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7 Feb 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

I want to offer a very warm welcome to students, staff and families who are new to our community as well as those who are returning after the refreshing summer break. Our new Year 7 students commenced, looking excited, a little nervous about the new experiences which await them, and perfectly attired in their new uniforms. We are delighted to welcome them to Mount St Benedict College, along with new students joining us in other year groups.  With all our students in attendance on Thursday we had a successful Photo Day and staff and students were able to spend time in House groups, developing connections and relationships.



We welcome back from leave a number of staff: Mrs Gail Davey; Mrs Therese Noble, Ms Wendy Gracie, Mrs Tanya Gosden, Ms Karin Balmer and Ms Rebecca Enright.  We also welcome our new staff: Ms Alexis Abagi (Science), Ms Jo Banks (Learning Support), Ms Catherine Dignam (Languages), Mrs Emma Forbes (Head of HSIE), Mrs Kylie Gray (Marketing and Development Manager), Ms Emma Harris (RE), Mrs Denise Hillier (Head of Mathematics), Ms Madeleine Janson (TAS), Ms Jessica Langdon (Science), Ms Lucy Mesker (TAS), Mr Michael O’Brien (RE), Ms Poppy Okubo (Languages), Ms Amy Scott-Bell (HSIE), Ms Victoria Sim (History), Ms Laura Snel (PDHPE), Ms Grace Spurr (PDHPE) and Mr John Young (RE). 

Mrs Nina Selvaggi has taken on the role of Acting Head of History, Mrs Di Cottrell-Dormer is the Acting Head of TAS, Mrs Sharon McGowan is the Middle Years Innovation Team Leader, Ms Kathy Reid is the Professional Development Coordinator, Ms Marion Zammit is the Student Leadership Coordinator, Mrs Nicola Murray is the Acting Head of New Norcia, and Mrs Briohny Hickey is the Acting Head of Monte Cassino. Also Ms Mairead Ennis, Ms Karen Balmer and Ms Maree Henson are taking on roles as members of the Middle Years Innovation Team. I thank all these staff for taking on additional responsibilities.

We are still in the process of organizing an appropriate hat as part of the College uniform.  In the meantime, Year 7 students are permitted to wear their College sports cap when on the playground and travelling to and from school.

Student drop-off and pick-up

Parents are reminded about the need to pick up and drop off their daughters in the parking bays on Beecroft Road.  Please do not drop or pick up students in the No Stopping Zone.  Also, please do not drive into the College between the hours of 7.30am - 9.00am and 2.30pm - 4.00pm.


HSC and SC Results

The Class of 2013 continued our record of outstanding HSC results.  There were many excellent individual performances and overall results were excellent.  While ranking of schools and students only ever gives part of the picture of results, we were very pleased with our performance relative to other similar schools and schools in our area, being ranked as the 6th highest performing Catholic Girls’ School in NSW.  You should receive a comprehensive analysis of the results with this Newsletter.  We congratulate the students, their parents and their teachers on their successes and our warm wishes go to the Class of 2013 as they begin the next exciting phase of life.  We look forward to welcoming the girls to our next College Assembly.

Each year the College focuses particularly on one of our core values: Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship.  This year we have a focus on Pax and the Year 12 students have as their theme:

Add your Peace to the Bennies Puzzle

As we begin the year we are looking forward to the contribution of every member of our community in bringing the gift of peace into our community.  This week at assembly I urged the girls to consider how they use their voices to contribute to harmonious relationships and peace in our life together.  In his Rule, Benedict encourages us:

Keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit;
turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim

(The Rule of Benedict: Prologue)

Mrs Maria Pearson

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Term Dates 2014

Term One


Term concludes Friday 11 April

Term Two


Tuesday 29 April - Friday 20 June

Term Three


Tuesday 15 July - Friday 19 September

Term Four


Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December

Mission News

The beginning of our school year was formally marked this week with our Opening College Eucharist held in our College Hall, with Fr David Orr OSB presiding. The date for our Eucharist was chosen to be in proximity to 2 February, the Foundation Day of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1857. We were delighted to be able to welcome Sr Elizabeth Brennan, Sr Christine Manning, Sr Carol Tomlinson and Sr Therese Quinn who joined us for our Eucharist. Sr Therese Quinn is also a member of our College Board. It was also a delight to be able to welcome parents and family members who were able to join us for this occasion. The refurbishment and extension to our Hall completed last year now enable us to welcome guests to these occasions with more comfort. We were also joined by Aunty Edna Watson, Cultural Representative of the Darug people and her husband Mr Allan Watson. Aunty Edna honoured us with a welcome to country given in the traditional language of the Darug people.

There were a number of significant aspects to our Eucharist on Tuesday. Many of the sung parts of the liturgy had been recently composed by our Senior Music Students Andrea Hajje, Casey McBride and Kirsty Smith and it was wonderful to have these parts sung together in our community for the first time.

Our procession included a welcome for all the new members of our College Community who joined in the procession with their House Captains and House Ambassadors. Also during the procession we acknowledged our eight House Patrons and placed symbols of our four House Partners in the sanctuary area.

The Eucharist marked the beginning of our Year of Pax (peace) and our Liturgy Captains, with the assistance of Mrs Sheehan, Mrs Parish and Mrs Howard, had prepared a new College candle with images picking up from the Captains’ slogan for 2014 'Add your peace to the Bennies puzzle'.

During the liturgy we also blessed and commissioned our newly chosen Year 10 Peer Support Leaders as well as praying a blessing for our new students, our new staff and those staff taking on new positions of responsibility. All of these were presented with medals of St Benedict, collected from monasteries on the last 'Footsteps of Benedict' pilgrimage.

This week we also have our team heading out on Saturday night for the St Vincent de Paul night patrol. Thank you to the staff, students and parents who took part in this program during the holiday months and all the best to our team for this Saturday night.

In about three weeks’ time Year 7 will have their Reflection Day at St Benedict’s Parish Arcadia. This will be held on Monday 24 February. Permission notes have been distributed this week and signed notes are to be returned to Religious Education teachers by Friday 14 February.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

The College produced, yet again, an excellent set of results in the Higher Schhol Certificate. Congratulations and well done to the students for their hard work, the parents for their support and the professionalm of the teachers.

The College is ranked 63rd in the State, and is the best performing catholic school in the Hills district (6th Catholic girls school in th State and 8th catholic school in the State).

Almost 36% received at ATAR over 90 and 68% of students received an ATAR over 80.

Congratulations to Samantha Saunders (98.90), Natalie Grima (98.55) and Selina Zeiter (98.15) for their excellent ATAR results.

Natalie Grima and Selina Zeiter received a mention on the NSW ALL ROUNDER LIST for achieving a Band 6 (90% or more) in ten of their HSC units and Gemma Morris (8th in Hospitality) and Josephine Princi (9th in Hospitality) appeared on the NSW TOP ACHIEVERS LIST, for coming in the top 10 in the State in a course.

We look forward to welcoming back the Class of 2013 at our Academic Assembly on Wednesday 19 February.

Download HSC Summary here

Download HSC Detail here

Correction: Due to a typographical error Samantha Saunder's ATAR was recorded as 98.80, not 98.90. 

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

College News

Welcome to Year 7, new students and their families

Beginning of a new chapter. We welcome Year 7 and new students to the Mount St Benedict College.

We look forward to meeting all new families at the P&F Welcome BBQ this evening commencing at 6.00pm in the Quadrangle outside the Hall.

Study Skills Update from the Studies Coordinator

Last week Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services ( ran a study skills session with Year 11 and Year 12 on their first day back. The sessions focused on helping students identify changes and improvements they could make to their approach to their studies in order to maximise their results in their final years of school.

The main areas covered with Year 11 were setting up an effective home study environment, managing resources for school (both paper and digital), working effectively at home and dealing with distractions, managing time efficiently, using the diary as a planning tool, making brain-friendly study notes and using a wide variety of active study techniques to suit individual learning styles.

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

Parents are encouraged to review the handout from the session with students and discuss the main areas identified where changes need to be made. Parents can also find extra study skills tips on the following website: .

 All secondary students at our school also have access to a great study skills website to help students develop their skills. Go to and enter the username: formsbenonly and the password:  124results and start improving your results today!

Year 10 also had an introduction to Study Skills session in Pastoral Care this week run by Mrs Lisa Dean and Mrs Nicola Murray. Students were presented with how to write study notes in various forms and how to use these effectively. The girls were also given a study planner chart to complete to assist them with productively allocating time to study in amongst their other after school commitments such as sport and jobs. In their house groups they shared their own successful study techniques and which subjects they used them for.
Students are reminded they can access BenniesNet - Academic and Support enrichment section for any other resources they may need to assist them with the study skills. 

I hope 2014 is filled with enjoyable, balanced and positive approaches to learning and study for all the Bennies girls.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator


From the Fees Office

The first term’s fees are due Friday 14 February.

If the College holds a Direct Debit Authority to deduct payments automatically from your Bank Account or Credit Card, payments will commence Friday 14 February for weekly, fortnight A and term payments. The first monthly payment will be deducted Monday 17 February. Fortnight B payments will commence Friday 21 February.

Direct Debit Authorities remain in force until the College receives notification in writing. New authorities can be downloaded from the College website, sub heading Enrolments, Fees.

Please note that the College can no longer accept American Express accounts.

If you wish to confirm your payment arrangements, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

Music Tuition at the College

Welcome back to the 2014 Instrument Tuition Program.

Lessons will be commencing in Weeks Two and Three of Term One. You will be contacted by the instrumental tutors over the next couple of weeks to organise lesson times for your daughter this year.

Lessons fees have not risen at the College for three years. In 2014 fees will rise to stay in line with industry standards and fees comparative to similar schools in the area. This will also ensure the quality of the tutors we employ.

Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

Download Music - Enrolment Form here

Download Music -Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

News from the IRC

Tips from Enhanced Learning Educational Services

These tips come from Prue Salter from ELES and may be of assistance to parents.

Three Top Tips to Encourage Students to Boost Their Academic Career in 2014

With the beginning of the new year, it’s always a great time to re-prioritize and re-vamp students’ academic approach. The key to making the most of this opportunity is encouraging students to focus on the things which will bring the biggest return. Teachers may find the following suggestions useful for their students.

1. Simplify Your Organization System

Every student has an organization system. True, the definition of “organization” may be looser for some students than others, but everyone has a way they stay organized (or attempt to).

Maybe you’re the “Type-A” student and you have a clearly defined system. You’ll know that you’re “Type-A” by the file folders you both own and use, the folded socks in your drawer, and all the lists by which you keep track of important information. You probably have a calendar, a planner, and you know exactly which clothing is clean and which is dirty.

But not everyone fits in such a naturally organized world. These students can be called “Type-B.”

If you’re a “Type-B” student, you’re not alone, but organization probably requires more effort. “Type-B” students tend to prefer “piling systems” to filing cabinets. Calendars often seem like too much work, so they’d rather just put everything in their backpacks and find it later. Students on the far end of the “Type-B” universe may even find themselves sorting laundry via the “smell check” method.

Regardless of whether you are a Type A or B student, though, one of the biggest difference-makers this year is your organization system. Few things will save time and improve academic performance the way an effective organization system will.

A great organization system has at its centre one goal: replace your brain.

The more organized you are, the less you have to think. Your organization system should be simple enough that you don’t have to make any decisions about where you put new assignments, where to find completed assignments, or what to do with graded assignments. You shouldn’t have to go through a mental checklist every time you study because your organization system does it for you.
The fewer decisions you need to make, the more your thoughts and energy can focus on things that matter. Thus the simpler your system, the better. Consider these four questions to determine how simple your organization system is right now:

  • Do you have only one place for each category of assignments: not completed (“to-do”), completed (“to-turn-in”), and graded (“to-file”)?
  • Do you have only one place where you keep your notes for class?
  • Do you have a system to make sure that all assignments get on your calendar?
  • Do you have a system to focus on what needs to be done today and not just what’s due tomorrow?

When you can answer each of these four questions without thinking, you’ll know that your organization system is simple enough to be a major asset in 2014. If you find that you’re needing an organization overhaul, check out this YouTube video that teaches you how to construct your own affordable and simple organization system.

2. Break the “Cram Cycle” Before it Starts

By the end of the semester, students often find themselves overloaded and overwhelmed, having to rely on cramming for final exams to get through to the break. They are exhausted and in survival mode. Thriving academically no longer matters. All that matters is the break at the end.

If you’ve ever felt this way, you’ve experienced what we call the “Cram Cycle.” Students get busy during the semester, which leads to exhaustion. When you’re exhausted, the only thing you want to do is zone out for a bit. After an afternoon of zoning, students are forced to put all their effort into completing assignments that are due tomorrow. We call this “cramming.” As students work on only that which is due tomorrow, long-term assignments pile up and create even more busyness, which leads to exhaustion, and the “Cram Cycle” begins to accelerate.

Most students only get out of the “Cram Cycle” when the semester ends.

But 2014 can be different. If you want to stay out of this dreaded cycle, commit yourself to studying at least five days a week, even when you don’t have anything due the next day. Use every day as a review day, spreading out your study sessions for big tests and projects across multiple days instead of letting them pile up. This approach takes more effort initially to create these habits, but you’ll reap the benefits when you’re free of the “Cram Cycle” and the stress that follows it come finals season.

3. Supercharge Retention with Scientifically-verified Study Strategies

Everyone knows that taking notes is a good idea. Reading your textbooks seem like a great thing to do. And you’ve probably learned that it’s best to have a consistent place to study, one which is quiet, clean, and comfortable enough (but not TOO comfortable).
But one of the best things you can do in 2014 is focus your efforts on strategies that have been scientifically-verified to boost your retention.
For example, one of the best things you can do is to take a break in the middle of your study sessions. In one study psychologists wanted to find out whether there was any difference in “spacing” a study session (this means to take a break in the middle) or “massing” instead (which means that you hammer it out all at once).

The researchers took two randomly-chosen, equal groups of students, gave them the same amount of study time, gave them the same material, and tested them on the material afterward. The only difference was that one group took a short break in the middle and the other group didn’t. The results were incredible.

The group that studied with “spacing” did 50% better than the group that studied with “massing.” That means in the same amount of study time, you could potentially boost your retention by 50% by just taking a ten-minute break.

If you’d like to learn more scientifically-verified strategies that will save you time and boost your retention for 2014, get your free copy of StudyRight’s e-book, “Cracking the Student Success Code: 8 Study Strategies Proven by Psychologists to Increase Retention and Save Time.” Psychologists have done the hard work of finding out the best study strategies for you already. Make use of them in 2014 to enhance your academic career in a new way.

The IRC Team




Mon 10 Mar


Y7 HPV Dose 1

Mon 5 May


Y7 HPV Dose 2, Diphtheris-Tetanus-Pertussis

Mon 25 Aug


Y7 HPV Dose 3, Chickenpox

Each year NSW Ministry of Health offers the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school –based vaccination program.
In 2014 the following vaccines will be offered:

  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine - one dose for all Year 7 students who have not previously received Varicella vaccine or had chickenpox disease.
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (Whooping cough) vaccine - one booster dose. This dose was previously recommended at 15 years of age. Your child will only be offered this vaccine in Year 7.
  • HPV vaccine (Human Papillomavirus) - a three dose course. The vaccine will be offered to Year 7 female students as a 3-dose course over the school year. Students who commence HPV vaccination in Year 7 at school but do not complete the course will be offered catch-up doses at school in Year 8.

Parent Information Kits will be sent home to parents/guardians. To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to read all the information provided, complete the Consent Form and return it to their child’s school. Please ensure the child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.

Parent/guardians who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so in writing to the School Principal. The Procedure for withdrawal of consent is on the NSW Ministry of Health website at

To improve vaccination completion, students will be opportunistically offered any missed doses throughout the year where possible.
Please note that for HPV vaccine only, parents/guardians must record their Medicare Number (all 10 digits and the 11th number beside the child’s name) on the Consent Form, as this is required to record the student’s information on the National HPV Register and for female students only, link to the National or State Cervical Screening Program.

A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at the clinic. Parents / guardians should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this record of Vaccination.

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 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

MSB Alumni Memories

If you have fond memories of your time at Bennies, we'd love it if you could please jot these down and email them to If you have photos to go with these memories, please include. The Archives are looking for memories that we can put in a safe place to share with the future MSB Girls.

Hot topics of discussion would be:

  • Food
  • Fads
  • Friends
  • Favourite places to hang in the College.

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'.

If your daughter is attending an appointment please specify the type of appointment. The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so as 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.

Lost Property

A reminder to all parents to clearly name all of your daughter's personal possessions. Lost Property is displayed on the table outside Student Services. All UNNAMED items are placed here and your daughter should check regularly for anything she has misplaced. Named items are held at Student Services and students are notified via Daily Notices. Note. All items of value are held at Student Services.

Student Travel

Travel Passes.

All passes, excluding HILLBUS, are available from your daughter's Homeroom teacher. HILLSBUS will be available next week. Note: your daughter does not need a pass to travel on the Kellyville/Rouse Hill private coach.

Students are allowed to travel without a current pass until Monday 17 February. After this date your daughter may be asked to pay for her fare.

Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students

The MSB Fitness Studio will be open and supervised for use by senior students on Tuesdays Day 2 and Thursdays Day 9, from 3.20pm - 4.20pm. Following their fitness session, the girls are required to leave school in either their full PDHPE uniform or otherwise change back into their full school uniform to travel home.

Mrs Gill McGregor
Physical Activity Coordinator

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


Representative Sports Calendar



CCC OPEN Team Selections
Monday 3 March



NSW CCC Selections
Monday 24 March (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 March)



NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Sat 12 - Wed 16 April



NSW CCC Championships
Wed 19 February (Wet weather b/up Wed 26 Feb)

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Tue 11 March



MSB Carnival
Wed 26 February

BROKEN BAY Championships
Mon 24 March




BROKEN BAY Championships
Tue 25 February - MSB U16 & 16/Over Rep Teams
(Wet weather b/up Tue 4 Mar)

Tue 18 March - MSB U13 Rep Teams
(Wet weather b/up Tue 25 Mar)


Hi and welcome to what is already proving to be a busy year of Representative Sport at MSB. All students were last week emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport for this term. The information is also available on the Sports Noticeboard, on BenniesNet and is included here for your convenience.

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined in the attached information - please read it carefully.

Representative Sport Information Pack 

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

MSB National Medallists at Australian All Schools KO Athletics Championships

CONGRATULATIONS to our SENIOR TEAM who competed at the AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONSHIPS in Townsville, Queensland during the holidays!

Front Row: Carla Takchi (Y11), Maddy Bergfield (Y12 2013), Becky Clark (Y12 2013), Genevieve Cowie (Y12 2013)
Back Row: Lily Vidler (Y12 2013), Karina Takchi (Y12 2013), Elly Gallagher (Y9), Emily Michell (Y12)

Our students were in action even as our holidays began, with eight of our most talented athletes competing at the Australian Schools Knock Out Championships. This is the third consecutive year that our girls have progressed to compete in the National Championships.

This year we entered the championships ranked 16th after mixed results at the NSW Championships, just barely qualifying for the event. At the end of the day though our girls finished as the best senior athletics team in NSW and the National Bronze Medallists, ahead of experienced competitors such as PLC Pymble, Roseville and Ascham  - Go MSB!

