It does not always pay to discount someone’s story just because it sounds a bit fantastic. During Easter 2016 we read Luke’s resurrection account: what the “eleven and all the rest” do with the women’s stories of a rolled-back stone, no body, and heavenly interpreters. The notion of resurrection was not in itself extraordinary in a first century Jewish context. The Pharisees believed in a general resurrection, but the idea that God would raise one person from the dead before the time of the general resurrection was quite unthinkable. From the men’s perspective, therefore, the women are talking nonsense. Peter decides to go and confirm their testimony for himself, indicating that he suspects there is some truth in what they have to say. Their account checks out and he goes away in amazement (no apology, just amazement).

This gospel and the whole Easter celebration is about “the one who lives”. Luke’s account leaves no doubt about the death of Jesus: there are witnesses, there is evidence. The same goes for the burial. Now, in the story of the empty tomb, Luke wants to assert that Jesus is alive. The women (Mary of Magdala, Joanna the wife of Chuza, Mary the mother of James and unidentified others) are confronted with the question: “Why are you seeking among the dead the one who lives?” They are then entrusted with the message of resurrection: “He is not here, but has been raised.” They are invited to remember the prophetic words of Jesus. They do indeed remember and they return to proclaim the good news. In line with countless prophetic figures before and since, their testimony is rejected, but is nonetheless effective through the telling and retelling of the story.

We take time at Easter to re-member, re-enact, and re-tell these originating stories of our tradition, to dramatise and celebrate in solemn ritual what we celebrate in lower key every Sunday of the year. In the faith inspired liturgical re-telling, all the power and grace of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are present to us and to our world. Resurrection faith is a commitment to life. For some, it may involve paying more serious attention to the findings of reputable climate change scientists who no doubt feel a bit like the women of the gospel when their work is discounted. For others, it may mean finding ways to redirect some of the two billion dollars that we Australians manage to spend on confectionary every year. There is no end to the challenge.












I would like to share with the community an email that I received this week from a local resident.

“Dear Sir/Madam

I am a resident in Haig Street and I need to drive through Waratah street every morning and I am appalled at the car drop off by parents at your school.

Cars park illegally and dangerously wherever they feel like to drop kids off. I’ve seen cars park on the pedestrian crossing and let kids out, stop at no parking spaces and then attempt to push back into traffic. The worst was a car stopped on the middle of the intersection at Waratah and Westbourne, stopping all traffic and driving up onto a driveway to let children out.

Don’t get me started on Croydon road! Kids being left off at the lights….

This behaviour is a reflection of your school and with one daughter attending St Marys next door, I would seriously reconsider sending her to Bethany.

I realise you cannot control what parents do outside of school, but this behaviour is appalling.

Thank you for taking the time to read my email.”

I was most embarrassed and disappointed to receive this and what makes things worse is that I have witnessed this myself as have other staff members. I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate our traffic regulations around the school precinct.

Please help us to avoid a serious accident or injury to one of our girls by:

  • Dropping your daughter off in Waratah St between 8.00 and 8.15am before the primary school rush
  • DO NOT drop off your daughter in Croydon Road. The Parish drop off zone is a NO GO ZONE. All morning and afternoon drop off and pick-ups are from Waratah Street only.
  • DO NOT park across the school drive next to the Church. It is illegal, impedes traffic in the morning. I have watched parents pull in and attempt three and four point turns with staff behind them awaiting entry and traffic banking back too.
  • Consider dropping and picking up your daughter in Botany Street, across the road. It’s faster, and safer.

I appreciate your support with this. A reminder that if you wish to visit the Uniform Shop,  buzz the intercom and drive in. We have two (disabled) spots vacant each day for parents needing to quickly access the shop, make payments with the bursar or see a teacher with whom they have an appointment.












  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What happened today that made you keep on going?
  3. What can you learn from this?
  4. What mistake did you make that taught you something?
  5. What did you try hard at today?
  6. What strategy are you going to try now?
  7. What will you do to challenge yourself today?
  8. What will you do to improve your work?
  9. What will you do to improve your talent?
  10. What will you do to solve this problem?



Our mantra:

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