Diary Dates:
Term 3, 2018

► Friday 28 September
Last day of Term 3

► Monday 15 October
Term 4 - Students Return
Summer Uniform
► Wednesday 16 & 24

Choirs Yr 2-6 8:15am

► Thursday 18 & 25 October
Ukulele/Guitar Club 8:15am

► Friday 19 October
Yr 3 Lane Cove
National Park Excursion

► Thursday 25 October
Diocesan Education
Mass & Expo

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 27 September, 2018 | Term 3, Week 10

Dear Parents and Friends,

It 's difficult to believe that we are at the conclusion of Term 3!! We have so many events and achievements to be proud of this term from zone and diocesan athletics, 100 days of Kindergarten, Year 6 debating, voice of youth public speaking competition, celebration of First Eucharist, Father's Day celebrations, fiver for a farmer......the list goes on!! None of this would be possible without the incredible talent and generosity of the St Madeleine's community. We thank you for your ongoing commitment and support of both your children and the school.

Last week I had the pleasure of watching our Year 6 debating team compete against Christ the King Primary School, North Rocks. This was the final debate in the Inter-School Debating Competition involving four local Catholic primary schools. Both of our teams, affirmative and negative, were successful last week in winning their debates. This meant that St Madeleine's Debating Team were the overall winners of the Inter-School Debating Competition!...

Sunday 30 September: The Twenty Sixth Sunday in
Ordinary Time - Year B

Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Anyone who is not against us is for us.
If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off.

John said to Jesus, ‘Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him.’ But Jesus said, ‘You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us.

‘If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.

‘But anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith, would be better thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck. And if your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life crippled, than to have two hands and go to hell, into the fire that cannot be put out. And if your foot should cause you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter into life lame, than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye should cause you to sin, tear it out; it is better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell where their worm does not die nor their fire go out.’

Celebrations on the Horizon

Please mark these dates on your calendar.

Friday 26 October
Christmas Hamper Drive working with St Madeleine's Parish

Friday 2 November
All Souls Day
School Mass 9.15am

Praying with Our Children
The Angelus is a beautiful tradition of prayer. It is a time to recall and reflect on the gift of God’s Son. All our staff and students pray together as one family at midday every day. Please pray daily with us.

Mass Roster Term 4

The Mass roster is included on the parent calendar only. This can be accessed via the school website or the Skoolbag app. All parents are invited to join us in celebrating Parish Mass at 9:15am.

Please note that occasionally changes in the Mass roster may occur. We appreciate your understanding.

Parish Masses

Please refer to the parish bulletin or parish website for Mass times - http://stmadeleine.org.au/


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


"Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world". St Madeleine Sophie Barat

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women and
Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now
And at the hour of our death.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.
(Hail Mary...)
And the Word was made Flesh.
And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary...)
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator


Please remember to bring a TOY GIFT. Your gift will be presented to a child filled with hope and love for this Christmas. Please remember these gifts need to be new and unused. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
  • Cooking Oil
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Canned Fish (plain tuna)
  • Canned Chick Peas
  • Canned Red Kidney Beans
  • Canned Peas & Carrot
  • Canned Corn (not creamed)
  • Instant Noodles
  • Canned Fruit

PLEASE - No soup, baked beans or tinned spaghetti.

  • Pasta (Spaghetti or Penne)
  • Long Life UHT Milk (1L)
  • Basmati Rice
  • Dried Lentils
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cooking Spices
  • Jam
  • Honey
  • Healthy Juices
  • Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury)
  • Tea & Coffee

Annabelle Rogers

Taleah Niezabitowski

Liana Niezabitowski

Archie Manassen

David Soliman

Tillie Sebire

Finn Sebire

Nathan Pantaleone

Cooper Fradd

Christian Blake

Saniya Arnold

Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal



Mary Eberand

Sofia Attia

Bianca Palacio

Hannah Tran

Isla Austin-Smith

Keira Mifsud

Tiana Attia



Luka Susnjara

Trinity Souma

Emilie Mifsud

Delphine Feillafe

Maja Susnjara

Grace Ferris

Matilda Rogers

Daisy Manassen

Matrix Anderson


Damon Buchanan

Olivia Galea

Cooper Hili

Emilie Mifsud

Liana Niezabitowski

Ryan Niezabitowski

Taleah Niezabitowski

Caius Prisk

Charlotte Rochester

Annabelle Rogers

Georgia Sakkal

Ryan Scott

Trinity Souma

Luka Susnjara

School Notes/Information sent home or on Skoolbag for weeks 9 & 10
  • Year 6 Mission Day Stalls
  • Pink Ribbon High Tea
  • Piano & Singing Lessons, Term 4
  • Social Media Communication
  • CEDP School Choice
  • Year 3 Excursion
  • Kindy 2019 Bookings
  • NAPLAN Results Letter
Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying

At St Madeleine’s Primary School, we aim to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Each member of our community has the right to feel safe, happy and valued. The school has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent and address Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying in line with the CEDP Anti-bullying policy.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is repeated incidents involving:

 • a bigger, stronger or more powerful child on a smaller or weaker child, or

• a group of children on a single child

These might be:

• Verbal: the child is called names, put down, threatened.

• Physical: the child is hit, tripped, poked, kicked, or belongings are stolen or damaged.

 • Social: the child is left out, ignored, or rumours are spread.

 • Psychological: the child is stalked or given dirty looks.

Bullying is different from teasing, rough-and-tumble or schoolyard fights. What makes it different is that the incidents are ongoing, and there is usually an imbalance of size, strength and power between the children involved.

If you bully someone else….

 • You will be expected to stop it immediately.

 • The Principal or Assistant Principal will be informed of your behaviour.

 • An appropriate consequence will be given.

 • Your parents will be informed.

 • Your behaviour will be monitored.

• You will be assisted with changing your pattern of behaviour.

If you are being bullied……

What to do

 • Avoid situations that may lead to bullying

 • Look at your own behaviour and see if it is, in any way, causing the bullying

 • Remain calm

 •Tell the bully that he / she is annoying you and you want it to stop

• Look for support from others. (e.g. a friend, parent or teacher)

• Report the bullying to your class teacher, the teacher on duty, the Assistant Principal or the Principal

What can parents do?

 • Listen to their children’s concerns. Ask them directly about their anxieties

 • Work with the school to address the problem

 • Develop your child’s skills and confidence so that they can interact with others socially in a positive way

 • Praise your child’s efforts in self-control, non-violent and responsible behaviour

 • Help your child to develop problem solving strategies

Staff will ensure that procedural fairness applies in dealing with any incidents of bullying. Appropriate and timely support, management and resolution of reported incidents of bullying will be offered to all persons involved in these incidents including the bystanders who have significant influence on the outcome of a bullying issue.

If you would like any further advice on this topic or would like to report cyberbullying behaviour you can contact The Hills Liaison Officer Constable Rob Paterson on 9680 5399.

The Rural Fire Service has declared early fire bans and the bushfire season has officially started earlier this year.

As part of our Bushfire Response Plan, it is important that all parents are aware of how both St Madeleine's Primary School and Marian Catholic College will respond if there is any threat of bushfire in proximity to the school campus.

Throughout the bushfire season, both schools maintain a continuous daily summary of the fire risk in the area by monitoring Fires Near Us and consulting with the Rural Fire Service (RFS).

In the event of an identified bushfire risk, the Principals will make the decision on whether school should be cancelled on that day, evacuated, or lock down procedures put in place.

These decisions will be based upon the following risk assessments:

On the day prior to an identified fire risk, at 4pm a decision on conditions will be made by the RFS. If the conditions are deemed:


The Principals will alert the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP), all staff, families and contractors via phone notification (using the School Stream app) or SMS text that the school will be closed the following day and will remain so until the all-clear has been given by the RFS.

Extreme and/or Severe:

The Principals will confer with the RFS and the CEDP and make a decision as to whether the school will close while these conditions prevail. Alerts will be given via email and text.

Very High:

The Principals’ assessment will be on a ‘Watch and Act’ basis and a decision will be made in response to the progress of fires in the area. In the case of fire within 2km of the campus, the schools will go into bushfire lockdown. An alert will be sent via email and text to all families informing them of the situation.

In the case of a lockdown, St Madeleine’s students will be escorted to the hall and Marian students will be accommodated both in the hall and the iLearn Centre.  Both buildings have been constructed to render them ember resistant and they have been identified by the RFS as the safest places of refuge on the site.  In each location, we will have water, snack foods and medical equipment on hand.

All adults and students, including visitors and contractors, will remain on site until authorities indicate that it is safe to leave.  We will endeavor to keep families informed via text and email while we are in lockdown if we are able to do so.

No persons will be permitted to enter the Marian Catholic College or St Madeleine’s Primary School sites once a lockdown has been activated.

KB: Adele Atkins & Samuel Bragg
KW: Charlyze Donoso & Marcus Cooke

1B: Khloe Nader & Sachin Hudson
1W: Caleb Liddle & Zoe Goodwin
2B: Scarlett Hyde & Tully Kinchington
2W: Jonathon Cooke & Georgia Commisso
3B: Elijah John & Thomas Scarfone
3W: William Talbot & Maximus Papageorgiou
4B: Samuel Coddington & Ethan Keddie
4W: Jackson Santleman & Emily Hourani
5B: Isabella Chiha & Luke Panetta
5W: Ned Farraway & Cameron Birch
6B: Isaac Vadja & Luke Awadalla
6W: Damon Buchanan & Gemma Oaklands
Creative Arts: Sarah Gatt & Alec Urio
Sport: Maximus Giorgiutti (2W) & Damon Buchanan (6W)

MacKillop Athletics Carnival

CONGRATULATIONS to our amazing athletes participating in the MacKillop Athletics Carnival at Homebush last Monday. The weather was very cool but our athletes showed true sportsmanship and performed brilliantly.

Max Gioiello - 800m - 10th
Mikayla Muscat - 100m - 2nd & 200m - 2nd
Emily Knight - 100m - 5th & 200m - 3rd
Lily Papallo - Shot Put - 16th & Discus - 14th
Junior Girls Relay - Skye Melrose, Eleanor Nassif, Mikayla Muscat, Emily Knight - 4th

We are so proud of you all.

Good luck at NSWPSSA next term Mikayla and Emily!

Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator
St Madeleine's Parents and Friends General Scope of Positions

The P&F President is expected to chair the meetings of all the P&F Executive meetings, together with the General P&F meetings. The Executive and General meetings are normally held on the same evening at least once per term. An Annual General Meeting is held at the beginning of the new year. The President will, from time to time throughout the year, be asked to attend events such as Kindy Information Evening and the Beginning of Year Welcome Function. The President will work with the Principal and Committee to prepare an Annual Fund Raising Plan based on the needs of the school and be available to assist all Committee Members in whatever is required.

Vice President
The Vice President shall at all times assist and support the President in the performance of his/her duties. Where necessary, the Vice President will deputise for the President at meetings and functions. The Vice President will work with the Committee and share the work load of any event as required.

The P&F Secretary will at each Executive and General Meeting of the P&F take concise and accurate minutes. These minutes will be circulated to members of the P&F at the time of the next meeting. Working closely with both the President and the Vice President the Secretary will assist in the smooth running of the P&F Executive.

Assistant Secretary
The Assistant Secretary shall assist and support the Secretary in the performance of his/her duties.

The role of the P&F Treasurer is also quite varied and some of the components include; Reconciling bank accounts, preparing summaries and reconciliations during fund raising events; reporting to the P&F Committee regarding the status of accounts, preparing the books for the year and audit and liasing with the auditor.

Parent Co-Ordinator
The Parent Co-Ordinator encourages the Class Contact Parents (at least 2 per grade) to promote activities within their years to foster class unity. Class Contact Parents provide the Co-ordinator with dates and from this information an event calendar is created which is then made available to all within the St Madeleine's School Community. The Parent Co-ordinator is instrumental in assisting the Fund Raising Co-ordinator to find volunteers and then organise these volunteers in terms of tasks etc.

Kiss & Drop Co-Ordinator
Maintains and Coordinates the Kiss & Drop for the year.

Fundraising Co-ordinator
The School Principal and the P&F Executive and Committee will establish goals for the coming year. The P&F Executive will identify the types of fund raising activities that are deemed suitable for the year. The Fund Raising Co-ordinator will then, with the full assistance and support of the P&F Executive, create teams that will work together to implement each fundraising activity.
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 4, Week 1, 2018
Recess Thurs: Mel Keddie
Lunch Thurs: Mel Keddie
Recess Fri: Grainne Barker
Lunch Fri: Grainne Barker
Term 4, Week 2, 2018
Recess Thurs: Jodi Sakkal
Lunch Thurs:
Jodi Sakkal
Recess Fri:
Mari Gregory
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
St Madeleine'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 4th Sunday, 11:20, or during 10am Masses
- By appointment
Sacrament Coordinator
Sally Coppini MB: 0407 942 986

Parish Priest: Rev Vincent Savarimuthu
Parish Secretary: Lisa Echevarria

Address:  28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 2260
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Email:  stmads@yahoo.com.au
Website:  http://stmadeleine.org.au/

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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