Marcellin College Randwick

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  • 2019 Distinguished Ex-Student Award - Brother Patrick Howlett fms

    Posted on: 19 June, 2019

    The Champagnat Distinguished Ex-students Award is presented to an ex-student who has made a significant and valued contribution to the broader community. This Year the Award goes to Br Patrick Howlett.

    Brother Patrick went to Marcellin College as a student from 1951-1960. He was a scholar and a MCC representative in Rugby League and Cricket.

    After his studies, he became a teacher and returned to Marcellin where he taught Mr Woolford. Brother Patrick then went on to become the Headmaster of Marcellin College from 1995-2001.

    Brother Patrick’s outstanding contribution to education was recognised in 2012, where he received the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope Benedict XVI.

    The Pontiff's citation reads: "Brother Patrick Howlett is a most extraordinary educator and visionary held in the highest esteem by professional colleagues, students and communities."

    Also, in recognition of his mastery of teaching, leadership and contribution to education, Brother Patrick received a Master Teacher of Honour Award from the Kappa Delta Pi International Honour Society in Education, the only educator in the world to be bestowed this award in 2014.

    Brother Patrick has been a pioneer of Catholic education in the Marist tradition for more than 50 years.  He is most recognised for the introduction of project-based learning (PBL) transforming learning and teaching at Parramatta Marist College where he began as Principal in 2002. He has been most recently honoured with the award of a Doctor of Education by the University of Notre Dame Australia for this outstanding and innovative contribution.

    Brother Patrick has an illustrious record as a teacher and educator. He is a credit to the Marist family and we are privileged to have him here today to accept the Champagnat Distinguished Ex Student Award.



The Marcellin Graduate

They arrive as young boys dependent very much on their parents and their teachers; they depart as adults in the eyes of the law. Young men - citizens of the world. There is an impression that the Marcellin boy is cocooned on the eastern side of Anzac Parade. The challenge for him is that he sees beyond that into the broader world. He is a global citizen. He is called to reach out to others, to let go of any preoccupation with self. His destiny is, as
St Marcellin Champagnat foretold, to be a good Christian and good citizen.