From the Principal

Mazenod Literature Festival

What an incredible opportunity we had this week through the annual Literature Festival. The chance to listen to six amazing authors discuss their love of storytelling and nurture of their craft from a young age, was a very special experience for students and staff. Thank you to our English Department for another successful event.




Mr Gavin Nancarrow, Year 7A Form, HaSS and English teacher has been appointed as Deputy Principal of Pacific Coast Christian School, Gold Coast starting in Term Two. Gavin has a strong background in school leadership and we are delighted to support him in realising the next part of his professional journey. We are in the process of appointing a staff member to replace Gavin in his teaching load.

Fall Seven Times, Stand-Up Eight

I am sure you are becoming used to me referencing ‘stretch’ and the notion of working in the margin, outside the comfort zone. They are notions that work as well for adults as they do for children and adolescents. Certainly, when teachers prepare lessons and learning programs for students they are looking for that ‘sweet spot’, that guided and teacher assisted point, part way between what a student already knows and can do and what a learner does not know and cannot do, yet. This week our staff worked on further refining their teacher development goals for 2019 using combinations of data, feedback and a focus on their own stretch and margin in their professional growth.


Challenge in the classroom, studio, co-curricular program, sporting field and in social relationships is an important component in developing resilience. Challenge and measured struggle help build our social and emotional system’s buffer against shock and can lead us to be less fragile when faced with life’s bumps, much like how the human immune system generally benefits when exposed to certain germs in childhood in order to develop its healthy capacity. Nassim Taleb calls this ‘antifragile’.  As adults with life experience, we are blessed to have the opportunity and capacity to consider how we prepare our young ones for the road ahead and not prepare the road ahead for our young ones.



Like so many, my heart sank at the breaking news of events in New Zealand last Friday. We are a community grounded in the Gospel and our first core value statement in the College is ‘respect and dignity’.   Shock and sorrow were just two of the emotions that surfaced as we became aware of the act that was brought against this faith-based community. The Christchurch massacre is one of the most extreme acts of terrorism the world has seen in recent times. In our prayers and masses this week we have prayed for all those affected, the loss of innocent lives and the impact on all good people in the many communities touched by this violence. For New Zealand, it was a loss of innocence. Unfortunately, this will impact on many children throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and care givers may struggle to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already questioning how safe the world really is.


It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. The distressing nature of this event will never be forgotten, but at the same time we should not allow it to permanently disturb or destroy our future generations. We have so many blessings and a vast majority of wonderful people in our lives, community and society. As adults, we look to develop in our children an understanding that the good greatly outweighs the bad in our world.


In a Special Report by School TV this week, parents and care givers are provided with practical strategies on how to talk to their children in a reassuring manner. It also highlights the necessity to be aware of the signs of trauma, should a child be adversely affected. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your son, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Here is the link to the special report: Talking to kids about Christchurch and there is another resource you may wish to use, see attached document below:


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Enjoy the week ahead.


“There is still much good to be accomplished.” – St Eugene de Mazenod


Andrew Watson