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14 Mar 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

What a beautiful day we enjoyed on Sunday for our Open Day. The College was looking bright and sparkling and we welcomed close to 1000 visitors who enjoyed the hospitality of the P&F, a sausage sizzle prepared by a group of generous parents to assist Caritas, the tours conducted by our students and the individual faculty and subject displays provided by our enthusiastic staff and students. I heard a great deal of very positive feedback both from people new to the College and many of our existing family members. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to such a successful day.

Our emphasis this week has been on the work of Caritas. On Wednesday morning a group of committed staff and students rose early to trek to the local creek and collect water, a symbolic act of solidarity and a reminder to us of the millions of people around the world who face difficulty in securing a safe and reliable water supply. We also welcomed a guest speaker and each member of the community had the opportunity to engage in a simulation game, which gave us all a chance to gain a small insight into the struggles which face many people in the world to sustain themselves and their families. These are important reflections for all of us, living as we do in privileged circumstances.

The annual Broken Bay Diocesan Education Mass is an opportunity for new staff to be welcomed to the Diocese and staff who have contributed generously to Catholic education for 25 years to be recognised. On Thursday evening our new staff joined us for the occasion and we also congratulated Mr Bruce Stephen, Mrs Margot Hadfield, Mrs Leanne Sylvester and Mrs Julie Walsh, on their generous contributions to the education of students in Catholic schools.

I want to thank all those students, parents and staff who contributed to my Professional Review this week. Once I have received the final report I will share some details with you. I appreciate the opportunity to respond to issues raised. I also want to thank the Board for their support through the process.

This is an interesting time in our church in Australia as we await the appointment of a new Archbishop in Sydney and a new Bishop for Broken Bay. At the same time there are changes taking place in the Vatican and, here in Australia the church is under scrutiny in the Royal Commission into Child abuse. All these events give us cause to reflect on our roles in the church and the part we play in bringing to life the kingdom of God. We pray that the Holy Spirit will inspire our church leaders in the task of bringing the kingdom to life:

Holy Spirit we pray for our church,
that you may inspire us to live out the gospel.
Give us knowledge and insight
that we may be able to discern what is good
that the church will bring light to the world
that we will bring the Kingdom to life in our world.

(Adapted from Give us Knowledge and Insight,
by John Johansen-Berg, in A Lifetime of Blessing, compiled by Geoffrey Duncan, 2004, p240)

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

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of Lent where the Gospel reading from Matthew told the story of Jesus spending forty days praying and fasting in the wilderness. During this time he experienced a number of temptations which essentially confronted him with the desire to compromise his integrity and to follow a path which betrayed his true identity and calling. While Jesus' experience in the wilderness is a very dramatic portrait of the idea of temptation it is nevertheless comparable to our own experiences where we are frequently faced with choices which get to the heart of who we are and who we are called to be as children of God. As we journey through the Season of Lent we can expect to be challenged constantly by the word of God in our Liturgy and confronted with many aspects of life which are anything but authentic expressions of loving service. Let us commit ourselves to make the most of this time of repentance and renewal to bring ourselves closer to God in the Word, in Sacrament, and in loving service to all God's people.

This week at Mount St Benedict we are focusing on the call to reach out to others in need and to make good use of the things we have been given by placing them at the service of others, especially those who suffer from hardship and disadvantage. To support our focus on the needs of others we work in partnership with Caritas Australia in support of the Project Compassion campaign to assist the poor and vulnerable of our world.

The focus of the Caritas campaign for 2014 is to "Have Life and Have it to the Full" (John 10:10). In the course of this week we have held a number of activities to support this focus. We began on Monday with a lunch time gathering where we created a chalk mural in the undercroft reflecting the Caritas theme and linking it to our year of Pax. We also invited students and staff to add a written pledge of something they are going to work towards during Lent this year.

On Tuesday, students from our Year 9 Ministry classes led lunch time activities in six classrooms. These activities used Caritas video clips of people's stories from different parts of the world as a stimulus to discussion and activities related to the themes raised in the video clips. Students and staff were able to move between the different rooms to experience a number of the activities and learn about situations from different parts of the world. I was able to join with a group looking at the provision of health services to Aboriginal communities in remote parts of Australia as well as another group looking at a situation of upheaval and displacement in Sri Lanka as a result of their civil war. I am also aware that other groups looked at the circumstances of people with disabilities in South Sudan, the effect of natural disasters in island nations such as the Solomon Islands and situations of urban poverty and violence in Brazil and the Philippines. I was particularly impressed with the interesting and imaginative way our Year 9 students drew us into the activities. A big thank you to these students for their hard work and thanks also to Mr Agius and Mr O'Brien for supporting them in this project.

On Wednesday morning a group of about 50 students and eight teachers took part in an early morning trek to collect water from a local creek and bring buckets of water back to the College. This is done in solidarity with the women and children around the world who have to make this kind of trek on a daily basis to bring water to their family and village. The provision of accessible clean and safe water remains one of the world's greatest challenges and an activity of this type reminds us just how privileged we are to be able to simply turn on a tap to provide for our needs. For most people in the world this would be an absolute luxury.

Also on Wednesday the whole community gathered in the hall to hear a presentation from Angela Ford of Caritas Australia before dispersing to different locations in the school to take part in a guided simulation game called "The Paper Bag Game". This simulation gave us a taste of the experience of the urban poor of most of the world's large cities who work in appalling conditions for the most meagre of wages. Many thousands of these are children who are forced to work in these situations rather than going to school. One of the key areas of Caritas' work is to free children from these situations so that they can enjoy the education to which they are entitled.

Thursday's activity called us to prayer. We gathered and prayed for those in need. We prayed for justice in our world, we prayed for the leaders of our countries and our communities that they might act with justice and compassion and we prayed for ourselves, our families and friends that we too might live lives characterised by justice and generosity.

On Friday the focus was homelessness with about 50 of our students and a group of staff taking part in an overnight sleepout. It has been a very busy, interesting and challenging week for all of us as we wrestled with the issues of poverty and injustice in our world. I would like to acknowledge the work of our Social Justice Portfolio led by their Captains Nivedita Kumar and Hannah McKnight who have once again led us with distinction in these activities and also to offer a big thank you to Mrs Donna Dempsey, our Ministry Coordinator and Religious Education Coordinator who has worked tirelessly to bring all these elements together. Thank you as well to the various colleagues who have taken on leadership of different aspects of the week's program.

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.

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

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

Engaging in Science at Bennies

This term in Science the girls have been busy starting the year engaging in different activities.

Year 7 are learning about being a scientist, acquiring the skills they need and becoming familiar with equipment. A highlight was getting their bunsen burner licences.

Year 8 are learning about energy and have had fun making popcorn and creating electrical circuits.

Year 9 are learning about what stuff is made of, making models of atoms and the periodic table.

Year 10 are finishing off the topic about acids and bases, made sherbet and bath bombs and even enjoyed the pop test.

Year 11 are starting to gain the skills required for the study of the Senior Science courses, whilst Year 12 are preparing for their half yearly exams.

The Science Department also welcomes Ms Abagi and Ms Langdon to the team. Year 7 students are reminded to look out for notices regarding Science Club in Term Two and those students in Years 8 -10 should look out for notices regarding mentoring in Science Club.

Looking forward to a busy and exciting year in Science.

Mrs Thrum
Assistant Head of Department

College News

Photo: Community And Family Studies (CAFS) students chat with the crowds on Sunday

CSDA Public Speaking

Congratulations to our girls who had success in the recent CSDA Public Speaking Competition. Six students made it through to the CSDA Zone Finals held at OLMC, Parramatta - Rebecca Koelmeyer, Diana Kazakov, Rose Leavey, Chloe Withford, Khristiana Dadula and Hannah Neylan.

The following week, Diana, Hannah and Rose participated in the Grand Finalheld at Marcellin College, Randwick, which is an impressive achievement considering only ten finalists from each year are selected from schools all over Sydney. This is public speaking at a very high level, and these three girls delivered clever, convincing and very entertaining speeches on the night. Although we didn't bring any trophies home, the competition was a great experience for all of our participants. The last word goes to Diana, our Year 9 finalist: "Public speaking isn't just getting up and saying a speech - there is so much more you get out of it. When I actually looked back and noticed all those little improvements I realised it was public speaking I had to thank."

Above: Our public speakers warming up before the CSDA Zone Finals at OLMC Parramatta.
From left: Rebecca Koelmeyer, Diana Kazakov, Rose Leavey, Chloe Withford, Khristiana Dadula, Hannah Neylan.

Monique chosen as Youth Member of Parliament

Year 10 student, Monique Harris has been chosen as a Youth Member of Parliament in the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament. The prestigious State program brings together 150 of our State's future leaders aged 15 - 18 years. Monique will take part in two training camps in April and July and, as part of the Environment and Heritage Committee, will have the opportunity to draft a bill in this area. In July, Monique and her fellow Youth Members of Parliament will take over the Parliament of NSW, to present, debate, and vote on the pieces of legislation that they have developed.

Year 12 Society and Culture Excursion to Nan Tien Buddhist Temple

It's not every day you get to immerse yourself in something as unique and beautiful as the Buddhist culture. It's not every day you feel like you've entered a completely different country, when in reality you're just off the M7. On Thursday 13 February, the Year 12 Society and Culture class were given the opportunity to stay overnight at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in Wollongong. It's impossible to describe the architecture and the scenery with which you are met with upon entering the grounds. There is a serene feeling of peace and the environment is refreshingly unique.

During our time at Nan Tien we experienced and learnt many things, for example how to pose in almost every photo with 'Nan Tien Hands.' We met many of the monks who live there, who taught us so many things about the Buddhist culture and their own personal experiences.

We experienced many types of meditation, for example walking meditation which was a favourite among the class. This was very different to the usual type of meditation, as you have to walk rather than sit or lie down, whilst counting your steps. It allows you to really understand how distracted you can get in everyday life, when you are trying to focus on counting but suddenly see a rabbit or another piece of beautiful architecture. It allows you to understand the distractions that we often feel and how we must try to let these things go. It's an amazing feeling to say, "Yes, I've had tea with a Buddhist monk, who then offered us biscuits."

The highlight of the trip really was waking up at 5.30am and racing up towards the main shrine to be there by 6.00am. We were able to witness the gong being sounded and their daily ritual of morning chanting. It's a completely indescribable experience when the doors are opened and you are met with a glowing yellow light, as your eyes adjust from the dim morning. Inside the main shrine we were mesmerised by the site of over 10,000 small statues, engulfed by the smell of incense and had the opportunity to experience something so different from everyday life. This morning, for me, was perfect from the view at the top of the main shrine, where you could watch the sun rise, hear the morning chanting to then being led into Tai Chi as the chanting continues in the background.

We were able to experience temple tours, tea ceremonies and given time to wander around the grounds, being welcomed so warmly into this new beautiful culture. Looking back, you wonder how it was possible to fit so much into such a short amount of time. Upon reflecting about this trip I, personally, feel like I was there for a week rather than less than twenty-four hours. This was really a once in a lifetime experience and a huge thank you goes to Mrs Vukovic and Mrs Selvaggi for accompanying us and making this experience so special for us. We would also like to thank the Nan Tien temple for the wonderful hospitality we were shown and for allowing us to stay in such a beautiful place.

By Lauren Parkin

Head Lice

There has been a report of head lice at the College. Could all parents be vigilant in checking their daughter's hair.

For further information go to

Open Day Caritas Barbeque Thank you

Thank you to our wonderful dads Peter Harris, Greg Smith and Mick Morritt, for their efforts on the Caritas BBQ on Sunday. All funds raised will be donated to Caritas.

Mr Damien Pigott
Caritas BBQ Head Cook

Mater Dei PEACE EGG for sale this Easter.

Most of us will spend money on chocolate eggs at Easter time. The PEACE EGG provides a terrific opportunity for you to purchase a Chocolatier Australia chocolate egg as well as do something special for others…money raised from the sale of this egg helps to fund some of the community based programs that help improve the quality of life for children with intellectual disabilities at Mater Dei, Camden.


