A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Welcome officially to Term 2. Our girls have been most impressive with the way that they have returned this term and are well into the next stage of their learning.

Yesterday we celebrated a beautiful Mass and morning tea in honour of all of the mother figures in our lives. Each mother was presented with a small gift from her daughter with a card saying:

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”- St. Therese of Lisieux 

During this month of May where our Church reflects on Mary, may we too acknowledge Mary as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. As the mother of Jesus, Mary accepted without prior warning, to be the chosen one. I  am sure that Mary did not see this in her life journey but she created space in her life to be the mother of the human Jesus. By doing this, Mary entered into a personal relationship with Christ, developing as all mothers do, gifts of tenderness, perception and listening. Mary made her special gifts of intuition and sensitivity effective in the service of Christ’s mission.

Just as Mary made space in her life for Jesus, we offer a prayer of thanks for all of the sacrifices that our mothers have made for us.

I hope that all of our Bethany mums have a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday.

 

Term 2 is often seen as a term filled with assessment tasks, projects and general busyness in the classroom, more so than other terms. We pride ourselves on wanting students to feel safe, happy and confident when they come through the gate each morning so that learning can be maximised under these conditions. To help your daughter be at her best, please discuss with her overall organisation of what is due soon and what the plans are to meet expectations of certain dates. We do not want girls to feel overwhelmed or anxious and good planning can help in this area. 

Resilience is also key to helping each girl learn. There are some times when a girl may have made a mistake or did not plan well enough or made a poor decision. If this is the case and there happens to be consequences for this, I ask parents to allow your daughter to experience that actions come with consequences and if this is negative, that should be seen as a learning opportunity. Please insist that your daughter follows College expectations as we are all mindful of the same goal which is seeing each girl improve over time.

Over the holidays, we have had a new phone system installed at the College. This now means that the College phone number will appear when we ring you. This phone number is 85660711. Please put this in your contact list so that you will answer if we ring. I am aware that often people will not answer a call if the number is not in their contacts so please program Bethany in for this reason. We also ask that all occasions of absence from school are explained. Please look at your daughter’s attendance on Compass to ensure that it is as you know. Even being a few minutes late requires an explanation in Compass.

Since the beginning of this term we have only had a few cases of COVID across staff and students. Each girl has been given a pack of 5 Rapid Antigen Tests for her use when required. At any time, if more tests are required, please make contact with the College for us to give your daughter more tests. As you know, close contacts are able to come to school but the College must be told that your daughter is a close contact and a mask needs to be worn indoors and a Rapid Antigen Test taken each morning before coming to school. As we have Year 12 Retreat coming up, it is important to note that under the School Guidelines for COVID, close contacts cannot attend overnight events. For any Year 12 student who may be a close contact whilst Retreat is on, they will need to stay at home.

On May 17, we will hold parent teacher interviews for Year 11 and 12 students. Bookings open for these interviews which will be held face to face next week. For parents of students in Years 7 – 10, parent teacher interviews will be held on June 30 and July 1. These are pupil free days. As these are spread across 2 days, we will offer a dual mode of interviews. On Thursday June 30, face to face interviews will be offered from 8.30am until 8pm. As we have learned from restrictions with the pandemic, some families find the convenience of Zoom interviews easier to fit into busy schedules. For this reason, Friday July 1 will be reserved for parents wanting a Zoom interview between 8.30am and 2pm. Please save the date for one of these days. These interviews are crucial to our partnership of offering advice for the continual improvement of your daughter.

I look forward to seeing many more parents on site this term and I thank all of the parents so far who have come to our Thursday sport, Mother’s Day Mass and debating.

 

Robyn Rodwell

College Principal