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 –

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 –

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

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:

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 -

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.


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..