Volume 05 - 03 Apr 2015

World Youth Day 2016

Enthusiasm for World Youth Day (WYD) is once again sweeping across the city as archdiocesan schools launch their pilgrimage offerings for WYD Krakow in 2016.

Most of the archdiocese’ 39 high schools will unveil their offerings in the next few weeks as the traditional date for WYD – Palm Sunday – approaches.

WYD is an annual event, with large, international gatherings with the pope held every few years.

A handful of schools have already shared their invitations to WYD during special school assemblies and liturgies, conveying an experience that scores of WYD pilgrims have described as “once in a lifetime” and “life changing”.

Information evenings for parents will follow in May, with students expected to confirm their intention by 17 July, followed by a special, large-scale gathering on 31 July to mark one year until WYD16.

Bethany College’s Year 12 vice captain, Alana Allison, shared her experience of WYD13 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with hundreds of students at a school assembly recently, and of community immersion that is becoming an increasingly popular part of WYD pilgrimages.

“[We were] exposed to a life completely different to our own,” Alana told her fellow students.

“We experienced life changing moments that one-and-a-half years later, are still kept very close to our hearts.”

They included visiting a primary school in the shanty towns of Lima, Peru, where they taught kids how to clean their teeth and wash their hands; rennovating the town’s medical centre; and building stairs to give locals’ better access to their homes, built on very steep slopes.

“The WYD sleep out on Copacabana Beach and getting to see Pope Francis would definitely be up there,” Alana said.

“Meeting people from all across the globe with whom we shared a common faith was incredible and really opened our eyes to the power of faith within our world.

“We swappped flags and souvenirs with all nationalities, [sharing] an incredible bond regardless of language barriers.”

Mark Smith, youth ministry co-ordinator within the Catholic Education Office Sydney (CEO), said there was something special about this WYD, taking place in the picturesque homeland of the event’s late founder, St John Paul II.

“John Paul II was known for his strong and his courageous calling forward of young people. He really believed in young people,” Mr Smith told The Catholic Weekly last week.

“Poland is a beautiful country and not a typical one for travel in Europe. And of course, we will have Pope Francis there – someone who really resonates with young people in that sense of Church in mission.

“It’s a chance for young people to experience a beautiful time in Poland and to meet the worldwide Church community.”

School pilgrimages to WYD will be offered to students who are this year in Year 9 or 10.

Students who will be in Year 11 or 12 in 2016 will not travel with their school but have the option of going to WYD with the archdiocesan office for youth, Catholic Youth Services. Parents can rest assured, Mark said, in knowing that the students will have structure around them, with teachers supervising their children and their children’s peers.

“The archdiocese has got a strong history of teachers going to World Youth Day, in Rio (2013), Madrid (2012) and Sydney (2008) which was the real explosion of WYD here in the diocese.

“The archbishop has called forward teacher pilgrims as well (teachers who won’t be supervising but will join the pilgrimage for their own formation). “That can include primary school teachers … Our young teachers are very much in that youth bracket; [it’s] for their own formation, enrighment and faith. “It’s investing in people,” he said.

Three pilgrimage extensions will be available to schools – to Italy, the Holy Land, and Prague.

The official week-long celebrations of WYD16 will take place in Krakow from 25-31 July, culminating in a final Mass with Pope Francis.

Year 7 – Term 1 Highlights

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of Term 1 already!  I am pleased to report that Year 7 has made a fantastic start to their high school life at Bethany College.  I have had many good reports about the girls from their teachers.  There have been many highlights including the following:-

Camp – for many girls this turns out to be their highlight of the year.  The camp was a great success as all girls got to know other girls in the group.  The girls threw themselves into all the activities which were pool games, dragon boating, billy cart making and racing and initiative games.  Another popular activity was the fashion designing using newspapers.  The fashion parade was a lot of fun.

Enlighten Education workshop “The Journey” – this was a program specifically targeted at girls and their transition from primary to high school.  The girls learned the importance of journal writing, strategies to help them achieve their potential, stress management skills and how to avoid friendship issues.  The girls loved it and gave very positive feedback to the presenter.

Bethany Day – commencing with a beautiful whole-school mass, this was a lovely community day, despite the weather, with many girls dressing up and enjoying the party atmosphere.

This morning the girls completed a survey about bullying at school.  The aim of the survey is to give the girls a ‘voice’ about bullying at Bethany and emphasise that it is not tolerated.  The Working Together – Anti-bullying in Sydney Catholic Schools document for parents defines bullying as ‘repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful, and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.’  This can also include cyberbullying.  It is important that if girls feel they are being bullied or observe bullying at school they should report it to a teacher straight away.

Have a restful Easter break and I look forward to seeing the girls back next term refreshed and revitalised.

Rob Gough

Year 7 Coordinator



Year 10 “Make a Difference” day

On Friday 20 March, Adeline Simon and Melissa Ruz of year 10 represented Bethany College at NSW Parliament House attending the ‘Make a Difference Day’. NSW Parliament launched this new program to coincide with the commemoration of many milestones in the development of democracy worldwide that 2015 brings, namely the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the founding document of English constitutional law; the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Ride that investigated race relations in NSW country towns; and the 25th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela, which led to the demise of apartheid in South Africa.

The day began with a keynote address by by the Hon. Michael Kirby who shared his experiences working on major human rights cases, particularly the 1965 Freedom Rides and the 1992 Mabo Case, and his experiences in bringing about legislative reform as a Justice of the High Court of Australia. Small group sessions then followed which gave Adeline and Melissa an opportunity to share their opinions and work with students from around NSW to develop strategies to address inequalities present in Australia today. This was a great opportunity for these students to explore how Australian democracy works and how to engage as informed and active citizens in our school and local community.

Lara Grimm

Assistant HSIE Coordinator

Additional News

School Communication

Parents/Caregivers of year 10 students should have received an email on Thursday, 12 March 2015, with regard to the subject selection process for the HSC.  This email highlights how and when the selection process is scheduled and the pre-requisites for entry into some more challenging subjects.   

This letter was also emailed to all of our year 10 students. 

An email will be forwarded to year 7 and 9 parents/caregivers on 1 April, 2015, with regard to the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy 2015 (NAPLAN). 

A reminder to parents, in order to ensure continued receipt of parent and school communications, please notify the school office if there is a recent change to your email address. 

Change of address forms can be located in the school office or an email can be sent to info@bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au.






“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

Tommy Lasorda

Term 1 SCC Sport

Congratulations to the Open Cricket team and the Open Touch team who have made the SCC Grand Final. Both teams will play MSJ this Thursday; we wish them the best of luck.


Recently Mrs Barnes attended the ACHPER Community and Family Studies HSC Marking Simulation Workshop. This professional development day is a great chance to collaborate with other CAFS teachers and to extend knowledge and skills. Mrs Barnes will be sharing her expertise with other PDHPE teachers and her senior students.


Coming Events

SCC Cross Country            8th May         

CGSSSA Basketball           20th May

CGSSSA Soccer                 25th and 26th May

CGSSSA Gymnastics         3rd June

School Athletics Carnival   17th June

CGSSSA Netball                 17th June


Term 2 SCC Sports

Senior Soccer (Y10-12)

Senior Netball (Y10-12)

Intermediate Netball (Y8/9)

Junior Netball (Y7)



Mrs Oliver

PDHPE Teacher



UNSW: Getting into Medicine

UNSW has put together information for students wanting to know more about the application process for studying medicine at UNSW.

Australian Catholic University: 2015 Undergraduate Course Guide


Hobsons Course Finder: Uni Myths Debunked


Career FAQs: Government Financial Assistance

This article outlines the government fee assistance available to students studying post-school


Hobsons Course Finder: Five Advantages of Apprenticeships and Traineeships


Academy of Information Technology: Free Digital Workshops

Sat 11th April, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Level 2, 7 Kelly Street, Ultimo
AIT offers free day-workshops designed to boost participants skills and help prospective students make decisions about future study. Students can attend either an Intro to 3D Animation, Intro to Film Editing or Intro to Game Design workshop. 

Nature Care College: Healthy Careers Day

Sat 9th May, 10.00am – 2.00pm, 46 Nicholson Street, St Leonards

The healthy careers day will include a college presentation, informative talks with a course advisor and an opportunity to tour the campus.

Contact: 02 8423 8333 or info@naturecare.com.au


Sydney Film: School Open Day
Sat 9th May, 2.00pm – 5.00pm, 92 Cope Street, Waterloo

View a number of short films produced by SFS students, learn about the training available at SFS and speak to teachers and students.


Graduate Opportunities 2015 E-Book

Graduate Opportunities E-Book is a Jobs Directory that contains Graduate and Undergraduate Programs from employers and other organisations for students and graduates.

The online copy is free and can be downloaded by visiting:


University of Sydney: Meet Sydney Information Evening – Canberra
Thu 14th May, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Park Hyatt, 120 Commonwealth Avenue

Learn about scholarships, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and speak with University of Sydney staff and a student.

Defence Force University Sponsorship

The Defence University Sponsorship allows students to study an accredited degree at any Australian university and graduate with a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force.


University of Melbourne Interstate Information Day

Thu 9th April, The University of Melbourne, Parkville campus

The University of Melbourne have an information day during the April school holidays for interstate students and their families to find out about the courses they have on offer, applying through VTAC, and moving to Melbourne. Attendees will be able to tour the campus including one of the residential colleges.


Australian Veteran’s Children Assistance Trust Scholarships 2015

Applications open Tue 18th August and close Sat 31st October

The Australian Veteran’s Children Assistance Trust, provides scholarships based on need and merit to children and grandchildren of ex-serviceman or women to study at TAFE, university, or a private college.


U.S. Undergraduate and Sport Scholarship Information Sessions

Undergraduate + Sports Scholarship Information Session
Wed 8th April, US Consulate General, Level 10, MLC Center, 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney
RSVP: Mon 6th April

A free information session on the US undergraduate application process and NCAA eligibility process. The information session will be divided into two segments, general application and sports scholarships. Those not interested in sports scholarships can choose to leave at the conclusion of the general application session.

Undergraduate Information Session

Fri 17th April, US Consulate General, Level 10, MLC Center, 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney

RSVP: Wed 15th April

A free information session on the US undergraduate application process.

Contact: (02) 9373 9230 or edadvsyd@gmail.com


Sydney TAFE: Info Seminar for Year 10, 11 or 12 Students and Parents

Tue 28th April, 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Sydney TAFE Building W: Level 8 (old Marcus Clark Bldg) 827-839 George Street.

Students and their parents are invited to Sydney TAFE to get information about courses, important steps in career planning, entry from TVET to trades and higher education, and support available to TAFE students.

Contact: 02 9217 4854 or Sydney.CareerAdvice@tafensw.edu.au


Australian Apprenticeships Government Website

This website is an invaluable resource providing information on apprenticeship programs, location of apprenticeship centres, government initiatives and recent publications regarding apprentice work force changes.


CATC Design School: Open House

Thu 16th April, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, 46-52 Mountain St Ultimo

Meet students and course coordinators; get information about courses in graphic design, interior design and photo imaging.

Contact: 1300 661 111 or enquiries@catc.edu.au


APM College of Business and Communication: Open House

Tue 28th April, Wed 6th May and Fri 8th May, The Rocks Campus, 1 – 5 Hickson Road, Sydney

View the new campus, speak to students & staff, and learn about the course and career options available at APM College of Business and Communication.
Contact: 1300 880 610


Billy Blue College of Design: Open House

Thu 16th April, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo

Meet students as well as course and career advisors who are available to answer questions about enrolment.


Australian College of Applied Psychology: Information Session
Wed 6th May, 6.00pm, Level 5, 11 York Street, Sydney
Discover the courses on offer at the ACAP, take a tour of the campus, speak to staff and students about student life and studying at ACAP.


AFTRS: Information Day

Sat 30th May, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Speak to staff and students, view the facilities and learn out how to prepare an application to study at AFTRS.


Endeavour College of Natural Health: Manual Therapies Course Showcase

Wed 29th April, 5.30pm – 7.00pm, 815 – 825 George St, Level 2 Sydney

Watch live demonstrations, get hands-on, and speak to teachers about their Diploma of Remedial Massage, Diploma of Tui Na Massage and Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice.


William Blue College of Hospitality Management: Day in the Life

Tue 14th April, 10.00am – 4.00pm, The Rocks Campus, 1-5 Hickson Road

Cost: $50

Participate in practical workshops, view the facilities, enjoy a meal from the student-run restaurant and attend a Q and A session.

Contact: 1300 851 237 or enquiries@williamblue.edu.au


William Blue College of Hospitality Management: Open Day

Sun 3rd May, 11.00am – 3.00pm, The Rocks Campus, 1-5 Hickson Road

Take a guided tour of the campus, meet representatives from industry, learn about flexible study options and get guidance about FEE HELP and VET-FEE HELP.

Contact: 1300 851 237 or enquiries@williamblue.edu.au


HSC in the Holidays: “Ace the HSC” Charity Seminars 2015

Tue 5th May, UTS, Building 5

Tue 26th May, UOW Wollongong, Building 67

The Charity Seminar will provide strategies to reduce anxiety, tips to improve HSC English marks, study and examination advice and will conclude with a Q and A session.


University of Sydney HSC Essay Writing Course
Upcoming courses commence: Tue 7th April – Fri 10th April, University of Sydney, Camperdown
This course for senior high school students will teach them how to properly write essays in a HSC exam situation.


Defence Force Australia: Information Sessions

Sydney – Women in Defence: Tue 7th April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street Parramatta

Sydney – Engineering Careers: Tue 7th April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street Parramatta

Sydney – Health Careers: Wed 8th April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street Parramatta

Online – Health Facebook Q and A: Thu 9th April, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Sydney – Navy Careers: Tue 14th April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street

Sydney – Air Force Careers: Mon 20th April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street, Parramatta

Wollongong – Army Reserve: Tue 21st April, 6.30pm, 91 Gipps Street

Sydney – Army Careers: Thu 23rd April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street

Sydney – Officer: Wed 29th April, 6.30pm, 9 George Street Parramatta


Defence Force Australia: Sydney – Women in Defence 

TSFX Exam Study Tip #2: Homework and Study Banks

This tip outlines the benefits of participating in regular study, and suggests a study schedule for students in years 11 and 12. 


Rural Career Guide

The Rural Skills Australia website has a Rural Career Guide for students, job seekers, parents, educators, careers advisers and employers to find out about job, education and training opportunities in rural industries.


AFS Open Day – Online

AFS run exchange programs across the world, and Open Days are the chance to find out about the programs on offer. Online sessions begin at 7pm (Sydney time) on the following dates:

–          Tuesday 14th April

–          Wednesday 20th May

–          Tuesday 16th June

–          Wednesday 15th July


Construct My Career

This resource provides news and information on the construction and property services industry. The website aims to showcase the breadth of careers available in the construction and property industry, while highlighting education and participation opportunities such as scholarships and mentor programs. 


Youth Off The Streets 2015 Scholarship Program Nominations Close  (Click on the heading as the link)

Nominations for the Program close Fri 3rd April
Provides financial support for young people who need help to pursue their talents. The scholarship is valued at $6,000 and can be used in any education or training course.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
Free Workshops

Date : 8th Apr 2015 Time : 10am – 3pm Venue : All
AIE Campuses

Cost : FREE Contact : Simon Freeman : simonf@aie.edu.au

AIE Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries.
During the day, students will participate in hands-on workshops using industry standard software in a fun and creative environment.

Students will also learn about the different pathways to get into the industry,what should be in a portfolio and get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools.

For more information head to http://www.aie.edu.au/ied

 Macquarie University Campus Tour

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

Venue : Macquarie University Cost : FREE

Contact : Helena Cantrall : futurestudents@mq.edu.au

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.

Macquarie University ‘Macquarie in a Day’

Date : 16th Apr 2015 Time : 8.30am – 3pm Venue : Macquarie University

Cost : FREE Contact : Tristan Tulloch : futurestudents@mq.edu.au

This is a chance for Year 11 and 12 students to taste what university will be like by experiencing a day in the life of a university student. They will be able to select subject streams and attend lectures, spending the day with other Year 11 and 12 students as well as our Macquarie undergraduates.

School holiday trial-a-trade and Info Session

Date14th Apr 2015 Time : 10:00 – 12 noon Cost: FREE

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

Contact : Anna Klingberg : (02)9125 5179

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



Holy Week Reflection

Holy Week 2015 begins on Palm Sunday, 29 March and ends on Holy Saturday, 4 April. It is the last week of lent season or the week before Easter Sunday. Christians around the world commemorate the Passion of Christ during Holy Week which also includes Holy Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

Holy Week is special for Christians as it marks the last days of Jesus Christ on earth. According to the Bible, Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, washed the feet of His disciples on Holy Thursday and was crucified on Good Friday before resurrection on Easter. Christians observe the week in penance, fasting and sending good wishes to friends, relatives and loved ones. Here are five inspirational quotes, sayings and reflections of Holy Week:

  1. “Life is a precious gift, but we realize this only when we give it to others.” – Pope Francis
  2. “When Christ entered into Jerusalem the people spread garments in the way: when He enters into our hearts, we pull off our own righteousness, and not only lay it under Christ’s feet but even trample upon it ourselves.” — Augustus Toplady
  3. “The closer a person is to God, the closer he is to people.” – Pope Benedict XVI
  4. “Merciful God, release us from the time of trial and oppression that we may witness to the eternal hope of grief becoming joy and life rising from death. Amen.” – Unknown
  5. “We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.” – Elisabeth Ellio

A number of our students, along with the boys from Marist College Kogarah, will be involved in the re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at St Mary MacKillop Parish, Rockdale at 10 am on Friday 3 April. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Prayer for Holy Week

O God,

be with us at all times,

and especially when we feel abandoned.

Lift us from despair to hope,

from fear to courage,

from doubt to faith,

from hatred to love.

Through Christ our Lord.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Catholic schools have the responsibility to promote cultures of trust, cooperation and respect in the lived experience of the Catholic Christian setting. Bullying in a school mitigates such a culture and inhibits the development of positive relational outcomes for the common good of students, teachers and caregivers. It is the goal of Bethany College to promote a safe environment where every individual may grow and develop. Well-articulated, understood and implemented policies and procedures facilitate such a goal and minimise the risk of inappropriate behaviours becoming accepted, tolerated or even endemic.

“…..(Catholic) schools will have as their goal the formation of Christian disciples, with appropriate world view, character and behaviour.” (Catholic Schools at the Crossroads, p14)

The modelling of positive behaviours and anti-bullying strategies in schools has become an important aspect of student learning and parent reporting. It is also necessary for students to be involved in the evaluation of processes, for regular policy review and dialogue at staff level and for easy policy access for parents and the community.  “The goals of anti-bullying initiatives also align with the teaching in schools of socio-moral values such as respect, support/care, cooperation, acceptance or difference and inclusion” (McGrath & Noble, 2003).

Whilst there is no definitive and universally accepted definition of bullying, the most influential research in the area of what constitutes bullying has been proposed by Olweus (1993):

“…bullying may be defined as a student being exposed, repeatedly and over time, to intentional injury or discomfort inflicted by one or more other students. This may include physical contact, verbal assault, making obscene gestures or facial expressions, and intentionally excluding the student.”

This is the definition that we have adopted at Bethany. Arguments between girls is normal and to be expected and much anger and resentment can build; but this is not bullying. Very poor behaviour may result from a fight may need to be reported and dealt with as a serious incident but it is not bullying if it is not repeated and used to exert power over another.

If a student makes a report that she is being bullied, the following responses will occur:

  • Initial investigation will occur including a Student Interview with the relevant Year Coordinator, Assistant Principal or Principal.
  • Necessary documentation will occur at this stage including the completion of the relevant initial action tool, and written statements from all major stake holders.
  • Consultation between the Year coordinator and other members of the pastoral team.
  • Parental contact by phone, this may also include formal notification through letter.
  • Restorative Justice Conference for all major stakeholders.
  • Parental Interview.
  • Counselling (either by the school counsellor or referral to an external agency).
  • Participation in Wellbeing or Social Skills programs.
  • Placement within the school discipline system.
  • The severity of the incident will determine the behavioural management response. (records to be stored on school data base) Internal Suspension, External Suspension, Conditional Enrolment.
  • Exclusion, investigation of alternative educational options.
  • Regular monitoring of all involved by relevant Year coordinator or delegate.
  • Police intervention – situations when police intervention is required in cases of  bullying (e.g. Possession  of  weapon, extreme assault) and cyber bullying (e.g.sexting)

We are steadily surveying our Years 7 to 12 students (Year 12 will undertake theirs after their exams conclude, at the start of Term 2) and I publish some of our results below:

We undertake the surveys quietly, online as a whole group. Before the students commence, the Year Coordinator is careful in outlining the purpose of the data collection and reminds the girls about our definition of bullying. A fight between girls is not necessarily bullying.

A person is bullied when they are exposed regularly and over time to negative actions on the part of one or more persons. Bullies are people who deliberately set out to intimidate, exclude, threaten and/or hurt others repeatedly. They can operate alone or as a group.

Key features: 

  • an initial desire to hurt
  • the desire is acted upon
  • imbalance of power
  • the action is without justification
  • the behaviour is repeated
  • the bully enjoys hurting the victim

Do   you think this school is safe

Yes   (%)

No   (%)

Year 11



Year 10



Year 9



Year 8



Year 7






Types   of bullying that have happened to YOU in this school, this year:


Year   11

Year   10

Year   9

Year   8

Year   7

I have not been bullied






Physical bullying – eg hit, kicked,   pushed on purpose






Verbal bullying – eg called names,   laughed at, rumours or gossip spread about you






Social bullying – eg no-one would talk   to you, people excluding you






Psychological bullying – eg threatened,   mean looks, stolen or damaged belongings






Cyberbullying – eg negative comments on   facebook, askfm, snapchat, inappropriate SMS messages






We also asked girls to nominate any victim or perpetrator they have witnessed in the school and we will be working with these students to support (in case of victim) and re-educate (perpetrator) them. It is very interesting to see the results change as the girls mature. The use of social media to hurt others seems to reach its peak around Year 8 and then drops away as girls learn to use the medium more responsibly.  Once Year 12 surveys are complete, this table will be re-published for your information. We will continue to work hard to ensure the very best practice in pastoral care in our zero-tolerance, anti-bullying College.

A Prayer For Those Who Are Bullied

                        Let us remember that when we laugh at someone, they feel pain.

Let us remember that when we pick on someone

they are angry but also afraid.

Let us remember that when we don’t stick up for

someone who is being bullied,they are alone.

Let us remember that we bully because we want to feel strong, the boss.

But are we? What have we done?

We have forgotten our own fear by making others frightened.

We have forgotten our own loneliness by leaving one of us alone.

We have hidden our own nightmare in another’s terror.

It is no longer enough to be sorry.

It is no longer enough to boast and swagger.

These attitudes are hollow, skating on the thin ice of our own fears,

our own hates.

May we have the courage to confront ourselves in the ‘not me’, ‘don’t want to

know’, ‘it’s their problem’, I’m not involved’.

For we are all hurt, all afraid, all alone, all different, all me,

and the world is allours.

We all have only one life.


Community News

  • Mrs Symes’ arm surgery recovery is not progressing as speedily as she would have wished. We wish her all the best.
  • We keep Madison Dias (Year 12) and her family in our prayers. Her mother is in hospital facing a serious medical crisis.
  • Similarly, we keep Mrs Benson and her family in our prayers following the recent loss of her beloved father, Bryan Benson. May the souls of these dearly departed loved ones in our community rest in peace.


Student Laptop Progam

Students will continue to be reminded that the College has an extensive laptop program and as such, students ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING IN THEIR OWN DEVICES.

There are many reasons for this:

  • We wish to know that all wifi users are authenticated people from the Bethany Network.
  • We reserve the right at any time to take up machine and do a thorough search of internet history in order to protect students from their own, ill-advised online activities
  • We can easily “re-image” machines to a school-ready working order with the software parents have already paid for.
  • Teachers and students using the same devices means more time focused on LEARNING than on technical issues.

For these and many other reasons, laptops other than the one assigned to your daughter will be impounded.

Parents have reported to me that they purchased other devices for their daughter after a school laptop has failed. Quotes from external technicians are indeed very high so it seems more prudent to buy a new device. However, we have a strong warranty relationship with HP for the life of each laptop. In our commercial arrangement, warranty repairs are for the three years of the laptop issue and most problems are fixed at no cost to parents.

Unloved and vandalised machines will be fixed and the maximum cost to parents is $100. Students should not be rewarded for callous disregard of their learning tool by the immediate purchase of a macbook pro!

If your daughter reports an issue to you about her machine, ask her to drop it into the ICT office ASAP for repair and maintenance. If it cannot be fixed under warranty and the issue has not been as a result of student negligence, she will be issued another school-approved device.

Reminder about traffic congestion and observances

With four large schools, a nursing home, Catholic Church and a day care centre all within a 100 metre radius, it is no wonder that the traffic around our school is causing us all much frustration. When the Sisters of Charity established the primary and secondary schools in Hurstville in 1886 and 1895 respectively, this was a greenfield site with lots of open space and room to move. The urban environment that Bethany is hemmed in by is a difficult one for vehicles. We are bounded by two very busy roads, Croydon and Forest, with the only “quieter” street being Waratah St. Please help us to avoid a serious accident or injury to one of our girls by:

  • Dropping your daughter off in Waratah St between 8.00 and 8.15am before the primary school rush
  • DO NOT drop off your daughter in Croydon Road. The Parish drop off zone is a NO GO ZONE.  All morning and afternoon drop off and pick-ups are from Waratah Street only.
  • DO NOT park across the school drive next to the Church. It is illegal, impedes traffic in the morning. I have watched parents pull in and attempt three and four point turns with staff behind them awaiting entry and traffic banking back too.
  • Consider dropping and picking up your daughter in Botany Street, across the road. It’s faster, and safer.

I appreciate your support with this. A reminder that if you wish to visit the Uniform Shop,  buzz the intercom and drive in. We have two spots vacant each day for parents needing to quickly access the shop, make payments with the bursar or see a teacher with whom they have an appointment.

Our mantra:

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


Vicki Lavorato





























From The Assistant Principal

The Easter break is an excellent time to get the winter uniform out and check its length as many of the students have grown significantly taller over the last two terms. The winter uniform needs to be worn after Mother’s Day on May 10. This gives ample time for any necessary purchases to be made at the uniform shop.

Winter Uniform

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

Year 7The College Blazer is the compulsory outer garment to be worn to and   from school.

Year 8 and 9 -The College blazer is optional however if a student does not have a blazer, the College cardigan 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.


Sport Uniform (Years 7-10)

  • College tracksuit long pants and jacket (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

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

For extra warmth in winter students may wear:

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

 General Uniform

  • College Badge should be worn with   the uniform
  • Plain leather flat lace up shoes
  • Make up should not be worn to  school
  • hair should be tied back and a  natural, uniform colour
  • nails should be natural looking and kept to an appropriate length to allow students to conduct school work   unimpeded and prevent a student harming themselves or others. Only clear nail polish may be worn. No French tips will be permitted.
  • No visible facial piercing or  tattoos will be accepted.
  • jewellery-the only jewellery that is permitted is

○      One set of small studs worn in the lowest part of the ear lobe- no other piercings

○      one watch

○      one gold or silver chain with a Christian symbol

  • College Bag- The bag is designed to be worn high on the student’s backs, it is therefore advised that straps are done up to avoid unnecessary stress on the students.

 Important dates for Term 2                        

  • 20 April: School resumes
  • 7 May: Mother’s Day Mass and Breakfast
  • 8 May: Staff Development Day (Collaboration) /Pupil Free Day
  • 12-15 May: NAPLAN
  • 13 May: Yr. 12 Parent/student/teacher interviews
  • 5 June: Staff Development Day (Assessment and Feedback)/ Pupil Free Day
  • 8 June: Queens Birthday long weekend
  • 17 June: Athletics Carnival
  • 26 June: 7-11 Parent/student/teacher interviews
  • 26 June: Term 2 concludes


I have had conversations with many parents and students, asking about the best way to get organised and to be prepared for these punctuation marks in a students learning. Class teachers are the best people to advise the students on how to prepare for the task at hand, and the college assessment handbook is a great guide.  There are also a number of ways parents can generally support their daughters to achieve their best. At times students can be reluctant to discuss exams and assessments with parents, however as a “golden rule” try to stay positive and upbeat, remembering that assessment is about measuring progress at a point in time, so we know where to go from here. 


  • Get your daughter to help you access the assessment calendars on Bethanet then map out the dates on a calendar or planner at home and pop it in a visible place.
  • As the date approaches ask your daughter about the exam/ assignment. Ideally this should happen a few weeks prior to the assessment (that’s why a calendar is a good idea). Ask to have a look at the assessment notification and ask your daughter:
    • What topics are being tested/ what product do you need to create?
    • What is the structure of the exam/ assignment ie. what types of questions and how much are they worth?/
    • What sort of studying should I be doing for this exam?/ what information do I need to convey?

 If they have a number of exams it is a good idea to collect the information in an examination preparation grid







Eg Italian


Common objects


People places & things



May 16th



1.5 Hrs

(90 mins)



20 multiple choice

2 sections each worth 30 marks

80 marks total

20 mins mult.choice

30 mins section 1

30 mins section 2

10 mins checking



Ask/ help your daughter make a list of all the things they need to study/ do the assessment.

Get them to explain what is required / concepts to you


Suggest that your daughter draw up a table that shows each week and how much time there is until the assessment.  Write in each of the assessments.. Write in all commitments like sport etc – any time where they won’t be able to study so they can see how much time is left. Remember: take breaks and study/ prepare for the ‘hardest’ subject first and generally work in one hour blocks.


Main things to remember for exams:

  • study notes are the first stage of  revision- ask your daughter if they have some.
  • Your daughter needs to spend time learning, understanding and remembering the information and then TESTING herself to see if you are able to recall this information in a test situation.
  • Suggest your daughter keep a list of things she needs to ask her teacher.
  • If your daughter is unsure of how to study for her subject encourage her to ask her teacher for some suggestions.


Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal






What’s Happening in Religious Education

Holy Week

We are in the midst of the holiest week of the liturgical year for Christians; Holy Week. During this week, Jesus stayed with his close friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus in Jerusalem. It was at Bethany that he felt welcomed. It is during Holy Week that Jesus was arrested, tried, tortured and then crucified, culminating in His resurrection of Easter Sunday, the greatest day of celebration for Christians. As we commemorate the events of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, we remember the hope that is the season of Easter.

Year 7 Being Catholic program 2015

Fifty Year 7 students have participated in the school developed program, Being Catholic this term. This program was to introduce students from non-Catholic primary schools to aspects of the Catholic tradition. Participating students received their certificates of participation during the final session on Friday 27 March. Thank you to Mr Gough and Mr Currao for their support in the presentation of the program.

Here is some feedback from participating students regarding the program:

“I was able to think about why Catholics do different things.”

“Thank you for answering my questions.”

“I enjoyed going to St Michael’s and being able to look around.”

“I learnt about the different Catholic saints.  I really enjoyed ‘Being Catholic’.”

Year 10 Reflection Day

Year 10 students participated in a day of reflection on the theme, My Giftedness. The keynote speaker was Sam Clear who spoke of his journey for unity around the world.

Below are student responses to One thing I learnt from the day was:

  • That everyone has the power to make a change, no matter if they’re poor or rich, everyone can make a difference.
  • If you are determined you can do anything.
  • To never give up, God will guide you through everything no matter what it is, always have faith, have faith/hope/love/trust in yourself and God.
  • That you can achieve your giftedness.
  • If I allow my gifts to shine through, I will be able to become a better and happier person in life.
  • what gratefulness and faith really meant.

Thank you to the Year 10 Religious Education team who helped run the day: Mrs Pelham, Mrs Colreavy, Mrs Pentland, Mr Martin, Mrs Sullivan, Ms Freeth and Mrs Vale.


Mary Kleist

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

WYD 2016