A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents, Carer’s and Friends of Bethany,
Today Australia celebrates World Teachers Day. As we pray for the Bethany staff today, I would like to thank each staff member for their dedication to working hard to cater for each girl in our school. The extent that our teachers go to in order to find interesting ways to inspire and teach are admirable. In a year where educating students has meant thinking of new ways to teach, I am proud to congratulate the Bethany staff on embracing change and learning new technologies.
A PRAYER FOR TEACHERS
Giver of All Wisdom and Greatest of all Teachers,
Look upon our teachers with love
Grant them the resolve
To nurture our eager minds
And to never give up on us who fall behind
Bless their hearts
For they rejoice when we succeed And encourage us when we fail
Endow them with gentle patience
For the path of learning is never easy
Kindle a spirit of passion in them
It is the flame that ignites the love of learning in us
Help them see the potential in each student
Their belief in us means much more than the grade we make
Instill in them a commitment to keep on learning
It shows us to not fear new knowledge and experiences
Inspire them to touch the future
They influence how big a dream we dream for ourselves
Bless our teachers who have come before for their work endures to this day
Let the light of Your example shine upon all teachers: To build up with their words
To love with their mind : To share with their heart.
A special welcome back to all families from me. As you know, I have been on leave for 2 weeks and I thank Mrs Hughes and Mrs Kennaugh for stepping into the Acting Principal and Assistant Principal roles in my absence. I was delighted to return refreshed and to see our girls in their Summer Uniforms also looking refreshed and well into their studies for the term. Over the past few days, I have walked around the College and have witnessed student debates, new College leaders planning initiatives. I have seen student wellbeing highlighted in various ways from zoom lessons about strategies to deal with anxiety to sport and art and craft used as a means to relaxing and using creativity and students running sessions on mindfulness. This has highlighted the dedication of our teachers to guide students to have a voice, but more so has showcased the talents and initiative of our girls to strive for positivity and as a student body to be encouraging of others. The articles that follow in this newsletter are also testament to student led initiatives.
Please keep Fr Janusz from our St Michael’s Hurstville Parish in your prayers as he is recovering from being unwell and has been hospitalised. Some of our regular Masses and opportunities for Reconciliation will be reduced as Fr Janusz recovers.
Welcome to Mr Dane Scerri who replaces Mr Roberts in Science for this term. Mr Scerri comes with extensive Science teaching experience from All Saints College at Liverpool.
The HSC Exams began last week and HSC students have had to operate inside a bubble created especially for Year 12 at the College so as to limit contact with other staff and students in case of a positive COVID result in the school. Whilst this has meant extra sign on measures and precautions, our Year 12 students have adapted quickly and have undertaken each exam to the best of their ability. Whilst there have been many nerves and some exams harder than others, what has been obvious is the care that Year 12 have taken to prepare for each exam and their motivation to succeed. Please keep Year 12 in your prayers in the final 2 weeks of exams.
It was a privilege to induct our new leaders for 2021 on Monday at Mass. In Fr Janusz’ absence, I thank Fr Chris Ryan from St Declan’s Penshurst for celebrating the Eucharist with us. Fr Chris was inspirational in speaking with the girls about the need for leaders to have positive relationships with each other and to be guided by Jesus as a role model for leadership. We look forward to our new leaders further deepening student led initiatives across the College.
A friendly reminder that students should not attend school if they have any cold or flu-type symptoms. Please forward COVID results to the College for clearance to attend school. We continue to have our cleaning protocols in place to help with student safety and still have some limitations with regards to the school operating as normal.