Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

“The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity” – Pope Francis


Yesterday was National R U OK Day? The purpose of this day is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and to support those struggling with life. This year’s theme is around signs.

Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK?

It’s time to ask R U OK? if you have a noticed a change, no matter how small

If you have noticed these signs, it’s time to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut and Ask R U OK?


Do they seem:


  • Confused or irrational
  • Moody
  • Unable to switch off
  • Concerned about the future
  • Concerned they’re a burden
  • Lonely or lacking self-esteem
  • Concerned they’re trapped or in pain



Are they:


  • Experiencing mood swings
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Changing their online behaviour
  • Losing interest in what they used to love
  • Unable to concentrate
  • Less interested in their appearance and personal hygiene
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Changing their sleep patterns



Are they experiencing: 


  • Relationship issues
  • Major health issues
  • Work pressure or constant stress
  • Financial difficulty
  • Loss of someone or something they care about




As a faith community, we value relationships, these exist with our families, friends, teachers, workmates, parish groups, sporting teams and amongst other activities. Pope Francis’ words above remind us of the importance of relationships by proximity. A day such as R U OK Day is merely a reminder to make people a priority and have presence in our relationships so that we can truly look out for and listen to the signs. We’ve all got what it takes to look out for our friends and families and although it may seem tricky, there are ways to navigate a conversation when someone says “No, I’m not ok” by following these four steps:


  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage action
  4. Check in



Archbishop’s Award

Congratulations to Cassandra Manning who is the recipient of this Year’s Archbishop’s Award. Cassie pictured below was chosen by the Archbishop  as the recipient because of her involvement in the Catholic Life of the school and beyond. The Citation listed below was read out at the ceremony held last Friday at St Mary’s Cathedral Hall.

In 2019, Cassandra was elected to the position of Captain of Religious Education and Mission.  She is a faith-filled young woman and actively works to be an authentic witness among her peers.  Cassandra regularly leads the College in prayer, is instrumental in organising students to participate in a local parish monthly youth mass, helps to coordinate social justice initiatives such as the Lenten and Christmas Appeals and contributes to her own parish as a Eucharistic Minister.  She represented Bethany College at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in 2017 and has been an outstanding advocate for this Festival in 2019 in encouraging and supporting younger students to attend this event. 



Robyn Rodwell