17 December 2021 -
From the Principal

From the Principal

Year 12 HSC Results

The HSC is now complete and results will be released on:

    • ATAR results – 20 January
    • HSC results – 24 January

We look forward to celebrating with our students following such a challenging year. 

Year 12 Graduation Mass and Awards Assembly

On Monday we celebrated a very successful Graduation Ceremony with Year 12 and their parents. Bishop Peter Ingham celebrated the Mass followed by the recognition of student achievements through Academic and Special College Awards. I have included some photos of this significant event.

Fourvière Award
Principal’s Award
Marian Award

Gala Day

Last Friday, the College community celebrated Gala Day with great enthusiasm. The excitement and House spirit was just so evident on the day, as well as the lively competition between each of the Houses. I congratulate Year 11 who prepared the other Year Groups in a COVID-safe way to follow the regulations. They did not let this challenge dampen their House spirit.

Congratulations to the following Houses:

Gala Day Cup – Chavoin

House Spirit Cup – Marcellin

House Cup – Chavoin

Farewell and Thank You to Fr Kevin Bates sm

Fr Kevin is retiring as Parish Priest of Holy Name of Mary, Hunters Hill. It is with much gratitude that we thank him for his gentle care and support through his involvement in College Reflection Days and Retreats, thousands of prayers and many masses celebrated, and for sharing his great gift of word and song. He will be greatly missed. Fr Brian Wilson sm will take over as Parish Priest. We look forward to welcoming Fr Brian to Marist Sisters’ College in the new year.


Gratitude for the 2021 Year

As College Principal, it is with much pride and gratitude that I wish to acknowledge our students’ achievements and thank all those who have contributed to our vibrant MSCW community throughout 2021.

Through another very demanding, sometimes challenging year, our Marist values of Sisters, Courage, Gift and Empower were very evident in our community rising to meet the unanticipated obstacles of 2021. I especially thank our very dedicated and gifted staff, both teaching and support, for their daily enthusiasm, commitment and passion for the education and wellbeing of our Marist girls. Each week I have seen them lift others to new levels, sometimes even carry others. Without them, the wonderful opportunities provided for our students would not be possible. I also acknowledge the staff who are leaving and thank them for their contributions to the College: 

Teaching Staff

40 years of service, Celeste McNicholas

Celeste McNicholas, Leader of Information Services, is retiring following 40 years of outstanding service to the College. Celeste’s capacity to leave her positive fingerprints on so many College projects has been remarkable. Celeste has made many contributions to MSCW, principally at the strategic planning and digital levels. She knows the DNA of Woolwich but has always turned one eye to the future, especially if it benefitted our graduates and staff. Celeste’s intellectual capacity and her reputation for solutions will mean that her positive footprint will remain here to assist others.

Many of you would have read the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. You’ll remember when Dumbledore died, Harry Potter pondered…

“Losing someone is like a library burning down.”

We know that Celeste’s departure from MSCW is a long way from Dumbledore’s fate at Hogwarts but her retirement does mean that she leaves with an immense volume of love, wisdom and memories from all the dusty corners of our MSCW community!

Leader of Wellbeing, Sia Mastro

Sia Mastro has been a valued member of the Leadership Team as Leader of Wellbeing for the past four years. Sia has been instrumental in the College strategic directions of developing our Learning and Wellbeing Framework. This important framework outlines the College vision for Learning and Wellbeing, working hand-in-hand to support students and their learning journey. Sia introduced our evidence-based Wellbeing Programs, Year 7 – 10. In addition, she has been shining a light on the importance of early intervention for Mental Health, introducing the College to Batyr (Preventative Mental Health Organisation) and other support networks for our students. Sia has also worked closely with many students and families to care for the individual wellbeing needs of the girls.

Of course, we also recognise other colleagues who have given significant service to the College through their roles as permanent staff members: Carol Bloomfield, Ric Cancino, Danielle Credaro, Marisa D’Ippolito, Helen Dengate, Carolina Foster, Maeve Hurley, Jessica Love, Michelle Musumeci, Will Naicker, Prue Nelson, Marcus Powell, Monica Rogenmoser (Counsellor) and Catherine Smith.

Also, I extend my sincere gratitude to both teaching and support staff, who have been with us on short-term contracts, as well as the staff who have completed casual blocks: Carolyn Chew, Franco Chiu, Genevieve D’Netto, Gabrielle Formosa, Jennifer Lee, Lisa Nowosad, Barabara Paul and Bonnie Pender.

I would also like to wish those staff who are taking 12 months leave in 2022, a time of relaxation and renewal: Rebecca Bombaci, Deborah Kellert and Robyn Purcell.

Thank You to Our Community

I especially want to acknowledge our thoughtful students who constantly give of themselves to build our College community. As confident young women, they have helped develop their Marist Compass through their love of learning and contribution to the wider community through Marist service, social justice activities, sport, creative arts and more. This year, more than ever, they have had to especially call upon their Marist Compass to meet the challenges of 2021. Congratulations to each of the students who received Merit or Special College Awards at Awards Assemblies last week. As Principal, it is extremely satisfying to present these awards to students who apply themselves consistently to their studies and give that extra effort and time to others, thereby embodying the Marist spirit. 

As the year closes, I thank Fr Kevin Bates sm, Fr Aliki Langi sm, Fr Greg Morgan and the Parish Priests of our feeder schools, for their support and care over the year and the time they commit to supporting the faith life of the students and staff. 

To our parents, who would have anticipated a disrupted year like 2021? Thank you for your consistent support and trust. I enjoyed our weekly Zooms as a regular way to communicate, gather feedback and hear your thoughts. Although you have not been able to be on-site, you have joined Parent/Teacher Interviews via Zoom or watched with interest our live streaming of College events and YouTube showcases. I especially say thank you for your emails of support and gratitude for the way we have responded to this challenging year. This has helped ensure that our connections with parents have remained strong. Your encouragement has also helped in keeping spirits high. Thank you!

To our wonderful staff, thank you for your proven flexibility to move quickly into remote learning as COVID-19 disrupted the College and community for the second year. Then, as we transitioned back, staff balanced face-to-face learning and remote learning. Through all of this, teachers were creative in engaging their Tutor Groups and classes, all the while conscious of the wellbeing needs of students and the difficulties for some students to continually engage through Zoom. Through the challenges, silver linings again emerged as students recognised benefits both in learning and family life. We certainly look forward to 2022 with much hope, taking forward the positive learnings from 2021, while eagerly farewelling those things that proved demanding and unnecessary.

And finally, as we journey through the Advent season and prepare our homes for the coming of Jesus, I wish every student, staff member and family at Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich the blessings of Christmas and look forward to a successful and rewarding 2022

Dr Anne Ireland, Principal
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From the Assistant Principal

From the Assistant Principal

As we approach the completion of the school year, I would like to acknowledge the many accomplishments that we have achieved in 2021. As a community, we have continued to thrive despite the restrictions that we were faced with.

Last week was a week of celebration at the College. Our community recognition of the cultural, academic and sporting successes of each Year Group provided an opportunity for us to come together to recognise the successes of 2021.

I offer my warmest congratulations to each of the award recipients and I also offer my congratulations to each and every student who is able to stand proudly at the end of this academic year and who is able to make the claim of achieving their personal best. I wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a restful and peaceful break over the coming days and weeks.

2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards

Year 7 2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards 7_12_2021

Year 8 2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards 7_12_2021

Year 9 2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards 8_12_2021

Year 10 2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards 8_12_2021

Year 11 2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards 6_12_2021

Year 12 2021 Academic Sports and Special College Awards 13_12_2021

Ms Melinda Alvarez, Assistant Principal

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From the Religious Education Coordinator

From the Religious Education Coordinator

As we come to the end of the school year, we have much to give thanks for and to celebrate. This year has been one of many challenges: fire, floods, storms, pandemic, isolation, uncertainty and the unknown. We also acknowledge the successes: the building of relationships, our learnings from remote learning, more time spent with family and making online connections with friends.

In the midst of all our challenges and successes has been God.

The past 18 months have also provided opportunities to appreciate family, friends and relationships. In the latest Marist Mission Centre newsletter, Father Paul Sullivan sm says ‘I believe that our desire to care for those we love will ultimately shape who we are and what we do. The story of a baby born in a stable in Bethlehem is the gift of God’s care and compassion for us and our world. Jesus identifies with us by accepting our humanity and vulnerability. We are sharers in his life and mission.’

May you celebrate ‘the gift of each other’ this Christmas.

End of Year Prayer Service

On Thursday, we gathered as a College community to mark the end of the College year. Led by Vivica, Chelsea, Danielle, Emma, Aleyah, Ava, Claudia, Arianna, Eliza and Natasha, we also celebrated the season of Advent – a season of hope. We gathered together in faith even though we were distanced throughout the College. The Prayer Service was a time for community prayer and personal reflection, where we also acknowledged and thanked the staff members leaving the College.

I share with you the Opening Prayer from the service:

God our Father, our life is blessed with many good gifts. 

Make us truly thankful for the gifts of our sisters at the College, 

for the gift of those who guide us and help us to grow to be women of courage, especially the teachers in our school. 

May we be your presence in the world in how we relate to others, 

empowered in all that we say and do. 

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.”

Many blessings

Miss Mary Kleist, Religious Education Coordinator

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From the Leader of Learning and Curriculum

From the Leader of Learning and Curriculum

The College congratulates a large number of our students for their tremendous success in their academic, cultural and sporting endeavours throughout the year. 

Many students achieved results that were recognised at our End of the Year Award Assemblies, where students were acknowledged and congratulated on their efforts. 

It is also important at the end of each year for students to reflect on their results via their academic reports. This is an opportunity for students to work towards developing their learning, social, emotional and spiritual goals for next year. I encourage both students and their parents to meaningfully engage in reviewing the end of year reports with the view of setting achievable targets for 2022.

This week we also recognise the outstanding achievement of Elle Colatosti, who has been nominated for inclusion in ARTEXPRESS in 2022, with her artwork titled, Tool of Tools. From 8440 students who submitted Bodies of Works for the 2021 HSC Visual Arts Examination, only a small percentage of students were nominated for ARTEXPRESS. Congratulations, Elle!

As we head into the school holiday period, it is important for students to have a restful break, recharge and spend quality time with family and friends. The period can also be used as a time for students to work on areas of growth in their own learning, in ways as simple as reading a book to work on aspects of literacy and comprehension. During the school holidays, it is essential that Year 11 students allocate time to consolidate work from Year 11 and their first term of Year 12. Part of this includes ensuring study notes are up to date and any outstanding work has been completed. In order to work towards a successful 2022, it is essential that students are organised in order to prepare for the challenges ahead. 

I wish everyone a safe and holy Christmas and New Year. 

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

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From the College Counsellor






Butterfly releases new research findings to break down the stigma of eating disorders

Butterfly’s Christmas Appeal – An Eating Disorder Looks Like Me – challenges prevailing stereotypes to show eating disorders don’t have a specific ‘look’, whether it be body shape, age, cultural background, gender, socio-economic status or even eating disorder presentation.

  • A quarter (25%) of Australians believe eating disorders are a choice and that people could stop their behaviour if they really wanted to
  • Over half (57%) of Aussies incorrectly believe only young women are affected by eating disorders
  • More than one million Australians – including males, females, LGBTIQA+, matured-aged, youth and people from all cultural backgrounds – live with an eating disorder
  • 75% of Aussies living with an eating disorder do not seek professional help due to stigma, stereotyping and a belief that they do not fit the mould of how an eating disorder ‘should’ look

There is a common misconception that eating disorders (EDs) have a specific ‘look’, however, 90% of Australians are not confident they could recognise the signs or symptoms of an ED, according to new research released by the Butterfly Foundation as part of its Christmas fundraising and awareness campaign, An Eating Disorder Looks Like Me.

People living with eating disorders or disordered eating, or who are concerned about themselves or their loved ones, are encouraged to speak to their GP to access professional psychological treatment, or to contact the Butterfly Foundation Helpline on 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673).

Christmas Wishes

As the year draws to a close, I would like to wish you, our MSCW family and community, a very happy and safe Christmas. May we each cherish and be comforted by time spent with family and loved ones over the holidays.


If you are in need of urgent help and mental health support over the holiday period, please access the following services:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Mental Health Access Line: 1800 011 511

Parent Line: 1300 1300 52

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800

Dial 000 in a life-threatening emergency

Ms Louise Scuderi, College Counsellor

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Gifted and Talented Report

Philosophy is certainly becoming a topic of interest for our students here at Marist Sisters’ College. In 2022, we will have an elective Philosophy class in Stage 5 and recently four students from the Year 10 Newman class participated in a 1-unit Philosophy course at the University of Notre Dame, forming part of their preliminary units.

The students have written about their experience of studying Philosophy at a university level. Please enjoy their report below.

From 29 November to 3 December we participated in the University of Notre Dame’s Philosophy course, Logos I. This course gave us an opportunity to strengthen our critical thinking abilities and provided an introduction to Philosophy in a way that prepares us for later life, study and work. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 regulations, we could not complete this course at the university, however, we were able to come together in order to better discuss and share ideas. Throughout the week, we took part in modules including Think, Critical Thinking and Informal Logic, Truth and Reality, Human Persons, Love and Friendship, Philosophy of Mind and Brain, I Think Therefore I Am, and Science and Religion. Some of the concepts we dived into included moderate realism, nihilism, naturalism, dualism and rationalism, which we applied to the view of the human experience. We were able to discuss ideas and philosophical concepts with fellow like-minded peers and our teachers, and learn argumentative skills and how to identify fallacies. This included thought-provoking questions based on the content to enable our critical thinking, such as:

“Descartes asks us to put aside all of these sources of knowledge and to start knowing with a clean slate. Is this a good idea or a bad idea?”

“Based on your own life experience, do you think scepticism is good or bad, or a bit of both? Why?”

“Can you think an individual (without at the same time thinking about ‘what’ it is)?”

We would share our own opinions and then discuss them with other members of the course for feedback and different perspectives. As a whole, we thoroughly enjoyed having this opportunity to further our thinking and challenge our original perspective on philosophical concepts such as existence and human nature.

Jaimie Woo, Clara Nguyen, Mana Sugimoto and Bianca Youngman, Year 10 Students

Mrs Rachael Colreavy, Gifted and Talented Coordinator

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HSC Design and Technology

We are proud to announce that Natasha Andriankos has been nominated for Shape 2021 and Texstyle 2021. These are the annual exhibitions of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology and Textiles and Design students. Congratulations to both Natasha and her teacher Mrs Arcidiacono.

Ms Jennifer Newman, TAS Coordinator
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NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships

The NSW All Schools Track and Field Championships is the pinnacle competition for secondary school-aged Track and Field athletes within NSW. It allows students from all sectors of the NSW Education System to compete against each other and progress to the National All Schools Championships.

Congratulations to the following MSCW students, who represented the College at the Championships this year.

Caitlin Russell

13 Years Triple Jump – 9.00m (New PB) – 16th

13 Years Javelin – 22.22m (New PB) – 17th

13 Years Long Jump – 4.20m – 21st

Leah Russell

14 Years 200m – 28.22 secs (New PB) – 35th

14 Years 400m – 1.03.22 – 11th

Ellie Barnett

14 Years 200m – 8th

14 Years 90m Hurdles – 10th

14 Years Triple Jump – 11th

14 Years 200m Hurdles – 41st


View the following links to watch Caitlin in action.



Mr Daniel Watts, Sports Coordinator

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2021 Sports News Review

As we come to the end of a very challenging year, I want to congratulate not only the students who have received sporting awards but all Marist students who have reflected the College’s vision through their contribution to and passion for the Sports program this year.

They have shown courage and taken risks and they have supported each other and developed their confidence to utilise their gifts, whether this was through participation in the various MCCS and CGSSSA competitions or the College’s Swimming Carnival, Cross Country Carnival and Athletics Carnival.

It is very special to be able to acknowledge the exceptional talents and wonderful achievements of the students and this is reflected in the number of awards and trophies this year.

This year saw the following achievements:


Senior Touch Football – Champions

  • Year 7 Netball – Champions
  • Year 10 Netball – Champions
  • Year 8 Netball – Semi-final
  • Year 9 Netball – Semi-final

Junior Touch Football – Semi-final

  • Junior Volleyball – Semi-final
  • Senior Volleyball – Semi-final
  • Senior Water Polo – Semi-final
  • Senior Hockey – Semi-final


  • Softball – Runner-up
  • Cricket – Sem-final
  • Swimming –  Runner-up (B Division)
  • Open Football – Semi-final
  • Junior Football – Semi-final 

Outstanding Sporting Achievements

NSW CCC/CGSSSA Swimming Representative Team
  • Evie Lange, Year 7 
  • Amy Linssen, Year 8 
  • Angela Lakic, Year 8 
  • Ziani Viola, Year 9 
  • Natasha Payne, Year 9 
  • Ava Gibson, Year 10 
  • Abby Gibson, Year 12 
NSW CCC Swimming Representative Team
  • Abby Gibson, Year 12
NSW CCC/ CGSSSA Cross Country Representative Team
  • Kora Villa, Year 12
  • Emma Serrao, Year 12
  • Bronte Fisher, Year 10
  • Maddison Sherry, Year 9
NSW CCC Cross Country Representative Team
  • Kora Villa, Year 12
NSW CCC/ CGSSSA Football Representative Team
  • Kora Villa, Year 12
  • Michaela Rattos, Year 12
  • Angelina Manos, Year 11
  • Georgia Vassallo, Year 10
NSW CCC/ CGSSSA Touch Football Representative Team
  • Mia Rodgers, Year 11
  • Georgia Southcombe, Year 9
  • Ellie Barnett, Year 9
  • Sienna Wheelhouse, Year 9
  • Amelie Fehir, Year 9
NSW CCC Touch Football Representative Team
  • Ms Mia Rodgers, Year 11 
  • Sienna Wheelhouse, Year 9 
  • Amelie Fehir, Year 9 Student
  • Australian Olympic Change-Maker Award 2021 – Emma Serrao, Year 12
  • A special congratulations to Milly Puckeridge, Year 11, who received a Blue Award for Diving.

The NSW CCC Awards recognises outstanding sporting achievements and is the highest accolade a student can receive from NSW Combined Catholic Colleges.


Year 12
  • Amelia Betts – Netball
  • Bianca Camroux – Swimming
  • Alana Doornbos – Dragon Boat
  • Abby Gibson – Swimming, Aquathon and Triathlon
  • Kalani Howard – Swimming
  • Annika Lynch – Athletics
  • Olivia Mitchell – Basketball
  • Ashlen Morelli – Netball
  • Claire Phillips – Dragon Boat
  • Grace Quinn – Netball
  • Michaela Rattos – Athletics and Football/Soccer
  • Sophie Saunders – Football/Soccer
  • Emma Serrao – Basketball, Cross Country, Athletics, Aquathon and Triathlon
  • Gabriella Stanwix – Cricket and AFL
  • Sophia Pozzato – Water Polo 
  • Kora Villa – Football, Athletics and Cross Country
Year 11
  • Kate Greenland – Softball Gold Award and Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Mia Rodgers – Touch Football Gold Award and Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Cindy Hancock – Softball Blue Award
  • Angelina Manos – Football Blue Award
  • Milly Puckeridge – Diving Gold Award
  • Anastasia Lakic – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Mackenzee Southcombe – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
Year 10 
  • Ava Gibson – Swimming Blue Award
  • Georgia Vassallo – Football Blue
  • Bronte Fisher – Cross Country Blue
  • Sofia Watts – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Zara Chand – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Tamara Jago – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
Year 9 
  • Nikita Serban – Gymnastics Gold Award 
  • Ziani Viola – Swimming Blue Award
  • Natasha Payne – Swimming Blue Award
  • Amelie Fehir – Touch Football Blue Award
  • Georgia Southcombe – Touch Football Blue Award and Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Ellie Barnett – Touch Football Blue Award and Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Sienna Wheelhouse – Touch Football Blue and Award Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Maddison Sherry – Cross Country Award and Maddison Sherry Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Elsie Gray – Cricket Blue Award and Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
  • Georgia Southcombe – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
Year 8
  • Amy Linssen – Swimming Blue Award
  • Angela Lakic – Swimming Blue Award
  • Gabriella Moar – Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
Year 7
  • Evie Lange – Swimming Blue Award
  • Riley Caceres – Gymnastics Blue Award

A very big thank you must go to Mrs Melinda Alvare, Mrs Antonina Arcidiacono, Mrs Fiona Varlow, Ms Jocelyn Kemp, Ms Maeve Hurley, Kora Villa and Abby Gibson (Sports Co-captains) for all their help with the organisation of Sport this year. Thanks also to the PDHPE Department and all MSCW staff and students for making this another great year of Sport.

I wish the whole MSCW community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mr Daniel Watts, Sports Coordinator

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Sports Co-Captains’ Report

MSCW has always had a distinguished reputation for its Sports Department, and as the Sport Co-captains for 2020/21 we had a wonderful experience leading the school throughout carnivals and extracurricular activities.

During our time as leaders, the availability of sporting carnivals, representative sports and internal Sports classes was in a state of constant upheaval due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions. Yet, amidst this confusion, we were very grateful for all the participation and enjoyment we were able to witness at various sporting engagements. It has been a privilege to be able to represent and further the culture of Sports at Woolwich, all the while working with the Leadership Team, endeavouring to create greater involvement throughout the College.

For us, the most fulfilling part of our leadership was seeing the excitement of all the girls as they took their friends to get involved in the Swimming Carnival and Athletic Carnival events – regardless of their final positions. We are very thankful for the continuing role Mr Watts plays in facilitating a competitive Sports program at the College. We are excited at the implementation of a more extensive Sports program next year and are immensely grateful that the College continues to recognise and foster the importance of involvement in Sports for girls.  

Kora Villa and Abby Gibson, Sport Co-captains 2020/21


Important Dates for Term 1 2022

Year 7 2024 Applications

Clothing Pool News

The Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich 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