Volume 3 - 05 Mar 2021



Catholic Education is celebrating 200 years in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820.

First Catholic school

The first Catholic school in Australia was founded in October 1820 by Irish Catholic priest Fr John Therry and run by convict and lay person George Marley. The school, which Catholic historians believe was in Hunter Street, Parramatta, taught 31 students. By 1833, there were 10 Catholic schools in the colony.


Celebrating the legacy

Over 200 years, Catholic schools have grown to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) with one in five school age students attending a Catholic school.

This represents some 768,000 students in 1,751 schools across the country and employing 98,000 teachers and staff.

Nearly 40 per cent of Catholic schools are located outside of metropolitan cities in regional, rural and remote communities.

The formal celebrations were due to be held from October 2020 to October 2021. However, due to pandemic restrictions, the celebrations will now be held during the 2021 school year.

The official launch of the celebrations was held last week.

A National Mass will also be celebrated in every state, territory and diocese on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians on 24 May 2021.

Source: https://200years.catholic.edu.au/?_sm_au_=iFM41rN3j7ZwwZWJN28f8KHTCCsq4



Dear Parents, Carer’s and Friends of Bethany,

As we build upon the 200 year traditions of Catholic Schools in Australia and visit this theme throughout the year, it was a privilege to welcome so many prospective new students to Bethany at our Open Day last Tuesday. This group of girls who will be the Bethany graduating class of 2028 will contribute further to the history of Catholic education.

Thank you to the many families who visited our College last Tuesday. It was delightful to see our school slowly returning to a new COVID normal and to see parents of younger siblings come along. I was particularly proud of the hundreds of students who volunteered to stay behind and help with our Open Day. This is evidence of the pride that our girls have in their school. As always, the most consistent feedback about our Open Day was about the confidence of our current students and their level of satisfaction at Bethany. This year between Mrs Matthews and myself, we visited all 11 of our feeder Primary schools who are quite eager to begin their high school journey and taste the delights of a “big” school. We are currently enrolling Year 5 students for Year 7, 2023. Applications for enrolment are due March 30, 2021. Please do not miss out on submitting applications by this date.




At our Assembly last week, we invited Mr Chris Nolan who is a former teacher of the College and who now works with Caritas Australia to speak to us about the vital work that Caritas does around the world and the difference which our contributions through Project Compassion make to those in need. Some of the projects which have helped people around the world include fresh water to communities, bathrooms with running water in communities, education especially for young girls and medical care. We were reminded of what we take for granted in our community and how a small gift of generosity from each of us can have a huge impact on the lives of so many. Please encourage your daughter to make some sacrifices during lent to broaden her thoughts in thinking of others.

Our Year 12 leaders after missing out on their planning for our swimming carnival will host a mufti day for the whole school on Monday March 15. This is an initiative where they will release the theme and all students are asked to pay $2 for the privilege of dressing up, with all funds going to Project Compassion. Students who do not pay will be expected to be in their usual College uniform. This is a spirit building day after missing out on so many similar type activities in the past year.


Have you visited our new College Website?



Parent Dates for your Calendar

Monday March 15 at 6pm – Year 7 and 8 Maths Pathways Parent Meeting

Wednesday March 17 at 6pm – Parent information evening for all Year 7 Newman students as well as students new to Newman in 2021 across Years 8 – 10.

Tuesday March 23 between 3.30 and 7.30pm – Parent Teacher Interviews for Year 7 parents. These will be held via Zoom and booking information will be sent home shortly. Students in Year 7 will be taught how to use Zoom prior to this date.

Wednesday March 24 from 8.45am – High Achievers Assembly where students with an ATAR of over 90 will return to the College.


If any parent needs to revisit communication from the College in the form of permission notes, please use Compass to do this. Across the top bar, there is a symbol of 2 people to click on and then under this go to School Documentation and then your daughter’s year group. There is also a category for whole of school documentation.

Blessings for the weekend ahead.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal


From the Assistant Principal


Attendance and punctuality contribute greatly to the academic success of students. Every minute counts, every minute lost can contribute to gaps in your child’s learning, confidence and socialisation. Teaching your child to be on time for school is great preparation for the workforce, either in a part time or in life beyond Bethany. Columnist China Hill suggests that parents; 

Prioritise their child’s attendance – ensure a morning routine that allows her to arrive at school with enough time to ensure she is ready for the day ahead. 

Model presence and punctuality –  the best teaching is done by example.

Teach strategies that lead to punctuality – sometimes being late is beyond our control for example the bus is late or the train service is interrupted. However, it is important to teach children some of the things that hasten the morning routine, e.g. packing their bag the night before, ensuring that all parts of their uniform are ready the night before or getting up half an hour earlier in the morning.

Allow natural consequences for absences and lateness – adopt a no excuses approach with your children. Allow your child to experience the consequence of lateness, at Bethany 3 lates. 


Leaving early during the school day

We understand that from time to time it is necessary to collect your daughter from school before the end of the school day. The correct process for students departing early requires parents to send a note with their daughter on the day of their early departure and ensure that their daughter has this note signed by their Year Coordinator and handed into Student Services at the beginning of the school day. In the event that a situation arises at short notice that requires you to pick up your daughter before the end of the school day then please phone the College office to allow us sufficient time to communicate this to both your daughter and her teachers. Please avoid arriving at school to collect your daughter without prior communication wherever possible.



Here are four reasons why you should start working on your assignment immediately.


Even if your assignment is not due for weeks, start thinking about it immediately. At the very least, ensure you review and understand the requirements the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.


Although the school or local library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Your teacher will probably have alerted the school librarian to the assignment, and reference books etc, may well be displayed. These will disappear quickly if the whole class has the same assignment. Reference books can sometimes be a useful general overview for an assignment and they help clarify a direction as you begin to immerse yourself into the assignment topic. Your librarian can also guide you to online journals or databases that may be useful.


If you do some initial research on the assignment, you could find yourself needing more direction in your next research. For example: Perhaps there isn’t enough information, or perhaps you find you don’t understand important concepts, or perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity. If you find this out early, you will still have plenty of time to plan, research, write and present your assignment. Imagine if you didn’t start your assignment for a week or so, and then discovered you needed more guidance. You could easily run out of time. Starting early also gives you a longer time to think through and develop your ideas.


Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick or something unexpected happens. Assignments are usually given over a period of time because they require more time; students must plan a strategy or schedule to ensure they are completed. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

So get started today!


Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  – our school’s access details are:

Username: bethanyhurstville

Password: 65success



Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Last Sunday’s Gospel told us of the moment Christ was Transfigured in all His glory. The disciples; Peter, James and John were stunned and in awe of the scene and voice that broke  from the clouds, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him.” (Mark 9:7)

As I listened to the Homily of Father Stephen Onyekwere, Assistant Priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Kingsgrove, I was enthralled by his Gospel deconstruction.

I understood something of a pilgrim journey, a sacrifice and a promise. The disciples did not have the full list of directions for the journey they were on. They were certainly aware of the fact that Jesus was the Messiah but they did not know that the Man whom they willingly followed was going to be put to death. To prepare the disciples for this, Jesus took them to the mountain and showed them Himself in all His brightness, in the company of Moses and Elijah. The directive from the Heavens was, “listen”.

On our Christian journey, unlike the disciples, we have the Gospel to guide us. More importantly, if we get lost, all we have to do is listen to our ‘Biblical Navigation System’.

Mother Hilda Scott OSB in, Go Make Disciples- A Lenten Companion by the Archdiocese of Sydney, reminds us that transfigurations happen every day and not necessarily on a mountain top. Our metamorphosis and radiance through our attentiveness to the needs of one another will bring us closer to the God who is always in our midst.

As Bethany continues its Lenten journey with fundraising for Caritas Australia, this is a timely reminder to listen. Listen to the stories told to us by Chris Nolan- Justice Educator, Caritas Australia, about; Jamila, Margret, Oliva, Arsad and Halima and listen to the hundreds of thousands of untold stories represented by these five.

A big thank you to our College community for the amount collected thus far- $2827!

May we continue to listen in the coming weeks as we journey to the promise of Easter.



This year, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. Our Catholic schools celebrate Catholic identity and are centres of; evangelisation, connectivity and collaboration. These Eucharistic communities foster positive relationships and deliver a rigorous Religious Education curriculum which “integrates faith, culture and life” –200 Years Young: A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of Australia.

Stay posted for ongoing mention and celebration of this throughout the year at System and local levels. Enjoy the promotional video found here.

St Declan’s Catholic Church Penshurst has invited anyone interested in the Alpha program to make contact. You can do so here: Try Alpha.

This is a wonderful opportunity for conversation about God, Jesus and faith.

Please find the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney Mass Times using the

Our Parishes and Communities page.

Live Streamed Masses around the Archdiocese can be found here.



Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

From The Maths Department

By now the Stage 4 students are settling in to the routine of their Maths lessons.  Everyone has completed at least her first diagnostic, worked on some modules, and most students have completed a test. I strongly encourage parents to have their daughter log onto her Maths Pathway page.  Click on the “Parents and Carers” button in the top right, as shown in the screenshot below.  This will take you to a very useful page which will answer a lot of questions you may have, and also show you a lot of useful data about your daughter and her progress in Mathematics.
Mandi Brooker
Mathematics Coordinator

Year 7 Student Representative Council Semester 1 – 2021

Congratulations to the following Year 7 students who have been voted SRC leaders for Semester 1

Nicolette Anastasiadis

Lucy Blood

Miyah Petrevski

Kim Riolo

Sofia Tomini Foresti

Elise Voukidis

Rose Wong

Update from the Languages Department 

Letters to Juliet 

Students in Mrs Criniti’s Year 9 Italian class were excited to receive their first letters from their Italian learning counterparts from Saint Mary’s Cathedral College. The two schools have engaged in an old fashioned pen pal exchange – yes you heard right using pen and paper! It is hoped this exchange will provide the students with an authentic and meaningful learning experience which will contextualise their learning of a second language. Bethany students have now written their replies in Italiano and they are ready for posting. Looking forward to receiving our next round of letters. 


Enza Criniti

Languages Teacher 

Sports Update

SCC Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to the Bethany Swim team who competed on Monday 22nd February at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre at the SCC Swimming Carnival.

We had some great results coming 1st overall and 1st in the junior and senior division.  Some of our girls also managed to break a number of SCC records.

Mia Gentile broke records in the 12 years 50m and 100m Freestyle, Tameeka Johnson broke records in the 16 years 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke.  Our Junior relay team also broke the record on the night.

Thank you to Mrs Barrass and Mrs Simonetta for assisting our girls on the night.

Congratulations to the following girls who will go on to represent the SCC association at the NSWCCC Swimming Championships on Monday 29th March:

  1. Amy Dambiec
  2. Mia Gentile
  3. Clarissa Kumcevski
  4. Jacinta Kumcevski
  5. Scarlet Cameron
  6. Giselle Galea
  7. Tameeka Johnson
  8. Montana Ilievski
  9. Jessica Brightwell
  10. Monique Johnson
  11. Juliet King


CGSSSA Cricket

On Wednesday, 17th February a group of students from year 8-12 attended the CGSSSA Cricket Gala Day. The event was held at Queens Park, Waverley and although the girls did not make the semi finals, a great day was had by all.  Thank you to Mr Wilkie and Mrs Munsie for coaching on the day.


SCC Thursday Rep Sport

Trials for the following Term 2 sports will be taking place over the coming weeks:

  • Junior, intermediate and senior Netball
  • Senior Soccer

Please ensure you have checked compass daily notices and your student email for information regarding

these trials.



