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6 February 2015



From the Principal

Our Opening Mass set the tone for our year - focusing as it did on the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Parable gives us an example of what it means to be truly hospitable to others, something on which we will concentrating throughout the year, as we seek to more faithfully live out our community values. Concelebrated by Father Paul Durkin and Fr Joseph Choi, our liturgy was a time of prayer and blessing as we asked God for his blessing on our year.

We welcomed back to our Assembly this week students from the Class of 2014. We were able to celebrate their successes and hear their exciting plans for the year ahead. I emphasised to the girls that we are equally proud of those students who did not request an ATAR but have been able to gain entry into the workforce or training, as we are those who gained outstanding results in their various subjects and excellent ATARs. We wish all the girls well and encourage them to keep in touch with us.

College Hats

After much discussion, including consultation at a P&F Meeting in 2014, we have introduced a College hat as part of the uniform. At this stage only Year 7 students are required to purchase a hat and the girls must wear it when they are in the sun. They are encouraged to wear it to and from school also. Girls in other year groups may order a hat from the Uniform Shop if they wish. The purpose of the hat is sun protection and clearly the more girls who wear it the better - living in a country where we have many months of harsh sun exposure, it makes sense to protect ourselves, as we know there can be serious long-term health effects from excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays.



P&F Welcome Barbecue

Once again this week we were joined by many of our new students and their parents for a barbecue provided by the Parents and Friends Association. It was a good opportunity for parents to meet other parents, and perhaps some of their daughter’s new found friends. There was also an opportunity to meet House Coordinators and members of the College leadership Team. The Year 7 students enjoyed an afternoon of activities in their various House groups. Many thanks to our House Captains, House Coordinators and members of the P&F for their hard work to ensure an enjoyable evening.



Changed Car Park Configuration

Following the installation of further demountable classrooms near the oval, the car park now has reduced capacity and it is not possible to drive through the car park. As a result it is even more important that parents do not enter the grounds during the busy periods - 7.30am to 9.00am and 2.30pm to 4.00pm.


 

 

 

 “Go and do likewise.” (Luke10:37)

Mrs Maria Pearson
Principal

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Mission News

On Tuesday of this week we celebrated our Opening College Eucharist for 2015. We were joined on this occasion by Fr Paul Durkin and Fr Joseph Choi from St Agatha’s Parish at Pennant Hills who presided at our liturgy. We were also very pleased to welcome a number of our parents and other family members who were able to join us for our Eucharist.

This Eucharist provides an occasion of welcome for all the new members of our community. The processional hymn 'Gather as One' incorporated a liturgical movement choreographed by Ms Jacqueline Saunders where a group of Year 10 students danced a welcome and then drew a number of new students into the movement as a sign of them being drawn into our community in a spirit of hospitality and welcome. We also included a special welcoming rite at the conclusion of our Eucharist where all new students and members of staff were blessed and presented with a medal of St Benedict.

A special blessing and commissioning was also included for our newly elected Peer Support leaders who have the very important role of showing hospitality to the youngest members of our community. Finally, a number of crucifixes were blessed in preparation for them being placed into the new classrooms which are now available for us to use.

During his homily Fr Paul reflected on the Gospel reading of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. He spoke of his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he had travelled on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho and seen the kind of terrain on the road that offered hideouts for thieves and made the journey such a treacherous one. Fr Paul also shared some reflection on the Samaritan people of Jesus’ time and how they were much despised by their Jewish neighbours. He drew parallels between the Samaritan people of the first century and people today who are demonised and despised by others simply because of their race, religion or some historical dispute. As he reflected, Fr Paul told the story of two men he had met and their extraordinary example of reconciliation. One was an Israeli man of the Jewish faith and the other a Palestinian man of the Muslim faith. Each has tragically seen the death of one of their children in the conflict - one killed by a Palestinian militant, the other killed by an Israeli soldier.

Despite the very significant reasons these two men would have had for harbouring hatred against one another, they found themselves moved to see the futility of hatred and violence and drawn to the path of reconciliation. They are now part of a 'Bereaved Parents' network which draws together people who had suffered similar loss in this conflict, to build bridges of reconciliation.

Our MSB community has a number of links to people in Israel and Palestine who are working towards reconciliation in such a troubled area. College Principal, Mrs Maria Pearson has in recent years spent time studying in Israel and visiting the occupied territories. In 2012 the College hosted the 'Life in Gaza' Art Exhibition featuring works created by Palestinian children depicting the impact of the conflict on their lives. In 2013 we supported a fundraising campaign for the Bethlehem University where young Jewish, Muslim and Christian men and women are able to study side by side and encounter one another in peace.

In 2014 a number of our students and staff attended the Beecroft Forum Dinner of the Major Issues and Theology Foundation where we heard about the work of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program where volunteers offer to live in the new settlements in the occupied territories and accompany Palestinian children to school to shield them from the violence and intimidation they are often confronted with.

This week we have received notification of the next Beecroft Forum Dinner will be held on Wednesday 11 March at Pennant Hills Golf Club from 7.00pm. On this occasion two speakers will present - one an Israeli and one a Palestinian.

Zika Abzuk is a graduate in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University and now senior Business Development Manager for Cisco Europe and led Cisco’s corporate social responsibility program in Eastern Europe, Israel, Palestine and Sub-Saharan Africa. The Market Magazine recently listed Zika as one of Israel’s 100 most influential people.

Manal Zraiq is a partner and General Director of Massar International and a pioneer in supporting businesswomen in Palestine. She has been the manager of major projects including a key role in the development of Rawahi, a new Palestinian city. She is a Board member of various private companies and a Founding member of the Palestine Governance Institute and the Palestine Business Women Forum. She is well known for her leadership and commitment to the empowerment of women.

The cost of the dinner is $50. Bookings can be made at beecroftforum@bigpond.com

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

College Dux - Chloe Saker pictured with College Principal, Mrs Maria Pearson and Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum, Mr John Muskovits.

Year 12 Parent Teacher Evening

4.00pm - 7.30pm
Friday 20 February

The online booking system will open on Friday 20 February at midday and close on Tuesday 3 March at 5.00pm. Parents will be emailed a password to access the Parent Teacher Online system to allow them to make bookings for the evening. Parents wishing to make appointments after that will need to contact the College.

Year 12 class teachers will be able to request interviews with particular students and 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 continued with this online system due to very positive feedback from parents; it better empowers the parents to make appointments with their daughter’s teachers and there is less of a likelihood that the form will get lost, misplaced or not be utilised. 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 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;

The aims of the evening are:

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

  • Students and parents to be given valuable feedback on their learning so the student  can set goals in the HSC year;

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

  • 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.

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum

Introducing MYBennies -
Integrated Learning for all of Year 7

It was with great excitement that on Wednesday 4 February the first lesson for the new subject MYBennies was held. Nine specialist teachers are working together from Religious Education, English, PDHPE, TAS, Geography, History and Drama to deliver a new learning program which will foster students creativity and problem solving; communication; critical thinking; information and media literacy; global citizenship; collaboration and teamwork and independence in learning. The students are grouped by their TAS classes with 21 - 22 students in each group allowing students to meet students not in their base classes.

The first lesson involved students discovering what the subject MYBennies is all about, getting to know each other and developing a visual of the collective strengths of their MYBennies class group. The double lesson on Friday saw the girls take a walking tour of the College to discuss the physical environment, history of the College and support services available to them within the College as well as completing some more orientation activities using their laptop/tablets which they received last Friday.

The MYBennies Year 7 teachers look forward to sharing with you via the Newsletter, College Facebook and Twitter accounts the learning journey we are all undertaking in developing the new subject MYBennies.

Mrs Sharon McGowan
MYBennies Innovation Team Leader and IRC Coordinator

Latest Technology to Support 21st Century Learning

Last week our new Year 7 students all received their new learning devices as part of the College one-to-one laptop program.

The new devices feature a wide range of software and incorporate the latest touch screen and tablet technology. With over 60 specialised software titles pre-loaded, worth over $1,000 per student, the devices are built to support students across the entire curriculum.

All students have access to email, the BenniesNet Learning Environment along with access to the Library catalogue, e-books and nearly 1 GB of pre-loaded text books for use thoughout their year.

Students are reminded to bring their device in every day fully charged. The College provides support for students via the ICT Service Desk which is open from 7.30am.

Mr Stewart Duncan
Head of ICT

CAPA News

Opening Mass and Academic Assembly

Thank you to all the talented students for providing music and a variety of performances for many of our College Events in the first week, including the Opening Mass and the Class of 2014 Academic Assembly.



Thank you especially to the following groups of students:

  • Our Music ensembles (College Choir, Chamber Choir and the MSB Concert Band and Chamber Ensemble) provided music for the Opening Mass and Academic Assembly. Special thanks to our soloists Claire Ward and Emily Boffa for preparing at short notice to be Cantors for the Opening School Liturgy.
  • The Year 10 Dance class and a selection of new Year 7 students are to be commended for providing a Liturgical Movement for the opening hymn Gather As One at the Opening College Liturgy
  • The Year 11 Entertainment Class did a fabulous job assisting for the first time with Sound, Lighting Vision and Staging for all of theses events.
  • The Rock Band consisting of Arabella Young, Kaecee Dadula, Jaime Dunn, Emily Boffa and Clara Goossens provided a rendition of Radioactive by Imagine Dragons at the Class of 2014 Academic Assembly on Wednesday while the MSB Concert Band performed Celebration Fanfare for the recessional.


Ensemble News

With the opening events now concluded Ensemble rehearsals will now be commencing. The Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule is posted on the Music Room Noticeboard. New Year 7 students will be emailed by their Ensemble leader this week. Any questions that new Year 7 parents have regarding ensembles please email pwatters@msben.nsw.edu.au.

Music Instrument Tuition

All students will be contacted by their tutor to organise lessons times for their students.  If you would like to receive music tuition on a particular instrument please download the CAPA Music Ensembles and Tuition Application Form.

2015 College Musical - Hairspray


Hairspray rehearsals are underway with an enthusiastic group of dedicated students. We auditioned new Year 7's on Thursday and are looking forward to having them join the cast. Stay tuned for further updates.



Mr Peter Watters
Head of Creative and Performing Arts Department

Macquarie Dictionary Online

Thanks to the work of the Years 7, 8 and 9 Mathematics classes last year, the College won a year’s access to the Macquarie Dictionary Online.

Access the Macquarie University Dictionary or click on the Macquarie University Dictionary icon found on the IRC homepage.

To sign in use:

      Username:  bennies
      Password:   bennies

Ms Lara Hibbard
Numeracy Resource Teacher

Vaccinations Schedule - Years 7, 11 and 12

Vaccinations will take place at the College for students in Years 7, 11 and 12. Please download the Vaccination Schedule for further information. Any queries should be directed to the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit on 9477 9019.

From the Studies Coordinator

Last week Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ran a study skills session with Year 11 and 12.

The Year 11 session focused on helping students identify improvements they could make to the way they study, in order to maximise their results in their final years of school. The session commenced with advice on how to set up and maintain an effective home study environment and how to manage paper and digital resources for school.  Time management was addressed in relation to dealing with distractions, managing time efficiently and using a diary as a planning tool.  Finally, specific study skills were covered, including how to make brain-friendly study notes and how to find the active learning style(s) which best suit each individual.

Year 12 looked at advanced research about the brain and how that could be used to make their study more effective. The focus on the session was looking ahead to the next set of examinations and how students can ensure they are well-prepared.  Steps to make effective study notes were highlighted and students also examined the study techniques they traditionally used, exploring new techniques they could try.

Parents are encouraged to review and discuss the handout from the session with students and identify practical changes they can make to improve the home study environment and support system. The Study Skills Tips for Parents website http://studyskillstoptipsparents.com/ provides additional advice for parents needing more information.

All students at the College also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and enter the username: formsbenonly and the password:  124results and start improving your results today!

How Parents can help

Whilst parents are often involved in their teenager’s sporting, musical or dramatic activities, parental support on the sidelines of their adolescent child’s studies can be also be beneficial, particularly to academic performance. Research shows that children are more likely to succeed if parents are involved in their learning. Hendersen and Mapp (2002) found that ‘the more families support their children’s learning and educational progress, the more their children tend to do well in school and continue their education’.

Strategies for Parents to help their secondary school aged students achieve their potential:

  • WORK ENVIRONMENT
    T
    he obvious logistical support is providing a quiet, open space with few distractions for working at home. Involve your student in creating this space. Workspace tools for effective learning include a desk, ergonomic chair, a noticeboard and good lighting, as well as a shelf or drawers for folders, reference books and non-essential work. Spending time to discuss options, alternatives and reasons for establishing a dedicated work area is valuable.
  • BREAKFAST
    I
    mportantly students need to start the day with a nutritional breakfast, as this will increase energy, attention, concentration and memory, particularly if the breakfast includes grains, fibre, protein and is low in sugar. Parents can facilitate this good start to the day as part of the daily routine. Similarly, nutritious snacks and lunch will enable the student to remain more focused throughout the day.
  • ORGANISATION
    A
    calendar for each term should be created and displayed near your student’s desk and in prominent thoroughfares in the home, such as the kitchen. The calendar or term planner should include: all co-curricular and social activities, as well as assignment, assessment or test dates. This helps the student see the big picture of commitments and not simply a weekly or daily vision as school diaries or digital devices usually allow. The student, and parent, can clearly see when heavy workload periods occur, and social activities can be tailored to ensure work has a priority. It’s a good idea to sit down with your student every couple of days to discuss the schedule ahead, when the work can be slotted in, and how a parent could help by reducing family commitments, or by setting boundaries with social engagements. Regularly sitting down to discuss workloads and tasks due, reviewing activities and schedules can help students learn to be more productive and organized.
  • FILING SYSTEMS
    M
    aster folders should be set up for each subject at home, so after each topic is completed the notes can be placed in appropriate categories. This also gives students somewhere to file completed tests and assignments. Most students carry their current notes to school each day, but naturally as the term and year progresses it’s impossible (and risky if misplaced) to have all worknotes in one folder. Students may also need help organising the files on their computers and devices (although it is likely that many students know more about this than their parents!).
  • ROUTINES
    H
    elping your student to establish routines can add an element of calm to each day. Simple routines such as having the school bag packed and uniform ready before going to bed each night, can eliminate unnecessary angst in the morning. A useful addition to the evening schedule is to determine the next afternoon’s program: when homework and daily revision will be done around co-curricular activities, dinner etc. This can give a clear direction when your student comes home each day. Some students find that having regular times set aside for schoolwork each day helps them to develop a routine of working. Other students will need to make a plan each afternoon as their schedule changes each day.
  • TIMETABLE
    Know your student’s timetable, so it’s easy and relevant to ask “What were you doing in Science today?”. A specific question can often open a conversation where your student not only shares but, in doing so, reinforces what was learned which increases memory (and understanding) of the lesson.
  • SUBJECTS
    K
    now your student’s subjects, and become aware of the topics covered each year in those subjects. ‘Improved educational outcomes result from a genuine interest and active engagement from parents’ (OECD 2011), so knowing the topics could allow parents to expose students to different dimensions of the subject through film, books, contemporary issues, the Internet, exhibitions, travel etc. Students appreciate, perhaps subconsciously, that the parent is truly interested in their learning and what they are learning.  Some schools will give students a course outline and the state’s educational body will also have a website where parents should be able to access the syllabus (what will be taught) for each subject.
  • ASSIGNMENTS
    A
    helpful strategy is to keep abreast of when assignments are given. Talking to your student about assignment expectations, drawing out their understanding of the topic, criteria and parts of the assignment can instill a deeper appreciation. It’s good to probe and ask more about the assignment topic with questions, as this could give your student other perspectives, and once more, help the student feel the parent has a real interest in learning. When planning the workload for an assignment, parents can help break the work into chunks or parts. This can reduce the sense of the overwhelming enormity of the task and the task can be broken into manageable parts, which are then scheduled to be done into the calendar or diary.
  • TESTS
    S
    imilarly, parents can help students prepare for tests by quizzing them, asking for concepts to be explained or helping write practice tests. Explain to your student that memory and understanding can increase if the brain is using multiple processes to use information, such as writing, reading, speaking, drawing or singing! When tests are returned, focus on what was achieved and note concepts to revise. If students know parents are not solely focused on the grade, but also on the process, and that tests (and assignments) are tools to learn, intrinsic motivation can develop.
  • CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
    T
    here comes a time in secondary school when some co-curricular activities need to be cut for a period of time, as academic demands increase or the student is juggling too much. It’s unlikely students will initiate severing an activity so it’s generally up to parents. Students, like adults, can give more to an activity when there is time, and academic work needs to be one of the main priorities during the school terms. Parents will often be the first to notice when their student is over-loaded (and it varies for each individual), when school work is rushed or dismissed, when their student is tired or out-of-sorts, when they have no “downtime” on weeknights. Everyone needs some downtime, even if it is only for an hour of escapist freedom.
  • TECHNOLOGY
    P
    arents need to be the “bad cop” when it comes to limiting computer games, or other digital device activity. It is advisable that devices are not in bedrooms when students go to bed. However, rather than dictating the rule, parents should talk about the need for solid, sufficient sleep for the brain to re-wire neural pathways to consolidate the day’s learning. Lack of sleep can lead to reduced concentration and attention span, delayed response time, and decreased short-term memory.  Rules for technology (including TV viewing) should be developed together if possible so there is agreement about the approach.
  • COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL|
    I
    t’s now fully acknowledged that together, parents and teachers play a dual role in educating students, so it’s vital to maintain open communication with the school. It’s important for parents to keep abreast of school information conveyed to through newsletters, school portals, emails and so on, as it’s not uncommon for a student to miss information at school. This allows parents to flag or discuss with their student what the school is offering, advising or sharing. For example: a newsletter may alert parents to additional “maths tutorials” offered before school, or “homework help sessions” after school. This reinforces again that the parent is interested in their student’s learning. It is equally important for parents to advise the school of extraneous issues happening at home, as this would give teachers an understanding of atypical behaviour, work ethic, concentration etc. An illness or death in the family (including a family pet), parent absence for more than a fortnight, or challenging issues on the home front, are examples of when parents should contact the school. Moderated assignments, extensions on homework, or relaxed detentions could result, and allow the student to resume their learning journey without additional stress.  However secondary school students also need to gain skills and strategies to deal with life’s variables, and to become independent, confident problem solvers. So it’s also important for parents to give students opportunities to manage issues at school themselves. Parents should not approach the school to “fix” every minor problem, such as a student missing a page in an exam which lowered his grade, or a student feeling they had been maligned by a peer. Both these instances are life-lessons to learn from or solve, so parents should encourage students to ask for approach teachers themselves when needed.

The strategies above should be developed with the child, and hopefully will be independently adopted by the student when they reach their final years at school. It’s worthwhile noting that each point is related to the child’s learning, as this sends a very positive message that the parent is engaged and interested in the learning process.

[OECD 2011] PISA in Focus, (2011). What can parents do to help their children succeed in school?. [online] Available at: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/49012097.pdf [Accessed 2 Jan. 2015].

[Henderson and Mapp 2002] Henderson, A. & Mapp, K. (2002). A new wave of evidence. The impact of school, family, and community connections on student achievement . Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). Available: http://www.sedl.org/connections/resources/evidence.pdf [Accessed 2 Jan 2015]

Learn more this year about how students can improve their results and be more efficient and effective with their 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

College News

Swimming Carnival

The Annual College Swimming Carnival is on Wednesday 25 February at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush. It is a day of colour, cheering and incredible participation by all our students. Parents are invited to come along to the carnival.  

Further details, including a full program will be available next week. Watch the Sports Noticeboard for sign-up sheets for the 200IM.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

Year 8/9 Dance with Marist Eastwood

Mount St Benedict College Year 8 and Year 9 students have been invited to a dance at Marist Eastwood on Friday 20 February in the Haseler Centre. The number of tickets is strictly limited and will be sold on a first-come first-served basis on Friday 13 and Monday 16 February from 12.50pm - 1.15pm at the back of the College Hall. Students must have a permission note signed by a parent or guardian to be eligible to purchase a ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

Further information and permission notes will be handed out to students next week.

From the Fees Desk

The first term’s fees are due on Friday 13 February.

If the College holds a Direct Debit Authority to deduct payments automatically from your Bank Account or Credit Card, payments will commence on Friday 13 February for weekly, fortnight A and term payments. The first monthly payment will be deducted on Tuesday 17 February. Fortnight B payments will commence on Friday 20 February.

Direct Debit Authorities remain in force until the College receives notification in writing. New authorities can be downloaded from the College website (go to Enrolments and select the Fees tab). Please note that the College does not accept American Express accounts.

If you wish to confirm your payment arrangements or require a copy of your 2015 statement, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or fees@msben.nsw.edu.au

Mrs Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

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:

www.dbb.org.au/schools/secondarysport

NSW CCC Website:

www.csss.nsw.edu.au/nswccc-home.aspx

Broken Bay Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term One

TOUCH


BBSSA U15 and Senior Touch Championships - Manly Vale
Monday 16 February 2015
MSB Intermediate and Senior Representative Teams
B' Up Tuesday 24 February

BBSSA U13 Touch Championships - Manly Vale
Tuesday 17 March
MSB Junior Representative Team

SOFTBALL


NSW CCC Softball Championships - Blacktown
Tuesday 17 February
E.Morley Y12, J.Tong Y10, H.Breytenbach Y9, N.Tong Y8, B.Stafford-Gaffney Y8, C.Wilde Y8

NSW ALL SCHOOLS SOFTBALL - Blacktown
Tuesday 10 March
NSW CCC Team

SWIMMING


MSB Swimming Carnival - SOPAC
Wednesday 25 February

BBSSSA Championships - SOPAC
Monday 23 March
MSB Representative Team

BASKETBALL


BBSSSA Senior Basketball Championships - Terrigal
Thursday 26 February
MSB Senior Representative Team

CRICKET


NSW Cricket Selections - Bankstown
Thursday 26 February
Self Nominated students - see NSW CCC website
Nominations close 26 MAR 2015

TRIATHLON


NSW All Schools Teams Triathlon - Penrith
Friday 27 February
MSB Representative Teams

TENNIS


NSW CCC Selections - Parramatta
Monday 2 March
Self Nominated students - see NSW CCC website
Nominations close 23 FEB 2015

All students have been emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport for this term. The information is also available on the Sports Noticeboard, on Bennies Net and attached to this week’s newsletter here. 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 that information – I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Closing dates approaching this month include trials for the Open NSW CCC Tennis, Golf, Cricket and Hockey Teams (U16 and Open Teams). These are State Level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.

Representative Sport trials and events scheduled for next week

  • Mon 9 Feb RECESS Triathlon Notes can be handed to Mrs Grant in the sports office
  • Mon 9 Feb Senior Touch Training (16+) Mrs Grant (Please hand in  your notes)
  • Tue 10 Feb Intermediate Touch Training (U15) Mrs Hickey (Please hand in  your notes)
  • Wed 11 Feb Triathlon Notes can be handed to Mrs Grant in the sports office at recess
  • Thu 12 Feb Senior Touch Training (16+) Mrs Grant
  • Thu 12 Feb Intermediate Touch Training (U15) Mrs Hickey
  • Thu 12 Feb Senior Basketball Training (Y11/12) Mr Young
  • Thu 12 Feb Final recess for Triathlon Notes to be handed to Mrs Grant in the sports office

Triathlon

Next week is the last week for traithlon notes to be returned (see above) for this year’s NSW All Schools Triathlon Teams event to be held at Penrith Lakes on  Friday 27 February.

Notes are available on Bennies Net under "Permission Notes/Representative Sport

Last year we had over 90 team triathletes.

Parents will need to verify with a time in writing that students can complete their event leg in the following times:

Junior

(12/13/14)


Swim

Cycle

Run

400m

10km

3km

10mins

30mins

15mins

Intermediate

(15/16)


Swim

Cycle

Run

600m

15km

4km


15mins

42mins

22mins


SENIOR

(17/over)


Swim

Cycle

Run

600m

15km

4km


15mins

40mins

22mins


 

Teams must submit all completed forms together to Mrs Grant in her office at selected recess times only no later than Thursday 12 February. Only entries submitted this way will be accepted.

Experienced individual triathletes who would like to compete in the NSW All Schools individual event the day prior should contact Mrs Grant urgently for further information.

MSB Representative Team Trials for Broken Bay Carnivals

We have had a busy first week of trials and selections for some of our upcoming Broken Bay Championships.

Any student interested in trialling for the Junior (U13) touch team will need to nominate via the sign up sheet which also includes trial information.

All trials will be held during lunchtimes.

Trials will be held on the College oval during lunchtimes at school as follows:

  • U13
    • Thursday 19 Feb (Surnames A - M),
    • Monday 2 March (trials - surnames L - Z),
    • Wednesday 4 March (call backs),
    • Thursday 5 March (4th Trial if needed)

Further information will be provided on the sports noticeboard and via student emails.

Further trials may be held later in 2015 to select teams for the NSW Year 9/10 and possibly Year 7/8 All Schools Regional Championships.

Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the trial.
Students will need to wear appropriate sports shoes to trial.

Student Achievement

Congratulations to -

  • Angela Cloeraine (Y10) Who was selected into the U17 NSW Development Netball Team last week. This is in addition to her Australian U16 Indoor Netball Team selection and Sydney Academy selection previously advertised. Angela has been a member of our very succesful MSB Representative Netball teams for the past 4 years and currently plays State League for the Hills District Netball Association.

    View Article
    from The Daily Telegraph

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

Careers

The College has subscribed to Jobjump, a careers website that students and parents can register to receive personalised career information.

Download the Jobjump instructions document for information on how to log in.

The College also subscribes to mhscareers, a careers service which allows students and parents to be kept up to date with Careers news and events. To access this information on www.mhscareers.com please enter the following. Login: Bennies Password: Careers

Newsletters are sent weekly

To register to receive the weekly newsletter use the CONTACT US page on mhscareers website or send an email to ron@mhscareers.com stating your name, email address, our college name, whether you are a student or parent and the state(s) you are registering for.

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 9 FEBRUARY

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday


Karen Benco

Louise Weihan

Georgina Khamis

Julie McIntyre


Charlene Worne


Roza Bindschedler

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Lisa Young



Joanne Murrie


Jeonghwa Jang


 

Carmen Galluzzo


 

Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or you would like to be removed from the roster. Volunteers are urgently required for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager


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