A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

On Sunday the Gospel reading tells Luke’s version of the miracle of the loaves and the fishes. As Catholics, this is a well known miracle where Jesus turned a small amount of food into a worthy amount for thousands. We are told that this miracle occurred in a remote place on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The picture above is from the Church of Multiplication in Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee in Israel. I have had the pleasure of attending Mass at this Church which was quite moving and a defining spiritual moment for me. When I visited the Church of Multiplication and reflected on the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, I reflected on how this miracle signifies not simply sharing of food, but no matter how little we may have, not just in a monetary or materialistic way, that we all have gifts to share, gifts which God has given to us. For each of us in the Bethany Community, I wonder as we celebrate Bethany Day today, if we all really maximise the sharing of our individual gifts. Equally, as a Catholic Community, do we accept the gifts of others. In a practical sense for each of our girls, this is about empowering individuals to show their talents and not be embarrassed about them or be fearful of what others may think. It is about celebrating the achievements of others and thinking about if we have used all of what God has given us in our efforts. Bethany Day has been a wonderful occasion to sit back and be thankful that we have the opportunity to be part of a wonderful community and in that privilege, be committed to our small contribution that helps make Bethany a warm, welcoming and safe environment.

Today at our Mass, it was truly wonderful to share some time in prayer with all students, teaching staff, support staff, Fr George and parishioners from St Michael’s Hurstville. At the conclusion of Mass, 6 Bethany Day Award winners were announced. These girls were nominated by their year group and were acknowledged for living out the value associated with their year group. Congratulations to the following girls:

Yr 11 – Marianne Sarmiento (Service), Yr 10 – Crystal-Inara Gunawan (Welcome), Yr 8 – Hannah Alessandra Cuevas (Acceptance), Yr 9 – Livia Vucic (Justice), Yr 12 – Valerie Chan (Wholeness)

 

At our Bethany Day celebrations today, Year 12 led the way helping to organise and supervise the day. Our grounds were filled with inflatable rides, sugar galore with fairy floss, donuts and various treats in our canteen, students highlighted College spirit by dressing up and students strutted down the catwalk as winners of their year group for their fancy dress costumes. In the spirit of sharing, girls brought food to share with friends and overall it was a magnificent day to laugh, unite in the name of fun and leave some of the challenges of learning aside for the day. Thank you Year 12 for your significant leadership as well as Mrs Bullock, Mrs Matthews, Mrs Flanagan, Mrs Camporeale, Mrs Samardzic and Mrs Pedic for your support of the girls. Below is a snapshot of our day.

 

 

During week 10, Semester One reports will be released for Years 7 – 10. Some useful discussion points with your daughter before reports and parent teacher interviews also in Week 10 are:

  • Write down your grade before reports are published. Does this grade reflect your best effort? Why was this grade achieved?
  • What subjects need further work?
  • If the grade your daughter sees herself as achieving is different from what she actually achieved, ask her to describe why. This might also be a handy discussion point with her teachers at the interviews.
  • At the interviews focus on affirmation of what your daughter has done well in or improved in and then what does she next need to work on. Sometimes at interviews students feel that interviews are for students who are in trouble. We invite students to be part of interviews so that they can hear affirmation and participate in the next stage of improvement.
  • Across the holidays when your daughter is rested ask her what are her school goals for Semester Two?

I encourage parents to look at reports and interviews as different types of feedback which summarise a semester’s worth of learning. Interviews open on Monday for bookings. Please remember Thursday interviews are face to face and Friday is for Zoom interviews.

 

Thank you to all families for Semester One. As of Monday I will be on Long Service Leave until the beginning of next term. I thank Mrs Flanagan for taking on the role of Acting Principal during this time and Mrs Matthews as Acting Assistant Principal. I hope that all families stay safe in the weeks ahead.

 

Robyn Rodwell

College Principal