Year 7 – Term 1 Highlights

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 1 already!  I am pleased to report that Year 7 has made a fantastic start to their high school life at Bethany College.  I have had many good reports about the girls from their teachers.  There have been many highlights including the following:-

Camp – for many girls this turns out to be their highlight of the year.  The camp was a great success as all girls got to know other girls in the group.  The girls threw themselves into all the activities which were pool games, dragon boating, billy cart making and racing and initiative games.  Another popular activity was the fashion designing using newspapers.  The fashion parade was a lot of fun.

Enlighten Education workshop “The Journey” – this was a program specifically targeted at girls and their transition from primary to high school.  The girls learned the importance of journal writing, strategies to help them achieve their potential, stress management skills and how to avoid friendship issues.  The girls loved it and gave very positive feedback to the presenter.

Bethany Day – commencing with a beautiful whole-school mass, this was a lovely community day, despite the weather, with many girls dressing up and enjoying the party atmosphere.

This morning the girls completed a survey about bullying at school.  The aim of the survey is to give the girls a ‘voice’ about bullying at Bethany and emphasise that it is not tolerated.  The Working Together – Anti-bullying in Sydney Catholic Schools document for parents defines bullying as ‘repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful, and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.’  This can also include cyberbullying.  It is important that if girls feel they are being bullied or observe bullying at school they should report it to a teacher straight away.

Have a restful Easter break and I look forward to seeing the girls back next term refreshed and revitalised.

Rob Gough

Year 7 Coordinator