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    Faith Matters
    by Carolyn Young - Wednesday, 13 February 2019, 12:54 PM

    We were most fortunate to have Monsignor Anthony Ireland, known to many of you from St. Gregory’s the Great Parish in Doncaster, celebrate our Induction and Commissioning Eucharist with us at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Tuesday evening. Monsignor Ireland always takes such great care in his approach to celebrating with our community, and once again his Homily spoke beautifully to who we are as a Catholic, Marist family.

    Monsignor Ireland spoke of the great advantage of education and the opportunities that education offers us to answer the call to holiness, the focus of our year’s theme. He challenged us to remember, “You can use these years to change the world, to be builders of peace and harmony. You can be people who live the command to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; you can grow to be people who have that certain selflessness, that eye that sees...

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    Happiness Myths
    by Assistant Principals (Students) - Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 11:30 AM

    Some people may still be put-off by the idea of happiness, perhaps thinking it may not be as “meaningful” as despair or as worthwhile as suffering. Untrue. Happiness is genuine, not just some fleeting thing you and your anxious child just kind of luck into.

    Others may erroneously believe that happiness is simply the absence of tragedy. That, too, is incorrect. As Psychology Today writer and former psychology professor Christopher Peterson points out, “We all know the difference between not being depressed and bounding out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm for the day ahead.”

    Positive psychology examines that bounding, how it came to be, and then passes along how you and your child may also achieve it. Take it from both psychologist Martin Silegman and a report published in Psychological Bulletin: “People who are optimistic or happy are more successful in work, school and sports, are...

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    The Parents Guide to Positive Psychology and Child Anxiety
    by Assistant Principals (Students) - Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 11:26 AM

    The 2019 Marcellin College Student Organiser incorporates elements from the Resilience Project and is a useful tool for incorporating elements of positive psychology into your son’s life. We encourage you to view this with him and ensure he is completing the tasks each week.

    Adapted from an article by Rich Presta, we invite you learn more about positive psychology and the way in which it may assist all of us to live each day to the best of our ability.

    Psychology Today sums it up quite nicely: “Positive psychology is the study of happiness.”  Research shows that positive psychology interventions can do some pretty amazing things, such as:

    • Alleviate depression

    • Kick out negative emotion

    • Build resilience that helps combat physical illness

    • Offer relief for anxiety and other mental disorders

    Positive psychology takes a bigger view on what makes life most worth living and all components that go into making life as worthwhile as possible. It examines your strengths and weaknesses, looking to bolster the strengths and fortify the weaknesses for an overall enhancement of well-being.

    As with any science, positive psychology stems from facts, studies and data compiled from empirical evidence. In other words, it isn’t something someone made up on the fly. Positive psychology is based on scientific evidence, whereas positive thinking is based on ideas in your head. Also unlike positive thinking, positive psychology does not demand a positive outlook at all times.

    Nor does positive psychology serve as a replacement for traditional psychology. It can instead serve as a supplement, taking you and your anxious child’s quality of life and happiness to a whole new level.

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    First day of school - 2019
    by Assistant Principals (Students) - Thursday, 7 February 2019, 9:19 AM

    On Friday last week, we were delighted to welcome our new Year 7s and their families to the College and witness the wonderful support that they were given by their Year 12’s on the day. Many of our newest members wrote in their Exit Tickets how much they enjoyed meeting new people or their excitement at the classes that they were attending. They also noted how they would work through the challenges of finding where everything was and how the help of the Year 12’s in navigating the College was one such way they could work through these challenges.  We also warmly welcomed a number of new students to Marcellin ranging from Years 8 – 11. 

    On Monday it was wonderful to reconnect with the returning students of Years 8 – 11 and the energy levels and aspirations for the year were clearly evident. We hope that all students have started the year with an outlook of hope, looking forward to the opportunities available to them this year. Thank you to the staff and parent volunteers who made everyone feel welcome, cooked BBQ’s and hosted events. If your son is experiencing any anxiety or struggling to transition into the next year level, please remember that we have a dedicated counselling team available. They may be easily contacted on
    Photos from our first day are available on our College Gallery and we encourage all in our community to view these beautiful images capturing a key milestone for our newest students.

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    Welcome From Caleb Ostwald – College Captain
    by Adriano Di Prato - Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 2:27 PM

    Wominjeka to the Marcellin family as we officially begin the 2019 academic year.
    I would like to make all of our new members especially welcome and extend my best wishes to you that Marcellin may bless your lives as it has mine and countless others.
    There is an incredible feeling at Marcellin this year, as we prepare to embark on a courageous new academic journey, Polaris - the North Star, in 2020. For our junior and prospective students, this necessary change in learning will bring an incredible foresight into the future of the world of work, as well as the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve personal greatness.
    For our senior students, as many Marcellin men before them have done, we encourage a wholehearted approach to learning and their Marcellin journey. To make the most of each moment with presence, to wholeheartedly love others, as Marcellin did, and to give a generous yes; to studies, to their co-curricular activities, and to faith, as Mary did.
    The Class of 2019, which I am so fortunate to be a part of, completes our 6-year secondary school journey with final exams in November. The passion and enthusiasm I have witnessed as we entered this high-stakes year has been inspiring. It has also filled me with faith that not only will this year be unforgettable, but that the support we have for each other will see each of us achieve our best, with Virtute Ad Altissima forever in our hearts