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Over the past 18 months, VCE English Teacher Ms. Richardson has been pioneering after-School English Extension classes for all Year 12 students, designed to provide them with an opportunity to work more closely with Year 12 English Teachers on areas of assessment that they have found particularly tricky.

Student feedback to these extra opportunities has been overwhelmingly positive with classes moving out of our smaller study areas in the Resource Centre into larger classrooms to cater for high demand/attendance.

“I felt that we needed to have more time to help students reach for higher-end responses in their essays” recalls Ms. Richardson, who currently teaches VCE English along with Year 9 Literature and Year 8 Humanities. “I first invited my own students to come along, which some of them did, and then they brought their friends and it just kept growing!”

The extension classes primarily focus on essay topics and assessment tasks, planning responses and exploring ways in which students can produce higher-range pieces. Ms. Richardson has longer term goals for the program however, with a view to introducing Year 11 classes and rolling out extra content online in an attempt to reach more students. “I recently started filming and streaming the classes online as a way to also allow busy students to benefit from the sessions and we’ve found this to be extremely popular also.”

Year 12 student Libby has found the classes particularly beneficial: “The classes help us focus on areas of study in greater detail than we are able to in our normal class time, unpacking concepts with a deeper understanding. They’ve allowed me personally to ask more questions and give me more ideas to work with when it comes to assessment time.” 

Our Year 12 English Extension class takes place every Wednesday from 3.30pm – 4.30pm and is available via YouTube with direct links sent to all Year 12 students following the session.

VCE English Teachers Ms. Richardson, Ms. Smith and just some of the students who attend our English Extension Classes in large numbers.



Marymede Catholic College would like to congratulate James Manoussakis (Year 12) on recently being announced as one of only 4 students from Australia and approximately 20 students across the world to be invited to the the XLAB International Science Camp held at the George August University in Gottingen, Germany. 

James will head over to Germany this August and recieves this opportunity via winning a place at the National Youth Science Forum this past January. 

The National Youth Science Forum Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to expose students to the diverse study and career options available in STEM fields. The Program includes lectures, workshops and labs run by established scientists, facility tours, social events, skills building activities and so much more. The Program took place in January this year in Canberra (Australian National University) and Brisbane (University of Queensland).

We wish James all the very best in his future scientific endevaours.

Currently completing his Year 12 studies, James will head over to Germany this August.



In this edition of 'Meet the Teacher' we speak with Miss. Carla Esposito, our Romero House Co-ordinator and a member of our Secondary Teaching Team.

Name: Carla Esposito – Romero House Co-ordinator and Secondary Teacher – carla.esposito@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

I am the Romero House Coordinator; I oversee the pastoral care of students in Romero House, work closely with Student Leaders to promote the House in consultation with House Tutor Staff members. I also teach Year 7 Humanities, Year 10 Careers and Years 11 & 12 Legal Studies. 

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

Our Romero Year 12 House Leaders Jordan Gualano and Panashe Mutusva are currently working together with me on bringing to life the ‘Winter Sock Appeal’ for 2018 in support of St Mary’s House of Welcome our Romero House Charity.  

I am so proud of the work our Romero leaders are doing in continuing to grow tradition and a positive culture in Romero House. This program is all in the hope of helping our house charity St Mary's House of Welcome. They are located in Fitzroy and in conjunction with many volunteers they open their doors to over 200 people living in poverty daily. They are a wonderful organisation living out the theme of Oscar Romero (our House Patron) ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more’.

I am also loving the new VCE Legal Studies VCAA study design. The best thing about teaching Legal Studies is seeing my students gain a new perspective about how the Government, courts, and laws can influence our society, and the expectations of the community and themselves as individuals. We also have an upcoming prison and courts excursion to enhance and consolidate the Legal Studies course which I am looking forward to.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is building positive relationships and working with our wonderful students at the various stages of their development whilst providing them with meaningful opportunities to grow spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially.

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

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Poached Eggs and Salmon

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Titanic

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: 3 years ago I started a fitness journey by taking part in a 10-week challenge. I didn’t have any expectations and didn’t realise I could make a lifestyle change. As hard as it was to get motivated I started to train hard, began eating right and it changed my life. I realised that it is never too late to make a positive change and transform yourself to a better, stronger, confident and healthy version of yourself.

Every day is an opportunity to believe, achieve and succeed.

Favourite Sporting Team: Collingwood Football Club (GO PIES!)

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

My Zia (Aunty) from Abruzzo, Italy – It has been years since I have seen her. I miss her!

Pope Francis - I really like his teachings and the way he lives out his faith.

Nathan Buckley – Collingwood Football Club Coach to discuss the mighty magpies.

Miss. Esposito celebrating Romero's 2018 Swimming Carnival victory.



Recently, our Year 6 team have been learning about Visual Literacy through abstract drawings. Visual literacy can be defined as the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Students set out to create an abstract image which would represent an emotion, with a specific focus on the use of colours and shapes representing feelings indirectly.

Students were then asked to interpret the creations of their peers in order to seek out the hidden message behind the image.

The result was a greater understanding of the visual literacy concept and some outstanding pieces of artwork.

Alka and Jack from Year 6.2 reflected on their task saying “Learning about Visual Literacy was a challenging and interesting way to appreciate the messages of others through art and find the meaning behind their creations”.

Great job Year 6!

Year 6.2 and their Visual Literacy creations.


Our upcoming Mother’s Day Movie Night is being arranged by our Parents’ & Friends Committee for Tuesday May 15, 2018.

This evening will provide a great opportunity to spend a night together in celebration and acknowledgement of the special Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and friends in your life.

For more information please refer to the attached flyer or alternatively contact our Parents’ & Friends Committee via paf@marymede.vic.edu.au 



We are looking forward to our upcoming inaugural Colour Run this Friday April 20 with great excitement!

Thanks to the support of the Marymede Community, our Parents’ & Friends Committee have successfully raised over $20,000 over the past 2 months.


We recommend that those taking part wear comfortable attire with suitable running shoes both of which you would not mind being stained with coloured powder. White T-Shirts/Tops are great as they will show more colour during the run.  You may also wish to bring a towel and a change of clothes.


Did you know we will also be holding a 2km parent race at 4.40pm? This will be a great opportunity to parents and/or extended family members to get involved and have some fun on the day! No registration required – simply bring a white top and get coloured!


Please refer to the attached FAQ document or contact the P&F Committee via paf@marymede.vic.edu.au


The Parents’ & Friends Committee are still seeking an additional 10-15 volunteers who would be willing to assist in a range of tasks on Friday afternoon. Your support is greatly appreciated – if you are interested in assisting please contact the Parents & Friends Committee via email or phone.




Just over a month to go now until Marymede Catholic College's 2018 Production of 'Xanadu' hits the stage!

‘Xanadu’ follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California. in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds.

3 performances only from May 24 until May 26 at Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre:

  • Thursday the 24th of May 7:30pm
  • Friday the 25th of May 7:30pm
  • Saturday the 26th of May 5:00pm

Tickets only available via TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/TVZH DON'T MISS OUT!


Emma Beel (Year 12) as Kira/Clio

Helsen Cross (Year 12) as Sonny Malone

Adam Argyros (Year 11) as Danny Maguire

Ivana Ilic (Year 9) as Melpomene, Muse of Tragedy

Laura Daniele (Year 12) as Calliope, Muse of Epics



Please be advised that our uniform Shop will be open on the following days during the upcoming Term holiday break:

Tuesday April 10: 10am to 4pm
Wednesday April 11: 10am to 4pm
Thursday April 12: 10am to 4pm
Saturday April 14: 9.30am to 12.30pm.



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

Name: Melissa Gaff – Secondary Teacher – melissa.gaff@marymede.vic.edu.au

What is your role at the College?

This year I am one of the Tutor Teachers for Chisholm 2. I am teaching Year 8 Italian, Year 8 Skills and Year 12 VCAL Personal Development Skills.

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

At the moment I am working with my Year 12 VCAL Personal Development Skills class on a proposal to do a garden make-over to the old wetlands area. They are working towards making it a community garden that can be used for gatherings by Staff, Students and guests to the College.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Having a Tutor Group when you get to see your students from Year 7 grow and develop into young adults by the time they reach Year 12. After being in your Tutor Group for 6 years, it is wonderful to see how much they achieve over the years and the joy they feel when graduating. It's quite a journey and I enjoy being part of it and helping them along the way.

Fast Five:

Favourite Food: Pizza and Chocolate

Favourite Movie/TV Show: Old time favourite would be 'Friends' and current favourite is 'Game of Thrones'.

Hidden Talent or Something We May Not Know About You: I enjoy sewing dresses for my two-year-old twin daughters. 

Favourite Sporting Team: Richmond Tigers! I have been a member since I was 12 years old and going to the Grand Final last year was a dream come true. 

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

Alex Rance – he seems like a lovely guy with great morals and he would be good for a laugh.

My Father in Law – he passed away before we had our children. He would have been an amazing loving and caring Grandfather and I wish they got to meet.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) – she seems like a genuine person, considering that she is a royal, and I admire all the charity work she does.

Ms. Gaff with her VCAL class.




Date: Sunday March 25

Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm


  • Tours
  • Activities and Workshops
  • Showbags
  • Free Sausage Sizzle from 11.00am onwards