College Newsletter

Term 3 Week 8 Friday 4 September 2015

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Mother Teresa worked with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India. As she was dying, she reflected on her life of work with the poor and wrote:

"When you die, the Lord will not ask you how much you have done with your life, but rather, how much love you have put into the doing".

It is a timely reminder for each of us that we should always show that we value and respect the dignity of every person with whom we come in contact.

As a community we pray -

God our Father,

may all of life's experiences

lead us to grow

as people who always put love

into all that we do.

May we live in such a way

that our attitude

and words and actions

reflect to all people

their own value, dignity

and self-worth,

helping people

to feel wanted and appreciated

for who they are


Over the past three weeks our Year 12 students have submitted major works for Visual Arts, Music, Textiles Technology and Extension II English, while HSC performances have been completed for Drama and Music. Language students have also completed HSC Speaking Exams. As these students continue to study for their HSC examinations, please keep these students in your prayers.

God Bless

Mrs Patricia Baker


Elisa Cavasinni of Year 11 has been selected to receive a Commended Award as part of the 2015 Minister's Awards for Excellence in Student Achievement - Community Languages Schools.

This is a remarkable achievement and reflects Elisa's commitment to the study of Italian.

Congratulations Elisa.

Year 12 student Tyra Stephens received a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at a Graduation Ceremony at Auburn Hospital on Wednesday September 2nd 2015.

Tyra has been undertaking this demanding course as part of her HSC studies for the past two years.

Congratulations to Tyra on achieving this Certificate.

Bishop's Award Ceremony
On Thursday night September 3, Mrs Baker and Mrs Parker attended the Bishop's Award for Student Excellence Ceremony at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta. This award ceremony is an annual event where one Year 12 student from each secondary school in the Parramatta Diocese is presented with an award for excellence. These students have to meet a strict criteria encompassing a number of areas including Academic, Social Justice, Leadership, a commitment to the Catholic faith and the living out of Christian values. This year the Cerdon College recipient is Catherine Le, the College Captain. Catherine Young, one of our Year 10 students read the citation at the ceremony. Both of the students did Cerdon College proud. Congratulations Catherine.

Inter-School Chess Competition

On Wednesday 26th August, 7 students represented the College in the Annual Holroyd High School Chess Competition. Games were 25 minutes in duration and played in a round-robin format. Six schools participated with 72 students competing. The students were entered into three graded divisions and performed admirably with most achieving 3 ½ points out of 7 in a modified scoring system.

The College representatives were Catalina Guerrero-Candia, Elizabeth Enright, Abigail Mitchell, Isabel Mateos, Judy Nguyen, Maria Mathieu and Catherine Young. A big thank you to Mrs. Liistro for supervising and transporting the students to the venue.

Mr Tham (Chess Coordinator)

Dress Up Day

The annual Dress Up Day at Cerdon College took place on Monday August 24 and once again, it did not disappoint. This year the word was "Chavoin" and each Year Group was allocated a particular letter of this word. Year 7 had to dress up as something beginning with the letter C, Year 8 as the letter H, Year 9 as the letter A, Year 10 as the letter V, Year 11 as the letter O, Year 12 as the letter I, and finally the staff as the letter N. There was a diverse range of outfits ranging from cheerleaders, a cupcake, hippies, airline hostesses, a vending machine, a voodoo doctor, Instagram, ninjas, nerds, nanas, noodles, nurses, and nuns to name a few. The winners from each group (pictured below) received an iTunes gift card. Mrs Baker distributed lollies to students as the outfits where paraded for applause and judging. There was great sense of excitement and a lot of fun was had by all. Thank you to all who contributed a gold coin towards our worthy fundraising causes.

Co-ordinators Awards

Loulou Abou Sleiman 12FF2

Vanisha Prasad Adhar 12HA

Chloe Aflak 12GL4

Javiera Aguayo 8GL3

Siena Bergamin 8GL3

Sandra Bou-Ghosn 8G26

Monique Brunet 12FF8

Claudia Bryson Miguel 8G23

Emily Campos Rios 8G27

Marianne Chemuel 12FF8

Shantelle Dang 12FF6

Sarah Diab 12FF2

Caley Donohoe 8G26

Esther Duruchukwu 12GL4

Sally Eid 12FF8

Rita El Takchi 12HA

Michelle Elias 12GL4

Keti Gobena 8G25

Elissa Hadchiti 12FF6

Caitlyne Halabi 8GL3

Mariann Khouri 8G26

Kelly Hue Thanh Ly 12FF6

Nancy Maldigri 8GL3

Maree Mekdessi 12FF2

Mia Miranda 12FF3

Elizabeth Serbin 12FF2

Riannah Toufan 12FF8

Anna Tran 12FF2

Victoria Yen Vy Tran 12HA

Geena Trimboli 12GL5

Georgina Tuma 12GL4

Carina Uremovic 12FF8

Allison Vassallo 12FF2

Julie Vo 12FF3

Literacy and Numeracy at Cerdon

National Literacy and Numeracy Week: 31 August to 4 September

This week we celebrated National Literacy and Numeracy Week. This is an Australian Government initiative to promote literacy and numeracy in all schools across Australia.

Here, at Cerdon, literacy and numeracy is an ongoing focus throughout the year.

The College leaders, under the direction of Esther Duruchukwu, facilitated a modified version of the SBS program, ‘Letters and Numbers’. Girls from Years 7 to 12 participated in the game over two lunchtimes earning points for their House, winning prizes and improving their literacy and numeracy skills through games.

Grace Muscat

(Leader of Learning: Numeracy)

Enrichment @ Cerdon

It has been a very exciting few weeks in Enrichment. In this week’s entry, read about the very enthusiastic Year 7 Knowledge Challenge, the inaugural Paper Plane Challenge and reflections from the Jack Andraka’s presentation. Also, as the term draws to a close, check out some of the opportunities available for enrichment at a number of universities.

The 2015 Year 7 Cerdon College Knowledge Challenge

This week saw Year 7 participate in their very first Knowledge Challenge. A little shy at first with the buzzers, the girls soon learned that this was a serious contest and enthusiastically took to the challenge. The girls were jumping out of their seats trying to answer questions on a variety of subjects including English, Mathematics, Religion, Geography, History, Science, sport, entertainment and current affairs. Teams from every house were represented but in the end the Grand Final was contested between the two Perroton teams. Congratulations to Paula Kahwajy, Isabelle Putrus and Leah Raya from Perroton I for making the final and Czarlyn Cruz, Rose Hanratty and Nicole Wang from Perroton II on winning the 2015 Year 7 Challenge.

The Paper Plane Challenge.

On Wednesday 26th August Cerdon College held its inaugural Paper Plane Challenge. Students across all years were invited to fold the A4 page into a sleek paper plane and test their designs. There were some interesting designs, but the art of paper plane flying was best displayed by some of the more skilled staff members who joined in the fun.

The student prize was awarded Anni Lin from Year 11 for having the plane which flew the longest distance. Looking forward to a staff and student competition next year!
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Jack Andraka – Sydney Tour

A small group of Year 11 science students were fortunate enough to attend Jack Andraka’s presentation at The Kings School on Tuesday September 1st. Described as the 'Bill Gates of Biology', Jack is a teen innovator who’s project is responsible for developing new type of screening test for pancreatic cancer using a paper sensor, similar to that of the diabetic test strip. In his presentation Jack spoke about his journey in developing this test and talked about how he is proof that teenagers can achieve what they want if they believe in themselves. His message to all was that you can "pretty much do anything using the Internet... and that it doesn't matter where you come from, your age, sex or religion... your ideas are what counts!"

Experience It! Conference 2015 – Sydney Women in Engineering

If you like designing solutions to problems, want to contribute to society and make a difference to the world, come and see what engineering is about at the Experience It! student conference.

This conference is aimed at girls from Year 9-12 interested in learning what science and engineering offers. It will be a day of interactive, hands on and team based activities exploring the peculiar and bizarre applications of engineering. You will have the opportunity to participate in workshops based on their areas of interest and no prior engineering, maths or physics experience is required.

The conference is on Thursday October 1 at the UNSW. The program is free for high school students but you will need to register online.

For further information visit or see Mrs Agius.

The Conoco Phillips Science Experience

This very popular program has sparked a science interest in many of our past student. The three day program runs at a number of universities across Australia and is supported by Rotary. Participating students are involved in a number of exciting activities across a number of scientific fields. Here students in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to explore new science interests and meet like-minded students from across Australia.

The most popular experiences for our students have been at the UNSW program which will run on the 28-30 September 2015 and the University of Sydney program which will be on the 13-15 January 2016. For other dates and further information visit:

Engineering & IT at UTS

The University of Technology Sydney is running the Engineering Link Project which allows students the opportunity to work with engineers and scientists on range of day long projects to gain a real understanding of what a career in engineering could be like for them.

Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to apply. The project runs over two days on October 1 & 2 2015. To find out more information and to register visit or see Mrs Agius.

The UNSW Women in Engineering Camp

The UNSW is inviting young women in Year 10 and 11 who are interested in learning more about engineering to apply for a position for its annual Women in Engineering Camp. Over the past years a number of our students have participated and benefited greatly from this program. This residential program runs over five days and places are limited. Applicants will be selected on the basis of aptitude for engineering, including performance in maths and science subjects at school. For further information please visit or see Mrs Agius.

Closing Soon…Write 4 Fun 2015

Entry to the 2015 Schools Writing Competition is closing soon! Students all over Australia are invited to enter their poems or short stories, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer.

There is no theme!! Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and get their creative juices flowing to write on any topic. The competition is open to all students 7-12.
Poems and short stories entered into the competition will be considered for inclusion into our 2015 Write4fun anthology! Those selected will have the opportunity to purchase the edition at a discounted rate. There are fantastic prizes on offer including a $1000 cash first prize. Entries close September 6 2015. For further information and to enter online visit

Mrs S Agius

Enrichment Co-ordinator

Year 11 Examination Schedule

You can access the Year 11 Examination Schedule from Assessment Central; you may also access the schedule by clicking here.

College Uniform Shop

Additional Opening Hours

Last week of Term 3

Monday 14 September and Wednesday 16 September 8:00 am-2:00 pm

First week of Term 4

Tuesday 6 October 8:00 am-2:00 pm (due to Monday being a Public Holiday)

Wednesday 7 October 8:00 am- 4:00 pm (Year 7 2016 Orientation Day)

These additional hours have been organised to assist with any purchasing requirements for Term 4 when students return in their Summer Uniform.

Regular Trading Hours

Monday and Wednesday 8:00 am—2:00 pm (Terms 1 and 4)

Mondays only 8:00 am—2:00 pm (from Week 5 Term 2 and all Term 3)

Cerdon College Uniform Shop Management

Telephone: 8724 7329 (During trading hours only)

Dropping Off and Picking Up Students

Parents are reminded that students ARE NOT to be dropped off or picked up from the College's Sherwood Road car park. A few parents continue to compromise the safety of students and staff entering and leaving the College grounds.

The gates are clearly signposted and parents are asked to respect these instructions which are in place to protect the safety of students.

Canteen Helpers

The College Canteen is looking for some extra help, particularly on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you are able to assist the Canteen Managers (Dot and Margaret), please contact them on 8724 7323.

Thank you

School Excursions and Incursions

As you are aware, you have provided the school with permission to conduct certain excursions and incursions and sports activities. For those activities covered by the general permission note, you will receive a notification where it is appropriate to do so (eg for an excursion).

For other excursions not covered by the general permission note, you may receive a permission note which will need to be completed and forwarded to school by the due date. Some of these excursions may incur a cost which will also need to be paid by the due date. There are no exceptions or extensions to the due date for payment.

A copy of each notification and permission note is also available from the College Website.

Change of Contact Details

Please notify the College Office if you have changed any of your contact details ie. address, telephone number, email address, etc so that we are able to update our records accordingly.

Thank you

School Calendars

You can search for each of the Cerdon Calendars using a Google search and subscribe to them in your preferred calendar (eg iCal) or click on the links below to view the relevant calendar.

Cerdon College Calendar

Year 7 Calendar

Year 8 Calendar

Year 9 Calendar

Year 10 Calendar

Year 11 Calendar

Year 12 Calendar

Sports Calendar

Feast Days


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40th Year Reunion

Class of 1973 (Year 10) and 1975 (Year 12) reunion to be held on Saturday, September 19 at Surveyor General Inn, Berrima at 12 noon. A separate room has been booked.

You will be able to buy your own lunch and drinks and catchup with friends.

If you are able to attend, please email by September 10, 2015. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Anne Healey, Helen Hrast and Lynne Power

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Notre Dame’s Open Day

Help is at hand for aspiring uni students at Notre Dame’s Open Day.

Future university students will be able to get all the advice they need as they consider their future course and career path options at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Open Day on Saturday 29 August 2015.

From 9am to 3pm, the national Catholic university will open the doors of its Broadway and Darlinghurst sites to prospective students and their families who will be able to take part in a range of hands-on activities at the various Schools; find out about the University’s unique admissions process and hear from graduates about why they rate Notre Dame as a 5 star university.

Former Cerdon College Merrylands student Theresa Heness, and now Bachelor of Communications and Media / Bachelor of Arts student, highly recommends Notre Dame University because of its pastoral care program, practical training and small class sizes giving students every opportunity to succeed.