St Benedict's Catholic College

Newsletter - Friday 10 February 2023

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Welcome to the 2023 academic school year

Last week we welcomed back our students, who returned to school with positivity and excitement, glad to reconnect with their friends and keen to start the new school year. We also welcomed 191 Year 7 students and many new families to our College. Year 7 had a very smooth transition to high school last week and this week spent three days at Camp. The early Camp experience was the perfect opportunity for our Year 7 students to meet students across their year group and build a Year Group identity that will support them in their first high school year.

Welcome also to our new staff and those returning to our College in 2023:

Name and Position

  • Wendy Fawbert - Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Marc Ghignone - Leader of Pedagogy and Innovation
  • Simon Zahra - Leader of Sport
  • Sharon McCarthy - SSO - Science
  • Hannah Gray SSO - Learning
  • Katia Mora - SSO - Learning
  • Lesh Sen - Mathematics Teacher
  • Brent Rushworth - PDHPE Teacher
  • Todd Sapienza - PDHPE Teacher
  • Erin Lockhart - Science Teacher
  • Joseph Vo - English Teacher
  • Donna Redman - English Teacher
  • Adelicja Inglima - English Teacher
  • Julienne Simich - TAS Teacher
  • Daniela Ryan - SSO – Food Tech
  • Melissa Grego - HSIE Teacher

Mobile Phone Policy

I would like to thank parents and carers for your support of our updated mobile phone policy. Our updated policy states that students who bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and stored in their locker, unless their mobiles are needed for approved reasons, such as monitoring a medical condition or linked to a personal plan. Correspondence to parents and carers last week through Compass outlined the new policy in detail including links to important articles regarding the impact of mobile phone usage on health and wellbeing.

P & F

Our parents and friends’ committee has made a significant contribution in establishing the identity and reputation since the College’s beginning in 2011. When you choose to send your child to St Benedict’s you are joining a community of teachers, staff, students and families. There are many benefits to playing a role in our school life through active participation and engagement.

Being part of the Parents and Friends’ Committee provides you with the opportunity to meet other parents and speak with school executives to obtain a more informed understanding of school life. Your involvement also supports the school in meeting its aims and objectives. We are seeking a new Parents and Friends’ President in 2023. If you are interested in this position or know of a parent or carer that may be suitable for this important role, please contact me at the school.

Our first meeting for 2023 is on Tuesday 21 February commencing at 6pm.

Mrs Kerrie Piatek


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

  • Monday 13 February - Year 11 Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Centre
  • Tuesday 14 February - HSC High Achievers Assembly
  • Wednesday 15 February - Year 11 Information Evening (Via Zoom - 6.30pm)
  • Thursday 16 February - Opening School Mass & Badging for House Captains, YML & Social Justice
  • Friday 17 February - Year 12 - UOW Discovery Day
  • Tuesday 21 February - P&F Meeting at 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 22 February - Year 7 & 8 High Performance Evening Sessions at 6.00pm & Ash Wednesday
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Another Successful Year 7 Camp

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Welcome back to all families for the new school year

There has been a positive and enthusiastic vibe in the playground and classes and I would like to thank all parents and students for the way they have approached this new school year. I was lucky enough to spend time with Year 7 on their camp during the week and this was a really rewarding experience. I congratulate the way all students came together as a year group and were able to start building relationships with people in their House group.

Last week a letter was sent home to families outlining the changes to our mobile phone policy. A reminder that these include:

  • Mobile phones must be stored in a student’s locker and be turned off between arrival at school and 2:30pm. All lockers must have a padlock on them.

  • Mobile phones may not be used in place of a NESA approved calculator in any learning activity.

  • Mobile phones must not be used to bypass school procedures in relation to school-parent contact such as the official notification of student illness or early departure from school. The school asks parents who need to contact their children to confine their mobile calls to before or after school. Any parent who needs emergency contact with their child can ring the school who will pass on the message.

  • When given permission for use in lessons, mobile phone use must not disturb other students' learning.

  • In the case where a student is not able to access their locker, the mobile must be placed in their school bag and handed to the relevant Year Coordinator.

  • Mobile phones may be allowed on excursions at the discretion of the Principal or delegate of the excursion.

  • Students will liaise with their Year Coordinator regarding mobile phone use with personalised plans.

  • Mobile phones must not be used in any way that contravenes the Acceptable Use Policy. All students must respect fellow students' rights through responsible and appropriate use of the phone or device.

  • Harassment or bullying of fellow students via SMS text, voice messages or using web based communications breaches the school's Acceptable Use Policy. Such behaviour will be dealt with under the College’s Discipline Policy whether it occurs at school, from private homes or outside school hours. Such harassment may be referred to police for investigation

  • In case of an emergency permission to use mobile phones may be obtained from the Principal, Assistant Principal or delegate.

I thank all parents for their feedback and support as we start this new year. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or observations.

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2023 School Year is here

What a busy couple of weeks we have had at the College. Many new staff and students have joined our St Benedict’s community. A special welcome to you all plus to the new families joining our College.

We farewelled our Assistant REC Mrs Tarnya Grana in the last week of December 2022. Tarnya has been appointed REC at Holy Spirit Catholic College Lakemba. We wish her all the very best and thank her immensely for her wonderful work at SBCC during her six years.

Mr Thomas Kasunic has been appointed Assistant REC. Congratulations to Mr Kasunic. I look forward to working together in building and shaping the Faith, mission and vision of the College.

Coming up next week is our Opening School Mass. It will be wonderful to celebrate Mass as a whole community and to formally welcome Year 7. We look forward to Fr James Arblaster celebrating our Mass. Fr James was ordained last year in December.

At this time we pray for those in Türkiye and Syria after the devastating earthquake.

Prayer for those affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

God of mercy,

We pray for the people of Türkiye and Syria

following the recent earthquakes.

We mourn the death and destruction.

and pray for those who have died and those who grieve.

Lord, bring them comfort, strength and renewed hope.

We hold in our hearts those who are injured,

and those who have lost loved ones, livelihoods, and homes.

Lord, bring them comfort, strength and renewed hope.

Sustain and guide all responding to this disaster.

Grant those affected courage and resilience,

as they rebuild their lives and communities.

Lord, bring them comfort, strength and renewed hope.

Inspire us to unite in solidarity,

acting swiftly and generously,

so that help may reach all who need it.

Lord, bring them comfort, strength and renewed hope.


Mrs Kimberley Logue

Director of Mission and Vision,

Religious Education Coordinator

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From the Library…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To celebrate, the Library is hosting an event entitled “Blind Date with a Book”. Students are encouraged to borrow one of our selected books which have been covered up only revealing the genre and a small snippet about the book.

The books selected include a wide variety of genres promoting the theme of not judging a book by its cover. Students will be asked to complete a google document when they return their book to rate their ‘date.’

In other news ….

The Library celebrated the 2022 Fifa World Cup with games being streamed at recess and lunch and culminating with the World Cup final on 19th December 2022.

Joaquin C of Year 11 was the lucky winner with Argentina in our Fifa World Cup Sweep.

Keep an eye on the Oliver home page for information regarding all new resources as well as our upcoming Book to Movie trivia competition and other events.

Happy reading

The Library Team

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Another busy start to the year for the Creative and Performing Arts Department.

Our Year 7 Visual Arts have all received the materials necessary for this year. There are several Visual Art teachers at St Benedict's so please make sure students listen to their teachers instructions on what equipment to bring as each class may cover aspects at a slightly different pace.

Our Year 8 Music classes will find all of the classwork either in a printed booklet or workbook with extra instructions/lessons given on Google Classroom. Students have been asked to provide a pair of inexpensive earphones for keyboard use over the next few weeks.

