Mazenod College, Victoria
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Latin: Nihil Linquendum Inausum
Leave Nothing Undared For The Kingdom Of God
Mulgrave, Victoria, 3170
|Principal||Fr Christian Albatross Fini OMI|
|Colour(s)||Black, White and Blue|
Mazenod College is a Catholic school for boys located in Mulgrave, Victoria. It is one of three schools run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) and the only one in Victoria. Mazenod College is a member of the Associated Catholic Colleges. The current principal is Father Christian Fini OMI.
History and facilities
Mazenod College was founded in 1967 in St. Joseph's Primary School in nearby Springvale, Victoria to serve the parishes of Springvale, Clayton, Springvale North and Glen Waverley. In 1968 the school moved to its present location in Mulgrave, firstly utilising land on just the north side of Kernot Avenue.[non-primary source needed]
Building progressed with the addition of multiple classrooms, a library, canteen, administration block and chapel, until in 1987 further building began on the south side of Kernot Avenue.
Extensive sporting facilities include a cricket ground with a turf wicket area, a synthetic soccer pitch, a gymnasium, and the Provence Centre, a state of the art facility for volleyball, table tennis, and other sports, which also doubles as a school assembly venue.
Mazenod College is a Catholic College where faith is given great respect and centrality. Mass is celebrated every morning. A full school Mass (called The Inaugural Mass) is celebrated in St Patrick's Cathedral each year and full school masses are held on May 21 for Founder's Day (St Eugene de Mazenod's feast day), August 15 (Assumption of Mary) and an Advent Mass on the last day of school in preparation for Christmas.
The Rector of Mazenod College is appointed by the Provincial of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate who have the responsibility for the administration of the College and the Pastoral care of students. The appointment is confirmed by the Archbishop. The College's Rectors are:
- 1967 – 1972: Fr. J. FitzPatrick O.M.I
- 1973 – 1977: Fr. K. Davine O.M.I
- 1978 – 1983: Fr. I. Mackintosh O.M.I
- 1984 – 1988: Fr. P. Moroney O.M.I
- 1989 – 1995: Fr. K. Davine O.M.I
- 1996 – 2001: Fr. J. Sherman O.M.I
- 2002 – 2009: Fr. P Moroney O.M.I
- 2010 – 2014 (Term 1 2015): Fr. Michael Twigg O.M.I
- 2015: Fr. Christian Fini O.M.I
- Charlebois (Light Blue) named after Bishop Ovide Charlebois OMI
- Cebula (Dark Blue) named after Blessed Jozef Cebula OMI
- Albini (Yellow) named after Father Charles Albini OMI
- Grandin (Red) named after Blessed Vidal Grandin OMI
- Anthony (Maroon) named after Brother Anthony Kowalczyk OMI
- Gerard (Green) named after Blessed Joseph Gerard OMI
- Chisholm (Purple) named after Caroline Chisholm
- Mackillop (Grey) named after Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop
- Matt Johnson (Footscray)
- Silvio Foschini (Sydney Swans, St Kilda)
- Carl Steinfort (Collingwood, Geelong)
- Matthew Boyd (Western Bulldogs)
- Heath Black (Fremantle, St Kilda)
- Scott Thornton (Fremantle)
- Ashley Hansen (West Coast Eagles)
- Matthew Arnot (Richmond)
- Alex Woodward (Hawthorn)
- Peter Luczak (Australian Davis Cup Representative)
- Peter Robertson (World Champion Triathlete)
- Jeffrey Riseley - Australian representative to the 2012 Olympics in Athletics
- Gerard Whateley (Co-host of Fox Footy's AFL 360 program and ABC media commentator)
Mazenod College has over 1,239 students enrolled in the school and over 140 staff members. It also has several bands, including its symphony orchestra, string ensembles, 5 choirs, the Concert Band, The Symphonic Wind Band. In 2006, building works commenced and were completed in 2007. These included a brand new complex, called the Founder's Complex (blessed and opened on March 25, 2007), for the Computer Rooms, servers, Manual and Fine Arts Complex and the music tutorial provided by the college, renovations of the 'old' Manual and Fine Arts Centre (it became the Year 7 area) and a new building catering to the needs of maintenance and grounds staff. The new building also comprises staff amenities and equipment storage.
The College completed its full-sized cafeteria and multi-purpose centre in 2009, the biggest development since the Founders Complex. The cafeteria is only accessible to Year 12 Students and the VCAL class.
The Year 12 Complex has also been refurbished. It now has a new covered verandah and seating area.
The Provence Centre is now officially opened, which is named after the region in France where St Eugene de Mazenod is from. With an underground car park, it will also house assemblies, masses and a variety of sports and classrooms.
Mazenod College currently has a close relationship with an overseas school; Daisho Gakuen College in Osaka, Japan. This relationship was formed to strengthen Mazenod's LOTE department, giving students the invaluable opportunity to come in contact with Japanese students (one of the three languages are available for study at Mazenod). Each year Mazenod and its brother school overseas undertake a student exchange study trip, with Mazenod students travelling to Osaka for a study trip and students from Daisho travelling to Melbourne on exchange for a short period. This usually occurs in alternating years.
International Oblate Youth Encounter 2008
On July 9 through to July 13, 2008, Mazenod College hosted the International Oblate Youth Encounter for over 800 pilgrims from around the world. This gathering was the Oblate Preparation for the World Youth Day to be held in Sydney. Over 150 current and former students took part in the Encounter and World Youth Day.