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 4
 Monday 22 October
HZSA Boys Junior Tennis Championships
John Paul II Feast day (Bradman House)
Mon/Tues 22 & 23 October
Leadership Camp
Friday 26 October
HZSA Triathlon
World Teachers Day
 Monday 29 October
HZSA Junior Girls Tennis Championships
18 October - 9 November 
HSC Exams 

— Volume 31 | Issue 17 | Friday, 19 October 2018 — 


Dear students, parents and staff,


Welcome back to the final term of the school year.


At the end of term 3 we once again witnessed both a beautiful and richly symbolic rite of passage for our graduating class of 2018. We were blessed with fine weather, very appreciative and responsive Year 12 students and a wonderful team effort from so many people who made the day and night an enduring memory for these young men and women and their families. We were very grateful to Father Al from OLOR Parish for presiding over the celebration of the Mass and to the Honorable Julian Leeser M.P., our Federal member for Berowra, who graciously attended the Presentation Ceremony and helped to present the various awards to our graduates. Marian has always been so well supported by both our priests and our politicians and we look forward to continuing these important partnerships in the coming 30 years!

This week, we have embarked on another busy period with multiple events happening around the College and beyond. Just in these five days, we have had:

  • The Year 12 2019 HSC Information Evening at 6:30pm

  • The Feast Day for St Francis of Assisi, our Patron Saint of Paterson House

  • The next elimination round (down to the final 8 across NSW) of the Mock Trial against St Ignatius Riverview

  • The annual College External Sports Coaches Dinner

  • The annual Year 8 Life Saving excursion

  • The Mitchell Youth League Forum for our newly invested Student Executive Leadership Team at Vision Valley

  • The commencement of the external HSC examinations for Year 12 2018

It’s just as well everyone has had a break for two weeks to recover sufficiently so we can all hit the ground running in the countdown to the end of the year!...

On Thursday 27 September, we celebrated the graduation of our Year 12 students and bid them farewell. The morning began with their last assembly where our 2018 leaders said goodbye to the college and handed over their legacy to our new leaders. 

Congratulations to every one of our Year 12 students on all that you have achieved in your school life. We wish you all the very best as you take on the next journey in your lives. May your futures be happy and fruitful and may you always WALK WITH CHRIST.

The evening awards ceremony was also an opportunity to highlight the many strengths displayed by Year 12 throughout their schooling years. Our Special Awards went to the following students:

The Marian Shield

The receipt of 7 or more Gold Awards qualifies a student for a Marian Shield in special recognition for his/her efforts and achievements at the College over a long period of time. Receiving this many gold awards is testament to the effort and commitment held by the student over the six years. 



Citizenship Award 
Awarded to the student who displays leadership, loyalty, a sense of responsibility and concern for fellow students and the school environment. 

Oratory Award 
Awarded to the student who has been actively involved in Debating, Mock Trial or Public Speaking. 

The Kerry Stirling Award for Outstanding Involvement in Creative Arts 
Awarded to the student for active involvement in curricular and co-curricular activities in Dance, Drama, Music or Visual Arts. As well as receiving an individual plaque, the student’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual shield which is displayed in the LRC. 

The Colin Dwyer Award 
Awarded to the student whose values and actions show that faith is important in their life, is a person who has strived for excellence in their studies, a person who has participated in the extra-curricular life of the school, a person who is committed to the welfare of others. As well as receiving an individual plaque, the student’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual shield which is displayed in the LRC. 

Greg Leach Honest Endeavour 
Awarded to the student who has shown an outstanding level of commitment and application to their studies. As well as receiving an individual plaque, the student’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual shield which is displayed in the LRC. 

Pierre de Coubertin Award 
Pierre de Coubertin was the founder of the modern-day Olympics and this award recognises the excellent sporting spirit of the recipient. It is sponsored by the Olympics Committee and is an extremely prestigious award. 

The Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence 
This award acknowledges the contribution of one Year 12 student from each Catholic secondary school towards their school and local community, as well as their religious and academic achievements throughout the year. 

