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
Tuesday 6 November
Step Up Day for Year 7 (2019) 
Sunday 11 November
Remembrance Day
Friday 16 November
EXCURSION - Year 12 Engineering Studies
Monday 19 November
PDSSSC Awards night
Wednesday 21 November
Year 7 (2019) Orientation Day

— Volume 31 | Issue 18 | Friday, 2 November 2018 — 


Dear students, parents and staff,


The HSC exam period is now into its third week and our Year 12 students have slipped into routine, coping well with the pressure of these final assessments.  As usual, after each exam, there has been the gathering of teachers and students to critique the paper – it is very much a team approach here at Marian – teachers and students in it together.  It will be the same when the results are published in December – teachers will share the triumphs and disappointments with their students, like a parent would.


While the 2018 HSC rolls on, Year 11 have commenced their final year of the 2019 HSC with an information evening and changes to their patterns of study. In the midst of this, our new executive student leadership team went away to the annual Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum to have an intensive experience, centred around what it means to be a leader.  This event, organised by a committee led by the Federal Member for Mitchell, the Honorable Alex Hawke, brings together student leadership teams from many of the Hills District high schools to work in groups while hearing from many guest speakers about their experiences and what they have learnt about themselves and others.  It is always an inspiring couple of days during which I had the pleasure of attending the Saturday morning session to talk with our leaders and to discuss the Marian Student Leadership Camp that was to follow the next week...

An Important Message from the
Diocese of Parramatta


Please find the link from the Diocese of Parramatta. This reflection is to acknowledge and recognise the importance of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse that was delivered last week by the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison.

Healthier Living

There is no chance, only choice.” MW

Parent Wellbeing: Who are the hidden people who give of themselves to help you have a good life? Thank each of them individually, telling them you appreciate their efforts.


Many adolescents need our support and guidance on how they can adopt healthier lifestyles. They may not think so, but the reality is that there is an increasing proportion of young people who are not exercising their bodies or minds enough, eating a diet high in processed foods, becoming unfit and unhealthy and looking on the darker side of life. This is an unwelcome recipe for our future generations and we should act decisively now.

Firstly, it is a must to actively exercise physically and mentally for an hour every day:

  • there are numerous pulse-lifting activities to participate in with family, friends or on your own
  • there are also plenty of non-electronic brain exercises such as crosswords and scrabble which work well

Secondly, it is important for adolescents to use their strengths to think positively. Looking for the good things fills us all with optimism and hope for the future. Thinking positively allows us to be solution focused.

Thirdly, as adults it is our responsibility to provide our children with healthy, fresh and unprocessed foods.


Ms Renata Dragovic
Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care

Last week, 500 wounded, injured and ill serving and veteran military personnel from 18 countries competed in the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney. The Games highlight the healing power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. The Games also recognise the critical role played by family and friends.  R U OK? was proud to support the Invictus Games and host a stall that inspired attendees to check in and start a conversation with anyone who may be struggling with life. Want to check in? Use our booklet

Fast fact: Checking in is good for the body and mind

Checking in and connecting - in person, over the phone or online - has physical and mental health benefits. It also gives us more opportunities to pick up changes in a loved one's behaviour that could indicate they need a bit of extra support.



There is a direct link between school attendance and academic achievement. Just one or two days absent a month can add up to nearly four weeks of a school year. That’s a whole year of lost learning from Kindergarten to Year 10.  Every day counts!


Absences must always be explained by a parent / guardian and if absent for two days or more, a medical certificate is required.

Please be aware that planned leave must have prior approval from the Principal if over five days, just as early departures must be approved by the LoL Pastoral Care before school or at recess via a note from a parent / carer.

Our complete Attendance Policy can be found on Marian Connect.

Sporting Code of Conduct


When a student represents the College on a sporting team, they must complete a Sporting Code of Conduct. This contract outlines the general expectations of a player representing the College, what behaviour is expected of them, and what may warrant a suspension from their team. 

The Code of Conduct can be found on Marian Connect or by talking to the External Sports Coordinator.


World Teachers' Day

Last Friday, 26th October, the Student Leaders organised a beautiful morning tea to say thank you to our amazing Marian teachers in recognition of World Teachers' Day. World Teachers' Day was established by UNESCO in 1994 and recognises the role teachers play in the development of students and society.

The students wrote special affirmations to each teacher to acknowledge their gratitude and blessings and to say 'thank you' to our wonderful teachers at Marian who give their heart to teaching, who inspire, encourage and guide our students throughout their school life.

The Opening Prayer was read out by our Vice Captains Aaron Blackburn & Maddison Moog, followed by a thank you speech from College Captains Michael Dell'Aquila & Sophia Parada:

Opening Prayer
Lord, bless the teachers who give their heart to teaching. Thank you for the special gift that you have given them and for giving them the spirit of grace and compassion. May they have the strength and endurance to perform their many tasks, and may they know how to feel the deep gratitude of those whom they teach. Allow your light to shine upon them always. Amen.

Captains Thank You
Today is dedicated to each and every one of you lovely teachers and support staff here at Marian. And we are celebrating you, because you have a very unique gift. Being a teacher means that you play a very active role in shaping the character, calibre and future of your students. You have the ability to inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, doctors, astronauts, engineers, historians and better yet, teachers. You are so very important and we would like to thank you endlessley for the hours of hard work you put into teaching and for the wisdom, kindess, support, compassion and encouragement you show.

The patience of a teacher is unparalleled, it is fair to say you have no easy job and to continue smiling and helping us even after the many overdue assignments, chatter in class, forgotten diaries and constant, " are you sure we learnt this?". We promise you no small act goes unnoticed and even when students may forget what you have taught them, they will never forget how you make them feel.

Now - What are Marian Teachers?
Marian teachers are resilient, and don't worry, our year group has certainly tried to test this, really tried to test this - and we can report....Marian teachers are resilient! You are tough, but fair, you seek only to make us the best men and women you know we can be.

Marian teachers are guides - you don't take the path for us, but you certainly point us in the right direction and give us that slight nudge when we're about to take that wrong turn. Because, as every Dux and success story that has come from this school will attest to...Marian teachers are amazing guides.

And Marian support staff are life savers. In our first few weeks of our leadership we've seen just how pivotal you are to success here at Marian. You make sure no student goes unnoticed, the trains run on time and we can stay safe, keep organised and can learn in a well working environment. A huge thanks to our biggest supporters!

You are all with us along the way as we WALK WITH CHRIST to our future, because as with many past students, you will always be a part of what we become.

Teachers should be thanked everyday, and while we don't always do this, we'll say it extra loud today - thank you to our amazing Marian teachers and support staff! God bless, as you continue to do the good work you already have here at Marian.

Mission Mass & Social Justice Expo


Thank you so much to the four Year 10 students who attended the Mission Mass at the Parramatta Cathedral last week: Chloe Boucher, Naomi Machin, Jake D’Anastasi and Alexandra Micallef. It was a great mass with Bishop Vincent delivering an inspiring homily and representatives from Catholic Mission speaking about the amazing work that they do.


After mass, schools were invited to set up individual stalls showcasing the social justice initiatives they are involved in. Our stall generated a great deal of interest, with five schools saying they would like to get involved in our ‘Sew a Smile’ initiative.

'Sew a Smile'


‘Sew a Smile’ is a Marian College project whereby we make little dresses and shorts for children overseas. All students and parents are invited to be involved, simply by collecting prepared kits from the Student Foyer at Marian and then sewing the garments. We are also keen to receive donations of colourful cotton fabric, bias binding and elastic.


Vinnies Christmas Appeal


On Friday 7th December we will be holding a ‘Santa Hat Day’ and students will be asked to bring in a gold coin and some items of groceries to donate to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. Lists of suggested groceries will be provided, and we will collect these to make up Christmas Hampers. The gold coin donations will be going towards an affordable housing project that Vinnies is undertaking. More details to follow.

Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader

Junior Boys HZSA Tennis Championships

Marian College had a really successful day at the Junior Boys Hill Zone Tennis recently. The Azzopardi brothers, Riley and Owen, used their speed and agility to surprise some much more experienced Tennis players. Tom Scavo trusted his eye and hand eye coordination to keep asking questions of the opposition. 

Sam Willemse was outstanding all day, eventually finishing runner up to the representative from Rouse Hill Anglican College. Sam’s smooth and reliable serving produced only three double faults all day and was always difficult to return. He was consistent on his backhand, solid when he went to the net and was fluent and at times explosive off his forehand. He only narrowly lost in the final but was a class above all his other opponents. His attitude was consistently calm and focused. 

Congratulations Sam, Tom, Owen and Riley for being such excellent representatives of Marian College.

Mr Mark Tynan

Junior Girls HZSA Tennis Championships

On Monday 29th October I had the pleasure of attending the Junior Girls Hills Zone Tennis Championships at Richmond Tennis Centre with Isabella Charon (Year 8), Annaliese Losco (Year 7) and Sofia Losco (Year 7) who competed in the tournament.

As always, the girls from Marian displayed the usual prowess on the sporting field and had a very successful day. Isabella was able to retain her title from last year winning the tournament quite convincingly. She won all of her pool games resulting in her coming first in her pool and then went on to win both the semi-final and final, 5 games to 1.

Annaliese finished second in her pool behind Isabella and finished 4th for the tournament, whereas Sofia was able to achieve a 5th place. This was an outstanding achievement considering neither of these two girls had ever played in any form of competition before. Congratulations to all of the girls for their tremendous sportsmanship.

Mr Mal Hegarty

Tea Composition Project

Agriculture students from Year 9 & 11 are taking part in the Sydney University Tea Composition Project. This involved students weighing and burying green tea and rooibos tea bags in different locations (managed and unmanaged sites) to determine whether the soil has a healthy microbial community that can decompose organic material.

At the different sites, students measured soil pH and determined the soil type. After 60 days the tea bags will be dug up and weighed. All data is uploaded to a central website to aid Sydney University in creating a soil tea bag index.


Ms Sky Van Den Berge

Alana Berry, Year 9 Agriculture

Mental Health Forum

On the 20th of September, seventeen students from Years 9 & 10, attended a mental health forum at the Australian International Academy. It was run by Burn Bright, an organisation who runs a variety of different programs about wellbeing and leadership.

The students engaged in various talks and activities throughout the day, such as, Olympian Jana Pittman and author Randa Abdel-Fattah. The speakers shared their different stories and experiences with mental health. The activities allowed the students from different schools to explore the meaning of mental health and connect with each other.

Reflecting on the day, the students’ knowledge about what to do when negative mental health surfaces was broadened and this was done by the featured panelists on the day. Each school was able to brainstorm different ideas about how to raise awareness of mental health issues in a school environment and this will be implemented in the near future.

Ruby Kinchington and Lachlan White.

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 
  • Jade Fitzpatrick | Sutherland
  • Ryan Fletcher | Bradman
  • Monique Tagliaferro | Sutherland

3 House Points to:

  • Kaitlyn de Belle | MacKillop
  • Kiara Younan |  MacKillop
  • Ruby Kinchington |  Paterson
  • Matilda Odell | MacKillop
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

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/

28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia

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