Volume 9 - 21 Jun 2019


Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Bethany,

As a faith community, I was heartened to see our faith alive and well by the involvement of our students in Refugee Week activities last week. Mrs Chisari and Year 9 led the school in prayer and showed commitment to their value of ‘Justice’ through the power of story and reflection of refugees across the world but especially in our country. We had a powerful few moments where staff and students joined in a prayer circle to offer up our prayers for the plight of refugees and for our political leaders to be guided by Catholic Social Teaching. Following prayer amongst a busy playground, we stood in silence as a mark of solidarity and a time to think about those who have had to flee their homeland for personal security. We thought about the brave efforts of individuals who have left family members behind to pursue a better life despite the obstacles of language, food and accomodation. Our guiding leader Jesus was a living example of acceptance and justice, may the Bethany Community continue to look beyond ourselves in the way that Jesus modelled for us.



With a fortnight to go before the halfway point of the academic year, I thought it timely to offer some questions that parents may like to discuss with your daughter. Each time I speak to a parent about why they chose Bethany, words such as opportunities, relationships, focus on individual best and growth are key themes. With this in mind, I would ask parents to challenge your daughter on where they fit on this scale. Before reports are distributed for Years 7 – 10 at the end of term and for Years 11 and 12 as they progress deeper into the year, how does your daughter thinking she is growing so far this year? Is she on target to meet her academic goals? Why is she on target or not? It is important for the girls to be able to name their strengths and challenges. Has your daughter taken advantage of the opportunities on offer at the College – sport teams, debating, public speaking, Youth Mass, Library Tutoring, Lifesavers, SMILE Team and so on? How does your daughter contribute to positive relationships – is she kind online? Does she give as much as receive? Does she acknowledge her role if things go wrong? I encourage all parents to keep asking your daughter questions in order to challenge and motivate her to do her best. Year 12 are almost at the stage where they wish they had more time to squeeze every opportunity out of the College that they can. The real message is that it is never too late to maximise opportunity but it is each individual student who has to have the drive or the work ethic to want to seize each opportunity.

I congratulate the many students who involve themselves in the life of the College and look forward to even more involvement next term.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

As we move towards the end of term our students in Year 7 -10 will be receiving their reports. For many students this a genuine affirmation of their effort and application across Semester One, a snapshot of your daughters progress at this point in her education. Reports will be distributed at our Parent/ Teacher interviews to be held on July 4 and 5. When looking at your daughter’s report we encourage you to focus on areas of success as well as opportunities for improvement. Try to encourage your daughter to have a sense of pride in her achievement and use this as a platform for motivation as we commence Semester Two. A report often opens up an opportunity for discussion around the factors that have contributed to their success or hindered their progress. Reports also have a part to play in your child’s sense of self, for this reason it is particularly useful to avoid comparisons with other children. Looking for opportunities to celebrate success and affirm effort are valuable tools in building both confidence and planning for future success.

Furthermore, reports provide an opportunity for reflection we encourage you to consider and discuss your daughter’s overall attendance throughout the Semester One, recognising the strong correlation between attendance and academic success.

We look forward to seeing parents/ carers of Years 7-10 on July 4 and 5 for parent teacher interviews to receive additional feedback and explore ways in which we can work together to support your daughters.

On July 2nd we celebrate the talents of our HSC Dance students and on July 23 our HSC Drama and Music student s in their showcase evenings.

Our Semester One awards ceremony, celebrating both academic excellence and effort will take place on Wednesday July 24, with Year 7 – 9 awards ceremony commencing at 9am and our 10-12 ceremony commencing at 11am. Further details to come.


Jodie Hughes

Assistant Principal

Outstanding Unexplained Student Absences

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As you are aware we are now using Compass as our Student Information System this term. It is our hope that all families have now downloaded this App and are becoming familiar with how to use this system. Commencing next week, the College will be sending email notifications to parents and carers notifying them of outstanding unexplained absences. Please be advised that parents/ carers are required to notify the College of the reason for their daughter’s absence within 7 days. These emails will be sent fortnightly, requesting parents to login to Compass and explain the absence or to contact the College in writing or via phone to explain the absence. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please please look out for these emails and respond at your earliest convenience. Find below a link to efficiently explain absences in Compass. This video explains the process of doing so.


Mary Matthews

Leader of Wellbeing

Library News

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

Student’s that have registered for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) have now been issued with their username and login details to access the PRC Portal to record books read. If there are problems accessing the portal, they must visit the library as soon as possible.

We are continuing to accept registrations from interested students in Year’s 7 to 9. Please visit us in the library to register.


Unlimited Holiday Borrowing

With the holidays approaching, we will provide an opportunity for students to borrow extra books. It will make for a great holiday activity, whether you are at home or on a trip.

Restrictions will still apply to some books e.g. HSC textbooks and revision guides. 


Featured Display

To mark The National Week of Prayer and Action for Refugees, a special display was created featuring books about Refugees or novels with refugee storylines. Thank you to Mrs Sultana for creating the display.



Fabian Amuso

Teacher Librarian

Secondary School Leadership Program

On The 5th of June, the leaders of Bethany College (Siena Dal Bianco, Cassandra Manning, India Mix and Alana Jones)  were presented to participate in the 2019 Secondary Schools Leadership Program at NSW Parliament House, Sydney. This civics and citizenship program offered us the opportunity, along with Year 12 leaders from other schools in our area, to develop our knowledge of our system of government and parliamentary proceedings, and the role of the Governor.

Upon our arrival at NSW Parliament House we listened to six members of parliament: in particular Mark Coure (Member for Oatley)  who invited us to be apart of this incredible experience. They spoke about their journey, to where they are today, and some of the important lessons they learnt along the way regarding leadership and how to achieve what you desire. We were delighted to get the opportunity to also meet Gladys Berejiklian, the Premier of NSW who was also one of the important speakers on the day.

After a short lunch break, the session was followed by a Question and Answer with the members, which led to an engaging discussion on a whole range of subjects.  We sat in the Lower House hearing the different opinions on important topics in Parliament. Bethany College also got a special mention when “Mr Speaker” gave his address before commencing.

It was a great experience for the leaders of  Bethany College to understand the importance of how leadership within any forum is held with great pride, great ideas and open minds about any topic of interest in order to improve the environment in which we work in.

Thank you to the teachers for this opportunity as well as the individual selection in representing Bethany College at the Secondary School Leadership Program Luncheon.


Written By: Siena Dal Bianco (Year 12 SRC)


Year 9 Japanese Dinner

Students in Year 9 Japanese celebrated Children’s Day recently with various cultural activities and a teppanyaki dinner. The dinner involved catching rice and eggs and eating yummy barbecued meat such as yakitori. Aisha Kita-Leong  has written a bi-lingual report on Children’s Day and what it means for Japanese people.

Thank you to Mrs Hughes for joining us for dinner.
Rachael Colreavy


CGSSSA Gymnastics

On Wednesday the 5th of June, the CGSSSA gymnastics team competed in a gala day held at SGAC Sydney. The day started early and was filled with athleticism, skill and friendship. All of the girls supported and cheered each other on whilst showing true sportsmanship towards others. Training sessions were held on Wednesday afternoons which were coached by Liz. Bethany College performed outstandingly coming 2nd overall against 11 schools, whilst many individuals placed in their divisions. This is a great event to participate in if you want to experience something new and different whilst representing your school and showing off your gymnastics skills.

Katya Alexander, Year 9



Level 7

Amelia Bohringer

1st place – Bars, Beam & Vault

Overall 1st place – Amelia Bohringer

Level 5

Jade Serban

3rd place – Vault

Level 3

Phoebe Economou

2nd place – Beam 3rd place – Vault & bars

Level 2

Overall team – 2nd place

  • Rachel Messiha
  • Grace Smith
  • Lily Clarke
  • Cassie Curtis


Overall results

2nd – Bethany College


Year 11 Modern History Excursion

On Wednesday the 12th of June, the Year 11 Modern History students visited the Sydney Jewish Museum as part of our current unit ‘Contestability of the Past’. The excursion was incredibly gripping and allowed us to deepen our understanding of World War Two and the Holocaust, and how these events continue to impact people in contemporary society.

We were lucky enough to meet a Hungarian Holocaust survivor named Peter. He shared his story with us, explaining how, at the age of four, he and his mother hid in a bunker for a year in order to evade the Nazis whilst his father was sent to and escaped from a concentration camp. He had told the incredible story of his survival and how this had led him to escape to Austria and eventually Australia, following the war. We had the rare opportunity to ask Peter questions regarding his experience during the war and his life now. It was such a unique experience to speak to a Holocaust survivor, hearing a personal account truly enriched our understanding of that time in history, and was especially valuable considering we are the last generation who will be enabled this opportunity.

We were then given a guided tour of the museum where we able to view the photos, journals and personal belongings of the Holocaust victims.  The walls of the museum were engraved with the names of the victims, whilst the architecture within the museum was designed to replicate the Star of David. It was later explained that the star was designed to appear fragmented as it was intended to demonstrate how the Holocaust shattered the Jewish population and religion. We had developed an empathetic connection to the survivors and the atrocities they had experienced.

Over the last term we have been learning about Leni Riefenstahl, a controversial filmmaker for Hitler, and while at the museum we attended an insightful and passionate lecture by Dr. Ari Lander. We considered the perspective that Leni was a Nazi supporter who knowingly created propaganda that aided in legitimising Nazism and the holocaust, and the alternate view that she was a passionate artist and filmmaker who used the Nazi Party as an opportunity to create films, an uncommon feat for women in her time. This lecture aided in fueling debate in our class surrounding Riefenstahl’s controversy.

It was an amazing excursion that demonstrated an excellent example of a respectful display, aiding in the commemoration and education of the Holocaust.

Sophie Gallagher, Lingge Bai and Lara Ball – Year 11 Modern History

Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition – Grand Final

On Wednesday 12th June, Bethany College hosted the Grand Final of the Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition. With our Year 9, Year 10 and Senior debating teams taking part against Aquinas, MSJ and Marist Kogarah respectively.

All girls debated with sophistication and maturity with the Year 10 and Senior teams winning it all on the evening, congratulations to them for their continued excellence throughout the season – the school has never had two teams wins in one season before, it is a fantastic achievement for all the girls involved.

Congratulations to the following girls on their involvement in the finals this year

Year 9
Yasmin Hijazi
Alyssa Parrottino
Ngikula Harris
Luna Pandiella-McLeod

Year 10
Fotini Koutsodimas
Ayva Palmer
Mia Palmer
Jade Lozanovski

Brooke Salisbury
Justina Alabasinis
Eve Fernando
Louisa Leone

Thank you to Debating coordinator, Mr Martin, and all the teachers involved for their continued organisation, coaching and support.


Brooke Salisbury
Debating prefect

Careers / VET Update

Year 12 Hospitality prepares restaurant quality meals

The Year 12 Hospitality class invited staff to a three course luncheon on Wednesday 5 June. The students prepared an array of canapés which included coconut coated fresh prawns, avocado and salsa pastry cups and blini with salmon and mascarpone.  The main course included a choice of two meals of couscous chicken or chorizo pasta with caramelized onions. The dessert dishes included a culinary display of seasonal fruits and a deliciously creamy mouse. The staff were very impressed with the taste of all the dishes, the table presentation and table service. A huge congratulation to Mrs Killorn and her students for providing a restaurant quality meal and service.


Cameron Jane Make up and Beauty Academy presentation

Cameron Jane presented information about her make-up and beauty academy during lunchtime on Tuesday 4 June. She covered information about the courses on offer at her college and showed interested students an array work samples from past students of the academy. The highlight was Cameron’s lesson on understanding facial shapes and features when using make up. https://www.cameronjane.com.au/




Notre Dame – Early Offer Student & Parent Info Night

2 July. 6-8pm
Broadway campus (campus map) St Ben’s Hall, 104 Broadway, Chippendale

This is your opportunity to discover more about Notre Dame’s Young Achievers Early Offer program. At the Info Evening you will gain an understanding of the benefits of being an Early Offer applicant, you will also be able to submit your application. Our supportive Prospective Students Office team will be available throughout the evening to assist you and answer any questions you may have.



UAC – Access and Scholarship Programs are Now Open

Schools Recommendation SchemesEducational Access Schemes and Equity Scholarships are all open for applications.

By opening earlier this year it gives you more time to arrange your supporting documentation like records of attendance, educational impact statements all before the pressure of final exams.

If you may be eligible for these schemes begin your application as soon as you have applied through UAC.

SRS https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/schools-recommendation-schemes

EAS https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/educational-access-schemes

Equity Scholarships https://www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/equity-scholarships


University of Sydney Scholarships Information Evening

30 July. 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Avenue , The University of Sydney

If you are a Year 12 student, join us on campus for an informative evening where current students and staff will answer the important questions on scholarships



University of Sydney – Project Management Winter Camp

July 2019. Watch this space.
Years 10–12. This two-day intensive workshop offers an introduction to project management and where this dynamic field can take you. Hear about project management degrees, careers and pathways and try your hand at working on authentic case studies. The camp includes a site visit to a large project management organisation to learn about projects in action. Places are limited.



UTS – Bachelor of Information Technology Co-operative Scholarship

Closes 8 September

Are you at the top of your game? With the Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT), you’ll join a cohort of high achieving students who are passionate about using technology to drive business outcomes.

The BIT is a three-year, fast-tracked IT course that’s been designed to mentor the next generation of IT and business leaders.


Apply here:




Learn a Hobby and Turn it into a Career – TAFE

Check out the range of hobby courses that are fun to do and may earn you big bucks in the future. We all know education’s value: education helps you navigate and better understand the world, and it helps you land your dream job. But when is the last time you learnt something just for the fun of it?



Local College Open Days

Friday 12 & 19 July

Friday 4 & 11 October

During open days students get the opportunity to chat to teaching staff, receive an overview of courses, and take a tour of the College and its commercial farms. For more information and to make bookings for lunch please contact us on 1800 025 520 or 02 4939 8888, or email info@tocal.com





Student Fashion from the Leading Institutions

Closes 13 October

Powerhouse Museum 500 Harris St, Ultimo

Student Fashion is an annual display that provides a glimpse of the exciting potential of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. It showcases outfits from the final-year ranges of top students from four Sydney-based fashion design schools: Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW, Ultimo Campus, Raffles College of Design and Commerce, University of Technology, Sydney and Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia.



Where being a Chartered Accountant Can Lead You

  Want to work anywhere in the world? The CA designation could be your passport to an international career 

  Want to be in demand by top companies? Improve your chances of being head hunted by top employers throughout your career

  Want to be globally recognised? Join one of the globe’s top ten leading accounting bodies and connect to a 1,000,000 strong global knowledge network.



What is forensic science really like?

What’s it really like to have that dream job you’ve been eyeing off? We’ve found out for you and are busting myths about some hard-to-pin-down careers in STEM. Professor Shari Forbes dishes the decomposing dirt on forensic science, and it’s nothing like CSI.



What Does a Marine Biologist Look Like? 

Inspire your students to pursue marine biology at UTS Science, with this great short video of UTS graduate Justin Tierney. Justin currently works at Port Stephens Fisheries Institute as a Fisheries Technician. He says participating in field trips to Heron Island and Stroud in his degree helped to reinforce the theoretical knowledge he learnt in class. 



Great Video on being a Youth Worker

Youth work is a career that involves working for and with young people in a variety of ways. The key thing that differentiates a youth worker from other community service workers is that young people are their primary focus. It’s about ensuring young people feel supported in developing the skills they need to make positive changes in their lives.



Lovers of Psychology – University of Sydney Science Forum

  • Wednesday 18 September 2019, 5:45pm for 6pm – 7pm
  • Presented by Dr Celine Van Golde, School of Psychology
  • Registrations open 10 July 2019



Psychology Scholarships – Plan ahead

Australian Psychological Society

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

Indigenous Psychology Student Congress Attendance Scholarship



Your plan to become a Psychologist

For psychologist Tracey McGrath it’s that she loves seeing clients turn their life around. In this article Three psychologists on their love for work and love for life different views are shared here.



Robotics Enthusiasts – First Australia – Lego League

26, 27, 28 July 2019
Macquarie University

This event, like all FIRST events, is free and open to the public.  There will be seating for spectators to view matches. This is a great opportunity to see some really cool robots built by inspirational high schoolers!



Study Abroad

StudyAbroad.com has a fantastic way for you to search for Study Abroad Programs by level, type and country. It’s easy and visual so you won’t get lost. We will walk you through it.

Search by program level; choose:

  • Gap Year
  • High School
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate

Search by program type; choose:

  • Intern Abroad – Gain vital job or business skills is important to you.
  • Volunteer Abroad – A week, a month or a year, in the type of volunteer work that would be meaningful to you.
  • Teach Abroad – Get specific; search by country, duration and even audience.
  • Intensive Language – If immersing yourself in a foreign language.
  • Full Degree Abroad – If studying overseas appeals to you, but for an extended period, find associates degrees, courses, diplomas, undergraduate and graduate certificates, bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees by country and specialty.




Elizabeth Vrahnos

Vocational Learning Coordinator