St Benedict's Catholic College

Newsletter - Friday 28 July 2023

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We have had a wonderful start to Term 3 with many parents and families participating in and attending the Year 7 to 10 Parent/Teacher days and Awards Ceremonies.

Our staff were very appreciative of the valuable insights and feedback parents shared during the parent teacher meetings. Our parents and carers commitment to staying involved in their child's academic journey reinforces the vital partnership between home and school, which plays a pivotal role in nurturing the success and growth in learning and wellbeing of our students.

Last weekend the Church throughout the world celebrated the World Day for Grandparents which was inaugurated in 2021 by Pope Francis for the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim – parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.

Pope Francis in his message this year writes: “God’s loving plan spans past, present and future; it embraces and connects the generations. It is greater than we are, yet includes each of us and calls us at every moment to keep pressing forward. For the young, this means being ready to break free from the fleeting present in which virtual reality can entrap us, preventing us from doing something productive. For the elderly, it means not dwelling on the loss of physical strength and thinking with regret about missed opportunities. Let us all look ahead! And allow ourselves to be shaped by God’s grace, which from generation to generation frees us from inertia and from dwelling on the past!”

The wisdom, love, and support offered by our grandparents can make a profound impact on the lives of our young adolescence. In the spirit of celebrating family, we encourage our students to share their stories and experiences with their grandparents. We hope also that the grandparents from our community continue to come to our College events, sharing their grandchildren’s high school journey.

The Awards Presentation where over 275 students received awards for Academic Leadership was a great celebration of learning. It was obvious our students were very proud of their achievements and the presence of parents and families in the audience increased their sense of accomplishment.


At St Benedict’s, student leaders play a vital role in shaping the Catholic Benedictine culture, representing the student body, and driving positive change. As our world constantly evolves, so do the challenges and aspirations of our students. Hence, it was important to review the existing student leadership structure, particularly with the introduction of Student House Leaders across all year groups in 2022.

For 2024 the College Student Leadership Structure will consist of:

  • 2 College Captains
  • College Leader Ministry and Mission
  • College Leader Learning and Wellbeing
  • 12 House Leaders

All students in Year 11 2023 have been advised of the new application process which will include a written application and the opportunity for staff and student voting.


Next week our Year 12 students commence the Trial examinations. These exams are a significant milestone in preparation for the HSC examinations later this year. It is clear from the number of students working in the library after school and submitting practice questions to their teachers for feedback that our Year 12 students are well prepared.

Year 12, these examinations are an opportunity for you to showcase your knowledge, skills, and potential. Have faith in yourself, and trust in the preparation and guidance you have received from your teachers and all those who support you.

Holy Spirit, guide our Year 12 students as they attempt each exam.

Inspire them with creativity and insight,

that they answer with wisdom and understanding.

Give them the perseverance to tackle challenges

with courage and the determination

St Benedict

Pray for us


Warm regards

Mrs Kerrie Piatek


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Welcome back to Term 3. I hope all families had an enjoyable break and students are refreshed and looking forward to Term 3. Please see below for some important reminders as we start a new Term.


  • Mobile phones are not allowed to be used during school hours. We have seen an increase in the use of phones, especially at recess and lunch. Any student who is found to be using their mobile phone will have it confiscated and the phone placed in the front office. Repeat offenders will need a parent to collect the phone.

  • Sick Bay procedures. If a student is feeling unwell students must report to the office and then first aid trained personnel will contact parents/carers if required. Students are not to call their parents/carers using their mobile phones during class time and ask to be picked up.

  • Uniforms. The way that the St Benedict’s College uniform is worn is a reflection of the respect that our students hold toward themselves and the College Community. For this reason, it is expected that students will wear the uniform in a correct and appropriate manner at all times. Students should be dressed in the correct uniform from the time they leave home in the morning until the moment they arrive home in the afternoon. If students are not travelling directly home after school, they would be expected to wear their uniform correctly or change completely out of their uniform into other clothing. We aim to set a standard that we can all be proud of, and which brings credit to students, parents and the school. Our uniform clearly identifies who we are and what we stand for and, as a result, the uniform code will be strictly enforced. Click on this link for the full uniform guidelines.

  • Picton Buses. All students travelling to and from school using the Picton Busline service are reminded they must use their Opal Card to tap on and off. Tapping on and off enables the company to gather data to confirm the number of students who are using the service. Please note that a blitz will be occurring over coming weeks and students must use their Student Opal Card or pay for their travel.

Mr Michael Turner

Assistant Principal

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Sending best wishes to our Year 12 students, the St Benedict's Catholic College Class of 2023, in their Trial HSC Exams.


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During the Trial HSC Examinations:

  • All classes will be suspended.

  • Only attend school on the day of an exam

  • Arrive at least 20 minutes before exams (exams will not be delayed for students who arrive late)

  • You may leave school if you do not have another examination.

  • Do not come to school if you are experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms. Please see your doctor on or before the day of the exam and get a medical certificate. Follow the Illness/Misadventure process.

Attendance during exams

Please follow these instructions for exam attendance:

  • Examinations will be conducted in the Hall and D Block.

  • Congregate in the Senior Area 15 minutes before the exam and follow the instructions of the supervisors.

  • You will not need to sign in if you are arriving for a morning session.

  • If you are leaving after a morning session, sign out at the front office.

  • If you are arriving for an afternoon session, sign in at the front office.

  • You will not need to sign out if you are leaving after an afternoon session.

  • Students must stay at school if you have an exam in both morning and afternoon sessions. Students are not permitted to leave after their morning exam and then come back for their afternoon session.

  • The library will be available if you wish to remain at school and study. If you are remaining at school, you will need to stay in the library except for recess and lunchtime.

Absence from an exam

If you are absent from an exam:

  • Contact the school (ph. 4631 5300) on the morning of the exam to leave a message for your Year Coordinator.

  • Complete an Assessment Illness/Misadventure Appeal form The form can be obtained from the College website/Compass and must be completed as soon as the absence is known. Please make sure that the independent evidence section of the form is completed, such as a medical certificate.

  • If you become ill during an examination, please ensure that you notify the supervisor during the exam. You will also need to complete an Illness/Misadventure Appeal form if you believe that illness has affected your performance during the examination.

Examination Instructions

During all examinations, you will need to follow these instructions:

  • Examination materials – pens (black) and a calculator (if necessary) are to be placed in a clear plastic sleeve which will be inspected on entry into the exam room. You may bring in a clear drink bottle without labels. No pencil cases and no other material will be allowed into the room.

  • Digital equipment – the only digital equipment that will be permitted into the examination room is your calculator. Leave your mobile phone, smartwatch, laptop, and any other equipment in your locker at the beginning of the exam session.

  • Silence – you will need to be silent during all examinations. If you need assistance, raise your hand, and wait for the supervisor to help you. Do not attempt to communicate with any other students during the examination, even when papers are being collected. You will not be permitted to leave any exam early.

  • Toilet breaks – to keep disruptions to a minimum, NESA rules are that students are not permitted to go to the toilet in the first 30 minutes or the last 30 minutes of any examination.

  • Non-attempts - make your best attempt on all sections of your paper. Non-serious attempts and non-attempts may be considered for an N-Determination Warning Letter.

  • You will not be permitted to leave an examination early, even if you have finished, and you will not be permitted to sit for an exam if you are more than 30 minutes late.

Ms Wendy Fawbert
Director of Teaching and Learning
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Information in this calendar list is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.

Term 3

  • Monday 31 July - HSC Trials Begin
  • Thursday 3 & Friday 4 August - Year 9 Camp
  • Friday 4 August - Year 7 TAPP Program
  • Friday 18 August - Staff Development Day - Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 18 September - Year 12 Mini Carnival Day & Pastoral Day Lunch
  • Tuesday 19 September - Year 12 Farewell Assembly & 2024 Captain Commissioning
  • Wednesday 20 September - Year 12 Graduation Mass and Awards, Year 12 Reports released on Compass
  • Friday 22 September - Last day of Term 3


  • Monday 9 October - Staff Development Day - Pupil Free Day
  • Tuesday 10 October - Students commence Term 4
  • Friday 15 December - Last day of Term 4
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The Year 9 Commerce class have been investigating how entrepreneurial attributes contribute to business success, and examine the considerations involved when planning and running a business. They investigated key issues and processes related to the various aspects of running a business.

The students then had the opportunity to put their skills into action by researching and creating a product to simulate a small business. These products included homemade cakes and slices, lollies and milkshakes, just to name a few. Most of the businesses were highly successful and were able to run at a profit. All these profits will be donated to the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul.

Congratulations to all the students who were involved.

Mr McAteer

Commerce teacher

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On Tuesday Year 11 Hospitality (Food & Beverage) launched the CAFE in the hall to Staff. It was a huge success. Students were able to problem-solve customer needs and facilitate skills in the service period. Students enjoyed demonstrating their Barista skills and coffee art, using the POS systems, and serving light cakes and biscuits as a CAFE Opening special.

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Welcome to Term 3! In this edition, we delve into the importance of conceptual thinking in mathematics and how it enhances problem-solving abilities and deepens our understanding of mathematical concepts.

Conceptual thinking in mathematics involves grasping the underlying principles and connections between different mathematical ideas. It goes beyond rote memorisation of formulas and procedures, encouraging students to think critically and creatively about mathematical concepts. Here are some reasons why conceptual thinking is crucial:

1. Building a Strong Foundation: Conceptual thinking forms the foundation of mathematical learning. By understanding the underlying concepts, students can more easily apply mathematical knowledge to solve a wide range of problems. It allows them to make connections between different mathematical topics, creating a cohesive framework for future learning.

2. Problem-Solving Skills: Conceptual thinking nurtures problem-solving skills by encouraging students to analyse problems from multiple perspectives. Instead of relying on memorised procedures, students develop the ability to identify patterns, apply logical reasoning, and devise innovative strategies to tackle unfamiliar problems. This flexibility in thinking allows for more creative and efficient problem-solving.

3. Real-World Applications: Mathematics is not confined to textbooks and classrooms; it has profound applications in the real world. Conceptual thinking enables students to bridge the gap between abstract mathematical concepts and their practical implications. By understanding the underlying principles, students can apply mathematics to real-life situations, such as financial decision-making, scientific research, data analysis, and technological advancements.

4. Deep Understanding: Conceptual thinking encourages a deep and meaningful understanding of mathematical concepts. Rather than merely memorising formulas, students explore the "why" behind them. They uncover the connections between different mathematical ideas, appreciate the beauty of mathematical structures, and develop a genuine curiosity for the subject. This deeper understanding leads to long-term retention of knowledge and lays the groundwork for advanced mathematical pursuits.

5. Mathematical Communication: Conceptual thinking enhances students' ability to communicate their mathematical ideas effectively. By understanding the underlying concepts, they can explain their reasoning, justify their solutions, and engage in mathematical discourse with their peers. Effective communication is a vital skill that prepares students for collaborative work and future careers where conveying mathematical concepts and findings is crucial.

To foster conceptual thinking in mathematics education, teachers can incorporate a variety of instructional strategies. These may include hands-on activities, problem-based learning, open-ended questions, visual representations, and real-life applications of mathematics. Encouraging students to explain their reasoning, engage in group discussions, and explore multiple solution paths also promotes conceptual understanding. This will be a focus for Term 3 as I work closely with staff and students.

Suzanne Seychell

Mackillop Gold / Numeracy Coach

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Year 9 Visual Art students visited Julia Reserve Youth Park on Thursday 27July to investigate the site and to meet with key designers from JMD design, Don Kirkegard and Bernardo Cunda. Students were highly engaged and receptive to the design talk. We thank the JMD design team for their interest and involvement in this student project. We greatly value their time and expertise. Year 9 also were welcomed by Benjamin Stevens who is the Community Project Officer at the Youth Centre.

Thank you to Mr McAteer who assisted with transport for the excursion. Your generosity of time and organisation is highly appreciated.

Moving forward, Year 9 Visual Art students will now be reflecting on this experience as they start designing their ceramic sculpture this term. Mrs Lane wishes to thank all students for their active participation and positive engagement throughout the excursion. We look forward to seeing your own designs!

Student comments from the experience:

Our excursion allowed us to gain a better understanding of sculpture and the way our artworks can interact with the community. Notes from the designers helped us with the initial starting process of our designs. Overall, it was a very beneficial opportunity for our class. - Hayley E

I enjoyed my experience today at the skatepark in Julia Reserve as it broadened my view and understanding of architectural design and the incorporation of the principles of design and elements of art which will allow me to create my ceramic sculpture much easier! - Catalina H

Speaking to the designers of the park really brought up more questions and things to consider. Like what intentions and meanings are there to the project as a whole. Having a walk around gave me an insight to the different elements such as colour and shape which revealed to be engaging and represent the 'active' sense in the park. - Emilia B


On Monday 24 July, the Year 10 Visual Arts class were privileged to attend the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prize exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

The Archibald Prize is a prestigious annual portraiture prize awarded to any artist in Australasia with a submission. Students were given the opportunity to witness this year’s recipient ‘Head in the sky, feet on the ground’ by Julia Gutman, exploring community and intimacy in an allusion to Egon Shiele’s ‘Seated Woman’. This was in addition to the Packing Room Prize, a prize judged by gallery staff, received by Andrea Huelin’s ‘Clown Jewels’, exploring Cal Wilson’s mimicry of 19th-century bonnets with plastic headpieces.

This exhibition’s contextual diversity was astounding, exploring concepts ranging from finalist Anh Do’s representation of singer Archie Roach’s mortality in ‘Seeing Ruby’ to Atong Atem’s experience as a migrant growing up in a place where you are both visible and hyper-visible in ‘Shevaun Wright, Sophia Hewson’, the prize immortalising the values at the core of Australia’s heart as a glimpse into our social and art history.

The students then observed the Sulman Prize, awarded to the best subject, genre or mural project, received by Doris Bush Nungarrayi for ‘Mamunya nglayanayi’, representing the mamu spirits of Aṉagu whereas the Wynne prize, awarded to the best landscape piece, was secured by Zaachariaha Fielding’s ‘Inma’, representing her memories of Mimili’s community, dance and intergenerational teachings. The class were enthused by the variety of mediums, from sculpture to physical installations and clips of film, adding another sensory layer of depth to the displays. From here, we had time to tour the Grand Courts, the gallery’s historical district, adorned with Australian and international collections ranging from 15th-century Renaissance to 19th-century sculpture and paint, intermingling with traditional pieces to examine a new perspective, from Paul Cézanne to Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edward Poynter and Jane Sutherland.

This was a very informative experience that permitted critical investigation into the interception of traditional and modern art to determine their connections and changing values to produce new works while paying homage to the pioneers in one combined space. All students left the gallery with insight and a renewed appreciation for artmaking.


Year 10 Photography learning about photomontage and abstraction using Photoshop. Students explored the school grounds for their own images.
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The 2023 NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge is drawing to a close with just over 3 weeks to go. The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge commenced 27 February 2023 with the challenge to read 20 books before Friday 18 August 2023. To date, we have 4 students who have already completed the challenge and many who will successfully complete the challenge by the due date. These students will receive a prize pack from the Library just for participating and successful challengers will receive a Certificate from the Office of the NSW Premier which will be awarded at the College Assembly in Term 4. In addition, these students will also receive House points for every book read.


Our next exciting competition will be ‘Design a Book Cover’ You can use your designer skills by way of original artwork or digitally generated. You must include in your Book Cover design a Title, the Author and Illustrator (that’s you) and the genre (yes Manga is included). The more authentic you can make your book cover the better and there are great prizes on offer.

The due date for entries has been extended to Friday Week 5 Term 3. See the Oliver Homepage for more information.


In celebration of all things Barbie, the Library has embraced Barbiecore!

What is Barbiecore ? Barbiecore is a bright, vibrant trend defined by a particular colour pink. It also means channelling a confident attitude and exuding happiness into the world - come and check out our display of books embracing Barbiecore.


The Library will be implementing Technology Free Friday for the remainder of the year at the Recess and Lunch break. This will provide our students the opportunity to either:-

  • Read a book

  • Play Chess

  • Play Games

  • Ask for direction

Relax - this will not apply to Senior Students!

Happy reading

The Library Team

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Last Friday, 50 students along with the Social Justice leaders, House Coordinators and staff, attended Winter Fest after school. This event allows our school community to try to step into the shoes of others who are experiencing some form of homelessness. During the evening, we listened to two representatives, one from St Vincent de Paul, Camden and the other from We Are Community, Campbelltown. Both speakers spoke about where the donations given by our school community go to and how we can continue to support those in need. Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions regarding each charity and with some asking how they can seek advice on becoming more involved, both in school and in their own time. As the Social Justice Coordinator, this made me so proud.

During the event, students ran stalls to help raise money for Vinnies through selling baked goods, hot chocolate, hand warmers, books and handmade beanies made generously by one of our school’s parents. Mrs Brown made a beautiful, warm pumpkin soup for staff and students to enjoy and Mr Agoo and Mr Massa ran a game that had all students and staff actively participating. We had some fierce competition throughout the game but it was filled with laughter.

Next year, we plan to go bigger! We are hoping to run a Christmas in July, European Christmas market style event with more stalls and decorations so that more students become involved with all proceeds to be donated to Vinnies and food donations as always to We Are Community. So start looking for some Christmas jumpers to wear!

A huge thank you to all students, families and staff who contributed to the food donations, all initiatives that were run last term for the winter appeal and to those who spent the evening with us on Friday. Your continued support does not go unnoticed.

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Currently the MacKillop House are leading Social Justice. Ms Pepper along with her team have some yummy initiatives being organised so please listen out for notices and keep an eye on Compass and around the school for details.

From Week 6, the Polding House and Mr Arcuri will take over with some very exciting plans to help raise awareness for RUOK Day and for Catholic Missions.

If any student would like to join our team, then please contact Mrs Castelli or keep a look out for Compass messages advising the next meeting.

Mrs Sara-Jane Castelli

Social Justice Coordinator

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St Benedict's Catholic College is excited to be welcoming back Luke Kennedy and Sarah Alderton. Both speakers ensure their programs cater to the specific wellbeing needs of students, helping to create a healthy and safe school environment.

Who: Luke Kennedy and Sarah Alderton

When:On the 22 August (Year 9 and 10)

Where: Boys- Hall, Girls- JBLOCK

Uniform: -Sport uniform

What: Topics to be covered:

  • Resilience​

  • Dealing with Change & Uncertainty

  • Mental Health/Self-Care

  • Motivation & Inspiration

  • Reducing Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (workshops available)

  • How to Be Yourself & Stop Worrying What people think

  • Bullying (Self-Bullying & Impact of Negative Self Talk)

  • Detaching from Labels & Negative Beliefs

  • Body Image

  • Building character, resilience & a strong Sense of Self

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Productivity Bootcamp is a comprehensive, 8-week program designed to develop a range of practical skills to get young people job-ready.

They use purpose-built training sites that provide 100% practical learning in a controlled environment. These sites are supervised by experienced trade professionals with a desire to teach and develop young people. Please see more information about this fantastic opportunity in the link provided - Productivity Bootcamp

Congratulations to our students Dylan Pena and Alexandro Reano who successfully completed the Productivity Bootcamp 8 Week program. The Graduation Ceremony was held on 20 July 2023 at Campbelltown Civic Hall.

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Please be reminded that bicycle riders must wear an approved helmet securely fitted and fastened from the moment they leave the house until they arrive inside the school grounds.

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Please come and see the friendly office staff for a box of RAT kits. Either parents can come to the office reception or students can collect via the student desk during recess, lunch or at the end of the day.

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College P & F Uniform Pool orders

P & F Uniform Pool order form - click here

The P & F preloved Uniform Pool has reopened, please complete the order form and send to the P & F by email at: Our wonderful P&F volunteer Tracey will contact you.

Items can be paid for and collected from the SBCC College Office. We do not return, exchange or refund on 2nd hand clothing as these are donated by families.

Donations of items in good condition can be left at the College Office.

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