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

Term 4 Diary Dates
 17 October - 11 November
HSC Exams
 21 October - 9 November
Year 8 VALID Testing
 Thursday 7 November
Year 12 Textiles Excursion
 Thursday 7 November
Step Up Day for Year 7 (2020)
► Monday 11 November
Remembrance Day

— Volume 32 | Issue 17 | Friday, 1 November 2019 — 


Dear students, parents and staff,


In the last fortnight, I have once again had the privilege of spending time with our newly invested student leaders; firstly at the annual Mitchell Youth League Forum when our six executive leaders spent several days with other school leadership teams from the local area.  As always, our leaders were absolutely inspired by this experience in which they took on challenge activities, heard outstanding presentations from young community leaders and engaged in community service projects.


Armed with the energy, ideas and commitment that grew from all the forum, our executive, supported by Darcy Vidler and Dave van Der Meer, headed off for a full leadership retreat to build a cohesive team and develop their common theme for the coming year.  This theme will bind their ideas into a programme of events that will further enhance the school experience for all our students and provide opportunities across the four areas of college life for both participation and contribution.


I was thrilled to receive their group presentation last week because it showed so much thought and depth – these outstanding young people confirm once again that our Marian Graduate Statement is not some lofty ideal to which we can only aspire! It was inspirational to hear the eloquence and maturity that all 22 leaders demonstrated and their chosen theme will undoubtedly take us to even greater heights in 2020.  As a team, they have already shown that they will act as one and their articulation of their common purpose and dedication to supporting each other was clearly evident. They were especially forthcoming in their recognition of the gifts and talents that they see in each other and how these individual attributes will make their team strong....

Avoiding Procrastination

“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." Saying


Parent Wellbeing:  A skill of social-emotional resilience is being able to think flexibly. Describe a time you have done this and how you could do it more often. (Acknowledgement: Rievich and Shatte)


Most students know when they are procrastinating, but don’t have positive coping strategies to overcome it. An effective strategy is Take-off Five. It works like this;

  • Make a list of tasks they regularly put off doing.

  • Choose one and apply themselves solidly for five minutes with no interruptions. 

  • Then repeat the process. 

Using positive self-talk, setting self-expectations and the strength bravery will assist their effort to do this. Introducing students to assertive help seeking approaches is another effective strategy. 

Procrastination can be caused by many issues including: 

  • Perfection – wanting to produce the “perfect” piece of work; being obsessed with detail 

  • Organisation – wanting to be totally prepared and as a result not getting started or lacking the necessary study and research skills to perform the task 

  • Self-Doubts – lacking the self-confidence to tackle the task at hand 

  • Prioritising – being unable to prioritise their activities to get the things done that they have to do 

  • Motivation – lacking a purpose for being at school; “having to” rather than “wanting to.” 

Whatever the cause for procrastination may be, recognising and then addressing it immediately is a must. One certain thing is that it will not go away by ignoring it.

Ms Renata Dragovic

Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care

Although the school year is fast coming to an end and Year 12 are completing their HSC examinations, job opportunities, especially apprenticeships, cadetships and traineeships are available to those who might wish to enter the work force. For instance Transport NSW 2020 Cadet and Scholar positions are now LIVE!

What’s on offer?

  • Work on real projects & cutting edge technology while learning from industry experts from day one

  • The Scholar Program duration will range between 2 to 5 years (whilst you study full time) depending on when you are due to graduate

  • The Cadet Program duration will range between 12 – 24 months (whilst you study full time) depending on when you are due to graduate

  • Competitive base salary from $51,666 (pro rata) + superannuation & benefits

  • Structured & job specific training plus opportunities to develop your skills and capabilities

  • Flexibility & support through flexible working hours to ensure completion of your degree whilst managing your work commitments (we want you to succeed!)

  • Build your network with like-minded people and be part of the Young Professionals Network (YPN) – networking and special monthly events

  • As a Scholar, if you maintain a credit average each semester, you will be reimbursed for your university course fees!

Details of the opportunities can be found here.

Remind your sons and daughters to check for posts to Google Classroom regularly to see what job opportunities are available. I regularly post information about apprenticeship opportunities in the Sydney area in a wide range of occupations. Students need to look at the SRS information to see if there is something that may be of interest. They are welcome to speak with me if they need assistance in contacting a prospective employer or even in preparing an application.

Also there are Work Experience Opportunities - Sydney Trains will again be offering work experience opportunities in 2020 for students interested in mechanical engineering or electrotechnology apprenticeships. Please check our website for further information -  https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sydneytrains/careers/sydney-trains-apprentices or contact Rhonda Moore on 0428166359, the Work Experience Coordinator.

Skillsroad has also provided information for students who have recently left school or who are still at school but with their mind all set to starting work as soon as they can.  Apprenticeship Careers Australia are pleased to inviter students to attend their pop up job interview events this November for loads of apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities! All interested students need to do is bring their resume on the day and they are good to go. Interviews will be conducted by a first in best dressed policy - so all job-seekers are encouraged to arrive as early as possible so they don't miss out. Also  Skillsroad will be coming along this year too so it can give some career advice to all young job-seekers who aren't quite ready to apply yet, or just want a few extra tips and tricks to get work-ready. So whether students know what they want to do, or just have no idea where to start, these events are not to be missed!  

The dates and locations in Sydney are:

Thursday, 7 November, 3PM-5PM

Milky Lane 20/22 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150 

Thursday, 21 November, 3PM-5PM

Nando's Penrith 585 High St, Penrith, Westfield

The following link will enable students to register:


There are also Pre-Apprenticeship Programs being offered at TAFE NSW – Nirimba next year. If you have children interested please contact me and I can register their interest. 

Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Information

Carpentry Pre-Apprenticeship Information

Please feel free to contact me for further information.

Mrs Linda Gilchrist

Careers Adviser

Year 9 Social Justice Workshop


Such an inspiring day on the 16th October when we attended the Social Justice Workshop/Launch of Bishop’s Statement at the Parramatta Cathedral. Abbey Shenko, Ajang Dau, Jaime Phillips and Jacob Summerhays all participated by workshopping ideas around the theme “Making it Real: Genuine Human Encounter in the Digital World”. Students attended from all across the Parramatta Diocese, and many good ideas emerged, such as recording screen time each week, 10pm shutdowns and digital detoxes.


Bishop Vincent addressed the students and confessed that even he finds his iPhone indispensable, but he stressed that we all need to make sure we don’t use technology to denigrate others, but rather to respect the dignity of each person. He spoke of the great chasm between the rich and poor and pointed out that with Australia having one of the highest gaps in the developed world, we need to move towards a fair and just society.


We are hoping to work with the Parramatta Catholic Education Office to develop a survey so that we can all be aware of exactly how much screen time we clock up, and then do something to reduce this. 

Sew A Smile


A huge thank you to St Agnes Catholic High School in Rooty Hill for sending us the little dresses they made for our “Sew a Smile” endeavour. There were over 40 garments, and we packed these up during our Wednesday lunch time social justice meeting.


We have a new contact in the Solomon Islands and are hoping to send these dresses there over the Christmas period. If anyone in the Marian community knows people that will be visiting orphanages overseas, I’d love to hear from you as we are always looking for avenues to donate our little dresses and shorts.

Mrs Meg Thomas

Social Justice Leader

Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum

Over the 17th-19th October our 6 Executive student leaders attended the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum at Vision Valley Arcadia. Below they reflect on their experience.


The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum is an intensive two-and-a-half-day program, where students are graced with the opportunity to learn about and explore service, courage and integrity. Schools from the Mitchell district come together to share ideas and inspire others to be great leaders. We listened to many inspiring and motivational speakers who were passionate about what they do, encouraging us to take a leap to create a more positive environment. Coming back together with the school groups gave us the chance to share what we all individually learnt and took from the insightful experience. -  Ruby Kinchington


All in all, the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was a uniquely valuable experience, in which many extensive lifelong lessons have been both understood and learnt. In addition to this, the priceless experiences which were felt are truly a distinct part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is something which, for all, will be continually cherished for the years ahead. Another lesson which I will personally take from this memorable time, is that of the importance of which community itself is connected with leadership, a typically overlooked aspect in the inspiration of young leaders. -  Jonathon Laphos


What I learnt most about leadership during the camp was that everyone’s contribution, no matter how large or small, will make a difference as we all work together to achieve the community’s common goals. All the speakers were full of wisdom and many insightful stories. Ronni Kahn, the owner and founder of OzHarvest, resonated with me because of her analogy of everybody offering their teaspoon of water to help put out a fire. Each teaspoon can and will make a difference. -  Lachlan White


MYLF taught us the value of integrity and courage in how we conduct ourselves as leaders, but also how we live our lives as individuals. We learnt that confidence follows courage, and that it’s okay to feel vulnerable. The experience encouraged us to travel through life with an open mind and open heart; to take  every opportunity to better ourselves and the wellbeing of our community. The lessons we took away from the forum are unmatched by anything I could have imagined them to be. Truly something we’ll never forget . -  Alex Micallef


My experience at MYLF was amazing . It really opened my eyes about what being a true leader is all about. The wisdom and inspiration from the guest speakers really made me realise why I wanted to become a leader in the first place. I met some truly great friends over the 2 and a half day journey, participating in a variety of well thought out activities to get us all involved . I would like to go back and volunteer to lead a group of young leaders one day. - Hayden Burt


The Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum was an unforgettable experience that has equipped all of us with further skills to lead the school. It was fantastic to meet so many other passionate leaders and to be inspired for the year ahead!  - Brooke Fitzpatrick

Jonathon Laphos, Brooke Fitzpatrick, Alexandra Micallef, Lachlan White, Hayden Burt and Ruby Kinchington with Principal Jayne Campbell at the Principals Workshop session of the Mitchell Youth Leadership Forum.

Senior Uniform Changes

We recently surveyed our Year 9 parents about a possible change to the wearing of the College Senior Uniform for Year 10 students. Following much discussion and feedback received from our Year 9 parents, we wish to inform the Marian community of these changes.


From the beginning of 2020, Marian students will wear the junior uniform in years 7 – 9 and will wear the senior uniform in years 10 – 12.


We are aware that some senior uniform items, such as shirts in a few sizes, may be in limited supply or not available, however, we are working closely with The School Locker to increase the manufacture of such items. Priority for uniforms will be given to our current Year 10 cohort. Second-hand uniform items may be available for purchase from the Sustainable School Shop website at https://www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au/


HZSA Junior Boys Tennis Championships 2019

On Monday 21st October the Junior Boys Hills Zone Tennis Championships was held at Richmond Tennis Centre with Sebastian Charon (Year 8), William Blazey (Year 8), Isaac Epenian (Year 7) and Bailey Wright (Year 7) competing in the tournament. 

Sebastian won all of his pool matches quite easily. These results meant that he finished first in his pool and so qualified for the semi-finals. Unfortunately, he lost in a very tight and tense match, which was decided in the tie-breaker.

Isaac also won all of his pool matches and so qualified for the semi-finals. He came up against a very strong player and also the eventual winner from William Clarke College and therefore lost this match. This meant that he had to play Sebastian in a play-off for third and fourth position. Sebastian was able to win this match and so finished third with Isaac finishing fourth for the tournament. 

William and Bailey were not quite as successful on the day, but both showed great enthusiasm and enjoyed the experience.

Well done all boys and congratulations for your tremendous sportsmanship.

Mr Malcolm Hegarty

Pictured – Sebastian Charon and Isaac Epenian (Absent from photo: William Blazey and Bailey Wright)

The Annual Marian Music Showcase Night will be held on Wednesday 20th November. We'd like to invite families, friends, staff and members of the community to see (and hear) the wonderful talent of the College music ensembles. The concert starts at 5.30pm in the College Hall and entry is free.


Mrs Linda Austin

Music Teacher

Our 2020 Open Evening will be held on Tuesday 18 February, 2020. Two information sessions at 4pm & 6pm showcase our students and the learning experiences offered at the College. Each Information 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. These sessions are followed by a guided tour of the school. Enrolment packages for Year 7, 2021 will be available on the night. 



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.

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.

School Fee Statements
Unless you have a payment arrangement 2019 school fees were due to be finalised by Wednesday 28th August.
If you have paid thank you for your payment. If not please organise payment as soon as possible to avoid your account being escalated to the diocese for collection.
Application for Hardship Assistance
From Monday 9th September applications for financial hardship will no longer be assessed at the school. All applications will be assessed by the School Fees Liaison Unit at Parramatta. We will still send you an application and you will return it to the school and the application will be checked to make sure it's filled in correctly and that all the required documents are included but the assessment will be conducted by the School Fee Liaison Unit. 
If you have any queries regarding your account please contact the Senior Finance Officer on 02 9654 6700 or email    mari-khstfees@parra.catholic.edu.au 
Please note that a term's notice in writing must be given to the Principal before the removal of a student or a full term's fees will be payable.  
Ms Helen Peter
Business Manager

Regular Hours During Term 4

The Uniform Shop is open on Tuesdays from 12.00pm - 4.00pm & Thursdays 8.00am - 12.00pm.  

For uniform inquiries please contact The School Locker on (02) 8796 2100 or email  mariancc@theschoollocker.com.au 

The School Locker offers online options for orders, payment and delivery. For online orders visit   www.theschoollocker.com.au and search for Marian Catholic College.

Second Hand Uniforms
Families who wish to buy or sell second hand uniforms & other school resources & equipment can do so via the Sustainable School Shop website  www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au

The College Uniform Shop now stocks an optional rain jacket for wet weather.

The jacket is $30 with sizes ranging from XS to 2XL.

Purchases can also be made through The School Locker website

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 November
Mrs Pidd🎓 
Mrs Prestage🎓
Beth Porter
Annabelle Mendham
Lily Carrington
Ella Covington
Charlie Prestage
Tuesday 10 December
Mrs Brillo🎓 
Mr Nasso🎓
Jeremy Tjhin
Alicia Knispel
Tasmin Knispel
Patrick Atkins
Emily Martin

Kindergarten - Term 4 
Week 4
Lourdes Bernadette, Alexandra Micallef
Week 5
Rosemarie Bradford, Ella Girdham
Week 6
Emily Spora, Jade Smith

Year 1 - Term 4 
Week 4
Jade Smith, Annabelle Komadina
Week 5
Jake D'Anastasi, Amanda Filipazzo-Agostino
Week 6
Jessica Galdes, Taylor Moussa

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

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 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 Bulletin
Parish Bulletin - 3 November, 2019


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