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We would love to hear your story and share this with the MCS community. To tell us where you are at since having left Maranatha. Please send articles and photographs to reconnect@maranatha.vic.edu.au

The school encourages and supports school reunions, with a small financial contribution towards the event. If you are keen on organising an event for your year group, let us know by using the same email contact, we will be in touch with you to help make this happen.
 

Jesse Dutlow, Class of 2013
Contestant on The Voice 2017

Jesse Dutlow

As a student, Jesse was always passionate about Art and expression. After he graduated in 2013, Jesse moved to Sydney to study Song Writing at Hillsong College. Inspired by the many experiences, friendships and God encounters over the course of his life, Jesse recently released his first song, ‘Powerless’ as the debut single for his EP, ‘XX’ which came out on August 20.

The message of ‘Powerless' focuses on how as people, our own strength runs out but when we rely on God, our lives open up and our spirits become free. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.” 

‘XX’ is a five-song project that simply celebrates God’s faithfulness and marks a milestone for Jesse, having just turned 20. You can buy ‘XX’ featuring ‘Powerless’ on iTunes and Google Play or stream the EP on Spotify or YouTube.

Jesse is excited to be back in Melbourne, to continue creating music that can reach people with the message of the Gospel, and to branch out into other creative art forms including film and dance. 


 

Grace Fraraccio, Class of 2012

Grace Fraraccio

Grace has always loved creating things and from very early on wanted to become a children’s book illustrator.
 
After graduating from Maranatha in 2012, Grace relocated to Byron Bay for a year to study in a Christian ministry school called, Deep End School. Surrounded by creative friends up north, Grace began to develop her own business, Dancing Fox, and joined an artist collective which ran a shop called The Little Seed. She sold art prints, t-shirts, greeting cards and other hand made goods and responded to commission work throughout the year. On returning to Melbourne Grace began her Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Arts at Monash University and continued to grow her business by exhibiting artwork in local cafes and galleries such as The General Food Store, Brunswick Street Gallery, Little By Little, Providore Patisserie and Little Rogue. She has enjoyed connecting with local store and café owners and sending out packages to a store in New South Wales too.
 
In early 2015, Grace and Jamie caught up to discuss collaborating over some children’s stories. Grace very excitedly began the process of illustrating which she soon realized was a lot more challenging than she had expected. The process of illustrating is full of problem solving. Unlike her studies of fine art at university, Grace now had the challenge of working with words to create an artwork. While words can sometimes create limitations on the artwork, Grace’s love of literature and the meaning of words makes this process an exciting journey which she hopes to continue to grow in.
 
Currently, Grace enjoys responding to commission work for clothing, tattoos, logos, invitations or framed art pieces. She is also currently working with a friend on another Children’s Book, and looks forward to keep working alongside Jamie with his company Trade Winds Publishing House in the future. 

Gracie Grime

Gracie Grime is a children’s picture story about a girl you collects time and learns how to use it well. The combination of clever rhymes written by Nicholas Ling, and colourful mixed-media illustrations by Maranatha alumni, Grace Fraraccio results in a heart-warming story that you can read countless times.

At the time of illustrating her first children’s book The Crooked Trees, Grace was approached by Nick with the story Gracie Grime. The ideas for characters in the story such as giraffes in scarves and unicorns made from ice-cream cones travelled through Europe in Grace’s sketchbook as she brainstormed and reworked ideas for the story. Twelve months after her return, Grace and Nick submitted their final work to the publisher and celebrated in early January 2017 as they held their first hard copies of Gracie Grime.

The story is simple yet meaningful and will inspire you and your little ones to learn to see the value of sharing the precious time you have been given.




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Jamie Crock, Class of 2013

Jamie Crock

Since graduating in 2013, Jamie Crock has enrolled and studied Science and Law at the Australian National University, as well as taking a summer course in Literature at Oxford University. In 2015, Jamie founded a small publishing house, named Trade Winds Publishing House. Under this umbrella, he has released a children's book written by himself this year, as well as working on young adult fiction and children's literature with a number of artists. In his spare time, Jamie reads avidly, loving a wide range of novelists, short story writers, and poets. His hall of fame, un-exhaustively, includes C.S. Lewis, W.B. Yeats, John Wyndham, Martin Amis and W.H. Auden. A longtime admirer of art, Jamie was pleased to have had a children's story he wrote, illustrated by an artist he has admired for a long time. Jamie attended school with Grace in prep and recalls admiring her artwork in grade four and five. The overarching interests of his first book, The Crooked Trees, reflect Jamie's interest in both the sciences and the arts. Central to the book is scientific mystery and creativity — telling the story of playful solutions to a real mystery. That mystery being a forest in Poland called The Crooked Forest. Jamie hopes to publish further works in the future in a range of genres.


Duckie Thot, Class of 2013

Meet the Model Duckie – Oyster Magazine Interview



Nyadak Thot aka Duckie is all about family. She's one of seven kids and her older sister Nicki was a model in New York before inspiring her little sister to audition for Australia's Next Top Model last year. While on the show, she missed her sister's wedding. You might say she's made up for it now though, having gained local and international attention. She starred in our Jo Duck shoot just last week, and now she's back to answer some questions!

Where did you grow up and where are you currently living?
Duckie: I'm born and raised Aussie, although most people assume I was born in South Sudan. I grew up in Melbourne and I'm currently living here.
 
What's the most surreal thing to have happened to you in your modelling career so far?
A lot has happened so fast, but I would have to say going on Australia's Next Top Model. That started up my modelling career. I've always been interested in modelling, but I was too nervous to go to an agency. My sister basically forced me to audition the season after Charlotte Dawson scouted me in the crowd.
 
What's the best advice you've ever received? Do you stick to it?
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13. It's not advice that someone's given me, but this verse in the Bible has helped me along the way and I try and stick by it as much as possible. It's always a nice reminder that anything's possible :) 
 
What would you be doing right now if you weren't modelling? 
If I wasn't modelling right now, I'd want to play basketball professionally. Basketball has been a big part of my life the last few years and it always will be. I only started to become serious about the game 3 years ago when I started playing for New Stars. My coach made me see the game in a way I hadn't noticed before and that's something I'll never forget.
 

 
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