St Benedict's Catholic College

Benny's Bites College Magazine - Friday, 24 June 2022

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College car park safety

Families are reminded of the importance of road safety within our College car park.

Please do not block essential gate access, the student crossing or park in any student drop-off or pick-up zone.

Your cooperation in keeping our College community safe is appreciated.

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Student Attendance

We would like to remind parents and carers to review their child's attendance on Compass. As has been previously communicated, a change to our Attendance Procedures was made in March bringing us in line with changes to the NSW Education Act:

“After seven days, absences will automatically be recorded as Absent – unexplained/unjustified if the school is not provided with an acceptable explanation from parents/carers. Parents wishing to provide the school with an acceptable explanation after the seven-day period will need to contact the school and the school will adjust the attendance register. Parents will no longer be able to enter the absence through the parental portal in Compass after the seven-day period.”

Our Semester Reports feature a section outlining individual students' attendance for the reporting period.

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It is very important that all absences are explained within seven days, preferably on the day of the absence. After reviewing a report on unexplained/unjustified absences, I am concerned that many families may not be aware of how damaging unexplained/unjustified absences can be to students' prospects when they meet with prospective employers/training providers/and or Universities. If an employer were to see a high number of unexplained absences, they would have every right to be concerned that the applicant would be someone who would not turn up for a scheduled shift without providing advanced notice/justification, and would likely prefer other applicants.

One issue highlighted by our 2022 school attendance data is that families may not be aware of just how much time their child is missing from school. We are aware that absences due to COVID and Influenza cannot be avoided. Our concern is with those students who are regularly absent from school without any real justification. If your child falls into that category, you may be surprised by the statistics below:

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Year 11 2023 Course Selection

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Stage 5 Subject selection timeline

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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

Maya Angelou

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Have you returned your photographic consent form? Student and team success photos are often unable to be included in the newsletter as the consent form has not been completed and submitted.

You can download the form here from our college website:

Consent form for use of student's image and/or work.

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MISA Champions - Senior Girls Football 2022

The Grand Final game was a tense and challenging game played in tough conditions between two very even teams.

The pitch was rock hard and the wind made controlling the ball very difficult. For the first time all season the team was forced to really did deep.

Thomas Hassel had the better of the first half and really tested the girls resolve but the St Benedict's team stepped up for the cup.

The Senior Girls Football team were not only a champion team but a team of CHAMPIONS.

Congratulations Girls.

A comprehensive report and images will follow next week pending receipt of photographic consent forms.

Year 12 Oodie fundraiser - St Vincent de Paul

Today Year 12 students had the opportunity to wear Oodies to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul society. Thank you to the students who took part in the fundraiser.
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NAIDOC Week Colouring Competition

Students from all year levels are encouraged to enter our NAIDOC Week Colouring Competition.

Entry sheets featuring this year's NAIDOC Week poster are available in the Library or downloaded here:

NAIDOC Week Colouring In Competition

Winning entries will be selected next term with prizes.

Caitlin Oldfield

Aboriginal Education Assistant

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Premier’s Reading Challenge.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

The challenge commenced in February but registration is still open. You can count books you have read since the last challenge ended and our lovely Library team can help you register and log your reading records and also help you find your loan history.

The challenge is to read 20 books - 15 from the PRC list and 5 personal choice books by 19th August 2022. You might be surprised to find you have already read a few.

Not only do you receive a NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Certificate, the Library is also providing a prize pack for all those students who attempt the challenge as well as house points and merits.

Dates to remember

NAIDOC Week 3-10 July 2022

BOOK WEEK 20-26 August 2022

Come in and see us in the Library or keep an eye on Oliver for other upcoming news and events.

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We Are Community - Winter Appeal

Again this year, the Social Justice team are supporting local charity, We Are Community, who service the Macarthur Region. In order to do this, the team is asking for food donations as well as warm items such as blankets, hats, scarves, gloves and socks. Each STRIVE group has been allocated a food item to donate which can be brought into school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now until Monday Week 2, Term 3 during STRIVE lessons.

Bennies Bring a Blanket is back next term, Friday Week 2, with a few new additions. This is an afternoon and evening where students can experience being outdoors during winter with little food or equipment to keep warm. There will be permission notes sent out via Compass for attendance with all details. More information for this event is coming soon!

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Year 12 Chemistry snapshot

Today Year 12 Chemistry Students completed their practical assessment which involved measuring the amount of aspirin in a tablet. Dr De Lima oversaw the task and was pleased with the student's effort and commitment.

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Brainstorm Productions - Live theatre experience for Year 9 students

Term 3, Wednesday August 10 2022 in the College Library.

‘The Hurting Game’ is part of student wellbeing curriculum and has been developed by education and mental health professionals. This engaging theatrical experience uses humour, relatable characters and real student experiences to spark conversations about friendships, online behaviour, resilience and mental health.

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Families of current Year 5 students are invited to complete an Expression of Interest for Enrolment for Year 7, 2024.

Expression of Interest is not a formal enrolment application, but an opportunity to be included in St Benedict's College information and enrolment timelines as they become available.

Click the image above or click here to register your family's details.

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Information in this calendar list is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.

Mon 27 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course

Tue 28 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course ,

Tue 28 Jun - MISA Debating Grand Final

Wed 29 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course

Thu 30 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course

Fri 01 Jul - TAFE Trade Readiness Course

Fri 01 Jul - Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews - 8.10am-2.30pm (Zoom) **Updated**

End of Term 2

Term 3

Mon 18 Jul - Term 3 Starts

Tue 19 Jul - Stage 6 Academic Award Ceremony - College Hall

Thu 21 Jul - Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews - 3.30pm-8.30pm (Zoom) **Updated**

Mon 25 Jul - Stage 4 Academic Award Presentation - 8:10am, Stage 5 Academic Award Presentation - 11:00am

Mon 01 Aug - Trial HSC commences

Thu 04 Aug - 2023 Captains Interviews

Mon 08 Aug - Feast of St Mary MacKillop

Mon 15 Aug - Feast of the Assumption, Science Week

Tue 16 Aug - P&F Meeting - 6.30pm, NSWCCC Girls Netball Champs - Penrith

Fri 19 Aug - Science Week, Year 12 High Tea

Tue 23 Aug - Bishop’s Student Excellence Awards (2022 Cohort – Year 12)

Thu 25 Aug - MISA Youth of the Year (MCCC)

Mon 29 Aug - Staff Development Day - Wellbeing / Pupil Free Day, Wellbeing Week

Fri 02 Sep - LIVE 2022

Mon 12 Sep - NSWCCC Athletics - Homebush

Tue 20 Sep - Year 12 Farewell Assembly

Wed 21 Sep - Year 12 Grad Mass and Awards

End of Term 3

Mon 10 Oct - Term 4 Starts

Wed 02 Nov - Senior Retreat

Tue 08 Nov - P&F Meeting at 6.30pm

Fri 11 Nov - 25th Annual CDF Sports Awards

Fri 18 Nov - Year 12 Formal TBC

Wed 23 Nov - Yr 7 2023 Orientation evening - 6.30pm - Hall

Tue 13 Dec - Year 9 Academic Awards - 8:50am - Hall, Year 10 Academic Awards - 12:50pm - Hall, Last Day Year 10 and 11

Wed 14 Dec - Closing Mass and Academic Awards - 7-9

Thu 15 Dec - Students Activities Day

Tue 20 Dec - Term 4 Ends

End of Term 4

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If you have lost any items of uniform this term please call into the front office student services window. Your item may have been handed in.

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Rainier School Uniform Shop - Update

RANIER has advised that there may be significant delays with the school uniform. This delay is due to COVID lockdowns in China.

Orders placed for home delivery are despatched twice a week from the Uniform Shop. Orders placed for collection from school office will be available Mondays after 2:30pm, orders placed prior to 9am Monday will qualify.


Monday 9am – 5pm

Tuesday 9am – 5pm

Wednesday 9am – 5pm

Thursday 9am – 5pm

Saturday 9am – 12pm

Collection from shop | Collection from College | Home Delivery


Ranier Schoolwear Unit 5/6-8 Porrende Street Narellan 2567

Online purchasing and appointments visit:


Phone: 02 4647 8942

Responses will be provided during opening hours

For more immediate assistance, Head Office details are



P & F Clothing Pool

The P & F Clothing Pool has reopened, please contact the P & F via with a list of your requirements and a contact telephone number and Tracey will contact you. Items can be paid for and collected from the SBCC College Office.


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