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25 July 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

On the weekend I received news from Mr John Muskovits that his daughter Katie, an MSB ex-student, received a double lung transplant on Saturday evening. This is a very positive medical step for Katie but obviously it is a time when John and his family will appreciate the prayers of this community. I ask that you keep the Muskovits family in your prayers at this time.

After my time away from school it has been really uplifting and refreshing to once again hear the laughter and chatter of our girls. I enjoyed meeting a number of parents at the Year 9 Parent/Teacher interviews on Monday evening and hearing of their daughters’ progress. As I have reconnected with staff I have appreciated hearing what is happening in their classrooms and I have had a chance to inspect the upgraded F Block classrooms, which should provide better levels of comfort for both students and staff. I thank the Board for their support of this work. It is amazing how much happens in one term and it is wonderful to see that the College continues to grow and develop.

The induction of our new student Captains this week heralds another beginning – our Year 11 students have now taken over the mantle of leadership and like our current captains will make a mark on the school community. The depth of leadership in our students is obvious and while some students are chosen for particular roles we regard all our senior students as leaders in our community. We will have further opportunities later on in the term to show our appreciation for the leadership given by our Year 12 students. We congratulate our new leaders and pledge our support to them.

Year 12 students are preparing to commence their Trial HSC examinations next week. At the same time many are finalising individual projects and preparing for practical examinations. This week I had the pleasure of hearing the English Extension 2 students present their works – the depth and understanding the girls demonstrated in their writing was inspiring. Also, the Dance and Drama students presented their works at a showcase on Wednesday evening. I am always amazed by the level of creativity, skill and depth of thought that goes into these works. Congratulations to all the students and their dedicated teachers.

Last weekend the news of Flight MH17, and the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, seemed to fill the airwaves, television and newspapers. At the same time we are conscious of conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world. As a community that values Pax and especially this year with our special emphasis on peace, I leave you with the prayer of St Francis:


Mrs Maria Pearson

Mission News

“Jesus said to the crowds, 'The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.

'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

'Have you understood all this?' They said 'Yes.' And he said to them, 'Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.'”

This Sunday’s Gospel continues with Jesus teaching in parables. To be more precise he uses a number of similitudes to bring out aspects of the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Heaven as Matthew prefers to say. Reflecting on the idea of the Kingdom of God or Reign of God brings to mind the prayer that Jesus taught. He teaches us to pray “Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. As we pray this prayer we also do all that is within our power to bring about God’s kingdom on earth. It is this prayer and this work which informs and guides much of our endeavour here at Mount St Benedict College.

We seek to build God’s kingdom through our regular prayer and reflection. This week, of course, we focused our prayer on the need for peace in our world, particularly in the light of the tragic events in the Ukraine late last week and the ongoing conflict in Gaza and Israel, Syria and Iraq which have claimed the lives of so many innocent people.

We also seek to build God’s kingdom through reaching out to others in need. Next week our Year 10 students will take part in a week of Community Outreach where they will offer their time and their talents to various community organisations working to assist those in need. Some will work in the aged care sector, some among people with disabilities, others in health care and others in community development. We wish all our students well in this week of service and ask that God will go with them and bless them during this time.

Further still we seek to build God’s kingdom though strengthening the bonds of community that exist among us. In a few weeks’ time, on Tuesday 12 August we will welcome the senior members of our community to our annual Grandparents’ Assembly and Morning Tea. We invite the Grandparents of our students to join us for our College Assembly at 9:30 and then to enjoy some morning tea with us until about 11am. We would ask our guests to RSVP to assist us with catering. This can be done through the link on our website and also through the linked invitation below. We look forward to welcoming our guests on this day and we hope it will be another wonderful occasion of building our community together.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean Of Mission

Year 11 Ministry Outreach

Ministry Outreach is a program that runs for five days in the June-July holidays for Year 11 students from Good Samaritan Colleges.  It is held at St Scholastica’s College, Glebe. The program is a collaboration between Good Samaritan Schools across Australia, providing an insight into the lives of those in the community who face daily challenges through group volunteering in a range of different organisations.

This year, Mrs Rowland, Miss Liu (who was co-ordinating the program with Mark Zilich from Rosebank College) and the six of us - Abbie Lincoln, Sophie Parkes, Chelsea Spokes, Rebecca Albertini, Rachel Cheung and Laura Baker - plus students from eight other schools from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane were involved in the program.  We were placed into groups and each group visited two organisations for two days. Some of the venues included: Ozanam Industries, which provides employment to adults with disabilities; Parramatta Mission, which cares for the homeless; Foodbank, which distributes unwanted food to people in need; Allowah Children’s Hospital for young people with physical and intellectual disabilities and various nursing homes. Each night was spent reflecting on the day in addition to a presentation from St Vincent De Paul Society or Josephite Community Aid.

Overall, the experience was positive and enriching. One big thing that we all got out of it was that we needed to be able to ‘put ourselves in other people’s shoes’ before we make any judgements. We can learn all we can about social issues like drug addiction, alcoholism, homelessness, refugees, but until we are willing to reach out and hear what they have to say about what life is like for them, we will never be able to help them in a way that would be of greatest benefit, nor will we be able to change our attitudes in a way that would compel us to help people less fortunate than us. Ultimately, the more you understand people, the greater a person’s capacity to do good, and take meaningful action, and not just simply become a bystander, or become a self-righteous person who can only make things better on a superficial level.

Another thing that we learnt was that reflecting on your experiences is vital. For many people, ministry outreach could only be spiritually enriching and life-changing if they had the opportunity to think about what they experienced at the service site. Many people also realised that this can apply to many aspects of life, where people have to take one quiet moment to themselves to re-evaluate their attitude and beliefs about certain issues. Thus, the ministry outreach provided us with some perspective: that sometimes, we forget about the people whose lives have been a constant struggle, whom society has placed on the sidelines, simply because we are living in our own micro world, or ‘bubble'.

We’d all like to thank the teachers who gave up a week of their holidays to accompany us – Mrs Rowland and Miss Liu. We really appreciated their continual support and know that they also learnt a lot from the experience. We’d also like to thank Mrs Bradley for all the hard work behind-the-scenes that ensured the week went smoothly.

Laura Baker & Rachel Cheung

Curriculum News

History Study Tour 2014

33 students and 6 staff recently returned from a very exciting trip to Europe. The trip visited Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Naples/ Vico Equense, Monte Cassino and Rome. All members of the trip had a fantastic time and saw some amazing sites.

Starting in Munich the girls toured the important sites of the Nazi Party including the famous Hofbrauhaus, the site of the first Nazi party meetings. We learned about the unrest in Germany which led to support for Nazi ideas.

Our second day in Munich started with a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp which was a confronting experience showing the impact of unchecked power. Our girls were very respectful in the way that they processed this difficult part of world history.

When we visited the town of Nuremberg we witnessed some of the contradictions of German history where the beautiful medieval castle and town were contrasted with the architecture of the Nazi Party rally grounds. Our final stop in Nuremberg was Courtroom 600, the site of the War Crimes trials after WWII.

Berlin was a very different experience after the beauty of Nuremberg. It is a city of growth and renewal, still developing after its history of division. We had the opportunity to see the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, shop on the Ku’dam as well as swim on the Wansee Lakes.

We flew from Berlin to Naples and with that flight moved from Modern to Ancient History. The girls had a great combination of learning and leisure. Our hotel in the village of Vico Equense had spectacular views across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius. Pompeii was a definite highlight for our girls. After visiting the site of Herculaneum we had the amazing experience of snorkelling over the top of the submerged ruins at Baiae. Seeing mosaics, columns and Roman pottery under the water and being able to dive down and touch was a truly unique experience.

Our day on the Isle of Capri was spectacular with perfect weather, beautiful blue water and a private boat to tour the island. Exploring the bays and grottos and stopping to dive off the boat to swim was definitely an unforgettable day.

After leaving Vico, we drove to Rome with a very special stop at Monte Cassino where Benedict wrote his rule. An informative tour finished with staff and students saying the College prayer in the monastery’s chapel.

Our final stop was the eternal city, Rome with visits to famous landmarks such as The Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and the Colliseum. We had guided tours of the Vatican Museum and St Peter’s Cathedral as well as the Forum and Palatine Museum. Before we boarded our return flight to Sydney, we celebrated mass at Santa Sussanah under the watch of Bernini’s sculptures.

The 17 days in Europe came to a close with some wonderful memories and learning experiences. We would like to thank all the staff and students for their positive involvement in our first College History Tour.

Mr Greg Hume
History Study Tour Coordinator

English Extension 2 HSC Showcase

On Tuesday 22 July, the Extension 2 students presented excerpts from their HSC works and told stories about their progress at the annual English Extension 2 Showcase.

As the Major Works are due on 15 August, the students are in the last stages of completing their works and the showcase gave them the chance to get feedback from a number of diverse perspectives.

Olivia Newsome has written a collection of short stories appropriating Greek myths while Bianca Scalone is producing an innovative Australian crime fiction.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Showcase and offered their support and feedback. It has been a very enriching and rewarding experience and a pleasure to work with such talented students.

Best wishes to Olivia and Bianca as they put the finishing touches on their work.

Ms Melinda Kearns
English Coordinator

Year 10 Food Technology Excursion

The Year 10 Food Technology classes went on an excursion to Sydney Tower on 17 July. A few of the girls have written about their experience.

“One of Sydney’s greatest icons, the Sydney Tower, was explored by the Year 10 Food Technology classes. We went behind the scenes to see how some of the food was prepared in the kitchens of the 309m tall tower. Having lunch at the magnificent buffet restaurant was definitely the best part of the excursion. Overall, it was a great experience with opportunities to try food we wouldn’t normally eat, like kangaroo, emu and crocodile.”

Kayel, Meaghan, Sarah and Sarah-Jane

“Year 10 Food Technology ventured into the city to learn about commercial kitchens and the hospitality industry as a part of their food service and catering unit. We kicked off the day with an interesting tour with an informative tour guide, through the depths of the kitchen and heights of the 360 degree bar and the rotating restaurant - all 309m of Sydney Tower. A gourmet buffet lunch followed with over 40 dishes including emu and crocodile sausages. The delicious excursion did not disappoint.”

Kellie and Emily

“Our taste buds exploded after experiencing the fine dining food at the Sydney Tower buffet. We were fortunate enough to be situated on the revolving floor allowing us to look over the stunning harbour. Thank you to everyone who assisted in organising our day, we truly enjoyed it!”

Dom and Jenna

“Today we headed to Sydney Tower. We had a tour of the kitchen facilities where we saw the storerooms, freezers, preparation kitchens and cleaning rooms. Then we went to the 360 degree bar and dining where we learnt some interesting facts about the tower, such as the water tank on the top, 2 layers of windows and 56 metal poles that loop around and hold the tower up. We then sat down to a buffet lunch where we could try a range of Australian cuisines and foods we wouldn’t usually eat, like kangaroo, emu and crocodile, as well as classic chips, salad, seafood and meats. Overall the excursion was a fantastic experience to expand our knowledge on the hospitality industry and try new foods!”

Marnie, Genevieve, Taylor, Sarah, Lara and Tash

Mrs Dominique Johnston
Acting TAS Head of Department

Miss Lucy Mesker
TAS Teacher

College News

Year 12 Formal Information

Venue: Grand Ballroom, The Epping Club
Date: Friday 14 November
Time: 7pm - 11.30pm

Further information and tickets will be on sale after the Trial exams.

Ms Kathy Reid
Subiaco House Coordinator

From the Fees Desk

School fees for Term 3 are due Friday 1 August 2014.  If paying by automatic deduction, term payments will be processed on this date.

Current statements of account were posted to all families at the end of term 2.

Tax Receipts for the Voluntary Building Fund have been posted to all relevant families.

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

Mrs Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

Representative Sport

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


NSW CCC Website:

Broken Bay Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


Representative Sports Calendar - Term Three


Broken Bay Championships
Wed 20 Aug
MSB Representative Teams

NSW All Schools KO Championships
Thu 28 Aug
MSB Representative KO Team

CCC Championships
Fri 12 Sep
BROKEN BAY Representative Team


NSW CCC Championships
Wed 13 Aug
MSB BB Champion Representative Teams


School Sport Australia Championships
Monday 25 - Friday 30 August
Natalie Tobin Y12


NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Jul
A. Shepherd Y9

NSW ALL SCHOOLS Regional Championships
Tue 26 Aug TBC
MSB Year 7/8 Representative Team

Representative Team Trainings and Trials

Thursday 31 July JUN (Y7/8) REP BASKETBALL TRIALS ( Miss Liu / Mr Young)

Sign up sheets are now on the sports noticeboard for the Y7/8 touch team who will contest the regional NSW All Schools championships later this term.

Broken Bay Netball Championships

Look out for a full report next week on the Broken Bay Netball Championships. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who assisted with the running of the day:

  • Lisette Smith (parent of Kaitlin Y12) who did an incredible job organising all of our umpires, particularly this year when the date had to be changed at short notice.
  • Mrs Walsh, Mrs McGregor and Lily Vidler (MSB class of 2013) for coaching our teams.
  • Mrs Lewis and Mrs Simpson for assisting to run the event on the day.

Thankyou to the following students and their wonderful families who billeted two teams from Bradford Grammar School this week: Angela Cloeraine, Chloe Withford, Charlie Folkard, Caitlin Knight, Ali McGrath, Alex Wade, Ash McKimm, Kaitlyn Noble, Emma Hayman, Kassidy Grant, Capri Vidler, Rach Takchi, Lauren Martin, Georgia Quick and Tammy McGregor.

MSB Representative Athletics Team

The MSB Athletics Team has now been finalised and notes emailed to all students for the Broken Bay Championships to be held on Wednesday 20 August. Please return these by Monday as the team needs to be officially entered.  Students who are now unable to compete need to contact Mrs Grant urgently.

Broken Bay Open Basketball Championships

The Senior Basketball team recently competed in the Broken Bay Diocese Basketball Championships. The girls had been preparing for this over a number of weeks leading into the tournament with weekly training sessions. The girls entered the day confident in their ability as a team but knew they would be facing strong competition.

The day started well with strong wins in the pool games. The girls played extremely well as a team with all players contributing in both offence and defence. They knew though that the tougher test started in the semi-final. Playing St Leo's Catholic College, Wahroonga, the girls could not have got off to a better start. Leading 18 - 2 at half time, we finished comfortable winners 38-8.

The final was against State Finalist and perennial Diocese Championship winner St Joseph's Catholic College, East Gosford. Another great start by the girls saw them leading by four points at the half way break. With the long day taking a toll on all of the team, all players stepped up and showed true Bennie's spirit.  Despite a very tense last two minutes the girls hung on to win 30-20.

It was a privilege to coach such a fine group of girls who showed commitment leading into the tournament and on the day for each other. I would also like to thank the parents for their support on the day in stands and also scoring.  Report provided by John Young, Team Coach.


Following their success at the Open Broken Bay Championships our Open team were due to play St Joseph's Lochinvar on Wednesday, a full report will appear next week.

NSW All Schools Country Championships

Congratulations to Elly Gallagher (Y9 U14) who finished 8th at the All Schools Championships at Eastern Creek last Friday.  She will now be a reserve for the NSW team for the National Championships later this year to be held in Western Australia.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sport Coordinator

Co-curricular Sport

Summer Sport

It is almost spring and it is time to get ready for summer sports! Now is a great time to join a sports team and get out and active as the weather starts to warm up.  These competitions are played on weekends or after school and everyone is welcome to play.  No previous experience is necessary. Registration packages for summer sports have been sent via email to all students this week.

If you would like to join a team please complete the forms with payment and return to student services by the date listed on the registration form. Please get your forms in on time so we can ensure that everyone has a team.

  • PARRAMATTA TOUCH COMPETITION - Wed evenings  - registration forms to be returned by Fri 1 August.
  • LORETO TOUCH COMPETITION - Sat mornings - registration forms to be returned by Fri 1 August.
  • HORNSBY SOFTBALL COMPETITION - Sat mornings - registration forms to be returned by Fri 1 August.
  • HILLS SUMMER BASKETBALL COMPETITION - Thurs or Fri evenings - registration forms to be returned by Fri 15 August.

We require coaches and managers for each of these teams to go ahead.  Please consider how you are able to assist with any of the teams.

If you have any more questions once you have read the registration package please email me.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co Curricular Sports Coordinator


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.
Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system can be found here.
If you have any queries please contact Mrs Elke Forrest, Assistant Business Manager.
Place a Canteen order here







Christiana Davies

Claudia D'Ambros

Victoria Papallo

Jodie Gross

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

Volunteers are urgently required for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

  Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager

Community Notices

Sanctioned Violence:  What does it do to our Society and Relationships?

Sister Clare Condon the Congregational Leader of the Sister of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict will be delivering an address to the Australian Human Rights Commission on Wednesday 13th August 2014. Further information and registration details.

The Art of Deep Listening

Sat 23 August 2014, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm

Jointly hosted by Mount St Benedict Centre and The Parish Support Unit of Broken Bay Diocese.
Further details.

Seeing with the Eye of your Heart

A photography reflection day at the the Mount St Benedict Centre on Sat 16 August.
Further details.

Different Ways to Pray

Wed 13 August or Sat 13 September 2014, 10.00 am - 2.30 pm

Mount St Benedict Centre
Further details.

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