A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
A Mother’s Love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith
And a mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above. Author Unknown
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,
Welcome back to Term 2 and I hope that the Easter Season provided time to slow down and reflect on what we value in our life and who is important in this pursuit. Yesterday we celebrated our Mother’s Day Mass. This was another opportunity that we had to stop and reflect. Our mothers are precious and we need to constantly be mindful of the sacrifices that they make because they have the title of mum. Our staff were delighted to see so many mothers in attendance at our Mass and have some special time with their daughters in a faith setting. I thank Fr Janusz for celebrating Mass and Ms Wood for organising the Mass and our choir for adding to the reverence with their beautiful singing. The Bethany community is at its best when we make the time for staff, parents and students to gather. I am grateful to those mothers who took some time off work to attend and to the extended families who also came along. During Mass, Fr Janusz reminded us that a special Mother’s Day Mass should not be the only time when Mass is attended as a family. With this in mind, I remind all families that our Youth Mass is on this Sunday at St Michael’s at 6pm. Please come along as part of your celebration for mothers.
At Mass on Friday, I spoke about the pride that a mother has for her daughter. At the College, we encourage students to take pride in themselves, their families and the school. One key way of showing pride in the school is to wear the College uniform as prescribed. As all students move into their winter uniform next week, I ask parents to be supportive of our high uniform expectations because they stand for more than just a uniform. Pride in school is reflected in many arenas, one of which is uniform. With this in mind, please do not allow your daughter to wear coloured scrunchies or her cardigan outside of the school without the blazer. Please do ensure that uniform of appropriate length is worn and that jewellery and nails are in keeping with our published guidelines.
Inquiry and Review
Last week, the College undertook a significant review from Sydney Catholic Schools where a panel of 6 made up of Principals, a Regional Consultant, Assistant Director and past Principal listened to our story on how our College has improved since 2015 which was the last review and we also spoke about future directions of the College. Many staff, students, parents and the College Leadership Team had an opportunity to speak and the data from surveys provided by the community were also tabled. Thank you for giving your input into this process. Whilst we await the final report, the panel were very impressed with the highly relational nature of our College, the emphasis on high expectations, the opportunities for prayer and faith formation and the consolidation of learning and enrolment growth together with the differentiated approach for our diverse learners including Newman students. We felt very proud of the positive feedback received and look forward to embedding further improvement across the College.
Term 2 in the Classroom
Term 2 brings with it many challenges in the classroom. It is often a term where concepts and skills are consolidated and formal assessment tasks are undertaken. As educators, it is our role to challenge students in their learning and to prepare them for the various conditions which assessment takes place in. At times your daughter may think that the workload is immense and possibly unachievable. I ask that all parents revisit assessment schedules with your daughters and ensure that progress towards assessment is mapped out. Examples of this would include setting smaller due dates for parts of study or assignments to be completed. Please speak to your daughter about the need for balance across homework which is different to study and assessment preparation and balance for leisure or exercise. As teachers we do not give work that is unachievable but we do set high expectations for each individual which are achievable if a systematic plan for different types of school work is designed and fulfilled.
At the beginning of this term, we moved to Compass as our way of communicating to all parents and to record attendance and daily notices. Last term via email, you should have received your username and password to access Compass, please log on to change your password so that you are receiving all College communication. Our upcoming Year 11 and 12 parent teacher interviews will be booked via Compass. Skoolbag will no longer be used for any reason. Please contact our office if you have any trouble logging on.
Improvements around the College
At our Inquiry and Review days we were commended on the look of the College and the care devoted to maintaining and updating our facilities. With this in mind across the holiday period we have added fans to our theatre in response to student and staff requests.
I have been very proud of the strength of the student body voice in terms of their roles in being stewards of the environment. As of next week as per requests from the students, we will no longer sell bottled water in our canteen. Please ensure that your daughter comes to school with a reusable water bottle. We have also increased the water pressure of our bubblers across the holidays to facilitate water bottles being refilled.
Included in this newsletter is the invitation for Bingo Night next Friday night. This is a fun, informal social event for staff, parents and students and on offer is a range of prizes. Please book a table of around 10 people. Students can come along without parents as well. This is an alcohol free event.