Dear Marist Regional College Community, 

We bring you this final edition of the Marist Star for Term 1, 2024. Term One is arguably the busiest of the year with so much happening from camps, activities, NAPLAN, two sports carnivals, performances, sports and of course, the great emphasis we place on the Lenten journey and Easter triumph.  

College Sports Carnivals  

I am delighted to extend my congratulations to everyone for the resounding success of our recent Athletics Carnival last Thursday and Friday. It was truly inspiring to witness the enthusiasm and participation of our students. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr Alex Johnstone, our H/PE Learning Area Leader, Mr Thomas Lutwyche, our Head of Sport, the H/PE Department, and all staff members for their dedication and hard work in organising such a professional and well-run event. Your efforts are truly appreciated. 

I would also like to extend our appreciation to all our students for their active participation in both the Athletics Carnival and the recently held Swimming Carnival. At Marist Regional College, we believe these carnivals are integral to our school life, fostering camaraderie, sportsmanship, and a sense of belonging. We are proud of our students for representing their respective houses – Chanel, Colin, Frayne, and McAuley – with such pride and spirit. 

Student Free Day: Formation for Mission Day 2024 

Spirituality Day holds a special place in our calendar, and tomorrow, we are honoured to welcome Fr Gerry Hall SM from Hunters Hill, NSW, and Mr Glenn Roff, who was possibly the first lay principal in a Catholic school in Australia. Fr Gerry and Glenn will share with our staff insights into the unique Marist charism and how it permeates our daily life at Marist Regional College.  

While some may question the allocation of time to such events, we firmly believe that understanding our mission as a Catholic College and nurturing our spirituality is essential for personal and collective growth. These annual days serve as invaluable opportunities to reflect on our identity, purpose, and aspirations as individuals and as a community. 

Student Voice at MRC  

I firmly believe that Marist Regional College plays a pivotal role in shaping and enriching the lives of our students. During my recent meeting with the Student Representative Council (SRC), we deliberated on our College’s Strategic Direction for 2024-2027 and reviewed upcoming initiatives aimed at amplifying student voices within our community.  

Additionally, Mr Andrew Leary provided updates on the progress of our Technology Capital Project, which is currently underway, further enhancing our educational infrastructure. Ongoing dialogue is held with our students to listen, act and advance our College.  

Senior UTAS Music Performance  

I extend my heartfelt thanks to our Senior UTAS Music students for their captivating performance last Wednesday night. Your talent and dedication were truly commendable, and I am grateful to the staff and families who showed their support and attended the event. Special mention to Mr Nathan Humphreys and Mr Thomas Lamb for their expertise, skill and leadership.  

MSA Basketball 

Our recent participation in the Marist Sports Australia Basketball Tournament showcased the exceptional sporting culture at Marist Regional College. I extend my gratitude to Mr Sam Johnstone, Miss Amy-Rose Langmaid, Mr Grant Sims, and Mr Brad Simpson for accompanying our students to the tournament. Your support and guidance are invaluable in nurturing our athletes and fostering a culture of excellence. 

Advisory Board Annual General Meeting 2024 

Congratulations are also in order for the reappointments of Mrs Maree Collins as Chair and Mr Ben Sandow as Deputy Chair of our Advisory Board, along with Mrs Clare De Haan, Mr Peter Johnstone, Mr Jonathan Cahill, and Mrs Jackie Wickham for their continued contributions as Advisory Board Members. I am pleased to note the growing interest in joining our Board, reflecting the strong engagement and commitment of our community members. 

Staffing Announcement  

I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Ms Kylie McKinnirey as our EALD (English as Another Language/Dialect) Coordinator. Kylie brings a wealth of experience in student support and EALD coordination, and her passion for education aligns perfectly with our values. We eagerly anticipate her contributions to our community starting in Term 2. 

Important: Year 7 Enrolment 2025 

Please make sure you have applied for enrolment in Year 7, 2025. We have 168 positions available only. Already, we have 130+ enrolment applications for next year. Please apply now to avoid disappointment and encourage others to do the same. Once positions are offered, we will not be able to provide additional placements. The College’s enrolment is at an all-time high which is a sign of confidence in the College, our spirit and commitment to one another and our families.  

The link to enrol online can be found here: 

Future enrolment Expression of Interest can be achieved here:  

Senior College Scholarships 2025 

Each year, Marist Regional College awards scholarships to current students in Year 10 and students new to the College for the following year. The scholarship can be up to the value of 50% discount on the student’s net tuition fees in both their Year 11 and 12 education at the College. Please start to consider whether this is something you and your child would like to pursue as the process will commence soon.  

Final Word 

Thank you for such a positive, constructive and rewarding start to 2024.  

As we approach the break, I encourage our students and staff to take this opportunity for renewal and reflection. Whether it’s dedicating time to study, professional tasks, or simply recharging, I wish everyone a restful and rejuvenating break. 

With a Marian and Mercy spirit guiding us, let us continue to strive for excellence, evolve and enhance our work each day, and uphold the values that define us as a community. 

Warm regards, 

Gregg Sharman


Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Council 

Please find a link to the latest TCSPC newsletter. We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a College Representative for the TCSPC. All transport/accommodation expenses will be covered by the College. EOI can be sent to Mrs Jennine Williams via email