Diary Dates:
Term 4, 2019

► Friday 27 September

End of Term 3

► Monday 14 October

Staff Development Day/
Student Free Day

► Tuesday 15 October

Term 4 Begins -
Students Return
(summer uniform)

► Friday 18 October

Yr 3 Excursion

► 21-25 October

K-2 Swimming Program



Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 27 September, 2019 | Term 3, Week 10

Dear Parents and Friends,

We are at the end of another busy term and it is a time to reflect on the progress we have made in our teaching and learning.  I see the maturity developing in our Kinder and Year 1 students and see how they have become such a confident group of students at St Madeleine’s. Students regularly visit me with their work and I have been so impressed with the outstanding writing from some of our Year 6 students. I remarked to these students that I was not able to write such descriptive text when I was their age in Year 6 at the little convent school in the central west of NSW! Then this term we had our Speaking Competition and again I marvel at the ability and confidence our students display with public speaking. You all certainly give your children rich experiences to draw from when writing and speaking.

I will be taking a few weeks Long Service Leave at the beginning of Term 4. I am very pleased to let you know that, in my absence, Mrs Jefferson will be Acting Principal and Mrs Fisher will be taking up the responsibility of Acting Assistant Principal. I return just in time to meet our 2020 Kinder parents for the Kinder Parents Information Evening on  7th November.

I can imagine you are all looking forward to a break from the hectic routine that is family life these days. I marvel at the opportunities you are able to give your children and think that they are very fortunate indeed to be in your family and our community. I hope the children will spend some time off devices and out in the fresh air enjoying this gorgeous weather.

Please pay attention to what your children are doing when they are online during the holidays. Sometimes, when we get back to school, I spend the first week sorting out upset  relationships caused by thoughtless online disrespectful banter. Fortunately, since we have had yearly visits by our Police Liaison Officer from the Castle Hill Area Command, we have had far less incidents of online bullying.  However, as teachers and parents, we must be vigilant and remind our children to be respectful and safe when engaging with social media. I will be inviting Senior Constable West to St Madeleine’s in Term 4 to remind all students, Years 3 - 6, of their responsibilities when using devices to communicate with each other.

Thank you to the parents who came to school last Thursday to help Mr MacDougall clear out some items from under the school. We were able to tidy up some areas and clear the space of clutter and broken furniture and fittings. Mr MacDougall said the parents were a wonderful help and he appreciated their efforts very much.

Enjoy this very well earnt holiday everyone!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"Peace entails a conversion of heart and soul.
It is a challenge that demands to be taken up ever anew."

Pope Francis@Pontifex


Every Learner Every Day                                Attendance rate to date is 81.3%


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 no 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

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Kids benefit from a mixture of two parenting approaches. On the one hand, they benefit from an approach that provides nurturance, builds strong relationships and offers strong emotional support. They also need a style that sets behavioural boundaries, challenges them to face their fears and promotes independence from an early age. 

This combination of nurturance and firmness is known as an authoritative style according to the work of researcher Diane Baumrind who studied parenting styles in Western countries. A purely nurturant style is known as a permissive style, while a singularly firm style is known as authoritarian. 

When discussing the authoritative approach, it’s easiest to use a dog and cat metaphor. If you have a dog, you’ll know it’s usually friendly and wants to show love, affection and attention. The ‘dog’ style of parenting is relational, empathetic and warm. Cats, on the other hand, are different. They are usually self-sufficient and generally able to live quite happily without you. To develop the metaphor, a ‘cat’ style of parent is more able to set limits, more likely to challenge kids and encourage them to become self-sufficient. They can separate themselves from their kids, step back and not allow emotions to rule decision-making. 

Warm cat, firm dog 

Which of these two styles do you identify with? If you defer to one, then you may have to work a little harder on more consciously to bring the other to the table. In reality, many parents working in a partnership with each other will share the dog-cat loads, just as they sometimes play good cop, bad cop when they are less than perfect. Sole parents need to be firm cat and nurturant dog all in one package, which is challenging as we tend to default to one style over the other. 

Don’t mix the two approaches up 

Get your cat and dog wrong and you’ll be ineffective. If your first approach when a child is anxious is to be distant and unapproachable, then you’re not meeting your child’s emotional needs. If you meet poor behaviour with a friendly smile or an indecisive manner, then you will not be providing your child with the guidance they require. Get your response right – meet anxiety with dog-like warmth and poor behaviour with cat-like firmness – and you are giving your kids what’s required in each situation.

Keep the approaches separate 

A common mistake is the failure of adults to separate the two approaches. Imagine your son coming home from school very upset. You are not sure what’s wrong, but you keep an eye out just the same. The next minute he hurls an insult at his younger sister, causing her to come to you for support. You remonstrate with your son, then sympathetically ask what’s troubling him. Most likely you’ll get a confused response from your son, as you’ve mixed management – a cat-like behaviour – with counselling – a dog-like trait. It’s best to keep the two approaches separate. 

In this example, it would be better for you to remonstrate with your son about his behaviour and perhaps send him to his room. Then, when things have calmed down, speak to him quietly about any problems or worries that he may have. This separation will ensure that the firmness of the cat is effective and then gives some time and a different space for the more dog-like approach to work its magic. 

The cat-dog framework is a practical way to ensure that your child receives the type of parenting they need to suit different situations.

Sunday 29 September 2019:


Lk 16:19-31
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

During your life good things came your way just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted while you are in agony.


Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” “My son,” Abraham replied, “remember that during your life good things come your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.”

‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning, so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” “They have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them.” “Ah no, father Abraham,” said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”’

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 THANKS


“If we can realise that everything is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is his gift. He is our strength!” (Pope Francis in St Peter's Square Oct 13th)


We would like to express our most sincere thanks and gratitude for the overwhelming support of the mufti day for our church. Our community is one of genuine interest and concern for what is happening at the time. Whether it’s supporting Project Compassion, the House of Welcome during Refugee Week or St Vincent DePaul’s’ Winter Appeal, our community always says yes to God’s call to listen and respond to the other. This is a major strength of the St Madeleine’s community.


The total donation of theMufti Day is $1965 and money previously donated for the church is $300. This gives an amazing total of $2265. A decision will be made very soon regarding the purchase of an item for our church. This will be published at a later date.


Our new church will be a most magnificent and holy place where together we can maintain and rediscover our faith on a daily basis. 


May God bless all our families.

Diversity is the Norm

For many families, one of the most appealing aspects of being part of a Catholic school community are the qualities of inclusiveness and acceptance. We embrace children and all aspects of diversity, whether it be cultural, learning or disability. To be a truly inclusive community means that our children feel accepted and are given every opportunity to reach their full potential.

In NSW Catholic schools, more than 18 per cent of the student population require adjustments to their learning to accommodate their inclusion in school. For many years, Catholic Education Department of Parramatta has advocated the statement ‘diversity is the norm’. Diversity comes in many forms; students with learning difficulties, speech and language delays, dyslexia, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes….the list goes on. Being inclusive means we willingly accept all students, providing adjustments to ensure they are safe, happy, healthy and successful learners.

From a teaching perspective, every day in our schools, teachers are making adjustments to their programs to ensure students who have diverse learning needs are reaching their individual learning goals. We work closely with parents, often establishing individual learning plans to ensure that the family, student and school are on the same page and working towards the same learning outcomes. Our aim is for every child to experience success in their learning at school.

The Disability Standards also require that all education providers in every sector,  develop and implement strategies to prevent harassment and victimisation of people with disability. Harassment in this case means any action that is likely to humiliate, offend, intimidate or distress a person with disability. Harassment and victimisation of students with disability is unlawful and education providers are required to take all reasonable steps to prevent this from happening.


Every student in our community has the right to fully participate in all aspects of school life, both academically and socially and all students are provided the opportunity to interact with their peers in a safe, respectful manner. 


Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

The last fortnight has been a very worthwhile time in Wellbeing.

The students have enjoyed learning about their various topics and have had time to consolidate their learning over the two week period.


Check out what’s been happening for your children below:

Stage 1

We discussed Mrs. Black’s favourite topic this fortnight - Growth Mindset.

Do you have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?

We can flip our mindset over like a pancake. When you are thinking “this is too hard”, flip it over into “I can do this if I try hard”.

Having a growth mindset is very important for our Wellbeing now and in the future.

Stage 2

This fortnight we had the pleasure of discussing our friendships.

Reflecting on the people in our life both old and young helps us to figure out who is trustworthy, kind and makes us feel safe. 

We have friends our whole lives, so finding good ones is really important. 

Many people can celebrate friendships that have lasted over long periods of time.

Stage 3


This fortnight we have been spending time reflecting on the goals that we set.

This is a core competency of self-awareness.

Reflecting on our goals and acknowledging the challenges is a vital skill in replicating success or avoiding mistakes in the future. 

What a feeling we get when we finally reach our goals!!!

Have a lovely holiday and I am looking forward to continuing teaching these vital learnings to your children again next term.


Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

Stage 2 Touch Gala Day


On Friday 13th September, 4 teams from Year 3 and 4 attended a Touch Football Gala Day. It was a wonderful day with beautiful warm weather.


All teams played their hardest and showed great sportsmanship. 


Huge thankyou  to the dad’s that coached on the day: Mr Jabre, Mr Dorahy, Mr Papllp, Mr Farraway and Mr Arnold.

MacKillop Athletics

On Monday 16th September Emily Knight and Mikayla Muscat competed at the CPS MacKillop Athletics Carnival at Homebush. The girls showed wonderful spirit and athletics skills. 


Emily Knight – 200m – 14th, High Jump – 9th 


Mikayla Muscat 100m – 4th, 200m – 4th, Long Jump – 9th, High Jump – 3rd

Mikayla had the honour of being selected to carry the Australian Flag at the Opening Ceremony. 

We wish Mikayla the very best of luck at NSWPSSA Athletics Carnival next term.

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Ukulele and Guitar Club - Years 2-6

The Ukulele and Guitar Club will take place again during Term 4 on Thursday mornings from 8:20am in the music demountable room. 


We welcome any newcomers, with or without prior experience. There are Ukuleles available for borrowing during lessons - guitars are “bring your own.” 


We cover a variety of musical styles and have the opportunity to perform on stage at the end of the term.


Please contact Mrs Stevenson ( Yr 2 teacher) if you would like to take part.

Year 6 Parents
Uniform Transition

Hillsbus Update
Wet Weather Car Pick-up

KB: Isabelle Azzopardi & Flynn Adamcewicz
KW: Stella Circosta & Oliver Tran 
1B: Jordan Simpson & Joshua Carlino
1W: Alana Mouhayet & Marcus Cooke
2B: Ellie Boston & Riley Austin-Smith
2W: Sachin Hudson & Angus Weir

3B: Lilly Garside & Flynn Morris
3W: Max Allsop & Grace Bracken
4B: Jack Morrison & Lillian Lovett
4W: Hugo Adamcewicz & TIana Attia
5B: Tyce Gil, Cooper Mair & Nate Coddington
5W: Alessia Cauchi & Joshua White
6B: Imogen Weekes & Mikayla Muscat
6W: Archie Manassen and Eden Whiffen
Social Skills: Lily Zahra 2B & Eden Whiffen 6W
Sport: Jack Buchanan 2B & Jacob Tasses 6B
Did you know you can order your child’s recess on Munch Monitor?
Select  "Recess" and order anything from the full menu.

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. The Roster for Term 4 will be available in the next newsletter. 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

OPEN: Tuesdays 8am - 11am
PHONE: 9654 6761
EMAIL: StMadeleinesPS@theschoollocker.com.au
WEBSITE: www.theschoollocker.com.au



A reminder that we have several children at St Madeleine’s who are at risk of suffering a severe allergic reaction (Anaphylactic Shock) if exposed to eggs, nuts, horse hair and other allergies. In order to help the school to manage allergies and to ensure that we provide our best duty of care, we would appreciate your co-operation in thinking about what food you send to school with your children.


Infectious Diseases


Principals must consult with the Public Health Unit about children not immunised during an outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases including whether a child is to be excluded from school and for what duration.


Parents/Guardians are required to:

Inform the school immediately if their child is diagnosed with any Infectious diseases or have been in contact with an infected person.

Comply with recommended periods of exclusion as determined by the school Principal in consultation with the Public Health Unit for e.g. Diphtheria, Mumps, Poliomyelitis, Haemophilus influenza Type B (Hib), Measles, Tetanus, Chicken Pox, Meningococcal Disease, Rubella (“German measles”), Pertussis (“whooping cough”), Head Lice, Parvovirus (Slap Cheek), Impetigo (School sores), Threadworms, Gastroenteritis, Glandular Fever, Molluscum Contagiosum, Conjunctivitis, Scarlet Fever, Hepatitis A


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.


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.

The Sound of Music

We are delighted to note that Zoe Lang from Year 6 is performing soon in The Sound of Music Musical in the RED cast group and she wants you all to know so you can come and enjoy the show! Congratulations Zoe!
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
22 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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