Good Shepherd Grapevine – 1 August 2019
1 Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- McGORMAN: Kimberley, Paul, Ava, Charlie and Archie
- McMARTIN: Kristy, Troy, Sienna and Hunter
- MERKEL: Jessica, Scott, Henry, Ivy and Oliver
- NOACK: Tracey, Philip, Charlotte, Ryan, Hannah, James, Benjamin and Tom
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Dan Hausler – 5/6 Teacher
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
- Pastor Rob Borgas
- Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
- We pray that our new students and their families are settling in well to our wonderful school community.
- We pray for Rhiannon & Anthony Cooper and family on the arrival of their new baby son and brother ‘Ethan John’. May God bless you all with lots of sleep!
1 Zahli Schultz
1 Amelia Klemm
9 Romek Kuchar
12 Eleanor John
12 Ava McGorman
13 Hunter McMartin
15 Tilly Barrett
21 Sam Abdelmalek
25 Jadon Brandon
27 Leo Abdelmalek
27 Sean McCarthy
27 Georgia Raymond
1 Max Gaston
1 Thomas Gaston
23 Jed Klau
31 Maya Klose
The professional development week of the school holidays was a busy and rewarding time for staff. The week began with teaching staff joining with St John’s Eudunda and Vineyard Lutheran School staff in Clare to work on interschool inquiry projects in areas nominated by staff. These included literacy, mathematics, technology and PYP units. In the afternoon our three schools again combined to work with Special Education advisors from the Association of Independent Schools South Australia (AISSA) developing skills in moderation of student disability categories.
On the Tuesday staff members arranged to spend the day at various schools that had special programmes aligning with their professional learning goals for 2019. These included Lutheran, Catholic and Public schools, IB and Non-IB. It was a diverse and exciting day as everyone was able to spend the whole day asking questions and gathering information. Each staff member will be sharing back over this term what they have gained from this experience and what new ideas could potentially be developed at Good Shepherd.
The following day the Good Shepherd staff worked with the staff from Redeemer and revisited the principles and practice of Restorative Justice. Restorative Practice Theory underpins our behaviour management policy and it was very worthwhile to be able to discuss the theory and roleplay the processes and how this approach is implemented with teachers across both schools. Throughout the day it was emphasised that a school which implements Restorative Practices needs this to be understood on a whole school community level, encouraging respect and a ‘future focused’ desire to restore relationships and ‘make things right’. With this in mind, we will look at holding a parent session to support our school in communicating this philosophy more widely.
The final two PD days, Thursday and Friday involved Christian Studies planning with Sue Kupke and Rod Wearn, Education Officers from of Lutheran Education South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia (LESNW), Valuing Safe Communities training and teacher planning for the term three. We certainly packed a lot into the PD week!
Recently, Melissa Hooker met with me to inform me that she intends to resign from her position at Good Shepherd. She has been offered, and accepted, a position at Redeemer Lutheran School. In the four years that Mel was at Good Shepherd she has been a wonderful asset to our school, not only as an exceptional classroom teacher, but as an enthusiastic curriculum leader supporting staff in their delivery of the PYP. I know that you will join with me in wishing Mel God’s richest blessings as she continues to serve in Lutheran Education at Redeemer.
Jayden Evans has been offered, and accepted, the position of Year 6/7 teacher at Good Shepherd. Jayden’s passion for teaching and his ability to meet the learning and emotional needs of his students has been outstanding. He is very excited at the prospect of continuing his teaching career at Good Shepherd and we are delighted to be able to keep him on our team of dedicated teachers.
From the Chair of Governing Council
Welcome to Term Three of a very busy year. I am continually amazed at how quickly the school year progresses, and we’ve already packed so much into the first two terms. I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our Staff for consistently going above and beyond in their commitment to the School; giving their best to your children, and contributing in so many ways, inside and outside of school hours. I would also like to thank our many volunteers in all the specific areas and roles, with special mention to the Canteen Team and the Parents and Friends Committee – our quiet achievers with outstanding outcomes. So many people contribute to making our School a better place and giving so much to the students.
The purpose of writing in the Newsletter this term is to share the Governing Council Committee’s plans for Good Shepherd Lutheran School. We are so proud of the developments in recent years that directly benefit our students. These include the redevelopment of the library resource zone and staff facilities, the introduction of the Rainbow Room, the development of the nature play area EDEN, the beautiful redesign of our playground and the modern, renovated Junior Primary Learning Spaces – redesigning traditional learning spaces to engage students better and cater for different learning styles.
The Governing Council Committee have been thrilled with these developments and wish to continue the momentum in improving how the School benefits the students. We have been busy in the last twelve months, working within the School community to design and implement a working Strategic Plan and have followed on from that with the development of a winning Master Plan. These documents have taken many hours to develop and are vital for us as we work towards our desired future – achieving our goals, translating our vision and transforming all of this into the best future for the School and our students.
The next stage of our planned building renovation, as per our Master Plan (on display on the Admin/Reception noticeboard) will be a continuation of the principles underlying the Junior Primary development for the remaining classrooms.
The Governing Council engaged award-winning architect, Peter Moeck, to bring the School’s Strategic Vision to life. The new classrooms will incorporate shared learning zones with ‘breakout space’ as well as engaging with nature, by designing these classrooms with sizeable outdoor decking. This seamless connection of indoor-outdoor learning spaces will capitalise on the stunning views of the Angaston Hills and surrounds. After consultation with the students, Peter included a slide from the decking down to the playground, a detail which is sure to be a hit with the students.
The School has applied for a Commonwealth Government grant to support this development. Pending the success of this application, work on the new classrooms is scheduled to commence in 2020.
With the keen enrolment interest following the Junior Primary redevelopment, the timing couldn’t be better as these students move through the School. It’s an exciting time to be at Good Shepherd!
Chris Linke – Chairperson, GSLS Governing Council
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Prior’s 1/2 Class
Transdisciplinary Theme: How we Express Ourselves
Central Idea: Through Stories, we can find out, create and reflect on experiences.
As a class we read the story “The Wrong Stone” written by Russell Deal and Illustrated by Ray Bowler. We discussed the characters, setting and problem in the story. We also learned that some stories have a message or a moral to them.
We then created our own ‘stones’ and wrote what message we learned from the story.
Even if someone is different you can still be friends with them.
Even if you are different you can still be people’s friend.
It’s okay to be different.
The moral of the story was ‘be yourself’.
Don’t listen to people saying mean things.
The moral of the story was ‘don’t listen to people saying mean things.’
Don’t listen to people saying mean things to you.
Think of the positive things not the bad things.
Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Week 2:
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Rylan Barry – Knowledgeable -You showed that you were knowledgeable about our Unit of Inquiry topic and that you are interested to inquire and find out more about it. You are resourceful and often question the reason why things are the way they are.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Karlo Scholz – Principled – Karlo showed he was principled when he was working with others, making choices to be fair and taking responsibility for his actions.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Olivia Emmett – Communicator – Olivia communicated some interesting sentences with contractions and confidently communicated to the class her Disney quiz.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Romek Kuchar – Thinker – Romek demonstrated deep thinking skills as he inquired into a variety of topics last week. He cooperated well with his peers and presented his work appropriately.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Mackenzie Edwards – Balanced – Mackenzie demonstrated great balance this term as she has increased her work output and has pushed herself to do better in all curriculum areas.
This term we welcome the following new students and their families to our school community.
Zahli Schultz – Foundation (Renee and Craig)
Natalia Leon – Foundation (Emma/Shaun & Giovanni)
Sophie Doering – Foundation (Kylie)
Jemima Pritchard-Gordon – Yr 3 and Heidi Pritchard-Gordon Yr 1 (Kate and Sam)
William Alexander – Yr 6 (Kate and Jeremy)
Hope you are all back into the swing of things, and hope you all had a lovely break. The following article is by The Parenting Place.
Getting Kids Active
I found myself housebound on a rainy Saturday not so long ago. There was no real let up all day, but there was a fun run planned in the local park. On the brink of cabin fever, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house, and it called for me to get into the running gear (requiring a last minute dive into the dryer to find something to throw on) and some wet weather gear too. I didn’t run, but my four-year-old and nine-year-old grandchildren did. My role was to cheer the wet runners on and show my enthusiasm for events like this. I love the fact that getting children active is good for their health and wellbeing. The rain might make it a bit harder, but it also teaches children that fun, family and action can take place no matter what the weather is like.
It’s becoming harder to get kids moving. Screens, and concerns for safety when we can’t see them have impacted this, which makes sense. But there are so many gains when children are on the go and the research around getting kids active is compelling. Their confidence grows as they master new skills and this relates to their confidence as learners, with the added bonus of lifting self-esteem. Being fit helps with strength and vitality, and being agile adds to feeling good. There’s plenty of opportunity to build independence as well.
Children learn to make decisions about what sport they would like to focus on, which is such an important skill to develop. They get to motivate others and share their expertise. They also learn from their mistakes. As they develop the discipline of trying again when they’ve wobbled off their bike, they’re also on the wonderful road of learning they can do something all by themselves. Children on-the-go are also learning to plan. Little by little they’re managing to get their clean bike pants out of the washing machine and onto the line, pack snacks for their cycling trip, and fill up a clean water bottle from the dishwasher. Children need opportunities to master these skills, and with time, patience and heaps of support from home, they can.
- Get active yourself. Children are pretty good at doing what you do. They’ll say what you say and follow your lead. They also love spending time with you.
- Be curious. Let children dabble in a sport or hobby that interests them. It might be outside your experience but if it’s right up their ally, get them to give it a go.
Talk about exercise and sport in a positive way. If it sounds just like a duty or another job you have to do, your kids are going to pick up that sense of drudgery.
- Once your child has mastered something, let them teach the whole family at home how to play or how they can join in. Giving a child a lead role in an activity is a great way of encouraging pride and independence.
- Invite other families to join you. Children love company and are often carried along by having a shared experience. There’s momentum in numbers.
- Make it fun. Throw a slightly competitive element in it from time to time. Tell your children to guess how many steps will it take to get to the next lamppost, play hide and seek on your adventure walks, throw in an ice-cream stop along the way, weave your bikes around some cones, and water fights always get everyone running.
- Make it a habit. Children do well with something that’s more like a routine than an exception. Getting outside or on the move can be a daily ritual and an important part of your family culture.
- It’s going to take some intentionality to get the family on the go, but the rewards are numerous and entirely positive. It’ll add to your family and be so rewarding once you’ve got some good rhythms in place.
Take Care & God’s Richest Blessings,
Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain)
Over the school holidays the McMartin family were again busy in our school grounds. This time they aerated the front and back lawns with a corer. Thank you to the McMartin’s for all that you do around our school.
Thanks must also go to Emma-Louise Henschke (Natalia’s Mum) for the loan of a trailer that was needed to transport the corer.
We are also very appreciative to Bridgette Lade (Mason and Dillon’s Mum) for her wonderful photography during our school concert.
We also thank Rebecca Bawden who is now coordinating Playgroup each Monday morning at 9.30am in the Hub. Bec has spent a considerable amount of time over the holidays sorting through our playgroup resources. Thank you Bec!
Scholastic Book Club Issue 5 is out now.
Orders need to be returned to the school by 5th AUGUST.
There are 2 ways to order:
1. Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with cash.
2. Order online (LOOP). Go to scholastic.com.au/LOOP and register your details.
You are able to order and pay online.
If the books are a gift and you do not wish them to go home in the class tray please select GIFT ORDER or let me know and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.
This year for Book Week students may dress up as a book character of their choice.
On Tuesday 20th August we will hold a book week parade in the Hub where students can show off their spectacular costumes! Where possible could students please have a copy of the book as they parade.
For the FIRST TIME we will have an opportunity for parents/carers/grandparents to parade also! We have seen the many amazing costumes you have made for the students. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for yourselves!
We will have various lunchtime activities in the library and outside for students to participate in throughout the week such as be your own superhero chalk activity, create your own comic story and CBCA shortlisted story time.
Looking forward to an exciting Book Week 2019!
Last term a letter went home to all family for anyone wishing to participate in the ICAS Assessment, targeting high achievers. It has moved to an online registration this year. Registrations have been extended but will be closing soon.
If you are having any issues registering please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance.
Thank you to all students and parents for the wonderful effort and support surrounding our concert “Outback” last term. We hope it was enjoyed!
If you have any of the following items around home that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the Art room:
- newspapers, preferably with no staples
- plastic lids from milk/orange juice containers (washed please)
- shoe boxes
- pet birds in a cage (see following explanation!)
The Foundation students will be observing birds in Arts as part of their unit of inquiry about nature. If you have pet birds in a cage that you would not mind bringing to spend a day at school on Thursday, 1st August (Week 3), please email Mrs Wundersitz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
|WEEK 3 – FRIDAY 9th AUGUST|
|RECESS:||Cupcakes – Chocolate with butter cream or fairy cake (jam and cream).||$1.00|
|LUNCH:||Lasagna – Homemade lasagna served with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot and garlic bread.||$4.00|
|WEEK 4 – FRIDAY 16th AUGUST|
|RECESS:||Milk Shakes – Chocolate or strawberry.||$1.50|
|LUNCH:||Hamburger – White roll, beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato with choice of tomato or BBQ sauce.||$4.00|
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, Pine Orange]
Soda Water Cans $2.00
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00
Term three fees will be sent out at the end of this week and are due by Friday 23rd August 2019 unless you have an agreed payment plan in place.
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.
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.
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.
DCSI Screening (formerly Police Checks)
A DCSI screening clearance is now required for volunteers who assist in the school or would like to volunteer for class camps etc. Free screening for volunteers are now available through the Department of Human Resources. The Screening Unit processes most applications within 3 weeks, however it may take longer. Our school is registered for online screening and will initiate the online screening application on behalf of the applicant.
When the school has completed the application, you will receive an email with login and password details. This will allow you to log in to the portal and complete your application.
If you would like us to initiate your DCSI screening please contact Sarah or Danette at the front office with your full name, date of birth and email address.
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.
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.
The Skoolbag App—FREE
For quick notifications of alerts, newsletters, canteen and playgroup information directly to your phone. Advising school of your child’s absence is quick and easy with the e.form available.
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.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|August 4||10.30am HC||8.45am HC|
|August 11||8.45am HC||10.30am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|August 4||11.00am||9.00am HC|
|August 11||9.00am HC||4.30pm||11.00am|
Monday 5 August
Telling the Time
Monday 12 August