Feast of the Assumption

Notre Dame College celebrated The Feast of the Assumption on Tuesday 15 August, with a whole College mass.

This holy day marks the occasion of the Virgin Mary's bodily ascent to heaven at the end of her life. We were joined by Father Rob Galea, who lead the mass with his infectious enthusiasm, music, prayer and insight into his life before finding his faith in GOD.

“Heavenly mother, filled with God's grace, pray for us today and all days, that we may strive to trust, be patient and faithful, as you were, so that we may one day join you and all saints in heaven. Immaculate Mary, assumed into heaven, teach us to trust in God's plan the way you did."

Reading Renaissance Programme

Mrs Brown’s Year 7 English students are wholeheartedly embracing our Reading Renaissance programme!

Students visit the library once a cycle and select from a wide variety of novels that are tailored to their individual Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) level. As students finish their book, they take a brief quiz to showcase their understanding, in addition to earning individual points.

Mrs Brown’s 7JE2 stands out, having read 67 books totalling 2,745,513 words. Following closely, her 7 JE1 students have read 50 books and 2,595,776 words. Notably, Sophia Spedding of 7JE2 has contributed 389,173 words to her class's count. Sophia is a passionate reader who has kindly shared her passion of reading with us.

“The novel I've enjoyed the most this year is "Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods." It took me about three weeks to finish reading it. Selecting a standout moment from the book was hard because the entire novel was so good that I can't single out just one part. However, the character who truly stood out for me was Percy Jackson, the storyteller. He's the central figure in his own series. I really like Rick Riordan, my favourite author, and my current read is "The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid."

“What I find particularly good about reading is the experience of being taken to a completely different world, connecting with the characters and sharing in their laughter, this adds to the enjoyment. I find my most comfortable reading spot to be my bed. As for my annual goal, I aim to read a total of 100 books each year. However, I haven't quite reached that goal just yet.”

Renaissance Reading

Flag Raising Ceremony

Last week we celebrated the new flagpoles being installed at NDC.

We now have three flagpoles which carry the Australian Flag, Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag.

On hand for the flag raising ceremony was Uncle Ray Ahmat, Uncle Greg James and College Deputy Principal of Catholic Identity, Jason Giuliani. They were joined by our College Captains, our Student Leaders and Year 12 indigenous Students. Yilanii Atkinson recited the Welcome to Country in language, and we were thrilled to have Michael Bourke coordinator of the Fire Stick Program provide a smoking ceremony which included the ceremonial smoking of the flags.

Breakthrough Session

Yesterday the MCP students, along with the Year 7-9 students attended a wonderful session with Father Rob, titled Breakthrough.

Fr Rob spoke honestly and openly about his past and struggles with abuse as a teenager and how he overcome this by finding the light and love of Jesus. He knew he didn’t need to impress anyone; he didn’t need to be praised by others, he just needed to make good choices in life.

Fr Rob is an inspirational speaker and soon, his life journey will be made into a film.

Fr Rob Breakthrough Session

Notre Dame College Winter Debutante Ball

Notre Dame College held their Winter Deb Ball on 11 August 2023. Picture below are the amazing Debs and their Partners.

Winter Deb Ball 2023

Back Row: Maree Curtis-Geisler, Les Billings, Cohen Briggs, Alick Jarvis, Nate Gustino,

Max Fasano, Riley Carkeek, Wesley Stanley, Ethan Knight, Baden Waters, Fr Joe Taylor

Middle Row: Olivia Higgins, Makayla Thorne, Lilli Wilson, Tenille Delahey, Atillia Saracino, Elise O’Keefe, Ash Bedwell, Jessica Bassett

Front Row: Joss Church, Charlise Ogilvie, Alaura Leetham, Fraser Fidock

Read Grow Inspire - Book Week 2023

Read, Grow, Inspire is the theme of Book Week 2023. The celebrations run from August 19 – 25.

These celebrations are a reminder of the importance of reading. As we Read, we Grow in knowledge as well as gain Inspiration. Come into the library and get yourself a great read this Book Week!

Vietnam Veterans Day

On Saturday 19 August we commemorated Vietnam Veterans' Day, on the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan (1966).

Earlier this year, College Captains, Lachlan and Ella and College Vice Captains, Shelby and Ben interviewed local Vietnam Veterans, Bob Wilkie and Stan Whitford. Bob and Stan spoke of their experiences in the Vietnam war and highlighted the importance of public awareness for our soldiers.

We remember the sacrifices of all those who lost their lives, and say thank you to almost 60,000 Australians who served during the 10 year period of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Murray River Culinary Challenge

Vet Hospitality students, Sophie Collins and Isobella Spedding represented Notre Dame College in the annual regional semi-finals of the “Murray River Culinary Challenge” held at GOTAFE, Shepparton on August 16.

Sophie and Isobella competed against other teams representing schools from all over the region. They produced a complex three course meal under a set of criteria, all within industry time constraints. Three industry experts judged the participants and our students displayed amazing resilience whilst under extreme pressure in an unfamiliar kitchen.

Their high quality dishes were outstanding and we are incredibly pleased to announce that Sophie and Isobella were announced the winners. They will now go on to represent Notre Dame College in the grand finals where they will cook a whole new menu and compete against schools from all over the Goulburn Murray Region.

Over the next month, under the expert coaching and guidance of teacher Karen Norton, Sophie and Isobella will be in preparation for the final. We wish you all the very best for the next round.

Anti Bullying Week

McGann students in Years 7 and 8, promoted Anti-Bullying Week by creating beaded bracelets and keyrings. Students watched clips and discussed with their Pastoral Group Leaders, what bullying means, what it looks like and how we can speak out against bullying behaviour.

Thank you to Ms. Reeve for her inspiration and the College Wellbeing Team for providing the resources.

Anti Bullying Bracelets


Year 10 students interested in participating in the Notre Dame College Deb Ball

please click on this link to register your expression of interest:

Notre Dame Deb Expression of Interest 2024