Dear Parents and Friends,
I hope you are all enjoying the many aspects of the College. As always there’s been plenty of activities to keep both students and families can immerse themselves in. Let’s all take time to reflect on all the positives that we have before us.
Breaking News: MATES Hours for sports canteens
In order to alleviate some of the sports canteen resourcing issues and allow the boys to contribute to the College community, we are implementing a trial run of MATES involvement in our canteens where the boys, under strict guidelines, can assist their parents at the Sport Canteen.
If this is initiative proves successful, we see this as a great opportunity for the boys to further involve themselves in the community and strengthen the volunteer base of the college.
More information will be posted on this new initiative regarding supervision & eligibility; boys are in full uniform and Year 7-9 Boys must be accompanied by a parent.
Register through our volunteer platform https://signup.com/go/XafCQPn.
Yet another successful day in the College calendar – this year’s College Walkathon that took place on Sunday 19 May was, again, a huge success. A big thank you goes out to all the boys & participants, parents and sponsors that continue to make this your P&F’s major fundraiser of the year.
Organisers, Volunteers & Supporters: each year the walkathon progresses and delivers a great day for the whole college family to enjoy and be proud of. This is a result of the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers, college staff and supporters (namely the Enoggera Army Barrack) that back it 100% to make it happen. Special thanks go out to Marty Kerwin who is the key organiser of the event, year in year out. Marty’s selfless contribution is an example of how MCA parents make things happen.
Battle of the Bands: it was hard not to tap along to a variety of music belted out by all the bands that were in action. A big thanks go out to all the participants and the Music Department who coordinated the event. It is certainly a great way to relax and enjoy the social feel to the day.
Sponsorship cards & collection: please don’t forget to collect and remit the funds that were committed on your son’s sponsorship cards (or more if you care to).
A big thank you goes out to all the parents that have been able to help out in the canteens. Without your continued support, they cannot operate.
Don’t hold back – jump in & help – we need you: Football/Rugby season is by far the busiest time of the year in the sports canteens. At times you may see that we are stretched in resourcing the canteens and some of the college parents really go far and beyond in covering when we are short of help.
As we are all part of P&F, we ask that all parents (mums & dads) please consider offering some time at the canteen (either side of your sons’ game). We understand that some families may be unable due to the hectic sports taxi services we run every Saturday.
Bring a friend: No experience required, bring a friend or another parent from the team & senior students are also welcome to help out.
Signing-on or popping in: so we can manage the volunteer workforce it’s best to register through our volunteer platform https://signup.com/go/XafCQPn. However, random acts of kindness will always be appreciated - if you find yourself passing a canteen and would like to give another parent a break jump in.
If you need more information or interested in helping out please contact Roberta Bannah on 0427166 128 via phone or text.
The Tower - what a great venue for our parent cocktail parties. Since our last newsletter, the Year 8 parents enjoyed a great night on Friday 3 May.
The next parent function is for Year 6 parents on Friday 7 June. Keep an eye out on the app, Facebook and email for details. Please come along – it’s a great night in a fantastic venue; the food is great and the company even better.
Marist Card & Games Day
This time last year we were concerned that numbers of attendees to our community event was starting to drop off. We are pleased to let you all know that numbers have returned and the day is a continued success whereby the College Family contributes to the happiness of the senior members of the community.
If you have any questions or would like to help out on this community event please contact Ann Hogarth and Sue Hartfiel our Card and Games Day Co-ordinators who have passed on this message;
Marist Card and Games Day – Wednesday 22 May
We would like to give a huge thank you to all the lovely Marist Mums who volunteered last Wednesday at the second Card and Games Day of the year. We couldn’t have put on such an enjoyable day without you all. We would also like to thank our many, generous bakers for their delicious goodies. Our 64 attendees very much appreciated the beautiful food. We are so grateful to those who donated raffle prizes as the prize draw is always a highlight of the day.
The next Card and Games Day will be held on Wednesday 31 July, so please mark the date in your diaries. Any help is always appreciated.
We currently have re-usable coffee cups, shirts, caps and umbrellas in our suite of supporter merchandise – keep an eye out for new products. Any ideas/offers to help are most welcome.
Merchandise is available for sale in the sports canteens or on TryBooking - https://www.trybooking.com/XHYZ
Ladies polo shirts: Ladies - don’t forget to spread the news that we now have the ladies supporter polo shirts in stock.
If there are any cafes (or other businesses) who would be interested in stocking merchandise, please get in touch – we’ll provide a shameless plug for you.
Renewal time is here – make Marist your school: you may be getting reminders to renew. Please make Marist the school you support by clicking through the below link.
The P&F are selling Entertainment book memberships to allow you to save big $$$ on everyday items such as shopping, dining, entertainment, and travel. The old memberships are about to expire at the end of the month so get your new 2019/2020 membership now!
As a bonus, until June 1st any new memberships purchased will also receive a bonus $10 Priceline e-gift card. Buy yours now for $70 and the P&F receive $14 to support its fundraising activities.
Thank you to those parents & supporters who attended our recent meeting on Monday 27 May. There was plenty of items discussed and a lot of good input for consideration as we progress through the year.
New faces: the meetings are very relaxed and help the college family continue to commit assist the college & college family the best we can. If you would like to come along and join in, support or discuss matters after the meeting please join us.
Special thanks to our new attendees to the meeting & for the after meeting discussions on opportunities for future involvement.
Next meeting: 7:00pm Monday 26 August 2019 in the Tower.