27 September 2019

Congratulations and Best Wishes to our 2019 Graduating Class

From their beginnings as young girls in Year 7 in 2014 until today, graduating as young women in Year 12 2019… Where have the 6 years gone!! This week we have had the opportunity to celebrate with and farewell our Year 12 students as they graduate from the College.

Last week we had a special visit from both our Primary Feeder schools, as well as the Ex-students Association delivering gifts for each Year 12 student. The Primary School students had taken time to write personalised cards to the Year 12 students and their gift also included a wooden cross and chocolate treat. The Ex-students, also thinking of our Year 12 students, gave them unique little bags. These visits signify the special relationship that each Year 12 girl’s education journey takes from primary to secondary schools and then extended further to the ex-students. Their thoughts and prayers for our Year 12 students were very much appreciated.

Year 12 Graduation Celebrations

This week commenced with Year 12, parents, staff and all students gathering at the St Joseph’s College Hall for our Year 12 Graduation Awards Assembly, followed in the evening by the Graduation Mass and Supper at the College. We were very privileged to have the following special guests attend the Awards Assembly: Sr Cath Lacey and Sr Gail Reneker representing the Marist Sisters; Ms Eva Spata, Leader of Learning Secondary Sydney Catholic Schools; Mr Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove; Ms Alexis Cahalan, representing the Cahalan family Memorial Award; Ms Jenny Rickard, Recruitment Consultant Future Students Macquarie University and Mrs Melinda Enright, Parent Engagement representative.

Special thanks to Fr Greg Morgan, St Charles Borromeo, Ryde and OLQP, Gladesville and Fr Michael McLean, St Mark’s Drummoyne who celebrated the Graduation Mass for us. We were also joined at the mass by Marist Sisters, Sr Cath Lacy, Sr Marie Berise, Sr Noelene Simmons; Marist Laity members Mrs Pam Lubrano and Mrs Jennifer Aduckiewicz; and representatives from Sydney Catholic Schools, Mrs Genevieve Moss, Director of Teaching and Learning and Ms Niamh Clancy, Leader of Learning Secondary.

On Tuesday, the Year 12 students entertained the College community with a concert before being farewelled in their Houses and Tutor groups. These farewells included the traditional Carnation Ceremony. This opportunity allows the Tutor and House to thank their Year 12 students, for their support and care, particularly as their ‘big sisters’. It is these ‘sisterly relationships’ that are a special feature of the family atmosphere here at MSCW.

Each of these events have allowed us to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our 2019 Year 12 students and give thanks for their time at Marist Sisters’ College.

I would like to thank those who have encouraged and cared for the girls over the past six years: their parents and families, the Marist Sisters, Fr Kevin Bates, Fr Aliki, the College Leadership Team, House Coordinators, Subject Coordinators, Tutor teachers, subject teachers and support staff.

I would also like to thank the Food Technology students, overseen by Ms Della Vedova and Ms Leonie Clark, and the Year 11 Parent Engagement group, coordinated by parent Mrs Lucy Mazmanian, who hosted the Year 12 Graduation supper. Many thanks to the large team of staff who contributed to the organization of the many events to recognize and farewell Year 12.

I wish Year 12 calm minds and peaceful hearts over the coming weeks as they continue to prepare for their HSC. I remind them to sleep and eat well and exercise as part of their study program.

Congratulations to the Year 12 students who received special awards this year! A full list of award recipients is attached.

Please enjoy the photo galleries below.

Year 12 Graduation Awards 2019


Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Supper


The 2019 NAPLAN results were released last week. NAPLAN is a national assessment conducted in every school across Australia to access five key student competencies: reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation and numeracy. Further in this Newsletter you can read a full report on our 2019 NAPLAN results for Year 7 and Year 9.

We were delighted with our performance, placing well above State average in the top two bands, in each of the five key competencies in Year 7. In Year 9, students performed above the State in the top two bands in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation with significant improvements in writing.

As we begin this holiday period I wish the entire College community a well-earned break. May we all return to Term 4 refreshed and energized to complete the 2019 year successfully. 

Dr Anne Ireland, Principal

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From the Assistant Principal

Farewell to Year 12

This week we have had a number of occasions where we have acknowledged the success of Year 12 students in the academic, sporting, cultural and service areas. Congratulations to all Year 12 Students in graduating from Marist Sisters College, Woolwich. We wish you well in your exams and your future endeavours beyond school.

Summer Uniform

All parents/carers and students are reminded that students return to school in Term 4, in summer uniform.

As there will be a number of girls who have had a growth spurt over the last two terms it is recommended that the length of uniform is checked before returning to school. For the details re the expectations of students’ wearing of the uniform and personal grooming, please see the College Uniform guidelines in SEQTA Learn for Students and SEQTA Engage for Parents.

Year 11

This week our Year 11 Students returned to classes after having been on the Preliminary Exams Timetable. As papers are returned to students I encourage them to reflect on and respond to the feedback they receive from their teachers both from what is written on their papers and what is explained by the teacher during class.

Students responding to the feedback given is one of the critical parts of the learning process. Correcting misconceptions in learning is essential for building on the knowledge, understanding and skill development of all courses.

This examination period for Year 11 has been a demanding one for the students. I trust that the students will consider them to be a good gauge of the direction they need to take in their learning, with the help of their teachers, as they move into their HSC Courses.

I would like to thank all students and teachers for the hard work that has been shown throughout this term and I extend my thanks to all parents and carers who continue to support and work with us. This is a wonderful community that relies on the interaction between all members.

I wish all students, parents and carers and staff a very restful break over the coming two weeks and I look forward to our return in Term 4.

Ms Marietta Taliana, Assistant Principal

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From the Religious Education Coordinator

Let Your Light Shine

The Gospel for our Graduation come from Luke’s Gospel: 

“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or to put it under a bed. No, he puts it on a lamp-stand so that people may see the light when they come in. For nothing is hidden but it will be made clear, nothing secret but it will be known and brought to light. So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away.”

Graduation is a time that we celebrate the achievements of all our Year 12 students, we acknowledge their many skills and talents, we reminisce on the six years they spent at the College and we look forward to what may lay ahead for each of our them. Fr. Greg Morgan built on this theme when reflected on the Gospel passage in his Homily, “Jesus wants you to shine your light - not just to this College - but to an unsuspecting world! And your own little world of friends and family has stopped and dropped everything to ‘watch you shine’. To shine, like the lamp of the Gospel. A ‘lamp’ that is meant to be placed on a lampstand, so that it will shine for the whole household”. 

As our Year 12’s leave our community we look forward to how they will bring their talents to the world to shine the hearts and minds of our world. How they will shine a light on the injustices and darkness in our world. We wish you all the best! Let your light shine! 

Graduation Mass

On Monday afternoon, we had a beautiful celebration of the Eucharist for our Graduating Year 12, 2019. We acknowledged their significant contribution to our College and we prayed that they may continue to be Marist women of action; who are capable, committed and compassionate members of our society who will continue to live out the Marist Sisters’ motto, “Goodness Above All” into the future.

Firstly, I would like to thank Fr. Greg Morgan and Fr. Michael McLean for celebrating mass for us. Fr. Greg’s was a wonderful presence throughout the day - at our Graduation Ceremony, Mass and Supper. I would like to thank the many staff members involved in the Graduation Mass, especially Ms. Caroline Marsh for her wonderful leadership of the College Choir and Ms. Sia Maestro for playing the piano. I’d also like to thank Ms. Adriana Hunter, Assistant Religious Education Coordinator, for her tireless efforts to ensure the evening was a special event for our graduates and their families. Finally, a huge thank you to all the staff who attended, including a few staff on leave. Your presence demonstrated the great care we have our for this special group of students and without a doubt a very special moment of the evening was the Staff Blessing. 

Invitation from Ryde Gladesville Parish

On behalf of Father Greg Morgan at Ryde Gladesville Parish, all Year 12 students are invited to a HSC blessing mass on Sunday October 6th at 6:00pm followed by a BBQ afterwards! If you are interested in being involved, either as a reader or a musician please email Jamille West (Youth Minister at Ryde Gladesville Parish) on 

Mr Daniel Ronchetti, Acting Religious Education Coordinator

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Tuesday Christian Meditation

The College is very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers from Marist Laity - Mrs Pam Lubrano and Mrs Jenny Audwicz run a Christian Meditation program on a Tuesday morning throughout the school year. Thank you to these generous women who over many years continue to provide beneficial experiences for the students.

Each week they thoughtfully plan a different focus of the Meditation. I share below some photos and an extract of Year 10 student Bianca Camroux’s reflections about attending Christian Meditation recently with her class. 

Mrs Adriana Hunter, Assistant Religious Education Coordinator

We were fortunate enough to be blessed with experiencing Christian Mediation where the focus was on Mary Undoer of Knots. Mrs Lubrano, Mrs Audwicz and Sr Marie Berise sm taught us about our Mother Mary, the undoer of knots, which they beautifully described, inspiring our whole class. We were given the option to reflect on our personal knots with our own special ribbon which was kindly given to us by the ladies. These knots were symbolic of the problems we face in our lives. These knots were then presented to Mary who continually guides us throughout our lives. Throughout our peaceful meditation we reflected on these knots and felt connected to Mary who helps us to undo some of our knots. We concluded with a reflection and felt more at peace. We are very blessed in our school to be given the opportunity of Christian Meditation which helps us now and prepares us for later in life. 

Bianca Camroux, Year 10 Student

From the Leader of Learning & Curriculum

NAPLAN - Years 7 & 9 Results

Last week all students in Years 7 and 9 received their results from the 2019 NAPLAN tests. These tests were conducted online in May at the College and are part of the national measurement of literacy and numeracy in students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Performance in the tests is reported in bands on a common scale to show a student’s progression on their learning journey through their years at school and represents the skill set considered to be essential to navigate life in general after school.


The 2019 College NAPLAN results are:

The College performed strongly in the 2019 NAPLAN tests compared to the NSW state performance in both the top two bands.

Students in Years 7 have achieved stronger results in the top two bands in every domain compared to students across NSW.

In Year 9 students achieved a stronger representation than students across the state in domains of Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar and Punctuation.

The percentage of students who are represented in the bottom two bands in the NAPLAN tests in the College is below the percentage across the State in every domain in both Year 7 and Year 9.

Highlights included results in Year 9 Writing where the College had 35% of students in the top two Bands, compared with a state representation of 13% and 34% of students in Year 9 achieving in the top two bands in the Reading and Spelling domains.

All testing and reporting at school should be viewed as a measure of the learning that is taking place for students. It is the learning that remains at the core of what education is about for all students. Assessment and the reporting that comes from it are windows into where a student is at for any given point in the learning journey. Learning is ongoing and continues on regardless of the result achieved at any point along the way. Learning in a differentiated curriculum allows for each student to be challenged appropriately for the point they are at and as a consequence also prepare students to best demonstrate their skills and knowledge. 

Year 12 Class of 2019

All of the Class of 2019 are invited to morning tea to be held at the College on Wednesday 18 December where they will receive their College references. This is also the opportunity to complete the slip informing the College of their ATAR. ATARs are issued by UAC directly to students and the College relies on students sharing this information for College records and so students can be recognised at the High Achievers Assembly in February 2020. ATARs are collected discreetly and used only for the stated purpose.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Class of 2019 every success with their HSC Exams and life beyond the College.

Mrs Melinda Alvarez, Leader of Learning and Curriculum

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From the Leader of Administration

Year 11 Parent Student Teacher Interviews

Year 11 Parent Student Teacher interviews will take place on Wednesday 30 October from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Interviews are scheduled for a 5-minute allotment and will take place in two sessions:

Session 1:   3:30pm – 5:00pm

Session 2:   5:40pm – 7:20pm

The interviews provide an opportunity for you to speak to your daughter’s teachers about her academic progress for each course. It is expected that students attend the interviews in the full College uniform and meet with all teachers.

Online bookings opened at 4pm on Monday 14 October and will close at 12 noon on Tuesday 29 October. To book, visit 
School Interviews and access the Marist Sisters' College event and access bookings using code: 9f6jy

A reminder that parking at the College can be difficult, so please allow sufficient time to park and walk to the College entrance. Please plan on being at the College 5 minutes before your interview time.

If you are experiencing any issues with bookings please contact the College. We look forward to meeting with you and your daughter.

Mrs Antonina Arcidiacono, Leader of Administration

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Leader of Wellbeing

“Wellness is the ‘wholeness in mind, body, spirit and community" (McCallum & Price 2016)

At this point in the term,  it is important that we all take some time to reflect on our learnings up until this point and question our growth in how well we have balanced our learning whilst managing our emotions during challenging or peak times

It is important to recognise that ‘wellbeing’ does not just refer to being in a ‘happy’ state of mind all the time. A healthy wellbeing refers to understanding and accepting our sense of self and how we manage challenging times. Through self-management, self-awareness, regulation of emotions, the exercising of responsible decision making and ways of maintaining positive relationships, these skills enable us to work towards how to problem solve or alternatively, work towards achieving our set goals. 

Our resilience helps maintain a healthy and balanced sense of wellbeing.  Although often referred to as the ability to “bounce back”, resiliency does not happen at the same rate or in the same way for every individual and indeed, being resilient does not even have to be an individual experience. 

How do we build resilience in young people?

Having a strong support network helps build resiliency in a young person as there is always someone that cares to help guide during difficult, stressful or challenging situations. Also having a trusted adult outside of the home that a young person can talk to and build strong friendships with helps young people to navigate through tough times, particularly in the teenage years. Last week we dedicated the week to supporting Batyr and ways of ‘looking out for our mates’ whilst starting those positive conversations. As Marist women of action our aim was to continue the conversations by ‘smashing the stigma of mental health in our school community’. Batyr came and presented to Yr 12 and yr 10 about what that looks like and how we can all make a difference within our community. This was also extended to our parents on Wednesday 18 September. A special thank you to all those parents that attended. Your support and time was most appreciated. Collectively we all have a responsibility to ensure that we are working towards a common goal - learning to promote a positive and healthy wellbeing.

I look forward to seeing everyone next term. For now, time to recharge, disconnect and enjoy the holiday break.

Mrs Sia Mastro, Leader of Wellbeing 

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A Word from the Counsellor

Starting Conversations around Mental Health?

In light of the recent focus on Are you OK Day, and the Parent Mental Health Forum held here at the College through the Batyr group, I thought it worth reviewing how to start, hold and continue conversation around mental health wellbeing with your teenage daughters.

Firstly, encouraging household discussions around mental health in general, genuine parent curiosity around what is being learnt in school around mental health initiatives, and how each in the family looks after their own mental health, can be really helpful. 

The more open your family discussions are around your own as well as other’s mental health, the easier it will be to discuss mental health issues as they might arise with your teenager. Your children listen and learn from how the family act/react, and respond in stressful situations, how they regulate emotionally and how the family judge others with mental health conditions.

One in five young Australians are dealing with a serious mental illness but more than 60 per cent feel uncomfortable seeking professional support, the most recent report from (Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute) has found. Young females are twice as likely to be suffering mental health illness as their male counterparts. This research shows young people who are experiencing the greatest distress are also the least willing to seek information or support from counselling services.

So making sure as parents we keep an open dialogue with teens about these issues is critical.

Conversation Starters: Observe: In a non-judgmental way let your daughter know if you’ve noticed:

-That they don’t seem to be hanging out or talking to their friends as much as usual.

-That their school work seems to be suffering.  You may notice slipping grades, assignments going undone, or a general lack of interest in anything school related, physical illness with no known cause, such as headaches or stomach problems.

-Their mood seems to have declined for an ongoing period of time.  For instance, they may be unusually teary, angry, disconnected/withdrawn, not enjoying their usual hobbies, or develop poor eating/sleeping patterns which may be continuing for more than a few weeks.

As a parent or carer try to…

Listen.  Really listening means stopping the voice in your own head and anything else you are doing and try to actively pay attention to your daughter.

Ask if they’ve thought about what they might need. If they haven’t, offer support to listen and talk it out with them. If they have, support them in following through with their needs.

Educate yourself. Learn as much as possible about your daughter’s symptoms and the realities of mental health disorders and mental health wellbeing. Headspace and are great resources for information about mental health in young people.

● Offer to keep things confidential, unless it is life threatening.

Normalize.  Assure your child that having a mental health issue is common, and does not mean that they can’t get better. Remember it is not a problem unless it is a problem!

Acknowledge your fear, but don’t let it rule your behaviours. As a parent it is important that we confront stigma or discrimination directly.

Be genuine. Teens can see right through an adult who is “faking it.” If you’re feeling uncomfortable in a discussion with a young person, admit it. Say something like, “This is hard for me to talk about, so I totally understand if it’s difficult for you too.”

Allow for silence. Just like anyone, teens may struggle at times to express what they want to say. Interrupting a silent moment may prevent someone from having enough time to formulate their thoughts—be patient. You  may need to try many times before your child opens up but reassure them you are there when they are ready.

Switch up the setting. Where you have a conversation about mental health could make you or your daughter more comfortable. Maybe taking her out to dinner will help open up conversation. Some adults and adolescents find it easier to talk to a young person while doing another activity, like driving in the car, washing dishes or walking the dog. 

Offer external support, if required and assure your child that information will be confidential.

Prepare to be an advocate.  Finding the right mental health treatment is like finding the right medical provider.  It takes time and effort to make sure you’re getting the best care you need.

As a Parent or carer try not to…

Minimize how your daughter is feeling or tell them “you shouldn’t think that way.” It’s quite difficult to bring up this conversation, remember that they probably worried over it for some time before coming to you.

Let your emotions rule your response – especially if you’re angry.  Negative words (“You’re never going to get it together, are you? ”) can set someone back for a long time and adds to stress and problems.  It’s also not uncommon for parents to feel guilt and blame themselves.  If your child has a mental health illness, it is not your fault, but you can be part of the solution.

Tell your child what they should do; instead, ask what they want you to help them with.

● If your child shares about bizarre thoughts or asks about strange sounds or sights, pay attention and explore. These experiences may be early warning signs of more serious mental health problems.  Acting early can change the trajectory of their lives.  

Argue or take it personally, if you encounter resistance from your child.  Go back to listening, asking open ended questions and just repeating what they’ve said to show you are listening. 

Compare your child to their siblings.  “Your brother doesn’t have these problems.  Why can’t you be more like him?”

The more normal and regular we make conversations about mental health within our family, the easier  these conversations will become. And we know that one conversation can be pivotal when it comes to getting a young person facing a mental health challenge, the help they may need. Of course if you wish to discuss the above or have any concerns for your daughter, please feel free to contact me, the College Counsellor, Becky Salter via or ph: 0435 659 694.

Ms Becky Salter, College Counsellor

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An Important Message from the Canteen

As of Term 4 Students using FlexiSchool must have their student card. 

Due to security concerns, students that do not have their student card will no longer be able quote their FlexiSchools number.  

Please ensure your daughter has her student card, if lost please order a new one through Jarnosse (the library).

Mrs Clare Scott and Mrs Anita Rebecchi, Canteen Managers

Term 4: Week 2 Canteen Specials

Wednesday & Thursday 23/10/19 & 24/10/19

Penne Pasta with napolitana sauce with parmesan    $6.00

Jarnosse News

Year 12 2020 Resource List

Please follow the link which will take parents/students directly into the Campion website for Marist Sisters’ College ordering.

If ordering via the Campion website, the School Code is... E5Y9.

The link is currently on both the student and parent portals.

Year 10 and HSC: all my own work

During class in Week 1 of Term 4 Year 10 girls will be introduced to the NESA program HSC: all my own work.

HSC: all my own work is a compulsory program which NESA requires all Year 10 students in NSW to successfully complete before they can commence their Preliminary Year. It focuses on academic honesty and the principles of good scholarship.

Year 10 parents and carers are asked to refer to the letter sent via Skoolbag for more details.

Ms Celeste McNicholas, Leader of eLearning & Information Services

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2019 Trainee of the Year Regional Award Winner

Congratulations Beth Lister

Over the past 18 months Beth Lister (Year 12 Marcellin) has been completing a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation with the Australian Training Company, an external organisation who oversee a number of School Based Apprenticeship & Traineeship (SBAT) programs.  An SBAT is a way students can combine paid work, training and school whilst gaining an industry recognised national qualification.  SBAT students work part-time during the term and then complete additional hours in the school holidays, thus allowing them to complete a traineeship by the end of their HSC year.  In Beth’s case, she will be graduating this year with an impressive resume that will include  a HSC, Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, over 100 days of workplace experience plus a range industry recognised qualifications including her Bronze Medallion and Pool Guard licence. 

Beth’s journey has required a tremendous amount of dedication and organisation in order to balance both the study component of her course as well work placement.  She is currently employed by Bluefit as a pre-school swim teacher and lifeguard at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre.  In the future, Beth hopes to study exercise science so the completion of an SBAT provided her with a unique view into the demands of the exercise and sports sector.

Throughout her traineeship Beth impressed her employer, Bluefit Leisure, who described her as “an amazing young woman who is very mature and well mannered. She works hard in every role”.  As a result of her dedication in every aspect of the traineeship, Bluefit nominated her for the 2019 NSW Trainee of the Year Regional Awards.  The application process is rigorous and Beth was required to submit a portfolio plus attend a panel interview.  Obviously, the panel saw the same wonderful traits as her employer because Beth was awarded SBAT Regional Winner for the Central and Northern Sydney Region.  As a divisional winner Beth will now compete for a place in the NSW SBAT Trainee of the Year award.

Unfortunately, Beth was unable to attend the regional award ceremony as she was competing in the Australian Marist Netball competition held in Alice Springs.  In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Dr Ireland officially presented Beth with her trophy and plaques during our school assembly.  As a community we would like to congratulate Beth on this wonderful achievement and wish her all the best as she begins her preparation for the NSW awards submission.

Ms Leonie Clarke, Post-school Pathways and VET Coordinator

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Visual Arts News

2019 Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize (SWAP) Exhibition

The City of Ryde proudly presents the 2019 Sustainable Waste 2 Art Prize (SWAP) exhibition. Bringing together works made from repurposed waste material, this exhibition explores the theme of sustainable living.

The 2019 SWAP exhibition features work by 78 shortlisted artists and community members who live, work, study or play in the City of Ryde. 

Congratulations to the shortlisted finalists Tiana Yee, Elle Colatosti and Sophie Jallian. 

See waste transformed into insects and animals, landscapes and portraits, fabulous fashion and much more.

The announcement of prizes and exhibition opening was held on Wednesday 18 September, 6pm to 8pm. The room was buzzing with eager artists to showcase their recycled artworks. Sophie Jallian was awarded Highly Commended YOUTH ENVIRONMENT PRIZE for her sculpture titled 'Sea-Sore' by the Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale.  

Mrs Helen Lanas, Creative Arts Coordinator

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SWAP Exhibition


Legal Studies

NSW Constitutional Convention: 2019 Delegate

In November of 2019 there is a Convention of up-and-coming Legal Studies students, who debate the merits a constitutional issue. Should their mooting skills balance loquacity, enthusiasm for social justice issues and intellectual rigour, they will be in the running to progress from the State Convention to the National one. 

This year the Convention will feature a nominee from MSCW for the second time in a row. Isabelle Balestriere of Year 11 wrote an eloquent submission, which put forward a sophisticated and succinct argument about the imbalances in Australian society caused by our country’s Constitution. Ms Anthony, Ms Alvarez and I all thought that her entry was extremely impressive when we vetted it.

This year’s success builds on the success experienced by 2018’s nominee, Alyssa Morganti of Year 12, who generously mentored Isabelle about what she was signing up for. Please wish Isabelle all the best for her participation in this event on the 11th of November! 

Mr David Nally, Acting HSIE Coordinator

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Sports News

MCCS Football

Term 3 sees the Junior and Open Football Teams compete in the MCCS Football Competition at Webbs Ave Playing Fields in Auburn. MSCW consistently does well in this competition, and this year was no different.

Our Junior team finished the round games undefeated and comfortably through to the Grand Final after a win against Trinity in the Semi Final. They were up against St John Paul II in the final, with both teams putting great skill and sportswomenship on show. The game was pushed into extra time, with St John Paul II making the most of their opportunities and converting a goal in the dying seconds. A disappointing but gracious loss by our Junior team, who will reflect on missed opportunities and will be back stronger in 2020. 

MSCW Open's team boasts a number of strong and very capable players. They finished second in their pool and came up against a strong St Patrick's side in the Semi Final. The game was goal for goal, with the final score 2-2, pushing the game into extra time. When extra time couldn't decide a winner, it was off to a Penalty Shootout. Unfortunately, St Patrick's prevailed in this situation and went on to win the Grand Final the following week.

Congratulations to both teams for representing the College and themselves exceptionally well.

Miss Kelsey Robinson – Sport Teacher/Coach

MCCS Basketball

The Juniors had a brilliant first season of MCCS Basketball. The team consisted mainly of players new to basketball that showed true potential. These girls possessed the core fundamental skills that enabled them to move swiftly around the court, pass and catch effectively, gain many intercepts and apply strong defence.  Our more experienced basketball players brought consistency and specific skills to the matches, which provided great strength. 

Despite illness and injury plaguing the team, they successfully make it to the semi finals. They played a disciplined Catherine McAuley who proved too strong in the second half. 

I've had an enjoyable time coaching and watching these girls mesh and work together. I look forward to next season and furthering our success. 

Nine students from Year 8 and Year 9 competed as part of the intermediate MSCW basketball team in the MCCS basketball competition. Unfortunately, due to very little experience, the team was unable to win any games. However, all students participated with great enthusiasm and effort throughout the season.

The Open Basketball team were eager to defend their title from the previous year. Each week we travelled to Auburn Basketball stadium were we competed against students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The girls played extremely well and we ended up winning 4 out of 5 normal season games meaning we advanced to the semi finals. Despite playing one of our best games, we fell short to Bethlehem losing 26-28. Every girl should be proud of their efforts on and off the court as well as helping coach the other teams. Special thanks to Mr Serrao who helped coach the basketball team for the 4th year in a row. 

Mrs Patricia Cura, Sports Teacher/Coach

Australian Touch Football National Youth Conference

NSW CCC Touch Football provides an opportunities for students in the Secondary Catholic School system in NSW to play for their schools, and to represent their educational areas against other regions in the country.  The NSWCCC team play against students from the Private and Public school sectors across Australia in various states, and are an opportunity for selection into the Australian team.

 The Open NSW CCC team this year consisted of 15 students from a number of Catholic Schools across NSW and in the Open team we had Eden Fraser from MSCW. The competition went for four days from the 16 – 20 of September in Caloundra, Queensland and each day consisted of two games of 40 minute duration. 


Day 1

Training Day

Day 2

NSW CCC 6 vs New Zealand 4

NSW CCC 8 vs South Australia Roosters 0

Day 3


NSW CCC 3 vs Queensland Sharks 9

Day 4

NSW CCC 2 vs Queensland Sharks 8

After qualifying for the quarter finals, on day four the NSWCCC team were matched to Queensland Sharks who had been tough competition on the previous day. The NSWCCC team fought hard but unfortunately lost this elimination final, finishing 7th overall with Queensland sharks continuing to win the competition. 

Amazing effort!

Mr Daniel Watts, Sports Coordinator

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