Welcome back

The final term is upon us and as we race towards the finish line there is much to do. I hope all the

girls had a relaxing break in the glorious weather that we have experienced and feel ready to work

hard for the next few weeks.


Year 12 Final Assembly, Farewell, Mass and Dinner

At the end of last term we held the graduation ceremonies for our Year 12 students and it was very

pleasing to hear the warm manner in which the leaders spoke of their years at Bethany and

the way in which many people here had contributed to their development as young women feeling

confident to face the challenges of the world beyond school and the motivation they have to make a

positive impact on the world. At their farewell assembly, they certainly were inspirational to the

younger girls and they could comfortably leave the College feeling proud of their achievements and

the contribution they have made to those they leave behind.  I have been very proud of this group of

girls and in the tradition of the final schools days there was a little fun but everything respectful  and

dignified. The girls showed great maturity and as teachers we feel that they approach their

upcoming examinations well prepared and ready to give it their best shot. We all wish them well for

the month that lies ahead. The Higher School Certificate commenced this week, so please remember the girls in your prayers.

Photos of students from the graduation dinner are now available at  using the passcode HZC FK4 YXH.



 Mental Health Week, October 2-10, 2015



“Act. Belong. Commit”

 In the last week, the College Counsellor and Year Coordinators have been actively working with our students on promoting Mental Health Week. Why? Here are some facts and figure from Youth Beyond Blue:

 One in 16 young Australians is currently experiencing depression

  • Breakdown: 6.3% of Australians aged 16 to 24 have experienced an affective disorder in the last 12 months. This is equivalent to 180,000 young people today.
  • One in six young Australians is currently experiencing an anxiety condition
    Breakdown: 15.4% of Australians aged 16 to 24 have experienced an anxiety disorder in the last 12 months. This is equivalent to 440,000 young people today.
  • One in four young Australians currently has a mental health condition
    Breakdown: 26.4% of Australians aged 16 to 24 currently have experienced a mental health disorder in the last 12 months. This figure includes young people with a substance use disorder. This is equivalent to 750,000 young people today.
  • Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents
    Breakdown: 324 Australians (10.5 per 100,000) aged 15-24 dying by suicide in 2012. This compares to 198 (6.4 per 100,000) who died in car accidents (the second highest killer).
  • Evidence suggests three in four adult mental health conditions emerge by age 24 and half by age 14
    Breakdown: Half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders start by age 14 years and three fourths by age 24 years.
  • Young people are most concerned about coping with stress, school or study problems and body image in that order.
    Breakdown: The top issues of concern to young people in 2013 were, in order, coping with stress, school or study problems, body image, depression and family conflict.
  • Concern about mental health among young people is growing
    Breakdown: 15.2% identified mental health as a major issue facing Australia in 2013, up from 12.7% in 2012 and 10.7% in 2011.
  • Young people see mental health as a more important issue than things such as the environment, bullying, education and employment
    Breakdown: In 2013, young people saw mental health as a more important issue than things such as the environment, bullying, education and employment.
  • A quarter of young Australians say they are unhappy with their lives
    Breakdown: In 2013, almost one in four young people (24.3%) said they were sad, very sad or not happy when asked to report how happy they were with their life as a whole.


A Prayer for World Mental Health Week

Tender God,

Your gentle and kind-hearted love

waits for us in the darkness and shields

us from the light when it feels too overwhelming. We remember today all those who

live in the depths of depression. Continue to cherish us all when we find it so difficult

to cherish ourselves. Enable us to discover companions of compassion who will abide

with us, as you abide in all things and in all places where the heart and mind aches for

peace and a place of rest from the storm. We ask this in the name of our brother and

friend, Jesus Christ. Amen


Community News

  • We welcome back Mrs Adrianna Coleman from parental leave. Adrianna is working in a job-share arrangement with Mrs Kalaitzis. Good to have you back!
  • We keep Mrs Rosemary Rizk in our prayers. Ms Rizk suffered an orthopaedic injury at work and is recovering  from her surgery. In the meantime, Miss Therese Napoli has been appointed to fill in for her.
  • Members of our community are asked to keep Mrs King’s family in their prayers as her husband battles a serious medical condition.


Changes over the vacation break

  •  Work continued on the Chapel refurbishment. This is almost complete. RE classes should be able to use this space shortly.
  • New College LED sign has been installed on the corner of Forest and Croydon Roads. We believe this give our school a stronger presence on the streetscape and is a great tool for communicating to the wider, local community.


Parents and Friends Meeting, 7pm, 19 October

I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. There will be an election of new office bearers along with report on progress since the last meeting.


Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”
Vicki Lavorato