Volume 16 - 18 Oct 2017

A message from our Principal

This weekend’s Gospel: Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s

When the Pharisees and the Herodians brought up the issue of paying taxes to the Emperor, Jesus uttered the famous line “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.  So what does this say about the role of government in our lives?  What do we owe to the state?

Despite their flattering words, they were trying to trap him, to force him into a no-win situation.

Consider the circumstances. They are living under the iron boot of a brutal empire which filled the earth with its idolatry. Patriotic Jews longed to throw off the yoke of the tyrants. They prayed for an anointed king who would free them from the Romans as David had freed them from the Philistines. Anyone advocating collaboration with the invaders could not possibly be the hoped-for Messiah. No, he would appear as a traitor. But on the other hand, anyone preaching resistance to Rome would be branded an enemy of the Empire and would wind up suspended from a cross.


So the Pharisees decided to put Jesus on the spot in front of the crowd. They asked him a question bound to get him into trouble one way or the other. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor or not?” First of all, Jesus teaches us how to deal with a bogus theological question. He unmasks it for what it is, an effort to trip him up rather than an inquiry proceeding from a sincere desire to know the truth. And then, rather than letting himself be controlled and put on the spot, he takes charge of the conversation and puts the Pharisees on the spot. He answers a question with a question. “Whose head is on that coin that you have in your pocket, the coin that you are using to pay for the temporal necessities of life?” “Caesar’s.” Next Jesus says something that makes them think, much like he did with the men eager to stone the woman caught in adultery (John 8). “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar, but give to God what is God’s.” (Mat 22:15-21).

Jesus wins the battle. He transforms an attempt to make him look bad into a teaching moment recorded for all time, providing all peoples and ages with some very important food for thought.


Government is a fact of life. Rulers, laws, police, taxes. What should a worshiper of God make of it? One thing Jesus points out to the Pharisees is that they participate in this societal infrastructure. They don’t live on a deserted island but are dependent upon the imperial system for everything from the food in the marketplace to protection from thieves. One rural community in the USA recently celebrated their independence and freedom from local taxes after seceding from the nearby township. A few days later, they were unpleasantly surprised when the town trash trucks failed to show up.

Jesus says we can’t have it both ways–if we benefit from secular society, we need to support the infrastructure of society. This can take the form of taxes, military service, jury duty, and informed, conscientious voting.


On the other hand, Jesus says that we need to give to God what is God’s. This is the real punch line of the story. For God has given us everything. In fact, it is he who raises up kings and nations and through them provides for us. The Lord used the Babylonians to punish the stubborn disobedience of the kingdom of Judah. But when the time of exile was completed, God used the pagan Persian king, Cyrus, to break the stranglehold of Babylon and allow the Chosen People to return home. The prophet Isaiah even calls this unbeliever the messiah or anointed one! (Is 45:1-6)

But there are also times when political rulers overstep their authority. Sometimes, they demand to be worshiped, like Caesar did. Other times they attack human dignity, violating natural law which demands that innocent human life be respected and that liberty be protected. These are times when Christians have a duty boldly to insist that while Caesar is owed his due, we won’t stand by and silently watch him step on God’s toes.

(from the work of Dr Marcellino Ambrosio)


Can a student’s personality be affected by homework?

Homework may have a positive influence on students’ conscientiousness. As results of a study conducted by University of Tübingen researchers suggest, students who do more homework than their peers show positive changes in conscientiousness. Thus, schools may be doing more than contributing to students’ learning, but they may also be effecting changes of their students’ personality. The study results were published in the Journal of Research in Personality.

Previous research finds that homework effort is consistently related to student achievement. Also, conscientiousness appears to be the most important personality trait for predicting homework effort. With this connection in mind, proponents of homework have argued that the effort which students invest in their homework may have positive effects on students by influencing their conscientiousness. In their study, the Tübingen scientists investigated whether this claim holds true.

They analyzed data from a longitudinal study with 2,760 students from two different school tracks in the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Saxony. Students were initially assessed right after their transition from primary to secondary school in Grade 5. For the next three years, students were assessed annually between six and eight weeks after the start of each school year. They answered questions such as how many of their last 10 homework assignments in mathematics and German they did as well as possible. Also, they were asked how conscientious they thought they were including whether they would describe themselves as tidy or rather as messy and negligent. In addition to students’ self-reports, parents were asked to assess their children’s conscientiousness as well.

Results show that those students who invested a lot of effort in their homework between Grades 5 and 8 also profited in terms of their conscientiousness. Previous research has shown that conscientiousness tends to undergo a temporary dip in late childhood and early adolescence. As the results found by the Tübingen scientists suggest, doing your homework thoroughly and meticulously appeared to counterbalance this dip. Indeed, researchers found a substantial decrease in conscientiousness for students who reported that they had not made an effort with their homework. Those results were also backed by parents, whose reports matched those of their children.

“Our results show that homework is not only relevant for school performance, but also for personality development — provided that students put a lot of effort into their assignments,” says Richard Göllner, first author of the study. “The question whether doing your homework can also influence the development of conscientiousness has been mostly neglected in previous discussions of the role of homework,” criticizes Ulrich Trautwein, director of the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology. “We need to define more precisely what expectations we have of the potential of homework and how those expectations can be fulfilled.”

So…..girls at Bethany. Let’s get those great habits ingrained into our daily life so that we can become more meticulous and conscientious about what we do in school.

From https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171004100747.htm

Community News

This week we keep in our prayers:

  • Ms Nelson, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Harper. Mum and bub and doing well; and
  • Mrs Parsons, who is recovering from injuries received in a recent serious car accident.
  • Mrs Rowland who finishes up this week as she prepares for the birth of her child. We wish her a safe delivery.

We also welcome Miss Catherine Tomasulo to the staff. She will be part of the TAS faculty and will replace Mrs Rowland until the end of the year whilst she is on Maternity Leave.

Vicki Lavorato


A Message from our Assistant Principal


Upcoming Events  
Thursday and Friday 26 October and 27 October Hairspray Jr
Tuesday 31 October World Youth Day – Parent Information Evening (6:30pm)
Monday 6 November Year 11 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews
Wednesday 8 November Year 7 2018 Orientation Day and Parent Information Evening
Monday 11 December Year 7-11 Awards Ceremony and end of year Mass
Wednesday 13 December Year 7-10 Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

World Youth Day 2019 – Panama


On Tuesday 31 October 2017, we will be holding an information session for all parents and students in Year 9 and 10 who are interested in attending Panama in January 2019.  This information session will provide details of cost, venue, pilgrimage options and accommodation.  All students will be given a note in homeroom with further details, but I encourage you to come along to hear about this exciting opportunity available to your daughters.

Date:               Tuesday 31 October, 2017

Time:               6.30pm

Venue:             Yallunga Hall

Parents and students from Marist College Kogarah will also be attending as a member of Sydney Catholic Schools is facilitating the presentation for both schools.

Could you please encourage your daughters to complete the expression of interest form that has been sent out by Ms Mirabello via google drive to give us an indication of the numbers that may be attending?  Please note that completing the expression of interest form in no way constitutes a commitment to attending WYD, but will just give us an indication of preliminary numbers.

I look forward to see you on Tuesday 31 October.

Diane Kennaugh

Leader of RE and Mission



Universities UTS Law Discovery Days for Year 11s

16 November and 23 November . 9.00am to 2.30pm

Building 5, Block B, UTS Faculty of Law, Cnr Quay St and Ultimo Rd, Haymarket

UTS Faculty of Law invites Year 11 students and their teachers on-campus to one of two full-day interactive law  workshops.  As places are limited, this program is available to up to four students per school.

Find the draft program here:


Register online:



Spectacular Science for Yr. 7-11

22 and 23 November

Designed for high school students from Years 7 to 11, Spectacular Science will engage and spark your students’ interest in the huge diversity of science. Students will experience first-hand some of the intriguing and important areas scientists are working in and spend a spectacular day submerged in science. Info: 


Sydney Science Experience – Forensics Camp

10 to 12 January 2018

Students commencing year 10 or 11 can come and help solve a murder mystery on University of Sydney campus. You will employ real science – through hands-on laboratory sessions and interactive lectures to solve this crime. You will work with your fellow detectives to interview suspects and collect evidence against them. (02) 9114 0825. Info: 


Sydney Science Forum 2017 – Breaking Good 

25 October. 5.45pm to 7.00pm

Eastern Ave Auditorium, The University of Sydney

Don’t miss the next Sydney Science Forum – Breaking Good, presented by Dr Alice Williamson, School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney.  Free entry, registration essential. To register and for further information:


University of Wollongong Innovation Fair

27 October. 12.00pm to 3.30pm

Northfields Avenue, Wollongong,

The Innovation Fair showcases the products developed by the talented students in Engineering Design Management from The School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering.



