Volume 7 - 20 May 2016

Brekky Van

On Saturday May 14, six teachers and sixteen students gave generously of their time to attend Brekky Van. They volunteered four hours of their time to cut and pack food, cook it and serve it to over one hundred and twenty people who are less fortunate than them. The girls were very generous to give up their Saturday morning to help others and they are to be commended on their excellent servant leadership. 


Laura Mirabello
Youth Ministry and Student Leadership Coordinator


Study Skills Tips – Starting Assignments Straight Away

Courtesy of P Salter (ELES)


Does your student ever leave their assignments until the last minute? Well here are 5 reasons you can give your student to start work on their assignments immediately.

GET YOUR BRAIN THINKING ABOUT THE TOPIC: At the very least, read through the requirements of the assignment on the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.

FIND LIBRARY RESOURCES: Although the library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Reference books, resources and magazines will disappear quickly. It is not a good idea to only use Google.

DISCOVER OTHER RESOURCES: You could also ask your local librarian for any additional direction on where to look for resource material for your assignment. Librarians know how to help people access relevant information, in books, journals and in computer based references.

STARTING EARLY MEANS MORE TIME TO EXPLORE & ASK FOR HELP: Your initial research might be on assignment points you’ve identified through the library, references your teacher may have given you, school textbooks, and/or general internet search engines. If you start this early, you could discover that you don’t actually understand important concepts and that perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity.

CREATE A SAFETY NET: Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick, or something unexpected happens. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

Starting an assignment straight away will enable you to achieve the best result you are capable of.


Mr Robert Gough

Year 8 Coordinator


Library News

Bethany Reading Bingo is happening right now! The competition’s aim is to increase Bethany reading levels and there are prizes to be won. Students can collect their Bingo entry sheet from the Library display. The competition will run the rest of this term, but there are a few rules….

You need to cross off every square to complete your Bethany Reading Bingo sheet. The books can be ones you have read or reread recently, either from the school Library, Local Public Library or from home. You will need to attach the lists of books you used to fulfil your Bethany Reading Bingo and hand it in to the Library staff.


Posters have also gone up around the school regarding the 2016 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Award; the optional theme this year is “Waiting…” Entries close 30 June 2016 and there are three categories available for students. Please come and see Mrs Pentland if you have an inner poet that is waiting to be discovered. More details are available @www.dorothea.com.au





Keep reading!


Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

As many of you would be aware, Archbishop Anthony Fisher has been very ill over the last few months and is still recuperating.  It is most likely, that this recuperation period will be quite long.  All schools within the Sydney  Diocese have been asked to pray for Bishop Anthony’s recovery.   To assist with this, we have given to all students a prayer card that we will be using in classes this week. I have shared the prayer with you and would ask that you take a few moments to add this to your daily prayers:


O Most Blessed Mother,

Hear our prayer.


As your children, we turn to you,

Mother of God, to ask for your

Intercession with Jesus, your Son.


We pray especially for the healing of Archbishop Anthony:

May he, and all those who are sick,

Experience the healing touch of your Son, Jesus.




Prayer can be extremely powerful and with a community of over 1,000 people praying each day for a particular cause, it would be wonderful to think that our prayers can make a difference to the lives of those we are praying for.


Year of Mercy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

During this Year of Mercy in the Church, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a powerful way to experience God’s mercy.  We are encouraged during this extraordinary jubilee year to take advantage of this Sacrament and actively seek God’s mercy.  I would like to share with you a short reflection on Reconciliation which highlight the importance of the Sacrament in our everyday lives:

Reconciliation is so much more than a merely human experience of unburdening the soul…

Any good barman, counsellor, or hairdresser can listen to a confession!  Rather, it is more powerful, grace-filled encounter with the mercy of Jesus, who is present in the person of the priest.

Many people are anxious and fearful about going to Reconciliation.  Some have negative memories of past experiences; others have misunderstood the need for the Sacrament, believing that it is sufficient to simply be sorry in their hearts for their sins.  others resist this Sacrament, knowing that Christ’s representative, the priest, is himself a human in need of God’s mercy.  Others believe that their sins are just too terrible to be forgiven. Yet Jesus tells us that none of these need keep us from his mercy



St Vincent de Paul

Our St Vincent de Paul group would like to knit blankets this year to be donated to the homeless and those in need.  If you have some wool or knitting needles that you have lying around and would like to donate, we would be very grateful.  Last year our students knitted up 5 blankets and we would love to knit up at least the same again.  Ideally, 8 ply wool and number 8 (or 4mm needles) would be best, but we are happy to take any donations.  Please send any donations in to Mrs Kennaugh.


Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission 

PDHPE Department News


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Representative Sport Update


Congratulations to Keira Warn of Year 8.

It’s been a huge month for Keira and she is looking forward to a little rest now.

Australian Age Swimming Championships – Adelaide

8th      Girls 12-13yr 200m Butterfly

16th    Girls  12-13yr 400 Freestyle







Australian Youth Surf Life Saving Championships – Maroochydore

pdhpe34th     U14 Girls Ironwoman

4th     U14 Girls Surf Swim

3rd     U15 Girls Surf Teams

2nd    U15 Girls Board Rescue

9th     U15 Girls Cameron Relay

9th     U15 Girls Board Relay



pdhpe4All Schools Swimming Championships – Homebush

2nd    12-14yr Girls 200m Freestyle

3rd     12-14yr Girls 400m Freestyle

1st      12-14yr Girls 200m Butterfly


Keira Warn has now qualified for School Nationals in September ’16 in Darwin.






Results Update


SCC Cross Country

pdhpe5Congratulations to all the girls who competed at the SCC Cross Country Carnival on Friday. A fantastic effort put in by all. Great to see all girls being so supportive of one another- wonderful team spirit!

Overall Bethany College placed 3rd in Juniors and 2nd in Intermediate divisions.

I would like to extend my congratulations to the following girls who made it to the following level to represent SCC in the NSWCCC carnival at Eastern Creek:

Alexandra Keedle-Ortiz Caitlin McGowen      
Brooke Salisbury    Jasmin Juncal
Jessica Convery Holly Stansfield



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Great job girls!



CGSSSA Basketball

pdhpe8Congratulations to the Senior Basketball team who competed in the CGSSSA gala day at Menai on 11th May.

The team were successful in making it to the grand final which is an excellent achievement, but were unfortunately defeated by OLSH but still put in a huge effort.








SCC Netball

Juniors and Intermediate are undefeated in the Thursday SCC Netball competition.

Seniors played their first game last week and unfortunately lost to MSJ




Upcoming events

CGSSSA Junior and Intermediate Basketball   18th May      Condell Park Basketball Stadium
CGSSSA Gymnastics 1st June      Five Dock Leisure Centre
Year 7 PDHPE Athletics Day 17th June      Waratah Park, Sutherland
Athletics Carnival        27th June      The Ridge




Year 7 PDHPE Athletics Day

A reminder for all of year 7 to complete the permission forms and return to your PDHPE teacher for the Year 7 Athletics Day.



CGSSSA Gymnastics



Training continues every Monday afternoon with coach Liz Andrews, for the CGSSSA Gymnastics team

in Yallunga Hall from 3.30 – 5.00pm.






2016 CGSSSA Gymnastics Team- amendment’s due to gymnast injuries

Division 1: Level 3

Division 2: Level 4

Lauren Berman

Georgia Athanasopoulos

Gabriella Meadowcroft

Division 4: Levels 6-10

Amber Grech

Daria Badaoui

Sara Attard (8)

Angelia Rouady

Zoe Belarra

Jessica Butler (8)

Jade Serban

Brianna Strehler



Hannah Berman





Year 9 Study Skills Modules


Year 9 will be commencing a Study Skills Module – Developing Motivation and throughout Terms 2 & 3. This will commence in Year assembly time Week 3 and then the students will complete these at their own leisure.

Parents and carers, if you would like some more information on this Module, please go to the Study Skills website  http://www.studyskillshandbook.com.au/

Click LOGIN and enter details.  Check the ‘Remember Me’ box. School Username: bethanyhurstville

School Password: 65success




Katrine Barnes 

PDHPE Faculty/Year 9 Coordinator

Careers News

Sydney Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Session
Date : 27th May 2016 Time : 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Venue : Karstens Sydney, 111 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Cost : FREE Contact : Andrew Robson : Call 1800 338 022 or visithttp://www.aatinfo.com.au/events
The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service websites are valued resources in the Australian Apprenticeships field. They provide practical and easy to use resources and information about Australian Apprenticeships.
To book into a session go to the website http://www.aatinfo.com.au/events or call 1800 338 022.

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Bachelor of Accounting Rd 1 Closing Date
Date : 3rd Jun 2016 Time : 11.59 pm Venue : Online
Contact : Carin Alberts : carin.alberts@uts.edu.au
Online application forms will be available from 1 March 2016 at:

For further information, please send an email to:

University of Notre Dame – Getting to Know Nursing
Date : 7th Jun 2016 Time : 6.00pm Venue : 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 
Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : (02) 8204 4404
Find out more about nursing as a profession. 
Get to know what it’s really like at Notre Dame’s Getting to Know Nursing event.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet academic staff and hear from our guest speaker who will provide information on a current innovative nursing topic.
Places are limited so register at www.notredame.edu.au 

University of Notre Dame – Twilight Tours and Course Information
Date : 8th and 9th Jun 2016 Time : 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue : 140 Broadway, Chippendale  Cost : FREE
Date : 9th Jun 2016
Time : 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Venue : 140 Broadway, Chippendale
Cost : FREE
Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : (02) 8204 Busy from 9-5? Come and visit Notre Dame during the evening!
From 8-9 June, the Prospective Students Office will be open and available to help you with any questions you may have regarding your tertiary study options, admissions information and campus tours. We can also check over and accept your application on the night. Book your personalised consultation and campus tour today! 
There is no parking available on campus, although limited on-street parking is untimed after 6:00pm. Alternatively, two hours’ free parking is available at Broadway Shopping Centre, a five minute walk from our campus. For more information or to register visit www.notredame.edu.au 

High School Careers Expo – Sydney (FREE)
Date : 14th Jun 2016 Time : 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue : Hilton Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney (near Town Hall Station and across the road from the QVB Cost : FREE
Contact : Ben Reeves : events@aage.com.au (03) 9352 5062 
The High School Careers Expo is a unique opportunity for Year 10, 11 and 12 students, parents and high school career advisers to meet face-to-face with recruitment managers from leading employers.
The aim of the Expo is to develop a better understanding of the variety of career paths available to high school students and university graduates. This event will also help students, parents and careers advisers gain insight into the qualifications and attributes employers look for in their recruits. 
The Expo is a great way to help students and their families gather information as you make decisions about the next steps in education and employment after high school. 
A range of employers will be represented at the Expo including: 
Accenture, Arup, Cisco, Deloitte, Department of Education, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Honeywell, IMC, Macquarie Bank, Westpac.

These employers all recruit university graduates into full time employment. Some also offer work experience programs and scholarships.
No educational institutions (e.g. Universities, colleges, TAFE etc) will be present. This is an employers only expo.
This is a free event but you do need to register as places are limited. 
Who Should Attend?….
This is an event for students, parents and careers advisers who are genuinely interested in talking directly with employers about future career paths for high school students.

Sutherland Reid and Farrar  (SRF) Cadetship

This cadetship is for students looking at majoring in accounting and who are just about to complete year 12. The program provides a paid position at the firm and the opportunity to study either full or part time.


Australian Broadcastine Commission (ABC) Indigenous Technology Intern and Scholarship Opportunities

For indigenous students who are interested in studying Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Project Management or Telecommunications. For further information contact ABC Technology on 02 8333 3073.



Chartered Accountants: Cadetships

The Chartered Accountants Employment Guide 2016 contains information on firms offering cadetships to year 12 leavers. If students are interested, they ought to be applying for cadetships as soon as possible.

Download the guide: http://charteredaccountantsanz.com/guide


Medicine (Undergraduate) Entry

Holds courses to assist students in their preparation for the UMAT Test.

Sydney – 4th to 5th June 2016, UTS

Sydney – 18th to 19th June 2016, Macquarie University

Sydney – 2nd to 3rd July 2016, UTS

Sydney – 23rd to 24th July 2016, UTS



University of Sydney: Year 10 Information Evenings

Monday 23 May.

The evenings are designed to help Year 10 students (and their parents) choose subjects for the HSC and navigate through the process of applying to university.

The 2016 Year 10 Information Evenings will be held on Monday 16 May, Wednesday 18 May and Monday 23 May.

Topics include:

  • ATAR, scaling, prerequisites and assumed knowledge
  • subject selections
  • career pathways
  • the student journey to university.

Dates: 16, 18 and 23 May 
Time: 6-8pm
Venue: The University of Sydney. Venue information will be provided to registered attendees.


More Info: http://sydney.edu.au/study/admissions/events-for-future-students/year-10-information-evening.html 


University of Sydney: Your Path to Sydney Uni at the Revesby Workers Club

25th May 2016, 6pm to 9pm, Revesby Workers Club

The University of Sydney will be hosting an information evening in Sydney’s south-west at the Revesby Workers Club. Students and their families are welcome to come along and meet university staff and current students who will tell you all about the many scholarships and pathways to study at the University of Sydney, and how to secure your place there.



More Info: www.sydney.edu.au/your-path 


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Year 10 Information Evening

25th May 2016, 6:15pm to 7:30pm, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington 
Information will provided on HSC subject selection and how this may effect bonus points schemes at UNSW. 

More Info: https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/year-10-subject-selection-information-evening-25-may 


Architecture on Show: Surry Hills

28th May 2016, 2pm to 3pm, 405 Crown St, Surry Hills

This event may be of interest to students wishing to pursue a career in architecture. To purchase tickets to the Architect and Builder Relationship Show follow the link below.



More Info: https://upto.com/embedded/detail/5HQ1O?pt=a1SO 


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Career Paths in Music, Theatre and Performance

31st May 2016, 6pm to 7:30pm, Io Myers Studio, UNSW Kensington

The evening includes a panel discussion, followed by a Q and A for any high school students interested in pursuing a career in music or theatre. Register by following the link below.



More Info: https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/career-paths-music-theatre-and-performance 


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Co-op scholarship

31st May 2016, 6pm to 8pm, UNSW Kensington Campus

The Co-op program is a career development scholarship. It is available in, accounting and business management, actuarial studies, maths, finance and banking, marketing, engineering and technology and information systems. 

More Info: https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/co-op-create-your-career-evening 


Ernst and Young Cadetship Information Evening


1st June 2016, 5:30pm, EY Office, 680 George St, Sydney
The evening will provide information on the Cadet Program offered, with the chance to talk to current cadets and other people in the business. The event is directed at year 12 students or those in the first year of university.



More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/130660967334499/ 


The HSC and Careers Expo 2016


2nd – 5th June 2016, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney The Expo includes exhibitors from tertiary institutions, training organisations, employers, career and gap year resources. Admission is $10 per person, with school group discounts available. 

More Info: http://www.hscandcareers.com.au/ 


University of Technology (Sydney): Discover Sessions – Nursing

16th June 2016, 5:30pm

20th July 2016, 5:30pm

16th November 2016, 5:30pm


28th April 2016, 5:30pm

These sessions include interactive workshops that allow anyone interested in a career in nursing or midwifery to attend and find out more about the courses and potential career paths.



More Info: http://www.uts.edu.au/future-students/health/about-health/events-and-brochures/discover-sessions 


Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program Applications close 17 June

Applications for the Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program opened on 26 April. The 2016 Program provides Year 12 students with the opportunity to apply for a Technology Cadetship at Westpac. On completion of their cadetship, Technology Cadets are well-placed to pursue a career in IT and in business. This year Rolls-Royce will not be offering Engineering Cadetships.  

Information on the ETCAD Program may be found at www.etcad.com.au

Applications close on 17 June.

More Info: www.etcad.com.au 


Western Sydney Careers Expo

16th to 19th June, 9am to 3pm, Halls 5 and 6 Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park

There will be exhibitors from TAFE, providers of HSC resources, gap year programs and work skills programs. Admission is $10 per person, with discounts offered for school groups.



More Info: http://www.westernsydneycareerexpo.com.au/ 


Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator




Happy Birthday to our Church!

Did you know that the feast of Pentecost is often referred to as the birthday of the Church? It is called that because Pentecost is when the apostles went out among the people and began spreading Jesus’ message, thus establishing the beginning of the Church.

Pentecost (Greek for “50th day”) is celebrated by Christians 50 days after Easter, and marks the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles while they were cowering and hiding behind locked doors following Jesus’ resurrection. After receiving the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the apostles immediately went out and preached Jesus’ message to everyone—even those who spoke other languages. Actually, Pentecost was originally a Jewish feast that concluded the 50 days of Passover and celebrated the end of the barley harvest, plus the beginning of the wheat harvest. The Jewish people at Pentecost also celebrate the gift of the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai.

The symbols of Pentecost are wind, fire and a dove.

The first symbol—wind—is taken from the noise the apostles heard as the Spirit descended upon them (Acts 2:2).

After the wind, flames appeared and rested upon the heads of each of the apostles (Acts 2:3).

A dove serves as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. There is no mention of a dove in Acts, but we associate a dove with the Holy Spirit because of the story about Jesus’ baptism: “After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened [for him], and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [and] coming upon him” (Matthew 3:16).

How can Pentecost be relevant to our teenage girls? Before the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles on Pentecost, they were afraid to go out and preach Jesus’ message. Sometimes you too may feel insecure about talking with people you don’t know or have much in common with.

After receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the apostles found themselves able to converse with everyone despite their different languages. Now, you may not literally speak a different language than someone, but you may still discover that there is a world of difference between the two of you, such as interests, social groups, religions, ages, etc.

Make an effort to try to overcome those differences. Try to converse with people you have previously avoided or not understood.

For instance, if you are into sports, take some time to understand or get to know someone involved in the music or art department. Or take the time to ask someone you know of a different faith to explain his or her beliefs to you. Just remember to be respectful of your differences, and celebrate the things you have in common.


Let us pray
that the Holy Spirit
may bring peace and unity to all mankind
Almighty and ever-living God,
you fulfilled the Easter promise
by sending us your Holy Spirit.
May that Spirit unite the races and nations on earth
to proclaim your glory.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




Staff Changes

As we move into Term 2, there are a few staff changes that have occurred at Bethany.

  • Brad Gillieatt, our English Coordinator, has resigned from the staff of the College. We are sorry to see him go as he has made a positive impact on our learning culture in such a short time. We wish him all the very best for the future. I thank Con Raptis, a senior member of our English Faculty, for agreeing to take up the Coordinator’s position once again, until the end of 2016.
  • We have engaged the services of a wonderful English teacher, Ms Jordan Bolton, who is currently teaching English at Sylvania HS. She has had extensive experience in teaching all year groups, including Year 11 and 12 English (Standard) and has a passion for teaching the gifted student in English. There will be a minor re-shuffle in classes to ensure the most experience staff are taking on classes they have taught before. I thank the students in anticipation of their transition to the new arrangements.
  • Brenda Zeitoun our ICT Network Manager has also resigned from her position at the College after fourteen years of loyal service to our staff and students. We wish her well as she moves into a new phase of her life on the South Coast of NSW.
  • We welcome Kahlie Taouk to the teaching faculty who is replacing Mrs Fleming whilst she is on Long Service Leave.



Upgrade to Facilities

  • We are delighted to finally have the Covered Outdoor Learning Area (COLA) over the Penola Court. This affords our students sun protection, shelter from the rain, and all-day use of the court for PDHPE classes. We would like to thank our Parents and Friends (P&F) for the contribution of the P&F Levy funds that went towards this very expensive capital expenditure. You can be sure that when you pay this item on your fees, it is going towards providing the best learning environment for our girls.
  • The new Multi-Media laboratory, complete with 3D printer, is also up and running and used by TAS and Visual Arts students across the school.
  • The iMac machines used for Music curriculum have been replacing giving these students the very best of facilities to record music.
  • The P&F, at the last meeting, ratified the transfer of $15 000 raised in fund-raising efforts, to go towards the air-conditioning of the Sophia Building. I am proud that the SRC made their concerns known to me and I thank the parents for assisting us with this. Overall, the cost of this exercise is in the order of $40 000 so the $15 000 contribution from our parent body has been invaluable. All monies raised in the next fund-raising campaign will go towards air-conditioning our Penola Building.




“Safe Schools Program” Information Night for Parents and Community

  • St Michael’s Hurstville, Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm in the Old Church meeting room.

Baby-sitting will be provided.

  • The Australian Family Association Hurstville branch will be holding a presentation with Q&A on the “Safe Schools program”, already rolled out in 134 schools across NSW including many in the local area. This is an opportunity to hear about why many parents and community groups are concerned and what you should know about the program, including parents with kids at Catholic schools.
  • Guest presenter is an ex-teacher from a Safe School who now works full-time to spread the message of why it is poses serious risks to our children and their future. 

Email richard_s@outlook.com for details or if you are unable to make it but would like further info. Visit http://youreteachingourchildrenwhat.org




Attendance and Punctuality

Thank you to the many parents who call us each day to let us know that their daughter will be absent. We are changing our processes a little. From now on, even if you call the school, you will still get an SMS message that we would like you to respond to.

We have decided to do that after a few cases of students getting someone to call them in sick and the person purporting to be a parent is not the parent at all! Student Services Officers find it really difficult to judge the age and identity over the phone, especially with poor mobile lines.

The response to the SMS is a guarantee for us that a registered parent or carer knows exactly where the student is and is the same person who made the absentee call.

We apologise in advance for the inconvenience however, we take our Duty of Care towards the girls very seriously and need to respond to current issues and trends within a handful of our student population.


Our mantra:

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



ANZAC Day Ceremony

Anzac Day is a day dedicated to remembering all Australians who sacrificed their lives for their country. It is one of Australia’s most important national occasions and marks the anniversary of the first military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. We were reminded of this day’s significance this year as we commemorated 100 years of Australia’s involvement on the Western Front. We commemorate to preserve the Anzac legend which has become an important part of Australia’s identity and to remember and appreciate those who fought and died in the war. This unites all Australians, regardless of background and gives us a strong sense of Australian identity and nationalism.

At Bethany, we held our own Anzac ceremony hosted by Year 9 students. During the ceremony we paid our respects to those whose lives were lost during the war, and remembered their courage and sacrifice. We spoke of the Lone Pine and its significance, mentioning its descendant that now grows on the school grounds. The college wreath was presented (later to be laid at the base of Bethany’s Lone Pine tree) and the ceremony was finished with the Last Post and the recitation of the Ode, followed by one minute of silence.  We were lucky enough to be joined by Ken Markos and representatives from Bexley RSL and were able to eat and talk with them after the ceremony. It was an inspirational experience, and an honour to hear their stories and gain an understanding of what Anzac means for them.

 – Alana Jones (Year 9)





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From the Assistant Principal


Important Dates for Term 2

  • Monday 23rd May: Year 12 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 4.00-7:30 pm – Penola Building
  • Monday 13th June: Queen’s Birthday holiday
  • Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June: Year 11 Drama Production, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Monday 27th June: Athletics Carnival
  • Thursday 30th June: Last day of classes for students. Dismissal at 12:50pm
  • Thursday 30th June: Year 7-11 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 3:30-7:30pm
  • Friday 1st July: Year 7-11 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 9.00am-3.00pm


Privacy Awareness Week

Cyber Safety and Security

Keeping personal information off social media and other online platforms is a small and easy step you can take to ensure your safety both on and offline. Students at the college are advised about the acceptable use of technologies in the learning environment and their social environment. We have a pastoral program that addresses these issues, and we also respond as issues arise. As parents and carers, it is important to embed these behaviours in children from a young age. As children rely more and more on devices connected to the internet for school and socialising, managing their own privacy, and that of their family and friends online becomes more critical.


Keeping your private information PRIVATE

We are in a time when internet and specifically social media users often share almost every aspect of their day to day life online. This can include photos of their pets, homes, loved ones and even what they ate for breakfast. Nothing is sacred! People often forget about the information that is shared via photographs. If someone wanted to hack your email, social media pages, or even your bank accounts, they will usually begin by gathering publically information from your online profiles


Managing your privacy

With Privacy Awareness Week falling in May, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the fact that your privacy is in your hands. You would never walk around in public with your name, email address and photos of your family and home on a sign above your head, yet we willingly broadcast it to the world on our social media. Strangers can potentially see where you live, who’s in your family, your workplace, your movements and when you are taking holidays. Watch our privacy awareness week video which deals with the importance of secure passwords.


Checking privacy settings – social media apps and sites may change their privacy policies so it’s important to regularly review privacy settings to make sure they are as secure as they can be. When your update your phone’s operating system or an app, they often return to their default settings. Make sure you check your settings regularly and ensure they are set to the most secure option.


Researching digital shadow –  Social Media is a useful tool for keeping in contact and taking simple precautions to secure social networking profiles can ensure any private and personal information shared is protected. Regularly search your name, email address or usernames online to find out just how private you are. This can be a great way to see if there is information out there about you and your family. Meta search engines such as www.pipl.com  or www.dogpile.com search multiple databases at once.


Images from the Study Tour of Europe 2016



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal