Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 42019

Some of the photos of the food trucks that will be at our Brilliance Exhibition

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 5 Newsletter for our final term of the year. Last night we held our annual BYOD iPad parent meeting. This meeting is a time for us to ‘get on the same page’ in regards to the safe use of iPads that are travelling between home and school. This is an important way that we work together with parents to provide safe learning experiences for children in using the internet, choosing appropriate apps and building responsible practices into the way they use their device. We want to support families in setting good boundaries and helping to teach children how to make safe and responsible choices as they become digital citizens. Why not consider how your family can make some agreements about how often, how long and who chooses the way devices are used in your home?

A big congratulations to those students who completed the Premier’s Be Active Challenge. We recognise the importance of staying active throughout our lives and these sorts of opportunities can help to set up good habits for the future.

Our Junior Primary concert tickets are now live. If you would like to book free tickets for members of your family to attend, please refer to the memo you received or the information in this newsletter. It will be a wonderful celebration of 2019 and will show how Faith, Hope and Love are central to living lives of purpose.

Our Primary Exhibition is drawing closer too and we saw students giving and receiving feedback last week. Next week, we have invited some Temple students to come along to give more feedback to help our students challenge themselves and genuinely improve their products. It is very exciting to see what they are creating. On the night, we have a number of food trucks coming along so that you can enjoy the evening and grab some dinner for yourselves. We have included pictures of these so that you come prepared to enjoy some time together. The Primary students will remain with their products on the night presenting the work and so we ask that you give them a light meal before they return to school on the night.

Next week we hold our annual Reception testing days with all of our Receptions for 2020 visiting us. This is the beginning of our official transition events that are in place to help our students to move through different seasons of life. Transition is important but not something to be feared. We can help our children to build resilience if we speak positively about change and do not allow our imaginations to run away from us. At Bethany we have a number of processes that help to settle children and to build confidence to help them approach change. I would encourage you to also trust that things will go well and that we will keep working together to learn and grow safely.

I pray that you have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4: 10

Deputy's Corner

Deputy's Corner

The school is busily preparing for the end of year events, such as the Junior Primary End of Year Concert and the Upper Primary Brilliance Exhibition. Both events allow the students to celebrate their year at Bethany. In both events, students are able to demonstrate their individual talents and express their own unique abilities. Not everyone shares identical abilities, just as not everyone is exactly the same. Comparing ourselves with someone else’s talents and abilities often distorts our view of ourselves, obscuring the view of our own unique talents and abilities. God deliberately created us all as unique, with His own plan for our lives.

Comparing ourselves also positions us into a fixed mindset, limiting our growth and potential. What God intended for one individual is not necessarily what He intended for another!

To encourage your child to develop a growth mindset, we need to be careful about what we say to them. Dr Carol Dweck created the terms ‘fixed’ and ‘growth’ mindset to explain the generally held beliefs about human learning and intelligence. Research has discovered that the human brain is not fixed but in fact quite plastic and malleable, more than was previously believed. This means that when an individual believes that they can become ‘smarter’, they realise that with practice they can get better at what they are trying to achieve. They also understand that this means they need to put in extra practice, time and effort in order to achieve their goals. The neuroscientific research actually shows that human brains are capable of neural growth by utilizing good learning strategies, asking questions, practicing and living a healthy lifestyle and sleeping patterns.

When we talk with our children about their achievements, we need to remember to focus on the effort they made, not the success they achieved. This is very important, as praising an individual about their success sends a message that the outcome was the only important aspect, which inhibits resilience and persistence when things get hard. Praising the hard work cultivates a growth mindset.

Everyone has the capacity to learn and the capacity to succeed. Enjoy the last few weeks of this year celebrating your child’s learning!

God bless you,

Deb Clifford

God bless you,


Deb Clifford

Uniform Shop Changes for 2020

In 2020 we have partnered with The School Locker to open a new uniform shop. School Locker will offer the same uniforms at the same prices with our current friendly staff members. We're excited to be able to offer a new service which will include online orders, discounted iPads and other educational items for purchase. The transportable buildings will be relocated offsite in the Christmas break and a new look uniform shop will be moved to the admin building.

The Uniform Shop will run current hours as usual until the 10th of December and will reopen as The School Locker from Tuesday 28th of January for O week Sales.

The new uniform shop hours will be:

Monday 8am - 11am

Wednesday 1:15 - 4:15pm

Friday 8am - 11am

Online orders will be available through The School Locker app or website from the 28th of January 2020.

Parents can purchase iPads at a reduced price through the apple store  or The School Locker link below.

Purchase iPads from the School Locker


SRC Glow Dance Party

Our SRC (Student Representative Council) have organised an event for Bethany students to be held on Friday 15th November. There will be two sessions, one for our Junior Primary students (Reception to Year 2) which will commence at 5pm and finish at 6pm and the second session for our older children (Year 3 to Year 6) will commence at 6.30 and finish at 8.30 pm. Parents are able to wait for their children in the waiting area where drinks will be available for purchase for the Junior Primary session only. Tickets are available by completing the ticket order form that went home this week and returning it by Wednesday 13th November. Tickets must be purchased before the event. The ticket price includes a snack, a drink and a glow product. Parents are required to sign children in and out on the night. 

Junior Primary End of Year Concert

Tickets are now available for the Junior Primary Christmas concert to be held on Wednesday 27th November at 1.30pm for the matinee and 6pm for the evening concert.

Please log into Eventbrite to secure your tickets for this great night by clicking on these links: 

This is the link for the matinee:

This is the link for the evening concert:



Year 6 Excursion

On the 8th of November 2019, the year six students embarked on an excursion to the Adelaide City. Each group was given a task to plan their own journey around the city, each group had a “tourist” they had to tour around the city using the plan their group had created. We had a 1 hour drive to Elder park which was the starting point, each group then had to make their way to Glover park which was the end point where we would play for a short amount of time, then board the bus at 3:00pm for departure, heading for school.

Everybody has lots of fun during the chaos, running about to buy things and get to locations on time, we ended up having a good laugh! This was one of the best days that we would never forget!

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Mini Olympics

Please enjoy some photos from our recent Mini Olympics.


Remembrance Day Service 2019

On Monday 11th November Mrs Wyten's class led the school in service for Rememberance Day. After doing a reading a minute's silence was held. Please view the photos below of the event.


Uniform Labels

If you missed out on the iron on label promotion that was run by the Uniform Shop last year please note that it is available again this term. Head into the Uniform Shop to pick up an order form if you haven't already received one. Fill it in as the special price is only $3 for 10 labels with an extra 5 included at no extra cost. This offer is only available until the end of this term!

Sports News

Weekly Sports Results


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
U8 BlazersSFX MagicElijah W Khonreich C16 . 8
BasketballU10 BucksAFCBC DynamiteBrayden H Jeremy S27 . 19
U10 RaptorsGGLPS FirebirdsJude C Saurabh B21 . 16
U12 RocketsBlitz LasersJacob L Jadon W29 . 19
7 & U Bright StarsTiny Tango Team 1Chelsea O Millie RNot Scored
Netball11 & U Shining StarsForfeit


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick
BasketballU8 BlazersGGLPS GiantsIsaleli T-F Tobiasz T30 . 10
U10 BucksForfeit
U10 RaptorsForfeit
U12 RocketsKings CobrasAusyn M Jacob L40 . 27
Netball7 & U Bright StarsKings SparklesLoria C Chelsea ONot Scored
11 & U Shining StarsKings OpalsEden L Ella S6 . 26

Irish Dancing Champions

Recently Erin T and Connor T travelled to Canberra for the Australian National Titles. Connor was lucky enough to win the 8 year boys National Title which makes it 2 years in a row  for him. He also claimed the state title for the third year in a row. Erin finished 29th at the National Championships and was runner up in the state titles. 

It was a great year for both of them. They have worked so hard.

Congratulations to both!

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Lexie B (5P) was selected to participate in Sapsasa Tennis representing the Playford/Para district and Bethany Christian School. The event was scheduled across 4 days and held at the Broadview Tennis Club with 10 different districts competing. The competition included 4 matches per day made up of 2 doubles and 2 singles games. Lexie played a total of 14 matches, winning 9. Overall the Playford/Para District came equal second. Well done Lexi!

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Well done Tiffany

Tiffany C in Year 2 recently competed in a cheerleading competition with her team and won the over all grand champions in the novice division. Her team will travel to Orlando, Florida next year to compete and well as the Battle of the Beaches in Sydney.

Well done Tiffany on a great effort!

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Thursday 14th November SACSA Basketball Year 6/7 Girls
Friday 15th November SACSA Basketball Year 6/7 Boys
Friday 15th November SRC Disco
Monday 18th November Reception Assessments
Tuesday 19th November Reception Assessments
Wednesday 20th November Reception Assessments
Thursday 21st November Temple Orientation for Year 6s
Monday 25th to Friday 29th November ELC Transition Visits
Wednesday 27th November JP End of Year Concert
Friday 29th November Choir Excursion
  2019 Term Dates
Term 1 Mon 4th February - Fri 12th April
Term 2 Mon 29th April - Fri 5th July
Term 3 Wed 24th July - Fri 27th September
Term 4 Mon 14th October - Wed 11th December

Monday Morning Praise

Whole School Worship
10 - 10.30am Mondays


Primary Chapel (Years 3 - 6)
10.50 - 11.30am Wednesdays

Junior Primary Chapel (Reception - Year 2)
12.10 - 12.50pm Wednesdays

Uniform Shop Times

The opening times for the Uniform Shop are: 

Monday 8.15 - 10.30 am
Tuesday 8.15 - 10.30 am
Thursday 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Friday 8.15 - 10.30 am

Bethany Christian School

PO Box 2125
Salisbury Downs SA 5108
37 Countess St
Paralowie, SA, 5108

P. 08 8283 0000
F. 08 8283 0101

Class Days
RD Monday & Thursday
RH Monday & Thursday
RHA Monday & Thursday
1D Thursday & Friday
1T Monday & Thursday
1C Monday & Friday
2ZH Tuesday & Friday
2P Wednesday & Friday
2R Thursday & Friday
3L Tuesday & Wednesday
3N Tuesday & Friday
3T Tuesday & Wednesday
4G Monday & Friday
4WH Monday & Friday
4WY Monday & Friday
5P Tuesday & Friday
5R Tuesday & Friday
5T Tuesday & Friday
6SH Monday & Tuesday
6S Monday & Tuesday
6T Monday & Tuesday

Newsletter published: Friday, November 15 2019

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