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14 Feb 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

The term is well and truly underway with a great sense of energy and activity evident. Staff and students alike are enjoying our new facilities, including our renovated Hall Courtyard and Deck. I am sure that being in pleasant surrounds helps students in their learning and allows them to enjoy the experience of coming to school. I want to express my thanks to the Parents and Friends' Association for their generosity in contributing a substantial sum towards the courtyard upgrade. Last Friday evening at the Welcome Barbecue it was wonderful to see the area being enjoyed by all and it was also good to meet new parents, hear the stories of their daughters' first weeks at the College, and share with them their hopes and dreams for their daughters. As usual, I encourage all parents to be in communication with us about your daughters so that together we can assure the best possible outcomes for them.

The College Board is working towards the development of a new Master Plan for the College to build on recent developments as we continue to enhance our facilities. In the near future parents will have an opportunity to give some input to the process. I encourage you to ensure that your voice is heard in this process so that we can ensure future developments reflect community needs.

We are currently experiencing some issues with a couple of the buses which transport the girls after school. We are working with the bus company and also through our local political representatives to try to arrive at satisfactory arrangements for all students. If your daughter is having difficulties please feel free to call Mrs Jan Franco at the College. It may also be worthwhile ringing the bus company to see what they can do to assist.

Open Day

Open Day this year will be held on Sunday 9 March. Whilst this is not a compulsory school day for students we will be asking for student volunteers to assist with various activities on the day. I ask parents to encourage their daughters to be involved and assist in one of the many roles available on the day. Visitors on Open Day really enjoy meeting our current students as it gives them a good idea of what they can look forward to with their daughters. Word of mouth is a very powerful "marketing" tool - many parents who seek enrolment for their daughters do so because they have met our students and have been very impressed, or because current parents and/or students have recommended the College.

I have spoken with a few parents in the past few weeks who have commented that as activities recommence for the new year family life once again becomes very busy, even at times frenzied. I thought I would share this little reflection on what is most important in our lives. It might help to remember this at those especially busy times:


If being peaceful and loving are among your primary goals,
then why not redefine your most meaningful accomplishments
as being those that support and measure qualities such as kindness …
Was I kind to myself and others?
Did I overreact to a challenge, or was I calm and collected?
Did I hold on to anger or was I able to let go and move on?
Was I too stubborn? Did I forgive?
These questions, and others like them,
remind us that the true measure of our success comes not from what we do,
but from who we are and how much love we have in our hearts.

(Richard Carlson)

Mrs Maria Pearson

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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

As our students settle into their work for the academic year it is pleasing to look back on the work of our recent graduates, the Class of 2013 and acknowledge their significant achievements. Alongside excellent results, across a wide range of subjects, students at MSB performed very strongly in the Studies of Religion I and II courses. It is worth noting that these results do not come solely from efforts made in Year 12 but rather reflect a consistent development of knowledge and skills over a number of years. Thus, when we acknowledge the achievements of the class of 2013 we are mindful of the work that has been undertaken with these students throughout their time at Mount St Benedict. Therefore we congratulate these students as well as those who have taught them from Year 7 through to Year 12.

The quality of these results is also a timely reminder of the need for students in all year levels to make the most of the learning opportunities provided by their teachers and to work diligently year by year to achieve their best. Parents can be assured that the teachers in the Religion faculty are committed to providing a rich and productive learning environment for your daughters and that we expect our students to respond with their best efforts.

At Mount St Benedict the students in Years 7 to 10 follow the program developed by the Archdiocese of Sydney, and in Years 9 and 10 their work is recognised on the Record of School Achievement (ROSA) credential. In Year 11 and 12 students study the course developed by the NSW Board of Studies as either a one unit (Studies of Religion I) or a two unit (Studies of Religion II) course.

Year 7 students have begun the year with a unit of work on the traditions of Mount St Benedict College which will be followed this term by a unit of work on Church and School Communities. Year 8 students are gaining important background knowledge on the bible through a unit called "The Setting of the Gospels" which will be followed by an historical study of the early Church communities. In Year 9 the focus of the unit is the Sacraments of Healing before moving on to a unit with a biblical focus "Literary Forms in the Bible". Meanwhile Year 10 students have begun a unit of work on personal moral responsibility which will be followed later in the term by a study of ancient and indigenous religions.

Year 11 students have begun their courses in Studies of Religion I and II with an exploration of the Nature of Religion and Beliefs while Year 12 students are well advanced in the HSC course and are currently completing Depth Studies on Christianity.

The Religious Education Department is led by Mrs Donna Dempsey while Mr John Young is newly appointed as the Assistant Head of Department. Either Donna, John or I would be happy to discuss any aspect of our Religious Education program with parents at any time.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Information Evening

Monday 24 March
in the College Hall

The Evening will address three key areas:

  • Building a context for Year 10 including research findings in girls education, outline of Mission activities and academic care and how it relates to your daughter now and in the senior years
  • Important Curriculum practices and procedures including study skills and assessment procedures
  • Subject Selection Process Year 11 2015 including courses offered for 2015 and an explanation of the scaling process and the relationship between HSC and internal assessment marks.
  • The College believes that these areas will provide a solid foundation and a smoother transition for the girls into senior school. Therefore, students are expected to attend with you and wear their school uniform. The evening should conclude by around 8.30pm.

    Mrs Pearson, the College Principal, will give a context for the evening, outlining some of the important issues that are facing Year 10, give an overview of important Mission activities and discuss research findings in girls' education. Senior students will explain the College's Academic Care Program and how it relates to your daughter now and in the senior years.

    Mrs Gabrielle Keats, the Studies Coordinator, will outline study skills and assessment expectations which will assist the girls in their planning for the year. There are some significant changes in terms of assessment procedures from Year 9. This will be discussed in the context of the Assessment Calendar and Handbook which will be distributed and discussed with the students in a Pastoral Care period before the evening.

    In addition, I will explain the Scaling Process and the relationship between HSC and Internal Assessment marks and its relevance to the subject selection process and courses offered for 2014. This is particularly important as students begin the process of discerning which courses to choose for next year.

    I look forward to seeing you and your daughter on this important evening.

    Mr John Muskovits
    Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

    College News

    News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department


    Congratulations Isabella and Georgia, Year 10 Drama

    We are thrilled to announce that two of our Year 10 Drama students Isabella Duncan and Georgia Gebrael, have been accepted to be part of the Griffin Ambassador Program at the Griffin Theatre.

    As an Ambassador they will:

  • Attend free Saturday matinee performances of each Griffin Main Season production, followed by a post-show forum with cast and crew.
  • Meet other Ambassadors who share a passion for theatre.
  • Attend two special workshops throughout the year led by Griffin staff and affiliates, and industry professionals.
  • This will be a wonderful opportunity for the girls and we look forward to them sharing their experiences with their fellow Drama students.

    Drama students will be updated by email on Drama opportunities outside the College and are encouraged to give new activities a try.

    We wish Isabella and Georgia all the best with this exciting program.

    Dates for your diary

    Year 11 Play House on Fire
    Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April
    in the Drama Room

    Tickets $10 and will be available later in the term from the College website.

    Mrs Gabrielle Keats

    Mrs Lisa Stevens
    Drama Teachers

    Are you a parent of a Year 9 Dance, Year 9 Drama or Senior Entertainment Student

    Students who take elective Dance and Drama are asked to purchase a uniform which they can wear for practical lessons, assessments and performance nights. The uniform will allow students to participate more comfortably, appropriately and actively.

    Entertainment students are encouraged to purchase the uniform, as technical crew always wear black for events in the professional industry. We want our students to have the opportunity to dress professionally for the College events they will be involved in.

    There is a black polo shirt with a red Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) crest for $24.

    Students must also have a pair of plain black pants; if they already own a pair then they do not need to purchase another. They are available at the Uniform Shop for $38. These are excellent quality so if properly cared for they should last the students four years of study.

    Students should go to the Uniform Shop and have a fitting and place their orders this term.

    For more information please feel free to contact your daughter's teacher in the CAPA Department on phone: 9980 0435 or Melissa Arane in the Uniform Shop on phone: 9980 0447

    Photography student receives Art Gallery of NSW recognition

    In 2013,Year 9 Visual Arts classes were encouraged to enter a photography competition Screenshot at the Art Gallery of NSW for secondary students.

    MSB student Eleanor Treanor's photograph 'The girl in the mirror' has been awarded highly commended in Screenshot, the Art Gallery of New South Wales Student Photo Prize 2013, in the Intermediate category.






    Eleanor's photograph can be viewed on the AGNSW website and she will be attending the awards night at the Gallery in March.

    The CAPA Department are thrilled for Eleanor's recognition and honour of being associated with the Art Gallery of New South Wales Screenshot competition. Her image is an imaginative interpretation of the portraiture genre.

    Mrs Sonia Barnett
    Visual Arts Teacher

    Music Tuition at the College

    Welcome back to the 2014 Instrument Tuition Program.

    Lessons will be commencing in Weeks Two and Three of Term One. You will be contacted by the instrumental tutors over the next couple of weeks to organise lesson times for your daughter this year.

    Lessons fees have not risen at the College for three years. In 2014 fees have risen to stay in line with industry standards and fees comparative to similar schools in the area. This will also ensure the quality of the tutors we employ.

    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

    New Family Welcome BBQ

    Students and their families gathered together for the Welcome BBQ, a strong part of the College's Benedictine tradition. The evening hosted by the Parent and Friends' Association was a wonderful opportunity, particularly for new families, to make new connections in our vibrant community. The evening was preceded by fun group activities for our Year 7 students run by senior student leaders.

    Below is a report from Amelia, Vice-Captain Spirit

    On Friday 7 February, one hundred and thirty excited Year 7's came together with parents, teachers and the Year 12 leadership team for the annual MSB Welcome BBQ.

    The excitement was infectious as everyone began gearing up for the big afternoon. The start of the afternoon began with a few favourite games, including the Bennies classic 'My Big Red Pony,' followed by the big Scavenger Hunt. After some loud teamwork and clever collaboration, Monte Cassino managed to take the title. At the end of the afternoon, some of the best and loudest war cries were presented by each house to the rest of the grade and the captains, truly showing off the amazing talents of the new Year 7 students!

    What started out to be an excellent afternoon turned into a lovely evening. I'm sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that a tremendous afternoon was had by all, and the girls' eager participation and spirit is to be highly commended!


    Amelia Ruddock
    Vice-Captain Spirit

    News from the ICT Department and the IRC

    It is always a busy time at the start of the year for both the ICT Department and IRC (Information Resources Centre) but even more so in 2014!

    Three year groups (Years 7, 9 and 11) are becoming more familiar with their new tablet devices which they received at the end of 2013 or start of 2014. The teaching staff also have a new tablet device. The choice of tablet technology in 2014 has come about as "users can seamlessly load sets of apps and content of their choosing, making the tablet itself a portable personalised learning environment" and these mobile apps have become "too capable, too ubiquitous, and too useful to ignore" (Horizon Report, 2013).

    Students and staff using Windows 8 have been asked to create a Windows Live account (at home due to Microsoft restrictions for accounts in the College to three per day) to enable additional apps to be installed in the future; to use the Tips and Tricks app on the start screen to find video tutorials to help with using these new devices or to visit the ICT course page on BenniesNet to access Atomic Learning Windows 8 tutorials.

    The ICT Support desk is available for students from 8.00am until 4.00pm each weekday, if issues arise with using the laptop or tablet devices. The Bennies HelpDesk is also available online once logged into the College webpage for logging of issues and accessing FAQs. Students should be encouraged to let the ICT Department know if their laptop or tablet has any structural issues such as missing keys, battery difficulties etc. as some issues can be covered by the warranty on the device.

    When coming to ICT and moving around the College all girls are asked to have their devices in the laptop or tablet cases and when coming out of classes to visit the ICT to have their student planners signed by their teacher. When going home all tablets and laptops should be in the back pocket of the College backpack.

    YEAR 7:

    In the IRC Mrs McGowan and Mrs Shiels, along with Mr Sullivan, have been conducting tablet training lessons with each Year 7 core class. The girls have been learning how to use their device, the expectations of using their device in the College and at home, what resources are available to support their learning both physical and electronic and have downloaded all of their electronic textbooks. The girls are also asked to download the Premier's Reading Challenge app on their tablet to use during wide reading lessons in 2014 with Mrs Shiels and this has been set as a challenge for the girls after creating their Windows Live account. (Pictured is Mrs Shiels teaching year 7 during the week).

    TEXTBOOKS - Physical and Electronic:

    The IRC staff have been busy distributing physical copies purchased from Mackays. As further back orders arrive students will be emailed to collect them from the IRC HelpDesk. The IRC staff have also been working with students and teachers to download the various digital textbooks for use in 2014. Years 7 - 10 have been doing this in classes whilst Year 11 and 12 are asked to show their physical copies or invoice to IRC staff and download during study periods, recess or at lunch. A reminder that the offline versions of these textbooks are ONLY available for use by the girls on their College device. The web online access can be used on additional devices in the home but is for individual student only.


    All students have been asked to join Hornsby Council Library to gain access to additional database resources and students in Year 11 and 12 are urged to also join the State Library of NSW to gain access to JSTOR for English. Application forms for Hornsby Council can be collected from the IRC and then returned to the IRC and State Library of NSW online enrolment can be found at

    The IRC is open 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the IRC staff when in the IRC for study and 'quiet' leisure purposes or when using any of the IRC online resources found on the IRC page of BenniesNet. All students are also encouraged to complete one of the Reading Challenges this year, Premier's Reading Challenge for Year 7 and Principal's Reading Challenge including the new "Celebrity Status" option for Years 8-12. Bennies Book Club will begin next week at recess each Thursday and all students, especially our new Year 7 students are welcome to join.

    Mr Mark Sullivan
    ICT Manager

    Mrs Sharon McGowan
    IRC Coordinator/MYBennies Innovation Leader

    Mrs Rebecca Shiels
    Teacher Librarian

    Maths Workshop

    The Mathematics Department runs regular help sessions after school on Monday Day 1 and Wednesday Day 8 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm in the IRC Collaborative Space. Students from all years (in any course) who would like some assistance with their Mathematics are most welcome to attend.

    Some of the reasons students attend the workshops include: preparation for upcoming assessment tasks, assistance with classwork, or getting some help with homework.

    Maths Workshop provides a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where students are able to receive assistance on a more individual basis. They are encouraged to bring along specific examples of concepts they would like to address.

    Mrs Denise Hillier
    Head of Mathematics

    Winter Uniform Fittings

    Commencing on Monday 17 February until Friday 21 February fitting appointment times have been allocated to all Year 7 and new students for the College winter uniform, namely kilt and blouse. The appointment times have been emailed to your daughter's and will also be on the noticeboard outside the Printroom.

    It is important that students make note of their appointment times to ensure that our suppliers have ample time to complete our order. A deposit of $100.00 is required.

    If you daughter does not need a winter uniform, please advise so that the appointment time is not wasted.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Arane in the Uniform Shop on 9980 0447 or via email if you have any further queries.

    Year 7 Vaccination Schedule



    Mon 10 Mar


    Y7 HPV Dose 1

    Mon 5 May


    Y7 HPV Dose 2, Diphtheris-Tetanus-Pertussis

    Mon 25 Aug


    Y7 HPV Dose 3, Chickenpox

    For further information, please contact the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit.

    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

    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. Named items are held at Student Services and students are notified via Daily Notices. Note: All items of value are held at Student Services.

    We are holding a number of unnamed good quality plastic containers from late last term. If your daughter brought in cakes, cupcakes etc and has not brought your container home please have her come to Student Services.

    Student Travel

    Travel Passes.

    All passes have now been delivered.

    Students are allowed to travel without a current pass until Monday 17 February. After this date your daughter may be asked to pay for her fare.

    Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students


    The MSB Fitness Studio will be open and supervised for use by senior students on Tuesdays Day 2 and Thursdays Day 9, from 3.20pm - 4.20pm. Following their fitness session, the girls are required to leave school in either their full PDHPE uniform or otherwise change back into their full school uniform to travel home.

    Mrs Gill McGregor
    Physical Activity Coordinator

    Representative Sport

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

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

    BROKEN BAY Website:

    NSW CCC Website:

    Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


    Representative Sports Calendar



    CCC OPEN Team Selections (L Campbell Y9, K Barry Y8)
    Monday 3 March



    NSW CCC Selections
    Monday 24 March (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 March)



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Sat 12 - Wed 16 April



    NSW CCC Championships
    Wed 19 February (Wet weather b/up Wed 26 Feb)

    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Tue 11 March



    MSB Carnival
    Wed 26 February

    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Mon 24 March




    CCC Open Teams Selections (K Simpson Y10)
    Mon 3 Mar




    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Tue 25 February - MSB U16 & 16/Over Rep Teams
    (Wet weather b/up Tue 4 Mar)

    Tue 18 March - MSB U13 Rep Teams
    (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 Mar)




    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Thu 6 March - Individual (J Smillie Y7)
    Fri 7 March - Teams

    Welcome to MSB Representative Sport for 2014

    Hi and welcome to what is already proving to be a busy year of Representative Sport at MSB. All students were last week emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport for this term. The information is also available on the Sports Noticeboard, on BenniesNet and is included here for your convenience.

