Diary Dates:
Term 3, 2019

► Monday 5 August

P&F Meeting 7:00pm
Yr 4 Excursion - Australian National Maritime Museum

► Tuesday 6 August

Sacrament of Eucharist Information Session
4:30pm OR 7pm

► Thursday 8 August

St Mary of the Cross
Mackillop Feast Day

► Friday 9 August

Pyjama Day

► Saturday 10 August

Sacrament of Eucharist Commitment Masses/
Prayer Card

► Monday 12 August

Year 6 VOY Excursion

► Tuesday 13 August

Pizza Day (Canteen Closed)

► Thursday 15 August

Hills Zone Athletics Carnival
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass 9:15am

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 1 August, 2019 | Term 3, Week 2

Dear Parents and Friends,

It is great to be back together again after our winter break. We have a particularly busy term with many opportunities to have our community join us as we celebrate all that is good about being at St Madeleine’s.

We begin the term with a Social Justice event on Friday next week supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal. All students can wear their PJs to school and bring a gold coin for the privilege of wearing a onese or fluffy slippers. Vinnies do an amazing job in our community providing warm blankets and support for anyone who needs their help for whatever reason. They don’t judge...they get in and help people. We love being able to do our bit for Vinnies each year for their Winter Appeal.

Social Justice Sunday will be on 29th September and the Australian Catholic Bishops have written a Social Justice statement, titled Making it Real: Genuine Human Encounter in our Digital World. This statement shares Pope Francis’ challenge to us to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”. It points out that:

  •  we are called not just to be inhabitants of this world, but active citizens shaping it. 

  • all of us have a role to play in rejecting hatred, divisions and falsehoods. 

  • we have a duty to foster a neighbourhood that promotes those human attributes and social values that lend themselves to genuine human encounter ~ love, understanding, beauty, goodness, truth, trustworthiness, hope and joy.

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Office for Social Justice website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or call (02) 8306 3499 

Our Father’s Day celebration in Week 6 combined with Jersey Day brings our Dads and Grandads to our community for the afternoon. This year we will be celebrating Father’s Day on Thursday 29th August.  We look forward to welcoming you and your family to this special event.

Grandbook Day in Week 8 is a day to honour our grandparents and elderly folk who play such a significant role in each family today. I often see Grandparents dropping their grandchildren off in the morning and doing drive through in the afternoon. I’m sure many families wonder how they would manage without them!

In Term 3 we have our Speaking Competition and we love giving all students the opportunity to prepare and deliver a speech to their friends in the grade. The two best speakers from each grade deliver their speech to the whole school at an assembly. Years 1 and 4 will be speaking at the assembly in Week 4; Year 6 in Week 6; Kinder and Year 3 in Week 8 and Year 2 and 5 in Week 10.

It is wonderful to watch as our Church and surrounds inch closer to completion. Father has indicated that the completion date is more likely to be November. I am hoping to have our Graduation Mass and End of Year Mass in our new Church.

What an achievement this will be for our Kenthurst parishoners who have worked long and hard to have a magnificent place to worship the Lord with ourselves and community.

Have a wonderful week!


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

Every Learner Every Day                                Attendance rate to date is 82.0%


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 achieved this target over the past fortnight. It is important to know that your children must be at school and inside the classroom before 9am in order for you and them not to have to go to the office for a late note.  

Scholastic Year

School Year Attendance Level

Scholastic Year

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Your child has the potential to be a leader given the right circumstances and environment. The following five leadership skills have been observed in student leaders in Australian primary schools and can be promoted by parents at home. 


Being a leader means that your child is willing to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Personal responsibility is shown when your child is accountable for their behaviour, for their belongings and for others. Practical ways to develop responsibility include: 

  • Giving them responsibility for part of their day
  • Encouraging them to restore relationships with others when they mess up 
  • Taking responsibility for household chores 


While most leadership positions require your child to speak publicly their communication skills can be developed through regular one-on-one or small group experiences at home and at school. Practical ways to develop your child’s communication skills include: 

  • One-on-one conversations with adults 
  • Regular discussions at the meal table 
  • Encourage your child to participate fully in speaking activities at school


Personal organisational skills and the ability to organise others are important for effective leadership. Practical ways to develop organisational skills include encouraging your child to: 

  • Keep their personal space tidy and organised 
  • Use a diary to help manage their time 
  • Organise a weekly chores roster including all members of the family 0


Cooperating, encouraging and accepting others are essential qualities of an effective leader. Practical ways to develop a sense of teamwork include: 

  • Play team games where children work together 
  • Encourage siblings to cook and do other chores together 
  • Focusing on your child’s contribution to a team or group rather than individual achievement 

Emotional intelligence 

An underestimated quality shared by most admired leaders is their ability to remain calm when things don’t go well. This emotional intelligence skill requires self-awareness, an ability to recognise their emotions and respond appropriately to the emotions of others. You can nurture these skills in the following way: 

  • Help your child recognise their emotions 
  • Help your child recognise emotions in others
  • Teach your child to shift their mood

Leaders are needed in all walks of life – at work, in school, in families, in sport and in the wider community. The skills of leadership are sewn in the first group that they belong to – their family. By encouraging your child to be a contributing member of their family you are also helping to develop leaderships skills they can practise outside their family.

CEDP will be submitting background data on all students to ACARA as per previous years. 

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice: 

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW.  Data collected is de-identified of personal information.


Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 30 August 2019


Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.


Year C

Lk 12:13-21
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

To whom will all this wealth of yours go?

A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ ‘My friend,’ he replied, ‘who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’

Then he told them a parable: ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do; I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?” So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.’


Mary MacKillop expressed her trust in the loving Providence of God by founding a Congregation which was dependent on God’s Providence and was devoted to the service of the poor. Its members were women who worked in a simple, ordinary way to educate the children of the poor and bring them practical help and the message of their human dignity.


We give thanks for the life of Saint Mary of the Cross and for her continued influence for good among the people of Australia.


We give thanks for the decades of down-to-earth ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph who, having seen a need, such as in education, nursing or social work, answered it with generosity.


Mary MacKillop reminds us that we are but travellers here in this world. 


All Provident God,

With grateful hearts we remember the power for goodness that Saint Mary of the Crossis for the people of Australia. As we celebrate her feast today, touch us anew with her spirit of charity and her generous participation in the mission of the Church. 

We ask this in the name Christ, the Lord. Amen.


Adapted from the ‘Prayer for the Feast of Mary MacKillop’, Sisters of St Joseph.

Mass Roster, Term 3

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 Eucharist

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

Assessment Capable Learning

Student confidence is a key attribute to success in the classroom. Teachers nurture student confidence by providing opportunities for success and failure in their learning. It is vital that students become comfortable with challenge, that is, not accept it as a reflection of their capabilities, but look at it as an opportunity for growth and discovery. If students are not feeling challenged, then they are not learning anything new.


Our aim as educators is for students to willingly seek and accept critical feedback at these times of challenge, from both teachers and peers. This will enable them to monitor their own progress and with guidance, take the necessary steps to improve.


This mindset in students is referred to as Assessment Capable Learning. The ability to monitor, evaluate and improve one’s own learning has a substantial impact on performance (Hattie, 2009). Assessment capable learners engage in regular reflection, seek feedback and are able to monitor their own performance. They are comfortable with challenge and failure. Classrooms that develop student’s ability to self assess and monitor, promote engagement in learning and will provide students with invaluable skills in their future careers.


Parents can support their child’s ability to self assess, by having regular discussions focusing on:

  • What are you learning?

  • How are you going with your learning?

  • What’s the next thing you need to improve in your learning?

  • What steps can you take to improve your learning?


Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

Welcome to Term 3. We are off and running in Wellbeing lessons this Term and the students are really enjoying learning about themselves and how to keep a healthy mind.


