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09 May 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

On Tuesday morning the College deck, with the beautiful view of the Blue Gum forest, was filled with people attending the Mother/ Daughter breakfast. It was wonderful to see so many mothers in attendance and the delight of the students to have their mothers present. In front of approximately 600 people Mrs Emma Hopkins presented a personal reflection on motherhood and her changing relationship with her own mother. The prayers of the students captured the capacity to love and the strength of those who are mothers and those who take that role within the family. An important moment to stop and reflect on the many gifts that mothers bring and to acknowledge our gratitude for the presence of these women in our lives will not be limited to just one day.

Parents of Year 11 students had the opportunity to meet with their daughter's teachers on Wednesday evening. Working in partnership with parents and students is vital in the success of students in working effectively and achieving their goals. There can be many rewards and challenges as students manage the senior workload in their chosen subjects. The parent teacher night is only one aspect of a continual conversation. We welcome any feedback and encourage open conversation with your daughter’s teachers about any concerns


Congratulations to all the students involved in the CSDA debating competition. The art of skilful debating helps in developing logical arguments with coherent rebuttals. It also builds confidence in speaking in front of others, a skill that the girls can continue to refine. This Friday debating is at Campbelltown, following a very successful evening last Friday with every team winning their debate. A wonderful achievement particularly for those girls in their first year of debating.


The parents and friends dinner dance is on the 24th May. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other parents of the College at the social level. Bookings can still be made and I encourage you to consider attending, particularly if you are new to the College community. Information about the night is contained in the newsletter.


A reminder to parents that the Mount St Benedict centre car park is not a point to drop students in the morning. This is a private car parking area and it makes it very difficult for the centre when it is not respected as private.

Term two ends on the 20th June and I would request that parents not book holidays in that final week of term. Legally students need to be in attendance at the College and having an overseas holiday is not a legitimate reason to grant leave.

 Wishing those who are mothers and those who do the work of mothers a joyous day on Sunday. I hope the presence of your families is a reminder of their continual love and gratitude.

We pray together for mothers:

All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen.

From: http://lordcalls.com/prayers-for-different-people/a-prayer-for-mothers


Ms Jackie Duncan
Acting Principal

 

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If you are a current family with a daughter in Year 5,

please ensure that you have lodged a Registration for Waiting List form.

Mrs Narelle McClure
Registrar

 

Term Dates 2014

Term Two

 

Tuesday 29 April - Friday 20 June

Term Three

 

Tuesday 15 July - Friday 19 September

Term Four

 

Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December

Mission News

This week we held our Mother and Daughter breakfast and as usual we were delighted to see so many mums able to come along. It is always a wonderful occasion and this was certainly no exception. After enjoying some breakfast and conversation on our deck we invited our guests into the hall for a short liturgy prepared by our Liturgy Portfolio. As part of this liturgy Mrs Emma Hopkins shared a reflection on mothers and daughters. We have received many comments letting us know how much people appreciated Emma’s reflection. Emma has been kind enough to give us permission to publish her presentation which is included below.

“When Paul Lentern asked me to offer a reflection at the Mother Daughter Breakfast, I was “tickled pink”. However my euphoria dulled a little (and the panic rose) with the realisation that I’m neither uniquely nor overly qualified to talk of Mother Daughter relations. In truth, this room is filled with plenty of women who have been daughters longer than my 36 years and mothers longer than my 5. So I did what any sensible woman would do in a moment of crisis and…  I called Mum.

And sure enough, a thoughtful conversation and an encouraging email were perfect reminders of how a daughter’s relationship with her mother both softens and strengthens over time. There have been a number of landmark moments in my life that saw my relationship with Mum gently flex and shift. Moving out of home and getting married were big ones, but the birth of my first child Annabel was the most significant.

When Annabel was born, I was unprepared for the fierceness of my love for her and it was an automatic reaction to put her needs before anyone else’s. This was a sentiment many of my friends shared, especially with their firstborns and one of my favourite stories is of a friend’s over enthusiasm for her daughter’s perfect toes which resulted in an accidental bite. When I realised this deep and heartfelt love was how Mum felt about me, I was overwhelmed by both a sense of wonder but also humility. I was embarrassed by all the times I had been ungrateful and unkind, especially for those cruel words I had used on occasions I was tired, frustrated or confused. How deeply they must have hurt and how exceptional is a mother’s ability to forgive.

The second development that I noted occurred as I tried on my new parenting hat. As we grow into adults, our interests and expertise are often different than that of our parents. Furthermore, inevitable differences between generations sometimes mean that mothers and daughters end up speaking different languages. However, in becoming a new mother, I found something that Mum and I could share, but also something she was definitely better at.  Mum always made time to listen and to her great credit, she repeatedly assured me that whatever I was doing was fine. Trusting myself was the biggest challenge.

Mum tells me that seeing me as a mother is one of her greatest joys. I often ask her if its nostalgic watching me with my kids. Certainly there are moments when I feel like history is repeating itself. I find myself echoing my mother’s “tried and true” catch calls (someone is going to get hurt) or cooking Hopkins family favourites for dinner, straight from the pages of 1970s Women’s Weekly cookbook. At Mum and Dad’s place, my kids romp around the same backyard, play with my old tea set and read well-loved picture books.

However, one of my most important realisations is that a daughter is not a carbon copy of her mother. Mothers hope and pray that our daughters inherit our better characteristics. However we also hope that they’ll develop a few good qualities we don’t have. Mum has always taken credit for my love of reading and overall nerdy tendencies. A natural athlete, she always preferred sport over study.  However as mother, she made the conscious decision to take steps to give her daughters a different character. For Annabel, I’d like her to develop a more adventurous spirit than mine as well as a willingness to take risks and a readiness to laugh at herself.

I am not solely responsible for the woman Annabel will become. We are a product of circumstances, choices and people we meet. At the moment my daughter thinks that I am the “bee’s knees”. No one is better at Barbies, colouring, cupcakes and ponytails than Mummy. However Annabel has a wonderful dad and a gorgeous brother who bring a special something to her life. She also has friends, teachers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and one day colleagues and boyfriends who will shape her character.  And she has her grandparents.  My mum is one of Annabel’s closest friends and I am so grateful for the effort Mum puts into her relationship with my daughter. Grandma is always kind, interested, patient and up for anything, while Mummy is often tired, busy, and sometimes a little bit crabby.

And so today I find I am still dependant on Mum. However I now realise that it is right and fitting that a daughter takes her mums’ love for granted because it stems from an unconscious certainty that a mother’s love is constant, unwavering and unending. And when I have been a mother for as long as I’ve been a daughter, I hope, like me, Annabel knows her mother loves her as deeply and fiercely as the day she was born. And that I’ll always be her number one fan.”


In our prayers during our mother daughter liturgy we also reflected on the experience of mothers who are absent, some having been called from this life, some separated by distance, some by other difficulties. Our hope and prayer is that Mothers’ Day will be a warm and nurturing time deeply touched by the presence of our God and the community of those closest to us.  

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Teacher Interviews

3.40pm - 9.00pm
College Hall
Tuesday 20 May

For the first time the Year 10 Parent Teacher night will be extended to 9.00pm, beginning at 3.40pm with a dinner break for staff between 6.00pm and 6.40pm. The reason for this change is to endeavour to accommodate interviews for all parents.

Online bookings will open at midday on Friday 9 May and will close promptly at midday on Monday 19 May. You will receive your username and password via email on Tuesday 6 May. Parents will then be able to book their daughter's teachers in five minute timeslots from 3.40pm to 6.00pm and from 6.40pm to 9.00pm.

Year 8 Parent Teacher Interviews

4.00pm - 7.30pm
College Hall
Monday 26 May for Year 8 Classes 1 to 4 only
Thursday 5 June for Year 8 Classes 5 to 9 only

Bookings for Year 8 will be held over two nights to meet the needs of parents. Please ensure you book into the correct session based on your daughter's class.

  • Year 8 classes 1 to 4:

    Online bookings will open at midday on Monday 12 May and will close promptly at midday on Sunday 25 May.

  • Year 8 classes 5 to 9:

    Online bookings will open at midday on Thursday 22 May and will close promptly at midday on Wednesday 25 May.


The online booking system will be the only way to make appointments and parents only will be supplied with their username and password, although it is envisaged that parents will liaise with their daughter in this appointment process.

Parents wishing to make appointments after the advertised close off will need to contact the College.

One of the new innovations with this online booking system is that the class teacher can not only request interviews with particular students but can communicate this directly to the parent. In this way the Parent Teacher night provides another opportunity for the teacher to address any learning outcomes with the student.

The College has made this move to an on line system for the following reasons:

  • It better empowers the parents to make appointments with their daughter’s teachers;
  • There is less of a likelihood that the form will get lost, misplaced or not be utilised; and

  • Students and/or teachers will not be required to chase each other in attempt to make bookings thereby arguably increasing valuable learning time.

As in previous years the following expectations or arrangements remain such as:

  • Students are to attend in school uniform with their parent(s);

  • A chime will ring every six minutes with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next teacher; and

The aim of the evening will be:

  • An opportunity for parents to meet their daughters teachers and continue to foster positive relationships between parent, student and teacher;

  • For students and parents to be given valuable feedback on their learning so the student can set goals for the next Semester ;

  • For discussion of ways in which the teacher and parent can work together to support the student in her learning; and

  • For students (and parents) to develop an objective concept of their capacity and abilities.

Please contact the College if you are experiencing difficulties or would like further clarification.

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

News from the IRC

Good news! The IRC now subscribes to the World Book eBook Series with over 160 titles currently available. Our World Book eBook subscription allows us to give you and your family access to all the eBook titles at home 24/7, using your computer or mobile device on a three week loan cycle.

Mrs Sharon McGowan
IRC Coordinator

College News

Year 11 Hospitality students compete in NTN Culinary Skills Competition

Year 11 Hospitality students competed in a school competition to hone their food preparation skills in readiness for their industry placement later in the year.



Minna-Jane Nati and Annalise Blatchford were selected to go on to compete in the HTN regional competition against apprentice chefs and VET students from other schools in the region. The girls prepared and presented a fine dining menu of seared lamb rump with basil oil, tapenade and ratatouille. Industry chefs demonstrated the menu, and our supporting students participated in a chocolate tempering, ice and vegetable carving demonstrations and hot chocolate and coffee tasting. Minna-Jane and Annalise used outstanding time management, preparation and presentation skills to finish within a few points of the winning students.

We were blessed to have Mrs Nati along with us to support the students.

Mrs Liz Dirckze
Coordinator of Teaching and Learning

Marist Eastwood/Bennies Years 8 and 9 Dance

7.00pm - 10.00pm
Friday 16 May
Haseler Centre

Tickets were sold this week to Year 8 and 9 students for the Bennies/Marist Dance. This will be held on Friday 16 May at the Haseler Centre, 28 Hillview Rd Eastwood from 7.00pm - 10.00pm (No entry after 7:30pm). No tickets will be sold on the night, and all students must be dropped off by a parent/guardian and picked up promptly at 10.00pm. Students will require their ticket and student ID for entry into the dance.

It is expected that all students will dress appropriately for the occasion.

To ensure the safety of our students at night after the dance, no student will be allowed to leave the Centre without a parent/guardian or the designated person stated on the permission note, so please allow extra time to park and walk in to the Centre.

Thank you for your support in helping our girls to enjoy this opportunity.

Mrs Kate Gillies
Terracina House Coordinator

Study Skills Tips for May

Thinking Ahead

Are you riding a rollercoaster at school? Rollercoaster study is where you stay up late doing last minute assessments, then you take it easy for a while and do very little, then panic again when something is due and have to spend huge amounts of time at the end completing the work. If you plan ahead and are prepared, you will find school much less stressful and more rewarding.

