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21 Mar 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

Wednesday morning saw the courtyards filled with excited girls and staff ready to embark on camps and retreat. The weather was beautiful and there was much anticipation of what the next three days would bring. Of course Years 8 and 9 students knew a little of what to expect but Year 7 were not sure - there were plenty of quite big bags filled with the "essentials" - some of the bags were as big as you would expect for two weeks away. Year 10 on the other hand were preparing for their first overnight Retreat and I know many of them had heard reports from older students about the retreat experience, and were looking forward to the three days. Staff, of course, enjoy the time away with the girls but it requires them to make alternative arrangements with their own families and I am very grateful to them for the efforts they go to, to ensure our girls have the opportunity for these valuable experiences. I look forward to hearing stories of the camps and retreat and I hope that parents are able to talk to their daughters about the highlights of the days, their achievements and challenges.

Year 12 students have commenced their half-yearly examinations. It is surprising to realise that the girls are already so far along the way on the Year 12 journey, one which holds its challenges for parents and families, as well as the girls. I am confident that the girls have been preparing well for these challenges but encourage them to seek support at the College. We have many structures in place and people available to provide support, and parents are always welcome to make contact if they have any concerns.

Next Monday evening, 24 March, all Year 10 students are asked to attend the Information Evening regarding subject selection for 2015. Students should be accompanied by a parent. This will begin the process which enables and assists students in making sound decisions regarding patterns of study for Years 11 and 12.

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sr Helen Foley who was Principal of Mount St Benedict from 1982 until 1986. Sr Helen had a passion for education and was still very active in the Good Samaritan Education community. Whenever I met Sr Helen she spoke fondly of her days at Bennies and showed great interest in what was happening here. She was always quick to congratulate the College on successes and was especially interested in students' academic progress and their involvement in social justice and outreach initiatives. Sr Helen will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her and had the pleasure of working with her.

Loving God, be with us in this time of sadness as we share the loss of Sr Helen.

We thank you for her life of ministry and service to others.

Welcome Sr Helen into eternal life with you and to the joy and peace of your presence.

We pray that we'll continue to make good use of Sr Helen's legacy here at Mount St Benedict

and we pray that you will comfort and strengthen all those who are grieving at this time.

Hear our prayers as we pray now - through Christ our Lord.


Mrs Maria Pearson

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Mrs Narelle McClure


Term Dates 2014

Term One


Term concludes Friday 11 April

Term Two


Tuesday 29 April - Friday 20 June

Term Three


Tuesday 15 July - Friday 19 September

Term Four


Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December

Mission News

This week has been one of the more unusual weeks of the year. After the busyness of life over the last couple of weeks the College grounds have been much quieter this week, especially in the latter part of the week with four year groups on camps and retreats, Year 12 completing assessment tasks and Year 11 taking part in an alternative program of activities.

The change in pace provides an opportunity to reflect a little bit on some of the things that are going on around us. A good place to start is with the Gospel reading from last Sunday's liturgy. The reading for this Second Sunday of Lent is the story of the transfiguration of Jesus and of course this year we listened to Matthew's account of this event. The story raises significant questions about how we understand ourselves, how we understand God's revelation in Jesus, how we understand our mission or purpose as followers of Jesus and how we understand our role in the Church and the Church's role in our world.

Many of these questions come not only from the Gospel story but also from our own experience and our reflection on the realities we face in our modern world. One of the realities that we can reflect on is that many of our students and their parents do not have any regular connection with their local Parish community. We also live with the reality that some in our churches have behaved in an appalling way in their dealings with vulnerable people and this reality has rightly scandalised many people.

These realities lead to important questions about our Church, our identity as a Catholic School and the relationship between members of our College Community and their local churches. In this week's edition of the Good Samaritan Sisters journal The Good Oil Sr Patty Falkner writes about some of these issues in an article entitled I Believe in One Wholely Catholic Church. She writes "Jesus makes whole by including the outsider, by gathering the scattered and by giving the diminished the means to flourish. If ever there is a choice between the need of the human person and the demands of religious legalism, Jesus always chooses the human person and calls his followers to do the same. Jesus' inclusive, self-giving love is utterly catholic".

