Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 7Term 22023

National Reconciliation Week 2023

From the Principal

Welcome to our Week 7 newsletter for Term 2. We have certainly been feeling the change in weather and we remind students to care for their health and for the health of those around them. We thank you for keeping home your children if they are unwell and also encourage regular bedtimes, healthy food options and regular exercise. I am finding that this is very important for me too in this busy time of year.

Last week we celebrated the life of Mrs Estelita Hester with a large funeral service where we remembered the important contributions she has made to our community. It was a reminder to me to ensure that we are living each day with purpose and investing in relationships. Essie’s faith in Jesus as her saviour was very evident, and was demonstrated through the way she lived a life of joy expressed through care and hospitality. Thank you for those of you who were able to attend.

On Friday last week, our teachers continued to work through the implementation of Version 9 of the Australian Curriculum. This important work helps us to ensure that the way we plan and teach aligns with requirements, but also expresses our values and our new learning.

Our Reception students enjoyed an excursion to the Hahndorf Farm Barn and our Year 3 students visited the planetarium. We have included reports of these wonderful experiences. 

One of the important documents that we will share with you this week, explains how we collect information for the Government to receive funding to support particular students. It is called the NCCD and it informs the funding which enables us to support students in a variety of ways. The letter will be emailed to all families so that you are aware of this information. If you have further questions, our Diverse Learning team will be happy to speak with you.
Next week our Year 5 students head off on camp. I look forward to sharing their learning experiences with you on their return.

In Week 10 we have swimming lessons for our Year 5 and Year 6 students. Learning to swim is an essential skill in Australia to keep children safe. Please talk to your class teacher if you have any questions.

We have a team of staff heading to our sister school in Indonesia this July as the first team to return since COVID. These staff will provide important training for the start of their school year. Hope School started in July 2012 with 3 teachers and a total of 30 students in ELC, Reception, and Year 1. This July, we will have around 800 students from ELC to Year 12. We are blessed with so much in Australia, and I am so grateful for the staff who volunteer their time and choose to invest in others. Our SRC have decided to hold a pyjama day on Friday 30th June as a fundraiser to support the purchase of library books for Hope School.

I pray that you have a restful weekend.

God bless,


Wendy Matear


This Week's Memory Verse

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

Matthew 20: 28

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to Week 7! I trust that you’ve all managed to navigate the transition into the cooler weather, and have managed to stay well.

The SRC have been working diligently behind the scenes to organise a Pyjama Day/Casual Day, which has been scheduled for Friday 30th June (Week 9). While it does fall on the Year 1 excursion, the Year 1 students will have the option of bringing in a gold coin donation for a packet of popcorn and a fruit box to take with them to the Zoo. The money raised by the SRC will be donated to the Hope School Library. 

Next week, in Week 8, our Year 5 students will be going to Woodhouse for their camp. For the most part, students are excited about going away to camp. But for some, the thought of travelling to somewhere new without their family can be quite daunting, if not downright scary. I have included a segment I wrote last year in the newsletter concerning anxiety. 

Dealing with Anxiety

Anxiety, broadly speaking, is the worry of a potential situation which may seem threatening or scary. Some people then focus on the signs of potential threats which makes them become more anxious. Students who are very fearful of a test, for example, will focus so much on what might happen that anxiety takes over their entire headspace.

Some people may be aware of feeling anxious. Some will not understand that the feelings they’re experiencing is anxiety, and may misread it as feeling unwell, feeling sad or feeling angry. Avoiding the symptoms and situations which cause anxiety may seem like a great short-term relief, but what results is a lowered ability to face future anxiety. This results in the anxious person becoming less confident to cope with the next stressful situation, and sometimes this can lead to long lasting effects. Beyond Blue (2022) remind parents that the goal for most children is not to have anxiety completely eliminated, but about giving them the strategies to manage their anxiety so that it does not interfere with them being able to enjoy life.

Some tips from Beyond Blue (2022) are;

1. Start by slowing down: Encourage your child to take some slow, deep breaths to calm the physical effects of anxiety. Practice together by breathing in for three seconds, holding for three seconds, then out for three. Once they're feeling a bit calmer, you can talk through what's worrying them.
2. Make time to worry: Setting aside some designated time to deal with worries can stop anxious thoughts from taking over. Try creating a daily ritual called ‘worry time’, and encourage children to draw or write down whatever’s bothering them. You can make the activity a bit more fun by decorating a ‘worry box’ or building a ‘worry wall’ out of post-its. When the time is up – after 10 to 15 minutes – shut the worries up in the box or tear them off the wall and say goodbye to them for the day.
3. Climb that ladder: Instead of skirting the scary situation, you could try a technique called ‘laddering’ – breaking down worries into manageable chunks and gradually working towards a goal.
Let’s say your child is afraid of water and swimming. Instead of avoiding the pool, create some mini-goals to build their confidence. Start out by just sitting and watching other kids swimming. As they feel more comfortable get them to try dangling their legs in the water, then standing in the shallow end, and so on.
4. Encourage positive thinking: Kids with anxiety often get stuck on the worst-case scenario or 'what ifs' in any situation. You can help them shift these thinking patterns by:
•    reminding them of times they've dealt with similar issues in the past and how things worked out OK
•    helping them to challenge the scary thought with facts and evidence. For example, we know that crocodiles can't survive under our bed
•    make a plan for how they'll respond if things don't go as they'd like.
5. Have a go: Anxious kids often worry about making mistakes or not having things perfect. This can lead to them avoiding situations or activities – they’d rather sit out than get it wrong. Emphasise giving new things a try and having fun over whether something’s a success or failure.
6. Model helpful coping: Don’t just tell your child how to overcome emotions – show them. When you get anxious or stressed, verbalise how you’re coping with the situation: “This looks a bit scary, but I’ll give it a go.” And hey, you might even knock off one of your own fears.
7. Help your child take charge: Think about what you can do to make your child feel like they have some control over the scary situation. For example, if your child gets anxious about intruders, make shutting and locking their bedroom window part of their night-time responsibilities.
8. Be upfront about scary stuff: Lots of kids have worries about death, war, terrorism or things they see on the news. This is all really normal. Talk through their fears and answer any questions truthfully. Don’t sugar-coat the facts – try and explain what’s happening in a way that puts their fears in perspective. 
9. Be BRAVE: Check out BRAVE – a free online program to help kids cope with worries and anxiety. There’s a tailored version for younger kids (8-12), one for teens (12-17) and an accompanying program for parents.
10. And finally, check your own behaviour: Kids pick up all sorts of signals from the adults in their lives, so have a think about the messages you’re sending. Over-protective family members can inadvertently reinforce children’s fears that the world is a dangerous place where everything can hurt you. Similarly, parents who ‘over-help’ are subconsciously telling their kids that they can’t do anything without adult support.
If you’re prone to ‘helicoptering’, try taking a step back and waiting next time before you jump in. It can be hard seeing your child distressed, but figuring things out for themselves is an important step in building resilience. 

If you are concerned that your child is struggling with anxiety, please make contact with their teacher or make an appointment to speak to one of our school counsellors, Monday – Friday.

I am very eager to hear of all the great stories that will be told by our Year 1 students about their experiences at the Zoo, and from our Year 5s who will conquer the famous, “Challenge Hill” at Woodhouse. I am also looking forward to seeing our students enjoy wearing their pyjamas (or casual clothes if they feel more comfortable) on Friday 30th of June.

I wish you all a wonderful week, and pray that you all remain healthy!

God bless you,

Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal


Health Care

Camp Medication

Our Year 5 students are having their camp in Week 8, Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd June 2023 . 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 Monday Week 8, 19th June 2023. All medications including over the counter medication/herbal medications need to have a doctor’s note.


Week 10 is swimming week for our Year 5s and 6s.

I would like to remind you of the following.

  • If your child suffers from eczema which is exacerbated by swimming, please talk to the teacher or to the school nurse who will be able to help you prepare a care plan to help your child to enjoy swimming.
  • 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

Priya Wilson

School Nurse

Reception Excursion to Farm Barn

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The Receptions had a wonderful time at the Hahndorf Farm Barn in Week 5! This term we have been learning about where food comes from and how we can make healthy food choices. When we went to the farm, we were able to meet Daisy the cow. She is a jersey cow who gives us milk. The students were able to have a go at milking Daisy and getting up close to lots of farm animals. We even had the opportunity to feed some animals by holding out our hand flat and letting them nibble it from our hands. The farmers talked to us about how to care for animals and then we had the opportunity pat and hold some of the baby animals. One animal that we were not expecting to see on the farm was a camel! He was very tall!
We loved going to the farm and having a great experience.

Year 3 Excursion to the Planetarium

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On Wednesday the 13th of June, the Year 3s headed off to the Adelaide Planetarium in Mawson Lakes. This was a wonderful learning experience to connect with our current Science topic of Night and Day. Each class was able to rotate between three fun stations furthering our understanding of God’s incredible creation of the Solar System. The students were able to complete practical hands-on activities, view the Planetarium’s Night Sky as well as watch a short film called ‘Tilt’. Despite the weather forecast, we were blessed with sunshine at just the right moments. It was a fun day had by all!

National Reconciliation Week

In Week 5 we celebrated National Reconciliation Week with some great learning experiences for our students and whole school community. The highlight was a special performance by Dusty Feet Mob, an Aboriginal dance company that told stories through dance and song and celebrated Aboriginal identity, culture and connection to country. Dusty Feet Mob engaged our ELC-Year 6 students in a wonderful performance and invited students from 1P to join them on the stage for 2 dances.

The following are some highlights from classes.

  • A highlight was Dusty Feet Mob – what a perfect choice. Just hearing a bit of their story was great and they had a great balance of humour and thoughtfulness. I also (like many others) loved the performance of “We are Australians”. We read picture books each day including Somebody’s Land by Adam Goodes and Sharing by Aunty Fay Muir & Sue Lawson. We also talked about the colour of the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag. This led into our handprint designs we made for a display on our window. RM
  • We did a report writing piece on Dusty Feet Mob and discussed what acknowledgement of country means. We had an open talk about Australia and the cultures in it and that Aboriginal people were the first people in Australia. 3HR
  • We had great discussions about what Sorry Day meant and why it is important as well as discussions about respect and empathy. 3MO
  • We read 3 books: Sorry day, When I was little like you, and The Rabbits. We connected with the emotions attached to different events throughout Australia’s history. We identified with what Australia needs to learn from past events in order to move forward together. 5RT
  • We are currently watching Rabbit Proof Fence. It’s been great for discussions and to truly understand what it would have been like to have your customs, language and family taken away from you. We will look at how the Australian Government’s policies affect and continue to affect First Nation’s people. 6W
  • Using some of the Yarn prompts we discussed ‘How to you feel when your voice isn’t heard?’ “Why is it important that we use our voice to encourage change?’ After the Dusty Feet Mob performance, students thought about what they would use their voice for and how they could use their voice to make change and we displayed our thoughts in our class window. 6SC 

In Week 10 July 2nd-9th we will have some exciting learning experiences to celebrate NAIDOC week with the theme For Our Elders. There will be more information in the coming weeks.

Premier's Reading Challenge

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

Hoih Kim LChristina J
Emily DJon N

School Photos

School photos will be delivered early in Term 3.


At Bethany Christian School, we welcome ongoing feedback from our school community. 

Should you wish to provide feedback to us as a school that falls outside of our usual procedures of speaking with the class teacher or the office, you can do so via our website under the FOR PARENTS tab.

Should you have any further questions about this space, feel free to contact me via email at"> or phone on 8283 0000.

Elise Ottens
Social Worker and Community Relations

Community News


Sports News

Representative Sports | Soccer Report

3|4 Boys  |  No Ladder

CoachMr Mabikafola
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Isaac DAdam J
Riley WDeng A
Ashton SCooper J
Samuel KSamuel K
Callum OCallum O
Blake BLazar T
Nathaniel M

On Wednesday, the 30th of May, the year 3|4 boys got to go to Kings Baptist Grammar School for the SACSA Soccer Tournament. In our team we had, Callum, Deng, Riley, Samuel, Adam, Ashton, Blake, Lazar, Isaac, Nathaniel & I.

We played 4 games. First, we played against Emmaus and drew 0-0. Next, we played Hope Gold, who were pretty good and lost 3-0. In our third game we played Kings Silver. We played well but we went down 1-0.

The happiest part of the day was when we played against Prescott South. We applied a lot of pressure on the other team from the very first whistle, and everyone showed desperation when trying to get the ball. Ashton and I both scored goals in the game.

It was fun to be a good leader on the day, with Ashton, Riley, and Nathaniel. I enjoyed encouraging my teammates. Even though we lost some games, we kept our heads up and finally got a win, beating Prescott South 2-1, in our last game.

Cooper J

3|4 Girls  |  No Ladder

CoachMr Hannaford
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Giuliana GAmelia J
Elise BGrace M [C]
Hannah PAnnabel J
Chloe H [C]Emily D
Madelyn NLoria C
Zoey G
Amali T

On Tuesday 30th May the Year 3|4’s had their Soccer Carnival at Kings Baptist Grammar School.

Mr. Hannaford was an amazing girls team coach for the event. There were seven games; we won five, drew one, and lost one game. Even though there were no official placings, we ended up finishing 2nd overall.

We enjoyed playing soccer all day and celebrating before and after every game.

Lots of the girls scored many goals and even a hat-trick, we had so much fun!

Chloe H & Grace M

5|6 Boys  |  Champions

CoachMr Mabikafola
LinesmanJ Kokolakis
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Alphie PMatthew G
Harveer BPiol D
Joshua LTyler M
Jacob N (C)Oliver L
Diego TLucca M
Orlando H (C)Nhial M-Y
Colby MSabian B

On the 31/5/23, the Year 5’s and 6’s boys and girls went to West Beach Park to go to SACSA Soccer and represent the school. Here is a report from the captains Orlando and Jacob on our day.

The previous year at SACSA, the boys lost on penalties in the final, that hurt us a lot. This year we were very excited and determined, fuelled by our loss from last year in the finals to win SACSA. A lot was on the line.

We arrived at West Beach with confidence that we would win. To prepare for the games, Mr Kokkilakis helped us stretch and prepare for our first game. This game was so important. It would tell us our level against other teams. Hours turned into minutes, minutes turned into seconds. Next thing you know, it was time to play our first game, Cedar.

Cedar was a surprise. We didn’t know how they would play and what they were like. We were playing 8 minute halves. So not a lot of time. Cedar were very good at counter attacking, breaking through our line of defence which then lead to them scoring the first goal.

The second half started and early on, we got a penalty from a handball. Orlando stepped to take it and shot it into the bottom right corner. The game was on. This goal gave us confidence which then led us to score two more goals. The whistle blows and Bethany win 3-1 and take the victory.

For the next game we versed Emmaus Gold and were victorious as we won 6-0. We kept the ball a lot and we’re on the attack numerous times.

After this we versed the undefeated Prescott South. Going into the game, we were evenly matched. Their goalie was a solid brick wall which made it hard for us to score. In the second half we picked up the pace, causing Prescott to concede a goal, catching the goalie of guard. The final whistle blew and we came out victorious with a 1-0 victory.

Later throughout the day, we stretched and prepared for the next game, Tyndall S/E. We just kept attacking and winning the ball which overall gave us the win as we won 6-0. With all these wins, we made it to the Semi Final versing one of our main rivals, Kings Baptist

During our break, we did not know when the next game would be. Little did we know, our game was in 5 MINUTES. Everyone was on the pitch with a full belly although that didn’t stop us as we scored a goal in the first half which gave us confidence to score another one in the second half. The whistle blew and Bethany emerged victorious as we won 2-0 and made it to the finals.

Orlando H

5|6 Girls   |  Champions

CoachMr Richardson
LinesmanI Perris
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Demi MCharlotte B
Sienna MOlivia E
Sienna FJayelah A
Laila J-HAlyssa A
Jessica SWynter D
Liliah MStella R

On the 31st of May, the Year 5/6 SACSA Soccer teams attended the 5/6 SACSA Soccer Carnival. The Bethany 5/6 girls’ team were amazing throughout the day and were undefeated!

They came first in their pool, and played in the semi-finals against the team that came 2nd in the other pool. The girl’s game was super tight, coming to a tie of 0-0, but since the Bethany girls were on top of the ladder, they were able to go through to the grand final!

In the grand final, the Bethany girls ended up winning 2-0, and we were the Year 5/6 Division 1 Girls SACSA Soccer Champions!

It was an amazing day, and both Bethany teams ended up on top, making us all the champions! Overall, it was such a fun and amazing day!

Sienna F and Sienna M

SA School Sport | Report

State Cross Country

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Para Districts Team at the State Cross Country on Thursday 8th June.

Congratulations on running well and representing the District!

Emily D2km10:52mins
Skye M2km14:26mins
Matthew G3km14:25mins

Representative Sports | Tryouts

SACSA Netball Team Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual Netball Carnival

The 3|4 Carnivals will be on Tuesday 22nd August |  Week 5, Term 3

The 5|6 Carnivals will be on Wednesday 23rd August |  Week 5, Term 3

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

Friday (Lunchtime)  | 23|06, 30|06  |  Weeks 8 & 9, Term 2

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

Thursday (Luncthime)  | 29|06, 27|07  |  Week 9, T2 & Week 1, T3

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

Nomination Link

Weekly Sports

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 03|06

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsMini AngelsHarper FNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsAngels U10Gabrielle VD44
NetballU10 Bright StarsMawson Lakes OpalsEmily SW206
BasketballU08 LakersShooting Stars 8Micah-Malachi FL332
BasketballU10 BullsBearcats PythonsIsaac DW254
BasketballU10 WarriorsBearcats BlitzersRory HL1819
BasketballU12 BoomersWings RollersRiley WW1817
BasketballU12 Hornets76ers RocketsPiol DL1628

Saturday 10|06

No Games - Long Weekend

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Important Dates

Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd JuneYear 5 Camp
Monday 26th JuneSchool Tour
Friday 30th JuneYear 1 Zoo Excursion
Friday 30th JuneSRC Pyjama Day
Friday 30th JuneYear 3 Pyjama Story Telling
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th JulySwimming for Year 5 & Year 6s
Monday 3rd to Friday 7th JulyNAIDOC Week
Wednesday 5th JulyChoir Concert
Monday 24th JulyPupil Free Day
Tuesday 25th JulyFirst Day of Term 3

Uniform Shop Opening Times

Wednesday8.15 to 10.30 am
Friday8.15 to 10.30 am

PE Timetable

ELCMonday to Friday
RHDWednesday and Thursday
RHTuesday and Thursday
RMTuesday and Thursday
1DTuesday and Wednesday
1PWednesday and Thursday
1TCWednesday and Thursday
2RTuesday and Thursday
2WCTuesday and Wednesday
2ZTuesday and Wednesday
3HRMonday and Thursday
3METuesday and Wednesday
3MOTuesday and Friday
4GTMonday and Friday
4NLTuesday and Friday
4WMonday and Friday
5KMonday and Friday
5RTTuesday and Wednesday
5TTuesday and Thursday
6SCTuesday and Wednesday
6TTuesday and Friday
6WMonday and Thursday

School Terms 2023

Term 1Monday 6th February to Friday 14th April
Term 2Tuesday 2nd May to Friday 7th July
Term 3Tuesday 25th July to Friday 29th September
Term 4Monday 16th October to Wednesday 13th 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: Friday, June 16 2023

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