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7 August 2015

 

From the Principal

God of many names and God of many nations
We gather as your people and we cry out for peace
Pray peace be in our hearts and our homes
In our lives and in our work
Pray peace be in our nation and our world
In our family and among our friends
We pray for your peace O God
For the sake of our family and friends
For the sake of our nation and our world
For the sake our hearts and our homes
Amen

Thursday, August 6th was the day known as ‘Hiroshima Day’ marking the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. This was the first use of nuclear weapons against human beings, to date it is the only such use and we pray this may ever be so. The devastating impact of these bombings underlined a dramatic change in the nature of warfare. No longer were wars fought between opposing groups of soldiers but against civilian populations. Innocent non-combatants were now the main casualties of war. The anniversary of Hiroshima Day is a particularly poignant one for our Good Samaritan community as it was in the aftermath of this devastating event that the first Sisters travelled to Japan to minister to those affected. It is from this ministry that our partner school ‘Seiwa’ was established.

For the Sisters to travel to Japan at that time and work among those who were thought of as ‘the enemy’ by so many in Australia was both a prophetic and heroic act. Such a commitment says a great deal about the character and conviction of these Sisters and also of the vision of the Congregation to seek out those in need and provide practical assistance. We are honoured to be part of this tradition of the Good Samaritan Sisters and as we pray for peace in our families, our communities and our world we also pray for the strength and the vision to live up to the Benedictine, Good Samaritan tradition we hold.

This week we had the pleasure of hosting a visit from Bishop Peter A Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay Diocese. Bishop Peter is the third Bishop of the Diocese of Broken Bay having been installed into this office on December 12th 2014. While this was the first opportunity for us to welcome Bishop Peter to the College our Principal and Board Chair have had occasion to meet with him earlier in the year. Bishop Peter has also accepted our invitation to preside at the Jubilee Eucharist of the College on June 19th next year and we look forward to sharing Eucharist with him on this occasion.

Before taking up his current appointment Bishop Peter had served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese Sydney from June 2011. Prior to this he served as Chancellor in the Diocese of Wollongong for six years having previously ministered in a number of parishes in that diocese following his ordination to the Priesthood in 1992. In an earlier period of his life Bishop Peter also enjoyed the benefits of being educated by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan.

Bishop Peter’s visit began in informal conversation with a number of our students who spoke about various initiatives in the College and shared some of their experiences of life at MSB. At our College Assembly Bishop Peter addressed us about the opportunities presented by the digital age and what it means for us to be missionaries in this age. He helped us to recognise the unique place young people have in the digital world and the opportunities that are available through avenues such as social media. In his address Bishop Peter asked us to reflect on the idea of being an apostle through the example of Mary Magdalene as the first witness to the risen Christ. Bishop Peter also drew on the words of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si’ to emphasise the idea that all things are connected in our world and that through the benefits of the digital age we have enormous scope for influence. Finally Bishop Peter joined staff for morning tea and some informal conversation.

While our College is not part of the formal system of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay we are most definitely a Catholic school. We recognise and affirm the significant role we play in the local Church and we welcome the opportunities we have to share in the ministry of Bishop Peter, his Pastors and our fellow educators in the Diocese of Broken Bay. We look forward to our Bishop presiding at our Jubilee Eucharist next year and other opportunities to share in his ministry.

Next Monday is the final day of our Trial HSC Examinations. Students in Year 12 will return to classes on Tuesday. In most subjects there will still be coursework to be completed while for others revision and consolidation will begin straight away. As the students begin to receive the marks and feedback from their exams there will no doubt be a range of emotions. Some will be elated when they received results that are stronger than anticipated. Others, of course, will experience some disappointment with results that fall short of their hopes. Whatever the case, students should be conscious of the considerable opportunity that remains for them to build on the work done to this point and to set themselves up for strong performances in the HSC Examinations. In most subjects the school assessment mark constitutes only 50% of the overall HSC mark so there is much to be gained from a diligent and committed application to study over the remaining weeks of school. Subject teachers are well prepared to assist students with the particular areas where development is needed and I encourage the students to take advantage of this expertise.

Next Monday is also the day for the General Meeting of our Parents and Friends Association. This takes place in the staff lunch room upstairs from the College reception from 6.30pm. Please see further details of this gathering later in the newsletter. I encourage you to join us for this occasion and I look forward to meeting many of you on Monday evening.

Paul Lentern
Acting Principal

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Mission News

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4: 35-41)

On Tuesday during our morning prayer we reflected on the reading from Mark’s Gospel that tells the story of Jesus and the disciples in a boat when a wind suddenly arrives, creating a swirling sea which forces the waves to wash over the sides of the boat. In a moment of panic the disciples decide to wake Jesus who calmly speaks to the chaotic wind saying just three words, “Quiet! Be still!”

In the busyness of our lives we are often surrounded by moments of such chaos that sneak up on us quite unexpectedly. It is so easy to be just like the disciples and become emotional, angry and even fearful of a situation that doesn’t quite go the way we want or expect. How easy it would be to just stop and say “Quiet! Be still!” and we could easily be in full control again.

In the story, Jesus challenges his disciples by saying to them “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” What type of faith does Jesus expect them to have? Faith in him, faith in God, faith in others or perhaps faith in their own ability to confront that which they can’t control. Perhaps he calls us to have all of these.

We can learn a lot from these three simple words so the next time you are faced with one of those storm-like moments utter quietly to yourself “Quiet! Be still!” and hold onto the faith that is within all of us.

There are many events coming up this term so you might like to put them in your calendars:

  • Grandparents Assembly Wednesday 19 August Please RSVP by Friday 14 August
  • Father Daughter Breakfast Friday 28 August
  • Year 8 Reflection Day Friday 11 September
  • Year 9 Reflection Day Tuesday 15 September


RSVP now to Grandparents Day

Donna Dempsey
Acting Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

Student reports for NAPLAN are expected to be delivered to schools from Tuesday 18 August. All reports for Year 7 and Year 9 students will be sent to parents after results have been checked. The following link may help answer any questions that you have:

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/naplan/info-for-parents.html

Please contact Mrs Jen Collins Pope or Mrs Margot Hadfield on 9980 0426 if you have any enquiries.

Jeannette Collins Pope

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Pastoral Care

Student Health

There has been a reported case of head lice and one student ill at home has now been diagnosed with foot and mouth disease. For further information download the following factsheets from NSW Health.

Headlice

Foot and Mouth Disease

If you have any queries or concern please contact Student Services on 9980 0400.

Jackie Duncan
Assistant Principal Dean of Students

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Maredsous News

Term Three already and the Maredsous students are enjoying their time in Pastoral Care and Homeroom. Throughout the year, we have been working on developing our understanding of the College value of Hospitality through a variety of activities.

The value of Hospitality is a core value of every Maredsous student. This has been displayed through various activities including the creation of a video for the new Year 7 students. Each Homeroom, has created their own '10 tips for starting at Bennies'. Through this activity the Maredsous girls are showing the value of hospitality and welcoming students into the Maredsous family with open arms. Maredsous students have been reflecting on their actions of hospitality by creating and building a Lego house. Each time a student shows an act of hospitality they are able to write this down and add a piece to build their Homeroom houses.

Maredsous students have been actively involved in the College through co-curricular activities such as JCA holiday programs, netball, soccer, future problem solving and many more. Our Pastoral Care lessons have focused on developing and recognising personal strengths and strengths in each other. We have been focusing on our House Patron Sr Philomena Gallagher, and we have been examining her strengths and we have learnt about her wisdom, perseverance, and spirituality. She exhibited her love of Benedictine traditions and honouring her faith by giving all she could to others and not thinking of herself. As Maredsous students, we admire her strengths and try to live out the same values in our dealings with each other.

We were very proud of our girls who won BOTH trophies at the Swimming carnival and the Participation trophy at the Athletics’ Carnival. This showed how eager the girls were to win and how much house spirit they truly have. The Maredsous girls showed how proud they were to be a part of the Maredsous house when receiving the trophies in front of the College.

Our Year 9 students have been busy working on developing their Leadership without a badge and displaying their strengths and teamwork. One of the Maredsous groups has been working on the MSB Well Being noticeboard. This project is designed to give students the opportunity to access inspirational messages, quotes and information on how to promote their own well being.

We wish the Year 12 students all the best in their trials.

Help us to treat each other as special members of our House,
Create a close bond between students, teachers and parents.
Give us pride in Maredsous and may the House always be proud of us.

Lucy Andrews
Maredsous House Captain

 

College News

Sophie Cilento is recognised for Artistic Talent by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sophie Cilento of Year 8 received an honourable mention for her entry of a drawing of her grandfather David in the 2015 Young Archie Portrait Competition organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She was placed in the top ten artists of her age group out of 1,284 entries. It is currently on exhibition at the S.H. Ervin Gallery until Sunday 13 September. We would like to congratulate Sophie on her outstanding achievement.


Therese O'Kane
Art Teacher

2015 Captains Camp

On Sunday 26 and Monday 27 July, the 37 newly elected captains spent some time together away at Captains Camp at St Joseph’s Conference Centre at Baulkham Hills. The aim of this camp was to work together and discuss the vision we have as a group and plan the path we would take in our year of leadership.

On the first day, through different group activities, we realised how important effective communication is when working in a team. We were given an insight into the preparation and organisation required in being Captains. At end the day, we were given the opportunity to plan a liturgy. We reflected on the privilege and responsibility of being Captains and thanked God for the opportunity to lead and for those who will walk along side us on the journey. In the evening we heard about the experiences and insights into leadership that Mr Lentern and Ms Duncan shared and took up the opportunity to ask them questions.

The second day was run by yLead. On our Leadership Day in March, all of Year 11 had the chance to work with the team. Our end goal for this day was to come up with a slogan that encompassed Jubilee, our College and Benedictine values and our connection with our Good Samaritan heritage. Part of the process of doing this was also to look at our strengths as a grade and decide what we wanted to be remembered for and what legacy we wanted to leave.

After two big days, we had a better understanding of the task ahead of us. We also know that with each other’s support and new formed friendships, we can go above and beyond.

On behalf of all of the captains, I would like to say a big thank you to Ms Zammit and Ms Duncan for organising and leading the camp. Your words of wisdom and advice will help us greatly through this coming year of leadership.

Jessica Pereira, Jessica Corcoran and Ashleigh McDonald
Year 11 Student Executive

Student Alliance

On Tuesday 21 July, the Student Alliance group met for the Term Three meeting at Ascham in Edgecliff. The topic was Domestic Violence. We were given the opportunity to listen to the three inspiring women, discuss scenarios and question our own perceptions about the myths and facts of domestic violence.

The speakers included, Ms Moo Baulch (CEO NSW Domestic Violence) , Mrs Deborah Banks Deborah Banks (CEO Lou’s Place a women’s refuge shelter at Kings Cross) and Sophie Trower (Policy Manager NSW Domestic Violence). Everyone spoke passionately and articulately about Domestic Violence and the horrors women in particular experienced when dealing with it at home. Firstly, what is domestic violence? Domestic violence is defined as violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by; a partner, carer or family member to; control, dominate, humiliate or instil fear. Most people know about physical and verbal violence but what we didn’t know before the meeting was that Domestic Violence takes many more forms than that.

These include:

Harassment/Stalking : This occurs when a person repeatedly watches, follows or harasses you, making an individual feel afraid or unsafe. It could take the form of consistent messaging of a partner in order to know their every movement, or receiving multiple text messages a day, phone tracking or physically following an ex-partner around.

Sexual : This occurs when there is a non-consensual behaviour of a sexual nature.

Financial : This element came as a surprise to us. It occurs when financial spending is deliberately limited to a dependent such as providing an allowance to a partner or forcing them to quit their occupation.

Verbal : Verbal violence can occur ranging from sustained violent put downs, insults or convincing someone they are wrong repeatedly.

Emotional/Psychological : this occurs through using demeaning comments which lowers an individuals self-worth or isolates them (i.e. not allowing them to see other people to limiting their social circles).

But how often does it happen? In short, too much. one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and women between the ages of 18 - 24 are at the greatest risk.

One message we took away from the talk was that if you’re worried about someone don’t gossip, judge or spread rumours. Be patient and reach out to the person, as you can never imagine what it would be like to be in someone else’s shoes.

There are a variety of services to help and assist victims of Domestic Violence such as:

The Student Alliance group want to raise awareness about Domestic Violence as it helps victims, or potential victims to be able to recognise domestic violence and how to manage it. It may assist in reducing the amount of perpetrators and create a safer environment for us to live in.

Some of the messages that we took away from out meeting included:

  • Domestic Violence can never be blamed on stress or alcohol. It’s a choice to be violent.
  • Violence is never alright, it’s never justifiable, it can be treated, prevented or avoided, and all you have to do is look out.
  • It is not okay that this occurs and not okay that the statistics for domestic violence are on the rise.

We were also reminded of the part we can play in being the voice and advocates of change. That we need to carry on the work of Rosie Batty and those working in organisations advocating for domestic violence victims.

Jaime Dunn and Tarana Fernando
Student Alliance Team Members

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P & F News

P&F Meeting - Monday 10 August

At the next P&F meeting on Monday 10 August we will have two guest speakers attending from the NorthConnex Project.

This will be an opportunity for parents to be informed on the impact that NorthConnex will have on Pennant Hills Road in general, and the Wilson Road tunnel support facility which will include an emergency smoke extraction outlet, an air intake system and a substation. The Wilson Road site is located less than 500 metres from the College.

Additionally, we will be discussing some key projects for the College that the P&F are supporting financially.

Please come along and join us on Monday 10 August at 6.30pm in the College Staffroom. If you are unable to attend but wish to have a question asked on your behalf please email pandf@msben.nsw.edu.au .

Mr Damien Pigott
P&F President

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Representative Sport

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Three

SOCCER

NSW CCC Open KO Quarter Final Game
Wednesday 12 August
MSB Open Team

BBSSSA Championships
Tuesday 18 August
MSB U13/U15 Representative Teams

NETBALL

NSW CCC Championships
Tuesday 18 August
MSB JUN/INT Representative teams

ATHLETICS

BBSSSA Championships
Tuesday 11 August
MSB Representative team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS KO Championships
Thursday 20 August
MSB Representative KO team

NSW CCC Championships
Friday 11 September
BBSSSA Team

BASKETBALL

NSW CCC Championships - Y9/10
Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 August
MSB Y9/10 Representative team

GOLF

NSW BBSSSA Championships
Friday 4 September
MSB Representative 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.

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 Trainings Term Three Week Five

Download - T3 W5 2015 Representative Trials and Training

Photos from Representative Sports Competitions

Just a reminder that photos from most of the BBSSSA Championships are available on the Photos In A Flash website http://www.photosinaflash.com.au.

Students have been emailed the password for both MSB and BBSSSA photos.

BBSSSA Website

The new BBSSSA website (address above) is up and operational with information, reports, photos etc for all BBSSSA sports. I encourage all parents to take a look as they are seeking feedback – please email me any comments, queries you may have as this will become more integrated into administration for our representative pathways in a similar manner to the NSW CCC website in upcoming months.

BBSSSA U15 and U13 Soccer Championships

This day has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 18 August. All students have been emailed new notes that are now due. Training will be held at lunchtime on Wednesday.

BBSSSA GOLF

Any student who is interested in competing at the Broken Bay Golf Championships on Friday 4 September needs to contact Mrs Grant for a nomination form. Entrants must be affiliated golf club members for this 18-Hole Stroke Play competition divided into three divisions – Under 13, Under 15 and Open. There is a fee of $20.00 per entry and parents are required to organise transport for their daughter to and from the Shelly Beach Golf Club on the day of competition. Entries to Mrs Grant close on Wednesday 12 August.

GOOD LUCK

  • To our Athletics Team who are competing on Tuesday at the BBSSSA Championships.
  • To our Open Soccer Team who are competing in the Quarter Finals of the NSW CCC Soccer Championships on Wednesday at Campbell Park vs Marist Sisters’ Woolwich. Thank you to the parents who have been able to volunteer to transport the girls, I will email you final details early next week. Kick Off is now midday. All spectators welcome.

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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Careers

Upcoming Open Days

University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
University of Technology Sydney
Maquarie University
University of Western Sydney
The University of Notre Dame
Australian Catholic University
Australian National University
Sydney TAFE
University of Tasmania
University of Wollongong
University of Sydney - Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor and VET Coordinator

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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 10 August

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

**

Karen Benco

Lisa Follows

Georgina Khamis

Julie McIntyre

Lisa Young

Joanne Murrie

Jeonghwa Jang

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

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Community Notices

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