St Benedict's Catholic College
Newsletter - Friday, 11 March 2022
Year 7, 2023 Enrolment Information
College Tours departing from the Library
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Tours at 3.30pm, 4.30pm, & 5.30pm.
Registrations essential at https://www.trybooking.com/BXNUH
Information Evening in the College Hall
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
There have been some very tough days over the past two weeks for many communities in both NSW and Queensland. In our own community we know that many have been impacted by flood waters with damage to both their homes and businesses. Amongst all of this we have seen the amazing volunteers and NSW SES who have given so tirelessly to their local community in times of disaster. Please keep all those impacted in your prayers and thoughts.
Ash Wednesday 2 March, marked the first day of Lent. The ashes that were placed on our forehead in the shape of a cross on Ash Wednesday is to remember our own mortality and begin our journey of penance. Lent is one of the five seasons of the Catholic liturgical calendar, along with Advent, Christmas, Easter, and Ordinary Time. It precedes Easter and is a solemn period centered on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While Lent is often associated with the Catholic faith, many Christians including Protestant and Orthodox observe Lent. Lent is a time where we ask our Benedict community to reconnect with or deepen one’s faith and draw closer to God as we prepare for the joyous celebration of Christ’s resurrection at Easter. We also ask our community to keep in their prayers those suffering in Ukraine and flood victims in Queensland and NSW.
You who are over us,
you who are one of us,
you who are:
give us a pure heart that we may see you,
a humble heart that we may hear you;
a heart of love that we may serve you;
a heart of faith that we may
abide in you.
International Women’s Day
Tuesday 8 March was International Women’s Day. The International Women’s Day theme for 2022, #BreakTheBias calls on us to imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women's equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
At St Benedict’s we aim that all graduates both male and female will foster the inclusivity of all. Our Benedictine values underpin our faith, learning and positive education programs where students are shown the importance of exercising agency so that they will develop the confidence and capacity to advocate for a world that values their faith, their mind and their hearts.
Parents please be reminded not to text or phone your child during school hours. If you need to contact your child, please phone our office where our office staff will be able to assist you. Students’ phones will be confiscated if they are visible or in use, even if they are texting back their parents. Students may be given the option to use phones in class for specific learning experiences, but this will be at the direction of the teacher.
Below is an extract from the College’s Personal Electronic Device Policy
Students are not permitted to use mobile phones for any purposes during the course of the school day, except if the device is part of the students medical/health care plan or when directed by a staff member. This includes all functions of the mobile phone. Mobile phones that are brought to school by students must be switched off as they enter the College grounds and not turned back on until after 2:30pm.
Mobile phones are not to be visible on the student’s person and are not to be kept in the pocket of the senior girl’s school cardigan. Students are advised to keep mobile phones in zippered/ buttoned pockets in their school skirts or pants, pencil case, or in their school bag or locker.
Using a mobile phone or other electronic devices or having the mobile phone visible incurs a consequence which includes confiscation of the device.
Please note: If, as an example, a student needs to access their phone for learning purposes in Creative and Performing Arts, permission must be sought from their teacher. Once the learning activity has been completed the phone MUST be returned and not visible for the remainder of the lesson. Should the phone be used without permission, it will be confiscated by the teacher and placed in the Administration Office for collection at the end of the school day.
Responsibility of Parent and Carers
Please do not phone or send text messages to your child during the school day. If urgent contact needs to be made, then contact the Administration Office and staff will communicate the information to your child.
Please note: All contact must be made through the Administration Office. Breaches of this requirement will result in a possible consequence for the student.
● Mobile phones are NOT to be used for playing games or configuring of hotspots to allow access to the internet off the college network.
● It is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to photograph, film or record another person without the permission of that person.
● It is a criminal offence to use a mobile phone to menace, harass or offend another person.
● If a student has not complied with the college’s Personal Electronic Device policy and refuses to hand over the mobile phone this will be viewed as a breach of then College’s Discipline Policy
Students are not permitted to use airpods and other earpieces for any purposes during the school day, except if the device is part of the students medical/health care plan or when directed by a staff member. At times, a staff member may request their use due to lesson activities, however they should not be used at any other time. Staff members will then request these be stored away in an appropriate manner.
Earpieces's, headphones or other similar items may be confiscated and placed in the College Office to be returned at the end of the day.
Year 7, 2023 Enrolment Information - Wednesday 16 March 2022
Our College is hosting a Tour Night and Information Night for parents/carers and their primary school children who are considering enrolling in Year 7 2023.
The College Tour Afternoon and Information Session will take place on Wednesday, 16 March from 3.30pm, and is an important way that we showcase the unique learning, wellbeing model and the various activities that occur on a daily basis at St Benedict’s.
Registration for College Tours is essential at https://www.trybooking.com/BXNUH
Our students will act as host on the night guiding our visitors to the various displays and talks in our contemporary classrooms and facilities. Parents and carers will have the opportunity to speak with staff about our learning programs, STRIVE programs and co-curricular opportunities.
The support provided by our students, along with their respectful manner and their insightful experience as a St Benedict’s student, and the valuable educational information provided by our staff will ensure that this evening once again will be a wonderful success.
P&F Expressions of interest.
It is a worthwhile and positive experience to be involved with the SBCC P&F, working closely with the College Principal and Leadership team to enrich the learning opportunities of our students.
The work of our P&F helps to ensure that our students experience at St Benedict’s Catholic College is of the highest quality.
Expressions of interest are currently sought for the SBCC P&F Executive Team. If you would like to make a contribution to our college as a P&F Committee member please email your details to: email@example.com.
Vinnies NSW Emergency Flood Appeal
'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me.’
Matthew 25: 35-36
Our Catholic school community in the Diocese of Wollongong stands in solidarity with the Lismore Diocese and broader community during these extremely challenging times. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
In response to the devastating floods impacting the Northern Rivers community of Lismore, Vinnies NSW has launched an emergency flood appeal.
The community of Lismore has been one of the hardest-hit areas by the floods with homes and businesses overflowing with water.
"Families have had their lives upended and homes have been destroyed as a result of this crisis," said Jack de Groot, Vinnies NSW CEO.
"Vinnies has volunteers located in communities across the state who are ready and willing to provide practical financial and material assistance as well as emotional support, to people in need during this challenging period," says Paul Burton, Vinnies NSW State Council President.
As a response to this critical need donations to the Vinnies Flood Appeal can be made at via the following link: Vinnies Flood Appeal, by calling 13 18 12, or at any Vinnies shop.
As a Catholic community in the Diocese of Wollongong – "It's what we do, it's who we are."
I would ask that we keep all those impacted by the recent floods in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you to all families for their support with the disruptions over the last week. We have attempted to minimise disruptions to learning where possible.
Today we celebrated Flourish Day. A day in which all students connect with the pillars of our College, Love of God, Love of Neighbour and Love of Learning. I thank all staff and students for the incredible spirit that was witnessed throughout the day.
As we have settled into the new school year there are a few important reminders for students and their families. As mentioned by Mrs Piatek students are not allowed to use their phones or laptops at school to contact home. If a student is unwell or needing assistance they are to go directly to the front office who will contact home. This minimises disruptions to classes and ensures we are able to locate all students throughout the day. I would ask for your support in ensuring your children are following this important school rule.
Students in Years 7-10 have been issued with a College Diary. This is an important resource for students in order to consolidate their learning and also provides advice and resources for their wellbeing, including a weekly sleep tracker. I encourage all parents to discuss this with their children at home throughout the week.
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence
Friday 18th March is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Please keep a lookout on Compass for a variety of resources that will be shared with parents and students.
We began the season of Lent with HOUSE liturgies where staff and students were sprinkled with Ashes. Lent prepares us for the season of Easter, the most important time in the Church’s calendar. By praying, fasting and giving alms, we are reminded of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus brought the promise of hope to all people so that we may “Have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10) As we live into that fullness, may we also be challenged to act with love and hope, now and for all future generations? May we BE THE LIGHT
LENT - Second Week
Apparently, there is an old Syrian saying ‘inside the people you know, there is a person you don’t know.’ One of God’s gifts is the grace to keep discovering beautiful things about the people close to us. If you talk to people who have been married for a long time, they will often mention the way their partner surprises them, even after twenty years of sharing the same kitchen sink. Likewise, our children and our friends. If we put them in a box with a label, we can become blind to some unexpected wonders God wants us to see.
