Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 22023

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 5 newsletter for Term 2. We find ourselves halfway through the second term and we are seeing an increase in sickness as we experience the colder weather. Thank you for keeping home children who are unwell to help reduce the spread. It is good to know that we are aware of how to support one another in staying healthy. 

This week we celebrate National Reconciliation Week to recognise and deepen our understanding of relationships in Australia and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Our students enjoyed a performance from the Dusty Feet Mob this Wednesday. Please see further details regarding this performance below within Melissa Taylor's article in the Deputy's Corner. Thank you to those who attended to be a part of this performance. Our RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) team have been busy working within our school community to help us think deeply and engage in appropriate ways. There have also been varying learning opportunities throughout the school to help students with their understanding about this important area. 

I would like to share with you some very sad news about Mrs Estelita Hesta (Ibu Hester). Last Saturday morning her health struggles came to an end as she passed into eternity. Essie has been a valued member of our community with her children attending our school and then as our Indonesian teacher. Essie finished working with us in 2021 due to her declining health. We are glad to know that she held a confident hope in her eternal future with her Heavenly Father. If you would like to attend her funeral it will be held on Saturday June 10th at 10:00am Harrisons Funerals, 63 Golden Grove Road, Ridgehaven. Essie touched many lives through her generosity and care, and we will continue to pray for her family at this difficult time.

Each term we have also decided to have Week 5 as ‘Wellness Week’. This week is a time where we bring into focus things that we know help us to relax, bring joy, or are good for us. Each afternoon there is an activity for staff to join like a walking group, craft, food and bike riding. Our SRC has invited us to hold a staff vs students basketball match during lunchtime. It was an extremely close game. In the 1st and 2nd quarter, Team Staff were smashing it. By the 3rd quarter, Team Student were only 1 point behind, but in the 4th quarter, with the pressure mounting, Team Staff managed to pull ahead, scoring 24 points to Team Student’s 19 points. Everyone played wonderfully and demonstrated great sportsmanship.

Choosing to bring wellbeing to our minds at this time in the term is a wonderful discipline to remind us of the importance of looking after ourselves and building strong relationships with each other. 

We have a number of events coming up this term. Our Reception students have an excursion to the Farm Barn this Friday, our Year 3’s are heading to the Adelaide Planetarium on June 13th and our Year 1’s are off to the Adelaide Zoo on June 30th. Next Friday June 9th, we have a Pupil Free day. This is a day for teachers to continue their professional learning and OSHC is available for bookings.

On Monday June 19th we will hold our AGM where we report on the previous year. Reports are attached to the website for your interest. Our Year 5 students head off to camp June 21st-23rd. Camp is a time of learning with a focus on building relationships, confidence, and independence. We also have Year 5 & Year 6 swimming lessons in Week 10. Thank you for your help in keeping up bedtime routines and doing what can be the challenging but rewarding role of being a parent. We appreciate you and all you do in caring for your family.

I pray that you have a restful weekend.

God bless,


Wendy Matear


This Week's 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

National Reconciliation Week

During this time of year, people all over Australia intentionally spend time learning more about the history and cultures of this land and how we can each play a part in seeing a better future.

We want to show all people in our lives, including our First Nations people, that we love and care for them. We know that if we hurt other people, our first step is to acknowledge what happened and to say sorry. But it is also important that we change our behaviour so that it doesn’t continue or happen again.

On Wednesday, as part of this special week of learning and growing, we were blessed to have a visit from an Aboriginal dance group called Dusty Feet Mob. It was a privilege to see, hear and join in with their celebrations of identity, culture, connection to country. 1P shone as they joined the Dusty Feet Mob on stage for a “Special Land” dance, which talked about the land and animals of our Country.

Also in a dance that combined culture, language, and faith, we were treated to a moving performance to “Amazing Grace”. And what better way to end, than with the whole school up and on their feet dancing to “I am Australian.”

Sundre C – “The stories were inspiring and rich with culture.”

Riley B – “I loved that they interacted and danced with us.”

Following Dusty Feet Mob we celebrated reconciliation to God in our whole school chapel. It was wonderful to have parents and siblings join us for this special morning.

Traffic Friendly reminder: 

We can appreciate that when there is a high volume of cars at drop off and pick up times it may be tricky. However, can we please refrain from parking on yellow line spaces and in particular from parking on the property (lawn) of our school neighbours. Thank you for your understanding.


Melissa Taylor 

Deputy Prinicpal 


Kids Helpline

Sandwich Bar

Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge.

Krishna BHunter RHylas CNakisha CElijah CLeticia GChelsea BAlphie P
Liliana NZoey GIsabella B
Lottie MDaniella Y
Sarah DChloe B
Gabrielle V-H

Premier's Be Active Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Be Active Challenge.

Joshua MElsie HKrishna BAnna CJessie BNakisha CLoria CDaniel KJemima MAleesha BEthan HJanak B
Benjamin LArjun S-LGrace MAdam FChelsea BAlphie PDiego T
Blake BIsabelle BHa Nhu TMillie RMohitha S-L
Xyrille LElijah CMichael I
Rory HEmma R
Dionysius S
Beau D-S
Sophie I
Sofie-Lee N
Claire K
Leticia G
Amity W
Lucas C
Zafia T
Jaden C

Community News

Griffith University Research Invitation for Caregivers


Sports News

Representative Sports

SAPSASA Cross Country Report

Squad List:

Arizona G, Emily D, Ethan L, Grace M, Harrison Mc, Kuch K, Liam A, Matthew G, Nhial M-Y, Oscar E, Skye M


On Friday 12th May Bethany took 11 students from year three to six to compete in the annual SAPSASA Cross Country Championships at Carisbrooke Reserve, Salisbury Plains. It was a perfect day for cross country with the sun shining and a perfect temperature to run. Although we were down in numbers for this event this was made up by all the athletes' awesome attitude, effort and encouragement all day long. Everyone’s commitment to trainings and achieving the best they could made the day a great success with many students achieving personal best times and finishing in the top 3 runners for our district. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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 20|05

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsHurricanesEvie CNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsMawson Lakes OpalsAmity CL515
NetballU10 Bright StarsMaswon Lakes GemsSofie-Lee NW210
BasketballU08 Lakers76ers Bandits-Forfeit
BasketballU10 BullsTyndale Tigers-Forfeit
BasketballU10 WarriorsBrooks Thrillers 10Rush KW254
BasketballU12 BoomersBrooks Thrillers 12Jensen BW506
BasketballU12 HornetsHope Valley Hear 12dSamuel ML630

Saturday 27|05

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsGems Pink SapphireEvie CNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsBulldogs 1L116
NetballU10 Bright StarsRenegades SilverAnnabel JL010
BasketballU08 LakersGGLPS Dazzling StarsIsabelle DW104
BasketballU10 BullsBearcats SteamDeng AL1219
BasketballU10 WarriorsTyndale FalconsDavid OW3210
BasketballU12 BoomersHope Valley Hear 12dNoah PW3612
BasketballU12 HornetsWings RollersTyler MW3223

Weekly Information

Important Dates

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, June 1 2023

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