The Eagle 25 February 2022
Almighty and ever living God,
you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent.
May this time be one of outward focus;
seeking you in those we often ignore.
Help us live a Lent focused on freedom, generosity, and encounter.
Give us hearts hungry to serve you
and those who need what we have to give.
We ask this through Jesus, your Son,
St Marcellin Champagnat, Pray for us
Mary, our Loving Mother, Pray for us
And let us all remember, To pray for one another

From the Principal

Marco Di Cesare

Connect | Respect | Grow

In a little house in La Valla, France, where the first community of Brothers gathered, stands a table that Saint Marcellin built with his own hands. It was built so that the young Brothers could share meals, converse, study and laugh just like a family. When I visited Champagnat country in France many years ago, I had the privilege of gathering around this actual table. It has brought many Marists together over the years and to me, it symbolises one of our key Marist Characteristics – Family Spirit. At Marcellin College, it is important that we join together as community and gather around the same table as those early Marists did. This is more relevant to us now than ever before, given these past few years and how it has disrupted our ‘normal’ way of being.
This year, Marcellin College’s theme is to Connect, Respect, Grow. As we (re)connect after two years of flexible learning, it is important that students connect with all the opportunities that our College offers. As we chart a new path forward, we reconnect with:
  • our staff and students as we learn together on a daily basis;
  • the facilities we provide;
  • the challenges we face and knowing how to work through them.
Some practical approaches that we have taken at the College in these past few weeks as we live out our theme:
  • Introduction of the Homework Club in the Placidus Resource Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm until 4:45pm. As the popularity of this program grows, we will continue to support this with increased teachers and tutors.
  • Our co-curricular program continues to grow with our Music Ensembles and groups reconnecting and our AGSV Sports Program connecting students across schools and year levels once again.
  • Our newly developed Faith In Action Program has seen our staff taking the first step and commenced the Bread Run which supports those in need. It is important that as a staff we connect with this important aspect of our Catholic School.
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Faith & Mission

Geralyn McCarthy

Deputy Principal (Faith & Mission)

The Lenten Journey

Next week, we celebrate Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent, a season of the Church which continues until the evening of Holy Thursday when the Easter Triduum begins. On Ash Wednesday, the College community will gather in prayer and for the distribution of the ashes where we will reflect on the challenge of the Lenten journey. We recognise the greatness of our humanity in being created in the image and likeness of God – in being known and loved – and to celebrate that goodness in ourselves. However, at the same time we acknowledge that we often miss the mark: we do not always live out the fullness of our humanity and be who we are created to be.

This time of our liturgical year is an opportunity for staff and students to reflect on the path Jesus walked; a path of radical love towards the cross which then opened heaven’s door for us to follow. In this period of Lent, as we walk towards Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are invited to meditate on our God of compassion, what that means for how we act in the world, and for what God calls us to be.

A distinctive characteristic of Jesus was his compassion for the people he met particularly those who were suffering. Jesus’ teaching and his example of great compassion towards the vulnerable resonates deeply in the life of our Marist community. We seek to walk with the vulnerable in ways that bring hope and healing – and life to the full.
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Student Wellbeing

Rocky Gentile

Deputy Principal (Student Wellbeing)

Lego Lunch

It was terrific to see some of our Year 7 students engage in our Lego Lunch initiative. Stay tuned for further details of more activities at lunchtimes in the future as we re(connect) across our great College.

Student Leadership
We are excited to announce our student leadership positions for 2022 have been finalised with the recent election of our Years 7 - 11 Student Representative Council (SRC) for each House. Each student who applied put in significant time and effort in writing applications and delivering speeches. Each Houses’ leadership team will now meet regularly to bring forward the ideas and opinions of our students and to work towards constant improvement of the student experience here at Marcellin College. These elected representatives will also engage in a Leadership Development Day on Tuesday, 22 March and various other events throughout the academic year. Students who did not receive a position will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities that develop leadership throughout this year. Well done to our  students involved for showing the courage to serve and the desire to bring about a growth mindset to our College.
Respectful Relationships
Our Respectful Relationships Program will launch in the next two weeks during our Wellbeing Wednesday Pastoral time. We remain thankful for the opportunity to return to onsite learning and re(connect) with our students and wider community. We also know that this return to a degree of “normal” has also been challenging for some families. With this in mind, we encourage all parents  and carers to continue to take the time to communicate with and support their child. In his recent writings about coming out of the pandemic renowned psychologist and author, Dr. Michael Carr Gregg stresses the importance of active listening, conversation and patience as our young people navigate this time. He goes on to highlight the importance of study routines, regular breaks and taking the time to do something that your child loves to do. As always, if you require support or advice with anything relating wellbeing, please contact your son’s Pastoral or House Leader or one of our College Counsellors.
Year 7 Mother Figures and Sons Event
As part of welcoming our Year 7 students to Marcellin College we would like to welcome mother figures and their sons to our annual Time and Space Event next week. This is a wonderful opportunity for each student to connect with their peers, whilst also spending some quality time with an important woman in their life – mother, grandmother, etc. Event details are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, 16 March
Time: 6:45pm for a 7pm sharp start
Venue: St Marcellin’s Hall (parking available in front of Bray Oval)
Booking link: Click here to book.
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Learning & Teaching Report

Suzanne Farley

Deputy Principal (Learning & Teaching)

Home Study Club

We are happy to announce that Home Study Club is up and running!

The Home Study Club aims to be a supportive and productive environment where students can complete their homework or home study tasks, with access to assistance from teachers.

Home Study Club runs from 3:30pm until 4:45pm in the Br. Placidus Resource Centre every Tuesday and Thursday and provides:

  • a safe, quiet and calm space for students to concentrate
  • a supportive environment
  • a chance to share knowledge
  • an opportunity to build relationships
  • an opportunity to develop good work habits and a positive attitude towards learning
  • the chance to develop skills involved in becoming an independent learner.

More information, including student guidelines for attending Home Study Club, can be found in the attached document.

From the College Captain

Joshua McCraith

Hello to all members of Marcellin College and the wider community. Being your 2022 College Captain is something I take with great honour and pride. Since my very first days here at the College, I have been passionate about getting my peers and I involved in everything Marcellin has to offer.
The College Captains are eager and excited to create long lasting and positive changes to an already great school. One of those changes is working towards a ‘plastic-free school’, this will require working with our canteen staff and suppliers to have no more plastic packaged items in the canteen. Additionally, it will include working with the SRC to create a student designed and ran program where students in each House will spend 15 minutes one morning every three weeks cleaning clearly marked zones of our College grounds. This is aimed to be a short-term solution to littering and is designed to make people think twice before littering.
Another goal we would like to focus on is an increased level of support for our junior school students, particularly those in Year 9, as they have had the least amount of time on site due to the lockdowns. We would like to do this by working closely with our 2022 Junior School Captains, increasing year level time together, and having Year 9 students spend more time with senior school students so they can develop relationships and a better knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a Marcellin College student.

Game Changers

Nicholas McCusker

Faith In Action Coordinator

Shrove Tuesday

2022 is off to a great start for our students and their commitment to Christian Service, because let’s be honest...who doesn’t love pancakes?

On Tuesday, 1 March, we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday with a pancake drive in the morning before the Pastoral period begins. During this time, ten of our amazing Game Changer students will be donating their time to cook up a storm and feed a horde of hungry students. The goal is to make a strong start to our Term 1 Charity Focus: Caritas’ A Just World For All. For a gold coin donation, students will get two sumptuous pancakes with a generous serving of jam to not only start their day right, but help make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.

Our students have been so unbelievably keen over the last two years to get out into the world and make a difference, and 2022 is shaping up to be the year they’ve been craving. Our Social Justice and Christian Service program is currently undergoing redevelopment to give the boys even more opportunity, agency, and ways to authentically engage with processes that will make a difference in both their local community, and the global one.

If you or your child are interested in learning more about our expanding Faith in Action Program, please feel free to contact me, Nicholas McCusker about how to get involved!

Community News

Richard Liistro

Director of College and Community Engagement

High Achiever's Assembly and Year 7 Commissioning

The High Achiever's Assembly and Year 7 Commissioning was held on Thursday, 10 February and a recording can now be viewed on the College's YouTube Channel via this link. We are delighted to be able to share this with the College community and celebrate the achievements of these outstanding students, and welcome our newest members to the College.

Public Transport Update

As part of Victoria’s Big Build, the second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Duplication will deliver further improvements, including more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better connections to public transport in Melbourne’s north east.

Buses replace trains between Macleod and Hurstbridge from 8pm Friday, 4 March to last service Sunday, 6 March, while Hurstbridge Line Duplication works take place. Passengers are advised to allow extra travel time. For more information, visit or call 1800 800 007.

Student Catch-Up Photos - Last Call
A reminder to all students that the final Catch-Up Day for College photos will be Monday, 28 February. All students will need to be in full summer uniform for their photo and of course have an appropriate hair cut.

Open Day
Marcellin College invites you to join us at our 2022 Open Day on Sunday, 27 March from 11am - 2pm. Come and explore, discover and learn what makes us leaders in boys' education. Take a student led tour of our grounds and facilities, speak to our Learning Leaders and meet our College Principal. Registrations are essential and can be made here.

Library News

Rebecca Preedy

Information Services Learning Leader

Who says teenage boys don’t read?!

Now that our Year 7 and 8 Reading Program classes have started in earnest, I’m happy to report that they do read at Marcellin College! The Teacher Librarians and English teachers have been pleasantly surprised by the number of students who were already reading outside of the College and are thoroughly enjoying the conversations we have been having so far with the classes. Students are quickly getting the hang of coming into the library and getting straight into their reading. We are also anticipating the arrival in the next few weeks of some new comfy chairs to help make the space even more enticing.

The library is here for students and we want to encourage them to have a say about what goes in it. On the Placidus Resource Centre homepage on MyMC, students and staff can make suggestions of books and other resources they believe should be part of our collection. If we can get in a requested book, we will contact the person who asked for it and they can be the first one to read it. Follow the link HERE to submit a request.
Until next time, see you in the library.

School Counselling Team

Rosemary Chapple, Sherryn O'Brien, Chris Lang & Simba

College Student Counsellors

Why The Long Face?

Simba knows returning to school can bring with it feelings of anxiety especially with the rules and regulations around COVID layered on top. 

These feelings are normal and usually subside when we re-establish our routine. 

However, for some students the worries persist, and they struggle with tiredness, headaches, and stomach aches. These can be symptoms of anxiety. 

Anxiety affects our ability to function at our best and leaves us feeling exhausted. The good news is that anxiety can be overcome by learning some simple strategies, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and body relaxation. Check out this link for more on this topic.

If you would like support or more information, please contact your School Counselling Team by emailing or using the link on the Counselling page of MyMC.

Music News

Andrew Short

Head of Music
We’ve had a great start to the new year in the Music Department!

All co-curricular ensembles are back up and running, including our Intermediate and Senior String Ensembles, Stage Band, Senior Big Band, Intermediate Concert Band, Symphonic (Senior Concert) Band, Soul Band and Choir. We’re also super excited to have recently launched our new co-curricular Rock Band Program for both Year 7 students and Years 8 to 12 students.

Several of our ensembles are preparing to perform at the College Open Day on Sunday, 27 March, the Easter Liturgy on Thursday, 7 April and the ANZAC Ceremony on Tuesday, 26 April. Another great event is our Annual Autumn Jazz Concert which will be held on Thursday, 28 April.

We are also looking forward to performing and competing this year at Generations in Jazz being held in July. The Victorian Schools Music Festival which is in August, and in September the Royal South Street competition in Ballarat some great opportunities for our music students to look forward too.

Staff Profile

Old and New Faces at Marcellin College

Introducing Richard Liistro 
Hello, my name is Richard Liistro and I join this great school as Director of College and Community Engagement. Prior to joining Marcellin College, I was the Director of Communications at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College for six years. It’s an honour to be part of such a vibrant and rich faith environment, where ‘community’ is at the centre of all that we do.

I’m also a registered teacher and my subject areas are visual arts, media and drama. We have much to be proud of at Marcellin College. It’s a great school with great teachers, students and families. I encourage all of you to continue to engage with us via our many platforms – The Eagle Newsletter, MyMC, and social media (a new Facebook page coming soon). You child has a bright future here at Marcellin College and with your support living out our motto of striving for the highest becomes the attainable dream. I’d love to hear from our community areas if you feel we can improve on and things you’d like to read in upcoming editions of The Eagle and more. I can be reached via email at  

Student Profile

Meet the Young Men of Marcellin

Hi, my name is Anton Bulzomi, I’m in Year 10 and I’m the Champagnat SRC for Year 10. What I love most about Marcellin College is the family spirit within the community and how they put every boy’s best interest front of mind. Every day I look forward to seeing my friends, my pastoral group, my classmates and seeing the friendly staff around the College, whom I always try to have a conversation with. Even if I don’t know them, I’ll always say 'Hi' with a smile on my face. During my free time I love photography and aviation. Whenever I have the chance, I’ll hop on to my flight simulator and fly a short flight. My future aspirations include working in aviation as a pilot.

Career & Pathways News

Kevin Kelly & Lara Ingram

Work Experience - Year 10

We are pleased to announce that Year 10 students will be able to undertake Work Experience this year. Students have been given all the details of the Work Experience Program through the Personal Development Program at the College. If students were away on this day, they should contact the Marcellin Career Department. Further information has been provided on MyMC News, as well as available online at Marcellin Careers.

White Card Training For Work Experience
Students entering a construction site as part of their work experience in Victoria, must complete a training unit in Work Safely in the Construction Industry.

Examples of the construction industry include housing construction, civil construction, engineering, landscape architect, repairs, refurbishment, renovations, carpentry, bricklaying, concreting and plumbing. This is not an exhaustive list, and should you have a query as to whether you need to obtain a White Card, contact the Marcellin Career department.

To obtain a White Card, students participate in a one-day training course, prior to work experience. The test and training are completed to protect the health and safety of students and employers. Full details of how to book, if required, have been provided on MyMC news.

University Clinical Aptitude Test 
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of Universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental, and clinical science degree programs. Universities requiring the UCAT are listed at this link. Students intending to apply for courses requiring the UCAT at any of these Universities are reminded that they will need to book a test

Bookings will open on 1 March and close 17 May. The testing dates will be from 1 July to 12 August.

Students who are preparing for entry into any of these courses are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the format of the test at UCAT Test Format and the practice tests and preparation material provided at UCAT PreparationFind out more at UCAT.

Sport News

Ben Reynolds

Head of Sport

Summer Sport Photos

This Saturday, 26 February will see all boys involved in summer sport participate in team photos. Current families are asked to view the roster placed in MyMC news last week. Students are asked to be in full playing uniform for the photos and to meet their coach in the Functions Room at the scheduled time. These photos will give a lasting reminder of the connections made with staff and students for years to come.

MyMC News link.
This weeks sport fixture.


Summer Sports Photos - Saturday, 26 February
Round 4 AGSV Sports - Saturday, 26 February
Make Up Photo Day - Monday, 28 February
Second Hand Uniform Shop - Tuesday, 1 March
Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Wednesday, 2 March
Ground Breakers Water Camp, 1 - 4 March
Student Free Day - Monday, 7 March

Inter House Swimming Carnival - Thursday, 9 March

Public Notices

College Open Day Sunday, 27 March 

Camp, Sports & Excursion Fund (CSEF)

Careers News

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