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08 Feb 2013

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students

On Wednesday we were thrilled to welcome back over 80 of our students from the Class of 2012, to congratulate them on their outstanding HSC results and to thank them for their contributions to so many aspects of our community life. It was inspiring to hear the range of courses the girls have chosen to enter and to hear of other interests they are pursuing. So many of the girls gave credit to their teachers for their support and generous time commitment during their years at MSB. Of course we know also that parents play the most important role in supporting their daughters at this time, so we congratulate the parents also.

Now that the Federal Election date has been announced, it is time for us as a community to make sure that our political representatives understand the position of parents in regards to choice of education for their children and the need for ongoing funding of non-government schools (as well as the need for appropriate funding for government schools). As there has been no commitment from the current government to an actual amount of money we all need to be vigilant to ensure that schools such as ours continue to be accessible to parents. I urge parents as voters to lobby your local politicians in this regard.

The Parents and Friends Association once again hosted a Welcome Barbecue for new families on Friday this week. Thank you to those who worked so hard to ensure its success, and thanks to the many parents who came along to get to know each other, to meet some of the staff and to begin to feel part of our community. We welcome you all and encourage you to get to know other parents by becoming involved in the various activities and events.

The girls have settled in well to classes and all the other activities – vaccinations, photo day, excursions, physical activity, etc. I want to remind parents that if your daughter is experiencing any difficulties we encourage you to make contact with the appropriate staff member as soon as possible. Most issues can be resolved more easily with early intervention, so please don’t wait hoping things well get better or simply go away. We like to work in partnership with you in the interests of your daughters.

In our prayer this week we keep in mind the family of Bridget Staal (Year 10), whose mother passed away last week. At this time of sadness we assure them of our support and pray that they find comfort and consolation:

May God, who like a loving mother,
wipes away all tears from our eyes
enfold us in consoling love.

May Jesus, who for friendship’s sake
wept at the grave of Lazarus,
stand close to us in our sorrow.

May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
promised to those left behind,
give us the strong gifts we need at this time.


(Verna A Holyhead, A Pillow for My Heart, 2004, p15)

Maria Pearson,
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Mission News

This week we welcomed back the class of 2012 who had achieved excellent results in the HSC courses. We were delighted to see the outstanding results achieved for Studies of Religion I and II. It is worth noting that these results do not come solely from efforts made in Year 12 but rather reflect a consistent development of knowledge and skills over a number of years. Thus, when we acknowledge the achievements of the class of 2012 we are mindful of the work that has been undertaken with these students throughout their time at Mount St Benedict. Therefore we congratulate these students as well as those who have taught them from Year 7 through to Year 12.

The quality of these results is also a timely reminder of the need for students in all year levels to make the most of the learning opportunities provided by their teachers and to work diligently year by year to achieve their best. Parents can be assured that the teachers in the Religion faculty are committed to provide a rich and productive learning environment for your daughters and that we expect our students to respond with their best efforts.

At Mount St Benedict the students in Years 7 to 10 follow the program developed by the Archdiocese of Sydney. In Years 11 and 12 students study the course developed by the NSW Board of Studies as either a one unit (Studies of Religion I) or a two unit (Studies of Religion II) course.

Year 7 students have begun the year with a unit of work on the traditions of Mount St Benedict College. Year 8 students are gaining important background knowledge on the bible through a unit called “The Setting of the Gospels”. In Year 9 the focus of the unit is “Sacraments of Healing” while Year 10 students have begun a unit of work on “Personal Moral Responsibility”.

Year 11 students have begun their courses in Studies of Religion I and II with an exploration of the Nature of Religion and Beliefs while Year 12 students are well advanced in the HSC course and are currently studying the significant people aspect of their Christianity Depth Study.

The Religious Education Department is led by Mrs Donna Dempsey while Mr Adrian Gomez is the Assistant Head of Department. Either Donna, Adrian or I would be happy to discuss any aspect of our Religious Education program with parents at any time.

In other news Year 7 are about to take part in their Reflection Day which is scheduled for Monday 11 February and there are busy preparations underway for our Ash Wednesday liturgy which will launch us into the Season of Lent next Wednesday.

Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal – Dean of Mission
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Curriculum News


Monday 18 March
in the College Hall

The Parent Information Evening will address three key areas:

  1. Building a context for Year 10 including research findings in girls education, outline of Mission activities and Academic Care and how it relates to your daughter now and in the senior years (Mrs Pearson, College Principal).
  2. Important Curriculum practices and procedures including Study Skills and Assessment procedures (Ms Annette Johnson, Study Skills Coordinator).
  3. Subject Selection Process Year 11 2014 including an outline of subject selection process, courses offered for 2014 and an explanation of Scaling Process and the relationship between HSC and Internal Assessment marks (Mr Muskovits, AP Dean of Curriculum).

The College believes that these areas will provide a solid foundation and a smoother transition for the girls into senior school.

Students are expected to attend in school uniform.

The evening should conclude by around 8.30pm.

John Muskovits
Assistant Principal – Dean of Curriculum
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Ensemble Rehearsal Times

College Choir
commences Monday 4 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

MSB Concert Band
commences Wednesday 6 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

Flute Ensemble
commences Tuesday 12 February at lunchtime.

Chamber Ensemble
commences Wednesday 13 February at lunchtime.


MUSICAL Rehearsals

Thursday 7 February 3.30pm – 5.30pm.
All cast to attend.


Instrumental tuition teachers will be contacting parents shortly to organise lessons for all students in Term One. This includes Year 7 students who applied for tuition at the end of 2012 and all students who were enrolled at the end of last year.

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

Parent Information Evening for Year 7/2015
Monday 25 February
College Hall
A Parent Information Evening for families seeking enrolment for Year 7/2015 (ie. girls starting Year 5 this year) will be held held on Monday 25 February at 7.00pm in the College Hall.

Current families may think to mention this to other families with younger daughters at their primary schools.

Year 7 Winter Uniform Fittings
Commencing on Wednesday 13 February appointment times have been allocated to all Year 7 students. The appointment times have been emailed to students and will also be on the Noticeboard outside the Printroom.

A deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of the appointment. A credit card form is included here for your convenience.
Credit Card Transaction Form – Uniform Deposit

If you do not need a winter uniform due to one being passed on from a sibling please advise Mrs Arane in the Uniform Shop so that the appointment time is not wasted.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Uniform Shop on 9980 0447 or email if you have any further queries.

Year 10 Community Problem Solving
As part of the Year 10 Community Problem Solving team’s DARUG project, we are trying to educate the community on the Darug culture, traditions and stories. One of the ways we are doing this is through a Facebook page. We would greatly appreciate it if you could use the link below to look through it, ‘like’ it and provide us with some comments and feedback. Thank you.
Mrs Nina Selvaggi
Community Problem Solving Coordinator

National Youth Science Forum

Fantastic activities, outstanding facilities and unforgettable people – these are just a few of the many memories I have from attending the recent National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) in Perth from the 14 – 26 January. The NYSF provides three, twelve day residential sessions (one in Perth and two in Canberra), bringing together 144 like-minded and enthusiastic science and engineering students at each. While living in College at the University of Western Australia, the days were jam packed with lab sessions, tourist visits, workshops and plenty more. But it’s not just science! There was laser tag, beach visits, formal dinners and a disco. So many activities that left us all exhausted at the end of each day.

This Forum gave me the opportunity to explore my options for tertiary studies and to broaden my understanding of science and the scientific community. In addition, an emphasis was placed upon developing leadership, teamwork and communication skills, whilst putting these skills into practical use. Friendships were created with people from all around Australia and the only downside of the NYSF was having to say goodbye to everyone at the end.

Fortunately the NYSF is not just a single forum which stops with the conclusion of session. For me it began in May of last year with the application process and will continue on forever. The NYSF is a competitive forum requiring a submission of academic results, teacher references and attending rounds of interviews, with the selection process organised through Rotary Australia. There was an orientation night beforehand and even reception with the Governor of New South Wales at Government House. It continues through an alumni network, Next Step university visits in every state/territory and provides a pathway for prestigious international programs.

Elizabeth Liepa
Year 12

The first term’s fees are due Friday 15 February 2013.

If the College holds a Direct Debit Authority to deduct payments automatically from your Bank Account or Credit Card, payments will commence Friday 15 February for weekly, fortnight A and term payments. The first monthly payment will be deducted Monday 18 February. Fortnight B payments will commence Friday 22 February.

Direct Debit Authorities remain in force until the College receives notification in writing.

If you wish to confirm or change your payment arrangements, please contact Mrs Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

2012 NSW Adolescent Vaccination Programme

HPV (Dose 2), Chickenpox
HPV (Dose 3), HepB (Dose 2)

Each year NSW Health offers the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school-based programme. In 2013 the following vaccines will be offered to Year 7 students:

  • dTpa vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis “whooping cough”) given as a single scheduled dose due for their age group. This is the scheduled “booster” dose for their age group and replaces the previously scheduled 15yr booster. They will not be offered this vaccine again in school after Year 7. This will be the only time they are eligible for free vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine given as a course of 2 doses over the school year, if they did not already receive 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccine previously via a childhood schedule. If this situation applies to your child the student does not require any further doses.
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine given as a single dose, if they have not already had chickenpox disease or a dose of vaccine previously via a childhood schedule. If this situation applies to your child the student does not require any further doses.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine given as a course of 3 doses over the school year for female students only.

