Volume 4 - 24 Mar 2016

What’s Happening in LOTE?

Has anyone ever wished you “Mazel Tov”? Know what “Prost!” means? Ever tried “unagi”?

These were just some of the tricky questions students in the Polyglot Club had to try and solve at the inaugural Polyglots’ Meeting and we were so impressed by their language skills and enthusiasm! Students participated in games and activities like translating foreign words into English, interpreting various print ads from around the world and testing their general knowledge of different countries.

We look forward to more games like these and having the students play the role of the language teacher and teach the group different languages.


Mrs Colreavy, Mr Gianni and Miss Crinti

LOTE Department


By the way:  A polyglot is someone who has knowledge of or speaks lots of different languages.



Our Lady of Fatima Peakhurst

OLF 50 Invitation TIX

Big Sister Little Sister

St Declans Parish Centenary 2016

St Declan’s Parish Penshurst are celebrating 100 Years in the making, Centenary 2016.

A Commemorative Book has been produced and is available at St Declan’s at a cost of $20.

Study Skills Tips


With assessment tasks getting into full swing it is worth reflecting on how to manage expectations about results. This tip again comes courtesy of Prue Salter of Enhanced Learning Educational Services (ELES)

Parents often have high expectations of their children in relation to how much homework they will do, and what results they will achieve in their studies. These expectations may result from cultural beliefs, personal experiences, desire for children to have better opportunities than their parents had and the like. Research shows that whilst parental expectations can play a significant part in children achieving high results, they can also contribute to high levels of student stress.

Some things to think about in relation to parental expectations include:

  1. Help your children to set realistic goals: Keep talking to your children about what they want to achieve, in individual subjects, at school overall and in other aspects of their life. Their career goals may mean they want to focus intensively on something like art or music, rather than maths or science. Helping them to identify their goals will enable them to determine what subjects they need to focus on and what marks they are likely to need, which means that effort can be concentrated on the areas which will help them to achieve their goals.
  2. Be involved in your children’s learning: Throughout the term talk to your children about what they are studying. Ask them to show you their bookwork and homework. The more you understand about what they are doing and how they are going along the way, the better you will be able to set and manage your expectations.
  3. Develop an understanding of the school’s assessment and reporting structures: Assessment and reporting systems change over time and are different in different schools, states and countries. Making sure you really understand what your children’s report means may help you to understand what they are actually achieving. Your school can explain these to you if need be. Sometimes students are excelling, but reporting structures don’t clearly represent this to parents.
  4. Remember nobody is perfect: Even the brightest, most highly motivated child will struggle at times. They may struggle to understand a particular topic or concept, or they may struggle with motivation, particularly for a subject they don’t particularly enjoy. Problems with teachers or peers can also contribute. It is unrealistic that anyone can work with 100% effort all the time.
  5. Provide practical homework and exam support: Provide practical help to your children to enable them to access past papers or practise questions and work with them by helping with things like proofreading and reviewing drafts, checking work and listening to speeches. Remember though, it is not your work, so don’t make changes, rather make suggestions and provide guidance.


Rob Gough

Year 8 Coordinator


“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”

– Derek Jeter


Bethany Sporting Excellence!

Carnovale Amelia


Amelia Carnovale is currently representing Australia in the 2016 Trans-Tasman Oztag series against New Zealand. Amelia was selected in the Australian mixed 20’s team. We wish her luck.




Two of our Bethany girls recently travelled to Perth for the Australian Junior Athletics Championships Eva Kostopoulos and Grace Robinson. Both girls performed extremely well and achieved outstanding results.




Eva placed 1st in the 13 years High jump and 3rd in Triple jump





Robinson Grace



Grace placed 3rd in the 18 years Shotput and 6th in discus



We couldn’t be prouder of all the girls!



Semi-finals are just around the corner for most of our Bethany teams.

RESULTS after Rd.8:

Junior Volleyball – 9th

Intermediate Volleyball – 4th


Junior AFL – 3rd Play Rosebank College in the semi-final this week

Senior Touch – 1st Play Rosebank College in the semi-final this week




CGSSSA Soccer                       27 April 2016    Meadowbank



Cath Summons

PDHPE Teacher

Science Help Desk 2016

The Science Help Desk is up and running again this year :


Science teachers are available for assistance at the Science Help Desk.  All students are welcome to attend.  You may want to work on Science homework with access to a teacher for help if needed or you may have particular difficulties requiring specialist coaching in Science.  Rosters are on all lab doors.  We look forward to seeing you at the Science Help Desk.


