Volume 9 - 11 Jun 2021




Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The heart of Jesus highlights compassion and love. We see this image of Jesus often with an exposed heart signifying that as a human, he too was open to both love and suffering. I pray this week with a focus on compassion, modelling the essence of the sacred heart. Praying for peace, for justice and consideration for our most vulnerable. May we have this in our homes, at our College, in our local community, our country and globally.

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be Everywhere Loved



As we move into our final fortnight of the semester, looking towards parent teacher interviews for Year 7 – 10, I am often asked by parents how best to support a student from home. My response to this is to ask your daughter questions and be involved. Before reports are released in Week 10, ask your daughter to share with you how she feels that she is going in each subject. This can then be tested against what teachers say at interviews. What is your daughter most proud of this semester? What is she disappointed with and why? Try to sift through excuses and keep asking your daughter questions to clarify why excuses may be made. Receiving a report and attending interviews should be something to look forward to if each of these are treated as feedback. In the classroom girls are encouraged to seek feedback and teachers to both give it and also get it. Recently many students were asked to complete surveys on their teachers in the form of a PIVOT survey. This helps teachers to best cater for the class in front of them. The end of a semester is not about getting into trouble if the feedback is not positive, it should be about honest conversations as to why such results were received and then importantly what strategies will be used for improvement. Improvement may take the form of self improvement and skill improvement which may not translate to a better grade but it is still improvement. I look forward to hearing your insights on the last 2 days of term at the parent teacher interviews.


Year 12 are nearing the more important stage of their internal assessment. Projects for the HSC are due early Term 3 and HSC Trial Examinations also occur around this time. It is important that a regular study pattern is maintained over the school holiday break. Some subjects will host revision lessons during the holidays. If subjects which your daughter studies hosts these, please ensure that your daughter attends. To support Year 12 in their study, the Library will be open for the whole year group during the parent teacher days on June 24 and 25. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to collaborate and support each other in their study. Supervision will be from 8.30 – 3.00pm on Thursday June 24 and from 8.30 – 12.00pm on Friday June 25.


Enjoy a restful long weekend.


Robyn Rodwell

College Principal

From the Assistant Principal

I wanted to start with something students may see as a little thing, but getting the little things right enables us to do amazing things. I want to bring to your attention the College uniform and ask that you have a conversation with your daughter if one is needed. 

College Uniform

The College uniform is designed to present a positive image of the College to the wider community. I believe the uniform should foster a sense of pride in the way it is worn inside the school and outside in public. It displays a level of support and respect for the College. I encourage our families to do a uniform audit this weekend and attend to any adjustments that may be needed to your child’s uniform, particularly the length of tunics and skirts. These must be worn at the length of the middle knee or below. 


Tell Them From Me Survey

Over the last few weeks Bethany College has been participating in an online survey – Tell Them From Me (TTFM). The survey provides us with valuable feedback on what our community thinks about many aspects of school life.

If you are yet to complete the survey, your feedback would be greatly appreciated. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at Bethany. 

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


Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews

Parent/Student/Teacher interviews will be held at Bethany College for Years 7-10 on Thursday 24 June and Friday 25 June. You will be able to access the Compass booking system from 2.30pm on Thursday 17 June. Bookings will close at 11.00am on Wednesday June 23. 


Upcoming Events

Finally, just a reminder about a few events coming up next week. On Tuesday June 15 we have the Year 8 and 9 Study Skills evening and on Wednesday June 16 we have our Dance Showcase. The Dance Showcase is a ticketed event for the families of our Dance students. If you would like to attend, please ensure that you have completed the google form that was sent to you through Compass. 


Year 8 & 9 study skills evening: 

15 June             


Parent teacher interviews – Years 7 – 10

24 June     

25 June 

8.30am – 8.00pm

8.30am – 12.00pm

Academic Awards Yrs 7-9

Academic Awards Yrs 10-12

13 July

13 July

9.00am – 11.00am

11.30am – 1.30pm


Yr 10 subject selection interviews with parents

13 July 

14 July 


2.00 – 7.00pm 

8.00 – 11.00am


Yr 9 2022 Subject Selection Evening

26 July

6.00 – 7.00pm

Yr 12 HSC Trial Exams

26 July – 09 August


Art & Design Showcase Evening

10 August

6.00 – 8.30pm

Brett Lee cybersafety night

 11 August   

6.00 – 7.30pm

Yr 12 Music Showcase

17 August

6.00 – 8.00pm

Extra Curricular Photo Day

23 August


Year 12 Graduation

14 September



Kristina Flanagan

Assistant Principal

What’s Happening in Religious Education

Year 9 Spirituality Day – On Monday, 7 June, Year 9 spent the day Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes at Uniting Venues Elanora as they immersed in their Year Group value of Justice. The Sydney Catholic Schools’ Church Engagement Team challenged our students to show empathy, mercy and humility as they engaged in small group sessions which explored the effects of small acts of kindness, the sanctity of human life and Fair Trading practices in the clothing and food industries. The day closed with a beautiful Mass celebrated by Father Yacub who always gives his time generously to serving the Bethany College community.

St Vincent de Paul Sandwich Making – Tuesday 8 June was the second rostering for Bethany College on this wonderful initiative. A big thank you to all staff and students who volunteered their time to make an assortment of nutritious sandwiches for those less fortunate. If you would like to be involved, please add your name to the volunteer roster Mr Laguzza distributes. The next date for staff and students is Tuesday 3 August.


Winter Appeal – A big thank you for all that has been contributed thus far. A reminder that donations of food, warm clothing and blankets will close at the end of week 9. Donation buckets can be located outside Student Services. Students are encouraged to continue in their generosity in these final days of the Campaign.



Youth Ministry: Y- Factor

Who? Y-Factor is for teens in years 7 to 12 led by Sydney Catholic Youth in collaboration with Youth Ministry Coordinators from across the Sydney Archdiocese. All leaders hold a current Working with Children Check and have many years of experience in youth ministry. Music, activities, multimedia, drama and testimony will be used to communicate to young people about their faith and how it can be applied to their daily lives.

When? 9:30am, Monday July 5th – 1pm, Thursday July 8th, 2021

Where? Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, 347 Grose Wold Rd, Grose Vale NSW 2753.

Students are encouraged to approach Mr Laguzza for further information or visit https://www.sydneycatholicyouth.org/yfactor2021.



Ignite Conference 2021- Registrations are now open!

Date: Wednesday 29 September to Saturday 2 October 2021 (Term 3 school holidays – long weekend)

Location: Freeman Catholic College (Mount Street, Bonnyrigg Heights)

Age: The conference is open to students and staff from Primary and Secondary schools (Other family members are welcome but will not receive SCS subsidies).

Time: Please click here for a general overview of the program.

Cost: Ignite High program- SCS is subsidising the cost for the first 100 students who register so that they only pay $50. After that, a 50% subsidy will be applied and students will pay $130.

Note: Cost includes all meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday including lunch, dinner, morning/afternoon tea packs. Cost does not include dinner on Wednesday night, however, food will be available for purchase. 

Click here for comprehensive information regarding the conference and how to register.

Please see Mr Laguzza for further information on Ignite.



The Refugee Woman by Don Zolidis and produced by the Year 11 Drama class raised $1107.90 for Jesuit Refugee Service! It was a pleasure to have Anne Nesbitt, JRS Schools Engagement Coordinator and refugee, Zaki Haidari come along to watch the stunning performance. It was truly a moving experience, congratulations to all students involved!




Sara Camporeale

Leader of Religious Education and Mission

Teaching and Learning News

Newman Reaccreditation

On Tuesday, members from the SCS Gifted Education team visited the College to conduct the Reaccreditation process for our Newman Selective Education program. This process involved submission of evidence, panel discussions and feedback from staff, students and families. I can happily announce that the College was successful in gaining reaccreditation to the Newman program. The panel were extremely complimentary of the College’s submission, in particular how articulate the girls were in expressing their opinions of the Newman program at Bethany.

Thank you to all the students, staff and families who supported the College by completing the feedback surveys. The recommendations from the final report will help to inform our future planning.




Allwell Results

The results of the Academic Assessment Services (Allwell) testing conducted by Year 10 in Week 5 have arrived. These results help to inform the Stage 6 subject recommendations given to students by the relevant Teaching and Learning Coordinators. The results will be distributed to families by the end of the term via the Compass portal.


Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews

Just a reminder that Year 7-10 Parent-Teacher-Student Interviews will take place in Week 10 of this term. These interviews will be held in person on school grounds. Families will be able to make bookings for interviews via the Compass portal next week. Interviews will be held on the following days;


  • Thursday 24th of June – 8:30am to 8:00pm
  • Friday 25th of June – 8:30am to 12:00pm




Dorian Kipriotis   – Leader of Teaching 

Gregg Conroy – Leader of Learning

Debating News

The finals of the Regional Catholic Schools Debating Competition was held on Wednesday, 9th of June at Marist College Kogarah. Our Year 10 Debating Team competed in the finals against De La Salle Revesby. Our debaters competed in fine form and were the runners-up in the final competition. It is only due to the teamwork of all students, both debaters and student volunteers, that we had all teams from Year 7 to Seniors represented in the semi-finals – an outstanding achievement. Our students have grown from strength to strength throughout the whole competition. Girls, you make us all so proud!

From left to right: our Year 10 debating team – Jade Makisi, Aya Bazzi, Josie Diamant and Grace Smith with our Principal, Ms Rodwell.


We would like to congratulate all debaters and student volunteers who participated in the competition.

Year 7 Year 8
Joanne Lewis Mary Nouris
Elena Palmer Emma Djundja
Kayley Lai Isabella Quilkey
Sienna Kovacevic Mairead McAllister
Mya Momiroski Gabrielle Messiha
Elleni Giourgis Harper Bollard
Nicolette Anastasiadis Eva Nanevski 
  Alexia Yalizis
  Larissa Bazgalovski
  Valentina Maalouf
  Angelina Aggelo
Year 9 Year 10
Catrina Saad Jade Makisi 
Millicent Markou Aya Bazzi
Addison Efremidis Grace Smith
Nicolette Voukidis Josie Diamant
Natasha Small
Hannah Lewis
Stefani Momirovska  
Isabella Velickovski  
Isabella Bazgalovski  
Liesl Jukic  
Penny Kalantzis
Year 11 Year 12
Sarah Chapman Ayva Palmer
Luna Pandiella-McLeod Mia Palmer 
Danae Tsapilis Jade Lozanovski 
  Sophia Kouroupakis


Shirley Woo and Sophia Stavropolous

Year 9 Social justice initiative

In the words of Mary McKilliop, “never see a need without doing something about it.” Over the last few weeks Year 9 has been donating to the St Vincent de Paul Offsite Snack Packing Appeal.They were able to bring in an item of their choosing with particular guidelines to raise awareness for people who are less fortunate in life. We were able to create 180 snack packs of goods as a Year 9 cohort, which will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society in Lewisham. Year 9 has been focused this term on giving back to the community and living according to our school motto “Act Justly, Love Tenderly, and Walk Humbly with your God.” Being able to demonstrate love and justice, as well as having the opportunity to set ourselves aside and focus on those in need.

Antonia Avgerinos 

Piatto Perfetto!

Year 8 students in Mr Gianni’s and Mrs Criniti’s Italian classes were treated to an Italian cooking incursion with Italian Chef Luca Roncari. The students made their very own ‘salame di cioccolato’, which they later enjoyed. It was buonissimo! 



Enza Criniti

Italian Teacher

Standing Ovation

Congratulations to the Year 11 Drama class on their production of ‘The Refugee Women’ by Don Zolidis. On Wednesday and Thursday night these young actors powerfully moved the audience with harrowing tales of the refugee experience.Their collaboration and creativity should be commended. Thank-you to the VET Entertainment class, the media team, staff, family and friends for their support of the Performing Arts, and the generosity shown in giving to Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. 


Loretta Iffland – Drama Teacher


Careers News

UNSW HSC Maths Course Selection

 Below are some guidelines for the minimum level of maths required for some UNSW degrees. Please also see Assumed Knowledge for more information.

Type of Degree

Assumed Knowledge

Science with Mathematics Major

Mathematics & Mathematics Extension 1, study as much maths as you can

Science or Engineering

Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1

Commerce with Actuaries, Finance or Accounting Major

Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1

Health Sciences



University of Newcastle – Joint Medical Program Info Session: Webinar Series

Join Academics and Student Ambassadors to learn about the Joint Medical Program (JMP). Discover what you will study throughout the degree, work integrated learning opportunities and career outcomes.

The Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD – JMP) is an innovative five year degree that will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding medical career



Experience ACU webinar – Five good reasons to study criminology

7 July 2021

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Explore how society creates crime and the social causes and drivers of criminal activity (criminology). Hear how this degree can lead to a range of exciting jobs in the justice sector and beyond.



Experience ACU webinar – Starting your business and IT degree: what you need to know

5 July 2021

10:00 am-11:00 am

Hear from a panel of graduates, students and staff. Learn from their experiences and get tips and advice for pursuing a degree in business and information technology.



Experience ACU webinar – An arts degree?

8 July 2021

10:00 am-11:00 am

What are the benefits of studying an arts degree? What can I do with it? Where can it take me? In this workshop you will be taken you some of the exciting areas and career opportunities you can explore when studying arts.




UTS Adjustment Factor Caps

You may apply for and receive adjustment points from more than one admissions scheme (check each scheme for eligibility criteria) but some faculties at UTS apply a cap to the total number of adjustment points that you can receive for their courses:

Business – 10 point cap

Design, Architecture and Building; Engineering and IT – 13 point cap



UTS Elite Athlete or Performers Scheme

 Elite athletes or performers who represented their school or state at a national level competition/event?

Has your study been impacted because of this? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you may be eligible for a five-point adjustment to your Selection Rank .



UTS Science Aptitude TestEntry pathway through aptitude assessment

When: Monday 28 June 2021, 10:00 am (and 1:30 pm subject to registration numbers). Please be available for both sessions.

Register by 20 June

The aptitude assessment is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their potential, and possibly secure an offer to study at UTS Science. The assessment is designed to assess your analytical and critical thinking skills. It is a general knowledge-based assessment and there is no need to study for it.



UTS Specific Study Area Scheme LOOK INTO EACH ONE!

 Your interest or aptitude in specific study areas can also be taken into consideration in your application to study at UTS. 

You can increase your chances of being made an offer to certain courses through these admission schemes:



HSC Preparation Courses for English Standard, Advanced Students and Extension 1

CCE is offering HSC preparation courses covering novels from Great Expectations to Emma, and The Crucible to 1984. They have courses that revise Shakespeare’s plays including The Merchant of VeniceHenry IV Part 1 and The Tempest. They also cover the poetry of Keats and T S Eliot and films ranging from Billy Elliot to Good Night and Good Luck.

There’s also a course on The Craft of Writing and an English Advanced Exam Preparation Course.

HSC English preparation short courses are open to everyone.


Reminder – The University of Sydney – July Auditions for Sydney Conservatorium

Closes 27 June

Students who would like to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2022 will need to register to attend an audition or interview. Registrations for the July auditions are now open and close on 27 June. 




Applications open soon for an early offer at Charles Sturt.

Open 26 July

Online Info Session 2 August

Closes 31 August 2021



University of Canberra August Early Round Offer Webinar

1 July. 5pm to 6pm

This webinar is a dedicated information session on the UC August Early Offer Round. 

Join the Domestic Recruitment Team as they provide an overview of the new admissions pathway, and have your questions answered. 

A recording of this webinar will be made available following this session.



Macquarie University Webinars

Did you miss one of the Q&As?  You can watch them on-demand here.



ADFA – Study at UNSW Canberra

UNSW Canberra has international recognition as a successful, research-intensive university – generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations which has had an impact around the globe.

Engineering – Aeronautical, Naval, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical

Cyber Security





UNSW – Girls in Business Digital Camp 2021

6 and 7 July

The two-day online program (running 9am-5pm on both days) is open to Year 10, 11 or 12 female high school students in New South Wales who have a genuine interest in studying Information SystemsActuarial Studies or Banking & Finance at the UNSW Business School. It is strongly recommended that students be studying mathematics if interested in participating in this program.



Guide for Apprentices and Trainees

This guide, from Training Services NSW at the Department of Industry, will help you understand apprenticeships and traineeships. Becoming an apprentice or trainee is a proven way to get the skills and connections you need.


Get Skilled

Explore Skills NSW to find learning and training opportunities suited to you.



Role of an apprentice or trainee

Apprentices and trainees have specific roles and responsibilities when they sign up to complete their apprenticeship or traineeship training.



2021 Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expos

Expo Dates & Times:

Northern Sydney – Tuesday 10 August 2021 – 3pm to 8pm – The Concourse

Illawarra – Tuesday 17 August 2021 – 3pm to 8pm – T.B.A

South Western Sydney/Macarthur – Tuesday 24 August 2021 – 3pm to 8pm – Liverpool Catholic Club

Western Sydney – Tuesday 7 September 2021 – 3pm to 8pm – Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre

With the infrastructure boom we are experiencing, the future need for apprentices, trainees and skilled workers has never before been in such high demand.

Exciting opportunities are available for all career and job seekers.

Free public admission

A large number of exhibitors at each event

Bring copies of your resume



The Hotel School – Start your Career

16 June. 10am to 12pm and 4pm to 6pm

 Demand for hospitality, tourism and hotel management professionals is at an all-time high. Visit the Sydney campus to discuss study options, meet industry partners and learn about scholarship offers.






Stephen Donlan

Careers Advisor

Study Skills Tips for June

Ask any student and they will tell you they can multi-task with ease. Do homework, watch TV, listen to music and check their phone all at the same time, no problem. Ask the academic researchers though and a different story emerges.

Dr Larry Rosen, Professor of Psychology at California State University, explains that what is actually occurring in this ‘multi-tasking’ is ‘task switching’. Instead of doing two things at once, students are actually switching their focus from one task to another and back again, in a parallel fashion, at high speed, resulting in them staying on task for an average of only 65% of the time period and for a maximum of only 3-5 minutes at a time. Constant task-switching results in it taking much longer to complete the individual tasks not just due to the interruptions, but also because there are delays as the brain switches between tasks and refocuses.  This brief bottleneck in the prefrontal cortex delays the start of the next task and the more intense the distraction, the longer it will take the brain to react.

A study conducted by Dr Rosen’s team sent varying numbers of text messages to students in a lecture then tested the students on the content of the lecture. The results were surprising, it was not the number of interruptions that negatively impacted results, it was the time taken by the students to react to the interruptions. Students who responded immediately performed worst on the tests. Those who considered when to check the message and respond (ie in a part of a lecture they deemed less relevant) performed significantly better.

What we can learn from this is that students need to become more aware of their ‘task-switching’ and make conscious decisions as to when they choose to shift their focus – instead of being enslaved by their technology and at its constant beck and call. We need to teach students that this constant mental task shifting (even thinking about the technology has the same effect as actually checking the technology) takes oxygen and brain activity away from what they are learning. We need to convince our students that it is ok and even necessary to wait, that they don’t have to respond immediately and do have the ability to delay their check-in with the cyber world. It is all about learning that we can control our selective attention and choose to ignore distractions.

We need to train the brain to stop thinking constantly about technology. However, resistance for too long can create anxiety and a fear of missing out, creating ‘continuous partial attention’ in students as oxygen is diverted to activate and maintain thoughts about social media at the expense of classroom material.

Dr Rosen’s team has determined the best approach for students who find it difficult to pull back from their technology devices is to set an alarm on their phone for short regular ‘tech breaks’. They may start with 15 minutes and gradually increase this amount over time to around 30 minutes. The phone will be face down on their desk on silent mode or off, and when the alarm rings they let themselves check messages and status updates for a minute or two, then set the alarm again. Dr Rosen’s studies found that knowing they can check in 15 minutes creates less anxiety, whereas depriving them of the phone completely did not stop them thinking or obsessing about possible e-communications which took away from their ability to focus fully on their homework. It all comes back to teaching the concept of focus.

Finally, Dr Rosen argues that we cannot simply remove technology and other distractions; they are too intricately woven into students’ daily lives. Instead students should learn metacognitive skills to help them understand when and how to switch their attention between multiple tasks or technologies.

Visit the Dealing with Distractions unit at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au to learn more about managing your distractions and tools and Apps that can help.

Learn more this year about how to improve your results and be more efficient and effective with your schoolwork by working through the units on www.studyskillshandbook.com.au  – our school’s access details are:

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