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COLIN HOUSE

 

 

House Patron.

Living the Marist Spirit for students and tutors belonging to Colin House is modeled on our house patron, Father Jean-Claude Colin, who was the founder of the Marist Priests and the co-founder of the Marist Sisters.

John-Claude Colin was born on August 7, 1790 in France. As a young child, Our Lady became very important to him, due mainly to the fact that his mother was devoted to Mary, ensuring that she became a natural part of John-Claude's life.

John-Claude was a thinker, and so his uncle and older brother believed he would make a good priest and offered him money to go into the seminary to continue his education. However, although agreeing to go, John-Claude did not actually want to be a priest. His true passion was to become a hermit, but he decided to go to the seminary in order that he may better his education.

Between 1815 and 1816, along with other young priests, John-Claude promised to dedicate himself to the founding of the Society of Mary....the Marists. In 1816 he was ordained and in 1836 the Church at Rome approved the Society of Mary. John-Claude was elected Superior General and he sent the first Marist Missionaries to the Pacific.
He died on November 15, 1875.

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Our House Motto

Unity Within Diversity

 

We strive to achieve the words of our motto: ‘Unity within Diversity’ and exist not only as a House, but a family. Students in the Colin House family are supported by seven dedicated tutors who provide pastoral support, guidance and friendship for all students. Colin House is made up of Tutor rooms 412, 422, 423, 424, 425, 431 & 432. Furthermore, guidance for Colin students is provided by their elected Senior Office Bearers. These Colin leaders provide direction and leadership by way of organisation fundraising activities, enhancing team spirit at sporting carnivals as well as acting as role models for the junior students.

 

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Participation in School Activities

A major part of Colin House is its annual fundraising efforts as part of its Fijian ‘Yalewa’ Program. Yalewa meaning Sister, allows Colin girls the chance to contribute to raising much needed funds for a Marist Convent School in Lami, Fiji. Colin girls also contribute by sending pens, pencils and drawing equipment to less fortunate boys and girls who attend the Lami School. As part of the connection between Colin House and the boys and girls at the Lami School, girls from Year 7 become pen pals with their Fijian counterparts. This brings a sense of belonging to the project.


Colin House boasts a rich sporting tradition. Colin House are regularly well represented in Swimming and Cross Country. The Lion and the Mouse Aesop fable forms part of the Colin way of life as seen on the Colin crest.

Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?" The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a waggon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?" said the little Mouse.


As Colin girls accept others for who they are and see their inner quality, “Little friends may prove to be great friends”.