Volume 9 - 17 Jun 2016

Sentral Parent Portal – Parent/Student/Teacher Interview Bookings

Parent/Student/Teacher interviews for Years 11, 10, 9, 8 and 7 will be conducted on 30 June and  1 July 2016.

To ensure that the booking procedure runs smoothly and to resolve, in advance, any access issues that may be encountered with log in, we strongly urge all parents to log in to the Sentral Parent Portal this week to check that usernames and passwords are correct.

Registrations for the Parent/Student/Teacher booking session will be open from 4:30pm on Thursday, 23 June 2016 to 2:00pm on Wednesday, 29 June 2016.

To log in to the Sentral Parent Portal click the following: http://sentral.bethanyhurstville.catholic.edu.au/portal/login

If you have any problems with the log in, prior to the Bookings period, please contact Mrs Lisa Matthews-Whelan or Mrs Justine Willoughby  on 85660711. 

Please note that if you experience problems during the booking period, and have not checked with Mrs Matthews-Whelan or Mrs Willoughby prior to that time, the turnaround time for these enquiries may delay you in making your Parent/Student/Teacher interview bookings.

Year 11 Drama Production – Strictly Ballroom

Year 11 Drama invites you to our production of Strictly Ballroom on Wednesday and Thursday 15 and 16  June, at 7.00pm. Strictly Ballroom is not the musical version, but our non-naturalistic adaptation of the well-known film. Full of dazzling dancing, stunning costumes and hilarious characters, it will be a night of fun for all! Entry is a gold coin donation. We would love to see you there!

Newsletter doc – Year 11 Drama students

Year 7 Cyber Safety Presentation

On Tuesday 7 June, Police Liaison Officer, Constable Belinda Prince came to speak to Year 7 about Cyber Safety. The message centered around our digital footprint, making smart choices and keeping safe online.

Strategies for students to manage their online accounts:

  • Privacy management
    • Limit the amount of personal information you post online.
    • Turn off location functions- especially when uploading photos.
    • If the site is free, you don’t own the content you post- so it can be used by others without your permission.
  • Reputation management
    • Be mindful of the comments you make online- they last forever.
    • Think twice before you take/send//upload inappropriate photos of yourself and/or others.
    • Defriend fake accounts immediately.
  • Relationship management
    • Know who your friends are- Don’t accept friend/follower requests from strangers.
    • Posts online should be positive NOT negative.
    • Be responsible- we never know how our words may affect others.





Laura Rizzo

Year 7 Coordinator

Stem Camp for Girls 2017

STEM Camp for Girls” running January 15 – 18, 2017 is open to girls in Years 9 and 10, who will be in Years 10 and 11 in 2017.  Applications close July 21st

Themes for the camp will include: Biomedical Engineering, Sustainability, Renewable Energy, and Innovative Design.

Participants will have the chance to explore STEM pathways through hands-on activities run by local Start-Ups, Research Institutes and visit some of our local industries. They will be assigned a Group Leader who is a woman from STEM industry or studying STEM degrees at University of Wollongong (UOW).



Information For Parents and Carers: Looking After Your Child’s Mental Health

It is often difficult to detect the difference between normal teenage behaviour, such as occasional moodiness and irritability, and an emerging mental health problem. Often in Term 2 we see an escalation in the number of students experiencing stress, anxiety or depression due to increased workload, friendship changes, family conflict/changes, assessments and exams. If a young person is going through a difficult time, it is important that they get the support from family, friends and health professionals if required.

Good mental health is about being able to study and work to your full potential, cope with day to day life stresses and be able to live in a satisfying and meaningful way. Despite the fact that emotions such as feeling down, tense or angry are normal emotions for young people, if they persist for long periods and interfere in daily functioning it can be part of a mental health problem. As a result, their ability to function at school and in their personal relationships may be affected.

Warning Signs:

  • Reduced enjoyment and participation in activities they used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing or isolating (i.e. spending significant time in their room)
  • Changes in appetite and sleep patterns
  • Easily irritated or angry for no reason
  • Underperforming or not attending school
  • Poor motivation
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Increased risky behaviours i.e. drugs, alcohol, acting out, self-harm.
  • Difficulties with concentration and focus
  • Unusually stressed, worried, down or crying for no reason
  • Expressing negative, distressing or unusual thoughts
  • Prolonged and persistent low mood, moodiness or irritability

How to help:

  • Keep communication open
  • Show empathy and avoid judgement
  • Be available without being intrusive
  • Spend quality time with the person
  • Take the person’s feelings seriously
  • Encourage and support positive friendships
  • Encourage activities that promote mental health
  • Give positive feedback
  • Let the person know that you love them and that you are proud of them
  • Seek professional help if required (Counselling, Headspace, Psychological treatment, GP)


Katerina Stratilas

School Counsellor

Year 9 – 2017 Subject Selection Information Evening

A reminder to parents and caregivers of current year 8 students, a subject information evening regarding elective subjects for Year 9, 2017 will be held on Wednesday, 22 June 2016. 

Important information for subject selection 2017 will be provided including BOSTES requirements for students, the selection process and requirements placed on students by the College regarding elective subject choice. The selection process will be supported by a Junior Curriculum Handbook 2016/2017 and a subject market which will occur at the College on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 during the day.

All students are expected to attend the evening meeting in full winter school uniform with their parents/caregivers. The meeting will be held in Yallunga Hall and will commence at 7.00pm and run until approximately 8.00pm.

For safety and security reasons, the Waratah Gate access to the College will not be available.  Entry and parking will be available in the Croydon Road staff parking area.

CGSSSA Gymnastics Competition – Five Dock Leisure Centre – 1 June 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 CGSSSA Gymnastics Team for placing 3rd overall, out of 11 schools. A huge thankyou to our coach Elisabeth Andrews who takes time out from her work to come and coach the girls every Monday afternoon during Semester 1.











The following girls were part of the 2016 team –  Sara Attard, Georgia Athanasopoulos, Daria Badaoui (injured), Zoe Belarra, Hannah Berman, Lauren Berman,Jessica Butler, Ameline Foskett (Injured), Amber Grech, Natalie Kanellopoulos (injured), Gabriella Meadowcroft, Angelia Rouady, Jade Serban and Brianna Strehler.


Overall Placings: First Place: Marist Sisters Woolwich Second: St Ursula’s Third: Bethany College


Individual Results





On the 1st of June we went to the gymnastics competition that was held at Five Dock. On the bus we were all nervous and excited to compete. It was a exciting and eventful day. At the competition it was a bit of madness and nervousness because of where we were going to warm up, performing in front of the judges but overall it was a really fun day. When we were waiting for the awards we were all so nervous, when we heard that we placed 3rd overall everyone was so excited. The bus trip back to school was so good as we were eating coach Elizabeth’s cupcakes.

 – Georgia Athanasopoulos – Year 8


We look forward to another successful competition year in 2017.



Mrs Katrine Barnes

PDHPE/CAFS, Year 9 Coordinator

Music Incursion

On  Tuesday 7 June ‘Sound Sessions’, a Sydney-based music education initiative consisting of live performance and interactive analysis workshops led by professional musicians, came to Bethany College to speak to our elective music students.  They discussed the six concepts of music as well as the syllabus requirements set by the Board of Studies to break down what the HSC examiners are looking for in order to present a high level performance. Students were able to perform a song of their choice and were provided with extensive feed-back in terms of performance and expressive techniques, articulation, intonation and the balance between accompanist and performer. Overall, this was an invaluable experience which we all had the opportunity to take part in.


 – Melissa Lameri



Catholic Education Foundation

Mufti-Day 22 June 2016

 You will have recently received a note from me giving details about our upcoming mufti-day to raise money for the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). 

We rarely have mufti-days at Bethany College, so what was so important about the CEF that we are raising money for it? It comes down to the fact that we work hard at being an authentically Catholic school that draws on Catholic social teachings to help form and guide its students.

There are two principles of Catholic social teaching I would like to draw you attention to.

  1. Justice for the poor. Caring for the poor is everyone’s responsibility. Preferential care should be shown to poor and vulnerable people, whose needs and rights are given special attention in God’s eyes.
  2. Dignity of the human person. The dignity of every person, independent of ethnicity, creed, gender, sexuality, age or ability, is the foundation of CST. No human being should have their dignity or freedom compromised. Poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice make it impossible to live a life commensurate with this dignity. 

When we think of the poor, we think of images of children in faraway lands, with flies around their faces and swollen bellies.  They are tragic images and they propel us each year to raise money for Project Compassion.

But what of the poor who dwell amongst us? Even here at Bethany? Single parent families struggling to make ends meet. Families who suffer unexpected bereavement of their breadwinners. Families where parents have lost their jobs or have had serious workplace injuries. How do we support the dignity of each girl in our school and ensure they get a sound education? We do this with the support of bursaries from the Catholic Education Foundation.

What is the Catholic Education Foundation?

The Catholic Education Foundation aims to provide financial support to Catholic families to ensure that their children receive the Catholic education they deserve.

Catholic schools have provided students with outstanding educational experiences from the time that the first schools opened to the community in the early 19th century. While classrooms have changed, our commitment to ensuring that as many Catholic children as possible are able to access a Catholic education remains as strong as ever!

Why is the foundation needed?

The Catholic Education Foundation has been established to honour our commitment that no Catholic child should be denied a Catholic education due to financial hardship.

Catholic schools are more popular now than they have ever been. They are safe, welcoming communities where Jesus’ message to “love one another as I have loved you” is lived out daily. Excellent results from State and national testing programs like NAPLAN and the HSC speak for themselves!

How can Bethany students support the CEF?

  • Mufti Day, 22 June 2016
  • Students in mufti must wear blue (yes- even nail polish) so that we can en-masse, demonstrate our support for those in Sydney who could benefit from our assistance.
  • Minimum $2 gold coin donation; we will accept folding money too if you wish!





A Prayer for the Catholic Education Foundation

Good and gracious God,

we recognize all life is a gift and a blessing.

We thank you for your most generous love.

Encourage us to be persons of honesty and integrity,

worthy of proclaiming the Gospel,

in this sacred ministry of fundraising.


Help us to always reverence the sacred space

where our donors and our missions meet.

Give us openness to listen to the needs of our donors.

Give us joyful spirits, and an eagerness to engage others.

Give us hopeful imagination and creative vision,

recognizing generosity in even the smallest gift.

Give us strong, steadfast hearts in times of discouragement.

Give us trusting hearts, knowing that the fruits of labours

will be realized

long after we are gone.


Give us faithful hearts, deeply committed to Your realm.

Let us feel Your Presence

so that we know we are never truly alone.

Remind us always that what we do for the least of

our brothers and sisters,

we do for you.

We ask this in Jesus’ name, and in unity of the Holy Spirit.



Community Prayers

We keep the following people in our prayers:

  • Georgia Konstas (Yr 10) who recently underwent emergency surgery and is now on the road to a slow recuperation
  • Natalia Hachem (Yr 10) whose father passed away last week after a short battle with a serious illness
  • Tahlia (Yr 7), Elise (Yr 8) and Madelyn (Yr 10) Wise who lost their grandmother late last week
  • Isabel (Yr 8) and Celia (Yr 10) Finch whose grandfather passed away last week; and
  • Alexia and Deanna Haralambedis (Yr 7) who lost their grandfather last week.


Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.





Tired child sleeping while studying in the primary school classroom.

  Tired child sleeping while studying in the primary school classroom.


 Why effective learning starts with a good night’s sleep

Sleep is an active phase of the learning process, which is why as parents the single most important thing we can do to help our kids be more effective learners is to ensure they get enough sleep.

During sleep the brain is very busy replaying the day’s activities extremely fast, picking out the key items it believes are most relevant for long-term storage in our memory banks, and tossing out the rest.

The amount of sleep children require varies with age and they require more sleep than adults. In primary school the recommendation is between 10 and 11 hours per night. High school students need around 9 hours to function at their best. The challenge is how to fit everything into the school day along with homework and extra-curricular studies such as sport, music and drama, have enough down time to chill and relax and get enough sleep.

The best way to learn anything is to study the topic hard for a period of time and then go so sleep for 8 hours. While this may not be practical in our everyday lives, the principle is pay attention to what needs to be learned and then use sleep to consolidate memory and deepen the understanding of the subject.

Talking with your child can help them understand why sleep is so important, not just to help with their studies but also to manage their emotions more easily. Anxiety or worry about academic performance, friendship issues and generally keeping up with everything can interfere with sleep, as can receiving text messages or snap chats during the night.

Our children spend many hours engaged with technology to help them study and for social connection. All these gadgets emit a blue light that fools the brain into thinking it is still daytime. Because the brain needs 2-3 hours to wind down and prepare for sleep, switching off the laptop or tablet late at night and then hopping into bed means it will be much harder for your teen to then fall asleep.

The most effective way to study for a test is to space the learning. This requires studying the subject for a period of time and then putting it to one side to do something else. Later that day test recall of the subject by jotting down just the key points. Those that have been forgotten can be quickly revised. Repeating this process with increasing lengths of time between self-testing is an excellent way to strengthen memory because it makes the brain work harder to recall the information. This method has been shown to be far more effective than rewriting or highlighting notes.

Getting sufficient sleep ensures the brain is fully rested and refreshed to study more effectively. A tired brain finds it harder to concentrate, focus, remember or learn. Feeling grumpy or irritable doesn’t help either!

The temptation to stay up late and cram for a test or exam can be strong, especially if others are doing it. Encouraging your child to get a good night’s sleep instead means their brain will be far better prepared to enable them to deliver their best the next day. Trying to stuff more facts into a tired brain just leads to feeling stuffed, which isn’t helpful to anyone and not worth the one or two extra marks they might have been hoping to gain.

Helpful tips to assist your young person to get enough sleep

  1. Keep to a regular sleep schedule for both going to bed and getting up. It can be tempting to sleep in over the weekend, but while getting an additional hour or so can be helpful to pay off some sleep debt, spending longer than that is counterproductive as it further disrupts the normal sleep pattern.
  1. If they are tired, suggest kids start going to bed 10 – 20 minutes earlier each night. It may not seem like much but can quickly start to make a difference to daytime alertness and wellbeing in just a few weeks.
  1. Encourage daily physical activity. Some kids are naturally sporty but if your child dislikes exercise, suggest they go for a daily walk for 20-30 minutes or engage in an activity such as dancing. Movement primes the brain for better learning, reduces stress hormones, enhances mood and wellbeing and helps us all sleep better.
  1. Many young people use their mobile phones as an alarm clock. If so, they can switch it to silent so messages from friends won’t wake them during the night. Or buy them a clock so they don’t need their phone at all.
  1. There are a number of apps such as f.lux that will change the display light on computer screens to yellow, which doesn’t impact the brain disrupting sleep patterns.

Sleep is essential to better brain health and performance, which is why getting enough sleep is never negotiable.

by Dr. Jenny Brockis is the Brain Fitness Doctor. She speaks and writes about brain health and performance. Her new book Future Brain: The 12 Keys to a High Performance Brain is available online and at all good bookstores. www.drjennybrockis.com




Our mantra:

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







From the Assistant Principal

Important Dates for Term 2

  • Monday 27th June: Athletics Carnival (Mandatory for all students)
  • Thursday 30th June: Last day of classes for students. Dismissal at 12:50p.m.
  • Thursday 30th June: Y7-11 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 3:30-7:30p.m.
  • Friday 1st July: Y7-11 Parent / Teacher/ Student Interviews, 9.00am-3.00pm


Road Safety- Drop off and Pick up

jr1Many parents continue to risk the safety of their daughters and others by not following road rules and acting irresponsibly when dropping off and picking up their daughters from the college. Double parking, parking across driveways and allowing students to get in and out of the car when not parked continues to occur. Please follow road rules for the safety of all.

Please be reminded of the traffic rules in Botany St  when picking up your daughters in the afternoon.  It has been reported once again that parents have been double parking and causing traffic congestion in Botany St. This, in turn is forcing the parents who are trying to do the right thing to drive on the wrong side of the road.   This is  dangerous as there are many students walking in this area at this time.  

Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

It may be worth considering….

  • Choose a location away from congested areas to drop off/pick up (not the Hurstville parish area)
  • Allow your daughter to catch public transport to and from school.
  • The library is open from 8-4 every day; ask your daughter to wait in the library and do some private study so you are not dropping off and picking up in peak periods


Why Sleep is Important

The following information comes from: http://thesleepconnection.com.au/

Humans spend about one-third of their life asleep. Sleep is vital for our physical and mental wellbeing. Despite people thinking of sleep as a time of rest, a lot of important activity occurs in the brain and body during sleep. The quality of the one-third of our lives spent asleep, greatly influences the quality of the two-thirds we are awake.

Without adequate sleep our health, resilience and performance is greatly impacted.jr2

Good quality sleep helps:

●        Learning, memory and concentration

●        Support our emotional health and wellbeing

●        Positive behavior and decision making

●        Improves energy levels and promotes healthy growth, metabolism and immune system



Sleep requirements do not change much from primary school age to teens however there is one change that does occur. The hormone melatonin, which makes us feel sleepy, is secreted later at night during puberty than in children and adults. This delay temporarily resets their circadian rhythm (which is like an internal biological clock). This means that your daughter will probably want to go to bed later at night and get up later in the morning.

Amount of Sleep Required

Statistically, over 30% of primary school children and 70% of teenagers are sleep deprived. In fact as a group Australian adolescents rank as the third most sleep deprived in the world.

Dr Chris Seton from the Sleepshack says the best way to judge how much sleep a child needs is to assess whether it’s “enough for them to wake spontaneously – meaning without an alarm clock – on most mornings and avoid tiredness during the day at least until the last hour before bedtime”.

A guide to hours of sleep/ night:

  • Preschoolers (3-5 years old) : 10-13hrs
  • School Aged Children (6-13years old) : 9-11 hrs
  • Teens (14-17 years old) : 8-10 hrs


Sleep Thieves: Why Are Teenagers Tired?

Causes for insufficient hours of quality sleep in children and teenagers fall under 3 areas:

  • Habits: Many of these habits are influenced by a lack of understanding of the importance of sleep. This combined with a busy lifestyles and the drive to be socially connected means sleep becomes undervalued and a low priority.jr3
    • Irregular weekly bedtimes and weekend sleep ins: This confuses the body clock. Sleeping in particularly on Sunday starts the school week off on a bad note.
    • Sensory overload/multitasking: Flicking between homework, technology etc creates a wired inefficient brain that finds it hard to wind down and go to sleep
    • Electronic Devices too close to bedtime and/or wake you over night: The blue light emitted from the devices inhibits the hormone melatonin that helps us sleep. Adding to this the device content excites the brain making it hard to go to sleep.
    • Being woken messes with the natural sleep cycles.
    • Studying too late: Tired brains are slow and inefficient. This creates the cycle of taking longer to do homework, which elays bedtime further.
    • Exercise too close to bedtime: raises body temperature and cortisol levels making it harder for some people to fall asleep soon afterwards
    • Poor bed association: Using technology and doing other activities in/on bed leads to mixed messages to the brain that bed is for restful sleep
    • Stimulant use: caffeine, energy drinks, alcohol, drugs all impact on sleep quality
  • Psychological causes
    • FOMO (fear of missing out): The craving to maintain social connectivity leads to reduced sleep hours and even being woken throughout the night
    • Electronic Device Addiction: This screen times takes away from sleep time. Added to this the device content excites the brain together with the blue light inhibiting the hormone melatonin that helps us sleep. A vicious cycle is created as the more wakeful they are the more activity they do to fill in time
    • Infomania: The obsessive need for information and the need to constantly checking texts, e-mails, social-networking websites
    • Stress: caused by pressures such school performance, family situations, bullying
    • Anxiety and depression: can lead to a vicious cycle of – sleeplessness – anxiety/depression
    • Brains That Don’t Switch Off: Tired but wired
    • Psychological insomnia: see common sleep problems for more information.
    • Sleep anxiety: worrying, “Will I sleep tonight,” “If I can’t sleep I won’t cope tomorrow.” Worrying about sleep makes it even harder to sleep. Kids end up in a downward spiral of worry about sleep and sleeplessness.
    • Staying in bed feeling stressed or depressed: conditions the bed as a place of arousal.
    • Putting everything in the sleep basket: “Everything would be better if only I slept”. How you feel of a day isn’t always about how much sleep you’ve had. Even if you improve your sleep there may still be challenges that need fixing.
    • Sometimes sleeplessness works: Sleeping the day away to avoid stuff you don’t want to deal with? Sleep problems sometimes mean that you get out of things, less expectations are placed on you, or people are sympathetic toward you.
  • Physical/biological causes
    • Blue light effect from screens – reduces the hormone melatonin that helps us sleep. This encourages the brain to wake up instead of going to sleep
    • Changes in Circadian Rhythm (Body Clock) – The hormone melatonin, which promotes sleep, is secreted later during puberty than in children and adults This delay temporarily resets their circadian rhythm (which is like an internal biological clock). This means that your teen will want to go to bed later at night and get up later in the morning
    • Sleep disorders – eg : DSPS, Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 
    • Health problems and Medications
    • Physical Environment – Environmental factors negatively impacting sleep such as temperature, light, noise



Jacinta Russo

Assistant Principal



School Xchange

www.schoolxchange.com.au  is an online marketplace where parents and students can sell or buy local, good quality second hand school uniforms, school and university text books, sporting equipment or musical instruments. Bethany College is registered with this site.

Whether it’s school uniforms, musical instruments, text books or sporting gear it’s free to browse and buy at any time.

For a small listing fee, you can sell unwanted school items to buyers looking to purchase items at a substantially lower cost. Generally, this will be within our local school community which means no postage and packaging costs.

Schoolxchange has been developed with busy mums and dads in mind and made it trouble-free and easy to use. Just type in Bethany’s name in the ‘find your school option’ or choose the buy or search options to viewall the items listed in a particular category.

Selling Used School Gear Made Easy
The selling process is as simple and inexpensive as possible. You only pay to list items for sale. It may be a school blazer, netball outfit, athletic gear or a trombone that’s no longer required.
You will need to register first if you wish to sell and you’ll need either a credit card or PayPal account to pay a small listing fee of 10% (less for more expensive items) based on the price you want to sell the item for.
Once registered, you simply key in the details of your item and the price you are seeking. Your listing will stay online until it’s sold and you remove it. We hope you find this site useful.

