Volume 04 - 20 Mar 2015

2015 Student Representative Council (SRC)

At our Assembly on 19 March, parents, students and teachers witnessed the induction of our new SRC Leaders for 2015.
I warmly congratulate the following students on being part of the 2015 SRC:


MC402:  Stella Dimitrakas

MC404: Eilis McIntyre

MC313:  Monica Krstevski and Teadora Sorial

MC401: Tijana Miles

MC312: Christina Ristevski

MC403: Sharlize Lasala


MA106: Chloe-Brooke Plazanin

MA203: Maria Nicholas

MA213: Lucia Maalouf

MA214: Melissa Ruz

MA217: Yostina Askander

MA218: Makaella Roditis


MC212: Carissa Hardas

MC209: Musu Leilua

S0102: Christina Grace

S0103:  Melanie Kozarovski

MC204: Dominique Kulchar

MC210:  Valantia Stamatopoulous


PE103: Claudia Bonacci

PE104: Alexis Maalouf

PE109: Medina Eldan

CH102: Eve Hudson

PE105: Shanelle Provenzano

Ch103: Valentina Triulcio


PE205: Georgi Bray 

PE202: Samantha Spratt

PE204: Evelyn Karavokyros

PE206: Shae Acevski 

PE203: Abbey Mary Hoy 

PE110: Alexandra Hammer and Grace O’Keefe


The message that I want to bring to the SRC leaders of 2015 is to always remember that you are a part of a leadership team. Leadership is not about working on your own. Leadership is about working with other talented and energetic leaders around you to achieve great things.

To lead as part of a team you need to encourage others.

You need to show them that you’re supporting them and their ideas.

It feels good to be encouraged by other people, so as a leader you need to encourage other leaders and all other students to make sure they feel good about their achievements and ideas.

To lead as part of a team you also need to listen. You have to realise that your ideas aren’t always the best ideas and that sometimes other people will have better ideas than you.

There’s a saying that says we all have one mouth and two ears which means we should listen twice as much as we speak. If you want to be a good leader this year then you need to make sure you are always listening to what other people have to say. And those two points are my simple message to you this morning.

If you want to be a good SRC leader for Bethany in 2015, then encourage others and listen to them. If you can master those two skills then you’ll be well on the way to having a great year as a leader. At the end of this school year, if you have worked as a team, if you have encouraged others and listened to others, then you will be able to look back and see that you have achieved more than you could ever have achieved on your own.

I wish every SRC leader, and every student at Bethany the very best for 2015, and I hope for each of you and for this school, that it will be your best year yet.


Vicki Lavorato


Year 7 Camp

On  19 February, Year 7 students ventured out to Deer Park, Sutherland for a fun-filled two-day retreat. Once we arrived, the girls were assigned into their groups and immediately the fun began!

The girls got involved in a number of challenges that encouraged them to work as a team, to problem solve, to be confident and resilient and most of all to have fun. There was billy cart racing, dragon boating, swimming and fun group games. The Year 7 students proved that they were ready to take on the challenges of secondary schooling, demonstrating team work, good communication and support and encouragement for each other.

At the end of the day, the girls had the opportunity to partake in a fashion show, in which in small groups the girls had to use a number of resources to create unique costumes associated with a theme they were given. The girls then got the opportunity to parade down a runway and show their unique designs- they were outstanding! Following the fashion show was dance party, then a slumber party in which girls were able to watch a movie until they were ready for bed.

After a beautiful camp, with no rain and just beautiful memories, we returned home on 20 February. The Year 7 girls commented on how much fun camp was and we were so proud of their enthusiasm and initiative. We would like to thank the students for being so well-behaved and for representing the college in a positive way. We would also like to thank all the teachers and everyone involved in making this camp as amazing as it was!



Catholic Education Commission – 2015 NSW Election Update


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Year 10, 11 & 12 Music Excursion

On Monday 9 March, students from the Year 10, 11 and 12 Music classes travelled to the Sydney Opera House to watch a performance of ‘Encore’.  This performance was a collection of the outstanding performances and compositions from the HSC Music exams in 2014. The students were exposed to remarkable performances that highlighted the standard required for exceptional marks in the HSC exam.

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Continuing the Journey Through Lent

We are half way through our journey of Lent. What changes have you brought about in your life during Lent? The readings of the day for the past week have been on ‘Christ setting us free’ from the sin that alienates us from God. Fr Robert Barron explains this as “Whatever limits, binds, controls, orders, dominates us – these are the enemies of God.”  Throughout our Lenten journey, may we come closer to Christ who rejoices in our freedom.

Brekky Van 14 March

Thank you the following students and staff who generously were the Bethany Brekky Van team on Saturday 14 March.

Year 11 students: Joanna, Hannah, Jacinta, Victoria, Siobhan, Ashleigh, Shana, Tyla and Melanie Year 12 students: Stephanie, Gabrielle, Eliya, Hannah, Ella, Phoebe and Melissa

Staff: Ms Robinson, Ms Cox, Mrs Sullivan Mrs Lavorato and Mr Lavorato.

Celebrating Bethany Mass- Together We Grow

The College community began our Bethany Day celebrations with the Eucharist, led  by Fr Janusz. During the Mass, Jacinta, Aliesha and Marissa were commissioned as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Thank you to Mr Currao for the planning of the Mass and to Mr Roberts, Mrs Moroney and the College Choir for the music.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education and Mission


Changes to university entry standards for future teachers

From 2016, prospective students will need to meet increased academic standards to be offered a place in a NSW accredited undergraduate teaching degree.    

What are the new prerequisites for a 4 year undergraduate teaching degree?

From 2016, entrants to an accredited undergraduate teaching degree will need:

  • a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or
  • to complete bridging units equivalent to a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including English, as approved by BOSTES before entry or
  • to enter via an alternative pathway as advised by their university and approved by BOSTES.

What about HSC extension courses where a Band 5 result is not available?

Band E3 or above results for HSC extension courses will meet the prerequisites for entry to a teaching degree. For more details go to:    http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/raising-university-entry-standards/

Please go to individual University websites for their entry details based on these new entry standards. Some Universities are still in the process of finalising the relevant details.

UTS – The Bachelor of Accounting Co-op Scholarship Program

The Bachelor of Accounting is a cooperative education program in accounting. It is an intensive course offered in conjunction with major employers. Students complete a compulsory first major in accounting and receive a scholarship and full-time work training.

This course is a specialist degree for high-achieving students who view an accounting career as an excellent foundation for future business leadership. All students in the course receive a $46,500 scholarship over the three years, a year of full-time industry experience and are encouraged to complete a second major or sub-major in another business discipline. Historically, it has a graduate employment rate greater than 95 per cent.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

This is an intensive scholarship course for current school leavers. Special application and selection procedures apply, including an early closing date for applications. Full details on application and selection are available from the Bachelor of Accounting website at:

http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/business/business-study-areas/accounting/bachelor-accounting  Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Round 1 Applications close: 5 June 2015

Round 2 Applications close: 23 October 2015

UTS Bachelor of Accounting Information Evening

Tue 19th May, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, UTS City Broadway

UTS Bachelor of Information Technology Coop scholarship program

This is a cooperative education scholarship program in computer information systems, developed by UTS in cooperation with a group of leading organisations. It differs from other cooperative education courses in that, during the industry-based semesters, students follow a structured program designed jointly by UTS and the employer group, including formal coursework delivered by industry.

There are a limited number of places available in this course according to the number of industry sponsors each year. If selected for this course, students receive a total scholarship of around $46,500 for the duration of the course.

This intensive course includes two six-month industry-based semesters with different industry sponsors. For further information go to:


UNSW Co-op Scholarship Program

There are a number of scholarships under the Co-op Scholarship program. For more details, go to: http://www.coop.unsw.edu.au/future_students/downloads/files/quickguide.pdf

UNSW Guaranteed Entry program

Guaranteed Entry: UNSW can tell you today what selection rank will guarantee you a place in a particular degree here at UNSW.

On the following website, you will find a booklet with the Guaranteed Selection Ranks for all our degrees in 2016. Your selection rank is made up of both your raw ATAR and any bonus points you may be eligible for.

The University of Notre Dame – MBBS Information Session

Date : 22nd Mar 2015 Time : 12:00pm
Venue : 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Cost : FREE
Those considering studying the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) commencing in 2016 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.

Professional Cadetships Australia 2016 Cadetship Programs

Business Cadetship applications are now open and close Wed 13th May

Engineering and Technology Cadetship applications open: Tue 28th April

Engineering and Technology Cadetship applications close: Fri 12th June

PCA offers cadetships in business, engineering and technology for Year 12 students who will be attending University in 2016. Participants for the programs will be chosen based on their academic effort and achievement, transferable skills, evidence of leadership potential, team involvement, work experience and personal motivation.

http://www.businesscadetships.com.au/  http://www.businesscadetships.com.au/?_sm_au_=iHVSq0ZT4sStrQ45 

UTS 2016 Course Guides Now Available Online

http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/teachers/tools-and-resources/course-guides There are also copies available now in the Careers Room.

Bonus Points at ACU

Bethany College students will automatically receive 5 bonus points through the School Relationship Bonus when applying through UAC and listing an ACU course as a preference. Also, students may additionally receive up to 5 additional bonus points through the ACU Subject Bonus. In total, students can receive a maximum of 10 bonus points across Access ACU and the ACU Subject Bonus. For further information regarding ACU bonus points, go to: http://www.acu.edu.au/study_at_acu/alternative_entry/accessacu

If you have a selection rank at or above the published Guaranteed Selection Rank, you’ll receive an offer to study at UNSW in the 2016 UAC Main Round. For a copy of the booklet (https://www.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents/UNSW_221848_Guaranteed%20Entry_web.pdf) and for further information:


Defence Force Australia Information Sessions

Sydney – Royal Military College: Thu 19th March, 6.30pm

Sydney – ADF Fitness Information Session: Mon 23rd March, 6.30pm

Parramatta – Pilot Careers: Wed 25th March, 6.30pm 


CSIRO Work Experience

CSIRO offers high school science students (years 10-12) the chance to gain first-hand experience of core research in a scientific environment. Students will gain an insight into the CSIRO and the science industry whilst gaining relevant work experience.


Please see Ms Gereige if interested.

Defence Jobs Australia: Medical, Travel Opportunities Leave and Superannuation

This article outlines some of the travel and career opportunities available to those serving in the Army. The article also outlines the leave, superannuation, and medical treatment enlisted personnel are entitled to receive.  


Med Entry UMAT Preparation Courses

Each year Med Entry holds courses to assist students in their preparation for the UMAT Test.

Sydney: Fri 3rd April – Sat 4th April, University of Technology

Sydney: Sun 5th April – Mon 6th April, University of Technology

Wollongong: Mon 6th April – Tue 7th April, St Mary Star of the Sea College

Sydney: Wed 15th April – Thu 16th April, Macquarie University

Canberra: Sat 25th April – Sun 26th April, Australian National University

Newcastle: Sat 16th May – Sun 17th May, Newcastle Grammar School

Sydney: Sat 30th May – Sun 31st May, University of Technology

Sydney: Sat 20th June – Sun 21st June, Macquarie University

Sydney: Mon 29th June – Tue 30th June, University of Technology

Sydney: Sat 25th July – Sun 26th July, University of Technology


Sydney Design School Information Session

Date : 26th Mar 2015 Time : 6pm
Venue : Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards
Cost : FREE
Contact : Julie Knox : (02) 9436 1902
Come along and find out more about the world of Interior Design & Decoration, see samples of our student’s great work and take a tour of our campus. 
Register now at http://sydneydesignschool.com.au/

Projects Abroad Information evening

Date : 30th Mar 2015 Time : 6.30pm-7.30pm

Venue : Sydney Central YHA 11 Rawson Place, Sydney 2000 Cost: FREE

Programmes are available for school leavers and for year 10 & 11 students
during their summer break. Registrations requested:www.projects-abroad.com.au/about-us/meet-us/ or 1300 132 831.

Macquarie University Campus Tour

Date : 13th Apr 2015 Time : 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Venue : Macquarie University Cost : FREE

This campus tour is open to everyone who would like to hear more about Macquarie. Visit our wonderful campus, meet our Student Advisers and have your questions answered.

School holiday trial-a-trade and Info Session

Date : 14th Apr 2015 Time : 10:00- 12 noon

Venue : William Angliss Institute Sydney, 26-32 Waterloo Street, SurryHills 

William Angliss Institute School holiday trial-a-trade and information session in Surry Hills. These sessions are short, two-hour glimpses into the exciting careers available within Cookery, Patisserie, Coffee and
Hospitality/Events/Travel. The day will also include an information session, which is then followed by a hands on session in one of our state of the art facilities including our commercial kitchens and coffee academy. Please
register on www.angliss.edu.au/register-for-trial-a-trade?country=syd

Any enquiries please contact annakl@angliss.edu.au



Viviene Gereige

Vocational Education Coordinator

Stations of the Cross

Students from Bethany College and Marist Kogarah will be involved in a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. If you would like to participate in this, please contact Miss Mirabello at laura.mirabello@syd.catholic.edu.au. Thank you to the students who have already volunteered, your support of this is much appreciated. 

This will be held at St Mary Mackillop Parish at Rockdale on Friday April 3rd. It will begin at 10am and go for approximately an hour. 
Family and friends are also welcome to attend. 
Laura Mirabello
Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Facilitator

Bethany Day

We celebrated Bethany Day on Friday 13 March 2015, kicking off the festivities with a beautiful mass led by Fr. Janusz and Mrs Lavorato’s inspiring Principal’s address. Even though the initial plan to head down to Carss Park was cancelled due to rain, it didn’t wash away our spirits. The school pulled together to create a day of fun activities led by the Year 12 students, feel-good movies, and included a wide range of creative costumes based on our theme of “Together Forever – Couples, Groups and Things”, ranging from Kim and Kanye to the Teletubbies.

Thank you to the girls who got involved in the day and lived out our theme for 2015 of ‘Together We Grow’, demonstrating the love and spirit that makes the Bethany community so special.



Alternative schoolies

If students are interested in the attached, please email Miss Mirabello on  laura.mirabello@syd.catholic.edu.au