St Benedict's Catholic College

Bennies Bites Magazine - Friday, 18 February 2022

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Belong, Challenge, Engage

Our College theme for the year centres around Belong, Challenge, Engage. Throughout this year we are placing a great emphasis on how we are able to do this through our College Motto of “Be My Light”. This core theme will encourage and support students to ensure they are feeling a sense of belonging to the College, are appropriately challenged in all aspects of schooling and are engaged in their learning. This is an excellent opportunity for parents to talk to their children about how they are participating in their learning and wellbeing goals.


  • The college has moved the STRIVE lesson from the start of the day until after recess. This means that school starts at 8:10 with Period 1.

  • The uniform expectations are stated clearly on our College website. Please ensure you have familiarised yourself with these expectations.

  • 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.

Prayer focus

Creator God, we ask for the grace to attend to your creativity at work in this land.

Lord, hear us.

Spirit of life, you call forth a response of concern for one another and for creation. Continue to help us build a new reverence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge of land and communal relationships to Country.

Lord, hear us.

Spirit of freedom, you sing within all First Nations peoples. Give us open ears to hear their voice so that we may be filled with a desire to let peace and justice flourish in this land.

Lord, hear us.

Jesus, friend of the earth, you awake within us a desire to care for creation. Call together all peoples who walk upon the lands of this continent, that we may do so with tender hearts and lightness of touch.

Lord, hear us.

Turn It In

St Benedict’s Catholic College’s primary focus in using Turnitin Feedback Studio is to provide a means whereby students may enhance their knowledge and understanding of plagiarism. The aim is to allow students to develop good academic practice in order to reference material correctly, thereby minimising the risk of submitting plagiarised work in summative and formative assessments.

The 2022 college licence for Turn It In has been purchased and students are encouraged to utilise the software for their assessment tasks. Don't forget to access you must sign in with Google.

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RUTAC is the whole school strategy for unpacking questions. Posters were placed in classrooms last year to promote a consistent message for our students.

Please refer to your classroom teacher for addition information regarding RUTAC strategies.

Diane Banks and Jodie Hatton

Instructional Coach

Year 12 Geography Field Trips

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Tamburlaine Organic Wines, Pokolbin

On Wednesday the 9 February, the Year 12 Geography class was given the opportunity to visit 'Tamburlaine Organic Wines' in the Hunter Valley, as a local case study for our current topic of viticulture within the 'People and Economic Activity' unit.

We were given an extensive guided tour of the vineyard, learning about the economic and environmental implications of the Tamburlaine business. We were also able to see the machinery used in winemaking, and understand the bottling and selling process, giving us a wealth of evidence to use in our assessment tasks. After visiting the winery, we were also able to stop at the Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, in order to collect further evidence and information about the beautiful Hunter region.

Thank you to Miss Joyce, Mr McAteer, and Mrs Muscat for facilitating the day, as it was a very valuable experience in deepening our understanding of the course.

Rhiannon (Year 12 Geography student)

Pyrmont Field Trip

On Friday the 11 of February our Year 12 Geography class attended a walking tour of Pyrmont to observe the different changing urban dynamics of the area.

This was a valuable opportunity as we were able to experience first-hand the urban renewal, gentrification and urban decay in the area and gain insight into the history of Pyrmont from the well-experienced tour guides. This opportunity was invaluable to furthering our knowledge in this module.

Emily (Year 12 Geography Student)

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College Sport Term 1 Week 4 MVP

School Sport

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding performance and participation in sport this week.

7 Dharawal: Lincoln N

7 Polding: Jasmine B

7 Mackillop: Amani H, Daniel B

7 Norcia: Phoenix T

7 Ingham: Julian C

8 Polding: Tahlia K, Dylan S

8 Hildegard: Amelia H

8 Mackillop: Emily D

8 Ingham: Ethan A

9 Dharawal: Chloe S, Lily G

9 Polding: Tori W, Cayden B

9 Hildegard: Brielle Y

9 Mackillop: Claudia M

10 Mackillop: Mia M, Christopher F

MISA Sport

St Benedict’s has kick started 2022 MISA with a highly successful round. Well done to all of our teams for representing the College with great sportsmanship and pride.

A special mention to the following teams for taking out the win:

Boys OzTag defeated St Francis 13 to 3

Girls OzTag defeated Thomas Hassall 4 to 1

Boys Basketball defeated Macarthur Anglican 42 to 22

Girls Indoor Cricket defeated Thomas Hassall 64 to 45

Girls Hockey defeated John Therry 2 - 0


Girls Oztag: Rileigh G & Kristen G

Girls Hockey: Kayla G

Girls Indoor Cricket: Sabrina C & Lily C

MISA Boys OzTag Report

The St Benedicts year 10 -12 boys Oztag team took on St Francis Catholic College for our very first game and from the first blow of the whistle our boys were on the attack scoring a great team try. This set the tone for the afternoon as some brilliant passing and solid defence allowed for the boys to put in an all-rounded and crafty performance.

With Daniel C crossing the line for four tries and Allan Y bagging a double. Our opposition found it hard to get past our line of defence with Harrison G leading with some excellent line speed, the boys from St Benedicts were able to attack for most of the first half as some impressive solo tries were awarded to our Captain Brock B, Dylan P, Oliver C and Braith T which placed us in a commanding lead after half-time.

Although there was a little fight back from St Francis in the second half we were able to regain our composure through the leadership of Dylan Mc who controlled the team and allowed our boys to continue our strong start to win 13 points to 3. The boys put in a mighty effort and should be commended on the humble spirit they played with throughout the game.

Our next game will be played against Magdalene Catholic College.

Coach: Mr Ripepi

Yours in Sport

Miss Lisa Paton (Sport Coordinator)

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NSWCCC Selection Trials - Secondary Students

Nominations for the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Selection Trials is available on the Catholic Sport NSW website.

The sport trials are for secondary students who excel in their chosen sport, and include Australian Football, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Diving, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Tennis, Triathlon and Water Polo.

Please visit the Catholic Sport NSW website ( to read eligibility requirements, as these may differ across sports.

Sport trial & closing date:

  • Tennis - CCC - 18/02/2022
  • Baseball - CCC - 21/02/2022
  • Softball - CCC - 25/02/2022
  • Volleyball - Open - 25/02/2022
  • Cricket Girls - CCC - 1/03/2022
  • Triathlon - Intermediate - 1/03/2022
  • Triathlon - Junior - 1/03/2022
  • Triathlon - Senior - 1/03/2022
  • Water Polo - 11/03/2022
  • Diving - CCC - 21/03/2022
  • Swimming - CCC - 6/04/2022
  • Rugby - 16 Years - 8/04/2022
  • Rugby - 18 Years - 8/04/2022
  • Rugby 7's Girls - CCC - 8/04/2022
  • Volleyball - 15 Years & Under - 8/04/2022
  • Australian Football - CCC - 20/04/2022
  • Basketball - CCC - 22/04/2022
  • Football Boys U/16 Years - CCC - 26/04/2022
  • Hockey - 19/05/2022
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St Benedict's student work at ARTEXPRESS

Don't miss ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW

ARTEXPRESS is underway at the Art Gallery of NSW, showcasing 107 artworks by 2021 HSC Visual Arts students, including St Benedict's Catholic College student Benjamin W.

Benjamin's artwork ‘This Empty Confusion’ was selected for ARTEXPRESS 2022. This is the College’s first time having a student chosen to appear in this exhibition. ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition that displays numerous exemplary artworks from across the NSW state by visual art students for the HSC examination.

2021 was an extremely challenging year for our Year 12 cohort and in particular, those students who studied in subjects that had a practical component to their HSC examination. Despite the stress of the COVID lockdown in the lead up to the due date for the visual art body of work, Benjamin continued to work consistently throughout the year working throughout recess and lunch times, and in Term 3 over Zoom lessons and virtual practical check ins, to submit a highly resolved Body of Work that revealed a sophisticated understanding of the practice of oil on canvas paintings and a time based form demonstrating a technical sensitivity and refinement of artistic skills.

Benjamin’s artwork “This Empty Confusion” is a work of art that explores “fear and anxiety, two emotions that one would feel when suffering from memory loss when living with Alzheimer's disease.

Throughout my body of work…, I chose to depict the internal thoughts and emotions of an individual living with this condition on a daily basis. The paintings accompanying the stop frame animation capture in time the highly emotive moments of fear and confusion with the animation allowing the paintings to come to life. The intent behind my work was to engage and connect the audience to feel what this horrible disease can do.

Everything in the animation was handmade, the set, the puppets, their clothing and the props."

SBCC HSC High Achievers 2021

St Benedict's Catholic College is proud of the achievements of all students in the Class of 2021.

Their commitment and resilience during difficult times is to be congratulated.

A summary of the College High Achievers list can be read here

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P&F Meeting & AGM - please RSVP

The next SBCC P&F Meeting & AGM will be held on

Tuesday, 22 February at

6.30pm via zoom.

RSVP's required by email before 12noon on Tuesday 22/2/22,.

A link for the meeting will be forwarded to you.

Staff Development Days

We continue to operate under COVID SMART restrictions. These restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks and we hope to be able to provide further events to our students and wider community in coming months. Please be aware of the following Staff Development Days this year:

Tuesday 26th April –Term 2 Week 1

Friday 10th June – Term 2 Week 7

Monday 29th August – Term 3 Week 7.

Weeks 5 - 10 to be confirmed

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P & F Clothing Pool News

$5 clearance sale on shirts

Junior Boys striped summer shirts.

Junior Boys winter shirts.

Senior Boys summer white shirts.

Senior Boys winter long sleeve white shirts.

Please email orders to the P&F address and they will be ready for collection from office.

Cash only upon collection, no returns, refunds or exchange.

Marks maybe on items but will do our best.

Other uniform items available at reasonable prices.

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There are a large number of items that have been handed in to the SBCC Student Services Desk.

If you are missing part of your uniform or personal items, please go to Student Services and check lost property.

Thank you.

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Bennie's Cafe

Bennie's Cafe is open for online Flexischools orders only.

Click and Collect purchases only - there will be no items purchased with a card, all orders must be online. (no exceptions)

All collections will be staggered:

Students in Years 7-9

Collect from the Cafe

Year 7 - Recess: 10.27; Lunch 12.57pm

Year 8 - Recess: 10.37; 1.07pm

Year 9 - Recess: 10.32; 1.02pm

Students in Years 10 - 12

Staff members on the supervision roster will collect the lunch orders and take them to the students allocated area.

Year 10 - G-Block, Village Green (E-Block and Library Quad if it is raining)

Year 11 - B/D Block TAS Quad

Year 12 - S block Senior Area

Students should present their Compass Card to collect their order from the teacher.

Thank you for your understanding and patience while we implement COVID safe protocols.

Please refer to our College website for information regarding Flexischools registration and ordering and the cafe menu.

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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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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:

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