Volume 6 - 30 Apr 2021


Dear Parents, Carer’s and Friends of Bethany,

“God acts through events and people. Joseph was the man chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption.

He was the true “miracle” by which God saves the child and his mother. God acted by trusting in Joseph’s creative courage.”

Pope Francis, Patris Corde


2021 is the Year of St Joseph and 1 May is the Feast Day of St Joseph the Worker.

The Josephite Charism makes up one half of Bethany’s dual charism and through the intercession of St Joseph, the Sisters of St Joseph continue his legacy of humility, service and zeal. St Joseph is not only a role model for fathers, all of us may learn from him to trust in God’s providence. His; obedience, acceptance, courage, protection, familial values and notion of hard work provide all of us with a genuine model by which to live, love and build relationships.

St Joseph was a skilled carpenter and he taught Jesus this trade. Jesus too, understood something of what it meant to get up and go to work each day and in no way does His greater calling diminish the importance of the day-to-day vocation.





Pope Francis says, “According to Christian tradition, [work] is more than a mere doing; it is, above all, a mission. We collaborate with the creative work of God when, through our work, we cultivate and preserve creation; we participate, in the Spirit of Jesus, in his redemptive mission, when, by our activity we give sustenance to our families and respond to the needs of our neighbor” (Letter of the Holy Father Francis to the Participants in the International Conference “From Populorum Progressio to Laudato Si” 2017).

Sara Camporeale – Leader of RE and Mission


Welcome back to Term 2, a term where each student is building on what was learned last term and culminating in various assessments to help inform half yearly reporting and student growth. Over the next 5 weeks, I encourage parents to be engaged in what assessments students have coming up and to help guide them in their time management at home. These assessments are one way that we give students feedback. Crucial to giving feedback is the effort and work which students produce each day in the classroom. If you find that your daughter is becoming overly worried about her workload, we always advise that tasks are broken down into achievable steps. Equally if time has not been managed well, it is important that your daughter learns from this even if it means not achieving a pleasing mark for her this time around.

On May 11 we will be holding face to face parent teacher interviews for Years 11 and 12 from 2 – 7.30pm. All students across Years 7 – 12 will be dismissed on this day at the beginning of lunch which is 1.30pm. If supervision is needed for your daughter until 3pm please contact the College and this can be arranged. We look forward to seeing all parents of Years 11 and 12 on this evening to discuss the progress of your daughter and importantly, strategies for future growth. Reports will be available online via Compass before this date.


ANZAC Day Assembly

We were proud to host the President, Vice President and Secretary from Bexley RSL Sub Branch at our ANZAC Assembly this week. Bexley RSL has been a significant supporter of our College over a number of years contributing prizes each year at our Academic assemblies and giving us the seeds from Lone Pine where our ANZAC memorial tree and plaque now stands. I thank Mr David Martin for his leadership of this assembly where the message was one of respect and remembrance of the sacrifice that so many women and men have given and continue to give for our country. We prayed for and reflected on those who have died, those who have served and who are currently serving, for the families who have been touched by war and importantly for those who experience poor mental health as a result of serving our country. Our students were encouraged to think about how in their own individual way, they could contribute to peace – peace in families, relationships and at school.


Winter uniform

On Monday all students are to be in their Winter Uniform. For Seniors this means that long socks or stockings are to be worn. For juniors it is their Winter tunic. All students must wear their blazer to and from school every day. Please remember that if your daughter feels cold at school we have optional items which can be purchased from our uniform shop such as a vest, scarf or cardigan. The College Tracksuit must be worn for sport for Years 7 – 10.


Mother’s Day Mass

We have moved our Mother’s Day Mass to our Hall to have more space as we adjust to being together once more. We would really like to see as many mums or significant females in the lives of our girls come to Mass. I am sure that your daughter would love to have you here.


Internet Safe Education

On May 10 at 6pm we have some education for parents around what to look for to keep your teenage girl safe online. In this space, we understand that it is difficult to know the latest information, research and recommended ways of guiding teenagers to be safe online. I thoroughly recommend that parents try to come to this night. During the day each year group will also be educated about safe internet usage with each talk differing depending on the age group.



The College is currently transitioning to the next component of Compass with CIA/Ancestry. What this means is that our finance side will transition to Compass as will information from our feeder schools once students are enrolled at Bethany. At the moment we are experiencing some difficulties with the transition. For parents who have their children in more than one Sydney Catholic School or for parents who may work with Sydney Catholic Schools as well as having a child in our schools, your password and username may have changed. If this is the case, please contact the College. We have also been made aware that some parent contact information may have been changed. Could you please check the accuracy of your details on Compass. Over the coming days once these issues have been resolved, we will send out further information about increased Compass usage which will allow for you to pay for excursions via Compass and give permission for events in this way too. We hope that this will make it easier for all parents.

As is always the case, please contact the College if you wish to discuss any matters in regards to your daughter.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal


What’s happening in Religious Education


In the spirit of St Joseph’s hard work, Term 2 continues to be busy in Religious Education with the return of Spirituality Days for Years 9 and 10 and Year 12 Retreat, all with brand new programs in 2021. The Team is really looking forward to these events and hopes them to be fruitful in prayer, reflection and religious development for our students.

I look forward to seeing Bethany Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts and Caregivers at our upcoming Mother’s Day Mass and Breakfast on Thursday 6 May at 7:30am in Yallunga Hall.  Please RSVP by Monday 3 May info@bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au




Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission                                                                                                                                                      





2021 Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition

Congratulations to all of our 5 debating teams who each won their first round against Aquinas College Menai on Wednesday evening. Although nervous, our girls debated with confidence and prepared well. Thanks to the numerous students who volunteered in hosting the event.

Our draw is as follows:

  • Round 2 on Wednesday, 5th of May (held at Marist Kogarah)*
  • Round 3 on Wednesday, 12th of May (held at Bethany)
  • Round 4 on Wednesday, 19th of May (held at De La Salle Revesby)
  • Round 5 on Wednesday, 26th of May (held at Bethany)

Should our teams be successful in the rounds, the semi-finals and the finals will be held on Wednesday, 2nd of June and Wednesday, 9th of June respectively. We wish all our debaters the best of luck in the competition.


Shirley Woo and Sophia Stavropoulos

ANZAC Day Ceremony

On Monday 26th April, the Bethany College community gathered for an ANZAC service, to commemorate the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. We continue to remember the selfless commitment of our ANZAC soldiers in WWI, and every Australian who, so bravely, sacrifices their lives to defend our country. We were privileged to be joined by special guests from the Bexley RSL sub branch, Hugh Quinn, Clem Goodwin, and Anne Brown. Following the assembly, student leaders accompanied our special guests and Ms Rodwell to lay a wreath at the College Lone Pine Memorial on Chisolm Green. A special thank you to Mr Martin and our student leaders who led our special assembly.

Lest we Forget. 



Nektaria Rice – College Captain

Year 11 Pastoral Care

This week in our pastoral care period, our class MC404, with Mrs Rogers, we learnt about healthy and respectful relationships. We gained insight into always treating others with respect, and understanding how this will allow growth in our Bethany community. We focused on the values of inclusivity, equality and respect for our peers. We designed posters, with fun colours and important messages to show the rest of the Bethany community what we had been learning. As Term 2 begins, we are able to appreciate the importance of respectful relationships and continue our Year 11 journey together. 

By Juliette Lepine & Joanna Panagiotidis

Year 11

CaSPA Master Class

During the April  holiday break, the Stage 6 Dance students took part in the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Sydney (CaSPA) Masterclasses, which contributed to their knowledge in performance, as well as composition. The students in Year 11 and 12 were exposed to fantastic teachers, which aided their growth in Dance.

They had the opportunity to complete a class with Helpmann-award recipient Kristina Chan, who is well known in the dance industry for her amazing choreographic achievements, hence her role as a dance-making specialist tutor for CaSPA. The students were able to develop choreography, through tasking which focused on developing original movement content using the ‘one point touch’ technique to abstract their movement. The students also broadened their knowledge of contemporary dance with contemporary dance artist, Angela Hamilton. They were given the opportunity to develop their technique, focusing on their strength and stamina, as well as using a short phrase, which the students were able to develop and personalise based on their movement quality.

The students also had the opportunity to work with no other than their talented dance teachers, Danielle Bennie, specialising in composition and Lucy Eaton, in performance. The students were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to deepen their own knowledge of dance, learning from their own teachers in a different environment. The Stage 6 students  were also able to interact with students from other schools, where they were able to share their passion for dance.

We congratulate these young ladies for their attendance at the two day CaSPA Masterclass.

Written by Tahlia Genlik

Year 11 Dance student & Class Admin assistan





Child Studies Excursion to the Early Start Discovery Space in Wollongong. 

Child Studies is an enjoyable and entertaining subject where we learn about children. Our  first topic that we are learning about is Play and the Developing Child. Students get to experience thinking in the mind of a child and learning how they develop through play.

On Monday the 22nd March, two Child Studies classes went on an excursion to Wollongong University’s Early Start Discovery Space. We arrived and were greeted by a kind staff member who led us to a lecture room. Our class was amazed with the new environment of a lecture room and couldn’t wait to see what this encounter would bring us. Soon after, we met our lecturer who educated us on how children learn through play, and the many ways children learn through childcare/preschool. In the lecture we learnt that there is a low percentage of child care workers in Australia, which inspired us to want to make a change. After our hour lecture we got to experience the discovery space, where we got to perform on a stage with lights and music, laying bricks to build a house, played on pirate ship, went on a grocery shop with mini trolleys, played dress up, were train operators and got to play in an activity pod. Eventually after a lively hour of play and a fun experience, it was sadly time to depart from Wollongong and return to back to our school.


by Alexia Violakis and Melina Fragogianis







Year 12 PDHPE Excursion to Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation Narrabeen

On the 26th March the Year 12 PDHPE classes went on an excursion to Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation to further develop our understanding of content in the unit, Factors Affecting Performance. Both classes participated in activities such as different fitness testing, training methods and recovery strategies. I was lucky enough to take part in the VO2 Max test, which tested my oxygen consumption through intense physical activity on a treadmill. This was a great first hand experience, where the instructors at the centre monitored my heart rate and oxygen levels to determine my fitness. The training methods and recovery strategies everyone participated in enhanced our knowledge in areas such as anaerobic interval training, physiological strategies and tissue damage strategies. Once we had participated in the training activities, we then recovered using the centres outstanding facilities, where we were exposed to hydrotherapy and cryotherapy methods. We used the hot and cold spas as a form of recovery. This meant that we moved from freezing cold temperatures to hot water, to disperse fluid in our body. This excursion was such a great learning experience, as it was mostly hands-on and practical. 

by Lily Perenara




Michelle Barrass

PDHPE Coordinator

Teacher and Learning News

Newman Selective Gifted Education Program 

As a participating school in the Newman Selective Gifted Education program, Bethany provides a wide range of learning opportunities for our students. To be a Newman accredited school the College must provide evidence of how the curriculum is being modified to meet the needs of our gifted learners. As mentioned earlier this year, the College will be involved in the reaccreditation process facilitated by Sydney Catholic Schools. Over the coming weeks, Newman families will be given an opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences with the Newman program. A survey will be emailed to all Newman families in Week 5. 

Late in Term 1 we held a Newman Parent Information evening for Year 7 parents and families new to the program. Thank you to all who attended. A copy of the presentation slides can be found here


All Year 7 and 9 students will be completing their NAPLAN tests in Week 4 and 5 of this term. Students are reminded that they must have a charged laptop, wired headphones (avoid wireless earpods) and downloaded the appropriate lockdown browser. Many students should have the lockdown browser already installed on their device from the practice tests completed in Term 1.


Please see the schedule below


Year 7

Year 9


Wed 12th May – Period 1 and Period 2

Wed 12th May – Period 3 and Period 4


Fri 14th May – Period 1 and Period 2

Thu 13th May – Period 1 and Period 2

Language Conventions

Mon 17th – Period 3 and Period  4

Mon 17th – Period 1 and Period 2


Wed 19th – Period 1 and Period  2

Thu 20th – Period 1 and Period 2


After School Tutoring Program

The after school tutoring program has resumed for 2021 is a great opportunity for students to work with external tutors (many of whom are ex students) on any homework or assessment tasks. The program is free of charge and is available from 3:00pm to 4:00pm every day. Any change to the schedule will be communicated to students weekly via Compass.


Mr Dorian Kipriotis   – Leader of Teaching

Mr Gregg Conroy – Leader of Learning

Parent and Student Study Skills Evening

Internet Safe Education


Where: Bethany College Hurstville – Yallunga Hall
When:   Monday, 10 May  2021
Time:     6.00 to 7.00pm



Careers News

University of Sydney Year 10 Information Evenings
Tuesday 4 May
Thursday 6 May (online)

Join either on campus or online to discover your options at the University of Sydney. Get your questions answered about subject selection, scaling, pre-requisites and assumed knowledge and hear all about university life.



UNSW Year 10 Subject Selection and Information Evenings

12 May. 6pm

Get advice and information that is specially tailored for Year 10 students, that will help you navigate the HSC subject selection process, explain how UNSW admissions and scholarship applications work, and give you an insight into university life so that you can get a head start on planning your future.

More details here.


Macquarie – Year 10 Subject Selection Online Information Session

Wednesday 5 May 2021, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

 This event will feature a series of short talks on the importance of informed subject selection, how your choice of subjects can help you at uni and how admission to Macquarie works. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions.




Subject Selection Webinar University of Wollongong

3 May

The Year 10 Subject Selection webinar is for students thinking about studying at university who would like to know more about UOW degrees and choosing subjects that provide a good foundation for each study area.
Staff from the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will go through the ATAR, how it is calculated, and touch on scaling.



Online Guides from the University of Sydney 

The University of Sydney has Undergraduate, Year 10, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and International Guides available online now. Check them out at:




UAC – Begin Applications for Study in 2022

You can apply for undergraduate study as well as Schools Recommendation Schemes, Educational Access Schemes and Equity Scholarships

Click here to begin.


UAC – Educational Access Schemes (EAS)

Institutions acknowledge that difficult circumstances can prevent students from reaching their true academic potential, particularly if their educational performance has been affected by long-term disadvantage. Educational Access Schemes (EAS) can help.


UAC – Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships (ES) help financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with tertiary study. Details of requirements for individual scholarships can be found on the institution websites.


UAC – Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. You must apply through UAC for undergraduate admission in 2021–22 to be eligible for SRS.



UTS – Year 12 students2022 Bachelor of Accounting Information Webinar

Wed 12 May 2021   6-7pm

The UTS Bachelor of Accounting has the aim of producing potential business leaders of the future via an accounting career.

The main benefits to students who are selected into the Bachelor of Accounting are a tax-free scholarship valued at $54,000, a year of full-time work training, and great career prospects with the major employers who support the course. No BAcc graduate has ever missed out on a job, and these job offers are generally made by April of the students’ third and final year of study. That might be only 3 years away from where you are now.

Other key benefits of this program, that set it apart from cadetships or other co-op courses, are that it takes only 3 years to complete and that students in the course study, work and play together as a close group of friends throughout that time. Email   carin.alberts@uts.edu.au



UTS – Bachelor of Information Technology Co-operative Scholarship

Closes 5 September 2021. , Interviews will be held in late September 2021.

Apply for one of Sydney’s best IT scholarships in just a few steps.

The Bachelor of  IT Co-operative Scholarship is a three-year IT course. It’s a fast-track course that’s been designed to mentor the next generation of IT and business leaders..

Paid to study – BIT students receive around $49,500 in scholarship funding.

How to apply:


All about it:



Law Undergraduate Information Webinars

Presented by Professor Lesley Hitchens, Dean, UTS Faculty of Law and includes a current student, alumni and academic Q&A.

12 May 2021. 5.30pm


19 May 5.50pm



Reminder – University of Sydney – Year 12 Information Evening

18 May. 4pm

This will take place on campus where you can find out more about undergraduate course options, admission pathways, scholarships and more. Hear from current students about their university experiences and discover why USyd is 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for graduate employability.



Macquarie University Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Program

You could be rewarded with an early offer to study at Macquarie University in 2022 if you have been performing well at school in Year 11 and if you can demonstrate initiative and commitment through leadership, community, sport, or casual work activities.

Who can apply?

To apply for Macquarie Leaders and Achievers, you must be:

  • completing the New South Wales Higher School Certificate.
  • performing consistently well at school
  • can demonstrate leadership qualities and commitment to community through leadership, service or work activities completed in Year 11 and/or Year 12.

Register your interest

To stay updated about the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme, including when it opens, register your interest below.



Co-op Scholarship Macquarie University – Bachelor of Professional Practice & Bachelor of Professional Accounting

Student applications are open from April to September.

Attract the brightest minds in accounting

The Accounting Co-op program is a highly competitive course in which high-achieving students alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of three placements of three to six months each.

Students in Co-op Accounting program do Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Professional Accounting.



Macquarie University Co-op Business Analytics

Student applications are open from April to September.

Business analytics at Macquarie University offers a 360-degree view of big data analytics, machine learning, and data science. Students gain a combination of business and management competencies, as well as statistical modelling and computer programming skills.



Actuarial Studies Co-op Program Macquarie University

Student applications are open from April to September.

The Actuarial Studies Co-op program is a highly competitive course in which high-achieving students alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of three placements of three to six months each.

Students in the Co-op Actuarial Studies program complete a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice (Honours).



Fee-Free Apprenticeships are a great way for students to launch their careers

There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship in NSW. The NSW Government is paying the course cost for 100,000 new apprenticeships – meaning apprentices undertaking a government funded apprenticeship no longer face a student fee of up to $2000.

Apprenticeships are a great career pathway. They combine on-the-job training with classroom study to give you the skills and experience employers are looking for. Apprenticeships generally take around 3-4 years to complete, and apprentices earn a salary while they learn.

There are more than 120 different apprenticeship courses available in NSW, in a range of industries including construction, cooking, aviation and automotive.

Under its fee free apprenticeship initiative, the NSW Government will pay the course fee for 100,000 new apprentices who commence their training from 1 July 2018 to 30 June.


What is ADFA ?

Receive service training while studying for your degree, earn a salary while learning, and graduate with a rewarding job and no HELP debt. Forged from a unique partnership between the ADF and the University of New South Wales, the Australian Defence Force Academy offers world-class education plus cutting edge military and leadership training. At the Canberra campus, in addition to being expertly trained in the art of leadership and management, you’ll undertake a degree in Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science or Technology.



ADFA Virtual Tour

Want to learn more about the Australian Defence Force Academy? Discover ADFA through our virtual tour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWI74RY9IlA


Diploma of Screen and Media

Applications Open

  • Directing for Screen
  • Screenwriting
  • Production Management
  • Cinematography and Lighting
  • Sound Recording and Sound Editing
  • Editing and Post-Production
  • Screen Studies
  • Screen Industry and Career Planning

Diploma of Screen and Media. Sydney Film School courses are intensive, hands-on programs where students learn through production. You learn the theory of filmmaking and then apply it by making films. Lots of them. You create your own vision for your films, while also crewing your fellow filmmakers’ projects. Apply now!



Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor