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11 Apr 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

As we reach the end of a busy term it is a good time to reflect and to affirm the many wonderful moments that we have shared with each other as we journeyed together.

I had the privilege to attend the Sports Tour dinner on Monday evening where the girls were presented with their representative uniforms. There was a feeling of excitement and anticipation after many hours of preparation that the time had arrived. Girls who may not have played together previously are forming strong connections as they train and become an effective team. This is such a wonderful opportunity for our students and we thank the parents for supporting their daughters, and the staff who have so generously given their time. Remember that you can follow the trip on the College Facebook link.

Parents of our Year 12 students had the opportunity to touch base with the teachers on Wednesday evening. Their journey towards the HSC has now reached the half-way point and it is important that we continue to work together to ensure they consolidate and enhance their learning. The last day of term is always very exciting. On Friday the College participated in an excellent Easter Liturgy. The homily was given by our College Principal, Maria Pearson and provided a strong message of reflection on our lives paralleling the Easter journey. I have included an excerpt from Maria's address below.

Jesus spent the week before his death experiencing a whole range of conflicting experiences and emotions, with friends who supported him and recognised who he was, with people who were threatened by him and wanted to get rid of him and people who were afraid, including some of his disciples. At this time we can reflect on our own position and beliefs and how these are reflected in our actions. We ask ourselves the questions: Where was I when Jesus entered Jerusalem? Where was I when Jesus visited Simon the leper in Bethany? Where was I when Jesus was interrogated by the Sanhedrin? We can think about our own lives and how we respond in challenging situations: Are there times when externally we present one face, but behind the scenes we are very different? What is our response to the marginalised and disadvantaged we meet - do we do as Jesus did when he visited the leper, or do we turn away? We can think about the times when we might have done what Judas did - sitting through the Last Supper with the disciples but knowing that he was to betray Jesus later that evening.

As you reflect on these questions think about those times in your own lives when your beliefs are challenged. How do you respond? How do your external actions reflect your inner beliefs? These are challenging questions for all of us. As I have become a pilgrim over the last couple of weeks I have also stopped to think about these questions. How do my actions reflect my inner beliefs?

Over the Easter weekend you have the opportunity to join your own pilgrimage in your parishes - from Holy Thursday when the disciples gather with Jesus for the Last Supper, through Good Friday as we watch and wait as Jesus is crucified, to the Holy Saturday vigil as we await Easter Sunday and the Resurrection. This is a time to reflect on the inner experience of Jesus through this time and reflect on our response to Jesus' great sacrifice on the Cross and the redemptive act of the Resurrection. We have been given the gift of eternal life and we are called to live our lives in ways which recognise and acknowledge that.

When we enter the experience of being a pilgrim we are open to change in our inner selves. We are looking for the deeper meaning of our external experiences. We want to find God in our experiences. Easter is the perfect time for this. As you become pilgrims I encourage you to be open to change within, to be open to the wonderful presence of God in your lives, to see the face of Christ and to recognise the great love shown to us through Jesus' experiences of death and resurrection.

Throughout my pilgrimage I have kept the Mount St Benedict community at the forefront of my prayers, and we have had many opportunities for beautiful prayers shared with monks and sisters and Christian communities in many beautiful places. I pray that for each one of you Easter will be a time of peace especially in your families, as we share in the joy of the resurrection, and I will hold all of you in my prayers throughout my leave next term.

Mrs Maria Pearson

At the end of Friday the traditional teacher talent quest occurred. The students were very entertained, laughed loudly and at times true talent was actually discovered. I thank the teachers for their generosity at the end of a busy term in taking part in this event and raising money for Caritas. I pray that all families enjoy their time together over the next couple of weeks and that our travellers have a safe and enjoyable trip. Wishing you all the blessings of Easter as the journey through Holy week begins.

Ms Jackie Duncan
Acting Principal


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Term Dates 2014

Term One


Term concludes Friday 11 April

Term Two


Tuesday 29 April - Friday 20 June

Term Three


Tuesday 15 July - Friday 19 September

Term Four


Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December

Mission News

This week we gathered for a liturgy on the final day of term in anticipation of Holy Week which commences this Sunday 13 April with Palm Sunday. Our liturgy provided us with an opportunity to focus on the great events of Holy Week and took the form of a Stations of the Cross experience based on the events from the life of Jesus during Holy Week. We made use of readings, prayers, music dance and drama to represent the stories and invite us to think about their meaning in our lives. The liturgy included a recorded homily from our College Principal, Mrs Maria Pearson, who is currently on pilgrimage with other Principals and leaders of Good Samaritan Education. To view Mrs Pearson's homily click here.


Unfortunately we can only provide a taste of the richness and power of the Easter ceremonies. We encourage our students to take the opportunity of sharing in these ceremonies in their local Parish communities. On Thursday 17 April we commemorate Holy Thursday with the Eucharist commemorating the last supper and the institution of the Eucharist and the ministry of Priesthood. This liturgy includes the washing of the feet of members of the congregation in a symbolic representation of the call to service in the Gospel of John. The Holy Thursday liturgy ends with the Church being stripped bare of its normal adornments and the Blessed Sacrament being removed from the tabernacle and placed in the altar of repose.

On Good Friday there are normally two liturgies celebrated. In the morning the community commemorates the events of the Passion of Jesus through the service of the Stations of the Cross and in the afternoon, usually at 3.00pm the Liturgy of the solemn commemoration of the Passion and Death of Jesus is held. This often includes a dramatic reading of the Passion from the Gospel account and the Veneration of the Cross. There is no Eucharist celebrated on Good Friday, however, Communion is offered through the consecrated hosts brought into the Church from the altar of repose.

On the evening of Easter Saturday the Easter Vigil is celebrated. This is the high point of the Church's calendar and it is a liturgy which celebrates the passing of Jesus from death into the life of the resurrection in a powerful and moving way. This liturgy often begins around a lighted fire in the Church grounds and includes a procession of the Paschal Candle into the darkened Church. The Easter Vigil also usually incorporates the Baptism of Catechumens who have been preparing for some months to be received into the Church.

The Liturgical celebrations of the Holy Week and Easter period are wonderful opportunities for our Parish communities to gather and celebrate their common faith in moving and engaging ways. It is hoped that all our students and families will be able to join with their local Parish communities for these rich liturgical experiences.

On Tuesday 29 April, our first day back for next term we will hold a commemoration of ANZAC Day as we gather to begin the new term. On Tuesday 6 May we will host our annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast. To assist with catering please RSVP by Wednesday 30 April here. We look forward to welcoming the mothers of our community on this occasion.

Recently we have received information about a number of significant events taking place in the community. Further information for all of these events can be found in the flyers included in this Community News section of this newsletter.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Learning Beyond the Classroom in Technological and Applied Studies.

The theme this term in the TAS Department has been one of Learning Beyond the Classroom. A number of excursions have taken place that provide the girls with opportunities to relate and apply what they have been learning in class to real life contexts.

Year 12 Food Technology students spent a very full day in the Hunter Valley in late February seeing the manufacture of olive oil, the preservation of meat and fish and food servicing and catering in a busy Café.

Year 12 Design and Technology students had the opportunity to meet and workshop with practicing Australian designers, past HSC students and HSC markers at the Powerhouse Museum DesignTech seminars. These are of great benefit to the girls as they develop their Major Design Projects that constitute 60% of their final HSC mark.

Year 10 Design and Technology students began the year with a textiles unit, using fine fabrics to design and make lingerie. A whole day workshop led by a graduate from the Whitehouse School of Design taught the girls fashion drawing including how to render colours and textures of fabrics. The girls produced some very professional looking drawings and Isobel Rodriguez was awarded a scholarship for a week long holiday workshop to develop her creativity and fashion drawing skills further.

Year 7, all 189 of them along with their teachers, had a day at the Powerhouse Museum last week. They investigated sustainable products in the home through the Ecological exhibition and the What's in Store exhibition gave a fascinating insight into the Australian Retail industry.

Excursions are an integral part of the curriculum in all subject areas in Technology and Applied Studies. Successful and meaningful learning occurs when learning experiences are real and relevant both to students' lives and topic areas being studied. In a world where students spend increasing lengths of time online, learning outside the boundaries of classrooms are essential to deepen understanding of the world they live in.

Ms Di Cottrell-Dormer
Acting Head of Department

College News

The Sydney Alliance Training Day

On Tuesday 8 April, thirteen students from Year 10 attended the Sydney Alliance training day. The training day was held at Ravenswood Girl's School with other Christian schools such as St Leo's, PLC and Mercy College Chatswood with students from Years 10 to 12 who had been selected as current or future leaders to represent their school.

None of us knew much about the Sydney Alliance and certainly had no idea what to expect. As we all filed into the meeting hall, we were separated into different table groups so that we were sitting with students from a range of other schools. For the first few minutes, nervous looks were exchanged throughout the room, but after a warm up game of bingo, the room was buzzing. We were ready to dive straight into a big day of learning and stepping out of our comfort zones.

Four members from the Sydney Alliance were in charge of running the day. They first of all explained to us what the Sydney Alliance was and gave us a leadership toolkit to take away with us so that we could use it in our own communities. Problems with pressure in the community were raised and ideas of what we could do as individuals, groups, communities and a student voice to solve these issues were suggested.

Change was one of the main themes that ran throughout the whole training session. We learnt about how just one individual has the power to change a street, a suburb, a city, a country and potentially the world. We were inspired and challenged to go out into our school communities to not only plan to create change within our school, but to actually use actions to make the change we want happen. We learnt that if you meet, listen, research, plan, act and evaluate, every one of us has the power to make change happen if we all work together as a team. Everyone took a lot out from the training session; from the inspiring, passionate Sydney Alliance members that passed on their leadership knowledge and skills to us and the teachers that helped and supported us along the way but most importantly, we all learnt off each other. By the end of the day, it was clear that the room was filled with a network of inspiring, confident, young leaders ready to tackle challenges ahead and are prepared to make change happen.

Jessica Corcoran, S6

School Uniform Change Over


Students can begin transitioning into their winter uniform from the start of Term Two with full winter uniform required on Monday 12 May (Week Three). Outstanding orders should be available for collection from Monday 5 May. All outstanding payments are due prior to pickup.


Mrs Mairead Ennis
Acting Assistant Principal, Dean of Students

Year 11 Student Leadership

This week Year 11 were introduced to the Student Leadership Process at the College. All the information can be found on the College website on BenniesNet. The Student Leadership folder can then be accessed under the 'Students' tab.

All girls have been given a letter outlining the leadership nomination process and providing details of when voting will occur. Students are encouraged to have a conversation with their parents about the area of leadership they are interested in pursuing and the portfolio they would like to become a member of. They are also encouraged to have a conversation with the relevant portfolio mentor and House Coordinator, prior to submitting their nomination.

Students can nominate for College Captain, House Captain and up to two Portfolio Captains. Each student who is not appointed to a Captain role, will be assigned to a Portfolio of their choice.

We look forward to the 2014/2015 Captains Induction Ceremony on Wednesday 23 July.

Ms Marion Zammit
Student Leadership Coordinator

Bennies Science Challenge a Huge Success

The Big Bennies Science Challenge, held in Term Four last year, was a great experience where we got to extend ourselves in Science and Engineering. It was an opportunity for students in Years 7 to 9 to compete in many engineering challenges and mini competitions, resulting in an individual point system to get us really into it. This also came with many rewards, both inside and out (did we mention the free afternoon tea each week?).

On the first day, we all started with probably the most difficult challenge; make a bridge out of paddle pop sticks that could hang over the table and support a marble. For 30 seconds. Without falling over. Whoever did it the furthest won. Sound simple? It was definitely a bit of a nervous construction process. Still, all entries stayed hanging and never came in contact with the ground so it was a successful challenge.

On the second day, we were given the challenge of making a standing support out of just straws that could support a marble. For 30 seconds. Without falling over. Whoever put their marble highest won overall. Again, it was a jumpy, difficult and at times stressful challenge, the wrong move ending in collapse. Everyone succeeded though and it was a very fun challenge to participate in.

On the third day, we constructed a bridge out of a limited amount of newspapers. We, the Year 7s, managed to build a bridge that could hold a total of 1.5 kilograms worth of weight. It was really impressive achievement and we were very happy, considering the Year 8 bridge, though strong, collapsed at around a kilogram.

One week later, we made a parachute out of plastic. The aim of that exercise was to build a contraption that could hold itself up in the air for the longest time, ending in the Year 7s triumphing over the older girls once again. All we were given as supplies were a sheet of plastic, straws and string, so there wasn't much difference in design, but it was just a lucky drop for us as ours lasted a whole 0.2 of a second longer.

Finally, on the last day of the challenge, we were tasked with making a protective shell around an egg. It proved to be quite difficult to stick the tape on the cold shell but we managed it in the end. I was proud to be in the team whose egg (affectionately called "Tiger") survived the drop from the 2nd floor of the D Block although it, sadly, did not survive the 3rd floor. We were all sad to see the egg crack. It was a great task.

The whole experience was definitely a great one and we would love to be able to do it again next year. Thank you to Mrs Bradstock and Mrs Thrum for supervising, bringing the afternoon teas, giving assistance to us and running the challenge all together. We speak for all the Big Bennies Science Challenge members when we say that it definitely is worth checking out this year.

report submitted by Year 7, 2013 Big Science Challenge participants

Year 10 Science students visit the UNSW Museum of Human Disease

On Thursday 13 March, eighteen Year 10 science students ventured to the University of New South Wales' Museum of Human Disease. When we arrived we were welcomed by a neuroscientist at the University. We sat with students from various schools and listened to a briefing about the activities that were to come. We were then separated into three groups where we rotated between five activities which each discussed a different aspect of the human brain.

The first activity was about the development of the brain throughout the stages of life.

The second activity was very interactive; we looked at the different reflexes in the body and the response times. This was done through a series of experiments which involved timing how fast the participant reacted to stimuli such as sounds, sight and touch.

The third activity was for sure the most thrilling. During this activity students sat in a fast spinning chair and we looked at how spinning affected the vestibular system found in the ear, which controls balance, movement, co-ordination and spatial orientation. We thought that this activity was the most exciting and we even managed to convince Mrs Dean to have a go.

In the next activity we looked at 3D vision and how our eyes work to see these images. We looked through a series of pictures on a computer screen whilst wearing 3D glasses and saw how the images changed when the glasses were reversed.

In the final activity we looked through a microscope at different cells in the brain and how they contribute to the overall function of the nervous system.

We would like to thank Mrs Thrum for organising this fantastic excursion. We would also like to thank Mrs Dean and Ms Abagi for taking us on the day.

report submitted by Emma Smith and 10/4 Science students

News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

From the Drama Department

Debra Oswald's House on Fire is a play all about relationships. We observe how three sisters navigate some significant moments in their lives. We have all had moments when we have to deal with change, loss or problems. Debra Oswald has a wonderful way of delivering 'real and believeable' characters, especially young people, through her dialogue. This play was originally commissioned by SCEGGS Darlinghurst and it is clear that the young female voice was heard and considered when writing this play.

While dealing with serious issues this play still has a sense of humour and plenty of light moments so that's what made it appealing as our choice for a production this year. Our Year 11 Class enjoyed this play from the moment they were given their copy in the first week of Term and told they would be auditioning for parts the following week. They embraced not only their speaking roles but were also very generous with their direction ideas and support of each other within the ensemble. Perhaps as the play deals with girls around their own age it has been made relatable and through this connection they have flourished in their performances.

Thank you to the College for their support of the Year 11 Drama and Year 12 Entertainment students who worked together to put on this production. Having this opportunity gives the girls much more than just a performance experience or a mark in their report.

Lisa Stevens and I are so proud of the students for their dedication and commitment to the play. They are to be congratulated on both the sell out performances!

Thank you must go to all those who supported us and ensured we had such a wonderful production.

We would also like to give a special thank you to Mr Peter Watters, Head of Creative and Performing Arts, for his ongoing support and assistance of this annual event.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats

Mrs Lisa Stevens
Drama Teachers

Music Tuition at the College

Lessons have now commenced, however there are still places available if your daughter would like to commence music tuition at the College. Download the following documents and return to Mr Watters if interested.

Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

Download Music - Enrolment Form here

Download Music - Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

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

From the Studies Coordinator

Essay and Extended Response Skills Workshop - for Years 9 and 10

8.45am - 3.15pm
Wednesday 23 April
in the IRC

Your daughter is invited to attend a holiday workshop on essay writing run by ICS Learning Group.

The aim of this course is to provide a step-by-step approach for students to help them understand the specific requirements for essay writing and other extended response writing. The scope of the course extends from reading and interpreting the question, through to the final draft. The outcome is to maximise marks gained in exams and for assessment essays.

Your daughter has received a letter and permission note about this workshop. This letter contains all the relevant information regarding booking and making payment with ICS Learning. This letter is also available to download from the Permission Notes area on BenniesNet and has been included below for your convenience.

Year 9-10 Essay and Extended Response Skills Workshop.

For further information, please contact ICS Learning Group

Mrs Sharon McGowan
MYBennies Innovation Leader / IRC Coordinator

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator


Mrs Denise Hillier
Head of Mathematics

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 email

MSB Alumni Memories

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

Hot topics of discussion would be:

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

From Student Services

If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

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

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

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

Lost Property

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

Changes to Bus Timetable

From Monday 31 March there will be some important changes to our school buses.

Kellyville: 3572 will now depart from the school at 3.20pm, go to Castle Towers then become the 2585 and go to Kellyville. (Route: Showground Road, Green, Kings, Wrights, Glenrowan, President, Acres, Memorial.)Girls going to Kellyville will not need to get off the bus at Castle Towers. Students getting off the bus at Castle Towers should catch a different bus so students going along this route can fit on the bus.

Pennant Hills Station: There will be three buses going to Pennant Hills Station from Beecroft Road.

  • 3602 at 3.25pm
  • 3652 at 3.25pm
  • 3653 at 3.37pm

All juniors will now depart from Beecroft Road. Only seniors will go across to Pennant Hills Road. Please do not run for these buses.

Dural and Glenorie: 3536 departing at 3.20pm will go to Castle Towers and then become the 3573 to Dural and Glenorie. Girls will not need to get off this bus if they are heading to Dural and Glenorie.

Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students

Mrs Gill McGregor
Physical Activity Coordinator

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.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


Representative Sports Calendar - Term Two



NSW CCC Championships
Tue 29 April
BB Representative Team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Mon 5 May
NSW CCC Representative Team



NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Mon 5 May
NSW CCC Representative Team



NSW CCC U15 Trials
Tue 6 May
(Angela Cloeraine)

Wed 7 May

NSW All SCHOOLS U15 Trials
Tue 24 May
(NSW CCC U15 Team)



BROKEN BAY Championships
Fri 9 May (wet weather Backup Tue 13 May)
MSB OPEN Representative Team

Wed 11 June (wet weather Backup Tue 18 June)
MSB U13, U15 Representative Team

NSW CCC Championships
Mon 26 - Tue 27 May
BB OPEN Representative Team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Mon 16- Tue 17 June
NSW CCC OPEN Representative Team



MSB Carnival
Periods 3 and 4
Tue 6 May

BROKEN BAY Championships
Fri 16 May
MSB Team

NSW CCC Championships
Fri 16 May
BB Representative Team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Fri 13 June
NSW CCC Representative Team



NSW CCC Championships
Fri 3 June (wet weather backup Tue 17 June)
K.Noble, B.Duncan, A.Shepherd, S.Bissett



BROKEN BAY Championships
Thu 19 June
MSB Senior Representative Team

NSW CCC Team Notifications

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

Closing dates approaching include trials for Volleyball, AFL, Basketball, U15 (students must be turning 15 in 2014) and Open Netball. These are State level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.

NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest

Representative Sports Dates next Term

  • Wednesday 30 April - U15 Representative Soccer Trials No. 3 (Mr Campbell / Miss Enright)
    Permission notes are now overdue.
  • Thursday 1 May - U13 Representative Soccer Trials (Mrs Grant / Mrs McGregor)
    Sign up sheets are currently on the Sports Noticeboard for the U13 team.

2014 Sports Tour

After 12 months of planning there is now only one day until our teams depart for Europe!!!!!

We had a great evening on Monday at our farewell dinner organised by Miss Liu and hosted by our Tour Captain Caitlin Knight and Vice-Captain Annabelle Doheny. Thankyou to Natalie Tobin (Year 12) who was our official speaker on the night and shared some of her sports travel experiences. If you would like to follow our adventures please click here. We are all very excited and looking forward to a wonderful trip!

All tour students will need to be at the International Thai Airways desk at the airport at 12.30pm please.

MSB Cross Country

The annual MSB Cross Country will be held at the College on Tuesday 6 May (Week Two). Competitors will run three (juniors) or four laps (intermediates/seniors) of an approximately 1km course around the College grounds.

  • JUNIOR aged 12/13 - Period Three/Four
  • INTERMEDIATE aged 14/15/16 - Period Five and
  • SENIOR aged 17/over - Period Six.

All students have been emailed details to their college email address. If you are interested place your name on the sign-up list on the Sports Noticeboard that corresponds with the age that you are turning this year.

Students are required to bring adequate water/sunscreen etc and change into their MSB PE uniform during recess.

Students who are assisting as Marshals may chose to remain in their MSB uniform, but should still bring their MSB cap, water and sunscreen.

Parents are most welcome to attend as spectators/assistants (seating is available on the College Oval).

The top five runners in each age group will be selected to represent the College at the Broken Bay Championships at St Ives on Friday 16 May.

Please see Mrs Grant in the Sports Office if you require any further information.

MSB Swim Team Relay Training

Don't forget the training session scheduled for Thursday 23 April at 11.30am at Cherrybrook with Mr Young to work on changeovers.


Congratulations to Shannon Bissett who has gained selection into the U14 Sydney Scorpians touch team that will compete at the 2014 NSWTA Junior Regional Championships, which will take place on the weekend of 26/27 April at Goulburn


Good Luck

Good luck to our ten MSB swimmers who will be competing at the NSW CCC Championships on the very first day back next term. Many of our swimmers will be competing at the Australian Age Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre during the break.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

Co-curricular Sports

Dates for your Diary

  • CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL - Tuesday 6 May at the College during Periods Three and Four
  • ATHLETICS CARNIVAL - Monday 2 June at the Sydney Olypic Park Athletics Centre

MSB Netball

Netball teams have been finalised and are available on the College Sports Noticeboard.

Dates for your diary

  • Sat 3 May: Winter Competition commences

Training Sessions

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

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

Changes and cancellations to training sessions will be posted on the whiteboard outside Student Services. Please check the whiteboard between lunchtime and the end of Period 6 on your training days.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

P & F News

P & F Coming Events


Online booking is now available


The P&F Executive wishes to advise that the MSB Golf Day advertised for 21 March 2014 has been rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. The new date will be advertised as soon as it has been secured with the Golf Club. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your patience.

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



Class of 2004 – 10 Year Reunion

Organisers of the Class of 2004 Reunion have started a reunion Facebook page. Join this group at

Class of 1976 – Where are You?

If you were in the Class of '76, Ann Jackson (nee Williams) would like to hear from you. Ann is keen to start discussions on your 40 Year Reunion. This one falls in a significant year, as it is the College's Golden Jubilee Year.

If you are interested in connecting with your peers socially and/or becoming involved in starting the discussion, please email Ann on

2014 MSBESA Dates

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

Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.

Bennies Connect

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


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

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

Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system can be found here.

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

Place a Canteen order here








Therese Davies





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 ANY DAY please call Melissa **


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

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

Uniform Shop

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

Students can begin transitioning into their winter uniform from the start of Term Two with full winter uniform required on Monday 12 May (Week Three). Outstanding orders should be available for collection from Monday 5 May. All outstanding payments are due prior to pickup.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager
T: 9980 0447


Year 10 Subject Selection

Is your daughter considering applying for university??

Below are some links from UAC ( Universities Admission Centre) that will provide information for parents to assist your in helping your daughter navigate their way through the university admission process

Mrs Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

Community News