The school handbook covers all the information you and your child will need. If you have any questions in relation to school times, dates, policies or other general enquiries, please feel free to contact Bethany Catholic Primary by phone on 4723 3700 weekdays between 8:30am and 3:15pm.

General Information

Welcome to Bethany Catholic Primary School.

On behalf of everyone at Bethany, I extend to you a warm welcome to our community! I hope that this handbook will be of assistance to you, the parents of our children.

Bethany is the parish school of Padre Pio Parish, Glenmore Park. We recognise each child as being unique and formed in the image of God. We are a school community which fosters a friendly, trusting collaboration between school, Parish and parents, for the ongoing development and benefit of each child.

Our school provides a wonderful learning environment, based on diverse learning activities initiated and facilitated by a team of caring and dedicated education professionals, and supported by parental involvement.

I invite you to continue your fundamental role as first educator of your children. The staff aim to work in partnership with you, and encourage you to be an active participant in our school activities. 

I pray that God will bless our time together at Bethany. I pray also, that it will be a time full of happiness, care and support for each other, as we focus on the learning and development of your child, in a truly Catholic atmosphere of love and concern for each individual.

We aim to provide a quality education for the 21st Century. New approaches and skills are emerging for lifelong learning and we will ensure that the best possible emphasis is given to improving each child’s learning, so that they are successful learners ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

I wish you and your family a very happy and rewarding association with our Bethany community of learners.

Best wishes for the year ahead.

Bethany is a dynamic Catholic school committed to living Gospel values,
incorporating a spirit of community,
acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual,
encouraging optimal learning, and with an ongoing appreciation of the environment.

Bethany Catholic Primary School opened in 1996 and is situated in Glenmore Park, in the Diocese of Parramatta.

As a Parish school, Bethany promotes the Christian values that prompted its establishment. The Enabling Committee, with representatives from the Catholic Education Office and St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith, was responsible for the early planning of the school. Subcommittees were responsible for the areas of promotion, motto, emblem, and uniform. The school aims to provide a learning environment that is stimulating, catering for the needs of the children, and in line with contemporary educational practices.

We are a vibrant Catholic school which provides for the diverse needs of many children who are living in the Glenmore Park and Regentville area, and who are part of the Parish of Padre Pio.

In recent years, Bethany has enhanced the learning environment for our students with refurbished classrooms, the construction of a hall and wonderful canteen facilities.

We are a three-stream school catering for about 600 boys and girls from Kinder to Year 6.

Our Bethany motto is: “In Christ We Love and Serve

An integrated Religious Education Program is implemented throughout the school. The support and involvement of parents is encouraged.

The school follows the Religious Education Program Sharing Our Story, developed by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.

Meaningful lessons in Religious Education are part of the school day, and Gospel values and attitudes permeate all aspects of school life.

Children have the opportunity to celebrate liturgies which reflect the liturgical seasons and the life of the school. They also participate in reconciliation and prayer times as part of the school day. 

The Parish facilitates family-centred First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation Programs for the children, and the school supports these initiatives within its Religious Education Program. We believe that Parish/ School/ Home should be giving the children the same values and messages of hope, love and compassion for others.

The mission of our school continues to be developed in collaboration with parents, teachers, pastors and children.  Our aim is to provide quality education in a caring and supportive environment.

The motto of Bethany, 'In Christ We Love and Serve', reflects the principles and values of a Christian community.

We have a commitment to the promotion of educational and personal excellence.
We believe that education enriches and empowers the individual.

The value and dignity of each individual will be reflected in the promotion of self-esteem, self-discipline and responsibility.

Our curriculum aims to be dynamic, intellectually challenging and diverse, in order to respond to students' needs in a rapidly changing world.

Each student is encouraged to aim for personal excellence and to develop skills of independent learning and critical thinking, in a co-operative learning environment.

We see the close ties between the school and parish communities as the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in our midst.  Within this context, individuals will be given the opportunity to share, celebrate and grow in their faith.

At every level, spiritual, academic, physical and social, parents are encouraged to participate in the life of the school. We welcome parental involvement in the children's formal education, in social activities and in sharing talents and skills within the school community.

As a Parish school community, we will treasure our Catholic faith and tradition and draw on its strength so that we may live by our motto...


'In Christ We Love and Serve'

School Crest



34-38 William Howell Drive
PO Box 8134


(02) 4723 3700
(02) 4733 5079





0409 133 213
(School mailing address)
Bethany School Hall


Parish Priest:
Parish Secretary:

Fr Chris Antwi-Boasiako
(02) 4737 9735
Patricia Kelly






9:00am Mass
7pm Mass & Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
9:00am Mass
9:00am Mass
7:30am Mass & Padre Pio Novena with Exposition
5:30pm Vigil Mass
7:30am and 9:00am Mass


Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation is conducted through a Parish-based Program. Refer to the local Parish bulletin/website for details, or contact the Parish Office on the number above.


School Commences 8:30am SHARP
Recess 10:30am - 10:55am
Lunch  Break 1:00pm - 1:45pm
School Concludes 2:45pm


School Resumes:
School  Concludes:
Tuesday, 31st January, 2017
Friday, 7th April, 2017

School Resumes:
School Concludes:
Monday, 24th April, 2017
Friday, 30th June, 2017

School Resumes:
School Concludes:
Monday, 17th July, 2017
Friday, 22nd September, 2017

School Resumes:
Monday, 09th October, 2017
Friday, 19th December, 2017


The Catholic Education Office allocated a number of Professional Learning days each year, for staff. On these days, the school staff work together on a selected focus related to Spiritual Enrichment, Curriculum and Professional Learning.

Children are not required to come to school on these days. Dates are advised well in advance, in the school calendar and newsletters.

At Bethany we take pride in our grounds and facilities, and all students and staff have a responsibility to care for them. The school has a well-equipped library and dynamic learning spaces.

All air-conditioned learning spaces have access to computers, interactive whiteboards, iPads, printers, cameras, DVD Players, and scanners, which children are able to utilise in their daily lessons.

Bethany has many other wonderful facilities:

  • Catholic Before and After School Care (COSHC)
  • a dedicated music room
  • a library
  • a hall - used for discos, parish meetings, fundraising events, COSHC etc.
  • a healthy canteen
  • a basketball Court
  • large playing grounds
  • undercover shaded areas
  • ample seating


Bethany’s Before and After School Care on-site facility operates from within the school grounds, in our beautiful hall. This is a welcome and innovative care service for our families. It is organised and supervised by the Catholic Education Office staff of Parramatta.

This is a wonderful facility where the children do not have to travel outside the school grounds for supervised care. They are offered assistance with their homework, if required, and have a variety of activities to involve each child when at the centre.


Before School Care
6:30am to 8:30am
After School Care
2:30pm to 6:30pm

Fees available upon request. Limited places available.
For further information contact  0409 133 213.

Bethany office hours are between 8:00am – 3:15pm.

Ph:       4733 5299
Fax:      4733 5079
Email:    Bethany@parra.catholic.edu.au


Please inform the school office if there is any change to your telephone number and or address details. This enables us to maintain accurate records so that parents can be contacted promptly, especially in the case of an emergency.


All notes are collected each morning in the classroom and sent to the office. Bus pass applications, confidential letters and fees can be sent this way. Please ensure that you write clearly on the outside of the envelope, the child’s name and class, or who it is for.


If your child needs to be collected early from school for an appointment, a written note needs to be sent to the teacher prior to the appointment.

On these occasions when a child is to be collected early, the parent is required to first come to the office before collecting the child from the classroom. At the office you will receive an early leave form, signed by the parent, and is to be given to the class teacher when collecting your child. In this way, we will ensure that only parents and those responsible for the child, take the children to appointments.


If your child is away from school for any reason, a written note of explanation to your child's teacher is necessary

If your child is to be absent from school for a week or longer, please notify the office and your child's teacher.  Notes are required for part absences, i.e. if they are absent for part of the day. These notes are kept as official records. Please note, it is not necessary to contact the school if your child is absent for only one day. On their return, please send along a note of explanation which is dated and signed.


If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, it is important that you do not interrupt their learning time. Is is advised that you ring the office to make an appointment, and the teacher will contact you to arrange for a suitable meeting time.


The school fee structures are approved by the Board of Directors of the Catholic Education Office, Parramatta.

No fees will be charged for a fourth or subsequent child enrolled in a Catholic school, in the given year. Please note, this covers any child you may have enrolled in any Catholic Systemic School (High School or Primary School) in the Parramatta Diocese.

In cases of genuine hardship, please make an appointment to discuss your situation with the School Principal.


As well as school fees and the school building levy, an additional charge, per child, will appear on your invoice. This additional money is used to provide the children with extra materials and resources that will enhance their learning. These fees are also divided into three equal instalments and are payable when school fees are due.


All monies to be sent to school should come in an envelope marked with the student's name, amount of money included and purpose of payment.

Please do not include book club monies with school fees. All book club cheques are to be made payable to the individual Book Club provider and not the school.

Payment methods for fees include over-the-counter Eftpos, Cash, Credit, and Cheque. BPay and direct debit can also be set up as a regular payment arrangement by contacting the school office.


'In Christ we Love and serve'                                                              


Our Bethany Prayer

Loving God,
Jesus went to Bethany to rest and pray:
He was welcomed by His friends
And comforted by You.

May we follow Jesus
And the people who walked here before us,
To create a loving community.

We pray that our Bethany
Is an oasis of learning, where we become
The people we were born to be.

In our actions and words to each other,
Let us remember that
In Christ We Love and Serve.

The canteen is open every day at lunchtime to provide ice blocks, fruit drinks and healthy snacks. All children can attend the canteen after eating their own lunch.
Lunch orders are made online Monday to Friday, via QuickCliq.

Easy & convenient. Set up a pre-paid account with ‘Our Online Canteen’ to order recess or lunch.

1. Go to https://www.ouronlinecanteen.com.au (link on our webpage)
2. Click on ‘Sign Up’ and follow the prompts.
3. Click ‘Add Credit’ to top up your account.
4. Click ‘ Meal Order’ to place your recess or lunch order.
5. Once an order is placed you will then receive an emailed receipt of your order.

NOTE: You can top-up your account with a credit card online or use cash at the canteen.

Remember to login using your own Email address and Password when you return to https://www.ouronlinecanteen.com.au

Canteen Menu is available to download from our website. ‘Community’ tab, ‘ School Notes’ tab , 'Whole School' tab , and scroll down to the PDF document 'Canteen Menu'.

No nut products are available in the canteen.

Getting ready for school - what you can do to help

It is a big change for a five year old to pass from the intimacy of the family circle to school life. Here are some practical ways you can help with the transition.

In the two months leading up to school, try to let your child get used to:

  • putting on and taking off clothes e.g. tucking in shirts, doing up buttons and putting on jumpers
  • putting on and doing up shoes, particularly laces
  • eating and drinking without help
  • using a handkerchief or tissue

It is important that your child knows how to:

  • open and close lunch boxes and drink bottles
  • use and flush the toilet and wash their hands unassisted
  • ask clearly for things - could a teacher understand your child?
  • say his/her name and address
  • recognise name/property
  • write his/her own name
  • recognise his or her name among others

Also try to let your child get used to:

  • playing with groups of children of the same age
  • sharing and taking turns
  • staying at a friends or relatives houses for a few hours without you around
  • caring for and putting away playthings
  • helping with small jobs around the house - most children enjoy doing responsible tasks to please the family
  • re-telling the highs and lows of the school day
  • knowing what to do if parents are late
  • following simple instructions

Some weeks in advance, rehearse with your child, in a spirit of play, the different situations to be met within school life:

  • opening and closing the school bag
  • unpacking and eating the school lunch (a sensible amount)
  • dressing for school and making the journey to and from school
  • listening to stories, looking at pictures and talking about them
  • greeting companions by name

When school has begun

  • please send your child on time each and every day so he/she learns punctuality and consideration for others
  • let your child talk to you about his/her experiences - it is important that you share in his/her new life
  • be interested in things he/she brings home from school - talk about them, display them, treat them as something special, as that is what they are to your child
  • always look in your child's bag for any newsletters or notes

Your child's greatest asset is the development of independence.


Effective communication is essential to the proper functioning of all aspects of school life.

If there any concerns or issues, please contact your child’s teacher first then the Leader of Learning of the module. The Assistant Principal and Principal can be contacted, if needed, after following the appropriate steps.

This is sent home electronically each week via the Bethany Skoolbag App and displayed on the school's website www.bethanyglenmorepark.catholic.edu.au.

This is a valuable source of information about events within our school community, and a vital means of communication between school and home. It is important that parents read the newsletter carefully. Parents are asked to search and upload the 'Bethany Skoolbag' App to your smart phone or portable device, free from the App store. We also ask that you provide the school office with a current email address for grade notifications and subscribe to E-News from our website to download our google calendar for upcoming events and alerts.

Parents are invited to contribute to the newsletter. If you or someone you know has family, cultural, sporting or other news or achievements you would like us to share and/or celebrate, please forward the details in writing to the school office.


We have many formal and informal processes to keep parents well informed on their child’s progress. Formal methods include Half Yearly and Yearly Learning Reports and family conferences. Informal communication can be through comments in books/diaries, parent/teacher meetings, a phone call, awards, and so on. Our teachers are very approachable and available, so please ring if you have a concern so that a mutually convenient time can be organised to meet.


The school leadership team is made up of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Religious Education Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinators. Members of the school leadership team, apart from the Principal and Assistant Principal, are classroom teachers and are released from classes by an experienced teacher, one or two days a week.

Members of the leadership team play an important part in the leadership of the school.

If you wish to speak to the school Principal or other specialist teachers, please contact the schoolto make an appointment.


The class teacher must be informed if a child:

  • has a medical appointment during school hours
  • is attending any medical specialists, e.g. Speech or occupational therapy
  • has to wear glasses
  • has a hearing aid
  • is under medical treatment or has a health problem that may affect their learning
  • has any food allergies
  • is to be absent for an extended period of time
  • needs to leave school early
  • has recently experienced a major upset
    (e.g. Family break-up, death in the family, moving house, etc.)
  • is being collected by a parent or authorised friend from within the school grounds

Parents are encouraged to play an active role in the life of our school. There are many opportunities for parents to assist and we hope you will be keen to offer your help in one or more of the following areas:

  • attending school prayer celebrations and liturgies
  • assisting with classroom activities (e.g. Sport, Math/Reading groups etc.) when requested by the teacher
  • school library (e.g. covering books)
  • supporting school events such as Athletics and Swimming Carnivals
  • school excursions when requested by the teacher
  • canteen
  • fun Fair – we would really appreciate your assistance

All volunteer workers in schools are required to undergo Child Protection Training. The NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 requires schools to ask all volunteers to complete two modules before you can assist in the school.

To enable you to assist at Bethany, the module can be accessed via:

This is verified through the Roads and Maritime Services and confirmed by email with a Working with Children Check number.

Confidentiality and Privacy are important issues for any volunteers working with our Bethany students.

Bethany’s Parents and Friends Association operates to support the school. They are a dynamic group of parents focused on the learning, welfare and wellbeing of the Bethany students. Meetings are held once a term.

The aim of the association is:

  • parent involvement and participation in the life of the school
  • active support for the Parish of Padre Pio and its ministries
  • learning and child-based agendas, with business kept to a minimum
  • ongoing dialogue/ feedback/ shared decision-making re. learning agendas at Bethany
  • to support student learning and welfare through fundraising
  • to provide services to families (e.g. canteen)
  • develop a culture of welcome and invitation
  • promote the school in building community spirit
  • support for the learning goals and expectations of the Bethany school community.

Due to child protection procedures, any adult remaining on the school site or working with the children on a voluntary basis will be required to sign in at the school office. They will also be required to wear the appropriate badge and sign out when leaving the school premises. Any queries regarding these procedures can be directed to the Principal or Assistant Principal.

The children are in your care for the first 5 years of their life. You then enter Bethany, in partnership, to continue the child’s learning and growth.

Learning to speak and listen starts with you at home. Try to:

  • talk to your child about what you are both doing
  • listen to your child carefully
  • answer many of the endless questions
  • read a story every day, maybe at bedtime
  • borrow children's books and toys from your local library
  • teach songs, rhymes, jingles, the names of colours and parts of the body
  • count things. Does your child know what the number means? Try things like asking your child to set the table and count the plates etc.
  • sort and match collections of things like fruit, clothing etc.
  • ask your child to follow simple instructions such as, "Take off your shoes and put them on the verandah"
  • take some time to play with your child; find out about their ideas and feelings
  • remember the importance of listening to children and making them feel loved. This cannot be over emphasised
  • teach them good hygiene and sanitation
  • teach them “No means No!”
Bethany students

Getting to and from school


A School Opal Travel card gives eligible students free or discounted travel between home and school, using the train, bus and ferry services you nominate in your application. The School Opal card replaces the old paper School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) travel pass.

An application renewal is needed if the student is moving from Year 2 to Year 3, changing schools or changing address.

To be eligible for a School Opal Card, students may need to live a minimum distance from their school:

·          Years K-2 (Infants) There is no minimum

·          Year 3 – 6 (Primary) 1.6km straight line distance or 2.3km walking.


Complete the application at transportnsw.info/school-students

Print, sign and date the completed application, then submit it to the student’s school for endorsement.

The school then sends the endorsed application to Transport for NSW. Once approved, the School Opal card will be sent to the address provided on the application.

Please note: the clarification of bus routes and times should be done directly with Busways on 02 47218 871 or check the website www.busways.com.au

We need to take special care when parking, dropping off or picking up children, this includes:

  • following all parking and road signs, especially near the crossings
  • being thoughtful and considerate towards neighbours by not parking across driveways
  • limit your time in the Drop Off Zone (2 minute maximum) in consideration of others and the efficient flow of traffic
  • the school carpark is for staff use only
  • keep the bus bay clear as directed by the signage               
  • obey all directions from the crossing supervisor

Safety on the street

Be sure your child knows the safety rules for busy streets.

Show your child how to:

  • look right, then left, then right again before attempting to cross the road
  • use the marked crossing if there is one nearby
  • walk quickly across the road, but do not run, take special care when getting off the bus

Bethany Catholic Primary - Catholic Out of School Hours Care (COSHC) 

Bethany Catholic Primary offers an on-site before and after school care facility.

This is a stimulating and structured program within a safe and caring environment.

Students participate in a range of activities, including:

  • craft
  • cooking
  • dramatic play
  • language and literature
  • outdoor play
  • group & individual projects
  • offers homework support

Nutritious, balanced meals and snacks are provided.

Limited places

 For more information


Contact 0409 133 213

Email: COSHC.Bethany@parra.catholic.edu.au

In keeping with the Roads & Maritime Service (RMS) and Department of Education guidelines, only children in Years 5 and 6 are permitted to ride bikes to school, provided they:

  • are at least 10 years old
  • have applied for a bike licence from the school
  • have their parent’s permission
  • obey all road safety rules when travelling to and from school
  • walk their bike whilst in the school grounds
  • wear a helmet

For the protection of the children and other road and footpath users, I urge you to take some time to talk to your child about bike safety and the laws they are required to follow. It will be made clear to all children that the privilege of riding to school will, after consultation with parents, be withdrawn from any student known to be behaving in a dangerous or unsafe manner whilst riding to and from school.

The riding of scooters is not permitted.

Teachers will be on playground duty in the school from 8:00am. Please make sure your child gets to school before the school bell at 8:25am, as school starts at 8:30am sharp.

Please work your child's schedule to fit in with the school hours. Children need plenty of time to eat breakfast and prepare for school. 

Children arriving at school after 8:35am must first come to the office and receive a late note which must be signed by the parent, and then given to the class teacher.

Please collect your child promptly after school at 2:45pm, otherwise they begin to worry and sometimes get anxious. If you are held up for any reason, simply phone the school office.

Your child should attend school everyday unless sick, when it's better they stay at home.  If a child becomes sick at school, parents will be notified to collect them.

Health and Safety

If your child is sick or has an accident at school, the first aid officer or class teacher makes the decision as to whether you need to be contacted. This phone call is usually made by the office staff.

In the event of a serious accident or sickness at school, the following procedure will be followed:

1. The school will contact parents.

If the parents are unavailable:

2. The school will ring the contact person nominated by Parent /Guardian.

If the contact person is unavailable:

3. The school will contact the family doctor listed on the child's personal file.

If the doctor is unavailable:

4. The school will always take the necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of the child.

For this reason, it is vital that you keep us up to date with home and work phone numbers. At times, it is important that we inform you of an incident, even if the child isn't to go home. This is so that you are aware of what has happened and can observe your child at home, e.g. your child has fallen and bumped his/her head.

Please do not send sick children to school. This only serves to spread illness to classmates and teachers.

Non-prescribed medication, (e.g. Panadol, cough medicine, nasal sprays, lotions etc.) will no longer be administered by staff to children, without written advice from a doctor.

Prescribed medication will be administered, but must be supplied by parents in the original container, clearly marked with the student’s name, the name of the drug, dosage, frequency of administration and prescribing doctor’s name. If this is the case, relevant documentation must be obtained from the school office for completion by the prescribing doctor.

Antibiotics that are to be administered 3 times a day may be taken at home prior to school, directly after school and at bedtime, unless specifically stated otherwise by the doctor. 

All students with asthma should have a standard record filled out by their parent/carer, in consultation with the student’s doctor. Although confidentiality is important, it is equally important that teachers and staff are aware of those students in their care with asthma or severe allergies. 

All students who have asthma should be encouraged to carry medication on their person, for self-administration to relieve asthma symptoms.

Students should be encouraged to take their blue reliever puffer (Airomir, Asmol, Bricanyl or Ventolin) immediately, should asthma symptoms develop.

Children requiring a nebuliser must bring their own mask, tubing and medication with a note. It is advisable for parents to come to school to administer this. Children may need to be kept home if they are ill enough to require frequent medication.

Children with a high risk of anaphylaxis are enrolled at Bethany. Every reasonable effort needs to be made to minimise the exposure of students at risk of an allergic reaction to known allergens (nuts) within the school environment. To support these children we need a whole school approach. As some children eat on the playground prior to school and all children eat on the playground at recess and lunch, everyone has possible contact with the students, and therefore has a responsibility to minimise health risks.

We, therefore, expect that no nut products will be sent to school. Regular personal hygiene of washing hands after eating will be expected from students, staff and parents working in the school. No nut products are available in the canteen.

Whilst children bringing animals to school is not encouraged, there are procedures that must be adhered to if children bring pets to show their class.

  • You are required to write to the Principal to seek permission, then make arrangements with the child’s class teacher, in advance. If there is a casual teacher in the class, please do not bring the animal to school.

  • The animal must be taken off school premises after the class has seen it. It may be advisable to bring the animal at the end of the day if you are unable to take it home in the morning.

These guidelines are for the safety and wellbeing of students, teachers and the animals.

We also ask families not to walk dogs to and from school. Arrival and dismissal times are very busy times. There are also babies and toddlers around. It is simply not safe to have animals at school at this time.

Policies and Procedures

At Bethany, staff are devoted to the wellbeing of their students – academic, spiritual, physical and emotional. The school culture is based on care, kindness and support, and above all, respect for every student’s rights and responsibilities.

Bethany takes a preventative approach towards behavioural issues, focusing on instilling in its students an awareness of the feelings of others. This is emphasised, developed and promoted through our Pastoral Care program, which is conducted fortnightly across the school. These values are embedded in the ‘Bethany Bear’ reward system and the discipline policy and procedures.

Flexibility is the basis of Bethany’s approach to the pastoral care of its students. Appropriate programs and policies are designed according to the changing needs of students in areas such as self-esteem, spirituality, social relationships and moral development.

Our students receive individual attention and there is diversity in teaching approaches to ensure that each student’s needs are catered for.

Class rules are created each year in consultation with students, giving them input into how their classroom operates and a sense of ownership and pride in their school.

The individual support and development of our students and Bethany, is reflected in our Bethany mission statement.

Mission Statement

The mission of our school continues to be developed in collaboration with parents, teachers, pastors, and children.  Our aim is to provide quality education in a caring and supportive environment.

The motto of Bethany, 'In Christ We Love and Serve', reflects the principles and values of a Christian community.

We have a commitment to the promotion of educational and personal excellence. We believe that education enriches and empowers the individual.

The value and dignity of each individual will be reflected in the promotion of self-esteem, self-discipline and responsibility.

Our curriculum aims to be dynamic, intellectually challenging and diverse, in order to respond to students' needs in a rapidly changing world.

Each student is encouraged to aim for personal excellence and to develop skills of independent learning and critical thinking in a co-operative learning environment.

We see the close ties between the school and parish communities as the manifestation of the Kingdom of God in our midst.  Within this context, individuals will be given the opportunity to share, celebrate and grow in their faith.

At every level, spiritual, academic, physical and social, parents are encouraged to participate in the life of the school. We welcome parental involvement in the children's formal education, in social activities and in sharing talents and skills within the school community.

As a Parish school community, we will treasure our Catholic faith and tradition, and draw on its strength so that we may live by our motto...

'In Christ We Love and Serve'


School Rules

Our Christian values are embodied by our school rules. They promote responsibility, reflection and ownership of behaviour.

It is expected that the following rules will be adhered to by all children who are pupils of Bethany Catholic Primary.

Our school rules are:

  • think and act safely
  • stop, think, do
  • listen and speak with kindness
  • show respect for ourselves, others and our environment

At Bethany, the dignity of each individual is valued, and the rights and beliefs of all members of the community are respected. From time-to-time, concerns may arise between different parties. The following procedures have been developed to effectively address those concerns.


Complaints or grievances pertaining to classroom issues or that relate to other children, are to be dealt with by school personnel. It is not appropriate for parents to approach other parents or their children with the intention of resolving the issues.

The recommended procedure to be followed by parents is:

  1. The first point of contact is the child's class teacher (Contact the school office to make an appointment with the teacher concerned.)

  2. If parents are not satisfied with the solutions offered or believe that they have not been given a fair hearing, they are encouraged to make an appointment with the Assistant Principal or Principal, to discuss the issues further, (Parents are reminded that there are two sides to every story and whilst it is important to listen to their children, it is also important not to draw conclusions or make accusations until all the facts are known).

  3. If the matter is not resolved by the school Executive, parents will be given a number to contact at the Catholic Education Office.


The recommended procedure for students is:

  1. If and when issues arise in the classroom, students are encouraged to speak to their class teacher in order to seek assistance in finding a resolution.

  2. Children encountering problems on the playground are asked to talk to the staff member on duty at the time of the incident (if they believe that their concern has not been adequately addressed they are encourage to speak to their class teacher).

  3. Children have the right, at all times, to speak to the Assistant Principal or Principal, or any other staff member, about any issues, complaints or grievances they might have.


Throughout the year you are always welcome to come to discuss your child's education with the class teacher. We do ask, however, that you make an appointment by phone or letter so that you are able to discuss any issues in a relaxed manner at a mutually convenient time.

Please do not seek interviews with the teacher during class time, at assemblies or while the teacher is on playground duty.

School Uniform and Grooming

The wearing of the correct full school uniform is compulsory. It gives the students a sense of belonging and pride in their school. We ask parents to insist that their children wear the correct uniform at all times. If this is not possible, please address a note to the class teacher which will be passed on to the Principal. Students who do not wear the correct uniform will be asked to explain. 

All school uniform requirements are available from Lowes at Westfield, Penrith. The school hat is part of the uniform. Every child is to wear the school hat every day when outside. Our hat policy encourages children to wear a hat, otherwise sit in the shade. Hats are available, at all times, through the school office. The compulsory school bag with logo is also available from the school.

Uniform Pool

With the assistance of parents, a second hand uniform stall operates every Tuesday at 2:30pm-2.45pm. This enables good second hand uniforms to be sold at very reasonable prices. 

Sports uniform will be worn twice weekly, days differ each grade. Children may be required to bring sports shoes at other times, as indicated in the newsletter. Sports shoes should be mainly white in colour. Sports shoes are not part of the general school uniform.

  • Hair is not to be coloured or tinted - unusual styles or cuts are not allowed

  • Hair should be clean and tidy, and long hair (shoulder length or longer) must be tied back (helps prevent the spread of head lice)

  • Hair ribbons in school colours are allowed

  • Nail polish or any make-up is not allowed

  • For safety reasons, we ask that children wear minimal or no jewellery at all to school, this also prevents the problem of expensive or sentimental items being lost.

  • Children may wear a thin silver or gold chain necklace, with a cross or other religious symbol attached under the line of their shirt, only studs or sleepers to be worn in ears, and only one earring in each ear

The following items are required for Kindergarten students:

  • school bag, (label outside school bag with your child's name and a familiar sticker or picture embroidered on, or even a key ring which will make recognition easier)

  • lunch box, drink bottle and raincoat

  • all outer clothing, which children may be required to remove, must be clearly labelled with the child’s name - this will ensure your child does not lose any part of his/her uniform or any costly personal property (please check labels periodically to ensure the name has not washed off and that it in fact belongs to your child)

  • a paint shirt

  • a spare pair of underwear and socks for girls; and underwear, spare shorts and socks for boys (to be kept in their bag in case of accidents)

  • no toys are to be brought to school unless under teacher direction, or for news.