The College has extensive co-curricular offerings which enrich student learning. These opportunities include:

Social Justice

  • Faith in Action – The Faith in Action committee was established in 2001. Since then, students and staff alike have generously dedicated their time and effort to actively serve and raise awareness on issues of social justice. Faith in Action is not merely about charity or fundraising. Faith in action is about imitating the teachings and actions that Jesus Christ models for us. Bethlehem College is truly a place where the spirit, values and teachings of Jesus Christ are actively present and shared with the wider community. FIA meet every Tuesday during recess. It’s an extremely enriching and fulfilling experience as well as being a lot of fun! Some activities we have been involved in include:
      • Red Cross Blood Donation Drive
      • Red Shield Appeal
      • Earth Hour
      • World Vision 40 Hour Famine
      • St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal
      • Peer Reading
      • CARE Group -Community for the Awareness and Restoration of the Environment
      • Assistant Catechist
      • Extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion.
      • Nursing Home Visits
      • Project Compassion
      • Social Action for Refugees
      • Harmony Day
      • Clean up Australia Day

Competitions

Bethlehem Students participate in the following competitions:

  • Catholic Schools Debating Association (Grand Finalists in Year 10 in 2015)
  • Mock Trial
  • Catholic Schools’ Association Public Speaking (Fourth place in Year 9 2017)
  • ICAS Competitions in Writing, Science and Mathematics
  • Young Writers
  • Stage 6 Chemistry Titration Competition (Winners in 2015)

Sport

Year 7 – 10 Sport

At Bethlehem we offer an extensive and diverse compulsory sporting and activities program for Years 7 – 10. This program encourages our students to be active, learn new skills and have fun while doing so. The sporting program is run on Thursday Afternoons from 1:30pm – 3pm.

Out Internal Sporting Program offers a wide variety activities for students, which include:

  • Cricket
  • AFL
  • NRL
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Yoga
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Dance
  • Group Fitness Activities and Boot Camps
  • Power Walking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bowling

Representative Sport.

The college also offers a comprehensive representative sporting opportunities for Year 7 – 12 through our affiliation with sporting associations MCCS and CGSSSA.

MCCS

Metropolitan Combined Catholic Schools (MCCS) is the Thursday afternoon representative sport competition that the college competes in. This is an association that sees 8 schools across both the Parramatta and Sydney Diocese compete against each other in weekly round robin competitions. This competition allows students to participate in a weekly sporting competition in a variety of sports each term.

Some of the sporting competitions that are on offer through MCCS include:

Term 1: Touch Football, Volleyball, Water Polo and Swimming

Term 2: Netball

Term 3: Basketball, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee

Term 4: Tennis, OzTag, Water Polo and Cricket

CGSSSA

In addition to representing the college on a weekly basis, Bethlehem girls also have an opportunity to represent our college at various gala days and carnivals, through our affiliation with CGSSSA. The Catholic Girls Secondary Schools Sports Association is the pathway the college uses for students to progress to NSWCCC.  It is this affiliation that provides our students with the opportunity to represent the college at state and national levels.

Some of the gala days offered through CGSSSA include:

  • Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Touch Football
  • Cricket
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Waterpolo
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
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Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is operational at Bethlehem College for students aged 14 and over. This is a youth development program for all young people. The Award is non-competitive and encourages young people to set and achieve goals at a level appropriate to their needs.

There are four sections that must be completed for a young person to qualify for an award: Community service, Skills, Recreation and Expedition. These provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop skills, initiative and self esteem which will help them become more confident members of the community. The scheme is highly regarded by many employers.

The scheme has three award levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Students may start the scheme at the Bronze level. To obtain the Bronze Award students must complete the following sections:

  • Service: voluntary community service spread over 3 months.
  • Skills: a cultural or social activity must be pursued leading to a deeper knowledge of the subject and the attainment of a reasonable degree of skill e.g. Dance, playing a musical instrument spread over 3 months
  • Physical Recreation: participation in one physical activity spread over 3 months resulting in some improvement in that activity.
    (One of these sections should be done over a 6 month period).
  • Expedition: complete training and a practice trip and then an expedition with overnight camping. The cost for each expedition will be $205 plus 10% GST for a group of 15 students.

The cost of initially registering into the program is $80 that pays for insurance and the online record book. For further information visit the following website www.dukeofednsw.au.com