Diary Dates:
Term 3, 2019

► Sunday 18 August

Sacrament of Eucharist Session 1 - 4:30pm

► Wednesday 22 August

Fizzics Ed Science of Sound workshops Yr 1 & Yr 2
Morning tea with Mrs Black Staffroom @ 9am

► Friday 23 August

Diocesan Athletics Carnival
Kindy Calmsley Hill City Farm Excursion

► Monday 26 August

Fathers Day Stall

► Thursday 29 August

Father's Day/Jersey Day

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 15 August, 2019 | Term 3, Week 4

Dear Parents and Friends,

There are so many things I love about St Madeleine’s! As a truly welcoming community, every child is accepted and supported to reach his or her full potential.

As you know, some students require more support at school, both in their learning and in the management of their behaviour. We are strongly committed to working together with families to meet the needs of these students, both in the classroom and the playground. 

From time to time, parents and carers approach me to seek information about the particular ways in which the school is responding to students with additional needs. As you can appreciate, our commitment to the privacy and dignity of each child means that it is not possible to discuss these matters with the families of other children. With the focus on supporting and protecting every young person in our care, we encourage this approach from parents as well.

I want to reassure you that our skilled staff work closely on student behaviour management to ensure that the learning needs of all students are being well met. Every child has a right to feel safe and to learn, as well as to participate appropriately in the social life of the school. If you have concerns about these matters, I continue to encourage you to contact your child’s teacher and would also be very pleased to hear from you directly. 

For many families, one of the most appealing aspects of being part of a Catholic school community is the chance to be welcomed and to belong. My heartfelt thanks for everything you do to put these Catholic values into action so that all students and their families can participate and flourish in our community.

This week I am a little saddened to be farewelling Mrs Marcia Keenan and the Keenan/Mifsud family. Marcia and her family are moving out of the area for a time. We wish the Keenan-Mifsud family every success and happiness as they share their skills with another fortunate community. 

I am very pleased to let you know that Mr Duncan DeCelis has accepted the position of Sport/PE teacher here at St Madeleine’s for the remainder of the year. Duncan begins with us next week. Please introduce yourself and welcome him to St Madeleine’s when you have the opportunity.


Have a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


" Indigenous peoples, with their variety of languages, cultures, traditions,

and ancestral knowledge, remind us that we are all responsible for

the care of Creation, which God has entrusted to us."

Pope Francis@Pontifex

Every Learner Every Day                                Attendance rate to date is 82.8%


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

School Year Attendance Level















A Message from Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv

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.

Thursday 15 August 2019:


Lk 1:39-56
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The Almighty has done great things for me; he has lifted up the lowly.

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

And Mary said:

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

and my spirit exults in God my saviour;

because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.

Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,

for the Almighty has done great things for me.

Holy is his name,

and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm,

he has routed the proud of heart.

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.

He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy

– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –

of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

Sunday 18 August 2019:


Lk 12:49-53
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

I have come not to give peace, but discord.  

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over!

‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’
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.

Praying With Your Families

In strong Catholic faith-filled families and communities, there are many occasions when we gather together to pray for and with each other. Our traditional Catholic prayers have been passed on from generation to generation. Please refer to the following prayers and pray with your family at every opportunity.

  • Sign of the Cross

  • Morning & Evening prayers

  • Grace before & after meals

  • Hail Mary

  • The Angelus

  • The Lord’s Prayer - Our Father

  • Glory Be to the Father

  • Nicene Creed

  • Responses to the Mass

  • Act of Contrition

Share the following link with your family to understand and prayer the Rosary with your family.


The Rosary in Two Minutes


Student Collaboration

21st century classrooms are designed physically to promote student collaboration. Agile learning spaces support the power of the social aspect of learning. This social experience is encouraged, as it allows students to develop shared understandings, engage in debate and develop collective action towards a shared goal. 


Learning experiences are designed to promote peer collaboration and provide regular opportunities for discussion and feedback. The social experience of 21st century learning supports student confidence, as it allows students to act as learning resources for one another. They have opportunities to work towards goals of individual and collective learning, guided by teacher input and feedback. Collaboration allows learners to use the power of peer to peer interactions to enhance their learning and the learning of others (McDowell, 2017).


Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

What a pleasure teaching Wellbeing this week. Here is what we have been up to this past fortnight:

K - 2: Reflecting on the Week: Self-Awareness


Students learn about the importance of reflecting on what has happened during their week. That way they can repeat what went well and learn from the things that didn’t go so well. We talked and wrote about our weeks, giving it score based on how we felt at the end of each week.

3 - 4: Empathy: Social Awareness

Students learn about Empathy and why it is important to be empathetic towards others. God calls us to be empathetic creatures and take care of each other. We responded to various scenarios of opportunities to show empathy.

5 - 6: Show Gratitude: Self-Awareness


Students learn about the importance of being grateful for people and things in their lives as it will help them to develop optimistic thinking skills.

It was lovely to read their ‘gratitude statements’ that they placed in a class jar-many of them expressing the gratitude they feel towards their parents for all that you do for them.

Have a lovely fortnight!

Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

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

NSWPSSA Athletics

Congratulations to Mikayla Muscat who competed at the NSWPSSA Championships last Thursday at Homebush. Mikayla competed in the 100m and 200m events. She finished 1st in her heat and 8th in the final for the 200m and 10th in her heat and 11th in the final for 100m. What an outstanding achievement Mikayla at such a high level.

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

Fathers Day BBQ
Fathers Day Stall

Year 5 Personal
Development Program

KB: Ethan Bishton & Sophia Habkouk
KW: Cavalli Rahme and Mason Blake
1B: Darcy Guy & Sienna Nassif
1W: Hayley Trigger & Hayden Crema
2B: Alfie Manassen & Sasha Kuntze
2W: Caleb Liddle & Ella Paki

3B: Lachlan Meehan & Jacob Cole
3W: Georgia Commisso & Isaac Ellis
4B: Lily Starr & Jack Morrison
4W: Kaitlyn Farr and Eden Zahra

5B: Ryan Davies & Bianka Jakovljevic
5W: Thomas Kuntz & Diesel Pye
6B: Harlan Engelhardt and Damien Hyde
6W: Alexander Lawson & Angelus Nashed
Social Skills: Samuel Bragg & Michael O’Brien
Sport: Lachlan Bisoglio (5W) and Elijah John (5W)
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 19/8
Vanessa Abood, Renee Giorgiutti
Tuesday 20/8
Senena Bragg, Natalie Commisso
Wednesday 21/8
Stacie Covington, Andrew Howe
Thursday 22/8
Melissa Crema, Leesa Angles-Corke
Friday 23/8
Jessica Barker, Angela Cheers

Monday 26/8
Erin Boffo, Senena Bragg
Tuesday 27/8
Nicole Jakovljevic, Mel Keddie
Wednesday 28/8
Melanie Sultana, Louise MacNamara
Thursday 29/8
Senena Bragg, Teresa Sakkal
Friday 30/8
Tori Papallo, Jasna Susnjara

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.

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.

Building Young People to Face Modern Day Challenges

This Year the Parent Representative Council (PRC) Wellbeing presentations are focused on student, parent, family and spiritual Wellbeing.  The Term 3 presentation will be held on Monday 26 August at 7.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm) at St Andrews Primary School, Marayong.

The topic being presented is Building Young People to Face Modern Day Challenges, with guest speaker James Camden, Director of Catholic Youth Parramatta.

We are also inviting High School aged Children to attend this meeting with a caregiver or parent.

The PRC has had overwhelming requests from parents to have a presentation to cover this topic.  We would love to see as many people as possible attend the event and bring along another parent or caregiver from our community.

James will speak about the modern day challenges facing our young people as revealed through a number of recent national and local surveys, Diocesan student forums and countless candid conversations with young people in the Diocese of Parramatta. The presentation will explore a culture of belonging, Wellbeing and positive engagement. He will outline what and how his team is able to assist young people to face these modern day challenges.

Thank you for supporting the work of the PRC.

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
11 August, 2019

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

28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst, NSW 2156

Update Profile/Email Address