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6 November 2015


From the Principal

Last Saturday, it was heartening to see the College filled with almost 200 new students for Year 7 next year, and their parents. Next week we will welcome the girls for their Orientation Day. On Friday this week Year 9 students were involved in training to enable them to be Peer Support Leaders for Year 7 next year. It is good for the girls to be able to share their experiences of school life at MSB and assist our incoming students to find their place in this community. Thank you to all our Year 9 students for their willingness to be involved.

Good Samaritan Foundation Education Grants

Each year the Good Samaritan Foundation offers a number of Education Grants to students attending Good Samaritan Colleges. These grants are designed to support those in need, particularly young people suffering as a result of poverty or particular hardship. The grant money can be used for necessary school items or related services, including uniforms, subject fees, text books, excursion expenses or payment of other essential education expenses. Applications are now open if you wish to apply please contact Kathryn Sheehan on 9980 0405. Applications must be received by the Foundation by Friday 4 December and do require a Principal's reference. Please submit them to me in time for me to complete the reference form prior to the closing date.

The Parents and Friends Association AGM is on Monday evening at 6.30pm in the Staff Lunch Room.

Students and staff have been learning about the significance of Jubilee within our church traditions, as we prepare for our Jubilee year in 2016. I hope that parents, ex-students and ex-parents are preparing for some of our major events – the Jubilee Mass on Sunday 19 June and the Jubilee Ball on Saturday 28 May. Our students and staff will be involved in numerous events in different ways and we look forward to celebrating our heritage and history as we look back on our past but also look to the future with enormous hope and optimism.

College Hats

Year 7 students are reminded that they must wear the College hat during Terms One and Four when they are in the sun. Next year the incoming Year 7 students will do likewise, so that eventually all year groups will be wearing the hat. I have asked teachers to remind the girls when they are in the playground that if they are not in the shade they need to wear the hat.

Earlier this week we celebrated All Saints Day and All Souls Day, days on which the church celebrates the Communion of Saints and all those who have died. It is encouraging to know that we are part of God’s kingdom, in communion with those who are already in the presence of God. The month of November is set aside for us to pray for those who have died, that they may also be at peace in the loving presence of God.

All Souls Day

God our Saviour,
on this day we prayerfully remember
all our loved ones who have died.

Give them comfort and hope
and may they be at peace,
knowing that they will
rest in God’s arms eternally.

Thank you for your memories of them
and for the good times we shared.
We ask You Lord
through their intercession,
to deepen our faith,
strengthen our hope
and increase our love
that we, too, may someday
stand before You,
ready to enter Your Holy Kingdom.



Maria Pearson

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Mission News

O God, you have surrounded us with a cloud of witnesses who tell of your goodness.
Let us be mindful of those who have gone before us and those who stand beside us.
May they inspire us to live lives of love and service.

We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.

This is one of the prayers we have prayed together in our community this week as we have marked the feasts of All Saints and All Souls. It is also the beginning of the month of November which is traditionally a time for the remembrance of those who have passed away.

On Tuesday we welcomed Fr Raja Kommareddy, Assistant Priest at St Agatha’s Pennant Hills to celebrate Eucharist with one of our Year 8 classes. This was the first of a number of class liturgies with Fr Raja over the coming weeks. We hope that by the end of the month all of our Year 8 students will have had the opportunity to share Eucharist together in their class groups. In 2016 we hope to continue this program of regular Eucharist in class groups so that all our classes can have this experience at least once or twice per semester. We are very grateful to Fr Raja for generously offering his time to support this endeavour.

During the month of November we will also have a significant focus on our Christmas Hamper appeal. Each Homeroom has received shopping bags and students are invited to bring in suitable, non-perishable items to make up the hamper. The families who receive our hampers will hopefully see it as a reminder that they are not alone, despite the difficulty of their circumstances. Christmas can be a particularly stressful time when resources are stretched to the limit. Our aim is to provide some simple staple items to help take some pressure off the family finances and free up some money to allow people to buy the things we all take for granted such as gifts for children and special Christmas foods we all enjoy. We would like our hampers to contain high quality though not necessarily expensive items. We do not want families to feel that we are giving them our unwanted items. Rather we want them to share in the sorts of items we will be enjoying with our families.

Some items that would be suitable for our hampers include:

  • Biscuits, snacks and confectionery
  • Canned foods and soup
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Cereal
  • Cordial, fruit juice, soft drinks
  • Condiments, oils, sauces and spreads
  • Rice, noodles, pasta and pasta sauce
  • Desserts, cake mixes etc.
  • Bathroom and cleaning supplies
  • Kitchen and laundry supplies
  • Special Christmas items

Other gift items such as vouchers and gift cards are most welcome.

