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19 Jul 2013

From the Acting Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

We were saddened by the news we received at the beginning of the week that Maria Pearson’s mother had passed away last weekend. We hold Maria and her family in our thoughts during this difficult period, and pray as a community that God will support and sustain them as they celebrate her life.

Even though the College was on a break there were still many exciting activities occurring. Twenty one students from Year 9 to 11, accompanied by four staff members, immersed themselves in French culture and language in the best place possible, France. It was wonderful to follow the trip on the dedicated Facebook page and view the excellent weather and the variety of places visited. Congratulations to Ms Erin O’Brien on leading such a successful trip and special thanks to the teachers who accompanied the girls, Mrs Rebecca Hickey, Mrs Maria Pearson and Mr John Muskovits.

Also during the break we had the arrival of our visitors from Germany. We warmly welcome them and thank all the host families involved. It is a wonderful opportunity to practice a different language and engage in an Australian Experience. Our students will be visiting Germany at the end of the year to challenge themselves in exposure to a different language.

Four Year 11 students had the opportunity to participate in the Good Samaritan outreach program during the break, meeting students from other Good Samaritan schools. As well we had wonderful participation in the JCA Family Fun Day. This day was well supported by staff, students and parents. We thank our College Chaplain Ms Christina Liu for her energy and involvement in these events.

Last Thursday evening our Year 10 students went to St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill for an enjoyable evening of interaction with the Year 11 boys. The dance, run by Joan Carmody allowed the girls to utilise dance skills learnt during their physical activity classes as well as chat and enjoy the company of the boys. I congratulate them on their positive approach and behaviour on the night.

A reminder to parents that if your daughter will not be returning to the College next year could you please notify the Principal in writing. If your daughter is less than 17 years of age we need to know where your daughter will be attending school. This is a Government requirement as the school leaving age is 17 years. We look forward to a busy and productive term.

As a community we join with Maria in celebrating the life of her mother and the lives of others who have guided us:

Loving God, thank you for other people,
For those who make my life whole and meaningful,

Who give me purpose, share my happiness,
And are always there when things go wrong,

Thank you for giving me this little vision,
Of your infinite love for all your creation.
Through joy in the fullness of being human
May I come closer to the beauty of holiness

Jesus lived with family, walked with friends
Knew the disappointments as well as the joys

But never limited or closed his love.
Lord, thank you for other people.


By Raymond Chapman From A Lifetime of Blessings Compiled by Geoffrey Duncan

Jackie Duncan
Acting Principal

Mission News

While many of us were enjoying a well-earned break during the holidays there were still quite a few of our staff, students and parents involved in providing service to the community in a range of ways.

During the first week of the holidays Mr Mark Smith accompanied our three newly elected Captains, Jessica Smith, Emma Hayman and Amelia Ruddock to a function at NSW Parliament House organised by the Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) group. At the end of the week a small group of our Year 11 and 12 students, accompanied by Ms Christina Liu and Mrs Liz Thrum headed out on a very cold and wet Saturday night on our monthly contribution to Vinnies Van. Unfortunately, we are finding that the numbers of people who are in need of help is increasing steadily which is of course is creating a need for us to provide a larger quantity of food and blankets. We would love to have any donations that can help meet this need. Blankets, gloves, beanies and warm jumpers or jackets would be much appreciated by those who are sleeping rough. All kinds of foods are also welcome – biscuits, muesli bars, soups etc are very handy, also toiletries such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant etc. We are regularly asking students to bring in items such as these to help out. These can be left with our College Chaplain Ms Christina Liu. Our next Vinnies Van commitment is coming up next week so donations at this time would be much appreciated.

During the second week of the holidays, four of our Year 11 students, Jessica Smith, Sonali Mehta, Roweena Walia and Emma Hayman took part in the annual Ministry Outreach program with around 30 other students from Good Samaritan schools in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. The program involved four full days of engagement with community organisations as well as a day of reflection, times of prayer and evening activities. Students stayed in the Boarding School at St Scholasticas College at Glebe. The program is organised by the Good Samaritan Education Mission Team and on this occasion our College Chaplain Ms Christina Liu took on the role of co-facilitator for the program. The program was a wonderfully successful immersion experience and we would particularly like to congratulate all those who were involved for the outstanding way in which they represented MSB and for their generosity in undertaking such a significant commitment during their school holidays.

Also during the school holiday our “Paper Chains” group working in conjunction with Josephite Community Aid organised a Family Fun Day for refugees and asylum seekers. The day was mostly planned by our Year 11 students with some very enthusiastic support from many of our younger students with a great contribution from Year 7 and our SRC. An enormous amount of planning and preparation went into the day which included a bbq, face painting, hair colouring, a jumping castle, craft and sporting activities. Despite some early concerns about the weather the day went very well. It was a delight to have twelve of our staff and about 30 of our students there on the day and as a special bonus we had help from a number of parents and siblings who came along to lend a hand. At the end of the day we were all pretty exhausted but we couldn’t have hoped for a more enjoyable and more successful day. Congratulations to our “Paper Chains” group for a great achievement and to all the staff, students and families who supported this activity. Thanks also to our College Chaplain Ms Christina Liu and Ms Jodie Heterick from JCA for their organisation and coordination of the event.

A reminder that our Grandparents Day assembly and morning tea is coming up on Wednesday 7 August.

Please RSVP here

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 9 Parent Teacher Evening
4.00pm - 7.30pm

Monday 22 July

College Hall

The aim of the evening will be:

  • An opportunity for parents to meet their daughters teachers and continue to foster positive relationships between parent, student and teacher;
  • For students and parents to be given valuable feedback on their learning so the student can set goals for the next Semester ;
  • For discussion of ways in which the teacher and parent can work together to support the student in her learning; and
  • For students (and parents) to develop an objective concept of their capacity and abilities.

Students are to attend in school uniform with their planner. Parents have been emailed a username and password to access the online booking system (PTO). The online system will close at midday on Monday 22 July. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Parents wishing to make appointments and amend appointments after the close off will need to contact the College on 9980 0400.

The class teacher can not only request interviews with particular students but can communicate this directly to the parent via the online booking system. In this way the Parent Teacher Evening provides another opportunity for the teacher to address any learning outcomes with the student. Should the teacher/s not have any free spaces you will be able to request contact be made with you via phone or email. The College has made this move to an online system for the following reasons:

  • It better empowers the parents to make appointments with their daughter’s teachers;
  • There is less of a likelihood that the form will get lost, misplaced or not be utilised; and
  • Students and/or teachers will not be required to chase each other in attempt to make bookings thereby arguably increasing valuable learning time.

As always we are looking to improve our practices and thereby improve the learning opportunities for students at the College. Any feedback after the Parent Teacher Evening can be addressed to Mr Muskovits via email

Year 9 2014 Elective Subjects Information Evening

Tuesday 6 August

College Hall

Mrs Pearson, College Principal will present a holistic picture of girls education at Mount St Benedict College and Mr Muskovits, Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum will provide information on the Board of Studies requirements for Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5), the elective structure and course selection for next year and provide an overview of the online Subject Selection System (SSO). Parents will be emailed their username and password and may access the SSO system from 4.00pm on Wednesday 7 August.

The College will offer 14 elective courses from which your daughter will choose TWO for Years 9 and 10. These courses are 200 hour courses which must be studied over both years. Therefore careful considerations need to be made in the subject selection process as once the students indicate what courses they want to study and timetabling of the lines begin it is very difficult to change their preferences.

Faculty staff will be available to discuss any questions you have with your daughter regarding these courses and the Year 9 2014 Elective Subject Selection Handbook will be distributed.

Therefore it is important that you and your daughter attend this Information Evening. All students are expected to attend in school uniform.

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum


Please RSVP here

Instrumental Tuition

Tuition 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 Music Instrument Tuition Form and return to Student Services. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department - Creative and Performing Arts

College News


Class of 2003 (and Year 10 2001) 10 Year Reunion including teaching staff.

Saturday 19 October 2013
Helm Bar, Aquarium Wharf 7 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour NSW
For additional details for this event, email Diana Limbrey on

Class of 1983 (and Year 10 1981) 30 Year Reunion

Saturday 14 September 2013
Kirribilli Club 11 Harbour View Crescent Lavendar Bay NSW
For additional details for this event, join the Facebook Group "Mt St Benedict Class of '83" or alternatively email

From the Fees Desk

School fees for Term 3 are due Friday 2 August. If paying by automatic deduction, the payments will be processed on this date. Current statements of account have been posted this week, along with Tax Receipts for the Voluntary Building Fund, if applicable. If you have any queries regarding your College fees, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or .au

Mrs Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

MSB Golden Jubilee

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

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

SQUARES: 25cm x 25cm (10”x10”) WOOL: 8 ply NEEDLES: 4mm (size 8 imperial)

This is approximately 47 - 50 stitches I have plenty of left-over wool. Anyone interested, just let me know and I’ll happily supply you. I already have House-colour bundles arranged.

