The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Yesterday on the Church’s calendar was the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

When Mary was asked to be the mother of the Savior, she was completely free to accept or reject the offer. Her response, “Let it be done to me,” was a great act of faith. Because she did not understand what was happening, she must have known that there would be difficulties ahead.

She replied yes to the angel’s announcement and agreed to become the mother of Jesus, and the Church has declared Mary to be the Mother of God. Because she was the first to say yes to the Messiah, the Church has declared her to be the Mother of the Church.

The feast of the presentation of Mary dates back to the 6th century in the East and the 15th century in the West. It is based on an ancient tradition that says Mary was taken to the temple in Jerusalem when she was 3-years-old and dedicated to God. What we celebrate on this day is the fact that God chose to dwell in Mary in a very special way. In response, Mary placed her whole self at the service of God. Every moment since your Baptism, God invites you to be open to his grace and dedicate yourself to him, as Mary did.

from Saints and Feast Days, by Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio



Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Over the last 2 weeks, students in Years 7 – 10 have been put the finishing touches on their formal assessments for the year whilst Year 11 have begun topics for their HSC and are undertaking their first HSC assessment tasks. The next few weeks for Years 7 – 10 are times for valuable learning. Students may feel less pressure without assessments hanging over them to explore in various subjects how they best learn and how what is being taught has  real world applications. Whilst teaching style does not change during this time, students may be more open to other possibilities than just focussing on assessment.

The teaching staff are currently working on reports for Years 7 – 10 and this semester  we will be trialling our new Compass reports with Years 7 and 8 only. Report style remains unchanged for Years 9 and 10. All reports will be published on Compass by the end of week 9 and no hard copies will be published for any year group. Parent Teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday December 17 between 9am – 3pm. These interviews are a valuable time to speak with teachers about what could be worked upon across the holidays and are also a time to affirm your daughter. It would be disheartening to think that with reports being published online prior to interviews that attendance declines. In 2020, all year groups will have the changed format of reports on Compass. Over the remaining weeks, I trust that girls will keep focus and attend every day until the end of the year.

Our Newman Showcase evening will be held on Tuesday from 4.30 – 6.30pm. This evening highlights the extensive work that our Newman students have undertaken throughout the year and is impressive in terms of the varied activities on offer. If you are attending this showcase, please keep in mind that 6 of our Year 10 students under the guidance of Mr Kipriotis have planned this entire event. The girls have encouraged Newman students to submit work, have project managed all aspects of the night including the timing, floor plan, advertising and format. My sincere congratulations to the girls, I know that they are most excited about seeing their plans come to fruition and is a brilliant example of showcasing student voice.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal