12 November 2021 - 11 December 2021
From the Principal

From the Principal

Remembrance Day, 11 November

This week, the College community paused to remember those who have died defending our great nation with a special Remembrance Day Ceremony streamed to all classes. As a country, we paused at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month to recall the end of World War I in 1918. Let us remember all those in our community who have lost a loved one through war. We also remember those who currently have loved ones serving in areas of conflict around the world.

From the poem titled, For The Fallen, written by 20-year-old Laurence Binyon to honour his fallen comrades, we find The Ode. In The Ode, the last few lines of the poem have been recited every year on Remembrance Day and Anzac Day since 1921, to commemorate Australian servicemen and servicewomen who never returned home.

They grow not old, as we that are left grow old

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them” 


Lest we forget. 

Year 6 Orientation

Next Tuesday, we welcome through the College gates our graduating Class of 2027 – yes 2027! They are about to begin their journey at Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich. Their orientation afternoon is a chance for them to engage their imagination and curiosity. What a buzz across the campus this will be! 

I liken this excitement to Lewis Carrol’s story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Each year at orientation, I use this book as a metaphor for the grand array of opportunities and adventures the College has ready for graduates. Some opportunities begin from their first day. As the new Year 7 embrace the College, I challenge them to write about this adventure – creating their own book or journal, chapter by chapter. One chapter for each year of their six years at Marist Sisters’ College. By responding to the opportunities we offer, they become the masters of their own destiny. They can choose to make it a short one-line paragraph – what a wasted opportunity that would be – or they can choose to make it a journal brimming full of their adventures at Woolwich.

We look forward to them creating their stories!!

HSC Exams 

Please continue to pray for our Year 12 students as they undertake their HSC Examinations.

Exams conclude on 3 December.

Dr Anne Ireland, Principal
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From the Assistant Principal

From the Assistant Principal

This week marks the commencement of the HSC Examinations for our Year 12 students. As the College is accommodating the HSC demands stipulated by NESA, I thank the students of Years 7-11, who have actively and effectively engaged in their remote learning this week. The staff at the College have and will continue to upload lesson plans in COMPASS and lesson content in Google Classroom during this time. It is important that students continue to engage in these learning platforms at all times.

Hygiene measures

Please be assured that as students transition back to the College, we are continuing to maintain high standards of hygiene on site. The following processes are in place to ensure the ongoing safety of our community:

  • Each classroom has hand sanitiser and antibacterial spray and wipes. Students are encouraged to sanitise their hands and wipe down their desks during lesson time;
  • Our cleaners continue to sanitise frequently touched surfaces daily.

Once again we encourage our students to continue to practise good hygiene and to frequently wash their hands while at school, particularly before and after eating and after going to the toilet. Likewise, students are reminded to cough and sneeze into their elbow, dispose of tissues and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

As a community, we will be monitoring student health and we ask that parents keep their daughters at home if they are even slightly unwell. If students present with any signs of cold or flu-like symptoms while at the College, we will be in touch and ask that you come and collect your daughter.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to colds and flu and include:

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty breathing.

A reminder that if your daughter presents with these symptoms, a COVID-19 test is required and results are to be sent to attendance (mscw-attendance@syd.catholic.edu.au) prior to her returning to school. Please note that a Rapid Antigen Test is not a recognised test result for return to school.

Study skills tip for November – Making the most of class time

There are many advantages, apart from deeper learning and improved results, to making the most of class time. By completing more work in class, you will have less to do at home, your teacher will be pleased with your application and so will your parents when they read your report. You will also learn more! What happens if you don’t use class time efficiently? Well, you will have to do more work at home, you will find you don’t always understand the work, your teachers will have to be continually disciplining you and you may even make it harder for other people in your class to learn. It’s a no-brainer!

What does working effectively in class mean?

  1. Sit next to someone who will help you stay on task rather than someone who distracts you.
  2. Ask questions whenever you are unsure, unclear or do not understand something.
  3. Be polite and respectful of your teacher and your classmates at all times.
  4. Come prepared for the lesson, with all the books, technology and equipment you will need.
  5. Contribute your thoughts and ideas at the appropriate times.
  6. If you find yourself daydreaming, ask yourself questions about what is going on or take notes about what is being discussed so you regain your focus.
  7. Try at all times to stay on task and be engaged in the work you are doing.

Ms Melinda Alvarez, Assistant Principal

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From the Religious Education Coordinator

From the Religious Education Coordinator

The November prayer intention from Pope Francis is to pray for and be near those who suffer from exhaustion, burn-out and depression. “Overwork and work-related stress cause many people to experience extreme exhaustion – mental, emotional, affective and physical exhaustion,” the Pope said in his intention, which was released in this month’s The Pope Video.

“Sadness, apathy, and spiritual tiredness end up dominating people’s lives, who are overloaded due to the rhythm of life today,” he said.

Pope Francis has encouraged everyone to reach out to those around us who are depressed, desperate or without hope. Along with “indispensable psychological counseling”, let us remember Jesus’ words to help us and others to find solace:

Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

“Let us pray that people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life,” instructs Pope Francis.

The month of November is the month dedicated to the Holy Souls. The Holy Souls are those who have died in the state of grace but who are not yet free from all punishment. It is our great privilege that we can pray to our merciful God on their behalf.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.”

As NSW and the rest of Australia ‘opens up’, so are our church and parish activities starting up again. Please see attached the flyer for the Holy Name of Mary Parish youth group ELEVATE games night. Also attached is information regarding the Archdiocese of Sydney’s launch Mass for World Youth Day Lisbon 2023.

You are also invited to pray for Year 12 students as they sit their HSC examinations.

A Prayer for Year 12 students

God, we ask that our Year 12 Sisters feel your presence with them as they prepare for and complete their HSC examinations.

Give them calm hearts and quiet confidence in the knowledge that you hold them in the palm of your hand.

Bless them with a keen understanding of what they have learnt.

Give them the ability to be exact in their explanations and an ability to express themselves clearly.

Holy Spirit, send them your gifts of wisdom and knowledge.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Miss Mary Kleist, Religious Education Coordinator

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From the Leader of Learning and Curriculum

From the Leader of Learning and Curriculum

Class of 2021

Early last week, a notification was distributed to Year 12 parents/carers and students via COMPASS concerning HSC Examination Procedures, as per the recently published NESA guidelines during COVID-19. Please take the time to familiarise yourself and your daughter with this information. 

As Tuesday, 9 November marked the commencement of HSC Examinations, students in the Year 12 graduating cohort should be proud of their many achievements and of their growth as learners – especially during a very challenging year. They are a very special group, who have shown tremendous College spirit and pride in their school. We will miss them for their distinctive personalities, the strong relationships they have with their teachers, and the support and encouragement they have always given to their fellow students.

HSC examinations and remote learning

As the College is accommodating the HSC guidelines stipulated by NESA, I thank the students of Years 7-11, who have actively and effectively engaged in their face-to-face and remote learning this week. The staff at the College have and will continue to upload lesson plans in COMPASS and lesson content in Google Classroom during this time. It is important that students continue to engage in these learning platforms at all times.

Year 11 transition to the HSC 

As our Year 11 students have begun to engage in their final four terms of learning at the College, they are encouraged to plan their study time and take a strategic approach to assessment preparation. During Tutor Time, the Leadership Team gave a presentation to Year 11 students regarding the balance between school and outside commitments. Some of the key points presented to the cohort included managing part-time work hours during term time when the majority of assessment tasks are due, as well as the importance of establishing self-care routines. Students are reminded that their teachers are available to answer or clarify any subject related questions during remote learning days. 

2022 elective subjects 

Patterns of studies for students in Years 9 and 11 in 2022 will be made available to students and parents/carers in the next couple of weeks. The College timetable is student-driven to ensure the vast majority of students are placed in all of the classes that they have expressed a preference to study. Every effort is made to accommodate the greatest number of student choices, and while the vast majority have been able to be accommodated, I understand that is not always comfortable to the very small number of students who may not receive their first preferences. 

As we approach the middle of our final term in 2021, students in all years need to be fully engaged with their learning to maximise the time remaining.

Mrs Giulia Laurenzi, Leader of Learning and Curriculum (Acting)

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From the College Counsellors


Stress! Tips and tricks to managing stress in the household

Exam time can put the whole household on edge. Parents worry about how well their kids will do, how much or how little they are studying and what impact that will have on their future. On top of this, sleep deprivation for both the student and parents can add to tension within the household.

Thankfully, there are some strategies that the household can implement in this challenging time.

  1. Help them avoid study distractions
    Research shows that during exam periods, students increase their screen time on social media by 30%. Social media can be a study distraction. We recommend setting boundaries around screen time to avoid these distractions.
  1. Ensure they are getting enough sleep
    Sleep is fundamental to performing well at school and especially during exam periods. Support your daughter to establish a sleep routine, to ensure she is not going to bed too late or spending excess time on devices.
  1. Know their exam timetable
    One easy way parents can relieve their child’s stress is to know what exam they have next. By knowing this, you can help them prepare and ensure they get to the exam on time.
  1. Remain calm
    If you stress out, they will stress out. It is important to be the lighthouse for your child and to guide them through this stressful time.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the College Counsellors if you have any concerns or need additional support: louise.scuderi@syd.catholic.edu.au or monica.rogenmoser@syd.catholic.edu.au or contact (02) 9816 2041.

Ms Louise Scuderi and Ms Monica Rogenmoser, College Counsellors

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Gifted and Talented Report

Recently, MSCW was represented in the Grand Final of the CSDA Debating Competition.

The team consisting of Alissa Tosh, Nikita Serban and Madeleine Miller grappled as the ‘negative’ team with the topic: That young people have it better than their parents. Despite a very compelling argument that involved excellent examples, such as parents were not victims of technology addictions, mental health issues, obesity and the climate crisis, the team could not convince the panel of adjudicators. Nevertheless, it was an outstanding performance at the conclusion of a difficult and long debating season.

Commiserations also to Cian Colantuno, Demi Hadjistavrou and Alessandra Carlo, who were also narrowly defeated in the Sydney Uniiversity Schools Debating Competition. The topic was challenging and a tricky one: That media should not be able to report terrorist attacks for 24 hours. The students are to be congratulated on their increased confidence and oratory skills, a great achievement!

Year 7 Student Alissa Tosh representing the Debating Team

Year 7 Student Alissa Tosh representing the Debating Team


Mrs Rachael Colreavy, Gifted and Talented Coordinator

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MSCW 2021 Christmas Appeal

In light of current circumstances, this year for our MSCW Christmas Appeal we are reaching out to ask our MSCW friends and families to support four organisations that are part of our annual fundraising initiatives.

St Vincent De Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy.

The Christmas Appeal focuses on providing essential goods and services for those vulnerable in our communities.  Continue Reading

Donate and Help



Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation

Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation works in Western Sydney to provide a place of healing, where Aboriginal people can connect with their culture and recover from past traumas to realise their potential.

In the past, MSCW support has helped provide gifts that Aboriginal children receive at Christmas time. Continue Reading

Donate and Help


Marist Missions – Balay Banaag Centre

Balay Banaag – House of Hope is a ‘safe place’ for girls at risk in Davao City, Philippines. The Marist Missions Centre provides shelter, support and education for young girls who come from families vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. 

Balay Banaag offers these girls a future with dignity, hope and independence.  Continue Reading

Donate and Help


CatholicCare Gift Of Goodness

Due to the broad impact of COVID-19, CatholicCare Sydney has experienced an increase in demand for its vital support services.

This year, CatholicCare’s Gift of Goodness campaign will support Sydney families who have found themselves in need in these uncertain times. Continue Reading

Donate and Help


Ms Katie White, Assistant REC Coordinator

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Visual Arts News

The story behind Kelly’s Bush is one that I will never forget and will continue to inspire me. The actions these women took to protect the land is history that I feel all should hear.
I was confronted by this story as, over the years, I became so familiar with this area, yet never knew its true history. I had the privilege to hear this story from individuals who are passionate and have a connection with the area at the 50th Anniversary Event at Weil Park on Sunday, 31 October. This event celebrated the World’s First Green Ban at Kelly’s Bush in 1971 and allowed students to participate in an Art Competition with a Kelly’s Bush theme.
In the ceremony, after we heard from the speakers and learnt about the history of Kelly’s Bush, we were presented with our awards for the Art Competition and I was fortunate enough to plant a tree to symbolise the importance of this occasion. We are so lucky to have the bush so close to us, as it inspires students in formulating and developing works. My work was inspired by Kelly’s Bush after my art class walked through the bush, observing and studying the surrounding nature. I am glad I was able to participate in this event and learn about the land’s history.
By Joanna El-Koura
Year 11

Mrs Helen Landas, Creative Arts Coordinator

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Jarnosse News

Year 10 and HSC: All My Own Work

In Week 2 of this term, all Year 10 students were introduced to the NESA program HSC: All My Own Work.

HSC: All My Own Work is a compulsory program that NESA requires all Year 10 students in NSW to successfully complete before they can commence their Preliminary Year. It focuses on academic honesty and the principles of good scholarship.

Students will fulfil NESA’s requirements by completing the program modules online and passing any one of five online tests that will be released for them to sit over five consecutive weeks. Tests commenced on 25 October. Each weekly test will be open from Monday morning until the following Sunday at 10pm, and the results of students who completed that test will be emailed to them the following Monday morning. Students can attempt as many of these tests as they wish, and as soon as they have achieved a score of 80%, or more, they will have fulfilled NESA’s requirements. 

The last test will be available for students to take from 22 November until 10pm on 28 November, with the results emailed on 29 November. After this, any student who hasn’t passed a test will be required to attend school in her College uniform on Wednesday, 15 December for a seminar to assist in gaining the understanding of the content NESA requires, and a final test.

The link to MSCW’s HSC: All My Own Work site, with the assessment tests and links to the NESA program, is on Student Cloudshare under Assessments & Subject Selection. Please encourage your daughter to start early, look over the program and sit one of the first tests. There is no penalty for failure, but there is a great benefit to seeing the sorts of questions she needs to be prepared for in the following tests, should she need to do one.

If your daughter has problems or questions while special COVID-19 arrangements are in place at MSCW, she should email me for an appointment. I am here to help.

Mrs Prue Nelson, Teacher-Librarian and Mrs Maria Del Moro, English Coordinator

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Year 7 2024 Applications

Clothing Pool News

The Marist Sisters’ College Clothing Pool is seeking your unwanted school uniforms.

Now is a great time to clean out the wardrobe and unburden yourself of school uniforms that you no longer need.

It is also a great way to support your College community. All proceeds from the sale of Clothing Pool donations go back into projects across the College, which benefit the whole College community.

Donations can be handed into the General Administration Office any time during school hours.

Should you wish to place an order with the Clothing Pool, please visit: www.flexischools.com.au

Thank you for your support.

Reunion News

Members of the Class of 1979 and HSC Class of 1981 cohort are warmly invited to celebrate 40 years since their Year 12 Graduation.

Event details:

  • Saturday, 26 February 2022
  • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Deckhouse, Clarke Road, Woolwich
  • Cost: $135 for canapés and drinks

Contact Miriam Berlage (Wallace) for more details miriam.berlage@gmail.com

Lowes 20% Off Sale

Lowes Schoolwear Sale – 18-20 November