A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,
Sydney Catholic Schools has set for its 2018 theme “Do Not Be Afraid” (Lk 1:30). Our System encourages all staff and students to Be Courageous and Be Adventurous because God Likes it!
At the Eastern Region Regional Mass last Wednesday week Archbishop Fisher in his homily not only introduced the theme for 2018 but encouraged all who work in Sydney Catholic Schools to take risks for the betterment of students and their learning. Such a statement highlights one of our key learning principles at Bethany where staff and students work together to be Creative Learners – where students build their capacity to experiment, invent, innovate and find solutions to real-world problems, have the opportunity to explore and develop possibilities, challenge assumptions and create and express knowledge and are encouraged to be self-confident, develop independence of mind, and the capacity to think for oneself in a respecting and trusting environment.
During this time of Lent, Jesus role modelled not being afraid to sacrifice food and ultimately his life. As disciples, we at Bethany can live out the theme of do not be afraid in terms of our learning and thus to take risks in learning as we learn a great deal from our mistakes. I encourage all students to not be afraid of standing up for themselves and one another if they witness injustice and to not be afraid of each girl just being herself and celebrating all that is good about herself. Do not be afraid is a powerful theme that if we truly believe in and be mindful of, can be a guiding light when we feel challenged or compromised.
Bethany in Action
On Tuesday we welcome the opportunity to open the doors of our school to all prospective Bethany students. Bethany in Action will take place from 3.00 – 6.00pm on March 6. Please spread the word that enrolments are now open for Year 7, 2020.
Congratulations to our SCC Swimming Team who swam their hearts out at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre on Monday night. Bethany students broke long standing records and combined, took out the title of number 1 school leading the meet from the very first race. Special congratulations to Tameeka Johnson who was an age champion.
A message from Sydney Catholic Schools…
Today, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP will be commencing a fortnightly e-bulletin to all families and staff connected to Sydney Catholic Schools. It will include tips and the latest news from the Archdiocese including our schools that may be of particular interest to parents. The Archbishop sees this as a wonderful way to connect with you as parents in ways that will be beyond individual schools in the broader Sydney region. It will only be sent during school term time.
P & F Meeting
Thank you to all of the parents that I continue to meet on a daily basis. I look forward to meeting many more parents at our first P&F meeting of the year on Monday March 5 at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the school and connect with other parents. On this evening, I will be updating parents of the 2018 initiatives that we have in place for Bethany. If you are unable to make it, I encourage you to visit our website often and keep up to date with events occurring at the College for your planning.