Volume 12 - 07 Aug 2015


Is bottled water worth the cost?

At the last P & F meeting, the fact that our canteen does not sell bottled water was raised as a concern.

I have included research by Choice Australia in this newsletter in the hope that it will explain why the College has taken the stance of banning bottled water and has opted for water chiller machines in the playground.

Bottled water costs almost 2000 times more than tap water. But are there any benefits? A litre of tap water costs only a fraction of a cent, but you can pay several dollars for a litre of bottled water – and the costs over time can add up considerably. If you drink two litres a day from the tap, you’ll pay about $1.50 a year. Drink the same amount from single-serve bottles, however, and you could be looking at more than $2800 a year.

A large proportion of this cost comes from producing the plastic bottle, lid and label. So is the actual water any better?

The bottled water business

Industry group the Australasian Bottled Water Institute (ABWI) estimates the industry is worth about $500 million a year. This equates to the sale of roughly 600 megalitres (600,000,000 litres) of water, 60% of which is sold in single-serve bottles. About one in five Australian households bought bottled water in 2004, compared with 16% in 2001. In fact, almost one in 10 households says it’s their main source of drinking water.

In the 10 years to 2004, the proportion of households buying bottled water increased from 3% to 21%. Market researchers Canadean say world consumption of bottled water has doubled in the past decade, and predict bottled water will overtake carbonated drinks as the leading drink category by 2015.

On tap

All Australians have access to safe drinking water, and for most of us it’s readily available via the tap. For 93% of households, drinking water comes from mains or town water.


Individual state health departments are responsible for regulating water quality monitoring. The water from your tap starts its journey from catchment zones, dams, rivers and even the ocean before flowing through filtration plants designed to remove contaminants and bring water in line with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Set by the National Health and Medical Research Council, these guidelines define safe, good-quality water and how it is achieved and assured.


Despite the ABWI listing hydration for “health-conscious living” as a key reason for choosing bottled water, Australian tap water will hydrate you just as effectively as bottled water.


The Australian Dental Association recommends tap water as the primary choice of drink for everyone. The chair of its Oral Health Committee, Peter Alldritt, says “it’s the most hydrating beverage there is, free of sugar and acid, and [where] it contains fluoride, [it] reduces the risk of tooth decay”.

“People who prefer bottled water are turning their backs on the benefits of water fluoridation,” he says. “They risk putting their dental health back to the 1960s, when tooth decay was widespread because there was no fluoride in the water.”

The World Health Organization also holds the view that dental cavities can be prevented by maintaining a constant low level of fluoride in the mouth.



Where fluoride is added to tap water in Australia, regulations mandate 0.6 – 1.1mg per litre. Although the Australia Food Standards Code permits bottlers to add the same amount to their bottled water, the ABWI do not include it in bottled water because  some people will choose bottled water over tap as a means of avoiding chemicals such as fluoride.


Although the ABWI boasts that all plastic bottles are made from recyclable material, the truth is less than half of these PET plastic bottles are actually recycled, with the remaining 60% going straight to landfill.

US-based policy research organisation, The Pacific Institute, estimates twice as much water is used in producing the plastic bottle as there is in the bottle itself. This means every litre consumed actually represents three litres of water.

Clean Up Australia says that plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Clean Up Australia Day, and actively encourages people to avoid bottled water and buy a reusable bottle.



Banning the bottle

Refill schemes are starting to take off around the country, with local councils paying closer attention to providing and maintaining public water fountains and taps.

Some towns and organisations have taken it upon themselves to go a step further, banning bottled water completely. Bans are now also in place in the NSW town of Bundanoon and at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College and Bethany College in Sydney, the University of Canberra and the Southbank campus of the Victorian College of the Arts.







Yarra Valley Water is enjoying great success with its Choose Tap app, as is Sydney Water with its café water program Tap, launched to help reverse the trend of paying too much for drinking water. Do Something!’s Go Tap campaign backs Manly Council’s water fountain project in Sydney and urges people to avoid buying single bottles of water.









CHOICE verdict

More expensive than milk, soft drink and even petrol, there’s no doubt bottled water has pitched itself as a premium product. In fact, you can buy more than 1000L of Sydney tap water for the same cost as a 600ml bottle of Mount Franklin water. But does bottled water trump tap in terms of quality? Probably not.

(Adapted from https://www.choice.com.au/food-and-drink/drinks/water/articles/bottled-water)



Some useful apps that promote good mental health and wellbeing



This helps youth reduce anxiety and stress. It helps change how you think about stressful thoughts. Rather than avoiding anxiety, the app encourages you to make an important shift and face it. It has specific tools to help you tackle test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, panic, conflict and worry. Free to download on Apple (iOS).






ReachOut Breathe

Breathe manages anxiety using controlled breathing exercises. Using simple visuals , the app helps young people reduce the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety by slowing down their heart rate to increase the feelings of calmness in the body.




Interested in studying at an overseas university?

Students, parents and careers advisors can find out more at an information session organised by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES NSW) on Wednesday 19 August.

The session starts with an overview of the application processes for the US, Canada and UK, followed by workshops on:

  • Writing Effective Personal Statements for selective UK universities by representatives of Oxford and Warwick universities
  • For university in Canada and the USA advice on applying by representatives of EducationUSA and Study Canada.

Representatives from the following universities and organisations will be available to provide specific advice about their entry requirements and courses, and suport:

  • University of Warwick
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of the Arts London
  • Savannah College of Art & Design
  • New York University
  • Bard College
  • Swiss Education Group
  • Athletes Agency – information on athletics scholarships

The session is from 4.30 – 7.30pm in the Alexander Hall at Kambala School, 794 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay, in Sydney.

Book through TryBooking: http://www.trybooking.com/147879

For more information, contact:
Michael Charlton at BOSTES NSW, Director, Media
(02) 9367 8248


HSC Trials and Major Works

Our Year 12 students now find themselves into the second week of their Trial Examinations and will return to class in Week 5.  Our staff has been generous in giving of their time in class, after school and during the last vacation break, to assist the girls who wanted extra help and feedback. There have been hundreds of practice essays going back and forth at all hours of the day and evening and even over the weekends! I thank the Year 12 teachers for going the “extra mile” with our students.

Next week Year 12 students return to class for their final six weeks of school with the aim to prepare them for their forthcoming HSC examinations to the best of their individual ability. It has been a personal highlight through the course of this year to see production and finalisation of our major works and performances in Dance, Drama, Music, Society and Culture, Textiles and Design, Design and Technology and Visual Arts.  Our Art and Design showcase of our major works is on next Wednesday 12 August from 5pm. All are welcome to attend and I particularly urge girls in Years 9, 10 and 11 studying in these areas to come and view the works. It will give you great inspiration for the task of planning your own major works! I am especially looking forward to seeing what our Year 7 to 10 students have been making in their Art and Design classes.

We all wish Year 12 well as the move into the “tapering phase” of their studies in preparation for the HSC in October.


Preliminary (Year 11) HSC Examinations 3 September – 14 September

The students in Year 11 are rapidly nearing the conclusion of their Preliminary HSC courses and preparing for their Preliminary Examinations. The start of Term 4 sees Year 11 quickly become Year 12 (2016) and the commencement of their HSC year and HSC Assessment Program. As for our Year 12 (2015) class, we wish these students well in their preparations and trust that they dedicate themselves wholly and consistently to the task engaging in their classwork and with their teachers to achieve their best.


FDad dayather’s Day Mass and Breakfast

Our fathers and father-figures are warmly invited to our Father’s Day Mass and Breakfast on Thursday 3 September 2015. Mass will be in St Michael’s Church followed by breakfast in Yallunga at 7.30am. This year, our Hospitality students have volunteered to cater for the breakfast so we look forward to spoiling our dad’s even more. For catering purposes, please RSVP by 28 August via the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CGBT37F .







Our mantra:

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


UAC Guide 2015-16 (For Yr 12 Students 2015)

Copies will be distributed to Year 12 Students at the beginning of Week 5 on return from their Trial Exams.

MHSCareers website Calendar for all calendar events

Please select the relevant state – NSW, to refine your search.

