Volume 2 - 26 Feb 2016

Fridays during Lent

A reminder that the canteen does not serve meat or meat products on Fridays during Lent.

There are many other tasty options to choose from.  Menu items are on Sentral on a daily basis.


















Gill Young

Canteen Manager

Big Sister / Little Sister Program

The Big Sister/Little Sister Program will run again in 2016. This is an opportunity for Year 7 students to develop friendships with year 10 students who will help to ease their way into the life of the College.
Year 10 students will visit Year 7 homerooms on a regular basis and either spend unstructured “getting to know you” time as well as running various activities at different times throughout the year. There will also be Big Sister/Little Sister lunches scheduled throughout the year for the girls to mingle between homerooms.
This is a great initiative and we are very appreciative of our Big Sisters who have volunteered their time and energy to this program.
Linda Robinson
Year 10 Coordinator

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

This weekend at mass, our Gospel reading focuses on the parable of the Prodigal Son.  As this year is the Year of Mercy within our church, I would like to share with you a reflection on the parable.

Mercy Matters

We have received a flyer from the Josephite Sisters in relation to an event being held to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday 19 March (see flyer attached).  It is a wonderful initiative to be part of and I encourage you to consider attending the event as a family. During this time of Lent, we are called to do something more than we would normally do and this may be a practical way to take something up.  In receiving the gift of the earth, we are called by God to be stewards – to nuture and protect our planet.  This certainly goes a long way to living out that calling. 

Earth Hour 2016




























Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission


Study Skills Tips


by P SALTER on FEBRUARY 1, 2016

A big step towards achieving goals is developing and maintaining a goal setting mindset as the attitudes students learn and develop will influence the way they view goal setting.

Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to actually be successful at that task.

Students need to have a positive attitude when they are setting and trying to achieve their goals. A positive attitude means they are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the difficulties and obstacles that could be in their path.

To create a more positive attitude, students can:

  • Each day note down something they did towards achieving their goals.
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. their teacher says well done on their work.
  • Don’t stop trying if something goes wrong, rather reassess goals or decide to work harder to achieve them.
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage students to achieve their goals, possibly someone who is interested in the same things or is good at the same subjects, but is a bit further ahead.

Other reasons why we don’t achieve goals:

  • No action plan.
  • No true commitment to the goal.
  • No rewards along the way.
  • Trying to focus on too many goals.
  • Not preparing for success.
  • Fear of failure.

If students are still not achieving their goals they can try this:

  • Clarify the goal.
  • Write a list of actions.
  • Analyze, prioritize and prune.
  • Organise the list into a plan.
  • Monitor the execution of the plan and review the plan regularly


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Robert Gough

Year 8 Coordinator

Library News

When involved in research for assessments there are many search options available for students at Bethany. If you start looking up for information via the Library’s search facility on Oliver, there can be a multitude of resources available. As well as books, e-books, audio, dvd’s there are links to refereed web sites on all types of subjects. These are signalled by a “world” icon on the screen. Just click on the web link, type in your user name and password and you will be taken to an appropriate site linked to the curriculum. So don’t just Google it…Oliver it!


Another site that can be helpful is that of Trove made available by the National Library of Australia. You can search, find and get over 469,894,879 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more at your fingertips. If you are looking for original sources, articles or even remembering local events, this is the site for you. This site is available @ http://www.trove.nla.gov.au/




Finally, if you are going to “Google It” try Google Scholar to search for articles and other information sources. What is Google Scholar? Google Scholar is an online, freely accessible search engine that lets users look for both physical and digital copies of articles. It searches a wide variety of sources, including academic publishers, universities, and preprint depositories looking for: peer-reviewed articles, theses, books, technical reports, abstracts and reprints. This site has many handy aspects, including the ability to find related articles to the suitable one you have found …making searching for information so much easier.



Available @ https://scholar.google.com.au


Meanwhile, keep reading!


Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian

From the Mathematics Department

Some Maths riddles! Courtesy of the Maths Prefect – Anthea Michalopoulos (Year 12)

How many can you do?




  1. What mathematical symbol can be placed between 5 and 9, to get a number greater than 5 and smaller than 9?


  1. You have a barrel of water and you need to measure out just one litre. How do you do this if you only have a three-litre container and a five-litre container?


  1. How can you add eight 8’s to get the number 1,000? (only using addition)


  1. What is the largest number you can get from using just two digits? (not 99)


  1. If a pizza that has radius “z” and height “a” what is its volume?





“Luck runs out but safety is good for life.”

                                                                  – Royal Lifesaving Australia


PDHPE & Sport Policy Reminder

The Bethany College Sports Uniform :

  1. a) Official College PE shirt and shorts
  2. b) Official College Tracksuit (Terms 2 & 3)

c)   Sports shoes must be done up at all times. The selected shoes must provide adequate support and grip for all sporting activities, which means they must be either an athletic runner or a cross trainer shoe, and white ankle socks. 

  1. College Sports cap

Please note: The school jumper is not to be worn with the PE uniform.

Due to WHS regulations we insist that all laces on shoes be tied up firmly to support the foot during practical lessons.

There are several shoe types that have been identified as not safe for physical activity, and hence will not be accepted as part of the uniform. These shoes are canvas shoes (i.e. Dunlop Volley, converse chux & Rabens) and High Tops.


Results Bethany Swimming Carnival 9th February

House points for carnival:

4th Place – Franklin (188 pts)

3rd Place – Oodgeroo (215 pts)

2nd Place – Kellerman (312 pts)

1st Place – Melba (500 pts)


Age Champions:

12 yrs Age Champion – Caitlin Hollis

13 yrs Age Champion – Ashley Campbell

14 yrs Age Champion – Kiera Warn

15 yrs Age Champion – Mallory Hull

16 yrs Age Champion – Bridget Cole

17 yrs Age Champion – Scarlet Klem-Goode


Invitational 50m Champion – Kiera Warn

School Swimming Champion – Kiera Warn

Thank you to staff, students and Carnival Coordinator Ms Lauren Brennan for another outstanding swimming carnival!


Catholic Girls Schools Secondary Sports Association (CGSSSA) Softball Monday 15th February

What a great day out at CGSSSA Softball in Manly on Monday 15th February. 

The Junior team were victorious on the day being crowned CGSSSA Champions, beating St Ursulas, MSJ, Domremy and Santa Sabina along the way, being the only team to remain undefeated and winning the trophy on points.

The Intermediate team won all their round games in convincing style, getting them into the Championship division semi-final and up against Marist Sisters Woolwich. Unfortunately, the girls lost a tight semi, only losing by 1 on the buzzer and missed out on the Grand Final against Monte St Angelo. They ended up being Equal 3rd on the day. 

Both the teams showed great skill, commitment and sportsmanship on the day and should be congratulated on their fine efforts. 


Miss Cox & Miss Summons


Sydney Catholic Colleges (SCC) Representative Team Tuesday 16th February

The following girls represented the Bethany College and the SCC region at the NSW CCC softball tournament; from left to right

Adriana Dimanoski, Serena Siow, Jasmine Garrison, Kate Britcher, Annabel Stojanvska.

Congratulations girls.


Representative Sport

Representative Sport has commenced with some really good results in weeks 1, 2 and 3. The Touch Football team has won all their games, with the AFL and Volleyball Teams having two victories each. Western Sydney Giants even made an appearance! Keep up the good work girls!





Upcoming Events:

23rd February:  CGSSSA Cricket                 

29th February:  SCC Swimming                          

 1st March:  CGSSSA Touch Football


Mr Wes Guthrie

PDHPE Coordinator


UMAT  –  Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test

 Students interested in studying undergraduate medicine, dentistry and health science degrees

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.

In NSW, you will need a UMAT score to apply for admission to any of the following courses: The University of New South Wales Medicine, Optometry; The University of Newcastle/ University of New England Joint Medical Program; Western Sydney University Medicine. (See page 2 in the Information Booklet for other participating universities requirements in other states of Australia as well as New Zealand). 

Please go to the relevant website for further details: https://umat.acer.edu.au/

The UMAT 2016 Information Booklet is found on the website at: https://umat.acer.edu.au/files/UMAT_info_book_16.pdf

UMAT 2016 will be held on Wednesday 27 July 2016. UMAT is offered once a year only. 

Registrations are now open and close 5.00 pm AEST Friday 3 June 2016. 

Go to the link on the webpage for further information and to register:https://umat.acer.edu.au/register



Please note: Some of the information is last year’s as the program information has not been published/updated yet for this year. There may be some changes. You will be provided with the updated information as it becomes available but you can also visit the relevant websites now to look at the past criteria. 

1.Sydney Uni Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme (Yet to be updated for 2015)

E12 is for domestic NSW HSC students who are from a financially disadvantaged background and/or are attending a government identified ‘low socioeconomic’ high school, see E12 eligibility criteria. For last year’s info, and as it is updated, go to:


2. University of Wollongong Early Admission 2015 Program

UOW will be running the Early Admission program in 2016. Further details on the program are available on the website as it is updated: 


3. Australian Catholic University (ACU) Early Achievers Program (EAP) 

Information about last year’s program can be found at:


Information should be updated as the year progresses.

4. University of Notre Dame Sydney Campus Early Offer Program 

Notre Dame’s Young Achiever’s Early Offer Program on its Sydney Campus was introduced to give secondary schools the opportunity to nominate academically strong Year 12 students who have made an outstanding contribution to school, Church and community life.


Details for the 2017 program are now available on the website.

5. Western Sydney University

Western Sydney Advantage Early Offer program information fro last year is available at the following address:


6. University of NSW (UNSW) Future Students Guaranteed Entry

Simply put, Guaranteed Entry allows us to tell you today what selection rank (ATAR + Bonus Points) will guarantee you a place in a particular degree here at UNSW.

Find the selection rank you need for the degree you want by using the Guaranteed Entry widget on this page for 2016: https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/guaranteed-entry

Check for changes at it is updated for 2017 admissions.

7. Macquarie University Academic Entry program

The Academic Entry program opens the door to an early offer by matching your strengths to a Macquarie degree. Further information at:



The University of SydneyNew Mathematics pre-requisites
Breaking News- Mathematics Pre-Req. The University of Sydney will lead the charge to address the national crisis in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by introducing mathematic prerequisites for a number of its courses from 2019. sydney.edu.au/study/maths.html 

Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) Central Queensland University (CQU) Sydney

Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) CQUniversity Sydney is home to the newest chiropractic program. With over 200,00 visits to Australian chiropractors each week, there is a great demand for qualified and registered chiropractors. This career delivers work-life balance, travel and self employment opportunities. Students at our CBD campus learn from an award winning faculty using the best available facilities. Get in touch for a tour

Women in Science Symposium On International Women’s Day March 8th the Australian National Maritime Museum, in partnership with the University of New South Wales is hosting a Women in Science Symposium. To encourage high school girls to look beyond the lab coats and see to the possibilities for careers in science. Students can visit the ANMM onsite or view the morning speakers via live webstream.http://www.anmm.gov.au/womeninscience

Chef Apprenticeships – Sydney Area HTN are looking for individuals to commence either school based or full time apprenticeships across the Great Sydney Area. Email your resume to recruitment@htn.com.au or call Jessica on 1300 139 108 for more information. 

Butcher Apprenticeships – Sydney Area HTN are looking for individuals to commence either school based or full time butchery apprenticeships across the Sydney Area. Email your resume to recruitment@htn.com.au or call Jessica on 1300 139 108 for more information. 

Scholarship opportunities for future teachers Do you have students in Years 10 -12 who are interested in teaching as a career? The NSW Department of Education offers presentations via video conference to groups of students interested in teaching. Students hear about all the scholarships and cadetships available to them and get an insight into teaching as a career. To register your interest please contactemma.vandermoezel@det.nsw.edu.au.

William Angliss Institute Sydney School Holiday Trial-a-trade sessions This April school holidays, we are running a complimentary program allowing students to picture themselves in a particular career in the fields of cookery, patisserie, barista and hospitality. It’s an ideal opportunity to follow their passion, discover a career pathway or even uncover a talent they never knew they had! For any enquiries please call (02) 9125 5111 or email staceyn@angliss.edu.au

AusAppPathways AusAppPathways helps students and jobseekers explore Australian Apprenticeships career pathway ideas on their smartphone or tablet. The resource also helps people providing a careers service engage with their clients. This free App can be used independently by students and jobseekers For more information call 1800 338 022 or email contact@aatinfo.com.au

How to becomd a psychologist – tough jobs market for dietitians Hard to find inside information directly from My Health Career. Everything from how to become a psychologist https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/psychology/become-a-psychologistto the dietitian who got her first job after 39 applications https://www.myhealthcareer.com.au/dietetics/9-tips-for-getting-your-first-job-as-a-dietitian-by-Emma-Stubbs. Enter your name & email address to subscribe for free!

University of Sydney Tops Employability Rankings University of Sydney graduates have been rated the most sought-after in Australia in the first comprehensive global rankings into employability. The University of Sydney topped the list of Australian universities in the inaugural QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016, and was also rated in the top 15 globally with a rank of 14.

TAFE NSW Degrees 

For more information, visit: www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/tafe-nsw-degrees



Viviene Gereige
Vocational Learning Coordinator


Academic pursuits begin in earnest!

We are off to a flying start!  Students and are to be commended on the positive start they have made to the 2016 academic year. Copies of these timetables are always available on the Sentral Student and Parent Portals.

With the 1:1 notebook program in Years 7 to 12, the majority of student learning resources and notices will be distributed in electronic format on our Cloudshare platform (Google sites and drive), including formal assessment tasks. Middle School (7-9) and Senior School (10-12)  Assessment Handbooks, which outline the school policy in regards to the completion and submission of assessment tasks, as well as the assessment schedules for each subject (10-12), will soon be available on Student Bethanet. It is a good idea to go through the Assessment Handbook with your daughter and ensure that they are aware of assessment expectations and submission dates for tasks.

There will be no more changes permitted to student electives in Years 9 and 11. Students were well aware that they had the first three school weeks to see Mr Conroy or their teachers about changes.  In the majority of cases, there is no availability in classes but moreover, this impacts on the requirement to study a subject for 200 hours (Stage 5) or 240 hours (Stage 6).

All students have set realistic learning goals that they plan to achieve this academic year.  If students do not have good study habits, it will be hard for them to achieve. Trying to implement the 10 study habits below could see students’ learning capacity grow. 

  • Keep your study desk and materials organised and tidy.
  • Schedule in your study time and “stick to it”!
  • Set short-term goals for each study session and reward yourself when you meet those goals.
  • Read the chapter of information that will be covered the following day. Write down any questions you have that pertain to that subject.
  • Make it a point to try and use new terms and concepts in order for them to really sink in.
  • Do not study for hours on end. Study for 45 minutes and then take 15 minutes off.
  • Try and correspond your class notes and textbook/online information.
  • Make sure to cut out all distractions when studying: phones, TV, iPods, surfing the net, loud areas, etc.
  • Go to bed after you study. Your brain will mull over what you just learned while you sleep. There will be a good chance you will remember it pretty well when you wake up.
  • Keep a positive attitude about your studies. If you find yourself dreading your studies, change your attitude and think how exciting it is to learn something new!

 I hope that all students enjoy, participate and succeed in their studies this year.

Resolving Teen Conflicts

We are into week 4 and we have already seen a minority of students who have had major disagreements with one another. They often report that they are being “bullied” when in fact, the confrontation is neither persistent nor repeated and it is not a situation where dominance is being sought over them. They are just plain, difficult relationship issues and disagreements. We try to intervene so that the girls learn to deal with these matters in a mature way rather than resorting to online confrontations and playground exclusions.

Teens need to learn how to manage conflict in positive ways to prevent dangerous confrontations. You can teach teens about positive and negative conflict, and how to recognize physical and behavioural signs that can trigger anger or negative conflict. You can also teach them about conflict resolution.  A person can manage conflict with positive behaviours by identifying the problem and working toward a solution.

To learn to manage conflict, teens need to realize what triggers their anger, or what they do that may trigger anger in others. Triggers are words or actions that immediately cause an angry or other emotional response. A trigger might be a certain expression, stereotype, or phrase. Once teens know their triggers, they can improve their control over their reactions. Before reacting to a trigger, teens should make sure that they are really listening to what the other person is saying. If teens are actively listening, instead of thinking about their response, they can decipher clues such as tone and body language to determine what is actually being said. 

Please assist us in reminding teens that in conflict, the problem should be tackled, and not the person with the conflicting opinion. Teens can move toward solving conflict by identifying the problem, stating their needs, and discussing ways to meet needs and solve the problem. However, remind teens that they will need to be flexible and willing to compromise in order to resolve the problem. If teens can’t solve the problem themselves, help them mediate the situation.  We would ask that you reinforce with your daughter that if she is asked to participate in a restorative mediation session, that does not mean she is in trouble; rather, it is an opportunity to air their side of a story and work towards a solution.

Student Leadership @ Bethany

In the last week our Student Representative Council (SRC) leaders were elected in each Year group.  We ponder the question: What makes a great leader?

There are many different kinds of leader. Good leaders are:

  • welcoming
  • inspiring
  • creative
  • good listeners
  • encouraging
  • team players
  • use their own gifts and others’


VL1Good leaders are first and foremost, welcomers. They are people who bring different people together, recognising each person’s unique skills and talents. A leader will look out for the part each person in a group can play to achieve a common goal. This means you need to be able to listen carefully, encourage gently and take care of each member of the group.

To our new, young SRC leaders-elect: Decide what it is you want to achieve. Don’t forget to ask other people. Be creative together. It’s the best way to get ideas. Spend time together and have fun with the people you’re working with. This builds trust and helps people feel more confident about sharing their ideas. Great ideas can lead to great change. Celebrate your success!





Our SRC Leaders for 2016

Year 7

PE110 Sophia Bebawy

PE202 Telina Kolyvas

PE203 Luana Rendina

PE204 Elly Vazouras Terms 1 and 2

           Nektaria Rice Terms 3 and 4

PE205 Anastasija Vasilevska

PE206 Chelsea Cibalevski


Year 8

PE104 Serena Pham

PE109 Evelyn Karavokyros

PE105 Isabella Staninovski 

CH103 Chanel Reeves

CH102 Alysha Kapila

PE103 Karli Agathopoulos 


Year 9

MC10 Eve Fernando 

SO102 Eve Hudson

MC204 Claudia Bonacci

MC209 Siena Dal Bianco 

MC212 Medina Eldan

SO103 Megan Mendoza Terms 1-2

           Miriam Mackeen Terms 3-4

 Year 10

MC402 Isabella Czarnecki

MC313 Celia Finch

MC404 Georgia Hughes 

MC403 Caitlin Micallef 

MC401 Madison Soutar 

MC312 Indigo Arman


Year 11

MA217 Lilie Joseph 

MA213 Ano Chanakira

MA106 Emma Bennett 

MA218 Lucia Maalouf

MA203 Rachel Cassar

MA214 Renee Nehme


Prayer for our SRC leaders

Lord, as we discern the meaning of our call to servant leadership, help us recognize the ways you seek to minister through our lives. Inspired by the knowledge of your abiding presence, may we have the courage to reach out and support one another, to stand firm in what is true, to decrease when others should increase, and to lead with vision and compassion, as faithful followers of Jesus, your Son. We make this prayer to you in his name. Amen.



Our mantra:

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

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates for Term 1

Tuesday 8 March: Bethany in Action Open Day 3-6pm. Students dismissed at 12:49 pm. School specials arranged to pick up students at 1:00

Friday 11 March: Bethany Day. Normal school hours

Thursday 24 March: Holy Thursday. Normal school hours and sport.

Friday 25 March: Good Friday. School closed

Monday 28 March: Easter Monday. School closed

Friday 8 April: Last day of Term 1. Normal school hours.



Online Safety

http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/ is a fantastic site for parents and students wishing to negotiate online use. They have very informative fact sheets and videos about how to stay safe online. They also have examples of parent – child internet usage contracts:


Allergy and Asthma Notifications

Any parents whose child has an allergy to the environment or food and has not submitted the Allergy Notification Letter that was sent out at the end of last year, please phone student services or email deborah.davis@syd.catholic.edu.au for a copy of the letter to be emailed to you.

Similarly, if your daughter has asthma and you have not notified the college please do so to ensure our medical records for your daughter are current.


ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS – It’s up to you…

A big step towards achieving your goals is developing and maintaining a growth mindset

as the attitudes you have learnt and develop will influence the way you view goal setting.

Approaching a task with a negative and self-defeating attitude makes it much harder to

actually be successful at that task.


You need to have a positive attitude when you are setting and trying to achieve your goals. A

positive attitude means you are looking for ways to succeed rather than focusing on the

difficulties and obstacles that could be in your path.




To create a more positive attitude:

  • Each day note down something you did towards achieving your goals.
  • Note down any changes someone else has noticed eg. your teacher says well done on
  • your work.
  • Don’t stop trying if something goes wrong, it just means you haven’t achieved it …
  • Find a mentor or helper to encourage you to achieve your goals, possibly someone who
  • is interested in the same things or is good at the same subjects, but is a bit further ahead of you.










Bethany College Open Day

We look forward to showcasing all the wonderful work students and teachers at Bethany College undertake. Our Open Day 2016 is on March 8th between 3.00pm and 6.30pm. Please ensure that if your daughter is assisting that you have signed the permission note to allow her to remain at the College and that arrangements have been made for her journey home at the end of her duty.


Arrival at the College and Lateness

A reminder to all parents that your daughter should be at the College at 8.30am before the morning bell rings at 8.40 to allow time to access the lockers and prepare for the day.


There is no general playground supervision before 8.20am each day although students may access the library to complete work from 8.00am. The only students who should be at the College before this time are senior students with timetabled early classes.


After School Homework Help in the library

jr3The library is open to all students until 3.30 everyday.

After school homework help is provided by tutors from 3.30-4.30 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Tutors will be able to assist with homework and revision tasks set by teachers across a range of curriculum areas in stage 4 and 5. Senior students who wish assistance with specialist areas should contact Ms Maish (Leader of Pedagogy) to find out when these specialists are available, and attend the appropriate sessions. In addition, coaching for debating teams and public speaking/ orals is available on Fridays.




Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal