Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 12023

Photos from SAPSASA Swimming - photos taken by Rory H

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 5 Newsletter as we reach the halfway mark of our term. Our Primary students enjoyed perfect weather for our Primary Athletics day last Thursday and it was wonderful to have parents and friends joining us. It is always great to see those students who shine on a day like that. I love to see how people show different gifts, talents and strengths and Athletics Day for some of our students, is one of these opportunities. Our school does want to see each child discover their brilliance which allows them to bring a positive contribution to the world.

Our Reception students have settled in and have now finished their first 5 weeks of school. They have no more rest days scheduled, however, we do have a number of 4 day weeks due to public holidays this term.

Our Year 3 and Year 5 students have NAPLAN next week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. These national assessments are a snapshot of some subjects for those children. We encourage all students to do their best. If your child is feeling a little nervous, I would encourage you to speak to their class teacher so that they can support them.

Thank you for your care in driving and parking around the school. We appreciate your efforts to ensure that all children are safe as they travel to and from school. If you park in the front carpark, you may have noticed 2 reserved spaces have been added. These parks are reserved to provide for council requirements and belong to BASE church and Bethany staff and are not available for parent parking. Thank you for your understanding.

Next week you will receive an email with information on how to book parent teacher interviews. These interviews will be held at school face to face on Thursday 30th March or Tuesday 4th April. We will also provide the option to book a video conference or phone call if you would prefer. We have learned many new things over the past 3 years, and we know that sometimes it is very difficult for some of you to attend an interview in person with young children. More information will be sent to you with a link to book your interview times. Please make sure that we have your correct email address, and if you have updated your phone number or other details, please contact the school office.

Our Year 3 and Year 4 students have swimming lessons in Week 8 of this term.

Easter is at the end of Week 9 and we have an early dismissal at 12:10pm on Thursday 6th April. The Term finishes at normal time on Friday 14th April 3:10pm. We have a pupil free day on the first day back of Term 2 and OSHC is available. School resumes on Tuesday 2nd May.

I hope that you enjoy this long weekend as you spend time with your family and that you are refreshed and ready for the second half of Term 1.


God bless,

Wendy Matear

This Week's Memory Verse

Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.

Matthew 6: 12

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to Week 5, the half-way point of the term! The Wellbeing Team have referred to this week as ‘Wellness Week’, focussing on providing strategies and tools to improve wellbeing amongst our staff and school community. It is a really healthy idea to take stock of how we are all going, physically, mentally and spiritually. Sometimes, we can get so caught up on being the responsible adults who need to take care of others, that we neglect our own wellbeing. Very often, if we do take a small amount of time-out to look after ourselves, we feel guilty about doing so, as if the idea of taking time for ourselves is a selfish one! In actual fact, taking time out to make sure that we are doing okay helps us to be in a better position to give support to others. Maybe put the kettle on, or grab a coffee and do the Wellbeing Stocktake below, and then look at some of the provided ‘Sleeping Tips’ and ‘Wellness Tools’ provided.

Wellness Stocktake
•    How am I sleeping? (Do I have trouble falling asleep or do I wake in the night and can’t get back to sleep?) 
•    How do I feel at this moment? Mentally and physically? 
•    What is taking the most of my headspace? 
•    Am I anxious, stressed or heightened in anyway? 
•    Am I taking care of myself (am I eating well and looking after my body?) 
•    How is my family life?
•    Am I triggered easily? 
•    Do I engage in behaviours to ease my pressure/stress (ie. Drinking alcohol to fall asleep, overeating, over exercising)?
•    Am I regularly doing things that are “life giving” to me? ie. Spending time with friends, cooking, gardening etc. 
•    Do I need to give attention to anything in my life in order to help my overall wellbeing? 

Sleeping Tips
•    Get enough sleep! This will be different for each person. 
•    Do not eat a big meal or lots of sugar before bed. Your digestion and glucose level will think it’s a party! 
•    If you have things on your mind before you sleep, put a notebook and pen by your bed and write out the things you need to give attention to the next day. Get it “out of your mind” and into a “plan” for the following day. 
•    Wind down before bed without screens. Read a book, do your devotions etc. Beware of scrolling through social media as minutes turns into hours! Be mindful that time on your phone before bed can alert you to incoming work emails that may not relax your mind before sleeping.
•    If you wake in the night, do not lay in bed for a long time. Get up and do something relaxing like reading. When you are tired again, return to bed.

Wellness Tools
•    Move your body! 
•    Listen to music 
•    Ride a bike 
•    Spend time with friends 
•    Get into nature 
•    Spend time with Jesus 
•    Take a bath 
•    Talk to someone 
•    Take a break or nap 
•    Declutter or organise 
•    Cry 
•    Read a book 
•    Go for a walk or hike 
•    Visualize 
•    Garden or yardwork 
•    Eat healthy 
•    Sing or dance 
•    Cook or bake 
•    Play with a pet 
•    Drink enough water 
•    Play a sport 
•    Take slow mindful breaths 
•    Write in journal  
•    Do some craft

Remember, it is okay to spend a short time each day to doing an activity to replenish our personal wellbeing. In fact, looking after ourselves will help us look after our family better. 

I hope that as we head into a long weekend, we will give ourselves guilt-free permission to look after ourselves! I pray that you and your families enjoy the long weekend.

God bless you all,

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal



SRC and Hope Village News

At the beginning of this year, each class was given a Hope Village Sponsor Child to raise money to care for them and send them to school. 3HR have already raised an amazing $71.15 to go towards clothing, food and education of their Sponsor Child. Congratulations 3HR, well done!

This term, the SRC will be holding a Casual Clothes Day on Thursday 23rd of March, Week 7. They will be sending out fliers and posters advertising the event in the coming days. Students can wear school appropriate casual clothing for the cost of a gold coin donation. The SRC wrote to the Principal of Hope School to ask where the biggest need was in the school. A list of suggested projects that money could be raised for was provided, and the students in the SRC were so moved that the Indonesian students didn’t have a grassed garden area to play on, or seats to sit on to enjoy a garden during play breaks, they have decided the money raised in the Casual Clothes day will go towards establishing a grassed area, a garden and park benches.


Sibling Priority for 2025

If your child is due to start Reception with us here at Bethany Christian School in 2025 and you have not heard from our Enrolment Officer, please ensure you call the school to secure your child’s position.

Interviews to fill our 2025 Reception classes will commence in May and a secured position may not be available after this time.

Withdrawal Policy

Should you decide to transfer your children to another school, then the school requires written notification one term in advance of the withdrawal of the children. This enables the school to plan ahead with possible enrolments to replace the children. If written notification is not given, then one term’s fees will be charged as per the Withdrawal Policy which is signed at the time of enrolment.


Community News


Para Hills Football Club

Salisbury Inter Soccer Club

Sports News

Cross Country Report

Managing to avoid the hot weather we were able to hold our annual Cross-Country Championships on Friday 17th Februay. All students showed great attitude as they either walked or ran various distance of 1, 2 or 3kms.

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

Mrs Clifford, Mr Grieger, Mr Peterson, Mrs Curtis, Mr Mabikafola, Mr Grierson, Mrs Schultz, Mrs Lawton, Mr Huntley, Mr Curtis, Mrs Hendrick 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!

Congratulations to Shadrach who were House Champions for 2023!

House Points


Placings  |  1st, 2nd and 3rd

AgeGender1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
8 Year OldsGirlsGiuliana GHannah McJudy M
BoysNate ACohen FElijah L
9 Year OldsGirlsElise BAivy PZoey G
BoysAshton SJordan DDeng A
10 Year OldsGirlsSkye MEmily DArizona G
BoysEthan LHarrison McOscar E
11 Year OldsGirlsLiliah MSophie SJemima M
BoysNhial M-YMatthew GThien T
12 Year OldsGirlsJessica SStella RAbimbola A
BoysTyler MJacob NOrlando H

Athletics Report

On Thursday March 2nd we held our annual Athletics Carnival on the school grounds and the Fairbanks Reserve. It was the first time in two years where we were able to hold the Athletics Day, and it was greeted with much excitement. It was also the first time where we held one day, and had all Year 3 – 6 students out.

It was a fantastic day for our students, and all students got involved!

We would like to thank all the spectators for coming out and supporting our students as they competed. Also, a big thank you to the Year 10 PE classes at Temple Christian College – Paralowie Campus and their teachers along with our volunteers and staff for making this day possible.

House Points


Broken Records

Age | GenderStudentEventDistance | Time
8 BoysCohen FDiscus11.95m
8 GirlsLottie MDiscus10.13m
8 BoysElijah L800m4:28.00mins
8 GirlsGiuliana G800m5:05.00mins
9 BoysAshton S800m3:30.00mins
9 GirlsElise B800m3:58.00mins
9 BoysAshton SDiscus18.80m
9 GirlsElise BDiscus12.92m

Sportmanship Awards

Male SportsmanshipFemale Sportsmanship
8 Year OldElijah L8 Year OldDaniella Y
9 Year OldCooper J, Xyrille L9 Year OldAnnabell K, Charlotte M
10 Year OldRush M, Lucas C10 Year OldVictoria Q, Hannah H
11 Year OldEmmanuel K, Tyson S11 Year OldAker M, Minka H
12 Year OldLucca M12 Year OldAlyssa A, Merry N

Individual Achievement

Male Age ChampionsFemale Age Champions
8 Year OldCohen F8 Year OldGiuliana G
9 Year OldDeng A, Ashton S9 Year OldElise B, Amelia J
10 Year OldEthan L, Noah P10 Year OldEmily D, Isla F
11 Year OldNhial M-Y, Liam H11 Year OldJemima M, Sophie S
12 Year OldTyler M12 Year OldJessica S, Abimbola A
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SAPSASA Swimming Report

On Friday 3rd March six students headed to the Waterworld in Tea Tree Gully to compete at the annual SAPSASA Swimming Carnival.

This year three districts combined on the day – Salisbury East, Tea Tree Gully and Para Districts.

Congratulations to the individuals who represented Bethany Christian School at the carnival, and did the school proud!

CoachMr Grieger, Mr Hannaford
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Emily DLogan L
Grace MStella R
Rory HSophie S

SACSA Swimming Report

On Tuesday 7th March we had two students attend the SACSA Swimming Carnival at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. It was the first time attending this event as a school in a number of years, and it was nice to see student athletes back in the pool competing at their chosen passion.

Congratulations to Sophie and Stella for attending the day, competing well and representing the school with great sportsmanship.

CoachMr Hannaford
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Stella Robb
Sophie Stock

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 25|02

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsGems Pink SapphireEvie WNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsRenegades TealL45
NetballU10 Bright StarsAngels U10Emily DW120
BasketballU10 BullsShooting Stars 10bEthaniel YL1812
BasketballU10 BoomersSFX RocketsCallum OW3317
BasketballU10 WarriorsKings JetsAbandoned
BasketballU12 HornetsKings EaglesPiol DW2419
BasketballU14 MavericksTyndale StarsAbandoned

Saturday 04|03

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsLightning Blitz 1Harlow JNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsBulldogs 1Hannah ML310
NetballU10 Bright StarsRenegades TealEmily SL111
BasketballU10 BullsBrooks Thrillers 10Issac DW1413
BasketballU10 BoomersWings BombersNoah PL2129
BasketballU10 WarriorsKings HeatDoin SW198
BasketballU12 HornetsBearcats RockConnor TL1412
BasketballU14 MavericksHope Valley Heat 14GL717

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 13th March Adelaide Cup Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 15th March to Friday 17th March NAPLAN
Thursday 23rd March SRC Casual Day
Monday 27th March to Friday 31st March Swimming Lessons for Year 3 & 4s
Thursday 30th March Parent Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 4th April Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 6th April Early dismissal for Easter - 12.10pm
Friday 7th April Good Friday
Monday 10th April Easter Monday
Friday 14th April SACSA Athletics
Friday 14th April Last day of Term 1 (normal dismissal - 3.10pm)

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, March 9 2023

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