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12 Apr 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

As the term draws to a close I want to thank students, parents and staff for their efforts. Every term in a school has a different flavour and feel, and Term 1 is characterised by the settling in period for new students, staff and families. By the end of term it is clear that the initial hurdles have been overcome for most students and the normal routines of lessons, homework, co-curricular and sporting pursuits are well under way. The annual round of Parent/Teacher interview have commenced, Year 12 students are already halfway through their HSC courses and Year 7 have found their feet and are beginning to be more confident and involved in the life of the College. After the enthusiasm of the beginning of the year, some students are starting to identify difficulties in their studies and sometimes other issues also arise. I encourage parents to communicate with us as soon as you become aware of any issues for your daughters – academic or otherwise. Intervention at this time of the year can prevent problems growing and becoming more serious as time goes on.

The Annual Staff Talent Quest is a highlight for students (and staff). While some staff claim to be shy, there are others who seem to revel in the chance to perform. The level of appreciation shown by the students is not always related to the level of talent or skill of the performers. It is great to see teachers putting in the time and effort to entertain students when they are also feeling fatigued at the end of a busy term. Congratulations to all staff for their involvement and to the girls for their generous appreciation of their efforts.

There will probably be important announcements made during the term break regarding Federal Government funding of schools. We await these announcements with great interest and assure parents that as soon as we are able we will release information about the impact of funding arrangements on the College.

Years 10 and 11 students had the opportunity to hear from Paul Dillon this week. This was a joint initiative with Marist College Eastwood. Paul is considered one of the most credible voices in Australia about the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol amongst young people. Parents were also able to listen to Paul. While his messages are generally encouraging he is also very realistic about the different challenges faced by our young people in addressing these issues. Hopefully parents and students feel empowered by the knowledge gained and are more able to address issues honestly as the need arises. Hopefully the information he showed can form the basis of positive conversations between parents and students.

With the cooler mornings and evenings, and plenty of sunshine during the days, I trust that families can enjoy a slightly slower pace of life for the next two weeks. I encourage students to take some time away from the world of technology to enjoy some fresh air, the beautiful autumn weather and some time for relaxation. I especially encourage the girls to find some great books and enjoy the experience of reading.

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Dr Seuss

I can read in red. I can read in blue.
I can read in pickle colour too.
I can read in bed, and in purple. and in brown.
I can read in a circle and upside down!
I can read with my left eye. I can read with my right.
I can read Mississippi with my eyes shut tight!

There are so many things you can learn about.
But…you’ll miss the best things
If you keep your eyes shut.
The more that you read, the more things you will know
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.

If you read with your eyes shut you’re likely to find
That the place where you’re going is far, far behind
SO…that’s why I tell you to keep your eyes wide.
Keep them wide open…at least on one side.

Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

“May He banish from the hearts of all men and women whatever might endanger peace.

May He transform them into witnesses of truth, justice and love.

May He enkindle the rulers of peoples so that in addition to their solicitude for the proper welfare of their citizens, they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.

May He enkindle the wills of all so that they may overcome the barriers that divide, cherish the bonds of mutual charity, understand others, and pardon those who have done them wrong.

May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters, and may the most longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always among men and women.”

Blessed John XXIII

Thursday 11 April marked the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark encyclical Pacem in Terris. Written by Pope John XXIII, the encyclical made a powerful connection between the ideas of peace and justice in our world. It says that peace on earth is founded on the four pillars of truth, justice, love and freedom. It insists that respect for civil, political, social and economic human rights and the exercise of those responsibilities inextricably linked to these rights are essential for the establishment of peace on earth. Given the fragility of peace in our world, the tragedy of war in the lives of so many and the threat of further conflicts, we will do well to heed the words of Pope John.

We will be beginning next term with an ANZAC Day ceremony in the hall courtyard at 8.40am on Monday 29 April. Year 10 will be heading off on their Retreat on Wednesday 1 May and will return on Friday 3 May. Our next outing with the Vinnies Night Patrol Van will take place on Saturday 4 May and the following week, on the morning of Tuesday 7 May, we will hold our annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast.To assist us with catering we ask that you RSVP to advise who will be attending.

Join us for Breakfast and a Mother’s Day Liturgy

7.30am – 8.30am
Tuesday 7 May
Come along to the Hall Courtyard and have breakfast with your daughter,
followed by a special Mother’s Day Liturgy in the Hall.

