St Bishoy- Imagine

October 2020

Important Dates

Tues 10th Nov- Year 6 Graduation

Tues 17th Nov- Year 7 Orientation Day

Wed 18th Nov- Year 4 World Fair

Thurs 19th Nov- Market Day

Thurs 19th Nov- Kindergarten 2021 Orientation Day

Tues 24th Nov- Year 12 Formal


Young Woman of the Year

Ed Husic’s Coral McLean awards is a celebration of all the women who do so much to build up and help others in the community.

Our own Monica Wasif took the award for Chifley Young Woman of the Year for her efforts in leadership, creating a sense of belonging in the school, and promoting the wellbeing ethos of the school.

An amazing achievement! 

School Travel

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened on Monday 12 October 2020

Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).


Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details.


Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.


Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.


Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.


Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.


Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021.


Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

School travel application endorsements

It is not uncommon for applicants completing the online form to make mistakes, particularly entering their name or date of birth instead of the students. This may be due to an auto-fill function on a device or just human error. We ask that school administrators be cautious of this and do not endorse applications with incorrect information.

If you are aware of or see an obvious error, you can amend the first name, date of birth or grade of a student’s travel application by clicking in the relevant row on the portal. Please ensure you have confirmed the information before making any changes. Refer to page 16 of the School Portal User Guide for further instructions. The latest version of the user guide is accessible within the School Portal by clicking the arrow next to your username.

If a student’s details cannot be confirmed or they are not yet enrolled, please do not endorse the application. By selecting ‘no’ the application will be rejected and the applicant will be informed. They will then need to submit a new application.

In the event that school administrators endorse an application in error, it would be appreciated if you could advise our SSTS team as soon as possible so the application can be intercepted before an Opal card or travel pass is issued.

To contact us about an endorsement error, please go to: and select feedback about: ‘school student transport scheme’ and then select ‘application updates’.

If school administrators require access to the School Portal, please request an account at

If you have staff that have left the school recently and had access to the school portal, please let us know at and select ‘school/operator portal’ and then ‘remove existing user access’ so their access can be removed.


New Concession Entitlement Cards

You can now order the new Transport Concession Entitlement Cards (TCEC) through the Transport for NSW School Portal.

The Transport Concession Entitlement Card will replace the following cards:

·       Senior Secondary Student Concession Card (16 years and over) – also used by Mature Secondary Students (18 years and over), Distance Education Students and Home School Students

·       Proof of Age card (when a student under 16 years of age looks older)

·       Boarder Rail Pass.

Refer to the information pack provided by email on 21 September 2020 for guidance and frequently asked questions. If you have any issues please contact us.

Opal Cards

From January onwards, there will be a number of School Opal cards expiring, as the physical card has reached its lifespan.

These are cards for students who will be in years 8 to 12 in 2021, and only those Opal cards which haven’t been replaced in the last five years.

Impacted students and/or their parent/guardian will be contacted directly by Transport for NSW via email or post. They will be asked to confirm their details online in order for a new School Opal card to be sent to the correct postal address in time for the new school year.

If contacted by Transport for NSW, details should be submitted online by December 1, 2020 at the latest. Affected students who do not confirm their details in time will have a new School Opal card posted to the address we currently have on file.

High School SLC

On the 15th of October the Student Leadership Council held a Leadership Day, run by the School Captains (Demadious and Salwa) as well as Mrs Fonseka.

Throughout the day, the SLC participated in a number of bonding activities designed to help strengthen their teamwork. The students also brainstormed their ideas for the year and worked together to create a vision for the upcoming year: “In 2021, the SLC will raise student morale and feelings of positivity by creating opportunities for students to bond and flourish”. With the direction of this vision, we feel so excited to see what new experiences we can bring to the students of St Bishoy College!

The SLC also reflected on their strengths and weaknesses as leaders and committed to improving our skills this year.

We had a wonderful day and Demadious and Salwa did a great job as it was their first ever facilitation of a meeting as School Captains! Thank you to everyone who attended and supported us on this day!

SLC Elections

Well done to the Year 5 students who gave speeches for the SLC Elections this month. All the students gave great speeches with insights of leadership for next year's SLC. Stay tuned for the results!

World Teacher's Day

Friday 30th October was World Teacher's Day. Thank you to all the teachers who work tirelessly to help students succeed. This year has been a challenging one with online Education being a focus but all the teachers rose to the challenge and provided students with amazing support. 

God bless!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is all about giving during the festive season. Thank you to all the families who donated lots of essential items and toys for the needy children overseas. Thank you to the staff and students still packing the boxes for the needy. 

Yr 7 TAS

Check out Year 7 TAS making Christmas stockings by sewing fabric based on designs. These will be given to the Western Sydney Christmas Toy Appeal to be distributed to community housing and orphanages across the country on Christmas Day. God bless!

Jump Rope for Heart

Don't forget Jump Rope for Heart! Keep skipping and raising awareness and funds for such an important cause!