Volume 11 - 24 Jul 2015

Year 10 Forensic Science Workshop

On Tuesday the 23 June, all Year 10 students participated in a Forensic Science incursion as part of our Year 10 Science curriculum.

Throughout the day, we participated in activities that enhanced our knowledge and understanding of the various ways Science is used in society, in particular, the police system for crime scene investigation in order to find out how crimes were committed and by whom. It satisfied all our inner needs to be crime scene investigators built up from watching many episodes of CSI. We learnt how to investigate a crime scene and piece together digital, biological and physical evidence to discover who committed the crime. First, we were given a hypothetical scenario with limited details about a missing girl who was found dead days after her murder. We were then given a photo of the crime scene and various stations were set up which held all the police evidence such as physical evidence including fibres, glass and foot prints found at the crime scene, the autopsy report, and digital evidence that allowed us to determine a suspect. We visited these stations, gathering information to fill in our “case file”. We then used this to determine how the girl was killed, and who was responsible. Throughout the day we learnt about the study of toxicology, entomology and autopsy. We also learnt about examining finger prints and many aspects of DNA profiling such as hair. Through the measurement of the chemical levels of drugs in fluids we were able to identify that the victim had been drugged. Additionally we learnt how to predict certain outcomes from evidence that was presented to us.

Overall, the incursion was a fascinating day that advanced our knowledge on a practical level of how science is often used for the greater good.

Kaelah Dowman (Year 10 Science Student)


MHSCareers website Calendar for all calendar events

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Go to:  http://www.calendarwiz.com/mhscareers for all events.


Notre Dame News

1. Notre Dame Early Offer Applications close next Friday 31 July

Application forms are available at www.nd.edu.au/earlyoffer

They can be mailed as directed on the application form OR, students you can hand them to Ms Gereige (completed) before the end of Friday 31 July. Further information at:


2. ​Main Round applications due 30 September 2015

Apply at www.notredame.edu.au

3. ​Scholarships

Notre Dame Scholarship information: www.nd.edu.au/scholarships/sydney

​4. ​Time Management for Year 12 (ie Term 4 Year 11 students starting Year 12)

The Notre Dame Academic and Enabling Support Centre will be open to assist students develop useful skills for their HSC/exams/assessments. Register at http://www.nd.edu.au/events/2015/time-management-for-year-12

For more information, you can contact the Prospective Student Advisors at tel: 02 8204 4404 or email: sydney@nd.edu.au



All About UAC for 2015: Year 11 and 12 Students

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



Defence Force recruiting: Gap Year 2016 has re-opened

Gap Year 2016 has re-opened from 13th July to 7th August for certain roles in Army and Air Force. What Jobs are Available? 

Army Gap Year

  • Administration Clerk
  • Driver Specialist
  • Unit Quartermaster

Air Force Gap Year

  • Administration Clerk
  • Supply

What would I do during my Gap Year?
After completing basic recruit training and your specific trade training, you’ll be immersed in the Navy, Army or Air Force lifestyle while continuing to learn on the job. You’ll learn valuable skills, meet new friends and may even receive recognised qualifications to help progress your future career.
To find out more information about the ADF Gap Year program please visit:  defencejobs.gov.au/gapyear
* Navy applicants must be aged between 18-24 years old as of8 April 2016. Army applicants must be aged between 18-24years old as of 31 May 2016. Air Force applicants must beaged between 18-24 years old as of 11 April 2016.


World Education Program (WEP) Student Exchange Information Session

Date : 28th Jul 2015
Time : 7:30pm
Venue : Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre
Cost : FREE
Contact : Judith Ortmann : judithortmann@wep.org.au
Event Description :
WEP Australia is a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the Education Department in NSW. The information session provides valuable information about all available program options and components to help students and parents make this important decision. To find out more, visit www.wep.org.au, email info@wep.org.au or call 1300 884 733.

Notre Dame Young Achievers Early Offer applications close

Date : 31st Jul 2015
Time : 5:00pm
Venue : 104 Broadway (PO Box 944) Broadway NSW 2007 
Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Event Description :
Just as in 2015, the 2016 Program will offer students the opportunity to join the Notre Dame community before they even sit their end-of-year examinations. You will be able to apply under one of the following four categories:

Commitment to community and/or Church;
Commitment and excellence in cultural pursuits;
Commitment and excellence in sporting achievements; or
Academic excellence.

