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Mission Action Day 2008

Mission Action Day (MAD) is an annual fundraising event held at the College to support the work of the Oblates religious congregation in their missionary projects in Indonesia and South East Asia. The main event was an eight kilometre run or walk in which students are sponsored for taking part while other competitions included a great debate, coke skulling, longest kick, handballing, closest to the pin golfing, computer games, guitar hero and battle of the bands. In 2008, Mission Action Day reached its target of raising $50,000 which was a new Mazenod College record and following a report on the work of a former student and 2001 College Vice Captain Minh Truong who was helping poor and abandoned children in Vietnam, it was decided to donate this money towards continuing his good work.

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Mazenod’s First Olympian

Peter Robertson (Mazenod student from 1988-1993) was Mazenod’s first Olympian. Peter competed at the first Olympic Triathlon event at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and represented Australia in Triathlon at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Peter won a Bronze medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne making him Mazenod’s first Commonwealth Games medalist and won Gold at the 2001, 2003 and 2005 ITU Triathlon World Championships. In 2005, Peter won the Australian Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year award with Robin Bell.

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Two College Captains

Mazenod College announced that in the year 2000 there will be two College Captains for the first time. This was because when the student votes were counted the results were too close so the decision was made to have the two Captains – Jake Beard & John Persico.

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Student Representative Council (SRC) & New House System Introduced

Mazenod College introduced a new House System and announced the creation of four new houses to complement the existing ones which had been in existence since 1967. The new houses were Cebula (maroon), Chisholm (purple), Anthony (navy) and Mackillop (grey). They were named in honour of Polish Oblates Father Jozef Cebula and Brother Antony Kowalczyk as well as Mary Mackillop and Caroline Chisholm.

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Canonization of Oblate founder Eugene De Mazenod in Rome

The Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI attended the Canonization of Oblate founder Eugene De Mazenod in Rome. While at the Vatican Fr Kevin had an audience with Pope John Paul II and was even called up to meet the Holy Father with another Australian Oblate Fr Don Hughes OMI. Year 11 students Peter Dobeli and Greg Schneiders were selected to represent the college at the Canonization and travelled with Fr Davine to Rome for the event.

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