Representatives of JCA will come to the College on Monday 30 November to collect our donations in preparation for their delivery on Saturday 5 December. On this day we have the opportunity to share in the process of delivering hampers to families. Delivery day starts at 8.00am with a BBQ breakfast before volunteers are organised to set out with deliveries. It would be wonderful to have our students and their parents involved and we are aiming to have each Homeroom represented.

Students are currently being asked to volunteers through Homerooms so this would be a good time to discuss our Hamper contributions and being involved in Hamper Delivery Day on Saturday 5 December.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

WorldSkills Regional Business Services Competition

On Friday 30 October, we were given the opportunity to participate in the WorldSkills Regional Business Services Competition at the Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood. We worked in a mock business environment to complete tasks that would commonly be completed within an office environment.

As part of this competition we had to complete a variety of diverse tasks which included:

  • using problem solving to undertake mail merging and executing it properly
  • using programs such as excel
  • entering and processing data
  • laminating documents safety
  • demonstrate creative skills
  • we had to think critically and compromise in certain tasks
  • communicate when asking for help or clarification from services
  • problem solving
  • we had to be innovative whilst developing a theoretical business
  • create proformas such as letterheads and flyers for promotion
  • taking initiative when performing unconventional tasks

We were challenged to demonstrate our knowledge in a variety of tasks. We were able to use our theoretical knowledge from our Business Services course and show our understanding in a practical environment.

Overall it was an enjoyable and valuable experience.

Tarana Fernando and Lauren DeSouza
Year 11 Business Services Students

This was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to gain new skills, compete against their peers in Business Services and fast track their skills and career development. The program was a series of work-simulated projects based on industry standard frameworks which are designed and administered by practising teachers and industry professionals.

I would like to congratulate Tarana Fernando who came 1st in the competition and Lauren DeSouza who was placed 2nd. The girls worked diligently in the lead up to the competition and demonstrated their skills and professionalism in the workplace on the day.

Miss Christine Takchi
Business Services Teacher

Write a Book in a Day

Earlier this year we entered two teams in the Write a Book in a Day Competition. Write a Book in a Day is a fund raising initiative where participants work in teams to create a written and illustrated book in twelve hours, while also raising funds for children’s hospitals Australia-wide. It was begun in 1985 by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre, the oldest Writers' Centre of its kind in Australia. It is a wonderful, fun, team building and writing experience. Our teams had twelve hours to plan, write, illustrate, print and bind a 2,000 - 4,000 word book. The creativity and collaborative spirit demonstrated by each of the students involved was very impressive and by the end of the day each team produced a high quality book. Year 9 named their book Squidnapped and Year 10, An Accidental Adventure.

On Friday our Year 10 team were invited to the Children’s Hospital, Westmead where they received a Commendation Award in the Best Book category. This means they placed third in NSW out of 200 teams and is a remarkable achievement. The funds raised through Write a Book in a Day will go towards childhood cancer research. Congratulations to all students involved and we look forward to making this competition an annual event on the College calendar.

Kylie Holmes
Head of English

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Pastoral Care

WWW - What Went Well for MT this term……

Yet again it has been a very busy and a very positive term for our girls in Montserrat. Since our last update we have farewelled our Year 12’s, had a number of student achievements both in and outside of school, have been working on our College Value of Hospitality in our Homerooms and have announced our new group of Peer Support leaders. Finally just this last weekend we were able to meet our Year 7 students for 2016.

In the coming weeks we will be welcoming these new Year 7 students on their Orientation Day, continuing our work with our House Partner Timor Leste and preparing for our end of year Liturgy and Christmas Hamper deliveries.

As you can see a very busy and exciting time.

All of our girls have been working hard, however I would like to recognise one student in particular for her achievements this term.

In October Arabella Young participated in the National Championships for Future Problem Solving in the Senior Scenario Writing Performance section. At this event, Arabella had been asked to write and perform a story for the National coaches. The aim of her performance was to show the other coaches what FPS students can achieve in this competition. A job which she did exceptionally well.

Arabella was awarded 1st place and as a result has been invited to the International competition in June, 2016 which will be held at Michigan State University in America.

Well Done Arabella!!

Our Host a Homeroom event took place earlier in the term, as part of this initiative our Homerooms were either hosting or being a guest as we actively demonstrated the values of Hospitality. It was a great chance for the girls to spend time with others in the House and we look forward to continuing this tradition into next year as we focus on our new value of Jubilee.

