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 3
 Week 4
Science Week
 Monday 6-20 August
Yr 12 Trial HSC Exams
 Monday 20 August
Write a Book in a Day
 Wednesday 22 August
Year 11 Retreat
 Friday 24 August
Agriculture Excursion - Penrith Show
 Week 6
NAPLAN Online Readiness Testing
► Tuesday 18-28 September
Year 11 End of Course Exams 

— Volume 31 | Issue 13 | Friday, 10 August 2018 —


Dear students, parents and staff,

This week, our Year 12 students have commenced the final school-based assessments for their HSC courses – the Trial exams which are conducted over eleven school days. Apart from contributing significantly to the final school component of the HSC marks, these exams are designed to give the students a similar experience to the external NESA examinations that they will sit in Term 4. At the same time, the practical subject performances and courses involving the completion of a major work have all received their NESA marker dates - HSC Dance commencing this external component of the process. We wish all our students well and hope that the examination questions allow them to benefit from all the effort and angst over the last three and a bit terms.

This week, our Year 8 students have also been busy, listening to presentations and considering their first real choice in what they want to study next year in Stage 5 elective courses. As Year 10 have already found while selecting their more complex Year 11 patterns of study, choice can be daunting even though it is something we all seem to expect in our lives. We are a consumer society, demanding a range of products and services but, as you will no doubt know if you have tried to choose the best mobile phone plan or electricity provider, making the right choice can be very confusing, if not impossible. Sometimes, we would love it if somebody would just tell us what to do!...

Fresh Beats Processed

“We are what we eat”  Saying

Parent Wellbeing: Reflect on: Reliability – can people depend on you? Openness – can people expect you to deliver both good and bad news? Competence – can people depend on what you produce? Compassion – do people feel you treat them with consideration and respect?

Our students’ generation is the most bombarded one of all time with questionable advertising about the merits of and social benefits associated with eating processed fast foods. Unfortunately, many adults are also mesmerised by the lure of junk food.

Processed and refined foods are more difficult for our bodies to digest and the nutritional value of them lower than that of fresh whole foods. Add the trans-fats, extra salt and sugar and subtract vitamins, minerals and good fats and you have the precise value of these types of foods. And this is occurring as people are exercising less, becoming more obese and the early onset of diabetes becoming more prevalent.

Our young people are our future and should they continue to devour large quantities of refined foods, as opposed to nutritious fresh whole foods, then the patterns of deteriorating physical health will continue to escalate as is occurring with their mental health.

Eating healthy is easy, tasty and very good for us. Our bodies are machines which require quality materials to fuel our efforts; it’s little wonder many of our students lack the energy to stay focused in class.

Ms Renata Dragovic
Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care

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.

Pastoral Care Policy

Our Pastoral Care Policy is demonstrated by attitudes, values and beliefs that are held by all members of the College Community and manifested both from within and from outside of the classroom.

Marian aims to give students the guidance and companionship necessary to achieve the self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline to gain maximum motivation to become socially responsible and committed citizens, building a better world based on our Gospel values.

Our complete Pastoral Care Policy can be found on Marian Connect.

Road Safety

To ease the traffic congestion and resulting safety concerns, it is strongly suggested that students travel to and from school, wherever possible, by bus.

There is no drop-off / pick-up access to the Marian Catholic College bus bay between 8.15 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and between 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. each day. N.B. 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 picked up in the designated drop off / pick up areas (the car park behind the school oval).

Senior students with permitted Early Leave must wait at the designated pick-up areas.

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.

The complete Road Safety Policy is available to download through Marian Connect.

The Challenge of Parenting

The challenge we face as parents of adolescents right now is borderline impossible, and full-on insane! So you can be forgiven if you sometimes feel lost as a parent and helplessly grasping at mist. Much of the cultural clutter that is making our job as parents so challenging is larger than we are, and in many ways outside of our sphere of control because of that. Some of it we can and must address head on. Sometimes knowing which is which is half the battle.

Parenting a teenager today is paradoxical. Finding the radical middle sweet-spot has never been more important and more difficult. I refer to it as paradoxical because of the bipolar patterns I observe and see at play in our society. Our teenagers are growing up both too quickly and too slowly. They suffer simultaneously from too much and too little. And they are in need of just as much mercy and grace as they are steadfast in accountability. Like I said parenting is not for the faint of heart, and it requires a level of skill and finesse that few if any other generations have had to navigate before.

The challenge of our teenagers growing up too fast is perhaps more appropriately, offered as a lamentation about loss of innocence. Our world and especially pop-culture (which is marketed at all teens, by the way), has become blatantly crude, unrefined, uncivil, graphic, in-you-face, boastful, hyper-sexualised, and narcissistic. Through no fault of your own, your teen cannot escape being heavily bombarded with daily doses of anti-intellectual, morally relativistic, and self-entitling messages at every turn she or he takes. I'm not trying to sound pessimistic here; it's just the way it is.

The relationship they have is with a device not a human. The device cannot give them what is so truly needed in their lives.

But at the opposite end of this paradox is the reality that we as adults are prolonging childhood and adolescence far beyond what has been done in the past with child-raising. We are coddling, cooing, and cowering over our offspring in what many sociologists and child-psychologists consider alarmingly unhealthy levels.

Protecting and sheltering our teenagers at all costs from virtually all manner of discomfort (physical, emotional, social, intellectual) has become regarded as "good parenting". It is not; it is more accurately "over-parenting" and the outcome is debilitating for our young people. Who doesn't desire comfort and ease in their life? I certainly do. So the impulse and instinct are understandable. But our teenagers are being stymied and disabled in their natural developmental growth (the 'too slow' piece) towards autonomy because of our hyper-protection from the very things that make us all capable of becoming fully-functioning sturdy adults. We acquire the strength of those things we overcome. If we have little opportunity to overcome obstacles we acquire very little strength and resiliency.

Similarly, the parental paradox shows up in what I call 'too little and too much'. I'm not exaggerating when I observe that it is far more common to see parents obsessively monitoring their teen's missing assignments, or providing endless excuses for their tardiness, while almost completely ignoring their child's social media presence on Instagram. Modern parenting can sometimes get confused about what priorities to pay attention to. It is a mistake to care too much about whether your teenager thinks your are a cool parent or not, and a mistake to insist too little on manners and common courtesies. In my opinion we give way too much mental and emotional energy to things we should let our teenagers struggle through (conflict with a friend, redirection from a teacher, forgotten items at home), and we give far too little attention to things that are actually quite dangerous for our kids (mobile phones in the bedroom, unsupervised sleepovers, assumptions about morals and values).

If we were to put parenting styles on a continuum, on one end of the spectrum would be Yielding Weenies, and on the other end would be Rigid Tyrants. Neither of these extreme approaches to parenting are wise or productive. Somewhere in the elegant middle is the Goldilocks Zone - or what has become known as "tough love". I prefer "sturdy love". Sturdy love is the idea that we can hold our teenagers accountable for mistakes and misbehaviour while at the exact same time extending to them unconditional love and fierce commitment. Both/and, at the exact same time.

Authoritarian parents and teachers will have a hard time winning the hearts of teens. Wimpy adults will struggle for their respect. Sturdy love says "You are so important to me and I love you so much I will insist on being crystal clear about what I need and expect from you going forward".

The best teachers I've ever seen are what I refer to as warm demanders. They are student magnets because of their generous, approachable, and sunny dispositions. Yet they insist on quality of effort and the highest standards of conduct in their presence - they expect and tolerate nothing less. As parents, my husband was generally much better at this when we were raising our three children than I was. I had to work hard to find this both/and sweet-spot, whereas it seemed to come much more naturally for him. While I think we did a pretty decent job of not rescuing and over bubble-wrapping our teenagers - giving them the "gift of struggle" most of the time, I reflect back on things that probably I should have focused more on instead of some of the trivial things I wasted energy on. Alas, I was a way better parent BEFORE I had children!

There are no glib and simplistic answers to the challenges of parenting. It is an unfolding journey, which means it is also an adventure. And as with any adventure some days are more successful than others; some days the weather is more predictable than others. Our teens tend to look to one another for advice and direction to life's questions. We have to intervene and show them a better way. The one solid constant that we can hold firm to - True North - is that our teenagers need the modeling of worthy guides to show them the way. And this can only come from the adults in their life who love them unconditionally, fiercely and selflessly.

Mrs Jacci Young

Student, Wellbeing & Systems Counsellor

Busking for Vinnies

This week, on Wednesday 8th August, students from the College's extra-curricular program, performed in front of the Parramatta Town Hall, for "Busking for Vinnies". The College band Intensify, Year 10 band and several solo students performed a variety of repertoire across two hours, to raise money for St Vincent de Paul. We are proud to announce that our students raised an incredible $1700 on the day, whilst displaying maturity when performing and collecting money. 

Many people as they were walking past kindly donated and stopped to enjoy the music, commending our Marian students on their performances. We would like to thank the staff and families who attended and supported this excursion.

Congratulations to all of the students involved on the day and for helping to raise such a fantastic donation for St Vincent de Paul!
If you would like to contribute, online donations can still be made via our link:
Mrs Lesley Watters & Mrs Linda Austin

Sew a Smile

We were delighted to receive photos back from the Bicharas who travelled to the Philippines in the holidays. Below is a shot of primary students in Naga City receiving their gifts of little dresses. It’s great to see the swing tags on the dresses too, which say “From us to You”, and are made by both Marian students and students as St Madeleines.

Ready to sew packs of the little dresses are available in the Student Foyer, and all students are encouraged to help out with this project. We make the swing tags during our Wednesday lunch time meetings in A2, so come along and receive house points.

We are also making little bracelets that we attach to the straps of the little dresses, and this is done in our Beading Workshops that we hold every Friday morning from 8am in A12.

Should any Marian parents or relatives like to get involved, we would really appreciate your help. As well as sending dresses (and shorts) to The Philippines during the holidays, we also sent garments to Vanuatu. I have many more communities waiting, all I need is help with sewing.

Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader

Undertaking an apprenticeship can be a valuable choice for a number of young people. There are a number of apprenticeship opportunities that are posted regularly to students in Years 10-12. While many employers like students to have a HSC there are still opportunities for those who would like to undertake an apprenticeship or a traineeship. Linked to this newsletter is information about a  HIA Trades Career Event that  is a FREE EVENT for people interested in careers in the Building Industry and is supported by the NSW Department of Industry and Department of Education. This will take place on the 13th of September at Olympic Park.

It is a great program of practical information and expert interraction, with industry professionals talking with attendees about vocational education and training, career pathways and trade and skilled careers. 

All you need to know about being an Apprentice

  • Different Career Paths
  • Quality Vocational Training
  • Industry Skills Shortage Sectors
  • Finances
  • Pay and Conditions
  • School-Leavers: How to become an Apprentice
  • Students: How to get Apprenticeship-Ready
  • VET School Pathways.

NRL Players "Real Skills for a Real Career" Video & Live Presentation

Presented by Trades-Qualified NRL Players, information and motivation combine to give inspirational advice on Goal-setting, Discipline and Commitment towards LIFE SUCCESS!!

Question & Answer Panel - Tradies, Industry Experts and Successful Apprenticeses

All the audience questions answered and discussed by an Expert Panel of Trades Employers, Trainers, Vocational Professionals and Current Apprentices


DATE: Thursday 13 September, 2018

TIME: 10:00AM REGISTRATION                       

COST: COMPLIMENTARY (Light Lunch Provided)

The  link to register for attendance at this event is:


What are some of the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship?

  1. People are able to earn an income whilst learning

  2. An apprenticeship can be an excellent start to a career

  3. It is a viable option to attending university

  4. Apprentices gain practical, relevant training and experience

The NSW government has recently announced the removal of apprenticeship training fees for 100,000 new apprentices to address skills shortages.

Encourage your children in Years 10-12 to look at Google Classroom for announcements about apprenticeships and traineeships.

Download More Information on Apprenticeships:

ATC Information Flyer.pdf
Sydney Apprenticeships Vacancy List.pdf
Fee Free Apprenticeships.pdf

Mrs Linda Gilchrist
Leader of Learning - HSIE

NSW SCCC Football Results 
A great achievement to all students to represent PDSSSC at NSWCCC quarter finals stage, but unfortunately no teams progress to the NSWCCC semi finals as they came up with tough opposition. Thank you and congratulations to Mr Brillo, Mr Schroeder and Ms Furnari, for taking the teams this far.
Junior Boys Rugby League Premiers
In a closely fought game the junior boys came out winners 22-18 against Gilroy. The boys started well going up 12-0 early in the first half before a few errors saw Gilroy get back in the game. Marian went into half time leading 12-10. 
Gilroy then scored early in the 2nd half before Tyler Spiteri scored two long range tries to see Marian clear 22-14. A late try to Gilroy made the score closer, but the result wasn’t in doubt.
Strong defence the whole game saw the boys come out on top. This is the first junior rugby league premiership in the Hillscup over the 10 years it has been running
Congratulations to Mr Nasso and all the team!
Senior Boys Rugby League Premiers
Commiserations to Mr Nasso and the senior boys rugby league side losing their grand final 22-14. In a very close game the whole way, Gilroy scored right on the bell to extend the score from 16-14. 
The game went back and forth all game with big hits and hard runs making the game very entertaining. Tries to Phil Gardiner, Jacob Galea and Adrian Sciglitano.
Thanks to all the supporters for coming out and supporting the team.This sees the end of 6 years for some of the year 12's and their rugby league careers. 
Internal & External Sport Program Timetables
The External Sports Program for Semester 2 (Terms 3 & 4) for Years 7-11 can be downloaded here.

Please find the timetable for Term 3's Internal Sports Program (Day 5) for Years 7-10.  Download the PDF version here.

Intensify Band Workshop

During Term 2 and the beginning of Term 3, students from Years 7-10, who are involved in the College band, Intensify, participated in two music workshops. The aim of the workshops, was not only to prepare a variety of repertoire for upcoming performances, but also to develop the students' musical skills as an individual and ensemble. The students worked incredibly hard, participating in tutorials and full band rehearsals, learning challenging pieces and developing greater technique on their instruments.

Intensify used the workshops to prepare for our performances for Busking for Vinnies, MCCAF, College assemblies and additional performances later this year. Congratulations to all of the students for their dedication across the two days and the high quality of performances that were produced.

Michael Theodoridis is a Year 10 student who plays guitar in one of the College bands, Intensify. In addition to guitar, Michael also plays the drums and saxophone. For the past 3 years, Michael has performed on his saxophone in the Castle Hill Youth Wind Orchestra. This orchestra comprises of students aged 11-18 years old and they have been successful in winning the National Band Championships for the last 8 years in a row. 

Michael attends weekly rehearsals for our College band Intensify and also the Youth Wind Orchestra, demonstrating incredible dedication to both of these ensembles. He enjoys performing with other students and challenging himself in the repertoire learnt.
On Sunday 22nd July, Michael performed with the Youth Wind Orchestra at the Concourse in Chatswood, presenting a variety of orchestral and wind band repertoire.
We would like to commend Michael on his involvement in both the Youth Wind Orchestra and several of our College music ensembles.
Mrs Linda Austin
Band Coordinator

St George Eisteddfod

On Tuesday 7th August, our talented dance groups attended the St George Eisteddfod at Hurstville Entertainment Centre.

