Volume 1 - 16 Feb 2018


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,



Welcome to the 2018 school year. I feel quite privileged to be in the role of Principal at the College and have enjoyed my first 3 weeks leading the Bethany community. This year we celebrate our Silver Jubilee of 25 years since the two schools of St Joseph’s Kogarah and St Mary’s Star of the Sea Hurstville merged to become Bethany College. On Friday February 2, we held our combined Opening Mass and Silver Jubilee Mass which was celebrated at St Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Terry Brady. During the Mass Bishop Brady reminded us of the history of Catholic education in the St George District and the impact that the Sisters of St Joseph and Sisters of Charity had made on helping to attract Catholic families to the area through the provision of quality education for young people. I thank Bishop Brady, our special guests, parents, staff and students for making our Silver Jubilee Mass such a special event and no doubt a highlight of the year to come.

In joining the Bethany community this year, I have been impressed with so many of the staff, students and parents that I have encountered and the outstanding systems and processes currently in place at the College. At our Opening Mass, I shared with the community some of my initial impressions as outlined below.

The Vision of Bethany is impressive in its simplicity and inclusivity, TOGETHER WE GROW which  speaks of the need to pull together and work collaboratively in order to keep improving and growing. We aim for all students to grow, spiritually, emotionally, academically and physically in an environment which is nurturing yet challenging.

The Bethany motto to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God is lived out in our values of

Relationships, Service, Wholeness, Welcome, Justice and Service

The staff have affirmed students on their ability to display these values each and every day and already I have seen some of  these values come alive.


It was at Bethany in the house of  Martha and Mary where hospitality and welcome was prevalent. This was lived in the first week when we welcomed 177 new Year 7 students to Bethany. What I saw were a large group of Year 10 students trained to be big sisters for Year 7 making them feel comfortable in their new surroundings and reassuring them by answering questions and looking after those who may have not known anyone else. I saw Year 12 students attend for just one hour as transport monitors to guide Year 7 on their travel routes swapping mobile phone numbers as a safety net for those catching buses and trains for the first time. I have felt welcomed and accepted from Day 1 when I first met with Mrs Russo and then later in the week with the College Leadership team. Our 11 new staff have also felt welcomed by staff and students alike.


As educators, we understand and foster positive relationships amongst students. Bethany girls know that their relationship with God, family, friends, staff and even those whom they encounter on the street are crucial to walking in the footsteps of Jesus and living out the College motto. If relationships are broken at times then we work hard to get them back  on track.

This year as we celebrate the 25 year history of our College, I hope that we can all strive to do our best, to take risks in our learning and to take the time to grow in our relationship with God and one another.

The Bethany community also welcome our new staff for 2018

I also extend a warm welcome to all of our Year 7 cohort, new students who have joined us in Years 8 to 11 and parents who are new to Bethany. I trust that you find the College as welcoming as I have.

On Sunday February 4 our student leaders, Mrs Russo, Mrs Kennaugh, Mrs Colreavy, Ms Woods and myself had the privilege of attending the farewell mass of Fr Brendan Quirk. This was a momentous occasion for the Bexley, Rockdale and Arncliffe parishes and it was pleasing to see a more than full Church at Rockdale. We wish Fr Brendan well as he embarks on a new chapter in his life as an army chaplain and we thank him for his long association with and time that he has spent at Bethany.

This week saw the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. All students were involved in a solemn liturgy on Wednesday where ashes were distributed as a reminder of our own mortality and a call to repentance. As a Catholic Community, during Lent we support the work of Caritas through Project Compassion. This year the theme for Project Compassion in schools is “A Just Future”. During Weeks 1 and 2 of Lent students are asked to focus on this theme with a particular lens of a just future starts with empowerment and a just future starts with community. I encourage all families to not only give what they can for Project Compassion but to visit the Caritas website http://www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion/schools#stories

It is through action not just the giving of funds that our girls can make a difference for a just future.

As we now begin the routine of formal classes, we ask that all parents help their daughters to ensure that study routines are set and followed, learning goals are established and communicated and most importantly that each girl is provided with an environment which allows her to achieve her best.

I look forward to meeting with families throughout the year and thank those parents whom I have met for their warm welcome.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates: Link to college calendar located on the website


Goal setting at the start of term:

In keeping with the principles of a Growth Mindset, start of term is a great time to stop and think about how we will prioritise:

Guidelines for Goal Setting

Once you start setting your goals for the year, compare them to the checklist below to make sure they are SMARTIES.

  • SPECIFIC: Make goals as detailed and specific as possible. Don’t make broad wishy-washy goals like ‘I want to do better in Maths’, make them very detailed and specific. Exactly what do you want to achieve?
  • MEASUREABLE: You want to be able to know when you have achieved your goal so make sure there is some way to measure your success.
  • ACTION-ORIENTED: Your short-term goals should really be the action steps you need to take to achieve the medium and longer term goals.
  • (Another version of SMARTIES has Aspirational instead of action-oriented, i.e. your goals should inspire you and stretch and challenge you beyond your comfort level.)
  • RELEVANT & REALISTIC: Goals change, so if your goal is no longer relevant, you need to change it too. Although your goals should stretch you beyond your comfort zone, they need to be in some sense realistic. Create challenging goals by all means, but not totally unrealistic ones.
  • TIME-BASED: Your goals need to have a ‘to complete by’ date to give you something to aim for.
  • INTERESTING: Make your goals about things that you find interesting and worthwhile.
  • EMOTIONAL: Use powerful language to express the emotion behind the goals.
  • SUCCESS ORIENTED: Express your goals in a positive and success focused way.


A message from Bayside Council…

With the commencement of the new school year, this is a timely reminder for parents and carers of the need for road safety around your school.   Children are vulnerable road users.  They are at risk in the traffic environment because of their size, their difficulty in judging speed and distance, and the fact that they may behave unpredictably.

Below are some safety steps for parents/carers of school-aged children which I urge you to promote in your School Newsletter.


  •         Always obey the parking signs around schools. They have been designed to keep your children safe.
  •         Double parking at any time is illegal and is particularly dangerous around schools. It reduces visibility and blocks the road for other motorists. Children stepping on to the road to get  into a car which is double parked are not visible to other motorists.
  •         Your child should always use the safety door to get in and out of the car. The safety door is the rear passenger side door that opens to the kerb side.
  •         Until they are 8 years old, you should always hold a child’s hand when crossing the road, in the car park and when you are on the footpath.
  •         It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that each passenger is secured in an appropriate seatbelt or child car seat.  Check before you start the car on every trip.

Council’s Parking Officers will be enforcing parking restrictions on a rotational roster system throughout the school year. Therefore, I encourage you to remind parents and carers of the need to obey the parking restrictions in streets around your school.  In this regard, attached is an information sheet on regulatory signs which you may find around your school, including current fines and demerit points.

Should you require any further information, please contact Council’s Road Safety Officer, Sue Watson on 0412 812 491 or sue.watson@bayside.nsw.gov.au.

For more detailed information on school zones  please see links below to RMS website




Bus Timetable to be Updated

As many parents will know, I have been in negotiation with Transdev over the last year to change timetables services to better meet the needs of our girls.

Transdev have been rescheduling based on the new train timetables and have been able to offer the following amendments that will be in operation from Monday 26 February and will be posted on their website soon.

  1.       The 15:45 Route 452 to Rockdale has been replaced by the earlier 15:24 to Rockdale. The later trip will still pass at the same time but is no longer listed.
  2.       The Wednesday and Friday Route S099 and S077 trips to Hurstville have been moved forward from 15:20 to 15:05.

I would like to thank the transport monitors for their ongoing support with this.



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

The Catholic life of our school had the most amazing start with our opening school mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.  It was a truly beautiful celebration which not only marked the start of our 2018 school year, but also the Silver Jubilee of Bethany College.  We were fortunate to have past principals, representatives from the Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of St Joseph, past staff members, alumni, parents and grandparents present to share the celebrations with us.  The Cathedral was at absolute capacity, our students were impeccable in their uniforms and really showed the wider community, just how wonderful our Bethany girls are.  There will be a number of other occasions throughout the year that will enable us to reflect on and celebrate all that we have achieved over the past twenty five years – and there is certainly much to celebrate!

This week begins our Lenten journey for 2018 and I would like to share with you a message from Archbishop Anthony Fisher:




God bless,

Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission


High Achievers (2017) Assembly

It was wonderful to see so many of our high achievers back in the College for assembly this week. This year we had to extend the assembly because there were so many students that needed to be acknowledged on stage, which is a wonderful position to be in. At the ceremony we were able to recognise all the students who achieved band 6 results in the HSC, those students who were placed first in the actual HSC exam and those thirty students who achieved an ATAR greater than 90. It was also our opportunity to formally announce the dux of the college for 2017, who is Emma Bennett. Emma gave a wonderful speech to the student body, acknowledging the support she received along the way and she was also able to give the students a few pointers for success in the future. A great morning to acknowledge the great results of our graduating class of 2017, many of whom now go off to start studying at university and commence the next phase of their life.


Gregg Conroy

Leader of Learning

Year 7 2018 Parent Welcome Evening – Friday 9th Feb

Parents and students of Year 7 2018 were welcomed to Bethany College on the evening of Friday 9th February with a presentation from psychiatrist Dr Toula Tsovolos and an opportunity to meet the teachers of Year 7. We thank all of the teachers and coordinators who were present for their support of the girls.

Dr Tsovolos explained the many changes that the adolescent brain experiences when starting high school and discussed synaptic pruning, the importance of sleep and the mental health continuum.

There was a wealth of information provided on the evening and Dr Tsovolos has kindly offered to share the slides from the evening.

Adolescent Mental Health

We thank all of the parents who were able to attend this event as it was a great opportunity for us to meet you. We hope that you found this information useful and we look forward to the rest of the year with the Year 7 Stars.


Laura Golding and Clare Moroney

Year 7 Coordinators

From the College Counsellor

Welcome back Bethany girls and welcome to our new students and families!

The beginning of a new school year is a critical time for students, particularly for new students and Year 7 students. These students are faced with many changes- adapting to the culture and expectations of a new school, meeting new people, changes in educational expectations/practices, and meeting new teachers. In primary school, students are taught mainly in single classrooms, with familiar peers, and one to three teachers. However, in secondary school, they interact with many more students, in a variety of different subjects that take place in different classrooms, with different teachers that have different expectations for both performance and responsibility.

Transition from primary school to secondary school also comes at a time when students are also experiencing changes associated with their movement from childhood to adolescence. Understanding the nature and characteristics of young adolescent development can focus effort in meeting the needs of these students.

The National Middle School Association identified these developmental needs as:

  • Intellectual– young adolescent learners are curious, motivated to achieve when challenged and capable of problem-solving and complex thinking
  • Social– there is an intense need to belong and be accepted by their peers while finding their own place in the world. They are engaged in forming and questioning their own identities on many levels
  • Physical– they mature at different rates and experience rapid and irregular growth, with bodily changes causing awkward and uncoordinated movements
  • Emotional and psychological– they are vulnerable and self-conscious, and often experience unpredictable mood swings
  • Moral– they are idealistic and want to have an impact on making the world a better place.

Recent research makes clear that successful transition from primary to secondary schooling is significantly linked with understanding and addressing the developmental issues facing young adolescents.

Transitions can be exciting and fun and open the door to many opportunities both academically and socially. However, during these times it is also normal to feel nervous, or to feel weird and different at a new place, or to even miss your old friends. Change can evoke a variety of emotions, behaviours and concerns for both students and parents/caregivers.

Here at Bethany College we believe that ‘together we grow’ which highlights that students are not alone during this important milestone. The college community are dedicated to supporting the spiritual, social, emotional, academic and personal growth of Bethany students to ensure that they feel a sense of belonging within the school community. Together we grow so that students enjoy the secondary school experience and succeed in academic tasks.

There are many things parents and students can do to make the transition easier. Here some handy tips to help cope with the changes:


  • Set aside some time to have a conversation with your daughter about her concerns
  • Validate and normalise her emotions
  • Encourage your daughter to look at other significant milestones or changes in her life and her successes in making that transition i.e. kindergarten or extra-curricular activities
  • Highlight your daughter’s strengths and how they have helped her overcome challenges in the past


  • Talk to a trusting adult or peer about your worries
  • Express how you are feeling through a journal
  • Engage in activities you enjoy i.e. sport, writing, drawing or listening to music
  • Talk to people- they are probably just as curious about you because you’re new!
  • Keep in contact with old friends or friends outside of school
  • Find an outlet whether it’s sport, writing a song/poem or drawing/painting
  • Be patient, kind and compassionate towards yourself and allow yourself the time to adjust


Bethany College provides counselling services to our students as part of the pastoral program.  This service reflects the values of the Bethany College tradition, with particular emphasis on the importance of “Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God” as well as the importance of positive well-being.