In a reflection on the Gospel story of the transfiguration of Jesus, Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister writes: "In a gospel apparently about the mystical dimension of religion, there is a troubling, teeming undercurrent of turmoil, a struggle between piety and real Christianity, a struggle between religion for real and religion for show".

One thing that is immediately clear in our work with young people is that they seek authenticity and strongly reject any pretence. It is important for us, therefore, to work purposefully and carefully to ensure that there is a consistency between our words and our actions and that our call to follow the Gospel is reflected in a strong, consistent and active commitment.

If you would like to read Sr Patty Falkner's article in "The Good Oil" you can access it at:

Sr Joan Chittister's reflections on the story of the transfiguration can be read at the following link:

Next week there will be a public gathering at the Sydney Town Hall sponsored by the Sydney Alliance. The Sydney Alliance is a movement of community organisations working together to contribute to the common good in our society. They work together on a range of issues including public transport, affordable housing and meaningful employment opportunities. There are forty nine partner organisations that make up the Sydney Alliance. The Sisters of the Good Samaritan are one of these organisations. The Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay is also a member of the Sydney Alliance. Those belonging to member organisations are welcome to attend the gathering next week which will be held at the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 26 March from 7.00pm - 8.30pm. Members of the Mount St Benedict community are welcome to attend as part of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan group, however, prior registration is necessary. Entry is free and registration can be made through:

Also next week, and continuing through the month of March is an unusual film festival being held at Event Cinemas. The festival is called The Big Picture and involves the screening of a range of themes with a strong focus on justice and community issues. Many of the films also include discussions with significant community figures afterwards. Further information can be found at:

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Information Evening

Monday 24 March
in the College Hall

The Evening will address three key areas:

  • Building a context for Year 10 including research findings in girls education, outline of Mission activities and academic care and how it relates to your daughter now and in the senior years
  • Important Curriculum practices and procedures including study skills and assessment procedures
  • Subject Selection Process Year 11 2015 including courses offered for 2015 and an explanation of the scaling process and the relationship between HSC and internal assessment marks.

I look forward to seeing you and your daughter on this important evening.

Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews

4.00pm - 7.00pm
Thursday 27 March - Year 7 base classes 1 - 4
Wednesday 2 April - Year 7 base classes 5 - 9
in the College Hall

The Year 7 Parent Teacher Interviews will be conducted over two nights this year. Year 7 base classes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be held on Thursday 27 March and Year 7 base classes 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will be held on Wednesday 2 April.

Please check with your daughter which class she is in and book accordingly. Please note that you and your daughter are required to attend on the correct evening as per your daughter's allocated class.

You will receive an email with your username, password and instructions on how to make a booking. Once you have logged in, you will be able to book your interviews. You will also see whether your daughter's teacher has requested an interview.

Students are to attend in school uniform with their parent/s.

Please contact the College if you are experiencing difficulties or would like further clarification.

Thursday 27 March - Year 7 base classes 1 - 4

The online booking system opened on Monday 17 March and will close at midday on Wednesday 26 March.

Book your interviews now.

Wednesday 2 April - Year 7 base classes 5 - 9

The online booking system opened on Thursday 19 March and will close at midday on Tuesday 1 April.

Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews

4.00pm - 7.00pm
in the College Hall
Wednesday 9 April

You will receive an email with your username, password and instructions on how to make a booking. The online booking system will open at midday on Wednesday 26 March and will close at midday on Tuesday 8 April.

Once you have logged in, you will be able to book your interviews. You will also see whether your daughter's teacher has requested an interview.

Students are to attend in school uniform with their parent/s.

Please contact the College if you are experiencing difficulties or would like further clarification.

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

College News

Student Alliance Networking Group

Two weeks ago, we visited Santa Sabina College Strathfield to take part in the first meeting of the Student Networking Alliance, a subsidiary of The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. We were amongst 63 other young women, from twelve girl's Colleges around Sydney. Some participants represented Abbotsleigh (Wahroonga), Loreto Normanhurst, Domremy College (Five Dock), Our Lady of Mercy College (Parramatta), Roseville College (Roseville) and Wenona (North Sydney).

This is the first year of the networking group where students come together once a term. We had the opportunity to get to know others from a range of Colleges and will continue to engage with each other about issues and concerns facing young women today.

In the first meeting, we learnt about the mission of The Alliance of Girls' Schools, we talked about the qualities of a good leader, what kind of leader we aspire to be and began exploring how to achieve this. We also discussed our ideas about what it means to be a woman at school today and came up with some thoughts about what we would like to address this year at our meetings. We realised from our discussions that we already had some of these qualities but we need to understand how to embrace them and develop them so that we can utilise them in a positive way in all areas of our lives.

The meeting was an extremely enlightening and thought provoking experience for all of us, who greatly enjoyed being able to talk with like-minded girls as equals and were inspired by guest speakers, namely Judith Poole (Headmistress of Abbotsleigh), Dr Maree Herrett (Principal of Santa Sabina College) and the Captains from Santa Sabina College who shared their experiences of attending The Leadership Conference in January 2014.

We know that there will be many great things to come from future collaborations with the other students of the alliance and we are looking forward to the second meeting, which will take place in the beginning of Term Two.

Elizabeth Khoury, Year 9, Grace Klauser and Alexandra Dowd, Year 10, and Emily Bray, Year 11


To parents of Year 12

Year 12 exams finish on Tuesday 1 April. School resumes as normal on Wednesday 2 April.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator

Year 12 Food Technology excursion to the Hunter Valley

On Friday 24 February, the Year 12 Food Technology class, along with Mrs Vellani and Ms Janson, arrived at school at 7.00am to make their way to the brilliant Hunter Valley. A quick bathroom stop along the way led to an inquisitive look around the organic shop Oliver’s where we looked at all the unique products and different packaging.

Hopping back on the bus, we continued on and eventually arrived at Lovedale Smokehouse in the Hunter Valley where Ben, the owner and chef, spoke to us about the running of the smokehouse, the extensive safety measures that are necessary to produce their high quality products, the different cooking processes that different ingredients have to undergo, the packaging of the products and the growth of the business in terms of equipment and products manufactured. With us frantically writing notes as to not miss any of the valuable information, we learnt things such as when smoking salmon, it is in a smokehouse at 21°C, 7.8 metres away from the smoke. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) is used to package the products, and that a large room smoker costs around $700,000.

After we sacrificed ourselves repeatedly to taste testing the products, we headed over to the Hunter Valley Gardens for lunch at a local café, And the Winner is… Oscar. A scrumptious spread of sandwiches, salads and chips were devoured, leaving no room for anything else. We were lucky enough to be spoken to by Josie, the owner of the café, (an ex Hospitality student from Mount St Benedict) about the running of the cafe and were allowed to take a closer look at their storage rooms.

With full bellies, we headed to Adina Vineyard, an olive harvesting and processing farm. A tour of the processing area gave us a first-hand insight into how olive oil is made on a large, commercial scale. Peter, the CEO of Adina, taught us all about the manufacturing process from the olive being shaken off the trees to being pulverised into paste to being produced into excellent olive oil, the difference between table and oil olives, and that not all overseas olive oils are actually olive oil!

Our last, unplanned, stop was a quick visit to the chocolate factory, where we were delighted to find them handing out free samples! The day was an outstanding insight into Australian food manufacturing and processing businesses, as well as the food service and catering industries. The excursion helped to broaden our knowledge on the Australian Food Industry, and of course enlightened us on how the delicious food we consume ends up on our plates.

Rachael Loomes on behalf of Year 12 Food Technology

Year 11 Alternative Studies Program

Whilst Year 12 have been on exams, Year 10 on retreat and Years 7 to 9 on camps, Year 11 have been involved in their own program of alternative studies to support them in the Senior years.

  • Wednesday - Student Leadership Day run by Rising Generations with a focus on "we not me". This Leadership Day would be normally run later in the year but by running in Term One it is hoped the girls will be better prepared for their role as Senior Leaders in the College.
  • Thursday - Following a Maths Assessment task in the morning the girls were involved in four workshops where they received tips from staff of the College and Hornsby Council Library Services to better perform in upcoming assessments and manage the stress of Senior studies through mindfullness and meditation.

  • Friday - Two more assessments started the day for Studies of Religion and English before the girls had an opportunity to choose two extended 90 minute sessions to support their studies and have some time to pursue their interests. Sessions included extended writing responses, creative writing, knitting for Wrap with Love, study and ICT skills, online First Aid studies, time in the Fitness Studio, performing for Drama, working on CAPA and TAS projects, Maths Workshop, a Belonging Masterclass for English and Friday afternoon reading time.

Mrs Sharon McGowan
MYBennies Innovation Leader / IRC Coordinator

Mrs Marion Zammit
Student Leadership Coordinator

Head Lice

There has been a report of head lice at the College. Could all parents be vigilant in checking their daughter's hair.

For further information go to

News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

Dates for your diary

Tickets $10 and will be available next week via the College website.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats

Mrs Lisa Stevens
Drama Teachers

Music Tuition at the College

Lessons have now commenced, however there are still places available if your daughter would like to commence music tuition at the College. Download the following documents and return to Mr Watters if interested.

Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

Download Music - Enrolment Form here

Download Music - Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

From the Studies Coordinator

Essay and Extended Response Skills Workshop - for Years 9 and 10

8.45am - 3.15pm
Wednesday 23 April
in the IRC

Your daughter is invited to attend a holiday workshop on essay writing run by ICS Learning Group.

The aim of this course is to provide a step-by-step approach for students to help them understand the specific requirements for essay writing and other extended response writing. The scope of the course extends from reading and interpreting the question, through to the final draft. The outcome is to maximise marks gained in exams and for assessment essays.

Your daughter has received a letter and permission note about this workshop. This letter contains all the relevant information regarding booking and making payment with ICS Learning. This letter is also available to download from the Permission Notes area on BenniesNet and has been included below for your convenience.

Year 9-10 Essay and Extended Response Skills Workshop.

For further information, please contact ICS Learning Group

Mrs Sharon McGowan
MYBennies Innovation Leader / IRC Coordinator

Mrs Gabrielle Keats
Studies Coordinator

Maths Workshop

The Mathematics Department runs regular help sessions after school on Monday Day 1 and Wednesday Day 8 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm in the IRC Collaborative Space. Students from all years (in any course) who would like some assistance with their Mathematics are most welcome to attend.

Some of the reasons students attend the workshops include: preparation for upcoming assessment tasks, assistance with classwork, or getting some help with homework.

Maths Workshop provides a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where students are able to receive assistance on a more individual basis. They are encouraged to bring along specific examples of concepts they would like to address.

Mrs Denise Hillier
Head of Mathematics

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 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 email

MSB Alumni Memories

If you have fond memories of your time at Bennies, we'd love it if you could please jot these down and email them to If you have photos to go with these memories, please include. The Archives are looking for memories that we can put in a safe place to share with the future MSB Girls.

Hot topics of discussion would be:

  • Food
  • Fads
  • Friends
  • Favourite places to hang in the College.

From Student Services

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'.

If your daughter is attending an appointment please specify the type of appointment. The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so as 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.

Changes to Hillsbus Route 3106 and 3107

Route 3106 will now depart at 7.17am from Bettington Road effective Monday 17 March.
Route 3107 will now depart at 7.54am from Oakhill College effective Monday 17 March.

Lost Property

A reminder to all parents to clearly name all of your daughter's personal possessions. Lost Property is displayed on the table outside Student Services. All UNNAMED items are placed here and your daughter should check regularly for anything she has misplaced. Named items are held at Student Services and students are notified via Daily Notices. Note: All items of value are held at Student Services.

Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students


The MSB Fitness Studio will be open and supervised for use by senior students on Tuesday Day 2 and Thursday Day 9, from 3.20pm - 4.20pm. Following their fitness session, the girls are required to leave school in either their full PDHPE uniform or otherwise change back into their full school uniform to travel home.

Mrs Gill McGregor
Physical Activity Coordinator

Representative Sport

If your daughter has recently achieved outstanding sporting results please send me an email so that the College can share in her success.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


Representative Sports Calendar - Term One



BROKEN BAY Championships
Mon 24 March
MSB Representative Team

Representative Sports Calendar - Term Two



NSW CCC Championships
Tue 29 April
BB Representative Team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Mon 5 May
NSW CCC Representative Team



NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Mon 5 May
NSW CCC Representative Team



NSW CCC U15 Trials
Tue 6 May
(Angela Cloeraine)

Wed 7 May

NSW All SCHOOLS U15 Trials
Tue 24 May
(NSW CCC U15 Team)



BROKEN BAY Championships
Fri 9 May (wet weather Backup Tue 13 May)
MSB OPEN Representative Team

Wed 11 June (wet weather Backup Tue 18 June)
MSB U13, U15 Representative Team

NSW CCC Championships
Mon 26 - Tue 27 May
BB OPEN Representative Team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Mon 16- Tue 17 June
NSW CCC OPEN Representative Team



BROKEN BAY Championships
Fri 16 May
MSB Team

NSW CCC Championships
Fri 16 May
BB Representative Team

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Fri 13 June
NSW CCC Representative Team



NSW CCC Championships
Fri 3 June (wet weather backup Tue 17 June)
K.Noble, B.Duncan, A.Shepherd, S.Bissett



BROKEN BAY Championships
Thu 19 June
MSB Senior Representative Team


NSW CCC Team Notifications

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined in the attached information - please read it carefully.

Closing dates approaching include trials for Diving and U15 (students must be turning 15 in 2014) and Open Netball. These are State level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.

NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest

U13 Representative Touch Team

Our U13 Representative Touch team finished as semi finalists this week at the Broken Bay Championships at Bateau Bay. Due to camps, retreats etc a full report will appear in next week's newsletter.


Broken Bay Championships - Additional Events

Good luck to all of our swimmers who will be competing at the Broken Bay Championships on Monday. The final team list is here for your reference. Students who have been successful with their NSW CCC long distance events have been emailed this week.


2014 Sports Tour

There are now only 22 days until our teams depart for Europe.

Dates for next week -

  • Tuesday 28 March - Training Netball 5 vs 4 Lunchtime (Mrs Rowland and Mrs GIllies)



To Bella Duncan (Y10) who has gained selection into the U16 Sydney Scorpions touch team which will contest the NSWTA Junior Regional Championships at Goulburn during the last weekend of the holidays. Bella was also recently selected into the Broken Bay U15 Team.

To Katie Devitt (Y8) who finished with a gold medal as part of the victorious U16 NSW 4 x 100m sprint relay team

Good Luck

To all MSB athletes competing at State Little Athletics Championships this weekend

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

Co-curricular Sports

MSB Cross Country

The annual Cross Country will be held at the College during Periods Three and Four on Tuesday 6 May.

MSB Netball

Netball teams have been finalised and are available on the College Sports Noticeboard.

Dates for your diary

  • Wed 26 March: Beginner level Umpires Course commences
  • Sat 5 April: Beginners Coaching Clinic
  • Sat 3 May: Winter Competition commences

Barker Touch

Last Friday MSB had three teams playing in the Barker Touch Competition Semi Finals and Grand Finals. Although it is a short season the girls showed great commitment and improvement over the past five weeks. Thank you to all the girls for the wonderful spirit and enthusiasm you display and to the parents for your support of the teams. An enormous thank you to Mr Corocoran, Mr Fellews and Mr Macoustra for coaching the girls.

MSB 1:

Well what a finish to the season!! Although we didn't make the Finals we certainly went out on a high. I think we can all agree that was definitely the best game we have played all season. And to top it off we were awarded with our first try of the year. Congratulations Jess!!

Even players and the coach from the other team made a number of comments after the game about how you guys have improved so much since the first game so you should be very proud of that. The aspect I am most pleased about is the spirit in which you all played every single game. Never once did you give up or become disheartened despite being on the wrong end of the scoreboard. I trust you all had fun and picked up some skills along the way.

My thanks to Greg and Doug for assisting me along the way and to all the parents, thanks for coming to support the team. Enjoy your free Friday afternoon time!!

Justin "Coach" Corcoran

MSB 2:

After some very tough games during the rounds the girls qualified for the Grand Final to play Barker. At full time in the Grand Final the score was locked at 3 - 3, with Charli (2) and Erika (1) scoring for Bennies. The game then went into a drop off where both teams eventually dropped down to only four players each. The drop off time was full of tension and eventually Barker were able to break through the strong Bennnies defence to score the winning try.

Congratulations to all the girls on an outstanding game to top off an excellent season. An exceptional effort by all the girls who have been an absolute pleasure to coach.

Richard Fellew - coach

MSB 3:

Congratulations to the girls on winning the Intermediate Division Grand Final. The girls topped of an enjoyable season with a great performance to defeat Barker 11 - 2 in the Grand Final. Congratulations to Rachael Marren who was announced Player of the Final (as judged by the referees).

The girls were fantastic. Went from complete novices in the first week - where we needed a crash course on the rules as none had really played before, to sensational play in the Grand Final.

Matt Macoustra – coach

PHOTO Front Row: Ella Lehmann, Rachael Marren, Jaime Dunn
Back Row: Coach, Anna Macoustra, Emilia Lilschkis, Imojen Willey, Sasha Savenko, Georgia Sella

Training Sessions

All girls are reminded that they are expected to wear their full PDHPE uniforms to all training sessions, including your cap when training outdoors. Relevant safety gear, as required by your sport, is also required at all training sessions.

Students being picked up from inside the College grounds are permitted to wear their PDHPE uniform home from school after training. Any student who needs to leave the College grounds to make their way home is required to get changed back into her correct school uniform.

Changes and cancellations to training sessions will be posted on the whiteboard outside Student Services. Please check the whiteboard between lunchtime and the end of Period 6 on your training days.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

P & F News

P & F Coming Events


The P&F Executive wishes to advise that the MSB Golf Day advertised for 21 March 2014 is being rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances. The new date will be advertised as soon as it has been secured with the Golf Club. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your patience.

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



Class of 2004 – 10 Year Reunion

Organisers of the Class of 2004 Reunion have started a reunion Facebook page. Join this group at

Class of 1976 – Where are You?

If you were in the Class of '76, Anne Jackson (nee Williams) would like to hear from you. Anne is keen to start discussions on your 40 Year Reunion. This one falls in a significant year, as it is the College's Golden Jubilee Year.

If you are interested in connecting with your peers socially and/or becoming involved in starting the discussion, please email Anne on

2014 MSBESA Dates

2 June
17 June (BEYOND BENNIES 7.15am)
11 August
10 November (AGM)

Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.

Bennies Connect

Register at, log on as a 'first time user', update your details, explore the site, network and stay connected.....


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 here.

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

Place a Canteen order here









Therese Davies

Cathy Smith

Kym Lamb

Angela Hatcher

Lisa Emmett






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 any day please call Melissa **


Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, we certainly could not provide the vast array of healthy nutritious food if it wasn't for our volunteers who give up one day a month to assist. If you would like to volunteer please click here.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open Mondays between 10.00am and 2.00pm and Thursdays between 8.00am and 11.00am.

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager
T: 9980 0447


All students are able to access career information through the Careers page in BenniesNet. This includes current career newsletters, career assessments, career profiles, occupational videos, links to Universities, TAFE and private providers of training in NSW, the University Admissions Centre, HSC bonus point schemes, scholarships, gap year programmes and tips to assist with resumes and cover letters. Senior students are emailed important information as it becomes available. Parents will have access via the College website to Career newsletters.

The College offers the opportunity for students over 13 to apply for a Tax File number. Application forms are available at Student Services and outside the Careers office. Completed forms are to be returned to student services and will be sent to the Australian Tax Office each month.

Mrs Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

Community News