Volume 4 - 24 Mar 2017


4th Week of the Lenten Season

“He guides me in right paths for His Name’s sake.”

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (26 March) is popularly called “Good Shepherd Sunday”. Every year on that Sunday, the Gospel passage is taken from the tenth chapter of St. John’s Gospel account, where Jesus describes Himself at length as “the good shepherd” and even as “the gate for the sheep”.

We will hear about two types of blindness in this Sunday’s Gospel passage. But the second is far worse than the first. The first is more apparent because it is a physical blindness, which naturally is hard to hide. So the man blind from birth leads the narrative.

This man, born blind, is the object of the disciples’ accusations. They don’t ask if the man’s blindness was caused by sin. They presume this, asking instead whose sins caused his blindness. Jesus has to clarify the matter by explaining that “neither he nor his parents sinned”. Rather, “it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him” that the man was born blind. These “works of God” are the works of the Good Shepherd.

After He works the miracle of giving sight to the man born blind, Jesus faces accusations from those who cannot see Him as the Good Shepherd. The Pharisees say of Jesus: “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the Sabbath.” Others command the man given sight: “Give God the praise! We know that this man {Jesus} is a sinner.”

But as Jesus’ enemies scorn Him, the man given sight speaks more boldly. At first he only reports the facts of what Jesus had done for him. A little later he says of Jesus that “He is a prophet.” Soon after, he speaks out against the religious authorities, insisting that “[t]his is what is so amazing, that you do not know where he is from, yet he opened my eyes. … It is unheard of that anyone ever opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he would not be able to do anything.” The man given sight sees Jesus truly.

Yet moments later, he acts truly. When Jesus seeks out this man to whom He had given sight, the healed man confesses that he sees Jesus as Lord, and worships Him.

This scene of the man with sight worshipping Jesus makes a beautiful end to this Sunday’s Gospel passage. It would be instructive for us who fail in seeing Jesus as our Good Shepherd, and who fail in paying Jesus due homage. But especially during Lent, we need to set our sights on yet another aspect of this narrative.

The Pharisees bear a double blindness. Not only are they spiritually blind, but they are also blind to the fact of their blindness. At least the man born blind knew he was blind! Yet the Pharisees, blind to their blindness, attempt to lead others spiritually in their zeal for the Jewish Law. In Matthew’s Gospel account, Jesus directly calls the Pharisees “blind guides”, and notes that “if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

The Pharisees’ double blindness is spiritually a “dark valley”. They walk through it without a capable guide. Their blindness prevents them from seeing Jesus as Lord and Shepherd: as one who “looks into the heart”.

But as you and I reflect on these blind guides, we each need to ask two questions.

  • First, am I blind like the Pharisees?
  • Second, what hope is there for someone suffering from such a double blindness? The answer to the second can help us honestly answer the first.

The spiritually blind person has no reason for hope in himself. Hope for the spiritually blind rests in God alone. Their hope—our hope—rests in the truth that our Lord is a Good Shepherd. But will we turn toward His light, or avert our gaze from Him?


Bethany Day 2017

At the end of Catholic Schools’ Week, during the inclement weather, we came together to celebrate our College’s 24th Birthday. Father Brendan Quirk celebrated the Eucharist with us and really challenged us to move forward as a College and build upon the great works of the two congregations that founded our previous campuses, Sisters of Charity and Sisters of St Joseph. Here is my address to the students on that day:

“The community that founded this College so many years ago, chose the name Bethany College for a good reason. Why? What is the significance of the olive tree in our crest?

A mere half hour walk east from the wall of Jerusalem, across the Kidron valley, past Gethsemane and over the ridge of Olivet, brings you to the humble town of Bethany. This obscure village nestled on the side of the Mount of Olives would have been long forgotten, if not for the fact that it became the nightly resting-place of Jesus Christ. Bethany will forever be honoured and remembered through the coming ages, because one of its humble homes provided shelter and hospitality to Him who had no place to lay His head.

Bethany is found on the Mount of Olives, with olives representing the highest desire for good of all, what charity and love can bring to all of us. That is why kings and queens are anointed; to remind them about their commitment to rule and make decisions for all. So we could guess from the symbolism of the olive that that Bethany represents a state of spiritual goodness.

Jesus was repeatedly honoured in Bethany, whether it was at the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus or in the house of Simon the leper. Therefore, Bethany naturally became the preferred dwelling place of our Lord and Saviour! Bethany plays a small but significant role in the life of the Lord, first as the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary and the scene of his greatest miracle (raising Lazarus from the dead), and later as His home base during His final days in Jerusalem.

In the scheme of things, Bethany College will play a small but significant part of your lives. A place to learn, build friendships, have fun, make mistakes, learn from mistakes and grow into womanhood.

It seems pretty clear that Jesus felt relaxed and at home at Bethany. The Book of John says that He loved Lazarus, Martha and Mary, and the scene in which he raises Lazarus from the dead is one of His most open displays of emotion. Martha and Mary both appeared to know Him well, and in the Book of John He ate dinner with them the night before his triumphal entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Matthew and Mark describe a dinner that final week at the Bethany home of Simon the Leper. The overall impression is that it was something of a safe haven.

So it seems perhaps that Bethany represents a state of spiritual goodness – goodness centred on loving our neighbour – which is open to and accepting of the Lord, not so much from religion but from the heart. What can we take from what I have said today about this ancient holy place and our modern school?

Our school is our sacred place. A familiar place. A safe place. A place to grow, as strong as an olive tree, through anything life can throw at you.

As we move off to enjoy the rest of our day, remember it isn’t the buildings or teachers that make a school great. It’s each one of you and how you interact. It is the shared, core values that make us who we are. So:

  • Make sure your relationships are positive ones and bring out only the best in one another.
  • Believe in yourself and practices that respect each person’s wholeness. Taking the good with the bad.
  • Be agents of justice. Don’t sit back and watch injustice go on all around you.
  • Help one another. Be women of
  • Make our school a safe and supportive one. We practice acceptance and protect each other; and finally,
  • We always make people feel welcome, doing our best to be inclusive and trying hard to understand each person here.”


Our mantra:

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

Public Speaking – Round 1

On Friday 3 March, the Bethany College public speaking team, competed in the CSDA Round 1 public speaking competition, held at Holy Cross College, Ryde. As participants, we had to prepare a four minute speech from the following 6 categories. These include ‘How are things in Glocca Morra’, ‘Emotional Turmoil’ ‘Socks’, ‘Strong and Constant’,  and ‘Mud, mud, glorious mud’.  

The Bethany speakers from years 7 to 12  competed against other students from other schools in  our region. This competition is a great way to build confidence and skills for public speaking in front of an unknown audience.We wish the best of luck to those speakers who made it through to the next round of the competition, the ‘zone final’, on 10th of March.


Nektaria Rice, Year 8


Library News

The Premier’s Reading Challenge began on Monday 6 March and will conclude on Friday August. The Challenge is open to all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read more often and read more widely. Students who have participated in the Challenge previously can log in using their PRC username and password. Year 7 students and those students new to Bethany who wish to participate in the Challenge should email Mrs. Fleming so that they can be added. Once your details have been added we will give you your username and password. In the meantime you can begin to read. Should you need any assistance please contact the Library staff.

Lynda Fleming

Teacher Librarian



On Wednesday 8th March Bethany College participated in the CGSSSA Touch football competition at Queens Park, Waverley. Bethany sent two teams on the day to compete against 15 other schools across the Sydney Catholic diocese.

Both teams had 7 games to play across the day with the top two teams contesting the Grand Finals. The senior team over the day won four games, drew one and lost two, which meant they narrowly missed the final. The intermediate team had mixed results over the day with three wins and four losses.

A huge thank you to the girls for their efforts to get through so many games in one day of competition.




Daria Badaoui Victoria Coolentianos
Anastasia Kountourogianis Caitlin Hollis
Bridget-Rose Sciuriaga Eva Kostopoulos
Sotiria Psakis Montana Duggan
Ruth Cassidy Lily Perenara
Kirsten Grskovic Jessica Laskovski
Erin Price Keira Fisher
Brooke Salisbury Liana Lan
Natalie Hardas Alessia Lazazzara
Katie Fanos Roxy Cooley – Tomic
Leah Fisher Kristen Georgiou
India Mix Bianka Pagliuca
Hannah Jackson Elise Karanfilovski
Jasmin Li  
Priscilla Midon  


SCC Sport

Junior Volleyball    5th
Intermediate Volleyball    3rd
Intermediate AFL   3rd
Senior Touch    2nd


Cath Summons

PDHPE Teacher



Pi day 2017


Tuesday March 14th is internationally known as “Pi Day”.  Why is it Pi Day?  Because Pi is the number 3.14159…… . An irrational number and that date is the third month and the 14th day!

To mark this unique day, many students came to PE204 at lunch time to eat some Pi(e)s and participate in a number of Pi based activities. The room was buzzing with excitement as we watched some Pi songs on You Tube and students recited Pi to as many decimal places as they could. Our Mathematics prefect. Melissa  Ruz, can recite Pi to 120 decimal places!

Thanks to our senior students who helped with the activities and brought along some Pi(e)s to share!


Mark Weber

Assistant Maths Coordinator

Bethany In Action (Open Day) Mini iPad draw

The winner of the Bethany In Action (Open Day) mini iPad draw is Stefani Momirovska from St Mary’s Star of the Sea Hurstville.

Congratulations Stefani.

1973 School Reunion

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • Friday 7/4: Last Day of Term 1
  • Monday 24/4: Staff Development Day
  • Wednesday 26/4: Students return for Term 2
  • 9/5-11/5: NAPLAN Years 7 and 9
  • 15/5: Students to wear full winter uniform


Getting Motivated at Home:

Homework can take a variety of forms: revision; note making; reading; self testing; practising skills; working toward assignments and class tasks. The amount of time spent on homework will vary, however in general your daughter can expect the following:

Your daughter is encouraged to use her planner to list homework she has each night, and parents are encouraged to use the planner to communicate with teachers if they have concerns, particularly if she is spending significantly more time than outlined above.

Many students can find it hard to get motivated to do their homework or study.There are no quick fixes, but there are some techniques you can use with your daughter to help her achieve, as one of the biggest factors in motivation is achieving success.


  1. Encourage your daughter to talk to her teacher about the study techniques that work for her and her subject.
  2. Help her break up tasks into small achievable chunks and plan a reward when they are achieved.
  3. Talk through some strategies to use when she loses focus: go for a brisk walk; take breaks each hour; listen to a motivational song
  4. Suggest some motivational pictures or slogans to pin up around her workspace.
  5. Some students find it hard to be motivated to do school work hard because they are not sure what they want to do when they leave. Encourage your daughter to talk with the careers advisor or think about future jobs she may be interested in, but remember that most students don’t know their career path when they leave school, so it’s important to reinforce that message.













As the days are cooling down and the crisp Autumn air arrives, you are reminded that the jumper is not a part of the Summer uniform. If students are cold they need to wear their blazer to the College and during the day. Parents are also asked to support us in enforcing our uniform code by ensuring that your daughter’s tunic is the correct length and that she is not wearing jewellery, make up, false nails or nail polish.

A reminder of the Winter uniform requirements are below:

Winter College Uniform: 7-9

  • Long sleeve College blouse
  • College tunic worn at mid knee length
  • College knee high socks (not ankle) or opaque navy pantyhose
  • College cardigan

The College Blazer is the compulsory outer garment  to be worn to and from school.

Senior Winter Uniform: 10-12

  • College blouse
  • College skirt worn at mid knee length
  • Knee high socks (not ankle) or opaque navy pantyhose
  • College Blazer which must be worn as compulsory outer garment to and from school.

Year 12 may wear College jersey at school on Thursdays only

Sport Uniform (Years 7-10)

College tracksuit -long pants and jacket with long pants (shorts may be worn underneath for sport if students wish)

  • College sport T shirt
  • College ankle socks
  • well supported lace up sport shoes (Not canvas: Vans/Converse etc)
  • College Sports cap
  • Optional polar fleece

The College Sport Jacket is the outer garment to be worn to and from school

Winter Sport Uniform: 11 -12

Year 11 & 12- Uniform should be retained where possible to wear at carnivals and representing the college at sporting events

All Year 11 and 12 must wear Senior Winter Uniform to and from school

Students representing the college on Thursdays, or those undertaking practical lessons must bring sport uniform to school and change.

For extra warmth in winter students may wear:

  • College scarf only
  • College vest
  • any other layering (spencers etc..) must be worn under the school uniform and not be visible

General Uniform reminders

  • College Badge should be worn with the uniform
  • Plain leather flat lace up shoes
  • Make up should not be worn to school
  • Hair should be tied back and a natural, uniform colour
  • Nails should be natural looking and kept to an appropriate length to allow students to conduct school work unimpeded and prevent a student harming themselves or others. Only clear nail polish may be worn. No French tips will be permitted.
  • No visible facial piercing or tattoos will be accepted.
  • Jewellery-the only jewellery that is permitted is
    • One set of small studs worn in the lowest part of the ear lobe- no other piercings
    • one watch
    • one gold or silver chain with a Christian symbol
    • College Bag- The bag is designed to be worn high on the student’s backs, it is therefore advised that straps are done up to avoid unnecessary stress on the students.

Students who are unable to remove piercings or nails/polish will work outside the classroom until they can comply with the uniform code


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

Year 11 Ancient History Excursion

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, two Year 11 Ancient History classes went to the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University, North Ryde. At the university, we were able to expand our knowledge of the past and how archaeology uncovers and reconstructs the past. We had the opportunity to investigate and have a hands-on experience with artefacts, ranging from two thousand to four thousand years old! This was an amazing moment for everyone, to realise how far humans have come, especially in technology. We all had a wonderful time at the university and have learnt so much valuable information that will benefit us greatly as we continue our Ancient History studies.
 – Isabella Czarnecki – Year 11

Careers News

The HSC and Careers Expo 2017

Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney

Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June, 9am -3pm and Saturday 3 June and Sunday 4 June, 10am – 3pm


The Dome and Hall 2, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

Thursday 22 June and Friday 23 June, 9am –3pm and Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June, 10am – 3pm

The HSC and Careers Expo brings together over 140 exhibitors providing HSC, tertiary course, career, study skills and gap year information and resources. Exhibitors include Australia’s major universities. The Expo also features 100 seminars on many HSC subjects. Admission is $10 or $25 for families of 3 or more and is valid for all 4 days of The Expo. Admission includes all seminars. For more details visit:

hscandcareers.com.au for the Expo at Moore Park

Westernsydneycareerexpo.com.au for the Expo at Sydney Olympic Park


School presentations

The students have had the opportunity to hear about two different post school options to date. On Wednesday 8th March we had a presentation from Professional Cadetships Australia who informed students of the opportunity to study, work and gain valuable work place experience and earn an income at the same time. Wednesday 15th March was a presentation from the Australian Catholic University who informed students of the various course options available to them at the University. These are the start of many other presentations I will be organising in the coming months and I urge you to encourage your daughters to attend so as they can make informed decisions about their future post school options.


Below is the next instalment of the Careers Newsletter:


Study in Australia for International Students

This is the official Australian Government website for international students. Search for courses, institutions and scholarships, read about studying and living in Australia, watch stories from other students, and learn about Australian education. 



UAC Studying In Australia for International Students

Australian tertiary institutions offer a broad range of study options and areas of specialisation, from arts and humanities, business and economics to communications and media studies, creative arts, education, engineering, health and medical sciences, science and technology and teaching. Qualifications gained in Australia are recognised around the world.



UAC International Students – Who can apply?



Cambridge Immerse, UK

Register to 30 June

Study academic programs in the university with Cambridge and Oxford tutors for 16 to 18 year olds.  View the Law program at Cambridge Immerse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKy0AZbk_M0

Visit: https://www.cambridgeimmerse.com/


The University of Melbourne Virtual Fair

22 March. 5.00pm to 8.00pm

23 March. 9.00am to 12.00pm

Speak to university staff about your tertiary options. Register at:

https://unimelb.6connex.com/event/recruitmentcenter/login?in_c=webtile_fshome|oa_im_2017_events_virtualfair _march


University of Melbourne at Sydney Careers Expos

HSC Careers Expo – 1 to 4 June

Western Sydney Careers Expo –22 to 25 June

Tertiary Studies Expo Brisbane – 15 and 16 July

Advice on all courses and their application process.



Western Sydney College Foundation and Diploma No ATAR entry

Complete Foundation Studies – guaranteed entry to first year undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University.

Complete a Diploma – entry to second year of an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University.



UNSW Indigenous Students Enabling Programs

Needing to be prepared for first year undergraduate study ?  Do this one year program and you can obtain transfer into a degree program at UNSW.



CSU Port Macquarie Expands Health Science Options

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science



College Week Live

30 March. 10.00am to 10.00pm

View hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide with presentations and  live videos and chats.



Bond University Medical Program

5 year double degree of the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD).



Calling Year 10 Agvocates Challenge at the Royal Easter Show

Express your interest to  the Youth Agvocate Forum and enter the workings of the Easter Show.

Contact Christopher Vella christopher.vella@uws.edu.au  or April Browne  april.browne@uws.edu.au 



SCU Virtual Info Session

9 May.  5.00pm

17 May. 6.00pm

1 June. 10.00am

6 June. 6.00pm

Learn about SCU undergraduate degrees and their career opportunities, university life and support you receive.




Q&A School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School based apprenticeships and traineeships allow senior high school students to commence an apprenticeship or complete a traineeship while at school. School based apprentices work part-time and undertake the first stage of their apprenticeship training before the end of the HSC year. School based trainees work part-time and complete their traineeship by the end of their HSC year.



The Dungal Scholarship Program

Closes 31March

Riverina Indigenous students planning on 2017 TAFE needing financial assistance. Call Sonia Shea on: 02 6938 1267.


Mail completed form to:

Sonia Shea

Manager Aboriginal Education and Training

PO Box 2231 Wagga Wagga, NSW 2650


Apprenticeship Interview – What we look for.

What do interviewers want  in an apprenticeship interview?



Automotive Industry Career Resources

Great job opportunities and variety. See where a mechanical career can take you.




NIDA Autumn School Holiday Classes

8 to 23 April

Years 7 to 12 drama short courses.



Shillington Graphic Design Info Session

22 March. 6.00pm

Level 3, 50 Margaret Street, Sydney

Speak about course and career opportunities in graphic design with current students, staff and do a campus tour.



Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day

6 April. 6.00pm

Speak about course and career opportunities in natural health with current students, staff and do a campus tour.



AFTRS Autumn School Holiday Courses

11 April – Camera and Sound Workshop

18 April – Teens Digi Animation

19April – HSC Video Intensive



Sydney Dance Company School Holiday Workshops

10 to 21 April

Jazz, Theatre Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical, JFH and Hip Hop. Contact: sdc@sydneydancecompany.com  or phone: 02 9258 4818



College of Event Management College Tour

Level 9, 28 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Any prospective students are able to come and tour the campus and speak to course advisors, who can answer any questions about studying event management.



Australian Careers Business College

Accounting, business administration, counselling, child care, legal services and marketing qualifications.



Whitehouse Institute of Design Registrations Winter Workshops

3 to 14 July

2 Short Street, Surry Hills

Fashion Illustration, Image Styling, Sewing, Interiors Illustration are now open.

For bookings phone 1300551433 or email enquiry@whitehouse-design.edu.au

Whitehouse Institute of Design VET for Senior School Students 

10 April to 13 April

2 Short Street, Surry Hills

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals CUa30715 Stage 1.

For further information phone 1300551433 or email enquiry@whitehouse-design.edu.au

Whitehouse Institute of Design now offers Certificate IV in Design 

Foundation for Professional Portfolio Development.

Commencing 2 May

This course will be of particular interest as a pathway to the Bachelor of Design for those High School students who leave school before completing Year 12 and the HSC or equivalent. Contact: enquiry@whitehouse-design.edu.au 


Whitehouse Institute of Design on-campus work experience for design/education orientated Year 10

The week at Whitehouse provides the opportunity to watch and learn about photo shoots , illustration and design classes and workshops as well as experience some of the core administration tasks in a design college such as graphic design for advertising, social media management and reception duties. Contact: enquiry@whitehouse-design.edu.au




Creative job opportunities and auditions for musicians , actors, dancers, film crews.



EA Ski & Snowboard Training

Applications open

Are you an intermediate skier or snowboarder?  Apply for the paid instructor program and you can start work in November onwards 2017 in 5 countries.



Struggling with Physics? Crash Course Physics

Videos on all topics in Years 11 & 12.



Struggling with Biology? Crash Course Biology

Videos on all topics in Years 11 & 12.



Australian Defence Force Gap Year

Applications for 2018 now open.

After Year 12 and over 17. Be paid to do a Gap Year involving ADF Training.




A Life Without Limits Surveying Work Experience

Register  online to do work experience in surveying. This occupation has excellent job prospects and opportunities.



Smartphone Apps to Help with Studying



What Matters? Writing Competition

Closes  5 May

Write 400 to 600 words on the questions, ‘What actions do you think should be taken to build a better society?’, ‘What would you change if you could?’ and ‘What do you want other people to care about?’ From the Whitlam Institute.



Sheila Malady Short Story Competition

Closes 23 March

Shakespeare on the River presents a short story competition of up to 2,000 words on the theme of Friendship. 




National NAIDOC Indigenous Awards Nominations

Closes 3 April

Do you make a contribution to your community through art, music, culture, sport, education or the environment? Be nominated for a deserving award.



How to break into the arts and entertainment industries.

Great advice from JMC.



Jobactive PaTH

A  government program to help young people with employability skills and host employer work experience of 4 and 12 weeks.



Defence Jobs Information Sessions



Central Coast Career Expo

27 June. 8.45am to 2.30pm

Avondale College Cooranbong

Universities, TAFE, trades and training providers to provide career advice.



Know Your Workplace Rights

 Advice when entering the workforce.




Tips for volunteering

Volunteer to gain work experience and do community help for others. A great addition to your resume.



Study with Jess. My School Homework Routine

YouTube channel on help with exams & perfect study techniques. Jess Holsman, Deakin Psychology Graduate helps thousands of students worldwide on improving your study.






Elizabeth Vrhanos

Vocational Learning Coordinator



























Our Ladyof Fatima Parish Peakhurst – Peak Youth Disco

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

As we continue along our Lenten Journey, I would like to share with you a link to the Diocese of Broken Bay.  They have a wonderful free resource for Lectio Divina during Lent 2017.  This is a very good and easy to use site that allows you to either download a pdf version of the booklet or use the week by week online resource.  

Diocese of Broken Bay – Lent Resource

We are called during Lent, to prepare for the Easter events and to contemplate the significance of these events.  Undertaking opportunities for prayer and meditation (in this case, in the form of Lectio Divina) is a perfect way to spend some time developing and nurturing our relationship with God.  If nothing else, it gives us an opportunity for quiet time, where we can re-centre ourselves after the busyness of our hectic days and move forward refreshed and renewed.


Caritas – Lenten Appeal

We are continuing to raise money for Caritas, which is one of our large fundraisers during the year.  On Friday, the students held a crazy sock day and were encouraged to bring a gold coin donation.  It was wonderful to see so many students take up the invitation and  participate in this initiative.  Monday will be purple day, and again, students are asked to bring a gold coin donation for the privilege of wearing purple whilst at school.  We have one more event scheduled during Lent and this will be a coin line where homerooms will compete against each other to create the largest line of coins and raise the most money.  Certainly, the girls are having a bit of fun whilst raising much needed funds for Caritas and the initiatives they support, but their generosity is a testament to their understanding of the need to participate in social justice activities and to support those who have so much less than we do.  



Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Bethany College Anxiety Management Program

“Be ANXIOUS for nothing but a PERFECT me”



This year our vision is to run group programs at Bethany College to improve the well-being of students who are experiencing mental health issues. Everyone has their own battle, some worse than others, and we strongly believe that the support, understanding and strategies through a group forum with a focus on preventative measures, will be beneficial in helping students improve their well-being.

The “Be Anxious for Nothing but a Perfect Me” program was developed by the School Counsellor with the support of the Year-Coordinator. The purpose of this program is to support student well-being by providing students who are experiencing anxiety with some knowledge, skills and strategies so that they can live a more content and fulfilled life. The program is aimed at teenage girls who are struggling with perfectionism, academic stress, self-confidence and generalised anxiety.

Students are given a workbook so that they can record their own experiences of their anxiety. Once the program is completed, this workbook will serve as a self-help resource so in the face of difficulty they can read the appropriate section, apply the skill and stay well.

The program is divided into 8 sessions, 6 weekly and 2 follow up, with each session lasting approximately 45 mins. The program is facilitated by the School Counsellor and Year Co-Ordinators. Each session introduces a new skill backed by various activities to allow students to practice the skill. The proposed start date is Tuesday 9 May, 2017.

The program educates students about the following aspects:

  • The nature of anxiety
  • Strategies to manage anxiety
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking patterns that feed into anxiety
  • Behavioural experiments that will challenge students to better manage anxiety in stressful situations

If your daughter is experiencing anxiety and you will feel that this program may be beneficial for her please email me on k.stratilas@syd.catholic.edu.au or call 8566 0711. The number of participants that can partake in the group are limited.


Katerina Stratilas

School Counsellor

Letter to the Community – Diane Kennaugh