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


List of all Open Days and Key dates for 2015–16 admissions:

Go to UAC News July 2015 p. 4



UAC: Educational Access Scheme, Equity Scholarships and Schools Recommendation Scheme:

Information contained on the UAC website and in the UAC News July 2015 p. 2 at:



UAC News July

Go to: http://www.uac.edu.au/documents/publications/news/2015/july.pdf

UNSW Women in Engineering Camp 

Applications for the 2016 UNSW Women in Engineering Camp open on 4 August and close on 27 September. For bright science-minded students going into year 11 or 12 in 2016. The five-day long residential camp involves hands-on workshops, site visits and networking opportunities. The registration fee is $200. More information can be found at http://unsw.to/wiec. Please see Ms Gereige if interested.

TAFE-delivered course for students in Years 10-12 in Animation 

Driven by the growing demand for character design and concept development within the game, cartoon and video industries, the Northern Sydney Institute has a new Games course: Information and Digital Technology – Animation and Games Development at the St. Leonards campus of TAFE. Email nsi.tvet@tafensw.edu.au or call 131674 for more info.

TAFE to University, Associate Degree of Accounting, 2 year pathway to a Bachelor Degree 

The Northern Sydney Institute is offering the Associate Degree of Accounting which is a two-year higher education qualification that prepares students for a career in accounting. Graduates of this Associate Degree can then springboard into the third year of an Accounting Degree at Macquarie University. This course is ideal for students who want a hands-on style of learning with smaller class sizes and a supported learning environment. EmailIrene.ireland1@det.nsw.edu.au or call (02) 9942 0840 for more info.

TAFE Short Courses, Northern Sydney Institute 

The Northern Sydney Institute offers short courses that range in length from a few hours to several months, from becoming a professional barista through to project management. They are held in the daytime, evening or on the weekend and can start at any time throughout the year. Depending on the course, students receive a TAFE Plus Statement, a TAFE Certificate of Attendance or a TAFE NSW Australian Qualifications Framework qualification. Email nsi.study@tafensw.edu.au or call 131674 for more info.

Projects Abroad High School Volunteer Programmes Online Information Session 

Projects Abroad invites you to join them on Wednesday 19th of August for an Online Info Session about High School Volunteer Projects over the summer of 2015/16. These programmes are designed for students in years 10 & 11. It is a free, interactive evening for students, parents and advisors alike. Register here http://www.projects-abroad.com.au/more-info/information-events/webinars/

At Whitehouse Institute of Design 

EVERY day is Open House! If unable to make it to the scheduled Open House in June each year, feel free to book a private campus tour to suit your schedule, where a Whitehouse representative will be in attendance to show you around and answer all your questions. Bookings at enquiry@whitehouse-design.edu.au.

AIE Open Day | Sunday 16th August

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Open Day on Sunday 16th August. AIE campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about full-time and part-time courses starting February 2016. The day will run from 10am to 3pm – http://www.aie.edu.au/openday

Schindler Lifts – new apprentice open night 

Looking at an Electrical Trade? Come to our apprenticeship information night. Bring your parents or guardians or come alone and find out what a career at Schindler Lifts Australia can offer you. Date: Tuesday 4th August 2015 Time: 6.00pm Location: 36 – 38 Lord Street, Botany RSVP: 31st July 2015 to apprenticeship@au.schindler.com Contact: 02 9931 9900

Alphacrucis College Open Day 2015 

Alphacrucis College Open Day is a showcase of everything our college has to offer. Attendees will learn more about our Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates in Business, Music, Teaching, Counselling, Theology, Chaplaincy, Leadership, Ministry and Missions. Ideal for senior high school students, parents and career advisors. Learn more and register at:http://openday.ac.edu.au/

Register now for the Macleay College Open Day on Saturday 22 August!

Experience the Macleay College difference at Open Day on Saturday 22 August. Learn about our courses in Journalism, Advertising and Business from lecturers working in the industry. Speak with current and past students about internships and careers after graduating. Take a tour of our amazing facilities and see our very own TV Studio in action! https://macleay.edu.au/campaign/open-day-august-22

University of Wollongong (UOW) OPEN DAY 2015 

The UOW College will be exhibiting at the annual UOW OPEN DAY 2015 to be held at the University of Wollongong (Wollongong Campus) on the 15th of August 2015. Come down and discover alternative pathways to UOW as well as career-ready qualifications to help you Get Where You Are Going In No Time At All. To register and more information, please visit –http://www.uow.edu.au/openday/index.html.

University of Wollongong (UOW) College – UOW SYDNEY CBD OPEN DAY 2015 

The UOW College will be exhibiting at the UOW SYDNEY CBD OPEN DAY on the 29th of August at the Sydney CBD Campus located in the Gateway Building, Circular Quay. We will be available to discuss the UOW College Diploma of Business (Sydney) which is run once a year at the CBD Campus. Further information can be found at –http://business.uow.edu.au/news-events/sydney-open-day/index.html.

Sydney TAFE Open Day Saturday 29 August 2015 9.00-4.00pm 

Visitors will be able to receive one-on-one advice, meet industry, current students, graduates and teachers, watch live demonstrations, go on behind the scenes tours, attend career and course information sessions and check out the entertainment, activities and food. For more information please email Claire.OConnell6@tafensw.edu.au or call 02) 9217 5015 http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/openday

Australian Catholic University (ACU) Canberra Open Day – Saturday 29 August, 9am-4pm 

Find out more about the courses we offer on our Canberra Campus. Take a tour of the campus, the library and the Nursing/Paramedicine labs. Attend presentations on undergraduate and postgraduate course options, rural and regional student assistance, entry programs, scholarships and more. Discuss your study options with our friendly lecturers, staff and students. Visit www.acu.edu.au/openday

National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) 2016 applications now open 

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) is a centre of excellence in education and training for theatre, film and television. Applications are now open for NIDA’s 2016 Master of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Diploma courses, and close 30 September. For full course details and to apply, visit http://apply.nida.edu.au.

Charles Sturt University Information Evening for Parents and Students

Date : 24th Aug 2015
Time : 6.00pm
Venue : Parramatta RSL Club
Cost : FREE
Contact : Judy Walsh : infoevents@csu.edu.au / 02 6338 6010
Event Description :
Charles Sturt University (CSU) will be providing a unique opportunity for parents and students to gather first-hand information from CSU about courses, accommodation, scholarships, costs, how to apply and early-entry programs.

Current CSU students will also be on hand to share their university experience with a Q&A session.

Read more about the CSU Information Evening and register your attendance at: http://www.csu.edu.au/parents

University of Technology (UTS) Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015
Time : 9am – 4pm
Venue : UTS City Campus, Broadway
Cost : FREE
Contact : Future Students Team : 02 9514 1711
Exact program to come in July at www.undergraduate.uts.edu.au/events

OPEN DAY – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

Date : 29th Aug 2015
Time : 10am – 2pm
Venue : BMIHMS Leura Campus
Cost : FREE
Contact : Josh Wood : josh.wood@bluemountains.edu.au
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Multicultural Open Day
1 Chambers Road Leura NSW
RSVP required to josh.wood@bluemountains.edu.au

Australian Catholic University (ACU) Canberra Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015
Time : 9am-4pm
Venue : Australian Catholic University Canberra Campus, Corner Antill St and Phillip Ave, Watson
Cost : FREE
Contact : Amelia Munro : amelia.munro@acu.edu.au

Bedford College Glebe Campus Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015
Time : 9:30am-3pm
Venue : 54 Parramatta Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Cost : FREE
Contact : Georgia Oehme : 1300 174 174 or georgia@bedford.edu.au

Sydney Institute Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015
Time : All day
Venue : Sydney Instittute
Cost : FREE
Contact : Frances Cane : 02 9217 4144

The University of Notre Dame – Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015
Time : 9:00am – 3:00pm
Venue : Broadway & Darlinghurst Campus
Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Register at http://notredame.edu.au/openday/sydney/ 


University of Western Sydney (UWS) Open Day

Date : 30th Aug 2015
Time : 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Venue : Parramatta Campus, Cnr Victoria Rd and James Ruse Dr, Rydalmere
Cost : FREE
Contact : PSA Team : forschools@uws.edu.au
To find out more, visit http://www.uws.edu.au/openday. 

2015 HTN Peter Howard Future Chef Scholarship

Date : 31st Aug 2015
Time : Applications close 5:00pm
Venue : HTN
Cost : FREE
Contact : Suzi Tubic : suzi@htn.com.au or 1300 139 108
Event Description : 
Each year, HTN selects two (2) Year 12 students to be the recipients of our prestigious Peter Howard Future Chef Scholarship. This scholarship enables hands-on paid work experience and training with one of HTN’s leading industry partners and assistance with travel costs to an approved capital city. Applications close Monday 31st August 2015.
For more information visit http://htn.com.au/peter-howard-scholarships/ or contact HTN on 1300 139 108.

The University of Notre Dame – Getting to Know Nursing

Date : 1st Sep 2015
Time : 6:00pm
Venue : 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Event Description :
Thinking of a career in Nursing? Join us at ‘Getting to Know Nursing’ and find out what it’s really like!
Students attending this session will have the opportunity to meet academic staff, engage in clinical activities, experience a Nursing lecture and tour our campus.


Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarship Applications Open for 2016

Date : 1st Sep 2015
Time : 9.00am
Venue : online
Cost : FREE
Contact : SARRAH : undergrad@sarrah.org.au
Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS) Undergraduate (Entry-Level) Allied Health Scholarships
Are you enrolled, intending to enroll or planning to apply to study an ALLIED HEALTH university course in 2016?
The NAHSSS Undergraduate Scholarship offers successful recipients up to $10,000 per year during their undergraduate or graduate entry full-time professional studies. Part-time students will receive up to $5,000 per year. These funds are meant as a contribution toward the cost of study incurred by the student. Full details are available on our website; a full list of eligible courses for 2016 will be available in August.

College of Event Management Information Session

Fri 4th September, 6.30pm, Level 9, 28 Foveaux Street Surry Hills

Speak to lecturers and staff to learn about the courses on offer and career opportunities available after graduation. Contact: 1300 725 846 or enquiries@coem.edu.au


Australian Catholic University (ACU) North Sydney Open Day – Saturday 5 September, 8.30am-2.30pm 

Open Day is more than learning about your study options – experience campus life and soak up the atmosphere! The Nova Casanovas will be on site to provide entertainment and there will be range of outdoor games and activities on the day. Join the fun ACU has to offer, and top it off with delicious food from the variety of vendors on site. Visit www.acu.edu.au/openday

Sydney Aviators Open Day

Sun 6th September, 8.30am, Bankstown Airport

Half hour trial flights will be available at a cost of $120 and short presentations on how to obtain a Private Pilot License will be held throughout the day.

Contact: (02) 9793 8900



Australian Catholic University (ACU) Strathfield Open Day – Saturday 12 September, 8.30am-4pm 

Open Day is a great way to find out everything you need to know about studying at ACU. You will meet staff and current students, discuss entry option and talk to experts about your career goals. Soak up the atmosphere, attend seminars, enjoy the entertainment and check out the facilities on a guided campus tour. Visitwww.acu.edu.au/openday

Sydney Film School: Open Day

Sat 12th September, 2.00pm – 5.00pm, 82 Cope St, Waterloo

Speak to directors, teachers, current students, and graduates to learn about Sydney Film School courses.



University of New South Wales (UNSW): Actuarial Studies Student/Parent Information Evening

Wed 16 September, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, UNSW Business School Lounge, UNSW Business School Building, Level 6, West Wing

UNSW students and their parents are invited to visit UNSW to find out more about their Bachelor of Actuarial Studies degree, associated dual degrees, and the Actuarial Studies Co-op Scholarship program.

Contact: (02) 9385 3507 or studybusiness@unsw.edu.au



University of New South Wales: Paul Doneley Memorial Scholarship

Applications close Mon 30th November.
This scholarship is a 1 year scholarship valued at $2,500 for Indigenous students who wish to undertake studies in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.



Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

Applications close Wed 30th September
This scholarship is available to students who have a passion and career aspiration to help build a successful future for the Australian Wine Industry.
The scholarship offers $5,000 for full-time study or $2,500 for part-time study. Applicants must be enrolled in or applying for study in any accredited tertiary course at an approved Australian education provider.



Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Scholarships

Applications close Wed 30th September.
These scholarships are available to support students who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the future success of rural and regional NSW. Scholarships of $5,000 for full-time study or $2,500 for part-time study are available. Applicants must be enrolled in or applying for study in any accredited tertiary course at an approved Australian education provider.



1300 Apprentice and Traineeships: 2015 Intake Interviews

Tue 22nd September – Thu 24th September

Tue 19th September – Thu 1st October

1300 Apprentice will be holding their annual intake for school students and will be conducting interviews during the September – October school holidays. To express interest for an apprenticeship or traineeship, send an email with STEINTAKE15 in the subject line as well as your resume and cover letter to the following address:

Contact: resumes@1300apprentice.com.au



Le Cordon Bleu 2016 Scholarships

Applications close Sat 31st October

Le Cordon Bleu will be offering twelve Entrepreneur scholarships for 2016 to high school students wanting to study at either the Adelaide or Sydney Le Cordon Bleu campuses. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a strong academic performance and write a one page summary of their hospitality career or business goals.


 US University Assistance 

Earn a degree in the US- We assist Australian students to achieve their goal of studying full degree programs in the United States of America. Whether a state or private institution, full fee paying or scholarship, Internationally Educated will work to maximize a student’s chance of admission at the most appropriate institutions. Visit www.interationallyeducated.com.au to learn more.

Meet A Keeper: Taronga Zoo 

This is a one-day program for students 14 years and over with an interest in a career at the Zoo. Included is a seminar presented by a panel of Zookeepers. Students will learn about zoo-keeping: qualifications, career opportunities, core responsibilities, careers structures and wages. For booking forms and information visit http://taronga.org.au/education/education-sydney/school-work-experience
If you are interested please see Ms Gereige


Whitehouse Institute of Design

Registrations for the 2-day Spring Workshop in Portfolio Development are now open. The workshop will be held on 12 & 13 November at the Sydney campus at 2 Short Street, Surry Hills. For bookings phone 1300551433 or emailenquiry@whitehouse-design.edu.au.

National Skills Week 2015: DISCOVER your incredible journey to a career, August 24 – 30 

National Skills Week recognises, celebrates and informs students and the wider public on the diversity and benefits of undertaking Vocational Education and Training. This years theme will highlight future industry trends bringing into focus the skills needs associated with Australia’s emerging areas of opportunity. Please contact SkillsOne on (02) 8080 0111 or kirstin.casey@skillsone.com.au

S P Jain Offers Full-Tuition Scholarships for Undergraduate Programs 

Australia’s number 1 business school as ranked by Forbes Best International Business Schools (2013) is offering a number of full-tuition scholarships for the Bachelors of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Communication and Bachelor of Economics. For more information, please contact nimisha.vadivale@spjain.org / 02 8970 6842 or check our website for updates www.spjain.edu.au.

My Career Match 

Matching who you are with what you do seems like a good idea, yet most people are in jobs that don’t match their personal style and natural talent. My Career Match is FREE online resource that can help people discover their strengths and talents in the Construction & Property Services industries. Go to http://www.constructmycareer.com.au/My_Career_Match and find what Career Match you are.






Ms Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Bethany Movie Night

The Indigenous Standing Strong in Leadership Program

On Thursday 23 July and Friday 24 July I was given the opportunity to attend “Standing Strong in Leadership”. Standing Strong in Leadership was a two day program designed to help young Indigenous Australian students going into year 11 make the best of their education. The program was set–up like a series of workshops with a focus on: subject selection, post school pathways, career choices and leadership. Some of the workshops included: Motivational speeches given by Nat Heath and Dean Widdis, talks on part-time work and careers in the future and subject selection workshops. There was also a career showcase which gave me and other students a chance to explore different careers options, ones that we may not have considered possible. During the program we also learnt about Wellbeing, aspiration and goal setting and these talks were given by Dr Anita Heiss an indigenous bestselling author and speaker. All through the Standing Strong in Leadership program we were told to think about what it means to stand strong and proud as young Indigenous Australians. We were also taught how to. I would like to thank Miss Cox for presenting and organising this opportunity for me and accompanying me as I went through the program, and I would like to also thank Mrs Lavorato and Mrs Russo for their continued support and encouragement in all programs and opportunities I am given here at Bethany.

By Olivia Shrestha





Lollipop Day

On Thursday 30 August before school, at recess, and at lunch, the Vinnie’s group were busy selling lollipops to students to raise funds for the Vinnies Brekkie Van, which will take place on 22 August.

The girls raised $411.70. Well done to all involved.


Brian Culleton

Acting Youth Ministry Coordinator



Our Italian students from Year 8 to Year 11 have put their Language skills to the test in the annual ACER Competition.

The format of the challenge is:

Year 8 – Listening items in Italian

Years 9 – 11: Listening and Reading comprehension items.

Students were familiar with most of the content presented, but just as in any test of strength, they needed to draw upon their own skills to conquer the unknown.

Forza ragazze! Coraggio!


Open High School

2016 Enrolment forms not available until end of August. Keep an eye out for messages from Mr. Gianni when they become available.

Open High School

























Marco Gianni

Teacher in Charge – Languages



World Youth Day 2016 One Year Out Celebration

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy’     -Matthew 5:7


On Friday, 31 July, eighteen girls from years 9 and 10 travelled to All Saints Catholic Girls College in Liverpool to participate in the One Year Out Celebration for World Youth Day in Krakow, 2016. Archbishop Anthony Fisher was in attendance to address approximately 500 students from the archdiocese and to celebrate mass with them. After lunch the students were treated to an insight into pilgrimage from Sam Clear, a performance from some Polish dancers and some Polish food.  The journey to Krakow has well and truly started, and the girls’ excitement at the year ahead is steadily escalating.




Brian Culleton

Acting Youth Ministry Coordinator


What’s Been happening in Religious Education and Mission

Laudato Si

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (160). This question is at the heart of Laudato si’ (May You be praised), the recent Encyclical on the care of the common home by Pope Francis.

The Encyclical takes its name from the invocation of St. Francis, “Praise be to you, my Lord”, in his Canticle of the Creatures. It reminds us that the earth, our common home “is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us”. We have forgotten that “we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”

The final chapter invites everyone to the heart of ecological conversion. The roots of the cultural crisis are deep, and it is not easy to reshape habits and behaviour. Education and training are the key challenges: “change is impossible without motivation and a process of education” (15). All educational sectors are involved, primarily “at school, in families, in the media, in catechesis and elsewhere”.

Each student received a bookmark with the words of St Francis’ Canticle of Creation. Let it be a reminder that As Catholics, we are called to be stewards of this land. As a College faith community, we are called to be involved and agents of change.


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 contact Miss Kleist as soon as possible please.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education Mission

Library News

The third term has brought slightly warmer weather but it is still a good time to curl up with a book in a sunny spot. The short listed Book Week books are available as we wait for the announcement of the winners on Saturday 22 August and be involved in the following week of celebrations. Book Week has had a slogan since 1945 and this year is the seventieth year of awards. The Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week 2015 has the theme of “Books Light up Our Lives” and in the coming weeks there will be displays and competitions for the students to be involved in.  So keep your ear to the ground and your eyes open for notices about the week.











The CBCA Book of the Year Awards comprise of six categories…

Picture Books Picture books suitable for an audience from birth to 18 years. Some books may be for more mature readers.
Early Childhood These books are suitable for an audience in the pre-reading to early reading stage.
Younger Readers These books are suitable for a younger audience able to read independently.
Older Readers This section contains books for more mature readers able to cope with challenging themes and controversial characters.
Eve Pownall Award for Information Books The category is for information books suitable for an audience from birth to 18 years. Some may be for more mature readers.
Crichton Award This is an award for new Australian illustrators.


Go to the following web address for Reading Time and click on the title of each book for more information:



For now, keep reading….


Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian

From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 3

  • 4 August: CEO ER Parent Forums
  • 8 August: Feast of Mary MacKillop
  • 7-14 September: Year 11 Assessment Block
  • 18 September: Term 3 concludes




Learning how to give and receive feedback is an essential lifelong skill for everyone to develop. Students and teachers rely on feedback for clear, transparent lines of communication that allow students to know where they are with their learning and where to go next. This term teaching and learning coordinators and Mr Carragher have been working with student focus groups to hear their thoughts on feedback at Bethany, and how we can best support their learning through effective feedback. We will take that feedback and endeavour to tailor our feedback to their needs and to what research regards as best practice. We want them all to be independent learners; to take responsibility for their learning, but in order for them to do that they need to have a clear understanding of where they are now, where they need to go and how to get there. Our aim is to make each student’s learning ‘visible’.




Think you know

ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers. It was created by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, ThinkUKnow Australia has been  developed by AFP, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, supported by the New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police Service, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia. It provides excellent and up to date information and advice including factsheets explaining  social media and sharing sites such as instagram, snapchat and KiK. It also provides ways parents can limit their child’s access to such sites if there is an issue. I would encourage parents to take the time to explore the site: http://thinkuknow.org.au



























Kik Messenger


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal