Good Shepherd Grapevine – 17 May 18

by May 17, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 This Week’s Rattling – “Staircase”

"Climb Those Stairs"

1 Peter 2:21

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Like many of you there have been times in my life where I have had the choice of using the stairs or using a lift or escalator. Most times I try to use the stairs, but sometimes I just don’t feel like it.
As a child I can remember being given the choice to either climb the stairs with my dad or use the lift with my mum. What I chose was often dependant on my mood or tiredness.
Have you ever had to climb a flight of stairs when you really didn’t feel like it?
In our lives we are often set tasks that may seem too hard or we may not feel like doing them.
Sometimes God will ask us to go or do something that we think is a little too hard. It is at those times that we must remember what God has done and continues to do for us.

When we are weak, then He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

We should get up and start climbing. Put your trust in what God could and would do if you would only take those steps.  Looking up at that steep stairway can be frightening, but we only need to take the first step with God in mind and the results will be in God’s capable care.  After all, we don’t have to climb all the way to Heaven – we don’t have to achieve all tasks at once. We only start the journey. God helps us every step of the way. It may not be how we want it, but he is there.

So, let us climb those stairs the Lord gives each of us every day, with a positive outlook for God is with us. One day we will reach the top of the ultimate staircase and can rest with great joy with him in Heaven.


Submitted by Melissa Emmett

Dear God,

Make us all willing to get up and start climbing; and may we hear your word and tell others about the marvellous things you do.


Upcoming Events


Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:


  • WHITE (Conley): Megan, Simon & Liam
  • ABDELMALEK: Sonya, Leo & Sam
  • AHRNS: Quentin, Serena & Jayden
  • ATYEO: Craig, Melinda, Imogen, Gypsy & Heath


  • Dan Hausler – Year 2/3
  • Pastor Graham – School Pastor
  • Rhian Doecke – Resources Coordinator/Library
  • Helen Westermann – German


  • Pray for Megan Conley’s father Bernard Conley who is recovering from heart surgery two weeks ago.
  • Praise God for our beautiful mothers and grandmothers at Good Shepherd who are doing a wonderful job raising their children and grandchildren. We hope you had a blessed Sunday celebrating Mothers Day.
  • We pray for our School Councillors as they prepare for the AGM on Tuesday 22 May.  God grant them the wisdom as they serve on the School Council for Good Shepherd.
  • Pray for the Well-Being Committee as they create opportunities for families and students for well-being in the school.


We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:

19  Campbell Pech
20  Blake Perryman
21  Samuel Scanlon
22  Emma Scholz
27  Brodie Heinrich


22  Priya Rathjen
26  Samuel Scanlon

Celebrating Confirmation of Faith

Past Students:
Denver Marschall
Corey Burgemeister
Ryan Noack
Joshua Steicke

May you continue to grow and be guided by Him in your life.

Principal’s News


Dear Parents,

Last week I spent some time in Hobart with Lutheran Principals from all over Australia exploring the theme of ‘Leadership in Challenging Times’ (and yes, I was there during the floods but that’s a whole other story). I was especially interested in the presentations given by social researcher Mark McCrindle and leading educator Dr Paul Browning. They talked about generational differences and the emerging profile of current and future students and their parents. There are clear generational differences and as a school we need to not only understand these differences but respond to them too. There were many challenges and interesting statistics put forward but also opportunities to consider how each of our learning communities are meeting the needs of our current generation and ’reading the future’ to plan for the needs of the next. I will be exploring these questions in more depth with school staff  in the coming weeks. I would like to thank Mrs Melissa Hooker for capability deputising in my absence while I attended the conference.

Next Tuesday is our AGM at 7.30 in the school library. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with the GSLS Governing Council who work hard to develop the strategic vision and initiatives of our school and to learn more about the progress of current projects.

Renae Ruediger is taking Long service Leave from the end of this term. The school is currently advertising for a contract teacher to fill this position. We wish Renae a well deserved break for adventures, rest and renewal. 

There has been increasing interest in the school from prospective parents who have been referred by current parents. I would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to parents who take the time to do this. Although we market the school in different ways, direct endorsement remains the most powerful approach to new families. If you are aware of families who are interested in attending the school please invite them to attend the next Principal’s Tours on June 6th or if this is not convenient I am happy to arrange a personal tour at any time. 


Anne Marschall


Progress Reports

In Semester 2, 2016 Good Shepherd changed formal reports enabling us to meet the regulations from the Australian Education Act (2013) and taking on board feedback from parents, through the Quality Schools Parent Survey at that time.  Later this term you will receive your child’s formal progress report for the first time in 2018.

It is important to note that teachers will report against the Australian Curriculum achievement standards.  The achievement standards describe the achievement and learning of ALL students, in terms of the depth of understanding and the sophistication of knowledge and skills and just as a classroom teacher will with curriculum areas taught by them specialist teacher’s will also report against these standards. There are however a couple of differences:

Physical Education is not reported separately to Health.  They are combined as one achievement standard.

Health & PE, The Arts and German are all curriculum areas reported on against achievement standards over two years and not one year like Maths, English and other curriculum areas.  The bands are as follows:

  • Foundation to Year 2
  • Year 3 to Year 4
  • Year 5 to Year 6
  • Year 7 to Year 8

If you have a child in Foundation, for example they will have until the end of year 2 to achieve what is required against the achievement standard in these curriculum areas.

Formal reports coming home later this term will be called “progress reports”.  These reports will give you an idea about how your child is progressing against the achievement standards for each curriculum area taking into account the curriculum taught and assessed to this point in time.  Term 4 will provide a summative formal report for the year.

If you have any questions in relation to the reporting process please do not hesitate contact me on my email at melissa.hooker@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au

Mel Hooker

PYP Coordinator

Student Awards & Results

Presented at Assemblies Monday 7th & 14th May

Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett

MICHAEL LEWIS – KNOWLEDGEABLE- Awarded to Michael for showing that he is knowledgeable about our Unit of Inquiry topic and interested to inquire and find out more about it.

OLIVIA HARVEY – CARING – Awarded to Olivia for the way she has been caring, considerate and respectful of others. Olivia also helps to look after our classroom resources.

MIA TRENWITH – RISK TAKER – Awarded to Mia for being a risk taker with her learning and attempting tasks independently that may seem hard at first. Mia tried to  find solutions to problems. 

SAMUEL SCANLON – PRINCIPLED – Awarded to Samuel for his honesty and acting fairly even though it affected him. Samuel showed respect for others and a willingness to stop and listen.


Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz

ADELAIDE SECOMB – KNOWLEDGEABLE– Adelaide has participated well in class discussions surrounding sustainability and was able to provide fantastic suggestions regarding how people could help look after the environment.

PRIYA RATHJEN – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Priya demonstrated that she is very knowledgeable about how people can look after the environment through her reduce, reuse and recycle flip book.


Year 4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger

MITCHELL HARVEY – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Mitchell showed good knowledge during math lessons when he used different strategies to solve problems involving adding and taking time.

JASLYN GRUNDEL – THINKER – Jaslyn used her thinking skills to solve many problems when coding Sphero through a maze.


Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann

MACKENZIE EDWARDS – INQUIRER – Mackenzie did a fantastic job inquiring into her family history for homework and she put in the extra effort to create a presentation for the class.

SCARLET SECOMB – INQUIRER – Scarlet did a fantastic job inquiring into her family history for homework where she researched her family tree to cover 10 generations. She also enthusiastically shared some artifacts and War Memorabilia from her family history with the class.

Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan

CLAUDIA ROLD – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Claudia strived to be knowledgeable during her math lessons when learning about the Cartesian plane. Claudia worked with confidence, was committed to her investigation tasks and worked independently.

LACHLAN MARSCHALL – THINKER – Lachlan strived to be a thinker during his Unit of Inquiry lessons. Lachlan used his critical and creative thinking skill to analyse and take responsible action on some complex problems. He made fantastic decisions.


Contributing a display to the Angaston Show got our creative juices flowing at the start of this year. Across the school, students collaborated with others to create monsters made from painted, textured cardboard. The array of little characters reflected the diverse imaginations of our students!

Little Monsters!

By Ella R

The F/1 class have studied faces in paintings, including their own, and showed off some great self-portraits. The Year 2/3 and 4 classes took a trip around the world by viewing famous visual artworks and saw how people are connected to various places and in many ways because of art. The students also practised the art making process using the techniques of some famous artists and demonstrated that similar art pieces can capture individual style (see The Arts’ room windows!).
The celebration of Easter and the ANZAC Day commemoration provided the scaffold for the Year 5,6 and 7 students to delve into the ways in which artwork expresses ideas, beliefs, values and feelings.

We love getting messy in the Arts room!

By Mackenzie

Hunter busy building bricks

This term, we have some exciting projects on the go. The F/1 class are exploring a variety of uses for materials and working together to build and deck out a fairy-tale castle, to enter into a “Bostik” school grant competition. The 5, 6 and 7 students are creating mosaic designs to go on the spool table and chair tops in Eden, incorporating Barossa native flora and fauna in their plans. The 2/3 and 4 classes enjoyed a cinema experience (complete with popcorn) and watched “Fantasia 2000”,  which will lead into an exploration of the ways in which musicians and instruments are organised to create group music.

Request for Craft Supplies

If you have any old tiles for our mosaic work, or know of someone who may, please let me know. We are very grateful for all the donations the Arts room receives. Thank you.

Josie Wundersitz

Sharli, Payton & Stevie getting creative

Fork Texture

B&L Cross Country

A great day for the Good Shepherd Cross Country team at last week’s district cross country event! Impressive results, fantastic sportsmanship and wonderful team spirit.

Charlize Campbell (3rd) and Ben Noack (4th) were automatic selections for the Barossa District Cross Country team whilst our Under 10 Boys (consisting of Ben Noack, Fletcher Smith, Jed Klau and Jadon Brandon) took out 1st place in the teams event for their age group.

Thank you once again to the parents who came along to cheer our runners on, with a special mention to Malcolm Scholz for lending us his shade tent and helping to put it up and down.

The Good Shepherd B&L Cross Country Team


Hi all,

Thank you, for the lovely welcome that I have received from the Good Shepherd Community. It is appreciated. What a lovely caring community we have here.

I found this article on the wall of my office which I would like to share.

Have a good week,

God Bless
Fiona Lloyde




I am hoping to get some supplies for a few future projects. If anybody has any of these items in draws or cupboards gathering dust, could I please take them of your hands.


  • Buttons – any shape or colour.
  • Odd shaped wine bottles
  • Craft wire

Students made Mothers Day cards in German lesson.

Some gorgeous work from students

Mothers Day Stall gifts available for students to purchase


Monday 21st May

Boxes, boxes,boxes

Monday 28th May

Cars & Trains


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.


Good Shepherd School AGM

P&F Social After School


Mum’s Night Out


Premier's Reading Challenge

Have you seen our Premier’s Reading Challenge display in the hallway outside the library? We have had 56% of students complete the reading challenge so far! Keep reading everyone, only 44% of students to go!
A massive THANK YOU to all families who supported the Scholastic Book Fair! Together we raised $324.50 towards books for the school. What a fabulous effort!
The 2018 PRC & ISA

STEM Reading & Design Challenge

If you would like to participate or need more information contact Rhian Doecke in the library.

SCHOOL PHOTO DAY – Thursday 31st May

Individually personalized and barcoded Student Envelopes and covering letter went home last week for school photo day.

Please note students are to wear WINTER FORMAL UNIFORM on this day.

  • Sibling Photo Order envelopes are available from the school admin office.
  • If you need a Spare Order form for Mum or Dad’s copy these are also available at the admin office.
  • All order forms need to be returned whether purchasing or not. Photos will be taken of each class group, individuals, sporting groups, school leaders, siblings/family group and a whole school photo.

Canteen News

RECESS: Corn on the Cob; lightly seasoned & buttered                       R: $1.00 each
LUNCH: Chicken Burger                                                                        L: $4.00 each
White roll with Linke’s Chicken Patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, carrot, mayo or BBQ sauce.
(Please specify ALL choices)

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: Jelly Cups – in House colours                                                                            $1.00
LUNCH:  Party Plate                                                                                                        $3.50
1x party pie, 1x sausage roll, 2x cocktail franfurt’s, cherry tomatoes, cucumber,
carrot sticks & cheese.

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
No pre-orders.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnandenberg
May 20
10.45am HC     8.45am Family             —
May 27
Holy Trinity
 8.45am HC
    —      10.45am HC

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
May 20 KEVS Service 10am HC at Eden Valley
Ps M Welke
May 27 10.00am LR 11.00am HC
Ps M Welke
9.15am HC
Ps M Welke

Working Together




Support the facility we have right here at Good Shepherd for all your before and after school hours care. Bookings essential.

For more information contact Lillian on
0468 672 772 or email: sagoodshepherdangaston@oshccampaustralia.

Angaston Early Learning Centre

The Angaston Early Learning Centre join us weekly at Good Shepherd for story time and book borrowing, buddy time as well as some sport fun.

Community News

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