Good Shepherd Grapevine – 14 June 18
This Week’s Rattling – “Dragon Fly”
A few months ago now, during a warm autumn day, we had a visitor in our garden. My youngest squealed, terrified by this big flying visitor and what he was doing in our garden. Her older brother reassured her “look it’s just a dragonfly, he won’t hurt you”. We all watched as it flew in continuous circles around our garden. My middle child pondered if it was a little dragon flying around. Whilst we watched the beautiful dragonfly glide around I started investigating them, I didn’t actually know much about these majestic creatures. Did you know for instance, “a dragonfly actually spends the first two years of its existence at the bottom of a body of water? When that phase of its existence comes to an end, it rises to the surface of the water, climbs up on the bank and lets its wings dry in the sun. Then it spreads its wings and begins the second dimension of its existence, becoming an aeronautical wonder”.
What I hadn’t realised, until this rattling came up, is that dragonflies carry great symbolism. They represent “change and change in the perspective of self realisation. The traditional association of dragonflies with water also gives rise to this meaning to this amazing insect.
The dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life”. Others believe the dragonfly represents harmony, strength, prosperity and peace.
I’m the first to admit, I don’t always like change, I like having predictability in my day. This visit provoked me to reflect, why had God sent this dragonfly to visit us on this day? Was there a deeper meaning for me or was it a chance for us to bond as a family and watch in awe at His creations? Whatever the case it certainly has encouraged me to look for a deeper meaning in my daily experiences, resulting in a deeper relationship with God. I must not only look to God for guidance but listen to Him. I must be open and ready to change, willing to trust in His plan for me.
Writtenby Rhian Doecke
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- DIXON: Shane, Meredith, Ryan & Tayla
- EDWARDS: Ryan, Danielle & Mackenzie
- EVANS: Chris, Shona, Brayden & Deegan
- FROST: Andrew, Marcia, Aeden, Ziggy & Felix
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Edith Unger – Volunteer
- Simon Herrmann – Year 5/6
- Josie Wundersitz – The Arts
- Brenton Klau – Cleaner
- John Morgan – Caretaker
- We praise God for his healing hand on family members who have had recent surgeries. May their carers also receive the extra energy required in their support.
- Pray for the Rathjen Family as they prepare for the birth of their third child soon. God gives good gifts !
- We are thankful for the opportunity to also learn outside of the classroom with excursions for our students off site.
We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:
14 Jesse Brandon
17 Aimee Gripton
17 Annabel Lloyd
28 Dylan Leggett
30 Aiden Linke
30 Scarlet Secomb
- May God bless our new family Travers & Helen Ratsch and their son Michael as they join our Good Shepherd Community. Michael has joined in Simon Herrmann’s Year 5/6 Class. We thank our school community in making connections with them.
- We pray for Pastor Graham as he moves on from his position as interim Pastor at Zion Parish and his support at Good Shepherd. May his future endeavours and travels keep him safe.
1 Ben Noack
Welcome to The Ratsch Family
This week we welcomed Travers & Helen Ratsch and their son Michael (Yr 5) to Good Shepherd.
I am very excited to be able to announce Good Shepherd’s Tournament of the Minds (TOM) team for 2018! Jemima Barrett, Scarlet Secomb, Tristan Pearson, Martin Vasica – Rohlach, Kendra Petney, Abby Riedl and Charlize Campbell will be representing Good Shepherd on Sunday the 9th September in an international, creative problem solving competition at Flinders University. TOM offers teams of students the opportunity to solve authentic, open-ended challenges that foster creative, divergent thinking whilst developing collaborative enterprise, excellence and teamwork. Challenges are set in the following disciplines: The Arts, Language Literature, Social Sciences and STEM. Once the challenges are announced our team will select a ‘problem’ from one of these disciplines to work on solving over the coming weeks. The team will also work on a variety of ‘short term’ problems to develop where ability to think quickly and creatively for the spontaneous challenge which they will also have to work through on Tournament day. Tournament of the Minds is one of the many extra curricular opportunities that we are pleased to offer to our students. Some of the extra curricular activities, such as the mini solar car challenge, have come about through parents or the wider school community offering their time and talents to facilitate an event that they are passionate about. If you are interested in facilitating an extra curricular event i would love to hear from you. We may be a small school but we are rich in opportunities!
I would like to thank those of you who took part in the Quality Schools Survey earlier this year. The results showed the school is continuing to deliver a high-quality programme of teaching and learning as well as attending to well-being, strategic partnerships and good governance. In regard to the question of ‘overall satisfaction’: this school meets the learning needs of my child – 96% of those who participated were in agreement. In response to the question: ‘my child is making good progress at this school – 92% were in agreement. This is the second time that Lutheran schools have used this particular survey tool so we were able to compare 2018 data against 2016 benchmarks. An area that was identified as of concern in 2016 was class disruptions due to student behaviours. Two years ago 52% of survey participants felt this was an issue. In the recent survey this has dropped to 29%. While we are obviously pleased that the percentage is decreasing this is something we will continue to focus on. Some of the strategies that were put into place since the last survey have been to focus on underlying causes for student disruption, often learning and/or behavioural needs. Teachers have undergone additional professional development to understand behavioural triggers as well as as how to better differentiate and meet the diverse learning needs of all students. An interesting observation related to communication from our Governing Council, specifically in regard to informing you of the School’s goals and direction. The 2016 survey results indicated that only 56% felt well informed. The recent survey indicated that 86% of respondents now feel that Governing Council is successfully communicating its goals and direction with the wider school community.
While we were very pleased with the results of the 2018 Quality schools Survey Good Shepherd is always looking for opportunities to grow in meeting the needs of our community. With this in mind the survey will provide us with valuable data as we identify areas to focus on and work towards making further improvements.
Finally, in closing, I am delighted to share with you that Mr Mick Emmett will teach the Year Four class whilst Mrs Renae Ruediger takes long service leave. Mick is a very experienced teacher having taught for 17 years. He commenced his teaching career at Nhill Lutheran School and went on to teach at Tanunda Lutheran School, Unity College, Hope Lutheran school, St. John’s Lutheran School and Lobethal Lutheran School. We look forward to Mick joining our team of dedicated teachers and sharing his gifts and rich experience with our school community. I know you will look out for Mick and make him feel most welcome as he joins the Good Shepherd family from next term.
IB PYP News – Student Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences (SLC) are formal conversations between a student and their parents, where the student takes control of sharing their learning journey. During this process, students discuss and demonstrate their individual strengths, successes, challenges, goals and areas for personal improvement.
Together with your child’s Learning Journey, mid-year progress report and end of year report these conferences are an important assessment tool, making students more accountable to their learning. The conferences are not merely a presentation of the student’s best work, but rather a selection made by the student and teacher to demonstrate the many facets of their learning journey. The conferences provide an opportunity for students to showcase and reflect on their learning with their parents and teachers, developing their communication and presentation skills.
At Good Shepherd, all students in Foundation to Year 6 will be part of Student Led Conferences. Year 7 students will take part in Exhibition later in the year on Wednesday 7th November. This year Student Led Conferences will be held on Wednesday 8th August for all students in Year F-6. This is a fantastic opportunity for you and your child to celebrate their learning. Information regarding times will be sent home early next term.
If you have any questions in relation to your child’s Student Led conference please do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assemblies Monday 4th June
Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
DILLON LADE – THINKER – In our Unit Of Inquiry you critically thought about the uses of plastic and creatively thought of ways we can reuse it in our classroom. You are a keen recycler.
Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz
EMMA SCHOLZ – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Emma created a presentation based on the Year 2 – 4 Job Expo which demonstrated a good understanding about a variety of different jobs.
Year 4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger
JED KLAU – PRINCIPLED – Jed has been very principled in his reading. He has been reading a significant amount the last few weeks, which has helped him get through those huge books !
Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann
THOMAS GASTON – COMMUNICATOR – Thomas thought of some creative inquiry ideas that the year 5’s could inquire into through the lens of the concept perspective for their future Unit Of Inquiry tasks and he confidently and clearly communicated these with the class. It was great to see him so engaged in the discussion.
Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan
KAYLEY SCHOLZ – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Kayley was knowledgeable when she presented her in depth study on the Asian World. Kayley worked incredibly hard and presented wonderful Information reports with detailed information.
Foundation / Year 1 Classroom Snapshot
THE BUSH GARDENS CELEBRATIONS OF RECONCILIATION WEEK
Riley & Campbell concentrate on a game of noughts and crosses.
ICAS Competitions held this week.
Thursday 14th – ICAS Writing
Just a thought.
SELF – ESTEEM
Healthy self-esteem is a child’s armour against the challenges of everyday living. Kids who feel good about themselves and have some healthy messages in their heads seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting pressures.
BE AN ENCOURAGER – fill your child’s emotional bank balance with:
AFFIRMATION – Positive statements about who they are – their qualities, character and potential.
ATTENTION – A gift of yourself – your time, energy and affection are focused on the child. The attention needs to have both quality and quantity.
APPROVAL – You see what they do and you like it! Children actually like to be assessed and judged but only when they can see that you are pleased with what they have done.
When they hit challenging situations, they will recall the empowering messages that you have given them – which they can think for themselves, make good choices and solve problems.
Fiona Lloyd, Chaplain
Monday 18th June
Build a Cubby
Monday 25th June
Let’s Dance – Musical Play
9.30am- 11.15am for playgroup, coordinated by Rebecca Klemm & Jim McCarthy.
Held in the Shepherd’s Hub (gymnasium).
For further information contact Rebecca on 0439 955 429.
Uniform Shop Hours
The Uniform Shop will now be open on Thursday mornings from 8.45am – 9.15am. If you are unable to come at this time the Uniform Order Forms are available from the front office.
SRC – ‘DAGGY DAY’ – Friday 29th June
On the last day of term the SRC have selected Daggy Day as their end of term event.
Come dressed in your Daggy / Sloppy / Trackie casual clothes.
This is a fundraiser for SRC initiatives, so please bring a gold coin donation.
BALL PIT BALLS
We are in need of more plastic small balls to top up our play ball pit in the Sensory Room / Rainbow Room. Do you have some at home you no longer want?
2019 / 2020 Enrolments
Do you have your sibling Enrolment Application Form in for the next coming years? Please check with Admin that we have you covered.
WEEK 1- FRIDAY 15th June
RECESS: Fruit Cup; watermelon, kiwi fruit & blueberries R: $1.50
LUNCH: Roast beef & gravy rolls L: $3.00
White roll, thinly sliced roast beef & gravy
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: Cheese & crackers $1.50
Cheddar cheese, cucumber, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoe & Jatz crackers
LUNCH: Soup – Pumpkin OR Chicken Noodle $2.50
Served with a dinner roll. Extra rolls .50c each
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
Pie Drive Collection of Orders:
From the Canteen in the Shepherd’s Hub
On: Tuesday 26th June
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Jackie Klau: 0403 317 595 or
Sarah Gripton: 0417 839 971
P&F Informal Social after School
Friday 22nd June
Venue: In the playground – weather permitting, otherwise it will be held in the Shepherd’s Hub (games for children).
Bring: BYO drinks and nibbles to share.
Come along to socialise in a relaxed environment and build our school community relationships.
Hope to see you there !
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|June 17||Pastor Graham’s last service – to be held at Angaston
10.30 am HC – followed by shared lunch
|June 24||8.45am HC Trad
Ps D Preuss
|—|| 10.45 am
KEVS Service Times
|June 17||10.00 am LR||11.00 am||9.15 am HC|
|June 24||11.00 am||9.00 am HC||—|
ARE YOU PLANNING SOME TRAVEL ?
ANGASTON CAMP AUSTRALIA OSHC
For more information contact Lillian on
0468 672 772 or email: sagoodshepherdangaston@oshccampaustralia.
Angaston Early Learning Centre
Barossa Blue Light Disco
GSLS Tea Towells
Are interested in a few more or would like one as a gift for a family or friend?
Contact Theresa in Admin
Cash for Schools - Coop
Products to look out for when your school families are in shopping:
- Foodland Jumbo Bread
- Foodland 2ltr Milk
Just a reminder that the Cash for Schools program has been extended until 10/07/18.