Volume 14 - 09 Sep 2016




Canonisation of Mother Teresa

Elevating the “saint of the gutters” to one of the Catholic Church’s highest honours, Pope Francis on Sunday praised Mother Teresa for her radical dedication to society’s outcasts and her courage in shaming world leaders for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created.” An estimated 120,000 people filled St. Peter’s Square for the canonization ceremony. It was the highlight of Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis has been dedicated to ministering to society’s most marginal, from prostitutes to prisoners, refugees to the homeless. In that way, while the canonization of “St. Teresa of Kolkata” was a celebration of her life and work, it was also something of an affirmation of Francis’ own papal priorities, which have earned him praise and criticism alike. “Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer,” Pope Francis said in his homily.

Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910, Teresa came to India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order. In 1946, she received what she described as a “call within a call” to found a new order dedicated to caring for the most unloved and unwanted, the “poorest of the poor” in the slums of her adopted city, Kolkata. The Missionaries of Charity order went on to become one of the most well-known in the world, with more than 4,000 sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed white saris doing as Teresa instructed: “small things with great love.” For Pope Francis, Teresa put into action his ideal of the church as a “field hospital” for those suffering both material and spiritual poverty, living on the physical and existential peripheries of society.

Prayer for St Teresa of Calcutta

Jesus, you made Mother Teresa an example

of humility, charity and selflessness.

She taught us that every human life

has value and dignity.

May we follow her in heeding

Your cry of thirst from the cross,

and in loving the poorest of the poor. 

Grant us, by her intercession,

and according to Your will,

the graces we implore…,

knowing that she will soon be

numbered among Your saints.

We ask this in Your name, 

through the intercession of Mary, 

Your Mother and the Mother of us all. Amen.




Archbishop’s Award for Student Excellence

On Thursday 8 September 2016, Mrs Kennaugh, Miss Sukkar and some student representatives were present at St Mary’s Cathedral Hall to see our nominee for this prestigious award, Jacinta Walz, receive her award from Archbishop Anthony Fisher. We are so very proud of Jacinta and her work within her parish community at Penshurst. Her citation read as follows:

Jacinta is an outstanding candidate who gives witness to Gospel values in all she does. She is passionate about and participates in all social justice activities at school and takes a leadership role in our St. Vincent de Paul Chapter. As Liturgy Prefect, she assists with all liturgies and speaks with homerooms encouraging participation in prayer and worship. At St Declan’s Parish, Penshurst, she is regularly rostered as a reader and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She leads youth groups, assists in parish functions, and plays piano once a month at Mass. Jacinta is a young woman of strong faith and deep commitment.


Staff Changes Term 4

  • Ms Rebecca LeMay, our English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) teacher is leaving the College at the end of Term 3. We will miss the support and dedication she has given to our EAL/D students and thank her for her countless hours of work in this area. For Term 4, she will be replaced by Ms Kahlie Taouk, until a permanent replacement can be made for 2017.
  • We wish Mrs Adrianna Coleman, Mrs Betty Janev and Ms Marilee Mai all the very best as they commence their period of maternity leave. These bubs are all due around the same time and we wish them well for a safe delivery . In Term 4, Mrs Coleman’s classes will be taken over by her job-share partner, Mrs Kalaitzis. Mrs Janev’s classes will be taken by Mrs Hannah Poole and Ms Mai’s classes will be taken over by her job-share partner, Mrs Lambert.
  • We also warmly thank Miss Lara Grimm who so ably took on the role of Year 10 Coordinator in Miss Robinson’s absence.
  • We thank Mrs Lynne Taylor who took over Miss Robinson’s teaching role in such a seamless fashion.


Our mantra:

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

From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 3

  • Monday 19/9: Last full school day for Year 12
  • Wednesday 21/9: Year 12 Graduation Mass and dinner. From 5.00p.m. 
  • Thursday 22/9: Last day of Term 3- Students finish at 12.30, after Period 4.  No Recreational Sport
  • Friday 23/9: Pupil Free Day/Staff Development Day


Important dates for Term 4

  •  Monday, 10 October 2016 – Term 4 commences
  • Thursday, 14 October – Friday, 4 November 2016 – HSC exams
  • Tuesday, 13 December 2016 – Semester 2 Awards Ceremony
  • Wednesday, 14 December 2016 – Last day of classes for students; dismissal at 12.30
  • Thursday, 15 December 2016 – Years 9-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. Pupil Free day
  • Friday, 16 December 2016 – Staff Development Day – no students
  • Monday, 19 December 2016 – Staff Development Day – no students
  • Tuesday, 20 December 2016 – Staff Development Day – no students

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

Sr Jean Marie

It was with great sadness that we learnt last week of the death of Sr Jean Marie Brennan, rsc.  Sr Jean Marie was the last religious principal at Bethany (former St Mary’s).  Her funeral was a great testament to the wonderful woman that she was. Many past students, family and friends attended and farewelled a wonderful lady.  She was selfless and energetic, had a great compassion for and understanding of people and was extremely generous with her time and outreach.  Having had much to do with Sr Jean Marie in her time at the Liverpool parish, I can honestly say, she was quite remarkable and will be very much missed by all who knew her..  

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Canonisation of St Teresa

We were also very fortunate to have been witnesses to the canonisation of a wonderful lady – St Teresa.  For the majority of us, we were able to witness and hear stories of the work that this one lady did, day in and day out.  We lived in the time while she was doing her work for God.  This is quite extraordinary and goes a long way to show us that saints are still well and truly in the making in our own time.  It clearly shows that God is very relevant in our time and the charitable works of Christians are still very much needed.  St Teresa worked with the poorest of the poor in India and showed great love and compassion to everyone of those that she worked with.  Not only did she actively assist the poor to make their world a better place, but she also challenged world leaders to do more too.  She knew that we all have a responsibility to ensure that those on the fringes of society are drawn in and supported.  Just as Jesus always looked for the outcasts and extended love to them, St Teresa lived this everyday.  She is an inspiration to all of us to live out our Christian lives filled with love,  compassion and mercy for all those that we encounter during our lives.


Prayer Families

Our Year 12 students were very fortunate to have received a visit from the Family Educators who are attached to our feeder primary schools.  The students from the primary schools have been praying for our Year 12 students and gave them a small gift to show them that during this time of preparation for their HSC exams, prayers and well wishes are being offered.  The power of prayer is a wonderful thing and every prayer that is offered for our students can only be of benefit to them.
It is a lovely initiative and is one that our Family Educators have been undertaking for a number of years.  I am sure that from looking at the photos, you will see that our students were very touched and really appreciated the prayers that are being offered for them.
If you have a moment of quiet over the next couple of weeks, I would encourage you to keep our Year 12 students in your prayers as they prepare for their final examinations.

Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Year 10 IST Excursion

On 24 August, Year 10 IST attended several computer programming workshops at the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo. Students spent most of the excursion developing their skills in the Thinkspace centre, where they were led by Curtis, the friendly and adept instructor for the day.

The first workshop was Programming in Python where students manipulated objects such as blocks in Minecraft to augment gameplay using Python coding language. Students explored the jargon of coding to create towers and teleport avatars via a few lines of code. They also learned techniques such as looping and writing comments alongside the codes to organise the language without interference of the commands.

The second workshop explored by the class was the Electronic Technologies workshop where students combined their knowledge of electronics and programming to control ThinkerShield microcontrollers – these consisted of LED lights, a buzzer and buttons which performed functions after certain instructions were enlisted. These ThinkerShield microcontrollers were programmed using the Arduino coding language to display unique light patterns and play custom sounds from the buzzer.

The final workshop attended by Year 10 IST was the Rapid Design Lab where the class could explore their creativity and create stickers using cutter printers and compatible software to express their interests and personality.

A sincere thank you to Miss Boutros on behalf of the IST class for setting up and organising the outing to the Museum – our skills and knowledge have definitely been enhanced and we had an enjoyable day.

Tanya Giannakos & Bianca Setionago


Year 12 Hospitality Brasserie Bread Excursion

On Tuesday 30 August Year 12 hospitality went to Brassiere Bread at Banksmeadow, to further enhance their understanding of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). The tour of the factory taught us about the company’s history, production of breads and pastries and hygiene measures they put in place to ensure their products are of the highest quality.

While we were there we had the experience to make our own savoury scroll and bread plait. While this was a lot of fun we found it quite challenging. Our tour guide judged the best bread and the winners were; Adriana Halias, Victoria Dakhoul and Isabella Young.

This excursion gave our classes an insight into waste management processes and their focus on environmental sustainability, through their principle of Single Origin bread. Single Origin bread is bread made from grain that originates from a single source: grain that can be traced back to the farmer where it was grown. This is an issue today as consumers are becoming more conscious of what they’re eating, where their food comes from and what chemicals are in it. This means a system needs to be put in place to give the consumer confidence that farmers are doing the right thing by the environment, their land and that the produce is of the highest quality.

Thank you to Ms Benson and Mrs Sultana for accompanying us on the excursion

 – Elish Mcintyre, Hospitality Prefect


From the College Counsellor


Mental Health Month NSW is part of a national mental health promotion campaign held throughout October each year. The timing of the campaign coincides with World Mental Health Day, which happens each year on October 10. Mental Health Week raises awareness about mental health issues to promote social and emotional well-being in the community.

The theme this year is “Learn and Grow” which carries a simple but important message – that each of us learn about our mental health and by doing so grow. By learning we are empowering ourselves and others to take an active approach towards good mental health and wellbeing.

The Learn & Grow message also aims to reduce the stigma around mental health because by increasing mental health literacy help seeking behaviours are encouraging.

At Bethany, the aim of Mental Health Month is to:

Enhance mental health and well-being amongst students

Increase awareness of mental health issues within the school

To highlight the importance of valuing yourself through self-care

To encourage help-seeking behaviour

To foster connectivity within the Bethany community – ‘Together We Grow’

Promote positive psychological resilience

Reduce the stigma associated with mental health

In light of Mental Health Week, a number of students are busy organising a number of activities throughout the month of October that promote positive well-being. The Blackdog Institute will also be visiting the school to discuss strategies on building resilience. Stay tuned….

Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

Inquisitive Minds

Year 7 recently took part in the first Inquisitive Minds program to be run at the college. This program involves the solving of mathematical problems in a fun, competitive environment that had the girls winning points and prizes and, without them realising it, learning some very useful problem solving strategies.

The student engagement was wonderful and all the girls seemed to have a good time regardless of ability level.

The presenters were fun and highly engaging with the girls and seemed to have infinite patience and an ability to predict problems and difficulties long before they appeared.

My thanks to all the presenters but also to the students who entered into the event with a positive attitude and a sense of fun.


Stephen Bishop

Maths Coordinator

Book Week 2016

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.

Australia’s rich history of storytelling is an important part of our culture. It helps us to make sense of who we are and how we live, and the theme for Children’s Book Week 2016 Australia! Story Country captures this history beautifully.

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

PDHPE Department News

Year 9 Wheelchair Basketball Excursion

On Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August, Year 9 attended a PDHPE incursion with Wheelchair Sports NSW Roadshow, where we participated in a highly intense game of wheelchair basketball. It was an engaging experience learning about both of our instructors disability and how they have managed to defy the odds by representing Australia at numerous sporting championships such as the London 2012 Paralympics. The stories of their achievements inspired all of us to have both determination and persistence when reaching for our goals. By taking part in a variety of activities associated with wheelchair basketball followed by an actual game, we were surprised to be introduced to a physically and tactically demanding game, requiring a high level of competence and skill. Overall, it was a fun filled day for everyone!

 – Brooke Salisbury (Year 9)






SCC Athletics Carnival

At the SCC Athletics Carnival on Friday 26 August we had 35 competitors in a range of track and field events. Our results for the day were as follows:

  • 2nd in the Senior division
  • 3rd in the Junior and Intermediate divisions

Congratulations to Eva Kostopoulos who broke a record in the 13’s 400m run with a time of 1.05.39.

The following girls have been selected in the SCC Athletics team and will be competing at the NSWCCC Athletics Championships on Friday 16 September:

  • Keira Fisher
  • Eva Kostopoulos
  • Kelly Wilson
  • Isabella Kopriva
  • Grace Robinson



SCC Thursday Sport Update

SCC Basketball

  • Junior – 4th
  • Intermediate – 1st
  • Senior – 8th

SCC Soccer

  • Junior – 2nd
  • Intermediate – 2nd

SCC Softball

  • Senior – Unfortunately did not make the semi-finals.



Michelle Barrass

PDHPE Teacher

Mental Health and Well Being Information Night

SMCC Parent flyer August 2016 v2

2016 School Fees

All 2016 School Fees are now OVERDUE. If you have not spoken to the College Bursar to arrange a payment plan, please pay immediately.

