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01 Mar 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

It has been an exciting week at the College, with a particular highlight being the Swimming Carnival on Thursday. The girls showed their true spirit by dressing up in House colours, throwing themselves into War Cries, participating in as many events as possible and cheering the competitors. It was a great demonstration of Bennies spirit. Teachers also showed their House loyalties by dressing in House colours and the day culminated in an exciting Staff/Student relay race. Thanks are due to Mrs Rebecca Lewis for her overall organization of the day, PDHPE staff, teaching staff and House Captains for their contributions to making the day such a success.

The Public Speaking Competition has commenced and a number of girls have had success in the early rounds. I congratulate them and wish them well in the next stage of competition, and I thank Mr Adam Shaw who is generously coordinating arrangements.

On Monday evening we welcomed parents of girls thinking of enrolling their daughters in 2015. It is always pleasing to welcome siblings of current students and daughters of ex-students, and of course a whole new group of parents and students. It is wonderful to listen to parents talk of their hopes and dreams for their daughters and it is encouraging to hear that so many of them choose Mount St Benedict because of recommendations from current parents and students.

Staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming Camps and Retreats. While camps in particular may challenge some students, they are a very important part of our pastoral program and help students develop resilience, confidence and other skills which are important in becoming independent young adults. As such they are a compulsory part of the girls’ education. If you have any concerns about camps I encourage you to contact Mrs Jackie Duncan, Assistant Principal Dean of Students, and in regards to Retreats, Mr Paul Lentern, Assistant Principal Dean of Mission.

Parts of our country have been inundated with water in recent weeks, with some homes and communities cut off for weeks at a time. At the same time we know that at times we experience drought and the security of our water supply is threatened. We are also aware that some communities in the world do not have the luxury of clean drinking water. Water is a gift which brings life but which can also bring destruction. We pray for all those whose lives are affected by having too little or too much water:

A Prayer for Water

oving God,
whose son Jesus Christ
called all who were thirsty
to come to him, believe and drink,
Look in mercy
on your people living in dry lands, and
struggling to survive without access to safe drinking water.
Look in mercy
on those who are suffering from floods and inundation.
Forgive our selfishness in life and our misuse of
our natural resources.
We commit ourselves to value and care for your gifts to us.
May rivers of living water
and practical compassion for all who
suffer flow out from our hearts.
Refreshed by your Spirit,
and following in the way of Jesus Christ,
We will continue to serve you
in the people and creation entrusted to our care.

Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

Next week we find ourselves at the midpoint in the Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday was almost three weeks ago and Holy Week begins in a little over three weeks time. Reaching the half way mark is a timely reminder for us to consider how seriously we are responding to the challenge to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.

At our opening school liturgy at the beginning of the year our College Principal Mrs Pearson challenged us to think about our actions and their impact in our Year of Stewardship 2013. She told us that stewardship is not just about avoiding things that do harm but is also about using our gifts positively and constructively in a way that helps others. There is a saying that goes: “who we will be tomorrow depends on what we do today”. It is a reminder that we are called to choose options and directions that are life-giving for ourselves and others and that our actions should always be directed towards the good of others.

During our Ash Wednesday Liturgy we reflected on the idea of the Season of Lent as a journey. It is a journey full of encounters and full of possibilities. The way in which we respond to these encounters shapes us and moulds us into the people we become for “who we will be tomorrow depends on what we do today”.

In the Catholic tradition, the Season of Lent provides an opportunity for us to review our progress in our life journey. It enables us to think about our choices and our directions and to ensure that we are living lives of love and mercy.

On Ash Wednesday we were invited to reflect on our daily journey through life. We were invited to reject and turn away from paths which are destructive, selfish and harmful and choose paths which are life-giving, loving and nurturing.

Now, as we approach the halfway point of this Lenten journey we are encouraged to think about our progress and renew our commitment. Each of us is encouraged to set aside time for prayer and reflection, to join regularly in the sacramental life of our parish community and take on active commitments that reflect our gospel values of justice and compassion.

One such area of commitment is our care for our natural environment. We are challenged to think about our lifestyle and our use of the world’s resources in order to reduce our impact which is also known as our carbon footprint. A helpful way of reminding ourselves about this commitment is to use the “Carbon Fast Calendar” which can be found at:

On Thursday evening members of our College Community were involved in two significant events. Firstly, staff new to the College and our College Leadership and Mission Teams attended the annual Diocesan Schools Staff Mass with Bishop David and the Priests of the Diocese. In his homily Bishop David thanked our teachers for their dedication and care shown to our students and encouraged us to think about how we can more fully engage our students in terms of faith and spirituality. On the same evening a number of our staff attended the Major Issues and Theology dinner where Bishop Geoffrey Robinson spoke of his work responding to issues of abuse in the Church among clergy and religious.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News



Celtic Alive Concert
Saturday 23 March
The Great Hall

We are delighted to announce that our newly formed Chamber Choir have been invited to perform at Knox Grammar School on Saturday 23 March for their Celtic Alive Concert.

Our Chamber Choir, directed by Ms Kate Beazley, consists of talented students from a range of year groups that are already committed members of the College Choir. The aim is to extend these students by exploring more challenging sacred and secular a cappella music.

The current members of the choir are:

Year 9: Caitlin Harris, Grace Klauser and Brianna Taylor
Year 10: Madeline Bannon, Julia Ramos and Jeneane Susas
Year 11: Andrea Hajje
Year 12: Katherine Clark and Cathlyn-Rose McKellar

They will performing two Celtic-inspired pieces at the concert:

John Newton – Amazing Grace (with a piper from Knox Grammar).
Sinead O’Conner – In This Heart.

It would be wonderful to see some familiar faces at this event supporting our talented students.
More details and ticketing information can be found at Knox Grammar School webite –

Note: tickets are selling fast!

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

Music Instrument Tuition Form

Ensemble News

College Choir, MSB Concert Band, Chamber Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and Chamber Choir have now commenced rehearsals. The interest in the ensembles continues to grow each year and numbers are at record levels. We hope that students enjoy the opportunity to perform and mix with students who have similar interests and a love of making music.

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department – Creative and Performing Arts
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News from Learning Support

At Mount St Benedict College we welcome all types of learners and we aim to make learning challenging and enjoyable for all our students. We take pride in being able to adapt our teaching to meet a variety of different learning needs. We do this by getting to know our students as well as we possibly can, and by adjusting class work, homework and assessment tasks so that each student is able to achieve to the best of her ability, without becoming overwhelmed or anxious.

The College Learning Support Team is available for students who may need extra assistance with their learning, whether for the whole of their time at the College, for a year or two, or perhaps just a few lessons. Once a learning difficulty has been identified, the Learning Support Team works with the student and her parents to decide on the best means of assistance, which could include:

  • Small academic support groups (Years 7 to 10)
  • Individual assistance (essay writing, research, study skills)
  • In-class support (Teacher Assistant, team teaching)
  • ESL support
  • Reading program (Year 7)
  • Differentiation – adjusting class work and assessments
  • Disability provisions for examinations
  • Individualised program of study (Life Skills)
  • Individual planning

The Learning Support Team at Mount St Benedict consists of the Learning Support Coordinator (Mrs Margot Hadfield) and two Support Teachers (Mrs Jen Collins Pope and Mrs Elizabeth Dunger). We also have four part-time teacher assistants working with teachers and students in the classrooms (Mrs Elaine Roche, Mrs Jane Purnell, Mrs Joanne Yeats and Mrs Jo Banks).

Students from all years are welcome to contact the Learning Support teachers at any time if they have difficulties with their school work. Parents are also invited to contact the teachers if they are concerned about their daughter’s academic progress or would like to discuss her individual learning needs. We would especially like to hear from student and families who are new to the College.

Disability Provisions for Higher School Certificate 2013

The Board of Studies allows disability provisions for students who will be completing
the Higher School Certificate Examinations in 2013. The provisions assist students who have a learning difficulty, physical disability or medical condition which may affect their exam performance. Students or parents of students currently in Year 12 who think they may be eligible for disability provisions and would like further information should contact Mrs Hadfield (Learning Support Coordinator) as soon as possible.
The closing date for most applications is the end of Term One.

Mrs Margot Hadfield
Learning Support Coordinator
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College News

Mater Dei Peace eggs
will be on sale Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 March for $2.50.

There will be no pre-orders this year due to supply shortages from Darrell Lea.

Swimming Carnival

The annual Mount St Benedict College Swimming Carnival was held on Thursday 28 February at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, Homebush.

This venue always brings out the best in our girls and this year was no exception. The level of participation in the events was outstanding. There was anywhere between 60 ‑140 girls competing in each age group in most of the events in the 50m pool. In addition to this, the number of girls who swam the 25m events was very impressive.

With great participation comes great competition. Great competition produces great results. Congratulations to the many girls who won their races or swam a personal best. We have some very talented swimmers at Bennies with new records being set in some of the events.

New Records:
Congratulations to the following record breakers:

  • Brooke Mindham (Y9 N2)
    • Intermediate 50Fly with a new time of 30.29
    • Intermediate 50Breast with a new time of 34.68
  • Madeleine Emmett Diugnan (Y7 A1)
    • 13yrs 50 Breast with a new time of 37.82
  • Interhouse 6 x 50m Freestyle Relay
    • Arcadia 3.23.87

The action in the pool was complimented by the spectacle of colour and cheering in the stands. The enthusiasm and LOUD cheering that is such a feature of a Bennies carnival was magnificent. Each year I receive some wonderful compliments and comments about our girls from the Aquatic Centre staff and other visitors to the the facility. Congratulations to all our wonderful students for your participation, enthusiasm and spirit.

Thank you to all the staff and student helpers for your invaluable assistance to allow the day to run so well. Thank you also to the House Captains, Vice Captains and Sports Captains.

The Overall Champion House is calculated using all points for the events, participation and war cry. The results for 2013 are:


The House Participation Trophy is calculated using participation points only so is awarded to the House who has the greatest participation across all events regardless of results. The results for 2013 are:


Junior Age Champion (12,13 and 14 years)

  1. Chelsea Brackin
  2. Madeleine Emmett Duignan
  3. Armelle Kolton

Intermediate Age Champion (15 and 16 years)

  1. Brooke Mindham
  2. Jessica Marcer
  3. Rachael Fraietta

Senior Age Champion (17 years and over)

  1. Emily Michell
  2. Laura Pinker
  3. Lily Vidler

Overall School Champion

  1. Brooke Mindham
  2. Chelsea Brackin
  3. Emily Michell

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

An Evening with Paul Dillon
Wednesday 10 April
Marist College Eastwood

Once again we are please to announce that Paul Dillon will be running a Parent Information Evening on Alcohol and Drug Use of Young People in Australia at 7.00pm at Marist College Eastwood on Wednesday 10 April.

The evening aims to empower parents with some basic information about current trends in alcohol and other drugs by examining the questions young people really want and need answers to. This will assist parents to have meaningful conversations with their child when responding to queries that may be raised. The information session covers a range of issues, including resilience and the importance of connectedness. Positive norms are accentuated and aim to empower parents in this controversial area.

The evening is a joint initiative with Marist College Eastwood parents, and will be held at Marist College Eastwood. All parents are encouraged to attend as part of a community approach to educate and keep our children safe from the harms of alcohol and other drugs. Our College strives to educate young women around the harms associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. This is done through both our PDHPE and Pastoral programs. Our Year 10 and Year 11 students will also have the privilege of listening to Paul speak earlier in the day as will the Year 10 and Year 11 boys from Marist College Eastwood.

To register your interest please RSVP online

There has been a report of Head Lice in the school.
Could all parents be vigilant in checking your daughter’s hair.

For more information go to:

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, School Diaries, Year Books prior to 1975, including 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

Would you like to go to Japan!!

If you are a student in Year 9 or Year 10 with an interest in Japanese, but not currently studying it, you are offered the chance to participate in the Japan tour which will take place over two weeks during the September/October holidays this year.

We will be visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Nagasaki, and attending Seiwa Girls School.

The approximate cost of the trip will be $4800. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Jin, Mrs Fahey or Ms Lander by Monday 25 February.

Mrs Belinda Jack
Head of Department

News from the IRC

IRC Resources to support students.

The IRC subscribes to a number of online resources which students can use both at school and home to support their academic studies. Over the next few weeks some of these resources will be highlighted so that parents are aware of their availability along with students who are often referred to these resources in class.

