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As term begins, we are reflecting on the success of our project. A total of 33 students have passed through our centre over the past year. Of these, many have returned to school and are achieving success, both with maintaining good attendance and making academic progress. 15 students are currently attending MLZ, some full time, others for some days each week, according to their individual attendance plan. We continue to have strong support from the students' schools, CEDP teams and Marist Schools Australia. Read more...

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As the school celebrates its 100th birthday, community spirit is still strong at St Patrick’s Primary, Blacktown. After one hundred years of educating young people, two families have had a long association with the school. Read more...

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Marist Learning Zone and Grounds for Learning are sharing a garden project. The students from Grounds for Learning sell garden produce as a learning exercise in retail. This year, they have decided to expand this activity by growing their own vegetables. The Grounds for Learning students will use some of the MLZ garden plots to grow their produce. Read more...

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Already we have six students attending MLZ with several more about to begin. Visitors to our centre this month include John Robinson from Marist Schools Australia, Mary Creenaune from CEDP and Brother Tony Clark, visiting from South Africa. Tony is a member of the Marist Lavalla200> community in Atlantis, where he is working with disadvantaged youth. Tony gave a lively presentation to our students, sharing facts about South Africa and his work there. We discovered there are many similarities between the multicultural situation in South Africa and our own suburb here in western Sydney. Read more...

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As students across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains continued their preparations for the beginning of the 2019 school year this week, more than 500 Principals and Leaders of Learning gathered at Rosehill Racecourse for Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s (CEDP) annual System Leaders’ Day. Read more...
What better day than All Saints Day to visit Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney. Four MLZ students with their teachers took the train from Mount Druitt to North Sydney to visit the sacred site where Saint Mary MacKillop lived, died and is buried. Read more...

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In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a profoundly moving religious observance in which our deceased relatives and friends are remembered. Differing vastly from the macabre Halloween festivities, the Day of the Dead celebration is an explosion of colour and life-affirming joy. Here at MLZ, we celebrate the cultural diversity of our students, our staff and the suburb in which we live and work. Read more...

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We are happy to report that two of our students have recently resumed full-time attendance at their school, after spending some months attending MLZ. This is the primary goal of our work here... namely to revive in our students the desire for education, the love of learning and the confidence to resume schooling. Read more...

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Recently we had a visit from a group of thirteen Trinity College students and four of their teachers. These Year 12 students were participating in a three-day experience of living together and assisting in a range of social justice activities including Matt Talbot hostel, soup kitchens and a visit to MLZ. Read more...

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Marist Learning Zone is coming of age, with our enrolments at capacity and several of our students "graduating" back to mainstream school or to apprenticeships. Attendance rates of all our students have significantly improved, up to 100% attendance in some cases. Success! MLZ also played host to four Marist Brothers who are leaders of the Institute who were keen to see MLZ in action! Read more...

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