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    A 21st Century Curriculum
    by Nicholas Moloney - Tuesday, 9 March 2021, 1:40 PM
     

    Professor Geoff Masters, CEO at Australian Council for Educational Research, wrote an article a few years ago citing one of the biggest challenges we face in school education is to identify and develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required for life and work in the 21st Century. There are several reasons for questioning how well the current school curriculum is equipping students for life beyond school.

    First, there has been a long-term decline in the ability of Australian 15-year-olds to apply what they are learning to everyday problems. This decline is evident in performances in the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Over the first twelve years, Australian students completed their compulsory study of mathematics and science with declining levels of ‘literacy' – that is, declining abilities to apply fundamental concepts and principles ...

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    Maggie Dent | From Boys to Men
    by Assistant Principal of Students, Melissa Mackellin - Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 1:21 PM
     

    In this extract from her new book, From Boys to Men, well-known parenting educator Maggie Dent gives parents ideas and strategies to get the conversation going with their teenage sons. One of the reasons we recommend Maggie as a value resource is her advice is always practical and easy to implement. Good communication leads to warm relationships, cooperation, and feelings of worth. So here are some tips from Maggie for effective communication. 

    The less threatening the physical approach and placement of the grown-up and the safer the place where the conversation takes place, the more likely the boy will feel open enough to at least hear the words being spoken. 

    Eye contact 

    It is interesting that women often prefer direct eye contact to men and boys, and many boys can find eye contact threatening. Demanding that a boy maintains eye contact with you is more than likely putting him into a ...

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    High Achievers Assembly
    by Nicholas Moloney - Thursday, 25 February 2021, 12:23 PM
     

    Last Thursday we came together as a community to celebrate the High Achievers from the Class of 2020. This was a wonderful occasion to recognise the students who achieved a an ATAR over 90, the Dux of each subject and the overall Dux of VCE and VCAL.


    At this assembly, the 2021 College Captain, Joel Dimattina gave his first address of the year where he spoke about the importance of community, in giving back and the challenge of being the best person you can be and honouring your God given talents. I recommend Joel’s speech to you.

    Good morning to the Marcellin community,

    I’d especially like to wish a warm welcome to the new Year Sevens, staff members and Principal Mr Di Cesare.

    It’s an absolute honour to be standing up here today. But this isn’t my day. Today is about highlighting the young Marcellin men, who through their academic studies have undoubtedly “Strived for the Highest.”

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    Faith Matters
    by Carolyn Young - Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 9:10 AM
     

    Lent

    Our recent lockdown also impacted on our plans to mark the beginning of Lent. Nevertheless, Pastorals all shared a special prayer on Ash Wednesday that invited our young men and staff into a commitment to this important time in the Church’s year.

    For many Christians, the period of 40 days before Easter known as `Lent’ is traditionally a period of fasting and saying sorry for the times that we haven’t been the best versions of ourselves. It is a time of prayer, reflection and penance, during which we are encouraged to think carefully about how we are living and how God wants us to live. In that spirit, I’d like to share with you the words of Pope Francis (2017) as he answered the question, “Do you want to fast this Lent?”

    “Fast from hurting and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and have trust in God. Fast from complaints; contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness; fill your heart with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words; be silent and listen.”

    I pray these thoughts support us all on our Lenten journeys.

     
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    Micro Mathematicians | Virtual After School Extension Program
    by Heads of Learning (Years 7-9 & 10-12) - Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 3:55 PM
     

    The University of Melbourne have designed a new extension program for students with a passion and interest for Mathematics. The program is designed for students who are working above their age level standard in Mathematics and explores mathematical problems at a deep level, following the inquiry process.

    Micro Mathematicians is a free after school extension program that will run using a virtual environment (Zoom and Google Classroom) and students will have 1 hour each week with the University of Melbourne, School of Mathematics and Statistics Outreach Team. Students will be given additional activities to complete in their own time.

    The University of Melbourne manage the registrations for this event which will include an admission test to ensure suitability of the program. Please note, completing the admission test does not guarantee a place in the program. For more ...

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