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24 May 2013

From the Principal

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Dear parents, friends, staff and students

During this week Year 10 students have continued the process of subject selection for Year 11 next year. This is a very important process for students and parents, and it is great to see the level of engagement by both parents and students. I thank the staff who were involved in delivering the information sessions, as I know the information offered is a critical part of ensuring that choices are based on valid information and with good knowledge. Whilst there are many pathways for students when they leave school, subject choices in Preliminary and HSC can make a difference to the options available immediately after Year 12.

Once again this week a small group of dedicated parents were present at both the P&F Executive and General meetings. These meetings provide a great opportunity for me to get to know parents and to listen to their concerns and issues. Also, the executive of MSBESA (Mount St Benedict Ex-student Association) met on Monday evening. The committee is working with Ms Michelle Blackman from the Development and Marketing office, to develop an online system to enable ex-students to maintain contact with the College. They are hoping also that this may lead to opportunities for current students to connect with ex-students who may be able to offer them advice or mentoring. We look forward to these connections developing further.

As you would be aware there are many changes happening in education at the moment. In 2014 the first stage of implementation of the Australian curriculum will commence. In order to prepare for this all government schools have scheduled two additional pupil-free days this year. At Mount St Benedict we are scheduling one additional pupil-free day on October 8, immediately following the Public Holiday. Students will return to school for Term 4 on Wednesday 9 October.

Beyond Bennies

Once again MSBESA is hosting the Beyond Bennies Breakfast on Wednesday 19 June. All students and parents are invited to come along to hear three ex-students share stories of their individual career and personal journeys. While each of the speakers this year works in the field of law, they have all followed very different paths and find themselves specialising in very different areas of the law. Students in Years 9 to 12 are especially encouraged to attend.



I am excited to announce that on Thursday 6 June the College will have a Student Principal for the Day. The Principal will be Tianna Raad from Year 9. Following the success of the Year 9 camp and the many positive stories I heard of the girls work on leadership, I am really looking forward to having Tianna accompany me as Principal on that day.


If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the million who won’t survive the week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of 20 million people around the world.

If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace,
you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.

If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.

You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.


Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

Next week at Mount St Benedict we will be engaging in our annual Social Justice and Reconciliation Week. The week from Sunday 26 May to Tuesday 4 June is highlighted in the community as Reconciliation Week as it contains the anniversaries of three significant moments in the history of Australia’s relationship with its indigenous people.

The anniversaries are of the Citizenship Referendum of 1967, the Mabo High Court decision of 1992 and the publication of the stolen generations report “Bringing Them Home” in 1997. Because of the proximity of these anniversaries, communities around Australia seek to acknowledge the significance of these events and look for ways to further the cause of Reconciliation in the Australian community.

At Mount St Benedict we set aside a week each year to focus on the themes of Social Justice and Reconciliation. We believe this is an important opportunity for our Community to look more closely at the relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia and to respond to the well documented situations of disadvantage experienced by so many of our indigenous sisters and brothers.

In addition to our focus on Social Justice and Reconciliation we are also creating important links to our care for the environment. This year, our College is focusing on the theme of Stewardship and with World Environment Day scheduled for Wednesday 5 June,we have decided to incorporate this focus into next week’s activities as well. Thus next week will be our “Social Justice, Reconciliation and Environment Week” with activities organised jointly by our Social Justice Portfolio and our Environment Portfolio.

Lunch time displays and activities will take place each day during the week focusing on a range of issues from recycling, poverty and asylum seekers to the situation of women around the world. Each Religious Education Class will also be involved in class activities around some of these themes.

During the week there will also be three key events with guest presenters. On Tuesday we will hold a special College Assembly focusing on the theme of inclusion for all. Our guest speaker at this assembly will be Mr Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner with the Australian Human Rights Commission. On Wednesday we will hold our normal fortnightly assembly which will also contribute to our focus for the week. At Wednesday’s assembly our guest speaker will be Associate Professor Shukri Sanber who will be speaking with us about the work of the Bethlehem University in the Palestinian Territories. This university is a remarkable institution providing education to people of all faiths and backgrounds and creating an environment of cooperation and peace in a deeply divided part of our world.

Our third key event for the week is our Social Justice Forum which takes place on Wednesday from 4.00pm – 8.00pm. On this occasion our students play host to students from a range of different schools to consider issues of justice and environmental concerns. The theme for this year’s forum is “One World – One People”. The forum will include a presentation from keynote speaker Thea Omerod of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change as well as workshops on a range of issues.

Next week promises to be an enormous week of opportunities for our students to learn, to engage and to respond to many significant issues and concerns. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mrs Donna Dempsey and Mr David Greenwell and their respective Social Justice and Environment Portfolios in bringing about such an event. Also thank you to all those involved in our Special Events team and especially Mrs Susan Webber for their enormous contribution to the practical aspects of these events.

Last week we began promoting our Mother and Daughter Retreat which will take place at the Mount St Benedict Centre adjacent to the College on Friday 9 to Saturday 10 August. For further details, please see the notice in this newsletter.

Mother and Daughter Retreat

5.00pm Friday 9 August – midday Saturday 10 August
The annual MSB Mother and Daughter Retreat provides some time for quality conversation,
quiet time, prayer and reflection focusing on the relationship between mothers and daughters.

Accomodation is in single rooms at the Mount St Benedict Centre, adjacent to the College,
and the program will be conducted by members of the College Mission Team.

The cost of the Retreat is $75 per person

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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News from the Mission Team – Ministry and Chaplaincy Corner


Mrs Donna Dempsey, Ministry Coordinator and Miss Christina Liu, College Chaplain
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Curriculum News

Year 11 Parent Teacher Evening
4.00pm – 7.30pm
Wednesday 5 June
in the College Hall

Online booking will open at 4.00pm on Friday 24 May and will close promptly at midday on Wednesday 5 June.

All parents have been emailed their login details (user and password). You may access the PTO Online Booking System to book appointments with your daughter’s teachers. This will be the only way to make appointments and parents only will be supplied with the password, although it is envisaged that parents will liaise with their daughter in this appointment process.

Parents wishing to make appointments after PTO has closed will need to contact the College.

Class teachers can not only request interviews with particular students but can communicate this directly to the parent.

The College has made this move to an online system for the following reasons:

  • It better empowers the parents to make appointments with their daughter’s teachers,
  • there is less of a likelihood that the form will get lost, misplaced or not be utilised and
  • students and/or teachers will not be required to chase each other in an attempt to make bookings.

Students are to attend with their parent/s in school uniform, with their Student Planner. A chime will ring every six minutes with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next teacher.

The aim of the evening will be:

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

As always we are looking to improve our practices and thereby improve the learning opportunities for students at the College.

If you have any queries or feedback please email me

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum
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Instrumental Tuition

Tuition has now commenced for all students who have chosen to learn a musical instrument at the College.

There are still spaces available for guitar, piano, strings and drums
but be quick as places are limited.

Please fill in an application form and return to Student Services. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Music Instrument Tuition Form

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department – Creative and Performing Arts
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College News

2014 History Study Tour to Europe

We are very excited to propose our first ever History Study Tour to Europe in 2014. The itinerary includes Germany and Italy and is tailored to cover the important areas of the Modern History, Ancient History and Society and Culture syllabuses.

Academy Travel has been selected based on their knowledge, extensive overseas network of guides and support staff and previous staff experience. There is no doubt that a tour of this size involves significant expense, however we believe that the educational experiences and inclusions will prove to be excellent value and allow the students to gain full benefit from their involvement.

An Information Evening will be held at the College at 7.00pm on Tuesday 18 June in the Staffroom. Our History Staff will explain the purpose and outline of the trip and Academy Travel representatives will give a description of their experiences as an educational tour operator, as well as the inclusions and benefits of the trip.

To register you interest in attending the Information Evening, please visit the College website

For further information click here

Mr Greg Hume
History Teacher

IRC News

This week was Library and Information Week with the theme this year “Share your story”. One way in which the IRC has been sharing our stories recently has been the use of the new digital signage both outside and inside the IRC. We have been displaying

  • what’s on in the IRC each week
  • a reminder of what databases and subscriptions students can link to on BenniesNet
  • what new books have been purchased in Term 1 and our 50 most popular novels of 2012.

The IRC staff also thought it may be appropriate to share a little about our team. We have two Library Technicians Mr Oscar Kirby and Ms Angie Gibson. Angie recently completed her Library Technician training part time whilst working at the College and enjoys the “finding” of information and resources for students and staff. Oscar has been a Library Technician for five years and enjoys using new programs to help staff and students and cataloguing the new books. Mrs Jane Cooper also works in the IRC two days per week as a Clerical Assistant and has been a member of MSB staff for over twenty years. Jane does an amazing job covering the book purchases and has many stories to share about past staff and students.

Mrs Rebecca Shiels and Mrs Sharon McGowan are the two Teacher Librarians. Rebecca is in her first full year of teaching and loves listening to the girls sharing their stories of their favourite books and has a particular passion for databases! Sharon has been at MSB since 2001 and is both the IRC Coordinator and Professional Learning Coordinator for staff. As a child Sharon was encouraged to be a Teacher Librarian by her primary Teacher Librarian and took up that option in her second year of university. Sharon loves that every day is different in the IRC and enjoys the challenge of ensuring that the IRC meets the needs of students and staff for 21st century learning.

We look forward to your daughters sharing their stories when they visit us in the IRC and hope they feel welcome and comfortable working with the IRC staff team. We are open each school day at 8.00am and close at 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 4.00pm on Fridays.

The IRC Team – Sharon, Rebecca, Oscar, Angie and Jane

Year 7 Science

Last Friday was “dry ice” day for Year 7 Science classes. The students are currently studying a unit about states of matter and how they change from one state to another. We were lucky enough to supply the classes with dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide gas) so that the girls could investigate a substance that sublimes – changes from a solid directly into a gas! The energy and enthusiasm of the girls was amazing. They engage in their Science lessons with interest and passion. It was a great day of scientific exploration and discovery.
Mrs Mason
Science Teacher

Year 9 Science Incursion

This year, the Science Department trialled a new incursion initiative for Year 9 students. The girls moved through a series of workshops throughout the day presented by specialist scientific organisations and guest speakers. It was a great day and the girls were actively engaged and well-behaved. Many thanks to the numerous staff who were involved in setting up and supervising the day’s events.

Mrs Johnson and Mrs Mason
Science Teachers

CHEMICAL Reactions with the CSIRO (by Catherine Walsh)

em>On Friday 10 May Year 9 had a science incursion. One of the four activities set for the day was Chemistry. Ollie from the CSIRO came to show us different fun and exciting experiments. The first experiment he showed us was the ‘Disappearing water’ where he used Sodium polyacrylate to solidify the water. He showed us the Clock reaction, coloured flames, the ‘magic’ jug and also showed us how dry ice reacts with water, dilute sodium hydroxide and a few drops of universal indicator. We finished off with the classic elephants toothpaste. By the end of the session, everybody was keen on Chemistry. Ollie even gave us edible plastic as a gift from the CSIRO.

SNAKE TAILS (by Jasmine Beaini)

Today we had the science incursion where we got to do all different things. One of the things we got to do was the reptile section where we learnt all different things about reptiles. We also saw different types of snakes like the red bellied black snake, brown snake, tiger snake and the fierce snake. We also found out that the fierce snake is the most dangerous snake in the world. We saw different types of lizards like blue tongue lizards etc. At the end of the session we also got to hold a snake and take photos with it.

