Good Shepherd Grapevine – 28 June 2018

by Jun 28, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 This Week’s Rattling – “Paint Palette”

Paint Palette

I have a confession to make… I’m not much of an artist. Actually if I’m honest, I’ve hardly ever painted anything in my life. Beside the odd attempt at painting in Art class back in high school, I have hardly picked up a brush since. However, I have grown to appreciate the beauty of Art and the amazing creativity an artist demonstrates.

My wife Laura enjoys painting and although she hasn’t painted much lately, when I did get the chance to see her in action, I was always amazed at the process involved in one of her works of art. But what did surprise me was the mixture of colours and shades on her paint palette and to watch her mix and match these colours with a clear picture in mind. I was awestruck as she blended colours and then carefully placed brush strokes on the canvas. Although her paint palette looked like a mess and for some time, her artworks would look just like a mixture or blur of colour, over time, the precision of her brush strokes would reveal a beautiful work of art. I could never get over just how many different colours or shades she would use to paint a picture and how she knew exactly where to place them all to bring the picture together. I truly admire this talent, as I remember I had enough trouble trying to make the colour green, let alone any other colour or shade to then paint a picture.

Our life can often seem like a ‘paint palette’. To us it can seem like a mixture of colours and to some extent it can seem like a mess. Yes, we might have a spattering of bright colours (our good days or events in life) but there always seems to be a bit of a mess or mash up of other colours. We may spend much of our life thinking how can anything good come from this mess on the paint palette.

But we must remind ourselves of who the artist is in our life; God. When we try to take control, we wouldn’t even know how to paint the master piece that God would want our life to be. I mean I can hardly paint a basic picture, let alone a master piece. However, the great news is, God is the most amazing artist. He can use our messy ‘paint palette’ and paint a master piece. The truth is that he wants each of our lives to be a master piece; an artwork that reflect his amazingness and his goodness so that when others stop to enjoy it, they marvel at the artist himself.

God has great plans for each of us and he wants us to trust him to guide us in it.  Jeremiah 29:11 says;

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God wants our lives to be a wonderful reflection of the artist himself, however we need to trust him with the ‘paint palette’ (even when it looks like a mess) and let him work all things for good. (Romans 8:28).

The next time you see a piece of artwork, think about the messy paint palette and how that led to a beautiful master piece and remember God wants to do the same with our lives too.


Written by Simon Herrmann

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Prayer Corner

This week, staff and student’s pray for:


  • GASTON:  Paul, Vanessa, Jack, Thomas & Max
  • GRIPTON: Wade, Sarah, Zachary, Aimee & Holly


  • Mel Ryan – Year 6/7
  • Melissa Emmett – Foundation/Year 1


  • The Rehn Family wish to thank you for your prayers for Brenton Rehn and praise God for the miracle of healing by His hand.
  • Praise God also for His healing on Dave Whitehead  – managing a dance with his new hip last weekend.
  • We thank God for our teachers’ dedication to the students in their class and the relationship they have developed with parents.
  • Well done to students for their great results in their Student Progress Reports that went home this week.
  • Praise God for the chance to relax and unwind. We hope our families are kept safe and are blessed by the extra time with their children.

A New Baby Girl !

Congratulations to Jarred & Tracy Rathjen

How exciting to have a new baby in your family
A sister for Priya & Jobe.
God gives GOOD GIFTS !

Welcome to “Quinn Ivy Rathjen”
Born on 19th June at Gawler Hospital
Weighing 9lb 8oz.

Mother and baby are doing well.


We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:


28  Dylan Leggett
30  Aiden Linke
30  Scarlet Secomb


1  Savannah Campbell
1  Georgia Leggett
1  Jemima Lloyd
1  Martin Vasica-Rohrlach
4  Zachary Smith
11 Michael Ratsch
23  Stevie Schwarz
27  Jayden Ahrns
28  Egan Schwarz
31 Mitchell Harvey



7  Thomas Porter
7  Dylan Leggett

Chapel Offerings

Thank you

This semester donations came to $26.65.

At the end of the year we aim to purchase a cow or a chicken, maybe even a pig or a water well through the work of Australia Lutheran World Service’s “Gifts of Grace” for underprivileged countries.

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

I love sharing about all the special ‘beyond the classroom’ experiences which students can participate in at Good Shepherd. In my news last fortnight I told you about our Tournament of the Minds team who will represent Good Shepherd in creative problem solving at Flinders University in September.  This week I am sharing about the Australian STEM Game Challenge.  This challenge engages ours students in critical and creative thinking as they build on their coding skills to develop a computer game.  Simon Herrmann has generously volunteered his Friday lunch breaks to work with a team of seven students on the STEM challenge.  Paul Riedl has also been generous in giving his time to help the students with coding skills.  As always, I am very grateful to the fabulous parents of Good Shepherd who volunteer time to enrich the opportunities of our students. Your passion and skills might not be coding but there are many ways in which you can contribute either in extra – curricular clubs, our wonderful Goodies programme or helping out in classrooms and supporting our various sub-committees and groups such as P and F.

Volunteers are the reason our small school can do so much for our children. A great example of this is the school canteen. Our canteen offers delicious cooked lunches every Friday and is run entirely through the generous donation of time from school parents. Our Canteen Manager, Jaymee, does an amazing job of cooking, coordinating, ordering and thinking up new yummy options for our students.  She is in the canteen all day Friday but obviously there is also a lot of behind the scenes work at other times too. For all this Jaymee is paid the princely sum of $0, that’s right nothing! She does it because she is a doer and she wants to help provide something nice for our school community through this service. Without the Jaymee’s and her team of helpers (affectionately known as the ‘minions’) our canteen would not exist or at best would be a bakery or subway run.

You might have noticed there was a great deal of activity going on in EDEN last Friday.  Students from Foundation to Year Seven spent the day planting 800 trees to ensure the continuing growth of this amazing natural facility.  many parents also gave up time, some all day, to help with the planting. It was a fantastic effort. Of course a day like that doesn’t just happen on a whim. It is planned for, plants are ordered, materials and equipment are organised, classes and volunteers are coordinated. Again, this is largely through supportive volunteers and in this instance the terrific Tammy Leggett is the hero.  Last Friday was a significant day for our school but Tammy is often to be found on a Monday working quietly and humbly down in EDEN when no one else is around.

So many wonderful things happen at Good Shepherd because we have a very special community of people who care a lot about our school and its children. That’s becoming rare in school communities , it’s very precious and we know it.  So come on, I know you care about this school too and have been thinking about what you can do. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for some time but just haven’t taken the step yet. Come and have a chat. You, and our children, will be glad you did.

And finally, this week Simon Herrmann informed me that he had accepted a position to teach at Faith Lutheran College, starting from term one 2019.  Over the last six and a half years Simon has been a wonderful blessing to Good Shepherd as an outstanding teacher and wonderful PE and ICT Leader. He will be sadly missed but we wish him well as he enters this next chapter of his teaching career knowing that God will continue to bless him in all that he does.  Simon will be formally acknowledged for his contribution to Good Shepherd at the end of this year.


Anne Marschall


Student Awards & Results

Presented at Assemblies Monday 18th & 25th June 

Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett

THE WHOLE CLASS – OPEN MINDED & RISK TAKERS.  You were respectful, inquisitive and adventurous when trying new things on our excursion to the Barossa Bush Gardens as part of Reconciliation Week. Well done on representing the school in such a positive manner.

HUNTER McMARTIN – OPEN-MINDED & CARING.  Hunter was open-minded in the way he reminded others to use the things they have in place to help them learn. He is helpful and shows care for others.


Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz

TOM NOACK – KNOWLEDGEABLE. Tom expressed his knowledge about how people can look after God’s creation clearly and concisely. His presentation was well set out and creative.

THOMAS PORTER – COMMUNICATOR. It was wonderful to see Thomas become so involved with discussions about how Angaston has changed over time. He also communicated a good description of the characters in his picture book.


Year 4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger

ANNABEL LLOYD – CARING. Annabel was caring with her buddy in EDEN. She helped her buddy water the plants and made sure she was okay.

MILLIE SCHOLZ – THINKER. Millie had some excellent ideas when filming our video for Assembly.

WILLIAM LINKE – PRINCIPLED.  William was very principled when helping out in EDEN. He was helpful planting plants and was very dedicated.

ELLA RANDALL – PRINCIPLED.  Ella did a great job helping out in EDEN. She was responsible for a variety of jobs and worked very hard.


Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann

JEMIMA BARRETT – KNOWLEDGEABLE & INQUIRER. Jemima confidently shared many insights and connections from her learning in Unit of Inquiry when answering questions on the Year 5/6 excursion to Ayre’s House and the Migration Museum. She also was also an inquirer by asking interesting questions.

TOM BLENKIRON – KNOWLEDGEABLE & INQUIRER.  Tom has put in an excellent effort inquiring into the life of a significant Australian for his final ‘Where we are in place and time’ Unit of Inquiry task. His research was very in-depth and he clearly demonstrated the knowledge he found out.


Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan

ZACHARY GRIPTON – KNOWLEDGEABLE. Zachary strived to knowledgeable when inquiring into his Unit of Inquiry tasks on Migration. He asked excellent questions to help understand new knowledge and shared his thoughts and ideas well with his peers.

HANNAH NOACK – CONFIDENCE.  Hannah demonstrated confidence when sharing her thoughts and ideas about her in depth study on the Ancient World. She provides wonderful insights into what she is thinking and openly shares them with her peers. Congratulations Hannah on being confident in your ability as a learner!


The Year 2/3 class have
just completed their
How We Organise Ourselves
unit of work.

The central idea for the unit was “Communities rely on people doing different kinds of work”.


Students have participated in a job expo. This involved a walk down to the main street of Angaston to ask people about their jobs and roles, researched about a significant family in Angaston’s history, compared the community of Angaston’s past to its present and inquired into a community role they would like to take up one day.


The students came dressed according to their chosen career to present to class what they had learnt about a role they could play in the community. The Year 2/3 classroom was filled with policemen, veterinarians, nurses, chefs, teachers, farmers and photographers.

Aimee - Teacher

Priya - Vet

Students shared what they would have to do in their role, which other roles they would connect with as they went about their work and how their role has changed over time.  It was great to hear students so enthusiastic to share about their learning!

Deegan - Fireman

Senspri - Farmer

The Year 2/3's choose their role in the community

Luke - Policeman

Sienna - Nurse

EDEN – Opening of the Year 4’s area.

This year the Year 4 class has been working hard to be prepared for the opening of the Year 4 area of EDEN. They have researched plants, measured, mapped, organised an excursion and worked out prices.

The Year 4 students enjoyed the opening of their area with the cutting of the vine from the ELC. They organised different activities for the community to enjoy as well as showing them around the area.

A big thank you to the Lutheran Laypeople’s League  (LLL) bank and Natural Resource Management (NRM) for providing grants for us to buy the plants!

Principal’s Morning Tea

The Principal’s Morning Tea is by special invitation. Each teacher nominates two students to be invited to a very special morning tea with the Principal, Mrs Anne Marschall in the staff room.

It affords an opportunity for every day ‘quiet achievers’ who may or may not ‘shine’ in traditionally recognised areas such as sports or academics, to be acknowledged for the important role that they play in this school. These students may be the ones who go out of their way to look out for others, quietly do the jobs that others ignore or push themselves to improve against their own personal best. The Principal’s Morning Tea is our way of saying, “We see you and we thank you”.

The Principal's Morning Tea held on 28 June

Foundation / Year 1 – Amelia & Riley

Year 2 & Year 3: – Sam & Max

Year 4: – Mitchell & Jadon

Year 5 & Year 6: – Thomas & Romek

Year 6 & Year 7: – Kayley & Egan

Premier's Reading Challenge

We have had an amazing 71% of students complete the challenge so far. With on 26 students to go, we know we can near 100% participation this year!

If you haven’t finished the PRC 2018,
the holidays are a great time to stay indoors and read…

Book Week is coming

Book week is nearly upon us! This year’s theme is “Find you treasure”.

We will be having a parade on
Tuesday 21st August.

You may dress as any character from any book, if possible please have a copy of the book with you.

There will be activities during lunchtime over Book Week so stay tuned for some lunchtime fun!

Book Week Writing Competition

What book do you treasure? Is it a family favourite you read many nights growing up, or is it a more recent favourite?
Write a book review (between 50 – 100 words) that details why you treasure a particular book so much. Include an illustration of the story.
Prize given to the most creative entry from each year.

Entries due: Thursday 9th August
Winner of each year announced at:
Book week Parade, Tuesday 21st August

The Great Book Swap

One’s person trash is another person’s treasure. This year will we be partaking in another student book swap with a difference.

The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote Indigenous communities. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation.

This year we hope to engage 30,000 students across Australia to help us raise $300,000 to buy 30,000 new books for remote Indigenous communities.

Do you have any books you would like to donate to be a part of
The Great Book Swap?

Please bring them into the library. There will be a box labelled The Great Book Swap donations.

We will be hosting the Great Book Swap during Book Week.


Hi Everybody,

I cannot believe it’s the end of this term. For me, it has been a great term that’s been filled with a lot of fun times for us all, without disregarding all the hard work that has also taken place. May everybody in the Good Shepherd Primary School community have a safe, restful and blessed break.

I hope many of you are able to have a season of REST. At times, rest is something I find really hard and often feel guilty when I do. However, I am mindful of how the bible talks about God giving us a day of REST. Sometimes life can get in the way of finding times of rest. How can we rest when there is so much to do? This has always been a perplexing question of mine.

Recently, a Uni lecturer wrote an article about rest. He discussed a study that suggests a link between children’s quality of sleep and their memory capacity. Apparently, this principle can also be applied to the broader phenomena of neuroplasticity. In simple language, our capacity to learn new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving is either enhanced or diminished by the quality of our sleep patterns. These observations highlight a simple truth, that most of us understand intuitively at some level: rest is a vital and important aspect of an intelligent existence. Yet, many of us are oppressed, caught and trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of unrealistic multi-tasking that results in a lifestyle of perpetual exhaustion.

This publication by Michael Leunig an Australian cartoonist and writer, wrote this “The Curly pyjama letters” in 2001…I love it, it’s an interesting thought provoking letter.

I hope you like it.


Dear Vasco,

In response to your question, “What is worth doing and what is worth having?” I would like to say simply this.

It is worth doing nothing and having a rest; in spite of all the difficulty it may cause, you must rest Vasco – otherwise you will become RESTLESS!

I believe the world is sick with exhaustion and dying of restlessness. While it is true that periods of weariness help the spirit to grow, the prolonged, ongoing state of fatigue, to which our world seems to be rapidly adapting, is ultimately soul destroying as well as earth destroying. The ecology of evil flourishes and love cannot take root in this sad situation.

Tiredness is one of our strongest, most noble and instructive feelings. It is an important aspect of our conscience and must be heeded or else we will not survive. When you are tired you must have that feeling and you must act upon it sensibility – you must rest like the trees and animals do. Yet tiredness has become a matter of shame! This is a dangerous development.

Tiredness has become the most suppressed feeling in the world. Everywhere we see people overcoming their exhaustion and pushing on with intensity – cultivating the great mass mania which all around is making life so hard and ugly – so cruel and meaningless – so utterly graceless – and being congratulated for overcoming it and pushing it deep down inside themselves as if it were a virtue to do this.

And of course, Vasco, you know what happens when such strong and natural feelings are denied – they turn into the most powerful and bitter poisons with dreadful consequences. We live in a world of these consequences and then wonder why we are so unhappy. So, I gently urge you Vasco, do as we do in Curly Flat – learn to curl up and rest – feel your noble tiredness – learn about it and make a generous place for it in your life and enjoyment will surely follow.

I repeat: It’s worth doing nothing and having a rest.

Yours sleepily, Mr Curly. Xxx


Have a great break,

Fiona Lloyde


STEM Video Game Challenge

As a flow on from ‘Coding Club’ and students developing their knowledge of ‘Scratch’, students have been given the opportunity to participate in a STEM Video Game Challenge.

This competition involves students working in teams to design, create and test an original video game that has a strong Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths focus. This year’s theme is ‘transformation’ and students need to show some sort of link to the theme in their game design.

They also complete a Game Design Document (GDD) that outlines the background to their game, how they went about the process, and how they have used the theme.

Seven students have nominated for it this year forming two teams.  Students have been assigned group roles and this competition provides a wonderful opportunity for them to develop vital skills for the future. The students are required to participate in their own time and are encouraged to organise team catch ups over the holidays.

We will keep you updated on the progress of their games closer to their submission date (August 3rd).


Monday 23rd July - Term 3 Week 1

Obstacle Course

Monday 30th July

All things Alphabet


We encourage parents with young children to come along on Monday at:

9.30am- 11.15am for playgroup, coordinated by Rebecca Klemm & Jim McCarthy.

Held in the Shepherd’s Hub (gymnasium).

For further information contact Rebecca on 0439 955 429.


SRC – ‘DAGGY DAY – Tomorrow

Come dressed in your Daggy / Sloppy / Trackie casual clothes. This is a fundraiser for SRC initiatives, so please bring a gold coin donation.


Uniform shop is open Thursday mornings 8.45 – 9.15am each week.  Order forms are available from the admin office if you are unable to attend on this day.

Kathryn Marschall

Canteen News


Each student is to bring in a plate of savory or sweet to share.


Drinks can be ordered on your order form/brown bag or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Apple, Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple Raspberry] Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00

RECESS: Snack Pack – sultanas, pop corn & squeezy yoghurt     $1.50 ea
LUNCH:  Toasted Sandwiches                                                       $3.00 ea
White bread with:
sliced ham, tomato and cheese OR chicken, avocado and cheese

Term 3 Canteen Whole Term Order Forms and Canteen Menu went home this week.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnandenberg
July 1 10.45am HC
Ps H Oberscheidt
    — 8.45am HC
July 8 8.45am Contemporary
Ps J Wilksch
10.45am HC     —
July 15 10.45am HC
Ps D Preuss
July 22 8.45am HC Trad
Ps D Preuss
   — 10.45am HC
July 29 Installation of Pastor Rob Borgas 2.30pm  —    —

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
July 1 9.00am HC 10.00am LR 11.00am HC
July 8 10.00am LR 11.00am HC 9.15am HC
July 15 11.00am HC 9.00am HC     —
July 22 9.00am HC 10.00am LR 11.00am
July 29 10.00am LR 11.00am  9.15am HC

Working Together




Support the facility we have right here at Good Shepherd for all your before and after school hours care. Bookings essential.

For more information contact Lillian on
0468 672 772 or email: sagoodshepherdangaston@oshccampaustralia.

Angaston Early Learning Centre

The Angaston Early Learning Centre join us weekly at Good Shepherd for story time and book borrowing, buddy time as well as some sport fun.

Community News

Coles Cash for Schools

We have collected 1,941 vouchers which has allowed us to select  heavy duty PVC Playballs as below.

Thank you everyone for your help in collecting.
Every little voucher helped.

Lost / Found

Wine goblet found after last Friday’s P&F Social gathering.

Claim from the admin office.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School has collected 920 tokens which equates to $46.00

Keep up the great work … remember the program will go through until Tuesday 10/07/18.