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28 Feb 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

Year 7 students enjoyed their Reflection Day on Monday, focusing on the theme of community, our traditions and values. In the few short weeks since they joined our community the girls have settled in well and appear to be enjoying the range of subjects and experiences they are having. The transition to secondary school is a significant one and can be quite daunting even for the most competent students. I encourage parents, if you have any concerns whatsoever, to make contact with your daughter's Homeroom Mentor or House Coordinator, or with subject teachers if there are subject-specific issues you wish to address.

The Swimming Carnival is always a colourful, fun-filled day and this year lived up to expectations. Led by our Captains the girls enthusiastically supported their Houses. It was very encouraging to see so many girls participating and clearly enjoying the healthy competition. Whilst competition is often seen as a negative thing for young people, approached in the right spirit it is an opportunity to challenge oneself, to celebrate with others and to graciously accept our achievements, however they compare with the achievements of others. It is very important that we are able to congratulate others on their achievements and celebrate their successes even when we might be experiencing disappointment ourselves. I saw many girls at the Swimming Carnival doing just that and I was certainly uplifted by the generosity of sportswomanship exhibited by the competitors.

This coming weekend a number of students who will commence at the College in 2015, as well as a number of Year 10 students, will sit the ACER Scholarship Examination. This is a very demanding test and I congratulate all the girls who are prepared to challenge themselves in this way. You should all be proud of your efforts, whether or not you are ultimately awarded a scholarship.

I will be absent on leave from the College from Monday 31 March and will return in Term Three. During this time I will be participating in a Principals' Formation Experience, visiting Benedictine sites in Italy and England. On my return I will share some of my experiences with the community. I will also be visiting schools in the USA and Canada, hoping to learn from their experiences in using student achievement data to improve outcomes. During my absence Mrs Jackie Duncan will be Acting Principal.

During my time with Good Samaritan Principals last week we had a chance to spend time in prayer and reflection. I read this beautiful poem which I share with you here. If only we could remember at all those challenging times to be "kind":

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment …
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail
letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

(Naomi Shihab Nye)

Mrs Maria Pearson

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Term Dates 2014

Term One


Term concludes Friday 11 April

Term Two


Tuesday 29 April - Friday 20 June

Term Three


Tuesday 15 July - Friday 19 September

Term Four


Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December


Mission News

On Monday of this week, our Year 7 students took part in a Reflection Day at St Benedict's Church, Arcadia. The day helps our students to look at some of the important qualities that are associated with our Benedictine and Good Samaritan heritage and to reflect on some of their own experiences of transition as they begin a new experience of life at MSB. We also took the opportunity to reflect on the words of our College song "In the Spirit of St Benedict" as well as reflecting on the College Prayer.

On this occasion a group of our Year 10 students from our Youth Ministry Class accompanied the Year 7 students and carried out a leadership role on the day. It was an excellent example of our older students mentoring our younger students as they are introduced to significant aspects of the life and culture of the College.

Also this week, our Year 10 Retreat teams have been undertaking preparation for this event which comes up in three weeks time. The theme of the Year 10 Retreat is "Choices" and the program that has been developed invites the students to reflect on the various choices they are making, including choices about their health and wellbeing, choices about their family and friendships, choices about faith and spirituality, choices about work and study and choices about the part they will play in the wider world. The Benedictine theme of balance is an important quality which underpins all of this work. Students will listen to some input from team members, have the opportunity to reflect and share in small groups, engage in personal prayer and liturgy and join in group activities.

The theme of "Choices" recognises that young people of this age are increasingly faced with an array of choices in life and we hope that through the Retreat process, our Year 10 students will be equipped with a strong foundation for making wise choices according to a clear values base. During childhood and during early adolescence, it is expected that parents, and other significant adults, will make most important choices on behalf of the young people in their care. As they grow older, young people begin to seek greater freedom and independence in their decisions and choices. This is a natural and inevitable part of growing up and, while it often leads to tension, especially with parents, it should not be taken to mean that there is something wrong with the young person, or indeed with their parents.

A great deal of preparation has been taking place over the last few weeks to allow us to mark the beginning of the Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday which falls on Wednesday 5 March. We will be gathering in Homeroom groups for an Ashes Liturgy which has been developed by our Liturgy Captains incorporating the traditional Lenten themes of repentance and conversion as well as making connections to our theme of Pax. The Homeroom based liturgy provides the opportunity for nearly all of our students to be actively involved in the liturgy through aspects such as scripture readings and prayers, music and video and the leading of the different rituals that have been incorporated into our Liturgy.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Information Evening

Monday 24 March
in the College Hall

The Evening will address three key areas:

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

The College believes that these areas will provide a solid foundation and a smoother transition for the girls into senior school. Therefore, students are expected to attend with you and wear their school uniform. The evening should conclude by around 8.30pm.

