Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School

Newsletter

Week 9Term 12020

Worship on the stairs

From the Principal

Welcome to our final newsletter for Term 1. As we have Pupil Free Days all of next week, OSHC will be open. In these unprecedented times, we will stay in contact with you in a number of ways. The Bethany app is the best way for you to be notified that there is new information, so please contact the office by telephone if you have not set this up.

Thank you for doing your best in these challenging circumstances. All schools are working hard to transform the way that we work and as you can imagine, this is taking a huge amount of effort, time and energy. I would like to encourage you to persevere with supporting your children at home. I know that it is a very different life that we are living in and that we did not expect or predict these changes. When you are feeling overwhelmed, recognise why you feel anxious or frustrated and do your best to take on strategies to manage yourself. This will enable you to be a good role model for your children as they struggle with this too.

Please remember that we are all in this together and that we are each responsible for the small choices we make each day. Thank you again for your ongoing support and we will continue to pray for you and your family as you establish new routines together.

God bless,

Wendy Matear
Principal

Memory Verse

You will be built solid, grounded in righteousness.

Isaiah 54: 14

Deputy's Corner

When we started school this year, who would have envisioned the change in circumstances that we are living today? 

Many people are feeling extremely anxious about what is going on in the world today. A Tasmanian neurologic music therapist, Allison Davies, has written a song which has gone wild globally called, “Every Little Cell”. It is a simple, catchy song that has been translated into many different languages and is being sung by children and adults alike around the world. When she was interviewed, Allison said, "I made a post, just encouraging parents to sing the song around the house. They don't have to explain to the kids what it's about, or even [get them] to join in," Ms Davies said. "And when we have a catchy tune like that stuck in our head or we sing it over and over, it helps our nervous system to regulate. So my post was just to show how a little song can support anxiety management, but it's gone nuts! Millions of people have seen it."

The theory behind the song is that music is used to set a scene, and in this case a sense of calm and happiness. It also is a repetitive chant-like song, which creates a sense of predictability. The song too, requires in-breath and out-breath, which calms our breathing down. It would be very hard to remain uptight and anxious once our breathing is calm and regulated.

It’s a fascinating read, and if you would like to read the whole article, please follow this link;

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-28/coronavirus-anxieties-eased-with-therapists-song-online/12085842

The music that is sung at school is worship music, and it has the same therapeutic properties, as when we sing and praise God, our fears and worries are put aside as we concentrate on what is good and perfect and it soothes our weary souls. If you are isolating at home, it is really easy to search online for the music sung in our Chapels and Monday Morning Praise assemblies. The flexible online learning site will have worship songs uploaded for you and your child to access.

The Wellness Team at Bethany Christian School are here to help you in this challenging time in our lives. If you need to reach out to someone, our counsellor Leeony Pfeiffer and our Social Worker Elise Ottens can be contacted by calling or emailing the school Office. 

Praying a blessing of God’s peace, health and safety upon each family, especially over the school break.

 

Deb Clifford

 

coronavirus-looking-after-your-mental-health-fact-sheet.pdf

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Highlights

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Steven LRhythm SChelsea B
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Khonreich CNate N
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Uniform Shop

Please note that the Uniform Shop will now be closed until further notice due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. Online ordering however will still be available.

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event

Friday 3rd April

Last day of Term 1, normal dismissal
2020 Term Dates
Term 1Term 2
Monday 3rd February to Friday 3rd AprilMonday 27th April to 3rd July
Term 3Term 4
Tuesday 21st July to 25th SeptemberMonday 12th October to Wednesday 9th 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
E. office@bethany.sa.edu.au

Newsletter published: Friday, April 3 2020

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