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7 December 2015


From the Principal

The year has drawn to a close for students, after a week of events marking what has been a year of so much activity. We have seen our Year 7 students pioneering a new course, MYBennies, and showing us, in the last week of term, what an extraordinary range of skills they have developed and how confident they have become. Year 9 students showcased their projects this week, identifying a need in the community and developing well researched plans to respond to the need. Along with guest judges from external agencies such as Hornsby Shire Council and Northern Sydney Area Health, the girls projects were assessed for feasibility, many of them being taken up by the judges as possible projects in their areas of interest.

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We have had many achievements in sport, debating and public speaking, and Future Problem Solving and our girls have made a significant mark on the wider community through their work on Children in Detention, Domestic Violence and their engagement with speakers at the Beecroft Forum. There have been some outstanding academic achievements and our students have worked with diligence to achieve their academic goals.

We farewell students who are leaving us and give them our wishes for their new journeys which await them. We also farewell staff who are leaving us: Mrs Nett Knox, Ms Raelene Giffney, Mrs Nicola Donohoo, Ms Sarah Rose, Mrs Kay Watson and Mrs May Wasseff  from temporary positions; and Mrs Donna Dempsey, REC, Mr Adam Shaw, English, Ms Wendy Gracie, English, Mrs Therese Noble, English, Mr Jim O’Kane, English, Ms Maree Henson, Mathematics, Ms Emily Collignon, Science, Mrs Therese O’Kane, Visual Arts and Ms Jo Banks, Teacher Assistant. Mrs Jan Franco, Student Services, leaves the College after more than 20 years of dedicated service - I thank her. I want to thank each of these staff members for the dedication, generosity and commitment they have brought to their work and wish them well as new paths beckon. Mr Greg Hume, History, and Mrs Nina Selvaggi, Head of History, are taking leave in 2016 and our good wishes go with them for a wonderful year of new experiences.

Our community has also experienced significant sadness this year, with the death of our beloved student Belinda Bonaccorso, and the deaths of former students and former parents of our community. We continue to keep these families in our prayers, knowing that Christmas will be a difficult time for them. We pray that they will find some peace in the coming of Christ at Christmas.

As we prepare for the Christmas season I pray that families will be able to gather together filled with the loving peace of the Christ child. I hope that this long break for students is a time of rest, a time to rejuvenate mind and body, and a time to enjoy time with loved ones in a less hurried way.

Advent Prayer

God of timeless grace,
you fill us with joyful expectation.
Make us ready for the message that prepares the way,
that with uprightness of heart and holy joy
we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen


Maria Pearson

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Mission News

“Advent is about learning to wait. It is about not having to know exactly what is coming tomorrow, only that whatever it is, it is of the essence of sanctification for us. Every piece of it, some hard, some uplifting, is sign of the work of God alive in us. We are becoming as we go. We learn in Advent to stay in the present, knowing that only the present well-lived can possibly lead us to the fullness of life.

Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world. It slows us down. It makes us think. It makes us look beyond today to the 'great tomorrow' of life. Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow.

It is while waiting for the coming of the reign of God, Advent after Advent, that we come to realize that its coming depends on us. What we do will either hasten or slow, sharpen or dim our own commitment to do our part to bring it.

Waiting - that cold, dry period of life when nothing seems to be enough and something else beckons within us - is the grace that Advent comes to bring. It stands before us, within us, pointing to the star for which the wise ones from the East are only icons of ourselves.

We all want something more. Advent asks the question, what is it for which you are spending your life? What is the star you are following now? And where is that star in its present radiance in your life leading you? Is it a place that is really comprehensive enough to equal the breadth of the human soul?”

Joan Chittister OSB “Advent - The Human Experience of Waiting”

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It is always a curious juxtaposition that just as our school year is ending the Church’s year is beginning. Our last week of term is also the first week of Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year and the season of waiting.

The readings of the season call us to be still, to reflect in anticipation, to look for deeper things and to recognise those things which are of lasting value. There are many avenues into the richness and beauty of our Advent season but each of them will require something of us that is quite difficult to achieve, especially in the busyness that inevitably accompanies the weeks of December.

The end of our school year, as always, was marked with our celebration of Eucharist. Fr Paul Durkin, Pastor of St Agatha’s Parish at Pennant Hills presided as we prayed together around the word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist. On this occasion we asked God to bless a number of our staff and students who are travelling on our behalf to Europe, and we also prayed a blessing for those who are delivering our Christmas Hampers to people in need. This year we have two groups travelling to Europe, one on the Footsteps of Benedict pilgrimage and the other for our German language exchange.

On the previous day, our community had gathered at Hornsby for our annual Presentation Day ceremony. Our Presentation Day speaker for 2015 was Good Samaritan Sister Sarah Puls whose ministries include work among Australia’s new arrivals with the Jesuit Refugee Service and advocacy for victims of Human Trafficking through Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). Sr Sarah’s work among vulnerable members of our community reminds us of the very core of our identity through the image of the Good Samaritan and calls us to take seriously the Advent call of reflection and renewal.

On Saturday, approximately 120 members of our community are heading out to delivery Hampers to those in need. While it is encouraging to see such a strong response to our appeal for volunteers we are also saddened with the knowledge that the number of people in need has also increased markedly on previous years.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal Dean of Mission

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Curriculum News

Presentation Day

Congratulations to all of our students who received recognition for their efforts this year.


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MYBennies MYChoice Presentations

Last week I wrote about the overwhelmingly positive and amazing work that our Year 7 students having been doing in MYBennies this term. Below are a few stories from the students themselves of what they worked on.

Emma Wilkinson 07MYB05:

During Term Four of MYBennies, I created a MYChoice project, a project where I got to choose everything - the topic, purpose and style of presentation. I liked completing this project, and really enjoyed creating and presenting the final product, my ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ campaign. My campaign was designed to make people want to adopt a shelter dog.

I chose the topic of shelter dogs, and my Driving Question was, ‘How can I convince people to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of buying it from a breeder?’ I selected this topic and question because I am a dog owner and an animal lover, and I believe that all animals deserve a good life.

After some research and planning, I decided to create a video using MovieMaker, and an Instagram account to encourage people to adopt shelter dogs. I included statistics, a survey, an interview with a person who owns both a dog from a shelter and a breeder, and an Instagram account.

When I needed support or feedback, my teachers and peers were always very helpful. I enjoyed creating the MYChoice project, as it gave me a lot of freedom and flexibility with my ideas, and I was able to create something based on my interests and passions.

Alicia John 07MYB01:

This year in MYBennies, our last task was titled, MYChoice, meaning you get to choose what you learn about and go do something awesome! Now while this might sound great, only being limited to your imagination… generating an idea, creating your own task and getting all the preparation done as well is all hard work, is not easy peasy at all.

Despite all the challenges with determination and dedication I pulled through and managed to finish my project and successfully answer my driving question which was “How can I help improve the overall wellbeing of special needs children through interactive and engaging activities”. Helping people with special needs has always been a passion of mine, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to pursue this, but also make a huge difference in others’ lives. I decided to focus my research on children with cerebral palsy, which is a muscle condition they have, that makes moving their muscles, near impossible, pretty much as hard as climbing Mount Everest.

After I had done my research I formulated three therapy routines, - as therapy is the best way to strengthen these affected muscles - a speech, physiotherapy and occupational therapy lesson that consisted of sport activities, French and slime, also passions of mine. After I had completed my product, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to present my product to the support unit at Roselea Primary School. It was one of the most amazing experiences to see the children’s faces light up as they had fun, but also strengthen their muscles, and to see that what I had done. I actually did make a big difference, as although it may have only been a small step, I helped them all in their climb, to the top of their very own Mount Everest’s.

Jasmine Rheinberger 07MYB03:

For the past eight weeks Year 7 have been working on their MYchoice project. This project was really fun and beneficial because you got to learn about what you were passionate about and what you enjoyed learning. I chose to start off with a Health and Well-being Centre set in third world countries as I was very into sport and had a passion for it. I did not end up following this idea through as it would take too long and I would not finish it in the allocated time period. I had an idea of doing a website to raise awareness for one of our poor partner schools in the Philippines, the Philippines Kinder School. This school is for the children from the poorest areas in the Philippines and from the poorest families. I ended up doing much more than just raising awareness, I started to donate things like spare laptops from IT and toothbrushes and toothpaste. During the making of this project I talked to Sister Meg, Sister Leonie who is the principal of the Philippines and Mrs He to gather information about the Kinder School as well as advice about donations. I am definitely planning on continuing my progress by donating in the future and throughout my years at Bennies and I am also planning to go the Philippines in Year 11.

Ciara Bizzanelli – 07MYB02:

As my MYChoice Project, I focused on the topic of women’s education in oppressed countries. My project is entitled ‘Project School Box’ and it is a very basic project which effectively answers my driving question, “how can we support women getting an education in oppressed countries?” My topic was women’s education as it is a growing problem facing our world today and I believe that having the opportunity to go to an all girl’s school gave me inspiration for my project as I could compare my education to the education that girls receive in oppressed countries. My project is called 'Project School Box' and aims to build the foundation for girl’s education. To summarise what a 'School Box' is, it is basically an old recycled shoe box that you do not use anymore, you will then fill it up with stationary and school supplies that you would put in a pencil case. The 'School Box' will then be wrapped up and sent to an oppressed country and essentially lead a girl onto her journey that is education and give her the chance to learn. This project answers my driving question as it provides girls with resources that they would need at school, as one of the reasons why girls can’t get an education is because of the lack of money schools spend on resources. The project is simple but effective and answers my driving question well.

Sarah-Jane Grima 07MYB08:

At the start of Term Four we were given a challenge, a task to do a MYChoice project. As soon as we got this topic I knew I was doing something with art. The hardest thing for me was coming up with a driving question but with my mentor we came up with one which I was proud of “How can I help children become happier through Art”. I was excited to start my topic as I have a hobby for art and I love working with younger children. Our teachers became our mentors and our laptops became our best friend. During the six weeks we got to complete the project we needed to come up with a driving question, a need and all the things you need to lead to solving a big need. During this project I was lucky as my sister is a primary school teacher I could teach a lesson through her, I taught the kids a design called zentangle which is known for its relaxation. MYChoice gave me the opportunity to work with other kids and discover new things about art.

Mikaela Love 07MYB09:

My ‘MYChoice’ project driving question is ‘How can I build self-esteem through art?’ I decided to focus on art as my talent. I love visual art and have always enjoyed drawing, painting and craft. I chose self-esteem because it is a common issue for teenagers. This motivated me to find a way to help them, using simple materials and no specific artistic skills. I combined these two ideas on a Pinterest board. I used Pinterest because it is a relevant site for my peers.

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The 'unscrunch your paper' part of my project is based on the comical action to scrunch up your paper or art if you don’t like it. This can be caused by others opinions, only looking at the ‘mistakes’, or simply thinking it is not good enough. I wanted the project to encourage teenagers to unscrunch their paper and uncover a beautiful artwork and learn ways they can appreciate it.

You can find this project on Pinterest by typing in @unscrunch_paper. On my page you will find a variety of boards, each focusing on a different technique to build self- esteem. I hope to continue this project and watch it grow.

Ebony Miller 07MYB09:

At the start of this term I was asked to start a new project in MYBennies called ‘MYChoice’ where we had to create an idea that would be based on our product. When the teachers explained the task I was very enthusiastic with the concept of coming up with an assessment of my choice, but the challenge was coming up with an idea.

When I had finally figured out my driving question, ‘How can I create awareness on specific Human Rights’ and completed all my research and planning, I had decided to create a website to illustrate the importance of Education, Slavery and Shelter.

It was hard but with a couple days left until presentation I managed to finish all of my website, including detailed information and videos. I feel my website will really raise awareness on people who are being deprived of human rights in which they are entitled to. This is a topic I am definitely passionate about and I am glad that MYBennies enabled me to share my knowledge with others.

Ariel Fabien 07MYB05:

My question is ‘How can we show students that creativity is of benefit in their life’. We had the choice to do anything we wanted with our project. First I brainstormed on what I wanted to do and I chose the one think that really speaks to me which is creativity so I used it in my driving question. We had heaps of help from the teacher by giving us a GANNT chart to help us manage our time and deliverables to help us with research. It was really helpful. I got information from the internet, books and even people. The people I asked were some of the teachers in the College which did help a lot. When we had to choose how to present it I had trouble deciding. So I went to BenniesNet to use all the websites I can present such as ThingLink and Weebly. For two weeks I worked hard on my project getting feedback from peers and adults. But at the end when I presented it was all worth it. A tip from me when presenting is that you have to be confident. When I got my feedback on my final product I was really proud that all my work paid off.

MYChoice Presentation – Cup Cake Fundraising

As part of Georgia D’Amico’s MYChoice presentation Georgia ran a fundraising cupcake stall last Friday at recess to raise funds for her cousin with Cru di chat syndrome a rare disease affecting only 1% of the population. Georgia’s presentation about her cousin and Cru di chat syndrome can be viewed at

It was especially pleasing to see that Georgia had the support of her peers in Year 7 who donated cup cake mixes and a local chicken farmer who donated eggs. Many girls helped cook the cupcakes from different year groups in the College making it a real community project.

Congratulations to Georgia and her MYBennies teacher Mrs Blane and everyone who supported Georgia by purchasing cupcakes on the day and making the cupcakes as $730 was raised to make a difference to a little boy and his family.

MYBennies Year 7 Subject Year 1

As we end the first year of MYBennies Integrated Learning as a new subject in Year 7 each class celebrated with a cake which symbolised their individual class. A big thank you to the students who were tasked to complete this activity on behalf of their class as a further way of showing their talents and passions.

Congratulations to both the students and staff who made MYBennies Integrated Learning possible this year. It has been a most successful year with the culmination being this Term’s MYChoice projects which have shown each of the girls’ development in the six 21st century skills of MYBennies:

  • Creativity and problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking, information and media literacy
  • Global citizenship
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Independence in learning

The MYBennies Innovation Team charged with supporting innovative practices for our middle years (Years 7-9) students look forward to continuing our work with parents, students, staff and the broader MSB community in 2016.

Sharon McGowan
MYBennies (Middle Years) Innovation Leader

Booklovers' High Tea

Year 10 English students enjoyed a delightful occasion last Thursday, when Mrs Holmes’ class joined with Mrs Davey’s in the IRC for high tea and talk about books.

Each student created a book mark, highlighting her ‘must read before you leave Year 10’ choice, spoke to the group about its merits and presented the book mark to someone from the other class.

The girls spoke enthusiastically about their choices, which ranged widely across authors and genres.

The interesting input about literature was interspersed with opportunities to partake of delicious afternoon tea, supplied, on the whole, by the girls.

All in all, it was a great opportunity to share a love of books in a decidedly genteel manner.

Kylie Holmes
Head of English Department

Jubilee Art/Design Student Project

A team of talented Visual Arts students from Years 7 to 10 were chosen to collaborate on designing artworks as part of the 2016 Jubilee Year celebrations.

Brittany Dodd, Charli Fellew, Ashley Thompson, Abbey Harris, Sophie Cilento, Sophie Lovell, Olivia Staal, Elise Beldoza and Rena Song, created designs for artworks that reflected the theme of growth, metamorphosis and our Bennies values of Pax, Hospitality and Stewardship.

The design brief included incorporating the concept of gum leaves from our Blue Gum Forest transforming into fish a symbol of Christ. The motif of a flame, representing Christ’s eternal love for us transitioning into a triangle, a symbol of the Holy Trinity was also incorporated. These artwork designs will now go to a team of artists and designers who will develop them into banners and a variety of other different art forms.

These will begin to appear around the College next year, so look out for them. This was an incredible learning experience where we were able to work with Mrs O’Kane and develop our designing skills, and work closely with students from other grades in a creative and collaborative way.

Charlie Fellew (Year 10) and Mrs O’Kane

Year 9 PASS Camp

On Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November Year 9 Elective Pass students went on camp. We began on Thursday afternoon at Long Reef Beach with a two hour surfing experience. After the extreme heat, the water was so much fun. Many of us learnt new skills and were able to begin our professional surfing careers. After our lesson we arrived at the Sydney Academy at Narrabeen where we were spending the night. After a delicious dinner we participated in many games and quizzes where our competitiveness was evident. The next morning we took part in numerous fitness tests including abdominal strength, flexibility, leg power, agility, endurance and speed. For the endurance fitness test we ran 1.6 kilometres, some of us beating previous records set by 17 year old male training athletes!! Strength and conditioning followed which was fun although challenging for many. To finish the camp we experienced how athletes recover after sporting sessions. We learnt about the science behind the recovery and many were able to link this to the recovery we do for our own sports. We were surprised by the extreme contrast of temperature between the cold and hot baths.

During our visit, we were very fortunate to meet the Australian Rugby Sevens Mens and Womens teams training on their last day before heading to Dubai to compete in the HSBC tournament. We watched them train and some of the women actually took some time out and spoke to us, sharing their stories and giving us encouraging words. It was great to see such talented and kind-hearted ambassadors for womens sport and they definitely inspired us to keep advocating for gender equality in sport.

We would like to thank Mrs He, Mrs Rowland and Miss Clarke, as well as Mr Campbell for allowing this camp to take place. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

By Kassidy Grant and Alana Sylvester

Christina He
PASS Teacher

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Pastoral Care

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

MSB featured in SBS World News story

SBS World News visited the College last week to film a story about a pilot exam for teaching students. Mrs Pearson was interviewed about the qualities the College looks for when recruiting new teachers and two of our teachers (Ms Abagi and Ms Gillett) were interviewed about their university and teaching experiences.

The SBS journalist assigned to this story was Julia Calixto an ex-student and former school captain of Mount St Benedict College (Class of 2005).

Details: Broadcast on SBS World News, Tuesday 1 December 2016 (13 min 26 sec)

Holiday Reading

Please remember even though the IRC is closed over the Christmas school holidays, the girls will still have online access to OverDrive our digital library for both e-books and audio books, great if you’re travelling. This can be access through the College LibGuides or through Oliver .

Have a safe and happy holiday.

The IRC Team

Carols on the Mount

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Bianca Chops for a Cause

I have had long hair since the age of three and recently decided to cut 25cm off of my very long hair to raise funds and further support for those affected by cancer. I will be cutting my hair on Sunday 27 December this year and this hair will be used to make wigs for cancer patients. The money raised from this event will be donated to the Starlight Cancer Foundation for children with cancer.

I would really appreciate your support, so if you would like to donate to this cause please use the link below.

Please also feel free to share this link as I hope to raise $20,000.

Bianca Raad (T4)

Grace Spurr
Terracina House Cordinator

Wrap with Love 2015

Many thanks to all those students, parents and staff (past and present) who have contributed wool, squares and entire blankets to the Wrap with Love project this year.

We reached a total of 21 blankets, which were collected on Tuesday, to be transferred to the warehouse at Alexandria.

From there they will be taken by agencies, such as Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul, for distribution to the needy, both here and overseas.

So, somewhere in the world, twenty one people will be a little warmer for our efforts.

Gail Davey
Wrap with Love Coordinator

Mackays Booklists and College purchased lists for 2016 now available

All Booklists and College purchased digital and book resources are now available to be viewed on the Parent and Student portals of the College Website.

Mackays Book List orders can be placed online at .

College Purchased resources will be provided to students on their return to the College for the 2016 school year.  Many of these resources are digital and log on details will be emailed to students.

Sharon McGowan
IRC Coordinator

Junior Dance Ensemble - 2015

Throughout the year, we (Emelia Serra and Isabella Destefano) have had the privilege and opportunity to teach and choreograph the combined Year 7 and Year 8 Junior Dance Ensembles. Auditions were held in Term One, from where an exciting bunch of dancers, both experienced and non-experienced, jumped to the opportunity. Due to the large number of girls successful at the audition, two ensembles were created - the Opals and the Sapphires. Throughout the year, we woke up early every Thursday morning to teach, choreograph and rehearse our routines with the ensembles. Getting up so early on a Thursday morning doesn't sound so exciting, but seeing the girls smiling faces and positive attitudes made it all worthwhile.

Emelia started the year off by teaching a lyrical-styled dance to the Sapphires whist I took the Opals and taught them a jazz number. We both then switched groups half way throughout the year, enabling the girls to experience a range of different styles.

The ensembles had the opportunity to perform their routines in various school events such as the CAPA Showcase Evening and Carols on the Mount, with an upcoming assembly performance early next year.

To say the least, the experience was definitely worthwhile as we got, not only to explore our choreographic skills, but to enjoy ourselves teaching people who share both the same passion and love for dance as we do. This opportunity has allowed us to make use of our many years training in all dance styles and create our very own dances coming from the heart.

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable and successful year for the Junior Dance ensemble and we encourage anyone who has a passion for dance or wants to do it for fun with friends, to take part in this amazing opportunity the College has to offer.

We also highly recommend the experience to any on-coming senior students to take the opportunity of leading your own ensemble. It is such a fun way to explore your creativity and show your strengths.

By Isabella Destefano and Emelia Serra

Jacqueline Saunders

Advent Service at the MSB Centre Chapel

On Sunday 29 November, Sophie and I attended the Advent service at the Mount St Benedict Chapel. With the help of Sister Elizabeth, we choreographed two dances for hymns that were sung by the visiting choir. The first dance we performed was about spreading the message of God and Jesus, and the second dance was creatively bringing the Gospel to the stand. The stained glassed windows in the Chapel glistened in the afternoon sun as the voices of the beautiful choir echoed throughout the Advent service.

It was interesting to learn different ways to convey messages through dance. Choreographing and performing these dances were very helpful in learning further ways to explore liturgical dance. Thank you Sister Elizabeth for offering us the opportunity to perform.

Sophie and Maddie Paviour

Jacqueline Saunders

MSB Photo Day 2016

Photo Day will take place on Wednesday 3 February 2016. Please remember to wear your correct full College uniform, hair done appropriately and no makeup or jewellery.

Please refer to the College Guidelines on the College website or Student Planner for these details.

Please only bring your ordering envelope on the day if you are paying by Cheque or cash. Students who pay on-line or don’t wish to purchase photos do not need to bring their envelopes to school.

Sibling Photos

If you are having a sibling photo taken on Photo Day, please collect your envelope from Students Services.

If paying online, please bring your receipt number with you on the day to complete on the Sibling order form. If paying by cash or cheque, ensure you have the correct money for the envelope. These photos will be taken between 12.30pm - 1.30pm.


Order forms will be mailed home prior to school returning. Please see the attached forms for pricing on packages on offer or alternatively go to where you can view and order at the same time using the security code on the envelope that you will receive. Orders must be completed by Wednesday 3 February.

2016 Individual Packages Information
2016 Sibling Packages Information

Year 12 Formal

It was finally here. The day where hard months of preparation, planning, hours of dress searching and shoe practice would all pay off. Friday 13 November was Formal Day for the Class of 2015 and though the weather was not so cheery, the girls definitely were. Everyone looked flawless in their dresses and not a single person was dressed without a smile. The Grand Ballroom looked breathtaking with its Tiffany blue theme, and the food was delicious. The best part of the night was when the music was turned up, the wild dance moves were let loose and the girls danced the night away. On behalf of the Class of 2015, we would like to say a massive thank you to Ms Saunders, Mrs Ennis, the College Administration staff, the staff at the Epping Club and everyone else involved in making the night such a memorable one for us all.

Amita Trikam, Class of 2015

College Fees

The 2016 College Fee Schedule is now available on the College website.

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P & F News

Welcome BBQ 2016

The annual Welcome BBQ has always been a strong part of the College's Benedictine tradition and each year the parents and friends look forward to welcoming the new families to the College.

The P&F are looking for current Year 7 parents to assist with the annual Welcome BBQ to be held at the College on Friday 5 February 2016.

If you could assist, please email Christa Silvia, Welcome BBQ coordinator

Download Welcome BBQ flyer here

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Representative Sport

Representative Sports Calendar

Representative Sports Calendar - 2016 Term One


BBSSSA Y11/12 Championships
Thursday 25 February
MSB Senior Representative Team


NSWCCC Cricket Selections
Tuesday 1 March

NSW All Schools Championships
Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 March
NSWCCC Representative Team


NSWCCC Championships
Tuesday 16 February
B/Up Wednesday 2 March
BBSSSA Representative Team
(6 MSB students)

NSW All Schools Championships
Tuesday 8 March
NSWCCC Representative Team


MSB Carnival
Monday 22 February

BBSSSA Swimming Championships
Wednesday 23 March
MSB Representative Team


NSW CCC Tennis Selections
Monday 7 March

NSW All Schools Championships
Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 March
NSWCCC Representative Team


BBSSSA 16/Over Championships
Wednesday 17 February
B/Up Wednesday 24 February
MSB Senior Representative Team

BBSSSA U13 / U15 Championships
Monday 29 February
B/Up Tuesday 15 March
MSB Junior/Intermediate Representative Team


NSW All Schools Individual Championships
Wednesday 2 March
MSB Senior Representative Team

NSW All Schools Teams Championships
Thursday 3 March
MSB Senior 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.


Hopefully some of our students will be training hard over the summer in preparation for the 2016  NSW All Schools Triathlon Teams event to be held at Penrith Lakes on  Thursday 3 March (teams).

This year we had 90 team triathletes.

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


(12/13/14 in 2016)

(15/16 in 2016)

(17/Over in 2016)

SWIM (400M) - 10mins

SWIM (600M) - 15mins

SWIM (600M) - 15mins

CYCLE (10KM) - 30mins

CYCLE (15KM) - 42mins

CYCLE (15KM) - 40mins

RUN (3KM) - 15mins

RUN (4KM) - 22mins

RUN (4KM) - 22mins

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

Pacific School Games

This week we welcomed back Caitlin Walsh (Year 8 – Swimming) and Shannyn Bissett (Year 9 – Touch) from the Pacific School Games in Adelaide over the past nine days. After Caitlin’s wonderful silver achievements outlined last week, Shannyn also returned with a silver medal and in exciting news was named in the Australian U15 Touch merit team at the end of the tournament – congratulations Shannyn.

Good Luck

Good luck to our U17 MSB team who will be competing at the Australian KO Athletics Championships in Melbourne on Monday. The team consists of Amie Bowrey (Year 8), Sasha Savenko (Year 9), Shannyn Bissett (Year 9), Capri Vidler (Year 9), Jemma Gallagher (Year 9), Elly Gallagher (Year 10) and Courtney Harkin (Year 10).

This is the fifth consecutive year that the College has had a team qualify for the National titles after their State Title performances. We thank Dr Batten for his work with our relay team changeovers.

Good luck girls.

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

Karate National Success

Congratulations to Sabrina Tate, who recently attended the National Karate titles in Melbourne. Sabrina competed in two KATA events, individual and teams. Here is her comments:

The only way I can explain what Kata is that is like a karate dance, it's a series of set moves where you are demonstration fighting.

I performed in team kata where we placed 4th and and indivual kata, where I placed 2nd and only 0.2 from coming 1st.

I really enjoyed the experience and it was a great way to boost my confidence and self esteem. I really recommend anyone to do karate as it is a great way to learn and boost defence, confidence, strength and focus.

Congratulations Sabrina

Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

Loreto Touch Grand Finals

Last Saturday saw plenty of action from the MSB Touch teams at the Loreto Competition Grand Final day. We were fortunate to have four out of seven teams reach Grand Finals, with the other three teams finishing in the top four of their divisions.

At the end of the day MSB came away with two teams winning their Grand Final but all teams were definitely winners!

Congratulations to MSB 16 Senior D (score 6-5) and MSB 19 Intermediate C (score 10-9) on winning their Grand Finals.  Both teams kept the sideline on the edge of their seats with the scores see-sawing throughout the entire game. Well done also to both MSB 14 in the Senior B and MSB 17 in the Intermediate A competitions. Although you did not win your games we are very proud of the way you played. It is a great testament to the sporting spirit of our girls when the referees commended the girls on the way they played at the end of the games.

For the MSB 14 team it was wonderful to see these Year 11 girls make it to the Grand Finals after competing  in this competition for the past five years. They began in Year 7 and finally scored their first touchdown halfway through Year 8.  It has been a privilege to watch you grow and develop over the past five years.

Thank you to our coaches, in particular the parents and ex-students who have volunteered to coach the teams. We hope that it has been a rewarding experience. I know the girls have very much enjoyed being part of the teams under your guidance.

We are very fortunate to have a sideline full of family and friends cheering the girls each week. Thank you to all our parents, your presence and support is very much cherished by all.

We look forward to the 2016 competition.

Rebecca Lewis

Barker Touch Competition 2016 - Registrations now due

All current students in Years 7 to 11 are able to register to join a team for the 2016 Barker Touch Competition. The games are played on Friday evenings during Term One at Barker College, Hornsby. Students have been sent an email containing information on how to register to play. Registration forms are due to Student Services by Friday 4 December and payments due in Term One, 2016.

Please find attached the Barker Touch Registration package. If anyone would like to join a team but has not returned her forms yet please email me as a matter of urgency. Late registrations will be placed into a team if there is spaces available.

Rebecca Lewis

MSB Netball Club - 2016 Registrations now open

The MSB Netball Clubs enters teams in the Hills District Netball Association Competition. The games are played on Saturday (generally mornings for juniors and afternoons for Cadets and open age) Registrations are now open for everyone who wishes to play in the 2016 winter season (April through September). For the first time, registrations will be completed online and payments will also be made online.

Important Note:  we are unable to place you in a team until your registration has been completed and full payment made.

Step 1 - Complete your Registration via the MyNetball website

Step 2 - Make your Payment via the MSB website

  • open the MSB website -
  • click on online payments (top right hand side)
  • click on co-curricular sport registration
  • click on Netball - junior (13years - 15years) or Netball - Senior/Cadets and complete your payment details

If you have any queries please contact the netball club via email to

Thank you, and we look forward to a fun and energetic 2016 season.

MSB Netball Committee

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Thank you to everyone who has volunteered this year, your support is greatly appreciated.
If you would like to volunteer next year please fill in the online Volunteer Request form .

Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Hours

The Uniform Shop hours at the start of 2016 are as follows:

  • Thursday 21 January 8.30am - 2.00pm
  • Friday 22 January 8.30am - 2.00pm
  • Thursday 28 January 11.00am - 2.00pm

Then from Monday 1 February, the hours will return to normal:

  • Mondays 10.00am - 2.00pm and
  • Thursdays 8.00am - 11.00am

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