A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday which marks 50 days from Easter Sunday.  It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. At such an important time in our liturgical year, the Archdiocese of Sydney, led by our Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, has released the 9th pastoral letter. The pastoral letter is linked here and I encourage you to read this and reflect on how this letter can impact on your life.

Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter for Pentecost.

Upon reflection, this pastoral letter speaks to me about examining how open our lives are. Amidst the COVID -19 pandemic, we have witnessed many closures and still we are in Australia with Victoria going into lockdown today. We have witnessed community gatherings and events diminished in number but what else have we not been open to? Always referenced around community safety, how open are we to our Church? How might we encourage people to return to our Churches, social justice initiatives and sense of community? How do we continue to be open amidst the physical closures? I pray that we remain open to God, continue to be guided by Him and promote community by helping others return to Mass and helping out groups in need. Let us be a Bethany community who has awareness of other and support and comfort those who may feel isolated as we continue to struggle across the world through this pandemic.

A warm Bethany welcome to Mrs Kristina Flanagan who joined our College in Week 5 as our Assistant Principal. Mrs Flanagan brings a wealth of experience to Bethany and is enthusiastic about fulfilling her role in the years ahead. Already, Mrs Flanagan has had an impact on the College and is immersing as quickly as possible in the priorities we have for 2021. I am delighted to work with such an inspirational teacher and leader and I look forward to introducing Mrs Flanagan to the community at the various events which we have coming up soon.

 

 

This week we also welcome Mrs Margaret Wetherill to Bethany who joins our English department. Mrs Wetherell will replace Ms Stirling for the remainder of the year whilst she is on maternity leave.

 

One of the key success indicators for the HSC is subject selection. Last Friday, we launched the Year 10 subject selection process. Our process is quite detailed and is paced in such a way that time is given for students along the way to think and consult. Year 10 have completed their Academic Services Australia testing which serves the purpose of providing ability data, growth data and some career advice. Year 10 have been given the subject selection handbook which outlines the entire process and provides information on all subjects offered at the College. I encourage all Year 10 parents and students to read this booklet thoroughly. Next week, Year 10 will hear from teachers about every subject on offer. This is a time for students to be open to listening about every subject and not come along with preconceived ideas. By the end of term, all parents and students will know recommendations for subjects in the English, Maths and Science faculties. Students are guided in this process for the sole reason of setting them up for their individual academic success. It is vital that students pick at a level consistent with their ability. Mr Donlan will be on hand as the Careers Adviser to speak with girls throughout this process.

 

UPCOMING DATES FOR PARENTS 

 

Yr 10 subject selection evening:  

8 June            

6.00 – 7.00pm

Year 8 & 9 study skills evening: 

15 June             

6.00-7.30pm 

Parent teacher interviews – Years 7 – 10:

24 June     

25 June 

8.30am – 8.00pm

8.30am – 12.00pm

Yr 10 subject selection interviews with parents:

13 July 

14 July 

 

2.00 – 7.00pm 

8.00 – 11.00am

 

Brett Lee cybersafety night: 

 11 August   

6.00 – 7.30pm

 

 

 

Robyn Rodwell

Principal