Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 7Term 22019

Year One Excursion

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 7 Newsletter for Term 2. I hope that you enjoyed a change of pace over the long weekend and that you were able to enjoy some family time together. There are certainly many colds’ and flu’s around and so I would ask that you remind your children to carefully wash their hands, cover their mouth and nose with their arm when coughing and sneezing and keep up healthy eating and good sleeping patterns. We will continue to encourage children to maintain healthy habits and to keep our school as germ free as possible this winter.

Our teachers are finishing student reports at the moment while they also keep the learning experience going in classrooms. The importance of developing good relationships and responsible choices continues to be a large part of the learning that takes place at school. We want to help students to think about their learning, experience new ways of thinking, and, learn together. It is helpful to explore ideas, try things and reflect on what worked and what didn’t work. A part of learning is experiencing failure and learning how to persist even when we don’t know if we will succeed. Sometimes, we avoid things that we find difficult, but, it is also important to know how to tackle difficult things and keep trying rather than give up. Resilience is a character trait that enables us to bounce back when we are disappointed, getting up and giving it another go. Imagine what our community would look like if we all showed resilience throughout our lives.
Last week in Media classes, students were discussing how each of us can make a difference in the world. They were sharing examples and stories of times when students chose to do something for others. One of the stories inspired Lily from Year 3 to bring in her savings for us to take to Hope Village in July. This act of generosity sets her up to see that she can make a difference in the lives of others. It will help someone in need, but just as importantly, it will build in her a sense of agency that she can make a difference for others. I love to hear about those individual stories of kindness and share them with others. They inspire me to think beyond myself and remind me to think of ways I can also contribute to the lives of others. Thanks Lily.
In Week 10 our Year 4 and Year 5 students have swimming lessons. Please return the appropriate forms to your class teacher. This is such an important part of living in Australia that is surrounded by beautiful beaches. Please make sure that your child participates and builds confidence to stay safe in the water.
We had some exciting news with Simon Traeger and Miriam Wilckens both welcoming a new baby into their families. The Traeger family welcomed their fourth child Eulalia Esperanza Traeger and Miriam and Zac had their first baby, Banksia Oliver Skip Wilckens. We are very excited for their safe arrival and look forward to meeting both of them.

I pray that you have a wonderful week.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many.

Matthew 20: 28

Eulalia Esperanza Traeger

Banksia Oliver Skip Wilckens

Deputy's Corner

I trust that you all had a fabulous long weekend with your families. 

Congratulations to Matthew Gill

Matthew, aged 6 and currently a year 1 student at Bethany, has been a keen BMX competitor since he was 2 years of age, starting on mini-wheelers and at 3 years of age moving onto a bike.  Matthew has been a member of the Cross Keys BMX club quite some time.  Last month, Matthew competed in the 7 Sprocket Class at Shepparton, Victoria, and qualified to compete in a BMX competition in Belgium.  He will be competing in Heusden Zolder, which is approximately 1 hour from Brussels, the capital of Belgium.  We wish him all the very best as he represents his club and Australia later this year.  Well done Matthew.

Working With Children Check – WWCC

Changes to Screening

South Australia has introduced stronger, more effective, and transparent screening laws for people working or volunteering with children.  This has a direct effect on Bethany Christian School’s volunteering policy.

From 1st of July, 2019, the new laws mean that if you are volunteering with our students, you must have a valid child-related screening.

The new ‘Working With Children Check (WWCC)’ is being introduced from 1st July 2019.  This WWCC will be valid for 5 years.  For most of our volunteers who have a current DCSI certificate, you won’t need to do anything to be ready for the new laws starting on 1st July, 2019.

All current, valid DHS/DCSI child related employment screening clearances will be recognised as WWCCs under the law, until they expire

All of the relevant information regarding these new laws and relevant child-safe screening can be found at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the transition arrangements?

People who have a current, valid DHS/DCSI child-related employment screening will be able to keep using it until it expires.  After 1 July, 2019, they can apply for a WWCC up to 6 months before their current screening expires.

A National Police Certificate is no longer an accepted or valid child-safe check at Bethany Christian School.  If you do not have a current DCSI certificate, you will not be permitted to volunteer at the school. 

After 1st July, 2019, volunteers who do not have a current DCSI will be required to apply for the WWCC.

How much does a WWCC cost?

It is free for volunteers. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to someone at our Administration Desk or go to


God bless you!

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal


Year One Zoo Excursion

Recently our Year 1 students went to the zoo.  They had an amazing time exploring and interacting with the animals. Please enjoy the photos!


Uniform Shop

Please be aware that the Uniform Shop will be open during the July school holidays on Thursday 18th July from 2pm to 4pm and Friday 19th July from 8.15am to 10.30am.

Next term it will be closed on Monday 22nd July for the Pupil Free day and will reopen on Tuesday 23rd July. If you have any questions please speak to Leanne in the Uniform Shop.

Camp Australia

During the school holidays Camp Australia will be open on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th July but will be closed on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th July.  It will be open for the entire second week of the holidays and will be open on the Pupil Free days at the start of next term. If you have any questions please contact Camp Australia on 1300 105 343.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge!

 3L  3N  4G
Scarlett B  Layla B  Chanel H 
Dominic W Olivia A 4WY
Maddison J 3T Adhieu N
  Orian P  5R
  Saurabh B Julia C 

Premier's Be Active Challenge

Well done to the following students who have completed the Premier's Be Active Challenge!

Grace M 
Stella R 
Orlando H 
Janak B

Woolworths Earn and Learn

Thank you to all our families who have been collecting the Earn and Learn stickers for our school.  So many stickers have been collected already.  Please continue to support our school by collecting stickers and depositing them in the collection boxes at school and also at the Woolworths at Paralowie.

We ask that you encourage other family members to collect stickers to help us gain more educational equipment for our school.

Sticker sheets are available from the front office.

P & F Fundraising

Entertainment books are still available for purchase. Remember that by purchasing a new Entertainment book membership you will supporting fundraising at Bethany Christian School. Please click on the link to purchase a membership for only $70!

Click here to support us

Community News

State Netball Tryouts

State Netball Tryouts are coming up!

To be eligible to nominate for trials children:
• Must be 12 years and under in the year of competition.
• Must be a minimum age of 10 years of age in the year of competition.
• Must be enrolled at an affiliated school.

The trial process can be of great benefit to the player’s development, so please encourage the players to try out

Register here

Sports News

Weekly Sports Results

 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
Basketball U8 Lakers

Kings Heat

Oscar E  Khonreich C 4 . 24
U8 Blazers      
U10 Raptors      
U12 Bobcats Cedar Rockets Max Z  Ethan G 9 . 23
U12 Rockets      
U12 Thunder NWDC White Lachlan C  Saurabh B 27 . 18
 Netball 11 & U Shining Stars OLOH Magic Mackenzie C  Madeline P  9 . 12
 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
Basketball U8 Lakers


No Game  
U8 Blazers   No Game  
U10 Raptors   No Game  
U12 Bobcats   No Game  
U12 Rockets   No Game  
U12 Thunder   No Game  
Netball 11 & U Shining Stars  GS Lightning Bolts Jack H Hayley H  10.5

2019 SAPSASA Para Districts Cross Country Carnival

2019 Squad:
Eden D, Jack H, Jaxon N, Jeremy S, Hailey H, Holly S, Imogen P, Lily H, Madison M, Matthew N, Pattana P, Reilly S, Svetlana R-K, Tavish P, Taylor N & Zachary F

Eden D and Taylor N

Mr N Grieger, Mr J Tothill, Mr S Traeger & Mrs C Boxall

The Para Districts SAPSASA Cross Country Carnival was held on Friday 10th May in Term two.

Our students competed in the Large School section for final points and we are very happy to announce that Bethany are the champions for 2019. Congratulations to our team – it was a fantastic effort.

We would also like to thank Raine for her help with timing on the day – you were invaluable to us.

2019 SACSA Cross Country Carnival

2019 Squad:
Amelia L, Chloe J, Eden D, Faith K, Hailey H, Holly S, Jack H, Jaxon N, Jeremy S, Keith O, Lily H, Matthew N, Maxx S, Mitchell M, Orian P, Reilly S, Svetlana R-K, Tavish P, Taylor N, Yar N & Zachary F.

Eden D and Taylor N

Staff: Mr N Grieger, Mr J Tothill, Mr B Hannaford and Mr J Wegener

On Monday 3rd June Bethany took 21 students from year three to six to compete in the annual SACSA Cross Country Championships at Carisbrooke Reserve, Salisbury Plains. Well done to all of our students for giving your best – we were very proud of you.

We would like to congratulate the following students for finishing in the top 10 of their race:

Holly S   7th Place
Zachary F  8th Place
Maxx S  10 Place
Keith O  7th Place
Jack H  9th Place

The following students were the first Bethany students to cross the finish line in their respective age groups:

Yar N   9 & Under Girls
Svetlana R K  10 Year Old Girls
Holly S  11 Year Old Girls
Lily H  12 Year Old Girls
Maxx S  9 & Under Boys
Jeremy S  10 Year Old Boys
Jack H  11 Year Old Boys
Keith O  12 Year Old Boys

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Tues 18th and Wed 19th June ELC Photos
Monday 1st July to Friday 5th July Swimming Lessons for Yr 4 & 5
Monday 22nd July Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 23rd July Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 24th July First Day of Term 3
Wednesday 7th August The NED Show
Monday 19th to 23rd August Book Week
Monday 19th August School Tour
Monday 19th August Yr 6/7 SACSA AFL Carnival
  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

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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
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5T Tuesday & Friday
6SH Monday & Tuesday
6S Monday & Tuesday
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Newsletter published: Thursday, June 13 2019

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