Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 1Term 32019

Photos from Hope Village

From the Principal

Welcome back to term 3!  I hope that you were able to enjoy the different pace of school holidays and that you were able to spend some time together with your children. I was able to travel to our sister school to support the start of a new school year for them. It is incredible to see the growth in so many aspects of the school.   We began with 34 students and 3 staff in 2012. This year, Hope School Sumatra, has 387 students from kindergarten to Year 6 as well as 113 in Year 7 and Year 8. This means there are 503 students and 25 staff. The team came from Bethany and Belgrave Christian School in Victoria to work together to provide professional development and support in the first week of school. 

One of the other exciting initiatives we were able to undertake was for Aaron Mabikafola to begin a Media Team with a small group in the same way we were able to start here in 2016. Students from Bethany wanted to support this through funds that were raised at the Garage Sale. I look forward to sharing some of the photographs and films that these Indonesian children create. It is exciting to think that our students and past students are having a lasting impact in the lives of others overseas. It reminds me that the principle of sowing and reaping is seen in our lives. Our choices do not just impact us, they have a lasting impact on the world. I love hearing stories and seeing how our students are making a positive impact and I look forward to hearing of this more and more. There were also other resources we were able to take over as well as books that we were able to purchase. This school is a real testament to God’s provision and our generosity opens the way for others to learn how to be generous in return.

This term we have a Pupil Free Day for Show Day which is in line with Temple Christian College on Friday 30th August. OSHC will be open on this day if your child requires care.

Every second year we have opened our school in the evening for Asia Night. This year, after a great deal of discussion with staff, we have decided to have a Cultural Celebration instead of Asia Night. This will allow all of our students to learn about and celebrate the many cultures that are represented here at Bethany. The evening will have many similarities to our past celebrations with classrooms open, performances, food and fun for the whole family. It will be held on Wednesday 11th September from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Please mark it on your calendar to make sure that you don’t miss our first Cultural Celebration.

Next week we will be sharing our Rudolph Group work with teachers from others schools. It continues to be an experience that has shaped our learning and I know that our students continue to pursue entrepreunrial ways to think and create.

Term 3 is always full of many experiences and learning opportunities and I look forward to sharing more about the progress of our new building as the insides begin to take shape.

Have a lovely weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

A lying witness is unconvincing; a person who speaks truth is respected.

Proverbs 21: 28

Deputy's Corner

Deputy's Corner

Welcome back for another term!  I trust that you all had a refreshing school break with your families. We have a lot of exciting events this term, such as a visit from singer and songwriter Scott Darlow representing Australian’s Together in Week 2, the return of the yo-yo sensation, “The NED Show” in week 3, Book Week in week 5 and, our biennial Cultural Night (formally Asia Evening) and Jump Rope for Heart in Week 8. It is shaping up to be a big term!

On Monday 22nd of July and Tuesday of 23rd of July, I joined staff from across all Christian School Australia (CSA) schools in SA at the CSA Conference 2019. We were very fortunate to hear from two keynote speakers, Dr John Dickson (author, apologist, historian and founder of the Centre for Public Christianity) and Dr Robert Loe (Chief Executive of Relational Foundation). Some thoughts from Dr Robert Loe on relationships were;

  • If we, as educators, merely concentrate on intelligence, we have a problem. We must also teach our children to be wise. The world teaches that it is good to be clever, however in the book of James, it teaches that it is clever to be good. There is a moral rightness of wisdom which brings peace. True wisdom draws people together, whereas arrogance repels. Therefore, there is a mandate to help our students to not just succeed academically, but to become wise.
  • A harmonious fellowship of believers is the soil out of which grows the whole life that is pleasing to God. (J. A. Moyter)
  • We are all hardwired to connect and to be relational. We know that relationships matter. Sometimes relationships can be hard. This is why it is so important to equip our students with relational skills and develop the wisdom in how to negotiate relationships. Jesus said, “Love your neighbour” (Mark 12:31). The very antithesis of love is to withdraw, so we need to help our students to develop skills so that they can show love to others, to demonstrate wisdom and to grow into the best person they can be.

Helping our children to navigate the highly complex nature of human relationships is not going to be an easy or quick exercise, but it has great reward. By being respectful, caring, patient and quick to forgive, we are building a harmonious, peaceful community which is built on the foundations of love.

Student News

Our Year 1 student, Matthew G, is currently competing at the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Belguim. On Wednesday 24th July, the first day of the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships commenced. According to BMX Australia, over 3700 international riders have come together in Heusden-Zolder, the capital city of Belgium, and they are claiming that this marks it as the biggest word championship ever. The weather is a toasty 38°C which has had, as BMX Australia quoted, “spectators and riders ducking for shade and water all day” ( We wish him all the very best!

 We also need to acknowledge the achievement of Charli W, who is currently in Year 4 this year. She has been roller skating since 2017 with Team SkateFX. During the school holidays she had the opportunity to represent South Australia at the Nationals which was held in Queensland. Her competition in Artistic Free Skating, skating to a Lion King Medley, saw her win 3rd position. Well done Charli!

I wish you all a fabulous start to the term. God bless you!

Debbie Clifford


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Premier's Be Active Challenge

Well done to the following students who have completed the Premier's Be Active Challenge!

Logan L
Tiffany C
Kiara H
Olivia F
Jayda M
Llana C
Jacob K
Ann Lena B
Tam G

P & F Fundraising

Dear School Community,

Parents and Friends would like to thank you for your continued support toward the school’s Entertainment Book Fundraiser.

Paper Entertainment Books are still available for cash purchase only via the school Front Office and digital copies are still available via the link.

All funds raised will go towards school based projects and Hope School.

We thank you for your continued support!

Kind regards,

Bronnie Lyrtzis

Parents & Friends

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Recycling Fundraising

As a silent fundraiser for our school, we are collecting the following recycling products. Please bring these items for recycling and place them into the coloured bins in front of the Year 4 classes.


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Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge!

2R Ana K 5R
Zachariah T Soriya H Chelsea P
Joash S Ashmeen D Jadon W
Charlie S Samantha C 6S
Alphie P Mackenzie C Hayley H
Jacob N Mohitha L Sabella-Brittani S
Tyler M 3T Nathaniel C
Joshua L Demiah S Angela T
Aarav K Levi M Hailey H
Ethan H Brayden H 4WH
Elias D Jacob K Connor T
Harveer B 4G Danae M
Imigen W Sophia C Ezaawa J
Achieu N 5P Joshue V
Emily N Jacob L Renata M
Shayla N Rodante P Simon K
Demi M Lachlan M Samarth R
Emma M 6T Tam D
Liliah M Charli E Tavish P
    Thaw K
    Cheyenne M
    Ava M


5R Personal Projects 

Towards the end of Term 2, the students of 5R took part in creating Personal Projects for homework.

Students chose what they would like to do for their homework during the week. It needed to be something that showed their abilities and/or interests. Many students displayed great creativity and were very proud to share their projects at the end of the week. It was really nice to see some students and parents working side by side and sharing in the learning adventure that was taking place.

Below are some news articles written by students after interviewing each other about their projects.


As a child, Max loved magicians. He’d always loved the way they would do their tricks. It got Max thinking he should do it for his personal project because that’s something he had loved all his life. As soon as Mr Richardson had told the class about how we were going to do the personal project, Max had already had an idea. He wanted to test his limits he said.

As soon as Max went home he had started to practice straight away. He said that, “my parents were a big help because they had a lot feedback that had helped him make his project better”. The feedback they give him made his product even better than before.

As Max said, “If I was to do it again I would do more magic tricks because I don’t think I had fully tested what I could do and am able to do more than I thought I could.”

By Tir


Have you ever wondered what a painted squishy looks like? Well Cameron L wondered that as well and decided to try it for himself.

To make his creative design, Cameron had to see the professionals do it themselves, so he searched it up online and watched some videos. Once he knew how to paint his project he went through three doors to get all the things he needed: Bunnings, Office Works and Riot Crafts.

Even though Cameron only had to paint for his personal project he still had a hard time brushing off the bumps. Cameron started his first draft but then hit a brick wall and realised that he didn’t really like the colour, so he decided to do his second draft with the help of his mum and older sister.

In the end, Cameron ended up with a completely different design from the original and ended up with something he really enjoyed.

“In the future I would really love to challenge myself and create a sword like Tyson and no matter how young or old you are if you believe you can do big things make it happen”. Cameron is an 11 year old boy who wanted to do something he's never done before, he wanted to do something and made it happen.

By Nareta


Wouldn’t it be cool to personalise your own cricket bat? That’s what Jensen did!

In Year 5 we are doing personal projects. Jensen decided to do a cricket bat because last time he felt his project was “boring” so this time he did something he thought was “exciting, creative and different”.

Jensen being a 10 year old needed some help. His Dad helped him through the journey of making the project. His Dad helped him by cutting and sanding the wood.

During the project Jensen had doubt in the project when he started because the wood wasn’t steady and he thought it wasn’t going to work. As time went on the cricket bat got better and by the end of the week he had a proper cricket bat. Over the week Jensen and his dad had to change the project slightly so it worked.

Jensen and his Dad struggled cutting the wood and colouring in the letters. He also had some difficulties getting the wood in the right shape.

In all I think we should all be impressed by what Jensen has done and we can’t wait to see more of his creativity in Term 3.

By Annabel

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Sports News

Weekly Sports Results

 Sport  Team  Opposition  Coaches Pick  Score
Basketball U8 Lakers

Kings Wildcats

Kade M Lilly C 5 . 34
U8 Blazers GGLPS Giants Samuel M Joash S 12 . 7
U10 Raptors AFCBC Warriors 10 Jude C Armstrong H 17 . 15
U12 Bobcats Bye    
U12 Rockets Tyndale Hurricanes Jacob L Jaiden K 33 . 17
U12 Thunder Shooting Stars 12 Nathaniel C Nicholas B 23 . 14
 Netball 11 & U Shining Stars OLOH Magic Madeline P Hailey H 9 . 16
 Sport  Team  Opposition  Coaches Pick  Score
Basketball U8 Lakers

 SFX Magic

Tobiasz T Scarlett G  1 . 22
U8 Blazers  Shooting Stars Nate N Elijah W  4 . 8
U10 Raptors  King's Bearcats Lucas H Elijah Y  29 . 7
U12 Bobcats  East Adelaide Blitz Ilyas D Cameron N  18 . 43
U12 Rockets  AFCBC Falcons Jacob K Austyn M  29 . 14
U12 Thunder  Cedar Knights Rainn S Mackenzie C-H  20 . 26
Netball 11 & U Shining Stars  Tyndale Tigers Dekodah B Jack H   7 . 7

2019 SAPSASA State Metro Athletics Carnival

We would like to congratulate the following students on their selection and participation in the Para Districts Athletics Team which competed at the above event:

Bailee B   Holly S  Imogen P
 Jack H  Nareta S  Trinity M

This event was held on Tuesday 21st May at the SA Athletics Stadium in Mile End. Our students gave their best and should be proud of their results.

2019 State SAPSASA Cross Country Championships

We would like to congratulate the following students on being selected and competing for the Para Districts Cross Country Team at the above event:

Name Place
Svetlana R-K 10 Year Old Girls
Tavish P 10 Year Old Boys
Reilly S 10 Year Old Boys
Hailey H 11 Year Old Girls
Holly S 11 Year Old Girls
Jack H 11 Year Old Boys
Jaxon N 11 Year Old Boys
Imogen P 13 Year Old Girls


This event was held on Thursday June 6th at the Oakbank Racecourse. All our students did their best and should be congratulated on their efforts and achievement on making this team.

Our highest placed Bethany student was Jack H who finished 71st from 174 competitors in the 11 year old boys' category.

2019 State SAPSASA Netball Carnival

We would like to congratulate the following students on their selections in the Para Districts netball team:

Madison M & Charli E

This event was held from the 17th to 20th June 2019 at the Netball SA Stadium, Mile End. Para Districts entered two teams with Madison’s team playing in Division One and Charli’s team playing in Division 5. Well done girls – we hope you really enjoyed your week.


Year 4/5 Girls
Team List:
Alana T, Amelia D, Annabel P, Bailee B, Chelsea P, Erin T, Hayley G, Holly S, Kaylee W, Mackenzie C, Nareta S & Sarah L

COACH: Mr Richardson
MANAGER: Mrs Boxall
CAPTAIN: Rotated

SACSA CARNIVAL @ Tyndale Christian School - Thursday 23rd May – 2nd Place
What an amazing tournament by the year 4/5 girls! As the day went on they got better and better and earnt a semi-final re-match against Cedar. The girls showed great heart as they hung on for 1 – 0 victory. In the grand final we went down 0 – 2 very early however we fought back hard, scored then had a second try disallowed just before time expired. We are so proud of these girls.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS CARNIVAL @ City Touch Fields – Thursday 20th June – 2nd Place
Our girls’ team tried hard all day and went through the minor round undefeated. Unfortunately we fell just short in the grand final, losing in a drop-off in extra time. The sportsmanship displayed by all was awesome to watch.

Mr B Richardson


Year 4/5 Boys
Team List:
Alessio C, Cohen M, Ethan G, Ethan P, Jadon W, Josiah H, Liam C, Marcus A, Rick L & William M

COACH: Mr Peterson
MANAGER: Mrs Boxall

SACSA CARNIVAL @ Tyndale Christian School – Thursday 23rd May – 6th Place

The boys showed a great effort all day in what were perfect conditions for touch football. Our team kept getting better as the carnival progressed – well done boys!

PRIMARY SCHOOLS CARNIVAL @ City Touch Fields – Thursday 20th June – 2nd Place

The boys were rock solid in defence, making it very difficult for teams to score against. Our team was disciplined and showed great teamwork to make the grand final. We put in a great effort to go down 3 – 0 to Cedar College. Great job boys!

Mr A Peterson


Team List:
Imogen P, Jessica A, Lily H, Mackenzie B, Madison M, Pollina P, Summah C, Tam L, Taylor N, Thalia H, Victoria H & Vikky L

COACH: Mr Hannaford
MANAGER: Mrs Boxall


SACSA CARNIVAL @ Tyndale Christian School - Friday 24th May – 4th Place
The team played well all day going undefeated until the last round, losing 0 – 1. After this loss the girls worked on team principles through the final series and finished fourth overall. Well done team.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS CARNIVAL @ City Touch Fields – Friday 21st June – Champions
Excellent carnival girls – Champions for 2019! I was proud of how the girls came together as a team and contributed in their various roles. Congratulations to Imogen and Taylor for leading the team so well.
Mr B Hannaford

Year 6/7 Boys
Team List:
Alexander A, Bill S, Eden D, Jack H, Jed M, Jimmy K, Kur A, Lachlan R, Matthew N, Pattana P, Riley C & Terry H

COACH: Mr Sheeky
MANAGER: Mrs Boxall

SACSA CARNIVAL @ Tyndale Christian School – Friday 24th May – 5th Place

This year our 6/7 boys’ team competed admirably in their five games finishing with two losses, one draw and two wins. Eden D controlled play from the centre really well and Riley C scored some fantastic tries down the wing thanks to some awesome stepping. Most importantly everyone had fun!

PRIMARY SCHOOLS CARNIVAL @ City Touch Fields – Friday 21st June – 3rd Place
I’m very proud of the boys determination during this carnival. Playing off to make it to the grand final in the semi’s was a challenge and unfortunately we narrowly missed out on a top two finish. Third overall was a great outcome and all contributed to our success. An honourable mention to our captain, Eden D, who led the way strongly and Riley C who was like a brick wall on the wing to the opposition.

Mr S Sheeky

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Friday 2nd August Australians Together Incursion
Wednesday 7th August The NED Show
Monday 19th to 23rd August Book Week
Monday 19th August School Tour
Monday 19th August Yr 6/7 SACSA AFL Carnival
Tuesday 20th August Yr 4/5 SACSA AFL Carnival
Friday 30th August Pupil Free Day - Show Day
  2019 Term Dates
Term 1 Mon 4th February - Fri 12th April
Term 2 Mon 29th April - Fri 5th July
Term 3 Wed 24th July - Fri 27th September
Term 4 Mon 14th October - Wed 11th December

Monday Morning Praise

Whole School Worship
10 - 10.30am Mondays


Primary Chapel (Years 3 - 6)
10.50 - 11.30am Wednesdays

Junior Primary Chapel (Reception - Year 2)
12.10 - 12.50pm Wednesdays

Uniform Shop Times

The opening times for the Uniform Shop are: 

Monday 8.15 - 10.30 am
Tuesday 8.15 - 10.30 am
Thursday 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Friday 8.15 - 10.30 am

Bethany Christian School

PO Box 2125
Salisbury Downs SA 5108
37 Countess St
Paralowie, SA, 5108

P. 08 8283 0000
F. 08 8283 0101

Class Days
RD Monday & Thursday
RH Monday & Thursday
RHA Monday & Thursday
1D Thursday & Friday
1T Monday & Thursday
1C Monday & Friday
2ZH Tuesday & Friday
2P Wednesday & Friday
2R Thursday & Friday
3L Tuesday & Wednesday
3N Tuesday & Friday
3T Tuesday & Wednesday
4G Monday & Friday
4WH Monday & Friday
4WY Monday & Friday
5P Tuesday & Friday
5R Tuesday & Friday
5T Tuesday & Friday
6SH Monday & Tuesday
6S Monday & Tuesday
6T Monday & Tuesday

Newsletter published: Friday, July 26 2019

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