BiG Day In @ UTS Youtube Videos available 

Explore the business world of ICT. Videos of presentations from the 2017 BiG Day In @ UTS are now available on our Youtube Channel. A great resource to share with your students (& particularly for those who didn’t get to attend). Presentations available are from: Google, IBM, Westpac, Microsoft, WiseTech Global, CBA, TechnologyOne, Animal Logic & Adobe.



US Universities and the Common Application 

Internationally Educated has recently published an article titled ‘What is the Common Application’ to better assist students and careers advisors with US University application options. Our article can be accessed here: 


UNE What Makes Me Tick? Lecture

27 October 5:30pm-7:00pm

Oorala Aboriginal Centre  UNE 

This event is an opportunity to hear from graduates, current students and UNE staff as they tell us about their interests and motivations.

Contact: Jennifer Miller e: alumni@une.edu.au p: 02 6773 3365 



Veris Women in Engineering Scholarship UNSW

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage a female high school leaver to undertake a degree in Surveying and/or Geospatial Engineering by offering assistance of $10,000 p.a. for 4 years. The scholarship commences on January 1, 2018 and concludes 31 December 2021.

To be eligible, applicants to the scholarship must be commencing one of the following eligible UNSW degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Surveying) (Honours) offered by UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Geospatial) (Honours) offered by the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering




Careers in Construction and Plumbing Flyers 

The Apprenticeship Engagement Forum is pleased to present a series of 11 ‘Careers in Construction’ Flyers. Each flyer sets out possible career pathways in the construction and plumbing industry such as carpenter, sign graphics, bricklayer, plumber, roof tiler, stonemason, sprinkler fitter, shopfitter, tiler, painter and decorator, gyprocker. They suggest elective school subjects that make it possible. As a resource, they are a great starting point in exploring school-based apprenticeships or post-school apprenticeships. Download the flyers at:




Bedford College Scholarships

Closes 1 December

Either the Glebe or Norwest campus. Applicants may choose from one of the following 40 week Diploma courses:

  • Business
  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Community Services

These scholarships cover half (50%) of the tuition cost for the 40 week diploma courses and recipients may choose to study at either the Bedford College Glebe or Norwest campus.



Study for a Day at SAE

21 October. 9.00am to 4.00pm

39 Regent St Chippendale

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games? Come and study with us for a day at SAE! Learn from our industry-experienced academic staff, and get hands-on training with actual coursework from our degree programs. Tickets are $35.00 per person (incl. bf + GST) – non-refundable (sale until 11:59pm 18th October 2017). Buy here: 


Certificate of Registration – Real Estate 

Are you looking for a career in real estate? The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW) wants to ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience and launch your real estate career in the best possible way, so the Certificate of Registration Course has been designed with YOU in mind. Find out more at 



CG Spectrum Tips on getting an animation job

CG Spectrum’s 2016 Online Advanced Diploma students achieved  a 90% placement rate into studio jobs. We spoke to students, mentors and alumni working in top studios to get their advice on giving yourself the best chance of scoring the job.



RuralBiz Online Learning

Courses in agriculture and agribusiness.




Hundreds of Current Traineeship Positions

Hundreds of options across Sydney. Select your postcode to your area or town and your kilometre radius and refine your search to see what is on offer.



Celebrating Women in Science Symposium

20 October. 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
Malcolm Irving Building, Room 165, Macquarie Graduate Sschool of Management (MGSM), 99 Talavera Road

Join us for a one-day symposium as we host a group of accomplished female leaders who will speak about their journeys and the challenges they face as women in science.



6 Jobs You Have Probably Never Heard Of

Ever heard of a spatial micro performance designer? What about a creative technologist, or an urban agriculturalist? Synthetic systems biologist, anyone? No? Well, you have now. How will we grow food in the cities of the future? How will we use microorganisms to make things? How will nanoscience, robotics, and 3D technologies change the way we work?



