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.
Forgive us for doing wrong, as we forgive others.
Matthew 6: 12
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.
• 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?
• 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.
• 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
• Read a book
• Go for a walk or hike
• 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,
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.
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.
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!
|Age||Gender||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|8 Year Olds||Girls||Giuliana G||Hannah Mc||Judy M|
|Boys||Nate A||Cohen F||Elijah L|
|9 Year Olds||Girls||Elise B||Aivy P||Zoey G|
|Boys||Ashton S||Jordan D||Deng A|
|10 Year Olds||Girls||Skye M||Emily D||Arizona G|
|Boys||Ethan L||Harrison Mc||Oscar E|
|11 Year Olds||Girls||Liliah M||Sophie S||Jemima M|
|Boys||Nhial M-Y||Matthew G||Thien T|
|12 Year Olds||Girls||Jessica S||Stella R||Abimbola A|
|Boys||Tyler M||Jacob N||Orlando H|
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.
|Age | Gender||Student||Event||Distance | Time|
|8 Boys||Cohen F||Discus||11.95m|
|8 Girls||Lottie M||Discus||10.13m|
|8 Boys||Elijah L||800m||4:28.00mins|
|8 Girls||Giuliana G||800m||5:05.00mins|
|9 Boys||Ashton S||800m||3:30.00mins|
|9 Girls||Elise B||800m||3:58.00mins|
|9 Boys||Ashton S||Discus||18.80m|
|9 Girls||Elise B||Discus||12.92m|
|Male Sportsmanship||Female Sportsmanship|
|8 Year Old||Elijah L||8 Year Old||Daniella Y|
|9 Year Old||Cooper J, Xyrille L||9 Year Old||Annabell K, Charlotte M|
|10 Year Old||Rush M, Lucas C||10 Year Old||Victoria Q, Hannah H|
|11 Year Old||Emmanuel K, Tyson S||11 Year Old||Aker M, Minka H|
|12 Year Old||Lucca M||12 Year Old||Alyssa A, Merry N|
|Male Age Champions||Female Age Champions|
|8 Year Old||Cohen F||8 Year Old||Giuliana G|
|9 Year Old||Deng A, Ashton S||9 Year Old||Elise B, Amelia J|
|10 Year Old||Ethan L, Noah P||10 Year Old||Emily D, Isla F|
|11 Year Old||Nhial M-Y, Liam H||11 Year Old||Jemima M, Sophie S|
|12 Year Old||Tyler M||12 Year Old||Jessica S, Abimbola A|
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!
|Coach||Mr Grieger, Mr Hannaford|
|Front Row (L – R)||Back Row (L – R)|
|Emily D||Logan L|
|Grace M||Stella R|
|Rory H||Sophie S|
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.
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
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.
|Sport||Team||Opponent||Coach's Pick||Match Result|
|Netball||U08 Golden Stars||Gems Pink Sapphire||Evie W||Not Scored|
|Netball||U10 Wild Stars||Renegades Teal||L||4||5|
|Netball||U10 Bright Stars||Angels U10||Emily D||W||12||0|
|Basketball||U10 Bulls||Shooting Stars 10b||Ethaniel Y||L||18||12|
|Basketball||U10 Boomers||SFX Rockets||Callum O||W||33||17|
|Basketball||U10 Warriors||Kings Jets||Abandoned|
|Basketball||U12 Hornets||Kings Eagles||Piol D||W||24||19|
|Basketball||U14 Mavericks||Tyndale Stars||Abandoned|
|Sport||Team||Opponent||Coach's Pick||Match Result|
|Netball||U08 Golden Stars||Lightning Blitz 1||Harlow J||Not Scored|
|Netball||U10 Wild Stars||Bulldogs 1||Hannah M||L||31||0|
|Netball||U10 Bright Stars||Renegades Teal||Emily S||L||11||1|
|Basketball||U10 Bulls||Brooks Thrillers 10||Issac D||W||14||13|
|Basketball||U10 Boomers||Wings Bombers||Noah P||L||21||29|
|Basketball||U10 Warriors||Kings Heat||Doin S||W||19||8|
|Basketball||U12 Hornets||Bearcats Rock||Connor T||L||14||12|
|Basketball||U14 Mavericks||Hope Valley Heat 14G||L||7||17|
|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)|
|Wednesday||8.15 to 10.30 am|
|Friday||8.15 to 10.30 am|
|ELC||Monday to Friday|
|RHD||Wednesday and Thursday|
|RH||Tuesday and Thursday|
|RM||Tuesday and Thursday|
|1D||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|1P||Wednesday and Thursday|
|1TC||Wednesday and Thursday|
|2R||Tuesday and Thursday|
|2WC||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|2Z||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|3HR||Monday and Thursday|
|3ME||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|3MO||Tuesday and Friday|
|4GT||Monday and Friday|
|4NL||Tuesday and Friday|
|4W||Monday and Friday|
|5K||Monday and Friday|
|5RT||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|5T||Tuesday and Thursday|
|6SC||Tuesday and Wednesday|
|6T||Tuesday and Friday|
|6W||Monday and Thursday|
|Term 1||Monday 6th February to Friday 14th April|
|Term 2||Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 7th July|
|Term 3||Tuesday 25th July to Friday 29th September|
|Term 4||Monday 16th October to Wednesday 13th December|
Newsletter published: Thursday, March 9 2023< Back to newsletters