnership between home and school.

BBQ Items:

- Beef Hamburgers (Gluten Free)

- Beef Sausages (Gluten Free)

- Veggie Burgers

- Onions

- Coleslaw

- Bread Buns

- Sliced Bread

- Soft Drink

- Water

Any family with addiitonal dietary requirements are welcome to bring their own picnic basket/food with them.

 

 

The Prep –Year 6 staff of Marymede Catholic College invite parents of students in Prep to Year 6 to come along to our Parent Information Night, on Tuesday 23rd February 2015 from 4.00pm – 7.00pm.

This year the information night will take on a new format. It is not only an opportunity for you to find out information which affects your child, but also aims to develop the partnership between home and school.

Each workshop will be in a specific location, and staff will inform you of where to move on to next allowing parents to rotate through each of the workshops within the hour.

If you have children in different year levels in the same session, please begin the session in the house of your eldest child. 

Below are the session times, indicating the starting point for your series of rotations:

 

4.00- 5.00pm; Prep, Year 1 & Year 2

Prep House - Numeracy workshop (Prep parents)

House 1 - General business (Year 1 parents)

House 2 - Literacy workshop  (Year 2 parents)

5.00-  6.00pm; Year 3 & Year 4 (Held in House 3)                                   -

Room 301 -  ICT workshop (parents of children in 3.1, 4.1)

Room 302 - Mathematics workshop (parents of children in 3.2, 4.2, 3.5)

Room 303 - Literacy workshop (parents of children in 3.3, 4.3)

Room 306 - General business (parents of children in 3.4, 4.4, 4.5)

6.00- 7.00pm; Year 5 and Year 6 (Held in House 5)                                                                                

Room 505 - General business  (parents of children in 5.1, 6.1)

Room 506 - ICT workshop (parents of children in 5.2, 6.2)

Room 507 - English workshop (parents of children in 5.3, 6.3)

Room 501 - Homework workshop (parents of children in 5.4, 6.4)

Room 503 - Mathematics workshop (parents of children in 5.5, 6.5)

 

This is a Parent Information Night, therefore, children are not required to attend.

Congratulations to Year 11 student Jack Petrucelle on his recent selection in the Vic Metro Team set to compete at the upcoming Basketball Australia Under-18 National Championships!

Jack has been featured in February 15 edition of the Whittlesea Leader.

Outstanding achievement - congratulations Jack!

Article Courtesy of: Chris Cavanagh - Whittlesea Leader

We are extremely fortunate to be able to offer sessional dance to Year 7-12 students at Marymede Catholic College in 2016.

Classes will be offered in many styles such as Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Ballet for Secondary students of all levels from Beginner through to Advanced.

The aim of the lessons will be to increase student’s coordination, flexibility and strength as dancers in a fun and friendly environment with the intention of developing a Dance Program at Marymede.

Sessional dance will be at an extra cost to families in the same way that instrumental music is offered at the College. The cost is affordable and much cheaper than classes in dance studio settings outside of school. Students will be charged $10.00 a week and be expected to pay up front for the Semester.

Students involved in sessional dance classes will have the opportunity to perform at various school events and will also be involved in a dance concert towards the end of the year.

Interested students should submit their signed/completed ‘Dance Enrolment’ and ‘Terms and Condition’ Forms to the Main Reception (Accounts Window) by no later than Wednesday February 17.

For further information please contact Ms Bedford or Ms Turco at the College.

On Thursday February 11, the College held it's 2016 Leadership Induction Assembly which saw this year's Student Leaders across Years 6-12 inducted and our VCE 2015 High Achievers acknowledged.

The Leadership induction ceremony was led faithfully by Fr. Martin Ashe who then handed over to our 2016 College Captains Betsey and Adrian along with fellow leaders to commence their Leadership Pledge.

You can watch our 2016 Student Leaders recite their pledge HERE.

The College then welcomed back and acknowledged our VCE 2015 High Achievers and congratulated them on their recent academic success. This section of the event was highlighted by an outstanding speech to 2016 students from our College Dux Ms Nakita Costanzo. Nakita's commitment and dedication to her academic studies across both of her VCE years is to be commended and is something which all current students can aspire to.

The assembly concluded with Mr. Kenny's first official address for 2016.

You can watch Mr. Kenny's 'Principal's Address' HERE.

2016 Student Leaders:

Adrian Pieri

College Captain

Betsey Rasia

College Captain

Julia Cavasinni

Faith & Mission Leader

Brittany Bonello

Wellbeing Leader

Emma Wardell

Environment Leader

Larissa Skenderis

Cultural Leader

Matthew Distefano

Cultural Leader

Nanette Mangoba

Cultural Leader

Olivia Hughes

Learning Excellence Leader

James Henderson

Sports Leader

Laura Castles

Sports Leader

Emily Maney

Chanel House Captain

Mikayla Di Mauro

Chanel House Captain

Vincent Nativo

Chisholm House Captain

Chloe Coniglio

Chisholm House Captain

Sheldon Chetty

Marcellin House Captain

Gemma Parsons

Marcellin House Captain

Christian Petralia

McAuley House Captain

Maya Cunanan

McAuley House Captain

Marc Daniele

McCormack House Captain

Mary Pargas

McCormack House Captain

Teagan Brady

Romero House Captain

Adrianna Panayiotou

Romero House Captain

Alannah Mazzeo

Primary Captain

Ethan Jessel

Primary Captain

Liam Newport

Chanel Primary House Captain

Talia D'Agostino

Chanel Primary House Captain

Damian Trenevski

Chisholm Primary House Captain

Jacinta Kouts

Chisholm Primary House Captain

Deacon Kalpakis

Marcellin Primary House Captain

Ella Pinney

Marcellin Primary House Captain

David Coles

McAuley Primary House Captain

Declan Nhemachena

McAuley Primary House Captain

Jack Miles

McCormack Primary House Captain

Chloe Gravina

McCormack Primary House Captain

Adrian Alessandrino

Romero Primary House Captain

Chloe Quick

Romero Primary House Captain

2015 College Dux Nakita Costanzo

Mr. Kenny Presents 2016 Student Leader Brittany Bonello with her Leadership Badge

2016 Leadership Pledge

Mr. Kenny's 'Principal's Address'

Having started at the young age of two, Year 12 student Eliza Edwards can’t remember a time when she wasn’t dancing.

And if current achievements are anything to go by, she has a lifetime of dance to look forward to - having recently been one of very few students across the State accepted to perform at the VET Dance ‘Top Class - Seasons of Excellence’ concert, set to take place on Thursday February 25 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Eliza was selected to audition for this concert after receiving outstanding results in VET Dance which she completed at Marymede Catholic College in 2015 – finishing with an overall study score of 47 out of 50, the second highest in the State.

To audition, Eliza prepared two solo performances in Contemporary and Jazz dance, with the later earning her selection into this year’s exhibition. “I was pretty nervous but also really excited going into the Audition” says Eliza, who now dances 4 nights a week at ‘Bev Palmer Performing Arts’ in South Morang.

And whilst she loves everything about dancing – “performing, being up on stage and just everything!” she has found her passion to be a particularly helpful outlet during her VCE years – “dancing allows me to express myself and have a small amount of time away from studies and the demands of VCE.”

This year Eliza is undertaking VCE Dance, English, Further Maths, Health & Human Development and Physical Education. She hopes to complete her VCE studies before exploring some options overseas in 2017 and beyond. “I’m hoping to eventually travel the world through my dancing and see where that takes me.”

For now though, the focus is solely on VCE and her upcoming Top Class concert, although she does have some great advice for young aspiring dancers: “Go for it! Just keep dancing and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something – anything is possible.”

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Eliza on this outstanding achievement and we wish her all the very best in her final year of Secondary school and future dancing endeavours.

Photo Courtesy of the Edwards Family

Last Thursday February 4, the Parents and Friends Committee at Marymede Catholic College held their anunal Prep parents Morning Tea.

This is a popular event each year providing an opportunity for some of the newest Parents in the Marymede Community to meet and have a chat with one another whilst also learning about the P&F Committee and ways in which they support the College.

The Parents & Friends Committee is made up of enthusiastic parents who all share the positive vision and values of the College. Activities of the Parents and Friends Committee may be of a social nature, for fundraising, or assistance with important College events. The Committee also acts as a point of liaison between businesses and organisations in our wider community.

We'd like to acknowledge the P&F for organising this great event and thank all parents in attendance on the day. We strongly encourage any parent/guardian interesting beocming a member of the Committee to contact them via paf@marymede.vic.edu.au.

 

We invite all families to visit us and experience Marymede Catholic Coollege first hand.

Open mornings are conducted on a regular basis and provide families with a great chance to meet and speak with our College Principal Mr Michael Kenny, tour our College grounds and discuss the opportunities available to all students here at the College.

Please find below a list of upcoming Open Mornings:

Wednesday February 17

Thursday March 17

Thursday April 21

Monday May 16

Wednesday June 15

Tuesday September 13

Tuesday October 11

Tuesday November 8

Thursday December 1

(Please Note: All Open Mornings commence at 9.30am in the Auditorium Foyer)

For all further information regarding enrolment or tours at Marymede Catholic College please contact our College Registrar Mr Matthew Luczek on 9407-9000 or alternatively, email registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au.

Term 1 2016 has seen many exciting mornings already take place, with both our new Year 7 students and new Prep students commencing their Secondary and Primary School journeys respectively, in addition to several new students across Years 1-6 and 8-12.

The yards at Marymede Catholic College saw lots of smiles, cuddles, and even some tears as parents sent their children off on new adventures and exciting new journeys began. We are pleased to report that all students have settled into class well.

Our Year 7 students have been busy learning their new timetables with the asisstance of Senior students and also enjoying a raft of new subjects, whilst our Prep students introduction into Primary School will continue over the coming weeks as they move into full days/weeks at School.

2016 sees just under 200 new students to the College. We would like to extend a warm Marymede welcome to the following students and their families:

Prep – Year 6:
Hannah Adriatico, Aiden Ajvazovski, Liam Angerosa, Amalia Antoniou, Joseph Antony, Alice Arena, Karthik Arumugam, Diarne Aspros, Alyssa Bajric, Annissa Barber, Kian Batra, Matthew Bergamin, Palak Bharti, Rubin Bhullar, Noah Boby, Jesal Bonsrey, Sara Bousioutas, Michael Brakis, Eliza Brice, Bonnie Chen, Chiara Cramond, Talia Cutajar, Suhaan Daga, Chelsea D'Alfonso, James De Nittis, Piyumi De Silva, Marcus De Simone, Amelie Delary-Simpson, Olivia D'Ettorre, Chelsea Devlin, Veda Dewal, Jayden Diaz, Marcus Dibella, Maximus Dimitry, Kemith Dissanayake, Sascha Domalapally, Anoushka Domalapally, Rhys D'Rozario, Abel Eldose, Kalan Ellis, Marcus Ensabella, Inuki Fernando, Steven Fiorenza, Luke Flammea, Caleb Formica, Oliver Fortuna, Luis Fragale, Rahaan Gill, Ada Gordon, Halina Grande, Domenic Grasso, Shams Haider, Anita Hemmatjoo, James Horsburgh, Vivienne Horsburgh, Jayda Impicciche, Tanisha Iyer, Prithvi Jagdeo, Isabella Jessel, Shika Joe, Vaika Joe, Alden Jones, Paul Kaiprambattu Shine, Aryan Khangura, Elliah Klein, Chanula Konara Mudiyansele, Mineth Kumarasinghe, Elina Laiju, Holly Lautee, Tegan Macartney, Isabella Maccia, Oliver Maillard, Hannah Mathew, Ava Mavrogiannis, Isabella Mavrogiannis, Zara Menicucci, Mila Miseski, Kathrina Mudaliar, Ciera Multari, Gabriella Murphy, Ava O'Halloran, Marcel Oriarewo, Mitchelle Oriarewo, Chloe Pal, Ricki Panzarino, Jenuli Patabendi Maddumage, Andrew Patto, Michael Petrou, Elijah Pollard-Edwards, Aarcha Pramod, Shreyan Prasad, Karizma Ratti, Tyla Rechichi, Simon Rizkalla, Liam Roberts, Anneka Roberts, Fabiano Rocchi, Cassie Rogers, Daryl Roy, Newman Rukweza, Aaron Sajeev, Japneet Sandhu, Amelia Sansonetti, Isaac Sapazovski, Emilia Sforzato, Haleh Shamsa, Deevya Singh, Ashavn Singh, Maddyn Smith, Samuella Smith, Samuel Smith, Abraham Smith, Nikita Stefanile, Lakshy Sudarshan, Ethesha Sunilkumar, Tyson Tambolash, Jett Taormina, Francesca Trinidad, Mitch Tyson, Tori Vann, Ansh Vara, Meriel Varghese, Elie Victor, Jesse Vinci, Joshua Virgona, Mia Vitacca, Linda Vrkic, Lucas Wan, Ava Westgarth, Ace Whitnall, Rachael Williams, Mackenzie Young, Benjamin Zychla

Years 7 - 12:
Jade Adolph, Adrijan Ajvazovski, Rami Al Saiegh, Ramzi Al-Moghrabi, Kushal Anand, Olivia Antonello, Peter Arsov, Michael Baini, Christian Baratang, Jarryd Cairns, Jayde Caracella, Marcus Caruana, Jayle Cavus, Munashe Chagumaira, Chirag Charan Singh, Helsen Cross, Gabriella Cvetkova, Megha Das, Grace Demarte, Artemis Economakis, Alexis Fernando, Harrison Freeman, Rocky Gentile, Jordan Gorsevski, Jack Graham, Dina Gris, Joshua Guest, James Gurtler, Jordan Hare, Blake Harris, Ross Hatzis, Eric Hatzis, Alida Hemmatjoo, Brent Holmberg, Mitchell Huggins, Jett Humphreys, Andre Ialongo, Ivana Ilic, Lachlan Isgro, Joshua Johnson, Naomi Kelada, Tiwanthya Konara Mudiyansele, George Kounelakis, Felicity Loutas, Madeline Mangos, Jonas Markovski, Zainab Masalawala, Mustafa Masalawala, Jamie-Lee Mathews, Ethaniel Mhute, Michael Mileto, David Miseski, Victoria Papaioannou, Gavin Peasnell, Claudia Pironi, Cassandra Rukweza, Stefan Santinon, Liana Savanjika, Sankirth Sunil, Izel Tekin, Angelo Thomas, Mustafa Tohow, Julian Trampevski, Jacob Trampevski, Tegan Woods.

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all parents/guardians of current students to the first ‘Morning Tea with the Principal’ for 2016 taking place on Thursday February 25, commencing at 9.00am upstairs in the Auditorium Foyer.

This event will continue in 2016 after running successfully across all 4 Terms in 2015 and will give parents a great opportunity to catch up with our Principal Mr. Michael Kenny, along with other parents and members of the Marymede Community.

Bookings are essential due to limited spaces, and spots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To book, please send your RSVP to rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au along with the following details, by no later than FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19:

- Full Names of ALL in attendance

- Your child/children’s year level

- Contact phone number

Should this event reach its capacity prior to Friday February 19, the College will send out an email to all families closing the bookings. Please note, this event invitation is extended to parents/guardians only. Marymede students will not be permitted to attend.

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all parents of students in Years 7-12 to an upcoming free seminar hosted by the College titled ‘Understanding and Communicating with Adolescents’ on Thursday February 25 from 7.00pm.

The first in a series of 4 seminars occurring throughout 2016, this hour long session will focus on understanding adolescent development and helping parents to communicate more effectively with their adolescent children.

Seminar 1: ‘Understanding and Communicating with Adolescents’

Seminar 2: ‘Setting Boundaries and Consequences’

Seminar 3: ‘Mental Health and Adolescents’

Seminar 4: ‘Building Resilient Families’

We ask that any parents interested please send your attendance details including child’s name and number of people in attendance to rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au by no later than Thursday February 18, 2016.

