Dear Marist Community,

Journey

This week has seen the arrival and distribution of the 2019 edition of the Journey. Thank you to Ms Barb Lomas for her leadership in the production of this important publication. The Journey is a wonderful record of the diverse and beautiful events of 2019. I enjoyed the comment of one parent when they first picked it up: “It’s getting bigger every year”. There is a copy of the Journey for each student and if they have not received it they can collect one from Marhles up until 17 December. I am sure every family will thoroughly enjoy sharing this very professional publication with extended family and friends over the Christmas period.

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Celebration mass

Bendigo Stadium was transformed into a sacred space for our 2019 Celebration Mass on Monday evening. Thank you to the many families who attended and ensured the night was again one of our key celebrations for the year. A special thank you to Fr Rob Galea, Fr Stephen Bolling, Fr Andrew Fewings and Monsignor Frank Marriott who all found the time to share the Eucharist with us. The Marist choir contained students from La Valla, Montagne and Champagnat and was once again a highlight. These singers have given so much of their time throughout the year and they should each be very proud of the gifts they share with us. After weeks of practice the singing of Everyday God was a beautiful way to reflect after communion. I think our La Valla students were the best of our singers.

Montagne orientation evening

On Thursday evening a very large crowd of parents gathered in the Montagne Centre to begin their 2020 Journey. Our current families were joined by many new parents with students in Year 5, 6 and 7 next year. It is on nights like this that I am reminded of the important role our current parents play in helping new families settle in. As I wandered around the 1:14 circles I heard many of our current parents leading the discussion and reassuring new parents. The next step in the process of beginning 2020 is our Orientation Day on Tuesday. This day will see new Year 5, 7 and Foundation students join us for a range of activities. Parents of any La Valla and Montagne students are all welcome to attend a morning tea in our Marist Community Centre at 9:15.

Marist cricket

The annual Marist Cricket Carnival has been taking place for our senior side in Shepparton this week. The carnival is a great opportunity for our cricketers to play in a friendly, high standard competition. It is also a chance to meet other Marist cricketers from around Australia. I called in to one of the games on Thursday and it was quite evident that our boys were having a great experience. I really enjoyed the chance to chat with each of the boys about their week both individually and as a team. Unfortunately, my two hour visit provided enough time to see everyone bat. Today the boys play Notre Dame College, Shepparton to decide third and fourth place. The final is between St. Gregory’s Campbelltown and St. Joseph’s College Hunters Hill (Sydney).

Team photo

Marist house captains

Over the last month the selection process for the 2020 Marist House Captains has been led by Ms Talbot and the current 2019 House Captains.  It was impressive to see 32 of our current Year 10 students put their hands up to be a part of the 2020 House Captain Team.  My sincere thanks to Mrs Fiona Schubert, Mr Jarrod Bateson and Ms Butler for their leadership on the panel. They were extremely impressed as to the maturity and enthusiasm of all applicants. After much difficult discussion their recommendations have been accepted by the Leadership Team and the following 12 wonderful student leaders will lead their respective Houses in 2020.

Congratulations to the following students:

Cowan : Jemma Gordon, Drew Ryan and Xavier Nevins

Monash : Sophie Pickford, Will Trew and Eli Woodhatch

Mabo : Phoenix Pointon, Holly Lockhart and Al Brasher

Chisholm : Darcy Williams, Jasmine Nevins and Angus Chisholm
The 2020 House Captains will be presented with their badges at our 2020 Opening Mass on Thursday 20 February at Sacred Heart Cathedral.


Thank you

As 2019 draws to a close the short history of Marist College Bendigo has seen our first class of Year 12 students graduate. It has been another year of quality learning and the building of authentic relationships between staff, students and parents. It has been one of my catch cries that “we are trying to build a learning community and not let a school get in the way”. I am proud of the learning community we continue to build and I thank each every member of our community for your willingness to be part of this exciting learning community. I wish each and every one of you a faith filled and peaceful Christmas. As we gather with family to celebrate his birth may each of us find time to appreciate the presence of Jesus, our friend in our lives. I look forward to our journey together in 2020.

. . . the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:

 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”

Luke 2:10-14

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