Volume 6 - 05 May 2017


Dear Parents & Carers,

It is with a sense of great joy I write to you as the ‘Acting Principal’ of Bethany College.  In my role as the Executive Director of Sydney Catholic Schools, I believe it is critical for system leaders to stay in touch with the reality of the day to day life of our schools.

My week at Bethany has been a most rewarding and insightful experience.  Over the past few days I have met extensively with a range of parent, parish and staff groups, had the pleasure of teaching a number of RE classes and leading a staff spirituality twilight gathering.  In every interaction I have been deeply impressed by the professionalism, the positive school culture and the wonderful learning opportunities that are available to our young women.  The staff at Bethany are outstanding Catholic educators and it is apparent from a close examination of the data that the College is achieving excellent academic results.  I’ve also been impressed by the spiritual culture of the College, the vibrancy of the Catholic ethos and the passion of the girls for social justice and Christian outreach was evident for all to see.

Finally a word about your daughters.  When a visitor enters a new community, they always have a few anxious moments wondering how they will be received.  I can assure you that this ‘visitor’ has experienced a most gracious and warm welcome from your girls.  Their pride in their College, their mature, courteous behavior and their willingness to whole heartedly engage with their learning has been wonderful to encounter.  They truly are a credit to their parents and their school.  Thank you for the opportunity of ‘belonging’ to this special community this week.

(P.S.  Happy Mothers’ Day to all mums next week)


Dr Dan White

Acting Principal

SCS Media Response to GONSKI

























2017 Student Residential Address Collection

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • 8/5:  P&F Meeting – 7.00 – 8.30p.m. – Fr Ron Harden Library
  • 9/5-11/5: NAPLAN Years 7 and 9

  • 11/5: Mother’s Day Mass, 7:30 am – St Michael’s followed by breakfast 8.00- 8:30

  • 15/5: Students to wear full winter uniform

  • 22/5: Year 12 PTS interviews:  4-7.30pm

  • 25/5: 2018 Europe Information night:  6.00 – 7.00p.m.
  • 29/5-1/6 : Year 10 Assessment block


Resolving Conflict Around Homework


Some of the most common arguments at home (related to schoolwork!) lead to statements like this:                                               

  • “Stop playing computer games and do your homework.”
  • “I told you, get off your phone, I can see you are on Facebook.”
  • “Why haven’t you started your homework yet?”
  • “What do you mean you have no schoolwork to do?”

If these are common refrains in your household there are some simple steps that can be taken to deal with this.

Step 1: Family meeting. Both students and parents get a chance to explain what is bugging them.

Step 2: Agree on how much time will be allocated to schoolwork per day or per week.  And use the guidelines in the College Planner to assist.

Step 3: Agree that during this time homework will be the first priority, then assessments and any remaining time should be spent on independent learning (e.g. reviewing difficult work, making summaries).

Step 4: Allocate set times for schoolwork and write these out and put them on the fridge e.g. Monday 4-5pm, 6-6.30pm.

Step 5: Agree that in these blocks of time, there will be no personal technology use (preferably phones switched off and put out of sight).

Step 6: Decide on rewards and consequences if the agreement is not honoured.


 Bethany College Europe Study Tour
























































If you are interested please email: jacinta.russo@syd.catholic.edu.au

Academy Travel will hold an information evening for parents and students on Thursday 25/5, between 6 and 7pm at the College



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal


What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

During the Easter school holidays, our students joined together with Kogarah Marist and led the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at Bexley Parish.  This is a yearly initiative that allows our students to lead their local parish community in a prayerful and very beautiful expression of the Passion of our Lord.  Our students are to be congratulated on the way they conducted themselves and led this community.  It was a very moving and prayerful experience and certainly gave all of the congregation something to reflect on and ponder in their lead up to the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.  Thanks too, are extended to Ms Wood and Miss Napoli for their time in preparing the students.  They definitely did us proud!


As we enter the month of May, we are reminded that this month is dedicated to Mary.

The rosary, a “contemplative and Christocentric prayer, inseparable from the meditation of sacred Scripture,” is “the prayer of the Christian who advances in the pilgrimage of faith, in the following of Jesus, preceded by Mary.”

-Pope Benedict XVI, Invitation to Families to Pray the Rosary, Oct. 1, 2006

Why we pray the rosary

In imitation of Christ we entrust ourselves into the hands of Mary in order to take full advantage of the maternal role the Father has given her in our lives.  Through the Rosary, Mary cooperates with the Holy Spirit to educate and form her children in the image of Jesus.  Through her intercession Mary disposes her children to know and to receive the grace to do her Son’s will.


Perhaps during May, you might consider praying a Hail Mary everyday, or even saying a decade of the Rosary.  I have added below a list of the mysteries used in praying the Rosary.  These mysteries drawn directly from Scripture allow us to focus on the events of the life of Jesus as witnessed by Mary


The Mysteries of The Rosary


Mondays and Saturdays

  1. The Annunciation (Lk 1: 26-38)
  2. The Visitation (Lk 1: 39-56)
  3. The Nativity (Lk 2: 1-20)
  4. The Presentation (Lk 2: 22-38)
  5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Lk 2: 41-52)



  1. The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan (Mt 3: 13-17 / Mk 1: 4-11)
  2. The Manifestation of Christ at the wedding of Cana (Jn 2: 1-11)
  3. The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, with his call to conversion (Mt 4: 12-25 / Mk 1: 15 & 2: 3-13 / Lk 7: 47-48 / Jn 20: 22-23)
  4. The Transfiguration (Mt 17: 1-9 / Lk 9: 28-36)
  5. The Institution of the Eucharist (Lk 22: 14-20 / Jn 13: 1)


Tuesday and Friday

  1. The Agony in the Garden (Mt 26: 36-56)
  2. The Scourging at the Pillar (Is 53: 1-12 / Mk 15: 1-15)
  3. The Crowning with Thorns (Mk 15: 16-20 / Mt 27: 27-31)
  4. The Carrying of the Cross (Lk 23 : 26-32 / Mk 10: 17-21)
  5. The Crucifixion (Jn 19: 17-30 / Mt 27: 35-56)


Wednesdays and Sundays

  1. The Resurrection (Mt 28: 1-15 / Lk 24: 1-49 / Mk 16: 1-18)
  2. The Ascension (Acts 1: 3-11)
  3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2: 1-21)
  4. The Assumption (Rev 12: 1)
  5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Lk 1: 46-55)


Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Vinnies Night Patrol


Thunder, lightning and a little bit of heavy rain didn’t stop a select team of Bethany College staff members from embarking on a mission to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate, on Sunday 9 April.

In preparation for this particular evening, all staff worked together to donate and package a myriad of food and beverages from juice poppers to chips, fruit and muesli bars.

Upon arrival at St Vincent De Paul Society headquarters in Lewisham, formally known as Mary MacKillop Outreach (MMO), and guided by team leader Ann Freeman, college staff loaded the Vinnies truck with as many snacks and coffee supplies as possible. Plastic ponchos at the ready, staff buckled up their seatbelts and prepared for the first destination.

At the first stop at Ward Park, Devonshire Street, despite the cold and heavy rain, staff and customers were in high spirits. Amid the ever-pouring rain, everyone joined together to sing Bon Jovi’s famous ‘Living on a Prayer’. There were a few dance moves and singing voices ‘whipped’ out by staff members, which are better left on Devonshire Street. It was an experience to never be forgotten, allowing staff to put into perspective just how difficult life on the street would be, particularly in such uncomfortable weather conditions.

The next stop was a busy one, with long queues starting to form as soon as our mini bus pulled up in its designated area on Phillip Street, Martin Place. It was clear within seconds that all of our customers were after one thing, and one thing only, COFFEE. There were some experienced coffee connoisseurs among the crowd, who gave our warm beverages a big tick of approval. Thank you to Anna Charas, our in house barista for the evening. And how could we forget Lauren Cox, on cordial duties.

Sydney Night Patrol was an experience, which provided staff with a wealth of opportunity to help those in need within our local community. This bonding experience made clear that compassion; empathy and a genuine will to aid the less fortunate will never go astray, particularly when working together. It really is true what they say; many hands make light work, take it from the staff at Bethany College.

Thank you to staff members Tess Napoli, Kelly Smit, Connie Georgiou, Kahlie Taouk, Kathy Vale, Rochelle Bailey, Lauren Cox, Kirsty Soles and Anna Charas for attending.

Miss Kahlie Taouk




Careers Update

Welcome back to what promises to be another busy school term. Along with the many presentations I have planned for this term during lunchtimes,  I, along with Mr. Fitzpatrick, the VET Coordinator at Marist College Kogarah have planned an Information Evening which will look at how to utilise the JobJump website to source information on subject selections, post school options, scholarships and much more.

This is an opportunity for both students and parents to learn more about where to source information that will assist students in making informed decisions about their subject choices and future directions post school.  (Refer to the attached flyer)


Presentations organised for Term 2

The following presentations have been organised for Term 2. Please encourage your daughters to attend as many of these talks as possible so as to gain a greater awareness of the varied post school options that are available to them:

10 May        University of Arts London (courses) – Lunchtime, Room: SO301

                        Global Volunteering – Lunchtime, Room: SO308

19 May        UTS (courses) and Accounting Scholarships – Lunchtime, Room: Theatre

5 June          UNSW (courses) – Lunchtime, Room: Theatre

14 June       Camp America – Lunchtime, Room: SO301





Australian Catholic University Open Days

Canberra. 26 August

North Sydney. 2 September

Strathfield. 9 September



Experience La Trobe

26 May

Albury-Wodonga Campus



Macquarie University Open Day

19 August



Southern Cross University Open Day

Monday 4 December Coffs Harbour

Tuesday 5 December Lismore

Thursday 7 December Gold Coast



University of Canberra Open Day

26 August

Bruce Campus



University of the Arts London Info Session

27 March. 5.00pm to 7.00pm

CQ University Building, Student Recreation Area, 400 Kent Street, Sydney

Art, Design and Communications presentations.

Email: ual@bcic.co.uk or phone: (02)92833028.



University of New England Open Day

5 May



The University of Newcastle Open Days

Central Coast – 12 August. 10.00am to 2.00pm


Newcastle. 19 August. 10.00am to 4.00pm



University of Notre Dame Open Day

26 August



University of Sydney Open Day

26 August. 9.00am to 4.00pm

Camperdown and Darlington Campuses



Meet Sydney – Canberra

11 May

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra

Undergraduate Scholarship Workshop 4.00 to 5.30pm

Meet Sydney Information Evening . 6 .00 to 8.00pm



UTS Open Day

26 August. 9.00am to 4.00pm



University of Wollongong Open Day

19 August

Contact: 1300 367 869 or futurestudents@uow.edu.au



Western Sydney University Open Day

27 August. 10.00am to 2.00pm

Parramatta Campus.





University of Sydney Scholarships Year 12 Information Evening

20 June. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

ABS Auditorium

Abercrombie Street & Codrington Street, Sydney

If you are a Year 12 student, join us on campus for a informative evening where current students and staff will answer the important questions on scholarships: what scholarships are offered at the University of Sydney? what does it take to submit a successful scholarship application? What are the broad ranges of opportunities available to scholarship holders? Representatives from our residential colleges and Elite Athlete Program will also be on hand to answer any further questions you may have.



Save the Day in Communications – Experience University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Day 2017

6 July. 9.00am to 3.00pm

Watch this link. More info to follow.



UTS Law Undergraduate Info Evening for Years 11 & 12s and Parents

21 June. 6.00 to 8.00pm

UTS Haymarket Campus – Building 5, Block B. Corner of Quay St & Ultimo Rd, Haymarket, Sydney.

Register: http://www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-law/events/law-undergraduate-info-evening


Australian National University (ANU) Girls in Engineering and Technology Program

19 July. 8.30am to 4.00pm

Years 11 and 12 girls keen on a engineering or technology career. Register at:



University of New South Wales (UNSW) Year 10 Subject Selection Evenings

10 May. 6.15pm to 7.30pm


23 May. 6.15pm to 7.30pm


25 May. 6.15pm to 7.30pm


31 May. 6.15pm to 7.30pm



UNSW Engineering High School Information Day

17 May. 9.00am to 3.00pm

John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington

UNSW Engineering’s High School Information Day is designed to give Yr 11 & 12 students the opportunity to sample several fields of engineering through interesting and stimulating hands-on activities over a day at UNSW Kensington Campus. By doing so, students gain a better understanding of the extensive range of opportunities that a career in engineering would open to them.

Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to speak  to our academic staff and students to gain a deeper understanding of the degrees on offer and life on campus at UNSW



UNSW Information Evening for Music, Theatre and Performance for Students and Parents.

30 May. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

Do you have a passion for music, theatre and performance, but are unsure of the opportunities a tertiary degree can grant you in the future?

This event will shed light on the diverse career pathways available through studying these disciplines. You will experience student performances and hear from UNSW academics, current students and graduates on the merits of studying in the creative arts.



UNSW Scholarship Information Evening

7 June. 6.15pm to 8.00pm

Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington

The Scholarships Information Evening provides depth and detail on the range of scholarships at UNSW and the application process. The evening is aimed at Year 11 and 12 students and their parents and will consist of an information session that includes:

General introduction to UNSW scholarships and application process

Co-op Program opportunities and how to apply

Q&A panel to answer all your questions

An opportunity for one-on-one discussions about specific scholarships

To make the most of the evening be sure to have a look at the Scholarships and Co-op Program websites before attending.

 This is always a popular event, so register now to secure your place.



Deakin Explore

Search courses based on careers.



University of Sydney HSC Preparation Courses

Biology, chemistry ,economics, exam preparation, legal studies, music, visual arts, business, design and technology, English, history, mathematics and physics. Dates for courses throughout the year at:



University of Canberra (UC) Career Finder App

Suitable for iPhone and Android . Find your interests, do quizzes to find careers and courses at University of Canberra. Includes a social network at the Uni and you can book a campus tour.



University of Wollngong (UOW) Campus Tours

Every Friday at 10.30am and 2.30pm

Book at:  https://www.uow.edu.au/future/events/index.html


University of New England (UNE) Pathways Enabling Course

Enter an undergraduate degree after completing this course. Includes mentoring and tutorial support.




Illawarra TAFE Course Browser

Includes traineeship and apprenticeship courses.



Pre-Apprenticeship Course Finder

Search by location. Gain the skills to land an apprenticeship.



Sydney TAFE Cert IV in Human Resource Management Info Session

29 April. 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Building A, Ground Level, Room AG.01 Corner Hotham Road and The Kingsway, Gymea



Sydney TAFE Cert IV in Leadership & Management Info Session

29 April. 6.00pm to 7.00pm

Building A, Ground Level, Room AG.01 Corner Hotham Road and The Kingsway, Gymea




Sydney Design School Interior Design Open Day

17 June. 10.00am to 12.00

Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards.



Cert IV in Clinical Classification 

Provided online from the Health Information Management Association of Australia Limited. RTO ID 91660. Career opportunities available across NSW and ACT include clinical coding in public and private hospitals and day procedure centres. Contact 02 9887 5898, education@himaa.org.au



Bedford College Scholarships 2018

Now open.

Receive half the tuition cost of their course. All submissions must be completed by 1 December. Please click on the link for more details: 



Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Information Evening

28 June. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Sydney & Canberra. 

Course and careers advice for entering in to game design and 3D animation. 



Australian College of Natural Therapies 2017 Course Guide




University of Wollongong – Year 10 Subject Selection Evening

Tuesday 2 May 2017

6:30 – 8:30pm

Elouera Room, Gymea Tradies, Manchester Road Gymea

Hear from staff and students about subject selection, and opportunities available to those who choose UOW. The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will also be there to talk about university applications, pre-requisites, scaling, and more.

Register at: www.uow.edu.au/future/events


University of Wollongong – Year 12 Information Evening

Monday 8 May 2017

6:30 – 8:30pm

Elouera Room, Gymea Tradies, Manchester Road Gymea

Get advice on UOW courses, the UAC admission process, UOW Early Admission and key dates for 2017. Staff and students will be available to answer any questions you may have about studying at UOW, and the process involved in applying.

Register at: www.uow.edu.au/future/events


National Skills Week 2017 

28 August to 3 September

NSW celebrates and informs students and the wider public of the diversity, benefits and career pathways associated with Vocational Education and Training.



Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Closes 30 June

The competition theme is  ‘All over the world’.



Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize

Closes 12 May

Enter up to 5 poems. $2500 prize.



How to Uni? What are the differences between high school and university?



Volunteer with Oxfam

Great volunteering opportunities are offered throughout the year. Visit: http://youngopportunities.org/opportunities/15-opportunities-to-volunteer-with-oxfam/


Careers in the Graphic Design Industry

Great careers advice with available apprenticeships by state by state.



Maths and Chemistry Video Tutorials


OC Tours

Gap in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar to do teaching projects in rural schools



Early Bird Cultural Homestay Program in China

Year 12s gap year option. Live with a Chinese family, form friendships whilst teaching the children English.



Connect to Your Future Careers Expo 

16 May. 3.30pm to 7.00pm

Kingscliff TAFE

Try a trade . Receive careers and course advice from meeting employers, Universities, TAFE, Defence Force, Employment Services, Apprenticeship Centres, Disability Support Services.

Contact: SRoylance@tweed.nsw.gov.au or 0420 961 622






















































































































Vocational Learning Coordinator

From the School Counsellor

“Be ANXIOUS for nothing but a PERFECT me”

Bethany College Anxiety Management Program

This year, we have set ourselves a goal to run group programs at Bethany College to improve the well-being of students who are experiencing mental health issues. Everyone has their own battle, some worse than others, and we strongly believe that the support, understanding and strategies through a group forum with a focus on preventative measures, will be beneficial in helping students improve their well-being.

The “Be Anxious for Nothing but a Perfect Me” program was developed by the School Counsellor with the support of the Year Coordinators. The purpose of this program is to support student well-being by providing students who are experiencing anxiety with some knowledge, skills and strategies so that they can live a more content and fulfilled life. The program is aimed at teenage girls who are struggling with perfectionism, academic stress, self-confidence and generalised anxiety.

Students are given a workbook so that they can record their own experiences of their anxiety. Once the program is completed, this workbook will serve as a self-help resource so in the face of difficulty they can read the appropriate section, apply the skill and stay well.

The program is divided into 8 sessions, 6 weekly and 2 follow up, with each session lasting approximately 45 mins. The program is facilitated by the School Counsellor and Year Co-Ordinators. Each session introduces a new skill backed by various activities to allow students to practice the skill. The proposed start date is Tuesday 9 May, 2017.

The program educates students about the following aspects:

  • The nature of anxiety
  • Strategies to manage anxiety
  • Challenging unhelpful thinking patterns that feed into anxiety
  • Behavioural experiments that will challenge students to better manage anxiety in stressful situations

If your daughter is experiencing anxiety and you will feel that this program may be beneficial for her please email me on k.stratilas@syd.catholic.edu.au or call 8566 0711. The number of participants that can partake in the group are limited.

Katerina Stratilas

School Counsellor



SCC Final Results from Term 1

Senior Touch team defeated Saint Charbel’s College in extra time 3-2.

Year 7-9 AFL placed first in the competition, making them overall champions as the last few rounds were washed out





Term 2 Fitness Club

Any student wanting to participate in this terms FITNESS PROGRAM, please grab a permission form from student services. This term the program will run for 8 weeks, Week 2 – 9 on Wednesday mornings from 7:15-8am. Breakfast will be served afterwards.

All information is on the permission form. If you have any other questions, please see Miss Cox. Form and payment will need to be in before the commencement of program. It’s not too late to join!  




Congratulations to Kiera Warn who has been successful in making the NSW All Schools Swimming team in the 15-16 years 200m Butterfly.    Well Done Kiera!


Further details http://www.isa.nsw.edu.au/event/nsw-schools-swimming-championships-2-2/



CGSSSA Gymnastics

The CGSSSA Gymnastics team continues to train on Monday afternoons in Yallunga Hall. The Competition will be held on Wednesday 31st May at the Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre, Rooty Hill.




CGSSSA Soccer                                            2 May 

SCC Cross Country                                       5 May             

CGSSSA Basketball                                       17 May

CGSSSA Gymnastics                                     31 May

School Athletics Carnival                             27 June



Katrine Barnes

Year 7 Coordinator / PDHPE Teacher


Justice of the Peace Applications and Appointments

Mother’s Day Mass

Bethany College will be celebrating Mother’s Day on Thursday 11 May from 7.30 – 8.30a.m.    The liturgy will be held at St Michael’s Parish followed by a light breakfast in the staff common room.  

We are looking forward to seeing all the mothers and grandmothers to help celebrate such a wonderful day.

RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service

On 5 April, 2017, we were granted the opportunity to attend the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service, held in Hyde Park. It was a fantastic and valuable experience through which we were able to pay our respects to the servicemen and women who have represented and fought for our country. The heart-touching stories, tributes and performances honouring the men and women who died defending the values, principles and traditions cherished by Australians, allowed us to appreciate and reflect upon this sacrifice. At the conclusion of the service, we were given the opportunity to lay a wreath on behalf of Bethany College, along with numerous other schools. We would like to greatly thank Mrs Lavorato for this amazing opportunity and Ms Georgiou for accompanying us and enhancing our experience.

Olivia Di Costanzo, Emily Licovski, Julia Lo Russo and Anastasia Kountourogianis


GROK Coding Competition

​Congratulations to Amanda McGilchrist​ (Year 9) for competing in the Grok Online Coding Intermediate competition over the last five weeks and for having achieved a High Distinction. Amanda was ranked within the Top 30 of the competition for the entire five weeks, her efforts are to be congratulated. 
Leanne Algama and Serafina Paletto both Year 9 students also are to be congratulated for competing in the Beginner’s division. Leanne received a credit for her  skills, whilst Serafina battled glitches and bugs to achieve a participation. The students will receive their certificates and prizes during the next full school assembly.
At Bethany we are proving GIRLS CAN CODE! and other coding competitions will be open to students throughout the year, more information will be posted on Sentral in the coming weeks.
Theresa Napoli

School Fees

Term 2 School Fee Statements were emailed last week. Please contact the Bursar’s Office if you did not receive your copy.
Term 2 Fees are due by 15 May 2017. Your prompt payment is much appreciated.

Study Skills

This term Years 8 and 9 will be focusing on study skills in preparation for the visit of Dr Prue Salter of Enhanced Learning Educational Services (ELES). Prue has written the online Study Skills Handbook that the girls use. It can be accessed at http://www.studyskillshandbook.com.au. The Username is bethanyhurstville and the password is 65success. Prue will be presenting her study skills workshop to all Year 8 and 9 on Thursday June 15 from 7.00 to 8.30pm in Yallunga. All girls are expected to attend with a parent or carer. 

Rob Gough
Year 9 Coordinator

2017 Choir Competition

114 Category: “Youth Choir for female Voices only (19 and under)”








Two weeks to go before the big competition! The girls have been working tirelessly, rehearsing every Monday and Wednesday lunch over the semester. They are to be commended for their effort. Show starts 11.30 am on Sunday 21 May at Concourse Concert Hall. If you would like to attend and show your support, audience members are required to pay a general admission fee: Adults $18, Concession $15. Tickets can be bought at the door or online via this link: https://sydneyeisteddfod.com.au/youth-choir-for-female-voices-only-19-and-under-2/#tickets.  

If you have any questions about this event, please contact:


Miss Chantelle Nabaki

Music Teacher (Choir Director)


Pedagogy Report

Welcome back to Term 2 and an update on professional learning for Bethany College staff. On Monday 24th April, Ruth Phillips from Gateways Education facilitated a full day on Using Differentiation to Provide Depth and Complexity in Learning. A workshop model was selected to best deliver input to whole staff and then to faculty groups for practical implementation of the models presented; The Maker and Williams Models. Both are well-respected models for enabling educators to best plan provisions for Gifted Learners. The models can (with careful selection) also be used to design authentic and engaging curriculum for learners across the full spectrum of abilities. The positive feedback from staff revealed through an evaluation of the day will inform Term 2 future planning for designing quality, thought-provoking curriculum.














A number of students in the Newman stream Yrs 7-10 have been invited (via email)  to participate in the University of Wollongong’s Learning Labs initiative. If your daughter has been selected, please encourage their involvement. Students will need to enroll by the 24th May and also let me know of their intended participation.


Katherine Maish

Leader of Pedagogy


On 2 May 2017, The Bethany junior soccer team participated in the CGSSSA gala day. The team consisted of Grace Cowan, Kayla Dass, Talia Harafias, Natalie Milenkovski (YEAR 7), Denise Dimitrakas, Alyssa Lazevski, Emily Milenkovski, Zoe Nondas, Angelique Rodas, Alana Rostankov, Alyssa Zappia (YEAR 8), Georgia Athanasopoulos, Selina Colagiuri, Victoria Coolentianos and Claudia Vucic (YEAR 9). 
The team worked extremely hard and fought to the very end. Their persistence was noticed as they missed out on the semi-final by 1 point. The girls enjoyed themselves and tried their very best. Mr Laguzza said the girls “did the college proud through their effort and behaviour.” Special thanks to Mr Laguzza and Mrs Donnelly for preparing and supporting the team.

– Selina Colagiuri (Year 9) 


From the Languages and Culture Prefect

Learning Languages = Fun, Healthy and Prospective

Did you know FACTS:

  • There are about 7,000 languages in the world.
  • There are 2,400 languages classified as being ‘endangered’.
  • 231 languages are now completely extinct.
  • One language dies about every 14 days.


Reasons to learn a language:

  • Open up a world of job opportunities
  • Gives your brain a boost through memory improvement, longer attention span, reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline
  • Become a better learner – once you have learnt a language it is easier to learn another one


Here at Bethany we allow you to learn either Italian [in year 8 compulsory] or Japanese and French [9-12 as an elective], however you are not limited to those two languages. You are able to take part in the amazing government funded Saturday Community School of Languages, which provides you with various languages to pick from and you can learn it at one of the many campus they have.


Tamara Dos Reis

Languages and Culture Prefect


Bronze Training Expedition Term 1

The Duke of Edinburgh award is a very fun and interesting experience to be a part of. My group went on an expedition on the 30th-31st of March. We first caught a train from Hurstville station to Heathcote station and walked all the way to Waterfall with 15kg bags on our back.

The weather was beautiful and the sun was shining….. Just kidding…… the clouds were grey and we were drenched from head to toe by the time we got to the campsite. As soon as we arrived at our home for the night, we were taught how to set up our tents. You would think that by now, the sun would have at least made a small appearance but you thought wrong! We were all rained upon during every part of the evening, whether we were training to set up the tent, or eating dinner, or even sleeping in the tent. Whatever we did, the rain followed us everywhere. After we set up our tents, we went to our sheltered dinner spot and learnt how to cook with our own portable stoves! One tent group ate really quickly and went straight to the tent, whereas my tent group was still boiling the water for our pasta after 30 minutes. Eventually we gave up and we ate half-cooked pasta. While we were enjoying our “feast”, we noticed that the girls beside us had made themselves a grill and started cooking their giant sausages on it. Now that was true accomplishment.

Anyway, we went back to our tents and made ourselves comfortable for the long and cold night ahead of us. We really should have gone to bed at around 9:30 but all the tents had better things to do until about midnight. It was a really rough night due to our drenched sleeping bags and not enough dry layers of clothing. Eventually, we got through it and at around 7:00am, everyone was up and sticking their heads out of their tents to talk to other people. It was a chilly morning but we forced ourselves out of bed, quickly ate breakfast and got dressed so that we could get out of there as soon as possible. We all really wanted to go home! At least the second day was sunny though! There were quite a lot of stops on the way back to Heathcote station because of the views and the creeks and waterfalls, but sometimes because people were too tired to go on.



We all helped ourselves get up and down the hills and rocky faces, and then we saw it! We saw salvation, also known as Heathcote Station. Everyone was tired but extremely happy and excited that we were finally back home! This all may sound very tiring and boring, but it was really such a fun experience to have with your friends. You create bonds with the teachers and your classmates that you never thought would happen. I would definitely do it again (but maybe with sunnier weather).

Thanks to Ms Nabaki and Ms Baldwin for sharing the journey with us all.

Tara Kapila – Year 9