Marian Catholic College
28 Annangrove Rd
Kenthurst NSW 2156

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

Diary Dates

Term 1
 Monday 4 March
Year 10 Allwell Testing
Tuesday 5 March
Marian Open Day
4.00 - 8.00pm
Wednesday 6 March
Ash Wednesday
Friday 15 March
Cross Country Carnival

— Volume 32 | Issue 2 | Friday, 1 March, 2019 — 


Dear students, parents and staff,


No one can say that we ease ourselves into the new school year at Marian!


Since the first newsletter, Year 7 have experienced a fabulous community building experience by attending the challenge camp at YMCA Yarramundi.  I had the pleasure of spending the Thursday morning with the students and staff as they worked their way around the group activities and it was lovely to have a chat with our newest members of the Marian family.  Parents of Year 7 can be very proud of their children – they are delightful, genuine and gregarious people who were very forthcoming with me in their conversations.


Mr Nasso, our Year 7 Leader had nothing but praise for the students as well, observing their support of each other, their good humour and their willingness to give everything a go.  I want to thank the staff members who gave up their family time to make the camp possible and also the staff back at school who held the fort for the rest of the students. These events only happen at the cost of some disruption but the benefits always outweigh the inconvenience...

Valuing and Organising Time -
Owning Your Time

Fortune favours the prepared mind." Louis Pasteur

Parent Wellbeing: Social-emotional resilience is made up of optimism and hope for the future, regulating emotions, controlling impulses, thinking flexibly, having empathy, self-belief and building social connectedness. What does each mean to you? (Acknowledgement: Reivich and Shatte)


Many students believe they ‘have their acts together’ and don’t need to organise their time in a structured way. The reality for most of them is the exact opposite. Making the choice to create a timetable of their commitments and responsibilities will actually provide them with more time to do what they want to do and sticking to it will also build their resilience to distractions.

After living by their timetables for three weeks, they will realise themselves how it is making their lives better. Doing this requires deliberate practice and a sustained effort which will create patterns for their brains to tune into....

Anxiety in Teens:
Why Anxiety Might Increase During Adolescence, and What Parents Can Do


Ms Renata Dragovic
Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care

Equipping children with coping skills
for the years ahead.

By Michael Hawton, Child Psychologist (MAPS) and Parentshop founder.

The issue of how to develop emotional hardiness in children has become an area of much interest in recent times. Added to this, none of us wants to be seen to be just standing by or letting our child go through emotional pain unnecessarily. It’s quite natural for a caring parent to want to step in to release the distress that accompanies any child’s feelings of being treated unfairly. But, this compulsion to act, doesn’t mean that we should always step in.


In their new book on how parents have become overprotective, The Coddling of the American Mind, Haidt and Lockianoff (2018) say that the strengthening of children’s mental well-being may have something to do with how we facilitate a child’s experiences for ‘life’s’ problem-solving episodes, including how they can be coached to engage with these problems, independently.

“In many respects our lives are better as a result of huge
advances in safety and technology. Our lives are more comfortable, which is good. But, that gives us problems of progress.
We recoil violently from discomfort.” Luckianoff

Luckianoff says, “in many respects our lives are better as a result of huge advances in safety and technology. Our lives are more comfortable, which is good. But, that gives us problems of progress. We recoil violently from discomfort.”

Some long-term studies have been reflecting downturns in children’s capacity to manage problems, independently. Compared to the 1960s, the levels in our ability to resolve issues for ourselves, called our internal ‘locus of control’ has been steadily decreasing. A strong internal locus of control correlates with a belief we can control our own destiny. Without a healthy sense of internal locus of control, children can feel powerless and overwhelmed. According to Stixrud and Johnson, the recent increases in childhood anxiety are a symptom of this phenomenon. They note that there has been an 80 percent rise in young people with an external locus of control (the belief that destiny is determined by external factors).

Are parents afraid of being judged and therefore falling into ‘appearances parenting’?

Here’s what I think. I have been observing parents for over 35 years and what I have noticed is an increase in parents feeling judged by other parents and an increase in what I term ‘appearances parenting’, which is a term I use to describe parents doing things for appearances sake. In this model of parenting, a parent can feel derelict or judged by others if we don’t act. In my opinion, this model of parenting has become quite fashionable in Australia – parents doing things for appearances sake – such as not correcting their child in public because they want to appear cool (everything in our house is wonderful all the time) or because they want to appear responsive to their child’s needs (such as when a parent caves-in to a child’s whingeing, after the child behaves embarrassingly in the chocolate aisle).

So, what I have seen increasingly is parents wanting to do something for appearances-sake. That perception of wanting to appear to be doing something (and our vulnerability to the judgement of others) if we don’t stand-up against an apparent injustice, can be compelling.

But doing something (or anything) may not be the best course of action to take for your child. Sometimes, by focusing on how we might act as their guide to help them resolve an issue for themselves, might be the best course of action to take. Routinely giving your child a ‘get-out-of-jail- card’ and protecting them from all this distress is not being helpful. It’s a sub-optimal solution that can backfire when they do eventually have to face adversity. That said, there is much parents can do to resolve problems that arise from time to time, without prematurely stepping in.

In the next few articles in this series, we’ll be looking at just that matter; we’ll explore how you can help your child be more self-driven in the face of adversity.


Michael Hawton is founder of Parentshop, providing education and resources for parents and industry professionals working with children. He has authored two books on child behaviour management: Talk Less Listen More and Engaging Adolescents. You can find more information, including his books and self-paced online parenting courses at  https://www.parentshop.com.au/parent-courses/


This year for Project Compassion we are supporting a school community in Zimbabwe by funding a solar powered well. It’s our one fundraiser a year where we look beyond our shores to support a developing country, and hopefully we can really make a difference.


We will be having two new clubs during Lent – a Pineapple Club and a Redback Club. For those of you who haven’t come across these terms, a ‘pineapple’ refers to a fifty dollar note, and a ‘redback’ refers to a twenty dollar note.  Any student who raises $50 will be given points for their house along with an entry into the Pineapple Club prize draw. Similarly, there will be house points and prize draws for the Redback Club.


Students will be given Project Compassion boxes in Homeroom next week, and they can use these to collect their funds, then hand them in to the Student Foyer.


It would be fabulous if any parent or member of the school community could donate prizes for our draw, so that all money collected can go towards the well.


Our other fundraising idea to help fund the well/s is to have ‘Dollar Days’ during Lent. This would mean that each House is assigned a particular day for the remaining weeks of Term and on this day students could try and bring $1 into Homeroom. The days will begin on Monday 11th March, and have been assigned as follows:


Mondays:        Bradman

Tuesdays:        MacKillop

Wednesdays:   Paterson

Thursdays:       Sutherland


The school Event Leaders are also planning a variety of cake stalls etc. to help us reach our goal – the cost per well is $5,000!


All students are invited to come along to A20 at lunchtime on Wednesdays to help with our Social Justice endeavours.


Thanks everyone in advance,


Mrs Meg Thomas

Social Justice Leader

Many Year 12 students have been asking about early entry to university for 2020. Although some universities do have early entry there are quite a number of factors that are taken into consideration when they make an early offer. Some students are under the misapprehension that they will apply and that is all that is required. However, in many instances school progress in the form of reports are sought or other criteria is applied.

What might assist a student to gain early entry?

An early offer may be secured if a student:

  • Has very good marks

  • Are active in their community

  • Has achieved at sport

  • Has a school recommendation

  • Is an artist, musician, or actor

  • Has leadership experience

  • Comes from a disadvantaged background

  • Is a rural applicant

Please note that not every university will offer an Early Entry Program, each has different requirements and application criteria.

Students will need to apply soon for most programs, well before the final exams. The universities will use a combination of factors that include results, awards or achievements a student has received, test results, auditions, portfolios and more if they want to make an early offer.

Remember any early offer will probably be conditional. This means students still need to attain an ATAR and fulfil all the requirements to keep their spot.

They may receive an offer before they sit an exam but some offers will still not come out until the ATARs are released.

Even if a student does receive an early offer they do not have to take it. They can treat it as a backup.

Year 12 students have received a link on their Google Classroom page for those universities in Sydney that have an early offer program. If a student is interested in attending university in a regional area or another state then I have suggested they meet with me.

Information from the Careers Association of NSW for Parents

CASE2019 - Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering 15-18 April 2019 EA's Autumn School of Engineering is a 4 day program for 100 x Year 11 & 12 School Students - studying Maths, Science & Engineering. Enjoy workshops at USYD, UTS, UNSW and Macquarie; see behind the scenes at RAAF Richmond, ANSTO & Cochlear. Meet current young engineers at the Careers Night! $330 per student / email:  nswregistration@engineersaustralia.org.au ph: 9410 5652 

Charles Sturt University Parent Information Evenings Parent info evenings are being held at 5:30pm on our campuses; Orange 11th March, Bathurst 12th March, Albury 19th March, Port Macquarie 20th March and Wagga Wagga 27th March. CSU aims to equip you with the answers to support your child/children on the university journey. For details visit  futurestudents.csu.edu.au/school-leaver/preparing/parents

Come and Explore CSU! Explore Day is the perfect opportunity for students in Years 10-12 to choose their own adventure and select from dynamic workshops in a broad range of study areas. You can check out and register for an Explore day at  https://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/events We are also running Careers Advisers Seminars in May and June. Please go to  https://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/careeradvisers 


The websites below may be of interest for parents and students interested in finding out about apprenticeships.

