Term 4 Week 8 - 02 Dec 2022


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Last Sunday marked the beginning of Advent and in the first week of Advent, we focus on hope. Hope is a tangible way that we can act out our faith by having hope in one another, hope in our relationships and hope for our future. It is the message of hope that is important to be instilled in all of our students.

The season of Advent is an invitation to set your mind off the stresses of the year. We can take our focus off of the crazy hustle of the season and the sadness that could accompany the different ways some of us may be choosing to observe the holiday season this year. Even when things feel chaotic we can find peace in Jesus. Advent is a chance to focus our thoughts on the gift God has given us in his son Jesus who stepped down from heaven and took the form of a man so that we might believe.

The tradition for the second Sunday of Advent, this Sunday, includes lighting the second purple candle that is a symbol of faith.

This second Sunday of Advent we read, pray, and reflect on the hope God’s plan gives us (foretold by the prophets and fulfilled by the life and death of Christ), and we meditate on the promise of Christ’s coming glory-filled return.

As we move towards our final cycle of the year, it is important that students attend each day until the end of the year. Yes learning can look a little different at the end of the year but attending each day displays consistency of effort. Our Year 11 students are undertaking their first round of HSC Assessment tasks. We look forward to December 15 when HSC results are released. Our next and final newsletter of the year will be sent in Week 10, updating the community on our HSC results and other successes across the College.

The end of the year is also a good time to find out more about how your daughter can be affirmed because of her growth this year and also where is the next level of improvement. Please book your parent teacher interviews with these 2 issues as a guide. These interviews are set so that clear direction for goals of students can be set across the holiday break keeping in mind the advice of staff.

I look forward to the final weeks with students as a settled time and one of celebration as we reflect on the magnificent year of 2022.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Weeks 9 and 10

Even though the end of the school year is only a few weeks away, there is still a lot happening here at school. This week, the Science Department took our Year 9 students to Minnamurra Rainforest on an excursion and Year 9 also had training on Friday in preparation for their role as Big Sisters to our new Year 7 students in 2023. In Week 9, our Year 10 students will finish up the year with a pastoral program; they will complete a First Aid Certificate, hear from a number of guest speakers about a variety of current wellbeing issues and take part in a coastal walk along the Esplanade at Cronulla. 

Our final lessons for the year take place on Monday 12th of December. On Tuesday 13th is our College closing mass and our awards ceremony. Students will be dismissed at 1.15pm on Tuesday 13th December. Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of December are our Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. Friday the 16th is a Staff Development Day. 


Student Uniform and Personal Appearance

Quite often as we move toward the end of the year, the approach of some students towards their uniform and personal appearance becomes a bit lax. Students need to continue to be challenged when they do not meet the expectations of the College in this area, and it is important for parents to support the teachers in maintaining the College’s high standards. Students will have ample opportunity to experiment with their clothing and appearance during the upcoming holidays, so please help them to keep looking their best in their uniform until then.



5 – 6 December  

Year 10 PASS – overnight camp

Year 9 100 Pass Excursion – Surfing

7 December  

Year 10 First Aid

12 December  

Year 10 Coastal Walk

12 – 16 December  

Yr 12 Work Placement – Hospitality

13 December  

Closing College Mass

Years 7-11 Academic Awards

14 – 15 December  

Parent / Teacher / Student interviews

15 December  

2022 HSC Results Released

16 December  

ATAR s released


Kristina Flanagan

Assistant Principal

Newman Showcase

Careers Update

UAC Key Date Reminders


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 launches free ATAR estimator

Curious to get an idea of the ATAR you might be able to achieve?

To estimate your ATAR, simply follow the link to ATAR Compass, select your HSC courses and enter the HSC marks you expect to receive from NESA. ATAR Compass will estimate your ATAR based on those marks.

ATAR Compass estimates your ATAR using scaling statistics from the past five years (last refreshed 1 Nov 2022).



UOW Liverpool Campus Information Evening

6 December

UOW’s Information Evening is a great opportunity for you to access the information and advice you need. Come along and you’ll be one step closer to getting started on your study journey.



UOW Pathway Information Sessions

19 January

UOW College offers pathway courses that can guarantee* entry into a range of bachelor programs, some with direct entry into the second year. Please join us for our upcoming online info session to find out more about our range of courses, scholarships and how to apply.



Macquarie University Explore Your Options

From 12 – 23 December 2023, prospective students can book a 1:1 consultation with one of our friendly students, attend an info session, join a campus tour to discover Macquarie’s amazing facilities and stunning grounds, get help with enrolling or finding their own unique pathway into university.



University of Sydney Info Day – Friday 16 December

16 December

Start your journey to Sydney! Students attending will have the opportunity to get personalised course advice before finalising their UAC preferences, along with information sessions and campus tours.

You can register now to plan their schedule and utilise all the resources offered on Info Day to embark on their dream study and career journey!



Notre Dame – A Day in the Life of a Uni Student

15 December

You can explore student life by taking part in a variety of taster lectures, workshops and activities at either of the two Sydney Campuses. There will also be plenty of time to chat one-on-one with academics, staff and current students and take a guided campus tour. Student Advisors will also be available for personalised Advice Sessions to help you understand your UAC preferences, provide specific course advice and share insights into the application process.



William Angliss Institute 

Do you have a passion to join the Hospitality industry? With industry-leading courses in foods, tourism, events, and hospitality, there’s something extraordinary for everyone at William Angliss Institute.

Study at Angliss will gain the necessary skills and valuable experience that prepare students for job ready. Book a one-on-one course chat now to find out more! Visit: https://www.angliss.edu.au/




Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor

Sport Update

SCS Weekly Sport Update

Congratulations to our Junior and Senior Oztag, and Intermediate and Senior Volleyball Teams on finishing in the top four of their division this term and progressing to the semi finals, which were played on Thursday 1st December.

Great effort by all teams with three out of four progressing to the grand final that afternoon, with the Senior Oztag Team missing out in a close match, going down 3-2.

Our Intermediate and Senior Volleyball, and Junior Oztag Teams competed in the Grand Final coming up against some tough competition.

Congratulations to the following students in the Junior Oztag Team who won the Grand Final against BOSCO (8-2) and have made it through to compete at the Sydney Catholic Schools Championships next Tuesday 6th December.


Lucy Teplicanec Sophia Brightwell
Erana Old Emily Teplicanec
Xanthie Pollard Charlotte Teplicanec
Lilu Ciraolo Isabella Borg
Nadia Debbo Joanne Lewis
Niah Morris Katie McLoughlin
Chloe D’Astoli  

The Junior team was well supported by our Intermediate and Senior Teams and joined the girls on the field after the game to congratulate and celebrate with them.

Congratulations to our Intermediate Volleyball Team who were also crowned winners of their division (2-0), progressing to the Sydney Catholic Schools Championships next week. The girls showed great teamwork and determination on court!

Alyssa Pietersz Claudia Edwards
Eleni Theodoropoulos Rylie Ho
Phoebe Luo Emerson Carroll
Isabel Truong  

Unfortunately our Senior Volleyball team was defeated in the Grand Final, going down 2-1. They fought hard right until the end and showed great sportsmanship!

Jane Le Jeanna Garcia
Janette Le Mary Vlahadamis
Claudia Ruggiero Jasmine Bates
Junez Legaspi  


NSWCCC Individual Registration Dates – Term 1, 2023

The table below has the closing dates for the NSWCCC Trials – Individual Athlete Entries for Term 1, 2023. Please note, some are very early in Term 1. Follow the prompts to register at the CSNSW Sport website https://csnsw.sport/sports/nswccc.


Rachel Bevan

Sport Coordinator

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Year 7 Spirituality Day

 Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive” (Mt 21:22).

 We spent the most amazing day at Rathane Youthworks Conference Centre last Friday immersing ourselves in universal values, highlighted perfectly in the Christian faith through the example of Jesus Christ. Our Year 7 Butterflies explored their value of Relationships through the themes of agape, faith and hope. They participated in activities accentuating respect, choice, gratitude, selflessness and the power of pure intention. The day began in communal prayer as the cohort brought its wish before God- their sister in Christ, Scarlett Wilson, had been in a coma all week and she needed the Almighty to dispense grace in abundance.

The Holy Spirit certainly worked hard during the morning because Ms Rodwell called just after lunch to inform us that Scarlett had awoken from her coma. The emotion and delight in the room was extraordinary and added a special dimension to the afternoon’s Liturgy of the Word.

Archbishop’s Leaders’ Luncheon

On Friday the 25th of November,  Amy, Constance, Grace, Mrs Nashed and myself travelled to St Mary’s Cathedral to attend the Archbishop’s Student Leadership Forum and Luncheon event.

It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with different schools with over 170 student leaders from schools across Sydney Catholic Schools, allowing us to form networks and learn so much about one another. We recognised the similarities we all had in wanting to make a change. Each school that attended represented their school with such pride and ambition, it was beautiful to see.

Each table group had time to discuss and communicate with his Grace. It made me realise, we have such intelligent and open-minded young people within each group – imagine what we could do as a whole?! Through the experience we recognised the power of networking and creating relationships that will travel with us, we hope to bring that same spirit to Bethany.

His Grace’s responses to our questions and his engagement with our discussions was so supportive. We all learnt so much about his life, his relationship with God and his ambitions for the future leaders of the world. During the Q&A session, we asked his Grace how he overcomes suffering and doubt in his leadership which we would all experience in our personal lives and in our leadership roles, and what inspired him to push through. His Grace shared with us a very deep and personal story which moved everyone in the room. His story was then followed by a long and sincere applause from everyone. After the event, both his Grace and Mr Tony Farley, Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools thanked us for the heartfelt question. This experience definitely broadened our perspective on what it means to be a leader – through our thoughts, actions, words and initiatives. Thank you St Mary’s Cathedral College for hosting the event and to Mrs Nashed for taking us, it was an amazing opportunity to connect with ourselves, each other and the Archbishop of Sydney.

 -Maanasa Akula

College Vice-Captain


Christmas Card Competition

Congratulations to Year 9 students Stephanie Sertic and Isabel Olup for their winning submissions to this year’s Christmas Card Competition!


SVDP Christmas appeal

Please contribute any last minute donations by 5 December. Items include: Christmas pudding, long-life custard, Christmas cake, fruit mince pies, long-life milk, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, jam, honey, vegemite, coffee, tea bags, cereal, chocolate, savoury biscuits such as Jatz/Shapes, sweet biscuits such as Tim Tams/Oreos, large bags of chips, 1L or larger juice/soft drinks, pasta, pasta sauce, Christmas bon bons, cordial, lollies, gravy mix and pancake mix.

Thank you so much for the enormous support we have received!




Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission




Piazza Penola was filled with year 8 students enjoying the fruits of their Italian labour – ask and you shall receive! As an out-of-class activity for the Food unit of work, students had to use their best Italian pronunciation (and manners!) to order their favourite gelato flavour. The Piazza was filled with gelato alla vaniglia, al limone, al cioccolato, al biscotto Oreo or al caramello salato, per favore!
Prof Criniti and Prof Gianni were happy to report that all students were successful in completing their challenge – no Seinfeld-esque “No gelato for you!” comments were used.
A great way to add to the atmosphere of Mufti Day!



Marco Gianni

Teacher in Charge – Languages

Leader of Wellbeing

Perfect Attendance Year 11 Semester 2 reports

Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. The following Year 11 students have achieved perfect attendance for their Semester 2 reports and are to be congratulated on this wonderful achievement.



Year 11:

Sienna De Mari

Loreena Jeff

Lara Squillaci

Ava Stathatos

Jasmine Vasilevski


Attendance: Compass Checklist Reminder for Parents


As Term 4 is coming 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. If this is done at the beginning of the school day parents/caregivers will not receive an SMS.
  • If a parent/caregiver receives an SMS regarding an absence, please add an Attendance Note on Compass.
  • Parents/caregivers should be aware that any unexplained absences will appear on your daughter’s school reports


Internet Safe Education- Brett Lee 


 Brett Lee presented to our Year 10 students on Thursday 1 December on the importance of internet safe education. Brett also presented to parents and carers from both Bethany College and Kogarah Marist College in the evening. His message was to show parents that it is not about devices or programs, it is about applying their physical world mindsets and skills to their children’s online world. The  parents and carers were given strategies to help take control of technology, set rules and boundaries in their home and work hand in hand with teachers and educators.

I thank the parents and carers who were able to attend the  presentation and hope that it was a worthwhile and valuable presentation.

The 5 key messages and actions for technology that Brett recommends are as follows:

  1. Communicate with your kids
  2. Set clear rules and boundaries
  3. Stay up to date with apps and programs
  4. Consider and use parental controls
  5. Be the one who makes the final decisions



Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing

Visual Arts News

Artexpress Nomination

Congratulations to Year 12 2022 student, Natalie Milenkovski, on her selection of her Body of Work in Artexpress. Artexpress is an annual exhibition that showcases exemplary artworks created by Visual Arts students for their HSC examination. Natalie worked diligently and tirelessly throughout the HSC course to produce a technically accomplished  and powerful artwork titled ‘The Journey’. Well done Natalie!



Sydney Catholic Schools HSC Showcase

Congratulations to Isabella Diaz of Year 12 2022, on her selection into the Sydney Catholic Schools Showcase of HSC artworks. Isabella created a series of paintings titled ‘Memento Amor’ (Remember You Must love), which was influenced by a traditional still life genre, Memento Mori. The Body of Work demonstrates outstanding technical accomplishment and refinement, as well as a diligent effort and attention to detail. Isabella’s artwork will be on display from the 24th to the 30th March next year at the McGlade Gallery at the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield. Well done Isabella on this fantastic achievement.

Year 7 Visual Arts

Inspired by the work of contemporary Australian artist, Howard Arkley, Year 7 students photographed the interior of their home and transformed it into a vibrant collage of patterns and colours, providing a new perspective on a familiar scene. Students displayed creativity and perseverance with this task, well done to our Year 7 artists.




Year 9 Visual Arts


Pop Art Painting

Earlier this year, Year 9 Visual Arts students created paintings that were inspired by the style of a contemporary Australian Pop artist, Johnny Romeo. Students demonstrated attention to detail in the monochromatic painting of a chosen celebrity, as well as boldness in their approach to the gestural and expressive background painting. Well done Year 9 Visual Artists!

Still Life Drawing

Last term, Year 9 Visual Arts students staged, photographed and drew a still life composition using charcoal. Students demonstrated excellent understanding of design principles, compositional devices and shading techniques to create beautifully rendered still life artworks. Congratulations to our Year 9 artists!


Year 10 Visual Arts

Floral Painting

Earlier this year, Year 10 Visual Arts students picked up their paint brushes and selected their favourite flower to paint. Inspired by the Modernist artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, students painted a macro “close-up” composition focusing on elements of colour and tone. The Year 10 Art students demonstrated an outstanding ability in the application of paint to create detailed and impressive artworks which are currently on display outside of the library. Congratulations Year 10 Artists; Katelyn Beljo, Angela Dayeh, Caterina Di Lizio, Francesca Dryden, Paris Lau, Ashleen Lim, Maya Milanovic, Charlotte Olup, Neysha Paraginog, Lucinda Popovski, Alycia Sardelis, Genevieve Tuazon, Nicolette Voukidis and Michaella Wu.





Paste Up & Street Art Poster

This term, Year 10 Visual Arts students have been investigating how art can activate public spaces, and directly influence the audience. Students created digital street art posters based on their research of significant cultural identities, and appropriating the artistic practice of artists Andy Warhol and Shepard Fairy.

Students’ digital art making skills are on display in these witty, poignant and engaging works which are situated in the high traffic area of the underpass near the College canteen. The collaborative, temporary ‘paste up’, ‘street art’ poster mural has been enthusiastically received by passers-by and has activated this often overlooked area of the yard. Well done Year 10 Artists.


Freya Wooby

Visual Arts Teacher


PDHPE Department News

Year 9 PDHPE Incursion – Wheelchair Basketball

On Monday the 21st & 22nd November, Year 9 students participated in the wheelchair basketball PDHPE incursion. Two experienced para-athletes, Brendan & Stephan came to deepen the student’s knowledge of the challenges that people with a disability face each day. They were educated on the obstacles that people with disabilities in the community often face, and how they overcome these tasks. They found out the cost of living for people with disabilities, such as altered amenities and costs of specifically designed wheelchairs to fit their needs. They then had a demonstration on how to use a wheelchair, and were informed of the minimal change in rules for basketball. The students then had a chance to play basketball in a wheelchair! The girls all became experts on how to maneuver the wheelchair and worked out how to play the game as an individual as well as in a team. The students were able to recognise some of the difficulties that people with disabilities face when being confronted with being in a wheelchair themselves. The girls always find this to be a fun and rewarding incursion.



Michelle Barrass

PDHPE Coordinator

Bethany College 2023 School Photos

Photography Date: 7/02/2023 – Years 7, 9 and 12

Photography Date:22/03/2023 – Years 8, 10 and 11

Dear Parents,

School photography day is coming up early in 2023. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link below or by returning the order envelope with your payment to our photographer on school photo day.

advancedlife now offers Latitude Pay! To take advantage of LatitudePay and split the cost of your order into 10 small easy payments, simply order your school photos online as usual, set up a Latitude Pay account in just a few clicks and pay no interest or fees when you pay according to your payment schedule; it’s that easy.

3 easy ways to purchase:

  1. LatitudePay – Click on the link below, set up an account during the online order process and split your payments across 10 weeks with no interest or fees, if you pay on time
  2. Visa, MasterCard or PayPal
  3. Cash – complete the envelope supplied and return it to our photographer on photo day

Order school photos here

Or visit: www.advancedlife.com.au

And enter online order code: HZC FK4 YXH

School photography information:

  • Online orders – do not require an envelope returned to your school
  • Sibling Photos – Don’t forget to pre-order your sibling photos online up to 24 hours before photo day. We provide your school with a list of sibling orders right up to the day of photography, so no one misses out. If you miss the online order deadline, you can submit a completed sibling order envelope first thing in the morning of the day of photography, so your school is aware you want the photo taken and can bring your children together in time for it. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at your school. Please note not all schools offer sibling photos
  • Late fees – a late fee will be applied to each package purchased after photo day due to the additional cost of producing these packages separately
  • Package delivery – School photographs will be returned approximately 6 weeks after the day of photography. Please note this delivery timeframe is dependent on proofing and additional photography days at your school.
  • Previous Years’ photos – Past years’ photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups are also available to order under the ‘previous years or group photo’ tabs at your school’s advancedorder site when you click on the ‘Order School Photos Here’ button above. You can also order past packages, portrait images and gifts from your child’s unique, individual and secure advancedyou image archive site using the unique 9 digit image code found on packages you have ordered in the past

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