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1 May 2015

From the Principal

On Wednesday morning we were delighted to welcome two ex-students to address the College Assembly, in a slightly new version of Beyond Bennies, in which our entire community was able to benefit from hearing the stories of how the experience of school life at Mount St Benedict has impacted on the life journeys of these two young women. Many thanks to Jane Huxley and Megan Turner for inspiring us with their stories.

Once again we had a very successful Cross Country team compete in the Broken Bay event this week. In addition to a number of superb individual performances, the College was overall champion and also won five of the six age divisions, coming second in the Under 13s.

Parent Teacher Meetings for Year 7 commenced this week. These opportunities for teachers to meet with parents and students, to discuss the student’s learning, are very valuable. It is important that parents are engaged in their daughters learning and we encourage parents to have conversations with your daughters about their learning. Parents’ attitudes towards learning have been found to have significant impact on young people’s approaches to learning. I encourage all parents to make contact with your daughter’s teachers if you have any concerns about their progress, motivation, interest or application.

This week we marked the 100th Anniversary of the first ANZAC Day with a memorial service. As a nation ANZAC Day has become a day of reflection on the values we hold dear and a day of gratitude for those who gave their lives to ensure our freedom and peace. Many of us have personal connections with people who have fought in various theatres of war during the past 100 years. It is in learning about the personal stories of sacrifice, the courage and bravery shown by so many, that the harsh realities of war are brought home to us.  At this time we pray that the world will become a place of peace for all.  Lest we forget.

On Thursday the College community came together in prayer, with the Bonaccorso family, to remember Belinda and the gifts she shared with us. In a moving reflection, Kristen Pollock, House Captain of Arcadia, remembered a young woman of joy and laughter, who always showed concern for others. We will always remember Belinda and the joy she brought to her friends, family and our community.

Merciful Lord,
you know the anguish of the sorrowful,
you are attentive to the prayers of the humble.
Hear your people
who cry out to you in their need,
and strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Maria Pearson

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Mission News

During the course of this week we held a prayer service to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary as well as holding a memorial service in thanksgiving for the life of Belinda Bonaccorso who passed away at the beginning of the term. I would like to acknowledge the work of our History students for the leadership of the ANZAC ceremony under the direction of Mr Greg Hume and I would like to acknowledge the leadership of our College Captains who led our memorial service with the support of a large number of fellow students and their teachers.

Next week on Thursday 7 May we are holding our annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7.30am and we will conclude our gathering with a brief liturgy at about 8.20am. We’ve been delighted to have large crowds join us for this occasion in past years and we look forward to many of our mums and their daughters joining us again this year. Please see the notice in this newsletter for further details and to rsvp.

In about a month from now we will be holding our annual 'One World Week'. The week from Tuesday 26 May - Thursday 4 June is highlighted in the wider community as Reconciliation Week as it contains the anniversaries of three significant moments in the history of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people.

The anniversaries are of the Citizenship Referendum of 1967, the Mabo High Court decision of 1992 and the publication of the stolen generations report 'Bringing Them Home' in 1997. Because of the proximity of these anniversaries, communities around Australia seek to acknowledge the significance of these events and look for ways to further the cause of Reconciliation in the Australian community.

At Mount St Benedict we set aside a week each year to focus on the themes of Social Justice and Reconciliation. We believe this is an important opportunity for our Community to look more closely at the relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia and to respond to the well documented situations of disadvantage experienced by so many of our indigenous sisters and brothers.

In addition to our focus on Social Justice and Reconciliation we are also creating important links to our care for the environment. World Environment Day is recognised on Friday 5 June and the proximity of this day allows us to incorporate the aspect of care for our environment into our 'One World Week' focus.

'One World Week' will take place at the College in Week Six of this term with our Social Justice Forum being held on the evening of Tuesday 26 May. The theme for this year’s forum is 'Changing the Conversation' about refugees and asylum seekers and will have a particular focus on the work being done by students in different schools to respond to this issue. The keynote speaker for the forum will be Mr Jody Lightfoot from 'Love Makes A Way'.  Students from MSB will present two workshops on the evening along with a range of other schools.

The forum is open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 and we encourage all our students in these year groups to make an effort to come along. Further registration details will be available shortly.

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 RSVP to the Mother Daughter Breakfast Now

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

2015 Year 8 Parent Teacher night

4.00pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 14 May / Tuesday 19 May

The Year 8 Parent Teacher night will be conducted over two nights:

  • Year 8 Classes classes 1 - 3
    The Parent Teacher Evening will be held on Thursday 14 May
    Parents have been emailed a password and link to access the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) site. This site will open on Thursday 30 April and will remain open until midday Wednesday 13 May.
  • Year 8 Classes 4 - 7
    The Parent Teacher Evening will be held on Tuesday 19 May
    Parents will be emailed a password and link to access the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) site. This site will open on Tuesday 5 May and will remain open until midday Monday 18 May.

Parents should note that your daughter's teacher can specifically request an interview.

Parents wishing to make appointments after the site has closed will have to contact the College.

Students are to attend in school uniform with their parent(s). Interviews are of six minutes duration and a chime will ring with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next interview.

The aims of the evening are:

  • An opportunity for parents to meet their daughter's teachers and continue to foster positive relationships between parent, student and teacher;
  • For students and parents to be given valuable feedback on their learning so the student can set goals for the next Semester;
  • Discussion of ways in which the teacher and parent can work together to support the student in her learning; and
  • For students and parents to develop an objective concept of their capacity and abilities.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the Parent Teacher Evening at the College.

John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum

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NAPLAN will take place on Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May for all Year 7 and Year 9 students. Girls in Year 9 will complete all tests in the Hall and girls in Year 7 will complete tests in classrooms with their base class. Girls will be notified of the rooms via Student Notes. Please remind your daughter to check the student notes prior to the beginning of Week Four.

The tests on Tuesday will commence in Period 2 and go until the end of Period 3. On both Wednesday and Thursday, tests will take place in Periods 1 and 2.

Your daughter will be provided with a pencil but may bring other pencils, a sharpener and an eraser. NO mobile phones will be permitted into any test room. On Thursday all girls need to have with them a working calculator that they know how to use.

Make-up day will be Friday 15 May. Please ensure that if your daughter is sick, she stays at home. If she is well by Friday, she may do the test.

Further information can be found here:

Please contact Mrs Hadfield or Ms Collins Pope for any enquiries.

Jen Collins Pope

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College News

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Bookings opening soon

LibGuides @ Bennies

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LibGuides are a new IRC resource in 2015, it is a helpful online aid that students can use to support their research especially for assessments. They offer the ability for the IRC Staff to integrate a diverse range of information sources and instructional support materials in an organised manner that students are finding easy to navigate.

Libguides are a great place for students to start their assessments providing them with a ‘springboard’ for their academic research. The guides contain listings of recommended resources for finding information such as books, eBooks, databases, or recommended websites and can be embedded with relevant documents, images, widgets and media files. LibGuides can be created for a specific subject, subtopic or even specific class assignments. LibGuides provide an effective and attractive support for learning which is interactive, engaging, Web 2.0 friendly and available 24/7. Since launching LibGuides@Bennies earlier this year to our student body we have had over 4,800 web views with the most popular Lib Guides being 838 for Year 7 and 412 for Year 9.

LibGuides are available for not only the student body of Mount St Benedict but also our parents, staff and a global audience. Access the LibGuides@Bennies website .

Rebecca Shiels
Teacher Librarian/ICT Integrator

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From the Fees Desk

Term 2 fees are due Friday 8 May.

If the College has a Direct Debit authority for term payments, they will be deducted on that day. If paying manually, you are reminded that half of the 2015 fees are due by that date.

If you have any queries regarding your fees account, please contact Mrs Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

Fiona Barnett

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Representative Sport

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

BROKEN BAY Website: There is a new BBSSSA site under construction - we will advise when it is 'live'

NSW CCC Website:

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Two


MSB Athletics Carnival - Homebush
Wednesday 3 June


BROKEN BAY Y7/8 and Y9/10 - Terrigal
Thursday 7 May
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative Team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25 May
Self nominated students


