Good Shepherd Grapevine – 15 August 2019
This Week’s Rattling – Harbour
Sailing Through the Storm
For the weekly rattling of harbour, I wanted to discuss the importance of ships and the importance the harbour brings for those who have to travel long distances.
One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side.” So they boarded their boat and were cruising across the Sea of Galilee, a large freshwater lake known for its unexpected storms. And sure enough, a storm came. This one was a doozy, because even the seasoned sailors were despairing of life.
Meanwhile, what was Jesus doing? He was asleep in the boat. The disciples woke Him up and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38). In other words, “Hey, Lord, are You paying attention? Don’t you care that we are going through this? Wake up and do something.”
So Jesus rebuked both the storm and the disciples. He turned to the storm and said, “Peace, be still!” (verse 39), and it stopped. But then He turned to His own disciples and said, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”. Jesus was saying, in effect, “Boys, you haven’t learned anything. I said, ‘Let’s cross over to the other side.’ I didn’t say, ‘Let’s go to the middle of the Sea of Galilee and drown.’ Jesus didn’t promise smooth sailing, but He did promise a safe passage.
It’s better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him. I would rather be in a fiery furnace with Jesus than in a palace without Him—or in a lion’s den with Jesus, or in a prison, or even shipwrecked. As long as I know the Lord is there, then I can get through it.
Remember, God is with you, regardless of what storm, regardless of what shipwreck you are going through right now. You are not alone. He cares. And He will never leave you or forsake you.
Heavenly Father, whatever storm life may bring our way, remind us to cling to you. For you are the one who calmed the seas with a single word. Amen.
Passage adapted by Greg Laurie
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- OSBORNE: Jessica, Zac and Zeke
- PALOFF: Stacey, Ben, Dakota, Lennix, Arlo & Gus
- PECH: Amanda, Andrew, Campbell, Spencer and Maddison
- PISANO/RANDALL: Gabrielle, Paul, Jacob & Ella
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Brenton Klau – Bus Driver/Cleaner
- Fiona Lloyde – Chaplain
- Lara Hepner – German Teacher
- Renae Ruediger – 3/4 Teacher
- Bless all of the wonderful Grandparents and special friends in our community that are able to share with us the strength and wisdom that time and experience have given them.
- We pray for the family of Malcolm and Cheryl Scholz on the arrival of their newest member, baby Rylan. Congratulations on this new little bundle of joy!
15 Tilly Barrett
21 Sam Abdelmalek
25 Jadon Brandon
27 Leo Abdelmalek
27 Sean McCarthy
27 Georgia Raymond
23 Jed Klau
31 Maya Klose
It has been a bit of a case of ‘now you see me, now you don’t’ over the last few days. Last Monday I spent the day in Adelaide with a group of principals and other senior leaders engaged in professional development. During the day I explored challenges and opportunities from a collaborative, systems based perspective defining our current reality and considering our preferred future vision for Good Shepherd. It was an exciting, focused day as we examined various case studies in our schools and engaged in generative listening and dialogue. I have been part of this professional development group (Leadership for the Emerging Future) throughout this year and have been actively sharing the skills and strategies that I am gaining with our Leadership Team and wider school staff. I look forward to these opportunities to meet with my peers and share my ideas and perspectives whilst growing and developing my own leadership capability.
The latter half of the week, Wednesday afternoon to Friday, was spent on a spiritual retreat with Lutheran principals from our region (South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia). We gathered at Port Lincoln to spend time in fellowship as we were led through a series of spiritual sessions around the theme of ‘Where am I?’ ‘How am I’ and ‘Who am I’. There was also time to tour Navigator Lutheran College as well as exploring the township of Port Lincoln. I really valued this time away from the busyness of day to day life at school to reflect on my personal spirituality, how that impacts my leadership, and in turn, the effect this has on our school.
Having said that it feels good to be back, recharged and eagerly anticipating the rest of the term with it’s many exciting events. Two events that I am particularly looking forward to are Grandparents and Special Friends Day next week and the Bonfire Night at the end of the month. These are the occasions that bring our school community together in a spirit of celebration and camaraderie. This year for the first time, parents are invited to get into the act for Book Week and also dress up (if they would like). It should be a hoot and I’m sure there will be much laughter as we relax and let our hair down, so to speak, with each other. Nurturing a connected community is a real priority for us and I know it’s a priority for you too. I see this in the efforts of our dedicated Parents and Friends committee and the staff in planning for these events and I greatly appreciate it. Many old friendships are renewed at Grandparents and Special Friends Day and many new friendships are created at the Bonfire Night. That’s what I love about Good Shepherd, it’s so much more than a school, it’s a family!
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Jayden Evans’ 6/7 Class
Our Year 7 students have enthusiastically begun the construction phase of their exhibition this year. The senior students are working on creating ancient structures to help their understanding of the life and culture of people from past civilisations. They are looking at the Colosseum, Pantheon and Sphinx, as well as housing from ancient Egypt.
Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Weeks 3 and 4:
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Jasper Podolski – Communicator – You share your ideas with confidence. You can explain your ideas clearly. You are improving in your listening skills and you participate in class discussions.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Lily Brooks – Caring – Lily shows she is caring when she takes the initiative to help others, even without being asked. She shows empathy and tolerance when working with a wide range of peers in small groups.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Jed Klau – Inquirer – Jed prepared some terrific questions about fishing to ask a prmary resource last week. He shared what he had learnt with Jadon in a clear and descriptive manner.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Zachary Gripton – Open Mindedness – Zachary has demonstrated great open mindedness this term as he has worked hard throughout exhibition to listen and accept others ideas.
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Sophie Doering – Risk Taker – Sophie has grown in confidence with taking risks in her learning and attempting tasks independently that may seem hard at first. Sophie tries hard to find solutions to problems and seeks help when needed.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Heidi-Pritchard-Gordon – Risk Taker – Heidi has approached the uncertainty of starting a new school with determination and confidence. She has sought out new friendships and has showed persistence and resilience while moving around on her crutches.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Oliver – Knowledgeable – Oliver was a great leader in his group when looking at decimals and measuring decimals with a meter ruler. He applied his knowledge and shared it with his group.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Felix Frost – Communicator – Felix has applied himself well as he works towards communicating his understanding of what life was like in the Barossa Valley’s past, significant events for the area and developments of systems or technologies.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Claudia Rold – Inquirer – Claudia demonstrated being an inquirer by researching and collecting resources for her exhibition out of school hours time and helping her group during her break times.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
‘RESILIENCE’ – It’s a real buzz word in our society. Here is an article that Parenting Place has created.
Adrienne from (Parenting Place) draws, on principles from the ‘Canadian Psychologist’ – Gordon Neufeld. His thoughts around resilience are challenging and game-changing for parents. There are different ways of talking about resilience. If we’re not careful, resilience can be a code word to describe how we really just want our kids to tough it out after a setback. Most parents want their kids to be successful. We want them to be able to handle a setback and still fire without fuss. But that’s not what real resilience is.
Real resilience is something quite different to ‘toughing it out’ – in fact it’s a lot noisier and messier than that. Adrienne shared that, “Real resilience is about returning to optimal functioning after a setback.” Another way to describe optimal functioning, is the ability to remain soft-hearted.
Let’s take the parenting lens off for a second – and think about what resilience looks like for us too, as adults. Resilience looks like us making it back to a good place after hard things happen. But you can’t return to a place you’ve never been before. So, how do we help our kids to have a foundation of emotional health?
We can’t have a resilient response without having known resilience to start with. Adrienne encourages us to think about resilience as looking like a triangle. I’m a visual learner, so this helps me a lot.
In simple terms, resilience is about three key elements (just like the three sides of a triangle) – feelings, rest, and play. When a person (of any age) is full of feelings, full of rest and full of play, they’re thriving.
True resilience starts with feeling your feelings:
True resilience starts with feeling your feelings. Emotional health is noisy. It often involves lots of squawking, complaining, frustration, opinions, being upset and annoyed. A child who is emotionally healthy is making noise about what’s going on in their world. Having the freedom to express their feelings and have them heard and responded to, goes a long way in growing resilience.
The opposite of a noisy child, is a quiet, unresponsive or withdrawn child who is internalising their frustration. Although the quiet is rather pleasant for us as parents most of the time, it can also be a troubling indication that there’s a whole lot of shut down going on. Silence can be playing quietly and confidently, or it could be building a wall to hide behind or as Adrienne puts it ‘having a defended heart’. To be emotionally healthy, we need to feel deeply. As parents we need to help our kids unlock their difficult feelings in a really healthy way.
REST – We need to give ourselves the same permission to stuff up occasionally too:
On the right side of the triangle, we’ve got rest. My colleague Jenny Hale writes, “A child who always strives to do right in every single area, is almost always an exhausted child.” We need to create spaces for our children to make mistakes and relieve them of the pressure of getting it right one hundred per cent of the time. Note to self – we need to give ourselves the same permission to stuff up occasionally too.
When a child isn’t resting in our love, they have to be constantly working hard to get our attention and affection. This creates a restlessness and anxiety in them. When everyone in the family is busy with this, that and the other thing – a child can sometimes need to over-work to get their parent’s attention. Sometimes what parents deem to be bad behaviour is just a child saying “Look at me, here I am. Meet me.” Allowing a child to rest in your time, love and attention has everything to do with developing resilience.
PLAY – The other side of the triangle is play:
Play only emerges when we’ve had our feelings heard and we’ve had enough rest. So, we start with the feeling, we find the rest, and then this amazing thing called play emerges. Play is what we were born to do, a spark of curiosity and creativity brings us to life. Play is where we lose track of time, it’s not outcome based and it’s energising.
Our attention and our affection are like fuel for our kids. Like a good solid meal, when our kids are full up of being seen, heard and understood by us, they have the capacity to venture out to explore and engage fully with their world. The opposite of play is emotional hunger, where our kids are so busy craving to have their needs met that they can’t access their imagination or creativity. Our kids need to play deeply for true resilience to emerge.
Maybe the most important thing you’ll read today is that being resilient is not dependent on a lack of adversity. I think that’s one thing that as parents we get really caught up with. We try and smooth the way for our kids to have a resilient kind of life experience. Resilience has nothing to do with a sweet life. Kids that experience enormous adversity can show some of the most phenomenal resilience. Why is that?
There’s a lot of research about resilience. What most of it points to, is that the ability to return to a healthy place ultimately depends on just one thing – the presence of a safe, trusted and responsive adult.
I love that idea. It’s unhooked from a perfect white picket fence life. A child just needs one safe and healthy attachment for this resilience to emerge. Resilience equals relationship, it’s actually that simple.
Hope you enjoyed this reading,
Jump Rope For Heart
Congratulations to all of our students and their families in helping us to support the Heart Foundation’s Jump Rope for Heart. Our Jump Off day was enjoyed by all (even the teachers). Your fundraising efforts have raised in excess of $3000. Let’s all jump for joy!
This year for Book Week students may dress up as a book character of their choice.
On Tuesday 20th August we will hold a book week parade in the Hub where students can show off their spectacular costumes! Where possible could students please have a copy of the book as they parade.
For the FIRST TIME we will have an opportunity for parents/carers/grandparents to parade also! We have seen the many amazing costumes you have made for the students. I cannot wait to see what you come up with for yourselves!
We will have various lunchtime activities in the library and outside for students to participate in throughout the week such as be your own superhero chalk activity, create your own comic story and CBCA shortlisted story time.
Looking forward to an exciting Book Week 2019!
Last Call for Online Registrations
Last term a letter went home to all family for anyone wishing to participate in the ICAS Assessment, targeting high achievers. It has moved to an online registration this year. Registrations have been extended but will be closing soon.
If you are having any issues registering please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance.
If you have any of the following items around home that you no longer need, please consider donating them to the Art room:
- newspapers, preferably with no staples
- plastic lids from milk/orange juice containers (washed please)
- shoe boxes.
|WEEK 5 – FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST|
|LUNCH:||Butter Chicken – Homemade with carrots served with white rice, green beans and broccoli.||$4.00|
|WEEK 6 – FRIDAY 30th AUGUST|
|RECESS:||Spaghetti and toast||$1.50|
|LUNCH:||Hamburger – White roll, beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato with choice of tomato or BBQ sauce.||$2.50|
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
A reminder that term three fees are due by Friday 23rd August 2019 unless you have an agreed payment plan in place.
Please note 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.
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.
Please note that the sports and special group photographs are now available to be ordered as per details below. Group photos are also on display on the school noticeboard.
Please collect order forms from the Front Office. Orders are due by 30th August 2019.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|August 25||8.45am HC||10.30am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|August 18||5.30pm||11.00am HC||9.15am HC|
|August 25||11.00am HC||9.00am HC||Lunch 12.30pm
Monday 19 August
Book Week Parade
Monday 26 August
Father’s Day Craft