Diary Dates:
Term 3, 2019

► Friday 13 September

Sacrament of Eucharist Practice 6pm OR 7:15pm

► Saturday 14 September

The Exaltation of the
Holy Cross

► Sunday 15 September

Celebration Sacrament of Eucharist 11:45am

► Monday 16 September

Yr 3 Lego Robotics Incursion

► Friday 20 September

Debating Celebration
Sacrament of Eucharist Practice - 7pm

► Sunday 22 September

Celebration Sacrament of Eucharist 11:45am
► Monday 23 September
Mufti Day - Donations for building the new Church



Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 12 September, 2019 | Term 3, Week 8

Dear Parents and Friends,

It was magnificent to welcome our Grandparents to school on Tuesday! What a blessing it is to have these significant people in the lives of our families. They love and support their children and their grandchildren unconditionally. I can only imagine that our families appreciate the love and support right back! Mrs Kathy Fisher prepared a gorgeous liturgy, celebration and morning tea for our guests and the Lord blessed us with beautiful weather. Thank you everyone for enabling such a celebration of community here at Kenthurst.

Our new church is almost complete and we are hoping to be able to purchase a significant  item that will be used at Masses with our school communities. In order to increase our donations we have decided to have a Crazy Hair Mufti Day on Monday 23rd September so that all families have the opportunity to donate to this most worthy cause. Many parishioners have already made significant donations to the fixtures and fittings in the new church and I look forward to conferring with Mrs Campbell in deciding what our donation will be. Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.

The bushfire season has commenced and last week we sent home an outline of our procedures if a bushfire threatens the school. It is important that the office at Parramatta (CEDP) has your most up to date contact details. If you are a family who is yet to confirm your details with CEDP, we urge you to do so, so we can be confident that all our families will receive the important information and updates as needed. 

This term our teachers have been involved in Professional Learning in the curriculum area of DANCE. The teachers have loved this opportunity to refine their skills in this strand of Creative Arts. Last weekend I enjoyed the performance of West Side Story at the Opera House and I marvelled at the athleticism and skill of the dancers. The male dancers impressed me and I wondered how many of our boys would love to pursue a career in the area of dance. I reflected that Hugh Jackman said he only learnt to dance when he was 17 years old. He was discouraged to join a dance academy before this time as his older brother said “it was for sissies”. Needless to say, he began formal dance lessons as an older teenager and was a natural who excelled.

Our NSW Dance syllabus involves students Performing, Composing and Appreciating dance movements and styles. In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. Dance lessons can help children improve their social skills and enable them to communicate better, learn teamwork and develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation with their peers. Dancing is also a highly physical activity, and children that dance regularly will have significant improvement in their overall physical health. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. It is also a great deal of fun! We are fortunate to have Mrs Masters, who is particularly skilled in this area and willingly shares her skills and talents with other members of staff. If your son or daughter expresses a desire to learn to dance, give them a go...it might be just their thing!  

Last weekend the Catholic Church in Australia marked Child Protection Sunday. On this day we prayed for those who had been abused by people they respected or trusted. We prayed for their families and all who support them. The Catholic Church, our schools and everyone involved in the care and wellbeing of the young and vulnerable in our society, recommit to ensuring we provide the safest possible places for our children and young people.

The artificial turf will be laid at the Flagpole Garden in the first weekend of the next school holidays. It is quite a process and I am hoping for minimal disruption as the students return on the Tuesday after our Staff Development Day on Monday 14th October.

Wishing you a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"The Lord is the first to trust in you, and He also invites you to trust in yourselves; He invites you to encourage one another,

and join Him in writing the most beautiful page of your lives."

Pope Francis@Pontifex


Every Learner Every Day                                Attendance rate to date is 81.4%


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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We do a lot for our kids, because we love them and often they need us. But we forget that one of the best things we can do for our kids is to help them learn to do for themselves and for others. 

Do you ask your kids to do chores, to help out on a regular basis? You would be surprised how many parents – who were raised doing chores – don’t ask the same of their kids. If you do give them chores, do you sometimes go behind them and redo the work when they’re done? Don’t! If it’s not done right, get your child to fix it. 

When I ask why parents don’t give chores or why they don’t challenge their kids with hard things – and I do, all over the world – parents tell me it’s because kids are too... busy! They’re working their tails off on classwork, teams, clubs, groups, trying to excel at 100 different things! So adults are willing to take on every other responsibility in their lives in order to facilitate these goals. And it’s hurting kids. 

We drive them everywhere – fewer teens are seeking drivers’ licences each year. We type their work, do their research and try to buy them anything they or we think might possibly increase their success. We solve every problem and bulldoze over every potential obstacle. And kids accept this as the natural order of things. 

We are stepping in front of our kids, when in fact we should be stepping back and allowing our kids to step up. 

It’s sounds like tough love, but it’s not. This is parenting. This is making sure that our kids, in just a few short years, don’t still need us to do everything for them. Our kids know that we are expert problem-solvers. Now it’s their turn to step up and learn to help themselves and others. 

So how can we let kids step up? Here are a few tips you can try right now with kids of any age. 

1. When your child or teen comes to you with a problem, don’t fix it. Say “You’re a good problem-solver. What do you think?” And then listen to the answer. 

2. Expect them to fail, and talk about what they’ll do when (not if) that happens. 

3. Give them tasks to do that help the whole family (not only themselves) and make sure they do them, until it’s done well. Be patient, but firm. 

It’s crucial that you take a step back and let your kids make mistakes and learn from their experiences. You aren’t going to be there in adulthood to clear the obstacles they face or solve the struggles. They eventually will have to make decisions and find solutions on their own and they will be ill-prepared if they weren’t allowed to make those mistakes under supervision while you’re right there to show empathy and give support!

You may be thinking “but what if there’s an emergency and I have to jump in?” Well, first define emergency. 

Two percent of the time, kids need an adult to jump in front of them and solve the problem. They need an adult to protect them from a life-threatening issue that overwhelms their internal resources such as when they experience bullying, mental health issues and eating disorders. 

The other ninety-eight percent of the time kids need a compassionate adult to take an interest, from a distance, without fixing anything. So step back so that a child or a young person can step up and handle problems and dilemmas themselves. 

You can attend our upcoming webinar, Step back so kids step up, at no cost! About the webinar Children and teenagers are capable of so much more than they are often given credit for. Closing the expectation gap between what adults believe kids and young adults are capable of, and allowing them to create their own solutions to the challenges they face will greatly impact their resilience, and society as a whole. In this webinar, Dr. G will outline the practicalities of doing that, and the guiding principles that will make it possible. 

When Wednesday 18 September 2019 8:00pm AEST. 

Price This webinar is $37 per person to attend, and is free of charge to families at schools that have a membership. 

How parents can redeem the voucher

1. Click this link: https://www.parentingideas.com.au/parent-resources/parent-webinars/webinar-step-back-so- kids-step-up
2. Click ‘Add to cart’
3. Click ‘View cart’
4. Enter the voucher code
STEP and click ‘Apply Coupon’ (valid until 18 October 2019). Your discount of $37 will be applied.
5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
6. Fill in your account details. These details are used to login to your account and access your parenting material
7. Click ‘Place Order’ 

Sunday 15 September 2019:


Lk 15:1 1-10
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

There will be joy in heaven over one sinner who does penance.

The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them:

‘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.

‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’

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.

Mufti Day - Building the Church Together


There will be a mufti day on Monday 23 September to help support contributions towards the building of our new church. Students may wear suitable and comfortable clothing. Please ensure your child has sleeves covering their shoulders and enclosed shoes (e.g. joggers) for this event.


Please be generous in your support.

Growth Mindset

Students with a growth mindset understand that intelligence is not fixed, but rather is something that can be developed and nurtured under the right conditions. 


One way to develop a growth mindset in students, is to teach them to become comfortable with errors and see them as learning opportunities. By reflecting on their performance and using feedback, students can improve their own learning. Teachers support and guide students through this process by teaching them to see their mistakes as part of the learning process. To be a successful learner, students need to have both perseverance and patience. Perseverance to push through challenges and patience to know that it can take time to really consolidate learning.


When students have a growth mindset, they take action to improve their learning, understanding that with the right feedback and self reflection they have the capacity to succeed. We want students to realise that through great effort and strategy they can improve their learning. 


Growth mindset is more than just a belief that they can learn at high levels, it’s taking deliberate actions to facilitate this growth.


Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

The students were very pleased to share all their special/important items with the class in Stage 1. From pets to photos-they were all their most significant items. 

Stage 2 shared some events with each other that went well and some that did not go so well. We discussed that we can learn from negative experiences. 

Stage 3 are forming some worthwhile goals for themselves. Some of them found this difficult and this allowed those students to think about their interests and what is important to them. This gave them direction and something to work towards to improve themselves.

A very worthwhile fortnight in Wellbeing.

K - 2: Mindful Silence: Self-Management


Students learnt about the importance of mindfulness. We participated in a ‘GoNoodle: melting’ meditation and mindfulness experience in Week 7. In week 8 we used a different mindfulness experience: Mindful Silence. Here we focused on using the senses to block out distractions and practised being silent. 

A very worthwhile fortnight. I highly recommend GoNoodle for Well-being experiences for children.

3 - 4: Ingredients for Friendship: Relationship Skills

This fortnight we learnt what makes a good friend. Understanding what makes a friend “good” helps us to be a good friend in return. 

We also discussed how to notice friendship traits in others. 

How can we be a better friend to others?

5 - 6: Sticking to your Goal: Self-Management


Students listed ways they can help themselves commit to the goals they set previously. Practising setting, committing to and reaching goals is an extremely valuable, lifelong skill. 

Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

Diocesan Athletics

Congratulations to all the students that competed at the Diocesan Athletics Carnival on Friday 23rd August. Beautiful weather, great competitors and sportsmanship. We wish the following students the very best of luck at the MacKillop Athletics Carnival on Monday 16th September. 


Emily Knight - 11 Year Girls - 200m (4th), High Jump (4th)  


Mikayla Muscat - 11 Year Girls - 100m (2nd)200m (1st), Long Jump (2nd), High Jump (2nd)


A huge congratulations to: Mikayla Muscat – 11 Year Girl Age Champion


What an amazing achievement at Diocesan Level.

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Staff will be at school working together on the new Religious Education Curriculum. We will also complete our CPR and First Aid training. Please make alternate care arrangements for your children on this day. 

All students return to school in their summer uniform on Tuesday 15th October.

Note to Yr5 Parents Re:

Mrs Pittas' Long Service Leave


Health Alert - Influenza A
St Madeleine's Bushfire Response Plan for upcoming Bushfire Season
Payment for Yr6 Graduation Dinner & Festivities due 27/9

KB: Indiana Learmont & Jonah Tadros
KW: Luca Monardo & Emma Anderson
1B: Mikhael Bechara & Ava Gioiello
1W: Tyson Mills & Sebastian Zec
2B: Lily Zahra & Cooper Martyn
2W: Hayden Bailey & Grace Commisso

3B: Molly Foxall & Cody Weekes
3W: Scarlett Hyde & Rocky Gault
4B: Fabio Gregory & Matteo Colasuonno
4W: Jack O’Brien & Uday Singh
5B: Thomas Baker, Christian Blake & Isaac Khoudair
5W: Nathan Duval & Cooper Fradd
6B: Cillian Miller and William Easton
6W: Alessio Colasuonno & Ayva Reeves
Social Skills: Angus Weir 2W & Jordan Sakaal 5B
Sport: Dominic Bruggeling 5W & Dylan Sakkal (2w)
KB: Elias Nassif & Emilia Dorahy
KW: Archie Zarah & Eve Covington
1B: Andie Scott & Harry Moroney
1W: Charlyze Donoso & Luca Scavo
2B: Gabriella Zreiby & Alfie Manassen
2W: Lachan Dorahy & Nicola Papageorgiou

3B: Isabella Zrieby & Poppy O’Brien
3W: Sophia Howe & Max Allsop
4B: Arkady Popov and Addison
4W: Julie Putnam & Riley Paki
5B: Lee Coco & Brodie Dahlen
5W: Charlize Zreiby & Daniel Murdocca
6B: Tiahna Russell and Grace Liddle
6W: Sienna Angles-Corke & Riley Cheers
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.

VOLUNTEER ROSTER Simone Dahlan - Friday 13 September

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 16/9
Vanessa Abood, Renee Giorgiutti
Tuesday 17/9
Nicole Foxall, Liana Wall
Wednesday 18/9
Stacie Covington, Andrew Howe
Thursday 19/9
Melissa Crema, Leesa Angles-Corke
Friday 20/9
Vanessa Gioiello, Melissa Murdocca
Monday 23/9
Erin Boffo, Senena Bragg
Tuesday 249
Nicole Jakovljevic, Mel Keddie
Wednesday 25/9
Melanie Sultana, Natalie Commisso
Thursday 26/9
Sarah Scott, Louise MacNamara
Friday 27/8
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.

Changing Schools


When a student under 17 years of age leaves school with an unknown destination the school has the responsibility to inform the Department of Education and Training of the name and last known contact details for the student concerned. Please contact the school office and provide details if you are changing schools.

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 was 28 August 2019.

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
8 September, 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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