Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 9Term 32019

Year 5 Businesses

From the Principal

Welcome to our final Newsletter for Term 3. I am sure that you would agree that our Cultural Celebration last Wednesday night was a wonderful community celebration. A big thank you to all of those who worked hard to make sure that we could come along and enjoy the evening together. There were many families who expressed their appreciation and enjoyment on the night. The students did a wonderful job of presenting and performing on the night. I always enjoy seeing our students shine in different ways and it was great to see how our diversity brings so much strength to this community. Thank you to all of the staff who gave of their time, creativity and energy to make the night such a success.

Our Year 5 students ran their businesses this week during lunch time. This was a wonderful expression of their learning with staff and students commenting on the importance of seeing our students leading and working together. As we head in to the fourth term, I would like to thank you for your support this year. We have a wonderful community here at Bethany and I am constantly thanking God for you. I also pray that you would experience His strength and His peace in your lives. 

Our desire is to see your children discover who they are and find meaningful ways to contribute to the world through understanding their identity and purpose. This is a lifelong process and we want to help each child on that journey. I would encourage you to continue to listen and encourage your children in finding their passions, interests and to develop new skills. Congratulations goes to one of our Bethany graduates, Ethan Cox, who is playing for our National Under 16’s soccer team, he is a real example of someone who has found his passion and is pursuing it. Experience is the best teacher, so in the school holidays, why not try something new or make time to create something together.

I would like to remind you that children are not supervised in the yard before 8am or after 3:30pm. We have noticed a growing number of children arriving early which creates an unsafe environment for them in the mornings. We would ask that you plan your mornings and afternoons taking this into account. OSHC is available from 6:30am until 6pm for your convenience. If you require support in the school holidays, OSHC is also open each day.

Next week our Year 2 and Year 3 classes have daily swimming lessons. Please return all forms and ask your class teacher any questions that you have. Parent teacher interviews have begun and continue next week. Please make sure that you book in through the online booking system if you have not done so. This interview time is a time to check in and to celebrate the learning journey of your child. If you require a longer conversation, please book in a different time with your class teacher.

Our final term is always quite busy and I would encourage you to continue to be vigilant with regular bed times and healthy eating. We begin our term with a visit from a small group of teachers from Hope Village School in Indonesia. They are visiting to experience our learning community for themselves. Feel free to say hello and welcome these special visitors. They will be hosted by Base Church and staff from our school. We will also have two visitors from Belgrave Heights Christian School in Victoria. They are on a similar journey to us and work with us in Indonesia. It will be awesome to share our school and to learn from these colleagues too.

I pray that you have a refreshing weekend.

God bless,

Wendy Matear

Memory Verse

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Matthew 5: 6

Deputy's Corner

Deputy's Corner

Spring has arrived with its customary unpredictable weather! We have experienced a lot of illnesses as a result of highly changeable weather, and hay fever is hitting some children hard. At this time of the term, the students are quite tired especially after big school events such as the Cultural Celebration Evening. Even though the days are gradually getting longer, our young students still need lots of sleep to help repair their bodies and grow each day. They may need a little more help to remember that a regular bed time helps to keep them healthy. They also need to eat well and drink plenty of water. If your child is unwell, give them the rest they need by keeping them home. This helps them to feel better faster, but also keeps the illness from spreading throughout the class. 

Personal mobiles phone at school

If your child has brought a mobile phone to school the ‘Application for a Mobile Phone at School’ must be filled in and signed by the parent/caregiver (located on page 11 of the Student Diary). The mobiles must be switched off and handed into the library for safe storage. It is a safety risk if our Care Room staff are unaware that the child is unwell  and are unable to give them medical support to determine what help the child requires. Sometimes, they are genuinely unwell, but also, sometimes they just do not want to do the school work and are avoiding a subject they do not like. Sometimes, a student will have had a friendship issue at recess or lunch, and rather than dealing with the issue with the support of their classroom teacher, they ‘run away’ from the conflict. This can mean they claim to be ‘sick’ and need to go home, but in reality, it would be better for their personal growth to stay at school, and work through the conflict with the help of their teacher. Our staff are able to support students when they present to the Care Room providing the physical and emotional support required.

If you receive a message from your child asking to go home, please encourage your child to speak to their teacher before racing to the school and picking your child up. Sadly, when we avoid resolving conflicts because it is ‘hard’, the conflict does not go away and often times becomes more difficult to resolve. Please speak to your child’s teacher if this is happening to alert them that your child is contacting you from a device and subverting the system. We want what is best for your child and to see them develop healthy skills to deal with and resolve ‘messy’ issues. See your child’s teacher if you require any support in this matter.

I wish you and your families a terrific end to Term 3 and a fabulous two week school break.

God bless you,


Deb Clifford


Free Dental Outreach Service coming in Term 4 Weeks 2 & 3!

We are pleased to offer all our ELC and Primary School students access to an onsite dental check-up at no out of pocket expense, through Dental Outreach’s ‘Grow-up Smiling’ program. Affectionately known as GuS, the independently run schools dental program is one of the largest and most successful children's dental programs in South Australia. Check-ups will be performed at Bethany Christian School by selected local Dentists/Oral Health Therapists, with professional training, clearances and equipment to perform high quality dental services in schools. Parents are welcome to attend with their child.

Important Dates

  • Information packs have recently been sent home with Primary School students
  • Information packs are also available from the front office and ELC staff
  • To book, please complete and return all forms to your child’s teacher by the end of term 3
  • Initial dental check-ups at school will be booked between 21 October – 1 November, 2019
  • Follow-up treatment for students will be performed at school, 21 October – 1 November, 2019
    • Dental Outreach will contact parents/guardians to obtain verbal consent prior to any follow-up treatment being undertaken

Dental Outreach has won significant recognition since its inception, including being named the first recipient of the 2013 Wrigley’s Australian Dental Association Foundation PRINCIPLES IN ACTION Community Service Award for its voluntary work for regional and remote communities throughout South Australia.


If you are moving house/interstate or your child/ren are leaving the school at the end of the year, please be reminded of our Withdrawal Agreement that was signed at enrolment. If you intend to withdraw your child, NOW is the time to supply us with your written Withdrawal Notification.

Written notifications can be handed to Reception or alternatively they can be emailed to Parents who withdraw their child/ren from the school / ELC are required to provide one term’s notice, to be given in writing, or pay an extra term’s fees in lieu of late/no notice of withdrawal. The reason for this policy is to assist the school / ELC with its budgetary control and student intake management. With short notice of withdrawal, families who are seeking entry for their child/ren often are unable to take up the position. The result is loss of revenue for the school / ELC and government funding. If you require further assistance please don’t hesitate to contact Bronnie on 8283 0000.

Temple Christian College Enrolments For Year 7 in 2020

To enrol in Year 7 at Temple Christian College, students are interviewed when they are in Year 5. This means, if your child is currently in Year 4, Interviews will commence Term 1, 2020. If you have not as yet filled in an Enrolment Application form, please contact the school on 8256 9600. An Enrolment Application form must be received before an Interview can be booked.

Uniform Labels

The uniform shop will again be running the uniform label promotion in term 4. If you are interested in purchasing the labels please visit the uniform and fill in an order form. The cost of the labels are $3 for 10 labels plus an extra 5 for free. 

Also the uniform shop will be open on these days of the school holidays:

Thursday 10th October

Friday 11th October

Premier's Reading Challenge

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

Nina N
Tiffany J
Jessica B
Caitlyn S
Jordan E
Holy N
Teliah K
Ethan G
Jacob NF
Alana T
Elliot A
Destiny K
Hayley G
Yeukaishe M
Rhyana S
Cody T
Bobbi H
Skye L
Virayudh O
Matthew N
Sophie C
Terry H
Jackson R
Christian D
Jimmy K
Maessi H
Faith K
Madison M
Emily C
Phong N
Kaylee W
Lachlan C
Leda M
Rick L
Netra R
Charlotte S
Sovathia T
Terena T
Jeremy S
Cameron N
Marcus A
Aiden S
Clair H

Cultural Celebration Night

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Thank you to everyone who came along to support our Cultural Celebration Night last week. It was a great night and from all reports it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Firefighters Visit


Last week our reception students enjoyed a visit from our local firefighters and the police. Our students where able to enjoy sitting inside the police car and the fire truck and also enjoyed pretending to be firefighers.

Community News

Sports News

Weekly Sports Results


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 LakersKeithcot KnightsBrodie B  Kade M11 . 4
U8 BlazersShooting Stars U8BDylan K  Samuel M12 . 7
U10 RaptorsCedar College 10Lucas H  Armstrong H2 . 25
U12 BobcatsSFX All StarsLucian E  Chadson C42 . 18
U12 RocketsNWDC Wildcats StormJacob L  Austyn M31 . 15
U12 ThunderSFX LakersMaxx S Mackenzie C-H17 . 42
Netball7 & U Bright StarsGS StarsChelsea O  Loria CNot Scored
Netball11 & U Shining StarsKings OpalsDekodah B Madeline P8 . 21


 Sport Team Opposition Coaches Pick Score
BasketballU8 LakersKings EaglesTobiasz T  Oscar E19 . 11
U8 BlazersAFCBC RocketsJoash S Isaleli T-F6 . 22
U10 RaptorsHope Valley HeatArmstrong H Elijah R14 . 16
U12 BobcatsNo Game
U12 RocketsS/Final: TigersEthan G Nicolas A30 . 13
U12 ThunderNo Game
Netball7 & U Bright StarsKeithcot KnightsIsabella B  Sophie SNot Scored
Netball11 & U Shining StarsGS Lightning BoltsHayley H  Alyssa B4 . 15

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Tuesday 24th September Parent Teacher Interviews
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September Swimming Lessons for Yr 2 & 3
Friday 27th September  Last day of Term 3
Monday 14th October First day of Term 4
Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October ELC Inductions
Thursday 24th October Year 3 Sleepover
Thursday 24th October SACSA Volley Yr 6/7
  2019 Term Dates
Term 1 Mon 4th February - Fri 12th April
Term 2 Mon 29th April - Fri 5th July
Term 3 Wed 24th July - Fri 27th September
Term 4 Mon 14th October - Wed 11th December

Monday Morning Praise

Whole School Worship
10 - 10.30am Mondays


Primary Chapel (Years 3 - 6)
10.50 - 11.30am Wednesdays

Junior Primary Chapel (Reception - Year 2)
12.10 - 12.50pm Wednesdays

Uniform Shop Times

The opening times for the Uniform Shop are: 

Monday 8.15 - 10.30 am
Tuesday 8.15 - 10.30 am
Thursday 2.00 - 4.00 pm
Friday 8.15 - 10.30 am

Bethany Christian School

PO Box 2125
Salisbury Downs SA 5108
37 Countess St
Paralowie, SA, 5108

P. 08 8283 0000
F. 08 8283 0101

Class Days
RD Monday & Thursday
RH Monday & Thursday
RHA Monday & Thursday
1D Thursday & Friday
1T Monday & Thursday
1C Monday & Friday
2ZH Tuesday & Friday
2P Wednesday & Friday
2R Thursday & Friday
3L Tuesday & Wednesday
3N Tuesday & Friday
3T Tuesday & Wednesday
4G Monday & Friday
4WH Monday & Friday
4WY Monday & Friday
5P Tuesday & Friday
5R Tuesday & Friday
5T Tuesday & Friday
6SH Monday & Tuesday
6S Monday & Tuesday
6T Monday & Tuesday

Newsletter published: Friday, September 20 2019

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