For further information about the Vaccination Program, parents should contact the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit (Hornsby Office) Immunisation Team on 9477 9019.

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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 followup.

New Year Mail Out

Staff are unable to administer paracetamol without the signed permission slip. A reminder that all forms are due back as soon as possible to Student Services.

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Representative Sport

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

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

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


NSW CCC Website:

Wet Weather Line:
9990 3633


Our first representative sports trials for 2013 are well under way.
All trials will be held during lunchtimes.


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

Students in Year 11/12
Friday 15 February (Trial 1),
Tuesday 19 February (Call backs),
Thursday 21 February (3rd trial if needed)
Students in Year 9/10
Monday 11 February (Call backs),
Monday 18 February (3rd trial if needed)
Students in Year 7/8
Wednesday 13 February (Call backs),
Thursday 14 February (3rd trial if needed)

Listen to Daily Notices for further information.


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

Students turning 16+
in 2013

Training Tuesday lunchtimes (please return you notes)
Students turning 14/15
in 2013

Wednesday 13 February (Final Trials)
Students turning 12/13
in 2013

Friday 15 February (Trial 2 Part A),
Monday 18 February (Trial 2 Part B)

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

Listen to Daily Notices and check the Sports Noticeboard for further information.

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


A meeting was held on Monday for interested students.

An entire team set of notes correctly completed will need to be returned to Mrs Grant in person in her office on Monday before school or at recess. No late entries can be accepted.

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

(12/13/14 in 2013)
Swim (400m) – 10min
Cycle (10km) – 30min
Run (3km) – 15min
(15/16 in 2013)

Swim (400m) – 9min
Cycle (15km) – 42min
Run (4km) – 22min
(17+ in 2013)

Swim (400m) – 8.5min
Cycle (15km) – 40min
Run (4km) – 22min


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

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

These are state level teams for experienced athletes only.

Closing dates approaching are:

  • CRICKET – NSW CCC Trials – Monday 4 March – closes Thursday 21 February
    One Open CCC team is chosen. Parents will need to provide transport to and from the trials at Penrith.
  • DIVING – NSW CCC Championships – Tuesday 30 April – closes Thursday 11 April
    Competitions are held for Spingboard events in each age group and Open platform. Parents will need to provide transport to and from SOPAC.
  • GOLF – NSW CCC Championships (Nth) – Monday 11 March – closes Monday 11 February
    Students must be members of a recognised Golf Club and have a current AGU or LGU golf handicap of 27 or less (players without official handicaps will not be allowed to compete)
  • HOCKEY – NSW CCC Trials – Monday 25 March – closes Friday 8 February
    An U16 and Open Team are chosen. Parents will need to provide transport to and from the trials at Newcastle
  • NETBALL – NSW CCC Trials (15s) – Tuesday 7 May - closes Friday 3 May
    NSW CCC Trials (Opens) – Wednesday 8 May – closes Friday 3 May
    Trials will be held at Auburn for the U15s (must turn 15 in 2013 to attend the trials) and OPEN (students turning 16+ in 2013) NSW CCC Netball Teams. Only students currently playing in a local Representative team will be considered for the trials. Students will need to be transported to and from the trials by their parents.

    Trials for MSB Representative Teams to compete at the Broken Bay and CCC carnivals will be held during Term Two. Listen to Daily Notices for further information.
  • SAILING – NSW All Schools Championships – Tuesday 16 April
    Further information is available on the NSW CCC Website
  • TENNIS – NSW CCC Trials – Monday 4 March – closes Monday 18 February
    Trials are held at Parramatta. Players must have an Australian ranking


Students wishing to nominate for long distance events at the NSW CCC and NSW All Schools Championships will need to return the Nomination Forms emailed to all students. These forms are available on Moodle and have been included here for your convenience.

2013 Broken Bay Swimming – NSW CCC Distance Application Form
2013 NSWCCC Swimming – NSW ALL SCHOOLS Distance Application Form

These are State level carnivals for experienced swimmers only.
Please send them through Mrs Grant instead of directly to CCC and All Schools so the College can follow up if necessary.

Tuesday 26 February (Junior/Intermediate)
Monday 4 March (Senior)
NETBALL NSW CCC TRIALS Tuesday 7 May (15) ** new Date **
Wednesday 8 May (OPEN) ** new Date **
(MSB Senior Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 March (OPEN)
Tuesday 2 April (Wet weather backup)
(E Morley (Y10),
J Tong (Y8), L Leipa (Y12))
Wednesday 20 February
Wednesday 27 February (Wet weather backup)Tuesday 12 March
(MSB Representative Team)
Tuesday 26 February (SENIOR)
Monday 4 March (U13/U15)
Tuesday 5 March (Wet weather backup)
(MSB Representative Team)
Friday 22 February


Thursday 28 February
Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Parents and friends most welcome

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

Mrs Karen Grant
Representative Sports Coordinator
Physical Activity Coordinator

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Co-curricular Sport

MSB NETBALL – Grading Day

The club is looking for additional players in the 14′s (born 1999) and cadets (born 1997 and later).

If you are interested in playing (Mums, ex-students etc) please contact the Registrar.

Deadline for registrations is Monday 11 February.

Please contact Cathy Shepphard, Junior Registrar via email for further information:

Sunday Competition.

Mount St Benedict teams will be entered in the North West Sydney Womens Football Association Competition. The games are played on Sunday mornings commencing April 7 and concluding by the end of August. Registration forms will be sent via email to all students and posted under Sport on Moodle. Registrations must be returned to Student Services no later than Friday 15 February.

BASKETBALL – Hills Hornets and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Spiders Basketball Associations

Years 7 and 8: Teams will be entered in both Associations. As both competitions are held on Thursday nights you can only enter one of these Associations.
Years 9 – 12: Teams for these age groups will only be entered in the Hills Basketball Association.

Hills Hornets Basketball Association
– Winter Competition held during Term Two and Three.
Under 13, Under 14, Under 15 and Under 16 teams play on Thursday evenings. Under 17 and Under 18 play on Friday evenings. All games are played at Fred Caterson Reserve, Castle Hill. Registration forms will be sent via email to all students and posted under Sport on Moodle. Registrations must be returned to Student Services no later than Friday 22 February.

Hornsby Kuringai Spiders Basketball Association – Terms Three and Four. Competition will be offered to Years 7 and 8 girls only. The Years 7 and 8 competition is played on Thursday evenings. Registration forms will be available during Term Two.



The Mount St Benedict Equestrian Club is a way of offering those interested in horses a way of learning and sharing their knowledge and experience with each other. Initially intended for those who are actively involved in Equestrian sports, it has been opened up to all lovers of horses from Years 7 to 12 who simply want to learn more.
It will be a discussion forum for horse care as well as a forum for those girls who ride competetively to talk about issues relating to sporting horse care and performance.
The Club meets at lunchtime in D301 on Wednesday Week B.
All welcome!
Mrs Sarah Bradstock
Equestrian Coordinator


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P & F News

AGM and General Meeting
Monday 11 February
in the College Staffroom

20130211 MSB P&F AGM & GM Agenda 11 February

10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday 3 March

The P&F run a Refreshments Table on Open Day and are looking for volunteers. Your donations of cakes, slices, biscuits and savoury items would be appreciated on the day. In addition the P&F are looking for helpers for the Refreshment Table to assist with setup, serving and cleanup. If you can assist please download the volunteer form and return to the P&F Box at Student Services by Thursday 28 February.

2013 P&F OPEN DAY Volunteer Request


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.

Beecroft Football

Beecroft Football Club is a community sports club for players – boys and girls – from ages 5 to 50+ within the Beecroft Pennant Hills area. Our club has a strong and active program of female participation, competing in the North West Sydney Women’s Football Competitions.

Beecroft Football Club is registering now for the Winter Season 2013. Players wanted for girls teams in all ages to U/18s.

For more details ring Nola Ford on 0402 340 268 or check our website

Play Hockey in 2012

  • Great non-contact mixed girls & boys team sport
  • Small field “Minkey” games for U5 – U9
  • Mixed junior comps U11, U13, U15
  • Play on world class artificial turf facility at Pennant Hills Park
  • Great for fitness as well as maintaining cricket & baseball skills

NORTHERN DISTRICT HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Pennant Hills Park, Britannia Street, Pennant Hills

Further information: Adrian Wilson 0419 299 808 Robert Nicoll 0438 119 729

Registration forms and information at

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The Canteen opens daily from 9.00am – 2.00pm daily

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday FrIday
** Volunteers Linda Gleeson Aileen Buecker Karen Khoury Carla Savorgnan
urgently Sally Cooper Georgina Pollard Georgina Khamis Jennifer Campbell
required Adriana Alessi-Cordoba Lisette Smith

Mrs Melissa Arane
Canteen Manager T: 9980 0448
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Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop Opening Hours:

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

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

NSWACT Newsletter 20130204


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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