Principal's Blog - 14 September 2017
Dear members of the Marcellin College Family,
Many of you may be aware of the Victorian Government North East link project. The aim of this project is to link the Western Ring Road with the Eastern Freeway or East Link. The North East Link Authority has provided information to the community on four possible corridors to achieve this link. Corridor A is the option which may have some impact on Marcellin College. This corridor would follow the Greensborough Highway south using existing freeway reserve and connect with the Eastern Freeway near Bulleen Rd.
Over the past few months myself along with Phil Tankey, Business Manager and Nick Moloney, AP (Operations) have been meeting with senior planners from the North East Link Authority and Consultation Committee as well as attending a community consultation forum to ensure that our voice is heard and that the interests of Marcellin College are represented.
We raised a number of concerns regarding Corridor A and its potential impact on our College. These concerns included increased traffic to the area, issues of access into Marcellin particularly during the construction phase, aesthetic concerns and concerns related to potential compulsory acquisition of land.
I have also presented these concerns to our College’s Advisory Council for feedback and suggestions and have held discussions with our neighbor and fellow AGSV school Trinity Grammar through Head Master Michael Davies to present a united position.
I am meeting again this week with the planning and consultation team to further present our case and preserve the interests of our school. I encourage you as parents to learn more about this project and its potential impact on Marcellin and the surrounding residential area. There is an information session this Tuesday night at Kew High School at which the Mayor of Boroondara will speak about the potential impact of this project on the local area. Other avenues for understanding this project are listed below.
Quiet achievers at Marcellin
There are often many activities which occur at Marcellin which go relatively unnoticed but which are highly significant in the development of our young men. One such example of this is our involvement in the 2017 La Trobe University Mooting Competition. This competition provides an opportunity for a group of our Year 11 Legal studies class to experience a mock trial scenario in competition against other schools.
Over the last couple of weeks four talented Year 11 students, James Reginato, Ben Wells, Joseph Iannantuono and Jorden Di Benedetto have pitted their legal skills against other Colleges in Melbourne. Through their skills, knowledge and effort this group of boys made it through to the semi-final stage which was held last Thursday night at the Federal Court Building in Melbourne’s CBD.
The boys performed wonderfully well. Unfortunately, the boys missed out narrowly on making it to the final, however in all our performances, the judges commented on the high standard of advocacy, and in particular for our teams, on their presence, speaking, arguments and research.
I would like to congratulate our boys on the maturity, commitment and skill they brought to this competition. I would also like to thank Rose Chapple and Angela Bottari for providing our students with this unique and valuable opportunity and for their hard work and expertise in preparing the boys so well for this rigorous and challenging competition.