Diary Dates:
Term 1, 2019

► Thursday 21 February

Parent Information Evening Year 6 6pm-6:45pm

► Friday 22 February
Diocesan Swimming Carnival
Welcome Disco & BBQ
► Thursday 28 February

Marian Enrolment 2020
Yr 6 Visit 1:45pm

► Friday 1 March

Schools Clean Up Day

► Monday 4 March

Year 6 Maritime Museum Excursion
► Tuesday 5 March
MARIAN - Open Evening
4pm & 6pm
Pancake Day
► Wednesday 6 March
Ash Wednesday
► Thursday 7 March
St Madeleine's Open Day

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 21 February, 2019 | Term 1, Week 4

Dear Parents and Friends,

This week I have appreciated attending the Parent Information Evenings to hear about the programs on offer in each grade in 2019. Our teachers are a very experienced and committed team who have the needs of each child at the centre of their work. They are charged with the great challenge and responsibility of engaging students in learning so that they develop the skills and knowledge they need to function in today’s world. A vastly different place than when I was at school!

Now, not only do we focus on the academic subjects of each Key Learning Area, but also on the way we communicate, collaborate, are creative, think critically and are curious about our world.

We are also concerned about the social and emotional wellbeing of each student and so each teacher has a daily focus to establish GEM in their classrooms. GEM stands for Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness ~ this means we adopt an attitude of gratitude and highlight something positive about each day at school. Also,  we have class building and team building activities at the beginning of the year and each term so that the children develop  empathy with each other across the grade. Empathetic classrooms have a better chance of having children with positive peer relationships. Teachers also have moments in the day where they stop, have stillness and focus on breathing…... developing  mindfulness ~ so that after periods of high activity ~ eg. recess and  lunch ~ the children are able to come back into class and focus on their learning. We consider it important for our student’s well-being that we build Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness into each day at St Madeleine’s.


Our Parent and Friends are a brilliant group of parents who have the best interests of the school at heart. We met last week to discuss the year ahead and already events are planned to bring the school community together. I encourage you all to come to the (free) Welcome Disco and BBQ to be held on Friday afternoon 5.30 - 7.30pm. The children can Bop ‘til they Drop with the disco in the hall while parents can BYO drinks and snacks on the lawn. A pre-ordered sausage sizzle will be served to all those families who ordered their dinner.

Another exciting opportunity for our community is a night at the theatre ~ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Your invitation was sent home last week. Information is also on Skoolbag. What a fabulous event for the school holidays!

Please note that the Facebook pages set up for each grade are not official St Madeleine’s Facebook pages. They are established by parents as a means to keep in touch and share information with each other. I have included a letter in this newsletter to the community reminding everyone of their responsibility to engage online with each other in a way that is respectful,  acknowledging the dignity of every person.

Our new car-park will be complete in two weeks time. This will take considerable pressure off the line up leading out onto Annangrove Rd on many afternoons. Not only will we have many new car parking spaces, but we will also have a very long internal driveway around the new carpark where cars can line up in the afternoon ready for pick up next to the COLA.  Please be considerate of each other and turn LEFT when exiting out of both driveways. There is huge pressure on all our families leaving the school site between 3pm and 3.20pm. Turning left from both driveways helps with traffic flow out of our site. Thank you for this consideration.

Please note that we will be having a Staff Development Day on the first day back next term. Monday 29th April is a day that you need to make alternate care arrangements for your children.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


If we practice seeing with the eyes of Jesus, we will always be able to recognise those who need our help.

Pope Francis@Pontifex

Social Media Protocols


Dear Parents and Carers


There has never been a time when there have been so many different ways we are able to communicate with each other. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and WhatsApp are being used increasingly by people to stay connected.


With this in mind, I feel it is important to remind all members of our school community about some important communication protocols. I raise this matter with the wellbeing of all members of our school community as my central concern.


I am aware there is a number of Facebook pages that have been created by parents. While I am aware these pages have been created with the intention of staying connected with other members of the school community, I want to make clear these are not official school sites. These sites cannot use the school’s name, logo or any of the school’s branding. The school’s website, its Facebook page and the Skoolbag app are the sources of truth for information about the school.


The welfare of each member of our school community is everyone’s responsibility, so I ask that we all do everything possible to engage online with each other in a way that is always respectful, and acknowledges the dignity of every person. No social media site should ever be used to criticise teachers, students or other parents. Please think carefully before posting a comment online to avoid causing hurt or embarrassment. I also remind everyone that individuals are not allowed, by law, to publish images of other students.


I appreciate there can be a variety of views about particular issues. I urge anyone who has a concern to approach the school directly so the matter can be addressed appropriately.


Thank you for your understanding about this matter. If you would like to discuss it with me personally, feel free to contact the school.


Kindest regards

Mrs Jeanette Black


Sunday 24 February 2019:

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Lk 6:27-38
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Be merciful as your Father is merciful.


Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’

Celebrations on the Horizon:
Please mark these dates on your calendar:

  • 02/03 Yr 6 & Kindergarten Buddy Mass 5.30pm
  • 06/03 Ash Wednesday Yrs 3 - 6 Mass 9:15am
  • 06/03 Ash Wednesday K - 2 Liturgy 11:30am

Mass Roster, Term 1

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.

Praying with our children and families


The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice in the Church that can help us see God’s hand at work in our whole experience.


The method presented here is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible. 

This is a version of the five-step Daily Examen that St. Ignatius practiced.

1. Become aware of God’s presence.
2. Review the day with gratitude. 
3. Pay attention to your emotions.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
5. Look toward tomorrow.

Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

Reading Comprehension Workshop - K to 6


On Monday 25th February, St Madeleine’s will be running a parent information session on Reading Comprehension. The purpose of this session is to inform parents about how students develop comprehension skills as they progress from emergent readers in kinder, through to independent reading in year 6.
Strategies for comprehending texts are “in the head” operations that we cannot see. At this workshop we will describe to you how student comprehension evolves and outline the skills necessary for students to become competent readers. We will also describe our approach to teaching reading comprehension and provide you with information on how you can support your child’s comprehension development at home.
The parent Information session will commence at 6:30pm in the library. I look forward to working with you in support of your child’s education.

What is Number Sense?


Having number sense is essential in developing students conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts. Students who have number sense interact with numbers flexibly and conceptually, manipulating numbers to allow them to solve mathematical problems with greater ease.


In the classroom, we want to encourage this flexible approach to numbers. This means students are able to re-group numbers which is essential when doing mental calculations eg. a child with number sense trying to work out a problem such as 41 - 17 would not use an algorithm. Instead they would change the numbers to 40 - 16 which is a much easier question. Children do not need to be given more practise with methods, facts and skills, they need more conceptual understanding of maths and to develop number sense.


As teachers of numeracy, our primary aim is for children to make sense of mathematical problems, not take wild guesses with no basis. The following prompts direct students to think conceptually and demonstrate reasoning in their approach to solving problems:

  •  What is the question asking you?
  •  How could you draw this question?
  •  How did you get that answer? (ask this whether the answer is right or wrong)
  •  Can you share your method with me?
  •  Can you try a different way of solving this?
  •  What does addition/probability/ratio etc mean?
  •  In what other situation could we use this?
  •  Would this method work for different numbers?
  •  What is important about this work?
Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal

What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is often described as the quality of a person’s life. Maintaining our wellbeing means we are comfortable, healthy and happy-most of the time!

It means when we are faced with challenges, or experience unpleasant emotions, we can come up with ways to overcome them. It is like a kind of “mental fitness”, and just the same as with our physical fitness, we need to stay strong in order to take care of ourselves and others.

This year I have been given the opportunity to teach a Wellbeing program to the whole school through a weekly session during the students’ health time. The students will be taught about social and emotional competencies that will focus on promoting wellbeing. The students from Year One to Six will also have a Wellbeing Journal that Mrs Black has purchased. These beautiful coloured journals partner with the wellbeing program that I will be following. The classroom teachers will continue to enhance daily wellbeing in the classrooms as well as touch on the lessons their students undertake each week.

Keep an ear and an eye out in the newsletter and at assembly each fortnight for the skills and activities the children have been focussing on. For this program to really take effect, perhaps you could discuss with your child/children what they are learning about and even try giving some of the skills a go! We can all benefit from a little mental fitness!

I am looking forward to spending time each with your children teaching them these very important life skills.

Sarah Glettner
Health and Wellbeing Teacher

Years Kindergarten, 1 & 2 - MY IDENTITY

This week in Wellbeing we learnt about recognising our identity. Identity is what makes you who you are, and influences the groups you belong to and the opinions you have about things. Your preferences, culture, family and friends can influence your identity.

We drew a selfie and filled out some information about our own personal identity in our Wellbeing journals.

Years 3 & 4 - VISION

This week in Wellbeing we made Vision boards. Vision boards are a collection of visual media that display images representing what we want out of life and how we would like to feel. We used inspiring images and text to make them. These will help us to set goals that we want to achieve in life. Anyone can make a vision board, in fact, many adults use them at work and in their personal lives to inspire creativity and ambition.

Years 5 & 6 - WELLBEING

This week we learnt about Wellbeing. Wellbeing is the quality of a person’s life. Maintaining wellbeing means that we are comfortable, healthy and happy. There are many strategies we can use to maintain and increase ours and others’ wellbeing. This week, we explored some of these strategies.

For example: 24hr technology detox, writing a thank you letter to someone, complete a simple meditation, spending time alone listening to music or making someone laugh

At the commencement of every school year students from Years 3-5 vote to choose their student representative for the year. Congratulations to all the children below for being chosen by their peers to represent their classes. The children will be presented with their badges at this Friday's assembly.
Year 3 - 3B Jacob Cole, 3W Jade Anderson
Year 4 - 4B Jack Treak, 4W William Talbot
Year 5 - 5B Brodie Dahlen, 5W Mylea Abood
Looking forward to a wonderful 2019 with our new SRC.

Pauline Pittas
Leader of Learning

Welcome Disco & BBQ

Parent Information Nights

Year 1 & 2 Uniform Change

Year 6 Kindy Buddy Mass

Year 6 Excursion & Shirt Order

Golden Ticket Cross Country

2019 Swimming Carnival Results


On Friday 8 February St Madeleine’s had our Swimming Carnival. It was a hot day, yet everyone persevered in their job. For that I admire all helpers.

Thank you to the Primary staff who worked tirelessly on the day in many roles. Without your ongoing support a carnival can not be run. You are all fantastic and so flexible. Thank you!

My appreciation extends also to all the parents who always offer to help out on these days. Many of you gave up your time to help in various ways from judging to paperwork, marshalling to timekeeping. Once again without your support I can not run a successful carnival.   

Records were broken:



  • Senior Girls 100m Freestyle in 1:14.16 
  • Senior Girls 100m Freestyle in 1:14.16
  • 11 Year Girls 50m Freestyle in 33.14
  • 11 Year Girls 50m Backstroke in 40.75
  • 11 Year Girls 50m Butterfly in 35.56
  • Senior Girls 200m Individual Medley in 3:08.49


  • Senior Girls 50m Butterfly in 39.49

8 year boys - Caleb Liddle               

8 year girls - Ella Paki              

9 year boys - Flynn Morris               

9 year girls - Molly Foxall                   

10 year boys - William Dorahy           

10 year girls - Skye Melrose               

11 year boys - Riley Cheers               

11 year girls - Emily Knight               

12 year boys - Ned Farraway               

12 year girls - Grace Liddle   

Junior Boy Runner up champion:     

Junior Boy overall champion: 

Junior Girl Runner up champion:

Junior Girl overall champion:     

Senior Boy Runner up champion:

Senior Boy overall champion:

Senior Girl Runner up champion:

Senior Girl overall champion:

Runner-up Age champions
Axel Badatsch
Harper Wade
Ashton Cheers

Christian Blake and Riley Paki
Addison Bayly-Pike & Saniya Arnold
David Solimon
Alessia Cauchi
William Easton
Zoe Lang     

Ashton Cheers
Flynn Morris
Ella Paki
Skye Melrose
Ned Farraway
Riley Cheers
Grace Liddle
Emily Knight

Zone Swimming


On Monday 18/2, 25 students represented St Madeleine’s at the Hills Zone Swimming Carnival held at Oasis Swimming Pool, Windsor. All students showed great sportsmanship and athleticism in all their events. We achieved fantastic results overall.

The following children placed in the top four making them eligible to swim at the Parramatta Diocesan Swimming Carnival on Friday.

Flynn Morris

Skye Melrose

Riley Cheers

David Soliman

Emily Knight

Grace Liddle

Senior Girls Relay

9 Year Boys, 50m Freestyle - 3rd

10 Year Girls, 50m Freestyle - 4th

11 Year Boys, 50m Freestyle - 3rd
11 Year Boys, 50 Backstroke - 3rd
11 Year Boys, 50 Breastsroke - 3rd
11 Year Boys, 50m Butterfly - 2nd
11 Year Boys, 200m Individual Medley - 5th

11 Year Boys, 50m Breaststroke - 4th
11 Year Boys, 50m Butterfly - 3rd

Open, 100m Freestyle - 2nd
11 Year Girls, 50m Freestyle - 1st

11 Year Girls, 50m Backstroke - 1st
11 Year Girls, 50m Butterfly - 1st
11 Year Girls, 200m Individual Medley - 2nd

Senior Girlls, 50m Freestyle - 3rd
Senior Girls, 50m Butterfly - 3rd
Senior Girls, 200m Individual Medley - 4th

Grace Liddle, Alessia Cauchi, Mikayla Muscat, Emily Knight - 1st


Special Congratulations to Emily Knight who achieved 11 Years Girls Champion and Riley Cheers, runner up 11 Year Boy Champion.


Thank you to the parent helpers who generously gave up their time to help as an official on timekeeping. To Mrs Masters for monitoring our team. Your time was very much appreciated.

