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Good Shepherd Grapevine – 10 February 2022

Upcoming Events

What a year this has been (and it’s only February!) As a community we are getting so much information around changing conditions and restrictions for COVID-19 that it can become overwhelming. At times I feel that way too. So much information comes through on an almost daily basis from SA Health, Independent Schools, Lutheran Education and numerous other sources that my eyes are starting to resemble the spirals on the ‘dizzy’ emoji.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all the help and support and I want to stay abreast of the very latest health advice, I just wish the flow of information would slow down sometimes. I have never been asked so often, ‘how are you going? How do you feel?’ To be honest, the answer depends on when you ask me. Most of the time I feel quietly confident, I know that we will navigate this to the best of our ability and come what may we’ll be okay in the long run. But occasionally, like everyone else, I feel miserable and wonder when it’s all going to end. That’s okay, it’s human.

This last week I have been reflecting on Psalm 121. These words have been really helpful to me. They remind me that God’s got this. It doesn’t come down to me (Thank GOD!) I’ve gone back to these words a few times because I find them very calming and comforting. I hope you do too.

Blessings,

Anne Marschall

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:

FAMILIES

  • ABDELMALEK:  Sonya, Leo and Sam
  • ANDRETZKE:  Diana, Benjamin, William, Harry & Connor
  • BAKER-EADIE:  Kellie, Gary, Bowie and Suzie

STAFF 

  • Selena Grundel – LSO
  • Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Pastorate
  • Jennifer Grieger – 1.2G Class Teacher
  • Pastor Rob Borgas – Angaston Pastorate

Birthdays

January

18  Kratos Briones
19  Jordan Seidel
27  Sienna Boyd
31  Isla Boyd
31  Olivia Harvey

February

2   Asia Kuchar
5   Cooper Jachmann
10  Elsa Penna
14  Alex Johnson
23  Archie McGorman
26  Tillie Waechter 

Baptisms

January

14  Olivia Grieger
23  Aimee Gripton
25  Jadon Brandon
31  Holly Gripton

February

1   John Lewis

 

Principal’s News

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2022 school year! I’d like to especially welcome the new families in Foundation and across the school who are joining the Good Shepherd family. Despite the restrictions in place we are very much looking forward to getting to know you all better and creating opportunities (once we are able) for you to meet other families and be a part of this wonderful school.

Obviously, this is not the start to term one that we were all hoping for but nonetheless we began the school year well prepared, and our teachers have developed great educational programmes for their students at school and online. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the teaching staff and Lutheran Support Officers. They have all been tremendously supportive and adaptive. As we are a little school everyone is doing extras which are above and beyond role descriptions and workplace agreements. Supervision of students doing online learning at school, taking on extra yard duties, supporting and covering each other, learning and applying new tech skills, these are just a few of the ways in which everyone is helping out. We are very blessed by our staff.

Many things are being done differently at the moment one of these being the delivery of the parent information night online. The decision was made to do this via an online platform rather than just handing out information booklets in order to enable you to ‘connect’ with the teacher and other families in your child’s class. One of the things I am very mindful of is the potential for COVID restrictions to erode the close knit relationships that we have and inhibit the opportunity for new families to start making friends and becoming part of the school. As we have done in the past we will continue to look for new and creative ways to keep you connected until restrictions ease and we can start to welcome you back into the school.

The current situation remains that we cannot hold whole school gatherings, so Assembly and Chapel are not occurring (teachers continue to hold devotions in their individual classes). Volunteers cannot come into the school so playgroup will not be going ahead this term and canteen will not recommence until mid-term at the earliest. These restrictions also apply to the Good Shepherd Goodies. Obviously as soon as this changes we will be letting you know. I ask parents to take seriously the direction to limit coming onto school grounds unless it is absolutely necessary. I hate having to say this, we are after all a family but it is important to follow this advice as it is one means of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our school community. Other measures, as previously advised, are to socially distance, keep up hand and respiratory hygiene, wear masks and strongly encouraging your children (in years 3 – 6) to wear masks.   

Despite the current challenges the spirit of the school is strong, the children are happy, and it’s been a gentle and positive start to the year for the little Foundations. It has been very quiet though, too quiet, and we are all looking forward to welcoming everyone back to face to face teaching from next Monday.

Blessings,

Anne Marschall
Principal 

 

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Fiona McDonald’s Foundation Class

 

The newest members of our Good Shepherd community started school last week in the Foundation class. All of them have had a lovely settled start and have taken to school like ducks to water! You can see by the smiling faces in the photos that they are already engaging in school with much confidence and excellent skills as lifelong learners. 

We welcome William, Jordan, Bowie, Jack, Matilda, Peyton, Carter, Maddison, Silas and Alex and wish them and their families all the very best on their learning journey together at Good Shepherd.

P&F News

Welcome to 2022! The P&F are looking forward to the blessings of the year ahead.

We put the FUN in fundraising. The P&F is a great way to become involved in the school, meet some new people and have some fun along the way. We meet twice a term for meetings (one day meeting and one night meeting) and there is no obligation to attend them all.

We also, hold events through-out the year to raise additional funds for the school. In the past these events have included; Sports day cake stall, Hot X Bun drive, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, Christmas raffle and many more. The funds raised in 2021 were used to provide a new lectern and projector in the Hub, seating for the decking area. Additionally, each class was given a support payment. With these funds, the classes bought games, crafts and additional resources.

If you are interested or want any further information about joining the committee or any upcoming events, please reach out to Virginia Harvey (Vice President) or Amanda Pech (Secretary). 

CANTEEN – ON HOLD

The canteen is operated by Sarah Gripton (Canteen Manager) and any parents who wish to volunteer. In previous years the canteen has been operating on Friday’s however, with the current Covid restrictions, canteen is on hold until further notice. We hope to have the canteen open in some form before the end of term. Please watch this space!

Everyday Reminders

Absentees

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 gsls@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au by 9.00am.  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.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community, 

Welcome back to the new school year 2022.

Trusting all students are settling into class or online learning. 

This week’s newsletter theme is Slow down And Be of Service.

When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came up trembling and fell before Him. She declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed. Luke 8:47

Jesus was a busy person; however, it was people that he came for in the first place.

Luke 8:47 tells us about a woman who was bleeding for twelve years and when Jesus was passing by, she touched his robe, and when the women saw she was not hidden, she came trembling and falling before him. She declared before the presence of the people, as to why she touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He was on his way to save a child although, instead of rushing past the woman to get to the child, He stopped and helped her.

Life is filled with split second decisions. Do we have time to assist those of who God puts in our path?

Life can be challenging at times, and to handle our own stresses and different circumstances life brings can become overwhelming. However, I wonder if we slowed down a little would we see any needs in people’s lives where we could be of service?

Like the woman who spent twelve years not finding the help she needed, maybe if someone reached out to her it may have made a difference in her life. Although she reached out to Jesus who came to help her when he was busy.

Let us all try to be that helping hand, for someone else in our world. We all need each other. Let’s all try to do some act of kindness for somebody.

As much as I love the quote ‘take time to smell the roses’… maybe we should smell them, and pass them onto somebody else to brighten their day!

(Adapted from Abide)

Fiona Lloyde
Chaplain

Finance News

School Fees Term 1 2022

School fees for Term 1 will be emailed to all families next week.  Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you do not receive a statement. Payment of school fees for Term 1 are now due by Friday 11th March 2022 (extended due to later start to term).  Please contact Sarah if you have not yet set up a payment arrangement or have any questions about your statement.

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.

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme

Uniform Shop

Please note that our Uniform Shop is open each Monday afternoon during the term from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.  Please note that one adult (and an accompanying child) are permitted in the uniform shop at a time.  If you are unable to attend during these times please feel free to contact the Front Office by phone or email and your order will be processed and sent home as soon as possible. 

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.

Reminder – Return of Emergency Contact Forms

Thank you to those families that have been able to return the forms that were sent home at the end of last year.  Please ensure that forms are returned by Wednesday next week so we can update our records.

Please contact the Front Office if you require a replacement set of forms or need to notify us of any important contact updates.

1962-2022 Celebrating 60 Years

If you would like to hear all about our 60th anniversary celebrations we invite you to join our Facebook group: Good Shepherd Alumni Angaston. This is a group for past students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School from 1962 to present. Members are invited to use this space to catch up, share and reminisce. If you are in contact with Good Shepherd old scholars, please encourage them to take a look and join the group or they can share their contact details with the School directly on 08 8564 2396.
 

Building Blocks Playgroup

The decision has been made to postpone the return of playgroup sessions until Term 2.  A reassessment will be conducted towards the end of this term and we will hopefully be able to share a commencement date then.

You may recall that last year we were considering the idea of changing playgroup to a Friday morning instead of a Monday. This will also be confirmed at a later date, so be sure to keep an eye out for any updates.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back in Term 2.

Local Church Service Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Sunday 13th February 2022
Angaston: 8.45am Harvest AGM
Gruenberg: 10.30am Harvest

Sunday 20th February 2022
Angaston: 10.30am HC Contemporary
Gruenberg: 8.45am HC Family AGM

 

KEVS Service Times

Sunday 13th February 2022
Keyneton: 9.00am HC
Eden Valley: 5.30pm
Springton: 11.00am HC

Sunday 20th February 2022
Keyneton: 5.30pm
Eden Valley: 11.00am
Springton: 9.15am

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