Volume 4 - 29 Mar 2018



The Easter story is about the hope that we can begin to see the world as God sees the world and so trust that God is indeed everywhere in everything at all times —  whether we ourselves can see the hand of God in this moment or not.

In 2012, I was a pilgrim in Jerusalem, studying at the sacred sites. I visited the Garden of Gethsemane, the desert where Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights and prayed each station of the Cross as we walked the path that Jesus did to His Crucifixion. Amongst the myriad of pilgrims from across the world, I saw the hope that the Easter story gave to people, especially with those struggling with their health.

Hope is in the air. Hope that we can find security in the fact of God’s understanding of weakness. We remember the words of Jesus on Good Friday, “Go and sin no more” (John 8:11) and “Today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43). Hope that we will eventually cease calling what we ourselves see as “good” and begin to recognize that good (God) comes disguised as everyday people who sometimes make mistakes but  are honest and well intentioned.

The story of the Risen Christ is just as relevant today as it was to the first women and men who found the empty tomb.

And so on Sunday we can be elated in the knowledge that:

Christ is risen from the dead, Alleluia Alleluia

Christ has risen indeed, Alleluia Alleluia.

I wish the entire Bethany Community  a Happy Easter where the message of Jesus and His suffering and eventual rising is central to our thoughts and actions as we enjoy some time for reflection on what is important in our busy lives.


Over the past week, I have been on leave due to foot surgery. I thank Mrs Joy Short for making herself available to be the Acting Principal in my absence. Mrs Short has previously held the position of Principal at Bethany and it was very comforting to have her return. I will return to the College on Thursday.










Applications for Year 7, 2020 close April 13




Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates: Link to college calendar located on the website

END OF TERM 1: Friday, 13 April 2018.  

START OF TERM 2:  Monday, 30 April 2018

A reminder that students are to change into full winter uniform in Week 3, after Mother’s day.

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
  • College Blazer which must be worn as compulsory outer garment 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 – it is not to be worn to and from school

Sport Uniform 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, each day.

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





Pain Relief Medication at School

A reminder to parents that the College does not dispense paracetamol or pain relief to students. Students may carry their own pain relief medication with them however in the interests of student wellbeing, we ask that you discuss with your daughter the importance of not sharing medication. 

Laptop Charger Check
Students have recently been reminded to ensure they are using the correct charger for their laptops. Defective cords or the incorrect cord
can damage devices and also put the user at risk of electrocution. Should your daughter’s laptop charger be suffering
wear and tear, please check the manufacturers website for replacement options. We don’t use a toaster with a
faulty cord – the same applies to your daughter’s laptop!

I wish everyone a blessed Easter break, with time for family and friends.

Some resources that may be helpful over the holidays

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

As we begin Holy Week and move toward the pivotal Easter celebration – the Resurrection, we are reminded that we are a hope-filled people.  At a time when our families and extended communities are struggling with many issues and are crying for hope, I would like to share with you a reflection from Michael McGirr in relation to this very special time in our Church calendar:

There is nothing quite like the lighting of the Easter candle. Often, at this time of year, there is already a chill in the evening air. Every parish has some sort of small grate that is pulled out of where it has been in storage for twelve months. The kindling crackles and a few sparks fly as a fire is lit.

Meanwhile, inside, the community waits in darkness. The candle is blessed. On it are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. In between those letters the current year has been inscribed, 2018. These symbols remind us that God is outside time: before all things and after all things. Nevertheless, the risen Lord will be present among us right here and now in our time and place: 2018  wherever that small fire has been kindled. The  priest says:

May the light of Christ rising in glory dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.

As the Easter candle is brought inside, its flame spreads through all the candles that people are holding. Before long, the whole building is  glowing.

The Easter message of light and hope is unmistakable and, with every passing year, more urgently needed in the world than before.

The readings of the Easter vigil all concern the spreading of light. We hear about the ordering of creation, of Abraham leaving his homeland, of Moses leading his people out of captivity, of Ezekiel promising a change of heart, of Mary of Magdala sending the disciples north to Galilee.

The risen Lord meets us wherever we happen to be. But he does not leave us there.

The light of Christ is always on the move. God uses our lives to slowly and surely bring it to a world desperate for light and warmth.


The Crucifixion, Giotto

I wish you all the richest of God’s blessings during this Easter season.


Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission



Representative Sport outside of school

Many students participate at a high level in a range of sports outside of school.  Please let us know about your achievements and send any results and photos to info@bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au

Some recent results from our very talented girls are below:


Eva Kostopoulos – Athletics

On Friday 16th March Eva Kostopoulos in Year 10 competed in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships at Homebush.

Eva placed 3rd in the under 16 girls high jump, reaching 1.66m.



Bianca Setionago – Figure Skating

Bianca Setionago in Year 12 competes with the Majestic Ice Australia (Junior division).  From the team’s performance at the Australian National Figure Skating Championships they placed 1st and were selected for Australian representation at the World Junior Synchronised Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. This competition is recognised by the Australian Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union.

Congratulations Bianca on a fantastic achievement.

CGSSSA Gymnastics Team 2018

Gymnastics training has now commenced on Wednesday afternoons with NSW Gymnastics Coach Elizabeth Andrews.

Congratulations to the following girls who will be representing Bethany College on the 1st June: 

Jessica Butler, Georgia Scott, Angelia Rouady, Jade Serban, Aliya Nasser, Katya Alexander, Morgan Creed-Secombe, Kylah Foon, Ngikula Harris, Juliette Lepine, Peace Mugisha,Samantha Pelekis, Olivia Plomaritis, Ana-Carolina Osterman-Schetz, Kate Soussa, Chloe Hatzianestis, Billie Jolly, Prerna Lodh, Gabrielle Dietz, Amelia Bohringer, Zoe Graham, Eva Gouramanis, Leah Gouramanis, Mary Vlahadamis , Aya Bazzi , Elena Benetatos, Yasmin Da Costa Almeida and Ava Stathatos.


SCC Rep Sport

Representative Sport is heading into the finals with 3 out of four teams set to make semis. The current standings thus far are as follows:

SCC AFL – 4th

SCC Senior Touch – 2nd

SCC Junior Volleyball – 4th

SCC Inter Volleyball – 8th



Coles Sports for Schools is back to help Aussie kids stay fit and healthy. When you shop at Coles, you’ll receive Sports for Schools vouchers that schools can exchange for sports gear. The more vouchers you collect, the more sports gear we’ll receive. Start collecting today and place vouchers in the box at student services.  Many thanks.

Term 2, Week 1 will be the last chance to return vouchers to school.


Lauren Brennan

Representative Sport Coordinator

Crazy Hair Day

On Thursday, 15 March,  Year 8 participated in a Crazy hair day! Everyone came to school with crazy hair styles. We participated in a number of fun activities such as a coin line where we collected gold coin donations from all of Year 8. We had a guessing competition for how many lollies were in the jar. We had a photo booth to take crazy photos and a crazy hair competition with prizes for the craziest hair. We had two teams styling our year coordinators Mrs Barnes and Mrs Chisari’s hair. It was so crazy!

This was an amazing day for our Year 8 community to come together and fundraise for Caritas. We raised almost $200, an amazing achievement done in one day! We sponsored Rattanak in Cambodia who has a disability.  Through donations his life was changed. He now has his own business as a barber. We had lots of fun and through scriptures and learned that we should give with our heart.

Natalie Lupo, Year 8




CASPA HSC Dance Workshop

On 27 February, Year 11 Bethany dance students as well as students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart partook in a CASPA HSC Dance workshop led by the renowned Sarah Boulter and Mrs Danielle Bennie. The dancers participated in a two-hour performance class lead by Boulter that incorporated warm up and technique exercises, followed by a number of combinations and opportunities to express ourselves through improvisation. Mrs Bennie then invited students to the dance studio to listen to a presentation that explained in detail the core performance requirements of the HSC dance course. Overall, the workshop was a great success with students from both Bethany College and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart thoroughly enjoying themselves and learning new tools for stage 6 dance.

Meaghan Grove  – Year 11



Project Compassion

As it is Lent, we at Bethany College are participating in Project Compassion. Project Compassion is organised by Caritas Australia and it is where first-world countries donate money to second and third-world countries to help fund clean water, education, fresh food etc. Every morning the Project Compassion box goes around each homeroom and students put in their spare change or use the money that they might have used to buy something at the canteen.

These donations are used to help the world’s poor in order to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year, year 7 raised money for Nepal. Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in South Asia.  Its remote location, domestic instability and susceptibility to natural disasters have hindered the country’s economic development. With the help of Caritas Australia, they have improved the lives of the people and allowed them to live with dignity.

One of the positive stories that has come from Nepal is that of Janaki who lived in hardship her whole life. Her family didn’t have the money to afford food, clean water and medication when family members got sick. Janaki didn’t receive an education, but with the help from Caritas, she learnt to sew and has made this her career. She makes traditional clothing and sells it to get an income and with that money she expanded her business. She has also taught others to sew in her workshop and has 11 sewing machines. Janaki has done so well that she earns enough money to support her family, giving her siblings an education.

As well as donating in homeroom, Year 7 also had the opportunity to participate in a coin line on Thursday, March 15 during our Year Assembly. This was a fun way to see who could make the longest line and a great way for us to raise money. One of the coin lines was so long that it reached across the whole Penola court. PE206 were the winners of the coin line, with theirs measuring 16.21 metres. In total, the following amounts were raised on March 15:

PE109: $47

PE110: $127

PE202: $49.80

PE203: $22.25

PE204: $21.10

PE205: $54.40

PE206: $113.60

Throughout Lent, Year 7 alone has raised $939. They will continue to donate money to Nepal to help make a difference in someone’s life. Raising nearly $1000 is an amazing accomplishment. That money we have raised can buy 8 hybrid goats.  This will be used by the children to earn an income.  It will really help to improve their lives. Well done Year 7!


Lilliana Favaloro, Piper Finnegan, Jennifer Petrov and Margaret Sarmiento

Year 7


HSC Minimum Standard

HSC Minimum standards letter one page (1)

Catholic School Funding Update

Careers News


Latitude Volunteering provided students with information about the many overseas volunteering opportunities for young people. This program provides 17- to 25-year-olds with support to travel outside of their own community, in most cases to other countries, where they will spend several months assisting with care or educational projects. This presentation informed students of yet another post school option.




Gaining Employment in Sports Science, Strength & Conditioning 

My Health Career has partnered with Bond University to release a post about gaining employment in sports science, strength and conditioning:


Still want more?!? How about what 5 people love about their jobs in health? 


EY Cadetships

Ernst and Young Cadetships in Accounting. As a cadet, you’ll combine full-time work with part-time university studies. It takes drive and commitment, but we’ll provide you with the support you need to succeed. You’ll gain valuable experience working with clients and will be exposed to senior managers early so that you can learn from some of the best in the organisation. And don’t worry – we completely understand that this will be your first time working within a professional environment. That’s why we’ll provide you with extensive training, coaching, detailed guidance and skills development. And when you do graduate, the experience you’ll have gained through the Cadet Program may place you head and shoulders above your peers. The Cadet Program is currently offered in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.



University of Sydney Year 10 Info Evenings

Join us on campus for a fun and informative evening where we will answer the important questions: How does scaling work? What subjects should you choose for Year 11 and 12 if you want to study a certain course at university? What are prerequisites and assumed knowledge? What is university really like?


Camperdown/Darlington Campus – University of Sydney

5 April. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

8 May. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

17 May. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney



Science at USYD Forums – Karl, The Universe and Everything

Presented by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

9 May. 5.45pm to 7.00pm
York Theatre, Seymour Centre, University of Sydney

Register soon at:



Notre Dame University – Careers in Law 

Save the date – 12 July. 10.00am to 2.00pm

104 Broadway, Chippendale


Notre Dame Medicine Info Session

25 March, 10.00am to 12.00pm

8 May, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Those considering studying Medicine commencing in 2019 are invited to attend an information session at our purpose-built Darlinghurst campus. The session is designed to help you find out more about the admissions process, an overview of course content, meet current students and tour our facilities.

Call us on 02 8204 4404 or sydney@nd.edu.au for further information.

25 March bookings: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/2018/medicine-info-session-sydney-march18

8 May bookings: http://www.nd.edu.au/events/2018/medicine-info-session-may-18


Notre Dame Your personal Course Advice Session and Campus Tour – Sydney Campus

Any day Monday to Friday between 8.30am to 4.30pm

104 Broadway, Chippendale

Come to a personal Course Advice Session and discuss the course options available to you. We can help you find a course that aligns with your interests, strengths and aspirations. Our course advisors can also talk to you about the admissions requirements for specific courses, the Notre Dame application process, key dates for your application, and much more. You can also take a campus tour at the end of your course advice session.



Notre Dame UniversityEarly Offer and Parent Information Session

Save the date – 26 June, 4.00pm to 5.30pm or 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Broadway campus, 140 Broadway Chippendale


Notre Dame University – Getting to Know Nursing

22 May, 6.00pm to 7.30pm

160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Get to know what it’s really like at Notre Dame’s Getting to Know Nursing event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet academic staff and hear from our guest speaker who will provide information on a current innovative nursing topic. Places are limited. Please register below or contact us on 02 8204 4404 or sydney@nd.edu.au for further information.



UTS Discovery Sessions in Midwifery and Nursing

Midwifery – 24 April. 5.30pm

Nursing 14 June, 18 July, 14 November. 5.30pm



UTS Law Undergrad Info Evening

19 June

Discover why studying at UTS will give you an edge! This event is open to Year 11 and 12 students, and their parents. Careers advisers and teachers are also welcome to attend. Registrations will open here in February. https://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/law



The ANU Tuckwell Scholarships Open

These scholarships are awarded to highly talented and motivated school leavers planning to study at ANU, to help them fulfil their potential and reinvest their knowledge, skills and experience in ways that positively benefit others. The financial support offered to you as a Tuckwell Scholar is intended to help you through your university journey, giving you the freedom to focus on what is important.

$21,700 per annum. You also receive mentoring support given by Fellows to help Scholars create opportunities, build networks and achieve personal and professional goals.



ACU Passion for Business – Early Entry Program

 ACU believes passion and commitment to learning are important. Passion for Business is a guaranteed early entry program designed to nurture your learning passion and give you a step up in your future business career. Guaranteed* entry into the ACU Business or Commerce course (as offered through QTAC, UAC or VTAC) of your choice. Receive an Early Offer from ACU in September, before ATARs are released. https://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/pathways_and_entry_schemes/year_12_student_entry/passion_for_business

 ACU Elite Athlete and Performer Program

We understand you might need support to maintain sporting or performing excellence while studying. The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) is designed to give you that support, and encourage excellence in both your sport/performing and academic life.



Macquarie in a Day

17 or 18 April. 8.30am to 3.15pm

Macquarie Theatre W2.4A, 21 Wally’s Walk, Macquarie University

Uni life doesn’t have to be a mystery. This is your chance to experience what a day in the life of a Macquarie student is really like. On the day you’ll be able to:

  • sit in on lectures and demos
  • experience practicals and tutorials (pracs and tutes to those in the know)
  • choose your own subjects and plan your own day
  • ask lecturers and current students all your burning questions




Pre-Apprenticeship Courses in the Automotive Industry

Apprenticeships R Us alongside My Trade Start is running automotive pre-apprenticeship courses throughout February and March at our state of the art training facility in Auburn. These courses are NSW government funded for individuals aged 15-24 and run for a duration of two weeks, followed by a work placement. Call 02 9891 6900 for more information or email ltabone@apprus.com.au


WPC Group – Apprenticeships & Traineeships

WPC Group specialises in Apprenticeships & Traineeships. We discuss apprenticeships and traineeships with students, and can assist with mock interviews, resume writing and preparing students for the workforce. To find out more about how we can assist please contact Nicole Lean on 0418 819 468 or nlean@wpcgroup.org.au


Professional Make Up Course

This 8-week professional makeup course is jam packed with all the essential fundamentals to get your makeup career started straight away, focusing on all aspects of design and apply. For Enquiries Contact Georgina Toulis Ph: 0415 845 888 Email: georgina@themakeupartistacademy.com



AIT After School Film and Animation Workshops

Level 2, 7 Kelly St, Ultimo

Animation – 1 to 29 May. 4.30pm (5 week day afternoons)

This after-school workshop gives students the opportunity to experience all of the steps involved in creating a polished full-colour 2D animation.


Film – 3 to 31 May. 4.30pm (5 week day afternoons)

If you want to take your film making skills to the next level in a workshop lab, this course is for you. This workshop provides students with an introduction to desktop Special Effects compositing and motion graphics using Adobe After Effects.



AFTRS Upcoming Courses

Our courses are the perfect way to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends and are taught by industry professionals at AFTRS’ state-of-the-art film, TV and radio studios in Sydney. Our courses are the perfect way to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends and are taught by industry professionals at AFTRS’ state-of-the-art film, TV and radio studios in Sydney. We run a wide variety of school holiday courses for both kids and teens throughout all of the school holidays. With a constantly evolving suite of courses in filmmaking, digital animation, stop motion, game design, screenwriting, screen acting, screen auditions and radio, have a creative experiences never to forget .

16 April. Music for Film & TV: 13-17

18 April. After Effects for Teens.

23 April  Video Editing with Premiere Pro: 13-17

26 April  HSC Video Intensive: 15-17

26 April Blood & Guts Movie Makeup: 9 – 14

2 July The Real Filmmaking Workshop: 13-17

9 July AFTRS Trop Jr Filmmaking: 10-15

16 July. The Real Film Making Workshop 13 – 17



Commercial Pilot – BASAIR Career Free Info Seminar

26 March. 7.00pm to 8.30pm

26 April. 7.00pm to 8.30pm

31 May. 7.00pm to 8.30pm
628/23-25 Airport Avenue
Bankstown Airport

Register at:




GoIT Girls Work Experience program

The TCS GoIT Girls program aims to inspire young women to pursue careers in technology. The week-long program enables girls in Year 10 and 11 to learn from role models, sharpen their coding and technical skills, develop skills for employment and challenge their perceptions of technology and occupational gender stereotypes. 2018 dates and application forms are available at:


Find out more about student exchange opportunities at WEP Info Session.

WEP Australia is holding free student exchange information sessions around New South Wales this term. From Ulladulla to Ballina WEP information sessions are the perfect starting point on any student’s exchange journey. SMS ‘RSVP’ to 0428 246 633.



Youth at the Zoo Applications Open Soon

Waitlist apply by 30 April

If you would like to add your name to the Waitlist for Sydney, please submit the Sydney Waitlist application. Youth At the Zoo (YATZ) is a fun, educational program for 13-19 year olds where members can participate in activities both inside and outside of the Zoo throughout all school holidays and occasionally during the school term. The next intake of volunteers for the YATZ program in Sydney will be in MAY 2018. Only applicants whose details are entered into this link will be notified when the application process begins.



 Discover Engineering Day – Engineers Australia

  • What do engineers do?
  • Examples of engineering projects.
  • How do you become an engineer?

Discover Engineering Day will include activities aimed at giving high school students a taste of skills required for the engineering profession as well as guest speakers from university students and engineers.

 Apply by 9 April

12 April. 9.00 am to 2.30 pm

Chatswood High School, 24 Centennial Ave, Chatswood


Apply by 11 May

15 May. 9.00 am to 2.30 pm

ANSTO – New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights


Apply by 8 June

15 June. 9.00 am to 2.30 pm

Parramatta Marist High, 2 Darcy Road, Westmead





Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator

St Michael’s Holy Week

Rockdale City and Bexley Parishes Easter Schedule


Saturday, 24 March First Rite of Reconciliation

St Gabriel’s Church, Bexley 8.00 am
St Francis Xavier Church, Arncliffe 4.00 pm
St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale 5.30 pm

Tuesday, 27 March Second Rite of Reconciliation

St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale 7.00 pm

Holy Thursday, 29 March Mass of the Lord’s Supper
and the Washing of the Feet

St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale 7.00 pm

Good Friday, 30 March Stations of the Cross

St Gabriel’s Church, Bexley 10.00 am
St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale 10.00 am
St Francis Xavier Church, Arncliffe 10.00 am

Good Friday, 30 March Commemoration of the
Lord’s Passion

St Gabriel’s Church, Bexley 3.00 pm
St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale 3.00 pm
St Francis Xavier Church, Arncliffe 3.00 pm

Holy Saturday, 31 March  Easter Vigil

 St Francis Xavier Church, Arncliffe 6.00 pm

Easter Sunday, 1 April  

St Gabriel’s Church, Bexley 9.00 am
St Francis Xavier Church, Arncliffe 9.00 am
St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale (Italian) 9.00 am
St Joseph’s Church, Rockdale 10.30 am
St Gabriel’s Church, Bexley 5.00 pm



College Canteen – Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers are needed to assist in the College Canteen.

If you have a spare few hours during the week, your assistance would be appreciated.




Gillian Young 

Canteen Manager