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School ANZAC Day Service 2016

ANZAC Day Service 2016
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2016 Parramatta Marist High Commencement Mass

2016CommencementMassOverheadThe 2016 Commencement Mass was celebrated by Fr Walter Fogarty, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Westmead. The concelebrants were Fr Bob Bossini, Dean and Parish Priest of the St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, Fr Luis Fernando, Parish Priest of St Monica's Parish, North Parramatta, Fr John Paul Escarlan, Assistant Priest of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta. The Mass was attended by Mrs Sophie Ryan, Director of System Performance for Parramatta Holroyd from the Catholic Education Diocsese of P, Marist Brothers from the La Valla Community and parents.

The theme of the Mass was Mercy. Pope Francis has called the Church to a special Jubilee Year of Mercy. “Mercy”, the Pope says, “is the name of our God”. The God who asks us not to judge and condemn, but to forgive and to love, and to do this over and over again. This is the challenge that we are being called to every day; in our thoughts, by what we say, and by our actions.

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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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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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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