Why choose Bethany?
The benefits of an all-girls school are evident in the fact that girls are always at centre stage. Of necessity they participate, take charge and get involved. The College leaders, prefects, SRC representatives, captains, dancers, designers, dramatists, orators, musicians, sports representatives – they are all girls.
Girls have to be independent at an all-girls school. They are learners that are Self-directed, Engaged, Critical, Creative and Collaborative (our five Learning Principles).
Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, we believed we are called to ACT JUSTLY, LOVE TENDERLY AND WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD (our motto).
Inspired by our motto and in order to realise our mission and purpose, we are guided by our vision for learning: TOGETHER, WE GROW,
Using our vision for learning, we seek to equip, nurture and empower our girls to be women of INTELLECT, FAITH AND CHARACTER.
Bethany College is not just a school with girls, it is a school FOR girls. We are consistently in the Top 150 schools in NSW with 2017 seeing us ranked 89th in the state and the top performing Catholic systemic girls school in the St George area.
Bethany College is a Systemic Catholic girls’ College. It has a current enrolment of over 975 girls and more than 85 teaching staff, with numerous support staff assisting in many areas of the College.
Bethany College is conveniently located in the heart of the St George district of Sydney, Hurstville being the largest business district in Southern Sydney. At the time of the arrival of the First Fleet, the Aborigines residing in the area were of the Eora tribe, whose numbers spanned along the Georges River, from Botany Bay to present-day Liverpool.
The College is located at 2-4 Croydon Road, Hurstville. It was established in 1993 following the amalgamation of two local schools. Bethany is situated on the site of St Mary’s Star of the Sea High School Hurstville which began back in 1895. The most important event in the history of the district occurred on Wednesday 15th October, 1884 when the Illawarra Railway was opened as far as Hurstville. Land was rapidly subdivided into residential blocks, and land sales boomed.
Over the following decade mansions were built for capitalists and professional men who could now commute easily to the City, and most of the land in Hurstville, Penshurst, Mortdale and Oatley was subdivided into residential building blocks. St Mary’s Convent (currently known as the Caritas Building) was built in 1885 and is a local historical landmark.
Classes start at 8.40am, girls are expected to be on campus by 8.30 and have had their presence recorded in homerooms. If they are late to school, they register their arrival by swiping in using their College ID cards. The school day concludes at 3.13pm.
Our catchment area is best described by a circle with the College at the centre and stretching from Brighton to Oatley. Most of the girls travel by bus and several girls catch the train.
Bethany College’s curriculum is aimed at accommodating the needs of the girls, and at preparing them to contribute – indeed to make a difference – to the twenty-first century.