Good Shepherd Grapevine – 17 June 2021

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Being Humble: Why It’s Important To God

by Inspiration Ministries

We know that Jesus died for our sins and our human faults. This was done to reestablish our relationship with God. But there’s an important step each of us must still take to access the mercy and grace that His death affords us.

That step is to practice humility. Scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

But what does it mean to be humble?

To be humble is to realize how weak we are, how helpless we are to change the course of our lives in our own power. It’s to ask God for His forgiveness and to trust Him for His guidance.  That’s what He wants to see abiding in our hearts.

He wants us to realize and confess our helplessness, our sinfulness, and our complete need for Him in our lives; and we can do exactly that, regardless of the depth of the flaw, since we know God will never reject those who come to Him with a humble spirit:

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit” (Psalm 34:18)

Even if we believe we’re being humble, it’s often difficult in our current society to show as much humility as the Lord would like. Culturally, we’ve moved further away from God’s ways and instead placed focus on the world’s ways. Humility is not seen as a positive trait—it’s seen as a weakness—and in a lot of cases, humility is seen as a flaw that should be avoided at all costs.

Just think about your own social or professional life. How often do you hear someone around you admit they were wrong or made a mistake? When was the last time you admitted such things?

These days, people are afraid to admit wrong or unveil a weakness, and instead let themselves move to a position of pride. Once there, it’s easier to lie, make excuses, or ignore personal issues rather than face them in humility. And in God’s plan, pride becomes an obstacle that halts His mercy.

Removing Pride as an Obstacle

To put pride aside and receive God’s full blessings, we must come to God through Jesus, confess our need and weakness, and ask Christ to cleanse and receive us. We must ask Jesus to take control of our lives and guide us every step of the way.

It’s then that pride will be put aside and the doors opened to receive His full blessings. Remember this passage as you turn your back on your old ways:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon (Isaiah 55:7)

Even if you’ve already confessed your weaknesses and asked Christ to receive you, doing it is not a one-time thing. It’s ongoing, and should be a part of your daily prayer life.

Submitted by Jennifer Grieger
Taken from

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • KUCHAR: Sarah, Chris, Romek, Piotr and Asia
  • LEGGETT: Tammy, Chris, Riley, Georgia & Dylan
  • LEON/SCHULZE: Emma, Shaun, Cody, Natalia, Lincoln & Lawrence
  • LEWIS: Lucy, William, Michael & John
  • LINKE: Chris, Darren, Cassandra, Joanna, Angela & William
  • LIU: Freddie, Ruby, Richie & Reming


  • Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Pastorate
  • Selena Grundel – LSO
  • Brenton Klau – Bus Driver
  • Fiona Lloyde – School Chaplain
  • John Morgan – Maintenance
  • Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
  • Daniel Hausler – 2/3 Teacher
  • Danielle Pywell – LSO



8   Evelyn Rohrlach
9   Richie Liu
10  Natalia Leon
14  Charlie McGorman
17  Aimee Gripton
24  Mitchell Mathews
24  Isobel Swincer
28  Dylan Leggett
30  Rachel Doering






7   Deacon Grieger


  • This week we pray for our Arts Teacher, Mrs Hampton; all other teachers and students as the school concert draws nearer.
  • In our prayers this week we ask that you join us as we pray for Andy, Mel and Jasper Podolski.

  • We also give thanks for the glorious rain that has fallen in our region over the past week and pray that it continues.

Principal’s News


Dear Parents,

It may have been cold and rainy last week, but nothing could dampen our spirits as we sang along with Peter Combe to all his classic children’s songs in the Hub on Tuesday. We were joined by Redeemer’s Junior Primary classes as well as our friends from the Angaston Early Learning Centre and the Building Blocks Playgroup. There were also a number of parents, many of whom fondly remember singing along to Peter Combe when they were children. Also, there, was Peter’s number one fan, Rachel John, who counts meeting Peter Combe as the pinnacle of her career working at Good Shepherd. Many thanks to our awesome Parents and Friends Association who organised and funded Peter’s concert. It was great to combine with our community for this event.

The next big community event will be our whole school concert, Dancing Through the Decades, next Thursday. Students from Foundation to Year Seven have been practising their singing and dancing all term and are looking forward to showcasing their talents. I look forward to catching up with many of you either at the 1.30 p.m. matinee or the 7 p.m. evening performance. Tickets can be booked online via the link that has been emailed to families. Please contact Danette at the Front Office if you are unable to book tickets online and she will be happy to organise tickets for you.

This will be my last ‘Principal’s Message’ before I take long service leave for term three. While I am very much looking forward to some time of rest and relaxation in the coming weeks it can be hard disconnecting from a school that has been my ‘second family’ for nearly nine years. However, I know I am leaving you in very capable hands with Darren Altus who has served in leadership in Lutheran schools for many years and has much to share with you which will complement and enhance our school community. Good Shepherd is a very warm and caring school and I know you will make Darren feel very welcome as he gets to know your child and the wider school community over the coming term.


Anne Marschall


Peter Combe Performance

Last week’s Peter Combe performance was enjoyed by many students and adults. It was lovely that our Playgroup and ELC children joined us in the fun. A big thank you to our P&F for facilitating this event! Mrs John was voted as the most enthusiastic fan on the day!

IB PYP Learner Profile Awards


Week 7 – Monday 7 June 2021

Lillie Byrne



Caring Lillie is such a wonderful friend. She is always on the look out for people who might be feeling left out and includes them with a kind smile and her welcoming nature. Lillie is a quiet achiever, she contributes to the culture of the Foundation class by caring for people and belongings.

Annie Mathews



Matita Schroeder


Bella Cooper

Sophie Doering









 Annie loves to learn. She works hard to engage with all subjects and is willing to share new ideas with the class. She happily works with her teachers and peers to improve her understandings and especially enjoys her inquiry learning. 

Matita listens to people’s ideas and suggestions with respect and care. She is working hard to independently solve problems, to think positively and ‘have  ago.’ 

Whilst learning about German speaking countries, Bella independently researched to find the capital city of a German speaking country. She then sought out some assistance to this in both German and English.


Whilst learning about German speaking countries, Bella independently researched to find the capital city of a German speaking country. She then sought out some assistance to this in both German and English.


2/3 Harry Swincer Principled Harry showed that he was principled by working well with those in his group during unit of inquiry lessons. He provided some good ideas as they developed a script for a drama and showed dedication and commitment as he created costumes and props.

Richie Liu

Jemima Pritchard-Gordon

Parker Brooks





Whilst responding to German questions about a book we read, Richie independently wrote all his answers in German.

Jemima has shown risk taking in identifying different sounds in German to English. She has sought clarification independently when unsure and persisted to achieve understanding.

Parker showed amazing self-management skills in the face of adversity last week. He demonstrated resilience and control of his emotions and was able to channel his focus into his work. 

6/7 Millie Scholz Communicator Millie has demonstrated being a great communicator these past several weeks through her ability to express to others how she is feeling and demonstrating her emotions in a fair and respectful way.


Classroom Snapshot – Mr Hausler’s 2/3 Class

The Year 2/3 class have joined with the Year 1/2 class as they have worked through their “How We Express Ourselves” unit of inquiry as they have considered the central idea “All forms of the Arts can combine to creatively express ideas.”

Students have inquired into many of the different art mediums that combine to create a drama performance.  They learnt about the different elements that are important when writing a script, looked at how costumes (from around the world) and colour are used to express a message, found out about the benefits of good props and sets and examined how body language and speech fluency and expression can help to tell a story.  Students then used their knowledge to create their own drama presentation.  They were placed into small groups, given a character and a setting to put into their plays and then were left to develop a script, mask, props and sets for their play.  Students then worked within their small groups to practice their play and finally presented their drama skits to the classes on Friday.

The students did a wonderful job not only in the presentation of their drama skits, but also as they cooperated to collaboratively design the elements they required.

P&F News

Mum’s Night Out
The Mum’s night out was held on Saturday 5th June at the Wanera Wine Bar in Angaston. This was a great night with lots of food, wine and cheer. Thank you to all that attended.

Pie Drive 22/06/2021
Thank you to our families for again supporting the pie drive. All orders will need to be picked up on Tuesday 22/6/21, between 3pm and 4pm from the Hub.

Born Again – Preloved Fashions & Wares Clearance Sale
Dates to be advised.

Bonfire Evening 13/08/2021
Save the date! Make sure you mark this event in your calendars. The annual Bonfire night will be held early next term on Friday 13th August. This is always a great family event, held on the school grounds. A BBQ dinner with salads is supplied. There will also be marshmallows to toast over the warm, inviting bonfire.

Next Meeting 26/07/2021
Our next meeting will be in term 3, on Monday 26th of July at 2pm.  Please consider coming along to this meeting and joining in with the planning process for term 3 events.

It is with sadness, that we inform you of the resignation of our President Julie Maddern. During her time of leadership, she has made a great impact on our school community with her thoughtfulness and infectious personality. Julie helped with co-ordinating events such as the ‘2020 Raffle’, ‘Born-Again’ Pop-up store, the Pie drive and the Vintage Parade float.

We welcome Amanda Pech as our newly elected president. Amanda is stepping into this position for the remainder of this year.

If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved with the P&F, please reach out to Amanda Pech or Sarah Gripton.  New faces are always welcome.

2021 School Concert – “Dancing Through The Decades”

Tickets to both the matinee and evening performances are now available to book online via the link that has been emailed to families. Please contact Danette at the Front Office if you are unable to book tickets online and she will be happy to book tickets for you.

SAPSASA Football


During Week 6 Tom Noack and Mitchell Harvey represented Barossa and Light in the SAPSASA football carnival.

Tom and Mitchell played a total of nine games each held over three days.

Tom’s team won six games and he managed to kick five goals.  Mitchell’s team won 3 games. 

Both students had a great couple of days playing footy and making some new friends. 

Everyday Reminders


It is important that the school is notified by 9.00am each day if your child is absent.  Please ensure that a reason is included with your notification.  You are able to advise us of absentees by phoning and leaving a message prior to 8.30am or email  Please note that we plan to discontinue the use of the Skoolbag App.  Please understand that the Front Office is unable to access SeeSaw notifications sent directly to class teachers.  We also ask that parents keep children home if they are unwell.

Car Park Safety and Speed Zones

We remind everyone that the safety of our students is paramount.  Please ensure you are aware of the speed limits in and around the school and always encourage your children to use the footpaths in the school car park.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community,

Wishing you all a great week.

I have chosen John 14:27 to reflect on. 

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  John 14:27

On reflection –

‘Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you’
In one sense this was a common thing to say at a departure in that culture, to wish peace (shalom) to others as you left them. Jesus took this normal goodbye and filled it with deep strength and meaning.
It was customary to take leave with wishes of peace. Peace (shalom) be with you, was and is the usual Jewish greeting when friends met and parted. 

‘Not as the world gives do I give to you’
When someone in that ancient culture said peace as they departed, they said it without any special meaning. It was like when we say goodbye. Literally that means, God be with you – but we don’t really mean it that way.  Jesus wanted them to know that when He said peace I leave with you, it wasn’t in the casual, way that most people said it.

The peace of this world is often based on distraction or blindness. Jesus offers a better peace, a real peace.

Jesus had no inheritance or fortune to leave to His followers in a last will and testament. Yet, Jesus gave them two things greater than any fortune. He gave the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and the peace of Jesus Himself. This is the peace of God the Son, with His complete trusting love in God the Father.

He carefully described the peace as ‘My peace.’  His peace was a heart untroubled and unfearful despite all the suffering and conflict ahead of Him.

In the Bible the word for peaceshalom, simply means the absence of trouble. It means everything which makes for our highest good. The peace which the world offers us is the peace of escape, the peace which comes from the avoidance of trouble and from refusing to face things. 

‘Let not your heart be troubled’
Jesus returned to the theme recorded in the first verse in John 14, with faith in God and His Son, with the receiving of His Spirit and His peace, we can have an untroubled heart in a quite troubled life. 

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. His article this week is about the importance of the commitment of getting children to school on time every day. Enjoy his insights.

God’s richest blessings,

Fiona Lloyde

On time, every day

During the current COVID-19 pandemic parents are rightfully urged to take a cautious approach and keep children and young people at home if they show symptoms of the virus.

It’s a balancing act if you’re a parent as one the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day—and gets there on time. It sounds simple, but it’s true. The correlation between school attendance and children’s achievement levels is well established. The more time kids spend at school, the more likely they are to experience school success.Of course, most people know this intuitively, yet school absenteeism is a huge problem in Australian schools.

According to a report by the Australian Curriculum and Assessment authority nearly 13 per cent of Australian students are missing at least one year of schooling by the time they reach year 10. In today’s highly competitive world, this rate of absenteeism is alarming, putting our kids at a distinct disadvantage.

Current research shows that mornings for most children are the most productive time of the day, with 10.00am the peak period for productivity. When children arrive late and take time to settle as they inevitably do, valuable learning time is lost.

It’s reassuring to know that you can maximise their chances of future success just by making sure they turn up to school every day. And, of course, regular school attendance also helps kids prepare for the workforce, where it will be expected that they turn up each day work-ready. The real world is unforgiving of those who stay away with no excuse.

As a parent:

  • Commit to sending kids to school every day
  • Make sure kids arrive at school and class on time
  • Inform the school when they are away, sending medical certificates and other evidence of genuine absence
  • Follow current COVID-19 health guidelines and recommendations
  • Consider catching-up on missed work
  • Make kids who are away stay in their bedroom, which is where unwell kids should be

Michael Grose

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.

Finance and Administration News

School Fees Term 2 2021

Payment of school fees for Term 2 are now overdue. Please contact Sarah if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.

Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia is taking a well deserved break for the remainder of this term. If you need any uniform items please contact the Front Office.

Notice of Withdrawal

We remind families that we require one term’s notice in writing of your intention to withdraw a student to avoid being charged an additional term’s fees.

School Card Scheme 2021

Did you know that limits for the school card have now been increased. So you may now be eligible if you have not been in the past.  Applications for the School Card Scheme are available online.  To check if you are eligible click on the following link or contact Sarah Loveday for further information.

Office Hours:  8.30am – 4.00pm

Please avoid phoning between 8.15 – 8.30am as staff are debriefing and in devotion. A phone call prior to 8.30am however will be taken by the answering machine for you to leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible if required.

Student Absence

Parents are requested to call the office by 9.30am if your child is absent. An answering machine is available to leave a message after hours. Skoolbag App also has an absentee note you can send which is received as an email to school.

Late Arrivals / Early Departures

If your child is late for school or they depart early for appointments etc parents/carers must sign them in at the front office in the Student Sign In/Out Register.

School Banking

LLL Banking—Lutheran Laypeople’s League. Passbooks to Administration on Monday morning for processing during the week. Application forms for opening an LLL account are available from the front office.

Student Accident Cover

Children are covered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year but only in respect to any injuries that happen:

  • While the student is engaged in school activities and school-related extra-curricular activities (including work experience, vocational training, excursions etc).
  • While the student is engaged in organised school sporting activities.
  • While the student is engaged in organised non-school sporting activities with a club that is a member of an established sporting association. The student must be a registered and/or a financial participant of the club.
  • During travel to and from school, school activities, organised school sporting activities, and organised non-school sporting activities.

No Parking on Neldner Avenue

Parents are asked not to park on Neldner Avenue as the buses need to be able to pull up, for the safety of our children. Please use the car park south of the school or by the Shepherd’s Hub.

2022 Enrolments

We are now in the final stages of confirming places for our new Foundation students in 2022.  As enrolments for this year’s Foundation class reached capacity we encourage any families to collect an enrolment form from Danette at the Front office and return ASAP.

Building Blocks Playgroup

Last week’s excursion to the Gorge Wildlife Park was a highlight for many Playgroup members, both young and old.  A special thank you to Sarah and her mum for adding the finishing touches to the ‘Thank You’ banner that was presented to the park following our visit. We also thank our official wildlife photographer, Amanda Pech for the amazing images taken on the day.
We look forward to dressing up and games fun for our final week of Playgroup for the term on Monday 21st June.

Please contact Bec Bawden if you have any questions on 0427 538 371.

Local Church Service Times


Angaston Parish Service Times





June 20
Pent 4
Proper 7
10.30am HC
8.45am HC
June 27
Pent 5
Proper 8


KEVS Service Times



Eden Valley


June 20
Pent 4
Proper 7
9.00am HC 4.30pm 11.00am HC
June 27
Pent 5
Proper 8
5.30pm 11.00am HC 9.15am HC