Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 3Term 32023

Our Year 6 students collaborating during NAIDOC Week activities.

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 3 Newsletter. Last week classes were able to share their learning from NAIDOC week with different year levels throughout the school. I have asked our RAP team to share with you some of the wonderful experiences that were shared. We also hosted some special guests who shared with our primary students their knowledge and skills to build upon this learning through the Kaurna language and understanding the connection between art and story.

Our 2022 Yearbook has been sent off to the printers at the end of last week and we are excited to share with you the memories from last year.

Mini Olympics is coming up on Friday 1st September. This is always a day of fun, and we are so glad that we can invite you to come along to watch and cheer on our students. We will notify you of any sign in process, the program and all the relevant details from the Sports Department. We do encourage you to check your Bethany app and your email for more information closer to the event.

I would also like to remind you that we have a pupil free day for Show Day on Friday 8th September. If your family is planning to visit the Royal Adelaide Show during a weekday, we ask you to use this day to avoid multiple absences over those ten days. Temple Christian College also have the same Show Day, and OSHC will be available for booking on this day.

We received information from the Salisbury Council about some additional signs they will be placing around schools in an attempt to improve school parking. I would encourage you to look at this information which is included in this newsletter. We appreciate your cooperation in following the road and parking rules, as the responsibility for safety belongs to the whole community. Thank you for your help with this important part of school life.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,


Wendy Matear


This Week's Memory Verse

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Ephesians 6:1

Deputy's Corner

NAIDOC Learning & Sharing 

After time spent learning during NAIDOC week, students partnered with other students in the school to share their knowledge and appreciation for First Nations peoples and cultures. Students from ELC to Year 6 participated in a wide range of collaborations and activities throughout this week of sharing. It was so encouraging and inspiring to see the students engage with their learning on a deeper level as they also connected with others.

  • ELC – teaching others to sing “heads, shoulders, knees and toes” in Kaurna.
  • Reception – investigating how the colours and shapes on the Aboriginal Flag have meaning and significance.
  • Year 1 – looking at how animals have unique footprints that can be used to follow and find them.
  • Year 2 – talking about the story behind their collaborative artwork of the Rainbow Serpent.
  • Year 3 – sharing Indigenous inspired artwork that incorporated nature and reflected the story of their family.
  • Year 4 – writing a song to teach others to sing the numbers 1-10 in Kaurna, displaying Indigenous inspired echo-art and leading younger students on an animal footprint tracking adventure.
  • Year 5 – articulating how the elders in their lives have helped them grow and how this inspires them to leave behind positive footprints for others to follow.
  • Year 6 – creating collaborative artworks and an articulate perspective-poem, as well as hosting student-led workshops around a campfire to teach others about a range of interesting topics including how Indigenous peoples cared for country by allowing food harvesting areas to regenerate before returning to them for more food.

Additionally, students in Year 3 & 5 participated in an Aboriginal Art incursion with Pat Caruso. Pat is a proud Eastern Arrernte man, business owner and sought-after indigenous artist who creates individual pieces with paint and in digital form. 

"I thought the Aboriginal Art morning with Mr Caruso was amazing – I learnt how some of his family was taken away when they were a child as part of the Stolen Generation and how he designed the guernsey for the Crows Indigenous round. I learnt more about how we draw Aboriginal symbols, and that one symbol can mean lots of things." Georgia B.

Students in Year 4 & 6 participated in a separate Karuna language workshop with Jack Buckskin. Jack is a proud Kaurna, Narungga and Wirangu man who has spent his life learning and teaching Kaurna language and culture.

"In Jack’s workshop, we learnt some Kaurna words in a fun, exciting way. We learned how to ask questions about other people and how to introduce ourselves (“Ngai Nuri Sienna”). We also learnt a bit about Jack and his family who are Kaurna people. Thank you, Jack, we really appreciate what you taught us and loved hearing about you and your family."  Sienna F. 


Health Care

No Lunch Policy Reminder
Bethany Christian School recognises that nutrition is a critical part of health and development in a child’s life. Better nutrition is related to child’s physical and mental health improvement and stronger immune systems. Healthy children learn better and students with adequate nutrition are more productive. Therefore, our school endeavours to provide efficient and effective interventions to enhance the wellbeing of our students.

Sandwich Bar
•    If students forget their recess or lunch, a sandwich will be provided rather than parents being called - this will be executed by the Wellbeing Team. 
•    Parents are welcome to notify the school via phone or email ( in the morning should you require a sandwich for your child.
•    We encourage students to visit the Sandwich Bar rather than parents dropping off food for them.
•    If the child has consumed all their recess and lunch at recess, despite sound management from the teacher, the student will be provided with a sandwich.
•    Notes are sent home each day via email to inform the parents/caregivers. 

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the school office on 8283 0000.

Thank You

Priya Wilson
School nurse
Wellbeing Team

The NED Show

The NED Show is coming this Friday, 11th August!

NED's Mindset Mission is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. The show will be held in the Performing Arts Centre at 2pm. Parents are welcome to attend but we ask that you sit in the balcony section of the PAC.

The yo yos will be available for purchasing from Monday 14th to Friday 18th August only. The Student Order Form will be sent home on Friday with your child. Please return the order form along with payment in a sealed envelope or zip locked bag. The yo yos will be sent home with your child.


Support Our Year 5 Businesses! - Week 4

Year 5 businesses are on again!

As a part of our HASS unit, our Year 5 students have been learning about the various components of businesses. They have the opportunity to develop their own business idea and try to turn it in to a reality! Their hard working profits will go towards their chosen charity.

After spending weeks developing their business model, presenting their idea, trialling their product and working through feedback, they are finally ready to begin!

Businesses will be open Monday to Friday under the veranda in front of the staff room during Week 4 (next week).
The stalls include: hamburgers, sausage in bread, pancakes, milkshakes, spiders, jelly, ice cream sundaes, brownies, popcorn, s’mores, fruit skewers, toasted marshmallows and games to play! Items range from $1 - $4. All stalls are cash only.

A lot of time and effort has gone in to these businesses, so thank you for supporting our students as they learn and develop valuable life skills through this experience.

Mr Kempster, Mr Richardson, Mr Tothill, Mr Taylor 


Book Week 2023

This year Book Week will be held in Week 5 of this term (Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August). More information will be sent home soon.

Father's Day Stall

Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge.

Sophia AKim Kim DChelinda S
Krishna B
Pearl B3MO5RT
Eliza BTiffany CSavannah D
Keira CGeorgia BAngela L
Elaina CZoey GAndelazia L
Brian CWilliam NAleesha B
Esther DGurman S
Alexis H4GTEmmanuel K
Eden HMillie FIsaiah H
Ronaldo L
Abraham M-T4W6W
Ava MSophie-Lee NMohitha S-L
Savannah MDionysius S
Ava NAlma B-I
Mason NTheodore T
Clinton PAdam F
Siena PRute B
Jason PKezia M-T
Sophia PNhu T
Rachel R-LMichael I
Charlie R
Jabari S
Kaylee V
Eleanor W

Premier's Be Active Challenge

Elise PHannah PAmali T
Amelia CMadelyn N

Community News


Northern Districts Little Athletics Club

Playford Tennis Centre

Sports News


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 1st September (Week 6, Term 3).

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

Sports Events Page

Basic Brew Coffee Van will be available at our Mini Olympics day for the purchase of refreshments from 8am – 12.50pm.

Please note that nut alternative milks and products will not be available due to our No-Nut Policy.

Ready Go Website

Ready Go Website

Representative Sports | Tryouts

SACSA AFL Football Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual AFL Carnival

SACSA Year 3|4 Carnival  |  Wednesday 13th September |  Week 8, Term 3

SACSA Year 5|6 Carnival  |  Friday 15th September |  Week 8, Term 3

Students who would like to trial, and are eligible please use the link to nominate

Year 3|4 Tryouts  |  TCC Oval  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Thursdays (Lunchtime)  | 03|08, 10|08  |  Weeks 2 & 3, Term 3

Year 5|6 Tryouts  |  TCC Oval  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Wednesdays (Lunchtime) | 02|08, 09|08  |  Weeks 2 & 3, Term 3

Meet at the Sports Department by the oval at the beginning of tryouts.

Students enrolled into tryouts may wear their PE uniform to 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 29|07

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsByeByeNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsRenegades TealGabrielle VL312
NetballU10 Bright StarsSalisbury North GreenAlma BW73
BasketballU08 BallersBethany CelticsLevi DL010
BasketballU08 CelticsBethany BallersBenjamin FW100
BasketballU08 Lakers76ers JetsDaniel DL820
BasketballU10 BullsKings SharksJordan DW2110
BasketballU10 WarriorsHope Valley Heat 10bLiam AW2414
BasketballU12 Boomers76ers VikingsCooper JD2020
BasketballU12 HornetsKings RaptorsL1720

Saturday 05|08

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsGem Pink SapphireEmma NW52
NetballU10 Wild StarsSalisbury North PinkGiuliana GW97
NetballU10 Bright StarsAngels U10Hannah HW86
BasketballU08 BallersHeccies 8bNash PD44
BasketballU08 CelticsTyndale EaglesAmelia AL016
BasketballU08 LakersKings LakersBlake HD1010
BasketballU10 BullsBrooks Crawdads 10Deng AD1818
BasketballU10 WarriorsBrooks Celtics 10Rory HL1824
BasketballU12 BoomersHope Valley Heat 12dJon NW4221
BasketballU12 Hornets76ers RocketsJake BL1147

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Friday 11th AugustSAPSASA Athletics
Friday 11th AugustThe NED Show 2 - 2.45pm
Monday 14th to Friday 18th AugustYear 5 Businesses
Monday 21st to Friday 25th AugustBook Week
Tuesday 22nd AugustSACSA Netball Year 3/4
Wednesday 23rd AugustSACSA Netball Year 5/6
Thursday 31st AugustFather's Day Stall
Friday 1st SeptemberFather's Day Stall
Friday 1st SeptemberMini Olympics
Friday 8th SeptemberPupil Free Day - Show Day
Monday 11th September to Friday 22nd SeptemberBook Fair

Uniform Shop Opening Times

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

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RHDWednesday and Thursday
RHTuesday and Thursday
RMTuesday and Thursday
1DTuesday and Wednesday
1PWednesday and Thursday
1TCWednesday and Thursday
2RTuesday and Thursday
2WCTuesday and Wednesday
2ZTuesday and Wednesday
3HRMonday and Thursday
3METuesday and Wednesday
3MOTuesday and Friday
4GTMonday and Friday
4NLTuesday and Friday
4WMonday and Friday
5KMonday and Friday
5RTTuesday and Wednesday
5TTuesday and Thursday
6SCTuesday and Wednesday
6TTuesday and Friday
6WMonday and Thursday

School Terms 2023

Term 1Monday 6th February to Friday 14th April
Term 2Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 7th July
Term 3Tuesday 25th July to Friday 29th September
Term 4Monday 16th October to Wednesday 13th 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: Thursday, August 10 2023

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