Dear College Community  

Welcome back to Term 3. A particular welcome to new families and students to the College. 

It has been an excellent start to Term 3 but as they say, in AFL and netball terminology – 3rd quarter or Term 3 is the premiership quarter. This is where the hard yards are done. For Senior College in particular, Term 3 is critical. With only 2 weeks where our seniors attend school in Term 4 before final exams, every post from here on in must be made a winner. 

For students in Years 7-10, personal best effort is all that is required. At last week’s special achievement awards ceremony, I spoke to all students and staff and a clear message was “giving your best effort is all we ask for”. When one gives their best work and social effort, there is immediate intrinsic reward and all parties, students, parents, staff and the school are happy. 

It’s great that we acknowledge students who achieve at the highest level academically, and for those students to achieve this, they give their best. However, equally important was acknowledging students who received Application to Study Awards. Mrs Emily Sass, Deputy Principal Learning and Teaching, will provide a list of the award recipients in her section of the Marist Star. 

Congratulations to all of these students and to those quiet achievers who continuously do their best day in and day out. 

Garry Gale

As you are aware, Garry passed away in the final week of school, and his funeral was celebrated in the first week of the mid year break. Alanna (Garry’s wife), Hannah and Chelsi (Garry’s daughters) pass on their love and thanks for the prayers and kindness you have shown to them over this very tough period. 

50th Anniversary Celebrations

Approaching very quickly is the MRC 50th Anniversary celebrations. This will be a wonderful weekend of festivities, celebrations and catch ups. 

As is the school community, I am really looking forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with current and past staff and students. 

  • Catch Up Drinks & Nibbles: Friday, 19 August, 7pm onwards, Communion Brewing Co  
  • Gala Day: Saturday, 20 August, 12.30 – 5pm, MRC (Arts and cultural festival, food, tours available – open to all) for all current and past families, and the Burnie community. Bring your friends and have some fun. 
  • Cocktail Party: Saturday, 20 August, 6.30 – 11.30pm, MRC (Food will be served, free bar until 8.30pm then eftpos available, entertainment by Sherry and Wayne Rand, CoolTrain) 

For all past scholars and staff who haven’t yet registered, please do so as soon as possible to assist us with catering numbers. 

To register your attendance, please ring the College office on 6432 7600 or via the website: 


We would welcome any members of the community who would like to be involved in sponsorship of this weekend to contact myself on 6432 7612 or email 


Only a few more performances to go until the production of Matilda is over. For those who have seen Matilda, I know you would have been blown away by how superb this show has been. Its outstanding entertainment, high energy and professionalism has been amazing. Led by Mrs Jess Magee, Director, Producer and Choreographer, and her very capable team, Mr Nathan Humphrey, Mrs Jordan Turale, Mr Thomas Lamb and Mr Graham O’Connell, student and parent helpers; this show has delivered in spades, and more. 

The cast and crew have been rehearsing for 6 months and their stamina to complete eleven shows has been amazing. I’m sure they have all been blessed with the positive affirmations from parents and peers alike. Equally, they will be exhausted, and we will need to be there for them as they come down from the excitement and energy of the production. However, they will have an opportunity to perform a couple of numbers from Matilda on Saturday 20 August at the Gala Day Arts Festival for those who were unable to get tickets to the sold out performances. A super effort from all involved. 

Business Manager 

I am delighted to announce, Mr Andrew Leary has been appointed as our new Business Manager. 

Andrew was schooled at Sacred Heart, Ulverstone and St Brendan Shaw College, Devonport, and has worked at Findex as a Chartered Accountant and Business Executive for the past 20 years. 

Andrew will be a wonderful asset to the College, and we look forward to his commencement on 22 August. 

Equally, I acknowledge the outstanding work and services of Mrs Rosemary Beaumont, College Accountant and Acting Business Manager over the past 3 months. Rosemary has done a brilliant job holding the fort of the accounts department in both roles whilst we have been seeking a new Business Manager. Thank you, Rosemary. 

Introducing Kate Deane, Year 12 

Earlier this year, Senior College student Kate Deane was chosen as a ‘Tasmanian teenage artist’ to participate in the Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers which is a community arts project that promotes intergenerational friendships.  Teenagers from across the Country are teamed up with 100-year-olds to meet, interview and create portraits as a way of fighting negative ageing stigmas.  

Kate’s model, Maisie Pyke, unfortunately passed away before the portrait was completed.  In June/July, The Centenarian Portrait Project by Teenagers exhibition was held in Hobart. After the exhibition Kate gifted the portrait to her nephew who has already put it proudly on display in his lounge. 

Pictured: Kate with Kaye and Kevin. 

In addition, congratulations to Kate who was recently a winner of the Gilmour Space Technologies and Griffith University mission patch design competition for ‘Joey’ – a small satellite bus demonstrator jointly developed by Gilmour Space and Griffith, that is due to be launched to space in 2022.  

Artist Statement: 

My name is Kate Deane and I am a Trawlwoolway woman from lutruwita/Tasmania. I love science, mainly biology and chemistry, and I also love art. I am gradually incorporating my Indigenous identity into these endeavours. My design depicts a hexagonal patch, in the shape of the spacecraft. It features the spacecraft travelling through the night sky, and land and waterways below. I wanted to incorporate the richness of Country, with bold earthy red hues of ochre deposits and strong blue water, sustaining life. I incorporated styles and patterns similar to those found in petroglyphs throughout Tasmania. I also incorporated a broader style to integrate red/orange/yellow hues into the piece, and to symbolise the fact that the spacecraft will travel across the vast landmass of Australia. The patch includes the silhouettes of a wallaby and its joey, as it starts to venture out of the pouch.  

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Such an exciting term ahead, and I look forward to spending many events with you. 

Kindest regards 

Mr Noel Nethery 

Acting Principal 


MRC Board Membership 

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the College Board, please express your interest to: 

Jennine Williams 

PA to the Principal 

Tel: (03) 6432 7612