Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day, a day to focus on the importance of fathers or father figures in our lives and the crucial teachings that they have given us. On Thursday we had a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist for fathers and their daughters and I thank each father who gave of their time to be with us. Below I share with you an excerpt of my reflection delivered at Mass.

Earlier this year on the Feast of St Joseph who as we know was Jesus’ earthly father, Pope Francis urged all dads in the world to stick by their children’s side, teaching them, guiding them and loving them. He said

“I ask that you have the grace to be very close to your children, letting them grow, but being by their side. They need you, your presence, to be there, your love” 

St. Joseph’s “great mission is to be a guardian,” the pope said.

The saint is a model for all educators, whether they are teachers, catechists, parents, religious or priests. 

Like an educator, St. Joseph guided and accompanied Jesus so he could grow in “wisdom and age and grace,” Pope Francis said. This is the same thing all parents must do, and “it would be a serious mistake to think that a father and a mother can’t do anything to teach their children to grow in God’s grace,” he said.

Even though God was Jesus’ father, St. Joseph lovingly took on the paternal role and taught the young Jesus various skills, the value of work, reverence for the Lord, and fidelity and obedience to God’s will. He also had to keep his family safe during the difficult period of their exile to Egypt.

So girls spend a moment thinking about how special your father is to you. Fathers, take a moment to reflect on your daughter and how she has grown from being the one who called you daddy, to the young lady she is to you today calling you dad and hopefully still laughing at your dad jokes. In our sometimes dysfunctional world, the special relationship between father and daughter can be perceived as being not so common but this Mass is a testament to such a significant relationship being alive and well.

Our dads are sometimes the people who have paid for our special surprises, worked long hours sacrificing family time to earn a living and the one who was climbed all over when you were little, took you to the park and bottle fed you through the night when you were at that stage and sat through numerous dance concerts and plays, despite his favourite sport team being on TV live. 

Your dad has challenged you, disciplined you, taught you values that you thought you may not have needed and all of this, whilst loving you unconditionally. So on his special day this Sunday, use it as a reminder that Father’s Day should be no more special than any other day. Girls dad still wants that Bunnings Gift Voucher on Sunday but let’s use Sunday to remind us that we should show our appreciation of dad every day as that’s what you also want him to do for you. On Sunday, let dad wear what he wants to wear without you commenting on if the clothes match or not, let him have some “Man Time” and most of all commit to spending some quality time with each other.

Pope Francis urged people to remember God the Father in heaven, but also their own fathers and every father, whether alive or deceased. 

As Bethany students living by the motto of “Together We Grow”, my prayer for all dad’s and their daughters is that growth is measured and valued in the ongoing depth of your wonderful relationship with each other.

Happy Father’s Day and I thank you for the fatherly support that you give to the College on a daily basis. It certainly makes our jobs easier and more of a delight.



Sydney Catholic Schools Indigenous Graduation Ceremony

Last week I had the honour of being present as Lauren Berman attended a graduation ceremony together with all indigenous students across our diocese. It was wonderful to spend time with Lauren and her family and to be amongst so many young adults proud of their history and culture. As Lauren enters her final few weeks at Bethany, she is very keen to work in an area of great passion for her which is in the field of History and ideally in a museum. Congratulations Lauren on being a fine Bethany ambassador.

Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools Vocational Education and Training (VET) Awards Ceremony

This ceremony was hosted on Wednesday evening and was the inaugural awards for students who have excelled in their chosen field of VET studies. Congratulations to Jazmine Di Palma who was chosen to be awarded for her dedication and excellence in Human Services with a Nursing focus. To be one of the thousands of students who study VET to receive this award is a credit to Jazmine and her family. Jazmine has thrived in the nursing environment and has already been accepted into university to study nursing. Congratulations Jazmine.

Design and Visual Arts Evening

Thank you and congratulations to our Year 12 Visual Arts Students and Mr McClean and all of our design students from Years 7 – 12 together with all TAS staff under the guidance of MMrs Rowland for a thoroughly professional showcase evening. From Year 7 who strutted their stuff on the catwalk wearing their freshly made pyjamas to our Year 9 – 12 Elective students, guests were enthralled by the talent contained within all finished products. The design process is especially transferable to all learning areas as girls are encouraged to take a risk with an idea and test its worthiness. For all of the hours of hard and extra work by staff and students, I truly hope that you are proud of your products and the proof that the hard work has paid off.




HSC Drama

Year 12 Drama students represented themselves and the College proudly on Thursday as NESA examiners came in to mark all students on their group and individual performances. Upon talking to the girls and their teachers Mrs Camer and Mrs Iffland, it seemed that the girls rose to the nervous occasion and for many, performed better than they had previously. HSC Drama takes enormous time and sacrifice by all involved. Thank you girls and now the focus transfers back to your theory component.



HSC Supervisors

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