The Bethany College Counsellor (Mrs Katerina Stratilas) is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in working with adolescents as they embark on a journey of self-discovery, guided by the College ethos of love, faith and respect. The role of the school counsellor at Bethany College is to provide a counselling service for students and support for parents and teachers in respect to students.

All secondary students are welcome to approach the counselling service to request an appointment about any concern, with the expectation of a high level of trust and privacy.  Such a process can provide essential support for students experiencing difficulties.  Being a specialist in the area of adolescents, the school counsellor is especially familiar with the issues that are likely to emerge across the development period.  Counselling may also be seen as a preventative process aimed at enhancing resilience, stress management, study skills and health management, self-understanding/self-esteem, anxiety/depression… to name a few.

The counselling service is mindful of the benefits of a team approach to welfare and support; working with parents and teachers remains a priority. The counsellor will often make recommendations and referrals to external support services for students that need more long term or intensive support.

The counselling service is provided for all students 7 – 12. Students are welcome to self-refer, or can be referred directly by parents or teachers. Parents may advise the service in writing should they not want their daughters to have access to this service.

Once you overcome the initial challenges, you’ll be able to see just how positive change can be. The change into high school will enable you to grow, make new friendships, learn about new things, and have the support of many academic professionals that will facilitate your transition into adulthood.


Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

Anxiety Management Program


This year our vision is to run more group programs at Bethany College to improve student well-being. Everyone has their own battle, some worse than others, and we strongly believe that the support, understanding and strategies learnt in a group setting can help put in place preventative measures and protective factors to help students improve their well-being.

The “Be Anxious for Nothing but a Perfect Me” program was developed by the College Counsellor, Katerina Stratilas, and the Year 12 Year-Coordinator, Linda Robinson, who will be responsible in running the program for students. The purpose of this program is to support student well-being by providing students who are experiencing anxiety with some knowledge, skills and strategies so that they can live a more content and fulfilled life. The program is aimed at teenage girls who are struggling with perfectionism, academic stress, self-confidence and generalised anxiety.

Students are given a workbook so that they can record their own experiences of their anxiety. Once the program is completed, this workbook will serve as a self-help resource so in the face of difficulty they can read the appropriate section, apply the skill and stay well.

The program educates students about the following aspects:

  • The nature of anxiety
  • Strategies to manage anxiety
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking patterns that feed into anxiety
  • Behavioural experiments that will challenge students to better manage anxiety in stressful situations

The program is divided into 8 sessions, 6 weekly and 2 follow up, with each session lasting approximately 45 mins. Each session introduces a new skill backed by various activities to allow students to practice the skill. The proposed start time is Term 2.

If your daughter is experiencing anxiety and you will feel that this program may be beneficial for her please email me on k.stratilas@syd.catholic.edu.au or call 8566 0711. The number of participants that can partake in the group are limited.

Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

Seasons for Growth

The Seasons for Growth® Program teaches students how to live with change and loss. Change and loss are issues that affect all of us at some stage in our lives. At Bethany College we recognise that when changes occur in families through death, separation, divorce and related circumstances, young people may benefit from learning how to manage these changes effectively. We are therefore offering a very successful education program called Seasons for Growth which we will commence at the beginning of Term 2. This program is facilitated in small groups and is based on research which highlights the importance of social support and the need the practise new skills to cope effectively with change and loss. The program focuses on issues such as self-esteem, managing feelings, problem-solving, decision-making, effective communication and support networks. If you think your daughter would benefit from Seasons for Growth we would encourage you to talk to her about participating in the program. Bethany College is pleased to be able to offer this important program and we are confident that it will be a valuable learning experience for those who request to be involved. If you require further information please contact the College Counsellor, Katerina Stratilas, or the Year 8 Year Co-Ordinator, Katrine Barnes.

What is Seasons for Growth ® ?

Seasons for Growth® is based on the belief that change and loss are part of life and grief is a normal response to these losses. Children, young people and adults need the opportunity to learn about how death, separation, divorce or other significant loss events may impact on their lives. The Seasons for Growth® programs provide an opportunity for participants to learn the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to understand and respond well to such experiences. The Seasons for Growth® Children and Young People’s Program:

  • Supports children and young people to understand and respond well to the issues they experience as a result of death, separation, divorce or other significant change and loss in their lives
  • Assists children and young people to understand that their feelings and other reactions are normal
  • Develops skills for coping, problem solving and decision making
  • Builds a peer support network
  • Helps restore self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Educates children and young people about the grief process.

The program is based on small group like-to-like peer learning processes (4–7 participants with 2 adult ‘Companions’), creating a safe space for children and young people aged 11–18 years to practise new ways of thinking and responding to change and loss in their lives. The emphasis is on understanding the effects of change, loss and grief, whilst developing skills in communication, decision making and problem solving. The program is underpinned throughout by an emphasis on the development of children and young people’s identity (‘I am’), relationships (‘I have’) and competence (‘I can’), helping to build self-confidence, self-esteem and a felt sense of belonging and connection. The Seasons for Growth® program is evidence based and relies on research, strategies and techniques consistent with high quality, psychosocial education. The program has a sound curriculum structure and incorporates a wide range of age-appropriate activities including writing, drawing, discussion, stories, role play, music, guided meditation and journalling. Children’s learning is largely generated through these activities and the conversations that emerge from stories shared, questions asked, skills learnt and friendships developed. This child-centred approach to learning encourages participants to not only value who they are and the particular ‘story’ they have, but also to modify where necessary their thinking, attitudes, beliefs and constructs about life and to ‘take charge’ of their behaviours. As de Winter and colleagues (1999) point out: Learning by doing, learning by participation instead of exclusion is to be considered as a powerful tool to promote self-confidence, self-respect and a sense of control over one’s own life.

How can my daughter get involved?

If you feel your daughter would benefit from partaking in this program please contact the College Counsellor and express your interest. The College Counsellor will then discuss the program with you to see if this program is appropriate for your daughter. The Counsellor’s details are:

Phone: 8566 0711

E-mail: k.stratilas@syd.catholic.edu.au


We look forward to running this program for our girls this year!


Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

Tina Moss 2017 HSC Dance Callback Showcase Success!

From the fifteen nominations the 2017 class received for their practical HSC Dance examination works, Tina Moss has been selected to perform her Major Study Performance work at the Seymour Centre on Friday 9th February 2018 in the 2017 HSC Callback Showcase .The Major Study ‘This Bitter Earth’ explores the subject matter of the Old Testament, specifically the three books of the Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastics and Job. The work is divided into four sections which include Time, Death, Chance and Question.

Tina was nominated for all three of her practical HSC Dance works including her Core Performance ‘Let it Go’, Core Composition ‘Cards’ danced by Shae Acevski and Major Study Performance. Tina achieved a Band 6 and a 95 HSC Dance mark.

Callback is a celebration of the outstanding talent from the 2017 Higher School Certificate Dance Practical Examinations. It is a showcase of exemplary dance performances, compositions and films presented by students from across the State, from all school systems. Only twenty Dancers across NSW get selected from the nomination process.

We wish Tina Moss all the very best for her future endeavours and her further dance education at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance.

Congratulations Tina!

Danielle Bennie

Teacher In Charge Dance

2017 HSC Dance Call back Nomination Success!

Call back is a selection of exemplary practical performances across NSW, from the 2017 HSC Dance Practical examinations. 

Congratulations to the seven Year 12 Dance students have had outstanding success this year, receiving a total of fifteen nominations across all three practical components. Including the core performance ‘Let it go’, core compositions and major study performance ‘Coming home’ / ‘This bitter earth. These nominations place their works in the top percentage of dance students in the state. To receive fifteen nominations is exceptional and is a testament to the commitment from the HSC dancers and also the younger composition dancers at the college.

Thank you to Hannah Berghouse (Class of 2016) who mentored the class along the way with the composition components of the course.

All three components –

Lyric Fidow: Core Performance, Major Study Performance and Core Composition ‘Voice Box’ (Composition 

Dancer: Nyah Jones Yr 10)

Kayla Jomaa: Core Performance, Major Study Performance and Core Composition ‘Train Tracks’ (Composition Dancer: Roselyn Pasia Yr 11)

Tina Moss: Core Performance, Major Study Performance and Core Composition ‘Cards’ (Composition Dancer: Shae Acevski Yr 9)


Two components –

Leah Balaouras: Core Performance and Major Study Performance

Chloe-Brooke Plazanin: Core Performance and Major Study Performance


One componet –

Ameliah Crowe: Core Composition ‘Heat Rub’ (Composition Dancer: Jessica Convery Yr 11)

Ashley Nassif: Major Study Performance




Danielle Bennie

Head Teacher of Dance



PDHPE Lessons

A PDHPE information package was sent home for students in years 7-10 for parent/s or guardian/s to read, sign and for students to return. If you have any concerns or questions please contact Mr Guthrie (PDHPE Coordinator) at the school on 8566 0711.


Swimming Carnival

On Monday 12th February, Bethany College had its annual swimming carnival which was held at BOTANY AQUATIC CENTRE. This day was a great opportunity for the students to participate in one of the many whole school activities throughout the 2018 school calendar. The carnival promotes school community and sport house spirit. The carnival saw some outstanding results:


Age Champions:

12 yrs Age Champion – Montana Ilievski

13 yrs Age Champion – Tameeka Johnson

14 yrs Age Champion – Lucy Flanagan

15 yrs Age Champion – Kayla Siachoque

16 yrs Age Champion – Kiera Warn

17 yrs Age Champion – Bridget Cole

Invitational 50m Champion – Bridget Cole

School Swimming Champion – Tameeka Johnson


House points for carnival:

4th Place – Oodgeroo

3rd Place – Franklin

2nd Place – Melba

1st Place – Kellerman


Thank you to staff, students and Carnival Coordinator Ms Lauren Brennan for another outstanding swimming carnival!


Coles Sports for Schools is back to help Aussie kids stay fit and healthy. When you shop at Coles, you’ll receive Sports for Schools vouchers that your local school can exchange for sports gear. The more vouchers you collect, the more sports gear they’ll receive. Start collecting today and place vouchers in the box at student services


Representative Sport

The Sydney Combined Colleges (SCC) Competition commenced on Thursday 8th February (Week 1) and the following sports will be running for Term 1;

TERM 1 Representative Sports

Year 7 – Volleyball

Year 8 & 9 – Volleyball

Years 7 – 9 AFL

Years 10, 11 & 12 – Touch Football

Best of luck to all students and their sporting endeavours.



Wes Guthrie

PDHPE Coordinator

Learning Labs

Enrichment Opportunities for Newman Selective  Gifted Education Students​

​As Newman Facilitator, it is my priority to provide ​opportunities​ for gifted students  to work beyond the school curriculum and environment​,​  working with like minded students and engaging in experiences which stimulate their interests and passion for learning. The following enrichment opportunities are ​targeted to high achieving students from Year 7 to 10. ​

The​ University of Wollongong offers LEARNING LABS​, an academic enrichment holiday program ​that builds ​critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills. 

​The feedback from students who participated in this wonderful enrichment opportunity last year was so positive – they made wonderful friends and developed ​their understanding of skills and knowledge in areas such as creative writing, forensics and robotics. 

Please have a look at the information below and follow the links if you wish to participate. ​See your Newman teaching or Mrs Smit if you have any inquiries. 

University of Wollongong 

Dates:                 16 – 17 April, 2018

Venue:                University of Wollongong (Wollongong campus)

Applications close:          7 March, 2018



  • Students to view attached brochure and workshops found at https://www.uow.edu.au/in2uni-myway/learninglabs/. See relevant blue button for age group.
  • Parents/Guardian (or school if parent/guardian is unable to) fill out the online application form found at: https://www.uow.edu.au/in2uni-myway/learninglabs/.
  • Parents/Guardians supply one piece of supporting documentation that demonstrates their ability (see ‘Supporting Documentation’ section on website). Please note that the attached ‘Teacher Nomination Letter’ can be used as a supporting document.

For further information about workshops and the application process please go to: https://www.uow.edu.au/in2uni-myway/learninglabs/, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Learning Labs team via email at learning-labs@uow.edu.au or phone on (02) 4221 3348.


The What Matters? writing competition

Each year, the entries for What Matters? offer fresh perspectives on the Australia of the future. They examine our nation’s triumphs and defeats, and answer the question of What Matters? in bold and personal ways. The common thread is humanity, connection and dignity.

How to enter: Students submit a 400-600 piece of writing online.  The work must be an original piece completed in 2018. One entry per student. What Matters? is free to enter, and all entries are assessed by qualified markers. All participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation. Guidelines and tips are available online.

​T​ell us What Matters? to  you this year! ​ Entries for the 2018 competition are now open.


Kelly Smit 

Newman Facilitator and Assistant HSIE Coordinator 


Parent Portal Instructions

Bethany College, Hurstville allows parents to regularly access information about your daughter on the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal gives access to electronic copies of school reports, timetables, parent/student/teacher interview bookings and a range of other documents.

If you have not already registered another child from Bethany College to access information on the Bethany College Parent Portal, there are a few steps that you will need to follow:

  1. Use your web browser to access http://sentral.bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au/portal/register (either directly by typing this URL or via the Parent and Student Portal / Register link on the College website).
  2. Create a new account using your email address and a password of your choice. You will need this email address and password whenever you wish to access the parent portal in the future. Please keep it safe for easy access.
  3. When you initially log in, your account will not be associated with any students. To create this association, please enter the access key provided to you by email in the box under Family/Student access key: and click on ADD KEY.

Your account will then be linked to each of your children, allowing you to access their information via the Parent Portal at any point.

You will not be required to use the access key again once you have linked your child/children.

Each family has a different access code and every child in your care who is registered at Bethany College is linked to that one code.

The URL for continued login access to the portal after you have registered is: https://sentral.bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au/portal/login

If you encounter any difficulties or you have not received you Access Key, please contact Lisa Matthews-Whelan or Justine Willoughby in the office on 02 8566 0711.

School Safety Zone

2018 CGSSSA Gymnastics

Careers News

Welcome back to a new school year! I’d like to extend a special welcome to all of our new students, their parents and guardians. As the Careers Advisor, I look forward to meeting and assisting students with not only their post school options but also to assist students with their subject selections.

The year has gotten off to a flying start. Alessia and Selina Colagiuri from Year 10 attended the Learning Labs program in Music Technology and Composition at The University of Wollongong over the summer break. Learning Labs is an academic enrichment program held at the University of Wollongong campus. Students come from all over the Illawarra and surrounding regions to attend workshops that cater to their particular interests.

On Friday 9 February six senior students (Zara Solomos, Eve Fernando, Louisa Leone, Katie Koo, Mary Nguten and Bianca Setionago) attended a STEM Workshop run by St. George Hospital. These students were afforded the opportunity to hear about STEM careers from prominent women in their chosen fields. There was also an essay competition as part of the workshop. The students had the opportunity to submit an essay on “Why do you think that learning science and mathematics is important to living and how do you think this will help you contribute to our community in the future?” I am delighted to report that Zara was the recipient of one of the major prizes for her essay submission. Zara won a $100 Westfield voucher! (Photo: Zara presented with her prize)


Zara’s report:

On Friday 9 February, myself and five other students attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop for women held at the Research and Education centre at St George Hospital. This workshop offered guidance, advice and even inspiration for young scientific minds who are aspiring to enter a career in the scientific field as a woman. It opened our minds to new opportunities and showed us what it is like to be women in such a male dominated field of work. The guest speakers were successful, hardworking and intelligent women who shared with us their experiences of working in a scientific field. I loved listening to their experiences and seeing that it is possible to manage both an amazing and challenging career with other commitments of life such as family. I would certainly recommend this workshop to all women interested in persuing a career in a scientific field and I’m sure that all the other students who attended were grateful for this opportunity. Zara Solomos


(Photos from the workshop)



QILT released the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey 

Reports the views of 4,000+ employers about the attributes of recent graduates from Australian higher education institutions. Employer views of the technical skills, generic skills and work readiness of recent graduates provide assurance about the quality of Australia’s higher education sector. 



Prospective medical & dental students need to sit UMAT 

Test date 25 July

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), who is again administering the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) has opened registrations for UMAT. Senior students are likely to need to sit this exam if they would like to apply for dentistry or medicine in 2019. Go to: 

https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/medicine/umat-2018-registrations-open . 

Free Guide to US, UK and Canadian Universities 

For Careers Advisers and Students – download at


US Study Presentations for students and Parents 2018 Series 

Cranbrook School Mansfield Room 5 Victoria Road Bellevue Hill 

11 March. 2:30-3:30 pm. US Colleges & Student Athlete 

11 March. 3:45-4:45pm. US College Application Process

11 March. 5.00- 5:45pm. Applying to Elite Colleges 

13 March. 6.00-7.00pm. US College Application Process 

13 March. 7:15-7:45pm. Applying to Elite Colleges 

14 March. 6.00-7:30 pm. US Colleges & Student Athletes

RSVP to deb@uscollegeconnect.com (0414765889)

Study in the US – 2018 Standardised Test Dates 

Internationally Educated – students looking to study in the US are encouraged to sit the SAT or ACT standardised test for admission purposes. Both are offered on specified testing dates throughout the year. Students should plan ahead and to assist with this we have written an article describing the process, including the 2018 standardised test dates 


Join us at our Feb Info Nights and learn how UTS Insearch can provide students a pathway to UTS 

8 and 22 February. 5.30pm to 7.30pm. 

UTS Insearch, 187 Thomas Street, Sydney.

Are your students looking for an alternative way to UTS? Discover how our diploma programs can offer a pathway to 2nd year study at UTS. Meet Program Managers, current students and apply on the night.


Yr 12 Leavers – University of Newcastle Scholarships

Closes 4 March for most scholarships.

You still have time. Check out the offers available at:



University of Newcastle Campus Tours Semester 1

Tours start at 10am and are for individuals and families. Bookings via website.

6 April

11 May

8 June




TAFE NSW Credit Transfer Pathways to University

Check credittransfer.tafensw.edu.au when helping your students to see how many Credit Points a TAFE NSW qualification can give them for a degree with an Australian University. With around 3,000 pathways available, discover the many roads they can take on their journey to higher education. Questions can be emailed to: TAFENSWCreditTransferEnquiries@tafensw.edu.au

Pre-Apprenticeship Courses in the Automotive Industry 

Apprenticeships R Us, alongside My Trade Start is currently running automotive pre-apprenticeship courses that are NSW Government funded for individuals aged 15-24. These courses are held all over Sydney and run for a duration of two weeks, followed by a work placement. Individuals can stay enrolled in school whilst completing the course. Call Luke – (02) 9891 6900 or email ltabone@apprus.com.au.



NIDA HSC Drama Performance Course 

16 to 20 April. 10.00am to 5.00pm 

215 Anzac Pde, Kensington

NIDA HSC Drama Performance is a comprehensive course for NSW students in year 11 and 12. Broaden your understanding of performance and develop improvisation, acting and devising techniques. Communicate as a performer to an audience for GP and IP projects. More info: 



Video Game and Animation Work Experience at AIE 

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment Work Experience Program is now open for 2018. If you are a student in year 10, 11 or 12 who is interested in Game Design, Game Art & Animation, 3D Animation and VFX or Game Programming and would like to learn practical skills and what it’s like to work in this area, please ask your Careers Adviser to call AIE Sydney on 02 8514 8800 or online at 



First Aid, White Card, RSA & RCG 

First Aid training, CPR, White Card, RSA & RCG training on campus anywhere in NSW. (02) 43823055 or info@coastalohs.com or visit website at:




Meet the Keeper at Taronga Zoo

15 March

11 April

26 October

8 November

Meet a Keeper is a one-day program for students 14 years and over who have expressed an interest in a career at the Zoo. The day includes a seminar presented by a range of Zoo staff to learn aspects of working in a zoo environment, including qualifications, career opportunities, core responsibilities, careers structures and wages. RSVP 



Budding Film Careers – Tropfest 2018 – Contemporary Film Festival

13 to 17 February

If you have a love of film, come to Tropfest and see how many of Australia’s current film trailblazers got their start.


Go to the TropTalks



USQ Get Writing Prize

Opens 19 February

Are you the next J K Rowling? Can you write a short story or poetry? If you are a high school student in years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you! Enter to win some great prizes including membership to Express Media – the peak organisation for young Australian writers, mentoring by USQ staff or students, writer’s toolboxes, QBD vouchers and more.



NYSF Year 12 Program – Inspiring Australia’s Young Scientists

Applications open 1 March for January 2019

The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields.



HSC Half Yearly Preparation Seminars

10 and 11 March Macquarie University

3 and 4 March UTS

11 March UON

Seminars to assist students prepare effectively for the upcoming HSC half-yearly exams. Sessions will be held in 16 different subjects and run by expert HSC teachers/markers. Call 1300 677 336.For more information, go to: 


Love IT ? BiG Day In @ UTS

20 March

BiG Day In IT Careers Conference for students Yrs 9-12. Speakers incl. Animal Logic, IBM, Technology 1, Microsoft, WiseTech Global, Westpac, Adobe & more talking about their careers & the future of technology. Loads of cool exhibitors including Westpac, Microsoft, IBM, CSIRO, WiseTech Global, ACS, Adobe & loads more. Tickets $10 for students.




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator