Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 1Term 32020

Indonesian Independence Day Celebrations

From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that you were able to enjoy a change of routine with your family. We have had a settled start to the term and the morning drop off continues to run smoothly. Thank you for your patience in the car park.

Our teachers have expressed how they have missed the opportunity to speak with you in regard to your child’s progress, and so we are moving our Parent Teacher interviews to Thursday 6th August and Tuesday 11th August. These are usually held at the end of Term 3 but we are very keen to give you the opportunity to talk about your child’s learning. In order to comply with social distancing and yet provide a face to face meeting, we will hold them in the Performing Arts Centre and Function Room. We will be limiting numbers on site by asking that only one adult attend the meeting and we will be unable to have children cared for. If your interview is before 6pm, you may like to consider using OSHC to care for your children. We understand this is inconvenient and if you are unable to attend an interview, teachers will also be happy to hold a telephone interview with you at another prearranged time. Holding all interviews within the Performing Arts facility allows us to limit the amount of additional cleaning required, keep all interviews running on time and to manage moving adults safely in and out of the school grounds. The online booking system will be available very soon for you to book in for a meeting. Although we are hopeful that restrictions will continue to lift, we are keen to hold interviews while we know that South Australia is COVID free in order to meet with you while we can. It seems that we are all continuing to develop skills of flexibility and adaptability. 

It was wonderful to see our after school sporting teams starting up this week and we ask that only one adult attend this training and that any adults remain in the area directly around the courts and keep the 1.5m distancing rule. I know that you are getting used to this everywhere that you go and we want to remain vigilant to ensure the ongoing health of our community. 

School Photographs are occurring this term on Thursday 13th August. There will be a few organisational changes to ensure that students are safe including our internal management of family photos. While parents are not gathering on site, we will organise the family groups to get together. If you are having a family photo, we ask that you drop off your children at 8:15am and we will organise the family groups to walk straight over to the PAC. Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct winter uniform on that day, no PE uniform. If you need to purchase any uniform items, School Locker is open for appointments on Wednesday and Friday mornings 8:30 - 10:30 am or you can go online at any time to order at For specific uniform information, please see pages 13 - 15 in your child’s diary.

Please find attached a Term calendar which we hope will be accurate, however, we will continue to give you updates if information changes. Our staff are working hard to keep learning themselves and we spent some time on Monday focussing on student agency and how we can find ways to keep building the knowledge and capabilities of students. We were reminded that God created each student to be unique and that it matters how we each contribute to the world. I was challenged by the statement “we don’t learn unless we reflect” and I would encourage you to be reflective, especially as a parent, in order to keep learning too.

Thank you for trusting us as we work together in this challenging time. We do have an awesome school community and we are blessed to work with your children. We look forward to catching up with you soon.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

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

Proverbs 21: 28

Deputy's Corner

Welcome back for Term 3!  I trust you all had a restful school break and are ready and raring to go for this term. There was some lovely weather during the school break, but Winter has reminded us this week that it will still be a little while longer until the weather starts to warm up.

With COVID 19 ever present in our thinking, it is a good time to remember that the cooler weather is synonymous with illness, flu and the common cold. Please remember that if your child is feeling unwell, has symptoms of developing a cold or flu like symptoms, please keep them home. Our procedures at school will not change, and we will continue to monitor strict hygiene on site. The school site will be cleaned in line with COVID 19 regulations, and students will be required to use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the classroom. 

We can help our children by maintaining a healthy lifestyle at home which includes eating healthily and keeping a good sleeping routine. Encourage your child to wear weather appropriate clothing and remind them to pack their school jumpers. It might be a good time to check the school jumpers and jackets to make sure the name tag is still legible and attached. Having each item of uniform clearly named makes it much easier to return lost garments to the correct student.

During the school break, a pair of Masked Lapwing Plovers moved into a part of our Loose Play area and laid a clutch of two eggs (but I suspect more will be laid this week). The area has been sectioned off so that our students can watch and see if the eggs hatch, and maybe even get to see new plover chicks. It has already created a lot of conversation and interest from our students during break time.

I wish you all a superb start to the term and good health to you and your families.

God bless you,


Deb Clifford

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Image of Masked Lapwing Plover chicks

                                                                (Supplied: Kristal Kostoglou)


School Photos

Our school photo day is Thursday 13th August. Earlier this week you should have received the envelope with all the information.

Family photos will commence from 8.15 am but please remember that parents are not allowed on site. Please drop off your children at this time and MSP Photography will organise the rest. If you would like a family photo envelope please collect one from the front office.

You can pay for all your children in one envelope, however each child needs to have their own envelope on the day.

Online orders are available at

 If you are paying by cash, please enclose correct money as no change can be given. For any enquiries please contact MSP direct on 8132 1148.

Camp Australia

Camp Australia.pdf

Open Camp Australia.pdf (848.97 KB)

Entertainment Books

Entertainment Book 2020.pdf

Open Entertainment Book 2020.pdf (238.14 KB)

Canteen Orders

Please be aware that the Canteen is now cashless. We encourage all families to set up Munch Monitor accounts as only online orders will be accepted. 

The Canteen menu can also be accessed via the Munch Monitor website.

For instructions on how to set up an account, please review the document below. If you have any questions please contact the front office or the Canteen.


Munch Monitor instructions.pdf

Open Munch Monitor instructions.pdf (142.83 KB)

Uniform Shop

Please remember that the Uniform Shop will now be open to parents by appointment only. Appointments can be made by phoning the front office. The times available are Wednesday and Friday from 8.30  to 10.30 am only.

Online ordering will continue and please remember that collection days for pick ups are Wednesday and Friday only. Click on this link for School Locker 

Circle of Security

Bethany Christian School App

The most effective way for us to communicate with you is through the Bethany Christian School App. Digital communication through the app will help us give you the most up to date information with push notifications (please make sure that your notifications are turned on).

We will be sending all updates and relevant information through the App. These broadcasts will appear in the “Newsfeed”.

  • Please check that your notification settings are switched on in your phone and in the School app settings (BCS App > Settings menu > Notifications > make sure all tick boxes are green) 

If you haven't already, we invite you to download the Bethany Christian School mobile app and sign in. You will be able to access the school calendar, manage children's absentees, get the latest school information and more. 

If you did not receive a setup email for the BCS App please call the office on 8283 0000 and make sure your email address is up to date. Karen can help you through the setup process. 

How to use the School app for student absentees

Community News

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Sports News

SACSA Soccer Tryouts


Open _Soccer_SACSA_Tryout_Flyer.pdf (924.83 KB)

Click here to enrol for SACSA Soccer Tryouts

Weekly Sports Results


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU10 BlazersKings WildcatsDylan K Khonreich C8 . 12
U10 RaptorsForfeit0 . 20
U12 BucksAFCBC 76ers Brayden H Jacob K15 . 21
U14 RocketsPuzzles AquaChadson C Liam C23 . 21
NetballU8 Bright StarsNo Game

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Thursday 6th August Parent Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 11th August Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 13th August School Photos
Monday 17th August SACSA AFL Yr 5/6 Tournament
Monday 17th August Online School Tour
Tuesday 18th August SACSA AFL Yr 3/4 Tournament
Friday 11th September Pupil Free Day
2020 Term Dates
Term 3Term 4
Tuesday 21st July to 25th SeptemberMonday 12th October to Wednesday 9th December

Bethany Christian School

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

P. 08 8283 0000
F. 08 8283 0101

Weekly PE Lessons

ELCMonday to Friday
RDTuesday and Thursday
RHMonday and Wednesday
RHWMonday and Thursday
1CMonday and Wednesday
1DMonday and Thursday
1PMonday and Thursday
2HSWednesday and Friday
2RTuesday and Friday
2ZTuesday and Friday
3LTuesday and Friday
3KWednesday and Friday
3TTuesday and Friday
4GTuesday and Friday
4PMonday and Friday
4WMonday and Wednesday
5RTuesday and Friday
5STuesday and Friday
5TMonday and Wednesday
6SWednesday and Friday
6TTuesday and Friday
6WMonday and Wednesday

Newsletter published: Thursday, July 23 2020

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