Volume 13 - 25 Aug 2017


Reflecting on the Month of August

August is often considered the transitional month in our seasonal calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the time of the year people begin to wind-down from their summer travels and vacations and prepare for Autumn — back to school, fall festivals, harvest time, etc. In our Hemisphere, we are experiencing the harshness of winter and look forward to the Spring. In our school calendar, the year takes on special seriousness for Year 12 as they prepare for their HSC and also for Year 11 as they transition into Year 12 during Term 4. The Church in her holy wisdom has provided a cycle of events in its liturgical year which allow the faithful to celebrate the major feasts in the life of Christ and Mary. Most notably, during August, we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and the feast of the Assumption (August 15).

The other main feasts of this month are St. Alphonsus Ligouri (August 1), St. John Mary Vianney (August 4), Dedication of St. Mary Major (August 5), Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6), St. Sixtus II and Companions and St. Cajetan (August 7), St. Dominic (August 8), St. Lawrence (August 10), St. Clare (August 11), Jane Frances de Chantal (August 12), Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus (August 13), St. Maximilian Kolbe (August 14), St. John Eudes (August 19), St. Bernard (August 20), St. Pius X (August 21), the Queenship of Mary (August 22), St. Bartholomew (August 24), St. Louis of France (August 25), St. Monica (August 27), St. Augustine (August 28) and the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (August 29).

The feasts of St. Teresa Benedicta (August 9), St. Stephen of Hungary (August 16) and St. Rose of Lima (August 23) fall on a Sunday so they are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.

A Time to Persevere

As if to re-ignite us, the Church offers us in the plethora of August feasts vivid examples of the virtue of perseverance: six martyrs — two who are named in Canon I of the Mass and two who were martyred during World War II; seven founders of religious congregations, as well as three popes and two kings; the apostle, St. Bartholomew; the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine and St. Monica, his mother; the humble patron saint of parish priests, St. John Vianney, and the patron of deacons, St. Lawrence, who joked with his executioners while being roasted alive.

It is never too late to begin — as the life of the reformed sinner, St. Augustine teaches us — nor too difficult to begin again, as demonstrated by the conversion of the martyr, St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein). We present-day members of the Mystical Body are certain of the reward to which we are called, for Christ’s Transfigured body (August 6) is a preview of that glory. Moreover, in the Assumption of his Mother (August 15), Our Lord has demonstrated his fidelity to his promise. Her privilege is “the highest fruit of the Redemption” and “our consoling assurance of the coming of our final hope — the glorification which is Christ’s” .

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the most perfect example of Christian perseverance, but she is also our advocate in heaven where she is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth (August 22). Mary is the “Mother of Perpetual Help”, the patroness of the Congregation founded by St. Alphonsus Ligouri (August 1). “No one who has fled to her protection is left unaided” is the claim of the Memorarae of St. Bernard (August 20). Heretics have returned to the faith by the prayers of her Rosary, first preached by St. Dominic (August 8) in the twelfth Century, and hearts have been converted by the graces received while wearing her Miraculous Medal, promoted by St. Maximillian Kolbe (August 14) and adopted as the “badge” for the Pious Union he founded. Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope!

Students who need to work on their perseverance are urged to include the following prayer in their daily reflections:

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope!

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears!

Turn, then, O most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this,

our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray.



O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.




National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2017

In the next fortnight, NAPLAN reports will be sent home to parents of Year 7 and Year 9 who undertook the National Testing program in May this year.  At Bethany College, we firmly believe that solid literacy and numeracy skills form the basis of a sound education. The College has performed solidly in aspects of literacy and numeracy. We are proud of our students’ achievements and it is a tribute to the skills of our students and the dedication of our teaching staff and in the case of Year 7, to the teaching staff of the primary schools from which we draw. These results build upon the strong academic tradition at Bethany College and give us rich data on which to plan our teaching programs and target appropriate education plans.

