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7 Qualities of God
Is there anything in your life you wish you could change? Your job, your internal strength, your marriage, your ability to handle pressure? Your faith or your confidence to pursue your dreams?
Most of us desire change at some point or another, sometimes because we want to move forward in our lives or career or sometimes because we have hit a low point and we want to get out of it. This is where the qualities of God come in.
But change can be difficult. Do you really believe you can change your life?
Throughout the Bible we read about a God who has the power to change not only our lives but our hearts, our families, and our destiny. As we work toward tackling these life changes, let’s look at 7 qualities of God that will inspire and motivate us to persevere.
1. God transforms
Saul turned and left Samuel. At that very moment God transformed him—made him a new person! And all the confirming signs took place the same day. 1 Samuel 10:9 MSG
A transformation is a dramatic change – not an incremental adjustment to our behaviour. Making change in our lives is difficult, and left to ourselves we tend to make little headway on changing our habits.
God has the power to transform anyone into a totally different person. In what areas of your life do you want and need God to transform you? Take time to actually write down the answers to this question. We usually have many areas we want to change, but don’t often take time to admit them and ask God for help.
2. God is powerful
I want you to know about the great and mighty power that God has for us followers. It is the same wonderful power he used when he raised Christ from death and let him sit at his right side in heaven. Ephesians 1:19-20 CEV
God can change anything and everything about us. If the power that raised Christ from the dead and brought him back to life lives in us, then there’s nothing in us that can’t be changed.
The question is, do you want God to change you? Or are you comfortable the way you are? Do you allow God to change you? Or are you proud and trying to change yourself?
If you’re not changing, the problem is not with God. He remains as powerful as he was the day he raised Jesus from death. He will use that power in your life too, if you will let him.
3. God helps
We don’t have the right to claim that we have done anything on our own. God gives us what it takes to do all that we do. 2 Corinthians 3:5 CEV
With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes. Psalm 60:12 NLT
Is your focus on God, or yourself? The challenge with change is that we tend to focus on ourselves and what we can do, instead of on what we can do with God’s help. Focusing on our own abilities is dangerous because no one is perfect.
In the 2015 Disney movie Tomorrowland, protagonist Casey Newton quotes to her discouraged father a Cherokee story: There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is: which wolf wins? The one you feed. Anonymous
Where do you focus your energy? On searching for God, working to be close to God, and asking him for help? Or on yourself? When we focus on ourselves we end up feeding the “darkness and despair” wolf because we will inevitably see all our shortcomings and mistakes.
What would it look like for you to feed light and hope more than darkness and despair? Maybe it’s reading more of the Bible daily, or memorizing scriptures, or spending more time praying. Decide to change something simple this week to focus more on God than yourself.
4. God fulfils his promises
Are you so foolish? You began by the Holy Spirit. Are you now trying to finish God’s work in you by your own strength? Galatians 3:3 NIrV
22 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one from his slave wife and one from his freeborn wife. 23 The son of the slave wife was born in a human attempt to bring about the fulfilment of God’s promise. But the son of the freeborn wife was born as God’s own fulfilment of his promise. Galatians 4:22-23 NLT
5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. Jeremiah 17:5-6 NLT
Over and over again in the Bible we see that God can be trusted because he always finishes what he starts. Sometimes though we can trust ourselves and try to take over what we really should be trusting God to do. We may go to church and do all the right outward things, but completely rely on our own strength.
In that case it’s especially easy to become deceived and lose faith, because we are trying to change in a spiritual setting but totally without God.
5. God gives strength
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:3-5 NIV
Nothing saps our faith in change and our faith in God like sin does. Our conscience gets affected by a lot of things, including not just our actions but our desires, thoughts, and attitudes. Sin saps our strength, but God restores it.
God doesn’t add burdens to our lives, he relieves our guilt so we can be strong. What sins are on your conscience today? Make time to pray about them so God can relieve your guilt and restore your strength.
6. God is faithful
 There is no gift of the Holy Spirit that you don’t have. You are full of hope as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to come again.  God will keep you strong to the very end. Then you will be without blame on the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns.  God is faithful. He has chosen you to share life with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:7-9 NIrV
Even when we are unfaithful, God is faithful. Despite our sins, he is still faithful. Gratitude for God is a powerful motivator. God doesn’t want us to be motivated by dutifulness or guilt or just doing the right thing, but by gratitude for his incredible kindness and patience.
Spend time praying about how God has taken care of you in your life. What prayers has he answered? Who has he sent into your life to help you when you needed it most? How does God’s faithfulness to you personally make you feel.
7. God gives us tools
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace. Colossians 1:6 NLT
We don’t change people – God changes people. The Bible changes lives. God gives us the scriptures as tools we need to change our lives and to help others – and we don’t have to do it by our own effort.
When was the last time you memorized a scripture about an area you wanted to change and decided to obey it every day? Trying to change without the power of the Bible will only be frustrating and discouraging, but with God’s help any area of our lives can be different.
Submitted by Rachel John
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- WILKINSON: Kerryanne, Olivia and Jayden
- Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
- Linda Fiebiger – LSO
- Edith Unger – Volunteer
- Fiona McDonald – Foundation Teacher
- Lara Hepner – German Teacher
4 Michael Lewis
10 Sam Swincer
20 Jobe Rathjen
26 Heath Atyeo
28 Jaslyn Grundel
28 Erin Heinrich
1 Sam Abdelmalek
1 Karlo Scholz
1 Millie Scholz
6 Ava McGorman
8 Luke Scanlon
27 Senspri Qualter
There are a number of changes at Good Shepherd that will come into place next year that we are very excited about.
As you know the school day will start a little earlier from term one. Supervision of students will start in the school yard from 8.15am (in the library during inclement weather). All classrooms will be open from 8.30am and lessons will start at 8.40am. Lessons will conclude at 3.15pm. Students will be supervised in the ‘kiss and drop’ area until 3.35pm. Those students accessing the Mt Pleasant bus will be supervised in the School Office until 3.45pm. As the day starts and finishes earlier we are also making some changes to the recess and lunch times next year. Recess will be at 10.40am and finish at 11.00am. Lunch play will start at 1.00pm and finish at 1.40pm (students eat lunch in classrooms from 1.30pm).
As communicated in the June newsletter, Good Shepherd will no longer be following a ‘bring your own device’ model of technology provision for year 4 upwards from 2022. Following the review conducted in term one, the school will focus its Capital Grant funding on purchasing additional iPads and laptops to ensure all students have access to technology, booked out by teachers when required to support learning. The school is implementing a central management system to providing the best security and ensuring all devices are automatically updated. We are committed to providing an efficient, safe environment where the focus is clearly on the discerning use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning.
We are also making some changes to our student leadership program next year. You will notice that we haven’t asked our year 5 students to prepare candidacy speeches for positions as school or house captains. Mr Hausler will focus his unit of inquiry next term on an investigation into leadership and unpacking what is required in these various roles. We believe this will enable students to make better informed choices about the positions they are applying for and what is the ‘right fit’ for their unique gifts and experiences. We will also be creating another layer to the role of the House captains at Good Shepherd. From next year Assemblies will be held fortnightly and students will meet in their House groups on the alternate Mondays. House captains (with initial coaching and support from teachers) will lead these meetings and focus on strengthening House spirit through various team building games and activities. This is an intentional strategy as part of our wellbeing program to create meaningful connections and a sense of belonging for children across year levels.
And finally, I am very pleased to announce that Good Shepherd was successful in its application for an Australian Government Capital Grant of $225,000. This means we can start work on the next stage of our Master Plan. The last two classrooms on the western side of the school, along with the chaplain’s office, will be completely refurbished to become open, bright and modern learning spaces, consistent with the new Junior and Upper primary classrooms. All the learning spaces at the front of the school will open out to a covered deck and peaceful, enclosed nature play gardens. This will enable all the students to enjoy the same opportunities for indoor/outdoor learning that the Upper primary students currently enjoy as well as creating a beautiful and modern façade for our school.
2022 – it’s going to be a busy (and exciting) year!
Nominations for GSLS Board
Good Shepherd is seeking to fill a vacancy on the School Board from the start of 2022. We invite members of our school community to consider nominating for this role and becoming part of our passionate ‘team’. There are two meetings per term and it’s a great way to get to know the school better and meet other members of the school community who you may not necessarily bump into in the corridor. The Board comprises of members with a diverse skill set, who work together, supporting the School in realising its strategic objectives. Currently we are seeking members with a building, legal or marketing background however this does not preclude others from applying who have additional skills of benefit to the governance of Good Shepherd. Under the rules of the GSLS constitution, not every Board member must be a communicant Lutheran but it is required that they identify as Christian. Nomination Forms are available at the Front Office. Applications close Thursday, 2nd December 2021.
Please contact our Chairperson, Paul McGorman, on 0438 885 474 if you have any questions or would like to enquire about the nomination process.
Paul McGorman – GSLS Board Chair
Anne Marschall – Principal
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Abby Mann’s 1/2 Class
Daily 5 with the 1/2 Supercats
Daily 5 is a literacy framework that we introduced during Semester 2 to the 1/2/3 classes. It guides student behaviours to foster engagement and learner agency. Along with explicit teaching, over the course of the week each student completes each of the following activities to build a holistic understanding of English and the skills they require to write and read successfully.
Read to Self:
Students read independently in a place that is comfortable and free from distractions. They read ‘good fit books’ during this time, which include free choice texts, decodable and levelled readers.
Read to Someone:
Students work in pairs and take turns to read to each other. They encourage and guide their partner by asking comprehension questions and coaching them through their reads.
Work on Writing:
Students work on their writing skills across a variety of text types and are scaffolded to develop their grammar skills during this time.
Listen to Reading:
Students use the Epic! app to listen to an expert read. The students follow along with the reader to develop their own fluency.
Students spend time working with their PLD list words to develop further phonetic knowledge and skills.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
Week 5 – Monday 8 November 2021
FDN: Nash Jachmann (Principled)
Nash has shown respect by raising his hand in class and waiting for his turn to talk in class discussions. He has also shown honesty in his actions towards his classmates.
FDN: Evie Cooper (Thinker)
Evie has shown she is a thinker by solving problems and helping friends at playtime. She has also shown respect by listening to the teacher.
1/2: Jobe Rathjen (Caring)
Jobe is a loving and kind student. He id always thoughtfully including others and helps out when he sees a need. He is patient and supportive with all of his peers in learning and play times.
2/3: Sean McCarthy (Communicator)
Sean came up with a wonderful design for an invention for the future – a robot house builder! He put a lot of work into explaining how the robot would work, what it would do and how it would be of benefit to society.
4/5: Karlo Scholz (Principled)
Karlo demonstrated great persistence and determination during our health/technology sessions last week, while learning new drawing skills on the iPad. While following the online tutorial Karlo found many of the new skills difficult at first, but he kept trying and persevering; even restarting a number of times. Because of this amazing effort Karlo was able to practice and improve his skills and presented an awesome final product.
6/7: Olivia Emmett (Inquirer)
Olivia has been a fantastic inquirer this term through her work on her information report. She worked hard, researched great sources, and worked hard in her own time to complete her report.
Week 6 – Monday 15 November 2021
FDN: Isobel Swincer (Inquirer)
Isobel is an inquirer. She thinks a lot about her work and she shares lots of good ideas with the class. Isobel challenges herself in her writing too.
FDN: Sophie Scholz (Principled)
Sophie is a principled learner and friend. She helps her friends at playtime and she makes great choices to find good fit spots to work.
1/2: Cooper Jachmann (Communicator)
Cooper used an opportunity last week to play with many different students, rather than just his close friendship circle. He used his communication skills to solve problems, invite different people to play and to create a whole new game for everyone to enjoy.
2/3: Thomas Spiteri (Caring)
Thomas has shown generosity, empathy and genuine care for peers and staff across year levels. He is always keen to help with classroom jobs and will go out of his way to look after anyone who needs help.
4/5: Lily Brooks (Open Minded/Risk Taker/Principled)
Lily demonstrated she is open minded, a risk taker and principled during maths this past week. After being away for a number of days she was able to quickly grasp the focus concept and then feel confident enough to work with a new partner and catch back up on the work she had missed.
As the school year begins to come to a close I would just like to thank the school community for their ongoing support of the library. Whether it has been attending book fairs, dressing up for book week, habitual borrowing and returning of books or volunteering to help out with weekly duties.
Students have borrowed for the last time this week (week 6) and need to return all books next week by their designated library day. The library is then closed in weeks 8 and 9 for stocktake and other admin jobs. I will send home a list of all books borrowed out to students at the end of the week so that all these items can make it back to the library promptly. Any outstanding accounts will be charged to your fees next term.
ICAS and Premier’s Reading Challenge – Awards
At assembly in weeks 7 and 8 we will hand out certificates and medals from both the ICAS assessments and the Premier’s Reading Challenge. I will hand out the awards for years F-3 in week 7 and 4-7 in week 8.
6/7 Camp to Wellington
As part of the celebrations for the graduating class of 2021, Mr Evans’ year 6/7 students travelled to the El Shaddai Camping Centre in Wellington. The students enjoyed the opportunity over the last few days to engage in some new challenges and to experience exciting opportunities that most have never encountered before!
The senior students engaged with many activities including canoeing, rock climbing, giant swings, raft building, swimming in the Murray River, archery and laser tag.
Our students very much enjoyed every second of the camp and we are truly thankful for the exceptional care that the staff at El Shaddai showed us during our visit. We also thank our parent helpers Chris Leggett and Selena Grundel for their assistance on the camp.
Our AGM was held on the 15th of November. We would like to welcome and thank the following people for taking up positions:
- Virginia Harvey – Vice President,
- Sarah Gripton – Treasurer and Canteen Manager.
The P & F is a group of parents and friends of the school that enjoy coming together and organising events for the school community to socialise and raise funds for the children. This year alone we supported the following events:
- Sport’s Day cake stall,
- Vintage Parade Float,
- Mum’s night out,
- Mother’s day and Father’s Day stalls,
- Helped with the gate entry to the Angaston show,
- Born Again Pop Up stall,
- Pie drive,
- Hot X Bun,
- Billy G’s Cookie Dough, and
From these events we were able to provide:
- Additional class handouts,
- More seating for the new decking area,
- New projector in the Hub,
- New Lectern,
- Peter Combe performance, and
- Delicious Friday Recess’ and Lunches.
If you are interested in getting involved in any capacity, please reach out to Amanda Pech or Virginia Harvey. We always welcome new faces and would love to hear your suggestions of future events that we could hold.
BILLY G’S COOKIE DOUGH 24/11/21
Place your orders ASAP! Time is nearly up to place your Billy G’s Gourmet Cookie & Biscuit Dough. Billy G’s dough comes in 1kg tubs of dough. You can either eat it straight out of the container or you can bake up to 40 large 25g cookies, per container. There are 10 dough-licious flavours to choose from, including an option for our fur babies (dogs).
This fundraiser operates slightly differently to the normal, as it is all done online. To set up an account for all your family and friends to place an order on, please follow this link: www.cookiedough.com.au.
Click on the ‘Registrate Now’ button, and fill in your details. You are able to then share the link either through your social media, email or text message. As your family and friends place orders, you will be able to monitor your account and also be able to identify your family’s specific orders through your email. If you have any questions about how to set up an account or would like support in placing an order, please speak to either Amanda Pech or Kylie Doering.
PIZZA & PLANNING 29/11/2021
Please mark in your diaries that the next P&F meeting is on Monday 29th of November at 7pm. This event will be held in the staff room (or on the deck if weather permits). This is a casual evening where we enjoy some pizza and also plan for the 2022 P&F events. All welcome.
GSLS 60th ANNIVERSARY
In 2022, Good Shepherd will be celebrating its 60th year. This is a great milestone for the school! As part of the 60th celebrations, the P&F will be creating a cookbook, with your favourite recipes. We are forming a sub-committee especially for this event and would love if you could help in any way. Please contact Virginia Harvey or Amanda Pech to express your interest!
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 SeeSaw, phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 8.30am. 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.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Hoping you are all well. This weeks’ newsletter is called ‘Helping your family manage Uncertainty.’
Please enjoy the read.
Uncertainty is part of life… and yet our brain, which creates our thoughts and feelings, loves certainty and predictability. Uncertainty can be found in many areas of life, and feelings of feeling out of control. In spite of the uncertainty that can surround us, we have ultimate certainty in God, the Rock of our salvation. God in these times can do great things through us, so we need to walk with hope, for our God is a refuge and an ever-present help in time of need.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Have a wonderful week,
Helping your family manage uncertainty
by Maggie Dent
Uncertainty is part of life and yet our brain, which creates our thoughts and feelings, loves certainty and predictability.
The pandemic has created more uncertainty in families, schools and communities than most people can recall in their lifetimes. With no clear end point, more stress and anxiety may well be triggered. In small doses anxiety heightens your sense of focus, giving you an increased level of energy, and increases your chances of managing a potential challenge that has appeared. In large doses, this anxiety is problematic, as it can cause feelings of being overwhelmed and even panicked.
The lesson of being real
Many fears and unexpressed emotions lie beneath the stress of navigating uncertainty. Be prepared to share your emotions with your children, especially feelings of sadness. They experience grief every time they lose the opportunity to spend time with loved ones, go on holiday or return to school to see friends.
Grief is not a sign of weakness. It shows you are human. Let your children see you cry and give them the agency to know what to do. They can grab a tissue, they can give you a hug and, if they’re old enough, they can make you a cuppa.
Your children need to see that when bad things happen to adults, they can feel upset for a time. There are many ways you can help children cope with uncertainty.
Teach your children that nothing is permanent. Good things come and go. So will tough times. Change is a part of life and can be positive or challenging. Share stories about how your family recovered from hard times. Adaptability and flexibility are key components of resilience, which can be nurtured in childhood.
Make choices that ease fear and anxiety
Remind your children and young people that they are not powerless. Resting, reading and relaxing are great tools to ease fear and anxiety. This might include taking deep breaths, listening to music, or making others laugh. Getting outside to play or walk the dog is another simple way to ease the nervous system.
Focus on the things you can control
Simple habits and routines really make a difference. When everything is changing routines and rituals such as regular family mealtimes, bedtimes and wake up times help maintain a sense of normality. These rituals provide an important anchor helping them feel in control.
Encourage your kids to have a ‘gratitude attitude’
Though times are no doubt really tough for many, you can choose to feel grateful for the things you have, and the people love, and you can model this mindset with your children.
Hope is an important antidote to feeling stuck in fear. Encourage feelings of hope by sharing wonderful memories via photos or videos which can lift everyone’s spirit. Plan a new experience to happen when that becomes a possibility.
Children and young people need to understand that life can be an unpredictable ride and together you can adapt and find a way through to each new day.
The greatest tool you have as a parent in these times is to remember that you are the ‘safe base’ for your children and young people. If you can embody that, and help them feel that no matter what, your love and support is a certainty, then the uncertainty around us all becomes a lot more manageable.
Donations for Christmas Hampers
Dear School Community,
The Barossa Lutheran Community Care, is once again giving out Christmas Hampers. If anybody would like to donate to this worthy cause, please bring your non-perishable items to the school.
This year the Good Shepherd community is being asked to help with the food items listed on the flyer below and/or new gifts.
Gift bags are being put together for children from new born to 15 years of age and gratefully accept any NEW, UNWRAPPED gifts.
All donated items are required to be delivered to the school by Wednesday 1st December 2021 and we will take to Lutheran Community Care.
School Fees Term 4 2021
School fees for Term 4 are now overdue. Please contact Sarah Loveday as soon as possible if you are unable to finalise your school fees this week.
School Card Scheme 2022
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.
Please note that our Uniform Shop is open each Monday afternoon during the term from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. If you are unable to attend during these times please feel free to come into the office and complete an order form. If you have any other uniform enquiries please feel free to contact our Uniform Shop Co-orindator, Virginia directly 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.
1962-2022 Celebrating 60 Years
If you would like to hear all about our 60th anniversary celebrations we invite you to join our 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
We have a new addition to our playgroup. Thank you to one of our wonderful school mums for sourcing and delivering this amazing crocodile ball pit! It was definitely a popular activity for Monday’s playgroup attendees.
We also began our Christmas celebrations with a variety of Christmas crafts. Next week will be our last session for the year but we cannot wait to finish our playgroup year off with a party for all our playgroup families and of course an extra special visitor.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
Sunday 21st November 2021
Gruenberg: 8.45am Family Service
Sunday 28th November 2021
Angaston: 8.45am HC
Gnadenberg: 10.30am HC
KEVS Service Times
Sunday 21st November 2021
Keyneton: 11.00am HC
Eden Valley: 9.00am HC
Sunday 28th November 2021
Keyneton: 9.00am HC
Eden Valley: 5.30pm
Springton: 11.00am HC