Volume 8 - 28 May 2021


Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday which marks 50 days from Easter Sunday.  It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. At such an important time in our liturgical year, the Archdiocese of Sydney, led by our Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, has released the 9th pastoral letter. The pastoral letter is linked here and I encourage you to read this and reflect on how this letter can impact on your life.

Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter for Pentecost.

Upon reflection, this pastoral letter speaks to me about examining how open our lives are. Amidst the COVID -19 pandemic, we have witnessed many closures and still we are in Australia with Victoria going into lockdown today. We have witnessed community gatherings and events diminished in number but what else have we not been open to? Always referenced around community safety, how open are we to our Church? How might we encourage people to return to our Churches, social justice initiatives and sense of community? How do we continue to be open amidst the physical closures? I pray that we remain open to God, continue to be guided by Him and promote community by helping others return to Mass and helping out groups in need. Let us be a Bethany community who has awareness of other and support and comfort those who may feel isolated as we continue to struggle across the world through this pandemic.

A warm Bethany welcome to Mrs Kristina Flanagan who joined our College in Week 5 as our Assistant Principal. Mrs Flanagan brings a wealth of experience to Bethany and is enthusiastic about fulfilling her role in the years ahead. Already, Mrs Flanagan has had an impact on the College and is immersing as quickly as possible in the priorities we have for 2021. I am delighted to work with such an inspirational teacher and leader and I look forward to introducing Mrs Flanagan to the community at the various events which we have coming up soon.



This week we also welcome Mrs Margaret Wetherill to Bethany who joins our English department. Mrs Wetherell will replace Ms Stirling for the remainder of the year whilst she is on maternity leave.


One of the key success indicators for the HSC is subject selection. Last Friday, we launched the Year 10 subject selection process. Our process is quite detailed and is paced in such a way that time is given for students along the way to think and consult. Year 10 have completed their Academic Services Australia testing which serves the purpose of providing ability data, growth data and some career advice. Year 10 have been given the subject selection handbook which outlines the entire process and provides information on all subjects offered at the College. I encourage all Year 10 parents and students to read this booklet thoroughly. Next week, Year 10 will hear from teachers about every subject on offer. This is a time for students to be open to listening about every subject and not come along with preconceived ideas. By the end of term, all parents and students will know recommendations for subjects in the English, Maths and Science faculties. Students are guided in this process for the sole reason of setting them up for their individual academic success. It is vital that students pick at a level consistent with their ability. Mr Donlan will be on hand as the Careers Adviser to speak with girls throughout this process.




Yr 10 subject selection evening:  

8 June            

6.00 – 7.00pm

Year 8 & 9 study skills evening: 

15 June             


Parent teacher interviews – Years 7 – 10:

24 June     

25 June 

8.30am – 8.00pm

8.30am – 12.00pm

Yr 10 subject selection interviews with parents:

13 July 

14 July 


2.00 – 7.00pm 

8.00 – 11.00am


Brett Lee cybersafety night: 

 11 August   

6.00 – 7.30pm




Robyn Rodwell






From the Assistant Principal

Last Monday morning I walked into the school yard for the first time, feeling privileged to be joining Bethany College as the new Assistant Principal. If first impressions are anything to go on, I see the College as a wonderful place to be – the staff are dedicated, the students are happy and keen to learn and I have been warmly welcomed by the community. 


This sense of the school is my view but it is important to also hear from our community, in order to gauge your perspective of Bethany. To this end, Bethany College will be participating in an online survey – Tell Them From Me (TTFM). The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our community thinks about many aspects of school life.

Over the coming weeks we will be inviting students, teachers and parents/carers to provide feedback about their experience of our College using this online survey. The information you and your children provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Bethany. 

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will be open until the 18th June. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the following URL:http://tellthemfromme.com/yx68w


The relationship between regular school attendance, learning and wellbeing is well-documented, yet occasionally students are  unwell and need to take time off school in order to recover. Parents and caregivers are gently reminded of their responsibilities to inform the school of the reason for their daughter’s absence. This should be within 7 days of the first day of absence. There are many absences, both partial and whole day, that are still unexplained. After 7 days, the College can explain these absences on your behalf as ‘unjustified’. I encourage parents and caregivers to explain student absences via Compass. Alternatively, you can write a written explanation of your daughter’s absence, and we can update the record for you at school. 

I look forward to sharing in the partnership of the care of your daughters. 



Kristina Flanagan

Assistant Principal

What’s Been Happening in Religious Education

Year 12 Retreat

Year 12 spent three amazing days across three venues- Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Vale, Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre, Mulgoa and Kiah Ridge Christian Conference Centre, Tahmoor, exploring themselves and their relationship with God.

I have called you by name; you are Mine– Isaiah 43:1 was this year’s Theme and students participated in activities that allowed them to self-reflect, encounter God and rest in God.

A team of sixteen staff members accompanied one hundred and forty young women. Staff opened Retreat with a story about something significant that influenced their lives. This was truly a moving experience and set the scene for a retreat that would prove to be about honesty, connection, emotional safety and spiritual formation. 

Take a look at what we experienced…

Mrs Diana Karlov created a custom, laser cut tile for each venue that was placed on the sacred spaces among other significant Bethany Symbols. Students then brought the Retreat Theme to life when they personalised their own tiles. Father Chris from St Declan’s Penshurst played a good game of Uno before celebrating Mass in Tahmoor and Father George from St Michael’s Hurstville celebrated Mass in Mulgoa. For the retreaters in Grose Vale, Day 2 began with morning prayer in the Outdoor Chapel and concluded with a candlelit Liturgy in the Christian Basilicas of Rome inspired Chapel. And what’s retreat without celebrating a Birthday with a chocolate mud cake big enough to feed 5000, I mean, 50 people!

This was a truly remarkable experience. I certainly enjoyed every moment and feel privileged to have spent time with students and staff, calling them by their name, as God intended, as I got to know the person behind the name, better.

I take this opportunity to thank Mrs Samardzic- Assistant Leader of Religious Education and Mission, Mr Laguzza- Youth Ministry Coordinator, their respective Retreat Teams and my Retreat Team for their spiritual and pastoral leadership which ensured the success of the event. A big thank you to Ms Eldahaby- Year 12 Coordinator who shared the love as she made her way to all three venues and to Ms Rodwell, our College Principal who always makes it a priority to spend time with her staff and students.

The greatest thank you of all goes to the Year 12 Dolphins who brought themselves unreservedly to Retreat. May this experience strengthen the 2021 Pod for many years to come.


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same

As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

-Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love, 1992



National Mass for the Bicentenary of Catholic Education in Australia

Ms Rodwell, myself and four students attended this wonderful celebration on Monday 24 May at St Mary’s Cathedral. One hundred and seventy Catholic schools from the Archdiocese of Sydney were represented to mark the bicentenary of Catholic education in Australia on the Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians. Mary has had a significant role in the development and expression of the Catholic faith in Australia and devotion to the Rosary was prominent in the absence of priests in the early colony. It was truly a privilege to witness the solemn Mass in the very Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady.


Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Year 10 – HSC Minimum Standards Requirements

The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) requires that all Year 10 students complete mandatory HSC Minimum Standards tests before they are eligible for the award of the Higher School Certificate (HSC)

Students will need to meet the HSC Minimum Standard in three areas – reading, writing and numeracy. The standard is set at level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), which equates to a basic level of reading, writing and maths skills needed for everyday tasks and future learning after school.

Students will complete the following tests online;

  • A 45 multiple choice reading test – 45 minutes
  • A 45 multiple choice numeracy test – 45 minutes
  • A writing test based on a choice between a visual or written prompt. – 45 minutes 

The tests will be held on Monday 21st June, Week 10 of Term 2

Students who did not meet the minimum standards in one or more tests will be notified and have the opportunity to resit the tests again throughout the remainder of 2021. The College will continue to support students who do not meet the minimum standards on their first attempt.

Students are expected to have with them a fully charged laptop and working headphones (refrain from using wireless earpods) in preparation for the minimum standards testing. In order to complete the online tests students must download the NESA lockdown browser. This link will be shared with students in Week 7

Students who wish to may access practice tests and sample responses here. Further information regarding the HSC Minimum standards can also be accessed here




Dorian Kipriotis

Leader of Teaching

Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition

Both Round 4 and Round 5 of the Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition were held on Wednesday, 19th of May at De La Salle Revesby, and Tuesday, 25th of May at Bethany College respectively. Although only Year 7 won their debate in Round 4, all our debaters represented the College in a respectful and enthusiastic manner, which is highly commendable. As for Round 5 of the competition, our Year 7 and 8 teams won their debates against St Patrick’s Catholic College Sutherland. We are proud of all our debaters and student volunteers for their outstanding efforts in fully participating in all debates and ensuring every hosting event is delivered to the highest standard.

Should we be successful in getting through to the semi-finals and finals. The dates of the competition will be held as follows: Wednesday, 2nd of June (semi-finals) and Wednesday, 9th of June (finals).


