Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Last Sunday marked the beginning of Advent and in the first week of Advent, we focus on hope. Hope is a tangible way that we can act out our faith by having hope in one another, hope in our relationships and hope for our future. It is the message of hope that is important to be instilled in all of our students.

The season of Advent is an invitation to set your mind off the stresses of the year. We can take our focus off of the crazy hustle of the season and the sadness that could accompany the different ways some of us may be choosing to observe the holiday season this year. Even when things feel chaotic we can find peace in Jesus. Advent is a chance to focus our thoughts on the gift God has given us in his son Jesus who stepped down from heaven and took the form of a man so that we might believe.

The tradition for the second Sunday of Advent, this Sunday, includes lighting the second purple candle that is a symbol of faith.

This second Sunday of Advent we read, pray, and reflect on the hope God’s plan gives us (foretold by the prophets and fulfilled by the life and death of Christ), and we meditate on the promise of Christ’s coming glory-filled return.

As we move towards our final cycle of the year, it is important that students attend each day until the end of the year. Yes learning can look a little different at the end of the year but attending each day displays consistency of effort. Our Year 11 students are undertaking their first round of HSC Assessment tasks. We look forward to December 15 when HSC results are released. Our next and final newsletter of the year will be sent in Week 10, updating the community on our HSC results and other successes across the College.

The end of the year is also a good time to find out more about how your daughter can be affirmed because of her growth this year and also where is the next level of improvement. Please book your parent teacher interviews with these 2 issues as a guide. These interviews are set so that clear direction for goals of students can be set across the holiday break keeping in mind the advice of staff.

I look forward to the final weeks with students as a settled time and one of celebration as we reflect on the magnificent year of 2022.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal