Dear Parents, Carer’s and Friends of Bethany,

This Sunday we begin Advent which in the Church calendar, indicates 4 Sundays until Christmas. During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. From this Sunday, our Churches will display their Advent Wreaths. The wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. The wreath itself, which is made of various evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life we find in Christ. The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

As we pray during the Advent Season, we can connect with God’s grace and love in asking Him to ready our hearts as He prepared all of history to receive the gift of His Son. Preparing our hearts can mean cutting out all distractions to focus on what truly is important in life. In some ways our period of relative lockdown has simplified some aspects of our life and for many, has opened up time to be more prayerful, reflective and responsive to what is really important to our lives. May we continue to honour the virtues of Advent this season.

On Tuesday we celebrated our first College Assembly for the year. This assembly was a truly uplifting experience for the entire community as it signified unity in us finally being able to join together as the community of 2021. I was proud to see the work of our student leaders in action who planned much of the assembly. Our leaders were inspirational and captured a sense of fun, affirmation and pride in the College. At the assembly we celebrated our sporting achievements, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, extra curricular clubs existing in the College such as the Media Team, SMILE Team which has a focus on positive mental health and our student organised Book Club which was launched yesterday. I ask you to read our Year 7 Poetry eBook which will be sent to you which sums up 2020 with poems written by Mrs Straker’s English Class. A special thank you to Miss Jajcevic for her wonderful illustrations throughout the book.

Today we welcomed 192 students who will form the graduating class of 2026. As the Year 7, 2021 Orientation Day was held today, it signalled that finally the Year 6 students were getting closer to being part of the Bethany family. We thank each girl for rising to the challenge of meeting other students and beginning new friendships which could potentially last a lifetime.



Robyn Rodwell

College Principal