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
Wednesday 28 March
Easter Liturgy
 Thursday 29 March
► Friday 30 March
Good Friday
 Monday 2 April
Easter Monday
 Tuesday 3 April
Year 12 Half Yearly Exams Begin
 Thursday 5 - Friday 6 April
Year 9 Camp
 Friday 6 April
Year 10 Mental Health Forum
► Monday 9 April
Year 7 Gala Day - AFL/League Tag
► Friday 13 April
Last Day of Term 1
► Monday 16 - Friday 27 April
Term 2

► Monday 30 April
Term 2 Begins

— Volume 31 | Issue 4 | Friday 16 March, 2018 —


Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

Last week, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week with four major events.  Firstly, on Tuesday afternoon and evening, hundreds of students and our staff provided an authentic experience of what it means to be part of the Marian community when we held our annual Open Evening to formally commence the 2019 enrolment period.  Both sessions were well-attended with parents and children still wandering around the tour route after 8pm. We have received such positive feedback from people who attended and I agree because I too took the tour after the formal presentation in the hall.  As I say in my welcome, our students and staff are our greatest advertisement and their sense of connection with and pride in Marian was clearly evident to all our visitors.

Then on Wednesday evening, we launched the 2018 Conviction Group, a programme for Year 10 boys focussed on building capacity to think about, speak about and meet the many challenges of being a young man today.  We have offered this programme for the last three years and the testimonials from our boys have been outstanding evidence of the power of this experience.

On Thursday evening, Dr Melissa Royal and I attended the 2018 Commissioning Mass for all newly appointed leaders and teachers within the Diocese of Parramatta.  The Mass...

Relationships and Optimism

Failing well, accepting that mistakes are part of life, forgiving yourself for making them and learning new approaches from them are valuable skills to develop. Describe a time you have done these to succeed.

Due to electronic devices, there has been a significant decline in face to face conversations over the last decade with students’ skills in interpreting and sending appropriate body language messages reduced. This leads to a key social-emotional resilience skill, showing empathy, being adversely affected. Consequently...

Sun Safety

The sun safe policy provides guidelines to:

  • Ensure all students and workers are well protected from too much UV exposure by using a combination of sun protection measures whenever UV levels reach 3 and above.
  • Ensure the outdoor environment is sun safe and provides shade for students and workers.
  • Ensure all students and workers are encouraged and supported to develop independent sun protection skills.
  • Support appropriate WHS measures to minimise UV risk and heat and associated harms to workers during peak times for sun related risks.

Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.

Students who do not have the appropriate hats or outdoor clothing are asked to choose a shady space or a suitable area protected from the sun.

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

No Aerosol Policy

Approximately 1 in 10 people have asthma - so it's likely in any change room or classroom there will be someone who will be affected. Aerosol sprays can act as a trigger to a serious asthma attack, or bring on a severe migraine in a sensitive individual. The allergy can be sufficiently serious to put an individual into anaphylactic shock if an aerosol has been used anywhere in their vicinity.

It is for this reason that this policy is in place in schools. This ban relates to all aspects of school including excursions, camps/retreats, sports etc.

Students who are found to be in possession of an aerosol will have it confiscated immediately. The spray can be collected by the student's parent/carer within a week of confiscation otherwise it will be disposed of.

Please support our policy to ensure the wellbeing of all members of our Marian community.

Bullying and Harrassment

You have a right to feel safe at school at all times. The following policies are in place to ensure your safety and well-being. Details about these policies are on page 20 of your student planner.

  • Anti-Bullying Policy
  • “Hands-off” Policy
  • Unacceptable Physical Behaviour
  • Disrespecting Property

It is an expectation at this school that every person will be able to spend the day, both in and out of the classroom, free from any form of verbal or physical bullying or harassment. This College insists on positive relationships between all members of the Marian Community. Any forms of bullying behaviour displayed towards another person will not be tolerated.

Forms of Bullying and Harassment relate to behaviour which offends, humiliates or intimidates another person or psychologically harasses another person or causes physical harm to a person.

Therefore, the following forms of behaviour will not be tolerated: Physical, Verbal, Visual, Racial Discrimination, Victimisation, Sexual Harassment, Indirect/Covert Bullying, and/or Cyber Bullying.

If you or someone you know is being bullied – whether directly or indirectly – you should adhere to the steps found in your student planner (page 21).

Hillsbus Service Changes

Please find attached the updated school bus advice sheet for Hillsbus services commencing 19 March 2018.


  • Route 3143 will commence 2 minutes earlier from Castlewood Dr after Crane Rd and will pick up opposite Oakhill College instead of in the bus bay.
  • Route 3180 will no longer operate via Blacks Rd or Ward Pl, consistent with student demand. 


  • Route 3588 has been cancelled. Students may catch existing alternative 3605 to Glenhaven which follows the same path.
  • Route 3656 is a new route to Green Rd to assist with the high loadings on route 2571.
We remind students they must have a valid Opal card to travel on school buses, and must tap on and off morning and afternoon.

Our Address from Open Evening (Tuesday 6 March, 2018)

This afternoon/evening we’d like to speak to you about our school. If we were to describe Marian Catholic College in 3 words they would be vibrant, dynamic and exciting.

Everything from our state of the art hospitality rooms, to the change rooms where our PDSSSC champions prepare. From our performing arts and music rooms, to the agriculture plot. Whether it be the science labs, the iLearn centre or the school library, no matter your gifts, talents or interests - Marian has the necessary facilities to support you and your children.

Throughout your visit here this evening, it is our hope that you will learn more and more about all the different facilities and opportunities our school has to offer.

As Year 12 College Captains reflecting on our time here at Marian, we believe our school’s vibrance can be attributed to one incredibly important factor - our strong sense of community.

A strong community is one which supports each of its members and empowers them to care compassionately for others. From day 1 here at Marian, we both agreed, we felt an overwhelming sense that we had become a part of something special.

Marian Catholic College’s community is one of our school’s most defining features, even according to Alumni, since the school’s conception in 1988. Thirty years later, we continue to acknowledge the strength of our school community which aims to holistically educate and forge incredible students and memories for generations.

There are multiple factors which contribute to strengthening our Marian Catholic College school community. The first being our school ethos which is deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. Another prominent factor includes the emphasis on community engagement, especially through house competition.

The school is divided into 4 houses, each with their own Australian identity and patron Saint. Each year we compete for the acclaimed House Cup. House-based competition is not limited to sport and other athletic pursuits, but rather, it ranges across all aspects of college life. These include our wonderful creative and performing arts departments, various areas of academia, social justice initiatives and general student engagement and participation.

It is this spirit of participation and community engagement, which enhances our strong Christian ethos, and inspires each student to pursue their passions, extend their talents and give back to others.

As Year 12 students and College Captains, there are so many things about Marian Catholic College that we are proud of, but none so much as the benefits of our strong sense of community.

Finally, we would like to directly address each of the Year 6 students who are here tonight.

Thank you for being here to learn about everything Marian has to offer. Exciting times lie ahead for you, we both know exactly how you might be feeling, but we’d like to offer some advice.

In high school, you are going to come across so many different opportunities. It is your responsibility to get involved in, and learn from, as many of them as you can.

Here at Marian, we help you to reach your maximum potential by empowering you to take up even those opportunities which might scare you.

We wish you all the best with all your future endeavours and pray that you may Walk With Christ, within our Marian community.

Thank you.

Allanah Kenchington & Jacob Boulus
School Captains 2018

Junior Reflection Days

Last week students form Years 7 – 9 had the opportunity to spend the day in reflection.  The team from GPBS led students through a number of sessions with the theme of Lent and Lenten promises. Each day was full of talk, listening, music, discussion and opportunities to think about the lives of others, their ability to make a moral choice and stand up for their decisions. 

Thanks to our students for their openness to this reflection day experience and to the team of presenters.  Our teachers who supervised the day’s activities saw some value in the work that was done on the day and felt that there were lots of opportunities that we could further develop in classes at Marian.

Year 12 Retreat

This year, the Year 12 Retreat will occur between Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 May.  Students should have already brought in permission notes or completed them on School Stream.  Mr Kinchington is working on the lists for each retreat venue and students will be informed as soon as these become available.  Accommodation preferences will be organised following the publication of the lists.  Any students that have allergies, dietary requirements or medications will need to make inform Mr Hruby after accommodation lists have been prepared so that the retreat centres can cater for these.  We are looking forward to having this final retreat with Year 12 and giving students the opportunity to consider their lives beyond school.  We extend our thanks to the fifteen staff who have offered their time and expertise in running these retreats.

Mr Michael Hruby
Leader of Learning - Religious Education

Careers in Information Technology 

Whenever you Google “Jobs of the Future", ‘“Best Paying Jobs”, or “Jobs In Most Demand", you’ll always find Information Technology, or jobs in computers.

The most in demand job anywhere is cybersecurity - protecting data from hackers, viruses, ransomware and many other cybercrimes that threaten our interconnected world. Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. In a computing context, security includes both cybersecurity and physical security.

The second most in demand job is Data Analyst. Data analysts translate numbers into plain English. Every business collects data, whether it's sales figures, market research, logistics, or transportation costs. A data analyst's job is to take that data and use it to help companies make better business decisions.

Information technology is not just about cybersecurity and data analysis. It encompasses many jobs in the computer sciences - mobile devices, gaming, digital marketing, hardware and software, coding, design, service support, website development and sales - the choice is vast and all these careers are in-demand which makes them highly paid jobs, and jobs that are transferable. So, an IT person in the defence force, can work in health technologies (a massive growing industry), the banking sector or in communication.

The fact that these technologies use English as a base language creates the opportunity for global travel, or online consultancy.

In this digital age, the IT sector is never going to stop growing -  it will create many in-demand jobs with job security, great salary, transferable skills, new inventions of Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, blockchain technology, cybercurrencies (Bitcoin) to name a few. This is an industry where you never stop learning; a lifetime of education and upskilling every two years. 

What’s really good about IT is that it's gender neutral, although currently male dominated (this will change!) and there’s a job for every level of expertise. You can enter with a degree, diploma or certificate.

There are misconceptions that jobs in this sector require a university degree. This simply is not true of many key roles. In an industry that is focused on practical skills, it’s easy to see why the combination of competency-based outcomes and hands-on experience typically offered by VET courses is (in many cases), more useful than more academic university studies. In fact, in one of the most in demand roles, ICT Support Technician, around half the current employees are VET qualified.

Mrs Le-Anne Hoffman
Careers Adviser

Vinnies Van Recount

Last Tuesday night (13 March), we had the pleasure of serving on the Vinnies Van with five Year 11 Marian students: Onyero, Victoria, Isabelle, Mickaela and Jessica. We took sandwiches, hot drinks and conversation to those waiting for us at Mt Druitt and then Parramatta Park. The park was lit up with beautiful fairy lights, which you can see in the background of the photo, and we were delighted to be given a compliment on our sandwich making!! The girls should be incredibly proud for how they represented Marian on the night.

Ms Emma Lupis and Mrs Meg Thomas
Social Justice Teachers
Marian Dance Groups for 2018

Congratulations to the following students who made our Marian Dance groups for 2018. Senior lyrical is still yet to audition, however students will be notified of an audition time in the upcoming weeks.

The competition in each audition was fierce and students should be extremely proud of their efforts, regardless of whether they made the groups or not.

Junior Jazz Group A
  • Alyssa Frasca
  • Olivia Doughty
  • Madi Lynch
  • Isabelle Thornton
  • Krister Lo
  • Bella Masters
  • Emma Tasses
  • Brooke Lang
  • Amy Morris
  • Olivia Horsley
  • Abbey Parnell
  • Kiara Valeriano
  • Samantha
  • Jessica Portelli
  • Alecia Calabria
  • Abby Gibbons
  • Em Martino
  • Molly Scapinello
  • Felicity Rankin
  • Micaylah Daher
  • Jacinta Doughty
  • Jasmine Kenna
  • Charlot Johnston
  • Sarah Touma
  • Solanje Macedo
  • Summer Jacques
  • Zoe Griffin
  • Kaitlyn De Belle
  • Isabelle Thornton

Hip Hop Group

  • Jessica Portelli
  • Alicia Calabria
  • Cassi Solomon
  • Summer Jacques
  • Ella Turner
  • Madi Lynch
  • Felicity Rankin
  • Bella Masters
  • Jessica Galea
  • Gabi Galea
  • Rachel Western
  • Alana Grech
  • Grace Swarzes
  • Anabelle McEvoy
  • Abbey Parnell
  • Zoe Griffin
  • Kate Campany
  • Courtney Griffin
  • Alanah Donald
  • Micaylah Daher
  • Charlot Johnston
  • Sarah Touma
  • Tamarah Daher
  • Kaitlyn De belle
  • Jade Grech
  • Alyssa Schlyder
Junior Jazz Group B
  • Molly Roberts
  • Grace Swarzes
  • Chloe Bracken
  • Cassandra Solomon
  • Alicia Vassallo
  • Kristiana Blazevic
  • Sinead Bovingdon
  • Natasha Eyles
  • Charlotte Garcia
  • Emily Nasso
  • Ella Turner
  • Kartia Kustreba
Junior Lyrical Group
  • Kiara Valeriano
  • Olivia Doughty
  • Jacinta Doughty
  • Brooke Lang
  • Felicity Rankin
  • Summer Jacques
  • Bella Masters
  • Micaylah Daher
  • Madison Lynch
  • Ella Turner
  • Kaitlyn de Belle
  • Charlot Johnston
  • Sarah Touma
  • Zoe Griffin
  • Cassie Solomon
  • Eden Campbell
  • Emily Martino
Senior Jazz Group
  • Kate Campany
  • Courtney Griffin
  • Tamarah Daher
  • Alanah Donald
  • Taylor Moussa
  • Jess Gala
  • Grace Dean-haag
  • Rachel Western
  • Gabrielle Galea
  • Alannah Hocking
  • Alyssa Schlyder
  • Jade Gretch
  • Jayde Angeles
  • Maya Edwards
  • Donya Nemation
  • Liv Thompson
  • Kiara Steel

Rehearsals for each of the groups are as follows:

Junior Jazz group A  (Choreographed by Jayde Angeles and Jessica Moussa)
Thursday day 4 and 9 during recess break

Junior Jazz group B  (Choreographed by Kate Campany and Courtney Griffin)
Friday Day 5 and 10 during recess break

Junior Lyrical  (Choreographed by Ashleigh Hicks and Lachlan Thomas)
Wednesday mornings Day 8 at 8.10am

Hip Hop  (Choreographed by Jade Grech and Alyssa Schlyder)
Monday Day 1 and 6 during lunch break

Senior Jazz  (Choreographed by Christian Hart and Lachlan Thomas)
Wednesday mornings at 8.10am

Mrs Sarah Curran
Dance Teacher

World's Greatest Shave

On Marian Day (Friday 16 March), we had a whopping THIRTY-SIX STUDENTS participate in the World's Greatest Shave, gaining sponsorships to cut, colour or shave their hair!!
Together, they helped raise $23,644.54 for the Leukaemia Foundation!!! 
Congratulations to all of the brave students involved - you can view a list of them on their sponsor page (and why not donate while you're there?).

Shout out to Michael Dell'Aquila and Ms Vidler for organising the event!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our hair dresser volunteers for making the day such a success!

Miss Dannielle Ward
Media, Events and Communications Coordinator

Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies Excursion

On Wednesday 14 March, Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies classes visited the Local Court and District Court in Parramatta. In the Local Court, students saw cases ranging from assault to illegal selling of drugs. The Local Court was filled with smaller rooms that did not have a jury or a large public gallery. The District Court was much larger and had juries and judges wearing robes and wigs. The cases in this court involved more serious matters and also involved people seeking to be released from custody and be part of the community through undergoing rehabilitation programs. Both courts provided a great learning opportunity to help us improve our knowledge and understanding about the law.

Isabella Vumbaca, Chloe Lambert and Ishika Nayyar
Year 11 Legal Studies Students

Year 7 Camp

What a BLAST!!
Last fortnight, Year Seven attended YMCA Camp in Yarramundi - a location surrounded by the beautiful Hawksbury Valley. The three-day adventure began by boarding the bus at Marian and with less than an hour commute, we arrived and were greeted by all the camp leaders.

There was no lack of enthusiasm over the course of the camp with a range of outdoor activities such as Rock Climbing, the Giant Swing, the Flying Fox, Archery, the High Ropes Course and Kayaking - everyone knows how sore their arms got. For those who prefer the indoors, there were also activities such as trivia and ball games. Despite my initial nerves, I found myself enjoying ALL the activities, especially the Giant Swing due to the rush of adrenaline it gave me.

For me, camp was a blast, despite the 6am wakeups and feeling a little exhausted by the end, it really made me step out of my comfort zone. My friends came home labelling camp as an “exciting”, “fun” and “thrilling” experience and I couldn’t agree anymore! Overall, I made some great memories and kindled some new friendships – all of which have made the transition from Primary to High School a whole lot easier.                

Camp wouldn’t have been such a memorable experience without organisers such as Mr Schroeder, Marian teachers and all the staff at Yarramundi - so on behalf of Year Seven THANK YOU!

Natalia Scotti
Year 7 Student
Year 9 Reflection Day

On Thursday 8 March, Year 9 had their Reflection Day held in the hall.
The day consisted of listening to guests talk about their faith and what it means to them. They played songs and did dances for us that symbolised faith and togetherness.
We formed groups and they asked us if we had one wish to make the world a better place what would it be? People answered with: world peace, no more wars or violence, equality in religions, gender, race, world hunger and poverty but we wished for a cure for cancer. All in all it was a great day and we got to spend time bonding as a grade.

Makayla Bleza
Year 9 SRC Leader

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:


  • Ruby Kinchington | Paterson
  • Machaela OConnor | Bradman
  • Luke Saltana | Paterson
  • Riley Azzopardi | Bradman
  • Patrick Hinton | Sutherland

3 House Points to:

  • Charlotte Sellar | Paterson
  • Lachlan Blake | Sutherland
  • Olivia Jones | Sutherland
  • Jackson Folkard | Sutherland
  • Sarkis Khoudair | Paterson

Ms Emma Morrow
Leader of Learning - Mathematics

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.

Parents please organise to get winter uniforms before the April holidays. 
Blazers are still in stock to be purchased, the tailor no longer comes to fit and measure students for blazers.  

Uniform Stock

The following items are out of stock:

  • Sports Caps (not available until May)

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 10 April
Mrs Tilly 🎓
Mr Nasso 🎓
Lochlann Marmara
Mitchell Simpson
Michael Dell'Aquila
Anthony Marinovic
Tues 8 May
Mr Schroeder 🎓
Mrs Boudib 🎓
Maddie Moog
Monique Urio
Annelise Conte
Georgia Redroff
Laura Rothwell
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 News
(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

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