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30 January 2015

From the Principal

It is always an exciting time for us as we welcome our new Year 7 students, new students in other year groups and our returning students.  It was no different this year as we met the nervous parents of new Year 7 students on Wednesday, along with their daughters who, by the end of the day, were looking a bit more relaxed about the move into secondary school. A group of Year 10 students in the roles of Peer Support leaders came along on Wednesday to work with our Year 7 students to introduce them to life at MSB – I want to thank these girls for their generosity in sharing their time to help our new students.

Our Year 12 students resumed their studies where they left off in December and we welcomed our largest ever group of Year 11 students – 155 in total. On Thursday we were joined by our Years 8, 9 and 10 students, school photographs were taken and staff and students were involved in a day of activities in Homerooms and Houses.  This is an important way to start the year as we welcome new community members, offering them our hospitality and ensuring that they quickly become part of our community.

Likewise we welcomed new staff members: Ms Emily Brownrigg (Science), Miss Lisa Clarke (PDHPE), Mr Stewart Duncan (Head of ICT), Dr Raelene Giffney (Science), Dr Miriam Gillett (History), Miss Leah Harrison (TAS), Ms Kylie Holmes (Head of English), Mr Kevin Jones (Head of TAS), Mrs Jacqueline Saunders (Creative Arts) and Mrs Kate Sharp (Maths). These new staff members bring their unique gifts to our community and we know that they will enrich the learning of our students and bring their professional experiences to their work.

Student drop-off and pick-up

Parents are reminded about the need to pick up and drop off their daughters in the parking bays on Beecroft Road. Please do not drop or pick up students in the No Stopping Zone. Also, please do not drive into the College between the hours of 7.30am - 9.00am and 2.30pm - 4.00pm.

HSC and SC Results

The Class of 2014 continued our record of excellent HSC results. There were many outstanding individual performances and overall results were excellent. While ranking of schools and students only ever gives part of the picture of results, we were very pleased with our performance relative to other similar schools and schools in our area, being ranked as the 4th highest performing Catholic Girls’ School in NSW. You will receive a comprehensive analysis of the results with this Newsletter. We congratulate the students, their parents and their teachers on their successes and our warm wishes go to the Class of 2014 as they begin the next exciting phase of life. We look forward to welcoming the girls to our College Assembly next week.

This year we will have a particular focus on hospitality, one of the Benedictine values which are central to our College life and tradition. Joan Chittister, a well-known Benedictine scholar and theologian, reminds us that this hospitality of which we speak is an act of God, welcoming each person as we would welcome Christ. As our year unfolds we will reflect further on what it means to be an hospitable community – what it means to show to others both “presence and service”; as Joan Chittister reminds us “hospitality may demand that we work to change things” (The Rule of Benedict: Insights for the Ages, pp140-142). Hopefully as we all come to better understand our responsibility for hospitality we will make the changes necessary to demonstrate that hospitality to each other in our school, our homes, our workplaces.

Mrs Maria Pearson

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Mission News

2015 has been designated the Year of Hospitality in line with our cycle where each year we focus on one of the core College values – Pax, Stewardship and Hospitality. In 2014 we embraced the theme of Pax while in 2016 we will once again focus on Stewardship and our Jubilee Year.

Hospitality is about welcoming each other, recognising each other’s gifts and ensuring that we are a truly inclusive community. The words of our College song “seek out the face of Christ in those you meet” give a very clear indication of how to approach the idea of hospitality and we hope to bring these words to life in our work throughout 2015 and beyond.

In seeking to engage with the theme of Hospitality we will endeavour to ensure that everyone is received as Christ. That everyone receives a warm response – in the playground, in the classroom, at the bus stop on the phone or online, at the door, in the office. We want to insist that sarcasm has no place here. Put-downs have no place here. Our Benedictine community is to be a place without boundaries, a place where the truth of the oneness of all things breaks down all barriers, a point where all the differences of the world meet and meld.

Planning is well underway for our Opening College Eucharist which will be celebrated on Tuesday 3 February in the College Hall. On this occasion we will welcome and pray for all the new members of our community and for those taking up positions of responsibility at the College. We will unveil a beautiful new College candle for the Year of Hospitality, which has been prepared to reflect the theme of the year. We will once again be blessed through the many talents of our Music and Dance students who will use their creative skills to enhance our celebration. New students and staff will be presented with Benedictine medals which were collected from some of the Monasteries during the Footsteps of Benedict pilgrimage a few years ago. There will also be a special blessing for our Peer Support Leaders who have already begun their work with our new Year 7 students.

Fr Paul Durkin from St Agatha’s Parish at Pennant Hills will once again join us to preside at our Eucharist. We are, as always, extremely appreciative of Fr Paul’s generous commitment to our community.

We would warmly welcome any parents, family members and friends of our MSB community to join us for our Opening Eucharist. Eucharist will begin at 9.00am and there will be morning tea served afterwards for those who are able to stay. We look forward to welcoming many members of our MSB community on this special occasion.

During the holidays a number of students and teachers travelled to the Philippines on an immersion trip which featured, among other things, time spent with our Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Bacolod. We welcome back all those who were involved and we look forward to sharing stories from their trip over the coming weeks. Thank you to Mrs Donna Dempsey, Mrs Dominique Johnston and Mrs Maria Pearson for their planning and care of the students during this time away.

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

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 which bring students along to Workshop include:  preparation for upcoming assessment tasks, assistance with classwork, catching up after an absence 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.

Students are advised to come along with a plan or a Maths concept that needs further consolidation. Some later sessions in the term are busier as assessment tasks approach but if your daughter would benefit from assistance in a small group then we advise that she attends from the beginning of the term.

Our first session will be next Wednesday 4 February.

Mrs Denise Hillier
Head of Department

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News from the TAS Department

TAS needs you!

We’re looking for any parents who work in the creative or food industries. If there is anyone who is a designer, chef, caterer, engineer we would love to hear from you and maybe see if we can start a collaborative process which helps us support further the great work in TAS.

Please contact Head of Department Kevin Jones on

TAS needs old phones or iPods

We want to start producing a range of product collections for various products, the idea being that we can show how products develop over time through either cultural changes or material/technological advances. We’re starting with mobile phones and iPods (or other mobile music devices). If you have any old items (they don't need to be working), doesn’t matter how old or new they are, we would love to take them off your hands. It will start creating our very own Bennies ‘Design Museum’.

Please send them in and ask the girls to hand to Head of TAS, Mr Jones, usually found in room A202/3.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Mr Kevin Jones
Head of Department

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College News

NSW School Vaccination Program

Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.

Vaccinations will occur at the School on 9 March, 4 May and 24 August. In 2015 the following vaccines will be offered:

  • Year 7 students*
    • dTpa vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis (whooping cough) as a single dose
    • Varicella vaccine (chickenpox) as a single dose; and
    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in a 3-dose schedule at 0, 2 and 6 months (students who commence HPV vaccination in Year 7 but do not complete the course may be offered catch-up doses at school in Year 8)
  • Year 11-12 students*
    • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine as a single dose as part of a catch-up vaccination program for students who are not fully protected.

* The Parent Information Kits contain a consent form, information sheet and privacy statement that details how personal information will be collected, stored and utilised.

Parent Information Kits will be sent home to parents/guardians. To consent to the vaccination of their child, parents/guardians are advised to:

  • read all the information provided
  • complete the consent form, including signing their name next to the vaccine/s they would like their child to receive
  • return the completed consent form to their child’s school
  • ensure that their child eats breakfast on the day of the school vaccination clinic.

Parents/guardians who wish to withdraw their consent for any reason may do so by writing to the school Principal or phoning the school. The Procedure for Withdrawal of Consent is available on the NSW Health website at

To improve vaccination completion, students will be opportunistically offered any missed doses throughout the year where possible.

Please note that for HPV vaccine only, parents/guardians must record their Medicare Number (all 10 digits and the 11th number beside the child’s name) on the consent form, as this is required to record the student’s information on the National HPV Vaccination Register and (for female students only) link to the National or State Cervical Screening Program.

A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at each clinic. Parents/guardians should ensure that this record is kept for future reference and should not assume that their child has been vaccinated if they do not receive this Record of Vaccination.

Ms Jackie Duncan
Assistant Principal Dean of Students

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Physical Activity Classes this term

The Physical Activity program gives students the opportunity to engage in approximately 20 different sporting and leisure activities across their time in Years 7 - 10. In Term One the girls will participate in the following activities in their PA classes.

  • Year 7 - House Sports
    Students will have the opportunity to play a variety of game sports such as volleyball, badminton, touch football and soccer. They will form teams within their house groupings and participate in round-robin activities. It is hoped this will be a fun and enjoyable way of learning more about these games and getting to know each other.
  • Year 8 - Aqua Aerobics and Yoga classes.
  • Year 9 - Training and participation in indoor rock climbing.
  • Year 10 - Ice Skating and either RPM (indoor stationary cycling) or Body Pump, fitness classes.

The annual PDHPE and Physical Activity permission notes have been sent home today with students in Years 8 - 10. It would be greatly appreciated if these notes could be completed over the weekend and returned to school by Tuesday 3 of February. The PA program commences next week.

The Year 7 permission notes will be sent home early next week.

Each Friday fortnight (Day 10), students will receive an email containing the fortnightly PA schedule that outlines the details and instructions for each class activity. It is important that the girls check this carefully. The schedule is also displayed on the Sports Noticeboard.

If you have any queries regarding your daughter’s PA classes, please don't hesitate to contact me at the College at or 9980 0439.

Mrs Gill McGregor
Physical Activity Coordinator

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From the Fees Desk

The first term’s fees are due Friday 13 February.

If the College holds a Direct Debit Authority to deduct payments automatically from your Bank Account or Credit Card, payments will commence on 13 February for weekly, fortnight A and term payments. The first monthly payment will be deducted on Tuesday 17 February. Fortnight B payments will commence on Friday 20 February.

Direct Debit Authorities remain in force until the College receives notification in writing. New authorities can be downloaded from the College website, sub heading Enrolments, Fees. Please note that the College does not accept American Express accounts.

If you wish to confirm your payment arrangements or require a copy of your 2015 statement, please contact Mrs Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

Representative Sport

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


NSW CCC Website:

Broken Bay Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term One


BBSSSA U15 and Senior Touch Championships - Manly Vale
Monday 16 February
MSB Intermediate and Senior Representative Teams
B' Up Tuesday 24 February

BBSSSA U13 Touch Championships - Manly Vale
Tuesday 17 March
MSB Junior Representative Team


NSW CCC Softball Championships - Blacktown
Tuesday 17 February
E.Morley Y12, J.Tong Y10, H.Breytenbach Y9, N.Tong Y8, B.Stafford-Gaffney Y8, C.Wilde Y8

Tuesday 10 March


MSB Swimming Carnival - SOPAC
Wednesday 25 February

BBSSSA Championships - SOPAC
Monday 23 March
MSB Representative Team


BBSSSA Senior Basketball Championships - Terrigal
Thursday 26 February
MSB Senior Representative Team


NSW Cricket Selections - Bankstown
Thursday 26 February
Self Nominated students - see NSW CCC website
Nominations close 26 MAR 2015


NSW All Schools Teams Triathlon - Penrith
Friday 27 February
MSB Representative Teams


NSW CCC Selections - Parramatta
Monday 2 March
Self Nominated students - see NSW CCC website
Nominations close 23 FEB 2015

The Representative Sports Dates for Term 1 2015 are now available. Please note these dates and cut off times if applicable. Hopefully during the holiday break our students have taken time to train for the Teams Triathlon, the MSB Swimming Carnival and our early Term One sports.

All students have been emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport for this term. The information is also available on the Sports Noticeboard, on Bennies Net and attached to this week’s newsletter here. 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 that information – I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Closing dates approaching this month include trials for the Open NSW CCC Tennis, 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.

Upcoming Representative Sport trials and events

  • Mon 2 Feb RECESS Triathlon meeting D101 for any interested students
  • Mon 2 Feb Senior Touch Trial #1(16+) Mrs Grant / Mrs Gillies
  • Tue 3 Feb Inter Touch Trial #1 (U15) Mrs Hickey / Mrs McGregor
  • Wed 4 Feb Senior Basketball Trial #1 (Y11/12) Mr Young / Mrs He
  • Wed 4 Feb Triathlon Notes can be handed to Mrs Grant in the sports office at recess
  • Thu 5 Feb Senior Touch Trial #1(16+) Mrs Grant / Mrs Gillies
  • Thu 5 Feb Inter Touch Call backs - Trial #2 (U15) Mrs Hickey / Mrs McGregor
  • Thu 5 Feb Senior Basketball Call backs - Trial #2 (Y11/12) Mr Young / Mrs He
  • Thu 5 Feb Triathlon Notes can be handed to Mrs Grant in the sports office at recess


Hopefully some of our students have been training hard over the summer in preparation for this year’s NSW All Schools Triathlon Teams event to be held at Penrith Lakes on  Friday 27 February (teams).

A meeting will be held on Monday at recess and all students have been emailed information.

Last year we had over 90 team triathletes.

Parents will need to verify in writing that students can complete their event leg in the following times:

  • JUNIOR (12/13/14 IN 2015)
    • Swim (400m) - 10mins
    • Cycle (10km) - 30mins
    • Run (3km) - 15mins

  • INTERMEDIATE (15/16 IN 2015)
    • Swim (600m) - 15mins
    • Cycle (15km) - 42mins
    • Run (4km) - 22mins

  • SENIOR (17/Over IN 2015)
    • Swim (600m) - 15mins
    • Cycle (15km) - 40mins
    • Run (4km) - 22mins

Teams must submit all completed forms together to Mrs Grant in her office at selected recess times only, no later than Thursday 12 February. Only entries submitted this way will be accepted.

Experienced individual triathletes who would like to compete in the NSW All Schools individual event the day prior should contact Mrs Grant urgently for further information.

MSB Representative Team Trials for Broken Bay Carnivals

Sign up sheets are now on the Sports Noticeboard for our first representative sport trials for 2015.

Any student interested in trialling for the following teams will need to nominate via the sign up sheet which also includes trial information. Students will also need to complete an information slip for EACH sport they nominate for, outlining any previous experience.

All trials will be held during lunchtimes.


Three teams will be selected to represent MSB at Broken Bay carnivals:-

  • 16/Over - Students turning 16/over in 2015
  • INTERMEDIATE (u15) - Students turning 14/15 in 2015
  • JUNIOR (u13) - Students turning 12/13 in 2015

Trials will be held on the College oval during lunchtimes at school as follows:

  • 16/OVER - Monday 2 Feb, Thursday 5th Feb (Call Backs)
  • U15 - Tuesday 3 Feb, Thu 5 Feb (call backs)
  • U13 - Thursday 19 Feb (Surnames A - M), Wed 19 Feb (trials - surnames L - Z), Mon 24 Feb (call backs), Mon 2 Mar (Trial surnames L-Z)

Further information will be provided on the sports noticeboard and via student emails.
Further trials may  be held later in 2015 to select teams for the NSW Y9/10 and possibly Y7/8 All Schools Regional Championships.

Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the trial.
Students will need to wear appropriate sports shoes to trial.


Three teams will be selected to represent MSB at Broken Bay carnivals:-

  • SENIOR - Students currently in Y11/12 in 2015
  • INTERMEDIATE - Students currently in Y9/10 (trials will be held in the term for the Carnival in Term Two)
  • JUNIOR - Students currently in Y7/8 (trials will be held later this term for the Carnival in Term Two)

Trials will be held during lunchtimes at school as follows:

  • SENIOR - Wed 4 Feb (Trial 1) , Thurs 5 Feb (Call backs) , Wed 11 Feb (3rd trial if needed)

Students who would like to trial will need to sign up on the Sports Noticeboard.  Check the sign up sheet and student emails for further information.

Student Achievement

Some of our students have been very busy over the holiday break.

Congratulations to -

  • Kirsten Simpson (Y11) who competed in two Tennis ranking tournaments in the holidays. In Ballina she won the 16/Under girls consolation singles and in Wollongong she won the 16/Under girls singles main draw. Kirsten has been a member of our Representative Tennis teams over the past four years.
  • Georgia Quick (Y11) who competed in the U19s NSW track championships in early Dec and picked up two bronze and a gold medal. That led to an invitation for the NSW 'long squad' to train for the upcoming national titles to be held in Melbourne this week where she will compete for NSW in the sprint, the team pursuit and in her club colours for the Kieren. She curently trains three to four days a week at the velodrome and on her 'off' days she has 'light training' or gym work. Here is a link to a story that appeared in the Hills News recently

    Georgia was a member of our Gold Medal winning Intermediate Triathlon team at last year's NSW All Schools event.
  • Alyson McGrath (Y11) Who was selected into the U18 NSW Indoor Netball Team that will compete at the Australian Indoor Championhsips in Sydney in May. Alyson has been a member of our very succesful MSB Representative Netball teams for the past four years.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sport Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

Winter Sports Registrations

MSB Football

The College enters teams in the North West Sydney Womens Football Association Competition. The teams are open to all students from Year 7 - 12 and for all players from beginners through to experienced players. The games are played on Sundays, usually in the mornings, from April through to August.

Detailed information and Registration forms will be sent via email to all students early next week. The registration forms and payments are to be returned to Student Services by Friday 13 February.

Queries to

MSB Netball

Many students have already registered to play netball for MSB in the Hills Netball Association Winter Competition. The games are played on Saturdays from late April to September. A final Registration Day will take place on Thursday 5 February from 3.15pm - 5.30pm in the College Hall. Year 7 Grading Day (12's and 13's) will be held on Sunday 8 February in the College Hall from 8.00am - Midday.

Queries to

MSB Basketball

The College enters teams in the Hills Hornets Basketball Association Winter Competition. The teams are open to all students from Year 7 - 12 and for all players from beginners through to experienced players. The games are played on Thursday (under 13 - under 16) and Friday (under 17 - under 18) evenings at Castle Hill during Terms Two and Three. Registration forms will be sent to students via email in Week Four.

Queries to

Mrs Rebecca Lewis
Co-curricular Sports Coordinator


Changes to the Secondary Schools Tax File Number Program in 2015

The Secondary Schools Tax File Number (TFN) Program will not continue beyond 31 December 2014. This means that School TFN forms will no longer be processed beyond this date.

How students can apply for a TFN from 1 January 2015

The Australian Taxation Office in partnership with Australia Post is making it easier for individuals to apply for a TFN.

Students can now apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post Office.

Applying online is the fastest and most convenient way for students to get a TFN. More information on applying online can be found at by searching for 'QC27248'

Students who are unable to visit a participating Australia Post Office will need to complete the Application for Tax File Number - Application or Enquiry for Individuals Form (NAT 1432). More information about lodging this form can be found at by searching for 'QC22604'.



Mrs Lucy Elgood
Careers Advisor

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Class of 1995 - 20 Year Reunion

The class of 1995 organisers are looking at holding your 20 Year Reunion in May. Should you wish to be kept up to date with the details, please feel free join their facebook page "Bennies 1995".

Additional details will follow when they are confirmed, in the meantime tell your peers.


The Canteen opens daily from 8.00am to 2.00pm.

MY STUDENT ACCOUNT - Cashless Canteen

Students may order and pay for purchases with our 'cashless' option using their Student ID card.
Cashless Canteen - Comprehensive instructions on how to use this system
Place a Canteen order.

Canteen Roster for the week commencing Monday 2 February







Kai-Jai Huang

Natalie Conway

Jaye Harkin

Simone Williams

Claudia Heer

Kay Munro

Susan Brown


Rosie Lancaster


Sylvana Boyd


Joanne McCormack


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

Mrs Melissa Arane

Canteen Manager

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