Dr Lynette Trent

Science Coordinator














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Year 11 Senior Science Field Trip

Adventure to Sydney Olympic Park

On Friday, the 26th of February 2016, the two Year 11 Biology and Senior Science classes set off on a field trip to the local mangroves at Sydney Olympic Park to broaden our knowledge on the local ecosystem, the wetlands environment.  Whilst the day was humid and windy, add in some insects with particular people who had fears of leeches, spiders, snakes and any other insect on the planet, spending a Friday in the mangroves was not on everyone’s bucket list.  However, in the end, we learnt so much more about our local ecosystem especially on the areas of the salt marshes and mangroves as they are our focal point of our topic for this term.  

During our expedition, we had the opportunity to carry out first-hand investigations such as : measuring the salinity of the water, looking at different plants and learning about how they adapt to the environment and counting crab holes.  Some of us even got to see a crab!

Overall, this field trip was not exactly how we pictured it, it was far better.  We got to extend our knowledge on the wetlands environment while also having an amazing day out with our classes.  

We would like to thank Dr Trent and Mrs Lipari for organising this field trip as it was a great experience for all the girls, mainly because it was something most of us will never do again.  We would also like to extend our thanks to the team at Sydney Olympic Park for allowing us to come and visit the amazing area and for sharing all their knowledge with us.  

Soriya Farah, Niamh McIntyre and Carolina Perrino (Year 11 Senior Science students)



It does not always pay to discount someone’s story just because it sounds a bit fantastic. During Easter 2016 we read Luke’s resurrection account: what the “eleven and all the rest” do with the women’s stories of a rolled-back stone, no body, and heavenly interpreters. The notion of resurrection was not in itself extraordinary in a first century Jewish context. The Pharisees believed in a general resurrection, but the idea that God would raise one person from the dead before the time of the general resurrection was quite unthinkable. From the men’s perspective, therefore, the women are talking nonsense. Peter decides to go and confirm their testimony for himself, indicating that he suspects there is some truth in what they have to say. Their account checks out and he goes away in amazement (no apology, just amazement).

This gospel and the whole Easter celebration is about “the one who lives”. Luke’s account leaves no doubt about the death of Jesus: there are witnesses, there is evidence. The same goes for the burial. Now, in the story of the empty tomb, Luke wants to assert that Jesus is alive. The women (Mary of Magdala, Joanna the wife of Chuza, Mary the mother of James and unidentified others) are confronted with the question: “Why are you seeking among the dead the one who lives?” They are then entrusted with the message of resurrection: “He is not here, but has been raised.” They are invited to remember the prophetic words of Jesus. They do indeed remember and they return to proclaim the good news. In line with countless prophetic figures before and since, their testimony is rejected, but is nonetheless effective through the telling and retelling of the story.

We take time at Easter to re-member, re-enact, and re-tell these originating stories of our tradition, to dramatise and celebrate in solemn ritual what we celebrate in lower key every Sunday of the year. In the faith inspired liturgical re-telling, all the power and grace of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are present to us and to our world. Resurrection faith is a commitment to life. For some, it may involve paying more serious attention to the findings of reputable climate change scientists who no doubt feel a bit like the women of the gospel when their work is discounted. For others, it may mean finding ways to redirect some of the two billion dollars that we Australians manage to spend on confectionary every year. There is no end to the challenge.












I would like to share with the community an email that I received this week from a local resident.

“Dear Sir/Madam

I am a resident in Haig Street and I need to drive through Waratah street every morning and I am appalled at the car drop off by parents at your school.

Cars park illegally and dangerously wherever they feel like to drop kids off. I’ve seen cars park on the pedestrian crossing and let kids out, stop at no parking spaces and then attempt to push back into traffic. The worst was a car stopped on the middle of the intersection at Waratah and Westbourne, stopping all traffic and driving up onto a driveway to let children out.

