St Benedict's Catholic College
Benny's Bites College Magazine - Friday, 27 May 2022
National Sorry Day
26 May is National Sorry Day, a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.
St Benedict's Catholic College pays our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, past, present and emerging - today and every day.
This painting was a collaborative effort by Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students at St Benedict's Catholic College to represent the connection of the College, students and families.
Aboriginal Education Assistant
National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June
Spiritual Reflection - Being Brave and Making Change
Each year our country celebrates National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June. It 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.
As Catholics we understand deeply the concept of Reconciliation. We have the Sacrament of Penance which invites us to reflect on those times when we have missed the mark in how we live and then calls us to repair and restore the broken aspects of our lives and relationships with God, people and all of creation. During National Reconciliation Week we are called to repair and restore the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and all Australians, recognising the history of what has been and moving forward together in a spirit of love.
The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme is Be Brave. Make Change. and is a challenge to all Australians to tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation. It is a challenge to individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
2022 is marked by significant national anniversaries of brave actions.
50 years ago: In January 1972, a group of brave young men began the longest protest for Indigenous land rights, sovereignty, and self-determination by planting a beach umbrella and signage proclaiming the Aboriginal Embassy across the road from (then) Parliament House in Canberra.
30 years ago: In June 1992, the ten-year fight of a group of Torres Strait Islanders, led by Eddie Mabo, over ownership of Mer (Murray Island) resulted in a High Court decision that recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today.
Also, in 1992 on 29 May the Torres Strait Islander Flag was officially presented to the people of the Torres Strait Islands at the sixth Torres Strait Cultural Festival.
25 years ago: In April 1997 the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families was released, a testament to the bravery of thousands who told of the impact of forcible removal from their families, cultures and communities.
Reconciliation is an ongoing journey that reminds us that while generations of Australians have fought hard for meaningful changes like these, future gains, such as the realisation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, are likely to take just as much, if not more, effort. This Reconciliation Week we are invited to make change beginning with brave actions in our daily lives – “where we live, work, play and socialise”.
Two actions to consider:
- Commit to pray for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters - for healing, justice and Reconciliation.
- Learn more about the Uluru Statement of the Heart and raise awareness of the issues in your own circles.
2022 National Reconciliation Week - in the Library
The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.
Last year Reconciliation Australia encouraged all Australians to take action; not just in National Reconciliation Week but every week of the year.
We saw unprecedented response to our suggested actions for everyday and for braver action.
This year we are asking everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.
National Reconciliation Week—27 May to 3 June—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.
Find out more about National Reconciliation Week #NRW2022 #BeBraveMakeChange
National Reconciliation Week Colouring in Competition
Colouring pages are available at the Library, or you can download a copy here:
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
This week's ACEN eBooks
National Reconciliation Week
The theme for this week’s ACEN eBook’s is National Reconciliation Week - 27 May to 3 June 2022. This 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.
Please see below ACEN eBook of the Week National Reconciliation Week titles for primary, secondary, and staff. The titles chosen for primary and secondary students are always available.
College Families are invited to join us for St Benedict's Feast Day Mass.
RSVP required by Wednesday 1/6/22 - register your attendance online:
Year 9, 2023 - Subject Selection
St Benedict's College Year 12 Trial HSC Study Sessions
Year 12 have been offered the opportunity to study at school on Wednesday afternoon/evening during the lead in to the Trial HSC examinations. Last Wednesday was the first session.
This is completely optional and I would like to thank members of staff who spent time with Year 12 students after school.
Mr Matthew Limbrey
Year 12 Coordinator
Year 10 Food Technology - Ice cream Assessment
This term Year 10 students have been working on creating a new ice cream flavour as their assessment task. Congratulations to Year 10 students on the creation and presentation of such scrumptious treats.
Year 9 Food Technology - Cake decorating
Year 9 students worked diligently to produce a wonderful variety of themed cakes this week.
The students showcased their work to the wider College Community at lunchtime on Monday.
A special thanks to Ms McFarlane and Ms Camilleri for their preparation that allowed both classes to seamlessly prepare and produce the wonderful cakes.
Ms. Clarence Ebonia
TAS / VET Faculty
Click here to view the student's cakes on video via Facebook
Year 11 Ancient History class travelled to the University of Sydney
On Thursday May 19, the Year 11 Ancient History class travelled to the University of Sydney. We were given the opportunity to explore various eras of history including Rome, Greece and Egypt at the Chau Chak Wing Museum located at The University of Sydney. Our guide Julie, accompanied us through hands-on activities and walls of interesting artefacts that helped us to develop a new understanding of the ancient past. It was an amazing day and we are grateful to have been able to experience it. Thank you to Mr Morris and Mr Wheeler for joining us and for ensuring transport and organisation went so smoothly.
Jessica G and Daniel S - Year 11 Ancient History 2022
Year 7, 2023 - Enrolments closing
Enrolment packages are available at the college office or by download from our website
Completed enrolment applications can be emailed or delivered to the College Office.
Wollongong Diocese Primary Cross Country Carnival last Tuesday
Well done and thank you to Alyssa M, Ellie D, Jorja S, Luke L, Luke F and Zander H who assisted with the running of the Wollongong Diocese Primary Cross Country carnival on Tuesday. Over 25 primary schools represented at the event along with a very high number of parents and spectators.
The Head of Sport of the Wollongong Diocese was overwhelmingly impressed with the contribution of these students from St Benedict's. His letter of appreciation to Principal Kerrie Piatek is below.
Well done to these students and congratulations on their fantastic representation of the school!
Good afternoon Kerrie,
I wanted to take this opportunity to express to you my gratitude and appreciation for the support from your students at our primary cross country staged yesterday at the Narellan Sports Hub. With the change in venue and new format we were very dependent on student support to ensure the event ran smoothly.
We had over 25 primary schools represented yesterday along with a very high number of parents and spectators.
I was overwhelmingly impressed with the contribution of the students from St Benedict's. Their school uniforms looked impressive and were worn with pride. The confidence, manner and initiative of the students on the day was fantastic. They were proactive, focused and stayed on task throughout the entire event. The students were great ambassadors for your school and their families and took on all roles with enthusiasm and a high level of competency.
I had a significant number of parents approach me on the day and make commentary on how great the St Benedict's students had been and how they noticed their high level of contribution.
My thanks also to Lisa Paton who organised the students and set out some expectations for them on the day. I am grateful for the ongoing support of secondary schools in pathway sport and recognise this is an additional contribution of organisation for Lisa. The outcomes for this event proved to be of great benefit for all involved. A photo of your students is attached.
Thank you again Kerrie for your support.
Information in this calendar list is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.
Wed 01 Jun - Year 11 2023 Subject Selection Evening, Year 9 2023 Subject Selection Website Launch
Thu 02 Jun - Year 12 - English Standard HSC Symposium, Riverside Theatre
Fri 03 Jun - College Feast Day
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 , Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews Zoom - 3pm - 8pm, MISA Debating Grand Final
Wed 29 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course
Thu 30 Jun - TAFE Trade Readiness Course, Year 7 - 10 Parent Interviews on site 3pm - 8pm
Fri 01 Jul - TAFE Trade Readiness Course
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
The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) fast facts
Challenge opens Monday 28 February 2022
Challenge ends Friday 19 August 2022
- Read 20 books (15 from the PRC Booklist and 5 personal choice)
- Books read since the challenge ended last year can be counted towards this year’s challenge
- To register sign up with the Library Staff - any time
- PRC Books in our Library have a big red sticker
- PRC Books on Sora (digital books) are listed as PRC Books
- Complete the challenge - receive an award issued by the NSW Premier
Students may visit the Premiers Reading Challenge website here
It's not too late to register!
Contact the library firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.
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: email@example.com.
P&F Mother's Day Morning Tea Gallery
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FlexiSchools services at St. Benedict's Catholic College are now utilising the full 10-digit number on the Compass Card. To be able to continue using the Cashless Canteen at the College you will be required to update your students card to 10-digits.
P & F Clothing Pool
The P & F Clothing Pool has reopened, please contact the P & F via firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Rainer College Uniform Shop
Ranier Schoolwear Unit 5/6-8 Porrende Street Narellan 2567
Online purchasing and appointments visit: shop.ranier.com.au
Collection from shop | Collection from College | Home Delivery
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
Phone: 02 4647 8942
Responses will be provided during opening hours
For more immediate assistance, Head Office details are