Good Shepherd Grapevine – 1 February 2018

by Jan 18, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 Welcome Back

Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:34

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Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:


  • MARSCHALl: Jerome, Kathryn, Denver & Lachlan
  • McCARTHY: Jim, Kylie, William & Shaun
  • McGORMAN: Paul, Kimberley, Ava, Charli & Archie
  • McMARTIN: Troy, Kristy, Sienna & Hunter


  • Pastor Erik Braunack-Mayer
  • Brian Cosh – Finance Officer
  • Renae Ruediger – Year 4
  • Simon Herrmann – Year 5/6


  • May all students have a good start to this term with their classmates and teachers, ready to focus and learn.
  • For all our new families to settle in well and make good connections with parents in our school community.
  • Teacher / Student / Parent relationships – working together as a team for the best care of your children in their education at Good Shepherd.



4  Calum Klose
9  Payton Trenwith
11  Liam White
14  Jemima Barrett
17  Claudia Rold
22  William Linke
22  Deb Wilson
31  Olivia Harvey



3  Tayla Dixon
7  Angela Linke
8  Michael Scanlon
9  Helen Westermann
10 Theresa Whitehead
14 Alexander Johnson
17 Rhian Doecke
18  William McCarthy
23  Brayden Evans
24  Mia Trenwith
24  Riley Trenwith
26  Max Gaston
26  Fletcher Smith



7   James Noack
21  Zachary Gripton
22  Joanna Linke
23  Aimee Gripton
23  Lachlan Marschall
25  Joel Brandon
25  Jadon Brandon
31  Emily Perryman
31  Riley Secomb
31  Scarlet Secomb


1  Martin Vasica – Rohrlach
17  Angela Linke

Principals News

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, welcome to an exciting new year at Good Shepherd!

First let’s talk about the playground. Isn’t it amazing? Thanks to the due diligence of the Facilities Subcommittee, the time spent on seeing to additional details and final changes have given us an outstanding and beautiful play space. The contractors can be very proud of this project. I would also like to acknowledge the parent volunteers who donated many hours of their time sanding down and disassembling the old equipment so that it could be professionally repainted by Roger Heinrich and then reassembled. It’s thanks to the generosity of these school families that we can provide our children with so many wonderful facilities to enjoy, even in these challenging times.

We also need to thank the volunteers (many were the same people who helped out with the playground) for their work in EDEN during the holidays. The whole area around the climbing frame, crawl net and obstacle course is taking shape and will provide even more exciting new play spaces for our children. The ongoing battle with the weeds continues to be a challenge while this space is in the establishing phase. Any help that you can give to this, even for a short time, all helps to win the battle.

It’s great to start the year with a wonderful new playground area and spruced up EDEN but there’s even more good news. Late last year it was confirmed that Good Shepherd had received $215,000.00 from the Block Grant Authority of the South Australian Independent Schools Association towards our exciting vision for the redevelopment of innovative, Junior Primary learning spaces. While on Sabbatical leave last year I spent some time investigating current thinking regarding the impact of classroom design on teaching and learning. This has influenced our decisions regarding the proposed new classroom plans which will include bright, open learning spaces with flexible fittings and furnishings allowing the classrooms to be used in different ways according to purpose and also allowing for differing learning styles. The plans include innovative ‘break out’ spaces, quiet retreat nooks for reflection, whole class meeting areas and areas for problem solving, design and creation. It’s an exciting and positive new direction for the school as we continue to plan and work for the very best facilities for the children of Good Shepherd.

As you know, we spent some time last year working with marketers to determine the best way to market all the great things about our school. While direct parent endorsement by word of mouth is still the most powerful factor in influencing enrolments, we also investigated a number of other initiatives, one of these being a new website. The new website went live just before Christmas and is already generating a lot of interest. If you haven’t already done so please take a look and encourage your friends to as well. It’s a fantastic window into our school and really does ‘tell our story’.

Last term I told you that Pastor Erik was moving to Wollongong. It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that another member of our school family is also leaving. Brian Cosh has decided to retire at the end of this term to pursue his love of travel with the four wheel drive club, bird watching and new opportunities for full time grumpiness. Brian’s dedication and service to the school in his capacity as Finance Officer has been outstanding and will be recognised at an Assembly at the end of term. The school has commenced the process of recruiting a new Finance Officer.

Anne Marschall

Farewell Blessing to Pastor Erik Braunack-Mayer

School commenced on Monday 29th January with Pastor Erik’s final Chapel Service at Good Shepherd. The School Captains, Hannah Noack and Tyson Grundel presented gifts from the School Community.

Pastor Erik was given his own blessing by the Staff which involved glitter, chewing gum and a fairy wand: “May God sparkle in your life each and every day. May he never give you more than you can chew and may God grant and bless all your wishes, Amen”

We have been graciously blessed by the Chapel Services that Pastor Erik has led and his way of engaging with our students. The School Community wish him well as he moves to Woolongong with his wife Annette and loveable hounds, Egg and Mr Tumnis.

Induction of Staff

Pastor Erik Braunack – Mayer inducted Mrs Melissa Emmett, Reception – Year 1 teacher with his quirky style that made us all smile.  Mrs Emmett was handed juggling balls – as in a classroom you do juggle many things at the same time. Mel was asked to throw a frisby to show she knows how to play with young children and then after a few practice throws was asked to also nurse a young toddler on her hip while also throwing her frisby (more practise was needed here).  The blessing from Pastor Erik followed with his special wand.

Chaplain News

Class Carers 2018

Foundation – Year 1 – Kristy McMartin

Year 2 / 3 – Sarah Gripton

Year 4 – Kylie Heinrich

Year 5 / 6- Zoe Riedl

Year 6 / 7 – Tracey Noack


Mrs Debra Wilson is on leave
during term one.

Mrs Rhian Doecke will be coordinating Goodies Program and Class Carers in her absence.

How to ease those back-to-school jitters

What’s happening in the brain when we’re anxious?
When we don’t know what to expect from a new environment it is totally understandable to feel a little anxious. Anxiety is when our brains and bodies become really busy finding all the evidence to support the things that we worry about.

Instead of, “You are over-thinking it” try, “Tell me about it”
When we dial down our kids worry with, “It will be okay”, we are hoping to make their worry smaller, but as we push away their worries we are also leaving them to cope with it all alone. Being alone with their worry is really scary for kids.

Instead of, “There is nothing to worry about” try, “That sounds scary”
When your child tells you all about their worry it will probably be irresistible not to interrupt with all the reasons why they don’t need to worry. Stop. Breathe. Instead, try calmly continuing to listen.

Instead of, “It will be okay” try, “It makes sense that you feel worried”
Letting your child know that it’s understandable to feel worried means they don’t need to ‘worry about being worried’ and you get it. Let your child know that it makes sense to be worried about those things, because they sound scary. In other words, “It makes sense”.

For more parenting advice go to: theparentingplace.com

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnandenberg
Feb 4 10.45 HC     — 8.45 HC AGM
Feb 11  8.45 HC 10.45 HC          —

*Feb 14 – 7:30pm HC Ash Wednesday – Parish Service at Angaston

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
Feb 4 9am HC Baptism 10am LR 11am HC
Feb 11 10am LR 11am HC 9.15am HC

We welcome new to GSLS:

New Families:

Craig & Virginia Harvey and their children, Olivia (FDN), Bella (Yr 1) and Mitchell (Yr 4)
Phillip & Tanya Johnson and their child Alexander ( FDN)
Ben & Rebecca Klemm and their child Amelia (FDN)
William & Lucy Lewis and their child Michael ( Yr 1)

New Foundation Class:

Photo: L-R: Olivia Harvey, Alexander Johnson, Samuel Scanlon, Dylan Leggett, Savannah Campbell, Hunter McMartin and Amelia Klemm.

Siblings joining us in Foundation Class:
Savannah Campbell     Dylan Leggett
Hunter McMartin         Samuel Scanlon

New in Year 1: Bella Harvey & Michael Lewis

New in Year 4:  Mitchell Harvey 

School Captains 2018

Congratulations to: 

Tyson Grundel & Hannah Noack

House Captains 2018

Congratulations to:

George House:
Tristan Pearson, Captain
Martin Vasica-Rohrlach – Vice Captain

Fife House
Kendra Petney – Captain
Egan Schwarz – Vice Captain

Angas House:
Joel Brandon – Captain
Riley Secomb – Vice Captain

Administration News

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 during after hours. Skoolbag App also has an absentee note you can send which is received as an email to school.

Police Checks
A police check is required from volunteers who assist in the school or would like to volunteer for class camps. Volunteers are able to receive instruction from the school office on how to apply for a police check. These are free under the Lutheran Education Voin Number and are valid for a 3 year period. If you have a current police check please bring it in to be noted for our files. Thank you.

Late Arrivals / Early Departures
If your child is late for school or they depart early – for appointments etc parents need to sign them in at the front office in the register book.

Assembly and Chapel
These gatherings will occur in The Shepherd’s Hub unless specified otherwise.

  • Assembly every Monday at 9am
  • Chapel every Friday at 9am

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 a/c are available from the front office.

New students received an LLL banking gift bag at the start of term.

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.
  • There is limited cover for Emergency Transport / Ambulance for injuries sustained at school or non school sport club organisations.

The Skoolbag App—FREE
For quick notifications of alerts, newsletters, canteen & playgroup information directly to your phone– never lose that note!  Advising school of your child’s absence is quick an easy with the e.form available.


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, gymnasium.

Please be quick with letting children out of your cars in the Kiss & Drop area, as we want to avoid cars queuing on Neldner Avenue waiting to pull in.

Please keep this blue parking spot infront of the school for the disabled.

Finance News

School Account Fees will be billed termly and payment in full is due by the Friday of week 4 of each term unless alternative payment arrangements have been made.

Annual Payment Discount
If the entire year’s fees (Tuition and School Development) are paid in full by Feb 28 2018, a 3% discount will be given. 

Payment Method
Payments may be made at the school by cash, cheque, or EFTPOS, or via your bank account using BPay or direct debit.The school’s BPay and bank details appear on the bottom of the fee statement.

Fee Support
Good Shepherd endeavours to provide a quality Christian education to all children regardless of their financial circumstances, and consequently fee support is available to all families. If you require assitance please make an appointment with the Principal or Finance Officer to dicuss your particular circumstances. Any information provided when applying for such support will be treated as strictly confidential and made available only to the Principal and the Finance Officer.

Brian Cosh
Finance Officer 

School Card Applications 2018
Eligibility for School Card assistance is dependent upon the combined family gross income for the 2016/2017 financial year within the following School Card income limits listed below.

School Card must be renewed every year.
School card deductions will only be made to accounts when school has been notified of your eligibility by the School Card Department, ie to qualify in Term 1 you need to lodge your claim by Term 1 cut off date. Forms are available from the front office, see Theresa.

Number of Dependent Children Gross Income Annually Gross Income Weekly
1 child $37,870 $728
2 children $38,903 $748
3 children $39,936 $768
4 children $40,969 $788
5 children $42,002 $808
More than
five children
Add $1,033 for each dependent child Add $20 for each dependent child

If you think you may qualify, School Card Application forms are available at the school office. Hurry as they are due in no later than 7th February for lodgement on Friday 9th February. Second lodgement for School Card is on 2ndh March.

Library News

Welcome to the library in 2018! I will be sending home a note explaining library days and loan limits etc. If you need to see me prior I will be working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 – 4pm.

For new parents to the school, welcome.   We have a GSLS community book exchange operating outside the 5/6 classroom.

We hope that you make use of the wonderful facility!

Happy reading!

Rhian Doecke

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 is out now.

Orders need to be returned to the school by 13th February. *Please note Book Club due dates are no longer stamped on the catalogue so please check newsletter for due dates.

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 let me know or leave me a note and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.

Canteen News

RECESS: Fruit Cup – Watermelon, strawberries, Grapes                                     R: $1.50
LUNCH: Sandwiches – Ham or Chicken                                                              L: $3.50
With your choice of Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Cucumber, Carrot & Mayonnaise

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:  Kabana, Cheese & Crackers                                                 R: $1.50
LUNCH:                                                                      2 pce fish              L:  $3.50
3 pce fish                   $4.50    

Fish, Wedges & Salad – Lightly coated fish strip, seasoned wedges, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and carrot sticks

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
No pre-orders.

Meet & Greet at Good Shepherd

Community News

Working Together

Playgroup News

Activities planned:

Monday 5 February
Beach Days

Monday 12 February
Water Play – pour, trickle & splash

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.

Angaston Camp Australia OSHC

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.com.au

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