From the Assistant Principal

Elevate Education 

Student engagement is a pivotal factor in the successful navigation of the secondary school journey. Elevate Education works with students at Bethany from Year 7 – 12 to improve student engagement in relation to their learning. On Thursday, March 12 Year 7 students will attend a study skills seminar where representatives from Elevate Education will introduce the girls to a range of skills, including dynamic reading and effective note taking skills. Our Year 8 students will participate in a similar workshop on Friday, March 13, where the foundations built upon in Year 7 will be further developed and include conceptual learning and independent study skills.  

The opportunity to work collaboratively with parents is something we value highly. As such we are pleased to be able to offer a number of parents evenings throughout the year. In the coming weeks  Elevate Education will facilitate an evening for parents of students in Years 10, 11 and 12 assisting parents to gain further insight into how best to support their daughters in the areas of time management, organisation, minimising distraction, motivation, stress management and study techniques. Furthemore, this seminar will provide some important insights into how parents can be actively involved in their daughters’ education whilst assisting parents to maintain a very positive relationship with them.  Parents of students in Year 10, 11 and 12 who have not had the opportunity to attend this seminar previously are strongly encouraged to attend. The evening to be held on Monday March 16, will commence promptly at 6pm and conclude by 7pm. 

Sydney Catholic Schools are providing a wonderful opportunity for parents to hear for  Andrew Fuller, renowned Australian Clinical Psychologist, author and leading mental health expert, around parenting, the mental health of children and young people, and navigating the difficulties of raising children in a complex world. Andrew is an engaging and informative presentator. There are four opportunities in different locations, across Sydney,  to hear Andrew speak. I strongly encourage you to attend one of the presentations on offer. Please RSVP using the link provided later in this newsletter. 

Monday 30 March – Brigidine College, Randwick

Tuesday 31 March – Domremy College, Five Dock

Wednesday 1 April – Aquinas Catholic College, Menai

Thursday 2 April – Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton

 

Cyber Safety

Cyber safety continues to be an issue high on the agenda of many parents. On Monday the 4th of May the students will have an opportunity to attend a presentation from Brett Lee ( a former undercover detective from Queensland who worked in the Cyber arena). In the evening commencing at 6pm Brett will be facilitating a parent education evening, providing some extremely valuable insights and advice for parents wishing to keep their daughters safe in the cyber world.  

 

Attendance 

In order to get the most out of her education, your daughter needs to attend school every day. School attendance has a major influence on educational outcomes and overall school engagement, including the development of positive relationships. Punctuality also plays a crucial role in school success every minute counts and every minute missed has an impact on your daughters learning. 

Each day of absence must be explained within 7 school days this can be done in any one of the following ways 

  • By accessing Compass (through the link provided in the sms sent to notify you of your daughters unexplained absence ) and indicating the reason, 
  • By calling the College Office to inform the Staff, 
  • By sending a note to school with an explanation for the absence. 

If you do not explain your daughter’s absence in one of the above mentioned ways, it remains ‘unexplained’ on the College roll, which is a legal document. Each fortnight Ms Matthews (Leader of Wellbeing) will send an email to the families of students whose absence remains unexplained, providing a final opportunity to explain the absence. We would greatly appreciate the efforts of parents/cares to ensure that all absences are explained and that in all circumstances the girls endeavour to ensure that they are punctual at both the beginning of the school day and to class. 

 

Buses 

As a result of recent overcrowding on the 452 bus to Hurstville station of an afternoon departing outside Sydney Technical High School, students and parents are reminded that the girls are not to walk to an earlier or bus stop beyond Bethany College. Students catching this bus to Hurstville Westfield are asked to wait for the school special which departs from Croydon Rd and allow students travelling beyond Westfield access to this service. I thank you for your cooperation and support in this matter.

 

Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal