Diary Dates:
Term 2, 2019

► Friday 24 May

St Mad's Feast Day

► Saturday 25 May

St Madeleine Sophie Barat Feast Day
Yrs 3 & 4 Parish Mass 5:30pm

► 25-26 May

Reconciliation Commitment Masses/ Prayer Card

► Tuesday 28 May

Yr 5 Communion Service 

► Wednesday 29 May

Stage 3 Girls Soccer Gala Day

► Friday 31 May

Year 6 Communion Service

► Sunday 2 June

The Ascension of the Lord

► Tuesday 4 June

Yr 4 Communion Service
► Wednesday 5 June

St Mad’s Opera Australia
Stage 3 Boys Soccer Gala Day


Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 23 May, 2019 | Term 2, Week 4

Dear Parents and Friends,


This week we welcomed Leaders of Learning from three schools across the Parramatta Diocese. We came together to discuss our 2019 learning agendas and we conducted a learning walk through all our Learning Spaces. Our guests complimented our team on the outstanding work that is evident in all classroom spaces across the school. Our students were able to speak about their learning goals and what they needed to do to improve their work. I was particularly proud of our students, our teachers and our school.

School Locker is now managing the Uniform Shop and they only sell new items. They are yet to have the online ordering available but the Uniform Shop is open at school each Tuesday from 8am - 11am. Last week I emailed information about buying and selling second hand uniforms on the Sydney Hills District Sporting and School Uniform Buy Sell Facebook page. I hope this will be a helpful place to buy and sell your second hand uniforms. As soon as I have details from School Locker about online shopping, I will share it with you.

Some parents have expressed concern to me about incidents of high school student’s unsafe driving on the school site. On each occasion I pass this information onto staff at Marian College. They appreciate this information and always follow up any reports of misbehaviour of any students including their Year 12 drivers. They give consequences such as banning the students from using the car park for a period of time as well informing their parents. Marian College have a teacher on duty at the car park each afternoon. It will be so very helpful to have the second gate open and accessible again later this year as this will alleviate so many of the current pressures. Please continue to be on the look-out to ensure all our drivers and pedestrians are moving on site in a safe and orderly manner.

This year the Catholic Education Office has asked that we conduct the survey Tell Them From Me (TTFM) with all staff, all parents and students in Years 4, 5 and 6. The results of the survey will provide valuable insights for school planning. Student data will be an indicator of learning, student engagement, wellbeing and classroom climate. The information from staff and parents will provide rich data needed to achieve positive and practical improvements here at St Madeleine’s across a range of domains ~ teaching, learning, school climate and parent engagement. The 2019 URL link is currently being set up and I will share it with you early next week. The survey information helps us to know what it is we need to do to continually improve the experience for your family at St Madeleine’s. The survey period begins on Monday 27th May and closes at 5pm on Friday 14th June. It takes about 20 minutes to complete and I encourage you all to participate.

I am looking forward to attending the evening with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg at St John XX11 Catholic College 160 Perfection Ave, Stanhope Gardens on Monday 3rd June at 7pm. Michael has a wealth of knowledge and experience dealing with children and adolescents. He is one of Australia’s leading Psychologists and he will give very sound advice to parents who are navigating the sometimes very challenging job of parenting children through to young adulthood. Michael Carr-Gregg wants children to flourish and be the best possible person they can be in their family, school and community. The evening is free and is sponsored by the NSW Parent Council.

Our Parents and Friends’ Association is hosting a Trivia Night on Saturday 15th June and it promises to be another fun night! Organise a table with others in your children’s year and come along to answer a few wild and wacky questions and win a few prizes. It will surprise you how much you know! There is a flyer included in this newsletter.

Tomorrow we celebrate St Madeleine’s Feast Day with a special Motiv8 Olympic Sports experience for all the students. The children will be organised in teams with an Olympic theme and they will participate in several fantastic activities that promote sportsmanship and teamwork. It promises to be a day full of fun, sport, culture and creativity!

Happy St Madeleine’s Day everyone!


Have a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"This is a time of mercy; this is a time of The Lord's compassion.
Let us open our hearts so that He may come to us.

Pope Francis@Pontifex  

Every Learner Every Day                   
Attendance rate to date is

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 two 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.

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School Year Attendance Level

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We all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream, days at the beach and play dates may bring kids joy, but once they’re finished the good feeling often disappear.

These feel-good activities give kids a rush of euphoria, but leave them craving for more. This can lead to an addictive cycle known as ‘the hedonic treadmill’ where one cookie isn’t enough. They’ll need two. Maybe the next week, they’ll need three.

Good deeds

Doing good, however, is the key to living a more meaningful and happier existence. The ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle knew it was true, and modern research bears out the fact altruistic behaviours are associated with better wellbeing, health and longevity. In short, we feel good when we do good.

Kind Kids

Every parent wants happy kids. The easiest way to help kids attain happiness is to encourage them to be kind.

Many studies show that our kids want to be kind. They know it makes them happy! Research shows that children from as young as fourteen months want to help others achieve individual goals and cooperate with others to achieve shared goals. This desire to help is something they’re born with – even that child of yours who doesn’t seem to want to help anyone!

A recent landmark study showed even very young kids find helpful and kind acts to be intrinsically rewarding. Two year olds showed greater happiness when they gave treats to others, compared to when they received treats themselves.

Teaching Our Kids to Do Good

If kids want to help because it helps them feel great, it’s our job to help fulfill this natural inclination by guiding them to age-appropriate opportunities to do so.

Here are 5 ways to do just that:

1. Role model helpfulness and kindness. Children and teenagers learn to be helpful and kind by copying the significant adults in their lives.

2. Encourage them to perform small acts of kindness. Being kind, giving a compliment, helping to tidy up- these small acts are just as powerful and effective as larger tasks such as mowing the lawn for a neighbour.

3. Make helping a family project. Get your kids involved when you take a meal to a family who have just had a new baby, or visit a sick friend in the hospital.

4. Be a good neighbour. Help your kids learn to keep an eye on others, whether it is a neighbour, or a boy on their sports team. Teaching your kids to notice what’s going on in the lives of people in their community promotes awareness and empathy.

5. Be grateful. Expressing gratitude is one of the best ways to do good. In fact, nothing can improve your life (and the life of others) like gratitude.

Doing good deeds is what makes us human. It lifts burdens from others, and lifts us by activating the joyful part of our brains. Teaching your kids to do good is the best way to help them have lasting ‘feel good’ feelings. Of course, they should eat cake too. Even better, share it with a friend for a lasting feel-good effect.

Sunday 26 May 2019: Sixth Sunday of Easter- Year C

Jn 14:23-29
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him,

and we shall come to him

and make our home with him.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own:

it is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you

while still with you;

but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything

and remind you of all I have said to you.

Peace I bequeath to you,

my own peace I give you,

a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.

Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

You heard me say:

I am going away, and shall return.

If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,

for the Father is greater than I.

I have told you this now before it happens,

so that when it does happen you may believe.’

Mass Roster, Term 2

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.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Please pray for our children in this time of preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

St Madeleine's Feast Day Celebration
Friday 24 May

St Madeleine’s will be celebrating the Feast Day of our patron saint, St Madeleine Sophie Barat on Friday 24th May (actual Feast Day is 25th May).


We welcome Motiv8Sports to help us celebrate this wonderful occasion with team challenges, team building and team culture fun activities. More information regarding this celebration will be forwarded soon.


Need to know information regarding the event:

  • All students to wear sport uniform and school hat.
  • Students will work together in teams within their grade groups.
  • Activities will operate all day.
  • Canteen will operate as normal.

St Madeleine's Feast Day Prayer

Lord, our God, as with St Madeleine Sophie Barat,

enable us to grow in faith, which will shape and inform our choices and lives. 

Enable us to deepen our love so that we might be creative and generous

in our service to others. 

Help us Lord, to turn to you prayerfully with everything that touches our lives.

We praise you Lord and thank you for the gift of all our loved ones. 

Today we especially are grateful to St Madeleine Sophie Barat, for the purpose and destiny of her life, which continues in your everlasting plan to touch our lives.


International Day of Families

Catholic Education and Catholic Care hope to raise awareness of the support services available to families in western Sydney and the Blue Mountains through the celebration of Family Day.


Family Day is a special time to celebrate and give thanks for families, especially our own family and all the families that make up our school family. It is a time to give thanks for the love, care and guidance our families provide each and every day. 

Prayer for Families

Lord Jesus, you came among us as an infant and grew within the love and guidance

of the holy family, to reveal to us God’s endless love and mercy.

It is through a loving family that we first come to know of God’s love for us.

May our families give witness to your compassion and wisdom,

May they be places of connection and sources of hope and enthusiasm

for all family members.

May our families always be guided by the inspiration of your Spirit.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,



Catholic Education and Catholic Care hope to raise awareness of the support services available to families in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains through the celebration of Family Day.

Family Day is a special time to celebrate and give thanks for families, especially our own family and all the families that make up our school family. It is a time to give thanks for the love, care and guidance our families provide each and every day.

Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

The importance of automatic recall of multiplication facts

Although we do not approach teaching multiplication facts by rote, they are still essential knowledge for students particularly as they move from stage 3 to highschool mathematics. Learning multiplication facts can seem overwhelming to some children and it is desirable that students learn facts from 1 x 1 through to 10 x 10 (100 number facts). However, as each multiplication fact has a ‘turn around partner’, when one fact is learned, it’s corresponding partner can be derived. For example, learning 3 x 6=18 enables us to know 6 x 3=18. There are also useful patterns and shortcuts. For example, if you know the 2s pattern, it is not hard to work out the 4s pattern. The 5s and 10s are also easy.


When children are learning multiplication facts, it is efficient for them to keep a personal ongoing record of the facts they know, then identify the facts they don’t know. They should devote time to practising the ones they do know, and learning those multiplication facts they do not know.


Charts like the following can be kept by children, however, they will need explicit instruction on how to read the chart. Children write in the products they know and practise the facts where products are not yet known immediately. Please note that there should be no time required to ‘work out’ the product, recall must be immediate if the fact is to be written on the chart. If students are hesitating, it shows that the fact is not yet known and therefore not automatic.

This is a great strategy for students to monitor their own learning, notice the relationship between various facts and target their learning specifically where it’s needed.


As you are aware, last week our year 3 and year 5 students completed NAPLAN online assessments. There were significant connectivity issues experienced during the writing test on Tuesday by some schools and these issues are currently being investigated by NESA.


NESA has advised that some students in these schools may have been distressed or impacted to an extent that could have affected their performance in the assessment. Consequently Australian Education Senior Officials Committee (AESOC) has agreed to provide schools with the option for affected students to re-sit the test on Tuesday 28 May. This re-sit option is only for students at schools who experienced connectivity issues.


Although St Madeleine’s did experience some connectivity issues, these were minimal. Please be assured that teachers managed them efficiently and were able to avoid any impact on student performance. St Madeleine’s students are therefore not required to participate in the re-sit option on the 28th May.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please do not hesitate to contact me directly via the school office.

Jodi Jefferson
Assistant Principal

The term is well and truly underway with learning in PDH. The students have been experiencing a variety of social and emotional skills that will enhance their mental health as they grow and change.


Take time out this week to discuss some of the skills they have learnt during our Wellbeing time.


Have a wonderful fortnight.

Mrs Sarah Glettner
Health and Wellbeing Teacher

Years Kindergarten, 1 & 2:

Week 3: All Families are Different.

Students learnt that all families are different because there is no right or wrong way to live-we are all different, so are our families.


Week 4: You Have Changed!

Students learnt about how they are changing because it helps them to understand why they feel the way they do, and the impact they have on the world around them. 

Years 3 & 4 

Week 3: Extra! Extra!

Students learnt to identify positive things that are happening in their lives and record them in the form of a newspaper article.


Week 4: SMART Goal Setting.

Students learnt about how to set goals and make plans to achieve them.

Years 5 & 6

Week 3: Reflecting on the Week.

Students learnt the skill of reflecting so they can repeat things that went well and learn from their mistakes.


Week 4: Sources of Information.

Students learnt about situations in which they might need help, and who to talk to so that they are supported in times of need. 

Uniform Sample Sale
PRC - Parent Engagement Wellness Event with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg 
for Canberra Excursion
Crazy Hair Day

Invitation from Mr Greg Whitby to
Chatterbox Live Q&A Event

KB: Tom Treak & Jaime Bennett
KW: Lachlan Bradshaw-Dunn, Emma Anderson & Elizabeth Johnston
1B: Michaela Eltobaji & Harry Moroney
1W: Marcus Cooke & Cooper Bayly-Pike & Charlyze Donoso
2B: William Tran & Lily Amendolia
2W: Scarlett Nash
3B: Jonathan Cooke & Madeleine Summerhays
3W: Georgia Massaad & Patrick Mifsud
4B: Addison Bayly-Pike & Arkady Popov
4W: Ruby Habkouk & Benjamin Grima
5B: Brodie Dahlen & Natasha Apap
5W: David Soliman & Siena Arias
6B: Emily Knight & Andrew Isaac
6W: Alessio Colasuonno & Jolie Sellar
Social Skills: Scarlett Nash & Luke Papallo
Sport: Millie Sharpe & Emily Hourani
As the weather is getting cooler we have various daily over the counter treats
for recess and lunch. 50cents & $1.00


f 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.

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

Wednesday 12 June: Sarah Farraway

Hello Volunteers!

Thank you to all the generous parents and carers who volunteered to be part of the Kiss and Drop roster after the information evenings. Below is the roster for weeks 9 & 10. As a reminder, volunteers are expected to be in the K&D area from 8:30am. Look for the safety vests if supplied, and if you need to remind a driver of the process, please have a friendly, brief chat!

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

Monday 27 May
Vanessa Abood, Renee Giorgiuth
Tuesday 28 May
Senena Bragg, Natalie Commisso
Wednesday 29 May
Stacie Covington, Andrew Howe
Thursday 30 May
Melissa Crema, Leesa Angles-Corke
Friday 31 May
Jessica Barker, Angela Cheers
Monday 3 June
Lucinda Musolino, Senena Bragg

Tuesday 4 June
Nicole Jakovljevic, Mel Keddie
Wednesday 5 June
Melani Sultana, Louise McNamara
Thursday 6 June
Giuliana Khalil, Teresa Sakkal
Friday 7 June
Felicity Power, Renae Cole

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



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.

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

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.

The Jewish Jesus in our Eucharist

Wednesday 12 June, 2019. 6.45pm for 7-9pm
St Michael's Primary School Hall

5 Chapel Lane, Baulkham Hills


An adult formation opportunity for Northern Deanery presented by The Institute for Mission. This presentation takes an interesting look through the lens of our Jewish ancestors to help imagine the mindset of Jesus in some key moments of his life. It aims to enhance our appreciation of what we celebrate today as the Eucharist and true presence of Jesus.

Contact & RSVP Wendy Goonan Phone: 0427 863 149 Email:  deanerypc@parishofbaulkhamhills.org.au

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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