Term 3 Week 10 - 21 Sep 2022


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

This Sunday we celebrate Migrant and Refugee Sunday, a day to reflect on the world’s stance on migrants and refugees and a day to recognise the great contributions that migrants and refugees have made to Australia. It is timely to reflect on this given the need for some sectors of skilled workers where we are short, to be allowed into our country. Below is an excerpt from Pope Francis.

Dear brothers and sisters, and, in a special way, young people! If we want to cooperate with our

heavenly Father in building the future, let us do so together with our brothers and sisters who are

migrants and refugees. Let us build the future today! For the future begins today and it begins with

each of us. We cannot leave to future generations the burden of responsibility for decisions that

need to be made now, so that God’s plan for the world may be realised and his Kingdom of justice,

fraternity, and peace may come.


Lord, make us bearers of hope,

so that where there is darkness,

your light may shine,

and where there is discouragement,

confidence in the future may be reborn.

Lord, make us instruments of your justice,

so that where there is exclusion, fraternity may flourish,

and where there is greed, a spirit of sharing may grow.

Lord, make us builders of your Kingdom,

together with migrants and refugees

and with all who dwell on the peripheries.

Lord, let us learn how beautiful it is

to live together as brothers and sisters. Amen.

Rome, Saint John Lateran, 9 May 2022





Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2022 – The Year 12 Magnolias. On Tuesday we had a fabulous day consisting of the Graduation Assembly in the morning and then in the evening, the Graduation Mass and Dinner. Special thanks to our Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools Mr Tony Farley for attending our graduation assembly and also to our Bexley RSL friends, Hugh, Anne and Clem as well as Father Janusz for being part of this milestone day. I hope that you enjoy the photos in this newsletter which represent the fabulous day that the girls had.

We are so proud to have watched the Year 12 Magnolia’s grow into fine young women who have a passion for justice and for standing up for the vulnerable in society. The Graduating Class of 2022 have every reason to believe that they will have successful and fulfilling lives beyond the gates of Bethany. We wish every girl well for her HSC Exams in October.

Thanks for the memories Year 12.





Year 12 Principal Awards

Congratulations to the following girls on receiving a Principal Award for Semester 2

Katya Alexander
Natasha Calder
Erika Daubaras
Angelina El Hage
Hayley Eskander
Lucy Flanagan
Tahlia Genlik
Linh Huynh
Diya Lijo
Eloise Martelletti
Luna Pandiella-McLeod
Tyana Petrevski
Rachel Tannous
Alexandra Toshack
Danae Tsapilis
Maddison Underhill



Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Graduation Mass

This is arguably the most beautiful Eucharistic celebration of the year as we farewell Year 12 by reminding them of their Baptism in Christ. At this morning’s Graduation Assembly, our graduates were gifted a stole and they wore this with pride to Mass. The word “stole” comes from the Latin stola, meaning “garment.” It was an ancient Roman scarf-like garment that was used to denote members of the imperial hierarchy. When the Prodigal Son returned, his father commanded the servants bring forth the first stolam with which to adorn his son (Luke 15:22). It has become a Christian Eucharistic vestment and a symbol of priestly office. In the Catholic Church, it is a symbol of immortality. Our graduates wore this stole as a symbol of academic achievement, fraternity and their immortality in Christ (Galatians 2:20).

Thank you to Father Janusz, our Celebrant and always faithful servant, and to Mrs Monika Samardzic, Assistant Leader of Religious Education and Mission, for her exceptional support and significant liturgical leadership. 


Goodluck Year 12

As Year 12 completed the last of their secondary schooling activities before heading into HSC Examinations, they were surprised by representatives from six of our pathway schools with prayer packs. Each Year 12 student received a postcard and message, a lollipop, a before and after exam prayer and a St. Christopher key ring. St. Joseph’s Rockdale opened the presentation with the following prayer for our Graduating Class of 2022:

Our prayer today is that God blesses you with strength, determination and inner peace. 

Remember to believe in yourself and all that you are. 

God made you in His image and He loves you just as you are. On your worst days you are loved and on your best days He loves you just the same.

As you close the door on your secondary education, let another open with endless possibilities. Never forget the past, live in the present and look forward to the future!

Thank you to Monique Cohen, Family Educator, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, for organising this heartfelt gesture.

St. Michael’s Church

Bulletin 18 September 2022

Wishing all our families a safe and restful holiday break. 


Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

From the Assistant Principal

A lot has happened in Term 3. We’ve learned a lot, had  excursions, retreat days, guest speakers, exam blocks and finalised electives for Years 8 and 10. I’ve attended my first Bethany Art and Design Showcase and watched the most amazing dancers, actors and musicians perform their HSC pieces for their parents and teachers. 

What a wonderful term it was, finishing with a beautiful farewell to our Year 12 students. They’ve been excellent role models to our students and have led the College with great heart. I wish them all the best in their exams and in the future. 




Tell Them From Me

As you know, we surveyed our students in Term 2 about how things are going for them across a range of areas, particularly social and emotional and learning outcomes. 

Bethany students feel:

  • They have someone they can trust here at school and have positive relationships with each other. 
  • They have advocates for them outside of school.
  • They have a strong sense of our Catholic faith and values. 
  • They are intellectually engaged in their learning and lessons are relevant to their world. 
  • They are motivated. 


There are areas for us to focus on as a school.  It was interesting to see that a number of students lacked confidence in their skills, even though they feel they put effort into their work. A number of students identified as feeling anxious about school and there is a lack of participation in extracurricular activities. We will look to ways of improving in these areas in 2023. 

Again, thank you to our students for completing this survey. Their voice is an important part of school improvement. 


Term 4

Just a reminder about Term 4. When students return to school on Monday October 10, they will be in their summer uniform. Please take time over the holidays to make sure uniforms still fit and are an appropriate length. 


School of Rock – Reminder

As you know, Sydney Catholic Schools are presenting School of Rock, The Musical at Qudos Arena. We have a number of students from the College involved in a range of ways with the production. It sounds like it is shaping up to be a wonderful show!

On Tuesday October 11, 2022 Year 8 will have the opportunity to watch a matinee performance of the show. Students will leave the College by bus at 9am and return for dismissal at 3pm. If you’re a Year 8 parent or carer, further information can be found in the Compass event that was sent to you a few weeks ago. Please give your consent for your daughter to attend this event. 







10 October   Students return – Summer uniform
11 October   Year 8 School of Rock Excursion
12 October – 4 November   HSC Exams
17 October  

Year 10 Italian 200 Excursion

Year 11 Italian Excursion

24 October  

Year 8 Spirituality Day

26 October  

Pupil Free Day

Have a safe and restful break!


Kristina Flanagan

Assistant Principal



When all roads lead to Roma…..Capoccia

Year 10 Italian (100hrs) experienced the satisfaction of making and then happily eating an authentic Italian meal in the popular Riverwood establishment – Roma Capoccia.

Our students were expertly guided in how to make the best-tasting arancini, bruschette, fettuccine alla napoletana and tiramisù by the restaurant’s own capoccia (Italian for “the boss”) Federico Lembo and his son, Nicolas. Not only were the students given first-hand experience in working in a restaurant environment, but they also made use of their Italian language skills when talking with the staff. As close as you can get to Rome these days!

Many thanks to all the Bethany Staff who made the transport possible on the day, and to Federico for welcoming us into his restaurant and supplying a generous voucher to the winner of the Menu activity, Amelia Rendina. Buon appetito!





Marco Gianni

Teacher-in-Charge, Languages.



Welcome to the end of Term 3. I hope that our school community has a well deserved and relaxing break. I look forward to our students returning in Term 4 in their summer uniform.

I would ask that students in Years 7 to 9 try on their summer tunic and lower the hem if required. A reminder that the College tunic and skirt is to be worn at the length of the middle knee or below. The College scarf is also only permitted in Terms 2 and 3. The College blazer is no longer required to be worn to and from school, however the College blazer is the outer garment for warmth to and from school, not the school cardigan.


Gold Award


It is the belief at Bethany College that each student’s personal worth and self esteem is valued and fostered. To achieve this goal, we have a system that rewards students for their learning and good choices.Teachers can award a student a teacher commendation for a number of areas including; classwork, homework, behaviour, uniform and contribution to the community life of the College.

Teacher commendations accumulate from year to year. 36 teacher commendations will earn a student a Bronze award, 72 commendations a Silver award and 108 commendations a Gold Award. Students who earn a Gold award also receive a Student of Excellence badge.


The following students are congratulated for achieving a Gold Award:

Year 9: Nikitha Shaiju

Year 10: Amelia Rendina


Attendance on Compass

Compass Checklist Reminder for Parents

As Term 3 comes to an end, and in order to assist the College maintain accurate student attendance records, parents/caregivers are requested to log into Compass regularly and attend to the following matters:


  • Check for any unexplained absences for your daughter/s.
  • If necessary, add an Attendance note for each absence.
  • Should your daughter be late to school due to attending an appointment, parents/caregivers are requested to add an Attendance Note.
  • If your daughter is absent for the whole day, an Attendance Note, stating the reason, needs to be entered by a parent/caregiver. 


Resources for Parents

The College has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia’s most trusted sources of parenting education and support. As part of this membership, all the parents and carers in

our community can attend helpful, informative and enjoyable parenting webinars at no cost.

Click Webinars for Parents to access the range of webinars available.


For more information on the Parenting ideas resource – please click here


Have a wonderful break.


Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing

  R U OK? Day at Bethany College


On Thursday the 8th of September Bethany College recognised ‘ R U OK DAY. This day is about encouraging people to open up about their mental health and talk to someone about how they genuinely feel, including ways to work around the unsettled feeling. All Bethany students were encouraged to check in with one another on the day. “R U OK” was set up in 2009 and inspired by a personal project to honour the founder’s father, who sadly passed away in 1996.

At Bethany College, the students were allowed to wear something yellow for the day, including yellow ribbons, yellow scrunchie, yellow headbands, etc. However, why do we wear yellow on this special day?

It helps to encourage everyone to invest more quality time in the people surrounding us. When our relationships are strong, we’re more likely to see signs of someone struggling. That is the time to put in place an influential conversation to listen to their struggles and what they can do to release some of this emotion.


Approximately one in five teens (age 12 to 18) suffer from at least one mental health disorder and start to feel alone in a world full of options that we can talk to. A few students were asked a series of questions and all came back with the same response. “ When do you feel the most stressed out?”. We all said school and assessment blocks, but why are we feeling this stress when it comes to that zone in the school year? Teenagers feel this reliability when starting an assessment, we have a swarm of thoughts going through our minds before we even start the task.  We feel like we have a responsibility to get good grades and it builds this draining pressure and we take it out on our mental health. We all know the purpose of school as a Suitable opportunity for an education so we can grow up and start adulthood but how can we go into that life when we are constantly putting tension on ourselves to be the best academically wise? How do we deal with this fear? Periodically we need to put this pressure aside for us to move forward by doing stuff we enjoy doing such as taking a break from social media and organising a day out with friends or doing something by yourself such as making room for yourself and your mental health by doing stuff at can relax you before starting your assessments.



Contact number: 1800 650 890 

Email: help@headspace.com

Several published studies by Headspace have found that this organisation is beneficial for mental, emotional and social health. 2018 study found a 14 to 28 percent reduction in stress after 10 days of headspace, while an earlier study showed the app improved focus by 27 percent.



Shayana Felice – Year 9

Sport Update

SCS Representative Sport – Rugby 7s

Due to an increased interest in the sport, Sydney Catholic Schools introduced a two week competition for Rugby 7s and Bethany College entered two teams – junior and intermediate. 

Our juniors were undefeated in their division, taking out the grand final 35-14 against BOSCO. Congratulations to the following players in the Junior Team:

  1. Lucy Teplicanec
  2. Anika Baker
  3. Yara Astorga Godoy
  4. Emily Teplicanec 
  5. Xanthie Pollard 
  6. Charlotte Teplicanec
  7. Niah Morris
  8. Chloe D’Astoli

Unfortunately our Intermediate Team was knocked out before reaching the finals and lost a number of players in the first week due to injury.

NSWCCC Athletics

On Monday 12th September, the NSWCCC Athletics Championships were held where students from catholic schools across NSW were competing. Bethany had 7 students compete and had some wonderful results including 5 students who finished in the top 10 of their division:

Ceanna Swindon – 1500m (8th) and 800m (9th)

Juliet King – 100m (8th) and 200m (5th)

Lucy Flanagan – 100m (4th) and (6th) 200m

Aleisha Fondotous – 100m (7th) and 200m 

Frankie Bollard – High Jump (equal 4th)

Nadia Debbo – 800m (11th)





Rachel Bevan

Sports Coordinator

Careers News

UAC Key Date Reminders

19 Sep Schools Recommendation Scheme applications close (for Year 12 students)

30 Sep Early bird fee deadline – significant increase to application processing charge after this date

22 Nov Educational Access Scheme application and document deadline to have them considered in December

Round 2

15 Dec 2022 NSW and ACT ATARs released on this website

22 Dec December Round 2 offers released – first offers made to Year 12 students based on ATARs





Results Release Date

Change of preferences cut-off for main round offer



15 December

By 11.59pm 16 December


UAC Digital | Let’s Chat – Applying for the Educational Access Scheme

Wednesday 2 November 2022, 6:00 pm


The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is for students who have experienced long-term disadvantage(s) and may help with entrance into university. UAC will give you an overview of EAS and discuss:

  • categories of disadvantage
  • how to apply
  • application documentation
  • EAS key dates
  • application tips.

And we’ll give answers to the most commonly asked questions!

Find out more: https://uacdigital.easywebinar.live/registration-lets-chat-applying-for-the-educational-access-scheme


UNSW | #CareersUnlocked: How to find passion, purpose and profit

Thursday 29 September 2022, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm


Recent research reveals a third of Australians would take a pay-cut in exchange for better work/life balance, more enjoyable work or a greater sense of fulfilment.

Join #CareersUnlocked: How to find passion, purpose and profit as the expert panel including Shehara Hapugalle, Senior Client Lead for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy at The Dream Collective and Professor Barney Tan, Head of School of Information Systems and Technology Management (SISTM) at UNSW Business School, unpack how workers evolving expectations is redefining business norms through flexible work, inclusivity and social entrepreneurship.

Find out more: https://www.events.unsw.edu.au/event/careersunlocked-how-find-passion-purpose-and-profit


University of Sydney | Studying Business at Sydney: Bachelor of Commerce

Wednesday 12 October 2022, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Discover how the USyd Commerce degree prepares you for the future of work and a wide range of career opportunities. You will learn about the many ways in which you can combine your interests, such as studying a major in ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship’, or choose from over 100 study areas from the shared pools of majors/minors. Find out more about internships, industry-focused experiences and global mobility opportunities on offer to the Bachelor of Commerce students.

Find out more: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ba3RerVkSxSYrjdVBnOEtg


Sydney Design School | Info Session

Wednesday 9 November 2022, 6:00 pm

Sydney Design School & Online

Find out everything you need to know about flexible courses and career support.  Director, Amanda Grace will introduce you to the unique philosophy, passionate Educators and industry focused approach to learning.

You can also join an on campus session live online via Zoom if you would prefer to stay at home.

Find out more: https://sydneydesignschool.com.au/information-sessions/


ADF | Trade Careers Virtual Information Session

Monday 26 September 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


A trade role in the Australian Defence Force will see you working with some of the world’s most advanced military technology and equipment.

Learn about trade careers in the ADF at the virtual info session.

Find out more: https://www.defencejobs.gov.au/events/events-detail/vvespsz


Whitehouse Institute of Design | Open House, Sydney

Saturday 24 September 2022, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Whitehouse Institute of Design, Surry Hills

This year’s 35th Anniversary of Whitehouse Open House is not to be missed! Explore the facilities, meet staff and students and gain in-depth information on the courses offered, teaching and student life. You will be able to ask questions about the course, see the studios and facilities and get a taste of the creative atmosphere at Whitehouse.

Find out more: https://whitehouse-design.edu.au/whitehouse-open-house-2022/


Bedford College | Open Day

Thursday 3 November 2022, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bedford College, Norwest

Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding the Queen’s passing, the Bedford College Open Day has been moved from September 22 to November 3, 2022.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Free BBQ
  • Course information
  • Chat with lecturers
  • Campus tour
  • Fee information
  • Enrolment assistance

Find out more: https://www.bedford.edu.au/open-day-2022/


ATAR Notes | Free HSC Revision & Head Start Lectures Online

Monday 26 September 2022, 9:30 am – Friday 30 September 2022, 6:30 pm


Revision lectures, delivered by elite past students, can give you a huge advantage going into Term 4.

Sessions in this series cover a huge range of subjects.

Why register?

  • Tune in to heaps of lectures delivered by recent elite year 12 graduates
  • Ask questions live and get immediate answers
  • Come back and rewatch any time, download slides for your own study and more

Find out more: https://atarnoteslectures.com/nsw


Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship

Value: $5,000 AUD per year

Open/Closing Dates: August 29, 2022 – January 6, 2023

Are you intrigued by technology and how it can change the world for the better? Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships are designed specifically for high school graduates who are passionate about technology and eager to explore its potential for good. Westpac are looking for curious young minds, open to new ideas and untapped opportunities.

Find out more


Year 12 – Change your preferences even after you’ve accepted an offer

Say what? Yes it’s true – even if you received an offer in the main round, you can still change your preferences.

(If you get an offer, it’s probably always best to accept it. That way, if you don’t receive an offer in later rounds, you still have that option to fall back on).

For example:

  • you receive an offer in main rounds for your first preference but have changed your mind about the course you want
  • accept your offer
  • reorder your preferences before the cut-off date for the next round, list the course you’d like to receive an offer for in first place
  • wait to see what offers you get in the next round
  • accept your new offer
  • withdraw your enrolment from the first institution

Important Note: Make sure that you withdraw your enrolment for any offers that you no longer want, before the census date (check with the uni if the information isn’t in your offer email), otherwise you could end up paying two lots of fees.




Change of Preferences Closes for next round of offers round



By 11.59pm 5 January 2023


Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor

School Vaccination Program

Year 7 HPV Dose 2 Vaccinations will take place Friday 21st October. Girls who received Dose 1 in April of this year have already provided consent for the second dose. Any students in Year 10 who have given consent but were absent on the day of the Meningococcal vaccination clinic earlier this term, will have the opportunity to receive the vaccine on this day. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Ilham Ayoub at the College.

Ilham Ayoub
Leader of Teaching Administration

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