Volume 12 - 17 Aug 2018


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a holy day of obligation celebrated last Wednesday. The celebration of Mary’s Assumption celebrates the dignity of every human being’s bodily presence and history.

Mary, Mother, Disciple

God worked marvels in your life,

God works marvels in our life.

Mary, Blessed Mary,

Show us God’s presence and action in our day.

Pregnant with newness, with God’s smiling grace,

Hail Mary, show us the way!

Queen of heaven and earth,

Guide us as we wander through life’s ups and downs.

We claim your care, and live in hope, not despair,

for this is what you taught us when you lived through your Son’s

suffering, death and resurrection.


Patricia Thomas


Year 11 Retreat

Year 11 have just spent the last 3 days on Retreat across 3 beautiful venues. Our senior retreats are special times for our girls and provide some significant respite from the pressures of school, demands of technology and overall busyness of life in general. The program called on students to reflect on Jesus as a leader as well as the servant Jesus and then to relate these stories to their own experience as leaders or followers. Trust games, teamwork, meditation, prayer and creative outlets were key parts of our retreat program. Mrs Russo and I had the pleasure of visiting some of the venues and it was a privilege to share in such a special time with Year 11. As we know Year 11 has experienced some deep sadness earlier this year and the retreat experience has helped this year group to further work together and relate to others like they have not before. I thank the 16 staff who willingly gave of their time to provide such a life changing and memorable experience for our girls.


Year 12 Trial HSC Exams

Year 12 have entered into their exams with remarkable focus. Trial HSC exams are held to provide an experience similar to the HSC in terms of length of exams and testing whole course content. There is much more to learn from these exams than just the mark that will be received. Students will be asked to reflect on how they prepared for each exam, what improvement still needs to occur in the coming months and what are the strategies to reach further improvement. No matter what individual result your daughter receives, Trial HSC exams are part of the internal assessment program which helps to form half of the eventual HSC mark. Students are not expected to be getting marks that reflect their final mark as there is still over 10 weeks of study and learning to come. Whilst the girls may feel like their marks define them, please encourage your daughter to reflect on what they did well in the exams and what they will do about areas of improvement. All members of staff are available to advise students about their results. If your daughter does not have a clear vision of what next year brings for her, please encourage her to make an appointment with our Careers Advisor Mrs Vrahnos.


Digital Down Time

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of spending the day at Randwick Racecourse surrounded by all of the Principals, REC’s, Family Educators and Priests across the Eastern Region. One of the keynote speakers was Stephen Said who is the Head of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care at Sydney Catholic Schools. During his address Stephen outlined the differences in each generation and for our generation Z people who are aged from 6 – 23 years of age a focus was on them being the digital generation and impressed on us the need to educate about digital down time. Some questions which are worthy of discussion with your daughter are

  • How much of our leisure time do we spend away from our devices?
  • Where are devices kept during sleep time?
  • If I am without my device, how do I feel?
  • Am I using technology wisely?
  • What am I missing out on by over use of my devices?
  • Do I use school work as an excuse to use a computer?
  • Are parents aware of social media usage?
  • How is my daughter portraying herself on social media especially in terms of photos posted?
  • Is there a balance of family time to talk, exercise, school work and other hobbies and social media or device usage?

Please try to monitor your daughter’s device usage and insist on the need for a decent sleep away from devices and the need to be totally away from technology each day as a way to promote positive wellbeing.


Visual Arts & Design Showcase

Do not miss this event this coming Wednesday night at 6pm. Students from every year group will have their work on display. This evening is a celebration of the creative talents of our students. A highlight will be the Year 12 Bodies of Work and Textiles projects.



Robyn Rodwell


From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates: Link to college calendar located on the website


Some tips to help your daughter with homework and study routines

Some students are naturally able to find a good balance between all the facets of their life: schoolwork, sports, activities, friends, family, technology and all of the other aspects of life that keep us busy from when we wake to when we sleep.

Other students struggle to fit their schoolwork in during the evenings and weekend. Some students come home after school and just sort of ‘wait’ until they feel like working.  And what happens is that they never feel like it so they just don’t get started!

Some students start work not long after they get home, but they drag their work out over the whole night doing work in front of the TV, or the computer or their phone. It takes them the whole night, but they hardly get any work done and they don’t feel like they have had a break at all.

A much more effective way to approach home study each evening is to keep your school work and your personal life separate. Don’t do your work in front of the TV, don’t do it while on social network sites or while using messenger apps, instead work in 20-30 minute blocks of time and during this time make the conscious choice to actually remove or turn off things that are going to distract you. As it is only for a short block of time, it is bearable. Train yourself to have breaks from your distractions for the blocks of time when you do schoolwork.

By doing this you will learn to really focus and concentrate on what you are doing for a block of time. You will be amazed at how much work you get done and how productive you are during this time. Then at the end of that half hour period you have a proper break and really enjoy your free time.

You can find special software for blocking distractions on computers and phones online.


Cyber Safety Talk

This week, students listened to a presentation from the School-Police Liaison Officer, Constable Kelly Stewart about Cyber Safety. It touched on how to stay safe and some of the real life situations young people have found themselves in.

The talk about cyber safety was profound. I realised that whilst the benefits of being part of a more socially connected world are fantastic, the dangers associated with social media cannot be overstated for young people.      – Ms Baldwin

The videos were set in real life and had realistic scenarios. It was culturally informative and I would watch another slideshow led by an officer again.     – Abigail Bartlett


It really struck me on how much goes on behind screens and how much we can not trust. So much goes on and we’re all so unaware.    – Henriette Savilla

The policewoman that came to speak to us has much experience with  category of cyber safety. She provided us with information to avoid dangerous situations, it showed Yrs 7-9 how to be safe online.              – Zoe Stamoulis 

The presentation opened our eyes to the consequences that follow as a result of our inconsiderate use of social media.    – Anonymous

Listening to Police Officer Kelly Stewart discuss the dangers associated with the cyber world, was an eye-opening experience which exposed me to many new laws and surprising social media details that I had never heard of before. Definitely a valuable experience I will take notes from the next time my phone buzzes!    – Jade Lozanovski

Newman News

There was nothing but silence echoing through SO308 during first period on Monday the 23rd of July, as 9 Newman History learned about the power of words and speech… by not speaking for an entire lesson!  It was difficult for some as we kickstarted the new unit ‘Changing Rights and Freedoms’. We were certainly tested as the entire lesson was run in silence, with Mrs Smit using only cue cards from the start of the lesson to guide our learning.

Mrs Smit used the cue cards to explain that words are such a powerful force available to humanity because they can be used constructively or destructively, and have the ability to help, heal, hinder and humble.

What does this have to do with history you ask? That was the exact same question crossing the minds of many in the room. Mrs Smit answered the question through looking at the ways political leaders have been able to lead revolutions through the use of words. Ironically, without any speech, Mrs Smit explained how speeches have been powerful enough to cause change in the rights and freedoms of peoples around the world. She used examples from History, including Barack Obama’s ‘Don’t Tell Me Words Don’t Matter’ and Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s renowned speech, ‘I Have A Dream’ — the foundation for the activity that day.

Before we headed outdoors to participate in a very eye-opening experience, Mrs Smit handed us two treats each and mentioned that we may or may not end up eating these as determined by the next activity. We made our way to Yallunga and were presented with an excerpt of ‘I Have A Dream’ We were then required to write about our own dreams and share them with one another (keeping in mind, this is all in complete silence!). We were then all invited to offer one of our treats to the “dream” we found most compelling. I came across so many intriguing and insightful pieces, it was a difficult final decision to say the least.

Finally, we returned to our cozy classroom and reflected on the power of words through reflective writing. I have never appreciated them more!

Jade Lozanovski (Year 9)

Learning Labs in Liverpool this October!

The University of Wollongong invites students to LEARNING LABS, an academic enrichment holiday programtargeting high achieving students from Year 7 to 10 during 2018.  Learning labs are a challenging and fun experience during the school holidays.

All workshops are held either over one or two days and cover a range of disciplines, presented by teachers with specialist training or a specific interest in gifted education. The workshop content is both rigorous and challenging, and is designed to stimulate the interest and curiosity of the academically gifted.

 You will work with other kids that share your interests and meet inspiring teachers.

Dates:                                  3 – 4 October, 2018

Venue:                               UOW Liverpool Campus, 33 Moore St Liverpool

Applications close:       21 August, 2018


Please note, the University offers several sponsorship places for students who identify as Australian Aboriginal/Torres Strait or students experiencing financial difficulty. 

Information about the workshops can be found at https://www.uow.info/learninglabs

Alternatively, contact the College Newman Facilitator, Mrs Smit, for further information. 

School Funding Update

Year 11 Biology

On 31 July, Year 11 biology students participated in the 2018 biology field study exercise, where we had the opportunity to investigate the wetland ecosystem in Sydney Olympic Park. As this excursion was a significant component of our depth study, students were highly involved in the first-hand investigation to further our understanding of the topic – ecosystem dynamics. The field trip enabled us to work scientifically by encouraging us to communicate evidence-based conclusions. Working collaboratively with our peers on the day, we designed reliable, accurate and valid experiments to prove our hypothesises. As a collective group, we used a variety of fieldwork to investigate the biotic responses of the plant communities to the unique conditions in the inter-tidal wetland. Overall, the 2018 biology field trip not only allowed us to deepen our understanding of the wetland ecosystem, but also allowed students and staff to have a fun day enjoying the nature and getting our hands dirty. We thank the teachers and staff for the effort and enthusiasm they put in that made the day both engaging and informative.