Mrs Pearson, the College Principal, will give a context for the evening, outlining some of the important issues that are facing Year 10, give an overview of important Mission activities and discuss research findings in girls' education. Senior students will explain the College's Academic Care Program and how it relates to your daughter now and in the senior years.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats, the Studies Coordinator, will outline study skills and assessment expectations which will assist the girls in their planning for the year. There are some significant changes in terms of assessment procedures from Year 9. This will be discussed in the context of the Assessment Calendar and Handbook which will be distributed and discussed with the students in a Pastoral Care period before the evening.

In addition, I will explain the Scaling Process and the relationship between HSC and Internal Assessment marks and its relevance to the subject selection process and courses offered for 2014. This is particularly important as students begin the process of discerning which courses to choose for next year.

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

Mr John Muskovits
Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

News from Learning Support

Deep Learning Skills

At Mount St Benedict College we welcome all types of learners and we aim to make learning challenging and enjoyable for all our students. We take pride in being able to adapt our teaching to meet a variety of different learning needs. We do this by getting to know our students as well as we possibly can, and by adjusting class work, homework and assessment tasks so that each student is able to achieve to the best of her ability, without becoming overwhelmed or anxious.

The College Learning Support Team is available for students who may need extra assistance with their learning, whether for the whole of their time at the College, for a year or two, or perhaps just a few lessons. Once a learning difficulty has been identified, the Learning Support Team works with the student and her parents to decide on the best means of assistance, which could include:

  • Small academic support groups (Years 7 to 10)
  • Individual assistance (essay writing, research, study skills)
  • In-class support (Teacher Assistant, team teaching)
  • ESL support
  • Reading program (Year 7)
  • Differentiation - adjusting class work and assessments
  • Disability provisions for examinations
  • Individualised program of study (Life Skills)
  • Individual planning

The Learning Support Team at Mount St Benedict consists of the Learning Support Coordinator (Mrs Margot Hadfield) and two Support Teachers (Mrs Jen Collins Pope and Mrs Elizabeth Dunger). We also have three part-time teacher assistants working with teachers and students in the classrooms (Mrs Elaine Roche, Mrs Jane Purnell, and Mrs Jo Banks).

Students from all years are welcome to contact the Learning Support teachers at any time if they have difficulties with their school work. Parents are also invited to contact the teachers if they are concerned about their daughter's academic progress or would like to discuss her individual learning needs. We would especially like to hear from student and families who are new to the College.

Disability Provisions for Higher School Certificate 2014

The Board of Studies allows disability provisions for students who will be completing the Higher School Certificate Examinations in 2014. The provisions assist students who have a learning difficulty, physical disability or medical condition which may affect their exam performance. Students or parents of students currently in Year 12 who think they may be eligible for disability provisions and would like further information should contact Mrs Hadfield (Learning Support Coordinator) as soon as possible. The closing date for most applications is the end of Term One.

Mrs Margot Hadfield
Learning Support Coordinator

College News

Year 7 Reflection Day

Last Monday Year 7 set off to St Benedict's Church Hall at Arcadia for their first MSB Reflection Day. The day was designed around the students not only getting to know each other but also the opportunity to learn more about the traditions of MSB. Students began the morning with a look at the key values of PAX, Hospitality and Stewardship that are so important to every facet of the MSB community.

For the first time, the Year 10 Ministry class facilitated a session that dissected the meaning of the words in the College song. These very generous and committed students are to be congratulated for their hard work in preparing for the day as well as the way they engaged with the Year 7 students.

The day concluded with a Liturgy designed by the Year 7 students. Overall it was a day of sunshine and an enjoyable day for staff and students.

News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department


Dates for your diary

Year 11 Play
House on Fire
Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April
in the Drama Room

Tickets $10 and will be available later in the term from the College website.

Mrs Gabrielle Keats

Mrs Lisa Stevens
Drama Teachers

Are you a parent of a Year 9 Dance, Year 9 Drama or Senior Entertainment Student

Students who take elective Dance and Drama are asked to purchase a uniform which they can wear for practical lessons, assessments and performance nights. The uniform will allow students to participate more comfortably, appropriately and actively.

Entertainment students are encouraged to purchase the uniform, as technical crew always wear black for events in the professional industry. We want our students to have the opportunity to dress professionally for the College events they will be involved in.

There is a black polo shirt with a red Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) crest for $24.

Students must also have a pair of plain black pants; if they already own a pair then they do not need to purchase another. They are available at the Uniform Shop for $38. These are excellent quality so if properly cared for they should last the students four years of study.

Students should go to the Uniform Shop and have a fitting and place their orders this term.

For more information please feel free to contact your daughter's teacher in the CAPA Department on phone: 9980 0435 or Melissa Arane in the Uniform Shop on phone: 9980 0447

Music Tuition at the College

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

Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

Download Music - Enrolment Form here

Download Music - Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

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

Year 7 Parent and Student Study Skills Evening

6.30pm - 8.00pm
Tuesday 4 March
in the College Hall

Would you like to know the secrets to success in high school?

During the early years of high school it is essential that students develop study habits that will promote academic success. This evening takes parents and students through these essential skills and how students can integrate these into their approach to school.

Enhanced Learning Educational Services is an Australian business committed to helping all students improve their ability to learn and study. Their aim is to give students strategies to unlock the power of their minds and help them become effective and successful learners.

The main areas that will be covered are:

  • Managing homework and assignments effectively by efficient time management.
  • Learning to be more organised for school and at home.
  • Working and studying effectively in high school.
  • Parents can expect to gain a greater understanding of tools students can use to help them achieve academic success and students can learn how to make the most out of their abilities through simple but effective techniques. The feedback from parents and students who attend this session is always excellent!

    Parent/Guardian(s) and students should attend together. As the session is very interactive, the session will not be of full value unless both the students and a parent attend. Both students and parents also need to bring along a pen each (and one highlighter for the family) and the school diary.

    For more information download the ELES flyer.


    Mrs Gabrielle Keats
    Studies Coordinator

    From the Fees Desk

    Term One fees are now due. All automatic direct debit payments have now commenced.

    As the College no longer accepts American Express, all AMEX authorities are now cancelled.

    If you wish to discuss your fees account please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

    Maths Workshop

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

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

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

    Mrs Denise Hillier
    Head of Mathematics

    Year 7 Vaccination Schedule



    Mon 10 Mar


    Y7 HPV Dose 1

    Mon 5 May


    Y7 HPV Dose 2, Diphtheris-Tetanus-Pertussis

    Mon 25 Aug


    Y7 HPV Dose 3, Chickenpox

    For further information, please contact the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit.

    MSB Golden Jubilee

    We are currently updating our archival records with the History Company in preparation for our Golden Jubilee in 2016. As a result of this process we have discovered some of our publications have been misplaced. If you are an ex-student and you have kept publications such as Newsletters and School Diaries, or have photos of significant events etc, and you would be happy to share a copy with us and/or donate it to the College please email

    MSB Alumni Memories

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

    Hot topics of discussion would be:

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

    From Student Services

    If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

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

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

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

    Lost Property

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

    Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students


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

    Mrs Gill McGregor
    Physical Activity Coordinator

    Representative Sport

    Further details for all Representative Sports will be available on the MSB College website here.

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

    BROKEN BAY Website:

    NSW CCC Website:

    Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


    Representative Sports Calendar



    CCC OPEN Team Selections (L Campbell Y9, K Barry Y8)
    Monday 3 March



    NSW CCC Selections
    Monday 24 March (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 March)



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Sat 12 - Wed 16 April



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships (E Morley Y11)
    Tue 11 March



    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Mon 24 March



    CCC Open Teams Selections (K Simpson Y10)
    Mon 3 Mar



    Tue 18 March - MSB U13 Rep Teams
    (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 Mar)



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Thu 6 March - Individual (J Smillie Y7)
    Fri 7 March - Teams

    NSW CCC Team Notifications

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

    Closing dates approaching this month include trials for the Open NSW CCC Golf, Cricket and Hockey Teams (U16 and Open Teams). These are State Level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.

    Representative Sport Information Pack

    NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest


    Entries have now closed and a list of all athletes registered currently appears on the Sports Noticeboard. Reserves are also indicated in case a team member suffers a last minute illness or injury, however all changes need to be cleared with Mrs Grant.

    As per the second page of the triathlon note, all students need to be at the event prior to 8.00am on Friday in order to complete the registration process. Please also remember that it is a 15 minute walk from the car park to the grandstand for registration.

    A meeting will be held for all students registered on Monday 3 March at recess in D101. Please note this change of date and time in your Student Planner.

    Good luck to Jessica Smillie, Year 7, who is competing in the NSW All Schools Triathlon Individual Championships on Thursday.

    First MSB Team Champions for 2014

    On Tuesday our first Broken Bay Champion team was crowned with the U15 Touch girls finishing as undefeated champions. Our Senior Team also competed in Umina at the Broken Bay Championships finishing a commendable 3rd.

    Nine MSB students then went on to play in the "Possibles and Probables" game at the end of the day (after six games for our U15s), vying for selection into the final U15 and Open Broken Bay Teams with the following players being successful -

    • Opens: Kaitlyn Noble (Y10)

    • U15: Shannyn Bissett (Y8) Abi Shepherd (Y9) Bella Duncan (Y10) (Bella was also recently selected into the Western Sydney Academy of Sport U15 Netball Program)

    Action photos are available from the Photos In A Flash Website -

    Students have been emailed the password.

    Here are full reports from the coaches -

    U15 Report

    This Wednesday I had the pleasure of taking eleven very talented touch football players to the central coast to compete in the Broken Bay selections. We had three teams in our pool and while we were quietly confident you can never be sure of your competitors in our diocese.

    Our first game saw us come away with the win despite some early teething problems and jitters. From game two on however, the team settled into a good rhythm and I knew if we played our best we would be tough to beat. Our next few victories coming with 10 - 0, 7 - 0, and 10 - 0 score lines we were really gelling as a team and playing great touch.

    The Semi Final and Final saw a jump in the standard. Our Semi, against St Joseph's, was a scrappy game with some tough referee decisions which forced our girls to dig deep and defend, at times, multiple sets on our line. However the girls came through and held on to win a close one sending us through to the Final.

    The final game of the day was a beautiful game played by two very talented touch teams. It was a free flowing game played from end to end where our team work and flamboyant attack produced four excellent trys, enough to secure a victory for MSB! With the high of our win still fresh and some very sore legs six of our girls had to back up and play again, this time for the opportunity to be selected in the Broken Bay team. All of the girls represented MSB well and should be extremely proud of their efforts.

    A huge thank you to Mrs Grant for all of her hard work and support leading up to the carnival and to all of the parents who were able to attend to support their daughters and myself.

    Good Luck to all of the girls at the next level.

    U15 TEAM

    Back L to R: Georgia Dean, Kassidy Grant, Whitney Skirka, Abi Shepherd, Bella Duncan, Tammy McGregor, Dana Griffin
    Middle: Courtney Harkin, Renee Khamis, Capri Vidler, Shannyn Bissett

    Front: Briohny Hickey (Coach)

    Senior Touch Report

    Once again an elite group Senior Touch football students from MSB took to the grounds at Umina for an intense day of footy. After a couple of late unexpected withdrawals Emily Michell and Kerilee Coote were included in the team and are to be commended on their contribution to the team in both training and dedication on the day.

    Throughout the day the team faced solid competition but unfortunately got knocked out in the Semi Finals.

    A huge congratulation goes to all the girls who battled the extreme heat and ongoing injuries to come away with their heads held high.

    The team consisted of the Rebekah Smith, Jessica Spurr and Kerilee Coote - our flying wingers. Britt Haskins, Hayley Evans, Jess Smith and Emily Michell - the bustling links and Antonia Essey, Kaitlyn Noble and Ash Mckimm - the play making mids. Once again congratulations to the team and thanks for their dedication throughout the day. Special mention to Kaitlyn Noble who was selected from nine teams to play in the Broken Bay team.

    OPEN TEAM L to R Back row – Kerilee Coote, Antonia Essey, Ashleigh McKimm, Jessica Spurr, Brittany Haskins, Mr David Greenwell (Coach)
    Front Emily Michell, Kaitlyn Noble, Hayley Evans, Jessica Smith, Rebekah Smith

    U13 Representative Touch trials will be held next week on the College oval during lunchtimes at school as follows:

    • Mon 3 Mar - Training for selected students

    • Wed 5 Mar - Final Trials for all 17 call back students

    Watch Daily Notices for further information.

    Students will need to wear appropriate sports shoes to trial.

    Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the trial.


    Broken Bay Carnival - Additional Events

    Congratulations to all students who swam at the MSB Carnival.

    A draft team list is currently on the Sports Noticeboard and can also be accessed below.
    Notes will be sent home once the team is finalised on Monday.