Take a look at our topics for this fortnight:

K- 2: Spreading Kindness.

Learning how to spread kindness at home and at school makes for a healthy mind and a good understanding of others.

3-4: Reflecting on Challenges

It’s hard to understand the challenges we face in life, but as difficult as they can be, there is always a ‘silver lining’. Finding the positive within life’s challenges creates a strong growth mindset.

5-6: The Power of Yet

I can’t ride a bike….

I can’t do long division…..

I can’t make new friends…..

Adding a simple word: yet, to the end of these statements can transform your thinking.

Some important understandings for us all to reflect on. Perhaps you could talk with your children at home about how you could directly relate these topics to your current situations. 


I hope this fortnight brings you positive moments.

Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

Cameron Stelzer - The Story Doctor

In Week 4 the children of St Madeleines will be engaged in a wonderful opportunity to work with Cameron Stelzer  - The Story Doctor.  
Dr Cameron is an exciting author. He loves everything about reading and writing, and enjoys encouraging children to create their own wonderful stories. After his visit to St Madeleines the children will be given an opportunity to order some of his books.

Looking forward to a great day of reading and writing

Pauline Pittas

Stage 2 Soccer Gala Day

On Tuesday 30th July, 4 teams from Year 3 and 4 attended a Soccer Gala Day at Jamison Park, Penrith. All teams played very well and showed great sportsmanship.


Congratulations to a Year 4 team coached by Mr Wade who won their pool –

Max W, Matrix A, Eden Z, Ben G, Jack M, Hugo A, Tyler H, Arky P, Oliver P, William D, Max P, Luca S.


Huge thankyou  to the dad’s that coached on the day, it is not possible to give our students these opportunities without your support: Mr Wade, Mr Jabre, Mr Massaad and Mr Hyde. 

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Do you own your own horse, compete at horse shows regularly or attend Pony Club?

If so, we are interested in hearing from you as we are trying to put together an Equestrian  team to compete at the Interschools competitions representing St Madeleine's. They offer show rider classes and sporting events at every level.

Next competition is Sat 17th August.
For more information, uniform details or show programs please contact  loumac75@hotmail.com  or 0411 645 618

1B & 1W Letters
Pizza Day
Hillsbus Timetables

Curriculum Overviews
Kindy Bookings
ICAS Reminder

KB: Charlotte Howe & Jadon Makumbe
KW: William Scott & Olivia Bell
1B: Aaron Bracken, Hunter Gray & Maxwell Scarfone
1W: Jack Jones & Amelia Kopps
2B: Harper Wade  & Aidan Studders
2W: Jayden Bonaccordo & Gabrielle Cauchi

3B: Sienna Borg & Mitchell Danks Cowen
3W: Chloe Azzopardi & Max Miller
4B: Arkady Popov & Connor O’Brien
4W: William Talbot & Tyler Hili
5B: Lee Coco & Cooper Jones-Gentle
5W: Lachlan Bisoglio & Elodie Johnson
6B: Jessica McCusker & Jacob Tasses
6W: Nathaniel Tannous & Delphine Feillafe
Social Skills: Eve Siper & Siena Arias
Sport: Oliver Farraway & Jonah Tadros
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 Fridays 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 3 & 4. 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 5/8
Teresa Sakkal, Renee Giorgiutti
Tuesday 6/8
Senena Bragg, Amie Meehan
Wednesday 7/8
Melissa Crema, Stacie Covington
Thursday 8/8
Sarah Scott, Natalie Commisso
Friday 9/8
Rebecca Boston, Anita Nader

Monday 12/8
Louise McNamara, Simone Eltobaji
Tuesday 13/8
Nicole Jakovljevic, Mel Keddie
Wednesday 14/8
Teresa Sakkal, Lucinda Musolino
Thursday 15/8
Melissa Crema, Liana Wall
Friday 16/8
Felicity Power, Renae Cole

Approaching the School and Complaint Handling


At St Madeleine’s Primary School, the dignity of each person is valued and the rights of all members of our community are respected. From time to time concerns may arise or parents of the school community may need to approach the school in order to:

• Discuss the progress or welfare of own child

• Express concern about actions of other students

• Enquire about school policy or practice

• Express concern about actions of staff

• Express concerns about actions of another parent

It is therefore necessary to have procedures that will help solve problems as soon as possible so that a safe and harmonious school environment is maintained. The best results usually flow from working together. 

These guidelines aim to:

• Provide a guide in order that concerns are dealt with in an open and fair manner.

• Ensure that the rights of students, teachers and parents are respected and upheld.

• Support sensitivity and confidentiality.

• Help reach an agreed solution

On occasion, concerns may cause frustration and anxiety. At such times it is always important to organise a time to talk with school staff in an unhurried and confidential atmosphere. NB: No parent should directly approach another person’s child. The school will deal with issues between students as part of the school’s Student Management and Pastoral Care Policies. 



The academic progress of own child 

Directly contact the child’s teacher either by note, by phone or in person to arrange a suitable time to discuss any issues. 

The welfare of own child 

For minor issues directly contact your child’s teacher to clarify information.

For more serious concerns, contact office. State nature of concern and arrange a suitable time to talk with class teacher or appropriate staff member.

To convey information about change of address, telephone number, emergency contact, custody details, health issues etc please contact the office.

Actions of other students 

Contact the class teacher for a classroom or playground problem. 

Please note: It is against the law (Section 60E) of the Crimes Act to approach any other person’s child at school. The offence committed by a parent approaching a child is intimidation. 

School policy or practice 

Contact office state nature of concern and make an appointment to see the Principal and/or appropriate member of staff. 

Actions of a staff member 

Contact the office and state concerns to the principal.

Arrange to meet directly with the principal and staff member concerned.

Actions of a parent

Contact the office and state concerns to the principal.

Arrange to meet directly with the principal. 



If at any stage you feel you are not satisfied with the solutions offered or believe you have not been given a fair hearing or your feel your concern has not been addressed to your satisfaction, then you are encouraged to make an appointment with the Assistant Principal or Principal to discuss the issues further.

If the matter is not resolved by the school Leadership Team, parents will be offered the phone number to contact the Catholic Education Office.

The recommended procedure for students is:


 • If issues arise in the classroom students are encouraged to speak to their class teacher in order to seek assistance in finding a resolution.

 • Children encountering problems on the playground are asked to follow the “What to do if someone is annoying me” procedure and if they continue to have problems they are instructed to then talk to the teacher on duty at the time of the incident. If they believe that their concern has not been adequately addressed they are encouraged to speak to their class teacher.

 • Children have the right at all times to speak to the Principal, Assistant Principal or any other staff member about issues, complaints or grievances they might have.


Code of Conduct for Parents/Visitors

A code of conduct for parents and visitors ensures that everyone who visits the school site is able to do so in a safe and harmonious manner and to ensure that students, staff, parents and other visitors are not subjected to aggressive or hostile behaviours.

Parents and visitors are expected to:

 • Treat all persons associated with the school with respect and courtesy

 • Ensure their child/children are punctual to class

 • Make appointments in advance of expecting to obtain an interview 

 • Discuss issues or concerns about the school, staff, students or parents through the correct procedures

 • Follow school procedures governing entry either at drive through or arriving after classes have commenced or leaving before the school day has finished.

We are very fortunate that our school community is very aware of the need to communicate effectively and appropriately to always maintain a safe and happy learning environment for all members of our school community.

School Attendance


Application for Extended Leave during School Terms.

National Standards have been established to ensure there is a consistent approach nationally to the collection and reporting of student attendance data.

As part of the implementation of the National Standards, holidays taken by students during school terms will now be included as absences. A Certificate of Exemption is NO LONGER REQUIRED for holidays taken during term time if the leave is less than 5 school days.

Families will be encouraged to take their holidays during the school holidays but if travel is necessary during the school term, parents need to 


For leave of 1 – 4 school days ~ Inform the class teacher in writing.

For leave of 5 or more school days ~ Write a letter of request addressed to the Principal prior to the commencement of the leave indicating the specific reason or purpose for the request of leave. You also need to complete paperwork and supply copies of travel documents and then receive a response from the Principal granting permission for the leave.


Monitor and Respond to Student Absence

The Class Teacher

 • Complete the class attendance each day

 • Informs the Principal of emerging patterns of absence.

 • The office follows up unaccounted absences by the end of the school day via SMS messages.

The Principal

 • Generates Student Attendance Summary Reports fortnightly.

 • Analyses absences and decide whether it is an issue of emerging absenteeism.

 • Informs parents of attendance concern when absenteeism is < 90%.

Absences & SMS Messaging


Absences from School

In the event of your child being absent from school the school will send an SMS to you. Please reply before 2pm with a simple explanation e.g. sick, unwell, appt or leave. This is all that is needed, and no written note is necessary. We require a SMS for our records otherwise your child’s absence will be marked as unexplained.

Should your child be absent for more than two days please notify the school by telephone or email.

Partial absences also require a reason by law and this is to be recorded and signed by the parent upon late arrival or early dismissal.

Reminder notes for days away without explanation are routinely sent home throughout the term.

This is how the system will work: 

1. Each morning at 9am, the teacher will take the class roll electronically.

2. If your child arrives after 9am, you must accompany your child to the office to sign a late note. Parents must not drop their children at the classroom after the bell.

3. After 9.30am, the office will send an SMS to the parent’s phone notifying them of the child’s absence.

4. Please reply asap when you receive the SMS before 2pm please.

5. The reply must include the child’s name and a valid reason only for the absence.

You may also phone the school, submit a skoolbag submission or email stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au explaining your child’s absence.


The SMS reply will act as the note explaining the child’s absence, so no paper note, email or phone call will need to be sent into school.

Friday 2nd August is School Census Day. 

All children should attend school on this day and absence should only be if it is absolutely necessary. If your child is absent, simply respond to the SMS sent from St Madeleine’s on the day by 10.00amexplaining their absence and their date of return to school. This is of course a requirement that applies to everyday of the school year, however, Census data is directly related to Government funding for our schools and the requirements outlined above are set by the Department of Education. Thank you for your co-operation.

School Fee Statements
Please note that school fee statements were posted on
23rd July 2019. If you have not received your statement, please email:  madl-khstfees@parra.catholic.edu.au and request a statement. The due date for school fees is 28 August 2019.

Upcoming Seminar - 'Understanding Family Law'

I“Understanding Family Law” will be held on Saturday 10th August, at St. Patrick’s Cathhedral Hall. It is hosted by CatholicCare, Solo Parent Services and presented by an Accredited Family Law Specialist.

This seminar will benefit, and is open to anyone who is experiencing a divorce or separation and would like to gain some knowledge around “Understanding the Family Law System”, which is a mine field!


As this is only run once per year, I ask if you could kindly send out the notice below to everyone in the school community through your school newsletter.  Flyer with details attached.

Seminar – Understanding Family Law  
CatholicCare Solo Parent Services is holding a two session Seminar on “Understanding Family Law”.  These sessions are presented by an Accredited Family Law Specialist and will be held on Saturday 10th August 2019. 

Session 1: 10am – 12pm – Understanding the Family Law Act – Focus on Divorce/Separation and Children’s needs.  

Session 2: 1pm – 3pm – Understanding the Family Law Act – Focus on Property Settlements.

Venue: St. Patrick’s Cathedral Parish Hall, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.  Entry and onsite parking via Boom gate on Victoria Rd. Cost: $10.00 per session. Registration Essential: Contact - Rita - PH: 8843 2575 or email:  soloparentservices@ccss.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/

Download St Madeleine Sophie Bulletin
28th July, 2019

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

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