All troupes performed outstandingly and represented our college well. We had numerous people congratulating us on student’s ability and behaviour throughout the day which is definitely something to be proud of.

After a long day and a lot of really tough competition, Marian came home with the following results:

Junior Lyrical - 1st place

Senior Jazz - 1st place

Junior Jazz A - 2nd place

Junior Jazz B, Hip Hop and Senior Lyrical - Highly Commended.

We also received an award for best costume for Junior Jazz B.

I would like to say huge congratulations to all of the performers of the day who have worked so hard throughout the year to get to where they have.

I would also like to say a special thank you to all the student choreographers who have given up their time to come up with some amazing routines- you should be so impressed with the finished products - I certainly am!

Well done everyone! Let’s hope our next competition is just as rewarding as this one.

Mrs Sarah Curran
Dance Teacher
Congratulations to all our performers at the St. George Eistedddfod.

ACARA Privacy Notice - Important Information for all Parents & Caregivers

If you have not already received this notice via email and School Stream, please read the attached PRIVACY NOTICE from ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority). This notice explains what kind of data ACARA requests from non-government schools directly and how the data are managed.
If you do not want the college to provide this information to ACARA, please advise us in writing within 7 days to  marian@parra.catholic.edu.au. Please use the subject line "ACARA Privacy Notice" when emailing with your non-consent.

It is important for families to read this notice and contact the school if you DO NOT give consent. Thank you for your cooperation.

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:


  • Ruby Kinchington | Paterson
  • Lachlan Blake | Sutherland
  • Matilda Odell | MacKillop
  • Olivia Zanella | Sutherland
  • Lara Atchison | MacKillop

3 House Points to:

  • Jessica Murdocca | Paterson
  • Ellarose Halakas | MacKillop
  • Holly Mirabello | Paterson
  • Mina Nashed | MacKillop
  • Christian Stivala | Sutherland

Mrs Brigitta Keane
Acting Leader of Learning - Mathematics

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) 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.

Mrs Vicki Attard
Acting Assitant Leader of Learning - Mathematics

The third instalment of school fees are due on Wednesday 29th August 2018. Unless you are on an approved payment arrangement, we would appreciate payment by this date. 
In addition, we would like to remind all families of the notice policy in regards to the withdrawal of a student from Marian. A term's notice (10 school weeks) in writing must be given to the principal before the removal of a student or a full term's fees will be payable. One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s enrolment. 

Mrs Lara Flaviano
Senior Finance Secretary

The Marian Catholic College Uniform Shop
is now operated by The School Locker
Open Tuesdays 12:00pm - 4:00pm & Thursdays 8:00am - 12:00pm
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 14 August 
Mrs Reddy🎓 
Miss Lupis 🎓 
Lochlann Marmara 
Mitchell Simpson
Michael Del Aquilla
Anthony Marinovic
Donya Nematian
Tues 11 September
Miss Bisazza🎓 
Mr Boulus🎓 
Maya Edwards 
Emma-Rose Greenwood 
Laura Cook
Claudia Gatto
Olivia Thompson
Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

Our Lady of the Rosary at Kellyville are Selling Raffle tickets to raise money for parish renovations. At just $5 each, raffle tickets will be available for sale in the Marian main quad on Wednesday 15 August at lunch time.

All profits go to help parish renovations at OLOR Kellyville. Other prizes include a 65" UHD 4K Smart with Android TV, dinner vouchers, Voucher from Oatlands for 18 Holes of Golf with 2 carts for 4, Fernwood memberships, etc.Tickets can be bought from the Kellyville parish office also and after Kellyville Parish Masses throughout the month of August. You can call us to order (9629-2595) and we can scan your stubs to you, if you prefer.
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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