Volume 5 - 13 Apr 2018


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

This Sunday is the third week of Easter and in the gospel Luke 24:35-48, Jesus said to his disciples “Peace be with you”. This was in response to the disciples being agitated about seeing Jesus as the risen Christ with the wounds of his crucifixion. The gospel describes how Jesus had forewarned the disciples that it was written that he would rise after the third day and His resurrection would reflect forgiveness that should be preached to all nations. The Bethany Community can keep this message alive with the four simple words of “Peace be with you.” How do we contribute to peace in our local community, in our homes and in our relationships?


Peace is not the product of terror or fear.

Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.

Peace is not the silence of violent repression.

Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.

Peace is dynamism.

Peace is generosity.

It is right and duty.

-Oscar Romero


P&F Bingo Night

Please save the date of May 18 from 7pm to attend our Bingo Night organised by our wonderful P&F. This is a night where you can book a table, socialise with friends and support the College through your generosity. If there are any parents who can donate items for prizes, raffles or silent auctions, it would be greatly appreciated. We are in need of items for prizes or funds to purchase prizes. No donation or gesture is too small. We are especially interested if you run or know someone who runs a business and they could offer a gift voucher, hamper or item as a prize. Our Student Representative Council will also be active in the collection of items for prizes. We thank those parents who are already busily approaching local business’ for prizes.


DISA Parent Survey

Bethany is involved with research with the University of Southern Queensland to track the College’s learning journey over the last few years. Approximately 5 years ago, this survey was given to all staff, students and parents as a way of aligning what form the learning journey needed to take in terms of developing a school wide pedagogy. It is now time to further evaluate the directions of the Bethany learning journey by completing another DISA survey. The value of surveys can only be seen if enough parents spend the time to complete one. I ask that you take approximately 10 minutes to complete the survey by using the link below.


Thank you for your cooperation in giving us your feedback.


Goal Setting

At the beginning of the year, all students were asked to set their learning goals for the year ahead. During this holiday period I have asked all girls at assembly this week to reflect on their goals and to assess where they are up to in achieving these and also if they need to be reset. Term 2 brings further and more heavily weighted assessments and it is vital that students return having their eye very clearly on what they want to achieve and more importantly, how they are going to achieve this. Please talk with your daughter about their goals over the holiday break.


Europe Trip

On Wednesday a group of our students accompanied by Mrs Matthews, Mr Gianni and Mrs Baldwin flew out to begin the biannual trip to Europe which encompasses key sites across Germany, Italy and England. Of particular interest to Visual Arts, Italian and History students will be the art galleries with famous works, war sites and museums and immersing in the different languages across Italy and Germany. We wish the staff and students a memorable and safe trip and look forward to hearing about their adventure.





As I complete my first term here at the College, I again thank you for the wonderful welcome and orientation that I have experienced at Bethany. I have enjoyed your friendly conversations and feedback and look forward to further immersing myself in the College next term. I wish all students a safe and restful break and I look forward to watching the Bethany learning journey continue.










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 wornat 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.


Protocol for collecting students during school hours

Please send a note to school with information regarding the time of pick up. Your daughter will have this signed by the Year Coordinator and she will then take the note to the office. You will be required to come into reception to collect her (you may park in the parking area off Croydon Rd) unless it is stated on the note that she has permission to leave the college on her own. If your daughter is feeling ill and contacts you, advise her to follow college procedure and go to student services. Remember, she is not meant to use her phone during college hours!


Wishing the Bethany Community a wonderful, restful break.


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal


NSWCCC Swimming Championships

On Friday the 6th of April the following girls from Bethany College competed as part of the SCC Swimming team at the NSWCCC Swimming Championships at Homebush:

Montana Illievski  Tameeka Johnson Jessica Conis
Keira Warn  Bridget Cole Lucy Flanagan
Leesa Coleman  Lemoni De Silva Lucy Conway
Mallory Hull  Jessica Butler  

This year Bethany girls made up over a third of the whole SCC Swimming team which is the most represented school in this competition.




Congratulations to Tameeka Johnson who came 3rd in 50m Freestyle and 2nd in 100m Freestyle, and is now going to compete at NSW  All schools Swimming Championships at Homebush on Friday 11th May.




SCC Rep Sport

Last week Bethany College had three teams compete in the Semi Finals.  Unfortunately the Yr 7 Volleyball team lost to Marist Penshurst.

The AFL team comprised of students from years 7,8 and 9 won their semi final against Rosebank. They will play MSJ in the Grand Final next week.

The Senior Touch Football team comprised of students from 10,11,12 won their semi final against MSJ. They will play Rosebank.

We wish both teams Good Luck!!

AFL Team

Intermediate Volleyball Team

Junior Volleyball Team


Coles Vouchers

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 your local school can exchange for sports gear. The more vouchers you collect, the more sports gear they’ll receive. Start collecting today and place vouchers in the box at student services

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


Beth Oliver

PDHPE Teacher

Year 7 Connected Learning Experiences

In CLE this term Year 7 were introduced to visible learning through a cooperative learning activity to help students understand learning intentions and success criteria.

The students were given the learning intentions and in small groups created a dress out of newspaper and masking tape suitable for the runway.

The dress had to be creative and functional – i.e the model had to be able to walk down the class runway!

Students had to create the success criteria through a class discussion based on the questions: How will we know we have been successful in reaching the learning intentions? What will success sound like? feel like? look like?

As the photos show, the results were inspirational and certainly rivalled any Dolce and Gabbana outfit!

In a reflection following the activity, students then looked at Bethany’s learning principles and assessed themselves on how they showed they were collaborative, engaged, self directed, critical and creative. Were there any principles not displayed and could be developed further?

It is envisaged students will remember this activity and help them use the principles across all their subjects.



Rachael Colreavy

CLE Teacher

School Students with Disability – Information for Parents and Carers

Grok Learning Coding Challenge

Over the last five weeks Year 10 student Amanda McGilchrist has been competing in the Grok Learning Coding Challenge. The coding challenge is a programming competition open to all school students and it is unlike any other programming competition. The Grok Learning interface teaches students how to program as they go along, rather than expecting you to be an expert already.

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have all said that students should learn how to code. It’s a skill that not only teaches you how to work with computers, but also teaches you how to think about solving problems with systems. And one day we might be able to add Bethany’s own Amanda to that list, Amanda received a perfect score the highest possible accomplishment in the competition.

Congratulations Amanda! If your daughter has an interest in coding contact Mrs Chisari for more information or to have a go yourself visit get.gl/big.


Therese Chisari

Year 8 Assistant Coordinator

Careers News


Family Show


India Mix and I got to experience what it’s like to work in the event industry at the dodo Family Show 24 March to 28 March. We learnt how important it is to work well in a team environment. We also experienced first-hand all of the planning and organisation that goes into the running of a large event. It’s also interesting to see what goes on when things may not go to plan. India and I were lucky enough to be a part of this show as a work placement requirement for our Tourism and Events TAFE course. Being able to get experience out in the field is very rewarding and certainly allowed India and myself to get an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. We were also lucky enough to catch some free rides sample the food and go up on the stage as Elmo.

Moya Denford Year 11 Tourism and Events TAFE student






Engineering &Technology Cadetships (ETCAD)

Applications open: 30 April

Applications close: 22 June

For Year 12 students interested in a career in engineering or in technology. Engineering Cadets combine an engineering degree with paid work at Cubic Transportation Systems, a world leader in integrated transport systems.

Technology Cadets combine an IT-related degree or a business degree with paid work at Macquarie Group.

Contact: Alister Wilkinson at: director@professionalcadets.com.au



UMAT 2018 Test Centres

Register by 1 June

UMAT Test Centres for 2018 In 2018 test centres will only be offered in the following cities and towns: Canberra Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Newcastle, Sydney.



Bachelor of Advanced Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences 

New to our Advanced Science program, the Pharmaceutical Sciences major will prepare graduates for exciting careers in drug discovery, development and application. This major also has a special entry pathway to the UTS Master of Pharmacy (conditions apply).



University of Newcastle Events

Schools Visit Day – 5 July

Open Day Central Coast – 4 August

Open Day Port Macquarie – 16 August

Open Day Newcastle – 25 August



ANU Sydney Midyear Advisory Session

24 July. 4.00pm to 7.00pm

You will have access to representatives from our academic Colleges who will answer your questions, no matter how general or detailed, so we encourage you to come along to learn more about why ANU is the right choice for you.



UTS Science Outreach program – Want to give your students a science experience they’ll remember? 

Bring your students to UTS Science to experience a day of hands on workshops and other activities that will get them excited about Science and Mathematics like they’ve never been before! Read about the program here: 


OR go to the Outreach webpage here: 


Uni of Melbourne Interstate Student and Family Information Day – In Melbourne

16 April. 8.30am to 5.30pm

Rather than focussing on course information readily available on our website, this event looks specifically at the Melbourne experience for interstate students. The program includes information about the application process, scholarship opportunities, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. You’ll also have the chance to ask current interstate students about their experiences and hear how they managed the transition to Melbourne. Experience what it’s like to live in one of our Residential Colleges with lunch in a college dining hall.



New – Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education at ACU 

ACU will offer a suite of new courses in 2019 designed for specific career paths. The new three-year Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education includes optional registration as a teacher and is designed for students wishing to focus on outdoor education and recreation. 



ACU Community Achiever Program 

ACU’s Early Achievers’ Program is now the COMMUNITY ACHIEVER PROGRAM, better reflecting the nature of the eligibility criteria and the on-going community activities in which these ACU students participate. Applications are open from 1 May to 31 July, with successful applicants receiving conditional offers by late August. Go to:




Westpac IT School Based Traineeship x 2 

AFL SportsReady currently have two exciting positions available for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Year 11 2018 students wanting to pursue a career in the Information Technology and Digital Coding Industry. For more information, please visit the job advertisement link: 



Women in Trades Videos

Skills shortages, advances in machine technology and a shift in attitude are just some of the factors that have led to the acceptance and encouragement of women taking part in traditionally ‘male’ trades. Some key industries that now persuade women to get involved are Automotive, Building & Construction, IT, Manufacturing, Engineering, Mining and Rural & Farming.




Flight Attendant Career Training

2 May. 5.45pm

Find out more about Aviation Australia’s Flight Attendant Career Training at the Sydney information evening. Learn from the industry experts, meet our alumni and discover how you can become a Flight Attendant. Visit:



MIT Sydney – Who Are We? 

MIT Sydney in the Sydney CBD offers industry accredited degrees in Business, Accounting, Marketing, Management and IT Networking opening up job opportunities and industry connections. Entry via UAC or direct. FEE-Help available. Small class sizes. Extra support on hand. Convenient location. Phone 02 8267 1400 or visit:



AIE School Holiday Courses

16 to 19 April

Introduction to 3D Animation

Introduction to Game Programming


Learn more about Avondale 

Avondale College of Higher Education is a private tertiary education provider offering Bachelor degrees in Arts, Business, Ministry, Nursing, Science and Teaching.



Academy of Film, Theatre & Television Open Day

12 May. 9.30am to 2.30pm

41 Holt Street, Surry Hills

You’ll be able to soak up the culture, learn about the best way to finance your studies, meet our tutors and speak to current students about their experiences. Find out why AFTT is now Australia’s most contemporary fully immersive arts academy.



SAE Information Night

19 April.  6.00pm-8.00pm – Sydney Campus, 39 Regent St, Chippendale

26 April. 4.00pm to 6.00pm – Byron Bay Campus, 373-391 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay

If you’re considering studying creative media, Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games, now is the time to speak to our experienced team, and discover how you can pursue your passion. Register here to attend: 





Your Rights at Work

Starting work can be an exciting time. While every workplace is different, there are rights and responsibilities that apply to all employees. Follow the tips below to help prepare for a new job.



Creating Positive Study Habits

It’s one thing to know you need to use certain study strategies and techniques (e.g. create mind maps, break your work down into small chunks and review your notes regularly). But knowledge of these strategies is only the starting point. Read more:



NSW Police Force – Now Recruiting 

There have been many changes over the years in regard to the NSWPF recruitment process. As such, we have a new web-site and a new Facebook page that would be a great source of information to those students wanting to join.




Now Open – Hotel Career Expo Registrations

7 May

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Registrations now open at: hotelcareerexpo.com.au 

This year it will be bigger and better than ever and will feature six amazing, interactive Career Zones so you can explore all the professional careers that interest you; a “People & Culture Chill Out Zone”, where you can take a load off, grab a coffee, and chat with People & Culture staff from the 22 participating international hotel brands about how you can get your start in the industry; a “Hostplus Seminar Zone” with fascinating seminars on topics including Breaking into your Career and Interviewing for Success; and more.



Defence Jobs Info Sessions

No matter what force you wish to join or the type of defence career, you will find the right event option for you by going to this site:



HSC and Careers Expo – Moore Park

31 May, 9.00am-3.00pm

1 June, 9.00am-3.00pm

2 June, 10.00am-3.00pm

3 June, 10.00am-3.00pm

Information and resources relating to the HSC, including career and study advice, employment opportunities and apprenticeships and traineeship advice.



High School Careers Expo

30 May, 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Hilton Hotel

Organised by the Australian Assoc of Graduate Employers for Year 10,11&12 students, parents and careers advisers. Meet recruiters from employers including: Accenture, APRA, ATO, BDO, Caltex, Downer Group, EY, Honeywell, John Holland Group, Lendlease, Mars, Nestle, PwC, Westpac.

For more information or register your interest email shanan@aage.com.au

NSW High School Study Skills Course

Prepare for the years assignments and exams. 

Organisational skills, exam techniques and stress relief for High School students in years 7 – 12 in 2018!

This six hour workshop will help you power through your assignments and your exam preparation whilst leaving you with strategies to manage your own stress levels. For further information contact enquiries@australiangiftedsupport.com or call 0417 208 562.



Day of STEM 

Day of STEM is a free STEM career awareness program for high-school students. The online program introduces students to Australian STEM industry experts while completing skill-based activities, watching videos and participating in interactive Q&A sessions. The self-guided program showcases the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in future STEM roles. Register at:



State Junior and Senior Music Camps

Junior – Years 5-8: 22 July – 27 July

Senior – Years 8-12:  1 July – 6 July

Talented music students join together for one week each year to receive expert tutelage and develop their performance skills. Participants rehearse and perform high quality repertoire culminating in a concert for families and friends on the final night of the camp.



HelloUni UMAT Study Course

Our product is not only a higher quality evolution of the UMAT preparation services that have existed in their current form for more than a decade.



NIE Simulated UMAT Day Workshop

Find a date and location that suits you from 11 March to 22 July.

Our workshops are designed to cover every section, the various types of UMAT-style questions to be encountered and how to tackle them, and then to check where you are at with respect to UMAT-specific study, throwing a full-blown UMAT NIE practice test at you. How will you fare? How have you been going? Which UMAT style questions still need work? In the intensive one day course you will spend time with our teachers as they go through Logical Reasoning, Understanding People and Non-verbal Reasoning sections. Just after lunch comes the challenge – a sitting of the UMAT under strict UMAT conditions, for the full three hours. Are you ready for the big day yet?


Enhancing The Links 

National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) program Western & South West Sydney will be holding an Enhancing The links seminar on 13th JUNE 2018 in Liverpool. The seminar designed for professionals who are providing support in further education and subsequent employment pathways for people with a disability, mental health or chronic medical condition. REGISTER https://tinyurl.com/yd7nlkob

Local Sporting Champions – Grant Program

This Grant is designed to provide financial assistance for young sportsmen and women aged 12-18. If successful, applicants will receive a $500 grant that can be used towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships, or a School Sport Australia state, national or international championships.



ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened.

It’s a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.

Plan ahead. Requirements: be an Australian citizen; aged between 18 and 24; completed Year 12.

Army Officer – Closes 23 April 2018

Army Artillery Operator – Closes 23 April 2018

Army Infantry Soldier – Closes 14 May 2018

Army Driver – Closes 21 May 2018

Army Administration Assistant – Closes 21 May 2018

Army Warehouse Assistant – Closes 21 May 2018

Army Air Defence Operator – Closes 21 May 2018

Air Force Warehouse Store person – Closes 28 May 2018

Air Force Aviation Support Technician – Closes 28 May 2018

Air Force Airbase Protection and Security – Closes 4 June 2018

Air Force Administration Assistant – Closes 4 June 2018

Closing dates are driven by demand and may close sooner than listed.

Apply here:


Gap Year videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4ftgnrPnpw&list=PLv0sCneygGhee5nNS03odp62fGvJLjKj8&mc_cid=631ab08822&mc_eid=853cf5abd8




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator











Milan’s Miracle Fundraiser Day


On Sunday the 8th of April, 2018, many of the students from Bethany College assisted with the Milan’s Miracle fundraiser day, held at the Sharks Leagues Club. 5 year old Milan is the daughter of Ms Mai, a music teacher at Bethany College. Milan has been battling brain cancer.  Sunday’s fundraiser has greatly assisted in attempting to achieve this goal, and it could not have been made possible without the girls from Bethany. The girls assisted in roles such as face painting, doing hairspray, makeup and glitter, taking photos, selling raffle tickets, dressing as princesses, drawing, performing songs and dances, and so much more. We would like to thank everybody who was involved; without your generosity and support, none of this would have been possible!


Yazmina Rouady, Year 12

P & F Bingo Night


Our one and only fund-raising event for the year is Bingo Night on 18th May.

Details will be forwarded shortly for ticket sales etc.

We would love it if our parents could take the time to donate a PRIZE or a SERVICE GIFT VOUCHER.

If you can help, please email Les Salisbury les.salisbury@bigpond.com

Many thanks. This is a way our community can assist in maintaining and upgrading our facilities at Bethany.



Kind regards, 

P & F Bethany College