Volume 19 - 07 Dec 2018

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

Last Sunday we began the season of Advent. Advent signals the waiting period of Christ being born but in a really practical way, what else are we waiting for? Advertisements on TV tell us that we are waiting for Christmas which symbolises lots of food and the receiving of gifts. As Christians we know that the real message should be the waiting for something more special such as quality time to spend with family, thoughts about others, not just ourselves and most importantly time to reflect on where we sit with our God. With birth comes joy and hope and the Christmas message continues to be that which reminds us to be hopeful or positive about our future and joyful about what we have and where we are.

Dear Jesus,

You are the hope in our messy world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice, and focus on what’s really important.

We place our hope in you as we prepare our hearts to celebrate your birth at Christmas.

Amen.

 

Congratulations

In the last fortnight it has been impressive to see a variety of students talents on display.

Our Year 10 Newman students have been brilliant in mentoring talented writers from our Primary feeder schools in a creative writing program. The connection between both primary and secondary students has been wonderful to watch and we look forward to the Newman Showcase this Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to hear some of the stories that have been written.

Our Performing Arts students had the marvellous opportunity to perform at NIDA last week. Our Showcase highlighted students from extra curricular dance, Stage 5 and 6 Dance, Drama and and all levels of Music. The professionalism of our girls both on stage and back stage was a real credit to their commitment in developing in the Performing Arts.

Yesterday, the Year 10 History Debaters were in the Grand Final of the History Debating Competition. This competition runs all year and has teams from government, selective, private and systemic schools involved. In a very close debate where the panel’s decision was split, deliberation occurred for over 30 minutes with the eventual winner being North Sydney Girls Selective High School. It was a pleasure to hear the girls debate with passion and to see the amount of research collected in readiness for this debate. It was an outstanding feat to make it through to the Grand Final.

The above few programs are a snapshot of the last fortnight. I would like to thank the many, many staff who have been involved in preparing the girls for these events, for their extra time, care and most of all for the confidence that they instill in the girls to believe that they can absolutely reach their best.

 

 

Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates:

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Academic Awards – Year 10 & 11 from 8.55a.m. – 10.20a.m. (usual classes for Periods 3 & 4); Years 7-9 from 10.55a.m. – 12.45p.m. (usual classes for Periods 1 & 2)

Students dismissed and school specials have been booked for 1.00p.m

 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Last day for Years 10 and 11. All students dismissed and school specials booked for 12.00p.m.

Representative sport finals will take place this afternoon.

 

Friday, 14 December 2018

Year 7 Concert for the Elderly

Years 8 and 9 Normal Classes

Normal finish time

 

Monday, 17 December 2018

Last day for Years 7-9.   Students dismissed and school specials booked for 12.00p.m.

 

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

9.00a.m. – 3.00p.m. Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

 

Wednesday, 19 December – Friday, 21 December 2018

Staff Development Days

 

2019

Thursday, 31 January 2019

School resumes for Year 7 and new students to Bethany College

 

Friday, 1 February 2019

School resumes for Years 8 – 12

 

Friday, 8 February 2019

6.00 – 8.30p.m.  New Parent and Student Welcome

 

 

From the Leader of Religious Education and Mission

As we have now entered the liturgical season of Advent, I would like to share with you a reflection that I recently came across.  

How did Mary mother?

Kate Moriarty writes a regular column, ‘Home truths’, for Australian Catholics magazine. As someone who knows what its like to care for a newborn child, she reflects on what life was like for Mary in Jesus’ earliest days.

I wonder what it must be like to give birth in a stable. While expecting my first child, I went into overdrive planning my birth experience. Soft lighting. Classical music. Boiled sweets. A card game for between contractions. I didn’t know then that I was about to be met with a force of nature that would leave me oblivious of all around me, oblivious to everything save for one thought: I wanted it to be over.

When my squalling, spindly-limbed girl-child was placed in my arms, I met another force of nature, far more powerful than the one before. I fell in love. Carried on an intense wave of endorphins, I lived in a beautiful bubble for three days. Why, this hospital food is delicious! And these flowers are so lovely! And my baby! Why, there has never been such a baby! So beautiful!

So perhaps Mary didn’t notice her surroundings when she gave birth. And perhaps afterwards, she, too, was in a happy bubble (‘such sweet-smelling hay!’, ‘such noble oxen!’).

Often, Jesus is described as some sort of supernatural baby who never cries and always sleeps when He is supposed to. Mary, also, is portrayed as an ever-patient, ever-capable Supermum. I hope she wasn’t like those Instagram mums whose babies are so serene in their vintage bonnet and handmade blanket (‘From now on, all generations shall call me #blessed’).

When I pray to Mary, I want to know that she knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed at 5:30pm by a cranky baby after a night of no sleep, when she really needs to be cooking Joseph’s dinner. I am convinced Baby Jesus cried. I am certain there were nights where he wouldn’t settle. Perhaps he got bad wind, or reflux, or became overstimulated by the Heavenly Host and all their singing.

Did Joseph pace the stable with Jesus against his shoulder, firmly patting His tiny back? Did Mary rock her wailing baby while running over a checklist (‘He’s been fed, His nappy is clean, He’s warm enough: what is the matter?’)

After three days of blissful baby happiness, the endorphins crash. Doctors call this the ‘baby blues’. I remember the feeling of utter hopelessness. I didn’t know what I was doing! I was a rubbish mother! I couldn’t manage this! I cried great racking sobs as my tiny baby gazed steadily up at me. I felt despair.

Did Mary feel this way? Some people say it’s sinful to feel despair, but I’m not sure. I don’t think it’s sinful to feel anything. And Mary would have even more reasons to feel overwhelmed. Mary had no brisk midwife to teach her how to work the swaddling clothes, no lactation specialist to inspect whether the tiny King of Kings was latching on properly. Worst of all: Mary had no chocolate!

But I’m certain that Mary would have remembered to pray much sooner than I did. And time spent in prayer brings more peace than two blocks of Lindt 70% Cocoa ever could.

The thing I find most compelling about the mystery of the incarnation is that God chose to enter this world as a fragile human baby. What did Mary think as she gazed into His fathomless newborn eyes? Did she know that He would one day transform all of creation, or did she perhaps think longingly of sleep? Either way, she would have felt that intense force-of-nature love that never goes away as she placed Jesus, finally fast asleep, in a feeding tray: this Bread of Life who would nourish the whole world.

 

Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

 

Newman Writing Project

On Wednesday October 24th, Year 10 Newman English was able to spend the day working with young primary school students in order to enhance creative writing skills. This was an excellent opportunity for our class to nurture and express creativity whilst sharing new ideas with fellow classmates, as well as with younger students equipped with advanced writing skills. This was not only a mentoring opportunity for our Newman class to aid in the educational development of future Bethany girls, but it was also a chance to learn new things from the wild and unique imaginations of many other young, talented girls. These primary school students came from a range of schools, which included St Mary Star of the Sea, St Finbar’s, St Joseph’s Oatley, St Joseph’s Rockdale, St Francis Xavier, Mater Dei and St Raphael’s.

Various activities completed throughout the day enabled everyone to begin to generate ideas and interact with one another. The overall aim of this mentoring program is to produce a creative story directed by the primary students with the assistance and guidance of the Year 10 Newman Class. To express the story fully, each pair is invited to present their story in both digital and printed format.

The second session held on Friday 23rd November ran just as smoothly as the first session. The mentors and the primary school students got stuck into writing and adding to their final product straight away. The teachers were very helpful in assisting the students and guiding them to develop their writing skills. The students were very lucky to also have access to two full tables of motivation (lollies) to help their creative juices flow.

“The mentoring program has been an enlightening experience for the younger girls and our class as a whole. It was both fun and challenging at the same time.”
-Alessia Colagiuri, Year 10 Newman student

This has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for the Year 10 Newman Class and we look forward to showcasing our completed projects on Tuesday 11th December at the Newman Symposium.  A big thank you to Miss Taouk, Ms Field and Mrs Smit for planning the day and ensuring that it ran smoothly.

Alice Gleeson, Selina Colagiuri and Zoe Ball

 

Year 7-11 Performing Arts Showcase

 
On Thursday 29 November, the College held the biennial Year 7-11 Performing Arts Showcase. This year, it was performed at the Playhouse Theatre, at NIDA. The students presented excellence in Drama, Dance and Music, showcasing their achievement in the classroom and in the co-curricular Dance program.
 
It was a wonderful evening, performed to a sold-out theatre of family and friends. Bethany students truly did reach for the stars, and we are extremely proud of their achievements.
 
 
 
 
Damian Bernardo
Performing Arts Coordinator

Year 8 Science Powerhouse Museum Excursion

 

On the 16th of November, 2018, Year 8 participated in an interactive excursion to the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney. We were taken to a range of expeditions in the museum throughout the day where we were free to roam around and be self directed learners. One exhibition we found particularly interesting was Space. In this exhibition we were challenged to find pieces of information that helped us further extend our knowledge on space. The exhibition was incredible as we were able to experience conditions in which astronauts had to go through in space as well as become much more open minded to practises in space. The museum showed us so much innovative technology and how Science is involved in everyday life, wherever you look. The experience made us much more open minded and aware of how Science impacts almost everything we do.

Another inspiring exhibition we were lucky enough to visit was the EcoLogic expedition. This exhibition explored the issues of climate change and the science behind global warming. We were encouraged to explore an eco-friendly home where we gained more knowledge on how reusing, reducing and recycling items in our homes can have a large effect on our environment, making a huge difference. We also learnt about the importance of using energy efficiently and how eating locally grown foods can also have a large impact on our environment. The team encouraged us to build the best future we can because everything we do has an impact on our environment. Overall, this great experience taught us so much about the environment and encouraged us to try harder in creating a more efficient future.

 

Juliette Lepine and Rachel Tannous (Year 8 Science students)

Language Students Ace the Acer Competition

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) has recently released the results of their annual testing of Language students. This year, students from Bethany College were assessed in their competencies in Reading and Listening in Italian and Japanese.

The following students achieved at least one Distinction grade in their results. Congratulations!

Year 9 Italian                                                             

Vikky Clements Salgado

Kiara Vitale

Lily Perenara

Catia Di-Santo

Bianca Pilla

Year 10 Italian

Alessia Colagiuri

Giulia Battisti

Sophie Cook

Alexandra Hammer

Caitlyn Capizzi

Cecilia Strati

Isabella Staninovski

Katrina Simon

Sienna Ferrone

Kiara-Jade Pengue

Natalia Bozic

Year 10 Japanese

Catriona Farrelly

Kelly Tan

Year 11 Italian

Olivia Di Costanzo

Claudia Bonacci

Valentina Triulcio

 

Marco Gianni

Teacher in Charge, LANGUAGES

Year 10 Kaleidoscope Science Show

On Friday the 23rd of November, all Year 10 Science attended an incursion run by Kaleidoscope Science with Mitch. We learnt about different chemical reactions as well as the transfer of energy. Mitch demonstrated many exciting experiments such as combustion, sublimation and experimenting with the fourth state of matter – plasma.

Some of the experiments included:

  • Looking at how liquid nitrogen can blow up a balloon or condense the gas inside
    • We blew a giant balloon up by liquid nitrogen boiling (in the air!) until it popped and condensed smaller ones so the gas inside cooled and condensed and the balloon crumpled to feel and look more like a paper bag.
  • Combining different liquids with fire to change the colours of the flame
    • By combining different common chemicals with fuel, we were able to change the colour of fire with our newly learnt information that different chemicals burn different colours.
  • Looking at different sources of fuel to create a fireball
    • Mitch allowed us to see the chemical reaction which happened in our body to create energy from starchy foods, like foods containing flour. We blow flour into the air and set it on fire with a blow torch to create a massive fireball in the air.
  • Running a current through a human body using a plasma ball.
    • By touching a plasma ball we were able to create an electric current from the energy provided by the plasma in the plasma ball. We learnt that plasma is what lightning is. This meant if the person touching the ball held a lightbulb, the light bulb would turn on.

This incursion helped us to engage with our Science studies and learn more about the scientific reactions that happen in our daily lives.

 

Zoe Collins and Zoe Ball (10SC.1)

 

PDHPE News

SCC Rep Sport Update

Congratulations on all 4 representative sport teams making it to the semi finals this week.

 

Sporting Excellence

Congratulations to Eva Kostopolous who this week is travelling to the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Cairns for high jump.

 

 

Another congratulations to year 7 student, Tameeka Johnson who will be competing at the NSW Senior State Age Swimming Championships. 

 

Staff VS Year 12

On Friday 30th November the first round of the Staff VS Year 12 competition took place on Yallunga court with a game of netball.

The year 12s were off to a confident start however were not able to take the lead, going down 12 points to 7.

 

 

 

Lauren Brennan

Representative Sport Co-ordinator

Careers News

Working in IT

During the October school holidays I started my two-week work experience at WiseTech Global. WiseTech Global is a tech company that builds software to improve logistics. While I was there I was treated like an employee, attending team meetings and doing real work that will contributed to WiseTech. The language I coded in was C#. This wasn’t a language I knew while going in so I had to learn it over the two weeks. During the two weeks I was there, UTS ran a STEM day for girls where various companies ran different workshops, WiseTech being one of them. Alina, my mentor for the two weeks, Emily, an intern that works at WiseTech, and I got to run the workshop, helping and encouraging other girls to pursue STEM subjects. We did this by playing a game based on decision making, as decision making is a major part of coding and also helpful in everyday life. Overall, working at WiseTech was a great experience as I got to do work that contributes to the company in a real work environment and was motivated to pursue a career in technology.

 Amanda McGilchrist Year 10

 

 

 

 

Women in Aviation work experience

During the last school holidays, Abby and I embarked on a once-in-a lifetime experience, the Women in Aviation Work Experience Camp in HMAS Albatross. The camp focused on encouraging women into the field of aviation and allowed us to see what the occupation involves.

From the moment we arrived we were given strict instructions and expectations and taught how to march. The first night consisted of team bonding exercises and an introduction to what we could expect from the next 3 days.

The second day was when the real fun began, with a 5:30am fire drill. We began every morning with an hour of physical training, similar to the intense training the NAVY puts their recruits through.

Each day involved a variety of activities including, Q&As with female pilots, female Aviation Warfare Officers, mechanics and many other women in aviation. Throughout the camp we also got up and close with some of the helicopters, including a Romeo and a MRH.

Our group was able to see classified content surrounding the mechanics of helicopters and were given the incredible opportunity to use the flight simulators, that are engaged to train pilots. We were both able to fly the simulator without crashing, a task that looks a lot easier than it is.

Another amazing experience from the camp was having access to the control tower and watching the radars tracking all aircrafts in the radius. It was fascinating to witness the huge behind the scenes efforts, and gain an understanding of how many people it takes to conduct operations efficiently and safely.

On the final day we were fitted with flight suits, an experience which all of us were ecstatic about. We were required to wear these for the whole day as well as when we participated in water survival training. This training consisted of jumping off a 3m platform into water, learning techniques to stay together and retain heat and using life rafts. We participated in the NAVY’s mandatory swimming test that required us to swim underwater across the pool, tread water and create buoys from our flight suits. Our instructor also allowed us to practice on the training obstacle course. Only one girl successfully completed the course on the day and very few made it past half way.

The Women in Aviation Camp was an unforgettable opportunity that allowed us to experience the amazing occupation of Aviation and the vast range of opportunities the NAVY can provide an individual, while in a supporting and encouraging female environment.

Abby Gillon-Smith and Alexandra Hammer (Year 10)

 

UNIVERSITY

Why Take A Gap Year When You Can Go Overseas In Your Degree Studies?

Imagine starting your degree and then during your degree taking the exciting plunge of going to a sister University overseas. You get the advantage of maintaining your studies in your chosen field and for half a year up to a whole year spending your time in another country you always wanted to visit. It’s a win win situation! Check it out:

ACU

http://www.acu.edu.au/courses/other_courses/exchange_and_study_abroad

ANU

http://www.anu.edu.au/students/careers-opportunities/global-programs/international-exchange

CSU

http://www.csu.edu.au/csuglobal/home

Macquarie University

https://students.mq.edu.au/experience/travel-while-studying

Southern Cross University

https://www.scu.edu.au/current-students/global-experience/

University of Canberra

http://www.canberra.edu.au/study-abroad/travel-os

University of New England

http://www.une.edu.au/current-students/my-course/exchange

University of NSW

http://www.international.unsw.edu.au/exchange_to_unsw

University of Newcastle

https://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/study-abroad-and-exchange/study-overseas

University of Sydney

https://sydney.edu.au/study/study-abroad-and-student-exchange.html

UTS

https://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/opportunities/global-exchange/what-global-exchange

University of Wollongong

https://www.uow.edu.au/student/exchange/index.html

Western Sydney University

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/globalmobility/goglobal

 

US Undergraduate Applications 2018-19 SAT Testing Dates – The SAT and ACT Standardised Tests

As part of the US undergraduate application requirement to most four year institutions, students are required to submit a standardised test score, either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT), both of which are administered privately and outside of school hours. Both tests are assessing competencies in comprehensive reading and writing and maths – the ACT also has a testing section on science which does require knowledge in the subject matter, however, many of the questions are analysis and interpretation based. Both tests have an optional writing component required for admission purposes by some institutions. Read further details here:

http://www.internationallyeducated.com.au/single-post/2018/09/07/The-SAT-and-ACT-Standardised-Tests—Updated-2018-19-SAT-Testing-Dates

 

University of Wollongong  – College Pathways Programs

Do you think university is out of reach? Maybe you didn’t get the ATAR to get straight into uni, or you don’t have an ATAR at all? Our pathways programs will prepare you for university study and set you up to succeed. Some diploma courses can also get you into the second year of a UOW bachelor degree. A range of scholarships and government loans and subsidies are available for eligible students.

https://www.uowcollege.edu.au/getin-getahead/

 

Reminder – ANU Advisory Sessions

14 December. 10.00am to 2.00pm

At the ANU Advisory Day you will have one-on-one access to advisors, as well as representatives from our academic Colleges. We will be there to answer any questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage students to come along to learn more about ANU. To register:

CANBERRA: Pop Up Village, ANU Campus

http://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/canberra-advisory-day-2018 SYDNEY: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour

http://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/sydney-advisory-day-2018

 

 

TAFE

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.

https://www.tafensw.edu.au/fee-free-apprenticeships

 

Why Become an Electrician? NECA –Training & Apprenticeships

Work on multi-storey buildings, shopping centres, apartments and houses.

  • Installation of main and sub-main switchboards
  • Power and lighting systems
  • Emergency and exit lighting
  • Installation of powerpoints and power supplies to specialised equipment.

The telecommunications industry is always evolving in phone, optical fibre systems and internet connected devices.

  • Computer cabling design and installations
  • Telephone/voice systems design and installations
  • Optical fibre communication technology
  • Building management systems

Install, maintain and repair electrical systems in the growing field in renewable energy systems.

  • Solar panel installations
  • Battery back up systems
  • Smart Grid technology
  • Installation and testing of renewable energy equipment and systems
  • Aiming high? Working on the transmission of electricity from power stations through high voltage transmission networks to distribution to homes and business via sub stations could be just what you are looking for.
  • Or go deep and be a cable jointer looking after the insulated power supply and control cables installed in under-ground pipes.

https://www.necatraining.com.au/electrical-apprentices/

 

TAFE NSW –Information Week 2019

21 to 25 January

Come along to TAFE NSW’s Information Week from 21-25 January to explore your course and career options for 2019. Our program of events include info sessions, campus tours, and live demos – program to be released soon. Talk to our teachers, career counsellors, find out about scholarships, support services, and much more. Whether you want to be qualified faster, be in a career you love, or be the boss – Be Ambitious, take charge of your future and plan your visit today. Register your interest to receive program and latest event updates as they are released.

https://www.facebook.com/events/477772419408283/

 

Essential Energy –Apprenticeships

If working outdoors in a team environment appeals to you, an apprenticeship with us might be the perfect way to kick start your career.  All apprenticeship roles are a four-year program which work towards a trade qualification while learning on-the job. Your apprenticeship journey will be supported by a great crew and a professional training team.  We are offering apprenticeships in the following roles:

Powerline Worker

Powerline Workers are responsible for building, improving and maintaining the poles and wires that deliver electricity to our customers.

Zone Substation Electrical Technician

Zone Substation Electrical Apprentices are responsible for the safe and reliable operation of high voltage switch-gear, transformers and associated electrical circuits.

https://www.essentialenergy.com.au/careers/apprenticeships

 

Hitachi – Apprenticeship Program 2019 – Sydney

As part of our 2019 Apprenticeship Intake, we are offering the Nationally Accredited Trade Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology (Heavy Duty Diesel Fitter) Apprenticeship. Based in Revesby (Sydney) this exceptional opportunity is perfect for any candidate who is hungry to learn and wanting to develop a fulfilling and long-term career.

http://m.hitachicareers.com.au/job/apprenticeship-program-2019-plant-mechanic-sydney-service-maintenance-trades-other-revesby-nsw-australia-ds000227/8ae5a5ea-b707-11e8-85c8-bc764e10a8d2

 

COLLEGES

NIDA –Holiday Workshops

Find the right acting course for you. Identify and experience the essentials of screen acting. Build your on screen confidence as you develop skills in improvisation, character development and script work. Rehearse and present live and recorded scenes for family and friends at the end of the course.

https://www.open.nida.edu.au/courses/How+/School+Holidays

 

Do you know a talented young filmmaker? – JMC Mocktail Submissions are now open!

Closes 3 March
Each year JMC Academy holds an exciting film and animation event; The Martini Film Awards. This event screens the best of JMC Academy’s student and recent alumni work and includes a category known as the Mocktail Awards. This is where High School students, are also invited to submit their best short fiction, short documentary, short animation, television commercial or music video clip, to be reviewed by industry professionals. Shortlisted films will be shown and the winner will be announced at the prestigious Martini Film Awards to be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in May/June 2019.
We invite your students to submit their short films and go into the running to win awesome prizes for themselves and their school! Enter below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mocktails2019?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWTJNMk4yWXlOMlUxWVRBNCIsInQiOiJEZksrdGV5TnFCdTJOVkJLSDdISEc4Mzh5dzVqUkhib04yRmcwQW1scXFGaVB0VlFiXC9pOHl1REpvU3lNZGhBV250b1dvdjNWU2xmeTU3TWUrbW92dlJqbEJFekZ1bDRVdHZxeG8xalJibWhXdmY5SG5UTEZXd0JkSm5uRFN4QkUifQ%3D%3D

 

Money Management Course for Young Australians

Real World Education Group’s personal financial management course is built by industry experts for young Australians to help them understand real world financial concepts and become financially savvy. For more information email info@rweg.com.au . Visit:

http://rweg.com.au/

 

 

GENERAL

4 Options for 2018 School Leavers to Think About

If you’re a student, the decisions you make now won’t lock you in forever. But there’s still lots to consider before you finish school. Whether you’re thinking about going to uni, doing an apprenticeship, or starting a job, the Department of Human Services offers a range of support for school leavers.

http://mediahub.humanservices.gov.au/news/4-options-for-school-leavers-to-think-about/

 

Good Universities Guide

The Good Universities Guide is Australia’s premier resource on higher education, allowing students to compare and identify the right course and provider to assist them in achieving their career goals.

