Principal's Blog - 8 February 2018

05 Feb 2018

Dear members of the Marcellin College Family,

Welcome to what promises to be an exciting and hope filled year here at Marcellin. I especially take this opportunity to welcome all those of you who are new to our Marcellin Family. I thank you for the trust you have demonstrated in choosing to have your son educated in our school and I hope that your time in our community is a happy and beneficial one.

If you happen to enter the grounds of our College in the coming days you will notice something very different about our school environment. You will not see a single site shed or piece of temporary fencing. You will not see relocatable classrooms occupying carparks. And you will definitely not hear the dulcet tones of hammers and saws (apart from in our Technology classrooms).

After 18 months of digging, building and renovating the Hermitage project is officially complete! The final stages of the refurbishment of the original Hermitage building were completed on schedule at the end of 2017. Since that time finishing touches including cleaning and furnishing have taken place and as of this week our students and staff are fully engaged with these new and revitalised spaces.

I spoke in my address to the community at last years House Graduation evenings of my gratitude to you all for your patience, understanding and resilience during this time and I look forward to a year of discovery and excitement without the noise and the dust!

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those students who completed their studies at Marcellin in 2017. In the coming week we will officially recognise many of these hard-working young men at our upcoming Dux Assembly. I would particularly like to congratulate our VCE Dux Thomas Brugliera who scored an outstanding ATAR of 99.8 and our Dux of VCAL Matthew Bowran who fully embraced all elements of the VCAL program with vigour and determination achieving excellent results in this significant program. You will have received a special Principal’s message which provides greater detail regarding the overall results for the Class of 2018.

Broadly speaking our results for 2017 were down a little on previous years. As a College community we have reflected deeply on these results and will continue to leave no stone unturned in supporting each of our students to reach their full academic potential. Having said that I am immensely proud of the Class of 2017 for their efforts and I am equally grateful to all our staff who are some of the hardest working in Catholic Education for the high level of care and support they have always demonstrated toward our students.

Study scores and ATAR’s are one measure of student success, however there are others of equal, if not greater significance. It is one thing to know what a student “scored”, it is another to know what happens next. Destination data is a very important indicator of success for our students. At Marcellin this year 100% of students who applied for a tertiary were successful in receiving a place. 95% of these were places at University. Of even greater significance is that 91% of these students received their 1st, 2nd or 3rd preference.

This year our focus across Marcellin College is on reviewing, developing and renewing many of our learning programs, policies and practices. You will hear more about this as the year progresses.

I believe that one of the most significant factors in student achievement is the relationship and partnership which exists between school and home. This partnership is founded on mutual trust, respect and a knowledge that each of us has the best interests of the student at the centre of our concerns. It is founded too on sound communication and a shared understanding of how best to support our boys in reaching their full potential. My hope and prayer for 2018 is that collectively we attend to our roles in building that partnership for the ultimate benefit of our students.

I look forward to working and walking with you throughout 2018 as together we support our boys to become great young men of Marcellin College.

Mark Murphy

Letter to the Community re Commencement