8 February 2019

Welcome Back to the 2019 School Year!

I would particularly like to welcome our new Year 7 students and their families, with a special welcome to students who are joining our Marist community for the first time.  

I would also like to welcome the following new members of staff to Marist Sisters’ College.

I especially welcome to the College Leadership Team, Mrs Melinda Alvarez and Mr Daniel Ronchetti. They introduce themselves below.

First Day for Year 7

New Leadership Team Members

Mr Daniel Ronchetti, Religious Education Coordinator (2019)

I hold a Masters of Educational Leadership from Australian Catholic University. In the past 8 years, I've worked at Trinity Catholic College, Auburn/ Regents Park. I've held various positions during my time at Trinity, most recently I held the positions of Year 7 Pastoral Care Coordinator and Assistant Religious Education Coordinator. 

Mrs Melinda Alvarez, Leader of Learning and Curriculum

I have had more than 15 years experience as an Educator, KLA Coordinator, mentoring and leading high performing teams to deliver sustainable teaching services to students and the school community. 

From 2012 to 2018 I worked at the Good Samaritan Catholic College, Hinchinbrook as the HSIE Coordinator and Leader of Learning - Pedagogy.  From 2003 to 2011 I worked at Aquinas College, Menai as the Pastoral Care Coordinator and HSIE Coordinator.

New Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff in 2019

Each of these staff members introduces themselves later in this newsletter:

  • Mr Brian Walker, Mathematics Coordinator
  • Mrs Joanne George, Performing Arts Coordinator
  • Mrs Belinda White, Gifted and Talented Coordinator
  • Ms Laura Peacock, Mathematics/ HSIE Teacher
  • Ms Jennifer Newman, TAS Teacher
  • Mr Harley Keller, Science Teacher
  • Ms Danielle Credaro, TAS Teacher (temporary)
  • Ms Danielle Raffaelo, Religious Education Teacher (temporary)
  • Mrs Elizabeth Rastegorac, Visual Arts/ Religious Education Teacher (temporary)
  • Mrs Helena Dowdall, TAS/ Hospitality Teacher (temporary)
  • Mrs Eden Makerry, HSIE Teacher job-sharing with Mr Will Naicker.

Leadership Changes for 2019

The following changes of Leadership also take place in 2019:

Chanel House Coordinator – Mrs Carol Bloomfield for Terms 2 – 4 while Ms Rebecca Bombaci is on maternity leave

HSIE Coordinator – Mr David Nally

Assistant HSIE Coordinator – Ms Jenny Vu.

Congratulations Fr Kevin Bates!

Congratulations to Fr Kevin Bates who was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the Catholic church in Australia at this years Australia Day Awards.

What a wonderful and special way to acknowledge the significant contribution of Fr Kevin.

High Achievers' Assembly

The HSC Class of 2018 were acknowledged on Wednesday at our annual High Achiever’s Assembly.

I particularly note Jacqueline Michalopoulos as our Dux with an ATAR of 98.75, an “All Rounder”, achieving a Band 6 in each of her subjects, and placing 4th in the State in Italian Continuers.

Further achievements included:

First in the Diocese: Eliza Jones – English Extension 2, Hee Rim Hah – Music Extension and Jacqueline Michalopoulas – Italian Continuers.

Mari Ohanes selected for the HSC Showcase ART EXPRESS

The Assembly also recognized 36 students with ATAR’s above 90.

Our HSC Class of 2018 placed the College 106 in the schools ranking with 83% of our course results ranked above state average, 33% of students achieving a Band 6 and 81% of students achieving a Band 5.

Congratulations to all our HSC Students!

We were very fortunate to have Teresa Ientile (Class of 1978) at our Assembly to recall her time as a Marist girl and where her Marist education has taken her. Her speech inspired each student to be a courageous Marist woman of action, taking charge of her own destiny. It is our actions and choices in life that reveal who we are and what we value. A great message for our Marist girls.

Our High Achievers’ also provide this same inspiration and example to the rest of the student body. Here at Marist Sisters’ College every student has the opportunity to emulate these achievements. 

Holiday Campus Upgrades

Over the Holiday period the following upgrades were completed. These improvements continue to ensure that Marist Sisters’ College maintains excellent teaching, learning and recreation facilities.

  • LED lighting installed
  • Evacuation signage 
  • New Science lab desks and chairs
  • Colin Building repainting in hallways and stairwells
  • New gutters, downpipes and color bond eaves in Sant Foy building
  • Student bubbler repaired and water bottle filling tap installed near the netball courts
  • Pressure cleaning of playgrounds, courts and shade cloth
  • Carpets steam cleaned
  • Gardens cleared and replenished
  • Whole school cleaning, pest control and emergency lighting check.

Parent Learning & Wellbeing Information Evenings – Add to Your Calendar

The Parent Information Evenings that began this week are a new initiative for 2019. They are aimed to provide parents with the opportunity to see an overview of the year ahead, particularly hearing about the faith, learning and wellbeing programs and experiences for their daughter. Each program and experience has been developed, through the lens of our Marist Compass, to allow students to develop each dimension – Sisters, Gift, Courage and Empower – thereby equipping her with the skills to successfully “navigate Life” at school and into the future.  

Other Year Information Evenings are:

  • Year 9 – 11 February
  • Year 10 – 13 February
  • Year 11 – 27 February

Further to this, students will have the opportunity, with support from their Tutor and parents, to set goals for the year ahead.

My Marist Compass Goals

Wednesday 20 February, each student and their parents book a 20 minute session with their Tutor to discuss their Marist Compass Goals for 2019. Students will lead this meeting with their Tutor and parents to discuss each dimension of their Compass: Sisters, Gift, Empower and Courage for Life goals.

This new initiative will allow students to set personal goals to support and build their confidence in developing their Marist Compass. It will provide the setting where students can gain a real sense of purpose and develop strategies for achievement. Please refer to the Skoolbag alert sent this week for interview booking details.

Year 7 Welcome Night for Year 7 Parents and Students

Friday 1 March is a social evening for Year 7 students and their parents hosted by Year 12 parents (our Parent Engagement initiative). It is an opportunity to come along meet other parents, in your daughter’s year group and share in our Marist hospitality. I look forward to seeing our new parents and students on the night.

Opening College Mass

I warmly invite parents and carers to attend our Opening College Mass, next Wednesday 13 February 10:00am, at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Please refer to the information recently circulated on Skoolbag alerts.

Recognition and Thank You Celebration of the Service and Contribution of the Marist Sisters

SAVE THE DATE: 23 March 2019

The College community will hold a celebration to recognize and thank the Marist Sisters for their service and contribution to Catholic Education, on the Woolwich site, for the past 110 years. The Congregation of Marist Sisters Australia have made the decision to move from this site to allow the College to expand its educational endeavours into the future.

This celebration will be held on Saturday, 23 March, 2pm. An official invitation has been sent to all community members.

Please complete the RSVP details if you are able to attend via the Skoolbag alert or via the homepage of the College public website.

Welcome again to 2019 and I look forward to the many opportunities in the coming weeks to meet with parents.

 Dr Anne Ireland, Principal

This article on College life meets The Archbishop's Charter for Catholic Schools - Charter #1, #2, #10 and #11

Staff Introductions

Mr Brian Walker

Prior to teaching, I was a Woolworths Manager for just over 10 years.  I commenced my teaching at Oberon High School where I taught Mathematics. 

I returned to Sydney to take a Mathematics teacher role at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill.

I'm looking forward to leading the Mathematics Department here at the College.

Mrs Joanne George

Most recently I have worked at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Sydney. 2019 is my 20th year of teaching!

I have had experience as a Head of Drama and as a Coordinator of Creative and Performing Arts. I am a Senior Marker for HSC Drama and an Educational Advisor for the Sydney Theatre Company. I am also the recipient of a ‘Dedicated to the Dedicated’ Scholarship (2017) for my Audio Description (Theatre) work for Vision Australia.

Mrs Belinda White

I am stepping into the role of Gifted and Talented Coordinator. I have spent the last 3 years as Head of English at Loreto Normanhurst.

Prior to my time at Loreto I was Assistant Head of English at Shore School from 2006. 

Ms Laura Peacock

I previously worked at Emmaus Catholic College Kemps Creek as a Mathematics teacher. 

I was involved with and lead the social justice initiatives such as "Walk for Refugees".  I cannot wait to bring my passion of math and social justice to the College.

Mr Harley Keller

I worked as a pharmacist and recently retrained to be a Science teacher.

I previously taught science at Holy Cross College, Ryde and St Patrick's College, Strathfield. 

Ms Danielle Credaro

Before taking up my current position at the College as a Technology teacher, I worked at The Ponds High School, also teaching Technology.

Before becoming a teacher I worked in industry as a chef for 4 years, and as a graphic designer where I illustrated birthday cards!

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with all students at the College in 2019.

Mrs Helena Dowdall

I have worked within the Marist Community for the past 11 years at St Patrick's Marist College, Dundas and was also educated by the Marist Sisters at Cerdon College, Merrylands.

I have a strong interest in Technology, specifically Food Technology.  I also have experience as a Senior Marker for the HSC Examination and I am the Convenor of the CSSA Trial Examination for Food Technology.

Mrs Elizabeth Rastegorac

I have a wealth of experience in teaching young women specialising in Visual Arts and Religious Education. 

I have a keen interest in Gifted and Talented, getting to know each individual student's interests and their motivation to learn.

I look forward to working with the students to pursue common goals and achieve outstanding results.

Ms Danielle Raffaele

I have completed a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) with the Australian Catholic University and specialised in teaching Studies of Religion, the Religious Education and History. 

While completing my studies last year I taught at St Augustine's College, Sydney and have previously coordinated university courses and presented at conferences in the academic field of Religious Studies. 

I am very excited to join the teaching team at Marist Sisters' College and to contribute to the community of students and staff.

From the Assistant Principal

I extend my welcome back to 2019 to all of our returning families and to new families of the College Community. With the many resolutions that we may have made over the Christmas break, my hope is that each of us have a year filled with happiness and success in the aspirations we have for the year.

We have had a fast-paced productive start to the year with orientation to the College for our Year 7 Students and orientation to Stage 6 learning for our Year 11 Students. On Wednesday we celebrated the success of our HSC High Achievers’ of 2018. Yesterday, we spent time with the students assisting them in setting goals for themselves. These events are about a person looking at where they are at the moment and where they want to be in a given period of time. Additionally, it is about looking at where we are now and where we have come from.

With this in mind, it is time to focus on the year ahead and aspire to something that develops us in our learning, our wellbeing, our relationships with each other and our relationships with God.

As we begin this new year, I take this opportunity to remind parents/carers and students of the keys to success in learning and happiness at school.

Keys to Success in Learning and Happiness at School

Participation in College Life:

Each one of us is blessed with different gifts and talents. I am constantly amazed by the generosity of the Marist girls in sharing the gifts and talents with the College community. Every student and every staff member has something to offer the community. I encourage each one of us to consider “What is it that I have to offer? How am I going to share this with the Marist community for which I am a part?” 

At Marist Sisters’ College, there are so many opportunities for students to be involved in co-curricula activities. Learning is what happens both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom. Learning is about our spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. I encourage all students to be willing to participate in all aspects of College life and to become involved in co-curricula activities that are of interest.

Positive Mindset:

Having a positive disposition to what we do each day influences the impact of learning and its successes. An important part of the learning process is that we don’t always get things right the first time. In knowing where mistakes are made and correcting these, we are then able to move in the progression of understanding new concepts and developing new skills.


Attendance in class is essential to learning. Learning is relational and dependent on the learner and teacher working together. Being in class is not just a legal requirement, but an essential element in the learning process.

Personal Organisation:

Being organised is a skill that can be acquired by all and one that can be learned. I encourage all students to ensure that preparation for school is done the night before. Having bags packed and uniforms ready the night before can reduce the risk of a restless sleep and increase the chances of a a calm start to the day and time for breakfast!

 I encourage contact to be made with the Tutor if assistance is needed in developing the skill of personal organisation.

Finally, I’d like to re-affirm that we are all part of this Marist Community. Each and every one of us has much to give and much to receive. I remind students of their responsibility to meet the expectations of the College in the way they engage in their learning; the way the engage with their peers and teachers; the way the wear the College uniform; and the way they behave, both in and out of the College.

My best wishes to each student and each family as we begin our year together in 2019!

Ms Marietta Taliana, Assistant Principal

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What's Been Happening in Religious Education

Firstly, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the students, parents and teachers of the College, who have warmly and generously welcomed me to this wonderful and vibrant community.

I’d also like to thank Miss Mary Kleist for all her tireless preparation for 2019 at the end of last year and I wish her all the best for her well deserved leave this year.

St Bakhita Feast Day ~ Friday 8 February

Today we celebrate and remember the life and mission of St Josephine Bakhita, Patron Saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and also Patron Saint of Sudan. Pope Francis has requested Catholic communities worldwide join him in commemorating St Bakhita’s Day on 8 February 2019, the Catholic Anti-Slavery Day.

Pope Francis stated to Participants in the Plenary Session, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences Saturday, 18 April 2015, “...These new forms of slavery – human trafficking, forced labour, prostitution, organ trade – are very serious crimes, a wound on the body of contemporary humanity. The whole of society is called to grow in this awareness, especially with regard to national and international legislation, in order to prosecute the traffickers and redirect their unjust gains to the rehabilitation of victims.”

Worldwide there is an estimated 40 million victims of these modern forms of slavery that include forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced criminality and organ harvesting. Modern slavery now ranks as the second most profitable worldwide criminal enterprise. Modern slavery is believed to have effects in every country of the world including here in Australia. The eradication of modern slavery has been a priority of the Catholic Church for some time and the Holy Father believes this can be achieved within this generation.

About St Josephine

Below is a brief biography of St Josephine’s life:

“St Josephine Bakhita, also known as ‘Mother Moretta’ (our Black Mother) bore 144 physical scars throughout her life which were received after she was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery. Such was the trauma experienced that she forgot her birth name and her kidnappers gave her the name Bakhita meaning ‘fortunate’. She experienced the moral and physical humiliations associated with slavery.

In 1882 her suffering was alleviated after she was bought for the Italian Consul. With Italian families Bakhita received kindness, respect, peace and joy.

A change in the family’s circumstances meant that she was entrusted to the Canossian Sisters of the Institute of the Catechumens in Venice. It was there that Bakhita came to know about God whom, ‘she had experienced in her heart without knowing who He was’ since she was a child. She was received into the Catholic Church in 1890, joining the sisters and making final profession in 1896.

The next fifty years of her life were spent witnessing to God’s love through cooking, sewing, embroidery and attending to the door. When she was on door duty, she would gently lay her hands on the heads of the children who attended the nearby school and caress them. Her voice was pleasing to the little ones, comforting to the poor and suffering. Bakhita was a source of encouragement to many and her constant smile won people’s hearts.

Surrounded by the sisters, she died on 8 February 1947.”


Parent Ministry

This year we would like to invite parents to become increasingly involved in the faith life of the College. In particular we would encourage parents to become involved in our liturgies. This could include reading at mass, being part of the offertory or you may be a qualified Minister of the Eucharist. Any parent interested or even if you would like to just discuss how you could become involved in the faith life of the College, please give me a call via Reception.

Year 7 Bibles

Over the course of the next two weeks, every Year 7 student will receive a beautiful, new Catholic Youth Bible during one of their Religious Education classes. This special gift is at the heart of our faith, is essential to Catholic ceremony and is the foundation of our personal relationship with God.

St Paul described the importance of the scriptures best in his second letter to Timothy (3:11-17), “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. Using the scriptures, the person who serves God will be capable, having all that is needed to do every good work.”

Through the next six years, students are required to have these Bibles as they engage with the Religious Education curriculum, but we also hope that they use their Bibles at home and they study it independently as they deepen their connection with our Lord.

Marist Service 2019

Service is a key element in being Catholic, being “Marist” and of being a member of the Marist Sisters’ College, Woolwich community. Students here develop an excellent understanding of their faith through their RE classes. But do they put these words and lessons into practice? The College does not just want students that talk the talk but walk the walk.

In 2019, all students are obliged to complete Marist Service through the College. Each student must complete at least 10 hours of voluntary service for the year. This service is to be approved service as per the Marist Service Information Sheet 2019 on the Student Cloudshare. Upon completion of their service, students are to log their service via the associated Google Form. At the end of the year, students will receive various awards depending on the hours they achieve:

o   20 hours - Bronze Marist Service Award

o   30 hours - Silver Marist Service Award

o   40 hours - Gold Marist Service Award

o   60 hours - Platinum Marist Service Award

Mr Daniel Ronchetti, Acting Religious Education Coordinator

This article on College life meets The Archbishop's Charter for Catholic Schools - Charter #1, #2 and #11

From the Leader of Learning & Curriculum

Welcome to a new year of Learning at Marist Sisters’ College, I encourage all students to engage with the new learning year with enthusiasm and an open mind to the possibilities that 2019 will bring.

The focus of the College is on the formation of the whole student by caring for the individual to form a balanced academic, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing so that students are healthy, happy, engaged and successful. Every student is encouraged to take full advantage of everything the College has to offer both in and out of the classroom and aiming high.

Achieving Your Personal Best – How to work efficiently and effectively in the final years of school

Earlier this week I wrote to all Year 11 parents, carers and students to advise of the seminar for all Year 11 students next Thursday 14 February after lunch by Dr Pru Salter entitled ‘Achieving Your Personal Best – How to work efficiently and effectively in the final years of school’.

This is the first in a series of initiatives to be available this year to provide strategies to improve study habits and organisation for students in every year across the College.

I encourage all parents and carers to talk with their Year 11 daughters about the learnings from this seminar. Other year groups will have opportunities to improve study skills and organisation throughout the semester.

I encourage all parents, carers and students to engage directly with their subject teachers should they have any questions about their daughter’s learning in subjects throughout the year.

The subject teacher is best placed to answer any questions and is supported by their Subject Coordinators who is also available to provide support in questions of learning. A full list of College staff contact details is available on the Student Cloudshare Page.

In 2019  I am looking forward to  journeying alongside each and every student in the formation of their compass for Life.

Mrs Melinda Alvarez, Leader of Learning and Curriculum 

This article on College life meets The Archbishop's Charter for Catholic Schools - Charter #1, #2 and #11

From the Leader of Wellbeing

Welcome back to another exciting year filled with new initiatives in the world of Wellbeing here at the College. We continue to work collaboratively within our community to assist each student in helping them to find their compass for Life. Wellbeing plays a significant role here at the College and to accommodate the need of building greater social & emotional skill development, the Colleges strategic approach is based on a 3 tiered structure:

  • Whole school initiatives

  • Universal year based programs

  • Targeted/specialised interventions to support the learning and wellbeing needs of students.

In moving forward, the vision of Wellbeing for 2019 is to foster good relationships and continue to affirm the interdependence that exists between Learning and Wellbeing.

Research is very clear in stating the students will not thrive, flourish nor engage in their learning if they are not at their optimal best. Therefore the question needs to be asked “how well do we know our students?”. To assist us in better understanding our students and their specific needs, we need to be actively integrating in conversations with them.

My Marist Compass Goals

One of the new whole school initiatives this year in continuing to bridge the fundamental union of student learning with wellbeing is through the process of goals setting. The benefits clearly articulate that it assists in developing self-directed learners, builds positive self-esteem, enables good decision making and prompts problem solving whilst feeling a greater sense of achievement.

On Wednesday 20 February 2019 - 8.30am - 7pm, tutors, parents & student will be involved in a 3 way 20 min interview, which will be taking place in your daughter’s Tutor room here at the College. There will be no classes on this day;  however it is a mandatory expectation that each student between Year 7-12 will attend with their parent(s) and discuss the proposed goals based on the 4 pillars of wellbeing.

Online bookings are now available by clicking on this link:

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The students have 2 weeks to prepare the necessary scaffold prior to the interviews. Please support your daughter by opening a conversation with her at home around what her goals are for the year ahead and how she intends to achieve them. They will work in partnership with their Tutor and enter the necessary goals into SEQTA Learn so that they can be presented and discussed at length during your interview time. If there are any issues, please feel free to contact the Tutor in the first instance and then the relevant House Co-ordinator.

Timetabled Wellbeing Lesson

The Wellbeing programs for each of the year levels (targeted universal programs) have certainly been successful in commencing this week.

A special thank you to all the staff and the House Co-coordinators involved in the various training sessions at the end of 2018, so that they would be ready and confident to lead their individual programs beginning of 2019.

My hope is that all student actively engage, participate in the activities, discussions & tasks in an attempt to better understand their own self awareness and develop positive skills that will equip them for life well after school. The more they invest in their growth, the more they will in turn receive.

The following programs are as follows:

  • Yr 7    The Resourceful Adolescent program (RAP)

  • Yr 8    The Resilience Project

  • Yr 9    The Emotional intelligence Program (EMI)

  • Yr 10   Mental Toughness (Positivity Institute)

For more information on your daughters' Learning and Wellbeing journey I strongly encourage that you attend the Information evening suitable to your daughters year group. 

Have a great start to the term!

Mrs Sia Mastro, Leader of Wellbeing

This article on College life meets The Archbishop's Charter for Catholic Schools - Charter #6

Wellbeing News

Year 7 have started the year with a bang! The orientation days were jam-packed with a variety of activities to allow the girls to get to know one another and the College.  The Year 12 Leaders, along with the House Coordinators, led tours, games, information sessions and art activities, to help the students have a smooth transition into secondary school. It has been a big change for the students and they should all be commended on the way they have embraced the move to the College, especially navigating their way to the different rooms each day. All are now settled into their classes and new routines.

As part of the transition program Week 3 will see the start of the Amica Peer Support Program. This is a program involving Year 7 and Year 10 students. The program has been carefully constructed to help Year 7s navigate through their first year of secondary school. The small group sessions will be run at lunchtime, once a fortnight.

A friendly reminder to Year 7 that the lunch activities we ran this week will continue next week down in SF1 if Year 7 students wish to come along. There are many prizes to be one.

Looking forward to a great year!

Mrs Felicity Gray, Wellbeing Coordinator

Year 7 Transition

My name is Ava Reaney and I started at in Year 7 this year. The first and second days were orientation days where Year 7s were introduced to homerooms, their Houses, other students and what high school would be like. I had the chance to see the school, classrooms and listen to the Principal and other staff members’ welcomes and introduction.

The following week the excitement began! Year 7 started classes and we met our teachers. I have found the transition to be smooth and enjoyable and I am excited to continue at my new school, Marist Sisters' College, Woolwich.

Ava Reaney, Year 7 Student

Jaricot House News

Last week we welcomed our wonderful Year 7 girls to our House. Our Jaricot House Team meeting on Friday 1 February welcomed new J1 Tutor, Mr Darren Brett to the Tutor Team. Mr Brett brings a lot of enthusiasm and expertise to the team.

We also discussed our House theme for 2019 - Finding your Inner Sparkle’.

We would like to focus on making sure everyone in our House is celebrated and has an opportunity to shine, it may be through a particular hobby, sporting team, curriculum goal or involvement in an extracurricular program. Girls have been asked to think about what makes them sparkle and to set some goals to make this happen across the year.

Please look out for our ‘Jaricot Stars’ as we move across the year, as girls will be recognised in our House Assemblies and through the newsletter. Congratulations to Juanita Koschier, who was in J2, 2018 and recently graduated as she has been awarded from UTS the Bachelor of Information Technology Cooperative Scholarship Program. We wish Juanita well in her endeavours.

Ms Amy Burrage, Jaricot House Coordinator

Chanel House News

As we begin a new year, we welcome many fabulous changes!

With those changes, Chanel House welcomes new 2 new Tutors. Mrs Eden Makerry is joining Mr Will Naicker in Chanel 1 as their Tutor on Fridays. Mrs Makerry is a familiar face to the girls and brings a wonderful positivity and energy to Chanel House. Miss Charlotte Askew has joined Chanel 2 as their Tutor for the year. Also a familiar face for our girls with a wonderful spirit and enthusiasm. Welcome Mrs Makerry and Miss Askew to the Chanel family.

Chanel also welcomed our Year 7 2019 students last Thursday 31 January, at our orientation day. We thank our Chanel House Captains, Abbie Lewis and Sophie Gobran, along with our Liturgy Captain Luana Di Stefano and House Ambassadors Chloe Buchanan and Sydny Connolly. These ladies were here to run activities and welcome our Year 7 students before the return of the remainder of our students last Friday. It was a great day getting to know one another and learning all about the College setting and expectations.

At our first Chanel Forum meeting, Tutor groups had some time to get to know their newest members and provide essential information relevant to being part of Chanel and managing the first year of College life here at the College. Chanel house are very excited about the various gifts that our Year 7 group have brought to our family and we look forward to nurturing their journey and seeing them flourish as the years go on.

We have also been busy preparing for the College Swimming Carnival. Chanel’s theme for this year is the ‘Red Devils’. Despite our outfits, we’re promising to bring the light and love at the core of Chanel to each and every day, including the carnival. However, we’re looking forward to an enjoyable day with plenty of healthy competition with the other House groups.

I’d like to extend a congratulations to all of our Year 12 2018 Chanel graduates, who had spectacular HSC results and have gained entry into many incredible courses due to their efforts. I would like to particularly congratulate Jacqueline Michalopoulos of Chanel 6, who was an all-rounder! Jacqueline achieved a band 6 in all of her subjects and is our College Dux! We are so incredibly proud of her and her academic achievement while always bringing kindness and warmth to Chanel House. We wish Jacqueline all the best in all her future studies and endeavours.

Ms Rebecca Bombaci, Chanel House Coordinator

Chavoin House News

Congratulations Chavoin House Gala Day Winners 2018! Team work, enthusiasm, dedication and supporting your Chavoin sisters resulted in this fabulous result. A huge thank you to our House Captains, Olivia Achie and Amy Shidiak, and all of the Year 12 girls for your leading in such a positive manner. Every girl has shown your blue House Spirit and this starts us off well for a great 2019 year.

Welcome to our Year 7 students who are becoming known in their Tutor Groups and starting to form new friendships. Thank you to the leaders who supported you on your first day; remember you can turn to any of these girls, tutors and staff when needed.

Welcome to Mrs Claudia Calvi to Chavoin 6 who will share the Tutor role with Miss Sera Pollari. A new welcome to the College to Mrs Jo George as Chavoin 3 Tutor. We are looking forward to getting to know all our new community members and sharing our College life with you and developing your understanding of our Marist Patron Jeanne- Marie Chavoin and the symbolism of our House Crest and Motto “Excellence Above Glory”.

For our upcoming Swimming Carnival our costume theme is Ultimate Fighting Chavoin and all Chavoin girls are expected to dress in blue matching the theme. Girls have received from the House Captains an outline of suitable and suggested costume items as well as ensuring as much participation in the pool on the day. Looking forward to a fabulous Chavoin Blue successful year in all areas.

Mrs Louise Kalmus, Chavoin House Coordinator

Perroton House News

A very warm welcome back to all members of Perroton House! I would like to particularly acknowledge our new Year 7 students, who had a very eager and enthusiastic start at the College last Thursday on their orientation day. Thank you to the Year 12 leaders who played an integral part of this day. They offered valuable advice, helped to facilitate orientation activities, and ensured that Year 7 knew that they were very warmly welcomed into the College and into Perroton House as their “sisters”.

I would also like to extend this welcome to new staff members joining Perroton this year.  Ms Rastegorac will be a Tutor for P3 on a Wednesday, Ms Jackson will be with P5 on a Tuesday, and Ms Dowdall is the Tutor for P7 in 2019. These Tutors, along with Mr Muller (P1), Ms Hunter (P2), Ms Deacon-Boys & Ms Duncan (P3), Ms Smith (P4), Ms Mathews (P5) and Ms Farrouk (P6) will continue their role in supporting and mentoring the students in their Tutor Groups. We look forward to seeing the girls with their parents to discuss their goal setting and aspirations for 2019, at the “My Marist Compass Goals” interviews in Week 4.

A big congratulations to the Class of 2018, with the students of Perroton House to be commended on their fantastic efforts and achievements. In particular, well done to Michaela Hah (P4) who was nominated for Encore after her successful HSC music performance, and Eliza Jones (P1) who  played first in the diocese in English Extension 2.

At our House Assembly in Week 1, the House Captains introduced the theme of “Aussie” for the Swimming Carnival. The students were given some ideas for costumes, and were encouraged to participate in events. Our house motto of “Courage” was discussed as to how to inspire the members of Perroton House on the day.

Perroton Week

We celebrate “Perroton Week” during Week 2-3, which involves fundraising for the Marist Missions, and celebrating our House Patron, Marie Francoise Perroton. Marie Francoise Perroton was  a pioneer of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary. She left France when she was 49 , after reading an appeal of South Pacific women for teachers. Marie Francoise gave herself in mission despite the loneliness and the isolation she experienced. She taught daily by loving presence and action,  and expressed a great love of the Eucharist, in daily prayer and in confidence in God and Mary. Convinced that the way to change society is through the women and children, Marie Francoise Perroton is a role model to all of us.

To celebrate this week,  we held a BBQ and a bake sale. The members of Perroton House were very much the master chefs,  bringing in delicious homemade baked goods to sell. Thank you to everyone who helped and contributed towards these great events, and for displaying fantastic House spirit and camaraderie.

Ms Jenna Cremin, Perroton House Coordinator

From the Leader of Governance and Communication

NSW State Election and Sydney Catholic Schools

Dr Dan White has requested the information sheet below regarding the key issues related to the NSW State Election (23 March) and Sydney Catholic Schools be shared with you.

Please download the file below.

Mr Justin Hodges, Leader of Governance and Communication

This article on College life meets The Archbishop's Charter for Catholic Schools - Charter #8



Performing Arts News

TDP Dance

This week auditions were held for the Competitive TDP Dance Ensembles.

Students from Year 7 - 12 are welcome to audition for these groups in Week 3 as well, there are still spots available and communicated to students.

In terms of Open Dance Ensembles, we have two opportunities available. Open means there is no audition required so you just come at the allocated time. These will commence in Week 3 so just come along and enrol at the times below:

Open Dance Technique with Esther Monck will be on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30pm

Open Dance Company with Cristina Speranza will be on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30pm.

All students are welcome to join these groups and build their dance technique and performance experience. We recommend doing both sessions to maximise your potential.

An exciting addition to TDP Dance this year is that we have two guest tutors for Contemporary and Hip Hop, Georgette Sofatzis and James Deane. These two industry professionals are resident teachers at Sydney Dance Company and we are so lucky to be given the opportunity to work with and learn from them this year. Thank you to all those dancers who auditioned this week and we look forward to seeing more of you in Week 3.

Ms Mel Cooper - Findlay, TDP Dance Tutor

TDP Dance Audition Form


Sports News

Thursday Sport

Please note that it is College Policy that all students involved in sport off campus on Thursdays must return to College at the conclusion of the day.

We ask that you do not request to pick up your daughter from the venue for an appointment or for any other reason. As part of our duty of care it is important that all students are accounted for and on the buses, which need to leave on time to return to the College.

The only exception to this policy will be for students who are representing the College at MCCS Representative Sport and parents are attending.

Mr Daniel Watts, Sports Coordinator

MCCS Volleyball


Bye Round


MSCW 1 vs Catherine McAuley 2 

MCCS Touch Football

MSCW Juniors 14 v St Patrick’s 1

MSCW Opens 3 v St Patrick’s 1


Weekly Specials

Week 3 Wednesday & Thursday 13 & 14 February 2019

Chicken Caesar Salad - lettuce, bacon, croutons, parmesan & dressing    $6.00     add avocado $1

Week 4 Wednesday & Thursday 20 February & 21 February 2019

Nachos with salsa, cheese, sour cream & avocado dip    $6.00     add beans $1

Please note that due to cost pressures, there have been some price increases on the Canteen menu.

Term 1 Roster


Term 2 Roster


Community News

Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra - Concerto Competition for Youth

Archbishop's Charter

for Sydney Catholic Schools