A reminder email has been sent this week to those families with outstanding fees.

Pedagogy Report

In last week’s Professional Development meeting, staff continued their faculty planning for the 2017 implementation of reduced summative assessment (Assessment ‘of’ Learning) in preference for increased formative learning experiences (Assessment ‘for’ and ‘as’ Learning). The key purpose of formative assessment is checking for student understanding, providing feedback and encouraging students to take greater responsibility for their learning. In doing this, teachers will also have a better understanding of where students are at, in order to make consistent judgements for reporting purposes. This planning will be an ongoing focus for the college into next term and 2017.

NAPLAN data analysis has also been a hot topic for staff since its release on the 17th August. During the Teaching and Learning Coordinators meeting (5th September), subject coordinators were presented with a summary of the College NAPLAN data and invited to contribute to the discussion around the following key questions; Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How are we going to get there? Whilst our data is encouraging, areas for further improvement were identified and possible interventions discussed. I am also calling for the formation of a Literacy Working Party, for the purpose of reviewing the current Bethany Writing Project and further developing a school wide approach to literacy. As with the recent BOSTES release of minimum HSC standards has highlighted (Bethany Newsletter 26th August), it is increasingly important for school leaders to address and improve the literacy and numeracy outcomes of our students.

The annual online PAT testing will begin this week, targeting Yr 7 and Yr 8 students in their respective English and Mathematics lessons. All Yr 7 and Yr 8 students will be completing the PAT Reading and PAT Vocabulary (in English) and PAT Maths 4th Edition in Maths lessons over the course of weeks 8-10. The website URL and student usernames/logins will be distributed to students at the time of their testing, and as the tests are online, Yr 7 and Yr 8 students must come to school equipped with their laptop ready and battery fully charged.


Katherine Maish

Leader of Pedagogy


Sydney Design School Info Session Wed 14 Sept 6pm Find out more about becoming an Interior Designer 

If you’re passionate about a creative future in interiors join us on campus for our next Information Session. You’ll meet our Director, Amanda Grace, be inspired by graduate work and find out everything you need to know about our short courses and career qualifications. Register online nowwww.sydneydesignschool.com.au Wednesday 14 September 2016, 6pm. Level 2, 40 Oxley St, St Leonards, 2065 

Pre-Apprenticeship Courses 

My Trade Start have upcoming end of year courses in Hospitality, Automotive, Business Services, Warehousing, Retail and Community Services. We are accepting expressions of interests NOW for these courses. Call Katie on 9891 6900 for more information or for marketing flyers and expression of interest forms.

Are your looking for a career in Paramedicine or Medicine? 

Paramedical Services offers a range of courses from the very basic CPR right through to the Certificate IV in Health Care and Diploma of Paramedical Science. Our courses are ideal for students who may be thinking of a career in the pre hospital, nursing or medical fields. With No ATAR required and university pathways available, all students have the opportunity to take those first career steps. More information contact Belinda Green training@paramedical.com.au Ph 96080222.

HSC September Workshops

 HSC September Workshops at UTS, Macquarie, UOW and UON. In the September holidays, a series of HSC Workshops across 17 different subjects are being held. Students can spend a day with experienced HSC teachers/markers to review, practice and receive expert advice prior to the exams. Hundreds of free resources can be downloaded from our site.https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336

Academy of Information Technology (AIT) Intro to 3D Animation

This practical workshop will introduce students to various applications used within the 3D Modelling and Animation industry. Workshop starts at 9.30am till 4pm. Bring along your USB! Register online now:www.ait.nsw.edu.au or call 02 9211 8399

Academy of Information Technology (AIT) – Game Design Workshop

This practical workshop will introduce students to various applications used within the Animation and Games industry. Workshop starts at 9.30am till 4pm. Bring along your USB! Register online now: www.ait.nsw.edu.au or call 02 9211 8399

Academy of Information Technology (AIT) – Mobile App Development (Android) 

Do you want to learn how the fastest growing IT sector works? Start your coding journey and create your first cross-platform phone app using HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. This workshop will take you through the steps in creating a simple phone app from a concept all the way to a functional prototype. Register –www.ait.nsw.edu.au or call 02 9211 8399

Academy of Information Technology (AIT) – Intro to Concept AR

This one-day teaser course will give you the opportunity to try your hand at concept art illustration, learning basic drawing techniques that can be applied to digital formats. For dates and times – visit AIT website. Register: www.ait.nsw.edu.au or call 02 9211 8399

Sisters of Charity Foundation Scholarship for 2017 

The Scholarship provides financial support to an applicant from a disadvantaged background who is currently residing in, or has resided in, out-of-home care and who wishes to enrol in an undergraduate degree at Notre Dame in Sydney. The Scholarship is valued at $30,000. For the application form, terms and conditions please go to http://www.nd.edu.au/scholarships/sydney Applications close 13 January.

Bedford College – Scholarships for 2017 

Bedford College offer Scholarships for it’s Diploma of Business, Leadership and Management, and Child Care courses, which will cover half the cost of tuition fees for selected students for the 2017 academic year. Applications are now open until November 30, 2016. To learn more, please visit our website at www.bedford.edu.au or call us directly on 1300 174 174.

US College Sport Scholarships 

EducationUSA and Meriden School are hosting an information session on sports scholarships to US colleges for high school careers advisers and sports coaches. The session will be held at Meriden School, 10 – 12 Redmyre Road, Strathfield, 3.00 – 5.30pm on Thursday 1 September. Please RSVP with name and school to rsvpsyd@state.gov The US Universities that are visiting Sydney are: University of Arizona Binghamton University University at Buffalo, SUNY Colgate University,  Fairleigh Dickinson University,  Hamline University University of Hawaii,  Indiana University Purdue University,  Sierra Nevada College + NCAA Eligibility Center. For more information, contact: Michael Charlton Director, Media michael.charlton@bostes.nsw.edu.au (02) 9367 8248 

Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Early Achievers’ Program applications now open 

At ACU, we believe that students should be recognised for their contribution and leadership potential, and this is why we grant them status as Early Achievers. One of the biggest benefits of this program is that successful applicants receive an offer well ahead of the usual tertiary admissions announcements. Applications are now open for ACU’s EAP – for full details, visit www.acu.edu.au/eap

The Hotel School Sydney Open Day
Date : 10th Sep 2016 Time : 9am – 1pm Venue : The Hotel School Sydney
Cost : FREE Contact : Anne McCrory : anne.mccrory@scu.edu.au
Visit our website to book; sydney.hotelschool.scu.edu.au/about/infodays

St Patrick’s Institute of Education Information Session
Date : 18th Sep 2016 Time : 11 am
Venue : Level 1, 65 York Street, Sydney Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne Fairhall : anne.fairhall@spie.edu.au

University of Wollongong (UOW) September HSC Workshops
Date : 26th Sep 2016 Time : 9am-5pm
Venue : UOW Main Campus (Wollongong) and Southern Sydney (Loftus)
Cost : 190
Contact : Shane Hardcastle : 1300677336 info@hscintheholidays.com.au
Register at https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336. 

University of Technology (UTS) HSC September Workshops
Date : 26th Sep 2016 Time : 9am-5pm Venue : UTS City Campus
Cost : 190 Contact : Shane Hardcastle : 1300677336 info@hscintheholidays.com.au
Register at https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336. 

Macquarie University HSC September Workshops
Date : 26th Sep 2016 Time : 9am-5pm
Venue : Macquarie University,Balaclava Road, North Ryde 
Cost : 190 Contact : Shane Hardcastle : 1300677336 info@hscintheholidays.com.au
Register at https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336. 

The University of Notre Dame – Applications Due for Semester One, 2017
Date : 30th Sep 2016 Time : 5:00pm
Venue : 104 Broadway (PO Box 944) Broadway NSW 2007 
Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
As a direct entry uni, prospective students apply directly to the University for admission

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Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Fatima Night

Dear friends and devotees of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

This coming October 13 is the 99th anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima Portugal.

Fr. John Iacono will commemorate the event by celebrating “Fatima Night” with the following:

  1. An act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as requested at Fatima by our Blessed Mother
  2. Blessing to all the children
  3. A documentary on Fatima


St Joseph Parish

231 Newbridge Road, Moorebank, NSW


October 13, 2016



For Whom:

Everybody is welcome.


Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime!  It will be a mini experience of what takes place at Cova de Eria – Fatima – Portugal on the 13th of every month.

Please make an effort to be there.  You will be blessed because you came.

Many thanks,


Fr. John Jocono