Volume 9 - 22 Jun 2018


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

This week is Refugee Week and the 2018 theme is “With Refugees”. At assembly yesterday, students were encouraged to think about how it must feel for people to be persecuted to the extent that they feel that they need to flee the country because of their beliefs, religion or for political reasons.

Message from his Holiness Pope Francis

“Dear refugees, You have a special place in the heart of the Church, and you help her to enlarge her heart and to manifest her motherhood towards the entire human family. Do not lose your faith and hope! Let us think of the Holy Family during the flight in Egypt: Just as the maternal heart of the Blessed Virgin and the kind heart of Saint Joseph kept alive the confidence that God would never abandon them, so in you may the same hope in the Lord never be wanting. I entrust you to their protection and I cordially impart to all of you my Apostolic Blessing….” Pope Francis

Today we pray for refugees who are forced  to leave their homes and loved ones to  lead a safer life and guide them on the  process.

  • For refugees who are separated from their families, keep them and guide them towards eventual reunification with their loved ones.
  • For  children  and young  people who are  forced to leave their  homes, provide caring adults  around them and unite the international community  to work for  the care and protection  of these young ones.
  • For  the Church,  give us strength  and courage to continue  to offer  a dignified  welcome to those  new to our country  and to recognise your  face in those we welcome.    


Staff Update

As of Monday, Mrs Russo will be on Long Service Leave and will return next term. We wish Mrs Russo safe travels as she takes a well earned break. Mr Conroy will replace Mrs Russo as the Acting Assistant Principal during this time. Mrs Matthews will join the Leadership team across some weeks between now and Term 4 when Mr Conroy is on leave. We also congratulate Mrs Smit and Mr David Martin who have been appointed as Acting HSIE and Acting Assistant HSIE Coordinators respectively across the time when Mr Conroy is on leave from his position.

Contract Renewal for Assistant Principal

Next term, Mrs Russo will undertake her contract renewal as required by Sydney Catholic Schools. In the coming weeks you will receive an email in the form of a survey asking you to give feedback as part of this process. I strongly encourage every family to complete this survey as we value your feedback. Further information about this process is outlined in the letter from Sydney Catholic Schools towards the back of this newsletter.

Student Voice Across the College

I have been very impressed with the suggestions brought forward recently by our SRC. These include literacy workshops for Year 7, cleanliness across the school, expediency of the microwave lines at lunch, building house spirit, environmental and outreach issues and bullying. All students have completed a bullying survey with Year 10 to complete theirs early Term 3. This is another way that students can voice issues real to their experience. We are currently analysing the results of these surveys for future action and planning towards what can be achieved with all of the above suggestions.


On July 4 and 5, parent/student/teacher interviews will be held. These interviews are an important way that parents can show support both to your daughter and to the school in terms of working in partnership for the best outcomes for your daughter. The feedback given at interviews build on the feedback already given to students each day in class and what is written in reports which can be collected at these interviews. Such feedback should not be a surprise to your daughter. A good conversation to have prior to these interviews is for your daughter to tell you what each teacher might say to you during the interviews. Reports are not about a grade, they give an indication of student progress and the interviews give more precise details on how students can improve, backed up with practical strategies. Please make your Sentral bookings when the portal opens next week.



Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Acting Assistant Principal

As semester 2 closes, the focus turns to feedback and reporting to students and parents.  The student, parent, teacher interviews will take place in Yallunga Hall on Wednesday 4 July and Thursday 5 July. This is an opportunity for students to gain valuable feedback to direct their learning in Semester 2. Bookings for these interviews will be available through the Sentral Parent Portal from 5.30pm on Wednesday 27 June.

Congratulations to our Year 8 students who successfully completed their online elective subject choice for 2019/ 2020, the process for Year 10 students will begin early in Term 3, as they choose subjects for the 2020 HSC. Congratulations to those students who recently successfully completed their prequalification for the HSC, outstanding work resulting from the collaboration between staff and students with the support of parents.

Mr Conroy

Acting Assistant Principal



SCC Netball

All netball teams have had a great start to the season.  The placings for each team after round 6 are as follows:

  • 1st – Juniors
  • 3rd- Inters
  • 3rd – Seniors

SCC Senior Soccer

Our Senior Soccer team is currently undefeated this season after six rounds. Well done girls!

Fitness Club

The Fitness Program continues each Wednesday. Our Year 12 Sports House Captains run fitness activities every week from 7.15am-8am.

At 8am breakfast will be served next to Yallunga hall.





SCC Soccer Knockout Competition

The girls represented Bethany College on Thursday 14th June at Wentworth Park in Glebe in the SCC Knockout Competition. Our girls played with a high level of skill and sportsmanship playing against Marist Sisters Woolwich. Unfortunately we were defeated 3-2 in the last few minutes of the game.

I would just like to congratulate them on their efforts and for being selected to play SCC soccer. Well done ladies!

Miss Soles


NSWSCCC Competitions

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the SCC teams for the following competitions:

  • Caitlin Hollis (Year 9) who competed in the NSWCCC Touch Football Competition on the 20th June.
  • Bella Markou (Year 11), Moya Denford (Year 11), Sotiria Psakis (Year 12) and Annabel Stojanovska (Year 12) who competed in the NSWCCC Football Competition on Tuesday 5th June and Wednesday 6th June. The team manager commended the girls on their exceptional efforts in working as a team, dedication and positivity.

Congratulations to all girls. This is a fantastic achievement!


Athletics Carnival

A reminder that the Athletics Carnival is fast approaching! The Carnival will be held at The Ridge Athletics Track on Monday 2nd July. 

Upcoming Events

  • WEEK 9 – Monday 25th June- SCC Dance
  • WEEK 9 – Tuesday 26th June- Year 7 PDHPE In School Workshop
  • WEEK 10- Monday 2nd July- Athletics Carnival


Rochelle Bailey

PDHPE Teacher

Year 12 Modern History Excursion

“On the 12th of June 2018, Year 11 students studying Modern History, went on an exciting excursion to the Sydney Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst, where we sat through intriguing seminars, an engaging interview with a Holocaust survivor and went on a fascinating tour of the museum that focused purely on the Jewish perspective of the Holocaust. This great experience enlightened us and introduced us to the new topic that we are learning this term. The one on one experience with the Holocaust survivor was truly incredible, his advice to our class was inspiring and to hear his story was a privilege. I truly think we gained a lot from this excursion, from life lessons to new knowledge, this excursion was definitely one to remember!”

 – Alexis Maalouf, Year 11


Years 10 and 11 History Debating

On the 7th of June, girls from Years 10 and 11 participated in the History debating competition. Bethany hosted schools including Shellharbour Anglican College, Tara Anglican School for Girls and Sydney Technical High School. Year 10 Bethany students competed in two debates for the questions “Kevin Rudd’s apology was an effective response to the Stolen Generations” and “Australia’s time under the Menzies Government was an era of prosperity.” Year 11’s topic was “That Alexander the Great was a global visionary”.

After many weeks of preparation and meetings, we were able to confidently compete against the opposing schools. The amount of research and knowledge we acquired through this process significantly enhanced our understanding of several political, social and economical pillars which had affected our national and international story. It was a great day and we all enjoyed meeting new people from other schools and debating in the competition.

Overall at the end of the day, Year 10 walked away with a win against Shellharbour and await to see the final draw!

Thank you to Mrs Pikis, Mrs Matthews and Ms Simos for helping us prepare for our debates and supporting us throughout the day.

 – Year 10 History Debating Team

Year 8 Music – The Evolution of Rock

“On the 6th of June, Year 8 had a Music incursion led by two amazing musicians named Terry Murray and Gillian Eastoe. They performed a wide variety of rock music and explained the eras of rock and the genres that rock originated from. Year 8 thoroughly enjoyed listening to and learning about American and British rock and roll. The experience gave the year group a deeper understanding of the history of rock and roll.”

 – Abygail Bartlett and Linh Huynh

CGSSSA Gymnastics Competition 2018

1st St Ursula’s

2nd Bethany College

3rd Domremy

On the 6th of June,  23 eager competitors headed out to the Sydney Aquatic and Gymnastics centre at Rooty Hill for a full day of competition.

The 2018 CGSSSA Gymnastics team competitors were Jess Butler, Georgia Scott, Angelia Rouady, Jade Serban, Aliya Nasser, Katya Alexander, Morgan Creed-Secombe, Kylah Foon, Ngikula Harris, Juliette Lepine, Peace Mugisha, Olivia Plomaritis, Kate Soussa, Zoe Graham,Chloe Hatzianestis, Billie Jolly, Prerna Lodh, Gabrielle Dietz, Amelia Bohringer, Eva Gouramanis, Leah Gouramanis, Yasmin Da Costa Almeida, Ava Stathatos.


Individual Placements

Level 10





Jess Butler

3rd Place Overall





Level 6





Amelia Bohringer





Level 5





Jade Serban





Level 4





Kate Soussa





Kyla Foon





Level 3





Juliette Lepine

= 2nd

= 2nd



Prerna Lodh





Morgan Creed-Secombe






“The CGSSSA gymnastics competition was a fantastic day for our gymnastics team, as we got to showcase our skills and routines that we have been training hard for. This year it was held at Rooty Hill and our training sessions were held on Wednesday afternoons which were coached by Liz. It was a good experience for the new Year 7’s who had not been to anything like this before, it is an experience that you have to come try and see for yourself. A few of our competitors placed in some events such as; beam, bar, floor and vault  and our school came 2nd out of 11 other different competing schools. We all enjoyed ourselves and wish to come back next year for another successful gymnastics competition.”

– Katya Alexander – Year 8

Careers News

Bethany student does us proud at WorldSkills competition

Racquele Bechara of Year 12 competed in the Business Services division of the recent national WorldSkills competition. She placed 4th missing out on 3rd place by a mere .40 of a point! Racquele demonstrated her skills in business administration completing a series of tasks in specified time restraints which covered data base entry, use of spreadsheets and numerous other office related jobs. Racquele is to be commended for her effort in this national competition and on behalf of the school community we extend our congratulations.

UTS presentation

UTS representatives presented information to a ‘packed house’ in the theatre about the many and varied courses on offer at this university. The presentation also covered information about scholarships, adjustment factors and application processes.




Year 12 Hospitality students’ culinary skills on show

On Wednesday the 13th of June 2018, the teachers of Bethany College were invited to our luncheon where we treated them to a three course meal. We had an assortment of canapés that included caramelised onion and feta, avocado and salsa, and the heavenly salmon and cream cheese on crackers. The main dishes were cabbage pasta and chicken wrapped in bacon and served with mash potato and beans as the accompaniment. For dessert we made chocolate and raspberry tarts served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The teachers enjoyed the meals and we received excellent feedback. It was a good experience to treat the teachers and put our culinary skills and customer service to the test.

 – Cassandra Patrulovski (Year 12 Hospitality student)


Year 11 Hospitality Food Truck

On Thursday 14th June, Year 11 Hospitality students participated in a Food Truck experience. Students were given the opportunity to choose a cuisine of their choice. They produced 80 meals which they sold to Year 11 and 10 students during lunch (with proceeds to be donated to a charity). This was a great example of authentic learning for students as they gained valuable skills and knowledge of the hospitality industry and current food trends.

 – Mrs. Gabrielle Killorn (Hospitality teacher)




University of Notre Dame Sydney – Early Offer/Parent Info Evening

26 June 4.00pm to 5.30pm or 6.00pm to 7.30pm

Broadway Campus

Applications for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program close on 31 July 2018. This event provides a great opportunity for students to find out tips and advice on submitting a comprehensive application. Students who gain an Early Offer are notified before they sit their final Year 12 exams. The session will also provide broader information on Notre Dame, its application process and is ideal for Year 12 students and parents who might also want to find out about transitioning from school to uni, student life on campus, fees, HECS and FEE-HELP and more



University of Notre Dame Sydney – A Day in the Life of a Nursing Student

11 July . 10.00am to 2.00pm

160 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Thinking of a career in Nursing? Join us for a Day in the Life of a Nursing Student session and find out about a career in the Nursing profession. Students attending the day will have the opportunity to find out about the Notre Dame Nursing program, meet academic staff, engage in clinical activities, experience a Nursing lecture and tour our campus. Lunch is provided.



University of Notre Dame Sydney – Careers in Law

12 July

104 Broadway, Chippendale

Join us at our Careers in Law day to explore all programs in Law, and where this profession can take you. Hear from the experts about the courses, application and life at Notre Dame.



Parent Information Evening – A Guide to US & UK Universities

26 June. 6.00pm to 7.30pm

North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, 17 Blue Street, North Sydney,

Having a child who aims to do their undergraduate studies at a top US or UK university is an exciting prospect but it does raise a lot of questions. Find the answers at this event.



University of Wollongong – Info Evenings and Tours to Suit You

Find a suitable day and time for your information session or tour that best suits you. Register here:



Uni 2 Beyond

uni 2 beyond supports people with an intellectual disability to study courses for interest and take part in university life. You can study some subjects at the university without enrolling in a degree. You can study these subjects because you are interested in them. This is called “auditing”.



 Pre- Uni Confidence Booster Advice

Going to university for the first time can often be a difficult time even for the best of us. It’s a new environment with new people and new challenges that you can’t really imagine until you’ve experienced them. You’ve just come from a place in which you had just worked your way to the top and where you’d grown comfortable and familiar with the teachers and facilities. Most importantly, you had a support group of friends.




ACPE Open Day

23 June

10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

Meet with academic and student support staff to get answers to all of your study and student life queries. Chat with current students about their experience at ACPE. Learn all about our industry-focused courses. Find out where a qualification from ACPE can take your career.



AIT Open Day

28 July 10.00am to 3.00pm

Level 2, 7 Kelly St Ultimo

Join us at our Open Day in July and learn all about AIT, the creative industry and amazing opportunities available to you. Ph: 02 92118399. E: info@ait.edu.au




How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) – Wait But Why

“Society tells us a lot of things about what we should want in a career and what the possibilities are—which is weird because I’m pretty sure society knows very little about any of this. This post isn’t me giving you career advice really—it’s a framework that I think can help you make career decisions that actually reflect who you are, what you want, and what our rapidly changing career landscape looks like today.”

Read the full article at:



Australia’s Booming Industries – SEEK

SEEK has revealed the Australian industries that boomed in the last 12 months. We look to the data and speak to industry experts about the trends that will shape the year ahead. See the occupations here:



Employers Finding It Hard to Fill Jobs – Where?

SEEK data reveals how candidate availability changed across Australian industries in 2017 compared to the previous 12 months. Discover what industries are attracting more candidates and where the gaps are. Industries categorised as ‘easing’ saw more applicants for every job, while those categorised as ‘tightening’ saw less applicants for every job. Industries categorised as ‘stable’ experienced minimal change during the time period.



10 Skills You’ll Need By 2020 and Beyond

The world is changing at such a rapid pace with new technologies, advancements in science and all areas of STEM. To survive and have longevity in your future career will require you to develop personal qualities that will stand you in good stead to face the brave new world you will embrace.






Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator


De La Salle Ashfield Ex-Students & Staff Annual Reunion Dinner

Letter to Community Jacinta Russo