Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 22021

RHW learning about healthy eating

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 5 Newsletter which indicates we are half way through Term 2. This week we have our school photographs. Next week our Reception classes will have their swimming lessons. It was this time last year that we cancelled swimming lessons and so I am very glad that these students will have the opportunity to experience them. If you have specific questions, please contact your class teacher. 

One of the supports we have received from the State Government has been a Capital Grant which has allowed us to complete the iPad sets throughout the school. This generous grant has allowed us to provide a device to use for each student. It supplements the BYOD program in Year 5 and Year 6 and provides our students the opportunity to access technology, allowing our teachers to integrate technology throughout the curriculum. We are very grateful for this. The State Government have provided us with financial support throughout the pandemic and we are grateful for their ongoing support. We anticipate that future grants will contribute to our next Nature Play space. This will be built in the space from which we removed the transportable buildings. We have plans to go to tender and hope to start building this later this year.

At the end of Week 7, we have a Pupil Free Day for the June long weekend. OSHC is available on Friday 11th June for bookings. That week, we also have the performer Peter Coombe visiting our school to perform for our students. I am sure that it will be a lot of fun. The following Friday is our Jump Rope for Heart day. This is always a fun day for students and I have really enjoyed seeing their enthusiasm for skipping around the school. Thanks to Mr Hannaford and the team who are organising this event for us to enjoy. Last year we were able to raise a large donation for the Heart Foundation and I know that this is a wonderful cause for us to support.

I would like to remind you to ask your child to check the lost property if you are missing items. I know that there are numerous unnamed items and so please remember to name all items that your child brings to school to ensure that we can return anything that they misplace. 

Our teachers are currently writing school reports for the end of Semester 1. These will be emailed to you at the end of the term. We have wonderful teaching and support staff who work very hard to ensure that every child has the best opportunity to learn. At staff meeting this week we heard from every team about how they are exploring student agency and continuing to reflect on their practice. We will continue to be a reflective learning community and we look forward to finding meaningful ways to keep improving for the benefit of student learning. I would encourage you to keep encouraging your child to do their best, keep trying when things are difficult and to bounce back when things go wrong. Resilience is a wonderful skill that we learn through the challenges of life that enables us to grow.

I pray that you enjoy a restful and refreshing weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear


Memory Verse

Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things.

Colossians 1:15

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to week 5, half way through Term 2! It is hard to believe how quickly time is racing by.

The next few weeks have some big events coming up. In week 6, Temple Christian College have booked our Performing Arts Centre (PAC) for the entire week in the lead up to their very exciting musical, “Annie” performance. As a very special treat, our students will have a free matinee concert on Friday 4th June. Many of our past Bethany students are involved in the production in a range of roles, seen and unseen.

As the PAC will be unavailable to us, we are going retro for our Monday Morning Praise assembly. We will be harking back to the, ‘good ol’ days’ when we met in the Under Cover Area (UCA). The weather forecast is favourable, and it will be a great experience for those students who have only ever experienced our assemblies in the PAC. Chapel will also look differently. The Junior Primary students will do their Chapel much like they did during our first COVID19 lockdown, in their classrooms. The Primary students will gather on the stairwell area of the new 3-6 Building, where the acoustics are just fantastic, making the different Chapel a great experience.

In week 7, we are having a jam-packed week beginning with a very special performance by Peter Coombes on Tuesday 8th June in the PAC. On Wednesday 9th of June, our Year 5 & 6 students have been invited to visit a Temple Christian College fundraiser day where they host a myriad of small stalls for our children to take part in. Further information about this event will be coming soon. Then on Thursday 10th of June, our SRC are holding a Pyjama Day to raise money for specialised equipment for the new Nature Playground which is currently in the planning process.

For the PJ Day, students can choose to come in either pyjama themed clothing complete with slippers, but students are highly advised to pack appropriate footwear for outdoor play. For those less adventurous, students may choose the option to wear casuals. The same dress code applies as usual, please remember to wear modest, sensible clothing that allows your child to learn and play well. Hair can be let down for the day. Every participating student needs to donate a gold coin donation to help the SRC raise funds for the new Nature Playground.

Are you exhausted just reading about all the fun activities our students will be participating in? Fortunately for our students, Friday 11th of June is a pupil free day. It is an opportunity for our students to get a good rest over the long weekend so that they can finish the term strong.

I wish you and your families a wonderful June long weekend, and pray that you can all stay healthy as the weather changes to the cooler months of the year.


God bless you,

Deb Clifford


Health Care

Welcome to Week 5 of Term 2.

Our Reception students are having their swimming lessons in Week 5 and Year three’s and fours are having it in week 10.

I would like to remind you of the following:

• As usual the school will pack the medication that has already been provided to the school
• Please make sure to check your child’s hair for headlice before the swimming event
• If your child is not feeling well, please keep the child at home and notify the school
• As per the swimming center policy, you must not swim for 2 weeks after gastro symptoms have ceased
• For more information about swimming center policies please visit the below link:

Health Topic of the week

Hand Hygiene (Referred from SA health Website)

Hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways of stopping the spread of infection. Hand hygiene refers to any method which effectively removes harmful microorganisms (germs). These include washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Hands should be washed:

• after going to the toilet
• before and after handling food
• after sneezing, coughing, blowing nose
• after caring for someone who is sick
• after handling rubbish

How to Wash Your Hands Properly

• Use soap and running water
• wet hands thoroughly and lather with soap
• rub hands together for 15 to 20 seconds as you wash them
• pay attention to the backs of hands, wrists, between fingers and under fingernails
• rinse hands well under running water
• dry hands with a single use disposable paper towel or a clean towel.

Clean hands are safe hands!

God bless you,

Priya Wilson
School Nurse

Uniform Exchange

We would like to remind parents of a website that we recommended last year for the sale and purchasing of second hand uniforms. As our Uniform Shop does not handle second hand uniforms we ask that you use this site to sell any items you might want to pass on.

Things we liked about the Uniform Exchange:
• All posts are free and there are no costs associated with the Uniform Exchange second hand online store.
• All transactions are organised between the buyer and seller and money does not go through the website.
• All Items that are put up for sale are approved by a moderator to make sure that the site is used appropriately. (Approval is done on weekdays pending moderator availability)
• It is a safe and credible site that does not contain offensive content, unhelpful comments and targeted advertising.

Click the button below to visit the Uniform Exchange Website.

We hope the Uniform Exchange website can help you move on your old uniforms to a new home and save families some money and get a good deal.

Uniform Exchange Site

Year 6 Camp

On the 10th -12th of May the Year 6’s went on camp to Wirraway Homestead in Strathalbyn. There were so many activities like horse riding, archery, amazing race, whip cracking, sheepherding, and bushwalking. Sheep herding was fun because not only did we get to boss around sheep and run around the place but we did it in the rain!

I loved horse riding because we were taught how to ride a horse on our own and we were able to brush their coats and brush their mane. It was really fun!

We all enjoyed our time and had a really great experience. We ended the camp with a fun bus ride back to school.

Keeley L


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Premier's Reading Challenge

Well done to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge for this year.

Lilly CBlake B
Loria CCharlotte M
Lucas CCooper J
Samantha CChloe B
Isabella DIsaac D
Adam FLiliana N
Hannah HNeriah T
Abigale I
Christina J3L
Daniel KAndelazia L
Rush MMadison D
Ethan LWayne T
Kayla M
Jacob M4G
Jon NEthan H
Chelsea OJanak B
Aaliyah PWynter D
Emma RAbimbola A
David O
Kezia M
Tinotenda S
Leslie S
Shyla T
Theodore T

Premier's Be Active Challenge

What is the Challenge?

The Premier’s be active Challenge is a physical activity program introduced by the Premier in 2007 to:

• Encourage students to be more active more often

• Improve the health and wellbeing of South Australian students

The Challenge requires students to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week for at least 4 weeks between the beginning of the school year and late September.

After completing the 4 weeks of daily physical activity, students then return their log booklet to the school and after the program closes at the end of Term 3 all data will be entered into the system for medallions to be sent out mid Term 4!

Please download a copy of the 4 week program booklet here 


Congratulations to the following student for completing the Premier's Be Active Challenge.

2Z Elijah C

Community News

Temple Christian College Musical

Sports News

We’re skipping through the term!

Jump Rope for Heart is well underway and it’s great to see so many children out in the playground skipping with smiles on their faces. Bethany Christian School has already raised over a thousand dollars already.

It’s not long until our Jump Off Day on Friday 18th June so keep on practicing those tricks! And don’t forget to share your online fundraising page with friends and family to raise money for a great cause! Still need to sign up online? It’s easy just follow this link and enter your details.

Weekly Basketball

Calling all students interested in playing Weekly Basketball for Bethany, we are looking for a few extra U8 & U10 Basketball players to fill a team for our upcoming winter basketball season starting in term 2.

If your child is interested in playing please nominate them on the following link:

Basketball Nomination Form

SACSA Basketball Tryouts

SACSA Year 3|4 Carnival
Wednesday 11th August | Wk 4 | T3

SACSA Year 5|6 Girls Carnival
Thursday 12th August | Wk 4 | T3

SACSA Year 5|6 Boys Carnival
Friday 13th August | Wk 4 | T3

To participate in tryouts ask Mum or Dad to sign you up using the QR code or go online. This carnival will go ahead dependant on COVID-19 restrictions.

Year 3|4 Tryouts:
Wednesday 2nd and 9th June, Weeks 6 & 7 | T2
1.00 - 1.30pm | Lunchtimes | Meet on the BCS School Courts

Year 5|6 Tryouts:
Thursday 3rd & 10th June, Weeks 6 & 7 | T2
1.00 - 1.30pm | Lunchtimes | Meet on the BCS School Courts

Click the button below to register:

SACSA Basketball Registration

Weekly Sports Results

Matches Week Ending: 15/05/21

 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 BoomersHope Valley Heat GLazar T
U10 BlazersHope Valley Heat BDevon S16 . 23
U12 RaptorsKings BearcatsLevi S21 . 7
U12 LakersBrooks U12-AElijah Y34 . 12
NetballU 8 Bright StarsBlazeIsabella B

Matches Week Ending: 22/05/21

Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 Boomers Golden Grove LutheranIsaac D
U10 Blazers76ers Vikings Connor T28 . 4
U12 RaptorsHighbury Jets Steven L10 . 23
U12 Lakers76ers WarriorsBrayden H10 . 14
NetballU 8 Bright StarsForfiet

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 31st May to Friday 4th June Swimming Lessons for Receptions
Tuesday 8th June Peter Coombe Concert
Thursday 10th June PJ Day
Friday 11th June Pupil Free Day
Monday 14th June Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Friday 18th June Jump Rope for Heart
Thursday 24th June Reception excursion to Hahndorf
Friday 25th June Year 1 excursion to the zoo
2021 Term Dates  
Term 2 Wednesday 28th April to Friday 2nd July
Term 3 Tuesday 20th July to Friday 24th September
Term 4 Monday 11th October to Wednesday 8th 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: Friday, May 28 2021

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