Volume 4 - 29 Mar 2019


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The “lenten” period of forty days spent by the Son of God in the desert of creation had the goal of making it once more that garden of communion with God that it was before original sin (cf. Mk 1:12-13; Is 51:3). May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion. Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption, and turn to Jesus’ Pasch. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.  Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2019

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

As we enter into the final 2 weeks of Term 1 and with the Easter season fast approaching, the words of Pope Francis written above have resonated with me on a spiritual level as well as a practical one. As creations of God, let us not let time pass without making the best use of it. For our girls, this can mean in a practical way to take stock of Term 1 and see what can still be squeezed out of it in terms of achieving goals, taking academic risks or increasing effort. These final weeks are not a time to wind down but rather a time to seize an opportunity, especially for our Year 12 students who begin their half yearly exams next week. This  exam block is a practise for the HSC and in no way is an indication of a final result. Whilst we keep Year 12 in our prayers, we are also mindful that on the home front, encouraging healthy sleep patterns, regular nutrition, moderated use of social media and study environments which are comfortable for each girl are crucial to success in these exams aside from the actual study. The Year 12 students have been well prepared for their exams and we look forward to their learnings and feedback next term.


Thank you

Thank you to all parents who completed the Tell Them From Me surveys sent out as part of our Inquiry and Review Process for Sydney Catholic Schools. The Leadership Team are unpacking all of these results and will feed information to you next term about the survey results.

Thanks also to the Year 7 parents who saw the importance of attending the Year 7 Parent Teacher interviews this week. From all reports, the feedback given by teachers was helpful in terms of indications that the girls have settled well into their high school routine and specific learning needs.


Save the Date – P&F Bingo Night

When: May 17, 6.30pm

Where: Yalunga Hall

Tickets: will be available shortly, please reserve your table by emailing our P&F President Les Salisbury



We need your help, if any parent can donate any prize or buy vouchers to donate as prizes, no matter how large or small. You may consider books of movie tickets, dinner vouchers, a contact you may have for a business who will donate or access to organisations who can donate signed sport memorabilia or the like. All money raised after costs will go back to providing further resources for your daughter at the College.


Student Safety

Over the past few weeks, I have had several pieces of communication in regards to parents and car parking or pick up and drop offs. As a community, nobody wants to see an accident occur however the actions of some may make this inevitable. The parish car parks are not places for pick up or drop off nor are they places to park. Parishioners are asking that we please communicate that these spaces are for attendance at Mass or the parish house.

On Waratah Street, residents are communicating that driveways are being blocked, double parking is happening sometimes near the pedestrian crossing and parents are on phones whilst driving. Could I please ask that a few extra metres of walking for your daughter to meet you is a much better plan for all members of the community instead of making a situation unsafe. We have been in touch with the local council and police for their presence to help make our school surrounds a safer place and I ask that we work together for the safety of every Bethany student, parent and staff member.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

In the past two weeks our world has been rocked by the devastation of the Christchurch shooting. As parents we wish that we could shield our children from the harsh reality of a broken world. Michael Grose parenting expert provides some practical strategies about how we as parents can respond to the confronting to our children in the wake of the devastating stories and images that have emerged in the aftermath of this tragedy. Talking about this devastating event helps to bring to the fore our core value of Justice.


Harmony Day

Last week as a community we celebrated Harmony Day as a community with a range of activities in homeroom to start the day. This day provided a wonderful opportunity for us as a community to celebrate our cultural diversity, our commitment to respect, the promotion of inclusiveness and a sense of belonging. The pride and joy present in the celebration of diversity was certainly evident  and acknowledged of the important part each of us play in building a peaceful world beginning with the promotion of acceptance and the celebration of diversity within our Bethany community. You will see in the Year 8 Harmony Day report an example of the significance of this day for our girls.


Managing Anxiety

As our Year 12’s enter their assessment period we are wish them all the very best and encourage them to remain calm and focused throughout this period, confident in their consistent effort and application. For many this will be a time of nerves and perhaps some anxiety. It is important to remember that anxiety is very normal it is actually and is a  motivator for action. Michael Grose provides some advice for parents seeking ways to support their children when they are anxious. During this time of assessment parents are reminded of the importance of ensuring that their daughters eat well, get sufficient sleep and engage in regular exercise.



Finally just a reminder that the cardigan is not to be worn to and from school without the blazer.


Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

Harmony Day – Year 8

On March 21st, Year 8 celebrated Harmony Day by participating in a range of activities in home room which were designed to raise awareness about our multicultural country and promote inclusiveness and respect for all people. Some of the activities were:

  • Starting with a prayer asking God to guide them in valuing and appreciating those who differ from them and the recognising the gifts brought by other cultures.
  • Making a class mind map of their favourite things about their culture and writing down where they came from. This was then hung on their classroom door for the day so that all visitors to that room could read them.
  • Cutting out Harmony Day dolls and writing things on them such as their country of origin, another language that they speak in their family, “welcome” or “harmony” translated into another language, their favourite food, their favourite holiday or what harmony means to them.
  • Playing a Bingo/Trivia game with fun facts and team building activities. See some of the questions below and test yourself!  

Find out what the Aboriginal word ‘Tidda’ means.  

Bougatsa is a dish from which country?

In 2016, what percentage of Australia’s population was born overseas?

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Where does this bible verse come from?

‘Huānyíng’ means ‘welcome’ in which language?

Some comments about the day:

I think this links to our value of acceptance as Harmony Day promotes eliminating racial discrimination and because of this, we learn to accept people for who they are and realise we shouldn’t judge them by how they look, what they like, what they wear and especially not their race/background. We got to play BINGO and it was so fun as the whole homeroom was contributing and racing to find answers on our computers if we did not know them. Although I didn’t win, it was still such a fun activity where everyone was smiling or laughing – Marianne Sarmiento

I liked the posters because everyone could participate and find out what languages and backgrounds people have – Kelsey Kelly

We learnt what was valued by our homeroom, for some of us it was the food and for others it was traditions like their independence day or christenings – Katerina Papadopoulos

I learnt a few new things but one of them was that Bethany girls come from a lot of different places from around the world – Shannon Ho

I learnt to always accept others and to not always think about yourself – Claudia Langlaver


Thank you to the girls, their homeroom teachers and year assistants for embracing the day.


Laura Golding

Year 8 Coordinator

Year 9 In-School Team Building Pastoral Workshops

On Tuesday, 19 March 2019 and Wednesday, 20 March 2019 as part of the Year 9 Pastoral Wellbeing program, the Year 9 Magnolias attended an in-school workshop involving team building. The Supreme Incursions team building workshop was chosen as the focus for Year 9 to link together the values of relationships, acceptance and justice for each other within the Bethany community.

The students engaged in active sessions that combined physical team building challenges, trivia questions and augmented reality on iPads. These sessions showed links to students PDHPE, English and Mathematics courses through the challenges on the day. The activities each encouraged teamwork,cooperation, leadership and bonding for the Year 9 students. The students walked away with a new focus on team building skills such as trust, initiative, communication and respect for one another. Year 9 will now take these skills and incorporate them into their daily lives and interactions within the Bethany community.

Thank you to the Year 9 homeroom team and all other staff involved in making this incursion possible.

“Through many games and fun activities we were able to create relationships with students outside of our friendship groups, and learn how to work effectively in a team. This workshop required us to open up and share our opinions with our team to be able to find the most effective strategy to complete tasks.

Each task required us to think outside of the box and work with the people around us in order to receive points for our team, teaching us many values such as relationships and partnership.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience that taught us in life we are not always going to be with people we know, but in order to get work done we need to be able to work with people whether know them or not”

Mikayla Capizzi Y9 SRC


Theresa Chisari

Year 9 Coordinator



SCC Rep Sport Results update:

  • Junior Volleyball – 7th
  • Inter Volleyball – 9th
  • Year 7, 8, 9 AFL – 2nd
  • Senior Touch – 4th

Congratulations to the AFL team who will compete in the semi-final during Week 8 versing Marist Penshurst. We wish the team the best of luck.

The semi-finals for all other teams will occur in Week 9. We hope to see more Bethany teams competing in the finals! Good luck to all teams.


SCC Touch Football Trials – POSTPONED:

The SCC Touch Football trials have been postponed to Friday, 29th March, 2019. Trials will take place at Roberts Park, Greenacre from 2-3.30pm. Good luck to all students trialling for a position in this team.


NSWCCC Swimming Carnival:

Congratulations to the following students competing in the NSWCCC Swimming Carnival on Friday 5th April. 

  • Jessica Brightwell
  • Monique Johnson
  • Tameeka Johnson
  • Kara Giardullo
  • Mia Pelaez
  • Montana Ilievski

Good luck girls!



The following CGSSSA Gala days will take place early in Term 2 so please check the Sentral daily notices and the Sports noticeboard for information regarding trials and team selection.

  • Soccer- Wednesday, 1st May
  • Touch Football – Wednesday, 22nd May



Rochelle Bailey  

Acting Sport Coordinator


Cure Found for Monolingualism* – IT’S POLYGLOTS!

* Monolingualism – the condition of being able to speak only a single language.

The Polyglots gathered in big numbers recently for the first meeting of 2019. There were several familiar faces but also many new students from Years 7 – 12 who joined in to share their knowledge about different languages and cultures.

Firstly, the group introduced themselves and gave us all a greeting in the language of their background (or any language that they were familiar with!). After the niceties were completed, the groups were engaged in various quizzes and challenges that brought out everybody’s competitive nature – all in good fun, of course!

The teachers of the Language faculty would like to thank all the students who came along and participated in the event and look forward to seeing everyone back for our Eurovision-themed Polyglot meeting early next term.

A dopo! / Sayonara!




Year 9 Japanese

Students in Year 9 Japanese enjoyed a sushi day recently, where they were able to learn the about the different types of sushi and learn the art of using chopsticks.
It’s always a great lesson when you can work and eat sushi at the same time!

Marco Gianni

Languages – Teacher in Charge

Bethany College Enrolment Reminder

Careers / VET Update

How can parents help students make career choices


UOW Presentation

The University of Wollongong presented information to students about their courses, campus’ and facilities on Wednesday 20 March. It was good to see so many students in attendance.




UNSW Degrees and Scholarships Info Evening

11 June, 13 June, 20 June

At UNSW Sydney, we know that choosing what to study at university can be a complex decision. That’s why we’re holding the UNSW Degree and Scholarships Information Evening.



UNSW Art and Design Information Evening

25 June

Paddington Campus

This event will focus on our Faculty of Art & Design, hosted at our specialist Paddington Campus. It’s a chance for you and your parents to gain an insight into life as a creative student and what it means to be a practicing contemporary artist, designer, media creator or arts worker in today’s global economy.



Experience UNSW Business Day

21 May. 9.30am to 3.30pm

Kensington Campus

For Year 11 students

Experience a day in the life of a UNSW Business School Student at Experience Business Day.

Students will take part in interactive business workshops, hear from our current students and get a taste of what life is like at one of Australia’s leading business schools.



University of Notre Dame Early Offer Program for 2020

If you will be in Year 12 in 2019, register here to receive the information and application form for the Early Offer Program for 2020. Are you a high-achieving Year 12 student who wants to study at a leading Australian university? Do you want to get a head start on your future? If so, you may be the ideal candidate for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program. This exclusive program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community.

Such an offer means that you can sit your Year 12 exams with added confidence and reduced stress – it’s also a great way for schools to acknowledge their outstanding students.

Phone: 02 8204 4404 . Email: sydney@nd.edu.au



Business Cadetships

Applications close: 15 May 2019 

Open to Year 12 students who wish to pursue a business career. Cadets combine university study with paid work at UBS, a top-ranking global bank. 

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

Website: www.professionalcadets.com.au


Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD)

Applications open: 29 April 2019

Applications close: 21 June 2019

For Year 12 students who would like to pursue a career in Engineering and/or Technology. Cadets are placed at Cubic Transportation Systems, a global leader in transport payment and traffic management systems.

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

Website: www.professionalcadets.com.au




Maxima Indigenous Traineeships and Apprenticeships

An amazing and comprehensive site to support indigenous youth into employment, training, apprenticeships and traineeships. Call for more information to:1300 669 859



Steps to Becoming an Australian Apprentice

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn money while learning a trade! Getting started in an apprenticeship can seem a little daunting, but it can be broken down into four easy-to-understand steps. Research; Preparation; Job Hunting and Sign-up. If you would like to learn more about each step, plus heaps more useful information, visit 



Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

Want an apprenticeship?  Register to view the job board. Incentives and allowances for apprentices also explained.



Vantage Automotive Apprenticeships

Mechanic, Auto electrician, parts, body repair and painting.

As a leading training provider for the retail motor industry, Vantage Automotive’s Apprentice Learning Division offers an unrivalled range of motor industry qualifications.




Blue Mountains Hotel Career Focus Days

  • July 16-18
  • November 12-14
  • November 26-28

CFD is a 3-day residential program for students considering a career in the hospitality industry, designed for those aged 16 and over. This program gives prospective students insight into what it’s really like to study at BMIHMS and is held at both our Practical Learning Centre (Leura Campus) and Executive Business Centre (Sydney Campus).



Australian Theatre for Young People – School Holiday Program

15 to 18 April – Burn the Seats – Escape rooms, choose your own adventure and live action role playing! Increasingly audiences love to be physically involved in the story and become the focus of the action.


23 and 24 April – Year 9 to 12 Monologue Technique – Learn all this and more and sharpen up your monologue before your next audition or performance. Perfect for participants getting ready for their IP performances this year.



Flight Centre Travel Academy – Diploma and Short Courses Info Sessions

Register to be notified about forthcoming information sessions below. Our Information Sessions have been designed to give you all of the information you need to get started on your study journey with us. At these sessions, you can find out more detail about our courses, check out our campus facilities and meet with our facilitation team. It’s our business to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the travel and tourism industry.



Music for Film and TV at AFTRS

15 and 16 April

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Learn how to create music for film and TV in this challenging and rewarding two-day course, under the guidance of a professional Screen Music Composer. Using AFTRS’ state of the art film and music facilities you will have experience of scoring your own short piece of film.



Video Editing at AFTRS

23 and 24 April

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Are you interested in learning how to edit your own videos? This hands-on practical course will teach you the basics of editing using Adobe Premiere Pro, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. It is not recommended if you already have a strong familiarity with Premiere Pro.



AFTRS HSC Video Intensive

15, 16, 17 April

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

This course is a skill and story development workshop for emerging filmmakers tackling an individual project for the HSC. The workshop helps you hone your screen skills to create a high quality year 12 video project. HSC subjects that video can be used in include English Extension, Visual Art, Design and Technology, and Drama.



Commercial Pilot – BASAIR Career Free Info Seminar

19 March, 17 April, 22 May, 18 June. 7.00pm to 8.30pm

628/23-25 Airport Avenue, Bankstown Airport

Learn about a career as a Commercial Pilot at one of our free information seminars. Register at:





How to Survive Year 12

The thought of embarking on your final year of school can trigger a range of emotions — excitement, nervousness, stress, nostalgia, anxiety, sadness or just impatience to get out into the world. Whether you’re excited to have taken the next step or are just hanging out for the end, we provide some tips to help you get through Year 12.



Au Pair in America – GAP Year Opportunity 

Being an Au Pair with Au Pair in America is the perfect way to use your childcare/babysitting hours to have the most amazing experience in the USA. A cultural exchange with a difference; you will live with an American family and immerse yourself in everyday American life.



Applying to the Australian Defence Force Academy

Applying for ADFA is a competitive, dual application process that can take up to 12 months. It’s preferable you apply in Year 11, but you can still apply in Year 12. Follow this link and the steps given to guide you along the right pathway.




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator


NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy – important skills that each child needs to succeed in school and life. The NAPLAN tests are designed to help us make sure students are on track with their literacy and numeracy development. Students in Years 7 and 9 participate in NAPLAN tests for reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Bethany College in 2019 will participate in NAPLAN in an online format. Students do not need to be computer experts to take the NAPLAN test online. Making sure students have computer skills is part of our school curriculum, and our teachers will ensure your child is familiar with the online format. To see the types of questions and interactive features of NAPLAN Online, visit the public demonstration site.

If you have any questions about NAPLAN Online, please contact me through the College switchboard. On 2 April the students in Year 7 and 9 will sit an omnibus test which is a “dress rehearsal” for the real NAPLAN tests. These tests are put in place just to check the technology required for the “real” NAPLAN tests which occur in May. The results of the omnibus test will not be used, recorded or reported on.  For the omnibus tests your daughter will be required to;

#  have her laptop fully charged for the test,

# have a set of earphones and

#  to have downloaded the NAPLAN browser onto her laptop.

If your daughter is in Year 7 or 9 they would have received instructions on how to do this, already. Shortly parents will receive correspondence from the College about the “real” NAPLAN tests which will operate between 14 and 24 May.

For more info:


Gregg Conroy

Leader of Learning

Annie JR – The Musical

Congratulations to the cast of Annie Jr.

Annie: Jamie Kalimtzis                                     

Molly: Jasmine Salinas

Pepper: Allira Giess                                           

Duffy: Alexia Haralambedis

July: Jaymee Louise Buena                               

Tessie: Kelsey Kelly

Kate: Mina Popovska                                          

Orphan: Tahlia Wise

Orphan: Larisa Miriklis                                        

Miss Hannigan: Georgia Marks

Grace Farrell: Isabella Staninovski                  

Warbucks: Katrina Martinez

Rooster : Nektaria Rice                                 

Lily : Caitlin Turner

Drake (servant) : Grace O’Keefe                     

Mrs Greer (servant): Deanna Haralambedis

Mrs Pugh (servant): Laila Nicola                 

Cecille (servant) : Henriette Savilla

Annette (servant): Laura Carrabs               

Chauffeur (servant): Sienna Williams

President Roosevelt: Charlotte Halliday 



Alecia Rizgalla, Bianca Sainz, Ella Manolo, Fotini Koutsodimas, Gabrielle Talite, Grace Smith, Hayley Bryant, Jade Lozanovski, Janna Mobellan, Jennifer Petrov, Leah Gillard, Leilani Vittorio, Lily Perenara, Monique Cost-Chretien, Montana Freitas, Natalie Ryan, Ngikula Harris, Nicole Banez, Sabrina Pucak, Samantha Staninovski, Shannon Ho, Sharon Ho, Sophia Deben, Ysabelle Cabrera


Thank you to every student that auditioned for the show.  Unfortunately, it was not possible to cast everyone and I hope that those that missed out will continue to be involved in the Performing Arts wherever possible.

Rehearsals will begin in Week 1, Term 2 during sport time. Please keep an eye on your emails for some important information later this term. If you have changed your mind and no longer want to be involved in the musical, please let Mrs Moroney know ASAP.


Clare Moroney

Performing Arts Coordinator

Change of Details

If you have changed any of your personal details eg. change of address, phone numbers, emergency contact or residency status, could you please contact our office on 8566-0711 so we can update our records.

Thank you.