How to Prepare For the Future of Work

The decline of the nine-to-five office job has been well documented. ‘Bundy’ clocks and 50-year-service gold watches have been replaced by careers that not only traverse the globe, but a menagerie of areas and expertise.

The World Economic Forum estimates that young people will change careers at least seven times in their lives, and 35 percent of the skills required today will be different in five years



Why Work Experience Can Change Your Life

Work experience can open up your mind to the great possibilities of your career. Handled well, you can learn a lot about the workplace you visit, the types of education and training required to get there, and what sort of fit this career might have with your own life. 

https://www.myfuture.edu.au/career-insight/details?id=work-experience-and-why-it-matters – /


The Simpson Prize

Closes 10 November

The Simpson Prize is a national writing competition for Year 9 and 10 students interested in Australian history. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia.



Looking for a Job After School? Employability Skills

Most employers will also want you to have some general skills. These general job skills are sometimes called “employability skills”. Having employability skills can help you get a job. They can also help you stay in a job and work your way to the top. 


Au Pair Around the World with AIFS America, the UK, Spain, France or China

Experience life overseas as an au pair in America, the UK, Spain, France or China. Earn money, gain new skills, meet new people and have the time of your life. Be more than just a tourist! Our all-inclusive, safe and supportive programs run for 3 – 12 months. Email info@aifs.com.au for your free info pack.



How Long Does It Take to Become a Fully Qualified Doctor

It’s an absolute minimum of 10 years following entry from high school….. but it’s not unusual to take 12 to 14 years. Read more here:



Final year Dental Science students share their tips for starting university

A must watch video for any interested Dental Science students.



Land Your Career

Careers in land management are diverse and rewarding. Clicking on the icons and learn more about the various careers areas that exist in land management, the types of jobs available, activities undertaken in these jobs and what type of qualifications and experiences are needed.



A career as a vet

This website gives an overview of the career of the veterinarian and the salary range that a new graduate might expect. The site also provides a list of Australian universities that facilitate the Bachelor of Veterinary Science.



 Elizabeth Vrahnos


Year 11 Hospitality Food Truck

On Friday 13 October the Year 11 Hospitality class were involved in running their own “Food Truck” style catering event. Students had to design their own menu and then work as a kitchen brigade to plan, prepare and cook the menu items. This involved students working out food quantities, researching and comparing prices and designing their own recipes. A lot of work was done behind the scenes by the students prior to the launch of their ‘food truck’.

The student’s first menu item was nachos which were garnished with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.  The second menu item was a salted caramel freak shake sprinkled with popcorn, honeycomb, and pretzels topped with a chocolate coated donut. Students prepared 80 serves of nachos and 90 shakes. The shakes were by far the more popular menu item with students queuing up well into their lunchtime break for a chance to purchase these shakes.

This experience gave the hospitality students an understanding of working under pressure to serve a consistent food product to each customer. The students worked exceptionally well together and each student did their best to ensure the success of their first catering event.

I was very impressed to see how students solved problems on the day and pulled together to ensure each customer went away happy.

Many thanks to Mrs Elizabeth Vrahnos, the College Vocational Learning Coordinator for assisting me with this event. Also thanks to year 9 IST and Miss Napoli for designing the advertising materials.









Ms Louise Benson

Hospitality Teacher


2017 HSC Dance Call back Nomination Success!

Call back is a selection of exemplary practical performances across NSW, from the 2017 HSC Dance Practical examinations. 

Congratulations to the seven Year 12 Dance students have had outstanding success this year, receiving a total of fifteen    nominations across all three practical components. Including the core performance ‘Let it go’, core compositions and major study performance ‘Coming home’ / ‘This bitter earth. These nominations place their works in the top percentage of dance students in the state. To receive fifteen nominations is exceptional and is a testament to the commitment from the HSC dancers and also the younger composition dancers at the college.

Thank you to Hannah Berghouse (Class of 2016) who mentored the class along the way with the composition components of the course.

