Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 32022

From the Principal

We have hit the halfway mark for Term 3 with the excitement and anticipation for what is next as the world opens up and the sun begins to shine. During the past couple of years, it has been particularly challenging to find ways to connect with one another and so we have been working through what it could look like as we begin to safely welcome back parents in physical ways. We would like to find a balance to protecting the health of staff and students with the wonderful benefits of having some ways for parents to participate and celebrate learning. We will ask for your help as we hold “Welcome Back” opportunities that will allow for safe and enjoyable ways to join together again.

Parent teacher interviews will be held on line again in the same way we did in Term 1 and we will send out an email sometime next week with the details of how to register and select a convenient time slot. Parent teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 22nd and Tuesday 27th September. Please look out for the email we will send next week. If you need to update your email or any other contact information, please contact the office on 8283 0000.

Chapels will be the first way that we say, “Welcome Back”. On Wednesday’s each week we hold a Primary Chapel at 10.50am and a Junior Primary Chapel at 12.10pm. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the Chapel and remember to walk directly to the Performing Arts Centre. At times, classes will have a special part to play, and those teachers will invite you to come along, if you are able, to enjoy this time. Each week we will have the upstairs seating open to allow for guests to attend and maintain a safe distance. As always, any visitors to the school are required to sign in at the administration office and walk directly to the Performing Arts Centre. We ask that you wear a face mask in the front office and all other times that you are inside and close to others. If you are able to socially distance, you can choose if a mask is required. Please consider the health of all members of our community in this decision. Teachers are currently working together on other opportunities that can be created to ‘Welcome Back’ parents. These opportunities will be varied in their timing, the kind of activities involved, and they will all be planned around sharing and connecting together in safe ways. The idea of a whole school gathering continues to pose significant challenges, so instead, we will find ways to welcome you back in smaller groups that will be enjoyable ways to gather and celebrate. We are looking forward to sharing more about these important events as the term continues.

It is Book Week which is always a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading a book with the ELC children this week as a part of the celebrations. This Friday is dress up day so remember to dress up as your favourite character or inspired by the theme ‘dreaming with your eyes open’. Our Book Fair is underway and so you are welcome to come along before school to visit the fair and purchase books if you are interested. Please see the information included about opening times.

Our Father’s Day stall will be held next Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September during school times, for students to purchase a gift for their father or someone who is a father figure in their lives. Please refer to the information included in the newsletter for more details.

We have a Show Day on Friday 9th September. This is the day we would encourage you to attend the Royal Adelaide Show if you are considering attending during a weekday to reduce interruptions to learning. It is a pupil free day and OSHC will be available.

Each year we support the Heart Foundation through Jump Rope for Heart which takes place on Friday 23rd September.

As we head towards the second half of the term I would like to remind you that Term 3 finishes on Friday 30th September at 3:10pm and Term 4 resumes on Monday 17th October.

I know that this weekend I am looking forward to some warmer weather. Have a lovely weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear


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

Romans 12:8b

Deputy's Corner

Bethany Christian School has commenced the use of the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC), which began with all of the teaching staff undertaking explicit training in the use of the KS:CPC programme.

The KS:CPC is a Department for Education responsibility under the South Australia Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the Child Protection in Schools, Early Childhood Education and Care Services policy to ensure that effective abuse prevention programs are implemented and that all children and young people have access to the approved child protection curriculum. 

Although parent permission is not required under the Education and Children's Services Regulations 2020, we encourage you to seek further clarification in order to alleviate any concerns.

The KS:CPC is a child safety and respectful relationships curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals.

The KS:CPC is divided into 5 documents specific to the age and year level of students, starting from age 3 and progressing to age 17+. 

The KS:CPC is based on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities of increasing complexity. The two KS:CPC Themes are:
•    Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe
•    Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

The two KS:CPC Themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the students. The Focus Areas are:
•    Focus Area 1: The right to be safe
•    Focus Area 2: Relationships
•    Focus Area 3: Recognising and reporting abuse
•    Focus Area 4: Protective strategies

The activities are structured in a sequential nature and at an age and developmentally appropriate level covering a range of topics. The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum and is often incorporated across other learning areas.

Should you require more information, or would simply like to learn more, resources, factsheets and flyers can be found on the KS:CPC website: I would encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the curriculum.

I trust that you and your family stay warm and well as the cold weather lingers.

God bless you,

Deb Clifford

Deputy Principal


Health Care

Our Year 5 and 6 students are having swimming lessons in Week 6 and our Year 1s and 2s 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 centre policy, you must not swim for 2 weeks after gastro symptoms have ceased
•    For more information about swimming centre policies please visit the below link

Camp Medication
Year 5s are having their camp in Week 8. The school will pack the medication that has been provided to the school. However, if your child is on any regular medication that needs to be administered in the evening, night or in the morning, please provide the medication along with a doctor’s note by Friday Week 7. All medications including over the counter medication/herbal medications need to have a doctor’s note.

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

•    Have little card 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 on how to pack a bag
•    Reward charts for coming home with every item that belongs to them
•    If they take jumpers or jackets off, ask them to put them straight in their bags or tie it around their hips
•    Please label all uniforms clearly whether it is new or secondhand
•    Please do not send the children with valuables such as gold rings, gold ear rings, watches or any other toys that are dear to them

Spare Uniform Information
Students at Bethany Christian School can borrow spare uniform when there is a need. Once uniforms are borrowed, it will be borrowed under the library’s borrowing system. This system will send a reminder email to parents if the uniform has not been returned before the due date. After two scheduled reminders the Library will forward the student’s details to the Finance department where the price of the uniform will be invoiced and added to your school fees to replace the spare uniform stock. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Pick Ups during Recess and Lunch
If you are picking up your children during lunch time which is 1pm to 1:40pm, please notify the school before 12:50pm, so we can notify the teacher to send the student down to the student desk ready for pick up. As it is student's and teacher's lunch time, they won’t be in the classroom and it is really difficult to locate a student in the yard or playground during this time. We acknowledge emergency situations are exceptions and we are happy to help you.

Thank you for your continued support,


Kind Regards

Priya Wilson
School Nurse

Parent Teacher Interviews

We are nearing the end of our third term for the year and teachers are looking forward to sharing the progress your children are making at our Parent Teacher Interviews in Week 9 (Thursday 22nd September) and Week 10 (Tuesday 27th September). You will be receiving an email next week with a link to book the time slot that you prefer. This is the same booking program that was used in Term 1 of this year.

Book Week 2022

Welcome to Book Week 2022! 

Our Book Fair has commenced and we are excited to see students coming in and browsing through the wide array of books on offer this year. Please remember that students can make purchases before school, at lunch and during their library borrowing times.

We are looking forward to seeing the many creative costumes for Dress Up day this Friday. This year the theme is "Dreaming with Eyes Open" or children can dress up as their favourite book character. 

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Jump Rope for Heart

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 $1281 raised so far. 

It’s not long until our Jump Off Day on Friday 23rd September 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. 

Circle of Security

Community News


SA Church District Basketball Trials

Sports News

Representative Sports

SAPSASA Athletics  |  Para District Zone


Alyssa A, Angelo H, Ann Lena B, Calvin P, Chloe F, Chloe J, Elijah Y, Harveer B, Isaleli T, Jacob K, Jayda M, Jemima M, Jessica S, Jett C, Jude C, Kiara H, Liam H, Liliah M, Lucca M, Magot M, Makenzie M, Matthew G, Mitchell M, Mungkaun L, Nhial M, Orian P, Rhythm S, Riley B, Rossi C, Sienna M, Sophie S, Stella R, Tam G, Tyler M, Vivia P, Wynter D, Yanish G


Mr B Hannaford, Mr N Grieger, Mr A Peterson, Mr B Richardson, Mr S Traeger, Mrs R Curtis

In conditions that were perhaps more suited to Cross Country, our athletics squad participated in the SAPSASA Para District Athletics Carnival at Bridgestone Athletics Centre on Friday, August 12th 2022. Despite the wind, rain and mud, each of our athletes gave their very best and worked well as a team to take out the Championship Pennant in the large schools division.

Our athletes all demonstrated great encouragement and kindness towards other competitors and the officials throughout the day, representing themselves, and Bethany, well. We are so proud of all of their efforts!

Special mention goes to Nhial, who came 1st in the 10B High Jump, with an impressive clearance of 1.35m and Riley, who came 1st in the 11G Discus with a throw over 12m. There were some really exciting 800m races, with Liliah, Orian & McKenzie all coming first in their age groups. In the final event for the day, our relay teams worked well together, with excellent baton changes that resulted in many first place positions.

Well done & congratulations everyone on a really great day!

SACSA Basketball Team Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual Basketball Carnival

SACSA Year 3|4 Carnival  |  Tuesday 25th October  |   Week 2, Term 4

SACSA Year 5|6 Carnival (Div 1)  |  Thursday 27th October  |   Week 2, Term 4

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

Mondays  | 05|09, 12|09  |  Weeks 7 - 8, T3  |  Lunchtime

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

Tuesdays  | 06|09, 13|09  |  Weeks 7 - 8, T3  |  Lunchtime

Meet at the verandah by the courts at the beginning of tryouts.

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

Weekly Sports

Come and Try Basketball  |  Rec - Year 1

We will be running a Come and Try Basketball Program for Reception and Year 1 students at Bethany Christian School. The idea of this program is to introduce students to Basketball and as a lead in into the Weekly Basketball Program where training are held afterschool  and matches are played at various centre on Saturday mornings.

Sessions will be run by a staff member from ACBA | Norwood League, with the program capped at one instructor to 12 students for the come and try program.

The sessions will run at afterschool, 3.20 - 4.00, and will run for 7 weeks.

Sessions will be Thursdays  20|10, 27|7, 3|11, 10|11, 17|11, 24|11, 1|12  |  Weeks 1 - 7, Term 4.

The cost of the program is $60 and will be added to your school account.

All communication will be made via the BCS App and|or email.

Please complete the online form to register your interest. 

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 13|08

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Wild StarsMini AngelsAmity CL69
NetballU10 Bright StarsRenegades DiamondsAriana DL413
NetballU12 DiamondsNo Game
BasketballU08 BullsBrooks Cavaliers 8Gabriel SL914
BasketballU10 BoomersWings BombersNoah PW2415
BasketballU10 Warriors76ers TimberwolvesSamuel DW184
BasketballU12 HornetsKeithcot KnightsWayne TL1519
BasketballU12 CelticsModbury AnimalsJoash SW3831
BasketballU12 MavericksHope Valley Heat 12GChloe JL1024

Saturday 20|08

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Wild StarsMawson Lakes PearlsMarina BW135
NetballU10 Bright StarsNo Game
NetballU12 DiamondsTurquoiseAchieu NW135
BasketballU08 BullsWings CruisersKody NW146
BasketballU10 BoomersKings JetsJensen BW414
BasketballU10 WarriorsBrooks WildcardsDavid OW346
BasketballU12 HornetsKings EaglesLevi SL424
BasketballU12 Celtics76ers DynamitePiol DL2935
BasketballU12 MavericksTyndale AngelsW290

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August

Book Week

Friday 26th August

Dress Up for Book Week

Monday 29th August to Friday 2nd September

Swimming Lesson for Years 5 & 6

Friday 9th September

Pupil Free Day - Show Day

Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th September

Year 5 Camp

Wednesday 14th September

SACSA AFL Years 3 & 4

Friday 16th September

SACSA AFL Years 5 & 6

Friday 23rd September

Jump Off Day (Jump Rope for Heart)

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

Chapel Times

Year 3 - 6 Chapel10.50 to 11.30 am
Reception to Year 2 Chapel12.10 to 12.40 pm

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: Thursday, August 25 2022

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