Ms Woo and Miss Stavropoulos

Bethany Day

The College will celebrate Bethany Day on Friday 11 June.  It is a day where we come together to celebrate Mass and participate in activities. The 2021 theme for Bethany Day is ‘Le Grande Cirque’. Students are invited and encouraged to dress up or add items to their clothing with a circus theme in mind. It should be noted that casual clothing needs to be appropriate for Mass and comply with College standards. The College will have inflatable rides for the students to enjoy. The rides are free. The College will also have a variety of foods and drink options available, including pizza, pasta, Krispy Kreme donuts, popcorn, fairy floss and soft drinks. Students are encouragred to pre-purchase food and drinks prior to the day, however the canteen will be open on the day for students who wish to purchase additional food.


Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing



Parliament House Visit

On Thursday 13 May, the four Year 12 captains were privileged to represent the College at NSW Parliament House, Sydney. Hosted by the Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, we gained a deeper understanding of the inner workings of the NSW Government. Along with other school leaders from the St George region, we had the unique opportunity to meet the NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell. They shared their own journey in politics and inspired us, as young leaders, to make change in our own local communities.

We were given the opportunity to observe ‘question time’ in the Legislative Assembly as they discussed issues in regional NSW, such as transportation, healthcare and education. This session was both informative and entertaining, with even the Premier referring to ‘question time’ as “cringe”.

As a whole, this opportunity was a great experience and inspired us in our active leadership roles.



Nektaria Rice, Luana Rendina, Cailtin Hollis and Priscilla Zanak 

Sport Report


What a glorious day we had for the 2021 Bethany College Athletics Carnival. ES Marks, Kensington was a good venue for such a warm winter’s day. The Tabloid format for all events was successful, with the majority of girls getting into the spirit of the day. Thank you to all the students who participated with such enthusiasm and the Bethany staff who supported the carnival so generously.


Lucy Flanagan – 17yrs 100m and 200m

Aleisha Foundotos – 16yrs 100m and 200m



1st – Melba

2nd – Oodgeroo

3rd – Kellerman

4th – Franklin



12yrs – Nadia Debbo

13yrs – Charlotte Teplicanec

14yrs  – Jessica Brightwell

15yrs – Katerina Stojkovski

16yrs – Aleisha Foundotos and Aisha Kita-Leong

17+ yrs – Lucy Flanagan


The SCC Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 20th August at Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. Congratulations to the following athletes on their selection in the Bethany SCC Athletics Team:

Nadia Debbo

Vienna  Strauss

Charlotte Silva

Ariane   Boulos

Olivia Nimmo

Beth Millicent

Zali Boulous

Mandy Carmody

Isabel Olup

Anna Moore

Yasmina Smith

Sophia  Brightwell

Charlotte Teplicanec

Alexandra Francis

Hannah Cabot

Iasbella Quilkey

Makayla Balzarano

Juliet King

Chelena Colla

Jessica Brightwell

Kiara Masella

Katerina Stojanovski

Jessica Conis

Olivia Delaney

Holly Boyd

Olivia Pereira

Aisha Kita Leong

Leah Gouramanis

Aleisha Foundotos

Analeise Koskinas

Tameeka Johnson

Sophia  Deben

Angelique Rodas

Lucy Flanagan

Caitlin Hollis

Chloe Jackson

Jessica  Patterson

Lily Perinara

Luana Rendina

Grace Cowan

Keira Fisher


Bethany College entered a Junior and Senior team in the St George Regional Oztag Tournament held on Tuesday 25th May, at Gannons Park, Peakhurst. Both teams were undefeated throughout the day, taking out the title in the grand final. All the girls played with enthusiasm, good sportsmanship and are to be congratulated on their behaviour throughout the day.

Rachel Bevan

Sports Coordinator

Careers News

University of Sydney – Pathways to Medicine and Health

9 June. 4pm

The University of Sydney offers the widest range of medicine and health programs in Australia. This webinar will advise on the options available to students who don’t get into their first choice.



University of Sydney – Your Future in Business & Student Panel – Live Q&A and Presentation

2 June. 4pm

Hear about how the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney will prepare you for your future in business.



University of Sydney – Economics Study

17 June. 4pm

The world needs experts with the problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking skills of an economics graduate to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing society. On 17 June, Usyd will have an overview of the Economics degrees and majors at The University of Sydney, including essential information on admission requirements, pathways and scholarships. You’ll also have the chance to hear from current economics students and alumni, who will share their experience in the degree, their career insights, and help you make the right choice about your future in economics.



