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09 Aug 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

Over the past few weeks we have had a number of special events in the College Hall, including the Year 9, 2014 Subject Selection Evening and Grandparents’ Day this week. Our capacity to accommodate these events has been greatly enhanced with the recent extension of the Hall. I want to express my thanks to the College Board, under the leadership of Mr Bill Raeside, and the Facilities Committee, which has been led through the building project by Mr Stephen Janson, for their vision, foresight and commitment in ensuring that we can come together for significant community events in such a beautiful and flexible space.

Last weekend Directors and members of College leadership teams from all Good Samaritan Colleges came together to explore the theme of Mission, as we continue the journey started by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, now under the banner of Good Samaritan Education. With some inspirational input to reawaken our understanding of what it means to be part of the mission of God, we spent time reflecting on our practices as a school to ensure that we continue to work for the coming of the Kingdom in everything we do.

On Friday our HSC Dance students had their HSC Practical examinations. Many of our students are in the final stages of completing major projects and works, and others are involved in practical examinations. We keep them in our prayers and know that their work over many months will come to fruition at this time.

Our Grandparents’ Day Assembly showcased some of the talents of our students as we welcomed grandparents to the College. Grandparents play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren and it is wonderful that so many were able to take the time to experience something of our community on Wednesday. I know the girls love having their grandparents visit and the loving connection between girls and grandparents was very obvious in their interactions. I share this prayer for all grandparents:

Dear St Ann,
You were truly twice blessed to have our blessed Mother Mary as your daughter
And Jesus our Saviour as your grandson
I know that every period of our lives has its responsibilities as well as its joys.
Help grandparents to know where their duties lie and to carry them out to the best of their ability.
Take care of grandparents, their children and grandchildren.
Inspire them all to follow your grandson and lead truly Christian lives.
Keep all of us in your loving care.
Never let us turn away from Jesus
And help us to receive the joy of entering into your grandson’s glorious presence forever.
Good St Ann pray for all grandparents.

Maria Pearson

Mission News

Many of you may have had the chance to read the first encyclical letter from our newly appointed pontiff, Pope Francis I. Immediately after he was elected Catholics world-wide were eager to find out everything about this man who would become the 266th pope since St Peter. The media have created a profile of a very humble and ordinary man. This is supported by reports such as Pope Francis returning to his hotel after his election and paying for his accommodation and choosing to wash the feet of two women in a Roman Youth Gaol in a Maundy Thursday ritual. Despite media portrayals, it is evident that Pope Francis will continue the legacy and vision of our Church directed by Benedict and Blessed John Paul II.

Pope Francis’s first encyclical letter titled Lumen Fidei or ‘The Light of Faith’, has been created for the first time by two popes. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had completed a first draft before his renunciation of the Papal office. This was then passed onto Pope Francis who added his additions and as the holder of the Papal seat only he can publish such a letter. In his own words, Pope Francis states that it is an encyclical ‘written by four hands’.

Most would assume because of its title that the encyclical would focus on the light (direction, our senses or even the gifts of faith action) that comes from faith. Instead, the theme of journey is constant throughout. I believe the message is quite succinct in the line:

Faith, as we have said, takes the form of a journey, a path to be followed,
which begins with an encounter with the living God (LF46)

The concept of faith as a journey is both personal and communal. What is common amongst Christians is that something has triggered a response within us and has drawn us to ‘an encounter with God’. What direction therefore will our journey to God take? The following is a link to this document if you would like to read further:

Grandparents' Day

It was a delight to see so many Grandparents supporting their Granddaughters at our College Assembly. Grandparents are very special people who have a wealth of understanding and wisdom but above all they are abundant with a supply of unconditional love. It was a privilege to have them visit our College and join in our Assembly. Many said how different things were to when they went to school and how lucky their granddaughters were to belong to such a wonderful community.


At the Year 8 Subject Selection Evening this week, parents were informed about the Religious Education options for Year 9. Students have the choice of either continuing the mainstream course called ‘Faithful to God, Faithful to People’ or applying for the CSYMA option which is a combination of both the ‘Faithful to God, Faithful to People’ course and the Ministry and Leadership units from Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia. Mr Adrian Gomez has spoken to all Religion classes and students are expected to return their completed choices to their Religion Teacher by Wednesday 14 August.

Year 10 Community Outreach

As mentioned last week, reports have been flooding in about the engagement of Year 10 at their various venues. Two examples I will mention is of one student who attended a primary school and her supervisor said that she was better than any Prac Teacher she had ever had and another example where a nursing home said that the students were beautiful and that the elderly had so enjoyed their company during the week. Students returned to the College with tales of wonderful experiences and inspirational people. Congratulations to Mr Adrian Gomez for the work he did in ensuring the week went well for Year 10.
A reminder that all visitation cards should have been handed in to Student Services.

Year 11 Community Outreach

Students in Year 11 have been participating in Community Outreach throughout the year. The program will come to end in the next few weeks so it is essential that all completed visitation cards have been given to Mrs Dempsey.

Year 8 Reflection Day

The Year 8 Reflection Day will be held on Monday 9 September. Notes have already gone out to Year 8 and are to be returned to the Religion Teacher. Students will be looking at their relationship with God.

Year 9 Retreat

The Year 9 Reflection Day will be held on Monday 16 September. Notes are in the process of going out to Year 9 and are to be returned to their Religion Teacher. The day will be facilitated by Mr Chris Doyle and students will be looking at the theme of ‘Choices’.

Catholic News

On the website this week there is a review of the new movie ‘ The World’s End’ and an interesting article about changes to aged care and how it shouldn’t affect the ‘Poorest of the Poor’. A reminder also, that the Catholic Mass is available to watch at any time on this site. This would be particularly useful for the aged members of our community who may not always be able to make to their parish each Sunday.
Catholic News website:


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

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

Mrs Donna Dempsey
Acting Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 9 2014 Subject Selection

The Year 9 2014 Elective Subject Selection Information Evening was held this week and the Subject Selection Online System (SSO) is now open for your daughter to make her selections for next year. Once your daughter has made her selection please print and sign the form and return the signed form to Students Services. The SSO system will remain open until 4.00pm on Thursday 15 August.

If you were unable to attend the evening please have your daughter pick up her Subject Selection Handbook from Student Services. Alternately you may access the Handbook from the College website or the links below.

Download the Year 9 2014 Election Subject Selection Handbook
Access the Subject Selection Online System (SSO)


Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum


Instrumental Tuition

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

Current offers:

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

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

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department - Creative and Performing Arts

College News

2013 Wrap with Love Results is Bennies' Best!

Congratulations to the whole community of Mount St Benedict College on an outstanding contribution to the Wrap with Love project this year.

When I gave my annual invitation at Assembly in April, I had no idea that the response would be so far-reaching. Squares for the blankets have come from students, students’ parents and grandparents, staff, the children of staff; some teachers actually learnt to knit or crochet especially for the project and at least one teacher took the task so seriously as to knit her way to France and back.

A distinctive feature of this year’s blankets was the decision by some Houses to knit squares in their House colour. Terracina, Maredsous, Montserrat, New Norcia, and Monte Cassino all achieved at least one blanket in variations on their signature colour.

I delivered the blankets to the Knit-In at Hornsby Library last Friday - sixteen of them. Uncertain of how to manage this on my own, I resorted to stacking them in a shopping trolley and creaked and squeaked my way through the Mall with my precious load.

As I was unloading the blankets, a Wrap-with-Love official commented on their quality and number and assumed that they were the result of a year-long effort. Imagine her surprise when I pointed out that our Bennies community produced them in just four months.

Let’s do it again next year.

Mrs Gail Davey

From the IRC

Effective Internet Research

Does your daughter waste hours on the Internet when she is researching for an assignment? Here are our top ten tips for how students can be more effective and efficient in their research.

Tips for students to research on the Internet:

  1. Requirements: Before you start, review all the info about the assignment carefully. What have you been asked to do? What are the main points or requirements? What guidelines or directions have you been given? Do you understand the task? Is there anything you need to ask your teacher about? Spend around 10 minutes on this. Highlight key words, try and paraphrase in your own words.
  2. Brainstorm: You need to decide what you are going to research. Spend around 20 minutes on your initial brainstorm. Write a list of the different areas you will need to include in your assignment. For each section brainstorm topics or phrases that might help you narrow your research. Pay particular attention to any marking criteria you have been given. If you know absolutely nothing about the topic, you may like to spend 5-10 minutes in Wikipedia to give yourself a bit of background and overview. While many schools do not want you to use Wikipedia as a reference in your assignment (as it is not always a reliable or expert source to quote from) it is a good way to get an overview about the main points and to generate some thoughts on what you may need to research.
  3. Plan: You need to work out how much info you will need for each section of your assignment. There is no point collecting pages of information on a point if you only need to write a paragraph. Look at the word or page limit for the assignment. This may vary depending on the format of the task. For each section, work out roughly how much information you will need for that section and write this down on your brainstorm list. This should only take 10 minutes. You may also want to write your list of what you need to research, the key words or phrases and amount of info needed out again neatly so you can have it by you when you start your research on the computer.
  4. Feedback: Show someone your initial plan before you start researching. A parent, a sibling, your teacher – just get someone to have a quick look to make sure you haven’t missed anything obvious or misinterpreted the assignment. They may also suggest other lines of enquiry for you to explore.
  5. Broaden Search: Don’t forget that there are other places to research apart from the internet! Libraries, books, magazines and newspapers. Your librarian might also know about certain databases you could access. You may know people who are experts on the topic. Don’t always go straight to Google.
  6. Internet Searches: Many students waste a lot of time as they do not know what they are looking for! Well you have a plan, so you will start with the first item on your brainstormed list. Remember to put “exact phrases” in quotation marks. Try other search engines apart from Google as they may show different results.
  7. Be Selective: When the search results appear on your screen, do not just click on the first link. Take a few moments to look at where the links are from (eg. National Geographic? A blog?). Think about which ones seem more likely to
    a) answer your assignment question and
    b) be from a reputable source (such as an expert or authority).
    Read the few lines of information underneath each link. Many students waste a lot of time as they just click at random. Make an assessment before clicking. You may also look at more than just the first page of results. Also assess your search terms. Did the search engine find the sorts of things you were looking for or should you modify your search terms before clicking on a link?
  8. Assessing Information: When you find information that looks useful, you need to decide if the source is reputable. Who is the author and what are their credentials? What sort of organisation has created the site? Can you tell anything from the URL of the site? When was the site last updated? Who is the target audience of the site? Where has the information come from? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself when you are critically evaluating a website.
  9. Recording Information: If you find information that is useful, you need to record this information. You have two main options. You could print out the information so you can highlight it. Or you can cut and paste the relevant information into a word document or a program or app like Onenote or Evernote. If you take the second option, make sure you collate the information under your list of headings that you created when brainstorming.
  10. Recording References: If you print the information, make sure the following is on the page and if not then write onto the page: the title of the source, the author, the publisher, and place and date of publication. This is your preliminary, or draft, bibliography. If you are cutting and pasting into a program, make sure you also have this info and it is linked to the correct content! You will need this for your bibliography and to ensure that you do not plagiarise when you start writing your assignment.


This information comes from Prue Salter, author of the Study Skills Online Handbook which all students have access to via BenniesNet - Academic Support and Enrichment.

All students can also see either Mrs McGowan or Mrs Shiels in the IRC if they are having any difficulty with their internet researching.


Mrs McGowan
IRC Coordinator

JCA Fun Day

Throughout Term 2, a passionate, enthusiastic group of Bennies girls from Years 7 to 12 worked extremely hard in preparation for the JCA (Josephite Community Aid) Family Fun Day.

Paper Chains, the Social Justice group at MSB and Miss Liu, facilitated the event which was run entirely by the group for the first time this year. The day was held during the winter school holidays, in Orana Park, Seven Hills on Wednesday 10 July. It can safely be said that the day was a huge success due to the hard work of both the girls and the staff who were able to lend a hand out on the day.

It was a day to promote community spirit and socialise with refugee families who have come to Australia. The sausage sizzle was a hit with everyone, as with the face painting, abundant amounts of hairspray and nail polish along with the jumping castle. It was a fantastic day to be part of, talking with the parents and playing with the children allowed everyone to break down barriers and made the day run smoothly and be enjoyable.

Thank you to all staff, students and families who donated items which made the day a huge success. It was a whole school effort and in particular, thank you to the Paper Chains Social Justice Group, SRC and Hospitality Portfolios for their significant contributions in making this possible. Lastly, thank you to all staff who assisted before, during and after the event - Mrs Gabrielle Keats, Mrs Margot Hadfield, Ms Melinda Kearns, Mrs Marg Rowland, Mr Paul Lentern, Mrs Donna Dempsey, Ms Carly Beacroft, Miss Christine Takchi, Mr Todd Gardner, Mrs Therese Noble, Mrs Dominique Johnston, Mrs Linda Pollock, Mrs Melissa Arane and Miss Christina Liu. Your time and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Miss Christina Liu
College Chaplain

ADFA Competition - Isabella Pytka

Earlier this year, I won a competition through Fox Sports and ADFA (the Australian Defence Force Academy) to attend ADFA and to live a day in the life of an ADFA student.

Above: The winners with Tom Chadwick (Fox Sports reporter) before the Brumbies Game. Isabella is sitting next to Tom.

ADFA is the Defence Force Academy in Canberra, which combines military training with a degree from the University of NSW. To win, I had to write 100 words about how I exhibit the ADFA values in my sport, rowing. I was lucky enough to be selected as one of four winners from all over Australia! One of the rewards of the competition is that we four would become the face of Defence Force Recruiting, and would be featured in an advertisement. We arrived in the afternoon of Friday 7 June and we spent the day sightseeing Canberra and got to watch the Brumbies game, front row, with some of the amazing cadets from the Academy.

Above: Briefing before we commenced

The next morning, we went to ADFA and met up with the cadets we met the night before and went through some experiences that they do during their lives there. We got to shoot guns in a simulator room which all defence applicants have to use for accreditation, use night vision goggles in their training room, join the cadets in a Personal Training class, which involved crawling through pitch black tunnels and an over-water obstacle course, just to name a few, which all tested both our strength and determination.

Throughout the day, we learnt the personal values needed to make it in the Defence Force like leadership, friendship, cooperation and to be able to work in a team.

Above: Inside the simulator room, where we shot real guns that had been modified to shoot a laser instead of a bullet.

I have made great friends from the Academy, whom I am still in contact with and it was the most amazing experience, and it has made me think hard about what I’d like to do when I am older, as ADFA is a great opportunity. If I had to say something to describe ADFA, I would say it’s a big family of people from all over the country, who don’t necessarily have a passion for defence, but have a passion for putting and helping the community before themselves.

by Isabella Pytka

Year 10 Senior Uniform Fittings

Uniform fittings have now concluded. If your daughter missed her allocated appointment please have her visit the Uniform Shop after 11.30am on Monday 12 August.

A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of the appointment.Download a Credit Card Transaction Form here.

If your daughter does not need a senior uniform due to you sourcing it elsewhere (siblings/friends etc) please email Mrs Arane so that she does not continue to chase your daughter.

If your daughter is not returning to the College in 2014 please advise the Principal in writing or via email. 

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

Pocket Poems

Congratulations to Catherine Boffa (Year 7), Arabella Young, (Year 8), Emily Boffa (Year 9) and Gabrielle Barford (Year 11) on their wonderful Pocket Poems submitted in the competition we ran during National Literacy and Numeracy Week. All winners receive a book prize.

Mrs Jen Collins Pope


The 2013 Christine de Launey Spellathon has enthralled us for the past term and a half, but the past two weeks have seen the finals, and what nail-biters they were.


The Year 7 heats drew 28 finalists:

Tina Aganovic, Jessica Clements, Sophia Cleveringa, Sabrina Croker, Alessandra Destefano, Jaime Dunn, Tanika Gardiner, Isabella Graczyk van Herk, Emily James, Caitlin Kelly, Lauren Klauser, Lucy Koelmeyer, Jessica Kotzander, Naomi Massa, Lauren McKnight, Isabella Nati, Kathleen Notohamiprodjo, Georgia Pearse, Nicole Sandow, Emma Slee, Eshaa Sood, Isabella Spataro, Alana Sylvester, Daniela Taylor, Judith-Grace Vella, Claire Ward, Paris Yee and Stephanie Zwaine,     

The Year 7 finals ran across two days, but after a very exciting finish, Caitlin Kelly emerged as champion with “appendicitis”.


The Year 8 heats drew 15 finalists:

Annabel Anderson, Sara-Jane Arns, Belinda Borgefjord, Isabelle Chacty, Vanessa Chan, Amelia Dunkerley, Diana Kazakov, Olivia Kobal, Stacey Leong, Christine Merhi, Paris Miller, Madeline Pfeffercorn, Isabella Steen, Sarah Tan and Jessica Tong.

The Year 8 finals were equally exciting and Stacey Leong spelled the winning word, “auxiliary”.

Congratulations to all who participated.

Mrs Fran Cunningham and Mrs Gail Davey


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

5.00pm Saturday 19 October 2013

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

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

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

7.00pm Saturday 14 September 2013

Kirribilli Club 11 Harbour View Crescent Lavender Bay NSW

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

Registration for this event is now available on in the Upcoming Events, if not visible choose "show all". If you haven't registered as a member for this website, you can do so by clicking "Register" next to "First time user?" below the Login icon.


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 contact Mrs Michelle Blackman on 9980 0401 or email

From Student Services

If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

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

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

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

Representative Sport

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

If your daughter has recently achieved outstanding sporting results please send me an email so that the College as a whole can share in her success.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633

Good Luck

Good luck to our representative Netball teams competing at the NSW CCC Championships on Wednesday.

Broken Bay and KO Athletics Championships

The latest Broken Bay program has been emailed to all team members this week.

Representative Training Sessions Next Week

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

Year 7/8 Touch will train Monday and Friday lunch (Mrs Hickey)

2014 Sports Tour Training Sessions next week

All Year 8 netball players will train Thursday lunch




Wed 21 Aug (MSB Rep Team)


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


Thu 22 August (MSB Rep KO Team)



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



Wed 14 Aug (MSB 7/8 & 9/10 Rep Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup tba)



Sun 15 Sep (Kaitlin Noble Y10)



Fri 27 Sep - Fri 04 Oct (Kaitlin Noble Y10)



Thu 22 Aug (MSB Rep Touch Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)


Thu 8 - Sun 25 Aug (Lily Vidler Y12)

If you would like further information on any of the upcoming Representative Sports events please email Mrs Grant.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator Physical Activity Coordinator

Co-curricular Sport


Your Daughter Needs You!!

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

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


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

  • Equipment Officer
  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Umpires Convenor

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

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

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

Equipment Officer - Monica Gibian

Part-time Audiologist

Good food and good wine

Why MSB:
The importance of bonding with school buddies to ensure a sense of belonging within the school community. Netball is great as a social outlet, for exercise, to learn resilience and to learn teamwork.

My Role So Far:
I’ve been the Equipment Officer for three years. It is not a difficult task but involves ordering netballs annually and preparing the kits for the season. Storage can be done at MSB but storage space for 20+ kits would be an advantage!

Working with like-minded parents to keep the MSB Netball Club progressing

Married with three school age children.

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

Chris Gould
MSB Netball Club President


On Saturday 3 August, our team played a tough game against a more experienced Under 15 Kings team at Pennant Hills Park. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we lost the game 3 - 0.

The team played a fantastic game, defending hard to try and stop their goals. Our team is working really well together, getting to know our places much better, and communicating with each other on the field.

We are all looking forward to playing again this weekend and are hoping for a win!

Report by Nicola Dunkerley

Summer Sport

Summer sport registrations for softball and touch are now overdue. Late registrations will be accepted if there are spaces available in the teams. Please return registrations to Student Services as soon as possible if you are still wanting to be placed in a team.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator


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

NSWACT Newsletter 05 August

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

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

University Admissions Centre


 Read the latest UAC News here

Student Work Placement

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

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

Parents - are you thinking of becoming a host employer?

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

The University of Newcastle


Sydney Tafe Open Day

ACU Open Day


New degrees at Macquarie University for 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

New combined degrees

Sydney University Open Day

9.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday 31 August

This year's highlights include:

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

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

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

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

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

HSC Preparation Courses - Term Three

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

Selected preparation courses are also offered for Years 10 and 11, including Year 10: Preparing for Success and Years 10 – 12 Course: Improving Written English. The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content. For more information visit our website.

Download the Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.

Defence Force University Sponsorship

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


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

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

Discover Sessions

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

  • Midewifery - City campuses

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

Further information:

University of Wollongong - Year 12

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

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

teach.NSW Scholarships

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

For the latest information go to click here

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Australian Institute of Architects


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Macleay College

TARONGA ZOO - Meet a Keeper

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

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

For booking forms and information visit

Tax File Numbers

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

TAX File Numbers Delay

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

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

P & F News

P&F General Meeting - Monday 12 August

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

MSB Dinner Dance

The MSB Dinner Dance 2013 will be held on Saturday 24 August at The Pennant Hills Golf Club.

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

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

Book your tickets now. 

MSB Golf Day - ** Rescheduled **

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

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

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

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


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


General Meeting - Monday 12 August

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


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place a Canteen order here









Linda Gleeson

Aileen Buecker

Victoria Papallo

Carla Savorgnan

Ann-Marie Corcoran

Sally Cooper

Georgina Pollard


Jennifer Campbell

Susannah Knowles


Lisette Smith

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 Thursday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

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


Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager
T: 9980 0447

Community Notices

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

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




2015 ANZAC Day Commemorations at Gallipoli

Please down and read the following letter from the Hon Warren Snowden MP, Minister for Veterans' Affairs in regards to ballot arrangements for Australians planning to attend ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015.
Download letter here.

VIP Saturday with Michael Grose and Bruce Sullivan

9.00am  - 1.00pm
MC Newth Auditorium
St Andrews College

Saturday 31 August

Popular parenting educator Michael Grose is joined by relationship-specialist Bruce Sullivan for a rare morning of learning, loving and laughter.
Download information flyer here.



Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

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

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

For details see Course Descriptions and Term Brochure

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

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

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

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

St Bernadette's Parish

Want to meet great people, eat yummy food, and set some awesome foundations for your life? Check out the St Bernadette's Parish youth events below:

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

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

  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry

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