Principal's Blog - 23 May 2019

20 May 2019

Dear members of the Marcellin College family,

One of the many privileges I have in my work at Marcellin, is the opportunity to observe members of our community engaged in truly inspiring work. In this case I’m not talking about the development of major teaching initiatives or one of the many social outreach opportunities our students and staff engage in weekly, or even the incredible displays of skill and talent seen on our sporting fields and musical stage. It is those ordinary, innocuous moments and actions which happen every day in our community which go unnoticed and yet speak highly about quality, character and the strong Marist heart of our staff and students.

To attempt to exemplify these moments would not do justice to the power and value they bring to our College. Perhaps the best way I can describe them is through a prayer written by Vinita Hampton titled I SAW JESUS. I encourage you over the coming week to keep your eyes peeled for the types of moments this prayer speaks about. Perhaps too you could share these observations with others. I think you might be surprised by what you discover.  

I saw Jesus on the train today. He had worked a long shift, his overalls a patchwork of sweat and grime; yet he joked with a co-worker in the adjacent seat. I saw Jesus awhile later, as the crowd filed onto the stairs to the street below - he was a young girl with two small children in tow, her nerves clearly frayed. And then, in the grocery store, there was Jesus again, a check-out clerk who smiled and wished me a good evening. The next time I saw him, he was stuck in traffic, his business suit rumpled and his eyes weary. And when I walked by my neighbour’s house, Jesus sat on the front step, passing the time with a friend. When Jesus came to share our human existence, he changed what it means to be ordinary people going through the day. Each one of us has a purpose and a place in the world. Each of us experiences pain, fatigue, humour, and hope. If we look more intently at the people we encounter on a typical day, we will see who they truly are—persons loved by God. Regardless of appearance or situation, the woman, man, or child before you is brimming with holy possibility. Consider that you are gazing into the eyes of God. Understand that Jesus comes to you in many faces and places.

M2 Theatre Production
Last Friday night I attended the opening night of the Marcellin/OLMC school musical production for 2019 – the highly entertaining School of Rock.  Words can do little to describe the magnificent spectacle that all who attended were privileged to witnessed on this evening. What I observed was a talented, highly disciplined and dedicated group of young people who worked in harmony to present a very high quality professional production.

As I watched the show I was struck by the fact that every young person on stage was fully engaged in and committed to the part they were playing. I highlight this point because sometimes in these types of productions some participants believe that because they may appear to have a lesser role they don’t always give their heart and soul to the performance.

This is a testament to the students themselves who give wholly of themselves for the benefit of the group. It also speaks volumes about the teachers who support them. It obviously demonstrates that every student is valued equally no matter what part they have to play.

I believe there is a lesson in this for all of us who work with a group of people, a team, a community with a shared objective. For me then attending the School of Rock was not only a very entertaining experience but also an enlightening and educational one. Thanks to all the members of the M2 Theatre Company who have taught me a good deal about what it truly means to work in community with one another.

Jose De Piro Kabataan Orchestra
Recently through Fr. Mario Sammit, Parish Priest at St. John's in Heidelberg, I was made aware of the inspiring Jose De Piro Kabataan Youth Orchestra. The orchestra started five years ago in the parish of St Catherine of Alexandria, in the village of Pagalanggang, in Dinalupihan, Bataan Province in the Philippines. The aim of this orchestra is to empower young people with a skill they can use to better their lives. Thirty members of this orchestra, together with their conductor and the parish priest are completing a ten day concert tour in Victoria. The concerts are free, with donations to support the orchestra welcomed. Some members of this orchestra are being sponsored to continue their studies at tertiary level in a university in Manila. Our sister school, Our Lady of Mercy College are hosting one concert, which I encourage you to consider attending. You can book here

Mark Murphy