Don’t get me started on Croydon road! Kids being left off at the lights….

This behaviour is a reflection of your school and with one daughter attending St Marys next door, I would seriously reconsider sending her to Bethany.

I realise you cannot control what parents do outside of school, but this behaviour is appalling.

Thank you for taking the time to read my email.”

I was most embarrassed and disappointed to receive this and what makes things worse is that I have witnessed this myself as have other staff members. I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate our traffic regulations around the school precinct.

Please help us to avoid a serious accident or injury to one of our girls by:

  • Dropping your daughter off in Waratah St between 8.00 and 8.15am before the primary school rush
  • DO NOT drop off your daughter in Croydon Road. The Parish drop off zone is a NO GO ZONE. All morning and afternoon drop off and pick-ups are from Waratah Street only.
  • DO NOT park across the school drive next to the Church. It is illegal, impedes traffic in the morning. I have watched parents pull in and attempt three and four point turns with staff behind them awaiting entry and traffic banking back too.
  • Consider dropping and picking up your daughter in Botany Street, across the road. It’s faster, and safer.

I appreciate your support with this. A reminder that if you wish to visit the Uniform Shop,  buzz the intercom and drive in. We have two (disabled) spots vacant each day for parents needing to quickly access the shop, make payments with the bursar or see a teacher with whom they have an appointment.












  1. What did you do today that made you think hard?
  2. What happened today that made you keep on going?
  3. What can you learn from this?
  4. What mistake did you make that taught you something?
  5. What did you try hard at today?
  6. What strategy are you going to try now?
  7. What will you do to challenge yourself today?
  8. What will you do to improve your work?
  9. What will you do to improve your talent?
  10. What will you do to solve this problem?



Our mantra:

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

Year 11 Sport

The Year 11 Sport, Lifestyle and Recreation class have been implementing and participating in a unit of work on resistance training. The students have been attending the ’24PlusFitness’ facility in Hurstville to complete this program. The opportunity to complete work in a practical setting is invaluable for student growth. particularly in the fitness industry. The girls have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Wes Guthrie

PDHPE Coordinator

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates for Term 1

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

Friday 25th March: Good Friday. School closed

Monday 28 March: Easter Monday. School closed

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

Wednesday 27th April: First day of Term 2 for students.



Due to the variable weather students that they may wear either the full summer or full winter uniform (not a combination of both) in Term 2 until Monday 9th May when all students must be wearing winter uniform. If students feel that it is necessary to wear more clothes for warmth during winter, they must be worn under the regular uniform and not be visible. The College scarf is the only scarf to be worn.


Winter Sport Uniform















A reminder that nails are to be natural looking, meaning no colour at all is permitted. In addition, nails should be worn relatively short for safety reasons. Please refer to the college diary for further information on uniform requirements.


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal


LUNCHTIME Careers Presentations Term 1

 This term there were 3 optional Lunchtime Careers Presentations available for Year 12 students to attend. They were well attended and students were provided with information on the following: 

  • Lunchtime Careers Presentation 1: Bonus Points and Early Entry Programs
  • Lunchtime Careers Presentation 2: Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test (UMAT) and Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Lunchtime Careers Presentation 3: Educational Access Scheme (EAS), Equity Scholarships and Schools Recommendation Scheme.


LUNCHTIME Careers Presentations Term 2

There will be a number of optional Lunchtime Careers Talks in Term 2 for yr 12 students. These will be presented by University representatives and will provide Yr 12 students with valuable information regarding such things as course information and scholarships. Students will also be given relevant 2017 Undergraduate Course Guides and the opportunity for students to ask questions. I encourage Yr 12 students to attend. 

Chartered Accountants ANZ presents Meet The Business Leader 2016 – Receive information on how to gain a cadetship.                                                                         

Date: Wednesday May 11, Luna Park, free to attend.                                                                  

For year 12 student who want to secure a cadetship before commencing their business degrees. Meet The Business Leader is the perfect forum for students to interact with actively recruiting employers face to face, and receive information on how to gain a cadetship.

FREE WORKSHOPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & design

UNSW Art & Design has constructed specialised workshops for interested students during the April school holidays. Find out about creative coding, enhance your Illustrator skills, make a touch-responsive banana or work on your portfolio. Limited places available, so register today.https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/events/define-your-future-unsw-art-design-school-holiday-workshopsnThe first 5 people to book a workshop will win a double movie pass.

UNSW Newsletter for educators and future students: To stay up to date with UNSW’s internationally recognised degree programs, events and workshops, subscribe to our MAKE newsletter for educators and future students. 

University of Notre Dame – Pathways to University
Date : 19th Apr 2016 Time : 10am Venue : 140 Broadway, Chippendale
Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : 02 8204 4404
Find out about pathways to university at Notre Dame. Pathway options consist of:
                  – Foundation Year – delivered over two semesters
                  – Tertiary Enabling Program – delivered over one semester
Foundation pathways are an ideal way for students to transition from school into university study, providing valuable academic and study assistance, enabling students to move into approved degree programs upon successful completion of their foundation studies. For further information or to register visit www.notredame.edu.au 

University of Notre Dame Young Achievers Early Offer Program

Applications open mid-March. There are four categories students can apply in, commitment to community and/or Church, commitment and excellence in cultural pursuits, commitment and excellence in sporting achievements and academic excellence. For any further questions email: sydney@nd.edu.au


Macquarie in a Day

21st April 2016, 8:30am to 3pm, Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University

The day offers students a chance to choose which classes they are interested in attending, experience practical sessions and tutorials and ask staff and students about university life.



Southern Cross University (SCU): Head-Start Application Open

3rd May 2016

The Head-Start program enables year 11 and 12 students to obtain entry to courses offered at the university. Applications will be selected on merit of academic performance and a statement from a principal. Applications close 9th of October 2016.



Western U Day – Western Sydney University

Parramatta – 31st May 2016

Kingswood – 1st June 2016

Campbelltown – 26th October 2016

Bankstown – 27th October 2016

U Days provide prospective students with the opportunity to experience life on campus, tours, information on scholarships, speak to current staff and students and engage with interactive workshops.



Western Sydney University (WSU): Penrith Observatory

Astronomy Nights starting in April. See website for details:

Penrith Observatory runs numerous night events, giving those interested a tour of the dome area and a chance to view the sky with the observatory telescopes.



University of Technology Sydney (UTS) 2017 Course Guides

UTS has released digital course guides for its 2017 undergraduate courses. Hard copies can also be requested.



Think Education: Upcoming Events

Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management) – William Blue – 23rd March 2016, 6:30pm

Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) – William Blue – 23rd March 2016, 6:30pm

Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) – APM at Torrens University – 23rd March 2016, 6:30pm



International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) Professional Scholarship Program

The program has numerous scholarships available. These include ANZ Scholarship, Hostplus Scholarship, Hostplus Hospitality Scholarship, Michael Hill Scholarship, NSW Rugby League Scholarship, PGA IGI Scholarship and ICMS Sports Management Scholarship. These close 25th November 2016.



Ella Bache College Open Day

16th April 2016, 11am to 1pm, 77 Berry Street, Level 2, North Sydney

Open day provides the opportunity to tour the campus, meet trainers and learn about careers that a Diploma of Beauty Therapy can lead to. Registrations are essential and can be booked by completing the form available on the website below.



Graduate Opportunities 2016 ebook

Graduate Opportunities E-Book is a Jobs Directory that contains Graduate and Undergraduate Programs from employers and other organisations for students and graduates.

The online copy is free and can be downloaded by visiting:



Fire and Rescue Work Experience
Work Experience at Fire and Rescue NSW provides school students in Years 10 to 12 with the opportunity to develop industry-specific and generic work skills in an authentic work environment at the State Training College, Alexandria.

The practical program covers the roles of Fire and Rescue NSW and its firefighters. Through this program, school students gain insight into the organisation and develop employment related skills to enhance their vocational education


My Health Career
My Health Career contains articles relating to health careers and also general health and study related resources. Some of the topics include all-nighters for studying and what being a successful health practitioner means.


The Green Army

The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative open to young people including Indigenous Australians, school leavers, gap year students, graduates, and job seekers who are looking for employment to develop skills, undertake training and gain experience in the delivery of conservation.

View current projects at: http://www.environment.gov.au/land/green-army


Changes to Police Officer Recruitment Process

The main changes to the recruitment process include no minimum academic requirement, introduction of a University Certificate in Workforce Essentials, the entrance exam is now known as the Police Entrance Exam, copies of transcripts and other mandatory documents need to be certified by a Justice of the Peace, online application via JobsNSW and a case office will contact applicants once applications are received.



Sydney TAFE now offers Degrees 

Sydney TAFE Degrees are different. More practical, smaller class sizes, and focussed support. We have great Degree options for your students in the Associate Degree of Accounting, the Bachelor of Applied Finance (Financial Planning), the Bachelor of Applied Management, and the Bachelor of Property Valuation. Please call (02) 9217 4811 for more information.

SBATs: Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships – Phone 13 28 11 for information                             

There are 50 scholarships open until 30 May 2016. Criteria include apprentices who commenced btw 1 March 2015 – 30 May 2016, working in skills shortage areas and experiencing hardship, in both metro and regional areas. SBATs can apply. Recipients receive $5,000/year up to 3 years. http://www.training.nsw.gov.au/individuals/apprenticeships_traineeships/financial_help/bert_evans_scholarships.html

Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Library News

We are approaching examination time and here are some tips to help you manage your study periods and examination period. Try one or all of them to help you at this busy time.

Try to go for a walk before an exam. It’s been proven that exercise can boost your memory and brain power. Research provides evidence that about twenty minutes exercise before an exam can improve performance. So allow time to walk to school or hop off the bus a few stops earlier.















Speak out loud instead of simply reading. Read your notes out loud, may seem a bit silly but it will embed the knowledge in your memory. Warning: Don’t try this in a crowded library!

Reward yourself with a treat. Integrate a reward system into your study habits. Treats can range from watching your favourite show, going for a walk, chatting on your phone (make it brief) or having a hot chocolate break.

Teach what you have learned. The best way to test if you really understand something is to try to teach it to someone else. Share your knowledge with a friend, sibling or parent.

Create mental associations. The ability to make connections is not only an easier way to remember information, but it’s the fuel of creativity and intelligence. Use mind maps, other graphic organisers or even different coloured pens and highlighters.

Draw diagrams. Drawing diagrams will help you to visualise information which would be hard to describe. This creates a visual memory in your mind which can be recalled in an exam!

Times New Roman is the fastest font to read. There’s a reason why Times New Roman is the default font on most applications!

Use Apps to block distracting sites. Are you always checking Twitter or Facebook? There are apps out there that can help you to avoid distractions by blocking websites for a certain amount of time. Check them out @ http://99u.com/articles/6969/10-online-tools-for-better-attention-focus

Create flashcards for quick memory buzz. Quickly test your knowledge of key concepts, definitions, quotes and formulas with flashcards.

Take regular study breaks. When your brain is working, you need to take regular study breaks to help your brain absorb more information but also to keep you motivated and focused when you are working. Take a short break after 45-50 minutes study as your focus and concentration will become impaired after this period, anything new after 1 hour 30 minutes does not get assimilated.

Listen to the Correct Type of Music. The correct types of music can lead to more productive studying by elevating your mood. Have you made your Mozart Spotify playlist yet? Here is a link to some music for reading – Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann @https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc7UzQB8gtI

Practice, Practice, Practice…Practicing sample answers to past exam questions can help train your brain to retrieve information. Create a realistic, exam-like condition and test your understanding.

Don’t stay up all night before an exam. This should go without saying; make sure to get adequate rest the nights leading up to your exams. When you sleep, your brain assimilates the information you have learned when studying so getting a good night’s sleep will help you remember those pesky maths formulas you need for your exam!

Study in a Group. Studying in a group can help you collect new insights to enhance your learning experience. Share notes on Google Docs so members of the group can all access them and add notes in real time.

Lastly, try to relax and stay positive Studies say that meditation can help students stay focused when studying. Not only will meditation help you concentrate when studying but it will help reduce pre-exam stress as it improves both mental and physical health. It’s amazing how a positive attitude can impact on your exam results or motivate you to complete that assignment when all you want to do is go to bed!


Good luck.

Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian

Road Safety Issues around Schools