Principal's Blog - 4 April 2019

02 Apr 2019

Dear members of the Marcellin College family,

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the sudden death of the Principal of St. Martin of Tours Primary School Rosanna, Mr Dane Malone. Dane has been a dedicated leader at St. Martin of Tours school community since 2016. He previously served as Principal at St. Cecilia’s School, Glen Iris and St. Francis of Assisi School, Mill Park. At this sad time our thoughts and prayers are with Dane’s family including his wife and children as well as their extended family and friends. We also reach out in solidarity to all in the St. Martin’s community and extend our love and support at this very difficult time. As one of our largest feeder primary schools there are many students and parents at Marcellin who have a strong connection with Dane and the school, and we remember them in our prayers as well. We will be supporting these students particularly over the coming days and encourage anyone for whom this news has impacted to seek out the support of the College during this time.

Eternal rest grant unto Dane O’ Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon him’
May he rest in peace

Last Friday our College community came together in the quadrangle to celebrate all that is positive and valuable about sport at Marcellin. We applauded the great efforts of Carnie House in winning the house swimming sports for the second time in their short history as a house at Marcellin. We celebrated also the collective efforts of all those students and staff who participated in the summer sports program.

It was inspiring on this occasion to hear from the captains of the summer sporting teams – Volleyball, Basketball, Squash, Cricket and Swimming as they spoke so enthusiastically and passionately about their teams across all year levels and the gratitude they felt towards the coaches and leaders of sport here at Marcellin. In this regard I would like to extend my thanks to all staff who have provided our students with such positive and engaging experience of sport over the summer season. I would particularly like to thank Ben Reynolds, Head of Sport for his work in ensuring the viability of this significant part of the College's cocurricular program, ably supported by AFL trainee Daniel Polazzon.

All players and coaches should be proud of their efforts both particularly with regards to the high level of skill and sportsmanship they portrayed on the field. I would like to pay special mention to the First Basketball team who won the premiership in their competition and to Brett Atley who lead them as coach. Of equal note I extend my congratulation to the Marcellin Swimming team who finished third in the AGSV championships held at MSAC last week. This is the best result in the history of our College and is a great credit to their coach David Bellis, well supported by Jim Sheridan and Stephanie Brown.

The cocurricular program of our College extends to many other areas of endeavour beyond the sporting field. I was privileged last week to witness the efforts, skill and enthusiasm of another group of Marcellin boys as they competed against a number of schools in a chess competition held at The Australian International Academy College in Coburg. I was amazed at the level of skill and knowledge our boys displayed throughout this day as well as they way they supported and encouraged each other. I would like to congratulate all students who competed, along with Rachel O’Shea, who coordinates our Chess Club, for her dedication and support of this important aspect of the College's program.

Last week our students competed in the Debating Association of Victoria debating competition. Marcellin D Grade (Year 9) students attained a winning score for their first debate for the season at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School. Congratulations to the students for stepping up while most of their team members were on camp! A special mention to Francesco Ferraiuolo and Alex Sarmas for their highly significant participation and to the teams committed and skilled coach, Fran Davey.

As I often say when we think of cocurricular at Marcellin, many turn their minds to sport. It is clear from these and many other examples that at Marcellin we are committed to supporting all our students as they strive for the highest across a number of fields of endeavour and areas of interest.

Mark Murphy