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20 March 2015

From the Principal

I want to congratulate all those students in Years 7 to 9 who attended camps this week. The students entered into the activities offered to them, challenging themselves, sometimes overcoming fears, demonstrating their resilience and learning through all the experiences. It is always good to hear the girls talking on their return, many of them feeling pleased to have been able to achieve things they might previously have thought beyond them. Our Year 9 students had the opportunity to begin thinking about the roles they can play in offering leadership in the College and I look forward to seeing the fruits of their conversations.

Year 10 students who attended Retreats had the opportunity to reflect on the many choices they face in their lives - very timely for the girls as they consider the many opportunities and options which are available to them. Students who attended Community Outreach were commended by the organisations in which they assisted. It is great to know the girls enter into these activities with enthusiasm, compassion and commitment.

All the activities which have been taking place, including the provision of an alternate program for Year 11 and Year 12 examinations, have required additional commitment from staff. The logistics involved for many staff in taking three days away from home are complex and of course when they arrive home their family commitments await them. I congratulate and thank our staff for their generosity - I am sure parents and students alike appreciate your efforts to give the girls the best possible opportunities in their growth and development.

Positive Education Parent Forum Monday 27 April

Over the past twelve months staff have been learning about an approach called Positive Education, which has now been introduced to students in Years 7 and 8.  On Monday 27 April Lyn Worsley from The Resilience Centre at Epping will be presenting to parents of Years 7 and 8, to explain the approach to them. It involves helping students to understand their strengths and use them to achieve their goals, to overcome challenges and to deal with the issues they face in their lives.

There have been recent reports in the media about the NSW Government’s call for students to be in attendance at school during school term.  Principals are encouraged not to grant leave for holidays during term time. This is creating issues for some parents. Under only the most exceptional of circumstances should leave be granted. This is a government directive.

Dear God, we pray that we may have cheerful hearts.
and that others will be drawn to our positive attitudes.
We know that you have created us to find joy and laughter
in the different stages and experiences of life.
We pray, daily, that our cheerful hearts will lift us up
and bring joy to those around us.
In Jesus Christ's name… Amen

(Adapted from

Maria Pearson

Mission News

This week began with the terrible news of the devastation that has occurred on the Pacific Island of Vanuatu through the destructive force of tropical cyclone Pam. News reports have claimed this was one of the strongest tropical cyclones to affect the Pacific. Vanuatu lies to the East of the North Queensland coast roughly in between Papua New Guinea to the North West and Fiji to its South East. The French speaking Melanesian population of Vanuatu are relatively poor, like many of their Pacific neighbours and the effect of the cyclone was felt more severely due to a lack of infrastructure and facilities prepared to deal with such a disaster.

The communities in Vanuatu are among those who benefit from the work of Caritas Australia through Project Compassion. During our Caritas week some of our students ran workshops focusing on Caritas projects in Vanuatu. At this time of crisis Caritas works closely with the local communities and other agencies to ensure the speediest and most effective response to the situation. Caritas Australia Pacific Programs Manager, Stephanie Lalor has been quoted as saying that Caritas is liaising with its partners, staff and Church networks to assess the damage and prepare to respond. On Sunday she said “We are concerned at the intensity of Cyclone Pam and are waiting assessments of the damage and impact”. Ms Lalor also noted that “The Church has a valuable role to play in responding to disasters like this one which often impact vulnerable communities the most. That’s why the ongoing work in the region to support communities to reduce the risk of natural disasters such as Cyclone Pam is so important”.

Further information about the Caritas response to Cyclone Pam can be found at At MSB we will continue our work in support of Project Compassion throughout the remaining weeks of the Season of Lent and we encourage our students and their families to give generously in support of the work of Caritas.

This week and next week students in Year 10 will be taking part in their Community Outreach program as well as their Retreat. Half the group have been on Outreach this week with the rest of the group involved in Retreat. Next week the two groups swap over.

Students currently in Year 10 are invited to think about taking part in World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016. Bishop Peter has issued a special invitation to Year 10 students in the Diocese to join him in pilgrimage. World Youth Day takes place from 25 July – 1 August 2016. In conjunction with the central experience of World Youth Day the Diocese is organising three pilgrimages: Krakow via Holy Land (Journey to the Holy Land), Krakow via Italy (Journey through Italy) and  Krakow via Greece (Journey of Saint Paul’s Journey). The full experience of the pilgrimage with the Diocese of Broken Bay runs from 13 July until 5 August 2016. Those wishing to take part are asked to register their interest by Friday 8 May 2015.

On Friday 27 May the Diocese is holding an official launch of the World Youth Day pilgrimage at the Light of Christ Centre, Yardley Ave, Waitara from 5.30pm - 9.00pm. This launch will give everyone a small taste of the WYD experience as well as the Polish culture that will be encountered on the journey. Anyone interested in attending World Youth Day 2016 or simply finding out more is encouraged to attend.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

Junior Dance Ensemble Auditions

I am pleased to announce that the Junior Dance Ensemble (Years 7 and 8) will commence in Term Two and auditions will take place at the end of Term One.

The Junior Dance Ensemble will cover a range of styles including Lyrical, Jazz and Contemporary (with some influence from a range of other styles).

The class will be focused on developing dance technique and in addition, students will learn routines to be performed at events within and outside of school.

Please note: If students are successful, the class will be taking place every Thursday morning from 7.30am - 8.30am. Hence, to audition, students MUST be able to commit to this time throughout the year.

If this is an ensemble that your daughter may be interested in being a part of, auditions will be held on Thursday 26 March from 7.30am - 8.30am (Week 9A). You should arrive no later than 7.20am on the day. The audition will take place at the back of the Hall.

To audition, students MUST sign up. To sign up, students are to put their name down on the list that is on the Dance Studio door .

Students are to wear appropriate dance wear e.g. tights/leggings/shorts with a leotard or tight fitted top. They may have bare feet or wear foot thongs, Ballet or Jazz shoes.

Please also bring a water bottle.

The audition will consist of a warm-up, learning a few short phrases of movement as well as an extended sequence which students will learn together and then perform in smaller groups.

This is a fantastic opportunity and I look forward to seeing many students at the audition.

If you have any questions, please ask or send me an email.

Jacqueline Saunders

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College News

Positive Education Seminar

Positive Education is a strengths based approach that allows students to recognise and utilise their strengths in meeting challenges. It allows individuals to become independent and self-directed in utilising areas within their life to enable them to flourish. The teaching of these strategies within a supportive educational setting allows the students to embrace and develop their strengths, providing skills they will utilise throughout their lives.

One aspect of Positive Education within the College is the use of The Resilience Doughnut developed by Lyn Worsley, a clinical psychologist who has been working with the College on Positive Education.

Year 7 and 8 parents are invited to a presentation on Monday 27 April at 7.00pm in the College Hall. After a discussion about Positive Education and skills that your daughters have been taught, Lyn will facilitate a workshop on the use of the Resilience Doughnut.

Working together offers the optimum opportunity for the development and support of your daughter. To allow for planned seating arrangements, parents will be emailed an invitation early next week and we request you register for the event so we are aware of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you on the night and working together.

Jackie Duncan
Assistant Principal Dean of Students

Year 11 Drama Production - Running Up a Dress

Year 11 Drama present the Australian Contemporary play Running Up A Dress by Suzanne Spunner.

The play is mostly concerned with the concept of identity as it is shaped by gender and, in particular, issues relating to women and their roles as mothers and daughters. In the play, the role of women constantly changes as they experience the rituals, duties, actions and activities that intertwine between mothers and daughters. The very act of 'running up a dress' becomes an extended metaphor throughout the play as mothers and daughters weave their way through the many trials, tribulations and moments of joy associated with being either a mother-to-be, a new mother, a daughter and a grandmother.

Thursday 26 March or Friday 27 March
at 7.00pm
Drama Room

Book your Running Up a Dress tickets now.

We look forward to seeing you at a performance.

Mrs Lisa Stevens and Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Drama Teachers

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Lost Property

All unnamed lost property items will be on display outside the Student Services door for the last week of term. Any item that is left at the end of the week will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

All named items are held at Student Services.

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.

BROKEN BAY Website: There is a new BBSSSA site under construction - we will advise when it is 'live'

NSW CCC Website:

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term One


BBSSSA Championships - SOPAC
Monday 23 March
MSB Representative Team

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Two


MSB Athletics Carnival - HOMEBUSH
Wednesday 3 June


BROKEN BAY Y7/8 & Y9/10 - Terrigal
Thursday 7 May
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative Team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25 May
Self nominated students


MSB Carnival
Tuesday 21 April

BBSSSA Championships - St Ives
Wednesday 29 April
MSB Representative Team

NSW CCC Championships - Eastern Creek
Friday 12 June
BBSSSA Representative Team


NSW CCC 15s Selections
Tuesday 5 May
Self nominated students

NSW CCC OPEN Selections
Wednesday 6 May
Self nominated students

NSW ALL SCHOOLS 15 Selections
Friday 29 May


Broken Bay OPEN Championships - Manly Vale
Monday 11 May (Friday 15 May B/Up Date)
MSB Senior Representative team

NSW CCC Selections
Monday 25/Tuesday 26 May

Monday 15/Tuesday 16 June

Broken Bay U13 & U15 Championships - Manly Vale
Thursday 18 June
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative team


NSW CCC Swiming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 4 May

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Swiming/Diving Championships - Homebush
Monday 18 May


NSW CCC Championships - Port Macquarie
Tuesday 16 June (Friday 19 June B/Up Date)

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.

Closing dates for the following sports are approaching - Diving (Closes 30 March), AFL (Closes 23 April), Volleyball (Closes 24 April), Netball U15 and Opens (Closes 1 May). 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 Next Week

Wed 25 Mar


Trial (Surnames A-M)

Mrs Grant

Thu 26 Mar


Trial (Surnames N-Z)

Mrs Grant

Junior Broken Bay Touch Championships

Back Row L - R
Olivia-Rose Tarantolo, Holly Turner, Faith, Bianca Raad, Sophie Williams, Grace Michie
Chelsea McGregor, Sophie Hayman, Madison Lever, Jessica Barr, Olivia McKenzie, Ashley Purcell

Our Junior Touch girls competed on Tuesday, some representing MSB for the very first time. After a shaky start they won their way through to the Final with lots of parental support, bringing home more silver medals for the College. Thanks to Year 9 students Capri Vidler, Renee Khamis and Julia Zubak for refereeing throughout the day and to Mrs McGregor and Mrs Lewis for assisting with supervision.

Congratulations also to Year 11 student Brittany Haskins who was involved in the entire selection, training and coaching program - here is her report on the day:

After a rough start the girls lost their first game 4-1 against Mater Maria. After this, the girls lifted their heads and powered through the day, finishing second in their pool. Maintaining a positive attitude after a win in the Quarter Finals, the girls then advanced to the Semi Finals against Stella Maris who had finished first in the opposite pool and showed what they were truly capable of winning 3-1 to progress through to the Final.

This ironically was the team that they had lost to in the first round and was a chance to show how much they had improved. Although they lost 2-1 it was an exciting game that I'm sure they will always remember.

Brittany Haskins, Year 11

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

MSB Netball Club

Request for Additional Players and Coaches

We are finalising teams for the 2015 netball year and we urgently need three additional players to join our 14s team and three additional players to join our 15s team. Netball is a great team sport and no previous experience is necessary. Reach out to your friends and classmates and encourage them to join in the fun of MSB Netball. MSB Netball Registration forms should be sent to by Wednesday 25 March.

Attention all 15s players - Second Round Grading

Attention all 15s players who have already registered. We need all 15s players to attend a second round grading day on Thursday 26 March from 4.00pm - 5.30pm at Pennant Hills Park. It is important that you attend to ensure you are placed within the right team and grade according to your skill level. Please come wearing your school sport uniform or your netball uniform, and be sure to bring a drink bottle.

Cath Cox Coaching Clinic

All Netballers are invited to attend a special coaching clinic with Catherine Cox on Monday 20 April. Cath has played for the Australian National Team in over 100 test matches, winning the Australian championships of 2004, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 she was captain of the NSW Swifts. Now in 2015 you can be part of a small group of MSB Netballers to receive her personal tuition and coaching.

The Clinic will be held on Monday 20 April at Pennant Hills Park from 4.00pm - 6.00pm. Cost is $30 per person and must be paid in advance (cash only). Please complete the Cathy Cox Coaching Clinic Registration form and forward the form and monies to Student Services in a clearly marked envelope "MSB Netball - Cathy Cox Clinic". Payments must be received before the school holidays (Wed 1 April). All participants will receive a small goody bag. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.

Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

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University of Technology Sydney

UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney. One of Australia’s leading universities of technology, UTS has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for engagement with industry and the professions.

UTS offers over 130 undergraduate and 210 postgraduate courses across traditional and emerging disciplines such as architecture, built environment, business, communication, design, education, engineering, information technology, international studies, law, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy and science.

In line with the UTS model of global practice-oriented learning, many of our students undertake professional practice during their degree. As part of their degree program, students also have the opportunity to study at one of more than 185 universities in about 40 countries with which UTS has exchange agreements.

Future Students

Advice for parents

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Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

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Beyond Bennies Assembly


Wednesday 29 April




College Hall


Jane Huxley - MD of Pandora and Megan Mullins former RAAF - Ex-Clk 2 (Both Class of 1985)

Details on each speaker will be available soon on the College website. Alumni can read on Bennies Connect


Monday 20 April
(Registration for Parents will be available on the College Website soon.)

Michelle Blackman

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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 23 March






Lanie Fabian

Sharon Bradford

Kym Lamb

Katie Breatnach

Eunjin Susanna Park

Pipina Varkas

Trish D'Amico

Teena Vicaretti


Sonya Zeater

Rose Lichaa

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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