Good Shepherd Grapevine – 18 June 2020
With all of the events across the world over the last few months, it may be difficult sometimes to recognise the wonderful daily blessings in our lives that our Lord provides for us. The following devotion taken from www.lca.org.au/daily-devotion highlights that if we look past the worries and concerns, there are many blessings too, no matter how small they may seem, each one is a reminder of God’s everlasting love.
Thank God for Radishes
by David Folker
‘Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change’ (James 1:17).
Like many Australian families during the lockdown, we signed up to have a box of fruit and vegetables delivered to our home each week. We are never going back. One of the trade-offs for such convenience is that each week you get a couple of surprises. This week it was radishes. Yes, radishes. I don’t think I’ve ever tried them before. No one in our family had, so I went to a bit of effort to cook them with as much flavour as possible.
Part of our night-time routine is to pray together. On this particular evening after dinner, with all the sincerity in the world, my daughter thanked God for radishes. And the bunnies that eat them.
We have so much that we can learn from children. Jesus himself told us that none could enter the kingdom of heaven unless we become like them (Matthew 18:3). Is this the reason why?
Children are bursting with wonder for the little things. I sometimes think that as we get older, we have a propensity to magnify our concerns instead. Sure, there are a lot of worries at the moment. Possibly more so than any other season in our lives to date. But there are many blessings too. Sometimes they are so small that we fail to notice them. That doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Start each day with a fresh perspective and go searching for the blessings with eyes like a child.
What are your radishes? Thank God for your radishes today.
Dearest Father, your blessings are new every morning. Thank you that goodness and mercy will follow me all of my days. Help me to see every drop of your favour on my life. May each fresh revelation point me to your everlasting love. Amen.
Submitted by Rebecca Klemm – PYP/Curriculum Coordinator and PE Teacher
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- LEGGETT: Tammy, Chris, Riley, Georgia & Dylan
- LEWIS: Lucy, William, Michael & John
- LINKE: Chris, Darren, Cassandra, Joanna, Angela & Wiliam
- LIU: Freddie, Ruby, Richie & Reming
- LLOYD: Julia, James, Jemima and Annabel
- MATHEWS: Kelly, Jason, Lilly, Isabella, Mitchell and Annie
- Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
- Pastor Rob Borgas – Angaston Lutheran Parish
- Selena Grundel – LSO
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Brenton Klau – Bus Driver/Cleaner
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
- Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Pastorate
This week we pray that you bless and guide the school Project Control Group as they continue planning for the new upper primary classrooms building project.
9 Richie Liu
10 Natalia Leon
12 Will Pitman
14 Jesse Brandon
14 Charli McGorman
17 Aimee Gripton
17 Annabel Lloyd
24 Mitchell Mathews
28 Dylan Leggett
1 Benjamin Noack
This will be my last newsletter for term two. You may remember that my final term one newsletter was written at my dining room table as the school had gone into lockdown and we were all working and learning remotely from home.
A lot has happened in the intervening weeks and months. The majority of students returned to face to face learning by the third week of term two and we were delighted to have them back filling the classrooms with the happy noise of children. But it wasn’t the same. It wasn’t ‘business as usual’. Some things disappeared off our calendars and others were reimagined so that they could continue in different ways. Most of the children were back but most of the parents weren’t and none of the volunteers were able to come in. It’s been a strange year but one where we have learnt a lot about ourselves.
We have learnt that we are adaptable and can do things very quickly when we have to. We discovered that we are resourceful and creative and have growth mindsets that are willing to try new things, make mistakes and learn from them. And most importantly of all we have learned that we are a hopeful and hope filled community where we may be apart but we have become closer than ever, looking out for each other and finding new ways to connect and care.
Term three will see further changes for our school as restrictions ease. We will be able to do more things together, but we are not rushing into too much just yet. We will keep you updated as we work through what is best for our community. We do know that we can start term three with Chapel at 9.00am on the 20th July. Parents will need to register before entering Chapel. Seats for adults will be spaced 1.5 metres apart (students do not need to comply with this).
What we don’t want to do is squeeze too many of our annual events into the latter part of the year in the hope that restrictions will ease still further. This wouldn’t be a wise approach for students or staff and would potentially make term four overwhelming in terms of events and workload. So, with this in mind, events such as Student Led Conferences will go ahead as scheduled in term three but, as with other things, this year they may be delivered a little differently.
You may also be wondering what is happening with the new upper primary classrooms building project. We had hoped to commence this in the July school holidays but unfortunately, we have experienced some delays. It is still going ahead but at this point the project won’t commence until mid-term three. As with the building of the junior primary classrooms, there will be some disruptions around the school. The current middle and upper primary students will be temporarily relocated in other leaning spaces within the school. It’s not ideal but will definitely be worth the inconvenience to have new classrooms incorporating current research to support the best environment for teaching and learning.
And finally, the GSLS School Board has a vacancy that they would like to fill this year. Our Board is served by people with a diverse skill set which supports the strategic directions of the school’s Action Plan. Currently we are looking for a new member who can bring marketing experience to the Board. If this sounds like you and you would like to know more about serving the school in this way please contact the Board Chair, Chris Linke, for an application.
Classroom Snapshot – German Lessons with Frau Zeller
It has been really exciting to link the German curriculum with the various Units of Inquiry the different year levels were investigating this past semester. We thereby not only focused on language use and grammar but also on cultural aspects of the German speaking countries in the world, making connections between language and cultural values and traditions.
As an example, all year levels have started in week 7 learning about the tradition of celebrating Saint Martin’s day. As we are quickly approaching the shortest day of the year, we brought these beautiful winter traditions into the German classroom by making lanterns, learning about the story of St Martin and translating and singing lantern songs. We looked at images and examples of different customs from different places in Germany and Switzerland related to lantern parades and covered some vocab relating to St Martins day.
Adapting to the various skill levels of the different age groups, the children have made three different designs of paper lanterns which they will be able to bring home before the end of the term. I would have loved to being able to make turnip lanterns with them as is the tradition in my native Switzerland, but as this wasn’t possible as a whole school, I have posted some information and instructions about this on Seesaw for all families to access from home. I hope you will have lots of fun with this craft activity and I am looking forward to some of your pictures soon!
These are the first verses of the two lantern songs we will learn in class this week:
PYP News – Learner Profile Focus
Connecting to Literature
Did you know a story can be more than just a story!! Many of our fiction books in the library help to develop an understanding of the Learner Profile attributes embedded within the PYP curriculum.
Our current focus in connecting to literature is Thinker and Inquirer.
If you are a Thinker you can
- Use critical and creative thinking skills
- Solve complex problems
- Use initiative to make reasoned decisions
Being an Inquirer means
- Learning independently and with others
- Nurturing curiosity
- Having an enthusiastic love of learning throughout life
We have many books in the library that reflect the attributes of the learner profile within the story and recently in Library lessons Mrs John has been sharing and discussing these with classes.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 8 – Monday 15 June 2020|
|FDN||Matita Schroeder||Principled||Matita is honest and fair. She tries hard to do the right thing and share and play well with others. She is helpful. and respectful towards the property of others and of the school|
Felix is always keen to learn from new experiences and positively reflects on situations and how they impact others and himself. Felix is also learning how to approach uncertain moments with confidence.
Cooper is honest and fair. He works hard to uphold the class essential agreement and encourages others to do the same with care and consideration.
|3/4||Campbell Pech||Principled||Campbell has been making an effort to ensure that he is making sensible decisions that will make learning more effective. He is also showing leadership by suggesting and modelling good behaviour to his friends..|
|5/6||Casey Rowe||Communicator||Casey’s review on the movie Coco communicated her opinion beautifully. Casey used descriptive language to describe the characters in the movie and expressed her opinion clearly.|
|6/7||Benjamin Noack||Communicator||Benjamin showed great communication with his group on our Inquiry unit. He is working hard to lead his group and showing good communication to keep his team on track.|
The P&F have had a quiet term due to Covid-19 restrictions. We have had to cancel events like our Mums Night Out and our Just Because breakfast but rest assured we are still planning away.
Term 3 will have us having our annual Bonfire Night earlier than usual on Friday 7th August from 4:30pm. This year’s Bonfire Night will be different because of COVID – 19 restrictions. The P&F won’t be able to provide dinner; it will be a BYO event. You will also need to register your attendance as you arrive, be spaced 1.5 metres apart and remain seated as much as is practicable during the night.
We will also be doing the Pie Drive in Week 6 so look out early in Term 3 for the order forms.
Unfortunately due to all the uncertainty we have had to cancel the Spring Fling planned for Term 4. Our next meeting on Monday 20th July at 9:30am in the HUB will be brainstorming something exciting to take its place. If you can’t make the meeting and have a great family friendly idea on an event please let us know.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
This weeks insight is by Michael Gross, a founder of Parenting ideas, and is one of Australia’s leading educator. It is on ‘What Content Are Children Watching’? A brilliant article, that explains the importance of what we let our children watch. As, it has an impact on our attitudes, behaviour and wellbeing.
Wishing everybody a wonderful time, during our July holiday break.
Gods richest blessings,
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
What content are children watching?
Viewing standards, like standards of acceptable behaviour, have subtly shifted over time. Sex scenes, physical violence or violent language is now a common part of adult content, which has a desensitising effect on parents. Desensitisation leads to acceptance and a higher level of exposure to children.
Does fitting in play a part?
Advertisers know that children’s pester power can play a significant role in the type of foods that go into the shopping trolley, which influences how food is packaged and promoted. Pester power plays a similar role in the choice of movies and television programs that we allow children to watch. “All the other kids have seen this movie?” is the type of comment from a child that hits a nerve for many parents, who rightfully want their child to fit in with their peers.
What are the risks?
There are many concerns about children being exposed to adult content in movies, television programs and the computer games. Here’s a summary:
Exposure to content that requires complex adult interpretation can be deeply confusing and disturbing to children. They often have difficulty discerning reality from what they are viewing on television so that they can developed a warped world view. The impact may not be immediate, but will show itself increasingly over time when children’s attitudes towards sex, their peers or authority reflect the on-screen content they’ve been viewing.
Impact on attitudes and behaviour
Children are like sponges soaking up what they see and hear. Viewing parent-sanctioned programs that display disrespectful behaviour toward women, abuse of alcohol and drugs, and shows violence as normal have a powerful impact on the attitudes and behaviour of children. Viewed often enough, young minds can interpret these types of inappropriate behaviours as normal.
Impact on wellbeing
According to the Australian Council on Children and Media (ACCM) there is significant evidence that exposure by children to adult movies and programs leads to the development of exaggerated fears; causes loss of sleep and increases childhood anxiety. ACCM claims that “these fears are not insignificant and can be long lasting.”
What can you do?
There are a number of actions you can take to ensure the content that children consume is appropriate for their age level, including:
Follow classification guidelines
Become familiar with the Government classification guidelines for movies, television programs and games. Understand what they mean and develop the habit of checking the classification rating of each new piece of content that children will be watching or interacting with.
It’s easier than ever to find out for yourself the suitability of content for a child or young person. Research methods include vetting a television program yourself for suitability; searching online for views and opinions before allowing your child to watch a movie; reading reviews of online games to ascertain suitability.
Talk with other parents
It’s easy to feel isolated as a parent, which makes you more susceptible to children’s pester power. Just as children have a propensity to gang up on parents (“Everyone in my class is watching that movie”), parents can gain the strength that comes with numbers when they talk with each other (“I’ve just checked with some mums and no one is allowing their child to watch that movie”).
Many current community concerns about children such as the increase in anxiety levels, disrespectful relationships and a propensity towards aggression is mirrored in the content many children consume in movies, television and games. It would be folly to suggest that inappropriate content consumption is the root cause of these maladies, however winding back the viewing habits of children to reflect more closely their developmental levels would have a surprisingly positive impact.
A huge THANK YOU to our very own Mrs John for organising this week’s successful Book Fair. We are hoping any commission received will go towards expanding our Graphic Novel collection.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Thank You Richie
This week Richie’s family business kindly donated to our school some hand santiser. We are very appreciative of the various support shown by many of our school families this term.
BYO Gum Boots
Recent rain has brought our creek bed to life and it has been a very attractive area for our students to explore and discover during recess and lunch breaks. We certainly encourage our student’s natural curiosity and ask that you provide gum boots for your child to wear at school during breaks if they would like to use this area. Please ensure boots are named.
Swimming and Camp Fees
Any fees that may have already been paid towards swimming lessons or the 5/6/7 camp will be credited to school accounts. If your account is in credit and you would like to arrange a refund please send an email to our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure that you also provide bank account details.
School fees for Term 2 are now overdue. Please contact Sarah Loveday to discuss alternative payment arrangements if required.
We are very mindful of the increasing economic impact that COVID-19 is having on many of our school families. Please be assured that we understand. We have directly contacted those families that we are aware of who are experiencing financial stress to offer support. If you are also finding this time financially challenging, and have not yet been contacted, please make it a priority to contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday, for a confidential discussion about how we will support you.
School Card Scheme 2020
Did you know that limits for the school card have now been increased. So you may now be eligible if you have not been in the past. Applications for the School Card Scheme are available online. To check if you are eligible click on the following link or contact Sarah Loveday for further information.
Golden Years at Good Shepherd
Whilst rummaging through our compactus we came across some very interesting and memorable photos. These images are too good to be hidden in the archives so we’ve introduced “Golden Years at Good Shepherd” and plan to share these golden oldies with you each fortnight. We would also love for our alumni community to share with us their ‘Golden Years at Good Shepherd’ by emailing any photos or memories you may have to email@example.com.
Miss Zanker’s Year 3 class performed “Queen of Hearts” in the 1985 school concert.