A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2019
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,
As we enter into the final 2 weeks of Term 1 and with the Easter season fast approaching, the words of Pope Francis written above have resonated with me on a spiritual level as well as a practical one. As creations of God, let us not let time pass without making the best use of it. For our girls, this can mean in a practical way to take stock of Term 1 and see what can still be squeezed out of it in terms of achieving goals, taking academic risks or increasing effort. These final weeks are not a time to wind down but rather a time to seize an opportunity, especially for our Year 12 students who begin their half yearly exams next week. This exam block is a practise for the HSC and in no way is an indication of a final result. Whilst we keep Year 12 in our prayers, we are also mindful that on the home front, encouraging healthy sleep patterns, regular nutrition, moderated use of social media and study environments which are comfortable for each girl are crucial to success in these exams aside from the actual study. The Year 12 students have been well prepared for their exams and we look forward to their learnings and feedback next term.
Thank you to all parents who completed the Tell Them From Me surveys sent out as part of our Inquiry and Review Process for Sydney Catholic Schools. The Leadership Team are unpacking all of these results and will feed information to you next term about the survey results.
Thanks also to the Year 7 parents who saw the importance of attending the Year 7 Parent Teacher interviews this week. From all reports, the feedback given by teachers was helpful in terms of indications that the girls have settled well into their high school routine and specific learning needs.
Save the Date – P&F Bingo Night
When: May 17, 6.30pm
Where: Yalunga Hall
Tickets: will be available shortly, please reserve your table by emailing our P&F President Les Salisbury
We need your help, if any parent can donate any prize or buy vouchers to donate as prizes, no matter how large or small. You may consider books of movie tickets, dinner vouchers, a contact you may have for a business who will donate or access to organisations who can donate signed sport memorabilia or the like. All money raised after costs will go back to providing further resources for your daughter at the College.
Over the past few weeks, I have had several pieces of communication in regards to parents and car parking or pick up and drop offs. As a community, nobody wants to see an accident occur however the actions of some may make this inevitable. The parish car parks are not places for pick up or drop off nor are they places to park. Parishioners are asking that we please communicate that these spaces are for attendance at Mass or the parish house.
On Waratah Street, residents are communicating that driveways are being blocked, double parking is happening sometimes near the pedestrian crossing and parents are on phones whilst driving. Could I please ask that a few extra metres of walking for your daughter to meet you is a much better plan for all members of the community instead of making a situation unsafe. We have been in touch with the local council and police for their presence to help make our school surrounds a safer place and I ask that we work together for the safety of every Bethany student, parent and staff member.