All three components –

Lyric Fidow: Core Performance, Major Study Performance and Core Composition ‘Voice Box’ (Composition 

Dancer: Nyah Jones Yr 10)

Kayla Jomaa: Core Performance, Major Study Performance and Core Composition ‘Train Tracks’ (Composition Dancer: Roselyn Pasia Yr 11)

Tina Moss: Core Performance, Major Study Performance and Core Composition ‘Cards’ (Composition

Dancer: Shae Acevski Yr 9)

 Two components –

Leah Balaouras: Core Performance and Major Study Performance

 Chloe-Brooke Plazanin: Core Performance and Major Study Performance

 One component –

Ameliah Crowe: Core Composition ‘Heat Rub’ (Composition Dancer: Jessica Convery Yr 11)

Ashley Nassif: Major Study Performance


Mrs Danielle Bennie

Dance Teacher-in-Charge.

From the PE Department

Term 3 Intermediate Soccer Team

Throughout Term 3 Year 8/9 Girls were selected in the Intermediate Soccer team SCC. Each Thursday Morning before school these girls would come to school to train in preparation for their match later that day. The girl’s dedication and passion was rewarded, going through the entire season undefeated. The Year 8/9 team were good enough to make the Grand Final against Marist Catholic College Penshurst, which ended 0-0. Unfortunately, due to Marist Catholic College Penshurst finishing higher than Bethany they were awarded the trophy.

The girls’ effort throughout the entirety of the season is to be highly commended. Their sportsmanship and attitude made them a pleasure to coach. We’re hoping to go one better next season and bring home the trophy.

Congratulations on a terrific season girls!


NSW All School Results

Lucy Flanagan                         Grace Elliott

7th in 100m                                   5th in 3000m

10th in 400m                                 3rd in 1500m


Eva Kostopoulos

5th in Triple Jump – 10.57m

1st in High Jump – 1.65m.

News from our Parishes

The Rock of St George wins coveted

2017 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize

St Mary’s MacKillop’s Parish, Rockdale City is celebrating their recent parish history book being awarded the highly coveted 2017 Ron Rathbone Local History Prize. The book, The Rock of St George: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the first St Joseph’s Church-School, Rockdale, won the Prize for the best piece of original research on any aspect of Rockdale City.

In a highly competitive field, the award went to the parish’s historian, Damian John Gleeson for his comprehensive research of the Rockdale Catholic community from its inception in 1855 to the present day.

Commissioned and mentored by Rockdale City Parish Priest, Fr Brendan Quirk, The Rock of St George details the individuals, families, religious sisters and clergy of Rockdale from the late 19th century to the present day. It draws heavily on previously uncited primary materials from Irish, English, and Australian archives.

The Rock of St George is of broad interest as it places Rockdale’s developments in the context of the Catholic Church’s growth across Southern Sydney

Ongoing generosity and selflessness by Rockdale’s Catholic community was pivotal in the establishment of new parishes at Arncliffe, Bexley, and Brighton-le- Sands, and in the successful development of the first Catholic Regional School in Sydney – now known as Marist College Kogarah.

The Rock of St George is fully referenced, includes dozens of rare photos, and has a comprehensive Index. The prize-winning book is available for purchase from St Mary MacKillop’s Rockdale City Parish, Sydney: email admin@mmrc.org.au or by phoning 9567 1558.

Dr Gleeson is currently writing a history of Gymea Catholic Parish.


The Rock of St George: Contents

Foreword – Introduction – Colonial Missions – German Foundations – Rocky Point ‘Roman Catholic’ School – First St Joseph’s Church-School – ‘Diabolical Conspiracy’ or Miscarriage of Justice? – Pioneer Families – Under Kogarah’s Wing – Independence and Consolidation – Supreme Sacrifices – Marist Conflict – Arncliffe, Bexley, and Brighton-le- Sands – Grand Designs – The Long Wait – Wyndham’s Forgotten School – Plain Speaking – Contributions – Charity and Hospitality – St Mary MacKillop’s Parish, Rockdale City – 2017 ends

Photo caption

From left, Dr Damian John Gleeson and Fr Yacub Barkat, Assistant Priest of the Parishes of St Mary MacKillop’s Rockdale City and St Gabriel’s, Bexley,  at the prize- giving ceremony at Rockdale Library on Saturday, 7th  October, 2017.




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