Good Shepherd Grapevine – 10 March 2022

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Song of the Suffering Servant

For He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as One from whom men hide their faces … Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His wounds we are healed. … All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:2-3a, 4, 6)

This is part of the famous Song of the Suffering Servant from Isaiah 53. God gave the prophet Isaiah a vision of what Jesus would be like—of how He would save God’s people from the power of evil.

Jesus wasn’t what people were expecting. In God’s eyes He was like a root out of dry ground—we would say, like a drink of cool water on a hot day. But to us? He was nothing special.

And so we ignored Him—rejected Him—and then turned on Him and put Him to death on a cross. That was the end of Him, we thought. Who could have predicted the resurrection?

Isaiah did. And now we rejoice, because we finally understand—Jesus was bearing our sin, taking our grief and sorrow on His own back. He is God in the flesh, come in the form of a Servant, to give us life—life that will last forever.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, give me a heart that trusts in You. Amen.

Submitted by Lara Hepner (from Lutheran Hour Ministries)

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • BOYD:  Serena, Darren, Zachary, Sienna and Isla
  • BRIONES:   Sarah, Kratos, Ezrela and Savarni
  • BROOKS/LOVEDAY:  Sarah, Rodney, Chase, Parker and Lily


  • Lara Hepner – LOTE Teacher
  • Jodie Hampton – Arts/PE Teacher
  • Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
  • Linda Fiebiger – LSO



3  Deacon Grieger
3  Priya Rathjen
8  Grace Madigan
18 Sarah Cameron
26 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon
28  Parker Brooks



8   Jobe Rathjen

Principal’s News

Dear Parents, 

Last week we observed Ash Wednesday with devotions across the school. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. Lent is the period in which Christians reflect on Jesus, what He has done for us and how His love and grace is revealed in our lives. Many Christians ‘give up’ something over the 40 days of Lent, chocolate, alcohol and more recently screen time are often cited as examples of ‘sacrifices’ that are made. Some of the children have shared about things that they go without during Lent and sometimes our family has participated in this tradition too. While there is much good in this practice from a physical health point of view, the reality is that we don’t have to do anything. The sacrifice has already been made for us, once and for all. When Jesus went to that cross, he took on all of our sins, our burdens, our heartaches, our baggage. This Lent you and your family may choose to ‘give something up’, you may eat your body weight in chocolate, or maybe, like me you might use this season as a chance not to ‘give up’ but to ‘take up’. This Lenten season my focus will be on quiet daily reflection not on what I have done, should have done or shouldn’t do but on what Jesus has done and keeps on doing in my life.

 This year marks the 60th anniversary of Good Shepherd. There are various projects to commemorate this special anniversary including a cook book (more details to come) and a service of thanksgiving followed by a celebratory lunch. This will be on Sunday the 31st July and will be instead of the annual ‘blessing of the animals’ service held at Good Shepherd. All the classes will be involved in some way in the service celebrating this special birthday and we would love for you to join us, along with the community and our Alumni for the lunch afterwards. Please keep this important date free as we begin preparations.

This week parents of students in years 3 and 5 will have received information about participation in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The tests are conducted in the week commencing the 9th of May and are held online at school. The tests cover reading, writing, conventions of language and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. This information adds to the data that teachers collect on an ongoing basis to track student progress. All students in years 3 and 5 are expected to participate in NAPLAN testing. If you believe your child should be withdrawn or exempt from participating in NAPLAN this year, please contact me ASAP so that the appropriate forms can be completed. 

Next week (18th March) I will be leading the first Principal’s Tours for this year. If you are aware of a family who are searching for a great school for their child, why not invite them to come and take a look? Many people initially attend a tour because of a personal recommendation from a school family. You are our best ambassadors and recommending families to our school is one of the best ways you can support Good Shepherd.


Anne Marschall

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Abby Mann’s 1.2 Class


Last week our junior primary classes gathered to find out the meaning of Ash Wednesday.

Mrs McDonald explained why some people choose to place a cross on their forehead and how it is a time for personal reflection where we might say that we are sorry for our sins and pray for others.

Our students were then given the opportunity to symbolise Ash Wednesday by drawing special crosses on a banner for Lent.

Mrs Mann’s class banner is proudly on display in the clsss room if any parents would like to pop in for look.

Library News

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 is out now!

Orders need to be returned to the school by Wednesday 23rd March.

As usual, there are 2 ways to order;

  • Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with the correct cash.
  • Order online (LOOP). Go to 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 the gift box when ordering online or leave me a note and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.


Donations please!

Seeking donations of books for our *in progress* Parent Library. The intent is for it to be a mix of books about parenting and raising children, family dynamics, wellbeing, anxiety strategies, puberty, grief, family tip and tricks and so on. If you have books like this at home that you no longer need I would be happy to receive them to the library to sort. Any contributions will be most appreciated!

Classroom Intervention Program

This term the learning support team and classrooms teachers have begun using the Science of Reading toolkits in our intervention program. Selected students are using these kits one on one with our support team to become more aware and adept at hearing letter sounds (phonics/phonemic awareness) and then using these sounds to put words together. The idea is that these students will increase in proficiency and confidence at a quicker rate from where they currently are and feel better supported as they learn in class with their teacher and class.

The SOR toolkits were designed based on the Science of Reading, the large body of research that reading experts, especially cognitive scientists, have conducted on how the brain best learns to read.

We know through this research that the best way to learn to read (words and also, comprehension of words) is through the model of R = LC x D (Tunmer & Gough, 1986)

R (Reading comprehension) = LC (Language comprehension – understanding concepts, inferring, knowing how words relate to each other in a sentence) x D (Decoding – breaking up the word, sounds of letters etc)

The kits are being used in conjunction with the schools decodable readers which the students are already using weekly, so they are a familiar source of information and therefore the tasks are more engaging for the students.

SOR toolkit teacher guide pg 3

P&F News

SPORTS DAY – 25/3/2022

Sports day is almost here! This year there will not be a bake sale however the P&F are excited to announce that The People vs Coffee van will be back. They will be offering beverages, and light refreshments during the day. 

Canteen will be operating on Sports Day. Order forms will be sent home during week 7. The whole family will be able to place an order. The forms will need to be returned by Wednesday 23rd March.

HOT X BUNS – Orders Due 1/4/2022

Yes, you saw right, Hot X Buns! The P&F are collaborating with D&M’s Bakery and are giving families the opportunity to purchase delicious 6 packs of Hot X Buns and help raise funds at the same time. Stock up for the Easter Long Weekend or buy for family and friends. The buns are available in the following varieties;

  • With fruit
  • Fruitless
  • Choc chip.

An order form has been sent home. Additional forms can be requested from the Front Office. Please ensure your order form is returned to the Front Office by Friday 1st April to avoid missing out. Pick up will be Wednesday 13th April at the Hub from 2.30pm.


As part of the celebrations for GSLS 60th Anniversary, a cookbook is being collated. A letter requesting recipes and outlining more details will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community,

I would like to let our community know, that our school has been on the receiving end of a volunteer organisation called “The Southern Barossa Alliance Group.”

Over the years our school community, through the ‘Class Carer’ program have made meals for those in a crisis. Many people in our community have been part of the giving and the receiving of meals through the program.

Although, in more recent times it has been getting harder to find enough members of our Good Shepherd Community that are able to give or have the time to keep our own food program running smoothly.

Fortunately, The Southern Barossa Alliance Group, contacted us and asked if we would like to be on the receiving end for crisis meals from their volunteer organisation. Our school and many other schools in the Barossa region are now part of this wonderful organisation.

This service is coordinated by the Southern Barossa Alliance group, who’s volunteers deliver frozen meals to the Pastoral care workers/Chaplains in schools and community care providers in the Barossa.

The frozen, emergency meals are prepared and donated by the Williamstown Hotel and Lyndoch Hill for distribution to members of the community in crisis.

Over 3,000 meals have been supplied since the COVID-19 pandemic began, primarily due to the generosity of the Williamstown Hotel management.

A very big thank you to Southern Barossa Alliance Group, Williamstown Hotel and Lyndoch Hill.

We would love for our families to consider supporting Williamstown Hotel and Lyndoch Hill when heading out for your next dining experience.

With Gods richest blessings,

Fiona Lloyde

Year 6 Jumper Presentation

Last week our Year 6 students were presented with their senior jumpers. The motto for this year’s jumper is ‘Don’t wish for it, work for it.’

Mr Hausler explained that the jumpers represent an important part of their leadership as senior members of the school community and the responsibility that is expected with this privilege for the year ahead.

2022 School Captains and House Captains


School Captains


Following applications, speeches, interviews and subsequent voting the school captains for 2022 were elected.

We are pleased to advise that Priya Rathjen and Tillie Waechter have been selected as School Captains.

Congratulations to all our captains and we wish them every blessing as they work together in leadership this year.

House Captains


We are also pleased to present our 2022 House Captains:

George:  Oscar and Aimee
Angas:  Parker and Deegan
Fife:  Sam and Mitchell

Angaston ELC

  • Angaston Child Care & ELC are conveniently situated close to the school and provide before and after school care.
  • Angaston Child Care & Early Learning Centre: 422 Valley Road, Angaston SA 5353
    Director: Suzy Linke
    Phone: 08 8564 3387
    Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 6.00pm

Finance and 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.

2023 Enrolments

If you have not yet enrolled your Foundation child for 2023 please see Danette at the Front Office ASAP.

We also 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.

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.

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.

Angaston Lutheran Parish Service Times

Sunday 13th March 2022 (Lent 2)
Angaston:  8.45am HC Traditional
Gruenberg:  10.30am HC Traditional
Keyneton:  5.30pm
Eden Valley:  11.00am HC
Springton:  9.15am HC

Wednesday 16 March 2022
7.30pm Lenten Service @ Gruenberg

Sunday 20th March 2022 (Lent 3)
Angaston:  10.30am Contemporary – Baptism
Gruenberg:  8.45am Family
Keyneton:  11.00am HC
Eden Valley:  9.00am HC
Springton:  1.30pm HC

Wednesday 23 March 2022
7.30pm Lenten Service @ Keyneton