We will continue to work on building the confidence and outcomes of our girls in Numeracy, an area that girls across the state generally underperform in comparison to males of their age group. Further, we continue to target Reading, the domain necessary to read and understand the many texts that the girls need to process across each Key Learning Area and Writing. Our Year 9 cohort will need further work and support in Reading and Numeracy. We will be working with all the students who have yet to reach the new HSC Minimum Standards (Band 8 in Reading, Writing and Numeracy). We are delighted that 75% of our Year 9 students have met the HSC standards whilst in Year 9! The 25% of students who need to work on all or some of the domains have three years whilst at school, with support, to reach these standards. We will contact these parents once we map out our local strategy. The following table shows a comparison of our school’s results compared with the State in the top and bottom two bands.


NAPLAN results 2017 % students in the top 2 bands % students in the bottom 2 bands
    Bethany State Bethany State
Year 7 Reading 31 31 7 16
  Writing 24 21 13 30
  Spelling 49 21 5 15
  Grammar & Punctuation 34 30 6 18
  Numeracy 33 35 4 14
Year 9 Reading 30 24 8 21
  Writing 38 18 7 35
  Spelling 38 31 4 19
  Grammar & Punctuation 33 25 10 24
  Numeracy 35 30 5 16


We are especially proud of the Student Growth Rates in Year 9 Reading and Numeracy (Writing was unavailable) which measure students’ growth from May 2015. The figures and very encouraging for us and inspire us to keep on track with our learning initiatives in those areas. Year 10 (2018) will continue to find itself targeted to assist in improving their Reading, Writing and Numeracy.

Year 9 Expected Growth Reading


Percentage of students


Less than expected growth


Greater than or equal to expected growth



Year 9 Expected Growth Numeracy


Percentage of students


Less than expected growth


Greater than or equal to expected growth




Year 7 Expected Growth Reading


Percentage of students


Less than expected growth


Greater than or equal to expected growth



Year 7 Expected Growth Numeracy


Percentage of students


Less than expected growth


Greater than or equal to expected growth



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 many chances 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. You can watch a short video that explains Year 9 NAPLAN results and the new online HSC minimum standard tests at www.educationstandards.nsw.edu.au


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


Art and Design Showcase

On Wednesday 16 August, we were treated a wonderful exhibition of student work in Visual Arts and the Key Learning Area of Technology and Applied Studies (TAS). HSC Major works in Visual Arts and Textiles and Design were on display for all to see before being shipped off to the examiners. The students’ work was of a high standard and I thank Mr McLean (Visual Arts) and Mrs Rowland (TAS) for leading these successful faculties in creating such innovative and creative work.

Parents were able to view Visual Arts and TAS major works in Years 9-10 Visual Arts, Textiles Technology, Food Technology, Information Software Technology, Design and Technology and also works of students in Years 7 and 8 Visual Arts and Technology Mandatory. One of the highlights of the evening was the fashion parade of garments made by our students from Year 7-11, opened by our Year 7 students modelling their pyjama creations. It was a fun night with the students having the enjoyment of their parents’ presence during the parade. Learning is fun and we certainly were witness to that last Wednesday night!




Australian Catholic Bishops Conference – Plebiscite on marriage information

Please find a media release included in this newsletter from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe, Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Commission for Education, responding to the same-sex marriage debate.  For more information on the Marriage Plebiscite vote please visit the ACBC website.



Our mantra:

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


From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • Monday 28/8: Extra Curricular Photos
  • Thursday 13/8: 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



On the last Friday of every month between 3pm and 9pm, there is a multicultural food market hosted in the car park of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church Peakhurst. In discussing this event with our students, this appears to be a popular place for young people to congregate and socialise with one another.  Please note that this is not an event run by OLF – this event is put on by a private company.

The college has become aware of incidents of risk taking behaviour by young people frequenting the markets and gathering in surrounding areas.  

Parents and carers are advised to reconsider whether they allow their children to attend the markets or actively supervise their children if they choose to allow them to attend.  

Should parents/carers be concerned about the safety and wellbeing of patrons at the Foodies markets, you are encouraged to call the Police – Hurstville Local Area on 9375 8599

Below are the numbers of other external agencies who can support parents/carers and students.

  • Parentline on 13 22 89 – a statewide telephone counselling service for parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years.

  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 – a free, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.


Movement to and from school

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students that it is our expectation, that students make their way to and from school in a direct manner. Students are not permitted to loiter around transport nodes, nor in shopping complexes while wearing their school uniform. If you require your daughter to enter shops on the way home, we ask that you provide her with a note that she can have signed by her year coordinator.



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

The Value of Relationships in Year 7

Together, we grow

We know at Bethany we ensure our girls grow in their learning, but how else do we ensure our girls grow? The core value in Year 7 is “RELATIONSHIPS”-  for obvious reasons. Girls come from all different primary schools with all different experiences. Making friends is not always easy, some girls settle in quickly and make solid friendships, while others take a little more time.

How do we help foster relationships in Year 7 at Bethany? Our CLE programmes in Terms 2 and 3 have focussed on healthy relationships 

and how to build relationships. We have discussed how to be a good friend, qualities of a friend, how to recognise real friends as opposed to “fair weather friends” or “frenemies”, conflict resolution for when things go wrong and “I’m an Expert”- sharing our talents and interests.


At Bethany we also offer lunch time activities to help girls with similar interests come together. Each Monday we have Art Connect, every Wednesday we have board games, there is a Year 7 book club for those who love to read, a social skills group every Wednesday B, Polyglots for lovers of foreign languages, the Bethany choir for our singing superstars, our Year 7 jazz troupe, Fitness Club every Wednesday morning, representative sport, homeroom activities….. phew!

Some tips:   

  • Keep talking to your daughter about school. Try open ended questions. For example, “What did you enjoy about school today?” Rather than “Did you have a good day?”
  • Ask who she hangs out with at recess and lunch
  • Encourage her to socialise with friends on the weekends and in the holidays  
  • Ask about CLE and what happened in the lesson
  • Encourage her to join the many, extra-curricular activities we offer as a way of meeting girls with similar interests



Mrs Rachael Colreavy and the Year 7 Team


What’s Been Happening in Religious Education and Mission

Father’s Day Mass

Our annual Father’s Day mass will be held on Thursday 31 August, 2017 in St Michael’s Parish Church at 7.30am. It is a fantastic time to celebrate our fathers and significant male role models in our lives and I would encourage all of our fathers and father figures to come and join our celebration.  

A light breakfast will be served in the Bethany College Staff Common Room immediately after mass.  Could you please respond to the Survey that was sent out last week so that we can cater accordingly.

We look forward to celebrating this special day with all of our fathers!


Year 11 Retreat

Our Year 11 Retreat was held in week 4 and was a huge success.  All of our Year 11 students attended at either Kiah Ridge, Tahmoor, Benedict XVI Centre, Grose Vale or Winbourne at Mulgoa. Each of the venues allows the girls a picturesque place to get away from all school work and assessments and just focus on themselves and their relationship with God.  

Many students were apprehensive at first, particularly as they had no idea what was involved in a three day retreat. They soon found out what a wonderful, fun and uplifting time it can be. The theme of our retreat was “I am the vine; you are the branches” and allowed the girls to focus on how they can develop the gifts that they have been given and use them to give back to others.  Many things can be achieved if we place our trust in God and allow him to work  in us.  The timing of retreat was particularly poignant, as our Year 11 students will very shortly be looking to vote for school leaders for 2018.  This retreat opportunity gave the girls some insight into the gifts and talents that many of their peers have and certainly would have given them time to discern about potential school leaders.  It was also an opportunity to get to know some girls that they might not have had too much to do with over the course of their schooling at Bethany.

Feedback from all our students was extremely positive and all the girls came back “buzzing” from their experience.  Many thought that waiting until May 2018 for the Year 12 Retreat was far too long!

I leave you with some photographs from the various retreats.










Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Pedagogy Report

During the July school holidays 340 students from Year 7 to 10 across Sydney metropolitan area attended the Learning Labs program at the University of Wollongong. Learning Labs is an academic enrichment program held at the university where students participate in learning workshops that cater to their particular interests.

The 3 students who represented Bethany College were:




“Let’s Get Physical”



“Legal Ethics: Does it exist? Do we need it?



“Musical Mathematics”


All students received a certificate of participation from the University. I’d like to especially thank Sarah and Alessia who shared their experiences at our wholes school assembly on Thursday 24th August. Their script features below.

Hey everyone. My name is Alessia and I am currently in year 9 and i’m Sarah Chapman and am in year 7. We were two of the very lucky students, who over the two week break, were chosen to participate in the Learning Labs Experience 2017. This workshop took place at the University of Wollongong. Basically, this program is designed for students attending either primary or secondary school to build on their knowledge and skills to help them prepare for higher education. We both got to choose a workshop from a wide variety of different types. These included ones that were based on different sciences as well as mathematics, drama and photography just to name a few. I chose the “Let’s get physical” Workshop which focused on the human body, how it reacts to different stimuli, how it produces movement and its structure. Over the two days, my group and I completed multiple experiments in the university lab such as measuring heart rate by using high tech equipment that i’d never seen before. We also got to enter an anatomy lab. For those of you who are squeamish and can’t look at anything dead, this probably isn’t for you. Inside the anatomy lab I got to inspect and handle different dead and preserved body parts also known as cadavers. If you don’t know what it looks like I don’t suggest googling it. All I’ll say is that it was amazing to be able to enter this lab as not even many university students get to use it. It was a real privilege.

I decided to choose the workshop “ Musical Mathematics”. This workshop focused on how mathematics is incorporated into music. Over the two days we conducted numerous activities with different types of music. We learnt the connection of musical scales and rhythms with the help of fractions through many hands on activities. We then used the knowledge to build our own pan flute which actually worked. This workshop is great for everyone as you don’t need any musical experience to do it! Throughout the workshop we learnt that fractions can be used to make music through water xylophone. In this activity we observed that the frequency in the glasses decreased in size the lower the pitch and increased in size the higher the pitch.Overall, this was a great workshop which I recommend you try.The overall experience for me was really enlightening as I learnt content that was two years above my year level. I really enjoyed the workshop I picked as I found this type of science really interesting and I got to meet many new people with different ideas and backgrounds. I l also enjoyed the subway, boost and the other pop up restaurants that we were able to access on the campus. I had two boosts over the two days and think that rounded up the experience nicely. So if you don’t go for the amazing workshops, go for food!

The overall experience for me was very educational although fun at the same time, whilst learning content also two years above my year level. I got to meet many new people , try new activities and get a taste of what university is like. I found the workshop very enjoyable as I like both maths and music and got to see how maths can be incorporated into music. Overall, I would highly recommend giving this program a try and will definitely be coming back next year. This experience was really helpful to us as it broadened our science and mathematical knowledge. I mean, after participating in that workshop, I knew loads more about the human body and how it worked. I really recommend this program and I will definitely be participating in it again next year.We’d also like to mention that Maxine Hakeem also participated, completing her work on Legal Ethics. We hope to see more people getting involved with this program as it really does benefit you in the long run and gives you a taste of what life after you’ve graduated high school can be like. Thank you for listening.


The next Learning Labs program will be released beginning of Term 4 for the January 2018 school holidays. If you believe your daughter would be interested in this opportunity, please send me an email at katherine.maish@syd.catholic.edu.au.

Finally, a number of students in the Newman stream Years 7-10 have been invited to participate in the Newman Showcase afternoon being held on Monday, 18 September, 4pm-5:30pm. I am hopeful that those invited will be able to attend with their families.


Katherine Maish

Leader of Pedagogy


Bayside Council Traffic and Pedestrian Management in Waratah Street

Cross Country National Championships – Hobart

Grace Elliot (Year 7) competed in the Cross Country Nationals in Hobart from 11th August- 14th August. Grace placed eighth in Australia in the Under 13s Girls 3km race. The NSW team won Gold as a team based on their individual performances. This placed Grace in the NSW relay team that competed the following day. Grace and her four other teammates won Gold in this event making them Under 13s Girls Australian Cross Country Relay Champions. These are exceptional results and we very proud of Grace and all of her achievements. Well done Grace!


