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14 Jun 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

The College came alive to the music of Grease this week, the culmination of many months of work by students and staff. To see our newly extended Hall, complete with tiered seating and filled to overflowing, and to welcome almost two thousand people to the audience, were wonderful ways to celebrate all the efforts of so many people. Congratulations to everyone involved on such an entertaining, enjoyable and professional production. Particular thanks to our Creative Arts staff, Mr Watters, Ms Beazley, Mrs Webber, Mrs Stevens, Mrs Keats, Ms Zarb, Ms Stennet, Mrs Howard, Ms Murray and Mrs Barnett for their generosity in sharing their time and talents. Thanks also to the many others who have supported them, especially the Maintenance Team.

World Champions

The Mount St Benedict Future Problem Solving Team, who are still in the United States, have won the world championship competition. Team members Rebecca Koelmeyer, Rebecca Calabrese, Rebecca Albertini, Stephanie Frost, Laura Baker, Julia Ramos, Emily-Kate Pfeiffer and Monique Cockram and staff, Mrs Dirckze, Mrs Hadfield and Mrs Selvaggi, are to be congratulated on their outstanding efforts, which has continued for over a year. The work the girls have done in developing their understanding of the Darug people, the connections they have made with Darug elders and the educational resources they developed, all show a level of dedication and commitment both to learning and social justice, which is extraordinary. Winning the World Championship is a fitting recognition and reward for their efforts.

Beyond Bennies

It is amazing how we can draw inspiration from the stories of other people’s lives. Next week we have an opportunity to hear the stories of several of our ex-students. I encourage students and parents to come along and be inspired by these women, each of whom has followed a different path.

Click here to book online

We wish good luck to our Year 7A Debating team as they continue in the Finals rounds of the Catholic Schools Debating competition.

In our world so often we hear the stories of devastation, tragedy and sadness. Pope Francis has encouraged us to be beacons of hope for the world:

Today too, amid so much darkness,
we need to see the light of hope
and to be men and women who bring hope to others.
To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman,
to look upon them with tenderness and love,
is to open up an horizon of hope;
it is to let a shaft of light
break through the heavy clouds;
it is to bring the warmth of hope.
(Francis 1)

Maria Pearson


Mission News

Friday 21 June is the final day of the term for our students and staff and it is certainly a day we look forward to with great anticipation. Of course it does mean the end of a very busy term and the chance of a well- earned break, however, more significantly it is the day we mark as Mount St Benedict Day (MSB Day).

MSB day is a great day of community celebration to commemorate the founding of the College. We begin in the morning with the school community gathering for a celebration of Eucharist. The Liturgy Captains and their Portfolio have been working for some time now to develop a liturgy which will engage and enrich us in its celebration. We’re delighted that Benedictine Priest Father David Orr is able to join us and lead us in the celebration of Eucharist on this great occasion as we honour our College Patron St Benedict.

St Benedict is known world wide as a giant of the Christian Church and he has left a legacy which few could rival. Although his immediate contribution is seen in the foundation of the monastic movement and the development of his rule for monastic life, the wisdom and insight found in Benedict’s thinking go far beyond their immediate application in the monasteries and convents of the world.

The Benedictine way of life which highlights the balance between prayer, work and leisure is recognised as an outstanding model for the development of a rich and meaningful human life. Despite the simple wisdom expressed in this sense of balance it remains one of the more elusive elements of Benedict’s teaching to embrace. His teaching on the prudent and reverent use of our gifts and our possessions is at the heart of our Year of Stewardship in 2013.

A further aspect of Benedict’s thought focuses on the transformation that we must undergo in order to respond more fully to the invitation of the Gospel. Benedict teaches that as we develop our response in faith we will ultimately experience this conversion or transformation where “through love you will begin to observe without effort, as though naturally, from good habit all those precepts which in earlier days were kept at least partly through fear”.

Benedict is, therefore, recognising a time when our response to the Gospel will be a more immediate and natural thing because we have trained and disciplined ourselves to be faithful to the invitation of faith.

Our community celebrations continue early in Term 3 when we invite the grandparents and senior citizens of our community to join us for a special school assembly followed by refreshments. This will take place on Wednesday 7 August from 9.30am. Please make a note of this date and keep an eye out for further information. We will be asking our students to extend the invitation personally to their grandparents to join us on the day.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 8 Parent Teacher Evening

4.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 19 June
in the College Hall

Online bookings are now open and will close promptly at midday on Wednesday 19 June. All parents have been emailed their login details.

