21 October 2001

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Marist College Pagewood an ‘educational landmark’

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21 Oct 01

Marist College Pagewood an ‘educational landmark’

At work in the new Technology Centre at Marist College Pagewood are, from left: students Federico Duriavig and Nathan Ling, principal Damien Millar and the executive

Marist College Pagewood is a modern educational landmark, says Br Kelvin Canavan, executive director of schools for the Sydney Archdiocese.

“Things have come a long way in the space of 40 years,” he said.

When it began in 1961, the college had just four classrooms and a house for the brothers.

Br Kelvin, a Marist Brother himself, was speaking during celebrations to mark 40 years of Marist education on the Donovan Avenue site.

The celebrations began with a special Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral, attended by nearly 1,000 staff, students, teachers and religious representing the Marist College Pagewood community past and present.

The community turned out in force again for an open day on the College campus the next day to view students’ work and witness the official opening and blessing of the new Champagnat Technology Centre by Bishop David Cremin.

The ceremony was attended by a ‘who’s who’ of the college, including past and present students, staff, parents, principals and priests as well as Bishop Cremin and Br Kelvin.

Damien Millar, the principal, gave particular praise to his staff for their tireless efforts to foster the many talents of the students.

“At this time of the year, the college is a very busy place with the last weeks of revision classes for Year 12, mock trials, debating, reports to write, exams to prepare,” he said.

“It’s continuous, and the dedication of the staff make it all happen.

“The facilities at the school have received a big boost with the completion of our new state-of-the-art technology centre, costing more than $200,000.

“Containing 50 networked computers, the centre was funded by the parents, students, and the wider Catholic community.”

Br Kelvin described the college as a “modern educational landmark” in the local community.

“The big challenge that’s facing us today is to find enough competent and well-qualified teachers to fill our schools,” he said.

He emphasised the wonderful work of teachers today who are striving to make a difference in our world.

“In a particular way, I wish to congratulate your principal, Mr Damien Millar, for his outstanding leadership,” he said.

“Damien is passionate about providing Marist Pagewood students with the best opportunities for advancement.”

The festivities concluded with a dinner attended by 200 old boys and past and present parents at the Novotel Hotel, Brighton-le-Sands.