Marian Catholic College
28 Annangrove Rd
Kenthurst NSW 2156

Phone: 02) 9654 6700
📠 Fax: 02) 9654 6749
📥 Email: marian@parra.catholic.edu.au
💻 Website: www.mariancollege.nsw.edu.au


Diary Dates

Term 1
► Friday 16 February
► Wednesday 21 February
Year 11 Assessment Information Evening 
► Wednesday 21 - Friday 23 February
Year 7 Camp
► Wednesday 28 February
Year 7 Vaccinations (1st Dose HPV, dTpa) 
Year 12 Learning Conferences (4pm-7pm
► Tuesday 6 March
Open Evening 2018 
Reflection Day Year 7 
► Wednesday 7 March
Reflection Day Year 8 
► Thursday 8 March
Reflection Day Year 9 
► Friday 9 March
Cross Country 
► Friday 16 March
Marian Day 2018
► Friday 30 March
Good Friday

— Volume 31 | Issue 2 | Friday 16 February, 2018 —


Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

At the first assembly for the year, our student leaders launched their vision for 2018, the 30th year of Marian Catholic College.  They are focussed on building the legacy – recognising that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, that we inherit a rich tradition and history.  We, in turn, have a responsibility to add our own contributions to that legacy that we will pass on to those who come after us

The traditions we honour are not simply the story of Marian but form part of a broader history since we are called to exist and reach out as members of the evangelising mission of the Church here in Kenthurst.  We seek to do this mindfully in our daily lives through the values we espouse, how we work with each other and how we represent ourselves in the wider community.

I say “mindfully” because we have to consciously keep our purpose...

Parent Wellbeing: Draw an outline of your body and on it, write down the warning signs you feel on different parts when you are becoming stressed or angry. Be on the lookout for these warning signs. When students enjoy honest and caring relationships with their families and friends, they are:

  • Happy in themselves.
  • Able to look for the good in things they are doing.
  • In a position to make the most of teamwork.
  • Socially connected and have a sense of belonging.

Well-functioning families and friendship groups look for what they are doing well. A great exercise is to do a free Character Strengths Survey.

Attached is an article by Dr Diana Paulk which I recommend all parents reading.

Ms Renata Dragovic
Leader of Learning - Pastoral Care
Parent / Visitor Code of Conduct

From time to time, concerns may arise or parents/caregivers of the College community may need to approach the College to discuss important matters with relation to a number of issues.

It is therefore necessary to have procedures that will help solve problems as soon as possible so that a safe and harmonious College environment is maintained. The best results usually flow from working together.

On occasion, concerns may cause frustration and anxiety. At such times it is always important to organise a time to talk with College staff in an unhurried and confidential atmosphere. No person should directly approach another person’s child. The College will deal with issues between students as part of the College’s Student Management and Pastoral Care Policies.

We are very fortunate that our College community is very aware of the need to communicate effectively and appropriately in order to maintain a safe and happy learning environment for all members of our College community.

Our Complaints Handling Policy can be found in Marian Connect  here.

Our Code of Conduct for Parents and Visitors in its entirety can also be found on Marian Connect.

Photography Guidelines

While we cannot regulate personal photography activities of parents / carers whilst on school grounds, we highly encourage consideration towards students who have signed “no-publicity” clauses. Some of these students cannot have their name or photo available on the internet often for serious legal reasons, and we ask that parents / carers respect the decisions of these families by limiting their photos to those solely of their own children.

Pastoral Care Policy

Our Pastoral Care Policy is demonstrated by attitudes, values and beliefs that are held by all members of the College Community and manifested both from within and from outside of the classroom.

Marian aims to give students the guidance and companionship necessary to achieve the self-confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline to gain maximum motivation to become socially responsible and committed citizens, building a better world based on our Gospel values.

Our complete Pastoral Care Policy can be found on Marian Connect.

Road Safety

To ease the traffic congestion and resulting safety concerns, it is strongly suggested that students travel to and from school, wherever possible, by bus.

There is no drop-off / pick-up access to the Marian Catholic College bus bay between 8.15 a.m. and 9.00 a.m. and between 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. each day. N.B. Vehicles dropping off or picking up students are not permitted in the bus turning area during these times.

All students are to be dropped off and picked up in the designated drop off / pick up areas (the car park behind the school oval).

Senior students with permitted Early Leave must wait at the designated pick-up areas.

Due to high traffic during arrival and dismissal times, it is not appropriate for students to cross Annangrove Rd to access the school or to get to awaiting parents/caregivers.

The complete Road Safety Policy is available to download through Marian Connect.

Hillsbus School Service Changes

Route 2063 will commence from Castle Towers four minutes earlier, and has been added to the St Madeleine's PS advice.

Route 3165 has a new start location and departure time. Students along Pennant Hills Rd have an existing alternative service 3167. Route 3165 will now also extend to school, removing the need to transfer to route 3111.

Route 3182 will be cancelled due to no students catching the service. Students have an existing alternative in route 3165.

New afternoon route 3655 will be introduced to Samantha Riley Dr, Sanctuary Dr and Rouse Hill Town Centre to assist with the high loads in the afternoon.

We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.

Click the button below to view the transport advice from Hillsbus.

Student Code of Conduct on Buses

Please download the below PDF on how students should behave when travelling to and from school, and during external school events where transport is provided.

NSW School Vaccination Program

Each year NSW Health works in partnership with schools to offer the vaccines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) for adolescents as part of the school vaccination program.

Parents of students in Years 7, 10 and 11 should read the attached information.

Swimming Carnival

On Monday 12 February, Marian travelled to Blacktown Aquatic Centre to witness the great swimming abilities of our students. All four houses were fierce and held their own against the competition. Bradman with their 'green on the screen' theme blew the judges, Mrs Campbell and Mrs Livingstone, out of the water (pun intended) during the cheer off. Sutherland suited up as Vikings to attack the win, Paterson Gladiators put up a strong fight as 'Brillo's Army' and were hungry for glory, and finally MacKillop had their eyes on victory cheering their team on like it was a ' High School Musical'.

The day was full of fun, laughter, chants, funky costumes but most importantly a great amount of participation from all houses. The golden kickboard race was altered this year and was made into a house inflatable race, with one student from each year group, house captains and the patron of each house battling to scramble across the pool on a blow up pool toy where Sutherland claimed the win. The 2018 Swimming Carnival had such an energetic atmosphere and will be one to remember.

Stay tuned to find out the overall winner of the carnival... Will Bradman pick their winning streak back up? Will Paterson get their name on the board? Will Sutherland sneak their way from underdog to top spot? Or will MacKillop backup their win from last year?

More photos are on the school facebook page.

Bronte Bow
College Vice Captain 2018


Ash Wednesday (14 February 2018)

Lent begins this year on 14 February, the usual day we commemorate St Valentine’s day.  Shrove (Fat)Tuesday is the day we usually celebrate the day before Lent where is has been customary to use up all the flour and butter by making pancakes and so it has become known as Pancake Tuesday. 

Here at Marian, we celebrated Shrove – (Pancake) Tuesday with fundraising for Caritas Australia.  This was done through selling pancakes made on the Tuesday morning 13 February.  Marian houses competed to see who could raise the most by these pancake sales.

Our Lenten Liturgy followed on Ash Wednesday where we as members of the church reminded each other of our need for repentence by marking our foreheads with ash.  For those who need it, below are the Church regulations for fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and during Lent.

Lenten Regulations

The Catholic Church asks all Catholics to fast and, abstain from meat on certain days. Fasting means to limit food to one full meal a day with the possibility of two smaller meals (not adding up to a full meal) as needed. Abstinence means not eating meat, although fish is allowed. Catholics are required to observe all days of fasting and abstinence.

Whether or not we are supposed to abstain from meat on Fridays in general, or during Lent, depends on the bishops in each country have decided. Here in Australia we are allowed to eat meat on Fridays in Lent, and it is only obligatory to not eat meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday if you are 14 years or older.

Nevertheless, every Friday and even more so in Lent, is meant to be a day when we commemorate the suffering and death of Our Lord by making some sacrifice. This can be done in a variety of ways. Cardinal Pell explained this in 2010. ‘We can do this through prayer, some act of self-denial, or the practice of charity to others.’

Of course fasting is traditionally associated with Lent and you might like to read Benedict XVI's Lent Message for 2009 in which he spoke about it.

What value does fasting have? Pope Benedict in 2009 observes that we can read in the Bible many times the way in which fasting is associated with avoiding sin. Today it is common to find reference to dieting, but linked only to bodily concerns. As the Pope explained, however, the purpose of fasting is quite different and is meant to "assist us to mortify our egoism and open our heart to love of God and neighbor, the first and greatest Commandment of the new Law and compendium of the entire Gospel."

"The faithful practice of fasting contributes, moreover, to conferring unity to the whole person, body and soul, helping to avoid sin and grow in intimacy with the Lord," the Pope explained.

Mr Mike Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

Dangerous Dozen

12 apps all parents should be aware of:

Technology can be an amazing tool for our students for learning, researching and connecting. It can also be a parent or school’s worst nightmare. Although the internet and apps can be a great way for our students to explore and learn, it can also quickly turn dangerous.

In this ever changing world, we have to be vigilant to make sure our kids are safe on the web. It is so easy for kids to connect and communicate in ways that were not available when we were young; with the quick changes in technology it can be hard for adults to keep up and keep them safe.

Last week at the Year 7 information evening, Mr Schroeder and I alerted you to many of these apps. I have spoken to many parents already this term who were unaware their children had been watching it and the effects it is having on their mental health. I thought it might be prudent to publish the list this year via the newsletter.

In an attempt to minimize online dangers, we can monitor what our children are doing online and try to keep up with the latest apps and online trends. The better we understand the world of apps and online communication, the better we can protect our children.  

Here is just a few of the most popular apps (for now) among high school kids:

  • Youtube
    Youtube itself isn’t necessarily dangerous, but without appropriate filters and parental controls kids can quickly be exposed to a plethora of inappropriate content that they are not ready for. Enabling YouTube’s Safety Mode Feature will filter out most of the inappropriate videos and comments left by other users.

  • Video Games
    Children playing on Xbox or Playstation may seem harmless enough, however, kids are able to easily communicate with people all over the world through the click of a button on a headset. Many adults that mean to do children harm use this feature as a way to groom vulnerable children in an attempt to meet them in real life. The same dangers are present in interactive games such as Clash of Clans. We assume they are harmlessly playing with other children but sometimes this is not the case. The best way to avoid this is to hang out with your kid once in awhile when they are playing and make sure they are staying safe.
    Pay special attention to if your child is playing Robolox. Perpetrators are using this game in specific to target children due to the characters in the game having the ability to be very sexually explicit.

  • Snapchat
    Children think this app is safe because they can send content to friends and strangers that “disappear” in about 10 seconds. It makes children feel secure in sending pictures and videos they may not normally send since the content cannot be saved or shared directly from the app. Children being as smart as they are, have found a workaround for this feature. They screenshot the private content, have someone else take a picture of their phone and there are even apps now that allow you to save the pictures and videos without the sender ever knowing.

  • Instagram/Facebook
    The problem with Instagram and Facebook is that many kids are in competition with each other to see how many “likes” they can obtain. Not only does this cause them to leave their profiles on public, (public profiles have a higher probability of being followed by strangers leading to more likes) but it also allows predators to easily access their information and know exactly what to say to them based on their interests and posting patterns. Based on the child’s settings, both of these have location services that will potentially tell the world exactly where your child is posting their photos and status updates from.

  • Musical.ly
    This app allows users to create their very own music videos. They can lip sing and dance to the latest hits and then share their creations with the world. As always, it isn’t as innocent as it sounds and kids have used the interactive component to cyber bully each other. Many hurtful messages are posted and shared through this app. If used correctly, it can be very fun and entertaining, just make sure your child isn’t using it to be mean behind the screen.

  • live.com
    This is made by the same people who made musical.ly. This app allows users to stream live video content to friends and strangers. The ability to live stream content has flooded this app with predators meaning to do children harm and proposition them in real time.

  • Kik Messenger
    This app is referred to simply as Kik and is a free instant messaging service much like text messaging. This is a kid’s go-to app for cyberbullying since you can create an account and send messages, photos and videos completely anonymously to either one person or as a group message. Even if they do create an account in their name, it is easy to send messages and hide them from parents who go through your texts.

  • Whisper
    People post messages known as whispers, and receive replies completely anonymously. People post confessions, information about other people, gossip, etc. Once you make a post, someone cannot contact or respond directly to you because they have no idea who posted it, they can only respond to the actual post.  This is a hotbed for cyberbullying because it is virtually untraceable making students feel invincible and able to post anything without repercussions.

  • House Party
    House party is a way for people to be together even when they are apart. Kids get together through the app and “live chill” from the comfort of their own bedrooms. Kids can live chat and see each other in real time. Beware of who your children are “live chilling” with and if they are people you’d want them to chill with in real life.

  • Ask.fm
    People can anonymously ask and answer questions posed by other used. There is no way to increase the privacy settings, if you block someone they can still access your profile and view all of your interactions. This app has been labeled the worst app to communicate bullying, abusive, sexualized content and has been linked to the highest number of suicides among these type of apps.

  • Random chat with teens
    This is a website and an app and its entire purpose is to connect you with strangers. Its tagline is “talk to strangers”, that alone should tell kids not to download but alas, they still do. People can chat through text or video with people they have never met before. Beware, just because they start out as strangers behind a screen doesn’t mean they stay that way for long. Predators use this site frequently to befriend and potentially harm vulnerable kids.

  • Calculator% and Poof
    As if all these apps aren’t scary enough and this information alone makes you want to search your kid’s phone with a fine tooth comb deleting every app you see, there is an app to hide all these apps from you. The two most popular are calculator% and poof. Calculator% is used to hide photos and videos that kids do not want parents to see. Poof is used to make apps disappear entirely.

Together, if we stay vigilant, we can work together to keep our kids safe.

Mrs Jacci Young

School Counsellor

Welcome to the 2018 school year.

While it is still early I have had some opportunities from the Australian Defence Force and been notified of some apprenticeships.

Click the button below to read more.

Mrs Le-Anne Hoffman
Careers Adviser

Swimming Carnival
Make sure you read the Student Leaders' recount on the Swimming Carnival here. Results and placements will be announced in the next newsletter.

NSWCCC Awards Night
I had the pleasure of going to the NSWCCC awards on Monday 12 February, held at St Paul’s, Manly. 
Sherrie Calleia from Year 12 (2017) received a blue bar for basketball last year, where she was selected in the Australia Open Girls Basketball team. 
Over 50 students received awards from all catholic schools in NSW. It was great honour for Sherrie asnd something she should be very proud of. 
The Guest speaker on the night was Joel Thompson, who currently plays in the NRL for Manly. He shared his insights into his past playing for NSWCCC in 2005 and 2006, his beginning stages of his career, and knowledge into professional sport. He also spoke of his volunteer work with juvenile teenagers and giving back to the community. 

It was a beautiful night and a testament to our state's achievements.

Mr Adam Thomas
External Sports Coordinator

Pancake Day and Project Compassion
Lent began this week so at Marian we celebrated the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day. The seniors and leadership team were absolutely amazing and are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm and organisational skills. Everything ran so smoothly and they sold hundreds of pancakes. It will be so exciting to find out the final amount raised so that we can add this to our Project Compassion tally.
More photos are on our facebook page.

Project Compassion boxes have been distributed to students in Homeroom, and there are additional boxes if any more are needed. This year we are raising money to purchase goats to assist young farmers in Nepal, so the challenge will be to see how many goats we can buy. Thank you everyone in advance for your support.

Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader

Easter Show Chicks Arrive at the Ag Plot
Agriculture students are enjoying the arrival of day old Steggles chicks to the school farm. Students will monitor the growth and feed consumption of the birds before they compete in a meat bird competition at the Easter Show. The program is sponsored by Steggles to raise an awareness and understanding of the production of meat chickens where no hormones (steroids) are used in production. Instead the chickens are selectively bred so that they grow and put on weight very quickly. Apart from learning about production, students also put their numeracy skills to practice by weighing, averaging and recording weights of chicks.

Miss Sky Van den Berg
Teacher - Agriculture
Callback Dance Excursion

On Thursday 8 February, we went to the Seymour Centre for the HSC dance event  Callback for 2017.

The show was about the high achievers of last year’s HSC, it was a production of all their hard work and it showed us the different aspects that the markers look at when they are marking the HSC. The show included some core performances, core composition pieces, film and technology and major works.

I was impressed by a lot of the performances. At the start of each half was a film and technology work. The first one I really enjoyed as it included a lot of different angles and shots that showed the intent as it merged the two dancers together to really identify the story line. The second film work, I found a lot more entertaining as the intent was much more visual and clear to see, along with the motif.

With the core performances the one that stood out to me was the first dance item called Heal. I really enjoyed this work as it was such a pretty and entertaining dance. It was entertaining as the girl's technique was flawless and her performance quality was the thing that made you want to watch more. Throughout the show all the core performances had one thing in common; the performance quality. This was a stand out as every dance focused on this aspect which made it more entertaining as you could understand the intent.

With the core composition they were all very entertaining and visual. The one that stood out to me was the anorexia one which was amazing as the motif and intent were clearly visible, which made the performance more entertaining. The anorexia composition piece was very different to what you expected, as usually this is a typical topic to choose, but instead they made it different by explaining that the intent of it was always a constant cycle and was always going to be.

Another performance that was a stand-out and was different was the major core composition, which was about how a mother and daughter were enjoying their last moments together. This was a beautiful performance as it was a performance that included a lot of technique but at the same time a lot of emotion and story telling. The storyline was visible with the motif and had many smart dance moves in it, making it easier for the intent.

Overall, I really enjoyed the excursion at it was very entertaining to watch everyone's hard work and good ideas that they did for HSC last year. It was also very helpful as it gave me some ideas for this year and next year. It also showed to me what the markers saw as a stand-out and what they look for when marking these dance works.

Olivia Thompson
Year 11 Student

Graduates Return to Marian
This morning (16 February, 2018) we had our annual Graduates Assembly - a chance to honour the hard work and dedication our previous Year 12 cohort had put into their HSC examinations.
Fifty of our 2017 Year 12s returned to share with us their ATARs, what they're currently doing/studying, or what they planned to do in the next few years.
Students were able to hear advice from our Dux Marina Zuvela, as well as one of our sporting greats - Lachlan McGrath - both of whom were part of our fifteen graduates who had ATARs over 90.
We wish them all the very best of luck for their futures.

Miss Dannielle Ward
Media, Events and Communications Coordinator

If you would like to read Marina (Dux of 2017)'s speech, please click the button below.
Mathletics Winners

All Marian students in Years 7 to 10 have a subscription to Mathletics which can be accessed via computer or iPad. Mathletics provides interactive mathematics activities along with videos and e-books to support learning.

Congratulations to the following students who have shown the most commitment to learning this fortnight. House points have been awarded to all. Well done!

5 House Points and a "Canteen: Front of the Line" pass to:


  • Michaela O'Connor | Bradman
  • Lachlan Blake | Sutherland
  • Ellarose Halakas | MacKillop
  • Matilda O'dell | MacKillop
  • Ruby Sammut | MacKillop

3 House Points to:

  • Clarissa Vumbaca | MacKillop
  • Sarkis Khoudair | Paterson
  • Jessica Murdocca | Paterson
  • Ruby Kinchington | Paterson
  • Ashlyn Wall | Sutherland

Ms Emma Morrow
Leader of Learning - Mathematics

School Fee Statements
2018 School Fee Statements are due to be mailed out by the Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta office next week. 
Flexible Payment Plans (FPP) will be enclosed with your statement. Parents/caregivers will have the opportunity this year to take up the FPP offer online and by post.  FPP forms should be returned for processing by 9th March 2018
If you do not elect to utilise the FPP, please note that the first installment of school fees are due on Wednesday 21 March, 2018
If you have any queries, please contact Lara Flaviano at the College on 9654 6707 or  marianfinance@parra.catholic.edu.au

Mrs Lara Flaviano
Senior Finance Secretary

Parents are reminded that they MUST sign in at reception before heading over to the Uniform Shop.

Uniform Shop Hours
The Uniform Shop will only be open Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, 8:30am to 12:30pm, then 1:15pm till 2:15pm.
The Summer Uniform Shop order form can be viewed here.
The Winter Uniform Shop order form can be viewed here.

Uniform Stock
Winter uniforms are now available for purchase.
Junior Girls:
  • White peter pan collar blouse
  • Checked skirt
  • Tights
  • Bow tie
  • Blazer

Junior Boys:

  • White long sleeved shirt
  • Trousers
  • Tie
  • Blazer
Senior Girls:
  • Long sleeved blouse
  • Skirt - same as summer skirt
  • Tie
  • Blazer
Senior Boys: 
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Trousers
  • Tie
  • Blazer
  • Sports caps

Mrs Jenine McGeorge
Uniform Shop Coordinator

Maths Drop In
Does your child need help with Mathematics or want to extend themselves?

There is a Mathematics teacher available every Tuesday afternoon (unless notified otherwise by the Skoolbag App) from 3:30pm until 4:30pm in A19 to help all Marian students with their mathematics. All they need to do is show up with their questions, queries or concerns.

Ms Emma Morrow
Leader of Learning - Mathematics
Vinnies Van Parramatta
Vinnies Van offers companionship, a light meal and referral for those experiencing homelessness and social isolation in Mt Druitt and Parramatta. It assists people of all ages and genders. The Vinnies Van operates seven nights a week, except New Year's Eve.
Students and staff at Marian volunteer their services to work in the van on the second Tuesday of each month.
Van Duty
Thank you to all staff and students who have offered their time and effort, to put their faith into practise by ministry for the homeless in the Parramatta area. The roster is as follows:
Tuesday 13 March
Mrs Thomas 🎓
Miss Lupis 🎓
Onyero Eguaibor
Victoria Gonzales
Isabelle Farrugia
Jessica Moussa
Mikaela Graham
Tuesday 10 April
Mrs Tilly 🎓
Mr Nasso 🎓
Lochlann Marmara
Mitchell Simpson
Michael Del'Aquilla
Anthony Marinovic
Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education
Parish and CEDP News

St Madeline's Sophie Parish News
Parish Services
Weekend Masses
- Saturday 5.30pm (Eucharistic Adoration at 4.45pm),
- Sunday 8am, 10am, 5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy
- 10am Mass during Term
Weekday Masses
-Tues - Fri 9.15am
- Tues 9am at St Joseph Centre
Prayer Group
- Wednesdays after the 9.15am Mass
- Saturdays 5pm
- Every 4th Sunday, 11.20am, or during 10am Masses
- By appointment

28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia

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