Volume 11 - 29 Jul 2016

2016 SCC Dance Results

Walking in as last year’s champions, Bethany College’s Dance troupes hit the stage as a force to be reckoned with. We had 70 Dancers representing the college at the SCC Dance Competition on Friday 24th June. Dancers have been working for six months on these routines.  All dances entered received a place and choreography from our talented students

With the stunning lyrical core performance, peformed by the current Year 12, and the Year 11 Folk, taking third place and the hard hitting jazz troups taking 3rd, and two 2nds. Bringing the audience to their feet was the hip hop B-crew and tap bringing back home first place! Following this was the senior jazz troupe captivating judges and winning the judges choice. Bethany came home winners again achieving an overall 2nd place, only two points off first!

A massive congratulations and thank you to all the wonderful student choreographers, mentored by their dedicated to the core dance teacher, Mrs Bennie; from Year 12; Karli Karagiannis & Serena Siow,  from Year 11; Abigail Bryant, Ameliah Crowe, Lyric Fidow & Ashley Nassif, and from Year 10; Kelly Wilson, Danise Yuen, Annabel Bennett and Georgia Malaxos. What amazing choreography produced all in school time by Bethany College’s very own students! 

Let’s do it again next year! Go Team Dance !

Thank you to Lauren Brennan for all her help leading up to the competition and to Lauren and Clare Moroney for their support on the day.

 – Danielle Cavanagh Year 12




‘Sport players with goals succeed because they know where they are going.’

 – Liz Ellis – Former Australian Netball Captain


Year 8 Brainstorm Productions

On Friday the 22nd July Year 8 viewed a cyber bullying production in Yallunga Hall through a cutting edge educational theatre performance.

Some of the cyber bullying content covered in the production included:

  • WHO’S responsible?
  • WHAT drives cyber bullies to send that nasty message, post that hurtful comment or embarrassing photo on Facebook or Snapchat?
  • WHY are some people more likely to be a target and why is it hard for victims to be assertive or resilient?
  • WHERE can they go if or when they are being cyber bullied?
  • HOW can we stop cyber bullying from happening?

A cleverly crafted narrative allows students to examine these questions AND their own behaviour. At the conclusion of the presentation students are required do complete a reflection worksheet on the performance.


Year 11 PDHPE Senior First Aid

On Tuesday, 28th June, Year 11 PDHPE participated in their Senior First Aid Certificate Course with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia. On this day, students learnt about the legal aspects of First Aid, how to deal with emergency medical situations and management of medical conditions and injuries. Students also focused on how to perform CPR on a casualty and learnt how to bandage different injuries. This day will be very helpful as not only is it important to the PDHPE course – Option 1: First Aid, but also in everyday life situations. The students gain knowledge and learn new skills on how to preserve a life before medical aid arrives.



Term 2 Results – SCC Sport

The Grand Finals of Term 2 SCC sport saw Bethany College have their senior soccer team competing. The girls play Casmir College in the final and won the game 1-0. The result was outstanding with the senior soccer team undefeated throughout the tournament. They will now progress to compete in the state knockout against either Bathurst or Griffith. Congratulations to all the girls that competed in Term 2 SCC sport. The College continues to be represented in a range of sports demonstrating the positive attitude of Bethany girls to be involved and challenge themselves to excel at each opportunity.


Upcoming PDHPE Events

Year 10 Road Safety Forum Allphones Arena Homebush – Wednesday 17th August

Year 9 NSW Roadshow Wheelchair Basketball – Tuesday 30th / Wednesday 31st August

PASS Snow Camp – Sunday 31st July – Wednesday 3rd August



Wes Guthrie

PDHPE Coordinator


School Xchange

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

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

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

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

Selling Used School Gear Made Easy
The selling process is as simple and as inexpensive as possible. You only pay to list items for sale. It may be a school blazer, netball outfit, athletic gear or a trombone that’s no longer required.
You will need to register first if you wish to sell and you’ll need either a credit card or PayPal account to pay a small listing fee of 10% (less for more expensive items) based on the price you want to sell the item for.
Once registered, you simply key in the details of your item and the price you are seeking. Your listing will stay online until it’s sold and you remove it. We hope you find this site useful.


Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Guide 2016-17 – For Year 12 Students 2016

Year 12 students received their copy through Homeroom..


An outline of Open Days for 2016 is available on the UAC website:

A copy of this is also found at the end of this newsletter.


All About Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for 2016: Year 11 and 12 Students

This guide provides information about UAC including university applications, a university course listing, the HSC and ATARs.

For an online copy go to http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/publications/year11-12-booklet.pdf

A number of hard copies are available from the Careers Room. See Ms Gereige


Career Investigation – Year 10 Careers

Year 10 students are conducting a ‘Career Investigation’ as part of their Careers lessons. These should be completed by the Year 10 Information Evening in Week 4 to assist in the subject selection process.  Parents/Carers may be interested in working through this with the student.


University of Sydney E12 Scheme

The Early Offer Year 12 (E12) scheme makes your path to uni easier, even before the HSC exams start.  If you apply successfully, we will hold a place at the University of Sydney for you.  As long as you meet some conditions, such as the E12 ATAR cut-offs (which are lower than standard ATARs) and the HSC subject requirements for your preferred course, you’ll have a definite place when results come out. Applications are open and close on 2 September.



Scholarship Application Close – Bond University
Date : 31st Jul 2016 Time : 11:59 pm
Contact : Kayla Warner : kwarner@bond.edu.au / 0418 556 880
Bond offers a number of full-fee and part-fee scholarships to the best and brightest applicants each semester and are designed to reward and encourage students who have excelled in the areas of academia, leadership, community and sporting.

University of Wollongong (UOW)  Early Admission Applications Open
Date : 1st Aug 2016 Time : 0900
Contact : Kevin Rhodes : kevinr@uow.edu.au
UOW Early Admission Applications open on August 1.
Students can apply for Early Admission at http://www.uow.edu.au/future/early-admission/index.html
Early Admission applications are also being taken for the UOW South Western Sydney campus – opening in 2017.

Parent Information Evening
Date : 3rd Aug 2016 Time : 6:00pm
Venue : Western Sydney University – Penrith campus  Cost : FREE
Contact : Monica Bain : forschools@westernsydney.edu.au/1300854224
Parent Information Evenings will be held on Western Sydney University campuses in July and August. Join us from 6pm for one-on-one consultations with our staff and students; the official program will begin at 6.30pm.
• Parramatta campus – Thursday, 21 July 2016
• Campbelltown campus – Tuesday, 26 July 2016
• Penrith campus – Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Register to attend one of the Parent Information Evenings at http://www.westernsydney.edu.au/parentinfo or for more information please email the Prospective Students Unit at forschools@westernsydney.edu.au

La Trobe University Sydney Campus Open Day
Date : 4th Aug 2016 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue : Level 10, 11 York Street SYDNEY 2000 Cost : FREE
Contact : Erin Keech : erin.keech@auscampus.net 
Our friendly staff will give you a tour of our modern premises and answer any questions you might have about our Diploma, Bachelor and Masters programs.

SAE Sydney Campus Open Day
Date : 6th Aug 2016 Time : 11am – 3pm Venue : SAE Sydney Campus
Cost : FREE Contact : SAE Sydney Staff : sydney@sae.edu
We’re opening the doors to our, state-of-the-art Sydney campus. If you’re considering studying creative media, now is the time to speak to our experienced team, and pursue your passion in this dynamic and expanding industry.
Where: Level 1, 11-17 York Street, Sydney, NSW
Phone: 02 8241 5200 
Email: sydney@sae.edu Please register on the link:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – Early Achievers’ Program – Applications open 8 August and close October, 2016
Date : 8th Aug 2016 Time : 9am Venue : Australian Catholic University 
ACU recognises that you have more to offer than your academic results. Our Early Achievers’ Program considers the contribution you have made to your community through your school or workplace, local community organisation, cultural and/or religious group. Applications open 8 August and close October, 2016. For more information please visit www.acu.edu.au/early-achievers

University of Wollongon (UOW) Open Day
Date : 13th Aug 2016 Time : 10.00am Venue : UOW Main Campus, Wollongong
Cost : FREE Contact : Liz Clark : lclark@uow.edu.au
See where we learn, live and play at UOW! We’ll be running tours of Wollongong, the UOW campus and our accommodation all day. Register for updates at uow.edu.au/openday and we’ll let you know when the schedule is set so you can start planning your UOW Open Day.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment – Open Day
Date : 14th Aug 2016 Time : 10am to 3pm Venue : Wattle Street, Ultimo
Cost : FREE Contact : Simon Freeman : simonf@aie.edu.au
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at an AIE Open Day. Sydney, Melbourne Canberra and Adelaide campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about full-time and part-time courses.
For more information head to http://www.aie.edu.au/openday

Macleay College Open Day
Date : 20th Aug 2016 Time : 9.30am – 1pm Venue : Macleay College
Cost : FREE Contact : Laura Parker : lparker@macleay.edu.au / 0412346726
Open Day is your opportunity to experience the Macleay College difference.
*Register your attendance via our booking form: https://macleay.edu.au/open-day-august-2016 If you have any questions please contact our team on 1300 939 888 or contact Adriana Kind on -477 719 450 or at akind@macleay.edu.au.

Le Cordon Bleu OPEN DAY
Date : 20th Aug 2016 Time : 10 am – 3pm
Venue : Le Cordon Bleu Campus 250 Blaxland Rd Ryde Cost : FREE
Contact : Terry Patriarca : tpatriarca@cordonbleu.edu /0428546663
Le Cordon Bleu’s Annual Open Day.
A hands on experience to showcase the skills, courses & outcomes that are provided by the Worlds leading Culinary and Hospitality educator.
The event is free.
For further information please contact Terry Patriarca – tpatriarca@cordonbleu.edu Mob# 0428 546 663

Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening
Date : 24th Aug 2016 Time : 6pm  Cost : FREE
Venue : Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station)
Contact : Carolyn Chandler : 9964 6173
Established in 1983, ACAP offers on-campus, online and blended delivery courses in psychology, counselling, social science, social work, youth work, case management and coaching. Our Counselling degrees are accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and our Psychology degrees are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). ACAP’s Social Work courses have been provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the body that sets the benchmarks for professional education and practice in social work. ACAP’s free information session will feature talks from teachers, students and alumni. RSVP at http://www.acap.edu.au/future-students/info-sessions/ or call 1800 061 199.

Medicine at University of Queensland

There are a few different entry pathways and requirements, depending on who you are and what experience you have previously had. To make things simple we have a walk-through which clearly explains the application process for UQ’s Doctor of Medicine.



University of NSW (UNSW) Luminocity

28th August – 6th October 2016, UNSW Built Environment, Ground Floor Gallery

The showcase will display work from current students and graduates. It will also provide the opportunity to explore various career options.



Notre Dame Getting the Most Out of Year 12

30th September 2016, 9am to 12:30pm, 104 Broadway, Chippendale

The event is for current year 11 students and will help develop skills to achieve success in the HSC. To register for the event, follow the link below. For further information contact, sydney@nd.edu.au or call 02 8204 4404.



McDonald’s Ready for Work Booklet
This online resource aims to provide young people with information that can assist them with preparing for their first paid job. The booklet provides information about skills needed, resume building, superannuation, tax file numbers, and more.



A Career as a Veterinarian

This website gives an overview of the career of the veterinarian and the salary range that a new graduate might expect. The site also provides a list of Australian universities that facilitate the Bachelor of Veterinary Science.



Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship

As from 1 July 2016, Smart and Skilled fee-free scholarships are being extended to people experiencing domestic or family violence. This measure is an extension of the Fee-Free Scholarship Program for Smart and Skilled to help people across New South Wales gain financial independence and stability.



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Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator








Stronger HSC Standards

(Attention current Year 7 and 8 students)

The New South Wales Higher School Certificate (HSC) is a highly valued credential in Australia and internationally. BOSTES has identified key areas for reform through extensive consideration of issues relating to the HSC at board level and in consultation with major stakeholders over the past three years.

At the heart of the HSC reforms is the establishment of a minimum standard in literacy and numeracy for the award of the HSC. The minimum standard reform underpins the two other areas of reform – Curriculum and Assessment – through revised course structure and content, as well as streamlined assessment.

These changes will provide a flexible HSC that caters for the needs of all students, with options to extend students in their studies.

The reforms

The reforms will be implemented in two phases, with initial changes announced by the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, on 19 July 2016. These reforms will come into effect over the next four years along with new Year 11 and 12 syllabuses in English, maths, science and history. They include:

  • Establishing a minimum literacy and numeracy standard from 2020. Students in Year 9 from 2017 will be able to meet the standard by achieving Band 8 in NAPLAN in reading, writing and numeracy. From 2018, an online literacy and numeracy test will be available for students to demonstrate they have met the standard
  • Establishing a regular review cycle of syllabuses provided online. Syllabuses will provide more opportunities for students to master knowledge and skills
  • New courses, starting with a Science Extension course for Year 12 from 2019
  • Introducing rigorous guidelines for effective school-based assessment that focuses on the application of knowledge and skills, and reduces student stress by capping the number of tasks
  • Redesign HSC exam questions to assess depth of knowledge and application of skills
  • Apply a common scale for maths, to encourage students to study the maths course best suited to their level of ability.

View the Stronger HSC Standards current state, future state from the Minister.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the reforms.

BOSTES is currently developing new Stage 6 syllabuses for English, maths, science and history. Consultation on the draft syllabuses is open until Wednesday 31 August. The draft syllabuses, online surveys and a registration facility for consultation meetings are now available.

BOSTES will continue to work with teachers, educators, parents, business and the community to ensure the HSC reforms provide a solid grounding for all students, and opportunities to extend their abilities and interests in preparation for the next phase of their lives.

The full range of reforms, as endorsed by the BOSTES Board, is detailed in the Stronger HSC Standards Blueprint. The Overview of the Evidence document provides the research and rationale for the reforms.


Literacy and numeracy standard

From 2020, students will be required to reach a minimum literacy and numeracy standard to be eligible for the HSC in addition to the existing requirements. Students can meet the standard by achieving a Band 8 in Year 9 NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) in each of their reading, writing and numeracy tests from 2017. From 2018, an online literacy and numeracy test will be available for students to demonstrate they have met the standard.

Sample questions illustrating the minimum standard are available at Stronger HSC Standards Literacy and Numeracy demonstration test.

Dan White


Message from the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools

Dear Parents and Carers

A recent article that appeared in The Daily Telegraph and in some local newspapers reported on significant school fee increases for 2017 that have been announced for some schools in the Broken Bay diocese, north of Sydney. These fee increases were in response to projected new ‘needs-based’ funding arrangements that are likely to have an adverse effect for the Broken Bay diocese. It may have been interpreted from the article that similar, large fee increases were also being planned for other dioceses including Sydney Catholic Schools.

I want to reassure you that this is not the case. In 2014, I announced a differentiated school fees policy that took into account the Socio Economic Status (SES) of the suburb each school is located when setting that school’s tuition fees. This policy means that school fee increases vary slightly according to the SES of each school. That policy has not changed. While fees have not yet been determined for 2017, the expectation is that increases will again average out at about 5% across our 150 schools. 

Please be assured of my continued commitment to ensuring that school fees and charges will always kept to as low as possible, without ever compromising the quality of the learning and support that our schools provide for their students.

If you have any questions about this matter, please contact your school.

All the very best for the term ahead

With warmest wishes

Dr Dan White







It was wonderful to see so many parents and family members at our two Academic Award ceremonies last week. It was a fitting acknowledgement of excellence in academic achievement and effort. In my Principal’s address, I asked the students to reflect on what may be holding them back.

As a tourist, I was amazed to see in Thailand that a group of beautiful elephants was being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. There were no chains, no cages, just a short rope tethering each huge creature to a small stick in the ground.

It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from the rope but for some reason, they did not. I asked the trainer why the elephants just stood there and made no attempt to get away.

“It’s simple,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. They try and try to get free but cannot. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to escape.”

I was astonished. These enormous animals could at any time break free but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

What was the lesson for each of us at the award ceremonies?

How many of us, like the elephants, go through life believing that we cannot do something, simply because of something that we thought we learned when we were young?  How many of us have in our minds a short rope we could easily shake off?

How many of us are capable of far more than we ever dream of? What have the successful students here today done to achieve their dreams?

Success in any field, school included, doesn’t happen by chance. We can actually develop our brains so we will be ready to learn. What are the habits of mind that these students have employed that helped them succeed? Here are some of them:

  1. Successful students persist. They concentrate on the task and work on it until they have completed it successfully. They ask for help when they get stuck.
  2. Successful students have self-control. They act thoughtfully.
  3. Successful students listen with understanding. They are open to hearing another point of view.
  4. Successful students think flexibly. They are able to view a situation from many perspectives and their minds are open to change.
  5. Successful students use problem-solving and decision-making skills. They are able to make a plan, monitor their thinking, evaluate their progress and work out new ways to proceed and learn.
  6. Successful students strive for accuracy and precision. They know what level they need to reach and are not satisfied with sloppy work.
  7. Successful students ask questions. They are curious and seek evidence. They analyse ideas. They use lots of strategies to solve problems.
  8. Successful students think and communicate clearly and accurately, both in speech and in writing. They avoid dismissing new ideas.
  9. Successful students create, imagine and innovate. They look for different ideas and are able to think of original ideas of their own.
  10. Successful students respond with wonderment and awe. They are fascinated with the world around them and are open to discovering new things.
  11. Successful students co-operate. They know how to work together with others.
  12. Successful students are open to continual learning. They admit when they do not know something and are eager to find out. They are always growing and learning.

The questions I left the audience with is which habit  can we learn to help us progress in our learning?

Don’t be like the elephants in Thailand that I described held back by their own lack of self-belief.

Don’t be held back. Don’t be tethered in one place.

Believe in yourself.  You may be surprised by how far you can go.





Prayer for Father Jacques Hamel

The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.

Rest in peace,

Holy Martyr Père Jacques Hamel.



Staff Changes

There have been a number of staff changes this term:

  • Mr Enoch To is our new Network Manager.  He is a much valued addition and has already been an enormous support to students and staff
  • Mrs Lynne Taylor is replacing Miss Robinson in her teaching classes all term
  • Miss Lara Grimm is Acting Year 10 Coordinator
  • Mrs Clare Moroney is Acting Year 11 Coordinator whilst Mr Donlan is on sick leave
  • Miss Kerry Harris is replacing Miss Mirabello whilst she is at WYD in Poland; and
  • Miss Kahlie Taouk is replacing Mr Curry whilst he is on Long Service Leave.


Community Prayers

We keep the following people in our prayers:

  • Carolina Perrino (11) whose grandmother recently passed away:
  • Georgia Bourtzos (7) whose 11 year old cousin Nicholas passed away during the school holidays


Our mantra:

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









From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 3

  • Monday 1/8- Monday 15/8: Year 12 Trials
  • Wednesday 17/8: Art and Design Showcase. 5.00 -8.00pm
  • Monday 29/8: Extra Curricular Photos
  • Thursday 1/9: Father’s Day Mass & breakfast. 7.30-9.00 am
  • Monday 19/9: Last full school day for Year 12
  • Wednesday 21/9: Year 12 Graduation Mass and dinner. 6.30-9.30p.m.
  • Thursday 22/9: Last day of Term 3- Students finish at 12.30p.m. , after Period 4
  • Friday 23/9: Pupil Free Day/Staff Development Day


Student Travel and Opal Cards


The College has recently received correspondence from the Department of Transport regarding student use of their Opal cards. Everyone is expected to tap on and off each trip. The Department uses this data to make judgements about where and when to run services most effectively. I am not sure that all bus drivers are enforcing this process with students, meaning some school services would appear to be underutilised. If students do not tap on and off, bus services may be cancelled/ reduced due to a perceived lack of patronage.





Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal