Term 4 Week 6 - 12 Nov 2021


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,


Reflecting on Saint Benedict 

Sydney Catholic Schools gifted each student in the System a blessed Saint Benedict medal and cross as we returned to face to face teaching and learning. Our students thoroughly enjoyed participating in the prayerful ceremony upon distribution of these gifts and the lesson sequences that followed as they reflected on its significance in Religious Education Classes.



Our HSC students have started their exams with some students having as many as 4 exams already this week. It has been wonderful to begin these exams so that Year 12 feel proud of their hard work paying off and to begin what is in effect the end of their secondary education. There was a wonderful sense of collegiality as our girls gathered for the first English Exam on Tuesday. We continue to keep Year 12 in our prayers in the coming weeks.

Much has been written about how hard it has been for Year 12 with changing dates for exams and end of year festivities. I am pleased to be able to say that already over 60 of our girls have earned a place at University for next year via early entry offers. Early entry offers are given to students based on a reference from their school, extra curricular involvement and progress from Year 11. Some of these 60 students have had multiple offers. Congratulations Year 12, this is an amazing effort to stay motivated and to complete numerous applications for future study paths.

We are currently operating with windows and doors open across all classrooms and staff areas. One thing that has struck me with these modifications, is the laughter coming from classrooms, the healthy competitiveness from PE practical classes which are held outdoors and the joy that students seem to be expressing by being together once more.

Currently we are embedding our plans for 2022. Next year, our College will have just over 1100 students with high demand still coming from the area to enter in years other than Year 7. This is a credit to our girls who display pride in their school and their own social and academic progress. Next year Sydney Catholic Schools will hold a sport program on a Thursday afternoon. This is only a slight change for Bethany as we will still hold Representative Sport and Recreational Sport on a Thursday. The difference is that we will now compete in Representative Sport against schools from the St George and Sutherland Shire areas and teams will be entered in each sport on a Thursday afternoon in the junior, intermediate and senior competitions. Whilst lessons will still be held for seniors on a Thursday afternoon, Year 11 and 12 students will be able to play each week in the senior teams if selected. In our next newsletter, I will outline the increased range of sports on offer as gala days for our girls. No longer will Bethany be part of SCC sport or CGSSSA sport. Representative pathways will still exist for students who are chosen for higher levels. We look forward to seeing as many girls as possible try out for the sport teams in 2022.



I was particularly impressed in reading the Year 11 reports recently. Congratulations to the following girls who have received a Principal’s Award for their consistency across Year 11.

Katya Alexander
Sarah Chapman
Erika Daubaras
Isabella Diaz
Christa Dracopoulos
Hayley Eskander
Lucy Flanagan
Tahlia Genlik
Violet Gruppelaar
Linh Huynh
Diya Lijo
Eloise Martelletti
Luna Pandiella-McLeod
Alyssa Parrottino
Tyana Petrevski
Isabel Santillana
Rachel Tannous
Danae Tsapilis
Maddison Underhill


Thanks to all parents for remaining vigilant around our COVID Safe procedures and for keeping your daughter home if she feels unwell. It has been a long time since we have been able to have parents on site for information evenings and interviews. I do not take for granted the support that parents give to Bethany and I look forward to a more populated school as we move towards 2022.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

The last two weeks have been a time of settling back into the routine of school, even if it is different. I would like to thank our students for the cooperative way they have attended to our COVID guidelines over the last two weeks and managed a challenging time. A reminder however, that all students are required to wear a mask when inside buildings and especially when in class rooms and to remain socially distant, to the best of their ability, at all times. Please ensure that your child has a number of masks in their school bag, as masks are sometimes lost or broken. We understand that group separation is mostly limited to when students are on College grounds, however, we have been informed that minimising the mixing of cohorts is the safest practice for our students, so we are doing what we can to follow this guidance.

As we have now settled back into school, it is also time to attend to uniform and grooming, with particular regard to fingernails. Some students are not meeting the College expectations when it comes to their nails. Over the next few weeks, students will be reminded of expectations and expected to rectify any concerns raised with them. 

It was great to see our Year 12 students finally get the opportunity to sit their Higher School Certificate Examinations this week. In a year that has provided numerous challenges for them, our Year 12’s have shown remarkable perseverance and determination. There were many people offering their best wishes to Year 12 as they commenced their exams, and it was great to hear them come out of that exam room on Tuesday with the first of their exams finished and completed. I hope that they receive a reward that matches their efforts, plus a little bit more for hanging in there. 

On Thursday 11th November, we commemorated Remembrance Day, marking the 103rd anniversary of the end of World War I. I thank Mr David Martin for his time and energy in preparing our ceremony, our students who took part in the service and our school community who participated with respect, paying tribute to all men and women who have died in service to Australia during times of war. 





Kristina Flanagan

Assistant Principal

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Approaching the First Season of the Church Year

I would like to share with you an excerpt from Sr Leone Pallisier Reflection for the 33rd Week of Ordinary Time:

As NSW enjoys the freedoms of coming out of Lockdown, people are certainly taking up opportunities to reunite with family and friends, go out for breakfast, watch a movie on the big screen and participate in the many social activities we have always known and enjoyed but does this constitute living life to the full? As we draw closer to the liturgical season of Advent beginning 28 November, let us be reminded of the arrival of Jesus Christ whose model of Christian living demonstrates what it really means to live to the full.

Sunday’s Gospel can be accessed here.



Year 12

The Patron Saint of Exam Takers is the flying Franciscan Friar known for levitating whilst praying, St Joseph of Cupertino.  We pray for our Year 12 students that through his intercession, they will demonstrate wisdom and intellect for the successful completion of their HSC Examinations. Year 12 students are invited to use the College Chapel for the duration of the examination period- there is no greater comfort than finding refuge in God.



SVDP Christmas Appeal

Our community continues to collect donations for this great cause: 

  1. Online Donations – This simple donation process provides direct funding to St. Vincent de Paul to continue supporting those in need. 


  1. Donating to St. Vincent de Paul Shops –  Good quality, clean, pre-loved goods or unused items are welcome donations at Vinnies Shops. Remember: if you would give your items to a mate, then it is worthy enough to donate. Vinnies welcomes the following items: clothing, accessories, books, toys, bric-a-brac, household items, sporting goods and bedding are all suitable. Some shops accept furniture and electrical items; however, it is best to ring the shop and check because not all shops have space for large furniture or are able to sell electrical items (for legal and safety reasons).


  1. Donating to St. Vincent de Paul @ Bethany College– There is a collection point for the Christmas Appeal donations outside Student Services. Please remember to bring in your donations on the days you are on site.



The Year 8 Religious Education Classroom in the Spotlight:

Please enjoy the following artworks completed by our Year 8 Newman students in the unit, The Teachings of Jesus. These students have highlighted the universality of our Christian values with an Indigenous flavour. There is much food for thought in these images-  Thank you Mrs Bullock for introducing a little bit of Studies of Religion in Stage 4.


Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Year 9 International Studies

Year 9 International Studies students have completed their inquiry- based research task exploring representations of culture. Students worked on their interest project across Weeks7-10 of Term 2, applying their understanding of representations of culture and exercising skills in communication, collaboration and creative thinking. There was great diversity in the areas of research including cultural representations in art, literature and sport. 

Here are some of the learning experiences of International Studies students.  

My inquiry attempts to explore African- American cultural identity throughout the history of film, and how cinematic representations have been influenced by social change. I analysed films and explored the progression of these representations and the impacts of this on persons from this culture. This project was highly insightful as my research taught me many things about the power of social change in any industry, but in particular, film. The challenge I faced when completing this project was discovering how to properly convey the significant change through different examples, and as such, I spent many hours searching for films that would have enough variety to successfully depict the vast change in the representation of African-American people throughout the history of film. KAYLA KOUTSIS

In my inquiry based project I focused on dance as a part of intangible culture, specifically the connections between Brazilian culture and Samba. Throughout my research I delved into the history of Samba, how it started out as a simple, social dance performed by the African slaves, used to express a want for freedom. Now however, after many years of struggles, Samba represents a joyous and bright Brazilian culture, with Samba being at the heart of all community events and gatherings. ZARA HARRISON 

For my inquiry project, I created a video titled Feminism on Film: The Disney Princess Edition. My video explored how recent Disney princess remakes, specifically Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, have introduced aspects that weren’t in the original films, in order to reflect the rise of Feminism in our society. I enjoyed being able to learn more about films that I loved watching, and also being able to understand their relevance in today’s world.EDEN FERNANDO

For our term four assessment, we had to conduct a student inquiry-based project. We were given the freedom to choose a topic to research and how it has influenced particular cultures. I chose dance and the influence it has on three different dances including Street dance, the Corroboree and the Dragon Lantern dance. This assessment was very enjoyable and increased my knowledge about different cultures and the influence dance has on each of them. CAMILLA BAYLEY

In international studies this term, we were provided with the opportunity to conduct an inquiry based topic on the representations of culture. For my project, I chose to look into the cultural impacts of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. My project gave me deep insight into the adversity faced by Islamic Americans in this time period, and enabled me to learn about the significant impacts that the misrepresentation of a culture has on its society and wellbeing. Overall, it was a highly enjoyable task that provided me with the chance to research a topic of my own interest and liking. LUCINDA POPOVSKI 


Kelly Smit 

HSIE Coordinator 

Year 9 Maths

In the last days of remote learning, the Year 9 Maths 1 class completed their study of Probability and Statistics by undertaking an Investigation.  They were encouraged to choose any question in an area of interest to them, gather the data by means of online research, surveying family and friends, or measuring something in their lives such as running speeds or the number of times a flipped coin came up heads.

They were required to make use of the statistical techniques they had been learning in their remote lessons in order to answer their questions and to suggest directions for future research.  Since the whole investigation was conducted at home at the end of the long, long lockdown, they were encouraged to collaborate with one another, friends and families in order to broaden the scope of their investigation.

The breadth of their interests is evident in their questions, with music, sport and the environment being the most popular general areas of research.

Here is a selection of the investigations. Prepare to be amazed at the level of sophistication these Year 9 students have brought to this task!


The Environment

Ashlee Brinkman: How has climate change affected the world over the past few decades?

Sienna Ajjaka: How does the weather impact the moods of teenagers?



Kara Lau: Does swimming for an hour each week amount to different calories burnt across different gendered age groups?

Zara Harrison: Does playing soccer for an hour each week amount to different calories burnt across different gendered age groups? 

Kayla Koutsis: Which of the Manchester teams (City or United) is more likely to win the 2021/22 premier league?

Penny Kalantzis: Are the St George Illawarra Dragons or the Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs more likely to win a premiership?


Health and Medicine

Kara Giardullo: Does your address affect your healthcare in Australia?

Zara Cabot: Should children under 12 be able to be vaccinated for COVID-19? (After the Federal government has given permission)

Katherine Christou: What side effects did people have after receiving the Pfizer and AstraZeneca covid vaccine over all ages?


And a mixed bag

Lucinda Popovski: What are the preferred music genres across the MBTI types? And does MBTI have any relation/correlation to music preference?

Feaba Annie Jojo: What is the opinion of teenagers on Online Learning?

Catherine Duncombe: Is the word “the” an overused term in the written English language?



Mandi Brooker
Mathematics Coordinator

Sports News

Abbey Bull

University: Marshall University


Abbey Bull has been successful in achieving an athletic and academic scholarship with Marshall University located in West Virginia, USA.  Abbey will be studying Sports Management and Physiotherapy whilst playing for their Division 1 golf team for the next 4 years starting August 2022.


Rachel Bevan

Sport Coordinator

Screen Time Habits for Good Eye Health

The Wellbeing Survey conducted in Term 3 revealed that Bethany students are spending an increased amount of time on their devices, both for learning and leisure. 

About 70% of students in Year 7- 10 spend between 1-4 hours a day on social media.

Approx. 50% of Year 11 and 12 students spend 3-4 hours a day on social media.


Dr Kristy Goodwin from Parenting Ideas has some simple strategies to help keep children and teenagers sight healthy and in optimum condition.

  • Keep an eye on their eyes. Be alert for symptoms and take them to an optometrist if the symptoms persist.

  • Teach them the 20/20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes take a break from the screen

  • Remind them to close their eyes to give their brains a rest

  • Encourage them to keep all devices at an  arm’s length distance from their eyes

  • Make sure the room has appropriate lighting to not strain their eyes

  • Encourage them to head outdoors and get some fresh air and sunlight.

Click here for the full article.



Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing

Butterfly Foundation: Pastoral Care Incursion

Year 9 were involved in a zoom session with the butterfly foundation in the week 5 pastoral period. 


“We may feel many different things about our body and appearance: sometimes satisfied/positive, sometimes dissatisfied/negative, sometimes a bit of both, or even neutral. Either way, our body image can influence how we engage with the world.” https://butterfly.org.au/body-image/body-image-explained/

Students had the opportunity to share their thoughts around who and what influences the idea of appearances ideals.  They were reminded of the importance of being body positive within themselves. This starts with being aware of the all too common negative self-talk and being able to use strategies to take responsibility for that internal dialogue. They were further encouraged to be in charge of who they follow on Socials, take positive steps to unfollow these unhelpful influencers and replace with positive role models and interests.


Katrine Barnes

Year 9 Coordinator







Careers News

Apprenticeships and Traineeships- available

The Australian Training Company has a large number of Apprenticeships and Traineeships available for students who have completed school or those who are contemplating leaving. These positions are targeted to different levels of school leavers eg some require completion of Year 12 and other positions do not.

The link to these positions is.



TAFE NSW –Fee-free Apprenticeships

Becoming an apprentice just got 100,000 times easier.

That’s the number of new apprentices that will have their qualification fees funded by the NSW Government.

View TAFE NSW apprenticeships and traineeships information.

How Fee-free* Apprenticeships work

The NSW Department of Industry will pay the student fee on behalf of any apprentice who commences their apprenticeship training. The fee will be paid directly to TAFE NSW.

View TAFE NSW apprenticeships and traineeships information.



Let’s Chat Video Playlist on Nearly Every Topic for Uni

 Let’s Chat is a series of short videos about applying to uni through UAC: from the application basics to the ins and outs of early offers, changing course preferences and what students can do if they’ve been disadvantaged during their final years of school. Watch and subscribe on YouTube.



Reminder – Western Sydney University HSC True Reward early offer

Students can apply by 28 November 2021

The program provides students an early offer based on their HSC results instead of a scaled ATAR. The next HSC True Reward offer round based on Year 11 results with offers released on 9 December. Visit: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/study/application-pathways/hsc-true-reward?cid=em:EGMT-CAA-news-hsctr22-page_Nov21


Want to do a STEM Degree at Uni? Here are 8 things you need to know

Here are 8 things you should know. Making the leap from school to uni is exciting but can be a steep learning curve. To help you get into the swing of things, we’ve put together this handy guide.








UNSW Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders Program

2022 application is open.

The Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) Program supports students with a flexible entry process that considers both academic and elite achievements and recognises these by awarding adjustment factors.

Students can be considered for EAPL points for undergraduate study at UNSW. The EAPL Program awards up to five points to high school leavers who have excelled in areas of sport, academia, leadership, and/or music at an elite level. Activities and/or commitments must have been undertaken in years 11 and/or 12. 

Students must submit an application and provide supporting documentation by 10 December 2021 to be considered for adjustment factors.

Check here for more.


UNSW Careers in Business

13 and 14 December 2021

Are you interested commerce, economics, information systems or actuarial studies?
UNSW will be holding four info sessions next month, where students can hear from industry representatives, current students and lecturers, and ask questions about studying and working in the world of business

Register here.


Year 12 UTS Engineering and IT – on campus tours

14 December 2021. 9am to 7pm

The UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will be offering on-campus tours of the Engineering and Information Technology facilities for Year 12 Students on Tuesday 14 December.

Check out the state-of-the-art UTS Engineering and IT building



ACU Change of Preference Online Event 

Join ACU for change of preference advice on 21 January 2022

Chat online with staff about study options, courses available at the Blacktown, Canberra, North Sydney and Strathfield campuses and available pathways at ACU. Register now: 




Why choose a Double Degrees?

If you’re looking at courses, you’ve probably heard of double degrees and know (roughly) what they involve. But why would you choose one?  Find out three of the most common reasons.

Some universities offer their own combinations; others may allow you to choose a combination of your choice. Keep in mind, too, that double degrees are not just the domain of undergraduate study.



JMC Academy Early Entry Program

Now open

Students can secure their conditional entry for February 2022 before they sit for their exams and there is no ATAR requirements for JMC courses.  For more information go to: 



Do you want an exclusive VIP tour of a 5-star luxury hotel?

Saturday, 22 January 2022. 9:30 am – 1:30 pm 

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. 12 Darling Drive Sydney, NSW 2000

Experience one of Sydney’s luxury 5-star hotels through the eyes of a hospitality professional. Find out what it is like to work in this dynamic environment by immersing yourself in the behind the scenes operations of a luxury hotel. Insights Sydney 2022 Registration: 



Stephen Donlan 

Careers Advisor


Free Webinar for Parents

The Uniform Exchange

www.the uniformexchange.com.au  is an online marketplace where parents and students can sell or buy local, good quality second hand school uniforms, school and university text books, sporting equipment or musical instruments. Bethany College is registered with this site.

Whether it’s school uniforms, musical instruments, text books or sporting gear it’s free to browse and buy at any time.

For a small listing fee, you can sell unwanted school items to buyers looking to purchase items at a substantially lower cost. Generally, this will be within our local school community which means no postage and packaging costs.

The Uniform Exchange has been developed with busy mums and dads in mind and made it trouble-free and easy to use. Just type in Bethany’s name in the ‘find your school option’ or choose the buy or search options to view all the items listed in a particular category.

Selling Used School Gear Made Easy
The selling process is as simple and as inexpensive as possible. You only pay to list items for sale. It may be a school blazer, netball outfit, athletic gear or a trombone that’s no longer required.
You will need to register first if you wish to sell and you’ll need either a credit card or PayPal account to pay a small listing fee of 10% (less for more expensive items) based on the price you want to sell the item for.

Once registered, you simply key in the details of your item and the price you are seeking. Your listing will stay online until it’s sold and you remove it. We hope you find this site useful.

eSafety Webinar for Parents and Carers