Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 1Term 42019

Some photos from Jump Rope for Heart

From the Principal

Welcome back to our final Term for 2019. I hope that you were able to enjoy some refreshing time with your children in the school break. We have had a very settled start. This week we have had a small group of teachers from our sister school, Hope School, in Indonesia, visiting us. Teachers have been hosting them in the evenings and they have enjoyed participating our in daily school events. It has also been wonderful to show them around some of the sights of Adelaide. I look forward to seeing how this experience helps to change their perspective of what a school could look like and how education is a process that is so much more than schooling. 

We have some upcoming events for you to mark in your calendar. Our Year 3 students have a sleepover on the 24th of October. This is a wonderful way to prepare our students for future school camps as it gives them the opportunity to safely stay away from home overnight. It is also a lot of fun to spend time with their classmates and teachers doing some different activities and building relationships together. On Tuesday 5th November we have our Mini Olympics for Reception and Year 1 students. On Tuesday 12th November we hold our iPad Information Night for our families with Year 5 students for 2020. The Temple Orientation for our Year 6 students who are moving there for Year 7 is on Thursday 21st November. Our visiting Dental Clinic is here between the 21st October and the 1st November. Please return the appropriate paperwork for your child if you would like to participate. 

Some other important events to mention as we approach the end of the year include our Junior Primary concert (Reception to Year 2), “Faith, Hope and Love,” on Wednesday 27th November. This will have a matinee and evening performance with tickets available later this term. These tickets are free and ensure that all families can attend. We will give you plenty of notice for when these tickets will become available. The Primary students (Year 3 - Year 6), will present an exhibition called “Brilliance”. This exhibition will showcase students’ passions and interests showing that they are created  in God's image. We launched a 7 week challenge on Wednesday with all of the Primary students together to begin our thinking. The challenge will provide 2 lessons each Wednesday afternoon to create a product that allows each child to shine brightly. We want to build upon the skills they are learning to allow each student to explore, experience and discover how we each have been created differently and can contribute to creating something to show others. The word brilliance also implies excellence, inspiration, inventiveness and wisdom. We believe that as we allow students the opportunity to make decisions, express ideas, give and receive feedback and work to create a product, they learn more about themselves and others. We believe that they each will shine in different ways and we will support this process. We have encouraged students to start by thinking about what they are interested in and who they might like to work with, reminding them that sometimes it is better to work with people who help us to be more productive or people who have skills we can learn from or that we can share. Although we like to spend time with our friends, others with the skills that we need may be a wiser choice. 

I facilitated the launch session this week and was so encouraged by the cross year level conversations, the mature listening from all students and the way that they began their initial prototypes. This activity stretched us as we worked as a whole group to learn together and to build more foundational skills. There is plenty of work to be done but it was an excellent start. The Brilliance Exhibition will be held on Wednesday 4th December so please keep this date free. I am looking forward to showing the Brilliance of our students as they reflect the goodness of our God in many and varied ways.

I pray that you have a restful weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

My sheep recognise my voice. I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27

Deputy's Corner

Deputy's Corner

Welcome back from the school break. I trust you all had a wonderful time with your families.

Term 4 is already shaping up to be a big term with events such as the Year 3 sleep-over in Week 2, Mini Olympics in Week 4, and an SRC Disco in Week 5, not to mention the Year 6 Temple Orientation, the JP Christmas Concert and the Brilliance Exhibition later this term!  With so much going on it is so important to keep important healthy living skills such as a regular bed time, good nutritious food and plenty of water and sensible clothing for the changeable weather. We want to end the year off well and in full health!

Summer Uniform

It is Term 4, therefore it is Summer Uniform. Please ensure your child is coming to school in the correct Summer Uniform, including the correct socks, shoes, and hat.   PE uniform can only be worn on the PE days. If you are unsure about what the uniform requirements are, please refer to your child’s school diary, pages 13 – 15. Please encourage your child to make great choices to leave all jewellery at home. The accepted accessory should be a single wristwatch. If you are in doubt and have questions, please see your child’s teacher.

eSafety Parent and Carers from eSafety Commissioner

There are many of our students who are either already accessing social media sites or would dearly love to. However, many of the sites our students wish to use often come with an age limit of 13+. I found some tips from the eSafety Commissioner ( that might help you make some wise decisions with your child.

When are they ready for social media accounts?

Both the physical age of your child and their level of maturity and resilience can affect their ability to have positive experiences on social media.

Each social media site and app has its own criteria for minimum age requirements. Most require users to be at least 13 years of age before they can register, although some sites are created especially for children under 13.

Key questions to help determine your child’s readiness for social media

We suggest considering these questions to determine whether your child is ready for social media.