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

Join me in the IRC at lunchtime on Thursdays. Come and learn to knit or just enjoy knitting with others. We can all make a difference. For more information on Wrap With Love click here

Mrs Gail Davey


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'.

The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so 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.

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

MSB Representative Athletics Team

Permission notes are due on Monday. All team members have been emailed permission notes and a draft program (download here). Hard copies are also available next to the Sports Noticeboard. There have been many additions to the original team with an U19 age group now added for every event. Please email me immediately if you do not wish to compete in an event. Student will be advised as soon as the 2013 program becomes available to confirm event times. Students who have also gained selection into an MSB Knock Out Athletics team will be notified next week.

MSB Representative Golf Team

Students who are interested in representing MSB at the Broken Bay Golf Championships on Friday 30 August will need to contact Mrs Grant prior to Friday 2 August. Players must be a member of an affiliated Golf Club and would be required to be transported to Tuggerah Lakes Golf Course by a parent. Entry fee is $20 per player which includes a sausage sizzle lunch. The championship will be divided into U13, U15 and Open competition.

Good Luck

To our Representative Netball Teams as they compete at the Broken Bay Championships next week. This year there are new divisions to fall in line with the NSW CCC Championships as follows –

  • Y11/12
  • Y9/10
  • Y7/8 and
  • Y7 only team.

Five MSB students have also been selected as umpires for these Championships. As hosts of these Championships we look forward to a great day – parents are most welcome.


To Year 11 student and one of our 2014 Sports Captains, Natalie Tobin, who again continues to impress with yet another Young Matildas soccer selection, this time in the touring party to New Zealand next week. Natalie is also part of the NSW squad selected for the NTC Challenge in Canberra in late August a a State based competition used as a selection process for the next Young Matildas program which she remains eligible for.  


To Year 7 student Laura Trezise who competed at the Australian Youth Archery Championships in Brisbane during the holidays winning three medals in her events (U13 Girls, Recurve Bow) including a silver medal in the main Target event held over two days, and bronze in the Field (targets in bush settings) and Clout (long distance ground target).

Laura is a member of Sydney Olympic Park Archers and is coached by former World Junior Champion, Ricci Cheah.

One of her club mates at Sydney Olympic Park is Elisa Barnard who was Australia's sole female archer at London 2012. She was introduced to archery at a music camp in primary school and believes that Archery is currently undergoing significant growth amongst youth which is being attributed to the featuring of archery in recent movies including the Hunger Games.

2014 Sports Tour to England and France

Another meeting was held this week and the deadline for acceptance of tour offer slips to return has passed. We now have a tour party of 63.

All students involved have been given a schedule of dates for team selections and trainings beginning next Thursday and we look forward to the appointment of touring staff this term.





Wed 21 Aug (MSB Rep Team)


Fri 13 Sep (BB Team)
(Wet Weather Backup tba)


Thu 22 August (MSB Rep KO Team)



Fri 19 July (E. Gallagher, C Krajancic, C Vidler)



Fri 30 Aug (MSB Golf Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Tue 3 Sep)



Tue 23 Jul (MSB Rep Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup Wed 24 Jul)

Wed 14 Aug (Champion MSB Rep Teams) (Wet Weather Backup tba)



Fri 26 - Sun 28 Jul (NSW CCC Team) (Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)


Thu 8 - Sun 25 Aug (Lily Vidler Y12)

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

Co-curricular Sport


Your Daughter Needs You!!

We are past the half way mark of the Netball Season and I wanted to express my gratitude to all the girls, coaches, managers and umpires for all their wonderful effort in Netball so far. Please remember the end of year Netball Presentation will take place in a new venue, The Pennant Hills Bowling Club.


Please note at this function on Saturday 14 September, the AGM will occur and the following positions will become vacant.

  • Equipment Officer

  • President

  • Treasurer

  • Umpires Convenor

Without these roles being filled the Club will not function past this date.

If anyone is interested we are only too willing to inform you about what each of these jobs entail. Just like one of the aspects of the MSB School Motto, we would love parents to demonstrate their great hospitality and give something to the MSB Netball Club as I am sure you are aware of the wonderful skills and friendships the girls receive by being a part of the MSB Netball Club.

Over the next few weeks we will give you an insight into the people whose positions are becoming vacant at the end of the year. We will start with my role as President and then each week go through the other positions.

President - Chris Gould

  • Employment - Working full time at St Aloysius’ College as Director of Pastoral Services

    Interests -
    Family, Netball, Tennis

    Why MSB -
    I joined MSB Committee because I thought that my three daughters have received so much in their time at Netball with wonderful and generous coaches and managers and therefore I thought I could put something back into a Club that has given our daughters so much.

    My Role So Far -
    1st year in committee - steep learning curve where I learnt how all the members of the committee work together to make the Club run smoothly. Attend about four Committee meetings with MSB Netball Club and three meetings with HDNA. Was very well supported and given great direction by the other members of the Committee.
    2nd year - got the hang of it and enjoyed the meetings. Sometimes may have to send emails to HDNA or parents to deal with various issues that arise.
    3rd year - The Season just seems to go quicker each year and before you know it the season is over and Presentation Day is upon us to celebrate the year.

    - Great camaraderie from fellow Committee members and the chance to see more MSB Netball teams playing with great spirit.

    Family - Married and father of six children (not an essential requirement for this job!)

Please direct any enquiries to me and we look forward to seeing you at the Netball Presentation to celebrate the end of the Season.

Chris Gould
MSB Netball Club President

P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance - Save the Date!

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

MSB Golf Day - ** Rescheduled **

Due to a clash in the College calendar unfortunately the Ladies and Gents Golf Day has had to be rescheduled. Details will follow late August 2013.

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 3: 12 August, 9 September Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

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


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


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place a Canteen order here







Jennifer Campbell

Kym Lamb

Katie Breatnach

Sally Coppini

Kate McGrath

Lisa Emmett

** ** **

Helen Kelly

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

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

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

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager
T: 9980 0447


Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 13 July

New degrees at Macquarie University for 2014

Macquarie University consults with industry to develop new degree programs to meet the changing market place and to provide our students with a competitive edge. New degrees to be introduced for 2014 are:

  • Bachelor of Laws

  • Our new four-year stand-alone degree encourages students to look beyond law as a function of rules and procedures or as a technical qualification.

  • Bachelor of Business Analytics

  • This program incorporates business and science. Students will gain skills in quantitative training; in statistics and modelling, business information/intelligence, strategy, budget forecasting and planning.

  • Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce

  • This degree provides students with not only with technical skills in business, but also soft skills to respond to an agile and highly innovative modern organisation.

  • Bachelor of Global Business 

  • This program combines a commercial understanding of global business, a major in an Asian or European language and an internship with an international company, either in Australia or overseas.

  • Bachelor of Human Sciences

  • This degree provides the required academic background for postgraduate study in physiotherapy, and employment opportunities in areas where skills in counselling, community-based care, disability services, and health policy and education are needed.

New combined degrees

9.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday 31 August

This year's highlights include:

  • Hands-on activities – Map the lands of Westeros (of Game of Thrones fame) with our Architecture students, interact with robots from the Engineering faculty and examine DNA with the Science team!

  • Over 150 mini lectures – Hear about the study opportunities Sydney Uni has to offer, as well as things like international exchange and scholarships. There are also a couple of sessions aimed at parents!

  • One-on-one advice – Chat to university lecturers and students about where a degree from Sydney Uni can take you.

  • Guided tours – From general tours of campus to more specialised faculty or residential college ones, these are a great way to get a feel for our beautiful campus and world-class facilities.

Visit for more information about mini lectures and to create your own program for the day. HSC Preparation Courses - Term Three The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney is running intensive HSC Preparation courses in a variety of subjects for Year 12 students who want to extend their studies and enhance performance in their HSC year. Selected preparation courses are also offered for Years 10 and 11, including Year 10: Preparing for Success and Years 10 – 12 Course: Improving Written English. The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content. For more information 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.


9.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday 20 July
Campbelltown Campus

9.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday 27 July
Parramatta Campus

Join us for a free BBQ lunch from 11.00am Register here or call 1300 897 669.

Defence Force University Sponsorship

The Defence University Sponsorship allows students to study an accredited degree at any Australian university and graduate with a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force.


Admission to UTS:INSEARCH will now be based on a student’s average HSC subject results (based on non-VET subjects). The Academic and English Admissions Committee recently approved the new model with the aim of giving more Year 12 graduates, an opportunity to study at UTS:INSEARCH and start their pathway to university study.

If you would like to discuss this with UTS:INSEARCH please contact David Sam or call 9218 8749 Discover Sessions

  • Nursing - City and Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

  • Midewifery - City campuses

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

Futher information:

University of Wollongong - Year 12

At key dates throughout 2013, the University of Wollongong (UOW) will be communicating with Year 12 students about university admission, important dates, the Early Admission Program etc. Any students who would like to be included in UOW's mailing list should log onto and click the purple 'Register for Updates' tab. This will be a very quick form to fill in with mailing details etc.

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

teach.NSW Scholarships

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

My Health Career

MY HEALTH CAREER offers over one hundred videos on over ten different health careers from real health practitioners. Everything from the future of pharmacy in Australia to the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician to eight areas of specialisation in podiatry.

Go to to enter your name and email address and receive FREE updates.

WEP Volunteer Abroad

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

GapBreak Student and Parent Information Night - Sydney

6.30pm - 7.30pm
Monday 29 July

Suite 303a / 282 Victoria Avenue Chatswood

Registration Link Student and parents can register here.

Online Information Session - listen from your computer!
6.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday 6 August
6.00pm - 7.00pm

Registration Link Student and parents can register here. Download & view the GapBreak Brochure here.

Camp America 2014 Season Kick Off
Tuesday 6 August

Y Hotel, 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney (next to Hyde Park)

Visit the website for further Information RSVP via our Facebook page

TARONGA ZOO - Meet a Keeper

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

Wesley Institute School of Graphic Design - Designer for a Day Workshop

Curious about a career in Graphic Design? Wesley Institute's School of Graphic Design invites you to experience what it's like to be a designer for a day, in a creative and collaborative environment. Explore the possibilities and unlock your creative DNA. For more information, register your interest at or call 02 9819 8824. Workshops will be offered during NSW school holidays at Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street Drummoyne NSW

E: Lucy

William Blue College - Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager
10.00am - 4.00pm

Tuesday 2 July

North Sydney Campus,
171 Pacific Highway North Sydney

'Day in the Life' workshops takes 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. E: Jake Brown W:

AIE Industry Experience Day
10.00am - 3.00pm

Wednesday 3 July

AIE Sydney

Are you thinking about an exciting career in game development, 3D animation or visual FX? E: Simon Freeman T: 8514 8800



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.

TAX File Numbers Delay

We have been informed that there has been a delay in the processing of TFN applications by the Taxation Department. As soon as they have been processed individual tax file numbers will be sent to postal addresses on the applications.

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

Community Notices

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

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


Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

The Child and Adolescent Parenting team provide parenting courses, workshops and seminars for mums, dads and carers of children in the 1 - 18 years age range in the Northern Sydney area. Child and Adolescent Parenting is part of Northern Sydney Local Health District.

For details see Course Descriptions and Term Brochure

Where and when: Most courses, workshops and seminars are held in the evening during school terms in the Northern Sydney area. However, we can run any of our courses, workshops and seminars at a venue and time convenient to your school or organisation.

Our leaders: All our leaders are professionally qualified and experienced, and supervised by the Child and Adolescent Parenting team.

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

Child and Adolescent Parenting
PO Box 142 North Ryde NSW 1670
T: (02) 9887 5830
F: (02 9887 2941
E: Vivienne:

Did you know teenagers are 20 - 30 times more at risk of being harmed in a crash once they get their P's? The keys2drive program aims to reduce this risk by helping learning drivers gain the necessary decision making skills to stay safe on the road. Funded by the Australian Government, the program provides learner drivers and their parents/supervisors with a free driving lesson by an accredited keys2drive instructor. Call 1300 728 205 to book your free keys2drive lesson with NRMA Safer Driving School.  

ACVIR Newsletter Article 2013 ACVIR Report April 2013

St Bernadette's Parish

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

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

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

  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry

Looking for a way to get involved in all kinds of great stuff and meet new people outside your school? St Agatha’s Youth Ministry is for you. From weekly youth groups to overnight camps, beach trips, bowling nights, community service projects and much more we have something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to meet and get to know other guys and girls from around the area who you may not otherwise have the chance to hang out with, and to keep in touch with friends from your primary school days. And as part of the Catholic Parish of St Agatha, Pennant Hills, we aim to follow Christ and live out his teachings in everything we do. Get involved! For more information please contact: Matt Donnelly St Agatha’s Youth Minister M: 0432 494 786

Hornsby Cathedral Parish Youth Groups

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

  • Years 7 - 9

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

  • Years 10 - 12

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

Please bring $5 for pizza Upcoming Dates:

  • YEAR 7- 9 - June 21

  • YEAR 10-12 June 14 , 28

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