The Eagle 22 July 2022
Loving Father, we give you praise for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy.
Bless us as we start this new term. Help us make the most of every chance we have to start afresh. May the beginning of this new term remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again.
We ask your blessing upon all members of the Marcellin College community: may we all use our many gifts of intellect, heart and soul to address the problems that the wider human community faces in bringing justice and hope more fully into the world,

From the Principal

Marco Di Cesare

Dear Members of the Marcellin College Community,
Despite some very chilly mornings, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the start of Term 3. It has been wonderful to see our students and staff return refreshed and ready to take on another busy term. We are two weeks in and there is already much to celebrate.

On Tuesday, 12 July we held our very first Mid-Year Awards Assembly where we recognised and celebrated the achievements of our students. The awards acknowledged the academic and sporting excellence of students across all year levels and we gathered together as a whole College to congratulate them. I would like to extend a special congratulations to recipients of the Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence and Principal’s Award for Academic Endeavour, as well as all those who were recognised on the day.

List of 2022 Mid-Year Awards Recipients 

This will be a new ritual that we will celebrate at the College and there will be another opportunity to celebrate our students and their learning later in the year with an Evening of Excellence that will honour our top achievers from Semester 2. You can read more about our Awards Assembly in Ms Farley’s report below.
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Faith & Mission

Geralyn McCarthy

Deputy Principal (Faith & Mission)

Year 12 Retreats

Last week, our Year 12 students were finally able to attend their retreat. Originally planned for February, the retreats had to be moved to this later date due to the pandemic. Unable to hold retreats in 2020 and 2021, we were especially grateful that they were able to go ahead this year.

Year 12 Retreats are a highlight of the final year of our students’ formal secondary education. An integral component of the Religious Education program offered at Marcellin College, the retreat experience offers these young men the rare opportunity to take time to reflect on their relationships with family and friends, and to explore the presence of God in their lives as they embark on this next new phase of their lives.

As we know, life is busy: this opportunity to press the pause button to reflect on our personal and faith journey is not readily available. Students were able to immerse themselves in the activities in a peace-filled, reflective and authentic way to consider their past journey, be present in this significant time in their lives, and to consider their goals as they move into their future. Many thanks to all the staff and to the Old Collegians who accompanied the Year 12 students on retreat.
Reflection on the Final Assembly of the Plenary Council – Keeping the Spirit Alive in the Church in Australia
Two weeks ago, the Plenary Council held its second (and final) week-long gathering of nearly three hundred faithful – laity, religious, clergy and bishops, marking the culmination of a long nation-wide process of listening, discernment and dialogue that began many years ago. A Plenary Council is the highest formal gathering of all local churches in a country. The last time a plenary council was held in Australia was in 1937 and prior to that in 1885, 1895 and 1905.
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Student Wellbeing

Rocky Gentile

Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Welcome Back

As usual at Marcellin, Term 3 has hit the ground running with our Year 12 students heading off on their retreats and all other students resuming their Semester 2 classes. Pastoral Leaders have also continued with our Respectful Relationships Program and engaged students across all year levels in dialogue about respect, connection and personal growth. We look forward to our middle years’ students sharing their learnings in these areas with some of our parents at our forum night later this year.
This week’s article by Michael Grose, focuses on quiet students. Students who are quiet or introverted can sometimes struggle to express their thoughts and opinions. The article provides some wonderful insights for parents and teachers about how to work with young people who may be more introverted so that they can maximise their potential.

When meeting with parents and students, student motivation is often the missing ingredient in a young person meeting their potential. However, fear not, Elevate Education are addressing this very topic in their upcoming parent webinar. The topics to be covered include:
  • What impact does praise and reassurance have on your child's motivation?
  • What are the best types of goals to be setting with your child? 
  • How can you help your child create meaningful and lasting motivation?
I know that these sessions are often well attended and I hope that you will find great insights in this one. You can register here.
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Learning & Teaching Report

Suzanne Farley 

Deputy Principal Learning & Teaching

A warm welcome back for Term 3 and Semester 2.

It was wonderful to be able to begin this semester by recognising student achievements from Semester 1.
On Tuesday, 12 July, it was my pleasure to host, alongside our College Captain Joshua McCraith, our first Mid-Year Academic Awards Assembly. Please click here to access a gallery of images from the assembly

Alongside some wonderful presentations from the Junior School Executive, College Executive and our Sport Captain, as well as some fantastic musical performances, we acknowledged and celebrated a number of students from each year level who received commendations for their academic achievements during Semester 1.
Students who received an award on this day were selected based on teacher commendations submitted at the end of Term 2. Students were recognised for their excellence and academic endeavour, with these commendations displayed on end-of-semester reports.
College Principal, Mr Di Cesare, presented awards to students who received multiple commendations across their study program.
Reflecting on the many students I have spoken to who have achieved outstanding results over the years, and hearing about the things that kept them on the road to achieving their best, I’m pleased to be able to share some of these tips:
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Visual Arts

Sean Kolednik

Learning Leader Visual Arts
Class of 2021 graduate Jamie Guillard's artwork ‘The Beauty of Decay’ has been accepted in to a new smaller scale Art Show being held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. This artwork was chosen by the organisers of the previous annual art show and will be exhibited at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from the week of 4 - 7 September. It will be a free exhibition that any members of the public can attend.
Congratulations to Jamie!


Andrew Short

Head of Music
A huge thank you, and congratulations, to Mr Nick McCusker, Mr Tim Webster, and our two Marcellin Jazz Bands. In Term 2, both our Senior Big Band and Stage Band competed in the National Generations in Jazz Competition. This year was a ‘hybrid’ event, allowing ensembles to either compete live in Mt Gambier, or pre-record and submit their performances. Both bands achieved outstanding results, with some very encouraging feedback from the adjudicators.
Thanks also to our Soul Band, also led by Mr McCusker, who performed at our recent mid-year Academic Awards assembly. #greatvibes
Good luck to all of our ensembles competing in the upcoming Victorian School Music Festival in Hawthorn from next week - through to the end of August. These ensembles include: Junior Concert Band, Intermediate Concert Band, Senior Concert Band, Senior Big Band, Stage Band, Junior Strings and Senior Strings.
Well done to all students involved in these ensembles, we’re super proud of you!

Professional Learning

Jill Fitzsimons

Director of Professional Learning & Pedagogy

Professional Learning Cluster Groups

In Term 3 our teaching staff will work in Professional Learning Cluster (PLC) groups. These groups aim to provide staff with professional development in relation to the College’s strategic plan for literacy and differentiation, as well as the Australian Professional Teaching Standards. In addition, these groups will provide our leaders with the chance to develop their skills as coaches using the Growth Coaching International Group ‘coaching approach’ they were trained to deliver during semester one. This approach guides and empowers staff to reflect and make decisions, whilst also providing the opportunity to seek advice where they see fit. Eight to nine staff will meet to discuss and reflect upon goals set by each staff member in relation literacy or differentiation. They will then work through an inquiry cycle which will eventually culminate in each teaching staff member’s Annual Review Meeting (ARM). We’re excited by this initiative and the opportunity it represents to continue building a highly enabling culture for our staff.

Student Reflections

Adrian Tomada

Student Leadership Liaison
Nathan, a Year 11 Carnie House SRC student has written a reflection on his opportunity to meet with Sister Joan in a workshop held at Marcellin College late last term. Clearly he found the experience very rewarding.
On Thursday, 16 June close to half of the catholic schools of Victoria gathered at Marcellin College to participate in a leadership workshop hosted by Sister Joan Chittister. The workshop took place with over 200 invited student leaders invited from various catholic schools throughout Melbourne, Country Victoria, and Geelong. Sister Joan is internationally known as one of the most influential religious leaders of the current time. She is a best-selling author of over 60 books, has written hundreds of articles, and has pushed the message of human rights, peace, women’s issues, and church renewal to many people globally.
The workshop addressed how we, as young individuals, have a say in our world as we will be the future Christian leaders and public intellectuals living in it. Sister Joan Chittister focused on the message that we should be public intellectuals to make issues that need addressing rise through social change and to fight for what we believe is right. Through the past experiences and years of knowledge of Sister Joan, her message was directed to us as student leaders to go out to the world as young leaders and become public intellectuals who can make a difference to benefit the future of our world.

Student Counselling Team

Sherryn O'Brien, Chris Lang & Rose Chapple

Student Counsellors

Snapchat Guide

As a parent, the world of Snapchat can be difficult and frustrating, eSafety HQ has prepared a downloadable guide for parents / carers with all the must knows on Snapchat. Click here to access the download.

Community News

Richard Liistro

Director of College and Community Engagement

Year 7 2024 Parent Information Night

On Wednesday, 3 August commencing at 7pm we’ll be holding a special Parent Information Evening. The evening is an excellent opportunity for prospective families to learn more about the College and the range of learning opportunities available to students. Families will also hear about some new and exciting programs that will be introduced next year, such as:
  • SOAR, our new gifted and talented program
  • Accelerated learning opportunities
  • New bus route
  • Building and facilities upgrades
If you know any prospective families that should be attending, please encourage them to book online

Enrolments for Year 7 2024 close on Friday, 19 August 2022. Please note that siblings will need to complete an application for enrolment to avoid missing out on a place. You can submit an enrolment application online here.
Morning Tea with the Principal
Starting with Year 7 parents / carers, we will run regular Morning Teas with the Principal. The informal get together will held on Thursday mornings for 1-hour from 10:15am.
The first session will be on Thursday, 28 July. Bookings are essential for catering purposes and can be made here
Mothers of Marcellin Past and Present Lunch
After a two-year hiatus, we are very happy to announce that our annual Marcellin Mothers Lunch will be held on Wednesday, 17 August. The day will begin with a Mass in Champagnat Chapel followed by a lunch in the Functions Room and is open to current mums as well as past mums. The day is an opportunity to connect with past and present mums from throughout the years.
So, get a table together with other mums (between 8 – 10 per table) or simply come alone. When booking, let your friends know which number table you are on.
We especially encourage mums with students in Year 7 to come along and meet other mums. It will be a great opportunity to meet others, experience a Marcellin event, relax and enjoy an afternoon of community spirit.
Bookings can be made here.
Any queries email the Community Office at
The Details:
Date: Wednesday 17 August
Time: 11:30am Mass, Lunch 12:30pm

Staff Profile

Familiar and New Faces at Marcellin College

Introducing Prue O'Shannessy

Hi my name is Prue O’Shannessy and I work in the Community Engagement Office. I love it as it means I get to meet and engage with a huge cross section of our Marcellin College community; from our very first student who walked through the doors to our most recent families when we welcome our Year 7 incoming families. This is my tenth year here and I have met many wonderful people through this role.

When I’m not at work I love entertaining and exploring new foods. I also do a lot of cooking for my beautiful family. I have six children, who are all with partners and two grandchildren so that’s a lot of food! I really enjoy travel and have been very fortunate to travel extensively overseas as well as in Australia and generally enjoy more active holidays which include hiking etc. I also love going to the theatre and live shows and going out with friends.

Student Profile

Meet the Young Men of Marcellin

Introducing Nathan

Hi, my name is Nathan and I’m in Year 12. What I love most about Marcellin College is the opportunity to be a part of groups like the chess club or the different music ensembles. Through my time at Marcellin, I have been playing chess every week with my friends at the chess club and have had a great time playing in tournaments since Year 7. I’ve been lucky enough to become the Chess Captain for this year, so I’ve been able to organise a time for anyone to meet and play some games every Wednesday lunchtime, and for those interested to have fun competing in tournaments.

Through Marcellin I have also been able take part in the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program in 2019, which included living in China for six weeks of Chinese language study and visiting lots of interesting places such as the Chengdu Panda Sanctuary and the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower! When I’m not studying, I enjoy talking and playing games with friends, taking my dogs for walks with family and even riding Jet skis with my dad over the summer holidays. As I have always enjoyed science and maths, in the future I hope to study engineering at university which leads into a variety of interesting science focused careers.

Career & Pathways News

Kevin Kelly & Lara Ingram

Subject Selection

Students are midway through their 2023 subject selection process. At this point, all Year 10 students have had the opportunity to meet with a member of the careers team to discuss their subject selection and Morrisby results. Pre-requisites for university study in 2025 have now been published. This document can be found on MyMC under the Year 10 Careers tab. We were delighted at the great attendance at the Subject Selection & Careers EXPO. Representatives from various universities were able to join us. If students have questions or concerns, they can book a meeting with Ms Ingram or Mr Kelly.

University Open Days

University Open Days are starting soon with registrations open now. These days are a great opportunity to get a feel for the university campus, ask questions, and discover what’s available post-school.
Date: University:
Sunday, 31 July Swinburne University of Technology
Saturday, 6 August Monash Peninsula Campus
Sunday, 7 August  La Trobe Melbourne Campus
ACU Melbourne Campus
RMIT Bundoora (Health, Biomedical Sciences, Food Science    and Education)
Monash Caulfield Campus
Monash Clayton Campus
Deakin Geelong Campus
Sunday, 14 August RMIT Melbourne Campus
Deakin Warrnambool Campus
ACU Ballarat Campus
Sunday, 21 August University of Melbourne
Victoria University
Monash University Parkville Campus
Sunday, 28 August Deakin University Burwood

Sport News

Ben Reynolds

Head of Sport

Men’s Health Awareness Round

It is time to make your health a priority. What can you do to help you and your loved ones? 
The Sport program at Marcellin prides itself on creating an environment that focuses on sportsmanship whilst developing physically, mentally and social skills of all our boys. This weekend all 1st teams will look to take the next step and make an impact on all males within our community. Sport can be a fantastic vehicle to educate the broader community and this weekend we aim to highlight the importance on Men's Health, an issue that the Health and Physical Education department have promoted for many years. 
All boys representing Marcellin in Cross Country, 1st Hockey, 1st Football, 1st Rugby and 1st Soccer will wear light blue socks to create a talking point for all players, officials and spectators. The aim is for males to take more care in their everyday health by making simple changes with their behaviour. We want boys to educate males in their life to:
  • overcome the fear of visiting their GP regularly
  • make physical activity a priority in their life
  • eat healthy and reduce portion sizes.
  • stop smoking
  • reduce alcohol intake
  • pick up the phone and talk to their mates. 
Strive for the highest within the sport program
It has been great following our boys achieve amazing success within their chosen fields.
Alex Menelaou – Melbourne Victory
Congratulations to Year 12 student and 1st XI Co-Captain Alex who was selected in the Melbourne Victory squad that played Manchester United at the MCG last Friday night. This is a fantastic achievement and coms after so much hard work and dedication. We acknowledge Alex’s commitment to his school team whilst still being able to manage senior selection with Melbourne Victory.
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Music Camp, Thursday 21 to Saturday 23 July
AGSV/VSRU Round 8, Saturday 23 July
Unit 4 PTS Interviews - Tuesday 26 July 4 - 9pm

Public Notices

Key College Dates Term 3 2022  

Careers News

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