Volume 2 - 01 Mar 2019


100% HOPE

Lives change when we all give 100%.

Lent begins next Wednesday with the marking of ashes, this public sign reminds us to live the way Jesus wants. It is the beginning of our preparation for Easter when Jesus dies on the cross and rises from the dead. Lent is a special time when we stop and think about how we can play our part in God’s hope for a world that is fair, just and peaceful. Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving we take the focus from ourselves and instead focus on our relationship with God and how serving others draws us closer to God. We also think about giving all of ourselves to be God’s love and mercy in our world as we look to give Lent 100% in all that we do as people of hope. (Caritas Australia)


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

At our Opening Mass earlier this month, we were reminded about the gifts that each of us have and how we are serving God by maximising our gifts and encouraging others to use theirs. The message by Caritas Australia this year for Lent is 100% hopeSuch a simple statement can mean so much to each member of our community. At assembly today students were challenged to think about how they can be symbols of hope and give 100% in all that they do. We can speak of donating to Caritas in the form of money however the real change is when we can promote hope, offer hope and be hope filled. Hope is the overarching gift that Jesus gives us during the Easter season.

Inquiry and Review

This week each family received an email from the College asking for a survey to be completed helping to inform the future directions of the College. For survey information to be useful, a high return of responses is necessary. I ask that you take 20 minutes to complete this survey for the sake of your daughter’s educational needs. Thank you to those parents who have already completed the survey.

Open Day

I have been privileged to take our Year 7 students to each of our Primary feeder schools over the last few weeks. We have been given the opportunity to speak with all Year 4 and 5 girls about what high school is like and what Bethany has to offer. Families of these students have been invited to our Open Day this coming Tuesday from 3-6pm. Open Day is a fabulous opportunity for prospective students to get a feel for Bethany and to view our facilities, programs and meet our staff and students. Please encourage families that you may know to attend.


High Achievers Assembly

We recently had the privilege to celebrate the academic successes of our high achievers from the graduating class of 2018. These girls returned to the College to receive awards and to offer advice to our current Year 11 and 12 students. The girls were inspirational in their message of gratitude for their teachers and friends, motivational in terms of study tips of what to do and not to do and exemplary in showing that there is much to look forward to beyond the HSC. Following in this newsletter is the speech of our dux for 2018. I hope that you enjoy reading Jessica’s speech.

Catholic Identity and Mission

In recent months we have been working closely with Fr Janusz and the parish at St Michael’s to increase opportunities for our girls to celebrate the Eucharist. Last Wednesday Ms Wood organised an opportunity for students to attend reconciliation and Mass at lunchtime. It was delightful to share in Mass in our College chapel with all seats full. Thanks to Fr Janusz for his generosity of time.

Our monthly Youth Masses at St Michael’s continue with the next one being held on Sunday March 10 at 6pm. Please encourage your daughter to attend.

Student Leave

A reminder to all families that leave should only be requested under exceptional circumstances. Continuity of learning is paramount to ongoing growth of student learning.

Parent Help Needed

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to be on our Finance Committee, we will make contact with you shortly. If any other parent wants to join this committee, please contact the College. 1 hour of your time each term is all that we ask.

We are still in need of parent volunteers for the BBQ for Open Day. Any time that you can offer between 1 and 6pm would be appreciated.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal


From the Assistant Principal

This week as you are aware we celebrate two significant community events. Open day on Tuesday and Bethany Day on Friday. Both days provide a wonderful opportunity for staff and students to celebrate what it means to be a member of this community centred around the gospel values and characterised by a sense of hospitality and welcome, justice, tolerance, forgiveness and prayer. Thank you to those families who have made adjustments to their usual Tuesday afternoon routine to allow their daughters to be ambassadors for our College. We are very proud of our students and are delighted by their enthusiasm to welcome others to our community. On Friday we will celebrate our Bethany Day beginning with a Mass and followed by a community day at Carss Park providing an opportunity for staff and students to connect informally and have some fun together.

Bethany Open Day

A reminder that on Tuesday ( Open Day ) school will finish at 12.40pm for those who are not staying to assist with Open Day, School Specials have been booked for 1pm and on Friday students will be dismissed upon our return to the College from Carss Park at around 2.15pm School specials have been booked for 2.20pm.

Digital Technology

At assembly today the girls were reminded of the importance of Respect, for themselves,, for each other and for our College. The College has a clear policy pertaining to the use of mobile phones at school, within the school grounds. This is essentially driven by a desire to protect the girls and ensure their safety, eliminate distractions and ensure a clear focus on learning and teaching to encourage face to face communication and the development of authentic relationships within the school community. Girls are not permitted to have their phones on during the school day and any urgent communication should come via the College Office. Furthermore, girls are not permitted to take any photos of themselves or any other Bethany girls in uniform, nor are they permitted to post comment or image that would identify them as a student of Bethany, the primary reason is their safety.

