Volume 20 - 15 Dec 2016

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

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FOURTH WEEK OF ADVENT: TRUST IN GOD’S PEACE

Finally, in the fourth week of Advent, the Gospel reading begins our reflection on the mystery of the Incarnation – how it is that the Messiah came to be with us. The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of the birth of Jesus from Joseph’s perspective. The way that Joseph and Mary face the difficult circumstances of the birth of Jesus tells us about their faith in God. Joseph follows the instructions of the angel who comes to him in a dream to not be afraid. Joseph and Mary both trust in God’s plan for them even though they cannot see what will become of them. To harness the power of love and conquer violence, we need courage and faith like that of Joseph and Mary.

Dear God,

the harvest is plenty and the labourers are few.

Your people long for peace,

they thirst for justice.

Send into our midst women and men

whose hearts can embrace the entire world.

Send into our midst young and old,

from all your beloved cultures and races,

Who offer their arms to lift up the lowly and oppressed.

Send into our midst new peacemakers

Who will walk with the powerless,

as well as those in power

To proclaim your teaching and

To witness against hate, greed, fear and strife.

Create us anew as your peacemakers, O God,

And send us your peace. Amen

 

 

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Staff Farewells

At the end of the year, we say goodbye to some of our teachers and support staff, as they move onto another phase of their lives and careers.

Firstly, we would like to farewell permanent members of staff:

  • Maria Lambert (Visual Arts)
  • Gail Ferrier (Bursar)
  • Con Raptis (English Coordinator)
  • Viviene Gereige (Vocational Learning Coordinator)

Maria was a member of the Bethany Community since its founding in 1993. In fact, she worked at St Joseph’s Kogarah since 1989.  Her 26 years of dedicated and outstanding service to our community will be sorely missed and we wish her well in her move to the South Coast. Gail joined the support staff of the College in 1999 and has been with us for 18 years. As a Bursar, she has served both parents and the College. Her accuracy, prudence and financial acuity have served us well. She is looking forward to another chapter of her life now and we wish her well. Con and Viviene will also leave the College at the end of this year and we thank them for their contribution to curriculum development in the College and the growth in our academic success.

We would also like to thank the following members of staff who have concluded their temporary, contractual periods at the College:

  • Bolton, Jordan
  • Boutros, Christiana
  • Culleton, Brian
  • Roberts, Stefanovych
  • Sullivan, Jane

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Parent Satisfaction Survey 2016

Thank you very much to everyone who completed the Parent Satisfaction Survey this term.  In total, 135 responses were received.  The greatest affirmations were that 93% of respondents identified that their daughter felt safe at the College and that 75% felt that they were very satisfied with the College.

Overall, the results are a strong affirmation of our values and programs and are invaluable in identifying areas for development. The Leadership team will analyse and discuss the detailed response data during our professional development days next week. We noted that 32% of respondents were unsure about the College’s strategies for dealing with the diverse needs of its students and 33% were unsure that the College has high academic standards.  Though each teaching program includes strategies for differentiation for gifted, core and learning support students, this is not being communicated strongly enough to our students.  We cannot take this for granted and it is important to have teachers articulate the differentiation they are implementing daily.   

In 2016, we identified that our Anti-Bullying strategies needed improvement in the timeliness and effectiveness of implementation.  We were disappointed to see the respondents’ advice around this with the results for the statement Bullying is dealt with in a timely and effective manner recorded at 56%, a dip from the 62% result in 2015. We will target this area in 2017.

We are especially grateful for the improvement in perception of our academic standards with the response to The College has high academic standards at 62%. We have worked very hard at this and would like to have an improved result in 2017.  There was also a positive response to the statement around friendliness and approachability of the Leadership Team at 80% and the office staff at 89%. We clearly don’t get it right all the time but we will strive to have our personal interactions be positive and professional.

Later this term, all staff will analyse the responses from this survey and identify what we can take from it about your perceptions of our work.   While there is a very pleasing commendation of the College, the greatest value is in data that helps us make Bethany even better.

 

 

 

Overall Results

Parent Satisfaction Survey 2016

% Agree

% Neutral

% Disagree

1. My child/ren are happy at the College.

78

17

5

2. My child/ren feel safe at Bethany College.

93

5

2

3. My child/ren are interested and engaged in their learning at the College.

79

17

4

4. The College provides a value for money education for my child/ren.

68

24

8

5. The College caters well for the diverse needs of its students.

63

32

5

6. The College has high academic standards. 

62

33

5

7. The College has appropriate facilities to support its educational programs.

73

20

7

8. The College facilities are clean and well-maintained.

84

14

2

9. The College grounds are clean and well-presented.

91

8

1

10. The peer environment at Bethany is positive.

70

26

4

11. Bullying is dealt with in a timely and effective manner at the College.

56

39

5

12. The College maintains high standards of student behaviour in and out of the classroom.

76

20

4

13. The uniform of the College is practical and presents well.

80

15

5

14. The College maintains high standards of presentation and uniform for students.

86

8

6

15. The teachers of the College are knowledgeable and competent in their roles.

61

31

8

16. The teachers at Bethany are caring and take a genuine interest in the well-being and education of my child/ren.

71

23

6

17. The College provides a good range of subject offerings.

76

18

6

18. The College offers a good range of co-curricular activities such as the instrumental music and sport programs.

85

11

4

19. The staff of the College present well and dress appropriately and professionally.

86

14

0

20. The administration staff are welcoming, friendly and approachable.

89

9

2

21. The members of the Leadership Team are welcoming, friendly and approachable.

80

19

1

22. I am very satisfied with the College.

72

23

5

 

Further steps taken in regard to addressing Parent Feedback

  • Microwaves: The new wiring has been completed for the installation of six microwaves for student use in 2017, one microwave for each Year Group. This area will be managed by SRC representatives and will address the current congestion. We could not address this until now as it required the attention of an electrician to meet WHS standards.
  • Student Bathrooms: In 2017, Senior school girls (10-12) will be using the Marian Building bathrooms. This will alleviate congestion near the Canteen.
  • Air-Conditioning: The Sophia Building is now fully air-conditioned. It has been in use from the start of Term 4 and was especially rushed to cater for our HSC students. We thank the P & F for assisting with part of the budget for this. We will focus in raising funds to air-condition the Theatrette and Penola Building in the future/
  • Changes to Assessment: I recently foreshadowed our school’s priority in reducing the number of summative assessments (tests) to one per semester, that is, two per annum, per subject. Some parents have commented that they would like to know why.

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) has advised schools and the community (through media releases) about changes to the HSC to be implemented in HSC 2020 (from and including Year 9 (2017)).

 

WHAT EVIDENCE SUPPORTS THE DECISION TO REDUCE NUMBER OF SUMMATIVE TASKS?

  • OECD research shows that effective in-school assessments give students better feedback to improve their learning, particularly among struggling students.
  • Research from Hong Kong shows fewer and more targeted assessment tasks are more effective in giving feedback to teachers and students about their strengths and weaknesses. Hong Kong and Scotland have restructured their school-based assessment tasks to reflect this best practice
  • Limiting the number of assessments will allow more time for teaching and learning, and reduce excessive stress and pressure on students.
  • Geoff Masters of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) encourages alternatives to exam-style assessments in schools to challenge students in different areas, and allow more opportunities to apply, rather than recite, knowledge.

In order to best prepare our students for their HSC, we are adopting these strategies for Years 7 to 10 next year.

 

CURRENT STATE

FUTURE STATE

Assessment tasks focus on essays and written exams

Students receive a wide variety of assessment tasks, such as presentations and speeches, projects, in-class problem solving, starting with English, Mathematics, Science and History

Take-home essays and test questions tend to replicate HSC examination questions

School-based assessment tasks evaluate the knowledge and skills not assessed in the end-of-year written HSC exams

Students report excessive stress. From a student’s perspective, school assessments can be relentless, repetitive and stressful

Assessment tasks are capped to reduce relentless pressure and allow students more opportunities to demonstrate what they know

Too many assessments reduce the time students have to build a depth of understanding in a subject

 

A reduction in assessment tasks creates opportunities for

deeper learning by students

Small numbers of students engage in negative practices such as plagiarism and cheating in school-based assessments

The cap on assessment tasks to reduce excessive student stress, coupled with tougher school-based assessment guidelines, reduces opportunities for plagiarism and cheating

 

 

We need to prepare our girls for an HSC which will have re-designed assessment tasks.

  • The redesigned exam questions will be less predictable and test a student’s application of knowledge and skills.
  • There will be fewer options in subjects allowing more probing essay questions, testing students’ in-depth analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Reducing the predictability of exam questions will discourage practices such as pre-prepared responses and ghost-writing by tutors, and provide a more reliable indication of students’ ability.
  • The Australian Council for Educational Research highlights the need for assessment practices including exams that test necessary workplace skills, including working collaboratively, using technology, communicating and solving problems.

University of Wollongong STEM Camp

Congratulations to Joeme Severino and Georgia McGilchrist who have been successfully accepted into the University of Wollongong STEM camp for girls 2017 as a result of their outstanding academic achievement and passion in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We trust that Joeme and Georgia enjoy the experience and benefit from the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of STEM, later sharing their insights with their peers here at Bethany College.

 

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Community News

We keep the following families in our prayers;

  • The Kondos family who have struggled through the fourth anniversary of the loss of their daughter, sister and our sister Nicola (who would have been in Year 11 this year). It was lovely to see the girls with their splashes of purple on Nicola’s anniversary (8 December).
  • Miss Lisa Field, and her family, as her father passed away this week after battling illness.

 

 

School Reports: Some suggestions for disappointed families

The end of the year has arrived and for teachers, kids and parents alike, that means one thing – report time. Teachers across Australia have been busy creating reports for nearly 4 million school students. Each report is filled out according to different guidelines and curricula, as well as differing degrees of flexibility.

But what about parents? What guidelines, if any, can help prepare you to respond in the right way when you receive your child’s report card – especially if your child isn’t doing as well as you might like? A recent University of Michigan study, published in the Journal of Family Psychology, offers some useful advice.

Researchers asked parents of nearly 500 US children how they would respond if their 11- to 13-year-old child brought home a report card with lower-than-expected grades or progress. They sorted those responses into two broad categories – “punitive” vs “proactive” – and then investigated whether the parents’ responses predicted better or worse school results five years later.

The study found that children whose parents said they would respond by lecturing, punishing or restricting their child’s social activities actually had lower levels of literacy and maths achievement by the end of high school. The main reason that “punitive parenting” strategies like those are unlikely to work is that they do not directly address the underlying problems that lead to the poor result. For example, the researchers argue, limiting social activities is only likely to improve school performance if going to too many social events is the reason underlying the poor performance. Perhaps just as importantly, parents who use punitive parenting practices may inadvertently deny their children the opportunity to learn the very skills and knowledge they require to improve their grades. Even worse, punitive strategies may increase children’s sense of frustration and aversion to school work.

On the positive side, the University of Michigan study and others have shown that children growing up in a cognitively stimulating home environment – characterised by things like access to books, musical instruments, and trips to the museum – are likely to show higher levels of achievement in reading and maths in high school. Other evidence also points to the value of creating a less punitive and more nurturing environment with warm, consistent and responsive parenting, though still with limits and boundaries for their children. Such an environment not only stands to enhance your child’s academic achievements, but many aspects of their biological, social, emotional and behavioural development too.

 Other research has shown the importance of giving and seeking specific feedback from an external source, such as a parent or teacher, on what good performance is, how their current performance relates to the ideal standard, and how they can act to close that gap. Teachers are a great source of information so that parents can understand the reasons behind their child’s poor performance, and not make faulty attributions about the underlying cause. So- it is vitally important that parents and their children should take the opportunity to attend the Parent/Teacher/Student interviews. It may be the last day of school but it is invaluable to get feedback.

And no matter how bad the report card might be, don’t fall into the easy trap of taking out your child’s poor performance on us. We, as teachers,  are not only there to help, but are an important ally in helping improve your child’s school performance. Engage in co-operative and constructive collaboration with us that is built on mutual respect and understanding.

It is important to note that there are plenty of other factors that can predict academic success: genes, parents’ level of education, the age of parents when a child is born, school infrastructure and teacher performance. Some of these factors can’t be changed, but many can. The challenge for parents is to tune in to those things that can be changed and act on them accordingly.

Three tips to remember at report time:

  1. When unexpected or poor results come in, research shows that reacting with frustration, anger, lecturing or punishment isn’t the best way to get better results.
  2. Consistent and responsive parenting will do more good than a punitive approach.
  3. Give and seek specific feedback on your daughter’s progress – especially the reasons behind any unexpected results.

 

Our mantra:

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

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates: Term 1, 2017

  • Tuesday, 31 January- Year 7 start school
  • Wednesday, 1 February – All students resume school
  • Friday, 10 February – New Parent Welcome 7.00-8.30pm

Wishing the College Community a very safe and peace filled Christmas. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in 2017

 

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Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

Carols by Candlelight at Rockdale

re1On Saturday evening, St Joseph’s, Rockdale hosted carols by candlelight for the primary schools of the parish.  Students from both Bethany and Kogarah Marist generously offered their time to assist with the mass, the cooking of the bbq and the general running of the evening.  It was a great success and much fun was had by all.  I would like to thank Nova Gomes and Dakota Martin for generously offering their time to assist the Parish and to help make the evening a great success.

 

 

 

 

Lights of Christmas – St Mary’s Cathedral

If you have not already had an opportunity to see St Mary’s Cathedral lit up for Christmas, I would certainly encourage you to attend.  This has become part of my family’s Christmas preparations and is an event that my now teenage children, still look forward to attending as a family.

The theme for the 2016 Lights of Christmas presented by PAYCE is Joy to the World . The show that will adorn Sydney’s grandest cathedral, St Mary’s will feature animation interpreting the timeless Christmas tale of the Nutcracker Suite along with a glorious selection of Madonna and Child images painted by some of the great Masters.

Lights of Christmas presented by PAYCE will run from 8-25 December 2016 – including Christmas Night. Starting each evening at 7:30pm with a choir performance – the light show will commence at 8.30pm and continue through until midnight.

 

Twelve Days of Christmas

An Underground Catechism (http://www.cin.org/twelvday.html)

I came across this reflection on the Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas and thought I would share this with you as it is interesting how what seems to be something very secular actually has a very Catholic message behind it.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” was written in England as one of the “Catechism songs” to help young Catholics learn the tenets of their faith – a memory aid, when to be caught with anything in writing indicating reference to the Catholic faith could not only get you imprisoned, it could get you hanged or shortened by a head – or hanged, drawn and quartered.

The songs gifts are hidden meanings to the teachings of the faith. The “true love” mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God Himself.  The “me” who receives the presents refers to every baptised person.  The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem.

 

The other symbols mean the following:

Two Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

Three French Hens = Faith, Hope and Love, the Theological Virtues

Four Calling Birds = The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

Five Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.

Six Geese A-laying = six days of creation

Seven Swans a-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

Eight Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes

Nine Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments

Eleven Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles

Twelve Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of the doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed.

 

I wish you all the very best for a holy and happy Christmas season and pray that it will be one filled with all of the graces that God can bestow upon you.

God bless.

 

Mrs Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

 

Christmas Hamper Drive

Over the past few weeks, students from Years 8 to 11 brought in a range of goods which were then collated into hampers, with 27 hampers in total being made. These will be distributed by Catholic  Care to families who are less fortunate than us to help make their Christmas a little bit brighter. A massive thank you to all students for your incredible generosity over this period, you have definitely made a positive difference for many families this Christmas.  A big thanks also to the Vinnies Group and SRC members for helping Miss Mirabello promote the drive. A special mention also goes to Emma Bennett and Tara Lillicot who came into school after they had finished their exams, to help sort through and pack the hampers.

 

Written by members of The St Vincent de Paul group

 

Year 11 Chemistry Excursion – ANSTO 6 December 2016

science news 1On Tuesday 6 December, Year 11 Chemistry embarked on an adventure to ANSTO. The nuclear reactor visit assisted us in our knowledge of nuclear reactions, a section of our topic: ‘The Production of Materials.’ We were taken on a tour of the site and saw many complicated looking machines.

ANSTO is an incredible institution that supplies approximately two million doses of potentially lifesaving radioisotopes to local hospitals. It is also home to some of the most incredible machinery for this field.

We began the day listening to a physicist give us an outline of all the science work completed at ANSTO. Following this, we were taken on a tour around the institution.

The place looked like the set of a science fiction movie, complete with a glowing uranium core submerged in 30m of water and a viewing room overlooking the warehouse where scientists were operating complex research equipment, some of which can only be found in ANSTO.

Funny story, America supplied ANSTO with all the pieces to build a High-Resolution Powder Diffractometer (ECHIDNA) but without the instructions. ANSTO were able to build an even more efficient version of this machine and now American institutions pay to come to Australia and use it.

Despite the rain, this excursion was very interesting and educational and a lot of fun. We were even told secret information that I’m not allowed to repeat to anyone.

Even though the whole site is dedicated to neutrons; it was an undeniably positive experience.

