Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 12020

Some photos from the Year 5 camp

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 5 Newsletter for Term 1. We held our first school tour for families that are wanting to attend Bethany in the future. Some of our Year 6 students helped to tour these families and I am always very impressed with the confidence and kindness that these students show. Our school has extensive waiting lists with over 60 families missing out on Reception positions for 2021. We are beginning the interview process for 2022 so if you are a current family in the school and have not received an Enrolment Pack for your 2022 Reception child, please contact Bronnie Lyrtzis through the front office. 

Our Autumn Fair is only two weeks away and it is turning out to be an amazing array of rides, stalls, carnival food, face painting, lawn games, sideshow alley, an Air Force protected mobility vehicle, art exhibition and more. Here are some of the names of some of our stalls that will be selling their products on the day. Onceboard, J+J Cookies, ENV Slime Factory, Katerina Pretty Candles & Bathbombs, With Sass & Grace, Moojoo, Nutrimetics, Kenyabelieve It, Sew-phia's Stitch'n Creations, The Succulent Cave, Doodlebug/Paint'n'Twist Entertainment, Finished with a Kiss, AG Crochet Designs, The Handmade Tile and MojiLife. We will also have performances and demonstrations on a staged area which will include our school choir and many other students who have volunteered to perform. It will be a wonderful day for the whole family and we look forward to seeing you there.

This week we hold our Senior and Junior Athletics Days which include students from Year 2 through to Year 6. These consecutive days are held on our school oval and the extra oval at the rear of our property. Students participate in a range of athletic events and have the opportunity to do their best for their school house. The House teams are Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These names come from the Bible and are the three men who remained true to their beliefs about the One true God. They were not swayed by public opinion and instead chose to show integrity and trust in God. Our students have the opportunity to be known as young people of integrity as they learn to do their best individually and also to work for the benefit of others. Some of our students really enjoy athletics days and others are learning how to do their best while also cheering on their peers. 

Next Monday is Adelaide Cup public holiday. Please use this time off to give your children some time to rest and prepare for the second half of the term. As the weather turns cooler, it is wise to get children to bed on time or a little earlier to help them avoid coughs and colds. 

Our Year 5 students returned from camp at Illawonga last week. They had a wonderful time and we have included some of their reflections for you to enjoy.

Have a wonderful long weekend.

God bless

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins.

Luke 1:77

Deputy's Corner

It’s week 5 and we are now well and truly in the full swing of things at Bethany. This week our student leadership group, Lumin8, participated in their first School Tour by guiding parents around our school. Some of their comments were:

“I liked how that we were able to communicate with the new parents.” Alana

“I was surprised at how talkative some of the parents were to me.” Josiah

“I thought it was going to be nerve-wracking talking to the parents, but it was easier than I thought it was going to be!” Annabel

“The reasons why the parents wanted to come to our school were really interesting. Some of them surprised me, like their neighbours loved the school and they were convinced that they too wanted to come to Bethany!” Tir

“One of the reasons for choosing Bethany surprised me because they said God led them to want to come to Bethany.” Julia

“I love my role and think it is beneficial to the school.” Hayley

“I was surprised how talkative the parents were and how encouraging they were to me, and they encouraged me by saying I was good for the role.” Holly

“It was fun communicating with the parents.” Ethan P

“I liked having a conversation with the parent and making small talk.” Austyn

“I liked how it got easier each time to talk to a parent. I was nervous initially, but loved talking to the parents by the end of the tour!” Logan

“I was a bit nervous to start with, but if we didn’t know what to say, the parents would start a conversation. All the visiting parents were really nice.” Erin

“It was exciting to see potential new students come to visit our school and to learn their names.” King

“When I asked the parents a questions, they were super-fast in answering me. I was surprised at how interested they were in us and our school.” Samuel

”Our role was to escort the new parents to the Function room, then assist with the School Tour. I liked that we were able to show prospective new parents our school, especially the new building.” Rodante


The roll out of the new canteen online system, ‘Munch Monitor’ has been a success. The canteen do a tremendous job in servicing both Bethany Christian School and Temple Christian School students for recess and lunch. Munch Monitor has been a great help in streamlining systems to assist with the work in the canteen. Parents have the ability to order their child’s lunch online up until 9.15am. However, from 9.15am, Munch Monitor will not allow any further orders, and staff at both Bethany and Temple cannot access individual Munch Monitor accounts to add orders. 

Should you or your child have forgotten to order food for the day after 9.15am, you will need to call the school and speak to the administration office staff. They will take down your child’s name and offer a choice of either a vegemite or jam sandwich, at the cost of $1.60. You will need to pay the $1.60 to the staff attending the front desk. Any payments still outstanding by the end of the term will be added to your child's school fees. 

By 10.30am, no further calls can be taken in regards to canteen orders.

For any student who has forgotten to pack or order lunch for the day, a phone call to the child’s parent/caregiver will be made and you will be given the choice of either bringing a healthy lunch in for your child, or your child can have a choice of picking a piece of fruit from the fruit bowl free of charge, or they could choose a small snack at a charge of 70c, again payable at the front desk. 


Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who are using our turning circle or kiss ‘n’ drop before and after school safely. Keeping our children safe is our top priority and we value your care when using our car parks. Please also remember that we need to show courtesy to our neighbours when driving past and parking near their residential properties. Please consider that they may need to enter or exit their driveways at peak traffic times, and if someone has parked illegally it may cause them distress. Our friendly neighbourhood watch SAPOL officer will be doing some spot checks in the coming weeks to assist with smooth traffic flow.

I wish you and your families a very wonderful week!

God bless you,

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal


Year 5 Camp

On Wednesday, 26th of February, the Year 5 students set off to Illawonga, a camp on the Murray River near Swan Reach. The camp ran for 3 days and 2 nights. The Murray River is absolutely beautiful and very interesting! With so many students going on camp, it meant that some slept in tents, some in cabins and some in a large dormitory.

The students had a great time eating good food and taking part of various activities such as gym, archery, paddle boating, knee boarding, swimming, caving, searching for fossils, a sheep show, a museum trip, kayaking, a bonfire and a boat trip! Even with all that going on, some of the students were even lucky enough to get a few hours sleep!

Overall, it was a memorable experience for both students and teachers, and a good time to bond with friends away from home. Many students were keen for the camp to continue for many more days and would have loved to re-do the activities all over again!

Peta S & Mr Richardson

Autumn Fair

Sports News

Weekly Sports Results


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 BlazersShooting Stars FuturesDylan K Khonreich C5 . 14
U10 BucksAFCBC WarriorsBrayden H Elijah R28 . 12
U10 RaptorsTyndale HawksSteven L Saurabh B20 . 10
U12 RocketsCedar RocketsNicolas A Rodante P37 . 27
NetballU8 Bright StarsRenegades CubsChelsea O Isabella B0 . 4


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 BlazersKings EaglesIsaleli T-F Oscar E16 . 7
U10 BucksBethany RaptorsLucas H Levi M36 . 6
U10 RaptorsBethany BucksArmstrong H Jude C6 . 36
U12 RocketsPuzzles NavyJacob K Jaiden K53 . 11
NetballU8 Bright StarsBlazeAlma B-I Chelsea O2 . 2

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event

Thursday 5th March

Senior Athletics Day

Friday 6th March

Junior Athletics Day

Monday 9th March

Adelaide Cup Day Public Holiday

Thursday 19th March

SACSA 5/6 Table Tennis

Saturday 21st March

Autumn Fair

Friday 27th March

Cross Country

Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April

Swimming Lessons for Receptions and Year 1s

Thursday 2nd April

Parent Teacher Interviews

Tuesday 7th April

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thursday 9th April

Last day of Term 1, 12.10 pm dismissal
2020 Term Dates
Term 1Term 2
Monday 3rd February to Thursday 9th AprilTuesday 28th April to 3rd July
Term 3Term 4
Tuesday 21st July to 25th SeptemberMonday 12th October to Wednesday 9th December

Uniform Shop Times

Monday8.00 to 11.00 am
Wednesday1.15 to 4.15 pm
Friday8.00 to 11.00 am

Chapel Times

Primary Chapel (Years 3 - 6)

10.50 to 11.30 am on Wednesdays

Junior Primary Chapel (Reception - Year 2)

12.10 to 12.50 pm on Wednesdays

Monday Morning Praise

Whole school worship

10 - 10.30 am Monday mornings

Bethany Christian School

PO Box 2125
Salisbury Downs SA 5108
37 Countess St
Paralowie, SA, 5108

P. 08 8283 0000
F. 08 8283 0101

Weekly PE Lessons

ELCMonday to Friday
RDTuesday and Friday
RHWednesday and Friday
RHWTuesday and Wednesday
1CWednesday and Friday
1DTuesday and Friday
1PTuesday and Wednesday
2HSMonday and Thursday
2RMonday and Thursday
2ZTuesday and Thursday
3LMonday and Thursday
3KMonday and Thursday
3TMonday and Thursday
4GMonday and Friday
4PMonday and Friday
4WMonday and Friday
5RTuesday and Friday
5STuesday and Friday
5TTuesday and Friday
6SMonday and Wednesday
6TMonday and Wednesday
6WMonday and Wednesday

Newsletter published: Thursday, March 5 2020

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