Sr Rita has long been our connection from the Good Samaritan Sisters to our House Partner in Timor Leste. As mentioned in our previous newsletter report, Sr Rita has recently returned to Australia due to some health concerns. I am pleased to report that she is doing well and in fact will be returning to Timor this weekend for a month’s stay. Sr Rita has kindly offered to take some items back to the school children in Railaco on our behalf. As such we have been able to create some cards for the students which provide a little insight into who the girls are and the things they are interested in, something Sr Rita has informed us all the students will love.

Finally on Friday 13 November we welcome our New Year 7 students to the College. They will have a chance to meet their Homerooms and be introduced to what it means to be a part on Montserrat, a day I know all our girls remember quite fondly. All of the Year 6 girls are encouraged to wear as much pink as they can on the day.

As you can see there is a lot happening in our House over the coming weeks, I encourage you to have a chat with your girls about what is going on in Pastoral Care. I appreciate all of the donations and volunteers we currently have for our Hampers and Hamper delivery day on Saturday 5 December. Please keep them coming.

I personally would like to wish all of my Montserrat families a happy and safe holiday season, I am looking forward to a great end of the year and an even better 2016.

God Bless.

Briohny Hickey
Montserrat House Coordinator

The Merit Award Program

Congratulations to the students who have received enough merits to achieve either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Merit.

Merits are awarded for achievement in any of the following categories:

  • School Service
  • Effort
  • Academic
  • Extra Curricular
  • Christian Commitment

Merits also go towards the House Cup with 10 merits equating to 10 House points, 50 merits equating to 20 House points and 150 merits equating to 50 House Points.

Merit Report

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College News

Government ID cards

Students who are turning 16 by 31 December are entitled to a Government ID card. This will be proof that they are still school students and are able to ask for discounted fares on buses, trains etc. Students can collect this card from Student Services at recess, lunch, or before or after school.

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P & F News

P&F Annual General Meeting

Monday 9 November

All parents are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting at 6.30pm on Monday 9 November in the College Staffroom. All positions become vacant and your involvement on the Executive is welcomed and encouraged.

If you are unable to attend, then please email the P&F where a member of the executive can raise any issues on your behalf.

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Reunion updates

Class of 1975 (40 Year Reunion) Registration are still open for last minute registrations. Please do immediately by clicking here .

Class of 1976 (40 Year Reunion next year) the organisers are looking for ladies who were in this year. Please email Ann Jackson or join their Bennies Girls - Class of 76

Class of 1996 (20 Year Reunion next year) the organisers are looking for ladies who were in this year, please contact Their face book page is Mount Saint Benedict Class of 1996 .

All ex-students are encouraged to update their details on Bennies Connect.

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Representative Sport

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2015 Term Four


Australian KO Championships
Monday 7 December


BBSSSA Open Team Trials
Friday 20 November


BBSSSA Championships
Tuesday 24 November
MSB Representative Team

Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website. I encourage you to visit the NSW CCC website if your daughter is an experienced state level athlete in any sport.

Please remember that these are trials for State teams and as such students must be very experienced for their nomination to be approved.

Surf Lifesaving

The team is being finalised with confirmed team members receiving notes last week. There is still a spot available in all board events (U13/U15 and 16+ - students will need to supply their own board), Open Iron person and U13 Surf Swim and 16+ Surf Swim for any interested and experienced swimmers. Please contact Mrs Grant if you are interested.

Notes are now due back.

BBSSSA Open Softball Trials

Trials for the Open BBSSSA Softball team will take place on Friday 20 November at St Ives from 12.30pm to 3.00pm.

Nomination forms are available through the BBSSSA website and close Friday 13 November.

Any student who intends to trial will need to email Mrs Grant for further information and bring in the $10 trial fee in a clearly labelled envelope and place it in the Representative Sport Slot at Student Services.

Please note that this is an Open Representative team and as such only experienced softball players should consider nominating.

Last year MSB had six students selected into this team.

The selected BBSSSA team will compete at the NSW CCC Open Softball Championships in Term One, 2016.

KO Athletics Team

There are now under 30 days until our Intermediate team competes in Melbourne at the Australian Championships. Wednesday lunchtime training sessions for the Swedish Relay will take place over the next two weeks, please bring appropriate footwear.

Bennies Big Skip

Good luck to the 25 finalists in next week’s Bennies Big Skip Final run by the Sports Portfolio.

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Caitlin Wilde who was recently selected into the 2016 NSW Metro Softball team to play at the 2016 Regional Championships in Brisbane in January 2016.

Mrs Karen Grant

Representative Sports Coordinator

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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 9 November







Karen Benco


Georgina Khamis

Julie McIntyre

Jeonghwa Jang



** Additional volunteers are most welcome **

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

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