Welcome to Bethany College Hurstville, a centre of quality Catholic education for girls from Year 7 to Year 12.
Bethany College had its beginnings in 1993, when the rich traditions of the Sisters of St Joseph and the Sisters of Charity were combined to meet the educational needs of girls in the St George area of Sydney, NSW.
In 2021 the Bethany community is celebrating 132 years since the Sisters of Charity began teaching Catholic children here on the Hurstville Campus.
2021 is 28 years since we were established in 1993. Our recent HSC results ranked Bethany 80th in the State of NSW (this includes all schools, selective, independent and systemic Catholic schools). Bethany has consistently appeared in the top 100 schools over the past four years. Bethany College is the third top secondary systemic school in the entire Archdiocese of Sydney. HSC results together with growth data highlight the learning growth for individuals makes Bethany College one of the top ranked Catholic schools.
Students at the college enjoy wonderful facilities – including a collaborative library space, state of the art facilities for visual arts, dance, music, drama, design subjects, a commercial kitchen and multimedia equipment.
For parents considering applying for enrolment for their daughters, we look forward to answering your enrolment enquiries and welcoming you and your daughter into the Bethany College community.
At Bethany, we strive to have young girls develop into young women who are strong in faith, intellect and character and who are inspired to achieve their personal best.
History Bethany had its beginnings in 1993, when the rich traditions of the Sisters of St Joseph established at St Joseph’s Rockdale as early as the 1920’s and then moved to Kogarah in 1965 and the Sisters of Charity, established at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Hurstville in 1885, were combined to meet the educational needs of girls in the St George area.
The college’s original structure featured Years 7 and 8 at Kogarah and Years 9 through to 12 at Hurstville.
In 2009, the college relocated the Year 7 and 8 campus to newly built facilities at Hurstville campus. In 2010 the major redevelopment of facilities on the Hurstville Campus was completed, with all new buildings occupied by staff and students from the beginning of the 2011 school year. The past decade has seen Years 7 to 12 enjoy the benefits of a singular campus at Hurstville.
Bethany is proud of its heritage and of those nuns who pioneered Catholic education in the St George area. The educational vision of these women, with the message of the Gospel, provides a foundation for the faith of our students to grow and develop as they journey through life.
Bethany College continues a tradition of quality education for girls, exemplified in the college motto, that as a community we are called to:
“Act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God”
On December 18 1850, Michael Gannon purchased 1905 acres from the estate of Captain John Townson whose grant of crown land “took in the whole of the present suburbs of Hurstville and Carlton reaching almost to Kogarah Bay”.
Michael Gannon transferred the ownership of two acres of his land to the Most Reverend John Bede Polding on November 24 1855 as a site for a Catholic church; because there were few Catholics then living in the district with no buildings were erected.
Almost thirty years had passed before a meeting of Catholics, under the chairmanship of Rev. Placid Quirk, decided to build on this land a temporary church with the name ‘St Michael’.
The foundation stones of the church and of the convent for the Sisters of Charity who were to teach there, were laid on May 2 1885 by Archbishop Moran. The buildings were blessed and opened in October the following year by the Archbishop.
The coming of the railway to Hurstville increased the population, and soon a larger church was needed. This building, which accommodates up to 400 people, was opened on 16 May, 1909 and remains the present parish church. The Presbytery was built in 1914.
The current church of St Michael’s, after alterations and additions to the old building, was blessed on 18th June of the jubilee year 2000. The new administration block in the presbytery was built in 2007.
Some of the priests fondly remembered are Fr Arthur Mahr (1965-1993), Fr Thomas Dunlea (1955-1970), Fr Ron Harden (1970-2005), Fr Mani Malana (2005- 2013), and Bishop Rev David Cremin (1974-2010). At present Rev Fr Janusz Bieniek is our Parish Priest.
According to the latest census, of the 4000 Catholics in the Hurstville area, almost 850 attend the weekend Masses. Major ethnic groups after Australians coming to our Church are Italians, Chinese, Filipinos, Croatians, Indonesians and South Americans.
Attached to the Church is our local primary (and feeder) school, St Mary’s Star of the Sea. We give strong focus to the faith formation and Sacramental celebrations of the children and supporting young families. St Michael’s is a very vibrant and active parish. Supporting and caring for each other, accepting and respecting our diversity draws the community together in Christ. At present there are over 200 parishioners who are directly involved in various church ministries and parish activities. The parish heartily welcomes all newcomers, all those who are interested to know about the faith, as well as those who have been away to come and join the parish family.