A Message from the Principal

 

Farewell to the Class of 2017: Our “Lilies”

The last week of Term 3 has been a busy one with Year 11 concluding their Preliminary year and our Year 12s concluding their secondary education. Our Graduation Mass, lunch and assembly on Tuesday was well attended by staff, parents, relatives and friends of the current Year 12 students. The Graduation Mass was held on at St Joseph’s Rockdale and luncheon and assembly in Yallunga allowed us a formal opportunity to acknowledge the academic successes and qualifications reached by our graduating students. Following this mass, families were able to celebrate with their daughter with each girl recognized for her achievements. The Graduation Mass was a beautiful, moving event with our young adults, the “lilies”, looking resplendent in their school uniform for the very last time. This week has been a series of opportunities for the collective to reminisce on their years of education at the college, their friendships, and their futures.

Our college captains provided their optimistic perspective of what lies ahead for our graduates. On behalf of the college, we wish our Year 12 graduates a prosperous future that provides all that they wish for. We encourage each to return with stories about their journey beyond our college gates as they will always be considered a part of the greater Bethany College family.

Prayer for our Year 12 students

Lord, we thank you for our graduates’ blessed time at Bethany College,

Grant them the gift of meaningful lives, shared with people who love them

and compassionate to people who need them.

We make this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Reflections on Leadership

“Beyond the horizon of time is a changed world, very different from today’s world. Some people see beyond that horizon and into the future. They believe that dreams can become reality. They open our eyes and lift our spirits. They build trust and strengthen our relationships. They stand firm against the wind of resistance and give us the courage to continue the quest. We call these people leaders.” (Kouzes and Posner, 1995, p. 317).

 

For many of us leadership is much like quality – we know it when we see it but have a difficult time defining or describing it. The quote from Kouzes and Posner captures what many of us think about when asked to describe a leader. As I think about leadership, there are six principles that appear to me to define what it means to be a leader.

  • Leaders must focus on mission and see what is on the horizon. They are the “pathfinders.”
  • Leaders convey and model values for the organization. They serve as “the moral compass.”
  • Leaders must pay attention to their organization’s culture and be proactive in shaping the environment in which others will do their work.
  • Leaders must be risk takers. This may in fact be the litmus test for a leader – what distinguishes those who lead from those who follow.
  • Leaders empower others. They build and foster trust among others and build teams to accomplish the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Leaders must understand themselves. There is a lot of “inner work” that leaders must do.

Further, “What does it take to be a leader?” There are three things that characterize a leader. Leaders are distinguished by their courage, their credibility, and their convictions. Having the courage to lead is perhaps the most important characteristic of a true leader. Leadership is tough because leadership is about change, either initiating change in an organization or steering an organization in a changing, even chaotic environment. Leaders sometimes meet with resistance and must be able to stay the course in spite of obstacles and disappointments. Leadership is ultimately about courage and the will to press on in spite of challenges and criticisms.

Leadership is also about convictions and having the integrity to live by one’s convictions. Leaders must have strong values and beliefs. They must be able to demonstrate these values and convey them to their followers.  Finally, leadership is about credibility. Without followers, there are no leaders. It is the leader’s credibility that encourages others to join the quest, to move toward the horizon, to achieve the organization’s mission.

We recently held a leadership seminar with Year 11 where we pondered the concept of Leadership and all that it entails. As a result, many wonderful students had the courage to nominate themselves for student leadership positions. Not all of them were successful and whilst disappointed at first, I trust that you will come to realise that the process of putting yourself forward, offering yourself to the service of others, is a huge step in itself. With persistence, you will one day realise your leadership potential!

After consulting closely with our student body and with the teaching staff, the following Year 11 students will form the heart of our student leadership team. Each of them possesses the qualities mentioned above. We are yet to appoint our House Captains and Prefects. This will happen after their final Preliminary examinations. Our student leadership team for 2018 is:

 

College Captain                                          Ashlee Pasfield

Vice Captain                                                Elsey-Anne Dadson

RE and Mission Captain                            Stephanie Lupo

Sport Captain                                              Ruth Cassidy

SRC (12)                                                       Celia Finch

SRC (11)                                                       Caitlin Micallef

SRC (10)                                                       Indigo Arman

SRC (9)                                                         Madison Amorim

SRC (8)                                                         Carissa Hardas

SRC (7)                                                         Isabella Czarnecki

House Captain (Franklin)                           Kirsten Grskovic

House Captain (Kellerman)                        Kelly Wilson

House Captain (Melba)                                Jasmin Li

House Captain (Oodgeroo)                        Natalie Hardas

Prefect (Creative Arts)                                Alyssa Mullen

Prefect (Debating/ Public Speaking)         Dana Sutherland

Prefect (Design)                                           Chermay Chaves

Prefect (English)                                          Monica Gimeno

Prefect (Hospitality)                                    Adriana Dimanoski

Prefect (Humanities)                                   Chloe Allcorn

Prefect (ICT)                                                 Gabriella Alvaro

Prefect (Languages and Culture)              Jamie Howe

Prefect (Mathematics)                                 Tanya Giannakos

Prefect (Performing Arts)                            Rochelle Stevenson

Prefect (Science)                                          Zara Solomos

Prefect (Social Justice)                                Janice Lewis

Prefect (Transport)                                       Yazmina Rouady

 

Staff Changes

  •  We farewell Mrs Sarah Rowland at the end of Week 1, Term 4 who is going on twelve months parental leave. We wish her the safest of deliveries of her third bub!
  • We congratulate three staff members who are getting married in the school holidays: Miss Mirabello, Miss Napoli and Miss Stratilas. We wish them a lifetime of prosperity and happiness as they enter into the sacrament of marriage.

Overdue Fee – Courtesy Reminder

The payment of school fees is essential to the quality of education we offer at Bethany College and we appreciate your support. Accounts that are not on an agreed payment plan are now overdue. We appreciate your prompt attention to finalising your account. 

Payment may be made in person at the College office (Cash, Cheque or EFTPOS: Debit Card, MasterCard, Visa Card), over the phone (MasterCard or Visa Card), B-Pay from Savings, Cheque or Credit Card Account by phone or internet. Please contact our Accounts Office on 8566 0711 or email accounts@bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au if you wish to discuss your account. 

Vicki Lavorato

Principal