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Past School Captains Attend 2016 Commencement Mass


Thank you to the past School Captains who attended the 2016 Commencement Mass and oversaw the investiture of our School leaders for 2016. Their presence adds and means so much to the school community. Click om the image to enlarge. From L to R Front: Nathan Haddad (SC 2011); Corey Owusu-Ansah (SC 2009); Alf Smith (SC 1961); Caleb Toevai (SC 2016); Sydney Cooke (SC 1955); Jacob Boutros (VC 2016); Brendan Decelis (SC 1996); Anthony Mackett (SC 2010). Standing: Adam Hendry (OBU President); Mark Elias (VC 2012); Tony Lahoud (VC 2015); Peter Kramer (SC 2005); Brad Murphy (SC 2015); Stephen Samson (SC 2014); Stephen King (SC 1980); Greg King (SC 1978); Mark Attwood (SC 1977); Justin Decelis (SC 1991); Andrew Houseman (SC 1990); James Boyer (SC 2003); Mark Procajlo (SC 1976); Steve Carr (SC 1997); David Askew (VC 1990). In attendance but not pictured: Trent Atkins (SC 1994); Dr Toby Nasr (VC 1992); James Bellew (SC 1998).

The commissioning of the 2016 school leaders concluded the Mass, where previous school captains presented the new leaders with their badges.



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2015 HSC Results

OldStleExamsAccording to the Sydney Morning Herald School HSC results rankings Parramatta Marist High was ranked 64th in NSW .141 students sat for 794 exams. Of those exams there were 164 results (20.4%) where results of 90 or higher (Band 6) were achieved. Congratulations to the, now Old Boys, of the Class of 2015. We recognise the limits of these league tables, see SMH Comment by SCEGGS Principal. These results are just one part of the life education provided by Parramatta Marist High through the Marist Charism to put these boys in good stead for the rest of their lives and for jobs that don't even exist yet.

This is the eighth year in a row the School has been in the top 100.

Some more Stats

  • Mathematics (Extension 1 and Extension 2) was ranked 6th in the state. Mathematics General 2 ranked 37th in the state.
  • 1st Catholic Systemic Boys School in NSW
  • 1st non selective Catholic Boys School in NSW (Aloysius is selective)
  • 2nd best Catholic Systemic School in NSW
  • 10th best Catholic School in NSW
  • 4 students received state places in different subjects
  • 6th in the state in Mathematics (combination of 2u, Ext 1 and Ext2 results). We were 8th last year.
  • 94% received a mark of 70% or above in all of exams (up from 90% last year). This means more students are getting better results across the board and not just at the top end which is unfortunately the measure used by the newspaper league tables.

School Dux
Congratulations to Tony Lahoud the School Dux who received an Australian Tertiary Academic Rank (ATAR) of 99.5. In addition, four students scored ATARs above 95: Jason Raad; 99.2, Bradley Murphy; 98.95, Matthew Hasjim; 98.6, Aidan Peters; 98.3.

Top All-Rounders
Congratulations to Bradley Murphy and Tony Lahoud who have been named in the Top All-Rounders List which mentions those who scored 90 or above in 10 or more units in the HSC.

Places in State
Congratulations to the following four students who received a place in the state:
Alexander Ba¬¬iada who received 5th for Information and Digital Technology.
Carlos Dela Cruz who received 7th for Industrial Technology.
John Khoury who received 10th for Senior Science.
Tony Lahoud who received 17th for PDHPE.

Students with ATARs above 90
Congratulations to the following students who received the following ATARs above 95:

Tony Lahoud; 99.5

Jason Raad; 99.2

Bradley Murphy; 98.95

Matthew Hasjim; 98.6

Aidan Peters; 98.3

John Khoury; 97.25

Matthew Sassine; 97.1

Marcus Pelaez; 96.45

Jarred Bautista; 96.1

Shikhar Kakkar; 96.1

Suwavinaash Soumyraj; 95.9

Bill Eltakchi; 95.8

Toufic Haddad; 95.5

Gavin Fernando; 95.35

Fernand Werdi; 95.25

Antonio Jabbour; 94.3

Aaron Chetcuti; 93.15

Gregory Aboumelhem; 92.95

Kelvin Vaz; 92.05

Michael Cruz; 91.8

David Juric; 91.6

Mark Tenorio; 91

Charbel Dagher; 90.7

Luke Reyes; 90.65

Andrew Patrizi; 90.45

Alonzo Prieto; 90.2

The results are a testament to the collaborative efforts of staff and students and reflect how hard everyone worked throughout the year. I have high expectations of the staff and students and they continue to exceed these.

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Christmas Thoughts & 2015 Wrap-up

NativityDear Old Boys,

Another year has almost passed and, again, there were many highs and lows within our OBU community. We are greatly indebted to the many Old Boys and their families who supported the Union and the present school community including those who visited, addressed and inspired students; the ex-School Captains who attended the Commencement Mass; Old Boy ex-servicemen who attended our Anzac day Service; those involved in school projects; those who supported our Year 12 major awards as well as the large number that attended the Annual Reunion Dinner.

The OBU would also like to extend our thanks to Mr Norm Dagher who is leaving after 35 years of service to our school community to focus on his health. A well-loved and dedicated teacher who will not be easily forgotten by those he taught (pictured below receiving a letter of appreciation from the Marist Brothers).

Sadly, this year, Cyril Shean passed away in the months following the closure of the pool named in his honour. Additionally, a long-time supporter of the OBU, Don Andrews (Class of 1951), also passed away along with a numerous Old Boys from other classes - may all their souls rest in peace.

As Parramatta Marist approaches its bicentenary as a Catholic school in 2020 (and 145 years under the care of the Marist Brothers), the Old Boys Union continues to fulfill the following aims as an alumni association as contained within our constitution:

  • To maintain contact between Old Boys of Parramatta Marist
  • To promote and foster the interest of Old Boys in the school
  • To promote and foster the welfare of the school.


As the number of Marist Brothers decline, there is significant shift towards empowering lay Marist people to continue the Charism of Saint Marcellin Champagnat as well as sharing governance of Marist schools within Australia. A strong, independent and well-resourced Old Boys Union will be vital in ensuring the proud legacy of this country's oldest Catholic school continues well into its third century.

To this end, the OBU is exploring the possibility of establishing a tax-deductible scholarship fund to provide another avenue by which we can fulfill these common goals. Consequently, we greatly appreciate all the support given to the Union by our alumni this year and into the future. In particular, I would like to thank the members of the committee for their tireless efforts. They are dedicated men with a great passion for their alma mater.

We look forward to hearing from you in the new year and seeing you at the Annual Reunion Dinner next October.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2016.

Kind Regards,

Adam Hendry

President, Parramatta Marist Old Boys Union


(Certificate of Appreciation from the Marist Brothers presented to Norm at the Academic Assembly. Thank you to Mr Daniel Lynch, Yr 12 Coordinator and regional leader for the Marist Association, for organising the certificate)

Norm Dagher

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A Sad Irony - as the Pool is Decommissioned Cyril Shean Passes Away

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As the Cyril Shean School Pool is decommissioned we learn that Cyril Shean passed away 28 October 2015. Cyril was an Old Boy and resident of St Vincents. Cyril continuously tended the school pool (which was named in his honour) for 32 years until his retirement in 2000. He also managed a number of the School's rugby league teams over the years. He was a man of warm and gnerous heart - may he rest in peace.

This sad irony reminds us that physical structures may come and go but the positive impact of generous service to others will outlive physical structures and extend well beyond the the boundaries of the structure.

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Visit from Honourable Justice Brian Tamberlin


The Honourable Justice Brian Tamberlin (MBP Class of 1955) visited Year 11 and spoke about his time at Parramatta Marist; working hard to achieve good results in his Leaving Certificate; studying at Sydney Uni and Harvard Law School; the importance of trial and error in finding your way in this life; and about his illustrious and interesting career in the law which culminated in his appointment as a Federal Court judge in 1994. Justice Tamberlin served in the Federal Court for 15 years and now, in his mid 70's, still works for the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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1955 was a very good year fro producing old boys who made real differences in poeople's lives.

Thank you for your time Brian. Fortior Ito.


Read more about Brian at Old Boys Stories - Law & The Judiciary on our website.

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Problem-based Learning Singapore Immersion Programme October 2015


Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered method of teaching in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. Parramatta Marist is a leader internationally in the application of PBL to high school education. Read more about PBL
20 students and staff from Parramatta Marist attended the International Youth Immersion Programme in Singapore, October 2015.  

Patrick Dolahenty (Year 9), son of OBU Committee Member, Adrian Dolahenty (Class of 1986) visited the grave of his relative and our Old Boy, Gunner Kevin Dolahenty, who was killed fighting the Japanese in WW2. He is buried at Kranji Commonweath Grave, Singapore. Currently, the School has year 9 and 10 students on an immersion tour in Singapore. Read more about Gunner Kevin Dolahenty at the OBU website.

Classof1926The Intermediate Class of 1926 - which included Kevin Dolahenty.



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Parramatta Marist HSC Student Comparing Life of 18 Year Old Digger 100 Years Ago - Parramatta Advertiser

This story which was published in the Parramatta Advertiser on 22 April 2015 about a Parramatta Marist HSC Student of today, Adriano De-Rossi, and the life of an 18 year old ANZAC, Gordon Champion, 100 years earlier. A PDF copy of this story can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.

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