Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Welcome to our 2020 academic year. A special welcome parents of Year 7 students and others who are new from Years 8 – 11.

Sydney Catholic Schools’ theme for 2020 is “Young man, I say to you, arise” (Luke 7:14). The Action is “Wake up, leave your mark on life.” There is much to this theme that we can unpack with our girls. The Bethany values inspire in girls a learning framework where if they become self directed, engaged, creative, critical and collaborative learners, they are indeed well versed to leave their mark in life. Already after the devastation of the bushfires, students have come forward to offer ideas of ways to support families affected by the bushfires and to that end, a student led dance party will be held next Friday in our Hall with an entry fee with all proceeds going to St Vincent de Paul appeal for bushfires.

On a personal level, I ask parents to discuss this theme and action with your daughters in terms of leaving their mark by working to their goals and maximising effort for their personal best. A new year is refreshing and a chance for new beginnings as your daughter learns the styles of new teachers, new subjects and greater expectations. Past misdemeanours are forgotten and hopefully a mindset of “I’ve got this” can be developed where ownership of learning is in the hands of each girl. This was discussed at Assembly last week and I look forward to witnessing each girl leaving their mark as the 2020 academic year continues.

Last week we welcomed 192 Year 7 students to the Bethany Community and approximately 17 new students across Years 8 – 11. All students have settled in well, forming new relationships and enjoying the welcoming vibe of our College. We also welcome the following staff to Bethany:


and Mrs Jennifer Simonetta – Teacher Librarian


High Achievers Assembly

On the back of our outstanding 2019 HSC Results we welcome back on Wednesday our High Achievers. These are students who came first across their courses, were distinguished achievers, gaining a Band 6 in a subject and students who scored an ATAR above 90. In total, over 70 students will be joining us. This is often an inspirational assembly where our current students can learn from these girls. A Q&A session will be held with our High Achievers speaking directly to Year 11 and 12 following the assembly.


Parents & Friends Meeting

Our first P&F Meeting of the year will be held on Monday at 7pm. For this meeting, we will gather in the College Hall due to the bathroom renovations which block easy access to our Library. For all parents new to the College, this meeting is a time to gain more information about the College and meet other parents in a relaxing atmosphere. The meeting will go no longer than 1 hour. I ask you to make this time in support of your daughter.


Student Leave

Each year, I have several requests for students to take leave. Please be advised that it is in the best interests of your daughter’s education, for her to be at school every day. One of the greatest measures of student success is attendance. Please do not plan travel outside of school holidays. If there are pressing reasons to miss more than 10 days, an application for leave must be made with me well in advance of departure.



Robyn Rodwell

College Principal