Good Shepherd Grapevine – 12 September 2019
This Week’s Rattling – The Zoo
Stuck in the Muck by Rachel Randolph
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2 (NIV)
After several cold rainy days in October, the clouds parted and the sun came out. Tired of being cooped up, we seized the moment and met up with a few friends at a small petting zoo. The sunny morning was exactly what my son Jackson and I needed.
When his naptime approached, we were having such a good time that I decided to linger a little longer. Then the rain reappeared and poured on our play date.
I said my goodbyes and marched across the now freshly soggy farm to where Jackson was playing. “It’s time to go, buddy,” I said, reaching out for his hand.
“I don’t waaaaaant to goooooo!” he whined, walking backwards out of my reach.
“I know,” I empathised. “It’s hard to leave fun places.”
“Nooooooo! I STAYYY!” my now overly tired toddler yelled, turning to run from me. I quickly scooped him up and carried him across the petting zoo as he screamed and kicked his muddy shoes all over me.
“Stand right there,” I firmly ordered, setting him next to the car and reaching inside for the baby wipes. When I turned around to clean him off, he was running like an escaped convict through the parking lot.
My sharp-eyed, fast-footed 2-year-old was running toward a back entrance to the zoo. In hot pursuit, I followed. But by the time I made it through the gate, he’d positioned himself on the opposite side of an empty, muddy horse pen.
Across the rusty red bars, he was staring me down with the iron will of a … well, of a defiant, exhausted toddler.
I darted to the right to grab him. He matched my steps. I slowly paced to the left. Across the pen, keeping steady eye contact with me, and like a cowboy ready for a draw, he paced with me. After a few rounds of this, I realised: checkmate. He had me. I could not get to him. Unless …
I could make him fall.
I walked to the left, and he followed my lead straight into a muddy patch. His pace slowed as his boots sunk down into the muck. I quickly moved to the right. He did too, but his boots didn’t follow, and he fell right into my muddy trap. His strong-willed defiance quickly turned to a whimpering plea for his mommy.
I wonder how often God feels like this with us. He simply wants to get us on the road to a safe place for nourishment and rest, while we jet off in our own direction, sure of something better.
Does He, in His love, let us fall into a muddy puddle so we can feel the discomfort of life without Him?
Isn’t it true that when we find ourselves stuck in the muck of life, we long more deeply for God’s loving arms to come and take our hands and lead us out? We cry out, “Daddy, I need You. Please pull me out of this mess!”
I imagine He gives the same knowing smile I did when my son, laying face up in the mud, finally cried out for me. He kneels down and as we see in Psalm 40:2, lifts us out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire — our muddy boots dangling from our safe perch in His arms — and whispers, “I’m here love, been here all along. I’ve just been waiting for you to ask. Now let’s get you cleaned up.” Then He sets us on solid ground, giving us a firm place to stand.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I would trust and obey Your lead in the good times and in the times when I feel like I’m sinking into the mud and mire of life. I truly believe God, that Your way is better, Your way leads to a fuller, deeper, more nourishing life. Help me to stop running from You and instead run toward Your loving embrace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Submitted by Dearne Prior
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- RATSCH: Helen, Travers, Michael and Judith
- RAYMOND: Melissa, Peter, Emily and Georgia
- RIEDL: Zoe, Paul, Tallan and Abigael
- ROWE: Susan, Steven, Alex and Casey
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Pastor Ziersch – Keyneton/Eden Valley/Springton Parish
- Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
- Melissa Emmett – Foundation Teacher
- Thank you Lord for this sunshine and your care in providing all our needs. Thank you for all your great blessings and your continued love that you shine on our school.
8 Kaitlin Schultz
10 Spencer Pech
11 Archie Davies
14 Dakota Paloff
16 Zeke Osborne
25 Ella Randall
30 Mason Lade
2 Jayden Ahrns
4 Brodie Heinrich
14 Mitchell Harvey
22 Charlie McGorman
23 Amelia Emmett
23 Sam Klau
30 Jesse Brandon
Good Shepherd Lutheran School is excited to announce that we have entered into a formal partnership with the Angaston Early Learning Centre. This will have great benefits to the children on both of our sites as we work together to develop meaningful new learning opportunities for our students.
From next term the Angaston Early Learning children will be onsite at Good Shepherd each Wednesday for a ‘school experience day’. The children will be able to share in the use of Good Shepherd’s resources, some of which are currently not used on that day, to enhance their learning.
On ‘Good Shepherd Day’ our ELC friends will have a sport lesson with Mrs Klemm, a library lesson with Mrs Doecke and buddy time with their friends in Mrs Ruediger’s class. They will also be able to utilise the art room as well as spending time exploring and playing in EDEN, our beautiful nature play and learning space.
Some of these initiatives have already been in place for some time and we have definitely seen the benefits for the students at Good Shepherd as they have developed caring friendships and taught the Angaston ELC children valuable new skills. Our children see these leadership opportunities as important and look forward to them.
We are thrilled to formalise the warm relationship that is already in place between our two sites of learning and look forward to developing further ties through shared events, resources and new opportunities to positively benefit our children.
Another positive initiative has been the increasing interaction of the Building Blocks Playgroup with our children and the school resources. This term Bec has introduced many terrific ideas on the programme which have involved Good Shepherd. Some of these have included skipping with buddies, Book Week Parade and Father’s Day crafts. The playgroup also love exploring EDEN as well as accessing the library to enjoy stories and borrow books. As with the Angaston ELC, relationships between older and younger children enriches everyone and we look forward to even more opportunities to enable this.
Last Sunday our Tournament of the Minds team journeyed down to Flinders University to compete against teams from across South Australia. Jemima Barrett, Georgia Raymond, Fletcher Smith, Abby Riedl, Bella Mathews, Alex Rowe and Stevie Schwarz did an outstanding job representing Good Shepherd at this event. Over the term the team has worked together on an Arts challenge. Their brief was to rewrite the classic story, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, in an Australian context with Australian characters and icons. They also had to write and perform two original songs within their play. All props, backgrounds and costumes were sourced and made by the team largely using recycled and repurposed items. The judges appreciated the time and creativity that went into their production and gave them excellent feedback. They will be performing their play for the school at Assembly on Monday 16 September.
From the Chair of Governing Council
Dear School Community,
The Governing Council Committee met last week and as always, there is so much to discuss, approve, plan and have vision for to ensure success in the running of the School and it’s future.
We are in the process of updating our Constitution to fall in line with the template Constitution supplied to us from Lutheran Education SA, NT & WA, but also to update the information about our alignment with our local Church Community.
We are also embarking on a huge compliance project to update all our policies in line with the new International Standard for Compliance ISO 19600. This new compliance program includes the identification and mapping of unique legal obligations for schools at both Federal and State levels, with comprehensive components covering, but not limited to Enterprise Risk Management, Workplace Safety, Student Duty of Care & Child Protection, Risk & Compliance Functionality, Incident Management, and Reporting within all of those areas. Significant training is required, but the tool we are using ensures the School is kept up-to-date with regulatory, legislative and best practice changes, which ensures efficiency and compliance and will ultimately save staff time in the future.
We are excited to soon be working in a formal way with the Angaston Early Learning Centre. I’m sure Anne will speak to this in her report, but this is an excellent outcome for both GSLS and Angaston ELC. We are providing our facilities and learning spaces to provide enhanced learning opportunities for the ELC children which ensures optimum use of our facilities and we hope will broaden the market and catchment of both learning communities.
Last year we drew up our Future Directions Action Plan with the help of the school community and we are excited to be plotting the progress and outcomes within our strategic time frame. We could not be achieving such great outcomes without the assistance of sub-committees who report to Council, and staff who fulfil the strategic areas of the Plan, being: Aims & Core Values; Administrative; Mission & Ministry; Buildings, Grounds & Facilities; Staffing & Staff Matters; Finance & Fund Raising; Education – Teaching & Learning; Education – Pastoral; and Marketing & Promotions.
I would like to commend the Staff as we near the end of another term for their dedication and commitment to our school and your children. Additionally, I express my thanks on behalf of the Council to all our amazing volunteers in all the different areas of the school. We would not function without your involvement and it is sincerely appreciated.
Governing Council Nominations: The Governing Council Committee are seeking new committee members as we have a number of people finishing their terms this year. We invite you to consider nominating for this role and become part of our passionate ‘team’. There are two meetings per term and it’s a great way to get to know your school better and meet other school parents who you may not necessarily bump into in the corridor. Nomination Forms are available at the front office and we look forward to welcoming new people to the Committee. Never underestimate your ability to do this! Applications close Wednesday 16 October 2019.
With my best wishes to everyone for a safe end of term break,
Chris Linke, GSLS Governing Council Chairperson
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Renae Ruediger’s 3/4 Class
The 3/4 class has been doing a few experiments to assist in their learning journey. They identified their predictions and discussed how and why experiments need only 1 variable and everything else needs to be constant.
In Maths students planned their experiment to find out ‘what angle will help me throw further’. They used a ball thrower and measured the different distances. They had the challenge to get the machine to throw at an acute angle and a right angle. The students concluded that obtuse angles helped the ball go further.
The 3/4 class has just started their unit on understanding the properties of heat. They had 3 glasses. One was near frozen temperature, the other room temperature and the final one had very hot water. Students used pipettes to drop food colouring in the cups and observed. They videoed their reflection and their thoughts on why the hot water was moving faster.
