Principal's Blog - 29 November 2018

26 Nov 2018

Dear members of the Marcellin College Family,

Many of you would have seen the film Dead Poets Society. Early in the movie the teacher, played by Robin Williams, takes his students to the hall in the school which displays photographs of past students. He suggests that these students from long ago were just like them. They were…  Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Williams goes on to challenge the boys using the latin phrase Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

I wonder how many of us live up to this lofty aim on a daily basis. I try but often, I fall short. Perhaps to try is good enough. To have a phrase like this in the forefront of our minds as we wake up in the morning might just inspire us to achieve more than if we had no such thought at all.

It is a phrase that I implore our boys to reflect on, particularly at this time of the year. Last week our boys had a valuable opportunity to receive feedback post the examination period. These examination feedback sessions provided rich learning opportunities for our boys to gain information about where they may have gone wrong in their exams. Whether it be because they did not read the question properly or maybe because they didn’t plan their time effectively or maybe they did not spend enough time revising or preparing. I am very grateful to the teachers who thoughtfully and sensitivity provided excellent feedback to their students. I know that it will stand our boys in good stead for the next round of examinations.

This week our boys have been involved in a number of activities which aims to provide them a head start on their studies for next year and develop skills and  abilities through a variety of rich learning experiences. Whether it be through project based learning opportunities at Year 7 or city experience at Year 9, I encourage our students to Seize the day even if they are uncertain about the value these experiences will bring them. I encourage them also to trust their teachers. Our teachers have planned these rich learning opportunities knowing that they will support the growth of our young men as learners. I am very grateful to the EOYP collaborative team: Justin Abbott, Pauline Bellafiore, Monica Di Tonto, Sean Kolednik, James Rainey and Liz Sullivan, supported by Domica Westcombe, Liam Parker, David Bellis, Dino Faelis and Justin Griggs, for providing such rich and worthwhile experience for our students.

So throughout these last couple of week of the year I implore our boys to... Carpe Diem – Seize the Day.  Make your lives extraordinary.

Mark Murphy