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Maths - TI-Nspire CAS CX Calculator Volume Purchase Program
by Andrew Bryson - Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 11:13 AM

As part of the Year 9 Mathematics program students are expected to have a TI-Nspire CAS CX calculator.

The College has organised a bulk purchase of these calculators through Haines, which significantly reduces the cost to parents. If you wish to purchase a TI-Nspire CX calculator through the College’s bulk purchase program please read the attached letter for further information including the instructions in how to order these calculators.

If you have any questions please contact your son’s current Mathematics teacher or Laura Fordham (Mathematics Learning Coordinator) at the College on 9851 1581

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Learning Diversity - Individual Needs Department: Semester Two Extension Activities
by Andrew Bryson - Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 10:46 AM

The Individual Needs Department provides various enrichment activities that students participate in throughout each semester. Each of these activities celebrates the diversity of learners within our community and are opportunities for our students to further apply their learning in and outside of the classroom.

This semester students have had the opportunity to undertake any one of the following activities. Images from these events are also available to view in The Gallery section of our College website.


This co-curricular opportunity continued in Semester Two for any student interested in learning the strategies of playing Chess. International Chess Master from Chess Australia, Leonid Sandler has continued to work with these students and has brought great knowledge and excitement to the College’s Chess program.

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Year 9 – 11 Semester Two Exams
by Andrew Bryson - Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 6:29 AM

Semester Two exams for Year 10 and 11 students commence on Wednesday 7 November with Year 9 exams commencing on Monday 12 November. All exams conclude Friday 16 November.

Students have received a copy of the Semester Two Exam Schedule including the dates and times for each exam. A copy of these details is attached for your reference.

A reminder of the following:

  • School Uniform is to be worn

  • Student I.D cards are to be brought to every exam and placed on the desk prior to the start of writing time.

  • Students are to assemble outside the entrance to the exam room at least 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time of each exam.

  • No bags, mobile phones or other unauthorised electronic equipment are allowed in the Exam Centre.

  • All students must stay for the duration of each exam.

Please note the following:

  • Subject related questions are to be directed ...

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Br. Crispin O’Sullivan Memorial Award 2018
by Andrew Bryson - Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 5:55 AM

On Friday 26 October, we gathered as a community to attend the Year 12 Valedictory Mass and Dinner. This was a special evening that allowed us, as a community to acknowledge the graduating students of 2018 for their work and effort throughout their time at Marcellin.

The evening was also an opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding achievements of students who were recipients of the various awards presented throughout the evening. As the Assistant Principal (Learning) I have the privilege of presenting a Year 12 student with the Br. Crispin O’Sullivan Memorial Award. It is awarded to a Year 12 student who shows outstanding academic endeavour and aptitude.

The award is selected based on the following outstanding academic endeavour criteria:

  • ­   Conspicuous:       A role model for other students.
  • ­   Consistent:          At home and school, in all subjec...
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Year 7 STEM Project
by Andrew Bryson - Thursday, 25 October 2018, 1:43 PM

In Term 2 this year, Year 7 students participated in a Project Based Learning activity focused on Ancient Civilizations. This highly successful unit allowed the students to be co-creators and partners in the learning and culminated in the Night at the Museum. Projects such as this provide students with the opportunity to learn new skills and to showcase their learning to their peers and families.

To build on this experience and to further develop these skills students have recently participated in Project Based Learning activity that integrated areas of Science, English, Mathematics and Design Technology (STEM). The Year 7 STEM project focused on the creation of a sustainable, environmentally friendly rebuild of the Ardmara building.

Working in small groups students were given the task to design and construct a to-scale model of a new Ardmara building. The next stage ...

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The Arts Week – Celebrating the many wonderful talents of our students
by Andrew Bryson - Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:10 PM

The Arts and Technology areas are integral in who we are as a College and what we value as a faith learning community. These areas are able to provide students the opportunity to be aspirational in their learning by expressing themselves and showcasing their individual gifts and talents in many ways.

As a College there are so many learning activities and events that are held each term that celebrate learning across all learning areas. All of these activities and events provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for them to grow, connect, succeed and thrive in a changing world. They also provide an opportunity for us to witness and celebrate the many wonderful talents of our students.

The recent Arts Week was a fine example of this. Our annual Visual Arts and Technology Exhibition celebrated the creative talents of our students. The...

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Short Story Competition
by Andrew Bryson - Thursday, 25 October 2018, 6:33 AM

The Marcellin College Short Story Competition 2018 was held throughout Term 3 with the winners of the competition being announced earlier this term.

This competition has been an important part of Marcellin’s co-curricular program since 1981. We have many very talented writers at Marcellin and this is an opportunity for all students to challenge themselves to write creatively and experience the thrill of seeing their work published.

The competition was very successful with a fantastic selection of stories from across all year levels, covering a variety subjects and genres. 

Entrants are to be congratulated for their commitment to their writing. It takes courage to put your thoughts and ideas in writing and to submit them for others to read and our students have done a wonderful job.

Later this term at a year level assembly the following winners will be formally acknowledged for their outstanding writing skills.

Junior Section

  1. Ben Hosking (Year 8) and Marcus Abajas (Year 8)

  2. Erus Navarro (Year 8)

  3. Valentino Vargetto (Year 9)

Commendation Award: Ty Kelly (Year 8)

Senior Section

  1. Dominic Kennedy (Year 10)

  2. Second – Christian Misuraca (Year 11)

  3. Third – Michael Ball (Year 11)

Commendation Award: James Amanatidis (Year 11)

We would like to congratulate the above listed students and encourage all students to continue to continue their passion for writing. All short story entries can be read via the Placidus Resource Centre link on MyMarcellin or by clicking HERE.

I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Ms. O’Brien, Mr. Sherridan and Ms. Kearney in providing this great opportunity and encouraging our students to be creative in their writing talents.

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Showcasing my talents ‘Outside of the Classroom’
by Andrew Bryson - Thursday, 20 September 2018, 3:17 PM

There are a number of examples each day where students take the responsibility to drive and own their own learning. Recently Year 11 student Julian Berghella shared with us his experience in being able to showcase his talents outside of the classroom.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with Illusions and have strived to perfect this art form. Whilst completing my secondary education at Marcellin, I have maintained a strong focus and improved my skills. I have been fortunate to have been supported by Marcellin College in this vocation and have thoroughly enjoyed participating at the annual ‘Marcellin’s Got Talent’ each year.

On the evening of Saturday 1 September, I performed at Crown Casino in the amazing and gorgeous room, the ‘Palladium’. I was hired to entertain over 300 guests for a black-tie event which was an awards night. The night started off with ...

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Chess Club
by Andrew Bryson - Thursday, 20 September 2018, 2:55 PM

Throughout 2018 students have been invited to attend regular Chess coaching with Leonid Sandler, an International Chess Master from Chess Australia. This co-curricular opportunity continues to grow with students attending each week to learn the strategies of playing Chess and to compete against each other.

To conclude the term, students competed against Leonid simultaneously. Students embraced the challenged and enjoyed the opportunity to test their Chess playing ability against an International Chess Master.

To further highlight the success of this program students were recently involved in an Inter-school Chess Tournament held at St. Catherine’s School, Toorak. Based on the results from this tournament seven students were selected to represent Marcellin at the State Chess Finals to be held on Monday 15 October.

On behalf of the College, I’d like to congratulate all students who have participated in the College’s Chess program and wish the following students all the best for when the compete in the upcoming State Chess Finals:

  • Jack Bastatin
  • Riccy Salata
  • Michael Zuccala
  • Andy Pham
  • Sandy Kannangara
  • Chris Pon
  • Stephen Catsamas

Students involved in the recent Chess Tournament can access their results from Leonid’s Chess Australia website here.

I’d also like to acknowledge the work of Ms. Rachel O’Shea in overseeing the College’s Chess Club and encourage other students to become involved in the Chess Club in Term Four.

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Year 11 Legal Studies - 2018 Secondary School Mooting Competition
by Andrew Bryson - Thursday, 13 September 2018, 5:57 AM

On Monday 27 August Year 11 Unit Legal Studies students participated in the 2018 Secondary School Mooting Competition.

In this competition, teams argue for either the prosecution or the defence in a mock trial, based on a fictional case. This year 33 teams entered, from across Melbourne and country Victoria. Our students performed well with each of our teams presenting concise and accomplished legal arguments.

To highlight their wonderful work, our teams were praised by the moot judges and the organisers of the competition, and received the Best Research award.

Congratulations to Josh Dimattina, Conor Whiting, Luca Mills and Zac Rodezno, as well as James Reginato for his generous support in volunteering each week to help prepare our team for this competition. We also appreciate the support of Magistrate Tim Bourke at Heidelberg Court, who worked with our students allowing them the opportunity to experience the courtroom in the lead up to this event. The contributions of James and Tim contributed greatly to our team’s success and we thank them for their support.

I’d also like to acknowledge the work of Ms. Bottari and Mrs. Chapple in overseeing this event and congratulate all our students for their involvement in this event.