From the Deputies

De Mazenod Student Leadership Conference

This week saw Mazenod College host the annual De Mazenod Student Leadership Conference. It was attended by student leaders and staff from Iona College Queensland, Mazenod Victoria, and St Eugene College. We also had the privilege of both Fr Christian Fini OMI, Provincial of the Province of Australia, and Fr Michael Twigg OMI, Rector of Iona, attending. The conference included engaging workshops on our Oblate history; enterprise skills needed for tomorrow’s workforce; developing character strengths for leadership; project planning and well-being strategies.

 

We concluded the conference with the Eucharistic celebration at our College’s Opening Mass. It was lovely to see so many families attend and offer loving embraces to their sons after the pledges and blessings.

 

We were also very pleased to have Old Boys Matthew Alexander, Christopher Alvaro, Luke Checker and Daniel Tesconi join us to share their reflections of leadership at the College. It was very engaging and insightful to hear them talk… and share a joke or two!

 

Throughout the conference, there was plenty of opportunities to swap leadership initiatives between the colleges, as well as forge some fast interstate friendships. The staff, students and billet families shared a lovely sundowner BBQ by the Mazenod pool, though it was quite hard to get the students out of the pool and home thanks to a vigorous pool volleyball match! The delegates also had a sightseeing tour of King’s Park, Cottesloe Beach and Fremantle. This included an enriching visit to St Patrick’s Basilica. No doubt a highlight for many of our visitors.

 

The conference could not have happened without the generosity of the many families that kindly billeted the visiting students, taking them into their homes and caring for them. We must also acknowledge the patience of those who were involved in the late-night pick-up on Sunday evening, due to a last-minute flight cancellation.

 

All said, the conference was a fruitful three days that encouraged students to grow their leadership skills and prepare for their year as seniors leaders.

 

Michael Anderson

Dean of Students

Visitors to the College

In keeping with legal responsibilities and requirements, parents are required to report to the College Administration when visiting the College grounds during school hours.  Any forgotten items (lunches, uniforms, etc) also need to be handed in here and the student will be given a message to collect his things.  Visitors who need to enter further into the grounds, need to be signed in at Administration and issued with a Visitor’s Pass, and then signed out again when leaving. Parents are asked not to go to the locker areas during school hours.

 

Jeff Ronan

Deputy Principal (Administration and Year 7-9 Student Welfare)

C0-curricular Booklet

The 2020 co-curricular booklet has been published on the College website here. The booklet can also be found on iGloo, the parent portal, and it has been emailed to all students.

 

All students are encouraged to look through the booklet to identify activities that might appeal to them.  It is important for students to get involved in the College community so as to develop a sense of belonging which at the same time will contribute to their own well-being.

 

Jeff Ronan

Deputy Principal (Administration and Year 7-9 Student Welfare)