The Next Right Thing
This term, the Foundation students have been investigating how we are all created as unique individuals and how this contributes to the richness of a learning community.
This is an excerpt from a podcast by one of my favourite Authors, Emily P. Freeman along the same theme. I encourage you to listen to her podcast “The Next Right Thing.”
“In his book, Sacred Pathways, Gary Thomas talks about nine different spiritual or what he called “sacred pathways.” We will most likely resonate with at least one of them, probably a mix of them. And we might even change the different ways we connect with these different pathways over time.
#1. The Naturalist – This person feels closest to God outside in the middle of creation, whether it’s in the mountains, the forest or near the ocean. Being in nature awakens the naturalist to God’s presence and beauty.
#2. The Traditionalist – This person loves God through the historic dimensions of the faith like rituals, symbols, and liturgy. This person might enjoy praying the Psalms or following fixed prayer and maybe celebrating all the seasons of the Christian calendar.
#3. The Contemplative – This person seeks God through quieter disciplines, such as solitude, meditation, journaling. When it comes to experiencing their walk with God through their five senses, a contemplative might be more apt to use their ears or even their eyes.
#4. The Visionary – This person loves God by dreaming big or dreaming a great dream and setting out to accomplish it. The visionary feels God’s presence and delight as she uses her gifts for his kingdom. Not just of what is, but of what could be.
#5. The Socialite – This person connects with God best around other people journeying with and confiding in them for the socialite community plays a vital role in experiencing God’s presence.
#6. The Intellectual – This person loves God through using her mind to think deeply about God and matters of theology. Faith is something to be understood as much as to be experienced.
#7. The Caregiver – This is someone who loves God by being compassionate and loving others. Even if it means significant sacrifice, this person believes he or she is serving Christ. When he serves those who are in need, finding the act to be energizing rather than draining.
#8. The Worshiper – This person experiences God through joyful celebration and music. She wants to linger in the awe in the beauty and the splendor of God and loves to express action for him through song or art or some other medium of expression.
#9. The Activist – This person loves God by fighting for justice. She’s compelled by a vision of the world where God’s kingdom is fully present, believing she must stand up for the marginalized and confront those who oppress others.
Now I know that we are all a mix of all of these personalities, and I don’t even know if this is an exhaustive list, but I do think that considering the different ways or pathways by which we all experienced, God can be really helpful. And thinking about how our faith manifests itself differently, depending on our faith background, our current season of life, our personality, and also which of the five senses that we might tend to turn to more often, it just seems like that we can very easily disconnect our faith and our minds from our lived experience, but that’s just not the way Jesus did it.
He came to earth as a person and walked among us with experiences and he had those five senses and arguably a lot more senses through which he not only experienced God, his father, but also the people and the places around him.
In the words of John O’Donohue, “May the touch of your skin register the beauty of the otherness that surrounds you. May your listening be attuned to the deeper silence where sound is honed to bring distance home. May the fragrance of a breathing meadow, refresh your heart and remind you, you are a child of the earth. And when you partake of food and drink, may your taste quicken to the gift and sweetness that flows from the earth. May your inner eyes see through the surfaces and glean the real presence of everything that meets you. May your soul beautify the desire of your eyes, that you might glimpse the infinity that hides in the simple sites that seem worn to your usual eyes.”
I hope this simple reflection can be a kind encouragement as you move about your day and simply do your next right thing in love.”
Submitted by Fiona McDonald
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- CAMERON: Jamie, Anna, William, Grace, Sarah and Maddie
- COOPER: Rhiannon, Anthony, Bella, Evie & Ethan
- DOECKE: Amy, Craig, Austin & Daisy
- DOERING: Kyle, Sophie & Rachel
- Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Parish
- Selena Grundel – LSO
- Brenton Klau – Bus Driver
- Fiona Lloyde – School Chaplain
3 Deacon Grieger
3 Priya Rathjen
9 Amelia Emmett
16 Amelia Schroeder
18 Sarah Cameron
23 Zack Hunter
26 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon
28 Parker Brooks
31 Samuel Spiteri
1 Heath Atyeo
8 Jobe Rathjen
15 William Linke
17 Karlo Scholz
21 Calum Klose
22 Georgia Leggett
29 Erin Heinrich
This week we pray for Sophie and Jarrad Byrne and family on the safe arrival of baby Olivia. May God continue to bless them all as they enjoy each precious moment that a new baby brings into the family home. It looks like big sister, Lillie is on hand to help mum whenever it’s needed.
