Volume 16 - 27 Nov 2020



Dear Parents, Carer’s and Friends of Bethany,

This Sunday we begin Advent which in the Church calendar, indicates 4 Sundays until Christmas. During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. From this Sunday, our Churches will display their Advent Wreaths. The wreath and candles are full of symbolism tied to the Christmas season. The wreath itself, which is made of various evergreens, signifies continuous life. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life we find in Christ. The first candle, which is purple, symbolizes hope. It is sometimes called the “Prophecy Candle” in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. It represents the expectation felt in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

As we pray during the Advent Season, we can connect with God’s grace and love in asking Him to ready our hearts as He prepared all of history to receive the gift of His Son. Preparing our hearts can mean cutting out all distractions to focus on what truly is important in life. In some ways our period of relative lockdown has simplified some aspects of our life and for many, has opened up time to be more prayerful, reflective and responsive to what is really important to our lives. May we continue to honour the virtues of Advent this season.

On Tuesday we celebrated our first College Assembly for the year. This assembly was a truly uplifting experience for the entire community as it signified unity in us finally being able to join together as the community of 2021. I was proud to see the work of our student leaders in action who planned much of the assembly. Our leaders were inspirational and captured a sense of fun, affirmation and pride in the College. At the assembly we celebrated our sporting achievements, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, extra curricular clubs existing in the College such as the Media Team, SMILE Team which has a focus on positive mental health and our student organised Book Club which was launched yesterday. I ask you to read our Year 7 Poetry eBook which will be sent to you which sums up 2020 with poems written by Mrs Straker’s English Class. A special thank you to Miss Jajcevic for her wonderful illustrations throughout the book.

Today we welcomed 192 students who will form the graduating class of 2026. As the Year 7, 2021 Orientation Day was held today, it signalled that finally the Year 6 students were getting closer to being part of the Bethany family. We thank each girl for rising to the challenge of meeting other students and beginning new friendships which could potentially last a lifetime.



Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Attendance/ Punctuality and uniform 

With two weeks of the school year remaining this is a timely reminder that students are expected to be at school each and every day, on time and in perfect College uniform. Students are expected to have all their necessary equipment and be fully engaged in the learning process until the final day of the term. 

The last day of lessons for students is Friday, 11th December. On this day, school will conclude at 2.57pm. The day will begin with a celebration of the Eucharist, followed by the presentation of Semester 2, Academic Awards. Unfortunately we are still unable to have parents on site for this event. Students receiving Academic Achievement or Effort Awards will be notified via email by Monday December 7. 

Following the presentation of Academic Awards students will have Year Group and Homeroom activities for the remainder of the afternoon. 

All students are expected to ensure that their lockers are clean and empty by this day.


Parent Teacher Interviews 

As per previous communication Year 7-10 Parent/ Teacher/ Student interviews will be held via Zoom across 2 days Monday, 14th and Tuesday, 15th December, between 8.40am and 3pm each day. Families wishing to make appointments will be able to access the booking system from 2.30pm on Tuesday, December 8, bookings will close at 3pm on Friday, December 11 2020. Instructions for bookings can be found on the communication sent on November 20, via Compass.  A reminder that parents are to login using their daughters CNET account. It is expected that students are wearing their full school uniform for these Zoom interviews. 



You may recall that in Term 3 we began the Pivot professional learning journey with 48 of our staff with a genuine commitment to increasing student voice in relation to their learning and improving the quality of our teaching in order to improve the educational outcomes for our students. In the last fortnight we have completed the second cycle of the survey. 

Data collected from approximately 96 classes indicated that the staff at Bethany excel in the following 3 areas

  • Knowledge of course content 
  • Treating the girls with respect and 
  • Clear expectations in relation to expected behaviour

I am pleased to share with you that as a College we have demonstrated significant growth in the following 3 areas 

  • Assisting students to build their vocabulary 
  • Assisting students to set more challenging learning goals
  • Helping students to develop a greater understanding of how they will be assessed 

We look forward to continuing our engagement with this platform in 2021. 



Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

Gelato Day 2020

The best part about learning a language is partaking in the culinary delights that the culture has to offer. Nothing says Italian more eloquently than a scoop (or two!) of the world famous traditional dessert – gelato!

Having just completed the Food unit in the classroom, it was time for our learned Year 8 Italian students to put their knowledge to the test and order their favourite flavours from their Italian teachers. Covid-19 was not going to get in the way of this annual school event! Sure, the students missed out on the cones, however, the individual tubs were just as much appreciated, especially with the warm weather that made it feel just like a typical Summer’s afternoon in an Italian piazza. Piazza Yalunga definitely has a nice ring to it.

Buon appetito!



Marco Gianni

Teacher-in-charge, Languages

Success in any Language

Congratulations to our Stage 5 Language students who achieved outstanding results in this year’s Italian and Japanese ACER Competitions.

Each year, hundreds of students across the country participate in this online event which is devised to challenge students in their reading and listening skills. The following students achieved either a Distinction or High Distinction grade in at least one of these tests. Congratulations!

Year 9 Italian:

Aleisha Foundotos, Ariane Lutzgarten, Chloé Hatzianestis, Jeanna Garcia, Lara Squillaci, Leigh Thompson, Mia Fasciani, Natasha Tan.


Year 9 Japanese:

Bilha Baby, Charlene Tjang, Chloe Grace, Junez Legaspi, Sophia Guevara.


Year 10 Japanese:

Diya Lijo, Leesa Coleman, Ysabelle Cabrera.



Marco Gianni

Teacher in Charge, Languages

Australian Maths Competition Results 2020

The Australian Mathematics Competition, or AMC, to quote their website, is “an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives… Australia’s leading educators and academics, with a deep understanding of our national curriculum standards, actively design the unique AMC problems each year.”

Every year, the top Maths classes in Years 8, 9 and 10, as well as students nominated by their teachers across Years 7 – 10, take part in the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC). In 2020, 119 Bethany students participated and did very well.

Our overall results were as follows:

2 Distinction

46 Credit

61 Proficiency

10 Participation

The two Distinctions were achieved by Luna Pandiella-McLeod in Year 10 and Siena Busdon in Year 9.  Siena also achieved the award for the Best in School.

My thanks to Ms Johnson for managing the AMC in 2020.



Mandi Brooker

Maths Coordinator

The Year We Won’t Forget – Year 7 English Creative Writing Project


2020 has definitely been a challenging year for all of us. Especially for Year 7 students who have just started their first year of high school when Coronavirus hit and they had to go to lockdown.

Upon returning to school, as a part of a creative project for English, students in 7ENGD and 7ENGS were asked to reflect on their thoughts and feelings during this unprecedented time. This is how our creative writing project ‘The Year We Won’t Forget’ was born. The Year 7 students wrote their own stories using various forms, such as poems, short stories, diary entries and news reports.

We hope this collection will provide an insight into how the students felt this year and it will give you a chance to celebrate their creativity.

The link to an e-book version of the project will be e-mailed to you shortly.

Hope you will enjoy it!


Nora Straker

EAL/D Teacher


NAIDOC Week was recently celebrated across Australia from the 8th to the 15th of November. This year’s theme was ‘Always was, always will be’, which recognised that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65, 000 years. NAIDOC Week acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or in 1606 with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. Rather, the very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples.


In celebration and appreciation of Aboriginal spirituality, Year 12 students were invited to participate in an Indigenous dot painting activity on Thursday the 12th of November. Girls used cotton buds and earthy paint  colours to creatively depict native animals and illustrate Dreaming stories using Aborginal art symbols. While listening to Aboriginal modern pop music as they painted, students were able to reflect on the challenges faced by people of Aboriginal descent in contemporary society and consider how, as a student, they can contribute to the process of reconciliation and celebration of Aboriginal spirituality. 


A special thank you must go out to Mrs Colreavy and Miss Cox for assisting in the organisation of this activity. 


We are now inviting the wider Bethany College community to engage in a period of reflection, in recognition of NAIDOC week. Please take a moment of your time to pray for the reconciliation of the Aboriginal community.


Reconciliation Prayer

Holy Father, God of Love,

You are the Creator of all things.


We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history and the sufferings of Our peoples, and we ask for your forgiveness. We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures.


Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history so that we may build a better future for our Nation.

Teach us to respect all cultures.

Teach us to care for our land and waters.

Help us to share justly the resources of this land. 

Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.

Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem by your Spirit.


May your power and love be the foundations on which we build our families, our communities and our Nation, through Jesus Christ our Lord.








Luana Rendina

College Vice Captain

PDHPE & Sport Department News

CGSSSA Tennis – Monday 23rd November

Congratulations to Sofia Zulamovski and Milana Milakovic of Year 7 who won the CGSSSA Junior Doubles Championship.

There were frequent glimmers of a very bright future in tennis displayed by Sofia and Milana last Monday. It seemed our girls’ enthusiasm and determination made up for a year of cancelled events in representative sport across the diocese, culminating in them seizing the Junior Doubles Championship for 2020.

After a previous washout and postponement of the event, the day was rescheduled. Again rain threatened to be the dominant contender, but a few spontaneous downfalls suspending play were not sufficient to dampen the classy on-court synchronicity of Milana and Sofia. They drew on a rich repertoire of shots to reach the semis undefeated, conceding no more than a single game in their match against Santa in the initial rounds, and displaying precision serves, classy forehand slices, well-placed backhand shots, depth of stroke and a court coverage that staged their natural athleticism. It was impressive to see them securing early breaks and punctuating match points with timely aces.

The inevitable fatigue of a round robin tournament took control in the post-lunch finals contention, unleashing frustrating sequences of unforced errors and a momentary loss of their characteristic mojo in the semi. But in the spirit of true champions, the girls fought back from 2-0 down to emerge triumphant in the penultimate against North Sydney, securing the privilege of challenging Kirribilli in the Final.

It was neck and neck all the way following Kirribilli securing the early break. But the girls were not going home runners-up. The match saw some suspenseful rallies and nail-biting moments on pivotal points. Bethany capitalised on the mounting fatigue of the opposition and recaptured the precision required in their service games to remain competitive against girls who were 12 months older, ensuring a victorious conclusion to an eventful day’s competition.

Sofia and Milana displayed a maturity beyond their years on Monday. It was a memorable day made possible by the astute organisation of Mrs Lauren Feeney, and the support of both girls’ parents over many years. The 2020 Tennis Gala will be recorded in the annals of Bethany as an event for which the College can be justly proud. Particular thanks is extended to these two young players whose unselfish representation engendered a regard and respect for Bethany College among competing schools. Well done, girls!

Mrs Jennifer Simonetta

CGSSSA Volleyball – Monday 16th November

On the 16th of November, our school took part in the Volleyball Gala Day 2020 at Homebush Netball Centre.  The girls were up against various schools with the Intermediate team coming third overall, losing 2 games and winning 4 games. The Senior team and Intermediate team together played enthusiastically and passionately throughout the whole day. Through this experience, the girls employed what they learned to develop tactics and strategies against other schools, in addition to being against other schools students were able to learn and observe new ways to play and practice volleyball.

Jane and Janette Le – Year 9



Lauren Feeney

Sports Coordinator

Careers News

Let’s Chat from UAC – Offers and preferences

Answering all your questions regarding offers and preferences. Keep watching to have your question answered (timestamps below).



UAC Let’s Chat Video Playlist on Nearly Every Topic for Uni

Introducing Let’s Chat, a series of short videos about applying to uni through UAC: from the application basics to the ins and outs of early offers, changing course preferences and what students can do if they’ve been disadvantaged during their final years of school. Watch and subscribe on YouTube.


Change of Preference – Online Expo 

The Good Universities Guide is hosting a free online expo during Change of Preference to connect students, parents and career advisors directly with Australian institutions. On the day, you will have the opportunity to attend webinars or chat directly with institutions via a live chat system. There are events held in each state, visit https://events.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au to learn more.


UOW Information Days At Wollongong & Liverpool  The University of Wollongong is hosting information days at their campuses in Liverpool (December 2) and Wollongong (December 18). There will be tours, as well as course and enrolment advice from study the area experts. This will be a COVID safe event – to register for Liverpool, head to https://bit.ly/start_SWS and to register for Wollongong, head to https://bit.ly/start_UOW

UTS Info Days (18-19 December) Join UTS on campus and online over two days to learn more about your undergraduate study options, alternate admission pathways and get your last-minute questions answered before close of UAC preferences. Register: https://uts.ac/utsinfodays

The University of Sydney | Info Day, Saturday 19 December On campus and online; get course advice, your last-minute questions answered and experience the University of Sydney before finalising your preferences for entry. The day is designed for domestic Year 12 students, but family and friends are welcome, along with anyone interested in undergraduate study in 2021. | Learn more: https://infoday.sydney.edu.au/

There is still time to visit one of the ACU Campuses this year! Join one of ACU’S experienced Student Ambassadors for Guided Visit! Walk through the incredible nursing labs, moot courts, classrooms and more on the NSW and ACT Campuses. Spots are limited due to social distancing requirements so register now! Register here www.acu.edu.au/campus-tours


Free Info Session! UCAT, Interviews, Pathways into Medicine & Career in Health UCAT NIE presenting a free information webinar about UCAT, interviews, the undergraduate pathways into medicine, dentistry, and some other health science programs. This is NOT an advertising seminar. The session is PACKED with invaluable information. Register via: https://www.nie.edu.au/ucat-free/free-ucat-information-sessions Ph: (02) 4367 0404 / enquiries@nie.edu.au / www.nie.edu.au


Year 12, 11 & 10 – Head-start UCAT Preparation Intensive Training UCAT Workshop – LIVE ONLINE INTERACTIVE (2-days event) 20 December S2021 10.00am – 6.00pm Parents are invited to Day 2 of the workshop (Pathways into Medicine and Medical Interviews). TO ENROL: https://www.nie.edu.au/products-listing/product/216-simulated-ucat-day-workshop Ph: (02) 4367 0404 / mob: 0404 197 178 / 0412 439 115 / www.nie.edu.au / enquiries@nie.edu.


ATAR Enquiry Centre

UAC operating its ATAR Enquiry Centre for students who have queries about the calculation of their ATAR. Days are as follows:

  • Fri 18 December, 8.30am–6pm
  • Sat 19 December, 8.30am–4.30pm
  • Mon 21 December, 8.30am–4.30pm
  • Tue 22 December, 8.30am–4.30pm


Offer rounds for Year 12 students

The most important offer rounds for Year 12 students are:

  • December Round 2 – Wednesday 23 December
  • January Round 1 – Friday 8 January 2021.

Not all courses will be offered in December Round 2, and applicants should check UAC’s website for details of excluded courses before they finalise their course preferences. Please note, the Australian National University (ANU) will not be participating in December Round 2.

Students whose results are not available in time for December Round 2 can be assured that they will not be disadvantaged – universities will still have places available to make offers to all courses in January Round 1.



UTS New in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year that has stressed the need to do things differently. That’s why FASS has launched a series of new courses in Teacher Education and Sustainability & Environment that will equip graduates with the skills, experience and adaptability not just for today, but for tomorrow and the long-term.


The University of Sydney – Commerce or economics: which degree for me?

Wednesday 25 November, 5.30-6.40pm 

The world needs experts with the problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills of business and economics graduates to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing society. Gain the hands-on experience to develop into resilient future leaders. But what’s the difference between these two degrees?



University of SydneyCurrent School LeaversUniversity Bridging Courses Online
January and February 2021
Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Ext 1, Physics
These 5- to 7-day courses are ideal for students wanting to enter a University degree that requires assumed science knowledge that they did not complete in the HSC.
Please note: bridging courses do not satisfy the mathematics prerequisite. For relevant advice please see the heading ‘What if I don’t meet the maths prerequisite?’



UNSW Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme (FEAS)

Closes at 11am on Monday 30th November 

Thinking of commencing your UNSW Engineering degree in 2021? FEAS Applications for Term 1, 2021 (UAC December Round 2).

FEAS is an alternative pathway for students who want to study at UNSW but don’t meet the Guaranteed Entry Rank (GE) of 91.00. You should apply for the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme (FEAS) if you are expecting an ATAR between 81.00 and 90.95. FEAS applies to most UNSW Engineering undergraduate programs, including the double degrees with a GE of 91.00. 

To be eligible you will need to submit your Year 12 report, upload a video demonstrating your suitability to study engineering and an accompanying personal statement.



Why choose a Double Degrees?

If you’re looking at courses, you’ve probably heard of double degrees and know (roughly) what they involve. But why would you choose one?  Find out three of the most common reasons.

Some universities offer their own combinations; others may allow you to choose a combination of your choice. Keep in mind, too, that double degrees are not just the domain of undergraduate study. Many combinations are available at postgraduate level — even in MBA programs, such as an MBA combined with a master of professional accounting.



ACU Transitioning to Uni

2 December. 5pm

Making the leap from high school to university can be daunting. In this session you will hear from students who have made that transition and get their tips for making the most of uni.



7 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting University

Jess loved her days at university, but there are a few things she’d change if she had her time again.

When I look back on my own years at uni, I can safely say it was the best time of my life.

However, while I made some great decisions and had a lot of fun, I also made a few mistakes and learned a lot along the way. Let’s just say that if I could go back in time, I would have a few words of advice for my younger self. Here they are.



Reminder – ACU’s brand new Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) 

This new course will dive into the intellectual tradition and culture of the West. The Ramsay Centre is funding 30 scholarships valued at $30,000 per year ($90,000 total) across the duration of your degree. To find out more, visit :



University of Notre Dame Accepting Applications for Bachelor of Primary Education

Notre Dame are currently accepting applications for the Bachelor of Primary Education, starting in 2021. The Bachelor of Primary Education provides students with some of the highest rates of practical, industry experience in the country whilst supporting them through an in-depth mentoring program, allowing students to graduate job ready and in demand. 



TAFE NSW –Fee-free Apprenticeships

Becoming an apprentice or hiring an apprentice just got 100,000 times easier.

That’s the number of new apprentices that will have their qualification fees funded by the NSW Government.

They’ve recognised that apprenticeships and skilled tradespeople are the backbone of our state and they are committed to creating a pipeline of skilled Australians to build a better future.

View TAFE NSW apprenticeships and traineeships information.



TAFE – Hundreds of choices delivered straight to your inbox

With hundreds of courses to choose from, TAFE NSW can help you find your passion – and turn that passion into a career.


Australian Training Company Apprenticeships

Select the traineeship or apprenticeship you are interested in, click the ‘Apply Now’ button and complete the online Vacancy Application Form and attach your resume.

Or if you are interested in finding out more, simply contact your local ATC office and ask to speak to an Account Manager on:  02 9704 1550.

Search the list of available apprenticeships here –



Apprenticeships & Traineeships Available 

The Apprentice Employment Network and its 29 member Group Training Organisations have over 1000 apprenticeships & traineeships on offer for school leavers. They are also running numerous pre apprenticeships courses giving school leavers a kick start they need for picking up a trade.



TAFE NSW Pathways to Degrees

TAFE offer’s many pathways to Degrees at TAFE NSW to help students get the job they want. Follow their pathway journeys in Engineering, Construction, Tourism and Retail, some of the occupations available and their salaries. https://www.tafensw.edu.au/documents/60140/338518/TVET-pathway.pdf


NIDA – Years 11 and 12 – Summer Holiday Workshops December to January 2021 Holiday Courses

Sharpen your performance skills through a comprehensive workshop with a theatre practitioner drawing on NIDA acting techniques. Develop key principles of actor training, and extend into characterisation and scenework.

Course components

  • Apply key principles of NIDA Acting Techniques in scripted performance
  • Develop engaging characters through improvisation and rehearsal processes
  • Collaborate with a creative team to engage audiences and bring stories to the stage



Patrick’s College Australia 6 Scholarship places available for the Diploma of Business Administration

Undertake the 40 Week Course to become a Personal Assistant (PA), Executive Assistant (EA), Legal Secretary or Administrative Assistant. These places are currently reserved for School Leavers but will become available to Non School Leavers after November 2020. All applicants will be considered should they have a genuine interest in gaining paid employment in Sydney’s corporate world.

The College Campus (at Level 7, 451 Pitt St, Sydney) is open from 10am to 8pm for Interviews, Monday to Friday. It is best for students to contact directly on 0450 291 797 or jacobm@pca.edu.au to arrange an appointment. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the meeting also.

Here is the 2021 Course Guide.