Diary Dates:
Term 3, 2018

► Friday 3 August
Assembly 2-3pm
► Monday 6 August
P&F Meeting 7pm
► Tuesday 7 August
Sacrament of Eucharist Information 4:30pm or 7:00pm
► Wednesday 8 August
Feast Day St Mary of the Cross Mary MacKillop
► Friday 10 August
PJ Day Gold Coin Donation
► 11 & 12 August
Sacrament of Eucharist Commitment Masses
► Tuesday 14 August 
Pizza Day
► Thursday 16 August 
Hills Zone Athletics Carnival


Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 2 August, 2018 | Term 3, Week 2

Dear Parents and Friends,

It is great to be back learning together for another term! We have many events planned in Term 3 to look forward to ~ our Speaking Competition, excursions, PJ Day, Father’s Day celebrations, and Grand Book Day just to name a few.

Thank you all very much for the way in which you are helping to ease the traffic flow each morning and afternoon whilst the Church and car-park are being built. Over the past week I have met with the Road Safety Officer from The Hills Shire Council and she was very complimentary to me about the way in which our community embraced the adjustments to traffic flow each day. She did, however, express some concerns about the way some cars are queuing out on Annangrove Road at 3pm because they cannot drive onto the school campus. The Traffic Officer alerted me that there are traffic rules pertaining to stopping in a “No Stopping” zone. I have included her information in this newsletter as I want you to be as fully informed as possible....

Monday 6 August 2018: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord - Year B

Mk 9:2-10
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

This is my Son, the Beloved
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Rabbi,' he said 'it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud. 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore but only Jesus. As they came down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.

Wednesday 8 August 2018: Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop - Year B
As a baptised Christian Mary MacKillop took seriously the challenge to serve Christ in all peoples especially those who were poor. She trusted in the providence of God to sustain her. As a leader in the church, Mary was often engaging with bishops and priests whom she treated with great integrity and respect. Mary MacKillop was for many a 'sign and instrument of God's love'. She and her Sisters lived in and among the people taking the heart of the church into their midst.

O God, you call us all to follow you in the way of Jesus.
Gift us with wisdom and understanding as you did Mary MacKillop,
to be faithful servants of the Gospel.
May your love enfold those who bear the responsibility of leadership in our church.
May we rejoice in the gift of Mary MacKillop to our church.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen
Blessed Mary of the Cross, gift of God to us today, pray for us.

Wednesday 15 August 2018: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Year B

And Mary said:
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
- according to the promise he made to our ancestors-
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.'

Please join us for Mass on Wednesday 15th August at 9:15am

Social Justice - PJ Day Friday 10 August Supporting St Vincent De Paul

Students are invited to wear pyjamas to school on Friday 10 August for a gold coin(s) donation to purchase blankets for the less fortunate. Please remind your child to wear appropriate footwear (ie runners). Thank ou for your continued support of social justice initiatives.

Mass Roster Term 3

Please join us in celebrating Mass at 9:15am

  • 03/08 Year 6 Communion Service
  • 15/08 Whole School Mass Feast of the Assumption
  • 17/08 Year 5 Communion Service
  • 21/08 3B & KB Mass 9:15am
  • 24/08 Year 4 Mass
  • 28/08 3W & KW Mass
  • 31/08 Year 3 Mass
  • 04/09 4B & 2B Mass
  • 07/09 Year 2 Mass
  • 11/09 4W & 2W Mass
  • 14/09 Year 1 Mass
  • 18/09 5W & 1W Mass
  • 25/09 5B & 1B Mass

Sacrament of Eucharist

Please pray for all our children, as they get ready to prepare for the Sacrament of Eucharist. Commitment Masses will be held on the weekend of 11th and 12th August.

Parish Masses

Please refer to the parish bulletin or paris website for Mass times - http://stmadeleine.org.au Fr Vince and all parishoners would love to see you and your family there.

Strenghten in us, O God, the work you have begun in us.
St Madeleine Sophie Barat
Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

Spelling....Food for Thought

One of our goals as educators of the English language is to teach children to love words as soon as they start in kindergarten. We want our students to be fascinated by the stories about where words come from and how those stories help us in spelling words. Learning to spell is about breaking a code and figuring out how words are making their meaning.

When teaching children how to spell, it’s important that they know the meaning of the words they are attempting to spell. Attaching meaning to the letter sequence, makes the word relevant to the child and increases the likelihood of retention.

While letter sounds or phonics are an important part of learning to spell, particularly in the foundation years, they are an insufficient strategy when used in isolation. There are 26 letters, but around 44 sounds and several hundred ways to write those sounds eg. the vowel sound for ‘e’ can be ee, ea, ei, ie, y, ei, and e_e (with bossy e). There is no simple match between letters and sounds and there are always exceptions to the rule.

Sounds are important in learning to spell, but just as important are morphemes. These are the meaningful parts of words eg. adding ‘ed’ to a word like in ‘walked’ tells the reader that the action happened in the past. This highlights the importance of young spellers understanding the morphology of words as well as having knowledge of letter sounds. A child who is reliant on sounds may typically spell ‘walked’ as ‘walkt’.  These kinds of attempts at spelling words are reasonable in the early years of school and shows the child has developed some phonological awareness. As they progress through primary school, it is important that students develop other strategies to spell unknown words.

Misty Adoniou a Senior Lecturer in Language and Literacy at Canberra, has written many scholarly articles on the topic of teaching spelling to young children. She describe the etymology of words as being an integral part of teaching spelling in primary school. The history of the English language has constantly evolved over centuries, with only 12% of words being spelt the way they sound. She suggests that students are very responsive to stories about words, and understanding the history of words is key to building spelling skills and expanding student vocabulary.

Testing students on their spelling words weekly is an incredibly stressful experience for many students, often affecting their confidence as young writers of the English language. For students who are successful it’s a wonderful experience, boosting their self esteem. However it does little to teach them anything new about the English language. Often students will learn their weekly list, however not retain this new learning, as it is simply learning by rote with no conceptual basis. Our aim is to create a love of the English language and an understanding of how words are formed, so that students are not solely reliant on memory when attempting to spell unknown words.

Parent Information Session - Reading K to 2

On Friday 24th August, St Madeleine’s will be running a parent information session on reading, with a focus on K to 2. This is a repeat of a workshop held during Term 1 to inform parents about how we teach reading in the early years of school. The workshop will focus on strategies used to develop effective comprehension and decoding skills.

This workshop also serves as an introduction for parents who would like to assist in their child’s classroom. It is essential that parents are well informed in order to effectively support teachers during the literacy block.

If you missed the first session and would like to assist in the classroom during the literacy block, you are most welcome to join us in the library at 9am. It is a requirement that parents who would like to assist in the classroom, attend this information session and complete the ‘Child Protection Training’ using the link below.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher. I look forward to working with you.

Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal

Premier's Reading Challenge

We are now into our last month for the Premier’s Reading Challenge. During the holidays many students at St Madeleine’s have taken the opportunity to “curl up” with a good book.

A big congratulations to all the students who have already successfully completed the challenge.

All classes have received their usernames and passwords from their class teachers and should be able to log on to the website (below) to fill in their book titles.

The website is here

When you open the website there is a menu on the left side. Click on the Logon icon, enter your username and password and select submit. You will then be logged in. Return to the menu on the left side and select Student Reading Records. It is here you will enter your personal reading log with the name, author and Premier’s Reading Challenge Number of your books. 

Remember you have until the end of August to get those entries logged!

Good luck to all those participating and especially the large number of children who are eligible for their GOLD or PLATINUM certificates this year in recognition of four or seven successful years of participation.

“Happy Reading!”

Pauline Pittas
Leader of Learning


ICAS Science & Spelling - Results 2018

We congratulate the following children on their outstanding results in the ICAS Science and Spelling competition held last term.

The following children will be presented with their Science certificates tomorrow at our Week 2 assembly. The ICAS Spelling certificates will be handed out at a later date.

Maja Susnjara
Luka Susnjara

Tiana Attia
Delphine Feillafe
Mary Eberand

Matrix Anderson
Jennifer Chen
Vincent Musolino
Matilda Rogers
Lily Sumner
Jack Treak
Isla Austin-Smith
Christian Blake
Davis Soliman
Hannah Tran
Sofia Attia
Ryan Niezabitowski
Annabelle Rogers

Luka Susnjara
Delphine Feillafe

Liana Niezabitowski
Isla Austin-Smith

Mary Eberand
Finn Sebire
Maja Susnjara
Saniya Arnold

Sofia Attia
Annabelle Rogers
Trinity Souma
Archie Manassen
Cillian Miller
Tillie Sebire
Matrix Anderson
Tiana Attia
Jennifer Chen
Lillian Lovett
Keira Mifsud
Matilda Rogers
Lily Sumner

World Youth Day Raffle Tickets - DUE BACK

Thank you to those families who have already returned their WYD raffle ticket books. Just reminding families that all raffle ticket books whether sold or unsold need to be returned to school by FRIDAY 17 AUGUST.

School Fees

All families should have received their school fee statements by now. If you have not received your statement, please email madl-khstfees@parra.catholic.edu.au or call 9654 6752 to receive a copy of your statement. Please note that unless you are on an arrangement or direct debit, school fees are payable in full on 29 August 2018. If you are experiencing financial difficulties and are unable to pay your fees, please contact the office to make an appointment with Mrs Black to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

Census Day - Friday 3 August

As part of Census, student attendance on this day needs to be submitted. Should your child be absent on Friday 3 August, please respond to the SMS sent regarding your child's absence promptly once you receive it. Thank you for your cooperation.

Louise Giacca
Finance Officer

School Notes/Information sent home or on Skoolbag for weeks 1 & 2
  • Yr 4 Photo Celebration
  • Speaking Competition
  • Curriculum Overviews Term 3
  • Morning Tea with Mrs Black
  • Trivia Night
  • Cyber Bullying Talk
  • New RE Curriculum
  • Pyjama Day
A reminder that we have several children at St Madeleine’s who are at risk of suffering a severe allergic reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) if exposed to eggs, nuts, horse hair and other allergies. In order to help the school to manage allergies and to ensure that we provide our best duty of care, we would appreciate your co-operation in thinking about what food you send to school with your children.

Child Protection - Volunteer Helpers

It is a Diocesan requirement that parents who volunteer at the school e.g.

Reading Groups, Canteen, Uniform Shop or Excursions -

Must complete the CEO online Child Protection Module Building Child Safe Communities

http://childprotection.parra.catholic.edu.au/training which needs to be completed every two years and is emailed to the school after completion.

You do not need to do the Working with Children Check at Service NSW.

School Attendance

Application for Extended Leave during School Terms.

National Standards have been established to ensure there is a consistent approach nationally to the collection and reporting of student attendance data.

As part of the implementation of the National Standards, holidays taken by students during school terms will now be included as absences.

A Certificate of Exemption is NO LONGER REQUIRED for holidays taken during term time if the leave is less than 5 school days.

Families will be encouraged to take their holidays during the school holidays but if travel is necessary during the school term, parents need to


For leave of 1 – 4 school days ~ Inform the class teacher in writing.

For leave of 5 or more school days ~ Write a letter of request addressed to the Principal prior to the commencement of the leave indicating the specific reason or purpose for the request of leave. You also need to complete paperwork and supply copies of travel documents and then receive a response from the Principal granting permission for the leave.

Monitor and Respond to Student Absence

The Class Teacher

  • Complete the class attendance each day
  • Informs the Principal of emerging patterns of absence.
  • The office follows up unaccounted absences by the end of the school day via SMS messages.

The Principal

  • Generates Student Attendance Summary Reports fortnightly.
  • Analyses absences and decide whether it is an issue of emerging absenteeism.
  • Informs parents of attendance concern when absenteeism is < 90%.
KB: Jordan Simpson & Dimitry Popov
KW: Marc Chiha & Sofia Monardo

1B: Jack Buchanan & Harper Wade
1W: Alyssa Pantaleone & Angus Weir
2B: Mia Barker & Sebastian Massaad
2W: Leila Keddie & Mitchell Danks Cowen
3B: Lily Starr & Dylan Gray
3W: Tiana Attia & Benjamin Grima
4B: Natasha Apap & Brodie Dahlen

4W: Chloe Boston & Nathan Duval
5B: Mikayla Bechara & Oliver Kennedy
5W: Noah Brown & Jolie Sellar

6B: Sierra Manfre & Evan Ilijanic
6W: Lauren Waldon & Luka Susnjara
Creative Arts: Kate Hatcher & Alexander Lawson
Sport: Ethan Keddie & Alija Barker

MacKillop Rugby Union
Congratulations to Ryan Scott who has been selected in the MacKillop Rugby Union Team to play at the NSW PSSA Championships in Coffs Harbous during the 28th-30th August. We wish you the very best of luck.

Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator
Term 3, Week 3, 2018
MON: Vanessa Abood, Grainne Barker
TUE: Liana Wall, Jodie Sakaal
THU: Karlee Wade, Angela Paki
Term 3, Week 4, 2018
MON: Lyn Batson, Tracey Gauchi
TUE: Fiona Knight, Mel Keddie
WED: Melissa Crema, Louise McNamara
THU: Elaine Nassif, Vicki Chiha
FRI: Nicole Foxall, Maree McNeil
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 3, Week 3, 2018
Recess Thurs: Simone Dahlen
Lunch Thurs: Jodi Sakkal
Recess Fri: Mari Gregory
Lunch Fri: Michelle Atkins
Term 3, Week 4, 2018
Recess Thurs: Grainne Barker
Lunch Thurs:
 Angela Paki
Recess Fri:
Lisa Follows
Lunch Fri:
 Mari Gregory
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: Tuesdays 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 4th Sunday, 11:20, or during 10am Masses
- By appointment
Sacrament Coordinator
Sally Coppini MB: 0407 942 986

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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