Have you ever wondered how so much ‘stuff’ gets done at Good Shepherd? I don’t mean the day to day things but all the extras that make our school so special. Our secret is parent and community support. We simply don’t have the people power on our small staff to do everything that we would want to do but we have a very committed group of people who serve on committees, subcommittees and informal committees such as the Vintage Float committee. It was actually after the last vintage float meeting that I started thinking more deeply about all these groups. As Principal I’m across all of them but I wonder if the school community is aware of just how many groups there are supporting Good Shepherd, enabling us to do the ‘extras’?
Many of you would be aware we have a school Board. This is chaired by Neville Grieger. The Board meets regularly to ensure the strategic goals of the School’s Action Plan continue to progress. They are committed to ‘the big picture’ vision of the master plan as well as ensuring that risks to the school are eliminated or minimised and directly supporting me in my role. Arising from the Board is a Finance subcommittee. Chaired by Paul Bert. Amongst other things the Finance subcommittee meets to set and review fees, support the finance officer and help with preparing the School’s annual budget. Two other committees that are subcommittees of the Board are the Well-being subcommittee and the Facilities subcommittee. The well-being subcommittee chaired by Kylie Heinrich, meets termly to review the mission and ministry goals of the School’s Action Plan and to monitor and promote wellbeing initiatives for students, staff and the parent community. The Facilities subcommittee, chaired by Jarred Rathjen reviews the School’s assets, facilities and grounds and considers the maintenance, replacement and future needs of the School.
Another vital group that supports Good Shepherd is the P and F, under the leadership of Jewels Maddern, President. The P and F meets twice a term to plan for fund raising events as well as ‘just because’ fellowship events to bring the school together. Their fundraising provides lots of special ‘extras’ for the children in the classrooms as well as big items such as the outdoor tables and chairs, the promotional shelter tent and the new sound system in the Hub. An auxiliary of the P and F is the Canteen which is coordinated by Sarah Gripton. Sarah plans the lunch orders for each week and coordinates the purchase and preparation of orders with a group of volunteers. Many families use and appreciate this service.
Two other special groups are the class carers and the Goodies, both coordinated by our Chaplain, Fiona Lloyde. Each class has two carers who look after the families and teacher in their class. They provide meals, send cards and gifts for special occasions and support and guide new families in the school. The Goodies are a caring group of people from the school and church communities. Each Goodie is paired with a child in need of support and friendship. They play games, make things, cook, read stories and do many other activities to build positive relationships.
So you see, this is how we are able to ‘make the magic happen’. At a time when we are constantly hearing that people are too busy to help out and volunteering is on the decline, we are abundantly blessed with people willing to give up their time to help our children and make our school even more amazing. We are very grateful for each and every one of these committees, subcommittees and informal groups and the people who serve in them. Thank you!
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 8 – Monday 15 March 2021|
|FDN||Isobel Swincer||Balanced||Isobel in an incredibly balanced learner. She is able to express herself strongly over a broad range of learning areas. She intrinsically understands that every aspect of learning is equally important to being a balanced learner.|
|1/2||John Lewis||Open-Minded||John used his broken arm as an opportunity to try new things, like writing left-handed. He remained positive and encouraging towards others and their learning even when he missed out on his own school swimming experience.|
|2/3||Dylan Leggett||Inquirer||Dylan has shown plenty of curiosity as he has worked on activities to deepen his understanding of push and pull forces and simple machines.|
Mitchell seeks many opportunities to use German within the classroom. He is not afraid to make mistakes and encourages and helps others to do the same.
Parker demonstrated he was knowledgeable when explaining the art element – colour. He took his time and recorded everything he knew about colour on his colour wheel.
|6/7||Tiara Schultz||Caring||Tiara has displayed a fantastic, caring personality over the course of this year as school captain. Her kind and bubbly nature was on display last Friday with Chapel, helping our buddy class under pressure present their speeches.|
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Jayden Evans’ 6/7 Class
This term the students of 6/7 have been deconstructing narratives and looking at the various parts that make up a great story. They have looked at how to write an interesting, yet flawed character as well as different narrative features such as setting, dialogue, character emotion and sizzling starts.
The Realistic Dream
The wind blew still as Ghost Whisperer flew towards The Catcher. The Catchers cackling echoed in her ears, she felt beaten and tired. “This isn’t right” thought Ghost Whisperer.
“Oh but it is” The Catcher responded in her mind.
“Really? Not this again” thought Ghost Whisperer. She hated it when The Catcher read her mind, however she ignored it and continued charging at her. But The Catcher was ready this time. She held her vacuum gadget and pointed it at Ghost Whisperer. She pressed a small button. Meanwhile, Ghost Whisperer continued charging except something wasn’t right. She was no longer flying! Some air pulled her into the Catchers gadget. Except she didn’t go in it. Her powers did. She touched her necklace. It was cold and felt normal. She didn’t understand. She had lost her powers. Then in the midst of this dramatic moment she felt someone’s presence. Olivia Emmett
As I walk home I start to feel a strange feeling in my paws. I stopped to see if a thorn had gotten caught in them. Nothing. That’s strange, I thought to myself. The feeling spread throughout my bones and blood. I felt confused and my head started to spin. It was only then when I unexpectedly collapsed to the ground, darkness. Jaslyn Grundel
The Amazing Untouchable
I woke up and I was really tired. I prayed in bed for a bit before getting up. My dog came in my room and saw that I was awake in my bed and he jumped up onto my bed and started licking my face. His tongue was very wet and sticky, it felt disgusting on my face. I got him off of me and got out of bed. Jed Klau
Book Club – Issue 2
Scholastic Book Club Issue 2 is out now! Your child/ren should have received a copy of the magazine on Tuesday 16th March.
Orders need to be returned to the school by 26th March.
As usual, there are 2 ways to order;
- Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with the correct cash.
- Order online (LOOP). Go to scholastic.com.au/LOOP and register your details. You are able to order and pay online.
If the books are a gift and you do not wish them to go home in the class tray please select the gift box when ordering online or leave me a note and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.
This is a call out to the Good Shepherd community for items for our school chicken coop. The chicken coop was built over the last couple of years and is nearly completed. We are still needing some more items to fully complete the space however. Below is a list of these items. Do you have anything you could donate?
- Water feeders
- Grain feeders
- A 20 litre drum
- Bin for food scraps
With many thanks and anticipation, the Building Group team.
Calum, Ben, Mitchell M and Mrs John.
To take part in this year’s Barossa Vintage Festival many different students right from Foundation to Year 7 joined ‘Scarecrow Club’ with the hope of creating something amazing! They met for 4 weeks each Thursday at recess and together they were able to create 3 amazing scarecrows! A huge thank you to all of those who donated to contribute to our masterpiece.
Hot Cross Buns (24/3/2021)
Last chance to get your order in for Hot Cross Buns! All forms must be returned to the front office by Wednesday 24th March. The buns are available in the following varieties; with fruit, fruitless or choc chip. Extra forms are available from the front office. All orders will be available for collection on Wednesday 31st March at the end of the school day.
Sports Day (26/3/2021)
This year at the Sports Day, the P&F will be holding a Cake Stall. The stall will be open 10am-2pm. There will be treats including biscuits, crackles, brownies, cupcakes, and gluten free options to name a few. Prices of goods will range from 50c – $2. If anyone would like to donate baked goods to the stall or would like to help out on the day to sell the goods, please speak with Sarah Gripton or Dannie Spiteri (0411 444 846). Please also note that all baked goods must be individually wrapped.