NSW CCC Championships - Eastern Creek
Friday 12 June
BBSSSA Representative Team


NSW CCC 15s Selections
Tuesday 5 May
Self nominated students

NSW CCC OPEN Selections
Wednesday 6 May
Self nominated students

NSW ALL SCHOOLS 15 Selections
Friday 29 May


Broken Bay OPEN Championships - Manly Vale
Monday 11 May (Friday 15 May b/up date)
MSB Senior Representative team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25/Tuesday 26 May

Monday 15/Tuesday 16 June

Broken Bay U13 & U15 Championships - Manly Vale
Thursday 18 June
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative team


NSW CCC Swimming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 4 May

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Swimming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 18 May


Y9/10 NSW All Schools Championships
Friday 8 May
(Y9/10 Rep Team)

NSW CCC Championships - Port Macquarie
Tuesday 16 June (Friday 19 June b/up date)

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website. I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Closing dates for the following sports are approaching - Netball U15 and Opens (Closes 1 May), Open Basketball (Closes 19 May), Please remember that these are trials for State teams and as such students must be very experienced for their nomination to be approved.

Representative Sports Trials and Training

Representative Sports Trials and Training - Week 3

Monday 4 May Touch (Year 9/10) Training Mrs Hickey
Monday 4 May
OPEN Soccer (Years 8 - 12) Training Mr Hume
Tuesday 5 May INTERMEDIATE Basketball (Year 9/10) Training Mrs He
Wednesday 6 May Netball (Year 7) Call Back 1
(outdoor courts)
Mrs Grant / Mrs Forbes
Thursday 7 May Netball (Year 11/12) Trial 1 Mrs McGregor / TBA

MSB Cross Country Championships

Monday's sunshine and some amazing MSB staff, parents and even an ex-student (Lily Vidler) allowed us to finally hold the MSB Cross Country.

A very big THANK YOU to parents Barb Folkard, Anne-Marie Corcoran, Anthony Vidler, Cathy Bray, Michelle Zucshke and Jaye Harkin for their assistance on the day and to MSB staff members Dave Campbell, Lucy Elgood, Gillian McGregor and Rebecca Lewis for all their work prior to, during and after the event.

Congratulations to the following students who achieved TOP 5 places in their age group -

12 years and Under

1 2 3 4 5

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13 years

1 2 3 4 5

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14 years

1 2 3 4 5

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15 years

1 2 3 4 5

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16 years

1 2 3 4 5

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17 years

1 2 3 4 5

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18 years and over

1 2 3 4 5

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The House Champion winner will be announced at the next Assembly and individual Divisional Champions awarded pennants and trophies.

34 students represented us at the BBSSSA Championships on Wednesday, look out for a full report in next week's newsletter.


We have had many trials and training sessions already this term.

Good luck to our BBSSSA swimmers who will represnt MSB at the NSW CCC Championships on Monday, our four qualifying Relay teams trained in the holidays with Nathan Doyle from C2K who again utilised some great vision to work on their change overs. Congratualtions to Nathan who has been appointed as one of the Australian coaches at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow in July (pictured here with some of our Relay swimmers).

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Good luck to Nikki Waaijer (Year 8) who will be competing at the NSW CCC Diving Championships on Monday. Nikki has only recently taken up the sport of diving but has a strong gymnastics background.

Good luck to the Junior and Intermediate Basketball teams who will compete at Terrigal at the BBSSSA Championhsips on Thursday. Junior team members Jessica Barr (Year 8) and Bronte Corke (Year 7) have recently been offered places at a NSW talented athlete basketball camp later this term. Congratulations girls.

Good luck to our Year 9/10 Touch girls who will compete at the NSW All Schools Touch Teams Championships on Friday at Penrith. This team is comprised of a wealth of talent including Shannyn Bissett (Year 9) and Tammy McGregor (Year 10) who were recent members of the U16 Sydney Scorpions at the NSW Junior Regional Touch Championships.

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance

Saturday 30 May
Castle Hill RSL Club


RSVP Friday 15 May

Book online (bookings open tonight)


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.
Cashless Canteen - Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system
Place a Canteen order .

Canteen Roster for the week commencing Monday 4 May






Kai-Jai Huang  

Natalie Conway

Jaye Harkin

Julie McIntyre

Tereza Miletic

Claudia Heer,

Kay Munro


Sylvana Boyd

Joanne McCormack

Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or you would like to be removed from the roster.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager

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