Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 32021

Some photos from the recent BCS Choir performance

From the Principal

Welcome to our Newsletter for Week 5 of Term 3. We find ourselves half way through this term which seems to have snuck up on us very quickly.

Next week we have swimming lessons with our Year 5 and Year 6 students each day. Please ensure that all forms are returned and that you speak with your class teacher if you have any questions. Our Reception students are heading off to learn about road safety and our Year 2 students are visiting the Museum and the Central Markets. It is wonderful for students to be able to enjoy a range of experiences as part of our learning program.

Our teachers are working with your children to find ways that we can celebrate the diverse cultures that we represent at Bethany Christian School. We want to continue to build cultural awareness and respect together. Each year level, including our ELC are exploring how we can celebrate together throughout Week 8 of this term. While we cannot hold large community events, we are still finding ways that our students can be impacted by each other and can share their learning. We will use a similar model to the one that we developed at the end of last year, to encourage year levels to present an experience for the rest of the school, from ELC through to Year 6. This way there is a meaningful opportunity for your child to create something worth sharing with others and also see how others bring a broad range of ideas and opportunities they can learn from. We will keep you updated as we develop this experience and I would encourage you to speak with your children about what they are learning as well as sharing your stories of your family culture.

Friday 10th September will continue as a Pupil Free day even though the Royal Adelaide Show has been cancelled. Staff have a professional learning day planned and so if you require care, OSHC will be open for bookings.

In the final two weeks of term we plan to hold our Parent Teacher Interviews in a similar format to Semester 1. We anticipate having one parent/caregiver attending per child and will use appropriate social distancing. You will also be asked to wear a face mask unless you have an exemption or need to remove it to communicate clearly. We will send home a booking link and ask you to choose which times you would like to book. These will be available in a couple of weeks for you. Interviews are held on Thursday 16th September and Tuesday 21st September.

I pray that you will have a refreshing weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear


Memory Verse

If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you a have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

Romans. 12:8b

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to the middle of term 3! I have been so impressed with how settled our students have been at school. They have been literally bubbling with enthusiasm for all the Brilliance projects that have been brought in and displayed. There has been such an array of different types of projects and it is clearly obvious that the students have thoroughly enjoyed being creative and inventive.

Spring is not too far away now, and last weekend was a great reminder of the good weather still to come. I have included a "Nature’s Play SA 20 Things to Notice in National Parks" and "25 Things to Notice Along the SA Coastline" for your interest. I thoroughly enjoy beach combing or wandering in a national park with my family and never cease to be surprised at the number of new things we find or see.

With the news reporting COVID-19 daily, it is easy for us to become fatigued and feel mentally drained. If someone in your family is finding it challenging at the moment, please reach out and make contact with the school’s Wellbeing Team. We can be contacted on the school number of 8283 0000. Our team is made up of Leeony Pfeiffer (Counsellor), Elise Ottens (Social Worker), Priya Wilson (School Nurse) and me (Deputy Principal).

On the Nature’s Play SA website ( there are resources for Mental Health, Mindfulness and things to do during COVID as a family. You may find something on this website that you will find helpful.

On the topic of all things nature based, the students were extremely excited to see our very bossy and highly opinionated Masked Lapwing Plover pair have returned to lay their eggs in the nature play area near the oval. While it is not an ideal area for them to lay a clutch of eggs, what a wonderful opportunity for our students to watch birds in the very act of raising a family.


Thank you to everyone who is signing in, either by QR code or manually. The paper sign in sheet has now been removed from outdoor entrances to better protect the privacy of those signing in. If you are unable to use the QR code, please come to the office and pick up a sign in slip. Simply fill it in and hand it to the staff member behind the administration desk where it will be put into a safe location and kept secure for 28 days. After this time, the slips will be destroyed in accordance with the SA Health regulations. SA Health will only request these details should an outbreak be linked to Bethany Christian School. We very much appreciate your willingness to help us in this matter.

I wish you a fabulous week!


God bless you,


Deb Clifford



Health Care

In Week 6 and 10 our Year 5,6 and Year 1 and 2 students will have swimming lessons. 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

Lost Property

The school’s lost property baskets have been overflowing and as I sorted the jumpers today, noticed there is so many jumpers and jackets with no name, or the names have faded off. There is a basket full of water bottles and lunch boxes as well with no name on them. This week we learned about being responsible and doing it diligently. So, can you please talk to your children about packing their things straight away after using them. Some of the things you can do:

• Have a little check list (this can be in the form of pictures) on their bag to pack their things in to the bag at the end of recess, lunch and after school

• Having a demo at home how to pack a bag

• Reward charts for coming home with every item that belong to them

• If they take their jumper or jackets off, ask them to put it straight in their bag or tie it around their waist

• Please label all the uniform items, lunch boxes and drink bottles clearly whether whether they are new or secondhand

• Please do not send the children with valuables such as gold rings, gold earrings, watches or any toys that are dear to them

God Bless You,

Priya Wilson
School Nurse
Bethany Christian School

Father's Day Stall

Entertainment Books

Pupil Free Day

Book Week 2021

Not long now until Book Week! Please remember that there will be no dress up day this year. Dress up day at Bethany is every second year. This year we will be holding the Scholastic Book Fair. Please read the information below for more details.

Scholastic Book Fair Flyer 2021.pdf Scholastic Book Fair Flyer 2021.pdf

Wish List

Wish List.pdf Wish List.pdf

Book Fair

Community News

Playgroup - Base Church

Bethany Christian School ELC is excited to partner with Base Church and is starting a weekly playgroup. If you have pre-ELC children, you are most welcome to come along and get to know some other families. We hope to see you there.

Sports News

Jump Rope for Heart


I am writing to thank all of the wonderful children at Bethany Christian School who participated in Jump Rope for Heart. You all did an amazing job and were one of the highest fundraisers in the whole of South Australia. You all deserve a big pat on the back for not only helping the Heart Foundation raise money to help with our fight against heart disease, but also for doing some great exercise, helping to look after your own hearts. I hope you all had lots of fun and I hope you all keep skipping for good health.

Also, a big thank you to Mr Hannaford for his coordination and Harper in 2Z for being one of the highest fundraisers.

Imelda Lynch CEO SA/NT Heart Foundation

Weekly Basketball

Calling all students interested in playing Weekly Basketball for Bethany!

We are looking for a few players to participate in the weekly program played on Saturday Mornings.

The current age brackets are U8 Mixed, U10 Mixed, U12 Separated.

We currently have a few on the waiting list, and would love to create new teams!

We would also love to have some volunteer helpers as coaches for our weekly teams!

If you are available to help please email 

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

Basketball Nomination Form

Weekly Netball

Calling all students interested in playing Weekly Netball for Bethany!

We are looking for a few players to participate in the weekly program played on Saturday Mornings at Parafield Gardens Recreation Centre.

The current age brackets are U8 Mixed, U10 Mixed, U12 mixed.

We currently have a few on the waiting list, and would love to create new teams!

We would also love to have some volunteer helpers as coaches for our weekly teams!

If you are available to help please email

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

Netball Nomination Form

Weekly Sports Results

Matches Week Ending 7/08/21

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
Netball | U8Wild StarsBlazeZoey GNot Scored
Netball | U10Bright StarsMawson Lakes OpalsAmelia FL06
Basketball |U8 | Div 2Boomers76ers DolphinsGabriel SW194
Basketball | U10 | Div 2BlazersWings SpartansKhonreich CW2917
Basketball | U12B | Div 3 BlueLakersTyndale HawksBrayden HL2627
Basketball | U12B | Div 4 RedRaptorsSFX SlammersLevi SW2210

Matches Week Ending 14/08/21

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
Netball | U8Wild StarsKaleteeyaCharlotte MNot Scored
Netball | U10Bright StarsKaleteeyaAriana DL014
Basketball |U8 | Div 2BoomersHighbury HornetsCallum OW118
Basketball | U10 | Div 2BlazersModbury LeopardsDevon SW238
Basketball | U12B | Div 3 BlueLakersHope Valley Hear BZachariah TW4025
Basketball | U12B | Div 4 RedRaptors76ers SonicsElijah RL1011

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Friday 20th August SAPSASA Athletics
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August Swimming Lessons for Year 5/6
Wednesday 25th August Year 2 City Excursion
Thurdsday 26th August Reception Road Safety Excursion 
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th August Book Week
Tuesday 24th to Tuesday 31st August Book Fair
Thursday 2nd to Friday 3rd September Father's Day Stall
Friday 10th September Pupil Free Day 
2021 Term Dates  
Term 3 Tuesday 20th July to Friday 24th September
Term 4 Monday 11th October to Wednesday 8th December

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RDMonday and Thursday
RKMonday and Thursday
RHWMonday and Wednesday
1CMonday and Thursday
1DTuesday and Thursday
1PMonday and Thursday
2HSTuesday and Friday
2RWednesday and Friday
2ZTuesday and Friday
3LTuesday and Friday
3HRTuesday and Friday
3TWednesday and Friday
4GMonday and Friday
4PMonday and Wednesday
4WMonday and Friday
5KWednesday and Friday
5RTuesday and Friday
5TTuesday and Friday
6STuesday and Wednesday
6TMonday and Wednesday
6WTuesday and Wednesday

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, August 19 2021

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