In addition to the cake stall, this year we are delighted to announce that there will be ‘The People vs Coffee’ van on site. Parents and spectators will be able to purchase hot beverages from here during the day.
The canteen will also be operating at recess and lunch as per normal Friday. Parents and spectators are welcome to pre-order lunch.
Born Again – Pre-loved Fashions & Wares
The P&F are super excited about our latest fundraising venture, ‘Born Again – Preloved fashions & wares. This is a Preloved clothing Pop-Up store, which is also available to view on Facebook. This store will be at events such as the Angaston Town Day and also on the occasional weekend, on the Angaston main street.
We are currently looking for high quality fashion/wares, so if you have any items that you either haven’t worn or are still in as new condition that you would like to donate, let us know. All profits are going directly to the P&F and our amazing children at GSLS. Please ’like’ and ‘follow’ our Facebook page. To make a donation, please see Melissa Jachmann or Julie Maddern.
ALWS ‘ Walk My Way’
Our school community is stepping out to bring love to life through Walk My Way!
We’re challenging ourselves to walk as many laps of the oval as possible between recess and lunch on Friday 21 May (Term 2, Week 4).
We’re walking in recognition of the long and dangerous journey refugees must take to find safety… and to raise money to help send a refugee child to school at the same time!
It’s only $26 to help provide a teacher, textbook and table for one pre-school child living in a refugee camp in East Africa – for a WHOLE year! Many of these kids were born here, and know no other life. Some even arrived alone, without mum or dad.
We want to help in a practical way that changes lives – and through Walk My Way we can do just that!
We’d love it if you could support us in this challenge by sponsoring us.
You’re also welcome to join us for the Walk on Friday 21 May – and show students helping others is important to ALL of us!
You can find out more about Walk My Way here or contact school coordinator and Year 1/2 teacher Ms Abby Beames (in the classroom, 8564 2396, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you so much for taking action to bring love to life for these refugee kids, and supporting us in the Walk My Way challenge!
Walk My Way is an initiative of Australian Lutheran World Service, the overseas aid and development agency of the Lutheran Church.
IMPORTANT: Due to COVID restrictions, we will require QR check-ins and social distancing for our Walk. Thank you!
It is important that the school is notified by 9.00am each day if your child is absent. Please ensure that a reason is included with your notification. You are able to advise us of absentees by phoning and leaving a message prior to 8.30am or email email@example.com. Please note that we plan to discontinue the use of the Skoolbag App. Please understand that the Front Office is unable to access SeeSaw notifications sent directly to class teachers. We also ask that parents keep children home if they are unwell.
With the weather warming up it is really important that all students bring sufficient water into school to keep them well hydrated. Bottles can be refilled at the water fountains during the day.
All students are required to bring a hat to school. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, Seek and Slide wherever possible and follow the guidelines below to ensure all students are protected from over-exposure to UV radiation:
– Children not wearing an appropriate hat will be sat out of play in the shade.
– Parents are encouraged to supply sunscreen for their children, although there will be bulk sunscreen packs available at school.
– The application of sunscreen will be encouraged before going out for recess/lunch or any outdoor activity between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.
Car Park Safety and Speed Zones
We remind everyone that the safety of our students is paramount. Please ensure you are aware of the speed limits in and around the school and always encourage your children to use the footpaths in the school car park.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Hoping you are all going well and enjoying this beautiful weather. I love this time of year, it’s a lovely season that makes it easy to spend time in the garden. We also have some fun events coming up like sports day, the vintage festival, and our official opening of the new classrooms. Thankyou God for this lovely season!
This week’s article from parenting place is called ‘That’s Leadership Thinking‘.
Michael Grose, founder of parenting place, gives insights into the thinking that is required for kids to be accountable for their actions. For example, plan ahead rather than act rashly. Be open to working with others, and to tune into their own emotions and the emotions of those around them. These are mindsets worth nurturing using the tools of modelling, overt teaching and providing plenty of descriptive, encouraging feedback.
Enjoy the read!
That’s leadership thinking!