We would greatly appreciate the support of parents in discussing this with their daughters over the coming week. As we know digital technology poses challenges for each of us as parents and educators of young people. Martine Oglethorpe and accredited speaker of the eSafety Commissioner provides and parents with some insight into questions worth asking in relation to screen time. Her article can be found here.  


Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal


What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, 5 March is Shrove Tuesday and students will have an opportunity to purchase pancakes for a gold coin donation.  All funds raised with be donated to Caritas for their annual Lenten Appeal.  Pancakes will be on sale from 7.45am on Yallunga Court.  Maple syrup, lemon and sugar and chocolate sauce will also be available.  
House points will be awarded for the house that raises the most money, so students are encouraged to ensure that their donation goes into the correct house bucket.
Sacramental Program
If any student has not completed their sacramental program and is interested in receiving the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist or Confirmation, St Michael’s at Hurstville are offering a  program for students wishing to receive these sacraments.
Please contact the parish office for further details.
Diane Kennaugh
Leader of Religious Education and Mission

From Archbishop Mark Coleridge

PDHPE Update

SCC Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the Bethany Swim team who competed on Monday evening at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre at the SCC Swimming Carnival.

We had some great results and won the junior division trophy and managed to break a number of SCC records.

Thank you to Mrs Barrass, Miss Munsie for assisting, and to Ms Rodwell and Mrs Hughes for supporting our girls on the night.

CGSSSA Cricket

On Tuesday the 19th of February we attended the CGSSSA Cricket Gala Day to compete as an Open 7-12 team. The event was held at Queens Park, Waverley. We missed our first game due to traffic but we didn’t allow that to affect our performance for the rest of the day. Even though we won 1 game, we still worked well as a team and tried our best. Thank you to Miss Summons and Miss Cox for taking us for the day and coaching us. Thank to all the girls who participated in the gala day. You all were fantastic!!!


Leah Fisher & Isabella Kopriva



Student Sporting Achievements

State Cup Oztag

Congratulations to the following Bethany College students who won the U15’s Oztag State cup championships in Coffs Harbour at the start of February.

  • Chloe Jackson – Year 9
  • Caitlin Hollis – Year 10
  • Keira Fisher – year 10
  • Lily Perenara – Year 10


Kiara Bagetto – Dragon Boating

Congratulations to Kiara who has been selected to Paddle for NSW in the National Dragon Boat Championships in April in Canberra.

Lauren Brennan

Sport Coordinator

Year 7 Camp

On February 21st the Year 7 “Doves” travelled together to Deer Park in The Royal National Park for their first high school overnight camp.

Students participated in a range of activities over two days including; canoeing, damper cooking, a Christian discovery session, team building activities in the “Amazing Race”, archery and of course the much loved waterslide. The girls also got to play a variety of games at night which were also a highlight.

The camp was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to build strong relationships with their peers and teachers, with many commenting that they made new friends over these two days and that it was a good opportunity to meet students from other homerooms.

On behalf of the girls, we would like the thank the following teachers; Mrs Ndaira, Mr Martin, Ms Carrabs, Ms Johnson, Ms Davenport, Mr Laguzza, Ms Iffland, Mrs Taylor, Mrs Colreavy, Mrs Bullock, Mrs Mark, Mrs Vale, Mrs Camporeale, Miss Eaton, Ms Stratilas, Dr Trent, Mrs Hughes and Ms Rodwell. These teachers gave generously of their time and their positivity, enthusiasm and care for each student ensured that the camp ran smoothly and that the girls had a memorable and positive experience.

The girls made the following comments about their time away:

  • Zoe – “the waterslide was fun and exhilarating!”
  • Bianca – “the team building exercises were great because we got to work together, there was lots of enthusiastic shouting! We also liked the night-time fashion show.”
  • Eleni – “Canoeing was great because we had to work as a team with new people, and learn about them on the water.”
  • Millie – “the cabin arrangement was good because we got to spend time with people we didn’t know.”
  • Eve – “The amazing race activity was so varied and we got to do so many things. And the lunch-time sport was fabulous! Skipping and basketball were our favourite.”
  • Camilla – “The people that worked there were very kind and tried their best to make our stay fun.”

We hope that your daughters had a wonderful time away with their friends and that they are better equipped to settle into their high school routine for Term 1.




Connie Pikis

Year Coordinator

HSC Dance Callback Performance

On Thursday 14th February, thirteen Year 12 Dance students attended the HSC Dance Callback performance at The Seymour Centre. Callback is a showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by 2018 HSC Dance students, organised by The Arts Unit. 
Last year, the Bethany College Dance class of 13 students received an outstanding 16 nominations for Callback in a variety of components including Core Performance, Core Composition and Major Study Performance.  9 of the 13 students received one or more nominations.
Please enjoy these photos from the event, one of which shows our dedicated students taking the opportunity to do their daily wall squats.
Lucy Eaton
Dance Teacher

VET and Careers News

First place for Bethany student in Human Services course


I chose Human Services as a subject to study in Year 11 and 12 as I’ve always been interested in studying Nursing at University. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to decide whether this career was for me.  What I like about Human Services is that each student gets the opportunity to engage in 2 weeks (80 hours) of ‘hands-on’ work placement, working as an AIN (Assistant in Nursing) at a hospital and nursing home.  I did my work placement at St Vincent’s Hospital and St Joseph’s Rehab.  It is also a lot of fun engaging in a lot of practical work around the classroom and the topics that we cover in class are very interesting (such as body systems, manual handling, infection control etc.).  What I also love about this course, is that it is an ATAR subject, therefore it counts towards my ATAR and I was thrilled to place first last year!

Jazmine Di Palma Year 12



UNSW 360 Virtual Tour

Tour through UNSW on your mobile or PC. Explore the different departments and see what University life is like. Imagine yourself enjoying the experience of studying in a tertiary environment and making new friends along the way. Some of the greatest things happening on this planet are being developed in the labs and study rooms at UNSW. Check it out here:



ANU Tuckwell Scholarship – Be on the Mailing List

One of the most prestigious scholarships in Australia. The program has a focus on giving back to Australia and is the only one of its kind that nurtures Scholars to fulfil their broader community ambitions over and above the pursuit of an undergraduate degree.



Sydney UTASMedical Programs

Darlinghurst – The University of Tasmania’s Darlinghurst campus offers Nursing within the School of Health Sciences offers the two year fast track Bachelor of Nursing course through the Darlinghurst campus in partnership with the St Vincent’s and Mater Health Services.

Rozelle – UTAS offers Bachelor of Paramedic Practice and this course is supported by the Ambulance Service of New South Wales. The School of Medicine at the Rozelle campus aims to provide the community with sound, comprehensive out-of-hospital care through the development of paramedic students conversant in the field of paramedic practice.

The University’s School of Health Sciences offers the fast track two year Bachelor of Nursing course through the Rozelle campus in partnership with the Sydney Local Health District, South Western Sydney Local Health District, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

You can reach us at Liliana.Arango@utas.edu.au


Science Forum – University of Sydney

3 April, 5:45pm–7pm
Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, D17

Join our panel of scientists who will share insights on ageing well, covering nutritional, psychological and physical activity research and perspectives.


Summer in Oxford Program

International Summer In Oxford offers high school students between the ages of 14 to 19 an exclusive opportunity to catch a glimpse of studying at prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. Participants spend part of their summer in an academically renowned city, studying a subject of their choice, and attending workshops focusing on the university preparation and application process.

  • Summer I: 7 July – 20 July 2019
  • Summer II: 21 July – 3 August 2019
  • Summer III: 4 August – 17 August 2019
  • Summer IV: 18 August – 31 August 2019

To apply:




 Aviation Australia Cabin Crew Career Training – Register Your Interest 

Discover how you can travel for a living at an Aviation Australia Cabin Crew Career Session. Find out how to excel in a career as a flight attendant, speak to industry experts and learn about the world class training aids on offer. Come along to a Cabin Crew Career Information Session to talk to experts about how we can help you take to the skies.


JMC Academy Sydney Campus Tour or Enquiry

Career opportunities in the growing areas of Animation, Film and TV, Music, Songwriting, Game Design, Entertainment Management, Audio Engineering and Digital Design or if you want a private tour of their Ultimo campus, email to:



JMC Academy Open Day

18 May

Animation, Film and TV, Music, Songwriting, Game Design, Entertainment Management, Audio Engineering and Digital Design. On the day you can take a tour of our facilities, get your hands on some of our serious gear, grab a bit to eat and learn why JMC continues to lead the way in Creative Industries education.



AFTT Film & Acting Open Day

11 May. 9.30am to 2.30pm

41 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Experience Australia’s most exciting creative arts academy, where taking risks is expected, pushing boundaries is encouraged, and collaboration is key.

If you’re searching for information about a career in Film, Acting or Stage Management then come along to our open day in May and learn how to build your creative future. 



Whitehouse Campus Tour for Fashion or Interior Design

Our campus tours give you the opportunity to visit either our Sydney or Melbourne campuses, meet staff and students and gain in-depth information on our courses, teaching and student life. You will be able to ask questions about the course, see the studios and facilities and get a taste of the creative atmosphere at Whitehouse.



Coco Republic Design School Online Courses

24 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria

Unleash your creative potential doing a short course or on-line specialising in developing your interior design and decorating skills. See the full year of options at:



Barista, First aid and RSA Courses

Apply for Barista, First aid and RSA courses. Any questions, please contact us at enquiries@kenvale.edu.au / 02 9314 6213. For registration and more info, visit




Women in construction—VET opens doors to opportunity

“Driving the big machinery is the most enjoyable part of my day”, says NSW Trainee of the Year Tara Proberts-Roberts, who’s found a greater sense of self and purpose in the construction industry. Find out how VET is delivering the skills and confidence to drive her success at:


2019 Western Sydney Careers Expo

27 June – 28 June, 9am-3pm

29 June – 30 June, 10am-3pm

The Dome  Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Universities, TAFE, gap year and employment opportunities. $10 per person or $12 at the door.

  • Information and resources for the HSC
  • Information about university, TAFE and training courses
  • Career advice
  • Study advice
  • Employment advice and opportunities
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship advice
  • International exchange and gap year programs




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Diverse Learning


From the 2018 School Dux

“Good morning Ms Rodwell, staff, distinguished guests, parents, students, and the class of 2018. I would like to begin by saying what an honour it is to be receiving this award and I am incredibly grateful to have been given this opportunity to stand before you all today as dux of Bethany College. However I cannot make this speech without acknowledging the hard work of the entire cohort and commending their tremendous efforts throughout 2018. The achievements of last year’s opals in both academics, sport and extracurricular created a diversely talented and well rounded group of girls that I am so proud to be apart of.

Throughout my HSC year, achieving dux was not a conscious goal of mine. For me, success in the HSC was not defined by achieving the greatest result, but rather by putting in the most effort and receiving an ATAR which depicted that.

On that note, I would like to extend my thanks to the people who supported me throughout my schooling journey and assisted me in achieving this award. Thank You to my friends for supporting every decision I made and helping to make the entire HSC year more manageable. To Miss Robinson, for being the best Year coordinator our year could ask for and for providing much needed advice during stressful exam periods. Thank you to my family who despite the difficult times, remained consistently supportive during the HSC and refrained from placing any external pressures, which I believe greatly improved my abilities and stress levels. To all the teachers across the College, your persisted effort and devotion of your time and energy to ensure that every girl achieved their full potential was greatly appreciated. And finally, thank you to my teachers across my entire schooling journey, and in particular my Year 11 and 12 teachers. To Mr Bishop, Ms Field, Mrs Golding, Miss Grimm and Mrs Pikis, my result in the HSC and the ATAR I achieved can be attributed to you and the work you put in to ensure the success of our entire year group, which I will be eternally grateful for.

To the current year 12’s and all those who intend on completing the HSC, remember that your teachers are your greatest resource and to use them to their full potential. Although the HSC requires handwork and endurance, success is well within your reach. When asked to give advice on how to achieve highly in the HSC I struggle to provide a definitive answer as success is highly personal and requires an individual’s understanding of what works best. However, the best advice I can give that I believe will lead you to the path of success is to follow your interests and therefore ensure that you are learning and understanding rather than just merely memorising or having superficial knowledge of the subject area. Crucial for success is hard work and perseverance, however I cannot express the importance of maintaining a good mindset, as I truly believe that this will set you apart from others and heighten your ability to excel in your exams. Throughout high school, Year 12 and exam periods and  exam periods in particular, my ability to control my stress levels by keeping things in perspective and surrounding myself with people that would create a supportive environment was a great contributing factor to my final ATAR and result.

So once again thank you to everyone who contributed to my HSC journey and provided me with the opportunity to be accepting this award today. To the current students of Bethany College, good luck with your future studies and remember that your only task is to do your best. As for the class of 2018, congratulations on last year’s results and I wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavours. Thankyou

Perhaps talk about the whole of your schooling years rather than just focussing on HSC years. You worked really hard for many years! It’s time to acknowledge that!!!”

Jessica Semsarian

2018 School Dux

Year 7 Enlighten Education

On Tuesday, 19 February , Year 7 participated in a program run by Enlighten Education called ‘The Journey’.

Throughout the day, students participated in a variety of sessions aimed to equip them with some vital skills and tools that they need in order to assist in the transition to high school and to get the best out of this year. Some of the activities that they participated in involved creating a diary to enhance their time management and study techniques, engaging in relaxation activities that they can use during times of stress, facing issues with resilience and looking at how to establish and maintain positive relationships

The students were able to take their diary home at the end of the day and I hope that they use this at different points throughout the year to reflect upon their high school journey.   

The girls participated enthusiastically and seemed to really enjoy the day.


Connie Pikis

Year Coordinator