Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 22022

Our Reception students had fun learning how bread is made.

From the Principal

We have arrived at the halfway mark for Term 2 with nature reminding us that winter is certainly here. Our nature play space opened successfully last week and despite the rain, students were able to enjoy recess and lunch time play. We are grateful to God for his provision and blessing on us as a school and the financial support from the State Government along with the fundraising efforts of our Student Representative Council (SRC).

This week is a National celebration of Reconciliation Week with the theme “Be Brave. Make Change.”  This is a reminder that all people matter and that we each have a part to play in living and working together in our families, our communities and in the way we behave and belong together. Our faith is based on a God who reconciles people with himself through first loving and pursuing us. It is wonderful to know that we are all different and yet we are all important and valued. Our Core Value this week reminds us about the importance of God’s leadership in our lives.
Our Reception students enjoyed an afternoon of learning about how bread is made. They are heading to Hahndorf this Friday to visit the Farm Barn. This is always a wonderful excursion that helps students to connect their classroom learning with real animals that you can see, smell, and touch. Learning is always richer when joined with experiences.

Our SRC has been meeting at lunch time and have organised a fundraising day that will be fun for all students that would like to come to school in ‘comfy’ clothes. It is a pyjama/casual day on Thursday 23rd June for students to come to school wearing appropriate pyjama style clothes. Please refer to the Deputy section for details.

Next Friday the 10th of June, we have a Pupil Free day where students have the day at home and teachers will be at school continuing their professional development with a focus on student agency. Agency allows each of us to know that we are all responsible to contribute to our world. OSHC will be available for those of you who require care for your children on that day. Monday 13th June is a public holiday in SA so we hope that you are able to enjoy some time to be refreshed and to make some memories with your family.

We also have the SA Health Vaccination Hub here using our PAC from 12:00pm until 5pm on 10th June for any of you who would like to access this service. It is for those who would like to access vaccination for their children or to complete their own primary course of vaccine or for those who are eligible for an additional booster dose. This is optional for anyone in our school community and then for the wider community on the Saturday 11th from 10-4:30pm.

We are excited to be organising a Year 3 to Year 6 Athletics Day on Friday 17th June at school. This is in place of the events we cancelled in Term 1. You will receive information directly from the Sports Department regarding this day. Spectators are welcome and information about how this is being managed will form part of the communication you will receive. It is wonderful to begin seeing things ‘open up’ and we are looking forward to more opportunities for you to connect with us in the future.

I pray that you enjoy a restful weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear


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! We have been able to go live with our Monday Morning Praise and Chapels since week 4 due to the relaxation of the COVID restrictions. For our Reception students and our newly enrolled students, this was their first ever experience of a live whole school assembly. It has also been the first time our Year 6 student leaders have been able to lead our Monday Morning Praise assemblies.

The student leadership programme for the Year 5 and Year 6 students has been well underway for some time this year. The Student Representative Council (SRC) have planned their first whole school fund raiser by organising a Pyjama Day/Casual Day on Thursday, 23rd June (Week 8). Students can choose to wear either their pyjamas to school or casual clothing if they are not inclined to wear pyjamas to school. They will need to bring sensible shoes to wear while out at recess and lunch or at PE lessons, but are allowed to bring their slippers in to wear in class. The SRC decided that the money will be donated to our sister school, House of Hope in Indonesia. It is wonderful to see our students showing care for others in need.

National Reconciliation Week 2022

This week is National Reconciliation Week, which is an opportunity for every Australian to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to unpack what it means to achieving, and contributing to, reconciliation in our country. The theme for Reconciliation Week is "Be Brave. Make Change." The challenge to all Australians - individuals, families, communities, organisations and government - is to be brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can make change for the benefits of all Australians.

Some of our Year 3 Students will share at our Chapel services this week to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and pray for our school.

The library team are also introducing a “Be brave and make change” creative art or writing competition, open to all year levels. During reconciliation week we are made aware of how we are to be with one another, showing kindness and love to everyone of different cultures and backgrounds. Over this week we especially want to recognise and celebrate our indigenous families and those in our community who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. We want to acknowledge that our future together is bright and that we want to respect our nation’s first peoples, acknowledge our shared history and how we can contribute to reconciliation.

The children who enter will be thinking about how to be brave and speak up for respect, care and love of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. Their piece might like to show how we can make changes to attitudes, how we can acknowledge indigenous achievements, and how we can celebrate successful future together will respect and care. Children will receive the details in class this week.

Local libraries have made some great children’s books available to talk about what National Reconciliation week means, and what it means to embrace being brave and making change. Some titles you may wish to explore are:

“Somebody’s Land” written by Adam Goodes & Ellie Laing
A beautifully illustrated book to help start a conversation about the importance of acknowledging country and understanding about the traditional custodians of the lands we now call Australia. 


“Hello and Welcome” written by Gregg Dreise
An eye-catching and colourful celebration of Indigenous culture, Elders and future generations. This story shares words of thanks, respect and represents an Australia of all colours living together in harmony. 


“Colours of Australia” written by Bronwyn Bancroft
Stunning illustrations take young readers on a journey through the rainbow of Australia’s landscape. A perfect bedtime story created by Djanbun clan member and talented artist Bronwyn Bancroft. 


I do wish you and your families a safe and healthy week.

God bless you,

Deb Clifford

Deputy Principal


Community News


Reconciliation in the Park

Reconciliation SA are super excited to announce a last-minute addition to this Friday, with the talented Mali Isabel joining their event to do a live kids art activity this Friday. Kids will be able to paint with Mali Isabel keeping in with this year’s NRW Theme Be Brave Make Change.

Mali Isabel is an Arabana and Kokatha artist, living and practising on Kaurna land (Adelaide), Australia. In 2020, Mali graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Primary Education) at Flinders University, before pursuing her career as a practising artist. Mali creates contemporary dot paintings using all colours of the rainbow to spread her message of positivity and equality. By combining her passions for education and painting, Mali hopes to achieve a greater understanding of culture and equity through her rainbow artworks. As a proud Arabana and Kokatha woman, Mali loves to draw inspiration from the land that surrounds her, capturing the environments and translating them into magical landscapes. Stories are deeply entwined in her paintings, many of which highlight feelings, themes, and experiences that transcend all cultures, races, and religions. The underlying goal of this is to embed the understanding that we are all human and deserve to be treated with equal respect and kindness.

Mali was recently highly commended in the 2021 Our Mob Trevor Nickolls Art Prize and was also recently announced as the Adelaide Fringe’s first Aboriginal poster artist for 2022 – the first Aboriginal poster artist for the Adelaide Fringe in its 62-year history.

There are plenty of other things that families will be able to do at the event so please share the event with everyone! 

Sports News

Representative Sports

SACSA Netball Team Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual Netball Carnival

The 3|4 & 5|6 Carnivals will be on Wednesday 24th August Week 5, Term 3

Students who would like to trial, and are eligible please use the link to nominate

Year 3|4 Tryouts  |  @ BCS Courts  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Monday 20|06 & 27|06  |  Weeks 8 & 9,  T2  |  Lunchtime

Year 5|6 Tryouts  |  @ BCS Courts  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Tuesday 28|06 & 05|07  |  Weeks 9 & 10, T2  |  Lunchtime

Students enrolled into tryouts may wear their PE uniform to school.

Weekly Sports

Weekly Basketball  |  Rec - Year 6

Bethany Christian School offers a Weekly Basketball program. This is a user pay program staffed by approved volunteer coaches, with compulsory trainings held at BCS after school during the week.

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 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 trainings held at BCS after school during the week.

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 Gardens Recreation Centre.

Match Results | Weekly Sports

Saturday 21|05

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Wild StarsTiger TotsEmily PW91
NetballU10 Bright StarsMawson Lakes OpalsAnnabel JW81
NetballU12 DiamondsKaleteeyaImigen WL212
BasketballU08 Bulls76ers AvengersRiley WW320
BasketballU10 BoomersWings FlyersCharlie ML228
BasketballU12 HornetsBye-
BasketballU12 CelticsBrooks ThrillersJude CW3414
BasketballU12 MavericksTyndale Angels-F200

Saturday 28|05

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Wild StarsSalisbury North Hawks GreenAmity CL23
NetballU10 Bright StarsGems Pink SapphireAmelia FW100
NetballU12 DiamondsMawson Lakes RubiesChelsea HW95
BasketballU08 BullsBrooks Bulldogs 8Gabriel SW186
BasketballU10 BoomersWings BombersDavid OL1014
BasketballU12 HornetsCedar G.O.A.T.SOscar EL040
BasketballU12 CelticsBrooks Nuggets 12Steven LW207
BasketballU12 MavericksNerdsDemiah SL630

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Friday 3rd June Reception Excursion to Hahndorf farm
Tuesday 7th June SACSA Year 3/4 Soccer
Wednesday 8th June SACSA Year 5/6 Soccer
Friday 10th June Pupil Free Day
Monday 13th June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Friday 17th June

BCS Athletics Day Year 3 - 6

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

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
6SCWednesday and Friday
6TWednesday and Friday
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: Friday, June 3 2022

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