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26 Jul 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

I have just returned to school after a week’s Long Service Leave and several days Bereavement Leave following the sudden death of my mother. Following the College French Tour I spent time connecting with my daughter who lives in the UK, accompanying her for the all important task of buying her wedding dress. Hearing news of my mother’s death when I was so far was home was very difficult but I am blessed with a wonderful family, all of whom were involved in the planning and organisation of a wonderful celebration of mum’s life, which took place on Monday.

All these events highlighted for me the inevitability of the cycles of life and the importance of taking time to be really present to family when we are with them, on special occasions and at other times. I will be even more acutely aware of making the most of the time I have with my dear father, and expressing my gratitude to my friends and family. I want to thank all those in the Mount St Benedict community who have offered expressions of support. It has meant a great deal to me at this difficult time.

I also thank Ms Jackie Duncan who stepped into the role of Acting Principal during my absence, the College Leadership Team for their support and our amazingly generous staff and students for their support at this time.

The Induction of our new Student Leaders is always a time of excitement as we anticipate sharing in the gifts of our students, as they embark on their journey as leaders of our student body. It is also a time to give thanks for the contributions of our current student leaders, who have had an enormously successful year and demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. Congratulations to all our incoming leaders and to their parents who have supported them to arrive at this point in their journeys.

While I was unable to attend the HSC Creative Arts evening, I have heard it was a wonderful evening with many excellent performances and presentations. Congratulations to the students who have worked so hard in bringing their projects to completion and to their teachers and parents who have accompanied them along the way.

We have enjoyed having our visitors from Germany here with us and we look forward to continuing the connection when our students travel to Germany at the end of the year. Many strong personal friendships have been formed among teachers and students over the years and we always appreciate the exchange of cultural understanding which comes from such trips. Having accompanied our students to France I am very aware of the enormous benefits of such experiences.

We remember in our prayers our Year 12 students who commence their Trial HSC examinations next week:

Today, let us especially pray for our young people as they begin their examinations.
God we ask that they especially feel your closeness during this period.
Give them calm hearts and quiet confidence
in the knowledge that you hold them in the palm of your hand.
Bless them with keen understanding and retentive memory.
Give them the ability to grasp things correctly,
be exact in their explanations
And an ability to express themselves clearly.
Direct their progress
and help them
in the completion of each of their responses.
Holy Spirit send them your gifts of wisdom and knowledge
We ask this through Christ our Lord,


Maria Pearson

Mission News

At the moment our Year 11 students are being asked to choose a program for their Retreat which takes place at the beginning of next term. For the Year 11 Retreat we offer three programs based on the College core Benedictine values of Pax, Stewardship and Hospitality.

  • Pax - in the spirit of peace, seeking to develop a deeper spirituality drawing on the wisdom of Benedict in finding God in the midst of life's concerns. Explore how to find the balance in life and enjoy the simplicity of prayer, work and leisure.
  • Hospitality - in the spirit of service, seeking to develop a deeper spirituality through the aspect of service to one another. Explore what it means to live with justice and make a difference in the world.
  • Stewardship - in the spirit of nurture, seeking to develop a deeper spirituality through encounter with God's creation and the wise use of our gifts. Explore the call to care for the earth and to live sustainable lives in the modern world. Reflect on the wonder of creation and enjoy its beauty.

While we offer three different programs each retreat will include a variety of activities related to the theme. These will include some time for prayer as individuals and in a group, some short pieces of input from team members, some group processes to engage with the theme, some active/creative components and some free time for relaxation and recreation.

In less than two weeks from now we look forward to welcoming the senior members of our community to our annual Grandparents Day Assembly and morning tea. This will take place on Wednesday 7 August from 9.30am until around 11.00am. For more details and to RSVP see the notice in this newsletter. Please contact the College to discuss how we can assist guests who have limited mobility or other particular needs.

The following week we will have our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Week which will include a range of activities for students from class programs, lunch time activities and guest speakers. Given the repeated tragedies of death at sea and in immigration detention centres this issue takes on even greater importance. This is even more pressing given recent political decisions in the face of such great need worldwide. United Nations authorities advise that we are currently experiencing levels of displacement beyond any previous period in history. Clearly it is one of the great humanitarian needs of our time and clearly it is one to which we should give particular attention.

Please RSVP here

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 9 2014 Elective Subjects Information Evening

Tuesday 6 August

College Hall

Mrs Pearson, College Principal will present a holistic picture of girls education at Mount St Benedict College and Mr Muskovits, Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum will provide information on the Board of Studies requirements for Years 9 and 10 (Stage 5), the elective structure and course selection for next year and provide an overview of the online Subject Selection System (SSO). Parents will be emailed their username and password and may access the SSO system from 4.00pm on Wednesday 7 August.

The College will offer 14 elective courses from which your daughter will choose TWO for Years 9 and 10. These courses are 200 hour courses which must be studied over both years. Therefore careful consideration needs to be given to the subject selection process as once the students indicate what courses they want to study and timetabling of the lines begin, it is very difficult to change their preferences.

Faculty staff will be available to discuss any questions you have with your daughter regarding these courses and the Year 9 2014 Elective Subject Selection Handbook will be distributed.

Therefore it is important that you and your daughter attend this Information Evening. All students are expected to attend in school uniform.

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum


Instrumental Tuition

Tuition is available to all students who have chosen to learn a musical instrument at the College.

Current offers:

Students who would like to play violin, viola, cello, trumpet or trombone will be given an instrument free of any additional charge whilst part of the tuition program. Instruments are to be returned at the end of year or at the conclusion of your daughter's final lesson.

Please fill in an Music Instrument Tuition Form and return to Student Services. If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Mr Peter Watters
Head of Department - Creative and Performing Arts

College News

Year 10 Senior Uniform Fittings

Commencing on Monday 5 August until Thursday 8 August appointment times have been allocated to all Year 10 students. The appointment times will be emailed to your daughter and will also be on the Noticeboard outside the Printroom.

A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of the appointment.
Download a Credit Card Transaction Form here.

If you do not need a senior uniform due to siblings or if your daughter is not returning to the College in 2014 please ask her to advise Mrs Arane in the Uniform Shop so that her appointment time is not wasted.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Uniform Shop on 9980 0447 if you have any further queries.


Stephanie Hanna, Year 9 Stanbrook, attended the Design Drawing for Fashion Beginnings Workshop at the Whitehouse Institute Of Design during the school holidays.

She was then awarded a scholarship to attend the Advanced Design Drawing for Fashion Workshop. The College community congratulates Stephanie on her achievements. Photo: Stephanie receives her Scholarship from Whitehouse Marketing Manager Vanessa Texeira

submitted by Mrs Sadie Hanna


Class of 2003 (and Year 10 2001) 10 Year Reunion including teaching staff.

5.00pm Saturday 19 October 2013

Helm Bar, Aquarium Wharf 7 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour NSW

For additional details for this event, join the Facebook Group "Mt St Benedict Class of 2003 Ten Year Reunion" or alternatively email

Class of 1983 (and Year 10 1981) 30 Year Reunion

7.00pm Saturday 14 September 2013

Kirribilli Club 11 Harbour View Crescent Lavendar Bay NSW

For additional details for this event, join the Facebook Group "Mt St Benedict Class of '83" or alternatively email

From the Fees Desk

School fees for Term 3 are due Friday 2 August. If paying by automatic deduction the payments will be processed on this date. Current Statements of Account and Tax Receipts for the Voluntary Building Fund have been posted to all families.

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

Mrs Fiona Barnett
Fees Administrator

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


Congratulations to Holly Pitt, Class of 2012 and past Terracina House Captain, who has recently been selected in the University of Western Sydney Aspire Future Leaders Program. Holly went though a rigorous selection process and was one of only five students selected for this program as an aspiring future leader.

Congratulations Holly!

Mrs Kate Gillies
Terracina House Coordinator

From Student Services

If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

If your daughter is absent or late, please send an SMS message to 0418 565 982 with a brief reason.

