Volume 7 - 26 Jun 2020


When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician. But that is not so… He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment. 

Pope Francis


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

As we move to the final week of the first semester, reports for Years 7 – 10 are being finalised. Reports will be published on Compass mid next week and a notification will go out regarding this. Bookings are also open for Parent Teacher Interviews next week. Some of the feedback that we have had from parents is that it would be good to have reports ready ahead of interviews so that more targeted questions may be asked for each subject. Upon reading your daughter’s report I recommend that the following way of thinking is adopted.

  • Attendance – does this reflect what you know of your daughter’s attendance?
  • Are all times away from school explained?
  • How much does my daughter give of herself to the College in the form of participation at a homeroom level, to being an ambassador for the College in how she wears her uniform through to her level of involvement in extra curricular activities offered? We do recognise that extra curricular offerings have been reduced due to COVID-19.

For each subject page an overall grade from A-E is awarded. NESA stipulates that we need to ensure that grades are awarded not just on assessment tasks. Teachers have observed your daughter all semester in the classroom and remotely and know what she has currently achieved. At times, achievement is seen through classwork and perhaps due to pressures of tests, may not be seen via a mark only. The overall grade is not an average of the areas of learning which are communicated on reports. The areas of learning give specific information of parts of the course and tell you at what level your daughter has achieved. Whilst students have varying abilities and may not be able to achieve the highest of grades, what each student can do is try her hardest and this is reflected in the final section of reports which is the commitment to learning. Your daughter is trying her best if her commitment to learning falls in the consistently box. If your daughter is rated as sometimes in any box, please talk to her as to why this is so.                                                              

For Parent Teacher interviews next week, a great take home piece of information is to ask for advice on how your daughter can improve regardless of her grade. Students who achieve an A can still improve. Staff have met for each year level for each subject to establish clarity and consistency in grading patterns.


This term we have had to juggle the competing demands with College events and COVID-19 restrictions. As part of a system of schools, we are guided by our Central Office at Sydney Catholic Schools who in turn make decisions based on the latest health advice. At present, we are pleased to be able to say that our entire sporting program will return on Thursday afternoons. Representative sport will run in keeping with junior sport across the state returning on July 1. For our Recreational sport choices, all venues have been assessed and whilst we can use these venues, it will be in keeping with social distancing regulations mandated by the State Government.

Hopefully with the easing of restrictions, events may all return but at present we still have some restrictions which will limit what we can offer in the first part of the term at least. Unless advice changes, we will enter Term 3 still unable to have excursions, retreats, parent attendance at assemblies or gatherings of parents at large school events or where parents are on site potentially mixing with others. For the first few weeks of term, this will mean that we are not able to have our Semester 1 Academic Awards Ceremony. Students will still be recognised for their achievements in Semester 1 with an award and this will be published in the first newsletter of next term but we are unable to present these awards via an assembly in front of the rest of the school nor parents. Other events which will not occur are the Parents and Friends Meeting scheduled for July 27, the HSC Dance Showcase scheduled for July 22 and the Year 9, 2021 Subject Selection Parent Information Evening. Parents of Year 8 will receive via Compass the presentation that would have been delivered with all of the information that Year 8 require to choose their elective subjects for 2021 and 2022. The Year 11 Retreat is scheduled for Week 4 and a decision will be made about this during Week 1.

As Term 3 progresses, restrictions may ease. We have been able to reschedule Bethany Day for September 1 and as you already know School Photos for July 31. Please especially keep Year 12 in your prayers for the easing of restrictions as we look towards the end of Term 3 and hoping that all of our planned Graduation ceremonies can progress.

Semester 1 has been unique in many ways. It has provided many challenges as well as time for reflection and reassessment of what we value mostly in our lives. Through much adversity has come some good and I encourage all students in the upcoming July holidays to think about what they want to achieve at school next semester. I pray that all members of the Bethany Community have a safe, happy and harmonious holiday and that students work to the best of their ability right up until their last lesson of term this coming Wednesday.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

As we head towards the end of term and prepare for the holidays I would like to commend the girls and thank each of our families for the way in which you have worked with us to  navigate a changing and at times challenging space, not just for us locally, but nationally and globally. Your flexibility and adaptability have allowed us to continue to provide a space where we have been able to contribute to the growth of the girls intellectually, spiritually and in relation to their character. We are very proud of each of our Bethany girls, not only when they do well but when they are able to stand up and take responsibility for their choices and actions, when they are able to consider the impact on others and are able to be honest about their behaviours, reflecting positively on them as individuals, as members of their families and as a members of our community. It is our hope that throughout this semester the girls have learnt something about themselves as a learner and as a person in relationship with others. 

These holidays, thankfully, will be quite different to the Easter holidays, as a result of the easing of restrictions will  provide a valuable opportunity for the girls to rest, relax and regroup. These holidays the girls may also have  an opportunity to connect with one another beyond the school gate. As always, families are encouraged to talk to their daughters about the importance of ensuring that their choices and behaviour, including online behaviour is a true reflection of their values and is both safe and supportive of others. 

In our last Newsletter I alerted parents to the increased popularity of vaping among young people.  The use of Nitrous Oxide commonly referred to as Nangs is also increasing in popularity among young people at present and it is important for parents and young people to know the facts and the dangers associated with inhaling this gas. Many would recognise the image below as a bulb or cartridge used to whip cream, as such these are readily available, particularly online and are very cheap at the average cost of $1. The gas from these canisters is most commonly inhaled, by discharging the gas cartridges into a balloon or sometimes directly into the mouth, producing what is described as a feeling of exhilaration or floating that generally lasts for just a short period of time. Many young people believe that this is harmless and liken it to inhaling helium from a balloon. However, like all drugs this has the potential to result in long term psychological and physical health issues. Parents are encouraged to read carefully the fact sheet found here and ensure that your daughter is aware of the dangers. 

Whilst many girls may enjoy the freedom of the school holidays to have acrylic nails, eyelash extensions and the like,  please be reminded that our expectations in relation to uniform, behaviour and attendance will remain high and at the commencement of next term, therefore,  all girls are expected to return to school in Term 3 wearing our uniform with pride and ready to learn.



Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

What’s been Happening in Religious Education

My Letter Writing Experience

Writing letters these days is so rare. We have so many apps like Whatsapp, Messenger and other social media to connect with people. But in the past, people didn’t have any of this. All they had was paper and a pen. Sounds like you can’t do much with it? Well you’re wrong! In fact, this was how people communicated news to relatives and friends living far away. Once mobile phones were invented, everyone started calling and messaging their loved ones. Well after messaging people my whole life, I’ve never thought about writing to someone. Writing a letter to someone was like the most boring thing to do to me. That was until back in Term One, my Religion teacher, Mrs Colreavy, came up with the idea to write a letter to students at Carroll College Broulee. These students live on the far South Coast of NSW and were the hardest hit by the summer bushfires. We wrote to say we were thinking of them during such difficult times and we wrote a prayer for them. When Miss said to start, I had no idea what I was going to write. It was difficult but I started to move my stiff hand and write. I wrote and wrote and wrote. All the words just popped up in my head. I filled the blank piece of white, into a word gallery. It felt great CONNECTING with people we didn’t even know.  To tell you the truth, I actually enjoyed writing the letter. Then- WE GOT A REPLY!! WE EACH GOT A LETTER BACK! The students at Carroll College wrote to thank us and we were all so excited. It was so nice to know that someone actually liked my letter. I’ve never known that writing letters could touch someone’s life. After getting a reply, I believe that I’ve made that person feel better and have let them know that we are all here to support them.

Try it today. Start writing now. Write a letter to someone and see how deeply it touches their heart. It may take time, but the results are worth it. If I can write a letter to someone, then I’m certain that you can too. I guarantee you that it’s fun. 🙂


Nikitha Shaiju

Year 7 

School Photographs

Uniform Shop – July Holidays

Year 12 Hospitality

Year 12 Hospitality did a fabulous job catering for their salads service period. Twenty five chicken caesar salads and twenty five Buddha bowls were made. Each Buddha bowl contained poached egg, halloumi, sausage, spinach and cauliflower rice.

I was very proud to see them working in the commercial kitchen with realistic industry service ratios, after such a long break away from face to face teaching. They have certainly not forgotten any of their skills. They managed their time effectively and were able to complete the task within realistic industry time constraints. Well done to the girls.


Vivian Kalaitzis

TAS/VET  Hospitality Teacher

St. Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal – Bethany College Response – Thank you

Dear Parents, Carers, Students and Families of Bethany College, 

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you for the empathy, generosity and community spirit you have shown towards the St. Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal. The call was put out a few weeks ago and it was so pleasing to see the response of the Bethany Community.

Today we had the St. Vincent De Paul van from the Hurstville branch come to pick up the donations from our College. Our donations included a range of toiletry items, canned foods and personal hygiene products, amongst other things. The driver was both overwhelmed and grateful for the support of our College who donated an array of items for clients of St. Vincent De Paul. 

I understand how difficult a time it is for many of us following the pandemic and for that I want to say thank you for your support. You have literally changed lives for the better and put a smile on the face of those who need it most. 

Thank you and may God always bless you. 

Kindest Regards,



Sebastian Laguzza 

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Letter Writing and Origami Initiative

There is no doubt COVID-19 has impacted greatly on all our lives, hindering the ability to be physically united and connected with our family and friends. As a result, loneliness has become increasingly prevalent, especially in the elderly in aged care facilities, as restrictions on the limit of visitors to each resident compounds the feeling of isolation and feeling alone. Year 11 Bethany students took this pandemic experience as an opportunity to reach out to older and vulnerable Australians, and support and make a positive difference to those isolated within our community. On Thursday 18 June, we spent lunchtime writing letters to aged care residents, to form a connection with the elderly as life under a pandemic has become one topic familiar to both younger and older generations. To let them know that the younger generation has not forgotten about them, and we appreciate how the experience is more difficult for them. We accompanied these letters with handmade origami figures, in an attempt to alleviate this state of loneliness, and bring a smile and sense of happiness during these challenging times. 


Nektaria Rice, Year 11 SRC



SCC Rep Sport – Term 3

We are happy to see the return of Thursday afternoon Rep sport in Term 3.

Teams have trialled in Week 9 and were announced to students on Thursday 25th June via Compass

The following teams will play next term at the following locations:

  • SCC Junior/Intermediate/Senior Basketball – Bankstown Basketball Stadium, 1 Third Ave, Condell Park
  • SCC Junior/Intermediate Soccer – Marco Reserve, Marco Ave, Panania
  • SCC Senior Softball – Kelso Park North, Henry Lawson Drive, Panania



The following CGSSSA gala days are still set to go ahead this year:

CGSSSA Netball – New date TBC

CGSSSA Volleyball – Term 4, 20th October

CGSSSA Tennis – Term 4, 29th October


NSWCCC Cancelled Events

A complete list of cancelled NSWCCC and NSW All Schools Events can be found at the following link:




Lauren Feeney

Sport Co-ordinator

Careers News

Inspiring Young Women

See terrific videos of women leaders. The Inspiring Futures for Young Women campaign is designed to help young people from all backgrounds, at schools and colleges across Australia to meet and make connections with female role models from a range of sectors.  By introducing young people to successful women working in different roles and industries, the aim is to enhance understanding of the breadth of career opportunities available, challenge gendered stereotypes about occupations and give young people the chance to ask questions and make connections with female role models. 



The UNSW Co-op Scholarship Program Insights Session REMINDER

Wednesday, 24 June. 6:30pm – 7pm

The UNSW Co-op Program offers students unique opportunities to learn and grow. Co-op scholars experience their chosen career through a series of REAL Industry Training (IT) placements and networking events over the course of their degree, with a scholarship of $19,600 p.a. for four years.

Connect at the link below


UNSW Co-op Scholarships

Close 30 September


Accounting & Business Management

Actuarial Studies Business

Information Systems

Commerce Information Systems

Finance & Banking

Marketing Science


Advanced Mathematics

Data Science & Decisions

Materials Science & Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Chemical Products Engineering

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Photovoltaics & Renewable Energy

Software Engineering


Getting into UNSW: Admissions and Alternative Pathways

Thursday, 25 June. 6.00pm – 6:30pm

Learn how to apply to UNSW, including the wide range of adjustment factor schemes and alternative pathways on offer and how the Guaranteed Entry selection ranks work, what assumed knowledge means, take a look at adjustment factor schemes including HSC Plus and our Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders Scheme, and explore many of the diverse pathways students take to get to their dream degree. UNSW willbe in touch on the day of each event to share the livestream link and instructions for how to participate.



University of Sydney  – Ask a (Business) Student: Live Q&A  REMINDER

24 June. 4pm

Want to know what studying business is really like? Now’s your chance. During this session you will meet some current students and have the opportunity to ask them anything you’d like about studying business here.



University of Sydney – Ask a (Law) Student: Live Q&A 24 June. 4.45pm REMINDER

Want to know what studying law is really like? Now’s your chance. During this session you will meet some current students and have the opportunity to ask them anything you’d like about studying law here at the University of Sydney.



Free UCAT Resources Medical Entry Handbook: 


Online UCAT Bootcamp: 



Notre Dame Early Offer Info Week

Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July

Nursing – 29 June 5pm

Education – 30 June 4pm

Law – 30 June 5pm

Business – 1 July 4pm

Arts & Sciences – July 5pm

Philosophy & Theology – 2 July 4pm

Early Offer – 2 July 5pm

Despite all the challenges this year, getting into Uni doesn’t have to be stressful. Join the Early Offer Info Week for tips on submitting your best application and taking the right steps through to enrolment next year. In the last week of June, a series of program information sessions to connect you with Academics and current students so you can get the best picture of study options and life as a student at Notre Dame University.



ADFA – Study at UNSW Canberra

UNSW Canberra has international recognition as a successful, research-intensive university – generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations which has had an impact around the globe.



Aeronautical Eng (Hons) (CDF)

Aeronautical Engineering (Hon)

Civil Engineering (Hons)

Civil Engineering (Hons) (CDF)

Electrical Eng (Hons) (CDF)

Electrical Engineering (Hons)

Mechanical Eng (Hons) (CDF)

Mechanical Engineering (Hons)

Technology (Aeronautical Eng)

Technology (Aviation)

Technology Aeronautical Engineering (CDF)


Cyber Security

Computing and Cyber Security

Computing and Cyber Security (CDF)

Computing and Cyber Security (Honours)



Science (CDF)

Science (Honours)



Arts (CDF)

Arts (Honours)



Business (CDF)

Business (Honours)




UTS Year 12 Subject Scheme

The Year 12 subject scheme awards adjustment points towards your selection rank, based on your performance in select high school subjects that are relevant to your preferred UTS course. UTS has put together this scheme because they believe that your ability to undertake a course is better measured by looking at your subject marks in addition to your ATAR. 



UTS Elite Athlete or Performers Scheme

Are you an elite athlete or performer who represented your school or state at a national level competition/event?

Has your study been impacted because of this?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you may be eligible for a five-point adjustment to your Selection Rank .



UTS Specific Study Area Scheme LOOK INTO EACH ONE!

UTS understands that your ability to undertake certain courses shouldn’t be measured by ATAR alone. Your interest or aptitude in specific study areas can also be taken into consideration in your

You can increase your chances of being made an offer to certain courses through these admission schemes:



Bond University: 2021 Year 12 Entry 

Students have shown incredible resilience in adapting to the challenges presented by COVID-19. To ensure Year 12 students are not disadvantaged for 2021 entry, Bond University will assess applications based on Semester 1, Year 12 results. Learn more at 


or contact Boyd Shacklock at 




Career in Games & Film, Industry Experience Day at AIE

15 July


CanberraLearn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and VFX industries from experts. Free practical workshops in 3D Art, Animation, Programming and Game Design for Years 10-12 students. 10:00am-2:30pm, 33 Mountain St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007. Rego required. RSVP