Home' Maristian Magazine : Volume 16 November 2011 Contents From The Headmaster
Dear Marist Family,
If you have been receiving The Maristian in hardcopy or via the internet, you will notice
some changes in this edition. We have updated the design in keeping with our new
Marist Style. We are also expanding the coverage of current events at the College while
continuing to keep families and Old Boys in touch with each other and with events at
the school. Moreover, from 2012, we intend to increase our frequency from three to four
issues per year. As a continuation of our new communications strategy, we have
discontinued the fortnightly hardcopy Newsletter and replaced it with an electronic
Enews which is emailed to current families weekly. Archives of the Enews are available
on the Marist Website at http://maristc.act.edu.au/Enews
At the end of Term 3, a panel of educators and administrators from the ACT Department
of Education and Training visited the College for our five-yearly accreditation. The
process required much preparation on our side to bring all our documentation up to
date, a task which devolved mainly to Dean of Studies John Folan. The panel spoke with
students and members of staff as well as touring the campus and checking on
classrooms, plant and facilities. At the time of writing, we have a preliminary report
which is extremely positive. When the final report is published, it will be available for
inspection at the College by any member of the public.
You will read elsewhere in these pages of the death of Barry Cronan, a long-time
teacher at the College. I did not know Barry, but the parents I met at his funeral told me
what a significant person he was in the lives of their sons; a number of boys who are
living overseas contacted their parents and asked them to attend on their behalf. May
he rest in peace.
This week we welcomed back the nine students and two teachers from an immersion
experience in Sri Lanka. Over the years, Marist has welcomed boys and families from a
Sri Lankan background; they have been enthusiastic participants in the life of the
College and have been marvellous representatives of their country and their culture.
As you pass along Athllon Drive and Melrose Drive you will notice that the construction
of Marcellin Hall is making excellent progress. It is on schedule and we expect that it will
be available for use from the middle of 2012.
As we were about to go to press, we heard the news of the award of a Rhodes
scholarship to 2005 school captain Mark Hassall. Rhodes scholars, I read, “must
demonstrate academic excellence, strong leadership qualities, community mindedness
and a willingness to help those less fortunate.” We are all extremely proud of Mark’s
success and we recall that in his time at the school, he showed all of those qualities.
At the end of each year, we farewell a number of staff. While such changes happen right
up to the end of the year, I want to say a particular thanks to Ian Hewitt who takes up a
position as Director of Educational Outreach at Canberra Grammar School, to Michelle
Vass who joins the retreat team at Douglas Park, and to long serving members of staff,
Sue Burn and Tony Sullivan.
Congratulations to Mark Hassall (2005) on his award of
the Rhodes scholarship for South Australia to be taken
up in 2012. Established by philanthropist Cecil Rhodes,
the scholarship offers a unique opportunity for
postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. It is the
latest in a list of Mark’s academic and other
achievements since graduating as College Captain in
2005, not the least impressive of which were the Gold
D of E award and his completion of the London
marathon in 2009. At Oxford, Mark will study for an
MSc in global health science with the intention of
becoming a leader in public health. He graduated
with honours in Medical Science in 2009 and will
complete the final unit of his medical degree when he
returns from Oxford in 2013.
In December 2010, Mark was on an eye surgery elective
at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. At the end of
the placement, his supervising Professor invited him to
her family home for dinner. When he was introduced to
her husband, they were surprised to find that they were
both ex-students of Marist College Canberra. The
husband was Anthony Dietz (class of 1982), his school’s
first Rhodes scholar.
Eight year 11 boys and 2 staff have just returned
from their immersion trip to Kalpitiya, a remote
fishing village on a sandy spit of land on the north
western coast of Sri Lanka. During our stay in
Kalpitiya we were privileged to share in the lives of
the children, young adults and teachers of the local
community. We learnt and gained so much from
the young people and from the wisdom, warm
hospitality, and gentle welcoming presence of
Brother Lal and Br Susai.
The boys helped Br Susai teach English to the years
1, 3 and 4 children from the local Tamil school each
morning and spent time talking, telling stories,
playing cards, listening to music with the young
adults who spoke Sinhala and Tamil. They learnt
much from the willingness to learn and generous
acceptance of young Sri Lankan people who had
very little English and a life so different from their
own. The afternoon cricket games on the salt flats
with young Sri Lankan friends, the visits to the boys’
homes, music and dancing , bus trips with new
found friends, visit to a remote island community
and the wonderful welcome and farewell concerts
were special times for us all which we will
remember always. Br Lal and Br Susai are true
Champagnat men - their selflessness, generosity,
acceptance of people of all faiths and backgrounds
and their joy in their work amongst the young and
most needy, touched us all deeply. The joy in a life
so simple ,the hard work and diligence, the
friendliness, welcome and genuine friendship
shown to all of us by the children and young
people of Kalpitya who have so few material
possessions will remain with us always.
Judicious financial planning has resulted in the
Building Fund being able to accommodate the
financing of this ambitious $10 million project.
However, as happens with a venture of this magnitude,
there have been a number of compromises that have
had to be made in order to fit into the budget.
The challenge for the Development Office is to come
up with an effective Capital Appeal for finishing
touches such as fitting out the gym, video/lighting
capability etc. The appeal has a target of $250 000.
The strategy is built around the erection of bollards
along the 150-metre pathway commencing from the
western car park. These would have individual or
family names of significant donors to the Appeal.
The ideal sponsors for the promotion are families of
boys who have gained from their educational
experience at the College and see the benefit in
acknowledging the sacrifice their parents and/or
grandparents have made in giving them this
opportunity. Donors may also see fit to recognise a
former teacher in this way.
For more information on supporting this Capital Appeal
please contact Brendan Ryan, Development Officer, on
62987280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please refer to the Capital Appeal flyer insert in this
Maristian to learn more about this worthy cause.
Capital Appeal for
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