2017 Edmund Rice Day

On Friday 12th May the College gathered to celebrate a Mass honouring the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr Don Richardson, Dean of St Mary’s Cathedral, and featured wonderful singing from the choir. A number of Christian Brothers were guests of honour at the Mass. Staff who have served more than ten years at the College were acknowledged with a presentation and Br Anthony Whelan, an Old Boy of the College, delivered the keynote address. Br Whelan spoke of the vital role played by women in the life of Blessed Edmund Rice, in forming his character and encouraging his vocation. Edmund Rice drew strength during times of struggle from the example of his mother, his wife, his daughter, and from Our Lady.

Following Mass all students enjoyed a lunch provided by the College and cooked by senior students. The entire community then gathered in the Hall for the tenth renewal of Cathedral’s Got Talent, presided over by Mr Ciaschetti. The quality of the acts was uniformly very high. Special mention goes to the winners Blake McCarren and Oliver Jackson; second placed Corey Tuifua; and Kendal Kim and Jarrod Houbert, third.

The crowd were particularly thrilled with the vocal stylings of Mr Khoury and the surprise appearance of Jerome Murillo (Class of 2016), cup-stacker extraordinaire. Jerome drove from Canberra in order to wow the crowd, and he received a huge ovation on appearing and when completing his act.

Many thanks to all the staff involved in the running of the Mass and the coordinating of activities, particularly Mr Ciaschetti.

2017 Europe Trip

During the holidays following Term One, Mr Clark, Mr Garry, Ms Marshall, Ms Devenish as well as 21 students, myself included, flew from Sydney to Europe to begin a trip that would see us travel through parts of France, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

Arriving in Paris, we began with a walk through the city’s streets, seeing the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Panthéon, and the July Column in the Place de la Bastille. Among many other things, the group went to see where Van Gogh lived, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, the Catacombs, the Eiffel Tower, and the Arc de Triomphe. We visited museums and galleries, including the extensive Louvre Palace and Museum, the Musée Rodin, and the Musée d’Orsay; we admired the architecture as well as the art it enclosed. Following Paris, we travelled to Louis XIV’s Palace at Versailles and Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny, before moving on to Amiens and beginning our journey along World War One’s Western Front, where our understanding of and appreciation for the soldiers’ efforts was increased by our knowledgeable guide.

Visiting the many cemeteries was significant, especially the Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, as all the students had either studied or were studying the life of a soldier who fell during the Battle of Fromelles. We received notice only days before that Channel Seven would cover our visit and broadcast a story to Australia.

After visiting sites in Belgium, we travelled through the Channel Tunnel to the United Kingdom. London was completely different to Paris in appearance but charming. We visited more museums and galleries, including Tate Britain, the Imperial War Museum, and the British Museum. The group also went to the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and various other sites. We were also able to enjoy the musical Wicked and Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street. All the students were very sorry when the 2017 Europe trip suddenly came to a close and very appreciative of the efforts of the teachers who organised the trip and accompanied us during their own holidays.

Kristian Marijanovic
Year 10

2017 Swimming Carnival

The St Mary’s Cathedral College community gathered under heatwave conditions at Canterbury Pool for the annual carnival on Friday 10th February. The oppressive heat did not wilt House spirit, however,  with constant cheering happening throughout the course of the day. Congratulations to Polding House for their overall win, their fourth in succession. Polding were ably led by House Captain Jonathan Shead and the students of Year 12. Final Results were:

Polding  521 points
Kelly  383 points
Moran  373 points
Vaughan  368 points

Individual Age Champions will be recognised at our forthcoming Academic Assembly.

Thank you to the large number of parents who came along on the day to support the students. Finally a big thankyou to all the staff that attended the day and assisted with the smooth running of the carnival.

Carols and Graduation Ceremony

On Monday 12th December the College community gathered in St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the Christmas season and recognise the achievements of students who distinguished themselves in academic and other pursuits over the course of 2016. Congratulations to all those students who received awards, to those choristers who added immeasurably to the evening with their carol singing, and all other students present, who conducted themselves so well.

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Mothers’ Day Mass

On Friday 6 May, St Mary’s Cathedral College hosted its inaugural Mother’s Day Mass. This was celebrated in the Chapter Hall by Fr Don Richardson, Dean of the Cathedral. The turnout was so much higher than anticipated that there was standing room only at the back of the hall.

Both before and during the Mass, the Student Ministry Team and a number of the prefects exemplified their mission of service to others through their assiduous preparations for the Eucharistic celebration. Our Principal, Mr Michael Kelleher, addressed the congregation to mark the first Mother’s Day celebration here at the College. Patrick Finch of Year 12 also spoke beautifully about the importance of mothers in our lives, paying tribute to these women and remembering those mothers who are no longer with us, but who live in our memory. The occasion was also marked by the presentation of a rose and prayer card by each student to his mother, grandmother or aunt. Many mothers remarked on the special nature of this simple but moving, tribute from the young men.

Finally, those who attended were invited to enjoy morning tea, courtesy of the hard work of Mrs Karen Hart and Ms Ann O’Connell. This was a great opportunity for the parents and students to spend some time together after such an uplifting experience.

Many thanks are extended to those staff and students who supported this special occasion.

Mr Angelo Ciaschetti
Leader of Religion and Identity

Ms Carolyn Lewis
Assistant Leader of Learning – Religious Education