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19 June 2015


From the Principal

Congratulations to the Year 10 FPS girls on winning the World Championships, a fitting tribute to the hard work of the girls and their coach, Ms Selvaggi.

On Friday we celebrated our identity as a Benedictine school in the Good Samaritan tradition. Coming together for Eucharist is the most fitting recognition of our life together as a faith community and, as usual, our liturgy reflected our values and shared commitment to the Gospel. I thank all those who were involved in the planning and preparation for the MSB Day Mass, and our SRC and student leaders who organised an enjoyable and entertaining day for us.

As we come to the end of what has been a difficult term, we are also able to recognise and acknowledge the gifts and blessings that have been bestowed upon us as a community. The generosity and commitment of our students and staff were clearly visible last week in the wonderful production of Hairspray. We have received positive comments from many people in the immediate College community and beyond. Many past students returned as part of the audience and many expressed their pride in the College.

Through the difficult times we have experienced, I have been impressed by the generosity of spirit shown in the community through the various ways in which people have supported each other. It is a sad fact of life that each of us experiences times of difficulty in our lives. Each of us has to overcome challenges and move on from distressing events. For this reason we work to help our students develop their resilience, which helps them to face the realities of life and move forward with a positive attitude. At the same time we respect the memories we hold and continue to offer support to families and friends as they deal with loss and grief.

I trust that families will be able to enjoy some rest during the break. Students could use some time to catch up on work they have missed and/or consolidate their learning in preparation for the new term. I am sure that everyone needs time to recuperate from the busy schedules and demands of the term. I look forward to seeing you all when I return from my leave in Week 6 next term.

Reminder: Student Return Date Term 3

Monday 13 July is a pupil-free day and students return on Tuesday 14 July.

2016 Term Dates

Term 1 Teachers return Thursday 28 January
Students return Tuesday 2 February (Years 7, 11 and 12)
Wednesday 3 February (Years 8, 9 and 10)
End of term Friday 8 April
Term 2 Students return Tuesday 26 April
End of term Thursday 23 June
Term 3 Teachers return Monday 18 July
Students return Tuesday 19 July
End of term Friday 23 September
Term 4 Students return Monday 10 October
End of term Friday 2 December

Lord we thank you for having created us
And given us to each other in the human family.
We thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows,
For your comfort in our sadness,
Your companionship in our loneliness.
Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives.
Thank you for friends, for health and for grace.
May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.



Maria Pearson

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Mission News

This week has been a very important one for us as we celebrated Mount St Benedict Day with the community gathering for Eucharist at the beginning of the day followed by a variety of carnival activities and finishing with our Student Talent Quest at the end of the day.

Also during this week we have had one group of Year 8 students taking part in the Social Justice And Disability awareness day (SOJAD) with St Edmund's School. This is an important introduction to our students with our partners at St Edmund's. Over the coming years students who have taken part in the SOJAD program will also be invited to take part in a range of other activities with students from St Edmund's such as our learning exchange programs and peer mentoring programs.

On Tuesday one of our Year 10 Ministry Classes travelled to Auburn to take part in a highly acclaimed program where a simulated refugee camp has been set up and students are taken on a tour through the camp to gain an understanding of how such a facility would function and to appreciate the difficulties of such an environment for those who are escaping persecution, as well as those who are trying to support them.

While the College is officially on holidays for the next three weeks there are a number of important initiatives taking place involving both students and staff. On Saturday 27 June we will have a team of teachers and students taking part in our monthly night patrol with the St Vincent de Paul Society. This program, commonly known as 'Vinnies Van', provides service through serving food and drinks in the inner city to those in need, many of whom are homeless. While the practical contribution of food and a warm drink is always most welcome the service is more about the connections and the conversations than the physical comforts. Many of the people who gather around the van are experiencing isolation and estrangement and are very grateful for the opportunity to have some conversation and interaction with caring and supportive people. We have a group of volunteers who take part in this program each month of the year and the cold winter months are often the most difficult for those who are sleeping rough.

In the second week of our holidays we have a small team of Year 11 students accompanied by Mrs Thea Parle who will be taking part in a week long program of volunteer work known as “Ministry Outreach”. This program is conducted in partnership with the other Good Samaritan Schools in NSW. Participants stay in residence at the St Scholastica's College Boarding accommodation and set out each day to work in a variety of services. At the end of each day there is prayer, reflection, debriefing and community activities. Participants in the Ministry Outreach program will gain first hand experience of a number of community service organisations and will have the opportunity to learn from the service providers as well as those who make use of the service. They will be invited to reflect on the circumstances that lead people to rely on community services and how services can best be provided without diminishing the dignity of those in need.

In the second and third weeks of the holidays, MSB will play host to groups of refugee children who will join some of our teachers and students for a program of activities based on different subject areas such as Mathematics, Science, PDHPE, TAS and English. The program is being conducted in partnership with Josephite Community Aid (JCA) who work closely among communities of new arrivals in Western Sydney. There will be six days of programs offered over the two weeks with an emphasis on learning in a fun environment. We hope that the young people who come and participate in the program will benefit from the learning experience and we know that our student and teacher volunteers will certainly gain a lot from the opportunity of sharing with our visitors.

As we finish for our term we ask God’s blessing on all our community and especially those who are representing the College in the Good Samaritan Ministry Outreach, Vinnies Van and the JCA Holiday program.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

'Kidz4Kidz_AUS' visit Canberra to advocate for children in detention centres

Kidz4Kidz_AUS is a student run initiative advocating for children in detention centres. We know there are humane alternatives to locking up children and we are basically kids wishing to help fellow kids. We are a support group for children in detention centres and we feel passionately that freedom and safety are paramount human rights. Therefore, we believe it is against these human rights to detain children, away from their families, for unknown periods of time. They have done nothing wrong, so why are they being punished? The aims of Kidz4Kidz_AUS are to raise awareness about the issue of children in detention centres, provide them with care, safety and education and ensure that their rights are maintained. We eventually aim to put pressure on the Australian Government to get them out of detention centres and into a permanent settlement with their families.

As part of our campaign and also in support for Refugee Week, 9 girls from Kidz4Kidz_AUS travelled to Canberra to protest the child abuse happening in refugee detention centres. The Australian Coalition to End Child Detention organised the National Day of Action to raise awareness and attract attention from politicians to publicise our outrage at the torture happening on Australian soil. Representatives from Chillout , an organisation advocating for children in detention centres, were there and Christine Milne, a Greens senator, met us on Parliament House lawn and showed her support by encouraging us to persevere in our target for justice. She told us that Australia is breaking UN laws and treaties that we have signed, like the convention on the Rights of the Child. The Coalition organised two amazing speakers, both refugees; Mohammad Ali Baqiri and Sarah Yahya. They shared their heartbreaking experiences which reaffirmed the need to make a change through Kidz4Kidz_AUS.

We will be doing more in future weeks so please keep updated and follow our journey. Bigger things are on the way and we need your support to make this change! You can find us at and . For more information about ChillOut, you can visit and

Georgia Gilbert
Year 11 student and member of Kidz4Kidz_AUS

Year 8 SOJAD at St Edmund's

On Monday this week Year 8.4 ventured to St Edmund's School in Wahroonga. We learnt a lot about the autistic and disabled children who are students at the school. We learnt skills such as how to use a cane, play blind sports and how to read and write the braille alphabet. We partnered up with a buddy from St Edmund's and worked together to make a paper plane and to fly it.

We asked some of our peers about the day:

'It was exciting, informative and interesting to learn about less fortunate people than us' Catherine

'It was a great experience for the whole class and it was good to learn about how difficult it actually is to be blind or to have a disability.' Laura

'It was an amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with the other students about similar interests.'

'It was a great experience to learn about how blind people are able to do the same things we do like games and sports.'
Jess H

We would like to thank Mrs Doolan and Mrs Mason for coming with us on this amazing journey and for all their support.

Written by Laura Di Blasio and Catherine Elgood (Year 8)

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Curriculum News

Elective Geography Excursion to Bantry Bay

On Thursday 4 June our Year 10 Elective Geography class travelled to Bantry Bay to investigate human impacts on two different creek environments. The day was filled with exciting hikes and beautiful panoramic views. One of the creeks we studied was in an urban area and was heavily disturbed. The other creek was located deep in a bushland catchment and was in a healthy condition. We conducted various studies including an animal catch in the creeks, a check of water turbidity (which is cloudiness), and pH testing. In another investigation it was interesting to see that the proportion of exotic plants on the bush outskirts declined over 20 metres into the bush. On behalf of the class, we would like to thank Dr Batten and Dr Gillett for accompanying us, and allowing us a well-deserved energy hit at the end of the day.

Stacey Leong, Trish Nguyen and Emily Hunter

1. Lunch looking out over Bantry Bay
2. Walking near some Aboriginal heritage engravings
3. Stacey Leong investigating the healthy creek
4. Paris Miller and Armelle Kolton investigating a disturbed creek
5. Emily Hendry testing water pH at a disturbed creek

Dr Paul Batten
Senior Geography Teacher

Royal Australian Chemistry Institute Titration Competition

On the morning of Saturday 13 June, 21 students participated in the NSW Chemistry Titration Competition at Barker College. The College entered six Year 11 and one Year 12 team. Each team is comprised of three students.

The aim of the competition is to determine the concentration of an acetic acid solution. Each team member is given a different concentration. Over a period of 90 minutes the students use a method called titration to accurately find the concentration of their given unknown acid solution. Their final score is determined by the difference between their calculated concentration and the known concentration. The individual scores are then added to determine the team score. The lower the score the greater the accuracy of their analysis.

The students have spent many lunch times over the past seven weeks practising the titration technique. This practice has paid off as the following results were obtained.

2nd Place - Alicia Chen, Taylor McMahon and Amanda Grima 3rd Place - Abi Curtin, Rebecca Calabrese and Amita Trikam

Amita Trikam requires a special mention as she produced a near perfect score of 1 showing outstanding analysis skills.

Congratulations to all the students involved.

Mrs Jane Easterbrook and Mrs Emily Collignon

Jane Easterbrook
Head of Department

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Year 9  2016 Elective Information Evening

Tuesday 28 July

The Year 9 2016 Elective Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 28 July (Term 3 Week 3), in the College Hall, commencing at 7pm.

The purpose of the evening is to present a holistic picture of girls education at Mount St Benedict College and to provide information on the Board of Studies requirements for Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5) as well as the elective structure and course selection for next year.

The Year 9 2016 Elective Subject Selection Handbook will be distributed to students in Week One of Term Three and teachers will be available on the evening to discuss any questions you and your daughter may have regarding the courses being offered.

The College will offer fifteen 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.

Careful considerations will 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.

Students will be emailed a username and password and the link to where they will be able to lodge their choices electronically. The site will open on Wednesday 29 July and close Wednesday 5 August.

It is important that you and your daughter attend this Information Evening. All students are expected to attend in school uniform and bring their elective handbook to the evening.

It is my hope that the night will help both students and parents in the decision-making process for electives in 2016.

Mrs Lucy Elgood for

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum

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Pastoral Care

Positive Education : The Resilience Doughnut

Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist from the Resilience Centre at Epping has developed The Resilience Doughnut as a tool for individuals to self-monitor and build their resilience.

We were fortunate to have Lyn present to parents of Year 7 and 8 on Monday 27 April. She has described the use of the doughnut as a process, 'The Resilience Doughnut is based on what is working. It combines both the individual characteristics and the environment around each person, showing the person how to navigate and negotiate their resources to develop resilience.'

At the centre of the doughnut are the three statements:

  • I HAVE – representing the external supports and resources of the individual
  • I AM – internal personal strengths
  • I CAN –social and interpersonal skills.

The outside of the doughnut is divided into seven sections that represent the external factors that help build resilience.

The Resilience Doughnut is a dynamic tool that allows the individual to develop an optimistic mindset and build their personal resilience by utilising areas of strength in their lives. Years 7, 8 and 9 have all been taught how to utilise the Resilience Doughnut.

House Coordinators introduced it to Year 7 on their first day of school. Year 8 have utilised it extensively throughout the year in Pastoral Care and both these Year groups will access the online tool next term.

Year 9 have worked extensively on character strengths this year and on the Year 9 camp they worked through scenarios utilising the resilience doughnut and mapped their strengths as they applied this process.

All these Year groups were given a copy to place in their student planners – a great topic of conversation. has an excellent video that outlines the use of the Resilience Doughnut and you can then create your own personal account and use this tool.

Jackie Duncan
Assistant Principal Dean of Students

When Grief Touches a School

This term has been a difficult term where the loss of loved ones has touched the school community throughout the term. Below is an excerpt  from the article When Bereavement Touches a School by Melinda Phillips from Good Grief, that outlines ways that we can continue to support the young women at home and at school.

Schools are unique and vital communities within suburbs, towns, and cities across Australia. Like all communities, relationships in schools are woven together with complex connections at a range of levels – between students, students and teachers, teachers and executive staff, teachers and families.

Death touches all communities and schools are not immune. It is estimated that one in thirty school-aged students will experience the death of a parent or sibling during their childhood, and this does not take into account the deaths of friends (who may also be students of the school) and extended family, and the family and friends of staff. The privileged place that school communities play in many peoples’ lives (as students, workers, supporters and leaders) means that bereavement requires a thoughtful, informed and timely response from school staff and school leadership teams. This brief article will touch on what students may need and want from their school community at this difficult time.

Every child and every family is unique and will experience their loss and grief in their own way.

Supporting young people (13 – 17 years)

Teenagers may experience grief similar to the other adults in their family at some stages, and present much more like a child at other times. Teenagers are constructing their identity and bereavement can shake the fundamentals of this process, leading them to question even more who they are and what their place in the world is. Young people may experience intense, private grief, share the experience with their close friends, or do both. They may be more likely to engage in risk-taking behaviours if they feel they aren’t managing the grief experience.

Supporting young people may include:

  • teaching the young person about grief and emotions to build their understanding of what they are experiencing
  • allowing for some regression in behaviours and managing expectations around this
  • answering questions honestly
  • supporting the young person to express and cope with their emotions
  • allowing for choice and participation in decision making wherever possible
  • providing flexibility around homework and assignments where possible
  • encouraging the young person to access additional support (from friends, in school support and online eg reachout, eheadspace.)

Students need to feel safe, supported and have some opportunity to learn about what is happening to them when they return to school.

Change and loss are a normal part of life, and by planning for and engaging with students, their families, and staff when bereavement occurs school leaders are giving their communities a chance to feel safe and supported at a very challenging and often overwhelming time.

Melinda Phillips

Berenice Tanner
College Counsellor

The Merit Award Program

Congratulations to the students who have received enough merits to achieve either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Merit.

Merits are awarded for achievement in any of the following categories:

  • School Service
  • Effort
  • Academic
  • Extra Curricular
  • Christian Commitment

Merits also go towards the House Cup with 10 merits equating to 10 House points, 50 merits equating to 20 House points and 150 merits equating to 50 House Points.

Merit Report

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College News

Future Problem Solving – World Champions

The College is thrilled to announce that our Year 10 Community Problem Solvers are World Champions!  The girls have been competing at the International Future Problem Championships in Iowa, USA. The Team placed first in Community Problem Solving - Middle Division.

Their project 'Mind Your Language' focused on educating the College and wider community about the language used by politicians and the media to describe, and often demonise, asylum seekers. The girls’ hard work has attracted the attention of media and UNICEF who have featured them in one of their educational videos.

Congratulations to the following girls who are members of the award winning Year 10 Community Problem Solving Team: Rebecca Day, Amelia Dunkerley, Mackensie Eddington, Anthea Jones, Audrey McLachlan, Lucy Sheppard, Isabella Steen, Sarah Tan and Emma Tolhurst.  A special mention also must go to the team’s supportive coach – Ms Nina Selvaggi (Head of the MSB History Faculty) as well as Mrs Elizabeth Dirckze and Mrs Gail Davey who also accompanied the girls on their trip.

The Team sent through this report just after their win:

The MSB FPS team boarded a plane to America in the early morning hours of 7 June. 37 hours later, after connecting flights and delays, we arrived at the tiny airport of Dubuque, Iowa and met the families who were hosting us for the next three days. We all did a variety of things including shopping, hiking, seeing farms, cruising on the Mississippi River, touring high schools and eating. We learned a lot about daily American life and had an unforgettable time with the amazing people who opened their homes to us.

We then caught a bus to Iowa State University in Ames last Wednesday to begin the competition. We stayed in dorm rooms and had fun exploring the university campus until Friday, which was crunch time. Our stand was completed on Thursday and helped us during our interview early on Friday morning.

We then spent two hours of hard-core talking about our project at the CmPS Fair. On Saturday evening we attended the Championship Social, which was a great chance to interact with our fellow FPS attendees and see some international talent at the Variety Show.

Sunday saw us rise early to attend the Closing Ceremony of the competition and hear the results of the week. We sat nervously and were ecstatic to hear our team called onto stage to receive the first place award for the Middle Division Community Problem Solving category. After many photos and hugs, we boarded a bus for the airport and caught our flight to Chicago, a huge trophy now a part of our luggage!

We have enjoyed our time in Chicago including visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, shops on the Magnificent Mile, as well as watching the sunset over the skyline at the John Hancock Centre. Some of our plans changed due to the torrential rain and flash flood warnings that developed, so we had dinner while watching the American ice hockey grand-final. The next stage of our trip will take place in San Francisco, and then we head home!

This trip has been an unforgettable opportunity and we have had such amazing experiences! A huge thank you to Ms Selvaggi, Mrs Dirckze and Mrs Davey who travelled with us for almost two weeks and to everyone who supported us in our competition work.

Amelia Dunkerley and the Year 10 Future Problem Solvers


The 2015 MSB College Production of Hairspray was performed last week with 1800 people in the audience over the three nights.

The process for selecting which musical would be the best option for our 2015 production began in 2014 for the CAPA Department. Past musicals have been Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, Annie, Sweet Charity and Grease. Our selection of Hairspray was because it is a fun musical with a meaningful message about acceptance of self and others, ‘not judging books by their covers’. It has also recently been made into a film, so we knew it would be known by the majority of the College.

The auditions started in Term Four with approximately 200 students auditioning for lead and chorus roles which confirmed that our selection of Hairspray was a popular one amongst the students at the College. Our cast was announced towards the end of term giving the leads an opportunity to learn their lines over the Christmas holidays. There were 115 in the performing cast and another 80 students involved in technical roles, stage crew, costume sewers, hair and makeup artists, set and props creators, rehearsal photographers, ushers and program sellers.

Our Thursday afternoon rehearsals began in the first week back of Term One this year and we quickly welcomed some of our new Year 7’s to the chorus cast. Our chorus was split into three groups so our rehearsals rotated with groups either singing, learning choreography or blocking scenes. Leads would also rehearse scenes or have singing rehearsals during lunchtimes. In Term Two we also rehearsed on Sundays and piece by piece the show came together.

This show is fast paced and the transitions between scenes needed to flow smoothly to get so many cast on and off the stage. It was wonderful to have the addition of all the projection and live shots of the Corny Collins Show to aid the scenes on stage.

The dedication and effort put in by everyone involved was testament to their passion for this production. It really is a collaborative event particularly in the weeks before the performance with other staff joining our cast and technical crew or working as change room supervisors and front of house team.

It was wonderful to see so many ex-students and former MSB musical cast members each night sharing stories of past productions and meeting up with staff and students. We have received so many positive comments from the students, parents, staff and wider community. This has been a wonderful success that we know will live in the students’ memories forever.

Well done and CONGRATULATIONS HAIRSPRAY Cast, Crew and staff. You should all be VERY proud of your amazing achievements.


Gabrielle Keats (Director and Acting Head of Creative and Performing Arts)

MSB Concert Band Performance

Congratulations to the MSB Concert Band who performed in the Sydney Eisteddfod at the Concourse at Chatswood on Tuesday 2 June, in Section 296, Secondary Schools Intermediate Concert Band.

There were many schools present who have a tradition of competing in this category. Our girls performed to a high standard and certainly let the schools present know that we were now a music group who were capable of being part of the competition. The girls provided the audience with an enthusiastic program of three pieces, Bryce Canyon Overture, The Final Countdown and Palladio.

The students performed to their best and everyone including the students, parents and staff who attended were extremely pleased with the performance and standard that the girls displayed on the evening. The adjudicators passed on positive comments about the girls performance and we look forward to the opportunity to perform at more events like this in the future

Last Tuesday, the concert band performed in the Sydney Eisteddfod at the Concourse Chatswood. As it was the first time we had ever participated in an Eisteddfod, we were all nervous and excited. Being one of the last to perform, we were given the opportunity to watch some of the other more experienced bands perform which both astounded and intimidated us. After a long wait we were given a quick warm up before we took the stage to perform ‘Bryce Canyon Overture’, ‘Final Countdown’, and ‘Palladio’. Although the performance went quickly we came away feeling pretty confident with our performance.

Even though we didn’t place in the top three, the adjudicators commended the band on our performance and stated that we were close to a highly commended with a score of 80. Overall this opportunity has been very enriching and an experience we will always remember. We are proud of the way we played and look forward to having more opportunities like this in the future.

Lucy Hatcher and Kate Bradshaw

Peter Watters
Head of Department

Thank you

to the Parents and Friends Association

The graduating class of 2015 and student body of Mount St Benedict College would like to thank the Parents and Friends Association for their generous donation towards MSB Day. Their contribution funded the petting zoo, which the community had enormous fun with! As students got close to the animals they were so excited to see them and had so much fun holding and petting the animals. A favourite was the ducklings and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time. We would like to thank the P&F for allowing us to enjoy this and for the great work they have done for us throughout the year.

to the Ex-students Association

The students at the College would like to extend their thanks to the Ex-students Association (MSBESA) for their donation towards MSB Day. The contribution was much appreciated and enjoyed by the community as it supplied the Silent Disco, a student favourite. We would like to thank MSBESA for allowing us to enjoy this.

Marion Zammit
House Coordinator

From the Fees Desk

Current fees statements have been posted to all families this week. Building Fund Tax receipts will be posted after Tuesday 30 June.

Term Three instalments are due Friday 31 July 2015. If the College has a Direct Debit authority for term payments, they will be deducted on this date.

If you have any queries regarding your fees account, please contact Mrs Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

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P & F News

Save the Date - P&F Golf Day

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Class of 1985 - 30 Year Reunion

Registration for the Class of 1985 is now open.

Please go to the bennies connect page to register.

Michelle Blackman

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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.

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Two


NSW CCC KO Game - Thomas Thompson
Tuesday 23 June
MSB OPEN Representative team

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Three


NSW BBSSSA Championships
Wednesday 15 July (B/Up Tuesday 21 July)
MSB Representative teams (4)

NSW CCC Championships
Tuesday 18 August


NSW All Schools Championships
Friday 17 July
NSW CCC team


NSW All Schools Championships
Friday 24 - Sunday 26 July
NSW CCC U15 and OPEN teams


NSW BBSSSA Championships
Tuessday 11 August
MSB Representative team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS KO Championships
Thursday 20 August
MSB Representative KO team

NSW CCC Championships
Friday 11 September


NSW CCC Championships - Y9/10
Monday 24 - Tuesday 25 August
MSB Representative team


NSW BBSSSA Championships
Friday 4 September
MSB Representative team

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website. I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Please remember that these are trials for State teams and as such students must be very experienced for their nomination to be approved.

Representative Sports Trials and Training

Representative Sports Trials and Training - Week One

Thursday 17 July

U13 and U15 Soccer


L Purcell / Mr Campbell

Friday 17 July

OPEN Soccer


Mr Hume

NSW CCC Cross Country

Our ten girls completed tremendously with four progressing through to the NSW All Schools Championships early next term. Congratulations to Alicia John (U13), Jemma Gallagher (U14), Capri Vidler (U15) and Elly Gallagher (U16).

Year 9/10 - All Schools Touch Championships

Last Friday our Year 9/10 Touch Football team competed in the NSW Touch All Schools State Championships at Penrith. There were 44 girls schools competing in this event. At the end of the pool round games, we progressed through to the Quarter Finals having only conceded one touchdown. However in a close Finals match, resulting in a very exciting and somewhat controversial finish, our team unfortunately were defeated 2 - 1. Congratulations to Dana, Tammy, Charlie, Georgia E, Whitney, Courtney, Kassidy, Shannyn, Georgia D, Maddi, Lindsay, Sonja and Brianna on their outstanding play throughout the day. The girls played with dedication and determination to the end. This was a great team performance, the girls represented MSB proudly and are an exciting team to watch.

Special thanks to Mrs Hickey for giving of her time to coach the team after school and on the day.

Thanks also to our wonderful team parents who assisted and supported at the Carnival.

NSW CCC Touch Championships

Port Macquarie always seems to produce wet weather for Touch Championships and this week was no exception (see muddy photo below). Six MSB students were members of the U15 and Open Broken Bay teams that finished as runners up at the NSW CCC Championships.

Congratulations to Capri Vidler and Shannyn Bissett both from Year 9 who were selected in the U15 NSW All Schools team that will compete at the NSW All Schools Championships at the end of July.

1. Abi, Julia, Capri, Shannyn, Tammy (Absent Georgia)
2. Georgia in action

Good Luck

Our Open Representative Soccer Team will compete in the second round of the NSW CCC KO Competition next Tuesday at 11.30am vs St Peters Maitland. Spectators are most welcome!

Good luck to the four MSB Representative Netball teams that will compete at the BBSSSA Championships in Week One of Term Three and to all our students representing their associations at the upcoming State Age Netball Championships.

EOI for Junior National Handball Championships

NSWHA are seeking expressions of interest from players keen to represent NSW in the U18 (born 1997 or later) and U21 (born 1994 or later) teams at the Junior National Championships to be held in Brisbane, Queensland on July 31 to August 2, 2015.

Interested players should forward their expression of interest in the form of a completed registration form to this email address ( ) no later than June 22, 2015 for us to determine the viability of sending teams interstate. On this date, players will be notified of trial details if the teams will be entered to compete at Nationals; the teams will then be selected before June 28.

The cost of this campaign has been estimated at $600-$700 including training costs, flights, accommodation, tournament entry, registration and players' jerseys. Full payment must be made into the NSWHA account by COB June 28, 2015. Bank details will be supplied in due course.

Travel to Brisbane will be on the Thursday evening (30/7) or Friday morning (31/7), dependent on confirmation of accommodation bookings and return travel to Sydney will be no later than Sunday evening (2/8).

If anyone is in a position to provide sponsorship for this campaign, please contact Scott Fearnside ( ).

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

Catherine Cox Netball Clinic

Thank you to all our netballers who supported the Coaching Clinic delivered by Catherine Cox, ex-captain of the NSW Swifts. We had 37 girls attend on Monday night to receive tips and tricks from one of the best in the sport. Judging from the smiles, laughter and noise from the court, I would say that everyone enjoyed themselves and learnt a few things along the way.

'Thank you Catherine for mentoring and running real Olympic drills with us. We will take a lot of what we learnt today onto the court. Hope to see you again at the next netball clinic!' Madison McMahon, Year 9

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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 13 July






Pupil Free Day

Karen Benco

Susan Bell

Karen Khoury

Josephine Vaggis

Charlene Worne

Rachael Taylor

Carmen Galluzzo

Lisa Young

Sarah Cusack

Jeonghwa Jang

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

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Community Notices

NorthConnex Update

NorthConnex is a nine kilometre tunnel that will link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills.

The NorthConnex Project Team have advised that in preparation for the site establishment of the compound in Wilson Road, Pennant Hills they are removing the existing buildings and structures on parts of Wilson Rd, Pennant Hills Rd and Killaloe Ave in June and July.

Parents who drop off their daughters in Wilson Road please note: Disruption to access, on-street parking and traffic around the site may occur.

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Mount St Benedict College
449C Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills NSW 2120

Phone:  02 9980 0444
02 9484 4911

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