Diary Dates:
Term 1, 2018
► Tuesday 13 March
Yr 3 Excursion Pioneer Village
► Saturday 17 March
St Patrick's Day
► Tuesday 20 March
Photo Day
► Friday 23 March
Assembly (2pm)
► Friday 23 March
Cross Country
► Sunday 25 March
Palm Sunday
► Thursday 29 March
Easter Liturgy (9.15am)
► Friday 30 March
Good Friday
► Saturday 31 March
Holy Saturday
► Sunday 1 April
Easter Sunday
► Monday 2 April
Easter Monday
► Tuesday 3 April
Assembly (Netball Court 9.00am)
► Wed 4 April - Fri 6 April
Yr 5 Great Aussie Bush Camp
► Wed 11 - Thurs 12 April
Confirmation Sacrament (7pm)
► Monday 16 April
School Holidays Begin
Term 2, 2018
► Monday 30 April
Pupil Free Day
► Tuesday 1 May
Term 2 Begins

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 8 March, 2018 | Term 1, Week 6

Dear Parents and Friends,

This week we welcomed families who are considering enrolment for their child in 2019. They came  to hear about our work and to take a look around our beautiful learning spaces.

Mrs Jefferson spoke about how different teaching and learning is today ~ how classrooms are now student centered, rather than teacher centered ~ providing flexibility of groupings so teachers  can personalise student’s learning for today and for their future.

Mrs Fisher spoke about building God’s Kingdom here at St Madeleine’s and the authentic way in which we filter Catholic Values through all aspects of the curriculum and in all our interactions with each other each day.

I love showcasing St Madeleine’s - it is a joy to visit the learning spaces and see the teachers and students all working so beautifully together. I look forward to meeting many new families as we process our Kinder enrolments for 2019.

The COLA (Covered Outdoor Learning Area) should be completed by Easter.

On Monday the sheet metal arrives for the roof. We will need to have special traffic arrangements in place on Monday as a massive truck and crane will be taking up the car park next to the netball court - this will alter our normal drive through arrangements...


Catholic Schools Week is a special time in the year when we celebrate and give thanks for Catholic Schools, especially our own school. It is a time to give thanks for the wonderful learning and teaching that takes place each day in every classroom. In our prayer, we acknowledge and thank all who work together in the service of Catholic Education.

Lord Jesus,
You came among us as teacher, to reveal to us the Father’s endless love and mercy.
Our Catholic schools continue to give witness to your compassion and wisdom, seeking always to ensure that we are all welcome no matter who we are.
May our Catholic schools continue to be places of connection and sources of hope and enthusiasm for our young people and their families.
May the work of our Catholic schools always be guided by the inspiration of your Spirit.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,


Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sunday 11 March, 2018

The symbolism in the readings reminds us of the richness of God’s mercy and grace.

In the Gospel this weekend, we see Jesus speaking with Nicodemus. The same Nicodemus we are told a few verses earlier, who came to Jesus by night [John 3:10-12]. In the scriptures, night is often associated with secrecy and darkness.  In contrast, later in John's Gospel, Jesus tells us he himself is the “light of the world".

As the Church continuously revisits the long history of God’s relationship with God’s people, Caritas Australia takes this opportunity to revisit and explore the impact of its relationships. We first heard about Evangeline, a young First Australian woman a couple of years ago. She lives in the remote community of Beswick, also known as Wugularr, in the Northern Territory.

Evangeline’s work islife-giving for her and her community. She helps to preserve and bring into the lighther own precious gifts and talents and the art and culture of her people. As a Senior Artsworker for Djilpin Arts, a non-profit Aboriginal organisation, her career has flourished along with the success of the enterprise. She has become an inspirational leader for youth, while the Djilpin Arts Centre has become an example of excellence in Indigenous tourism and is now a major employer for young people in the community.

We are blessed by their willingness to share their gifts with the broader Australian community.

Just as Evangeline is shining a light on her culture and history for future generations, we can ask ourselves: how are we living in Christ’s light?


Please donate to Project Compassion 2018 and help provide employment and training for First Australians, allowing them to remain on country and keep their culture alive, essential for a just future.

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.


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.
Please join Kindergarten and Year 6 families for Mass this weekend (Saturday 10th March at 5:30pm).

Mrs Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

Rote Learning In Mathematics

One of the most frequent questions I get asked as an educator is “Why don’t you teach times tables anymore?” The answer to that is we do!! However our approach to this learning has changed.

Education has changed a lot in the last twenty years, even ten years. It is a dynamic process and it changes with changing times. The fact is we know a lot more now about the way children learn and the most successful strategies for ensuring we develop independent critical thinkers, an essential skill for working in careers in the 21st century.

Rote learning was a strategy that was at the forefront when many of us were at school. You probably remember reciting your times tables on a daily basis, I know I do! However, this method of learning only caters for students who have good memory skills. Today there is a greater emphasis on ensuring students have conceptual understanding first. The reason for this is that students are more likely to retain what they understand, than something they have memorised which lacks purpose or relevance in the student’s mind.

We start to teach multiplication and division in Kindergarten, laying the foundations for conceptual understanding by giving students many experiences of making groups, sharing groups and changing the structure of groups using equipment. These experiences give students many opportunities to visualise how numbers can be grouped and arranged, so that by the time they reach Year Three, they can recall these structures automatically.

As educators, do we want students to develop automaticity with times tables? Absolutely!! But we need that automaticity to be preceded by a deep conceptual understanding, so that students have the capacity to apply this knowledge to a variety of situations.

Mrs Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal

Parent Information Session - Reading K to 2

On Friday 16 March, St Madeleine’s will be running a parent information session on reading, with a focus on K to 2. The purpose of this session is to inform parents about how we teach reading in the early years of school. We will be focusing on strategies used to develop effective comprehension and decoding skills.

This term, teachers will be inviting parent helpers into the classroom to assist with reading groups. It is essential that parents are well informed in order to effectively support teachers during the literacy block.

If you would like to assist in the classroom during the literacy block, it will be a requirement that parents attend this information session and complete theChild Protection Trainingonline. We will be running an additional reading session later in the term if you are unable to attend the first session.

The parent Information session will commence at 9am in the library. I look forward to working with you.

Mrs Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal

The St Madeleine's Uniform Shop has CHANGED DAYS!!
We will now be open on Tuesdays - same time - 8.15am to 10.30am.

Privacy Information and Photo Permission

From time to time we publish children’s results in the University Competitions, i.e. Maths, English, Science and Computer Competitions.  We also publish places in sporting events, other awards and achievements.  If you have any concerns about your child’s name appearing in our School Newsletter or on our school website, please contact the office.

Occasionally it is necessary for Class Contact parents or P & F representatives to telephone parents.  If you do not wish your telephone number to be used by these people please contact the school office.

The school also sometimes sends photos of our children to newspapers or to the Catholic Education Office for inclusion with an article about St Madeleine's. We also include photos in our School Newsletter and on our school website. If you do not wish photos of your child to be used in any publications at school, Catholic Education Office or newspapers please contact the school office.

If your personal details (address, telephone, etc.) change please inform the school office.  It is important that we have up to date information for the safety of our children.

Car Park Reminder

Fine weather morning drop off:

  • All students are to be dropped off at the netball court Kiss & Drop zone.
  • Under no circumstances are St Madeleine’s children to be dropped off anywhere other than at the official drop off zones where the volunteers are placed to assist the children and they are then in  supervised areas. This is to ensure the safety of our children.
  • Please drive up around the loop before coming down into the Kiss and Drop area. It means that the queue to drop off does not extend down into the main driveway.

Wet weather morning drop off: Children are to be dropped off at the canteen drop off zone in wet weather when the volunteers are in that location and the children can walk under cover to the supervision areas.

Afternoon pick up: The following are a few rules that all parents and children need to observe at the afternoon pickup to ensure the safety of our children and smooth operation.

  • The driver is not to get out of the car.
  • The car is to stay close to the timber sleepers and bollards at the edge of the bitumen so that cars can pass if necessary.
  • Make sure that your family name can be seen – perhaps use tape to hold it onto the windscreen.
  • Children are to get into the car on the passenger side – they are not to go around the front or the back of the car to get in on the driver’s side. If this is a problem to any family then that parent will need to park and pick the child up.
  • Bags are to go in the cabin of the car with the child – not in the boot.
  • If you are entering through the main gate please do not queue across the driveway for the parish house.
  • If you are entering through the second gate in the afternoon please do not queue across the driveway for the house. The occupants of the house must have access at all times.
  • Wet weather pick up ~ children wait in the Year 2 classrooms and parents drive around next to the church entry to pick up their children.

There is no right turn from the second gate. If you want to turn right then you need to go out the main gate. There is no right turn into the second gate from Annangrove Road. If you are coming from the west you must make your right turn into the main gate.

Parents please use common sense and courtesy when using our driveway and parking areas. Please don’t block driveways or roads to allow the traffic to flow. Please adhere to these rules. They are in place to provide safety for your children.

Online School Canteen Orders

In purchasing your child’s tuckshop order online, you are contracting directly with the supplier. You are responsible for checking that the ingredients of what you order are not incompatible with your child’s sensitivities or health issues. Please ensure you check the disclaimers in the supplier’s website. If in doubt, you should contact the supplier.

KB: Daniel Bell & Sophie Barker
KW: Hayley Trigger & Marcus Cooke
1B: Gabriella Zreiby & Lachlan Dorahy
1W: Ella Paki & Joshua Peers
2B: Claire Waldon & Leonardo Scannone
2W: Max Allsop & Millie Sharpe
3B: Miranda Spillane & Jack Treak
3W: Mark Horvath & Jessica Edwards
4B: Siena Arias & Finn Sebire

4W: Sienna Bonello & David Watt
5B: Andrew Issac & Kate Hatcher
5W: Evan Stanley & Tiahna Russell
6B: Beni Horvath & Sophie Miller
6W: Ryan Scott & Liana Niezabitowski
Music/Drama: Tarlia Hunter (5W) & Jack Treak (3B)
Charlize Zreiby (4B), Luke Papallo (2B) & Tiana Attia (3W)

Parramatta Team Trials

Congratulations to Edward Noy who trialled and made it into the Parramatta Diocese Team for Softball to be held in June at Panania.

Congratulations to Isaak Elias and Charbel Zreiby who trialled and made it into the Parramatta Diocese Team for Rugby League to be held in May in Canberra.

We wish you boys all the best at the Mackillop trials.

Diocesan Swimming Carnival
On Friday 23 February, sixteen students represented the Hills Zone at the Diocesan Swimming Carnival held at Blacktown Pool. The students competed brilliantly. Congratulations on your great swims and fantastic results.
The following students placed in the top four overall:

  • Flynn Morris (8 Year Boys) 50m Freestyle - 1st
  • Lily Sumner (9 Year Girls) 50m Freestyle - 3rd
  • Emily Knight (10 Year Girls) 50m Freestlye - 4th, (Junior Girls) 50m Backstroke - 3rd, (Junior Girls) 50m Butterfly - 4th, (Junior Girls) 200m Individual Medley - 4th 
  • Riley Cheers (10 Year Boys) 50m Freestyle - 4th, (Junior Boys) 50m Butterfly - 4th, (Junior Boys) 200m Individual Medley - 2nd
  • Finn Sebire (Junior Boys) 50m Butterfly - 3rd
  • Grace Liddle (11 Year Girls) 50m Butterfly - 4th  
  • Beni Horvath (13 Year Boys) 50m Freestyle - 1st
  • Cooper Fradd, Nathan Duval, Finn Sebire, Riley Cheers - Junior Boys Relay - 3rd
  • Alessia Cauchi, Lily Sumner, Mikayla Muscat, Emily Knight - Junior Girls Relay - 1st 

We wish all eleven of you the very best at the NSW Catholic Primary Schools (NSWCPS) Swimming Carnival on Wednesday 21st March. We are so proud of your efforts.

Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator

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 7, 2018
Recess Thurs: Mari Gregory
Lunch Thurs: Mari Gregory
Recess Fri: Jen Jurukovski
Lunch Fri: Hanna Mills
Term 1, Week 8, 2018
Recess Thurs: Mel Keddie
Lunch Thurs:
Mel Keddie
Recess Fri:
 Rebecca Boston
Lunch Fri:
Michelle Atkins
Contact: Maree McNeil
Email: maree.mcneil@bigpond.com
 0402 941 956
Term 1, Week 7, 2018
MON: Erin Boffo & Lucinda Musolino
Fiona Knight & Mel Keddie
Andrew Howe & Renae Cole
Leanne Kuntze & Vanessa Abood
Rebecca Boston & Anita Nader
Term 1, Week 8, 2018
MON: Tracey Gauchi & Maree McNeil
TUES: Liana Wall & Jodi Sakkal
Grainne Barker & Louise MacNamara
Souad Khoudair
Michelle Bonnacordo & Melanie Bracken

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: Tuesdays 8:15am — 10:15am
To view the uniform shop order form click here.
Parish & CEDP News
St Madeline's Sophie Parish News

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

Does your child catch a school bus? Help them keep it!

As the bus operator that's providing your child’s school bus services, we’re asking for your help getting your child to use their Opal card on every bus trip.

Since the introduction of the School Opal card in 2016, school bus patronage data has significantly dropped. This is not reflected in the number of students actually travelling on our buses for various reasons a large number of students are consistently not using their Opal cards as they should be.

Opal data gathered by tapping on and off is used by transport planners and service schedulers to design the bus network that best serves the community utilising the resources available.

If students don’t tap on and off then school bus services will appear underutilised and may be considered for cancellation based on low passenger numbers.

Please help us reinforce the message that tapping on and off every bus journey with an Opal card is essential to travel on the bus. This will ensure school services continue to be planned for the students that use it, providing the journey to school your children depend on.

To help us achieve this, please talk with your child:

  • Ask them if they tap on and off the bus with their Opal card.
  • If they do, congratulate them for doing the right thing and talk about why it’s important.
  • If they sometimes don’t or never do, ask them why.
    • Are they confused about why they have to? Talk about why it’s important, and that every tap tells the bus planners that the bus is needed.
    • Do they forget? Help them find a way to remember, such as getting into the habit of getting their Opal card out as soon as they arrive at the bus stop or bus line.
    • Is their Opal card at the bottom of their bag? Help find a handier place to keep it.
    • Are they influenced by friends or peers that don’t tap? Talk about how they like to travel on the bus with their friends and how tapping is what keeps the service running.
    • Have they lost their Opal card? To order a new Opal card visit www.opal.com.au.

If there’s another reason that you’d like to discuss with Busways, please contact us at infoline@busways.com.au or call our customer service team on 9497 1878 to talk to us. We are happy to listen and do what we can to help your child feel comfortable using their Opal card.

Thank you for helping us to best serve your school community.

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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