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End of the School Year Prayer
O God of all beginnings and endings,
We praise and thank you for the gift of this school year.
It has been a time filled with grace and blessings,
With challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows.
The days have passed quickly, O Lord.
The weeks, the months, the seasons, the holidays and holy days,
The exams, vacations, breaks, and assemblies,
All have come forth from your hand.
While we trust that your purposes have always been at work each day,
Sometimes it has seemed difficult to understand and appreciate
Just what you have been up to in our school.
Give us the rest and refreshment we need this summer.
Let our efforts of this past year bear fruit.
Bring all of our plans to a joyful conclusion,
And bless us, according to your will,
With the fulfillment of our summer hopes and dreams.
Watch over us in the weeks of rest ahead,
And guide each day as you have done this past year.
Help us return to school with a new spirit and a new energy.
May we continue to grow
In age, wisdom, knowledge and grace
All the days of our lives.
Submitted by Lara Hepner
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- Bec Liersch – FDN Teacher (Thursdays)
- Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Pastorate
- Abby Mann – 1/2 Teacher
- Danette Mifflin – Administration
- Jodie Hampton – Arts/PE Teacher
- Selena Grundel – LSO
10 Oliver Doyban
10 Annie Mathews
15 Saxon Keys
16 Millie Scholz
17 Jed Klau
20 John Lewis
2 Georgia Barrett
4 Bella Harvey
6 Tom Noack
12 Isobel Swincer
13 Harvey John
21 Leo Abdelmalek
24 Jasper Podolski
Last week we had our first transition visit for the new 2022 Foundation students. While the students were getting to know Mrs McDonald and how the school works, their parents stayed on for morning tea and were getting to know me and each other (and also how the school works from the perspective of a mum or dad). It was a lovely morning all round. The children had a great time participating in learning activities, story time and looking through the books that they were presented with as welcome presents to start their learning journey at Good Shepherd. The parents told stories about their children and what they were looking forward to next year. The experienced parents shared little tips and tricks to make the transition to school life a whole lot easier for the ‘newbies’. With only 10 students so far (2 mid-year) this will be a beautiful little class. Mrs Mc Donald is welcoming the opportunity to work very closely with each of them as she guides their learning. Of course we would love to enrol a couple more in that class so if you are aware of a family who are still undecided about 2022 tell them to come and take a look at what we can offer their child. We are also enrolling for 2023, although the Foundation class is already filling up fast.
You will have seen my email last week regarding the Graduation Service. It is unfortunate that this event can only be held with the students and families of years 5 – 7 but in order to comply with COVID requirements it is the only way we can safely manage the service. We pray next year will be different. The Graduation Service is a compulsory event for students in years 5 – 7. All students are required to wear formal uniform.
Tomorrow Mr Evans and the SRC have planned something very special for the students. There will be inflatable bouncy things, a mini dance/disco, fun games and activities for everyone to join in. The SRC have called it ‘inflatable day’ and all the staff are pitching in to help because we don’t want to let them down…. (I know, it’s a terrible joke but I can’t stop making it). On top of inflatable day hijinks, the fabulous Parents and Friends have come on board with a free, ‘just because’ sausage sizzle lunch for all the staff and students. Honestly, it doesn’t get any better than this!!!
Finally, as this is my last newsletter for the year, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your family a very blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you have the opportunity to recharge and rest over the holidays before the start of an exciting 2022. For those families who are leaving Good Shepherd, thank you for being part of our story. You have all contributed in some way to making this school the beautiful place that it is and you will all be missed. Some families have had a very long association with the school, longer than the nine years that I have been here, I imagine there will be more than a few tears on Thursday night. Please stay in touch with us, you will always be part of our family, you will always be welcome.
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Fiona McDonald’s Foundation Class
This term the Foundation students have been investigating patterns and cycles as a part of their Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry. Students worked scientifically to investigate and then experiment with seeds to find the needs of plants and the best conditions for successful germination and growth. Using their research skills they recorded their observations in a seed diary and compared their plants with one another. Some students then performed their experiment under different conditions to see if they could be successful with some changes to their thinking and actions.
After looking in some information texts, students discovered that there is a pattern to plant growth which scientists call a cycle. See if you can guess which stage of the cycle each of our plants are in!
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
Week 7 – Monday 22 November 2021
Bonnie watched Sofia all week and noticed that she shows lots of attributes of the Learner Profile. She is an inquirer, knowledgeable, a thinker, a communicator and is principled and open-minded. Bonnie thinks that Sofia is neat and tidy and a good friend.
FDN: Isobel Swincer (Inquirer)
Isobel is an inquirer. She thinks a lot about her work and she shares lots of good ideas with the class. Isobel challenges herself in her writing too.
1/2: Spencer Pech (Thinker)
Spencer has developed a greater empathy for his friends and others in the GSLS community over recent weeks. He has been thinking deeply about how others are feeling and makes an effort to make them feel comfortable and included.
2/3: Charli McGorman (Caring)
Charli shows care and empathy towards her peers. She also uses her initiative to help around the classroom to ensure it is tidy, safe and an enjoyable learning environment.
4/5: Olivia Grieger (Principled and Balanced)
Olivia has worked with a wide range of her peers this term during English and Math’s lessons. She not only works well with her close friends but whoever she is chosen to work with. She demonstrates patience and persistence when helping the team to achieve their task.
Week 8 – Monday 29 November 2021
Archie is very nice to people. Archie helps people when they are hurt or sad and shows them how to do things if they need help with their work.
FDN: Bonnie Kenny (Risk-Taker and Principled)
Bonnie takes risks in her writing and that she learns so easily because she works so hard. Evie thinks that Bonnie is also very careful in her work and that she always tries her best.
2/3: Bennett Thomson (Principled)
Bennett has displayed many attributes that align with being principled. He is making an effort to implement cooperative strategies within his social and work groups, and is always offering to help around the classroom.
4/5: Mitchell Mathews (Risk-Taker and Reflective)
Mitchell has shown great improvement in his attitude and enthusiasm towards maths this term. He has practised his times tables and worked hard to improve his automatic recall. He has also demonstrated enthusiasm towards our focus on financial maths. He has worked with a range of different students and has used his knowledge of money to help his team succeed during various budgeting tasks.
6/7: Benjamin Schultz (Principled)
Benjamin has shown great perseverance this term working with his injury, and has worked hard to complete his work as well as possible.
Principal’s Morning Tea
Lillie, Saxon, Sarah, Jemima, Ella, Luke, Scarlett, Sofia, Isla B and Isla E were selected from across the school to celebrate their significant contribution to demonstrating the values and spirit of Good Shepherd. This morning these students joined Principal, Anne Marschall, for a special morning tea at which she thanked them for setting a good example and being a positive influence throughout the year.
Welcome to Good Shepherd!
Cookie dough orders will be ready for collection on Wednesday 8th December, from 2.30pm. Please collect from the Hub.
PIZZA & PLANNING
The Pizza and planning night has been postponed to the start of term 1. Please keep an eye out for an invitation early next year. This will be a casual evening on the deck, where we enjoy some pizza, wine and also plan for the 2022 P&F events. We always welcome new faces and would love to hear your suggestions of future events that we could hold.
GSLS 60th ANNIVERSARY
In 2022 we will be celebrating GSLS’s 60th anniversary, please watch this space!
2021 has been a huge year for the P&F. It has been a year full of events and fundraising! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your wonderful contributions to our events! Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to organise as many events. It really is the families and staff, that make this school, the special and unique place that it is.
We would like to wish all you a very Merry Christmas and safe holiday.
During our chapel service in Week 6 Pastor Rob arranged for the Hermannsburg Choir to visit and perform. Pastor Rob provided the following background information on the establishment of the choir.
The Ntaria Choir comes from Ntaria (a sacred site on the Finke River – Larapinta – associated with the Arrarnta ratapa dreaming). The place was named Hermannsburg by the early German missionaries after the town where they trained as missionaries in Lower Saxony, Germany, when they settled there in 1877. They soon established a ration station, church and a bilingual school on the site. Singing was a popular subject with the children at school. Many hymns were translated from German into Western Arrarnta over the years, retaining the European melodies.
Harmonies were taught to community members by the teacher’s wife in the 1920s. Since then there have been a variety of choirs: adult, youth, and children’s.
Since 2013 Ntaria choir has contributed members to the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Their trip to Germany in 2015 was showcased in the film ‘The Songkeepers’. This choir sings in the Western Arrarnta language which is spoken at Hermannsburg, and also in Pitjantjatjara language, which is mainly spoken further West and South.
The Ntaria Choir brings a long tradition of choral singing back to the Barossa. Kempe and Schwarz set off northward in 1875 from Bethany in the Barossa Valley. The Ntaria Choir travelled southward in 2021, destination Barossa Valley, to share their language and music in these difficult covid times.
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 SeeSaw, phone or email email@example.com by 8.30am. 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.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Happy New Year.
This week’s newsletter article from Parenting ideas is called Parent Self-Care Matter.
Parents are known for putting their children’s needs ahead of their own. As a parent it is good to be reminded that you need to look after yourself. Self- care can be different for each individual, although being physical and mindful or seeking out whatever activities that you enjoy can be ideas for your selfcare.
Taking care of yourself is not selfish….so don’t forget to set aside time for your own personal self-care, especially over this busy Christmas season.
What does the bible say about selfcare?
The media and our society can dictate what self-care is. However, scripture paints a different picture of self-care. When we practice the self-care found in Jesus’ example we can find the true rest of what our body and souls need.
Self-care is Engagement….(not escape).
After a hard day at work or school we often want to unplug, from the noise of society. Although, we then need to not just unplug but plug back into something bigger. Scripture says, Jesus leaves the large crowds to find solitude and to pray.
True self-care means casting our anxieties on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
Gods richest blessing,
Parent self-care matters
by Michael Grose
Parents are known for putting their children’s needs ahead of their own. With the mantra of ‘be involved’ in your child’s life a dominant parenting message, it’s now common for parents to neglect their own social and wellbeing to give their children the best possible start in life. This selfless approach is commendable, but questionable if it means you are constantly stretched, stressed and tired. Parenting is draining. Kids by their very nature take more than they give. Even the most loving, affectionate child will exhaust you at times so it’s important to replenish, refresh and reinvigorate yourself.
Parenting author Maggie Dent says, “If we don’t care for ourselves, not only do we run the risk of parenting less effectively and compassionately, but we are not modelling self-care for our children.” Taking time for yourself seems obvious, however, the reality for many parents is that they are hard-wired to prioritise the wellbeing of others.
Start by giving yourself permission. Setting strict boundaries around key self-care activities help to make sure self-care happens. Turning occasional self-care into an ongoing habit is a great way to make sure you look after yourself. First, you need to give yourself permission to prioritise mental health and wellbeing, at least some of the time. So, what self-care activities should you be prioritising?
Exercise is great for both mind and body. It releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone that enhances mood and helps put you in a positive state of mind. Exercise releases cortisol, the stress hormone, which builds up gradually over time, leading to anxiety and depression if not managed. You don’t need to go to the gym to get the benefits of exercise. A brisk daily walk is an excellent self-care strategy for busy parents. It’s affordable, accessible and has the bonus of taking you outside, which has added wellbeing benefits.
Alfred Adler, the father of individual psychology, maintained that the people who lived the most content lives paid close attention to their social lives. When children come along, a parents’ social life can easily play second fiddle to that of their children. Alternatively, social media becomes the main mode for staying in touch with friends, which is a poor replacement for face-to-face contact. One way of staying social is to schedule activities such as playing sport, joining a book club or sharing a coffee that keeps you connected to other adults.
Staying in the present moment, even for just a minute or two, can help you better manage parenting stresses. Engaging your senses is a good way to relax and find some inner peace. Enjoying the present moment, or mindfulness, can be practised by taking a walk, listening to music, or a taking a five minute meditation. Breathing exercises help reduce stress, so incorporate deep breathing into your daily routine to help stay fresh and alert.
Seek out play
If you think that play is just for kids, then think again. Everyone needs activities in their lives that sustain them and bring them joy. It’s important to expand the definition of play to include hobbies and interests such as music, collecting things, making, tinkering and performing. Playful activities that contribute to parent self care are freely chosen, fun and create a state of flow so that you become lost in the activity. Playful activities boost your mood and help you manage the challenges and enjoy the pleasures of family life.
Decide to savour
If you feel that you’re always in rush, the chances are that you don’t have the opportunity to savour anything. Whether it’s the first cup of coffee in the morning, snuggling up to your child at bedtime or reading a favourite book before bed, commit to savouring something and make it a daily habit.
Taking care of your physical, psychological and social needs helps you be the best parent you can be. Set aside time for self-care even when you feel like you don’t have a single second to devote to yourself. Experiment with different self-care activities to figure out which strategies work best for you, your family and your lifestyle.
School Fees Term 4 2021
School fees for Term 4 are now overdue. Please contact Sarah Loveday as soon as possible if you are unable to finalise your school fees this week.
School Card Scheme 2022
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.
Please note that our Uniform Shop is open each Monday afternoon during the term from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. If you are unable to attend during these times please feel free to come into the office and complete an order form. If you have any other uniform enquiries please feel free to contact our Uniform Shop Co-orindator, Virginia directly on 0407 716 350.
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.
1962-2022 Celebrating 60 Years
Building Blocks Playgroup
Our last playgroup session for the year ended with a surprise visitor from the North Pole. There were lots of smiles (and a few tears) as Santa handed out gifts for all the children. Thank you to our Playgroup Co-ordinators, Bec and Sarah for their dedication and commitment on providing this valurable experience for our growing playgroup community. We look forward to seeing what’s in store next year.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
Sunday 5th December 2021
Angaston: 10.30am HC
Gnadenberg: 8.45am HC
Sunday 12th December 2021
Angaston: 8.45am (Lessons and carols)
Gruenberg: 10.30am (Lessons and carols)
KEVS Service Times
Sunday 5th December 2021
Eden Valley: 11.00am
Sunday 12th December 2021
Keyneton: 11.00am HC
Eden Valley: 9.00am HC