    Representative Sport Information Pack

    NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest

    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 this month include trials for the Open NSW CCC Tennis, Golf, Cricket and Hockey Teams (U16 and Open Teams). These are State Level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.

    Katie Devitt continues to impress

    Katie Devitt (Y8) continues to perform in the Athletics world, last weekend gaining selection into the NSW Team to compete at the Australian Junior Championships later this year in the 100 and 200m events. We look forward to watching her in action at our athletics carnival next term.

    Congratulations Katie.

    Good luck to all of our MSB "Little A's" athletes competing at Regional Championships this weekend.


    Entry for Year 7 athletes have closed, and Monday is the final recess for Year 8 - 12 for this year's NSW All Schools Triathlon Teams event to be held at Penrith Lakes on Friday 7 March.

    Parents will need to verify in writing that students can complete their event leg in the following times:

    • JUNIOR (12/13/14 IN 2014)
      • Swim (400m) - 10mins
      • Cycle (10km) - 30mins
      • Run (3km) - 15mins

    • INTERMEDIATE (15/16 IN 2014)
      • Swim (600m) - 15mins
      • Cycle (15km) - 42mins
      • Run (4km) - 22mins

    • SENIOR (17/Over IN 2014)
      • Swim (600m) - 15mins
      • Cycle (15km) - 40mins
      • Run (4km) - 22mins


    MSB Representative Touch

    Congratulations to students who have already gained selection into one of our MSB Representative Touch teams. Students who have been unsuccessful so far will still have a chance to represent MSB for Touch, as based on the talent identified we will be seeking to enter teams in the NSW All Schools Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 Regional Championships again and plan to hold further trials later in the year.

    Representative Touch trials will be held next week on the College oval during lunchtimes at school as follows:

    • 16/OVER - Mon 17 Feb (training), Thu 20 Feb (training)
    • U15 - Thu 20 Feb (training)
    • U13 - Wed 19 Feb (trial - surnames N - Z), Mon 24 Feb (call backs), Mon 4 Mar (4th trial if needed)

    Watch Daily Notices for further information.

    Students will need to wear appropriate sports shoes to trial.

    Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the trial.

    Good luck to all of our MSB students competing for their local associations at the State Cup at Port Macquarie this weekend



    College Carnival

    There is less than two weeks to go now to our own carnival, coordinated by Mrs Lewis. Sign up sheets are currently on the noticeboard for the 200 Individual Medley event which is held early in the morning on the day of the carnival. These sheets will be removed on Thursday 20 February.

    Students who enter this event will need to be at school by 7.50am in order to catch the early bus to the carnival at 8.00am (swimmers in this event can travel directly to the carnival with a parent if they hand in a note prior to Monday 24 February to Mrs Lewis advising her of this).

    Divisional age groupings for all school swimming carnivals are as follows:

    • JUNIOR - 12 - 13 / 14 years
    • INTERMEDIATE - 15 / 16 years
    • SENIOR 17 years and older

    Broken Bay Carnival - Additional Events

    Students who would like to nominate themselves for the Junior / Intermediate / Senior 200m Freestyle (which is not held at our carnival, but will be held at the Broken Bay carnival on Monday 24 March) need to fill in the nomination sheet on the Sports Notice Board and submit a time, validated by your coach in writing or a copy of a website print out to Mrs Grant prior to our own carnival.

    NSW CCC Carnival - Additional Events

    Information regarding this carnival is currently available on the NSW CCC website.

    • 400 Freestyle (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Backstroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Breaststroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Butterfly (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)

    Students wishing to nominate for these long distance events at the NSW CCC Championships (not held at the BBSSSA Championship) will need to return the nomination forms which will be emailed to all students as soon as they are available. This is a State level carnival for experienced swimmers only. Only one female swimmer per age division from the entire Broken Bay Diocese will be successful (in rare cases multiple swimmers may be successful from the same Diocese for an event). Unsuccessful athletes will not be notified. Please send nominations to Mrs Grant so that the College can follow up if necessary.

    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Carnival - Additional Events

    The program for the NSW All Schools Championships is currently on the NSW CCC Website.

    • 1500 Freestyle (OPEN)
    • 800 Backstroke (OPEN
    • 200 Breaststroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 200 Backstroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 200 Butterfly (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 400m Individual Medley (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100m Backstroke - Multi-class (12 - 15yrs and 15 - 19yrs)

    Students wishing to nominate for the long distance events at the NSW All Schools Championships (not held at the NSW CCC Carnival) will need to submit a nomination form (with long course times) now available on the CCC website prior to Wednesday 23 April.

