Volume 13 - 21 Aug 2015


What’s Been Happening in Religious Education and Mission

Year 11 Retreat

The theme of the Year 11 Retreat was “I will be with you always”. Students participated in large and small group activities focusing on their identity and their relationship with God. They also prepared and celebrated a liturgy on the theme. Thank you to Mr Culleton and Mr Currao who were the leaders at the other two venues and to Ms Sukkar, Ms Rothwell, Mr Martin, Ms Brennan, Ms Cox, Mrs Venuto, Mr Gianni, Ms Stratilas, Mrs Sullivan, Mrs Rowland, Mrs Lipari and Ms Ribeiro for facilitating the retreat.

Here are some of the student response to the question, Over the days of the retreat I learnt……

  • That how I am living and what I am doing is alright.
  • I need to take time out to reflect on the direction of my life.
  • to enjoy the free time.
  • that it is OK to be me.
  • that I need to be more positive.
  • that we all keep things hidden but that I have to trust to let go of my mask.


Year 12 Prayer Families

Thank you to all those families who have ‘spiritually adopted’ a Year 12 students to pray for them during their final weeks of Year 12 and during their HSC examinations.


St Vincent de Paul Brekky Van

Thank you to the generous Vinnies Conference members who sold over 800 heart lollypops to raise funds for Brekky Van. Over $400.00 was raised to purchase supplies for Brekky Van on Saturday 22 August when Bethany College will serve breakfast to those in need at Surry Hills.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 3

  • Friday 28 August: P&F Fundraiser- Movie night
  • 3 September- Father’s Day Mass
  • 7-14 September: Year 11 Assessment Block
  • 16 September: Year 12 Graduation Mass and Dinner
  • 18 September: Term 3 concludes
  • Wednesday 7 October:  School resumes – Term 4




BRAINFrom Wikipedia…

“ memory is the process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved “

  • Encoding or registration: receiving, processing and combining of received information
  • Storage: creation of a permanent record of the encoded information
  • Retrieval, recall or recollection: calling back the stored information in response to some cue for use in a process or activity






Top Tips for Moving Information into Long Term Memory

The following are some tips which may help students to move information from short to long term memory.


  1. BE ENGAGED: If you are interested in what you are learning you are more likely to remember it.  Ask questions, pre-read information, make summaries and follow up on things you don’t understand.


  1. USE REPETITION: Repetition is key to transferring information from short term to long term memory. The more often you practice a technique, or revise your information the better it will transfer to long term memory.


  1. RECORD INFO: Don’t just write down everything your teacher says, or copy straight from a textbook or the Internet.  Think about what is being communicated and create notes that are accurate, meaningful to you and build connections.  Mind maps are a helpful tool for this.


  1. ORGANISE INFO: When you are studying for a topic, make sure you organise the information into small, distinct chunks.


  1. VISUALISE INFO: Build a mental picture of what you are trying to remember, like the parts of a plant or a battle in history.


  1. BUILD ASSOCIATIONS: This might mean developing some kind of sensory cue which enables you to remember information such as smell or sound. Try turning your notes into a song or poem.


  1. SHAKE THINGS UP: Write in a crazy font, use lots of colours, use your left hand to write instead of your right…anything that makes your brain have to engage more actively with what it is you are trying to learn.


  1. FUEL YOUR BRAIN: If you want your brain to work well for you, you also need to work well for your brain. Eating foods rich in Omega 3 and essential fatty acids (such as fish, nuts, legumes and leafy green vegetables) will help your brain to function optimally.  Drink lots of water so that your brain doesn’t dehydrate.  Keep away from too much caffeine which may impair brain function.



  1. REST YOUR BRAIN: Getting fresh air and exercise helps your brain to process information, as does sleep. Most students need 8-10 hours of sleep a night. The last stage of memory consolidation takes place while you are sleeping so ensure you get enough sleep each night.





Jacinta Russo

Assistant Princpal


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:


pic1Hail, 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.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

R. 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.


Understanding our Parents Research

With demand for placsurvey 1es in our Catholic schools at an all-time high, CEO Sydney is keen to better understand what you expect and want from your Catholic school. Our Executive Director, Dan White, is keen to hear from as many parents as possible from Kindy to Year 12. Your contribution to this important survey will ensure that Sydney Catholic Schools continues to ‘raise the bar’ in any ever-changing education environment. Simply go to www.ceosyd.catholic.edu.au and have your say today.





Local Traffic and Observances around Bethany College


stopYou are all aware of the traffic congestion around our educational precinct. I recently read about the issues facing Hurstville Public School and the problems being caused by parents and carers who refuse to obey the local traffic measures.

I write to you today to remind all parents that the St Michael’s Church driveway IS NOT A DESIGNATED DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP AREA for our students. I am so disappointed that some of our parents have challenged staff from the parish and the primary school about this matter. This area is parish area; not ours. Unequivocally, our girls are not to be dropped off or picked up from the Parish driveway area. Let me reiterate our traffic congestion and safety measures:


  • Drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon is in WARATAH STREET only. The best time for drop off that avoids the primary school rush is from 8 to 8:15am.
  • You could even consider a drop-off/pick-up spot in Botany Street where the girls can easily cross at the lights.

I have asked the parish staff and teachers from St Mary’s to take down licence plates of parents who are breaching our shared understanding of local traffic zones. If needs be, I will take steps to put in measures with our students themselves that will prevent them leaving or arriving from the front of the College.

I appreciate that there is inconvenience at times but it is better to run a little late than to cause the kind of congestion that will result in student injuries or fatalities.




National Assessment Program- Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2015

naplanIn 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. The following table shows a comparison of our school’s results compared with the State in the top and bottom two bands.



NAPLAN results 2015 % students in the top 2 bands % students in the bottom 2 bands
Bethany State Bethany State
Year 7 Reading 32 32 5 16
Writing 28 19 7 32
Spelling 60 40 1 15
Grammar & Punctuation 43 34 6 18
Numeracy 32 29 7 18
Year 9 Reading  35 25 12 25
Writing 18 14 18 40
Spelling 32 28 5 19
Grammar & Punctuation 22 19 16 32
Numeracy 33 29 7 17


We are especially proud of the improvement to our Student Growth Rates in Year 9 Reading, Writing and Numeracy which measure students’ growth from May 2013. The figures and very encouraging for us and inspire us to keep on track with our learning initiatives in those areas. Year 10 (2016) will continue to find itself targeted to assist in improving Writing responses. Our figures this year in Writing have seen a marked improvement as a result of a targeted writing program in HSIE and RE and other KLAs across the College. Whilst the program has generated much additional marking on the part of teaching staff, it has yielded a marked improvement in student writing.


Year 9 Expected Growth – Reading

Growth Percentage of students 2015 Percentage of students 2014 Percentage of students 2013
Less than expected growth 29.4% 27.4% 34.8%
Greater than or equal to expected growth 70.6% 72.6% 65.2%



Year 9 Expected Growth – Writing  
Growth Percentage of students 2015 Percentage of students 2014 Percentage of students 2013
Less than expected growth 35.6% 42.4%



Greater than or equal to expected growth 64.4% 57.6%





Year 9 Expected Growth – Numeracy  
Growth Percentage of students 2015 Percentage of students 2014 Percentage of students 2013
Less than expected growth 17.7% 16.7%



Greater than or equal to expected growth 82.3% 83.3%





Art and Design Showcase

On Wednesday 12 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. Our special VIP guest, Nina Cuava, who owns a jewellery studio at the top of the Strand Arcade, gave our students great advice on working hard and pursuing their design dreams. 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!




Sydney Catholic Colleges (SCC) Athletics

For the first time in many, many years, Bethany was victorious in being ranked as the First Overall School in SCC Athletics. The students who participated have given their all for their school and recorded some wonderful personal bests. The entire team will be credited elsewhere for their achievements but pictured here is our Sports Captain, Jade Hennessy with the winning trophy and our three Age Champions, from left to right, Kelly Wilson (Year 9), Grace Robinson (Year 11) and Eva Kostopoulos (Year 7).





Our mantra:

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

Student Seminars

Free HSC Seminars
Marrickville Library and History are running free seminars to help you prepare for upcoming exams. The Library is dedicated to supporting HSC students and encourages you to make the most of our seminars so your school years are finished successfully. More information about these seminars is available on the Marrickville Library website. Bookings are essential.
Book online at www.marrickvillelibrary.eventbrite.com.au or call 9335 2173.

English – Discovery
This two-hour seminar is centred around the HSC English exam and will equip you with the vital skills necessary to maximise performance. It will focus on the theme of Discovery and how it can be related to chosen texts.
Tuesday 1 September
Marrickville Library

Mathematics – General 2 Course
For this hands-on session, you will need to bring writing material as well as a Board of Studies approved calculator. The two-hour seminar is broken up into the different topics of the General Mathematics 2 Course and will tackle past HSC exam questions as well as providing a course overview.
Wednesday 2 September
Marrickville Library

Ancient History
Providing an overview of core unit ‘Pompeii and Herculaneum’, this two-hour session will also cover past HSC questions. You will also have access to valuable resources and learn skills associated to essay writing so you’re ready for the HSC Ancient History exam.
Thursday 3 September
Dulwich Hill Library

Reserved HSC study space
Marrickville Library wants you to ace the HSC and believe that the comfort, quiet (and the WiFi) at the Library is perfect for study. So, we have reserved table space in the area near our school resource collection for your study sessions at the following times:
Monday to Friday between 11am -1pm and 3.30pm-6pm (until 5 November)

Additionally, if you need a quiet room for group study, library staff can also book you into the library community room or the Marrickville Town Hall ground floor meeting room for free.

Watch The Spectacular Now…or study? Why not both.

Marrickville Library has a wide range of free school resources that can be borrowed for three weeks. And, you can borrow up to 30 items. Our school resources include HSC subject study guides, past exam questions and more. If you can’t find what you’re after, ask staff for help. It could be a good idea to balance your study resources with some lighter material every now and then, so your brain can have a break. Perhaps watch something like The Fault in our Stars or The Spectacular Now – which, are both in our DVD collection.

 Homework Help

Do you need a hand with school work or assignments? Then come to drop-in tutor sessions run by AceTute, a professional tutoring company. Sessions are free and no bookings are needed. Homework Help runs during school term dates.
Mondays at Marrickville Library

– High School English: 4pm-6pm

Tuesdays at Marrickville Library

– High School Maths: 4pm-6pm

Wednesdays at Marrickville Library

– High School Science: 4pm-6pm

Thursdays at Stanmore Library

– Primary School: 3.30pm-5.30pm
Adult supervision is required for primary school students 10 years and under at the Stanmore Library session.


Universities Adminissions Centre (UAC) News and Open Days – (see attachment below)

Please find attached below a copy of the UAC News July 2015.  This also contains information regarding EAS, SRS and Equity Scholarships, as well as a list of a large number of Open Days.   Also attached below is the insert which includes information for Year 12 students regarding applying through UAC.  All students and parents are encouraged to read this.

Charles Sturt University Information Evening for Parents and Students

24th Aug 2015 Time : 6.00pm Venue : Parramatta RSL Club
Contact : Judy Walsh : infoevents@csu.edu.au / 02 6338 6010
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

Charles Sturt University Information Evening for Parents and Students

Date : 25th Aug 2015 Time : 6.00pm
Venue : Chatswood Club Cost : FREE
Contact : Judy Walsh : infoevents@csu.edu.au / 02 6338 6010
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

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
BMIHMS would like to invite students, parents and career advisers to experience our unique culture. This August, our Leura Campus will be open to the public and is the best time to see us in action! If BMIHMS can provide any further material please don’t hesitate to contact us.
RSVP required to josh.wood@bluemountains.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
Come along to our Glebe Campus Open Day to find out how students can complete a Diploma of Business or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in just one year. Campus tours and information seminars are run throughout the day, meet current and past students, speak to teachers about the courses and check out our facilities.

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
Experience life at Notre Dame, whilst enjoying food, activities, workshops, games and live entertainment.

Excelsia College Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015 Time : 10am – 3pm
Venue : 69-71 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113 (NEW CAMPUS)
Cost : FREE Contact : Sarah Moran : sarah.moran@excelsia.edu.au / 02 9819 8824
Visit our NEW campus in Macquarie Park for Open Day 2015!
Equipped with our purpose-built library, student centre, teaching, counselling, auditorium and performance spaces, join us and experience our welcoming community.
Free Food. Live Music. Activities. Course information and tours.
Register at http://openday.excelsia.edu.au/

Sydney TAFE Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015 Time : 9am Venue : Ultimo College
Cost : FREE Contact : Claire O’Connell : claire.oconnell6@tafensw.edu.au

JMC Academy Open Day

Date : 29th Aug 2015 Time : 10:30-2:30
Venue : 561 Harris St, Ultimo, 2007 Cost : FREE
Contact : Emma Cruz : sydney@jmc.edu.au
Are you still undecided about how you want to spend the next one to two years of your study time? Do you want a preview of what your years after school might hold? Then this is your opportunity to get to know JMC Academy.
Music, Audio, Animation, Game Design, Film and Television, Digital Design (Sydney only) and Entertainment Business Management departments. You’ll also be able to view student work, listen to bands, view student films and even see live audio and film production in action.

