Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School


Week 9Term 42019

From the Principal

As the 2019 school year draws to a close, we have continued to finish with many wonderful celebrations. Our students were incredible in the ways that they presented themselves and finished the year well.

Our Brilliance Exhibition was a wonderful success with our Year 3, 4, 5, and 6 students working together to present a range of products that showed their brilliance, creativity and talents. We encouraged them to shine and they certainly continued to exceed my expectations. I hope that you enjoyed the opportunity to experience the many and varied products that your children created.

Our ELC students presented their musical, ‘Everyone loves a baby’. It was amazing to see how much they have grown over the year and I thoroughly enjoyed their performances. We are very excited to welcome them into our school environment next year.

Our Year 6 students had their graduation ceremony on Tuesday night. They looked amazing and it was a wonderful reminder of the years gone by as we saw photographs of them throughout their time here with us at Bethany.   I am reminded of the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” and I know that the staff of Bethany Christian School see it as a privilege to work with you in helping your children to learn and grow.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who works and volunteers at our school. We have a very dedicated team and it is wonderful to work together as a team for the benefit of students.

We congratulate Mr Tothill who welcomed a new daughter Matilda (Tilly) to his family last Friday.

This newsletter includes a list of our teachers for 2020 to help you know the name of every class. We have numbers of changes that will provide wonderful opportunities for creativity in 2020. We farewell Dr Suzi Pedler from the Diverse Learning Coordinator role. Suzi has brought so much experience and care to our team and we wish her well as she takes up a full-time role working as a medical practitioner. We also thank Mrs Emily Bondarenko as she leaves us to have a baby early in the New Year. Emily has worked tirelessly to ensure that our ELC continues to be an excellent learning experience and Mrs Rachael Chesson and Mrs Rebecca Thomson will share the leadership role in 2020.

The newsletter contains a number of important dates to help to know when school returns, our OSHC dates, the new uniform opening times and online ordering links and other events like Meet the Teacher Night to help you to prepare for all that is ahead.

We have included a range of photographs for you to enjoy and we trust that you will have a blessed Christmas and a safe New Year. Please be careful on the roads as you travel about and take time with your children to create some good memories together.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV)

Merry Christmas

Wendy Matear


2020 Teaching Staff

Class Teachers
Reception HWMrs Katie Haywood/Mrs Sarah White
Reception DMrs Bethany Doveton
Reception HMrs Alex Hall/Mrs Kirsty Harman
Year 1PMs Donna Prenzler
Year 1DMrs Jasmine Duckworth
Year 1CMrs Amelia Chandra
Year 2HSMrs Mahlah Hannaford/Mrs Juliet Schultz
Year 2ZMrs Paige Zeccola
Year 2RMrs Jeanette Ross-Naylor
Year 3LMrs Rachael Lee
Year 3TMr Joel Tothill
Year 3KMr Glen Kempster
Year 4GMr Nathan Grierson
Year 4WMrs Cheryl Wyten
Year 4PMr Alex Peterson
Year 5RMr Brett Richardson/Mrs Nicole Row
Year 5TMr Steven Taylor
Year 5SMrs Hannah Sutherland
Year 6TMr Simon Traeger
Year 6SMr Scott Sheeky
Year 6WMiss Rachael Whitby
Specialist Teachers
Computing Yr 3 – Yr6Mrs Robyn Curtis
Diverse LearningMrs Kelly Nesbitt
Diverse LearningMrs Rebecca Ward
Mrs Kirsty Harman
Early Learning Centre - DirectorMrs Rebecca Thomson/Mrs Rachel Chesson
- Teacher Miss Wendy Lou
LOTE – IndonesianMrs Essie Hester
Media Arts Year 3-6Mr Aaron Mabikafola
P.E. Year 4 – 6Mr Ben Hannaford
P.E. ELC - Year 3Mr Nathan Grieger
Arts Rec – 2Miss Elyse Zimmermann
PrincipalMrs Wendy Matear
Deputy PrincipalMrs Debbie Clifford
Curriculum & Coaching Mrs Melissa Taylor
Sports Mr Ben Hannaford
ICT ManagerMr Jeremy Graetz

Brilliance Exhibition


ELC Graduation


Uniform Shop Opening Times

Please note that the Uniform Shop will move during the holidays and will be relocated to the room next to the Indonesian classroom. If you are unsure of where to find it, please come and ask at the front office.

Weekly Information

Important Dates

Date Event
Wednesday 11th December 2pm Final Assembly (last day of school - normal dismissal time 3.10pm) 
Thursday 12th December ELC Picnic 11 am to 1 pm
Christmas Day Christmas Day service 9.30 am Base Church (PAC)



Sunday 2nd February

Staff Dedication Service 9.30 am at Base Church (PAC)

Monday 3rd February

First day of Term 1

Wednesday 12th February

Meet the Teacher Evening

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: Wednesday, December 11 2019

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