    NSW CCC Carnival - Additional Events

    Information regarding this carnival is currently available on the NSW CCC website.

    • 400 Freestyle (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Backstroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Breaststroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Butterfly (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)

    Students wishing to nominate for these long distance events at the NSW CCC Championships (not held at the BBSSSA Championship) will need to return the nomination forms, emailed to all students earlier this term, prior to Monday 10 March..

    This is a State level carnival for experienced swimmers only. Only one female swimmer per age division from the entire Broken Bay Diocese will be successful (in rare cases multiple swimmers may be successful from the same Diocese for an event). Unsuccessful athletes will not be notified.

    Please send nominations to Mrs Grant so that the College can follow up if necessary.

    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Carnival - Additional Events

    The program for the NSW All Schools Championships is currently on the NSW CCC Website.

    • 1500 Freestyle (OPEN)
    • 800 Backstroke (OPEN
    • 200 Breaststroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 200 Backstroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 200 Butterfly (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 400m Individual Medley (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100m Backstroke - Multi-class (12 - 15yrs and 15 - 19yrs)

    Students wishing to nominate for the long distance events at the NSW All Schools Championships (not held at the NSW CCC Carnival) will need to submit a nomination form (with long course times) now available on the CCC website prior to Wednesday 23 April.

    This is a State level carnival for experienced swimmers only.

    Please notify Mrs Grant if you apply for one of these events so that the College can follow up if necessary.

    2014 Sports Tour

    There are now only 43 days until our teams depart for Europe.

    Another meeting with the girls was held this week with flyers for our Team Bonding Afternoon and Parent Information Night on Wednesday 12 March distributed. All members of the football team are reminded to purchase multiple pairs of MSB socks from the Uniform Shop.

    Dates for next week -

    • Thursday 6 March  - lunchtime training netball team 1 vs 2

    Good Luck

    Good luck to Kirsten Simpson (Year 10) who is trialling for the NSW CCC Open Tennis team on Monday and Kate Barry (Year 8) and Louise Campbell (Year 9) who are attending the NSW CCC Open Cricket trials on Monday.

    Mrs Karen Grant
    Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

    Co-curricular Sports

    MSB Netball

    Volunteers Urgently Required

    This season's teams are being finalised and will be released shortly.

    Managers are required before any team can be registered. If there are no volunteers, one will be allocated from the team parents.

    Coaches are also required, especially for the Year 7 teams who need that extra support in their first year with our Club.

    If you feel you can be of assistance please contact the Club via our e-mail with "Coach/Manager" in the subject line.

    Dates for your diary

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

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

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

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

    Winter Registrations

    Co-curricular sport registrations are open to all girls of all abilities and levels of experience. We are able to place all girls into a suitable team. These teams are a great way for the girls and parents to get to know others within the school community while improving skills and fitness.


    Registrations are now closed, however we are still needing more players from Years 8 and 9 to complete the team.

    Soccer Registration Information Pack


    Hills Winter Competition registration forms are now due.

    Basketball Registration Information Pack


    Girls from Years 7 to 9 are able to join a hockey team to play with the Northern District Hockey Association. The games are played on Saturday mornings, with some Friday night games possible, from April to September. Hockey training begins next Thursday from 5.30pm - 7.00pm at Pennant Hills Park.

    Hockey Registration Information Pack

    Winter Sports Coaches Needed

    We are currently looking for new coaches for many of our winter sports in basketball, soccer and hockey. We are looking for parents, ex-students or other members of our MSB community to take on these vital roles. If you would like more information on any coaching positions please contact Mrs Lewis.

    Mrs Rebecca Lewis
    Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

    P & F News

    P & F Coming Events

    10.00am – 2.00pm
    Sunday 9 March

    The P&F run a Refreshments Table on Open Day and are looking for volunteers. Your donations of cakes, slices, biscuits and savoury items would be appreciated on the day.

    In addition the P&F are looking for helpers for the Refreshment Table to assist with setup, serving and clean-up.

    If you can assist with donations or help on the day, please download the volunteer form and return to the P&F Box at Student Services by Thursday 6 March.


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


    2014 MSBESA Dates

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

    Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.


    Bennies Connect

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


    The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am - 2.00pm.

    MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

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

    Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system can be found here.

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

    Place a Canteen order here








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    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 Friday please call Melissa **

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

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Canteen Manager
    T: 9980 0448

    Uniform Shop

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

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Uniform Shop Manager
    T: 9980 0447


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

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

    Mrs Lucy Elgood
    Careers Advisor

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