From the Assistant Principal

Welcome Back

A warm welcome to new and returning families for 2021. Many thanks to the vast majority of families who have ensured that the girls have returned wearing their summer uniform with pride. The way in which the girls wear their uniform speaks volumes about the pride they have in our Bethany community, the pride they have in their families and in themselves. It sets a solid foundation for the year ahead, for if  we take care of the little things the bigger things often have a way of taking care of themselves. A detailed explanation of our uniform policy can be found on page15 of the 2021 Student Planner. A number of families have already been contacted in relation to particular uniform matters that need to be addressed. I wish to thank those families for their cooperation and support, ensuring that all uniform matters are rectified by Monday February,8.  

 

Before and After School Pick Up

A reminder to parents dropping their daughters off before school that all students should be dropped off in Waratah street. As a matter of courtesy, parents and carers are reminded NOT to park in the nursing home, parish or primary school car parks for drop off or pick up. Please be mindful of the number of students entering and exiting the College at the beginning and end of the school day. Parents are further reminded that dropping off or picking up in the surrounding streets needs to be done following the local road rules. If you are picking your up and are stopping and or waiting in marked ‘No Stopping or No Parking Areas’ council have indicated that they will be fining offenders. Could we also ask that you do not stand on footpaths to wait for your daughter as we have noticed that this is blocking access and could be potentially dangerous.

 

Supervision 

At 8.30am each morning buildings will be open and the girls are able to access their lockers and organise themselves for the day ahead. The warning bell rings at 8:40am, it is expected that all students will be on site by this time and be ready for Homeroom, the official start of the school day at 8.45am. The school day concludes at 3:00pm with supervision for the loading of school specials departing from both Croydon Rd and Forest Rd. 

 

Communication 

From time to time you may need to communicate with the College regarding your daughter’s academic or pastoral needs. We encourage you to contact the College and welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with you to ensure the best outcomes for your daughter. If the issue is related to a particular subject the most appropriate person to speak to is the subject teacher. Your daughter can assist by providing you with her teacher’s name. If the issue continues we key contacts. 

 

Leader of Religious Education and Mission:   Mrs Sara Camporeale

Leader of Learning:  Mr Gregg Conroy 

Leader of Wellbeing:  Ms Mary Matthews 

Acting English Coordinator:  Ms Alix Stirling

Mathematics Coordinator: Ms Amanda Brooker  

Science Coordinator: Mr Michael Peck 

HSIE Coordinator: Mrs Kelly Smit 

TAS Coordinator : Mrs Sarah Rowland

PDHPE Coordinator:  Mrs Michelle Barass

Performing Arts Coordinator:  Ms Chiara Pascuzzo

Visual Arts Coordinator:  Mr Simon McLean

Vocational Education and Training Coordinator:  Mrs Gabrielle Killorn 

Languages Coordinator:  Mr Marco Gianni 

Learning Support Coordinator:  Mrs Anna Charas 

Teacher/Librarians:  Mrs Damienne Forrester and  Mrs Jennifier Simonetta 

 

If the matter is of a pastoral nature please contact your daughter’s Homeroom teacher, the relevant Year Coordinator as listed below or Mrs Matthews our Leader of Wellbeing. 

Year 12:  Ms Sylvia Eldahaby

Year 11:  Mrs Melanie Bullock

Year 10:  Mr Steve Donlan

Year 9:  Mrs Katrine Barnes 

Year 8 (Acting):  Miss Rochelle Bailey  

Year 7:   Mrs Laura Golding 

 

Additional staff contacts 

Careers Advisor; Mr Steve Donlan

Student Leadership Coordinator:  Ms Mary Matthews

Youth Ministry Coordinator:  Mr Sebastian Laguzza 

Sports Coordinator:  Miss Rachel Bevan 

Principal’s Assistant & Enrolments:  Jagoda Krstanovski

Fee Help & Enquiries: Lachlan Skeen;  Maria Bird;  Ann-Maree Young

 

Parent contact during the school day 

Should parents need to pick up their child or make contact during the school day we ask that you make contact with the school beforehand so that the College can attempt to ensure that your daughter is ready. A note on the morning of the day she is being picked up is always best and is school policy. Should an unexpected circumstance arise during the school day, we ask you to make contact through the College Office and we will ensure that your daughter receives any important communication. Please do not message your daughter on her phone or laptop at any time during the school day. 

Students have been informed that they are not to use their mobile phones to contact parents at any time. If students are sick or feel unwell they are to report to Student Services where the College will follow normal procedures and make the necessary calls home at that point. It would be greatly appreciated if parents and carers could please remind their children of this process and assist us in this endeavour.

 

Public Transport 

Parents are asked to ensure that their daughters have both their Opal card and masks with them at all times and remember to tap on and tap off at the commencement and conclusion of each journey. As a community we expect that the girls will behave in a manner that is aligned with the Bethany values and will always make way for members of the public. Supervision extends to the loading of school specials. Girls waiting for public buses are reminded of the importance of doing so safely. 

 

Study Skills Handbook 

In 2021, we are pleased to continue our subscription to the Dr Prue Salter’s Study Skills website. This website will help you develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarizing, technology use, brain and memory and much more. Everything you need to know about becoming a more powerful learner and improving your marks at school can be found on this site. For example, learn how the colour of your room affects your ability to study, what the best study techniques are for your type of brain, how to improve your handwriting and useful software and Apps to block yourself from technology distractions.

 You will also see lots of useful handouts, grids and planners at the bottom of the THINGS TO PRINT page.

 To access the handbook, go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and login with these details:

Username: bethanyhurstville

Password: 65success

 

I look forward to your support throughout 2021 as we work together in the interests of your daughters. 

 

Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal