8 March 2019

Welcome to our Newest Families..... Year 12 Parents Host an Outstanding Event!

Our Parent Engagement model has again proven very successful in engaging parents in the College community. Our Year 12 parents hosted the “Welcome Evening for Year 7 parents and students” last Friday night. Already I have heard from many Year 7 parents that they felt very warmly embraced and welcomed. The hospitality was outstanding and the fairy lights added to the ambience.

Cerdon Plaza, overlooking the beautiful waters of the Lane Cove River, combined with the mild weather made it a perfect evening to host a very happy social event. The photo shows some of our Year 12 parents, proudly wearing their MSCW Parent aprons, who helped set up and were ready to offer hospitality to our newest families. Mrs Sasha Fennell welcomed the Year 7 families on behalf of the Year 12 parents and offered her encouragement to parents to get involved so that they can experience first-hand the family and community atmosphere that is so much apart of the culture at Marist Sisters’ Woolwich.

I thank our Year 12 Parent Coordinator, Sasha Fennell, and her team of helpers for the way they gathered the parent group and worked with Mr Justin Hodges, Leader of Governance and Communication, Ms Kayleen Admiraal, Business Manager and Mrs Donna Watts, Maintenance Supervisor, to set up and organise the hospitality for the evening. Over 250 Year 7 parents and their daughters attended the social gathering to spend time getting to know each other. Thanks also to Mrs Felicity Gray, Wellbeing Coordinator, Mr Marcus Powell, Year 7 Coordinator, and the Year 10 students who hosted a fun night of games and activities for our Year 7 students. This certainly shows our Marist Compass dimension of “Sisters for Life” in action and also gave the parents time to socialise in a relaxed atmosphere.

This event was followed on Tuesday afternoon by our Year 8 parents hosting the BBQ at our “Campus Experience Evening” (please refer to Mr Hodges' section later in the newsletter). The next event will be our Year 9 Parents hosting the Mother’s Day Mass and Dinner, Wednesday 15 May. Stay tuned for the details of this event. 

Shared below are photos of the Year 7 Welcome evening.

Dr Anne Ireland, Principal

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From the Assistant Principal

Over the last couple of weeks we have had a few significant events at the College. We had our first Principal’s Assembly for the year; our Year 11 Parent/Information Night; Welcome Night for Year 7 Parents; College Campus Experience; and of course, our Ash Wednesday Liturgies.

Thank you so much to our Year 12 Parents who hosted the evening for our Year 7 Parents last Friday and thank you to our Year 8 Parents who came together to run the BBQ on Tuesday Night for the Campus Experience Evening. These are significant events to help build the great Marist community we have here at Woolwich!

I’d also like to acknowledge and thank the staff for their generosity of time, talent and spirit in all that we do to give our girls the best opportunities we can offer at the College. It was overwhelming to hear the very positive feedback given by our prospective parents who came to see the College in action on Tuesday Night. The girls who assisted on Tuesday were outstanding in their representation of the College and many of them were named by the prospective parents. Congratulations and thank you to all!

School Buses

We continue to face challenges with the bus services provided to the College by Sydney Buses. We are on the phone frequently to State Transit, and in particular to the Western Regional Manager, about the lateness of the buses arriving to school in the morning and in the afternoon to take the girls home.

I thank the many parents, and also staff, who have continued to lodge complaints with State Transit about the services that are provided to the College. Please be assured that we are continuing to request solutions to the issues we are currently facing. I would also like to emphasise that the girls will not be left waiting at our two bus stops without the supervision of a member of staff, regardless of the time.

I encourage parents to lodge their concerns to State Transit each time there is an issue. To assist you with this we have placed the phone number of State Transit onto the College Parent Portal “Engage”. Alternatively, you may lodge your complaints at . Your assistance and support with this is very much appreciated.

Further to this, last week, we received a letter from the Customer Operations Manager from State Transit. In the letter, it was written:

“It is a condition of use that students tap on at the start and tap off at the end of each trip with their Student Opal Card. This is important to ensure accurate patronage data is recorded. This data is used to plan school special and regular route bus services and assists State Transit in ensuring adequate capacity is provided, so students can travel to and from school safely.

Current statistics indicate that many students have failed to tap on or off the Opal readers when travelling. If students do not tap on and off the school bus services, then it may appear underutilised and may be considered for cancellation based on low passenger numbers.”

I ask that all parents and carers speak with their daughters about the importance of using their Opal Cards. We must have the girls doing this if we are to maintain the number of bus services, and even increase the number of them. For further information and to apply for a School Opal Card, you may call 131 500 or apply online at

Season of Lent

Finally, as we begin this very special season of Lent, may it be one of deep renewal and cleansing of the heart for each of us, and the heart of the Church as a whole, as we prepare for our most significant Christian celebration – the life, death and resurrection of our Lord.

Ms Marietta Taliana, Assistant Principal

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What's Been Happening in Religious Education

Ash Wednesday

We held our House Ash Wednesday Liturgies led superbly by our Liturgy and House Captains with the support of House Coordinators and the College Leadership Team. The students entered into these liturgies with great reverence and pondered how they could reconnect with God in the next six weeks. 

Ash Wednesday begins our forty day season of Lent that leads to the jubilant celebration of Easter. On Ash Wednesday, we come together like the people of the Old Testament to remind ourselves that we don’t always follow God’s ways and need to ask God for His mercy and forgiveness. Like God’s people in the time of the prophets, we wear ashes to show that we want to turn away from whatever keeps us from God, and to have a change of heart, so that we can live in right relationship with God and each other. 

Project Compassion

We also launched Project Compassion for 2019, Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, bringing thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. All students will be supporting Project Compassion in their Lenten penance through their Tutor groups. The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is ‘100% HOPE’.

The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is based around Hope and giving Lent 100% in the name of hope. Hope enables us to rise above our fears and helps those in great need to shape a better future for their communities. Through your generous support of Caritas Australia you are demonstrating the power of hope. 

Throughout Project Compassion 2019, inspiring stories from Caritas projects will show how education, training and sharing knowledge can empower individual communities to transform their futures and create lasting change. In the first week of Lent, Project Compassion focus is on the life of 12 year old Thandolwayo from a small village in Zimbabwe. Every morning she’d walk seven kilometres and risk being attacked by crocodiles as she collected water for her grandparents and family. This was until Cartias Australia was able to help out, here is a video about her inspiring story. 

Mr Daniel Ronchetti, Acting Religious Education Coordinator

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From the Leader of Learning & Curriculum

Over the last two weeks Years 8, 9 and 10 students have been given the opportunity to engage in study skills sessions that have focused on establishing effective organisational and study skills. As assessment task notifications roll out across all subjects and year groups, students should be actioning these skills to ensure effective engagement in and preparation for these tasks.

Information presented to students has been accessed through the College subscription to Enhance Learning Educational Services website. All students and parents in the College can access extensive resources on the website below and use login details or alternatively through Jarnosse on the student Cloudshare:      Username: MSCW        Password: 93success

Over the next five weeks there are number of assessment tasks occurring across Years 7-12, so it is timely to remind students to access subject assessment notifications via SEQTA Learn. Parents are reminded that you can also access these notifications via the parent portal, Engage,  to assist in supporting your daughter in the preparation for upcoming tasks.

The assessment resource link on the student and parent portals provides access to the assessment handbook, which includes information on the College processes regarding assessment in line with the requirements of NESA.  Students and parents are asked to be familiar with this information. The assessment calendar is also available for parents and students to add to their personal calendar to assist in organisation.

Mrs Melinda Alvarez, Leader of Learning and Curriculum 

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From the Leader of Wellbeing

International Women’s Day

This week we stopped to reflect on the importance of International Women’s Day (week) and what is means to be Marist women of action in our daily life whilst leading into the 21st century. We recognise that our compass for Life is a pivotal tool that helps navigate the journey of each and every girl to be the best model of themselves. The year has certainly commenced with challenging many to question their purpose, their goals and to reflect on how they can lead by contributing to our broader College community.

The key themes in the 2019 IWD campaign have been indicative of the movement to create 
#balanceforbetter by working towards:

  • year long activity and collaboration (Sisters)

  • building a gender balanced world  (Courage)

  • acknowledging the collective role we all play (Gifts)

  • motivating others (Empower)

  • taking actions (Gifts)

These themes resonate with each of the dimensions in our compass and epitomise our Marist values and charism of ‘goodness above all’. There are many events throughout the calendar year that are a true reflection of how we aim to nurture the learning and wellbeing development of each and every student. The launch of My Marist Compass Goals day was considered to be a most successful and positive experience for a significant number of our students and their parents. It represented not only the importance of goal setting based on the four pillars of Wellbeing (learning, social/emotional, physical and spiritual), but recognising the significant pastoral role that their Tutor and parents play in supporting their learning and wellbeing journey.  

Being goal-oriented is a critical part of how students learn to become resourceful, one’s ability to find and use available resources to solve problems and shape the future of tomorrow. Setting goals is linked with self-confidence, motivation, and autonomy but best of all “goal setters see future possibilities and the big picture,” (McDaniel, 2016 
Huffington Post). These leadership qualities are in essence, what we aspire for each and every student to work towards in building their own capacity and leading their lives productively and with purpose and vision.

In personally reflecting on this busy term and the various events that have been hosted so far, it certainly has highlighted the sense of pride and connection generated amongst our students here at the College. The parallels of the IWD 2019 themes of collaboration, acknowledging the collective role they all play (Gifts), motivating others (Empower) and taking action (Gifts) along with our dimensions of the Compass have certainly been reflected from a range of opportunities in leading the way to be true C21st ‘Marist women of action’.

Mrs Sia Mastro, Leader of Wellbeing

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Wellbeing News

Amica Peer Support

The Amica program provides another avenue for Marist Sisters’ students to look out for each other. Amica is a French word meaning little friend. The program is designed to assist our new Year 7s make a smooth transition from primary school to life at the College.

During Term 1, students will be involved in the Amica Peer Support Program. Each fortnight during Wednesday lunch, groups of 8-10 students will meet with their Year 10 Amica Peer Support leader and work through a range of activities that focus on building connections and addressing a range of behaviours including the prevention of bullying.

Meeting in small groups allows meaningful connections to form, assisting student with the transition to secondary school. Throughout the program, students will acknowledge their strengths and learns skills to build resilience, identify how to develop, maintain and repair friendships, develop understanding of a range of behaviours and learn strategies in order to respond appropriately in  a variety of situations.

Peer Support utilises a strengths based approach to build social and emotional skills for adolescent development. In next week's session students have the opportunity to explore the positive things in their lives. They identify their strengths and achievements and also the people who support them. This is intended to provide a strong sense of purpose and affirmation.

Consideration of their character strengths helps to build a strong sense of self. Character strength helps provide accurate descriptions of their best attributes and in turn can shape how they behave towards others.

Discuss with them what they learned during their Amica Peer Support sessions and encourage and reinforce their character strengths. Some of these may include happiness, kindness, patience, perseverance, honesty and good judgement.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Year 10 Amica Peer Support leaders for giving of their time and energy that they have so far put into this program. It is a great opportunity for them to develop their own leadership skills. I look forward to working with them throughout the year.

Mrs Felicity Gray, Wellbeing Coordinator

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A Word from the Counsellor

Accepting the Unacceptable?

How can we find peace in a world where there are events, behaviours, conditions, situations, etc... that occur in our lives, and our children’s lives, that sit very much outside of our control and can feel completely unacceptable, devastating and unfathomable?

I would encourage you to speak with your young people from their perspective as to what feels unacceptable to them in their lives at the moment, and perhaps help them apply some of the ideas below regarding acceptance which I have adopted from a recent article I was reading.

Irrespective of what underpins a particular therapy/counselling style, you will usually find acceptance or some form of acceptance at the center. Acceptance is a major part of life and learning to accept the unacceptable can sometimes bring great relief for those that are suffering. This suffering  could be as a result of a death or loss, chronic ill-health, financial difficulty, relationship breakdowns, world news/devastating incidents or other trauma that has been experienced by ourselves or others.

Obviously, acceptance is not always an easy pill to swallow. In fact, some may observe that it acts counter to our instinctual behaviors. As humans, we generally strive for control and autonomy. Autonomy entails having a satisfactory degree of control in regards to one’s environment, life, and choices. It’s having perceived control over the decisions that ultimately lead you to reaching, maintaining, and upholding your values and sense of self. Unfortunately, in a cruel twist, we occupy an existence rife with moments of grief, helplessness, loss, and discomfort. It may feel as though we are unable to obtain the very thing we are programmed to seek. How is it possible to live comfortably in a world that seems to go against our natural instincts?

Much like everything else in life, acceptance requires practice and an understanding that acceptance is for your benefit and most likely others close to you! Accepting the situation or behaviour that sits outside of your control does not condone it nor make it less confronting.

Acceptance simply provides a mechanism for you to move past that situation and on with your life. Acceptance is growth. We need growth to create new pathways, new ways of being in the world, given whatever circumstances you are faced with. Being on a new path leads to the attainment of goals, values, and that sense of self and purpose that we all desire.

No one ever said or promised that life had to be fair or even remotely comfortable. Despite this, people manage to carry out happy and fulfilling lives. This is where the concept of acceptance comes in, to bring hope to an otherwise irrational/unacceptable existence. Despite the human brain being hardwired to demand control over our environment, acceptance is what allows us to maintain forward progress in life.

Ways to practice acceptance when we realise we have no control over the situation that is causing us grief:

1. Observe that you are questioning or fighting reality.

2. Remind yourself that the unpleasant reality is just what it is and cannot be changed.

3. Remind yourself that there are causes for the reality.

4. Practice accepting with the whole self (mind, body, and spirit).

5. Realise that you can be in control of how you react, think and feel, this is your choice!

Serenity Prayer

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

Courage to change the things I can,

And wisdom to know the difference.”

**Sudler, Eric, M.S “The Importance of Unconditional Acceptance of Self, Others and Life”

Albis Ellis Institute...Accessed 28.02.2019 1:30pm.

If you wish to discuss the above or have any concerns about your young person please feel free to contact the College Counsellor, Becky Salter via or ph: 0435 659 694.

Mrs Becky Salter, College Counsellor

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From the Leader of Governance and Communication

Campus Experience Evening - A Success!

Thank you everyone that supported our Campus Experience Evening. The students that volunteered were outstanding and their love for the College shone through the night.

Below are a few words send from a prospective parent that summed up the essence of this most important event:

"I just wanted to pass on my congratulations on a wonderful evening at the school this Tuesday past. The evening held at Marist Sisters' College at Woolwich was beautiful. My daughter and I enjoyed the music performance, the information about the College provided and the very extensive tour of the grounds with a delightful group of students. The girls from Year 8 who looked after us are a shining example to the school and please pass on our compliments to them. I also had the chance to meet your school counsellor briefly along with the learning support unit teachers which shows me that the wellness and development of your students is as much as a priority along with the academic and sporting program. It really resonates with me your ethos and what I would love to see for my daughter as she matures into a young woman...we would be honoured to gain a position is such a excellent school. Thank you again for a most enjoyable evening."

Please enjoy some shots of the event below.

Year 8 Parent Engagement Team

Sincere thanks to our Year 8 Parent Engagement Coordinators and helpers, led by Mrs Joanne Drinkwater, for running the BBQ on the night and keeping, staff, students and guests well fed! 

Thank you for offering your time and gift of service.

Australian Government Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection

From time to time, the Australian Government collects information from schools in relation to student enrolments. Please refer to the attached documents from detailed information.

Parents are not required to do anything except ensure their details recorded with the College are up to date and correct.  If there are any concerns or queries regarding the collection, please contact the Australian Government through the contact details provided in the documents.

Australian Government Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection




From the General Administration Office

Labelling of Uniforms

Please ensure that ALL of your daughters’ uniform items are labelled with her name. If an item of clothing is misplaced, it is very difficult to match the student with the item if a name has not been included on the clothing. We keep all unlabelled lost property in a cupboard in Pieta Square (just outside the General Administration Office), but if an item is labelled we email the student to advise that an item of theirs has been found and they are asked to come and collect it at recess, lunch time or after school.

Student Leave - For Lateness, Sickness, Medical Appointments and Late to School

Where a student will be late to school, parents and carers are required to ring the Absentee Line - 
0438 315 938 and advise the reason a student’s lateness or alternatively, a note of explanation can be sent on the day. A student’s absence will remain “Unjustified Leave” until a note is received. Students must present to the General Administration Office to be signed in. As punctuality is expected, continued late arrivals without a valid reason will result in a detention being issued to a student.

Leaving School Early

If a student is required to leave school early, parents and carers are required to write a note explaining the reason for the leave (e.g. medical appointment, family, etc.). Students will need to contact their House Coordinator who will sign the note (generally the best time to find a House Coordinator is at Tutor Group time, otherwise before school or recess/lunch time). At the collection time, parents and carers are to meet their daughter at the General Administration Office, students will hand in their signed note to be signed out.

If the student leave is unplanned (e.g. unexpected medical appointment, emergency) parents and carers need to ring the General Administration Office on 
9816 2041 (option 1) or email as soon as possible. Please note where parents and carers present at the College to collect students without prior notification identification will be requested.

Illness During The Day

If a student is unwell she will need to report to the General Administration Office. If she is sick enough to go home, parents/carers will be contacted to arrange collection. Under no circumstances are students to contact parents/carers themselves to be picked up. Due to duty of care obligations this must be done by College staff.

Payment Of Fees

Please contact the General Administration Office at to arrange payment of your College fees account via direct debit from your credit card either weekly, fortnightly or monthly. You can also pay via BPay, cash and direct transfer into the college bank account from your bank account. 

Ms Kayleen Admiraal, Business Manager

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Second Hand Clothing Pool

We have a variety of items donated including, TDP tops and jackets, TAS kits, art aprons and hospitality uniforms. All sales are cash.

Please contact me by e-mail to make an appointment, and if I am not available, the General Administration Office can also assist.

I am contactable by email -  for all enquiries and availability.

Mrs Liz Campbell, Second Hand Clothing Pool Coordinator

Lions Youth Of The Year

Congratulations to Danielle Dwyer

On Thursday 22nd February, College Captain Danielle Dwyer competed in the Lion’s Club ‘Youth of the Year’ competition. This competition is run annually for leaders in our local high schools including; St Joseph’s College Hunters Hill, Holy Cross College, Hunters Hill High School and Ryde Secondary College. This is a prestigious event for young people, which boasts many high profile Australians among the ranks of former entrants. These include: Kevin Rudd; Peter Beattie, a past premier of Queensland; the ABC’s Sabra Lane and Senator Simon Birmingham.

Danielle had to submit a detailed application, participate is a panel interview as well as, complete two impromptu speeches on; ‘the two significant issues that affect teenagers’ and ‘your opinion on pill testing at festivals’. Danielle also had to complete one prepared speech. Her  prepared speech was thought provoking with the essence of her argument being the difficulties faced by women in the workforce. Danielle employed a construction/building/ motif to illuminate the ‘sticky floors’, ‘maternal walls’ and ‘glass ceilings’ impeding women in the corporate world. She spoke with clarity, confidence and conviction.

We are pleased to announce that Danielle was declared the 2019 overall winner, with the Lions delegates praising her maturity and leadership qualities. Ms Cremin, Ms Smith and Ms Mathews who attended the event in support of Danielle, were very proud of the way she represented the college with grace and poise.

Ms Jennifer Mathews, Assistant English Coordinator

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Event

On Tuesday, the WSU and Social Justice teams came together to bring the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Event to the College community. This event was a success with the help of Ms Kathryn Della Vedova, Ms Donna Watts, Ms Kayleen Admiraal, and Mrs Adriana Hunter. These four individuals played a significant part in the preparation and overall organisation of the event. However a massive shout out must go to the Social Justice and WSU student members as they too helped with the running of the event.

It’s safe to say that our bellies are now full enough to last us through Lent! Thank you to all who purchased pancakes, you have raised significant funds for the Marist Missions!

Grace Hopkins & Laura Barbagallo (WSU Co-Presidents) and
Kate Plummer & Gemma O’Grady (Social Justice Co-Captains)

Jaricot News

J3 Homeroom Dinner

J3 had a fabulous time at Lipari Pizza Bar in Hunter Hill on Wednesday 27 February. We enjoyed catching up with each outside the school environment over a range of delicious Pizza and pasta at a great price. This was a great experience for J3 as it created conversation around holidays, the start of the school year and hopes for 2019. It supported bonding across all year groups through shared insights and experiences of key events and what to expect for the coming year. 

Thanks to Joanna Teran and Mr Watts for all their effort in organising the evening. J3 hope to get together outside of school again towards the end of the year!

Ruby Eason, Year 11 Student

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Year 7 Geography Excursion

On Monday 25 February, Year 7 went on an excursion around the Woolwich area. We went to six different stops including; Woolwich Baths, the Woolwich lookout, Woolwich dock, Clarke's Point Reserve, The Horse Paddocks, and Kelly’s Bush reserve.

During our excursion, we learned about the history of Woolwich and about the different landscapes and landforms in the area.

Historically, Woolwich was a working-class area with many industries including shipping. We visited the historic dry dock which is an area where they used to build and fix ships. This showed us how the landscape has changed over time, now the Woolwich dock is used more for recreational purposes.

We collected primary data of photographs and field sketches throughout the morning. We finished the excursion in Kelly’s bush, Kelly’s bush is an area near Weil Park that remains due to the success of the  Green Bans in the 1970s. In Kelly’s Bush, we looked at Indigenous sites such as the waterhole and the midden.

Overall this excursion was very informative and a fun way of teaching us about Woolwich.

Anna Silvia and Maddison Westerbrink, Year 7 Students

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Year 10 Geography Excursion

Coastal Studies at Collaroy and Long Reef Beach

This week, Year 10 went on an excursion to Collaroy and Long Reef Beach. Recently in class we have been learning about and discussing coastal erosion; its causes, effects and how we can sustain it for the future. This excursion was a way to apply all our knowledge and geographical skills we had learnt in class to the real world. We were able to physically experience the beaches and acknowledge the damage and changes.

We started the day in Collaroy, where we were shown how significant the changes were in the width of Collaroy beach. From photos from the 1960s to now, it was clear to us that the beach had made dramatic changes. We learnt the causes of this erosion, and ways they are dealing with it now, through sea walls and sand nourishment. However, we also learnt about the negatives of these methods. We learnt that this problem is not an easy fix, and will continue to be an issue throughout our lives and that our generation could find a way to save the beach for generations after us.

Next, we went to Long Reef Beach, where we studied the sustainability of this beach. We noticed that this beach was far more protected, surrounded by a sand dune and lots of vegetation. We took samples of the different times of sediment under us from different parts of the beach. We instantly noticed that this beach had a much larger width, and was a lot less at risk than Collaroy. At Long Reef Beach we learnt about the different types of tides and other systems at the beach, including rips.

Overall, we found this geography excursion a fun learning experience. We learnt a lot about erosion and what causes it as well as the ways the local and state governments are dealing with it.

Lauren McGregor, Christine Murphy and Tamara Paul, Year 10 Students

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Fiji Receive Support After Cyclone Winston

The Marist Sisters’ New Convent at Nadelei , Fiji

Cyclone Winston of 2016 caused massive damage to a large area of Fiji which wiped out the Marist Sisters’ convent in Nadelei and most of the villages in northern Fiji.  The Nadelei sisters and villagers sought refuge in a set of classrooms for several days with little food and no power or means of communication. The damage was devastating. Luckily there were no deaths in this village but the Marist sisters residing there, Sr Mareta and Sr Titilia lost everything. 

The Fijian Marist Sisters appealed to all Marist communities around the world for help, to which MSCW responded with money from the mission fundraising performed by our students during the year. 

I visited Nadelei in 2016, with the help of Sr Lavinia (superior of the Fiji sector of Marist Sisters) to see the devastation and how the community strived for a quick recovery with limited funds. This is what remained of the convent.

During 2017 I visited Nadelei again, for four days, accompanied by Ms Leonie Clarke and  Mrs Jane Latella. We took some much needed items such as school supplies and clothes.

We were delighted to see that the building of the new convent had started with heavy duty Besser brick foundations.  This convent is being built to last!

Earlier this year Ms Robyn Purcell travelled with me to Nadelei to see the completion of the new convent.  It is spectacular!  A sturdy building on the hill, overlooking the back of the school. 

Sr Lavinia and the residing sisters wanted me to take photos to show the MSCW community what their contributions helped achieve.  They all send a heartfelt ‘thank you’ and ‘Bula blessings’ to all.

Ms Anna Fisher, ex-MSCW Staff Member
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Sports News

MSCW Swimming Carnival 2019

Moving this year to the Sydney Aquatic Centre meant the College could give students the opportunity to swim in a first class facility with air-conditioned comfort. It was wonderful to see the level of participation increasing each year especially with our Year 12 students.

The atmosphere was fantastic with the MSCW spirit a highlight of the day. I think the amount of energy the students created probably hasn’t been felt at the pool since the 2000 Sydney Olympics!

Best “House Spirit” as judged by Dr Anne Ireland and Ms Taliana throughout the day was awarded to:

1.     Jaricot

2.     Colin

3.     Perroton

The House with the most participation points was Marcellin 1st with Chanel in 2nd place and Perroton 3rd.

Chavoin House who put in an outstanding performance to finish first in 3.45.00 in the House Relay

Chavion was represented by:

Year 7 – Sienna Brown

Year 8 - Nikki Le Gras

Year 9 – Anastasia Lakic

Year 10 – Kalani Howard

Year 11- Asha Kerr

Year 12 – Grace Hopkins

Congratulations to the 2019 Swimming Age Champions

Ziani Viola - 12 Years

Runner up –Alicia Jordaan

Sienna Brown - 13 Years

Runner up – Natasha Payne

Ava Gibson - 14 Years

Runner up – Chloe Lewis     

Abby Gibson - 14 Years

 Runner up – Anastasia Lakic

Kalani Howard - 16 Years

 Runner Up – Bianca Camroux

Madeline Wunsch - 17 Years

 Runner Up –Renae Giersch

Overall House Champions

Congratulations to Marcellin House who are the 2019 Swimming Champions.

1st         Marcellin        

2nd         Chavoin

3rd         Perroton

A very big thank you must go to Ms Marietta Taliana and Mrs Antonina Arcidiacono for all their help with the organisation in the lead up to the carnival. Thanks also to the PDHPE Staff/ Sport Staff, Sports Captains (Chelsea Quinn, Jordan Kelly), staff and students for making this another great and successful Swimming Carnival!

Mr Daniel Watts, Sports Coordinator

CGSSSA Softball

On Monday 11 February, thirteen MSCW girls from Years 9-12 who had never played softball together, went to the CGSSSA softball tournament, and walked away with the first place trophy.

How did that happen, you may ask?

Well - through determination, excellent sportswomanship, and a little bit of luck.

Woolwich won two out of the first three games, which brought us to the semi finals. We play against Mount St. Joseph, who we had lost to in the grand final the past three years.

Afraid, yet up for the challenge, Woolwich prevailed, winning a close game of 6 - 4.

This meant we reached the grand final. Our final competitor: Bethany College, the only team we had already played and lost to that day. The odds were against us. However, the incredible spirit and talent of our players did not let us down.

We won the game 14 - 0. 

Thank you so much to Mr Richardson for being our fantastic coach and accompanying us on the day. Thank you to Mr Watts for organising this event and supporting softball each year.

It was an amazing feeling, after three years in a row of being the runners up, to win in my final year representing the College in CGSSSA softball. Thank you to all the players - it was so much fun to be with you on and off the field.

Good luck for next year!

Polly Hancock, Year 12 Student

CGSSSA Cricket

On Tuesday 19 February, MSCW competed at the annual CGSSSA Cricket Championship. Students from Years 10-12 competed together on the day and following a narrow loss last year, managed to reclaim the championship trophy in dynamic style.

The team comfortably made their way to the finals after finishing the top of their pool undefeated. The first semi final was a bit of a wakeup call, with MSJ proving to be tough competition. Luckily, some tidy work in the field and an exceptional batting performance the team were able to chase the total of 93 runs to take the game. 

The grand final was predictably against our long term rivals, Monte. A good start had MSCW up after a wicket on the first ball taking out their star batsman for a golden duck. Despite the good start in the field, MSCW needed one run to win off the final ball of the game. With much suspense, a four was hit and MSCW won the game by 3 runs.

It was overall a very successful day for the College and all schools who competed.

Eden Fraser, Year 11 Student

Nippers State Age Championship

Almost 2500 Nippers assembled on Blacksmiths beach in Lake Macquarie for the SLSNSW State Age Championships last weekend. Year 8 student, Hayley Hopper, participated in four beach events and finished in the top 10 for NSW in each of these events, narrowly missing the final for the beach sprint by one place. Competing against 202 entrants in the U13 age division, Hayley, representing Elouera, competed in ten elimination rounds before placing 5th in the State final for beach flags. A day later she backed up this success in the relays for the girls and mixed team placing third and fourth in NSW. 

Awesome effort!

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

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MCCS Volleyball


MSCW 3 v Domremy 0 (Win)


MSCW 2 v Domremy 1 (Win)

MCCS Touch Football

Round 6


MSCW 3 v Domremy 2 (Win)


MSCW 7 v Domremy 0 (Win)

MCCS Waterpolo

MSCW 8 - Catherine McAuley 12 (Loss)


Weekly Specials

Week 7 Wednesday & Thursday 13 and 14 March 2019

Crunchy noodle salad, Chinese noodles (Changs Original)                                                       $6.00
Chinese cabbage, green onions, pine nuts, soy sauce, sesame oil, white vinegar, sugar

Week 8 Wednesday & Thursday 20 and 21 March 2019

Falafel Wrap                                                                                                                                        $6.00
Lettuce, tomato, mint and tahini sauce 

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

Tour de Cure

Tour De Cure is determined to support researchers in finding a Cure for Cancer. We have engaged over 110,000 school age kids, funded 320 cancer projects funded and supported 28 significant cancer breakthroughs.

I lost my father and recently my aunty to pancreatic cancer. We could not just sit aside and watch family and friends suffer through this terrible disease.

It has been over 5 years that we have been a part of the Tour De Cure family. Riding with Mark Beretta and the team to educate kids on being fit and eating healthy and donate large amounts of money raised to local charities in small towns that we pass through on our rides.

Our kids have been our biggest supporters, working so hard in supporting Tour De Cure through numerous cake stall and bbq’s, as well as our 10-year-old raising $3500.00 shaving his head last year.

We are aiming to raise over $15,000.00 for the years Signature Tour. Which leaves from Channel 7 Sunrise Show on 2nd May, where we make our way to Geelong by 11th May.

Come join in the fun; get a gift bag, tickets for lucky door prizes, silent auction items and much more.

If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, go to 

Go to 
https://www, for the Lego movie

Go to for the Five Feet Apart movie

Michelle Quinsey - Parent