Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 3Term 42022

VEX IQ Robotics Competition at Pedare Christian College

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 3 newsletter for Term 4. We have already begun to enjoy seeing you at a variety of events with our choir concert last week and our Year 2 musical performances and Year 1 Grandparents’ Day this week. I always enjoy seeing our children performing or sharing their unique interests and strengths with people who care about them.

As I mentioned last time in our newsletter our teachers have been planning ways for you to come in for Welcome Back events. We look forward to seeing you and we hope that you can enjoy some of these opportunities. We also understand that you are balancing busy schedules and we appreciate you may or may not be available. We thank you for your understanding as we find ways to reconnect while keeping the health and wellbeing in mind for staff, students, and families. We have included an updated calendar of events to help you with your planning.

On Monday the 31st of October, six of our students from the Bethany IQ Club went to Pedare Christian College to compete in the South Australian VEX IQ robotics competition for the first time. 34 teams went in total, many having competed in previous competitions. The “Bethany Robotics” team went to experience the competition, see other students’ robots and programming and to do their best to score some points. To their surprise: they made it into the top 5 ranking teams for two different competitions (skills and competitive) and won the Judges Award – receiving the trophy for their perseverance and excellent efforts. The students are excited to further develop their robot and learning as they continue to compete in future events. We congratulate the IQ Club team and are grateful to those staff who volunteer to provide such a wonderful learning experience.

Our SRC are hosting a market day on Thursday 10th November. Last year we were able to hold our first market day in response to students request to share their entrepreneurial work with others and so we are excited to have this opportunity again in 2022.

Our Mini Olympics is planned for Friday 18th November weather permitting. This is always a wonderful event, and we are excited that parents are once again able to enjoy it with us after two years of adjusted involvement.

The last term of the year is always full of wonderful opportunities to learn and celebrate and we thank you for your support in keeping up healthy routines. I am reminded of our memory verse this week which is about perseverance from Galatians 6:9 it says, “so let’s not get tired of doing good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.

Galatians 6:9


Deputy's Corner

Welcome to week 3! I feel that this term has gotten off to a flying start with some really great events having already begun, such as the Year 2 Musical.
Next week, on Thursday 10th of November, the Student Representative Council (SRC) are holding the Market Day. They have had tremendous interest shown in the Market Day with 44 students nominating their businesses for the Market Day. The SRC are now busily coordinating the tables and map for the Market Day. Parents are most welcome to attend the lunch time event, however the SRC respectfully ask that parents allow the students to run their own stalls, as this was the purpose of the activity. The SRCs along with Year 5 student volunteers will be rostered on to support students running businesses, in particular the younger participants, as they handle money and the sale of the products. It will be an extremely busy lunch time, but it will be a very positive and energizing event.

Transition, change and managing anxiety
For many, term 4 is a really exciting term full of enjoyable activities and celebration of the year that they’ve almost finished. However, for others, the end of the year brings much anxiety and uncertainty for the next year. For these people, the prospect of changing classes or schools, moving up a year, or moving into a new classroom brings a sense of dread and anxiety.

Anxiety, broadly speaking, is the worry of a potential situation which may seem threatening or scary. Some people then focus on the signs of potential threats which makes them become more anxious. Students who are very fearful of a test, for example, will focus so much on what might happen that anxiety takes over their entire headspace.

Some people may be aware of feeling anxious. Some will not understand that the feelings they’re experiencing are anxiety, and may misread it as feeling unwell, feeling sad or feeling angry. Avoiding the symptoms and situations which cause anxiety may seem like a great short-term relief, but what results is a lowered ability to face future anxiety. This results in the anxious person becoming less confident to cope with the next stressful situation, and sometimes this can lead to long lasting effects. Beyond Blue (2022) remind parents that the goal for most children is not to have anxiety completely eliminated, but to give them the strategies to manage their anxiety so that it does not interfere with them being able to enjoy life.

By addressing situations of anxiety whether it is an upcoming camp, starting at a new school, changing classes, important tests, even perhaps swimming if a student feels less confident around water, it is important as it can help a student to break the cycle of anxiety. By acknowledging the feelings of anxiety, the student can be supported to help them take gradual steps to safely and successfully overcome the feeling of fear. Encouraging the child to identify what is making them feel anxious and helping them to change negative thinking into positive thinking, by being fully informed of what might be coming up and ensuring that their experience will be a successful one, will help them become much more confident. You can seek support from your child’s teacher to help ensure that their experience will be safe and positive. Challenge the negative thoughts with more balanced thoughts to reduce the experience of anxiety. This point is also valid if the fear is around their class in 2023. Our teaching staff take a great deal of time and care, deliberating about which class your child would be best suited for, because we want to set every child up for success. If you are concerned, please take some time to speak to your child’s current teacher.

Some tips from Beyond Blue (2022) are:
1. Start by slowing down: Encourage your child to take some slow, deep breaths to calm the physical effects of anxiety. Practice together by breathing in for three seconds, holding for three seconds, then out for three. Once they're feeling a bit calmer, you can talk through what's worrying them.
2. Make time to worry: Setting aside some designated time to deal with worries can stop anxious thoughts from taking over. Try creating a daily ritual called ‘worry time’, and encourage children to draw or write down whatever’s bothering them. You can make the activity a bit more fun by decorating a ‘worry box’ or building a ‘worry wall’ out of post-its. When the time is up – after 10 to 15 minutes – shut the worries up in the box or tear them off the wall and say goodbye to them for the day.
3. Climb that ladder: Instead of skirting the scary situation, you could try a technique called ‘laddering’ – breaking down worries into manageable chunks and gradually working towards a goal.
Let’s say your child is afraid of water and swimming. Instead of avoiding the pool, create some mini-goals to build their confidence. Start out by just sitting and watching other kids swimming. As they feel more comfortable get them to try dangling their legs in the water, then standing in the shallow end, and so on.
4. Encourage positive thinking: Kids with anxiety often get stuck on the worst-case scenario or 'what ifs' in any situation. You can help them shift these thinking patterns by:
•    reminding them of times they've dealt with similar issues in the past and how things worked out OK
•    helping them to challenge the scary thought with facts and evidence. For example, we know that crocodiles can't survive under our bed
•    make a plan for how they'll respond if things don't go as they'd like.
5. Have a go: Anxious kids often worry about making mistakes or not having things perfect. This can lead to them avoiding situations or activities – they’d rather sit out than get it wrong. Emphasise giving new things a try and having fun over whether something’s a success or failure.
6. Model helpful coping: Don’t just tell your child how to overcome emotions – show them. When you get anxious or stressed, verbalise how you’re coping with the situation: “This looks a bit scary, but I’ll give it a go.” And hey, you might even knock off one of your own fears.
7. Help your child take charge: Think about what you can do to make your child feel like they have some control over the scary situation. For example, if your child gets anxious about intruders, make shutting and locking their bedroom window part of their night-time responsibilities.
8. Be upfront about scary stuff: Lots of kids have worries about death, war, terrorism or things they see on the news. This is all really normal. Talk through their fears and answer any questions truthfully. Don’t sugar-coat the facts – try and explain what’s happening in a way that puts their fears in perspective. 
9. Be BRAVE: Check out BRAVE – a free online program to help kids cope with worries and anxiety. There’s a tailored version for younger kids (8-12), one for teens (12-17) and an accompanying program for parents.
10. And finally, check your own behaviour: Kids pick up all sorts of signals from the adults in their lives, so have a think about the messages you’re sending. Over-protective family members can inadvertently reinforce children’s fears that the world is a dangerous place where everything can hurt you. Similarly, parents who ‘over-help’ are subconsciously telling their kids that they can’t do anything without adult support.

If you’re prone to ‘helicoptering’, try taking a step back and waiting next time before you jump in. It can be hard seeing your child distressed, but figuring things out for themselves is an important step in building resilience. 

If you are concerned that your child is struggling with anxiety, please make contact with their teacher or make an appointment to speak to one of our school counsellors, Monday – Friday.

I wish you and your families a fabulous week ahead, and may the weather be warmer for the weekend!

God bless you,

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal



2023 Financial Commitment Forms

The 2023 Financial Commitment Form have been posted and you should have received them. As they are important for the Finance Team to plan for next year, we ask that you complete and return them by the due date which is Friday 4th November.

Health Care

Thank you for being vigilant in following the school's policy in relation to communicable diseases. Please remember:

•    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)
•    If your child develops any symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell/taste, muscle/joint pains, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting or extreme tiredness, please: Obtain a PCR test (You can find your nearest COVID-19 testing clinic- click the link below

At the beginning of this term we sent a Medical Update Form to be filled out and returned to school in preparation for 2023. If you haven’t returned the form already please return it to the school via your child’s red folder by Friday week 4 (11th November).

Kind regards,

Priya Wilson
School Nurse



Circle of Security

Premier's Reading Challenge

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Premier's Be Active Challenge

Elsie HEmily PDanielle YGeorgia BArjun S-LCooper JEli C
Anna CElouise NKody NPippa AAshton SEmma R
Levi DElise BTuyet MHannah PEtta-Hope S
Isabelle DHylas CXyrille LGabriel SGabby V-H
Angela AChristopher HLottie MNathaniel M
Liliana NGuransh DBlake B
Isaac DDim N
Aivy PAlana T
Rory HAleesha BSophie SChelsea BDiego TElijah RAnn Lena B
Dani H
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Emmanuel K

Community News


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 18th November (Week 5, Term 4).

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

Representative Sports | Basketball Report

3|4 Boys GOLD  |  No Ladder

CoachMr Tothill
Team ScorerM Olley
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Levi CDylan K
Noah PKhonreich C
Elijah WMitchell B
Connor TSamuel M
Callum O
Assistant CoachZac T

The Year 3 and 4 team had an excellent day out at the SACSA Basketball Carnival last Tuesday. The boys started off the tournament nervously, but by the end of the game, they had discovered their groove and confidence. They just missed out on the win in that first game but won the next three. Our last game was a loss to a rather impressive defensive and offensive team. I was incredibly impressed with the boys’ attitudes towards their opposition and the referees, despite some great frustrations. They held their heads high, played with focus, passion, and diligence, whilst demonstrating excellent sportsmanship

Mr Tothill

3|4 Boys SILVER  |  No Ladder

CoachMr Hannaford
Team ScorerJ Curtis
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Ethan LRory H
David OSamuel D
Jensen BEli C
Charlie McLiam A
Adam J

It was a great day of learning basketball, and life lessons, for the silver team. There were glimpses of great teamwork and sportsmanship that if they are continued to be fostered will serve them well into the future. I'm looking forward to seeing this growth in the team at next year's carnival.

Mr Hannaford

3|4 Girls | No Ladder

CoachMr Richardson
Team ScorerN Henderson
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Loria CArizona G
Aleesha BJemima M
Sophie SJamelia A
Chloe HAnnabel J
Emily DAmelia F

It was such an enjoyable day for Year 3/4 girls’ team. Even though most of the girls hadn't played before, they showed great enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. The girls played better as the day went on and finished the day with 2 good wins. Well done girls, I hope you enjoyed the day!

Mr Richardson

5|6 Boys  |  6th

CoachMr Hannaford
Team ScorerN Henderson
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Elijah YRossi C
Jude CJacob K
Zac TElijah R
Brayden HLucca M
Lucas H

The boys were a pleasure to coach. After having only a few trainings they played well throughout the day, showing glimpses of the magic teamwork which helped them win games.

Well done boys!

Mr Hannaford

5|6 Girls GOLD   |  7th

CoachMr Taylor
Team ScorerT Van Dyk
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Vivia PMakenzie M
Demi MJayda M
Alicia NKiara H
Sienna MDemiah S

Well done girls on a great effort. They tried hard all day and with each game both their teamwork and game play improved. At the end of the day the girls won 3 and lost 3. You should be proud of yourselves

Mr Taylor

5|6 Girls GOLD | 11th

CoachMr Richardson
Team ScorerS Strikwerda
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Mackenzie WWynter D
Chloe JJayelah A
Sienna FAnn Lena B
Stella RTylah-Shae A
Lily IOlivia F

The Yr 5/6 Bethany Silver team had such an enjoyable day! The girls showed outstanding enthusiasm and support towards each other all day. The excitable girls loved seeing the improvement and finished the day with a great win. Well done girls, you were a delight to coach!

Mr Richardson

Swimming Tryouts

SAPSASA and SACSA will be holding their annual Swimming Meets in Term 1. Students who would like to trial, and are eligible please use the link to nominate.

Below are the expected dates for the Swimming Meets:

SAPSASA Para District Swim Meet [10 - 12 year olds] - Date TBC

Location - TBC

SACSA Swim Meet [11 - 12 year olds] on Tuesday 7th March 2023

Adelaide Aquadic Centre, Cnr Fitzroy Tce & Jeffcott Rd, North Adelaide

Swim Tryouts will be held on:

Tuesday Mornings at Parafield Gardens Swim School, Crn Kings and Martian Rd
22|11, 29|11, 6|11  |  Weeks 6, 7, and 8 of Term 4
7:00 - 8:00am

Students will need to be born in (2013 - 10 Yr Olds | 2012 - 11 Yr Olds | 2011 - 12 Yr Olds) to register for next years swimming carnival.


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 22|10

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsSalisbury North Hawks GreenHarlow JNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsRoaring TigersGabrielle VL16
NetballU10 Bright StarsHurriancesEmily SW71
NetballU12 DiamondsKaleteeyaImigen WL119
BasketballU10 BullsSFX DunkersOliver PW2212
BasketballU10 BoomersForfeit (Opposition)
BasketballU10 WarriorsKings JetsDion SL413
BasketballU12 HornetsKings EaglesWayne TL416
BasketballU14 MavericksAnkle BreakersTylah-Shae SL446

Saturday 29|10

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsHurricanesCatalia BNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsHurricanesZoey GL119
NetballU10 Bright StarsMawson Lakes GemsIsabella BW221
NetballU12 DiamondsTurquoiseChelsea HW220
BasketballU10 BullsBearcats SteamBlake HW2115
BasketballU10 BoomersWings BombersJon NW1310
BasketballU10 WarriorsHope Valley Heat 10aLiam AL1017
BasketballU12 HornetsKings RaptorsOscar EL720
BasketballU14 MavericksLab46 14GVivia PL558

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Friday 4th November

SACSA Table Tennis Yr 5/6

Friday 4th November

Year 1 Grandparent's Day

Wednesday 9th November

Reception Open Afternoon

Thursday 10th November

SRC Market Day

Monday 14th November

Online School Tour

Tuesday 15th November

ELC/Reception 2023 Transition

Tuesday 15th November

SAPOL Presentation to Year 3 & 4

Wednesday 16th November

Welcome Back Event Year 6s - Year 6 Showcase - 1.45 - 2.45pm

Thursday 17th November

ELC/Reception 2023 Transition

Thursday 17th November

SACSA Touch Football Yr 5/6

Friday 18th November

Mini Olympics

Monday 21st November

Welcome Back Event for Year 3s - The Poet's Picnic - 3.30 - 5pm

Wednesday 30th November

Welcome Back Event for Year 5s - Impact Project - 3.00 - 4.30pm

Wednesday 7th December

Welcome Back Event for Year 2s - Family Christmas Celebration 3.30 - 5pm

Thursday 8th December

Welcome Back Event for Year 4s - Game-a-Drama 3.30 - 5.30pm

Friday 9th December

Welcome Back Event for Receptions and Year 1s - Christmas Carols 3.30 - 5pm

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

Chapel Times

Year 3 - 6 Chapel10.50 to 11.30 am
Reception to Year 2 Chapel12.10 to 12.40 pm

PE Timetable

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
6SCMonday and Tuesday
6TTuesday and Thursday
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

Newsletter published: Thursday, November 3 2022

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