Library News

lib1Reading is such a pivotal aspect of all our ongoing education! Whether it is for work, school, higher education or for sheer pleasure…reading can fulfil our human need to know more about the world around us. Researchers have hard evidence that routine reading aloud to our young children activates the parts of pre-schoolers brains that help mental imagery and understanding of narrative; both of which are key for the development of language and literacy. (1)

However, it does not stop there; watch the Revolution School episode on ABC, Tuesday that was screened on 7 June 2016 (it is also available on Iview http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/revolution-school/DO1412V002S00 or on Clickview). This program shows an example of one school, Kambrya College, as it addresses the critical issue of reading, and how to teach the skill so kids improve and learn to enjoy reading. Diane Snowball states in this program that strong literacy skills equals maximised potential for students. Diane has been a primary and secondary school teacher, teacher librarian, language and literacy consultant and teacher trainer at schools and Teachers Colleges in Australia. She has also worked on the Teachers College Writing Project at Columbia University, New York in 1992 and is currently affiliated with New York University.

Sadly, she also states that studies have shown that 60% of high school students are not reading recreationally.

“Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. They will need literacy to cope with the flood of information they will find everywhere they turn” (2)

Encouragement of recreational reading should increase text literacy and confidence for our students, so making a variety of text types available would enhance the opportunity for reading. Some ideas include; a book chosen by the student for a birthday gift, an Ipad loaded with their favourite series of novels, a magazine subscription, reading in the school library at lunchtime, or even an informal book club amongst friends. Making a practise of fifteen minutes reading before sleep helps to reduce stress and aids relaxation. Try not to use technology for this reading time as it overstimulates the mind, try a real book on for size.

Another way to improve literacy for school based reading involves using seven literacy teaching procedures (LTPs). These procedures tell students how to act systematically on text when they are reading and research has shown that they assist text comprehension in any KLA area. These LTPs suggest that students should:

  • get their existing knowledge of a topic ready for learning and for literacy activities. Students recall relevant verbal, imagery, experiential and action knowledge of a topic and recode this to a verbal linguistic form ready for literacy activities. They can see that what they previously knew is valued.
  • study between five and ten key relevant words or phrases that are the building blocks of the knowledge to be learnt. Students:

(1) say accurately each concept,

(2) read and spell it,

(3) suggest synonyms and antonyms for it,

(4) clarify its meaning and link it with other concepts.

  • read aloud short portions of relevant text.
  • visualise and / or paraphrase (or say in their own words) each sentence in the text.
  • say questions that each sentence in the text answers.
  • summarise the text read, usually paragraph by paragraph.
  • predict or anticipate ideas in the text, ‘read between the lines’, infer ideas.
  • review, consolidate and show comprehension of what has been learnt by reading silently a written summary of the content covered. (3)

This is not meant to be a totally exclusive series of ideas to help increase student literacy levels by reading…but it can be the start…for now!

Keep Reading.


Mrs Karen Pentland

Teacher Librarian


  1. The Huffington Post Australia. (2016). Science Proves Reading To Kids Really Does Change Their Brains. [online] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/science-proves-reading-to-kids-changes-their-brains_us_55c26bf4e4b0f1cbf1e38740?section=australia [Accessed 13 Jun. 2016].
  2. Farstrup, Alan E & Samuels, S. Jay (2002). What Research Has to Say About Reading Instruction (3rd ed). International Reading Association.
  3. Munro, J. (2016). Improving literacy in the secondary school : An information to knowledge innovation. 1st ed. [ebook] Melbourne: The University of Melbourne, pp.3-4. Available at: https://students.education.unimelb.edu.au/selage/pub/readings/literacyld/Art_D_Brydon__04__sec_sent_.pdf [Accessed 14 Jun. 2016].

Year 7 History Excursion

On Friday 27 May, Year 7 history classes visited the Nicholson Museum at Sydney University as part of our learning about Ancient History. In groups, we participated in learning activities as well as hands-on tasks. In the museum we learnt about the mummification process of Ancient Egypt and analysed artefacts such as statues of Pharaohs, sarcophagi ind tomb contents. We reviewed x-rays of a 3000 year old mummy that is housed in the museum!

Through the Ancient Roman displays, we learnt about Pompeii and looked at a lego model of Pompeii to compare the ancient city to today. In the Ancient Greek section,  it was interesting to look at the funerary urns, models of the Parthenon and statues of ancient leaders.

We also put on gloves and actually handled artefacts from Ancient Civilisations like Mesopotamia and Persia. We felt so privileged to go on this very interesting excursion as we learnt a lot and were very lucky to see artefacts from different historical periods and places.

 – by Alyssa Zappia and Anastasia Agoris



Year 10 History Debating Competition

On 10 June, four Year 10 students travelled to Hinchinbrook to compete in the History Debating Competition. Caitlin, Chloe, Dana and Valantia competed against three other schools; Sefton High School, St. Paul’s Grammar and Good Samaritan College in this competition. As the first Bethany debaters ever to take part in this History Debating Competition, it was a great achievement that we claimed victory in one of our debates over St. Paul’s. Also, a big thanks to Miss. Grimm, who greatly assisted us in our debate preparation over the past 7 weeks and accompanied us to Hinchinbrook. We are all extremely grateful for the experience and were very happy to have been given the opportunity to participate in this competition

“The history debating competition was a great experience for all of us, and we felt a great sense of achievement when we won our first debate. We had all put a lot of hard work, time, effort and research into preparing for this day which resulted in both an enjoyable and successful day for everyone.”

– Chloe Allcorn, Year 10


“I hadn’t debated in years but this experience was really enjoyable and I’m glad that I was able to take part in the History Debating Competition. All the lunch times we dedicated to debate preparation was worth it and I’m really happy of what we achieved together as a team.”

 – Caitlin Micallef, Year 10


“This was was such a great competition and I am really glad I was given the opportunity to be a part of this. With my team and Miss Grimm I had such an enjoyable day and improved my debating skills for future competitions.

 – Valantia Stamatopoulos, Year 10




Please note: Information regarding HSC Seminars / Courses etc contained in the Careers News is included for your information. This is not an endorsement or recommendation by the College. You will need to make your own enquiries and judgements regarding what is on offer. 

Macquarie University Big History Scheme – Earn three UAC bonus points!

Our Big History Scheme rewards student commitment to learning by acknowledging completion of the Big History: Connecting Knowledge MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).  Available through the Coursera Platform, students who verify completion of this course will receive three bonus points on their UAC rank to study a bachelor degree with us.

Big History: Connecting Knowledge, is a 12 hour self-paced, independent study course that can be completed by students in Years 10, 11, or 12.  It develops skills in problem-solving and critical thinking that will optimise student performance in senior years across all subjects and prepare them for tertiary studies.

How to apply:

  • Students must enrol in the Big History: Connecting knowledge MOOC
  • Following enrolment students will receive an email from the Big History: Connecting Knowledge team with a link to an online form to register their interest in the Big History bonus point scheme.
  • Students must verify completion of the Big History Connecting Knowledge MOOC by obtaining a Coursera verified certificate for the course.
  • Students must apply to Macquarie University through UACwithin three years of verifying their completion of the course to automatically receive three bonus points on their UAC rank for admission to study from a wide variety of bachelor degrees with us.

Learn more about the Big History Scheme.

If your students have any questions they can contact bighistoryinstitute@mq.edu.au or call (02) 9850 6410.


2016 HSC Study Guide

The guide will be available in the Sydney Morning Herald on the 20th of June. It contains study advice, exam advice, videos and more.


University of Notre Dame – Sutherland Shire Info Evening
Date : 22nd Jun 2016 Time : 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Venue : St Aloysius Parish Hall, 18 Giddings Avenue, Cronulla 
Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : (02) 8204 4404
Whether you’re considering further study or looking to start uni for the first time, this Notre Dame Information Evening will give you the information you need to make an informed decision about tertiary study. 

Current students and staff are available to answer your questions regarding all of our courses and our unique admissions process. Applications will be accepted on the night.

For further information or to register visit www.notredame.edu.au 

APM at Torrens University – Day in the life of a Digital Marketer, Event Manager and Professional
Date : 5th Jul 2016 Time : 9.30am – 2.30pm 
Venue : Torrens Campus, 1-5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, NSW  Cost : 25
Contact : Rob McGowan : 02 9034 5161 / rmcgowan@laureate.net.au
Thinking of a career in Business, Events, Social Media, Digital Marketing? Join us for a Day in the Life and find out what the modern world of business is like!
This event typically sells out so students are advised to RSVP early to secure their place. Please see website to register:http://www.apm.edu.au/ 
**A discount code will be distributed to high school students before the event and can be used when purchasing tickets for 30% off 

School Holiday Workshop at UNSW Art & Design – Dyeing Fabrics
Date : 5th Jul 2016 Time : 10:00am-1:00pm Venue : UNSW Art & Design
Cost : FREE Contact : Damien Nedeljkovic : 02 8936 0870
Making Patterned Fabrics Using Dye
In this workshop, Associate Professor Liz Williamson will teach the traditional technique of Shibori, the historic and influential Japanese dyeing process that typically involves folding, twisting and bunching cloth and then dyeing it in indigo. 
Register now at https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/events/july-holiday-workshops-for-high-school-students 

William Angliss Institute-School Holiday Trial-a-trade
Date : 5th Jul 2016 Time : 10am-12pm
Venue : Ground Floor, 26 – 32 Waterloo St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Australia
Cost : FREE Contact : Anna Klingberg : annakl@angliss.edu.au /02 9125 5111
William Angliss Institute Sydney campus is offering a unique and exciting “Trial-a-trade” session for students this school holiday. It is a perfect opportunity for students to follow their passion, inspire their potential and discover new career paths in Cookery, Patisserie, Tourism, Events and Hospitality. Students will get information about our courses as well as hands-on experience on our campus for two hours. 
There are restricted numbers for these sessions, so register now at http://www.angliss.edu.au/register-for-trial-a-trade to save a spot! 
Please phone 02 9125 5111 or email Anna Klingberg, annakl@angliss.edu.au or Stacey Niu, staceyn@angliss.edu.au for more information.

William Blue College – Day in the life of a Chef, Event Manager and Hospitality Professional 
Date : 6th Jul 2016 Time : 9.30am – 2.30pm  Venue : 1-5 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, NSW 
Cost : $25 Contact : Rob McGowan : 02 9034 5161 / rmcgowan@laureate.net.au
High school students can experience what it’s like to work in a 5-star hotel, restaurant, events or travel business as well as find out the steps they need to take to get them there. 
This event typically sells out so students are advised to RSVP early to secure their place. 
**A discount code will be distributed to high school students before the event and can be used when purchasing tickets for 30% off. Please see website for more details: http://www.williamblue.edu.au/ 

Prelim & HSC Subject-Specific Lectures at Macquarie University
Date : 6th Jul 2016 Time : 10am – 12pm & 1pm-3pm
Venue : Macquarie University Cost : $20-$40
Contact : Shane Hardcastle : info@hscintheholidays.com.a 1300 677 336
A series of July Preliminary (Year 11) and HSC Trial Preparation Lectures are being held at Macquarie University from the 6th July-15th July. Over 30 subject-specific lectures in 18 of the most popular subjects, all presented by expert HSC teachers/markers. 
Students will receive expert advice on syllabus content and how to prepare most effectively for each exam. Comprehensive notes will also be provided.
Timetables, further details and registration can be found at https://hscintheholidays.com.au or call 1300 677 336.
University of Notre Dame – A Day in the Life of a Nursing Student
Date : 6th Jul 2016 Time : 10.30am – 2.00pm Venue : 160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Cost : FREE Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : (02) 8204 4404
Thinking of a career in Nursing? Join us for a Day in the Life of a Nursing Student and find out what it’s really like! Students attending the day will have the opportunity to meet academic staff, engage in clinical activities, experience a Nursing lecture and tour our campus. Lunch is provided.
Places are limited so to register or for more information visit www.notredame.edu.au 

Australian Catholic University (ACU) University Experience (Strathfield) – Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Date : 6th Jul 2016 Time : 9am-3pm Venue : Australian Catholic University – Strathfield Campus Cost : FREE Contact : Tony Ciccone : Futurestudy.Syd@acu.edu.au or 02 9739 2091
University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students – and trying out the course you’re interested in. Register online at: www.acu.edu.au/uni-experience
ACU Strathfield Campus
25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

School Holiday Workshop at University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design – Printmaking
Date : 7th Jul 2016 Time : 10:00am-1:00pm Venue : UNSW Art & Design
Cost : FREE Contact : Damien Nedeljkovic : d.nedeljkovic@unsw.edu.au
Experience the Printmaking Process of Etching
Master print-maker and renowned Australian artist, Michael Kempson, leads this workshop aimed at providing an overarching understanding of printmaking processes in general, including screen-printing, engraving, etching and lithography. 
Register now at https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/events/july-holiday-workshops-for-high-school-students

Australian Catholic University (ACU) University Experience (North Sydney) – Friday, 8 July 2016
Date : 8th Jul 2016 Time : 9am-3pm
Venue : Australian Catholic University – North Sydney Campus Cost : FREE
Contact : Tony Ciccone : Futurestudy.Syd@acu.edu.au or 02 9739 2091
University Experience is a free program that gives you the opportunity to sample the degree of your choice. Get a taste of life at ACU by meeting academic staff and current students – and trying out the course you’re interested in. If you’re in Year 10, 11 or 12 and considering tertiary study, University Experience provides the perfect chance to explore your study options by living a day in the life of a university student. Register online at: www.acu.edu.au/uni-experience
ACU North Sydney Campus
40 Edward St, North Sydney NSW 2060

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Blog: How to prepare for the UMAT



University of Western Sydney (UWS) Advantage Schemes
The UWS Advantage is designed to provide prospective students with more opportunities to study at UWS. Students may receive up to 10 Bonus ATAR points qualifying for a range of UWS schemes including regional bonus points, subject bonus points, the early offer program, educational access scheme and the elite athlete and performer bonus scheme. 



University of Sydney: Sydney College of the Arts Student Profiles



University of Technology Sydney (UTS): Handbook 2016 – Scholarships

Links are provided to a wide range of scholarships offered at UTS. Some of these include faculty scholarships, Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships, equity scholarships, diversity access, indigenous scholarships and more.



University of Technology Sydney (UTS): Bachelor of Information Technology Co-operative Scholarship Program

Round 1 Applications Open: 24th April

Round 1 Applications Close: 19th June

Round 2 Applications Open: 15th July

Round 2 Applications Close: 30th September

The Bachelor of Information Technology Co-operative Scholarship Program provides students with $15, 500 per year of study, and two six month full-time industry placements with sponsor organisations. There are two rounds of applications in 2016 for the 2017 intake.



Charles Sturt University Upcoming Webinars

14th June 2016, 4pm – 5pm – Bachelor of Medical Science

14th June 2016, 7pm – 8pm – Bachelor of Health Science (Food and Nutrition)

15th June 2016, 4pm – 5pm – Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

15th June 2016, 8pm – 9pm – Bachelor of Accounting

Learn about course content and career opportunities upon graduation. Previous webinars can also be viewed by letting CSU know which one you missed.



University of Wollongong (UOW) Information Evenings for Students and Parents

20th June 2016, 6pm – 8pm – Liverpool

21st June 2016, 6pm – 8pm – Parramatta

22nd June 2016, 6pm – 8pm – Bankstown

These sessions will provide students and parents with the opportunity to talk to university representatives about courses offered and university life.



Engineering & Technology Cadetships

Applications close: Fri 17th June 

A reminder that applications for the Engineering & Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program close on the 17th of June. The 2016 program provides Year 12 students with the opportunity to apply for a Technology Cadetship at Westpac. On completion of their cadetship, Technology Cadets are well-placed to pursue a career in IT and in business.  

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


University of Notre Dame – HSC Study Week
Date : 11th Jul 2016 Time : 9.00am – 3.00pm Venue : 104 Broadway, Chippendale  Cost : $290 Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : (02) 8204 4404
HSC Study Week is designed to give students the opportunity to maximise their performance in the HSC. The week (Monday 11 July – Friday 15 July 2016) is staffed by teachers who have many years of experience teaching and marking the NSW Higher School Certificate. They include senior teachers, head teachers, deputy principals and senior markers.
The HSC Study Week costs $290.00 per student.
For further information or to register visit www.notredame.edu.au 

HSC in the HolidaysACE the HSC program

Places are strictly limited and you must register prior to the event. Cost and other information at https://hscintheholidays.com.au (follow the links to the ACE the HSC program)

Cost : Contact : Shane Hardcastle : info@hscintheholidays.com.a 1300 677 336

The School for Excellence (TSFX) Trial Exam Revision Lectures

4th – 17th July 2016, The University of Sydney

Each lecture will cover the examinable materials for the course in detail. The subjects offered include Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Economics, English Advanced, English Standard, General Mathematics, Legal Studies, Mathematics (2 Unit), Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Modern History, PDHPE, Physics.



Mastering the Exams Lecture

19th June 2016, University of Sydney

This program is relevant to students in years 11 and 12. It aims to provide students with the best ways to prepare for exams, planning, addressing panic attacks and more.



The School for Excellence (TSFX) Exam Tip: HSC Exam Advice Chemistry



The School for Excellence (TSFX) Exam Tip: HSC Exam Advice Modern History



PDHPE and CAFS HSC Student Enrichment Days

The Australian Council for Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) NSW provides ongoing support and professional development activities for teachers and students in PDHPE throughout NSW.

To assist students prepare for their upcoming HSC exams, ACHPER NSW is running enrichment days for PDHPE and CAFS.

 HSC enrichment dates and venues for PDHPE:

  • Monday 20 June – Burwood RSL
  • Thursday 23 June – Westmead Hospital
  • Wednesday 20 July – Wollongong University
  • Tuesday 26 July – Video Conference

HSC enrichment dates and venues for CAFS:

  • Friday 24 June- Westmead
  • Wednesday 29 June – Newcastle University
  • Thursday 30 June – Burwood

For more information regarding these enrichment days visitwww.achpernsw.com.au/professional-learning/workshops/stage-6-pdhpe-enrichment-days/ or contact the ACHPER NSW Office on (02) 97875141.


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Interior Architecture Workshop
14th July 2016, 9:30am to 3pm, UNSW Kensington Campus
The interactive workshop will provide interested students with an insight into the work of an interior architect, with a focus on understanding the use of space. To register follow the link below.


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Architecture Workshop
15th July 2016, 9:30am to 3pm, UNSW Kensington Campus
The interactive workshop will provide interested students with an insight into the work of an architect, looking at how buildings are designed. To register follow the link below.


University of New South Wales (UNSW) Landscape Architecture Workshop

15th July 2016, 9:30am to 3pm, Gallery, Ground Floor, West Wing, Red Centre Building, UNSW 
The interactive workshop will provide interested students with an insight into the work of a landscape architect, with a focus on how both the built and natural environment is managed. To register follow the link below.


University of Sydney: Explore Engineering

11 – 13 July, The University of Sydney, Camperdown

The University of Sydney is delivering a workshop in the July school holidays for year 9 and 10 students interested in finding out more about engineering. Students will participate in hands-on activities and meet current engineers and engineering students. They will also be tasked with solving a real-life engineering problem and will get the opportunity to present their findings at the end of the workshop. Applications close 10 June.

For more information and to apply: http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/high-school/explore-engineering


TAFE Western School to TAFE
This brochure provides information on gap year options, career training, stepping stone to university and more.



St Patrick’s Institute of Education Open Day

12th June 2016

Open day provides the opportunity to speak to staff and obtain information on the courses offered.



Sydney City School of Business Course Guide



Sydney City School of Law Course Guide



ADF Information Sessions

Army Reserve – 21st June 2016, Wollongong

Defence Careers – 21st June 2016, Parramatta

Defence Force Academy – 22nd June 2016, Parramatta

Fitness – 29th June 2016, Newcastle



HSC in the Holidays 
There are numerous resources available that are subject specific and also general study tips. Seminars for students and parents in years 10 to 12 also run at various times throughout the year to assist students with their study.



Please note: Information regarding HSC Seminars / Courses etc in the Careers News is included for your information. This is not an endorsement or recommendation by the College. You will need to make your own enquiries and judgements regarding what is on offer.   





Viviene Gereige

Vocational Learning Coordinator

PDHPE Department News


Michelle Payne – First female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup (2015 Winner)


Representative Sport Update

SCC Netball

At this stage all 3 Bethany teams are going into the semi finals next week.

SCC Soccer

The senior soccer team is heading into the finals currently sitting at first place, undefeated for the whole season.

Term 3 SCC Sports

Selections for the following SCC sports played next term have now taken place:

Junior Soccer

Intermediate Soccer

Junior Basketball

Intermediate Basketball

Senior Basketball

Senior Softball


Thank you to all students who attended trials and congratulations to all who have been selected in the Bethany College team.


Upcoming events

NSWCCC Cross Country Championships   17th June Eastern Creek
Yr 7 PDHPE Athletics Day      17th June    Waratah Park, Sutherland
Netball NSW Cup  22nd June Sutherland
Athletics Carnival  27th June The Ridge



Lauren Brennan

Sports Coordinator

Study Skills Tips – Managing Technology

There is no doubt that technology can be a great help and at the same time a massive hindrance to the completion of homework. Spending too much time on technology can lead to frustration as valuable study time is wasted.  This can lead to family conflict, work piles up and students then give up because they are overwhelmed and can’t cope. Controlling the use of technology can lead to a sense of achievement as students have a better understanding of the work and they feel on top of things. Here are a few ideas on how technology can be managed effectively to assist students in the completion of homework and study.

1. Draw a line in the sand – separate school work and personal time

  1. Negotiate technology free time.
  2. Put the mobile phone in another room on silent during homework time.
  3. Take the game console controllers.

2. Make a decision – choose how much time to allocate to school work

  1. Make a homework/study timetable. Get one here https://goo.gl/gH3rMI
  2. Allocate half an hour at a time for a start.
  3. There are 2 types of school work, compulsory teacher-driven schoolwork which includes homework and assessment tasks and student-driven independent learning work which includes study notes and extra review questions.
  4. The key is not wasting time!

3. Use technology to help – install blocking tools on the laptop

Programs to try:

  • For MAC: ‘Self Control’, ‘Freedom’
  • For PC: ‘Cold Turkey’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Focal Filter’
  • For Android phones: ‘Stay Focusd’
  • Extensions from the Chrome Web Store: ‘Stayfocusd’, ‘Block site’, ‘Focus45’


Mr R Gough

Year 8 Coordinator