From University of Sydney – Dos and don’ts of HSC subject selection

It’s time to start thinking about your future career and planning what elective subjects to study in Year 11 and 12. Learn about scaling, get advice on how to make the right decisions and start planning early.



Mathematics Prerequisites Course Listing – University of Sydney

All you need to know about our mathematics prerequisites

We have mathematics prerequisites for some courses to help you thrive in your degree and prepare you for future career challenges.

The mathematics course prerequisites will apply to you if you are applying:

  • with an Australian state or territory secondary education (Year 12 or high school) qualification, such as the NSW HSC, undertaken in or outside Australia
  • with any other recognised secondary education (high school) qualification, such as the IB Diploma or GCE A Levels, undertaken in Australia.



UNSW Co-op Applications

Closes 30 September 2021

The first step is to Register Online to start your application. The earlier you do this, the longer you’ll have to work on your application.

Make sure you review the application questions and start drafting your responses.

Remember the Co-op Program is looking for what makes you stand out from the crowd. Include enough detail in your answers to showcase who you are, what experience you have and why you should be chosen.

Log on and update your application as many times as you like, just make sure you click SUBMIT before the 30th September! https://www.coop.unsw.edu.au/apply


UNSW’s Degrees & Scholarships Information Evenings

  • Tuesday,15 June
  • Thursday, 17 June

This event shares what you need to know about applying for a UNSW degree as a Year 12 student.

Registrations are now open to Year 12s and parents for UNSW’s Degrees & Scholarships Information Evenings.



UTS Undergraduate Engineering & IT – on campus tours

Throughout the month of June the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology will be offering on-campus tours of the Engineering and Information Technology facilities.

Tour dates:

Thursday 3 June: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 16 June: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Tuesday 22 June: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Wednesday 30 June: 10.00am – 1.30pm

Check out the state-of-the-art UTS Engineering and IT building! Guided by students, you will explore the facilities and study spaces that are available for engineering and IT students at UTS.



UNE HSC Booster Days 2021

Monday May 31st & Tuesday June 1st

UNE and specialist lecturers will present various sessions in Chemistry, Biology, Earth & Environmental Science, Physics, Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies, English, Geography and Music.

These sessions are jam packed with relevant information to assist Year 12 students reach their full potential and are aligned with the HSC Curriculum and designed to enhance discipline knowledge, as well as inspire the students in their learning areas. Attend via Zoom



Reminder – Register now for Experience ACU Day! 

Tailored to your study area of interest, the day will give you an insight into campus life as a uni student. Register now to attend the North Sydney campus on the 6th July, or the Blacktown Campus on the 30th June. Register here :


Guarantee your place at ACU 

Grab a place even before your Year 12 exams. The ACU Guarantee program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on your Year 11 results. Applications will open June 2021. 



Charles Sturt University First Round Advantage About to Close

First round of applications close on 31 May

Applications for round one of the Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program are open!

Firm offers will be made to successful Year 12 students based on a soft skills assessment and their Year 11 results. Applications can be submitted here :



Western Sydney University – Scholarships

Western offers a wide variety of scholarships recognising academic excellence, community involvement and leadership skills. Scholarships are also available for motivated students experiencing disadvantage. Visit the Scholarships page for more information and to register interest: 



Western Sydney University Tours Beginning Soon

Western’s Campus Tours kick off on 17 June.

Students, parents and families can view state-of-the-art facilities and hear from current students and staff about courses and degrees Western offers. Visit here for dates and campus locations: 



Western Sydney University – Open Day

Sunday 15 August, 2021

This is a chance to discover everything Western has to offer. Explore course presentations, meet academics and current students, visit HSC hub and find out all about Western’s early offer pathway, HSC True Reward. For details and to register your interest visit here: 



Study Medicine Deadline Dates for Undergraduates

Summary information about significant medicine application deadlines for June 2020 is given for 59 university degrees leading to medicine in Australia. You can find Study Medicine on Twitter, Facebook or email: admin@studymedicine.com.au



TAFE NSW – TAFE NSW Degrees Scholarships Program

2022 TAFE NSW is excited to announce the launch of its inaugural Degrees Scholarship Program for 2022! Five generous scholarships are on offer for students who will commence studying their bachelor degree next year. Application dates and further details will be released soon.  Register your interest to be the first to hear :



NSW Fashion Design Studio TAFE

With a list of alumni that reads like a ‘who’s who’ of Australian fashion, the TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio (FDS) in Ultimo is a “fashion school of excellence.”

No matter what area of fashion you want to be involved in – be it design, couture, tailoring, patternmaking and construction, styling or media – FDS gives you the skills, experience and exposure you need to be a cut above.




Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor


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