Volume 15 - 22 Sep 2016

VET Excellence Awards

Congratulations to Jacinda Horgan for receiving the Southern Sydney  Business Education  VET Excellence Award for 2016.

This award recognises outstanding commitment and achievement of students in year 12 undertaking a VET Course.  Jacinda received her award for her outstanding achievement in Business Services.

Well Done Jacinda.


Louise Benson

Hospitality Teacher

2016 HSC Students Mass & Blessing

All HSC students and their families are warmly invited to attend an HSC Students’ Mass & Blessing to be celebrated by Fr Josh Miechels at Regina Coeli Church, 70 Ponyara Road, Beverly Hills at the 5.00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

Science News



The theme of National Science Week’s ‘Drones, Droids, Robots’ was tested by students on 26th August in an exciting quiz ! At lunchtime, around 50 students (38 groups) participated in this quiz to learn more about Science, test their knowledge and have lots of fun !

The questions, based on the theme, catered to all year groups so everyone could have a fair attempt at the questions or have an educated guess.

Congratulations to Indigo Arman in Year 10 for winning the Science Kahoot and a box of Mars Celebrations !

Below are a sample of questions that were attempted by students. Also, if you have time or just love Science, the kahoot is available by creating an account at: https://getkahoot.com/, go to ‘Public Kahoots’ and searching ‘National Science Week’.  Fun for the whole family.

Thank you to everyone who came and participated in the competition. A special thanks to Isabella Aleksovska and Dinuki Algama for their help in making everything run smoothly. I hope everyone learned a lot and worked well as a team ! Congratulations !

Fiona Pelosi (Year 12 Chemistry student & Science Prefect 2016)










Board Games at Lunch

Every Wednesday girls in Years 7-9 have the opportunity to come together and play board games at lunchtime.  It is a fabulous opportunity for students to spend quality time together as well as make new friends.

I would like to extend a big thank you to staff and Year 10 Big Sisters who have volunteered their time to help supervise and run the sessions.

Hope to see you there soon!


Mrs Rizzo

Year 7 Coordinator



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.

In the spirit of Mental Health Month, students will be running the following activities during October:




Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

Year 12 Physics Excursion – 20 June 2016

On 20th June 2016, the Year 12 Physics class travelled to The University of Sydney to participate in a series of experiments related to their studies.

As part of the ‘KickStart’ program we were involved in a number of investigations regarding such phenomena as the photoelectric effect, the Meisner effect and semiconductors related to the core module: Ideas to Implementation.

We then headed over to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Here, we investigated the operation of medical imaging equipment such as X-ray, ultrasound, CAT and MRI. The day was incredibly informative and allowed us to see first-hand the impact that physics has in the lives of people every day.  We are very grateful to Mr Roberts for his support and guidance on the day. 



Jacinta Walz

Year 12 Student





We know love by this, that He laid down his life for us-and we ought to

lay down our lives for one another.

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees

a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

(I John 3:16-18)


This passage of scripture, along with writings of Robert K. Greenleaf, embodies the spirit of servant leadership at Bethany College. Greenleaf (1977) defines servant leadership as a practical philosophy that supports people who choose to serve first, and lead secondly as a way of expanding service to individuals and institutions. Greenleaf contended that the servant-leader is servant first. The definition of servant leadership acknowledges that the individual who is a servant leader begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The difference manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first, to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are meet.

Spears (1998) further characterized servant leadership with specific qualities. These qualities and characteristics include:

  • listening
  • empathy
  • healing
  • awareness
  • persuasion
  • conceptualization,

These qualities of Servant Leadership identified by Spears (1998) serve as the framework for Bethany College’s common values and behaviours that all members of the community are encouraged to embrace. These values and behaviours are expressed as:

  • Concerned about social justice nurtures family and community
  • Selfless persuades rather than coerces
  • Committed builds trusting relationships
  • Courageous (takes risks) envisions positive change
  • Redemptive empowers others

Following our Student Leadership seminar with Year 11, the girls and their teachers reflected upon who they believe best represented them for 2017. We are proud to acknowledge our Student Leadership Team for 2017:
























































We thank Christina Ristevski, Sharlize Lasala and Grace Robinson for the incredible job they did in leading the student body this year. You will be a hard act to follow! Let us pray this prayer for leadership for our new student leaders:



Leadership is hard to define.

Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.

Leadership is like a handful of water.

Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.

Leadership is not about watching and correcting.

Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.

Leadership is not about telling people what to do.

Lord, let us find out what people want.

Leadership is less about the love of power and more about the power of love.

Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader let us be affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.

Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.

Let our greatest passion be compassion.

Our greatest strength love.

Our greatest victory the reward of peace.

In leading let us never fail to follow.

In loving let us never fail. Amen





 This week we bade a fond farewell to Year 12 as they commence the next chapter of their lives. I have included my Graduation Assembly address here:

Graduation is a bit like a birthday party. It means that yet another year has gone by. It means that those who wish you well surround you and above all, it means that there are all sorts of goodies on offer on the party table. Those goodies range from a choice of university places to a choice of jobs. You may decide to take a year off and hitch elephant rides around India. You might decide to help out a charity or an environmental organization. You could decide to do your stint in the family firm. Today is the start of the rest of your lives.

Just now, of course, you are all happy and fulfilled. You feel justly proud of your accomplishments to date. Today is a day both you and your families can be proud. It is fitting, I think, at this time to acknowledge just what the family means to you. It is appropriate, I believe, to thank your families, your parents for their support until now.

Soon you will be starting a new way of life armed only with what you have learnt so far. You will have to make decisions, solve problems and do things as an adult. That’s a challenging thought isn’t it? Are you prepared for it? Are you prepared to budget, to plan and to be responsible? Are you prepared to become a taxpayer?

Today you are leaving behind your school friends. Don’t forget them because they are part of what you are. I asked your group to name for me some of the fond memories you have of your time here. The responses were interesting and at times, most disturbing!

  • In Year 10 Pass class when Vanessa Patrulovski tried to jump the fence and almost split her head open and everyone laughed.
  • Miss Rothwell in homeroom on Bethany day when Vanessa Patrulovski tried jumping for a photo and hit her hand in a moving fan and Miss Rothwell had a heart attack.
  • In Year 8 and still to this day Ms Summons owes Vanessa Patrulovski $20 dollars for scoring the winning goal in school soccer grand final as it was raining in extra time and wanted to go home.
  • Kristyn Katidis slipping on a banana peel
  • Dance battles at retreat. In particular, Tayla, Zarina and Kijana’s dance off at retreat, Mr Guthrie’s dancing on retreat (there’s videos) 
  • Dance parties we have in hospitality 1 class (there’s videos)
  • When our Mrs. Rowland stumbled on her footing (it’s ok she knows the textiles class thinks she’s the best)
  • Stories by Mr Raptis
  • Mr Raftery’s wit and comments e.g. ‘going through a black hole is not a day to day experience’
  • Mr Hulme deliberately saying “dairy” instead of “diary”
  • Calling a teacher mum by accident in Year 8
  • The constant meltdowns we have in society and culture with Mrs Smit and she has to play therapist
  • Going to modern history with Mrs. Rizzo and always being able to have a laugh either at the fact that you don’t understand anything about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge or Mrs. Rizzo’ endless attempts to make the class interesting and engaging
  • Dr Trent’s science music videos and our sing alongs
  • When Mrs Lavorato said “20,000 and 16” at assembly
  • When Miss Munro typed in a google maps to find a picture of a fish
  • The very first day of school. Just remember how lost all of us were. The running to classes so we weren’t late, having troubles with opening lockers, getting so upset about demerits and being determined to get merits
  • I’m so thankful to have my friends and I’m so happy to say we’ve all pulled each other through the good and bad times, we are always there for one another no matter what and year twelve was definitely a year to remember!

So stay in touch, attend school re-unions and make that call or send that email. If you do, you will keep those friends and the friends of your childhood are special.

Today I would urge those of you who have been given the gift of faith to be true to that faith because it will sustain you in years to come. Live by the commandments because they are guidelines for a good and decent life. Love your neighbour because in doing so you will be happier and more content. Above all, respect the faiths of others because they too have their own beliefs.

Graduation day is a day for stars in your eyes and dreams in your heart. I hope that you will work hard to make those dreams come true. Nobody else can do that for you. There is, though, nothing sweeter than success due to hard work.

Like the cakes on that birthday table, each one of you is different. Some of you are sweet, others wholesome. Each one of you has different abilities, different skills. You may be a champion belly dancer; wonderful at skiing or you may have a beautiful voice. All those attributes are nothing, though, if you haven’t got a kind heart, if you aren’t truthful and upstanding and of sound character.

These things may sound dull but they are the measure of a worthwhile person. We live in a world where there is so much deceit and dishonesty that it is far easier to go with the flow. If you do, you can have no respect for yourselves. If you do, all that we have tried to teach you here has been for nothing. I hope that, in the years to come, you will be known for your integrity, your honesty.  Today I say to you to be tolerant to the faults of others but not your own. I say to you to realise that the world has many facets, many faults. You cannot change the whole world but you can make a difference to your particular corner.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do in the future if you remember to help others along too. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professor or a gardener as long as you remember that every type of work has its own dignity. It doesn’t matter how high you rise in the world’s estimation as long as you don’t get above yourself. All of us have entered this world the same way. All of us will leave it the same way too. It is what we do with the time allocated to us that matters.

Today is the day where we should take the time to thank people. I’d like to thank your parents for choosing Bethany in the first instance. When you enrolled your daughter here, you are letting us know that you trust me and my staff to look after your precious daughters, educate them and care for them, as if you were there. An enormous responsibility that we, as teachers, do not take lightly.

We thank the Year Coordinators and home room teachers you had along the way, especially Miss Sukkar who has looked after your group for three years with care and dedication. She knew when you needed a stern word, clear boundaries and also when you needed a cuddle and a good ear to listen to you. She has been your unfailing advocate and for this I thank her personally and on your behalf.

We thank your teachers who have taught you here from Year 7 but most particularly in Year 12. We all take teaching you very seriously and I especially enjoyed having a maths class for two years who kept me grounded and let me know first-hand of issue your group was having.

And most of all I thank you for being great young women: you are fun, loving, quirky, multi-faceted, strong, bright and precious just like Diamonds, the tag that your group was given.

So today I urge you to celebrate because today is a day for celebration. I want you to be happy because happiness spreads. I would like you to enjoy yourselves because we should make the most of every fleeting second. Someday your children may ask what was it like in the good old days? I hope you will remember today and say with great conviction,” That was a good day, they were happy times.”

May you all be blessed with health and happiness. Always remember, though, that real happiness will only come to you if you count your blessings while others add up their troubles.  Keep Micah’s words in your heart and always act justly, love those you meet as tenderly as you can and walk humbly into your future with God at your side. Thank you.



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

  • 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; dismissed 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

Summer Uniform 

As the days are warming up the time is almost here for summer uniform. Students will return to the College in term 4 in their summer uniform. Please allow plenty of time to let down the hem of your daughter’s uniform as she has probably grown over the winter. The summer uniform is to be worn at mid knee length. Please refer to the college diary regarding summer uniform requirements.

Good Luck Year 12

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Year 12 every success in their HSC and their life beyond the College. It is my prayer that the girls have a safe and productive preparation for their exams and that they safely enjoy their closing celebrations. To our families who are leaving us this year, thank you for your partnership as we have worked together at the common goal of success and safety for your daughter. May you be blessed. Thank you to all the staff who have worked with our diamonds during their time at Bethany College, in particular past Year coordinators and Anne Sukkar for their love and guidance of the girls.



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal


Bethany College’s Dance troupes arrived at the CGSSSA Dance Competition on Wednesday 7th September as the reigning champions of 2015 achieving overall 1st place. Team Dance delivered flawless routines once again, showcasing all of their hard work, determination and passion put in throughout the whole year leading to up to this day. Each dancer gave up recesses and lunches, holidays, sport time and after school hours to work on the incredible routines choreographed by Mrs Danielle Bennie as well as an array of exceptional student choreographers from Years 10-12.

Bethany’s Team Dance hit the stage as a force to be reckoned with, presenting outstanding talent in all sections containing various styles of dance (including: lyrical, tap, hip hop, folk, musical theatre and jazz). Whether the Bethany girls were dancing on stage or in the audience cheering each other on or backstage helping with costumes, they came together as one and showed everyone exactly what team work is all about. All of Team Dance’s hard work leading up to this competition as well as their amazing execution on the day was a recipe for success, leading to them winning overall 1st place for 2016 and bringing the trophy home again. 

A massive thank you goes out to Mrs Bennie for everything she does for Bethany’s Team Dance – this would not have been possible without her.

Thank you to Mrs Moroney and Miss Soles who showed their support on the day of the competition. 

Bethany has won overall 1st place at the CGSSSA Dance Competition for two years in a row now and will continue to work hard to do it again next year!

Congratulations to our Bethany Dancers and our talented 2016 student choreographic team:

1st Overall out of 16 Schools and 58 Dance teams.


1st Jazz – Choreographers: Lyric Fidow & Ashley Nassif (Year 11)

2nd Modern /Contemporary –Year 12 Dance Class

2nd Tap – Choreographers: Abigail Bryant & Ameliah Crowe (Year 11)

3rd Hip Hop- Choreographers: Karli Karagiannis & Serena Siow (Year 12)

4th Folk Dance: Choreographer: Roselyn Pasia ( Year 10 )




Lyric Fidow (Year 11 Dance)


PDHPE Report

SCC Term 3 Sport

Congratulations to all students involved in SCC representative sport this term.
The following teams have made it into the Grandfinal this Thursday:
Junior Soccer who play against Marist Penshurst
Intermediate Basketball who play against Rosebank College 
Good luck to both teams! 
NSWCCC Athletics
Congratulations to the following 5 students who represented Bethany and the SCC sports association at the NSWCCC Athletics carnival on Friday 16th September

On the day the girls performed their very best and achieved the following results:
Keira Fisher
1500m – 10th
Javelin – 9th
Eva Kostopoulos  
High jump – 2nd – 1.56 
Triple jump – 5th – 10.18m



Kelly Wilson
200m – 14th 

Triple jump – 6th
Long jump – 9th
400m – 7th
Grace Robinson
Shot put – 1st

Javelin – 3rd
Isabella Kopriva
Javelin – 7th
Lauren Cox
PDHPE Teacher

Bethany Writing Program

On Wednesday the 14 September some of our enthusiastic Year 10 students took part in the first stage of the annual Bethany Writing Program, working with Primary school students from St Joseph’s Oatley and St Finbar’s Sans Souci.  After getting over the initial cuteness overload at having Year 4, 5 and 6 students on campus, students were involved in an interactive workshop kicking off the program, focusing on all things creative writing. Ms Pentland let the students (and teachers) into some of her secrets on writing and discussed the rollercoaster ride that is the writing process. Miss Bolton and Ms Field then presented some helpful insights into what makes for interesting and engaging writing. Students participated in writing activities and shared their work with the group. Following this, the Year 10 students were partnered up with the eager juniors and began to take the first steps towards creating and composing their very own short stories. It was wonderful to see the Year 10 students imparting their creative ideas and writing wisdom onto the younger students. It was clear by the energy in the room that ideas were flowing and students were incredibly excited to be given the opportunity to be their creative selves. It was an incredibly inspiring day and students left feeling motivated to put pens to paper, or more likely – fingers to keyboard! Watch this space for more news as the program progresses.


writing 3

Miss Jordan Bolton


Bethany College Cookbooks

Cookbooks arrived last week. Order form is attached.

This is our only community fundraising event this year.

Please encourage your family and friends to purchase a copy. They also make great gifts. All recipes in the cookbook have come from our wonderful Bethany College community.

The money raised from the cookbook sales will purchase air conditioning for our students. Order additional copies through the Bethany College Website.

We thank you for your support. 

Bethany P & F Committee

Create a Cookbook Order Form

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

As part of the Year 12 Studies of Religion course, our students attended Gallipoli Mosque at Auburn last week where they had a wonderful opportunity to take a tour of the Mosque and to have a discussion with a representative from the Muslim community.

Part of the SOR course focuses on the study of Islam, but we also have an opportunity to look at interfaith dialogue.  The visit to the Mosque provided our students with an in depth look at both of these focus areas.  In touring the Mosque, the girls were able to see the beauty of the Muslim place of worship, they were able to gain insight into the day to day requirements of Muslims in terms of prayer and had an opportunity to participate in interfaith dialogue as they were able to ask questions about Muslim ritual practices and traditions.  Our students gained insight that could never be taken from textbooks and has helped to firm up some of the key concepts that they have been studying in class.  

I would like to thank Mr Culleton, Mrs Symes Mrs Sullivan and Mrs Rizzo for accompanying the girls to the Mosque and for their support of this invaluable excursion.



Mrs Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Competition

On 9 September, I was so lucky to see Sophia McDonnell compete in the State Semi-finals of the Junior Legacy Public Speaking competition at Parliament House, Sydney. This involved a prepared speech and an impromptu speech. In her prepared speech, Sophia talked about the issue of “Chequebook Journalism”. Following their prepared speech, competitors had 5 minutes to prepare a speech on the topic, ‘The end of the line’. Sophia did her absolute best and had the encouragement and support from both her peers and teachers. We felt very honoured to represent Bethany College at this event. It was a very challenging competition as she was versing others up to the age of 15. Everyone did extremely well. I was so grateful that I was able to join Sophia to see her compete. Her efforts paid off as Sophia made it through to the NSW GRAND FINAL,due to be held at the Art Gallery of NSW in October. We wish the the best of luck in the coming weeks.

Nektaria Rice

Year 7

Family Information Form

Earlier this week, your daughter was given a Family Information Form (on mauve paper). It is important that this form be checked, signed & returned by 14th Oct.

This will ensure your fees are billed correctly in 2017 and your emergency contact information is up to date.
Thank you.
College Bursar