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24 April 2015


From the Principal

As I write the newsletter this week we are a community in mourning. We returned to school on Monday to the devastating news that one of our Year 10 students, Belinda Bonaccorso, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this beautiful young woman.

Belinda’s family has been offered whatever assistance the College can give at this incredibly sad and difficult time for them. I ask you to keep the Bonaccorso family and Belinda’s friends in your prayers.

We are supporting staff and students at this time. Our Chapel has been available for quiet prayer and reflection. House Coordinators, counsellors and other staff have been supporting the girls and we are grateful for the assistance of counsellors from neighbouring schools and the Diocese of Broken Bay who have also been assisting. I encourage parents who feel the need for support at this time to make contact with us.

On Tuesday morning staff and students were able to spend time in prayer together. I share some of that prayer with you here in the hope that it may be helpful to families at this time:

At all times and in all things we are surrounded by the love of God who calls to us
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matt 11:28

When we experience sadness and pain we have the comfort of our God
who knows us completely and loves us without limit.

We are saddened by the passing of those we know and love,
yet we draw comfort from the hope of their eternal happiness with you.
We bring our prayers before our God
who cares for us and nurtures us with a love that does not end.

We pray for Belinda.
We thank God for her life and the gifts she shared here at the MSB community.
May she now enjoy the eternal blessings of heavenly life.

We pray for Belinda’s family and all those close to her.
May God strengthen and comfort them at this time.

We pray for all who suffer from the loss of someone dear to them.
May they find comfort in God’s everlasting love.

Loving God, hear these and all our prayers that we offer today through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Maria Pearson
Principal

Mission News

As we return to school for the beginning of our second term we find ourselves in the middle weeks of the Easter Season. The Gospel reading from last Sunday told of the encounter of the risen Lord with the disciples after they had returned from Emmaus. Jesus greets his disciples with a greeting of peace and shares a meal with them. This Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of John is the story of the Good Shepherd with the powerful foreshadowing of Jesus’ passion in image of the Good Shepherd laying down his life for his sheep.

This week our Year 12 students have braved some very difficult weather to head out for their Retreat. Researchers have identified the Year 12 Retreat as one of the most significant experiences in the school life of many young people and we know from our own experience that many of our students reflect this in their comments to us. During the Retreat our students will have the opportunity to focus on their life journey as they move towards the significant transition of moving from school into the wider world. They will take time to pray, to reflect and to share about the things that have made them into the people they are today and to look at how they can draw on their faith and values to guide them through the coming years.

Next week is also a very important week on our calendar as we commemorate the ANZAC Centenary with a prayer service at our College Assembly. This commemoration is being prepared and led by Mr Greg Hume and students from the History Department together with our College Choir and musicians led by Mr Peter Watters, Mrs Susan Webber and Ms Laura Sheehan. The ANZAC commemoration provides an important opportunity for us to reflect on the lives lost in the tragedy of war and to pray that peace may prevail on earth.

In Week Three of this term, on Thursday 7 May we look forward to welcoming the mothers of our community at our Annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast. We serve breakfast from 7.30am and conclude with a short liturgy at about 8.20am. It is a great delight to see the large crowds who are able to join us for this occasion each year and it is something of a minor miracle to see how our special events team can feed so many in such a short time. To assist with seating and catering RSVPs are essential. Click on the image below to RSVP now.

 

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Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News

2015 Year 7 Parent Teacher night

4.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 29 April / Monday 4 May

The Year 7 Parent Teacher night will be conducted over two nights:

  • Year 7 Classes classes 1 - 3
    The Parent Teacher Evening will be held on Wednesday 29 April
    Parents have been emailed a password and link to access the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) site. This is now open and will remain open until midday Monday 27 April.
  • Year 7 Classes 4 - 7
    The Parent Teacher Evening will be held on Monday 4 May
    Parents have been emailed a password and link to access the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) site. This is now open and will remain open until midday Sunday 3 May.

Parents should note that your daughter's teacher can specifically request an interview.

Parents wishing to make appointments after the site has closed will have to contact the College.

Students are to attend in school uniform with their parent(s). Interviews are of six minutes duration and a chime will ring with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next interview.

The aims of the evening are:

  • 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;
  • 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.

We are looking forward to meeting you at your first Parent Teacher Evening at the College.

John Muskovits
AP Dean of Curriculum

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2015 Year 8 Parent Teacher night

4.00pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 14 May / Tuesday 19 May

The Year 8 Parent Teacher night will be conducted over two nights:

  • Year 8 Classes classes 1 - 3
    The Parent Teacher Evening will be held on Thursday 14 May
    Parents will be emailed a password and link to access the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) site. This site will open on Thursday 30 April and will remain open until midday Wednesday 13 May.
  • Year 8 Classes 4 - 7
    The Parent Teacher Evening will be held on Tuesday 19 May
    Parents will be emailed a password and link to access the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) site. This site will open on Tuesday 5 May and will remain open until midday Monday 18 May.

Parents should note that your daughter's teacher can specifically request an interview.

Parents wishing to make appointments after the site has closed will have to contact the College.

Students are to attend in school uniform with their parent(s). Interviews are of six minutes duration and a chime will ring with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next interview.

The aims of the evening are:

  • 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;
  • 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.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Parent Teacher Evening.

John Muskovits
AP Dean of Curriculum

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Study Skills - 7 steps to make the most of class time

So what are the advantages of using class time efficiently? Well, you will complete more work in class and have less to do at home, your teacher will be pleased with your application and so will your parents when they read your report, and of course, you will learn more! And if you don’t use class time efficiently? Well you will have to do more work at home, you will find you don’t always understand the work, your teachers will have to be continually disciplining you and you may even make it harder for other people in your class to learn. So what does working effectively in class mean?

  1. Sit next to someone who will help you stay on task.
  2. Ask questions whenever you are unsure, unclear or do not understand something.
  3. Be polite and respectful of your teacher and your classmates.
  4. Come to the lesson with all the books, technology and equipment you will need.
  5. Contribute your thoughts and ideas at the appropriate times.
  6. If you find yourself day-dreaming ask yourself questions about what is going on.
  7. Try at all times to stay on task and be focused on the work you are doing.

Learn more this year about how to work effectively at home and at school by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au .

Our school’s access details are:

Username:formsbenonly
Password:124results

Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator

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NAPLAN



Further information can be found here:

Please contact Mrs Hadfield or Ms Collins Pope for any enquiries.

Jen Collins Pope
NAPLAN Coordinator

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College News

Uniform Transition

Students may transition into their winter uniform in the first two weeks of Term Two. For these two weeks there is an option of wearing the winter or summer uniform depending on the weather. Students must wear full winter or full summer uniform but not a mixture of the two. All students must be in their winter uniform by the third week of Term Two (week commencing Monday 4 May).

A reminder:

  • Blazers must be worn to and from school with the winter uniform. If your daughter chooses to wear the jumper to or from school it must be worn under the blazer outside the College grounds.
  • The length of the winter uniform must be down to the knees, please ensure all alterations are done so your daughter will not need to be addressed.

I look forward to your continued support with the uniform.

The Uniform Shop is open Mondays 10.00am - 2.00pm and Thursdays 8.00am - 11.00am for your convenience.

Ms Jackie Duncan
Assistant Principal Dean of Students

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CSDA Debating - Dates and Venues for Term 2

Date Opposing Team/s Venue
Friday 24 April Oakhill College

Oakhill College
423-513 Old Northern Road, Castle Hill

Friday 1 May Patrician Brothers’ College, Fairfield Mount St Benedict College
Friday 8 May Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown vs MSB (A)

Patrician Brothers College,
100 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown


Trinity Catholic College vs MSB (B)

Trinity Catholic College,
13 Park Road, Auburn

Friday 15 May

St Ignatius College (Riverview)

Mount St Benedict College
Friday 22 May St Patrick's College, Campbelltown

St Patrick's College
4 St Johns Road, Campbelltown

Note: Debates generally get underway from approximately 6.30pm onwards. All CSDA debaters are required to remain at school for coaching and to travel as a group to the away venues. When Mount St Benedict College is hosting the debates, all CSDA debaters are expected to attend whether they are debating or not, to assist with the hosting of the event.

Kelly Heaton
Debating and Public Speaking Coordinator

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LibGuides@Bennies

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LibGuides are a new IRC resource in 2015, it is a helpful online aid that students can use to support their research especially for assessments. They offer the ability for the IRC Staff to integrate a diverse range of information sources and instructional support materials in an organised manner that students are finding easy to navigate.

Libguides are a great place for students to start their assessments providing them with a ‘springboard’ for their academic research. The guides contain listings of recommended resources for finding information such as books, eBooks, databases, or recommended websites and can be embedded with relevant documents, images, widgets and media files. LibGuides can be created for a specific subject, subtopic or even specific class assignments. LibGuides provide an effective and attractive support for learning which is interactive, engaging, Web 2.0 friendly and available 24/7. Since launching LibGuides@Bennies earlier this year to our student body we have had over 4,800 web views with the most popular Lib Guides being 838 for Year 7 and  412 for Year 9.

LibGuides are available for not only the student body of Mount St Benedict but also our parents, staff and a global audience.  Access the LibGuides@Bennies website .

 

Mrs Rebecca Shiels
Teacher Librarian/ICT Integrator

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From the Fees Desk

Term 2 fees are due Friday 8 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 2015 fees are due by Friday 8 May.

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

Mrs Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

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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.

BROKEN BAY Website: There is a new BBSSSA site under construction - we will advise when it is 'live'

NSW CCC Website: www.csss.nsw.edu.au/nswccc-home.aspx

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Two

ATHLETICS


MSB Athletics Carnival - HOMEBUSH
Wednesday 3 June

BASKETBALL


BROKEN BAY Y7/8 & Y9/10 - Terrigal
Thursday 7 May
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative Team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25 May
Self nominated students

CROSS COUNTRY


MSB Carnival
Monday 27 April

BBSSSA Championships - St Ives
Wednesday 29 April
MSB Representative Team

NSW CCC Championships - Eastern Creek
Friday 12 June
BBSSSA Representative Team

NETBALL


NSW CCC 15s Selections
Tuesday 5 May
Self nominated students

NSW CCC OPEN Selections
Wednesday 6 May
Self nominated students

NSW ALL SCHOOLS 15 Selections
Friday 29 May
NSW CCC Team

SOCCER


Broken Bay OPEN Championships - Manly Vale
Monday 11 May (Friday 15 May b/up date)
MSB Senior Representative team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25/Tuesday 26 May
BBSSSA team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Selections
Monday 15/Tuesday 16 June
NSW CCC Team

Broken Bay U13 & U15 Championships - Manly Vale
Thursday 18 June
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative team

SWIMMING / DIVING


NSW CCC Swimming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 4 May
BBSSSA team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Swimming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 18 May
NSW CCC Team

TOUCH


Y9/10 NSW All Schools Championships
Friday 8 May
(Y9/10 Rep Team)

NSW CCC Championships - Port Macquarie
Tuesday 16 June (Friday 19 June b/up date)
BBSSSA Team

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website. I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Closing dates for the following sports are approaching - Netball U15 and Opens (Closes 1 May), Open Volleyball (Closes 24 April), Open Basketball (Closes 19 May), Please remember that these are trials for State teams and as such students must be very experienced for their nomination to be approved.

Representative Sports Trials and Training

Representative Sports Trials and Training - Week 2

Tue 28 April NETBALL (Y7) Trial
(surnames M-Z excluding Mc)
Mrs Grant / Mrs Forbes
Wed 29 April
OPEN SOCCER
(Y8-12)
Final Trial Mr Hume / Mr Campbell
Thu 30 April BASKETBALL
(Junior Y7/8 &
Intermediate Y9/10)
Training Mrs Grant / Mrs He /
Mrs Parle

MSB Cross Country Championships

The annual MSB Cross Country will now be held at the College on Monday 27 April.

Competitors will run three (juniors) or four laps (intermediates / seniors) of an approximately 1km course around the College grounds.

JUNIOR
INTERMEDIATE
SENIOR

 aged 12/13

aged 14/15

aged 16/over

 Period 3/4

Period 3

Period 4

 

All nominated students and their parents have been emailed updated details including the BBSSSA permission note which we ask that ALL runners return prior to Period 1 on Monday.

Students are required to bring adequate water/sunscreen etc and change into their complete MSB PE uniform.

Parents are most welcome to attend as spectators/assistants (seating is available on the College Oval). Thank you to those who have volunteered to assist.

The top FIVE runners in each age group will be selected to represent the College at the Broken Bay Championships at St Ives on Wednesday 29 April. Please see/email Mrs Grant if you have any queries.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Laura Trezise, Year 9, who competed in the National Youth Archery Championships at Penrith during the holidays winning two Gold medals. Shooting in the Female, Intermediate, Recurve (bow) Division, she contested four events (Field, Target, Match Play and Clout) performing well in all and winning Gold in the 125 metre Clout (ground target) event. She was also a member of the Gold medal winning NSW team in the interstate competition.

Laura is a member of the Sydney Olympic Park Archery Club and is coached by former world junior champion, Ricci Cheah.

Congratulations to Celina Chen, Year 10, who competed at the Australian Under 17 Badminton Championship held in Victoria during the break.

Celina immensely enjoyed her time representing NSW. Victoria came first followed by New Zealand and NSW ranked third in the team event.

In the individual event Celina played her best ever ranking top 16 in the state for womens single.

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

Hills Basketball Summer Competition Results

MSB had seven teams entered in the Hills Summer Basketball Competition this year. We had four of our teams qualify for Semi Finals and Bennies 4 were able to bring home the trophy in the Under 17 Grand Final. Below is a report from Mrs Monique Spiller, Team Manager.

We were undefeated going into the Grand Final and this Bennies team had won all but one competition since Year 7, they had truly represented the College well over the years.

This team deserves to be congratulated, Jack their fabulous coach always insists on fair play. Our girls stuck to their game plan and won with great sportsmanship and teamwork winning 23-19, leading through the whole game.

Monique Spiller, Manager

Thank you to all our coaches and managers for the fabulous work you do with the girls throughout the season. Congratulations to all our players for the wonderful spirit and enthusiasm you bring to each game. I am sure that each of you can be proud of yourselves and your teams this season.

Winter Sport Teams - Players needed

We have just begun our winter sports competitions in basketball and soccer/football. We are still looking for a few more players in some of the teams.

  • Basketball - Hills Winter Basketball Competition played on Thursday evenings at Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill.
    We still need a few more players for the following teams:
    Year 7 - 2 or 3 more players
    Year 8 - 1 more player
  • Soccer/Football - North West Syney Women's Football played on Sunday mornings
    We still need players for the following teams:
    Year 7 - 2 more players
    Year 8 - 2 more players
    Year 9/10 - 1 more player

If you are interested in joining a team please contact Mrs Lewis as soon as possible.

Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

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Careers

University of Western Sydney.

Reasons to consider UWS

  • Offer unique programs for high achieving students
    Programs available for high achieving students include The Academy and the opportunity to apply for advanced degree programs.

  • Committed to providing opportunities for as many students as possible to study at university
    The The UWS Advantage provides HSC and IB Students with admission advantages: Early Offer Program , Regional Bonus Points , Subject Bonus Points, Educational Access Scheme and the Elite Athlete and Performer Bonus Scheme .

  • Prepare students for professional success
    Our courses offer your students the flexibility, practical skill development and theoretical knowledge to ensure they become career-ready graduates. We provide students with the foundation to set their individual career goals, the skills and knowledge to realise those goals, and the practical experience that sees so many UWS graduates become highly regarded professionals.

  • Support local and global aspirations
    Our scholarships reflect our strong commitment to academic excellence and provide opportunities for your Greater Western Sydney students. UWS scholarships support students who have diverse interests and skills, and who can, and do, make an active contribution.

    Through our fantastic opportunities to study internationally, students may enhance their career prospects, improve their skills and develop confidence while experiencing life in another country.

  • Provide a challenging and supportive environment
    UWS is located across six unique campuses that reflect the diversity of the Western Sydney region. They are modern, picturesque, people friendly with extensive services and state of the art facilities. UWS is committed to providing an environment where your students will be free to ask questions, explore ideas, and challenge their own thinking – and maybe even the thinking of others. UWS offers real-world settings for your students to test their ideas and their newly acquired skills.

  • Committed and internationally recognised academics
    As well as being outstanding achievers in their own fields, our lecturers and tutors maintain an excellence in teaching and learning that has been recognised within and beyond the university. The University of Western Sydney pursues academic excellence and undertakes internationally recognised research that will make a difference at a local and global level. UWS is the smart choice for your students who want to be a part of major breakthroughs in their field of study.


UWS Info for Future Students:

UWS Info for Parents:

UWS Campuses


Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance

7.00pm
Saturday 30 May
Castle Hill RSL Club

$65

RSVP Friday 15 May

Book online www.msb.nsw.edu.au
(bookings open next week)

Ex-Students

Beyond Bennies Assembly

When:


Wednesday 29 April

Time:


9.30am

Where:


College Hall

Who:


Jane Huxley - Managing Director of Pandora and Megan Mullins former RAAF - Ex-Clk 2 (Both Class of 1985)

Further details: College website or Bennies Connect

RSVP:


Wednesday 22 April via the College website
(Assembly guests are invited to a morning tea afterwards)

Michelle Blackman

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Canteen

The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.
Cashless Canteen - Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system
Place a Canteen order .

Canteen Roster for the week commencing Monday 27 April

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Lanie Fabian

Sharon Bradford

**

Anna D'Ambros

Simone Williams

Pipina Varkas

Trish D'Amico


Annette Cullen

Susan Brown




Victoria Papallo


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

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager

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