If you have any further questions about this seminar or series, please do not hesitate to contact our College Psychologist Ms Jaclyn Danaher at Jaclyn.danaher@marymede.vic.edu.au

 

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise all parents/guardians that during the 2016 Lent period, the College Canteen will not be selling (over-the-counter or online) any meat items to Staff or Students on Ash Wednesday (February 10) and each Friday (from February 12 to March 18).

During this period however, the Canteen will continue to sell Sushi, Rice Paper Rolls, Fish Burgers and Fish Wraps, Pizza, Sandwiches, Rolls etc.

The regular Canteen Menu will apply on all remaining dates not listed above. Parents who have not yet registered for our online ordering service can do so via Flexischools at https://www.flexischools.com.au

Applications for enrolment at Marymede Catholic College in Year 7, 2017 are open now but will close soon on Friday February 26, 2016.

Any family interested in applying for a position and becoming a new member of the Marymede Community will need to complete the 'Enrolment Application Form' and return to the College with copies of your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate (where applicable), recent School Report and NAPLAN results along with your $77 application fee.

For more information regarding Year 7, 2017 please contact the College Registrar on 9407-9000, email registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au or alternatively check out the links below.

Discover new ambitions and aspire to achieve excellence at Marymede Catholic College in 2017.

Enrolment Application Form

School Fees

Curriculum Information

School Bus

General Enrolment Information

Marymede Catholic College wishes all families that the College Bus Service will commence on MONDAY FEBRUARY 1, 2016.

The service routes and timetables have changed in 2016 and we encourage all families to familiarise themselves with the new details by accessing the route information HERE.

For all further information regrading the Marymede Bus Service or to purchase a Bus pass please ocntact the College on 9407-9000

Marymede Catholic College’s Sport Department is now accepting applications for positions in the ‘Marymede Soccer Academy’ in 2016 for students in Years 7-12.  

The Marymede Soccer Academy provides an opportunity for Marymede’s elite soccer athletes (male and female) to take their soccer performance to the next level through participation in an intensive skills program running across Term 1, 2, 3 and 4. We are looking for outstanding soccer talent who has made a significant contribution to soccer at Marymede, in their local community, regionally, state wide or nationally.

Program Focus:
The main focus of the ‘Marymede Soccer Academy’ will be the development of skill, tactical play and endurance specific to soccer. Athletes will also benefit from an experienced coach, increased self-confidence and improved performance.

Who is running the Marymede Soccer Academy?
The program will be run by David O’Connor (DOC). DOC is the president of DOC football academy and was nominated for Coach of the year and was selected by the S-league to coach an S-league all-star representative side to play the Singapore National team.

Benefits:
•    Improvement in skill
•    Improvement in understanding of the game.
•    Improve player ability.
•    Tactically analysis focus and improvement in game situations.
•    Individual student areas of focus for improvements.

When will the sessions commence:
Students will be expected to attend the academy on Monday (male squad) and Tuesday (female squad) afterschool (3:30pm to 4.30pm) on the Soccer Pitch starting Monday February 15, and Tuesday February 16, 2016.

Requirements:
MSA is looking for students who are serious about their soccer and want to learn, it is not for students who are undisciplined and are unprepared to put 100% into it. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions across each program. Failure to attend on 2 occasions without notification via email will result in removal from the program.

Participants must be excelling in Soccer, participating in/or aspirations to be a member of a representative, state or national team.

Please complete the attached application form to apply for a position in the Marymede Soccer Academy. If you have any further questions please contact 9407 9000 or email Mrs Natalie Savage – Head of Sport natalie.savage@marymede.vic.edu.au

Click Here to Access the Mayrmede Soccer Academy Application Form

Marymede Catholic College is looking forward to the 2016 School year with great enthusiasm.

Here's what you need to know regarding 2016 commencement:

1. When does Term 1, 2016 commence?

The first group of students will return to School for Term 1 on Friday January 29, 2016. This will be students in Years 7, students studying a Unit 1 or Unit 3 subject and VCAL students only. Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 will commence on Monday February 1, whilst students from Prep to Year 6 will commence on Tuesday February 2.

Please click HERE for a full list of starting dates.

2. When does the Main Office open?

The Main Office has now re-opened, for any enquiries please contact 9407-9000.

3. Where can I find a list of important dates for Term 1, 2016?

The College Calendar for 2016 is available on the website by clicking HERE.

4. Is the Uniform Shop open?

Yes. The Uniform Shop has now re-opened. For a full list of trading hours please click HERE.

Normal trading hours for Term 1 will commence on Monday January 25, 2016.

5. Which Uniform does my child wear in Term 1?

All students will be required to wear their SUMMER uniform for Term 1, 2016. New students are to refer to the acceptable footwear document provided to them upon enrolment for rules regarding footwear.

6. Upon the commencement of School, where can I drop my child off and collect them from?

The College Drop-Off/Pick-Up areas are located at Gate A (exit through Gate C), Gate E and Gate F (exit through Gate G).

7. My Child has lost their 2016 Booklist, can I collect a new one?

Copies of the 2016 Booklists are available via the Main Office.

8. I did not receive my Child’s Semester 2, 2015 Academic Report, where can I access this?

Semester 2, 2015 Academic Reports were released online via our Parent Access Module (PAM) during the final week of Term 4, 2015. Parents will be able to access their child’s report by visiting PAM and logging in with the details provided to you. If you cannot remember you PAM login details, please contact the College on 9407-9000. For privacy reasons, the College will need to confirm the identity of any detail request before providing usernames and passwords.

9. Primary School Testing Dates:

During the final week of 2015, all Primary School families received a letter containing information on booking testing sessions via PAM.

Testing will take place by appointment on Friday January 29 and Monday February 1. ALL Primary School families will be required to book their child’s testing sessions online. If you are unable to locate your login details please contact the College on 9407-9000 immediately.

10. Will we have a chance to chat with Mr. Kenny in Term 1?

Yes, all families will have the opportunity to attend our Morning Teas with the Principal, which will continue in 2016.

11. My Child is new to Marymede Catholic College in 2016, and would like to change Houses. Is this possible?

No. The College does not allow for movement between Houses.

12. My Child is new to Marymede Catholic College in 2016. What items can he/she bring with her to School each day?

The College does not take responsibility for any personal items brought into the College grounds. Secondary School students should refer to their 2016 Student Diary for rules regarding the use of Mobile Phones and other technologies on College grounds.

13. What are the School Fees in 2016?

Please click HERE to view the 2016 School Fee Structure.

14. When will Fee Statements for 2016 be sent out?

2016 Fee Statements have now been sent out to all families via email. If you have not yet received a statement please contact the Accounts Office on 9407-9000.

15. Will the School Bus Service continue in 2016?

Yes, the School Bus Service will continue in 2016, with routes remaining similar to those listed in 2015. The College requires a 25% deposit on all Bus fees by no later than Friday January 29, with all Semester 1 Bus fees required to be paid IN FULL by no later than Friday February 26, 2016.

 

16. My contact details have changed over the Christmas Break, who can I report these to?

For any change in contact details please contact the College Registrar on 9407-9000 or alternatively email to registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au.

17. Are 2017 Enrolment Applications open?

Yes. Applications for Year 7, 2017 are closing soon. All applications are due by no later than Friday February 26, 2016. Enrolment Interviews are scheduled to take place in early March 2016, and all applicants will receive a letter regarding this process.

Yes. Applications for Prep 2017 are open and will close on Monday May 2, 2016.

For further information regarding enrolment at Marymede Catholic College please contact the Registrar on 9407-9000.

18. When is the IT Helpdesk open?

The IT Helpdesk is open daily between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm. You can contact the IT Helpdesk via phone on 9407-9000 or email at helpdesk@marymede.vic.edu.au.

19. Will there be any Parent Information Evenings at the beginning of the 2015 School year?

Yes. There will be several Parent Information Evenings during the early stages of Term 1, 2016. Information regarding these events will be communicated to parents in the coming weeks.

 

For all further enquiries regarding the commencement of the 2016 School Year please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9407-9000.

 

Marymede Catholic College would like to wish all families a very Merry Christmas, a happy and healthy New Year and a safe, enjoyable summer break.

We'd like to thank all members of the Marymede Community for another amazing year. We are looking forward to 2016 and celebrating our first 10 years with great enthusiasm.

A reminder that 2016 starting dates can be found by clicking HERE

The College Office will close on Tuesday December 22, 2015 and will re-open on Wednesday January 6, 2016.

 

In final edition of 'Meet the Teacher' for 2015, we speak with Mrs. Natalie Savage, a member of our Secondary School Teaching Team and Head of Sport.

Name: Natalie Savage – Head of Sport (Secondary) & Secondary School Teacher – Natalie.savage@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

For the past 5 years I have been a part of the Secondary Health and Physical Education team as a Teacher which has seen me teach Years 7-12 Health and Years 7-10 P.E in addition to coaching several of our sporting teams including Netball, Tennis and Athletics. My greatest success as a Coach at Marymede Catholic College would be with our boys Volleyball team who have won Premierships in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

I have also been a Tutor Teacher as part of the Chanel Guild.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

My day is always jam-packed and very busy, usually I’m up at 5.00am to fit in my own training and then off to either swimming training at Mill Park YMCA (Term 4) or at my desk organising the day ahead.

This year I have had the pleasure of teaching Year 12 Health and Human Development as well as the first group of Year 11 VET Sport and Recreation students along with Years 9-10 HPE. As I knew many of the Year 12’s when they were fresh faced Year 7 students, it was an honour to be a part of their journey and to support them in their final year of study at Marymede Catholic College.

Being involved in the HPE and Sport Department means there is always something happening, whether it’s training, match-day or lunchtime competitions, it’s a very fun place to be involved in and extremely rewarding. I am very lucky to work in a team full of passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic Staff who are always keen to get the best out of everyone.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

There are many aspects of teaching that I find rewarding. I see myself as a role-model for future generations and not just simply a ‘Teacher’, so whether it be students achieving top marks or simply receiving a smile in the schoolyard from students, teaching brings something new, challenging, different and exciting every day.

I always love it when people say “teachers have the best holidays, they get 20 weeks off a year”.

Those of us who are teachers know that those ‘holidays’ never end up being a holiday as there’s usually work on laptops or a bag full of corrections to take home!

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Avocado (Healthy), Ice Cream (Treat)

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Keeping up with the Kardashians (Allows me to switch off my brain!)

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You:

- I have represented Victoria in Table Tennis at the National Championships

- I am Level 6 Gymnast

- I have played womens AFL

- I love wakeboarding and skiing

- Have played State League netball for VU in a championship division

- I hold a brown belt in Karate

- Played Grade 1 Victorian tennis

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete:

This changes often as I generally like to get behind female athletes having a positive impact for all females in sport. For 2015 I would say: Ronda Rousey, Serena Williams, Alana Blanchard, Sally Fitzgibbons and Michelle Payne.

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

My Husband – I never seem to have time to spend with him.

My Parents – They are the best parents anyone could ask for.

Beyoncé – Ultimate girl-power!

 

Mrs. Savage at the Marymede Catholic College Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday December 2, 2015 Marymede Catholic College celebrated just our second ever group of Scholarship recipients in our Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

The College was honoured to welcome the students and their families in addtion to special guests from St Mary's Primary School Whittlesea (Phillip Smith and Tanya Osborne) and Mill Park Heights Primary School (Deborah Patterson) as we acknowledged our Scholarship recipients and presented them with their certificate.

We congratulate the following students on recieveing a Marymede Catholic College Scholarship commencing in 2016:

Year 5, 2016 Academic Excellence Scholarship
Suchiti Sangwan

Year 7, 2016 Academic Excellence Scholarship
Laurence Portella
Abhay Sharma
Grace Wake

Year 9, 2016 Academic Endeavour Scholarship
Reece Colosimo
Jackson Mansell

Year 7, 2016 General Excellence Scholarship
Jarnai Brancaleone
Blake Harris (Mill Park Heights Primary School)
Nandana Nair
Jarrod Taylor

Year 7, 2016 Music Scholarship
Imogen Garland
Joshua Guest (St. Mary's Primary School Whittlesea)
Thomas Kouroumalis
Maya Perez-Guerra
Laurence Portella
Elizabeth Xerri

Year 9, 2016 Music Scholarship
George El-Azar
Giovanni Sawali

It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces return to Marymede Catholic College on Tuesday December 1, 2015 attending our Alumni Gathering.

The Alumni Gathering provided a great opportunity for our past graduates to meet our Principal Mr. Kenny, catch up with peers and learn about the new and exciting journeys that they are now undertaking! Discussions were also had with regards to our formal College Reunion which will take place in 2016 in conjunction with our 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations.

Marymede Catholic College would like to thank all past students in attendance on the night and we look forward to many more exciting ALumni events in the future.

 

The dream of one day having her own book published is what drives Year 9 student, Bridget Cassar-Tangas, to continue following her passion for writing and based on recent achievements, Bridget’s dream is getting closer and closer each day.

One of her recent creations, ‘In Class Now’ has just been accepted for publication into this year’s edition of ‘The Write Track’. The story was written as part of Bridget’s creative monologue writing task in her English class here at Marymede Catholic College.

She then made the decision to enter the piece for publication but did not anticipate what would happen next.

“When I found out that my story was one of the few that had been selected for publication (Australia wide) I was extremely overwhelmed and excited! It's such a huge achievement that I never expected, I thought I'll just enter and see how it goes.” recalls Bridget, who started writing in her spare time and grew very fond of it.

“The best thing about writing is that you are able to imagine or create yourself in another world. I feel developing characters and the story itself, can allow your readers to visualise what they are reading.”

Bridget also uploads many of her stories to the writing website ‘Wattpad’, one of which has successfully achieved 10,000 reads. “I would never have expected to accomplish such a mountable number of readers, and have had some great positive feedback from people who have read it.”

Her advice to other young, aspiring writers? “Allow your imagination to create a piece of writing that is unique and special to you. Give it a go and you never know what the future holds for you!”

You can find a link to some of Bridget’s stories online by clicking HERE.

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Bridget on her recent achievement and we wish her all the very best in her future creative endeavours.

Year 9 student Bridget with this year's edition of 'The Write Track'

Exciting times lie ahead for Massimo Gamboni (Year 9) who will take part in his first ever Solo Art Exhibition on December 3 titled ‘The Stages of Filmmaking, a Comical Take at the Making of Movies.’

Massimo, who has been drawing for as long he can remember, recently spent the last 3 months drawing cartoons about another one of his passions – filmmaking.

Marymede Catholic College spoke with Massimo about his recent achievement:

What are you looking forward to most about the exhibition?
I’m looking forward to being able to showcase my talents.

How many of your own drawings/creations do you keep at home?
I’ve drawn so many pieces over the years that it’s probably too hard to keep track!

What are your ambitions for the future?
I hope to finish School, and go on study animation at University. To one day work for Pixar (a California-based animation company) would be a dream come true.

Do you have any advice for other young students/children who enjoy drawing/art?
Draw what you love and try to share your artwork with as many people as possible. You never know who will see them and give you a new opportunity. The Baseline City of Whittlesea Program gave me the opportunity to showcase my images and I highly recommend joining that program if you are interested in drawing/art.

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Massimo on his recent achievements and we wish him all the best in his future artistic endeavours.

The Stages of Filmmaking, a Comical Take at the Making of Movies will be at EDGE Services for Young People, Shop MM1, Westfield Plenty Valley, Mill Park, from December 3.


 

 

It was truly a special moment in the history of Marymede Catholic College on Thursday November 12 as College Principal Mr. Kenny along with 2016 College Captains Adrian and Betsey, and 2015 Primary School Leaders Jarrod and Nandana presented Mr. Wileman from St. Vincent De Paul Society with a cheque for $10,000 – a result of the funds raised from Marymede Day 2015.

The story behind this fundraising campaign starts months ago, with the College deciding to make Marymede Day 2015 a ‘Mission-Action’ day – an opportunity for all students to get together and share in something truly special by setting themselves a goal of raising $10,000 in just one day. Head of Faith & Mission P-12 Ms. Judeline Wadhwani looks back on the decision – “We believed $ 10,000 was an achievable target for our first year of Mission-Action.  We wanted to get the community’s confidence in achieving a realistic target.  St Vincent de Paul is a well-loved and respected Catholic charity: internationally, nationally and locally.  We also liked the fact that we work so closely with the Mernda Conference of Vinnies and decided to support it.”

And so the hard work began – with each Guild deciding upon different experiences which would be available for students to take part in on the day. The majority of the funds were raised through ticket sales which could be used by students to enjoy activities such as the FIFA Competition, Photo Booth, Sporting Challenge, Face and Nail Painting and of course a number of different food stalls which are always popular at the College!

“The manner in which Mission-Action was embraced by students and staff alike was very rewarding to me.  As the weeks and days drew near, the excitement was palpable and there was a great sense of anticipation about what the day would bring.”  Ms. Wadhwani

“It was great to see so much student involvement throughout the campaign and to see our students working together. The strong sense of communication really helped to ensure the campaign would be a success.” Ms. Andrea Zappulla – Head of Chanel Guild and Secondary School Teacher.

It was clear by the end of the afternoon, that Marymede Day 2015 was a huge success. Students truly embraced the opportunity to celebrate the occasion and made the most of the 3 hour block in which the activities occurred. However the final result of fundraising would not be known for several days whilst counting took place.

“I was so emotional at the moment the $10,000 was announced, it is so humbling to know I was part of a great community coming together to make such a big difference.” Ms Melinda Muir – Head of Faith & Mission (Primary)

“I think the best thing about achieving our target of $10 000 was that the students really didn’t believe they could do it. To see their response upon hearing what was raised, gave the students a real sense of pride in being able to help others.” Ms Simone McGill - Youth Ministry Co-ordinator and Chisholm Guild Tutor.

With the final tally announced, and our goal of $10,000 reached, students gathered at the final Secondary School assembly for 2015 to hand over the cheque and reflect on the great achievement. We’d like to thank all members of the Marymede Community for their support and look forward to next years campaign – with a view to raising $16,000 in ‘16!

Cheque for $10,000 presented to St. Vincent De Paul Society

The Cupcake Stall at Marymede Day 2015

Students embrace Mission-Action

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mr. Derek McConn, a member of our Secondary School Teaching Team and Head of Health and Physical Education.

Name: Derek McConn – Head of Health and Physical Education (Secondary) & Secondary School Teacher – derek.mcconn@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am the Head of Health and Physical Education (7 – 12) and I also currently teach Years 7-10 Physical Education, VCE Physical Education and Sport.

My role here at Marymede Catholic College is to facilitate the delivery of a broad and inclusive physical education program for all students in Years 7-12.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

Currently, the Health and Physical Education (HPE) team are working on the development of a VCE Concept Program (Years 7-10) in Physical Education which is to be introduced in 2016.

Simply put, our students will be introduced to VCE concepts from Year 7 accelerating their learning in a practical setting. For example, rather than a student in Year 7 just completing an athletics unit, in 2016 they will gain an understating of the concept of ‘Energy Systems’ through the medium of athletics. We will be introducing several VCE concepts to our student cohort in this manner across the Years 7-10 Physical Education program.

We believe this will give Marymede students who wish to study subjects in the HPE domain a significant advantage as they enter their VCE program in the coming years.

My day is broken up between teaching and facilitating the design and delivery of our outstanding Physical Education program at the College. This requires regular meetings with Staff, collaborating on the creation of new ideas, making relevant bookings for external coaches and events, researching and planning new ideas for curriculum development and setting a plan in place where these new ideas can be delivered effectively and on time.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

Researching and introducing innovative new approaches to developing our program is extremely enjoyable. The real reward is seeing our students engaged on a level which surpasses even their own expectations.

Additionally, working with a team who share the same vision, passion and values makes every day an enjoyable experience at Marymede Catholic College.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Fajitas (Mexican Irish Food!)

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Game of Thrones

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I love to make homemade wine.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Arsenal FC – I’m a ‘Gooner’ (Nickname used to describe Arsenal fans – derived from the team’s nickname ‘The Gunners’)

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Dennis Bergkamp – Arsenal Football Club great!

Joe Cooney – An Irish hurling legend.

My Mum – I haven’t seen her in ages!

 

Mr. McConn with members of the 2015 Marymede High Performance Academy.

Marymede Catholic College would like to advise all families that dates for our 2016 Sacramental Program have now been confirmed. Families taking part in each Sacrament will be sent further information regarding specific details throughout 2016.

The Sacramental Program dates can be found below:

 

Sacrament of Confirmation:

Sunday April 17, 2.30pm  - St Patrick’s Cathedral

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Wednesday August 24, 5.00pm

Wednesday August 24, 7.00pm

Thursday August 25, 5.00pm

Thursday August 25, 7.00pm

Held in the Chapel of Annunciation at Marymede Catholic College

 

Sacrament of Eucharist:

Sunday October 16, 2.30pm - St Patrick’s Cathedral

Year 5 students currently involved in learning about Indigenous Spirituality as part of the 'Years 5 & 10 Linkage Program' were treated to a special visit by award winning Australian hip-hop artist Philly on Monday November 9.

Students have been working with Year 10 classes to look at the way in which Indigenous communities relate to the land, relationships, communities and the world around them. Classes have read dream time stories, wrote prayers, painted story stones and investigated the history of Indigenous persecution in Australia. They drew connections between Indigenous Religion and Catholicism in the calls to respect law, land, love and maintain community.

Philly's visit to Marymede Catholic College was hughly popular with the Year 5 students who were keen to ask as many questions as they possibly could. Philly performed a couple of tracks for the audience before speaking to them about his life, indigenous heritage and Aboriginal spirituality. The session concluded with a workshop on poems & rap music.

Thank you Philly!

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mr. Riccardo Iuele, a member of our Secondary Leadership Team.

Name: Riccardo Iuele – Head of Religious Education (Secondary) & Secondary School Teacher – riccardo.iuele@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

In addition to my role of Head of Religious Education (Secondary) as a member of the Secondary Leadership Team, I also teach VCE (Years 11 & 12) Italian, Year 11 Texts & Traditions, Year 12 Religion & Society and Years 8 & 10 Italian.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

As part of their Texts and Traditions studies, our Year 11 students are currently working on their action research projects exploring the issue of Ecology from both the Catholic and Jewish perspectives. I am very passionate about this issue particularly because it is an issue that concerns all human beings.

Students have been working in groups for the past few weeks studying the issue locally. A particular focus is the manner in which the College utilises key resources of energy (electricity consumption), tree planting (air pollution and air quality), water (recycled water that is harvested) and waste management (recycling). This action research project is our direct response to Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and his call to action for all humanity to care for our common home. The question at the heart of this action research project for our students is at the heart of Laudato Si – ‘What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?’ This inquiry project is also a direct response to our College theme this year “Let us love not only in words and speech, but in truth and action” (John 3:18).

I am really looking forward to seeing students present their findings and key insights as well as their action plans with clearly defined and achievable targets for the College in 2016 and beyond for how we manage our use of natural resources.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

The most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is working with adolescents at the various stages of their development and providing them with meaningful opportunities to grow spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially.

It is very rewarding to see young men and women achieve strong academic outcomes particularly when they might have doubted their potential and never thought themselves capable of being successful in their studies. It is very gratifying to see past Year 12 students go on to achieve and realise their ambitions and aspirations and then return to the College from time to time to have a “caffe” with me and share their successes and life experiences.

I feel very blessed to be able to work with adolescents at Marymede Catholic College because here, education is informed by a particular understanding of the world and a particular understanding of what it means to be human.    

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Pasta – definitely!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: La Vita e` Bella

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I love to make homemade wine.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Collingwood Football Club – because my Son idolises Collingwood, knows the name of every player, has all their footy cards and loves the footy!

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

My Wife – she is my best friend, my soulmate and I love spending quality time together with her. She is a truly amazing woman!

Sophia Loren – she has been my screen idol from a young age and because I got to meet her earlier this year when she visited Melbourne.

Pope Francis – he is a most humble and intriguing man doing great things for our Church today.

 

Mr Iuele with former Australian Cricketer Rick McCosker and Senior Secondary students at the 2015 'Catholic Man's Breakfast'

Friday October 30 saw one of the truly special events at Marymede Catholic College take place with students from Prep to Year 6 sharing in lunch with their Grandparents and/or special friends for 'Grandparents Day 2015'.

The College play areas were a sea of colour with students wearing their Guild uniforms and gathering together under their Guild marquee to share in a meal together with loved ones.

Marymede Catholic College would like to sincerely thank all Grandparents and special friends who attended on the day and helped to contribute to the huge success of the event.

We already look forward to the 2016 edition with great enthusiasm!

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Chelsea Harrop (Year 6) and Marisa Bellina (Year 12) who were announced as recipients of 'Certificates of Appreciation' presented by the Mayor of the City of Whittlesea Cr. Ricky Kirkham for services to the community in 2015.

Well done Chelsea and Marisa.

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Lee Campbell, a member of our College Administration Team.

Name: Lee Campbell – Executive Assistant to the Principal – lee.campbell@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

Executive Assistant to the Principal – Providing direct administrative assistance to the Principal.

Provide us with a ‘snapshot’ into your daily routine at the College

The great part about my job is that each day provides different challenges and opportunities, and as such, my daily routine is always changing!

Generally however, days will include monitoring the 4 email accounts that I am responsible for, diary management for Mr. Kenny (which is just about a full time job on its own!), preparing correspondence on behalf of the Principal, liaising with staff, parents and students, answering incoming phone calls directed to the Principal's Office, attending meetings to manage agendas and minute taking, welcoming guests to the Principal’s Office and providing additional administrative support as required!

What do you love most about working at Marymede Catholic College?

I love that my role is constantly changing and providing me with new opportunities to learn and grow. No two days in the Principal’s Office are the same which means I am constantly on my toes and need to be ready for anything. I also love being able to engage with many different members of the Marymede Community including staff, parents, visitors and guests. Watching the College grow and develop over the past 5 years has been a privilege and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Marymede Community for many more years to come!

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Any Indian vegetarian food.

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Love Actually (among a few) / Game of Thrones

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I used to skate at St. Moritz every weekend as a teenager and could complete the perfect ‘Figure 8!’

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: The mighty Collingwood Magpies (15 Premierships and counting!)

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Lennon (My Grandson) - His messy eating habits detract from mine!

Tony – My great friend who recently passed away.

Any Family Member – The most treasured dinner guests one can have.

 

Photo By: Liam McCormack

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all members of the Community to our upcoming Marymede Fete which will take place on Saturday November 21 from 10.00am – 4.00pm.

The Marymede Fete promises to be bigger and better than before with plenty of great activities for the whole family!

  • Market Stalls
  • Food Stalls
  • Rides
  • Entertainment
  • Showbags
  • Spinning Wheel
  • Andy’s Antics
  • And a whole lot more!

Don't miss out on this year's Fete as we'll be moving to a biennial (every second year) event from 2016!

For more information regarding The Marymede Fete please do not hesitate to contact our Parents & Friends Committee at paf@marymede.vic.edu.au

Stay tuned for more information – we look forward to seeing you there!

Marymede Catholic College would like to advise all families of the 2016 Starting Dates which can be found by accessing the link below:

Click Here for 2016 Starting Dates

Marymede Catholic College is delighted to announce that our 2016 Marymede Catholic College Secondary School Musical will be ‘The Wedding Singer’.

It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey's favourite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. Only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

With a brand new score that pays loving homage to the pop songs of the 1980s, THE WEDDING SINGER takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

The Wedding Singer features a large chorus with many featured roles for actors who sing, and dancers who act.

Check out this clip of the original Broadway cast performing the opening song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHXy_FIWmK8

All students (7-12) have been emailed an audition information pack. Audition bookings are now open.

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Andrea Zappulla, a member of our Secondary School Teaching team and Head of Chanel Guild.

Name: Andrea Zappulla - Secondary School Teacher / Head of Chanel Guild - andrea.zappulla@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I currently teach Physical Education (Years 7, 9 & VCE), Outdoor and Environmental Studies (VCE) in addition to my role as Head of Chanel Guild.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

I was recently involved in putting together Marymede Catholic College's first extra-curricular Snow Program at Mt. Hotham. The program was a huge success, offered to students in Years 8-12 who had demonstrated high levels of commitment and endeavour in their studies.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

Building relationships, inspiring young minds and teaching something which I am passionate about.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Chocolate or Greek Yoghurt

Favourite Movie/TV Show: At the moment I am hooked in 'Orange is the New Black'

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I can crochet.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: I'm not one for 'favourite teams' - although I do consider myself part of the black and white army.

Or

Torah Bright - She is my ideal sports star. An incredible Snowboarder and an all-round beautiful person.

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

My Grandparents - From my Father’s side who I never had the chance to meet.

My Fiance' - He is pretty awesome!

My Mum- Everyone loves their Mum!

 

Ms Zappulla with students on the 2015 Ski Camp.

We would like to extend a very warm invitation to the grandparents of your children to attend a picnic at Marymede Catholic College!

Friday October 30, 2015: 12.30pm – 1.30pm

The 2015 Grandparents Day Picnic will take place in the Primary School grounds. This event will allow students to enjoy a shared picnic with their grandparents in the grounds of the school and with our Primary School community.

If students do not have grandparents who are able to attend we ask that you consider a special family friend who could join them in the place of their grandparents.

 

  • Students to wear Guild uniform
  • Grandparents/special friends to provide a wrapper free lunch and picnic blanket or picnic chairs if they are not comfortable sitting on the ground/floor
  • Fine weather – Guild tents will be constructed in areas within the Primary School where guilds will congregate and meet grandparents
  • Wet weather – Guilds will meet in Guild Houses
  • Due to food allergies, food cannot be shared with other children

 

The Term 3 College Bulletin is now available online.

Click Here to Read the Term 3 College Bulletin

The Bulletin is produced at the conclusion of each Term and provides families with a snapshot of valuable news and information relating to Marymede Catholic College.

Please be reminded that Term 4 commences on Monday October 5, 2015..

Construction works on our new Marymede Trade Skills Centre have progressed at a rapid pace with plenty of items having recently been completed throughout August and early September.

Slabs have now been poured on both levels in addition to the external area of the building, whilst all frameworks are now complete. The roof is on and approximately 70% of the external cladding has also been completed.

Works are currently taking place internally with the installation of all windows, electricty, plumbing, air-conditioning, gutters and extraction units.

We also anticipate floor sealing and the installation of equipment to take place across the next month.

We are still on track for a completion date in late November 2015 and we look forward to further process over the coming weeks with great excitement.

The check out what the final product will look like, view our Trade Skills Centre video HERE.

You can also track its progress through some of the photos below!

The 2016 School Fees & Levies have now been finalised and the 2016 School Fee Structure released. To access the 2016 Fee Structure please click on the link below:

Click Here for the 2016 Fee Structure

Click Here for the 2016 School Fees and Levies Information Letter

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Adrian Pieri and Betsey Rasia on recently being annouced as our 2016 College Captains.

Adrian (McCormack House) commenced at Marymede Catholic College in 2011 joining us in Year 7, whilst Betsey joined the Marymede Community in 2013 having relocated from New South Wales.

"I'm grateful for this exciting opportunity to help shape the College for future generations to come." said Adrian, who wanted to become College Captain to be a role model for his fellow peers and represent the College to the best of his ability. Betsey is also looking forward to her leadership role, hoping to 'work together with Mr Kenny and fellow students to help grow and improve the Marymede Community".

We congratulate Adrian and Betsey on this achievement and wish them all the very best for 2016 as they work closely with Mr Kenny and the Marymede Community to represent the College.

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Jacqueline Tjorpatzis, a member of our Primary School Teaching team.

Name: Jacqueline Tjorpatzis - Year 3.1 Classroom Teacher / Year Level Co-ordinator (Year 3) - jacqueline.tjorpatzis@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am fortunate and blessed to have a beautiful Year 3 class at Marymede Catholic College. I am also the Year Level Coordinator for Year 3.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

As part of my Research Project for my Masters Degree in Education: (Student Wellbeing), I will be implementing mindfulness, meditation and positive education strategies inside and outside of the classroom. I will be running meditation this Semester at lunch time for a range of different year levels. My goal is to teach children (and even adults) multiple strategies to enhance their own wellbeing.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

To teach is a blessing. Each day I get the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. As a teacher, I’m a lifelong learner so I get to learn with the kids which is always exciting. I love seeing the journey of all students – especially those I have taught - from Prep to Year 12. I know that I had an overwhelming feeling of joy and pride seeing the students I taught in Year 1 commence in Year 7 this year. That is what makes Marymede Catholic College so special. Not many schools in Victoria give you the opportunity to see the journey from Prep to Year 12. I love seeing how the kids evolve over time and how much more “grown up” they become. Especially being a Primary teacher, I get to see a bigger and beautiful change. I love it!

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Hot Chips.

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Avatar & The Voice (The talent on that show is amazing!)

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I make an effort each day to be positive by: meditating, using affirmations & gratitude, reading inspirational books and quotes and I also love to write. I enjoy teaching mindfulness and meditation techniques for increasing someone’s wellbeing. I also love to help people in any way possible so I am studying my Masters Degree in Student Wellbeing and I am also a qualified life coach and hypnotherapist (don’t worry I won’t make you flap your arms like a chicken when I speak to you!).

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Collingwood FC, Melbourne Victory, Manchester United and Melbourne Vixens (I love sport!)

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Joan of Arc - This girl provided hope to the French people and led a whole army to victory. It took courage, strength, assurance and trust in her own abilities. She inspires me to inhabit these qualities as well. I’d love to know how she did it!
- “I am not afraid... I was born to do this.”

Louise Hay - The leading pioneer of positive thinking, affirmations and on how our thoughts can create our reality. Her story is another which inspires me on how she overcame cancer through a positive mindset and changing her life for the good. Her books and publishing company leads the industry in self-help and her books have transformed many lives. I’d love to get her advice on how I can impact the people around me for positive change as she has.
-    “The best gift we can give to children is to teach them to love themselves”

Jesus - One of the greatest teachers of all time. One man who changed the world. He demonstrated love and compassion to all those people with whom he encountered. This took a special person to do it all. Looking beyond his divinity, he changed humanity through his words and actions. I find this incredible and fascinating. I’d love to understand how he thinks, what words of wisdom he would impart for today’s modern society and how he had the ability to heal people instantly.
-    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” (The golden rule)

 

Photo by Liam McCormack

It's been another busy yet productive Term for members of the Marymede High Performance Academy with training concluding for Term 3 and set to continue early in Term 4.

Academy members continue to make some excellent gains in their training programs whilst Keely and Reuben also enjoyed some outstanding success at the recent SACCSS Division 1 Athletics Carnival - each crowned overall champions. Meanwhile, Caitlin (not pictured below) finished runner up in her division.

Students also recieved their new training gear late in Term 3 and are all set for their final training program for 2015 when the Academy returns back in Term 4.

The main focus of the ‘Marymede High Performance Academy’ is the development of functional strength specific to the given sport of each participant. Athletes will also benefit from a reduction in the likelihood of injury, increased self-confidence and improved performance in their given sport.

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MARYMEDE HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMY PROFILE PAGE

 

Academy members receive their new training gear.

High Performance Academy 2015 (Absent - Caitlin, Danielle)

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Simone McGill, a member of our Secondary School Teaching team.

Name: Simone McGill - Secondary School Teacher- simone.mcgill@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I currently teach Humanities (Years 8 and 9), Religious Education (Years 9, 10 and 11) and Indonesian (Year 10). Additionally I am also the Youth Ministry Coordinator.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

I recently worked with my Year 10 Religious Education class on a project where they collaborated with our Year 5 students in the classroom to learn more about aspects of Aboriginal history, culture and the Dreaming. This was a topic which all Year 10 and Year 5 classes focused on and it was great to be able to collaborate with the Primary School students.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

The most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher is observing students gain new skills and knowledge and being able to share in their success.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Poached Eggs and Avocado

Favourite Movie/TV Show: The Hunger Games series.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: Outside of School I help run a small Film Production Company.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Sydney Swans

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:
Adam Goodes - He seems interesting.

Pope Francis - I really like his teachings and the way he lives out his faith.

My Mum - She lives in Sydney so we don't get to have dinner together much.

 

Photo by: Liam McCormack

The inaugural Marymede Catholic College 'Performing Arts Week'  commences on Monday 14th September and we're inviting all of our families to get involved during the week and join the Dramatic Selfie Competition!

Take a 'dramatic selfie' of you and your family and send through to the College for your chance to win!

Information, Terms & Conditions below:

• All families at Marymede Catholic College are welcome to enter.

• The competition opens Monday 14th September at 8.00am.

• Please take your most dramatic selfie and email to our Head of Performing Arts Ms Angie Bedford at Angie.Bedford@marymede.vic.edu.au by no later than Friday 18th September, 3.00pm.

• The photo should be no bigger than 10MB.

• The image should feature your family.

• Only one entry permitted per family.

• The most creative and dramatic image will win a JB Hi-Fi Gift Card!

• The Judges’ decision is final.

Team Marymede was in full force at the recent SACCSS Division 1 Athletics Carnival held on September 1 at Albert Park.

89 of our athletes competed at the event – contending against the other 6 Division 1 Schools in the SACCSS competition.

The first day of spring would produce great conditions for our athlete, whilst the athletes themselves would go on to produce even greater results! A successful day for Team Marymede saw two students crowned individual champion in their age group with several others finishing in the Top 10.

Marymede Catholic College would go on to place 4th in the overall standings. Whilst the Marymede Spirit was in full show with a strong presence in every event. Our athletes will return to training, many of whom are currently in the High Performance Academy and aim to come back stronger than ever next year.

Coaches: Ms Annmarie Kane, Drew Roberts (Year 12 Sports Captain), Mr. Sava Djukic & Mr. James Paraskeva

 

Individual Champions:

Keely Henderson – 1st – 17-20y/o Senior Female Competition

Reuben Hayes – 1st – 14y/o Male

 

Notable Results:

13y/o Female Competition:

Paris Schmiedel – 5th

Claudia Forte – 9th

Indiana Bodley – 10th

 

13y/o Male Competition:

Raphael Liwanag – 9th

 

14y/o Female Competition:

Alannah Verna – 8th

 

14y/o Male Competition:

Aagaash Murugathas – 7th

Luke Distefano – 7th

 

15y/o Female Competition:

Caitlin Daly – 2nd

 

15y/o Male Competition:

Lachlan Munro – 7th

 

16y/o Female Competition:

Jacinta Costanzo – 4th

 

17-20y/o Female Competition:

Maddy McInerney – 9th

 

17-20y/o Male Competition:

Jacob Bateman – 5th

Drew Roberts – 8th

 

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Sharon Nicol from the College Administration Team.

Name: Sharon Nicol - Receptionist - reception@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am the Receptionist in the Main Office at Marymede Catholic College which can often be a very busy place! My role includes answering all incoming phone calls, liaising with parents, staff, students, visitors and couriers. Additionally I also collate the College Newsletter every fortnight. My role is both diverse and challenging on a daily basis.

Provide us with a 'snapshot' into your daily routine at the College.

My daily routine includes answering all incoming phone calls and directing them to the relevant area, assisting staff, students, parents and visitors with their queries, providing administrative support where required and collating the College Newsletter every fortnight.

What do you love most about working at Marymede Catholic College?

I love the daily interactions with Staff, Parents and Students. It adds diversity to my role allows me to enjoy coming to work every morning. I love being able to make all guests feel welcome as they enter our College.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Lobster, pasta and anything sweet!

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Love Child & Twilight.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I learnt to ride horses from a real life Cowboy!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Richmond FC - Go Tigers!

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:
My 3 best friends. It would be a fun and relaxing evening with amazing company.

 

Photo by Liam McCormack

On the 22nd and 23rd of August 2015, Marymede Catholic College participated in the Tournament of Minds 2016 – Metro Northern Regional Finals held at La Trobe University, Bundoora.

The College had a total of two Primary teams participate in the Language Literature challenge facilitated by Ms. Beth Cilia, in addition to three Secondary teams participating in the Maths & Engineering, Social Sciences and Applied Technology challenges facilitated by Mr.Vinodh Narasimhan, Ms. Angie Bedford & Ms.Emma Kiely and Mr. Jeremy Guzman respectively.

The Tournament of Minds competition involves a six week long-term challenge and a spontaneous challenge provided to teams on the day. All challenges were released by the organisers on the 13th of July, 2015. Our students commenced their work on the challenge during this time. Teams had to find a solution for the long-term challenge and present it in a drama-style presentation. In addition, the students had to create props made of recycled materials as part of the challenge brief. The Maths and Engineering challenge this year required the students to make an invisible cargo vehicle, the Social Sciences challenge was about erasing important people from history, the Applied Technology challenge was to make a robot to clean the classroom out of mechano and the Language Literature challenge was about exploring the work of Australian author Aaron Blabey.

After countless lunch times and after-school sessions, all teams were ready to present their work at the Regional Finals. Our students presented their long-term challenge as a ten minute presentation. In addition, the students had to complete a secret spontaneous challenge which tested their creativity and team work. All teams did a fantastic job at the tournament and the feedback from the judges was very positive.

The Applied Technology team was declared winners of the Metro Northern Regional Finals and have been invited to participate at the State Finals to be held on the 13th of September, 2015 at LaTrobe University, Bundoora. This is a first in the history of Marymede Catholic College and we would like to wish the Applied Technology Team all the success at the State Finals.

Teams 1 – Maths and Engineering (Secondary) – Facilitator – Mr.Vinodh Narasimhan
- James Manoussakis (Year 9)
- Daniel Preziuso (8)
- Reece Parkin (9)
- Peter Tsotra (10)
- Nishka Jayatilleke (8)
- Olivia Roberts (7)
- Ashwin Pratheesh (7)

Team 2 – Language and Literature (Primary) – Facilitator – Ms. Beth Cilia
- Tania Santhosh (4)
- Alan Abraham (3)
- Nandana Nair (6)
- Sienna Van Krieken (4)
- Hazel D’Souza (5)
- Ann Joseph (4)
- Jamai Brancaleone (6)

Team 3 – Language and Literature (Primary) – Facilitator – Ms. Beth Cilia
- Laurence Portella (6)
- Jiya Shahi (4)
- Caitlyn Mitkovski (5)
- Ashna Sanjeev (3)
- Suchiti Sangwan (4)
- Shantal Razal (4)
- Darryl Shanty (4)

Team 4 – Social Science (Secondary) – Facilitators – Ms. Angie Bedford & Ms. Emma Kiely
- Benjamin Cole (9)
- Caitlyn Daly (9)
- Chloe Edwards-Lunn (9)
- Natalie De Bono (7)
- Dimitri Bachos (7)
- Aydan Fasciani (7)
- Indiana Bodley (7)

Team 5 – Applied Technology (Secondary) – Facilitator – Mr. Jeremy Guzman
- Ajay Jay (9)
- Noel Augustine (8)
- Hannah Falzon (8)
- Daniel Nicolo (9)
- Daniel Sabatino (7)
- Massimo Sartor (9)
- Timothy Triantafillakos (7)


Our victorious Applied Technology Team with Mr. Guzman

Correspondence regarding the upcoming Prep to Year 10 Progress Interviews which will take place next Thursday, September 3, 2015 can be found below.

Please note: Thursday September 3 will be a P-12 STUDENT FREE DAY.

Bookings for the upcoming Progress Interviews can be made via our Parent Access Module – and are now open.

For more information and details on how to book your interviews please read the attached document.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Marymede Catholic College on 9407-9000.

Primary Progress Interview Letter

Years 7-10 Progress Interview Letter

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mr. Jeremy Guzman from the Secondary School.

Name: Jeremy Guzman - Secondary School Teacher - jeremy.guzman@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I currently teach Media from Years 9-12 and VET Media. I also coordinate the College Yearbook and run the Marymede Film School Co-Curricular Program with Ms Hopkins.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

The Year 11 Media students are creating a television news program called ‘Marymede Now’. As part of their assessment, each student is required to fulfil the responsibilities of a specialist role, such as a reporter or camera operator, and collaborate with their peers in small teams to produce a news story.

For this project, I also staged a breaking news event, which the class knew nothing about. When an anti-litter protest involving Ms Wake, Ms Bedford and the 7.1 Drama class broke out in Wurrun Common, ‘Marymede Now’ were first to arrive at the scene with exclusive coverage as the news unfolded!

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

The most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher is seeing students overcome a challenge and achieve their goals, be it academic or personal. Even the smallest achievement, like putting your hand up and having a go at answering a question, can take a lot of courage for some people and can cultivate the biggest feeling of success.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: I have recently enjoyed trying Spanish and Mexican cuisine.

Favourite Movie/TV Show: This is very difficult for a Media teacher to answer! At the moment, my favourite film is Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, and my favourite TV show is Glitch – a gripping new Australian drama on the ABC.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I play the drums, piano and know a few chords on the guitar.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: The Australian Cricket Team.

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:
Tina Fey - To make me laugh;

Dave Grohl - To provide me with creative inspiration;

Quentin Tarantino - To teach me how to be a better filmmaker.

 

Photo By: Liam McCormack

Mr Guzman with the inaugural Maryemde VET Media Class in 2012. Courtesy of: Jeremy Guzman

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that in response to the requests of our School community, Camp Australia are excited to announce that a vacation care program to be held at our College will commence on Monday 21st September 2015 (Term 3 holidays).

For more information please view the flyer below and contact Cmap Australia on 1300 105 343.

 

Click Here for Vacation Care Flyer

Marymede Catholic College Vacation Care Program

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms. Therese Walsh from the Primary School.

Name: Therese (Tess) Walsh - Primary School Teacher - Year 2.2 - therese.walsh@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am a member of the Primary School Teaching team, currently teaching Year 2.2.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

The Year 2 team and I have recently been working with students on a new program this year called 'The Levelled Literacy Intervention Program'. This program focuses on the individual needs of each of our students in order to help them reach their full potential. Students learn reading and writing skills in small groups with a direct focus on individual needs.

The Levelled Literacy Intervention lessons are designed to provide direct, yet fun, supplemental instruction for those who require it and we are already seeing some excellent results.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

For me, the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is being able to work closely with my students and inspire them to achieve their goals both academically and spiritually.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Chocolate

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Finding Neverland

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I used to be a Swimming Coach and Zumba Instructor!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Ian Thorpe

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:
 

Johnny Depp - Because he is a successful actor whom I would like to speak to about life in the eye of the media.

Oprah Winfrey - She has used her success to help others and I would love to find out what projects she is currently working on now.

 

Photos by: Liam McCormack

Families can now collect their free Prep 2016 T-Shirt from the Main Office.

These t-shirts have been very popular with our new Prep cohort and are available for any child entering Prep at Marymede Catholic College next year.

We are now only 2 and a half weeks away from another exciting Open Day!

Open Day will take place on Sunday August 30, 2015 between 11.00am - 2.00pm.

Our teachers will be on hand for a chat throughout the day, our marvellous students will be conducting tours of our Prep to Year 12 facilities and there'll be plenty of interactivity for guests to take part in!

For more information please contact the College or visit www.marymede.vic.edu.au/openday2015

Our teachers will be on hand for a chat throughout the day, our marvellous students will be conducting tours of our Prep to Year 12 facilities and there'll be plenty of interactivity for guests to take part in! - See more at: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/openday2015#sthash.9cbNXplD.dpuf

Construction works on our new Marymede Trade Skill Centre commenced in June this year and have progressed smoothly, despite workers encountering large amounts of rock during the excavating process in addition to inclement weather conditions. 

The steel frame for the building is now 90% complete and we anticipate the pouring of concrete to commence within the next fortnight. Once the building flooring has been completed, remaining construction works will progress extremely quickly, which will allow for the building to be complete prior to the conclusion of the 2015 School year, with classes ready to go by 2016.

You can view the progress through photos below:

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms Judeline Wadhwani, member of our College Executive Team, Secondary School Teacher and Head of Faith & Mission (P-12).

Name: Judeline Wadhwani - Head of Faith & Mission (P-12) - judeline.wadhwani@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am a member of the College Executive, Combined Leadership and Secondary Leadership Teams.

I also teach Religious Education for students in Years 10 and 11. I love teaching both classes. The students are magnificent: very open to exploring issues of faith in contemporary living and to discussing justice awareness responses.
 

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently running with one of your classes?

An interesting project which we launched this term is the Year 5 and Year 10 Learning-Teaching Linkage.  

This pilot project involved teacher teams facilitating the  collaboration between Year 10 RE and the Year 5 Inquiry Learning classes on the topics of Aboriginal History, Spirituality and present day Indigenous communities.  The big picture for this learning linkage is to deepen the students’ awareness of the importance of Reconciliation through a considered response as 21st century learners.

Our Year 10 “scholar-teachers” are engaging superbly with their lesson preparation, asking lots of questions and coming up with loads of creative ideas for presentation to our Year 5s.  RE classes are abuzz with learning and preparation.

A typical school day for me begin with Morning Prayer in the chapel which provides a beautiful start to the day through colleagues sharing thoughtful prayers and reflections accompanied by soul-stirring music.  The school day involves a combination of teaching, Leadership Team meetings and planning with teams of staff and students for the various events that make up a robust spiritual life at the College.    

Currently we are busy working with our student leaders at Years 5 to 12 for a “Mission-Action” focus for Marymede Day.  All the funds raised from this fun-filled feast day will be donated to a charity that the student leaders nominate.  We are also working on our first Year 11 Christian Leadership Retreat in late August and our first P-12 McAuley Guild Mass.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

Relationships with the students and staff.  When the penny drops for the students during the early weeks of learning-teaching that they can achieve whatever they set out to achieve with the “fire in their belly”, a most amazing transformation of capabilities can take place.  Students are very generous with their time in serving the school.  The 1000-Letterbox drop in the College neighbourhood to raise awareness about Human Trafficking is a fine example of our Year 12 students and their RE teachers going the extra mile to show that thinking citizens are formed in the classroom.

Staff support for one another is at the heart of everything we do.  It was a grand experience to be “learners” in classes that our “savvier ICT-savvy” colleagues conducted on our Professional Learning Day.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Dosa (thin South Indian savoury crepe) with fresh coconut chutney.

Favourite Movie/TV Show: My Best Friend's Wedding.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: When it comes to displaying team spirit, I will even dance!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: I prefer tennis so don’t have a favourite sporting team.  My all time tennis hero – Andre Agassi because he played ace tennis, but more importantly because he was always decent and genuinely decent to the loser.  Something Roger Federer could learn!!

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:
They have all gone to their eternal rest. Nonetheless, I would pick

Mahatma Gandhi & Nelson Mandela
Mother Teresa
Martin Luther King Jr.

They were people of great hope who were also top champions of non-violent means of attaining peace; something so relevant to our times. Mother Teresa is an unmatchable model of service towards the destitute.
 

 

Ms. Wadhwani with Fr. Bob Maguire during his 2014 visit to Marymede Catholic College as part of the Inspirational Catholic Speakers Program.

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mrs Nicole Lawrenson from the College Administration Team.

Name: Nicole Lawrenson - Personal Assistant to the Deputy Principals - nicole.lawrenson@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am the Personal Assistant to the Deputy Principals - Liz Crane (Primary) and Robyn Roberts (Secondary)

Provide us with a 'snapshot' into your daily routine at the College.

For me, a normal day at the College would involve providing secretarial and administrative support at a leadership level for both Deputy Principals. This often includes meeting co-ordination, diary management, adminsitrative support at meetings, answering phone calls and providing additional administrative support as required.

What do you love most about working at Marymede Catholic College?

Seeing students being provided with opportunities to reach their full potential and knowing that in some way, I may have contributed to that.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Lamb

Favourite Movie/TV Show: The Blind Side & The Green Mile

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I keep chooks and sheep! I also have a beehive.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Whittlesea Eagles FC - Under 10's and Under 17's (because my two sons play in those teams) and the Whittlesea Netball Club Rockets Under 13's (because my daughter plays in that team).

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Freddie Mercury - I'm a Queen tragic and a child of the 70's!

Russell Brand - For a bit of light hearted comedy with a twist.

My Dad - He passed away 5 years ago and there's so much that he's missed that I want to share with him.

 

Marymede Catholic College is excited to open its doors to the community once again in 2015 for our annual Open Day scheduled to take place on Sunday August 30, 2015.

Our teachers will be on hand for a chat throughout the day, our marvellous students will be conducting tours of our Prep to Year 12 facilities and there'll be plenty of interactivity for guests to take part in!

We invite all members of the community to come down, have a chat, enjoy a free sausage sizzle and experience Marymede Catholic College first hand.

Event: Open Day 2015

Date: Sunday August 30, 2015

Location: Marymede Catholic College - 60 Williamsons Road, South Morang 3752

Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm (Last tour leaves at 1.30pm.)

Click Here to View the 2015 Open Day Program

Activities on the day:

- Marymede 3 Point Shootout Contest

- Gymnastics

- Creative Art Workshops (Mandala's and Zentangles)

- Optical Illusions Workshop

- The Marymede Rubiks Cube Challenge

- A wide range of Science experiments

- 'Perfect Parfaits!' - Food Technology Activity

- Marymede FIFA Tournament

- The Marymede Variety Performance

- Year 7 All-Stars vs Year 8 All-Stars - Soccer Exhibition Match

- Free Sausage Sizzle

- Showbags

...and a whole lot more!

 

Marymede Catholic College would like to thank all those in attendance at our 2015 Primary School Family Maths Night on Tuesday July 21, 2015.

It was a great sight to see so many of our parents learning with and from their children!

Students from Prep to Year 5 have recently been involved with Mathematics Inquiry culminating in entries for the Maths Talent Quest hosted by the Mathematics Association of Victoria.

Parents who attended the Family Maths Night were able to see and share in these investigations with their children and also participated in a range of fun maths games and activities throughout the evening in each of our Primary School Houses. 

This event was a great success. Parents and students participated enthusiastically and were able to experience mathematics activities which could easily be continued at home.

We look forward to next year's event with great excitement!

Works on the new Food Technology kitchen are now complete. Photos of the new classroom, which will be used for Secondary School Food Teachnology classes commencing immediately, can be found below.

The new kitchen is a great addition to the College facilities, which now boast 2 designated Food Technology spaces, a Woodwork laboratory, Textiles laboratory, 5 Visual & Studio Art classrooms, 5 Science labs, private instrumental music classrooms, an Auditorium and our Trade Skills Centre (completion at the commencement of 2016).

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mrs Rochelle Coyle from the Secondary School.

Name: Rochelle Coyle - Secondary School Teacher/Head of Chisholm Guild - rochelle.coyle@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am the Head of Chisholm Guild, a Secondary School English teacher (Years 9-12), and the C-Grade Debating Team Coach.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on?

Chisholm has recently elected the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project as our Guild Charity.  Just like our Guild patron Caroline Chisholm, BASP offer support to new immigrants and advocate for the rights of Asylum Seekers. 

My Guild and I excited about establishing an ongoing relationship between Chisholm and BASP.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

It is always wonderful to see students reach their full potential and navigate a pathway they are passionate about.  I love that even though I am their teacher, I am constantly challenged and learning new things from my students.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Chocolate

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Currently addicted to Masterchef.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I am starting to develop a bit of a green thumb!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Collingwood Football Club

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

My Husband - Because he's a better cook than me!

My Mum & Dad - Because they're always good company.

...and I better invite my Sister too!


Photos by Liam McCormack

All Year 3 families wishing to accept or decline the invitation to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation can do so via the PTO Booking System, which can be accessed by clicking the link below.

A reminder to all Year 3 families that bookings will close on Monday July 27, 2015.

Click Here to Access PTO Booking System

Click Here to Read the Year 3 Sacrament of Reconciliation Letter

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that all students from Years 7 to 12 will be dismissed at 1.15pm (Lunchtime) on MONDAY 27th JULY due to a number of teaching staff being involved in the VCE Parent/Student/Teacher Progress Interviews from 2.00pm on the day.

The College Charter Bus Service will run at the normal time of 3.25pm to ensure that our Primary Students are also able to use this service on the day.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9407-9000.
 

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all parents/guardians to our Term 3 ‘Afternoon Tea with the Principal’ on Wednesday August 19, commencing at 2.10pm upstairs in the VCE Wing.

This event will once again give parents an opportunity to catch up with our Principal Mr. Michael Kenny, along with other parents and members of the Marymede Community.

Bookings are essential due to limited spaces, and spots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To book, please send your RSVP to rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au along with the following details, by no later than WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5:

- Full Names of ALL in attendance
- Your child/children’s year level
- Contact phone number

Should this event reach its capacity prior to Wednesday August 5, the College will send out an email to all families closing the bookings. Please note, this event invitation is extended to parents/guardians only. Marymede students will not be permitted to attend.

Congratulations to Ajay Jay (Year 9) who was vicotrious at the recent Rostrum ‘Voice of Youth’ Public Speaking State Finals, held at St Kevin’s College Toorak on 21st June 2015.

Marymede Catholic College had two participants in the State Finals - Ajay, and Olivia Hughes (Year 11). Ajay spoke on the topic of ‘People Power’ and also presented a three-minute impromptu speech resulting in overall victory in the Junior Section.

Ajay will now compete in the Rostrum 'Voice of Youth' Public Speaking National Finals to be held in Sydney from July 24-26 as Victoria’s representative in the Junior Section.

He will present his speech in New South Wales Parliament and attend a formal reception with the Governor of New South Wales as well as touring Sydney and its surrounding areas with his fellow finalists!

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate Ajay and wish him the best of luck for the upcoming National Finals.
 

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms Laetitia Malusu from the Primary School.

Name: Laetitia Malusu - Primary School Teacher/Year Level Co-Ordinator - Year 1.1 laetitia.malusu@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I have the joy of teaching Year 1 students (Class 1.1) along with holding the role of Year Level Co-Ordinator for the wonderful and dedicated Year 1 Team.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on?

The Year 1 students have recently taken on the task of raising some new chicks which we watched hatch at school! Students have been very excited to see them grow and with the immense help from the College Maintenance Team, we recently moved them into the amazing Chicken Coop which was built by our VCAL students.

We hope that the chicks will be hatching eggs in the near future.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

Apart from doing something that I love and enjoy, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is seeing my students flourish and fully comprehend concepts which they are learning (however long it takes!). It is also very rewarding to see the students move on to greater achievements such as becoming a student leader and maturing into amazing individuals.

To top it off, sometimes I get to be a kid too!

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Favourite Movie/TV Show: The Last Samurai

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I dabble in art and calligraphy as a hobby.

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Richmond Football Club

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:

Nelson Mandela - He was/is a great mentor and example on how to overcome adversity and show forgiveness.

Maya Angelou - Her writing's and poetry inspire me on how I should live my life in the present, both personally and in relation to others. One of my favourite quotes: "If you get, give. If you learn, teach."

Pope Francis - His fresh approach towards his role is a wonderful example of how to live our spiritual and everyday lives.

Photos By: Liam McCormack

 

 

Marymede Catholic College is offering all students in Years 8-12 the opportunity to attend the 2015 Snow Trip at Mt Hotham from Friday August 14 - 16.

This exciting annual trip will include 2 days of skiing/snowboarding and allows students to fully engage in an exciting opportunity as part of the College co-curricular program.

Initial expressions of interest were originally due back to the College by Thursday June 11, however, any students still interested are asked to contact Head of CHanel Guild, Ms Zappulla at andrea.zappulla@marymede.vic.edu.au and view the attached Snow Trip flyer below.

Click Here to Download Snow Trip 2015 Letter

The Term 2, 2015 College Bulletin is now available online.

The Bulletin is produced at the conclusion of each Term and provides families with a snapshot of valuable news and information relating to Marymede Catholic College.

Click Here to Read the Term 2, 2015 College Bulletin

Congratulations to both our Senior Boys AFL team and our Senior Girls Netball team who were both crowned Premiers on a largely successful day for the College after victory in their SACCSS Division 2 Grand Finals on Wednesday June 24.

AFL:

Marymede Catholic College - 74 def. Antonine College - 66

Netball:

Marymede Catholic College – 31 def. Penola College – 24

(Laura Castles named MVP for the Grand Final.)

An outstanding effort by both teams, and a first for the AFL boys, who were competing in their first Grand Final in the Senior competition.

 

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Mr James Paraskeva from the Secondary School.

Name: James Paraskeva - Secondary School Teacher - james.paraskeva@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am currently a Secondary School classroom teacher of Mathematics, Physical Education and Health & Human Development. I have previously taught Science, Information Technology, and Biology. I am also the Tutor Group Teacher for Chisholm 1 and coach various sporting teams for the College (Athletics, Chess, Volleyball and Football).

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on?

My Year 7 Health & Human Development students have recently completed a video analysis of their soccer skills to upload onto SIMON and are also working in groups to create a board game based on a whole Term’s worth of knowledge. Additionally, on any given day I can be seen before and after School and/or during lunchtime coaching various College sporting teams. At the moment I have two teams in a Grand Final; the Senior Boys AFL Team (with Mr DeSilva) and the Junior Boys Volleyball Team.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Teacher?

Teaching involves being a role model for those under your care. I believe it’s not so much what you teach but more so providing students with strategies on overcoming difficulty so that those skills and self-belief can flow into life after school; unless of course you’re playing the “VCE game”!

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Oats, Nuts and Yoghurt

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Game of Thrones

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I have competed at a National level in both Olympic Weightlifting and Computer Gaming!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Hawthorn Football Club

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?:
David Attenborough - One of the most inspiring teachers of the natural world.

Cyril Rioli - An incredibly clever and quick-thinking footballer. His story of leaving his remote indigenous family to become a professional footballer is remarkable.

My Son - Who better to share the company of two of my idols than with my clever little toddler!
 


 

 

Social Justice continues to play a major role in the life of Marymede Catholic College with Year 12 students and teachers recently pursuing a major campaign to raise Justice Awareness against the evils of Human Trafficking - a campaign which could not have been made possible without the hard work and determination of the Marymede Social Justice group - 'MCATH'.

‘MCATH’ (Marymede Catholic College Against Trafficking in Humans) was founded in 2014 as a result of the studies undertaken on Human Trafficking by our Year 12 cohort. Students were astounded to hear of the extent to which Human Trafficking occurs, not only in Melbourne but indeed across all of Australia. After hearing Sr. Joan Kennedy (a Presentation nun and member of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) speak as part of our Inspirational Catholic Speakers Program last year, a group of dedicated Year 12 students decided to form MCATH to raise Justice Awareness at the College. 

The group designed a set of 4 posters and a brochure within one classroom period and thus MCATH was launched with a view to spreading their message throughout the wider community. In 2015 MCATH designed its own official logo and decided to pursue a campaign in which 1000 informative flyers would be delivered to letterboxes around our local neighbourhood.

MCATH Co-ordinator Ms. Kathy Vlahusic has since been invited by ACRATH to present the work of MCATH at a Professional Learning Day for all teachers in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  ACRATH has also asked the College for permission to leverage the group’s Justice Awareness posters on its national website.

In addition to the letterbox campaign, MCATH will present the aims and objectives of its existence to all students at an upcoming whole school assembly with a view to encouraging more students to join the group and further its cause.  Justice Awareness posters will be delivered to every Tutor Group homeroom in a bid to raise awareness on Human Trafficking. 

The group will continue to work closely with ACRATH, remaining informed about global, national and local issues in Human Trafficking, whilst focusing on diverse groups and needs.

You can view MCATH’s Justice Awareness Posters below, and read more about Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans by visiting http://acrath.org.au/

Justice Awareness Posters - Created by members of MCATH

Don't forget to purchase your tickets to this year's Marymede Gala Night which is now only 5 weeks away. Last year’s inaugural Gala Night was a huge success and the 2015 event promises to be bigger and better than before.

The 2015 Gala Night will be held at Ballara Receptions in Eltham on Saturday August 1, 2015.

Tickets are currently on sale and are available at a cost of $110 per person (which includes a 3 course meal and drinks).

Members of the Parents & Friends Committee will be located in the Main Office to collect reservation forms and payment on the following dates:

• Wednesday 24th June: 2:30am to 3:30pm
• Wednesday 15th July: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
• Monday 20th July: 8.30am to 9:30am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
• Friday 24th July: 8.30am to 9:30am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm

All reservations are due by no later than Friday July 24, 2015. Please note seating is limited therefore early bookings are essential.

For further information regarding this event please contact the Parents & Friends Committee via email at paf@marymede.vic.edu.au

We look forward to this exciting College event and hope to see many members of the Marymede Community in attendance.

Click Here for the 2015 Gala Night Flyer

This semester, the Year 10 Media students at Marymede Catholic College have been learning about narratives and lyrical imagery in music videos, and to wrap up the unit, they participated in a masterclass with Australian video artist, Alex George. Students were also joined by Miss Angie Bedford and the Year 10 and 11 Drama classes.

Alex screened some of the music videos he has directed for Sydney-based bands RUFUS and Wolf Tide, and he discussed the techniques he uses to create visual narratives. Alex also test screened a video he is currently working on for Yuma X and the students were able to give him audience feedback on the edit.

Hearing about Alex’s creative process – from concept and treatment to final video – inspired the students and gave them a unique insight into the media industry.

 

In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Ms Jaclyn Danaher, one of our College Psychologists.

Name: Jaclyn Danaher - Student Wellbeing Department - jaclyn.danaher@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

Psychologist – supporting the social-emotional wellbeing of our students here at Marymede.

Tell us about an interesting project or topic that you are currently working on?

Amy Ross (College Psychologist) and I are currently working on developing a group program to help our senior Secondary school student’s manage anxiety and worries. We are hoping to start rolling out this program with small groups later in the year. Additionally, I was recently in New York presenting my doctoral research paper entitled “Alcohol Consumption and Psychological Distress: A Study in Australian Adolescents.” Over the past 5 years I have been undertaking a Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Deakin University. I am currently in the final stages of completing my thesis and am aiming to submit it in a few months time.

What do you love most about Marymede Catholic College?

Getting to work closely with many of our students to support them in achieving their goals and/or overcoming a difficult time in their life.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Pizza

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Remember the Titans

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I ran a half-marathon last year!

Favourite Sporting Team/Athlete: Melbourne Football Club

If You Could Pick Any 3 People as Dinner Guests, Who Would They Be and Why?: Roger Federer, Barrack   Obama and Kate Middleton because I admire their demeanor and how well these 3 international figures consistently hold themselves in the public eye. I am inspired by Roger Federer and Barrack Obama’s passion, commitment and hard work. I am curious about royal life, and hope Kate Middleton could give me a true insight into this.

 

Erica Paglianiti (Year 5) will soon get the opportunity to dance for Victoria having recently been selected to represent her state at the upcoming 23rd Annual Australasian Energetiks Scholarships, a dance competition which will be held from Friday 17th – 19th July, 2015.

It’s an outstanding achievement for Erica, who has been performing since the age of 3 and now dances every week at the ‘Dance Discovery’ School in Lalor.

Although she also performs in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro and Hip-Hop, it is Tap dancing for which she will represent the state of Victoria. To earn selection at the upcoming Scholarships, Erica was required to take part in a number of performance based examinations which showcased her talent and ability on the dance floor with only a handful of students gaining selection from Dance Schools across the state.

Whilst she is proud of her achievements, Erica’s real enjoyment comes from being able to express herself whilst dancing, learning new moves and styles, and meeting new friends who share her interests in dance along the way.

Along with the dream of one day becoming a professional tap dancer, Erica hopes to continue representing her state and performing at Dance Discovery, whilst mastering the art of performing a front aerial flip on the dance floor. For now however, her sights are solely focused on the upcoming Australasian Energetiks Scholarships.

Marymede Catholic College congratulates Erica on her recent achievements and we wish her all the very best in her future dancing endeavours.

Photo by: Liam McCormack

Photo Courtesy of: The Paglianiti Family

Marymede Catholic College wishes to invite all members of the Marymede Community to our 2015 Gala Night which has been organised by our Parents & Friends Committee. Last year’s inaugural Gala Night was a huge success and the 2015 event promises to be bigger and better than before.

The 2015 Gala Night will be held at Ballara Receptions in Eltham on Saturday August 1, 2015.

Tickets will be made available at a cost of $110 per person (which includes a 3 course meal and drinks).

Members of the Parents & Friends Committee will be located in the Main Office to collect reservation forms and payment on the following dates:

• Monday 15th June: 8:30am to 9:30am
• Wednesday 24th June: 2:30am to 3:30pm
• Wednesday 15th July: 2:30pm to 3:30pm
• Monday 20th July: 8.30am to 9:30am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm
• Friday 24th July: 8.30am to 9:30am & 2:30pm to 3:30pm

All reservations are due by no later than Friday July 24, 2015. Please note seating is limited therefore early bookings are essential.

For further information regarding this event please contact the Parents & Friends Committee via email at paf@marymede.vic.edu.au

We look forward to this exciting College event and hope to see many members of the Marymede Community in attendance.

Click Here for the 2015 Gala Night Flyer
 

Construction on the Marymede Skills Centre has now begun.

Marymede wishes to advise all families that vehicles relating to construction of the centre will be entering/exiting the College regularly via Gate A as of Wednesday June 10, 2015.

The College anticipates completion of this Centre by January 2016.

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all members of our School community (Staff, Parents and Students) to fortnightly Mass which will commence next Friday June 12 at 8.00am, until the conclusion of the year led by Fr. Martin Ashe.

Please find dates below:

  • Friday July 31
  • Friday August 28
  • Friday September 11
  • Wednesday September 16
  • Friday October 9
  • Wednesday October 14
  • Friday October 23
  • Wednesday October 28
  • Friday November 6
  • Wednesday November 11
  • Friday November 20
  • Wednesday November 25
  • Friday December 4
  • Wednesday December 9

 

Time: 8.00am

Location: Chapel of the Annunciation

Fortnightly Mass will take place in the Chapel and we hope to welcome many members of the Marymede Community each fortnight.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise of a permanent change in trading hours for Term 3, which can be found below:

Term 3
Mondays 8am - 12pm
Tuesdays 12pm - 5pm
Thursdays 12pm - 5pm
First Saturday each month 9:30am - 12:30pm
(Excluding School Holidays)

For all Uniform Shop trading hours please visit:

http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/quick/uniformshop

Term 3
Mondays 8am - 12pm
Tuesdays 12pm - 5pm
Thursdays 12pm - 5pm
First Saturday each month 9:30am - 12:30pm
(Excluding School Holidays) - See more at: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/quick/uniformshop#sthash.kp6Q0x02.dpuf

Families wishing to book their 2016 Prep Application Interview can do so by visiting the link below:

 

Click Here to Access Booking System

Year 10 Homestudy - Period 5 - Thursday 4th June.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that Year 10 students will be dismissed at lunchtime (1.27pm) on Thursday 4th June. The Fitness Centre will be out of action due to exam set-up, therefore not available for Year 10 Guild sport. Year 10 students would benefit from this additional time to prepare for their exams beginning 8.30am Friday 5th June.

Should your son/daughter not be able to leave the College Grounds at this time, they can access the Resource Centre for private study.

Please advise your child’s tutor teacher if this will be the case so that we can account for their attendance.

Marymede Catholic College will hold a Year 9 & 10, 2015 Curriculum Information Evening for all current Year 9 & Year 10 parents on Thursday 25 June.

All Year 9 and 10 parents are required to attend as critical information regarding the Year 10 and Year 11, 2016 Curriculum offerings will be presented.

There will be additional presentations regarding the new Trade Skills Centre, subjects offered in Years 10 & 11, 2016, pathways for further studies, and the VET subjects on offer during the evening.

Parent attendance at this event is COMPULSORY and so we ask our Year 9 and 10 families to note the following details:

Event: Year 9 & 10, 2015 Curriculum Information Evening

Date: Thursday 25 June, 2015.

Time: Commencing 7.00pm

Location: Auditorium

 

The Challenge of Parenthood Today - A Two-Part Seminar Series for Parents of Students in Years 5-10

Marymede Catholic College in collaboration with the menALIVE Ministry will be running two seminars in Term 2 and 3 this year for parents of students in Years 5-10. The theme of these seminars is 'The Challenge of Parenthood Today'.

Our guest presenter, Robert Falzon is a husband, father, businessman, co-founder of Men Alive and published author.  He has been married to Alicia for 32 years and they have 4 adult children. Since the founding of Men Alive in 2003 they have been able to run events across Australia which have touched 15,000 people. In 2011 Robert published his first book 'How to Grow a Men's Ministry' followed by 'The Father Factor' in 2014.

Parents of students in Years 5 to 10 who are interested in attending are asked to please RSVP to rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au by no later than Friday June 5, 2015. Early bookings are essential as spaces are limited.
 

Applications for Prep 2016 have now closed.

We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students and their families into the Marymede Community in 2016.

Any familiy wishing to submit a late application is able to do so via the normal application procedure, however, all late applications will be placed onto a waiting list and considered should second round positions become available.

For further information regarding enrolment at Marymede Catholic College please contact the College registrar on 9407-9000.

The Parents & Friends Committee at Marymede Catholic College have recently been advised of a safety recall put in place for one of the products sold at the recent Mother’s Day Stall Fundraiser.
 
The product that is being recalled is the ‘Scented Melts and Burner’ (please see image below). The reason for the recall is due to the unpredictability of the burner itself, and the potential for it to overheat or burn the surface where it has been placed.

Any student/family who purchased this gift is asked to please return it to the Primary School Office on Monday May 18 from 8.30am onwards. Upon returning of the item students will be able to select a new gift to take with them (either a Photo Frame or Bracelet).

Should you require further information regarding this safety recall please do not hesitate to contact The Parents & Friends Committee at paf@marymede.vic.edu.au

A reminder to parents of students performing at next Monday’s ‘An Evening of Music’ to reserve your tickets asap.

There is no charge for the event, however due to limited seating, audience members will be required to obtain tickets via Trybooking.com.

Tickets are now available from: http://www.trybooking.com/HNKC

 

Recently, members of the Year 12 Media Class of 2014 were invited to return to our College as guest speakers and run a SAT Masterclass/Q&A Session with the current Year 12 students.

The panel, which featured Madeline Lancaster, Nicholas Musto, Rebecca Pannell, Teagan Carlton, Genna Sbaglia and Amy Williams, discussed their triumphs, tribulations, and pioneering achievements of completing VCE Media last year. The panel reflected on what they learnt and gave the current students some invaluable advice on preparing for exams and assessment tasks, and how to succeed in their studies. Our students found the masterclass to be very insightful and motivating and they enjoyed hearing about their former peers’ experiences and successes.

Rebecca Pannell and Amy Williams have both gone on to study Media at Swinburne University of Technology.


Photos Courtesy of: Jeremy Guzman

Marymede College Captain Michael Manoussakis (Year 12), is currently preparing for the trip of a lifetime after successfully winning a coveted place in the National Youth Science Forum’s International Programme.

Michael, who is 1 of only 44 successful students across the country, will now travel to New Brunswick, Canada on May 8 and will represent Australia at the Canada-wide Science Fair, talking to local Primary and Secondary school students about advancements in Australian science and Australia in general.

Michael’s journey to Canada began some 12 months ago, where he was selected after an initial application and interview to represent the Diamond Creek Rotary Club in the State selections for the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. This annual Forum gathers the best and the brightest senior Secondary students from around Australia who are seeking to pursue a career in science. During his time in our nation’s capital, Michael visited a variety of science facilities, listened to eminent scientists, and participated in regular debates.

Michael would then go on to write a detailed formal application for the National Youth Science Forum International Programme outlining his passion for Chemistry and ambition to study Materials Science.

Michael’s application was successful and he was subsequently awarded a place in this prestigious programme.

We congratulate Michael on his outstanding achievement and wish him all the very best in Canada.


Photo By Jeremy Guzman

Film School is back in session for 2015 commencing on Wednesday the 6th of May!

Marymede Film School is a co-curricular activity where students from Years 7-12 collaborate on the creation of a short film. Students will form small production teams and specialise in scriptwriting, directing and cinematography, or editing.

The filmmakers will walk the red carpet for the premiere of their short films at our annual 'Iris Media Showcase'

Primary School Mother’s Day Celebrations - Friday May 8 - Period 1 (8.55am - 9.45am)

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all Primary mothers to join us on the morning of Friday May 8 and celebrate Mother's Day with your child.

Prep: Mother's Day Assembly
Years 1 - 5: Classroom Visits
Year 6: Guild Sports

This event will provide an opportunity for our Primary School mothers to see their child/children in their classroom or on the sporting field and share their Primary School experience.

Parents with multiple children in the Primary School will be able to visit all of their classrooms during this time.
 
We ask that mothers remain in the outdoor areas e.g. Primary School Courtyard, whilst our students organise themselves for the day and settle into their classroom. Mothers in attendance will also need to allow safe passage for students to enter the Primary School houses. We anticipate this period of the morning to take no longer than 5 minutes. Co-operation during the first 5 minutes of the morning will avoid overcrowding in the open areas of each house/locker bays which can be very overwhelming for students.

We look forward to welcoming our Mother's to the College on this day and take the opportunity to wish all Mums in the Marymede Community a very happy Mother’s Day.

P&F Mother's Day Movie Night:

Members of the Parents & Friends Committee will be selling tickets to the upcoming Mother's Day Movie Night (Thursday May 7) on the following dates:

Wednesday April 29: 8.30am - 9.15am & 2.45pm - 3.30pm
Thursday April 30: 8.30am - 9.15am & 2.45pm - 3.30pm
Friday May 1: 8.30am - 9.15am & 2.45pm - 3.30pm

Sales will take place in the Main Admin Meeting Room.

 

Marymede Catholic College is fortunate to have some outstanding parent volunteers assisting in the Canteen on a regular basis, however, we are always looking for new volunteers and welcome any assistance. Any spare time which parents may have assists the Canteen greatly and does not necessarily have to be a full day.

Any parents who are interested in assisting in any way can contact the Canteen at canteen@marymede.vic.edu.au

The Marymede High Performance Academy is now accepting applications from students in Years 7-12 who wish to be a part of this exciting program for the remainder of 2015.

The High Performance Academy provides an opportunity for Marymede’s elite sporting athletes to take their sporting performance to the next level through participation in an intensive conditioning program running across Term 2, 3 and 4 (5/6 weeks per term).

If you have any further questions please contact the Head of Health and Physical Education Mr Derek McConn on 9407 9000 or email derek.mcconn@marymede.vic.edu.

Click Here to View Flyer

The Term 1, 2015 College Bulletin is now available online.

The Bulletin is produced at the conclusion of each Term and provides families with a snapshot of valuable news and information relating to Marymede Catholic College.

Click Here to Read the Term 1, 2015 College Bulletin

Marymede Catholic College is excited to release some new architectural impressions of our Trade Skills Centre, of which construction will commence in early June 2015.

The Trade Skills Centre is expected to be completed by the commencement of the 2016 School year.

Progress Interviews:

Important information regarding the upcoming Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews on Tuesday April 14 will be emailed to all families on Thursday March 26, 2015.

Please note, in 2015, bookings for progress interviews will be made available via our Parent Access Module (PAM), and NOT via the PTO Booking System used in previous years.

For more information regarding the PAM booking system please visit: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/quick/portal

Exciting times lie in wait for Maya Dove (Year 10) who will soon get the chance for represent her state after recently being selected in the Victorian Squad to compete in the Kevin Coombs Cup, an annual tournament for Junior Wheelchair Basketball.

It’s an outstanding achievement for Maya, considering she has only been playing the sport for 2 years. “I started playing Basketball in 2013 so that I could join a team environment” says Maya, who now plays every Thursday night for The Saints in the Kilsyth & Mountain District Basketball Association.

Maya’s potential in the sport was identified in 2014 and she was soon selected into the Australian Women’s Team Development Squad. “Playing with the Australian development squad was a daunting experience. All my teammates were older than me and had been playing for a lot longer than I had. However it allowed me to gain more confidence in myself and I learnt a lot from the opportunity.”

Maya hopes that her Basketball endeavours will allow her to travel the world and compete for Australia, but for now her sights are solely focused on the upcoming Kevin Coombs Cup which will take place in Ballarat from Tuesday April 14 to Saturday April 18. Her preparation for the State team consists of weekly Sunday training, in addition to her regular weekly training with her local team.

Marymede Catholic College congratulates Maya on this outstanding achievement and wish her all the very best at her upcoming tournament and throughout her future sporting endeavours.

Photos by Jeremy Guzman

Marymede Catholic College is committed to providing an educational environment where students are challenged to pursue excellence. The College’s Mission Statement emphasises our aim to provide students with a rich, balanced and comprehensive education. All activities in the school contribute to learning and the development of the skills and talents of each individual student. We also support full participation in College life, irrespective of financial circumstances. Marymede Catholic College offers a number of Scholarships to prospective and current students:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9.
  • General Excellence Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 7.
  • Music Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 7 and Year 9..

- See more at: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/enrolment/scholarships#sthash.IKhhTq1T.dp... Catholic College is committed to providing an educational environment where students are challenged to pursue excellence. The College’s Mission Statement emphasises our aim to provide students with a rich, balanced and comprehensive education. All activities in the school contribute to learning and the development of the skills and talents of each individual student. We also support full participation in College life, irrespective of financial circumstances. Marymede Catholic College offers a number of Scholarships to prospective and current students:

    Academic Excellence Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9.
    General Excellence Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 7.
    Music Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 7 and Year 9..

Marymede Catholic College is committed to providing an educational environment where students are challenged to pursue excellence. The College’s Mission Statement emphasises our aim to provide students with a rich, balanced and comprehensive education. All activities in the school contribute to learning and the development of the skills and talents of each individual student. We also support full participation in College life, irrespective of financial circumstances. Marymede Catholic College offers a number of Scholarships to prospective and current students.

In 2016, Marymede Catholic College will offer the following Scholarships:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 5, Year 7 and Year 9.
  • General Excellence Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 7.
  • Music Scholarship - Available to students entering Year 7 and Year 9.

For more information regarding the 2016 Scholarship Program please visit: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/enrolment/scholarships

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise all Year 9 parents that the College will hold a 'Year 9 Challenge Camp Parent Information Session' on Monday March 23 in Upper VCE Wing commencing at 6.30pm.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise all families that enrolments for Prep 2016 will close on Friday May 15, 2016.

Any family wishing to apply for Prep 2016 will need to submit the College Application Form along with copies of the following documents:
 

  • Birth Certificate (compulsory)
  • Baptism Certificate (Catholic families)
  • Immunisation History Statement (compulsory)

(Please note any application that does not have the above documents attached will not be accepted nor considered for enrolment)

When offering places for Prep 2016, Marymede Catholic College gives priority in the following order:

Marymede Catholic College gives priority in the following order:
Students that have a sibling currently attending Marymede Catholic College in the Primary years (Prep - 6) only.

Catholic students residing within the Primary catchment area, that is; north of McDonalds Road, east of the Arterial Road, south of Hunters Lane and west of the Plenty river, south of McArthurs and Wilton Vale Road.

Orthodox students residing within the Primary catchment area, that is; north of McDonalds Road, east of the Arterial Road, south of Hunters Lane and west of the Plenty River and south of McArthurs and Wilton Vale Road.

Non Catholic students (if places are available).

The enrolment policy does not allow for the movement of Primary aged students to Marymede Catholic College due to older siblings commencing Secondary education at the College.

- See more at: http://www.marymede.vic.edu.au/enrolment/policies#sthash.sW6wI4OR.dpuf

  1. Students that have a sibling currently attending Marymede Catholic College in the Primary years (Prep - 6) only.
     
  2. Catholic students residing within the Primary catchment area, that is; north of McDonalds Road, east of the Arterial Road, south of Hunters Lane and west of the Plenty river, south of McArthurs and Wilton Vale Road.
     
  3. Orthodox students residing within the Primary catchment area, that is; north of McDonalds Road, east of the Arterial Road, south of Hunters Lane and west of the Plenty River and south of McArthurs and Wilton Vale Road.
     
  4. Non Catholic students (if places are available).

 

Marymede Catholic College is proud to invite all members of the Marymede Community to our innaugural Trivia Night which has been organised as a Fundraiser by the Parents & Friends Committee.

Trivia Night will take place on Friday April 17 from 7.30pm – 11.30pm in the College Fitness Centre and promises to be another exciting fun-filled event in the Marymede Calendar.

For more information please contact the Parents and Friends Committee at paf@marymede.vic.edu.au

Click HERE to download the participation form and sale dates.
 

Congratulations to Nanette Mangoba (Year 11) who was last year was offered a Media internship at the Australian Catholics Magazine and was one of the lucky few who worked on the organisations Summer 2015 edition.

Nanette's article titled 'Peace in the Playground' has since been published and can be read below:

(Courtesy of Australian Catholics Magazine - https://www.australiancatholics.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42535#.VQJADo7jJ4m)

Peace in the Playground - Nanette Mangoba

How do we cope when we become the target of a bully? As teenagers, it’s common to get hooked onto trying to fit in. We can do some pretty crazy things to be in the ‘popular’ group. Although it’s great to feel so loved by many others, we should try to be an individual, remain true to our self and should not feel compelled to do something we don’t want to do.

But sometimes the social hierarchy can start to crumble, sparking horrible situations like bullying. Battle lines get drawn, and people get targeted for being part of the wrong ‘clique’. From cyber bullying to verbal harassment, it’s an unfortunate reality for many students. So how do we sort this out?

There’s always a way to make peace in the ‘School Wars’. Take the movie The Breakfast Club for instance. Five students from different social groups (a nerd, a jock, a rebel, a princess and a basket case) spend a whole Saturday in detention at school and won’t even look at each other at first. But through the day, they adapt to each other’s differences and become friends.

Five keys to peace in the playground
Here are some tips for when you find yourself in the middle of a bullying situation.

1. Keep calm and carry on
Bullies are looking to hurt and get a response, so sometimes the best response is no response at all. Ignore the remarks directed at you, tell the bully to stop and simply walk away. Someone who doesn’t get a reaction from a bully is less likely to be targeted again.

2. Assess the situation
Is the bully after your lunch money? Perhaps you can neutralise the situation by bringing your lunch from home. Do they target you when you’re alone? Try finding some friends to walk around the school with.

3. Tell someone about it
If bullying is happening on a regular basis, you need to do something about it. Talk to your parents and your teachers about what’s happening. It’s their job to support you in these situations. You don’t have to fight these battles all by yourself.

4. Don’t believe the insults
It’s easy to get so caught up in the situation that you start to believe the insults bullies direct at you. Remind yourself to never let a bully’s comments shape who you are. Listen to the people you love and ignore the words of the ones who bring you down.

5. Love your neighbour
I’m not saying to place your complete love and trust in bullies, but it doesn’t harm the situation to be civil with them if you can. It’s important to address the issue, but it’s also important to remember that bullies are people, too, and are just as capable of being loved and forgiven by God as you are.

Nanetta Mangoba is a Year 11 student at at Marymede Catholic College in Melbourne. She undertook an internship at Australian Catholics in September 2014.

 

Marymede Catholic College is proud to be associated with Camp Gallipoli: Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC Spirit.

What is Camp Gallipoli?:

Camp Gallipoli Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation established to help reserve, foster and perpetuate the unique spirit of ANZAC commemorations.

Camp Gallipoli is charged with the task of delivering a unique event platform bringing together people from across Australia and New Zealand to commemorate the centenary of the ANZAC landings.

The purpose of the events is to provide opportunity for our youth to support ANZAC day as participants rather than spectators.  The event promises to be an educational, respectful and unforgettably moving tribute to all defence personnel who have served and are serving in War.

Camp Gallipoli provides a unique opportunity to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our forbearers and a chance to ensure we perpetuate the spirit of ANZAC.

Why support Camp Gallipoli?:

Camp Gallipoli aims to educate our young from a memorable and moving platform about the service and sacrifice of the 11,000 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who were lost in battles at ANZAC cove in 1915.

This event provides a unique opportunity for our youth to participate and engage in the centenary commemorations of ANZAC Day actively rather than as bystanders.

Youth today will hopefully never experience warfare on the scale of our forbearers but it is our obligation to establish a transitional process of information to this generation so as to perpetuate the spirit of ANZAC.

In Gallipoli, there was no discrimination, intolerance or prejudice, our soldiers formed a unique bond with is known as the spirit of ANZAC.  The ANZAC spirit has provided the foundations of who we are and what we stand for as a Nation.

The Event:

Camp Gallipoli Event program is designed to engage our youth, educate and entertain.  The event schedule is:

April 24:

3:00pm                  -               Campground opens

4:00pm                  -               Support Artist

5:00pm                  -               Documentaries

6:00pm                  -               Light Horse (the Waler) Procession

6:30pm                  -               ANZAC Flame

6:40pm                  -               Dinner

8:00pm                  -               Main Artist

9:00pm                  -               Movie Screening

April 25:

5:30am (approx.)                -               Dawn Service

6:30am                  -               Breakfast

8:00am                  -               Campground closed

Venue:

Victorian venue:  Royal Melbourne Showgrounds

Cost & Purchase details:

Marymede Catholic College has purchased 50 tickets at $100.00 per ticket for our College community (P-12).  We extend to all our families an invitation to attend this historical event at a discounted cost of $50.00 per ticket. 

The College will subsidise half the cost to enable our families to participate along with many other school communities.

There will be staff present overnight at Camp Gallipoli, however families with children in Years Prep to Year 6, must attend with a Parent / Guardian on the overnight experience.

If you are interested in attending and would like to purchase ticket/s at the subsidised cost of $50.00, please email Mrs Robyn Roberts (robyn.roberts@marymede.vic.edu.au) before April 16, 2015.

When confirming your interest to attend Camp Gallipoli, please include in your email the following information:

  • Family Name
  • Names of Parents / Guardians attending
  • Names of Children attending
  • Ages of Children
  • Year Level of Children

We anticipate the tickets will be in high demand, so the tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’.  An email will be sent to the successful recipients after April 16.

An invoice will be issued by the College and once payment is received, and detail regarding ticket collection will be communicated to those attendees.

We look forward to joining with our families for this exciting special event.

On behalf of our College Principal, Mr Michael Kenny, Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all Year 7 Parents to a Guild Evening from 7.00 – 8.30pm on Tuesday 10th March.

We will gather in the Upper VCE Wing for some refreshments and a Principal address, followed by Guild time with Heads of Guild and your child’s Tutor Teacher.

This is a new initiative for Marymede for 2015 with an emphasis on building community and ensuring connections between school and home. Please rsvp your attendance to your child’s tutor teacher – Year 7 students will have their Tutor Teachers contact details in their student diary.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to invite Parents of all Primary Students to come along to our Parent Information Night, on Tuesday 3 March 2015 from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.

This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out information which affects your child’s year level. Each year level will make a 30 minute presentation at a specific time and location. Classrooms will be open from 5.00-8.00pm so you can look at the students’ learning and environment, while introducing yourself to the teacher and having a brief chat about the year ahead.

Times for sessions are as follows:

5.00 - 5.30pm   Year 1 - House 1
5.30 -  6.00pm  Year 2 - House 2
6.00 - 6.30pm   Year 3 - House 3
6.30 - 7.00pm   Year 4 - House 5
7.00 - 8.00pm   Prep - Prep House (** please note - the Prep Session will run for 1 hour)
7.00 - 7.30pm   Year 5 - House 1
7.30 - 8.00pm  Year 6 - House 5

This is a Parent Information Night, therefore, children are not required to attend.

For further enquiries please contact the Primary School Office on 9407-9000.


 

The new Design & Technology room at Marymede Catholic College is nearing completion, with students set to commence using the room within the coming days.

Check out the new space in some of the photos below:

The 2015 Secondary School Guild Swimming Carnival took place at Northcote Pools on Tuesday February 11, 2015.

The Carnival was another outstanding College event which saw lots of colour, excitement, cheering and plenty of Guild pride on display.

Students competed in 49 events throughout the day, including the 10 Minute Point Swim which saw in excess of 100 laps swum. Events such as the Guild Relay even saw some Teachers compete as well.

Well done to all students in attendance who competed for their Guild with great pride on the day. Congratulations to Marcellin, on being crowned overall Champions for 2015, which makes it back-to-back for the Guild in yellow, who were also victorious in 2014.

1st – Marcellin - 263 points
2nd – McCormack - 219 points
3rd – Chanel - 214 points
4th – Romero - 212 points
5th – Chisholm - 208 points
6th – McAuley - 199 points

For more photos visit www.facebook.com/marymedecatholiccollege

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise all families that during the 2015 Lent period, the College Canteen will not be selling (Over counter or Online) any meat items to Staff or Students on Ash Wednesday (18 February) and each Friday (from 20 February to 27 March).

During this period the Canteen will however, be selling Sushi, Rice Paper Rolls, Fish Burgers and Fish Wraps.

All other days not listed above, the regular Canteen Menu will apply

Term 1 2015 has seen many exciting mornings already take place, with both our new Year 7 students and new Prep students commencing their Secondary and Primary School journeys respectively.

The schoolyard saw lots of smiles, cuddles, and even some tears as parents send their children off on their new adventure, however all students have settled into class well.

The Year 7 students have been busy learning their new timetables and enjoying a raft of new subjects, whilst our Prep students introduction into Primary School will continue over the coming weeks as they move into full days/weeks at School.

2015 sees Marymede welcome in excess of 230 new students to the College. We would like to extend our welcome to the follow students and their families:

 

PRIMARY SCHOOL:

Jehansa Agampodi, Catalina Alateras, Jacob Antony, Ricky Ardesi, Chloe Battista, Jessica Bibis, Jake Bocevski, Molly Borg, Jordan Brown, Tristan Buraundi, Mitchell Camacho, Nathan Cholakovski, William Collis, Isabella Comeau, Alessia Condello, Brodie Crisp, Sienna Csaszar, Olivia De Agostino, Maya De Amicis, Tristan De Santo, Lucas De Santo, Vikasini Elango, Isaac Emsovski, Ava Falcone, Revekah Fernando, Ayana Fernando, Aviv Fernando, Laura Flint, Noah Fortuna, Zara Georgiou, Joshua Gerada, Nicholas Gerard, Zach Giannakopoulos, Kaylan Ginimalage, Ryan Gospic, Oscar Gray, Insa Gu, Sienna Guarino, Ava Hanlan, Alicia Harris, Nathan Healy, Rehmat Hundal, Milla Ioannou, Cruz Josevski, James Katavic, Matthew Kocev, Ava La Rosa, Kiara Lazzara, Caelan Lee, Zarah Lehmann, Federica Lembo, Jorge Leon-Vizcaino, Mason Loche, Lucas Macheda, Maci Madin, Dillon Mahanayake, Jeremy Maillard, Renae Martin, Natalie Mauriello, Rylee Mcbain, Khyall Mdehwa, Samuel Metelovski, Lily Micallef, Damian Michail, Jacinta Mifsud, Aidan Mponda, Sienna Murdaca, Zack Nardozza, Monique Nativo, Jack Nativo, Adrian Naumovski, Jamal Nhemachena, Alannah O'Connor, Ryleigh O'Neill, Henri Overmars, Alex Parisi, Cole Parsakia, Isabel Patricio, Max Payne, Cooper Pinney, Claudia Popovic, Seth Popovski, Annalise Rades, Joel Reidy, Liliana Ripley, Samuel Ristevski, Naman Sandhu, Sanchay Sangwan, Olivia Scott, William Scott, Olivia Seneca, Aidan Shaji, Rhea Sharma, Aaron Shibu, Geeta Shukla, Olivia Sinni, Andrew Sirianni, Jack Smith-Godfrey, Joseph Solimando, Akshaj Srivastava, Adrian Stojanoski, Mia-Rose Sukovski, Olivia Sunu, Caleb Szeremeta, Lucas Szeremeta, Madison Tambolash, Alexandra Tarpkos, Araz Tavakol, Talia Tavella, Sebastian Tawadros, Elissa Thoranathel Shaji, Elaine Tijo, Jordan Traficante, Zac Trajkovski, Billy Triantafylidis, Yulia Trivailo, Tia Tsandefskis, Ava Turano, Amaya Van Krieken, Chloe Vangeli, Lola Velianis, Sarah Zagami, Jacob Zdunic, Alan Dileep, Caleb Hyatt, Daoud Akram, Jason Chirisa, Larissa Chirisa, Skye Cross, Feba George, Kayla Marychurch, Piper Mclennan, Michaella Mponda, William Van Krieken, Kalin Ahuonbar, Kush Bonsrey, Luv Bonsrey, Molly Johnston, Aryan Joshi, Jasmine Khuu, Hennessy Manansala, Christopher Sekrevski, Sofia Soeterboek, Eishman Brar, Regan Cross, Torren Garrett, Jacinta Hyatt, Ann Joseph, Deanna Marychurch, Jordan Micevski, Solin Nurianbi, Jiya Shahi, Stephen Sibanda, Akshansh Srivastava, Sienna Van Krieken, Shipal Ahuonbar, Taya Hepburn, William Johnston, Manreet Kaur, Diandra Mponda, Isabelle Sekrevski, Supriya Adhikari, Ethan Cross, Jesse Hardie, Ky Mclennan, Candace Roach, Kevin Srichaikul

SECONDARY SCHOOL:

Lourdes Ah-Kiau, Abdelwadoud Al-Asali, Ann Anil, Dimitris Bachos, Tayla Bagnato, Harrison Balazsy, Daniel Bauce, Jack Bowlen, Brynie Camilleri, Benito Caro, Kyah Cater, Jacob Coates, Verity Colosimo, Nicholas Cretchley, Ellie Cvetkova, Natalia Divitcos, Samuel Edwards, Joshua Ford, Claudia Forte, Joshua Fusco, Liam Henderson, Sara Izev, Daniel Jamalian, Amish Joseph, Brandon Josevski, Avtrit Kumar, Zachary Limogiannis, Liam Males, Jasmine Micevski, Carla Misurelli, Kiara Moss, Fadziso Mutusva, Yara Nazaryan, Aleksandar Nestoroski, Melissa Nicolo, Samuel Parsons, Renee Perry, Mia Poblete-Katsouris, Lachlan Potter, Thomas Riding, Olivia Roberts, Stephanie Sallas, Simarjit Sandhu, Pedia Sibanda, Mason Smith, Hayley Smyth, Jesse Stojanovski, Anamika Sudhi Nair, Chloe Topouzis, Peter Tsalacopoulos, Jessie Turner, Alastair Vathakos, Daniel Vingta, Olivia Wosgien, Chelsea Garraway, Ali Maghnie, Mia Markowicz, Roban Chugha, Jawal Daoud, Grace Sibanda, Raul Batres-Bustamante, Courtney Hyatt, Rebecca Ivory, David Lughi, Tsungayi Masawi, Chloe Coniglio, Taneisha Fredericks, Casey Janic, Nikayla Van Krieken, Jerry Licata

Marymede Catholic College would like to invite all CURRENT parents/guardians to ‘Morning Tea with the Principal’ on Wednesday March 4, commencing at 9.00am in the College Auditorium.

This event will give parents an opportunity to not only meet our new Principal Mr. Michael Kenny, but also meet new parents to the College in 2015.

Bookings are essential due to limited spaces, and spots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. To book, please send your RSVP to rsvp@marymede.vic.edu.au along with the following details, by no later than FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20:

- Full Names of ALL in attendance
- Your child/children’s year level
- Contact phone number

Please note, this event invitation is extended to parents/guardians only. Marymede students will not be permitted to attend.

In 2015, Marymede Catholic College welcomes our new Principal Mr Michael Kenny into the Marymede Community.

Originally born in South Australia, Michael’s education took place at St. Michael’s College, whilst his initial teaching roles took place at Sacred Heart College in Adelaide, where he taught Senior Economics, Religious Education and Mathematics. The ensuing years also saw him undertake the roles of House Co-ordinator, Domain Leader, and finally, Director of Teaching and Learning. Michael has also spent time tutoring Economics students at the University of Adelaide.

Michael’s initial Principal appointment took place at McKillop College in Swan Hill, Victoria prior to moving across to the west to undertake the role of Principal at Servite College in Perth, Western Australia. During his time in the West, Michael also held positions as the President of the Catholic Secondary Prinicpal’s Association and a member of the Education Committee of Notre Dame in Fremantle.

2006 saw Michael return to Victoria where he undertook the role of Principal at Assumption College in Kilmore.

In 2015 Michael comes the new Principal of Marymede Catholic College with a view to strengthening our position as a leader of education in the Northern suburbs.

Outside of the office, Michael enjoys plenty of quality family time with his wife Cathy and 2 daughters, and is an avid sports fan. Early sporting endeavours saw him play State Amateur League Football in Adelaide whilst also captaining the South Australian Football Association. After hanging up the boots Michael went on to coach the Glenelg under 19’s for two years before prior to leaving for Victoria. Michael is also a regular on the golf course, whilst also taking a keen interest in AFL football, cheering on his beloved mighty Adelaide Crows!

We welcome Mr Michael Kenny to Marymede Community and look forward to his ensuing years as Principal of Marymede Catholic College.


 

Marymede Catholic College invite and encourage all prospective families to experience our College first hand.

School Tours are conducted on a regular basis throughout the year.

In 2015, School Tours/Information Mornings will take place on the following dates:

  • Thursday February 19
  • Thursday March 5
  • Wednesday April 22
  • Thursday May 7
  • Thursday June 18
  • Thursday October 8
  • Thursday November 5
  • Thursday December 3

Tours commence at 9.30am from the Performing Arts Centre Foyer.
 

Additionally, the 2015 College Open Day will take place on Sunday August 30, from 11.00am - 2.00pm.

To book a School Tour please our College Registrar Matthew Luczek on 9407-9000 or email at registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au

The Marymede Catholic College charter Bus service will continue in 2015, with 3 routes travelling through the suburbs of Kinglake, Whittlesea, Mernda, Doreen and South Morang.

For a full list of routes and timetables please click HERE

2015 sees only 2 changes to the existing routes used in 2014:

Kinglake Route: Stop 4 - Due to the roadworks in Church Street, Whittlesea, the existing bus stop area (travelling TO School) has been closed until June. As a result this stop has been relocated into Forest Street.

Doreen Route: Addition of Stop 13 - Corner of McArthurs Road and Plenty Road.

For further information regarding the College Bus service please contact 9407-9000.

 

Marymede Catholic College is looking forward to the 2015 School year with great enthusiasm.

Here's what you need to know regarding 2015 commencment:

1. When does Term 1, 2015 commence?

The first group of students will return to School for Term 1 on Friday January 30, 2015. This will be students in Years 7, 11 and 12 only. Students in Years 8, 9 and 10 will commence on Monday February 2, which students from Prep to Year 6 will commence on Tuesday February 3.

Please click HERE for a full list of starting dates.

2. When does the Main Office open?

The Main Office has now re-opened, for any enquiries please contact 9407-9000.

3. Where can I find a list of important dates for Term 1, 2015?

The College Calendar for 2015 is available on the website by clicking HERE. Additionally, key dates for Term 1, 2015 were listed in the final College Bulletin for 2014 which can be found by clicking HERE.

4. Is the Uniform Shop open?

Yes. The Uniform Shop is open designated dates during the January holidays. For a full list of trading hours please click HERE.

Normal trading hours for Term 1 will commence on Tuesday January 27, 2015.

5. Which Uniform does my child wear in Term 1?

All students will be required to wear their SUMMER uniform for Term 1, 2015. New students are to refer to the acceptable footwear document provided to them upon enrolment for rules regarding footwear.

6. Upon the commencement of School, where can I drop my child off and collect them from?

The College Drop-Off/Pick-Up areas are located at Gate A (exit through Gate C), Gate E and Gate F (exit through Gate G).

7. When will the 2015 Booklist orders be available for collection?

Booklist orders will be available for collection on Tuesday January 20, 2015 between 10.00am and 3.00pm ONLY. (Prep to Year 12). Any family collecting their books from the College will need to enter through Gate B near the Primary School Multipurpose Courts, and into House 1. Any books not collected will be returned to Atlas Educational.

8. My Child has lost their 2015 Booklist, can I collect a new one?

Copies of the 2015 Booklists are available via the Main Office.

9. I did not receive my Child’s Semester 2, 2014 Academic Report, where can I access this?

Semester 2, 2014 Academic Reports were released online via our Parent Access Module (PAM) during the final week of Term 4, 2014. Parents will be able to access their child’s report by visiting PAM and logging in with the details provided to them during the Term 3 2014 holidays. If you cannot remember you PAM login details, please contact the College on 9407-9000. For privacy reasons, the College will need to confirm the identity of any detail request before providing usernames and passwords.

10. Primary School Testing Dates:

During the final week of 2014, all Primary School families received a letter containing login details to book testing sessions via the PTO Booking System.

Testing will take place by appointment on Friday January 30 and Monday February 2. ALL Primary School families will be required to book their child’s testing sessions online. If you are unable to locate your login details please contact the College on 9407-9000 immediately.

11. Will we have a chance to meet the new Principal?

Yes, all families will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Michael Kenny, our new Principal, both during the early weeks of Term 1, and throughout 2015.

12. My Child is new to Marymede Catholic College in 2015, and would like to change Guilds. Is this possible?

No. The College does not allow for movement between Guilds.

13. My Child is new to Marymede Catholic College in 2015. What items can he/she bring with her to School each day?

The College does not take responsibility for any personal items brought into the College grounds. Secondary School students should refer to their 2015 Student Diary for rules regarding the use of Mobile Phones and other technologies on College grounds.

14. What are the School Fees in 2015?

Please click HERE to view the 2015 School Fee Structure.

15. When will Fee Statements for 2015 be sent out?

All families will receive their first Fee Statement for 2015 during the week commencing Monday January 19, however, families are able to make payments on their School fees prior to this day. Please contact the Accounts Office for further information. Together with the fee statement will be a Direct Debit form to be completed by all families and returned to the Accounts Office.

16. Will the School Bus Service continue in 2015?

Yes, the School Bus Service will continue in 2015, with routes remaining the same as listed in 2014. Families who submitted their details online for the Bus service late in 2014 will receive a letter mailed home during the week commencing Monday January 12, with details regarding the Bus service. The College requires a 25% deposit on all Bus fees by no later than Friday January 30, with all Semester 1 Bus fees required to be paid IN FULL by no later than Friday February 27, 2015.

17. My contact details have changed over the Christmas Break, who can I report these to?

For any change in contact details please contact the College Registrar on 9407-9000 or alternatively email to registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au.

18. Are 2016 Enrolment Applications open?

Yes. Applications for Year 7, 2016 are closing soon. All applications are due by no later than Friday February 27, 2015. Enrolment Interviews are scheduled to take place in early March 2015, and all applicants will receive a letter regarding this process.

Yes. Applications for Prep 2016 are open and will close on Friday May 15, 2015.

For further information regarding enrolment at Marymede Catholic College please contact the Registrar on 9407-9000.

19. When is the IT Helpdesk open?

The IT Helpdesk is open daily between the hours of 8.00am and 4.00pm. You can contact the IT Helpdesk via phone on 9407-9020 or email at helpdesk@marymede.vic.edu.au.

20. My child has a device at the IT Helpdesk for repair. When will it be ready?

Please contact the IT Helpdesk to confirm if your child’s device repair has been completed. We encourage any Parent/Students whose device has been in for repair over the School holidays to collect the device by no later than Friday January 23, 2015.

21. Will my child be provided with a device in 2015?

All Secondary students are provided with a device by the College. Further information regarding devices will be emailed to Parents at the commencement of the School year and will be provided at Parent Information Evenings throughout February.

Primary School students in Years 5 and 6 will have a device provided to them during School hours. Students in Years 3 and 4 will have between 10 to 14 computers available to them in each classroom.

The College will also be introducing an IPad program for students in Prep to Year 2, late in Term 1/early Term 2 in 2015.

22. Will there be any Parent Information Evenings at the beginning of the 2015 School year?

Yes. The following Information Evenings will take place during the early weeks of Term 1:

- VCE Parent Elevate Session: Monday February 2
- Year 7 Cyber-Safety and Curriculum Evening: Thursday February 5
- VCE/VCAL Parent Information Evening: Tuesday February 17
- Year 6 Transition into Secondary School Information Evening: Tuesday February 24
- Prep to Year 6 Curriculum Workshop/Parent Information Evening: Tuesday March 3
- Year 7, 2015 Parent Information/Guild Family Evening: Tuesday March 10
- Year 9 Challenge Camp Parent Information Evening: Monday March 23

23. When will Secondary School students have access to their class timetables?

Secondary School students will be able to access their draft class timetable via SIMON from Monday January 19. Students can log into SIMON via https://simon.marymede.vic.edu.au. Students are to log in with their existing username and password. New students will be issued with their username and password upon their commencement in Term 1.
 

For all further enquiries regarding the commencement of the 2015 School Year please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9407-9000.

Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate the VCE and VCAL classes of 2014 on their excellent ATAR results.

Snapshot of 2014 VCE Results:

  • College Dux 2014: Hayley Bix
  • 21% of Students obtaining a Student Score of 40+ in one or more subjects.

2014 also sees our highest cohort of VCAL students successfully complete their final year of education with some outstanding achievements.

Join with us in providing a high quality COMPLETE education for your child in a P-12 Catholic environment in 2015.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise that Prep to 12 end of Semester Reports are now available online.

Please login the Parent Access Module (PAM) via the Marymede Catholic College Website and access to view reports.

Each family was sent home a letter containing their login details during the Term 3 holiday break. Please refer to this letter for your details.

There will be no hard copies of reports sent home.

Please also be aware that the Parent Access Module no longer supports the use of Internet Explorer 9 or 10 as a browser.

Users will need to move to Internet Explorer 11, or, for computers still on Windows XP, the latest version of Google Chrome.

We advise that PAM can also be accessed via Firefox.

Any family experiencing issues with their Parent Access Module can contact the College on 9407-9000 up until 4.30pm on Thursday December 18.

Marymede Catholic College wishes to advise the following details regarding the Information Session for the proposed Italian Study Tour 2015:

Date: Monday 23 February, 2015.

Time: 7.00pm

Location: Marymede Catholic College - Auditorium

Marymede Catholic College will hold a Year 7 2016 Information Evening on Thursday February 19 from 7.00pm located upstairs in the VCE Wing. This will be an opportunity to revisit the enrolment processes and transition programs for Year 7 2016, with applications closing the following week.
Year 7 applications for 2016 will close on February 27, 2015.

Marymede Catholic College provides all students a COMPLETE education, in a dymanic, supportive and caring environment.

We are proud to offer:

- A broad curriculum with a team of hard working and dedicated Staff.

- Proven records of outstanding academic achievement.

- A wide range of Post-Secondary pathways.

- An extensive and diverse co-curricular program including but not limited to, specialist sporting squads, Performing Arts opportunities, leadership and Social Justive Campaigns and more.

To apply, please download the application form HERE.

Applications forms are to be submitted to the College along with your child's Birth Certificate, Baptism Certificate, recent NAPLAN results and the most recent copy of School report. A $77 application fee applies to all applications.

To read the College enrolment policies please click HERE.

For all further enquiries regarding Year 7 2016 please contact our College Registrar on 9407-9000 or alternatively, email at registrar@marymede.vic.edu.au.

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.

 

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.

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:

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.

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

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