Established by the Sisters of Charity in 1881, Bethlehem College Ashfield is the oldest Catholic girls college in the Inner West of Sydney. The charism of the Sisters of Charity continues to inspire a strong commitment to providing outstanding education for girls and service to the wider community. The College Motto, 'Este Fideles' is lived out as we strive to be faithful to God, ourselves
and to others.
Our students have always had many opportunities to
explore and express their faith and prayer life and put their faith into action through a range of Social Justice initiatives. The Student Representative Council's motto for 2016 is"Let compassion be our light, as through diversity we unite" continues to build on our College vision to "be young women of faith, courageous in mind
and deed with a genuine concern for others."
Bethlehem College is 135 years old, but we remain at the forefront of providing the very best education for our young women. As a community of learners, we strive to live out our vision statement to: “foster confident and independent young women of faith, who are creative and collaborative thinkers, sharing a love of learning and striving for excellence."
Our school is recognised for offering a broad, contemporary and relevant curriculum that caters for students with diverse learning needs including a Gifted and Talented stream from Years 7-10, acceleration, enrichment programs, Learning Support, literacy, ESL (English as a Second Language) and Vocational Education programs. The College also offers a range of academic support programs including: the Peer Literacy program, lunchtime and after school homework clubs.
This curriculum is supported by innovative approaches to teaching and learning from experienced, successful and dedicated teachers and support staff. Programs such as Learn2Learn and Habits of Mind and our new Pastoral care program, Take 5 equip our students to become resilient, independent and interdependent life long learners who will have the capacity to change, adapt, and contribute greatly in an ever-changing world.
The College has a long and proud history of academic excellence. Our students consistently achieve outstanding results in external examinations NAPLAN and the Higher School Certificate.
2016 is proving to be an exciting year for the College with the news that our community is the recipient of a Commonwealth Block Grant Authority contribution to support a new building program. Stage 1 includes the construction of a new building, the demolition of another building to create a larger open outdoor green space and the renewal of our Library, Music, Visual Arts and TAS facilities. Once completed, our students will enjoy 21st Century Learning spaces to support the outstanding 21st Century learning that currently occurs at the College.
Bethlehem offers many different programs to meet the diverse needs of our students. These programs include:
Gifted and Talented
Extension courses in English, Mathematics and History.
Our Special education team and ESL teacher assist students with special learning needs.
In the area of extra curricular, Bethlehem College offers students:
Transport Information, Bus Timetables and routes ring 13 1500 or website www.131500.com.au
School Bus Specials (Afternoon Only) Buses leave directly at the back of the College on Alt Street.
464 to Burwood
680/683 to Strathfield Station
609 to Hursltone Park
672 to Rodd Point
672K to Earlwood
The College is also in close proximity to Ashfield Railway Station.
Scholarships in the Performing arts are available in the following areas:
In addition to these scholarships, Financial Bursaries are available to families who meet the eligibility criteria.
HSC HONOUR ROLL 2015
The staff and students of Bethlehem College wish to congratulate the HSC Class of 2015 on their outstanding results.
We are incredibly proud of you girls!
COURSES SIGNIFICANTLY ABOVE STATE AVERAGE – include:
SOME OUTSTANDING SUBJECT STATISTICS (NB: the top bands are Bands 6,5 & 4 for 2 unit courses and E3 and E4 for Extension courses)
…….. and the list goes on!!
Rosina Burns – First female to be awarded a Masters in Education in Australia (1928)
Barbara Kearns – First woman to graduate as Professor of Music at Conservatorium of Music
Justice Deirdre Frances O’Connor – Lawyer and former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Past President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission
Dr J Fotheringham – First woman doctor to win the Pasfield Prize for Proficiency and the Gordon Craig Prize for Surgery and Surgical Anatomy.
Sylvia Trainor – Graduated from Bethlehem in 1928, Associate of the Sydney Conservatorium piano & Violin, associate, Licentiate & Fellowship of Trinity College London in Speech and Drama, Examiner Trinity College London
Natalie McNamara – Director of Human Resources, Catholic Education Office Sydney, Member of the Order of Australia for Service to Catholic Education
Geraldine Brooks – Pulitzer Prize Winner for her novel ‘March’, author of many books, previously political correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bosnia, Somalia and the Middle East
Debbie Spillane – Journalist / Presenter, ABC News Radio
Kathleen Ann Gorham - (1928-1983), (also know as Ann Somers) Ballerina, co-director of the Kathleen Gorham-Rex Reid Ballet Academy. Performed with the National Theatre Ballet School, Melbourne, Borovansky Ballet, English Ballet Rambert, Roland Petit’s Ballet de Paris, and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet. A leading dancer with the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in Paris and also worked in close association with (Sir) Robert Helpmann.
Monica Attard – ABC News and Current affairs journalist, presenter of Media Watch and awarded an Order of Australia for Excellence in Journalism
Hon. Barbara Perry – Member of the Legislative Assembly, Member for Auburn, Minister for Western Sydney, Minister for Juvenile Justice, Minister for Assisting the Premier on Citizenship
Zita Antonios – Lawyer, Former Race Discrimination Commissioner, Member of the Veterans Review Board
Rachel Neeson – Accomplished Sydney architect and joint winner of the Wilkinson award for the best house in NSW.
Lee Safer – Musician
Ana Maria Belo – Actor/Singer
Danielle Brogan – Member of the Young Matildas