Volume 7 - 30 May 2017

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

HELPING CHILDREN COPE

In the last fortnight, I have noticed a trend amongst some of our students in the way they deal with setbacks and disappointments. In colloquial terms, I have personally witnessed students “dropping their bundle”. By not handling setbacks with maturity and determination, things can tend to spiral out of control and learning loses its way. Students trying to achieve their best, need to also focus on building their skills of RESILIENCE. It is one of the most valuable traits to build because you will need it in 

Resilience in the face of adversity isn’t a fixed personality trait. Resilience is an ability we can help children build. This is an important fact for children who suffer from a serious illness or experience a grievous loss or setback.

What are the best ways that parents can support traumatised children?

  • Tell them they are loved and are not alone. Children need to hear this over and over again.
  • Show them that they matter. This is the question children ask as they grow up: Do I make a difference to others? Do other people notice me, care about me and rely on me? When young people think that they don’t matter, they’re more likely to engage in self-destructive and antisocial activities, or simply withdraw.
  • Parents and other adults can make a difference simply by walking alongside troubled children and listening with undivided attention, forming warm relationships, communicating openly and allowing children to talk about their thoughts and fears.
  • Discuss coping mechanisms. These can include understanding that:
    • It’s okay to be sad and take a break from any activity and cry.
    • It’s okay to be happy and laugh.
    • It’s okay to be angry and jealous of friends and relatives who are not suffering.
    • It’s okay to say to anyone that we do not want to talk about it now.
    • It’s okay to ask for help.
  • Establish positive rituals. This could be something like a family dinnertime practice of each person sharing the best and worst moments of the day – the things that made them sad and those that made them grateful.
  • Embrace family history. Having a sense of their roots builds children’s sense of mattering, of being connected to something larger than themselves. This includes knowing where their parents and grandparents grew up, what their childhoods were like and how the family fared in good times and bad.
  • Keep memories alive. Remembering a loved one who has been lost builds mental health and even physical health over time.

(Acknowledgement: “How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss” by Sheryl Sandberg in The New York Times, April 24, 2017)

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

We keep the following families in our prayers who are dealing with difficult situations:

  • Miss Jamie-Lee Wood who lost a grandfather this week.
  • Martha Rice (mother of Nektaria in Y8) who recently had surgery.
  • Elizabeth Veukiso (class of 2015 and sister of Rosie Y12) who also recently had surgery.

 

GONSKI 2.0 – PROPOSED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING CHANGES

 As a Principal of a systemic Catholic school, I am increasingly concerned and alarmed at the speed with which the proposed funding changes are being put through parliament. If the changes are implemented, there will be major ramifications for us at Bethany College and other schools in the Archdiocese. Fees will need to rise and the delivery of educational programs to our children will be adversely affected.

 We are being treated as a private, Independent school, such as Danebank or Loreto Kirribilli, when in fact, we are a low-fee school that deliberately reaches out to all Catholic children, irrespective of their socio-economic status.

 Leaders from the Catholic school sectors have four (4) major reservations about the proposed model:

  1. There is a clear and deliberate attempt to undermine the value of operating as a system of Catholic schools. As a system of schools, resources are not allocated on a school-by-school basis. They are spread across all 152 Catholic schools within our system to ensure there is equity and opportunity for all children, regardless of where they live. Notionally highlighting a school’s funding entitlement only serves to cause misunderstandings and division. By working collaboratively, we can lift educational outcomes for all students, share resources to provide specialist intervention programs across all our schools to meet individual student needs, to keep small schools open and to fund major capital works programs.
  2. There are serious reservations about the methodology used by Treasury to calculate forward estimates in accurately predicting indexation rates. The past performance of the Treasury in this area has consistently led to an overestimation in the proposed indexation rates by nearly 1% each year over the past five years. Whilst the indexation rate for next year is locked in, from 2021 the government moves to the flexible indexation formula. We are advocating that the government “locks in” a minimum indexation rate in order to provide funding certainty over the longer term.
  3. Previously, funding in NSW was allocated based on the Average Weighted Index. By moving to a ‘school-by-school’ funding model, great pressure will arise to redistribute funding according to the individual SES of each school. For Sydney, with a large range of middle and high-income communities, this could be problematic. The government’s assumption is that all the parents in these areas have the same capacity to pay as do parents who send their children to private schools. This is simply not the case – we have always maintained a low fee system to provide access and equity for all children, regardless of their postcode or relative social background.
  4. There has been a change in how the SES formula is applied to low fee Primary schools. The current formula (especially in middle-income communities), recognises that young families with high mortgages, do not have the same ‘capacity to pay’ as Secondary school parents in the same SES locality. The removal of this provision (what we refer to as a ‘bow’ in the formula) is what will place the greatest stress on Primary school fees and has led to modelling suggesting that fees may have to progressively double in the longer term from 2021.

 With respect to the potential significant school fee increases, I want to stress they are only at risk of rising if the flaws in the Gonski 2.0 model are not addressed before the legislation is passed by Parliament.

To get the message across to our politicians, Parent Forums will be held across the Archdiocese where we will invite our elected representatives to hear parent concerns. Bethany College will host one of these forums, at this stage we are pencilling in the evening of 31 May 2017.  Details to follow. Please keep this night free. We want as many primary and secondary school parents there to voice their concerns and describe the impact on their families. Living in the St George area, whilst amazing, is also a costly exercise. Many families are heavily mortgaged and the stress of an increase in fees may make a Catholic education non-viable when it should be your right to choose!

 

 

 

Our mantra:

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

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  • 22/5: Year 12 Parent / Teacher / Student interviews – 4.00-7.30pm
  • 25/5: Europe Information Evening – 6.00 – 7.00pm
  • 29/5- 1 /6: Year 10 Assessment block
  • 9/6:  Staff Spirituality Day, Pupil Free Day
  • 29/6- 30/6: Years 7-11 Parent / Teacher / Student interviews
  • 29/6: Students finish Term 2 at 1.00 pm

 

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

Academy Travel will hold an information evening for parents and students on Wednesday 25 May, between 6.00 and 7.00pm at the College.

 

 

Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal

From the School Counsellor

The Impact of ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ on Young People

There has been significant hype around the new television series ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ which debuted on Netflix in late March. The show focuses on teen suicide, particularly about a school girl named Hannah who commits suicide, and leaves behind 13 tapes singling out friends and classmates that she considers responsible for her decision. The show has received some praise for its unflinching take on some serious issues like assault, bullying, drug/alcohol use and sex, but also the impact seemingly minor actions can have on the teenage psyche. It has also been commended for starting conversation about suicide which is the second leading cause of death among teens. However, the show has also become the source of much controversy with significant concerns around the way it portrays mental health and suicide, as well as the graphic scenes of rape, drug use, drink driving, and the method of suicide used. The show has also been critiqued because Hannah places significant blame on her peers for her suicide creating a misconception that a suicidal person can be in control after death. The show also fails to meaningfully address mental health which plays a significant role in 90 percent of suicides. The show did not portray any other alternatives for Hannah other than that of suicide. When Hannah sought help from adults in the show (the teacher and school counsellor) it completely undermined their ability to help and it depicted an unethical and unrealistic view that even adults and mental health professionals don’t know what to do and cannot help in a crisis. This is a huge disservice to the supports that are available for teenagers in the community and it is hugely concerning that teenagers may be susceptible in believing that adults cannot help when there are many highly trained professionals that can treat mental health issues in adolescents.

The series has put the world into damage control with concerns around suicide contagion or “copycat suicides”. When suicide is glamorised in the media through showing memorials, grieving loved ones and a sensitive boy that jumps in to rescue you and falls in love, or even method of suicide it can be dangerous to people already vulnerable to mental health and at risk of suicide. The American School expressed fear that “the creation of an elaborate suicide note that has a revenge-like quality to it may be appealing to students who are already looking for a ‘way out” (The Sun, 2017). Headspace has also issued a warning with increasing concerns across Australia about the explicit content featured in the series. Headspace reported that “national and international research clearly indicates the very real impact and risk to harmful suicide exposure leading to increased risk and possible suicide contagion”.

I strongly urge parents to be aware of the dangers and risks for vulnerable young people (and young people generally) who have been exposed to this content. The National Association of School Psychologists in America recommend that vulnerable youth not watch the show as “its powerful story telling may lead to impressionable viewers to romanticise the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies”. The reality is that individuals do not simply turn to suicide when things get tough, it is typically a combination of mental illness, overwhelming or intolerable stressors and inadequate coping mechanisms. Many schools and services have however reported an increase in at-risk behaviour since the show aired which is of concern.

I strongly recommend that parents (with your daughters if possible) and adults view this show as young adults sometimes blur the line between fiction and reality, particularly the one struggling with mental health issues, so it is important to encourage conversation about the topics in this show with your daughter. Teenagers will easily connect with the show given its portrayals of common teenage issues, so this show might be a platform to openly discuss sensitive topics such as sexual health, rights and responsibilities in relationships, assault, depression, suicide, drug and alcohol use, support etc. Even more so, it is important to discuss how suicide is depicted in the show, challenge Hannah’s perspective and choices in the way she responds to issues, what wasn’t responsible in the show, and also to talk about mental health.  They are not new concepts to your daughter but since the show isn’t adequately covering these topics, it is important for parents or anyone watching the show to do it. Young people often feel more comfortable approaching these discussions when they are about fictional characters. The show also sparks conversation within peer groups which may reduce the stigma around mental health and encourage help seeking behaviour.

Below are some links with important information on how to support your daughter, particularly if you know they have been exposed to the content or have expressed concerns around their own mental health, suicidal ideation or self-harm. We cannot prevent discussion or viewing of the show but teen suicide and prevention needs to be spoken about because this is a significant concern amongst teens.

How to talk about suicide with a young person

https://www.headspace.org.au/assets/School-Support/How-to-talk-about-suicide-with-young-people.pdf

 

Grief – How a young person might respond to a suicide

https://www.headspace.org.au/assets/Uploads/Corporate/Grief-How-young-people-might-respond-to-a-suicide-web.pdf

 

Managing social media following a suicide

https://www.headspace.org.au/assets/School-Support/How-to-talk-about-suicide-with-young-people.pdf

 

Warning Signs in Young People

  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Prior suicidal behaviour
  • Talking about suicide or death
  • Planning for suicide
  • Self-Harming
  • Putting affairs in order e.g. giving away possessions, especially those that have special significance for the person 
  • Writing a suicide note or goodbye letters to people
  • Uncharacteristic risk-taking or recklessness behaviour
  • Unexplained crying 
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Major changes to sleeping patterns – too much or too little 
  • Loss of energy 
  • Loss of interest in personal hygiene or appearance
  • Sudden and extreme changes in eating habits – either loss of appetite or increase in appetite 
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Increase in minor illnesses 
  • Negative thoughts – “What’s the point? Things are never going to get any better”


Advice for Parents

  • Ask the young person if they want to talk – this leaves the control in their hands.
  • Make the initial approach but don’t push them. You might start by saying I am worried about you because you haven’t seemed yourself lately, is everything ok?
  • Being supportive doesn’t mean you’re saying the behaviour is OK – it’s saying that you want to be there for the young person to help them.
  • If they won’t talk to you, is there a trusted adult they will talk to?
  • Seek support of a Health Professional
  • Don’t take it personally –young people don’t intentionally try to make you feel bad or guilty. Even if it feels like they are trying to manipulate you it may not be the reason they are feeling this way.
  • Make a safety plan – If you’re able to, sit down with the young person and make a plan about what to do if they feel down. This might make things feel safer for you and the young person. This may also reduce the ‘secrecy’ around self-harm or suicidal ideation and make the young person feel supported. Talk to a health professional about making a plan together. Reduce ‘access to means’ if possible.
  • Try to understand what the young person may be experiencing and how you can support that young person to find different ways of coping.
  • Take care of yourself –Make sure you are taking care of your own needs, as well as those of the person you care about. The more you are able to relax, the easier it will be to deal with whatever comes up.
  • Be clear about what your limits are – Most people feel completely out of their depth when it comes to self-harm or suicide. It’s OK if you feel uncomfortable with it and it’s ok if you don’t feel able to talk about it. Let the young person know this and together seek out the assistance of a health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor.

 

There is a parenting program starting next week in Caringbah. The program is called ‘Tuning in to Teens’ which shows you how to help your teen develop emotional intelligence. If you are interested, click on the link below:

http://resourcingparents.nsw.gov.au/Event/View/14482/tuning-into-teens-parenting-group

 

Resources

  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 or kidshelpline.com.au
  • Lifeline: Phone: 13 11 14 or lifeline.org.au
  • Parent Line: 1300 1300 52 or parentline.com.au
  • Your General Practitioner (Family Doctor)
  • A referral from your GP to a Mental Health Professional (Psychologist)
  • Your School Counsellor
  • A psychological service for young people- Headspace
  • Your local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • The Emergency Department of your Local Hospital
  • Mental Health Access Line: 1800 011 511

 

Online Resources:

 

 

Katerina Stratilas

School Counsellor

Team Dance Bethany Showcase

Careers Update

                                                                   

The students were treated to two informative presentations on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. One of the presenters was  from The University of Arts London. This university  is in the top 6 universities in the world for art and design. They offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts and their graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide. The other presentation was from Lattitude Global Volunteering which is one of the largest international volunteering organisations in the world, supporting around 1000 young people globally every year. They offer students the possibility of taking a gap year where they can have time and space to think about what their next steps will be after school all while helping others around the world and gaining valuable life and work experiences.

 

UNIVERSITY

Worldwide Med – A free resource for aspiring medical students.

Recently launched by a medical graduate from The University of Sydney, Worldwide Med is an online platform that aims to help prospective medical students make better decisions about studying Medicine in Australia and around the world.

 http://worldwidemed.co

 

Univeristy Admission Centre (UAC) Uni Open Days Listing 2017

All the Open Days in one handy place for 2017.

Click here

 

University of  New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design Student Parent Information Evening

22 June. 6.00pm to 8.00pm

UNSW Art & Design, Paddington.

Student Parent Information Evening is a chance for you and your parents to come along and hear about what it means to be a practicing contemporary artist, designer, digital creative, animator, filmmaker or curator. You will learn about the exciting career options and pathways available to you.

https://www.futurestudents.unsw.edu.au/art-design-student-parent-information-evening

 

The University of Notre Dame Doctor of Medicine Information Session

9 May. 6.00pm

160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst Contact: 02 8204 4404  or email sydney@nd.edu.au

http://www.nd.edu.au/events/2017/medicine-information-session

 

The University of Notre Dame Young Achievers Early Offer Program

Applications for the 2018 Young Achievers Early Offer Program will open soon. Applications will close at the end of July so there’s plenty of time to submit your application. Applications can be submitted once you receive your mid year  Year 12 report.

Applicants are able to apply in one of four categories:

  • Category One: Commitment to community and/or church
  • Category Two: Commitment to and excellence in cultural pursuits
  • Category Three: Commitment to and excellence in sporting achievements
  • Category Four: Academic Excellence

Register now to receive the information when applications open.

 http://www.nd.edu.au/nav-future-students/young-achievers-early-offer-program

 

University of Sydney Your Path to Uni

25 May. 6.00 to  8.00pm

Park Royal Hotel, Parramatta

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/your-path-to-the-university-of-sydney-registration-33104093234

21 June. 6.00 to 8.00pm

Whitlam Library, Cabramatta

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/your-path-to-the-university-of-sydney-registration-33140027715

Meet University Staff and Students
University staff and current students will be on hand to answer questions and discuss options about available degrees and careers – and anything else you want to know!

Year 10 Subject Selection Seminar
Subject selections and ATAR, a presentation on mathematics, subject selection and useful resources.

Year 11 and 12 Parent Seminar
A seminar for parents and carers of Year 11 and 12 students on how to support your child through the HSC. It will focus on support services, mental health and resilience, finances, and ATAR – as well as university applications and transition admission, scholarships and alternative pathways.

Postgraduate Study
Discover further study pathways available to you after your undergraduate degree and speak to our advisers about the different postgraduate qualifications including PhDs, Master’s degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certs.

  

University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Discover Nursing & Midwifery

15 June – Discover Nursing. 5.30pm

12 July – Discover Nursing. 5.30pm

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

 

Western Sydney University Mid-Year Information Day

20 May. 10.00am to 2.00pm

Parramatta City campus, 169 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

A great opportunity to speak one-on-one with academics about your options and to get a feel for campus life.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/future_students_home/events/mid-year_information_day

 

Western Sydney U Day

30 May

Senior high school students can experience a day at Parramatta South campus on

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/future/future_students_home/events/westernsydneyuday

 

Australian National University (ANU) Maths Day

20 May

Young maths enthusiasts from across the region find out how their numbers measure up when they battle it out in a test of mind and muscles. Teams of five Year 12 students take part in mathematical challenges designed to build teamwork skills and promote a love of maths.

http://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/anu-maths-day

 

ANU languages showcase fro Year 10, 11 and 12

31 May. 10.00am to 3.00pm

Designed to give students a taste of the languages we offer through short presentations and interactive activities. Learn more about life as an ANU student by hearing from some of our current language students.

Language majors include: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

http://www.anu.edu.au/study/events/anu-languages-showcase

 

UMAT Preparation Workshops

Established in 1999, the National Institute of Education (NIE) conducts UMAT Preparation courses aimed at developing the knowledge, skills and strategies required to maximise your entry potential. NIE is supported by expert staff and advisors including teachers accredited by the Department of Education  and Training, a range of Health Care Professionals, Social Workers, Academics and Practicing Clinicians. Our UMAT teaching staff have all sat the UMAT and have an academic background directly relevant to the three respective sections of the UMAT.

Sydney– 9 April, 20 May  or 12 July

Newcastle –1 July

Canberra –30 April or 13 July

http://www.nie.edu.au/

 

MedEntry

Preparation for the UMAT Test.

Sydney on 8+9 April, 10+11 April, 12+13 April, 24+25 April, 3+4 June, 1+2 July, 22+23 July

Coffs Harbour and Armidale. 8+9 July

https://www.medentry.edu.au/courses/umat-course-locations

 

 

TAFE

Vantage Automotive Apprenticeship Vacancies

Volvo, Skoda, Audi, Volkswagon apprenticeships across NSW.

 (02) 8014 8990 or reception@vantageautomotive.com

http://www.vantageautomotive.com/

 

NSW Country Apprentice Scholarship

This Scholarship offers financial assistance to eligible country NSW apprentices to support their apprenticeship training.  At least 10 Scholarships are awarded each year.  At least two of these are awarded to apprentices of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background. Value to $15,000.

http://www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/support-for-students/scholarships/*41*

 

COLLEGES

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) Career Focus Days

11 to 13 July

7 to 9 November

28 to 30 November

A 3 day residential program for students considering a career in the hospitality industry, designed for those aged 16 and over. This program gives prospective students insight into what it’s really like to study at BMIHMS and is held at both our Practical Learning and Executive Business Centre.

Contact T +61 2 9307 4600 or email enquiry@bluemountains.edu.au 

http://www.bluemountains.edu.au/your-hospitality-career/career-focus-days/

 

Whitehouse Institute of Design 2017 Graduate Exhibition & Parade 

28 November. 11.00am for 12.30pm runway show.

Bookings open in September .

2 Short Street, Surry Hills

Celebrating design thinking, creativity and innovation, showcasing the work of graduating students from across Creative Direction & Styling, Fashion Design and Interior Design disciplines.

http://www.whitehouse-design.edu.au/about

 

JMC Academy Info Session

17 May. 6.00pm to 7.00pm

561 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney

Animation, games design, digital design, film, sound, song writing and music performance.

http://www.jmcacademy.edu.au/events/information-sessions/jmc-academy-information-sessions

 

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Graduate Success Stories

http://www.aie.edu.au/graduate-success/all-graduates

 

St Patrick’s Institute of Education Info Days

11 June. 11.00am

17 September. 11.00am

12 November. 11.00am

Diplomas in Business Admin, Business, Marketing & Communication, Leadership & Management. University pathways to Notre Dame, ACU, CSU & UNE.

Contact: admin@spie.edu.au

http://www.spie.edu.au/

 

Bedford College Open Days

Glebe Campus Open day. 2 September. 9.00am to 3.00pm

Norwest Campus Open Day. 9 September . 9.00am to 3.00pm

Business, Child Care, Management, Community Services.

Throughout the year, Bedford College also conducts private tours of the college campus for interested students, families, and teachers. Booking times for tours are available on 1300 174 174.

http://www.bedford.edu.au/

 

GENERAL

Sydney Meet the Business Leader

17 May.  4.30pm to 7.30pm

Luna Park Sydney, Crystal Ballroom, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point

You have big dreams. You’ve also got some big decisions to make. Engaging with successful people can be helpful, even inspiring. That’s why we’re bringing together some of the most successful Chartered Accountants in the country in one room. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about the exciting possibilities a career in business offers.

http://events.charteredaccountantsanz.com/events/sydney-meet-the-business-leader-2017/event-summary-65ec61ddd18c40f596b432c3261ca678.aspx?lang=en&sms=1

 

Sydney Writers’ Festival student sessions 

22 May – Walsh Bay

25 May – Parramatta

SWF and NESA present Student Sessions, a full day of events for Years 9–12 students, featuring some of the world’s most engaging minds speaking on topics linked to the NSW school curriculum, including a Shakespeare expert, a renowned economist and a leading writer on climate change. 

More info: https://www.swf.org.au/studentsessions

 

HSC in July Holidays

Preliminary Subject and HSC Subject study preparation lectures.

https://hscintheholidays.com.au/our-program/

 

The School For Excellence (TSFX) Exam/Study Tip 1

The School For Excellence (TSFX) provides educational services designed to help students maximise their Year 11 and 12 scores.

http://www.tsfx.com.au/hsc-study-tips

 

Illuminate Nextgen Challenge 

Central Coast . 8 to 12 May

Newcastle. 15 to 19 May

Dubbo. 13 to 16 June

The flagship education program of illuminate Education & Consulting is the nextgen Challenge, where we put students into teams to develop a business that solves a problem in our community in five days. To prove the effectiveness of the business, students have to produce a business plan with two years of financial forecasting, deliver a sales pitch, create elements of a marketing strategy including radio and newspaper advertisements, all while undertaking a number of smaller challenges along the way.

http://illuminate.education/nextgennsw/

 

Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering (formerly known as Gap Activity Projects) is an international youth development charity.  Their mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing inclusive opportunities for them to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a challenging and structured international volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.

https://lattitudeaustralia.org/

 

WEP Student Exchange Scholarships 

WEP Australia, a not-for-profit student exchange organisation registered with the NSW Education Department, is now accepting applications from year 9 and year 12 students wishing to spend a semester or year overseas from January 2018 onwards. For more information, please visit www.wep.org.au, email info@wep.org.au or call 1300 884 733.

 

Get your School Involved World Challenge

Educational expeditions to over 40 destinations around the world. From the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the lush Amazon rainforest and the scorched deserts of Africa, they have the expertise to take you there. They create bespoke expeditions abroad, tailored precisely to your team’s objectives, or you can choose from our range of pre-crafted itineraries.

http://www.worldchallenge.com.au/about-world-challenge/contact-us/

 

Minerals Tertiary Education Council

Maybe you’re a high school student trying to figure out what you might like to study at University. MTEC.org.au is here to help – from offering useful resources through to connecting you with your peers and other professionals within Australia’s minerals industry.

http://www.mtec.org.au/

 

Commonly asked interview questions

 http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-careers/job-interviews/commonly-asked-interview-questions

 

Tips for juggling study, work and your passion

 http://this.deakin.edu.au/careers/four-tips-on-juggling-your-job-study-and-passion

 

 

 

 Elizabeth Vranos

Vocational Learning Coordinator

 

World Youth Day Panama 2019

Bethany College’s ANZAC Day Ceremony

April 25th of each year is the anniversary of the landing of the ANZACs on Gallipoli in 1915. Each year the nation gathers to commemorate the significance of this day to our history. On the first day back for Term 2, the school community gathered for a commemorative assembly to celebrate ANZAC day. Together we reflected upon the sacrifices of  Australia’s servicemen and women in the past, present and future to recognise their immensely significant role in protecting the safety and sovereignty of our nation. We were privileged to have commemorated our ANZAC Day assembly with special guests from Bexley RSL.  We would like to thank them for attending and their sharing memories.

Lest we forget.

Adeline Simon (HSIE Prefect)

 

 

 

 

2017 Choir Competition

Charlene Garcia Leanne Dinethi Algama   Chrystal Ruz   Jelena Puda
Dakota Martin Zoe Ball Lauren Young Isabel Santillana
Monica Gimeno Mia Biles Abygail Bartlett Henriette Savilla
Christina Grace Alessia Colagiuri Isabella Diaz Erini Stavroulakis
Caitlin Micallef  Selina Colagiuri Allira Giess Neysa Zarsadias
Ashlee Pasfield Christina Le Nicolle Jugetta Angelique Belivianis
Anna Maria Sanchez Monique Makisi Diya Lijo   Jasmine Hatzisavvas
Annika Woodham  Maya McCormack Antonia Mangos Eve Fernando
Ngikula Harris      

 

 

 

 

 

The big competition is FINALLY here! At 11.30am Sunday, 32 students from Years 7-12 will be representing Bethany College at Sydney Eisteddfod. Students will be participating in the 114 Category: “Youth Choir for female Voices only (19 and under)” 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.

We wish the girls all the best! Break a leg!

 

Miss Chantelle Nabaki

Choir Director

chantelle.nabaki@syd.catholic.edu.au

Parent and Student Study Skills Evening

PDHPE News

SPORT REPORT

Term 2 FITNESS CLUB  HAS COMMENCED!

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!

 

 

CGSSSA Soccer

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior CGSSSA Soccer Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior CGSSSA Soccer Team

 

 

 

SCC Cross Country

On 5 May, 18 of our students went to Queen’s Park and participated in the SCC Cross Country tryouts. All the girls ran really well, never gave up and tried their hardest despite the really hot weather. We got some great results throughout all age groups and Bethany also placed 3rd overall in the junior category.

All of these girls are now going  to Represent SCC at the NSWCCC cross country championships in June and we wish them the best of luck.

  • Lucy Flanagan
  • Grace Elliot
  • Kayla Dass
  • Brooke Salisbury
  • Holly Stansfield
  • Dominique Kulchar

 – Lucy Flanagan (Year 7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CGSSSA Basketball        17 May

CGSSSA Gymnastics      31 May

School Athletics Carnival        27 June

 

 

Katrine Barnes

Year 7 Coordinator / PDHPE Teacher

 

 

 

Extended Drop Off and Pick Up Zones in Waratah Street Bexley

Great news for all families who use Waratah Street to drop off or pick up children. Bayside Council have recently changed the signs in front of the Bupa Nursing Home to “No Parking” 8-9.30am & 2.30-4pm.

 

The signage has now been changed allowing parents to drop off and pick up in this zone.

You can stop here for a maximum of two minutes to drop off or pick up passengers and must remain within 3 metres of the vehicle.

 

 

 

 

Damienne Forrester

Assistant Business Manager