 

Clover McCallum (Year 11 Chemistry Student)

Cancer Council says “Thank You”

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Dear Bethany College,

On behalf of Cancer Council I would like to thank you for your recent support of the Pink Ribbon campaign by raising $1,165.00.

The money you have raised will help the countless women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. Cancer Council is the only charity that supports women through the entire cancer journey – from diagnosis and treatment, to recovery and life after cancer. So every dollar you raised is funding vital research, prevention programs and support services for these women.

Thank you for your ongoing support. We hope that you will continue to support us in the future so that we can work to defeat all women’s cancers.

Warm regards,

Vibeke Burke
Event Marketing Manager, Pink Ribbon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks again girls for your amazing support of this important event. 

 

Laura Mirabello 
Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator 

 

 

Year 7 Concert for the Elderly

Friday 2nd December 2016

 

Throughout the year the ‘Dolphins’ have demonstrated excellent school spirit. This term Year 7 have been planning and preparing for the Concert for the Elderly.  Year 7 worked together to organise and host the Concert actively living out the college values of welcome, relationships and service. They generously brought in gifts as well as create Christmas cards and decorations. Their commitment demonstrated how present and willing the girls are to uphold the Bethany spirit to Act Justly, Love Tenderly and Walk Humbly with our God.     

“ At our elderly concert we had a heap of year 7 students willing to give up their lunch times to rehearse their acts so they could perform in front of the elderly. We had a wide range of performances that the guests loved watching. Some acts include dancing, singing and acting. Even some elderly people stood up out of their seat and started dancing and singing along with the acts. We had a great day!”   

Isabelle F & Christine L  

“A couple of weeks before the concert for the elderly all the students brought in gifts for the elderly. After the concert and morning tea we lined up to pick up a present to give to an elderly person. The look on their faces made our day happy and joyful. A couple of guests even shed a little tear. ”

Antonia +Georgia

“ On the 2nd of December, 2016 the Year 7’s held a concert for many different nearby nursing homes. When the buses arrived, the Meet and Greet team were prepared to direct them to their seats. Each nursing home had a designated seating area where the students would lead them.”

Charlotte Uglow and Taylor Di Fabio

“ At the elderly concert, we had the amazing santa claus come to our school and meet the elderly.  Everyone was excited to met him and when he greeted the elderly at their cars, they applauded his jokes and cheerful spirit.  Santa was the star at this concert, photo’s were taken with him, stories were told.  Santa Claus really did add some Christmas cheer to the concert.  It was an enjoy outing for both students and the elderly.”

Luana Rendina

“ We had two hosts that hosted the Elderly Concert. They were very  cheerful which made the elderly people enjoy themselves. Overall it was a great day for the elderly and the years 7 girls.”

Angela and Alexis

 

I would like the thank the year 7 homeroom teachers and assistants for going above and beyond both in the lead up and an on the day of the concert!

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Laura Rizzo

Year 7 Coordinator

Science Prefect News

IUPAC IS NAMING THE FOUR NEW ELEMENTS NIHONIUM, MOSCOVIUM, TENNESSINE, AND OGANESSON

Overtime earth, fire, wind and water became hydrogen, helium, lithium and beryllium. Now Ununtrium, Ununpentium, Ununseptium and Ununoctium have become Nihonium (Nh), Moscovium (Mc), Tennessine (Ts) and Oganesson (Og). The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), recently announced the official names of the new elements.

 

Keep your i-on the latest scientific news by coming down to Science Help Desk, in MC308 on Tuesdays at lunch. 

Kiona Davies (Year 11 – Science Prefect)

Careers News

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Experience Day 2017 – Thursday 5 January 2017

Information for Year 12 leavers receiving their final results

If you have students thinking about going to uni in 2017 and who want to explore options at Notre Dame after they receive their final Year 12 results, encourage them to join us for Experience Day on Thursday 5 January. Notre Dame goes beyond the ATAR as an indicator of potential; we intentionally look for more. We look at academic achievement as well as individual desires and motivations, areas of interest, service inside and outside school, individual subject strengths and much more. We also look at Year 12 results as we need to know the student can manage the workload of the course they want to do.

  • If a student expects to get the results that will get them directly into a degree – that’s great – for most courses our indicative (approximate) ATAR is 70. For Law the indicative ATAR is 90.
  • We also realise that sometimes, students get results that are below what they were expecting or perhaps they weren’t eligible to receive an ATAR.  Maybe they weren’t even considering uni in Years 11 and 12 but now want to go. That’s OK too as there’s a uni pathway for those who want to build their skills and confidence before moving into a Bachelor degree.

Experience Day provides the opportunity for students to visit the campus at Broadway to explore course options for 2017. Students can take a campus tour, chat with current students and staff, explore their course interests, get involved in a range of activities and lodge an application and enrol on the day if they wish.

Thursday 5 January 2017

9.00am – 3.00pm

Broadway Campus, 104 Broadway

Register at Experience Day 5 January  or just arrive on the day

 

Uni Options Day Saturday 17 December – course information and admissions office open

With ATARs being released on Friday 16 December, the Notre Dame Prospective Students and Admissions Office at 140 Broadway will be open until 5pm on Friday 16 December and from 9am-3pm on Saturday 17 December for students who would like to explore their options after receiving their results. Students are welcome to bring any family and friends to take part in the discussions.

 

Twilight Topics – Nursing

Students interested in a career in Nursing are invited to the next Twilight Topics evening on Thursday 8 December between 5pm and 7pm at the Prospective Students office, 140 Broadway. Students can arrive any time between 5pm and 7pm.

The Dean of the School of Nursing, Tracey Moroney will be on hand to answer any questions and provide information about Notre Dame’s highly-rated Nursing degree.

Register at Nursing Twilight Topics 8 December

 

 

Future Makers:  Summer Holiday Workshops
9–13 January and 16–20 January 2017, 9.30am–4pm 

Spark your child’s imagination this Summer School Holidays with Future Makers, a series of art classes exploring different themes and materials for budding artists aged 10–14.

Future Makers is an incubator of ideas designed to encourage creativity and exploration, as well as a fostering lifelong interest in the arts by introducing students to the exciting world of contemporary art.

Presenting 30 engaging modules covering ceramics, painting, drawing, photomedia and printmaking, Future Makers is led by experienced arts educators at the historic National Art School campus in Darlinghurst.

Cost: per day $130 / entire five-day program $550 – bookings essential

BOOK NOW
 

Special family discount offer

Treat your family to a week of creativity at the National Art School. Book into Future Makers, and receive a 15% discount on a Summer School short course. To book please contact 9339 8633 or shortcourses@nas.edu.au

 

 

Vicki Lavorato

Acting Vocational Learning Coordinator

 

Year 9 Forensics Science Workshop

At school on Wednesday 23 November, Year 9 attended a Forensics Science incursion. This incursion was very interesting and fun as it was quite hands on and included a whole heap of investigating. The lady who was running the incursion was an ex-forensic investigator and had done very many investigations in her past. She showed us through scientific testing how we can find important information and discover new and crucial clues. Two classes came together at a time in the hall and the aim by the end of the incursion was to investigate who, out of 4 people, was the killer of a man. We had to find this out by investigating clues and different forensic tests. The lady showed us through the various testing methods and then we were given a sheet which had different clues and things we had to find out to work out who the killer was. These various tests were things such as DNA testing, fingerprinting, blood testing and analysing the gunshots. We acted like forensic investigators and it was extremely interesting by seeing what these investigators go through. By the end of the session going through clues we found out who the killer was and we learnt and got a lot out of this incursion. I found the excursion extremely interesting and got a lot out of it.       

Evie Angelopoulos (Year 9 Science Student)

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Science Help Desk and Science Opportunities

Science is big across Bethany with many opportunities to explore it. Girls learn about Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology and Geology in their classes and can attend Science Help Desk every Tuesday at lunchtime to study further and get help if needed. We also have lots of extracurricular Science activities in the school, like the STARS program, Science Competition, excursions and incursions e.g. Year 7 Zoo excursion, Year 8 Powerhouse Museum excursion and Year 9 Forensics incursion and excursions/field trips for all Senior Science subjects.  Through these opportunities, girls can get a broader understanding of Science in the real world and areas of Science they are interested in. 

Kiona Davies (Year 11 – Science Prefect)

Semester 2 Academic Award Winners

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SCC Intermediate Softball Winners

Congratulations to the Intermediate SCC Softball team who won the grand final last week, defeating Rosebank 10-5.

Well done girls and congratulations to their coach, Lauren Cox.
 
Lauren Brennan
Sports Coordinator