Diary Dates:
Term 1, 2018
► Thursday 22 February 
Year 6 Information Night (6pm)
Year 2 Information Night (7pm) 
► Friday 23 February 
St Mads Assembly (2pm) 
► Friday 23 February 
P&F Welcome Disco (5.30pm)
► Tuesday 6 March 
St Madeleine's Open Day
► Tuesday 6 March 
Marian Catholic College's 
Open Evening 
► Thursday 8 March 
Yr 6 Excur - Maritime Museum
► Tuesday 13 March
Yr 3 Excur - Pioneer Village
► Tuesday 20 March
Photo Day 

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751 | Fax: 9654 6798
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 22 February, 2018 | Term 1, Week 4

Dear Parents and Friends,

It is now a week since Ash Wednesday ~ the beginning of our Lenten season. The word Lent  is from the old English word for “Spring”. In Lent we seek to turn away from the death of sin and prepare to embrace our new life at Easter with the Risen Lord. Pope Francis urges all members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. Last week all families received a Caritas Project Compassion box and we ask that you find creative ways for all the family to be generous in giving to those less fortunate this Lent.
What a magnificent occasion it was last Friday evening at the Parish Dinner at Oatlands House! It was a night filled with fun and fundraising for the new church. The plans were displayed and we were informed that we all have the opportunity to purchase significant items for the internal fixtures and fittings in the church. Items like the baptismal font, the stations of the cross, the alter, the stained glass windows…. If you are interested in considering making a donation to fund one of these many beautiful items, please be in...


Our Catholic faith and heritage has been inspired and shaped by Kingdom people - saints of the scriptures and Church history who have said 'Yes' to God's call in their life. They see the world through God's eyes. They hear the cry of the poor and the oppressed. Their actions are inspired by God's compassion. They experience in their own lives God's love, which impels them to proclaim Jesus' Good News in word and example.

Classes have completed a study of our patron saint, St Madeleine. The course of study each year builds upon the understanding of this remarkable woman and how she chose to follow God. The virtues of St Madeleine are explored explicitly.

Virtues and goals promoted by the Society of the Sacred heart Australia & New Zealand Provence

  1. The virtue of faith
  2. The virtue of deep respect of intellect
  3. The virtue of action
  4. The virtue of inclusion and welcome to community
  5. The virtue of valuing personal growth

“Be humble, simple, bring joy to others.”

Second Sunday of Lent
25th February 2018

Rattanak in Cambodia contracted polio as a child and also became deaf. The Deaf Development Program, supported by Caritas Australia, helped him become a barber and he is now supporting himself, his wife and baby.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2018 and help deaf youth in Cambodia to build a just future, and live in communities that uphold everyone’s dignity.

A Just Future starts with your support! You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting  www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT – Weekend 24/25 February

The readings invite us to reflect on the transformative power of seeing more clearly and listening more deeply.

The love, which unites Jesus and the Father, is the same love that embraces us.

The readings also point to a call to discernment and a desire to learn about the blessings God showers on us. St Paul asks the powerful question “With God on our side, who can be against us?” When we recognise that God is for us we are transformed.

Rattanak's story featured this week by Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion gives us a glimpse into a story of courage and transformation. Rattanak is twenty-nine and a barber in the village of Poh Krom in south-eastern Cambodia. From fever and becoming ill with polio as a child, Rattanak has some difficulty walking and is profoundly deaf. Emerging from an isolated world at home in his early twenties, he gained skills at the Caritas supported Deaf Development Program. He can now use sign language to communicate and is now running a successful business, supporting himself, his wife and their new baby.

The program has been one of transformation for Rattanak. He can now understand and see the world in a whole new way. For Rattanak and other young people in his community, ‘a just future’ started with community.

Listening to the scriptures and to Rattanak's story of transformation has the power to transform us. We can be partners in working for a just future for everyone.

We pray for the work of Caritas Australia and its partners in Cambodia, and for the courage and tenacity of people like Rattanak who are transforming their lives and helping us to see the potential and possibilities of a world where everyone is included.


Prayer is a meaningful and spiritual way to nourish our soul. During the season of Lent, St Madeleine’s parents are invited to join us for prayer and reflection on Tuesday 27th February at 9am in the library.

  • What is your expectation for this Lent?
  • Have you ever viewed Lent as a time of preparation to renew your vows of Baptism on Holy Saturday evening?


Please use and revere your Bible at home to support your child’s journey in knowing and building a personal relationship with God.

  • The family Bible may be elevated onto a stand.
  • You might light a candle when reading the Bible.
  • The family might gather together on a regular basis to read and discuss scripture.
  • Family prayer might be part of the ritual of reading from the Bible.


Please pray for all our children, as they get ready to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.


Please refer to the Parish bulletin or Parish website for Mass times.


Fr Vince and all parishioners would love to see you and your family there. 

School Hours and Supervision of Students

Lessons commence each morning at 8.50am and conclude at 3.00pm on  Mondays to Fridays. The school grounds are open to pupils from 8.20am each morning and remain open to pupils until the last bus leaves each afternoon. At all times outside the period from 8.20am to approximately 4.00pm, the school grounds are out of bounds to all pupils.

Normal supervision of pupils by the school will be undertaken between the hours 8.20am - 3.30pm Mondays to Fridays, however, we are aware that some students arrive earlier than this because of bus timetables. Therefore an executive member of staff is on the playground from 8am to supervise these early arrivals.

Would you please assist the school in the interest of the pupils’ safety by endeavouring to ensure that your child does not attend or remain in the precincts of the school outside the hours of 8.20am to 3.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, unless and only if they are arriving by bus or waiting for buses in the supervised bus lines.

If any parent or guardian has difficulty in ensuring that their child does not attend school until 8.20am and / or ensuring that their child leaves school by 3.30pm (bus passengers only excepted), kindly contact the school in order to discuss what special arrangements might be made for their child.

The school will not be responsible for supervising or caring for students outside the school premises unless the students are engaged in a school sponsored activity e.g. an excursion or a sporting event.  The school will not be responsible for supervising or caring for students on their journey to and from school.  In particular, the school will not be responsible for supervising students at bus stops either on their way to school or on their way home from school.  Each student’s journey to and from school shall be the responsibility of each student’s parent or guardian.

Special arrangements will be made in relation to authorised school activities, which require the attendance of students at the school outside of these hours.

It is important that children arrive at school on time for the assembly bell at 8.50am.

Playground Safety Before/After School

Please ensure you are supervising your children carefully if they are playing on the play equipment before and after school.

Teachers supervise this area at recess and at lunch times but there is no teacher on duty outside these times.

Mobile Phones

Children are not permitted to bring a mobile phone to school unless parents have a particular reason why they need their child to carry one. If this is the case, please ask for a permission note from the office detailing rights and responsibilities of mobile use at school.

KB: Jack Jones & Andie Scott
KW: Joshua Carlino & Sophie Craft
1B: Sachin Hudson & Phoebe Bishton
1W: Nicola Papageorgiou & Austin Wall
2B: Oliver Farraway & Grace Bracken
2W: Navarro Manfre & Eve Daley
3B: Tyler Hili & Amelie Nash
3W: Connor O'Brien & Ruby Habkouk
4B: Lee Coco & Alexis Mallia
4W: Cooper Jones-Gentle & Katerina Sarkis
5B: Zoe Lang & Max Gioiello
5W: Mikayla Muscat & Tyler Carabetta
6B: Max Kuntze & Annabelle Rogers
6W: Gemma Oaklands & Alec Urio
Music/Drama: Charlize Zreiby & Nicholas Follows
Sport: Jensen Fradd & Mikayla Muscat

Hills Zone Swimming Carnival
On Monday 19 February, thirty students represented St Madeleine’s at the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival held at Oasis Swimming Pool, Windsor. All students showed great sportsmanship and athleticism in all their events. We achieved fantastic results overall. The following children placed in the top four making them eligible to swim at the Parramatta Diocesan Swimming Carnival on Friday:

Flynn Morris (8 Year Boys)

  • 50m Freestyle - 2nd

Ashton Cheers (8 Year Boys)

  • 50m Freestyle - 4th

Lily Sumner (9 Year Girls)

  • 50m Freestyle - 2nd

Riley Cheers (10 Year Boys)

  • 50m Freestyle - 3rd

Riley Cheers (Junior Boys)

  • 50m Backstroke - 2nd
  • 50m Butterfly - 2nd
  • 200m Individual Medley - 2nd 

Emily Knight (10 Year Girls)

  • 50m Freestyle - 1st

Emily Knight (Junior Girls)

  • 50m Backstroke - 1st
  • 50m Breaststroke - 3rd
  • 50m Butterfly - 2nd
  • 200m Individual Medley - 2nd

Grace Liddle (11 Year Girls)

  • 50m Freestyle - 2nd
  • 50m Butterfly - 2nd

Beni Horvath (13 Year Boys)

  • 50m Freestyle - 1st

Cillian Miller (Junior Boys)

  • 50m Breaststroke - 2nd

Finn Sebire (Junior Boys)

  • 50m Butterfly - 3rd

Cooper Fradd, Nathan Duval, Finn Sebire, Riley Cheers

  • Junior Boys Relay - 3rd

Alessia Cauchi, Lily Sumner, Mikayla Muscat, Emily Knight

  • Junior Girls Relay - 2nd

Grace Liddle, Sienna Melrose, Sophie Miller, Alija Barker

  • Senior Girls Relay - 4th
Huge CONGRATULATIONS to the follow students:
  • Emily Knight - Junior Girls Zone Champion
  • Grace Liddle - Runner Up 11 Year Girls Zone Champion
  • Riley Cheers - Runner Up Junior Boys Champion

Thank you to Luke Farraway, Scott Sumner,  Justin Liddle and Justin Sebire who generously gave up their time to help as an official on timekeeping. To Mrs Cheers for being our wonderful photographer. Lastly to Mrs Masters for monitoring our team. Your time was very much appreciated.

Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator

Our Welcome Disco is tomorrow!!!
We hope to see you there!

Open Monday - Friday
To view canteen menu, please click here.
Manager: Catherine Mares
PH: 9654 6760

RECESS: 10:50am - 11:20am
LUNCH: 1:20pm - 2:00pm
Term 1 Week 5 2018
Recess Thurs: Jen Jurukovski & Mari Gregory
Lunch Thurs: Colette Feillafe
Recess Fri: Mari Gregory
Lunch Fri: Grainne Barker
Term 1 Week 6 2018
Recess Thurs: Jennifer Jamsek
Lunch Thurs:
 Maria Tassone
Recess Fri:
 Hanan Nassif
Lunch Fri:
 Rebcca Boston
Contact: Maree McNeil
Email: maree.mcneil@bigpond.com
 0402 941 956
Term 1 Week 5  2018
MON: Gabrielle Cauchi & Maree McNeil
Grainne Barker & Louise MacNamara
Andrew Howe & Renae Cole
Kylie Jones-Gentle & Teresa Sakkal
Rebecca Boston & Anita Nader
Term 1  Week 6 2018
TUES: Liana Wall & Jodi Sakkal
 Kylie Lorinda
Souad Khoudair & Aime Meehan
Jasna Susnjara & Tori Papallo
Manager: Therese Harwanek
If you don’t have time to come to the uniform shop you can download an order form below or phone 9654 6761. Lost Property is located in the Library, please check for student belongings.

Email: stmadeleinesuniformshop@parra.catholic.edu.au
OPEN: Wednesdays 8:15am — 10:15am
To view the uniform shop order form click here.
Parish & CEDP News
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Parish Services:

Weekend Masses:
- Saturday 5.30pm (Eucharistic Adoration at 4:45),
- Sunday 8:00am, 10:00 am, 5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy
- 10am Mass during Term
Weekday Masses
-Tues - Fri 9:15 am
- Tues 9.30am at St Joseph Centre
Prayer Group
- Wednesdays after the 9.15 am Mass
- Saturdays 5.00pm
- Every 4 th Sunday, 11:20, or during 10am Masses
- By appointment
Sacrament Coordinator
Sally Coppini MB: 0407 942 986

Solo Parent Support Groups
From CatholicCare Parramatta

CatholicCare Solo Parent Services’ Younger Widowed Support Group is held on the 3rd  Tuesday of each month. The Support Group is for men and women widowed at a younger age whether or not you are a parent. First Gathering for the Year will be held on Tuesday  20th February. 

Please note new venue: 13 Buller St, North Parramatta. 
Time: 7pm – 9pm  Cost: $5.00. 
Registration: Call Rita Ph. 8843 2530 or Email:  soloparentservices@ccss.org.au 

This Support run by CatholicCare Solo Parent Services is held on the last Tuesday of each month  for men and women who are separated or divorce.  At the February meeting we will be speaking about “Identifying Challenging Emotions and strategies for dealing with them.”

Date: 27th February  
Venue:  13 Buller St, North Parramatta 
Time: 7pm – 9pm. Cost: $5.00. 
Registration Essential: Call Rita 8843 2530 or  email  soloparentservices@ccss.org.au 

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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