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21 Feb 2014

From the Principal

Dear parents, friends, staff and students,

At our College Assembly this week we welcomed many students from the Class of 2013, to recognise, acknowledge and celebrate their achievements in the HSC. It is always interesting to see how much the girls have changed even in the few short months since leaving us. The transition from school into the world of work, further study and indeed adulthood, is reflected in the confidence, excitement and hope that is clear in the girls' faces. The range of courses the girls have chosen to study is very broad and it highlights the incredible range of options available to them.

Nevertheless, this time can be a time of some anxiety as girls transition from an environment which was very structured and supportive, to one where they are required to be fully independent and where support structures may not be so easily accessible. We are always available to help the girls at this stage and we would welcome the opportunity to do so. It is always a pleasure for us as a school to see and hear from our former students, and we hope the girls will remain connected with the College through the Ex-Students' Association.

Good Samaritan Convent and Mount St Benedict Centre

We are very fortunate to have a group of Sisters of the Good Samaritan as our neighbours, living in the convent and running the Centre, where people go for Retreats and Conferences. The property is private property and, since we aim to be good neighbours, it is most embarrassing when I hear of parents entering the property to drop and pick-up girls. This is a serious concern for the Sisters who worry about the risk to the safety of other girls walking through the property on the way to school, and also to the Sisters and others at the Centre. Recently some damage was done to the Sisters' garden by cars dropping students for school. Girls can be dropped in Hull Road or Beecroft Road. If your daughter has a mobility issue, either permanent or temporary, please contact Kathryn Sheehan on 9980 0405 who will arrange a parking permit to allow you to enter the school grounds to drop and pick-up your daughter. At a time when we hear a great deal about the decline in physical activity, giving your daughter an opportunity to walk a short distance from the car to the school grounds should be seen as a positive thing. Please do not drive into the grounds of the Mount St Benedict Centre - the Sisters are very happy for girls to walk through the grounds on their way to and from school.


School Camps and Retreats

The College runs a very well structured and planned program of Retreats, Reflection Days and Camps. Each of these activities forms part of the holistic learning program for our girls - without any one of these activities the girls would be missing out on important elements of their learning and opportunities for personal reflection and growth. I want to emphasize the importance of all students participating in these activities and programs. They are not optional extras and attendance is expected. Staff go to an enormous amount of effort to provide these programs, including time away from their families, and I find it quite disturbing when parents want to excuse their daughters from these programs. Only in the most exceptional circumstances will leave be granted from these activities.

This week I spent time with other Good Samaritan Principals and members of Good Samaritan Education, discussing issues in schools and continuing to develop our understanding of the Good Samaritan tradition. It is such a rich tradition and one that calls us constantly to consider the ways in which we live out the call to love God and love our neighbour. In a reflection on the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Posa offers these thoughts, which present an ongoing challenge to each of us in our lives:

The parable ends with a confronting question to us all: "Which of these three, do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?" The lawyer said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."(Luke 10:36-37) - The Good Samaritan showed mercy because he lived a life of faith, obediently listening to love's urgent calling. His actions reveal a sustained hope in the possibility of life being otherwise, where selfless love remains the "unceasing concern" for our neighbour. And it was love itself that enabled him to persevere to the end. There was no questioning who this neighbour was, where he was from, what were his circumstances. His love knew not the boundaries of race, sex, political allegiance, religious adherence or refugee status. His "unceasing concern" was expressed through a profound expression of hospitality to the one who was in need.

(Sr Carmel Posa sgs, Good Samaritan Education Conference, Glebe, 2013)

Mrs Maria Pearson

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Term Dates 2014

Term One


Term concludes Friday 11 April

Term Two


Tuesday 29 April - Friday 20 June

Term Three


Tuesday 15 July - Friday 19 September

Term Four


Tuesday 7 October - Friday 5 December

Mission News

As we settle into our work for the year students in all years are being offered the opportunity to take part in some of our service learning, formation and mentoring programs offered through our chaplaincy work. The College Chaplain, Ms Christina Liu, is currently inviting students to be involved in a wide range of programs, some of which are one-off experiences while others include an involvement throughout a term or semester. All of these programs are voluntary and provide an additional feature to our work over and above the experiences we provide for all of our students.

Year 7 students will soon be invited to consider joining one of our "Big Sister" groups which meet on a fortnightly basis throughout the year. These groups are led by a team of our recent ex-students who guide the younger students through a process of reflection and action based on the methodology of the Young Christian Students movement "See, Judge, Act". The aim of these groups is to allow students to reflect on situations that arise in their lives from a faith perspective and to look at appropriate responses that bring the values of the Gospel into play. This will be the fourth year of this program being offered in Year 7 and we look forward to another worthwhile year of engagement.

Year 8 students also have opportunities to join these small groups with students in their year group as well as the chance to begin their service learning experiences through the SOJAD program in partnership with St Edmunds School at Wahroonga. Year 9 students likewise have the opportunity of taking part in the small group reflections as well as volunteering their time to be involved with programs with senior members of our community through the St Benedict's Club and Jamieson House programs which take place on a weekly basis and involve our students playing games, carrying out activities and generally socialising with the residents and participants. On Monday afternoons a small group of students travel to South Western Sydney to take part in a tutoring program for young refugee students who have recently arrived in Australia through the St Vincent de Paul "SPARKS" program. On Wednesday afternoons, a similar initiative takes place in partnership with Josephite Community Aid "JCA". Both of these programs involve students volunteering on a weekly basis for the semester so that they can enjoy the development of close relationships with the young students they meet.

Year 10 students have the additional opportunity of taking part in a lunch time mentoring program with Year 10 students from St Edmund's School who join us for activities focused on friendship and social skills. This program took place for the first time in 2013 and proved to be a wonderful success. We are looking forward to holding again this year.

Our senior students have further opportunities to be involved in programs such as Ministry Outreach where a group of our students, together with students from other Good Samaritan Schools spend a week engaging with a range of services for disadvantaged people in the Sydney area. Other opportunities include the Beecroft Forum of the Major Issues and Theology Foundation, Vinnies Van and the immersion experiences to the Philippines and Central Australia. We also have a lunch time formation program called "Connect" which has been extremely well received in recent years. This year we are also hoping to offer a version of the "Connect" program to younger students as well.

We strongly encourage our students to give some thought to these very worthwhile opportunities. If parents would like to know more about any of these programs they are welcome to contact me or to speak directly to our Chaplain Ms Christina Liu 9980 0459

Mr Paul Lentern
Assistant Principal - Dean of Mission

Curriculum News

The College congratulated the Class of 2013 at the recent Academic Assembly.

Samantha Saunders, above, received the highest ATAR of 98.90.

Correction: Due to a typographical error Samantha Saunder's ATAR was recorded as 98.80, not 98.90.

Year 10 Parent Information Evening

Monday 24 March
in the College Hall

The Evening will address three key areas:

  • 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
  • Important Curriculum practices and procedures including study skills and assessment procedures
  • Subject Selection Process Year 11 2015 including courses offered for 2015 and an explanation of the scaling process and the relationship between HSC and internal assessment marks.
  • The College believes that these areas will provide a solid foundation and a smoother transition for the girls into senior school. Therefore, students are expected to attend with you and wear their school uniform. The evening should conclude by around 8.30pm.

    Mrs Pearson, the College Principal, will give a context for the evening, outlining some of the important issues that are facing Year 10, give an overview of important Mission activities and discuss research findings in girls' education. Senior students will explain the College's Academic Care Program and how it relates to your daughter now and in the senior years.

    Mrs Gabrielle Keats, the Studies Coordinator, will outline study skills and assessment expectations which will assist the girls in their planning for the year. There are some significant changes in terms of assessment procedures from Year 9. This will be discussed in the context of the Assessment Calendar and Handbook which will be distributed and discussed with the students in a Pastoral Care period before the evening.

    In addition, I will explain the Scaling Process and the relationship between HSC and Internal Assessment marks and its relevance to the subject selection process and courses offered for 2014. This is particularly important as students begin the process of discerning which courses to choose for next year.

    I look forward to seeing you and your daughter on this important evening.

    Mr John Muskovits
    Assistant Principal - Dean of Curriculum

    News from Teaching and Learning

    Deep Learning Skills

    There is increasing evidence in education that all students need deeper learning skills like critical thinking, deep understanding, communication and problem solving. With the advent of technology, routine skills are less important and abilities like thinking and complex communication are more important. Society needs people who are able to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively. Our College community is engaged in constructing purposeful learning experiences in class and beyond in co curricula activities to ignite the girls' learning passion and take them beyond the classroom.

    Year 11 Hospitality loving learning

    Year 7 classroom teachers engaged in a workshop to unpack and use the Allwell testing results to plan enriching learning activities and adjustments for their classes. I have met with a number of students across all year groups who have been identified as gifted and talented and so far their learning experiences have been positive and exciting. Girls who have been identified as gifted and talented are busy sharing their learning goals and preferences so that their unique learning needs can be met in the classroom. Teachers are implementing our learning framework, Teaching for Understanding, in programs, assessment design and deep learning activities.

    A number of gifted and talented learning experiences have been advertised through email, the College Assembly and the College Student Notices. Congratulations to Erin Frost, Lucinda Prescott and Jordana Beatty (Year 10) on their Assembly item where they shared the National and International Future Problem Solving Conference successes and encouraged girls to get involved in these programs. Our College captain Jessica Smith wisely advised the girls to try a range of extension activities on offer.

    Natalie, Georgia and Rhiannon return to share their study tips for the HSC

    The da Vinci Competition is open to Years 7 to 10 and training teams meet each Friday starting on Friday 21 February in B301 at lunchtime. Teams of eight students will be chosen to represent MSB in Term Two. Future Problem Solving is open to Years 8 to 11 and offers three competition sections: Global Issues, Community Problem Solving and Scenario Writing. Teams are beginning to meet but it is not too late to join. Year 7 students can start the program this year in the Scenario Writing Competition and they will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop later in the year as an introduction to the other sections of the program. Places for the Year 10 and 11 G&T Student Conference at Riverview on Friday 9 May are filling quickly. A number of our highest achieving HSC students from 2013 (Emily McGeorge, Samantha Saunders, Gemma Morris, Natalie Grima, Georgia Fitzalan and Rhiannon Toohey) have shared their tips for maintaining balance and succeeding in the HSC examinations and assessments to an appreciative group of Year 12 students.

    Emily, Samantha and Gemma sharing their study tips

    As parents you are the primary educator of your daughters and gifted education research tells us that parents of gifted students may be reticent to identify their child as gifted. Parents are invited to fill out the Parent G&T Nomination Form as one indicator of giftedness. The College uses a range of objective and subjective measures such as past performances and results, testing, teacher nominations, peer and self-nominations. For students to be formally identified as gifted a number of these methods need to be attained. As students develop at different times and different rates identification is ongoing. This means that identification does not just happen upon entry to the College. Students are identified so that their learning can be tracked and teachers have learning profiles on each student for use in differentiating the curriculum for them.

    It would be worthwhile discussing how your daughter might achieve these five strategies for deeper learning that have been developed by DC Alliance for Excellent Education: master core content, think critically, work collaboratively, communicate effectively and be self-reflective. Best wishes to you as we dive into deeper learning in 2014.

    Mrs Liz Dirckze
    Coordinator of Teaching and Learning

    College News

    MYBennies Innovation Project

    It is my pleasure to lead the next stage of a project enhancing the engagement of our students with Ms Karin Balmer, Ms Mairead Ennis and Ms Maree Henson. The project title is MYBennies with the MY representing the Middle Years, Years 7 to 9. After two years of research and surveying by a large number of staff the MYBennies Innovation team now takes carriage of the Project Plan for implementation. The project will involve making some changes to the ways in which we build relationships within the community, to the framework we use for teaching programs and to the way in which curriculum and other programs are delivered. Central to these changes is our belief that girls learn at their best when they have strong connections, when they feel valued, respected and known, and when their learning is relevant and interesting. The diagram below represents visually the various elements we will address through these changes.

    Our underpinnings remain - our Good Samaritan heritage, the gospels and Catholic tradition, and the Rule of Benedict. Building on our values and mission we will use Positive Education, Teaching for Understanding and a more integrated approach to delivery of programs to develop learners who pursue personal excellence, who have a service orientation, are critical and creative thinkers, with a personal ethos and values. In this way we believe we will be educating young women who can take their place in the world of the 21st century, with confidence and the ability to transform themselves and the world.

    Over 90% of teaching staff during 2012 and 2013 completed professional learning in the Harvard institute course 'Teaching for Understanding' in professional learning teams and are now writing and delivering curriculum and pastoral programs using this learning framework. All staff in the College are completing Positive Education professional learning in 2014 which began with a full staff day on Friday 24 January where staff listened to a keynote presentation by Lyn Worsley of the Resilience Centre, Epping and completed two workshops each discussing the strengths or solutions based approach to coaching. Teaching staff are continuing Positive Education training in professional learning teams throughout the year with a session completed recently with Michael Durrant. Michael spoke about the usefulness of a solution-focused approach in offering tools and techniques for having change orientated conversations. Staff were provided with the opportunity to practise these strategies in their professional learning teams and it is envisaged that the principles of this approach will be utilised with students in the near future.

    The MYBennies Innovation team are currently looking for opportunities for integration between the mission, curriculum and pastoral dimensions of the College to build on the work started in 2013. Currently Year 7 Religion and English teachers are team teaching skills once per week for Term One. The students recently had a lesson on how to put together a timeline and next week they will be learning about how to research, with an emphasis on selecting reliable and relevant sources of information. These skills are introduced to the students in these shared lessons and then reinforced in both English and Religion classes, allowing the students to see the relevance of these skills across both subjects.

    Mrs Heaton talking to three classes about story telling

    Mr Young engaging with the girls in dramatic story telling;

    In Term Four of 2013, the PDHPE and Geography faculties shared a project-based learning activity in which students investigated a local suburb and proposed a recreational event or facility, which promoted lifelong physical activity, based on the needs of that community. Students then showcased their proposals to staff members, their peers and members of the wider community including Mike Bartlett (Education Manager, Sydney Olympic Park), Dana Spence (Parks & Assets Coordinator, Hornsby Shire Council) and representatives from NSW Youth Health.

    Mike Bartlett and Dana Spence engaging with the girls

    One project team's presentation

    Students were commended on the high standard of their presentations, some of which included visual display boards, models, 'apps' and advertisements for their proposals. Feedback on this project-based learning activity was very positive with the integrated nature of the task allowing for collaboration between faculties and students on an authentic issue, relevant to students own lives. The Innovation Team will be supporting faculties as they trial more integrated programs and tasks in 2014.

    At the recent Parent and Friends Welcome BBQ, the major focus was on the promotion of strong connections with students and parents. Activities were coordinated by Ms Marion Zammit, Student Leadership Coordinator, along with members of the Year 12 student leadership body. The aim of the activities was the development of positive relationships among Year 7 students, while encouraging a willingness to participate and accept challenge. Parents also had the opportunity to mingle with staff and other parents, creating the foundations for future positive relationships and a sense of connectedness with the College. It is believed that this sense of connection will continue to grow as the girls progress through the years, thus in turn creating a positive learning environment in which they feel supported in aspiring to achieve their academic, pastoral and mission goals.

    We look forward to sharing more of the MYBennies journey with you through the College Newsletter and the College Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    Mrs Sharon McGowan
    MYBennies Innovation Leader

    News from the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department


    Dates for your diary

    Year 11 Play
    House on Fire
    Thursday 4 and Friday 5 April
    in the Drama Room

    Tickets $10 and will be available later in the term from the College website.

    Mrs Gabrielle Keats

    Mrs Lisa Stevens
    Drama Teachers

    Are you a parent of a Year 9 Dance, Year 9 Drama or Senior Entertainment Student

    Students who take elective Dance and Drama are asked to purchase a uniform which they can wear for practical lessons, assessments and performance nights. The uniform will allow students to participate more comfortably, appropriately and actively.

    Entertainment students are encouraged to purchase the uniform, as technical crew always wear black for events in the professional industry. We want our students to have the opportunity to dress professionally for the College events they will be involved in.

    There is a black polo shirt with a red Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) crest for $24.

    Students must also have a pair of plain black pants; if they already own a pair then they do not need to purchase another. They are available at the Uniform Shop for $38. These are excellent quality so if properly cared for they should last the students four years of study.

    Students should go to the Uniform Shop and have a fitting and place their orders this term.

    For more information please feel free to contact your daughter's teacher in the CAPA Department on phone: 9980 0435 or Melissa Arane in the Uniform Shop on phone: 9980 0447

    Music Tuition at the College

    Lessons have now commenced, however there are still places available if your daughter would like to commence music tuition at the College. Download the following documents and return to Mr Watters if interested.

    Download Letter to Parents - Music Tuition here

    Download Music - Enrolment Form here

    Download Music - Instrumental Tuition Application Form here

    Mr Peter Watters
    Head of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Department

    Year 7 Parent and Student Study Skills Evening

    6.30pm - 8.00pm
    Tuesday 4 March
    in the College Hall

    Would you like to know the secrets to success in high school?

    During the early years of high school it is essential that students develop study habits that will promote academic success. This evening takes parents and students through these essential skills and how students can integrate these into their approach to school.

    Enhanced Learning Educational Services is an Australian business committed to helping all students improve their ability to learn and study. Their aim is to give students strategies to unlock the power of their minds and help them become effective and successful learners.

    The main areas that will be covered are:

  • Managing homework and assignments effectively by efficient time management.
  • Learning to be more organised for school and at home.
  • Working and studying effectively in high school.
  • Parents can expect to gain a greater understanding of tools students can use to help them achieve academic success and students can learn how to make the most out of their abilities through simple but effective techniques. The feedback from parents and students who attend this session is always excellent!

    Parent/Guardian(s) and students should attend together. As the session is very interactive, the session will not be of full value unless both the students and a parent attend. Both students and parents also need to bring along a pen each (and one highlighter for the family) and the school diary.

    For more information download the ELES flyer.


    Mrs Gabrielle Keats
    Studies Coordinator

    From the Fees Desk

    Term One fees are now due. All automatic direct debit payments have now commenced.

    As the College no longer accepts American Express, all AMEX authorities are now cancelled.

    If you wish to discuss your fees account please contact Fiona Barnett on 9980 0445 or

    Maths Workshop

    The Mathematics Department runs regular help sessions after school on Monday Day 1 and Wednesday Day 8 from 3.30pm to 4.15pm in the IRC Collaborative Space. Students from all years (in any course) who would like some assistance with their Mathematics are most welcome to attend.

    Some of the reasons students attend the workshops include: preparation for upcoming assessment tasks, assistance with classwork, or getting some help with homework.

    Maths Workshop provides a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where students are able to receive assistance on a more individual basis. They are encouraged to bring along specific examples of concepts they would like to address.

    Mrs Denise Hillier
    Head of Mathematics

    Year 7 Vaccination Schedule



    Mon 10 Mar


    Y7 HPV Dose 1

    Mon 5 May


    Y7 HPV Dose 2, Diphtheris-Tetanus-Pertussis

    Mon 25 Aug


    Y7 HPV Dose 3, Chickenpox

    For further information, please contact the Northern Sydney Public Health Unit.

    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 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 email

    MSB Alumni Memories

    If you have fond memories of your time at Bennies, we'd love it if you could please jot these down and email them to If you have photos to go with these memories, please include. The Archives are looking for memories that we can put in a safe place to share with the future MSB Girls.

    Hot topics of discussion would be:

    • Food
    • Fads
    • Friends
    • Favourite places to hang in the College.

    From Student Services

    If Your Daughter is Absent or Late

    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', "Susan Smith Y8 Physio appt'.

    If your daughter is attending an appointment please specify the type of appointment. The College is required by law to record a reason for absence/lateness so as to avoid a follow-up, please ensure that you explain your daughter's 'absence/lateness' when sending your SMS message. 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.

    Lost Property

    A reminder to all parents to clearly name all of your daughter's personal possessions. Lost Property is displayed on the table outside Student Services. All UNNAMED items are placed here and your daughter should check regularly for anything she has misplaced. Named items are held at Student Services and students are notified via Daily Notices. Note: All items of value are held at Student Services.

