Diary Dates:
Term 4, 2018

► Tuesday 11 December
Last Day of Trading for Uniform Shop, 2018
Christmas BBQ
5pm - 6.30pm
► Wednesday 12 December
Reports Home
► Thursday 13 December
Year 6 Graduation Mass
& Supper. 6pm

► Friday 14 December
Year 6 Pool Day

Tuesday 18 December
9.15am Farewell Assembly
& Awards
Year 6 Graduation Dinner

► Wednesday 19 December
End of Term 4
Year 6 Tunnel

► 20 & 21 December
Student Free Days


Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 6 December, 2018 | Term 4, Week 8

Dear Parents and Friends,

This week the 2019 Student Leaders prepared and delivered election speeches to all the students in Years Four and Five and my goodness, they were magnificent! These fine student leaders acknowledged the importance of being part of an inclusive Catholic community and spoke about how they appreciated the opportunity to do as Jesus did and be of service to one another. Their families, who were part of the audience, deserve to feel very proud of  the way all the students delivered their speeches so eloquently. The children and the teachers have voted and we will be announcing the School Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects to the school community tomorrow afternoon at our Thank You Liturgy. We are in very good hands indeed for 2019!

Last Monday evening the Parents and Friends Association voted in their new executive for 2019. We are so fortunate to have such willing and able parents to take on these important roles supporting the work of the school. We thanked the outgoing executive, particularly Maree McNeil who has worked tirelessly for St Madeleine’s in many roles for many years. Maree will be missed here at St Madeleine’s but she will no doubt go on to share her gifts with her new school community.

Our Christmas Concert preparations are in full swing and I want to make sure you have this fabulous event in your diary. The Parents and Friend’s are preparing a sausage sizzle dinner for all the families and this will be available in the amphitheatre from 5pm. Our band will be entertaining you from 6.15pm under the eave of the hall and then the concert begins at 6.45pm. We hope that many of the new 2019 Kinders and their families will be able to join us as well. Be on the lookout for Elvis, King Tut, King Kong and the brilliant singers and dancers from St Madeleine’s.  Thank you for your help to ensure the children have their costumes all set. It is always such a fun night! If you family is unfortunately unable to attend the Christmas Concert we require a note from you to the classroom teacher explaining your inability.

Thanks to Mrs Amie Meehan and her family for organising the Gingerbread House making afternoon in the St Joseph’s Centre last Saturday. By all accounts everyone had a lovely time sitting, chatting and being creative. Everyone finished up with a gorgeous sweet treat in readiness for Christmas.

We are in the process of finalising staffing arrangements for 2019. This year we farewell three members of our team who will be moving on to share their gifts in other school communities. Ms Kate Limberger has secured a permanent position at Chisholm Catholic Primary School at Bligh Park and Ms Toni Matthews has secured a teaching position at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School at Lalor Park. We wish these fine colleagues all the very best in their new schools in 2019. Mr Gerecs has spent the past twelve months on leave and now this year he has decided not to return to his teaching role at St Madeleine’s. We wish Mr Gerecs all the best as he shares his gifts and talents in other ways in the community. We are very happy to let you know that Mrs Kate Knight will be joining the teaching staff at St Madeleine’s in 2019.

The placement of teachers is still under consideration and will be announced to the community at 2pm on Monday 17th December when the children meet their 2019 teacher. I will be putting out the final newsletter for the year this day with all the staffing details.

Tomorrow we host the Thank You High Tea for everyone in our community who has helped us in any way this year at St Madeleine’s. The door openers, the readers, the canteen helpers, the timekeepers at carnivals… there are so many ways people have supported the teachers and the children in our important work this year. After High Tea we will have our special assembly to pay tribute to these generous members of our community.


Go gently,


Mrs Jeanette Black


Advent is a time to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, the time to look ahead and to prepare ourselves for Christ’s return.

Pope Francis@Pontifex


Every Learner Every Day   
Attendance rate to date is 87.5%

Our community believes that every day counts for every child. Our attendance levels are recorded below. Our target is for at least 90% attendance and you will note that three out of seven reached over this target over the past fortnight. It is important to know that your children must be at school and inside the classroom before 9am in order for you and them not to have to go to the office for a late note.

Scholastic Year

School Year Attendance Level

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Digital Technologies


Last week we held a parent information evening to discuss the proposed St Madeleine’s

Bring Your Own Learning Device program for 2019. The implementation of the new Science syllabus is mandated to commence from Term 1, 2019. One of the key features of the new syllabus is the inclusion of the Digital Technologies strand. The proposed inclusion of Years 3 to 6 in the Bring Your Own Learning Device program, will enable the school to adequately address student learning outcomes of the Digital Technologies component of the syllabus.


Learning content in Digital Technologies focuses on developing foundational skills in computational thinking and an awareness of personal experiences using digital systems. By the end of Year 2, students will have had opportunities to create a range of digital solutions through guided play and integrated learning, such as using robotic toys to navigate a map or recording science data with software applications. Through discussion with teachers, students learn to apply safe and ethical practices to protect themselves and others as they interact online for learning and communicating.


Some of the key components of the Digital Technologies content are:


Early Stage 1

  • Students to understand how digital technologies are used in everyday life to communicate.

Stage 1

  • Students investigate the components of digital systems and explore how data is represented - email, hardware and software components, digital photographs, storing information, online collaboration tools, controlling digital systems remotely, visual programming language.

Stage 2

  • Students investigate how digital systems transmit data and develop skills in visual programming - use a variety of software to represent data in different ways.

Stage 3

  • Students will learn how digital systems process and represent data, connect together to form networks and transmit data - use software to interpret and visualise data, investigate the components of digital systems, explore the use of algorithms in digital systems.

If you would like further information on Digital Technologies in the primary curriculum, you can access it via ACARA - Digital Technologies. Or alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact the school should you have any queries.


Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal

Saturday 8 December 2018:

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1:26-38
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Rejoice, favoured one, the Lord is with you

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

Sunday 9 December 2018:

Second Sunday of Advent - Year C

Lk 3:1-6
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

All people shall see the salvation of God.

In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar’s reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice cries in the wilderness;

Prepare a way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

Every valley will be filled in,

every mountain and hill be laid low,

winding ways will be straightened

and rough roads made smooth.

And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.


Let us continue to give reasons to each other for our hope and faith that Christ has come, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Celebrations on the Horizon

Please mark these dates on your calendar.

7 December - Thank You Liturgy,

High Tea & Assembly

11 December - Christmas Concert

13 December - Year 6 Graduation Mass & Supper

19 December - End of Year School Mass

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

St Madeleine Sophie Barat

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.

Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

The festive season has begun at St Madeleine's!

Last Saturday, parents, students along with their grandparents and friends gathered in the St Joseph's centre for Gingerbread House decorating.

It was such a wonderful opportunity for families to pause and spend time together while getting into the Christmas spirit. It was great to see so many Dads this year too. The feedback has been really positive, please mark it in your diary for next year.
School Notes/Information sent home or on Skoolbag for weeks 7 & 8
  • Year 1 Home Readers
  • Christmas Concert and Costumes
  • Infants Swimming Program Items List
  • Christmas Concert BBQ Order Form
  • Year 2 Mrs Stevenson Leave
  • Year 2 Communion Service cancelled
  • Validation Survey
  • Year 6 Graduation Supper Donation
  • Conjunctivitis
Priority of Enrolment

Under Catholic Education Office policies schools are required to follow Diocesan enrolment policy giving priority in the order as outlined below:

  • children of Catholic families in the local parish
  • children of Catholic families who live outside the parish geographic boundaries but regularly attend
  • the school's local parish
  • children of Catholic families who are parishioners of another parish
  • children of families who actively participate in the life of the school and local parish community
  • children of Orthodox families
  • children whose families belong to other Christian churches who, with their parents, respect and
  • agree to support the Catholic mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • children of non-Christian faiths who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic
  • mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • children who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic mission of the school
  • including the faith education, it offers for their children

  Provided that:

  • siblings of presently enrolled children will have preference over applicants who have no sibling in
  • the school within each category in the priority list
  • a child who has completed primary education in a Catholic parish-based primary school will usually  
  • be offered continuity of enrolment in a Catholic secondary school.
Withdrawal Notice Period for leaving St Madeleine's
A term’s notice (10 school weeks) in writing must be given to the principal before the removal of a student or a full term’s fees will be payable. The notice can be given any time during term for the next term. One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s enrolment, that is the notice period of 10 school weeks will be waived in this circumstance.

The requirement for a terms notice (10 school weeks) is recognition by the family of the commitment to assist with funding of the school by having their child take a place that could have been offered to another family. Unless the student is present for the August census or the student is able to be replaced mid-year, which is unlikely, the loss of the student will most certainly result in the loss of significant government funding. Thus, a term notice provides the school with an opportunity to replace the student within the next term.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Changing Schools
When a student under 17 years of age leaves school with an unknown destination the school has the responsibility to inform the Department of Education and Training of the name and last known contact details for the student concerned. Please contact the school office and provide details if you are changing schools.
IMPORTANT - Students not returning to St Madeleine's in 2019


Dear Parents,

Students intending to leave St Madeleine’s Primary school are required to give one term’s notice. The exception to this policy is term 4.

Notice in writing by email will be accepted in term 4 by the Friday 14th December in relation to the following year’s enrolment. In this circumstance, the normal notice period of 10 school weeks will be waived.

Unfortunately, if you do not advise the school before this date, you will be charged the notice period of 10 school weeks in 2019.

If you know your child will not be attending St Madeleine’s Primary School in 2019, please email your notice by 14th December  to: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au


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: Michaela Eltobaji & William Ferris & Jordan Simpson
KW: Harrison Chiha-Hunter &
Summer Ellis
1B: Scarlett Nash & Harper Wade
1W: Beau Lawrence & Natalia Arias
2B: Oliver Farraway & Sophia Howe
2W: Georgia Commisso & Maximus Giorguitti
3B: Arkady Popov & Amelie Nash
3W: Jessica Edwards & Connor O’Brien
4B: Ethan Keddie & Alexis Mallia
4W: Mylea Abood & Cooper Fradd
5B: Mikayla Bechara & Oliver Kennedy
5W: Eleanor Nassif & Austyn Stanton
6B: Aristos Theodoridis & Sierra Manfre
6W: Ryan Scott and Mikayla Hogan
Sport: Luka Susnjara (6W) & Ruby Habkouk (3W)

Swimming Carnival 2019

Swimming Carnival notes were given out 5 weeks ago and were due back last Friday. Any notes not bought in by tomorrow Friday 7th December will not be entered into the carnival. Attached is a copy of the note.

2019 Parramatta Diocesan Team Representative nominations are now OPEN for the sports of: AFL, Cricket, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Netball, Rugby League (11's & Opens), Rugby Union, Softball, Touch Football

Registration must be completed by Thursday 7th February 2019. Please ensure that all sections are filled out appropriately including 'Rep experience' where applicable.

These trials are generally for those children who display an above average ability 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.

Students must be attend the selection trials to be eligible for selection.

Selections will be made based on performance at the trial. Selectors will be appointed based on their experience and background in a particular sport.

Please note that this online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by your child's school principal. This will occur after the closing date whereby schools will be emailed their school nominations. Notification to the students will be via the school sports coordinator after the closing date.

The final selection of students to attend the respective sport Diocesan team sport trials is based on the Representative Experience and/or Playing History of the student by the school principal and sports coordinator.

Parents are responsible for organising their child’s transport to and from their respective sport trial and their child’s supervision at the trial. If nominating for more than one sport, a new form must be completed for each sport.

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

Parramatta WEBSITE:  www.primarysportparra.catholic.edu.au

Click on “REPRESENTATIVE SELECTIONS” tab and scroll down to the SPORT you wish to register for and click on the “REGISTER” button below the heading “INFORMATION & REGISTRATION PROCESS”

For more Information contact Mrs Morris ( jmorris11@parra.catholic.edu.au)

Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator

St Madeleine's Parents & Friends Committee 2019

President - Victoria Papallo
Vice President - Louise McNamara
Secretary - Ritika Gray
Assistant Secretary - Simona Eltobaji
Treasurer - David Hall
Grade & Parent Coordinator - Grainne Barker
Kiss & Drop Coordinator - Melissa Crema
Fundraising Coordinator - Amie Meehan
Canteen Coordinator - Grainne Barker

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 7, 2018
Thurs 13/12 - Recess: Angela Paki
Thurs 13/12- Lunch: Jodi Sakkal

Fri 14/12 - Recess: Grainne Barker
Fri 14/12 - Lunch: Louise Macnamara
Term 4, Week 9, 2018
Mon 10/12: Lucinda Musolino
Erin Boffo
Tues 11/12: Liana Wall, Jodie Sakaal
Wed 12/12: Eliane Nassif, Vicki Chiha
Thurs 13/12: Souad Khoudair, Nicole Jakovljevic
Fri 14/12: Tori Papalllo Jasna

Term 4, Week 10, 2018
Mon 17/12: Leanne Kuntze, Louise MacNamara
Tues 18/12:  Melissa Crema, Kelly Beckett
Wed 19/12: Vanessa Abood, Nicole Jakovljevic

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.

Last day of trading for Term 4
Tuesday 11 December, 2018 8.15am -10.15am

Re-opens Term 1, 2019

Tuesday 29 January, 2019 8.15am -10.15am

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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