A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5:1
Over the last few months, our country has experienced many natural disasters and much tragedy. From the drought, to disastrous fires to flooding and severe wind damage and the effects on people with the coronavirus, senseless killings and loss to families. During these times, our faith can become more meaningful and a comfort as we turn to God for guidance and hope for better days ahead. Throughout the events across Summer, many people felt helpless and could only watch the suffering from our TV screens. Through such tragedy my faith is constantly renewed by the spirit in which people rally around those in need. Last weekend the Fire Fight Australia concert held in Sydney where 75000 music fans joined as one not only for a good time but to stand united in support of the victims of the bush fires and to thank RFS volunteers and other emergency workers was heartwarming. The same could be said of our students especially our Year 12 leaders who during the holidays were devising a plan of how Bethany could offer support. This was the beginnings of the Bethany Dance Party held last Friday.
For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, I pray that the words of Corinthians can offer some comfort, knowing that our eternal home will never be destroyed nor entry ignored.
High Achievers Assembly
Last week we were delighted to invite back 77 of our high achievers from the Graduating Class of 2019. These girls were an inspiration particularly to our Year 11 and 12 students where a question and answer forum was held to hear advice from our high achievers. Tips about best ways to manage stress, strategies for effective study, life balance as an HSC student, managing positive relationships and balancing reliance on technology with study were discussed. It was with great pride that we heard of the plans of each student as some embarked on their University entry this week. We were also delighted to hear further success of 3 students who joined the over 90 ATAR group. This means that 35 students achieved an ATAR over 90 which is 1 in 4 students. I also thank our Acting Regional Director Mr Phil Gane for speaking at our Assembly.
It was with much delight that we were able to open our new bathrooms last Tuesday. Our new bathroom block has 26 cubicles replacing the block which had 12 cubicles. This should help better suit the needs of our girls. This new block can be accessed from both Yallunga Court and Penola Court and thus will better enhance the flow of people as the girls move around the College. On behalf of the Bethany Community, I thank Sydney Catholic Schools for their financial support in making this project come to fruition so quickly.
We will be holding our Open Day on March 3 between 3 and 6pm. The entire College will be open for prospective students and their families to view what we have on offer at the College. Students who are currently in Year 5 will need to enrol by Week 10 of this term. Please pass this information on to families that you know who have daughters of this age.
For our current students, Open Day is a great opportunity to showcase our greatest asset, your daughter. The feedback that we receive about our Open Days often focuses on the welcoming nature of our students. Please encourage your daughter to volunteer for Open Day.
P&F Bingo Evening
Save the Date: June 26 – 6pm
Venue: Yallunga Hall
All parents and students welcome