Welcome to our final newsletter for Term 2. This term has certainly proved to be challenging and caused us to use our resilience in new ways. I was reflecting on how different this term has been to previous years and how unexpected the changes have been. I have also been reflecting on the importance of learning in all of this. The opportunity we have to help your children build capabilities for life have never been more important. Our desire to excel in Christian education and character have been foundations that have helped us to weather this ‘storm’ well. Our ability to adapt to different circumstances has provided wonderful experiences that we take with us as a part of our learning together.
I continue to have conversations with students who are expressing their passions and interests. This week, one of our students was on ABC3 in a show called, “Are you tougher than your ancestors?” Some students booked a time to discuss their business ideas, others allowed me to attend their BCS Creations lunchtime meeting to share about leadership structures and explore ways of operating effectively together. There are so many wonderful things to be thankful for and I know that this is only a tiny snapshot of all that is happening in our learning community.
Term 3 begins with a Pupil Free day and Camp Australia will be open for bookings on this day. Our school holiday program is very popular and so if you require care for your children during the break, you will need to book ahead of time to ensure your place. The school holidays are there to provide a break for your children to unwind, rest, and enjoy a different routine. Please think about ways to enjoy some time together, even if you continue to work. Time does move quickly and our time with children at home does change as they grow. This year I have found myself with no more children living at home with my youngest getting married just before the restrictions came into place. This time, although it may seem a long way off, does arrive before you know it and you want to look back with fondness on the time you invested in to your children’s lives.
While restrictions are easing, we continue to follow the government recommendations and will communicate any changes that will occur with you. The majority of changes that will occur initially will impact our in-school activities, and the impact on parents will not change just yet. Parents continue to need to socially distance, which limits having parents coming in to the school unless it is a prearranged appointment. Thank you for your use of the online orders for the canteen, this is working really well. The uniform shop will continue with the Wednesday and Friday 8:30-10:30am appointment times as well as online orders.
The front car park is quite full and busy, you may like to consider changing your drop off and pick up to use the rear zone. Please do not leave your vehicle in these drop off zones as it does have a major impact on traffic flow. There have been a number of reports to the council regarding driver behaviour around the school, so please follow the road rules and wait with patience when there are other road users around you. We want to keep all people safe and need your cooperation to do this. A big thankyou to those who are encouraging your children to build confidence and independence to enter the school safely. Well done! It is wonderful to see how children are happily entering the grounds in the mornings.
I pray that you will have a refreshing weekend and a lovely school holiday break after next week.
Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell him the truth.
Hebrews 4: 13
Winter Holiday Inspiration
We have seen some incredible changes to daily life since the beginning of the year. I am certain that everyone will be very much ready for the school break. I know that some of the changes to our ‘normal’ daily routine have been harder to adjust to than others, however a huge thanks is in order for everyone within our school community who have just got on with the task of making the most out of every day and have supported the changes made to keep our community safe.
I hope that in the two week school break everyone will have an opportunity to make some great memories and enjoy getting out of the house. It is a very different scenario from the last school break! If you are looking for some inspiration, check out the Play and Go Adelaide (https://playandgo.com.au/adelaide-july-school-holiday-guide/) which lists a number of places that you might consider visiting in SA. I have also attached the Nature’s Play Winter checklist, which is a fabulous list of free activities to encourage children to get out and explore the outdoors. Another fun thing of getting outside during winter is coming in after a full day and sitting down to enjoy drinking a hot chocolate together!
We have been in touch with Salisbury Council in regards to our ongoing concerns with the traffic on our roads. They have assured us that traffic inspectors have been monitoring the situation and will continue to do so during the school term. In the past few weeks we have had numerous stories of our children almost being hit while walking to school. One student who was walking along the footpath along Countess Street was almost hit by a door of a car that had pulled over to let another child out. If you wish to let your child walk to school, please do not pull over along Countess Street. Countess Street and Byron Bay Drive are far too busy to pull over and drop off your child or children, and there is a real danger that the car behind will pull out to overtake and have a head on collision, or will hit a pedestrian in the process. If you want your child to walk into the school property, consider dropping them off on a side street or further up Byron Bay Drive away from the school (Woolworths end).
Please keep our children safe while walking to school. Children are precious. If a car gets hit, it can be repaired or replaced. If a child gets hit, the consequences are far greater. Please take care when sharing our roads.
I wish you all a very safe school break. May you and your families stay healthy and warm.
God bless you,
Open Nature-Play-SA-25-Things-to-do-in-Winter-Digital-.pdf (739.69 KB)
Congratulations to the following students who have completed the Premier's Reading Challenge for this year:
|Shiloh P||Llana C||Olivia A||Kuot A||Madeline P|
|Colby M||Angelo H||JC L||Josiah H|
|Vincent M||Scarlett B|
|Piol D||Jacob W|
|Casey H||Chanel H|
Open Entertainment Book 2020.pdf (238.14 KB)
Please be aware that from Term 3 the Canteen will be cashless. We encourage all families to set up Munch Monitor accounts for next term as only orders received this way will be accepted.
For instructions on how to set up an account, please review the document below. If you have any questions please contact the front office.
Open Munch Monitor instructions.pdf (142.83 KB)
Please remember that the Uniform Shop will now be open to parents by appointment only. Appointments can be made by phoning the front office. The times available are Wednesday and Friday from 8.30 to 10.30 am only.
Online ordering will continue and please remember that collection days for pick ups are Wednesday and Friday only. Click on this link for School Locker https://theschoollocker.com.au/schools/bethany-christian-school
Coming out of isolation and returning to school has been a different experience for each child. Some have looked forward to getting back into their classroom and seeing their teacher and friends again. While others have been quite worried and fearful about the return to school.
The Kids Helpline have some ways to support children during this transition time and managing the ‘new normal’. They have information on how things have changed, addressing fear, managing pressure, coping with anxiety and if children are worried emphasis that they are not alone. There are a lot of useful resources to support parents and children.
There are many ideas on managing anxiety including:
Here’s a link to this information https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/issues/im-not-ready-go-back-normal
We have been in a season of great change, but like summer, autumn, winter and spring, no one season lasts forever.
School Banking is back!
School Banking at our school will recommence from Term 3 and will begin on Tuesday 21st July.
For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits.
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.
If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commbank Branch.
If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2020 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking
|Friday 3rd July||Last day of Term 2, normal dismissal time|
|Monday 20th July||Pupil Free Day|
|Tuesday 21st July||First Day of Term 3|
|Thursday 13th August||School Photos|
|2020 Term Dates|
|Term 3||Term 4|
|Tuesday 21st July to 25th September||Monday 12th October to Wednesday 9th December|
|ELC||Monday to Friday|
|RD||Tuesday and Thursday|
|RH||Monday and Wednesday|
|RHW||Monday and Thursday|
|1C||Monday and Wednesday|
|1D||Monday and Thursday|
|1P||Monday and Thursday|
|2HS||Wednesday and Friday|
|2R||Tuesday and Friday|
|2Z||Tuesday and Friday|
|3L||Tuesday and Friday|
|3K||Wednesday and Friday|
|3T||Tuesday and Friday|
|4G||Tuesday and Friday|
|4P||Monday and Friday|
|4W||Monday and Wednesday|
|5R||Tuesday and Friday|
|5S||Tuesday and Friday|
|5T||Monday and Wednesday|
|6S||Wednesday and Friday|
|6T||Tuesday and Friday|
|6W||Monday and Wednesday|
Newsletter published: Thursday, June 25 2020< Back to newsletters