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22 Feb 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

At Assembly this week I was pleased to be able to announce that we have embarked on a project to install a100kW solar power system at the College. As a Benedictine school we have a strong emphasis on Stewardship and, while this does not relate only to our environment, it is obviously an important part of being good stewards to do everything we can to protect and preserve our environment, and even to redress some of the damage that has already been done by human activity and development. With the new system we will produce sufficient electricity to meet almost all our power needs and at certain times will generate sufficient power to return some to the electricity grid. We are very thankful to our architect and builders, and to the solar company which has worked with us to make this a viable option for the College.

Also at Assembly our School Captains launched the MSB Spirit Video, a project they have been working on since Term Four last year. With the support of Natalie Viset, an ex-student, and some of her colleagues from Foxtel, the girls have developed a video which reflects the spirit of Mount St Benedict and is a wonderful tribute to all our girls. Their enthusiasm and spirit are evident in the way in which they joined in the fun and cooperated in the filming. We are grateful to Natalie and her colleagues for the hours of work that went in to the filming and editing.

The annual Caritas Trek took place on Tuesday morning, with a dedicated group of about 100 staff and students walking several kilometres to collect water from Devlin Creek, before returning to school. Carrying the water in buckets gave the girls a good appreciation of what it means for communities where people (often the women) have to walk for hours each day to secure limited water for their families. The trek is part of Caritas Week which has involved a range of activities designed to raise awareness amongst our community of the needs of those who are supported by Caritas in various parts of the world. The presentation at Assembly by Team India, who witnessed first hand some of the work funded by Caritas in both urban and rural settings in India, gave a very real face to the issues and the people impacted by them.

The Year 10 Information Evening on Monday night was the beginning of an extended process to assist students and their parents in making good decisions about subject choices for Year 11. The girls were encouraged to gather as much information as possible from reliable sources to assist them in their decision making. I encourage the girls to seek as much assistance as they can with the process to ensure they make wise choices which will enable them to achieve success in their senior years.

Next Monday evening we will hold the Information Evening for Year 7, 2015. If you have a daughter in Year 5 who you wish to enroll for 2015 please come along at 7.00pm, or if you know families with daughters in Year 5, please let them know about the evening.

Please note that the College is closed on Holy Thursday. This allows staff, students and families to prepare for Easter and have plenty of time to attend the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper.


Caritas Prayer

Dear Lord,
We thank you for the blessings of food, water, shelter, family and well-being.
As we enjoy healthy food, we will think of those who struggle to feed their families every day.
You taught us to pray.
As we say “Give us today our daily bread”
we make that prayer also for the millions who go hungry every day.
You fed the hungry.
Inspire in us the commitment to follow your example,
showing compassion in action and sharing what we
have with those who have less.
You cared for all.
Help us to remember your command to love one another.
Help us to see you in each of our brothers and sisters
- especially those who are in need.
You are the Bread of Life.
Strengthen us as we work for justice in the world.
Help us to stand in solidarity with the poorest of the poor.
You came so that we could have life and have it to the full.
Our prayer is that this might be true for all.
We pray that communities and governments recognise our shared responsibility
to be more just in sharing the world’s resources.
Help us to care more deeply, live more simply and share more fully.


Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

Having begun the Season of Lent with our Ash Wednesday Liturgy on Wednesday 13 February it was most appropriate that the focus of this week, following the first Sunday of Lent was on the work of Caritas and our responsibility to respond to people in need. Our own tradition of the Good Samaritan Sisters places us right at the heart of the struggle to achieve justice in our world and our response to the work of Caritas each year is an important aspect of this work.

During the course of this week we have carried out activities during our classes, at assembly, during lunch time and even before school. Class presentations were given by member of our India Immersion Team to help us reflect on the experience of visiting some of the world’s poorest communities. All Year 9 and Year 10 students and a number of other classes had the opportunity to hear these presentations, to ask questions and discuss the issues raised.

On Tuesday morning a group of over 100 students accompanied by a number of teachers took part in an early morning trek to collect water in containers to bring back to the College. This trek takes place in solidarity with women all over the world who have to walk long distances each day to collect a supply of water for the daily needs of their family. The trek reminds us of the stark reality that most people in the world do not have ready access to a supply of safe and clean water.

During the previous lunch time, members of the Social Justice Portfolio and our Ministry Coordinator Mrs Donna Dempsey painted the Caritas banner which was carried at the head of our trek.

Wednesday’s College Assembly also included a presentation by Social Justice Captains Kate Bravo and Rachael Gould on the work of Caritas and our opportunities to be involved. Jemma Hunter and Caitlin Kensett-Smith then shared some experiences from the India Immersion Trip with a particular focus on the work of Chetanalaya in Delhi which is one of the partner organisations of Caritas. It was a privilege to see the work of Caritas in action and to see the positive impacts of the work of Chetanalaya in Delhi. It was encouraging to see the extent of the development that has taken place in schools, health clinics, sanitation etc and great to know that the contributions we provide each year are making a difference.

At lunch time on Wednesday, Year 10 students provided some street theatre for those gathered in the courtyard to help us reflect on the issues related to water – an absolute necessity of life yet such a scarce resource for so many and dangerously contaminated in so many parts of the world.

Thursday lunch saw the traditional rice meal where we had the opportunity to substitute our normal lunch for a simple meal of plain rice with a few vegetables. This provides us with another reminder of the struggle of many in our world to find enough food for their families and a challenge to each one of us who has so much in comparison.

Also on Thursday, students were invited to write messages of encouragement to the Children’s Parliament which is part of Chetanalaya’s work in new Delhi. Our group of visitors to India found this to be one of the most inspiring moments of the trip and we welcomed the opportunity to send our messages letting these young children know how impressed we were with their efforts to improve their lives and those of their community.

On Friday at lunch time our Fair Trade Shop was in action reminding us that we can make a difference to the lives of others by the choices we make when we purchase many things including tea, coffee, chocolate, clothing, and other manufactured goods.

Caritas week has been a very busy week but also a very worthwhile and successful one. I would like to thank the many people who have been involved this week and in particular to acknowledge the work of our Ministry Coordinator Mrs Donna Dempsey along with our Social Justice Captains Kate Bravo and Rachael Gould and the members of their portfolio.

Throughout Lent we will continue to focus on the work of Caritas through the swapping diaries that were handed out on Ash Wednesday. We encourage everyone in our community to do what they can to support Caritas in the coming weeks confident in the knowledge that our contributions do make a difference.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News




Thanks to Andrea Hajje (above left), for her performance of Somewhere over the Rainbowat the first Year 12 2012 Academic Assembly.Thanks to Ellie Barton (above right), who performed in Assembly this week.

Thanks to Mrs Keats for the Year 10 Drama performance for Caritas Week.Thanks to Choir, Band and cantors for Opening College Mass at St Leo’s.

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 application form and return to Student Services with Mr Watters on the envelope. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Music Instrument Tuition Form


We welcome three new teachers:

Mr John Revai, Piano teacher
Mrs Christine Mah, Piano Teacher
Mrs Anthea Wikstrom, Strings Teacher

Ensemble News

College Choir, MSB Concert Band, Chamber Ensemble, Flute Ensemble and Chamber Choir have now commenced rehearsals. The interest in the ensembles continues to grow each year and numbers are at record levels. We hope that students enjoy the opportunity to perform and mix with students who have similar interests and a love of making music.

All Choir and Concert Band members are required to attend the College Open Day on Sunday 3 March for the traditional Open Day performance.

Peter Watters
Head of Department – Creative and Performing Arts
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News from Teaching and Learning – New Kinds of Smart!

Guy Claxton, academic and psychologist, in his book ‘New Kinds of Smart’ tells us that 21st Century learners require much more than academic success. Attitudes and qualities of mind that prepare students for the world include confidence, independence, creativity, eco-responsibility, logic, kindness, empathy, innovation, resourcefulness, resilience, collaborative skills, problem-solving enterprise and tolerance.

Five students from Year 12 2013 returned to the College to work with the current Year 12 students in the first of a series of gifted and talented workshops aimed at preparing the girls for their HSC studies and beyond. These generous and wise students Antonia Chacon, Alex Walsh, Samantha Camilleri, Claire Gould and Clodagh Nesbitt modelled attitudes and qualities of the mind in their open and honest presentation. Current students asked many relevant questions ranging from Benedictine balance and stress management to preparing for exams, writing study notes, working collaboratively with the year group and using teacher feedback. These girls are a product of their wonderful Benedictine education and their input is much appreciated.

Thirty years of research in gifted education highlights that parents are excellent identifiers of giftedness in their children, gifted students can be out of sync with their age peers and may not have the emotional resources to match their cognitive awareness and gifted students thrive in a challenging, nurturing and supportive environment. Gifted and talented nominations are sought from parents. Email me directly for a nomination form. Using Gagne’s talent development model, students are identified using a range of identification methods across the intellectual, creative, social, perceptual and physical domains. Student progress is monitored and tracked and teachers are supported in differentiating the curriculum in the classrooms. Students have been busily discussing their learning preferences and ways that teachers can support them in their learning.

