Home' Maristian Magazine : Maristian July 2013 Contents On 13 April 38 eager students from Years 9 to 12 set off with Mrs Kate
Lofthouse, Mr Andy Lofthouse, Mr Alister McDonald and Mr Peter Hawes
to spend two weeks in France, touring, gaining an insight into the culture,
history and people of France, whilst at the same time improving their
The tour began in Paris with visits to the Eiffel Tower, Park Astérix, with its
scary French-themed rides, and a sobering day in the Somme where the
group visited the 1914-18 war trenches and the Australian War Memorial at
After a brief visit to Auxerre, with its magnificent cathedral and connections
with Saint Patrick, the group arrived for a two night stay at the Hermitage.
This was one of the highlights for everyone, as we were able to meet with
the resident Marist Brothers, pray, reflect and visit Saint Marcellin’s bedroom
and the wonderful monastery that he and his fellow Brothers had carved
out of the rock face so many years before.
Then, like Saint Marcellin we headed through the snow, but our destination
was the Roquefort caves where the famous blue cheese is made. Cold but
fortified and invigorated by the cheese sampling, it was off to Montpellier
for six nights of homestay with French families, language lessons and tours
of the Pont du Gard, Arles, Nîmes and Aigues Mortes.
The final leg of our tour saw us say a sad farewell to the wonderful homestay
families, many of whom shed a tear as we left, en route for Nice, Monaco and
the Monte Carlo Grand Prix circuit.
The boys engaged readily with all activities and were at all times outstanding
ambassadors for Marist College.
Finally, we as a group dedicate this trip of a lifetime to the memory of Mr
Steve Kennedy, a true Maristian who had been so looking forward to
accompanying us on this adventure. May his soul rest in peace. Servo Fidem.
French Study Tour
Marist has a 10 year history of visiting St Dominic’s College,
Vanga Point an agricultural College in the Western Province
of Solomon Islands. The immersion experience for six Year 11
students and two teachers is an important part of our whole
College commitment to experiencing the lives of our Marist
compatriots in the Asia and Pacific region and thus helping the
Canberra community to develop a better understanding of the
lives and needs of our neighbours. Two weeks spent in tropical
Solomon Islands in the April break was again a rich experience
for this year’s immersion group filled as it was with sleeping,
eating, washing and travelling experiences which took us well
out of zones of familiarity. But once acclimatized to the simpler
and easy life style which typifies Vanga, the group’s personal
engagement and appreciation for the work, lives and values
of the Brothers, teachers, families and students of St Dominic’s
resulted in an amazingly worthwhile horde of memories,
relationships and understanding that has been brought back to
Canberra-as a learning experience an immersion is unbeatable,
no matter how well resourced the modern classroom, or
skilled the teacher. And as teachers we were privileged to learn
alongside Daniel, Mitch, David, Tom, Tom and Lachie.
Solomon Islands Immersion
Jane Pamenter and Glenn Slater - Immersion Leaders
Indigenous Solidarity Art Workshop
Nathan Ahearne, Director of Faith Formation
In February, our Year 7 students were treated to a visit by
indigenous artist Mr Duncan Smith who spoke to the boys about
Solidarity and the MAPS Theme for 2013 – ‘Connect. Lives change’.
The boys gained an appreciation of indigenous culture through
dance, storytelling, music and art. Duncan showed the boys how
to paint and decorate boomerangs which explored the MAPS
theme in greater detail and artistic expression.
The Year 7s were given a demonstration on how to throw a
boomerang and had an opportunity to put their hand to it.
Needless to say, the boys had a wonderful time being creative,
sporty and deepening their appreciation for indigenous culture,
living up to the theme ‘Connect. Lives change’.
Congratulations to the entire Marist Community for supporting the MAPS Lenten Appeal for 2013.
The theme of the MAPS Campaign for 2013 is ‘Connect. Lives change’ and the money that has been raised for the MAPS Lenten Appeal will be going directly to two
different building projects in Marist schools in Vermasse (East Timo r) and Kalpitiya (Sri Lanka). As the building projects are focussed around roofing for classrooms .
we thought that the purchasing of TILES (a symbol of every $100 raised) would be an appropriate measure of progress in reaching the target for our Lenten Appeal.
The students were extremely creative and organised a wide variety of fundraising activities to help the cause.
Upon reaching the goal, o ur College Captains pledged to shave off their hair. This event proved to be popular with the student body!
MAPS Lenten Appeal
Marist Asia Pacific Solidarity
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