A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

 

REFLECTION ON FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, 3 DECEMBER 2017

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent.

“No applause welcomes him. No crowds surround him. Instead, our hope rests in simplicity.”

At the beginning of our liturgical year, and as we approach a new calendar year, we are called to be attentive for signs of God’s presence. So much of our world, our lives, are filled with busy-ness, confusion, chaos, polarisation, unpredictability, struggle, disaster…

What do we need to let go of, what blocks us from recognising the presence of Christ?

How can we make space for others and their viewpoints? For seeing the new thing God is doing?

We have a need for faith and trust, that God is with us. How, then, do we need to live differently?

We are challenged to simplify our lives – and our celebration of Christmas – so that we can focus on what’s really important, and help others who are suffering. “It is in the joyful simplicity of a life inspired by the Gospel and the Gospel’s spirit of fraternal sharing that you will find the best remedy for sour criticism, paralyzing doubt and the temptation to make money the principle means and indeed the very measure of human advancement.” (Pope John Paul II, 1979 to U.S.) May we live more simply so we can recognize God’s presence, and help bring God’s love to birth in our lives and world!

Prayer

Lord God,

We sense your power, your might

and we stand in awe, painfully aware

of how poor and weak we are before you.

 

As we begin this Advent journey,

teach us to turn to you in our fears and sorrows.

We don’t want to keep making our hearts hard against you

turning a deaf ear to your invitation.

 

Only you can help us to soften,

to be like the clay in your gentle potter’s hands. Amen

 

 

 

Celebrating our students’ academic growth

As the year draws to a close, the Leadership Team has been working, in collaboration with staff, a clear Annual Improvement plan for 2018 that guides decisions and processes at the College.

Overriding everything we do, our number one commitment is to ensuring ALL students achieve growth (Together, we grow).

I wanted to share some of the longitudinal tracking data we have now for two cohorts, Year 8 and Year 10.  We are very pleased in the collective growth of the cohorts in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. In the two years we have had Year 8, we are seeing that our programs are achieving their desired results. The growth is even more marked in Year 10 who have been here for four years. What is important to note is that the growth is at all levels with struggling students, average students and gifted students being “stretched” in order to fulfil their potential.

For parents still concerned about the reduction in summative tasks, I ask that you continue to support our endeavours to focus on learning in the classroom each day as this is the very best way to improve growth in any test or assessment you are given. Repeated testing, in and of itself, does not improve learning. Our students need to focus on learning each day in the formative experiences they are being exposed to.

Year 8 (2017)

   

Year 6 (2015)

%

Year 8 (2017)

%

General reasoning

Low

Average

High

17

69

13

13

71

15

Mathematics

Low

Average

High

8

68

24

4

66

30

Reading Comprehension

Low

Average

High

9

70

21

5

70

24

Spelling

Low

Average

High

8

58

35

6

61

32

Writing expression

Low

Average

High

3

72

25

3

69

28

 

 

 

Year 10 (2017)

   

Year 6 (2013)

%

Year 10 (2017)

%

General reasoning

Low

Average

High

19

68

13

5

75

20

Mathematics

Low

Average

High

18

66

16

6

66

27

Reading Comprehension

Low

Average

High

6

75

18

4

74

22

Spelling

Low

Average

High

4

63

33

8

57

34

Writing expression

Low

Average

High

8

73

18

 

6

73

21

 

 

Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”

 

 

Vicki Lavorato

Principal