Marian Catholic College
28 Annangrove Rd
Kenthurst NSW 2156

Phone: 02) 9654 6700
📠 Fax: 02) 9654 6749
📥 Email: marian@parra.catholic.edu.au
💻 Website: www.mariancollege.nsw.edu.au


Diary Dates

Term 1
► Friday 30 March
Good Friday 
 Monday 2 April
Easter Monday 
 Tuesday 3 April 
Year 12 Half Yearly Exams Begin 
 Thursday 5 - Friday 6 April 
Year 9 Camp 
 Friday 6 April 
Year 10 Mental Health Forum 
► Monday 9 April 
Year 7 Gala Day - AFL/League Tag 
► Friday 13 April 
Last Day of Term 1 
► Monday 16 - Friday 27 April 
Term 2
► Monday 30 April 
Term 2 Begins
► Monday 30 April
College Anzac Day Service
► Sunday 6 May
Kenthurst Country Fair

— Volume 31 | Issue 5 | Thursday 29 March, 2018 —


Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

This week, as we move towards the most solemn celebration of our liturgical year and the core of our faith, the Passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, we mark this time with Easter liturgies to remind us to keep focus on why we are having a long weekend in the middle of the term.  The mini-break is a welcome pause in what has been a very busy start to the year and it will be followed by many significant events as we move to the holidays proper in mid-April.

Firstly, this week we have participated in the annual Peer Review of our College curriculum and well-being policies, procedures and programmes.  This is a diocesan audit of all schools to ensure not only compliance with NESA requirements but to celebrate the high quality of what we do in Catholic education and to provide valuable networking opportunities for staff across schools so we can learn from each other.  This year the curriculum focus is on the Creative and Performing Arts and...

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

Plato and Aristotle shared the importance of developing three wills: intellectual will – mind, emotional will – spirit, physical will – body. Describe how you could develop each of them further.

Studies have shown that it is the frequency of positive emotions, not their intensity, which builds students’ and our wellbeing most effectively.  This effect is multiplied when it involves doing good for others to feel good. These actions are called acts of kindness and show a willingness to reach out for social connectedness, a key skill...

Parent / Visitors Code of Conduct
From time to time, concerns may arise or parents/ caregivers of the College community may need to approach the College to discuss important matters with relation to a number of issues.
It is therefore necessary to have procedures that will help solve problems as soon as possible so that a safe and harmonious College environment is maintained. The best results usually flow from working together.
On occasion, concerns may cause frustration and anxiety. At such times it is always important to organise a time to talk with College staff in an unhurried and confidential atmosphere. No person should directly approach another person’s child. The College will deal with issues between students as part of the College’s Student Management and Pastoral Care Policies.
We are very fortunate that our College community is very aware of the need to communicate effectively and appropriately in order to maintain a safe and happy learning environment for all members of our College community.
Our Complaints Handling Policy can be found in Marian Connect here.
Our Code of Conduct for Parents and Visitors in its entirety can also be found on Marian Connect.
Parent Drop Off 
There is no drop-off / pick-up access to the Marian Catholic College bus bay between 8.15am - 9.00am and between 3.00pm - 4.00pm each day. Therefore vehicles dropping off or picking up students are not permitted in the bus turning area during these times. All students are to be dropped off and/or picked up during these times in the car park behind the school oval.
Due to high traffic during arrival and dismissal times, it is not appropriate for students to cross Annangrove Rd to access the school or to get to awaiting parents/caregivers. Please do not stop your car on that side expecting students to cross.
New AM Hillsbus Service
Please click here to view the updated school bus advice sheet for Hillsbus services commencing 3rd April 2018. 
Rouse Hill 3103 will operate to Marian Catholic College to assist the high loadings of other Kellyville services.
We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.
Winter Uniform
A reminder that Winter Uniform begins from Week 1, Term 2.
Junior Boys (7—10)
  • Marian navy blue blazer
  • Marian long sleeved white shirt
  • Marian tie
  • College navy trousers
  • Marian maroon jumper
  • Black belt with small plain buckle
  • Plain navy or black short socks
  • Black polished leather lace up shoes
  • Navy, blue, black, white or maroon scarf and/or gloves (optional)

Junior Girls (7—10)

  • Marian navy blue blazer
  • Marian long sleeved white blouse
  • Marian girls bow tie
  • Marian skirt that covers the knee
  • Navy stockings
  • Marian maroon jumper
  • Black polished leather lace up shoes
  • Navy, blue, black, white or maroon scarf and/or gloves (optional)

Senior Boys (11—12)

  • Marian navy blue blazer
  • Marian long sleeved blue and white striped shirt
  • Marian tie
  • College navy trousers
  • Marian maroon jumper
  • Black belt with small plain buckle
  • Plain navy or black short socks
  • Black polished leather lace up shoes
  • Navy, black, white or maroon scarf and/or gloves (optional)

Senior Girls (11—12)

  • Marian navy blue blazer
  • Marian blue/white striped long sleeved blouse
  • Marian tie
  • Marian dark navy pleated skirt (knee length)
  • Navy stockings
  • Marian maroon jumper
  • Black polished leather lace up shoes
  • Navy, black, white or maroon scarf and/or gloves (optional)

The full Uniform Policy can be found on Marian Connect here

Marian Catholic College is now accepting enrolments for Year 7, 2019!
If you have a child looking to commence Year 7 in 2019 please complete the enrolment application form and return it to Marian Catholic College before Friday 4 May.
All applications must be received prior to this time to be considered for a place. Enrolment packs are available from Reception.
Any queries, please contact  marianenrolment@parra.catholic.edu.au.

Mrs Frances Hughes
Secretarial Support Assistant

PDSSSC Football Boys and Girls
Congratulations to Mr Brillo and the Open Boys Football Team going undefeated on Monday 26 March at the PDSSSC Football Gala Day. They won their grand final 2-0 and didn't allow a goal the whole competition.
It's Marian's 4th year in a row the Open Boys Team has won!!

Congratulations also to Mr Shroeder and the Open Girls Football Team for winning their grand final on the same day by a score of 1-0. This is the first time the Open Girls have won this competition.
Well done to all involved.

Mr Adam Thomas
External Sports Coordinator

15 Girls Touch Football
Congratulations to Mr Nasso his team of girls playing Touch Football who went undefeated yesterday (Wednesday 28 March) consequently winning their grand final against Gilroy College 5-3. 
A very competitive and spirited match, well done girls!
PDSSSC Swimming

On Friday the 23 March, thirty-six students represented Marian at the PDSSSC Swimming Carnival held at SOPAC, Homebush. All swimmers represented Marian with pride and strength as they always do at this level. Unfortunately this year the wins weren’t there as regular as has been in previous years but lots of students placed 4th through 6th. Excellent achievements at diocesan level.

 Many of the swimmers had massive programs, some swimming in 8 or 9 events on the day. Well done to all competitors and thank you to the parents and relatives for coming and supporting our students on the day

1st Place

  • Open Boys 50m Freestyle relay (Team: Joel Edwards, Alex Stubing, Lachlan Pearson, Nathaniel Lowe)
  • Open Boys Medley relay (team as above)

3rd Place

  • Junior Boys Medley Relay (Team: Max Covington, Dylan Micallef, Jordan Stubing, Daniel Smith)
  • Intermediate Girls Medley Relay (Team: Jordyn Eldred, Jessica Murdrocca, Kaitlyn Rozic, Grace James)
  • Intermediate Boys Medley Relay (Team: Tomas Blazevic, Jeremy Tjhin, Jack Tramonte, Conor Siney)
  • All Age Boys Relay (Team: James Cruz, Dylan Micallef, Jordan Stubing, Tomas Blazevic, Nathaniel Lowe and Joel Edwards)

1st Place

  • Joel Edwards - Open Boys 100m Breaststroke

2nd Place

  • James Chen - 12 Boys 50m Butterfly
  • Ethan Papagerogiou - 12 Boys 50m Backstroke
  • Amanda Rossi - Open Girls 50m Breaststroke
  • Joel Edwards - Open Boys 50m Breaststroke
  • Lachlan Blake - 12 Boys 100m Freestyle
  • Alannah Gattini - 14 Girls 50m Backstroke
  • Tomas Blazevic - 15 Boys 50m Backstroke 

3rd Place

  • Alex Stubing - Open Boys 50m Freestyle
  • Kyla Hau - 13 Girls 50m Backstroke

Well done to all competitors.

Cross Country Age Champions

12 Year Boys

  • 1st - Aaron Donald
  • 2nd - Lachlan Blake
  • 3rd - Charles Saul

12 Year Girls

  • 1st - Aoife Collins
  • 2nd - Phillipa Gattini
  • 3rd - Jessica Portelli

13 Year Boys

  • 1st - Mark Zammit
  • 2nd - Dylan Micallef
  • 3rd - Connor Khoury

13 Year Girls

  • 1st - Sarah Crowley
  • 2nd - Charlotte Sultana
  • 3rd - Ava Foxe

14 Year Boys

  • 1st - Riley Jarman
  • 2nd - Jayden Agius
  • 3rd - Benjamin Watson

15 Year Boys

  • 1st - Michael Blazey
  • 2nd - Ante Susnjara
  • 3rd - Braith Sandy

15 Year Girls

  • 1st - Phoebe Hunt
  • 2nd - Lily Carrington
  • 3rd - Taryn Stevens

Mr Adam Thomas
External Sport Coordinator

16 Year Boys

  • 1st - Rhys Horsley
  • 2nd - Luke Sawyer
  • 3rd - Lachlan Rossiter
16 Year Girls
  • 1st - Bianca Hogan
  • 2nd - Abbey Ashton
  • 3rd - Imogen Lane
17 Year Boys
  • 1st - Michael Leonard
  • 2nd - William Di Martino
  • 3rd - Luke Abdilla
17 Year Girls
  • 1st - Natalie Dolly
  • 2nd - Olivia Dolly
  • 3rd - Chloe Lemenager
18 Year Boys
  • 1st - Paolo Laxamana
  • 2nd - Michael Bonnano
  • 3rd - Luke Etherington
18 Year Girls
  • 1st - Claudia John
  • 2nd - Paige Millingham
  • 3rd - Lara Clifford


Thank you everyone, parents and students alike, for your amazing support of our Project Compassion appeal this term. As you’ve probably heard, we are focusing on raising money to support young people in Nepal in their endeavour to improve their livelihood via goat husbandry. To date, both Sutherland and Bradman houses have raised enough to purchase 8 goats each, MacKillop following with 7 goats and Patterson with 5. Well done everyone.

However, we are only a third of the way to reaching our hoped for target. This may not be a problem, as most students are only beginning to bring in their Project Compassion boxes from home, and we will be collecting for the remainder of the term. We also had a special collection after our Easter Liturgy yesterday.

Thank you again everyone for your support, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Easter.

Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader

Add: Thank you to Father Al for attending our Easter Liturgy. In lieu of payment, he accepted our donation of a goat on his behalf for his time. 
— Miss Dannielle Ward | Media Events and Communications Coordinator

Norman Lethbridge Award

The award that is named in memory of the NSW Angus State Committee’s secretary and well known stock and station agent, Norman Lethbridge.

The requirement for nomination is a student or cadet, male or female over 16 and under 25 years of age, who is studying agriculture subject/s, livestock auctioneering or stock & station agency.  The applicant must reside in Sydney or within 200 kilometres of Sydney.

The NSW State Committee looks for a person who shows their support to agriculture, someone who volunteers their services, who assists his or her peers and who is respected by them and  “a good all rounder”. In effect the committee requires the student to be someone who with guidance would live up to Norman Lethbridge’s esteemed character.

Olivia Dolly of Year 12 was runner up, receiving a cash prize and complimentary junior membership to Angus Australia. The presentation was made during the Angus judging at the Sydney 2018 Royal Easter Show on Sunday 25 March, 2018.
Congratulations Olivia.

Miss Sky Van den Berge
Teacher - Agriculture
Marian Ambassadors Continue to Represent!
Michael Dell'Aquila (Year 11) has been successful in his quest to be selected as a secondary school ambassador for the Hills 2018 ANZAC Day and Remembrance service.
The text below is from the selection panel: 
[We are] offering Michael a place as Anzac Secondary Schools' Ambassador for 2018.
Michael impressed the panel greatly. His knowledge of his subject, his commitment to social justice as well as his personal presentation all contributed to his success...
...I look forward to continuing to work with yet another Marian student in this program.
Best wishes
Bryan Mullan
Michael is justifiably very excited to continue the Marian tradition - he will be speaking at the Castle Hill Dawn Service on ANZAC Day morning.

Miss Dannielle Ward
Media, Events and Communications Coordinator

Year 12 HSC Disability Provisions

Disability provisions in the HSC are practical arrangements designed to help students who couldn't otherwise make a fair attempt to show what they know in an exam room.

The provisions granted are solely determined by how the student’s exam performance is affected.
It is not embarrassing to apply for provisions, and more than 7000 HSC students apply for provisions each year. Provisions help students to show the markers what they know and can do. Provisions are granted for a range of reasons including but not limited to, mental health, medical conditions that affect exam performance, literacy difficulties, vision impairment etc.

Evidence may include medical reports, reading results, spelling results, writing samples and teacher comments.

NESA determines disability provisions for the Higher School Certificate examinations.

If you need to apply for Disability Provisions please see one of the Learning Enrichment Teachers, Mrs Blinman, Mrs Coleman or Mrs Papera before the end of Term 1 2018.

Mrs Melody Coleman
Learning Enrinchment Teacher

 Young Men's Youth Forum
Monday 26 March | Parramatta RSL
On Monday 26 March, 15 boys from Year 10 went to Parramatta RSL and participated in the Young Men's Youth Forum, not only did we go to have a good time, we also came  with the aim to return with knowledge on men's health...and we did!
All the boys that went came back happy with a new understanding on male health issues. The guest speakers discussed topics including mental health, violence, resilience, healthy relationships, etc. All speakers left a big impact on us and gave us an insight into their lives and the ups and downs they have been through. Marco the founder of the Conviction Group made the day better with his enthusiasm and excitement.
It’s fair to say the day was absolutely amazing and all the boys would highly recommend young men to participate in this program!
Josh Epenian
Year 10 Student
International Family Day

The United Nations declared the 15 May 2018 as International Family Day.

Bishop Vincent asked that this be a day of awareness and fundraising for CatholicCare, the organisation in our Diocese which offers many services in support of families.
Please find below an attached letter from Bishop Vincent regarding this event.

Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

Mathletics Winners

All Marian students in Years 7 to 10 have a subscription to Mathletics which can be accessed via computer or iPad. Mathletics provides interactive mathematics activities along with videos and e-books to support learning.

Congratulations to the following students who have shown the most commitment to learning this fortnight. House points have been awarded to all. Well done!

5 House Points and a "Canteen: Front of the Line" pass to:


  • Luke Sultana | Paterson
  • Olivia Zanella | Sutherland
  • Ajang Dau | Bradman
  • Ruby Kinchington | Paterson
  • Lachlan Blake | Sutherland

3 House Points to:

  • Matilda Odell | MacKillop
  • Jackson Folkard | Sutherland
  • Natalia Scotti | Bradman
  • Talia Lombarda | MacKillop
  • Kaitlyn Murdocca | Paterson

Ms Emma Morrow
Leader of Learning - Mathematics

Term 1, 2017 school fees were due by 21 March 2018. Unless you are undertaking a flexible payment plan or have set up an arrangement to pay your fees, could you please arrange payment as soon as possible.
If you have any queries/concerns regarding your school fees, or if you would like to set up a payment arrangement, please contact Lara Flaviano at the College on 9654 6707 or  marianfinance@parra.catholic.edu.au.

Please also see the below billing apology from Greg Whitby.

Mrs Lara Flaviano
Senior Finance Secretary

Parents are reminded that they MUST sign in at reception before heading over to the Uniform Shop.

Uniform Shop Hours
The Uniform Shop will only be open Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, 8:30am to 12:30pm, then 1:15pm till 2:15pm.
The Uniform Shop order form can be viewed here.

Mrs Jenine McGeorge
Uniform Shop Coordinator

Maths Drop In
Does your child need help with Mathematics or want to extend themselves?

There is a Mathematics teacher available every Tuesday afternoon (unless notified otherwise by the Skoolbag App) from 3:30pm until 4:30pm in A19 to help all Marian students with their mathematics. All they need to do is show up with their questions, queries or concerns.

Ms Emma Morrow
Leader of Learning - Mathematics
Vinnies Van Parramatta
Vinnies Van offers companionship, a light meal and referral for those experiencing homelessness and social isolation in Mt Druitt and Parramatta. It assists people of all ages and genders. The Vinnies Van operates seven nights a week, except New Year's Eve.
Students and staff at Marian volunteer their services to work in the van on the second Tuesday of each month.
Van Duty
Thank you to all staff and students who have offered their time and effort, to put their faith into practise by ministry for the homeless in the Parramatta area. The roster is as follows:
Tues 10 April
Mrs Tilly 🎓
Mr Nasso 🎓
Kaitlin Bitar
Elizabeth Zouein
Isabelle Maait
Michelle Duncan
Danielle Tedros
Tues 8 May
Mr Schroeder 🎓
Mrs Boudib 🎓
Maddie Moog
Monique Urio
Annelise Conte
Georgia Redroff
Laura Rothwell
Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education
Parish and CEDP News

St Madeline's Sophie Parish News
Parish Services
Weekend Masses
- Saturday 5.30pm (Eucharistic Adoration at 4.45pm),
- Sunday 8am, 10am, 5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy
- 10am Mass during Term
Weekday Masses
-Tues - Fri 9.15am
- Tues 9am at St Joseph Centre
Prayer Group
- Wednesdays after the 9.15am Mass
- Saturdays 5pm
- Every 4th Sunday, 11.20am, or during 10am Masses
- By appointment

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish News 
(8 Diana Avenue, Kellyville)  
Lenten Services  
Fridays during Lent  
 - 9.15am Mass in Parish Church followed by  
 - 10.15am Stations of the Cross at the Shrine (8 Greyfriar Pl, Kellyville).  
 - 7pm Mass in Parish Church followed by Confessions and Stations of the Cross  
Deanery Communal Reconciliation:  
Monday, 26 MARCH  
 - 7pm at St Paul the Apostle, Winston Hills  
 - 7pm at OLOR, Kellyville followed by a special  
 - 8pm Mass of Thanksgiving.  

Easter Services  
Sacred Triduum  
Holy Thursday, 29 March,  
 - 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Parish Church  
 - Adoration in the old hall until 10pm  
Good Friday, 30 March,  
 - 10am Stations of the Cross by Youth Groupat the Shrine (8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville)  
 - 3pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Parish Church  
Holy Saturday, 
31 March (No Confessions)  
 - 8pm Easter Vigil Mass  
Easter Sunday, 
1 April  
 - Masses at 7am, 9am, 11am  
Please Note: There will be no 6pm Mass on Easter Sunday

28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia

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