Britannica School Edition Pre K-12

  • Available on the IRC Course page once students log onto BenniesNet. Britannica has three separate levels for primary, middle and high school students plus a concise encyclopedia.
  • Over 151,800 encyclopedia articles.
  • Over 39,400 images (photos, illustrations, maps)
  • 2,100 animations, audio clips and 100 full length videos.
  • Over 61,000 student-friendly websites.
  • 12,000 primary sources (ebooks).
  • Current journal and magazine articles.
  • World atlas and country comparisons.
  • Dictionary and thesaurus.
  • Britannica’s collection of student learning materials and teacher resources.

To learn more about using Britannica these training videos are available for each of the three levels:

Mrs Sharon McGowan
IRC Coordinator

Year 10 Community Problem Solving
As part of the Year 10 Community Problem Solving team’s DARUG project, we are trying to educate the community on the Darug culture, traditions and stories. One of the ways we are doing this is through a Facebook page. We would greatly appreciate it if you could use the link below to look through it, ‘like’ it and provide us with some comments and feedback. Thank you.
Mrs Nina Selvaggi
Community Problem Solving Coordinator



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 followup.

New Year Mail Out

Staff are unable to administer paracetamol without the signed permission slip. A reminder that all forms are due back as soon as possible to 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.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line:
9990 3633


Congratulations to all of our students who competed at the NSW All Schools triathlon at Penrith last Friday.

Despite the forecast for lots of rain our girls were lucky to compete in dry conditions all day.

It was terrific to see seven Year 7 teams representing MSB for the first time and our Seniors achieving very impressive results whilst some competed for the final time.

Our top performing teams were as follows:

Alicia Marcer / Shannyn Bissett / Capri Vidler
(14th Catholic JUNIOR team)
Jessica Marcer / Lucinda Prescott / Sophie Cann
(9th Catholic INTERMEDIATE team)
Clare Krajancic / Sarah Crisafulli / Becky Clark
(6th Catholic SENIOR team)

A number of MSB students achieved top 10 Catholic Schools individual legs as follows:

Capri Vidler Y7 5th Run
Alana Sylvester Y7 8th Run
Jessica Marcer Y9 8th Swim
Sophie Cann Y9 9th Run
Kristin Jeffery Y10 10th Run
Sarah Crisafulli Y12 4th Cycle
Becky Clark Y12 6th Run
Annabelle Doheny Y11 7th Bike
Ellen Schiffler Y11 9th Run
Kaitlin Quinlan 9th Bike
Lily Vidler 10th Swim
Ashleigh McKimm Y11 10th Run

Full results are available at /

Thanks to our parents for ensuring the girls were at the venue on time and assisting with bikes etc. We are fortunate to have so many interested supporters. Particular thanks to parent Andrew Clements who willingly fulfilled part of our marshalling duty on the day and to Mrs McGregor, Mrs Sylvester and Mrs Dean for managing the team on the day.

This is a fantastic event for our girls and we are fortunate to have so many girls willing to participate.


Please check emails over the weekend regarding backup dates



  • To our Senior Representative Basketball who will be competing at the Broken Bay Championships on Monday. NOTE: Intermediate and Junior Representative Touch has been CANCELLED due to bad weather. Please check your emails over the weekend regarding backup date.
  • To Year 7 student Kate Barry who is trialling for the NSW CCC Open Cricket Team. Kate was a member of the NSW PSSA team in 2012
  • To Year 7 student Kirsten Simpson who is trialling for the NSW CCC Open Tennis team. Kirsten currently has an Australian ranking and we wish her well.

BROKEN BAY CARNIVALS – Junior and Intermediate Basketball and Touch

On Tuesday our Junior and Intermediate Basketball teams and Senior Touch teams were in action on the central coast in the first Broken Bay Championships for 2013.

Mr Greenwell and the Touch girls brought home silver medals winning all games except the final on a hot and exhausting day. Congratulations to Lily Vidler (Y12), Genevieve Cowie (Y12) and Ashleigh McKimm (Y11) who gained selection into the Broken Bay Open team. Stephanie Haskins (Y12) and Natalie Tobin (Y11) were also named as shadow players.

Mrs Gillies Junior Basketball team were unlucky not to make the final after finishing second in their pool setting them up for a tough semi final against eventual champions St Joseph’s.

I had the pleasure of coaching a relatively inexperienced Intermediate team who shone on the day winning every match except the final to also bring home silver!

As always it was great to see our supportive parents who take time out to come and cheer on our girls and fulfil bench duties etc.

Full team reports below:


On Tuesday 26 February a star studded group of students ventured to Woy Woy to compete in the Broken Bay Senior Touch Football Competition. The team consisting of Year 12 students Stephanie Haskins, Lily Vidler, Antonia Essey, Genevieve Cowie, Clare Krajancic, Maddy Bergfield and Year 11 students Ashleigh Mckimm, Hayley Evans, Natalie Tobin and Jessica Smith faced a tough six games of touch footy. Moving easily through their pool scoring 25 tries in four games and conceding only one! They narrowly beat Mackillop in the Semi Finals 1 – 0 and were ready to take on St Peters in the Final. Unfortunately, but not without courageous effort from the entire team they were beaten but still ecstatic to take home a silver medal. Three students were selected to join the prestigious Broken Bay Team. Congratulations to Lily Vidler, Genevieve Cowie and Ashleigh Mckimm on this outstanding effort. A huge congratulations goes to the entire team for an outstanding and triumphant effort throughout the day.

Mr Greenwell, Coach

Photo: Back L to R Mr David Greenwell (coach), Clare Krajancic, Natalie Tobin, Jessica Smith, Ashleigh McKimm, Antonia Essey.
Front Stephanie Haskins, Genevieve Cowie, Lily Vidler, Maddy Bergfield, Hayley Evans



On Tuesday 26 February the MSB Junior Basketball Team competed at Terrigal Basketball Stadium. The first game was against Stella Maris which was very challenging. Unfortunately in the last two seconds a foul was given away and two free shots resulted in Stella winning by one point. The second game was against St. Peter’s. Everyone played outstandingly scoring lay-ups and intercepting long passes. The final score was 29-0 and we were on our way.
In the last game in our pool we were up against MacKillop. Holding our heads up high after the last game we played fantastically. Fast dribbling and quick intercepts gave us a 22-0 win. The semi-final was against St Josephs, the dominant team in the competition. We were playing well in the first half and were leading at half-time. Joeys came back with force and we began to give away fouls and struggle with our shooting accuracy, and Joeys ran away with a 21-14 win.
We all had a great day and thanks to our coach Mrs Gillies.
The team consisted of Shannyn Bissett, Kelsey Curtin, Serina Saad, Alana Sylvester, Daniela Taylor, Angela Cloeraine, Chloe Matthews and Sarah Woodrow.
Written by: Sarah, Angela, Chloe and Shannyn.

Photo – Back L to R Mrs Kate Gillies (Coach), Serina Saad, Daniele Taylor, Chloe Matthews, Alana Sylvester
Front Sarah Woodrow, Kelsey Curtin, Angela Cloeraine, Shannyn Bissett.


The Broken Bay Basketball Championships for Bennies this year was held at the Terrigal sports stadium. This year was a really great year for the intermediates. We played six games throughout the day and we won all but one of them. Most of our games, from a players view, were competitive and we won well. We weren’t sure how the day was going to go especially because not many of us had experience but the day ended up being a great success and we would all happily do it over again. We have all become closer over this day observing and socialising, and are looking forward to the next year.

Alex Wade (Y10)

Team members pictured are Back L to R, Brianna Fitzalan, Alyson McGrath, Madeleine Fernando Georgia Toohey, Isabelle Bond
Front Julia Cormio, Kaitlyn Noble, Alex Wade


Students who have gained selection into our Representative team for the Broken Bay Champonships on Thursday 21 March will receive their permission notes next week.

The draft team will be posted on the Sports Noticeboard.


Students wishing to nominate for long distance events at the NSW CCC and NSW All Schools Championships will need to return the Nomination Forms emailed to all students. These forms are available on Moodle and have been included here for your convenience.

2013 Broken Bay Swimming – NSW CCC Distance Application Form
2013 NSWCCC Swimming – NSW ALL SCHOOLS Distance Application Form

These are State level carnivals for experienced swimmers only.
Please send them through Mrs Grant instead of directly to CCC and All Schools so the College can follow up if necessary.


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

These are State level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

  • VOLLEYBALL – NSW ALL SCHOOLS U15 TEAM – 17 – 23 August – closes Wednesday 6 March
    The New South Wales Combined High Schools will be sending an All Schools U15 Volleyball team to the School Sport Australia Volleyball Championships in Brisbane from 17 – 23 August.
    If you are an experienced volleyball player and interested in attending these trials please contact Mrs Grant by Wednesday 6 March.
  • DIVING – NSW CCC Championships – Tuesday 30 April – closes Thursday 11 April
    Competitions are held for Spingboard events in each age group and Open platform. Parents will need to provide transport to and from SOPAC.
    • NSW CCC Trials (15s) – Tuesday 7 May – closes Friday 3 May
    • NSW CCC Trials (Opens) – Wednesday 8 May – closes Friday 3 May
      Trials will be held at Auburn for the U15s (must turn 15 in 2013 to attend the trials) and OPEN (students turning 16+ in 2013) NSW CCC Netball Teams. Only students currently playing in a local Representative team will be considered for the trials. Students will need to be transported to and from the trials by their parents.

      Trials for MSB Representative Teams to compete at the Broken Bay and CCC carnivals will be held during Term Two. Listen to Daily Notices for further information.
  • SAILING – NSW All Schools Championships – Tuesday 16 April
    Further information is available on the NSW CCC Website


Our MSB Cross Country will be held on Thursday 11 April during Period 5/6 at the College. Students who would like to compete will be asked to sign up later this term – start training

Monday 4 March (Senior)
(K Barry Y7)
Monday 4 March
NETBALL NSW CCC TRIALS Tuesday 7 May (15) ** new Date **
Wednesday 8 May (OPEN) ** new Date **
(MSB Senior Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 March (OPEN)
Tuesday 2 April (Wet weather backup)
E Morley (Y10), L Leipa (Y12))

Tuesday 12 March
(K Simpson Y9)
Monday 4 March
(MSB Representative Team)
Monday 4 March (U13/U15)
Tuesday 5 March (Wet weather backup)


Thursday 11 April (P5/6)
College grounds

Parents and friends most welcome

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


Registration forms for the winter basketball competition at Hills Hornets are now overdue.

Coaches and Managers: We are still looking to fill some coaching and managing positions for our basketball teams. For further information please contact Mrs Lewis.


All teams have now been finalised and are posted on the Sports Noticeboard.

We still require coaches and managers for many of these teams. Your team can not be registered with a team manager.

If you, or anyone you know can assist with coaching or managing please contact:

Michelle Sharpe (Coaching Convener)
M: 0405 443 979.


Registrations are now overdue.
Year 7 and 8 students required in the 14 years and under age group – born 1999 or later. Anyone still interested in joining a soccer team to play on Sunday mornings from April to August please contact Mrs Lewis. Registration forms can be found on the Intranet under Sport.
Players who have handed in their registration forms are reminded to register with FFA at
Coaches and Managers: We are still looking to fill some coaching and managing positions for our soccer teams. For further information please contact Mrs Lewis.

Sports Reports

Basketball – 21 February

A nail biting game between Bennie’s 2 and the Comets. The game was neck and neck the whole 40 minutes. Bennie’s opened the game with two quick goals though the Comets were quick to respond. By half-time the score was 11 – 9 in Bennie’s favour. In the second half, the girls maintained a narrow lead, their job more difficult due to a disproportionate number of fouls against them, giving two free shots to the Comets for every foul. Bennie’s 2 perservered and maintained their lead – the full time hooter was punctuated with a goal by Maddie Fernando to give a final score of 23 – 20.

Monica Logan, Team Manager

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordnator

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P & F News

10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 3 March

Thank you to everyone who have kindly volunteered their time to man the P&F Open Day Refreshments Table on Sunday. If you have any spare time why not pop over and see if your assistance is required.

Any donations of food are welcome on the day. Please bring your donations straight to the Welcome Table on Sunday.


The Canteen opens daily from 9.00am – 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

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

Place an Canteen order here


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
Alison Hendry Helen Merhi Natalie Conway Jaye Harkin Marlene Manning
Natalie Nati Louise Spencer Kay Munro Rowan Dollar
Frances Krajancic Marie Kirkman
Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend this week or
if you would like to be removed from the Roster.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448
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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

Monday: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 11.00am

Could any new students to the school please go to the Uniform Shop for your winter uniform fitting.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager T: 9980 0447
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Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 25 February 2013

The University of Sydney

A Step Ahead
Want to be a step ahead at University? Transition Academic Skills Services can help you.
Download the flyer for more information.


HSC Preparation Courses
The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney is running intensive HSC Preparation courses in a variety of subjects for Year 12 students who want to extend their studies and enhance performance in their HSC year.

Selected preparation courses are also offered for Years 10 and 11, including Year 10: Preparing for Success and Years 10 – 12 Course: Improving Written English.

The next series of courses commence between Monday 15 April and Monday 22 April. Third term “Part 3″ courses are also available for enrolment and commence Monday 1 July.

The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content.
For more information visit our website.

Download the HSC Preparation Course Guide. The guide outlines upcoming course dates and times as well as indicative dates for courses later in the year.

Download the Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.

Centre for Continuing Education
T 02 9036 4789
F 02 9036 4799

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)

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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 for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, available from 1 April.
Contact : Jake Brown E:
Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 20 August.

William Blue College Information Evening
Date : Tuesday 30 April
Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown – your students thinking of launching their hospitality career soon? From commercial cookery, events, hotel and tourism management we have something in store for all interests.

Meet our current students and hear about their student experience at William Blue. Speak with our career management team and learn why our students flourish in the industry.

For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

William Blue College – Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager Workshop
Dates: 16 April, 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 –

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 or go to 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 –

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 for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, applications available from 1 April.
Contact: Jake Brown –

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 6 September

APM College Information Evening
Date: Tuesday 7 May, 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 – 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 or go to 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 –

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 or visit our events page on 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.Next workshop – Saturday 11 May

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.

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

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.Next workshop – Saturday 11 May

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 wellbeing? Discover the answers and more at ACNT’s Open Day.

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Jansen Newman Institute
Think ClassInformation Evenings
Interested in a career in counselling, psychotherapy, community services or human resources but not sure which JNI course is right for you? Come along to an Information Evening to discover your course options in more detail. They are a wonderful chance to chat to friendly lecturers about study options, view the JNI campus and its facilities, hear from graduates and current students and discover our student support services.Next information evening – Tuesday 9 April

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 JNI.

Next information evening – Tuesday 9 April

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:

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 teachers and Career Advisers to help your students do their best.To register your school’s interest and for more information, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email:

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.

Next Information Evening – 1 May 2013

For more info and to register, visit here or join us on Facebook

The Institute of Chartered Accountants
Cadetship Evening
Wednesday 15 May

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

Meet the Business Leader
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

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.

Christ the King Catholic Primary School, North Rocks
40th Anniversary and re-Union Ball

Christ the King Catholic Primary School is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. An Anniversary and Re-Union Ball is being held to mark the occasion on Friday 5 April at Curzon Hall, Eastwood.

All former students, past staff members and families and friends of Christ the King are invited to join us for those celebrations.

Further details and enquiries:

Sarah Kaltoum, 0404 828 887, Hounaida Younan or Jeff Saul 0418 662 912.

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 Mass
    Every 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.

West Pennant Hills Netball Club

West Pennant Hills Netball Club is looking for a small number of players in the U8’s, U9’s & U10 year age

Please contact Jacquie (Netta) on 0400 777 780 or Ashley (Junior Convenor) on 0421 558 009 for
further information.

Beecroft Football

Beecroft Football Club is a community sports club for players – boys and girls – from ages 5 to 50+ within the Beecroft Pennant Hills area. Our club has a strong and active program of female participation, competing in the North West Sydney Women’s Football Competitions.

Beecroft Football Club is registering now for the Winter Season 2013. Players wanted for girls teams in all ages to U/18s.

For more details ring Nola Ford on 0402 340 268 or check our website

Play Hockey in 2012

  • Great non-contact mixed girls & boys team sport
  • Small field “Minkey” games for U5 – U9
  • Mixed junior comps U11, U13, U15
  • Play on world class artificial turf facility at Pennant Hills Park
  • Great for fitness as well as maintaining cricket & baseball skills

NORTHERN DISTRICT HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Pennant Hills Park, Britannia Street, Pennant Hills

Further information: Adrian Wilson 0419 299 808 Robert Nicoll 0438 119 729

Registration forms and information at