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
►Tuesday 6 March
Open Evening (4pm & 6pm)
Year 7 Reflection Day
►Wednesday 7 March
Year 8 Reflection Day
►Thursday 8 March
Year 9 Reflection Day
►Friday 9 March
Cross Country
►Friday 16 March
Marian Day 2018
►Friday 30 March
Good Friday

— Volume 31 | Issue 3 | Friday 2 March, 2018 —


Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

As we edge closer to the halfway point of Term 1, the busyness of our school is very apparent.  In the last fortnight alone, we have had a Year 11 Assessment and Information Evening which was very well attended and ably led by Di Lowery, our College Leader of Curriculum and Liz Sproats, our Year 11 Leader of Learning.  This dual presentation reflects our approach to educating the whole person, being mindful of how well-being affects the capacity to learn.  There is an inescapable interplay between the two focuses that demands a combined effort – hence the reason why we refer to Year Leaders as “Leaders of Learning”, not merely “Year Coordinators”. The language reflects what we hold to be important.

In this same fortnight, we have had Year 7 further forge their identity as a year group at the challenge camp at Yarramundi, led by the Year 7 Leader of Learning, Nic Schroeder.  Obviously, he was not alone because a team of teachers and leaders supported the newest members of Marian in this traditional annual event.  These kinds of vital experiences cannot happen without a lot of sacrifice from staff both at the camp and those who maintain the rest of the students back at school. It requires generosity, resilience and flexibility which thankfully are the hallmarks of Marian.  Tammy Prestage attended the camp overnight and could not speak highly enough of the positivity and enthusiasm that...

Parent Wellbeing: A component of Self Determination Theory (SDT) is autonomy, the feeling you have a choice in what you do. Describe a time you have felt autonomous and how it motivated you.

Since the beginning of time, parents and teachers have encouraged students to practise and apply what they learnt in class in other settings outside school.  This is a critical component of learning and builds good habits that allow students’ to develop growth mindsets.  When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.

Neuroscience has proven that our brains...

Complaint Handling Policy

This process includes students, employees, parents, pastors and members of the wider community of Marian Catholic College.

Complaints may relate to any practice or policy of Marian Catholic College or of the CEDP related to the treatment of or education of students. The Parramatta Catholic Education System has some specific complaints processes. The Child Protection Kit has specific policies and procedures to address complaints of child abuse and reportable conduct. Maintaining Right Relations Policy and Procedures addresses complaints of harassment, bullying and discrimination. Nothing in this document replaces the processes outlined in these documents.

We are committed to following certain principles to ensure complaints are addressed appropriately.

Persons with complaints can:

  • Deal with the situation personally,
  • Contact the school,
  • Contact the CEDP.

The complete Complaint Handling Policy is available to download through Marian Connect.

Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy

The goal of the Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy is to encourage and support self-discipline.  This policy provides clear and explicit guidelines to facilitate the maintenance of a safe and motivating learning environment at Marian Catholic College.

In a positive, disciplined learning environment all students will have the opportunity to learn effectively and achieve to the best of their abilities. All students will be encouraged and shown how to develop the responsible personal and social qualities and Christian attitudes and values which will enable them to be positive and valued members of our society.

When enrolling at Marian Catholic College, parents and students each sign separate enrolment agreements which state that they will follow and support the school rules.

We expect students to undertake responsibility for their behaviour.  The role of the teacher is to support the goal of the Pastoral Care Policy and the Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy by emphasising positive relationships in teaching and learning.

The prime purpose of our College is to encourage the development of faith in our students.  The core motto of the College is “Walk with Christ”, so our processes and structures must recognise forgiveness, restitution and reconciliation, as well as responsibility and consequences.
The full Student Wellbeing and Discipline Policy can be found on Marian Connect which also includes our stance on Procedural Fairness and Student Management.

LIFTED Leaders Forum
Just last Thursday (22 February), eight of us from the Marian Catholic College Leadership team participated in the first ever LIFTED Leaders Forum of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP). 

We came along with twenty-two other Catholic schools from our diocese to be inspired and uplifted by our fellow leaders, the Catholic Youth Parramatta Team, the incredible Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM CONV and the superstar (yet very introverted) Fr Rob Galea. There we were commissioned with the challenge to launch and participate in the Catholic “Year of Youth” within our schools and our personal lives. Throughout the day we discussed awesome visions and tough challenges, whilst sharing and receiving brilliant ideas from many schools. Currently we are proud to say that we came back excited, refreshed and resolute in our pursuit to “Walk with Christ” and “Build our Legacy”. 

Allanah Kenchington & Jacob Boulus
College Captains 2018

Building sturdy human beings for the path ahead.

This would make a great tagline for our school. In a nutshell, this is the vision that I along with the teaching staff believe - it is who we are and what we believe and what guides us.  Everything we do as a school has to come back to this bone-deep belief: every decision we make has to remain consistent with this calling to build sturdier humans who will be able to successfully navigate unknown and uncharted futures.  It is very much a "whole-child" proposition and one that is far more complex than merely building sturdy test-takers or sturdy note-takers. As Franklin D. Roosevelt so eloquently put it: " We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."  Built-to-last is the stamp I want to see on kids who come through Marian Catholic College.

We take seriously as a school our charge that we are partners with you - our parents and community - in a grand building project.  We are not willing to settle for what is flashy and popular in an educational landscape full of fads and "innovation."  There are no shortcuts to doing this work well; and there are devastating consequences for doing this work superficially.  It is essentially the lesson every child learns from the parable of the three little pigs: brick and mortar construction is slow, deliberate, repetitive, heavy and hard work when compared to the ease and instant gratification of throwing up a house of lean-to sticks or fluffed up straw.  But when a windy wolf comes to the door (or a personal financial hurricane, or a relationship melt-down, or a political crisis, or...), I'll take bricks over twigs or hay any day.

As parents and educators we are building upon a solid stone foundation when we love our kids unconditionally - not for what they can do or can accomplish, but because they are worthy human beings.  

Our kids are not trophies of our outstanding parenting and show-pieces/returns on investments.  We build with bricks when we allow our kids the gift of struggle and resist inserting ourselves as rescuers and deflectors.

Our kids grow strong and resilient when we painstakingly and patiently coach, guide and mentor them into what it means to live as wholehearted people of character - when we take an active role in educating their interests in and desires for more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Such character qualities in ever increasing measure will result in a whole being, a resilient being, a noble being, a humble being - a sturdy human being!

Social media is unable to do this - it has vastly different agendas.  Mass media is messaging in the wrong direction.  Same age peers cannot offer the unconditional love and moral guidance kids require. Our "instant gratification quick-fix entertain me at all costs keep all discomfort away" society is putting our kids at grave risk.  Only fully engaged adults can accomplish the craftsmanship required to build sturdy humans; and to be fully engaged means a willingness to confront and subvert a popular culture addicted to veneered facades.  We must be committed to explicitly nurturing within our kids what it means to live virtuously - it is not innate and it does not happen by osmosis.  Living a life of character - virtuous cycles - must be learned, but it cannot be taught!

It must be caught.  Authoritative adults modeling and actively challenging the weak and brittle values of a culture propped up by sticks and straw is the most important job we have as parents and educators.  If we don't attend to this, then nothing else will ultimately matter.  The deep assumption here is that we are in fact willing to be authoritative adults in the lives of our children.  Are we willing to endure the temporary ire of our kids in exchange for more enduring and sturdy habits of heart?  I hope so.  As parents we can be either weenies or tyrants when it comes to correcting and forming our kids' character.  Research is quite clear that neither of these two approaches works for the long-term good of kids. Instead, our kids need worthy guides. As we begin the school year here at Marian, I invite all of us as worthy guides to reflect deeply on our role of educating the noble desires of our youth. As we unconditionally love these young teens in our lives, may be find the courage and craftsmanship to boldly build with bricks.

Mrs Jacci Young
School Counsellor

UMAT Testing
Students that are considering a career medicine, dentistry and some health science degree programs at undergraduate level, will be required to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions test) test.

The test assesses general attributes and skills gained through prior experience and learning, such as critical thinking and problem solving, interactions with others, and abstract non-verbal reasoning. It does not measure academic knowledge.

The UMAT test consists of:

  • 3 hours testing time,
  • 10 minutes reading time,
  • 134 questions (presented in one test booklet),
  • No rest breaks.

UMAT is designed to measure ability in the following areas:

  • Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • Understanding People
  • Non-verbal Reasoning

All UMAT questions are in multiple choice format with 4 or 5 response alternatives, from which you are asked to choose the most appropriate. Each question has only one correct response. Some questions are in written form and may present information in visual or tabular format while other questions are based entirely on visual material.

Some example questions are available in the UMAT Information Booklet.

Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
Materials are drawn from a wide variety of general sources and are based on a brief text or piece of information presented graphically. Questions assess your ability to comprehend, draw logical conclusions, reach solutions by identifying relevant facts, evaluate information, pinpoint additional or missing information, and generate and test plausible hypotheses.

Understanding People
This construct assesses the ability to understand and think about people. Questions are based on a scenario, dialogue or other text representing specific interpersonal situations. Most passages will have several questions. The questions assess your ability to identify, understand, and, where necessary, infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people represented in the situations.

Non-verbal Reasoning
Questions may be of several kinds. All are based on patterns or sequences of shapes and are designed to assess your ability to reason in the abstract and solve problems in non-verbal contexts.

from in December, 2017 to 5.00pm on 1 June, 2018
EXAM DATE: 25 JULY, 2018
For further  information please contact myself by phone through the College or by email lhoffman@parra.catholic.edu.au

The below links are for new apprenticeships and traineeships - including some vacancies from the Australian Training Company.

Mrs Le-Anne Hoffman
Careers Adviser

Open Boys HZSA Tennis Gala Day
The boys did well at the HZSA tennis at Richmond on Monday 19 February. Michael Bonano was undefeated and won the competition! Josh Barko was runner up in the plate competition. Panash Makumbe won two matches. While Remy Morato didn't win any matches, he definitely improved steadily as the day went on.
Well done to the boys for trying their hardest and representing us with Marian Quality and pride.

Mr Mark Tynan
Tennis Coach

Project Compassion

Our focus for this year’s Project Compassion is raising money to purchase goats for young people in Nepal. It’s all about giving a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’, and young people in Nepal are taught how to raise goats so they too can make an income.

The purchase price for each goat is $120, and so far we have raised enough to purchase 11 goats!! Houses are competing with each other, and to date Sutherland is in the lead. Students are being encouraged to get involved by bringing in cash donations for their Homeroom Project Compassion Box, or else bringing their individual box in from home before the end of Term 1. (As it’s a Term 1 fundraiser, we will be collecting funds after Easter up until week 11.) Many Homerooms are running their own fundraising activities, organising cake stalls etc. Students are asked to be creative and think of ways that their Homeroom can get involved . 

At the first assembly in Term 2 the house that raises the most money will have all their students’ names put into a raffle, and prizes will be drawn.

Another initiative for Project Compassion is our Unforgoatable Experience campaign, whereby students have to find little plastic goats (and their horse friends) hidden around the school (not in classrooms or garden beds). When they find an animal, they have to download the free Zappar app, "zap" the sticker from the poster, and take a picture of the animal they have found (along with the virtual goat from the Zappar app), showing the hiding place. They need to then email the picture to mariannews@parra.catholic.edu.au. They should then take the toy goat to the Student Foyer to receive a small chocolate reward, and their name will go into the draw to win  ‘Move to the Front of the Canteen’ queue passes.

Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Leader

Nursing Home Thank you

We were delighted to receive this thank you card and beautiful messages from residents at the Mountainview Retreat at Round Corner. These were in response to gift hampers and hand made cards that we delivered at the end of last term. We also delivered hampers to Our Lady of Grace Nursing Home and they were delighted also to receive them.

A big thank you to all the Marian students that brought in the thoughtful gifts, and gave up their lunch hours to make the cards. It’s good to know that our Wednesday lunch meetings make a difference to others.

Marian Day 2018

This year, Marian Day will be held on Friday 16 March!
The theme for the day will be Back to the 80’s to reflect the time when Marian was first opened in 1988. The day has been planned to provide all students with a variety of activities that they can be involved in and enjoy. Lunch will be provided for all, with three pizza trucks, a dessert truck and drinks included.

The arrangements for the day are as follows:
9.00 – 9.15am Homeroom as usual (students will collect wrist bands and lunch tickets)
9.15 – 9.30am Move to Hall for Marian Day Mass
9.30 – 10.30am Mass in Hall with Fr. Alejandro
10.30 – 10.50am Morning Tea (not provided) and students can change into 80’s theme clothing – otherwise, Sport Uniform or remain in College Uniform.  Change rooms will be opened for this (girls and boys will have separate change rooms).
10.50 – 11.35am  World’s Greatest Shave to be run – everyone is welcome to come and support those who are having their heads shaved.
10.50 – 11.35am Activities for those not wanting to see the World’s Greatest Shave begin: Each Session will be for 45 minutes and students are encouraged to stay in an activity for the full 45 minutes:

  • Disco in the PA
  • Game Shows and Trivia in iLearn A
  • TV Shows of the 80’s in iLearn B
  • Indoor Games in C18
  • Aerobics in C13
  • Karaoke in C Block Shade Structure
  • Arcade Games (and Play Station 4) in C17
  • Dress Making, Beading with Meg in C12, C15 & C16
  • Outdoor Games on Courts and Oval

Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

World's Greatest Shave
Marian will be participating in the World's Greatest Shave this year, with Team Marian Kenthurst raising funds yet again for the Leukaemia Foundation
If you are a student who would like to shave or cut their hair for charity, please sign up and join our team online, then make sure your parent signs the permission form on School Stream!
We will be shaving on Friday 16 March (Marian Day)!

Miss Dannielle Ward
Media, Events and Communications Coordinator
Fun in Commerce
Do brand named foods or drinks taste better?
Year 9 Commerce conducted a survey to find out whether brand names or generic products taste better. Students formed 'taste stations' where they presented food and drink items for testing, including chocolate, lemonade, biscuits and chips. Survey data was collected, analysed and presented to the class. The results were surprising!
I enjoyed this activity, I could apply what I learnt in class to a practical experience 
— Christine Bonello
It was fun to organise the survey and hear other opinions on the food product
— Christian Salem
Ms Amy Seychell
HSIE Teacher
University of Wollongong STEM Competitions

Each year the University of Wollongong runs the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences’ NSW Junior High Schools STEM and iSTEM Competitions to promote STEM disciplines in schools. The competition is open to schools to submit student assessments in Science, Technology and Mathematics. This year the following students were awarded FIRST PLACE in their categories:

  • Year 7 – Kaitlin Wagner, Isabella Maggs, Sam Willemse and Michael Taouk for their project on Energy efficient housing
  • Year 8 – Adelina Barker, Bethany Dersch for their project completed on the digestive system
  • Year 9 - Brooke Fitzpatrick for her Sustainable Energy project completed in iSTEM elective class

Congratulations to these students on their achievements!!

Dr Melissa Royal
Leader of Learning - Science

Road Rules Awareness Week

This year's Road Rules Awareness Week, from 26 February to 4 March, provides all road users the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the NSW road rules. As part of the campaign, each year Transport NSW's Centre for Road Safety focuses on the most misunderstood road rules and provide road users an opportunity to have their questions answered.

This playlist of 10 animations explains some of the most misunderstood road rules.

The below is a video relating to school zones.

Mrs Fiona Livingstone
Leader of Learning - PDHPE

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:


  • Machaela OConnor | Bradman
  • Ethan Andrew | Bradman
  • Elarose Halakas | MacKillop
  • Charlotte Sellar | Paterson
  • Kiara Younan | MacKillop

3 House Points to:

  • Samantha Makhraz | MacKillop
  • Chiara Cauchi| Bradman
  • Owen Azzopardi | Bradman
  • Riley Azzopardi | Bradman
  • Lachlan Blake | Sutherland

Ms Emma Morrow
Leader of Learning - Mathematics

Due to an unforeseen delay, the Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta office have advised that the school fee statements are to be posted today.  
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.  
If you do not elect to utilise the FPP, please note that the first installment of school fees are due on the 21st March 2018
If you have any queries, please contact Lara Flaviano 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 Uniform Shop order form can be viewed here.

Uniform Stock
  • WINTER UNIFORMS and BLAZERS are now in stock!

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:
Tues 13 March
Mrs Thomas 🎓
Miss Lupis 🎓
Onyero Eguaibor
Victoria Gonzales
Isabelle Farrugia
Jessica Moussa
Mikaela Graham
Tues 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

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish
(8 Diana Avenue, Kellyville)

Lenten Services
Fridays during Lent
 - 9.15am Mass in Parish Church followed by
 - 10.15am Stations of the Cross at the Shrine (8 Greyfriar Pl, Kellyville).
 - 7pm Mass in Parish Church followed by Confessions and Stations of the Cross
Deanery Communal Reconciliation:
Monday, 26 MARCH
 - 7pm at St Paul the Apostle, Winston Hills
 - 7pm at OLOR, Kellyville followed by a special
- 8pm Mass of Thanksgiving.

Easter Services
Sacred Triduum
Holy Thursday, 29 March,
 - 7pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Parish Church
 - Adoration in the old hall until 10pm
Good Friday, 30 March,
 - 10am Stations of the Cross by Youth Groupat the Shrine (8 Greyfriar Place, Kellyville)
 - 3pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in Parish Church
Holy Saturday,
31 March (No Confessions)
 -8pm Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday,
1 April
 - Masses at 7am, 9am, 11am
Please Note: There will be no 6pm Mass on Easter Sunday

28 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, NSW 2156, Australia

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