Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 1Term 42022

A photo of the Canberra meeting and some photos from Hope School.

From the Principal

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.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

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

John 10: 27

Deputy's Corner

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 . 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. 

Summer Uniform

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,

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal



2023 Financial Commitment Forms

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.

Health Care

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:


kind regards,

Priya Wilson

School Nurse


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Circle of Security

Premier's Reading Challenge

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Community News


Salisbury West Cricket Club

Royal Life Saving SA Holiday Swim Program

Sports News

BCS Events

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 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:

  • Mr Grieger for support in making the launch and Jump Off Day such a success.
  • 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 sponsoring the students and all your encouragement. We raised a great amount in 2022 for the Heart Foundation.


Charlie Rossely  |  RHD  |  $424.49


Jack Mathes Nambu Hewage  |  1D  |  $366.66

46 students contributed to our OVERALL FUNDRAISING TOTAL of


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Mini Olympics | Rec - Year 2

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.

Representative Sports | Tryouts

SACSA Touch Football Team Tryouts

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.

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 24|09

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Wild StarsEmerald
NetballU10 Bright StarsRoaring TigersIra PW110
NetballU12 DiamondsBlue CatsParina SL49
BasketballU08 BullsHeccies 8aEthaniel YW205
BasketballU10 BoomersGlenunga 10Charlie MW3227
BasketballU10 WarriorsBrooks Nuggets 10Rory HL515
BasketballU14 MavericksBrooks Sixers 12

Saturday 15|10

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsKaleteeyaForfeit
NetballU10 Wild StarsKaleteeyaForfeit
NetballU10 Bright StarsRenegades WhiteAnnabel JW70
NetballU12 DiamondsSalisbury North PinkAnn-Lena BL922

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
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

Uniform Shop Opening Times

Wednesday8.15 to 10.30 am
Friday8.15 to 10.30 am
2022 Term Dates
Term 1Monday 14th February to Thursday 14th April
Term 2Tuesday 3rd May to Friday 8th July
Term 3Tuesday 26th July to Friday 30th September
Term 4Monday 17th October to Wednesday 14th December

Chapel Times

Year 3 - 6 Chapel10.50 to 11.30 am
Reception to Year 2 Chapel12.10 to 12.40 pm

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RHanTuesday and Thursday
RHayMonday and Friday
RKTuesday and Thursday
1TCThursday and Friday
1DThursday and Friday
1PThursday and Friday
2WSThursday and Friday
2RThursday and Friday
2ZThursday and Friday
3HRMonday and Friday
3MMonday and Thursday
3TTuesday and Friday
4GTuesday and Thursday
4PSMonday and Wednesday
4WMonday and Friday
5RWednesday and Friday
5KTuesday and Thursday
5TWednesday and Friday
6SCMonday and Tuesday
6TTuesday and Thursday
6WWednesday and Friday

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, October 20 2022

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