"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle

Vision and values

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Our Purpose

At Bethany, guided by our college motto – to Act Justly, Love Tenderly and Walk Humbly with your God – we seek to equip, nurture and empower young women, strong in:

  •  Intellect: Young women with the skills to respond critically and creatively to the challenges that arise in an increasingly complex world
  • Faith: Young women who will continue to meet the world with a sense of justice, humility and love that is always rooted in the college motto, to: act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God
  • Character: Confident, resilient young women who are critically engaged in their world, motivated to be agents of change

Our Values 

To Act Justly, Love Tenderly and Walk Humbly with your God, means as a member of a community of learners, inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, we are called to:

  • Act with justice for the benefit of each person locally and globally
  • Love and accept myself and others as God loves us
  • Walk my journey with honesty, courage and integrity, striving for wholeness, trusting in God’s providence, care and guidance.

To fulfil our college motto and our vision, we must fully live out our values, of:

RELATIONSHIPS                   

  • We value positive relationships.
  • We know that our relationships are bound together by our love of God.
  • We aim to be spiritual friends bringing out the best in each other.

 

WHOLENESS    

  • We acknowledge every human being has the potential for complete wholeness and humility.
  • We believe that each individual, made in the image and likeness of God, respects themselves and others.
  • We believe in restorative practices that promote wholeness.

 

JUSTICE                                         

  • We treat each person in our community fairly.
  • We strive to do the work of God each day.
  • We reach out to those in need and be agents of change in our world.

SERVICE                                    

  • We are the hands of God.
  • We lovingly serve God in the service of others.
  • We lovingly care for the needs of others.

 

WELCOME                                       

  • We welcome, in Jesus’ name, all who visit Bethany College.
  • We work hard to understand others.
  • We have a commitment to openness, inclusion and hospitality.

 

ACCEPTANCE                            

  • We place the dignity of the human person – spirit, soul and body – at the centre of every thought and action.
  • We protect one another from harm. 
  • We keep our school to be a place that is safe and supportive.

Our Vision  

In order to realise our mission, to live out our values and realise our purpose, we believe that:

 

Together, we grow

Our Learning Principles

Bethany College is a place where teachers and students work together to be:

  •  Self-directed Learners

○        Where learning is personalised to empower students to take charge of their own learning and become lifelong learners

○        Where students take initiative and responsibility for their own learning

○        Where students are self-reflective and engage with feedback to set their learning goals, defining what their learning needs   and interests are

  • Engaged Learners

○        Where students participate in authentic and meaningful learning experiences

○        Where the curriculum is relevant to our students; the diversity of their needs, interests, ability levels and prefered learning styles

○        Where students natural curiosities are stimulated and they are able to articulate their own learning interests and learning needs

○        Where technology is used discerningly in a manner best suited to the educational setting

  • Critical Learners

○        Where the relevance of our curriculum is justified through real world, authentic learning experiences

○        Where students are encouraged to engage with their world in a critical and constructive way

○        Where critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and communication are promoted and valued

  • Creative Learners

○        Where students build their capacity to experiment, invent, innovate and find solutions to real-world problems

○        Where students have the opportunity to explore and develop possibilities, challenge assumptions and create and express knowledge

○        Where students are encouraged to be self-confident, develop independence of mind, and the capacity to think for oneself in a respecting and trusting environment

  • Collaborative Learners

○        Where learning is social, allowing students to explore the ideas of others in order to deepen their own understanding and promote critical thinking

○        Where there is a focus on student-centered learning and the development of lifelong learning skills like discussing and negotiating, higher-order thinking, problem solving and communication

○        Where professional relationships among staff and students fosters an environment where students are free to take risks and negotiate their own learning