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Bethlehem College, Ashfield
18 Bland Street
Sydney Inner-West
02 9798 9099
The oldest Catholic girls college in Sydney's Inner West.
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Bethlehem College, Ashfield NSW

  • Secondary School
  • Catholic
Year 7 - Year 12

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:

  • ·Public speaking
  • ·Debating
  • ·Mock Trial
  • ·Duke of Edinburgh
  • ·Homework Club
  • ·Science Club
  • ·Maths Matters
  • ·English Club
  • ·On the Block Band
  • ·College Choir
  • ·CARE Environmental Group
  • ·Current Affairs Club
  • ·Faith in Action
  • ·St Vincent’s Night Patrol

Scholarships in the Performing arts are available in the following areas:

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Drama

In addition to these scholarships, Financial Bursaries are available to families who meet the eligibility criteria.

Bethlehem High Achievers

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

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!


  • Top ATAR 98.05
  • 78% of courses achieved a greater percentage in the top bands than the State
  • 100% of students achieved in the top bands in 10 subjects
  • Great English results
    - 43% of English Extension 1 students achieved Band E4 (State = 34.5%)
    - 21% of English Advanced students achieved Band 6 (State = 15.4%)
    - 3% of English Standard students achieved Band 6 (State = 0.4%)
    - 100% of English Ext 1 and 2 achieved Band E3 or E4
  • 100% of Mathematics Extension 2 students achieved Band 6
  • 20% of Studies of Religion I students achieved Band 6 (State = 12.6%)
  • 17% of Modern History students achieved Band 6 (State = 11.5%)
  • 12.5% of Chemistry students achieved Band 6 (State = 10.7%) + State Champions – Titration 2015
  • 9% of Mathematics General 2 students achieved Band 6 (State = 5.6%)


  • Business Services:  10.84 above state average
  • Modern History: 10.63 above state average
  • English Standard:  8.01 above state average
  • Legal Studies:  5.0 above state average
  • PDHPE: 4.75 above state average
  • English Advanced: 3.79 above state average
  • English Extension 1: 3.72 above state average
  • SORI: 3.62 above state average

SOME OUTSTANDING SUBJECT STATISTICS  (NB: the top bands are Bands 6,5 & 4 for 2 unit courses and E3 and E4 for Extension courses)

  • English Extension 1 100 % of students achieved Bands E4 or E3
  • Mathematics Extension 2 100% students achieved National Band 6
  • Music 100% of students achieved Bands 6, 5 or 4 (State = 49%)
  • Business Services 100% of students achieved Bands 6, 5 or 4 (State = 48%)
  • Economics 100% of students achieved Bands 6, 5, 4 (State = 75%)
  • Modern History 100% of students achieved Bands 6, 5, 4 (Sate = 86%)
  • PDHPRE 100% of students achieved Bands 6, 5, 4 (State = 62%)
  • Visual Arts 100% of students achieved Bands 6, 5, 4 (State = 88%)
  • SORI 92% of students achieved Bands 6, 5, 4 (State = 78%)
  • Hospitality 87% of students achieved Bands 6, 5, 4 (State = 68%)

…….. and the list goes on!!

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.

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.

Este Fidelis
Paula Bounds


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