Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 7Term 32023

Mini Olympics 2023

From the Principal

This week we have a Show Day on Friday, this is a pupil free day. Temple Christian College also have the same Show Day to allow families a time to go to the Royal Adelaide Show on a week day. We appreciate your help with avoiding additional absences from school.
We are heading towards the end of Term 3 and will have our Parent Teacher Interviews on Thursday 21st and Tuesday 26th September. Thank you to those of you who have already booked in to see your child’s teacher. These conversations are a good time to touch base about your child’s progress and to review their learning goals together. We appreciate your support and the time that you set aside to come in and meet with us.

Book Fair will be held in the library over the next two weeks for you to purchase books if you are interested. Reading is a wonderful way to learn and grow and use our imagination.

This week, our Reception classes enjoyed a visit from the MFS who brought a fire truck and gave them the opportunity to use the hose. They will have their swimming lessons in Week 10 of this term. I am reminded of how much they have grown since they began school at the beginning of the year. It is wonderful to look back at how much all of our students have grown and are learning together.

Last week we sent out an email requesting your participation in the Christian Schools Australia Community Profile Survey. Thank you to all of you who have completed it. We would like to encourage all parents to complete the survey as it helps to show how Christian Schools are an important option for parents. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Friday 22nd September 2023. Here is the link if you did not receive it via your email 

Just a reminder that Term 4 starts on Monday 16th October.

I pray that you have a wonderful weekend.


Wendy Matear


This Week's Memory Verse

Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.

Romans 12: 9

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to Week 7 of Term 3! It feels like the weeks are just flying by. Our school has had so many great events in the past few weeks. In Week 5 we had a Staff vs Student (Years 5/6) netball match, which had a high level of participation, and attracted a fantastic crowd of supporters. It was a fiercely contested game, and the students played tremendously against the staff. There was some controversy, as the official score put the staff as the victors, however the students believed that as they shot the final goal, they won. To resolve this friendly dispute, we are having a re-match in Week 10. I look forward to watching this re-match!

The NED Show that was performed in Week 3 was well received by all the students. The performance that emphasises the healthy mindset of NED: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best is a pay it forward programme. A school who had the performance before us paid for our show through the sale of the NED merchandise. It is a wonderful testament to the generosity of our school as we raised $2,1780 to pay for NED to perform to the next school. The additional bonus was the opportunity to buy a really cool NED yo-yo or other NED product. 

Our students have been building up the excitement for our Jump Rope for Heart jump-off day, set for Friday 27th October, (Week 2 of Term 4). Every Monday morning before Monday Morning Praise (MMP) our Lumin8 students have been running a ‘Jump Off’ between year levels, showcasing energetic and talented skippers and their skipping techniques. It has been great to see the enthusiasm for skipping growing over the past few weeks. It is also another great example of our school community adding value to a very important cause, by raising money for the Heart Foundation.

On Friday 22nd of September, Week 9, the Student Representative Council (SRC) are going to be launching a casual day, raising money for the Hope School Library. The money raised in Term 2 was invaluable, providing a wonderful array of books for the primary and high school students in Sumatra. However, the collection is still woefully small for the almost 800 students, so the SRC students decided that they wanted to try to fill the library. For a gold coin donation, students can wear school appropriate casual clothing. The SRC are looking forward to publishing photos of the new books in the Hope School library next term!

I hope everyone enjoys our Book Week Book Fair, and is able to purchase a new book at the book sale.

God bless you,


Deb Clifford
Deputy Principal


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Health Care

Medical History and Consent Update Form

A few weeks ago, we sent out a yearly Medical Update Form (E.g., See the picture below) to be filled out and returned to school.

•    Please update the form if needed and sign the consent section 
•    Return the form to school via your child’s red folder ASAP
•    Please return the form even if your child doesn’t have any medical conditions
•    If you have lost the form or have not received the form via your child’s red folder, please contact the school to send out a new form home. 

If any concern or questions, please contact the school office on 8283 0000 or email 

Priya Wilson
School Nurse
Wellbeing Team

2023 Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair Parent Notice 2023.pdf

Open Scholastic Book Fair Parent Notice 2023.pdf (111.89 KB)

Parking Reminders

Click here for more information

Please remember there is a 25kph speed limit around the school property while students are present.

Australians Together - Staff Training

Australians Together – Staff Training
During staff meetings this year, our teachers have participated in the Building Confidence workshop by Australians Together. These training sessions have been facilitated by our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) team and have been a valuable time to think, reflect and grow together.

Australians Together bring First Nations people and non-Indigenous people together by telling stories to help us understand our history and present contexts and to support staff to embed First Nations cultures in our curriculum. The first session of the training was about reflecting on our own cultures and the 5 key ideas of their Learning Framework, Our Culture, Our History, The Wound, Why me? and My Response. The second session engaged teachers in discussions around our shared history and different worldviews. Our ELC teachers and Education Support Officers (ESOs) are also participating in this workshop as we learn and grow in our understanding and are equipped to teach First Nations history, cultures, and perspectives.



Open AT-Education-Learning-Framework-FA.pdf (47.07 KB)

As a first year graduate teacher it was important to me to grasp a sincere understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. The PD enabled me to feel confident in admitting a lack of understanding and assisted me in engaging in discussion around the shared history we have and how it relates to the worldview we have as Christians. I look forward to moving through the sessions and sharing my knowledge about how respectful relationships and connections reduce Indigenous injustice and disadvantage with my students.
Emma Robertson, Year 2 Teacher

DigiDo Conference

We are pleased to share the significant achievement of our school at the Scotch College Digido Digital Technology Conference, which took place on September 1st. Thirteen students from Years 4 to 6 represented Bethany and played a pivotal role in presenting engaging workshops on photography, robotics, animation, and digital art to fellow attendees at Scotch College.

The conference provided our students with a valuable opportunity to explore diverse aspects of digital technology. Highlighting the day was the commendable performance of our Bethany students,  who not only attended but also led workshops in these areas. Their professionalism and enthusiasm made a lasting impression on the attendees, and educators. This experience highlights the standard of talent within Bethany Christian School.

We extend our appreciation to Scotch College for hosting this event and offering our students a platform to excel in the digital landscape. We anticipate that this experience will continue to shape our Bethany students' future endeavours in the realm of digital technology. 

Mr Graetz


Camp Australia

Premier's Be Active Challenge

Harlow JEmily PElise BDaniella YSophie SAaliyah PSophie S
Riley WAshton S
Cooper J
Hannah P
Giuliana G

Premier's Reading Challenge

Charlotte BJacob BZiara AMarina BBenjamin BJesse B
Arme CAva BAmelia AAva BEvie CZara M
Joel DElla BAmy CCatalia BAksh CRachel M-T
Charli JRylan BCol DXavier BSelena CSpencer S
Eliza KJessica D-DAyom DEva CJake DSavanna W
Elliott LHamish FIsabelle DAnna CAdier DSamuel C
Lachlan MAbbie GSimar GMabior DDaniel DRoney L
Alexander MFrankie GAnnashreya GLevi DMicah-Malachi FPhohena B
Miliana MChristian HElsie HBenjamin FZain J-HOscar M
Joshua MHarlow JAsher HSpencer GJordan JOliver P
Samuel NThien LLillian JTobias KGemma KMikayla J
Jayden NJameson MPetra KKyan LTina KLincoln B
Jackson PMercy NAdilyn LHannah MLueth MKellyanne C
Ian PHarley NEsther MChelsea MWillow MJaxon K
Elise PMason NOlivia MZam NRuth NJack M-N-H
Hudson SBrooklyn NHenry NPiper NEva NIsaac F
Starlett STanish RZander NAlex NDeng NHarriet B
Luca TJai RNash PEmma NAurora S-EHannah P
Poppy TViaan SNicholas SMason OMichael SGabriella M
Annabelle TEliott SAmbrozy TEmily PShrine SBenjamin L
Nicholas TJeremiah TBellarani TMila PElric SBlake H
Neytiri TCharles WAriana TSelyna SOliver SCharlie M
Skylaah WSakyra WAndrew TConnor SOscar SDiego C
Ryder WMang ZEvie WGeorgia VDanica TElijah T-F
Jaxon WMakai WAlexis WJessica TAmelia C
Kaylee YLam-Thanh TAria J
Isaac Z-TAyla L
Ethaniel YJudy MCharlotte MRush M4W5K
Hannah PPippa AJensen BEmma RJemima M
5RTNaomi VAshton SCharlie M
Dylan KDaniella YTinotenda S
William H5TArjun S-L
Hannah VSophie S
Isla FCalvin P6W
James LAsin P
Daniel MAbimbola A
Eknoor SSienna F
Mila SAlejandro D-L
Emily HDiego T
Laila J-H
Ira P
Liam B
Noah M-R
Wayne T

Community News

Sports News

Representative Sports  |  SAPSASA Athletics Report

On Friday 11th August Bethany took 36 students from Year two to six to compete in the annual SAPSASA Para District Athletics at Bridgestone Athletics Centre.

What an amazing day everyone had at SAPSASA Athletics. Everyone participated with great attitude and effort and supported each other all day long. This resulted in some great results and lots of personal best achievements throughout the day and lots of smiles. Special mention to Nhial who jumped an amazing 1.49m in high jump - what an outstanding achievement. Well done Bethany team!

Squad List:

Abimbola A, Annabel J, Arizona G, Callum O, Chelsea B, Elijah Y, Emily D, Ethan L, Harveer B, Isaleli T-F, Isla F, Jacob M, Jacob N, Jemima M, Jessica S, Khonreich C, Kuch K, Liam A, Liam H, Liliah M, Lucca M, Matthew G, Nhial M-Y, Oscar E, Piol D, Rhythm S, Riley B, Saleisha B, Samantha C, Sienna F, Skye M, Sophie S, Stella R, Tristan C, Tyler M


Ms C Moore Mr N Grieger, Mr S Traeger, S Taylor, Mrs R Curtis

Representative Sports | Netball Report

3|4 Boys  |  No Ladder

CoachMr Tothill
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Ashton SRiley W
Noah PCooper J
Adam JCallum O
Charlie McRush K

The boys had a great day playing their first competitive games of netball. It took a few games for the cogs to align, but once they were, the movement was like clockwork. The boys had the opportunity to play in multiple positions to get a real appreciation for each role. I was impressed by the boys willingness to learn and take on feedback, and look forward to seeing them play again next year.

Mr Tohill

3|4 Girls GOLD  |  No Ladder

CoachMrs Haywood
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Chloe HIsabella B
Ariana DAmali T
Emily DAnnabel J
Grace MAva M
Loria C

Wow! What a great day for the year 3/4 SACSA Netball squad! The sun was out but the air was crisp! Our team played hard and gave their best. It was so good to cheer them on and see them shine in their passion. Our Girls Gold team won almost all of their matches and played with tenacity and worked hard for every goal. I congratulate them on the way they showed teamwork and played with good sportsmanship. Well done Gold! You were a shining example of what it means to be a Bethany student who brings their best and looks after others.

Mrs Haywood

3|4 Girls SILVER  | No Ladder

CoachMiss Robertson
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Madelyn NOlivia R
Alma B-ISofie-Lee N
Zafia TAmelia J
Emily DElise B
Zoey G

It was an honour to coach the girls through their first netball carnival. More than half of the team hadn’t played netball before and the determination was outstanding. They worked as a team and supported one another, really displaying the values we have at Bethany. The girls were able to win a few games, which made them very proud.

Ms Robertson

5|6 Boys  |  3rd Place

CoachMiss Moore
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Elijah YKhonreich C
Matthew GNhial M-Y
Colby MMitchell B
Tyler MJoash S
Brandy L

The Bethany 5/6 boys had a great carnival winning 2/3 games in their division pool. The boys worked hard as a team against a tough competitor Cedar Gold in the semi-final just being beaten at the end which meant the boys played Tyndale for 3rd place. The boys dug deep winning by a goal in the 2 minute extra time! Great sportsmanship by all and it was awesome to hear everyone encouraging and supporting each other. Well done boys on a successful day all round.

Miss Moore

5|6 Girls   |  Silver Medalists

CoachMr Sheeky
Front Row (L – R)Back Row (L – R)
Laila L-HSienna F
Sienna MWynter D
Riley BJayelah A
Soriya HAchieu N
Sharni WAlyssa A

The Bethany 5/6 girls had a great carnival. After winning four out of five of their pool games they had the chance to play in the semi's against Cedar Gold. In that game the girls worked hard and their intensity lifted and this resulted in a strong win. Our grand final game was extremely tight and an enjoyable game to watch, although we were pipped at the end 4-6. The girls played awesome all day and finishing 2nd out of 12 teams was still a wonderful achievement and one to be proud of.

Mr Sheeky

SACSA Basketball Team Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual Basketball Carnival

SACSA Year 3|4 Carnival  |  Thursday 26th October  |   Week 2, Term 4

SACSA Year 5|6 Carnival (Div 1)  |  Tuesday 24th October  |   Week 2, Term 4

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

Mondays  | 04|09, 11|09  |  Weeks 7 - 8, T3  |  Lunchtime

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

Thursday  | 07|09, 14|09  |  Weeks 7 - 8, T3  |  Lunch time

Meet at the verandah by the courts at the beginning of tryouts.

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

SACSA Touch Football Team Tryouts

SACSA will soon be holding their annual Touch Football Carnival

SACSA Year 5|6 Carnival (Div 1)  |  Tuesday 14th November  |   Week 5, Term 4

Students who would like to trial, and are eligible please use the link to nominate

Year 5|6 Tryouts  |  BCS Oval  |  Separate Boys and Girls Teams

Thursday  | 07|09, 14|09  |  Weeks 7, 8, T3  |  3.30 - 4.30pm

Meet at the verandah by the oval at the beginning of tryouts.

Students enrolled into tryouts may pack their PE uniform to change into after school.

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 Gardens Recreation Centre.

Match Results | Weekly Sports

Saturday 26|08

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsLightning Blitz 1Emma NNot Scored
NetballU10 Wild StarsMawson Lakes GemsAva MW150
NetballU10 Bright StarsMawson Lakes OpalsSophie-Lee NL816
BasketballU08 BallersWings HornetsMason OW126
BasketballU08 CelticsCedar Sonics 8Elsie HL222
BasketballU08 Lakers76ers BanditsTravis GW2812
BasketballU10 BullsStingsrays ReefJaxon CL311
BasketballU10 WarriorsGlenunga Rams 10bSamuel DW3019
BasketballU12 BoomersCedar StrikersElijah CL1214
BasketballU12 HornetsHope Valley Heat 12dSamuel MW1914

Saturday 02|09

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
NetballU08 Golden StarsMawson Lakes PearlsAbandoned
NetballU10 Wild StarsRenegades SilverHannah ML115
NetballU10 Bright StarsRenegades TealIsabella BW105
BasketballU08 BallersCedar Sonics 8Mason NL49
BasketballU08 CelticsHeccies 8bSimar GL218
BasketballU08 LakersShooting Stars 8Oliver PL817
BasketballU10 BullsCedar RaptorsDeng AL1020
BasketballU10 WarriorsBrooks Thrillers 10Kade MW4813
BasketballU12 BoomersBethany HornetsCallum OL2228
BasketballU12 HornetsBethany BoomersLevi CW2822

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Friday 8th SeptemberPupil Free Day - Show Day
Monday 11th September to Friday 22nd SeptemberBook Fair (Week 8 and 9)
Wednesday 13th SeptemberSACSA AFL Yr 3/4
Friday 15th SeptemberSACSA AFL Yr 5/6
Thursday 21st SeptemberParent Teacher Interviews
Friday 22nd SeptemberCasual Day
Tuesday 26th SeptemberParent Teacher Interviews
Monday 25th to Friday 29th SeptemberSwimming Lessons for Receptions
Thursday 28th SeptemberYear 4 Excursion and Sleep Over
Friday 29th SeptemberLast 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: Thursday, September 7 2023

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