Volume 01 - 12 Feb 2016


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 Tuesday 9th February, Bethany College had its annual swimming carnival which provided a great opportunity for the students to participate in one of the many whole school activities. The carnival promotes school community and sport house spirit. The carnival was held at Ashfield Aquatic Centre with a variety of competitive and non-competitive events. Thank you to all staff, house captains and school student leaders for the enthusiasm shown on the day. Well done!


Representative Sport

The Sydney Combined Colleges (SCC) Competition started on Thursday 4th 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.



Mr Guthrie

PDHPE Coordinator

Year 9 2015 Forensic Science Workshop

On Wednesday 2 December, all the Year 9 Science classes participated in a Forensic Science Incursion where students had to look at evidence which had been left from a crime scene. The victim was a high school girl named Sally who had been found murdered in a bunker. The incursion included many fun and educational stations as well as challenging activities at each station. The students of Year 9 had to think together and undertake the role of a Forensic Scientist in order to solve the crime like who the suspect was and the items that were found at the crime scene. Overall this incursion was an exciting experience from the microscopic technology used to the footprint and fingerprint matching.

Valantia Stamatopoulos (Year 9 Science Student)



Free Open Air Dance Festival

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Project Compassion

During the Lenten period, Bethany College will be fundraising for Project Compassion. There will be collection boxes in home room each morning should girls wish to donate to this very worthy cause.

Each year group has been allocated a different country to raise money for. They are as follows:

7 – Nepal
8 – Australia
9 – Peru
10 – Niger
11 – Indonesia
12 – Fiji
This money can help these communities in a number of ways so please donate generously.

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Laura Mirabello

Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator 


Bethany College Counselling Service

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 (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 counseling 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 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 under 16 years of age to have access to this service.


Katerina Stratilas
School Counsellor

College Counsellor News

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.

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 our focus this year is ‘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

Below is a helpful resource around transition:


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

Year 7 School Vaccination Clinic

2016 School Fees

The 2016 Annual School Fees have now been emailed to each family. Please contact the Bursar’s Office if you have not received this email.
Fees are due in 3 instalments as follows:
15th February 2016
15th May 2016
15th August 2016

Your prompt payment is greatly appreciated. Please contact the school should you have any difficulties in meeting these deadlines.

Year 9 Peer Support

A huge thanks to the Year 9 students who volunteered as Peer Support leaders. These girls have attended a number of sessions to assist the incoming year 7 students at Marist College Penshurst. They represented the school proudly and have had an opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills. 



Laura Mirabello

Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator

Youth Group Carols

A huge thank you to the girls who attended the Youth Group Carols on Saturday Dec 12. They were so well behaved, with a Sr even taking the time to mention to me how reverent the Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist were. Jacinta Walz, year 12 liturgy prefect has written the following about the evening:

Towards the end of last year, an invitation was opened up to the College to attend a Christmas Mass and Carols evening at St Joseph’s Rockdale along with Marist College Kogarah and the local primary schools. On December 12, a group of students from different year groups represented the College at the Mass. Each of the schools in attendance played some role in the Mass, including Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Readings, cooking the barbecue for dinner and collecting donations for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. All in attendance were then invited into the school hall to sing Christmas Carols by Candlelight. As a whole, the evening was a success and all Bethany students conducted themselves with great reverence and respect.




Laura Mirabello

Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator



Set Yourself up for a Great Year

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Linda Robinson

Year 10 Coordinator

Study Skills Handbook


Year 7 SCC Jazz Auditions


2015 HSC Dance Callback Showcase Success

Angelique Georgiadis 2015 Year 12 Dance student was nominated for her Core Performance and Major Study Performance HSC practical examination works. Her Major Study Performance ‘Try a little Tenderness’ has been selected for the Callback Showcase to be performed at the Seymour Centre on Thursday 11th February 2016.

Callback is a selection of exemplary practical performances from the 2015 HSC Dance Practical examinations.  Only 20 Dancers across NSW get selected from the nomination process.

Congratulations Angelique.



Mrs Danielle Bennie

Dance Teacher

School Photography Day

BETHANY COLLEGE School Photography Date:    16/02/2016


School photography day is coming up very soon. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link above or by using the envelope.

Important Information:

  • School photos purchased online DO NOT require envelopes returned to school*
  • Don’t forget to order your sibling photos now
  • Late fees/additional charges will be applied for purchases after photo day
  • Photos will be returned to your school for distribution approximately six weeks after photos are taken
  • Past years’ photographs including sports, co-curricular and representative groups available at school’s advancedlife & your advancedyou photo sites (follow the link above)

*Sibling photographs must be ordered either online or by order envelope prior to the day of photography.  A photograph will not be taken without an order. Sibling photographs only apply to children enrolled at the school.



The Careers program has started this year with the Year 10 Careers lesson once every 2 weeks and Careers Interviews for Year 12 students.

The ‘Lunchtime Careers Talks’ will again be held this year with relevant tertiary institutions and will begin in Term 2. 

All students have access to, and are encouraged to visit the Careers Room in the Marian building which is generally open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at lunchtime.

The students will also have access to a number of useful careers websites via a College subscription. Details of these will be made available in later newsletters and will be a valuable resource for students and parents/caregivers.

It is important for students to read this Careers Newsletter regularly, and in particular Year 12 students as this will main form of communication of careers information relevant to them.

The careers newsletter will contain general careers news as well as important information for Year 12 students regarding application procedures, open days, event information and other useful resources and links, as outlined below.

ADFA Education Award: Applications Close 28 February

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. You need to submit an application prior to 28 February in the year you undertake Year 12. However, you are encouraged to apply in Year 11. Applications open for this year’s Year 11 students on 1st May.



Exam Techniques and Strategies
Date : 13th Feb 2016 Time : 9.00am-5.00pm Venue : University of Sydney
Cost : FREE Contact : T.S.F.X : 1300 364 173
During the course of our “Exam Techniques & Strategies” lectures, students will learn vital skills that will help optimise performance in school-based assessments, as well as strategies that will maximise learning and cut down on study time. Vacancies are strictly limited. Valued at $300, these lectures are free of charge when students make a minimum $10 donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation representatives on the day.

Aviation Australia’s Cabin Crew Careers Session
Date : 24th Feb 2016 Time : 6:30pm Venue : Qantas Centre of Service Excellence
Cost : FREE Contact : Laura McQuilkin : laura.mcquilkin@aviationaustralia.aero
Aviation Australia’s Cabin Crew Career Sessions offer you the chance to learn about our world-class training, experience what we offer and speak to industry experts to discover what options are available for you to lead a career as a flight attendant.
It is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the AVI20208 Certificate II in Aviation (Flight Operations), meet past students as well as our inspirational instructors who are aviation experts, having led successful careers in the industry themselves.
Please allow a minimum of 2 hours for the tour and information seminar.

BiG Day In IT Careers Conference @ UTS
Date : 1st Mar 2016 and 2nd March  Time : 9:00am – 2:30pm                                                                            Cost : $10ph Venue : The Great Hall, UTS Sydney
BiG Day In UTS IT Careers Conference for high school students from Years 9-12 will be held on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at UTS. Bring your students to hear industry speakers from Microsoft, Westpac, WiseTech Global, CBA, Animal Logic, TCS and more to come, talking about their career paths & the future of technology as well as visiting cool exhibitor stands. Enq: Kerrie, ACS Foundation 02 8296 4444   Go http://www.thebigdayin.com.au 

Defence Jobs Australia Information Sessions

Wollongong – 10th February, Defence Careers Information Session

Parramatta – 10th February, ADF Fitness Information Session

Online – 11th February, Submariners Facebook Q and A

Canberra – 16th February, Army Reserve Information Session

Parramatta – 16th February, Gap Year Information Session

Newcastle – 16th February, Army Reserve Information Session

Wollongong – 16th February, Army Reserve Information Session

Parramatta – 18th February, Trade Careers Information Session

Albury – 22nd February, Women in Defence Information Session

Newcastle – 22nd February, Women in Defence Information Session

Canberra – 23rd February, Submariner Careers Information Session and Aviation Careers Information Session

Various information sessions are run about the job opportunities the Defence Force provides ranging from Army Reserve information to Submariner and Aviation Careers.



Health Graduates’ Statistics

Starting salaries & employment rate.



UNSW Engineering: Through engineers’ eyes: engineering mechanics by experiment, analysis and design

18th April 2016, 12pm

This free online course will provide information on the techniques of engineering mechanics as well as use the theory to interpret experiment and designs. The course consists of four hours per week over a seven week period. 



University of Sydney: Introduction of Mathematics Prerequisite

The University of Sydney will introduce a mathematics prerequisite for some courses in 2019. The courses that will have the prerequisite will be listed in UAC’s 2016 Year 10 guide.



University of the Arts London: Sydney Visit

16th to 25th February, 2016

For those interested in studying at University of the Arts London, staff will be available in Australia. To organise school visits email: ual@bcic.co.uk



Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information

This NSW Government run website provides information on apprenticeships and traineeships. There are also links to further information on apprenticeship providers, rules and regulations, financial help, school based apprenticeships and many more relevant topics.



Barista Training

16th February 2016, 9am to 4pm, Cliff Noble Community Centre, Corner of Renwick and Suttor Streets, Alexandria

The training is aimed at 16 to 24 year olds. It will provide skills for those looking for part or full time work in a café. The course covers types of coffee and maintenance and cleaning of coffee machines. 

Phone: 02 8512 8771



Barista4Schools Training TAFE NSW

Only $110.00 per person at The Sydney Coffee Academy, Ryde.

Phone: +61 2 9448 6140
Email: sydneycoffeeacademy@tafensw.edu.au



Chef Apprenticeship Positions Available

There are apprenticeship positions for school based and full-time apprenticeships with HTN. Positions are available in the Greater Sydney region.

Email: recruitment@htn.com.au or Call: 1300 139 108


William Angliss Institute Trial-a-trade

12th April 2016, 10am -12pm

Trial-a-trade provides prospective students with the opportunity to have a hands-on experience of any of the following areas: chefs, patissiers, barristers and those interested in travel, events and hospitality.



Sydney Aviators Open Days

13th March, 12th June, and 18th September 2016, from 8:30am

The days will include Trial Introductory flights, presentations on obtaining a private pilot licence, BBQ lunch and chats with the instructors.




This website provides information on careers and courses. There are options to read case studies for different careers, browse companies, build a career profile based on interests and skills and information on various industries.



Work Experience & Meet a Keeper Days at Taronga

The work experience program applications closing date is 19th Feb 2016.  The Meet a Keeper program is for those aged 14 years and over interested in becoming a zoo keeper. Students will learn about the required qualifications for becoming a keeper, responsibilities and career opportunities. Meet a Keeper dates: 15th March 2016, 31st March 2016, 6th April 2016.



See Ms Gereige asap if interested in applying.


Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships

The NSW Government is offering Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships to students undertaking selected government-subsidised qualifications on the NSW Skills List in areas related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Students who commence training in one of these qualifications on or after 1 January 2016 with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider are eligible to apply for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship worth $1,000.


Viviene Gereige
Vocational Learning Coordinator


Library News

The first term of 2016 has started with the Library staff welcoming back old students and introducing our new Bethany girls to the facilities available to them at Bethany Library. The Library is open from 8am every morning for students to complete any homework or print out documents needed for that day. Unlike Primary School, our Library is open every recess and lunchtime for book selection or quiet study. After school, the facilities are available until 4pm for homework and quiet reading. Year Seven students are allowed to borrow resources immediately, however when their Student Cards arrive they will need to show their card each time they borrow books. The loan period is two weeks with one renewal if they haven’t finished the book. We are looking forward to seeing our new students make most of Bethany Library and what is has to offer.

Our first display for the year is “This is a GOOD Book” with romance novels on display during February. There are a mixture of classics and new literature available for loan during this month. In March we will be starting our Reading Bingo Competition with prizes to won for students who complete their reading card.

For history, art and photography buffs the State Library of New South Wales has a wonderful display on at their Exhibition Galleries in Macquarie Street, Sydney, from 13 February 2016 to 8 May 2016. When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a box of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion.

The box held six unpublished photos by Sally’s mother — the late Olive Cotton, one of Australia’s greatest photographers — as well as photos by family members and others. Scanning the photos, Sally discovered that the printer alternately smoothed out or deepened their flaws. She then took the photos to the relevant person to unravel the story, creating a box of typewriter memoirs of their conversations

With some printed photopolymer plates and the box of memoirs, Sally approached Dianne Fogwell at the Edition + Artist Book Studio (ANU School of Art). Sally and Dianne started a collaboration in 1999, which was completed in 2004, meeting for two days every two or three months.

The result of this collaboration — Family Fragments — comprises 37 haunting solar plate etchings and handmade paper folders with beautifully handwritten inscriptions by Sally McInerney, providing a rare insight into the private lives of one of Australia’s artistic icons and her husband’s family. 

Featured image:  Olive Cotton, 1943 (Jean McInerney, nee Lorraine) from Family Fragments 2004

Do not forget the recreational facilities available at our local Municipal Libraries. Kogarah Library has many events this year with their CREATIVE CORNER available for students at Kogarah Library – Tuesdays, 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Ages 5 – 18) and Oatley Library – Fridays, 3.30pm – 5pm (All ages) Take some time out, colour in, make a simple craft or play a game. This fun program will be held during school terms.

For senior students Hurstville Library is offering Geek After Dark: MIYUKIKO ON COSPLAY.                            Date: Thursday 25 February 2016

Time: 7.00pm-8.00pm

Cost: Free event

Venue: Hurstville Library

Cnr Queens Rd and Dora St, Hurstville

Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/JXCB

Miyukiko is an Australian illustrator and cosplayer that has been doing cosplay for over 10 years. From small conventions, meeting new friends and acting as the character to professional photoshoots and expressing characters, anime and games as an art form, Miyukiko will share her cosplaying experience; the growth of the hobby and what it is all about! Please arrive at 6.30pm for 7.00pm starts For ages 16 +Free event, bookings essential

Geek after Dark is a series of stimulating programs of talks, comedy and performances last Thursday of every second month: April 2016 – Queenie Chan (Manga Artist) June 2016 – Benjamin Law (Writer) August 2016 – Zohab Zee Khan (Poet)

Keep reading!                                                                                  


Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates for Term 1

Tuesday 8 March: Bethany in Action Open Day 3-6pm. Students dismissed at 12:49 pm. School specials arranged to pick up students at 1:00

Friday 11 March: Bethany Day. Normal school hours

Thursday 24 March: Holy Thursday. Normal school hours and sport.

Friday 25th March: Good Friday. School closed

Monday 28 March: Easter Monday. School closed

Friday 8th May: Last day of Term 1. Normal school hours.


Self Directed Learning:

We began 2016 as a learning community focusing on Self Directed Learning, one of our five principles of learning. Bethany College is a place where teachers and students work together to be Self-Directed Learners:

  • Where learning is personalised to empower students to take charge of their own learning and become lifelong learners
  • Where students take initiative and responsibility for their own learning
  • Where students are self-reflective and engage with feedback to set their learning goals, defining what their learning needs and interests are.

To develop this, we set aside teaching time to instruct why goal setting, monitoring and assessing matters and model how to do it.

Why is goal the goal setting process important?

“growing body of research indicates that when students are working on goals they themselves have set, they are more motivated and efficient, and they achieve more than they do when working on goals that have been set by the teacher” (Hom and Murphy, 1983 p. 104).

Research by Carol Dweck (1989) also showed that children with learning goals tend to choose challenging tasks regardless of their ability; they take every opportunity to get better; they quickly generate possible strategies for mastering a task and persist in finding answers; and in the case of failure, students’ self-esteem remains unaffected.

Students spent time in homeroom setting general learning goals in their diary and I would encourage parents and carers to have a look at the goals set, and encourage the girls to work through their strategies and monitor their progress over the term. This is a vital part of the process because just stating the goals is not enough, in fact it can work against us to share our goals, because we feel we are part way to achieving them. (For more on this… https://www.ted.com/talks/derek_sivers_keep_your_goals_to_yourself?language=en ) What is important at this stage is to offer to assist by helping to monitor their goals. Ask questions: How are you going? What strategies are working for you? How else could we look at this? Is there anything I can help you with?

A big step towards achieving your goals is developing and maintaining a growth mindset.














The attitudes you have learnt and develop will influence the way you view goal setting. Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

You need to have a positive attitude when you are setting and trying to achieve your goals. A positive attitude means you are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in your path.

To help create a Growth Mindset

  • Each day note down something you did towards achieving your goals… Including your mistakes
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. your teacher says well done on.
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage you to achieve your goals.
  • Never say ‘I can’t’, instead say “ I can’t do it yet”

At the end of the term students will, with the help of their teachers assess where they are in the journey toward achieving their goals, and reset/ readjust their goals for the following term.


















Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,


I welcome each and every one of you to the 2016 College year. This week, 980 students in our school began the next step in their educational journey at Bethany. This is a large student body sustaining the College to its full capacity. As I have interacted with students, parents and staff during these first few days, I have been struck by the high level of enthusiasm and sense of poise and ambition in each encounter. New students at all levels are receiving strong support and the strong connections between our students have been re-established. Our spiritual theme for the year is Merciful like the Father and our academic focus will be to promote the learning principle of Self-Directed Learning which is an important part of our school-wide pedagogical vision of “Together, we grow”.  









Students and teachers are all learning together in this special place. We believe we need to focus on adopting a Growth Mindset and make progress, however incrementally. We are all very excited about the possibilities of each and every one of us extending ourselves for others and as a consequence, reaching for milestones we never dreamed we’d reach!

I particularly welcome our new Year 7 students (“The Dolphins”) to the College and the new members of staff who have joined our community:

  1. Bailey, Rochelle (PDHPE, HSIE)
  2. Bernardo, Damian (Performing Arts Coordinator)
  3. Boutros, Christiana (TAS)
  4. Georgiou, Constance (HSIE, English)
  5. Gillieatt, Brad (English Coordinator)
  6. Kennaugh, Diane (Leader of RE and Mission)
  7. Maish, Katherine (Leader of Pedagogy)
  8. Soles, Kirsty (PDHPE, Science)
  9. Sullivan, Jane (HSIE/RE)
  10. Harris, Kerryann (HSIE/RE, 0.8 FTE)


We also welcomed back Mr Conroy, Ms Criniti and Mrs Smit who have returned to the College to their full-time positions.

There have been a few changes to the curriculum team at the College. Namely:

  1. Mr Gillieatt is our new English Coordinator, previously at Marist College Kogarah
  2. Mr Bernardo is our Acting Performing Arts Coordinator, previously from Loreto Toorak
  3. Mrs Smit is the Assistant H.S.I. E. coordinator; and
  4. Mr Culleton is the Assistant Leader of RE and Mission


All of our students and teachers were present last week at our College Commencement Mass which took place in Yallunga Hall on Thursday 4 February. This significant event, officially celebrated the beginning of the school year and was celebrated by Father Janusz and we were fortunate to have our new Regional Consultant, Mr Phillip Gane attending.  We have two themes for the year.

Academically, we are focusing on each of you becoming more SELF-DIRECTED. You have done work already with your Year Coordinator and Home room teacher on setting your personal and academic goals for the year. By now, you’ve reflected on your personal attributes and how you can use the gifts that you do have can be used to enhance the pursuit of the ones you still want to achieve.

Spiritually, we will be adopting the theme of the global Catholic Church- that 2016 be a Year of Mercy. Each of us is called to be Merciful, Like the Father.

Sometimes, when we think of the word mercy, we picture someone throwing themselves on their knees before a cruel villain, pleading to be spared some punishment. This is not our understanding of God’s mercy. We do not ask for God’s mercy because we are afraid of incurring his wrath as punishment for our sins. Rather, when we call on God to have mercy, we are calling on God in the only way we know him—as one who responds with compassion to those in need. When we show mercy to others, we are responding as God responds, with compassion. Let us be gentle and compassionate to one another, even when it is really difficult to do so. Each of us wants other people to show us mercy, especially when we’ve made a mistake; if you want mercy to be shown to you, you need to show mercy and compassion to others.

Mr Gane was also there in a very special capacity representing Archbishop Fisher and handing us our well-earned Certificate of Registration as a Charter school.



What is the Archbishop’s Charter?  The Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools sets out the purpose and mission of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. The Charter assists us to reflect on and revitalize our understanding of this mission, and how it is lived out in in our school. It will help to strengthen the religious life of the faith community that is Bethany College.

Our College acknowledges and commits in spirit and action to the Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Accordingly, we give witness to, and take decisive action on:

  • Furthering the evangelising mission of the Church inspired by the Gospel stories of Jesus’ adult ministry in Bethany and his friendship with siblings Martha and Mary.
  • Nurturing our students’ love of learning.
  • Implementing the Archdiocesan Religious Education curriculum.
  • Encouraging our students’ participation in and commitment to the Catholic life of the school and the life of their parish. For example our Youth Group.
  • Teaching our students to know, understand and act on Catholic social teaching (brekky van, knitting with love, Christmas hampers).
  • Caring for our students through an inclusive curriculum, pastoral care and student wellbeing policies and practices.
  • Giving priority to the enrolment of Catholic students.
  • Working in partnership with and supporting our parents as the primary educators of their children.
  • Working with our Parish Priests in nurturing in our students a personal relationship with Jesus.
  • Employing staff who contribute to the mission of the Church and
  • Enhancing the witness and Catholic practice of staff, students and families.

At Bethany, we hold on tightly to Christ, and we hold on tightly to one another, and that’s what allows us to live by faith. We’re growing together, making progress together. We dedicate ourselves to our College themes of Mercy and Self-Direction for 2016 and our overarching Vision for Learning:




There have been changes this year to the way schools are asked to manage exemption from school requests. It is the duty of the NSW State government to ensure that every child receives an education of the highest quality and it is the duty of parents to comply with the compulsory education requirements of the Education Act 1990. As such, in the case of students of compulsory school age (less than 17 years) who are enrolled in a school, applications for exemption from school attendance must be submitted in advance.

  • Exceptional domestic circumstances, subject to being satisfied that this is in the best educational interests of the child
  • Other exceptional circumstances such as health of the student where sick leave or alternative enrolment is not appropriate
  • The child being prevented from attending school because of a direction under section 42D of the Public Health Act 1991
  • Employment in the entertainment industry or participation in elite sporting events for short periods of time e. for one or two days, and at short notice exemption are very clear.

From the commencement of 2015, when I receive Applications for Exemptions from school, students travelling during school terms are not to be exempted. Do not complete the Exemption application if you wish to take your daughter on leave for a vacation. The following table indicated processes and procedures that need to occur. All forms can be located on the College website or alternatively, requested from the Main Office.

Summary of Forms

All parent forms are available through the College website to be downloaded.



















Why such a strict protocol around attendance? The broad message from recent longitudinal research is that there is a close relationship between school attendance and academic performance: every day counts. Moreover, the effects of non-attendance accumulate over time. Days missed in Year 3, for example, are detectable in the years ahead. This is important and has not been, until now, documented in the literature. This is not a trivial issue.

We will continue to work with our students at ‘lifting’ our attendance rates. Students should only be on sick leave at home when they are genuinely ill with infectious or serious ailments. Students with chronic conditions work hard to overcome issues and we are so proud of their efforts to catch up on work and submit their assignments. I would urge parents to support the College in setting the expectation and pattern about attendance early. Please make it a priority to take your holiday breaks in published school vacation periods only.

A full research report is available for your interest at http://www.telethonkids.org.au/media/472779/final_report_2013.pdf



We keep the following people in our prayers:

  • Ms Amy Nelson and her husband Mike Camer who welcomed their baby daughter Madison Ann into the world last week. Mum and bub are doing well!
  • Annika (10) and Eleanor (12) Kerwick whose grandfather passed away.
  • Elena Efthimidiadis (10) whose grandfather also passed away; and
  • Ellena Zervos (10) whose cousin passed away.

Collectively, we pray that the souls of the faithfully departed rest in perpetual peace.



Catholic families experiencing genuine financial hardship who cannot afford to pay fees can apply for a financial bursary through the Catholic Education Foundation (if Centrelink dependent) or other families by completing the Sydney Catholic Schools Fee Reduction Application Form and submitting this, together with the required documentation, to the Principal of the school that the eldest child attends.

The Principal of the school the eldest student attends, or the Business Manager , will arrange an interview and assess the fee reduction application using the Fee Reduction Matrix to determine the level of reduction. This matrix has been determined by Head Office and will be applied consistently across all 151 of our schools.  A failure to provide all of the necessary documentation will mean that a fee reduction cannot be considered at all.

The fee follow-up processes are a little different to what has happened in the past. Late fee follow-ups will be happening earlier than what has previously taken place (Term 1, Week 5 and Week 7). If there is no payment or no contact made by the end of Term 1, the fee follow-up will be referred to the Sydney Catholic Schools Fee Unit and they will communicate directly with parents over fee plans and debt recovery.

These new processes have been put in place to ensure the smooth cash flow and operating budget of each school and will also achieve a level of consistency in support of families who need it.


Our mantra:

“Girls can do anything.
Bethany girls can do everything!*
(*except divide by zero)”
Vicki Lavorato




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What’s Been Happening in Religious Education and Mission

Joining the Bethany College community has been an absolute privilege for me.  The students are an amazing group of young women and I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know them.  They are welcoming, polite, hardworking – an absolute credit to their families.

The Religious Education Faculty have had a busy start to the year with our opening school mass and Ash Wednesday liturgies so early in the year.  The ceremonies were very beautiful and your daughters added to this with their prayerfulness and reverence.  I could not have been more impressed with your daughters. 

People often don’t look forward to Lent.  Sometimes, our childhood memories of giving up chocolate or lollies or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross come immediately to mind.  Words like “sacrifiice”, “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth.

Perhaps, Lent could be seen though as a yearly second chance?  Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long look at our lives to see if our values and prioirities are in line with God’s desires for us.  Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes the second chance or do -over to return to  God with our whole heart.

I would like to share with you a Lenten practice that I read about recently, that might just give you some inspiration about something different that you might like to “take up” as opposed to “giving up” during this Lenten season.

Around the breakfast table

One of my best Lenten practices was begun when my children were in elementary school and I was a working parent. It seemed as though we were struggling to find time to eat dinner as a family and this was greatly disturbing me. I decided that if we were unable to hold the dinner hour sacred due to work schedules and after school activities, I would instead hold the breakfast hour sacred. I made sure to get up each morning during Lent just a little earlier so that I could not only provide breakfast for my family but actually sit together, pray our meal prayer and begin each day on a happy note. It began in Lent and didn’t end until my children went off to college many years later. I learned that Lenten habits could carry far off into the future with my family. The impact was dramatic in that each day was started with a prayer and positive attitudes. Breakfast became and remains one of our favorite rituals of the day.

Roberta, IL (http://www.loyolapress.com/reflecting-on-the-lent-season.htm)


God bless,


Diane Kennaugh

Religious Education and Mission Coordinator