    This is a State level carnival for experienced swimmers only.

    Please notify Mrs Grant if you apply for one of these events so that the College can follow up if necessary.

    Referees and Umpires Needed

    In addition to our pathways for students competing in their sports there are pathways for talented referees and umpires.

    Currently Broken Bay are looking for qualified and competent student referees for soccer, touch and softball. If you would like further information please contact Mrs Grant.

    Qualified ex students or older family members are also welcome to contact Mrs Grant if they would like to referee or umpire at a Broken Bay event which is usually a paid position.

    2014 Sports Tour

    There are only 57 days until our teams (five Netball and one Football team) depart for Europe! The girls are all very excited as we finalise arrangements for the tour.
    All tour students and their families should have received an email outlining upcoming dates for trainings and meetings this term.

    Dates for next week -

    • Thursday 13 February  - Netball Group 4 v 3 - lunchtime with Mrs Gillies and Mrs Grant

    Good Luck

    To Erin Morley (Y11) and Jessica Tong (Y9) who will represent Broken Bay at the NSW CCC Softball Championships next week.



    Former MSB Student competing at Winter Olympics

    We wish former MSB student Jana Pittman the best of luck and safe runs as she competes next week at the Sochi Olympics in her new sport of Bobsled.

    Further information on Jana Pitman can be found here

    Another Former MSB Student Continuing to Excel Overseas and Represent Australia

    Georgia Casey (Class of 2010) is now in her third year at Oklahoma University and already performing well again after her team the Oklahoma Sooners won the Womens College Softball World Series last year!

    She has just been named in the Australian Women's Softball Team (Aussie Spirit) that will compete in the World Championships in the Netherlands in August. Georgia first debuted in this team as a 15 year old student here at MSB - incredible stuff!

    View Georgia Casey's profile here.

    Mrs Karen Grant
    Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator



    Curricular Sports

    Swimming Carnival - Wednesday 26 February

    The annual Swimming Carnival will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 26 February.

    Parents are most welcome to attend.

    Swimming Carnival Information

    MSB Netball

    Year 10 and 11 players wanted urgently for Cadet team.

    Coaches and umpires needed for all age divisions. No experience required.

    Please contact the club via our e-mail

    Dates for your diary

  • Wed 26 March: Beginner level Umpires Course commences
  • Sat 5 April: Beginners Coaching Clinic
  • 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 put up on the whiteboard outside Student Services. Please check the whiteboard between lunchtime and the end of Period 6 on your training days.

    Winter Registrations


    Registration forms for the MSB teams to be entered in the Hills Basketball Association competitions are now available. The games are played after school on Wednesday (Under 22), Thurday (Under 13 - Under16) or Friday (Under 17 - Under 18). The games commence at the beginning of Term Two and continue until the end of Term Three, breaking during public school holidays. The teams are open to all students from beginners to experienced players. No experience needed, just a willingness to learn new skills.

    The registration forms are available on BenniesNet. Login to BenniesNet and select "Permission Notes" on the home page. Here you can scroll down to find the basketball registration form. All details, including directions to the online registration with the Hills Basketball Association, can be found in the registration forms.

    School registration forms and payments are due to Student Services by Friday 28 February.

    Please contact Mrs Lewis if you have any other queries.

    Basketball Registration Information Pack


    School registration forms and payments are now overdue.

    Soccer Registration Information Pack

    Mrs Rebecca Lewis
    Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

    P & F News

    P& F Coming Events

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


    2014 MSBESA Dates

    3 March,
    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








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    Kathleen Van Den Broek


    Kate McGrath

    Jennifer Campbell




    Helen Kelly

    Lisette Smith


    Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or if you would like to be removed from the Roster.
    ** If you can assist on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 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.

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Uniform Shop Manager
    T: 9980 0447


    All students are able to access career information through the Careers page in BenniesNet. This includes current career newsletters, career assessments, career profiles, occupational videos, links to Universities, TAFE and private providers of training in NSW, the University Admissions Centre, HSC bonus point schemes, scholarships, gap year programmes and tips to assist with resumes and cover letters. Senior students are emailed important information as it becomes available. Parents will have access via the College website to Career newsletters.

    The College offers the opportunity for students over 13 to apply for a Tax File number. Application forms are available at Student Services and outside the Careers office. Completed forms are to be returned to student services and will be sent to the Australian Tax Office each month.

    Mrs Lucy Elgood
    Careers Advisor