Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Mary of the Southern Cross Help of Christians

Yesterday, our Year of Youth Ambassadors attended the Mary Help of Christians Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral with Ms Woods and Myself. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Anthony Fisher. In his homily, the Archbishop highlighted the importance of Mary of the Southern Cross being the patron saint of Australia and drew us back to some wonderful memories of World Youth Day 2008 and the portrait of Mary of the Southern Cross that was commissioned and hangs in the Cathedral. His Grace encouraged our Youth to be involved in Church and to celebrate their faith not just through their schooling but by being citizens who care for one another.


            “Lord God, we pray for Australia, our earthly home, that, with the help of

           The Virgin Mary, we may become a new creation in Jesus Christ who

           lives and reigns for ever and ever.”

          SCS Mass Booklet May 2018



Bingo Night

Thank you to our P&F Bingo organising Committee for their outstanding leadership and commitment to our Bingo evening last Friday. The aim of the P&F was to provide a forum for parents and students to socialise in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We had over 32 tables booked for the evening with many staff, students and parents bringing their extended families. A list of sponsors who kindly donated prizes for the evening is contained within this newsletter. We thank these companies for their generosity which helped to raise over $4000 before expenses on the night. At our next P&F meeting in Term 3, we will discuss where best to use these funds for the best educational outcomes for all girls.

Academic Goals

Students are in the middle of a significant round of assessments in all year groups. With the build up to any formal assessment task can come some nerves and anxiety. If this is in proportion then students usually handle tasks quite well. As students receive valuable feedback on their assessments over the coming weeks, please communicate with your child as to how they feel they are going in meeting their individual academic goals. This does not always have to be in the form of receiving a “good” mark, but may be in the form of overcoming the fear of giving a speech in front of the class or conquering an essay topic. As students receive feedback it is always useful to re evaluate their academic goals in the forum of continual academic improvement. If students are disappointed with a result or proud of an achievement, understanding what worked or did not is helpful for next time. Another step in this process will be the feedback that you receive at our parent teacher interviews at the end of this term. We encourage you to have a gauge on how your child thinks that they are performing in each subject and then seek to clarify this further with staff at the interviews.




Robyn Rodwell

College Principal