This term is rocketing by, and I am delighted to say, students and staff are focused and in a terrific routine despite the constant scourge of Covid continually hanging over our heads. 

Our best focus is to stay in the moment and push on with all our curriculum and co-curricular activities. Week 8 of Term 1 proved to be no different with so many wonderful initiatives taking place.  

To commence the week, our senior Girls Basketball Team won the NSATIS competition and now play off for the state titles. What a brilliant effort girls.  

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys NSATIS Tennis Teams who played in the grand finals in Launceston on Wednesday. For further details, please see the Sports segment in this edition of the Marist Star.  

Senior Outdoor Education students participated in a canyoning excursion at Cradle Mountain. What a wonderful experience for these students. 

Students studying French visited the Anvers Chocolate Factory and explored the production and delights of chocolate, and immersed themselves in the language discussing the culture of Easter in France. The group thoroughly enjoyed the French inspired delights of the café. 

All of this week, Year 6 students from our Catholic primary feeder schools visited the Year 7 Chanel Centre and toured the school. SRC members and Year 7 students helped them feel at home with fun activities and taking them to strategic spots around the College. Hopefully, many of these students will be our Year 7 cohort for 2023. Thank you to the students and staff from St Brigid’s, St Peter Chanel, Stella Maris, St Joseph’s, and Sacred Heart Catholic Primary Schools for your attendance, fantastic focus and behaviour. 

Next week we will add two full Athletic Carnival days of exciting track and field competitions. I’m looking forward to maximum participation and wonderful House spirit as well as highly competitive athletics. Parents are most welcome to attend, with a coffee van onsite and lunches for sale. Look out for our new House tents. 

In continuing from my theme of Tik Tok and social media in the last edition of the Marist Star, I commend to you an article in The Guardian, “How to Bully Proof your Kids for Life”, by author Stella O’Malley, “Bully Proof Kids”. Arm your kids with the right tools and empower them against bullies and stop them becoming one themselves. I think you will enjoy the article and take away some good ideas.  Link to article excerpts:  How to Bully Proof your Kids for Life 

We look forward to a very successful end of Term 1 in a few weeks. 

Kindest regards 

Mr Noel Nethery 

Acting Principal