30 August 2019

Sr Teri O’Brien sm Brings our French Origins to Woolwich

At our recent Principal’s Assembly we were very fortunate to hear from Sr Teri O’Brien sm, currently visiting Australia from Belley, France. Sr Teri is well known to myself and the staff who enjoyed the pilgrimage to France last year in the footsteps of our Marist Sisters’ foundress, Jeanne-Marie Chavoin.  Sr Teri’s passionate and enthusiastic presentation told the story of the young Jeanne-Marie…. A red headed young girl who was taught to read and write by a priest the family were harbouring during the French Revolution. Jeanne-Marie’s determined nature led her to adopt a challenging path in life and eventually establish the Marist Sisters’ order. Jeanne-Marie knew God was calling her to do something different and she persisted, showing real courage and resilience, to ensure young women had the opportunity of an education. A liberal world-view education is  something we are very grateful for here at Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich. 

Sr Teri also spent time visiting classes and speaking with students. She shared lunch with our Student Leadership Team exchanging stories while they shared their aspirations for students at Woolwich.

Happy Father’s Day

Special blessings and “Happy Father’s Day” to all for this Sunday. A positive, interested and supportive father-daughter relationship is a valuable experience in every girl’s formation. Mr Hodges reports below on our Father Daughter Liturgy and Breakfast below. I hope you enjoy your day surrounded by family and friends.

Dr Anne Ireland, Principal

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From the Assistant Principal

Executive Director's 2019 VET Award

On Wednesday night I had the pleasure of attending the Executive Director’s 2019 VET Award Ceremony held at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood. The purpose of the evening was to celebrate the outstanding achievement of Year 12 Students studying vocational course across the Archdiocese of Sydney. These courses range across Business and Finance; Community Services; Service Industries, Creative Arts; Trades; School Based Traineeships; and School Based Apprenticeships.

The guest of honour was Mr Paul Hutton, Vice President Operations of Hilton South East Asia. He spoke candidly about this 36 year career with the Hilton Hotels from his first day of work after leaving school to this day. He spoke with great affection for both the career in hospitality and its changing nature over time, as well as his great affection for the Hilton Hotels. His main message was that, even though the work force has changed over the years and will continue to do so, what has remained the same and will continue to do so is the importance of relationships and one’s own personal integrity. This message is one that I think crosses over all walks of life and across all ages!

I take this opportunity to congratulate Imogen Kenny in Year 12 who was presented at the ceremony. Imogen was awarded by the Executive Director for Sydney Catholic Schools with the Achievement in Vocational Education – Entertainment Industry. We are very proud of Imogen and acknowledge the great work she has done in all dimensions of this course. I also take this opportunity to thank Mr Richardson, Imogen’s teacher, for his commitment and guidance to all the girls in the Year 12 Entertainment Class.

Fathers' Day

On the 1st September it is Fathers’ Day. I would like to wish all the fathers and fatherly figures of our College Community a great day with their families. May there be many blessings showered upon you and lots of spoilings through the day!

A Prayer for our Fathers and Father-Figures:

Dear God,

Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. I ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfil your special purpose for their lives.


Ms Marietta Taliana, Assistant Principal

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News from the Leader of Governance and Communication

Father's Day Prayer Service and Breakfast

Tuesday morning this week saw the return of rain to Sydney, but it did not dampen the spirits for the Father's Day Prayer Service and Breakfast.

Around 175 fathers joined their daughters for a BBQ breakfast and a prayer service on Cerdon Plaza.

Thank you to Mrs Adriana Hunter, Assistant REC, and the College Liturgy Captains 2019/2020 for leading the prayer service. Special thanks to Mr Graham Dearing (father of Rebecca in Year 11) for his very engaging speech on father daughter relationships . 

Parent Engagement - Year 10 Parents Feed 400

A very special thanks to the Year 10 Parent Engagement Team who gathered for a very early start to prepare the BBQ breakfast. Led by Mrs Vesna Drazenovic, the parents had a fabulous production line that quickly served approx 400 breakfasts on the morning.

Also thanks to our Canteen Managers, Clare Scott and Virginia El-Koura, our Business Manager Mr Andrew Hallman and Facilities Manager Mr John Sears for their assistance behind the scenes.

Thank you to the North Ryde RSL for their donation of four $50 gift vouchers to the club's gift shop. Congratulations to the winning dads!

Mr Justin Hodges, Leader of Governance and Communication

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From the Religious Education Coordinator

Colin House Week

Father Jean Claude Colin is considered by the Marist Fathers as their Founder, and he along with other founding members, including: St Marcellin  Champagnat (Founder of the Marist Brothers) and Jeanne Marie Chavoin, (Foundress of the Marist Sisters)  established a way of living the gospel “after the manner of Mary” that still resonates with people today. Father Colin saw Mary living in the pages of the gospel stories without making a fuss of herself, without great fanfare, but with great fruitfulness – he described her presence as ‘Hidden and as it were unknown” – and set that as the model for the Marist Fathers’ style of presence in the Church and the world.  Marists were to “do Mary’s work” rather than simply to admire and honour her, and therefore their mission involved “building a new church” – giving birth to something new and wonderful in the world at each turn of our story, just as Mary did in giving birth to God’s Word in Jesus. To live the gospel after the manner of Mary can call us still to a spiritual resource that is creative, life-giving and hope-sustaining in this new moment of the new millennium.  

Well done to the wonderful initiatives organised by Colin House this week. To the many volunteers who were hidden and unknown by most, we say thank you!   

Marist Super Connect

On Friday 23 August, Marist College Eastwood hosted Term 3’s Marist Super Connect that brought together 120 students from Marist schools from all over Sydney to connect, to pray and the contemplate some of the issues we face as a nation and as citizens. The evening was hosted by Sydney Alliance and centered around the inspirational testimony of Najib an Afganistanian refugee who shared his inspirational story to get to Australia and his continuing struggles in Australia while he remains on a temporary visa. Students then had an opportunity to ask questions to Nishadh Rego from the Jesuit Refugee Service. Nish provided great insight into the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and around the world.  The evening was a call to all present to become advocates for a more inclusive and caring society that create policies that respect the human dignity of each person who lives on our common home. 

Mr Daniel Ronchetti, Acting Religious Education Coordinator

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From the Leader of Learning & Curriculum

Year 7 Language Selections for Year 8 2020

All Year 7 students are currently in the process of selecting their preferences for the language that they will study in Year 8 in 2020. On Wednesday, all Year 7 students embarked on a journey to experience a taster lesson in Italian, French and Spanish. Students were exposed to the culture and basic language of each of the three languages on offer at the college in 2020. Students are reminded that their language choices must be submitted electronically by Monday 2 September. Once completed online, students need to print off the form and have it signed by their parent/carer. Students should return the printed form to the submission box outside the College’s General Administration Office by Tuesday 3 September.

Year 11 Final Preliminary Assessment Block

Year 11 will undertake their final Preliminary Assessment Block in Weeks 8 and 9 of this term,  from Wednesday 11 - Thursday 19 September. During this time students will only attend the College to complete their Assessments as per the published timetable.

To assist students with their preparation for these assessments supervised quiet study will be provided in Jarnosse between 3:30pm - 5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Weeks 7 and Monday and Tuesday of Week 8. There is no requirement for students to book in and can just sign in on the day. Students may leave before 5:30pm and will be required to sign out if they leave before 5:30pm.

HSC Showcases

On Thursday evening, our Year 12 HSC Music and Visual Arts students showcased their major work pieces to staff, students and parents/carers. The work and dedication by students and with the support of their teachers has allowed them to produce exemplary work. A clear reflection of students talents, creativity and hard work was evident in their individual pieces.