Perhaps it was like this for Peter, James and John on the occasion of the transfiguration which we hear about in the Gospel today. By this stage, they have been on the road with Jesus for quite some time. They have seen the storm calmed, the demoniac brought to peace, the woman healed of her haemorrhage, the daughter of Jairus raised to life. They have heard outrageous things. You’d think they’d be getting the picture by now.
The experience on the mountain allows them to understand that they have hardly begun to understand the depth of the mystery of Jesus. A voice from the cloud says ‘this is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.’
Watch a short film about Biru’s story here.
This week, as part of Project Compassion, we hear the story of Biru, a young man from the Ho ethnic minority in India. He lives with a disability. But there is so much more to him that needs to be seen. Our support of Caritas Australia has empowered him to become an entrepreneur, to meet his future with pride, confidence and hope. Project Compassion challenges us to see beyond the immediate situation of people such as Biru and discover the person we don’t yet know, to celebrate the possibilities of life ‘for all future generations.’ Both before and after their great experience on the mountain top, Luke’s Gospel reminds us that the disciples still face a challenging road. Life will teach them more and more about Jesus.
Let us all be open to the lessons of a real relationship with the God of justice and love.
We pray for all those who live with a disability, especially those who are stigmatised in any way.
May we do all we can to support their flourishing as truly equal participants in the human family. Amen.
International Women’s Gala Dinner - Thursday 10th March 2022
Camden Council held their International Women's Day Gala 2022 last night at Gledswood Homestead & Winery. The Gala celebrated women’s achievements, especially local women, raised awareness of issues of women’s equality, and promoted the message that we all have a role to play in accelerating the gender parity journey.
I had the privilege of attending this evening with Year 12 Students Lucia and Kate.
Students work together for the Camden Flood Appeal
Yesterday the college held a sausage sizzle at lunch in order to raise funds for those affected by Camden floods. I would like to thank Abanoub A, Joseph A, Luke L, Luke F, Jordan R, Zander H, Ella F, Felicity C and Hannah W for helping with the organisation and cooking of BBQ. Thank you to the staff and all of the students who bought a sausage sandwich, together we raised $860.60.
An additional $112 was raised today during the Flourish Day lunch.
Mrs Sara-Jane Castelli
Social Justice Coordinator
Ash Wednesday – 2 March 2022
(Week beginning Monday 28th February)
Last week we began the season of Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
The theme of Project Compassion 2022 is ‘For All Future Generations’ and reminds us that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. It invites us to make the world a better place by working together now and finding long-term solutions to global issues. We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. Each Strive group will receive a Project Compassion box for their donations throughout lent or you can donate online via the Caritas Australia website at: lent.caritas.org.au
In addition to the Project Compassion boxes, students are encouraged to take part in all fundraising initiatives offered at the college. On Tuesday we celebrated Shrove Tuesday by selling pikelets and pancakes. Our team was overwhelmed by the support of our students with all pikelets and pancakes selling out within 20 minutes. Next year we will double the amount so more students can purchase them. A massive thank you to Mrs Ghignone who helped in the organisation and running of the fundraiser along with Mrs Logue’s support. I would also like to thank the following students for their help, Claire S, Cameron M, Evangeline V and Charlie H (Year 9) who gave up their time at recess to help Mrs Ghignone.
We are asking for donations of Easter eggs for our annual Easter raffle that will take place towards the end of term. If you would like to donate to this, please give your donation to your Strive coach or to Mrs Castelli.
There are more fundraisers on their way, with the Easter raffle, Easter egg guessing competition and Harmony Week (Week 9), so please look out for Compass, newsletter and social media announcements.
Thank you for your ongoing support and for your enthusiasm in helping us to help others!
Mrs Sara-Jane Castelli
Social Justice Coordinator
Student voice - Project Compassion Launch
This week marks the beginning of Lent at St Benedict’s and for Christians across the world, and in the spirit of almsgiving, Mrs Castelli as well as two Year Ten Social Justice representatives, Grace C and Joseph C, were provided with the opportunity to attend the Project Compassion launch via zoom run by Caritas Australia. The event began with an explanation of the theme for 2022, ‘For all future generations’. This year's Caritas focus isn’t simply limited to those who are struggling currently but also their children and the people of the future. With a key focus on six main eye-opening stories spreading from Australia all the way to India, we were able to understand the struggle and difficulties that these people face in their daily lives and how Caritas Australia and Project Compassion can help change the lives of millions. Throughout the launch, we were able to hear from the perspective of a worker for Caritas who travelled to India to guide those who were struggling. We were introduced to Biru, a key focus of the fundraising and Project Compassion, who was forced out of his work due to a disability. However, with the ongoing support of people from across the world of the charity, Biru was provided with the funds to open his own bike repair business as well as the training needed for this. This meant that his future and the future of his four daughters and wife are secure. Caritas continually helps to guide him as well as the thousands of other people who face difficulties every day whether it be due to disability, poverty, or oppression.
As the launch continued, we were provided the opportunity to both share our ideas with other schools as well as note the ideas of others for potential fundraising initiatives for all schools to raise as much money for Caritas this year. Ideas including selling hot cross buns, crazy hair day, mufti days and many more were proposed and the social justice team intends to act on as many as we can. The launch was concluded with a talk from Bishop Terry Brady of the Sydney Archdiocese, who explained his experience with Project Compassion, encountering Jesus in our lives, and led the concluding prayer. This opportunity was an extremely insightful experience and taught us all about the importance of Caritas and their aims and goals for this year. We hope to be proud ambassadors and follow the path they have laid for us creating and running new initiatives and fundraisers that will all go towards the strive for justice and equality throughout the world. Thank you to Mrs Castelli who provided the opportunity, we greatly appreciate it.
Grace and Joseph, Year 10 Social Justice.
Diary dates, rescheduled and to be confirmed
Monday 14 March
- Year 7 Immunisation
Wednesday 16 March
- DIO Rugby League - Girls 15s, Boys 15s & Open Selection Trial
- Year 7, 2023 - College Tours & Information Evening - 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Thursday 17 March
- Year 11 Geography & Biology - Minnamurra Rainforest
Friday 18 March
- Postponed - College Cross Country Carnival. New date to be confirmed.
- DIO Swimming
Monday 21 March
- Opening School Mass
- Year 12 Modern History Excursion
Tuesday 22 March
- MISA Debating Round 3
Wednesday 23 March
- DIO Rugby League - Girls 15s, Boys 15s & Open Selection Trial B/up
Thursday 24 March
- Football Boys & Girls 13s, Yr 7-9/10 Pathway
- NAPLAN Coordinated Practice Test (11:30am)
Friday 25 March
- Year 12 Investigating Science ANSTO Excursion
Tuesday 29 March
- NSWCCC Touch TBC
Thursday 31 March
- Year 11 SLR Surfing Excursion - TBC
Fri 01 April
- LTW Awards & Recognition Ceremony @ The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club, 6:15 pm
- Football B & G 13s, Yr 7-9/10 Pathway B/up
Mon 04 April
- Athletics Carnival
Tue 05 April
- MISA Boys Basketball
- MISA Girls Basketball Year 10/12 Team
Wed 06 April
- NSWCCC Swimming
Thu 07 April
- Year 7 Interim Report Release
- 12 Biology excursion to the Museum of Human Disease
Fri 08 April
- Last Day Term 1
- Easter Liturgy - 8:10am
- White Card Training - All Day
Mon 11 April - Sun 24 April
- School Holidays
Mon 25 April
- Anzac Day Public Holiday
Tue 26 April
- Staff Professional Development / Pupil free day
Wed 27 April
- Students return to school
Year 7 Visual Arts
Several of our Year 7 Art students have been misplacing some or all of their art materials over the last 7 weeks. Although students have recently been given a secure place in their art room and (in some of the classes) an option to take their equipment home, things are still being misplaced.
We no longer have any materials to replace these items as we purchase one per student covered by subject fees.
As we purchase from a supplier as a business we can not make single purchases from lost equipment therefore we ask that if your child misplaces any of the equipment throughout the year replacements can be purchased through Eckersleys (Macarthur Square).
The items are:
Canson Double Wire Student Visual Diary - from $8.95
Chromacryl Student Acrylic Paint Set - from $21.45
Chromacryl Student Acrylic Paint 75ml - from $4.55
Jasart Soft Grip Beginner Brush Set (equivalent to what is given in school) - from $12.95
Calico Bag - from $5.15
Our Elective students have been busily working towards assessment tasks either due this term or early next. We encourage our students to make contact with their classroom teacher if they have missed any work due the recent interruptions.
Our program has a few places left for 2022. If you are interested in learning an instrument one-on-one with a professional musician then please email Mrs Koryzma for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 9 Design and Technology
During weeks 3 and 4 in Design and Technology, Year 9 were introduced to Adobe Illustrator where they had to create a shape for a timber coaster. The coaster was then cut out on the laser cutter using plywood. A resin coating was then applied and a cork base.
For their second design challenge students had to use SketchUp to design a small pot for a succulent. We then printed their design using the 3D printers and planted the pots with a variety of succulents propagated from the garden.
In the coming weeks students will be taking part in more involved design challenges such as Wool For School Competition, Taronga Zoo - STEM Enrichment Project - Design your own animal enrichment object and many more.
Book v Movie Trivia Competition
The great St Benedict’s Library
Book v Movie Trivia Competition
Did you know some of your favourite movies are actually based on books here in the Library? Yes, really!
Whether you’ve read the book or seen the movie -
get your Kahoot buzzers ready and test your knowledge.
Great prizes to be won!
Watch this space for more information about when and how you can be a part of the great Book v Movie Trivia competition
The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) fast facts
Challenge opens Monday 28 February 2022
Challenge ends Friday 19 August 2022
- Read 20 books (15 from the PRC Booklist and 5 personal choice)
- Books read since the challenge ended last year can be counted towards this year’s challenge
- To register sign up with the Library Staff - any time
- PRC Books in our Library have a big red sticker
- PRC Books on Sora (digital books) are listed as PRC Books
- Complete the challenge - receive an award issued by the NSW Premier
Students may visit the Premiers Reading Challenge website here
RAT Test update
Dear Parents and Carers
In line with recent announcements from the NSW Government, the rapid antigen test (RAT) program ended on Friday 25 February 2022. This means that the twice weekly testing using RAT kits is no longer in place. Thank you for your patience and cooperation over the last few weeks. While it has been a—sometimes unwelcome—addition to the already busy morning routine, proactive testing was a critical tool to keep our school community safe, especially while case numbers remained high in the broader community.
For the remainder of Term 1, families are asked to use RATs at your discretion when you consider it necessary (e.g. if a child develops symptoms or a family member is unwell). In the coming weeks, each student will be provided with a further eight RATs to be used for this purpose. We will advise you of collection details as soon as we can.
Thank you for your cooperation..
Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education in Australia – Commemorative Book
This beautiful resource is now available for purchase from the National Catholic Education Commission.
From Humble Beginnings: Commemorating 200 years of Catholic education in Australia features a history of the oldest existing Catholic school in each Australian diocese.
The commemorative book is full colour and includes historical and contemporary images of the schools. It is available in paperback and hardcover versions and would make a great addition to school libraries or as a bicentenary moment.
Click here to pre-order the Commemorative Book.
P & F Clothing Pool
The P & F Clothing Pool has reopened, please contact the P & F via email@example.com 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.
MY FIT REWARDS - ATHLETE'S FOOT STORES
A message from St Mary MacKillop Catholic Parish, Oran Park
Just a reminder that the Camden/Oran Park Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society remain available to provide emergency assistance by telephone, and drop off resources as required.
Any person requiring assistance should telephone the Conference on (02) 8250 1484 and a Conference Member will retrieve details and follow-up requests for assistance.
Information for affordable food hampers is available through Our Community Pantry (a community food rescue initiative) or copy and paste the URL into your browser: https://www.ourcommunitypantry.com.au/.