Forensic Science Workshop (by Isabella Destefano)

On Friday 10 May, Year 9 had the opportunity of becoming Forensic Scientists for two periods. Our Forensic Scientist instructor, Alyssa started by giving us a detailed understanding of what a Forensic Scientist’s job is. She said that the three important steps they took in investigating a crime were: to find a clue, turn it into evidence and then turn it into a story. Luckily for us she brought in some clues from a crime for us to solve. Around the room were stations each having a clue that lead us to how ‘’Sally’’ was killed. On the stations were clues such as DNA, fingerprints for us to match up, shoe impressions, digital evidence, hair and fibres and many more which lead to the suspect ‘’Paul”. We each recorded our information down on a Forensic Scientist Lab report and at the end of our findings came together and solved the crime. The workshop was very interesting and I most certainly enjoyed it, as did the rest of Year 9. Who knows, we might have some Forensic Scientists on our hands!

DNA to the Max with the CSIRO (by Mary Cook)

On Friday 10 May, Mitch from CSIRO came to teach Year 9 about DNA and how it is formed. We started by talking about what DNA is, where it is found and the origins to modern day gene technology. Our first practical involved inserting dyed DNA into a special gel which, over time, when an electrical circuit was connected, separated the DNA into different sizes. This showed us which pieces could travel furthest in the special gel. Then, we moved on to our second practical which was to extract DNA. We did things from putting the test tube into a machine which spun it around separating different substances to pouring even more chemicals into it to cause a reaction. Overall this section of the day was very interesting and worthwhile to learn about and Year 9 was very grateful for the efforts put in by the CSIRO.

Big Cat Incursion

On Thursday 9 May, thirty girls from different grades all gathered in C203, buzzing from excitement. NatGeo Wild ambassador, Ben Britton, had brought in Crunchie, an African Serval to educate us on this unheard of animal.

When Crunchie finally entered the room, we were met with a beautiful agile cat. Crunchie’s fur was yellow-gold with black spots and stripes on his neck. He walked around and jumped from table to table in the science labs, showing off his long legs. We quickly learned that Servals have the largest ears and longest legs in relation to the size of their body of any cat.

Crunchie and his brother Simba (both named after foods) were hand raised in South Africa and then brought to Australia to be part of the NatGeo Wild Wild Encounters Program. It was amazing to see Ben, who founded the program, and Crunchie have a close relationship. Every so often, Crunchie would rub against Ben’s chest and purr.

Servals mainly eat small animals and birds which they listen out for with their huge ears. Crunchie could hear sounds outside the room that we couldn’t hear, even if we were silent. Ben also told us about his job working so closely with animals and how we could get a job like his. He also shared some of the things that the Wild Encounters Program does such as educational school talks and shopping centre displays.

It was inspiring to see and hear about the amazing things Ben was doing with Crunchie, helping to educate children across the state. Crunchie was a beautiful animal and helped to make The Big Cat talk a great experience that I would definitely recommend to everyone. We would like to thank the College for the opportunity and Mrs Thrum for organising it.

Jeneane Susas and Kellie Chilvers

Year 12 English Extension 2 Showcase
Monday 27 May
3.30pm in the IRC

The English Extension 2 course allows students to undertake a year-long project of investigation and composition in a medium that interests them. To date, students have written plays, speeches, short stories and critical responses on subjects as diverse as aging, memory and Doctor Who. This year, three students are completing major works; Sophie Abrahams, who is writing a short story about Death’s visit to Earth, Elissa Barton, who is writing a series of speeches on experiences of political oppression and Casey Ventura, who is writing a short play on the absurdities of bureaucracy.

The Showcase will take place in the IRC on Monday 27 May, beginning at 3.30pm. It allows the students to present their work to a broader audience and receive valuable feedback which they then incorporate into the final writing phase. All students in Year 10 or Year 11 who are considering undertaking English Extension 2 in their HSC year are invited to attend. Interested parents and staff are also welcome.

Please RSVP to Melinda Kearns.

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

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

SQUARES: 25cm x 25cm (10”x10”)
WOOL: 8 ply
NEEDLES: 4mm (size 8 imperial)
This is approximately 47 – 50 stitches

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

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

Join me in the IRC at lunchtime on Thursdays. Come and learn to knit or just enjoy knitting with others.
We can all make a difference.

For more information on Wrap With Love click here

Mrs Gail Davey

Ex-Student News

On Saturday 18 May Olivia Maurice (Class of 2009) married her long-time sweetheart, Dale Palmer at Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay, followed by their reception at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Castlereagh street, Sydney. After an exhausting period of running around organising the wedding, the couple are now enjoying their 9 day honeymoon aboard the Carnival Spirit Cruise liner.

submitted by Yvette Maurice



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 follow up.

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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


I am very excited to announce the 2014 MSB Sports Tour to England and France! For the first time we are offering a tour for all students who play netball or soccer.

All students in Years 8 – 11 have received an email with information including the international tournament in France that we propose to enter the netball teams into and has been included here for your convenience.

As well as the amazing opportunity to play against international opposition, girls will climb the Eiffel Tower, visit Versailles, Notre Dame, enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour of both Paris and London, experience the London Eye, a cruise down the River Thames and potentially watch a Netball Superleague fixture or visit a football training facility such as Arsenal, Chelsea etc

Any family interested in attending an Information Evening at 6.00pm on Tuesday 4 June at the College will need to return the ‘Expression of Interest Slip’ before Monday 27 May (Hard copies are also currently available on the left hand side of the Sports Noticeboard)

We have had other very successful sports tours in the past and look forward to the incredible experiences this trip will bring.

Our next MSB overseas sporting tour is not scheduled until 2017 so this will be the only opportunity for most students to participate in such a tour.


The 1500m and Triple Jump events will be held in the early morning of the MSB Athletics Carnival at Homebush. The 1500m will be run in divisional groups (Junior / Intermediate / Senior – then times separated to determine spots for the individual ages on the MSB team) and the Triple Jump will be an Open event as it is at Broken Bay level. Please note that 12 year old girls (as of 31 December 2013) are NOT eligible to compete in Triple Jump.

A reminder that any student who is interested in competing in these events MUST sign up on the Sports Noticeboard by Monday 20 June at the latest. Students wishing to compete in these events will be required to catch the early bus on the day and will need to arrive at the College by 7.45am as the bus will leave at 8.00am SHARP.

Should parents wish to transport their daughter to Homebush for these events we request that a letter stating this be returned to Mrs Lewis via her slot at Student Services prior to Wednesday 29 May so bus numbers can be adjusted.

Good luck to all of our girls at the Carnival.

Download the carnival program here.


To Year 11 students Hayley Evans, Annabelle Doheny and Ellen Schiffler who will compete at the NSW CCC Open Soccer Championships next week at Bathurst.

This is the second time these students have qualified for this team.


Hayley right,
Annabelle bottom left and
Ellen bottom right



To Isabella Duncan, Year 9, who was named in the NSW Merit Touch team after being part of the U14 Sydney Scorpions team that won the NSW Regional Championships in Wagga Wagga in April.

Bella has been a member of our MSB representative teams for the past three years and will represent Broken Bay at the U15 NSW CCC Championships in June.




Mon 27 – Tues 28 May (BB OPEN Team)
Tue 18 June (MSBREP U13/U15 team)
(Wet weather backup Thu 20 June)
(CCC OPEN Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)
(Wet Weather Backup Wed 12 June)

Monday 3 June

2013 Athletics Carnival.

2014 SPORTS TOUR Information Evening
Tuesday 4 June

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

WINTER SPORT – Training and Uniform Expectations

All players are expected to wear their MSB PDHPE tracksuit over their playing uniforms when they need an extra layer of warmth to and from the games. The girls are expected to wear their PDHPE uniforms, and ALL safety equipment as required by their sport to training sessions. We also expect all girls to commit 100% to their training and games.


