Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School

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Week 3Term 12021

Some Year 5s with their buddy class

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 3 Newsletter. We have had a very settled start with many of our staff noticing how well students have engaged in the start of year at school. In walking through classrooms, a number of students did discuss that they were quite tired and so I would encourage you to consider how to have regular early bedtimes to keep your child healthy, refreshed and ready for their learning each day. 

It was wonderful to see our Cross Country event last Friday with our Year 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 students running around a track to raise money but also to build their fitness. It was a very pleasant temperature last Friday and it was great to see the positive attitudes students showed as they participated and cheered each other on. It was also lovely to have a more normal feeling event with parents able to come along and cheer with us.

We have our Senior and Junior Athletics Days coming up in Week 5. These include students from Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. The students are organised according to their age to allow for future participation in combined athletics events. We will give you specific information about which day your child will be participating and all of the other details you will need. We will also let you know how parents can come along to watch these days. We will ensure that there are parent spaces that allow you to come along and watch your child in safe outside spaces where you can maintain the 1.5m distance. This means that you will only need to scan the SA Gov QR code and masks will not be required.

Thank you so much for your diligence with scanning each time you come on site and for being prepared with a mask if you are entering. This really helps us to remain accessible before and after school. We also thank you for your patience as you drop off and pick up children at those peak times. It really helps when everyone adheres to the road rules and behaves in a courteous way.

We will soon begin our enrolment interview for Reception 2023 and so if you have younger siblings in the family, please remember to let us know via the office to ensure that you don’t miss out. We also ask that if you have changed a telephone number, emergency contact number or address that you update this either through the office or using the Bethany app. Last newsletter we gave some detailed instructions regarding how to download and set up the app so please look back or make contact with us for help.

We also want to thank you for creating your account for school fees. Most families have now done this and I am sure you can see the benefit of having access to your own account and keeping track of where you are up to with your payments. If you would like help with this, please contact the Finance Department who are very happy to support you through this set up process.

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Meet the Teacher Night. It was wonderful to see parents connecting with teachers and hearing how some of those general expectations will work for 2021. 

Our Year 5 students head off to camp next week at Illawonga. It is a riverside venue with many outdoor experiences that students enjoy each year. I look forward to hearing from those students on their return and sharing some highlights with you.

I pray that you have a restful weekend as the weather cools down.

 

God bless,

Wendy Matear
Principal

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to Week 3 of Term 1. It has been a wonderful start to 2021 so far, and it has been terrific to see all our students slip back into a school routine so well.

Sleep

The weather has certainly warmed up over the past few weeks, and combined with the return to school, it’s important to help our children get sufficient sleep so that they can thrive each day. The recommended amount of sleep required for a 6-13 year old is between 9-11 hours. Having a regular routine at home is immensely helpful when helping our children to go to bed and actually fall asleep at a reasonable time so that they get the full amount of sleep required. I’ve included a short section taken from Headspace’s, “Sleep and Young People: Putting the Myths to Bed”. If you want to read the full article, you can access it at https://headspace.org.au/assets/download-cards/HSP032-MythBuster-Sleep-and-Young-People-RGB-FA04.pdf .

Traffic Update

Thanks to everyone for continuing to keep our children safe when driving around the school site. The City of Salisbury Council Parking Inspectors have been in communication with Bethany Christian School. They have asked us to remind drivers to familiarize themselves with the road rules and road signs in the area as the inspectors will once again resume their patrols of school sites.

Please remember to observe the ‘Entrance’ and ‘Exit’ signs on our school site. The roundabout on Byron Bay Drive is the ‘Exit’ to the back car park. Drivers using it as an entrance risk causing an accident with those following the road rules and exiting correctly from the school site. Your support in following the road rules and using our car parks responsibly will help keep our students safe.

I wish you all a fabulous week!

God bless you,

Deb Clifford

Highlights

Health Care

Welcome to Week 3

It is wonderful to see how the students are settling in. Some of the things to remember…

  • Camp Medication - The school will pack the medication that has been provided to the school. However, if your child is on any regular medication that needs to be administered in the evening or in the morning, please provide the medication along with a doctor’s note on the day before camp starts (23/2/2021). All medications including over the counter medication/herbal medications need to have a doctor’s note.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhoea - Prevention is better than cure. As you know there is an increase in number of gastroenteritis cases around Australia recently. As a school we recommend to exclude the student from school until no diarrhoea or vomiting for 24-48 hours. We are encouraging everyone to make sure they wash their hands thoroughly with soap and running water after going to the toilet, before eating or preparing food, changing nappies or having contact with someone who is unwell while they are at school and at home. (visit our website for factsheet)
  • COVID update - If you have recently travelled interstate and have been to the hotspots as per the Government information (See https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid-19/testing+and+tracing/contact+tracing/contact+tracing ). Contact the school and speak to me if you have any concerns. We can assist you in making decisions in regards to your child’s schooling.
  • Common Cold - if your child is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms such as sneezing, blocked nose, runny nose and no fever. It is best to give some rest and see how they go. Sometimes all they need is a half to one day of extra rest for their body to heal and for them to feel better (to know more visit our website factsheet)
  • Medication - I would like to remind you again that if your child suffers from any medical condition and needs medication to be administered at school, provide the school with the appropriate medication (with in expiry date) along with the management plan
  • Website update - We have updated our Care Room Information page on the school website with the health topics which help you to obtain information based on SA Health recommendation. www.bethany.sa.edu.au/for-parents/careroom-information 

 Thank you for all your support to maintain a healthy environment.

I pray that you will have a wonderful weekend.

God bless you,

Priya Wilson

School Nurse

Circle of Security Parenting Workshop

Enrolments

Sibling Priority for 2023

If your child is due to start Reception with us here at Bethany Christian School in 2023 and you have not heard from our Enrolment Officer, please ensure you call the school to secure your child’s position.

Interviews to fill our 2023 Reception classes will commence in May and a secured position may not be available after this time.

Withdrawal Policy

Should you decide to transfer your children to another school, then the school requires written notification one term in advance of the withdrawal of the children. This enables the school to plan ahead with possible enrolments to replace the children. If written notification is not given, then one term’s fees will be charged.

Community News

Sports News

Auskick

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Weekly Fitness Club

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Weekly Basketball

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Weekly Sports Results

Matches Week Ending: 06/02/2021

 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU10 BlazersAFCBC Rockets Khonreich C Isaleli T24 . 14
U12 RaptorsBlitz 12BElijah Y Levi S20 . 6
U12 LakersHighbury Heat Levi M Brayden H30 . 8
NetballU 8 Bright StarsRenegade CubsAriana D Annabel JNot scored

Matches Week Ending: 13/02/2021

 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU10 BlazersSFX Magic Elijah W Levi C25 . 3
U12 RaptorsAFCBC SonicsCasey H Joash S14 . 32
U12 LakersHope Valley Heat Jacob K Elijah R34 . 14
NetballU 8 Bright StarsBlaze Alma B Emily PNot scored

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 15th to Friday 19th February School Dental Visit
Wednesday 17th February Reception Rest Day
Wednesday 24th February Reception Rest Day
Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th February Year 5 Camp
Monday 1st March Online School Tour
Wednesday 3rd March Reception Rest Day
Thursday 4th March Senior Athletics Day
Friday 5th March Junior Athletics Day
2021 Term Dates  
Term 1 Monday 1st February to Friday 9th April
Term 2 Wednesday 28th April to Friday 2nd July
Term 3 Tuesday 20th July to Friday 24th September
Term 4 Monday 11th October to Wednesday 8th 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
E. office@bethany.sa.edu.au

Newsletter published: Thursday, February 18 2021

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