Diary Dates:
Term 4, 2019

► 12-13 November

Kindergarten 2020
Uniform Fittings &
Kindergarten Testing

► 13-14 November

NSWPSSA Athletics

► 14-15 November

Year 6 Retreat

► Monday 18 November

Kindergarten 2020
Orientation Day

► Thursday 21 November

Morning Tea with
Mrs Black - 9.00am



Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 7 November, 2019 | Term 4, Week 4

Dear Parents and Friends,


Last week I was delighted to receive an invitation from Father Vince to the opening and dedication Mass for our new church. This is a momentous occasion in the St Madeleine’s community and one that I am very much looking forward to celebrating. We are truly blessed to be provided with such a beautiful communal space where we can worship and pray as a truly Catholic community. The opening will be celebrated on Sunday 24th November commencing at 9:30am with a procession from the current church, followed by lunch. I look forward to celebrating this wonderful occasion with you all.


Term 4 continues to be a time of significant professional learning for our teachers. Last week we had the opportunity to work with Mary Devane (learning support teacher), myself and Lisa Finnan (CEDP) a lead teacher specialising in diversity. This professional learning outlined the legislative requirements of schools in providing for students with diverse learning needs and focused on building teacher capacity in delivering curriculum that is appropriately differentiated for all students. We are so fortunate to have access to such expertise, continually supporting teachers in refining practice and developing their knowledge. 


This week our Stage 3 students will be visiting Dee Why Beach to participate in a surf education excursion. As part of their PDHPE development, students will be involved in discussions about why we have particular rules and strategies that allow for  safe participation in a beach setting. The purpose of the excursion is to teach students how they can adapt and perform movement skills through a range of swimming and water rescue skills. It is vital that children are made aware of the imminent danger of the surf and educated with essential life skills when being in or around the water. The Stage 3 students are extremely excited to be given this wonderful opportunity. 


Last Thursday the Year 6 students ran their annual mission day event. Students from Year 6 set up market stalls with all sorts of games, food and entertainment. There were sweet stalls, lolly guessing competitions, water pistol games and more!! Students had a wonderful time exploring the stalls and purchasing items. Year 6 had an extremely successful day raising over $2300 for Catholic Mission!! Thank you to all the parents of our Year 6 students who supported the children so generously in the planning of their stalls, allowing the students to be successful in their fundraising efforts. Congratulations Year 6!!  


The P and F meeting for Term 4 was held last Monday. During the meeting we reflected on the many fundraising initiatives that have been facilitated this year by our dedicated team and also discussed plans for 2020. The work done by our P and F committee raises essential funds that enables the purchasing of resources and equipment to support student learning at St Madeleine’s. We are truly blessed to have such a committed team that continually gives of their time and energy to support the school. The annual nomination meeting will be held on Monday 2nd December and I look forward to welcoming any new or existing parents who may be interested in taking up these essential roles next year. 


This Thursday evening 7th December, we look forward to welcoming our new 2020 Kinder families to the St Madeleine’s community. This event will take place in the library, commencing at 7pm. The kindergarten teachers Ms Natalie Williams and Mrs Natalie Honey will be presenting to the parents, along with Mrs Kathy Fisher, myself and a representative from the P and F ~ Mrs Melissa Crema. Mrs Black will be returning from leave this Thursday so fortunately will be able to attend and join us in welcoming our new families. This is a wonderful opportunity  for our new families to meet and learn from our current parents about all aspects of the St Madeleine’s community.


Next week is Week 5 and so at St Madeleine’s we celebrate No Homework Week! This is your family’s opportunity to create some space or do an activity together. Enjoy!


Wishing you all a very happy week!


Mrs Jodi Jefferson

Acting Principal

"This is a time of mercy; this is a time of The Lord's compassion.
Let us open our hearts so that He may come to us."

Pope Francis@Pontifex

From sharing pictures of a child’s first day at school to key moments at high school, many adults don’t consider the potential risks or breach of future privacy for kids. In fact, it is now become a ritual to announce the full name and date of birth of a child online within hours of them being born. This is just the beginning of a child’s digital footprint.

Although children are now ‘born digital’, exposure in the online world can present just as many risks as the physical world can pose. Images and identifying details can be used for numerous activities that put your child at risk, from stalking, to cyberbullying, identity theft, and even digital kidnapping.

The Australian eSafety Commission warns that half of all images on paedophile image-sharing sites originate from social media sites and blogs. Parents are responsible for protecting kids until they are old enough to make their own decisions about their online presence.

So, what can parents do?
Start by ‘thinking privacy’ before posting images of children online. You’ll be protecting their digital footprint and setting them up for a healthy relationship with the digital world.

Seek consent
Always ask others before sharing images of their children, even your family. Speak up about how you feel about images of your child being shared. When your child is old enough, ask them for consent, empowering them to understand they have a right to their privacy online. As they become teenagers, hopefully they will have more respect for what they post online and have confidence to speak to others about their consent guidelines.

Understand the settings
Check the settings of your social media channels to ensure your posts are not public. Speak to your friends and family about this and don’t be afraid to ask for help to get it right. If your child has social media channels of their own, go through the settings with them to minimise the risk of unwanted shares.

Think about the detail
Avoid including children’s identifiable details such as school badges, logos, uniforms, name tags or identifiable locations such as your home area or school. Alternatively, blur these details prior to posting.

Be selective
Create a simple checklist to help make decisions regarding posting online easy. What do you deem appropriate? Are you happy to share images of your children in swimwear? Do you want to avoid full-frontal face shots?

If your child is old enough, explain why you are selecting certain pictures and not sharing others. If you have a teenager who is sharing their own images, talk to them about what is appropriate and potential repercussions of not setting boundaries.

Remove metadata
Metadata on digital images records the time, date and GPS coordinates of where the photo was taken and can be accessed through shared images, and your sharing service may record your IP address. You can wipe this information with appropriate software or share screenshots of your photos to avoid metadata sharing. Screenshot sharing creates a lower resolution photo, so it’s less likely to be tampered with by a third party.

Think ‘privacy first’ to reduce many of the risks involved with image sharing. Have conversations with your children to instil this mentality; help them build empathy; and identify the steps for minimising risk whilst helping them build a healthy relationship with technology so they can become responsible digital citizens.

Sunday 10 Novmber 2019:


Lk 20: 27-38
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

He is not a God of the dead but of the living.


Some Sadducees – those who say that there is no resurrection – approached Jesus and they put this question to him, ‘Master, we have it from Moses in writing, that if a man’s married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well, then, there were seven brothers. The first, having married a wife, died childless. The second and then the third married the widow. And the same with all seven, they died leaving no children. Finally the woman herself died. Now, at the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife since she had been married to all seven?’

Jesus replied, ‘The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection they are sons of God. And Moses himself implies that the dead rise again, in the passage about the bush where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.

Now he is God, not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all men are in fact alive.’

Mass Roster, Term 4

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.

New Church Opening

Please note the following details re the opening and dedication Mass of the new church.


Opening and Dedication Mass 

Sunday, 24th November 2019 

9.30am procession from the current Mass Centre 

Mass to be followed by lunch

Remembrance Day - 11 November


Almighty God,
Upon the cross, sorrow and pain and every dreadful,

tragic consequence of sin was overcome.
Today we remember all those who have joined in that sacrifice for peace and justice.
We give thanks for the bravery of men and women who have served for harmony and love.
And in a world that is still torn and broken we declare that Jesus is Lord.
That hope overcomes despair,
That joy overcomes sorrow,
That peace overcomes hostility,
That love overcomes hate.
From the tomb, the promise of eternity emerged in a resurrected Christ.
Grace was poured into the hearts of all those who suffer, mourn and grieve.
Lord, we lift our hearts to you and continue to remember, to hope and to love.

Another important fortnight of learning experiences during Wellbeing. The students continue to grow and develop a greater awareness of themselves and others. Their repertoire of strategies is growing week by week as they understand the importance of our mental wellbeing. 

Please see below the topics we have covered this fortnight.

Years K - 2

In Stage 1 we learnt about identifying our present feelings. It is important to be mindful of how we are feeling in the present time and not waste our energy worrying about the past or future challenges. Identifying feelings makes us more self aware, and realising what makes us feel this way will lead us to repeat these actions and avoid experiences that promote negative feelings.

Years 3 & 4

This fortnight in Stage 2 the students learnt about three little words; ’I need help’. We all have times in our lives when we need to ask for help to get through difficult times. We discussed the need for a good support network to call on in these times and the importance of asking for help rather than keeping it all inside. The Kids Helpline is always there to help if we need it too.

Years 5 & 6


This fortnight in Stage 3 the students learnt about Spreading Kindness. We discussed the term “paying it forward” and shared stories and experiences of this happening in our lives. To be kind we must be generous, considerate and friendly. Reflecting on who has demonstrated kindness to us and how we have demonstrated kindness to others, brings an awareness of our level of kindness and whether we need to work on it. 

Have a wonderful fortnight.


Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

2020 Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials are OPEN

ALL 2020 Team Sport Trials are OPEN, however, the Summer Sports of BASKETBALL& TENNIS registrations close for these sports only on Monday 11th November as these trials will be held in November 2019.


All other sports trials will be held in Term One & Two in 2020.


Any Primary students enrolled in Year 5 and 6 in 2020 are invited to participate in the Parramatta Diocesan Team Sport Trials. 


It is important to note that these trials are generally for those children who display an above-average ability and/or have representative experience in their chosen sport. While teams are open in age it is strongly recommended that only children of a representative standard in Years 5 & 6 in 2020 be invited to attend. 


Parramatta Diocesan trials will be held in the following sports: AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League (11yrs & Opens), Rugby Union, Softball, Tennis & Touch football. The sports of Diving & Golf will be held at the MacKillop level.


To be eligible for selection for these trials an Online Team Registration Form must be completed, please see Mrs Morris for the registration form.


This online form is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST for the 2020 Parramatta Diocesan Primary Sport Team trials. Parents may complete this form to attend a selection trial. One form is to be completed per child, per individual sport. Each sport has its own criteria, therefore, it is imperative that the correct form is completed.


Please note that your online registration is an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ONLY and MUST be approved by the child's school. In order for the child to attend the nominated trial or event, this may come down to the discretion of the school as to who is selected to attend the trial. In some sports, only 2 students per school can be nominated.  All fields and especially “RepresentativeExperience” MUST be completed. Under no circumstances will a child be eligible to trial if the Online Registration Form has not been completed and approved by the school by the closing date.


Please contact Mrs Morris for further information JMorris11@parra.catholic.edu.au

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Red Day Hamper List

Cooking Oil
Pasta (spaghetti or penne)
Long Life UHT Milk (1L)
Basmati Rice
Canned Fish (plain tuna)
Dried Lentils
Canned Tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
Canned Chick Peas
Cooking Spices
Canned Red Kidney Beans


Canned Peas & Carrot

Canned Corn (not creamed)
Healthy Juices 

Instant Noodles
Biscuits (sweet & savoury) 

Canned Fruit
Tea & Coffee 

(Please... no soup, baked beans or tinned spaghetti) 

Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

End of Year Recital
Year 4 Sports Uniform Change
2020 Parramatta Diocesan Team

Sport Trials are OPEN
2020 Welcome BBQ & Disco
Assembly Thursday COLA
Student Awards

KB: Layla Panteleone & Max Nader
KW: William Scott & Olivia Bell
1B: Rose Bonello, Samuel Bragg & Sophie Craft
1W: Tahlia Elias, Lillian Meehan & Christopher Philippou
2B: Joshua Peers & Zoe Goodwin
2W: Ella Paki & Lachlan Dorahy

3B: Isabella Zreiby & Madeleine Summerhays
3W: Leonardo Scannone & Henry Talbot
4B: Mason Downs & Vincent Musolino
4W: Matrix Anderson & Ella Taylor
5B: Austin Jacques & Alexis Mallia
5W: James Barker & Alessia Cauchi
6B: Jonah Habkouk and Isabella Chiha
6W: Cooper Galvin & Alessio Colasuonno
Social Skills: Jonathan Cooke 3B & Tiahna Russell 6B
Sport: Flynn Morris 3B & Hannah Tran 5W
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 Mares directly in the canteen or via email:  CathM5@bigpond.com. 

Open Monday - Friday | Ph: 9654 6760 
Canteen Manager: 
John Albertini  |  Email:   bellissimocanteenservices@gmail.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. Please find the Roster for Weeks 5 & 6. 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

Week 5
MON 11/11 - Louise McNamara & Lucinda Musolino
TUE 12/11 - Amie Meehan & Leanne Kuntze
WED 13/11 - Andrew Howe & Melanie Sultana
THU 14/1 - Sarah Scott & Leesa Angles-Corke
FRI 15/11 - Tori Papallo & Jasna Susnjara

Week 6
MON 18/11 - Vanessa Abood & Renee Giogiutti
TUE 19/11 - Liana Wall & Jodi Sakkal
WED 20/11 - Renae Cole & Felicity Power
THU 21/1 - Senena Bragg & Melissa Crema
FRI 22/11 - Anita Nader & Rebecca Boston

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

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 - Volunteers


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 was 28 August 2019.

Bunnings BBQ

Who doesn’t love the Bunnings barbie! The P & F is holding a BBQ at Rouse Hill Bunnings on Saturday November 16 from 7am until 4pm.

The money we raise will go to things like readers and other classroom supplies or sporting equipment. 

But we can’t do it alone. We need YOUR help. We need parents to volunteer an hour of their time through the course of the day, to turn the snags, and sell, sell, sell. 

Can you help??  Please contact Amie Meehan on 0414 654 633

Parent Representative Council (PRC)

This Year the Parent Representative Council (PRC) Wellbeing presentations are focused on student, parent, family and spiritual Wellbeing. The Term 4 presentation will be on Monday 18th of November.

The topic that will be presented is:


Our guest speaker is School Liaison Officer, NSW Police 


Our Speaker will help parents understand the modern day challenges facing our young people within the digital world. Everything that they write, post and send can be traced and will remain there forever.Learn how parents can protect their kids from online risks. Sexts, Texts and Selfies are a concern for any parent. Learn how to give your child the skills, knowledge and strategies to use the internet in a safe, smart and responsible way. Cyber safety, Sexts, Texts, Selfies, Pornography, Bulling and Online Predators.     

REGISTER at www.prc.catholic.edu.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
3 November, 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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