Our Elective Drama, Music, Photography and Visual Arts classes have begun working and great progress is already evident.

Our Stage 6 Music, Photography and Visual Arts students are already preparing for busy times ahead. Please email your classroom teacher if you have any questions about the Preliminary or HSC Course, we are always happy to help. Both Year 12 Visual Arts and Music students have had their major works checked and we are confident in their progress.

Some of our music students will begin preparing for our school community Opening Mass which is always enjoyable.

Mr O’Donnell will be running Band during sport, please speak to the music staff if you are interested in joining/auditioning.

Also, in the near future, Mr Hayden will be continuing with Drama Club, keep an eye on compass for details.

The Music Tuition Program is continuing this year and spots are filling fast. All students involved in the program have been notified of their times. Any students interested in learning an instrument in a private lesson setting are to contact Mrs Koryzma via email for further details.

Art Club is also returning and spots are filling fast for this too. This will run on Wednesdays 2:30 - 3:30. Please contact Mrs Castelli or Mrs Lane for more details.

Dance troupe and Choir are also returning, please keep an eye on compass for details.

Jenny Koryzma

CAPA Department

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On the 9 of February, Year 12 and Year 11 Visual Arts students attended the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see the student exhibition ARTEXPRESS. This is an annual series of exhibitions of exemplary artworks created by NSW Visual Arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination.

Works included expressive forms such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, time-based forms. This was a most valuable experience for students as they reflected on their own art making journey. Students enjoyed the rich experience of being able to visit the gallery to engage with the works. Year 11 and 12 students had discussions about what makes a successful Body of Work and reflected on the great commitment and dedication evident in the works on display.

We look forward to what our own Visual Arts students are able to create here at St. Benedict’s when they return back to the Art rooms!

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Year 9 students spent 30 minutes creating a charcoal drawing inspired by the style of Mombassa. Practising application of charcoal to represent a viewpoint of the school grounds.
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We have a number of NSWCCC Sport Selection events this term which are by individual student nomination. Listed below are these events and their closing dates.

  • NSW ALL SCHOOLS INDIVIDUAL TRIATHLON CHAMPIONSHIPS - Boys & Girls @ Penrith 23rd February CLOSE DATE: 15th February

  • NSWCCC TENNIS SELECTIONS - Boys & Girls @ North Parramatta 27th February CLOSE DATE: 17th February

  • NSWCCC BASEBALL SELECTIONS - @ Castle Hill 7th March CLOSE DATE: 24th February

  • NSWCCC GOLF SELECTIONS - Boys & Girls @ Argenton (Newcastle) 14th March CLOSE DATE: 3rd March

If there are any elite or high level representative students in the above sports they need to contact Mr Zahra for more information.


The College will offer a pathway for students to compete in various multi-class sporting events throughout the year. If there are any students that qualify for multi-class competitions it is important that this is relayed onto Mr Zahra so we are able to register students in the appropriate categories.

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College BYODD program

For all things related to the College BYODD program, please visit the College BYODD Site. Here you will find all information relating to the BYODD program including device requirements, Apple Care + and how to configure your device for use at the College.

For questions relating to BYODD, please contact the College or Email:

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Hospitality Students - Hats and aprons

Any student in Year 10, 2023 who has misplaced their Hospitality hat or apron will need to purchase a new one from the College Front Office at the beginning of Term 1.

All students participating in Hospitality classes require a hat and apron.

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Free webinar: Navigating Online Friendships - Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT and eSafety Commissioner

Navigating Online Friendships is a free, 30 minute webinar designed to help young people stay safe online.

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, the Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT will run the free webinar for parents and carers of students in secondary school.

Date: Thursday, 23 February 2023 at 7:30 pm

The webinar will focus on:

  • how to support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships
  • what to do when something happens at school and ends up on social media or private messaging apps
  • how to report to social media platforms and eSafety

Register at:

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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.

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

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