Teachers of Year 7 have had the opportunity to meet to discuss the learning needs of their students and to use the enrolment and Allwell testing information to design strategies to move the girls along in their love of learning. It is exciting to hear about Year 7 students signing up for the plethora of co-curriular activities such as public speaking, the musical, choir, band and sporting teams.

Future Problem Solving offers students in Years 8 to 12 an opportunity to extend their creative problem solving skills in community teams, scenario writing, and global issues booklet teams. Our International Community Problem Solvers in Year 9 have been working on their Darug project ready to compete in the USA in June. Mrs Hadfield has started the Global Issues Year 8 team, Ms Selvaggi is coaching a Year 9 Community Team, Mrs Cunningham has started the scenario writers in their sci-fi descriptive writing program and I have the pleasure of continuing with my Year 9 Community Team who placed 4th at the Nationals last year. Chess Club has launched with Ms Barnett and Mr Agius at the helm each Wednesday in D103 for all students interested in playing social chess.

The popular da Vinci decathlon starts this week with training each Friday lunch for students in Years 7 to10. Training teams hone their skills across ten disciplines ready for team selection late this term and competition in teams of eight in May. Mrs Mason, Ms Collins Pope and myself work with the girls developing skills in the disciplines and collaborative and creative approaches to learning.

The Excellence Program is open to students in Years 7 to 10 and is designed to extend and challenge our most able students. The application form with details about the program can be downloaded from Moodle under the Academic Support and Enrichment navigation bar. Georgia Gilbert, Year 9, has been approved to begin this program and we wish her and her mentor Mrs Dunger all the best in this journey of extension learning.

Best wishes for a thinking year of excellence.

Mrs Liz Dirckze
Coordinator of Teaching and Learning

College News

An Evening with Paul Dillon
Wednesday 10 April
Marist College Eastwood

Once again we are please to announce that Paul Dillon will be running a Parent Information Evening on Alcohol and Drug Use of Young People in Australia at 7.00pm at Marist College Eastwood on Wednesday 10 April.

The evening aims to empower parents with some basic information about current trends in alcohol and other drugs by examining the questions young people really want and need answers to. This will assist parents to have meaningful conversations with their child when responding to queries that may be raised. The information session covers a range of issues, including resilience and the importance of connectedness. Positive norms are accentuated and aim to empower parents in this controversial area.

The evening is a joint initiative with Marist College Eastwood parents, and will be held at Marist College Eastwood. All parents are encouraged to attend as part of a community approach to educate and keep our children safe from the harms of alcohol and other drugs. Our College strives to educate young women around the harms associated with the use of drugs and alcohol. This is done through both our PDHPE and Pastoral programs. Our Year 10 and Year 11 students will also have the privilege of listening to Paul speak earlier in the day as will the Year 10 and Year 11 boys from Marist College Eastwood.

To register your interest please RSVP online

Parent Information Evening for Year 7/2015
Monday 25 February
College Hall
A Parent Information Evening for families seeking enrolment for Year 7/2015 (ie. girls starting Year 5 this year) will be held on Monday 25 February at 7.00pm in the College Hall.

Current families may think to mention this to other families with younger daughters at their primary schools.

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, School Diaries, Year Books prior to 1975, including 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 Michelle Blackman on 9980 0401 or email

Would you like to go to Japan!!

If you are a student in Year 9 or Year 10 with an interest in Japanese, but not currently studying it, you are offered the chance to participate in the Japan tour which will take place over two weeks during the September/October holidays this year.

We will be visiting Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Nagasaki, and attending Seiwa Girls School.

The approximate cost of the trip will be $4800. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Jin, Mrs Fahey or Ms Lander by Monday 25 February.

Mrs Belinda Jack
Head of Department

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

Mrs Elke Forrest
Assistant Business Manager
T: 9980 0403

Food Technology Excursion to the Hunter Valley

On Monday 11 February, the Year 12 Food Technology class accompanied by Mrs Dirckze and Mrs Johnston ventured off to the Hunter Valley for an exciting day of learning about our current topic, food processing and manufacturing.

First stop was Lovedale Smokehouse where we were delighted by a personal tour and demonstration of chicken smoking by enthusiastic owner and chef, Ben Sales. Throughout the morning we spent at Lovedale, Ben shared his wealth of knowledge on food processing and manufacturing and we participated in a hands on activity processing chicken breasts.

Second stop was to “and the winner is… Oscars”, a gourmet café hosted by our very own Takchi family. There we enjoyed a beautiful lunch of sandwiches, fruit and chips.

Following some much needed retail therapy, we piled back onto the bus down to Adina Vineyard, an on-site manufacturer of wine, extra virgin olive oil, olives and many other delicious products. Owner of Adina gave us a personal talk on extra virgin olive oil production, from the tree to the bottle. We then had the amazing experience to go down to the olive oil manufacturing factory, located on site at Adina.

Overall, the day was a rich learning experience for both students and accompanying teachers. The detailed and extensive knowledge that was provided to the class by Lovedale Smokehouse and Adina Vineyard will greatly help our HSC studies and is immensely appreciative.

By Caitlin Latty Year 12

Caritas Trek

On Tuesday over 100 staff and students participated in the Caritas Trek. This trek has become a tradition at Mount St Benedict as it has now been held for eleven years. The purpose of this journey is to walk in solidarity with the women across the world who walk many miles to collect water for their family. In Australia we take for granted the convenience and supply of this very basic yet crucial human need.

We began our early journey at 7.00am, with students loaded with buckets, ropes and water containers and our large banner titled ‘Caritas Week – Empowering Women’. Luckily the weather was good with students prepared to complete this trek rain, hail or shine. Our first stop was Fearnley Park where the Social Justice Captains Rachael Gould and Kate Bravo held a liturgy for the challenges women across the world face, particularly in countries where women and girls are not given an equal status in their culture or society.

Our next task was to gather water from Devlin’s Creek which we would collect and take back to the College. Some students had the responsibility of throwing the buckets over the side of the bridge to collect the water whilst other students were eager to pour the water into the 10 litre containers. The teachers were very brave in climbing down the side of the creek and helping to fill the buckets.

We then made an exhausting climb up Hull Road, through the Mount St Benedict Centre to the Hall Courtyard where the water we had collected was poured into the waiting pools. This act of bringing the water back to ‘our village’, MSB, was highlighted by the ringing of a bell every time a container was emptied.

Students who walked have acquired sponsors including support from their Homerooms. All money in support of Caritas is due by Friday 15 March.

Many thanks to the generosity of all the students involved and the many staff who assisted: Miss Liu, Mr Campbell, Ms Hickey, Miss Takchi, Mrs Dunger, Mrs Rastegorac, Mr Smith, Mrs Noble and Ms Blane.

Mrs Donna Dempsey
Ministry Coordinator

Year 10 Community Problem Solving
As part of the Year 10 Community Problem Solving team’s DARUG project, we are trying to educate the community on the Darug culture, traditions and stories. One of the ways we are doing this is through a Facebook page. We would greatly appreciate it if you could use the link below to look through it, ‘like’ it and provide us with some comments and feedback. Thank you.
Mrs Nina Selvaggi
Community Problem Solving Coordinator



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/appointment’. 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 followup.

New Year Mail Out

Staff are unable to administer paracetamol without the signed permission slip. A reminder that all forms are due back as soon as possible to Student Services.

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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


On Wednesday three MSB students Jessica Tong (Y8), Erin Morley (Y10) and Elizabeth Liepa (Y12 – umpire) represented Broken Bay at the NSW CCC Softball championships.

Erin went on to be one of only three Broken Bay students named in the NSW CCC team that will compete at the NSW All Schools Championships in March – Congratulations Erin!

Broken Bay Softball - Jess, Liz and Erin

Liz has also been selected to umpire at these All Schools championships for the second time!


To our Senior Representative Touch, Intermediate Representative Basketball and Junior Representative Basketball Teams who will be competing at the Broken Bay Championships on Tuesday.


Representative sports trials for next week are as follows:
All trials will be held during lunchtimes.


Three teams will be selected to represent MSB at Broken Bay carnivals:-

Students in Year 11/12
Training tba
Students in Year 9/10
Training Monday 25 February (please return your notes).
Students in Year 7/8
Training Monday 25 February (please return your notes).

Listen to Daily Notices and check the Sports Noticeboard for further information.


Three teams will be selected to represent MSB at Broken Bay carnivals:-

Students turning 16+
in 2013

Training Monday 25 February (please return your notes).
Students turning 14/15
in 2013

Training tba
Students turning 12/13
in 2013

Training Monday 25, Wednesday 27 February (please return your notes).)

Listen to Daily Notices and check the Sports Noticeboard for further information.

Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the trial.
Students will need to wear appropriate sports shoes to trial.


The next trial date for OPEN SOCCER is Friday 1 March.
Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the training session.


Congratulations to all of our students who competed this week.

Results will be available at

Look out for a full report and photos in next week’s newsletter.


Our carnival, coordinated by Mrs Lewis, is next week!

2013 Swimming Carnival Newsletter Insert
2013 Swimming Carnival Program

Students who have signed up for the 200IM event which is held early in the morning on Thursday will need to be at school by 7.45am in order to catch the early bus to the carnival at 8.00am (swimmers in this event can travel directly to the carnival with a parent if they hand in a note prior to Monday 25 February to Mrs Lewis advising her of this).

Students who enter this event will need to be at school by 7.45am in order to catch the early bus to the carnival at 8.00am (swimmers in this event can travel directly to the Carnival with a parent if they hand in a note prior to Monday 25 February to Mrs Lewis advising her of this).

Divisional Age Grouping
for all school swimming carnivals are as follows:

JUNIOR: 12/13/14 | INTERMEDIATE: 15/16 | SENIOR: 17+

Broken Bay Additional Events

Students who would like to nominate themselves for the Jun/Int/Sen 200m Freestyle which is not held at our Carnival but will be held at the Broken Bay Carnival on Thursday 21 March, need to fill in the Nomination Sheet on the Sports Notice Board and submit a time, validated by your coach in writing, to Mrs Grant prior to our own Carnival.


Students wishing to nominate for long distance events at the NSW CCC and NSW All Schools Championships will need to return the Nomination Forms emailed to all students. These forms are available on Moodle and have been included here for your convenience.

2013 Broken Bay Swimming – NSW CCC Distance Application Form
2013 NSWCCC Swimming – NSW ALL SCHOOLS Distance Application Form

These are State level carnivals for experienced swimmers only.
Please send them through Mrs Grant instead of directly to CCC and All Schools so the College can follow up if necessary.


Some sports have direct pathways through the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSW CCC) Sports Association System.

For these sports parents need to nominate their daughter via the NSW CCC website

These are State level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

  • DIVING – NSW CCC Championships – Tuesday 30 April – closes Thursday 11 April
    Competitions are held for Spingboard events in each age group and Open platform. Parents will need to provide transport to and from SOPAC.
  • NETBALL – NSW CCC Trials (15s) – Tuesday 7 May – closes Friday 3 May
    NSW CCC Trials (Opens) – Wednesday 8 May – closes Friday 3 May
    Trials will be held at Auburn for the U15s (must turn 15 in 2013 to attend the trials) and OPEN (students turning 16+ in 2013) NSW CCC Netball Teams. Only students currently playing in a local Representative team will be considered for the trials. Students will need to be transported to and from the trials by their parents.

    Trials for MSB Representative Teams to compete at the Broken Bay and CCC carnivals will be held during Term Two. Listen to Daily Notices for further information.
  • SAILING – NSW All Schools Championships – Tuesday 16 April
    Further information is available on the NSW CCC Website


Our MSB Cross Country will be held on Thursday 11 April during Period 5/6 at the College. Students who would like to compete will be asked to sign up later this term – start training

Tuesday 26 February (Junior/Intermediate)
Monday 4 March (Senior)
NETBALL NSW CCC TRIALS Tuesday 7 May (15) ** new Date **
Wednesday 8 May (OPEN) ** new Date **
(MSB Senior Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 March (OPEN)
Tuesday 2 April (Wet weather backup)
E Morley (Y10), L Leipa (Y12))

Tuesday 12 March
(MSB Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 February (SENIOR)
Monday 4 March (U13/U15)
Tuesday 5 March (Wet weather backup)

Student Achievements

Whitney Skirka Year 8, S3 has recently competed in a Surf Life Saving Carnival where she has achieved outstanding results in several sections of the Carnival.

Congratulations Whitney.


Thursday 28 February
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Parents and friends most welcome


Thursday 11 April (P5/6)
College grounds

Parents and friends most welcome

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

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Co-curricular Sport


Registration forms for the winter basketball competition at Hills Hornets are due by Friday 22 February. Please return you forms as soon as possible if you still want to be placed in a team.

Coaches and Managers: We are still looking to fill some coaching and managing positions for our basketball teams. For further information please contact Mrs Lewis.


Thank you to everyone for you patience with the team gradings. Team list will be posted on the Sports Noticeboard on Wednesday 27 February.


