St Benedict's Catholic College
Newsletter - Friday, 3 June 2022
Feast Day 2022
The cold start to winter did not stop us celebrating our Feast Day, commencing with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Father Andrew Doohan. The Mass had special significance as it was the first time, we have celebrated our Feast Day Mass in the new college hall. The importance of our college’s Benedictine spirituality was captured beautifully by Father Andrew in his homily.
Thanks must go to Mrs Kimberley Logue, Mrs Tarnya Grana, the Liturgy Committee and all the staff and students who contributed to the preparation and organisation of the Mass and the student and staff presentation awards ceremony. Thanks also to the music staff, Mrs Jenny Koryzma and Mr Brandon O’Donnell and the student vocalists and musicians, who provided the wonderful music that helped make this Mass so memorable.
Special congratulations to those staff who received ‘10 Year Service Awards’ for their significant contribution to our college community and to the students from Year 7 to Year 12 who were recipients of the inaugural STRIVE award. This was awarded by Strive Coaches to two students in their STRIVE class who have engaged in their STRIVE conversations to set effective goals in their learning and wellbeing, and is a student who embodies the statement “something to strive for, nothing to run from”.
From the Mass, our college community moved to the COLA where every member of the community was given a drum and taught different drum patterns, playing together as a whole community or in a call and response pattern by following the lead of the African Drumming Group. 1000 drums in any one place, as you can imagine was a lot of fun but most importantly it was about sharing this memorable experience with every member of our wonderful Bennies community.
The stalls organised by the STRIVE classes were varied and well received by the students. Special thanks to all the STRIVE coaches and students for the creative energy you gave to the organisation of each activity.
The day which concluded with “Bennie Got Talent” which once again was packed with quality performances and with every act receiving wonderful support from our student audience. Once again, for the students and staff that participated in this day and our parents for their continuous support, I am truly thankful.
Reconciliation Week 2022
This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme is Be Brave. Make Change a challenge. Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation to Make Change for the benefit of all Australians, change starts in your daily life – where you live, work, play, and socialise. Of Special significance today, 3 June 2022, is 30th Anniversary of the historic Mabo decision, a 1992 legal case that marked the first formal recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia.
Creator of all things,
Both seen and unseen.
Speak to us in your great wisdom.
Make us strong as we seek
Your help and guidance.
Teach us to love all people
Regardless of race or colour or belief.
May we listen with great care
To the heartbeat of this land
And to its people
Who cared for it so well
And for so long.
May the peace these people and their land
Have always enjoyed
Continue to be strengthened and preserved
By all who wish to come and be part of
This country and it's ‘Ancient Dreaming’.
St Benedict pray for us
(Used with the permission of Elizabeth Pike,1998).
Hansard mention by Member for Camden, Mr Peter Sidgreaves
Camden Electorate ANZAC Day Services.
I thank the speakers of the day, Mayor Therese Fedeli and keynote speaker Flight Lieutenant Benjamin Lindsay, who is an explosive ordnance engineering instructor at the Defence Explosive Ordnance Training School. I also thank the students from St Benedict's Catholic College, Tim Logue and Pastor Mike Smith.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Winter Prayer
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.
As we embrace these winter months ...
May the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.
May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet remind us of the brevity of this earthly life.
May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life.
May we give thanks for the blessing of the winter season and praise you for your goodness forever.
National Reconciliation Week 2022
Beginning with National Sorry Day on Thursday 26th May, this week is National Reconciliation Week. This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the Uluru Statement from the Heart (https://ulurustatement.org/the-statement/)
The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2022 is Be Brave. Make Change. Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. For the Catholic Church in Australia, this week offers us a time to be fully the Church that God dreams for us - a Church in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make their own unique contribution and that contribution is joyfully received by others.
Today 3 June 2022 marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic Mabo decision, a 1992 legal case that marked the first formal recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia. Mabo and others v Queensland (No 2) (1992) – more commonly known as 'Mabo', acknowledged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique connection with the land, as the High Court of Australia overturned the legal doctrine of terra nullius (‘land belonging to nothing, no one’) which implied that no-one held ownership of the land until the arrival of European settlers.
St Benedict’s classes participated in class liturgies that were organised by our Aboriginal Education Assistant Ms Caitie Oldfield.
Loving God, you call us to work together to be one people.
May we work together to bring hope and healing to all who live here in Australia.
Help us to show compassion and justice to all, especially our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
brothers and sisters, whom we have treated so badly in the past.
May we walk forward in a spirit of healing and reconciliation so that all may live with dignity and
We make our prayer in Jesus’ name.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK (#NRW2022)
“Be Brave. Make Change”
Aboriginal Our Father:
You are Our Father, you live in heaven
We talk to you, Father you are good (repeat)
We believe your Word Father
We your children, give us bread today (repeat)
We have done wrong, we are sorry
Help us Father not to sin again (repeat)
Others have done wrong to us
And we are sorry for them, Father today (repeat)
Stop us from doing wrong, Father
Save us all from the evil one (repeat)
You are Our Father, you live in heaven
We talk to you, Father you are good (repeat)
The Lord’s Prayer from the “Missa Kimberley” Diocese of Broome, Western Australia
Year 12 Study Nights
Our Year 12 Study afternoons commenced this week with over thirty Year 12 students attending the first session.
These afternoons provide students with the opportunity to work independently or collaboratively with other students and some of their Year 12 subject teachers.
I would like to acknowledge and thank the P&F for supporting our students by supplying pizzas for those that attend these afternoons.
Year 11 2023 Course Selection
Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Social Media Standards
Social media is used in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) to help create vibrant Catholic school communities of faith and learning. In this context, social media is any form of online presence used in valid educational contexts that facilitates inclusive relationships, contemporary communities and multi-directional interactive exchange of information, conversation or activity. Users of social media are required to manage their digital footprint by interacting responsibly and ethically, in line with our Catholic ethos, respecting the dignity of all involved.
CEDoW maintains a social media presence on various platforms, including but not limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn. Users of social media should consider their rights and responsibilities for promoting the respect and dignity of all participants.
Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Social Media Standards
CEDoW encourages the use of social media for open and productive dialogue. When using social media it is expected that individuals will:
• respect the dignity of self and others in the context of their role
• not promote perspectives contrary to the Catholic faith
• not bring the school into disrepute
• not publicly criticise CEDoW, schools, staff or students
• align with the parameters of the intended purpose of the social media presence.
In order to create a positive experience and the maintenance of respectful relationships it
is expected that no material posted:
• includes any content that a reasonable person considers in any way is defamatory, discriminatory, rude, aggressive, abusive, harassing, intimidating, threatening, insulting, hurtful, hateful, offensive, obscene or indecent
• constitutes trolling
• is unlawful or where the user does not have the necessary rights, licenses and/or consents to post, including infringement of copyright or any other intellectual property rights;
• breaches or invades anyone’s privacy;
• impersonates or misrepresents any person, organisation or entity;
• consists of any proprietary, confidential, sensitive or private information;
• constitutes spam, unauthorised advertising or soliciting, or links that contain any kind of virus, spyware or malware;
• appears to contain irrelevant or excessive links or coded information;
• is off-topic, redundant or excessively long;
• encourages conduct that may, or would, constitute a criminal offence or give rise to civil liability, or that otherwise violates any local, state, national or international law or regulation.
Social Media and Privacy
CEDoW, OoD, Strategic Planning and Policy – AMC – 27032019
Click here to view the policy online at the CEDow Website:
World Environment Day - BEARs Group
The St Benedict's College BEARs Group acknowledged World Environment Day with the creation of this video:
A gold medalist champion on the turf
St Benedict's Catholic College Year 9 student Hayley E was recently chosen to represent Hunter at the U15s 2022 Hockey NSW Field State Championships. The 3 day event was held in Parkes NSW in late May 2022.
Hayley and her team played 6 games over the championships, winning 5 games and drawing 1. They went on to win the Grand Final.
Hayley is pictured wearing her gold medal alongside Hockey NSW President Adriana Care
NSWCCC Cross Country Championships
On Monday, 18 students represented our school at the Wollongong Diocese Cross Country event. All students represented the school with pride and there were some outstanding results from the day!
Well done to all students for their efforts on the day, we saw most of our runners finish in the top 10 for their age group - an outstanding achievement!
A special mention to the following students who placed in the top 6 for their age group. These students will now go on to represent the Wollongong Diocese at the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships on Tuesday 7th June at Eastern Creek.
Jude H - 4th Place (14 Yr Boys)
Cameron McC - 6th Place (14 Yr Boys)
Lincoln J - 2nd Place (15 Yr Boys)
Connor P- 4th Place (17 Yr Boys)
Simon McC - 5th Place (17 Yr Boys)
We wish these students the best of luck at the upcoming event!
Year 11 Geography Cabramatta Field Trip
On the 31st of June, the Year 11 Geography class went to Cabramatta to immerse ourselves into the Asian-Australian culture and the immigration that the area has experienced. While we were there we saw traditional Asian architecture, bakeries and groceries. The class got to enjoy the oriental flavours of Asia through pork buns, banh mi's and bubble tea. We were also privileged to get an informative presentation from a Fairfield City Council member about the demographics of the area, the area's history and the future plans for Cabramatta.
Danielle (Year 11 Geography student)
We went to Cabramatta for the day for our topic 'Cultural Integration' and experienced a presentation on the history of the place and Fairfield in general, speaking of how the area became very multicultural. I saw a lot of different Asian shops and grocers, as well as the European influence in some of these. For lunch, I ate a Banh Mi crispy chicken roll as well as oolong bubble tea. From the presentation, we learnt a lot of interesting facts about the area, including how different the early 90s were. We also learned that Cabramatta was once full of Italian shops and culture instead of Vietnamese. This excursion linked to our learning in Geography as we got to experience a different area that focused on mainly one culture that had a history of many others. As well as the influence that some companies/brands (mostly European) still have on these places no matter where it is and what culture is celebrated.
Hayley (Year 11 Geography student)
We went to Cabramatta for our new topic 'Cultural Integration'. A presentation was shown at the Whitlam Library and informed us about the history of Cabramatta, the multiculturalism that exists in Cabramatta and Fairfield City in general. I enjoyed learning about the history of Cabramatta which extended my existing knowledge and also being able to experience the culture that is present in Cabramatta. I ate a Bahn mi which is a Vietnamese roll and some boba/bubble tea which originated in Taiwan. Interesting facts I learnt was about how before the Vietnamese came it was occupied by Europeans which included Italians, Germans and Dutch. I learnt that in Cabramatta they are very accepting of other cultures and have a lovely community. It links to my learning in Geography because Cabramatta is a place where cultural integration has occurred and it's kept their ever-growing multiculturalism an important part of their community.
Jemaima (Year 11 Geography student)
On the 31st of May, my Year 11 Senior Geography class had the opportunity to experience and explore the culture present within Cabramatta. The day began with an informative presentation on the history and development of Cabramatta and greater Fairfield City before our class was able to walk along the streets of Cabramatta to understand the lifestyle set up for locals in the area. During the walk, we were able to purchase and try local foods such as the popular and delicious Bahn Mi along with drinks such as sugar cane juice. The day was constructive in giving our class first-hand information about cultural integration and allowed us to see how multi-cultural parts of society continue to operate and thrive in a world becoming more and more dominant in a mass consumer culture. Overall, the excursion was incredibly beneficial and well-enjoyed by all senior geography students who attended.
Chelsea (Year 11 Geography student)
The Senior Geography excursion to Cabramatta was invaluable in allowing us to gain information regarding Vietnamese culture and the nature of cultural diffusion within Australia. An enjoyable experience, visiting the Whitlam library provided additional information from an expert, relevant to our studies. However, the social aspect proved crucial – the highlight speaking to a local resident on their cultural background.Julian (Year 11 Geography student)
Congratulations to our Year 11 Geography students for their outstanding participation and enthusiasm during our field trip to Cabramatta. I would also like to thank Mr McAteer for joining us on the day.
Mrs Madelaine Reinhold
Senior Geography Teacher
Year 10 PASS
On Monday this week, Year 10 PASS took part in a Wheelchair Basketball Incursion. Brendan from the Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT came out to the College and provided some valuable information to our students about living with a disability and participation in wheelchair sports. Students had the opportunity to participate in a game of Wheelchair Basketball. Well done to all students on their fantastic participation throughout the sessions!
Miss Paton and Mrs Novak
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.
Information in this calendar list is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.
Thursday 30 June - Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews 3:30pm - 8:30pm (Zoom)
Friday 1 July - Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews - 8.10am-2.30pm (Zoom)
Mon 06 Jun - Year 12 - English Advanced HSC Symposium, Seymour Centre
Tue 07 Jun - NSWCCC Cross Country - Eastern Creek
Wed 08 Jun - Year 10 Fast Forward Program, Year 12 UOW Discovery Day, Year 8 Music - African Beat Company Incursion
Thu 09 Jun - Year 10 Mace Excursion
Fri 10 Jun - Staff Development Day - Spirituality / Pupil Free Day,
Basketball - Yr 7-8 & Yr 9-10- Qualifying Tournament
Mon 13 Jun - Queens Birthday Holiday
Tue 14 Jun - MISA Debating Semi-Finals
Fri 17 Jun - Year 9 Reflection Day - Offsite
Tue 21 Jun - MISA Dance Festival
Mon 27 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course
Tue 28 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course ,
MISA Debating Grand Final
Wed 29 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course
Thu 30 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course,
Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews 3:30pm - 8:30pm (Zoom) **Updated**
Fri 01 Jul - TAFE Trade Readiness Course
Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews - 8.10am-2.30pm (Zoom) **Updated**
End of Term 2
Mon 18 Jul - Term 3 Starts
Tue 19 Jul - Stage 6 Academic Award Ceremony - College Hall
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
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.
TRADING HOURS DURING SCHOOL TERMS:
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: shop.ranier.com.au
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 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.