Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 7Term 12021

Some photos from the Junior and Senior Athletics Day taken by BCS Creations

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 7 Newsletter. I hope that you enjoyed some time as a family over the long weekend. We have enjoyed plenty of mild weather and this was particularly appreciated for our Junior and Senior Athletics days which ran very smoothly. I would like to thank our PE staff, our teachers and our support staff who made these days such a success. I would also like to congratulate those students who showed exceptional skills, a positive attitude and those who cheered on their friends to do their best.

On Monday we invited our Year 6 students to the stage to commission them as they lead the rest of our school in 2021. We are excited to see how they are already discovering so much about themselves and how they can make our school a better place for others. Our Year 6 students will have many opportunities to develop leadership capabilities through a range of experiences. These experiences will not always include large groups or up-front roles but seeing the importance of influencing those around them. Many of our younger students were inspired on Monday as they heard and saw our Year 6 students agree to lead in 2021.

I would like to thank those parents who have responded to the CSA survey about why parents choose Christian Schooling. Please follow the link if you are still to respond. 

Our Parent Teacher interview bookings opened earlier this week. They are next Thursday and the following Tuesday evening. If you have not booked a time to see your child’s teacher, please go to the email and follow the link to make your booking. It is a very simple process that will enable you to choose which time suits you the best. Please remember that we are asking that only one adult attend each interview and that there are no children to be brought with you. If you do need care for your child because you are unable to arrange an alternative, you could use Camp Australia for OSHC by choosing a Parent Teacher Interview time before 6pm. Camp Australia is available for you to use by following the link on our website.

Thursday 1st April is an early dismissal 12:10pm for the Easter long weekend. Easter is one of the most significant events of the Christian calendar as we remember the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. These events will be celebrated in churches around the world and we have some special events at school. I would encourage you to consider attending an Easter service at your local church but if you don’t have a local church, you are invited to join Base Church. Their service will be held at 10.00am on Easter Sunday in the PAC, please click on the link for more information 

Next week our Year 3 and Year 5 students participate in a NAPLAN online practice test. This is to ensure that the online platform is functional and that students are prepared for the practical side of using the platform. If your child is feeling a little nervous about NAPLAN I would encourage you to remind them that it is only one way we can see what they know about a few things. It is not to be a time of pressure but a way that we can continue to learn together. If you have further questions, please feel free to speak to your class teacher.

I have noticed that as things open up there are more events organised to attend and so I would encourage you to keep up your family routines and think about how to keep regular bedtimes to ensure that your children are refreshed and ready for learning.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you over the next two weeks for our Parent Teacher Interviews.

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life".

John 14:6b

Deputy's Corner

It is hard to believe that a full year has lapsed since we first became aware of COVID19, and we were plunged into a national lockdown! While we are not technically in a post-COVID19 period yet, I have certainly noticed a huge increase in the level and intensity of the traffic on our roads.

I have also become increasingly concerned that our students are getting tired and are making poor decisions about the car park and road safety. If you pick up your child either at the Turning Circle or the Kiss ‘n’ Drop, could you please remind your children that they need to wait until the car has come to a complete stop before trying to get into the car? Please be additionally vigilant when driving in our car parks and the neighbouring roads. The students were all reminded about safe road behaviours at Chapel this week. It would be great if it could be discussed at home too.

There is just over two school weeks until Easter, and with the changeable weather and the fact that we are well into the last half of the term, our students are getting tired. Having a predictable, early bedtime routine, plenty of exercise, a balanced healthy diet and plenty of water will help our students to stay healthy for the remainder of the term.

I wish you all a wonderful week and pray you will find rest on the weekend.

God bless you,

Deb Clifford


Health Care

It is wonderful to see how the students are keeping up with the hand hygiene and informing their teachers when they are not feeling well. Thank you parents and carers for all your support and the preparation you do with the children at home. As the winter months are approaching I would like to remind you of the following.

Common Cold - if your child is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms such as sneezing, blocked nose, runny nose and no fever, we encourage families to give their child 12 to 24 hours of rest. ( See our website factsheet Common Cold for further information)

Health Topic of the week


  • Asthma is a long-term condition which can be managed.
  • One in nine Australians are affected by Asthma.
  • Asthma Australia recommends children’s asthma should be reviewed by a health profession at least twice a year.
  • An Asthma Review is a chance for you to talk to your doctor about their asthma. A chance to talk about any symptoms they may be experiencing, any concerns you may have, to review asthma medication, and perhaps discuss ways to better manage their asthma.
  • Everyone with asthma should have a written Asthma Action Plan.
  • The school only follows the written authorization plan from a medical professional.
  • If your child needs preventative Ventolin to be administered before PE /Sport, please review your child’s asthma plan and provide a new plan to the School.
    Please follow this link for the Australian Asthma Handbook, where you will be able to get further details about Asthma.

Circle of Security Parenting Workshop

Year 5 Camp

Please read the experiences from some of our Year 5 students who recently went on camp.

I tried out knee boarding for my first time. I was a bit nervous and excited at the same time. The instructor led me through the process of knee boarding which seemed quite easy for me. When I saw the boat come nearer I got even more nervous. The boat spun back around to pick me up, they tied the rope to the boat and off I went. When I went off I realised it wasn’t as scary as I thought. I could feel the nice cool breeze as the boat towed me across the river. When I got off the boat I knew I would want to do it again.

We went to the caves on a big metal boat shaped like a box. When we got to the caves we had to walk off the boat using the plank and meet at the entrance of the cave. The only thing we could bring was our torch. When we entered the cave we went through to a tunnel like area and we had to turn off our torches and stand in complete darkness for a whole minute. After that we went through to the fossiling area and I found a heart shaped sea urchin, it was really cool. On the way out we had a decision to choose the hard path or the easy path, I went on all the hard parts, they were really fun and challenging.

Later after lunch we went on a boat tour and the boat was cool, each person got a chance to drive it. He showed us lots of different places on our tour and we spotted lots of different birds as we went through the lagoon. There was one part where he went really quick through the willow trees and this was super exciting. After the boat tour we got to go kayaking and we went to the lagoon and kayaked out, we all stuck our kayaks in the reeds and went for a swim around the lagoon.
Kiara and Chloe

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Christian Schools Australia Community Profile Survey


We are conducting a survey to better understand the reasons why parents choose to send their children to our school. The Christian Schools Community Profile: WHY PARENTS CHOOSE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS survey is offered by Christian Schools Australia. It will be conducted amongst all families with children enrolled in participating Christian schools. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ choice of school, their satisfaction with their children’s learning, their engagement in the school community and their general background. Our school will use the survey results to help gain a better understanding of our community, to inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

All families will be invited to participate in the survey. The survey will be conducted online and will only take 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed at any convenient time within the fieldwork period on desktop computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.

All responses to the survey are anonymous. The survey will be conducted from Monday 8 March to Thursday 1 April 2021. 

Please do not hesitate to contact Karen Julius on 8283 0000 if you have any general queries about the survey.

Camp Australia

Handball Championships Flyer.pdf

Open Handball Championships Flyer.pdf (802.38 KB)

Community News

Base Care

Sports News

SACSA Swimming Competition

Cameron H in Mr Traeger's Year 6 class has been busy competing and having fun at some more swimming competitions!

On Tuesday 2nd March, Cameron competed at the SACSA swimming carnival held at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre representing Bethany. He achieved 1st place in the 11 year old 50m freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and recorded new age records. He also competed in the 12 year old 50m butterfly and placed 2nd. More recently over the March long weekend, Cameron representing the Playford Aquatic Club competed at his very first SA State Age Long Course Championships held at the Marion Aquatic Centre.

This was held over 4 days, with heats being swum in the morning and finals in the evening. Cameron being 10yrs old and competing in the 10/11 year old age group, swam in 6 events and qualified for 3 finals, being the 50m and 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke. He placed a close 4th in both the freestyle finals, and an amazing 3rd place with a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke. A huge achievement for Cameron with all his hard work.

Next on Cameron's agenda is the SAPSASA swimming competition to be held on the 25th March at the Marion Aquatic Centre, representing Para Districts. We wish Cameron the very best!

Weekly Sports Results

Matches Week Ending: 06/03/2021

 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU10 BlazersLong weekend
U12 RaptorsLong weekend
U12 LakersLong weekend
NetballU 8 Bright StarsLong weekend

Matches Week Ending: 13/03/2021

 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU10 BlazersKings Wildcats Connor T Khonreich C10 . 9
U12 RaptorsKings Bearcats Devon S Jude C 32 . 2
U12 LakersHeccies Blue Rossi C Jacob W30 . 16
NetballU 8 Bright StarsTiny Tigers Aleesha B Ariana D

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Thursday 25th March Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 25th March Reception Hearing Assessments
Friday 26th March Reception Hearing Assessments
Tuesday 30th March Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 1st April 12.10pm Early dismissal for Easter
Friday 2nd April Good Friday
Monday 5th April Easter Monday
Friday 9th April Last day of term - normal dismissal time - 3.10pm
2021 Term Dates  
Term 1 Monday 1st February to Friday 9th April
Term 2 Wednesday 28th April to Friday 2nd July
Term 3 Tuesday 20th July to Friday 24th September
Term 4 Monday 11th October to Wednesday 8th 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, March 18 2021

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