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 2
 Sunday 6 May
Kenthurst Country Fair
 Wednesday 9 May
Learning Conferences (Year 7-10, 4pm)
 Sunday 13 May
Mother's Day
 Tuesday 15 May
Learning Conferences (Year 7-10, 4pm)
 Wednesday 23 - Friday 25 May
Year 12 Retreat
 Monday 28 May
Ann D Clark Lecture
 Thursday 31 May & Friday 1 June
School Musical ( High School Musical)

— Volume 31 | Issue 7 | Friday 4 May, 2018 —


Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

Welcome back to Term 2!

At the end of last term, I informed you about the commencement of our building programme.  If any of you have ventured into the school over the holidays or in this first week, you will have seen the scale of the changes to the turning circle landscape, including the removal of the demountable classrooms and the establishment of the sizeable compound that we will have to negotiate for the coming twelve months.  With any substantial building project, there is unavoidable inconvenience but the short term pain will result in a significant long term gain for our learning community!

Over the holidays, the dawn commemoration of ANZAC Day was held in the local area and Marian was proudly represented by not only our local community ambassador, Michael Dell’Aquila from Year 11, but also members of both our student leadership team and our staff. This strong Marian profile has become a tradition over recent years and, as always, I am grateful for the generous commitment that our community shows to supporting these broader community events.  The school conducted...

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Marian's production of Disney's
High School Musical on Stage!

Tickets are now on sale for our production of Disney's  High School Musical on Stage!!
Seats are already selling out fast, so make sure you get your ticket this weekend!

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TROY BOLTON: Jacob Boulus
RYAN EVANS: Luca Muscardo
TAYLOR MCKESSIE: Ellarose Halakas
ZEKE BAYLOR: Lachlan James
ANDERSON: Sacha Andersen
SALEM: Christian Salem
JACK SCOTT: Hayden Burt
KELSI NEILSEN: Ruby Kinchington
MISS DARBUS: Jade Buchanan
MARTHA: Hannah Murdoch
KRATNOFF: Emma Godfrey

Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June, 2018
Starting Time: 7:00pm

Marian Catholic College

(Shared Hall)
28 Annangrove Rd
Kenthurst NSW 2156

Jacob Boulus as Troy Bolton!
Faith Wright as Gabriella Mendez
Kim Hefron as Sharpay Evans
Lucas Muscardo as Ryan Evans
Ellarose Halakas as Taylor McKessie
Adam Dean-Haag as Chad Danforth

Parent Wellbeing: When things don’t go your way, you can learn much about yourself. Describe a time you have experienced this, what you learned and how you grew as a person.

A key strength to cultivate in students is a love of learning and when this is achieved they pay attention and are mindfully connected to themselves and their teacher. This enables them to actively listen and creates classes which are places of adventure, experimentation and exploration that arouse our students’ curiosity to enable them to thrive and flourish.

The secret is to teach them to listen with their eyes, their ears and their hearts. This enables students to absorb and...

Safety Alert (4 May, 2018)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We have been advised by the police to alert the school community to an incident that occurred earlier this week.  On Tuesday 1st May, a girl who attends Marian Catholic College, was walking home after school in Rouse Hill.  She was approached by a middle aged man, driving a black sedan, who tried to persuade her to get into the vehicle.  It has subsequently been determined that a similar approach was made towards another Marian student in December 2017.

The police have asked us to make these events known and to encourage our families to inform the school if you have any information relating to these incidents or if your children report any experiences of this kind.  We will then liaise with the Hills Local Area Command and keep you informed of any developments or safety recommendations they provide.

Please speak with your children about a plan for their personal safety as they travel to and from school each day.  We will also reinforce this message at school.


Jayne Campbell

Photography Guidelines

While we cannot regulate personal photography activities of parents / carers whilst on school grounds, we highly encourage consideration towards students who have signed “no-publicity” clauses. Some of these students cannot have their name or photo available on the internet often for serious legal reasons, and we ask that parents / carers respect the decisions of these families by limiting their photos to those solely of their own children.

Medical Plans

It is imperative that the College maintains accurate and up to date medical records and information for every student. Please note that an Action or Management Plan is required for your child if you have indicated that your child has asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, or epilepsy. If you need to submit a plan, please make sure they are signed by both parents/carers and the student’s doctor, and provided to the school. 

If circumstances change throughout the year, please inform the College and complete an updated Student Health and Medical Information form which is available from the Student Foyer.

Are your details up to date?

Perhaps over the holidays you moved to a new address, updated your email, or received a new phone number. Whenever these changes need to be made, it is imperative that you contact the school via phone (9654 6700) or by filling out this google form, so that we are aware of the changes. 

If changes have been made in regards to legal matters, financial issues, guardianship, or even the health of the student or parent/s, then we request a  Confidential Information Form be filled out and sent in to the principal.  These forms can be found at reception in the Administration Building or on Marian Connect.


On Wednesday 25 April, Year 12 Marian students; Allanah Kenchington, Osasere Eguaibor, Joshua Barko, Bronte Bow, Jacob Boulus, Lara Clifford, Natalie Dolly, Olivia Dolly and the ANZAC ambassador Michael Del’ Aquila (Year 11) attended the Wrights Road Dawn Service.
The service was an enchanting morning which showcased Australian pride and reflection. Every part of the ceremony was brilliantly thought provoking, however, with a small bias, we must say our very own Michael spoke with great passion and eloquence.
The sun slowly rose during the service and the ten thousand attending the centennial ANZAC left moved and remembering the sacrifice of those before.
Lest We Forget.

Jacob Boulus
School Captain 2018

Careers by 2024

Over the holidays there was an interesting article in the Sydney Morning Herald on 19 April about career opportunities by 2024, just six years hence. Careers where there is an expected bonanza will be in areas related to health, teaching and farming, occupations that will see many of the baby boomers retire. Our ageing population will certainly provide new opportunities as a range of health care workers will be needed to assist people in their recovery from illness or surgery or to enable them to continue living in their own homes.

The SMH article stated, “Free trade agreements, an ageing population and an influx hundreds of thousands of new young migrants are expected to provide for extraordinary opportunities in the three sectors, as manufacturing also transitions from the struggling car industry to "Made in Australia" equipment and pharmaceuticals.

Researchers from Monash and Victoria universities, Chandra Shah and economist Janine Dixon urged the government to direct resources to where they were most needed and for students to map a path to future opportunities. They analysed more than 97 occupation groups and 87 industries to find that a quarter of all workers will be employed as professionals by 2024, with 440,000 teachers making up the largest professional occupation, followed by accountants.

The National Disability and Insurance Scheme will continue to fuel record levels of employment growth, adding a further 119,000 health care workers by 2024 to become the economy's largest sector, employing 1.8 million people.

At the same time, the National Broadband Network is expected to keep workers in IT, and the country will need another 100,000 cleaners and laundry workers to make up for people leaving or retiring from the profession.

Younger farmers will have to make up for older-hands departing the paddock, as record harvests and free-trade agreements open local producers to the world and the Australian dollar depreciates. Farmer and farm managers have a much older workforce than most other occupations, which means it has a relatively high replacement rate," the report found.

"More than 122,000 employees will need to be found to make up for the expected growth in agriculture as a whole, which now goes further than farming into agribusiness, food security and technology.”

Career Update for Year 12 students

UMAT Workshop UMAT registrations for 2018 are now open. Senior students may need to sit this exam if they would like to apply for medicine in 2019. Seventeen universities accept school leavers directly into their medical programs. Please visit http://www.MedEntry.edu.au

Applications for Notre Dame's Early Offer program open on Monday 30 April 2018.

Want to secure a university place before Year 12 exams? Have you achieved excellence in academic study or extra-curricular pursuits? The Early Offer Program is the perfect way to get recognised for your hard work and take some pressure off the final year of school.


The University of Sydney – Year 10 Information Evenings in April and May Our Year 10 Information Evenings provide students with the opportunity to hear from staff and students about how scaling works, considerations when selecting subjects, the difference between prerequisites and assumed knowledge, and what university life is really like. Registrations are essential: https://sydney.edu.au/study/admissions/events-for-future-students/undergraduate-events.html


INFO SESSION College of Event Management specialises solely in event management training. Our courses are nationally recognised and give students specific, practical and relevant, hands on experience that leads to employment within the event management industry. INFO SESSION DETAILS ARE Thursday 10 May 2018 at 6.30pm. See more information on our website: https://www.collegeofeventmanagement.com.au

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Mrs Linda Gilchrist
Leader of Learning - HSIE

Marian Student in Nationals!
Kiara Carlson from Year 11 has been selected to compete in the 2018 Infoor Netball NSW State Team for the Under 19 Ladies! Kiara will be travelling to Adelaide this weekend to play in the Nationals over the next week.
Good luck Kiara!


Congratulations to the Open Girls Tennis Team winning the tennis gala day on Tuesday 1 May without losing a set. The girls now progress to NSWCCC in Bathurst on Monday 4 June.
Commiserations to the Open Boys Team losing in the final to Bede Polding College. All four were Year 12 students with a couple of them repenting Marian each year.
Thanks to Ms Curran for taking the teams.

Mr Adam Thomas
External Sports Coordinator

Year 9 Food Technology Students Experience Aboriginal Culture

On Tuesday 1 May, the Year 9 Food Technology classes from Marian gained a deeper insight into Indigenous Australians’ lifestyle and diets at The Royal Botanic Gardens. The Royal Botanic Gardens is in Sydney cove, where Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet arrived to establish the first colonial settlement in 1788.

We learnt about two main areas of Indigenous Australian’s; the many plants native to Australia and their use, as well as ways that indigenous bush tucker can be used today.

Indigenous Australians are extremely resourceful with the environment by using all parts of the animal or plant they are hunting and gathering. Some examples of their use include eating it or using it to cook, using it as clothing or textiles, using for medicine, or making snake whistles.

We saw a native Stingless Bee Colony which had over 10,000 bees. The Aboriginals could tell it was going to rain if the bee’s hid inside the tree trunks. Our tour guide, a man who identifies as Aboriginal, showed us the many uses of the Golden Wattle plant, (pictured below). If you pull the mature Golden Wattle leaves apart and rub them in your hands until they get sticky and add some water, it can be used as soap. Furthermore, Aboriginals would wash themselves in a river and when the soap was washed into the water, it would de-oxygenate the water, killing the fish. Fish would then float to the surface of the water and they would have their meals for the day.

As well as learning these amazing things, we were lucky enough to prepare and taste some traditional bush tucker, including kangaroo with a native barbeque sauce and chutney, damper with a native finger lime marmalade, as well as some native spices on popcorn.

The excursion allowed us to see the Royal Botanic Gardens, look out onto the beautiful Sydney Harbour for lunch, and was very informative as an introduction to our new topic “Food in Australia”.

Aisling Collins (Year 9) and Miss Karina Olsen (Teacher)

Caitlin McDonald - Live on Air!

On Anzac Day, Caitlin McDonald, Year 12 (along with a student from Castle Hill High), was given the opportunity to participate in an on-air discussion with Gareth McCray from 2CH about the 2nd Battle of Villers – Bretonneux, a key battle in 1918 that contributed to ending the German Spring Offensive.

Caitlin was live on air for five minutes. During this time she was asked a series of questions  relating to Australia's relationship with France since the battle, the role of Anzac Ambassador (a position she held last year) and why honouring Anzacs was important to her. Caitlin was not given these questions prior to going on air.

Whilst there, she met the Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian, as well as the French and US  ambassadors to Australia and David Elliot. This was a valuable opportunity for Caitlin who was a fine ambassador for Marian Catholic College.

Mrs Linda Gilchrist
HSIE Leader of Learning

Whitehouse Incursion

On Thursday 12 April, in the last week of Term 1, our Year 10 Textiles Elective class were treated with a pleasant visit from Leanne Whitehouse, the founder of the Whitehouse Institute of Design. 
She facilitated a workshop for our class to partake in, spending hours learning, understanding and experimenting with the subject of fashion designing. We were mentored on how to draw and create our own original designs and models.
Our class produced many different and original designs under her teachings. Leanne informed our class with the many tips and tricks behind the art of fashion, these helping us all improve in our studies and designing - allowing to us to reach beyond our limits. 
The workshop was as enjoyable as it was beneficial, and we are very grateful for the experience and for Leanne Whitehouse to share her time with us.

Rebecca Hinton
Year 10 Student


Rebecca Hinton (who wrote the above article), was awarded the prize offered by Whitehouse, a week long fashion drawing workshop during the school holidays, for the most promising student. Congratulations Rebecca

Mrs Denise Tilly
TAS & VET Teacher
Year 11 Geography Excursion

On Wednesday 2 May, the Year 11 Geography class went on an excursion to the Northern Beaches. The class were completing mandatory fieldwork in order to expand on their classroom learning about coastal ecosystems. 

At Long Reef and Dee Why the young geographers effectively employed various fieldwork methods in order to further their understanding of the natural functioning of the coasts. 

At Collaroy Beach the students observed the damage that can be done to this fragile ecosystem by human development. 

A very enjoyable day in the sun was had by all. The class would like to thank Mr Hruby for driving the community bus on the day. 

Mr Kevin Lindon
HSIE Teacher
Anzac Day Commemoration Assembly

Term 2 began with a ceremony to commemorate Anzac Day. It was organised by Caitlin McDonald of Year 12 and involved senior leaders as well as James Osterlund who ably played the Last Post and Reveille to conclude the ceremony. Caitlin had spent many hours organising a guest speaker and the entire ceremony during the holidays. The TAS Faculty worked together to make crosses to represent each of the Hills soldiers who died at Gallipoli and these were brought by the leaders and placed on the dais.

The ceremony began with a short video that focussed on the life of two boys and followed their early years, culminating in their actions at Gallipoli. It was a most moving clip. A number of speeches were given, firstly by Caitlin and then by current Anzac Ambassador Michael Dell Aquila. Further, Caitlan had organised a representative from the Army, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Francis 1st 15th Royal NSW Lancers, who spoke of the importance of Anzac Day.  Mr Bryan Mullan of the Castle Hill Returned Services League was also an honoured guest. This was a most reverent occasion and the student body showed their respect throughout.

The fact that the whole ceremony was organised by Caitlin reflects the commitment and capability of many Marian students.

Mrs Linda Gilchrist
HSIE Leader of Learning
National Road Safety Week

In 2017, 1227 people were killed and another 35,000 seriously injured on Australian roads. Traffic injury is the biggest killer of Australian children under 15 and the second-biggest killer of all Australians aged between 15 and 24. These numbers are growing every year but are fully preventable.

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group, partnering road safety organisations and Government. The week highlights the impact of road trauma and ways to reduce it. For more information, please visit  https://www.sarahgroup.org/road-safety-week/

Mrs Fiona Livingstone
PDHPE Leader of Learning

Tell Them From Me Survey

In the coming weeks, we will be inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.

We will be inviting you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Marian Catholic College.

Further information about this survey will be provided over the coming weeks.

Mrs Fiona Livingstone
PDHPE Leader of Learning

Vinnies Van Update

Thank you to Tierney Bryon, Hannah Martin, Laura Bareham, Sarah Cetinic, Amber Ceselli and Shaili Rajasinge for volunteering their time to serve the homeless with Vinnies Van in the recent school holidays. The girls did a wonderful job preparing food and providing service with a smile!

Mrs Cath Brown
Visual Arts Teacher

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 8 May
Mr Shroeder 🎓
Mrs Boudib 🎓
Maddie Moog
Monique Urio
Annelise Conte
Georgia Redroff
Laura Rothwell
Tues 12 June
Mr Tynan 🎓
Mr Claridge 🎓
Claudia Hunt
Kiara Carlson
Jasmine Corcoran
Chanelle Bayot
Maddison Hawes
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


28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia

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