Volume 12 - 11 Aug 2017


Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross, 8 August

On Tuesday, we remembered the feast day of our first Australian saint, St Mary of the Cross, who was the foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph, who founded one of our previous schools, St Joseph’s Rockdale, then moved to Kogarah, way back when the St George area was settled and Catholics began to work, live and worship in the area.

St. Mary MacKillop, in full Saint Mary Helen MacKillop, also called Saint Mary of the Cross (born January 15, 1842, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—died August 8, 1909, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; canonized October 17, 2010; feast day August 8), religious figure, educator, and social reformer who was the first Australian beatified by the Roman Catholic Church and the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints.

MacKillop was born in Australia to Scottish immigrants. Her father, a former seminarian whose ill health had caused him to abandon study for the priesthood, stressed the importance of education and home-schooled his nine children. When she was 14, MacKillop began working, and she was often her family’s main source of support. In 1860 she moved to the small rural town of Penola to serve as governess for the children of her aunt and uncle.

There MacKillop provided her cousins with a basic education and soon extended this to the poor children of the town. A young priest, Father Julian Tenison Woods, encouraged her to continue this work, assuring her that educating the poor would be an ideal way to serve God.

In 1866 MacKillop and Woods founded Australia’s first order of nuns, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and also established St. Joseph’s School in a converted stable in Penola, providing a free education to children from the area. In 1867 MacKillop took vows and became the first mother superior of the sisters. The following year the sisters opened schools in other Australian cities, as well as an orphanage and a refuge for women released from prison.


MacKillop intended that the order be self-governed and devoted to teaching and charity. She and Woods, who composed the rule for the order, insisted that the sisters would accept a life of total poverty, trusting in Divine Providence. Further, her school at Penola and the other schools that her order founded provided secular as well as religious education, regardless of the religious affiliation of the students, and accepted no money from the government, remaining open to all and accepting only what tuition parents could afford, at a time when the government still provided funding to religious schools. Some Australian priests and bishops were openly hostile both to the degree of autonomy that the Josephites enjoyed and to MacKillop’s rejection of federal funding. In 1871, perhaps intentionally misinformed by his advisers, Bishop Laurence Sheil of Adelaide excommunicated MacKillop for nsubordination. The next year, however, on his deathbed, Sheil acknowledged that he might have been misled, and he reinstated MacKillop.

The remainder of MacKillop’s career was marked by clashes with priests and bishops of the Australian church. After an 1873 meeting with Pope Pius IX, she won papal approval for the Josephite rule, with modifications that relaxed the degree of poverty imposed upon the sisters. MacKillop expanded the order’s educational and charitable endeavours and attracted new sisters. In 1875 she was appointed superior general of the order. Despite her elevation, she continued to meet with hostility from a number of priests and bishops, and the sisters’ work was circumscribed in certain cities. In 1885 she was removed as superior general, though she was reinstated in 1899 and remained at the head of the order until her death.

In June 1995 MacKillop was beatified by Pope John Paul II. In February 2010, after evaluating the testimony of an Australian woman who claimed that her terminal cancer had disappeared after she called upon MacKillop in prayer, Pope Benedict XVI recognized MacKillop as a saint. She was canonized that October.

Mary MacKillop Prayer

Ever generous God,

You inspired St Mary of the Cross

to live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus

and constant in bringing hope and encouragement

to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.

With confidence in your generous providence

and joining with St Mary of the Cross

we ask that you grant the special requests in our hearts.

We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by

the Holy Spirit

so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with

courage, trust and openness.

Ever generous God, hear our prayers.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Amen.






Year 9 NAPLAN results and the HSC minimum standard

Message from NESA

HSC minimum standard required to receive the HSC from 2020

Literacy and numeracy skills are the foundation for success in life after school. This is why eligibility for the HSC is changing. From 2020, students will need to show they have the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to complete everyday tasks.

Your child will have a number of opportunities from Year 9 to Year 12, and even  after the HSC to show they meet the HSC minimum standard. Some students will meet the requirement early through their Year 9 NAPLAN results in reading, writing and numeracy. However, most students will show they meet the standard by passing short, online

reading, writing and numeracy tests in Years 10, 11 or 12.


Year 9 NAPLAN reports available in mid-August

Your child’s Year 9 NAPLAN report will indicate which online HSC minimum standard test/s (if any)  they will need to pass to be eligible for the HSC certificate. Remember your child has three more years of learning before the HSC and can take the HSC minimum standard online tests in Years 10, 11 or 12.

Year 9 NAPLAN is a good chance to check they are on track or get support to meet the minimum standard by Year 12.

If your child has achieved a Band 8 or above in reading, writing or numeracy, the NAPLAN report will indicate that they have “Met the HSC minimum standard early” in the respective area/s.  

Your child can sit the online HSC minimum standard tests when they are ready. There are three separate 45 minute online tests: reading, writing and numeracy. Students don’t have to

pass all three tests at once and can attempt each test up to twice a year.

The reading and numeracy tests each contain a maximum of 45 multiple choice questions.

The writing test will require students to respond to a question about a prompt or stimulus.

You can try some sample reading and numeracy questions at https://hscliteracynumeracy.nesa.nsw.edu.au/

For more information visit www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au


Students not Returning to Bethany in 2018

If any student is not returning to Bethany College in 2018 could they please notify the school at your earliest convenience.


Community Prayers

  • We are all continuing to pray for Ms Mai’s daughter Milan who is currently being treated for a serious medical condition at Prince of Wales Children’s Hopsital. Milan is a very brave little girl and our prayers will help in keeping the family’s spirits up.
  • Keep Emily Boskovski (Y8) in your prayers this week because her paternal grandmother passed away suddenly last Monday night.
  • We also pray for the repose of the soul of Ms Connie Georgiou’s grandfather who passed away this week. Such losses really throw us out of kilter and those left behind reflect on a life lived.


Our mantra:

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

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • Tuesday 18/7 & Wednesday 19/7: HSC Performing Arts Showcase- 7-8.30 pm
  • Friday 21/7: Academic Awards
  • Tuesday 25/7: Year 8 Subject selection evening- 7-8 pm
  • Monday 31/7- Wednesday 16/8: HSC trials
  • Wednesday 16/8: Art and Design Showcase- 5.30-9 pm
  • Monday 28/8: Extra Curricular Photos
  • Thursday 31/8: Father’s Day Mass & Breakfast- 7.15-8.30 am
  • Monday 4/9- Friday 15/9: Year 11 Exam Block
  • Tuesday 19/9: Year 12 Graduation Mass, lunch and Awards Ceremony
  • Friday 22/9: Last day of term. Students dismissed after P4


 Congratulations to Year 12 who are almost finished their Trial HSC Exams. The calm manner with which they have approached the period is a real credit to them and to their families. I would like to take this opportunity to thank their teachers and Mr Donlan for ensuring this time has run smoothly for them. Lastly to the College Community, thank you to the girls for staying quiet around exam venues and to the Y11 students who did not have access to their lockers for much of the exam period, and were so gracious about it.



This term I have reminded students of the high standards and expectations that the college has around learning, and expectations that the focus of the classroom is learning. For this reason, the teachers continue to be vigilant in insisting that when students are using their laptops, they are using them to facilitate learning. There are some occasions when staff may direct students to use a device, such as a phone to take a snapshot of class notes from the board, but students need to be reminded that they are only permitted to access their phone when there are directed to do so by a teacher. In addition, since no educational research that I have come across suggests that student learning is enhanced by listening to music or multitasking, students are not permitted to use headphones to listen to music when at school.

The College planner has clear consequences for students who use their phones / access their phones without teacher permission. Sometimes parents place their daughters in a difficult position by messaging them or phoning them during school hours. I remind parents that if they need to contact their daughters urgently, they should do so via leaving a message at reception. Other messages, such as where to meet after school should be left until 3pm, so as to minimise distractions.


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal









Careers Update


CSU  – Power of Engineering Outreach

10 August. 9.30am

11 August . 2.30pm

CSU Engineering Building, Bathurst

The Power of Engineering is an outreach activity for high school girls in years 8-10 to promote women in engineering careers.

Contact Phone: 02 6338 6017 . Contact Email: Kirsten Goode



Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub

We invite all Indigenous entrepreneurs and youth to come along and participate in the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Pop Up Hub Program brought to you by CSU, the NSW Department of Industry and Indigenous Business Australia. Participate in master classes, workshops, innovation expos and the ‘pitching’ evening event. All events will be presented and coordinated by Indigenous entrepreneurs and other relevant professionals.

Dubbo . 28 August-1 September. Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre 155 Darling Street. Phone: 02 6933 4849

Albury-Wodonga  – 9 to 13 October. Albury Library Museum, 540 Kiewa Street, AlburyPhone: 02 6933 4849

Port Macquarie  –5 to 9 March 2018. Glasshouse, 40 Clarence Street, Port Macquarie. Phone: 02 6933 4849



UTS Science in Focus 

Are your students interested in a career in Science? Two of our UTS scientists explain how they are working to help protect and save some of Australia’s most iconic and loved animals from the threat of extinction.


Undergraduate Science courses can be found at : http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/science


New in 2018 – Bachelor of Digital Business at Southern Cross University 

This innovative new degree will help to address skills shortages in digital business. It will prepare students for careers as digital business specialists with strong focus on the core issues facing the digital age such as cyber security and innovation management. The degree will be offered on campus at the Gold Coast and online. Pending university approval. See scu.edu.au

New in 2018 – Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering at Southern Cross University 

This specialist professional engineering degree prepares graduates for work in water engineering, coastal engineering and catchment management, which are areas of expertise expected to be in high demand based on population growth forecasts and changes in hydrology predicted for coastal areas of Australia. The degree will be offered on campus at Lismore. Pending university approval. See scu.edu.au

Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) New

CQUniversity Sydney is home to the newest 3 year chiropractic degree. There is great demand for qualified and registered chiropractors globally. This career delivers work-life balance, travel and self employment opportunities. Students at our CBD campus learn from an award winning faculty using the best available facilities. Get in touch for a campus tour and meet with our teaching staff. 


Adelaide Dance Auditions in Sydney & Canberra

Auditions for the Flinders University and Adelaide College of the Arts Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance):

25 August. 11.00am to 3.00pm. Sydney

Sydney Dance Co, Pier 4/5, 15 Hickson Road, Dawes Point.

8 September, 10.30am to 2.30pm.  Canberra

QL2 Dance Inc, Gorman House Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon.

At TAFE SA you can study acting and dance, as well as a range of behind the scenes roles. Whether you like to tread the boards, or prefer a supporting role, these courses develop your personal strengths and provide you with professional skills to meet the demand of the rich and rewarding arts and cultural sector.

Book by contacting AC Arts Administration (08) 8463 5000 or arts.adl@tafesa.edu.au 



Medical Engineering at the University of Newcastle Launch

22 August. 5.30pm

UON’s has a brand-new Bachelor of Medical Engineering degree from 2018.Medical engineers are at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems. They bring their creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem solving skills to developing and improving technology and human systems in medical settings. You’ll also get to hear from some of our experts in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment on the amazing medical engineering projects they are working on.

In this four-year Honours degree, students will get to choose from 4 majors:

  • Medical devices
  • Medical biomechanics
  • Medical signal analysis
  • Medical computing



WSU HSC Enrichment Days

24 August 9am to 3.30pm

Kingswood Campus

Do you want unique case studies to impress your HSC examiners? Want exam tips from highly experienced HSC teachers? Want to see what your future lecturers and campus is like? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this day is a must for you! Sign up for our HSC ‘Geography’ or ‘Society and Culture’ program and get ahead with this informative and fun day. These events are free for teachers (with a student) and we encourage you to attend and bring along your keen year 12 students.



University of Notre Dame Sydney Suburb Info Evenings


Open Day Sydney – 26 August



Nursing and Paramedic University of Tasmania Taster Days in Sydney

Nursing Workshops –Rozelle 25 August 3.00pm -7.00pmpm and Darlinghurst Saturday 26 August 12.00-4.00pmpm

Paramedic Practice Workshops  –Rozelle 25 August 3.00pm – 7.00pmpm

We are opening the doors to our Sydney campuses in Rozelle and Darlinghurst with a series of hands-on workshops so you can experience what it will be like to study Nursing or Paramedic Practice at the University of Tasmania. We will also have information sessions and expert advice available so you can learn more about a career in health.





Early Offer Opportunity – Sydney City School of Business & Law from Top Education Institute 

Closes 14 December

Early Offer Opportunity – Reserve your spot and secure a $500 scholarship into our Business or Law Degrees before sitting your HSC exams. 



National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

16 August 2017, 6 –9pm

215 ANZAC Parade, Kensington

Attend NIDA’s Info Night! This free event is a great opportunity to meet NIDA’s team of educators and find out more about our courses, the application process and student life at NIDA. NIDA offers a range of courses and experiences for Young People across a variety of disciplines from introductory courses in Drama, Acting on Screen, Music Theatre and Public Speaking to the Young Actors Studio or Residencies for Young People aged 15-18 years.




Australian College of Applied Psychology Bachelor Explore

Via a packaged collection of 50 short videos presented by ACAP teachers, senior staff, alumni and current students, the Bachelor Explorer viewers are led through game-like modules to learn about life as an undergraduate student.




Teacher Education Scholarships – Aboriginal 

Do you have any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who are interested in becoming teachers? They can Join Our Mob and get paid to study to become a primary or secondary teacher. Students are guaranteed a permanent job, $5000 per year of full time study and $3000 appointment allowance. Applications are now open! Head to our website https://www.teach.nsw.edu.au/getpaidtostudy

Projects Abroad Information Session

22 August. 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Sydney Central YHA, 11 Rawson Place, Sydney

Founded in 1992 Projects Abroad operates in 30 developing countries providing support to over 1000 local initiatives through the people-power of our volunteers. Each year we make it possible for thousands of volunteers from all walks of life to take the opportunity to make a contribution to a community and foster cultural exchange and understanding.

In each community we employ full time local staff to ensure that our volunteers work on worthwhile local programmes and that they are well supported and safe.



EDventure International

Get involved in doing humanitarian or conservation projects in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Thailand and South Africa.



The most lucrative careers you don’t need a degree for



TSFX HSC Exam/Study

Advice for Chemistry


Developing a Faster and Smarter Brain




Free ACE the HSC Lectures in the July Holidays for Year 11 & 12 Students 

UTS, Macquarie University, UOW and UON are hosting free two hour lectures for Year 11 & 12 students in the July holidays. Presented by expert HSC teachers and qualified Counsellors, topics include: maintaining motivation; managing anxiety and effective study/exam strategies. Due to limited places, registration is essential. RSVP https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336.

WOW – World of Work

WOW is a free on line and interactive careers learning program that build students’ personal and enterprise skills. Tailored for students  in Years 8-10, WOW activities facilitate meaningful career-linked experiences that aim to answer: ‘What does it take to succeed in life and work?’ 



National Student Volunteer Week

14 to 20 August

To find your local event and more about the week follow the link.

It is a choice made by you to make a difference. Volunteering is about supporting non-profits or community groups by willingly giving your time, skills and enthusiasm to become involved and take action on issues that are important to you.



Work Experience – National Gallery of Australia

We offer placements in a wide range of functions in a number of areas to provide as broad an experience as possible. Students studying the visual arts, arts/museum administration, conservation or an area in which the Gallery has an identified expertise will be given priority over other applicants. Placements are normally for one week.





Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator

ICAS Science Competition 2017

STEM subjects are at the forefront of a Bethany Education; with this in mind, 2017 saw a record number of students compete in this year’s ICAS Science Competition with some incredible results.

The students are challenged to solve problems using the information they are given and often this information is outside of their normal curriculum content.  The competition takes place at the same time across Australia and a number of international venues at the same time in Singapore, Hong Kong and beyond.

We take this opportunity to celebrate the work of these fantastic scientists and wish them luck in their ongoing pursuit of excellence in science.


The following girls received Distinctions:

Year 7 Erika Daubaras Kaitlyn Barrett
Year 9 Monique Cost-Chretien Georgia Marks
Year 10 Louisa Leone Eve Fernando


The following girls received Credits:

Year 7 Helen Nguyen Taylah Stenta
  Yasmin Hijazi Maddison Underhill
  Linh Huynh Eleanor Humphreys
  Maresa Moustakis Eloise Martelletti
  Luna Pandiella-McLeod Leesa Coleman
  Isabel Santillana Alissa Caforio
Year 8 Janessa Fong Elly Vazouras
  Fitini Kotsodimas Stephanie Boskovski
  Jade Lozanovski Elizabeth Mabbutt
  Mia Palmer Caitlin Tan
  Brianna Strehler  
Year 9 Christina Le Zoe Collins
  Shae Acevski Sophie Cook
  Lingge Bai Chantelle Guevara
  Lara Ball Alyssa Gurung
  Zoe Ball Alexandra Hammer
  Alessia Colagiuri Chrystal Ruz
  Selina Colagiuri Maddison Stojanovski
Year 10 Kate Britcher Sinead McGarry
  Olivia Di Constanzo Truc Nguyen
  Ashleigh Hollis Anna Pemberton
  Alana Jones Ophelia Devcic


Mr Russell Roberts

Assistant Science Coordinator

Principal’s Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the many students who are well on their way to attaining

 a Gold award in the Principal’s Reading Challenge. Over thirty girls have

been rewarded with merits,  house points and canteen vouchers.

It’s not too late to join the Challenge – it’s simple, come to the Library

and pick up your booklet.

The Challenge runs until Week 4 Term 4 .


Design and Art Showcase

PDHPE Department News

Year 10 PASS Snow Trip

Year 10 PASS have been very excited to experience the highly anticipated snow camp, and we were finally able to begin this excursion on the 31st of July. After six long hours travelling by bus, we arrived to snowfall and extremely cold temperatures at Thredbo. We began each day by completing  2 hour lessons to gain and expand our knowledge of our chosen sport, skiing or snowboarding. However, a few of us have never seen snow, let alone attempted skiing/snowboarding, so learning these skills proved to be a challenge! With the help of the friendly instructors, we learnt all the skills necessary to ski/snowboard, which we were then allowed to practice these skills for the remainder of the day.

Although the trip entailed many occasions of falling over, accidentally dropping equipment from the chairlift, and the daily difficulty of waking up early, it is fair to say that these struggles were completely worth it, as it was such an enjoyable and fun experience!

Thank you to Miss Brennan and Miss Soles for their patience and responsibility of 25 students for the 3 days of camp.

Alex Keedle-Ortiz Year 10




Woolworths Earn & Learn 2017

Dear Parents,

This year we will be participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. Through this program we will be able to get new educational resources for our school/early learning centre – and all we need you to do is shop for your groceries at Woolworths.

From Wednesday 26 July to Tuesday 19 September or while stock lasts, we are collecting Woolworths Earn & Learn Stickers.  You will get one Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent (excluding liquor, tobacco and gift cards). Place the Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker onto a Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker Sheet and when it’s complete, the Sticker Sheet can be dropped into the Collection Box here at the school or at your local Woolworths.

At the end of the promotion, we’ll be able to get some great new equipment. The range is extensive and offers lots of items ideal for our students – including resources for Maths, English, Science and some fantastic fun supplies for Arts & Craft, Sport and for our library. If you’d like to know more visit woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn


SCC Athletics

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent the college at the SCC Athletics carnival:

Tahlia Dimanoski

Aisha Kitalelong

Eva Tresoglavic

Ngikula Harris

Erini Stavroulakis

Violet Gruppelaar

Angelique Belivanis

Allira Giess

Tahlia Wise

Abbey O’Brien

Sienna Williams

Jessica Patterson

Kate  Soussa

Lucy Flanagan

Caitlin Hollis

Keira Fisher

Grace Elliot

Elana Ioakimaros

Nektaria Rice

Luana Rendina

Alexis Mihaljevic

Eva Kostopoulos

Veronica Psaltis Puerta

Alyssa Zappia

Giulia Battisti

Natalia Kaskoutas

Bianca Smith

Kristen Georgiou

Victoria Coolentianos

Sienna Bosworth Gonzaga

Rebecca O’Dea

Alexandra Keedle-Ortiz

Sofia Canestro

Isabella Kopriva


Brooke Salisbury

Hannah Jackson

Jazmine DiPalma

Kelly Wilson

Jessica Convery

Kamilla Lazarades

Moya Denford

Lara Mourad

Josephine Doyle

Catelyn McKenzie

Bridget Cole

Claudia Allison

Annabel Stojanovska

Holly Stansfield

Cate Hochwallner








St George OZTAG Gala Day  Tuesday,  15 August
Year 10 PDHPE Road Safety Forum  Wednesday, 16 August
SCC athletics  Friday, 25 August
Year 9 Wheelchair Basketball Tuesday & Wednesday, 29/30 August
CGSSSA Dance  Wednesday, 13 September
NSWCCC athletics      Friday, 15 September


Wes Guthrie

PDHPE Coordinator



P & F Bingo Night

Tuition Fees 2018

Father’s Day Mass