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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

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Diary Dates

Term 1
 Thursday 21 March
Harmony Day
 Friday 22
 March
Marian Day &
World's Greatest Shave
Monday 25 March
Feast of the Annunciation
Friday 29 March
PDSSSC Swimming Carnival

— Volume 32 | Issue 3 | Friday, 15 March, 2019 — 

IN THIS ISSUE:




Dear students, parents and staff,

 

Last week we celebrated Catholic Schools Week 2019 with a magnificent display of our College unity when we opened up our learning spaces and invited current and prospective families to tour our campus.  Literally hundreds of people were shown what it means to be Marian and how we work together each day. As has become our annual tradition, most of our staff and a multitude of our students presented interactive displays of learning across the Key Learning Areas.  Our eloquent student leaders and tour guides took the opportunity to explain why Marian is so important to them - what they both gain and contribute to this special place.

 

I want to thank the entire team who gave up hours of their personal time in the days leading up to the Open Evening – it is a complex event which necessitates the coordination of hundreds of people and involves a great deal of logistical planning and execution.  Tammy Prestage, our Assistant Principal, takes charge of this each year, supported by many staff and students, and the smooth running is a testament to her exemplary organisation...


Being Human - Self-Acceptance

and Self-Belief

As is our confidence, so is our capacity." William Hazlitt

Parent Wellbeing: On e component of Self Determination Theory (SDT) is competence, the feeling you can master something. Describe a time you have felt competent and how it motivated you. ( Acknowledgement: Ryan and Deci)

 

A key social-emotional, resilience skill that students need to negotiate the challenges of adolescence and schooling is a healthy sense of self-belief in their self-worth as a person. This begins with accepting all the aspects which make up who they are as a person, both those they like and those they don’t like. Also, accepting that experiencing the full range of emotions is perfectly normal. To support this they can mindfully focus on using their top strengths in their every thought, word and action...

Effective ways to develop self-acceptance and self-belief in themselves include:

  • Every day reflecting on and writing down three good things they are grateful for that happened, why they happened and how they can make them happen again.

  • Every morning thinking of the three things they are most looking forward to today.

  • Looking for opportunities to do little acts of kindness to do good to feel good. When they strive to bring out the best in others, they can’t help but bring out the best in themselves.

Conversations at home and at school about these things will enable our adolescents to develop as young citizens with spirit and confidence. Having self-doubts is perfectly natural, cultivating self-acceptance and self-belief will overcome them.

Some reflective questions;


When did I feel successful last year?

  • Who was I with?
  • What was I doing?
  • Is this something I can do more of?

At what point did I struggle last year?

  • Were there any external impacts?
  • How can I avoid this happening again?

What are my goals for this year?

  • Long term?
  • Short term?
  • Who can help me achieve my goals?

Ms Renata Dragovic
Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care


ELEVATE EDUCATION PARENT SEMINAR

SAVE THE DATE – Wednesday 10 April

6.30pm in the school hall

Let’s start with the important news: as a parent, you matter.  In our (elevate education) 17 years of research into student performance, students consistently report that their parents play a critical role and impact their results.  Knowing this, the question is, what is the best way to support your child? How do you walk the fine line between supporting your child versus becoming the enemy? While all parents want to help their child succeed, knowing exactly how to do this can be downright confusing. 

 

This year Marian Catholic College has engaged Elevate Education to run study skills seminars with ALL our students.  In small groups, students will learn how to;

  • read text and pull out key points
  • develop a balanced study routine
  • understand their memory and how to manipulate it

and many other valuable techniques to foster learning and develop a growth mindset.

 

Why a Parent Study Skills Evening is valuable; 

  • Parents want to support their children, but many aren’t sure how

Because of changing systems, introduction of technology or the simple fact that many haven’t gone through the same process themselves, parents end up feeling unequipped and helpless. 

  • Ensure the skills are followed up at home      

Elevate seminars have the biggest impact when they are reinforced outside of the classroom. Our parent evening provides an insight into what has been covered with their children and how they can support them at home without becoming the enemy.

 

Elevate’s 60-minute parent study skills evening will cover the following topics:

  • How parents can help their children effectively manage their time.
  • How parents can help their children become motivated and stay motivated.
  • The different types of work that students should prioritise across the year in order to improve their results.
  • How parents can help their children work effectively with technology whilst minimising distractions like Facebook and Instagram.

An invitation will be sent out through School Stream in the coming weeks.  


Not every act of meanness is bullying

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

One of our jobs is to help children and young people to interpret events proportionally. However, in recent times, I have seen a shift involving the wrong application of words like trauma, depression and bullying. When these very meaningful words are misused, their misuse can result in unwanted consequences. What might be the ‘unkind’ behaviour of another may, in fact, not be ‘bullying’. In this article we discuss the differences between unkindness and bullying – and how defining the two correctly can teach kids resilience and how to cope with conflict.

Anyone who spends a great deal of time with children or simply remembers their own childhood, would know that children can be downright mean. An experiment by Debra Pepler at York University brought together children from years 1 to 6 who were identified by their teachers as particularly aggressive or particularly non-aggressive. What the study found was that, on average, mean behaviour from the aggressive children was displayed every two minutes and, most revealingly, from the non-aggressive children every three minutes.

Conflict is unfortunately a part of life that we all deal with, no matter what age.

Bullying is, however, way more than that and can have serious and sometimes tragic consequences. Yet the term ‘bullying’ seems to be readily bandied around these days for all forms of ‘mean behaviour’.

According to ‘Bullying No Way’, the National Australian definition of bullying is:

“an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert)… Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying”.

The key terms in the definition of bullying is ‘misuse of power’ and ‘repeated’. The key terms in the definition of what is not bullying is ‘between equals’ and while conflicts or mean and hurtful behaviour may upset a child tremendously, by labelling the mean behaviour ‘bullying’ we may be disempowering children.

It is important for children to understand the difference between someone being insensitive or mean and what constitutes bullying behaviour because being able to successfully resolve and navigate these situations is a huge step in their emotional growth and maturity. If the situation is deemed to be simply mean or hurtful behaviour it is important not to over-play this through misleading terminology (ie bullying) and offer ways for the child to address and resolve this themselves.

… calling every act of meanness bullying sends an unhealthy message: It says to kids, ‘You’re fragile. You can’t handle it if anyone is even slightly unkind to you.’ Eileen Kennedy-Moore

Teacher and writer Braden Bell spoke in his article for the Washington Post about his own personal experience when hearing about one of his children experiencing negative and disparaging remarks from a co-worker. His initial fury led him to a biased judgement, defining the perpetrator as a bully but when he eventually calmed down, he realised it did not fit the definition (it was offensive behaviour but not bullying) and so he talked with his wife and then teenager to find a viable coping solution, which worked out in the end. A way parents can assist with this is by first acknowledging the mean behaviour, e.g., ‘that was mean/rude/unkind of her/him’ and then, as Bell suggests, prompting the child to seek some form of resolution or solution by asking ‘“What are your choices?” And, as a follow-up, “What are the likely outcomes of those choices?”. This may not be easy because of heightened emotions and the initial responses may not be great.

Parents who react too defensively for their child at every negative encounter with their child’s peers may be doing more harm than good. In later years the child may not have the necessary tools to independently handle conflict and may feel ‘victimised’ in situations that don’t go their way, potentially causing social engagement and relationship difficulties in later life.

Further in her article in Psychology Today, Eileen Kennedy-Moore, wrote:

… calling every act of meanness bullying sends an unhealthy message: It says to kids, ‘You’re fragile. You can’t handle it if anyone is even slightly unkind to you.’ As these children grow older, they demonstrate less resilience, sometimes publicly. The kids got more easily and deeply upset about perceived offenses, including situations that were unpleasant, but weren’t really bullying. Beyond stunting their emotional maturity, their heightened reactions had negative social consequences, as peers responded by disengaging from them.

By defining the behaviour correctly, we are encouraging our kids to assess and respond in a way that with long term practice, creates resiliency and emotional maturity.

 

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/


Open Evening

A huge thank you to all the amazing student volunteers that helped with the Social Justice display on Open Evening. It was great having so much help with setting up the room as well as packing the ‘Sew a Smile’ dresses in between tours.

 

Vinnies Van

Five of our wonderful students filled our Tuesday night Vinnies Van shift. They were very enthusiastic, packing sandwiches and serving our patrons at Mt Druitt and Parramatta with good humour and a smile on their faces. Well done girls.

 

Dollar Days for Project Compassion

Our Dollar Days are in full swing and students are being very generous with their donations. We are hoping to raise $5,000 to buy a solar powered well for students in Zimbabwe. Just a reminder that Dollar Days depend on which house students are in:

 

Bradman:          Monday

Mackillop:        Tuesday

Paterson:        Wednesday

Sutherland:     Thursday

 

On these days, students are asked to bring a dollar into Homeroom. It will continue for the remaining weeks of Lent.

 

Thanking everyone for their support,

 

Mrs Meg Thomas

Social Justice Leader

Marian will have its own Careers Webpage shortly which should make it easier for parents and students to stay abreast of the latest news. It will not only have information about University but links to study and wellbeing information for students. Once all is organised parents and students will be provided with a Marian login. I will let everyone know once the Webpage is running.

ANU opened its portal on the 4th of March for students to apply for early entry. Students will have until April to make an online application to the university. Conditional offers will be made on the 31st of May. Students will still need to attain the required Atar for chosen courses. Additionally, ANU requires students to meet certain requirements related to Communication, Team work, Academic Work and Volunteering as they are looking for well-rounded students.

 

On the 27th February an article in the Sydney Morning Herald  focussed on the fact that 21 of the 28 new electrical apprentices and trainees at Ausgrid are female. This is the first time that the number of women has been greater than males in the apprenticeship intake. Annika Van Lierop, 25, from Kariong, who left a science job to work for the electricity distribution company said, "I have a degree in science and used to work as a scientist in a pathology lab. If you had asked me if I was going to be working in the energy industry a few year ago the answer would have been no.” She considered the career prospects in the electrical field and read in the next five years they expect five percent job growth  and considered it a good opportunity. In this day and age there are many opportunities for males and females in apprenticeships.

 

COURSE & INSTITUTION INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS

Camp America Info Session - Sydney Camp America is running the last info session for the 2019 season. Work at Summer Camp in the USA in 2019 with Camp America! Come along to our information session and find out why almost 8000 people worldwide want to get the Camp America experience. Meet the CA team and listen to the adventures of past camp counselors. RSVP and more info at:  https://campamerica.com.au/events

BiG Day In @ UTS - 21 March 2019. BiG Day In IT Careers Conference for students Yrs 9-12 @ UTS on Thursday 21 March 2019 – Speakers incl. Microsoft, Animal Logic, Technology One, WiseTech Global, Westpac, Adobe & more talking about their careers & the future of technology. Loads of cool exhibitors including Westpac, Microsoft, UTS, WiseTech Global, ACS, Adobe, Digital Careers & loads more. Tickets $10  www.thebigdayin.com.au

AIE Information Evening - 20th March. Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Information Evening on Wed 20th March, 2019 6pm - 8pm. The evening will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. More info  https://aie.edu.au//info-night or 02 8514 8800

 

Student and Parent Info Night, Macquarie University - Wednesday 1 May 2019. This event is an opportunity for students to learn how our innovative courses will prepare them for the future, learn about our early entry, adjustment factors and pathway programs and discover how our location within the Macquarie Park Innovation District will help them connect with future employers. - E:  futurestudents@mq.edu.au. P: 9850 6767

 

COURSES, WORKSHOPS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS

Sydney Design School Information Session - Wednesday 27 March 6pm. Love interiors? Make it your career! Join us for a free Information Session on campus. Study day, evening or online and become an accredited Interior Designer. Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards, Sydney 2065. Register online to join us  https://bit.ly/2A3wROg Now enrolling for July 2019.

 

FREE Pre-Apprenticeship Courses. Apprenticeships R Us alongside My Trade Start is running pre-apprenticeship courses for automotive, construction and business in March. These courses run for two weeks followed by work placement and are NSW Government funded for individuals aged 15 to 24. These courses will be held at Auburn, Emu Plains, Parramatta and Hornsby. Positions are filling quickly. For more information, call 02 9891 6900.

 

Macquarie in a Day, Macquarie University - 17 & 18 April 2019. Uni life doesn’t have to be a mystery. That’s why we’re opening our doors on 17 and 18 April to Year 11 and 12 students. This is a great chance to experience what a day in the life of a Macquarie student is really like. On the day students will be able to get a feel for our campus, sit in on lectures and demos and experience practicals and tutorials. More info - E:  futurestudents@mq.edu.au


Business Cadetship Applications. Applications for the Business Cadetships Program open on Monday 4 March and close on Wednesday 15 May 2019. Cadets combine university study with paid work at UBS, a leading global bank. A student's Application Form as well as their School Assessment are due by 15 May. Applications are made online at  http://www.businesscadetships.com.au.


AIE Online Experience Day - Saturday 25 May

 

If you have ever wanted to study 3D animation, game design or VFX for film online with AIE then our Online Experience Day is an ideal opportunity to find out more!

 

Course overview sessions will be running on the range of online courses in 3D animation, game art, game programming and game design offered by AIE. You will get to participate in workshops, guest speaker talks and much more. Have a question? Don’t worry, pop by and one of our friendly staff from AIE online will be more than happy to assist.

 

With classes starting all the time, starting your career as a game developer or 3D animator has never been easier. Register now for this FREE event.

 

The Online Experience Day will start at 12:00 noon and finish at 4:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

 

Register here –  https://aie.edu.au/aie_event/online-experience-day/

 

WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK: 4-8 November

Students in Year 10 and 11 are invited to apply for one week of Work Experience at Bell Shakespeare HQ in Sydney from 4-8 November 2019.

 

Twelve students from around Australia will be selected to join the Company and go behind the scenes to discover how a working theatre company operates. Meet our team and learn about production, casting, design, rehearsals, marketing, box office, fundraising, education and administration.

 

Entry by application. Students in regional/interstate schools are encouraged to apply, however Bell Shakespeare is unable to cover travel and accommodation costs.

 

Find out more  – 

https://www.bellshakespeare.com.au/learning/scholarships/work-experience/

 

HSC INTENSIVE STUDIO PRACTICE | National Art School

The NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority and has been offered by NAS to Year 11 Visual Arts students in all government and non-government high schools since 2000. During the NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice the student will: –work within a specialised discipline using a broad range of media and art making processes–refine their ability to interpret and evaluate their own and others’ artworks–engage in sustained critical reflection and evaluation–gain practical skills in preparing for, mounting and curating an exhibition.

 

This course is designed for students seeking to further their studies in Visual Arts to tertiary level. The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for Year 11 students in Visual Arts to enrich and extend their study within a choice of seven specialised disciplines.

 

Students must be nominated for this course by their Visual Arts Teacher.

 

Module 1 (4 days): Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 July 2019
Module 2/3 (5 days): Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October 2019

 

The fee for all students who are accepted into the NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice is $360.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY 29 APRIL 2019

 

Find out more –  https://nas.edu.au/hsc-intensive-studio-practice/

 

DOWNLOAD INFORMATION SHEET HERE

 

Mrs Linda Gilchrist
Careers Adviser

In 2015 the Centenary of ANZAC Hills Community Committee appointed four Year 11 students as Centenary of ANZAC Ambassadors to play a major role in centenary functions. The Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch continued the program over the duration of the centenary of World War 1. Over four years the sixteen ambassadors have performed their roles in an outstanding manner that brought great credit to their schools. The program has contributed significantly to their personal leadership development. As a consequence of the success of the Ambassador Program, the Castle Hill RSL sub-Branch decided that the Program will continue in coming years.

Since the inception of this program Marian has had a student selected to be an ANZAC Ambassador. This year our candidate was Rebecca Hinton and she has been selected to be an ANZAC Ambassador for 2019. Rebecca continues the fine tradition of a Marian Year 11 student being selected to undertake this important role.  

The selection process involved students being interviewed by a panel from the Castle Hill community. They had to demonstrate their knowledge about Australia’s participation on the Vietnam War. Additionally, they were judged on good leadership and speaking skills.

 
Mrs Linda Gilchrist
Careers Adviser


Sun Safety Policy

 

The sun safe policy provides guidelines to:

  • Ensure all students and workers are well protected from too much UV exposure by using a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV levels reach 3 and above.
  • Ensure the outdoor environment is sun safe and provides shade for students and workers.
  • Ensure all students and workers are encouraged and supported to develop independent sun protection skills.
  • Support appropriate WHS measures to minimise UV risk and heat and associated harms to workers during peak times for sun related risks.

Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.

Students who do not have the appropriate hats or outdoor clothing are asked to choose a shady space or a suitable area protected from the sun.

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

 

Bullying and Harrassment

 

You have a right to feel safe at school at all times. The following policies are in place to ensure your safety and well-being. Details about these policies are on page 20 of your student planner.

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • “Hands-off” Policy
  • Unacceptable Physical Behaviour
  • Disrespecting Property

It is an expectation at this school that every person will be able to spend the day, both in and out of the classroom, free from any form of verbal or physical bullying or harassment. This College insists on positive relationships between all members of the Marian Community. Any forms of bullying behaviour displayed towards another person will not be tolerated.

Forms of Bullying and Harassment relate to behaviour which offends, humiliates or intimidates another person or psychologically harasses another person or causes physical harm to a person.

Therefore, the following forms of behaviour will not be tolerated: Physical, Verbal, Visual, Racial Discrimination, Victimisation, Sexual Harassment, Indirect/Covert Bullying, and/or Cyber Bullying.

If you or someone you know is being bullied – whether directly or indirectly – you should adhere to the steps found in your student eDiary.

No Aerosol Policy

Approximately 1 in 10 people have asthma - so it's likely in any change room or classroom there will be someone who will be affected. Aerosol sprays can act as a trigger to a serious asthma attack, or bring on a severe migraine in a sensitive individual. The allergy can be sufficiently serious to put an individual into anaphylactic shock if an aerosol has been used anywhere in their vicinity.

It is for this reason that this policy is in place in schools. This ban relates to all aspects of school including excursions, camps/retreats, sports etc.

Students who are found to be in possession of an aerosol will have it confiscated immediately. The spray can be collected by the student's parent/carer within a week of confiscation otherwise it will be disposed of.

Please support our policy to ensure the wellbeing of all members of our Marian community.


Communications to our parents, caregivers and students is an important part of our college life. School Stream is our main form of communication to the Marian community which can be used on both Android and Apple phones, iPads and also on the desktop. The App allows the college to send out all types of notifications from Permission notes, year specific information, events, newsletters and important information and emergency alerts.

Please make sure you have downloaded the  School Stream App from the App store or Google Play Store. It
 is very important that you receive School Alert Notifications.

How to get the School Stream app on your mobile device

  1. From your mobile device go to The App Store (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play (Android), search for School Stream and download the app to your phone
  2. Once School Stream has finished installing, open the app, type "Marian Catholic College" into the search THEN select your school
  3. If you are prompted to accept push notifications, you will need to select OK

How to Create an Account or Log-in

Creating an account within School Stream will allow you to synchronise your settings across all devices and access your School's Profile if it's Access Model is set to 'Account Required'.

To log in or create an account, follow the steps below:

  1. If this is your first time using the app, you will have a screen to search for your School Profile. Search your School Name and add your School from the dropdown options. (If you have already added your School, skip this step).
  2. Tap the menu icon at the top left of the App.
  3. From the menu, select the top option 'Log in or create account'.
  4. You will need to accept our Privacy Policy to create an account. If you accept the Privacy Policy, tap 'I Agree'.
  5. Choose to login via Email, Phone or Facebook.
  6. Enter the required details and select 'Get Code' (Facebook login skips this step).
  7. We will send you a code via either Phone or Email, depending on your login option. Enter this code into the App. (Facebook login skips this step).
  8. That's it! You're logged in, simply tap 'Continue' to start using the App.

Update your app to the latest version

iPhone / iPad iOS

  1. From your mobile device go to the App Store
  2. Touch the UPDATES button in the bottom right
  3. If School Stream is in the listings (you may need to scroll), touch the UPDATEbutton to the right of School Stream (if it isn’t listed, you’re up to date)

Android / Tablet

  1. From your mobile device go to the Play Store
  2. Open the menu (Either slide right or touch the hamburger menu icon)
  3. Go to My Apps
  4. If School Stream is in the listings (you may need to scroll), touch School Stream (if it isn’t listed, you’re up to date)
  5. Touch the UPDATE button
  6. Touch ACCEPT if prompted

Turning on/off notifications

You can choose the Categories you see and receive notifications for by swiping left on the desired Category. You can unhide a removed category by scrolling to the bottom of the app and selecting Show Deleted Categories. This is useful for year groups when you don't wish to receive notifications for other year groups irrelevant to your family.

You may then locate the removed category, swipe to the left and hit Restore.

PLEASE NOTE there are some categories that are set to be permanently available to our App users (Eg. Alerts) to ensure families receive the most important information.

Need More Help?

More Handy Tips for Parents
For more tips and information:

https://support.schoolstream.com.au/tips-for-parents#handy-information


Help in the App
You can access the Help section in the App itself. Swipe right to reveal the navigation, the Help link is at the bottom.

Troubleshooting
If you are still experiencing any difficulties that cannot be resolved, try the Troubleshooting section of the School Stream website:  https://www.schoolstream.com.au/troubleshooting/


In 2018 the Marian World's Greatest Shave team was recognised as a top fundraiser in NSW raising over $25000. This year the team has again been working hard to raise money in the lead up to our shave on Marian Day next week. The team have been working hard individually to collect donations and have already held several fundraisers at school including selling Chocolate Roses for Valentines day, Ice Cream Sandwiches and a 'Chin Face' Cupcake stall.

Next friday over 30 students will be brave and shave or cut their hair. The Marian community will be able to join in the fun with coloured hairspray for a gold coin donation.

If you would like to donate to the team, please follow the link below:

We're calling out for qualified hairdressers who are willing to volunteer their time to shave and cut hair for World's Greatest Shave.

If you are available to help on Friday 22 March from 11am, please send an email to marian@parra.catholic.edu.au. Please Attention to: "Ms Vidler, World's Greatest Shave".

Please share if you know a great hairdresser who could help with this fantastic cause!



Excursion to Moores Dairy Farm

On the 1st of March 2019, Year 11 Agriculture Students attended an excursion to Moores Dairy Farm in Glenmore for our Farm Case Study Report, and to gather knowledge and a better understanding of dairy milk production. On this trip we spent quality time with the farmer learning about the background knowledge of the farm and certain skills required to run a successful dairy farm to produce high quality milk for the brand and processor Country Valley Milk, which we will visit in year 12.

We also made our way around the farm and had a hands-on experience with the herringbone dairy system, machinery and feeds used such as human food by-products; citrus pulp, cotton seeds, spent whiskey grain and spent beer grain which were used daily to keep the dairy farm up and running. With this experience, we gathered more than enough information about the farm and how they coped with the drought to create a well structured, high quality Year 11 Farm Case Study Report.

 

By Monique Vella and Jacinta Vumbaca

(Year 11 Agriculture Students)


Year 8 Elevate Education 

Year 8 students had the opportunity to complete a study skills course on 22nd of February. The course was ran by Elevate Education that helps students find good techniques to remember information especially for assessment tasks.

The students were very receptive to the course and learnt strategies that will help them throughout their education.

 

Mr Mark Kennedy

Year 8 Leader of Learning


A BIG Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Marian Catholic College in PDSSC:

Ava Foxe (Year 8) and Owen Burke (Year 9) - PDSSSC Under 15 Touch football teams.


Logan Mezzomo and Michael Taouk - PDSSSC Under 15 Boys Rugby League team.

 
And Oscar Mezzomo - PDSSSC Open Boys Rugby League team 

 

We are also pleased to announce that we have an Australian Representative! Another BIG Congratulations to Charli Orsini (Year 10) who has been selected in the Australian Under 17's softball team. Charli will travel to Minnesota, USA in late June to compete with the team in an international tournament. Charli is the youngest player in the team. An amazing achievement!

We wish you all the very best, the Marian community are very proud of you!


Mr Adam Thomas

External Sports Co-ordinator


Bring your talents out of the bathroom
and into the world!

Amplify Red is a NO AUDITION choir for students who just love to sing for fun. Learn to sing in a group, sing harmonies and meet new friends.  New members are welcome.

Please come to A06 at lunchtime on Monday or email Mrs Watters if you wish to join or want to find out more.  lwatters@parra.catholic.edu.au


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

School Fee Statements
School fee statements were mailed out on the 5th March with the first installment being due on the 29th March.
 
Flexible Payment Plans (FPP) are offered as an alternative payment option for your School Fees. Should you like to accept this offer our preferred method is to go to  http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/school-fees and arrange a direct debit from a nominated bank account or credit card. A Direct Debit Request Form has been included should you not have access to a computer and should be lodged with CEDP before the 22nd March. 
 
BPAY election requires you to set up a recurring payment for the exact amount displayed under your preferred option, via your bank by the 22nd March so the first payment occurs by the 29th March. 
 
Please contact Maricel Lamb on 02 9654 6700 or  mari-khstfees@parra.catholic.edu.au if you have any queries regarding your account or if you wish to discuss payment arrangements.   
 
Ms Helen Peter
Buisness Manager

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 9 April
Mr Monk🎓 
Ms Brown🎓 
Bianca Brangwin
Beunka Putnam
Charlotte Fraser
Rebecca Hinton
Isabelle Siasat
Tuesday 14 May
Mrs Coleman🎓 
Ms Boudib🎓 
Sacha Anderson
Hayden Burt
Ella Girdham
Kaitlin O’Kane

Team 1 - Kindergarten

29 March 2019

Tamarah Daher, Shiraz El-Khoury

5 April 2019
Jessica Galea, Caitlin Robertson

12 April 2019
Rosemarie Bradford, Ella Girdham
Team 2 - Year 1

29 March 2019

Jessica Galdes, Taylor Moussa

5 April 2019
Colette Ghougassian, Ruby Kinchington

12 April 2019
Lachlan James, Kyle Kaslik
Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

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

Playgroup
Tues 9am at St Joseph Centre

Prayer Group
Wednesdays after the 9.15am Mass

Reconciliation
Saturdays 5pm

Baptisms
Every 4th Sunday, 11.20am,
or during 10am Masses

Weddings
By appointment

Parish Contact Details

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/


 

Parish News

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28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia


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