Registrations are now overdue.
Players are still required in the 13 years and under age group ‑ born 2000 or later. Anyone still interested in joining a soccer team to play on Sunday mornings from April to August please contact Mrs Lewis. Registration forms can be found on the Intranet under Sport.
Players who have handed in their registration forms are reminded to register with FFA at
Coaches and Managers: We are still looking to fill some coaching and managing positions for our soccer teams. For further information please contact Mrs Lewis.


BASKETBALL – 21 February

A nail biting game between Bennie’s 2 and the Comets. The game was neck and neck the whole 40 minutes. Bennie’s opened the game with two quick goals though the Comets were quick to respond. By half-time the score was 11 – 9 in Bennie’s favour. In the second half, the girls maintained a narrow lead, their job more difficult due to a disproportionate number of fouls against them, giving two free shots to the Comets for every foul. Bennie’s 2 perservered and maintained their lead – the full time hooter was punctuated with a goal by Maddie Fernando to give a final score of 23 – 20.

Monica Logan, Team Manager

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordnator

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P & F News

10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 3 March

The P&F run a Refreshments Table on Open Day and are looking for volunteers. Your donations of cakes, slices, biscuits and savoury items would be appreciated on the day. In addition the P&F are looking for helpers for the Refreshment Table to assist with setup, serving and cleanup. If you can assist please download the volunteer form and return to the P&F Box at Student Services by Thursday 28 February.

2013 P&F OPEN DAY Volunteer Request


The Canteen opens daily from 9.00am – 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
A copy of the Introductory Letter and the My Student Account Instructions are included here for your convenience.
If you have any queries please contact Mrs Elke Forrest, Assistant Business Manager.

Place an Canteen order here


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
Aileen Buecker Jennifer Campbell Kym Lamb Katie Breatnach Helena Cheung
Kate McGrath Lynne Chen
Helen Kelly Fiona Stewart
Karen Farrell
Volunteers are urgently required on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager T: 9980 0448
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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
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Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 18 February

University Visits for Parents
Come and experience university for yourself so you can better support your child. Information provided about getting in, university life, costs, courses, and the support available. Common questions answered and a campus tour provided.

Bridges Parents Visits (March – May 2013)

William Blue College of Hospitality ManagementWilliam Blue College of Hospitality Management2014 William Blue Industry Scholarship Applications

Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their hospitality career a kick start in the right direction?

William Blue College of Hospitality Management invites all aspiring Hospitality Managers, Event Managers, Tourism Managers and Executive Chefs to apply for the industry scholarship of a lifetime.
Developed and chosen by the hospitality industry, this scholarship offers applied education – the recipients will get the chance to work with industry in the field.

Visit for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, available from 1 April.
Contact : Jake Brown E:

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 20 August.

William Blue College Information Evening

Date : Tuesday 30 April
Time : 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown –

Event Description:
Are your students thinking of launching their hospitality career soon? From commercial cookery, events, hotel and tourism management we have something in store for all interests.

Meet our current students and hear about their student experience at William Blue. Speak with our career management team and learn why our students flourish in the industry.

For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

William Blue College – Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager Workshop

Dates: 16 April, 2 July, 9 July, 24 September.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown –

Event Description :
During the school holidays, William Blue College runs ‘Day in the Life’ Workshops taking 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.

Whether cooking is a passion, running events or just have an eye to serve and travel in style a ‘Day in the Life’ will open eyes to both the glamorous side, but also the reality of the hard working world, of hospitality.

For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

William Blue College Open Day

Date: Saturday 17 August
Time : 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060
Cost : FREE
Contact : Jake Brown –

Event Description :
This interactive open day allows prospective students to talk to current students and graduates of William Blue College, meet our Industry Partners and speak to our Career Management team to see why William Blue graduates are so highly sought after.

Take a tour of our campus and dine in our award winning student operated restaurant, William Blue Dining.

To register your interest contact our Course and Career Advisers on 1300 851 237.

Hear what our students have to say at William Blue College

APM College of Business and Communication
Serhat Ferat2014 APM College of Business and Communication Industry ScholarshipAre your current Year 12 students wishing to give their business and communication career a kick start in the right direction?APM College of Business and Communication is one of Australia’s leading business colleges. It is for this reason that we are seeking five of Australia’s most business savvy students to be awarded the industry scholarship of a lifetime. APM offers scholarship programs in marketing, event management, public relations, business and management.

Visit for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, applications available from 1 April.

Contact: Jake Brown –

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 6 September

APM College Information Evening

Date: Tuesday 7 May, Tuesday 27 August
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown –

Event Description :
The APM information evening is a great way to learn more about the college; find out what studying at APM will be like and discover how APM prepares for success.

