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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.