Volume 1 - 05 Feb 2021



Dear Parents, Carer’s and Friends of Bethany,

Welcome to 2021 where we aim to have another year of growth for all members of our College Community. This year sees our College at 1080 students and 110 staff. A special welcome to Year 7 who began their secondary school journey last Friday and it was pleasing to see 192 students filled with nervous anticipation and excitement enter our gates. We also welcome 25 new students across Years 8 – 11 and 15 new staff. In the spirit of hospitality and welcome that Bethany prides itself on, it has been refreshing to induct all new members of our College in varying degrees and we look forward to learning with and from each and every individual. Special congratulations to Mrs Sara Camporeale on becoming the Acting Leader of RE & Mission for 2021. Shared with you below are the photos of our new staff.



This year we celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. Throughout the year, Bethany, together with Sydney Catholic Schools will hold various events to honour this significant bicentennial year. When I read the prayer above, it draws me to the great gift it is to be a teacher and the privilege that we feel to be Catholic educators. I was proud to hear of the accolades which teachers received last year especially whilst remote learning was occurring as the immense load that teachers carry was certainly seen in a new light. As we attempt to be the face of Christ each day by how we interact with your daughter and teach values as well as a syllabus, I encourage you to keep alive a conversation about the importance of not just education, but a Catholic Education.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Isidore Anantharaj, Parish Priest of St Raphael’s South Hurstville and Mater Dei Blakehurst. The celebration of the life of Fr Isidore was held this week. We also continue to pray for Fr Janusz who is on the road to recovery.

2020 HSC Success

On the last day of term last year, we shared the outstanding results from our graduating class of 2020. Shared with you below is a summary of these results. The class of 2020 has achieved the best results ever for the College and this is evidenced by the growth data that we received across the holiday period. We ask all students to try their best and whilst HSC data can give a mark, growth data tells us how far each individual has grown within each subject. I was delighted to see that we did not have any subject which did not add growth to students. This is not an easy statistic to achieve and it points towards the efforts of Year 12 and their perseverance, no matter what their ability was, the dedication of staff to keep pushing students, the respect and trust that Year 12 had in their teachers who know how to get the best out of each individual and the group dynamic of Year 12 with their great sense of spirit to work as a team. Not only was Bethany outstanding in the HSC headline data in December but adding to the growth data shows that we have created a wonderfully safe and respectful learning environment for students to flourish.


Congratulations to our graduating class of 2020.



“Together We Grow”

Schools are not privy to its students’ ATAR results. They were sent to students by the Universities Admissions Centre directly. We can only report on the ATAR information students have given us.

Brief Summary and Highlights of Higher School Certificate (HSC) results:

  • 159 candidates awarded the HSC.
  • 9 candidates elected not to present for an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
  • 150 candidates opted to present for an ATAR.
  • 80 out of the 150 ATAR candidates (53%) achieved at least one mention on the Premier’s Distinguished Achiever’s list.
  • Bethany College is ranked 80th  in NSW. Bethany has appeared in the top 100 schools for the 4th consecutive year.
  • 3 students were All Rounders and received over 90% for each subject
  • Shae Acevski 5th in the State in Dance.
  • 166 mentions on the Distinguished Achiever’s list (students who achieve a Band 6, mark greater than 90%).
  • 91% of all courses were above the State average.
  • At least 33 students (23%) with an ATAR of 90 or greater (as at time of printing)
  • 5 students nominated for Drama Onstage 
  • 1 student was nominated for possible inclusion in ENCORE, a selection of performances and compositions from Higher School Certificate Music students. 
  • 21 nominations for Dance Callback 
  • 1 student placed on Musicology Honour Roll with NESA for her Viva Voce.
  • 1 student was nominated for the HSC exhibition of artworks titled ARTEXPRESS. ARTEXPRESS is the NSW Government’s annual showcase of Higher School Certificate Bodies of Work representing best practice in visual arts education throughout NSW. 
  • 9 students nominated for Design and Technology, Shape 2020.


