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08 Mar 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

I am writing the newsletter this week from Canberra where I am involved in a number of meetings and conversations regarding different aspects of the education agenda. Firstly I met with the Catholic Secondary Principals Association as the NSW representative, making sure that Principals of Catholic schools around the country have a voice at the table of educational discussion at the Federal level. This has become even more important in recent years as so many educational decisions are now made at Federal level, although education is still officially considered a State responsibility. This was followed by a forum conducted by the Principals Australia Institute discussing the possible establishment of a process for certification and accreditation of School Principals. This would bring the role of Principals in line with other professions.

Two days were spent in conversation with politicians. Initially the National Conversation with Principals was to involve the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, however, due to her visit to Western Sydney, her place was taken by the Minister for Education, Peter Garrett. Some of the items for discussion were: National Plan for School Improvement, Asian Literacy White Paper, NAPLAN, Australian Curriculum, Initial Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, 21st Century Skills and Parent Engagement. While all these issues are important, relevant and will impact on practices at individual school level, the pressing question for most schools at the moment is the question of the continuation of Federal Government Funding beyond 2013.

There has been modelling done by the Federal government to examine the impact of the Gonski recommendations on individual schools. However, the figures have not been released to schools so we are still in a very uncertain funding environment. With a Federal election looming, it is uncertain whether we will have any further information in the next couple of months. As soon as we have certainty, we will communicate with parents about the implications for the College.

Friday March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day. In our role as educators of young women it is important that we inspire them to understand the possibilities for themselves both now and in the future. It is fair to say that there are still particular challenges which face women in their lives, some of which may also be faced by men, perhaps to a lesser extent. Within a girls’ school, some girls may not have experienced challenges relating to gender, which is a great thing, but we must equip them with the skills and attributes they need to function in a world where their gender will at times be a factor that affects their options, the ways in which people respond to them and the life decisions they make. I believe our emphasis on developing strong, confident, articulate and compassionate young women of faith will assist our girls to live successfully in the world of the 21st century. Many of them already demonstrate the necessary attributes and behaviours, and even our youngest students show early signs of their development.

My thanks to everyone who contributed to making Open Day such a huge success. I received wonderfully positive feedback regarding our students, our staff and our generous parents. Some visitors commented on the fact that they were given a welcoming cup of tea or coffee, with a sweet treat, without having to pay for it. Many prospective students expressed their excitement at the many opportunities they would have for learning. Many current and prospective parents were effusive in their praise of our wonderful enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate teachers. All in all the day was a wonderful affirmation of our whole community.

Adaptation of Miriam Therese Winter’s “Valiant Women”
by Cathy O’Keefe, a graduate of Mercy High School in Baltimore, Maryland

Who shall find a valiant woman?
Look! We are all around you:
in the work rooms of industry,
and of every functioning enterprise,
unheralded, invisible,
some say nonexistent,
but we know otherwise.

Who shall find a valiant woman?
Look! We are all around you:
contributing, setting standards,
changing the course of history,
preparing, supporting,
challenging those resentful of our collegial claims and capabilities.

Who shall find a valiant woman?
Look! We are all around you:
Woman of courage, compassionate, patient.
Our number is legion, our gifts diverse,
our goal one and the same:
that history hear, that history is cognizant of,
that history will one day recall our names.

We honor the women of the Hebrew scriptures,
especially Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
whose courage, persistence, love, and fidelity
kept the lineage of faith alive.

We honor the women of Jesus’ time
Who cared for the community of believers;
Who followed Jesus to Calvary;
Who buried Him;
Who proclaimed Jesus’ resurrection
Who passed the Gospel to their families, friends and strangers;

We honor the valiant women of our own time
Who nudge us back on track;
Who remind us of the promises of Christ
Who claim the Gospel for women, too;
Who preach the reality of wholeness;
Who challenge us to grow!

Living God, Today we gather in and among Your Presence.
Valiant women throughout the world,
raise our voices in global petition
for your promise of wholeness –fullness of life–
to be realized in all our world, in our nations and in our lives.
This we pray in Your Name.

Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

India Immersion

During the past summer break I had the privilege of accompanying an extraordinary group of students and colleagues on our India Immersion trip visiting some of the world’s poorest communities. Over eighteen months of planning, preparation had taken place before our departure and we had succeeded in raising $12,900 to donate to the communities we visited. Our trip included some sightseeing such as the wonderful Taj Mahal and Qutb Minar and some interesting shopping experiences in the market places. However, our primary focus was the project visits which accounted for the major part of our twenty five day journey.

While we were well prepared we found ourselves in some very unusual and challenging circumstances. The capital New Delhi was experiencing a tumultuous period of protest and confrontation; with police following the brutal assault of a young woman on a public bus. There was a heavy police presence, blockaded streets, protests and vigils as well as enormous amounts of media coverage and public discussion of the issues. This was both a challenging and poignant time to be visiting India. We listened to the discussion, asked questions as we visited various communities and showed our solidarity by joining the candlelight vigil calling for action to protect women.

Click here to view a photo essay of our reflections on this issue.

One of our significant partner agencies in Delhi is Chetanalaya. Chetanalaya is the Catholic Social Justice Agency for the Diocese of New Delhi. Among its many works is a program of community development among the vast urban slums of New Delhi. These communities effectively survive by collecting other people’s rubbish and searching through it for reusable, or recyclable materials that can be sold. They are often referred to as rag-picker communities. Chetanalaya runs a variety of programs in these urban slum areas which provide basic health care, micro credit, legal support and education. One of the initiatives involves providing vocational education for young women. These young women are involved in beautician training which will provide them with employable skills and hopefully a path to security and independence.

MSB’s partnership with Chetanalaya stretches back for nearly a decade now and one of the most encouraging things about our visit on this occasion was to see the improvement in the quality of life that had been achieved during this time. Living conditions were noticeably improved, sanitation and drainage were far better and the attendance rate at schools had risen from around 30% to virtually 100%

Click here to view a photo essay of reflections on our visit to Chetanalaya’s urban development project at Jahangir Puri.

On our second project visit with Chetanalaya we travelled to the Rohtak district in the State of Haryana to visit a rural village project where highly successful micro-credit and self-help programs were leading to significant changes to the quality of life in this very poor rural area. We were overwhelmed by the warmth of the reception we received and we felt honoured to be part of a community gathering celebrating the progress they had made in their work together and their partnership with Chetanalaya.

Click here to view a photo essay of reflections on our visit to the rural village project.

While in Delhi we had the privilege of visiting the Indian Social Institute (ISI) conducted by the Jesuit order. We visited a group of young woman from the remote villages who have come into the city seeking work. These women work in isolated situations in the homes of middle class and wealthy families. Due to their isolation they are often vulnerable to economic and physical abuse. ISI works with them to use their collective strength to achieve safer and more just working environments. We were honoured with a traditional welcome and shared Eucharist with these women at the beginning of our day together. They then used the medium of role play to tell us the stories of their lives and their struggles for justice. We shared lunch together and then had a question and answer session through the assistance of an interpreter. Finally, we were invited to join in some traditional dance taught to us by our hosts. Our visit to ISI was a wonderfully inspiring day which has left a strong impression on each of us.

Click here to view a photo essay of reflections on our visit to ISI.

Our visit to Delhi also included a meeting with Human Rights Lawyer Ravi Nair of the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre. This meeting was particularly important given the situation in India where the response to the issue of sexual assault was so prominent. Our discussion with Ravi helped us greatly in understanding the situation and reflecting on the types of responses that were needed.

Our time in Delhi was followed by three days in Varanasi which served as a time of pilgrimage and reflection. While no project visits were included in our stay in Varanasi we spent time learning about and sharing in the sacred rituals of the Hindu people at the River Ganges as well as visiting the sacred Buddhist site of Sarnath where the Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.

Varanasi was followed by Kolkata where we again linked up with the work of the Jesuit priests through Udayani. After an afternoon briefing in Kolkata we headed out into the isolated tribal areas of West Bengal. We travelled into the Bankura district and arrived at the Mirga Ashram where we would spend the next two nights. The Udayani rural program operates in many parts of India including the villages of the Bankura district.

The villages we will visit are inhabited by the Santali people who are known as the “untouchables” in Indian society. They are among the poorest people in India. The people in these villages do not own any land of their own but rather they are obliged to pay rent to live in their villages and they work as poorly paid day labourers who often have to travel large distances to work.

The Jesuit program seeks to support the Santali people in obtaining the basic requirements of food, clothing and shelter as well as basic health care. They also have a strong focus on education for young people to help them break the cycle of poverty. Our village visit was quite challenging due to the harsh realities of staying in an extremely impoverished environment yet it was also richly rewarding to visit a community which is making such significant progress in such difficult circumstances.

On our return to Kolkata we were fortunate enough to visit the amazing L’arche community of Asha Niketan. Asha Niketan is a community in metropolitan Kolkata which provides for the needs of people with intellectual and physical disabilities. In the absence of a social security provision, people with disabilities in India usually face extreme hardship. In some cases children with disabilities are abandoned by their families and left to die.

Asha Niketan belongs to the L’Arche movement which seeks to support people with disabilities through creating communities where these people live alongside able bodied people who support them to manage their domestic needs – shopping, cooking, cleaning etc. Asha Niketan provides a sheltered workshop environment where community members with disabilities are able to work to earn an income.

In 2006 the community extended its work in Kolkata to establish a pre-school to support local families who were caring for children with disabilities. On a previous visit to Asha Niketan our College provided a significant donation which has been used to build essential bathroom facilities which will help ensure a healthy and hygienic environment for the community.

Click here to view a photo essay of our reflections on our visit to Ashe Niketan.

Our final destination was the Himalayan town of Darjeeling. On our first day in Darjeeling we took in some amazing sights such as the famous Tiger Hill lookout and the Ghoom Monastery. Later in the day we headed off for our final project visit to the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre.This centre was begun in 1959 when, following the Chinese occupation of Tibet and the exile of the Dalai Lama, many refugees crossed the Himalayan Mountains and came to Darjeeling.

These people were driven out of their homeland into a totally different environment and without any knowledge of the language, customs and social institutions of the countries where they had sought refuge. From the outset they realised that it was necessary for the refugees to stand on their own two feet.

Generations of Tibetan refugees have lived in a state of limbo in India, unable to return to their homeland. For more than 50 years the self-help centre has provided support for Tibetan refugees through traditional weaving and crafts which are sold in local markets and to visitors like ourselves.

Our final days in India were spent trekking from Darjeeling to our ultimate destination of Sandakphu at an altitude of 3900 metres. While the weather was extremely cold and the walking was very challenging it was nevertheless a beautiful and peaceful way to conclude a very powerful and enlightening immersion experience.

I would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of my colleagues Ms Erin O’Brien and Mrs Libby Dunger for their dedication to the security and welfare of our students throughout the trip. I would like to thank the parents of our team for their support through a very long and involved preparation period. I would also like to acknowledge the strength of character, the sensitivity and the determination of our group of nine students who consistently met challenge after challenge in the most generous and amiable way imaginable.

Finally I would like to thank our many supporters who contributed to our fundraising efforts. Thank you to students, parents, friends and colleagues who responded generously to the various fundraising initiatives undertaken by Team India. Also, thank you to the businesses who generously responded to our requests for assistance and provided almost $4,000 of the fundraising total. The names of these businesses are listed below. We are very grateful for their support.

A & W Hollier,
Advance Cleaning Management Pty Ltd,
BOQ Finance Aust Ltd,
Dalcommunications Pty Ltd,
Glenorie Coaches,
Good Samaritan Community,
Joan Carmody School of Dancing,
Mount St Benedict Centre,
Oakhill Gourmet Meats,
Paynter Dixon Constructions,
The Somerville Group Pty Ltd,
Uniting Venues,
Valour Apparel Pty Ltd,
Vertical Telecoms Pty Ltd,
Virtual Consulting Professionals and
Wood Appeal Pty Ltd

Click here to view the slide presentation prepared for our College assembly on Wednesday 20 February.

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!

Assembly Performance

Ms Beazley’s Year 11 Music students Andrea Hajje (left), Casey McBride (centre) and Kirsty Smith (right) performed ‘Somebody that I used to Know’ by Goyte at this week’s assembly.

Open Day

Thank you to the College Band, Concert Choir, and the music ensembles who performed throughout the day on Sunday.


On Wednesday 27 February Year 11 Drama went to the Belvoir Street Theatre to see a performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams directed by Simon Stone. We had an enjoyable walk to Beecroft Station and train ride to Central Station before walking to the Theatre. The performance was followed by a Question and Answer Session with the actors allowing the students to clarify their understanding of the play. The play had a contemporary set and costume design and the actors used Australian voices rather than the play’s original Southern accent. A few of the students’ thoughts on the production:

I highly enjoyed the Year 11 Drama excursion to Belvoir. The play itself was amazing and gave us the opportunity to see such a unique performance. The play was a classic which had been contemporised. This was very interesting to see and I felt privileged to experience this. I absolutely loved it. ….. Zoe Peck.

The Year 11 Drama excursion to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Belvoir was a unique and really enjoyable experience. The purpose of going was for an assessment for which we will write a review. The production was striking and enthralling and I look forward to attending further plays at Belvoir. …..Emily-Beth Naylor.

I enjoyed the Year 11 Drama excursion to Belvoir very much. I got the opportunity to experience an amazing performance which has given me some thoughts and ideas to incorporate in future performances and plays. I hope to get the privilege of seeing another play at Belvoir. …..Cassiah Pattrin.

Mrs Lisa Stevens and I were proud of the maturity our girls displayed during the excursion. It was an entirely pleasurable day. We know that this excursion has benefitted them as they are currently preparing for their own production of Children of the Black Skirt by Angela Betzien on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April. More information about booking tickets will be available soon. Keep watching this space….

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Drama Teacher

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.

Peter Watters
Head of Department – Creative and Performing Arts
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Literacy and Numeracy News

Last week, I was lucky enough to be a member of the audience to hear the writer and poet Mark Tredinnick speak at Barker College on the topic of “Reading Slowly at the End of Time: the Consolations of Literature”. He reminded us that reading literature is a way of cultivating consciousness, of practising curiosity. A well-read life is slower, deeper. Literature is for being and becoming.

He inspired us to read more and read widely, to read poetry. I commend this beautiful poem to you by Czeslaw Milosz:


And yet the books will be there on the shelves, separate beings,
That appeared once, still wet
As shining chestnuts under a tree in autumn,
And, touched, coddled, began to live
In spite of fires on the horizon, castles blown up,
Tribes on the march, planets in motion…

I encourage you and your family to get involved in reading together in whatever way is possible. Let’s start a revolution with RB (real books) not Facebook! If you spend an hour on Facebook, see what it feels like to spend an hour with a book.

Remember, try to :

  1. Create the right environment.
  2. Be a role model.
  3. Read to them.
  4. Redefine “book”.
  5. Remember it’s the 21st century.
  6. Ask an expert: visit bookstores.
  7. Make reading routine.
  8. Don’t ever give up!

In Literacy and Numeracy at the College we act from the belief that every student is different and has her own unique learning needs. The Allwell Testing completed last year by the current Year 7 students provides us with a snapshot of each student’s academic developmental needs. We use this and further testing as a way to support identified students and to provide programs in various areas. In some cases these will be in spelling, reading, and numeracy.

In order to do this, at this time of year we are planning for our Peer Support Reading Program. This exciting program links very competent volunteer Year 9 students with students in Year 7 who need extra help and specific practice with their reading. The students will meet three times a week and work on a one-to-one basis with each other, using a variety of materials. We aim to have this up and running in Term Two. The Program finishes in Week Six of Term Three, providing students with a possible additional 15 hours of one-to-one reading.


This year, again, Year 7 and Year 9 will complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Tests across three days: Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 May. The tests will be very similar to the previous NAPLAN Tests and, if you are not yet familiar with these, they have replaced the earlier Basic Skills Tests done in Years 3, 5 and 7.

On each of the three days the tests will only take up Periods One and Two, or Periods Two and Three, so students will follow a normal program for the day after the testing is completed.

For further information follow the link:

If you have any questions re NAPLAN 2013, Literacy and Numeracy at the College or Learning Support please contact Mrs Collins Pope or Mrs Hadfield on 9980 0426.

Mrs Jen Collins Pope
Literacy/Numeracy Specialist and Resource Teacher
Mrs Margot Hadfield
Learning Support Coordinator

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.

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.

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

The College is once again participating in the WRAP WITH LOVE Project. We will be knitting squares to make into wraps for those less fortunate.

SQUARES: 25cm x 25cm (10”x10”)
WOOL: 8 ply
NEEDLES: 4mm (size 8 imperial)
This is approximately 47 – 50 stitches

I have plenty of left-over wool. Anyone interested, just let me know and I’ll happily supply you. I already have House-colour bundles arranged.

I am appealing to the MSB community for left-over wool in any of the eight house colours (white, green, red, cerise, purple, orange, blue and yellow), but particularly red, orange and yellow. Black (for contrast) would also be very useful. Please leave at Student Services marked for Mrs Davey.

Join me in the IRC at lunchtime on Thursdays. Come and learn to knit or just enjoy knitting with others.
We can all make a difference.

For more information on Wrap With Love click here

Mrs Gail Davey


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


To Bella Duncan (Y9) who gained selection into the U15 Broken Bay touch team this week that will compete at the NSW CCC Championships at Penrith in June. Kaitlyn Noble also from Y9 was named as a shadow player.


Y9 student Kirsten Simpson attended the NSW CCC Open Tennis team trials on Monday and has composed this report.


On Monday 4 March I attended the NSWCCC Tennis trials in North Parramatta. It was a wet start but as the day went on the weather was great. The competition was between girls from all over NSW. The girls in my pool came from Grafton and Albury. I played in a pool that consisted of four players. Unfortunately I was not able to progress through to the NSWCCC Tennis team however I felt that I had improved from last year’s tryout and my last game of the round robin I won the set 6-1.

It was a great experience for me not only to be able to play a sport I love but to meet girls from different Catholic schools from all over the State.



To Erin Morley (Y10) and Liz Liepa (Y12) who will be competing and officiating at the NSW All Schools Softball Championships next Tuesday.


The team list is available on the Sports Noticeboard.

Students who have gained selection into our representative team for the Broken Bay Championships on Thursday 21March were emailed their permission notes this week which are due back on Monday.


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.

NSW CCC Nomination forms are due Monday to Mrs Grant and the NSW ALL SCHOOLS Nomination forms are due Wednesday 17 April to Mrs Grant.


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:

  • 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


Wednesday 8 May (OPEN)
(MSB Senior Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 March (OPEN)
Tuesday 2 April (Wet weather backup)
E Morley (Y10), L Leipa (Y12))

Tuesday 12 March
(MSB Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 February (SENIOR)
Monday 4 March (U13/U15)
Tuesday 5 March (Wet weather backup)


Thursday 11 April (Periods Five and Six)
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.

Coaches are URGENTLY required for many teams this season. We still have vacancies for 14s, 15s and Cadet Teams.
This role can be filled by parents, older players, older siblings and/or friends. We especially encourage current MSB students whether you are playing yourself this season or not. Teams can be assigned that will fit in with your own playing time.

Students, have you contemplated coaching a Netball team as part of your Duke of Ed? Please seriously consider putting your name forward, the club cannot function without volunteers and each team needs the guidance of a coach throughout the season.

For further information 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.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordnator

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P & F News

Monday 11 March
College Staffroom

P & F General Meeting Agenda 11 March
P & F General Meeting Minutes 11 February


Dear Parents & Friends

Open Day – Thank you
The MSB P&F Executive would like to thank Adel Boudib for her hard work and the enormous effort she put into organising the Refreshment Stand at Open Day last Sunday 3 March. Adel was assisted by many dedicated parents who provided lovely platters of food, cake and time on the day. Your support and efforts are very much appreciated by the P&F Executive and by the many who enjoyed the treats.

Social Convenor Position – Vacant
The P&F Executive has one remaining position vacant, the Social Convenor role. This role is mainly to oversee the sub-committees who organise the various social functions. Each of the social functions currently has a sub-committee to organise and run the event. If you are interested in this role and have any questions please contact the P&F Executive on We would like to meet anyone who is interested in this role at the next P&F General Meeting to be held on Monday 11 March. This role is vital in ensuring the P&F can provide our MSB community with successful social events and so your support in filling this position would be greatly appreciated.

Next P&F General Meeting
The next meeting is on Monday 11 March 2013 at 7.30pm in the Staff Room. (Please enter through the main office doors and take the stairs on your left). If you are unable to personally attend the next meeting but wish to put forward an agenda item, please feel free to make contact with any of the P&F Executive members by emailing us on

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates
Term Two: 20 May, 17 June
Term Three: 12 August, 9 September
Term Four: 14 October, 11 November

The general meetings commence at 7.30pm.

MSB Dinner Dance
The annual dinner dance is being held on Saturday 18 May 2013. The venue is soon to be advised. Please save this date in your diaries as it is a fun evening and a great opportunity to socialise with parents and staff in a more relaxed environment.

Kind regards

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

I would like to thank all the volunteers who worked tirelessly at the refreshments table and to those who sent in yummy edibles for the MSB Open Day. Your support and contributions made the day the success that it was. Thank you also to the Julie Essey, P&F President, and the P&F committee for their assistance and to Susan Webber, who coordinated the event so efficiently.

Marilia De Souza and Adel Boudib
Open Day Coordinators


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
Linda Gleeson Aileen Buecker Karen Khoury Carla Savorgnan
Ann-Marie Corcoran Sally Cooper Georgina Pollard Georgina Khamis Jennifer Campbell
Susannah Knowles Adriana
Lisette Smith
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 04 March

The University of Sydney

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)

William Blue College of Hospitality ManagementWilliam Blue College of Hospitality Management

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 Reunion Ball

Christ the King Catholic Primary School is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. An Anniversary and Reunion 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.