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10 May 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

It was most heartwarming to see the Hall Courtyard filled with the beaming faces of mums and their daughters on Tuesday morning. We also had some grandmothers, aunties and others who contribute to the care and nurturing of our young women. In the busy routines of daily life and the challenges that life presents us with, perhaps we do not stop to reflect often enough on the great gift of motherhood – both for mother and child. At different stages of life the relationship between mother and child changes, but there is no doubt that for most of us there is a constancy in knowing that our mother loves us unconditionally and that love is returned through our gratitude as daughters and sons. After the Mother Daughter Breakfast I attended a day for Principals of Congregational Schools and the theme of the day was “Nurturing the Heart”. It occurred to me that Mothers’ Day is a day for nurturing the heart, for taking time away from some of the demands of our lives, to simply be with our mothers and children. I hope that, on Sunday, all our mothers feel appreciated and loved, and that children and families show their appreciation for all that their mothers contribute in their lives.

Last week the three Deans, Paul Lentern, Jackie Duncan and John Muskovits, attended the Good Samaritan Assistant Principals’ Conference. This gave them the opportunity for conversation and learning with their colleagues from other Good Samaritan schools. One of the highlights of their time away was the opportunity to visit Mater Dei School at Camden, a school for students with intellectual disabilities. In the classrooms at Mater Dei they had the chance to observe and work with the teachers, which gave them renewed insights into the teaching and learning process. I thought it was worthwhile to include this picture of Mr Paul Lentern with one of the students from Mater Dei as it says so much about the extended Good Samaritan community of which we are part.

Mr Paul Lentern with Dayna Myers, Mater Dei student.


Finally, a blessing for all mothers as we celebrate Mothers’ Day:

Blessed be all mothers
Who have come into our lives
Whose kindness, care and loving
Remain with us to guide.

Your inspiration in us
Makes us strive in every way
Especially to remember
Helping others makes our day.

Mothers, this little tribute
Flows directly from my heart
You are so loved and cherished
Invaluable, one and all, you are. Amen

Maria Pearson,
Principal

 

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Mission News

On Tuesday morning it was our pleasure to welcome around 700 of our mums and their daughters to our annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast. Despite some quite cramped conditions due to our current renovations, there was a wonderful atmosphere in our courtyard with the gathering crowd enjoying tea, coffee, pastries and fruit organised by our special events team. At about 8:15 we headed into the hall for our Mothers’ Day liturgy which was prepared and led by our Liturgy Portfolio. Guests were presented with a specially prepared book mark as they came into the hall and were greeted with a slide reflection of our mothers and their daughters. We then prayed together, listening to the story of the Annunciation and praying for mothers present and those absent. We gave thanks for the gift of our mothers and College Principal, Maria Pearson, reflected on the changing relationships between mothers and daughters at different phases of their life. Andrea Hajje of Year 11 contributed a moving version of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me “ and shortly afterwards we concluded with the distribution of roses as a gift in recognition of the enormous contribution of mothers to families, to our school community and to the wider world.

Over the last four years we have also offered the opportunity of a Mother and Daughter Retreat to create a more extended period of prayer, reflection and quality conversation. We look forward to offering this experience again in 2013 and we hope that many of our mothers and their daughters will be able to come along. Please see next week’s newsletter for further information about our Mother and Daughter Retreat for 2013.

Next Friday, May 17th, all of our Year 12 students will travel to the Light of Christ Centre at Waitara for the annual Broken Bay Diocese Year 12 Event (BYTE). This event is a gathering of all Year 12 students from Catholic Schools in the Broken Bay Diocese at the invitation of Bishop David Walker. BYTE for 2013 will focus on the theme of relationships and will include a keynote address from Jonathon Doyle, some time for prayer, reflection and discussion with other students. Already a number of our students have been involved in recording video interviews which will form part of a presentation on the day.A website has been set up to provide students with some more information and a glimpse into the day’s events. This can be accessed at:http://byte13.wordpress.com/.

Later in the term, at the end of May, we will hold our annual Social Justice and Reconciliation week with activities during lunch times, in lessons and of course during our Wednesday evening Social Justice forum. The theme of the forum is “One World, One People”. It will bring together students from a wide variety of schools to engage with speakers and workshop facilitators from a range of backgrounds and traditions. Students currently in Years 10, 11 and 12 at MSB are encouraged to come along on May 29th from 4pm-8pm. The cost is $15 which includes afternoon tea and dinner as well as a donation to the organisations who are presenting.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission

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Year 10 Community Outreach

Talks will begin this week with Year 10 about their Community Outreach which will be held in Term 3 from the 29th July till the 2nd August. This is a valuable opportunity for students to participate in a service program whereby they assist those in our community who are disadvantaged or disabled. A preparation session will be held on Wednesday the 17th July to assist your daughter.

In their talk, students will receive a Parent Letter as well as a form nominating where they would like to do their Outreach. Many organisations have agreed to host our students for the week. A number of students have indicated already an interest in attending their old primary school. Please note that if this is their choice, then they must be working with students with special needs or in reading, literacy or numeracy programs, not just in mainstream classrooms.

