Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 1Term 32023

Some photos of the Year One excursion

From the Principal

Welcome to our first newsletter for Term 3. I hope that you were able to enjoy some time with your children over the school break. Our staff started the term on Monday with the State Conference for Christian Schools Australia (CSA). We joined with around 1500 staff from schools around South Australia to learn together. Christian schools are an important part of the education landscape in Australia. We provide caring learning environments for almost 80,000 students. It is wonderful to be a part of CSA and to share many common beliefs and practices that help young people to develop their identity, confidence, and sense of purpose.

In July I was privileged to lead a team of Bethany staff to Hope School to help provide professional development for the school staff in Indonesia. Our long-term relationship has enabled us to develop a partnership that will continue to produce benefits well into the future. Hope School provides education for around 750 students from ELC through to Year 12 in rural Sumatra. There were approximately 40 teachers who participated in our training over the 2 weeks. We shared our learning about critical and creative thinking, leadership, and learning design. We were reminded how blessed we are here in Australia and how important it is to continue sharing with others who are less fortunate. We continue to sponsor children from Hope Village who are orphaned or abandoned. While we were there we were also able to spend time playing, encouraging and sharing with these children. The team were encouraged by the children’s willingness to connect and their appreciation of the small but important things like making a craft, playing Uno, singing and dancing, and having English conversations. These are precious opportunities, and I am grateful to all of those who have given and sacrificed to bless others.

Our Bethany Choir performed on Wednesday 5th July after school. I always enjoy seeing our students perform and I especially enjoy those opportunities where families are able to come along and see their children shine. Thank you for coming along to support our Choir and to the choir team for making this happen. Well done students for your wonderful performance.

This term we will enjoy our Mini Olympics for Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 students. This will be held on Friday 1st September. This is always a wonderful day run by our sports department and we will invite you to come along to enjoy the day. We will send home more information closer to the event. In Week 10 our Reception students will have their swimming lessons. The Reception teachers will encourage you to practice those important independence skills like drying and dressing as they prepare for the week. Reception parents and carers will receive more information and paperwork to be completed.

I hope that your children have returned to school with excitement for a new term of learning. We look forward to partnering with you.

God bless,


Wendy Matear


This Week's 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 good school break with your family and were able to enjoy the short holiday.

Last term our Student Representative Council (SRC) raised $859.50 for Hope School’s library, in Northern Sumatra. I was fortunate enough to be able to join the school team who worked with the Hope School teachers and the students. While in Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra, the team and I spent the money at a book shop. Ms Ririn (Deputy Principal of the Hope School Primary) and Mr Dana (Principal of Hope School) were with us, so they were able to guide us in what resources and reading material would best suit their new library.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the SRC’s most recent fundraiser, the PJ/Casual Day, as it was only due to your generosity and support that we were able to purchase these books. I know that they will be well read and cherished at Hope School.

The NED Show

In Week 3, on Friday 11th of August, the NED Show will once again be performing for Bethany Christian School. This will be their 8th visit to Bethany Christian School, and it is very popular and worthwhile show that teaches resilience, persistence and regulation strategies. NED stands for; Never give up, Encourage Others and Do your best. All of this is taught during an entertaining show of yo-yo tricks. Students also have the option of purchasing their own yo-yo the week after the show, so in Week 4 of this term, your child will be able to buy a yo-yo to practice the new skills and tricks learned during the NED show.

All information about the NED yo-yo product sales and costings will be made available in the next newsletter.   

I wish you and your family well for the term. I hope you all manage to stay warm and well during the wintery weather. 

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal

Book Shopping
Book Shopping
Hope School Primary Students
Hope High School

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NAIDOC Week Celebrations

In Week 10 of Term 2, our whole school participated in learning experiences to gain a deeper understanding about First Nations cultures and Elders through learning languages, songs, symbols, history, current events, art, food and many beautiful stories. 

In Week 2 of Term 3, each class will share with a buddy class, what they discovered as well as learn from their peers in a range of activities and engaging experiences. We look forward to a wonderful week of learning together and growing in respect for others.

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Book Week 2023

This year Book Week will be held in Week 5 of this term (Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August). More information will be sent home soon.

Premier's Reading Challenge

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

Deng AJorden KSophie I
Anaya BAngela ALucas C
Erika CJaxon CDavid O
Saiber DAlana TAmity W
Rohan DDaniel K
Archie F4NL
Tejas GSamantha C6W
Mila GAarav K
Caleb K5KJanak B
Jackson LElise K
Makuei M
Mia M
Declan M
Madelyn M
Cristian M
Oscar M
Aria N
Camellia N
Paige O
Bohdi S
Winston S
Bryan T
Anastasia T
Kayla V

Premier's Be Active Challenge

Jackson PJabari SSebastian CCohen F
Olivia E
Emily DAnnabel JElise KLucca MAaruv K
Samantha CMia C

Parking Reminders

Community News


Sports News

SA School Sport | Para District Team

State Soccer Tournament

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Para Districts Team at the State Soccer Tournament in Term 3

Lucca M, Joshua L, Orlando H, Jacob N

Congratulations on being selected to represent the District!


Representative Sports | Tryouts

SACSA AFL Football Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual AFL Carnival

SACSA Year 3|4 Carnival  |  Wednesday 13th September |  Week 8, Term 3

SACSA Year 5|6 Carnival  |  Friday 15th September |  Week 8, Term 3

Students who would like to trial, and are eligible, please use the link to nominate

Year 3|4 Tryouts  |  TCC Oval  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Thursdays (Lunchtime)  | 03|08, 10|08  |  Weeks 2 & 3, Term 3

Year 5|6 Tryouts  |  TCC Oval  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Wednesdays (Lunchtime) | 02|08, 09|08  |  Weeks 2 & 3, Term 3

Meet at the Sports Department by the oval at the beginning of tryouts.

Students enrolled into tryouts may wear their PE uniform to school.

Weekly Sports

Weekly Basketball  |  Rec - Yr 6

Bethany Christian School offers a Weekly Basketball program. This is a user pay program staffed by approved volunteer coaches, with compulsory weekly after school trainings held at BCS.

There are two seasons per year

Winter Season - Terms 2 and 3  |  Summer Season - Terms 4 and then 1

Age Groups as follows (must be 5 yrs old)

U08s mixed  |  U10s mixed  |  U12 Boys | U12 Girls

Saturday games are generally at the following recreation centers

Golden Grove  |  Burragah  |  Turramurra  |  Ingle Farm  |  The ARC

Weekly Netball  |  Rec - Yr 6

Bethany Christian School offers a Weekly Netball program. This is a user pay program staffed by approved volunteer coaches, with compulsory weekly after school trainings held at BCS.

There are two seasons per year

S1 Season - Terms 1 and Two  |  S2 Season - Terms 2 and 4

Age Groups as follows (must be 5 yrs old)

U08s mixed  |  U10s mixed  |  Under 12s mixed

Saturday games are at the The Gardens Recreation Centre.

Match Results | Weekly Sports

Saturday 01|07

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsKaleteeyaEvie WNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsBethany Bright StarsAlma BW120
NetballU10 Bright StarsBethany Wild StarsHannah ML012
BasketballU08 LakersMini Hoopers 8Isabelle DW2111
BasketballU10 Bulls76ers StrikersBentley LL1423
BasketballU10 WarriorsBrooks Wildcards 10Adam JW2012
BasketballU12 Boomers76ers RocketsJon NL1024
BasketballU12 Hornets76ers VikingsJake BL2425

Saturday 08|07

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsLightning Blitz 1No Game
NetballU10 Wild StarsMawson Lakes GemsAmelia JW110
NetballU10 Bright StarsLightning Blitz 2
BasketballU08 LakersGGLPS Shooting StarsBlake HW1914
BasketballU10 BullsKings TigersEthaniel YW2218
BasketballU10 WarriorsGlenunga Rams 10bDion SW198
BasketballU12 BoomersBearcats RoarCooper JL2122
BasketballU12 HornetsBrooks Saints 12


SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
BasketballU08 LakersBrooks Cajuns 8
BasketballU10 BullsTyndale FalconsCohen FL1015
BasketballU10 WarriorsLab 46 10bKade ML1419
BasketballU12 BoomersBrooks Saints 12Lazar TL3331
BasketballU12 HornetsCedar StrikersBrodie BD2424

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Friday 11th AugustSAPSASA Athletics
Friday 11th AugustThe NED Show 2 - 2.45pm
Monday 21st to Friday 25th AugustBook Week 2023

Uniform Shop Opening Times

Wednesday8.15 to 10.30 am
Friday8.15 to 10.30 am

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RHDWednesday and Thursday
RHTuesday and Thursday
RMTuesday and Thursday
1DTuesday and Wednesday
1PWednesday and Thursday
1TCWednesday and Thursday
2RTuesday and Thursday
2WCTuesday and Wednesday
2ZTuesday and Wednesday
3HRMonday and Thursday
3METuesday and Wednesday
3MOTuesday and Friday
4GTMonday and Friday
4NLTuesday and Friday
4WMonday and Friday
5KMonday and Friday
5RTTuesday and Wednesday
5TTuesday and Thursday
6SCTuesday and Wednesday
6TTuesday and Friday
6WMonday and Thursday

School Terms 2023

Term 1Monday 6th February to Friday 14th April
Term 2Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 7th July
Term 3Tuesday 25th July to Friday 29th September
Term 4Monday 16th October to Wednesday 13th 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

Newsletter published: Thursday, July 27 2023

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