For example 'Susan Smith Y8 sick', "Susan Smith Y8 Physio appt'.

The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so to avoid a follow-up, please ensure that you explain your daughter's 'absence/lateness' when sending your SMS message. This is a text only number. Once you have sent a SMS message you are not required to send a written note. If you are bringing your daughter to school late, could you take the time to write a note in her diary before she gets out of the car. To have the ‘lateness’ explained on the day then requires no follow up.

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

MSB Representative Athletics Team

Apart from the Royal Birth there was also history being made by our MSB Representative Netballers on Tuesday when all four teams came home with medals from the Broken Bay Championships! Our teams featured in all finals with results as follows -

  • Y7 – MSB Champions
  • Y7/8 - MSB Champions
  • Y9/10 - MSB Champions
  • Y11/12 - MSB Runners Up in extra time.

It was a sensational day for us with great netball and sportsmanship displayed.

It was also such a thrill to have many of our ex students involved in the day including Olivia Doyle as our Year 7 coach, Alex Walsh as an assistant in control and umpires Amber Johnston, Kirsten Gossip, Elizabeth Arane and Mikala Smith.

Thanks also to our current students who represented us as umpires - Caitlin Knight (Yr11), Rachel Loomes (Yr11), Kaitlyn Smith (Yr11), Stephanie Frost (Yr10), Erin Frost (Yr9).

Further thanks must go to staff members Mrs Lisa Dean for assisting with the running of the day, and coaches Mrs McGregor and Mrs Walsh for not only their great results at the carnival, but for all of their time spent selecting and preparing their girls.

Parent Lisette Smith deserves special recognition for her precise organisation of all of the umpiring pool for the day despite some last minute changes - Lisette has performed this role for many years now and we are very grateful.

Yet again it was a pleasure to be associated with our girls and the positive parental support evident was terrific role modelling for our players.

The Y7/8 team and Y9/10 team will now represent us at the NSW CCC Championships at Penrith next month in the Major Junior and Intermediate divisions. The girls have been notified via email of their new training sessions over the next three weeks.

Full Team Reports Below -

Y7 Team

It was great to see this new division offered for the first time and our Year 7 students representing the College with style. The girls achieved great results throughout the day ‑ winning all of their pool matches and then defeating Stella Maris and St Joseph's in the finals to finish the day as undefeated champions!! Congratulations to team members Capri Vidler, Georgia Dean, Kyara Waaijer, Sasha Savenko, Kaitlin Hourican, Renee Khamis, Lauren Klauser, Alicia Marcer, Abbey Harris.

The following is a report by Kyara:

I guess I have two ways to describe the netball championships last Tuesday.

I can either give you a game by game, point by point summary of the day, and go into great detail on how we won the first game convincingly, and how our confidence almost got the better of us after we were down 4-0 in the first few minutes of the second game but then rallied together and triumphed, and so on, and so on. Or I can just get straight to the point; It was Bennies day! The weather was phenomenal, the team spirit fantastic and the competition exhilarating. I am sure I speak on behalf of all girls that we truly appreciate the time and guidance of our coaches, our umpires, and we want to especially thank Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Dean for their driving force behind hosting this carnival.

Report by Kyara.

Back Row L to R Capri, Lauren, Georgia, Kyara, Alicia Coach Olivia Doyle
Front Row Abbey, Sasha, Kaitlin, Renee

Y7/8 Team

Congratulations to the Junior netball team undefeated Broken Bay Champions.

Tuesday was a wonderful day for this bunch of enthusiastic girls.

With minimal training due to hall being out of action, the girls took the court for their first game against St Leo’s and at half time the score was 17-1, a fantastic start. This was to continue throughout the day. All girls swooped on any dropped ball and with Claudia, Angela, Shannyn and Tammy in defence the opposition did not receive much ball throughout the day.

In attack Lauren, Olivia, Elise, Kassidy and Piper played with flair and accuracy and also received their share of intercepts.

All pool games were won by at least twelve goals. The semi-final against St Joseph's was our closest game with the girls winning by eight.

The day finished with an eleven point win in the final to see the girls win the Broken Bay title.

Thank you to the great parent support and the umpires on the day.

Mrs Walsh


Back Row L to R Piper, Shannyn, Kassidy, Tammy Coach Mrs Walsh
Front Lauren, Olivia, Angela, Claudia, Elise

Y9/10 Team

This team has a wealth of talent that allowed us to play wonderful combinations despite a last minute injury withdrawal and multiple players suffering from illnesses.

The girls finished the day as truly worthy undefeated champions; the core of this group have not lost a game at these championships in three years!

Kaitlyn Noble and Rebekah Smith who usually play at the opposite end of the court were magnificent in defence, quickly combining well to frustrate opposition shooters with tight circle defence and brilliant intercepts. Julia Cormio and Ashleigh McDonnell in their first ever MSB Representative Netball Team learnt new plays, again sometimes in unfamiliar positions, quickly, and their lovely strong long arm defence over the ball forced many turn overs. Bella Duncan and Georgia Quick displayed unrivalled timing and spacing in the mid court in attack and this combined with their speed and continuous defensive pressure made them so valuable in our midcourt. Our pocket rocket shooters Alex Wade and Alyson McGrath proved that you don’t have to be tall to play in the circle if you have super agility, shooting accuracy and beautiful ball placement – all of which left our opponents scrambling to keep up in defence.

To all of our wonderful and supportive parents it was again a pleasure to be involved with your daughters and I look forward to the CCC Championships next month.

Back Row L to R Alex, Alyson, Bella, Georgia Coach Mrs Grant

Front Ashleigh, Julia, Rebekah, Kaitlyn.

Y11/12 Team

Congratulations to our senior netball team who played an outstanding day of netball at the Broken Bay Championships on Tuesday. Finishing second in Pool B, the girls nervously took on St Joseph’s, (1st place Pool A) in the semi-final. With true commitment and determination the girls won the semi and found themselves in the final against Mercy College, who had narrowly beaten them in the round game earlier in the day. The stage was set for an exciting final. At full time, the match was drawn and sent into extra time. In an absolute nail biting finish, Mercy finished two goals ahead to win the match and the Championship.

Throughout the day our shooters Monique Frendo, Kaitlin Quinlan and Becky Clarke shot beautifully and were calm and consistent under pressure. Ash McKimm, Amie Maguire and Nicola Tompkins combined well to drive the ball powerfully through the centre court and then patiently work it into the shooters. Madeline Bergfield, Breanna Frendo and Jessica Smith (as well as Becky and Kaitlin) held tight defence and took numerous intercepts both in the circle and down the court.

What was most impressive about this team, was their ‘never say die’ attitude and the way they stayed calm when behind, to come back and finish in style. Well done girls, we are very proud of you.

Back row L to R Ashleigh, Bree, Monique, Jessica Coach Mrs McGregor

Front Amie, Maddy, Kaitlin, Nichola, Becky

MSB Representative Golf Team

Students who are interested in representing MSB at the Broken Bay Golf Championships on Friday 30 August will need to contact Mrs Grant prior to Friday 2 August. Players must be a member of an affiliated Golf Club and would be required to be transported to Tuggerah Lakes Golf Course by a parent. Entry fee is $20 per player which includes a sausage sizzle lunch.

The championship will be divided into U13, U15 and Open competition.


Congratulation to Lauren Thompson (Year 9) and Harriet Burke (Year 10) who competed at the Australian Gymnastics Championships during the recent holidays.

Harriet finished 19th in the double mini trampoline.

Lauren, competing in the Level 9 Division, finished 4th in the Floor routine and 9th in the Bars routine. The NSW team took home the bronze medal.

Photo: Lauren in action at the recent State Championships

We congratulate both girls for representing NSW and competing at such a major event.

We also wish Miss Cox the best of luck at the World Games being held this week in Cali, Columbia. Miss Cox is representing Australia as a judge in the sport of Trampoline Gymnastics.





Wed 21 Aug (MSB Rep Team)


Fri 13 Sep (BB Team)
(Wet Weather Backup tba)


Thu 22 August (MSB Rep KO Team)



Fri 19 July (E. Gallagher, C Krajancic, C Vidler)



Fri 30 Aug (MSB Golf Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Tue 3 Sep)



Tue 23 Jul (MSB Rep Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup Wed 24 Jul)
Wed 14 Aug (Champion MSB Rep Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup tba)



Fri 26 - Sun 28 Jul (NSW CCC Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)


Thu 22 Aug (NSW CCC Team)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)


Thu 8 - Sun 25 Aug (Lily Vidler Y12)

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

Co-curricular Sport


Your Daughter Needs You!!

We are past the half way mark of the Netball Season and I wanted to express my gratitude to all the girls, coaches, managers and umpires for all their wonderful effort in Netball so far.

Please remember the end of year Netball Presentation will take place in a new venue, The Pennant Hills Bowling Club.

Please note at this function on Saturday 14 September, the AGM will occur and the following positions will become vacant.

  • Equipment Officer
  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Umpires Convenor

Without these roles being filled the Club will not function past this date.

If anyone is interested we are only too willing to inform you about what each of these jobs entail. Just like one of the aspects of the MSB School Motto, we would love parents to demonstrate their great hospitality and give something to the MSB Netball Club as I am sure you are aware of the wonderful skills and friendships the girls receive by being a part of the MSB Netball Club.

Over the next few weeks we will give you an insight into the people whose positions are becoming vacant at the end of the year.

Treasurer - Sally Cooper

Full time wife and mother, administrator for family business, part-time travel agent

Family, work, sports in general

Why MSB:
I always appreciate anyone who gives their time to allow sporting clubs to operate - having volunteered in the past in team manager’s roles, this was another area I could help in, and be involved in my daughter’s netball life!

My Role So Far:
Treasurer involves making sure the payments coming in are recorded, bills are paid, and there is enough money in the bank for necessary items - much like at home! I am not formally trained in accounting, and basic book-keeping is all that is required. Other committee members/parents/school staff – have all been of assistance in some way with getting the job done.

I have really enjoyed the involvement with the netball club - the committee members are a great group - meetings are an enjoyable part of the process. Lots of support.

Married with three children and two cats

Please direct any enquiries to me and we look forward to seeing you at the Netball Presentation to celebrate the end of the Season.

Chris Gould
MSB Netball Club President


On Saturday 20 July we played against another Northern Districts U15 team at Pennant Hills and it was a really tough game.

We all defended really well and unfortunately they beat us 2‑0. It was our first game after the holidays and our practice had to be cancelled due to lightning! However the team is really beginning to work well on the field and our coach keeps reminding us to keep up the talking on the field encouraging and helping each other and TO KEEP OUR STICKS DOWN!

P & F News

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.

MSB Golf Day - ** Rescheduled **

Due to a clash in the College calendar unfortunately the Ladies and Gents Golf Day has had to be rescheduled. Details will follow late August 2013.”

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

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

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


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









Nicole Bond


Jaye Harkin

Helena Cheung

Kay Munro

Lynne Chen

Susan Willey

Fiona Stewart

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 Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448

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


Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 22 July

Are you enrolled to vote?

Young people's voices matter this election, but almost one in four are not enrolled to vote.

Go to to check if you're enrolled, and to update your enrolment online. You can also visit to enrol, stay informed, and get all the information you need to vote, Make your voice count this election year.


Student Work Placement

We are continuously looking for employers in all our frameworks, which are:

  • Automotive
  • Auto Sound
  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality - Commercial Cookery
  • Hospitality - Food and Beverage
  • Information Technology
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Primary Industry / Horticulture
  • Retail
  • Tourism and Events

Parents - are you thinking of becoming a host employer?

By providing input into the development of a student while on work placement you can ensure the future of a confident, skilled and employable young person. You can show them the attitudes you want in your industry which will, in turn raise the profile of your business to the local community. However, the most valuable experience the students will gain is the opportunity to use and develop their employability skills, such as an opportunity to work in a team, problem solving skills, verbal and written communication skills and to use their initiative. To join as a host employer, please contact us on 9639 7999 and ask for a work placement coordinator or email

New degrees at Macquarie University for 2014

Macquarie University consults with industry to develop new degree programs to meet the changing market place and to provide our students with a competitive edge. New degrees to be introduced for 2014 are:

  • Bachelor of Laws Our new four-year stand-alone degree encourages students to look beyond law as a function of rules and procedures or as a technical qualification.

  • Bachelor of Business Analytics This program incorporates business and science. Students will gain skills in quantitative training; in statistics and modelling, business information/intelligence, strategy, budget forecasting and planning.

  • Bachelor of Business Leadership and Commerce This degree provides students with not only with technical skills in business, but also soft skills to respond to an agile and highly innovative modern organisation.

  • Bachelor of Global Business This program combines a commercial understanding of global business, a major in an Asian or European language and an internship with an international company, either in Australia or overseas.

  • Bachelor of Human Sciences This degree provides the required academic background for postgraduate study in physiotherapy, and employment opportunities in areas where skills in counselling, community-based care, disability services, and health policy and education are needed.

New combined degrees

9.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday 31 August

This year's highlights include:

  • Hands-on activities – Map the lands of Westeros (of Game of Thrones fame) with our Architecture students, interact with robots from the Engineering faculty and examine DNA with the Science team!

  • Over 150 mini lectures – Hear about the study opportunities Sydney Uni has to offer, as well as things like international exchange and scholarships. There are also a couple of sessions aimed at parents!

  • One-on-one advice – Chat to university lecturers and students about where a degree from Sydney Uni can take you.

  • Guided tours – From general tours of campus to more specialised faculty or residential college ones, these are a great way to get a feel for our beautiful campus and world-class facilities.

Visit for more information about mini lectures and to create your own program for the day.

HSC Preparation Courses - Term Three

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. 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.


9.00am - 1.00pm
Saturday 27 July
Parramatta Campus

Join us for a free BBQ lunch from 11.00am.

Register here or call 1300 897 669.

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.


Admission to UTS:INSEARCH will now be based on a student’s average HSC subject results (based on non-VET subjects).

The Academic and English Admissions Committee recently approved the new model with the aim of giving more Year 12 graduates, an opportunity to study at UTS:INSEARCH and start their pathway to university study. If you would like to discuss this with UTS:INSEARCH please contact David Sam or call 9218 8749

Discover Sessions

  • Nursing - City and Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

  • Midewifery - City campuses

  • Human Movement and Sport and Exercise - Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

Futher 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 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.

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.

For the latest information go to

My Health Career

MY HEALTH CAREER offers over one hundred videos on over ten different health careers from real health practitioners. Everything from the future of pharmacy in Australia to the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician to eight areas of specialisation in podiatry.

Go to to enter your name and email address and receive FREE updates.

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. Further information

GapBreak Student and Parent Information Night - Sydney

6.30pm - 7.30pm
Monday 29 July
Suite 303a / 282 Victoria Avenue Chatswood

Registration Link Student and parents can register here.

Online Information Session - listen from your computer!

6.00pm - 7.00pm
Tuesday 6 August

Registration Link Student and parents can register here.

Download & view the GapBreak Brochure here.

Camp America 2014 Season Kick Off

Tuesday 6 August
Y Hotel, 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney (next to Hyde Park)

Visit the website for further Information RSVP via our Facebook page

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

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.

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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.

TAX File Numbers Delay

We have been informed that there has been a delay in the processing of TFN applications by the Taxation Department. As soon as they have been processed individual tax file numbers will be sent to postal addresses on the applications.

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

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

Most courses, workshops and seminars are held in the evening during school terms in the Northern Sydney area.

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
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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

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 - June 21

  • YEAR 10-12 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.