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) -

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.




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-

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 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 -

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