Diary Dates:
Term 4, 2018

► Friday 26 October
Red Day Christmas Hampers
Wear Red, bring in a food item

► Wednesday 31 October
ASA Football Lessons 3:30pm
Girls Choir Yrs 2-6 8:15am
Great Book Swap
► Thursday 1 November
All Saints Day
Ukulele/Guitar Club 8:15am

► Friday 2 November
All Souls Day
School Mass 9:15am

Pink Ribbon
Morning Tea 10:00am

Wednesday 7 November
ASA Football Lessons 3:30pm
Girls Choir Yrs 2-6 8:15am

► Thursday 8 November
Kinday 2019 Information Night
Ukulele/Guitar Club 8:15am

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 25 October, 2018 | Term 4, Week 2

Dear Parents and Friends,

It is wonderful to be back together again for our very busy Term 4. I trust that you all had a very happy holiday with your families.

I have enjoyed following the Royals ~ the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ~ on their tour throughout Australia and the Pacific Islands, over the past two weeks and have appreciated learning about the Invictus Games and what this organisation has done for men and women all over the world who have physical and/or emotional scars from their deployments in the armed forces. The athletes competing in The Invictus Games have demonstrated outstanding courage to overcome the challenges of their injuries and through the experience of the Invictus Games, have found purpose again by training and competing together. They have shown what it takes to be a winner ~ it’s not the first person over the line, it’s the fact that they have turned up and are having a go. They are striving to be the best version of themselves. They have found their new normal. The concept of the Invictus Games is inspirational and we can all be inspired to be a better version of ourselves just by watching the athletes, listening to their story and cheering them on.

You will note that this week I have included in this newsletter forms for you to complete for your nomination for the Parents and Friends Association Committee 2019. It is important we are able to fill the executive roles on the school’s P&F so that the association can continue to operate at St Madeleine’s. Our next meeting is on Monday 29th October 7pm in the staffroom and you are welcome. Our nomination meeting, where the new executive is voted in, will be on Monday 3rd December at 7pm in the staffroom. Please consider being involved so that together we can shape the future of St Madeleine’s school and community....

Uniforms at St Mads

It has come to my attention that some families are requesting that their children wear their sports uniform on two days each week.
Sports uniform is normally worn on days the children do sport, dance, drama or any activity that requires more flexible clothing or footwear. 
I am happy for the teachers to decide which days suit them for the children to wear their sports uniform so that each grade is able to wear their sports uniform twice a week.
The teachers will let the children know which days this will be if they are not sure.

Jeanette Black

Sunday 28 October: The Thirtieth Sunday in
Ordinary Time - Year B

Mk 10:46-52
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Master, grant that I may see.

As Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’ And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’ Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man. ‘Courage,’ they said ‘get up; he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus. Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabbuni,’ the blind man said to him ‘Master, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

Celebrations on the Horizon

Please mark these dates on your calendar.
26 October RED DAY - Christmas Hamper Drive working with St Madeleine's Parish

2 November - All Souls Day School Mass 9:15am

Thursday 1 November 2018

Feast of All Saints


Saints are people who have listened to and answered God’s call. They model for us, that the most important part of life is showing how much we love God, others and ourselves. Saints follow the call of the Lord and dedicate their lives to following God’s Word.


God our Father,

By our Baptism you made us your holy people and called us to share in the joy of your saints.

By their help and example, you guide us to live for others as Jesus taught us.

May their prayers strengthen and comfort us as we follow Jesus to his promise of everlasting life. We make this prayer to you in His name.


Friday 2 November
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls' Day)
School Mass 9.15am

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Lord God,

You are the glory of believers and the life of the just.
Your son redeemed us by dying and rising to life again.
Since our departed brothers and sisters believed in the mystery of our resurrection, let them share the joys and blessings of the life to come.

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.

Praying with Our Children


Homily of Pope Francis


Dear brothers and sisters, each day the Lord calls us to follow him with courage and fidelity; he has made us the great gift of choosing us as his disciples; he invites us to proclaim him with joy as the Risen one, but he asks us to do so by word and by the witness of our lives, in daily life. 


(Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls Third Sunday of Easter, 14 April 2013).

Please pray with us daily.


Our Father
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom come
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.


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

Pilgramage to the Holy Land

During the holidays, I was afforded the experience of going on pilgrimage to the Holy Land with thirty seven principal and assistant principal colleagues from CEDP. We were incredibly privileged to be accompanied by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Parramatta, Father Chris De Souza.


Our journey involved walking the footsteps of Jesus to many significant places from his ministry, including Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee. We walked the stations of the cross through the streets of Jerusalem and I was blessed to have had confession with Father Chris in the Garden of Gethsemane, an experience I will never forget.


It is often said that Pilgrims describe their journey to the Holy Land as a life-changing experience. It is incredibly difficult to communicate the spirituality of such a journey and how moving it is to actually walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Furthermore, witnessing the political conflict and unrest in Israel made me feel incredibly blessed to live in the country that we do and be a part of such an inclusive community at St Madeleine’s. Even though I am unable to change what is happening in Israel, I can certainly be an instrument of peace and reconciliation in my own community.


I feel incredibly privileged to have been given this opportunity to not only nurture my own spirituality, but also to share my experiences with the students of St Madeleine’s and contribute to their personal faith journey.


I will leave you with the words of Father Chris as he spoke to us on the shores of the Sea of Galilee:


“We are not a community of Saints, we embrace and include all. Saints are the sinners that keep on trying.”

Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal
ICAS Maths - 2018 Results

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

The children will be honoured at our Week 2 school assembly this Friday. We are all very proud of their achievements.


Matrix Anderson

Saniya Arnold

Alessia Cutajar

Benjamin Grima

Lillian Lovett

Keira Mifsud

Jack O’Brien

Matilda Rogers

Kyle Stevenson

Ava Tallon

Christian Blake

Sienna Elias

Grace Ferris

Isaac Khoudair

David Soliman

Maja Susnjara

Hannah Tran

Damian Hyde

Bianca Palacio

Luke Panetta

Emilie Mifsud

Sofia Attia

Sophie Miller

Taleah Niezabitowski

Annabelle Rogers

Trinity Souma


Archie Manassen

Ryan Niezabitowski



Tiana Attia

Jack Treak

Dominic Bruggeling

Cooper Fradd

Nathan Pantaleone

Tyler Carabetta

Delphine Feillafe

Mary Eberand

Luka Susnjara


Mitchell Atkins

Daisy Manassen

Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal
An Important Message from the Diocese of Parramatta

This reflection is to acknowledge and recognise the importance of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse that was delivered this week by the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison.

CEDP Parent Survey

Last week you would have received an email from research company JWS Research asking you to complete a short survey about the reasons for sending your child to a Catholic school. Thank you to those who have responded to this. There has been a good response rate so far but we are hopeful of getting as many replies as possible.
If you haven't already done so, could you please click on the link in your email and complete the survey. It will take only about 15 minutes to do. The closing date for the survey is 26 October
If you did not receive an email inviting you to participate in the survey, please email Jacqui Lowe from JWS Research at  jlouw@jwsresearch.com
Thank you for your support of this important project.
Australian Girls Choir Open Day

Congratulations to girls who recently took part in the AGC assessment workshop at school. By now you should have received your personalised assessment report - either posted to your home via the school. Everyone is welcome to come along to an Open Day on either Sunday October 28 (in Beecroft and Waverley) or Saturday November 3 (in Caringbah), which will give girls the opportunity to try a complimentary class and attend an information session.

Phone 1800 338 142 for more information or visit www.ausgirlschoir.com.au
School Notes/Information sent home or on Skoolbag for weeks 1 & 2
  • Year 6 Retreat
  • Lockdown Drill
  • Kindy Orientation - change of date
  • Year 6 Passion Project
  • Infant Swimming Program
  • Year 1 Grade Liturgy Invitation
  • Red Day
Approaching the School and Complaint Handling

At St Madeleine’s Primary School, the dignity of each person is valued and the rights of all members of our community are respected. From time to time concerns may arise or parents of the school community may need to approach the school in order to:

• Discuss the progress or welfare of own child

• Express concern about actions of other students

• Enquire about school policy or practice

• Express concern about actions of staff

• Express concerns about actions of another parent

It is therefore necessary to have procedures that will help solve problems as soon as possible so that a safe and harmonious school environment is maintained. The best results usually flow from working together.

These guidelines aim to:

• Provide a guide in order that concerns are dealt with in an open and fair manner.

• Ensure that the rights of students, teachers and parents are respected and upheld.

• Support sensitivity and confidentiality.

• Help reach an agreed solution

On occasion, concerns may cause frustration and anxiety. At such times it is always important to organise a time to talk with school staff in an unhurried and confidential atmosphere. NB: No parent should directly approach another person’s child. The school will deal with issues between students as part of the school’s Student Management and Pastoral Care Policies.

Appropriate Action
The academic progress of own child
Directly contact the child’s teacher either by note, by phone or in person to arrange a suitable time to discuss any issues.
The welfare of own child

For minor issues directly contact your child’s teacher to clarify information.

For more serious concerns, contact office. State nature of concern and arrange a suitable time to talk with class teacher or appropriate staff member.

To convey information about change of address, telephone number, emergency contact, custody details, health issues etc please contact the office.

Actions of other students

Contact the class teacher for a classroom or playground problem.

Please note: It is against the law (Section 60E) of the Crimes Act to approach any other person’s child at school. The offence committed by a parent approaching a child is intimidation.
School policy or practice
Contact office state nature of concern and make an appointment to see the Principal and/or appropriate member of staff.
Actions of a staff member

Contact the office and state concerns to the principal. Arrange to meet directly with the principal and staff member concerned.

Actions of a parent

Contact the office and state concerns to the principal.Arrange to meet directly with the principal.

If at any stage you feel you are not satisfied with the solutions offered or believe you have not been given a fair hearing or your feel your concern has not been addressed to your satisfaction, then you are encouraged to make an appointment with the Assistant Principal or Principal to discuss the issues further.

If the matter is not resolved by the school Leadership Team, parents will be offered the phone number to contact the Catholic Education Office.

The recommended procedure for students is:

  • If issues arise in the classroom students are encouraged to speak to their class teacher in order to seek assistance in finding a resolution.
  • Children encountering problems on the playground are asked to follow the “What to do if someone is annoying me” procedure and if they continue to have problems they are instructed to then talk tothe teacher on duty at the time of the incident. If they believe that their concern has not been adequately addressed they are encouraged to speak to their class teacher.
  • Children have the right at all times to speak to the Principal, Assistant Principal or any other staff member about issues, complaints or grievances they might have.

Code of Conduct for Parents/Visitors

A code of conduct for parents and visitors ensures that everyone who visits the school site is able to do so in a safe and harmonious manner and to ensure that students, staff, parents and other visitors are not subjected to aggressive or hostile behaviours.

Parents and visitors are expected to:

  • Treat all persons associated with the school with respect and courtesy
  • Ensure their child/children are punctual to class
  • Make appointments in advance of expecting to obtain an interview 
  • Discuss issues or concerns about the school, staff, students or parents through the correct procedures
  • Follow school procedures governing entry either at drive through or arriving after classes have commenced or leaving before the school day has finished.

We are very fortunate that our school community is very aware of the need to communicate effectively and appropriately to always maintain a safe and happy learning environment for all members of our school community.

Absences & SMS Messaging

Absences from School

In the event of your child being absent from school the school will send an SMS to you. Please reply before 2pm with a simple explanation e.g. sick, unwell, appt or leave. This is all that is needed, and no written note is necessary. We require a SMS for our records otherwise your child’s absence will be marked as unexplained.

Should your child be absent for more than two days please notify the school by telephone or email.

Partial absences also require a reason by law and this is to be recorded and signed by the parent upon late arrival or early dismissal.

Reminder notes for days away without explanation are routinely sent home throughout the term.

This is how the system will work:

  1. Each morning at 9am, the teacher will take the class roll electronically.
  2. If your child arrives after 9am, you must accompany your child to the office to sign a late note. Parents must not drop their children at the classroom after the bell.
  3. After 9.30am, the office will send an SMS to the parent’s phone notifying them of the child’s absence.
  4. Please reply asap when you receive the SMS before 2pm please.
  5. The reply must include the child’s name and a valid reason only for the absence.

You may also phone the school, submit a skoolbag submission or email stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au explaining your child’s absence.


The SMS reply will act as the note explaining the child’s absence, so no paper note, email or phone call will need to be sent into school.

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%.

School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) 2019 Applications Now Open

School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.


Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 do not need to re-apply if they:

  • are continuing at the same school
  • are residing at the same address
  • have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification.


Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.


Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.


If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails


Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after  31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a card and a new one will need to be issued.


Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out during December 2018 and January 2019.


Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.


Please see the attached information regarding printed school travel brochures.


If school administrators require access to the school portal to endorse student applications, please request an account at https://appln.transport.nsw.gov.au/portal/requests/account/school


For further information visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts

KB: Sienna Nassif & Cooper Bayly-Pike
KW: Harry Moroney & Ava Gioiello

1B: Phoebe Bishton, Archer Talbot & Gabriella Zreiby
1W: Lily Zahra, Kade Brill & Gabrielle Cauchi
2B: Madeleine Summerhays & Cruz Armit
2W: Leah Ceselli &  Angus Knight
3B: Bethany Nassif & Anthony Rahme
3W: Lily Sumner & Jack O’Brien
4B: Thomas Kuntze & Sienna Elias
4W: Thomas Barker & Daniel Gatt
5B: Sarah De Luca & William Easton
5W: Jordan Hatcher & Nathaniel Tannous
6B: Marco Yousef & Alonso Mallia
6W: Phoebe Grech & Edward Noy
Creative Arts: Sienna Ang & Ned Farraway
Sport: Harper Wade (1W) and Khloe Nader (1W)

2019 Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials

Currently only the Summer Sports of BASKETBALL & TENNIS are open and registrations close on Wednesday 31st October as these trials will be held in November 2018.

All OTHER sport registrations will open in November for 2019 trials.

Any Primary students enrolled in Year 5 and 6 in 2019 are invited to participate in the Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials during Term Four in 2018 and Term One & Two in 2019.


It is important to note that these trials are generally for those children who display an above average ability and/or have representative experience in their chosen sport. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2019 be invited to attend.


Parramatta Diocesan trials will be held in the following sports:

*AFL (boys), Basketball (B&G), Cricket (B&G), Diving (B&G), Hockey (B&G), Football (B&G), Golf (B&G), Hockey (B&G), Netball (girls), Rugby League (11yrs & Opens), Rugby Union (boys), Softball (B&G), Tennis (B&G), & Touch(B&G).


To be eligible for selection for these trials an Online Team Registration Form must be completed that can be accessed via the website  www.primarysportparra.catholic.edu.au.


This online form is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for the 2019 Parramatta Diocesan Primary Sport Team trials. Parents may complete this form to attend a selection trial. One form is to be completed per child, per individual sport. Each sport has its own criteria therefore, it is imperative that the correct form is completed.

Please note that your online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by the child's school. In order for the child to attend the nominated trial or event this may come down to the discretion of the school as to who is selected to attend the trial. In some sports only 2 students per school can be nominated. All fields and especially “Representative Experience” MUST be completed.

Under no circumstances will a child be eligible to trial if the Online Registration Form has not been completed and approved by the school by the closing date.

Detailed information can be found on the website:


Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator

We have new and exciting events happening in PE this term. An Aussie Hoops basketball coach will be visiting to assist coaching basketball during PE lessons and new basketball equipment is on the way.


We have received terrific news that St Madeleine’s has been selected as a ‘Game Changer’ school for the Sydney Kings. In week seven we will have a special visit from some of the Kings’ players. Our children will have an opportunity to play alongside the professionals and watch them in action! We will of course share all the excitement via our school Facebook page.

The Kings have offered everyone in our community a special discount ticket offer of $15 tickets. Simply enter the code KEENAN when purchasing silver tickets via ticketek.com.au.

This ticket offer is valid for games on 28 October, 18 November, 23 December, 13 January, 27 January, 3 February.

Marcia Keenan
Sports Teacher
St Madeleine's P&F Association Nomination & Election General Meeting

The Parents and Friends' Association Nomination and Election General Meeting will be held on Monday 3rd December at 7pm in the St Madeleine’s Primary School staffroom.


All positions will be declared vacant and nominations will be called for each of the following positions for the P & F Committee for 2019. Please consider taking up one of these roles to continue the work of building our community at St Madeleine’s.

    1.    President

    2.    Vice-President

    3.    Treasurer

    4.    Secretary

    5.    Assistant Secretary

    6.    Fund Raising Co-ordinator

    7.    Parent Co-ordinator

    8.    Kiss and Drop Coordinator


The Role Description for each of these positions is attached.

Please return the Nomination Form to me by Friday 30th November 2018.  Only those positions not nominated will be called for at the meeting. Please ensure that the person you nominate for any position is aware of the nomination.

Mrs Jeanette Black


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 3, 2018
Thurs 1/11 - Recess: Simone Dahlen
Thurs 1/11 - Lunch: Mari Gregory
Fri 2/11 - Recess: Mari Gregory
Fri 2/11 - Lunch: Michelle Atkins
Term 4, Week 4, 2018
Thurs 8/11 - Recess: Grainne Barker
Thurs 8/11 - Lunch: Angela Paki
Fri 9/11 - Recess: Lisa Follows
Fri 9/11 - Recess: Linda Circosta



Apologies for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding.

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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