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.