Diary Dates:
Term 4, 2019

► Sunday 24 November

Blessing of the New Church

► Friday 29 November

Red Day
Christmas Hamper Donations

► Saturday 30 December

Gingerbread House Decorating

► Monday 2 December

P & F Nominations - 7pm
Year 6 Passion Project

► Wednesday 4 December

Thank You Liturgy &
High Tea/ Assembly

► Thursday 5 December

Year 6 Graduation Dinner



Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 21 November, 2019 | Term 4, Week 6

Dear Parents and Friends,

How fitting it is that we are opening and blessing our beautiful new church this Sunday ~ on the Feast of Christ the King! With this feast day on Sunday, we mark the end of the Church year. It is the end of the journey and in a weeks time, the beginning of Advent and the preparation for Christmas. Our St Madeleine’s community have waited and worked for many years for their magnificent dream of the new church to become a reality. We are all indebted to these men and women of faith who never gave up on the project to build their new sacred space to pray and celebrate together.  I look forward to sharing this day with you all on Sunday! You are welcome to join the Parish community at 9.30am for Mass followed by lunch under our COLA.

We continue to closely monitor the Fires Near Me app and receive advice from the office in Parramatta in response to the devastating weather and fires across the state. Thank you for your cooperation last week when we closed the school for the day. Fortunately our Year 6 students were able to attend their camp at Arcadia and our Year 5 students are at the Great Aussie Bush Camp at Tea Gardens this week. The safety of our community is our priority at all times.


Thank you to our fabulous parents who placed themselves on a roster to cook the BBQ at Bunnings last Saturday. The photos on Facebook captured the collegial spirit of this event and I understand significant funds were raised by the P&F for the school. It is wonderful to have a presence in the wider community. Thank you to all involved!


Our P&F Nomination meeting takes place on Monday 2nd December at 7pm in the staffroom.

Please consider taking up a role on the P&F. I appreciate everyone is very busy but for those parents who take the time to become actively involved in the school, they develop friendships that last a lifetime. We need everyone to do their bit so St Madeleine’s students have the facilities and resources they deserve.  Please read the role descriptions included in this newsletter and nominate yourself or a friend.

This weekend, as we celebrate the opening of our new church, let us also reflect on the ‘King’ whose authority is exercised through the service of those who are often considered the least in our society. Who can we reach out to as we begin to prepare for the Christmas season?

Have a wonderful week!


Mrs Jeanette Black


"Let us pray for the grace to be able to listen to the cry of the poor:

it is the cry of hope of the church."

Pope Francis@Pontifex

Every Learner Every Day - Attendance rate to date is 83.1% 

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

Scholastic Year

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At a time when the mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers is firmly in the spotlight, validation is an essential parenting skill.

When a child or teen comes to you when they are struggling emotionally, they want you to understand their dilemma. They don’t want to be dismissed or told to ‘get over it’. They generally want someone to acknowledge that their concern is real with comments such as: “I see you’re worried about going to camp. I can understand that. “

“Thanks for telling about the scary monsters in your bedroom. Let’s see what we can do about them.”

“I’d be afraid too if I was left alone on my own for that long.”

Validation of a child’s struggles helps them
Validating a child’s struggles helps in a number of ways. It works to:

Build deep connection
Relationships built at the time of vulnerability go deep and are hard to break.

Promote a child’s wellbeing
Validation helps kids feel safe, which is what ‘worry warts’ and anxious kids want. Lack of understanding rather than fear itself often impacts negatively on a child’s happiness.

Overcome disappointment and build resilience
Validation encourages kids to give voice to their concern or disappointment and either takes steps to rectify it or move on.

Develop emotional intelligence
Parental validation models emotional intelligence for children and teens. It requires you to identify the emotions that may be behind their language or behaviour.

Encourage empathy
Validation requires you to stop, listen and get on the same wavelength as your child.

Four steps to validating your child’s emotions
Follow these steps when your child comes to you with their worries or concerns to make sure they feel understood.

Stop what you are doing and give your child full attention.

Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.

Reflect back their worries
Get down to their eye level if necessary, saying something like, “I see you’re really concerned about this.”

If appropriate, gently touch their shoulder or give them a hug when you speak to them. This will help them feel safe and comforted.

There’s no better feeling for a child or teen who is struggling than knowing someone they value truly understands them.

Sunday 24 Novmber 2019:


Lk 23: 35-43
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom.  

The people stayed there before the cross watching Jesus. As for the leaders, they jeered at him. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.’ The soldiers mocked him too, and when they approached to offer him vinegar they said, ‘If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.’ Above him there was an inscription: ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

One of the criminals hanging there abused him. ‘Are you not the Christ?’ he said. ‘Save yourself and us as well.’ But the other spoke up and rebuked him. ‘Have you no fear of God at all?’ he said. ‘You got the same sentence as he did, but in our case we deserved it: we are paying for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong. Jesus,’ he said, ‘remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ ‘Indeed, I promise you,’ he replied, ‘today you will be with me in paradise.’

Sunday 1 December 2019:


Mt 24: 37-44
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Stay awake, you must be ready.  

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of Man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept all away. It will be like this when the Son of Man comes. Then of two men in the fields one is taken, one left; of two women at the millstone grinding, one is taken, one left.

‘So stay awake, because you do not know the day when your master is coming. You may be quite sure of this that if the householder had known at what time of the night the burglar would come, he would have stayed awake and would not have allowed anyone to break through the wall of his house. Therefore, you too must stand ready because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.’


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

The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) is a concept developed by psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1896 - 1934). Simply stated, it is the difference between what a learner can do with and without assistance. This concept is particularly relevant in the classroom, as it is the driving force behind meeting students at their point of need. 

Educational theorists state that the primary role of education is to provide learning experiences that place the student in the ZPD zone. If the task is too difficult, students are unable to access the learning and therefore become excluded. If it’s too easy, then they are simply going over known territory, also referred to as  ‘roaming the known’

Every student is guided buy adult example in the classroom and as knowledge and competence increase, students gradually develop the ability to do certain tasks without teacher support. If students are within the ZPD then they will feel a degree of challenge and it is this part we want our students to be comfortable with. If it’s easy, I am learning nothing new. If it’s too hard, students need access to resources and people that will allow them access to the learning. This can be in collaboration with teachers or peer support.


Every child’s ZPD is different and will vary according to the key area of learning they are engaged with. As educators, our task is to design experiences that maintain the appropriate level of challenge, continually exposing our students to new learning.

Mrs Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

The students have been participating in a variety of self awareness and mindfulness activities this fortnight.

Please see below the topics we have covered this fortnight.

Years K - 2

In Stage 1 we learnt about allowing our feelings to occur. Previously, we named our present feelings. This fortnight we talked about things that might make us feel particular feelings and how we react to these feelings. This helps us to be aware of our actions and the feelings or situations that may bring them on.

Years 3 & 4

This fortnight in Stage 2 the students learnt about the effects of worrying. Worry places stress not only on our mind, but we can experience physical changes in our bodies too. Our heart rate increases, we may sweat, feel sick/butterflies in our tummies, feel hot and body shakes. None of these symptoms are healthy for us to be experiencing too frequently. We then discussed ways we can reduce these worries. 

Years 5 & 6


This fortnight in Stage 3 the students continued learning about Mindfulness. We discussed how being mindful has amazing benefits for our mental health. Being mindful allows us to focus our attention and block out distractions. It allows us to relax and to be present in the moment. We can forget the things that have happened and are going to happen, freeing us from stress. A practice we should all employ every day!

Have a wonderful fortnight.


Sarah Glettner

Health & Wellbeing Teacher

Parramatta Diocesan Gymnastic Competition

Last Thursday 14th November Skye Melrose and Bianka Jakovlevic represented St Madeleine’s at the Parramatta Diocesan Gymnastic Competition. They girls competed well and showed great sportsmanship. 


Skye placed in the following categories:-

  • Bronze Medal – Floor

  • Silver Medal – Mini Tramp

  • Silver Medal – Static

  • Silver Medal – Vault

Therefore receiving a. Silver Medal Overall in the girls individuals. 


Congratulations girls, we are very proud of you. 


NSWPSSA Athletics Carnival

Congratulations to Mikayla Muscat who competed at her last NSWPSSA Athletics Carnival two weeks ago. She had a wonderful day and competed in High Jump. She jumped 1.25m and finished in 27th place. What a wonderful effort at a state level. 

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.

Senior Constable Ethan West will be visiting St Madeleine's on Thursday 28th November at 12.30pm to speak to the students in Years 3 - 6 about being respectful online, cyber bullying and all matters relating to their online behaviour.

We will be in the hall for this meeting. You are most welcome to attend!

How to find Notices, Newsletters, and General school news

2020 Swimming Carnival
P&F Nominations

KB: Addisyn Morris & Tom Treak
KW: Ethan Jans & Daniella Langford
1B: Ava Gioiello, Michaela Eltobaji, Noah Takchi
1W: Alyssa El-Badaoui, Eve Siper & Joshua Oaklands
2B: Gabriella Zreiby & Alex W
2W: Jayden Bonaccordo & Scarlett Nash

3B: Elysia Power & Olivia Craft
3W: Mia Barker & Dominique Musolino
4B: Lincoln Birch & Lily Starr
4W: Max Wade & Mitchell Atkins
5B: Rory Jabre & Lilly Sakkal
5W: Daniel Murdocca & Katerina Sarkis
6B: Austyn Stanton and Tiahna Russell
6W: James Kenna & Cooper Galvin
Social Skills: Allegra Circosta 2W  & Madeleine Summerhays 3B
Sport: Georgia Commisso 3W & Louise Saliba 5B

The Parents and Friends' Association Nomination and Election General Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd Decemberat 7pm in the St Madeleine’s Primary School staffroom.

All positions will be declared vacant and nominations will be called for each of the following positions for the P & F Committee for 2020. Please consider taking up one of these roles to continue the work of building our community at St Madeleine’s.





5.Assistant Secretary

6.Fund Raising Co-ordinator

7. Parent Co-ordinator

8. Kiss and Drop Coordinator


The Role Description for each of these positions is attached below.

Please return the Nomination Form to me by Friday 29th November 2019. Only those positions not nominated will be called for at the meeting. Please ensure that the person you nominate for any position is aware of the nomination.

Mrs Jeanette Black


FOUND - A Black Telstra mobile found has been found in the COLA area of St Madeleine's. Please see School Reception.
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 7
MON 25/11 - Erin Boffo, Simone Eltobaji
TUE 26/11 - Teresa Sakkal, Mel Keddie
WED 27/11 - Stacie Covington, Melissa Crema
THU 28/11 - Sarah Scott, Lucinda Musolino
FRI 29/11 - Fiona Knight, Jessica Barker

Week 8
MON 2/12 - Vanessa Abood & Renee Giogiutti
TUE 3/12 - Liana Wall & Jodi Sakkal
WED 4/12 - Andrew Howe, Melanie Sultana
THU 5/12 - Leesa Angles-Corke, Leanne Kuntze
FRI 6/12 - Simone Eltobaji, Danielle Rahme

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

Privacy Information & Photo Permission

From time to time we publish children’s results in the University Competitions, i.e. Maths, English, Science and Computer Competitions.  We also publish places in sporting events, other awards and achievements. If you have any concerns about your child’s name appearing in our School Newsletter or on our school website, please contact the office.

From time to time it is necessary for Class Contact parents or P & F representatives to telephone parents.  If you do not wish your telephone number to be used by these people, please contact the school office.

From time to time the school sends photos of our children to newspapers or to the Catholic Education Office for inclusion with an article about St Madeleine's. We also include photos in our School Newsletter and on our school website. If you do not wish photos of your child to be used in any publications at school, Catholic Education Office or newspapers please contact the school office.

If your personal details (address, telephone, etc.) change please inform the school office. It is important that we have up to date information for the safety of our children.

Arrival and Dismissal


Attendance at school is compulsory and being at school on time and remaining for the whole day ensures that your child has the best opportunity to engage fully in all the learning activities available.

Below are the routines that have been established for both arrival and dismissal of students. We ask that you read through all the itemsandmake yourself and your child familiar with them as they have been constructed to keep your children safe.

Arrival at school

  • School begins at 8:50am.
  • A warning bell is rung at 8:45am.
  • When the warning bell sounds, children line up in their respective class lines in the COLA area.
  • A final bell is rung at 8:50 am to indicate commencement of assembly – all students should be lined up.
  • Children are considered to be late if they arrive after the conclusion of assembly and the classes have forwarded into their respective rooms.
  • Late children must be accompanied by a parent to the school office and a ‘late arrival’ slip is to be completed by the parent.

The student then proceeds to their classroom and presents the teacher with the ‘late arrival’ slip. Details of arrival time and partial absence are noted electronically in the class roll by the office staff.

Parents must not drop their children at the class after the bell.

Morning use of the Kiss and Drop / Car Park.  
A teacher is on duty at the COLA from 8am. All children being dropped off at school are to use the “kiss and drop” COLA area. A parent volunteer will open the car door and assist the students onto the playground. If you wish to park and come into the playground area there is ample parking onsite.


Afternoon Dismissal

  • Parents wishing to collect a child before the 3:00pm dismissal must notify the teacher in writing and collect the child from the office.
  • The note must include the time the child will be collected and the reason for early collection.
  • In an emergency situation - office staff will contact the teacher to indicate that the child is being collected early.
  • The office staff will note the departure time and partial absence on the class roll.

Parents should not collect children from the classroom.

Afternoon use of the Pick-Up Area / Car Park / Bus Lines.

In the afternoon, there are three ways students can get home:

  1. Picked Up (by parents/guardians)  - students can be picked up by their parents or guardians in person at 3pm. Parents are asked to wait in the amphitheatre if their child is in K-2 or the friendship garden if in Years 3-6.
  2. By Bus - children walk with a teacher from their grade to the COLA and are supervised as they wait for the buses to arrive at the bus bay.
  3. Bus numbers are called over the microphone and students walk to the teacher and board the bus. No children are to be picked up by parents in this area.
  4. Student drive-through pick-up - at 3pm the students are accompanied to car pick up or bus lines at the COLA.
  • Your family name is called over the microphone and students walk to the teacher in the pick up area.
  • The driver is not to get out of the car.
  • Make sure that your family name can be seen clearly.
  • Children are to enter the car on the passenger side - if this is a problem then the parent will need to park and walk the child to the car.
  • Students not picked up by 3:30pm will be taken to the office and parents notified.

If you are picking your child up from the two classroom areas and are running late, they will be taken to car pick up and will wait with the teachers and students.


No child is to be asked to wait in an unsupervised area.

Student Management


At St Madeleine’s we do as Jesus would do by following the rules of respecting ourselves, others, learning and the environment.

We encourage responsible self-discipline. Various measures are adopted by classroom teachers to maintain a positive classroom climate. We endeavour always to adopt a “same side” approach based on mutual respect.

The principles on which we base our behaviour management practices demonstrate procedural fairness. We believe that procedural fairness is a basic right of all children when dealing with school authorities. We apply the ‘hearing rule’ and the ‘right to an unbiased decision’. At no time or for any reason is corporal punishment acceptable at St Madeleine’s.

If consequences are considered necessary for those who violate person or property, they should be reformative, directed towards altering attitudes and subsequent behaviour and should recognise the uniqueness, potential and dignity of each student, remembering Gospel values of forgiveness and hope.

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
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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