Please download and enjoy the catalogue below highlighting our 2019 Visual Arts students. Thank you to Mrs Helen Landas, Creative Arts Coordinator, for producing the catalogue.

Mrs Melinda Alvarez, Leader of Learning and Curriculum

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2019 HSC Bodies of Work Catalogue


Leader of Wellbeing

During the week, a letter was circulated to families in relation to e-cigarettes and vaping.

Our College Counsellor, Becky Salter writes below about how to manage conversations with young people and making appropriate choices.

I encourage you to read her section carefully and to start a conversation at home with your daughters.

Mental Health Awareness Month: Liptember @MSCW

The College is committed to smashing the stigma around mental health and how to look out for ourselves and our friends within our College community.

In Week 5, Channel 7 approached batyr and asked if they could film their presentation with our Year 11 students to support the ‘Liptember’ initiative that promotes positive mental health of women. Here is the video that was aired on House of Wellness that features batyr and the powerful message of starting those positive conversations. 

Next week in Week 8, our Student Leaders will be taking charge as we lead into two significant mental health initiatives - R U OK? Day and batyr one sock, one goal all within the month of Liptember!! 

Reaching out for support is crucial as Australian statistics show that:

  • the onset of mental illness is typically around mid-to-late adolescence and Australian youth (18-24 years old) who have the highest prevalence of mental illness than any other age group. 
  • data from the 2014 Mission Australia’s Youth Survey showed that around one in five (21.2%) of young people (15-19 years old) met the criteria for a probable serious mental illness.
  • the most common mental illnesses in Australians are: 

            anxiety disorders (14%), 

            depressive disorders (6%) 

            substance use disorders (5%) 

Generating awareness and implementing our 3 tiered Wellbeing program helps to shine a focus on the importance of student wellbeing, how we effectively take care of ourselves as well as how we manage our emotions as they become heightened during times challenging or difficult times play a significant. Early intervention and engaging in these conversations with trusted family members, House Coordinators, Counsellor, trusted Teacher/Tutor or a Leadership Team member encourages the importance of support when we reach out and how to best navigate the situation moving forward.

Batyr Mental Health Q&A Parent Forum

Dont forget to RSVP!

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Invitation and RSVP form has been circulated via Skoolbag.

Mrs Sia Mastro, Leader of Wellbeing 

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A Word from the Counsellor

Vaping and What we Need to Know

E-cigarette use (or vaping) has become increasingly popular among young Australians and young people have a propensity to experiment. Young people have a strong preference for flavoured varieties of vaping products,with fruit flavours particularly popular. E-cigarettes containing only nicotine are also widely popular with young people.

E-cigarettes are often marketed as a harmless yet glamorous product. They are available in a  number of flavours designed specifically to appeal to young people. The fact that young Australians are responding to this marketing is highly concerning given the lack of evidence of the safety of the devices. There are widespread concerns among health professionals that the chemicals, heavy metals and additives in e-cigarettes pose risks to health including impaired breathing, cellular-level damage, changes to blood pressure and heart rate, and adverse effects on the nervous system.

Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor created by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or other vaping device. E-cigarettes are battery-powered smoking devices. They have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which the person inhales. That's why using e-cigarettes is called "vaping." Some e-cigarettes look like regular cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some look like USB flash drives, pens, and other everyday items.

The Risks for Teens

There are numerous risks of nicotine use which is more often than not found in vaping devices. Research shows that nicotine affects metabolism, increased risk of cancer and respiratory problems, asthma attacks and symptoms. 

The risks to the physical health of teens are important, but it’s equally important to look at the potential for addiction. While the advertising surrounding vaping can be misleading and cause teens to view vape as safer than it is, one study of 12th-grade vape users found that recent vape users were more than four times more likely to report cigarette use at a one year follow up. This study adds to a growing body of evidence that vaping can actually be a gateway to cigarette smoking among youth.

Addiction can negatively affect the ability to focus on a task as cravings trigger fidgeting and irritability. Given that the adolescent brain is still developing, it is susceptible to addiction. Early addiction to nicotine can cause the brain to remodel, changing the threshold for addiction to substances. This makes teens more likely to habituate to nicotine, drugs, and/or alcohol.

In addition to a lack of focus or increased fidgeting, behaviors linked with hyperactivity, nicotine addiction can also exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety. This dangerous trend among teens affects both their physical and emotional health. (

What to do if Your Teen is Vaping

Given the record numbers of both middle and high school students are vaping, it’s important to talk early and often with young children about the risks of e-cigarettes. In the event that you discover that your teen is already vaping, it’s never too late to talk about it, discuss from a curiosity perspective, do not lecture them!

Educate yourself first. Blanket statements about how JUUL/E-cigarettes will ruin your life won’t work. Young people are surrounded by peer influence and creative marketing via social media and other forms of media. Vague statements are no match for a group of friends singing the praises of low nicotine and fast results, even being able to smoke under their hoodie/jumpers without detection.

It’s essential for parents to learn about both the risks of vape and why it appeals to teens. Get the facts about vape so that you know what you’re talking about when you start the conversation.

Open the door to honest communication. Establish a safe environment where your kids can talk about their feelings about vape without fear of being judged or given consequences. Social relationships are very important to growing adolescents. If your teen suspects that you will cut off friendships or take away all devices upon admission of trying or thinking about trying vape, your teen will not come forward for help.

Make Your Teen Aware of the Serious Health Hazards Associated with Vaping

Blurting out the latest headlines or reminding your teen of the cancer risk within your family might scare your teen for a moment, but it won’t likely translate to better decision making when faced with vape out in the world.

Break it down to the teen level to help your teenage consider the risks. How do you think the need for nicotine might affect your ability to focus in school? What if you get agitated during the school day and find that you can’t listen to the lectures? How might JUUL affect your ability on the soccer field? Do you think it might interfere with your ability to get enough sleep? Engaging in conversation helps teens consider the immediate and long-term risks and provides the opportunity to ask questions.

Discuss the following with your teenager...

A patient who developed lung disease this month  in the US after vaping has died in a “world first”, as fears grow about the safety of e-cigarettes. Whilst Vaping has been around for about 10 years, originally to be used as a way for smokers to quit smoking cigarettes, there has been a marked increase of vaping in teenagers over the last few years, and most concerning is, we don't yet know how it affects the body over time. 

Most products involving inhaling chemicals into the lungs have to go through a long testing process to prove they are safe and effective. These tests have not been conducted on the e-cigarettes available in Australia, so their safety cannot be guaranteed. Currently in Australia vaping is legal but using nicotine e liquid is not, with health groups saying vaping is simply a way for tobacco companies to exploit vulnerable users.

What About E-cigarettes That Don't Have Nicotine?

Most e-cigarettes do have nicotine. Even those that don't do have chemicals in them. These chemicals can irritate and damage the lungs. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes that don't have nicotine are not known but recent US experience of respiratory problem in teenagers including lung failure are being attributed to regular vaping use - the frightening part is this did not show up as pneumonia nor a cough before these young people became gravely ill with one death already reported. 

Summary of Reasons for Young people to Stop Vaping

Addiction: Addiction in the growing brain may set up pathways for later addiction to other substances.

Brain risks: Nicotine affects brain development in kids and teens. This can make it harder to learn and concentrate. Some of the brain changes are permanent and can affect mood and impulse control later in life.

Use of other tobacco products: Studies show that vaping makes it more likely that someone will try other tobacco products, like regular cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and smokeless tobacco.

Toxins (poisons): The vapor made from e-cigarettes is not made of water. The vapor contains harmful chemicals and very fine particles that are inhaled into the lungs and exhaled into the environment.

Sports: To do their best in sports. Vaping may lead to lung inflammation (irritation).

Money: Vaping is expensive! The cost of the cartridges over time starts to add up. Instead, someone could spend that money on other things that they need or enjoy.

To go against tobacco company advertising: Many e-cigarettes are made by the same companies that produce regular cigarettes. Their marketing targets young people by making fun flavors for e-cigarettes and showing young, healthy people vaping. They are trying to make kids and teens of today into their new, lifetime customers.

Unknown health effects: Many of the long-term health consequences or vaping are not known.


Of course if you have any concerns for your daughter regarding addiction issues, 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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Jarnosse News

Year 7 - Time is Nearly Up on the PRC!

If you are reading this on Friday 30 August, then your daughter still has a few hours to complete her Premier's Reading Challenge Student Reading Record before the PRC closes at midnight. As part of their English program, all Year 7 girls are required to complete the PRC by reading 20 books between September 2018 and August 2019.

Congratulations to all the girls who have already completed this year’s Challenge. Well done!

Every girl has her Username and Password and knows the PRC rules, and the 
site is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.  

     Mrs Prue NelsonTeacher Librarian  and Mrs Maria Del Moro, English Coordinator

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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 Parents order via the Campion website, the School Code is... E5Y9.

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

Ms Celeste McNicholasLeader of eLearning & Information Services

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Sydney Catholic Schools Corroboree

On Tuesday 13 August, I attended the Sydney Catholic Schools Corroboree at Sydney Olympic Park. The morning started with a smoking ceremony by the MC, who is my Uncle Luke Carroll. He welcomed all the students and outlined the lists of activities that we would be participating in for the day. The high school and primary students were told that we were either going to make boomerangs or traditional headbands and then we went off in our groups to start our workshops to learn more about our culture. 

I learnt the kangaroo dance that I would perform at the end of the day, in front of the other students and parents. The high school students had to give their headband to a younger student from a primary school, so I gave mine to a student from my previous primary school, OLMC Waterloo. I enjoyed the day representing MSCW, but most importantly, celebrating my culture and seeing my cousins from other schools. All the schools that attended were given a corroboree mat and the one that I received has been placed in the Learning Enrichment room for all students to enjoy and know the significance of it.

Bronte Hookey, Year 7 Student

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Space School Information Evening

Junior Trip - A Student's Report

This trip provided countless memories that I’ll always remember, a taste of American culture, opportunities that I would otherwise never receive and has inspired me to think about pursuing a job in a STEM/space related field. I learnt so many new things and created many bonds with people from other schools that I’ll never forget. This trip was truly a spectacular and unforgettable experience that I’m glad I went on.

Jaime Woo, Year 9 Student

Junior Space Invitation


Senior Trip - A Student's Report

Space school was a once in a life time trip that broadened my understanding of science. We did various fun activities relating to STEM such as constructing and launching rockets, robotics and building models of equipment that is used in real NASA rockets. It was a good experience to meet people from all over the world and learn from many different cultures. This trip deepened my love for science and space and I created memories I’ll never forget.

Elizabeth Smith, Year 10 Student

Senior Space Invitation


Sports News

CGSSSA Athletics

The Annual CGSSSA Athletics Championship was held on Friday 16 August at the Sydney Olympic Park Competition Track.

MSCW students competed well throughout the day with excellent results across all age groups and placed 4th overall. A fantastic effort against tough competition from Monte, Loreto and Santa.

A special congratulations must go to the following students:

Annika Lynch
1st 200m
1st 100m Hurdles
1st High Jump
2nd 400m

13 Years
Sofia Watts
1st Long Jump
2nd 400m
3rd 100m
3rd 800m
3rd Discus
3rd Javelin

12 Years
Ellie Barnett
1st 400m
2nd 200m
2nd 80m Hurdles
3rd 100m

16 Years
Emma Serrao
2nd 200m
3rd 100m

12 Years
Claudia Lacalandra
2nd Javelin
3rd Discus
4th Shot Put

15 Years
Anastasia Lakic
3rd 90m Hurdles 

16 Years
Olivia Mitchell
2nd Long Jump

15 Years
Alice McDermid
2nd Discus 

14 Years
Grace Fisher
2nd Javelin 

15 Years
Michaela Rattos
4th 100m 

17 Years+
Abbie Lewis
4th 1500m 

13 Years
Sienna Wheelhouse
4th High jump

13 Years
Emily Nascone
4th Shot Put

12 & 13 years 4x 100m relay – 2nd place
Ellie Barnett
Sofia Watts
Hayley Hopper
Claudia Lacalandra

16 + years 4x 100m relay – 3rd place
Emma Serrao
Annika Lynch
Alex Walker
Olivia Mitchell 

MSCW Athletics Carnival 2019

Moving this year to the Sydney Olympic Park Competition Track meant the College could give MSCW students the opportunity to run, throw and jump in a first class facility. Participation, once again, from all students in all houses was outstanding, and a number of records were broken.

Congratulations to the following students who broke records on the day:

Student NameEventOld RecordNew RecordAge
Annika Lynch200m00:27.000:25.0816 Years


High Jump1.58m1.6m

Long Jump4.80m5.24m
Claudia LacalandraDiscus19.85m20.7m12 Years

Audrey SuttonLong Jump4.35m4.73m12 Years


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

Congratulations to the 2019 Age Champions

12 YearsAudrey SuttonRunner UpEllie Barnett
13 YearsSofia WattsRunner UpHayley Hopper
14 YearsNikki Le GrasRunner UpGrace Fisher
15 YearsLily DoyleRunner UpMichaela Rattos
16 YearsEmma SerraoRunner UpAnnika Lynch
17 YearsEden FraserRunner UpAlanna Fisher

Audrey Sutton

Sofia Watts

Nikki Le Gras

Lily Doyle

Emma Serrao

Eden Fraser

Overall House Champions

Congratulations to Marcellin House who are the 2019 Athletics Champions.

1st        Marcellin House

2nd       Perroton House

3rd        Jaricot House

A very big thank you, must go to Mrs Antonina Arcidiacono and Miss Kelsey Robinson for all their help with the organisation in the lead up to the carnival. Thanks also to the PDHPE Staff, Year 10 PASS Class and all the staff who helped make the carnival enjoyable for all and congratulations to all students on their enthusiasm and their house spirit throughout the day.

  Mr Daniel Watts, Sports Coordinator

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MCCS Football

Week 5

Juniors 1 v St John Paul II 1 (Draw)

Seniors 1 v St John Paul II 1 (Draw)

Week 6

MSCW Junior (Wet Weather)

MSCW Senior (Wet Weather) 

MCCS Basketball

Week 5

MSCW Junior v St Patricks College Dundas 44-4 (Win)

MSCW Intermediate v St Patricks College Dundas 59-12 (Loss)

MSCW Senior v St Patricks College Dundas 42-36 (Win)

Week 6

MSCW Junior v Domremy 26-16 (Win)

MSCW Intermediate v Domremy 12-10 (Loss)

MSCW Senior v Domremy 58-10 (Win)


Canteen News

Flexischools News for Term 3

In order for our service to run more efficiently during recess and lunch we now require students without student cards using Flexischools on their phones to queue in a separate line outside.

Students with their cards and cash will be prioritised, as cards on phones requires more time and slows the process down.

Canteen Roster - Term 3


Weekly Specials - Term 3

Week 7

Wednesday 4 September and Thursday 5 September                                        
Special Fried Rice - Rice, eggs, shallots, ham, peas, carrot & soy sauce                     $6.00                                                                                                                     

Week 8

Wednesday 11 September and Thursday 12 September

Pasta Bolognese                                                                                                                                   $6.00



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