Good Shepherd Grapevine – 15 March 2018
This Week’s Rattling – “Cage”
CAGED AND FREE
Does a cage trap, or does it protect?
Once there was a bird, tiny and twitty, fluffy and fine. It sung through the bars of its home from the first light breaking through the window in the morning until the last ray blanketed out at night. It was a proud, happy bird, taking delight in the sound of its own whistles and tweets, shrills and chats. It danced on the flow of its own melody, this way and that, up and down, around and over. It had all it needed – space to preen its wings and nibble its claws, food to crunch, water to splash, a bell to ring and even a little friend just like him who seemed to know all his tunes and sang along just as he did. Sometimes the Great Giants would visit and send him new tunes with their voices, or give him sweet treats, or rattle his home until it was clean. Life was grand.
‘Hey Tweetster,’ said the Big Cat one day, through the bars of the bird’s home. ‘You’d love it out here. So much room to fly! Places to perch! Toys to rattle, bits to chew! You have to get the Great Giants to LET YOU OUT.’
The little bird stopped singing to ponder the Big Cat’s words. He blinked through the bars of his home out toward the vast, airy space and felt a tingling in his wingtips, a flutter in his heart and a churning in his stomach.
And the Big Cat just licked his lips.
Is a cage to restrict freedom, or a safe haven from predator attack?
If a cage dweller is safe, is it not free?
God gives us a grand place to live. He gives us His story, to repeatedly remind us of His love and His plan for us. He gives us an understanding of how to live to be our best selves. We are safe in Him. Most marvellously, we are also safe to explore vast spaces and fly freely, because Jesus’ resurrection has blanketed us in His loving protection and taken away certain death. The ‘Big Cat’ is conquered!
John 8: 31 – 32
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Written by Josie Wundersitz, Year 2/3 & The Arts.
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- QUALTER: Joseph, Louise Kernick & Senspri
- RATHJEN: Jarred, Tracy, Priya & Jobe
- RAYMOND: Peter, Melissa, Emily & Georgia
- RIEDL: Paul, Zoe, Tallan & Abigael
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- John Morgan – Caretaker
- Brenton Klau – Cleaner/Bus Driver
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- For our students as they continue to develop their social skills and friendships. We praise God for the loving way they have shown their caring toward others in and out of the classroom.
- We pray for Pastor Erik as he undertakes the big job of relocating all his wonderful paddock projects and the difficult decisions to make when moving interstate.
We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:
18 Thomas Gaston
20 Dillon Lade
22 Sam Klau
24 Alannah Trinne
25 Sienna McMartin
27 Kayley Scholz
17 Emma Scholz
17 Kayley Scholz
21 Calum Klose
22 Georgia Leggett
29 Erin Heinrich
We were blessed with wonderful weather for Sports Day last Friday. The sun was warm but there was a lovely breeze for most of the day and Malcolm Scholz’s misting tents took the edge off the heat. Congratulations to the winning team, George, under the leadership of Captains Tristan Pearson and Martin Vasica-Rohlach. Thanks also need to go to our amazing P and F for once again catering for all our families and visitors and also the teachers and especially Dan Hausler for coordinating this event.
I always receive such lovely feedback about our sports days and this year was no exception. It’s interesting what people notice and appreciate. It’s not the variety of events nor the attention to athletic techniques. It’s the deeper stuff. The real stuff. Older children helping younger children to finish events, respectful rivalry between the Houses and the way in which families enter into the spirit of the day. These are the things that we do well and we do them well because we intentionally focus on them. We believe that these are important values that shape the character of our children and continue to support them well after they have finished their primary school journey. Leadership, kindness, perseverance, these attributes really shine in our students and it’s great to receive positive comments about them.
We also focus very intentionally on improving student outcomes for all of our students. We have had a strong focus on the development of literacy skills and throughout 2017 (and also this year) our teachers’ professional development has focused on mathematics. We have invested in meaningful, longitudinal professional learning across the school which has led to interrogation of student data to challenge ourselves, change practices and continue to grow and learn as educators. Last week I received the following email from Robert Randall, CEO of ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority).
I am pleased to advise that ACARA has identified your school as having demonstrated substantially above average gain in reading and/or numeracy achievement, as measured by NAPLAN. Since 2013, ACARA has been releasing information on schools that demonstrate substantially above average gain in their NAPLAN results, as students progress from Year 3 to Year 5 and from Year 7 to Year 9. On behalf of ACARA, I would like to extend my congratulations to you and your school community on this achievement. Improvement in student literacy and/or numeracy of this magnitude, as measured by NAPLAN, is significant and worthy of highlighting and acknowledging.”
This is a fantastic endorsement of our dedicated team of teachers and their efforts to improve the outcomes of individual students over the years. It also highlights, yet again, the attention that teachers are able to give to individuals in smaller schools. That personal attention and care really does make a huge difference to each child.
Next week I am holding Principal’s tours on the 22nd March. Spread the news, go to our Facebook page and ‘share the ‘principals tour event’, let all your friends know. If they can’t make the tours on the 22nd
I am always happy to lead personal tours at any time.
And finally, I am pleased to announce that Fiona Lloyde will commence as our new Chaplain on April 4th. Fiona comes to Good Shepherd with a wealth of experience having previously served as a Chaplain at Mundulla Primary School and Keith area School. She lives locally in Tanunda with her family and is very excited about undertaking this important role in our school. I know that you will join with me in making Fiona feel most welcome as she settles into the Good Shepherd ‘family’.
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assembly Monday 5th March.
Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
ALEXANDER JOHNSON- COMMUNICATION & CARING – Awarded to Alexander for confidently expressing his ideas in class brainstorms, yet patiently waiting for his turn and listening to others. He was also kind and caring towards others, especially when holding the door open for others.
Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz
MAX GASTON – COMMITMENT & CONFIDENCE – Max was acknowledged by his swimming instructor as having wonderful listening skills and being confident to try anything asked of him.
Year 4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger
ERIN HEINRICH – CONFIDENCE – Erin is confident in her ability as a learner, has courage to take risks and applies what she has learnt, which has especially been evident in our EDEN project.
Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann
BRAYDEN EVANS – COMMITMENT & CONFIDENCE – Brayden has worked hard to improve the commitment and confidence he demonstrates towards his learning. It was great to see him put in a big effort on his Unit of Inquiry Mission Statement and his writing.
Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan
RILEY SECOMB – COOPERATION – Riley demonstrated cooperation when leading Sports Day sessions with the whole school. Riley demonstrated excellent leadership skills and worked collaboratively with the Angas House Captain to ensure they were organised and well prepared.
Classroom Snapshot – Year 4 The Year 4 Class has been looking at different ways people connect to places
The Year 4 class looked at reasons why people may go to places. They identified a country they were interested in and created their top 3 reasons why they think someone would visit the country. They shared their findings to the school at assembly. Some reasons were the interesting animals, the food and different sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Pyramids.
The 2/3/4 students created a post for Facebook to help connect them to the world. People have responded and students wrote the town, country and found the flag and identified where the place was on a world map. Please help us to connect to the world by sharing our post.
Our page is ‘Help GSLS discover the world’.
In Maths students have been looking at different ways maths connects us to places. They brainstormed ways that maths can help them connect to the Melbourne Zoo and then they spent time finding out what they could discover. Some students chose to see how much it would cost to fly to Melbourne and the distance that would take and then the distance from the airport to the zoo. Students also explored the price of different combinations of people flying. Another student discovered it was 74,100,000cm to drive there.
Year 4 Teacher
Congratulations everyone. We are a team and everyone played a part in making sports day great. It was hot on the day but so was the school spirit. My apologies for any distressed students due to eliminating events or reducing them but ulitmately their welfare is my number 1 priority. Thanks for EVERYONE who played a part … a super team effort!
I wish we could bottle sports day spirit, it would be in high demand!
Congratulations to George House Team
Well done to George House team on winning the points on the day.
KNOCK OUT CRICKET
Good Shepherd / Keyneton / Light Pass Cricket Teams
Last Thursday Good Shepherd/Light Pass/Keyneton primary school’s had their first round of knockout cricket. From our school we had Zac Gripton, Tyson Grundel, James Noack, Liam White, Sam Klau, Joel Brandon and Tristan Pearson.
Good Shepherd/Light Pass/ Keyneton bowled first and bowled Lenswood/Lobethal out for 111. Tyson Grundel took a catch off Zac Gripton’s bowling and James Noack took two wickets.
Next Good Shepherd/Light Pass/Keyneton batted and we were 3 for 208. Tyson Grundel made 21 runs, Zac Gripton made 36, Tristan Pearson made 11, and James Noack, Joel Brandon, Sam Klau and Liam White all made 1 run.
Our next match is against Angaston Primary.
Written by Tyson Grundel & Zac Gripton.
RHC Building Group
Parents and Community Members,
We are the RHC Building Group. We are constructing an exciting project for the whole school to play with.
In order to do so we need some materials and were wondering if any of our wonderful GSLS community have any excess materials that they could donate. We need:
- 2 bags pre mixed cement
- Chicken wire – 90mm wide
- 2 old tyres
- Black oxide
- 30cm mix of PVC piping
Thank you for your support and we look forward to showing you are project when it is completed.
Riley Secomb, Heath Atyeo and Calum Klose
Last week I was lucky enough to participate in a ‘Code Club Teacher Training’ PD run by Code Club Australia held in Nuriootpa. This PD was designed to equip teachers with the confidence and ability to implement the digital technologies curriculum. It involved learning about the idea that the digital technologies curriculum aims to help students to develop their computational thinking. Computational thinking is a higher-level critical thinking skill. It’s thinking about the problems and solutions in our world and representing these in a form that enables technology to help solve them. Computational thinking also helps students to understand how technology and machines work around them, how they can analyse and structure information and how they can break down problems in to smaller parts to solve them.
The Code Club PD helped me to further understand the benefits of computational thinking and problem solving and how this could look in a school setting. It also shared different software and hardware devices that can be easily utilised to help with this, in particular coding language like ‘Scratch’ and ‘Python’.
From this I am now really looking forward to starting a lunch time ‘Code Club’ in Term 2 where students will learn about the programming language of Scratch. They will learn about how to program a character to behave in certain ways, identify and solve problems and come up with creative solutions to different tasks put to them. I also look forward to sharing more about this learning with my fellow colleagues to benefit all students in the school.
A reminder that ICAS orders are due on MONDAY 19th MARCH.
If you have lost your letter please see Theresa in the office for another copy.
Parent - Teacher Interviews
Tuesday 27th March & Wednesday 28th March
A reminder for Parent – Teacher interview preferred timeslot booking sheet is due back tomorrow, Friday 16th March.
If no preference timeslot is received a time will be allotted to you from the remaining available space.
WEEK 1- FRIDAY 16th MARCH
RECESS: Smoothies – Banana or Berry R: $2.00
LUNCH: Sushi – Choices from: L: $3.00 each
Teriyaki Chicken, Tuna, Salmon & Avacado, Vegetarian Combo,
Fresh Prawn Roll and Tempura Chicken.
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
WEEK 2 – FRIDAY 23rd MARCH
RECESS: Muffins – Banana Choc Chip or Blueberry Crumble R: $1.00
LUNCH: Pasta Bolognaise – Beef mince in a tomato sauce, spiral pasta & cheese L: $3.50
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
Jaymee Klose – 0400 666 478 – email@example.com
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|Mar 18||10.45am HC||8.45 am HC||—|
|8.45am HC||—||10.45am HC|
Combined Service at Angaston
*Wednesday March 21 – 7:30pm Parish Lenten Service at Angaston
KEVS Service Times
Ps K Pfitzner
|Mar 25||9am HC
Ps M Welke
|10am LR||11am HC
Ps M Welke
|KEVS Combined Service at Springton||7.30pm HC|
We encourage parents with young children to come along on Monday at:
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.
Monday 19th March
PLAYGROUP SPORTS DAY
Monday 26th March
EASTER CRAFT & EGG HUNT
Angaston Early Learning Centre
ARE YOU PLANNING SOME TRAVEL ?
ANGASTON CAMP AUSTRALIA OSHC
For more information contact Lillian on 0468 672 772 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org