All mothers, carers, grandmothers and younger siblings welcome.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Teacher Night
4.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 13 May

in the College Hall

Online booking will open 4.00pm Wednesday 1 May and will close promptly at midday on Monday 13 May.

All parents will be emailed their password to access the PTO Online Booking System on Wednesday 1 May.
Parents may then access PTO to book appointments with their daughter’s teachers. This will be the only way to make appointments and parents only will be supplied with the password, although it is envisaged that parents will liaise with their daughter in this appointment process.

Parents wishing to make appointments after PTO has closed will need to contact Mr John Muskovits, Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum, via the College.

One of the new innovations with this on-line booking system is that the class teacher can not only request interviews with particular students but can communicate this directly to the parent. In this way the Parent Teacher night provides another opportunity for the teacher to address any learning issues with the student.

The College has made this move to an online system for the following reasons:

  • It better empowers the parents to make appointments with their daughter’s teachers;
  • There is less of a likelihood that the form will get lost, misplaced or not be utilised; and
  • Students and/or teachers will not be required to chase each other in attempt to make bookings.

As in previous years the following expectations or arrangements remain, such as:

  • Students are to attend with their parent(s) in school uniform, with their Student Planner;
  • A chime will ring every six minutes with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next teacher; and
  • The aim of the evening will be:
    • 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 ;
    • For 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.

As always we are looking to improve our practices and thereby improve the learning opportunities for students at the College.

Any feedback after the Parent Teacher Evening on the new online system would be very much appreciated and can be sent to

Mr John Muskovits
AP Dean of Curriculum
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Children of the Black Skirt

On Thursday 4 April and Friday 5 April the Year 11 Drama and Entertainment students put on their production of Children of the Black Skirt by Angela Betzien in the Drama Studio.

The Drama students were Taite Gledhill, Erin Montogomery, Emily-Beth Naylor, Georgia O’Callaghan, Cassisah Patrin, Zoe Peck, Nicole Ranzolin and Bianca Scalone. The Entertainment students were Jocelyn Easton, Susan Gagliano and Nivedita Kumar.

These two performances were a culmination of a term’s work including class time and a few afternoon rehearsals and which formed a major part of their Task 1 Assessment.

The play was set in an abandoned Orphanage which is discovered by a group of girls. They then take on the characters of the children who once lived within it and tell the children’s stories. The main character of The Black Skirt runs the Orphanage with silence, glaring looks and a rattle of keys and scissors.

The girls all transition between characters in order to tell a variety of stories from Australian’s History of orphan children.

We were very proud of the dedication, enthusiasm and passion that the girls put into this production and we want to congratulate them again for two successful and moving performances.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats and Mrs Lisa Stevens (Year 11 Drama Teachers) and
Mr Peter Watters (Entertainment Teacher and Head of CAPA)
Photography copyright Andrew Khoury

Instrumental Tuition

Tuition has now commenced for all students who have chosen to learn a musical instrument at the College.

There are still spaces available for guitar, piano, strings and drums
but be quick as places are limited.

Please fill in an application form and return to Student Services. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Music Instrument Tuition Form

Peter Watters
Head of Department – Creative and Performing Arts
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News from the Mission Team

Ministry and Chaplaincy Corner – Year 11 Community Outreach

The deadline for the notification of student choices for their Community Outreach is now over. Please discuss with your daughter details of where and when she will complete these commitments. Students have until the end of Term Three to fulfil their commitments at their chosen venue.
Students have chosen a variety of venues that help those who are disadvantaged including: hospitals, Aged Care facilities, schools catering for students with special needs and various programs associated with JCA, St Vincent de Paul and the Good Samaritan Mission Programs.

Mrs Donna Dempsey, Ministry Coordinator and Miss Christina Liu, College Chaplain

Disability Provisions for Higher School Certificate 2013

The Board of Studies allows disability provisions for students who will be completing
the Higher School Certificate Examinations in 2013. The provisions assist students who have a learning difficulty, physical disability or medical condition which may affect their exam performance. Students or parents of students currently in Year 12 who think they may be eligible for disability provisions and would like further information should contact Mrs Hadfield (Learning Support Coordinator) as soon as possible.
The closing date for most applications is the end of Term One.

Pastoral News


Many thanks for your support in ensuring that the uniform is worn according to College expectations. At the beginning of next term the transition into the winter uniform will occur. Girls may opt to wear winter or summer uniform for the first two weeks of Term Two, Monday 29 April – Friday 10 May. Students may not wear a mixture, but can choose complete summer uniform or complete winter uniform.

All students must be in full correct winter uniform on Monday 13 May. Blazers must be worn to and from the College with the winter uniform. Over the break could you please check the length of your daughter’s kilts and ensure that blazers have been dry-cleaned. ‘My blazer is at the cleaner’ will not be accepted as an excuse. Any students rolling up the waistband of their kilt to shorten its length will be issued with a uniform detention. We ask that students adhere to the College expectations in terms of not wearing makeup and that hair is one natural colour. Girls will be approached individually and asked to fix hair colour if it is not within the guidelines.

While the winter school uniform is worn it is expected that students will also wear the winter sports uniform. Any student in Years 7 to 10, when required to wear the sports uniform, is expected to wear the full College track suit when they are outside the College grounds. This includes representing the College in sport and travelling to and from venues for Physical Activity, PDHPE and excursions.


Ms Jackie Duncan
Assistant Principal – Dean of Students
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College News

IRC Resources to support students

The IRC subscribes to a number of online resources which students can use both at school and home to support their academic studies. This week’s newsletter article looks at two products from Cambridge – Cambridge Companions Online and Shakespeare Survey Online both available via the IRC page on BenniesNet.

Cambridge Companions Online brings together subject-based collections of Cambridge titles, making them available together online. The Cambridge Collections consists of:

The key features of the Cambridge Companions Online series are they:

  • are authoritative guides, written by leading experts in the field and used by students, scholars and non-specialists for twenty six years.
  • cover literature, philosophy, religion, classics, cultural studies, and music, ensuring a complete reference for all those working in the humanities.
  • include over 500 titles, from Austen to Yeats, Martin Luther to Feminist Theology, Locke to Wittgenstein.
  • include over 5000 essays in total; all fully searchable by author, title, topic or theme
  • are updated continuously with new content

Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism.

Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year’s textual and critical studies, and of the year’s major British performances. The virtues of accessible scholarship and a keen interest in performance, from Shakespeare’s time to our own, have characterised the journal from the start.

The books are illustrated with a variety of Shakespearean images and production photographs.

Student may learn more about Cambridge Companions Online and Shakespeare Online by viewing the tutorials available on the IRC Course page of BenniesNet or seeing Mrs Shiels or myself for any help with using them.

Mrs Sharon McGowan
IRC Coordinator
There has been a report of Head Lice in the school.
Could all parents be vigilant in checking your daughter’s hair.

For more information go to:

MSB Golden Jubilee

We are currently updating our archival records with the History Company in preparation for our Golden Jubilee in 2016. As a result of this process we have discovered some of our publications have been misplaced. If you are an ex-student and you have kept publications such as Bennies Buzz, Newsletters 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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Wrap With Love click here

Mrs Gail Davey



If your daughter is absent or late, please send an SMS message to 0418 565 982 with a brief reason. For example ‘Susan Smith Y8 sick/appointment’. This is a text only number. Once you have sent a SMS message you are not required to send a written note. If you are bringing your daughter to school late, could you take the time to write a note in her diary before she gets out of the car. To have the ‘lateness’ explained on the day then requires no follow up.


If any student is yet to receive their 2013 student travel pass/es please see Mrs Franco at Student Services.


All items of unmarked clothing etc. will be displayed on the Lost Property table outside Student Services on the last week of term. All named items are held at Student Services and reported in Daily Notices each day. If your daughter has misplaced anything please ask her to check the Lost Property table or Student Services before the end of term.

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Representative Sport

Further details for all Representative Sports will be available on the MSB College website under Activities/Sports.

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

All students have been emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport this term. This document can be downloaded here. Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through the NSW CCC Association will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined here. General NSW CCC information can be downloaded here.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line:
9990 3633


  • To all of our swimmers who will compete at the NSW CCC Swimming Championships during the first week back at school next term. Year 9 students Brooke Mindham and Chelsea Brackin have been competing in Adelaide this week at the Australian Age Championships.
  • To Lauren Purcell also from Year 9 who will be competing at the CCC Diving Championships in the first week next term.


To Whitney Skirka (Year 8) who has been busy achieving great things for her Surf Lifesaving club Collaroy. Whitney was a member of the MSB Surf Lifesaving Team in Term 4, 2012 and we wish her well as she aims to compete at the National Championships in Queensland during the upcoming holidays.

Here is her account of a recent carnival.

From Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March I travelled to Umina Beach to compete in the Junior Surf Lifesaving Competition and competed in the Flags, Sprints and the U14 Relay. I also competed in the All Age Relay as the last runner and in the March Past.

In the Flags I made it into the Semi-Finals and ended up finishing 12th out of 64. In the Sprints I made the Finals and finished 2nd to Cronulla, In the Sprint Relay my team ended up overall coming 4th and just missed out on a medal.

The next day I had to be at the beach at 6.30am and compete in the All Age Relay and the March Past. In the March Past we won gold and in the All Age Relay we won Silver. At the end of the day there was a ceremony and I was awarded ‘Most Competitive’ in the Girls U14 and overall ended up getting four medals.


Our runners really enjoyed the new course this year. Cheered on by our parent spectators they completed the course in solid times even with the addition of a great new hill!

Almost 150 runners competed this week for a chance to represent MSB at the Broken Bay Championships next term. Our College has a strong running history winning six of the past seven Broken Bay titles.

Congratulations to these students who gained selection –

From left, Jaime, Gabi, Gemma and Ella

From left, Katie, Alana, Capri and Maddison

From left, Chloe, Elly, Monika and Tamaryn

From left, Jess, Kirsten, Elyssa and Emma

From left, Molly, Kristin, Michelle and Emily

From left, Kerilee, Emily, Ashleigh and Georgia

From left, Genevieve, Clare, Lily and Lauren

All successful students were given a Broken Bay Permission Note following the trials.

From left, Mrs Rowland, Mrs Gillies and Mrs Lewis

Congratulations to our Divisional Champions:

These students will be awarded pennants and trophies at our next Assembly.

Thank you to Mrs McGregor, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Rowland, Mrs Gillies, Y10 PA students and parent Deb Frost for assisting with the running of the trials.


Some sports have direct pathways through the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSW CCC) Sports Association System.

For these sports parents need to nominate their daughter via the NSW CCC website

These are State level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

    • NSW CCC Trials (15s) – Tuesday 7 May – closes Friday 3 May
    • NSW CCC Trials (Opens) – Wednesday 8 May – closes Friday 3 May
      Trials will be held at Auburn for the U15s (must turn 15 in 2013 to attend the trials) and OPEN (students turning 16+ in 2013) NSW CCC Netball Teams. Only students currently playing in a local Representative team will be considered for the trials. Students will need to be transported to and from the trials by their parents.

      Trials for MSB Representative Teams to compete at the Broken Bay and CCC Carnivals will be held during Term Two. Listen to Daily Notices for further information.
  • BASKETBALL – NSW OPEN CCC Trials – Monday 20 May – closes Monday 13 May
    Trials will be held in Penrith. Students will need to be transported by their parents.


DIVING NSW CCC CHAMPIONSHIPS Tue 30 April (Lauren Purcell)
(Wet Weather Backup TBA)
Wed 8 May (OPEN)
Mon 27 – Tues 28 May (BB OPEN Team)
(CCC OPEN & U13/U15 Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)
Perth (Liz Leipa Y12)
Sat 4 – Sat 11 May
(Wet Weather Backup Wed 12 June)

Monday 3 June

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

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator
Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport


At a recent MSB Netball Committee meeting the concept of tenure for members of the Committee was discussed. It was agreed that, like many other sporting organisations and businesses that usually have people on their Committee for three years, the MSB Netball Committee members would have a tenure for three years. The logic behind the three years is based on the idea that in your first year you are learning a lot of the new skills and can give your best in the subsequent two years. After this time it was considered that you certainly had contributed greatly as a volunteer. It was hoped that by only having tenure for three years that people would not have to stay on the Committee for too long and that a turnover of new Committee members would most likely bring in new ideas and different approaches to how the Committee can be run. Also people may be more likely to volunteer if they know it is for a set time.

Therefore we are asking parents of MSB Netball girls to volunteer for positions on the Committee. At the moment we are very desperate to have an assistant Umpires Convener. This job would be shared with our present Umpires Convenor, Mrs Barbara Broomfield. It would involve being at the Pennant Hill Netball Courts every Saturday morning and being available for the Umpires in case any problems arise. It would ideally suit a parent who has a girl playing and/or umpiring in the morning session, although this is not essential. Umpiring experience is also not essential.

At the end of the year we would be looking for a new President, new Treasurer and a new Umpires Convenor. The Club cannot run effectively without the positions being filled and 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 School 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.

Mr Chris Gould
President of MSB Netball Committee

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance – ** Change of Date ** To be advised

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 2: 20 May, 17 June
Term 3: 12 August, 9 September
Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

The general meetings commence at 7.30pm in the College Staffroom.

Social Convenor Position – Vacant

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

Next P&F General Meeting

The next meeting is on Monday 20 May at 7.30pm in the Staff Room. (Please enter through Reception and take the stairs on your left). If you are unable to personally attend the next meeting but wish to put forward an agenda item, please feel free to make contact with any of the P&F Executive members by emailing us on

Parents, Government Funding and Catholic Education

Next week the Council of Australian Governments meets to discuss Schools and Education. All State and Commonwealth Education Ministers will gather to discuss issues such as the Gonski Report, Funding and the National Curriculum.

Mount St Benedict P&F is associated with several bodies representing the interest of parents in Catholic and Independent schools. On our behalf, these bodies liaise and lobby with the State and Commonwealth governments to achieve equitable funding and resources.

Parents are encouraged to get involved in three key ways:

  1. Understand the issues (
  2. Talk about the issues with family and friends (
  3. In the lead up to the Federal Election contact your Federal MP and any candidates and obtain their stance on the funding of non-government schools (

Through the Newsletter and on the College website we will attempt to keep you up to date with the key issues and any opportunities for involvement.

Feel free to browse the websites of:

NSW Funding Note for School Communities 15Feb2013


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


The Canteen opens daily from 9.00am – 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT – Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place an Canteen order here


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
Aileen Buecker Nicole Bond Natalie Conway Jaye Harkin Helena Cheung
Kay Munro Lynne Chen
Fiona Stewart
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 Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448
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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

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

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager T: 9980 0447
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Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 08 April

University of Wolloongong – 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.

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.

Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University will be holding the following MyDay events in Bathurst and Orange:
MyDay Communications and Sports Journalism
10.00am – 2.00pm

Courses to be showcased: Advertising, Commercial Radio, Journalism, Sports Journalism, Public Relations and Theatre Media
MyDay Dentistry and Allied Health
10.00am – 2.00pm

Courses to be showcased: Dental Science, Clinical Science, Physiotherapy and Pharmacy
These events are targeted at small groups of Year 11 and Year 12 students.
Registration is essential. Each student must complete a Student Registration Form and return to CSU by Fax or email no later than Wednesday 10 April.
To register or further information:
Judy Walsh
F: 02 6338 6011

Once you have registered further details of the days will be forwarded directly to you via email in the week preceding the events.

To register download the Notre Dame HSC Study Week Registration Form, fill in both sides and post to The University of Notre Dame.

JMC Academy Campus Open Day
Come and experience JMC Academy student life! Gain advice on the Diploma and Degree courses in film production, music performance, audio engineering, game design, 3D animation and entertainment management.
Includes a tour of the campus, interactive workshops and a chance to view student work, live music, studio recordings and much more.
When: 10.30am Saturday 4 May 2013
Where: 561 Harris Street, Ultimo, 2007 (Note: New campus)Register on-line at or phone 1300 410 311.

School Holiday Programs
Academy of Interactive Entertainment April School Holiday Courses
9.00am to 5.00pm
Monday 15 to Friday 19 April
There are a variety of school holiday courses being held at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment’s Canberra and Sydney campuses. These courses are for ages 7 and above and cover 3D design, game programming, Photoshop, and more.
Contact: Canberra: T: (02) 6162 5131 or E:
Sydney: T: (02) 8514 8800 or E:

William Blue College Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager
10.00am to 4.00pm
Tuesday 16 April
North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
Young people interested in the hospitality industry can visit Sydney’s hotels, restaurants and bars for a behind-the-scenes view of the industry.
Contact: Jake Brown on for bookings

University of Sydney HSC Essay Writing Course
University of Sydney, Darlington
This course for senior high school students will teach them how to properly write essays in a HSC exam situation.
Course Dates: Monday 15 – Friday 19 April, Monday 22 – Friday 27 April, Monday 1 – Friday 5 July, and Monday 8 – Friday 12 July.
Contact: (02) 9036 4789

Architecture on Show
2.00pm to 3.00pm
Saturday 27 April
Architecture and Building, Surry Hills Library and Community Centre, 405 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Christian Grennan from Grennan Architecture will discuss the relationship between the architect and the builder.

Speak Out Education School Holiday Program
Speak Out Education are running public speaking, debating and mock trial workshops during the April School Holidays for Years 3 – 9 at Pymble Ladies College, Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and St Catherine’s School.
Contact: or 0466 970 796

The University of Sydney

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

Selected preparation courses are also offered for Years 10 and 11, including Year 10: Preparing for Success and Years 10 – 12 Course: Improving Written English.

The next series of courses commence between Monday 15 April and Monday 22 April. Third term “Part 3″ courses are also available for enrolment and commence Monday 1 July.

The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content.
For more information visit our website.

Download the HSC Preparation Course Guide. The guide outlines upcoming course dates and times as well as indicative dates for courses later in the year.

Download the Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.

YOUR PATH TO SYDNEY UNI – An Information Evening for Students and Parents

Come along and hear:

  • current students talk about life at uni
  • information about pathways, scholarships, and study options at Sydney Uni
  • Keynote speaker Corey Payne, NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013, Churchill Fellow and former Canterbury Bulldogs player, talk about his study choices
  • university staff and current students answering your questions.
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013
Time: 6.00 – 8.30pm
Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm
Event begins at 6.45pm
Venue: Revesby Workers’ Club
2B Brett St, Revesby
Entrance via Tarro Ave
RSVP: Places are limited, so please register online by 15 May

Centre for Continuing Education
T 02 9036 4789
F 02 9036 4799

University of Technology Sydney


Accounting Cadetship Opportunities

Moore Stephens Sydney and Moore Stephens Sydney West are members of the Moore Stephens network of independent accounting firms with over 630 offices in 100 countries. Moore Stephens Sydney is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD servicing a broad range of clients throughout Sydney. Moore Stephens Sydney West is a Parramatta based firm servicing the expanding Western Sydney business community and is now one of the most substantial practices in Western Sydney.

Institute of Chartered Accountants Information Evening
Wednesday 15 May
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Representatives from both firms will be available to address any questions from students and parents first hand. Students wanting to attend the information evening must register with the Institute of Chartered Accountants on their website

Applications for the 2014 Cadetship Program will open on Monday 13 May and close on Friday 21 June.

University Visits for Parents
Come and experience university for yourself so you can better support your child. Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered and a campus tour provided.

Bridges Parents Visits (March – May 2013)

William Blue College of Hospitality ManagementWilliam Blue College of Hospitality Management

2014 William Blue Industry Scholarship Applications
Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their hospitality career a kick start in the right direction?William Blue College of Hospitality Management invites all aspiring Hospitality Managers, Event Managers, Tourism Managers and Executive Chefs to apply for the industry scholarship of a lifetime.
Developed and chosen by the hospitality industry, this scholarship offers applied education – the recipients will get the chance to work with industry in the field.Visit for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, available from 1 April.
Contact : Jake Brown E:
Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 20 August.

William Blue College Information Evening
Date : Tuesday 30 April
Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown – your students thinking of launching their hospitality career soon? From commercial cookery, events, hotel and tourism management we have something in store for all interests.

Meet our current students and hear about their student experience at William Blue. Speak with our career management team and learn why our students flourish in the industry.

For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

William Blue College – Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager Workshop
Dates: 16 April, 2 July, 9 July, 24 September.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown –

During the school holidays, William Blue College runs ‘Day in the Life’ Workshops taking young hospitality hopefuls into some of Sydney’s most well-known hotels, restaurants and bars for a real behind the scene view of this vibrant and exciting industry.

Whether cooking is a passion, running events or just have an eye to serve and travel in style a ‘Day in the Life’ will open eyes to both the glamorous side, but also the reality of the hard working world, of hospitality.

For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

William Blue College Open Day
Date: Saturday 17 August
Time : 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : FREE
Contact : Jake Brown –

This interactive open day allows prospective students to talk to current students and graduates of William Blue College, meet our Industry Partners and speak to our Career Management team to see why William Blue graduates are so highly sought after.

Take a tour of our campus and dine in our award winning student operated restaurant, William Blue Dining.

To register your interest contact our Course and Career Advisers on 1300 851 237.

Hear what our students have to say at William Blue College

APM College of Business and Communication Serhat Ferat

2014 APM College of Business and Communication Industry Scholarship
Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their business and communication career a kick start in the right direction?APM College of Business and Communication is one of Australia’s leading business colleges. It is for this reason that we are seeking five of Australia’s most business savvy students to be awarded the industry scholarship of a lifetime. APM offers scholarship programs in marketing, event management, public relations, business and management.Visit for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, applications available from 1 April.
Contact: Jake Brown –

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 6 September

APM College Information Evening
Date: Tuesday 7 May, Tuesday 27 August
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown – APM information evening is a great way to learn more about the college; find out what studying at APM will be like and discover how APM prepares for success.Information Evenings are suitable for those who cannot attend our Open Days throughout the year. They offer a great opportunity to meet with our academic team, Careers and Industry Consultant over a couple of drinks and canapés to discuss career options. Explore the Fortitude Valley and North Sydney campuses and facilities, find out about our Scholarship Programs, and talk to current students and alumni about their APM experience.For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

APM Alive! Day in the Life styled Workshop
Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost: No charge
Contact: Jake Brown –

Bring career aspirations to life in the exciting fields of business, marketing, event management, management and public relations at APM College.

Visit the APM Sydney and Brisbane campuses to meet industry professionals and experience what is it like to be successful in this industry. Work on real life industry case studies and take a secret behind – the – scenes venue tour to discover the many vibrant facets of this industry.

For reservations please email Jake on or visit our events page on for more information.

Southern School of Natural Therapies SSNTSSNT

SSNT Ambassador Scholarship Program!
If you’re passionate about helping others, then SSNT wants you. Students who demonstrate a passion for the industry and want to promote the School across a range of activities are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will cover tuition fees for one full year of study.
Find out more »

Information Session
Nurture your future and take the first step towards a career in natural therapies with SSNT. SSNT hold regular Information Sessions throughout the year, allowing potential students to experience the college first hand. Tour the vibrant campus and it’s high quality facilities and learn about the range of courses offered. There will bepresentations from academic staff as well as the chance to talk with a Course and Careers Adviser to discuss study options. The next Information Session will be taking place later this year.

Find out more »

Australian Natural College of BeautySSNT

Day of Beauty Workshop
At our Day of Beauty Workshop, you’ll learn new practical skills and get a taste for life running a busy salon. It’s a one-day session packed with invaluable insights – a must for any would-be beauty therapist.Next workshop – Saturday 11 May

Learn more and register

Open Day
With our exciting move to Pyrmont in April comes our Pyrmont Campus Open Day. This will give you the chance to spend a day at our premium standard campus, attend information sessions, see our clinic in action, learn about courses and career options, meet students and staff, and see what it’s like to be a student at ANCB.

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Australasian College of Natural TherapiesSSNT

Day in the Life Workshop
These hands on workshops will provide you with a taste of what it would be like to work in the growing field of natural medicine. You will learn the fundamentals of nutrition and naturopathy and get practical hands on experience across multiple subjects.Next workshop – Saturday 11 May

Learn more and register

Open Day
Do you want to know more about healthy eating? Want to discover herbal treatments? The best want to burn fat and build muscle? Want to know more about a career in health and well-being? Discover the answers and more at ACNT’s Open Day.

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Jansen Newman Institute
Think ClassOpen Day
With our exciting move to Pyrmont in April comes our Pyrmont Campus Open Day. This will give you the chance to spend a day at our premium standard campus, attend information sessions, see our clinic in action, learn about courses and career options, meet students and staff, and see what it’s like to be a student at JNI.


Learn more and register

Billy Blue College of DesignBilly Blue College of Design

Billy Blue College of Design Scholarship
Billy Blue is committed to discovering and nurturing emerging talent, and our updated 2014 Scholarship program is designed to engage Year 12 students interested in pursuing a career in creative industries.We offer 3 scholarships up to the value of $20,000 each. The program is based around students submitting a creative solution to a challenging brief, which is due to be released soon. All participants will have a chance to attend an exclusive Scholarship Camp –a workshop-style event where they will receive invaluable guidance from our mentors and lecturers – current industry practitioners.We are looking forward to collaborating with Visual Arts, Media and Graphics teachers and Career Advisors to help achieve the best outcomes for their students.
For more information and to register your school’s interest, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email:

Billy Blue Day in the Life of a Designer Workshops
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a designer would be like? Experience it first hand at Billy Blue! This one day workshop is a great way to learn what a designer does, be hands on and creative and experience our college first hand.

Upcoming workshops at our Campus are in June.

View registration forms and dates »

Billy Blue Open Days
Billy Blue campuses will be opening their doors, and would love you to pop in and have a look around! Speak to lecturers about the different Degrees available, look around the campus and experience the Billy Blue way of life!

Next Open Day date: Sydney Campus Open Night – Thursday 20 June.

Find out more »

CATC Design School

Serhat FeratCATC Design School Scholarship
At CATC we are looking for creative individuals with a passion for design or photography. Through our Scholarship program, we offer three exceptional students an opportunity to master their skills and become leading photographers or designers.Each scholarship is up to the value of $20,000 and will see the candidates working on a creative brief. The details of the 2014 CATC Scholarship program will be released shortly, and we are looking forward to working with your Visual Arts, Media and Graphics teachers and Career Advisers to help your students do their best.To register your school’s interest and for more information, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email:

CATC Design Discovery Workshops
Explore the worlds of Graphic Design, Interior Design or Photography at our full-day action-packed Design Discovery Workshops. This is your chance to get creative, learn new skills, and experience firsthand what the life of a designer is like.

Next Design Discovery Workshops:
Graphic Design – 1 June 2013
Interior Design or Photography – 2 June 2013

For more info and to register, visit here.

CATC Design School – Information Evening
CATC The Rocks Open Nights are a great way to get a true insight into the creative industries learning, CATC unique culture and the pathways to creative careers.

Next Information Evening – 1 May 2013

For more info and to register, visit here or join us on Facebook

The Institute of Chartered Accountants
Cadetship Evening
Wednesday 15 May

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

This is an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to engage with over 22 employers, attend information sessions regarding cadetships and receive tips on the recruitment process.

Meet the Business Leader
Tuesday 30 July

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

This event will provide Years 10 and 11 students the opportunity to meet and network with young and experienced professionals from a variety of business roles to gain a better insight into the business profession.

Further Information:

Linda Nguyen, Relationship Consultant
T: 61 2 9290 5779
F: 61 2 9262 3953

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

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor
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Community Notices

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

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

A Message from St Benedict’s Church, Arcadia

St Benedict’s Church, Arcadia invites you to celebrate Jesus’ message at their

Saturday 27 April
Fagan’s Road, Arcadia

WANTED: Youth Leaders

  • Do you see yourself as a potential leader? Are you a good at organising social activities?
  • Are you looking to do community service as part of your Duke of Edinburgh, Scouts, Venturer or other leadership programs?
  • Want to widen your circle of friends?
  • Want an opportunity to develop 21st Century Employability (Job) Skills including Communication, Planning, Decision Making and Initiative skills?

We need young people to assist help set up and assist in running a new Youth Group for St Benedict’s Parish at Arcadia for young people in the Mid-Dural, Galston, Glenorie, Arcadia, Berrilee and Maroota/Hawkesbury Area We envisage monthly youth masses and general social activities such as movie nights, fund raising and community service activities etc..

WANTED: Youth Musicians

  • Would you like the opportunity to share your music skills and play the music that you want to hear at Mass?
  • Do you want to contribute to your community service experience by doing something you love

We would love you to join us for our Youth Masses held monthly at Arcadia Parish. Any instrument or Voice considered

For more information regarding these positions please call Marisa Quattrocchi on 0418 605 335.




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

Where and when:
Most courses, workshops and seminars are held in the evening during school terms in the Northern Sydney area. However, we can run any of our courses, workshops and seminars at a venue and time convenient to your school or organisation.

Our leaders:
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:

Did you know teenagers are 20 – 30 times more at risk of being harmed in a crash once they get their P’s?

The keys2drive program aims to reduce this risk by helping learning drivers gain the necessary decision making skills to stay safe on the road.

Funded by the Australian Government, the program provides learner drivers and their parents/supervisors with a free driving lesson by an accredited keys2drive instructor.

Call 1300 728 205 to book your free keys2drive lesson with NRMA Safer Driving School.

ACVIR Newsletter Article 2013

ACVIR Report April 2013

Exciting French Exchange Opportunity

The Hunters Hill – Le Vesinet Friendship Committee is currently seeking applications from students to participate in their six week exchange to Le Vesinet, just 20 minutes from the heart of Paris. This very exciting opportunity is open to students aged between 14 and 16 who are studying French at school. Students will stay with families in Le Vesinet during the next Christmas holidays and then welcome their French correspondent for six weeks in July/August 2013. The exchange runs under the auspices of Hunters Hill Council and has been sending small groups of students to France each year for more than 20 years. For further information and details of our upcoming information nights please refer to our website at or contact us at

St Bernadette’s Parish

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

  • 6pm Youth Mass
    Every Sunday night followed by LIFE Nights for Years 9 – 12 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Into Life for Yrs 7-8 Friday nights, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
    $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

RESTORED Life Teen Camp!

Want to have your heart restored these holidays? Why not attend the St Bernadette’s Parish School Holiday Camp to Crosslands Retreat Centre, Galston. Make new friends, canoe, hear from people who love their faith and get the spiritual fix you need!

Years 9 – 12: 19- 21 April
Years 7 – 8: 2123 April

Cost: $130

So what’s stopping you?
Go on – register now at or contact Sr Rosie for more info: 0420 594 277

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