Information Evenings are suitable for those who cannot attend our Open Days throughout the year. They offer a great opportunity to meet with our academic team, Careers and Industry Consultant over a couple of drinks and canapés to discuss career options. Explore the Fortitude Valley and North Sydney campuses and facilities, find out about our Scholarship Programs, and talk to current students and alumni about their APM experience.

For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

APM Alive! Day in the Life styled Workshop

Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost: No charge
Contact: Jake Brown –

Event Description:
Bring career aspirations to life in the exciting fields of business, marketing, event management, management and public relations at APM College.

Visit the APM Sydney and Brisbane campuses to meet industry professionals and experience what is it like to be successful in this industry. Work on real life industry case studies and take a secret behind – the – scenes venue tour to discover the many vibrant facets of this industry.

For reservations please email Jake on or visit our events page on for more information.

Southern School of Natural Therapies SSNTSSNTSSNT Ambassador Scholarship Program!f you’re passionate about helping others, then SSNT wants you. Students who demonstrate a passion for the industry and want to promote the School across a range of activities are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will cover tuition fees for one full year of study.Find out more »

Information Session

Nurture your future and take the first step towards a career in natural therapies with SSNT. SSNT hold regular Information Sessions throughout the year, allowing potential students to experience the college first hand. Tour the vibrant campus and it’s high quality facilities and learn about the range of courses offered. There will bepresentations from academic staff as well as the chance to talk with a Course and Careers Adviser to discuss study options. The next Information Session will be taking place later this year.

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Australian Natural College of BeautySSNTDay of Beauty WorkshopAt our Day of Beauty Workshop, you’ll learn new practical skills and get a taste for life running a busy salon. It’s a one-day session packed with invaluable insights – a must for any would-be beauty therapist.Next workshop – Saturday 11 MayLearn more and register

Open Day

With our exciting move to Pyrmont in April comes our Pyrmont Campus Open Day. This will give you the chance to spend a day at our premium standard campus, attend information sessions, see our clinic in action, learn about courses and career options, meet students and staff, and see what it’s like to be a student at ANCB.

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Australasian College of Natural TherapiesSSNTDay in the Life WorkshopThese hands on workshops will provide you with a taste of what it would be like to work in the growing field of natural medicine. You will learn the fundamentals of nutrition and naturopathy and get practical hands on experience across multiple subjects.Next workshop – Saturday 11 MayLearn more and register

Open Day

Do you want to know more about healthy eating? Want to discover herbal treatments? The best want to burn fat and build muscle? Want to know more about a career in health and wellbeing? Discover the answers and more at ACNT’s Open Day.

Next Open Day – Saturday 27 April

Learn more and register

Jansen Newman InstituteThink ClassInformation EveningsInterested in a career in counselling, psychotherapy, community services or human resources but not sure which JNI course is right for you? Come along to an Information Evening to discover your course options in more detail. They are a wonderful chance to chat to friendly lecturers about study options, view the JNI campus and its facilities, hear from graduates and current students and discover our student support services.Next information evening – Tuesday 9 AprilLearn more and register

Open Day

With our exciting move to Pyrmont in April comes our Pyrmont Campus Open Day. This will give you the chance to spend a day at our premium standard campus, attend information sessions, see our clinic in action, learn about courses and career options, meet students and staff, and see what it’s like to be a student at JNI.

Next information evening – Tuesday 9 April

Learn more and register

Billy Blue College of DesignBilly Blue College of DesignBilly Blue College of Design ScholarshipBilly Blue is committed to discovering and nurturing emerging talent, and our updated 2014 Scholarship program is designed to engage Year 12 students interested in pursuing a career in creative industries.We offer 3 scholarships up to the value of $20,000 each. The program is based around students submitting a creative solution to a challenging brief, which is due to be released soon. All participants will have a chance to attend an exclusive Scholarship Camp –a workshop-style event where they will receive invaluable guidance from our mentors and lecturers – current industry practitioners.We are looking forward to collaborating with Visual Arts, Media and Graphics teachers and Career Advisors to help achieve the best outcomes for their students. For more information and to register your school’s interest, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email:


Billy Blue Day in the Life of a Designer Workshops

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a designer would be like? Experience it first hand at Billy Blue! This one day workshop is a great way to learn what a designer does, be hands on and creative and experience our college first hand.

Upcoming workshops at our Campus are in June.

View registration forms and dates »



Billy Blue Open Days

Billy Blue campuses will be opening their doors, and would love you to pop in and have a look around! Speak to lecturers about the different Degrees available, look around the campus and experience the Billy Blue way of life!

Next Open Day date: Sydney Campus Open Night – Thursday 20 June.

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CATC Design School Serhat FeratCATC Design School ScholarshipAt CATC we are looking for creative individuals with a passion for design or photography. Through our Scholarship program, we offer three exceptional students an opportunity to master their skills and become leading photographers or designers.Each scholarship is up to the value of $20,000 and will see the candidates working on a creative brief. The details of the 2014 CATC Scholarship program will be released shortly, and we are looking forward to working with your Visual Arts, Media and Graphics teachers and Career Advisers to help your students do their best.To register your school’s interest and for more information, please contact Ekaterina on 02 8588 4758 or email:

CATC Design Discovery Workshops

Explore the worlds of Graphic Design, Interior Design or Photography at our full-day action-packed Design Discovery Workshops. This is your chance to get creative, learn new skills, and experience firsthand what the life of a designer is like.

Next Design Discovery Workshops:
Graphic Design – 1 June 2013
Interior Design or Photography – 2 June 2013

For more info and to register, visit here.

CATC Design School – Information Evening

CATC The Rocks Open Nights are a great way to get a true insight into the creative industries learning, CATC unique culture and the pathways to creative careers.

Next Information Evening – 1 May 2013

For more info and to register, visit here or join us on Facebook

The Institute of Chartered Accountants
Cadetship Evening
Wednesday 15 May

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

This is an excellent opportunity for Year 12 students to engage with over 22 employers, attend information sessions regarding cadetships and receive tips on the recruitment process.

Meet the Business Leader
Tuesday 30 July

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

This event will provide Years 10 and 11 students the opportunity to meet and network with young and experienced professionals from a variety of business roles to gain a better insight into the business profession.

Further Information:

Linda Nguyen, Relationship Consultant
T: 61 2 9290 5779
F: 61 2 9262 3953

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.

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor
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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.

Christ the King Catholic Primary School, North Rocks
40th Anniversary and re-Union Ball

Christ the King Catholic Primary School is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. An Anniversary and Re-Union Ball is being held to mark the occasion on Friday 5 April at Curzon Hall, Eastwood.

All former students, past staff members and families and friends of Christ the King are invited to join us for those celebrations.

Further details and enquiries:

Sarah Kaltoum, 0404 828 887, Hounaida Younan or Jeff Saul 0418 662 912.

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:

  • 6pm Youth Mass
    Every Sunday night followed by LIFE Nights for Years 9 – 12 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Into Life for Yrs 7-8 Friday nights, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
    $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

The World Youth Day pilgrims invite you along for a night filled with fun, facts and laughter.

Date: Saturday 23 February
The Light of Christ Centre, end of Yardley Ave, Waitara
Time: Doors open 6.30pm, Trivia starts 7.00pm

Prices: Adults $20 | Students/ Concessions $15 | Family $50

BYO Nibbles and NON ALCOHOLIC drinks.

Prizes will be awarded for outstanding trivia knowledge and for the best-dressed table to celebrate pilgrimage and dress-up for the theme: Of All the Nations.

Tickets will be available at the door! See if you can organise a table of 8 or just come along and join in the fun.

West Pennant Hills Netball Club

West Pennant Hills Netball Club is looking for a small number of players in the U8’s, U9’s & U10 year age

Please contact Jacquie (Netta) on 0400 777 780 or Ashley (Junior Convenor) on 0421 558 009 for
further information.


Beecroft Football

Beecroft Football Club is a community sports club for players – boys and girls – from ages 5 to 50+ within the Beecroft Pennant Hills area. Our club has a strong and active program of female participation, competing in the North West Sydney Women’s Football Competitions.

Beecroft Football Club is registering now for the Winter Season 2013. Players wanted for girls teams in all ages to U/18s.

For more details ring Nola Ford on 0402 340 268 or check our website

Play Hockey in 2012

  • Great non-contact mixed girls & boys team sport
  • Small field “Minkey” games for U5 – U9
  • Mixed junior comps U11, U13, U15
  • Play on world class artificial turf facility at Pennant Hills Park
  • Great for fitness as well as maintaining cricket & baseball skills

NORTHERN DISTRICT HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Pennant Hills Park, Britannia Street, Pennant Hills

Further information: Adrian Wilson 0419 299 808 Robert Nicoll 0438 119 729

Registration forms and information at