Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 3Term 12024

Some of the winners from last week's Cross Country

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 3 newsletter. We held our Primary Cross Country last Friday where students from Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 ran a 1, 2, or 3 km track. The day was a lot of fun and very well organised by our Sports Department. The winners of the day were Meshach (red). It was great to have so many families cheering them on and we are grateful for the weather that day. In two weeks, Friday 8th March, we will hold our Primary Athletics day on both ovals here at Bethany. This is always a fun day to gather and see our students do their best and show their strengths. We also love seeing students choosing to celebrate the strengths of others and cheer on their friends. Our Sports Department will provide more information to our Year 3, 4, 5, & 6 families closer to the day. This will include any requirements for visitors on the day.

Thank you for being a part of our Meet the Teacher Evening last week which included helpful information allowing us to partner with you as we help children to discover their identity and purpose through learning in 2024.

Our Reception students have two more Wednesday rest days. They are settling well into school routines and learning what it means to concentrate all day. We are very proud of their progress and appreciate your support in maintaining bedtime routines. There are a number of illnesses circulating through schools at the moment, and so I would encourage all families to think about bedtimes, healthy eating and finding times of rest and fun.

Staff and students are currently designing an opportunity to celebrate Easter later this term. We will give you dates and details as soon as we can, to invite you to come along and enjoy “New Life, exploring the joy in Easter”. We are working hard to co-create with students to help them to grow and learn with us and we are excited to share this with you.

 We do finish school at 12:10pm on Thursday 28th March which is the day before the Easter long weekend. We then return to school on Tuesday 2nd April and finish the term on Friday 12th April. Parent teacher interviews are to be held on Thursday 4th April and Tuesday 9th April. We included a calendar in our previous newsletter for your information.

I hope that you are managing to stay cool in this weather and that you will enjoy a fun and restful weekend.

Wendy Matear


Deputy's Corner

Welcome to week 3 of term 1. The year has started extremely well. The students have been so engaged during our Monday Morning Praise assemblies and our Chapel services. It was so great to see so many attend our Meet the Teacher Evening. I hope you enjoyed meeting your child’s teacher and looking at their classroom for 2024.

Thank you to everyone who is demonstrating patient and careful use of our neighbouring roads and car parks. Your effort to keep our students safe while coming to school and leaving from school is greatly appreciated.

We would like to remind everyone about the importance of enforcing the correct wearing of seatbelts when transporting children to and from school. Drivers who fail to ensure their passengers are wearing their seatbelts correctly face fines and the loss of demerit points. Please take the time to read the attached SAPOL fact sheets which outline the laws around seatbelts and booster seats.

For further information about the road rules, seatbelts and child restraints, please go to .



Open SAPOL-Road-Safety-Topic-2-Passenger-Safety-TIPS.pdf (874.81 KB)

Managing Meltdowns

We would like to invite you to "Managing Meltdowns". We have been able to access funding to provide 4 free sessions for this workshop. We have a qualified Occupational Therapist running these sessions straight after pick up on Wednesdays from 3.15pm to 4.00pm. It is for parents and children together. If you are interested, please see the flyer in the Community Section of this newsletter for more information. You and your child are welcome to come along. 

The dates for the workshops are:

Wednesday March 13th

Wednesday March 20th

Wednesday March 27th

Wednesday April 3rd


I wish you and your families a terrific weekend.

God bless you,


Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal



Health Care

Camp Medication 

The Year 5 students are having their camp in Week 8, Monday 25th March to Wednesday 27th March. The school will pack the medication that has been provided. However, if your child is on any regular medication that needs to be administered in the evening, night or morning, please provide the medication along with a doctor’s note by Monday, Week 6. All medications including over the counter medication/herbal medications need to have a doctor’s note, as per the school policy. If the medication is not provided by Week 6 the child may not be able to attend Camp.

Medication Policy at School

•    If your child needs to be on any medication at school, please provide the school with the required medication along with the current management plan 
•    Medication can only be administered with a doctor’s prescription and with a Management Plan
•    All student medical management plans are updated annually
•    All medications need to be labelled and provided to the school office by the parent/caregiver along with a doctor’s authorisation letter/plan at the beginning of the year
•    Out-of-date medicines will not be administered
•    Please ensure medications are given to a member of staff for safe storage
•    Students are not allowed to keep any medication in their bags including over the counter medication
•    More information can be found on our website

God bless you,

Priya Wilson

School Nurse

Community News

Hope Hampers

Circle of Security Workshop

Sports News

BCS Athletics | Yr 3 - 6

Bethany Christian School’s Inter-House Athletics Carnival is fast approaching and will be held on:

Friday 8th March  |  Week 5, Term 1 (with Friday 15th March as the back up date)

Shadarch, Meshach and Abednego will again go head to head to see which house can tally the most points to win the House Shield, so make sure you are there!

Depending upon the year they were born in they will be in the following age group:

  • 2016 |  8 Year Olds
  • 2015 |  9 Year Olds
  • 2014 |  10 Year Olds
  • 2013 |  11 Year Olds
  • 2012 |  12 Year Olds

While giving everyone a chance to participate, we use this as a guide to help select our SAPSASA and SACSA Athletics squads, so those students who wish to be selected will need to try their best at this event.

Once again we will be using the web based program ReadyGo to administer our Athletics Day, so please use the link below to find the program.

A guest code (to access the information) will be sent to parents closer to the event, there is no need to register for an account.

More information will be updated on the Sports Events Page as we get closer to the event.

Sports Events Page


BCS Cross Country Report

On a warm summer morning we held our annual Cross-Country Event on Friday the 16th of February. Depending upon their age, all students showed a great attitude as they either walked or ran various distances of 1, 2 or 3kms.

Congratulations to Meshach who were House Champions for 2024!

Thank you must go to the helpers who made this day possible!

Mr Hannaford, Mrs Clifford, Mr Grieger, Mr Peterson, Miss Taylor, Josiah Wyten, Mrs Curtis, Mr Mabikafola, Mrs Schultz, Mrs Sarah Wilson, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Hall, Mr Huntley, Mr Wyten, Mr Carr and Mr Nottle who made the day run smoothly and helped students enjoy the event.

Thank you to all the class teachers who also help arrange the students ready for marshalling!

Placings | Gold, Silver and Bronze

Congratulations to our place getters in each of the age-gender races.

8 Year OldsGirlsHarper FGrace SNicole H
BoysIsaac FElijah T-F and Spencer SOliver P
9 Year OldsGirlsElla SZara MHarriet B
BoysBior A-ROscar MHunter R
10 Year OldsGirlsElise BOlivia E and Aivy PAshiwei A
BoysAshton SNathaniel MRiley W
11 Year OldsGirlsSkye MEmily DNiang M T
BoysEthan LJensen BNoah P
12 Year OldsGirlsSophie SApajok AJemima M
BoysNhial M-YDion PMatthew G

House Points

Congratulations to Meshach who were House Champions!

Meshach 766

Photos taken by Jamelia A, Aaron N, Calvin P, Kelly L, Matthew G, Skye L, Brandy L and Dylan K.

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 10|02

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Shooting StarsBethany Golden StarsJacob B NS
NetballU08 Golden StarsBethany Shooting StarsMarina BNS
NetballU10 Wild StarsAngles U10Gabrielle V W90
NetballU10 Bright StarsBlue AngelsEmily DL25
BasketballU08 BallersBrooks Bulldogs 8Mason OL531
BasketballU08 CelticsWings RavensSimar GL220
BasketballU10 LakersSFX MagicTravis GL1214
BasketballU10 BullsLab 46 10bJaxon CW300
BasketballU10 WarriorsShooting Stars 12aRush KW1715
BasketballU12 BoomersNE LakersRiley WL1835
BasketballU12 HornetsBearcats AirOscar EL1831

Saturday 17|02

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Shooting StarsLightning Blitz 1Abbie GNS
NetballU08 Golden StarsGem Pink SapphiresNS
NetballU10 Wild StarsHurricanes WhiteW81
NetballU10 Bright StarsBulldogsAnnabel JL423
BasketballU08 BallersWings CometsLachlan M L411
BasketballU08 Celtics76ers Blue JetsIsabelle DL411
BasketballU10 LakersBearcats BythonsMicah-Malachi FL1119
BasketballU10 Bulls-----
BasketballU10 Warriors76ers CheetahsDion SL2232
BasketballU12 Boomers76ers RaidersElijah CL2729
BasketballU12 HornetsStingrays MantaIsaleli TL1440

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Wednesday 28th FebruaryReception Rest Day
Tuesday 5th MarchSACSA Swimming
Wednesday 6th MarchReception Rest Day
Friday 8th MarchBCS Athletics Day (Yr 3 - 6)
Monday 11th MarchAdelaide Cup Day - Public Holiday
Wednesday 13th MarchNAPLAN
Thursday 14th MarchNAPLAN
Thursday 14th MarchReception Reading Workshop
Friday 15th MarchNAPLAN
Monday 25th MarchYear 5 Camp
Tuesday 26th MarchYear 5 Camp
Wednesday 27th MarchYear 5 Camp

Uniform Shop Opening Times

Wednesday8.15 to 10.30 am
Friday8.15 to 10.30 am

Chapel Times

Reception to Year 2Wednesday 12.10pm to 12.50pm
Year 3 to 6Wednesday 10.50am to 11.30am

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RHAYTuesday and Friday
RHANTuesday and Thursday
RTBWednesday and Friday
1GTuesday and Thursday
1PMWednesday and Friday
1RWednesday and Thursday
2DMWednesday and Thursday
2WMWednesday and Friday
2ZTuesday and Friday
3HRTuesday and Friday
3MMonday and Thursday
3NWednesday and Friday
4GTMonday and Friday
4KTuesday and Wednesday
4WMonday and Thursday
5MMonday and Thursday
5RTWednesday and Friday
5TTuesday and Friday
6SCTuesday and Wednesday
6TMonday and Thursday
6WTuesday and Friday

School Terms 2024

Term 1Monday 5th February to Friday 12th April
Term 2Tuesday 30th April to Friday 5th July
Term 3Tuesday 23rd July to Friday 27th September
Term 4Monday 14th October to Wednesday 11th 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

Newsletter published: Friday, February 23 2024

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