Good Shepherd Grapevine – 1 November 2018

by 1 Nov 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine


This Week’s Rattling

Prayer Corner


Principal’s News


Student Awards/ICAS Results

Classroom Snapshot

Chaplain’s News



Local Church Service Times


This Week’s Rattling – FIRST AID KIT

The Bible is our “First Aid Kit”

 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”
                                                                                                                        (Psalm 119:50)

A first aid kit is a very important thing to have around. We should all have a first aid kit in our home, in our work place, and in our car. We should have several of them around so that they will be handy if someone gets hurt.

What are some of the things you might expect to find in a first aid kit? Usually, there are some cotton balls to use to clean a wound. There should be a spray or ointment to kill germs so the wound won’t get infected. There may be another spray or ointment that is good for burns. And, of course, there should be bandages to put on the injury to keep it clean. When someone is hurt, it is important to have a first aid kit and to know how to use the things that are in it.

The Bible is a lot like a first aid kit. It has the answer to all of the hurts that we have in our life. If we get into trouble, the Bible has the answer. If someone says something hurtful and it makes us feel sad, the Bible has the answer. If we have a burning question and just don’t know what to do, the Bible has the answer.

Important Note:
Emergency numbers may be dialled directly, no operator is necessary and lines are accessible to heaven 24 hours a day.

A first aid kit can mend a broken heart and heals wounds:
“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”
(Psalm 147:3)

It is our band-aid that bonds perfectly:
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
(Colossians 3:12-14)

God is our band aid that knits and strengthens everything back together:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
(Philippians 4:13)

God is our defibrillator (essential in times of trouble):
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
(Psalm 46:1)

As Christians Jesus dwells in us and is our permanent dressing supporting us throughout life because without him we can do nothing.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
(John 15:5)

“He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38-39)

Reading the Bible regularly helps us to be well equipped with God’s first aid kit. It is important to have God’s first aid kit and to know how to use it. The Bible says, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”
Knowing how to use God’s first aid kit will save your life!

Thank you Lord, for healing the hurts in our life. Teach us to trust in you and be well equipped with your first aid kit – the Bible.


Mel Emmett
F.1 Teacher

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • PETNEY – Mark, Deborah, Kaitlin, Sarah & Kendra
  • PITMAN – Helen, Daniel, Will & Sophie


  • Lara Hepner
  • Brenton Klau


  • We pray for those families in our wider community that have recently experienced the loss of a loved one and hope that they find comfort at this difficult time.


We love to celebrate your upcoming birthdays:

4  Michael Lewis
8  Kendra Petney
11 Joanna Linke
15 Thomas Porter
16 Adelaide Secomb
17 Mrs Kathryn Marschall
20 Mrs Mel Emmett
20 Lara Hepner
24 James Noack
26 Heath Atyeo
28 Jaslyn Grundel
28 Erin Heinrich
29 Charlize Campbell
30 John Morgan




1  Annabel Lloyd
1  Sam Abdelmalek
8  Luke Scanlon
8  Michael Scanlon
22 Jemima Lloyd

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

Did you manage to get to our inaugural Spring Fling a couple of weeks ago? It was an outstanding success! The event was very well attended not only by our own school community but also by the Angaston community in general. The night was advertised as ‘affordable family fun’ and it certainly lived up to the promise. There were many fun games and activities for children, a choice of delicious meals and so many interesting stalls to shop at. The weather was not ideal but with some clever last minute problem solving Plan B was launched and most things were moved into the shelter of the Shepherd’s Hub. Thank you Jaymee Klose and the Spring Fling sub-committee for all the hard work and many hours that you put into organising and hosting this event over this year. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the students and teachers who helped organise and run the class stalls. Well done everyone!

After serving as P and F President for two years Jaymee has announced her intention to step down from this position next year. Jaymee’s leadership has been outstanding and we thank her for her willingness to share her time and talent on the P and F team. We are now calling for nominations for a P and F President. If you have ideas for fun and fundraising and are passionate about Good Shepherd please consider serving in this position. Nomination forms are available from the School’s front office. On the subject of nominations, we are also calling for members of our school community to consider nominating to serve on our Governing School Council.  We look for a balance of different gifts and experiences on our board in supporting the strategic vision and development of Good Shepherd.  Nomination forms are also available from the front office. Nominations will be presented at the Annual Election Meeting Tuesday,  6th November at 7.00pm.

We know that not everyone has the time to serve on P and F or Governing Council and its sub-committees but there is a healthy culture at Good Shepherd of supporting the School and it is important to us that our parents have a voice and an opportunity to be heard. As you would have read in the recent letter from our Council Chair, Chris Linke, we are holding a strategic planning forum on Monday 5th November at 6.30 p.m. in the library. This is an opportunity to discuss challenges facing our school as well as explore opportunities to improve Good Shepherd. I strongly encourage your attendance and voice in ‘helping to shape our future.’

Anne Marschall


Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a curriculum that your child/ren will be learning throughout their time at Good Shepherd starting at Foundation and fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum.  At Good Shepherd this will also include “Bounce Back”.  All teachers at Good Shepherd delivering the program have received explicit training in the Curriculum.  It is a responsibility under the Children’s Protection Act (1993) to ensure that effective abuse prevention programs are implemented and that all children and young people have access to the approved child protection curriculum.

The KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection specialists, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It covers a range of topics including new additional material on current issues such as bullying and cyber safety.

The KS:CPC is divided into 5 documents specific to the year level of our students at Good Shepherd.  There are 2 main themes:

  1. We all have the right to be safe.
  2. We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.

Although parent permission is not required under the Education Act (1972), I encourage you to seek further clarification if required either from myself at or your child’s class teacher and where possible provide your child’s classroom teacher with any relevant information about your child that could alleviate any concerns.  Your child’s class newsletters will keep you informed on the focus areas being taught also.

Mel Hooker
PYP Coordinator

Student Awards

Well done to the following students who received Learner Profile Awards in Weeks 2 and 3 this term:

Week 2 – Monday 22nd October 2018
F.1 – Karlo Scholz (Knowledgeable): In our Unit of Inquiry you showed that you knew a lot about celebrations. You clearly explained what people did to celebrate your suggested event and you encouraged others when they put forward their suggestions.
F.1 – Amelia Klemm (Communicator): You openly shared your ideas in our class brainstorm about celebrations in our Unit of Inquiry and you shared your knowledge with others when helping them to use the I-pad.
2.3 – Adelaide Secomb (Caring): Adelaide did a wonderful job helping on the Year 2/3 fishing stall at Spring Fling. Her communication with others was bubbly and enthusiastic and she willingly assisted for an extended period of time.
Yr 4 – Tilly Barrett (Reflective):  Matilda continues to improve her ability to ask questions to clarify her thinking and understanding of the task.
5.6 – Liam White (Caring and Principled): Liam did a fantastic job helping on our Year 5/6 class stall. He helped show the younger students how to load and operate the Nerf Guns and he willingly volunteered extra time to help on the stall to ensure it ran smoothly.  Thank you for your help Liam.
6.7 – Joanna Linke (Thinker): Using her critical and creative thinking skills whilst working on her Exhibition focus area. Joanna has exercised initiative in researching about mental health issues and also whilst looking into the technique’s used in scrapbooking.

Week 3 – Monday 29th October 2018
F.1 – Campbell Pech (Thinker): For being a thinker when you try to solve problems not only for yourself but for others. You are thoughtful and think carefully about things. You make good decisions.
2.3 – Blake Perryman (Balanced): Blake is making a big effort to ensure that he has a strong work ethic during lesson times so that he is able to complete work on time and enjoy his breaks.
Yr 4 – Jed Klau (Reflective): Jed proactively took an opportunity to better explain his tasks in his Learning Journey folder; a great sign of maturity.
5.6 – Georgia Raymond (Thinker): Georgia did a great job thinking about how to use rhythm, rhyme and creative ideas when writing her limerick poems. It was great to see her show enthusiasm to writing poetry and confidently share her poems with the class.
6.7 – Joel Brandon (Inquirer): During his practical sessions on his 3D model for Exhibition. Joel worked independently and was highly engaged. He thought through his process for what was required and how it would work the most effective. Joel asked questions when needed and tried a variety of materials and ways to ensure that his 3D model was well planned and thought out.

2018 ICAS Mathematics Achievements

Congratulations to all the students that participated in the 2018 ICAS Mathematics assessments and achieved the following results:


Jemima Lloyd – Year 7


Aimee Gripton – Year 2


Matilda Barrett – Year 4

Annabel Lloyd – Year 4

William McCarthy – Year 4

Jemima Barrett – Year 6

Zachary Gripton – Year 6

Welcome Lily

This week we welcome Lily Brooks to Mrs Emmett’s F.1 class.

Please join us as we welcome Lily into the Good Shepherd Community.

Year 4 Classroom Snapshot

Imagine this… Due to the increased toy manufacturing costs, a shortage of skilled elves and increased sleigh registration costs a dramatic Christmas change needs to be made; each local council is responsible for all it’s Christmas provisions.

This is the provocation that is going across all of our units this term. We are looking at the Maths required to plan a celebration (especially if we need to keep to a budget), the question of whether Christmas needs fixing in our discussion writing and how God provided the ultimate fix through the birth of His son. Before fully launching into our final unit of Inquiry on celebrations we are completing our work on Indigenous people, belonging to country by developing indigenous sign concepts for Good Shepherd’s new classrooms.

That’s where we plan to go. The first two weeks of term have been pretty cool as we have completed a couple of whole class projects. In week 1 we developed two side show games for Spring Fling creating a ‘Smash the Jaffa’ and ‘Chocolate Toss’. Despite seeing completed products from other schools our processes of building, testing, evaluating materials and team work led to two very different products; certainly different to what I expected. Last week we built up our class worship on the rattling of ‘acrobat’. We wanted to create an interactive worship exploring the feelings experienced by acrobats such as being upside down, unbalanced and confused. The students selected the resources, crafted the activities, wrote the explanations and prayers and ran the activities. In both these scenarios all I did was plant the seed and provide the space and time. They are a remarkably mature group with a maturity equal to many of the senior primary classes I have taught over the years.

Mick Emmett
Year 4 Teacher

Chaplain News

This is part c – the continuation from our last newsletter…

Not Every Act of Meanness is Bullying.

Hi Everybody,

Teacher and writer Braden Bell spoke in his article for the Washington Post about his own personal experience when hearing about one of his children experiencing negative and disparaging remarks from a co-worker. His initial fury led him to a biased judgement, defining the perpetrator as a bully but when he eventually calmed down, he realised it did not fit the definition (it was offensive behaviour but not bullying) and so he talked with his wife and then child to find a viable coping solution, which worked out in the end. A way parents can assist with this is by first acknowledging the mean behaviour, for eg ‘that was mean/rude/unkind of her/him’ and then, as Bell suggests, prompting the child to seek some form of resolution or solution by asking ‘“What are your choices?” And, as a follow-up, “What are the likely outcomes of those choices?”

This may not be easy because of heightened emotions and the initial responses may not be great.

Parents who react too defensively for their child at every negative encounter with their child’s peers may be doing more harm than good. In later years the child may not have the necessary tools to independently handle conflict and may feel ‘victimised’ in situations that don’t go their way, potentially causing social engagement and relationship difficulties in later life.

Further in her article in Psychology Today, Eileen Kennedy-Moore, wrote:

… calling every act of meanness bullying sends an unhealthy message: It says to kids, ‘You’re fragile. You can’t handle it if anyone is even slightly unkind to you.’  As these children grow older, they demonstrate less resilience, sometimes publicly. The kids got more easily and deeply upset about perceived offences, including situations that were unpleasant, but weren’t really bullying. Beyond stunting their emotional maturity, their heightened reactions had negative social consequences, as peers responded by disengaging from them.

By defining the behaviour correctly we are encouraging our kids to assess and respond in a way that with long term practice, creates resiliency and emotional maturity.

Further reading: Eileen Kennedy-Moore Phd, Psychology Today: Is it Bullying…Or Ordinary Meanness? 

God’s richest blessings,

Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain)

Pick Up/Drop Off Safety Zone

Please note that it is important for your child’s safety that all students are collected and dropped off at the front of the school near the Front Office.

Please refrain from using the car park by the Shepherd’s Hub unless you are walking with your child/ren as we are unable to ensure adequate supervision of your child/ren before and after school.

Speed Zones Around School

Parents are asked to be mindful of the 50km/hour speed zone on Gramp Avenue, Valley Road and 25km/hour School Zone on Neldner Avenue.

The safety of children is of the utmost importance.

Finance News

Term four fees are due by 16th November unless you have an agreed payment plan.

Please note 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.

Playgroup News



Monday 5 November

Outdoor Nature Play/Mud Kitchen
(please bring a hat and sunscreen)

Monday 12 November

Picnic Games

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

9.30am-11.15am for playgroup,

coordinated by Rebecca Klemm and Jim McCarthy.

Held in the Shepherd’s Hub (gymnasium).

For further information contact Rebecca on 0439 955 429.

Canteen News

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

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 50 cents each
Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
No pre-orders.

WEEK 4 – Friday 9th November

RECESS: Fairy Bread – Buttered white bread with sprinkles           $0.50
LUNCH:  Platters of smiley fritz, cheese, cherry tomatoes,
cucumber, carrot, boiled egg and Jatz crackers.                             $3.50

WEEK 5 – Friday 16th November

RECESS: Layered fruit and yoghurt crumble                                   $1.50
LUNCH:  Chicken Burger – White roll with Linke’s chicken
patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo.                                             $4.00
BBQ and tomato sauce will be sent in class baskets.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnadenberg
November 4 10.30am HC
All Saints Memorial
  8.45am HC
November 11  10.30am 8.45 am

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
November 4 11.00am 10.00am LR 9.15am HC
November 11 9.00am HC 10.00am LR 11.00am



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:

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 sports fun.


Please note that nominations are now OPEN for positions on School Council and the P&F.  Please collect an official nomination form from Reception, complete and return to school before Friday 2nd November 2018.

The Annual Election Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm.  Please see Danette at the front desk if you would like a copy of the AEM Report Booklet prior to the meeting.

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