A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,
As a faith community, I was heartened to see our faith alive and well by the involvement of our students in Refugee Week activities last week. Mrs Chisari and Year 9 led the school in prayer and showed commitment to their value of ‘Justice’ through the power of story and reflection of refugees across the world but especially in our country. We had a powerful few moments where staff and students joined in a prayer circle to offer up our prayers for the plight of refugees and for our political leaders to be guided by Catholic Social Teaching. Following prayer amongst a busy playground, we stood in silence as a mark of solidarity and a time to think about those who have had to flee their homeland for personal security. We thought about the brave efforts of individuals who have left family members behind to pursue a better life despite the obstacles of language, food and accomodation. Our guiding leader Jesus was a living example of acceptance and justice, may the Bethany Community continue to look beyond ourselves in the way that Jesus modelled for us.
With a fortnight to go before the halfway point of the academic year, I thought it timely to offer some questions that parents may like to discuss with your daughter. Each time I speak to a parent about why they chose Bethany, words such as opportunities, relationships, focus on individual best and growth are key themes. With this in mind, I would ask parents to challenge your daughter on where they fit on this scale. Before reports are distributed for Years 7 – 10 at the end of term and for Years 11 and 12 as they progress deeper into the year, how does your daughter thinking she is growing so far this year? Is she on target to meet her academic goals? Why is she on target or not? It is important for the girls to be able to name their strengths and challenges. Has your daughter taken advantage of the opportunities on offer at the College – sport teams, debating, public speaking, Youth Mass, Library Tutoring, Lifesavers, SMILE Team and so on? How does your daughter contribute to positive relationships – is she kind online? Does she give as much as receive? Does she acknowledge her role if things go wrong? I encourage all parents to keep asking your daughter questions in order to challenge and motivate her to do her best. Year 12 are almost at the stage where they wish they had more time to squeeze every opportunity out of the College that they can. The real message is that it is never too late to maximise opportunity but it is each individual student who has to have the drive or the work ethic to want to seize each opportunity.
I congratulate the many students who involve themselves in the life of the College and look forward to even more involvement next term.