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17 October 2014

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Friends,

Each week on Mondays staff gather for a briefing. We share a prayer together, information regarding the upcoming week is given and at the end of the meeting I draw from a box called the Gratitude Box, in which staff write little notes that express their gratitude for things people have done for them. Within some of the Houses students have now been given the opportunity to do the same. In our busy lives we often forget to show our gratitude for the little things people do that make our lives easier, more comfortable or just brighter.

Over the past two weeks as I have journeyed with my family through my father’s death, his burial and the grief we all share, I have had many opportunities to be grateful for the support of family, friends, work colleagues and community members. I have been grateful for the opportunity to be part of a loving family and a loving, supportive community. It is at such times that we appreciate the value of people in our lives, and I have also given thanks for the wonderful parents I was blessed to have. There are a number of families in our community who have suffered the loss of loved ones recently - I hope that each one of you feels supported and cared for. Know that you are in our prayers at this time and please let us know if there is something we can do to lighten your burden at this time.

On Monday night a large and very appreciative audience was treated to performances and an exhibition of works from students of the Creative and Performing Arts: Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts. Our students demonstrated great talent having been capably encouraged, supported and taught by their enthusiastic teachers. I congratulate Mr Peter Watters, Head of the CAPA Department, Mrs Susan Webber and Miss Laura Sheehan (Music teachers), Mrs Lisa Stevens and Mrs Gabrielle Keats (Drama Teachers), Ms Jackie Saunders (Dance Teacher), Mrs Nicola Murray, Mrs Sonia Barnett and Mrs Therese O’Kane (Visual Arts teachers) for their dedication and commitment to their students. I congratulate our Creative Arts Captains, Olivia Finnan and Kirstin Rowberry, and all the students who were involved in the Showcase.

On Tuesday we welcomed a group of prospective students and parents for tours of the College. I want to thank the Year 9 students who were tour guides for our visitors and who so capably answered questions and outlined various aspects of life at Mount St Benedict. Many of our visitors commented on how impressed they were with the girls who showed them around the College.

We send our best wishes to the three teams competing at the Future Problem Solving National Championships in Melbourne today and over the weekend. We also send best wishes to the girls competing at the Festival of Speech on Saturday at OLMC Parramatta.

I give thanks for all those who have offered words of kindness, prayers and gestures of support to me and my family at this time. I encourage our students to take the time to be aware of the all the wonderful opportunities, they have, the people who accompany them in their lives and the little things that brighten their day - it might just be a smile, a gesture or an acknowledgement of something they have done:

Gratitude Prayer

Thank you, Lord,
for the blessings you have bestowed on my life.
You have provided me
with more than I could ever have imagined.
You have surrounded me
with people who always look out for me.
You have given me family and friends
who bless me every day with kind words and actions.
They lift me up in ways that keep
my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.
Lord, provide me with the ability and sense
to show them every day how much they matter.
Give me the ability to give to them
the same kindness they have provided to me.
I give thanks for all of your blessings in my life, Lord.
I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am,
and that you never allow me
to forget to show my gratitude in prayer.

(Adapted from A Prayer of Gratitude, )

Mrs Maria Pearson

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Mission News

Last week all of our Year 11 students headed off to three different venues for their Retreat. Earlier in the year students had been asked to choose a Retreat program based on one of the three College values; Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship.


The Pax option focuses on the spirit of peace, seeking to develop a deeper spirituality drawing on the wisdom of Benedict in finding God in the midst of life's concerns, exploring how to find the balance in life and enjoy the simplicity of prayer, work and leisure. The Hospitality program focuses on the spirit of service, seeking to develop a deeper spirituality through the aspect of service to one another. Exploring what it means to live with justice and make a difference in the world. The Stewardship focuses on the ideas of nurture and respect, seeking to develop a deeper spirituality through encounter with God's creation and the wise use of our gifts, exploring the call to care for the earth and to live sustainable lives in the modern world and reflecting on the wonder of creation and enjoy its beauty.

For 2014 most of the students chose to do either the Hospitality or Stewardship programs. Accordingly it was decided to run the Hospitality program at two venues and the Stewardship program at the third. The two Hospitality programs were given a different focus with one taking up the theme in the context of Australia’s indigenous people and the other taking up the theme in terms of refugees and asylum seekers.

While each of the Retreat programs focused on a different theme, they all included common elements to ensure that experiences were similar at all three venues. Each retreat included a variety of activities related to the theme. These included some time for prayer as individuals and in a group, some short pieces of input from team members, some group processes to engage with the theme, some active/creative components and some free time for relaxation and recreation. Three of the significant prayer experiences were common to all three Retreats so that we could foster a connection across the three venues.

I’m very grateful for the generous contributions of our teachers who facilitated the Retreat process, leading activities, conducting workshops, facilitating small groups etc. Without their support we would not be able to offer such programs.

Over the next few weeks we will begin focusing on many of our end of year activities such as our Thanksgiving Eucharist, our Christmas Hamper Appeal, our House Partnership focus, Presentation Day and Carols on the Mount. All of these are important community events which say a great deal about our values and our ethos. As always we will be relying on the generous contribution of our families to support us with material donations for our hampers and also through giving up their time to join us for these significant events. The size of the auditorium for Presentation Day allows us to welcome many of our family members and with our larger Hall capacity we are also able to have many more people join us for our Thanksgiving Eucharist and Carols on the Mount. Last year we were delighted to see a large number of parents join us on our Hamper Delivery Day and we hope that this will be the case again this year. Information about these events will be given to students in Homeroom in coming weeks and will also be included in our newsletter.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

CAPA Showcase

The MSB community had the opportunity to witness the many skills and talents of students in Years 9 to 11 Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Visual Design and Photography and Digital Media. Students presented a variety of performances and exhibits highlighting the work they have completed in class throughout 2014. A large audience enjoyed the entertaining, thought provoking and professional presentations.

