Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School

Newsletter

Week 3Term 22022

Our Mother's Day stall was a huge success - thank you to everyone who supported it.

From the Principal

Welcome to our newsletter for Week 3 of Term 2. To all our Mums, we hope you had a wonderful day. We really appreciate you.

Recently I experienced first-hand the effects of COVID-19 and am very glad to have recovered.  The effects of this virus continue to interrupt our school and I am very grateful for the team of staff we have that choose to serve and support and ensure that your children keep learning as we work together.  The health of our community is very important, and we will keep following health advice.  You would have received a letter which let you know that our school was asked to provide a vaccination hub for those of you who would like to access vaccination for yourself or your children as well as for others in the community including Temple Christian College.  The hub will be held on our pupil free day, June 10th, and so if you are interested, you simply come to the school where you will be directed by SA Health staff.  If you are not interested, or you have already accessed another site, there is no pressure for you at attend.  The hub will then be open on the Saturday for others in the community and once again managed by SA Health staff.  Thank you for respecting the varied individual views that people hold regarding this issue.  I am grateful to belong to a diverse community that has learned to respect our differences and genuinely love our neighbours.  We do look forward to the day that the virus is no longer impacting our lives in a significant way.

We have started to join some groups together this week with our Junior Primary and Primary chapels.  Pastor Jen Strikwerda has been providing us with support as our Chaplain and she has been doing a fabulous job of encouraging our students online each week. I would like to thank Mr Aaron Mabikafola who has continued to provide online content each week for our students to ensure that we maintained these important community-building aspects of our school.  These events have been greatly missed and we look forward to gathering again.  

Our nature play space is almost ready for children to access.  We are in the final stages and hope to open the space throughout next week.  This space includes a range of features that allow for creative and active play.  We will introduce the space and explore together its safe use before opening it up for recess and lunch.  We are also very excited to begin to use our backyard project that is at the rear of our 3-6 Learning Block.  The Year 4’s enjoyed using it for their modified camp last week and it proved to be a wonderful space for them.  We have included some photographs for you and look forward to showing you through this new space.  It was wonderful to hear that the students in Year 4 and Year 6 were able to enjoy a range of extra experiences and that we did not need to cancel those enjoyable activities.  I hope you enjoy the stories we are sharing of these experiences.

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School Photo Day is on Thursday 2nd June and we ask that all students wear the blue winter uniform on that day (no PE uniform).  Please check pages 13-14 in the student diary to clarify any uniform questions that you may have. Our friendly uniform staff are also available on Wednesday and Friday mornings 8.15 am to 10.30am each week.

Friday June 10th is a Pupil Free day, this is the beginning of the June long weekend and OSHC will be available.  I hope that you can use this time to rest and spend time with your family.

Once again, I would like to thank you for your support and the way that you invest in to the lives of your children.  We are grateful for the privilege of partnering with you to see children discover who they are and what they have been made to do. May you know God’s blessing in your family.


God bless,


Wendy Matear

Principal

Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Romans 5: 1

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to Week 3! Congratulations to our Year 4s and 6s who completed their very successful modified camps.  Everyone had a fantastic time!  As winter creeps slowly closer, it has become noticeably cooler.  Unfortunately, with the progression into cooler weather, colds and flu also follow.  We want to keep our students safe and healthy, especially with COVID-19 still about.  Thank you for reminding your children to wear their jumpers, even when they don’t want to.  The Year 6 students have now received their commemorative Year 6 Jumpers, and the jumpers look great! Thank you also for reminding your children to ‘catch their sneezes’ and to wash their hands.  It is so great that we are able to work as a team, reinforcing the healthy messages being taught at home and at school, to ensure that our children stay healthy.

You may have seen on the news this week that the South Australian Government have approached 40 schools in the metropolitan and regional areas to host a vaccination hub in the coming months.   Bethany Christian School was one of the schools selected by SA Health to be a COVID-19 vaccination hub to help eligible people get vaccinated. The hub will be available for our students, staff, families and the wider community. 

This is an opportunity for you and your child/ren to be vaccinated if you would like to but have not yet had the opportunity. The clinic will also be offering booster vaccinations to adults and the second vaccination for children who are yet to receive theirs. 

All students aged 5 and over and their families are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Students can only be vaccinated with a parent or legal guardian present. Consent to be vaccinated must be provided by the parent or legal guardian to the vaccination provider on the day. The consent form is quick and easy to do online via a QR code. Paper consent forms will also be available. 

A weekend community clinic will also be held at our hub. Students and family members, including from other surrounding schools, can attend.  The vaccination team will deliver the first dose of the vaccine and return later to deliver the second dose for eligible children.  

The vaccination hub at our school will be open Friday 10 June & Saturday 11 June and Friday 12 August & Saturday 13 August.

The clinic will be open from 12.00pm to 5.00pm on Friday for students and their families and 10.00am to 4.00pm Saturday for the general community. 

The South Australian Government and SA Health strongly believe that being vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and our community. Should you wish to access more information about the COVID-19 vaccination program, please see the letter to parents from Professor Nicola Spurrier and frequently asked questions on the Department for Education website.  

Countess Street Concern

Thank you to everyone who has been using the rear 'Kiss ‘n’ Drop' and the front Turning Circle well.  We would like to remind everyone that parking on Countess Street is not permitted, as it causes congestion to the flow of traffic, prevents a clear line of sight for safe driving and is extremely dangerous to our students who are using the road.

Please use the Temple Christian School driveway entrance correctly, by turning right into the car park from Countess Street. Choose to be courteous and share the road.  Help us keep our children safe.

Your support in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Our brand-new Nature Play area is certainly coming along, and it won’t be too much longer before the students will be able to access the area for play.  I have included the Nature Play SA ’25 Things to do in Winter’ checklist for your convenience. 

I wish you and your family well, and hope you all manage to stay healthy in the coming weeks.

God bless you,

 

Deb Clifford

Deputy Principal

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Highlights

School Photos

Our school photo day is Thursday 2nd June. Please take time to read the relevant information on the MSP payment envelopes and remember these helpful points:

  • Don't seal the envelopes inside each other - you can pay for all children in one envelope, however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day
  • Use the Shootkey on your envelope to order online
  • Family photos are available at the front office
  • Please enclose correct money as no change is given - cash, cheques and money orders only. Credit card payments can be made online. 
  • All Bethany students will wear the blue winter uniform. No PE uniforms are to be worn on the day.

Please feel free to visit our web site www.msp.com.au

For photo enquiries please call 8132 1148 or email: enquiries.adl@msp.com.au

 

Year 4 Excursion

There comes a time in every person’s life where it is time for Year 4 camp. And for our Year 4 students here at Bethany that time was the 12-13th of May. They were excited and raring to go on what would be a great time of fun, learning and relationship building.

The sun was shining on the Thursday and we were off to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens where students were led in an Aboriginal plant trail by Trent Hill. Trent taught students about traditional Kaurna culture and how to work with the land. Students got a buzz from him creating fire and his knowledge of many of the native plants in the garden. At the gardens we also played group games and went on a scavenger hunt.

After our time at the gardens we made our way to the North Adelaide Aquatic Centre for a swim, a slide and an ice-cream. This was followed up with dinner together in the school’s new outdoor kitchen and a movie. Unfortunately there was no sleep over this year but it was still a great night of community.

In the morning, the smell of pancakes wafted through the air as the Year 4 students returned to school to have breakfast together. Mr Ardy Nottle led us in a devotion which was a special time for our Year 4s as he talked about what Jesus has done in his life. 

We followed this up with painting boomerangs, building wardlis (shelters) and then flying boomerangs in the afternoon. It was another fantastic camp. 

A special thank you to Mrs Zechner, Mr Nottle, Mr Josiah Wyten, Mr Graetz, Mr Haywood, Mr Crowley and Miss Evitts who helped out on camp this year.

We look forward to doing again.

The Year 4 Team

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Year 6 Camp

During Week 2 the Year 6s had an incredible 3 Day ‘camp’ put on by Mylor Baptist Adventure Camp. 

One of the highlights was playing archery tag (similar to paint ball but with bows and arrows that had foam ends) on Wednesday at school. This was followed by a packed two day excursion up to Mylor. The students conquered their fears on the giant swing, learnt to work as a team building rafts and bridges, and flew through the air on the flying fox. 

The focus over the three days was very much about team building and encouragement. We saw some really promising leadership develop within the Year 6s and were amazed at what the students could achieve when they put their minds to it. 

The Year 6 Team

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Community News

Playgroup

Sports News

Weekly Sports

Basketball

Reception – Year 6

(must already be 5 years old)

Bethany Christian School offers a Weekly Basketball program.

