Principal's Blog - 12 October 2017

11 Oct 2017

Dear members of the Marcellin College,

It is with great excitement I greet you at the beginning of Term 4, 2017. I hope that many of you got the chance to breathe a little over the term break. Perhaps not our Year 12 students who I know have been pushing through the rigors of trial examinations, extra revision classes, practice essays, practice examinations, problem solving exercises, rewriting and collation of examination notes, study sessions with friends, late night swatting, etc. All of this in an atmosphere of anticipation and anxiety associated with the ending of one chapter of their lives and the commencement of something new, unknown and challenging. No wonder Year 12 can be a stressful time in the lives of a young people.

Thank God, therefore for our parents, teachers and other staff, friends and family who are walking alongside our boys as they navigate the final stages of their secondary schooling. I would like to pay particular regard to the teachers of these young men who over the term break spent many hours running revision classes, marking trial examination, past papers, essays, etc., as well as answering countless emails from anxious students. I would like to thank those who oversaw the administration and supervision of trial examinations, as well as our grounds and maintenance staff who set up and packed up examination spaces.

I would also like to acknowledge our parents and other family and friends who are assisting our boys during this time. I understand how difficult it is for parents to know the best way to support their sons who are about to enter their final examinations. The only advice I can provide is to have confidence. Confidence that you know your son well. You know when to push a little bit harder and when to hold back. When to offer that piece of advice and when discretion is the better part of valor. Mostly you know when to offer that nurturing or tough love, sometimes both at the same time. Have confidence too in your boy. He is growing to become a fine young man. He knows how important this time is. He knows that these last few weeks are crucial in achieving the result he deserves. After all, isn't that what we all hope? That each of our boys achieves what they deserve. That he walks away from this place having left nothing on the park. That he can conclude his formal time here at Marcellin with dignity and the respect of all and that he reaches is full potential. I know that's what I will be praying very hard for over the coming days and weeks.

During these times I often turn to the words of scripture for a bit of guidance and inspiration. The words of St Paul to the Philippians (4:4-9) is one of my favourites with regards to the above.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Vale Andrew McClure
It is with great sadness that we inform our community of the passing of Andrew McClure, father of Gus McClure. Andrew passed away on Friday 6 October after a battle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McClure Family at this time.

Mark Murphy
Principal