Chess is the most widely played pastime in the world. It provides students with the opportunity to improve problem-solving skills, increase concentration, socialise with students from MCE and other schools, as well as hours of enjoyment.
Students are coached to improve their general play as well as to learn the finer points of chess etiquette, sportsmanship and fair play.
Marist College Eastwood has been one of the most successful schools at chess in the Northern Region. We have had consistently good results in the Inter-School Teams Competitions and excellent results in the One-Day tournaments.
Students electing to represent the school in chess are placed in teams to enter the Inter-Schools Chess Teams Competition (Played Fridays after school during Term 2) and various team One-Day chess tournaments played throughout the year!
Marist College Eastwood takes part in the Catholic Schools Debating Association competion every year. Up to two teams of three students per year group take part in the 6 round competition, held on Friday nights during Term Two.
An average of 60 students debate each season, with our teams achieving high levels of success, most notably one team taking out the NSW premiership title. This is an excellent achievement indeed.
Debating at Marist College Eastwood is extremely popular with the students. Over 10% of the school population takes part in the competition, and there is strong support from staff and parents alike. We encourage all students to participate in this most worthwhile endeavour.
Students at MCE have the opportunity to represent the College at two public speaking competitions held during the year.
These are:The Catholic Schools Debating Association Public Speaking Competition is held on three successive Fridays beginning in March. It is a knockout event with the best speakers advancing to the next rounds.
The Marist Oratory Competition is held in September each year between Marist Schools in the Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra regions. It is a one night event and culminates in a trophy awarded to the best school, as a result of the sum of individual year results.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is available for any young person looking for a challenge, adventure or personal development. Young people from Years 7 to 12 can participate, and are encouraged to learn through experience and to enjoy themselves in the process. A degree of self-discipline, enterprise and effort is a basic requirement. There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for an award:
These provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop specific skills, initiative and self esteem which will help them become more confident members of the community. The Award is highly regarded by many employers. There are three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. As you progress through the levels the criteria becomes more challenging, for example, the Bronze Expedition is of one night duration, but the Gold Expedition is for four nights.
Marist College Eastwood offers students the opportunity to take part in expeditions as part of the program. Students participating undertake training, one practice trip and then complete a qualifying journey. We traditionally run one Bronze expedition each year and the one other, i.e. a Silver or Gold expedition depending on interests of the boys. Some of the destinations include: Glenbrook National Park for Bronze, The Royal National Park at Bundeena for the Silver level and The Overland Track in Tasmania for Gold.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a non-competitive program of activities for those between 14 and 25 years of ags that helps you get the most out of life.
The Longday Homework Program operates on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday afternoons from 3.00 – 4.00pm.
The Long Day Homework Program is supervised by College staff and provides tutors who are employed to assist students with homework and effectively preparing for formal Assessment Tasks.
The program fee is $150.00 per term, which must be paid to the College Bursar with the Program Application.
An application to enrol in the Long Day Homework Program can be downloaded here or collected from Student Reception.
The College Band is a large ensemble open to all students of the college. Currently, the Band consists of woodwind, brass, strings and percussion instruments.
The Band meets each Tuesday morning to rehearse repertoire covering a wide range of musical styles, from movie themes, jazz, pop, Broadway hits and music from other cultures. The College Band can often be seen performing around the local community at festivals and eisteddfods.
Big Jazz Band
The Jazz Ensemble has proven to be a popular addition to the performance ensembles of the College this year. The Ensemble currently consists of two Electric Guitars, Bass Guitar, Piano, Drums, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone. Members of the Ensemble are a talented group of students who demonstrate great versatility in playing different jazz styles, from Blues, Swing, Cool Jazz and Latin.
The Jazz Ensemble frequently performs at functions within the College such as Open Day, assemblies, and the annual Creative Arts Night. They are also recognized in the local community for their excellent results in eisteddfods and band competitions.This Band rehearses every Monday afternoon.
‘My Guitar School’ has been offering group guitar lessons to students at Marist College Eastwood for the past 9 years.
Winner of the 2010 Inner West Business Achiever Award for Community & Other Education (and a finalist since 2006), previously named as one of the “Top 50 Coolest Companies” in Australia as part of Australian Anthill Magazines Cool Company Awards, and named as one of the Top 5 businesses in the Inner West in the 2007 Local Business Awards, My Guitar School celebrated its 10th Birthday in 2008.
With the goal of providing professional and affordable quality guitar tuition, My Guitar School has designed its courses to allow students to learn at an easy and motivating pace. With fun and constructive music content, incorporating a broad range of guitar styles, most beginner students can be playing within 10 weeks.
My Guitar School also teaches intermediate and advanced students and can offer assistance with the practical elements of HSC music.
Brotherhood Vocal Group
The Vocal Ensemble is open to all students who enjoy singing. The group covers a wide range of repertoire encouraging students to develop their musicianship through part singing whilst also giving opportunities for students to sing solos. The group performs regularly at College masses and other functions with the highlight being the Creative Arts Night where they are accompanied by the College’s Jazz and Rock Bands. The ensemble rehearses at recess or lunchtimes in the Music room. No previous experience needed.
My Guitar School externally runs the MCE Junior and Senior Rock bands. Students from all levels are welcome to learn how to play the Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano or Vocals. Students develop a great sense of ensemble awareness, focusing on Rock hits across the decades. Students perform at various school events throughout the year. Rehearsals often take place after school.