  • Is your child able to withstand negative online experiences?
  • Does your child understand the importance of protecting their personal information?
  • Does your child understand how privacy settings for social media work?
  • Does your child understand what is safe to share online?
  • Does your child know how to report cyberbullying and other kinds of abusive content?
  • Is your child willing to let you establish clear rules and supervise their social media activity?

Each question is expanded on the website with useful links for parents to follow. It is a site well worth visiting should you and your child be considering using social media. It is worth remembering that often social media sites for 13+ year olds require a level maturity to be able to cope with the above mentioned points. Your child might not yet be ready for Facebook, Instagram, Tik.Tok, Snap Chat etc. It is not a ‘no’ forever, it is just a ‘not yet’. 

I wish you a very successful term with your child.

God bless you,

Deb Clifford


Free Dental Outreach Service coming in Term 4 Weeks 2 & 3!

We are pleased to offer all our ELC and Primary School students access to an onsite dental check-up at no out of pocket expense, through Dental Outreach’s ‘Grow-up Smiling’ program. Affectionately known as GuS, the independently run schools dental program is one of the largest and most successful children's dental programs in South Australia. Check-ups will be performed at Bethany Christian School by selected local Dentists/Oral Health Therapists, with professional training, clearances and equipment to perform high quality dental services in schools. Parents are welcome to attend with their child.

Important Dates

  • Information packs have recently been sent home with Primary School students
  • Information packs are also available from the front office and ELC staff
  • To book, please complete and return all forms to your child’s teacher by the end of term 3
  • Initial dental check-ups at school will be booked between 21 October – 1 November, 2019
  • Follow-up treatment for students will be performed at school, 21 October – 1 November, 2019
    • Dental Outreach will contact parents/guardians to obtain verbal consent prior to any follow-up treatment being undertaken

Dental Outreach has won significant recognition since its inception, including being named the first recipient of the 2013 Wrigley’s Australian Dental Association Foundation PRINCIPLES IN ACTION Community Service Award for its voluntary work for regional and remote communities throughout South Australia.

Temple Christian College Enrolments 

To enrol in Year 7 at Temple Christian College, students are interviewed when they are in Year 5. This means, if your child is currently in Year 4, Interviews will commence Term 1, 2020. If you have not as yet filled in an Enrolment Application form, please contact the school on 8256 9600. An Enrolment Application form must be received before an Interview can be booked.

Uniform Labels

If you missed out on the iron on label promotion that was run by the Uniform Shop last year please note that it is available again this term. Head into the Uniform Shop to pick up an order form if you haven't already received one. Fill it in as the special price is only $3 for 10 labels with an extra 5 included at no extra cost. This offer is only available until the end of this term!


Premier's Be Active Challenge

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

Ruby H
Ethan P
Ella H
Kuot A
Levi B
Ezekiel K
Amelia L
Mandy S

Community News

T-Ball Players Wanted

Sports News

Weekly Sports Results


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 LakersKings HeatCharlie M Brodie B40 . 6
U8 BlazersTVCS Heat 8William G Elijah W19 . 34
U10 RaptorsNWDC 10’sSteven L Jude C20 . 16
U12 BobcatsNo Game
U12 RocketsGrand Final: GGLPS ThunderEthan G Austyn M37 . 23
U12 ThunderNo Game
Netball7 & U Bright StarsKings MagicSophie S Amali TNot Scored
Netball11 & U Shining StarsTyndale TigersHailey H Ella S11 . 16


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 LakersNo Game
U8 BlazersNo Game
U10 RaptorsNo Game
U12 BobcatsNo Game
U12 RocketsNo Game
U12 ThunderNo Game
Netball7 & U Bright StarsKings SparklesAriana D Millie RNot Scored
Netball11 & U Shining StarsBye

Bethany Rockets

Congratulations to our Weekly Basketball Bethany Rockets team who won the U12 Boys Division 2 Grand Final on Saturday 21st September against GGLPS Thunder 37 to 23.

Jump Rope for Heart


Each year Bethany holds a Jump Off Day to raise funds for the Heart Foundation which is a great cause. This program promotes participation and exercise which allows the students the opportunity to learn about skipping whilst keeping their hearts healthy.

This year’s jump off day was held on Thursday September 12. It was an awesome day where everyone had a great time. Throughout the day our students participated in lots of skipping and jumping activities using both short and long ropes. The students also had a fun time on the jumping castles. Well done to all students for a fantastic day out!

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their contribution to the success of this day:

The teachers for their help leading up to and on the Jump Off Day itself – we really appreciated your support.

Every student for your participation, encouragement and awesome attitude on the day.

Parents, families and friends for your support through attending this event, sponsoring the students and all your encouragement.


Keeley Lifshack (4WY) $321.77


Ethan Loughry (RD) $252.83


RD       $886.65


52 students contributed to our OVERALL FUNDRAISING TOTAL of



JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 2019-0822 Bailee.JPG
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 2019-4422 Group Jumping.JPG
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 2019-4477 Big Jump.JPG
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART 2019-4565 Nicole & friend.JPG


On Tuesday 17th September Bethany entered two teams into the Year 6/7 SACSA Soccer Carnival which was held at Barratt Reserve, West Beach. The boys played in the Division One competition with 10 teams in total and the girls’ competition was a combination of both Division One and Two schools with 12 teams in total.

Year 6/7 Girls – 5th Place

Team List
Coach: Mr A MabikafolaManager: Mrs C Boxall
Linesman: Miss M Fitzharris
Front Row (L to R)Back Row (L to R)
Lily HMiss M Fitzharris
Vikky LTaylor N (C)
Rebekah ADenae K
Pollina PMackenzie B
Nina KImogen P
Sofia MCharli E
Mr A Mabikafola

For Miss Fitzharris and I, it was a pleasure to coach this group of girls. The team, led by captain Taylor, showed marked improvement throughout the day. Although the team suffered losses in their first 2 games they did not let this dampen their enthusiasm.  By game 3 things began to click and the team started to find the back of the opposition’s net whilst keeping things more secure at the back. After the 2 initial losses the girls went on to win their remaining 4 games convincingly, netting 15 goals and conceding only 3. Each player made valuable contributions during the tournament and, as coaches, we were proud of the way that the girls competed on the day.

Mr Mabikafola and Miss Fitzharris

Year 6/7 Boys Team – 7th Place

Team List
Coach: Mr N GriersonManager: Mrs C Boxall
Linesman: Mikayla L
Front Row (L to R)Back Row (L to R)
Emerson GMikayla L
Matthew NEden D (C)
Jed MRobinson S
Joshua CAlexander A
Bill SKur A
Alexander DHudson S
Lem ARiley C (VC)
Jack HPattana P
Mr N Grierson


I was really impressed with the way our boys represented us all day. They played with skill and with great team work. Each game was hard fought and the boys were rewarded with a couple of big wins in their last two games. Well done!

 Mr Grierson


On Monday 16th September Bethany entered two teams into the year 4/5 SACSA Soccer Carnival which was held at Barratt Reserve, West Beach. Our teams played in the Division One competition with the girls having 6 teams and the boys having 10. It was a great day filled with fun and enjoyment. Well done Bethany!

Year 4/5 Girls Team – 2nd Place

Team List
Coach: Mrs C WytenManager: Mrs C Boxall
Front Row (L to R)Back Row (L to R)
Linesman: Jeremy B
Hayley GBailee B
Kaylee WTir A
Nareta SAmelia D
Julia CMackenzie C
Alana T
Holly S (C)


A great improvement in ability and working together as a team helped make it a great day! We had 4 wins and 1 loss which meant we made it through to the Grand Final against Tyndale. Grand Final result: Tyndale 5 defeated Bethany 3. Some great plays and lots of encouragement from all. Well done girls, thanks for being a great team.

Mrs Wyten

Year 4/5 Boys – Equal 7th Place

Team List
Coach: Mr A MabikafolaManager: Mrs C Boxall
Front Row (L to R)Back Row (L to R)
Linesman: Austin P
Ethan PLachlan S-C
Aydn M WJosiah H
Ruben GMackenzie C-H
Rick L(VC)Ethan G
Jordan EWilliam M (C)
Jethro CIlyas D
Jye TMarcus A


It was a privilege to coach these boys this year. The team comprised of players with varying degrees of experience, including players who had never played a competitive game to those who play weekly at club level. It was fantastic to see the players with experience share their knowledge and understanding of the game with their peers. Our captain, William and vice-captain Rick, did a fantastic job of leading their team mates, reflecting on games and giving meaningful feedback that led to improvement in the team’s performance throughout the day.  Each player made valuable contributions during the day and I am proud of the way that the boys conducted themselves and represented our school at the carnival.

Mr Mabikafola

Congratulations to...

Congratulations to Tiffany C who during the school holidays competed in the AASCF Cheerleading State Championships with her team and beat 7 other teams to become the overall winners in their division.

Tiffany is also involved in Pom, Jazz and Hip Hop dancing. Her Pom team recently also became State champions, while her Hip Hop team came third.

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October ELC 2020 Inductions
Tuesday 22nd October ELC Parent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 23rd October ELC Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 24th October Year 3 Sleepover
Thursday 24th October SACSA Volley Yr 6/7
Monday 28th to Friday 1st November ELC 2020 Inductions
Friday 1st November SACSA Netball Yr 4/5, 6/7
Monday 4th November ELC 2020 Inductions
Tuesday 5th November Mini Olympics
Tuesday 5th November ELC Parent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 6th November ELC Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 7th November Music Australia - Count Us In
Friday 8th November ELC Parent Teacher Interviews
  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, October 18 2019

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