Volume 8 - 02 Jun 2017



This week, the Year 10 Assessment Block commenced and soon, reports will be compiled from the tasks students are completing from Years 7 to 9.

There are children who struggle academically and parents who worry disproportionately about their school performance. Some children worry excessively about grades. Parents and educators want kids to work hard, do their best and learn without buckling under the pressure. It’s tough to strike that balance. Here are some ways to keep things in perspective.

Debunk the myth of the perfect score.

Everyone is not getting straight As. And grades can be deceptive. A student who takes an easy course load may do better than a student taking all advanced classes. Some teachers may be exceptionally tough graders. Even between schools, there can be differences in standards and how students are assessed. By acknowledging these inconsistencies and limitations, we can help kids focus on more important goals, such as accruing knowledge, determining strengths and interests and developing a love of learning. You don’t need perfect results to be successful.

There’s a lid for every pot. 

Schools want to see academic rigour, but not at the expense of students leading balanced lives. University may suit some; a trades course others. Some may by-pass further education completely. A focus on the value and dignity of the individual will help children grow and make good choices for their futures.

Back off, and it will pay off.

Foster independence and give children autonomy and the freedom to experiment, problem-solve, self-advocate and make mistakes. Hovering over them may help them do better in school, but it’s not the best preparation for when they will have to stand on their own two feet. Overly protective parenting undermines children’s competence, independence and academic potential.

Character counts.

If school is a struggle, point out students’ other strengths and urge them to look beyond academics for a sense of accomplishment. Set reasonable expectations and try not to compare them to other students. Shift the focus to developing traits such as integrity, resilience, critical thinking, perseverance and teamwork, all of which will be equally if not more important when they enter the workforce. We short-change these components of a successful life when we overemphasise grades and test scores.

Ease performance pressure.

Hammering home the point that an exam is critical to future success rarely helps students. Instead of asking children how they scored on a test, focus on effort and growth. Encourage breaks and outside activities such as exercise. There are many paths to success after high school, and the goal should be to match students with the right fit. Children need to define success on their own terms.

After all, success is measured over the course of a lifetime, not just at the end of a school year or semester



Since the start of Week 4, Term 2, students moved into wearing their winter uniform. We have needed to issue a large number of uniform infringements. I make no apology for this. You may ask why we’re so demanding about school uniforms here at Bethany College. Shouldn’t students have a right to be able to express their individuality through their hair, their make-up, their jewellery or certain items of their clothing? Wouldn’t it make for a more pleasant atmosphere if we relaxed our standards just a little? Why is Bethany stricter about uniform matters than other schools? These are good questions.

I certainly accept that many young people who attended schools that had relaxed uniform policies (or no uniform policy at all), have gone on to be extremely successful in life. There are countries in the world (like Germany, Sweden, France, Canada and USA for example) whose government schools have no school uniforms at all and yet these countries continuously produce outstanding young people.

So why have school uniforms at all?

Well, on the other side of the argument, is the fact that the best and most successful schools in the world… schools like Eton, Harrow, Westminster, Charterhouse, Roedean and Benenden in England and Le Rossey, Brillantmont and Gstaad in Switzerland are all fanatical about their school uniforms. More over, there is a direct correlation between uniform wearing and international test results among the countries of the world.

Nine of the Top 10 countries in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results of 2009 were countries whose schools required uniforms (China, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Finland, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Netherlands). Only Canada who snuck into 10th place, has relaxed uniform policies in its schools. Of the 65 nations assessed overall, roughly one-third (24 countries) indicated that their schools did not require compulsory uniforms, so non-school-uniformed countries statistically performed well below school-uniformed countries. This is not suggesting that school uniforms are the REASON that certain countries performed better than others, it is simply pointing out that there is a high correlation between countries with good academic performance and school uniforms.

Still, the original question was not about whether we should have uniforms (I think most parents in Australia would agree that school uniforms in some form are a good thing) but whether we here at SJGS should be so strict about them. The simple answer has to do with ‘choice’. Australia’s education policy is based on the notion of providing choice. Parents can choose to have their children educated at a local government school or at a private school, whether it be a religious school like Bethany or an independent school. Each school or school system offers parents a different choice. Part of the ‘choice’ offered by schools involves their attitude to school uniforms.

Some schools are more relaxed about uniform policy and some (like Bethany) are far more strict and uncompromising about dress codes and uniforms. It is not compulsory to attend Bethany, but if you choose to come here (or educate your children here) there is a price to pay. Bethany is not an expensive private school, but it demands the highest price of its students in terms of attitude, discipline, work ethic and respect for authority. An important measure of this attitude, discipline and respect for authority is how well our students accept our rules and regulations regarding our school uniform.

So WHY is Bethany College so strict about how our students wear their uniform?

Here are my TOP 10 REASONS for being strict about our school uniform…

  1. DEMONSTRATING RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY: it’s NOT just about obeying rules that are convenient or that you happen to agree with, it’s about obeying rules because of a sense of duty and responsibility. The fact that many children these days might find our uniform standards difficult to uphold is part of the justification for setting them so high in the first place… i.e. to build character and demonstrate that you are prepared to accept the right of others to set rules for you even if you don’t necessarily agree with or like those rules. It would NOT be demonstrating your respect for authority if the rules being set by that authority were too easy to uphold.
  2. BUILDING THE REPUTATION OF THE SCHOOL: all students of a school benefit when their school enjoys an excellent reputation within the community. This good reputation translates into improved employment prospects for our students as prospective employers know that as a Bethany College student you have demonstrated a respect for authority and a sense of duty and responsibility to your school that transcends your own wants and desires. These are considered highly desirable and attractive job-seeker characteristics by employers.
  3. HELPING TO ACQUIRE REAL VALUES AND MORE PRODUCTIVE WAYS TO EXPRESS ONE’S INDIVIDUALITY : Anyone who bases their own self-esteem (or their value-judgments of others) on how cool they look (the designer clothes they wear, the stylish hair or popular fashion they are capable of displaying, etc) is at serious risk of failing to learn one of adolescence’s most valuable lessons… that what makes us unique as individuals is not whether we can spike up our hair or hang our pants low (like a million other high school students in Australia) but moreabout the values we live our lives by, how we help and respect others, what we write, what we read, what we believe are important aspects of life and how we communicate our opinions to others, what our unique strengths and weaknesses are, etc. In other words, by removing the option of expressing their individuality through their physical appearance, we are forcing our students to explore other (hopefully more productive) ways of expressing individuality and at the same time, hopefully helping them to learn to judge others not by their superficial appearance but by an individual’s actions, words, values and unique personal qualities. To some this might seem a little confusing… if the school is saying that we should NOT judge others by how they look, then why is the school asking its students to ‘look’ a particular way? Because the way WE are asking our students to look is specifically designed to demonstrate something much more important about them than their taste in clothes or their ability to follow fashion trends or the financial status of their family … its demonstrating a respect for authority, a sense of duty and responsibility and a sense of pride in their school … these are REAL values, because it demands much more of the wearer than access to the specific clothes … it demands a commitment of purpose, attitude and values. In other words, our school uniform is designed to allow you to demonstrate many important characteristics about yourself (your respect for authority, your sense of duty and responsibility, your time management and organisational skills in preparing your uniform daily, your pride in your school, etc) but it is NOT designed to allow you to express your individuality. We think this is a good thing because it forces you to explore other (more productive) ways to express your individuality. Since you won’t learn much about your classmate’s individuality by looking at their uniforms either, it will also force you to explore more deeply into your classmates to discover their unique characteristics.
  4. LEARNING TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITHIN THE RULES OF THE GAME: Often when interviewing potential parents and students we explain our high standard of dress code as if it were a game that we’re playing (because essentially it IS just a game we’re playing). If while playing a game of football you kick the ball out on the full and the referee blows the whistle, you know that it’s a total waste of time to question the rule and complain to the referee: ‘What a stupid rule … why aren’t I allowed to kick the ball out on the full?’ Similarly, there would be little point in suggesting to the referees that they should be a little more ‘relaxed’ with the rules… ‘It didn’t go THAT far out, why are you so strict?’ or ‘Hey it was an accident, I didn’t MEAN to kick it out on the full. No. Everyone playing sports knows that their objective is to be successful WITHIN THE RULES OF THE GAME. In sport, as in life and work, there’s no point complaining about the rules. If you believe them to be unfair, illogical, unsafe, etc, then you should discover the proper process to appeal or amend the rule and try to change it officially. Otherwise your mission is to be successful while abiding by the rules of the environment you find yourself in. If however, our students learn the habit of breaking, bending or avoiding rules here at school, it will be a hard habit to break when they get out into the real world and find that the penalty for such infringements can be much higher than a school infringement notice.
  5. LEARNING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRIDE AND VANITY: Forbes suggests that worldwide, the most common characteristic of successful enterprises is ‘a shared pride in the organisation’. Sporting teams win competitions because of their pride and self-belief. Armies have won wars simply because they had stronger pride and self-belief than their enemies. Pride in your group, your company, your team, your school … these are unquestionably good things. There is a massive difference however, between having a healthy pride in the achievements of one’s group (on one hand) and an individual being personally proud of themselves (on the other). Self-pride is called arrogance or conceit and is considered the worst of the seven deadly sins (along with wrath, greed, sloth, lust, envy and gluttony in case you were interested.) If the focus of one’s conceit or pride is their physical appearance, it’s called ‘vanity’. ‘Self-pride’ is defined as: ‘a desire to be more important or attractive than others; failing to acknowledge the good work of others.’ Our basic ethos here at SJGS is to build the right kind of pride… a pride in the achievements of our school, a respect for its uniform and culture and a self-belief based on the notion that we are capable of being as good as (but not better than) anyone else on the planet. We also want to deter our students from being conceited or vain. We believe therefore that conforming to our school uniform not only demonstrates respect and pride in our school but it also demonstrates that our students do not have a desire to feel more important or attractive than others.
  6. GETTING YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT : There is evidence to suggest that without school uniforms and a strict, conforming dress code, some students will spend more time and energy focusing on their clothes/make-up/jewellery, etc, than the things that are actually important in education… i.e. gaining qualifications, knowledge, skills, positive characteristics, a strong work ethic, good habits and attitudes, etc. I appreciate that perhaps only a minority of students would fall into this category, but strict rules of conformity will discourage even that small minority from wasting their time on unimportant ‘personal fashion’ issues at school.
  7. LEARNING A SIMPLE LESSON – WHO ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE IMPRESSING? Following on from the previous point, it is disappointing when we see students whose objective at school is to impress their peers by appearing ‘cool’ or attractive. They are demonstrating that they have failed to work out WHO they’re supposed to be trying to impress here. Unless we can persuade them that they are supposed to be trying to impress their teachers, they are likely to continue this misguided behaviour into their future work-places and then wonder why they are continually passed over for promotion or laid-off. A strict dress code helps to remind our students who they are supposed to be trying to impress.
  8. HABITS ARE CONTAGIOUS AND EASILY TRANSFERRED: Conforming to a strict dress code is not always easy, but the more one does it, the easier it gets because it simply becomes a habit. Making sure that one’s uniform is clean and ready each morning, requires responsibility, preparation and time management skills, which again become easier once they become habitual. When a student gets into a nightly routine to ensure their uniforms are prepared, they will find it relatively easy to extend this routine into homework preparation and study. The point is that good habits are something we want to encourage and instil into our students here at Bethany College, and forcing our students to commit to a regular schedule for uniform preparation gets them heading in the right direction.
  9. UNIFORMS – YOU EITHER DO THEM RIGHT OR NOT AT ALL: At the risk of over-simplification, you either have a uniform or you don’t. As the word implies…we are all supposed to look uniform, i.e. consistent, as one. From the Latin: unus (singular) and forma (form or appearance). Furthermore, once you start to divert in any way from the school’s uniform, it’s a slippery slope… if you accept any latitude in the definition of one rule, in fairness you have to start doing the same for other rules and before you know it, instead of a uniform you have a suggested or recommended code of dress which becomes open to everyone’s interpretation, is impossible to manage and achieves NONE of the eight objectives previously outlined. I have absolutely no problem with (in fact I would encourage) our students lobbying to have a specific aspect of our school uniform officially changed. (The point is that it would be changed for everyone and still remain a strictly conformed-to uniform.) What I have no interest in, is allowing individual students or even groups of students to alter the uniform for their own personal benefit or interest.
  10. THEY LOOK MAGNIFICENT AND ARE REALLY FUNCTIONAL: At Bethany College we are accustomed to people telling us how brilliant our students look in their school uniforms. Why would anyone want to change that? In winter, the blazer keeps the students warm and protected from the wind; a cardigan is just not enough.

OTHER LESS IMPORTANT REASONS: A conforming uniform helps to reduce distractions in class, since there is nothing particularly interesting being worn by your classmates to attract your attention or discuss AND it helps to foster a sense of identity for our ‘organisation’ AND from a safety and security perspective it allows us to immediately identify someone who shouldn’t be on campus, even if they have somehow found parts of our uniform, they are unlikely to know how to wear it correctly.




From the start of last week, Mrs Laura Rizzo, commenced her maternity leave. In this period, there have been a few changes to staffing.

  • Miss Claudia Carrabs has taken over most of Mrs Rizzo’s teaching classes.
  • Miss Lara Grimm is now the Acting Year 8 Coordinator.

  • Mrs Clare Moroney is the Acting Year 7 Assistant Coordinator, assisting Mrs Barnes.



  • Mrs Nora Straker has taken over a Geography class for Miss Grimm to enable her to focus more fully on the pastoral needs of Year 8.


  • Once again, we welcome Miss Laura Fing, who has replaced Mrs Pelham who resigned from the College to take up the Assistant REC position at Aquinas College Menai.


Our mantra:

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

From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates

  •  22/5: Year 12 PTS 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 PTS Interviews
  • 29/6: Students finish Term 2 at 1.00pm


Making the Most of Feedback 

Throughout the year your daughter’s will have been receiving feedback from teachers about your assessment and classwork. But are they making the most of this feedback? Many students are too focused on what mark they received and neglect to make the most of the feedback they are given.

It’s not just about what you did wrong either! The feedback is a chance to celebrate what you did right, what you understood and the skills and learning you demonstrated.

However it is also a chance to address areas you found difficult or did not perform as well in.

Below are some questions your daughter can ask herself when an assessment is returned to make the most of the feedback she is given, and you can be part of that conversation.



When a task, test or exam is returned:

  • What specific feedback did your teacher give you and how should you use that feedback?
  • Will you be tested on these topics again or are they important for overall understanding in this subject?
  • Which areas do you need to ask for help on as you still don’t understand?
  • Which questions from your test paper should you re-do? Re-do them!
  • Should you re-write any questions or essays and re-submit?
  • Was there any revision work you did not complete before the test?
  • What topic areas do you need to review and revise, what should you do to address these?
  • Are there topics you still need to finalise study notes on?
  • Are there sections of your study notes that you need to re-do?
  • Did you plan ahead to give yourself enough time to revise?
  • What changes do you need to make in the way you study for that subject next time?
  • Are there students who did really well that you can talk with to find what they did differently?

For other types of assessments:

  • What parts of the assessment did you do really well?
  • What did you enjoy about the assessment?
  • What can you learn from the feedback you were given?
  • Is there any part of the feedback you don’t understand that you need to discuss with your teacher?
  • Can you ask a student who did really well if you can look at their assessment so you can see what is needed to get top marks?
  • What could you have done differently?
  • Do you understand what you need to do to improve or do you need to ask your teacher for more guidance?




Jacinta Russo

Assistan Principal

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

Year 12 Retreat

Last week, our Year 12 students attended their retreat and it was resounding success.  The theme of the Retreat was “Haven’t I commanded you; be strong and courageous?  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9).  Students had an opportunity to reflect on their time at Bethany and were able to come to a realisation that they could leave behind a legacy that following years would look up to.  Students were also guided to realise that no matter what they choose in their life, God will always be with and if they choose to look to God in any aspect of their life, God will be journeying with them.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend three days with your daughters.  We shared many laughs, a few tears and lots of stories.  From a personal perspective, I feel very privileged to share this time with your daughters as I always come away inspired and invigorated by their insights and attitudes. 

I would like to thank the staff who attended the retreat, Mrs Donnelly, Mrs Benson, Mr Laguzza, Ms Wood, Mr Hulme, Mrs Matthews, Mr McLean, Mrs Filipetto, Mrs Bullock, Ms Mirabello, Mr Donlan, Ms Soles and Mrs Fitzgerald.  Their support, hard work and gift of their time to the students has made this retreat a very special one. 

I leave you with a few photographs from the Kiah Ridge Retreat (more to come from Benedict XVI Centre and Mulgoa in our next newsletter).



Australian Catholic Youth Festival – Save the Date!

This year, the Archdiocese of Sydney is hosting the Australian Catholic Youth Festival from 7 – 9 December.  This is a major event in the Archdiocese with a projected participation of 15,000 young people aged from 16 – 35 from all across Australia.  The event will be held at Homebush with a final mass being said at the Domain on the Saturday evening.  ACYF has been previously held in Melbourne and Adelaide and each time, young members of our Church have been inspired and have had an opportunity to grow in their faith. 

The event is aimed to bring together young people who share a common faith in a way that celebrates, inspires and engages our youth.  There are many activities planned over the three days and we will be sending out more information about these in upcoming newsletters.



Mrs Diane Kennaugh

Leader of Religious Education and Mission




Parent and Student Study Skills Evening

Careers Update

JobJump Information Evening 


Bethany College and Marist College Kogarah organised an information evening on Tuesday 16 May for parents and students of their respective schools on how to navigate the JobJump website to source information ranging from  Year 11 subject selections to university courses and careers. Gary Grant from JobJump gave an informative presentation on the best way to utilise the site. The allocated event space at Marist was fully booked with interested parents and students who all walked away with information that will assist them in making informed decisions about both school related issues and post school options.




University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Year 11 and 12 Information Evening

 30 May . 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Sydney Nanoscience Hub, Physics Road, Camperdown.

Interested in finding out where a degree in engineering, computing or project management can lead you? Do you have questions about entry requirements, fees or double degrees? Do you want to know more about the scholarships on offer at the University of Sydney? Find out everything you need to know about studying engineering, computing, technology or project management at Sydney University.



Charles Sturt University (CSU) MyDay Engineering 

Registration for this event closes on 2 June.

9 June

CSU’s MyDay Engineering event will be held in Bathurst. Parents are welcome to attend. Registration can be submitted online at http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/unilife/social/campus-events/myday or for a hard copy of the form please email infoevents@csu.edu.au


Australian National University (ANU) Asia Pacific Day

21 July

Every year the ANU EngageAsia program offers high school students the opportunity to visit ANU and expand their knowledge of the most current and topical issues facing Australia and it’s engagement with Asia and the Pacific . Students are invited to attend a full day of talks and presentations given by high profile ANU academics and current students. Students get to design their own timetables to suit their personal interest in the region and can choose from a range of of contextual and language lectures.

This year we are inviting all ACT students in years 10, 11 and 12 to attend. Expressions of interest are currently open, please register here. We will be sending out more program details in April.

For more information about Asia Pacific Day, please email asiapacific@anu.edu.au




Agriculture HSC Seminar at Camden

15 June. 9.30am to 2.00pm

This seminar revises key concepts in the HSC. Agriculture courses and provides current examples of research that students can use in the extended response answers. Hear from leading researchers and see research facilities in action. Lecture recordings available for regional schools. More info: 

http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/high-school/agriculture-hsc-seminar/ or science.alliance@sydney.edu.au


Camden Open Day

16 June. 9.30am to 2.25pm 

Camden Open Day lets year 9&10 students see research in action in agriculture, environment, science and veterinary science. First, an entertaining talk from Dr Karl, then students have the opportunity to attend three workshops to experience the latest in these natural science areas. More info: 



Australian Catholic University (ACU) Early Achievers’ Program now open 

Closes 17 July

Applications are now open for the Early Achievers’ Program at Australian Catholic University. Your positive community impact could help you get into ACU, and if successful, you’ll receive an offer to study at ACU as early as August, and benefit from opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills. 



UMAT 2017 registrations open 

Interested in a career in medicine or dentistry? Make sure you register NOW for UMAT 2017: 


Are students prepared for the competition for post-graduate studies to complete their medical training? 




Engineering &Technology Cadetships (ETCAD)

Applications now open.

Applications close: 16 June

For Year 12 students who would like to pursue a career in ICT and in business. Technology Cadets combine an IT-related degree or a business degree with paid work at either Westpac Group or Macquarie Group.

Contact Alister Wilkinson at: director@professionalcadets.com.au

Website: www.professionalcadets.com.au



University of Melbourne Information Session at Monte Sant Angelo Mercy College 

8 June 

Monte will be hosting the University of Melbourne and possible VTAC in Term 2 on 8 June 2017. There will be a session for parents and students as well as a session for Careers Advisers. Save the Date! More details to follow soon.



University of Melbourne Murrup Barak Camps

11 to 16 July

Open Day camp. 18 to 20 August

Murrup Barak hosts two annual camps that allow Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in years 11 & 12 to experience University life.  The Murrup Barak camps  provide students with hands on interactive experiences highlighting  the support available, the University of Melbourne experience as well as opportunities to engage with various faculties and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Contact: murrupbarak-camps@unimelb.edu.au




Southern Cross University HSC Chemistry Day

8 June. 10.00am to 2.00pm

Lismore Campus

A study program for Year 12 students to explore the key concepts of the HSC chemistry syllabus to assist in preparation for exams.




University of Wollongong (UOW) June and July Years 10 to 12 Info Evenings

These events are designed to give you the information you need about choosing courses and studying at UOW.

Nowra 1 June

Griffith 20 June

Wagga Wagga 21 June

Albury22 June

Bankstown 28 June

Southern Highlands28 June

Parramatta 29 June

Coffs Harbour 18 July

Tamworth 20 July

Batemans Bay  24 July

Bega  25 July



University of Wollongong (UOW) Early Admission Program

Applications open 1 – 25 August

UOW Early Admission look at your results so far and reward your hard work with a place at UOW before you even sit your first exam. Applicants must be in Year 12 in 2017, and completing the HSC or interstate equivalent, or the IB on-shore at an Australian High School, be under 21 years of age, and eligible to receive an ATAR or IB Diploma.





Western Sydney Taste of Trades & Careers Market 

24 and 25 May. 9.00am to 3.00pm

Penrith Valley Sport Centre – Herbert St Cambridge Park. 

This event is for school groups students Yr7 – Yr12. Schools are allocated a 2 hour timeslot on booking. Please contact Brett Carter for more details. Ph 02 9208 9506 or email brett.carter18@tafensw.edu.au


Marina traineeships in Sydney

The new traineeship designed for the marina industries, announced last year by the Marina Industries Association (MIA) in conjunction training provider Safety Corp, is set to commence next month with the first group of trainees from NSW due to meet at the Boating Industry Association Watsons Bay Boating Safety Education Centre.

Contact Colin Bransgrove at colin@marinas.net.au, 0294395806, or Mark Robb at markr@safetycorp.com.au, 1300 799 190.




My Trade Start in Automotive, Retail, Hospitality, Business Administration, Warehousing & Distribution, Community Services.

My Trade Start delivers education, employment and training opportunities to Youth, Indigenous Australians, those with a disability and mature aged persons returning to the workforce. 




MIGAS Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Check regularly to view local Sydney, Hunter Valley and regional New South Wales job openings, search all current apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities Australia-wide on our jobs board or subscribe to our monthly job alert enewsletter, MiTrade, to know first about the latest jobs.




AATIS Newsletter, apprenticeship & traineeship industry news 

Keep up-to-date with apprenticeship and traineeship industry news by subscribing to the AATIS Newsletter. We provide information, resources and tools that help with gaining a stronger understanding of the sector, as well as being relevant for parents, students and stakeholder groups. Subscribe here 




Australian Film Television and Radio School Open Day

12 August.  10.00am to  3pm

Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney.

Find out how to start and progress your career in the screen and broadcast industries with the Australian Film Television and Radio School.  This is a great opportunity to see our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our professional tutors, learn about our undergraduate and postgraduate courses and see for yourself why AFTRS is the #1 film, TV and radio school in Australia.




The Creative Network – Exciting Events/Workshops coming to JMC Academy 

JMC Academy has teamed up with Fire Entertainment to bring you The Creative Network in 2017. The Creative Network is a series of uniquely crafted events designed to expand your knowledge, challenge your thinking and connect you to the opportunities and professionals you need to know in the creative industries. For more info and to register your interest please visit: 




Cisco. Women Rock- IT

15 June. 2.00pm

Join the FREE “Women Rock-IT” live TV broadcasts and hear from some “Rock’in” women who have challenged stereotypes and turned their passion for technology into rewarding and successful careers. Our speakers are in different occupations and businesses. You will soon learn, IT is a world of possibilities and a technology career can be as varied, exciting, and as glamorous as you want it to be. Join our events and connect with the women who Rock-IT. To learn more about the technology courses offered through Cisco Networking Academy.




Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day

17 June 

Speak with lecturers and students, find out all about our Bachelor degree courses, explore our campuses, learn about educational pathways and study options, and find out if a career in natural health is for you. 





Get paid to study to teach in a rural or remote area 

HSC students can get paid while they study to become a primary or secondary teacher in a rural or remote NSW public school. Students are guaranteed a permanent job, $6000 per year of full time study and $5000 appointment allowance. Applications open in May! Visit our website 



Cadetships for HSC students wanting to become Teachers 

Do you have students in Years 10 -12 who are interested in becoming a teacher? Students can work part-time in a school whilst studying and graduate with a permanent teaching position with a cadetship from the NSW Department of Education. Students can sign up for an ‘alert me’ to be notified when applications open in May. Be paid to study to become a teacher of a high-demand subject area. Teacher Education Scholarships are available to future teachers of mathematics, science (with physics), selected Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) or special education (K-12).


Future Leaders Awards 2017

Closes 31 May

The Future Leaders Awards recognise and reward young Australians who have shown strong leadership and potential. The Awards also aim to inspire others to engage in environmental and community issues and make a difference.



Youth for Understanding Student Exchange

Online Info Sessions: every month or at The Dougherty Community Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood.

Going on exchange provides you with a unique opportunity to travel and study overseas with the support of a worldwide network of YFU Student Exchange organisations, a volunteer host family, a school and its community and local support people.



Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

Closes 30 June

About people with a disability. Tell a story on film. Great prizes.



Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers

Entries open 30 May

Closes  10 September

The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers is a unique development award to foster talented writers aged 30 and under writing long form work. Entries between 5,000 and 10,000 words are welcome across all nonfiction genres, including memoir, journalism, essay, and creative nonfiction. Great prizes.



Express Media Toolkits

Closes 31 May

Toolkits is a rigorous 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment. Each program includes one-on-one mentoring and feedback from an established writer, specialised presentations from guest artists and the opportunity to network with other young people working in the same literary form.



Communication skills for workplace success

The ability to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues, and staff is essential, no matter what industry you work in. Workers in the digital age must know how to effectively convey and receive messages in person as well as via phone, email, and social media. What skills do employers look for? See the 10 communication skills which will help ensure your success.



Defence Jobs Info Sessions




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator

Team Dance Bethany Showcase




Representative Sport Update

Sydney Catholic Colleges (SCC) Netball

This season we have three every strong netball teams in each division. The results after the week 5 games are as follows:

  • Junior – 3rd
  • Inter – 2nd
  • Senior – 7th


SCC Senior Soccer

Our senior soccer team has been training hard with coach Miss Soles each Thursday morning before the afternoon competition. Our girls were undefeated up until last week in a tough game against St Charbels. They are currently sitting in 2nd place after the week 5 games.


NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (CCC) Touch Football

On the 23rd and 24th of May 4 students, from Bethany College participated in the NSW Combined Catholic colleges (NSWCCC) tournament in Dubbo. We left sydney at 10:00 and got to dubbo at 5:30.  We stayed at the Ibis hotel in Dubbo which was 10 mins away from the venue. Throughout the day we played 5 games,which we won 1 against south sydney, drew 1 against maitland and lost 3 against parramatta eels,bathurst and armidale  . Which put us 5th on the ladder.We left dubbo at 2:45 and got home at 9:30. Overall, it was a fun and exciting trip. 

  • Leah Fisher



On Wednesday the 17th of May, Bethany’s Senior CGSSSA Basketball team competed in the Championships at the Sutherland Shire Basketball Centre. Coached by Miss Cox, the team played 4 rounds against quality competitors, however they unfortunately missed out on the finals. All of the girls worked hard for each other in every game and continued to show up and compete despite various injuries on the day. It was an enjoyable experience, and we all thank Miss Cox for guiding and motivating us on the day!

  • Natalie Najem


Well done to all of the girls involved; Natalie Najem, Klaudia Mihaljevic, Joanna Stathopoulos, Soriya Farah, Holly Stansfield, Annabel Stojanovska, Dana Sutherland, Caitlin McKenzie, Ashlee Pasfield, Audrey Hioe and Princess Mina



Congratulations to the following girls who represented the SCC Association in Soccer at the NSWCCC Football selections at Glenwood on Tuesday 30th & Wednesday 31st May 2017:

  • Sotiria Psakis
  • Moya Denford
  • Bella Markou
  • Cassandra Patrulovski
  • Annabelle Stojanovska
  • Natalie Hardas


Upcoming events

2017 Athletics Carnival

The college Athletics carnival is coming up on Tuesday 27th June in week 10 at Barden Ridge Athletics Field, Menai.

Students will travel to the venue on school bus after attending normal homeroom.

During the day, students move around the field and track events with their age group.  This should be the age that students are turning by the end of 2017.  Therefore, if you are turning 14 on December 31st 2017, you will be in the 14s age group.

Students who wish to participate competitively in the 1500m run and javelin throw are asked to sign up on the sports noticeboard prior to the carnival day and be checking emails for correspondence regarding traveling on the first bust to the venue to participate in these events.

Closer to the date an announcement will be made from the Sports leaders, informing students of the dress up theme for the carnival.  All students must wear their full winter College sports uniform to school, as well as to and from the carnival but will be permitted to change into costume for the theme.  Year 11 and 12 students  who no longer have the tracksuit are required to wear navy/black track suit pants and an appropriate warm top.

For any further questions about the day please ask PE staff.


2017 Term 3 Thursday Representative SCC Sport Trials

​We will be starting the process of trialling for Term 3 Thursday Representative SCC sports during the end of

term 2.

Please keep an eye on the daily sentral notices if you are interested in any of the following sports:

  • Junior/Inter/Senior Basketball
  • Junior/Inter Soccer
  • Senior Softball


Lauren Brennan 

Sports Coordinator





Year 7 PDHPE- Shark Tank Assessment Task

In this assessment, we had to create a hygiene product targeted at teens during adolescence and puberty. We enjoyed creating and filming the ad. We created a scented sponge that cleanses your face and reduces redness from acne in less than 2 mins. This product can benefit young people as it is efficient and it makes them feel comfortable in their own skin.

Linh, Henriette and Maresa



In the assessment we had to come up with a hygiene product that will help young people going through puberty.

The best part of the assessment was creating the advertisement, and working as a team. 

We created a reusable face mask which can remove dirt and oil clogged in pores which can help with acne and breakouts.

Frances, Erini, Sarah H and Yasmin






For the assessment, we needed to come up with a product to help with hygiene during adolescence. We enjoyed working together, creating an advertisement and also sharing ideas. We created a cream to apply in your hair to remove the oil. To  use it, you put on your Queen of Clean cap or beanie to set the cream, wait just 5 minutes then you’re ready to go! It helps young people by removing the oil in the hair to leave it lovely and luscious. It also helps you feel better about yourself and boost your self confidence.

Sarah C, Zoe and Taylah







In this assessment, we had to make a product that could combat a hygiene issue that occurs during puberty. It was a really fun task, since we had to present it like we were in the Shark Tank show! Everyone had fun filming our ads and creating our pitch.

Abygail and Rayan