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    The Future of Education | Polaris
    by Adriano Di Prato - Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:10 AM

    On Wednesday 16 May the College hosted a Public Launch dinner of Polaris to an invited group of significant educational leaders from across Australia, representatives from Marist Schools Australia and Catholic Education Melbourne, our priority parish feeder primary schools and current students, staff and parents.

    The evening was an opportunity to officially launch our vision for faith, learning and life for a new world environment. This event complements the recent opportunity for every family in our community to receive copy of our Polaris publication.

    In an article published on May 5 2019 in the Financial Review, titled The evidence is in for the future of education the case for change was made explicit. All the research findings that the journalist Robert Bolton has referenced in his article is consistent with the aspiration of Polaris, our new learning ...

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    Our Lady Of Mercy College And Marcellin College Parent Evening
    by Assistant Principals (Students) - Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:39 AM

    Each year Our Lady of Mercy College and Marcellin College Counsellors organise an information evening that explores a Mental Health topic of interest to parents/guardians of adolescents.

    This year’s topic is Promoting Positive Body Image, an issue of significance to all developing adolescents and their families.

    Areas of discussion will include:

    • positive body image
    • warning signs of concerning thoughts and behaviours
    • strategies for good health
    • how to have a conversation with your child
    • nutrition and positive study habits

    Date:                    5 June

    Time:                    6.30pm for refreshments

    Presentation:      7.00 to 8.15pm

    Venue:                 Our Lady of Mercy College, MHT

    RSVP:                   3 June, Booking via Trybooking

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    Champagnat Day
    by Assistant Principals (Students) - Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 10:32 AM

    On Thursday June 6 the College will be celebrating Champagnat Day. This is a significant event in our Marist calendar as we celebrate the feast day of our founder, Saint Marcellin Champagnat, and the 202nd anniversary of the Marist Institute serving the world.

    The day commences with a celebration of the Eucharist in Saint Marcellin’s Hall for all students and staff. During this liturgy we will reflect on our efforts to stand in solidarity with the marginalised and pray that we continue to have the courage and the commitment to embrace St. Marcellin’s example of reaching out to those in need. After mass students will be provided with a special free BBQ lunch, which will be prepared by the Canteen staff parent volunteers, and then will participate in a variety of House organised activities. As part of the activities there will be food trucks on site for students to ...

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    Faith Matters
    by Carolyn Young - Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 7:44 PM

    This year’s pilgrims to Cambodia on our annual Marist Solidarity Immersion began their formation for this incredible opportunity in the first week of this term. This year 23 young men of Year 11 applied to challenge themselves and serve others on this immersion and all should be proud of their interest and how they conducted themselves through the application process. This immersion experience sees our pilgrims visit Siem Reap to learn more about the history of that nation before moving onto Pailin where they live and work with the Marist community there to support one of the poorest rural communities in all of Cambodia. Our pilgrims will immerse themselves in the lives and culture of the people of Pailin; they will undertake a project in support of a local school, deliver all of the donated items that our community donates during our Solidarity Week in June of this year, and they will support the teaching of English in the classes run at the Marist Pastoral Centre. After they say what will be sad goodbyes to the people of Pailin, they will move onto Phnom Penh where they will learn more about the modern Cambodian history of the Khmer Rouge, and visit Salla Lavalla, a school for children with disabilities run by the Marist Brothers. This Friday the 2019 pilgrims will run their first `Winter Warmers’ fundraiser for the year, and all funds raised go directly to the Marist community of Pailin to support its pastoral work there. I encourage all boys and staff to warm their stomachs and their hearts by buying an egg and bacon roll for breakfast tomorrow! #Solidarity

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    Faith Matters
    by Carolyn Young - Tuesday, 7 May 2019, 3:21 PM

    One of the privileges of a role such as mine is that people often share with you their own faith journeys; to hear how people are inspired by, grapple with, explore and express their faith is a gift that nourishes me to reflect on my own faith journey. As we enter the month traditionally associated with Mary, Mother of God and, as Marists so often refer to her, `our good mother’, I have been reflecting on thoughts shared about Mary’s example by many members of various Marist communities. Sometimes we can find it difficult to imagine ourselves as having too much in common with Mary, Mother of God, but when we think of her as Mary of Nazareth, wife of Joseph, mother of a boy and a person of faith, it becomes easier to identify with her. This Mary faced many challenges that we, too, face, including the need for patience with our family members and uncertainty about what God is asking of us.

    As Marists, we are called to follow Jesus `in the way of Mary’ – humbly, with determination, compassion and courage; to `do good quietly’ with others at the centre of our service. It’s this idea of Mary that has always made it seem logical to me that we particularly celebrate Mary during the same month that we celebrate Mother’s Day. These characteristics of Mary are the very ones that our mothers so often practice. As we live the month of May, may we give thanks for our mothers and pray for their continued good health and generosity. May we also ask Mary, our Good Mother, to pray for us, that we may follow her example of courage, faith and service.