A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Saint Michael the Archangel isn’t a saint, but rather he is an angel, and the leader of all angels and of the army of God. This is what the title “Archangel” means, that he is above all the others in rank.

St. Michael has four main responsibilities or offices, as we know from scripture and Christian tradition.

The first is to combat Satan.

The second is to escort the faithful to heaven at their hour of death.

The third is to be a champion of all Christians, and the Church itself.

And the fourth is to call men from life on Earth to their heavenly judgment.

Very little is known about St Michael other than what we know from scriptures, which themselves are sparse. 

 

This year as we celebrate 110 years of the Hurstville Parish of St Michael’s we had the privilege on Friday night of being part of the Parish Concert in honour of such a significant anniversary. As I sat and watched the wonderful performances of singing, dance and music, what struck me was what a vibrant community the parish is. From the young choir of St Mary’s Star of the Sea, to the Bethany choir and HSC Dancers, to retired parishioners, the clergy and many others, the enthusiasm within community and the diversity of community under the common banner of strong faith was evident. I pass on my appreciation to Fr Janusz and Joy from the parish for the kind invitation and thank our girls who performed and parents who supported and Mrs Moroney, Miss Eaton and Mrs Pascuzzo for their preparation of our girls.

Welcome back to Term 3. Students and staff seemed to have returned refreshed and ready for the challenges ahead. It was a wonderful start to the semester celebrating the academic achievements and effort of our students at our awards ceremony last week. I thank all parents who attended and saw the pride in your eyes of the achievements of your daughters. In my message to students, I encouraged the girls to find what motivates them in whatever arena and to try to use this motivation to achieve growth at school. Congratulations to all of our award winners.

This week we extended our best wishes to Mrs Golding who takes leave to have her first child and welcome Mrs Bullock as the Year 8 Coordinator. Miss Paloma Zovko will replace Mrs Golding for her classes.

Next week Year 12 begin their HSC Trial examinations. Over the last 2 weeks we have extended our Library hours until 6pm each evening to help facilitate and encourage collaboration in study. I congratulate Year 12 on their efforts and ask that you keep Year 12 in your prayers.

With the HSC beginning early Term 4, we are in need of HSC Supervisors. To be a HSC supervisor, your time is required to oversee the running of exams in a group or individual capacity. This is a paid form of work where you would be employed by NESA. A Presiding Officer who is the overarching supervisor for all exams has already been employed. If you have the time during the end of October to mid November to fulfil such a role please contact they Principal’s Assistant Jagoda.krstanovski@syd.catholic.edu.au who will forward you the details of our Presiding Officer. To be eligible, you must not have a child in Year 12.

 

 

Robyn Rodwell

Principal