Volume 17 - 30 Oct 2015

Scientia Showcase Afternoon

As part of the Scientia gifted program, on Tuesday 10 November at 4pm we will be hosting students from St Finbar’s Sans Souci and St Joseph’s Oatley to present the creative writing that has come out of the joint Literacy Mentoring Program.

The afternoon will also be an opportunity to showcase the wide range of student work from our Scientia program, including presentations and performances from the year 8 creative group.

We would like to extend an invitation to parents to come and see a selection of the work that our Scientia students have produced over the year


Month of the Holy Rosary

October is nominated by the Church as the month of the Holy Rosary. At this time, especially, we are encouraged to seek Mary’s guidance and inspiration. The Rosary is the vehicle by which we can pray for our own intentions, the wellbeing of others and the greater good of all.

The Rosary is a meditation not just a repetition of the same prayers.  Meditation for Catholics is different than other religions.  Most people think of meditation of a clear mind or conscious but Catholic meditation is active and reflective.  While praying the rosary Catholics reflect on the mysteries of Jesus Christ.  This reflection brings us closer to Christ’s suffering and sorrow, joys, teachings and glory.   The Rosary is an extremely powerful prayer and should be prayed daily.

The Prayer:

Each day focus on one Mystery.  Below is the traditional order of reflection:

  • Monday – Joyful Mysteries
  • Tuesday – Sorrowful Mysteries
  • Wednesday – Glorious Mysteries
  • Thursday – Luminous Mysteries
  • Friday – Sorrowful Mysteries
  • Saturday – Joyful Mysteries
  • Sunday – Glorious Mysteries

Details of the Mysteries are:

The Sorrowful Mysteries:

  • The Agony in the Garden
  • Scourging at the Pillar
  • Crowning with Thorns
  • Carrying the Cross
  • Crucifixion


The Joyful Mysteries:

  • The Annunciation to Mary
  • The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
  • The Nativity
  • The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
  • Jesus teaching in the temple at age 12

The Glorious Mysteries:

  • The Resurrection
  • The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  • The Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • The Coronation of Mary

The Luminous Mysteries:

  • The Baptism of Jesus
  • The Wedding Feast at Cana
  • Jesus Establishing the Kingdom of Heaven
  • The Transfiguration
  • The Institution of the Eucharist

How to Pray the Rosary:

  • Make the Sign of the Cross
  • Say the Apostles Creed
  • Say one Our Father
  • Say three Hail Marys
  • Say the Glory Be to the Father

(This covers the first three beads of the Rosary)

  • Announce the First Mystery of the Mystery you are reflecting
  • Say One Our Father
  • Say ten Hail Marys while reflecting on the mystery – one for each bead
  • Say the Glory Be to the Father
  • Say the Fatima Prayer – “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.”

(You do this five times, while announcing the mystery you are reflecting on prior to each decade of the Rosary)

Conclusion Prayers of the Rosary

  • Say one Hail Holy Queen (Salve Regina)
  • Closing Prayer – Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.


The Rosary is a beautiful prayer and needs to be a part of your life.  The Rosary can change the world and you.

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings.  There is no more excellent way of praying.”

-Pope Leo XII




School Fees Changes

Each year the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic School Board meets to set the level of fees for Catholic schools. As parents would know from previous newsletters, our system has had funding from government reduced in real terms. Also, there has been a directive from the Federal Government and the Catholic Education Commission to supply increased levels of funding to the more disadvantaged regions around the country, generally speaking rural and remote areas. For many years the SACS Board has kept school fee increases to a minimum, significantly below the increases in the costs associated with education. This has resulted in school fees in the Archdiocese of Sydney being lower than those in Catholic schools in other dioceses. With the shortfall in fees coming to Sydney Catholic schools the SACS Board looked at a number of options that would allow our schools to operate at the current high level. Consequently, the decision has been taken to increase fees by different percentages according to each school’s socio-economic status (SES) ranking, which is determined by the national census. For most families, the average increase in fees will be between 5-7% which is typical of the increases in the costs associated with education each year. For some families in the higher SES parts of Sydney the increases would be higher.

In 2016, due to its student population, Bethany College fees will incur a 6.6% fee increase (commensurate with the collective SES of our community). The fee schedule for our College was ratified at the last Advisory Council meeting and will be outlined in Term 1, 2016 accounts. As has always been the case, no Catholic child will be denied an education in a Catholic school because of a genuine inability to pay school fees. Anyone experiencing financial difficulties is encouraged to make a confidential appointment with the College Business Manager, Mr Lachlan Skeen.


Community News

  • Congratulations to our Performing Arts Coordinator, Ms Amy Nelson, on her marriage last weekend. We wish her and Mike a lifetime of joy and happiness.
  • There are members of our community who have been caring for seriously ill loved ones, namely, Mrs King who is caring for her husband, Mrs Parsons who is caring for her mother and Mrs Sullivan who is caring for her niece. We pray that God grants them the strength to battle their serious illnesses.


Our mantra:

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


Transdev Bus Service to Rockdale


Careers Advisory Service

A Careers Advisory Service is a free service provided by the NSW Department of Education.

Go online or call for free advice: www.cas.det.nsw.edu.au and 1300 300 687.

Please see the attachment below for further information.











MHSCareers website Calendar for more calendar events 

Please select the relevant state – NSW, to refine your search.

Go to:  http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/


List of all Open Days and Key dates for 2015–16 admissions:


Go to UAC News July 2015 p. 4



Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) News September 2015


Go to UAC News September 2015


Please read: The September UAC news includes information about the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS), Equity Scholarships and Educational Access Scheme (EAS) – page 1. It also includes scholarship information as well as Institution News and Updates which includes new courses for 2016 (pages 2-4) and Key dates for 2015–16 admissions (page 4).

It also includes information on Requirements for teaching courses in 2016 (page 2) as below.


Requirements for teaching courses in 2016

There are specific admission requirements for entry into teacher education courses next year. The requirements vary between institutions so students applying for teaching courses need to check the relevant requirements at each institution. As a useful starting point, a page is now available on UAC’s website at www.uac.edu.au/undergraduate/admission/teaching-requirements.shtml with a list of links to each institution’s information about their specifi c entry requirements.


University of Western Sydney – Name and identity change for UWS

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has a brand new identity. As of

30 August the University became Western Sydney University.


University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ACE the HSC Seminars

Date : 1st Nov 2015 Time : 10am-2pm Venue : UTS Broadway Campus
Cost : $10 Contact : Shane Hardcastle : info@hscintheholidays.com.au (1300 677 336)
Our popular “ACE the HSC” seminars are designed for both students and parents who are beginning their HSC Year (and those in Year 11 next year). Each session will provides an insight into the most important aspects of HSC success. These include how to maintain a “Stress Free HSC”, secrets to HSC success, HSC English (Standard and Advanced) and Mathematics (General and 2 unit). All of our presenters are experts in their respective fields. The cost is just a $10 donation going directly to Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets charity. To read more and to register, go to https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336

The University of Notre Dame – Getting to Know Nursing

Date : 2nd Nov 2015 Time : 6.00pm Venue : 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Thinking of a career in Nursing? Join us at ‘Getting to Know Nursing’ and find out what it’s really like!
Students attending this session will learn about nursing as a profession and the many and varied areas in which nurses are able to practice.

Bradfield Senior College Open Day

Date : 4th Nov 2015 Time : 4:30pm – 07:00pm Venue : 213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW Cost : FREE Contact : Joanne Daly : joanne.daly1@det.nsw.edu.au
Bradfield Senior College, part of the Northern Sydney Institute, is holding Open Days on Wednesday 4 and Wednesday 25 November from 4.30 – 7pm. Students interested in the performing and creative arts are encouraged to attend. For more information contact the College on 9942 0399 or joanne.daly1@det.nsw.edu.au.

Careers in Sound Production Open Day 

Date : 7th Nov 2015 Time : 10pm Venue : The Grove Studios. 286 Mangrove Road, Somersby Cost : FREE Contact : Peter Horscroft : learnings@me.com
The Grove Studios and RMI will hold an Open Day on Saturday, November 7th from 10am-2pm for prospective 2016 students wanting a career in Sound Production.
Interested students are asked to: Visit http://thegrovestudios.com 
Register their interest for the Open Day at http://rmi.edu.au/

Western Sydney Institute (WSI)  Entertainment Open Day

Date : 7th Nov 2015 Time : 10am
Venue : Nirimba College Nirimba Education Precinct Eastern Road Quakers Hill NSW 2763 Cost : FREE Contact : Sandra Blue : sandra.blue@tafensw.edu.au
A great career in entertainment for a Greater Western Sydney.
WSI Entertainment Open Day. 7 November 2015, 10am to 2pm
Certificate to Advanced Diploma courses in Music, Live sound and Lighting, Dramatic Arts, Music Theatre, Sound Production and Recording. 
We will have live band, performing arts and solo performances, studio recording demonstrations, Music Technology demonstrations, tours of the facilities, and Q&A.
Please forward all enquiries to 131870 or (02)9208 7438. http://entertainment.wsi.tafensw.edu.au/future-students/

Macquarie University ACE the HSC Seminars

Date : 8th Nov 2015 Time : 10am-2pm Venue : Macquarie University
Cost : $10 Contact : Shane Hardcastle : info@hscintheholidays.com.au ph – 1300 677 336
Our popular “ACE the HSC” seminars are designed for both students and parents who are beginning their HSC Year (and those in Year 11 next year). Each session will provides an insight into the most important aspects of HSC success. These include how to maintain a “Stress Free HSC”, secrets to HSC success, HSC English (Standard and Advanced) and Mathematics (General and 2 unit). All of our presenters are experts in their respective fields. A $10 donation will go directly to Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets. To read more and to register, go to https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336

Free Automotive Pre Apprenticeship Course – Gymea

Date : 9th Nov 2015 Time : 9:00am Venue : Box Road, Taren Point Cost : FREE Event                                                                                                                                Free Automotive Pre Apprenticeship Course – Parramatta
Date : 9th Nov 2015 Time : 9:00am          Cost : FREE                                                                                      Venue : Level 2, 8-10 Palmer Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Contact : Michael Wentworth : mwentworth@mtaplus.com.au
MTA Apprenticeships Plus is part of the Motor Traders Association of NSW and ACT. We place over 300 school leavers into apprenticeships in the automotive industry each year.
This is a 3 week Automotive Pre Apprenticeship Course for school leavers looking to secure an apprenticeship in the automotive industry. At the completion of the 3 weeks training each student will be placed on work experience with an employer seeking an apprentice with a view to the student gaining the apprenticeship they are looking for. 
Each student on completion of the course will receive a Statement of Attainment in Automotive and will have completed 7 Units of Competence from the Automotive Training Package.

School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.
Bachelor of Communication or a Bachelor of Screen Media (Arts & Production)

Prospective students are invited to the university’s Werrington South campus on Tuesday 10 November. On the day, you will take part in a professional writing workshop and a studio shoot in the on-campus TV studio. You’re also encouraged to bring along a portfolio of work to showcase and to take part in an interview, which may lead to an early offer being made.

 More information and registration can be found at westernsydney.edu.au/commscareerday

Or alternatively you can email Dr Rachel Morley on R.Morley@westernsydney.edu.au


Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening 

Date : 11th Nov 2015 Time : 6pm Cost : FREE
Venue : Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station)
Contact : Carolyn Chandler : carolyn.chandler@navitas.com
Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) Information Evening – Wednesday 11 November at 6:00pm. Come along to ACAP’s Information night and find out more about our VET, Bachelor, Honours, Graduate Diploma and Masters programs. Meet our academic team and take a tour of the campus; ACAP staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Level 5, 11 York St Sydney, NSW 2000 (above Wynyard Station). RSVP at http://www.acap.edu.au/future-students/info-sessions/. Email info.acap@navitas.com or call 1800 061 199 for more information.

2016 HSC & TPC Course Information Evening – TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute

Date : 11th Nov 2015 Time : 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Venue : TAFE NSW – Northern Sydney Institute – St Leonards Campus – J Block
Cost : FREE Contact : Colin Frederick : colin.frederick@tafensw.edu.au
The Prevocational Studies Section will once again be offering students the opportunity of studying units in the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 2016. 

VALE Metro Screen

Date : 11th Nov 2015 Time : 6pm – 8pm Venue : Chauvel Cinema
Cost : FREE Contact : Metro Screen : metro@metroscreen.org.au
VALE Metro Screen
Metro Screen will share the research we have completed about the emerging film sector and facilitate a community discussion on future possibilities for the emerging sector.
When: Wednesday 11 November, 6pm
Where: Chauvel Cinema, Paddington Town Hall, Paddington
For more information visit: http://metroscreen.org.au/event/vale-metro-screen/

Bedford College Glebe Campus Information Evening

Date : 12th Nov 2015 Time : 5pm-8pm Venue : 54 Parramatta Road, Glebe NSW 2037
Cost : FREE Contact : Georgia Oehme : 1300 174 174 or georgia@bedford.edu.au 
Come along to our Glebe Campus Information Evening to find out how students can complete a Diploma of Business or a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in just one year. Campus tours and information seminars will be run throughout the evening, meet current and past students, speak to teachers about the courses and check out our facilities. 

St Patrick’s Institute of Education Information Session

Date : 15th Nov 2015 Time : 11.00 am Venue : Level 1, 65 York Street Sydney
Cost : FREEContact : Anne Fairhall : anne.fairhall@spie.edu.au 0407 278 164
Our vocational Diploma courses in Business, Business Administration and Management provide school-leavers with an ideal pathway towards a successful career and continuing tertiary education. No ATAR is required for admission and VET FEE-HELP is available.
St Patrick’s has enjoyed many instances of mentoring Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 school-leavers through the often difficult transition from school to career and university – and we are justifiably proud of our record of achievement. 
http://www.spie.edu.au OR anne.fairhall@spie.edu.au OR 0407 278 164

UNSW Art & Design Portfolio Entry Workshops

Date : 16th Nov 2015 Time : 10:00am-12:00pm
Venue : Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula (Entry via Shepherd St Liverpool) Cost : FREE Contact : Damien Nedeljkovic : d.nedeljkovic@unsw.edu.au
Visit our website for more information and registration https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/events/portfolio-entry-workshops-0

 UNSW Art & Design Portfolio Entry Workshop

Date : 18th Nov 2015 Time : 10:00am-12:00pm
Venue : UNSW Art & Design, Cnr Greens Rd & Oxford Sts Paddington
Cost : FREE Contact : Damien Nedeljkovic : d.nedeljkovic@unsw.edu.au
Get confident about your portfolio.
Join a free portfolio entry workshop in November to learn about how to prepare and develop your portfolio.

Macquarie University Campus Tour

Date : 19th Nov 2015 Time : 5.30pm – 7.30pm Venue : Macquarie University
Cost : FREE Contact : Helena Cantrall : futurestudents@mq.edu.au
This campus tour is open to everyone who would like to hear more about Macquarie. Visit our wonderful campus, meet our Student Advisers and have your questions answered.

 Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Open Day 

Date : 21st Nov 2015 Time : 10am – 3pm Venue : All AIE Campuses
Cost : FREE Contact : Simon Freeman : simonf@aie.edu.au
Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at an AIE Open Day. Sydney, Melbourne Canberra and Adelaide campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about full-time and part-time courses.
For more information head to http://www.aie.edu.au/openday

Bradfield Senior College Open Day

Date : 25th Nov 2015 Time : 4:30pm – 07:00pm Venue : 213 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW Cost : FREE
Contact : Joanne Daly : joanne.daly1@det.nsw.edu.au.
Bradfield Senior College, part of the Northern Sydney Institute, is holding Open Days on Wednesday 4 and Wednesday 25 November from 4.30 – 7pm. Students interested in the performing and creative arts are encouraged to attend. For more information contact the College on 9942 0399

The University of Notre Dame – There’s Still Time – Twilight Tours & Information Evening

Date : 24th Nov 2015 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Date : 25th Nov 2015 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404
Date : 26th Nov 2015 Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008 Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : sydney@nd.edu.au / 02 8204 4404




Ms Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education and Mission

Year 12 Prayer Families

Thank you to all those families who have ‘spiritually adopted’ a Year 12 students to pray for them during their final weeks of Year 12 and during their HSC examinations. You are invited to continue to pray for the Year 12 students up to the time of receiving their results and in the days when they will be making decisions regarding career and course choices.


St Vincent de Paul Brekky Van

Thank you to all who have supported the Bethany College Brekky Van teams throughput 2015. The final On Saturday 26 November the Bethany College team will serve breakfast to those in need at Surry Hills. We give thanks for the generous service of the students and staff, a visible expression of the ‘good works’.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

St Mary’s Star of the Sea Girls High School Hurstville – Reunion

It is 50 years since the class of 65 left St Mary’s. It was the last year of the Leaving Certificate.
A reunion will be held on Sunday 13th December 2015 for any of the girls that left school in 1963, 1964 & 1965.
Please contact Beverly Fitzpatrick 0411171148 for details.

Contract Renewal for all Principals

2015 Music Performance Evening

As the year draws to a close, students involved in the extra-curricular music program are busily preparing for an end of year performance evening. This performance evening will showcase the hard work of the students involved in the College Band, College Choir and the Instrumental/Vocal Program. We would like to invite families and friends to join us on this evening.

Date: Tuesday 10th November

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Bethany College Theatrette

Gold coin donation at the door

From the Assistant Principal

Important dates for Term 4

  • 4 November Ancient Greek Theatre Festival. 6:30-9.00 pm
  • 4 November Year 7, 2016 Orientation Day and Parent Information session 6:30-7:30 pm
  • 10 November: Music performance evening. 6:30-8:30 pm
  • 26 & 27 November: College Musical
  • 11 December: End of year Speech and Award Ceremony
  • 14 December: Last day of school for students
  • 15 December: Yr 7-10 Parent Teacher Student Interviews. 9-3:30 pm



Bethany College has students enrolled who have allergies to food and environmental factors some of whom develop anaphylaxis when exposed to triggers. In addition we have many students who suffer from asthma. It is not possible, nor practical to remove all allergens and triggers from schools and instead we need to focus on minimising exposure to known triggers and training everyone involved to know what to do if an incident occurs.

Teachers and Teachers Aids have Asthma and Anaphylaxis training as part of their mandatory First Aid training. Last term we conducted a refresher course for managing aap2sthma flare ups and this term we will also conduct an anaphylaxis refresher to make sure staff feel confident that they understand the signs and symptoms and what action to take. Additionally, year groups will be educated on how to respond to any incidents that may occur when they are present.

Blanket food bans are not recommended by government agencies nor by ASCIA to address anaphylaxis, however ongoing education is proven to reduce risk. ASCIA also recommend that all students (even primary school) should carry their own asthma reliever medication and epipen. The college will have back ups of both however.

Parents and carers can assist us in caring for their daughters by providing the college with updated medical plans (these should be updated annually at a minimum) and health information. At the start of each calendar year medical information is updated based on the information you provide, so please assist us by asking your GP/specialist to review plans, and have a copy ready for us in 2016.



ap3Students and staff have been frustrated by the service provided to families on this school special route. Due to overcrowding and punctuality many students prefer to catch a public bus. This has not been without issues though. At times drivers will not stop to pick students up, or ask them to alight mid way through their journey when the bus gets crowded, or the college receives complaints that students are crowding the buses and should use the school special!  I have been trying to work with Transdev on a solution to support the 126ish students who hold bus passes for this route over the last 2 years with no success. I have now approached Chris Minns MP, who has arranged a meeting on Friday 6/11 at 3.15p.m.. I have handed out a letter to students and emailed parents asking for support and some feedback on this service. Additionally I would like all those students who hold passes to travel that route to stay behind for the meeting. They would then catch the school special or public bus home. Without student and parent support, this frustrating situation will unfortunately continue.




Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal