Home' Maristian Magazine : November 2012 Contents From The Headmaster
Dear Marist Family,
One of the things which impresses me about Marist College is the tradition that
each graduating class makes a presentation to the school of some significant gift,
by which they as a group will be remembered. For the class of 2008, it was a silver
heart, a replica of one in which Champagnat was wont to place the names of
Brothers as he sent them to open new country schools.
That 2008 gift had a role in the formal opening and blessing of Marcellin Hall in
late July. The ceremony included a number of reflections: from students, a staff
member, a parent, and on behalf of the Brothers, from Br Anthony Atkinson. Each
reflection concluded with the words “My (our) name/s are in the silver heart. I am
(we are) Marist. Servo Fidem.” It was an emotional and fitting acknowledgement
that our College continues in the Marist tradition started almost 200 years ago in
The sentiments expressed in those and the other reflections are more than mere
words or formulae. Our school is more than Shakespeare and the periodic table;
we try to impress on the students their responsibility as Marist boys - not some
modern version of elitism, but as boys and young men who have had the
experience of being educated in a tradition that is based on developing young
men to be the best they can be, as Christians and citizens.
Underneath the hectic sequence of events that crowd this final term of the school
year, there is for us as staff, a certain sadness. We have watched our graduating
class progress from bright-eyed ten-year olds to their new status as young adults.
The road they have travelled, the experiences they have had, the choices they
have made, the social and moral principles they have absorbed, will be with them
for life. We will miss them and will be interested in their life journey. A publication
such as The Maristian is one way by which we try to keep in touch and to help
them to keep in touch with each other. I commend it to you and urge you to
continue to tell us your stories.
As we end this busy year I pay tribute and thanks to Mr Gerald Santucci who is
retiring after 13 years as a member of the College Advisory Board, the last ten as
chair. Thanks also to Mr Brendan Ryan who is retiring after four years as
Development Officer of the College Foundation. Brendan has been passionate,
dedicated and hard working in his role as Development Officer and his efforts are
The first celebration to occur in Marcellin Hall was suitably a whole school
Mass and Blessing of the building. We were very fortunate to have Most
Reverend Max Davis, Military Ordinary of Australia and Catholic Bishop of
the Australian Defence Force as celebrant with Monsignor Peter J O’Keefe,
Father Brian Ebert, Father Peter Day and Father Julian Wellspring co-
celebrating the Mass.
Our celebration began with a reflection on the Silver Heart which is an
important and appropriate symbol of our community and history. When
sending a group of Brothers out to found a new school in the country
hamlets, Fr Champagnat would entrust their care to the sacred hearts of
Jesus and Mary. He would do this by writing their name on a piece of
paper and putting it inside a small silver heart that he owned.
The graduating class of 2008 presented a large silver heart to the College
as a parting gift. Stored inside it on a USB (a more modern version of
paper), are the names of all staff and students since 2008.
Boys from the Year 9 Learning Through Liturgy class presented an
enactment of the Gospel, The Wedding at Cana. Bishop Max highlighted
the call of Mary to “do whatever he tells you” a call that Marcellin and his
Brothers would have pondered and one that is still relevant for us all
today. The Gospel also focuses on community and the joy of being
together in celebration. We were reminded that this new Hall provides us
with a place to join together as a community and support each other in
our lives here and beyond the College.
The Opening and Blessing of Marcellin Hall
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