Bethlehem College


Principal Mrs Paula Bounds
Year levels 7 to 12
Enrolment numbers 683
Boarding or day boarding
Website http://www.bethlehemcollege.nsw.edu.au/
Phone 02 9798 9099
Fax 02 9799 4105
Postal address 18 Bland Street, Ashfield, 2131
Address 18 Bland Street
Ashfield, 2131

Bethlehem College Ashfield, established by the Sisters of Charity in 1881, is the oldest Catholic college for girls in the Inner West region of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The College Motto ‘Este Fideles’ (Be Faithful) is an ideal for our community as we strive to be faithful to God, to ourselves and to one another. Gospel values are lived out daily and students put their faith into action through initiatives such as St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol, Faith in Action Group and the CARE team which leads the College in environmental stewardship. Teaching and learning experiences at Bethlehem College are innovative and responsive to the range of student’s interests and abilities, whether in the classroom or in the rich extra-curricular life of the College. Our goal in delivering a contemporary and relevant curriculum is to make teaching and learning an enjoyable and fulfilling experience for all our students and staff. The College has a very broad curriculum, so that all students can experience success by choosing courses that cater for individual needs and interests. Our Gifted Education Program includes a selective stream, course acceleration, differentiated program of study and enrichment opportunities. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum as a vital part of learning, developing our students as creative users of technology. The College also offers a Special Needs Program, ESL Program and a range of vocational courses. Students are also targeted for additional support in Literacy, Numeracy, Gifted and Talented initiatives, and are offered a range of extra-curricular opportunities in Sport, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Debating, Public Speaking, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Faith in Action, CARE, Homework Club and Maths Matters. The College is engaged in significant targeted intervention strategies. Professional Development of staff is a priority in areas such as the Innovative Designs for Enhancing Achievements in Schools (IDEAS) process, ‘Habits of Mind’, differentiation, gifted education and the integration of ICT supporting a ‘one-to-one’laptop program across all year groups. The analysis of NAPLAN, the integration of NAPLAN strategies and targeting and supporting students have been a major priority. Offering small group tutorial support to Yr 12 students is also an ongoing priority. We encourage our students to become independent and interdependent learners, and we nurture the development of learning habits which enhance problem solving and promote wellbeing, resilience and life-long learning. The College is committed to academic excellence, encouraging each student to set goals and strive for her personal best.