Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 5Term 42021

Recently our Reception students had an ambulance visit

From the Principal

Our year is speeding by with community events like the Christmas Pageant reminding us that we are moving towards the end of another year. Our teachers are preparing for the end of year written report and we are also preparing to celebrate together with our Colour Explosion Fun Run. We have received approval of our COVID management plan for the event and are very hopeful that we will be able to proceed.

I would like to congratulate two students who are the winners of our t-shirt design competition. Elise from 3T and Gurman from 3HR contributed to the winning design. This design will feature on every t-shirt that the P & F have decided to gift to each student for the fun run. We ask that all students wear this t-shirt to our Colour Explosion Fun Run ready to participate in the fun. (Parents, you may like to bring a towel for your car ride home.) I would also like to thank the many students who entered this competition, we were very impressed with the range of ideas and the number of students that entered their designs.

Our Year 6 and ELC graduations will be wonderful events that we expect that those parents will be able to attend and we look forward to celebrating these milestones with our students.

Our OSHC program remains open right up until Christmas and so I would encourage you to think ahead and book your children in for days that you require care after the final day of school.

We finish school on Wednesday 8th December at 3:10pm. Prior to this, we will hold our final awards assembly that recognises students in a number of categories, our school choir will perform, and we will also reflect on some highlights from the year. We expect that parents will not be able to physically attend this event as the seating space is limited and so we will live stream this for your enjoyment.

As life gets busier at this time of the year, I would encourage you to consider the importance of bedtime routines especially over the weekends. We want to enable all children to be healthy, rested and ready for learning right up until the end of the term. This will help them to remain healthy and more able to fight off any illness. Please continue to remind your children about the importance of hand hygiene and I want to encourage you as parents take good care of yourself as you care for your family.

I pray that you will experience God’s peace and provision in this busy season.

God bless,

Wendy Matear


Memory Verse

Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.

Proverbs 31: 8

Deputy's Corner

Welcome back for another week. This week we have stopped for a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day. Our Junior Primary classes did an activity in class, and our Primary students all attended a Remembrance Day Service.

SRC Market Day Stall

Coming up in Week 7 is the inaugural SRC Market Day Stall, being held on Friday 26th of November. To date we have 15 small student led businesses who will be selling a dizzying array of remarkable goods, ranging from lantern jars, cards, bookmarks, slime, sewn merchandise, handicrafts, plants and second-hand goods. Prices are ranged from 50c to $10. Everyone in the school is welcome to come along from 1pm-1.30pm to buy from the Market Day Stalls.

Colour Explosion Fun Run

Also coming up is our whole school Colour Explosion Fun Run. It is certainly shaping up to be an exciting family orientated school event. As we are expecting a large volume of people, please be especially aware of our COVID19 management processes. We will have additional QR codes for sign in all around the school site and Fairbanks Drive Reserve (where the fun run will be held), and manual sign in facilities will be made readily available for those who prefer to sign in manually. We will be having a team of COVID Marshals who will be able to help you. We have designated a picnic eating area in which everyone will be able to sit comfortably while consuming their BYO or onsite purchased food and beverages. Remember to bring a picnic rug or folding chairs if you decide to stay for a meal with your immediate family. We are very excited about this event and look forward to the colour explosion!

Cyber Safety

Our Junior Primary staff have recently been involved in a Digital Technologies Project, and part of the content of the course was around raising awareness of the importance of cyber safety for younger children.

According to which is an Australian parenting website, there are four main types of risks for children when accessing the internet; Content, Contact, Conduct and Contract risks. They describe these as;

Content risks
For school-age children these risks include things that they might find upsetting, disgusting or otherwise uncomfortable, if they come across them accidentally. This might include sexual content in games, pornography, images of cruelty to animals, and real or simulated violence.

Contact risks
These risks include children coming into contact with people they don’t know or with adults posing as children online. For example, a child might be persuaded to share personal information with strangers, provide contact details after clicking on pop-up messages, or meet in person with someone they’ve met online.

Conduct risks
These risks include children acting in ways that might hurt others, or being the victim of this kind of behaviour. For example, a child might destroy a game that a friend or sibling has created. Another conduct risk is accidentally making in-app purchases.

Contract risks
These risks include children signing up to unfair contracts, terms or conditions that they aren’t aware of or don’t understand. For example, children might click a button that allows a business to send them inappropriate marketing messages or collect their personal or family data. Or children might use a toy, app or device with weak internet security, which leaves them open to identity theft or fraud.

With our children accessing the internet, it is important to develop our children’s digital resilience. Digital resilience enables our children to manage the risks associated with using the internet and having skills to deal with concerning experiences, and giving them all the tools to be able to respond positively and proactively when they encounter online risks.

To build digital resilience, parents and caregivers can talk about the online content and listening to their child’s opinion and views about the content. They can also go online with their child, and by doing so are being a good role model. Teaching children explicitly about being careful on line is vital, and teaching young children to never reveal personal information while online is critical. Careful conversations and role modelling will also teach your child to avoid online purchases and about appropriate, kind behaviour while online.

The eSafety Commisioner ( is a great site to help navigate parents in how they can support their children.

Please do not hesitate to discuss any of your questions or concerns around eSafety with your child’s teacher.

I wish you a fabulous week ahead!


God bless you,

Deb Clifford



Health Care

We have identified a few students with head lice and the symptoms of gastroenteritis. Please see the below information.

Viral Gastroenteritis
We have students presented to the care room with the symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea and fever. Please inform the school if your child is unwell and keep your child at home until at least 24 to 48 hrs after vomiting and/or diarrhoea has completely stopped.

We would like to thank you for your co-operation in these matters and should parents/carers require further information contact the school on 8283 0000 and alternatively you may refer to the SA Health website ( or Bethany Christian School website ( for more information.

Head Lice
The school would like to ask you to check your child’s hair this weekend and recommend head lice check at least once a week from then on. If you detect lice or eggs in their hair, please advise the school office and treat them accordingly before returning your child to school. Our school policy states that children with eggs or lice, whether dead or alive, still in their hair do not attend school until they have all been removed.


God Bless You,

Priya Wilson
School Nurse

School Banking Update from Commonwealth Bank

For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story and access our financial education resources, please visit

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.

The final day for school banking will Tuesday 7th December however to redeem any rewards please submit your orders by Friday 19th November. As a goodwill gesture, every banker will be eligible for a final reward regardless of the amount of tokens collected.


New Baby

Congratulations to Mr Tothill and his wife for the safe arrival of their third child, Finley Tothill. He was born on 5th November weighing 6 pounds 6 ounces and is doing well.

Colour Explosion Fun Run

Thank you so much for supporting our school!

The end of year event Colour Explosion School Fun Run is shaping up to be a great event.

Currently we have raised $14, 171.

Well done to those students who have been fundraising, such a great effort!

Please feel free to have a look at how your child can be involved and how they can start their fundraising by clicking the link below.

We would also like to invite your whole family to join us as we celebrate 2021.

This is a twilight event that will start at 5pm and finish at 7pm. Please feel free to bring along a rug and picnic dinner or purchase from the eateries we will have available for you on the night - this is an alcohol free event. The school community will also be able to enjoy the various stalls, rock climbing wall, face painting, fairy floss, popcorn, ice-blocks, donuts, milkshakes, balloon animals, go cart racing, whilst they cheer the children on during the fun run.

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ELC and Reception Parents - please note your children will be running their race from 2pm – 3pm on the 3rd of December and are welcome back to enjoy the festivities and watch the older year levels run their races. Parents are allowed onsite during this time to cheer their child on as long as they wear a mask when they are unable to remain 1.5m apart, and sign in using the QR Code provided. We ask that your child wears their colour explosion gift white t-shirt to school that day, along with their black PE school shorts and sneakers you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. T-shirts will be sent home with your child on the 2nd of December. It might be a good idea to bring a towel when picking your children up from school, as they will be covered from head to toe in coloured powder, slime and water.

Year 1 through to Year 6 parents - The rest of the students will be provided with a school supplied gift t-shirt on the afternoon of the 3rd Dec and are required to wear it back to the event with their black PE school shorts and sneakers you don’t mind getting wet and dirty.

All t-shirts are white and will be getting wet. We strongly encourage your child to wear a tank top underneath for discretion.

More information regarding your child’s race time, merchandise collection (sunglasses and wristband) will be sent home the week prior to the event.

Bronnie Lyrtzis
Bethany Christian School Parents & Friends

Community News

Base Group Playgroup

Sports News

Weekly Netball

Netball Nomination Form

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

2021 SACSA Netball Carnival

On Friday 22nd October, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day as we sent five teams to the Golden Grove Netball Courts to compete in either the Year 3/4 or 5/6 carnivals against other SACSA affiliated schools. In the Year 3/4 carnivals the girls had 9 teams and the boys had 8 teams in their division whilst the Year 5/6 carnivals had 10 teams in the girls and 6 in the boys. Special mention and congratulations go to our 5/6 Boys team who are the 2021 Champions in the division 1 competition.

3/4 Girls Gold – No Ladder Kept

Back Row [L to R]: Stella R, Jayelah A, Alyssa A, Demi M, Sienna F
Front Row [L to R]: Arizona G, Sharni W, Millie R, Sophie S, Riley B, Sienna M

Captain: Demi M

Assistant: Sienna F

Coach: Mrs Lexi Hall
Manager: Mrs Cherie Boxall
Scorer: Kira Robb

An outstanding effort from all the girls. Not only were they very successful playing the games but their co-operation and attitude as a team was beyond their years. Well done and congratulations to them all.
Mrs Hall

3/4 Girls Silver – No Ladder Kept

Back Row [L to R]: Amelia H, Imigen W, Achieu N, Wynter Do , Zira K
Front Row [L to R]: Soriya H, Aleesha B, Ira P, Jamelia A , Mia C

Coach: Mrs Katie Haywood
Manager: Mrs Cherie Boxall
Scorer: Jesse Hughes

What a fabulous day! Each game the girls gave their best and they played with admirable sportsmanship. We felt a sense of victory for every goal we scored. I was so proud of the way their confidence grew. Well done Silver Stars!
Mrs Haywood

3/4 Boys – No Ladder Kept

Back Row [L to R]: Jaxon S-C, Lucca M, Joash S, Jacob N, Colby M
Front Row [L to R]: Levi C, Matthew G, Brandy N, Orlando H, Elijah Y

Coach: Ms Chantal Moore
Manager: Mrs Cherie Boxall
Scorer: Nathan Casey

A fantastic day out on the court with outstanding effort and great teamwork by all. The boys’ athleticism was evident on the courts and was represented in the results. Congratulations and well done.
Ms Moore

5/6 Girls – 6th Place

Back Row [L to R]: Jayda M, Kaylee W, Ava M, Cheyenne M, Adhieu N
Front Row [L to R]: Kiara H, Makenzie M, Micaela G, Mackenzie W, Sarah L

Coach: Mrs Jasmine Duckworth
Manager: Mrs Cherie Boxall
Scorer: Louise Moffat Ward

Great effort from all the 5/6 girls. The girls improved after each game and showed great attitude and sportsmanship. Outstanding work and congratulations to all.
Mrs Duckworth

5/6 Boys – Champions
Back Row [L to R]:
Marcus A, Jacob K, Cohen M, Kuot A, Connor T, Rick L
Front Row [L to R]: Orian P, Braith H, Levi B, Angelo H

Captain: Cohen Mortimer
Coach: Mr Scott Sheeky
Manager: Mrs Cherie Boxall
Scorer: Sally Karklis

The Year 5/6 boys had a fantastic day out. All team members played their role well which resulted in the boys finishing undefeated. The Grand Final match in division one was close but with great teamwork we came away with the win against Kings 11 – 10. Thanks boys for an awesome day!
Mr Sheeky

Weekly Sports Results

Matches Week Ending 30/10/21

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
Netball | U8Wild StarsWildfireLottie Mnot scored
Netball | U10Bright StarsFlame Annabel JL016
Basketball |U8 | Div BlueBullsBrooks Cajuns 8Jaxon C
Basketball | U10 | Div OrangeBoomersKings EaglesLiam AL614
Basketball | U10 | Div BlueBlazersWalkerville cats 10AIsaleli TW2217
Basketball | U12B | Div 3 BlueLakersBrooks Bulldogs 12Jacob WW2423
Basketball | U12B | Div 4 BlueThunderGGLPS New 12Jude CL1534

Matches Week Ending  6/11/21

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
Netball | U8Wild StarsRenegades Cubs Elise Bnot scored
Netball | U10Bright StarsRenegadesAlma BL47
Basketball |U8 | Div BlueBullsSFX Boomers Cooper J
Basketball | U10 | Div OrangeBoomersKing Jets Lazar TL410
Basketball | U10 | Div BlueBlazersWings Spartans Devon SL1826
Basketball | U12B | Div 3 BlueLakersHeccies 12CJeremy SW2514
Basketball | U12B | Div 4 BlueThunderHeccies 12DPayton RL1127

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 15th November 2022 Reception Assessments
Thursday 18th November ELC Transition Visits
Thursday 18th November SACSA Table Tennis Yr 5 & 6
Thursday 18th November ELC Transition Visits
Thursday 18th November SACSA Table Tennis Yr 5/6
Friday 19th November ELC Transition visits
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th November ELC Transition visits
Thursday 25th November Year 6 Temple Orientation
Friday 26th November SRC Market Day
2021 Term Dates  
Term 4 Monday 11th October to Wednesday 8th December
2022 Term Dates
Term 1 Monday 7th February (Reception students only to begin Tuesday 8th February) to Thursday 14th April

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RDWMonday and Thursday
RKMonday and Thursday
RHWMonday and Wednesday
1TSMonday and Wednesday
1DTuesday and Thursday
1PMonday and Thursday
2HSTuesday and Friday
2RWednesday and Friday
2ZTuesday and Friday
3MSTuesday 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 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, November 11 2021

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