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15 Mar 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

Camp season has begun with our intrepid Year 7 students heading off on Wednesday morning, to be followed next week by Years 8 and 9. These are important and compulsory parts of our curriculum, which are important in achieving the outcomes we believe are important for our students. Camps often require students (and sometimes teachers) to engage in experiences which are outside their comfort zones. While this can be challenging it is certainly a great step in developing resilience, an essential characteristic in dealing with the inevitable challenges all of us face at some times in our lives. I am sure we will hear interesting stories of the girls’ experiences on their return.

The P&F met on Monday evening and as usual much discussion centred around ways in which they can assist the school in providing amenities for students. This year we are hoping to be able to complete a shade structure on the edge of the oval to provide shelter from the sun. Hopefully this will encourage girls to spend more time in active pursuits on the oval, knowing that they can get some respite from the sun when required. Bubblers will also be installed near the shade structure to provide access to drinking water. We are blessed to live in a city where our tap water is safe, so we encourage the girls to drink tap water rather than purchasing bottled water. There are also water stations in other areas of the College so that girls can refill drink bottles.

Some of you may have seen the Q and A program on the ABC on Monday evening. As I was at P&F, I did not see it but I have heard a lot about it. Education is a very hot political issue at the moment at both the Federal and State level. It is good to see that politicians recognize the importance of the education debate even if we do not always agree with their opinions or the strategies they use to achieve their aims. What is most important is that parents and teachers continue to engage with politicians so that they understand the issues which concern those with children in schools and those who work at the coalface each day.

Last year a group of staff worked on a project to explore ways of further enhancing the engagement of students in Years 7 to 9 (often referred to as the ‘Middle Years’). As a result of their work, a number of recommendations have been made about various aspects of school life in these year groups. As further work is done to develop plans for the future I will keep parents informed. It is likely that the implementation of any changes would be phased in over a number of years and would correspond with the introduction of new syllabuses which reflect the Australian curriculum.

As our Church welcomes and celebrates the election of Pope Francis let us pray that he will be filled with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit:

Lord, source of eternal life and truth,
give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement,
a spirit of knowledge and love.

By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care
may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ,
build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God,
forever and ever.


photo courtesy of

Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

On Thursday morning we woke to news of a new Pope. The man who has accepted the role of leading the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in Argentina and now Pope Francis I and Bishop of Rome. Pope Francis is a Priest of the Jesuit Order (Society of Jesus) and it is thought that he has taken the name Francis after Francis Xavier, one of the great saints of the Jesuit order.

Pope Francis is the first Pope from the Americas and it is not insignificant that he is from South America which has one of the largest and fastest growing Catholic populations. Currently a little over 40% of the world’s Catholics live in South America. It is also a region of great poverty and contrast between the rich and the poor.

In his first address Pope Francis offered a prayer for his predecessor, Benedict XVI, and then asked the gathered crowds to “pray for the entire world…I hope that this path for the church will be one fruitful for evangelisation.” We join our sisters and brothers around the world in welcoming our new Pope and we pray that as he undertakes this ministry of service to the Church and the world that the Holy Spirit will be his constant companion and guide.

We are rapidly approaching the end of the Season of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week leading to the Feast of Easter. Holy Week in general and the Feast of Easter in particular are the most significant occasions of the Church’s year. On the Wednesday of Holy Week, the last school day before Easter, we will gather for our Easter Liturgy on the final day of term. Our liturgy will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the journey we have undertaken during Lent and focus on the great events of Holy Week. Unfortunately we can only provide a taste of the richness and power of the Easter Ceremonies. We encourage our students to take the opportunity of sharing in these ceremonies in their local Parish communities.

On Thursday 28 March the Church celebrates Holy Thursday with the Eucharist commemorating the last supper and the institution of the Eucharist and the ministry of Priesthood. This liturgy includes the washing of the feet of members of the congregation in a symbolic representation of the call to service in the Gospel of John. The Holy Thursday liturgy ends with the Church being stripped bare of its normal adornments and the Blessed Sacrament being removed from the tabernacle and placed in the altar of repose.

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

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

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

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News



Celtic Alive Concert
Saturday 23 March
The Great Hall

We are delighted to announce that our newly formed Chamber Choir have been invited to perform at Knox Grammar School on Saturday 23 March for their Celtic Alive Concert.

Our Chamber Choir, directed by Ms Kate Beazley, consists of talented students from a range of year groups that are already committed members of the College Choir. The aim is to extend these students by exploring more challenging sacred and secular a cappella music.

The current members of the choir are:

Year 9: Caitlin Harris, Grace Klauser and Brianna Taylor
Year 10: Madeline Bannon, Julia Ramos and Jeneane Susas
Year 11: Andrea Hajje
Year 12: Katherine Clark and Cathlyn-Rose McKellar

They will performing two Celtic-inspired pieces at the concert:

John Newton – Amazing Grace (with a piper from Knox Grammar).
Sinead O’Conner – In This Heart.

It would be wonderful to see some familiar faces at this event supporting our talented students.
More details and ticketing information can be found at Knox Grammar School webite –

Note: tickets are selling fast!

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

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

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

Music Instrument Tuition Form

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

The College offers students a range of opportunities to participate and engage in ministry programs. We are fortunate to have a College that supports and promotes the importance and value of these activities. Students are encouraged to become more considerate of others, be able to provide service to the wider community and to reflect upon their own values and faith development.

These programs are overseen by the Mission Team at the College which include Mrs Donna Dempsey (Ministry Coordinator) and Miss Christina Liu (College Chaplain). As Ministry Coordinator, Mrs Dempsey oversees events such as the Year 10 and 11 Community Outreach Programs, Vinnies Van, Caritas Week and many other Social Justice initiatives such as the annual Social Justice Forum and Social Justice weeks involving Refugees and the College House Partners.

As Chaplain, Miss Liu oversees other voluntary programs that run throughout the year. These programs cater for all students and can range from working with the elderly in our local community, supporting refugee families through donations to Villawood Detention Centre and participating in homework tutoring programs for primary school children. Some very successful programs about to start are the Big Sister and Connect Programs which encourage and support faith formation.

We hope that all students consider taking up some of these fantastic opportunities that are available at the College. These programs are always well received by both the students who participate and the people they encounter in their experiences. We look forward to an exciting and blessed year ahead.

Ministry and Chaplaincy Corner

This week Year 11 received their paperwork for the Year 11 Community Outreach Program, including an important letter for parents about the purpose and aims of the program. Students have the option of applying for a 10-hour placement organised by the College or organising a placement themselves. The criteria for this program are based around service to those who are disadvantaged in our community. Students have been encouraged to arrange placements in Nursing Homes, Special Needs Schools, Charity Shops and various other organisations that work with people who face constant challenges in their lives. Notification of student placement is due to Mrs Goodie via email by Friday 22 March.

There are still availabilities for students to participate in the following Service Learning and Formation programs. Please see Miss Liu or email her at if you are interested in participating in these activities.

Service Learning Programs

Vinnies SPARKS Homework Tutoring Program for Refugee Children

A very rewarding experience for both volunteers and the refugee children. A small group of Year 9 girls travel to St Peter Chanel Primary School, Regents Park to assist refugee children with their homework.

This is a two-term commitment and requires students to finish school early every Monday in order to get to the venue on time. This means that students will miss Period Six on Mondays for two terms.

Volunteers are also required to attend a compulsory training day in the holidays before they begin the program.

For more information visit:

Jamieson House Visits

An opportunity to spend some time interacting with the elderly in our local community. A small group of Year 9 students will travel to Jamieson House, an aged care facility, and play games and interact with the residents e.g. play bingo, scrabble etc.

This will take place every Tuesday during Period Three and so students are required to leave at the beginning of recess and will return in time for Period Four.

Students will be put on a rotational basis, depending on the number of interested students.

St Benedict’s Social Club

Another opportunity for a small group of Year 9 girls to interact with the elderly in our local area. Students will spend some time having conversations and participating in activities with the elderly over at the Mount St Benedict Centre (across the oval). The aim is to show hospitality and companionship to those who may be isolated or living lonely.

This takes place every Thursday during Period Five. Students will be required to walk across to the Mount St Benedict Centre at the beginning of lunch and they will have lunch with the clients. They then participate in some games and activities and will finish around 2.00pm. Students will be back in time for Period Six.

Paper Chains Group (JCA)

Paper Chains is a group of Years 7 – 12 students who are passionate about Social Justice issues, in particular, supporting refugee and asylum seekers and those who are less fortunate. This group is mentored by a group called, ‘Josephite Community Aid’ which aims to provide hospitality and care for those in need.

There are many opportunities in which you can be involved with this group including regular meetings to discuss social justice issues, fundraising for necessary equipment to maintain JCA programs, street retreat opportunities (Years 11 and 12) and participating in an after school tutoring program at Seven Hills for refugee children on a rotational basis. In 2013, we are also looking to run a school holiday program for the refugee families in Seven hills during the Term Two break.

Big Sister Mentoring Program – Years 7, 8 and 9

Ex-students run a small group mentoring program based on the “See, Judge, Act” methodology. The aim is to provide an opportunity for students to develop their values and faith by participating in activities and discussions that are relevant and applicable to them.

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

IRC Resources to Support Students.

The IRC subscribes to a number of online resources which students can use both at school and home to support their academic studies. Over the coming weeks some of these resources will be highlighted so that parents are aware of their availability along with students who are often referred to these resources in class.


  • Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
  • Biography Reference Centre
  • History Reference Centre
  • Literary Reference Centre
  • Science Reference Centre

Each database provides students access to hundreds of full text newspapers and journals as well as reference books, biographies and image collections.

Students have access to these databases via the IRC course on BenniesNet (Moodle) once logged in and can complete basic and advanced searches in each database.

To learn more about using EBSCO Host these training videos and resources are available for some of the databases.

Mrs Sharon McGowan
IRC Coordinator

Disability Provisions for Higher School Certificate 2013

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

College News

Mater Dei Peace eggs
will be on sale Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 March for $2.50.

There will be no pre-orders this year due to supply shortages from Darrell Lea.

Year 7 Study Skills Evening with Prue Salter
6.30 – 8.00pm
Tuesday 19 March
College Hall

The College is presenting a Parent and Student Study Skills Evening for Year 7 on Tuesday 19 Marc h at 6.30pm in the College Hall.

The evening will address the following key areas:

  1. Managing homework and assignments effectively through efficient time management.
  2. Learning to be more organised for school and at home.
  3. Working and studying effectively in high school.

Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning Educational Services will be presenting on the evening. Parents can expect to gain a greater understanding of tools students can use to help them achieve academic success and students can learn how to make the most of their abilities through simple but effective techniques. The feedback from parents and students who attend this session is always excellent!

Students are expected to attend, in school uniform, with their parent/s. Please bring your Student Planner, one highlighter and a pen each.

The evening should conclude at approximately 8.00pm.

We believe this will be a valuable experience for the girls’ transition into high school.

Mrs Annette Johnson
Acting Studies Coordinator

Essay and Extended Response Skills Workshops for Year 9 and Year 10 students

3.30pm – 5.30pm
Wednesday 8 May, Wednesday 15 May and Wednesday 22 May

Your daughter is invited to attend a series of after-school workshops on essay writing in Term Two run by ICS Learning Group. Classes will be small with a maximum of 12 students per class.

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.

The focus of the course is on:

  1. Interpreting the question correctly
  2. Organisation of ideas through planning
  3. Structure of the response
  4. The writing phase

Content Overview

  • Essay Structure
  • Sentence Structure
  • Paragraph structure
  • Brainstorming
  • Planning Aids
  • Expanding an Idea
  • Sequencing Paragraphs
  • Punctuation
  • Linking Paragraphs
  • Time Management
  • Word Resources
  • Course essay
  • Composing Better Introductions
  • Language
  • Composing Better Conclusions

Students will analyse essay types (descriptive/informative; critical/analytical; argumentative/persuasive). They will also practise interpreting actual exam questions.

Understanding the logical process of extended response writing will enable the students to practise and refine their techniques. Essay questions can then be approached with skills and confidence.

All students actively participate. The workbook becomes a comprehensive reference document.

For further information and to book a place for your daughter:

T: 9449 8922
F: 9983 1320

Your daughter has received a letter in Homeroom this week, and it is included here for your convenience. It includes information about how to book a place in the course and arrange payment.

2013 ICS Essay Skills Workshop letter

Mrs Annette Johnson
Acting Studies Coordinator

Our students in the CDSA Public Speaking Competition

Six students from Mount St Benedict College entered the CDSA Public Speaking Competition this year: Hannah Neylan (Year 7), Khristiana Dadula (Year 7), Tammy McGregor (Year 8), Sarah Hogan (Year 9), Rebecca Koelmeyer (Year 10) and Emily Bray (Year 10). Of these girls, five made it through to the Zone Final, which is an impressive performance in a very competitive field. One student, Hannah Neylan, made it through to the Grand Final, which was held last Friday at Riverview College, and came second – a remarkable achievement!