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 Full details are available on our website; a full list of eligible courses for 2016 will be available in August.

Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo

Date : 1st Sep 2015 Time : 4pm – 9pm
Venue : Exhibition Marquee Penrith Panthers Cost : FREE
Contact : Debbie Robertson : deborah.m.robertson@tafensw.edu.au/92089575
The timing of the expo (4pm to 9pm) has proven a hit with families over the years as it allows parents to attend with their children and have those all-important career chats with industry experts.
An early bird session is made available (4 to 5.30pm) for equity groups, young people who have special needs or a disability. Some may just be a little shy and may need a more in depth chat that is unlikely to be possible later in the evening. The expo kicks off the recruitment process


Date : 3rd Sep 2015
Time : 4PM – 6PM
Cost : FREE
Contact : Olesya Bobrik : OBobrik@Holmes.edu.au
How to Present your Fashion Folio:
Learn how to present your HSC artwork or high school Textile & Design projects to their best advantage in a professional portfolio format. Organise your fashion drawings and other creative works in the most visually exciting way possible.
Other topics covered include: BFB entry kit requirements, fashion portfolio formats, mood boards, graphics and layouts, work page flow, selection and editing techniques.
Secure your spot now!
02 9299 1400

UnitingCare Institute of Family Practice Information Session

Date : 3rd Sep 2015 Time : 10.30am + 6.00pm
Venue : Lvl 4, 146 Marsden Street, Parramatta Cost : FREE
Contact : Melissa : info@ifp.nsw.edu.au / 02 8830 0755
You are invited to join us on Thursday 3 September 2015 for IFP’s upcoming information session. Here you will have the opportunity to explore all the qualification courses we have on offer and determine which course will assist you in achieving your career goals.
We’ll take you through each of the courses we have available, the flexible study options, and potential career paths as well as outlining how studying with IFP is different to other training institutes.

*Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
Courses to be presented:
Certificate IV in Community Services Work (CHC40708)
Diploma of Counselling (CHC51712)
Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution(CHC80308)
Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling (CHC80208)
Certificate III in Disability (CHC30408)
Certificate III in Aged Care (CHC30212)

UNSW Art & Design Open Day

Date : 5th Sep 2015 Time : 9:00am-4:00pm
Venue : UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
Cost : FREE Contact : Damien Nedeljkovic : d.nedeljkovic@unsw.edu.au
On Saturday 5 September discover how UNSW Art & Design can support you to realise your creative and professional potential.
Register for Open Day at UNSW Art & Design Paddington Campus https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/unsw-open-day-2015-paddington-campus-tickets-17774771821
Register for Open Day at UNSW Kensington campus http://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/open-day

JMC Academy Information Session

Date : 9th Sep 2015 Time : From 6pm Venue : 561 Harris St, Ultimo, 2007
Cost : FREE Contact : Emma Cruz : sydney@jmc.edu.au
Led by our experienced team, the information sessions this September and October will give you personalised advice and guidance to help you plan your future in the creative industries.

Different to our open day, this smaller forum for students and parents will give you the opportunity to ask lots of questions and will help you gain deeper insight into our courses, career outcomes, industry trends, fee-help and application process.

Bedford College Norwest Campus Open Day

Date : 12th Sep 2015 Time : 9:30am-1pm
Venue : 2 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills NSW 2513 Cost : FREE
Contact : Erin Coulter : 1300 174 174 or erin@bedford.edu.au
Come along to our Norwest Campus Open Day to find out how students can complete a Diploma of Business or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in just one year. Campus tours and information seminars are run throughout the day, meet current and past students, speak to teachers about the courses and check out our facilities.

ACU Strathfield Open Day

Date : 12th Sep 2015 Time : 8.30am – 4.00pm Venue : ACU Strathfield Campus
Cost : FREE Contact : Kelly Wiblin : futurestudy.syd@acu.edu.au / 02 9739 2408
ACU’s Open Day is a fantastic opportunity to find out what the Uni has to offer. The event is free and there will be live entertainment, a barbeque, sample bags and more! With campus tours, information sessions and a chance to chat to academic staff and current students, Open Day is the perfect way to learn more about ACU courses and discover what uni life is all about at ACU.

The Hotel School Sydney Open Day

Date : 12th Sep 2015 Time : 09:00am to 1:00pm Venue : The Hotel School Sydney
Cost : FREE Contact : Carlos Reis : hotelschool@scu.edu.au
The Hotel School Sydney (THSS) opens its doors to students, families and friends for their annual OPEN DAY Saturday 12 September 2015.
Held at our Teaching and Learning campus at 60 Phillip St Sydney with the focus on providing information on our Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management degree program, our facilities and application and enrolment details.
OPEN DAY 2015 will bring lecturers, current and graduated students together to discuss the degree with potential and interested students and parents along with answering questions associated with studying at THSS.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Information Evening

Date : 17th Sep 2015 Time : 6pm to 8pm Venue : All AIE Campuses
Cost : FREE Contact : Simon Freeman : simonf@aie.edu.au
Launch your career into games and film by coming along to one of our Information Evenings.

During the Information Sessions, teachers will be conducting seminars covering the range of courses offered at AIE. If you’re serious about pursuing a career in games or film then our Advanced Diploma and Bachelor programs are the way to go.

We’re also taking applications for our range of short courses in 3D animation, game programming and game design. These certificate courses run on campus during evenings as well as online and are a great starting point.

To find out more about our courses, have a chat to our teachers and check out the latest student work, come along to the Information Evening!

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Ms Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Memorial Mass for the Unborn

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will celebrate the annual Memorial Mass for the Unborn on Friday 11 September at 7.00pm at St Mary’s Cathedral. The Mass will be offered in commemoration of the lives lost to abortion and in solidarity with the women and men who grieve this profound loss. During the Mass 82 candles will be bought forward to represent the 82 lives lost to abortion each day in NSW. All are invited to attend.

Enquiries: Life, Marriage and Family Centre, 9307 8404 or LMFevents@sydneycatholic.org.


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Library News

As students approach their final HSC exams there are many resources at their disposal, both at the Bethany Library and their local Municipal libraries. The Closed Reserve section at Bethany has books and study guides available for use in the Library and strict overnight loan. Rockdale and Hurstville libraries also have such resources available. However, many people forget the wonderful resources available at both State and National levels at the Library of NSW and the National Library.

The State Library of NSW has some wonderful study guides available at http://guides.sl.nsw.gov.au/

They have added icons next to each resource so you know where you can use them. You will need to sign up for a Library card to use many of the resources.


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You can find the HSC Info area on Lower Ground 1 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. This is where you’ll find some HSC resources such as study guides. They also have resources in the other areas of the Library including stack storage. Ask the friendly staff if you need help finding any of the resources. You can sign up for a card online at http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/system/forms/selfreg.html or by visiting the Library (The building is situated between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House on Macquarie Street, Sydney).






The National Library might be situated in Canberra but you can access their resources from anywhere once you are a member. To be eligible for a standard library card you must live in Australia and supply an Australian residential address. You can apply online at: https://www.nla.gov.au/getalibrarycard/registration

The National Library provides access to over 300 online databases, offering students valuable sources of information that enhance their printed collections. These are all available through their one stop eResources portal at http://www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources/

The services include full text newspapers and journals, indexing and abstracting services and ebooks. They provide access to both current and historical content in a diverse range of subject areas including history, genealogy, literature, geography, health, biography, law and government publications.

Many eResources are available in full text, and many are available offsite to registered users of the National Library.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled and ears open for the announcement of the of the Children’s Book Council Book Week winners. Prize winning books and various competitions will be available in the Bethany Library for this year’s theme of “Books Light up our World”. Winners will be announced on Saturday 22 August!

Keep reading.


Mrs Pentland

Teacher Librarian



I’ve always had a determination to perfect whatever I am doing.  If I can’t do something, I work on it until I  figure it out.

– Stephanie Gilmore





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St George Oztag

Tuesday 11 August saw Bethany College participate in the St George OZTAG Gala Day. The event involves over 15 schools across the region in three different age divisions; Junior, Intermediate, and Senior. Bethany College had four teams entered on the day with all teams successful in making the semi-finals. After the conclusion of the semi-finals, two teams had progressed to the Grand Finals with the senior team to verse Oatley Senior Campus and the junior team to verse Peakhurst High. The Grand Finals produced close matches with Bethany College going down on the bell 4-3 in the senior’s game and the juniors coming from behind to win 3-2. An outstanding effort from all teams and thank you to the coaching staff of Mr Guthrie, Mr Staples and Ms Summons.



Lauren Brennan

PDHPE Teacher