This is a user pay program staffed by approved volunteer coaches

  • There are two seasons per year:
  • Winter Season | Terms Two and Three
  • Summer Season | Terms Four and Term One of the following year
  • Age Groups as follows:
    • Under 8s mixed
    • Under 10s mixed
    • U12 Boys | U12 Girls
  • Games played across various locations during school terms, generally at:
    • Golden Grove Recreation Centre
    • Burragah Recreation Centre
    • Turramurra Recreation Centre
  • Trainings held at BCS after school during the week and are compulsory.

Netball

Reception – Year 6

(must already be 5 years old)

Bethany Christian School offers a Weekly Netball program.

This is a user pay program staffed by approved volunteer coaches

  • There are two seasons per year:
    • Semester One Season | Terms One and Two
    • Semester Two Season | Terms Three and Four
  • Age Groups as follows:
    • Under 8s mixed
    • Under 10s mixed
    • Under 12s mixed
  • Games played during school terms at:
  • The Gardens Recreation Centre
  • Games are played on Saturday mornings
  • Trainings held at BCS after school during the week and are compulsory

Weekly Sports Results

Saturday 07|05

SportGradeTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08Wild StarsBye
NetballU10Bright StarsRoaring TigersAmelia FW81
NetballU12DiamondsSNNC HawksAchieu NL202
BasketballU08BullsKings TigersBlake HW84
BasketballU10BoomersSFX RocketsLiam AD1212
BasketballU10Hornets76ers SwoopersConnor TL819
BasketballU12CelticsTyndale HawksKhonreich CL2637
BasketballU12MavericksCedar NewKiara HL626

Saturday 14|05

SportGradeTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08Wild StarsMini AnglesAmelia JW106
NetballU10Bright StarsMawson Lakes GemsIsabella BW70
NetballU12DiamondsBulldogs BElin BL222
BasketballU08BullsHope Valley Heat 8AJaxon CW128
BasketballU10BoomersBrooks Pirates EElijah CW239
BasketballU10HornetsHope Valley 12CJake BL340
BasketballU12CelticsLab 46 - 12bJoash SL3034
BasketballU12Mavericks

2022 Cross Country Championships

After trying several reschedules we were able to hold our annual Cross-Country Championships on Friday 8th April. It was a fantastic day for the students to compete at their various distances (1, 2 or 3km). With many of them showing a great attitude as they either walked or ran.

Thank you must go to the helpers who made this day possible! Mrs Clifford, Mr Brooks, Mr Peterson, Mrs Curtis, Mr Mabikafola, Mr Richardson, Mrs Shultz, Mrs Lawton, Mr Huntley, Mrs Villanueva and Mrs Wyten all made the day run smoothly, and helped students enjoy the day.

Thank you to all the class teachers who also help arrange the students ready for Marshalling!
Final House Points for the day were as follows:

Shadrach757
Meshach728
Abednego534
1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
8 Year OldsGirlsAshiwei AAriana DCharlie L
BoysAdam JBeau D-STatum P
9 Year OldsGirlsSkye MEmily DArizona G
BoysEthan LLiam AHarrison Mc
10 Year OldsGirlsLiliah MApajok ASophie S
BoysNhial M-YMatthew GMason L
11 Year OldsGirlsStella RJessica SVivia P
BoysJude CElijah YBrayden H
12 Year OldsGirlsChloe JMicaela GLlana S
BoysOrian PMitchell MJudah M

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Thursday 26th May Vision Screening - Receptions
Monday 30th May Online School Tour
Tuesday 31st May SACSA Cross Country
Tuesday 31st May Reception Incursion
Thursday 2nd June School Photos
Friday 3rd June Reception Excursion to Hahndorf farm
Tuesday 7th June SACSA Year 3/4 Soccer
Wednesday 8th June SACSA Year 5/6 Soccer
Friday 10th June Pupil Free Day
Monday 13th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

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

PE Timetable

ClassDays
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
6SCWednesday and Friday
6TWednesday and Friday
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
E. office@bethany.sa.edu.au

Important Dates

Date Event
Thursday 26th May Vision Screening - Receptions
Monday 30th May Online School Tour
Tuesday 31st May SACSA Cross Country
Tuesday 31st May Reception Incursion
Thursday 2nd June School Photos
Friday 3rd June Reception Excursion to Hahndorf farm
Tuesday 7th June SACSA Year 3/4 Soccer
Wednesday 8th June SACSA Year 5/6 Soccer
Friday 10th June Pupil Free Day
Monday 13th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

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

PE Timetable

ClassDays
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
6SCWednesday and Friday
6TWednesday and Friday
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
E. office@bethany.sa.edu.au

Newsletter published: Thursday, May 19 2022

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