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The Eagle 2 December 2021

Deputy Principal

Nicholas Moloney

Advent

This Sunday saw the Church enter into the season of Advent. It is hard to believe Christmas is only 23 days away! Often when we think of the countdown to Christmas, we think of packed shopping centres, the stress of what to buy our loved ones and friends, the nuances of family and who will sit next to who at the dinner table! It is also tempting to just think of ripping off the wrapping paper to see what presents we get.

Advent is an important part of the Christian calendar. The word advent comes from the Latin term adventus meaning "arrival" or "coming," particularly the coming of something having great importance. Advent season is a time of joy-filled, anticipatory celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I attended a professional learning seminar recently where I was reminded of Mary's response to the Angel when she was told that she was going to be the Mother of Jesus. It didn’t speak of glory, it didn’t speak of privilege, but only of willingness and service. Mary didn’t elevate herself in the face of the prospect of becoming, the Mother of Jesus, but remains modest and expresses her own devotion to the God’s plan. Mary is humble. At the same time, she is aware that the realisation of God's plan depends on her answer, and that therefore she is called to say ‘yes’ to it with her whole self.
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Faith Matters

Carolyn Young

Assistant Principal (Mission)

Endings and New Beginnings - The Beginning of Advent

Last Sunday we began the Season of Advent in the Catholic Church. At the beginning of Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. In the midst of our sadness, that candle symbolizes our longing, our desire and our hope.  As we prepare for Christ’s coming at Christmas, may we be renewed in our commitment to bringing Jesus to birth for others each day, and may we experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live with meaning and purpose. Advent encourages us to let God’s will be done in our hearts and to have faith in the love of God reflected in the Incarnation of God’s Son.
 
Week by week, candles are lit on the Advent wreath signifying our longing for the light of Christ. Each week paves our way towards celebrating Christ as God-with-us, God in human flesh. This is a profound mystery at the heart of our faith, and it is the cause of our joy at Christmas. Christ, today, does not expect us to be perfect but to be people of hope, who trust that His coming will have meaningful consequences in our lives. Mary, our Good Mother, and her husband, Joseph, are wonderful examples of how amazing things can occur, if we have hope and trust in God’s word.
 
As our students finish the school year, I wish all of them and all of you the joy and hope of new beginnings. May this Advent season be one of gratitude and reflection on how we can most authentically bring God’s love to birth in our world, for each other and for those in need. As we begin the next phase of our journeys, may the hope and promise inherent in God’s love be felt and shared by us all.

Student Wellbeing

Rocky Gentile

Assistant Principal Students

Student Wellbeing

As we move toward the end of an unpredictable 2021, we look forward to an opportunity to wind down and reset during the holiday period. When doing this however, I encourage all of our students to look back on the year that was 2021 with a sense of pride and fulfillment. Although 2021 presented numerous challenges, it has been wonderful to see so many of our students demonstrate great resilience in the face of the uncertainty and frustrations that this year has brought. I have been lucky to see and hear of many examples where our students have supported each other through the more difficult parts of 2021. These boys have demonstrated in these times a true Marist spirit and in the way of St. Marcellin, “rolled up their sleeves” and acted when they saw a friend in need. Our Pastoral Care Team too have worked tirelessly in 2021. They have checked in with students and families, offered high levels of support to those in need and kept our students connected to their school whilst working remotely. For this, I thank the Pastoral Leaders, House Leaders, Director of Students and College Counsellors for their wonderful work in our community this year. We also acknowledge our parents, who have helped with homework, contacted teachers, solved internet issues and supported wellbeing whilst our boys learnt from home. We look forward to continuing our work with you in support of each student in 2022.
 

Time and Space | Year 9

Last weekend some of our Year 9 students engaged in the Time and Space program. After a year that has certainly had its challenges, Year 9 students and their dad or male mentor were lead by Bill Jennings from Time & Space who has facilitated this experience for our community for the past eleven years. The two days involved an amazing race style adventure where teams of Year 9s and their dads/mentors raced around the city of Melbourne finding clues to be the first team to crack a code. More than this however, this program gave our Year 9 students and their father/male mentor time to reflect on and affirm the role that they play in each other’s lives. With so much research now supporting the strong impact of male mentors on the choices, beliefs and behaviours of young men, Marcellin College has provided this program for our students and their role model  as an opportunity to engage with their peers in a relationship of support and community. Well done to all involved and we look forward to the Year 7 and 8 Time and Space evenings next year.
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Community News

2022 Campion Booklist

2022 Resource List
A reminder that the 2022 Campion booklist is available to all families via the College MyMC parent page. 
Please ensure that you log into MyMC with your parent log-in details, select the order 2022 student resources tile.

Or you can order directly through Campion using "J4QD" as your code. Orders for delivery need to be placed by Wednesday 15 December.

MCCA

Second Hand Uniform Shop

The Annual Second Hand Uniform Sale

The MCCA and our parent volunteers will be hosting the Annual Second Hand Uniform Sale on Friday 10 December from 9.00am to 12.00pm. The uniform shop is located at the rear of Marist House.

Under the Government's guidelines, any parents attending the College must be double vaccinated and sign in via the QR codes and masks will be required. Parent volunteers and administration staff will be available to assist with this process. Please ensure that you have proof of your vaccine status to avoid disappointment.

Sport News

Ben Reynolds

Head of Sports

State Basketball Champions

Congratulations to our 1st basketball team who won the state championship last Friday. So much praise must go to the entire squad and the coaching staff of Brett Atley and Adrian Tomada as they had just one training session in preparation for the event. This highlights the cohesiveness of the program. It was a great way to end what has been an interrupted 2021 basketball program. Special mention to the Year 12 boys who end their Marcellin playing days on such a high. 
 

Summer Sport Draft Fixtures

All schools have been working on Term One fixturing over the past two weeks. 1st Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Volleyball will commence their season on 29 January. All other teams will commence their season on 5 February. Draft fixtures can be found here. A reminder to all families that confirmed fixtures will be posted on MyMC on the Tuesday leading into the weekend of sport.
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Calendar

Year 7 - 11 Last day Thursday 2 December
Year 7 2022, Transition Day Tuesday 7 December
Teaching Staff Conclude Thursday 9 December
Annual Second hand uniform shop sale 10 December
College Office closes Friday 17 December
Year 7 & 10 Laptop collection Thursday 27 January
Year 7 & 12 first day term 1 Tuesday 1 February
All year levels return Wednesday 2 February

Public Notices

Campion Booklist 2022


Careers News

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