The evening also enabled our Music ensembles, consisting of the College Choir, MSB Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Flute, Chamber and String Ensembles, to showcase a selection of music they have learnt throughout the year.

Congratulations to all students and staff who were involved in the evening.

Mr Peter Watters
Head of CAPA Department

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Good Luck to our HSC Students

We would like to wish all our Year 12s the best of luck as they continue their HSC exams.

Download complete HSC Timetable.

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Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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College News

From the Fees Desk

The balance of 2014 College fees is due on Friday 24 October.

If paying automatic deductions by the term, the payment will be processed on this date.  Monthly, fortnightly and weekly deductions will continue until mid November.

If you require a final balance or statement of your fees for 2014, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

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Representative Sport

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:

Broken Bay Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633

Representative Sports Calendar - Term Four


Australian All Schools Athletics Championships
Friday 5 - Monday 8 December
Carla Takchi (Y11), Amie Bowrey (Y7) and MSB U15 KO Team


NSW All Schools State Championships
Friday 7 November
MSB Year 7/8 Representative Team


Broken Bay Championships
Tuesday 21 October
MSB Representative Teams
Wet Weather Tuesday 28 October


NSW CCC Senior Championships
Thursday 29 October
MSB Representative Team


Broken Bay Trials
Friday 21 November


Broken Bay Championships
Monday 1 December
MSB Representative Team

Upcoming Representative Team Training and Trials

Term Four Week Three

  • Tuesday 21 October - Year 7/8 Representative Touch training (lunchtime)
  • Tuesday 21 October - Representative Water Polo final selections - Hornsby Aquatic Centre 7.30pm - 8.30pm

Term Four Week Four

  • Monday 27 October (Year 7/8)  Representative Touch training


Experienced softballers who are interested in nominating for the 2015 Broken Bay Open Team should have emailed Mrs Grant to receive a nomination form and permission note.

Trials will be held at St Ives and students will need to organise transport to and from the venue with their parents. Nominations are due to Mrs Grant by Friday 7 November.

A couple of our softballers have been busy recently -

  • Congratulations to Jessica Tong (Year 9) who recently reached the final stage of the NSW Under 17's Softball Team selections. At 16 Jessica is still able to trial for this team next year.
  • Blaise Stafford-Gaffney (Year 7) was selected in an U15 Aussie Sparks Softball team that toured Taipei, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the recent holidays.

Here is her account of the tour -

During the holidays I travelled to America as part of the Under 15 Aussie Sparks Softball Squad. We were fortunate enough to receive some expert training from American coaches, as well as the opportunity to play against ten American College teams. We learnt all about the American College Softball system and how different it is compared to Australia. We also met some Australians who had travelled to America on College Scholarships and they told us about their experiences playing.

When we played against the US teams we realised how much softball meant to them, we were even told that there were people on the waiting list wanting to play us from various teams. Our eyes were definitely opened as we talked to the players and learnt how different life really was.

I am so thankful for this experience and have met so many amazing people along the way, an experience I wouldn't change for the world.

NSW All Schools Athletics Championships

Some of our athletics girls competed last week at the NSW All Schools Championships bringing home four state medals!

Congratulations to

  • Amie Bowrey (Year 7) who won the U13 Javelin
  • Carla Takchi (Year 11) who won the U17 Javelin
  • Katie Devitt (Year 8) who won bronze in the U14 100m and 200m

Amie and Carla will now compete at the Australian Championships in Adelaide in the December holidays in individual events, joining our U15 KO team.

During the holidays Katie was invited to a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport where she received not only physical coaching but the chance to attend seminars on a range of topics beneficial to all areas of an athlete's development.

Special mention to Elly Gallagher (Year 9) who competed in her first Steeplechase race last week finishing a commendable 5th .


To our three MSB Representative Tennis teams who will contest the Broken Bay Titles at Oxford Falls on Tuesday.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sport Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

MSB Netball Club Team Photos

The Netball Team Club Photos taken last term are now available for ordering on line at

  • Enter the following code MFY 5A1 4FR in the "Secure Site" Code box located on the right-hand side of their home page.
  • Select the "Group Photos" tab on the left hand side of this landing page.
  • Browse photos with the prefix '2nd Aug' and scroll down to select the photos applicable to you.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

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P & F News

International Teachers' Day

Help the P&F celebrate International Teachers' Day on Friday 24 October. We are looking for assistance, traditionally from Year 7 and Year 11 families, in the annual morning tea we host for the teachers and staff.

If you can assist please fill in the online International Teachers' Day Volunteer Request form or you may download the International Teachers' Day Volunteer Request form , fill it in and have your daughter return the form to Student Services by Friday 17 October. Alternatively you may contact Michelle direct via email on


Class of 2009 - 5 Year Reunion

When: Sunday 7 December from midday
Where: Fagan Park (Shelter 1, Arcadia Rd)
Bring: food, soft drink (no alcohol), children are welcomed!
Cost: $2.50 to cover Hornsby Shire Council shelter hire fee.
Contact:  Ellen de Vries (


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.
Cashless Canteen - Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system
Place a Canteen order.

Canteen Roster for the week commencing Monday 20 October






Kylie Craig

Kathleen Van Den Broek

Kym Lamb

Katie Breatnach

Lisa Emmett

Alex Owsald

Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or you would like to be removed from the roster.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager

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