Steps to Becoming an Australian Apprentice! Apprenticeships are a great way to earn money while learning a trade! Getting started in an apprenticeship can seem a little daunting, but it can be broken down into four easy-to-understand steps. Research; Preparation; Job Hunting and Sign-up. If you would like to learn more about each step, plus heaps more useful information, visit  www.aapathways.com.au/steps

NSW Apprenticeships. See Growth It’s interesting to note apprenticeships in New South Wales increased by 1,394, that’s 3 percent. The biggest shifts were in the traditional trades - Automotive up by 3 percent, Building and Construction by 2 percent and huge growth in Utilities and Electro-Technology at 8 percent*.

Visit:  https://www.tafensw.edu.au/study/types-courses/apprenticeships-traineeships 

*Training Services NSW

Why Owen Chose a Trade Apprenticeship. Owen Isedale started his trade apprenticeship at school. He’s now a carpenter who loves his work and has plans for his own business. With skilled workers in-demand across NSW and fee-free apprenticeships available, there’s never been a better time to do a trade. Read Owen’s story and see how VET opens doors to opportunity in the construction and infrastructure industry  http://bit.ly/2N6wgiY 

Information on current apprenticeships and traineeships can be found on the Careers Google classroom page. Sign up to Google Classroom and join. The code is: shkpjb


Mrs Linda Gilchrist
Careers Adviser

Complaint Handling Policy


This process includes students, employees, parents, pastors and members of the wider community of Marian Catholic College.

Complaints may relate to any practice or policy of Marian Catholic College or of the CEDP related to the treatment of or education of students. The Parramatta Catholic Education System has some specific complaints processes. The Child Protection Kit has specific policies and procedures to address complaints of child abuse and reportable conduct. Maintaining Right Relations Policy and Procedures addresses complaints of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Nothing in this document replaces the processes outlined in these documents.

We are committed to following certain principles to ensure complaints are addressed appropriately.

Persons with complaints can:

  • Deal with the situation personally,
  • Contact the school,
  • Contact the CEDP.

The complete Complaint Handling Policy is available to download through Marian Connect.


Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy


The goal of the Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy is to encourage and support self-discipline.  This policy provides clear and explicit guidelines to facilitate the maintenance of a safe and motivating learning environment at Marian Catholic College.

In a positive, disciplined learning environment all students will have the opportunity to learn effectively and achieve to the best of their abilities. All students will be encouraged and shown how to develop the responsible personal and social qualities and Christian attitudes and values which will enable them to be positive and valued members of our society.

When enrolling at Marian Catholic College, parents and students each sign separate enrolment agreements which state that they will follow and support the school rules.

We expect students to undertake responsibility for their behaviour.  The role of the teacher is to support the goal of the Pastoral Care Policy and the Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy by emphasising positive relationships in teaching and learning.

The prime purpose of our College is to encourage the development of faith in our students.  The core motto of the College is “Walk with Christ”, so our processes and structures must recognise forgiveness, restitution and reconciliation, as well as responsibility and consequences.

The full Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy can be found on  Marian Connect which also includes our stance on Procedural Fairness and Student Management.

Arrival of Steggles Meat Birds

On Tuesday 19th of February 2019, the 12 Steggles meat chicks arrived as part of the Steggles Meat Bird Sydney Royal Easter Show Competition.


They arrived in a box with hay as their bedding, and stayed warm by huddling together but

were quite frightened. This was because it was the first time they had ever been outside of where they hatched at a hatchery near Sydney Olympic park and had been on a long road trip.

We provided them with warmth, food and water. They were placed in a pen with a heat lamp also known as a brooder for their warmth, we had to adjust the temperature to 38° as it was at 40° which is too hot for their age. The brooder is used to replicate the mother sitting on them as they begin to grow. The Chicks were given chick starter or crumble as their food too. They appeared to be covered in yellow feathers, some with white feathers at the end of their wings and were about the size of our palms. Their milk tooth was obvious at the end of their beak that is used to break open the egg when hatching which eventually disappears .

As a class, most students were able to assess what gender the chicks were - we do this by checking if the wings are consistently the same size or irregular. For instance if a chick has irregular sized wing feathers they are a male and if they have equal sized feathers they are a female. The chicks weight varied when we weighed them. At 5 days old they were in the range of 42 grams to 57 grams with an average of 50.42 grams. Seven days later they had doubled in size and started to develop their white feathers. Students will care for the chicks and monitor their growth. We will also compare the weight gain with layer chicks.

By Kaitlyn DeBelle, Olivia Horsley, Olivia Nati, Aimee Martin and Mackenzie

(Year 9 Agriculture Students)

Tobruk Sheep Station Excursion

Year 10 Agriculture attended an excursion to Tubruk Sheep Station at Maroota. When we arrived we sat down in front of the fire and ate damper that was cooked in a camp oven and drank Aussie billy tea. After that we had a demonstration on whip cracking and were taught how Aboriginals used to catch kangaroos for food and how they used to communicate with each other when they were out hunting.

We were shown how the working dogs herd the livestock on a farm and how important they are to the daily operations. We were shown a dog herding ducks in a small round pen and then the dogs going into the paddock and herding the sheep like they had previously done with the ducks. After the sheep were brought into the yards, we spoke about the importance of ear tags for any livestock on the farm and we also talked about how to determine the ages of the sheep by their teeth. We were shown how the dogs moved the sheep throughout the races so the farmer is able to drench them easily.

Our next activity was watching a demonstration on Sheep Shearing and after that we had a talk about wool classes and the prices of each section of the fleece. After this we had lunch and came back to school. This was a great learning experience for our class and was educational, fun, interactive and all up a great time for us.


By Adelina Barker & Lani Fuller

(Year 10 Agriculture Students)

CONGRATULATIONS to all the students who received their medals at today's Assembly, a well-deserved and fantastic result from our Marian students.

Year 7 Camp, 2019

Last week, Year 7 students spent 2 nights and 3 days at Lake Yarramundi. It was a great opportunity for students to meet and create life-long friends. The highlight of the camp was seeing the students in each group supporting each other every step of the way, from encouraging their peers in conquering their fears, to cheering their team on in one of the greatest dance battles that Lake Yarramundi has ever seen. Students embarked on many team-based activities such as cave maze, orienteering  and simply supporting their peers.

Year 7 students also participated in activities that challenged them both physically and mentally, which allowed them to overcome their fear of heights, which were conquered on the Giant Swing and Flying Fox and of course the fear of staying away from home.

I would like to congratulate the students on how they embodied the Marian Catholic College framework of respect, responsibility, and integrity throughout their stay at Lake Yarramundi and I would like to thank all of the staff that volunteered their time to help support the students in their transition into the Marian community.

Mr Ray Nasso

Leader of Learning - Year 7

Two information sessions will be held to showcase the students and the learning experiences offered at the College.

Each session will commence in the College Hall, where the Principal and students from Year 7 and 12 will provide information about school life at Marian Catholic College.

The sessions will be followed by guided tours of the school. Visitors will be able to view activities that will be showcased at the various tour stops.

Each session is exactly the same format, so please come to the session time that best suits you (4pm or 6pm).

 Applications for Year 7, 2020 close on Friday 3 May, 2019.
Please send enquiries to Enrolment Officer:

Please find important information regarding School Parking Rules & Penalties. We would like to remind parents that there are now increased penalties and demerit points associated with all offences in School Zones. A reminder that Council's Compliance Officers and Police enforce parking signs at our school throughout the year.


We ask that you become familiar with these rules and understand the need to park legally and safely at school pick up and drop off times. The parking restrictions are there to improve safety around schools. We'd also like to remind the community to be considerate of residents, particularly by not parking or stopping over driveways.


Please be advised the times for drop off and pick up at the college.

Student Drop off & Pick up is located at the St Madeleine's parking area between 8.15am - 9.00am & 3.00pm - 4.00pm.

The Marian sign at the St Madeleine's parking is pictured here. Turn left at this sign for Student Drop off and Pick up during these times.
If you are dropping off or picking up your child, we ask for everyone's safety that these times be adhered to.

Please DO NOT drive through to the bus bay area during these times.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Marian Catholic College students are eligible to join The School Locker Student Advantage Program. Membership provides benefits for your family and our school. Members get Student Advantage pricing when shopping on The School Locker website and they receive exclusive Student Advantage offers from The School Locker. Member purchases from any of The School Locker stores, including online, generate revenue for our school.

Follow these simple steps to activate your free Student Advantage membership.

1. Visit theschoollocker.com.au/customer/account/

2. Create your account or login if you already have one.

3. Generate your unique Student Advantage number.

Your Student Advantage number will be linked to your account and you will be able to view Student Advantage pricing instantly. Join online and start the Student Advantage membership benefits today!

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:
Tuesday 12 March
Mrs Thomas🎓 
Miss Pidd🎓 
Danika Caranungan
Marina Youssef
Lauren Dallimer
Sophie Azzopardi
Ishika Nayyar
Tuesday 9 April
Mr Monk🎓 
Ms Brown🎓 
Bianca Brangwin
Beunka Putnam
Charlotte Fraser
Rebecca Hinton
Isabelle Siasat
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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