Fast forward a few generations and Dad would probably tell me today that if I wanted to be a footballer I should think like a footballer. His thinking would be right because any significant skill development usually comes before a positive mindset, or at least, a mindset that captures the essence of what’s required.
This mindset concept is easily applied to many areas of parenting and family life, including leadership, which is required in school, at work, in the community and in family life. Thinking like a leader comes before leadership action so attending to a child or young person’s mindset lays the foundation to real leadership.
The following mindsets are good starting points for developing leadership mindsets in the next generation.
The mark of true leadership whether for adults or young people is the willingness to take responsibility and be accountable for your actions. Responsibility and accountability are features that great leaders share, so encourage children and young people to accept personal responsibility for their actions, learn from their mistakes and avoid making excuses when things go wrong. For this to happen parents and teachers need to forgive their mistakes and poor decisions so that they feel they can take responsibility without fear of harsh retribution.
Thinking about what needs to be done, planning ahead and managing time are skills that enable many young people to become effective leaders. The ability to think ahead, strategise and figure out a plan may sound like corporate-speak but it’s something that kids of all ages can accomplish. We can plant the planning seed by encouraging them to think ahead and set aside some time to plan before tackling any activity – whether it’s a homework project, resolving conflict with a sibling or asking for an increase on their allowance.
The ability to form, maintain and work in teams is a central leadership capacity. Teamwork refers to a range of skills, including problem solving, working with others, listening and following that enable a team to work towards one purpose. All children are capable of working together, although introverts and pubescent teens can struggle to work collaboratively. Sow the seeds of teamwork by encouraging kids to support their siblings and friends when they struggle and to accept everyone in games and activities.
Emotional intelligence is an essential set of skills that unfortunately many leaders lack. Emotional smarts allows leaders to communicate effectively, relate well and resolve problems when they arise. Develop your child’s emotional intelligence by encouraging them to tune in to and regulate their own emotions, and tune into the emotions of others. Help them see behind the behaviour of others and discover the emotions that may be driving behaviour. For instance, a sibling’s aggressive behaviour may be driven by anger, annoyance or even sadness.
Leadership thinking requires kids to be accountable for their actions, plan ahead rather than act rashly, be open to working with others, and to tune into their own emotions and the emotions of those around them. These are mindsets worth nurturing using the tools of modelling, overt teaching (particularly with secondary school students) and providing plenty of descriptive, encouraging feedback.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees Term 1 2021
Please note payment of school fees for Term 1 are now overdue. Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.
Our Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia will be available each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 3.45pm during the school term for any uniform purchases. Please contact Virginia directly if you have any uniform queries on 0407 716 350.
Notice of Withdrawal
We remind families 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.
School Card Scheme 2021
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. https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme
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.
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.
We plan to begin the process of confirming places for the new Foundation students in 2022. As enrolments for this year’s Foundation class reached capacity we encourage any families to collect an enrolment form from Danette at the Front office and return ASAP.
Golden Years at Good Shepherd
We would love for our Alumni to share in the excitement as we officially unveil our brand new learning spaces at Good Shepherd. Celebrations commence at 9.00am with our opening service followed by a tour and morning tea on the new deck. What better way to reminisce and catch up with past scholars.
We invite you to join our new Facebook group: Good Shepherd Alumni Angaston. This is a group for past students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School from 1962 to present. Members are invited to use this space to catch up, share and reminisce. If you are in contact with Good Shepherd old scholars, please encourage them to take a look and join the group or they can share their contact details with the School directly on 08 8564 2396.
Building Blocks Playgroup
It was great to welcome some new faces at playgroup again this week. There were lots of spider webs being spun by our two legged visitors. Hope you all had fun and see you next week for outside play and making Easter boxes (following week will be an Easter egg hunt).
Please contact our Playgroup Co-ordinator, Bec Bawden if you have any questions on 0427 538 371.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|7.30pm – Lenten Service @ Angaston|
KEVS Service Times
|5.30pm||11.00am HC||9.15am HC|
|7.30pm – Lenten Service @ Angaston|
|11.00am HC||9.00am HC||No service|