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The Maristian November 2011
The Maristian November 2011
During the year selected students
from the Junior School were
candidates in a number of external
academic competitions. These
competitions are conducted by the
University of Canberra or by the
University of New South Wales
The Australian Mathematics
Competition, begun in 1976, has
become popular in Australian
schools and in many overseas
schools. The competitions
conducted by the University of
NSW attract thousands of entries
each year also.
The Junior School took part in the
following competitions in 2011:
The Australian Mathematics Competition
(87 entries), the UNSW Mathematics
Competition (118 entries), the UNSW
English Competition (98 entries), the
UNSW Spelling Competition (26 entries)
and the UNSW Science Competition –
All told, in the 2011 competitions,
Marist Junior School obtained 11
High Distinctions, 80 Distinctions
and 198 Credits.
It is important to note that these are
competitions, not ordinary class
tests. They are therefore always
challenging and often very difficult.
The Junior Library has a strong focus
on developing a love of reading. This
year, with the Book Week theme of
‘One World, Many Stories’ in mind, the
library staff developed ‘Marist College
World Tours’, designed to use the
elements of competition, individual
achievement and structured choices.
Each boy worked towards earning
frequent reader points which could be
exchanged for frequent reader
During Book Week, the library staff
held a special lunch for individuals
and the class that achieved the
highest total points. Many parents
and teachers spoke of increased
reading among the boys, and the
library staff observed a greater
number and variety of books being
borrowed since the scheme
ICAS Science High Distinction Winners - Thomas Sheahan 5M, Matthew Weber 5D,
Kyle Hancock 5T and Sam Corey 5S
Australian Mathematics Competition High Distinction Winners - Max
Kennedy 5T and Isaac Egan 5M
This year’s engineering games were held at The
National Science and Technology Centre
(Questacon) on Friday 5 August.
The activities allow the competitors to display a
range of practical skills in order to make a model
that complies with a strict set of criteria. As far as
boys’education goes this ticks all the boxes, as it
requires activity, planning, intelligence,
practicality, time management, self- motivation
and an ability to get out and have fun.
This year the boys had the choice of building a
straw tower, hovercraft, mousetrap racer or an
enlightened timer, all of which were attempted
by our students.
Full credit goes to all the boys who entered the
competition. They not only took on the
challenge of being junior engineers, but did so
in their own time, providing their own resources.
& Numeracy Week
The Junior School celebrated National Literacy &
Numeracy Week in Week 6 with a visiting author,
open classes for parents and grandparents and a
Leading children’s author, illustrator and cartoonist
Michael Salmon visited the School on Tuesday 30
August. Mr Salmon informed and entertained the
classes and challenged the boys to follow their
talents. He presented the school with a collection
of his cartoons.
On Friday 2 September, parents and grandparents
were warmly invited to come and visit the
classrooms to view and participate in a variety of
activities with their sons to celebrate the Week.
Many families stayed on to enjoy a picnic or the
BBQ cooked by the Sri Lankan Immersion group
from the senior school. Some brave family
members even stayed to enjoy sports activities
with the boys on the oval for the afternoon.
It was a great week celebrating the learning that
occurs in each classroom.
At the end of Term 2 the Junior School
gathered to acknowledge and congratulate
Semester One Award recipients. Within each
class there were three distinct awards:
• Contribution to College Life – for
students who are involved in the broad
life of the College including its spiritual
life; who participate in the cocurricular
life, are well respected by peers and staff
and sets an excellent example for others.
• Academic Achievement – for
achievement across all areas of the
• Consistent Effort – commitment to
learning through excellent work habits
and behaviour, and completing
homework and set tasks to the best of
The boys were very proud to receive their
relevant certificates at the Assembly to which
parents were invited.
Dear Parents and Friends
Welcome to the new edition of The Maristian.
It is an honour to be included in the many
facets of life that make up this wonderful
school. Here in the Junior School we are busy
gearing up for the end of year and all the
assessment, reporting, feedback and
celebration that comes with it.
Importantly, we take the time to review the
goals we have set both personally and for our
learning for the year and look back at our successes and growth. More than a
third of the Junior School population can now proudly say that they are ‘Marist
men’ as they look to complete their first year as a part of the Marist family.
We have a strong tradition of giving in the Junior School and can boast this
year that our Walkathon donations have exceeded all previous records. The
boys have also given very generously to the MAPs appeal and Mission Day
activities. These are signs of the tremendous pride that all have in their school.
For our many blessings we should be truly grateful.
Acting Head of Junior School
Engineering Games 2011
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