Dear College Community 

Now that the Federal election is out of the way, the inundation of party sledging appearing on all our media can stop. It will be interesting to see if the result has any bearing on schooling, and in particular, Catholic Education. We will wait and see in this space. Needless to say, however, Catholic Education will work closely with the Labor government to continue to strive for the rights of Catholic schools, and freedom of teaching Religious Education in their schools and upholding the dignity and respect for all in its system. 

NAPLAN 

Another national initiative completed for 2022 is NAPLAN for our students in Year 7 and 9. On all counts, the students did very well. Results are not available to schools till Term 3.

Congratulations to all Year 7 and 9 students, who I am sure did their personal best throughout the Literacy and Numeracy tests. Thank you to Mrs Lyn Saint-John who coordinates NAPLAN – which commences many months in advance of the actual testing date. Thank you also to the teaching and IT staff who administered the tests.  

Whole School Eucharistic Celebration 

Given that we were unable to hold our annual beginning of year Mass, it was lovely to celebrate Mass as a whole school on Wednesday, Week 4 of Term 2. Thank you to Fr John Girdauskas who celebrated this important event with us. It was lovely to finally have Fr John at the College amongst all of our students and staff. The Masses are beautiful occasions rich in student participation. Thank you to the students involved and Mr Sam Johnstone, who prepared the Liturgy. It was lovely to have the Youth Ministry Choir led by Mrs Jess Magee throughout the Liturgy. 

Fr John Girdauskas 

Congratulations to Fr John Girdauskas who last week, celebrated his 39th Anniversary as an ordained priest. For the past 9 years, Fr John has been our Parish Priest, is an old scholar of the College, and is heavily invested in the welfare and pastoral life of Marist Regional College. 

Fr John is an avid gardener, and a protea presented to him this week by our School Captains, Stella and Reuben, will go well in his garden.

Girls Basketball State Championships 

A huge congratulations to our Senior Girls Basketball Team who are State Champions for the 4th year in a row. Last Wednesday, MRC played Guilford Young College and won convincingly, led by four times premiership player and captain, Charli Kay. Well coached by Jason Baker (parent of Millie Baker, Year 9 player), the team won both the NSATIS and SATIS titles. From the opening jump, the girls were never headed showing outstanding teamwork and skill. 

What was amazing, the 500 strong student and staff crowd who attended to cheer our girls on. The level of support and cheering, war cries from the students was outstanding. It is so good to have events like this on house soil bringing people together to live MRC spirit. Congratulations to the team. 

Interhigh Cross Country 

Congratulations to all students who participated in the College’s Interhigh Cross Country on Tuesday. The day was sublime, and nowhere in Australia would you find a more picturesque course. The sun was glistening off the Strait, and I am sure it was a wonderful distraction from the pain of uphill running for some. The 4km and 5km course which winds its way through West Park and back up to Marist is not an easy run. The Cross Country is not easy for many, and I commend those students in particular who participated to gain house points or for personal satisfaction in completing the course. 

Congratulations to the winners who became our Cross Country Champions for 2022. Mr Liam Viney will have full details of the results in the Sports section. 

Kindest regards 

Mr Noel Nethery 

Acting Principal