Diary Dates:
Term 2, 2019

► Friday 21 June

Refugee Week -
Silly Sock Day & Food Drive for the House of Welcome
Reports Sent Home

► 24-28 June

Parent Teacher Interviews

► Wednesday 26 June

Stage 2 Boys and Girls Soccer Gala Day - Penrith

► Friday 28 June

Athletics Carnival
Feast of the
Sacred Heart of Jesus

► Friday 5 July

Last day of Term 2

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 20 June, 2019 | Term 2, Week 8

Dear Parents and Friends,

Our “Start of the Day Music Lessons” have begun! This week our teachers in Kinder and Years One and Two began their Music lessons at the beginning of each day. How quickly the students learnt the fun song and the actions and our Music tutor at CEDP was very impressed with the work of our teachers and their students.

Dr Anita Collins is our Music academic partner and she will be working closely with the teachers over the next term as they plan and teach the daily music program especially designed for Kinder and Stage One students. Music is a most effective mood enhancer, it helps de-escalate anxiety. Music and musical rhythm and rhyme also help strengthen the neural pathways in the brain. Having this lesson at the beginning of the day establishes a learning environment conducive to learning ~ particularly language learning. Keeping the beat and learning rhymes strengthen the normal progression of reading development. Dr Collins states that children who spend 2 years learning music have better processing pathways in the brain. I am delighted that we have begun this program at St Madeleine’s.

On Monday I accompanied our Senior Band to Blacktown to perform in the Captivate Eisteddfod. These students worked hard to learn their instrument, to practice, to follow the music and the conductor and on Monday, played together in a most collaborative way. It was a joy to witness. Congratulations to all the children and to Mrs Bichara who so capably manages and leads the band program at St Madeleine’s. Other schools had many more students in their band and so I recommend this program to you if you are considering an excellent extra curricular activity whilst at school. The band program is run by Teaching Services Australia at Dural. They have their band programs in many schools in the Hills District.

On Tuesday the Dance Groups looked fabulous and danced brilliantly in the Captivate Dance Eisteddfod under the guidance of Mrs Masters and her daughter Bella. Check out their costumes, hair and makeup  on our Facebook page! They all looked a treat!

On Wednesday our Choir performed two songs in the Captivate Choir Eisteddfod at Blacktown. Again we were so proud of our students who came to rehearsals week after week and represented themselves and our school so proudly.

Well done to all our students who performed this week.

You will have the chance to hear the band, choir and see the dances at our Performance Assembly on Friday at 2pm in the hall. We are so appreciative of the work Mrs Bichara and Mrs Masters have done to prepare the students for these events.

Next week we invite you all to book in for the Parent/Teacher Interviews. I prefer to think of these meetings as Learning Conferences with your child’s teacher ~ an opportunity to see the progress and celebrate your child’s learning and achievements for Semester 1. We invite the Stage 3 students to attend these meetings with you so that they can speak to their learning goals and demonstrate evidence of their achievements. Please don’t wait out in the cold. We will have chairs set up inside in the spaces next to your child’s classroom where you will be warm.

Have a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"Without the Spirit, Jesus remains a personage from the past;

with the Spirit, he is a person alive in our own time."

Pope Francis

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 zero grades reached 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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If your child feels anxious reassure them that these feelings are a normal response to new people, events or potentially challenging situations. Help your child understand that there is a great deal they can do to manage their anxious feelings, so they can get on with the activities they enjoy.

Explain anxiety
If your child is anxious they may struggle to explain how they feel. An important first step in anxiety self- management is explaining to your child how anxiety works.

  • Teach your child that the amygdala, the part of the brain that protects them, is always on high alert when they are anxious.
  • Explain that the amygdala sees danger where there is none, but the body prepares to fight for life or flee from danger as if it’s protecting them from a hungry lion.
  • Talk about the changes that happen in their body to power them up to fight or flee including; increased heart and breathing rates and the pumping of the blood from the stomach to the arms and legs, which can cause nausea and even vomiting for some.

Help recognise anxiety-inducing events

Help your child to recognise the specific situations and events that make them feel anxious such as meeting new friends, sitting tests and fear of rejection. In this way you can help your child manage and minimise his feelings of anxiety.

Respond with empathy

When your child feels anxious, the part of the brain that controls rational thinking, decision-making and concentration temporarily goes offline. They can feel easily overwhelmed by simple, everyday events and situations. Rather than protecting your child by allowing them to avoid meeting these challenges, or dismissing them as trivial, validate their feelings with statements such as “I can see you’re feeling worried about going to camp without your brother.”

Managing anxious moments

Help your child develop the tools to regulate and push their anxious feelings to the background. Practise these anxiety management tools when your child is feeling calm, and it will be easier for them to practise when they are nervous.

These include:

  • Taking some deep breaths: Deep belly breathing from the diaphragm calms the amygdala, reducing feelings of anxiousness


  • Bringing their attention back to the present: Use their senses to bring their attention to the present moment and away from their worries – “Tell me five things you see, four things you hear and something you smell”


  • Getting them moving: Physical exercise is not only a great distraction but it releases feel-good endorphins that help children and young people feel better and more optimistic about the future


  • Defusing their thoughts: Help your child to distance themselves from their thoughts by using distancing statements. Replace “I’m going to fail the test” with “I had a thought that I’m going to fail the test.” Rather than changing their thinking, assist your child to distance themselves from unhelpful thoughts

There’s a great deal you can do to help your child manage their anxiety. Start by assisting your child to understand the fundamentals of anxiety, show your understanding of their feelings and be ready to support them emotionally to push their anxiety to the background.


Lk 9:11-17
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

They all ate and were filled.

Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.

It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.

Friday 28 June 2019: THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS - Year C

Lk 15:3-7
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Share my joy: I have found my lost sheep!

Jesus spoke this parable to the scribes and Pharisees:

‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance.’

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.

Refugee Week 16 - 22 June

Refugee Week aims raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. 


We pray for all those who are forced to flee from their homes due to war, violence, hunger or economic desperation.

Matthew 25:35 - 40
I was hungry. And you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty. And you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger. And you invited me in. I needed clothes. And you gave them to me. I was sick. And you took care of me. I was in prison. And you came to visit me.'


“Then the people who have done what is right will answer him. ‘Lord,’ they will ask, ‘when did we see you hungry and feed you? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in? When did we see you needing clothes and give them to you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘What I’m about to tell you is true. Anything you did for one of the least important of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Let us pray,

God bless our eyes so that we will recognise injustices.
God bless our ears so that we will hear the cry of the stranger.
God bless our mouths so that we will speak words of welcome to newcomers.
God bless our shoulders so that we will be able to bear the weight of struggling for justice.
God bless our hands so that we can work together with all people to establish peace. Amen


The Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is proud to be working closely with

The House of Welcome to provide practical support to asylum seekers and refugees in our local communities.


This is an opportunity for our community to support the amazing work done by the House of Welcome by holding a food drive.

Friday 21st June is SILLY SOCK DAY. Please wear silly socks with your uniform on this day and bring an item (or items) of food from the list below.  

Great food items to donate include:

  • Cooking oil

  • Sugar

  • Flour

  • Canned fish (plain tuna)

  • Canned tomatoes

  • Canned chick peas

  • Basmati rice

  • Cooking oil

  • Canned corn (not creamed)

  • Canned peas & carrot

  • Biscuits (sweet & savoury)

  • Canned fruit

  • Tea & coffee

  • Honey & jam

  • Instant noodles

  • Salt, pepper & cooking spices

(Please… no soup, baked beans or tinned spaghetti)

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

Have you ever read about a growth mindset? Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?

Your mindset is a collection of thoughts and beliefs that govern your attitude, your outlook on life, your actions or responses, and the way you think about yourself. Anybody can change their mindset if they want to. It may not change overnight, but it can shift if you practise regularly.

Growth mindset was a focus for Stage 3 in week 8. Check out what the rest of your children have been learning about in wellbeing below:


Mrs Sarah Glettner
Health and Wellbeing Teacher

Years Kindergarten, 1 & 2:

Week 7: Groups We Belong To

We discussed the various groups we belong to and why they are important to us.


Week 8: 

Continued to discuss groups we belong to. This week we also discussed that these groups hold great value in our lives for many reasons.

Years 3 & 4 

Week 7: Mindful Silence

We learnt the practice of mindfulness through silence. Only allowing ourselves to focus on what we could hear, feel and smell. It was tougher than first expected.

Week 8: Mindful Colouring

This week we continued to practise mindfulness through colouring. Blocking out distractions and only concentrating on colouring, allowed us to relax and focus on the task at hand.

Years 5 & 6

Week 7: The Last Time I...

We learnt how to appreciate happy memories and understand that the reason we reflect on these things is because we need to plan to have more of these feelings.

Week 8: Fixed Mindset VS Growth Mindset

Revision of what we always focus on at St. Madeleine’s-having a growth mindset.

We’re delighted to inform you that St Madeleine’s will be participating in ICAS again this year, to recognise and reward students’ academic achievement. The assessment is now fully online and sitting dates will commence in Term 3. 

You can now pay for ICAS online! To confirm your child’s participation, visit the following link  unsw.global/parentpay and make a direct payment to UNSW Global. Online payment closes on 31st July 2019 and you will need to enter the unique access code provided below.


St Madeleine’s unique access code is: 93d128d763

There is a 3 day window provided for each assessment to allow for student absences. Please note that the writing assessment for Years 3 and 4 remains paper based. All assessments will be scheduled at 8am.


Please find following the schedule and prices for the ICAS assessments:

*Privacy notification: UNSW Global stores, uses and modifies the ICAS Assessments data in order to generate reports, conduct research and analysis, and improve its products and services. UNSW Global will not hold or use ICAS Assessments data that constitutes personal information for longer than 15 years. As the parent or guardian of a student who intends to sit ICAS Assessments, you consent to the school collecting the ICAS Assessments data that relates to the student, disclosing it to UNSW Global and to UNSW Global’s use of it in the manner outlined above. You also consent to the school assigning this consent to UNSW Global.


Learn more by visiting unsw.global/icas or contact the school office for more information.

Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

NSW Catholic Primary Schools Cross Country

Last Friday 5 students competed in the NSW Catholic Primary Schools (NSWCPS) Cross Country held at Eastern Creek. They achieved the following results.


Lachlan Dorahy - 8/9 Year Boys - 18th  

Patrick Mifsud - 8/9 Year Boys - 23rd

William Dorahy - 10 Year Boys - 53rd  

Cillian Miller - 11 Year Boys - 53rd  

Max Gioiello - 12/13 Year Boys 24th  


This is truly a wonderful effort and we are all very proud of you.

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Year 6 Graduation
Athletics Carnival Sausage Sizzle Order

Silly Sock Day
Parent Teacher Interview Bookings

KB: Phoebe Lang & Bayley Ayers
KW: Samuel Dominello, Lillyana Vella, Alia-Rose Weir
1B: Summer Ellis & Zachary Sanders
1W: Harry Swarzes & Hayden Crema
2B: Jack Buchanan & Zoe Goodwin
2W: Allegra Circosta & Hayden Bailey
3B: Oliver Farraway & Maximus Giorguitti
3W: Sophia Howe & Ashton Cheers
4B: William Dorahy &
Addison Bayly-Pik
4W: Alessia Cutajar & Marcus O'Shea
5B: Skye Melrose & Ethan Keddie
5W: Joel Crandell & Daniel Murdocca
6B: Eleanor Nassif & Tyler Carabetta
6W: Max Gioiello & Emma Wonfor
Social Skills: Max Nader and Miranda Spillane
Sport: Sofia Monardo & Hayden Crema
KB: Xavier Power & Abigail Broadhead
KW: Cooper Gerzanics & Grace Bonello
1B: Noah Takchi & Sofia Monardo
1W: Sophia Bou-Abbse & Daniel Cheers
2B: Harper Wade & Cooper Martyn
2W: Ella Paki & Angus Weir
3B: Claire Waldon & Oscar Sultana
3W: Ashton Cheers & Georgia Massaad
4B: Harriet Evans & Thomas Scarfone
4W: Ruby Habkouk & Brodie Jabre
5B: Chloe Boston & Hannah Craft
5W: Sienna Bonello & Jackson Santlemann
6B: Imogen Weekes & Cillian Miller
6W: Teale Shaw & Bianca Palacio
Did you know you can order your child’s recess on Munch Monitor?
Select  "Recess" and order anything from the full menu. Great for this cold weather.
Collect from the canteen at recess.

If you are able to help on Friday's at lunch from 12.45pm - 2.00pm,
we would greatly appreciate your assistance.

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

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 24 June
Vanessa Abood, Renee Giorgiuth
Tuesday 25 June
Senena Bragg, Liana Wall
Wednesday 26 June
Stacie Covington, Andrew Howe
Thursday 27 June
Melissa Crema, Leesa Angles-Corke
Friday 28June
Tori Papallo, Jasna Susnjara
Monday 1 July
Erin Boffo, Senena Bragg

Tuesday 2 July
Nicole Jakovljevic, Mel Keddie
Wednesday 3 July
Melanie Sultana, Natalie Commisso
Thursday 4 July
Giuliana Khalil, Louise MacNamara
Friday 5 July
Jessica Barker, Angela Cheers

Online School Canteen Orders


In purchasing your child’s tuckshop order online, you are contracting directly with the supplier. You are responsible for checking that the ingredients of what you order are not incompatible with your child’s sensitivities or health issues. Please ensure you check the disclaimers in the supplier’s website. If you doubt you should contact the supplier.


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.

Thank you to Amie Meehan for organising the Trivia Night for the school community last weekend.

It was such a fun night and lots of fabulous prizes were won thanks to all the people who donated an event or a special item.

Thank you to the families that came to the trivia night, i
t was a fantastic night and a great chance to gather as a community. 
The night raised important funds to help FREE events run by the P and F like the Welcome night and disco and the Father's Day BBQ.

A massive thank you to the following people and businesses who supported the event:

Ben Fordham and Alan Jones at 2GB, Channel Seven, Rouse Hill Town Centre, La Maison in Castle Hill, Melissa Crema and Bundaberg Rum, Taronga Zoo, The Australian Reptile Park, Rittika Gray and Hasbro Games, Eat Greek in Parramatta, The National Geographic Shop in Rouse Hill, Toys and Tales in Rouse Hill, Grill'd at Rouse Hill, Exquisite cakes in Castle Hill, Lynne's Little Cakes, Oakville Fresh farm, Hidden Gem Cafe in Kenthurst, Salt cafe, Darrell Lea chocolates, and Florist Amy Farraway.
Please support these businesses. Without their generosity we wouldn't have had any prizes.
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/

Download St Madeleine Sophie Bulletin
9th June 2019

EDP News:  http://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/news-details/cedp-news/

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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