Some SCC Representative Sport Gala Days do not automatically send individuals and/or teams to the NSWCCC Championships.

To trial for the NSWCCC championships in sports that do not link directly to the pathway, students need to individually register and attend an external trial.

If you are interested in any of the following sports, please see the NSWCCC website below for information regarding trialling for the NSWCCC teams.


If you have any further questions please contact Miss Bevan.


2021 NSWCCC Dates





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

April 1

–      CCC Selections

April 20





–      CCC

Sept 10

–      NSW All Schools Athletics (self nomination/registration)

Sept 16-19  (TBC)





–      Individual Open CCC Registration closing date

April 29

–      CCC Open Selections

May 3





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

Feb 22

–      CCC Selections

March 3





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

March 19

–      CCC Championships

March 29



Cross Country*


–      CCC Championships

June 8





–      CCC Championships/Selections

May 25-26





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

Feb 25

–      NSWCCC Golf Selections

March 8





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

March 15

–      CCC Selections

March 22





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

April 22

–      CCC 15 years Selections

May 27

–      CCC Open Selections

May 28



Rugby League


–      CCC Girls Rugby League Camp, 14-15 years

April 12-14 (School Hols)



Rugby 7s


–      Individual CCC registration closing date

April 23

–      CCC Selections

May 5





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

Feb 12

–      CCC Selections

Feb 22





–      CGSSSA Team Entry closing date

March 19

–      CCC Championships

March 29

–      Long Dist & AWD entries due

April 19





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

Feb 22

–      CCC Selections

March 1



Touch Football


–      CCC Championships

March 31





–      All Schools Registration closing date

Feb 19

–      All Schools Individuals

Feb 26





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

March 5

–      CCC Opens Selections

March 10

–      All Schools U16 Selections

April 22

–      CCC Quad Series

June 11





–      Individual CCC registration closing date

March 11

–      CCC Selections

March 15




 *Bethany College will advertise the trials for these events to students separately or alternatively they will be selected from the College Swimming or Athletics Carnival


Rec Sport News


A reminder that students need to bring a mask if travelling by bus to and from the sports venue on Thursdays, as well as a hat if their sport is outdoors. Three instances of not wearing either will result in a sport detention.


Dismissal from venue notes are no longer being accepted, all students who have not provided this by now will be dismissed from school at 3pm.


Please ensure you have checked compass daily notices and your student email for information regarding Term 2 Sport Descriptions and Selections which will be taking place over the coming weeks.



Rachel Bevan

Sport Coordinator

SCC Swimming Championships

Congratulations to the following girls on their amazing results at the SCC Swimming Championships.  A great night for Bethany College.  

Mia Gentile

1st in 12yrs 50m and 100m freestyle Championship

1st in 12yrs 50m butterfly

1st in Junior Freestyle Relay

Clarissa Kumcevksi

1st  in 12yrs freestyle division

2nd in 12yrs 50m breaststroke championship

1st in 12yrs 50m backstroke

Sophia Brightwell

3rd in 13yrs 50m freestyle championship

3rd in 13yrs 100m freestyle

Jessica Brightwell

1st in 14yrs 50m and 100m freestyle

1st in butterfly and backstroke championship

1st in junior medley and freestyle relay

Juliet King

1st in 14yrs 50m freestyle division

1st in junior medley and freestyle relay

Montana Illevski

3rd in 15yrs freestyle championship

4th in 15yrs breaststroke

2nd in intermediate medley relay

1st in intermediate freestyle relay

Eleni Theodoropoulos

3rd in 15yrs freestyle division

Tameeka Johnson

1st in 16yrs 50m

100m freestyle championship, butterfly and backstroke

2nd in intermediate medley relay

1st in intermediate freestyle relay

Amy Dambiec

1st in 16yrs 50m freestyle division

1st in 16yrs 50m breaststroke

2nd in intermediate medley relay

1st in intermediate freestyle relay

Scarlet Cameron

1st in 17yrs 50m and 100m freestyle championship

2nd in 17yrs 50m butterfly

Monique Johnson

1st in 14yrs 50m breaststroke

1st in junior medley and freestyle relay

Charlotte Teplicanec

3rd in 13yrs 50m breaststroke

Joanne Lewis

1st in 13yrs 50m freestyle div

 3rd in 13yrs 50m butterfly

Giselle Galea

3rd in 13yrs 50m backstroke

 1st in Junior medley relay

Jacinta Kumcevski

1st in intermediate freestyle relay


New Students Morning Tea

During Week 5, the new students who have joined the Bethany community this year in Years 8 to 11 had morning tea with their Year Coordinator, Mrs  Hughes the Assistant Principal and myself.

The morning tea was a wonderful opportunity for the new students to meet each other and to talk about how they have found their experience at Bethany so far. 

Thank you to all the young ladies who attended, it was a pleasure sharing morning tea with you.



Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing



From the Science Department

Our wattle seeds have spent almost three months on the International Space Station (ISS) and we are eagerly awaiting their arrival at the College at some point in June/July after they return to Earth and clear customs and quarantine. Our space seeds will arrive with kits that will also include seeds that did not go into space, a seedling starter tray kit and growth medium (see below). 

We will be following strict instructions that will also be followed by students in other schools around the country, taking a variety of measurements related to each plant so that we can determine if there has been any impact upon the seeds as a result of them going into space.

In the meantime, the One Giant Leap Australia Foundation is organising a number of online events that are exclusive to Seeds in Space schools, and part of the overall ‘What’ll Happen to The Wattle??!’ program. They include talks with:

  • Professor Greg Chamitoff about living and working in space. He is a former NASA astronaut.
  • Liam Kennedy from ‘ISS Above’ about the ISS and how you can see the Earth from the ISS and other amazing facts.
  • JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Australian Space Agency and Australia Japan Foundation (TBC).
  • Todd Barber (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) about landing the Perseverance rover on Mars on 19 February (TBC).

We look forward to providing opportunities for our students to participate in these events. We also expect www.seedsinspace.com.au to go live very soon if you would like more information.

Until then, enjoy watching live footage from the ISS.

Michael Peck

Science Coordinator


CSDA Public Speaking Competition

Thank you to all students who came along to the try-outs for Public Speaking in Week 4. There were definitely a number of very confident speakers amongst our students. It was a difficult decision to make given only two students from each year group can be chosen. It is our pleasure to announce the following students have been selected to represent our College at the 2021 Catholic Schools Debating Association’s Public Speaking Competition, which will commence on Friday, 5th March.

Year 7

Evie Kalevski and Sienna Kovacevic

Year 8

Eva Nanevski and Mairead McAllister

Year 9

Penny Kalantzis and Harper Bollard (Year 8)

Year 10

Aya Bazzi

Year 11

Ngikula Harris

Year 12

Jade Lozanovski and Sophia Kouroupakis

Congratulations to our 2021 Public Speakers and we wish them all the best in the upcoming competition. 


Ms Woo and Miss Stavropoulos

Public Speaking and Debating

Careers News

University of Sydney Mathematics Prerequisites

The University has mathematics course prerequisites for some courses. This means that to study certain degrees, students will need to achieve a Band 4 in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) Mathematics (not Standard mathematics) or equivalent.

If students don’t meet the mathematics requirements, they may be able to:

  • complete the Mathematics MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and exam
  • apply for another course and then transfer into their preferred course in their second year (after successful completion of an accepted 1000 level mathematics unit).



Business Cadetships

Opens – Monday 8 March 2021

Closes – Wednesday 26 May 2021

As a Business Cadet, typically you combine university study in Sydney with paid work at UBS or Barrenjoey Capital Partners in Sydney. The Business Cadetships Program allows you to choose the university where you will study and allows you latitude in your choice of degree program. To apply contact,

Program Director: Alister Wilkinson. Contact: director@professionalcadets.com.au



Entry and Pathways to ACU

30 March 5pm

Students currently completing Year 12, there are many entry pathways to ACU – including the ACU Guarantee early offer program. 



ACU Talking with Nurses, Midwives and Paramedics

20 April. 6pm

Join online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working as nurses, midwives and paramedics. Take part in a Q&A session with ACU graduates and learn what it is like working on the frontline and using your skills to help people when they need it the most.



University of Sydney HSC Society and Culture support

Expert consultations Monday 29 March – Thursday 1 April
These 15 minute, virtual consultations aim to support HSC students with their personal interest projects. Students will be matched to an expert in in the same field as their PIP. Students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, low SES backgrounds, or in rural/regional areas are particularly encouraged to apply.

Submit an expression of interest by 12pm, 17 March
Questions? Contact fass.partnerships@sydney.edu.au 


Discover Western: HSC True Reward, Pathways & Early Offer Information Session

Thursday 29 April. 3.30pm

 Join Western to hear about their early offer programs in 2021.  Learn about how students can apply and receive conditional offers, as well as explore pathways to University. Hear from staff and students at Western directly to have all your questions answered.



Western Sydney University Scholarships 

Western offers a range of Scholarships across areas of: Academic excellence and leadership, equity and opportunity, humanitarian, industry, course focused and diverse opportunities. Visit the Western Scholarships page to find out more and explore your options and eligibility. 



Macquarie Uni Register Your Interest to Attend Open Day 2021

Registration for the Macquarie Open Day is now open, see below



Free UCAT Webinars for Year 12 & 11 Students

14 March

 This free webinar will cover a Term 1&2 timeline to keep students on track, including weekly prep goals and study milestones. Register: 



When is ADFA Open Day?

21 August 2021

This is a chance for potential ADFA candidates, Defence families and members of the community to learn more about the lifestyle, military training and tertiary education on offer at the Academy. There is also a range of military displays by the Navy, Army and Air Force to give you a snapshot of some of the careers available to you in the ADF.

Further details about the 2021 ADFA Open Day, including any restrictions on attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will be advised as they become known.



UNSW 2022 Undergraduate Guide

The 2022 Undergraduate guide can been found:



Music Theatre Taster at the Conservatorium

Saturday March 27 9:30am – 1.00pm

Music Workshop at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

For students 15-25 years of age

Join Dr. Narelle Yeo, Peter Cousins, Simon Kenway as they introduce you to the skills needed to be a great musical theatre performer. During the session you will be given insights into the art of musical theatre including stagecraft and presence, vocal technique, characterization, ensemble work and more. You will have the chance to dance, act and sing in this hands on workshop giving you not just a glimpse but a taste of the fascinating, exciting, sometimes glamorous but always hard working world of music theatre.

There will be some music to learn before the workshop you are also encouraged to bring sheet music for 16 bars of your favourite musical theatre solo. Bring comfortable dance gear to the workshop.



TAFE Career Insights – Trades in Growing Areas

Find out where the largest employment growth is and the courses that are popular for your students looking into these roles.



Australian Apprenticeship Pathways Industry Information

Investigate in detail a wide range of career fields on offer for apprenticeships and traineeships.




Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor

NCCD Information



Anna Charas,

Learning Support

Attendance: COVID-19

Parents and guardians are reminded that students are not to attend school if they are unwell, even if they have the mildest of symptoms. Those who have been unwell, are required to return a negative COVID-19 test (which must be provided to the College) and be symptom free before returning.  A copy of the negative COVID- 19 test result should be emailed to info@bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au, the relevant year coordinator or Ms Matthews, the Leader of  Wellbeing.


Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing

Parking Safely Around Schools

Ranier – Winter Uniforms