Due to injury and illness the Netball Club is looking for additional players for the 13yrs teams. Any experience, from beginners through to experienced players needed.

The games are played on Saturdays and Pennant Hills Park.

Please contact Mrs Lewis as soon as possible if your daughter is interested in joining a team this season.


On Saturday 18 May we played against a tough looking Baulkham Hills team. Although we lost 4 – 1, the score did not reflect how we played according to our coach Michelle.
Once again we showed great defence against this strong team, particularly in our back line. Grace G, Anthea J and Kate H pushed hard and the tireless efforts of Sarah-Jane E and Belinda B saw many opportunities at goal but it was Olivia B that finally scored.
We liked the sound of the ball hitting the back of the box so we might try and do more of that next game.
Great game girls…looking forward to the next one.

Report by Annie Noble


On Saturday 18 May, twelve girls from Years 7 – 12 participated in the ETDTA 2013 North West Secondary Schools Tennis Challenge at Pennant Hills Park. Each doubles team played four to five matches against both boys and girls from varying year groups in a Round Robin style tournament.

Although it was a cold autumn night and everyone was rugged up in their tracksuit pants and jumpers, this did not affect their tennis ability with Kirsten Simpson and Lauren Major coming second in Division 3 and Olivia Jones and Christina Williamson coming second in Division 9.

Congratulations to all the girls who played, it was great to see some new players getting involved. Overall MSB came 6th. It was a great opportunity to socialise with people from different schools as well as people from different year groups from Bennies.

We had a great time and look forward to the upcoming tournament in June. Thanks to the parents who came to watch and to Ms Lewis who organised the event.

Georgia Toohey


Last Mother’s Day, while most mums were wrapped up, warm in bed enjoying breakfast and the other spoils from their special day, the mums of the MSB under 18s soccer team were out on the Morrison Bay field cheering on their daughters in their amazing game.

Our team played an amazing game against Thornleigh. While we were missing many players, eventually playing with only ten members to Thornleigh’s sixteen, the under 18s team scored a fantastic 5 – 0 game. Although tired and without any reserves the girls played incredibly, passing and scoring and evidently frustrating the opposition as they could not get around any of our players. This game was truly a group effort and it is impossible to give credit to just a single girl for any of the goals because without the help and support of the defence, midfield and forwards, our win wouldn’t have been possible.

Good work and congratulations to all of the girls who managed to make the game; it truly was a beautiful win. And for all the Mums who supported us on the day, thank you for all the support, it was a Mother’s Day gift from the whole team. Keep up the good work girls.

Meg Giliam, Team Captain

Co-Curricular Sport Coordinator

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P & F News

Thank you to the parents and friends who attended the P& F Meeting on Monday 20 May. The P&F Executive would like to announce that it has committed funds of $50,000 to the permanent shade structure to be constructed on the top oval. This new structure will have a shade-cloth over the top and can be used by the MSB community all year round.

Photos of this construction will be posted here as they come to hand.

MSB Dinner Dance – Save the Date!

Thank you for your patience in awaiting the announcement of a new date.

The MSB Dinner Dance 2013 will be held on Saturday 10 August at The Pennant Hills Golf Club.

Details of the cost and how to purchase your tickets will be available shortly. The new booking system will be used to secure your tickets and tables. You can book per table or request to be seated on a table with parents from your daughter’s year group.

Staff, parents and friends are all welcome to attend what is hoped will be a very enjoyable and relaxing evening.

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 2: 17 June
Term 3: 12 August, 9 September
Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

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

NSWPC Current Activities Feb 2013

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


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am – 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT – Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place a Canteen order here


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
Aileen Buecker Jennifer Campbell ** Kylie Walther Melissa Woolnough
Barbara Folkard ** ** ** Gabrielle Jamison
Kylie Bonello
Julie McIntyre
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 Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday please call Melissa **

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 20 May


Further Information
Remittance Advice and Credit Card Authorisation




Cadet Program applications are now open. It’s never too early for your students to get ahead

For more information on our Cadet Program go to

To apply online go to and click on the preferred program, complete the application form and attach an academic transcript.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 19 June.

Upcoming Events at Notre Dame

Parent Information Evening – 6.00pm Tuesday 18 June

Do you have a son or daughter in Year 10, 11 or 12?

Attend the Notre Dame Parent Information Evening to find out more about the University, talk to current students, meet academic staff and find out about our uniquely holistic admissions system.

For further information, or to RSVP, visit

Four Day HSC Study Intensive – Monday 8 July to Thursday 11 July

During this four day program, experienced HSC teachers and markers will show you how to avoid the most common examination mistakes, study effectively, deal with stress and understand important course content. Morning tea and lunch included. $285 per person.

Find out more and register at:

To register or if you have any questions about the any of the events above then please contact the Prospective Students Office.

T: 02 8204 4404

The Northern Sydney Institute (part of TAFE NSW) - HIgher Education Information Sessions

6.30pm – 8.00pm
Thursday 23 May
Meadowbank Campus

Students are invited to attend and register their interest for either the Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) or educational pathways and the Associate Degree of Accounting.

To register for the information sessions:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • T: 0418 799 567
    • E:
  • Accounting:
    • T: 02 9942 3733
    • E:

Online enrolments for all mid-year courses at the Northern Sydney Institute open this month

teach.NSW Scholarships

Year 12 can apply for a scholarship worth up to $28,000 for their university study! Teach.NSW offers valuable Teaching Scholarships.

Applications now open and will close in October 2013.

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My Health Career

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WEP Volunteer Abroad

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

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TARONGA ZOO – Meet a Keeper

This is a one-day program for students 14 years and over who have expressed a keen interest in a career at the Zoo. This program includes a seminar presented by a panel of Zookeepers and other Zoo staff members. Students will learn about all aspects of zoo-keeping, including qualifications, career opportunities, core responsibilities, careers structures and wages.

Afterwards students will explore the Zoo and enjoy a mystery behind-the-scenes animal tour.

For booking forms and information visit

University of Technology Sydney
Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Scholarship Program – Information Evening
7.00pm – 8.00pm
Tuesday 21 May
Room CB06.3.22 (Building 6, Level 3, Room 22)
702-730 Harris Street, Broadway

Teachers and parents also welcome to come along and meet the BAcc team consisting of current students, sponsors and staff.

All students in the course receive a tax free scholarship worth over $46,500.
For more information visit

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

Curious about a career in Graphic Design? Wesley Institute’s School of Graphic Design invites you to experience what it’s like to be a designer for a day, in a creative and collaborative environment. Explore the possibilities and unlock your creative DNA.

For more information, register your interest at or call 02 9819 8824.
Workshops will be offered during NSW school holidays at Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street Drummoyne NSW.

Wesley Institute – Drama Open Day
Saturday 8 June
Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street, Drummoyne 2047

Wesley Institute offers a Bachelor of Dramatic Art, with specialisations in Performance, Production and Theatre Practice. Discover your options, hear from the Head of Drama and chat to faculty, current students and staff. Book a spot at the Open Day, and receive a free ticket(s) to the School of Drama matinee performance of Faust immediately following the event!

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Sydney Film School – Diploma Information Night
Wednesday 12 June

An opportunity to come and meet the teachers, see the premises and find out more about the Diploma of Screen and Media course.
RSVP essential
T: (02) 9698 2244.

The University of Sydney – Year 10 Information Evening
6.00pm for a 6.30pm start
Monday 17 or Thursday 20 June
Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus (K5/6 on map)

Registrations for the Year 10 Information Evenings open at 5.00pm on Monday 27 May.
RSVP: Register here.

The Information Evenings are designed to help Year 10 students and their parents choose subjects for the HSC and navigate through the process of applying to uni.

Topics include:

  • ATAR, scaling and assumed knowledge
  • subject selections
  • career pathways
  • University transition.

Further Information:

University of Wollongong – Year 12

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

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

Defence Force University Sponsorship

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

To register download the Notre Dame HSC Study Week Registration Form, fill in both sides and post to The University of Notre Dame.

University of Sydney HSC Essay Writing Course
University of Sydney, Darlington
This course for senior high school students will teach them how to properly write essays in a HSC exam situation.
Course Dates: Monday 1 – Friday 5 July, and Monday 8 – Friday 12 July.
Contact: (02) 9036 4789

The University of Sydney

HSC Preparation Courses
The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney is running intensive HSC Preparation courses in a variety of subjects for Year 12 students who want to extend their studies and enhance performance in their HSC year.

Selected preparation courses are also offered for Years 10 and 11, including Year 10: Preparing for Success and Years 10 – 12 Course: Improving Written English.

Third term “Part 3″ courses are also available for enrolment and commence Monday 1 July.

The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content.
For more information visit our website.

Download the HSC Preparation Course Guide. The guide outlines upcoming course dates and times as well as indicative dates for courses later in the year.

Download the Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.

University of Technology Sydney

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.

Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

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

Child and Adolescent Parenting is part of Northern Sydney Local Health District.

For details see Course Descriptions and Term Brochure

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

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

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

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

Did you know teenagers are 20 – 30 times more at risk of being harmed in a crash once they get their P’s?

The keys2drive program aims to reduce this risk by helping learning drivers gain the necessary decision making skills to stay safe on the road.

Funded by the Australian Government, the program provides learner drivers and their parents/supervisors with a free driving lesson by an accredited keys2drive instructor.

Call 1300 728 205 to book your free keys2drive lesson with NRMA Safer Driving School.

ACVIR Newsletter Article 2013

ACVIR Report April 2013

Exciting French Exchange Opportunity

The Hunters Hill – Le Vesinet Friendship Committee is currently seeking applications from students to participate in their six week exchange to Le Vesinet, just 20 minutes from the heart of Paris. This very exciting opportunity is open to students aged between 14 and 16 who are studying French at school. Students will stay with families in Le Vesinet during the next Christmas holidays and then welcome their French correspondent for six weeks in July/August 2013. The exchange runs under the auspices of Hunters Hill Council and has been sending small groups of students to France each year for more than 20 years. For further information and details of our upcoming information nights please refer to our website at or contact us at

St Bernadette’s Parish

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

  • 6.00pm Youth Mass
    Every Sunday night followed by LIFE Nights for Years 9 – 12 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Into Life for Years 7 – 8 Friday nights, 7.00pm – 8.30pm
  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry

Looking for a way to get involved in all kinds of great stuff and meet new people outside your school?

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry is for you.

From weekly youth groups to overnight camps, beach trips, bowling nights, community service projects and much more we have something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to meet and get to know other guys and girls from around the area who you may not otherwise have the chance to hang out with, and to keep in touch with friends from your primary school days. And as part of the Catholic Parish of St Agatha, Pennant Hills, we aim to follow Christ and live out his teachings in everything we do.

Get involved!

For more information please contact:

Matt Donnelly
St Agatha’s Youth Minister
M: 0432 494 786

Hornsby Cathedral Parish Youth Groups

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

  • Years 7 – 9
    • 7.00pm – 9.00pm Friday nights (1st and 3rd Friday of the month)
  • Years 10 – 12
    • 7.00pm – 10.00pm Fridays (2nd and 4thFriday of the month)

Please bring $5 for pizza

Upcoming Dates:

  • YEAR 7- 9 – May 3, 17, 31 (combined), June 7, 21
  • YEAR 10-12 May 10, 24 (Diocesan Event), 31 (combined), June 14 , 28

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

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