Volume 2 - 17 Feb 2021



Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

On Wednesday we marked the beginning of Lent with a moving Ash Wednesday ceremony. Our Youth Ministry Coordinator, Mr Laguzza, together with our Social Justice Prefect Jennessa Fong launched for 2021 Project Compassion fundraising. As our prayer from Caritas Australia this week suggests, the theme for 2021 is “Be More”. As a faith community, I ask of our students to consider how they can strive to improve themselves and be more during this season of Lent and beyond? Questions that we should think about during this Season include, are what are we doing about those who are marginalised in our local community? Wider community? Can I make some sacrifices to contribute financially to the Project Compassion appeal? Do I genuinely show gratitude for living in Australia? Where does my faith guide my thoughts to help the plight of others? Whilst all of these questions can be asked at any time of the year, may we use this time of contemplation in our Church to Be More so that others may have more?


On March 2 we will hold our Open Day where we begin the process of enrolling girls who are currently in Year 5. Our Open Day will have a COVID safe plan where groups of no more than 50 can enter into each of our 3 gates at Croydon Road, Waratah Street and Forest Road. As numbers need to be adhered to, if you are attending with your daughter, it would be helpful if other siblings do not attend so that we can allow those who are in Years 4 or 5 to see our College. I encourage your daughter to volunteer to help out on this evening.

Our students have had an enthusiastic start to the year and by now are fully immersed in their studies. Please check in with your daughter on how she is feeling about her increased workload. Organisation at this early stage of the year is key. Students should be beginning to work on timelines of when work is due and be up to date with note taking and study before too much time has passed with further content being taught. If you feel that your daughter is struggling in any way, please contact the College and speak to her subject teacher or Year Coordinator, even if your daughter asks you not to.

On Tuesday I had the privilege of attending Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Anthony Fisher to welcome beginning teachers to Sydney Catholic Schools. We have an outstanding group of beginning teachers who it was an honour to share some time with.


Grace Mathews, Stephanie Chan, Olivia Lomonaco, Olga Azzi, Ying Lou



Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Open Day  

On Tuesday, 2 March the College will celebrate Open Day between 3 and 6pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our school. On this day lessons will conclude at the end of period 3, 12.30 pm and those who have not volunteered to assist with Open Day will be dismissed. School specials have been booked for 12.45 pm. A letter communicating this information has been sent home with students today.  Supervision will be available until 3pm for those students who require it. Students assisting with Open Day will remain on site and assist with preparations. Afternoon tea will be provided for these students.


Bus Awareness Week 

Monday 22 February to Sunday 28 February 2021 is bus awareness week which focuses on bringing to the attention of all road users how to stay safe on and around buses, subsequently helping to reduce injuries and potential fatalities.  

The Be Bus Aware campaign, run by Transport NSW, highlights the importance of bus safety for all road users and highlights the fact that buses  are large, heavy vehicles and that they are unable to stop quickly. There are approximately 4000 buses operating in metropolitan Sydney. In the five years to 2019 there were sadly 35 people killed and 394 people injured as a consequence of accidents involving buses. This includes pedestrians, passengers, and drivers of buses or other vehicles. 

Families are encouraged to have a discussion around bus safety this week. Highlighting the importance of obeying traffic signals, not rushing for a bus, standing pack from the kerb and paying attention when approaching any road or moving vehicle.  A reminder that school specials to Hurstville operate each afternoon. In the interests of safety girls travelling to Hurstville should catch these designated school services as opposed to the public bus departing from Forest Rd of an afternoon.


Acceptable Use of Technology at Bethany College 

By now all families should have signed a copy of the Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement for 2021. Please find below a  few important in relation to the College policy on the use of ICT.

  • Students are not permitted to be on their mobile devices or accessing messaging services or social media websites during the hours of 8.40 am and 3pm. Parents wishing to contact their daughters should do so via the College Office. 
  • Students are not permitted to charge any device at the College, laptops should be fully charged for the day before they leave home, as should mobile phones required for use prior to or at the conclusion of the school day. 
  • Students are not permitted to post anything that identifies the College, including the name, crest or any other identifying material. 
  • Allow others to access their personal accounts 
  • Students are not permitted to take photos of students or teachers without their permission. 

At the beginning of the school year many parents seek advice and support about how they can best support their daughters. Please see an article by Michael Grose, co-founder of Parenting Ideas, who provides some valuable insights into how you can support your child to be the best student they can be.


Study Skills Handbook

In 2021, we are pleased to continue our subscription to the Dr Prue Salter’s Study Skills website. This website will help you develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarizing, technology use, brain and memory and much more. Everything you need to know about becoming a more powerful learner and improving your marks at school can be found on this site.

To access the handbook, go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and login with these details:

Username: bethanyhurstville

Password: 65success



A reminder from Bayside Council

Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

Religious Education News

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” is the message of Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. This has its roots in Jesus’ test in the wilderness but continues to be relevant in our lives today. It is a reminder of our penitence and our need for reconciliation with God and so begins forty days of prayer, reflection and fasting in preparation for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum. 

The Ashes are a reminder of our mortality and fragility and these were sprinkled on the heads of our community, as is the ancient practice, at our Ash Wednesday liturgy.

Our wonderful students and staff did not waste any time in kicking off the Lenten fundraising season as they collected a variety of products including basmati rice, baby wipes and tinned food in a five day Food Drive to support Jesuit Refugee Service. These items were received with much gratitude, even more so because they had no idea what Bethany College had organised- well done everyone, we are now warm and ready for Project Compassion 2021!

Ash Wednesday saw the launch of the Project Compassion campaign and its theme, Be More. Our Bethany goal this year is to raise $10 000. I invite you to view  Project Compassion 2021 | Lenten Appeal and support the wonderful work of Caritas Australia as we strive to be more, do more and love more. Students are working with their respective Year Coordinators to develop creative ways in which to meet this target- watch this space!

“Make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is discord, harmony; Where there is error, truth; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy… Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned.”

Saint Francis of Assisi


Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

From the Maths Department

The Maths Department is very excited about our new programme, which we introduced at the start of 2021.  If you have a daughter in Years 7 or 8, we hope that you have already started hearing about “diagnostics” and “modules.”  Quite soon, you will also be hearing about “reflections” and “rich lessons.”
Later in the term, once the students are a bit further into the programme, we will run a parent information session to explain in more detail what we are doing, how it will benefit your daughter, how you can monitor her progress, assist and encourage her individualised mathematical journey. 
If you are interested in a little more detail at this early stage, you might like to click on the link below to watch the video.
Mandi Brooker
Maths Coordinator

School Photos

Advanced Life Photographers will be at Bethany College in order to take class and individual photographs of Years 8-12 students on Tuesday, April 20. Sibling photos for all students will also take place on this day. Please disregard the previous date advertised.
Orders for packages can be placed securely online at www.advancedlife.com.au using the school’s unique 9 digit Online Order Code: HZC FK4 YXH.
If you do not wish to order photo packages on-line, please ask your daughter to pick up an order envelope from Student Services before photo day.  This envelope will need to be given directly to the photographer on the day.  

Please note:  If paying by cash, please ensure you have the correct money as neither the photographer nor the College will be able to give any change.
Your daughter will need to be in full summer school uniform, including badge, with hair and grooming expectations as specified in the College Diary. 
A note will be sent home to parents at a later date.


Ilham Ayoub

Leader of Teaching Administration



On Monday 15th February, students of Bethany took part in the College’s Swim Team Trials. This day enabled the selection of students to represent the College at the Sydney Catholic College’s (SCC) Swimming Carnival. There were many wonderful individual performances throughout the day, in particular Tameeka Johnson of Year 10 and Scarlet Cameron of Year 11, who broke multiple event records. Thank you to the parents who attended the Trials to support their daughters and to Mrs Barrass, Mrs Feeney, Ms Munsie and Mrs Summons for their assistance and support of the day.


Mia Gentile – 12 yrs 50 m Freestyle 

Jessica Brightwell – 14 yrs 50 m Freestyle

Tameeka Johnson – 16 yrs 50 m Freestyle

Scarlet Cameron – 17+yrs 50 m Freestyle

Lemon De Silva – 17+yrs 50 m Breaststroke

Tameeka Johnson – 16 yrs 50 m Butterfly

Tameeka Johnson – 16 yrs 10 0m Freestyle

Scarlet Cameron – 17+yrs 100 m Freestyle


Equal 1st Oodgeroo and Kellerman

3rd Franklin

4th Melba


12 yrs – Mia Gentile

13 yrs – Sophia Brightwell

14 yrs  – Jessica Brightwell

15 yrs – Eleni Theodoropoulos

16 yrs – Tameeka Johnson

17+ yrs – Lemoni De Silva

The SCC Swimming Carnival will be held on Monday 22nd February 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm at Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. Congratulations to the following swimmers on their selection in the Bethany SCC Swim Team:

Jessica Brightwell Tameeka Johnson
Sophia Brightwell Monique Johnson
Scarlet Cameron Juliet King
Amy Dambiec Jacinta Kumcevski
Lemoni De Silva Clarissa Kumcevski
Giselle Galea Joanne Lewis
Mia Gentile Charlotte Teplicanec
Montana Ilievski Eleni Theodoropoulos



It has been a good start to the year for all SCC teams. Results after Rd.2:

Junior Volleyball – Equal 2nd 

Intermediate Volleyball – Equal 4th

Intermediate AFL – 1st

Senior Touch – Equal 6th

Congratulations to Markenzy Vaha, Violet Gruppelaar and Lauren Delaney on their selection in the SCC Softball team. The girls will attend the NSWCCC Carnival on Monday 22nd February. The NSWCCC carnival is a selection trial for the NSWCCC softball team which competes against other sides from across Australia later in the year. We wish them all the best!



Bethany College entered an Open team in the CGSSSA Softball Tournament held last week on 12th February, at Stanhope Gardens Softball Field. The team improved with each game they played, coming up against some highly rated teams in the later rounds. Unfortunately, the team was bundled out in the Playoffs. All the girls played with enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and are to be congratulated on their behaviour throughout the day.



SCC Swimming Carnival 22 February 2021, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

CGSSSA Touch Football 24 February 2021, Queens Park, Randwick



Tameeka Johnson who competed at the NSW State Championships in December and came away with Gold in the 100 m backstroke and Bronze in the 200 m backstroke.

3 x 4th Place – 100 Free, 200 IM and 400 m Free
7 x National Age times
3 x National Open times
3 x Olympic Trials Qualifying times 
Congratulations Tameeka.
National Age and National Open are on the Gold Coast in April and Olympic Trials are in Adelaide in June, we wish Tameeka all the best in her swimming endeavours.


Rachel Bevan

Sport Coordinator

Careers News

UNSW – Year 12 Medicine Information Evening

17 March, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Are you interested in a career in medicine?

UNSW’s Medicine Year 12 Information Session will provide insight into the dynamic blend of hands-on clinical experiences and research-focused learning that you will be immersed in as a UNSW Medicine student. You’ll also find out detailed information on the application and admissions process for 2022.

Register your interest to receive the link to the online event.



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.

Ph: (02) 4367 0404 / enquiries@nie.edu.au / www.nie.edu.au

Register via: https://www.nie.edu.au/ucat-free/free-ucat-information-sessions 


UNSW Law Admission Test LAT

6 May, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Find out more about how the Law Admission Test (LAT) affects entry into UNSW law double degrees!

The LAT is an entry requirement for all undergraduate law double degrees at UNSW. See how the LAT has worked for entry in the past, provide detailed program and faculty information, as well as key LAT dates for the year ahead.

Registrations will open soon. 



ANU Applying direct for 2022

Direct applications are available to prospective students who meet all the following criteria: 

  • Completed Australian Year 11 or International Baccalaureate Year 11  
  • Currently completing Australian Year 12 studies in 2021 or an International Baccalaureate Diploma in November 2021. 
  • Applying for an undergraduate program that starts in 2022. 

For information on how we assess your application, please refer to the Domestic undergraduate admission page. 



UTS – Apply for the Engineering and IT Work Experience Program

Applications close 31 May 2021

Gain an insight into a career in engineering or IT – 22-26 Nov 2021

Get hands-on experience with this 5-day program designed to give you an insight into what it’s like to choose a career in engineering or IT.
You’ll get to take part in a range of workshops (including computer science, cyber security, biomedical engineering, electronics engineering, civil engineering and more) as well as spend time with current UTS students and academics from UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT.

Work Experience week runs from 22-26 November 2021. Students are expected to attend for all 5 days.



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.



University of Sydney 360 degree tour

Enjoy looking across all parts of the university in any direction you choose. Look at what university life is like across the lecture rooms, activities, research labs, sport and much more.



Charles Sturt University Medicine Information NightInterested in a career in medicine?

Wagga Wagga
Online event
Tuesday 4 May 2021, 6.00–7.30pm

The CSU medicine information night will provide you with everything you need to know about the five-year undergraduate entry degree, the Doctor of Medicine. It’s a Joint Program in Medicine offered by Charles Sturt University in partnership with Western Sydney University.


ACU Guided Visits are happening

Register now to join one of ACU’S experienced Student Ambassadors for a Guided Visit! Walk through the incredible nursing labs, moot courts, classrooms and more on campus. Spots are limited due to social distancing requirements so register now! Register here: 



TAFE – Get your 2021 Career Guide delivered straight to your inbox

Click the link, fill in the form and you will receive your free career guide.



TAFE Degrees

Achieve your academic and career goals with TAFE NSW Higher Education degrees or articulation and credit transfer from diploma study into degree programs.



Master Chefs of the Future – HTN Apprentice Chef Opportunities

The largest recruitment Group Training Organisation in Australia for future apprentice chefs. We encourage, support, promote, develop the vocational skills of young people who wish to pursue a career in a range of food service industries.


Express your interest and contact them at:



Over 1000 Apprenticeships & Traineeships now available 

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) have over 1000 open apprenticeships and traineeships across the Sydney Metro and Regional areas. Many targeting school leavers. For more information and to contact a local GTO and visit: 

The Apprentice Employment Network represents 28 Group Training Organisations across NSW and the ACT. Group Training is a training and employment arrangement where an organisation, known as a Group Training Organisation or GTO, employs apprentices and trainees under an Apprenticeship / Traineeship Training Contract and places them with host employers.

A GTO assumes the employer responsibilities for the quality and continuity of the apprentices’ and trainees’ employment and training. The GTO also manages the additional care and support necessary to achieve the successful completion of the training contract.

Our industry has 100s of positions available throughout the year. Use this website to assist in finding out more about our members, opportunities and tips to find a job.



Air Force Cadets

Bethany College,

By way of introduction I’m Matt McCarthy and the Commander of 302 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets based at the Rockdale Multi User Depot, Chandler Street, Rockdale.  We recruit young people from 13 years of age who have an interest in aviation and/or the Defence Force generally.  I have 8 staff, all have been subject to national police and working with children checks, 5 of my staff are women.  My female to male cadet ratio is currently 1:3.

My Squadron is recruiting for new cadets on Wednesday 24 February.

The Air Force Cadets is a professional organisation under the management of the Royal Australian Air Force with the vision of being the premier air minded youth organisation in Australia.  Our aim is to better equip young people for community life by fostering initiative, leadership, discipline and loyalty through training programs which are also designed to stimulate an interest in a particular arm of the Defence Force.

The Cadets develop life skills such as team work, leadership, discipline, resilience, the demonstrated capability to work unsupervised and the aptitude to issue and follow directions.  Employers who are former cadets or military know they are hiring a person who has an active interest in their own self development, they are reliable, innovative and work well with others with respect, trust and a sense of collective purpose.

Could you please consider including some brief information in your news letter, specifically our  recruit information night and address.  The national website is www.aafc.org.au.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 

Thank you and regards,

Matt McCarthy 
Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) 
Commanding Officer 302 Squadron
Australian Air Force Cadets
Tel: 0411 567 103
Email: matthew.mccarthy1@airforcecadets.gov.au