Hairspray JR



7:30pm on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October, 2017

At Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Marana Auditorium

TICKETS: Adult $25 Child $20

BOOKINGS: www.tickethost.com.au

(Please search HAIRSPRAY JR to find Bethany College dates)

Get in fast! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr Skeen on 8566 0711

Game Training Roadshow

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, Bethany College was host to the Game Training Roadshow, which aims to teach students about the rich and rewarding world of making computer games and other interactive computer environments.

This is the first year that Information Software Technology has offered the workshop to our students and we had 30 9IST students attend and participate in the 3 hour workshop, involving both instruction and hands-on experience in using Unity 3D. These students now have the tools to begin creating their own computer games, worlds and utilising these materials and skills for their upcoming assessment.

I am incredibly appreciative of the efforts of the staff at Game Training for providing our school with such excellent training and resources and for helping to raise the profile of Information Software Technology within the student body.




Tess Napoli


Why Family Rituals Matter

Beanie Day

On Tuesday, 15 August, students were able to wear a beanie to school in return for a gold coin donation. This money was raised for the Sydney Neuro Oncology Group (SNOG), an organisation that provides brain cancer research, education, and support to patients. It was great to see students across all different year groups involved to support this cause. The result was fantastic, with $445 raised in support of this cause!


Nektaria R (Year 8)

Ignite Youth Group

On July 27, two young leaders from St Declan’s in Penshurst came to speak with the girls about the youth group called ‘Ignite Youth’ that they run on a fortnightly basis. They also promoted a program that they are running, called Alpha. The snacks that they brought with them to share with the girls were also a hit!

Girls and boys from a number of other local high schools attend this youth group. We also have a number of Bethany students who already attend and two who went last fortnight. I asked one of these students, Alexandra Keedle-Ortiz to answer some questions about her experiences of the evening in case there are any students who are keen to go but want to know a bit more about it.

The next gathering is this Friday, August 25th with the group for years 7-9 running from 6pm-8pm and the group for years 10-12 running from 7.30-10pm. The cost is $5 and this goes towards a light supper. So what are you waiting for? Go along for some fun, games, music and an opportunity to meet like minded people whilst sharing your faith.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at laura.mirabello@syd.
or call me during school hours on 8566 0711


Laura Mirabello

Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator


Interview with Alexandra Keedle-Ortiz (Y10)

  1. What made you want to attend the youth group?

As I regularly attend mass at St Declan’s parish, I’ve heard numerous announcements regarding youth group. Recently, St Declan’s parish promoted their youth group’s involvement in the ‘Alpha’ program, which enables participants to freely discuss the Catholic faith and ask any questions they may have. This sparked my interest as I was interested in gaining a fuller understanding of the faith, and I was therefore prompted to attend the next evening.


  1. Did you have any reservations about attending? If so, did these reservations disappear after attending and why?

I previously attended the junior youth group, which I highly enjoyed as I built close friendships with a few of the youth leaders. As I now have to attend senior youth group, I had some underlying nerves as I wasn’t sure if I would know anyone. These worries soon disappeared as a few friends I made from last year’s junior youth group attended and thus helped introduce me to their friends.


  1. In 3 words, describe your experience of the evening.

Youth group was an engaging, lively and enlightening evening.  


  1. What did you do there?

The senior youth group began with a pizza dinner along with the junior group whom had just concluded their own evening. This gave us a chance to converse with others from both senior and junior groups. Following dinner, we introduced ourselves and followed with some inclusive games and activities. After this, we then watched the second film from the ‘Alpha’ series regarding the surreal yet realistic nature of Jesus’ resurrection. We then concluded the night by discussing and asking any questions we had in regards to the film.


  1. In 3 words describe the people who ran it.

The youth group leaders exhibited energetic, passionate and welcoming attitudes.


  1. What was the best part of it?

The most worthwhile part of the evening was being able to meet new people as it provides the environment and opportunities to build friendships with like-minded individuals.


  1. Would you go again? Why or why not?

I would definitely go again as youth group was a fun-filled evening and provided an opportunity for me to meet people of the same age. Furthermore it helped develop my understanding of the Catholic faith as a whole.

Australian Catholic Youth Festival Formation Event

On Wednesday, 16 August, four Year 10 students attended the Australian Catholic Youth Forum at the SCS Eastern Region office. We, along with representatives from over 10 other Catholic high schools in the Eastern region, were provided insight into what the Australian Catholic Youth Festival would entail. The evening was focussed around “choosing your own adventure”, highlighting how the ACYF is an opportunity for like-minded students to explore their faith and engage in activities of their choice. We watched amazing performances by the band ‘Gus & Iggy’, who we were told would perform at the ACYF.

We also gathered in groups and discussed ways we could promote the event in our school community. Stay tuned for more information about these activities!

We would like to thank Mr Bernardo for accompanying us to the event. This formation event proved to be highly insightful, and we are truly looking forward to the festival at the end of the year!

Alana Jones, Louisa Leone, Cassandra Manning, and Ashley Farah





Laura Mirabello

Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator



St George Oztag Gala Day:

On 15 August, three teams represented the College in the St George Oztag Gala Day held at Scarborough Park. We had great success with all three teams on the day. The junior team were undefeated in all games and going into the semis and were overall champions defeating The Jannali High School 8-1 in the Grand Final. The Intermediate team were also undefeated going into the Semi Finals but unfortunately were beaten by GRC Peakhurst. The senior team were also undefeated all day and were also overall champions winning the grand final 6-0 against Kingsgrove High School. Well done to all girls involved in their efforts which were reflected in these fantastic results!



Year 10 Road Safety Excursion ‘bstreetsmart’:

On Wednesday, 16 August, Year 10 students attended the ‘bstreetsmart’ forum as part of their Road Safety unit. During the day students were able to observe first-hand a staged car accident which showcased to students the consequences of unsafe actions and clearly demonstrated the impact on all those involved. Students were also given the opportunity to further their knowledge about driving and road safety visiting a number of stalls set up by NSW Police; Emergency Services; L’TRENT Driving School and many more. The real life stories from those directly affected by road accidents were a highlight of the day for many students as they realised how easily accidents can happen and how greatly they can impact on a person’s life. Year 10 students enjoyed an educational, eye-opening and interactive excursion.

SCC Athletics:

Good luck to the following students who will be representing the College at the SCC Athletics Carnival on Friday 25th August at Homebush.


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

Kamilla Lazarades

Moya Denford

Josephine Doyle

Catelyn McKenzie

Bridget Cole

Claudia Allison

Annabel Stojanovska

Holly Stansfield

Cate Hochwallner


Representative Sports Update:

Junior Soccer- 5th

Intermediate Soccer- 5th

Junior Basketball- 5th

Intermediate Basketball- 2nd

Senior Basketball- 3rd

Senior Softball- 5th


Upcoming events:

SCC Athletics Friday, 25 August
Year 9 Wheelchair Basketball Tuesday & Wednesday 29/ 30 August
CGSSSA Dance Wednesday, 13 September
NSWCCC Athletics Friday, 15 Sept



Rochelle Bailey

PDHPE Teacher


Library News

Each year across Australia, the Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates the authors and illustrators who have contributed so much to quality Australian literature.

“Escape to Everywhere” the theme for Book Week 2017 invites readers to wonder about the world and those who live in it. It captures the notion of reading to escape and invites readers inside the minds of others to explore previously unknown people and places.

Copies of the shortlisted books are currently available for borrowing. 

Students are encouraged to visit the display in the Library and borrow or reserve these and many other exciting newly arrived books.


Lynda Fleming

Teacher Librarian


With Fathers’ Day coming up, Enlighten Education has shared the following article written by CEO Dannielle Miller.
The Daily Telegraph recently featured Danni’s OpEd piece on how fathers can best bond with their teen daughters. You may read here: http://www.perthnow.com.au/rendezview/the-right-way-for-dads-to-parent-teen-girls/news-story/260519c1a65fb45c631093b48efc3d7d
Women’s Agenda also just published Dannis’ top 10 tips for raising happy, confident girls. It’s a brilliant list and a great one to share with your parent community: https://womensagenda.com.au/life/top-10-tips-raising-happy-confident-teen-girls/
Happy reading!
Rob Gough
Year 9 Coordinator

Careers News

Macquarie University Presentation

We had a presentation by Macquarie University representatives on Tuesday 22 August. Information about courses, admission schemes, scholarships, facilities and overseas exchange programs was covered and the girls got an insight into what it would be like to study at Macquarie.



Invitation to the University Study Overseas Information Evening

University of Cambridge, Boston University, Yale-NUS, Princeton University, University of the Arts London,

St Andrew’s University , Education USA, Study in Canada

29 August. 4.00pm to 7.30pm

Kambala School, 794 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay

To provide to students and their parents a ‘one stop shop’ of representatives from a range of overseas institutions. This evening will commence with brief introductions and an overview of the various overseas university application processes. The rest of the evening will take place in an expo format where students and their parents will have time to speak with representatives about their post school options. Sessions are: Cambridge University and applying the UK; Applying to the USA – Education USA; an alumni/parent panel discussion. Book at:   



The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Year 12 Scholarships

Closes 1 September 

The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) offers a number of scholarships each year for Year 12 students who qualify for entry appropriate course at an AIQS accredited university in Australia. The scholarships are to the value of AU$3,000. For more info contact lkirby@aiqs.com.au


Apply here:



Graduate Outcomes – Is going to University worth it?

With the fees you’ll pay and extra time spent hitting the books, you’re probably wondering if uni is ‘worth it’. Will you get a job? How much will you earn? Read on to get the facts.



University of Western Sydney Early Offer Program 2018

Register now to receive information from Western Sydney University about our exciting, new early offer program.



WSU Design Career and Portfolio Day

1 September
Parramatta Campus

Our Design (Visual Communication) program is centred on studio-based practice that will provide you with skills and knowledge to communicate ideas and information across a wide range of visual media. Show us your original creative work and have an interview to determine your eligibility for an early offer to our Design degree. Contact: k.sandbach@westernsydney.edu.au  Phone: 0296854663



Don’t fear the university preference selection process

Logging into the website of your state’s tertiary admissions centre is peak of the uni preferences decision process. For some students it will be the culmination of years of hard work and careful subject selection at high school, others will be unsure right up until the moment they have the choices in front of them, while most will fall somewhere in between. Whatever your situation, selecting university preferences and potentially how you will spend the foreseeable future, is a chance to steer your life in any direction you choose. 



UNSW Co-op Program

Closes 30 September

All programs offer industry experience. There are now 24 programs available in the fields of Business, Science, Engineering and Built Environment. All Co-op scholars in Accounting and Business Management; Finance and Banking; Commerce Information Systems; and Marketing will enrol in a 4 year B.Com (Co-op) Degree. Co-op scholars completing their degree in the Business Information Systems and Actuarial Studies are also awarded four year degrees, the B. Information Systems (Co-op) Degree in Business Information Systems and the B. Actuarial Studies (Co-op) Degree. Co-op scholars undertaking Engineering, Science and Built Environment programs will enrol in the aligned existing undergraduate program at UNSW. If you successfully progress to the interview stage you will be invited to attend a Briefing Day and an Interview Day. You will be asked to accept your interview online.



Robertson Scholars Leadership Program– Study in the US

Closes 1 December

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program seeks to assist students who have demonstrated passion and potential to become great leaders in college and beyond.  The Program valued at up to $50,000 per annum provides full tuition, room and board. Robertson Scholars at UNC will receive an additional living stipend (to cover travel, books, etc). In addition, support is provided for three summers of service, research and travel. Value $200,000.




Macquarie Entry Navigator

The navigator looks at your academic results in relevant HSC subjects to your engagement in your local community, previous study or work experience – and everything in between. You’ll be able to compare all of our entry programs and work out which ones suit you best and you’ll quickly discover you have more options open to you than you first thought.




 New York Film Academy Open Days – Film Making, Acting, Screenwriting

29 July. 10.00am to 12.00pm

19 August

9 September

21 October

Sydney:  19 Greek St, Glebe. 02 8964 9321. RSVP at: rsvpsydney@nyfa.edu

Gold Coast: Southport Central Towers, Central 2E, 5 Lawson Street, Southport . 07 5585 9722. RSVP at: rsvpgc@nyfa.edu



JMC Academy – Scholarship Applications For 2018 Are Now Open

Closes 15 December

JMC Academy offers up to 8 Academic Undergraduate Scholarships in each campus, covering one year of tuition fees for any of JMC Academy’s eight bachelor degrees. Ph: 1300 410311



NIDA School Holiday Programs

NIDA offers introductory through to advanced courses during the school holidays in a variety of disciplines including drama, acting on screen, music theatre, singing & acting, public speaking and more.





NSW Police Force Application Process


  1. Exam:

Candidates can undertake the NSW Police Entrance exam before submitting an application to the NSW Police Force. This option gives candidates the opportunity to complete one of the mandatory recruitment elements and be a step ahead once they lodge their application.  

  1. Application:

When you successfully complete the University Certificate in Workforce Essentials you may lodge your online NSW Police (Professional Suitability) Application.  The application is accessed via the Jobs.NSW web site.

  1. Background Check:

The Police Recruitment Branch undertakes background checks for all applicants seeking employment with the NSW Police Force as a police officer.  Background checks are part of the professional suitability process.

  1. Physical and Medical Check:

As a police recruit applicant you will be required to undertake a number of physical tests to determine your ability to perform the physical demands inherent to operational policing.

5. Interview


Paramedic Traineeships

There are three training pathways to becoming a paramedic with NSW Ambulance. See which one you want to try.

  • Trainee Paramedic (Vocational Entry pathway).
  • Trainee Paramedic (Graduate) pathway
  • Qualified Paramedic pathway


Gap Year Tips 



Au Pair in America Information Session. Get paid to work with children in the USA.

23 August. 6.00pm

20 September. 6.00pm

AIFS Office 10 – 14 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

10 – 14 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

We currently have many placements available for Australians to join our program. Spend a year in the USA where you can become more than just a tourist. We offer free return flights* (conditions apply), medical insurance, 24/7 support . For all of the conditions and details call 1300 889 067 to speak to our Sydney office. Visit :




National History Challenge

Closes 25 August

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots.



TSFX HSC Exam/Study Advice for English Advanced and Standard



TSFX HSC Exam/Study Advice for Mathematics



TSFX HSC Exam/Study Advice for Mathematics General



Careers with Maths Stories



Looking at Growth Industries

The Department of Employment has projected industry growth over the period to 2019, with Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Professional, Technical and Scientific in the top three.



Financial Assistance for Regional Students Moving Away from Home

If you are living in a regional or rural area and need to move away from home to study next year you are probably feeling anxious about the big move. While metropolitan students are usually able to stay at home until they find their feet, many country students are forced out of their comfort zone as they try to adjust to the student lifestyle, living in a city and the new responsibilities and expenses of living away from home.



Voiceworks Submissions

Voiceworks is a national, quarterly literary journal, featuring exciting new fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual art and comics by Australians under the age of 25. Payment of $100 to $150.

Fiction, poetry and nonfiction submissions due  25 June.

Comics , Art works due 23 July




Closes early October 2017

Part of Flickerfest. Australian Youth & Schools Competition – open to films from students enrolled in primary or secondary schools in Australia, or individuals under 18. (This competition will be divided into 2 sections: one for primary age and one for secondary age students) films under 35mins.



The ATOM Photo Competition 2017

 Closes 1 September

The ATOM Photo Competition provides School Students with the opportunity to submit a set of three (3) photographs on the theme ‘My Backyard’ and win fantastic photographic prizes.


Elizabeth Vrahnos

Leader of Vocational Learning