Timeline History of Mazenod College Victoria

1963
July, 1963
Fr William Cagney OMI in Talks to Establish New College

Talks commenced between The Most Reverend Dr Daniel Mannix (Archbishop of Melbourne) and Fr William Cagney OMI (Provincial Oblates Australia) about the possibility of a new secondary College located in the South Eastern suburbs of  Melbourne being established and operated by the religious order known as the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Oblates).

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded by a Catholic priest named Eugene de Mazenod in Aix-en-Provence, France in the early 1800’s and were officially approved as a new congregation in 1826 by Pope Leo XII. Their mission to Australia commenced in 1894 when Frs Roger Hennessy OMI and Daniel O’Ryan OMI arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Photo L-R: Fr William Cagney OMI (Provincial Oblates Australia) with His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Cooray OMI (Archbishop of Colombo) at Penshurst, Sydney, November 1968.

1964
January, 1964
New College in Melbourne Approved

The newly installed Archbishop of Melbourne, The Most Reverend Justin Simmonds and Fr William Cagney OMI (Provincial Oblates Australia) finalized the details for the establishment of a new College to be operated by the Oblates in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  The proposal was then approved by the Superior General of the Oblates, Fr Leo Deschatelets OMI and his General Council in Rome. As part of the arrangements, the Oblate congregation in Australia also assumed responsibility for the Parish of St John Vianney, North Springvale. Although run by the Oblates, the new Regional College would be owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The photo shows the original architect’s design for Mazenod College.

1967
February, 1967
Mazenod College Opened

Mazenod College officially opened on Tuesday 7th February, 1967 at St Joseph’s Primary School, Springvale.  The staff consisted of just two teachers – the Rector and Mr Peter Pollard while the 79 students were housed in two classrooms in the grey brick wing of the Primary School. Staff amenities included a small room next to the primary teachers’ staff room which served as an office, lunch room and storeroom. After morning recess on the first day, Mrs Drummond (Secretary of the Mazenod College Ladies Auxiliary) presented to the College, a specially decorated two tier cake complete with College crest and motto, which was cut by the first students enrolled.

Mazenod College was the first school opened in Melbourne by the religious order known as The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Oblates).

June, 1967
Winter Uniform Introduced

One of the first students enrolled at Mazenod College Paul Flahive wearing the new Mazenod College winter uniform.

August, 1967
Mazenod Day (Founders Day)

Mazenod Day was celebrated at a special Mass and ceremony held at St Joseph’s Church, Springvale. The celebrant of the mass was Fr William Cagney OMI (Australian Oblate Provincial) while Fr Don Aloysius OMI, an Oblate from Sri Lanka who was visiting Australia, preached the sermon. The new Mazenod College banner was also blessed. Mazenod Day is an annual College feast day which celebrates the birth of the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Eugene de Mazenod on 1 August 1782 in Aix-en-Provence, France. It is now known as Founders Day.

 

November, 1967
Construction of Mazenod College at Mulgrave Begins

Work on constructing Mazenod College commenced on 2nd November 1967, when bulldozers began levelling the present site at Kernot Ave, Mulgrave. The main brick building was constructed on the higher ground while the ovals were built at the bottom of the hill over land that was reclaimed from a water course, small dam and swamp. The new College was completed in April 1968.

1968
May, 1968
Building of Quadrangle

Work on building a concrete quadrangle at the new Mazenod College site at Kernot Ave, Mulgrave was commenced by members of the Mazenod College Fathers’ Committee who laid 21 slabs of concrete and worked every weekend until it was completed in late August 1968. They were assisted by Fr Patrick Moroney OMI (Bursar) as well as the Mazenod College Ladies Auxiliary who provided morning and afternoon tea as well as lunch.

June, 1968
Classes start at Mulgrave & First College Newsletter

On Tuesday 4th June , 1968 students began classes in the new building at Kernot Ave, Mulgrave and the occasion was celebrated with a special mass. Classes were originally scheduled to commence a week earlier however, this was delayed due to the muddy conditions that prevented students from accessing the building.

The first College newsletter titled, “Dates and Capers” was published to keep parents informed of activities at the school (second photo). The originator and editor of the newsletter was Mrs Drummond while Mr Drummond was the printer, collator and the person who stapled the pages together.

 

June, 1968
Students Wore Black Slippers

Mazenod College was reportedly the first boys’ school in Australia to have carpet installed through the entire school including classrooms. Students were required to remove their shoes and change into black slippers upon entering the building. 

November, 1968
Official Opening & Blessing of Mazenod College

Mazenod College Victoria was officially opened and blessed by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Cooray OMI (Archbishop of Colombo) on Sunday 3rd November, 1968. Students formed a guard of honour down Kernot Ave to greet the Cardinal as he arrived with the Archbishop of Melbourne with a police escort. After blessing the College, proceedings moved to the quadrangle where a large crowd including students, parents and nuns watched the official unveiling of the plaque by the Federal Minister for Immigration and local MP, Rt Hon Billy Snedden. Seated on the dais with the Federal Minister was Fr Noel Coghlan (Parish Priest of Springvale), Fr William Cagney OMI (Provincial of the Oblates in Australia), His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Cooray OMI (Archbishop of Colombo), Archbishop Knox (Archbishop of Melbourne), Fr Kevin Toomey (Parish Priest of Clayton), Bishop Cullinane (Auxilliary to Archbishop Knox) and the Rector.

1969
March, 1969
New Science Rooms

The first building extension program commenced at Mazenod College to cater for the growing number of students and staff with the construction of two new science rooms.

September, 1969
New President of Mazenod College Council

At the seventh meeting of the Mazenod College Council, Mr Barry Johnson (Vice-President) was elected the new President to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mr Don Lord who moved to regional Victoria. Mr Lord was elected the first President of the College Council at its second meeting which was held on 1st April, 1969 while Mr Barry Johnson was elected as the first Vice President.  

The Mazenod College Council (now known as the Mazenod College Board), held its inaugural meeting on 14th March 1969. It is the main administrative body of Mazenod College in relation to non-academic, external and financial matters.

October, 1969
Priests’ Residence

Work commenced on building a permanent residence for the Oblates religious staff. In April 1970, the new house was completed and the priests’ moved out of an empty classroom in the College, which had been their temporary accommodation since June 1968, and into their new abode.

November, 1969
First House Athletics Carnival

The College’s front oval was used for the first time as a sporting venue and hosted the first Mazenod College House Athletics Carnival. Students participated as members of four houses – Albini (yellow), Charlebois (blue), Gerard (green) and Grandin (red). Events included the 100 yards (100m), 220 yards (200m), 440 yards (400m), 880 yards (800m), Mile (1500m), Broad Jump (Long Jump), High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot Putt and House Relays. The final results were Gerard (first) followed by Grandin, Charlebois and Albini. The whole event was organised by the College sports master, Fr Vincent McGillicuddy OMI.

1970
January, 1970
Painting of Oblates Founder

A painting of Bishop Eugene De Mazenod (founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate) arrived at Mazenod College. Commissioned by Mr Ercole Cester in 1969 and presented to the College as a gift, it was painted by the artist Mr Carlo Onesti who was born in Italy in 1913 and arrived in Australia after the Second World War. 

Photo L-R: Fr Henry McFall OMI (staff), Fr John Hannah OMI (Provincial Oblates Australia), Fr Kevin Davine OMI (Rector) standing next to the painting of the Oblate founder at Mazenod College on the day Fr McFall celebrated his Silver Jubilee of priesthood, 28th June 1974.

October, 1970
Rice Day

Mazenod College students and staff participated in a “Freedom from Hunger” campaign known as “Rice Day” to raise money for disadvantaged children overseas. Students ate boiled rice instead of their normal lunch and managed to raise $65.00 which was handed as a cheque to the Victorian Director of the “Freedom from Hunger” campaign, Mr Butt when he visited the College to present a certificate.

November, 1970
Extensions to College

Construction of new toilets, store room and four classrooms commenced. The new additions were built over the top of the existing canteen and sports store and next to the science rooms. The work was completed in 1971. In the photo, the new Priests’ residence can be seen in the background.

November, 1970
Gymkhana 1970

The first Mazenod Gymkhana took place at Akoonah Park, Berwick. Organised by the Ladies Auxiliary to raise money for heaters in classrooms, the events included horse jumping and riding as well as a performance by the Victoria Police Highland Pipe Band and its horse “Gendarme”. There was also a dressage demonstration by the horse “Aintree Boy” famous for its performances at the Royal Melbourne and Adelaide Shows as well as functions at Government House for the Governor of Victoria. 

1971
January, 1971
First Librarian

Mr Joseph Vilums was the first official Librarian at Mazenod College. He joined the College as a teacher in 1968 and used his spare time to develop the Library collection. Mr Vilums was also a skilled photographer who founded the Mazenod Camera Club in 1970 to instruct students on the art of photography including developing and printing.

The Library was located in a classroom in the main building.

March, 1971
First Prefects and College Captain

Mazenod College appointed its first Prefects and College Captain. Year 11 student Oscar Moze was named the first College Captain and Head Prefect.

March, 1971
First Walkathon

The First Walkathon was held at the College. Organised by the Mazenod College Men’s Committee, the event involved students and their parents walking a distance of 8 Miles (about 12 km) or 24 laps around the school oval. Nearly $900.00 was raised and was used to improve the College ovals by purchasing a tractor and mower.

April, 1971
First Chairman of Mazenod College Board

The Mazenod College Board met for the first time and elected Mr Michael O’Rourke as its first Chairman. He remained in that position until his retirement in 1991. Mr O’Rourke was previously the President of the Mazenod College Council which disbanded following the signing of a new agreement between the Archbishop of Melbourne and the Oblates religious congregation who established Mazenod College. Michael O’Rourke played an important role in the development of the College and his contribution has been recognised in a number of ways including naming the first Library building the “O’Rourke Wing” when it opened in 1975. The current Library and Year 12 building is also named in his honour. 

1973
January, 1973
Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI

Fr Kevin Davine OMI commenced as the second Rector of Mazenod College in January 1973. Fr Kevin grew up in Sale, Victoria and attended St Patrick’s College, Sale. After entering the Oblates he completed his studies at Kildalton Abbey in Ireland before returning to Australia to be ordained as a priest in 1959 thereby becoming the first Oblate priest ordained in Australia. After finishing his studies at the University of Western Australia, he was appointed to Iona College in Brisbane. In 1966, he was transferred to Mazenod College, WA before being appointed the second Rector of Mazenod College Victoria. Some of Fr Kevin’s notable achievements as Rector included discontinuing the wearing of academic gowns by staff, doing away with school caps worn by students, making the summer uniform (shorts and white socks) optional for students and removing all straps from teachers and having just one strap – teachers had to register details in a book before being allowed to use it. In 1976, Fr Kevin employed the first College Lay Deputy Principal, Mr Harry Boundy. In the sporting area, he coached the senior College Cricket and Football teams. Fr. Kevin’s term as Rector ended at the end of 1977.

March, 1973
First College Chapel

The first Mazenod College Chapel was set up in a classroom just inside the entrance to the main building. The carved wooden crucifix in the Chapel was presented to the college by the Iona Passion Play Committee in Brisbane.

August, 1973
Milk for India Appeal

Students collected cans of milk and cartons of powdered milk for an appeal. Form II J (Year 8) collected the most milk which was 195 pints (equivalent to 92 Litres today). The milk was shipped to India and distributed to underprivileged families.

November, 1973
Oblate Superior General Visits College

Rev Fr Richard Harley was the first Superior General of the Oblate religious order to visit Mazenod College. During his brief stay, he met the staff and addressed students at the assembly. In honour of his visit, all students were allowed to finish school at 1.30pm on Friday.

1974
June, 1974
Government Grant for New Classrooms

The Whitlam Government allocated a grant of $105,000 to help with the cost of building six new classrooms which were required due to student enrolments continuing to grow at Mazenod College. Construction of the new wing at the freeway end of the main building commenced in early 1975 and was officially opened and blessed on the 19th October 1975.

August, 1974
First Sportsmen’s Dinner

The first Sportsmen’s Dinner held at Mazenod College was attended by over 150 students and their fathers. The idea for the event came from Mrs Hansen and members of the Open Football Team and included a three course meal with drinks waiters and special guests. The guests for the inaugural Dinner were Jack Reilly (goalie in the 1974 Australian World Cup Soccer Team), Wayne Richardson (VFL Collingwood Football Club Captain), Mick Henry (VFL Umpire) and Trevor Vincent (athlete).

1975
February, 1975
New Tennis Courts

In early 1975, two clay tennis courts were opened on the grounds of Mazenod College. Money raised from various events such as the Sportman’s Dinner and Walkathon contributed to funding the construction of the courts. The clay tennis courts were removed in 1986 to make way for the O’Rourke Building which meant that Mazenod tennis teams had to play all their matches away from home. In 1990, four new tennis courts were opened at their current location at the Corner of Kernot Ave and Monash Drive, Mulgrave.

April, 1975
New Library and Canteen Officially Opened

In April 1975, the new Library and Canteen were officially opened in the College quadrangle.  This was a significant step in the development of the school’s facilities.  The blessing was jointly done by the Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI and the local priests.  The cost of the building was $118,000 with the Federal Government providing $35,000 in support. The architect was Mr Barry Bjorlsten of Stella and Sons and the builders were A.J. Richardson and Sons. The Senior Librarian at the time of the opening was Mrs Christine King.

1976
February, 1976
First Lay Deputy Principal

Mr Harry Boundy was the first Lay Deputy Principal appointed to Mazenod College. Prior to commencing at Mazenod, Mr Boundy worked at various colleges around Melbourne including De La Salle, St Kevin’s and Fintona. He retired at the end of 1990. 

October, 1976
Aerial View of Mazenod College

Above the smaller oval can be seen the old clay tennis courts (now the site of the Library building) while the Gymnasium and Oblate Hall now stand on the area where the outdoor basketball courts were located. At the bottom of the photo is the Monash Freeway.

1977
July, 1977
New Administration Offices and Chapel

In mid 1977, construction began on a new classroom, resource and teaching area on the ground floor and new administration offices, interview rooms, printing office and Chapel on the first floor. A walk way between the new wing and the Library was also constructed. Staff moved into their new offices in early 1978.

First photo: the main building as it appeared in early 1977, prior to the new offices being built. Second photo: the entrance as it looked in 1983 after the new administration offices were built.

1978
January, 1978
Fr Ian Mackintosh OMI

Fr Ian Mackintosh OMI commenced as the third Rector of Mazenod College in January 1978. He grew up in Geelong and attended St Joseph’s Christian Brothers College at Geelong. After joining the Oblates he was ordained in 1966. His first appointment was to Mazenod College, Western Australia where in 1973, he became the Rector until the end of 1977 before transferring to Melbourne to replace Fr Kevin Davine OMI. Fr Mackintosh or Fr Mack, as he was affectionately called in those days, was a “hands on” Rector. He always liked a tidy school and stressed the need for students to pick up their rubbish. Some notable developments during his tenure included an Indigenous Australian Art Group performing at Mazenod College for the first time in 1978, the opening of new buildings, changes to the curriculum and student numbers rising from 714 in 1978 to 954 in 1983 at the conclusion of his tenure as Rector.

 

1979
March, 1979
First EIS Swimming Premiership

Mazenod College won its first Eastern Independent Schools (EIS) Swimming Premiership.  The coach of the winning team was Jim O’Doherty and the Team Manager was Fr John Sherman OMI pictured sitting in the team photo.

July, 1979
New Gymnasium Opened

A new College Gymnasium was built over the old basketball courts near the quadrangle. Construction commenced in March 1978 and was completed in 1979. In 1982, the Gymnasium was extended to include change rooms, showers, toilets, and gallery.

Photo: College Gymnasium as it looked from the main oval in 1983.

1980
February, 1980
First Inaugural Mass Held at Mazenod College

The Inaugural Mass was held in the new College Gymnasium on the 15 February, 1980. This was the first time the Inaugural Mass was held at Mazenod College. From 1967 to 1979, it was held in various local Parish churches and then from 1980 until 1998 in the Gymnasium before moving offsite again firstly to the Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University in 1999 and then St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne since 2000.

May, 1980
The Computer Age Begins at Mazenod College

In May 1980, the first computer was installed at Mazenod College. It was an “Apple II Plus microcomputer with 48k units of short term internal memory, one black & white TV monitor, two soft disc long term memory drives, one printer and one card reader” and was used to streamline administrative tasks. In 1984, a computer room with seven BBC micro computers and auxiliary units was opened. The computer room was so popular with students that a larger room had to be found and another eleven computers and a network system was purchased. Furthermore, the first Year 11 Computer Science course was introduced in 1984, complimenting the Computer Studies course that was introduced as a Year 10 subject in 1981.

Photo: computer class with Mr Rickards, 1984.

1981
April, 1981
Television Viewing Habits

Mazenod College newsletter mentioned the fact that some students “spend up to 50 hours per week watching TV. It seems that they even eat in front of TV, do their homework and various assignments in front of the box and in some cases rarely leave the TV room from 4pm to 10pm at night.”

Now we complain about students spending too much time on the computer!

June, 1981
First Mazenod College Musical

The first Mazenod College musical production titled “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” was staged at the Alexander Theatre, Monash University in June, 1981. It was directed by Fr Pat Moroney OMI, who also directed two other musicals – “Smike” (1982) and “The Witness” (1983). These early performances established the tradition of the annual musical at the College.

Photo: scene from the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”.

1982
July, 1982
First Title for 1st XVIII Football Team

Mazenod College 1st XVIII football team won its first premiership. The coach was Michael Brown and the Team Manager Tony Glynn.

December, 1982
First Mission to Indonesia

Three students and Fr Pat Moroney OMI departed for the first Indonesia Mission. The purpose of this trip was to provide Mazenod College students experience of the work the Oblate missionaries are undertaking on the island of Java. Funds raised by the Lap-a-thon was used to build a classroom at a high school in Indonesia. 

1983
February, 1983
New College Chapel Opened

The new Mazenod College Chapel was blessed and opened on 17 February, 1983. Construction of the Chapel began in 1982 as an extension of the Priests’ residence, replacing the old Chapel which had been located on the first floor of the administrative building since 1978.  

The second photo shows the new Chapel being built in 1982.

October, 1983
Manual Arts Wing

The Manual Arts building on the other side of Kernot Ave commenced in 1981 when a Federal Government grant of $250,000 was made to the College.  Stage One of the Manual Arts wing was completed in 1982 and contained facilities for classes in Art, Engineering Workshop, Woodwork, as well as classes for choral and orchestral work. Work on Stage Two commenced in 1983 and was completed in 1984.

Photo: Stage Two of the Manual Arts wing under construction, 1983.

1984
January, 1984
Fr Patrick Moroney OMI

Fr Patrick Moroney OMI became the fourth Rector of Mazenod College Victoria in 1984. He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1939 and educated at Terenure College and Roscrea College. In 1958, he joined the Oblates and was ordained at Piltown in 1964. Fr Pat arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia towards the end of 1965, then moved to Melbourne where he studied at Monash University before being sent to Queensland to teach at Iona College. He began working at Mazenod College in early 1968 when it was still based at St Joseph’s, Springvale. As well as his teaching duties, Fr Pat was appointed to the position of Bursar in 1968. In the same year, he introduced the Chess Competition to the College and was a member of the first College Council that met in March 1969. Always interested in the Arts, Fr Moroney was keen for students to attend live theatre and in 1969 took Year 9 students to a performance of Macbeth at the Alexander Theatre at Monash university. He coached cricket and football sporting teams in 1968 and 1969 and introduced Careers Education into the College. Fr Moroney left the College in 1970. He spent six years doing Missions in Indonesia and then undertook post graduate studies in Psychology and Theology at Washington D.C. and Berkeley, California. He returned to the College in 1979, a trained psychologist and counsellor and was appointed to the position of  College Counsellor until 1983. One of Fr Moroney’s great legacies was the development of all aspects of the Arts at the College firmly believing that training in the Arts benefits students greatly and develops an all-rounded personality in a young man. He also showed a concern for students transitioning into the College and worked with staff to provide a curriculum to prepare them for secondary education. Fr Moroney served as Rector from 1984 until the end of 1988 when he was appointed Rector of Iona College in Queensland.

April, 1984
Manual Arts Wing Opened

The Manual Arts Wing, which is located across the road from the main building, was officially opened on the 29th April, 1984 by Senator Olive Zakharov who represented the Federal Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator the Hon Susan Ryan. The MC was Fr Paul Costello OMI. After the blessing, there were speeches by Senator Olive Zakharov, the Chairman of Mazenod College Board, Mr Michael O’Rourke and the Rector, Fr Pat Moroney OMI. A tour of the new wing was offered to those present.

First photo:  view of the Manual Arts Wing taken at the end of 1983 prior to construction being completed. Second photo: Senator Olive Zakharov who represented the Federal Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator the Hon Susan Ryan, officially opening the Manual Arts Wing. Third photo: view of the quadrangle where the official opening ceremony took place.

1986
June, 1986
Mazenod College Musical “Guys and Dolls”

An all student cast was used for the first time in the 1986 Avila-Mazenod College musical, “Guys and Dolls”. Furthermore, the sets and art work used in the musical were designed and constructed by staff and two Year 12 students from the Manual Arts Department.

August, 1986
Fr Mark Edwards OMI

Fr Mark Edwards OMI conducted his first mass at Mazenod College which was held in the Gymnasium to celebrate his ordination to the priesthood in 1985. The entire College as well as parents, the Oblate community and priests from the local parishes assembled to witness this historic occasion. The guests of honour were his mother, his grandmother who flew to Australia from the Netherlands and his brother.

Fr. Edwards, who is a member of the Oblate congregation, had achieved a number of “firsts” – first former student of Mazenod College to be ordained as a priest and the first former student to return to the College to teach while a priest.  

1987
March, 1987
O’Rourke Building Opened

The O’Rourke Building was officially blessed and declared opened by Sir Bernard Callinan, Chairman of the National Catholic Education Commission on 8 March, 1987. The ground floor of the new building was comprised of a foyer, a Library, a 215 seat lecture theatre, an audio visual centre and a small kitchen. The upstairs area consisted of six classrooms, two senior seminar rooms, a staff office and toilet facilities. The building also had an elevator for students with mobility issues and all the walls of the upstairs classrooms were movable enabling the entire area to be opened up for social events. Furthermore, the landscaping around the building was designed by Mr Charles Anag, a member of the College Mathematics Department while the work was carried out by the College ground staff, Mr Rino Garbuio and his assistant Mr Caruso Dalla Vecchia.  The Rector Fr Pat Moroney OMI announced at the opening that the College Board had decided to name the new building the “O’Rourke Complex”, in honour of its Chairman, Mr Michael O’Rourke as a way of expressing gratitude for his long service to the College.

Photo: O’Rourke Building and lecture theatre 1987.

 

1988
March, 1988
New Car Park and Bus Stop

A new car park and bus area was opened opposite the College in March 1988. Parents dropping off students were required to use this area instead of Kernot Ave which had become congested with traffic during school starting and finishing times. 

Photo: the car park and bus area can be seen on the left above the Manual Arts Wing in this aerial photo of Mazenod College taken in 1990.

1989
February, 1989
Fr Kevin Davine OMI

Fr Kevin Davine OMI returned to Mazenod College in 1987 as Year 11 Co-Ordinator. In 1989, after Fr Patrick Moroney OMI moved to Iona College in Brisbane, Fr Davine was appointed the new Rector at Mazenod College. The College had undergone a considerable transformation since Fr Davine was last Rector from 1973 to 1977. Demographic changes in the area meant there were students from 47 different ethnic backgrounds at the College. Meanwhile, student numbers had risen to over 1000 by 1989 and were continuing to grow especially in Year 12. In 1989, there were 127 Year 12 students and by 1992 this had risen to 167. At the end of  1995, Fr Davine completed his term as Rector and his achievements included introducing a new College Blazer for Year 11 and 12 students, guiding the College through the considerable changes in the curriculum brought about by the new VCE structure, implementing the College Board’s plans for the construction of a new Computer Centre and Staff Room and drawing the College closer to the Old Collegians Sporting Clubs often attending their games and functions. On leaving Mazenod College, Fr Davine was appointed the Rector of Iona College in Brisbane for 1996.

1990
October, 1990
Greenhouse and Garden Project Officially Opened

A new greenhouse and garden project was officially opened by the College Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI in October 1990. It was built and maintained by C.A.P.E (Course for Assessment and Practical Experience) students under the guidence of the Science teacher, Mr Wadih Ogeil.

1991
May, 1991
Mazenod College Silver Jubilee

The Silver Jubilee of the College took place in May 1991 with the highlight being the Silver Jubilee mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne which was attended by students, staff and families. Students carried into the Cathedral 47 flags representing the different family backgrounds at the College. Other events held during the year to celebrate the Silver Jubilee included a Ball at Springvale Town Hall, an Art Show, a Three Colleges Athletics Carnival and a Music Night featuring participants from two other Colleges operated by the Oblate congregation namely Mazenod College WA and Iona College QLD.

September, 1991
New Deputy Principals Appointed

Following the retirement of the Deputy Principal Mr Harry Boundy in 1990, Mr Michael Pennefather, from Aquinas College was appointed the new Deputy Principal in 1991. Moreover, the College Board and the Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI re-organised the senior leadership of the College creating two new positions for Deputy Principal. The Curriculum Co-Ordinator, Mr Ken Nailon, was appointed to the position of Deputy Principal (Curriculum) and Mr Michael Pennefather, was appointed to the position of Deputy Principal (Staff and Students). These new roles commenced in 1992.

Photo L-R: Mr Ken Nailon, Mr Michael Pennefather

1992
February, 1992
Mr Peter Le Grand New Chairman of College Board

Mr Peter Le Grand succeeded Mr Michael O’Rourke as the new Chairman of the Mazenod College Board. He served under five Rectors and then worked with the first Lay Principal, Mr Tony Coghlan. He retired at the end of 2020 after serving on the Board for 30 years, 29 as Chairman and was succeeded by the new Chairman, Dr Eugene B. Fredericks.

November, 1992
New Staff Room Opened

The Rector, Fr Kevin Davine OMI had been aware of the need for a new staff room for some time as the space used for a staff communal area was quite small. With the Board’s approval, he had plans drawn up to develop a new staff room which was opened in 1992.

1994
June, 1994
New Computer Centre Blessed by Oblate Superior General

The new computer centre at Mazenod College was blessed by the Oblate Superior General the Very Rev Fr Marcello Zago OMI in June 1994 during his visit to Australia. It was completed in November 1994.  In the 1990’s the need for computer and Information technology courses was rapidly increasing. The expansion under Fr. Davine started with the purchase of 22 computers in 1989. A new room was chosen to be used to house the new computers. In 1993, this expansion continued when 75 new computers were purchased. However, the need for more computer rooms was  clear, so in 1994-5 the old library was adapted and extended to create new computer rooms. These rooms were  constructed in 1994 and ready for use in 1995. 

Photo: Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI speaking with the Superior General the Very Rev Fr Marcello Zago OMI at the blessing ceremony.

October, 1994
Mazenod College Commemorates the end of WWII

Ms Natina Giacco (Social Science Co-Ordinator) received Federal Government funding for the production of a magazine containing stories and experiences of students’ relatives and friends who lived through WWII irrespective of where they were born. The magazine titled “Mazenod College Presents Australia Remembers 1945-1995”, was part of the “Australia Remembers 1945-1995” program of activities organised by the Keating government to commemorate 50 years since the end of WWII. Ms Giacco was also invited by the Hon Con Sciacca MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, to participate in the National Youth Forum in Brisbane as part of the commemorations in 1995. 

 

1995
August, 1995
Australia Remembers – WWII Music Night

As part of the commemorations for the 50th Anniversary of the end of WWII, Mazenod College held a “Australia Remembers – WWII Music Night” for staff, students and friends. The event was held in the College multipurpose room and featured music from the Mazenod College Choir and Swing Band. The special guests included Mr Julian Beale MP (Federal Member for Bruce), Mr Ronald King (WWII Royal Australian Navy veteran) and Mr Eric Crockett (Department of Veterans’ Affairs). Mr Julian Beale MP also presented plaques on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to the winners of the best student essay in the Mazenod Remembers essay competition and to the winner who designed the Mazenod Remembers magazine cover.

Photo of staff members at the music night L-R: Mr Danny “McHale” Kennelly, Ms Geri “Nancy Wake” Coughlan, Captain John “Mannering” McCabe, Mrs Marie “Vera Lynn” Nailon.

December, 1995
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.

1996
February, 1996
Fr John Sherman OMI

Fr John Sherman OMI became the sixth Rector of Mazenod College at the start of 1996. Fr Sherman grew up in Queensland and attended the Christian Brothers College at Nudgee. On entering the Oblate Order, he completed his studies at St Joseph’s Seminary in Cedara, South Africa and the University of South Africa. On his return to Australia, he spent the first seven years of his ministry teaching History and Religion at Iona College in Brisbane before transferring to Melbourne to take up the position of College Bursar and Sports Master at Mazenod College in 1973. Fr Sherman was heavily involved in the planning of all the new buildings over the next ten years – Chapel, Gymnasium, Administration Wing and Manual Arts Complex. At the end of 1983, he departed to become Rector of Iona College, Brisbane returning to Mazenod College again in 1996 following his appointment as Rector. Notable developments during his tenure included the introduction of the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the expansion of College Houses from 4 to 8 in 1996, the introduction of the “90” plus club for VCE students,  Mazenod College entering the Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) sporting competition in 1999, the establishment of the College Executive and major refurbishments of the buildings and grounds. He also made the decision to move the Inaugural Mass from the College to St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2000. At the end of 2001, Fr Sherman completed his six year term as Rector of the College.

March, 1996
Student Representative Council (SRC) & New House System Introduced

In 1996, the Rector Fr John Sherman OMI introduced the Student Representative Council (SRC), as a forum for students to exercise a voice in College life. The SRC met once a fortnight and looked at ways to improve College life and for students to have a say in the affairs of the College. Representatives across eight College Houses were chosen by students to sit on the SRC.  Furthermore, 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.

Photo: Inaugural Student Representative Council (SRC) with Fr John Sherman (seated third from left), 1996

1997
September, 1997
New Look Mazenod College Entrance

The first stage of the building refurbishment program was completed. Among the work carried out was a new look and more modern administration office and entrance (see photo) and an upgraded manual arts building with more space for woodwork, metalwork and home economics.

1998
May, 1998
Chee Wan Tay received the Premier’s Award

Mazenod College student Chee Wan Tay received the Premier’s Award for the second best International Student in Victoria for his 1997 VCE results. Chee Wan Tay was also the Dux of the College in 1997.

Photo L-R: Chee Wan Tay, Fr John Sherman OMI (Rector), Sir James Gobbo (Governor of Victoria)

1999
February, 1999
Inaugural Mass at Monash University

The Robert Blackwood Hall at Monash University was the venue for the Mazenod College Inaugural Mass which was held on the 12th February, 1999. Extensions to the Gymnasium, meant the Mass had to be moved outside the College for the first time since 1979.

September, 1999
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.

L-R: John Persico (College Co-Captain), Mark Apollonio (Vice Captain), Fr. John Sherman (Rector), Matthew Selleck (Vice Captain) and Jake Beard (College Co-Captain)

2000
February, 2000
Inaugural Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral

On the 11th February, 2000 the Inaugural Mass was held for the first time at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne following a decision by the Rector, Fr John Sherman, to move the event from the College grounds. The main celebrant was the Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne, The Most Reverend, Denis Hart. In the following years, with the exception of 2021 when the Mass was moved to the Provence Centre at the College because of Covid-19 restrictions, all Inaugural Masses have been held at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

September, 2000
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.

2001
August, 2001
Indigenous Reconciliation

Mazenod College held a historic Reconciliation Ceremony to firstly acknowledge the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people who are the original custodians of the land on which the College is located and secondly to encourage students to learn more about Indigenous culture. The event was initiated by the Mazenod College Social Justice Committee and included a traditional smoking ceremony in which everyone was invited to walk past the fire in an act of purification. 

First photo: Mazenod College Rector Fr John Sherman OMI (left) taking part in the traditional smoking ceremony with the Coordinator from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Melbourne, Ms Vicki Walker of the Mutthi Mutthi people. Second & third photos: students participating in the smoking ceremony in the quadrangle.

September, 2001
Visit by Archbishop of Melbourne

On the 6th September 2001, The Reverend Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, visited Mazenod College. The Archbishop celebrated the Eucharist at the College Chapel, met with the student leaders and blessed the new College fountain located outside the Priests’ Residence. He also blessed the refurbished gym with its sprung floors, physical educational teaching areas and modern staff facilities.

Photo: Fr John Sherman OMI (Rector) with The Reverend Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne.

2002
February, 2002
Fr Patrick Moroney OMI

Fr Pat Moroney OMI returned as Rector of Mazenod College at the beginning of 2002. After his first tenure as Rector of Mazenod College ended in 1988, Fr Pat was Rector at Iona College Brisbane before being the Provincial of the Australian Oblates from 1995 to 2000. After a sabbatical, he was again appointed the Rector of Mazenod College Victoria from 2002 to 2009. After leaving the Rector’s position, Fr Pat was a Parish Priest at St John Vianney’s, Springvale North for three years then Parish Priest at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sefton, NSW before retiring to the Oblates Residence at Camberwell in 2018.

2004
March, 2004
Science Laboratories Upgraded

In early 2004, the refurbishment of four science laboratory rooms at Mazenod College was completed with each room now being equipped with a printer, a data projector and computers to be used by both staff and students.

2007
March, 2007
Founders’ Complex Opened

A major new building known as the Founders’ Complex was officially opened by the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, (Minister for Consumer Affairs & Gaming) and blessed by Bishop Christopher Prowse. Located across the road from the main building, it became the new home for Drama, Music and Information Technology.

Second photo  L-R: Fr Pat Moroney OMI (Rector), Bishop Christopher Prowse.

June, 2007
Mazenod College 40th Anniversary

Mazenod College celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at Crown Casino on 1 June, 2007. Many past students, parents, teachers and all the College Rectors gathered to recall the achievements of the College since classes first started with 79 students in February 1967 at St Joseph’s Primary School, Springvale. In 2007, Mazenod College had 1,200 students from 80 different ethnic backgrounds.

2008
March, 2008
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 almost $50,000 which was a new Mazenod College record. Some of this money was donated to an orphanage for abandoned children in Vietnam where a former student and 2001 College Vice Captain Minh Truong was helping out whilst employed as a Logistics Director in Ho Ch Minh City.

July, 2008
International Oblate Youth Encounter (IOYE)

Prior to the World Youth Day event in Sydney, Mazenod College hosted the International Oblate Youth Encounter (IOYE) which was a four day gathering of young Oblates from Australia and 31 countries around the world. Organised by Fr Christian Fini OMI, the participants included Mazenod students, staff and a special guest from Rome – the Very Rev Fr Wilhelm Steckling OMI, Superior General of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

Photo L-R: the Very Rev Fr Wilhelm Steckling OMI (Superior General) receiving a gift from Fr Harry Dyer OMI (Provincial Australian Oblates).

2009
June, 2009
Helping With Bushfire Recovery

Following the devastating bushfires in Victoria in February 2009, Mazenod College contacted Kevin Butler from the voluntary organisation known as BlazeAid to offer help in rebuilding fences on rural properties which were destroyed by the fires. More than 250 students, 43 staff and 30 under 19 footballers from Mazenod College donated their time and effort on a Saturday or Sunday to remove destroyed fences and build new ones.

August, 2009
New Cafeteria Opened

A new Year 12 Cafeteria that can also be used as a multi purpose room for teaching and events was officially opened by the Hon Alan Griffin MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Although initially planned as a Year 12 Common room/Cafeteria, the Rudd Governments’ Building the Education Revolution Program meant the College was able to change the design to include audio visual and digital technologies which would enable the new room to be used for multiple purposes. A grant of $200,000 was obtained ensuring the state of the art technology was installed.

Photo L-R: The Hon Alan Griffin MP with Fr Pat Moroney OMI (Rector).

2010
February, 2010
Fr Michael Twigg OMI

Fr Michael Twigg OMI commenced as the eighth Rector of Mazenod College at the start of 2010. He was born in Brisbane and educated at Iona College. In 1989, he joined the Oblates and was ordained in Brisbane Cathedral on December 16, 1995. Fr Twigg’s first obedience was as Assistant Priest at St Paul’s, Massey, New Zealand for 18 months and then in mid-1997 he joined the teaching staff of Mazenod College Western Australia for 4 and a half years. The next 8 years were spent at Mazenod College Victoria first as Chaplain & Religious Education Co-ordinator and then as Rector in 2010. Following the appointment of Fr Mark Edwards OMI as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne in November 2014, it was announced that Fr Twigg would replace Fr Edwards as the new Rector of Iona College in Brisbane thereby cutting short his term as Mazenod College Rector. Fr Twigg’s last day was Mission Action Day 2015.

October, 2010
Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage to Rome

A selected group of Mazenod College Year 11 students along with several staff members attended the Canonization Ceremony for Australia’s first saint Mary MacKillop which was held at the Vatican in Rome on 17th October 2010. Prior to witnessing this historic event, they made a pilgrimage to the small South Australian town of Penola to see where Mary MacKillop began her work educating the children of poor rural families.

2011
March, 2011
New Lift Opened

Students with mobility issues now have access to all areas of Mazenod College following the opening of a new lift in the main building. The former Rector Fr Pat Moroney OMI blessed the elevator as part of the official opening ceremony which also included Mr Peter Le Grand (Chairman of the College Board), Fr Michael Twigg OMI (Rector) and Ms Marwin Austerberry (Student Services Catholic Education Office). The construction of the lift was first proposed by Fr Moroney at his final Board Meeting as Rector in 2009 and was totally funded by the College.

Photo: Fr Pat Moroney OMI (former Rector) blessing the new lift with Fr Michael Twigg OMI (Rector) looking on.

 

March, 2011
Black Hawk Helicopter Lands on Oval

A Black Hawk Helicopter made a historic landing on the Mazenod College oval while making its way to the Avalon Air Show. Major Matthew Williams of the Royal Australian Air Force and a former student at the college, decided to bring the helicopter to Mazenod for a visit. It was the first time an army helicopter landed at Mazenod. 

2012
June, 2012
Overseas Music Trip

Mazenod College Year 8, 9 & 10 students flew to Auckland, New Zealand to participate in the Rhapsody Rotorua Music Festival. They were joined by students from Iona College Brisbane and for three days the Mazenod-Iona Concert Band competed with other secondary schools in front of a panel of judges. At the conclusion of the music festival they took home a silver plaque for their performance and a trophy acknowledging their participation.

August, 2012
Mazenod’s First Olympic Medalist

Australian field Hockey player Chris Ciriello, who attended Mazenod College from 1998 to 2003, became Mazenod’s first Olympic medalist when he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London representing Australia in the Men’s Hockey Team. Chris also represented the National Team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He was part of the National Men’s Hockey Team who were Gold medalists at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, Gold medalists at the 2010 and 2012 Champions Trophy and Gold medal winners at the 2014 Hockey World Cup.

On the photo Chris Ciriello is standing second from the right.

2013
May, 2013
Opening of the Provence Centre

On Founder’s Day 2013, a new state of the art facility known  as the Provence Centre was blessed by the Most Rev Peter J Elliott (Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne) and opened by Mr Stephen Elder (Executive Director of the Catholic Education Office Melbourne). Named after the Provence region of France where the founder of the Oblate congregation Eugene De Mazenod was born and lived, the new building has been used for assemblies, music events, meetings, College masses, chess and sport such as ACC Volleyball, Basketball and Table Tennis. The Australian Women’s Volleyball Team used the Provence Centre as their training camp before heading off to the Volleyball World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Japan.

July, 2013
Outdoor Learning Centre

A new Outdoor Learning Centre was unveiled on the site of the old pond at the front of the main College building. Geography students will use the area to study and observe turtles, fish, yabbies and lizards in their natural environment. This native wetlands area was designed by Mr David Byrnes (Geography Teacher) and constructed by members of the College Maintenance and Grounds team and VCAL students.

2014
November, 2014
Mazenod’s Special Olympics

In 2014, Mazenod College invited schools that educate students with intellectual and physical disabilities to participate in a “Special Olympics”. The event was held on the College ovals and organised by Mazenod’s Sport Prefects while House and Sports Captains provided supervision for the various activities.

December, 2014
Mazenod College Hosts Jordanian Soccer Team

Mazenod College hosted the Jordanian Soccer Team from 22 Dec 2014 to 5 Jan 2015. The Jordanians used the school oval as a training venue during their participation in the AFC Asian Cup. In what was a major coup, Mazenod College was the only school in Australia chosen to host an international team during the tournament. The college also benefited from the improved sporting facilities such as the redevelopment of the front oval (new turf, drainage, lights) and changing rooms. 

Photo: FIFA and ICC approved Soccer and Cricket oval which was completed in 2010.

2015
February, 2015
Bishop Mark Edwards Visits College

Bishop Mark Edwards, who was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne by Pope Francis in November 2014, made a visit to Mazenod College. Bishop Edwards, who is a member of the Oblate congregation, is the first former Mazenod College student to hold this position and as a result of this appointment had to relinquish his role as Rector of Iona College Brisbane.

The first photo shows Bishop Edwards (right) with the Rector Fr Michael Twigg OMI standing at the entrance of the college and the second photo shows Bishop Edwards addressing students.

May, 2015
Fr Christian Fini OMI

Fr Christian Fini OMI became the ninth Rector of Mazenod College Victoria in 2015 and the first former Mazenod College student to be appointed to that position. He was born in Melbourne and educated at Mazenod College Victoria. In 1995, he joined the Oblates and was ordained in 2001. His first obedience was as Assistant Priest at Eagle Vale, NSW and then in 2005 he was National Youth Ministry and Vocations Coordinator for the Oblates. From 2009 to 2013 he was Director of MAMI and Co-ordinator of the Office of Mission, including Oblate Youth Australia and Rosies and from 2010 he was a Provincial Councillor. In 2019, he was appointed Provincial of the Australian Oblates. Fr Christian was officially installed as the Rector by the Provincial of the Australian Oblates, Fr Leo Mifsud OMI during the Liturgy at the Founder’s Day Mass held on 22 May 2015. He remained in that role until the end of 2020.

2016
May, 2016
The Long Walk & Dreamtime at the ‘G

In 2016 Mazenod College participated in its first “Long Walk” when a group of Year 12 students walked from Federation Square to the MCG where they attended the “Dreamtime at the ‘G” match between Essendon and Richmond. The Long Walk is an annual event promoting reconciliation that was inspired by the former AFL player of Indigenous descent, Michael Long’s walk to Canberra in 2004, while the purpose of Dreamtime at the ‘G is to recognise Indigenous AFL players past and present.

Photo:  Mazenod College participants at the “Dreamtime at the ‘G” match between Essendon and Richmond in 2017.

December, 2016
Two Mazenod College Duxes

For the first time Mazenod College had two Duxes – in 2016 Jeffrey Xia and Jadyn D’Mello both achieved an ATAR score of 99.75.

Photo L-R: Jeffrey Xia, Fr Christian Fini (Rector), Jadyn D’Mello.

2017
March, 2017
Mazenod College Celebrated 50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary Committee made the conscious decision to have a series of events throughout 2017 to commemorate Mazenod College’s 50th Anniversary. The celebrations commenced with the welcoming back of the original Class of 1967/68 at the Inaugural Mass held at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Other events held during the year included a special Mission Action Day (MAD) which  was held for the first time on a Sunday and started with a Mass in the Provence Centre, a joint Founder’s Day Sports Carnival with a special luncheon and an Assumption Day Mass focused on the Grandparents of students and parents of Old Boys. There was also a 50th Anniversary Annual Music Gala held in the Provence and the publication of a special 50th Anniversary Book which could be purchased from the College.

December, 2017
Two College Duxes Again

For the second year in a row, Mazenod College celebrated a rare academic achievement – two Duxes. In 2017, Tanmay Gupta and Clement Poh both got an ATAR score of 99.70.

Photo L-R: Tanmay Gupta, Fr Christian Fini (Rector), Clement Poh

2018
March, 2018
Move to New Library

In early 2018, the Library moved to its new home located in a recently completed extension of the O’Rourke Building. Among the features of the new O’Rourke Library are flexible furniture and shelving, a reading area and a Study Hall which allows students to study in a quiet space.

April, 2018
Gold Medal in Beach Volleyball

Australian Beach Volleyball player Damien Schumann (Mazenod student from 2000 to 2005) won a Gold medal representing Australia in the Mens’ Beach Volleyball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast. Damien and his teammate Chris McHugh also represented Australia at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Photo: former Mazenod College student and teacher, Damien Schumann, returned to the College in June 2018 to address students and show his Gold medal.

June, 2018
College Chapel Blessed and Re-opened

The upgraded College Chapel was blessed and re-opened by the the Most Rev Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne.

November, 2018
First Lay Principal Appointed

Mr Tony Coghlan was appointed the first Lay Principal of Mazenod College for a three year term (2019 to 2021). Mr Coghlan began at the College as a Year 11 Co-Ordinator and Mathematics and Physical Education teacher in 1996 and was Deputy Principal (Students) from 2001 until 2018.

Photo: Principal Mr Tony Coghlan (left) at the farewell of Fr John Sherman OMI, 19 March 2020.

2019
February, 2019
Blessing of O’Rourke Building

Bishop Mark Edwards OMI officially blessed the upgraded O’Rourke Complex which included a new Library and Years 11 and 12 areas. Among the guests at the ceremony were the Chairman of the Board Mr Peter Le Grand, the College Rector Fr Christian Fini OMI and the Principal Mr Tony Coghlan.

March, 2019
Special Guest Addressed Assembly

Ms Sherry Balcombe, Western Yalanji, Djabaguy / Okola woman from Far North Queensland, born on Wurrundjeri Country addressed the Mazenod College assembly by conducting a Welcome to Country, explaining why we acknowledge the land and presenting the College Captain Elvis Tran with a Mazenod Message stick.

2020
April, 2020
First Covid-19 Lockdown

These images were captured at the start of Term Two 2020 during the first Melbourne lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

July, 2020
New College Flagpoles

The former College Rector Fr Kevin Davine OMI blessed the new flagpoles displaying the Indigenous, National and Victorian flags which were installed at the front of the main building. It was an especially proud moment for all the students, past and present, who are of Indigenous Australian heritage.

2021
January, 2021
Fr Harry Dyer OMI

Fr Harry Dyer OMI commenced as the tenth Rector of Mazenod College in January 2021. Harry Dyer was born in Yallourn, Victoria and educated by the Marist Brothers at Traralgon. He worked for the Ministry of Housing in Morwell for some years before joining the Oblates in 1983 and was ordained at Newborough in the Latrobe Valley in 1990. His first obedience was assisting at Massey,  New Zealand for 4 months followed by two years as Assistant Priest at St John Vianney’s at Springvale North. He became Chaplain of Rosies Victoria in 1993, then moved to Queensland to become Assistant Director and then Director of Rosies Queensland. In 1996, he was Assistant Priest first at Dernancourt in Adelaide then at Sunshine in Melbourne before becoming Parish Priest at St Eugene’s, Burpengary in Queensland and then at Our Lady’s, Sunshine. In his last two years at Sunshine, Fr Harry was also the MAMI Director and from 2007 to 2013 he served as Provincial of the Oblates in Australia. In 2014, he became Parish Priest, at Moe, Victoria and since 2015, Victoria Police Chaplain (voluntary) for the Latrobe Valley. He was appointed as the new Rector of Mazenod College Victoria in 2020. Fr Harry loves the Collingwood Football Club.

February, 2021
Dr Eugene B. Fredericks New College Board Chairman

Dr Eugene B. Fredericks commenced as the new Chairman of the College Board at the start of 2021.

June, 2021
Dr Paul Shannon New Mazenod College Principal

In June 2021, it was announced that Dr Paul Shannon would succeed Mr Tony Coghlan as the new Principal of Mazenod College.

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