Hannah approached her topic, ‘Are We There Yet?’, from a humanitarian perspective. She argued that our goals as individuals can only become meaningful once we have reached our goals as a society, having done all we can to provide homes for the homeless, safety for refugees, education for the disadvantaged and company for the lonely.

Public speaking is a challenge for many of us, but these girls have risen to the occasion, speaking with eloquence and passion, humour and sensitivity. We are very proud to have been represented by such an impressive group of girls.

Mr Adam Shaw
Debating Coordinator

An Evening with Paul Dillon

Wednesday 10 April
Marist College Eastwood

Once again we are please to announce that Paul Dillon will be running a Parent Information Evening on Alcohol and Drug Use of Young People in Australia at 7.00pm at Marist College Eastwood on Wednesday 10 April.

The evening aims to empower parents with some basic information about current trends in alcohol and other drugs by examining the questions young people really want and need answers to. This will assist parents to have meaningful conversations with their child when responding to queries that may be raised. The information session covers a range of issues, including resilience and the importance of connectedness. Positive norms are accentuated and aim to empower parents in this controversial area.

The evening is a joint initiative with Marist College Eastwood parents, and will be held at Marist College Eastwood. All parents are encouraged to attend as part of a community approach to educate and keep our children safe from the harms of alcohol and other drugs. Our College strives to educate young women around the harms associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. This is done through both our PDHPE and Pastoral programs. Our Year 10 and Year 11 students will also have the privilege of listening to Paul speak earlier in the day as will the Year 10 and Year 11 boys from Marist College Eastwood.

To register your interest please RSVP online


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

For more information go to:


MSB Golden Jubilee
We are currently updating our archival records with the History Company in preparation for our Golden Jubilee in 2016. As a result of this process we have discovered some of our publications have been misplaced. If you are an ex-student and you have kept publications such as Bennies Buzz, Newsletters, School Diaries, Year Books prior to 1975, including photos of significant events etc and you would be happy to share a copy with us and/or donate it to the College please contact Mrs Michelle Blackman on 9980 0401 or email

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Wrap With Love click here

Mrs Gail Davey

Year 10 Community Problem Solving

As part of the Year 10 Community Problem Solving team’s DARUG project, we are trying to educate the community on the Darug culture, traditions and stories. One of the ways we are doing this is through a Facebook page. We would greatly appreciate it if you could use the link below to look through it, ‘like’ it and provide us with some comments and feedback. Thank you.
Mrs Nina Selvaggi
Community Problem Solving Coordinator



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 followup.

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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


The team list is available on the Sports Noticeboard.

Students who have gained selection into our representative team for the Broken Bay Championships on Thursday 21March were emailed their permission notes this week which are due back on Monday.


Students wishing to nominate for long distance events at the NSW CCC and NSW All Schools Championships will need to return the Nomination Forms emailed to all students. These forms are available on Moodle and have been included here for your convenience.

2013 Broken Bay Swimming – NSW CCC Distance Application Form
2013 NSWCCC Swimming – NSW ALL SCHOOLS Distance Application Form

These are State level carnivals for experienced swimmers only.
Please send them through Mrs Grant instead of directly to CCC and All Schools so the College can follow up if necessary.

NSW CCC Nomination forms are due Monday to Mrs Grant and the NSW ALL SCHOOLS Nomination forms are due Wednesday 17 April to Mrs Grant.


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

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

These are State level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

  • DIVING – NSW CCC Championships – Tuesday 30 April – closes Thursday 11 April
    Competitions are held for Spingboard events in each age group and Open Platform. Parents will need to provide transport to and from SOPAC.
    • NSW CCC Trials (15s) – Tuesday 7 May – closes Friday 3 May
    • NSW CCC Trials (Opens) – Wednesday 8 May – closes Friday 3 May
      Trials will be held at Auburn for the U15s (must turn 15 in 2013 to attend the trials) and OPEN (students turning 16+ in 2013) NSW CCC Netball Teams. Only students currently playing in a local Representative team will be considered for the trials. Students will need to be transported to and from the trials by their parents.

      Trials for MSB Representative Teams to compete at the Broken Bay and CCC carnivals will be held during Term Two. Listen to Daily Notices for further information.
  • SAILING – NSW All Schools Championships – Tuesday 16 April
    Further information is available on the NSW CCC Website


Wednesday 8 May (OPEN)
(MSB Senior Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 March (OPEN)
Tuesday 2 April (Wet weather backup)
Thursday 21 March
Tuesday 30 April
Monday 6 May
(MSB Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 February (SENIOR)
Monday 4 March (U13/U15)
Tuesday 5 March (Wet weather backup)


Thursday 11 April (Periods Five and Six)
College grounds

Parents and friends most welcome

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

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator
Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

Netball, Soccer, Hockey and Basketball.
All players are reminded they are required to wear their College tracksuit over their playing uniforms if required for warmth. Other types of jackets or pants are not permitted. All players are to wear their PDHPE uniforms for training sessions. Players are also required to have all safety equipment as required by their sports including mouthguards and shin pads for all training sessions.

The teams are formed and ready to begin training next week. The Under-14 team will train on Tuesday after school on the oval from 3.30 – 4.30pm.

The first trial game for the hockey team will be held this Saturday at Kuring-gai Hockey Centre, Bobbin Head Road, North Turramurra at 11.40am. Please be at the game by 10.40am.The ground is at the back of Kuring-gai High School which is opposite Lady Davidson Private Hospital. Parking can be tricky here, particularly on Saturday mornings as there are soccer grounds at the back of the school too and only a small car park. Please allow five minutes extra to get a park somewhere along Bobbin Head Road and walk along a path from the back of the small car park at the North end of the school frontage to the field at the back. There is not much seating at this ground, so bring a chair!
There will be a mobile shop on site for any girls who need to purchase shin pads or a stick. Please ensure you have a mouthguard.

The hockey team is still looking for two or three Under-15 years players from Years 7 and 8. The games are played on Friday night or Saturday morning. The competition runs from April to September. If you are interested in joining the hockey team please contact Mrs Lewis.


Last Sunday Isabella Pytka competed in the prestigious CIS Schoolgirls Head of the River held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith. Isabella competed in the Open Girls Single Scull event against girls from 18 different schools. Isabella rowed tremendously well and was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the final by a narrow margin. Isabella trains before and after school with the Sydney Rowing Club. Congratulations to Isabella on your dedication and commitment to this demanding sport.


Four MSB girls competed in the Equestrian NSW Interschools Championships over four days from 27 February to 2 March at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. The riders were Molly Breatnach, Caitlin Brown, Rachael Marren and Rachael Raheb.
Despite the appalling weather conditions, with the girls competing in heavy rain for most of their events they produced some excellent results. Mount St Benedict College finished the Championships 19th out of 176 schools. A magnificent achievement from just four riders. The girls placed in the Eventing, Show Riding and Dressage events.

Two of the girls have described their experiences of the events:

On Thursday I competed in the 60cm Eventing finishing 13th out of 30 riders. This was my first event on my new horse and it went very well.
On Friday I competed in the Hacking and came 4th out of approximately 30 riders. This was on my horse that I have had for a few years.
It was pouring with rain on the Friday. We were drenched and cold.
Over all MSB came 19th out of 176 schools with only four riders!!
It was another great experience.

Molly Breatnach

On Friday I competed at the NSW State Interschool’s with Rachael Raheb (Yr 7) and Molly Breatnach (Yr 8) in the Show Riding events.
I competed in my rider class in pouring rain and finished 8th out of 40 competitors. There were competitors from all over NSW, sometimes even 7 hrs away.
I then competed in my pony’s Open Hunter class finishing 4th out of 16.
On Saturday I competed in the Dressage on my new horse and this was the first time that we had taken her out. We did the Preliminary 1C Test and also the Preliminary 1D Test. It was a lot of fun and we finished 27th out of 40 in the 1C and 18th out of 40 in the 1D.

Caitlin Brown

Sports Reports

Basketball – Bennie’s 2 Game report 7 March

Bennies was caught on the hop at the start of the game this week with four goals from a strong Allstars attack creating an early lead before Bennies placed any points on the board. However the girls did not give up and responded with two quick goals but were down by the end of the first half. At the break, the girls received rallying words from coach Brianna‑Lee and came out with a renewed approach that neutralised the Allstars attack and brought them back to within six points of their opposition with five minutes to go. With the chance of defeat, the Allstars rallied and held the girls off while making an additional two goals for a 25‑10 win. Despite the loss, the game was truly enjoyable to watch as our girls played with a feisty and fierce determination not seen to date. Keep up the great work Bennies 2!

written by Grant Logan

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance – Change of Date

The annual dinner dance is being held on Saturday 25 May. The venue is soon to be advised. Please save this date in your diaries as it is a fun evening and a great opportunity to socialise with parents and staff in a more relaxed environment.

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

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

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

Social Convenor Position – Vacant

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

Next P&F General Meeting

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

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


The Canteen opens daily from 9.00am – 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT – Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place an Canteen order here


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
Leanne Maguire Kathleen
Van Den Broek
Andrea Montgomery Victoria Papallo Sally Coppini
Susan Giacomelli Rachel Markland Lisa Emmett
Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend this week or
if you would like to be removed from the Roster.
** If you can assist on Tuesday or Wednesday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448
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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

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

Could any new students to the school please go to the Uniform Shop for your winter uniform fitting.

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 11 March

The University of Sydney

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

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

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

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

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

Download the Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.

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

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

Bridges Parents Visits (March – May 2013)

William Blue College of Hospitality ManagementWilliam Blue College of Hospitality Management

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hear what our students have to say at William Blue College

APM College of Business and Communication Serhat Ferat

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

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 6 September

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

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

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

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

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

Southern School of Natural Therapies SSNTSSNT

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

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

Find out more »

Australian Natural College of BeautySSNT

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

Learn more and register

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

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Australasian College of Natural TherapiesSSNT

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

Learn more and register

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

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Jansen Newman Institute
Think ClassInformation Evenings
Interested in a career in counselling, psychotherapy, community services or human resources but not sure which JNI course is right for you? Come along to an Information Evening to discover your course options in more detail. They are a wonderful chance to chat to friendly lecturers about study options, view the JNI campus and its facilities, hear from graduates and current students and discover our student support services.Next information evening – Tuesday 9 April

Learn more and register

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

Next information evening – Tuesday 9 April

Learn more and register

Billy Blue College of DesignBilly Blue College of Design

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

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

Upcoming workshops at our Campus are in June.

View registration forms and dates »

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

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

Find out more »

CATC Design School

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

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

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

For more info and to register, visit here.

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

Next Information Evening – 1 May 2013

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

The Institute of Chartered Accountants
Cadetship Evening
Wednesday 15 May

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

Meet the Business Leader
Tuesday 30 July

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

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

Further Information:

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

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

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor
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Community Notices

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

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


Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish Gladesville & St Charles Borromeo Parish Ryde
The sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred in June 2013.
Parents wishing to enrol their children in the Sacramental Preparation Program are required to attend one of two Information Evenings, from 7.30pm – 8.30pm, on either Tuesday March 12 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, cnr Westminster and Victoria Road, Gladesville or Wednesday March 13 at St Charles Borromeo Church, 582 Victoria Rd, Ryde. Parents may attend either session. Nomination Forms for Confirmation will be issued only at these evenings.
Students in Year 6 and above are eligible to receive the sacrament. They are not required to attend the Information Evenings.
For further information please contact Nadia Baker 9807 2966 (Tues – Thurs)

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

Christ the King Catholic Primary School, North Rocks
40th Anniversary and Reunion Ball

Christ the King Catholic Primary School is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. An Anniversary and Reunion Ball is being held to mark the occasion on Friday 5 April at Curzon Hall, Eastwood.

All former students, past staff members and families and friends of Christ the King are invited to join us for those celebrations.

Further details and enquiries:

Sarah Kaltoum, 0404 828 887, Hounaida Younan or Jeff Saul 0418 662 912.

St Bernadette’s Parish

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

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

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Kevin’s Netball Club

The St Kevin’s Netball Club is currently looking for umpires to umpire games at Meadowbank Park and Brush Farm Courts on Saturday’s at the following times:

  • Meadowbank Park: 8:00am (11 and 12 year old age groups)
  • Brush Farm Courts Eastwood: 9.10am and 11.30am (10 year age groups)

Umpires are paid $20 (unbadged) and $25 (C badge or better) per game.

Umpires are also required for the upcoming St Kevin’s Gala Day on Sunday 7 April.

If you can assist please contact Loren Jagers on 0410 409 842 or