It was certainly a different experience this year, competing in the hot and humid weather of Townsville as opposed to the cool conditions of Launceston last year.  Many of the team had already competed in individual events across the weekend (more on that later), but they still rose to the occasion producing great performances.

Top five performances were achieved by –

  • Karina Takchi (Y12 2013) 2nd 100m
  • Becky Clark (Y12 2013) 3rd Long Jump, 3rd High Jump
  • Genevieve Cowie (Y12 2013) 3rd in the 400m
  • Maddy Bergfield (Y12 2013) 4th in the Shot, 5th Javelin
  • Carla Takchi (Y11) 4th Hurdles

Special mention also to Elly Gallagher (filling in for an injured athlete and running up two age divisions as she was only in Y8) and Emily Michell (Y12) who ran the 1500m in very hot conditions in the middle of the day earning valuable points for the team.

To the parents I again say thankyou for your tremendous enthusiasm, support and the sportsmanship that you role model to our girls - we only began entering the KO event four years ago as a result of Louise Bergfield’s enthusiasm and look where that took our girls!

You would not have found a prouder sports coordinator at the track that day and it was a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with the girls - most of them competing for MSB for the last time - you will be greatly missed.

MSB Students win National Individual Medals at Australian All Schools Athletic Championships

As alluded to above our students also brought home medals from the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships held in the holidays. MSB had an amazing five students in the NSW All Schools Team – Karina Takchi (Y12 2013), Becky Clark (Y12 2013), Maddy Bergfield (Y12 2013), Carla Takchi (Y11) and Katie Devitt (Y8).

Karina (U18s) and Katie (U14s) now have National All Schools Gold medals as they were members of the victorious NSW 4 x 100m teams!

Above: Karina (top) and Katie, previously in action for MSB



Hopefully some of our students have been training hard over the summer in preparation for this year’s NSW All Schools Triathlon Teams event to be held at Penrith Lakes on  Friday 7 March (teams).

A meeting was held on Monday and all students have been emailed information.

Last year we had over 90 team triathletes.

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

  • JUNIOR (12/13/14 IN 2014)
    • Swim (400m) - 10mins
    • Cycle (10km) - 30mins
    • Run (3km) - 15mins

  • INTERMEDIATE (15/16 IN 2014)
    • Swim (600m) - 15mins
    • Cycle (15km) - 42mins
    • Run (4km) - 22mins

  • SENIOR (17/Over IN 2014)
    • Swim (600m) - 15mins
    • Cycle (15km) - 40mins
    • Run (4km) - 22mins

Teams must submit all completed forms together to Mrs Grant in her office at selected recess times only no later than Monday 17 February. As this is the day of the Year 7 Reflection Day it would be advisable for any interested Year 7 students to have them in early next week. Only entries submitted this way will be accepted.


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


MSB Representative Touch Trials for Broken Bay Carnivals

Sign up sheets have been on the Sports Noticeboard for over a week now for our first representative sport trials for 2014. 

Any student interested in trialling for the following teams should have already place their name on the sign up sheet which also includes trial information. Students will also need to complete an information slip for EACH sport they nominate for outlining any previous experience.

All trials will be held during lunchtimes.

Three teams will be selected to represent MSB at Broken Bay carnivals:-

  • 16/Over - Students turning 16/over in 2014
  • INTERMEDIATE (u15) - Students turning 14/15 in 2014
  • JUNIOR (u13) - Students turning 12/13 in 2014

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

  • 16/OVER - Wed 12 Feb (call backs)
  • U15 - Mon 10 Feb (call backs), Thu 13 Feb (call backs)
  • U13 - Mon 10 Feb (trial - surnames A - M), Wed 19 Feb (trials - surnames L - Z), Mon 24 Feb (call backs), Mon 4 Mar (4th trial if needed)

Watch Daily Notices for further information.
Further trials will be held later in 2014 to select teams for the NSW Y7/8 and Y9/10 All Schools Regional Championships.

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


MSB Student receives NSW BLUE AWARD

On Monday night I had the honour of attending the NSW Blues Awards Ceremony where Elizabeth Liepa (Class of 2013) received a NSW Blues Award for her achievements in Softball Umpiring. Liz has, for the past two years, officiated at the NSW CCC, NSW All Schools and School Sport Australia Level.

Liz is a delightful young woman and it is wonderful to see students giving back to their sports and for her to have her talent recognised.

Photo courtsey of Anthony Khoury Photography


Referees and Umpires Needed

In addition to our pathways for students competing in their sports there are pathways for talented referees, umpires (as seen above with Liz’z accomplishments).

Currently Broken Bay are looking for qualified and competent student referees for soccer, touch and softball. If you would like further information please contact Mrs Grant.

Qualified ex students or older family members are also welcome to contact Mrs Grant if they would like to referee or umpire at a Broken Bay event which is usually a paid position.

2014 Sports Tour

As you can see from our countdown there are only 64 days until our teams (five Netball and one Football team) depart for Europe! The girls are all very excited as we finalise arrangements for the tour.
All tour students and their families should have received an email outlining upcoming dates for trainings and meetings this term.

Dates for next week -

  • Wednesday 12 February - Football Team - 3.30 - 5.00pm training on the College Oval
  • Thursday 13 February  - Netball Group 2 v 5 - lunchtime with Mrs Grant and Mrs Rowland

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

Curricular Sports

Training Sessions

All girls are reminded that they are expected to wear their full PDHPE uniforms to all training sessions, including your cap when training outdoors. Relevant safety gear as required by your sport is also required at all training sessions.

Students being picked up from inside the College grounds are permitted to wear their PDHPE uniform home from school after training. Any student who needs to leave the College grounds to make their way home is required to get changed back into her correct school uniform.

Changes and cancellations to training sessions  will be put up on the whiteboard outside student services. Please check the whiteboard between lunchtime and the end of Period 6 on your training days.

Winter Soccer Registrations

Registration forms for the MSB teams to be entered in the North West Sydney Womens Football Association competitions are now available. The games are played on Sunday mornings, predominately in the Ryde area. The games commence on Sunday 6 April and continue until the end of August. The teams are open to all students from beginners to experienced players. No experience needed, just a willingness to learn new skills.

The registration forms are available on BenniesNet. Login in to BenniesNet and select "Permission Notes" on the home page. Here you can scroll down to find the soccer registration form. All details, including directions to the online registration with Football NSW, can be found on the registration forms.

Soccer Registration Information Pack

School registration forms and payments are due to Student Services by Friday 15 February.

Please contact Mrs Lewis if you have any other queries.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

P & F News

P& F Welcome BBQ is on this evening

The Parents and Friends Association of Mount St Benedict College requests the pleasure of the company of new students and their families as guests at the Welcome BBQ. It is a valuable opportunity to meet your daughter's new friends and their families.

The Welcome BBQ is a strong part of our Benedictine tradition and we look forward to meeting and enjoying this evening with you.

Time: 6.00pm
Date: Friday 7 February (this evening)
Venue: outside the College Hall for a sausage sizzle and drinks

P& F Coming Events

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


2014 MSBESA Dates

3 March,
2 June,
17 June (BEYOND BENNIES 7.15am),
11 August
10 November (AGM)

Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.


Bennies Connect

Register at, log on as a 'first time user', update your details, explore the site, network and stay connected.....



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 here.

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

Place a Canteen order here








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Marlene Manning

Susannah Knowles

Chun Shen


Georgina Khamis

Julie McIntyre


Anna Weston

Swarnima Mathur 


Roza Bindschedler


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 Wednesday please call Melissa **

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, we certainly could not provide the vast array of healthy nutritious food if it wasn't for our volunteers who give up one day a month to assist. If you would like to volunteer please click here.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open Mondays between 10.00am and 2.00pm and Thursdays between 8.00am and 11.00am.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager
T: 9980 0447


All senior students are emailed information as it becomes available. Parents will have access via the College website to this information.

Mrs Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor