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02 Aug 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

Our new website went live earlier in the week and we now have the pleasure of sending you our first new-look newsletter. Please take the time to explore the new site as there are lots of new features and we are confident that it will help you keep in touch with everything that is happening in our College community.

As our Year 12 students commenced their Trial HSC examinations this week, some students have also been completing individual projects and major works, and others have been preparing for HSC Practical examinations which will take place in the next few weeks. This can be a time of heightened anxiety, so I have encouraged the girls to take advantage of all the supports that are available to them at the College. Parents should also feel free to contact us at the College if they have any concerns about their daughters.

Year 10 students have been involved in Community Outreach this week. This is a wonderful opportunity for learning outside the classroom and I am sure all students will have tales to tell of their experiences and the things they have learned. Hopefully they have also found the experience rewarding and have gained insight into the needs of various groups within the community. In the future as governments struggle to find the funds to provide for all the various needs of people, our society will rely more heavily on volunteers to assist. It would be a very positive thing if each of us was able to contribute through volunteering in our community. Our students have many opportunities to be involved in outreach and other social justice activities, something which they will hopefully carry through into their lives beyond school.

Year 8 students commence the process of choosing elective subjects for Year 9 with an Information Evening next Tuesday at 7.00pm in the College Hall. This is the first significant opportunity the students have had to make decisions about the subjects they study, so it is important that each girl is in attendance with a parent, to learn about the process. Subject teachers will be available to provide information about the different subject options.

      Grandparents Day

On Wednesday next week we will welcome grandparents to the College Assembly in Period 2. As parking on site is limited, I ask that where possible grandparents are dropped off near the Administration Block and vehicles can then be parked offsite. Where there is a problem with mobility, there will be staff on duty in the car park to direct you to a suitable parking spot.

      P&F Dinner Dance

I am looking forward to an enjoyable evening on Saturday 24 August as parents gather to enjoy each other’s company. The P&F Executive has worked hard to plan the evening and I encourage parents to get together and book a table. I always appreciate the opportunity to meet with parents in a relaxed and informal setting, and it is a great way to get to know other members of the MSB community.

At the end of this week, I have been involved in meeting with Principals from all the Good Samaritan schools. Some of our time was spent at Mater Dei School in Camden, a special school for children with intellectual disabilities. A beautiful bronze sculpture was unveiled to mark the completion of new developments. Each of the Good Samaritan schools had made a contribution to the cost of the sculpture as a sign of support for the special work of Mater Dei. Spending time at Mater Dei highlighted for me what a privilege it is to be part of a tradition which emphasises the importance of developing the gifts of each individual, and allowing every member of the community to contribute their gifts.

Lord of all kindness, we ask your blessing for the children in our care.
We ask for their comfort when their living is hard.
May they experience joy if they ever feel abandoned.
May they be blessed with strength to overcome challenges.
May they be blessed with friendship to allow them to grow in love.
Lord, we pray for all of our children,
that they may realise their dreams and live their lives in the fullness of your love and mercy.
May the healing touch of mercy be there for our children.
Let our hands be your hands,
our words be your words and let your mercy flow through all of us who have your children in our care.
We pray in the name of Jesus.

Maria Pearson

Mission News

Last Saturday night Miss Maree Henson and I had the pleasure of accompanying eight Year 11 students to the Vinnies Night Patrol, feeding the homeless at two spots in the city, Wade Park and Martin Place. These students openly and respectfully engaged with the people they met. Many of the men and women shared the story of how they came to be on the streets whilst others were very private and it was clear the pain was either too deep or too recent. In observing our students it was obvious that they were approaching these conversations with a caring and open heart. Service programs such as these not only challenge our students but also allow them to see first hand the life of others and therefore create a positive connection with those less fortunate.

Year 10 are presently completing a week of Community Outreach at a range of venues such as hospitals, nursing homes, parish ministry, schools for students with special needs, preschools and primary schools. Reports have begun to filter in about the positive impact that the students have made in their various outreach experiences. Although many were initially out of their comfort zone they have managed to put the needs of others ahead of their own for this week.

At our Staff Prayer this week, we listened to the story of Lydia from the Acts of the Apostles. Lydia was a single woman with the strength, determination and integrity to be a successful seller of purple cloth in what was, undoubtedly, a male-dominated society, and yet she was publicly open about her faith and beliefs. As Paul wrote “the Lord opened her heart and she accepted what was being said about God’. She was hospitable to others and opened her home to the stranger. So too our Year 10 students have opened their hearts to the various strangers they have met this week.

Mr Paul Lentern is currently on leave for the next four weeks. I would like to thank Mr.Adrian Gomez for stepping into the role of Ministry Coordinator and Mrs Catherine Hogan for accepting the role of Religious Education Coordinator during the next few weeks.

I would like to bring your attention to various articles in this week. This edition has an article on cyber bullying and an interesting look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was one of the most outspoken Christian voices raised in opposition against Adolph Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.


We also have a number of important events coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Grandparents Day - Wednesday 7 August
  • Jesus Laughing Exhibition - Monday 12 August
  • Refugee and Asylum Seekers Week -  Monday 12 - Friday 16 August
  • Father Daughter Breakfast - Wednesday 28 August
  • Year 9 Reflection Day - Friday 6 September
  • Year 8 Reflection Day - Monday 9 September
  • The Year 12 Graduation Mass - Thursday 19 September

Please RSVP here

Mrs Donna Dempsey
Acting Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 11 - ROSA

This week I let your daughters know that there is an added incentive to achieve good results this year as you begin preparing for your Year 11 End of Preliminary exams.

For the first time this year the Board of Studies has asked the College to submit a grade for each course at the end of Year 11. This will form part of her final HSC record of achievement (along with her ROSA grades from last year).

This means that her teachers will make a judgement based on all of her assessment tasks for this Preliminary Year on what grade she will receive for each course. The judgement is based on achievement only and not potential. Therefore it is important that she continue to work hard and prepare well for her End of Preliminary exams which normally have the highest weighting of all her assessment tasks. Your continued help and assistance in this area is appreciated.

It is important that your daughter realises that the Year 11 ROSA grades have no effect on her ATAR or HSC results. But building a good foundation and a culture of learning will help her attain the best HSC and ATAR that she can.

Take the time to look at the link below to read more on ROSA

If there is more information you need help with do not hesitate to ask me or a respective Head of Department.

Year 9 2014 Elective Subjects Information Evening

Tuesday 6 August
College Hall

Mrs Pearson, College Principal will present a holistic picture of girls' education at Mount St Benedict College and Mr Muskovits, Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum will provide information on the Board of Studies' requirements for Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5), the elective structure and course selection for next year and provide an overview of the online Subject Selection System (SSO). Parents will be emailed their username and password and may access the SSO system from 4.00pm on Wednesday 7 August.

The College will offer 14 elective courses from which your daughter will choose TWO for Years 9 and 10. These courses are 200 hour courses which must be studied over both years. Therefore careful consideration needs to be given to the subject selection process as once the students indicate what courses they want to study and timetabling of the lines begin, it is very difficult to change their preferences.

Faculty staff will be available to discuss any questions you have with your daughter regarding these courses and the Year 9 2014 Elective Subject Selection Handbook will be distributed.

Therefore it is important that you and your daughter attend this Information Evening. All students are expected to attend in school uniform.

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum


Instrumental Tuition

Tuition is available to all students who have chosen to learn a musical instrument at the College.

Current offers:

Students who would like to play violin, viola, cello, trumpet or trombone will be given an instrument free of any additional charge whilst part of the tuition program. Instruments are to be returned at the end of year or at the conclusion of your daughter's final lesson.

Please fill in an Music Instrument Tuition Form and return to Student Services. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department - Creative and Performing Arts

College News

Year 10 Senior Uniform Fittings

Commencing on Monday 5 August until Thursday 8 August appointment times have been allocated to all Year 10 students. The appointment times will be emailed to your daughter and will also be on the Noticeboard outside the Printroom.

A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of the appointment.

Download a Credit Card Transaction Form here.

If you do not need a senior uniform due to siblings or if your daughter is not returning to the College in 2014 please ask her to advise Mrs Arane in the Uniform Shop so that her appointment time is not wasted.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Uniform Shop on 9980 0447 if you have any further queries.

Pocket Poems

'POCKET POEMS' Set Bennies on Fire!

This week we have had lots of girls reading Pocket Poems to each other, writing them and entering them in the competition which closes today at 5.00pm. One student even visited the Principal with her Pocket Poem. At Book Club we did "Found" Pocket Poems.


These photos show avid readers (some of whom are Book Club girls) choosing novels to buy for the IRC and as prizes for the competition.


We'll have to wait and see who are our winners! Well done everyone!"

Terracina Report

This year, so far for Terra, has been jam-packed full of participation, massive achievements, some big announcements and the development of new skills for a good cause.

Already we’ve had our Swimming and Athletics Carnivals where we saw record-breaking participation. At the Swimming Carnival we managed to come in at a very pleasing fourth for participation on the day. The top swimmers in each age group put in a massive effort to make this happen. These fantastic participants were:

  • Gabrielle Dollar (T7) for Year 7,

  • Zara Worne (T5) for Year 8,

  • Kirsten Simpson (T4) for Year 9,

  • Lucy Hatcher (T6) for Year 10,

  • Natalie Tobin (T3) and Madeline Thompson (T2) for Year 11 and

  • Clare Krajancic (T5) for Year 12.

Our most successful swimmers from the day were Gabrielle Dollar and Jaime Dunn (T3), who played a key role in our top four placing.

The Athletics Carnival was another extremely successful day for us in terms of participation numbers. It saw Terra come in second for overall participation. That is a massive 21% increase on last year’s numbers! We had nine girls compete in an amazing ten events on the day all of whom were the top competitors for their year in Terra:

  • Jaime Dunn (T3) and Sophia Cleveringa (T2) in Year 7 with ten events,

  • Lauren Martin (T5) and Louise Campbell (T7) in Year 8 with ten events,

  • Amanda Grima (T6) and Kirsten Simpson (T4) in Year 9 with nine events,

  • Lucy Hatcher (T6) and Olivia Doheny (T2) in Year 10 with ten events,

  • Annabelle Doheny (T6) in Year 11 with ten events and

  • Jordanne Cleveringa (T7) and Sarah Crisafulli (T1) with ten events.

A huge thank you to Georgia Fitzalan our outgoing House Captain and Mrs Gillies our House Coordinator for their preparation and support on the day. This was an incredibly fun day for everyone and we look forward to next year.

In Terra we have a wealth of talent and many girls who achieve great things, a couple of stand outs are Laura and Nat.

Laura Baker (T2) was part of the MSB Future Problem Solving Team who travelled to America to compete in the World Championships. They managed to come away from this competition as Future Problem Solving World Champions! We are incredibly proud of Laura and her team’s achievement. To sporting achievements, Natalie Tobin (T3) was selected to play in the Young Matilda’s Team in New Zealand and received ‘Player of the Match’ for one game, which is absolutely incredible.

During Term 2 we held a mascot competition. We put it out to the House to develop a mascot that they would like to represent us at carnivals and other events. All suggestions were collated and a vote put to the House. We are now ‘The Terracina Lions’, all you other Houses better ‘Prepare to be TERRA-fied!’. We are now assembling a team to create a brand new banner to go with this new look Terra. As well as this we voted for a new House Captain and Vice Captain for 2013/2014. I am very excited and proud to say that I will be leading the House as House Captain for this time. I am very much looking forward to working together with everyone to achieve great things, particularly our new Vice Captain Freya Cleveringa. In other exciting news T6’s Homeroom Mentor, Mrs Johnson, is pregnant! We are all very happy for her and wish the best for her in this exciting time in her life.


We also have a brand new House Ambassador, Madeline Thompson. Maddie will be helping us to connect more to our House Partner Kiribati. Early this year we got to hear from some teachers who visited Kiribati. They told us of the hardships that the people there face every day. This prompted action and last term we worked hard to collect things to send over there to make life easier for the people of Kiribati. On Wednesday 16 October there will be a Fundraising Dinner for Kiribati, so stay tuned for more information on that.

In the year of Stewardship Terracina has been playing a small part to increase awareness for stewardship of ourselves, others and the environment. We have been knitting. Yes, I said knitting. We have been working hard to create knitted squares of 25cm x 25cm. We managed to make a full blanket for the ‘Wrap with Love’ initiative, which was led by Mrs.Davey and Mrs Gillies. Great work team!

Overall it has been a fantastic year for Terra with great fun had by all and plenty more to come!

report by Annabelle Doheny
Terracina House Captain

Mrs Kate Gillies
Terracina House Coordinator


Class of 2003 (and Year 10 2001) 10 Year Reunion including teaching staff.

5.00pm Saturday 19 October 2013

Helm Bar, Aquarium Wharf 7 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour NSW

For additional details for this event, join the Facebook Group "Mt St Benedict Class of 2003 Ten Year Reunion" or alternatively email

Class of 1983 (and Year 10 1981) 30 Year Reunion

7.00pm Saturday 14 September 2013

Kirribilli Club 11 Harbour View Crescent Lavender Bay NSW

For additional details for this event, join the Facebook Group "Mt St Benedict Class of '83" or alternatively email

From the Fees Desk

School fees for Term 3 are now due. If paying by automatic deduction, the payments were processed on Friday 2 August.

Current statements of account and Tax Receipts for the Voluntary Building Fund have been posted to all families.

If you have any queries regarding your College fees, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or .au

Mrs Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

MSB Golden Jubilee

We are currently updating our archival records with the History Company in preparation for our Golden Jubilee in 2016. As a result of this process we have discovered some of our publications have been misplaced. If you are an ex-student and you have kept publications such as Bennies Buzz, Newsletters and School Diaries, or have photos of significant events etc, and you would be happy to share a copy with us and/or donate it to the College please contact Mrs Michelle Blackman on 9980 0401 or email

From Student Services

If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

If your daughter is absent or late, please send an SMS message to 0418 565 982 with a brief reason.

For example 'Susan Smith Y8 sick', "Susan Smith Y8 Physio appt'.

The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so to avoid a follow-up, please ensure that you explain your daughter's 'absence/lateness' when sending your SMS message. This is a text only number. Once you have sent a SMS message you are not required to send a written note. If you are bringing your daughter to school late, could you take the time to write a note in her diary before she gets out of the car. To have the ‘lateness’ explained on the day then requires no follow up.

Representative Sport

Further details for all Representative Sports will be available on the MSB College website here.

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.


NSW CCC Website: Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633

Good Luck

Good luck to Year 12 student Lily Vidler who will be attending the 9th International Youth Forum of Coubertin Schools in Lillchammer, Norway next week as an Australian Ambassador.

We look forward to hearing about this amazing experience upon her return. Lily is pictured here receiving the 2013 Pierre de Coubertin Award with Fiona de Jong, Director of Sport and Acting Secretary General of the AOC and James Chapman, Silver medallist in rowing London 2012.

Broken Bay and KO Athletics Championships

All team members have been emailed the official entry list that has been sent to Broken Bay. Please check and notify Mrs Grant immediately if there are ANY errors.
Students who have applied for wild cards will be notified once we receive any information from Broken Bay. I will also forward the 2013 program once it is received. The current team list can be accessed here.

NSW CCC Netball Championships

Notes have been emailed to parents and players and are due back next Thursday. The draw will be forwarded to the girls if it is received prior to the day.

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Touch Championships

Notes have been emailed to all Year 7/8 Representative players and are due back by Friday 9 August. The draw will be forwarded to the girls if it is received prior to the day.

Representative Training Sessions Next Week

Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 Netball will train Monday lunch (Mrs Grant/Mrs Walsh)

Year 7/8 Touch will train Wednesday lunch (Mrs Hickey)

2014 Sports Tour Training Sessions next week

All Year 8 netball players will train Thursday lunch




Wed 21 Aug (MSB Rep Team)


Fri 13 Sep (BB Team)
(Wet Weather Backup tba)


Thu 22 August (MSB Rep KO Team)



Fri 30 Aug (MSB Golf Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Tue 3 Sep)



Wed 14 Aug (Champion MSB Rep Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup tba)



Thu 22 Aug (NSW CCC Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)


Thu 8 - Sun 25 Aug (Lily Vidler Y12)

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

Co-curricular Sport


Your Daughter Needs You!!

We are past the half way mark of the Netball Season and I wanted to express my gratitude to all the girls, coaches, managers and umpires for all their wonderful effort in Netball so far.

Please remember the end of year Netball Presentation will take place in a new venue, The Pennant Hills Bowling Club.


Please note at this function on Saturday 14 September, the AGM will occur and the following positions will become vacant.

  • Equipment Officer
  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Umpires Convenor

Without these roles being filled the Club will not function past this date.

If anyone is interested we are only too willing to inform you about what each of these jobs entail. Just like one of the aspects of the MSB College Motto, we would love parents to demonstrate their great hospitality and give something to the MSB Netball Club as I am sure you are aware of the wonderful skills and friendships the girls receive by being a part of the MSB Netball Club.

Over the next few weeks we will give you an insight into the people whose positions are becoming vacant at the end of the year.

Umpires Convenor - Barbara Broomfield

Part-time Dental Receptionist and Part-time Indoor Sports Centre Receptionist

Family, Sports especially netball and softball (I play for Bennies softball team)

Why MSB:
I thought it was important for my daughters to play for their high school and since I was on the Committee at their primary school I was happy to join MSB Committee.

My Role So Far:
I’ve been the Umpires Convenor for 12 years now. I am not an umpire but I have a much greater appreciation now for the sometimes difficult task of umpiring. My job involves allocating umpires to a game suited to their level of skill and knowledge, organising coaching so they can progress their skill, liaising with Umpires Convenors from other clubs to organise replacements or swaps, and accounting for the payment of the umpires at the end of the season.
HDNA Umpires Committee and the Umpires Convenors from all the clubs form a very supportive community.

I’ve always found that being actively involved is so much more rewarding than just watching from the sidelines and much appreciated by my children. I’ve had the opportunity over the years to get to know many of our terrific netballers and their parents. Oh, and the coffee and nibbles at our Committee Meetings are good too!

Separated with five children - one married, all the rest have girl/boyfriends - makes for very entertaining family get-togethers.

Please direct any enquiries to me and we look forward to seeing you at the Netball Presentation to celebrate the end of the Season.

Chris Gould
MSB Netball Club President


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

NSWACT Newsletter 29 July

Are you enrolled to vote?

Young people's voices matter this election, but almost one in four are not enrolled to vote.

Go to to check if you're enrolled, and to update your enrolment online. You can also visit to enrol, stay informed, and get all the information you need to vote, Make your voice count this election year.

Introduction to Nursing

Student Work Placement

We are continuously looking for employers in all our frameworks, which are:

  • Automotive
  • Auto Sound
  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality - Commercial Cookery
  • Hospitality - Food and Beverage
  • Information Technology
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Primary Industry / Horticulture
  • Retail
  • Tourism and Events

Parents - are you thinking of becoming a host employer?

By providing input into the development of a student while on work placement you can ensure the future of a confident, skilled and employable young person. You can show them the attitudes you want in your industry which will, in turn raise the profile of your business to the local community. However, the most valuable experience the students will gain is the opportunity to use and develop their employability skills, such as an opportunity to work in a team, problem solving skills, verbal and written communication skills and to use their initiative. To join as a host employer, please contact us on 9639 7999 and ask for a work placement coordinator or email

New degrees at Macquarie University for 2014

Macquarie University consults with industry to develop new degree programs to meet the changing market place and to provide our students with a competitive edge. New degrees to be introduced for 2014 are:

  • Bachelor of Laws Our new four-year stand-alone degree encourages students to look beyond law as a function of rules and procedures or as a technical qualification.

  • Bachelor of Business Analytics This program incorporates business and science. Students will gain skills in quantitative training; in statistics and modelling, business information/intelligence, strategy, budget forecasting and planning.

  • Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce This degree provides students with not only with technical skills in business, but also soft skills to respond to an agile and highly innovative modern organisation.

  • Bachelor of Global Business This program combines a commercial understanding of global business, a major in an Asian or European language and an internship with an international company, either in Australia or overseas.

  • Bachelor of Human Sciences This degree provides the required academic background for postgraduate study in physiotherapy, and employment opportunities in areas where skills in counselling, community-based care, disability services, and health policy and education are needed.

New combined degrees

Sydney University Open Day

9.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday 31 August

This year's highlights include:

  • Hands-on activities – Map the lands of Westeros (of Game of Thrones fame) with our Architecture students, interact with robots from the Engineering faculty and examine DNA with the Science team!

  • Over 150 mini lectures – Hear about the study opportunities Sydney Uni has to offer, as well as things like international exchange and scholarships. There are also a couple of sessions aimed at parents!

  • One-on-one advice – Chat to university lecturers and students about where a degree from Sydney Uni can take you.

  • Guided tours – From general tours of campus to more specialised faculty or residential college ones, these are a great way to get a feel for our beautiful campus and world-class facilities.

Visit for more information about mini lectures and to create your own program for the day.

HSC Preparation Courses - Term Three

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 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.

Defence Force University Sponsorship

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


Admission to UTS:INSEARCH will now be based on a student’s average HSC subject results (based on non-VET subjects).

The Academic and English Admissions Committee recently approved the new model with the aim of giving more Year 12 graduates, an opportunity to study at UTS:INSEARCH and start their pathway to university study. If you would like to discuss this with UTS:INSEARCH please contact David Sam or call 9218 8749

Discover Sessions

  • Nursing - City and Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

  • Midewifery - City campuses

  • Human Movement and Sport and Exercise - Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

Further information:

University of Wollongong - Year 12

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

If you are the parent of a Year 12 student and would like to receive information each month about UOW programs and upcoming events, please join 'Parents UniAdvice' by registering at and click the purple 'Sign up Parents E-News' tab to complete your details.

teach.NSW Scholarships

Year 12 can apply for a scholarship worth up to $28,000 for their university study! Teach.NSW offers valuable Teaching Scholarships. Applications now open and will close in October 2013.

For the latest information go to

My Health Career

MY HEALTH CAREER offers over one hundred videos on over ten different health careers from real health practitioners. Everything from the future of pharmacy in Australia to the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician to eight areas of specialisation in podiatry.

Go to to enter your name and email address and receive FREE updates.

WEP Volunteer Abroad

WEP's Volunteer Abroad provides school leavers with an opportunity to travel overseas, gain meaningful work experiences and sometimes even learn another language. Programs start every week and are flexible in duration. Further information

GapBreak Online Information Session - listen from your computer!

6.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday 6 August

Registration Link Student and parents can register here.

Download & view the GapBreak Brochure here.

Camp America 2014 Season Kick Off

Tuesday 6 August
Y Hotel, 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney (next to Hyde Park)

Visit the website for further Information RSVP via our Facebook page

TARONGA ZOO - Meet a Keeper

This is a one-day program for students 14 years and over who have expressed a keen interest in a career at the Zoo. This program includes a seminar presented by a panel of Zookeepers and other Zoo staff members. Students will learn about all aspects of zoo-keeping, including qualifications, career opportunities, core responsibilities, careers structures and wages.

Afterwards students will explore the Zoo and enjoy a mystery behind-the-scenes animal tour.

For booking forms and information visit

Wesley Institute School of Graphic Design - Designer for a Day Workshop

Curious about a career in Graphic Design? Wesley Institute's School of Graphic Design invites you to experience what it's like to be a designer for a day, in a creative and collaborative environment. Explore the possibilities and unlock your creative DNA. For more information, register your interest at or call 02 9819 8824.

E: Lucy

Tax File Numbers

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

TAX File Numbers Delay

We have been informed that there has been a delay in the processing of TFN applications by the Taxation Department. As soon as they have been processed individual tax file numbers will be sent to postal addresses on the applications.

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

P & F News

P&F General Meeting - Monday 12 August

Please join us at 7.30pm in the College staffroom for the next General Meeting. Why not attend the 'Jesus Laughing Exhibition' in the College Hall and then pop up for the meeting.

MSB Dinner Dance

The MSB Dinner Dance 2013 will be held on Saturday 24 August at The Pennant Hills Golf Club.
The link to book online will be available next week from the homepage of the website.

You can reserve a seat on a Year group table or request to be seated with another parent.

Staff, parents and friends are all welcome to attend what is hoped will be a very enjoyable and relaxing evening.

MSB Golf Day - ** Rescheduled **

Due to a clash in the College Calendar unfortunately the Ladies and Gents Golf Day has had to be rescheduled. Details will follow late August 2013.”

The National Education Reform

On Tuesday 23 April the NSW Government agreed to implement the National Education Reform Agenda. This agreement means an 'additional' $5 billion investment in NSW schools over six years commencing in 2014 and a commitment to implementing the National Plan for School Improvement.

In practical terms, over the next six years, it means:

  • an additional $3.27 billion in Commonwealth funding
  • the reinvestment of $1.7 billion by the State Government (essentially putting back the funds it took out of the schools budget as 'savings measures' in late 2012).
  • Indexation of 4.7% from the Commonwealth and 3% from the State Government (the State Government will 'move towards' 3% indexation over time to reach that level by 2016)
  • a commitment that no school will have less funding than it currently enjoys.


The State Government will fund its share of new funding from a range of sources including maintaining certain business taxes, efficiency dividends and possibly increases in TAFE and VET fees.

On Tuesday 23 July Catholic schools also signed up to receive additional funding as outlined in the attached media releases.

Later this year we face a federal election and education has been named as one of the top three election issues.

The active participation of Catholic school communities may be called upon in the lead up to the election. More information will become available in coming months.


2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 3: 12 August, 9 September
Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

Each General Meeting commences at 7.30pm in the College Staffroom.


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


General Meeting - Monday 12 August

Please join us at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom for the next General Meeting.


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.

Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system can be found on the College website

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

Place a Canteen order here









Nicole Bond


Jaye Harkin

Helena Cheung

Kay Munro

Lynne Chen

Susan Willey

Fiona Stewart

Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or if you would like to be removed from the Roster.
** If you can assist on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

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

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager
T: 9980 0447

Community Notices

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

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

Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

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

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

For details see Course Descriptions and Term Brochure

Most courses, workshops and seminars are held in the evening during school terms in the Northern Sydney area.

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

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

Child and Adolescent Parenting
PO Box 142 North Ryde NSW 1670
T: (02) 9887 5830
F: (02 9887 2941
E: Vivienne: Susan:

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:

  • 6.00pm Youth Mass Every Sunday night followed by LIFE Nights for Years 9 - 12 from 7.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Into Life for Years 7 - 8 Friday nights, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry

Looking for a way to get involved in all kinds of great stuff and meet new people outside your school? St Agatha’s Youth Ministry is for you. From weekly youth groups to overnight camps, beach trips, bowling nights, community service projects and much more we have something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to meet and get to know other guys and girls from around the area who you may not otherwise have the chance to hang out with, and to keep in touch with friends from your primary school days. And as part of the Catholic Parish of St Agatha, Pennant Hills, we aim to follow Christ and live out his teachings in everything we do. Get involved! For more information please contact: Matt Donnelly St Agatha’s Youth Minister M: 0432 494 786

Hornsby Cathedral Parish Youth Groups

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

  • Years 7 - 9

    • 7.00pm - 9.00pm Friday nights (1st and 3rd Friday of the month)

  • Years 10 - 12

    • 7.00pm - 10.00pm Fridays (2nd and 4thFriday of the month)

Please bring $5 for pizza Upcoming Dates:

  • YEAR 7- 9 - June 21

  • YEAR 10-12 June 14 , 28

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