Julia Morris
Sport Coordinator
KB: Abigail Broadhead & Hunter Engelhardt
KW: Stella Circosta & Oliver Tran
1B: Joshua Carlino & Jordan Simpson
1W: Jack Jones & Dimitry Popov

2B: Lily Zahra & Alfie Manassen
2W: Natalia Arias & Hugh Evans

3B: Claire Waldon & Oscar Sultana
3W: Henry Talbot & Dominique Musolino

4B: Vincent Musolino & Mal Coco
4W: Miranda Spillane & Brodie Jabre
5B: Kyle Stevenson & Austin Jacques
5W: Mylea Abood & Sienna Bonello

6B: Summer Jones & Luke Sultana
6W: Sienna Angles-Corke & Ned Farraway

Social Skills: Alex W & Mikayla Bechara
Sport: Jack Treak & Dean Whittaker

Next week is a NO HOMEWORK WEEK at St Madeleine’s. This is the week we encourage you to spend some time with your family reading, talking and listening to one another. It is an opportunity for parents to genuinely connect with their child/ children, whether it be over dinner or playing a board game, without the stress of finishing homework.


If there are any parents who are interested in helping us out in the Canteen during recess or lunch, please contact Catherine directly in the canteen.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Open Monday - Friday | Ph: 9654 6760
Canteen Manager:
Catherine Mares  |  Email:  Cath.M5@bigpond.com 
To view canteen menu, please click here.

Please note that Sushi will no longer be available from the School Canteen.


 Kiss & Drop Coordinator: Mrs Melissa Crema
Email: melissa.adventures@gmail.com Mobile: 0449 882 348

MON 25/2: Vanessa Abood, Senena Bragg
TUES 26/2: Senena Bragg, Fiona Knight
WED 27/2: Lucinda Musolino, Melissa Crema
THUR 28/2: Kylie Jones-Gentle, Teresa Sakkal
FRI 1/3: Tori Papallo, Jasna Susanjara

MON 4/3: Simona Eltobaji, Erin Boffo
TUES 5/3: Liana Wall, Jodie Sakkal
WED 6/3: Louise MacNamara, Stacie Covington
THUR 7/3: Ritika Gray, Melissa Crema
FRI 8/3: Anita Nader, Rebecca Boston

School Hours and Supervision of Students


Lessons commence each morning at 8.50am and conclude at 3.00pm on Mondays to Fridays. The school grounds are open to pupils from 8.20am each morning and remain open to pupils until the last bus leaves each afternoon. At all times outside the period from 8.20am to approximately 4.00pm, the school grounds are out of bounds to all pupils.

Normal supervision of pupils by the school will be undertaken between the hours 8.20am - 3.30pm Mondays to Fridays, however, we are aware that some students arrive earlier than this because of bus timetables. Therefore, an executive member of staff is on the playground from 8am to supervise these early arrivals.Would you please assist the school in the interest of the pupils’ safety by endeavouring to ensure that your child does not attend or remain in the precincts of the school outside the hours of 8.20am to 3.30pm on Mondays to Fridays, unless and only if they are arriving by bus or waiting for buses in the supervised bus lines. If any parent or guardian has difficulty in ensuring that their child does not attend school until 8.20am and / or ensuring that their child leaves school by 3.30pm (bus passengers only excepted), kindly contact the school in order to discuss what special arrangements might be made for their child.

The school will not be responsible for supervising or caring for students outside the school premises unless the students are engaged in a school sponsored activity e.g. an excursion or a sporting event.  The school will not be responsible for supervising or caring for students on their journey to and from school. In particular, the school will not be responsible for supervising students at bus stops either on their way to school or on their way home from school.  Each student’s journey to and from school shall be the responsibility of each student’s parent or guardian.

Special arrangements will be made in relation to authorised school activities, which require the attendance of students at the school outside of these hours.It is important that children arrive at school on time for the assembly bell at 8.50am.

Playground Safety Before/After School

Please ensure you are supervising your children carefully if they are playing on the play equipment before and after school.Teachers supervise this area at recess and at lunch times but there is no teacher on duty outside these times.

Mobile Phones

Children are not permitted to bring a mobile phone to school unless parents have a particular reason why they need their child to carry one. If this is the case, please ask for a permission note from the office detailing rights and responsibilities of mobile use at school.


Child Protection - Volunteer Helpers

It is a Diocesan requirement that parents who volunteer at the school e.g. Reading Groups, Kiss & Drop, 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.

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.
Save the Date! Friday 17 May, Castle Hill RSL

Ticket information will be available soon.
CALLING ON ALL PARISHIONERS to help by donating a prize or two.

Please see suggestions below:

Week or Weekends away
Experiences (from Red Balloon or Adrenaline etc)
Helicopter Flight
Dinner Vouchers
TV, Laptops, iPads, Apple Watch etc.
Bottles of Wine
Gift Baskets
Beauty/Hair Vouchers
Travel Vouchers

Contact information;


Kim Parslow 0418 220 963

Sally Coppini 0407 942 986

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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