If you have any queries or feedback please email me

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum


GREASE was a huge success, performing to sell out audiences every night.

Thank you to all involved. A full report will be published next week.

Instrumental Tuition

There are limited spaces available for guitar, piano, strings and drums tuition.

Please fill in an Music Instrument Tuition Form and return to Student Services.

If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department - Creative and Performing Arts

College News

Co-curricular Photos

Wednesday 19 June

Students have been asked to check with their Homeroom teacher regarding photos, appropriate uniform etc.

Students will be advised when photos are available to view and order.


Study Skills Report


Study skills are integrated into both the Pastoral and Academic dimensions of the College. Since the start of the year, each grade has been involved in valuable activities aimed to assist students in managing their workload and building effective study skills.

Year 7 enjoyed a Study Skills Evening in Term 1 with guest presenter Prue Salter. They received helpful advice and useful resources and students had a rare opportunity to discuss strategies, expectations and their study environment with their parents. Year 7 students also spent several sessions throughout the first semester with their Year 10 Peer Support leaders, learning how to balance all aspects of high-school life.

Year 8 have been engaging in valuable conversations with their Homeroom mentors about how they are managing their workloads and school-life generally.

Year 9 have been involved in a Pastoral Care session where they focused on planning out regular patterns of homework and revision as well as mapping out how to prepare for and complete their assessment tasks. Several students in both Year 9 and Year 10 attended Essay Writing Workshops earlier this term in order to improve their skills in constructing extended responses. Year 10 students have spent several Pastoral Care sessions and a few evenings at the College learning about senior school assessment procedures, organising their regular homework and revision, chatting about the privileges of senior school with the Year 12 students in their House and working out what combination of subjects would be best suited to them in Year 11.

Entry into Senior School at the College is marked by increased expectations in terms of workload and learner independence. Year 11 have spent some time planning out the completion of assessments by breaking them into small manageable chunks and received some advice on how best to use their MSB Wall Planner to support their learning. At the beginning of this school year, both Year 11 and Year 12 benefited from a session with Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services. The sessions focused on time management, getting organised and maximising academic results through effective study practices. Year 12 will have a follow-up workshop with Prue Salter in August, prior to the Higher School Certificate Examinations. They have also taken part in yoga and meditation sessions to help provide them with strategies to unwind and release tension when needed during this busy time.

Student Resources for Study Skills

MSB Wall planners These help students to keep track of what tasks are coming up and assist them in managing busy periods by planning ahead.

ELES Website Mount St Benedict College has an annual subscription to the Enhanced Learning Educational Services online handbook. This handbook is designed for students, teachers and parents and contains wonderful resources on how to get organised, enhance your learning and study effectively. The website has been made available on BenniesNet, for students to access (both at school and at home).

BenniesNet Here students will find PDF documents of term/weekly/assignment planners. Their assessment schedules, calendars and procedures are also available here under the Assessment section.

Senior Study Noticeboard Year 12 students can find afternoon, weekend and holiday workshop opportunities that are aimed at preparing for the HSC. Some focus on general study skills, whilst others are subject-specific.

Teachers, Homeroom mentors, parents, other students and the Studies Coordinator All of these people may be able to assist if students find they are still having trouble with managing their school work.

Formal Examinations

Year 12 students are commended on the way that they conducted themselves during their half-yearly examinations in Term 1. Next term, Year 12 will sit the HSC Trial Examinations in Weeks 3-5 and Preliminary Examinations are to be held in Weeks 8-9. With these formal exams approaching, students are reminded that they need to be at the College at least 20 minutes prior to the exam start time. Students should ensure that they bring their pens and other implements in a clear plastic sleeve. Clear water bottles and tissues are allowed into the examination room, but all mobile phones and notes are to be left in lockers.

Some Techniques for Learning and Remembering:

  • Make flashcards of rules, formulas or things that you need to learn with questions on the front and answers on the back and test yourself.
  • Explain what you just studied to someone else - this is a great way to see if you really understand it.
  • Put notes up around your room or the house of the key concepts you need to remember.
  • Read your notes onto a tape or download as MP3s onto your iPod and listen to the information on the bus/while you are running/as you fall asleep, etc.
  • Make up a rhyme or song to help you remember.

Ms Annette Johnson
Studies Coordinator

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 St Edmunds and Jamieson House join us for GREASE

On Tuesday, we were very fortunate to have students from St Edmunds, Wahroonga and residents from Jamieson House (Aged Care), Beecroft visit our school for the Dress Rehearsal for Grease.

These two organisations are part of the many people we work in partnership with for our different Service Learning Programs that we offer our students here at the College.

It was a fantastic opportunity to develop our partnerships with these places and also a chance for us to show them some hospitality on our own grounds. The coordinators from both places were ecstatic about not only the fantastic Grease performance, but also the professionalism, kindness and care that our students display in their interactions with the students and residents. Congratulations to all students who have been part of these programs so far.

Miss Christina Liu
College Chaplain

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News from the IRC

Just a reminder to all students that Holiday Reading is upon us. This is the perfect time to catch up on all your reading, particularly if you are completing the Premier’s and Principal’s Reading challenges. Please see Mrs Shiels or Mrs McGowan to increase your borrowing limit. Don’t forget you can still access our ‘OverDrive’ e-book and audio books over the break 24 hours a day through Oliver.

Happy Reading!

Mrs Rebecca Shiels
Teacher Librarian

One Stitch leads to another ...

Our Homeroom, Monte Cassino 1, is part of the Wrap with Love project, where we made a blanket from scratch to give to someone in need this winter. We were very lucky to have the amazing help of the grandmothers of some of the Year 7s in our Homeroom, who generously knitted many squares. Everyone in MC1 contributed to the blanket by stitching the knitted squares together. The end products of our blankets were stunning, but we couldn't have done it without the enthusiastic encouragement of our Homeroom Mentor Ms Beazley. It was fun and a great achievement that our Homeroom made together. We hope it will make someone warmer this winter!


Emma Smith, Year 9, MC1

STANBROOK's success at the Athletics Carnival

"As in the daytime there is no star in the sky warmer and brighter than the sun, likewise there is no competition greater than the Olympic Games MSB ATHLETICS CARNIVAL."

The MSB annual Athletics Carnival was held on Monday 3 June and what a successful day it was! As an initial point, it seems fitting to congratulate all girls on their tremendous efforts on the day and for getting involved. It was a wonderful reward and achievement to have received 2nd place overall.

From a personal experience, the day ran smoothly, and everyone enjoyed themselves considering the spirit that occupied the field (particularly orange spirit). The brightness of the orange themed “around the world” costuming dominated the grounds and it was great to see our stands close to empty at any given point throughout the day. A sense of enthusiasm and dedication to the houses overall success really prevailed.

After speaking to girls of various grades, a sense of excitement and a desire to get involved proved to be a common thread and can be supported by our fantastic results. It was great to see everyone getting out there and having a go, daring to step outside their comfort zone and try something different. Something I encourage everyone to do although at first it may appear challenging. In saying this, it is this challenge that tests the waters for perhaps a new discovery, maybe some of you may discover a new hidden talent that you were previously unaware of. Either way, the most anyone can ever ask of you is to try your hardest and give it a go, despite the outcome.


So for the 2014 carnival, I challenge everyone to try and get involved in at least one championship event, even if it means you risk the possibility of coming last, because that is better than wondering what if…

Mrs Lisa Dean
Stanbrook House Coordinator

French Study Tour


The French Study Tour 2013 departs on Saturday 22 June. Only one week to go! Keep track of our adventures by reading and liking our facebook page:

These are photos from our Activities Afternoon last Friday 7 June. The students played a number of French-themed games, completed a French trip vocabulary quiz, partook in a race around MSB challenge and then finally received their plane tickets to Nice, France!


 Ms Erin O'Brien
Tour Coordinator

2014 History Study Tour to Europe

We are very excited to propose our first ever History Study Tour to Europe in 2014. The itinerary includes Germany and Italy and is tailored to cover the important areas of the Modern History, Ancient History and Society and Culture syllabuses. Academy Travel has been selected based on their knowledge, extensive overseas network of guides and support staff and previous staff experience. There is no doubt that a tour of this size involves significant expense, however we believe that the educational experiences and inclusions will prove to be excellent value and allow the students to gain full benefit from their involvement. An Information Evening will be held at the College at 7.00pm on Tuesday 18 June in the Staffroom. Our History Staff will explain the purpose and outline of the trip and Academy Travel representatives will give a description of their experiences as an educational tour operator, as well as the inclusions and benefits of the trip. To register you interest in attending the Information Evening, please visit the College website For further information click here

Mr Greg Hume History Teacher

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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



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.

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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



Due to an enormous response an information night will be held on Tuesday 4 June in the College Hall. Students who returned the expression of interest slips have all been emailed details of the evening and the priority procedure for applying for the tour. A wait list will then be established. Families unable to attend this evening should email Mrs Grant to receive a pack via email that will be handed out at the evening. We have had other very successful sports tours in the past and look forward to the incredible experiences this trip will bring.

Our next MSB overseas sporting tour is not scheduled until 2017 so this will be the only opportunity for most students to participate in such a tour.


A reminder that any student who has signed up for the 1500m or Triple Jump events is required to catch the early bus on Monday unless they have handed in a note stating that they will travel with their parents to the stadium. Please arrive at the College by 7.45am as the bus will leave at 8.00am SHARP. Our MSB representative team for the Broken Bay Carnival will be selected based on Monday’s results as will our NSW All Schools Knock Out teams. Good luck to all of our girls at the Carnival. Download the carnival program here.


To Year 11 students Hayley Evans, Annabelle Doheny and Ellen Schiffler who competed at the NSW CCC Open Soccer Championships next week at Bathurst. Hayley went on to be named in the NSW CCC team that will compete at the All Schools Championships in June - well done Hayley!


This is part of the Broken Bay President’s report on the day -

“The girls team played exceptionally well remaining undefeated until the last match where injuries took its toll and they went down 3 - 2 against Wagga Wagga, narrowly missing the finals. The team played exceptionally well throughout the tournament. We would like to commend the players for the outstanding effort, commitment and representation of their schools and Broken Bay over the two day tournament in Bathurst. They played with pride and in the spirit of the game. Many players created great friendships over the trip."

To Isabella Duncan Year 9, Lily Vidler Year 12, Genevieve Cowie Year 12 and Ashleigh McKimm Year 11 who will represent Broken Bay at the CCC Touch Championships on Wednesday.



Photos: Isabella, Lily, Genevieve and Ashleigh.




Fri 14 June (BB Team)



Tue 18 June (MSBREP U13/U15 team) (Wet weather backup Thu 20 June)


Tues 18 - Wed 19 June (CCC OPEN Teams - Hayley Evans Y11) (Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)



Wed 5 June (BB U15/OPEN) (Wet Weather Backup Wed 12 June)


2013 Athletics Carnival.

2014 SPORTS TOUR Information Evening 6.00pm Tuesday 4 June College Hall

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

Mrs Karen Grant Representative Sports Coordinator Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport


Training and Uniform Expectations

All players are expected to wear their MSB PDHPE tracksuit over their playing uniforms when they need an extra layer of warmth to and from the games. The girls are expected to wear their PDHPE uniforms, and ALL safety equipment as required by their sport to training sessions. We also expect all girls to commit 100% to their training and games.


Netball team photos will be taken on Saturday 15 June at Pennant Hills Park. Further details will be released shortly.


It's time to celebrate! Our first win of the season was accomplished on Saturday 26 May against Mercy College. It was a brilliant game with the final score of 5 - Nil which is the best score so far from our team. The win was rewarded with snakes and oranges which unfortunately got stuck in some of the girls braces. Well done everyone for the great effort that was put into the game and training!

Emilia Lilischkis, Team Captain

Mrs Rebecca Lewis, Co-Curricular Sport Coordinator

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance

Save the Date!

Thank you for your patience in awaiting the announcement of a new date. The MSB Dinner Dance 2013 will be held on Saturday 10 August at The Pennant Hills Golf Club. Details of the cost and how to purchase your tickets will be available shortly. The new booking system will be used to secure your tickets and tables. You can book per table or request to be seated on a table with parents from your daughter’s Year Group. Staff, parents and friends are all welcome to attend what is hoped will be a very enjoyable and relaxing evening.

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 2: 17 June

Term 3: 12 August, 9 September

Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

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

NSWPC Current Activities February 2013

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The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place a Canteen order here








Athletics Carnival

Helen Merhi

Natalie Conway

Jaye Harkin

Helena Cheung

Volunteers not required

Louise Spencer


Kay Munro

Lynne Chen

Marie Kirkham

Susan Willey

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 Wednesday please call Melissa **


Mrs Melissa Arane Canteen Manager T: 9980 0448 E:

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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 27 May

Parent Information Evening

6.00pm Tuesday 18 June

For further information, or to RSVP, visit

Four Day HSC Study Intensive

Monday 8 July - Thursday 11 July

During this four day program, experienced HSC teachers and markers will show you how to avoid the most common examination mistakes, study effectively, deal with stress and understand important course content. Morning tea and lunch included. $285 per person.

Find out more and register at:


T: 02 8204 4404


Year 10 Information Evening

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Monday 17 or Thursday 20 June

Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus (K5/6 on map)

RSVP: Register here.

Scholarship Information Evening

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Wednesday 26 June Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus (K5/6 on map)

RSVP: Register here.

Registrations open 5.00 Monday 3 June.

HSC Essay Writing Course

This course for senior high school students will teach them how to properly write essays in a HSC exam situation. Course Dates: Monday 1 - Friday 5 July, and Monday 8 - Friday 12 July.

T: 9036 4789


HSC Preparation Courses - Term Three

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

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

The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content.

For more information click here.

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.

University of New South Wales Scholarship Evening

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Thursday 6 June

Science Theatre Kensington Campus

RSVP here

Click here for a map of the University. The Science Theatre is at coordinate F13

UNSW Scholarship Office
T: 9385 1078

UNSW Co-op Program
T: 9385 5116

Macquarie University Parent Information Evening

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Wednesday 12 June

RSVP here.

Places are limited. Further Information: T: (02) 9850 1890 W:

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.

University of Technology Sydney Discover Sessions

Nursing - City and Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

Midewifery - City campuses

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

Futher information:

University of Wollongong

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 click the purple 'Register for Updates' tab. This will be a very quick form to fill in with mailing details etc.

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

teach.NSW Scholarships

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

My Health Career

MY HEALTH CAREER offers over one hundred videos on over ten different health careers from real health practitioners. Everything from the future of pharmacy in Australia to the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician to eight areas of specialisation in podiatry. Go to to enter your name and email address and receive FREE updates.

WEP Volunteer Abroad

WEP's Volunteer Abroad provides school leavers with an opportunity to travel overseas, gain meaningful work experiences and sometimes even learn another language. Programs start every week and are flexible in duration. Further information

TARONGA ZOO - Meet a Keeper

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

For booking forms and information visit

Wesley Institute School of Graphic Design

Designer for a Day Workshop

Curious about a career in Graphic Design? Wesley Institute's School of Graphic Design invites you to experience what it's like to be a designer for a day, in a creative and collaborative environment. Explore the possibilities and unlock your creative DNA.

For more information, register your interest at or call 02 9819 8824. Workshops will be offered during NSW school holidays at Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street Drummoyne NSW.

Wesley Institute

Drama Open Day


Saturday 8 June

Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street, Drummoyne 2047

Wesley Institute offers a Bachelor of Dramatic Art, with specialisations in Performance, Production and Theatre Practice. Discover your options, hear from the Head of Drama and chat to faculty, current students and staff. Book a spot at the Open Day, and receive a free ticket(s) to the School of Drama matinee performance of Faust immediately following the event!

Further Information:

Sydney Film School

Diploma Information Night


Wednesday 12 June

An opportunity to come and meet the teachers, see the premises and find out more about the Diploma of Screen and Media course. RSVP essential

T: (02) 9698 2244.


Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Open Day

10.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 8 June

To find your nearest campus and learn how you can get your creative career off the ground click here.

Further Information Remittance Advice and Credit Card Authorisation

Cadet Program applications are now open. It’s never too early for your students to get ahead. For more information on our Cadet Program go to

To apply online go to and click on the preferred program, complete the application form and attach an academic transcript.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 19 June.


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.

Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

Child and Adolescent Parenting

Course Descriptions

Term Brochure

How to enrol

Participant Testimonials

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.

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

Child and Adolescent Parenting

PO Box 142 North Ryde NSW 1670

T: (02) 9887 5830

F: (02 9887 2941

E: Vivienne: Susan:


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:

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

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

  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry

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

For more information please contact: Matt Donnelly St Agatha’s Youth Minister M: 0432 494 786

Hornsby Cathedral Parish Youth Groups

All meetings are held in the Light of Christ Centre (at the end of Yardley Avenue, Waitara)

  • Years 7 - 9         7.00pm - 9.00pm Friday nights (1st and 3rd Friday of the month)

  • Years 10 - 12     7.00pm - 10.00pm Fridays (2nd and 4thFriday of the month)

Please bring $5 for pizza Upcoming Dates:

  • Years 7- 9          May 3, 17, 31 (combined), June 7, 21

  • Years 10-12       May 10, 24 (Diocesan Event), 31 (combined), June 14 , 28

Come join is for fun, friendship and faith building!! Please call PF 0422 000 0521 or Pat 0412 813 165 for more information.