St Benedict's Catholic College
Benny's Bites - Friday 12 May 2023
Mother's Day Prayer
This Sunday we celebrate our mothers and all those who demonstrate through their lives and actions, an openness to, and support of new life. We wish everyone a happy Mother's Day. Further photos from the Mother's Day Morning Tea will be available in next weeks newsletter.
In the words of Pope Francis:
“A world that looks to the future without a mother’s gaze is shortsighted.
It may well increase its profits, but it will no longer see others as children.
It will make money, but not for everyone.
We will all dwell in the same house, but not as brothers and sisters.
The human family is built upon mothers.
A world in which maternal tenderness is dismissed as mere sentiment may be rich materially, but poor where the future is concerned.”
Mother’s Day Pray
Lord Jesus Christ, You chose to put yourself—tiny, needy and helpless—into the nurturing and watchful hands of a human mother.
Since then, every act of mothering, both physical and spiritual, in every time and every corner of the world recollects Mary’s.
Inspired by this example, we, too, honour our mothers and mother figures today.
Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers and nurturers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters, honour them always with a spirit of profound respect.
We ask this in your holy name.
Information in this calendar list is correct at the time of publication but is subject to change without notice.
- Monday 15 May - Whole school Athletic's Carnival
- Tuesday 16 May - Year 11 D&T - Excursion to Curry Reserve Elderslie
- Wednesday 17 May - Year 11 Ancient History - Chau Chak Wing Museum
- Thursday 18 May - NSW Futsal Schools Championships - 16's (Boys and Girls)
- Friday 19 May - NSW Futsal Schools Championships - Open (Boys and Girls)
- Monday 22 May - New Date - DIO Cross Country
- Tuesday 23 May - Year 12 Mid-Course Presentation of Awards
- Tuesday 23 May - P & F Meeting - 6pm
- Wednesday 24 May - Year 11 2024 Subject Market and Information Evening - 4:30pm to 6:30pm Hall
- Thursday 25 May - Year 12 Geography - Symbio Wildlife Park
- Friday 26 May - Year 9 Incursion - Olympics Unleashed Visit (9:00am-11:00am)
Year 11 2024 Course Selection Process
Diocesan Open Boys Football Team
On Monday 8 May, a team of Year 11 and Year 12 students made an early morning trip to Woonona to compete in the Wollongong Diocese Football Competition. Although in some challenging conditions, the boys were able to showcase their amazing football talents and carry an undefeated streak all the way to the grand final! After giving it their absolute all and playing through injuries and fatigue, the boys fell just short of top spot in a competitive 2-1 loss. The team should be so proud of their efforts, sportsmanship and team morale.
EmpowerHER – Women in Trades Speed Networking Event
On Thursday 4 May, the following Year 10 and Year 11 students attended the EmpowerHER – Women in Trades - Speed Networking Event held at Club Liverpool.
Taylor A, Gabrielle B, Alyssa C, Mackenzie K, Ella-Blu K, Natasha P, Charlotte S, Jorden W, Annalese W, Jemma W
Sarah C, Rileigh G, Isabella M, Ebony W, Chloe Y
Our students proved themselves to be excellent ambassadors of the College at this event, which was attended by female students from schools in the Macarthur area.
The day started with hearing the inspiring career journey of the guest speaker and MC Louise Azzopardi and the panel of female tradies who shared their insights and experiences. It was a great way to start the day and set the tone for a successful event. Students then spoke to representatives from over 20 companies, GTO’s and people who provided support and guidance for a trade pathway for females.
The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive as they appreciated the chance to learn from successful female tradies and to explore potential employment opportunities. The event has left a lasting impression on the students and has helped to motivate and guide them in their future career pathways. Thank you to Mrs Robinson, for your invaluable input on the day.
Year 7 Zoo Excursion
On Monday, Year 7 had a wonderful day at Sydney Zoo in Bungarribee. It was a chilly, windy day but this didn’t deter anyone from having a fun day out. Year 7 are currently doing an assessment task on creating a hypothetical animal possessing various adaptations to suit their environment. The trip to the zoo provided them with many ideas for their animal models. Students were able to observe and discuss adaptations such as why the capybara had webbed fit and dense fur, the shingleback lizard has a stumpy tail, giraffes have a long neck and many more. They enjoyed watching the bull sharks, painted dogs and chimpanzees. Some groups were lucky enough to watch the lions at feeding time.
All groups attended a one-hour informative workshop where they got to touch various animals and learn about their habitats and habits. The students’ behaviour was impeccable, and we even had members of the public commenting on how courteous and considerate they all were!
A big thank you to all the teachers and learning support staff who took them on this trip.
Some reflections from our students:
My trip to the zoo was unforgettable. The diverse range of animals was captivating, and being able to observe them up close was truly mesmerizing. Overall, it was a delightful experience, and we enjoyed ourselves.
I had lots of fun spending time with my friends on the bus and the zoo. I liked being free with what I could do. It was very beneficial for this assessment and for what we have been learning in class .
When we went to the zoo, I saw tonnes of animals such as Lions, Tigers, Cheetahs, Elephants, rhinos etc, I also petted a snake and a lizard while we were learning about animals. My personal favourite animal I saw at the zoo was the Camels.
The day at the zoo was a good day to see animals and get inspiration for my science assessment.
Year 7 Visual Arts students are currently experimenting in their Visual Arts Process Diaries to prepare for their monochromatic self portrait painting. Students used Photoshop to edit their own photograph which they will be referencing for their acrylic painting. The final works will be ready for the end of this term!
Cross Generational Workshop 2023 - Free Technology Training for Seniors
We have 11 Seniors from across Macarthur Parishes (Oran Park, Camden, Eagle Vale, Campbelltown) come and join us.
Due to the popularity of the Cross + Generation technology program, CatholicCare, has again partnered with St Benedict's and CEDoW to help Seniors with the technology that they may be struggling with. Each of the Seniors brought in devices, including phone, laptop or iPads and our students assisted them becoming more confident in downloading apps, sending messages, creating tables on a Google Doc, using mobile hotspot or even using google maps.
The photos speak for themselves - students from Years 8, 9, and 10 were involved. We are also very blessed to have students from Year 12 come along and volunteer during their allocated study time. Thank You to Sebastian W, Leyon R, Kathryn G, Hayley C, Blake S and Ronan C.
FREE Parent engagement and literacy event – Corey Tutt OAM
The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT is excited to be able to continue to provide our families across NSW and the ACT with opportunities to build their capacity to support their child’s learning.
We are delighted to present Corey Tutt OAM, a proud Kamilaroi man and the 2020 Young Australian of the Year for NSW to read a section of his book, The First Scientists to our children and young people. Parents and carers are encouraged to register for this online event and, on the evening of 30 May, from the comfort of their home, they can connect with us online to hear Corey read to their children.
The first 100 families to register will receive a FREE copy of the book “The First Scientists” to read along at home.
All those who register, whether they receive a free book or not, will also receive helpful tips to support their child’s reading at home.
View the flyer here.
College P & F Uniform Pool orders
The P & F preloved Uniform Pool has reopened, please complete the order form and send to the P & F by email at: email@example.com Our wonderful P&F volunteer Tracey will contact you.
Items can be paid for and collected from the SBCC College Office. We do not return, exchange or refund on 2nd hand clothing as these are donated by families.
Donations of items in good condition can be left at the College Office.