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May 2014
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Christine Ernst – Class of 2004
Christine and her husband Ben had a little girl, Eleanor
Susannah Lodewijks, born on 7 November 2013.
To add to this wonderful piece of news, Christine has been
awarded the inaugural Sir Ninian Stephen Scholarship in
International Law, awarded by the Sir Robert Menzies Foundation.
Christine is planning on using this scholarship to study a Bachelor
of Civil Law at the University of Oxford in 2014-15.
The Bennies Community would like to wish you all the best
in this new adventure for you and your new family.
Class of 2003 – 10 Year Reunion
We had a fun-filled night at our 10 year reunion on 19 October
in the city. The night was filled with reminiscing, sharing of
news, much laughter and to be expected, lots of dancing!
Thanks to so many of the Year 12 Class of 2003 and Year
10 Class of 2001 for making such an effort to be there and
to those who sent their well-wishes from afar. Here is a
group photo with most of the attendees to share with the
MSB community.
Until 2023, Diana, Kerry-Anne and Michaela (College Captains)
Jacinta Lyons [nee Knutsen]
– Graduation Class of 1985
Jacinta passed away February 15, 2014 after battling
cervical cancer and brain tumours for more than seven
years. She was the youngest daughter of John and Kath
Knutsen, sister to Julie and Gemma [also students of
Bennies], partner to Gus, proud mother to Thomas [now
16 years old] and friend to many, many people all over
the world.
Jacinta attended St Agatha’s, Pennant Hills and she
was in Year 12 in 1985 at MSB. Jacinta left Year 12 to
take up a position in foreign exchange with a leading
Australian merchant bank and continued her HSC
by correspondence. In the final pages of her diary,
Jacinta stated the friendships she made at school were
treasured and never forgotten.
She loved to travel and her training in foreign exchange
enabled her to work in stockbroking, finance and
banking in almost every corner of the world including
New York, Canada, London, Scandinavia, Europe, Asia
and the Middle East. For her, it wasn’t just about the
places; it was about all the people she met along the
way. All of whom, after just a few minutes of chat
became a friend for life.
When Jacinta returned to Australia, she was
employed by Legacy to do what she said was the most
rewarding job she had ever had. In true Jacinta style,
she raised significant proceeds for the war veterans
and their families.
In July 2011 Jacinta graduated with a Bachelor of
Laws having overcome the challenge of juggling
motherhood and study, and in the later years needing
to manage the timing of her cancer treatments around
her exams and semesters.
Her battle with cancer was tough, but even on her
darkest days, Jacinta would find something to laugh
about and that she did with her signature laugh and
giggle that many will remember her by.
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