Here are the top tips for thinking ahead:

  1. STUDY NOTES: If you know that you have a test at the end of each topic or examinations approaching, then on the nights you do not have much homework start working on your study notes and summaries. File them in folders at home so they are ready to go when you need them.
  2. ASSESSMENTS: Always start the assignment the day it is given to you, even if it is just a little bit. Make sure you understand the requirements and if you don’t ask your teacher straight away the next day. Brainstorm the steps the first night and do a rough plan of when you will do each step.
  3. ASK FOR HELP EARLY: There is nothing more frustrating than a student who says ‘I haven’t understood anything we did in the last 3 weeks’. Ask for help as soon as you have a problem. Keep a list of questions for your teacher on a post-it in your textbook or sticky notes on your computer or a list in your phone. Don’t let problems or issues build up, ask for help early and often.
  4. THINK ABOUT WHO YOU SIT NEXT TO: Choose wisely who you will sit with in class. This can make a world of difference to your results. If you sit with someone where it is a productive relationship, you encourage and help each other and stay on task in the classroom you will understand your work better and have less to do at home.
  5. CONSIDER YOUR WEEK: Plan ahead for busy times. If you know you have nights where you can’t do much work or a busy weekend, plan ahead and get things done early. Always look ahead for possible times where you could be caught short of time and make plans to avoid problems.

Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au - our school’s access details are:

Username: formsbenonly
Password: 124RESULTS

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator

Year 7- 8 Homework Support

During Term 2 and Term 3 homework support will be available for students in Years 7 and 8, three mornings per week from 8:00 to 8:30.


Students will be able to come to D202 to get help from a teacher or older student or to work on their own (for group work, please use the IRC Collaborative Space). It will be a good opportunity for students to read, finish assignments and homework and ask questions about areas of difficulty.


D202 will be open for business from Week 4 of Term 2 (the week after NAPLAN) until approximately Week 6 of Term 3, depending on demand.


Please contact Mrs Margot Hadfield (9980 0426, mhadfield@msben.nsw.edu.au) or just turn up.

Maths Workshop

 

Mrs Denise Hillier
Head of Mathematics

NAPLAN 2014

Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN Reminder

The NAPLAN tests for Years 7 and 9 take place in Week Three.

  • Tuesday 13 May: Language Conventions in Period Two and Writing in Period Three.

  • Wednesday 14 May: Reading in Period One and Two.

  • Thursday 15 May: Numeracy (Calculator allowed) and Numeracy (Non Calculator) in Period One and Two

Please remember to bring A SPARE PENCIL SHARPENER every day and something to read quietly if you finish early on Wednesday (only). On Thursday you need to remember to bring your CALCULATOR.

Pencils and erasers will be provided. No glue, white-out, felt pens, coloured pens, rulers or anything else is needed. NO MOBILE PHONES are permitted under any circumstances.

Year 7 will go to their BASE classes in Rooms C301-306 and C311-12.

Year 9 will go to the HALL and be seated alphabetically.

ACARA has produced several videos designed to help parents in their understanding of NAPLAN: What is it? How can the data be used to support young people's learning? What can parents do? The videos feature parents from all three school sectors, including the NSW Council of Catholic School Parents' Danielle Cronin. View all videos here

 

Mrs Jen Collins Pope
Literacy and Numeracy Coordinator

Space Camp in Florida and Washington DC - 2015

The Science Department is excited to announce that we are planning an excursion to the United States during Easter 2015.

You will spend three days at Space Camp, actively participate in a simulated space shuttle mission, get up close to the space shuttle Atlantis and enter engineering challenges.

You will experience a variety of hands on activities such as motion based astronaut training simulators and ride the shuttle launch simulator.

Students will have a day to let off some steam at Universal Studios and Harry Potter World as well as experiencing a freefall in a wind tunnel. We have also planned a ride on an airboat through the Everglades before jumping on a plane to Washington DC to visit the Smithsonian Institute and other scientific and historic sites.

Students currently in Years 9, 10 and 11, start saving your pocket money and speak to your parents about this amazing opportunity.

There will be a Parent Information Evening at 7pm on Thursday 22 May in the staff room.

 

Mrs Thrum
Assistant Head of Science Department

Social Justice and Awareness of Disability Program at St Edmunds (SOJAD)

On Monday 5 May I went with my class, 8.2 , to St Edmunds School at Wahronga. This is a high school for students with intellectual disabilities.

At the school we played lots of games and joined in on lots of fun and challenging activities. We got to use canes that people who are blind use and had to trust our partner with leading us. After recess we all joined in on some games that involved not being able to see. We played blind cricket and a game called goal ball where you have to stop the ball from getting into the goal by blocking it with your body while wearing a blindfold.

I had the privilege of meeting a new friend who was in Year 12. She loved to talk about her life and we had a good conversation after making paper planes and having paper plane races. It was an experience I enjoyed. Although I developed some challenges during this experience, I got to feel what it was like in their shoes.

by Eleanor Conway, Year 8

On Monday our religion class went on an excursion to St Edmunds School in Wahroonga.  St Edmunds is a special high school for teenagers who have a disability like autism, deteriorating eye sight or total blindness or an intellectual disability. Before we got there we all thought they wouldn’t be able to understand us or wouldn’t want to interact with us. But boy were we wrong!

When we arrived at St Edmund’s in the morning we had a talk about what the day might be like and then we got to go on a “cane walk” to get an understanding of how challenging it is to be blind. Although a few of us tripped over, ran into objects and were scared to cross the road we eventually made it to our destination feeling so proud of ourselves. Also, using blindfolds, we were introduced to some games that required no sight- one game was called “goalball” which is actually a Paralympic sport where there are two teams each consisting of three people, a goal and a ball with bells in it (so you can hear it). The players stay in their own area and try to defend and score goals. It was so much fun! We also got to experience what people with sight impairment would experience by wearing some special glasses that blurred and partially blocked out what you could see- it was frustrating and a bit scary not to be able to know your surroundings. It was good to learn that some eye conditions can be fixed with special operations.  We got to team up with some of the older students and together made paper airplanes and found out more about each other.

We had recess and lunch with St Edmund’s students. They were so friendly and happy and welcoming- some of us even got kisses on our hands! We sat and talked and played some games with them. I found it so inspiring how they all managed so well. I came away from the day feeling so grateful to have met these beautiful people and realised that they really are not so different from us.

By Sophie Cleveringa, Year 8

Transition into the Winter Uniform

All students should be in their full winter uniform by Monday 12 May (Week Three).


News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

The CAPA department continues to share its talents at the many College events and activities throughout the term.  As the College paid its respects to those who have served, in a moving Anzac Day assembly last week, the Year 9 Elective Music class performed 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda', the combined Chamber Choir and members of the MSB Concert Band performed the National Anthem concluding with the College Chamber Choir performing 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy'.  This week, we were entertained by a musical performance during the Mother/Daughter breakfast 


Music Tuition at the College

If your daughter would like to commence music tuition at the College please download the following documents and return to Mr Watters.

Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

Download Music - Enrolment Form here

Download Music - Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

MSB Golden Jubilee

We are currently updating our archival records with the History Company in preparation for our Golden Jubilee in 2016. As a result of this process we have discovered some of our publications have been misplaced. If you are an ex-student and you have kept publications such as Newsletters and School Diaries, or have photos of significant events etc, and you would be happy to share a copy with us and/or donate it to the College please email mblackman@msben.nsw.edu.au

MSB Alumni Memories

If you have fond memories of your time at Bennies, we'd love it if you could please jot these down and email them to archives@msben.nsw.edu.au. If you have photos to go with these memories, please include. The Archives are looking for memories that we can put in a safe place to share with the future MSB Girls.

Hot topics of discussion would be:

  • Food
  • Fads
  • Friends
  • Favourite places to hang in the College.

From the Fees Desk

Term Two fees are due Friday 16 May. If the College has a Direct Debit authority for term payments, they will be deducted on that day. If paying manually, you are reminded that half of the 2014 fees are due by Friday 16 May.

If you have any queries regarding your fees account, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or fees@msben.nsw.edu.au

From Student Services

If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

If your daughter is absent or late, please send an SMS message to 0418 565 982 with a brief reason.

For example 'Susan Smith Y8 sick', "Susan Smith Y8 Physio appt'.

If your daughter is attending an appointment please specify the type of appointment. The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so as to avoid a follow-up, please ensure that you explain your daughter's 'absence/lateness' when sending your SMS message. This is a text only number. Once you have sent a SMS message you are not required to send a written note. If you are bringing your daughter to school late, could you take the time to write a note in her diary before she gets out of the car. To have the ‘lateness’ explained on the day then requires no follow up.

Lost Property

A reminder to all parents to clearly name all of your daughter's personal possessions. Lost Property is displayed on the table outside Student Services. All UNNAMED items are placed here and your daughter should check regularly for anything she has misplaced. All uncollected unnamed items will be recycled at the end of term. Named items are held at Student Services and students are notified via Daily Notices. Note: All items of value are held at Student Services.

Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students

 

Mrs Gill McGregor
Physical Activity Coordinator

Representative Sport

If your daughter has recently achieved outstanding sporting results please send me an email so that the College can share in her success.  Further details for all Representative Sports are available on the MSB Website.

  • Representative Sports Calendar - Term Two

    NETBALL

     

    NSW All SCHOOLS U15 Trials
    Tue 24 May
    (NSW CCC U15 Team)

    SOCCER

     

    Wed 11 June (wet weather backup Tue 18 June)
    MSB U13, U15 Representative Team

    NSW CCC Championships
    Mon 26 - Tue 27 May
    BB OPEN Representative Team

    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Mon 16- Tue 17 June
    NSW CCC OPEN Representative Team

    CROSS COUNTRY

     

    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Fri 16 May
    MSB Team

    NSW CCC Championships
    Fri 16 May
    BB Representative Team

    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Fri 13 June
    NSW CCC Representative Team

    TOUCH

     

    NSW CCC Championships
    Fri 3 June (wet weather backup Tue 17 June)
    K.Noble, B.Duncan, A.Shepherd, S.Bissett

    BASKETBALL

     

    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Thu 19 June
    MSB Senior Representative Team

    ATHLETICS

     

    MSB Carnival
    Mon 2 June

    NSW CCC Team Notifications

    Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined in the attached information - please read it carefully.

    Closing dates approaching include trials for Basketball. These are State level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.

    NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest

    ALL SCHOOLS Swimming

    Go MSB! Up against the strongest schools in the state our girls rose to the occasion swimming splendidly at the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships this week to bring home our greatest results ever!


  • Our Intermediate Freestyle Relay Team – Armelle Kolton (Y9), Brooke Mindham (Y10), Jessica Marcer (Y10), Chelsea Brackin (Y10) earnt themselves All Schools Silver behind PLC Sydney whilst 3 of the girls then backed up in the Intermediate Medley Relay Team – Olivia Bygrave (Y10), Brooke, Jessica and Chelsea to bring home Bronze.

    Never before have our swimmers brought home 2 x relay medals.

    Our 6 x 50m All Age Relay (Chelsea Rah) Y7, Caitlin Walsh (Y7), Maddy Emmett-Duignan (Y8), Chelsea, Brooke and Emily Michell (Y12) then achieved an unprecendented 5th best in the state.

    Caitlin Walsh (Y7) won an individual silver in the U13 50m whilst Brooke won Bronze in the U16 50m Breaststroke.

    Again thanks to Mr John Young who took the relay girls for a session during the holidays. Mr Young also achieved amazing things himself last weekend completing his first iron man event in Port Macquarie in 16 ½ hrs.  Congratulations Mr Young

    MSB Cross Country

    We had 150 girls run at the MSB Cross Country Championships on Tuesday vying for spots in the MSB Cross Country team that will compete at St Ives next Friday.  We have a strong history at these championships having come home with the championship trophy for 7 of the past 8 years.  Congratulations to:

    U12 (Pictured below-first) U13 (Pictured below-middle) U14 (Pictured below-end)
    1- Olivia Kalocsai 1- Jemma Gallagher 1- Capri Vidler
    2- Sophia Sloan 2- Jessica Smillie 2- Sophia Cleveringa
    3- Isabelle Natoli 3- Samantha Dale 3- Alana Sylvester
    4- Jessica Oswald 4- Caitlyn Hodges 4- Maddison Gardoni
    5- Maria Fahny 5- Alice Woodrow 5- Courtney Harkin
    U15 (Pictured below-first) U16 (Pictured below-middle) U17 (No picture available)
    1- Elly Gallager 1- Kirsten Simpson 1- Giorgia Populin
    2- Sarah Woodrow 2- Sophie Cann 2- Emily Bray
    3- Chelsea Brackin 3- Sarah-Jane Eades 3- Michelle Sroba
    4- Monika Sroba 4- Jessica Marcer 4- Freya Cleveringa
    5- Sonja Jeffrey 5- Jess Griffith 5- Abi Curtin
    U18 (pictured above (end)
    1- Natalie Tobin
    2- Ashleigh McKimm
    3- Emily Michell
    4- Kerilee Coote
    5- Jessica Smith

    OVERALL DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONS:

    CHAMPION 2ND PLACE 3RD PLACE
    JUNIOR Jemma Gallagher Jessica Smillie Samantha Dale
    INTERMEDIATE Elly Gallagher Kirsten Simpson Capri Vidler
    SENIOR Natalie Tobin Ashleigh McKimm Emily Michell

    Thank you to Mrs Gillies, Mrs McGregor, Mrs Hickey, Mrs Lewis, ex Bennies student Lily Vidler and Y9PA01 class for acting as course marshals and assistants on the day.

    As per the permission note, MSB now have official bike pants that can be worn at running events - generic black bike pants are no longer allowed to be worn.  Athletes have the choice of running in their MSB PDHPE shorts or the new MSB bike pants (these are available from the uniform shop for $30).

    Permission notes indicating your transport preference are due back on Monday 12 May.

    Good luck on Friday Girls.

    Representative Sports Dates next Week

      Sign up sheets for Y8, INT and SEN netball are currently on the noticeboard.

    • Monday 12 May - Y7 Rep Netball Trials Surnames A-M (Mrs Grant) Hall
    • Tuesday 13 May - Y8 Rep Netball Trials (Mrs Walsh) Convent Courts
    • Wednesday 14 May - U15 Rep Soccer Final Trials or training (Mr Campbell) Oval
    • Wednesday 14 May - Senior Rep Basketball Call Backs (Mr Young) Convent Courts
    • Thursday 15 May - U13 Soccer Training (Natalie Tobin) Oval
    • Thursday 15 May - Y7 Rep Netball Trials Surnames N-Z (Mrs Grant) Hall
    • Friday 16 May - Y8 Rep Netball Trials Call Backs (Mrs Walsh) Hall
    • Friday 16 May - Int Rep Netball Trials (Mrs Rowland) Convent courts


    Congratulations

    To Hannah Breytenbach, Anthea Jones and Kate Heidegger (Y8) who have been selected for a U15 Sydney Representative Hockey Team. They competed in the first tournament this past weekend in FREEZING Lithgow!  They have several carnivals lying ahead in Goulburn, Canberra, and culminating at Taree in June for the State Championships. Good luck girls, pictured below.

    Mrs Karen Grant
    Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

    Co-curricular Sports

    Dates for your Diary

    • ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Monday 2 June at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre

    MSB Netball

    A reminder to all girls that the MSB tracksuit is required to be worn over your netball uniform on colder days. No other types of jackets or pants are acceptable.

    Cadet 4 player urgently required.
    If you are in Year 10 or 11 and would like to play netball please contact
    MSB Coaching Convenor, Michelle Sharpe by email msbnetballclub@gmail.com.

    Training at Pennant Hills Park

    Any girls traveling to Pennant Hills Park for training on Wednesday afternoons are required to sign and return the permission note to the Cocurricular Sport box if they want to leave the school in their PDHPE uniform.

    Training at Pennant Hills Park Permission Note.

    2014 North West Secondary Schools Tennis Challenge

    Term Two Challenge: Saturday 17 May

    This is a team event played amongst secondary schools from the north west of Sydney. Teams consist of three doubles pairs with each pair being graded into a Round Robin Division. Ranking points are awarded to each pair of each team culminating in a Finals Challenge in Term Four.

    Entry forms and information about this event have been sent via email to all students. Entry forms and payment must be returned to the Cocurricular Sport box at Student Services no later than Thursday 8 May.

    ENQUIRIES ETDTA (John) 0459 069 009

    • Term Three Challenge - Saturday 23 August
    • Term Four Challenge - Saturday 8 November

    Mrs Rebecca Lewis
    Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

    P & F News

    P & F Coming Events


    DINNER DANCE


    Online booking is now available www.msb.nsw.edu.au

    GOLF DAY

    The P&F Executive wishes to advise that the MSB Golf Day advertised for 21 March 2014 is being rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. The new date will be advertised as soon as it has been secured with the Golf Club. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your patience.

    Ms Julie Saad
    P&F President on behalf of the P&F Executive

    Ex-Students

    Renunions

    Class of 2004 – 10 Year Reunion

    Organisers of the Class of 2004 Reunion have started a reunion Facebook page. Join this group at www.facebook.com/msb2004tenyearreunion

    Class of 1976 – Where are You?

    If you were in the Class of '76, Anne Jackson (nee Williams) would like to hear from you. Anne is keen to start discussions on your 40 Year Reunion. This one falls in a significant year, as it is the College's Golden Jubilee Year.

    If you are interested in connecting with your peers socially and/or becoming involved in starting the discussion, please email Anne on annja5884@gmail.com.

    2014 MSBESA Dates

    2 June
    17 June (BEYOND BENNIES 7.15am)
    11 August
    10 November (AGM)

    Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.

    Bennies Connect


    Register at www.benniesconnect.com, log on as a 'first time user', update your details, explore the site, network and stay connected.

    Canteen

    The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

    MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

    Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.

    Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system can be found here.

    If you have any queries please contact Mrs Elke Forrest, Assistant Business Manager.

    Place a Canteen order here

     

    CANTEEN ROSTER FOR THE WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 12 MAY

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Ann-Marie Corcoran

    Karen Benco

    Adriana Alessi-Cordoba

    Kate McGrath

    Jennifer Campbell

    Susannah Knowles

    Chun
    Shen

    **

    Helen
    Kelly

    Lisette
    Smith

    Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend
    or if you would like to be removed from the Roster.


     

    Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, we certainly could not provide the vast array of healthy nutritious food if it wasn't for our volunteers who give up one day a month to assist. If you would like to volunteer please click here.

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Canteen Manager
    T: 9980 0448

    Uniform Shop

    The Uniform Shop is open Mondays between 10.00am and 2.00pm and Thursdays between 8.00am and 11.00am.

    All students should be in their full winter uniform by Monday 12 May (Week Three).

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Uniform Shop Manager
    T: 9980 0447

    Careers

    Over the next few weeks university information specifically for parents will appear in the Careers section.

    This week - UNSW

    Next week: Macquarie University

    Mrs Lucy Elgood
    Careers Advisor

    Community News




     

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