The Good Universities Guide 2019 is the most comprehensive edition of the publication to date, featuring:

  • New and updated institution ratings
  • Student experience and graduate outcome data
  • Entry requirements and ATAR cut-off scores
  • Financial assistance, fees and scholarships
  • Institution profiles by state

https://goodeducationbookshop.com/products/the-good-universities-guide

 

Careers Advisory Service

14, 17 & 18 December. 9.00am to 5.00pm

The Careers Advisory Service is a phone, web chat and email service for NSW students who have completed the HSC and need further career or tertiary education advice. The service is provided by the Department of Education and is staffed by experienced Careers Advisers. Phone 1300 300 687 and webchat. Email 24 hours.

http://www.careersadvisoryservice.com/about/

 

 

Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Vorrei un Gelato, Per Favore

Year 8 students put their Italian language skills to good use last Tuesday when they were given the opportunity to purchase different varieties of gelato.

Students showed that nothing is a greater source of motivation than getting their hands on a cone of  stracciatella, limone, cioccolato fondente or mango.

Even some of the staff showed off their talents in Italian!

 

 

 

 

 

Marco Gianni

Teacher in Charge, LANGUAGES

 

Bethany’s S.M.I.L.E Team

Share, Motivate, Inspire, Love, Enjoy

Bethany’s SMILE team is a new student-driven initiative that commenced this year. Approximately 25 of our compassionate and kind-hearted Bethany students volunteered to be a part of the team. Each of these students played a key role in running various activities and initiatives throughout the year to teach and promote positive well-being in our school. Students encouraged their peers to take a break from the daily stressors by engaging in fun, interactive, inspiring and/or relaxing activities during lunch. Some of the activities included:

Smashing Out Stress – Students held a lunchtime boxing session to encourage students to release school-related stress.

 

 

Daily Quotes – Students shared beautiful quotes on Sentral that were read out in homeroom to start the day with positivity and encouragement.

 

 

 

 

 

Lunchtime Dance Party – The Lunchtime Party was directed by the Year 9 Smile team members to illustrate how being in a room full of gleeful students can influence your own happiness. And this was established once they entered the room, and students danced away whilst enjoying some delightful snacks. The team also handed out roses to each student that attended to promote love and kindness. Students had lots of fun!

 

Bullying No Way! – Bullying No Way day is a national initiative to encourage students to put a stop to bullying. Students created posters with powerful messages to support this initiative. Support details were also provided for individuals that wanted to access support. 

 

Eating Disorders Awareness Day – Posters with powerful messages were placed around the school to empower the women of our school. The messages indicated the importance of loving yourself for who you are and not letting your body define you. It also promoted positive and realistic attitudes about body image to boost self-confidence amongst students.

 

World Kindness Day – Our team encouraged students to write a kind quote and message in their homeroom classes. The messages were then displayed in a public area for students to see to promote kindness within the school community. The idea was driven in order to remind everyone that kindness comes in all forms and is shown in the smallest actions that we do in our day to day lives.

Mothers Day and Fathers Day – Our smile team facilitated an activity that allowed students to create cards with beautiful messages addressed to their mums and dads. For students who have lost a parent, there was the option of writing a message and placing them in a helium balloon. The balloon was then released so that messages were sent off to Heaven. Students were encouraged to organise a special outing with their mothers and fathers to show their appreciation of them.

 

Lunchtime Movie Session – Students were invited to watch a movie or play board games in the classroom if they wanted some time out from the busy school life. Students from different grades interacted together and it was nice to see how the girls support each others well-being.

Mindful Colouring In – The Smile team created a calm and relaxing space where students could unhook from the struggles of daily life and just focus their attention on the here and now by colouring in a beautiful picture.

These were just a few of the activities the SMILE team ran this year!

Both teachers and students alike noticed the positive energy that spread through our student body and saw the profound effects of student-driven activities in promoting positive well-being in the school.

We encourage students to get involved in activities that promote positive well-being again next year. It is so important for us to deliberately take time out every day to foster positive wellbeing. Self care is the first thing that drops in our busy lives, and when the daily stressors exceed the number of coping strategies we use everyday it can impact on our ability to function. It is important that we take time DAILY to foster positive well-being so that we feel happy and calm so that we can tackle daily tasks with confidence and ease. So girls make sure you get involved!

 

 

Katerina Stratilas

College Counsellor

 

 

St Michael’s Hurstville Children’s Christmas Party

Christmas Carols at Our Lady of Fatima Peakhurst