Welcome to our final term of the year. I trust that you were able to enjoy a break from your normal routine, and are refreshed and ready for all that is to come. I had the privilege of participating in a round table discussion with the Minister of Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP, in Canberra on Monday. I was representing Independent Schools at a round table discussion providing Minister Clare with the opportunity to hear firsthand about the significant contributions Independent schooling makes for young Australians. We also were able to discuss some of the complex issues we are facing along with his priorities for education. This was a privileged opportunity to represent our school and to be a voice for our community.
At the end of last term, I was also able to finally visit our sister school in Sumatra Indonesia. Mr Dean Huntley was also able to attend and together we spent some time supporting, training, and connecting with the 40 teachers who are now working with over 700 students from ELC to Year 11. This school is in its 10th year and so seeing the changes and growth is always very encouraging. They have enjoyed being back face to face with students this year and are keen to keep learning and growing in their understanding of learning and schooling. Spending time with others face to face is so important. As we exit the restrictions of COVID and move into, "COVID normal", we are able to reconnect with one another once more.
I am very excited to let you know that we have organised an event for each year level to celebrate the year. We are calling these our “welcome back” events:
Our Receptions and Year 1’s will celebrate with a Christmas concert of Christmas carols in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC),
Year 2’s will host a Christmas Celebration in the PAC,
Year 3’s will host a poetry evening in our new nature playground,
Year 4’s will perform drama and share their arcade games in 2 locations,
Year 5’s will open their impact project businesses after school, and
Year 6’s will perform pieces of work from the year in the PAC and tour families through our 3-6 learning block.
These events will be organised by your class teachers, and they will give you the details and times along with any other information you will need. This will be a wonderful way to gather and reconnect after what has been one of our most challenging years. Most of these events are to be held in the afternoon between 3:30pm and 5pm and so it will be important that you plan ahead, as we would love for you to be there if you can. In planning these events, we have attempted to reduce the load for people and so have chosen to keep these events at times that will allow children to get home to their normal routines and not have late nights in this busy season. We are also taking care of our staff to ensure that we minimise illness which has certainly been a challenge this year. The Year 6 Graduation ceremony is our only evening event. Our Year 6 families have already received information with the details of this wonderful celebration of the end of their primary education journey.
Reception students have swimming lessons next week and our Bethany Choir has a concert for families. We have a Year 2 musical performance and Year 1 grandparents/special visitors day in week 3. In Week 4 our SRC (Student Representative Council) are planning a market day. Mini Olympics follows in week 5. As you can see, term 4 is full of numerous events and important ways that we reflect on our learning for the year. I would continue to encourage you to keep up bedtime routines to support your child to remain healthy and able to enjoy all that is to come this term.
I thank you for your support for our wonderful school and I look forward to seeing you at some of these events.
My sheep recognise my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
John 10: 27
Welcome back for term 4! I trust you all had a lovely school break and are ready for what is gearing up to be a jam-packed term!
Monday Morning Praise and Chapels
Our Monday Morning Praise (MMP) assembly is held at 10am on Monday. We have two Chapel assemblies; both are held on Wednesdays. The Primary Chapel (Years 3-6) is held 10.50am-11.30am and the Junior Primary Chapel (ELC-Year 2) is held 12.10pm-12.50pm. Parents and friends are most welcome to attend to our MMP and/or Chapels, but please be aware that during MMP, seating is limited. All visitors will need to sit in the mezzanine level in rows G-M as the first 6 rows will be taken up by our Year 4 and Year 6 classes.
During Chapel, we ask that all visitors please sit in the mezzanine level. If you have mobility issues, please speak to any of the teaching or admin staff in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the day you arrive and an alternative seating arrangement can be made for you. All prams can be ‘parked’ underneath the stairs in the PAC foyer. We are very excited to see you return to participating in our MMP and Chapels.
SAPOL ‘Think U Know’
We have been extremely fortunate to secure two sessions with SAPOL who will run an age appropriate Think U Know session for our Year 3-4s on November 15th, and Year 5-6s on November 22nd. The website for ‘Think U Know’ which contains information and resources can be located at https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/ . We would highly recommend that you talk to your child after they have done their session to hear about what they have learned and to reinforce the messages of online safety. According to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, only 50% of parents and caregivers regularly talk to their children about online safety. Our hope is that after hearing from SAPOL, we will all make it a priority to talk to our children on a regular basis about keeping safe online.
SRC Market Day
The Student Representative Council (SRC) launched their 2022 Market Day to the primary students this week in Chapel. Students in Years 3-6 are invited to take part in the SRC Market Day by planning and applying for a stall in the Market Day, being held on Thursday 10th of November. An application form can be collected from the Year 3-6 classroom teachers. All students from ELC – Year 6 will be welcome to come and purchase items from the student stall holders on Thursday 10th November. Items will be priced from 50c - $10. There is also an opportunity for students to use a ‘performance’ corner on the same day, so if they have a 3-4 minute dance or song they would like to share, they can apply for a timeslot. It was a tremendous success last year, and the SRC are thoroughly looking forward to another successful event this year.
In Terms 1 and 4, students are to wear their summer uniform. If the temperature is forecast to be a maximum temperature of 19˚C or cooler, students may wear their winter uniform. All the uniform requirements are located in your child’s diary on pages 13-15. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
I am looking forward to all the exciting events that are planned for term 4! I pray that you and your family have a fantastic first week back to school.
God bless you,
The 2023 Financial Commitment Form have been posted and you should have received them. As they are important for the Finance Team to plan for next year, we ask that you complete and return them by the due date which is Friday 4th November.
As we start the new term I am praying for health and wellness for our school community. I would like to thank all the parents/caregivers for the cooperation with the school in following the guidelines provided by the SA health related COVID-19. Below is a snap shot of Term four update by the SA health.
• If your child develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness, please: Obtain a PCR test. (You can find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic- click the link below:
• COVID-19 positive result- Notify the school about the positive result ASAP via email or phone for contact tracing purpose
• If your child tests positive for COVID-19, SA Health emphasizes the need for those who are ill to stay at home for at least 5 days or until symptoms resolve.
• keep your child at home until you receive confirmation that the test is negative and their symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
• If in doubt/not sure about making decision regarding the symptoms and testing please contact the school and the staff can help you
• If you are a Close contact who has spent a cumulative period of 4 hours indoors, in close physical proximity and not wearing a mask, with another adult who has tested positive for COVID-19 you need to undertake 5 rapid antigen tests over a 7-day period following exposure.
In Week 2 our Reception students will participate in swimming lessons.
I would like to remind you of the following;
• As usual the school will pack the medication that has already been provided to the school
• Please make sure to check your child’s hair for headlice before the swimming event
• If your child is not feeling well, please keep the child at home and notify the school
• As per the swimming centre policy, you must not swim for 2 weeks after gastro symptoms have ceased
• For more information about swimming centre policies please visit the below link: https://parafieldgardensswimschool.com.au/contact-us/our-policies
Open term four Schools_OSHC_ Placemat_TIQ_SETTINGS_FINAL_COPY_v21 (002).pdf (143.56 KB)
|Lexi K||Apajok A||Eknoor S||Amira S||Wynter D||Rebecca M||Abimbola A||Elijah R|
|Dylan P||Chelinda S||Isla F||Mitchell B||Parina S||Maddison G||Ana K|
|Hannah H||William H||Mason L||Emmanuel K||Liliah M||Joseph T||Alphie P||6T|
|Chelsea O||James L||Jemima M||Harrison M||Mohitha S L||Kingsley T||Helen O||Aiden N|
|Amelia F||Elise K||Tobiasz T||Andelazia L||Tyson S||Stella R||Riley B||Son D|
|Rory H||Daniel M||Mia C||Isaleli T F||Jacob N||Amelia H||Janak B||Matilda B|
|Isabelle D||Laila J H||Savannah D||Wayne T||Ethan H||Nina N||Tristan C||Layla B|
|Mila S||Devon S||Dani H||Sienna F||Emma M||Wade L||Tam G|
|Noah M R||Brandy L||Rhythm S||Sundre C||Olivia E||Magot-Magot Y|
|Calvin P||Sophie S||Kelly L||Charlotte B||Catherine T||Annika K|
|Isaiah H||Ebony L||Zac T||Aarav K||Vivia P|
|Tiana M||Chelsea B||Piol D||Soriya H||Aiden B|
|Alex C||Elijah W||Tyler M||Sienna M||Ann Lena B|
|Hannah V||Liam B||Diego T||Savannah K||Alistair B|
|Samuel M||Shayleen L||Ashmeen D|
|William W||Charlie S||Merry N||6W|
|William G||Joash S||Liam H||Steven L|
|Brodee S||Alyssa A||Jennifer H|
|Jessica S||Yanish G|
|Samantha C||Mitchell M|
|Achieu N||Matthew A|
|Shayla N||Saurabh B|
|Lucca M||Brooklyn S|
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 Friday September 23rd. 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 and having a turn on a jump castle.
The Sports Department would like to acknowledge and thank the following people for their contribution to the success of this day:
HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISER
Charlie Rossely | RHD | $424.49
2nd HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISER
Jack Mathes Nambu Hewage | 1D | $366.66
46 students contributed to our OVERALL FUNDRAISING TOTAL of
This year’s Mini Olympics (Reception - Year 2) is fast approaching! This is a great time for all the students to showcase their growing physical abilities.
The Mini Olympics will be held on the school’s oval on Friday 18th November (Week 5, Term 4).
More information will be updated on the Sports Events Page as we get closer to the event.
SACSA will soon be holding their annual Touch Football Carnival
SACSA Year 5|6 Carnival (Div 1) | Thursday 17th November | Week 5, Term 4
Students who would like to trial and are eligible please use the link to nominate
Year 5|6 Tryouts | BCS Oval | Separate Boys and Girls Teams
Monday | 17|10, 24|10 | Weeks 1 - 2, T4 | 3.30 - 4.30pm
Meet at the verandah by the oval at the beginning of tryouts.
Students enrolled into tryouts may pack their PE uniform to change into after school.
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
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.
|Sport||Team||Opponent||Coach's Pick||Match Result|
|Netball||U08 Wild Stars||Emerald|
|Netball||U10 Bright Stars||Roaring Tigers||Ira P||W||11||0|
|Netball||U12 Diamonds||Blue Cats||Parina S||L||4||9|
|Basketball||U08 Bulls||Heccies 8a||Ethaniel Y||W||20||5|
|Basketball||U10 Boomers||Glenunga 10||Charlie M||W||32||27|
|Basketball||U10 Warriors||Brooks Nuggets 10||Rory H||L||5||15|
|Basketball||U14 Mavericks||Brooks Sixers 12|
|Sport||Team||Opponent||Coach's Pick||Match Result|
|Netball||U08 Golden Stars||Kaleteeya||Forfeit|
|Netball||U10 Wild Stars||Kaleteeya||Forfeit|
|Netball||U10 Bright Stars||Renegades White||Annabel J||W||7||0|
|Netball||U12 Diamonds||Salisbury North Pink||Ann-Lena B||L||9||22|
|Monday 24th to Friday 28th October|| |
Swimming Lessons for Receptions
|Monday 24th October to Friday 4th November|| |
ELC Meet and Greets
|Tuesday 25th October|| |
SACSA Basketball Year 3 & 4
|Wednesday 26th October||BCS Choir Performance|
|Thursday 27th October||SACSA Basketball Year 5 & 6|
|Thursday 3rd November|| |
Year 6 Temple Transition
|Thursday 3rd November|| |
Year 2 Musical Performance
|Friday 4th November|| |
SACSA Table Tennis Yr 5/6
|Wednesday||8.15 to 10.30 am|
|Friday||8.15 to 10.30 am|
|2022 Term Dates|
|Term 1||Monday 14th February to Thursday 14th April|
|Term 2||Tuesday 3rd May to Friday 8th July|
|Term 3||Tuesday 26th July to Friday 30th September|
|Term 4||Monday 17th October to Wednesday 14th December|
|Year 3 - 6 Chapel||10.50 to 11.30 am|
|Reception to Year 2 Chapel||12.10 to 12.40 pm|
|ELC||Monday to Friday|
|RHan||Tuesday and Thursday|
|RHay||Monday and Friday|
|RK||Tuesday and Thursday|
|1TC||Thursday and Friday|
|1D||Thursday and Friday|
|1P||Thursday and Friday|
|2WS||Thursday and Friday|
|2R||Thursday and Friday|
|2Z||Thursday and Friday|
|3HR||Monday and Friday|
|3M||Monday and Thursday|
|3T||Tuesday and Friday|
|4G||Tuesday and Thursday|
|4PS||Monday and Wednesday|
|4W||Monday and Friday|
|5R||Wednesday and Friday|
|5K||Tuesday and Thursday|
|5T||Wednesday and Friday|
|6SC||Monday and Tuesday|
|6T||Tuesday and Thursday|
|6W||Wednesday and Friday|
Newsletter published: Thursday, October 20 2022< Back to newsletters