2021 Dux of College

Serena Pham – 98.75














Below we share with you the range of courses which some of our students have been offered for University study this year. As you will see there is a vast array of interests in what the class of 2020 wish to pursue.

ACU – Bachelor of Arts in Strathfield.

ACU – Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Secondary Education

ACU – Bachelor of Primary Education

ACU – Bachelor of Social Work

ACU – Bachelor of Nursing 

ACU North Sydney – Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

AIM – Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition and music production

Macquarie – Bachelor of Commerce

Macquarie – Bachelor Of Commerce and Bachelor of Security Studies

Torrens University – Bachelor of Business/ Bachelor of branded fashion

University of Wollongong – Bachelor of Arts

UNSW – Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science

UNSW – Bachelor of Commerce

UNSW – Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

UNSW – Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics

UNSW – Bachelor of Secondary Teaching, UTS for Bachelor of Health and Science

UNSW – Interior Architecture

UNSW – Social Work(honours) Criminology and Criminal Justice

UNSW- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

UNSW – Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

USyd – Bachelor in Psychology

USyd – Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)

USyd – Bachelor of Applied science (Exercise Physiology)

USyd – Bachelor of Arts

USyd – Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations)

USyd – Bachelor Of Education Exercise and Sports Science

USyd – Bachelor of Pharmacy

USyd – Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine

UTS – Bachelor of Business

UTS – Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws

UTS – Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles and Bach of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

UTS – Bachelor of Forensic Science

UTS – Bachelor of Management (events)

UTS – Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing at Notre Dame.

UTS – Bachelor of Property Economics

UTS – Bachelor of science (environmental sciences)

UTS – Bachelor of Science in Game Development

At the moment we are unable to hold our High Achievers Assembly due limitations on the number of guests during school hours. It is hoped that restrictions will soon ease so that we can invite the class of 2020 back to inspire our next HSC Candidates.


2021 Focus

Each year on the College Annual Improvement Plan we have a few key areas which the staff will focus on and which will then flow on to student learning.

For 2021 these areas are

  1. Celebrating 200 Years of Catholic Education
  2. The Australian Wellbeing Framework
  3. Reading for understanding
  4. Newman reaccreditation
  5. Pre Testing to inform student growth
  6. Pivot and staff observing each others’ lessons
  7. Compass Ancestry

Of the areas above, reading for understanding really means how well read are our girls? Do they have a broad base of knowledge about current affairs? Do they know how to critique what they read? Do they read for pleasure? Do they expect summaries rather than truly deciphering what they read and do they have the necessary skills to do this?

The Newman re accreditation process will involve all Newman students, parents and staff at some level and is a process run by Sydney Catholic Schools.


COVID Update

As we continue to manoeuvre our way with events and COVID safe procedures, the following changes will be in place since we last communicated to you.

The College now has a QR code. This will be used for larger events when guests are on site. For the most part, when individuals guests are on site signing in via the Compass Kiosk is acceptable.

Year 7 Parent Information Evening will be held on February 10 in 2 sessions with 1 parent only in attendance.

Year 7 Camp will be reduced to a 1 day activity day. This will be an extended day to ensure that all of the usual activities planned still occur but to be safe, it eliminates the sharing of sleeping quarters for staff and students who do not usually reside together.

College Swimming Carnival will be cancelled for this year. Schools are asked where possible limit cohorts mixing. Whilst we have had shared assemblies and Mass, this has been in a fully seated and structured environment whereas a carnival by its very nature of Houses is across year groups. We understand that this is disappointing for students however such a large event as we had planned would not fit into COVID Safe guidelines.

We thank you for supporting the health and safety of your daughter and the rest of our Community as we constantly adapt to changing circumstances.

I look forward to working with parents in the year ahead and supporting the needs of your daughter.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Welcome Back

A warm welcome to new and returning families for 2021. Many thanks to the vast majority of families who have ensured that the girls have returned wearing their summer uniform with pride. The way in which the girls wear their uniform speaks volumes about the pride they have in our Bethany community, the pride they have in their families and in themselves. It sets a solid foundation for the year ahead, for if  we take care of the little things the bigger things often have a way of taking care of themselves. A detailed explanation of our uniform policy can be found on page15 of the 2021 Student Planner. A number of families have already been contacted in relation to particular uniform matters that need to be addressed. I wish to thank those families for their cooperation and support, ensuring that all uniform matters are rectified by Monday February,8.  


Before and After School Pick Up

A reminder to parents dropping their daughters off before school that all students should be dropped off in Waratah street. As a matter of courtesy, parents and carers are reminded NOT to park in the nursing home, parish or primary school car parks for drop off or pick up. Please be mindful of the number of students entering and exiting the College at the beginning and end of the school day. Parents are further reminded that dropping off or picking up in the surrounding streets needs to be done following the local road rules. If you are picking your up and are stopping and or waiting in marked ‘No Stopping or No Parking Areas’ council have indicated that they will be fining offenders. Could we also ask that you do not stand on footpaths to wait for your daughter as we have noticed that this is blocking access and could be potentially dangerous.



At 8.30am each morning buildings will be open and the girls are able to access their lockers and organise themselves for the day ahead. The warning bell rings at 8:40am, it is expected that all students will be on site by this time and be ready for Homeroom, the official start of the school day at 8.45am. The school day concludes at 3:00pm with supervision for the loading of school specials departing from both Croydon Rd and Forest Rd. 



From time to time you may need to communicate with the College regarding your daughter’s academic or pastoral needs. We encourage you to contact the College and welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with you to ensure the best outcomes for your daughter. If the issue is related to a particular subject the most appropriate person to speak to is the subject teacher. Your daughter can assist by providing you with her teacher’s name. If the issue continues we key contacts. 


Leader of Religious Education and Mission:   Mrs Sara Camporeale

Leader of Learning:  Mr Gregg Conroy 

Leader of Wellbeing:  Ms Mary Matthews 

Acting English Coordinator:  Ms Alix Stirling

Mathematics Coordinator: Ms Amanda Brooker  

Science Coordinator: Mr Michael Peck 

HSIE Coordinator: Mrs Kelly Smit 

TAS Coordinator : Mrs Sarah Rowland

PDHPE Coordinator:  Mrs Michelle Barass

Performing Arts Coordinator:  Ms Chiara Pascuzzo

Visual Arts Coordinator:  Mr Simon McLean

Vocational Education and Training Coordinator:  Mrs Gabrielle Killorn 

Languages Coordinator:  Mr Marco Gianni 

Learning Support Coordinator:  Mrs Anna Charas 

Teacher/Librarians:  Mrs Damienne Forrester and  Mrs Jennifier Simonetta 


If the matter is of a pastoral nature please contact your daughter’s Homeroom teacher, the relevant Year Coordinator as listed below or Mrs Matthews our Leader of Wellbeing. 

Year 12:  Ms Sylvia Eldahaby

Year 11:  Mrs Melanie Bullock

Year 10:  Mr Steve Donlan

Year 9:  Mrs Katrine Barnes 

Year 8 (Acting):  Miss Rochelle Bailey  

Year 7:   Mrs Laura Golding 


Additional staff contacts 

Careers Advisor; Mr Steve Donlan

Student Leadership Coordinator:  Ms Mary Matthews

Youth Ministry Coordinator:  Mr Sebastian Laguzza 

Sports Coordinator:  Miss Rachel Bevan 

Principal’s Assistant & Enrolments:  Jagoda Krstanovski

Fee Help & Enquiries: Lachlan Skeen;  Maria Bird;  Ann-Maree Young


Parent contact during the school day 

Should parents need to pick up their child or make contact during the school day we ask that you make contact with the school beforehand so that the College can attempt to ensure that your daughter is ready. A note on the morning of the day she is being picked up is always best and is school policy. Should an unexpected circumstance arise during the school day, we ask you to make contact through the College Office and we will ensure that your daughter receives any important communication. Please do not message your daughter on her phone or laptop at any time during the school day. 

Students have been informed that they are not to use their mobile phones to contact parents at any time. If students are sick or feel unwell they are to report to Student Services where the College will follow normal procedures and make the necessary calls home at that point. It would be greatly appreciated if parents and carers could please remind their children of this process and assist us in this endeavour.


Public Transport 

Parents are asked to ensure that their daughters have both their Opal card and masks with them at all times and remember to tap on and tap off at the commencement and conclusion of each journey. As a community we expect that the girls will behave in a manner that is aligned with the Bethany values and will always make way for members of the public. Supervision extends to the loading of school specials. Girls waiting for public buses are reminded of the importance of doing so safely. 


Study Skills Handbook 

In 2021, we are pleased to continue our subscription to the Dr Prue Salter’s Study Skills website. This website will help you develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarizing, technology use, brain and memory and much more. Everything you need to know about becoming a more powerful learner and improving your marks at school can be found on this site. For example, learn how the colour of your room affects your ability to study, what the best study techniques are for your type of brain, how to improve your handwriting and useful software and Apps to block yourself from technology distractions.

 You will also see lots of useful handouts, grids and planners at the bottom of the THINGS TO PRINT page.

 To access the handbook, go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and login with these details:

Username: bethanyhurstville

Password: 65success


I look forward to your support throughout 2021 as we work together in the interests of your daughters. 


Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

What’s happening in Religious Education

Monday 1 February marked the first anniversary of the deaths of the Abdallah and Sakr children and I was reminded that these two amazing families are amongst the greatest contemporary, authentic witnesses to our Catholic faith. Branding the anniversary with i4Give Day in honour of their children reminds us all to respond to the call of the Gospel- Christ’s message of love.

Love is demonstrated in many different ways yet, in essence, it is a message of; forgiveness, peace, unity, compassion and respect. Living these Christ-like qualities can be a challenge for us all but as our students begin their academic journeys this year, I would urge them to also journey in love with each other, pursuant to our College motto; act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.

This timely message of forgiveness and love is at the core of Eucharistic celebrations. It was an absolute delight to begin our Academic Year with the Opening College Mass and to have the Year 7 Lanterns and new staff immerse in the religious life of the College as we welcomed them into our Bethany community.

The Lord said, “See, I am making all things new.”- Rev 21:5 and so this year, the focus of Religious Education is, New Beginnings. A new year has brought with it; new students, new staff- many of whom are in Religious Education, new opportunities and new perspectives. With patience, determination and collaboration, the Religious Education Team will work in unison to ensure that Christ is always at the centre of our dealings with each other, our students and the wider community. 


When we are nourished by Christ Himself, we become the vehicles through which the Holy Spirit may work and so other church engagement opportunities continue to include, weekly Monday Mass at which time, one class is scheduled to attend Mass in St Michael’s Church. In addition to this, access to monthly Reconciliation is offered and all students are invited to register via their Religious Education Teacher. I take this opportunity to thank Father Janusz and Father George for their generosity of time in always making themselves available to serve our community.

Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Teaching and Learning News

The 2021 school year has commenced with vigour, as we welcome 192 new Year 7 students and farewell our graduating class of 2020. Students are settling into a new timetable structure and in a number of years, into new courses. 


Students will shortly receive assessment information in the form of an assessment calendar and assessment grids across all the subjects that they study. This is particularly an opportunity for students to get themselves organised for what promises to be an exciting year in student growth and achievement. I encourage all of our student population to discover the joys of reading and independent learning.


2021 Staff Professional Development

At Bethany College staff are supported to enhance their practice to assist our students with their learning. In 2021 our staff will be engaging in a variety of professional development opportunities that will focus on; 

  • reading for understanding
  • pre assessment to inform student growth
  • differentiation of teaching and assessment.

Our professional learning will target student’s ability to analyse and draw inferences when reading a variety of texts. Research suggests that improvement in reading ability correlates with strong growth in student written expression. Furthermore, staff will also investigate best practice methods of differentiation and measuring student growth. 

Throughout the year students will be called upon to provide their teachers with feedback through the PIVOT and peer observation initiatives.

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program 

As a participating school in the Newman Selective Gifted Education program, Bethany provides a wide range of learning opportunities for our students. To be a Newman accredited school the College must provide evidence of how the curriculum is being modified to meet the needs of our gifted learners. In 2021, the College will be involved in the reaccreditation process facilitated by Sydney Catholic Schools. This is a great opportunity to reaffirm the work of our teachers and students and inform our future directions. Parents, teachers and students of the Newman class will be given opportunities throughout the year to provide feedback on their experiences.

All new Newman Parents are invited to attend the Newman Parent Information Evening on Wednesday, 17th of March from 6:00-7:00pm in Yallunga Hall. Further information will be sent out to families next week.


After School Tutoring Program

Unfortunately due to COVID 19 restrictions, the after school tutoring program is temporarily unavailable. Students can still use the library in the afternoon for private study. The tutors will return once protocols allow for external visitors on site.


Dorian Kipriotis                                    Gregg Conroy

Leader of Teaching                              Leader of Learning

From the Leader of Wellbeing

Student medical and health information 2021                 

A reminder that parents/guardians have a responsibility to advise the school of their child’s medical and health information and the particular requirements for the management of their child’s medical needs. Medical and health information must be updated annually at the commencement of every school year. If your child has a medical condition that requires regular medication or is on a medical plan, please provide an updated Action Plan from your Medical Practitioner. It would be greatly appreciated if these Action Plans can be given to the school office by 12 February.



If a student is absent from school, parents/guardians have a legal requirement to explain their child’s absence

There are several ways that a parent/guardian can explain their daughter’s absence at Bethany.

  1. Ring the College the morning of your daughter’s absence and explain the reason for her absence.
  2. Explain your daughter’s absence on Compass
  3. Hand in a written note, signed by a parent explaining the reason for the absence.

If parents have not explained their child’s absence by 10.30am on the morning of the absence, parents/guardians will receive a Compass notification. Parents are required to click on the link provided in the Compass notification and follow the prompts to explain their  daughter’s absence. Parents are reminded that this link expires in 72 hours.  

If parents have not explained their child’s absence (whole and partial) within 7 days, they will receive an email requiring them to provide a reason for their child’s absence.


Safer Internet Day 2021

On Tuesday 9 February Bethany College will be celebrating Safer Internet Day. The theme for 2021 is Together for a better internet’.  

Safer Internet Day is a great chance for parents/guardians to talk to their daughters about safe and responsible internet use.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the eSafetyCommissioner website for information and advice on how to start the chat.


Mary Matthews
Leader of Wellbeing

Student Leadership

Student Representative Council Leaders  2021



Congratulations to the following Year 8 to 11 students who have been voted SRC leaders for 2021.


YEAR 8    
Jessica Hanna Valentina Maalouf Gabrielle Messiha
Eva Nanevski Emilia Rice Ellie Simmons
Mia Stamoulis    
YEAR 9    
Sophie Aloi Serena Carlucci Caitlin Coyne
Tea Leone Josetta Lim Andriana Papadopoulos
Chiara Ventura    
YEAR 10    
Maanasa Akula Piper Finnegan Sharon Ho
Loreena Jeff Janette Le Amelia Urbina
YEAR 11    
Hayley Eskander Alana Hlorotiris Angelina Ibrahim
Diya Lijo Natalie Lupo Venessa Smith
Taylah Talevski




Mary Matthews

Leader of Learning


Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Policy

Dear Parents, 

Please be aware that in your daughter’s first PDHPE lesson for the term, her teacher will be reading through a PDHPE Policy in regards to class work and her sports uniform. Please read the below information in regards to wearing of the sports uniform to school for their practical lessons. 

  1. The SPORTS / PDHPE uniform as outlined in the student planner and school uniform documents is to be worn for all practical classes and sport, unless the teacher specifies other items.
  2. All students will come dressed for their PDHPE class in the appropriate sports uniform and may remain in that uniform for the duration of the day as advised by their PDHPE teacher and on Thursdays.
  3. Students are to choose sports shoes that provide adequate support and grip – these include athletic shoes or cross trainers (canvas shoes are not appropriate)
  4. Where unexplained breach of uniform exists, the following penalties will be incurred:
  • Complete theory work as set by the teacher (students can describe three aspects of what is happening within the lesson) and will be logged on compass as an infringement. This includes all aspects of the uniform including correct hat, socks, shoes, tracksuit, polo and shorts.  
  • If the behaviour continues, students will have a conversation with the PDHPE coordinator, a note will be sent home and an appropriate penalty will occur. 
  •  If a student has a problem with bringing the PDHPE uniform for a lesson, a parental note explaining the issue and an alternative change of clothes that they can change into before the lesson should be supplied.  This will not incur a uniform infringement.   
  • The aim of all PDHPE practical lessons is to promote student activity; thus only injured and/or sick students with signed parental notes will be permitted to sit out the lesson. If a prolonged injury occurs, students will be required to provide a doctor’s certificate due to the compulsory practical hours. 

Please be aware that throughout the year we will be presenting some sensitive content to the students mandated by NESA. Listed below are the topics that are covered in each year group. Our teaching programs in these sensitive areas are based on Catholic Church teachings and are contained in the “Towards Wholeness” Archdiocesan response to these matters. The program also provides appropriate content for the maturity of the students in each year.  It is our belief that by providing relevant information, developing interpersonal skills and encouraging students to clarify their values, they will be in a position to make informed health decisions for safe living.

Year 7 – Adolescence and Change, including puberty and female reproduction (Term 1)

Risky business, including personal safety and risk taking (Term 3)

Year 8 – Supporting Myself and Others, including bullying (Term 3)

Health Matters, including drug use and sexual health (Term 4)

Year 9 – Girl Talk, including the sexualisation of females in the media (Term 2)

Overcoming adversity, including racial discrimination (Term 3)

Year 10 – Sexual health, including relationships and contraception (Term 1)

Mental health, including the types and support services (Term 2)

Road Safety / Drug Use, including types of drugs (Term 3)


If you would like to have a conversation in regards to these topics, please contact the PDHPE coordinator, Michelle Barrass at school on 85660711 during school hours or email michelle.barrass@syd.catholic.edu.au 



Michelle Barrass

PDHPE Coordinator

Webinars for Parents and Carers

The eSafety Commissioner is offering free webinars designed for parents and carers. The  eSafety’s parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama is the first of the series and will kick off on Safer Internet Day, Tuesday 9 February 2021. The webinars are designed tol help parents and carers support young people to have safe and respectful online relationships and will run between 9 February and 22 March 2021.


For more information and to register, go to the eSaftety commissioner Webinars for parents and carers

School Photos

Advanced Life Photographers will be at Bethany College in order to take class and individual photographs of Years 8-12 students on Tuesday, February 23. Sibling photos for all students will also take place on this day.
Orders for packages can be placed securely online at 

www.advancedlife.com.au using the school’s unique 9 digit Online Order Code: HZC FK4 YXH.
If you do not wish to order photo packages on-line, please ask your daughter to pick up an order envelope from Student Services before photo day.  This envelope will need to be given directly to the photographer on the day.  Please note:  If paying by cash, please ensure you have the correct money as neither the photographer nor the College will be able to give any change.
Your daughter will need to be in full summer school uniform (blazer not required), including badge, with hair tied back as specified in the College Diary. 
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Ilham Ayoub at the College on 8566 0711.


Ilham Ayoub

Leader of Teaching Administration

2021 Programs and Clubs


As part of our School CENSUS on February 19, Principals must inform parents, guardians and staff about the use of personal information and that from time to time we are required to provide student details and background data to Government agencies, particularly during Census time. 

Please cick on the links below