Term 2 – Week 2 - 06 May 2022


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Welcome officially to Term 2. Our girls have been most impressive with the way that they have returned this term and are well into the next stage of their learning.

Yesterday we celebrated a beautiful Mass and morning tea in honour of all of the mother figures in our lives. Each mother was presented with a small gift from her daughter with a card saying:

“The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.”- St. Therese of Lisieux 

During this month of May where our Church reflects on Mary, may we too acknowledge Mary as Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. As the mother of Jesus, Mary accepted without prior warning, to be the chosen one. I  am sure that Mary did not see this in her life journey but she created space in her life to be the mother of the human Jesus. By doing this, Mary entered into a personal relationship with Christ, developing as all mothers do, gifts of tenderness, perception and listening. Mary made her special gifts of intuition and sensitivity effective in the service of Christ’s mission.

Just as Mary made space in her life for Jesus, we offer a prayer of thanks for all of the sacrifices that our mothers have made for us.

I hope that all of our Bethany mums have a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday.


Term 2 is often seen as a term filled with assessment tasks, projects and general busyness in the classroom, more so than other terms. We pride ourselves on wanting students to feel safe, happy and confident when they come through the gate each morning so that learning can be maximised under these conditions. To help your daughter be at her best, please discuss with her overall organisation of what is due soon and what the plans are to meet expectations of certain dates. We do not want girls to feel overwhelmed or anxious and good planning can help in this area. 

Resilience is also key to helping each girl learn. There are some times when a girl may have made a mistake or did not plan well enough or made a poor decision. If this is the case and there happens to be consequences for this, I ask parents to allow your daughter to experience that actions come with consequences and if this is negative, that should be seen as a learning opportunity. Please insist that your daughter follows College expectations as we are all mindful of the same goal which is seeing each girl improve over time.

Over the holidays, we have had a new phone system installed at the College. This now means that the College phone number will appear when we ring you. This phone number is 85660711. Please put this in your contact list so that you will answer if we ring. I am aware that often people will not answer a call if the number is not in their contacts so please program Bethany in for this reason. We also ask that all occasions of absence from school are explained. Please look at your daughter’s attendance on Compass to ensure that it is as you know. Even being a few minutes late requires an explanation in Compass.

Since the beginning of this term we have only had a few cases of COVID across staff and students. Each girl has been given a pack of 5 Rapid Antigen Tests for her use when required. At any time, if more tests are required, please make contact with the College for us to give your daughter more tests. As you know, close contacts are able to come to school but the College must be told that your daughter is a close contact and a mask needs to be worn indoors and a Rapid Antigen Test taken each morning before coming to school. As we have Year 12 Retreat coming up, it is important to note that under the School Guidelines for COVID, close contacts cannot attend overnight events. For any Year 12 student who may be a close contact whilst Retreat is on, they will need to stay at home.

On May 17, we will hold parent teacher interviews for Year 11 and 12 students. Bookings open for these interviews which will be held face to face next week. For parents of students in Years 7 – 10, parent teacher interviews will be held on June 30 and July 1. These are pupil free days. As these are spread across 2 days, we will offer a dual mode of interviews. On Thursday June 30, face to face interviews will be offered from 8.30am until 8pm. As we have learned from restrictions with the pandemic, some families find the convenience of Zoom interviews easier to fit into busy schedules. For this reason, Friday July 1 will be reserved for parents wanting a Zoom interview between 8.30am and 2pm. Please save the date for one of these days. These interviews are crucial to our partnership of offering advice for the continual improvement of your daughter.

I look forward to seeing many more parents on site this term and I thank all of the parents so far who have come to our Thursday sport, Mother’s Day Mass and debating.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

The first two weeks of school have flown by and it has been lovely to see our students back at the College. Two significant events have taken place here in this short time; we recognised our ANZACs in our ANZAC Day Assembly and yesterday, in honour of Mother’s Day, we welcomed the women who are important to the lives of our girls to school and celebrated Mass together. I was sad to miss this special mass but was able to attend a Mother’s Day Mass with my own children at their school. 

On Tuesday,17th May we will be holding our Parent/Teacher Interviews for students in Years 11 and 12. In order to prepare for these interviews, all students will be dismissed from school at 1.30pm. If your daughter catches the bus home from school, our regular school specials have been organised to transport them home. 

On Wednesday, 4th May, additional supplies of Rapid Antigen Tests were distributed to students. If your daughter was absent on Wednesday they can collect their RATs  from the Bursar’s Office. 

Waratah St is particularly busy during school drop off and pick up times and we’ve had the occasional near miss when students have walked in front of cars or when drivers have turned into driveways in order to pick up or drop off students. Please speak with your daughters about paying attention to traffic and not their phones as they leave the school grounds. I would also ask that drivers pay additional attention to their surroundings, particularly during busy periods. 

I hope this Sunday is a beautiful day for all the special women in your lives. 



9 May – 10 May  

3.00 – 6.00pm:  Year 7 2024 Interviews

9-13 May  

Year 12 Work Placement – Early Childhood and Hospitality

10 May  

NAPLAN Writing – Years 7 & 9

11 May  

NAPLAN Reading – Years 7 & 9

Regional Debating Comp – Round 2

13 May  

NAPLAN catch up – Writing/Reading

16 May  

NAPLAN Language Conventions Years 7 & 9

17 May  

NAPLAN Numeracy – Years 7 & 9

Year 11 & 12 Parent / Teacher / Students Interviews

18 May  

Regional Debating Comp – Round 3 (@Marist Penshurst)

18 & 19 May  

Naplan catch-ups

24 May  

Sydney Cross Country – Secondary

25 May  

Year 10 Newman Science and Engineering Challenge (ANSTO)

25-27 May  

Year 12 Retreat

27 May  

Year 10 Allwell Testing


Kristina Flanagan

Assistant Principal


What’s Happening in Religious Education

The Month of Mary

“The month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love that will be paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne”.                                                 – Mense Maio, Pope Paul VI,1965


May 13 marks the anniversary of the first of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children of Fatima, Portugal. Lucia dos Santos (aged 9) and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto (aged 8 and 6, respectively) were tending sheep in central Portugal in 1917 when they had a vision of a woman surrounded by light who identified herself as the Lady of the Rosary. She exhorted them to pray the rosary for world peace and, over the course of her six apparitions, gave the children three ‘secrets.’ The second secret was a prediction of the end of WWI and a prediction of the beginning of WWII as well as a request to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In 1942, Pope Pius XII consecrated the whole of humanity, implicitly including Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On March 25 2022, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I offer a Hail Mary for our Blessed Mother to expedite a peaceful resolution to this current conflict and encourage you to pray the Rosary during the month of May, as we continue to pray for world peace like the children of Fatima.


Ave Maria, gratia plena, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us

sinners now and at the hour of our death.



Mary, the Mother of God is the Mother of all mothers and as mothers, we model ourselves on her great love, sacrifice, compassion, care and patience. What a beautiful sight it was to have our Bethany College mothers, grandmothers and mother figures gathered, as Father Janusz celebrated Mass and we heard our Choir sing for the first time in a long time. A very big thank you to Mrs Samardzic, Assistant Religious Education Coordinator, for her significant role in the preparation of this Mass.

Wishing you a very happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!


Religious Education and Mission Term 2

Our service program, Together We Serve is growing! This program is only four months old and already has 56 participants. A huge thank you to Miss Jones, Youth Ministry Coordinator, who continues to guide our students in prayer and service activities such as helping at Open Day, packaging St Vincent de Paul snack packs, saying grace before the evening meal and assisting parents and elderly neighbours with domestic duties. 

This Term, we look forward to weekly Mass with St Mary’s Star of the Sea Primary School. A Bethany class will be joined by a SMSS class to celebrate Mass each Friday in St Michael’s Church as we look to strengthen our relationship through collaborative initiatives. Later in the year, we will join forces to package the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal items.

Other significant events include Year 12 Retreat in Week 5, Year 10 Spirituality Day in Week 7 and Bethany Day in Week 8.

St Michael’s Parish


Bulletin 24 April– Congratulations Father Janusz on 38 years of Priesthood

Bulletin 1 May– Third Sunday of Easter



Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Teaching and Learning News

Naplan Tests

NAPLAN testing will occur during weeks 3 and 4 of this term for all students in Year 7 and 9. This testing is compulsory for all students in those years and students should only be absent if supported by a doctor’s certificate or they are COVID positive and not attending school. Students who are close contacts are able to come on site and complete the testing. 

To assist with the delivery of the tests can we ask that you check the following on your daughter’s machine before Tuesday 10 May; 

  • Windows based machine; that the lockdown browser used in the practice test is still installed. That she is not running a VPN network on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled. That she is not running any third party antivirus on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled.
  • Apple based machine; that the lockdown browser used in the practice test has been removed and that the new lockdown browser has been installed. The link for this new long down browser has been emailed to your daughter. That she is not running a VPN network on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled. That she is not running any third party antivirus on her machine, if so this needs to be disabled.

All students are expected to have with them for all tests;

  • A fully charged laptop each day
  • A set of wired rather than wireless headphones, we have found that wireless headphones such as airpods are creating interference and affecting the testing.
  • Mobile phones need to be switched off and placed in their locker during the testing.

All students should treat the testing seriously and therefore aim to produce their best result  possible. We will use these test results to inform our teaching and develop our professional learning focus over the coming years and to help us create classes. 



Reports are currently being developed for students in Years 11 and 12. Parents are reminded about the upcoming Parent/ Teacher/ Student interviews which are to take place face to face on site on May 17.


Junior Study Skills Evening

Bethany College will be hosting a Study Skills evening for parents and students in Year 7-9 on Tuesday 24th of May.  Dr Prue Salter from Enhanced Learning  Educational Services will present a range of strategies to assist students with time management, effective study techniques and revision routines.  

The presentation will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in Yallunga Hall. A letter outlining further information will be distributed to students in homeroom next week


Learning Labs

The University of Wollongong will be hosting an academic and creative arts enrichment holiday program aimed at students from Year 7 to 10, who are passionate, self-motivated and curious learners. The Learning Labs program will be held at the University campus on the 6th to 8th of July. Interested families can access further information here. Applications close on the 18th of May. Please come and see Mr Kipriotis if you are interested.


Afterschool Tutoring

A reminder that the Afterschool tutors are available Monday to Friday until 4pm. It has been pleasing to see the large number of students who have been making the most of the opportunity. The tutors provide students with help regarding homework or upcoming assignments.



Dorian Kipriotis                      Gregg Conroy

Leader of Teaching                Leader of Learning

Year 12 Studies of Religion and Society and Culture

I was privileged, along with some of the Year 12 SOR and Society and Culture girls, to immerse ourselves in the Islamic tradition of an Iftar dinner during Ramadan at Amity College at Auburn. This congregation of students from a variety of highschools across Sydney, all with diverse religious backgrounds, enabled a dialogue amongst faiths, learning and exploring the similarities and differences they presented. We witnessed recitations of sacred readings from the Quran, witnessed evening prayer in the neighbouring mosque and to break the fast, we were invited to share a meal with our newly found friends. This experience taught all of us about the deep interpersonal connections that are present during Ramadan for the Islamic community and allowed us to really appreciate the multicultural and religiously plural nature of our country.

Thank you to Mrs Bullock and Ms Cox for accompanying us

Taylah Stenta – Year 12

Year 9 Incursion: “The Selfie Project”

What is the selfie project about? 

“The Selfie Project” is run by a former Bethany College student and is dedicated to enhancing young women’s well-being and leadership potential. “The Selfie Project” encouraged us to think about important questions including ‘What is my truth?’ or ‘What do I stand for?’ 

The founder of The Selfie Project, Sarah Alderton discusses the significance of female empowerment, “If you empower a girl, if you make her believe that she is unstoppable and capable of incredible things, the obsession we have on bodies, weight and self-image in this society, will become far less significant.”

This project envisions a future in which no girl’s potential is restricted by her gender. 

 Gabrielle Messiha (Yr 9)


Our experience participating in the selfie project 

Year 9 participated in a school incursion called the “Selfie Project” on April 28th, where we explored notions of limiting beliefs, personal values, and what we stand for and against, all of which enabled us to develop the tools for a strong sense of self. The incursion provided us with strategies to establish and maintain healthy and happy relationships, not just with their friends, but with our entire peer community, as well as how to restore such connections when they are broken.

The Selfie Project helped us learn how, in our adolescence, we begin to develop a strong sense of who we are, so the incursion assisted us in determining the contributing factors that affect our sense of self and exploring our individual values, beliefs, passions, and goals to develop a framework of our personal Sense of Self. 

Mairead McAllister (Yr 9)


Reece Bailey

Year 9 Coordinator

NCCD Fact Sheets for Parent, Guardians and Carers

Growing in Culture program for Term 2


                             ‘ We are in this together, united as one people ’

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are invited to engage with the Murrawadeen Goodjarga Arts program and learn more about our shared Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Goodjarga has been running for many years as part of the CaSPA arts program, and this year will see our new Artist in Residence – Hamani Tanginoa and Visual Arts tutor Simone Small, both planning exciting sessions for students to participate/learn and then showcase.

The program for 2022 has been designed to nurture the creative skills of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander SCS students and to develop understanding of, and respect for, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and language.

The program will also provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (and teachers)  from Years 5 -12 to develop their connection to culture through storytelling – drama, visual arts and music. Commencing in WEEK 3 and working over 7 weeks exploring the theme:

HOPE and our Indigenous Youth in the Urban World


The program will culminate in a performance piece showcased in Week 9 Term 2.

To register, use this Registration LINK


Jina Sotirios

Silver Duke of Edinburgh Practice Expedition


For our Silver Practice Journey, we were originally meant to be going to the Blue Mountains and staying for two nights.  Unfortunately, as a result of the weather conditions and recent landslides, the proposed overnight stay was cancelled. Instead, Ms Munsie planned a more weather friendly expedition where we walked from Bondi to Manly over a period of three days.

Altogether there were 13 students. On Thursday, our teacher companions were Mr Conroy and Mrs Anderson. Friday we had Ms Robinson and Ms Munsie. And on the final day, Saturday, we had Mrs Flanagan and Ms Munsie.

Thursday 28th April – Bondi to Rosebay, returning by Ferry to Circular Quay.

On the first day, we caught the train to Bondi Junction and walked the 4km from the station to the beach. Unfortunately, that 4 km didn’t count towards the total 16 km planned for the day, so all together we walked about 20 km. Once we reached Bondi Beach we continued walking along the beach and then decided to walk across some rocks instead of taking the road. From there we walked along the coastline all the way to Watson’s Bay, where we sat down to have lunch. After lunch, we began to walk from Waston’s Bay to Rose Bay Wharf. Unfortunately, it started pouring, getting all of us extremely drenched.

Friday 29th – Milsons Point to Spit Bridge along the Harbour Bridge

On Friday, we walked from Milsons Point to Spit Bridge. We started the walk at Milson’s point station and then followed its signage around the harbour’s northern shores, past Taronga Zoo and into Sydney Harbour National Park, home of the incredible Bradleys, Chowder and Middle Heads and down past Balmoral Beach. Unlike the previous day, Friday was hot and sunny. We stopped for lunch at Clifton Gardens, which had an amazing view, before continuing the walk to the Spit Bridge.

Saturday 30th – Spit Bridge to Manly returning by Ferry to Circular Quay,

On the third and final day, we walked along the Manly Scenic Walkway. Beginning at Mosman’s Spit Bridge, this classic Sydney coastal walk shows you some of the most picturesque parts of Middle and North Harbours. Overcoming some obstacles due to a closed path, we had to navigate our way on the rocks at the edge of the sea. After falling in the water a couple of times we continued our walk. Due to the rain, we didn’t stop for lunch but made it to Manly Wharf in just over three hours.

Overall, the Silver Practice Expedition was a very fun and memorable opportunity that we all enjoyed very much.


Hannah Cabot, Zara Cabot and Holly Boyd

Newsletter for 9CHL.2

In the unit Play and the Developing Child

Students investigate and experience different types of play-based learning that contribute to children’s positive development. They assess a range of play choices, environments and activities in terms of learning, suitability, sustainability and safety.Mairead McAllister Year 9 Child Studies – Mrs Barnes class

Library News

Term 1 in Review

At last term’s commencement, a new cohort of enthusiastic Year 7s converged on our College library, revitalising a spirit that was partly lost across successive lockdowns, reduced access, social distancing and remote learning. Our new Year 7s have left an indelible mark on Bethany’s spirit already. Borrowing rates for fiction have increased, levelling up the statistics on returning and borrowing, and indicating that one great read can certainly lead to another. Nonfiction has shrugged off its irrelevance as our youngest students meander the shelves to find information in the old-fashioned way. We look forward to rejuvenating this collection for them! We also look forward to expanding our students’ information literacy toolkit through the inclusion of signage that teaches the fundamentals of how knowledge is classified and categorised. Our newest students have definitely embraced the aspirations that define library culture and engagement.

We farewelled Mr Peter Hulme last year, and are now enjoying the legacy of his generous bequest to the College library. Put simply, he saw fit to donate his retirement gift back to our library with the instruction to buy beautiful books for the girls. And we’ve done that. Those books will soon be available for borrowing following a holiday shopping spree in Dymocks’ city store. Thank you, Mr Hulme! He was, in many ways, our resident Tim Winton, living the wonder of both surf and literary culture, and frequently demonstrating the joy of reading for pleasure through his regular presence in the library, flitting through the pages of his latest crime fiction novel. It’s highly likely he’s still indulging those pleasures – and more often now.

We missed Mrs Sultana enormously throughout her extended absence last term, and we welcomed her return last week very enthusiastically. Her familiarity with library procedures, particularly the backend of Oliver, our library management system, was sorely missed. But in her absence, three amazing women stepped up to fill her shoes at short notice, and we all engaged in successful collaborative professional development to keep the library functioning. A huge expression of gratitude for the work of Mrs Maria Bird, Mrs Yolla Bressa and Mrs Maryanne Mendoza is in order. Their warm personalities and workplace agility were assets throughout this time.

Mrs Damienne Forrester departed Bethany at the end of last term to pursue a new professional aspiration with People and Culture at Sydney Catholic Schools. We wish her every happiness in her new enterprise at World Square. Again, we are able to draw on the rich resource of former staff to step back into roles they’re familiar with. Mrs Lynda Fleming became a familiar face yet again in the library last year when she shared Mr Peter Hulme’s English classes on Fridays. We’re fortunate to have her expertise as librarian yet again in the interim until a new librarian is found for Monday to Wednesday. Please enjoy the pics of Mrs Fleming’s ANZAC Day displays, a fitting tribute to our fallen soldiers and surviving veterans across many wars.

The culture of reading continues to grow at Bethany, encouraged by the introduction of new fiction titles, more frequent contributions from our students through suggestions on how to expand our collection, and the ongoing enforcement of the library’s lounge area as a designated ‘reading-off-screen’ space. Our pics below invite you to behold the beautiful vision of an adolescent girl immersed in a hard-copy book. What lies beneath that surface vision is the promise of a sustained concentration span, an expanded vocabulary, an attuning of the ear to the rhythms of our written language in all its forms, and the development of empathy as she enters other people’s worlds through the power of story.

Collaborative study in the lead-up to the Year 12 half-yearly exams was evident last term. We’re very fortunate to witness the joy of young women supporting young women as they negotiate assessment schedules and build a solid foundation of essential knowledge and skills in the lead-up to their final HSC experience at the end of the year. Again, our pictures tell the story.

We’ll remember Term 1 for many things, but incessant rain looms large in our recollections. The silver lining, though, is the chance to use vacant time to shape experimentations in learning and socialising in the library space. 7PE203 spent many a Thursday afternoon in this space because of the closure of local sporting grounds. They used some of this time to remind themselves of the joy of reading and recommending books to one another. Our ‘digital detox’ afternoon saw the girls meandering leisurely through a series of ‘detox’ stations to revisit the fun of colouring in, the jigsaw puzzle, the wordfind, screen-free homework tasks and UNO. The audible social chatter that such activity generates is a welcome noise in the library space.

Thank you to the staff and students who continually bring their warmth and friendliness to Bethany’s library.

And finally, Mrs Simonetta’s recommendations for reading and viewing…

For older students and teachers, The Books that Made Us and the documentary tie-in narrated by Claudia Karvan, acclaimed Australian actor, who explores and interviews the greats of Australia’s literary landscapes of the present and past.


For Years 9 and 10, Underground by Mirranda Burton, an historical graphic novel that chronicles the protest movements in Australia, led by housewife activists and rebel journalists, during the Vietnam War.





For younger students, The Deep End, a charming romance novella that was listed as a must-read title last year by the Australia Reads campaigners.

Happy reading and viewing from the library team!







Jennifer Simonetta

Teacher  / Librarian

Chau Chak Museum- Sydney University

Year 11 and 12 Ancient History students made an exciting trip to the University of Sydney’s world renowned museum on Wednesday 27th April. The Chau Chak museum is home to  some of the most intricate artefacts. We had the opportunity to learn about each exhibit covering a range of countries and cultures from around the globe. The Ancient History students learned about many civilisations such as Pompeii, seen through the lego model of the gorgeous ancient city. Next was ancient Greek mythology, where we saw the butterflies named after Greek gods as well as clay models emphasising the belief in the gods for fertillity, prosperity and healing. Our next civilisation was ancient Egypt, where we witnessed human remains. We learnt about how they died and the ethics around displaying human remains. Finally, we had the privilege of doing a hands-on activity where we got to touch and investigate up close ancient Egyptian, Spartan, and Roman artefacts such as bronze age swords, figures of mummies and pottery, Roman coins and more. 

Overall, the excursion was an insightful, invigerating experience to learn and see the physical artefacts we had been learning about in our Ancient History lessons.

Jasmine Pietersz – Year 11 Ancient History student

Student Wellbeing

Welcome back to the start of Term 2. Last week, Bethany students completed the College Wellbeing Survey. The survey is a great tool for the staff to use to be able to help focus on particular areas of wellbeing that the students may have identified. Over the next couple of weeks, the staff will begin to analyase the survey reports.

Term 2 is a busy term, with assessment tasks for students to complete and many winter sports on the weekend. Therefore, it is important that students get into a good routine, ensuring they manage their time with schoolwork, homework, assessment tasks and extra curricular activities. Students must ensure that they are getting enough sleep to be able to work to their best ability. Poor sleep has a range of knock on effects and is in itself a contributor to mental health problems.

Below are 6 simple tips for to improve your sleep:

  1.  Turn it down

Dimming the lights 2 hours before bedtime helps your brain build melatonin, increasing sleepiness. Likewise, turning down the heating and lowering your core body temperature will help you fall asleep.

  1. Switch it off

Excessive screen time, especially before bed, can contribute to difficulty falling asleep. Try limiting TV and social media before bed to avoid falling into a ‘scroll hole’.

  1. Enjoy the sunrise

Exposure to just 4 minutes of sunlight first thing in the morning suppresses melatonin in our bodies and kick-starts our ‘daytime hormones’ (cortisol).

  1. Get into a routine

Lack of routine will affect your circadian rhythm (sleep clock). It’s really important to tell your body what to do and when to do it. Eating and going to sleep at the same time every day will help regulate your sleep clock. 

  1. Limit your intake

Avoid caffeine 8 hours and food 2 hours prior to sleep.

  1. Create a sleep sanctuary

Your bedroom should be a sleep sanctuary. If possible, try not to do school work from your sleeping environment.


eSafety Commission free webinar on:

Parental controls on how to set up devices and apps to help keep young people safe online.

eSafety’s Term 2 webinar on parental controls helps parents and carers learn about software tools and other strategies for taming technology at home

The webinar explores the benefits and limitations of parental controls and covers how to safely set up devices and popular games and apps like Roblox and Youtube.

Term 2 webinar dates are:

Tuesday 10 May 7.30 – 8.30 pm 

Thursday 19 May 12.30 – 1.30 pm 

Tuesday 31 May 12.30 – 1.30 pm 


Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing

2022 Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition

Round 1 of the 2022 Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition was held at Bethany, St Patrick’s Sutherland, Aquinas Menai and Casimir Marrickville this week. The competition will run for 5 initial rounds as scheduled:

Round 2 – Wed, 11/05/2022 (Visiting DLS Revesby)

Round 3 – Wed, 18/05/2022 (Visiting Marist Penshurst)

Round 4 – Wed, 25/05/2022 (Bethany hosting)

Round 5 – Wed, 01/06/2022 (Bethany hosting)

Should our teams be successful in the initial rounds, the semi-finals and finals will be held on Wed, 08/06/2022 and Wed, 15/06/2022 respectively.

We are proud of all our debaters competing in the competition against Marist Kogarah in Round 1 of the competition this week. 4 out of our 5 debating teams won their debate this week – Year 7, 8, 9 and Seniors.

We would also like to thank all student volunteers and staff for assisting with hosting the event, which would not be such a success without their kind assistance. We also thank our Librarian, Mrs Simonetta, and our ex-students, Jade Lozanovski and Ayva Palmer, for adjudicating the debates. A big thank you too to all parents who came along to support our debaters.

Shirley Woo and Sophia Stavropoulos

Careers Newsletter

What is ADFA?

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ADFA Virtual Tour

Want to learn more about the Australian Defence Force Academy? Discover ADFA through our virtual tour.



UAC – Youtube How to Apply for 2023 for Current Year 12s

There is a quick video guide for Year 12 students applying for undergraduate courses through UAC for University entry in 2023.  Go to:




The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

Upcoming assessment rounds:

Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 May 2022

Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 August 2022 

Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November 2022

This is an alternative entry pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Pathway Program will be delivered virtually with required assessments and an interview component completed online.

WSU accept applications throughout the year with assessment days scheduled in May (mid-year commencement), August (2023 commencement) and November (2023 commencement).



Languages at Sydney 2022

Thursday 26 May 2022

 Discover how you can take your next step in language studies at the University of Sydney.

Hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures, Languages at Sydney: Go Global is an annual event for high school students to get a taste of language learning at the University of Sydney.

USyd offers a large selection of subjects that cover Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. There is also the opportunity for overseas exchange, short-term and in-country programs that will broaden your skills through language and cultural immersion.



University of Sydney – Career in Architecture

Jun 8, 2022 04:00 PM

Are you interested in Architecture and the built environment? Discover the myriad of careers available to you in architecture, design, urban planning, heritage conservationism, property development, sustainability, construction and more! Find out how a degree at the Sydney School of Architecture* can help you prepare for an exciting career in the field.

*Ranked first in Australia for Architecture/Built Environment in the QS World University Rankings 2021 by Subject.



University of Sydney – Your Future in Business

Jun 1, 2022 04:00 PM

Join this session to hear about how the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney will prepare you for a future in business. Find out about the wide range of areas of study or ‘majors’ on offer, such as Finance, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Management & Leadership, and more.

Gain insights into the variety of hands-on industry experience, study tours, exchange program and other real-world opportunities available to Business School students.



University of Sydney – Day in the life of a Law Student

Jun 15, 2022 04:00 PM

Join the student panel to learn more about what it’s like to study Law at the Sydney Law School.



UTS Law Undergraduate Information Evening and Webinar

17 May, 2022. 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

19 May, 2022. 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm



UTS – Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) Co-operative Scholarship Program

Applications for 2023 will be open from 20 April – 4 September 2022. Interviews will be held on the 20th of September 2022.

This is a cooperative education scholarship program in computer information systems, developed by UTS in cooperation with a group of leading organisations. It differs from other cooperative education courses in that, during the industry-based sessions, students follow a structured program designed jointly by UTS and the employer group, including formal coursework delivered by industry.

There are a limited number of places available in this course according to the number of industry sponsors each year. If selected for this course, students receive a total scholarship of around $49,500 for the duration of the course.

This intensive course includes two six-month industry-based sessions with different industry sponsors. Industry sponsors are heavily involved in the curriculum design to ensure graduates are not only highly qualified but also have the knowledge and skills relevant to the needs of industry.



Women in Engineering and IT at UTS

May 23, 2022 05:30 PM

Learn more about the Women in Engineering and IT Community and the scholarships that are available for women in engineering or IT. UTS offers a number of generous scholarships for highly motivated female students with a passion and interest to pursue a career in Engineering or IT.

Register and gain an insight into the Women in Engineering and IT Community and scholarships available. Hear from key academics and scholars about how to apply and what it’s like to undertake a scholarship at UTS. There will also be a Q&A session where you can have your questions answered live.



ACU Guarantee application process and student panel (NSW/ACT/Qld)

Tuesday 14 June. 6 – 6.30pm AEST

The ACU Guarantee Program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on your Year 11 results. Join ACU to learn detailed information on how to apply and hear current students share their experiences.



ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science Female Excellence Scholarships To Plan For

Closes 23 May 2022

This scholarship is offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science.The scholarship is valued at $5,000 per annum for 2 years, with payments made after census date each semester.

Recipients will receive mentoring and career development support from College staff members and receive priority access to industry engagement opportunities


Diploma of Screen and Media – Sydney Film School

This full-time course, comprising 3 trimesters of 13 weeks each, enables students to work across a slate of scripted narrative and documentary film productions. In this real-world production environment, students learn screen storytelling techniques, production craft, and technical skills, under training by passionate industry-qualified tutors. Students are trained in professional approaches to development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution, and the technical craft of camera, lighting, grip, sound and editing equipment, as well as gaining a wide range of experience in all key crew roles across a range of screen production projects.

Throughout their training, students train and gain in experience in multiple film production disciplines including:

Production Management

Directing for Screen



Sound Recording, Editing and Mixing

Editing and Post-Production

Screen Industry and Career Planning



TAFE NSW Degrees

TAFE offers a number of degree level courses and higher education options. These areas are:

  • 3D Art & Animation
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Information Technology 
  • Business and Commerce
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Property
  • Community Services

With strong industry links to over 25,000 employers, you will get both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to land a job faster and succeed in their chosen career. For more info visit:



Is a traineeship or apprenticeship right for me?

An apprenticeship or traineeship is one of the best ways to get hands-on training and a nationally recognised qualification while being paid. They’re more than a foot in the door to gain experience – they’re a great way to start your career as they give you the skills employers need.


As an apprentice, you’ll spend three to four years learning a traditional trade such as building and construction, automotive, cooking, engineering, hairdressing or manufacturing. You’ll graduate as a qualified tradesperson.


As a trainee, you’ll spend one to three years, depending on your industry and qualification, learning a vocation in areas such as agriculture, information technology, hospitality, business, digital media or financial services.

To help you find the right location, course and provider, use these filters to refine these results

Compare the providers available to find the perfect match to how you like to study



The Hotel School Sydney Information Evening

Tuesday, 24 May 2022. 5:00 – 6:30 pm AEST

The Hotel School Sydney Campus

If you are passionate about a career in hospitality and tourism, join the Hotel School event to explore how you can start an exciting global career within the hospitality, hotel and tourism industry by attending the Information Evening event on 24 May




Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor

Sports Update

SCS Weekly Sport Update

Unfortunately due to the weather, Week 1 sport did not go ahead as planned. Junior and Intermediate Football, along with all Netball games were washed out, with only our Senior Footballers playing on synthetic turf. They drew 2-2 with Penshurst Marist.

In Week 2 we were blessed with some beautiful weather for Rep Sport with all teams playing St Patrick’s Sutherland.


Seniors lost 3-1

Inter’s won 2-1

Juniors lost 2-1



Seniors won 22-14

Inters won 26-13

Juniors won 31-7


Cross Country Team

Congratulations to the following students on their selection in the Bethany College Cross Country Team. The team will compete at the Sydney Cross Country Championships on Tuesday 24th May at Sydney Motorsport Park.


Sophia Liney

Ceanna Swindon

Lucy Teplicanec

Katie McLoughlin

Niah Morris

Mya Momiroski

Ruby Kelly

Nadia Debbo

Lily Croker

Charlotte Teplicanec

Sofia Tomini Foresti

Jessica Brightwell

Chelena Colla

Katerina Stojkovski

Amelia Urbina

Aleisha Foundotos

Lucy Flanagan

Jessica Robinson


SCS Representative

Congratulations to Monique Johnson who was selected in the Sydney Catholic Schools Netball Team who competed at the NSWCCC trials on Thursday 2nd May.


Surf Life Saving Nationals

Congratulations to Lucy Flanagan who has been awarded the under 19’s Australian Sprint Champion and came runner up in flags. Lucy was also a member of the North Cronulla Women’s Open Relay Team who defended their title from last year, winning gold again. An outstanding achievement!



Harvey Norman Women’s Rugby League

Chloe Jackson has been playing in the Tarsha Gale (under 19s) representative competition for the North Sydney Bears since February and has recently been invited to train and potentially play with their Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership Team. On Sunday, Chloe made her debut in their first game of the season coming off the bench. Congratulations Chloe!



Rachel Bevan

Sport Coordinator