This student has demonstrated skill and ability in all facets of scholastic endeavour over a considerable period of time. 



Reuben F. Scarf Award 
This is an annual award presented to the student who has demonstrated commitment throughout the year. The recipient of this award will also receive $100 from the Reuben F. Scarf Memorial Foundation. 

The David Pegrem Memorial Award 
This is awarded to the student who has been designated by their peers for displaying sincere concern for the welfare of others, particularly those in Year 12. As well as receiving an individual plaque, the student’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual shield which is displayed in the LRC. 

The Said Khodeir Memorial Award
This is awarded annually to the Year 12 student whose positive attitude and outlook have contributed to school spirit. As well as receiving an individual plaque, the student’s name will be inscribed on a perpetual shield which is displayed in the LRC. 

Long Tan Award 
Sponsored by the Australian Defence Force, this award is given to a student who has demonstrated involvement in some of the following criteria: leadership, teamwork, values, problem solving, resourcefulness, communicator, co-operator and community involvement. 

The Caltex Best All-Rounder Award 
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated outstanding all round ability based on the following criteria: academic, attitude, conduct, leadership, service and sport. 

Senior Girl Champion 
This award is presented to the senior girl student who has represented the College at a high level, and with distinction, in one or a number of sports. Consideration is given to the level of performance, sportsmanship and commitment. 

Senior Boy Champion 
This award is presented to the senior boy student who has represented the College at a high level, and with distinction, in one or a number of sports. Consideration is given to the level of performance, sportsmanship and commitment. 

College Sportsperson (Yrs 7-12) 
This award is presented to the student who, over the years, has represented the College at a high level, and with distinction, in one or a number of sports. Consideration is given to the level of performance, sportsmanship and commitment. 

Most Outstanding Student for Year 12 
This award is given to the most outstanding student in each year group. The recipient has demonstrated outstanding involvement in at least three of the following areas: sound academic achievement; leadership; sportsmanship; cultural involvement; citizenship; and community service. 

Thinking Positively

Thinking positively creates uplifting spirals of hope for the future.” MW

Parent WellbeingHaving hope relies on: goals, which guide your actions, pathways which are ways to achieve your goals, and motivation, which activates your pathways. Describe how you are developing each of these hope components.


Looking at life optimistically and searching for what is good in things and right about what they are doing sees positive emotions bubbling away in adolescents. They are thriving and flourishing. Happy people enjoy better health, are more likely to achieve what they set out to do and welcome challenges.

When we educate our adolescents about the amazing benefits of adopting an optimistic outlook in their lives and introduce them to the little positive actions they can do often, they shine. Their preparedness to adopt growth mindsets to learn and try new things to build their brains abilities is enhanced.

The alternative is to look at life pessimistically and search for what is wrong with things. And guess what, people who adopt this negative way of thinking find plenty of things they perceive to be not right, because that is all they are on the lookout for. It’s a pity they miss out on the great things that are happening and could happen. As such, they seldom have those warm feelings of gratitude and appreciation.

The zest of optimistic thinkers is contagious and rubs off on those around us.

Although we are a couple of weeks behind, use the Optimistic October calendar to build on the strength of optimism.

Ms Renata Dragovic
Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care

Mastering the HSC (Year 12, 2019)

Mastering the HSC is a fundraising event designed to raise funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation and to provide students with the skills and information they need to maximise HSC marks. Please download the brochure on for more information.

Please read the following Important Information on Marian's Bushfire Response Plan

The Rural Fire Service has declared early fire bans and the bushfire season has officially started earlier this year.

As part of our Bushfire Response Plan, it is important that all parents are aware of how both Marian Catholic College and St Madeleine’s Primary School will respond if there is any threat of bushfire in proximity to the school campus.

Throughout the bushfire season, both schools maintain a continuous daily summary of the fire risk in the area by monitoring Fires Near Us and consulting with the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

In the event of an identified bushfire risk, the Principals will make the decision on whether school should be cancelled on that day, evacuated, or lock down procedures put in place.

These decisions will be based upon the following risk assessments:

On the day prior to an identified fire risk, at 4pm a decision on conditions will be made by the RFS. If the conditions are deemed:


The Principals will alert the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), all staff, families and contractors via phone notification (using the School Stream app) or SMS text that the school will be closed the following day and will remain so until the all-clear has been given by the RFS.

Extreme and/or Severe:

The Principals will confer with the RFS and the CEDP and make a decision as to whether the school will close while these conditions prevail. Alerts will be given via School Stream, SMS text messaging and Facebook.

Very High:

The Principals’ assessment will be on a ‘Watch and Act’ basis and a decision will be made in response to the progress of fires in the area. In the case of fire within 2km of the campus, the schools will go into bushfire lockdown. An alert will be sent via School Stream, SMS text and facebook to all families informing them of the situation.

In the case of a lockdown, St Madeleine’s students will be escorted to the hall and Marian students will be accommodated both in the hall and the iLearn Centre.  Both buildings have been constructed to render them ember resistant and they have been identified by the RFS as the safest places of refuge on the site.  In each location, we will have water, snack foods and medical equipment on hand.

All adults and students, including visitors and contractors, will remain on site until authorities indicate that it is safe to leave.  We will endeavor to keep families informed via text and school Stream while we are in lockdown if we are able to do so.

No persons will be permitted to enter the Marian Catholic College or St Madeleine’s Primary School sites once a lockdown has been activated.

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.

From the 2019 College Captains

What is
leadership? What makes someone a leader?


These were the questions that each student had to consider when nominating themselves for a 2018/2019 leadership position. In each and every one of us it ignited thoughts about our own definitions of leadership and whether our qualities fit the prescribed guidelines.


The truth is that there is no decisive answer to these questions nor is there any one mold that every leader is born from. While many see leadership as getting a badge, giving orders and expecting others to follow, it is so much more than this. For the newly elected leadership team at Marian we believe leadership is dynamic, exciting, opportunistic, challenging and invaluable. It involves the ability to lead a community through building a team that can work together and lead by example. The way a group of people use their unique individual qualities together for the good of others is what makes them leaders.


In all it’s qualities leadership can also be daunting. Even writing this article for our first newsletter was a bit nerve wracking. We’ve never lead a community of over a thousand students before, but if our definition of leadership holds, we as a team, will bring our different experiences and talents to lead Marian forward into a future of social service and a greater sense of community.


As presented at the leadership investiture our leadership focus will be on how our actions now can have a lasting impact on the next thirty years of Marian history. We endeavour to use the opportunity we have been given as leaders to assist others in creating their own definitions of leadership and fulfilling their potential to the school. In this way we hope our actions will have a positive ripple for years to come.


We are incredibly excited and honored to be the team to begin shepherding the next three decades of Marian legacy. We’re ready to look to the future; to be courageous, to stand up and take that step, badge or no badge and be a part of this team, Team Marian!


We can do this, we will do this, we are doing this!

Sophia Parada & Michael Dell'Aquila
2019 College Captains

School's Launch of the Social Justice Statement 2018

On Wednesday this week I had the privilege of accompanying four Year 9 students to the launch of the  2018 Social Justice Statement, entitled “A Place to Call Home”. This statement is from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, of which Bishop Vincent is the Chairperson.
The day opened with the presentation of the Year 9 essay prizes, and we were excited when Christian Salem received a Certificate of Commendation. The agenda for the rest of the day consisted of unpacking the contents of the statement, and brainstorming ideas on how to combat Homelessness. We worked in our small school group, and then shared ideas with students from other schools. Many thanks to our four students: Christian Salem, Michele Scannone, Zander Askew and Marco Sanchez Sanz for your contribution on the day.
Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader

The Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence 2018

It is with great pride that we congratulate Jacob Boulus on receiving the Bishop of Parramatta Award for Student Excellence. This award acknowledges the contribution of one Year 12 student from each Catholic secondary school towards their school and local community, as well as their religious and academic achievements throughout the year.

Jacob is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award. Jacob shows strong witness to his faith through his ongoing involvement in both his school and parish life. This year, Jacob has started a new initiative in his own right, known as ‘the Young Gents Club’ - sensing a need for the boys in the College to be positive role models and support for each other.

The program gathers anywhere from 60-100 young men across Year 7 and 12 at lunch time, every two weeks.  The focus is how they can live their lives as young Christian gentlemen supporting unity, courage, kindness service and self- respect.

Jacob, also displays his faith through his work in Social Justice, volunteering for Vinnies Van, as a Catechist, as a member of his parish youth group, choir and altar server. Jacob also lives his faith through developing prayer for College assemblies, his involvement in the World’s greatest shave, our College Open Night and in the National Leadership Program.

His enthusiasm in joining the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and encouraging others to do so is another way he has shared his faith. Jacob is a young man who unashamedly puts his faith in action, and as such is an exemplary candidate for this award.

Mr Mike Hruby
Leader of Learning - Relgious Education

I am not sure how many of your sons or daughters tell you about the different information provided to them about employment opportunities, Open Days or general careers information.

I have set up a Careers page on Google Classroom and would be pleased to have parents join so that they can become familiar with different opportunities for employment including traineeships and apprenticeships that are available. Often local businesses contact the school so that we can let students know about apprenticeships that they may be interested in applying for.

Often there is information about information evenings for students and parents about pre-apprenticeship opportunities.

Posted to the page is information about University and other Training College Open Days and often school holiday workshops.

If you are interested in what I post to the students you are welcome to join the Careers Classroom page. The code to join is: shkpjb

It is pleasing to note that a number of our Year 12 students have already received unconditional offers of a university place while others have been offered early entry. In some instances the early offer of a place has been given based on the student’s results in Year 11 and the half-year and Trial exam results combined with an interview. It is important that students explore all options available and many did apply for the School Recommendation Scheme that many universities use. Students, having been granted an early round offer can still receive offers based on their UAC preferences once the HSC has been completed and the ATAR released.


Included  below is some recent information that may be of interest not only for students but parents as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have regarding subjects that relate to career options or just general information.

Course & Institution Information Sessions for Students & Parents

Bachelor of Data Science at S P Jain - Sydney
The Bachelor of Data Science (BDS) at S P Jain is a 3-year degree designed to prepare students for the increasing demand for data scientists in the job market. Up to 20 full scholarships are being offered. Please contact Dr. Mehregan Mahdavi on 02 8970 6837 or  Mehregan.Mahdavi@spjain.edu.au for any further details. 

Sydney Design School Open Day 
Join us for our biggest day of the year and find out everything you need to know about studying to become a professional Interior Designer! Explore our design studios, meet our passionate educators and get creative building a moodboard. You may even win a 2 day Interior Decoration Workshop! Saturday 3 November 10-12.
Register online 
https://bit.ly/2A3wROg Level 2, 40 Oxley St, St Leonards, Sydney.

SAE Info Night | Sydney Campus | November 22 2018| 6:00pm - 8:00pm 
We're opening the doors of our state-of-the-art, brand new Sydney campus on Thursday, 22 November, from 6pm-8pm as an opportunity to visit your classrooms.

 If you're considering studying creative media, Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, now is the time to speak to our experienced team, and discover how you can pursue your passion. REGISTER HERE to attend:  https://bit.ly/2O5QUCU 

Course Changes, Updates and New Courses/Providers

Master Builders Pre-apprenticeship Program 
Pre-apprenticeship Programs for students who are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship in carpentry. We have places in our program for VET Construction students. Students find out if the trade is right for them, before commencing an apprenticeship. No cost to participants. Dates: 26 November to 7 December 2018 and 10 December to 19 December 2018. Call 02 8586 3533 or email  careers@mbansw.asn.au

Courses and Workshops for Students

College of Event Management
2 Day Event Bootcamp
 Register for our two-day Event Bootcamp NOW!! Want to know what an event manager really does?? This short course is designed for those with an interest in a career in event management. By the end of the weekend students will have a good understanding of the role of an event manager while gaining firsthand experience behind the scenes of a major event. 27 & 28 October 2018  https://bit.ly/2NDtjpP

Congratulations Lachlan Thomas & Christian Hart

A big congratulations goes to Christian Hart and Lachlan Thomas of year 12 who received nominations for ‘Call Back’ for their outstanding performances in Dance this year.

Lachlan was nominated for both his Core Performance and Major Study Performance dances. Christian received a nomination for his Core Performance dance.

“Call Back” is a showcase of exemplarily HSC dance performances that occurs each year. To get a nomination is something to be extremely proud about and I wish the boys every success in becoming selected for this perfoemance.  


Ms Sarah Curran
Dance Teacher

Congratulations Luca Muscardo & Trinity Johnston

CONGRATULATIONS to Luca Muscardo (Year 9) and Trinity Johnston (Year 7) who were recently cast in Spot On Productions' upcoming musical Annie Jr! 

A fantastic effort, as over 100 people auditioned for the production. They will be performing at The Pioneer Theatre at Castle Hill in early November. We wish you every success in your upcoming performances, what a great achievement for you both!

Mr Andrew Hudson
Leader of Learning - CAPA

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:

  • Olivia Zanella | Sutherland
  • Christian Stivala | Sutherland 
  • Lily Murphy | Bradman
  • Ryan Fletcher | Bradman
  • Alicia Vassallo | Sutherland

3 House Points to:

  • Jade Fitzpatrick | Sutherland
  • Ellarose Halakas |  MacKillop
  • Tamarah Daher |  MacKillop
  • Jenna Hinett | MacKillop
  • Joel Pantaleone | Sutherland
Mr Mal Hegarty
Assistant 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 Brigitta Keane
Leader of Learning - Mathematics


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is looking for a volunteer host family for a 16 year old girl from Italy who is currently attending Marian Catholic College. She is very well settled at the school, so we are hoping that someone from the school community may be interested in hosting her from early November for 2-3 months or longer if possible.

She is outgoing and friendly and loves reading, music and dance. Together with her host family she would love to experience new activities, share Italian culture and simply be part of her host family's daily life. If you are interested in hosting her and would like to find out more details, please phone Tempel or Masako at the Student Exchange Office: 1300 135 331 or send an email to info@studentexchange.org.au

Thank you very much for your help. http://studentexchange.org.au

A reminder that the third instalment of school fees were due on Wednesday 29th August 2018. Unless you are on an approved payment arrangement, we would appreciate payments as soon as possible
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. 

Ms Helen Peter
Business Manager

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 13 November
Mr Kinchington🎓 
Mr Tynan🎓 
Lauren Mifsud
Christina Lombardo
Nicole Duval
Diya Sharma
Ella McNamara
Tues 11 December
Mr Brillo🎓 
Mrs Coleman🎓 
Kimberley Hefron
Laura Morato
Ishika Nayyar
Larissa Belcastro

Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

Parish and CEDP News

St Madeleine'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

Parish Priest: Rev Vincent Savarimuthu

Parish Secretary: Lisa Echevarria

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 2260
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 4pm

Email:  stmads@yahoo.com.au
Website:  http://stmadeleine.org.au/

CASUAL POSITION at the St Madeleine’s Parish Office. We are in need of an admin assistant to work
in the office 5 hours a fortnight, with opportunity to increase in the future. The role will involve data entry, bookkeeping, and preparing resources.

Candidates must have above-average computer skills,
ideally experienced in MYOB and Microsoft Office—
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

Please submit the applications to Fr Vince by email:
vsvince85@gmail.com or at the office.

Applications close on 24th October.

28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia

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