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03 May 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

Welcome back to all members of our community, following a beautiful sunny autumn break. Some of the girls have chosen to change into their winter uniforms while others are still wearing the summer uniform. By Monday 13 May (Week Three), all girls must be wearing full winter uniform. Please make sure the length of the kilt meets College requirements before wearing the winter uniform.

As we commenced the term we commemorated ANZAC Day with a short ceremony at the beginning of the day. As a nation we seem to be observing the day more solemnly than ever before. Crowd numbers at various services continue to grow and young people particularly are embracing the opportunity to commemorate those who have served our country. Perhaps this is because, with so many parts of the world involved in conflicts, we are more acutely aware of the privilege we enjoy living in a country which is, by and large, peaceful and harmonious. This is something we should not take for granted and we need to ensure that as a nation we adopt attitudes which encourage people of all cultures, ethnicities and religions to live with respect for the traditions of our country and respect for each other.


The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008. On Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May, students in Years 7 and 9 will take the 2013 NAPLAN tests.

NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children. It also provides valuable information that allows schools and governments to better target effort and support to help all students achieve their potential and acquire the basic skills to help them build successful and happy lives.

All students are expected to participate in the tests. Students with disability may qualify for reasonable adjustments that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom. Some students with very specific circumstances may be exempted from participating in the tests. For information about participation in NAPLAN, you can go to:

NAPLAN tests fundamental skills rather than specific content, and as such is not a test for which students can study or drill. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to let them know that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at

This week our Year 10 students enjoyed their Retreats. The opportunity for time away from daily routines to reflect on some of the more significant questions which face us in our lives is indeed a privilege. The girls took advantage of the time to engage with the various elements of the Retreat experience and I thank them for the way in which they entered into the experience. Once again I thank staff who gave up their time to ensure the girls had such positive and fulfilling experiences.
Next Tuesday is the Mother Daughter Breakfast and we look forward to welcoming mums, aunties and other significant women in the lives of our students.

As we begin the new term we ask God’s blessing on our work:

O God,
Bless and guide us through our term
Encourage us all whatever our role
May we listen to each other and learn from one another
We offer our thoughts and plans,
Our hopes and dreams
And place them in your hands
To do with as you will.
In the name of Jesus Christ our Saviour.

(Adapted from Blessing for a New Project, in A Lifetime of Blessing, compiled by G. Duncan, 2004, p242)

Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

We began our term with an ANZAC Day ceremony in the hall courtyard at the beginning of our first day of term. The ceremony was led by the students from Year 9 Elective History under the guidance of Ms Mairead Ennis and Ms Kate Beazley conducted the College Choir in their reflection “In Flanders Field” and the singing of the National Anthem.

Later in the week Year 10 took part in their Retreat at Elanora Heights, Kiah Ridge and Merroo Conference Centres. The theme of the Year 10 Retreat is “Choice” with our Year 10 students being guided through a number of reflections and discussion relating to various choices that they are faced with at this stage of their lives. Also this week our team will head out for the Vinnies night patrol van on Saturday 4 May. Next Tuesday, 7 May we will hold our annual Mother and Daughter Breakfast. To assist us with catering we ask that you RSVP to advise who will be attending. Please refer to the additional information included in this newsletter.

Recently a number of our students entered a human rights competition sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The competition was in recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act and featured the DVD “Twenty Years: Twenty Stories”. One of our students Ella Meaker had the honour of having her work chosen to be published on the Human Rights Commission website.
Ella’s story can be read at:

Also this week we have been visited by one of our ex-students Irene Mok who is currently studying a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counselling. Irene was at the College conducting research on the issue of disability access. For one of the university projects, the students have to visit a venue, assess its accessibility for people with mobility, vision and hearing impairments and present their findings at a discipline meeting. The areas assessed included stairs, ramps, elevators, doors, seats, toilets, walking surface and disability parking.

They also interviewed students about the issues they face and the support that is provided. Afterwards, they will use the university’s Mobility and Access Inventory as a guide to examine the school facilities for students with mobility, vision and hearing impairments.

It seems that while many other institutions have been examined using this Mobility and Access Inventory we will be the first school involved. We’re looking forward to receiving the report and looking at how we can respond to the issues identified.

Congratulations to Ella and to Irene and all those who work to make our community for inclusive and more aware of the needs of others.

Join us for Breakfast and a Mother’s Day Liturgy

7.30am – 8.30am
Tuesday 7 May
Come along to the Hall Courtyard and have breakfast with your daughter,
followed by a special Mother’s Day Liturgy in the Hall.

All mothers, carers, grandmothers and younger siblings welcome.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News

Year 10 Parent Teacher Night
4.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 13 May

in the College Hall

Online booking have now opened and will close promptly at midday on Monday 13 May.

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

Parents wishing to make appointments after PTO has closed will need to contact Mr John Muskovits, Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum, via the College.

One of the new innovations with this on-line booking system is that the class teacher can not only request interviews with particular students but can communicate this directly to the parent. In this way the Parent Teacher night provides another opportunity for the teacher to address any learning issues with the student.

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

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

As in previous years the following expectations or arrangements remain, such as:

  • Students are to attend with their parent(s) in school uniform, with their Student Planner;
  • A chime will ring every six minutes with a visual digital display of the time indicating a change to the next teacher; and
  • The aim of the evening will be:
    • An opportunity for parents to meet their daughter’s teachers and continue to foster positive relationships between parent, student and teacher;
    • For students and parents to be given valuable feedback on their learning so the student can set goals for the next Semester ;
    • For discussion of ways in which the teacher and parent can work together to support the student in her learning; and
    • For students (and parents) to develop an objective concept of their capacity and abilities.

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

Any feedback after the Parent Teacher Evening on the new online system would be very much appreciated and can be sent to

Mr John Muskovits
AP Dean of Curriculum
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Instrumental Tuition

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

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

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

Music Instrument Tuition Form

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

The French Study Tour 2013 is going ahead on 22 June.
Only 8 weeks to go!


The NAPLAN 2013 Information for Parents brochure is now available:

Mount St Benedict and Marist College Eastwood Drug and Alcohol Education Day
Hosted by Paul Dillon

On Wednesday 10 April Mount St Benedict and Marist Eastwood Colleges Years 10 and 11 students had the privilege of listening to a presentation on Teenage Drug and Alcohol Use by Paul Dillon, author of the best selling book ‘Teenagers, Alcohol and Drugs’. On the day, the Year 11 House Vice-Captains and staff put on a BBQ lunch with Year 10 Marist Eastwood boys and both Colleges enjoyed the time to socialise and connect with each other.

Paul’s presentations throughout the day, captured the attention of the students and staff present as he focused on the dangers of drug and alcohol use through confronting real life stories of young people, and also provided invaluable and possibly lifesaving information on what to do in a situation where someone has consumed too much alcohol and/or drugs. Paul’s presentation gave current statistics on alcohol and drug use in Australia, and highlighted the large percentage of teenagers who do not engage in alcohol or drug use, giving much needed recognition to the majority of teenagers who are making the right choices in this regard. Respect for self and others was a clear message that came through on the day.

The students in Year 11 were excited about hearing Paul speak as they recalled the lessons learnt from his presentation last year.

The parent information evening, held at Marist Eastwood, was both refreshing and informative, providing parents with an insight into what the students were informed about earlier in the day, sharing stories of encounters Paul has had in his line of work and informing us about the actual use of drug and alcohol among our young people.

Ms Marion Zammit
House Coordinator

Duke of Edinburgh
All Duke of Edinburgh payments will be processed on Friday 10 May.

From the Fees Desk
Term Two fees are due on Friday 17 May. If the College has a Direct Debit authority for term payments, they will be deducted on that day. If paying manually, you are reminded that half of the 2013 fees are due by Friday 17 May.
If you have any queries regarding your fees account, please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or via email

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



If your daughter is absent or late, please send an SMS message to 0418 565 982 with a brief reason. For example ‘Susan Smith Y8 sick/appointment’. This is a text only number. Once you have sent a SMS message you are not required to send a written note. If you are bringing your daughter to school late, could you take the time to write a note in her diary before she gets out of the car. To have the ‘lateness’ explained on the day then requires no follow up.


If any student is yet to receive their 2013 student travel pass/es please see Mrs Franco at Student Services.

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Representative Sport

Further details for all Representative Sports will be available on the MSB College website under Activities/Sports.

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

All students have been emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport this term. This document can be downloaded here. Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through the NSW CCC Association will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined here. General NSW CCC information can be downloaded here.


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line:
9990 3633


Tuesday was a terrific day for our swimmers with three of our students and all of our relay swimmers qualifying for next week’s NSW All Schools Swimming Championships!! MSB will now have eight swimmers competing on Thursday!

Our Junior Medley Relay team, Madeleine Emmett-Duignan Y7, Armelle Kolton Y8, Tammy McGregor Y8, Chelsea Brackin Y9, won their event making them the fastest Catholic school team in the state!
They also finished 2nd in the 4 x 50m Freestyle relay.

Our Intermediate Medley team, Brooke Mindham Y9, Jessica Marcer Y9, Rachael Fraietta Y9 and Emily Dennis Y10, finished 3rd also qualifying them for next week.

Individually Brooke Mindham again achieved impressive results to become the U15 NSW CCC Champion (U15 1st 50 Fly, 50 Breaststroke and 100 Fly).

Fellow Y9 student Chelsea Brackin also earnt her first individual swim at All Schools level after finishing 3rd in the U14 50m Breaststroke.

Madeleine Emmett-Duignan will also swim in her first High School level All Schools carnival as she finished a narrow second in the U13 50m Breatstroke.

Broken Bay were placed 2nd overall across the 14 Dioceses/Associations throughout NSW with Mount St Benedict finishing as the top Broken Bay School outscoring even the co-educational schools!!!!

Special mention also to Y11 Emily Michell who swam at late notice in the Senior 100m Breaststroke event, gaining us some valuable points.

We wish all of our swimmers well for next week.


Year 9 student Lauren Purcell competed in the CCC Diving Championships also held at SOPAC on Tuesday. Although only new to the sport she finished a credible 5th out of 11 competitors in her first major Championships, gaining confidence as her eight dives progressed.

It was great to witness her in action and we look forward to seeing her progress in this sport.


The U13 team was named this week and will begin training at lunchtime next Wednesday with Mr Campbell. Training dates are currently on the Sports Noticeboard and should be recorded into the student’s planners.

The U15 team had their first trials with a call back list now on the Noticeboard for the second trials on May 22, again girls should record this in their planners.


  • To our Cross Country team who will compete at Galston next Wednesday. We have won this title six out of the past seven years so we are keen to bring back the trophy again! This week our Divisional Champions were presented with their trophies and pennant at our College Assembly.


  • To Year 9 students Georgia Quick, Alyson McGrath, Kaitlyn Noble and Rebekah Smith who will attend the U15 NSW CCC Netball selections on Tuesday.


Georgia Duff (SK6) represented Australia at the Junior Synchronised Skating World Championships held in Helsinki Finland in March 2013. Georgia was part of the Australian team that finished 17th at the Championships. This followed a silver medal at the Australian Championships in Brisbane in December last year, earning Georgia and her team qualification to the World Championships.

On the way to Helsinki the team also competed at the prestigious International Skating Union Championships (Snowflakes Trophy) in Zagreb, Croatia, where they finished third, an outstanding result for an Australian team, against some of the world’s best synchronised skaters.

(submitted by Louise Duff)


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

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

These are State level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

  • BASKETBALL – NSW OPEN CCC Trials – Monday 20 May – closes Monday 13 May
    Trials will be held in Penrith. Students will need to be transported by their parents.


(Wet Weather Backup Fri 17 May)
NETBALL NSW CCC TRIALS (15s) (Georgia Quick Y9, Alyson McGrath Y9, Kaitlyn Noble Y9 & Rebekah Smith Y9) Tue 7 May (15s)
Mon 27 – Tues 28 May (BB OPEN Team)
(CCC OPEN & U13/U15 Teams)
(Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)
Perth (Liz Leipa Y12)
Sat 4 – Sat 11 May
(Wet Weather Backup Wed 12 June)

Monday 3 June

If you would like further information on any of the upcoming Representative Sports events
please email Mrs Grant.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator
Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport


All our winter sports are now up and running. We have an enormous number of girls playing netball and hockey on Saturdays, soccer on Sundays, and basketball on Thursdays and Friday. We look forward to hearing from these teams throughout the season.

Thank you very much to the coaches and managers of each of our teams, as well as all the parents and supporters who come along to the games each week.

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

Cheque and credit card payments for basketball, hockey and soccer will be processed in the coming week.

We wish the girls all the best for the season.



MSB has been invited to enter doubles teams in the 2013 North West Secondary Schools Tennis Challenge. This Challenge is open to all levels of players from Years 7 – 12. All students have had the details and entry forms sent to their school email. Entries and payments are due to Student Services by Monday 6 May.

Please contact Mrs Lewis for further details.

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-Curricular Sport Coordinator


At a recent MSB Netball Committee meeting the concept of tenure for members of the Committee was discussed. It was agreed that, like many other sporting organisations and businesses that usually have people on their Committee for three years, the MSB Netball Committee members would have a tenure for three years. The logic behind the three years is based on the idea that in your first year you are learning a lot of the new skills and can give your best in the subsequent two years. After this time it was considered that you certainly had contributed greatly as a volunteer. It was hoped that by only having tenure for three years that people would not have to stay on the Committee for too long and that a turnover of new Committee members would most likely bring in new ideas and different approaches to how the Committee can be run. Also people may be more likely to volunteer if they know it is for a set time.

Therefore we are asking parents of MSB Netball girls to volunteer for positions on the Committee. At the moment we are very desperate to have an assistant Umpires Convener. This job would be shared with our present Umpires Convenor, Mrs Barbara Broomfield. It would involve being at the Pennant Hill Netball Courts every Saturday morning and being available for the Umpires in case any problems arise. It would ideally suit a parent who has a girl playing and/or umpiring in the morning session, although this is not essential. Umpiring experience is also not essential.

At the end of the year we would be looking for a new President, new Treasurer and a new Umpires Convenor. The Club cannot run effectively without the positions being filled and 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.

Mr Chris Gould
President of MSB Netball Committee

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance – ** Change of Date ** To be advised

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 2: 20 May, 17 June
Term 3: 12 August, 9 September
Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

The general meetings commence at 7.30pm in the College Staffroom.

Social Convenor Position – Vacant

The P&F Executive has one remaining position vacant – the Social Convenor role. This role is mainly to oversee the sub-committees who organise the various social functions. Each of the social functions currently has a sub-committee to organise and run the event. If you are interested in this role and have any questions please contact the P&F Executive on This role is vital in ensuring the P&F can provide our MSB community with successful social events and so your support in filling this position would be greatly appreciated.

Next P&F General Meeting

The next meeting is on Monday 20 May at 7.30pm in the Staff Room. (Please enter through Reception and take the stairs on your left). If you are unable to personally attend the next meeting but wish to put forward an agenda item, please feel free to make contact with any of the P&F Executive members by emailing us on

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


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am – 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT – Cashless Canteen

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

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

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

Place a Canteen order here


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
Alison Hendry Helen Merhi Aileen Buecker Karen Khoury Marlene Manning
Natalie Nati Louise Spencer Georgina Pollard Georgina Khamis Rowan Dollar
Frances Krajancic Marie Kirkham Melinda Wilkes
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 Wednesday or Thursday please call Melissa **

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager
T: 9980 0448
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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

Monday: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 11.00am

Mrs Melissa Arane
Uniform Shop Manager T: 9980 0447
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Careers information will be posted here when available. Students can access this information from MOODLE.

NSWACT Newsletter 15 April
NSWACT Newsletter 22 April
NSWACT Newsletter 29 April


University of Wollongong – Year 12

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

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

Defence Force University Sponsorship

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

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

JMC Academy Campus Open Day
Come and experience JMC Academy student life! Gain advice on the Diploma and Degree courses in film production, music performance, audio engineering, game design, 3D animation and entertainment management.
Includes a tour of the campus, interactive workshops and a chance to view student work, live music, studio recordings and much more.
When: 10.30am Saturday 4 May 2013
Where: 561 Harris Street, Ultimo, 2007 (Note: New campus)
Register on-line at or phone 1300 410 311

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

The University of Sydney

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

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

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

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

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

Download the Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.

YOUR PATH TO SYDNEY UNI – An Information Evening for Students and Parents

Come along and hear:

  • current students talk about life at uni
  • information about pathways, scholarships, and study options at Sydney Uni
  • Keynote speaker Corey Payne, NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013, Churchill Fellow and former Canterbury Bulldogs player, talk about his study choices
  • university staff and current students answering your questions.
Date: Wednesday 22 May 2013
Time: 6.00 – 8.30pm
Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm
Event begins at 6.45pm
Venue: Revesby Workers’ Club
2B Brett St, Revesby
Entrance via Tarro Ave
RSVP: Places are limited, so please register online by 15 May

Centre for Continuing Education
T 02 9036 4789
F 02 9036 4799

University of Technology Sydney


Accounting Cadetship Opportunities

Moore Stephens Sydney and Moore Stephens Sydney West are members of the Moore Stephens network of independent accounting firms with over 630 offices in 100 countries. Moore Stephens Sydney is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD servicing a broad range of clients throughout Sydney. Moore Stephens Sydney West is a Parramatta based firm servicing the expanding Western Sydney business community and is now one of the most substantial practices in Western Sydney.

Institute of Chartered Accountants Information Evening
Wednesday 15 May
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Representatives from both firms will be available to address any questions from students and parents first hand. Students wanting to attend the information evening must register with the Institute of Chartered Accountants on their website

Applications for the 2014 Cadetship Program will open on Monday 13 May and close on Friday 21 June.

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

Bridges Parents Visits (March – May 2013)

William Blue College of Hospitality ManagementWilliam Blue College of Hospitality Management

2014 William Blue Industry Scholarship Applications
Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their hospitality career a kick start in the right direction?William Blue College of Hospitality Management invites all aspiring Hospitality Managers, Event Managers, Tourism Managers and Executive Chefs to apply for the industry scholarship of a lifetime.
Developed and chosen by the hospitality industry, this scholarship offers applied education – the recipients will get the chance to work with industry in the field.Visit for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, available from 1 April.
Contact : Jake Brown E:
Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 20 August.

William Blue College – Day in the Life of a Hospitality Manager Workshop
Dates: 2 July, 9 July, 24 September.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue : North Sydney Campus, 171 Pacific Highway, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown –

During the school holidays, William Blue College runs ‘Day in the Life’ Workshops taking young hospitality hopefuls into some of Sydney’s most well-known hotels, restaurants and bars for a real behind the scene view of this vibrant and exciting industry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hear what our students have to say at William Blue College

APM College of Business and Communication Serhat Ferat

2014 APM College of Business and Communication Industry Scholarship
Are your current Year 12 students wishing to give their business and communication career a kick start in the right direction?APM College of Business and Communication is one of Australia’s leading business colleges. It is for this reason that we are seeking five of Australia’s most business savvy students to be awarded the industry scholarship of a lifetime. APM offers scholarship programs in marketing, event management, public relations, business and management.Visit for a list of Scholarship instructions and an application form, applications available from 1 April.
Contact: Jake Brown –

Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 6 September

APM College Information Evening
Date: Tuesday 7 May, Tuesday 27 August
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost : No charge
Contact : Jake Brown – APM information evening is a great way to learn more about the college; find out what studying at APM will be like and discover how APM prepares for success.Information Evenings are suitable for those who cannot attend our Open Days throughout the year. They offer a great opportunity to meet with our academic team, Careers and Industry Consultant over a couple of drinks and canapés to discuss career options. Explore the Fortitude Valley and North Sydney campuses and facilities, find out about our Scholarship Programs, and talk to current students and alumni about their APM experience.For reservations please email Jake on or go to for further details.

APM Alive! Day in the Life styled Workshop
Date: Thursday 26 September
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: Level 4 & 5, 213 Miller St, North Sydney, NSW 2060.
Cost: No charge
Contact: Jake Brown –

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

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

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

Southern School of Natural Therapies SSNTSSNT

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

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

Find out more »

Australian Natural College of BeautySSNT

Day of Beauty Workshop
At our Day of Beauty Workshop, you’ll learn new practical skills and get a taste for life running a busy salon. It’s a one-day session packed with invaluable insights – a must for any would-be beauty therapist.

Learn more and register

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

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Australasian College of Natural TherapiesSSNT

Day in the Life Workshop
These hands on workshops will provide you with a taste of what it would be like to work in the growing field of natural medicine. You will learn the fundamentals of nutrition and naturopathy and get practical hands on experience across multiple subjects.

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

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

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Billy Blue College of DesignBilly Blue College of Design

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

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

Upcoming workshops at our Campus are in June.

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

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

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CATC Design School

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

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

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

For more info and to register, visit here.

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

For more info and to register, visit here.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants
Cadetship Evening
Wednesday 15 May

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

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

Meet the Business Leader
Tuesday 30 July

Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

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

Further Information:

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

Students are able to apply for a tax file number through the College. The application offered through the secondary schools program simplifies the process for the girls as the College is able to verify student information through our College records. No other form of identification is required to be sent with the application. Forms for secondary school students are available from Student Services and outside the Careers Office. Applications will be verified and sent to the Taxation Department at the end of each month.

Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor
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Community Notices

Mary MacKillop Place Open Day

‘A National Trust Heritage Festival Event

10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 5 May

Visit Mary MacKillop Place and celebrate our shared heritage. Explore the Museum’s galleries and discover the Sister of St Joseph’s community milestones in social welfare and education.

Take a guided tour around the beautiful heritage buildings, including the Memorial Chapel and Alma Cottage (Mary MacKillop’s home from 1884 to 1909).

Find out more about the accommodation and conference facilities.

Follow the Kids’ Trail and relax in the Gift Shop & Café. Enjoy a day with the family!

A Message from Mount St Benedict Centre

Mount St Benedict Centre and Convent is a private property. There is no parking permitted or vehicular access to the College. Students are permitted to walk through the grounds to and from the College.





Child and Adolescent Parenting Service

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

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

For details see Course Descriptions and Term Brochure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACVIR Newsletter Article 2013

ACVIR Report April 2013

Exciting French Exchange Opportunity

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

St Bernadette’s Parish

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

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

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.


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

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

Please bring $5 for pizza

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

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

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