The forms are due to Student Services no later than the 20th July. Whilst we will do our best to try to accommodate student choices, in some organisations and outreach areas, numbers are limited.


2013

Years 10, 11 and 12

Social Justice & Reconciliation Forum

Wednesday 29th May 2013

Mount St Benedict College

449c Pennant Hills Rd Pennant Hills

4.00pm-8.00pm

Cost $15

Which includes: Afternoon Tea, Keynote Speaker, Workshop, Dinner and donation to organisations: Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, Catholic Earthcare, The Columban Centre for Peace and Ecology, Pacific Calling- Edmund Rice Centre, Ms Sandy Hollis – Director of Education Emanuel School, The Islamic and Scientific Research Academy and Mr David Ella – Education Officer-Aboriginal Education CSO Broken Bay.

SEE:

..what individuals and groups are doing to support the Environment.

JUDGE:

..for yourself what the real issues are and what the way forward should be.

ACT:

.. On what you have learnt and how you can make a difference to our World.

Payment and Registration begins on the 13th May

Notes and money to Student Services


NEW PROGRAM Big Sister Express – Year 7 & 8

We are currently running a formation program called the ‘Big Sister Mentoring’ program for students in Years 7 – 9. It is facilitated by MSB ex-students based on the ‘See, Judge, Act’ philosophy and it allows our students to discuss issues and topics that are relevant to them. These sessions usually involve highly interactive activities, group discussions, time for self-reflection and plenty of fun and exciting games. Currently, students participating in this program spend one period per fortnight with our ex-student mentors.

We acknowledge that not all students can commit to one period per fortnight and so we are offering a ‘Big Sister Express’ session to all Year 7 and 8 students, that will be held EVERY THURSDAY WEEK A at lunchtimes in C209. These sessions will be run by Miss Liu (College Chaplain) and our current ‘Big Sisters’ (ex-student mentors) based on the same principles as our existing Big Sister program.

This is open to all Year 7 & 8 students, even those who are already participating in the Big Sister program. Our first session will be Thursday 9 May and will continue to run every Thursday Week A. So bring your lunch and your friends, and we look forward to seeing you there! Any questions or queries, please contact Miss Liu (cliu@msben.nsw.edu.au).


CONNECT is back on! Year 9 – 12

‘CONNECT’ is a program that aims to bring students together for some fun games, group discussions and activities that explores issues and topics that are relevant to the students. The program will be structured so that there are two different groups – Years 9/10 and Years 11/12. This allows the sessions to be more relevant and will cater to the needs of students in different stages of their lives. ‘CONNECT’ will be run by Miss Liu (College Chaplain) with the assistance of other teachers who are also passionate in helping students reflect upon their morals and values and how they can apply these to everyday life.

It is a very valuable program that gives students an opportunity to share and listen to others about things that are important to them. ‘CONNECT’ for Year 11 & 12 will run EVERY FRIDAY WEEK A and ‘CONNECT’ for Year 9 & 10 will run EVERY FRIDAY WEEK B. This arrangement will begin Friday 10th May. These sessions will run at lunchtimes in C209. We hope to see you all there for this great experience! Any questions or queries, please contact Miss Liu (cliu@msben.nsw.edu.au).


Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Teacher Night

4.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 13 May
in the College Hall

Online bookings have now opened and will close promptly at midday on Monday 13 May.

All parents have been emailed their password to access the PTO Online Booking System.
Parents may then access PTO to book appointments with their daughter’s teachers. This will be the only way to make appointments and parents only will be supplied with the password, although it is envisaged that parents will liaise with their daughter in this appointment process.

Parents wishing to make appointments after PTO has closed will need to contact Mr John Muskovits, Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum, via the College.

One of the new innovations with this on-line 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 issues with the student.

The College has made this move to an online 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.

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

  • Students are to attend with their parent(s) in school uniform, with their Student Planner;
  • A chime will ring every six minutes with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next teacher.The aim of the evening will be:
  • An opportunity for parents to meet their daughter’s 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.

As always we are looking to improve our practices and thereby improve the learning opportunities for students at the College.

Any feedback after the Parent Teacher Evening on the new online system would be very much appreciated and can be sent to jmuskovits@msben.nsw.edu.au

Mr John Muskovits
AP Dean of Curriculum

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CAPA News


Instrumental Tuition

Tuition has now commenced for all students who have chosen to learn a musical instrument at the College.

There are still spaces available for guitar, piano, strings and drums

but be quick as places are limited.

Please fill in an application form and return to Student Services. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters pwatters@msben.nsw.edu.au.

Music Instrument Tuition Form

Peter Watters
Head of Department – Creative and Performing Arts

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College News

The French Study Tour 2013 is going ahead on 22 June.

Only 7 weeks to go!


NAPLAN

The NAPLAN 2013 Information for Parents brochure is now available:

http://www.nap.edu.au/verve/_resources/NAPLAN_2013_Parents_Brochure.pdf

All of Year 7 need to go to the following rooms next week for NAPLAN:
F301 7.1; F303 7.2; F304 7.3; F305 7.4; F306 7.5; C311 7.6; C312 7.7.
Tues: P2 and P3 Language (45 mins) and Writing (persuasive) 40 mins
Wed:Reading P3 and P4 (65 mins)
Thurs: P2 and P3 Numeracy (calc, non-calc, 40 mins each) Line up in ALPHA order please (there will be lists to guide you).
BRING: eraser, sharpener, extra 2B pencil, calculator on Thursday. NO MOBILE PHONES PLEASE.

All of Year 9 need to go to the HALL next week for NAPLAN.
Tues: P2 and P3 Language (45 mins) and Writing (persuasive) 40 mins
Wed:Reading P3 and P4 (65 mins)
Thurs: P1 and P2 +HR Numeracy (calc, non-calc, 40 mins each)
Line up in ALPHA order please (there will be lists to guide you).
BRING:eraser, sharpener, extra 2B pencil, WORKING CALCULATOR on Thursday.
NO MOBILE PHONES PLEASE.”

Student Achievement

Well done to Monique Harris, Yr 9, MC1, who held a Bandaged Bear Morning Tea to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Monique was joined by 60 family and friends for a morning of food and fun. Many thanks to the gorgeous Bennies girls and their families who joined her and helped make this a wonderful day. Through the donations of food, cash and prizes which were used as raffles, an amazing $750 was raised for this wonderful cause. What an outstanding achievement and we are sure this money is very much appreciated by the Bandaged Bear Foundation. Congratulations.


NEWS FROM THE IRC

To support the English curriculum Years 7-10 participate in wide reading classes set for one period per fortnight assigned to the IRC fiction area. This allows the girls to enjoy some quiet time to sit and read uninterrupted for the entire period.

Premier’s Reading Challenge.

As part of this wide reading program all Year 7 girls have been enrolled into the Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC). The PRC aims to encourage in students a love of reading for leisure and pleasure and to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely. To support the Premier’s Reading Challenge the IRC has an extensive range of books from the Challenge’s reading list which the girls can borrow.

Within the challenge the girls have to read at least 20 books between January and August from the reading list, and have both their parents and English teachers acknowledge that they were challenging their reading in completing the PRC. Every student who successfully meets the Challenge receives a certificate signed by the Premier at the end of the school year.

You can visit the Premier’s Reading Challenge site at https://products.schools.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html to see the complete reading list.

Principal’s Reading Challenge.

All students at Mount St. Benedict College also have the opportunity to participate in the Principal’s Reading Challenge. This challenge involved students reading 20 books throughout the school year. For every 5 books read, logged and signed by their teacher, students receive a reward starting with a sweet treat through to a book voucher. The girls are also encouraged to write reviews of the books they have read and to post these after discussing with Mrs McGowan or myself onto the Bennies Books Blog http://bennies.edublogs.org/

As parents we ask that you encourage your daughter to read at least 20 minutes a night to help foster the love of reading. As Jacqueline Kennedy said “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

Mrs Rebecca Shiels
Teacher Librarian

rshiels@msben.nsw.edu.au


Duke of Edinburgh

All Duke of Edinburgh payments will be processed on Friday 10 May.


From the Fees Desk
Term Two fees are due on Friday 17 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 2013 fees are due by Friday 17 May.
If you have any queries regarding your fees account, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or via email fees@msben.nsw.edu.au.

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 Bennies Buzz, 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 contact Mrs Michelle Blackman on 9980 0401 or email mblackman@msben.nsw.edu.au


The College is once again participating in the WRAP WITH LOVE Project. We will be knitting squares to make into wraps for those less fortunate.

SQUARES: 25cm x 25cm (10”x10”)

WOOL: 8 ply

NEEDLES: 4mm (size 8 imperial)

This is approximately 47 – 50 stitches

I have plenty of left-over wool. Anyone interested, just let me know and I’ll happily supply you. I already have House-colour bundles arranged.

I am appealing to the MSB community for left-over wool in any of the eight house colours (white, green, red, cerise, purple, orange, blue and yellow), but particularly red, orange and yellow. Black (for contrast) would also be very useful. Please leave at Student Services marked for Mrs Davey.

Join me in the IRC at lunchtime on Thursdays. Come and learn to knit or just enjoy knitting with others.

We can all make a difference.

For more information on Wrap With Love click here

Mrs Gail Davey
Coordinator


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/appointment’. 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.


SCHOOL TRAVEL PASSES

If any student is yet to receive their 2013 student travel pass/es please see Mrs Franco at Student Services.

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Representative Sport

Further details for all Representative Sports will be available on the MSB College website under Activities/Sports.

If your daughter has recently achieved outstanding sporting results please send me an email so that the College as a whole can share in her success.

All students have been emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport this term. This document can be downloaded here. Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through the NSW CCC Association will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined here. General NSW CCC information can be downloaded here.

BROKEN BAY Website: www.dbb.org.au/schools/secondarysport

NSW CCC Website: www.csss.nsw.edu.au

Wet Weather Line:9990 3633


MSB U13 and U15 REPRESENTATIVE SOCCER TEAMS

The U13 team was named this week and will begin training at lunchtime next Wednesday with Mr Campbell. Training dates are currently on the Sports Noticeboard and should be recorded into the student’s planners.

The U15 team had their first trials with a call back list now on the Noticeboard for the second trials on May 22; again girls should record this in their planners.


CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS

7 victories in 8 years!!!! Yes our cross country girls have brought home the Broken Bay championship trophy again despite a new scoring system in place this year and some very fast races.

Again it was our ability to consistently finish with multiple top 15 places throughout all age groups combined with our medal winners that earned us valuable overall points.
Particular mention must go to our U18, Y12 Athletes who were excellent role models, proving to our younger athletes that you can combine study with sport. Our girls had the highest representation from any school in this age group, impressing many other school staff and parents with their participation and all qualifying for the NSW CCC Championships next month.
Top 10 individual places were achieved by -

Elly Gallagher (Y8) 1st U14

Jemma Gallagher (Y7) 2nd U12

Clare Krajancic (Y12) 2nd U18

Emily Michell (Y11) 2nd U17

Kristin Jeffery (Y10) 3rd U16

Lily Vidler (Y12) 3rd U18

Capri Vidler (Y7) 4th U13

Ashleigh McKimm (Y11) 4th U17

Genevieve Cowie (Y12) 4th U17

Molly Valencour (Y10) 5th U16

Kirsten Simpson (Y9) 5th U15

Kerilee Coote (Y11) 5th U17

Lauren Barry (Y12) 5th U18

Rachel Turner (Y12) 6th U18

Emily Bray (Y10) 7th U16

Sophie Cann (Y9) 10th U15

Michelle Sroba (Y10) 10th U16

14 MSB students who finished in the top 6 in their field will now compete at the NSW CCC Championships.

In addition to these great individual results many of our ‘Top 3′ teams also came away with ribbons.

Thank you to Mrs McGregor who fulfilled our course marshal duty and our wonderful parents who always support our students with great sportsmanship and positive attitude.
All runners have been emailed a password which they can use to access professional photos taken on the day.

CONGRATULATIONS

To Kaitlyn Noble Y9 who gained selection into the U15 NSW CCC netball team. This is a substantial achievement in a sport with so many participants. Kaitlyn has been a member of our MSB Representative Netball teams since Y7 and is a current member of the Baulkham Hills Association U15 Representative Team

  • To Natalie Tobin who played for the Young Matildas in the recent holiday break in their series against South Korea, as part of their preparation for the World Cup qualifying tournament in October, later this year.
  • To Kaitlin Quinlan who has been competing with the NSW U18 Blues Indoor Netball Team in Victoria this week
  • To our 8 MSB swimmers who competed at the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships this week. A full report will appear in next week’s newsletter

NSW CCC TEAM TRIALS

Some sports have direct pathways through the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSW CCC) Sports Association System.

For these sports parents need to nominate their daughter via the NSW CCC website https://www.csss.nsw.edu.au/nswccc

These are State level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

  • BASKETBALL – NSW OPEN CCC Trials – Monday 20 May – closes Monday 13 MayTrials will be held in Penrith. Students will need to be transported by their parents.

REPRESENTATIVE SPORTS CALENDAR – Term 2 2013

NETBALL (Kaitlyn Noble (9)

NSW All Schools Team Selections (15s) Fri 24

CROSS Broken Bay Team
COUNTRY
NSW CCC Championships Fri 14 June
BASKETBALL NSW CCC TRIALS (OPEN) Mon 20 May
NSW CCC CHAMPIONSHIPS Fri 14 June (BB Team)
NSW ALL SCHOOLS TRIALS Fri 24 May (15s)
SOCCER NSW CCC CHAMPIONSHIPS Mon 27 – Tues 28 May (BB OPEN Team)
NSW ALL SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS Tues 18 – Wed 19 June(CCC OPEN & U13/U15 Teams)(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)
TOUCH NSW CCC CHAMPIONSHIPS Tue 4 June (BB U15/OPEN)
(Wet Weather Backup Wed 12 June)

MSB ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

Monday 3 June

If you would like further information on any of the upcoming Representative Sports events
please email Mrs Grant.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator
Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

MSB BASKETBALL

The Opals took the girls by surprise this evening with a quick start to the game, racking up nine points before Bennies scored their first goal. It very much looked like the Opals were going to run away with the game. However, Bennies responded to the challenge and applied the brakes to the opposition’s attack. By the half time hooter Bennies had significantly turned the tables with a 19 – 11 lead.

The Opals threw everything at Bennies in the second half but to no avail. Bennies often stole the ball before the opposition had even progressed to the midcourt line and scored easy points in the undefended hoop. Great defence from Georgia sealed the fate of the game with a 37 – 30 win.

Monica Logan, Team Manager


WINTER SPORT

All our winter sports are now up and running. We have an enormous number of girls playing netball and hockey on Saturdays, soccer on Sundays, and basketball on Thursdays and Friday. We look forward to hearing from these teams throughout the season.

Thank you very much to the coaches and managers of each of our teams, as well as all the parents and supporters who come along to the games each week.

All players are expected to wear their MSB PDHPE tracksuit over their playing uniforms when they need an extra layer of warmth to and from the games. The girls are expected to wear their PDHPE uniforms, and ALL safety equipment as required by their sport to training sessions. We also expect all girls to commit 100% to their training and games.

Cheque and credit card payments for basketball, hockey and soccer will be processed in the coming week.

We wish the girls all the best for the season.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-Curricular Sport Coordinator

MSB NETBALL

At a recent MSB Netball Committee meeting the concept of tenure for members of the Committee was discussed. It was agreed that, like many other sporting organisations and businesses that usually have people on their Committee for three years, the MSB Netball Committee members would have a tenure for three years. The logic behind the three years is based on the idea that in your first year you are learning a lot of the new skills and can give your best in the subsequent two years. After this time it was considered that you certainly had contributed greatly as a volunteer. It was hoped that by only having tenure for three years people would not have to stay on the Committee for too long and that a turnover of new Committee members would most likely bring in new ideas and different approaches to how the Committee can be run. Also people may be more likely to volunteer if they know it is for a set time.

Therefore we are asking parents of MSB Netball girls to volunteer for positions on the Committee. At the moment we are very desperate to have an assistant Umpires Convener. This job would be shared with our present Umpires Convenor, Mrs Barbara Broomfield. It would involve being at the Pennant Hill Netball Courts every Saturday morning and being available for the Umpires in case any problems arise. It would ideally suit a parent who has a girl playing and/or umpiring in the morning session, although this is not essential. Umpiring experience is also not essential.

At the end of the year we would be looking for a new President, new Treasurer and a new Umpires Convenor. The Club cannot run effectively without the positions being filled and if anyone is interested we are only too willing to inform you about what each of these jobs entail. Just like one of the aspects of the MSB School Motto, we would love parents to demonstrate their great hospitality and give something to the MSB Netball Club as I am sure you are aware of the wonderful skills and friendships the girls receive by being a part of the MSB Netball Club.

The MSB netball teams are desperately seeking girls to fill some of the 13 years teams. Due to injuries and illnesses a few of the teams are needing more players. The games are played on Saturdays at Pennant Hills Park. There are teams to suit beginner players through to experienced players. Please contact Mrs Lewis if you are interested in joining a team.

Mr Chris Gould
President of MSB Netball Committee

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P & F NEWS

MSB Dinner Dance – ** Change of Date ** A Term 3 date to be advised

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 2: 20 May, 17 June
Term 3: 12 August, 9 September
Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

The general meetings commence at 7.30pm in the College Staffroom.

Social Convenor Position – Vacant

The P&F Executive has one remaining position vacant – the Social Convenor role. This role is mainly to oversee the sub-committees who organise the various social functions. Each of the social functions currently has a sub-committee to organise and run the event. If you are interested in this role and have any questions please contact the P&F Executive on pandf@msben.nsw.edu.au. This role is vital in ensuring the P&F can provide our MSB community with successful social events and so your support in filling this position would be greatly appreciated.

Next P&F General Meeting

The next meeting is on Monday 20 May at 7.30pm in the Staff Room. (Please enter through Reception and take the stairs on your left). If you are unable to personally attend the next meeting but wish to put forward an agenda item, please feel free to make contact with any of the P&F Executive members by emailing us on pandf@msben.nsw.edu.au.

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


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 on the College website www.msb.nsw.edu.au/canteen_orders.

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 13 MAY
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Ann-Marie Corcoran Linda Gleeson Andrea Montgomery Victoria Papallo Carla Savorgnan
Susannah Knowles Sally Cooper Rachel Markland Jennifer Campbell
LaurenceWilden-Constantin AdrianaAlessi-Cordoba Lisette Smith
Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or if you would like to be removed from the Roster.** If you can assist on Wednesday or Thursday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448
E: marane@msben.nsw.edu.au

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UNIFORM SHOP

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

Monday: 10.00am – 2.00pm

Thursday: 8.00am – 11.00am

Please note that students should be in their full Winter Uniform as from Monday 13 May 2013

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager T: 9980 0447

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CAREERS

Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 29 April


 


University of Wollongong – Year 12

At key dates throughout 2013, the University of Wollongong (UOW) will be communicating with Year 12 students about university admission, important dates, the Early Admission Program etc. Any students who would like to be included in UOW’s mailing list should log onto www.uow.edu.au/future/school and click the purple ‘Register for Updates’ tab. This will be a very quick form to fill in with mailing details etc.

If you are the parent of a Year 12 student and would like to receive information each month about UOW programs and upcoming events, please join ‘Parents UniAdvice’ by registering at http://www.uow.edu.au/future/school/advise/index.html and click the purple ‘Sign up Parents E-News’ tab to complete your details.


Defence Force University Sponsorship

The Defence University Sponsorship allows students to study an accredited degree at any Australian university and graduate with a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/universitysponsorship/


To register download the Notre Dame HSC Study Week Registration Form, fill in both sides and post to The University of Notre Dame.


The University of Sydney

University of Sydney HSC Essay Writing Course

This course for senior high school students will teach them how to properly write essays in a HSC exam situation.

Course Dates: Monday 1 – Friday 5 July, and Monday 8 – Friday 12 July.

Contact: (02) 9036 4789 http://cce.sydney.edu.au/course/ESHS


HSC Preparation Courses

The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) at the University of Sydney offers an extensive program of HSC preparation courses across a range of subjects as well as related study skills courses for HSC students to help maximise their HSC results.

Taught by experienced and practising senior HSC teachers with hands on knowledge of the HSC syllabus, assessment guidelines and examination procedures, these courses are designed to give students the invaluable knowledge and skills necessary to make their HSC studies effective and successful, and boost HSC results.

Content taught is highly relevant, and designed to be transferable to any individual HSC elective or module, as well as being specific to essential syllabus and assessment requirements. Individual courses can be grouped into a progressive three part program scheduled within each holiday period, allowing students to pace themselves throughout the year, prepare for HSC key dates and check in with our experienced teachers along the way.


YOUR PATH TO SYDNEY UNI – An Information Evening for Students and Parents

Come along and hear:

  • current students talk about life at uni
  • information about pathways, scholarships, and study options at Sydney Uni
  • Keynote speaker Corey Payne, NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013, Churchill Fellow and former Canterbury Bulldogs player, talk about his study choices
  • university staff and current students answering your questions.
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013
Time: 6.00 – 8.30pmRefreshments will be available from 6.00pm

Event begins at 6.45pmVenue: Revesby Workers’ Club2B Brett St, Revesby

Entrance via Tarro AveRSVP: Places are limited, so please register online by 15 May


Centre for Continuing Education

THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
T 02 9036 4789
F 02 9036 4799
E cce.info@sydney.edu.au
W cce.sydney.edu.au


University of Technology Sydney

Accounting Cadetship Opportunities

Moore Stephens Sydney and Moore Stephens Sydney West are members of the Moore Stephens network of independent accounting firms with over 630 offices in 100 countries. Moore Stephens Sydney is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD servicing a broad range of clients throughout Sydney. Moore Stephens Sydney West is a Parramatta based firm servicing the expanding Western Sydney business community and is now one of the most substantial practices in Western Sydney.

Institute of Chartered Accountants Information Evening

Wednesday 15 May

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Representatives from both firms will be available to address any questions from students and parents first hand. Students wanting to attend the information evening must register with the Institute of Chartered Accountants on their website www.charteredaccountants.com.au

This is an excellent for Year 12 students to engage with over 22 employers, attend information sessions regarding cadetships and receive tips on the recruitment process.

Applications for the 2014 Cadetship Program will open on Monday 13 May and close on Friday 21 June.


University Visits for Parents

Come and experience university for yourself so you can better support your child. Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered and a campus tour provided.

Bridges Parents Visits (March – May 2013)


William Blue College of Hospitality ManagementWilliam Blue College of Hospitality Management

2014 William Blue Industry Scholarship Applications

Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their hospitality career a kick start in the right direction?William Blue College of Hospitality Management invites all aspiring Hospitality Managers, Event Managers, Tourism Managers and Executive Chefs to apply for the industry scholarship of a lifetime.

Developed and chosen by the hospitality industry, this scholarship offers applied education – the recipients will get the chance to work with industry in the field.Visit www.williamblue.edu.au for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, available from 1 April.

Contact : Jake Brown E: jbrown2@williamblue.edu.au

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 20 August.


William Blue College – Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager Workshop

Dates: 2 July, 9 July, 24 September.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown – jbrown2@williamblue.edu.au

During the school holidays, William Blue College runs ‘Day in the Life’ Workshops taking young hospitality hopefuls into some of Sydney’s most well-known hotels, restaurants and bars for a real behind the scene view of this vibrant and exciting industry.

Whether cooking is a passion, running events or just have an eye to serve and travel in style a ‘Day in the Life’ will open eyes to both the glamorous side, but also the reality of the hard working world, of hospitality.

For reservations please email Jake on jbrown2@williamblue.edu.au or go to www.williamblue.edu.au for further details.


William Blue College Open Day

Date: Saturday 17 August
Time : 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : FREE
Contact : Jake Brown – jbrown2@williamblue.edu.au

This interactive open day allows prospective students to talk to current students and graduates of William Blue College, meet our Industry Partners and speak to our Career Management team to see why William Blue graduates are so highly sought after.

Take a tour of our campus and dine in our award winning student operated restaurant, William Blue Dining.

To register your interest contact our Course and Career Advisers on 1300 851 237.

Hear what our students have to say at William Blue College


APM College of Business and Communication Serhat Ferat

2014 APM College of Business and Communication Industry Scholarship

Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their business and communication career a kick start in the right direction?APM College of Business and Communication is one of Australia’s leading business colleges. It is for this reason that we are seeking five of Australia’s most business savvy students to be awarded the industry scholarship of a lifetime. APM offers scholarship programs in marketing, event management, public relations, business and management.Visit www.apm.edu.au for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, applications available from 1 April.

Contact: Jake Brown – jbrown2@apm.edu.au

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 6 September


APM College Information Evening

Date: Tuesday 27 August
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown – jbrown2@apm.edu.auThe APM information evening is a great way to learn more about the college; find out what studying at APM will be like and discover how APM prepares for success.Information Evenings are suitable for those who cannot attend our Open Days throughout the year. They offer a great opportunity to meet with our academic team, Careers and Industry Consultant over a couple of drinks and canapés to discuss career options. Explore the Fortitude Valley and North Sydney campuses and facilities, find out about our Scholarship Programs, and talk to current students and alumni about their APM experience.For reservations please email Jake on jbrown2@apm.edu.au or go to www.apm.edu.au for further details.


APM Alive! Day in the Life styled Workshop
Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost: No charge
Contact: Jake Brown – jbrown2@apm.edu.au

Bring career aspirations to life in the exciting fields of business, marketing, event management, management and public relations at APM College.

Visit the APM Sydney and Brisbane campuses to meet industry professionals and experience what is it like to be successful in this industry. Work on real life industry case studies and take a secret behind – the – scenes venue tour to discover the many vibrant facets of this industry.

For reservations please email Jake on jbrown2@apm.edu.au or visit our events page on www.apm.edu.au for more information.

Southern School of Natural Therapies SSNTSSNT

SSNT Ambassador Scholarship Program!

If you’re passionate about helping others, then SSNT wants you. Students who demonstrate a passion for the industry and want to promote the School across a range of activities are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will cover tuition fees for one full year of study.

Find out more »


Information Session

Nurture your future and take the first step towards a career in natural therapies with SSNT. SSNT hold regular Information Sessions throughout the year, allowing potential students to experience the college first hand. Tour the vibrant campus and it’s high quality facilities and learn about the range of courses offered. There will bepresentations from academic staff as well as the chance to talk with a Course and Careers Adviser to discuss study options. The next Information Session will be taking place later this year.

Find out more »

 


Australian Natural College of BeautySSNT

Day of Beauty Workshop

At our Day of Beauty Workshop, you’ll learn new practical skills and get a taste for life running a busy salon. It’s a one-day session packed with invaluable insights – a must for any would-be beauty therapist.

Learn more and register


Open Day

With our exciting move to Pyrmont in April comes our Pyrmont Campus Open Day. This will give you the chance to spend a day at our premium standard campus, attend information sessions, see our clinic in action, learn about courses and career options, meet students and staff, and see what it’s like to be a student at ANCB.

Learn more and register

 


Australasian College of Natural TherapiesSSNT

Day in the Life Workshop

These hands on workshops will provide you with a taste of what it would be like to work in the growing field of natural medicine. You will learn the fundamentals of nutrition and naturopathy and get practical hands on experience across multiple subjects.

Learn more and register


Open Day

Do you want to know more about healthy eating? Want to discover herbal treatments? The best want to burn fat and build muscle? Want to know more about a career in health and well-being? Discover the answers and more at ACNT’s Open Day.

Learn more and register

 


Jansen Newman Institute

Think ClassOpen Day

With our exciting move to Pyrmont in April comes our Pyrmont Campus Open Day. This will give you the chance to spend a day at our premium standard campus, attend information sessions, see our clinic in action, learn about courses and career options, meet students and staff, and see what it’s like to be a student at JNI.

Learn more and register

 


Billy Blue College of DesignBilly Blue College of Design

Billy Blue College of Design Scholarship

Billy Blue is committed to discovering and nurturing emerging talent, and our updated 2014 Scholarship program is designed to engage Year 12 students interested in pursuing a career in creative industries.We offer 3 scholarships up to the value of $20,000 each. The program is based around students submitting a creative solution to a challenging brief, which is due to be released soon. All participants will have a chance to attend an exclusive Scholarship Camp –a workshop-style event where they will receive invaluable guidance from our mentors and lecturers – current industry practitioners.We are looking forward to collaborating with Visual Arts, Media and Graphics teachers and Career Advisors to help achieve the best outcomes for their students.

For more information and to register your school’s interest, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email: eantonov@think.edu.au


Billy Blue Day in the Life of a Designer Workshops

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a designer would be like? Experience it first hand at Billy Blue! This one day workshop is a great way to learn what a designer does, be hands on and creative and experience our college first hand.

Upcoming workshops at our Campus are in June.

View registration forms and dates »


Billy Blue Open Days

Billy Blue campuses will be opening their doors, and would love you to pop in and have a look around! Speak to lecturers about the different Degrees available, look around the campus and experience the Billy Blue way of life!

Next Open Day date: Sydney Campus Open Night – Thursday 20 June.

Find out more »

 


CATC Design School

Serhat FeratCATC Design School Scholarship

At CATC we are looking for creative individuals with a passion for design or photography. Through our Scholarship program, we offer three exceptional students an opportunity to master their skills and become leading photographers or designers.Each scholarship is up to the value of $20,000 and will see the candidates working on a creative brief. The details of the 2014 CATC Scholarship program will be released shortly, and we are looking forward to working with your Visual Arts, Media and Graphics students.

For more information, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email: eantonov@think.edu.au


CATC Design Discovery Workshops

Explore the worlds of Graphic Design, Interior Design or Photography at our full-day action-packed Design Discovery Workshops. This is your chance to get creative, learn new skills, and experience firsthand what the life of a designer is like.

Next Design Discovery Workshops:
Graphic Design – 1 June 2013
Interior Design or Photography – 2 June 2013

For more info and to register, visit here.


CATC Design School – Information Evening

CATC The Rocks Open Nights are a great way to get a true insight into the creative industries learning, CATC unique culture and the pathways to creative careers.

For more info and to register, visit here.


Meet the Business Leader

4.30pm Tuesday 30 July

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

This event will provide Years 10 and 11 students the opportunity to meet and network with young and experienced professionals from a variety of business roles to gain a better insight into the business profession.

Further Information:

Linda Nguyen, Relationship Consultant
T: 61 2 9290 5779
F: 61 2 9262 3953
E: linda.nguyen@charteredaccountants.com.au
W: charteredaccountants.com.au


Events Guide for the Australian International Conservatorium of Music:

Open Day (May 18)

ONE Scholarship Comp (ONE Full Scholarship for 2014. Entries open soon…)

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TAX FILE NUMBERS

Students are able to apply for a tax file number through the College. The application offered through the secondary schools program simplifies the process for the girls as the College is able to verify student information through our College records. No other form of identification is required to be sent with the application. Forms for secondary school students are available from Student Services and outside the Careers Office. Applications will be verified and sent to the Taxation Department at the end of each month.

Lucy Elgood

Careers Advisor

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Community Notices

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

Mount St Benedict Centre and Convent is a private property. There is no parking permitted or vehicular access to the College. Students are permitted to walk through the grounds to and from the College.


 



Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

The Child and Adolescent Parenting team provide parenting courses, workshops and seminars for mums, dads and carers of children in the 1 – 18 years age range in the Northern Sydney area.

Child and Adolescent Parenting is part of Northern Sydney Local Health District.

For details see Course Descriptions and Term Brochure

Where and when:

Most courses, workshops and seminars are held in the evening during school terms in the Northern Sydney area. However, we can run any of our courses, workshops and seminars at a venue and time convenient to your school or organisation.

Our leaders:

All our leaders are professionally qualified and experienced, and supervised by the Child and Adolescent Parenting team.

Fees:

We are a non-profit making service with most of our income generated from our fees. These fees help to cover costs only and concessions are available (see Term Brochure (hyper link to PDF attachment). All fees include GST.

Child and Adolescent Parenting

PO Box 142

North Ryde NSW 1670

T: (02) 9887 5830

F: (02 9887 2941

E: Vivienne: vhughes@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Susan: sjohnson@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au

W: www.nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au/coparenting.htm


Did you know teenagers are 20 – 30 times more at risk of being harmed in a crash once they get their P’s?

The keys2drive program aims to reduce this risk by helping learning drivers gain the necessary decision making skills to stay safe on the road.

Funded by the Australian Government, the program provides learner drivers and their parents/supervisors with a free driving lesson by an accredited keys2drive instructor.

Call 1300 728 205 to book your free keys2drive lesson with NRMA Safer Driving School.


ACVIR Newsletter Article 2013

ACVIR Report April 2013


Exciting French Exchange Opportunity

The Hunters Hill – Le Vesinet Friendship Committee is currently seeking applications from students to participate in their six week exchange to Le Vesinet, just 20 minutes from the heart of Paris. This very exciting opportunity is open to students aged between 14 and 16 who are studying French at school. Students will stay with families in Le Vesinet during the next Christmas holidays and then welcome their French correspondent for six weeks in July/August 2013. The exchange runs under the auspices of Hunters Hill Council and has been sending small groups of students to France each year for more than 20 years. For further information and details of our upcoming information nights please refer to our website at www.huntershill-levesinet.org.au or contact us at info@huntershill-levesinet.org.au.


St Bernadette’s Parish

Want to meet great people, eat yummy food, and set some awesome foundations for your life?

Check out the St Bernadette’s Parish youth events below:

  • 6pm Youth MassEvery Sunday night followed by LIFE Nights for Years 9 – 12 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Into Life for Yrs 7-8 Friday nights, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.


HORNSBY CATHEDRAL PARISH YOUTH GROUPS

All meetings are held in the Light of Christ Centre (at the end of Yardley Ave. Waitara)

YEARS 7 – 9 7.00pm – 9.00pm Friday nights (1st and 3rd Friday of the month)

YEARS -10-12 7.00pm – 10.00pm Fridays (2nd and 4thFriday of the month)

Please bring $5 for pizza

Upcoming Dates: YEAR 7- 9 – May 3, 17, 31 (combined), June 7, 21

YEAR 10-12 May 10, 24 (Diocesan Event), 31 (combined), June 14 , 28

Come join is for fun, friendship and faith building!!

Please call PF 0422 000 0521 or Pat 0412 813 165 for more information.


Come join is for fun, friendship and faith building!!
Please call PF 0422 000 0521 or Pat 0412 813 165 for more information.

Come along to our Annual Market Day, there is lots to do and see with fabulous International Foods, Rides for the kids and a variety of wonderful stalls including Mambo where everything is $10.00,White Elephant, Chocolate Wheel, Vintage Clothing,Books,Cakes,Gift Baskets, Handmade Art Work, Fresh Produce and lots more.

We also have a Silent Auction featuring

a Framed Roosters Jersey signed by Sonny Bill Williams up for grabs

5mins from Eastwood Station.

All money raised is to support the school.

So come along and have a great day!!!!

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