This Easter give the gift that gives twice by completing the attached order form and returning it, with the correct money, to Student Services by Tuesday 18 March.

Mater Dei Peace Egg Order Form


Ms Kathy Reid
Subiaco House Coordinator

News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

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

Music Tuition at the College

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

Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

Download Music - Enrolment Form here

Download Music - Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

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

From the Studies Coordinator

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

8.45am - 3.15pm
Wednesday 23 April
in the IRC

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

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

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

Year 9-10 Essay and Extended Response Skills Workshop.

For further information, please contact ICS Learning Group

Mrs Sharon McGowan
MYBennies Innovation Leader / IRC Coordinator

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator

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

Photo: Miss Liu, College Chaplain, and Mrs Dempsey

Year 7 Vaccination Schedule



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 email

MSB Alumni Memories

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

Hot topics of discussion would be:

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

From Student Services

If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

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

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

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

Changes to Hillsbus Route 3106 and 3107

Route 3106 will now depart at 7.17am from Bettington Road effective Monday 17 March.
Route 3107 will now depart at 7.54am from Oakhill College effective Monday 17 March.

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.

Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students


The MSB Fitness Studio will be open and supervised for use by senior students on Tuesday Day 2 and Thursday 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.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


Representative Sports Calendar



BROKEN BAY Championships
Mon 24 March



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

NSW CCC Team Notifications

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

Closing dates approaching this month include trials for Diving. This is a State level team trial and as such only experienced divers should nominate to attend.

Representative Sport Information Pack

NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest

Representative Sport Trials / Training next week

  • Mon 17 Mar - JUNIOR TOUCH Training (U13) lunchtime on the Oval

  • Mon 17 Mar - OPEN SOCCER Trials (Call Backs) lunchtime on the Oval


Broken Bay Championships - Additional Events

As Mrs Grant is out at carnivals/camp all week any last minute queries or withdrawals will have to be communicated via email. The current Team List is on the Sports Noticeboard and can also be accessed below.



Erin Morley (Year 11) was a member of the NSW CCC Open Softball team that finished equal second at the NSW All Schools Championships on Tuesday.

Here is her report on the day:

Yesterday I played at Blacktown International Sports Park in the All Schools Softball Tournament. My team went really well coming in equal 2nd with CHS. It was a really fun day and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo: Erin 4th from the left

In further softball news Blaise Stafford-Gaffney (Year 7) and Natalie Tong (Year 7) have been selected into the NSW Metropolitan teams to play in the U15 Blacktown Junior International Challenge held at BISP on the 22-23 March against teams from ACT, NSW Country and Japan.

Congratulations girls!


2014 MSB students make history - first ever All Schools Triathlon medals!

Friday 7 March was a great day with our students creating history winning our first ever NSW All Schools Triathlon Medals for MSB!!! Our intermediate "Super Team" comprised of Brooke Mindham (Year 10 5th Swim), Georgia Quick (Year 10 4th Cycle) and Elly Gallgher (Year 9 3rd Run) brought home NSW CCC gold whilst our Senior Year 12s Ellen Schiffler (10th Swim), Annabelle Doheny (3rd Cycle) and Natalie Tobin (1st Run) gave it everything in their final year to return with NSW CCC Silver!!!

MSB had 96 MSB triathletes competing at Penrith in hot and humid conditions.

Thank you to the many supportive parents who ensured the girls were there on time and cheered on all of our teams.

Other top 10 CCC individual results were achieved by


    • Jemma Gallagher 2nd Run

    • Capri Vidler 7th Run

    • Alicia Marcer 9th Swim


    • Kirsten Simpson 6th Run

    • Chelsea Brackin 10th Swim

    • Jessica Marcer 4th Swim

    • Sophie Cann 7th Run


    • Stephanie Stankiewicz 10th Cycle

    • Monique Frendo 9th Swim

    • Emily-Beth Naylor 10th Run

    • Emily Michell 7th Swim

    • Kerilee Coote 2nd Run

Thanks to Mrs McGregor, Mrs Woodrow, Mrs Sylvester and parent Andrew Clements for their assistance on the day.

2014 Sports Tour

There are now only 29 days until our teams depart for Europe.

We all enjoyed the Team Bonding Afternoon and Parent Information Night this week and our SKYPE chat with our English tour operator.

Photo:Sports Tour Captains Annabelle Doheny and Caitlin Knight

Dates for next week -

  • Tuesday 18 March - Training Netball 1 vs 3 Lunchtime (Mrs Walsh)

Good Luck

Good luck to our U13 representative Touch team competing at the Broken Bay Championships at Bateau Bay next week. Brittany Haskins (Year 10) has been working hard with the team and we are looking forward to a great day. The draw has been emailed to all students.

Good luck to Isabella Pytka (Year 12) who is competing in the Schoolgirls Head of the River on Sunday.

Good luck to all MSB athletes competing at the Australian Junior and State Little Athletics Championships over the next two weeks.

Athletics NSW Holiday Clinics

Athletics NSW are holding a range of super coaching clinics in the April school holidays.

These clinics are unique as most of the clinics are run by Olympic representative athletes, or some of our best Aussie athletes.

If you are interested please go to the Athletics NSW website to register.

Cross Country Super Clinic

Distance and Sprint Super Clinic

Middle Distance and Long Sprints Super Clinic

Sprints and Walks Super Clinic

Throws and Jumps Super Clinic

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

Co-curricular Sports

MSB Netball

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

The club URGENTLY requires coaches for five teams. This role is open to girls in Year 9 or above, parents,relatives or friends. It is ideal for girls who are completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award. If you are able to volunteer, or would like more information, please contact the Coaching Convenor via email

Dates for your diary

  • Wed 26 March: Beginner level Umpires Course commences
  • Sat 5 April: Beginners Coaching Clinic
  • Sat 3 May: Winter Competition commences

Winter Sport Registrations

Registrations for winter sports are now closed. However, late registrations may be taken for the following sports:

  • Football / Soccer

    18 years (Years 10 11 and 12) need two or three more players
    15 years (Years 8 and 9) need two or three more players

  • Basketball:

    Under 14 (Year 7) need two more players
    Under 15 (Year 8) need two more players

  • Netball

    Under 13 (Year 7) need one or two more players

Please email Mrs Lewis as soon as possible if you would like to fill the vacancies in one of these teams.

Barker Touch

This Friday we have three of our touch teams playing in the Semi Finals and if successful playing in the Grand Final in the Barker Touch Competition. We wish these teams the best of luck.


On Saturday we have our MSB Modball team and MSB softball team playing in their Pennant Grand Finals in the Hornsby District Softball Association. Last week both teams played Semi Finals to determine their progression to the Championship or Pennant Grand Final.

The softball team played the Div 3 Semi Final and performed extremely well with some excellent fielding and strong batting.

The modball team have had an enormous learning season after being promoted to Modball A. The girls played with great enthusiasm, with the opposition playing extremely well to win the game. We wish both teams the best of luck.

Training Sessions

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

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

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

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

P & F News

P & F Coming Events


Last Sunday the College held its Annual Open Day with the P & F hosting the Refreshments Table for all our visitors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many volunteers who served food, made coffee and tea, filled endless cups of cordial for the kids, baked scrumptious delights and washed up. Many of these helpers stayed all day.

I would also like to thank in particular, Susan Webber, the ladies in the Canteen and the maintenance crew whose tireless efforts ensured the Welcome Table ran smoothly. The Day was an amazing success and enjoyed by all.

Mrs Adel Boudib
P&F Open Day Coordinator


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

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


2014 MSBESA Dates

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

Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.


Bennies Connect

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


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place a Canteen order here








Vivienne Flannery

Kathleen Van Den Broek

Wed 19 - Fri 21 March

Kylie Craig

Susan Giacomelli

Year 8 Camp, Year 9 Camp,
Year 10 Retreat



Volunteers not required

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 or Tuesday 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

Community News