Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 3Term 12020

Year 6s participating in Active Service

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 3 Newsletter for Term 1, 2020. Our new building is functioning well and we are finding ways to use spaces and equipment differently as we deliberately share our space and resources. Our staff have worked very hard to ensure that we have a settled start and I really appreciate the wonderful committed teachers that we have here at Bethany. The Meet the Teacher Night last week was well attended and I received some very positive feedback from a number of parents about this event. We want to continue to work together with you and your child and do encourage you to stay in communication with your child’s class teacher throughout the year. 

Our Year 6 students have swimming lessons next week. Please return all appropriate paper work to ensure that your child is safe at swimming. These lessons are essential to help our children to know how to stay safe in the water. 

Our Year 5 students head off to camp on Wednesday 26th until Friday 28th February. They participate in a number of outdoor activities and I always hear wonderful feedback from our students on their return. I look forward to hearing the stories of students trying new things and learning that they can work with others to learn in a different way to their classroom. Camps provide excellent experiences to develop independence, resilience and collaboration which are all important skills for life.

Our Junior and Senior Athletics events are coming up on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of March. You will receive notices for your child that indicate which day they attend. These events are held at school and involve a range of athletic opportunities. You are welcome to attend these events with more information about how to sign in and sign out while you are on site for the day to follow.

Our Reception students continue to have their Wednesday rest days for the first 5 weeks of the year. Week 6 has a Monday public holiday which gives them a four day week which will  help with their transition to full time school. 

Autumn Fair is our largest fundraiser event for Bethany Christian School that is held every second year. It is on Saturday 21st March between 10am-2pm. We have large rides, food stalls, school and community stalls, an art show, show bags, sideshow alley and performances. It will be fun for the whole family and we encourage you to put the date in your diary, invite your friends and family, and come along to enjoy the day with us. If you are still considering a stall, please contact the front office for an application form. We are looking forward to enjoying the day with you.

I pray that you have a lovely weekend.

God bless

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans  5: 5

We are excited to announce that our new Bethany Christian School Mobile App is live!

Some of the features are:

  • School communication and notifications
  • Online permission for excursions and sporting events
  • Absentees reporting
  • School calendar
  • Links to the uniform shop/canteen and newsletters

Parents and caregivers have been emailed their setup details for the App, if you have not received the email yet please check your junk mail first and then call the office to make sure they have your latest email details.

We hope you enjoy using the App!

Deputy's Corner

It has been a delightful start to 2020!  The students have settled back into school routine and it has been terrific to see everyone enjoying being at school.


As part of our Establishment Phase to set the routines and systems within each class, we will be looking at our school uniform.

At Bethany Christian School, we value students and learning. To ensure our school maintains a high standard of respect and value for others, self, and learning, and a culture of attitude of excellence, the school has a set uniform. The uniform is designed to support student needs and learning while demonstrating respect, building character while inspiring greatness across the school and the wider community. It is our belief that;

  • School uniforms create equality. When students have dressed alike, that unhealthy competitive feeling about who looks best is eliminated. Studies have shown that school uniforms decrease peer pressure and bullying. This is because students are all wearing the same outfit. It doesn’t matter if they come from high- or low-income homes. No one stands out in the type of clothing they are wearing.
  • School uniforms promote learning. It is so much easier to concentrate and focus on important things in the classroom. Students don’t need to look around and see who is fashionable and who is not. They don’t have fun and catchy clothes to comment on and look at. One less distraction from their learning.
  • School uniforms instil school pride and unity. When wearing uniforms, students often feel more “important” since they belong to a group.  Uniforms give a sense of belonging, and a code of conduct is imposed on the student. Uniforms foster community spirit. When students wear uniforms, they feel more professional and behave accordingly.
  • School uniforms make it easier to get ready for school. No more worrying about what to wear! Students can quickly put on their uniforms and get to school on time. Time can be better utilized for other activities rather than choosing out what outfit will look best. One of the best reasons for school uniforms? No more arguing about what to wear in the morning!
  • School uniforms tend to help students be more diligent. They tend to be better behaved, better students and a school uniform provides students feelings of trust and belonging.
  • School uniforms provide a sense of identity and community. It is said that when the entire student body is dressed in uniforms, they have a strong team mentality.
  • School uniforms create economics for their parents. At the beginning of the school year, you are only purchasing school uniforms. Uniforms are sturdy and designed to stand up to repeated washings. Parents find that they only need to buy a new set of school uniforms which saves money on trying to purchase the latest trends and fashions.

Hair styles

Hair styles are very much a part of our uniform. For girls, hair must be neat and tidy. If their hair is longer than shoulder length it must be completely tied up. Hair ties must match the uniform, so on PE days, red, white or black ribbons and hair accessories are acceptable. On non-PE days, white and blue are acceptable. Hair colouring is permissible, however the colour/streaks must be of a natural hair colour (not a drastic contrast to their original colour).

For boys, the hair must be neat and tidy. Hair length is not to be below the top of the collar or shorter than a number 2. The hair style cannot have shaved designs/patterns into the hair, and no disconnections (undercuts). Hair colouring is permissible, however the colour/streaks must be of a natural hair colour (not a drastic contrast to their original colour).  

  • No disconnections/undercuts
  • No shaved designs
  • If a boy’s hair is so long it needs to be tied back, it’s too long.
  • Hair must be tied back if longer than the collar.

Celebrate school holidays with different hair styles!  Save the decorative, highly coloured and long hair for long school holidays so that it has a chance to get back to school approved hair by the time you return to school! 


All students may wear one plain analogue or digital wristwatch.

Girls may wear one single pair of plain stud or sleeper earrings, but may not wear any make up or nail polish, or false/acrylic nails. No other jewellery is acceptable (ie. Necklaces, bracelets, rings etc.).

Boys are not to wear any jewellery, including earrings.

If your son or daughter has multiple piercings and you do not wish the piercings to close over due to not wearing their earrings, we are happy for them to wear spacers of the same size as a stud to maintain the piercing. 

Jewellery poses too much risk of loss, damage, theft and even injury when playing. Keep the precious items at home and wear when you are not at school.

For all the Uniform requirements, please refer to the Student Diary on pages 13-15. 

Thank you for helping us by supporting our uniform policy. 

I wish you and your families a fantastic week!

God bless you,

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal


Autumn Fair

Welcome back to school! What a great year we have in store for you.

To kick things off this term, we have our fabulous biennial Autumn Fair on Saturday, 21st March. Staff and parents are working tirelessly behind the scenes to create a fantastic family event that involves our whole community. Our line-up so far includes: games, rides, stalls, performances, food and more! Please mark the date in your diary and plan to come along. You won’t want to miss it!

As well as attending the Fair, we would love to invite you to be a part of the team who are creating this event. We’d love your support, whether that be on the actual day or in the lead up to the event. Invitations are now open to be involved in a number of ways.

As a volunteer, you may like to:

  • serve on a stall
  • welcome families as they arrive
  • help set up/pack down
  • assist with performance groups
  • laminate and put up posters
  • join a team to drop off letterbox flyers
  • clear tables and wash dishes
  • any other practical ideas you may have…

If you’d like to volunteer some time, we’d love to hear from you.

Bronnie Lyrtzis 8283 0000 or

As a business owner, hobbyist, or performer etc, you may like to:

  • apply to host a community stall
  • apply to perform at the fair

We welcome products, services and performances that are safe, legal and family friendly. Please note, we will consider all applications with seriousness and care, framing our approval on products or services that are unique, affordable and of good quality. If you’d like to apply to have a stall or perform at the fair, we’d love to hear from you. Please collect an application form from the Front Office or request that one be sent to you via email.

See you at the Fair!

Bronnie Lyrtzis

Autumn Fair Coordinator

Adult English Classes

You are invited to our Adult English Classes

When: Monday 2:00-3:00 pm

Where: BASE Church Training Centre (Located in the front corner of the school grounds and carpark)

Classes run during school term.  

These lessons are free of charge.

We hope to have many conversations, develop English literacy skills and be involved in our BCS community.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Juliet Schultz

We would like to thank Tony, Frank and the team at Hollywood Fresh for this year’s weekly contribution of fresh fruit and veg.

The fruit and veg donated will go towards;

  • Classroom Brain Snacks
  • Breakfast Club
  • Free Fruit for Students at the Student Desk
  • Families in need

We believe strongly in connecting and supporting local businesses. With a wide range of delicious fresh food, you can’t go past Hollywood Fresh.

Pop in and see them today!

Community News

Weekly Basketball


Open _Weekly_Flyer_Basketball.pdf (1.33 MB)

Kenyabelieve It

My name is Anette and I work in Administration here at Bethany. Last year my husband and I had the privilege of travelling to Kenya to see our friends get married in a traditional Kenyan wedding. After travelling through Kenya, our eyes were opened to the severe poverty that a large number of these people live in. I felt so strongly about the injustice of the situation these people were in that I couldn’t see it, leave, and do nothing about it. My husband and I decided that we wanted to do something practical to help these beautiful people. After conversing with our friend on what would be the best way to start helping, we developed a plan to build toilets and a septic system on their property. Access to a working western toilet in this village is non-existent. As such, the facilities built on this property would be available for the whole village to use. We then began to think of a way to raise the money to start this project. We decided that we are going to do a can and bottle drive!

If you would like to help us in achieving our goal we will be collecting bottles and cans at Bethany this term. There will be a grey bin outside the administration area near the JP playground exit. If you have cans and bottles that you aren’t going to recycle, please bring them to school and place them in this bin! All of the money raised will go directly to building the first western toilet in small village in Homer Bay County, Kenya!

Park Run Carisbrooke

What is Carisbrooke parkrun?

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 8:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Carisbrooke Park, Main Nth Road, Salisbury Plain 5109. 

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Carisbrooke parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers - email to help.

Sports News

Weekly Sports Results


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 BlazersSt AggiesDylan K Oscar E16 . 6
U10 BucksAFCBC DynamiteJeremy S Levi M23 . 12
U10 RaptorsKings HotshotsJude C Steven L18 . 18
U12 RocketsBlitz LasersJadon W Rodante P49 . 15
U8 Bright StarsRenegades PupsAnnabel J Ariana D0 . 17


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 BlazersBye
U10 BucksWynn Vale WarriorsLevi M Maxx S30 . 13
U10 RaptorsHighbury JetsSaurabh B Armstrong H25 . 9
U12 RocketsKings CobrasAustyn M Jadon W33 . 32
NetballU8 Bright StarsKaleteeyaEmily P Zakir S1 . 8

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event

Monday 24th to Friday 28th February

Year 6 Swimming Lessons

Wednesday 26th February

Reception Rest Day

Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th February

Year 5 Camp

Monday 2nd March

School Tour

Wednesday 4th March

Reception Rest Day

Thursday 5th March

Senior Athletics Day

Friday 6th March

Junior Athletics Day

Monday 9th March

Adelaide Cup Day Public Holiday

Thursday 19th March

SACSA 5/6 Table Tennis

Saturday 21st March

Autumn Fair
2020 Term Dates
Term 1Term 2
Monday 3rd February to Thursday 9th AprilTuesday 28th April to 3rd July
Term 3Term 4
Tuesday 21st July to 25th SeptemberMonday 12th October to Wednesday 9th December

Uniform Shop Times

Monday8.00 to 11.00 am
Wednesday1.15 to 4.15 pm
Friday8.00 to 11.00 am

Chapel Times

Primary Chapel (Years 3 - 6)

10.50 to 11.30 am on Wednesdays

Junior Primary Chapel (Reception - Year 2)

12.10 to 12.50 pm on Wednesdays

Monday Morning Praise

Whole school worship

10 - 10.30 am Monday mornings

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 Friday
RHWednesday and Friday
RHWTuesday and Wednesday
1CWednesday and Friday
1DTuesday and Friday
1PTuesday and Wednesday
2HSMonday and Thursday
2RMonday and Thursday
2ZTuesday and Thursday
3LMonday and Thursday
3KMonday and Thursday
3TMonday and Thursday
4GMonday and Friday
4PMonday and Friday
4WMonday and Friday
5RTuesday and Friday
5STuesday and Friday
5TTuesday and Friday
6SMonday and Wednesday
6TMonday and Wednesday
6WMonday and Wednesday

Newsletter published: Friday, February 21 2020

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