A big thank you to Class Rep Connie Molinaro who organised an end of year get together for the parents of 7.5, back at Heide Cafe.
While numbers were a bit lower this time, it was great to catch up with other Mums and chat about many topics.
These small events are great to enable parents to share information, meet their son's friends parents and catch up on school doings.
If you would like to organise an event for your class please contact us in the Foundation Office and we will assist you.
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A big thank you to Ourania Rossi who again organised a night out at the Manningham Hotel for the Class of 7.1 and their families. They had 30 people attending and by all accounts it was a great night with the boys, their parents and siblings all enjoying some time to relax and catch up.
We encourage other Core Groups to organise an informal end of year function Please contact the Foundation office on 9851 1464 for assistance or Prue directly on email email@example.com
On a beautiful sunny Melbourne Spring day, 28 Marcellin Past & Present Mums, their friends and relatives gathered at the National Gallery of Victoria.
We were met by an NGV guide who presented an interesting and informative talk on Dior, the House of Dior, the actual exhibition and the many designers who have been involved. We learnt of the history of Dior and how his role was influential in those times.
We then visited the actual exhibition which showcases hundreds of outfits, shoes, hats, perfume bottles and many videos of catwalk shows over the years.
It was fascinating to see the actual clothes in situ and then to see them being modelled.
The NGV has done a wonderful job of presenting the clothes in a suitable setting with a two storey section and sweeping staircase as well as showing areas where the patrons could see how the clothes were put together.
There is a huge array of items and our guests were fascinated by the beautiful lines of the clothes and we all wish we could dress like that now!
Thank you to all of those who came along on the day. It was a wonderful opportunity for Mums from all eras to meet others, catch up with old friends and to be able to share such a great exhibition.
Keep an eye out for future Past and Present Mum's events....
Friday 23 June saw the second catch up for the year for the 7.8 core group families. Seven families met up at Colombos Pizza restaurant in Balwyn for a relaxed Friday night dinner.
Everyone enjoyed catching up and debriefing the end of term two (where is the year going?) Well done to Ana Martinez for organising the evening and giving parents and boys the opportunity to catch up outside of school formalities.
Please feel free to contact Prue or Lisa on 9851 1464 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any assistance in organising an event for your class.
A group of twelve parents caught up for a coffee and a chat on Friday 23 June in the lovely setting of Cafe Heide in Bulleen. This is a favourite venue for family catch-ups with the convenience of a cafe amid beautiful gardens to take a stroll (or a run and tumble for the kids).
Everyone had a lovely morning and enjoyed a relaxed conversation over coffee. Well done to Josie Spataro for organising this event for the 7.6 core group.
Please feel free to contact Prue or Lisa in the Foundation Office on 9851 1464 or email: email@example.com if you require assistance in organising an event for your class.
On Thursday, June 22 the Marcellin Business Network met off site for a fun and informative breakfast at the Melbourne Audi Centre in the CBD.
Past Parent David Aussems (Sales Manager) was our host for the day. We would like to thank him for offering the amazing Audi premises as the breakfast location, and for facilitating (along with his staff) the whole morning.
We would also like to thank Andrei Zaitzev (Managing Director) for his interesting presentation on the state of play with the automotive industry and the Zagame family, especially Old Collegian Adrian (director) for also being there.
There was a great turnout of guests including many new faces, and lots of regulars as well. They were able to network whilst wandering amongst the Audi cars and enjoying a delicious breakfast.
View the photos from the day here.
On a beautiful Winter sunny morning 16 Canterbury Roaders met at the corner of The Ridge and Canterbury Road for a nostalgic wander around where the original school stood.
We were very pleased to welcome Kevin Doyle and Richard Hastings, both 'first dayers' all the way through to men from the Peer year 1969.
Of course there is nothing left to show of Marcellin's 'bricks and mortar' legacy now except a plaque placed on the wall in Canterbury Road near the pedestrian lights. However the men reminisced about the school and buildings, where they used to walk and what they used to get up to. Richard Olive very kindly presented a short and informative talk on some of the history of the buildings and area.
We then visited next door which in Marcellin days was the Nurses accommodation (and is now a retirement home). Many of our guests recalled gazing up at the windows during classes to view the nurses, letting their young imaginations' run wild!
The group then walked through the streets of Camberwell to the Railway station (again many fond memories being recalled and shared) ending up at a local Café for coffee and cake and lots more chat.
Thank you to all of the lovely gentlemen who came along and contributed to the day with their memories and stories. We look forward to meeting more of you at other Fellowship events.
Marcellin College Foundation
On Friday evening, June 16th the families of 7.5 enjoyed their second social event at the Manningham Hotel.
Ten families attended and by all accounts it was a great night with the boys getting a chance to socialise away from school, and the parents getting to know each other.
Thank you to one of the 7.5 Reps, Connie Molinaro for getting this one 'off the ground' and giving everyone a chance to take a night off cooking and just relax.
Please feel free to contact Prue or Lisa in the Foundation office if you require assistance in organising an event for your class. 9851 1464 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to Ourania Rossi, one of the Class reps for 7.1, who organised a very enjoyable family night out for her class.
Ourania got a great turn out of families coming along and by all accounts it was a great night with the families already looking forward to the next catch up event.
If you would like to either organise, or assist in organising an event for your son's class please feel free to contact the Foundation office by calling, text or email: 0451 168 655 or email@example.com
This is just a very quick thank you for your support last Saturday night. I hope you enjoyed the evening. It was great to speak to so many people (in between taking the happy snaps) and putting faces to names.
Prue and Lisa did a power of work to get us there on Saturday night and I want to thank them especially. When we sat down together on Monday morning to do the obligatory post-mortem we thought we would ask everyone to give us any feedback from the night - things that worked (or didn’t) and any suggestions. If you have a few minutes to shoot back a return email, that would be appreciated.
The net proceeds from the night were just over $7,000. This money has gone to the St Marcellin Champagnat Bursary Fund. This fund supports those families in our school who are the most financially disadvantaged and to families in our immediate community who would otherwise not be able to afford to send their son’s to the College.
Thank you for your generosity!
Here is the link to the happy snaps.
And finally, I made one significant faux pas on Saturday night when I was talking about one of Foundation students and his connection with Hawthorn. Ian Mort (featured in that pop-up banner photo) was the first Marcellin boy to go on to play (then) VFL Football. And he played in Hawthorn’s first premiership in 1961. He was in fact NOT the captain - that distinction belongs to Graham Arthur. One of Graham’s daughters (and past Marcellin mum), Marise Cooper was a guest also on Saturday night. I wish I could claim that I had drunk too much of the brewers product, but instead it was a serious brain fade. But I can advise that Ian Mort holds one other important distinction; he was the first Old Collegian to enrol a son at Marcellin.
After a hectic start to the year, it has been great to see so many of you coming along to the various ‘Get To Know You’ events organised by your wonderful Class Reps.
A big thank you to those who volunteered to be our Class Reps. They have all done a fantastic job of organising the various events, and giving many parents a chance to meet new faces.
We have had coffee mornings in various destinations, and park get togethers involving the whole family. Pleasingly, many classes are already planning a second event that will cater to those who couldn’t get there last time, such as a day at Bounce or Latitude over the holidays, wine bar evenings etc.So if you couldn’t get to the first catch up, don’t despair, there will be plenty more chances to meet the other parents.
To see photos from the gatherings so far, go to our SmugMug page by clicking here
The annual Past and Present Mothers Lunch was held on Monday August 22nd.
Once again it was lovely to welcome back to the school many of our past Mums who have been coming to this event for many years (and indeed some of them were the original organisers of it!).
As well we were very happy to welcome many of our current mothers and especially new Year 7 Mums. We also had a table of ‘outgoing’ Year 12 Mums who have promised to return as Past Mothers in 2017.
The day began with Mass celebrated by Father Mario Zammit. A very special service with many participants and a great contribution from Fiona Dyball and the Champagnat Choir. The service was very well received and we would like to thank Fr Mario and the Choir for leading us in our worship.
The Mums then headed into the Functions Room where they were welcomed with a glass of champagne. Much conversation and catching up then began!
Our School Captain Jack Fisher did a fantastic job being our Master of Ceremonies, ably assisted by Junior School Captain, Jonathan Potenza. Jack spoke about the importance of the various roles our mothers play at this school and in the boy’s lives. Callen Ryan then said Grace before our guests tucked into a delicious lunch.
It was lovely to walk around the room chatting to our many Mothers and hearing their thoughts on their time at Marcellin and how important it is to continue the friendships made and the sense of community they feel as part of the Marcellin family.
The day finished off with the drawing of the Raffle (and we would like to thank the people and businesses who donated to this: see below) with First Prize being won by one of our Marcellin identities who has worked to foster a great community for many years, Pam Ryan.
We would also like to thank Peter and Denise Gartner for once again so generously allowing us to auction a weekend at their holiday house in Anglesea.
The funds raised from the raffle and auction go toward the Foundation fund which in turn supports our disadvantaged students and families.
As everybody headed off into one of Melbourne’s stormy and very rainy afternoons (after starting off in sunshine!) it was agreed that this day was yet another ‘must do’ on the Marcellin calendar! See you all next year.
A group of Marcellin's Past and Present Mothers met at The Pullman on the Park on a crisp Tuesday morning in June to be collected by mini-bus for a tour of Hecker Guthrie rearranges William Johnston's Collection.
The Johnston Collection is an historic townhouse in East Melbourne filled with William Johnston's amazing collection of antiques, artwork and collectables. Three times a year, the collection is "rearranged" and our group were fortunate to enjoy the arrangement of Paul Hecker and Hamish Guthrie, of Hecker Guthrie, a most respected Melbourne interior design studio. The tour led by Anne, was incredibly informative, and there was nothing she didn't know about the hundreds of antiques and collectables that were on display.
All of the ladies present had a lovely morning and thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating collection. On return to The Pullman, they met for a coffee, de-brief and starting planning where the next event. Stay tuned...
On June 8, the Business Network headed in to Southbank to attend a session entitled ‘Rock Your Profile’ at the Linkedin offices. Old Collegian James Delahunty facilitated this morning, and we were very happy to turn up on a cold Melbourne morning to find a barista serving delicious coffee, plus a delicious and healthy breakfast. It certainly helped with the networking session prior to the formalities.
Simon Clark (head of Sales) delivered an informative and interesting presentation about Linkedin, it’s reach and potential and how best each individual can implement their best profile.
It was fascinating to learn how to create a killer profile that will get you noticed, why this is important to getting hired and how Linkedin can assist individuals to expand their personal networks. Thank you to all of our participants for coming along on the day, and it was also great to welcome some new faces.
Linkedin is one of Australia's most successful companies and has the 13th most visited website with over 433 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
We have been invited to attend another session which will focus more on employers. Stay tuned for more details.
We would like to thank the Linkedin crew for hosting us, and look forward to our next visit.
This year The Marcellin Foundation and the College hosted the annual Marcellin v Assumption Kilmore First XVIII AFL Match, and our second annual Friends of Football Luncheon.
We had a huge turn out of Old Collegians, Past players, Past Parents, Current Parents and friends of the College. We would like to thank everyone for coming along, and lending their support on the day.
There was a great spirit on the day, with lots of buzz and friendships being renewed, guests commenting that they hadn’t been at a function like this where they knew so many people from different walks of life, which meant much mingling and talk! Drinks on the balcony in the sunshine set the tone for a great and happy day.
Our Sport Captain, Paddy Howe did a great job as MC for the day, before rushing off to don his footy gear. Callen Ryan our Liturgy Captain lead the grace very capably as well.
We were introduced to the Marcellin coach for the day (Rocky Gentile) who then interviewed both the Marcellin and Assumption Captains for their respective views on various aspects of life and football.
A delicious roast lunch was served by our caterers, Spitting Image (who commented it felt like there were 200 people in the room rather than 150, there was such a good feeling).
Our Football Panel was again hosted by Channel Nine’s Tony Jones, who in his 30th year of journalism, seems to be getting better and funnier each year. His ability to extract humorous anecdotes and information from the panel ensures lots of entertainment for everyone.
Our Panellists, ex Collegians Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs) and Gavin Brown (Collingwood), and ex Assumption, Laurie Serafini (Fitzroy) were fantastic. They very generously gave their time to come along and share insights, stories, football wisdom and general football news with our guests. We are very fortunate that the rich culture of football in the Marist schools means we have access to these great personalities.
At the conclusion of formalities, most guests headed out to watch the hard fought match on the Bray Oval. The weather was on our side, and provided some lovely sunshine to stand in.
Half time saw the crowds head back into the Function room to partake of a delicious afternoon tea provided by the Marcellin Foundation and sponsored by The Old Collegians Football Club and especially the legendary Tim Naughton.
Thank you to all of those who attended and purchased Raffle tickets and bid at the Silent Auction. Proceeds go toward the Foundation’s fundraising efforts which in turn support our disadvantaged families and students in our community. Congratulations to the Evans family who won the raffle.
Lastly a big thank you to all of the supporters and donors on the day, especially Invictus Finance for again being our major sponsor. Also Pullman on the Park, Luna Park, Cramers Hotel, The Greenery, Bob Stewarts, Dobsons and The Footy Show. Please support these businesses if you get a chance.
The Business Network ran a very successful evening on Wednesday May 18. Numbers were smaller than anticipated, but in hindsight, a big positive for those who attended, as there was a real 'buzz' in the air, and a lot of serious and very useful networking taking place.
The theme of this event was:
RETURNING TO WORK, DEALING WITH CHANGE AND/OR MAKING A CAREER CHANGE/HIRING INITIATIVES
We had two wonderful guest speakers.
Amanda Ferguson is a Mum of a current Year 7 student at the school and has experienced more than her fair share of challenges over the years. Amanda spoke with great courage of her life, and inspired everyone in the room with her positive attitude, goals and values. For someone new to the public speaking gig, she acquitted herself very well and had the audience totally engaged.
Raelene Campbell runs her own small business called CareerTake2. Raelene herself implemented a change to her own career, leaving a counselling job in the higher education sector to set up her own small business. She has steadily grown her consulting business whereby she assists individuals assess their goals, values and attributes and then supports them to work toward a satisfying career. Raelene works with many different clients and market segments, including corporate, government, education and manufacturing sectors.
Raelene also proved to be a thoroughly engaging and interesting speaker, and we would have to say that everyone attending walked away with a value add to their lives. Raelene was very generous with her advice, and because of the smaller group, there was lots of interaction.
Employers and employees alike were all engaged and felt that the information Raelene presented was very useful. We had employers who will use new found hints in sourcing employees, and employees who will hopefully have more success in sourcing that right career.
Throughout the night the attendees were able to snack on delicious canapes and enjoy a few drinks from the bar.
The Business Network would like to thank Amanda and Raelene for their time and inspiration they provided. We look forward to our next event and the chances it will bring to those participating. (see Events page)
Another wonderful Mothers Day breakfast. We apologise to those who couldn't get tickets this year, and would like the community to know we are looking at ways of ensuring more Mothers and sons can come along next year.
A huge thank you to our small but very capable band of volunteers. Especially to the Dads headed up by Rodney Van Oirschot in the kitchen, and the Mums who stayed on to clean and wash those hundreds of dishes.