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    Faith Matters
    by Carolyn Young - Thursday, 18 July 2019, 7:59 AM
     

    I sincerely hope that over the holiday break all families were able to spend some quality time together, enjoying one another’s company and catching up on each other’s experiences! I was fortunate to spend the last three weeks studying at Australian Catholic University’s Rome Campus. During this time I was privileged to be inspired by some incredible guest lecturers and to attend meetings at a number of Pontifical Congregations in the Vatican. Over the course of this term I will share some of my learnings, but today I would like to congratulate the three Old Collegians selected to represent Marcellin College this year as recipients of the Saint Marcellin Champagnat Award. Recipients of this award engage in formation activities before travelling to Johannesburg in South Africa to spend two weeks volunteering in an annual holiday program of the Three2Six Project. This project aims to ...

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    Year 8 into 9 and Year 9 into 10 Depth Stage Learning Expo
    by Heads of Learning (Years 7-9 & 10-12) - Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 1:40 PM
     

    On Friday 26 July Year 9 students will attend a Learning Expo during periods 1 and 2 and Year 8 students during periods 3 and 4. This is a key event in the Program selection process for Year 8 and 9 students in supporting them in making informed decisions about courses offered in Polaris Depth stage 2020.

    Other key dates are listed below for your reference and are also available by viewing the Events Calendar on the College website.

    •  Wednesday 17 July – Year 8 & 9 Parent Information Evening (current Year 8 & 9 families)
    •   Thursday 22 August (12:30pm – 5.30pm) – Year 8 into Year 9, Year 9 into  Year 10 and Year 10 into Year 11 Program Selection Interviews.

    Further details outlining the Program selection process including these events will continue to be shared with students and families throughout this term. In the meantime, if students have any questions they are encouraged to see their Pastoral Leader, subject teachers or Head of Learning.

     
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    Year 10 into 11 Learning Expo
    by Heads of Learning (Years 7-9 & 10-12) - Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 1:37 PM
     

    A key event in the Program selection process for Year 10 students in supporting them in making such informed decisions about future pathways is the upcoming Pathways and Transition Expo held on Thursday 25 July. This is a compulsory event for all current Year 10 students and their parents/ guardians. Further information outlining this event has been provided via email.

    Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, view subject specific displays, collect information and speak one-on-one with staff from all learning areas as they begin to work through their selecting subjects for 2020. More information regarding the Pathways Program and the program selection process is accessible via the Marcellin Careers website.

     
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    2020 Depth and Pathways Stages Program Selection
    by Heads of Learning (Years 7-9 & 10-12) - Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 1:35 PM
     

    To commence this term staff gathered on Tuesday 16th July as part of a professional learning workshop to share their experiences of program selection and to explore strategies to best support students. This provided a wonderful insight into the program selection process and the work that is undertaken to support students through this process. The conversations during this workshop also provided an insight into the thinking that drives the students’ thought processes when deciding on their learning pathways and how we can best support them through this.

     In addition to this we also believe that supporting your son through program selection is a partnership between students, staff and families. A number of key events are scheduled throughout this term to foster such a partnership and to support students and families in making the most informed choice about their courses for next year.

     
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    The Age of the Human
    by Adriano Di Prato - Sunday, 30 June 2019, 6:42 PM
     

    “The Garden of Eden is no more. We have changed the world so much that scientists say we are now in a new geological age - The Anthropocene - The Age of Humans.”  - Sir David Attenborough | Broadcaster and Naturalist

    The Age of the Human

    Our world is changing, and we’re being forced to change with it. So, what is the point of education today?

    Education has always served a pragmatic purpose. It is a tool to be used to bring about a specific outcome (or set of outcomes). For the most part, this purpose is economic.

    Today’s educational environment is somewhat mixed. One of the two goals of the 2008 Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians is that:

    • All young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

    But the Australian Department of Education believes:

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