Principal's Blog - 14 March 2019

12 Mar 2019

Dear members of the Marcellin College family,

You have often heard me speak about the many wonderfully privileged opportunities and experiences my position affords me. At the top of the list is the opportunity I have every day to walk alongside our boys, supporting them as they journey towards manhood with all its associated trials and triumphs. A very close second on this list is that I get to witness some of the most dedicated, talented and passionate staff in Catholic Education as they commit themselves to providing an environment where these young men can thrive and strive for their highest with virtue and courage. Another of these humbling privileges is the chance I get to welcome prospective families to our College as they discern the future education of their children at our fortnightly College tours.

For many of these families this is a time of excitement tinged with anxiety as they try to navigate the inexact science of figuring out which is the right school for their child. This task has become an increasingly difficult one in a world of rapidly evolving careers, pathways and vocations not to mention new and sometimes conflicting views of education.

On these fortnightly tours I am always joined by students who bring a clear warts and all view of our College and the many programs, and opportunities we provide to meet the broad range of skills, interests and aptitudes of our students. I am always buoyed by the way our students present themselves on these tours. They demonstrate so many of the attributes and qualities which we aspire for them to have as they enter the world. These character attributes include leadership and advocacy, social and cultural awareness, an ethical outlook on life as well as curiosity and adaptability amongst others.

These attributes, I am frequently told by employers, are highly sought after in the workplace. The world of work and of study, for that matter, require people who display persistence and grit, an ability to stand up and advocate for what they believe in and who have developed the skills and strategies to attend to their own mental and physical wellness. These attributes of themselves are useful for us personally, however, to gain the most from them we need to learn how to apply these skills knowledge and attributes to the complex challenges that life throws at us. Capability skills such as creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking help to unlock the potential in each of us to make a positive contribution to the world around us. 

These are the sorts of skills we need to assist our young men to develop as they strive to achieve life to the full and become good Christians and ethical global citizens. It is the development of these character attributes and capability skills which are at the very heart of our Polaris learning ecosystem. As you are aware this new model of learning which is currently being developed by the dedicated and innovative staff of our College will be presented to our students in a staged approach over three years commencing in 2020. It is our aim and purpose that the attributes and skills outlined above will drive the development of this program. Having said that, the program will be underpinned by a strong focus on literacy and numeracy skills which we know are foundational in the development of independent lifelong learners.

I look forward to continuing to provide you with further information regarding the development of this ground-breaking program in the coming weeks.

Mark Murphy