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31 May 2103

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students It has been inspiring this week to be part of our Social Justice and Environment Week. Our student leaders have led many of the activities, and I have been extremely impressed by their organisational, presentation and public speaking skills. They are wonderful representatives of our community, understanding so well the values that are at the heart of all we do.


Above: Mr Graeme Innes visited on Tuesday. Seen here with students from St Edmunds and Ella and Lili Meaker (kneeling at front)

Graeme Innes, the Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, was our guest at a special Assembly on Tuesday. Having a visual impairment, Graeme knows from personal experience the difficulties faced by people with disabilities, but he has certainly not let any difficulty stand in the way of him achieving prominence through his academic studies in law, work in advocacy and several high profile legal cases pursuing the rights of people with disabilities. Graeme’s address to the Assembly captured the attention and interest of students and staff alike. One of the purposes of his visit was to present certificates to students who participated in a competition run by the Australian Human Rights Commission to celebrate twenty years since the Disability Discrimination Act was implemented.



Above: Ella Meaker

The competition entry of one of our Year 7 students, Ella Meaker, so impressed Mr Innes, that he wished to meet Ella. We were privileged to have with us on Tuesday Ella’s parents and her sister Lili who suffers with a severe intellectual disability. Ella shared with us her moving reflections about her experience, and that of her sister and parents, as they navigate life in their special circumstances. Ella’s courageous story encouraged all of us to be like Lili - not to judge people by what they look like but rather to get to know the person and embrace them for their individuality.

Follow this link to read Ella’s story:

Above: Students from St Edmunds perform at Assembly

At the same Assembly we also welcomed students and staff from St Edmund’s School, who once again wowed us with their brilliant dance moves and their positive, enthusiastic approach to life. If only we could all enter into life as enthusiastically and wholeheartedly as these young people do! Our Social Justice Forum on Wednesday evening explored themes of stewardship and justice, with engaging and challenging speakers and workshops. There have also been many lunchtime activities enabling the whole school community to be involved. Many thanks to Mrs Donna Dempsey for her organisation of the evening and to the many staff and students who assisted and attended. On top of all this, the Musical is not far away and at Wednesday’s Assembly we were able to get a sneak preview of the performance. The relatively new online booking system is working well and due to the great response for tickets, some additional tickets have been released for the Thursday and Friday performances. I know I am really looking forward to the Musical, as I am sure we all are.

Beatitudes for People with Special Needs

BLESSED ARE YOU who take time to listen to difficult speech, for you help us to know that if we persevere we can be understood.

BLESSED ARE YOU who walk with us in public places, and ignore the stares of strangers, for in your friendship we feel good to be ourselves.

BLESSED ARE YOU who never bid us to "hurry up" and, more blessed, you who do not snatch our tasks from our hands to do them for us, for often we need time rather than help.

BLESSED ARE YOU who stand beside us as we enter new and untried ventures, for our unsuredness will be outweighed by the times when we surprise ourselves and you.

BLESSED ARE YOU who ask for our help and realize our giftedness for our greatest need is to be needed.

BLESSED ARE YOU who help us with the graciousness of Christ, for often we need the help we cannot ask for.

BLESSED ARE YOU when, by all things, you assure us that what makes us individuals is not our particular disability or difficulty but our beautiful God-given personhood which no handicapping condition can confine.

REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDINGLY GLAD for your understanding and love have opened doors for us to enjoy life to its full and you have helped us believe in ourselves as valued and gifted people.


Maria Pearson,Principal

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Mission News

This week we held an extremely successful focus on the Environment and Social Justice. In last week’s newsletter I outlined details of the three main events that were planned for the week, our special Assembly on inclusion and disability, our normal Assembly with our special guest speaker and our evening Social Justice and Environment Week Forum with students from visiting schools. All of these events were very successful and set a great tone for the week.


Above: Mr Shukri Sanber, ACU lecturer spoke at Assembly of his involvement with Bethlehem University in Palenstine

Apart from these main events, we also enjoyed an array of activities throughout the week with plenty of opportunities to get involved. Throughout the week we had a book display in the IRC on environmental issues and a mobile phone collection drive which gave us a great balance between learning about the issues and making a practical response.


Above: Tree Banner and Pavement Art in the Undercroft

We also had the opportunity to use our creative talents with some pavement art and banner making activities in the Undercroft. The walls of one of our buildings became a solidarity wall with a focus on the theme of homelessness. A further step in solidarity was taken by students involved in our Detention 4 Detention action which saw students undertaking a voluntary lunch time detention to draw attention to the issue of children in immigration detention centres.


Above: Detention 4 Detention

Environmental themes continued to be a major focus with our Bennies Hour initiative to spend one of our lessons without the use of power as far as we could manage. Also, our Nude Food day helped us to think about the unnecessary amount of packaging and wrapping we use each day.


Above: Pavement Art in the Undercroft

Our final action for the week focused on issues regarding women who suffer the effects of poverty and injustice more frequently and more seriously than their male counterparts, yet interestingly, are also at the forefront of many of the most fruitful development initiatives in poor communities.


Above: Solidarity Wall

In less than a month from now we will enjoy our traditional celebration of Mount St Benedict Day. Already our Liturgy Portfolio and their supporters are well under way with planning. Music has been chosen and is now being rehearsed, discussions have taken place about themes and readings, rituals and blessings. This will be a very special celebration of MSB Day as it will also be the occasion where we bless and officially open our newest facilities including our newly renovated Hall. We will be joined on this occasion by Ms Therese Creagh, Chair of Good Samaritan Education who will officially open the facilities and our Celebrant will be Benedictine Priest Father David Orr who will preside at our Eucharist and our blessing of these facilities. A reminder of our Mother and Daughter Retreat which will take place at the Mount St Benedict Centre adjacent to the College on Friday 9 to Saturday 10 August.

Mother and Daughter Retreat

5.00pm Friday 9 August - midday Saturday 10 August

The annual MSB Mother and Daughter Retreat provides some time for quality conversation, quiet time, prayer and reflection focusing on the relationship between mothers and daughters.

 Accommodation is in single rooms at the Mount St Benedict Centre, adjacent to the College, and the program will be conducted by members of the College Mission Team.

The cost of the Retreat is $75 per person

Click here to RSVP today


Mr Paul Lentern Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

Year 11 Parent Teacher Evening

4.00pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 5 June
in the College Hall

Online booking will open at 4.00pm on Friday 24 May and will close promptly at midday on Wednesday 5 June. All parents have been emailed their login details (user and password).

If you have any queries or feedback please email me

Mr John Muskovits Assistant Principal Dean of Curriculum

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News from the Mathematics Department

This year in the Mathematics Department we have concentrated on improving students’ skills in Working Mathematically by introducing the Maths Mate series of workbooks. One worksheet is completed each week and the girls take the responsibility for marking it at the end of the week. It also contains three questions each week designed to develop their problem-solving skills. On Open Day, problem-solving and estimation skills were tested with the Mathematics Department’s guessing competition run by Miss Henson. Students had to guess how many lollies could fit into particular containers. Many new connections were made as Maths staff spoke with parents and students.


The Australian Maths Challenge is also underway with nearly thirty students participating this year. The students complete six questions with only minimal guidance from a mentor. This year Mr Menzies is helping the students. Here is a sample question from this year’s Challenge. Can you answer it?

A tortoise and hare take part in a 1km race. The tortoise walks at 5.4 m/min. The hare hops for 10 minutes, sleeps for 30 minutes, hops for 10 minutes, sleeps for 30 minutes, maintaining this pattern with a hopping speed of 19.2 m/min.

a) How far has each travelled on one hour?

b) The tortoise wins the race. By what distance?

c) If the hare wishes to maintain the same pattern of hopping for 10 minutes then sleeping for 30 minutes, what is the minimum hopping speed the hare will need to win the race?



The Mathematics Department is currently re-writing the Mount St Benedict College Mathematics Curriculum in preparation for the Australian Curriculum being introduced next year for Year 7 and Year 9. Maths Workshop is a great way to get help with homework or catch up on missed work. It is held on Mondays Week A and Wednesdays Week B in Room F307 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm. A Maths teacher is there to assist with any questions or problems in an informal and collegial atmosphere. Students from all Year Groups attend, and the variety of ages provides many sources of knowledge in addition to the teacher. The Mathematics Department is always ready to solve your problems!

Mr Donal Menzies Head of Department



TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE - Click here to purchase your tickets

If you require wheelchair access please contact the College on 9980 0444. Note: If you are unable to access the hyperlink above, please cut and paste into the address bar of your web browser

The online trybooking system does not appear to work using Firefox.

Congratulations to Year 11 student, Kirsty Smith for her acceptance into the National Arts School Intensive Program at Darlinghurst. Kirsty was among one of 50 accepted into the intensive art course. Kirsty will have a week long experience into the Painting Studio Program and will work with a tutor and peers to further extend her painting skills in July and September holidays.


Kirsty's submission was selected from up to one thousand applicants. Kirsty is pictured here with one of her recent paintings investigating cars and the contemporary artist, Ben Quilty’s gestural style.

Mrs Sonia Barnett Visual Arts Teacher

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 Music Instrument Tuition Form and return to Student Services.

If you have any questions please contact Mr Watters

Mr Peter Watters Head of Department - Creative and Performing Arts

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College News


Sydney Writers Festival

On Wednesday 22 May, four Bennies girls left from Beecroft Station to go to see a collection of authors discuss their work and their inspiration at Angel Place Recital Hall near George Street.

There were five authors present during the day with Wendy Harmer being the MC and four authors discussing their books. These four authors included Danny Katz, James Roy, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Libba Bray. My favourite author was Libba Bray who used the audience to demonstrate the process of writing a story. Using witty humour, Libba engaged the audience and allowed our creative juices to flow by making up crazy fears of inanimate objects and colourful bubbles in oblivion. With a lot of laughs being shared and a little bit of window shopping, book buying, chocolate eating and meet and greets, we all had a wonderful day that we would love to live again.

by Gabrielle Barford, Year 11

2014 History Study Tour to Europe

We are very excited to propose our first ever History Study Tour to Europe in 2014. The itinerary includes Germany and Italy and is tailored to cover the important areas of the Modern History, Ancient History and Society and Culture syllabuses. Academy Travel has been selected based on their knowledge, extensive overseas network of guides and support staff and previous staff experience. There is no doubt that a tour of this size involves significant expense, however we believe that the educational experiences and inclusions will prove to be excellent value and allow the students to gain full benefit from their involvement. An Information Evening will be held at the College at 7.00pm on Tuesday 18 June in the Staffroom. Our History Staff will explain the purpose and outline of the trip and Academy Travel representatives will give a description of their experiences as an educational tour operator, as well as the inclusions and benefits of the trip. To register you interest in attending the Information Evening, please visit the College website For further information click here

Mr Greg Hume History Teacher

Future Problem Solvers off to Compete Internationally

Congratulations and good luck to our Future Problem Solvers, Rebecca Koelmeyer, Rebecca Calabrese, Rebecca Albertini, Stephanie Frost, Laura Baker, Julia Ramos, Emily-Kate Pfeiffer and Monique Cockram who travel to America this weekend to attend the International Future Problem Solvers Conference (IC) at Indiana University.

The students will travel to Minnesota for a five day homestay and then travel to Indiana for the Conference. Then it’s off to New York before heading home.

The students will be accompanied by Mrs Elizabeth Dirckze, Mrs Margot Hadfield and Mrs Nina Selvaggi (coach). Birthday wishes to Mrs Hadfield and a very special Happy 16th Birthday to Laura.

Please take the time to read the following article written by the team: Future Talk Article Vol 25 No 1 June 2013:


The Mount St Benedict College Community Problem Solving team's project is known as DARUG- Discover, Acknowledge, Reconcile, Understand, Galvanise.

They were invited to this year's International Future Problem Solvers Conference (IC) at Indiana University.

The Darug people are the traditional Indigenous Aboriginal custodians of the land on which our school resides. Our project focuses on reconciling with the Darug people, embracing our shared heritage, increasing consultations and connections with Darug elders, and ultimately moving forward towards becoming a cohesive and inclusive community.

To do this we have accomplished a number of things. Firstly, our team participated in an excursion to the Blue Mountains, a place where many sacred sites of the Darug people are. We were able to see these and afterwards visit with Uncle Greg, a Darug elder who shared stories of his life as well as explaining some traditions and beliefs of the Darug people. We also created a Facebook page (link below), where we upload pictures, questions and information that allows our subscribers to interact with us and learn about the Darug people. We have adapted and illustrated a traditional dreamtime story of the Darug people, where the creation of the Three Sisters at the Blue Mountains is explained in a children's picture book. This story and the story of the Rainbow Serpent were then further adapted into a Claymation which were uploaded to YouTube. Our team then visited with HARR, the Hornsby Area Residents for Reconciliation group who talked to us about their aims and shared with us their ideas of reconciliation. We also invited Uncle Greg to visit our school, where he talked to a portion of the student body and taught them about Darug culture and superstitions.

 We believe that these accomplishments have combined to enable our team to educate our wider school community not only on the importance of reconciliation but also on some of the fundamental steps that can be completed when attempting to move towards it. Although it will take a long time for us to truly reconcile with the Darug people we believe we have a made a valuable contribution towards encouraging this process.

We are extremely excited to be attending the Conference in Indiana in June and feel privileged to be able to share the importance of our land's traditional Indigenous heritage with an international audience.

Facebook link:

Written by: the DARUG team, Mount St Benedict College

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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



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.

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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



Due to an enormous response an information night will be held on Tuesday 4 June in the College Hall. Students who returned the expression of interest slips have all been emailed details of the evening and the priority procedure for applying for the tour. A wait list will then be established. Families unable to attend this evening should email Mrs Grant to receive a pack via email that will be handed out at the evening. We have had other very successful sports tours in the past and look forward to the incredible experiences this trip will bring.

Our next MSB overseas sporting tour is not scheduled until 2017 so this will be the only opportunity for most students to participate in such a tour.


A reminder that any student who has signed up for the 1500m or Triple Jump events is required to catch the early bus on Monday unless they have handed in a note stating that they will travel with their parents to the stadium. Please arrive at the College by 7.45am as the bus will leave at 8.00am SHARP. Our MSB representative team for the Broken Bay Carnival will be selected based on Monday’s results as will our NSW All Schools Knock Out teams. Good luck to all of our girls at the Carnival. Download the carnival program here.


To Year 11 students Hayley Evans, Annabelle Doheny and Ellen Schiffler who competed at the NSW CCC Open Soccer Championships next week at Bathurst. Hayley went on to be named in the NSW CCC team that will compete at the All Schools Championships in June - well done Hayley!


This is part of the Broken Bay President’s report on the day -

“The girls team played exceptionally well remaining undefeated until the last match where injuries took its toll and they went down 3 - 2 against Wagga Wagga, narrowly missing the finals. The team played exceptionally well throughout the tournament. We would like to commend the players for the outstanding effort, commitment and representation of their schools and Broken Bay over the two day tournament in Bathurst. They played with pride and in the spirit of the game. Many players created great friendships over the trip."

To Isabella Duncan Year 9, Lily Vidler Year 12, Genevieve Cowie Year 12 and Ashleigh McKimm Year 11 who will represent Broken Bay at the CCC Touch Championships on Wednesday.

Photos: Isabella, Lily, Genevieve and Ashleigh.




Fri 14 June (BB Team)



Tue 18 June (MSBREP U13/U15 team) (Wet weather backup Thu 20 June)


Tues 18 - Wed 19 June (CCC OPEN Teams - Hayley Evans Y11) (Wet Weather Backup Thu 20 June)



Wed 5 June (BB U15/OPEN) (Wet Weather Backup Wed 12 June)


2013 Athletics Carnival.

2014 SPORTS TOUR Information Evening 6.00pm Tuesday 4 June College Hall

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

Mrs Karen Grant Representative Sports Coordinator Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport


Training and Uniform Expectations

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.


Netball team photos will be taken on Saturday 15 June at Pennant Hills Park. Further details will be released shortly.


It's time to celebrate! Our first win of the season was accomplished on Saturday 26 May against Mercy College. It was a brilliant game with the final score of 5 - Nil which is the best score so far from our team. The win was rewarded with snakes and oranges which unfortunately got stuck in some of the girls braces. Well done everyone for the great effort that was put into the game and training!

Emilia Lilischkis, Team Captain

Mrs Rebecca Lewis, Co-Curricular Sport Coordinator

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P & F News

MSB Dinner Dance

Save the Date!

Thank you for your patience in awaiting the announcement of a new date. The MSB Dinner Dance 2013 will be held on Saturday 10 August at The Pennant Hills Golf Club. Details of the cost and how to purchase your tickets will be available shortly. The new booking system will be used to secure your tickets and tables. You can book per table or request to be seated on a table with parents from your daughter’s Year Group. Staff, parents and friends are all welcome to attend what is hoped will be a very enjoyable and relaxing evening.

2013 P&F General Meeting Dates

Term 2: 17 June

Term 3: 12 August, 9 September

Term 4: 14 October, 11 November

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

NSWPC Current Activities February 2013

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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








Athletics Carnival

Helen Merhi

Natalie Conway

Jaye Harkin

Helena Cheung

Volunteers not required

Louise Spencer


Kay Munro

Lynne Chen

Marie Kirkham

Susan Willey

Fiona Stewart

Please notify Melissa if you are unable to attend or if you would like to be removed from the Roster.
** If you can assist on Wednesday please call Melissa **


Mrs Melissa Arane Canteen Manager T: 9980 0448 E:

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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 27 May

Parent Information Evening

6.00pm Tuesday 18 June

For further information, or to RSVP, visit

Four Day HSC Study Intensive

Monday 8 July - Thursday 11 July

During this four day program, experienced HSC teachers and markers will show you how to avoid the most common examination mistakes, study effectively, deal with stress and understand important course content. Morning tea and lunch included. $285 per person.

Find out more and register at:


T: 02 8204 4404


Year 10 Information Evening

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Monday 17 or Thursday 20 June

Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus (K5/6 on map)

RSVP: Register here.

Scholarship Information Evening

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

Wednesday 26 June Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus (K5/6 on map)

RSVP: Register here.

Registrations open 5.00 Monday 3 June.

HSC Essay Writing Course

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.

T: 9036 4789


HSC Preparation Courses - Term Three

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

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

The range of HSC courses assist students in improving performance in all HSC assessment tasks and facilitate a deeper conceptual understanding of course content.

For more information click here.

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.

University of New South Wales Scholarship Evening

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Thursday 6 June

Science Theatre Kensington Campus

RSVP here

Click here for a map of the University. The Science Theatre is at coordinate F13

UNSW Scholarship Office
T: 9385 1078

UNSW Co-op Program
T: 9385 5116

Macquarie University Parent Information Evening

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Wednesday 12 June

RSVP here.

Places are limited. Further Information: T: (02) 9850 1890 W:

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.

University of Technology Sydney Discover Sessions

Nursing - City and Kuring-gai (Lindfield) campuses

Midewifery - City campuses

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

Futher information:

University of Wollongong

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 click the purple 'Register for Updates' tab. This will be a very quick form to fill in with mailing details etc.

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

teach.NSW Scholarships

Year 12 can apply for a scholarship worth up to $28,000 for their university study! Teach.NSW offers valuable Teaching Scholarships. Applications now open and will close in October 2013. For the latest information go to

My Health Career

MY HEALTH CAREER offers over one hundred videos on over ten different health careers from real health practitioners. Everything from the future of pharmacy in Australia to the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician to eight areas of specialisation in podiatry. Go to to enter your name and email address and receive FREE updates.

WEP Volunteer Abroad

WEP's Volunteer Abroad provides school leavers with an opportunity to travel overseas, gain meaningful work experiences and sometimes even learn another language. Programs start every week and are flexible in duration. Further information

TARONGA ZOO - Meet a Keeper

This is a one-day program for students 14 years and over who have expressed a keen interest in a career at the Zoo. This program includes a seminar presented by a panel of Zookeepers and other Zoo staff members. Students will learn about all aspects of zoo-keeping, including qualifications, career opportunities, core responsibilities, careers structures and wages. Afterwards students will explore the Zoo and enjoy a mystery behind-the-scenes animal tour.

For booking forms and information visit

Wesley Institute School of Graphic Design

Designer for a Day Workshop

Curious about a career in Graphic Design? Wesley Institute's School of Graphic Design invites you to experience what it's like to be a designer for a day, in a creative and collaborative environment. Explore the possibilities and unlock your creative DNA.

For more information, register your interest at or call 02 9819 8824. Workshops will be offered during NSW school holidays at Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street Drummoyne NSW.

Wesley Institute

Drama Open Day


Saturday 8 June

Wesley Institute, 5 Mary Street, Drummoyne 2047

Wesley Institute offers a Bachelor of Dramatic Art, with specialisations in Performance, Production and Theatre Practice. Discover your options, hear from the Head of Drama and chat to faculty, current students and staff. Book a spot at the Open Day, and receive a free ticket(s) to the School of Drama matinee performance of Faust immediately following the event!

Further Information:

Sydney Film School

Diploma Information Night


Wednesday 12 June

An opportunity to come and meet the teachers, see the premises and find out more about the Diploma of Screen and Media course. RSVP essential

T: (02) 9698 2244.


Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Open Day

10.00am - 3.00pm

Saturday 8 June

To find your nearest campus and learn how you can get your creative career off the ground click here.

Further Information Remittance Advice and Credit Card Authorisation

Cadet Program applications are now open. It’s never too early for your students to get ahead. For more information on our Cadet Program go to

To apply online go to and click on the preferred program, complete the application form and attach an academic transcript.

Applications close at midday on Wednesday 19 June.


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

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

Child and Adolescent Parenting

Course Descriptions

Term Brochure

How to enrol

Participant Testimonials

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.

Fees: 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: Susan:


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:

  • 6.00pm Youth Mass Every Sunday night followed by LIFE Nights for Years 9 - 12 from 7.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Into Life for Years 7 - 8 Friday nights, 7.00pm - 8.30pm

  • $2 donation appreciated

Contact Sr Rosie Drum 0420 594 277 for more information.

St Agatha’s Youth Ministry

Looking for a way to get involved in all kinds of great stuff and meet new people outside your school? St Agatha's Youth Ministry is for you. From weekly youth groups to overnight camps, beach trips, bowling nights, community service projects and much more we have something to suit everyone. It’s a great way to meet and get to know other guys and girls from around the area who you may not otherwise have the chance to hang out with, and to keep in touch with friends from your primary school days. And as part of the Catholic Parish of St Agatha, Pennant Hills, we aim to follow Christ and live out his teachings in everything we do. Get involved!

For more information please contact: Matt Donnelly St Agatha’s Youth Minister M: 0432 494 786

Hornsby Cathedral Parish Youth Groups

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

  • Years 7 - 9         7.00pm - 9.00pm Friday nights (1st and 3rd Friday of the month)

  • Years 10 - 12     7.00pm - 10.00pm Fridays (2nd and 4thFriday of the month)

Please bring $5 for pizza Upcoming Dates:

  • Years 7- 9          May 3, 17, 31 (combined), June 7, 21

  • Years 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.