Tracey Zhang – Year 11 


Enlighten Education – Girls Essentials Workshop

On Tuesday 31 July, all Year 9 attended the Enlightenment Education Program called ‘Girls Essentials’ in Yallunga Hall. The aim of this program was to acquaint us with the issues facing teenage girls today, with workshops based on friendship, body image, and safety. We were all able to identify the characteristics of a positive friendship compared to toxic friendships and were also given the opportunity to strengthen our friendships through affirmations. During the workshop on body image, we went on to speak about the impact of the media on the way we perceive ourselves and the standard of beauty in our world today, and interestingly we were also exposed to how the image of beauty has changed through different time periods. This was an invaluable workshop which has helped us to love ourselves, be nice and thoughtful to others and build our self-confidence.

Below are some comments and thoughts about the day:

  • “This was such an amazing experience! I loved today! You taught me to love myself, to stick together and to not judge a book by its cover.”
  • “What I loved today was the wonderful messages of body image and loving the skin that I’m in. You showed me how to be assertive, to love everybody, to appreciate myself and to accept who I am as person. This was a wonderful experience delivered by a wonderful person!”
  • “My favourite part of today was reading everything that people think about me and realising that everyone is in the same boat. I now know that it’s okay to be different and that I am my own kind of beauty. You’re amazing – I really enjoyed this!”
  • “I really enjoyed talking about female power and topics that are not normally brought up in our society. I learnt to have respect, to love myself, to not gossip and to be positive.”
  • “Love the Skin You’re In’ was the best because it taught me to be confident and love myself, even though I’m not perfect. I now know how to be aware of danger, to stay positive, to never doubt myself and how to approach serious conversations.”


Natasha Petrov, Celina Sabella, Olivia Guardala and Kate Glavocevic (Year 9)



Years 7, 8 & 9 Cyber Safety Talk

At Bethany College we understand that students achieve their best at school in safe and supportive environments, where they are free from bullying and disruptive behaviour. A  large emphasis is put on making sure we provide an environment for our students, that is free from bullying.

Bullying is a serious issue for all. We know that it can happen anywhere, anytime, and can have devastating consequences. We also know that with the rise of social media, cyber abuse and cyberbullying is an increasingly important issue. Where bullying was once confined to the playground, it can now occur online at any time of the day or night. Cyberbullying is just as harmful as face-to-face bullying, and online actions can have real life consequences.

The best way to tackle bullying and cyberbullying is for schools, students and parents to work together.

As a response to the 2018 bullying survey data which saw a rise in cyber abuse and cyberbullying the College Year 7, 8 and 9 Coordinators arranged for Senior Constable Kelly Stewart the St George LAC School Liaison Officer to speak with the cohorts during assembly time this past Thursday, 16 August. Constable Stewart’s talk outlined how the law applies to adolescents on social media and the responses of adults and teachers who have a duty of care as mandatory reporters. Mrs Tess Chisari, Assistant Year 8 Coordinator outlined the Sydney Catholic School policies within and outside the classroom for the students.

The students were encouraged to go home and explain what they had learnt from Constable Stewart and begin to share the commitment to stop bullying and cyberbullying in our school and local community.


Book Week 2018


Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council brings children and books together by celebrating Book Week. The CBCA presents annual awards to books of literary merit for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.

The theme for 2018 is


17th August – 24th August

The 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Award Winner and Honour Books will be published at 12 noon AEST on Friday 17 August 2018.



Students are encouraged to visit the Library to view the award winning and nominated books for 2018. Books can be borrowed from 24th August.



Lynda Fleming


Careers News


USA University Applicants – 2018 PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

13 October. 8.30am to 12.30pm

Ascham School, 188 New South Head Road Edgecliff

Ascham School invites your Year 10 and 11 students, who are considering USA university applications. This test, held once a year, is an opportunity for Year 10 & 11 students to practise the SAT under exam conditions. The test results will provide valuable feedback on their strengths and weaknesses. The date is set by the US College Board and this year it will take place on Saturday 13 October, which is the last Saturday of the spring school holidays for most NSW schools. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Registration closes 5.00pm, 13 August, or when we reach capacity.

Enquiries: Mr Ludo Onstein. PSAT Coordinator  lonstein@ascham.nsw.edu.au

Register: https://www.trybooking.com/388659


University of Wollongong – Koori STEM Camp

18 to 21 November

The University of Wollongong invites teachers and community members to nominate Year 10 and 11 students from the NSW South Coast. Aboriginal Year 10 and 11 students from the NSW South Coast. are being given the opportunity to identify with their Aboriginal cultural heritage and its connection to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Exploring old ways in new times while relating Aboriginal and modern STEM concepts through a unique student-focused program, the Koori STEM Camp will establish stronger senses of Identity, Connection, Pride and Empowerment for participating students. Students will engage with their cultural heritage and its links to STEM.



University of Canberra – UC 4 Yourself University Experience Day

27 to 29 November. 10.30am to 3.30pm

Building 1, Level B Room: Refectory, 11 Kirinari St, Bruce ACT

UC 4 Yourself days bring high school students to UC from schools across NSW and the ACT, with the aim of familiarising students with a university environment, exposing them to some of the ideas and concepts that can be studied at university, and encouraging them to recognise the potential benefits associated with a university education as both valuable and attainable.



ADFA – 3 ways to study at UNSW Canberra

  • ADFA Trainee Officers study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs)
  • Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends)
  • Non-Defence Undergraduate students study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees (with paid work experience opportunities).

Our students are provided with a unique study experience, access to custom-built facilities and resources, outstanding industry networks, and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the world.



Future proof your career with a Networking degree from MIT Sydney 

Cybersecurity is a gold mine for anyone who has the right skills and knowledge. If students want to future proof their career, the smart thing would be to apply for a computer networking degree at MIT Sydney, and specialise in Cyber Security, Cloud Networking or Software Engineering. Contact Bridget for more information on 8267 1400 or bspinks@mit.edu.au 



Thiess – Apprenticeships

For almost a decade, the Thiess Apprenticeship Program (TAP) has been striving for excellence, best practice and innovation. Recognised Australia wide for delivering consistent, high-quality on the job and off the job training. View the application steps for:

  • Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical Trade (Diesel Fitter)
  • Certificate III Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Certificate III Engineering – Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/Welding)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Systems Electrician (High Voltage)



Western Sydney Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo

28 August – 3.00pm to 8.00pm

Penrith Panthers Exhibition Marquee

Events such as this encourage and help young people gain the qualifications they need to secure a job.




Kenvale College – Hospitality & Events Management Scholarship Program 

Closes 14 November

If you have a real passion for Event Management then our Get Real Events Experience program is for you. This is a partial scholarship program for Year 11 students in 2018. Our 10 finalists will be working in an events environment for a week. For more info contact us on study@kenvale.edu.au or 9314 6213 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).




Inspiring Young Women

The Inspiring Futures for Young Women campaign is designed to help young people from all backgrounds, at schools and colleges across Australia to meet and make connections with female role models from a range of sectors.  By introducing young people to successful women working in different roles and industries, the aim is to enhance understanding of the breadth of career opportunities available, challenge gendered stereotypes about occupations and give young people the chance to ask questions and make connections with female role models. 



ADF Recruiting Options for Indigenous People

Enjoy the rewarding lifestyle of working in the Army, Navy or Airforce with hundreds of Indigenous people. Meet them in the various roles they perform.



ArtExpress is Going Across NSW

Through to 4 November

ARTEXPRESS is an annual series of exhibitions of the highly ranked artworks created by New South Wales visual arts students for the Higher School Certificate examination. Find a date and location nearest to you and plan your visit.



EA Ski & Snowboard New Canada Recruits Wanted

We are now recruiting for paid ski & snowboard instructor jobs with full training provided starting this November. Download your free Canada instructor brochure to find out how you can become an instructor at one of our world-class ski resorts.



Science Experience Dates

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students in 2018 program year. Each program is designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work. The program takes place in over thirty-five universities and tertiary institutions, within many different laboratories and lecture theatres. Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution.





Macquarie University, Sydney

15 – 17 January 2019

31 October 2018

University of New England, Armidale

15 – 17 January 2019

31 October 2018

University of Sydney, Sydney

9 – 11 January 2019

31 October 2018

University of Technology, Sydney

3 – 5 October 2018

30th August 2018

University of Wollongong, Wollongong

22 – 24 January 2019

31 October 2018

Australian National University, Canberra

26 – 28 September 2018

30th August 2018




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator



Father’s Day Mass



Catholic Care Parent Talks

School Fees

Thank you to all parents/carers who have made their school fee payments. 
All unpaid term accounts are now overdue and require immediate payment. 
Please contact the Accounts Office if you wish to discuss fees and payments. All conversations are strictly confidential. Thank you for your support of Bethany College.