Emerging Filmmakers Fund Opens – $90, 000 Available for Short Form Projects

Date : 31st Jul 2015
Time : 5.00pm 
Venue : Metro Screen Paddington
Cost : FREE
Contact : David Opitz : 93561818 
Event Description :
Applications are now open for the 2015 round of the Emerging Filmmakers Fund (EFF): the pre-eminent fund for short film production in NSW. Metro Screen, with support from Screen NSW, is looking for compelling stories from the best emerging filmmakers in NSW. Three teams will be provided with up to $30,000 cash to complete their projects.
Applications for EFF are now open and will close at COB on Friday 31st July, 2015.
For more information about the fund and general eligibility requirements, please read the guidelines and application form including the applicant checklist, on the Metro Screen website: http://metroscreen.org.au/funding/emerging-filmmakers-fund/
For all enquiries please contact:
David Opitz
Projects and Production Manager – Metro Screen

Projects Abroad Information evening

Date : 4th Aug 2015
Time : 6.30pm-7.30pm
Venue : Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place, Sydney 2000
Cost : FREE
Contact : Aimee Townley : aimeetownley@projects-abroad.com.au / 1300 132 831
Event Description :
Programmes are available for school leavers and for year 10 & 11 students during their summer break. Registrations requested:www.projects-abroad.com.au/about-us/meet-us/ or 1300 132 831.

Sydney TAFE Open Day
Date : 8th Aug 2015
Time : 9am-4pm
Venue : Sydney TAFE, Ullimo campus
Cost : FREE
Contact : Claire O’Connell : claire.oconnell6@tafensw.edu.au
Event Description :
Come to the Sydney TAFE’s Open Day and find out about your study options for 2016.
Register for Open Day now to enter the draw to win an iPad mini – please see Terms and Conditions before registering.
Questions about your study options?
If you’d like more information or just want to chat about your study options, feel free to contact us on 1300 360 601.


Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening

Date : 12th Aug 2015
Time : 6pm
Venue : Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station)
Cost : FREE
Contact : Carolyn Chandler : carolyn.chandler@navitas.com
Event Description :
Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening – Wednesday 12 August 2015 at 6:00pm. Come along to ACAP’s Information night and find out more about our VET, Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Diploma and Masters programs. Meet our academic team and take a tour of the campus; ACAP staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station). RSVP at http://www.acap.edu.au/future-students/info-sessions/. Email info.acap@navitas.com or call 1800 061 199 for more information.

Central Queensland University (CQU) Sydney Open Day

Date : 13th Aug 2015
Time : 2pm – 6pm
Venue : CQUniversity Sydney, 400 Kent St, Sydney
Cost : FREE
Contact : Samara Lovekin : P 03 8662 0854 E s.lovekin@cqu.edu.au
Event Description :
Visit our Open Day where you can take a tour of the new facilities, attend information sessions and chat to our staff and lecturers.


Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Open Day

Date : 16th Aug 2015
Time : 10am – 3pm
Venue : All AIE Campuses
Cost : FREE
Contact : Simon Freeman : simonf@aie.edu.au
Event Description :
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

International College of Management (ICMS) Open Day

Date : 16th Aug 2015
Time : 10am – 2pm
Venue : 151 Darley Road, Manly
Cost : FREE
Contact : Rebecca Wise : 9466 1030
Event Description :
The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is having the annual Open Day on Sunday 16 August from 10am to 2pm. Spend a fun and informative day at the ICMS campus in Manly. You will meet with current students, alumni and Heads of School; learn about ICMS courses and unique Industry Training program; experience a campus tour and attend information sessions. There will be lots of activities including free lunch, live music, entertainment and giveaways.

Aspire Institute Open Day

Date : 16th Aug 2015
Time : 10am – 2pm
Venue : 151 Darley rd Manly, 2095, NSW
Cost : FREE
Contact : Lauren de Vos : info@aspire.edu.au/ 94661078
Event Description :
Learn about Aspire Institute’ pathway programs to University!


American Field Service (AFS) Student Exchange Open Night – Sydney

Date : 18th Aug 2015
Time : 7pm-8:30pm
Venue : AFS National Office, 418A Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Cost : FREE
Contact : Jason Heath : jason.heath@afs.org
Event Description :
AFS Intercultural Programs has been offering life changing high school student exchange programs to Australian students since 1959. We are on the lookout for Australia’s future leaders who want to take up the challenge and become an AFS exchange student.
AFS offers programs to over 50 destinations and durations from 4 weeks to 11 months. This is the best opportunity for students wanting to learn a new language.
For more information head to http://www.afs.org.au/opendays, call 1300 131 736 or email ausafs@afs.org

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) Information Session

Date : 19th Aug 2015

Time : 6pm-7.30pm
Venue : International House Sydney Level 1, 203 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost : FREE
Contact : Natasha Serna : nserna@ihsydney.com.au
Event Description :
The CELTA information session provides the opportunity to meet our experienced trainers, who will outline the curriculum, course work and the teaching practicum in detail. Also, the session offers industry insight into teaching English to speakers of other Languages (TESOL) and the job assistance service we offer. Participants will also meet past graduates who will share their experience.

For more information head to http://ihsydney.com.au/teach-english/cambridge-celta/


Raised Entry Standards for Teaching Degrees

Students sitting for this year’s HSC will need to achieve at least three Band 5 results, including one in English, to enroll in a teaching degree. Universities have a range of alternative entry options for students who want to enroll in a teaching degree but do not meet the HSC requirements.



Southern Cross University STAR Entry Scheme

Applications close Wed 9th September
This scheme lets Year 12 students gain an early offer to study at Southern Cross University in 2016 based on their school principal’s recommendation.



Win the Ultimate (Australian Defence Force Academy) ADFA Experience

Applications close: Mon 20th July

Fri 28th August – Sun 29th August

The Ultimate ADFA Experience provides the opportunity for prospective ADFA students to win flights and accommodation to attend ADFA open day on Saturday 29th of August. The winner of the experience will also have the chance to tackle an over-water military obstacle course, fire a weapon on an indoor simulation range, experience one-on-one time with Australian Defence Force personnel and equipment, plus receive a merchandise pack. Applicants will be required to write in 50 words or less, why they should win the ultimate ADFA Open Day experience.


University of NSW (UNSW): Great Engineering Challenge 2015

Wed 5th August, 9.00am – 4.00pm, Roundhouse

A day of hands-on activities for high school students in years 10 and 11. The day will consist of talks by guest speakers as well as real-life challenges, with opportunities to apply lateral thinking to solve challenges in a team environment. Please see Ms Gereige if interested.



University of Sydney Early Offer Year 12

Applications open Wed 5th August

The University of Sydney Early Offer Year 12 program provides university entry to students who may not receive the ATAR needed for entry into a particular course, but have the enthusiasm and commitment for the discipline.

To be eligible, students need to be studying the required prerequisites for their desired course, in addition to either studying at a low socioeconomic school as identified by the government, or experiencing financial hardship at the time of application.



Bond University: Sydney Medicine & Biomedical Science Information Evening

Mon 17th August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Swissotel, 66 Market Street, Sydney

Bond University is hosting a special information evening, providing insight into study pathways and career opportunities in the health industry.  Attendees will be able to meet the Dean of the Medicine program and the Program Head of Biomedical Science, as well as other Bond University staff.



University of Wollongong (UOW) College: Information Nights

Certificate III & IV in Fitness Info Night

Mon 10th August, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Building 32.G01

University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong

UOW College Open Night

Wed 7th October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Building 30, University of Wollongong



Sydney TAFE Scholarships

Applications close: Fri 14th August

Sydney TAFE has a number of scholarships available across its many faculties.

Sydney TAFE awards three types of scholarships: equity scholarships, merit scholarships, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships.



Sydney TAFE: Information Sessions

Certificate III Health Services: Wed 5th August, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, St George College

Certificate III Health Services: Tue 11th August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, St George College

Graphic Design: Wed 2nd December, 4.00pm – 6.00pm, St George College



Fanelle: Female Apprentice Network Australia

Fanelle brings industry and tradespeople together to create awareness and support for women working in the male dominated trade industry. Fanelle offers support, social networking, job assistance and sponsorship opportunities.



Penrith City Council: Annual Traineeship Program

Applications are now open.

Each year Penrith City Council offers more than 50 temporary positions in business administration, childcare, and information technology. Traineeships include accredited training and an internal mentoring program, leading to a nationally recognised qualification.



Martin College: New Diplomas

Martin College is now offering three new Diploma courses which are available on campus and online.

Diploma of Advertising:


Diploma of Business Administration:


Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration:



William Angliss Institute: Foundation and Scholarships

Scholarship Applications for Semester 1 2016 open Monday 3rd August.

The William Angliss Institute provides financial assistance to support disadvantaged students in achieving their career ambitions. Various scholarship programs are available across the institute.



Australian Academy of Beauty and Spa Therapy: Information Nights

Bella Vista: Wed 5th August, 7.00pm

North Strathfield: Wed 5th August, 7.00pm

Chatswood: Tue 4th August, 7.00pm

Kogarah: Tue 4th August, 7.00pm

Learn more about the courses available by speaking to staff.



Australian Institute of Music: Contemporary Performance Information Evening

Wed 12th August, 6.00pm – 8.30pm, 17-51 Foveaux St, Surry Hills

Get an introduction into AIM’s practical music degree, see live performances, and get involved in masterclasses conducted by some of Sydney’s leading musicians.



Basair Aviation College: Career Information Seminar

Tue 25th August, 7.00pm – 8.30pm, Bankstown Airport, 628/23-25 Airport Avenue, Bankstown

Tue 29th September, 7.00pm – 8.30pm, Bankstown Airport, 628/23-25 Airport Avenue, Bankstown

Basair Aviation College is the largest flying school in Australia.  Learn about the courses they have to offer by attending a career information seminar.



Nature Care College: Health Careers Day

Sat 15th August, 12.00pm – 3.30pm, 46 Nicholson Street, St Leonards

The healthy careers day will include a college presentation, informative talks with a course advisor, and an opportunity to tour the campus.

Contact: 02 8423 8333 or info@naturecare.com.au



Sydney Design School: Information Sessions

Fri 21st August, 1.00pm

Thu 3rd September, 6.00pm

Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards

Information sessions will run for approximately 40 minutes, and will cover the courses available at the design school.

Contact: 02 9437 1902



 Sydney Science Festival

Thu 13th August – Sun 23rd August

The Festival aims to encourage an interest in science among the general public and young people. The festival will feature a number of events throughout Sydney that will also highlight the career opportunities available.



Reinvent Your Career Expo

Sat 17th – Sun 18th October, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sydney Showground

An opportunity to speak to exhibitors, get an insight into industries with skills shortages, attend career workshops, and learn about the latest training available.



My Story My Content Short Film Competition

Entries close Mon 10th August

This competition is open to students studying at a primary, secondary or tertiary level. Films should run for no longer than 60 seconds and aim to capture the theme of ‘Movies Matter’, including a reference to film piracy or its impact.



Australian Government: Jobactive

Jobactive is the Australian Government’s new employment service which aims to help connect jobseekers with employers. Jobactive coordinates a range of services including the Work for the Dole scheme, the Enterprise Incentive Scheme, and the National Harvest Labour Information Service. For more information about Jobactive, visit their website:



Projects Abroad Information Session

Tue 4th August, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Sydney Central YHA, 11 Rawson Place, Sydney

Projects Abroad Online Broadcasts
Projects Abroad’s previous online information broadcasts are available on their website for anyone interested in participating in one of their Alternative Schoolies Projects or High School projects.



Reminder, you can also go to the mhscareers calendar for additional events at:   http://www.calendarwiz.com/mhscareers


To view UAC news click on link:  June UAC News



Ms Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

From the Assistant Principal


  • 27 July: P&F meeting 7-8:30 pm
  • 27 July – 10 August: Year 12 Trials
  • 29 July: Feast of St Martha
  • 31 July: World Youth Day-One Year Out Event
  • 4 August: CEO ER Parent Forums
  • 8 August: Feast of Mary MacKillop
  • 7-14 September: Year 11 Assessment Block
  • 18 September: Term 3 concludes



Artificial light from electronic and other devices generally emit a blue light (it may not actually look blue, but that is the underlying light).  Blue light, along with ultraviolet light is a type of non-visible light at a very short wavelength.  You can see an image of the spectrum here: http://www.bluelightexposed.com/#what-is-blue-light.

What does blue light do to the human body?

Non-visible light has a lot of energy and studies show that a lot of exposure to this type of light can do damage to your eyes and also impair your sleep cycle. During sleep lots of essential physical processes take place and it is also when learning from the day is consolidated in memory. So getting enough sleep is essential for students.

Blue light is naturally generated only during the day, from sunlight.  When it gets dark, naturally occurring blue light ceases, signalling the body to produce melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep. Using artificial lighting and devices which emit a blue light at night confuses the body-clock (the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle) by stopping the body from producing melatonin.  This can result in disrupted sleep patterns including difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep and shortened sleep duration.

Those at greatest risk from night-time exposure to blue light are those with existing sleep disorders and adolescents who often experience delayed sleep patterns as a result of biological changes.

What can I do to limit my exposure to blue light at night?

Some suggestions include:

  • Be exposed to sunlight during the day to assist in accurately setting your body clock.
  • Stop using all electronic devices preferably at least 2 hours before bed.


As parents and students are aware, traffic around the college is congested before and after school. Some parents are persisting in dropping off and picking up their daughters on Croydon Road. This is creating further congestion, and blocking the school special buses, not to mention being very dangerous. Detentions will be issued to students who do not follow this direction.


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal


Feedback Survey

Throughout the year staff have been involved in a program of professional development called ‘Visible Learning’, a program centred around the work of Professor John Hattie whose research reports on the teaching and learning practices that work best to improve student learning. As part of a series of professional development days, teachers and coordinators have been exploring how research and evidence can be used to create innovation in teaching and learning.

As part of this evidence-gathering, this week we invite all students to participate in an online survey aimed at understanding students’ perspectives on the frequency and quality of different types of feedback. As a teaching community, we are always looking for ways we can enhance how we give feedback in order to improve student achievement and continually move learning forward.

Students will be emailed a link to complete the online survey. We ask that students take some time to complete the survey before it closes on Monday 3 August.


Mr Carragher

Leader of Pedagogy

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Year 12 Studies of Religion

Studies of Religion I students have been studying the pilgrimage of Islam, Hajj. Students have identified significant rituals in the pilgrimage as well as the historical links to of these rituals.

“Learning about the Hajj has been really interesting. They are very committed to this journey of faith.”

“What I have enjoyed is reading are the stories that the rituals recreate.”

“I have learnt so my more about my own Catholic faith as we have learnt about Islam.”



Year 12 Studies of Religion I students identifying the stages of Hajj



Year 12 Prayer Families

Bethany College has a long tradition of supporting our Year 12 students as they complete their final weeks at school. As a community of faith in the Catholic tradition, Bethany College aims to display a faith commitment among the families of Bethany College. Therefore you are invited to be a Bethany Prayer Family to a Year 12 student.

You are invited to ‘spiritually adopt’ a Year 12 student, offering her support and prayers leading up to and for the duration of the Higher School Certificate examinations.  You will then receive the name of the Year 12 student, via a note to your daughter. Once you know who your student is, pray for her as a family. Include her name in your prayers whilst she is doing the HSC examinations.  At the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony, your name will be written on a Prayer Scroll and taken up during the Presentation of the Gifts.

If you are able to be a Prayer family, please fill in the reply slip on the note that will be distributed through homerooms or contact Miss Kleist no later than Monday 3 August 2015.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education Mission

Year 11 Hospitality Work Placement

In week ten, the last week of term two from 22 June 2015 to the 26 June 2015, Ms Benson’s two Year Eleven Hospitality Classes went on to complete Work Placement at  local establishments or fine-dining restaurants all over the St George District and in the city.

The girls went on to have the complete restaurant experience and understand what it is like to experience the daily roles and responsibilities of a chef; if they were to carry this particular career path after their schooling.

Activities completed by the girls included; learning and applying precision cuts, preparing and presenting food dishes, learning the correct ordering and stocking process, barista skills, experience food service styles e.g. buffet, bistro, fine dining and café and the acknowledgement of a range of cultures and what they bring to Australian society.


The girls were required to present themselves within workplace in their chef uniform and undertake tasks that a team member would usually undertake, for eight hours a day, five days a week to achieve forty hours experience, in completing their tafe course.

Overall the girls had a magnificent time on their work placement; raving about the new skills and tasks they experienced whilst on their work placement, which mainly consisted of enthusing about the amazing free lunch! The girls had a wonderful time and are beaming and more than enthusiastic for their next work placement. Great feedback was given to the Hospitality department about the girls and how wonderful they were!!


The local establishments and/or fine dining restaurants that the hospitality girls attended included; Club Central Menai, Sealevel Cronulla, Café Sul Hurstville, Café Twelve Gymea, Cronulla Leagues Club, Cronulla RSL, St. George Motor Boat Club Sans Souci, Diyalo Foodland & Bar Kogarah, Doltone House Sylvania Waters, Engadine Tavern Bistro, St George Hospital Kogarah, Left Bower Sutherland, Novotel Brighton Beach, Quay West Sydney The Rocks, Rydges Cronulla, Shangrila Hotel The Rocks, Sizzler Kogarah, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Mascot, The Laughing Goat Café Kogarah and Two Figs Café Cronulla.

Brooke Cibalevski and Jennifer Barros 

On Wednesday 24th June Tyla and I began our hospitality placement at Doltone House Sylvania. It was a fantastic learning experience and opportunity to put our skills into practise and increase our knowledge of the industry’s procedures and practices. Our ability to work with others and adjust to the work environment was undoubtedly tested when walking into a kitchen with six male chefs. However, we settled into the hard working and very knowledgeable team. Skills we gained and developed included; increased cookery terminology, teamwork, preparing food commercial quantities of food such as the 500 arancini balls that we rolled and crumbed, following enterprise Workplace Health and Safety procedures and Hygiene and food safety practices. These skills will help us further complete my course back at school when completing a practical period where our ability to work as a team will be heightened and hygiene procedures can be practiced at an increased level. Our favourite part of the week was plating desserts for a school formal and two weddings. We also believe that it was a great opportunity to explore my possible career path.

Eilish McIntyre and Tyla Fawcett

Social Butterflies in Action

Students in the Social Skills group have been working hard all year on topics such as personal hygiene, grooming and effective communication. This week the girls were put into groups and had to work together to make a dress and accessories for Katy Perry out of newspaper.

The girls showed great vision and have revealed some hidden talents as models and fashion designers! They were able to articulate their ideas, respect other people’s opinions and compromise. Well done girls on your creativity and skills!



Rachael Colreavy


2015 SCC Dance Competition

This year we had girls from Years 7-11 competing in the Junior Jazz, Senior Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop categories.  The day was a huge success for Bethany College, placing 1st Overall out of eight schools. It was evident that the hard work and attention to detail in Thursday Sport, lunch time and holiday Dance rehearsals paid off. Our Dancers took the stage with confidence and poise, performing each Dance with a high level energy and technique. Such an achievement could only be the result of the undeterred dedication of our student choreographers and Bethany dancers.

A huge thank you and congratulations to our talented team of student choreographers:


Modern / Contemporary 1st Place   Year 11 Dance Class
Hip Hop 1st Place   Karli Karagiannis Year 11 & Assistant choreographer – Serena Siow Year 11
Junior Jazz 1st Place   Lyric Fidow Year 10 & Ashley Nassif Year 10
Senior Jazz 1st Place
Tap 4th Place



Mrs Danielle Bennie

Dance Teacher



On the coldest day in fifty years, students, teachers and parents braved the cold in honour of the students who won academic awards for their efforts in Semester 1. For the first time, we needed to split the ceremony into Senior School (10-12) and Middle School (7-9) so that we could invite parents to the ceremonies and still fit into Yallunga. We were very honoured to have our special guests attending: The Honourable Mr David Coleman MP, Mrs Elizabeth O’Carrigan (Regional Director), Miss Robyn Glover (Regional Consultant), and Mrs Kelly Efremidis and Mrs Sonia Bennett (representatives of the Parents and Friends Association).

My address to both assemblies was in relation to students being mindful of their mindsets- what their brain is telling them to do- and what they can do to combat negative or unproductive thoughts.

Those students sitting there feeling a little flat and disappointed that their efforts have gone unrecognised were reminded that they should be focusing on the fact that while you’re not there YET, you will get there with a stronger, more focused effort.

There were girls who won awards on Friday who have not been in the top 20 of students when ranked in national testing like NAPLAN. Far from it. They are students who have worked out how to make their study WORK EFFECTIVELY FOR THEM.  These are students who do have positive mind speak; they turn negatives into a positive; critical feedback into better results. They have a GROWTH MINDSET. They know that they have to enhance their natural talents with hard work just like athletes, tennis players etc.

We know that at Bethany our focus is our vision for learning: Together we grow.  We know that to realise our purpose and potential we need to be learners that are. SELF DIRECTED, ENGAGED, CRITICAL THINKERS, CREATIVE THINKERS and that we do that best as COLLABORATIVE LEARNERS

Like the Bethany tree in our school logo and in our Vision for Learning graphic, we are all learners on a journey. We grow each day. We experience seasons like a tree does but instead of spring and autumn, we have good and bad patches in our learning journey.

You must adopt a mindset that each and every one of you can keep improving EVERY DAY; your talents are not fixed; you can grow your skills, abilities, and interpersonal skills.

At the end of the day, after a day at school with all your teachers, once the tutors have left and you are alone in your room, at your desk, you have to deal with your own thoughts, your own thinking. You need to train yourself to change the voices in your head to be ones that do not adopt a fixed mindset but a growth mindset. How can you do that? Four easy steps.

Step 1. Learn to hear your fixed mindset “voice.”

As you approach a challenge, that voice might say to you “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.” “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure” “People will laugh at you for thinking you had talent.” “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.”

As you hit a setback, the voice might say, “This would have been easy if you really had talent.” “You see, I told you it was a risk. Now you’ve gone and shown the world how limited you are.” “ It’s not too late to back out, make excuses, and try to regain your dignity.”

As you face criticism, you might hear yourself say, “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.” You might feel yourself getting angry at the person who is giving you feedback. “Who do they think they are? I’ll put them in their place.” The other person might be giving you specific, constructive feedback, but you might be hearing them say “I’m really disappointed in you. I thought you were capable but now I see you’re not.”

Step 2. Recognize that you have a choice.

How you interpret challenges, setbacks, and criticism is your choice. You can interpret them in a fixed mindset as signs that your fixed talents or abilities are lacking. Or you can interpret them in a growth mindset as signs that you need to ramp up your strategies and effort, stretch yourself, and expand your abilities. It’s up to you.

So as you face challenges, setbacks, and criticism, listen to the fixed mindset voice and…

Step 3. Talk back to it with a growth mindset voice.

As you approach a challenge:

THE FIXED-MINDSET says “Are you sure you can do it? Maybe you don’t have the talent.”

THE GROWTH-MINDSET answers, “I’m not sure I can do it now, but I think I can learn to with time and effort.”

FIXED MINDSET: “What if you fail—you’ll be a failure”

GROWTH MINDSET: “Most successful people had failures along the way.”

FIXED MINDSET: “If you don’t try, you can protect yourself and keep your dignity.”

GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t try, I automatically fail. Where’s the dignity in that?”

As you hit a setback:

FIXED MINDSET: “This would have been easy if you really had talent.”

GROWTH MINDSET: “That is so wrong. Basketball wasn’t easy for Michael Jordan and science wasn’t easy for Thomas Edison. They had a passion and put in tons of effort.

As you face criticism:

FIXED MINDSET: “It’s not my fault. It was something or someone else’s fault.”

GROWTH MINDSET: “If I don’t take responsibility, I can’t fix it. Let me listen—however painful it is– and learn whatever I can.”


Step 4. Take the growth mindset action.

Over time, which voice you heed becomes pretty much your choice. Whether you

  • take on the challenge wholeheartedly,
  • learn from your setbacks and try again
  • hear the criticism and act on it is now in your hands.

Practice hearing both voices, and practice acting on the growth mindset. See how you can make it work for you.



So many students find it hard to study but it’s got to be done and with a few simple tips and some careful planning it can actually be pretty straightforward.

Why does studying sometimes feel like such a huge task and where does the anxiety come from?

The more anxious we get, the harder it can be to think clearly, to make sense of information or to recall it when we need it. Much anxiety is based on false perceptions about personal ability, study requirements or the consequence of failure. You can manage such anxiety in a number of ways such as:

  • Focusing on what you can do and what you will do next. Don’t dwell on what you can’t do – it just wastes time.
  • Putting some study time aside to think through clearly what is really required.
  • Breaking whole assignments down into smaller, manageable chunks for each study session so they are less daunting. Use a calendar!
  • Using opportunities to study with others.
  • Celebrating small successes along the way.

What are personalised learning strategies and why use them?

Personalised learning is finding that unique combination of strategies and conditions that enable you to achieve your best performance.

Much of the time, most of us can learn without the need to find special strategies as learning is a natural part of being human. When we have to learn at speed or under pressure, then it becomes worth finding the set of strategies that suits our way of learning.

As a starting point to finding your own optimum strategies, you can test out whether you study most effectively when you:

  • Block out the world and get down to it.
  • Can talk about what you are studying.
  • Keep going on a piece of study for many hours with minimal breaks.
  • Work in frequent intense bursts with many short breaks.
  • Use headings and bullet points to organise your ideas.
  • Write all your ideas into a quick draft early on and then rework that draft.

How can you stop yourself from falling asleep when you are reading?

The best way of staying alert is to engage your interest. If you don’t find the subject naturally stimulating, you can devise methods to perk your interest.

  • Start by browsing quickly through what you are going to read – your brain is then alerted to what to expect.
  • Jot down a set of broad questions to structure your reading – searching for answers to these as you read focuses your attention.
  • Identify personalised approaches to reading, for example are you more likely to stay focused at home or in the library? At a table or sat in a comfy chair?
  • Is there a short cut to absorbing information?
  • Read a simple outline first – your brain can then find it easier to recognise meaning in the more complex information later on.
  • Write out notes rather than simply highlighting important points as this requires more mental interaction in working out the meaning. Or annotate on your notes using titles or key words.
  • Try a more ‘personal’ approach such as giving material a colour, singing it, varying the speed at which you read or looking for a point of comparison with something else you know about.
  • How do overcome mental blocks and kick your mind back into gear?
  • Take a break, perhaps a few minutes but maybe longer if needed.
  • Do something completely different for a while, so your brain can work on the subject unconsciously. The brain often draws unexpected answers from apparently unlinked activity.
  • Go for a quick walk to release pent up adrenalin and energise your system.
  • Sleep – the brain recalls information better after a good sleep, which may help you sort out the block naturally.


Old Bethany


In the last couple of weeks, if you have driven along the Princes Highway Kogarah, you would have noticed that the old Bethany College Junior Campus has been demolished to make way for the St Patrick’s Green Catholic Nursing Home.

The site of our old Kogarah Campus is a significant and interesting one. Did you know:

  • For hundreds of generations, local Biddegal Aborigines gathered and celebrated at this site as well as Fitzgerald Hill (now the site of Calvary Hospital) as they were the highest and sunniest areas in the region.
  • The Gardeners Arms Hotel on the site was the venue for many public meetings called to discuss the proposed municipality of Kogarah. It was the main polling booth for the election of the first Kogarah Council. Kogarah Municipal Council was incorporated in the 1860s in the public bar of the Gardeners Arms Hotel.

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  • The liquor licence of the Gardeners Arms Hotel was revoked in 1914 and it was converted to the Lyons Grocery Store.
  • In the late 1930s the front was demolished to make way for road widening of the Princes Highway.
  • Rueben F Scarf, a prominent retailer, purchased the site. Then, the St George Leagues Club purchased the site.
  • The St George Leagues Club operated there until 1963 when it moved to its current site opposite Jubilee Oval.
  • The Catholic Church purchased the building and had the challenge of converting a Leagues Club into a Catholic girls’ school.
  • In 1965 St Joseph’s Girls High school opened with 300 students by the end of Term 1 who had come from St Joseph’s Rockdale. The Sisters of St Joseph ran the school in Sr Teresa Martin Kelly appointed as the inaugural Principal.
  • At the end of 1992, St Joseph’s High School closed and was amalgamated into the new Bethany College from 1993. Years 7 and 8 Bethany College students were educated on this Campus until it closed at the end of 2008.

Some of our mums and foundation staff would recall some of the more unusual facts about the Kogarah site:

  • The “dungeon” cellar used to be the cellar for the old St George Leagues Club.
  • The school was built over a natural spring so it always flooded in the rain.
  • The teachers staff room used to be the poker machine room, a classroom, then a library, then a music room with carpet up the walls. The whole school crammed into that room to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon in July 1969.
  • Only Year 10 was allowed to sit in the grassed area near the flagpole.
  • Students could only enter the school via the back stairs.



Bethany College currently has in place a 1:1 laptop program, originally funded by the now defunct Digital Revolution funding of the Rudd Labor government. Since this plan has phased out, the College has continued to supply one device to each student in each cohort, initially in Year 7 and then again in Year 10. The machines are paid for through a hire system to the school.\

As part of our strong and ongoing commitment to 21st century teaching and learning excellence, Bethany College is considering moving towards developing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program from the start of 2017.

This would mean that the current Year 8 students would not be issued with a school laptop but would be the first Year Group whereby we implemented BYOD. From 2018 on, this would apply to each Year Group as they move through the school.

BYOD refers to where students bring a personally owned and school-approved device to school for the purpose of learning. The school can provide the ability to connect compatible devices to a filtered internet service.

There are many different BYOD models to consider:

  • BYO Anything That Connects: Under this model, students and teachers are permitted to bring any device that can connect to the school’s 5Ghz wi-fi.
  • BYO Designated Device: under this model, parents need to purchase a particular machine, chosen by the school, for the student to bring each day and use in the classroom.
  • BYO Designated Devices: under this model, parents need to purchase a machine, from a range of 3 to 4 devices chosen by the school, for the student to bring each day and use in the classroom.


As part of our community consultation , all parents and students will be sent and asked to complete a brief online survey about the BYOD program.

Four Key Points

  1. We may commence implementing a BYOD program from 2017 so it is recommended that you do not buy your daughter a new mobile device (laptop or tablet) at this stage (eg. Christmas present) until more information is provided by the school about device requirements/specifications (etc) next term. Advice has been received that a new range of mobile devices are soon to be released by various manufacturers which reportedly have greatly improved functionality , and specifically targeted with BYOD in mind. This will be most particularly the case with our current Year 8 girls, and of course, the other students as they move through the school.
  1. BYO devices MUST support 5Ghz dual band wireless. Devices that only have a 2.4Ghz wi-fi reader will not connect to the CEO CENET Wi-Fi . Parents will need to be explicit with computer store sales staff when investigating suitable devices regarding a device’s ability to connect to a 5Ghz wi-fi.
  1. The CEO Sydney BYOD Policy requires computers to be running operating systems that are supported by their manufacturer. This means that Windows XP falls outside the CEO Sydney policy as it is no longer supported by Microsoft. These machines are not eligible to be connected to the school’s Wi-Fi.
  1. Bethany College is most likely to make the decision that mobile phones/smartphones/tablets will not be part of the BYOD@BCH program. Reasons for this are mainly around online testing for National and NSW public examinations. We need our students equipped with the facility to undertake online tests, which are currently being trialled and intend to be implemented. Online test require a suitable size screen and reasonable battery life.



  • We have been delighted to welcome Ms Marilee Mai back to the teaching roster after her period of parental leave. She is in a job-share arrangement with Mr Stefan Roberts and will be onsite at Bethany each Thursday and Friday.
  • This week, we farewelled Mrs Loren Pelham as she patiently awaits the birth of her second child. We all pray for a safe delivery. Miss Monica Ribeiro will be replacing Ms Pelham in this parental leave period. Ms Ribeiro comes to us with excellent accreditation and experience in teaching Religious Education. You are most welcome!
  • With sadness we received the news that Mr David Martin’s grandmother passed away after a brief illness during the school holidays. He is in all of our thoughts and prayers.
  • We pray for the Kozarovski family (Melanie – Year 9) who recently lost their beloved father / grandfather.  May he rest in peace.
  • I am so very proud of our school community and the way it rallies around students in difficult times. You may recall that Estelle (7) and Lucienne (11) Pacifique have a brother in Year 12 at St Mary’s Cathedral College, Jacque Pacifique, who is battling Leukaemia (and the HSC at the same time). There have been many fund-raising events in both schools with monies being directed to the Leukaemia Foundation and its vital research. The joint efforts of the students at Bethany and Cathedral have placed us 2nd in NSW and 7th across Australia in the list of the biggest donors for this cause! The Catholic Social Justice Principle of Solidarity is well-demonstrated by our collective students’ efforts. The Principle of Solidarity is that we are one human family, and so our practise of love of neighbour must extend to the whole global community. Well done girls! 


Our mantra:

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


Additional News


Term 3 Fee Statements were emailed to families on Monday 20th July. These are the final fees for 2015. Payment by the due date would be appreciated.
For families with a daughter in Year 12, please be advised that fees must be finalised before the end of Term 3 for your daughter to be able to purchase Formal Tickets.
Furthermore, if applying for leave so that your family can travel overseas, please be mindful that fees should be paid up to date.
If you have any questions or experiencing difficulties in paying the fees, please contact Mr Lachlan Skeen,  Business Manager on 8566 0711.