The students used their understanding from the heat experiment and put their theory to the test. They had 3 glasses with different temperatures and food colouring. They added white flowers to see if the hot temperature accelerated the flower colouration.
The 3/4 class measuring the distance to see how far the ball went…
The room temperature changed first. The hot one died.
The room temperature changed first, but the cold has changed the most.
Student Led Conferences
Next Wednesday Good Shepherd will be celebrating the students’ learning with Student Led Conferences (SLC). SLC are based around a Unit of Inquiry and shows how it is transdisciplinary, by covering other areas such as Science, Maths, English, Christian Studies and Technology. There are 4 stations set up and children spend 5 minutes at each section and share their learning with parents. Parents are encouraged to ask questions along the way.
Their Learner Profile shines as students communicate their learning, are knowledgeable in the concepts they share, are risk takers to share what they have learnt and are respectful in the way they present and of the people around them.
SLC are a great opportunity for parents to spend one on one time with their child and focus on what they have been learning. From a teacher perspective, it is wonderful to see students confidently share their learning with enthusiasm and especially when parents walk away having learnt something themselves.
All classes are invited to share with their parents their learning in German, PE and the Arts as stations will be set up for them too.
Time slots for the SLC’s were sent home earlier this week. If you did not receive a lilac coloured slip with your assigned times please contact Danette at the Front Office.
Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Weeks 7 and 8:
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Eleanor John – Risk Taker – You show courage in how you present your Show and Tell. You clearly explain your ideas and capture your audience. You voice your opinions bravely and you have a go at new activities with confidence.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Dylan Leggett – Principled – Karlo showed he was knowledgeable when he made connections with capacity in Maths to his lunch box containers and recognised capacity in a range of different situations.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Calum Klose – Balanced – Calum has been an excellent example of being balanced in school this term. He has focused on his work and knows the right time to have fun.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Mason Lade – Risk Taker – Mason enthusiastically took on a role on short notice that required him to read at Chapel last week.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Sam Klau – Risk Taker – Sam demonstrated risk taking during Exhibition night by overcoming his stresses to showcase great leadership and a great understanding of his topic.
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
John Lewis – Caring – You show care for others when you find and return lost items. You care for others when they are hurt or upset. You are kind and considerate. You also look after the environment by putting your rubbish in the bin.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Brodie Heinrich – Reflective – Brodie demonstrated he was reflective when he thoughtfully considered how his ideas and actions affected others around him. He identified his strengths and seeks to understand them to further his learning and personal development.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Sam A – Communicator – Sam has improved in his writing by adding more detail to his paragraphs. He independently and successfully uses the ‘hamburger’ structure to add relevant information.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Mitchell Harvey – Risk Taker – Mitchell was a risk taker when he actively and enthusiastically participated during challenging dance sessions led by Freestyle Dance Ministry.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Fletcher Smith – Risk Taker – Fletcher demonstrated risk taking this term through his work with Tournament of Minds. He has shown great confidence growing this term through this work.
Chaplain’s News by Pastor Rob Borgas
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Part 2 – How to help in times of personal crisis.
How do we answer those hard questions from children?
Often during times of personal crisis, children ask hard questions. How do we answer those questions? Here are some practical guidelines to help you.
Avoid simplistic or unrealistic answers
Respond to children’s questions and concerns. Older children may be thinking “Where is God in all of this?” —How could a loving God let these terrible things happen?” We need to be honest about what has happened. Don’t lie or make up a story to protect them, but we don’t need to explain things in graphic detail.
Comfort children with assurance of God’s loving care for all people. Help them to see God’s presence in those who help the people who are going through tragic experiences.
It’s easy to say, “Everything is going to be okay”, but at the time, it doesn’t feel like it. Answers like “God must have needed your mum more than you did” or — God must have needed another angel” are simple answers, but simply not true. Words like this just aren’t helpful. If you don’t know what to say, simply say you don’t know what to say.
It’s actually okay to come alongside the hurt and say something like, “This is heartbreaking. I’m so very sad too.” Validating an emotion is the first step towards dealing with it. Continue to reassure children that they are loved and that you will be there to help and support them.
Talk about – the hope that we have
We have a God who is big and powerful, and while we may not understand what is happening we know that he is writing a bigger story. We need to trust him no matter what happens. God is bigger than our circumstances, and we need to have our roots firmly grounded in him so that when these trials come we are able to withstand them, solid in the knowledge of his love, mercy and grace.
Some more helpful tips for taking care of each other
– Allow time to talk, be angry, cry, laugh and grieve. Try not to bottle up feelings.
– Allow children to share in your distress and encourage them to express their own.
– Allow time to be with people who care about you and also with people who went through what you went through.
– Spend time alone when needed. Recognise that everyone expresses things in their own way. Men may find it harder to express emotion and weep. Children may need encouragement and support to express themselves.
– Take time out to sleep, rest, enjoy and do routine things when possible.
– Allow children to return to school and keep up with their activities as soon as they are ready.
– Express your needs clearly and honestly to family and friends.
– Spend time together as a family. This gives us the opportunity to pick up on signals that children are struggling to deal with something.
– Maintain routine as much as possible to help children see that life is secure and predictable.
– Read together some of the Bible messages of comfort in difficult and trying circumstances, e.g. Psalms 23:1-4; Psalm 30:5; Psalm 66:12; John 10:27-28; John 11:25; John 14:27. Talk about what the Bible promises for us in our situation.
– Pray. Prayer is one of the most important things we can do together. We turn our concerns and God’s promises into a conversation with God.
– Do something. Children will often feel better when they are given a chance to ‘do something’. They may make a drawing, say a prayer or light a candle.
– Watch our children. Difficult situations and crisis are not dealt with in a one-off manner. These concerns will remain in the weeks and months ahead. Kids may revert to ‘younger’ childhood behaviours if they are anxious or worried about something. They may be quieter than usual or spend more time alone in their bedroom.
– Live one day at a time.
For more information contact Pastor Rob or School Chaplain Fiona Lloyde.
(Thanks to the Grow Ministries team for this information – growministries.org.au)
Pastor Rob Borgas
Zion Lutheran Parish
Bonfire Night – Thank You
We were blessed with clear skies and a calm evening at our Bonfire Night. This annual event was well attended and thanks must go to the following:
- Our wonderful P&F Committee for planning this fabulous community event for our school. We appreciate the time and effort involved in coordinating and providing dinner for everybody. Thank you Amanda and her merry band of P&F members.
- Bec & Tom Bawden for donating, transporting and unloading by hand the wood for our bonfire during the evening. Thank you Bec, Tom and family.
83% of the school that has completed the Premier’s Reading challenge for 2019. What an amazing effort. A big congratulations to all students who finished the Challenge.
Certificates and medals will be presented in Term 4.
It will be holiday borrowing next week. This means that students can take home double the amount of books.
Overdue notices will be going home today. Please ensure you have returned all books so you are able to partake in holiday borrowing.
International Day of Charity 2019
What a fabulous day of students taking action and Good Shepherd community spirit we had on Thursday afternoon.
The whole school was involved. Angas completed the obstacle course as many times as they could, Fife baked treats in their lunch play times to sell and George gave up sugar for a day and got to dress up Mr Hausler in some lovely Port Power gear (which Mr H would have loved I’m sure😉).
We made an astonishing $943 for JDRF to go towards research, advocacy and support for youth with Type 1 diabetes.
What a fabulous effort Good Shepherd!
Thank you for all the support from parents and families, it is very much appreciated.
|WEEK 9 – FRIDAY 20th SEPTEMBER|
Snack Pack – Popcorn, chocolate custard & sultanas.
|LUNCH:||Chicken Schnitzel – Crumbed chicken, potato gems, carrots, corn and gravy.
Parma 50c extra
|WEEK 10 – FRIDAY 27th SEPTEMBER|
|RECESS:||Pikelets – served with butter, honey or raspberry jam and cream.||2 for $1.00|
|LUNCH:||Croissant – oven baked croissant with ham, cheese and tomato.||$3.50|
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
Finance and Administration News
School Fees for this term are now OVERDUE. Please see Sarah Loveday if you need to discuss.
If you have not yet enrolled your child for 2020 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 2019
Did you know that applications for the School Card Scheme for this year are still 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
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.
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.
All students are required to bring a hat to school from mid August to the end of April when the UV levels tend to be 3 or above. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide wherever possible and follow the guidelines below to ensure all students are protected from over-exposure to UV radiation:
– Children not wearing an appropriate hat will be sat out of play in the shade.
– Parents are encouraged to supply sunscreen for their children, although there will be bulk sunscreen packs available at school.
– The application of sunscreen will be encouraged before going out for lunch or any outdoor activity between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.
Please ensure your child comes to school with a full water bottle to ensure that they remain hydrated during the day.
Please remember to pack appropriate cutlery for your child/ren for recess and lunch if required. We have had a large amount of requests for plastic spoons and forks over the past few weeks.
It would be appreciated if any loaned items of uniform are laundered and then returned to the Front Office as soon as possible so that we can continue to provide a change of clothing to those students that require it from time to time.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
Parish Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran School
|September 22||10.30am HC||8.45am HC
KEVS Service Times
Parish Service at Good Shepherd Lutheran School
|September 22||11.00am||9.00am HC|
Monday 16 September
Monday 23 September
We currently have a school family that are seeking to rent a small 2-3 bedroom house in the local Barossa area (preferably Angaston) as soon as possible. If you are aware of any rental properties that may be available please contact the front office so we can pass your contact details on.
Thank you for your help!