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The Southern Cross : December 2011
The Southern Cross | schools Page 18 December 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au MACKILLOP MARATHON: Inspired by the largest marathon in the world, Mary MacKillop College Year 10 students held their own "New York" marathon in November. It was a class-based team effort with each Year 10 class completing 105 laps around the College oval, 12 students running at a time. The idea developed after students heard Deirdre Flynn, Assistant Director of Catherine House, tell them about the role of her organisation in supporting homeless women in Adelaide. Deirdre shared moving stories about women for whom life did not go well and for whom self-esteem and confidence was shattered. She also mentioned that she would be going to compete in the New York Marathon as part of a team of 10 runners to raise money for Catherine House. This resulted in Year 10 students deciding to model a school-based fundraiser on this event and donate proceeds to Catherine House. In the lead-up to Marathon Day, Year 10 Creative Catering students baked New York-themed cup cakes and sold them to the school community. The marathon run was also used to launch the MMC Year 10 Charity Run Trophy. More than $1100 was raised for the cause. IN MARY'S FOOTSTEPS: (clockwise) St Joseph's Memorial School Reception students Scarlett (Mary's sister Annie), Jacob (train conductor), Georgie (narrator), Olivia (St Mary) and Alexia (Pope Pius IX) helped raise money through a play of the life of Saint Mary of the Cross as part of their school's Mary MacKillop Mission Day on November 8. The school of about 300 students honoured the charitable legacy of Australia's first saint by praying and reflecting on Mary's life before raising just under $2500 through various food stalls and activities, including lucky dips, face painting and games. Fundraising at the school will continue to support the Sisters of St Joseph's continuing mission to serve the poor and disadvantaged in East Timor, Western Australia and Peru. TOP OF THE TRADE: Marcellin College student Matthew Brown was presented with the Clipsal Apprentice of the Year Award by Clipsal's Lynton Brown at the college's graduation and awards ceremony on November 17. Among the 62 students presented with their Year 12 completion certificates, there were 35 students recognised for special achievements. The City of Onkaparinga acknowledged the community service work of two students Daniel King and Chantelle Dean who were presented with certificates and medals by the Mayor of City of Onkaparinga Lorraine Rosenberg. Catholic Education South Australia was represented by Maria Urbano, Senior Education Adviser -- Vocational Education, who presented the Catholic Education SA Technical College Student Award to Scott Haseloff, a final year graduating student. This award recognises outstanding personal qualities, educational success and service. Photos: Supernova Photographics STRIKING SUCCESS: Year 8 Mount Carmel College student Ellese McLindin has added another trophy to her shelf for bowling in the 'Ten Pin Bowling State Titles for People with a Disability' along with about 80 other bowlers. The event, held at Cross Road Bowl in October, saw the bowlers competing in teams, doubles and singles events in a fantastic display of their abilities. Ellese won the 'High Handicap Series' trophy for females. She also received three medals - first for 'Female All Events', second for 'Female Singles' and second for 'Mixed Teams'. This followed her outstanding performance in the City vs Country Ten Pin Bowling Tournament held in Whyalla in September. A newly constructed peace memorial at St Francis Xavier's Catholic School, Wynn Vale, was the scene of a special Remembrance Day service this year. To mark the occasion the school organised a liturgy including a blessing of the memorial by local parish priests and 'catafalque party' from the 7RAR regiment based at RAAF Base at Edinburgh. Representatives of the local, State and Federal governments were present as were others who had a significant part in the construction of the memorial which was funded by the Federal Government through the 'Saluting their Service' Commemorations Grant organised by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The project was the brainchild of a grandparent at the school, Mr Michael Grech, who informed the school of the grant that was available and was also instrumental in the construction of the memorial. Ms Bronwyn McGree, Commemoration Project Officer from the Department of Veteran Affairs attended and said she was impressed with all the time and effort that had gone into the service. Many parents, grandparents and friends, some of who have or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, were also able to join the 680 students and staff for the service. Day to remember at Wynn Vale