A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Celebrated each year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.
Prayer for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Almighty and everlasting God,
You have taken up body and soul
into the heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of Your Son: Grant, we beseech You,
that, ever intent upon heavenly things,
we may be worthy to be partakers of her glory.
Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
(Lourdes Prayer Request)
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,
Over the past 2 weeks, there have been some exceptional opportunities on offer for our students which have challenged them, brought some out of a comfort zone, brought others reward or provided them with another perspective that they may not have previously had. Such opportunities include:
Year 11 Retreat
At the time of writing this article, Year 11 are still on Retreat but I had the rewarding experience of joining them for part of their program. The Year 11 Retreat program offers time for students to be surrounded by a peaceful environment to leave the routines of school and home behind and to explore themselves on many levels, through relationships with each other, with God and with themselves. Time is given for each student to think about what they represent individually and collectively, how they communicate and where their faith belief systems currently lay. This is a valuable experience for Year 11 and I thank the staff who gave of their family time to be on Retreat. Over the coming weeks, Year 11 will explore servant leadership as we move towards electing our new College leaders.
Year 12 HSC Preparation
Our HSC Dancers have completed one part of their Dance HSC when examiners from NESA visited Bethany to mark the girls on the practical side of their Dance course. Congratulations to all of our dancers and to Miss Eaton for her thorough preparation of each girl.
All of Year 12 have completed most of their HSC Trial examinations with the last exam being held on Monday. Whilst there is pressure around exam preparation, watching the girls enter each exam, has shown the staff that each girl has a set goal and is taking it very seriously to achieve this goal.
Year 8 and Year 10 have entered their selections for subjects for 2020. Whilst staff are analysing these choices, we are proud to have offered a few new courses and processes for next year. Year 9, 2020 will study elective courses in a varied way. Each girl has chosen one course that they will study for two years and then in an effort to further engage students, we have introduced 100 hour electives. This means that two other electives are studied for one year each. Such a system gives students the opportunity to experience a taste of three different subjects across Years 9 and 10. A new subject has also been offered Maths for the STEM World which will allow students more choice in learning as they study this problem based course where each girl will choose a project or problem to solve and develop.
In Year 11, 2020 there are two new subjects on offer – Industrial Technology Multimedia. This has been a very popular course in Stage 5 and our current Year 10’s having been the first to study this course at Bethany which began last year, have the opportunity to carry their knowledge through to the Stage 6 course. With thanks to Mr Gianni, we are also offering a Travel and Tourism course which does not contribute to an ATAR. This course has the aim of teaching students how to organise travel, budgeting, transport, accommodation and then teaches students the basic travel language needed in two languages to be much better prepared to travel.
The new courses described have been available for students to choose and will run if there is enough demand.
The staff are very excited to be able to have new curriculum offerings available as we continually look for avenues to cater for the current interests of our girls.
Please continue to keep Year 12 in your prayers in their final few weeks.
Father’s Day Mass
We warmly invite all dads, grandfathers and significant male role models in the lives of our girls to our Father’s Day Mass followed by a light morning tea on Thursday, 29 August. Mass begins at 7.30am at St Michael’s. We look forward to seeing a church full our dads.
Please click on the link attached to RSVP by Monday, 26 August.
Congratulations to Mya Cox – Year 9
Mya recently competed in Canada at the 13th International Soke Cup for karate.
Mya competed exceptionally well, finishing with a Gold medal in her individual kata (technique) event and 2 Bronze for her kumite (fighting) events in very tough divisions. A triple medalist in a tournament with over 500 competitors from around the world. From Hurstville to Canada with hours of training behind these outstanding results, Mya should be very proud.