    We are holding a number of unnamed good quality plastic containers from late last term. If your daughter brought in cakes, cupcakes etc and has not brought your container home please have her come to Student Services.


    Fitness Studio - Opening hours for Use by Senior Students


    The MSB Fitness Studio will be open and supervised for use by senior students on Tuesdays Day 2 and Thursdays Day 9, from 3.20pm - 4.20pm. Following their fitness session, the girls are required to leave school in either their full PDHPE uniform or otherwise change back into their full school uniform to travel home.

    Mrs Gill McGregor
    Physical Activity Coordinator

    Representative Sport

    Further details for all Representative Sports will be available on the MSB College website here.

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

    BROKEN BAY Website:

    NSW CCC Website:

    Wet Weather Line: 9990 3633


    Representative Sports Calendar



    CCC OPEN Team Selections (L Campbell Y9, K Barry Y8)
    Monday 3 March



    NSW CCC Selections
    Monday 24 March (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 March)



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Sat 12 - Wed 16 April



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships (E Morley Y11)
    Tue 11 March



    MSB Carnival
    Wed 26 February

    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Mon 24 March



    CCC Open Teams Selections (K Simpson Y10)
    Mon 3 Mar



    BROKEN BAY Championships
    Tue 25 February - MSB U16 & 16/Over Rep Teams
    (Wet weather b/up Tue 4 Mar)

    Tue 18 March - MSB U13 Rep Teams
    (Wet weather b/up Tue 25 Mar)



    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Championships
    Thu 6 March - Individual (J Smillie Y7)
    Fri 7 March - Teams

    Welcome to MSB Representative Sport for 2014

    Hi and welcome to what is already proving to be a busy year of Representative Sport at MSB. All students were last week emailed extensive information regarding Representative Sport for this term. The information is also available on the Sports Noticeboard, on BenniesNet and is included here for your convenience.

    Representative Sport Information Pack

    NSW CCC How to Register an Expression of Interest

    Students who wish to trial for sports that are offered directly through NSW CCC will need to nominate through the NSW CCC website as outlined in the attached information - please read it carefully.

    Closing dates approaching this month include trials for the Open NSW CCC Golf, Cricket and Hockey Teams (U16 and Open Teams). These are State Level team trials and as such only experienced athletes should nominate to attend.


    Entries have now closed and a list of all athletes registered currently appears on the Sports Noticeboard. Reserves are also indicated in case a team member suffers a last minute illness or injury, however all changes need to be cleared with Mrs Grant.

    A meeting will be held for all students registered on Wednesday 5 March at lunchtime in D101.

    MSB Representative Touch

    Good luck to our Open and U15 Touch teams who will compete at the Broken Bay Championships on Tuesday.

    Representative Touch trials will be held next week on the College oval during lunchtimes at school as follows:

    • 16/OVER - Mon 24 Feb (training)
    • U15 - Thu 24 Feb (training)
    • U13 - Thu 27 Feb, Mon 4 Mar (training)

    Watch Daily Notices for further information.

    Students will need to wear appropriate sports shoes to trial.

    Girls unable to participate will need to see/email the team coach prior to the trial.


    College Carnival

    The MSB Swimming Carnival, coordinated by Mrs Lewis, is next Wednesday. Students who have entered the 200 Individual Medley will need to be at school by 7.50am in order to catch the early bus to the carnival at 8.00am (swimmers in this event can travel directly to the carnival with a parent if they hand in a note prior to Monday 24 February to Mrs Lewis advising her of this).

    Divisional age groupings for all school swimming carnivals are as follows:

    • JUNIOR - 12 - 13 / 14 years
    • INTERMEDIATE - 15 / 16 years
    • SENIOR 17 years and older

    Broken Bay Carnival - Additional Events

    Students who would like to nominate themselves for the Junior / Intermediate / Senior 200m Freestyle (which is not held at our carnival, but will be held at the Broken Bay carnival on Monday 24 March) need to fill in the nomination sheet on the Sports Notice Board and submit a time, validated by your coach in writing or a copy of a website print out to Mrs Grant prior to our own carnival.

    NSW CCC Carnival - Additional Events

    Information regarding this carnival is currently available on the NSW CCC website.

    • 400 Freestyle (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Backstroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Breaststroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100 Butterfly (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)

    Students wishing to nominate for these long distance events at the NSW CCC Championships (not held at the BBSSSA Championship) will need to return the nomination forms which will be emailed to all students as soon as they are available. This is a State level carnival for experienced swimmers only. Only one female swimmer per age division from the entire Broken Bay Diocese will be successful (in rare cases multiple swimmers may be successful from the same Diocese for an event). Unsuccessful athletes will not be notified. Please send nominations to Mrs Grant so that the College can follow up if necessary.

    NSW ALL SCHOOLS Carnival - Additional Events

    The program for the NSW All Schools Championships is currently on the NSW CCC Website.

    • 1500 Freestyle (OPEN)
    • 800 Backstroke (OPEN
    • 200 Breaststroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 200 Backstroke (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 200 Butterfly (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 400m Individual Medley (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE / SENIOR)
    • 100m Backstroke - Multi-class (12 - 15yrs and 15 - 19yrs)

    Students wishing to nominate for the long distance events at the NSW All Schools Championships (not held at the NSW CCC Carnival) will need to submit a nomination form (with long course times) now available on the CCC website prior to Wednesday 23 April.

    This is a State level carnival for experienced swimmers only.

    Please notify Mrs Grant if you apply for one of these events so that the College can follow up if necessary.

    Referees and Umpires Needed

    In addition to our pathways for students competing in their sports there are pathways for talented referees and umpires.

    Currently Broken Bay are looking for qualified and competent student referees for soccer, touch and softball. If you would like further information please contact Mrs Grant.

    Qualified ex students or older family members are also welcome to contact Mrs Grant if they would like to referee or umpire at a Broken Bay event which is usually a paid position.

    2014 Sports Tour

    Mr Muskovits held a great session with our touring football team last week and there are now only 50 days until our five netball and one football teams depart for Europe! All members of the football team will need the MSB white football socks available from the uniform shop, multiple pairs are advised as we have been advised that laundry facilities on tour are limited.

    Dates for next week -

    • Thursday 27 February  - lunchtime meeting in D101 - all students required to attend

    Congratulations to:

  • Erin Morley (Year 11) who was selected into the NSW CCC Softball Championships this week. Erin will now compete with this team at the NSW All Schools Championships in March. Erin is third from right in back row. Jessica Tong (Year 9) is first on left in second row.

  • Ex-student Olivia Doyle (Class of 2012) who was recently named in the NSW U19 Netball team – a significant achievement in such a popular sport.

  • Lauren Thompson (Year 10) who has been offered an American NSR Soccer scholarship into an American College once she has finished Year 12. Lauren is also a talented gymnast who still competes at a National level.

  • Georgia Quick (Year 10) - who has recently started competitive cycling. She has achieved some strong early results and approached for sponsorship deals. Georgia trains and/or races six days a week and covers around 350k per week. In addition Georgia is also one of our talented netballers who was a member of the NSW U16 Indoor team that won the National Titles over the holiday break.

  • Isabella Pytka (Year 12) continues to pursue her sport of rowin,g recently competing at the Rowing NSW State Championships in the Women's Under 19 Single Scull (WU19 1x) and the Schoolgirl Scull (SG 1x). Although up against strong competition she finished the day with a five second PB!

  • Mrs Karen Grant
    Representative Sports Coordinator / Physical Activity Coordinator

    Co-curricular Sports

    Swimming Carnival - Wednesday 26 February

    The annual Swimming Carnival will be held at Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 26 February.

    Parents are most welcome to attend.

    Swimming Carnival Information
    Swimming Carnival Program

    MSB Netball

    Volunteers Urgently Required

    2014 teams are being finalised and will soon be released.

    Managers are required before any team can be registered. If there are no volunteers, one will be allocated from the team parents.

    Coaches are also required, especially for the Year 7 teams who need that extra support in their first year with our Club.

    If you feel you can be of assistance please contact the Club via our e-mail with "Coach/Manager" in the subject line.

    Dates for your diary

  • Wed 26 March: Beginner level Umpires Course commences
  • Sat 5 April: Beginners Coaching Clinic
  • Sat 3 May: Winter Competition commences
  • Training Sessions

    All girls are reminded that they are expected to wear their full PDHPE uniforms to all training sessions, including your cap when training outdoors. Relevant safety gear as required by your sport is also required at all training sessions.

    Students being picked up from inside the College grounds are permitted to wear their PDHPE uniform home from school after training. Any student who needs to leave the College grounds to make their way home is required to get changed back into her correct school uniform.

    Changes and cancellations to training sessions will be posted on the whiteboard outside Student Services. Please check the whiteboard between lunchtime and the end of Period 6 on your training days.

    Winter Registrations

    Co-curricular sport registrations are open to all girls of all abilities and levels of experience. We are able to place all girls into a suitable team. These teams are a great way for the girls and parents to get to know others within the school community while improving skills and fitness.


    Registrations are now closed however we are still needing more players from Years 8 and 9 to complete the team.

    Soccer Registration Information Pack


    Hills Winter Competition registration forms are due next Friday 28 February.

    Basketball Registration Information Pack


    Girls from Years 7 to 9 are able to join a hockey team to play with the Northern District Hockey Association. The games are played on Saturday mornings, with some Friday night games possible, from April to September. Hockey training begins next Thursday from 5.30pm - 7.00pm at Pennant Hills Park.

    Hockey Registration Information Pack

    Winter Sports Coaches Needed

    We are currently looking for new coaches for many of our winter sports in basketball, soccer and hockey. We are looking for parents, ex-students or other members of our MSB community to take on these vital roles. If you would like more information on any coaching positions please contact Mrs Lewis.

    Mrs Rebecca Lewis
    Co-curricular Sports Coordinator

    P & F News

    P & F Coming Events

    10.00am – 2.00pm
    Sunday 9 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 clean-up.

    If you can assist with donations or help on the day, please download the volunteer form and return to the P&F Box at Student Services by Thursday 6 March.

    Ms Julie Saad
    P&F President on behalf of the P&F Executive


    2014 MSBESA Dates

    3 March,
    2 June,
    17 June (BEYOND BENNIES 7.15am),
    11 August
    10 November (AGM)

    Each Meeting commences at 5.45pm in the College Boardroom.


    Bennies Connect

    Register at, log on as a 'first time user', update your details, explore the site, network and stay connected.....


    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 here.

    If you have any queries please contact Mrs Elke Forrest, Assistant Business Manager.

    Place a Canteen order here








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    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 Monday, Tuesday or Friday please call Melissa **

    Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, we certainly could not provide the vast array of healthy nutritious food if it wasn't for our volunteers who give up one day a month to assist. If you would like to volunteer please click here.

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Canteen Manager
    T: 9980 0448

    Uniform Shop

    The Uniform Shop is open Mondays between 10.00am and 2.00pm and Thursdays between 8.00am and 11.00am.

    Mrs Melissa Arane
    Uniform Shop Manager
    T: 9980 0447


    All students are able to access career information through the Careers page in BenniesNet. This includes current career newsletters, career assessments, career profiles, occupational videos, links to Universities, TAFE and private providers of training in NSW, the University Admissions Centre, HSC bonus point schemes, scholarships, gap year programmes and tips to assist with resumes and cover letters. Senior students are emailed important information as it becomes available. Parents will have access via the College website to Career newsletters.

    The College offers the opportunity for students over 13 to apply for a Tax File number. Application forms are available at Student Services and outside the Careers office. Completed forms are to be returned to student services and will be sent to the Australian Tax Office each month.

    Mrs Lucy Elgood
    Careers Advisor

    Community News

    Senior Elevate
    7.00pm - 9.00pm
    Friday 21 February
    St Michaels' Catholic Church, Baulkham Hills

    For students in Years 9 to 12. Senior Elevate is back on and it's better than ever! Come along for a packed term of fun, games, relationships and much, much more!

    Sign-in at the Old Church (behind the main church at St Michaels', Baulkham Hills)

    (Please bring a gold coin donation)

    Thornleigh Softball Winter Registration
    10.00am - Midday - Hotel Pennant Hills or
    8.00am - 11.00am - Hayes Park, Galston
    Saturday 22 February

    For further information please contact Meghann on 0421 210 476 or