Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 7Term 42021

Some of our students enjoying the lunch time IQ Club

From the Principal

Welcome to our Newsletter for Week 7 of Term 4. What an interesting year it has been with so many new things for us to adapt to along the way and some surprises that require us to adjust our thinking. As you are aware, the Commissioner of Police, acting in his role as the State Coordinator responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, has announced the Emergency Management (Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.

This Direction requires all individuals to receive at least 1 dose of a Therapeutic Goods Association approved COVID-19 vaccination and a booking to receive a second dose by 10 December 2021, except those who have a medical exemption endorsed by the Chief Public Health Officer.

The Direction applies to all employees, OSHC providers, volunteers, parent helpers, contractors and service providers either engaged by the school or contracted to provided services to the school.

A copy of the Direction can be found here.

We would like our staff, students and parent community to rest assured that we have implemented measures to ensure compliance with the Direction by 10 December 2021.

I appreciate that this will be difficult news for some, but I want to assure you that the school is continuing to follow the best health advice as well as support our staff in this journey. I wanted to give you this notice to allow you time to decide your own personal action regarding participating and volunteering for 2022 and beyond. We will provide specific volunteering information in the new year for those who would like to engage in this process. 

We do hope that this will allow us to increase the amount of parent volunteering that can occur in the new year. I also wanted to thank you for your support in these challenging times and the respectful way our community is working together. 

Our Colour Explosion Fun Run is almost here! Our preparations are well under way, and we have continued to be in touch with SA Health to keep our COVID-19 plan accurate and reflecting the latest changes. We will have several COVID Marshals at the event who will remind you of the requirements to socially distance, wear masks, use sanitiser and any other requirements we have needed to be put in place. Thank you for your help in following these directions to keep our community safe and to allow us to gather and celebrate.

Our student market stalls are to be held this Friday and we are excited to see how this event provides for the entrepreneurial work many of our students have been asking to express. Your child can bring along some money if you would be happy for them to visit the market and make some small purchases. A big thank you to the Student Representative Council (SRC) and Mrs Clifford who have organised this inaugural event.

Our final award assembly will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 8th December. We will livestream this event so that you can watch it as it happens. If your child will be receiving an award you will be notified via email prior to the event.

I pray that you have a restful weekend and that you find some time to enjoy the warmer weather.


God bless,

Wendy Matear


Memory Verse

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3: 16

Deputy's Corner

Welcome to week 7! The school is a busy hive of productive activity as we work towards the end of the term.

Remembrance Day

In week 5, the students all reflected upon Remembrance Day. Our Junior Primary students did a class activity and a minute of silence. The Primary students all came together for a Remembrance Day service and a minute of silence. You may be interested in the fact that the Year 4 Remembrance Day art work made it to the Australian War Memorial’s “What does Remembrance Day mean?” video production. If you would like to view the segment that highlights the efforts of our students, please see the YouTube link: It is a 55-minute production, so if you want to just see Bethany Christian School’s contribution, please begin at the 49:50 minute mark.

SRC Market Day

It is getting really exciting now that the SRC Market Day will be held this Friday, 26th of November. The SRC have had a tremendous number of students in Years 3 - 6 who have nominated to hold a Market Day stall, with a staggering 31 students hiring a table. There is a broad variety of businesses selling plants, lucky dips, second hand toys and clothes, bath time products, art work, lanterns, sewn goods, cards, bookmarks and so much more. The prices per item range from 50c to $10. All students at Bethany Christian School are welcome to come to the Market Day between 1pm - 1.30pm. Commendations to the SRC who have worked hard to set up this student agency initiative. We are all very much looking forward to seeing it in action on Friday!

Colour Explosion Fun Run

On Friday 3rd of December, we are holding our Colour Explosion Fun Run. Bethany Christian School has been working diligently with SA Health to get the COVID-19 Management Plan in order. We are so excited to be able to finally hold a whole school event!

We have had to set specific public areas in order to be allowed to have the maximum number of adults on site. To assist us with keeping within our approved 2000 attendees, we have set up a free Eventbrite ticket so that you can attend our event. The link is: . You will simply need to click on the link and register your attendance to the event.

As the SA borders opened on the 23rd of November, our rules have had to be a little more stringent. Masks now will need to be worn during the event when on school site or when viewing the fun run on the Fairbanks Drive Reserve Oval. We will have 10 volunteer COVID Marshals to assist you with all of the COVID requirements. Please be patient and courteous to our volunteers. They will need to sight your smart phone for the QR checked-in green tick and your Eventbrite ticket, or sight that you have manually checked-in. These are not the rules the school has set, but that have been mandated by SA Health.

Should you or your child fall ill or have any symptom of a cold or flu, please choose to stay home rather than coming on site. This is just as much for your benefit as it is for the safety of others. Anyone who has travelled from interstate from an area deemed to be Level 3 or more, will not be allowed to attend our school event as it is under a SA Health COVID Management Plan.

We appreciate your patience and willingness to work with us. Navigating COVID-19 has certainly been a challenge for us all. By abiding by the SA Health restrictions, we will be able to provide a safe environment to thoroughly enjoy our time with our families at a whole school event and celebrate the end of the 2021 school year.

I wish you all a wonderful week.

God bless you,

Deb Clifford



Health Care

This week I would like to introduce you to The Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service”. This is a service provided by the WCH, to provide timely medical care and potentially to reduce the need to visit the emergency department. This service allows children who are well enough to avoid hospital and to receive expert advice virtually by well-trained pediatric emergency nurses and doctors, no matter where you are. The nurses and doctors will assess the child and provide advice and referral to the appropriate service for ongoing care. See the below post card to see how to access the service.


Open Virtual-Urgent-Care-Service-A6-postcard.pdf (197.48 KB)

What types of conditions do you see in the Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service?

The Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service will not see and treat life threatening conditions but is able to see a variety of urgent and semi-urgent conditions such as:

  • Allergies
  • Cough, cold, runny nose
  • Ear pain
  • Throat pain
  • Fever
  • Minor head injuries
  • Rashes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Minor injuries – sports injuries, sprains and strains
  • Mental health

If needed, we can refer to services close to your home, such as if your child needs x-rays or blood tests.

Alternatively, you can follow the below link which will take you to the Women’s and children’s hospital Child and Adolescent Virtual Urgent Care Service.


God Bless you

Priya Wilson

School Nurse

Updating Information

Dear Families,

Over the course of term 4 we have been made aware of a number of families who have had a change in details. This could be address, phone number or email details. If you have made any of these, or other changes, please contact the School Office and update them by completing the Bethany Christian School Update Form as this will ensure that we have the correct contact details for you and your family.

Thank you,

Dean Huntley

Colour Explosion Fun Run

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you so much for supporting our school!

The end of year event Colour Explosion School Fun Run is nearly here.

Parents and Friends are looking forward to hosting you and your family as we celebrate the 2021 school year.

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, stand in the designated parent viewing area, 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.

Please use the Eventbrite ticketing system link if you will be attending the event. Click here to access the link: 

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

Dance Inc

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

SACSA Table Tennis Carnival

On Thursday 18th November six table tennis teams represented Bethany at the annual SACSA Table Tennis Carnival, which was held at the Woodville Table Tennis Club. The teams had a really good day with all teams giving their best and enjoying the experience.

Back Row  |  L – R

Mr. Grieger, Sarah L, Jethro C, Simon K, Cohen M, Cameron H, Zoe H, Thaw K, Mr. Huntley

Front Row  |  L – R

Aaliya V, Jayden L, Steven L, Son D, Olivia A, Yanish G, Ann Lena B, Elijah R, Jude C, Lucas H, Anida N

The boys all worked really well as a team throughout the day. They supported and encouraged one another and had some really good results. The atmosphere was excellent and they all had a fun day! Well done.

Mr. Grieger

The girls had an incredible tournament with our Gold team only dropping one game in their set. Our silver team put up a brave fight and played really well! Overall the day was most enjoyable well-done girls!

Mr. Huntley

SACSA Touch Football - Year 5/6 Carnival

On Friday 5th November, the sun was shining and it made for a hot day at Park 17 for the Year 5|6 SACSA Football Carnival. Special mention and congratulations go to the 5|6 Boys team who are the 2021 Champions!

5|6 Girls  |  4th Place

Back Row L|R: Aaliya V, Sarah L, Ezaawa J, Adhieu N, Kaylee W, Ann Lena B

Front Row [L to R]: Makenzie M, Vivia P, Amelia L, Chantelle H, Charlotte S, Madison M

Captain: Aaliya V

Vice-Captain: Sarah L

Coach: Mr Richardson

Manager: Mr Hannaford

Our Bethany Girls 5|6 team had a great tournament, going undefeated through their pool. After a tense semi-final, the girls unfortunately went down 0-1. The girls played better every game and showed that they can match it with any other team. Well done girls on a great day and I hope everyone continues their touch football journey next year.

5|6 Boys  |  Champions

Back Row [L to R]: Marcus A, Aydn M, Cohen M, Jacob K, Rick L

Front Row [L to R]: Jude C, Yanish G, Levi B, Angelo H, Orian P

Captain: Rotating

Coach: Mr Sheeky

Manager: Mr Hannaford

On a hot day to play game after game of touch football the Year 5|6 Boys also brought the heat on the touch field. Winning every game in their pool, with some tough competition, the boys then advanced through to the finals. Overcoming a tough semi, the boys won to make it to the grand final. With grit and determination, they fought through the fatigue to take out the day 5-3 against Tyndale SE. The boys listened well, backed each other up and finished the day undefeated.

2021 Mini Olympics

On Friday 29th October we held our annual Mini Olympics for all children in Reception and Year One. Although the weather leading up to the day wasn’t ideal, the day itself turned out to be great. The students competed in the 70m sprint, Water Relay Steeple Chase, Challenge Throw, Long Jump, Inflatable Fun and Tug-O-War. The student’s attitude and effort on the day was fantastic and it was great to see them having so much fun. Well done to everyone!

We would like to congratulate Ashton S from Year 1 who was involved in the following school record:

6 Year Old Boys Long Jump 2.64 metres Previous record 2.35 metres

Final House Results were as follows:








Thank you so much to everybody involved in making this day a true success.

We would particularly like to thank the following people:

* All staff that helped on the day – we could not have done this without you!
* Mr Joshua Pichugin and Mr Jeremy Graetz for setting up the sound system for the day.
* Year 6 students who helped officiate the events and take the photographs.
* Mr Aaron Mabikafola for organising the media for this event.
* Mr Peter Wyten & Mr Ardy Nottle for helping with the oval set up.
* Josiah Wyten for starting the 70 metre sprints on the day.


Weekly Sports Results

Matches Week Ending 13/11/21

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
Netball | U8Wild StarsMini Angels Elise BNo result
Netball | U10Bright StarsBlue Cats Ira PL213
Basketball |U8 | Div BlueBullsBrooks Nuggets 8Kody ND1010
Basketball | U10 | Div OrangeBoomersSFX Lakers Noah PW1812
Basketball | U10 | Div BlueBlazersLab4610Wayne TL1737
Basketball | U12B | Div 4 BlueThunderBrooks WildcardsJoash SW285

Matches Week Ending  20/11/21

SportTeamOpponentCoach's PickMatch Result
Netball | U8Wild StarsBlazeElise BNo result
Netball | U10Bright StarsHawks Green Aleesha BL19
Basketball |U8 | Div BlueBullsHeccies 8Ethaniel Y
Basketball | U10 | Div OrangeBoomers76ers Swoopers Elijah CL630
Basketball | U10 | Div BlueBlazersTyndale ThunderKhonreich CL2331
Basketball | U12B | Div 4 BlueThunder76ers Hawks Elijah RW3019

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Monday 22nd to Friday 26th November ELC Transition visits
Thursday 25th November Year 6 Temple Orientation
Friday 26th November SRC Market Day
Tuesday 30th November Year 6 Excursion
Wednesday 1st December Year 2 Incursion
Friday 3rd December Twilight Colour Explosion Run 4 Fun
Tuesday 7th December Reception Excurion
Tuesday 7th December Year 5 Excursion
Tuesday 7th December Year 3 and 4 Incursion
Tuesday 7th December Year 6 Graduation
Wednesday 8th December Last day of school - normal dismissal time
2021 Term Dates  
Term 4 Monday 11th October to Wednesday 8th December - normal dismissal time
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 25 2021

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