Diary Dates:
Term 2, 2019

► Friday 5 July

Last Day of Term 2

► 6-21 July

School Holidays

► 7-14 July


► Monday 22 July

Term 3 Begins, Winter Uniform

► Friday 26 July

NSWPSSA Cross Country

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 4 July, 2019 | Term 2, Week 10

Dear Parents and Friends,

As we come to the end of the first half of the year I reflect on all the activities and achievements of the term. Last week we had reports to analyse with parents during our  Parent / Teacher interviews. Staff commented to me how wonderful it was to share with parents their child’s goals and progress and also their aspirations for Semester 2. Thank you all for braving the chills of last week to come to school for these important meetings.

This term our community celebrated Mother’s Day and St Madeleine’s Feast Day with the Motivate Sports team. We participated in Social Justice events raising money and donating food for those less fortunate in our wider community. Our students participated in the Captivate Choir, Dance and Band Eisteddfod and they also competed at several sporting events including our Athletics Carnival last Friday. 

What a magnificent day this was for our community! Thank you to all the parents who helped out right across the day from picking up the BBQ at 7am to packing it away at 3pm. To the parents who managed each event ~ starters, timers, place judges and to those who served morning tea and snacks to the teachers and helpers, to the parents on the BBQ and the lunch servers. And to all the parents and friends who came along to socialise and cheer your children on. It all made for a wonderful day and I thank you all for the gifts you bring to our school community. 

The Creative Arts team at the Catholic Education Office have advised me that our Irish Dancers and three individual dancers ~ Zoe Lang, (Yr 6) Bianca Palacio (Yr 6) & Lola Rahme (Yr 4)have been invited to participate in a special CAPTIVATE Showcase event at The Riverside Theatre later in October. How fabulous it is that our students have been recognised and selected to demonstrate their talents later this year! Congratulations to the girls and to Mrs Masters!

This week I have staffing news that Ms Hutchinson (Year 1) and Mrs Knight (Year 6) have decided to resign from their teaching positions at St Madeleine’s from the end of this term.

Whilst both ladies have been with us for a relatively short time, they have both become part of our school community and will be missed. We are very fortunate at St Madeleine’s that many fine teachers are wanting to be part of our learning community and I am pleased to let you know that Mrs Katie Roberts will be teaching Year 1 with Ms Brown for the remainder of the year. Katie comes to us with 16 years teaching experience in Catholic schools across the diocese. She has particular expertise, teaching Literacy and Numeracy in the Kinder and Stage One setting. Ms Michele Rosewell will be teaching Year 6 with Mrs Coope. Ms Rosewell also has many years teaching experience in our diocese ~ mainly in Stage 3. She has been a leader of learning across several disciplines ~ Literacy, Religious Education, Project Based Learning, Information Technology and Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L). I am looking forward to having these teachers on our team and I know you will warmly welcome them to our community when you have the opportunity.

If you have any concerns about the appointment of these fine teachers or any other aspect of your school experience at St Madeleine’s, I encourage you to be in touch with me. 

I know I am looking forward to spending some time relaxing these holidays and I hope you also find some time to relax and recharge with your family and friends. Go gently!

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"Through your attention to the little ones and to the poor,
you can kindle stars in the night for those who suffer.

Pope Francis@Pontifex

Few right-minded people want children or young people to experience hardships or difficulty. However growing up generally means that kids will experience their fair share of hardships, frustrations and challenges which lead to uncomfortable feelings.

Exercising their discomfort muscles
Tolerating discomfort is an important resilience skill. It refers to an ability to sit with an uncomfortable or emotionally painful feeling such as disappointment, apprehension, nervousness or fear. These emotions can be brought about as a result of not being picked for a team; getting lower than expected marks for an assignment; or going into new, unfamiliar situation such as school camp. These are the sorts of every day situations that can make some kids feel uncomfortable. It’s helpful to think of discomfort as a ‘muscle’ that gets stronger with training. Each time a child or teen successfully tolerates discomfort they’re reinforcing their ability to do so and cementing the knowledge that they can overcome emotional challenges.

Opportunities to practise tolerating discomfort
Opportunities for practice are plentiful and are found in common situations such as when a child or teen is: feeling hungry; wanting something they can’t have; having to end screen time; contributing to household chores when they don’t feel like it; missing out on a job interview; asking someone on a date or not receiving a party invitation.

It’s not toughing it out
Tolerating discomfort doesn’t mean toughing out an unbearable situation. It’s teaching your anxious child to notice how they’re feeling, naming their emotions, and practising acceptance of difficult feelings as they occur. This is done in the knowledge that what they’re experiencing is temporary and that they’re lovingly supported by a warm and comforting adult. Couple tolerating discomfort with social rewards (such as words of praise or shared fun activity) for coping behaviours and you’re helping to build their personal resilience.



Lk 10:1-12 17-20
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Your peace will rest upon him.

The Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out ahead of him, in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself was to visit. He said to them, ‘The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to his harvest. Start off now, but remember, I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Carry no purse, no haversack, no sandals. Salute no one on the road. Whatever house you go into, let your first words be, “Peace to this house!” And if a man of peace lives there, your peace will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is set before you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, “The kingdom of God is very near to you.” But whenever you enter a town and they do not make you welcome, go out into its streets and say, “We wipe off the very dust of your town that clings to our feet, and leave it with you. Yet be sure of this: the kingdom of God is very near.” I tell you, that on that day it will not go as hard with Sodom as with that town.’

The seventy-two came back rejoicing. ‘Lord,’ they said, ‘even the devils submit to us when we use your name.’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Yes, I have given you power to tread underfoot serpents and scorpions and the whole strength of the enemy; nothing shall ever hurt you. Yet do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you; rejoice rather that your names are written in heaven.’

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.

NAIDOC WEEK 7-14 July (during the school holidays)


NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians everywhere.


NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its beginnings can be traced to Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s, which aimed to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.


The 2019 NAIDOC themes have been studied in class this term. The following websites may be helpful to share with your family.


NAIDOC Website https://www.naidoc.org.au/


NAIDOC History Timeline


Our sincere thanks and gratitude to Melissa Crema and Vanessa Abood. They very graciously delivered all the food to The House of Welcome.

Kathy Fisher
Religious Education Coordinator

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

2019 Athletics Carnival

What a beautiful day for our annual Athletics Carnival. Thank you to everyone for having such a positive attitude and wonderful sportsmanship. Congratulations to the following students who set new records. It was wonderful to see the combination and clear warm weather, dry ground, no wind and Mrs Keenan’s expert teaching in sprint racing during PE lessons see so many records broken.


800mLachlan Dorahy (8 Years)


100mAidan Studders (8 Years), Gabrielle Cauchi (8 Years), Elijah John (9 Years), Skye Melrose (10 Years), William Dorahy (10 Years), Mikalya Muscat (11 Years), Daniel Gatt (11 Years), Grace Liddle (12 Years), Max Gioiello (12 Years), Imogen  (13 Years)


200mLachlan Dorahy (8 Years), Mikayla Muscat (11 Years), Max Gioiello (Seniors)


DiscusSienna Borg (8 Years), Lachlan Dorahy (8 Years), Emily Knight (11 Years)

Long JumpWilliam Dorahy (10 Years)

Congratulations to the following Age Champions:


8 Years

Cooper Martyn

Ella Paki & Lily Zahra


9 Years
Dylan Gray

Grace Bracken


10 Years
Riley Paki

Isla Asutin-Smith

11 Years
Lachlan Bisoglio

Mikayla Muscat


12 Years
Jonah Habkouk

Delphine Fiellafe


8 Years

Lachlan Dorahy

Gabrielle Cauchi

9 Years
Elijah John 

Scarlett Hyde

10 Years
William Dorahy

Skye Melrose

11 Years
Cooper Fradd & Daniel Gatt

Mikayla Muscat

12 Years
Max Gioiello

Grace Liddle

Congratulations to the following Overall Champions:


Junior Boys

Lachlan Dorahy

Junior Girls

Isla Austin-Smith

Senior Boys

Cooper Fradd & Daniel Gatt 

Senior Girls

Emily Knight 


Junior Boys

William Dorahy

Junior Girls

Skye Melrose

Senior Boys

Max Gioiello

Senior Girls

Mikayla Muscat &Grace Liddle

Congratulations to the Zone Team that will be representing St Madeleine’s next term. Please bring in your notes ASAP. Thankyou to all the parents who gave up their time to be an official on the day. Without you a carnival like this would not be possible. Special thankyou to the P & F and their team for operating the sausage sizzle.

Any students who do Little Athletics and would like to apply to participate in High Jump and the Parramatta Diocesan Carnival please give me copy of your Little Athletics book so I can verify how high you can jump and forward your application on.

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Piano/Singing Lessons
Woolworths Earn & Learn

6B & 1W Letters

KB: Anneliese Phillippou & James Jurukovski
KW: Monique Giorguiutti, Ethan Jans & Daniella Langford
1B: Andie Scott & William Ferris
1W: Tahlia Elias & Tyson Mills
2B: Sasha Kuntze & Nicolas Palacio
2W: Khloe Bradshaw - Dunn & Parsina Zendehdel
3B: Angus Knight & Amelie Easton
3W: Jade Anderson & Sebastian Massaad
4B: Lillian Lovett & Charlie Sheehan
4W: Hunter Jones-Gentle & Julie Putnam
5B: Louise Saliba & Michael O’Brien
5W: Emily Hourani & Emelia Maiit
6B: Grace Watson & Jonah Habkouk
6W: Damien Waldon, Luke Panetta & Ava Popova
Social Skills: Archie Zahra & Elijah John
Sport: Sophia Howe (3W), Eleanor Nassif (6B), Oliver Kennedy (6W)
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

Discrimination, Harrassment & Bullying


At St Madeleine’s Primary School, we aim to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Each member of our community has the right to feel safe, happy and valued. The school has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent and address Discrimination, Harassment & Bullying in line with the CEDP Anti-bullying policy.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is repeated incidents involving:

 • a bigger, stronger or more powerful child on a smaller or weaker child, or

 • a group of children on a single child

These might be:

 • Verbal: the child is called names, put down, threatened.

 • Physical: the child is hit, tripped, poked, kicked, or belongings are stolen or damaged.

 • Social: the child is left out, ignored, or rumours are spread.

 • Psychological: the child is stalked or given dirty looks.

Bullying is different from teasing, rough-and-tumble or schoolyard fights. What makes it different is that the incidents are ongoing, and there is usually an imbalance of size, strength and power between the children involved.


If you bully someone else….

 • You will be expected to stop it immediately.

 • The Principal or Assistant Principal will be informed of your behaviour.

 • An appropriate consequence will be given.

 • Your parents will be informed.

 • Your behaviour will be monitored.

 • You will be assisted with changing your pattern of behaviour.

If you are being bullied……

What to do

 • Avoid situations that may lead to bullying

 • Look at your own behaviour and see if it is, in any way, causing the bullying

 • Remain calm

 •Tell the bully that he / she is annoying you and you want it to stop

 • Look for support from others. (e.g. a friend, parent or teacher)

 • Report the bullying to your class teacher, the teacher on duty, the Assistant Principal or the Principal

What can parents do?

 • Listen to their children’s concerns. Ask them directly about their anxieties

 • Work with the school to address the problem

 • Develop your child’s skills and confidence so that they can interact with others socially in a positive way

 • Praise your child’s efforts in self-control, non-violent and responsible behaviour

 • Help your child to develop problem solving strategies

Staff will ensure that procedural fairness applies in dealing with any incidents of bullying. Appropriate and timely support, management and resolution of reported incidents of bullying will be offered to all persons involved in these incidents including the bystanders who have significant influence on the outcome of a bullying issue.

If you would like any further advice on this topic or would like to report cyberbullying behaviour you can contact The Hills Liaison Officer Constable Rob Paterson on 9680 5399.




In line with our Mission Statement, racism is inconsistent with the ethos of St Madeleine’s School. In the school situation, respect, tolerance and acceptance are essential qualities that are fostered in our students. The successful integration into society of people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs can be facilitated if schools engage in suitable educational and awareness raising activities. It is the duty of all members of the school community to ensure that all forms of racism are non-existent at St Madeleine’s School. Through our Religious Education Program, we educate our students to be loving and accepting people, using Jesus as our role model.

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
30th June 2019

EDP News:  https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/en/News-and-Events/Latest-News

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

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