Good Shepherd Grapevine -18 October 2018
This Week’s Rattling – “Tractor”
When God seems late...
“I rubbed my eyes and looked again, but the scene before me hadn’t changed. I had just pulled into a fast food drive-thru and now realized the cause of the long line and delay. There was a man driving a tractor ordering at the speaker! Those of us who have lived in rural areas know tractors on the road are a fact of life. However, just being “the norm” doesn’t make them any less irritating if you’re in a hurry. Recently, I was in a rush as I followed a tractor down a narrow two-lane road. Once my patience was stretched to its limit, I completely lost it and started yelling, “Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!” Amazingly, my impatience did not speed up the procession at all.
How many times have I approached God’s timing the same way? God rarely operates at a pace that pleases me, and I want Him to hurry, hurry, hurry! I’ve prayed impatient prayers for a job, for marriage, for children and even a greater understanding of His Word.
Just this week, I found myself reminding God that I am about to have a significant birthday … as if He had forgotten. There is a dream in my heart that feels like it has an expiration date, so I was pleading with God to fulfill it quickly, before my bones are too creaky to do what I know He has called me to do.
There was a woman in the Bible who also felt past her prime and had trouble with God’s timing. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, felt impatient just like I feel impatient. After waiting 10 years for the baby God had promised her (Genesis 12-21), Sarah decided to help God hurry. Surely, 10 years was too long for anybody to wait, she likely reasoned.
So Sarah gave her maidservant Hagar to her husband, and the two of them had a child. Fourteen years later, Sarah and Abraham had a visitor who reminded them of God’s promise, causing Sarah to laugh out loud and say, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Genesis 18:12b, NIV)
Do you hear your disbelief and questions about God’s timing echoed in Sarah’s? I hear mine. Now, Lord? I thought this would happen years ago. Aren’t You just a little late? God answered Sarah’s question in a way that answers ours, too. “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:14).
Less than a year later, Isaac, the child whom God had promised 25 years before, was born. God was not late. His timing was perfect. It was Sarah who had been in a hurry, but God called Isaac’s birthday “the appointed time.”
According to the dictionary, “appointed” means “predetermined; arranged; set.” Isaac’s birth came at the exact time God had planned all along!
God may seem like a tractor in the road, slowing down our dreams, but He knows the entirety of our story from beginning to end. He also knows how our story weaves into the lives of others. We may be tapping our watches, but He is never late. He may seem slow, but he’s always right on time. God Himself holds the appointed time in His hands.”
Submitted by Mel Hooker from proverbs31.org
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- NOACK: Phil, Tracey, Charlotte, Ryan, Hannah, James, Ben & Tom
- PEARSON: Glen, Barbara & Tristan
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Josie Wundersitz – The Arts
- Danette Mifflin – Secretary
- We pray for Danette as she finds her way through the Admin office and duties. May God bless her as she establishes relationships with you all, in time.
We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:
3 Miss Sarah Loveday
4 Mrs Renae Ruediger
6 Jasper Podolski
10 Ruby Bawden
14 Georgia Barrett
17 Bella Harvey
19 Tristan Pearson
25 Mrs Anne Marschall
2 Hannah Noack
4 Alananah Trinne
28 Amelia Klemm
“What’s going on behind the door?”
A mysterious door has appeared in our corridor. It wasn’t there at the end of last term but it’s certainly there now. Not only a door but a complete wall blocking access and visibility to the Junior Primary classrooms and toilets. Curious noises can be heard beyond the door – hammering, drilling, sawing and even voices. Whatever’s happening beyond the door, it’s a busy space!
Actually I do know what’s going on behind the door, something wonderful. In the October holidays the builders started work in earnest on the new Junior Primary classrooms. Cupboards, carpets, fittings and walls were ripped out, followed by the ceilings. By the end of the first week it was simply a shell, or, as I prefer to think of it, a blank canvas on which the builders will now bring to life the architect’s creative vision for our littlest learners at Good Shepherd. Internal walls are being changed and learning spaces are being made more versatile, bright and open with sliding glass panels that can open up to transform the area into a large collaborative space or be closed for a more intimate setting. The space will be agile enough to be changeable according to the task required and will accommodate different learning needs. This is what an exciting, modern learning environment looks like and it’s going to be right here at Good Shepherd! We are continually thinking about how we can improve our school and in particular the teaching and learning. As amazing as our teachers are, the environment in which our children learn plays a big part in their ability to engage and flourish to their full potential. Our Governing Council is committed to providing the very best for all of our students and with this in mind they are about to commence the process of developing a new school master plan in order to apply for a further BGA grant (which is substantially how we funded the Junior Primary refurbishments). Our strategic vision is for the Middle and Upper Primary classrooms to be just as amazing.
This week we were delighted to welcome Danette Mifflin to our school as Administration Officer in the front office. Danette was previously an Administrative Officer at Faith Lutheran College (ELC) and also worked at Goodstart Early Learning. She loves working in educational environments and looks forward to settling into Good Shepherd and getting to know our students and their families.
Speaking of the amazing Good Shepherd staff…… I am thoroughly delighted to be able to inform you that on Monday we will be recognising Simon Herrmann, Melissa Ryan and John Morgan for their ten years of service to Lutheran Education. This special milestone will be acknowledged by Mignon Weckert, representing John Proeve, Executive Director Lutheran Education LESNW.
And finally, tomorrow is our inaugural Spring Fling! The Spring Fling committee have worked very hard throughout the year in planning this special event as a wonderful fundraiser and promotion for Good Shepherd. All of the classes are involved with stalls and events and by now you should have received details and a time table from your child’s teacher of when and how they are involved. There are lots of other stalls showcasing local Angaston businesses along with fun games and delicious food. Why not make a night of it and invite your friends? See you there!
IB PYP News – Leadership
At Good Shepherd, we focus on developing our students’ leadership skills through formal leadership programs and practical leadership experiences. This approach recognises that students can be leaders across many different areas, and that leadership skills learnt in primary school can lay the foundations for future leadership opportunities.
The Australian Curriculum provides students across all year levels opportunities to develop personal and social capabilities as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively.
Personal and social capabilities involves all students at Good Shepherd in a range of practices including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills, all aligning with the IB PYP Learner Profile.
We believe that developing leadership skills through the Australian Curriculum and the IB PYP Learner Profile begins as early as Foundation where students start to identify ways to take responsibility for familiar tasks at both home and school. By the time students start to reach the end of Year 2 they are able to find ways to discuss how they can take responsibility for their own actions. Towards the end of Year 4 students then start to discuss the concept of leadership where they can identify situations where it is appropriate to adopt this role. In the senior years at Good Shepherd students begin to initiate or help to organise group activities that address a common need which then allows them to move into planning school and community projects, where they can apply effective problem-solving and team-building strategies.
Over the next few weeks students currently in Year 6 will have the opportunity to apply for House Captain, Vice House Captain or School Captain for 2019. All Year 6 students are encouraged to consider applying. Early in 2019, there will be further leadership opportunities for students in Year 2-7 to apply for Student Representative Council (SRC) and God’s Little Helpers for students in F-7. Year 7 students in 2019 will also attend the GRIP Student Leadership Conference in Adelaide.
If you have any questions in relation to leadership opportunities and how the Australian Curriculum and the PYP help to develop leadership skills within our students please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assemblies Monday 24th September
Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
RUBY BAWDEN – COMMUNICATOR – For being a communicator when you shared your ideas about our seed experiment in our unit of inquiry with clarity and confidence. You explained them clearly. You showed respect when listening and participated in class discussions.
Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz
JADE PRAUSE – KNOWLEDGEABLE – Jade has shown commitment towards improving her knowledge of number facts and last week achieved a personal best in the weekly number quiz.
Year 4 Class—Mr Mick Emmett
LEO ABDELMALEK – PRINCIPLED – Is becoming an increasingly valuable group member. Leo makes great contributions and respects the points of view of others.
Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann
MICHAEL RATSCH – RISK TAKER – Michael was a risk taker throughout Bike Ed lessons. He willingly challenged himself to try a different bike, learn how to change gears, practice his turning signals and to ride on the roads. Well done on taking a risk and trying new things Michael!
Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan
RILEY SECOMB – RISK TAKER – Strived to be a risk taker during Bike Education Lessons over the last two weeks. Riley demonstrated outstanding skills whilst using his bike. He took risks during different activities and tried his hardest when riding to Nuriootpa from Angaston and back.
Foundation / Year 1 Monarto Zoo Excursion
Mrs Mel Emmett
The Uniform Shop is open every Monday from 3.30pm to 4.00pm. If you unable to come into the shop during these times you may fill in an order form and leave it with Danette at Reception. Virginia will then pack your order and leave at Reception to be paid for and collected.
We are still seeking second hand uniforms; so if you have any unused uniform items at home please feel free to send them to Reception.
Please note that nominations are now OPEN for positions on School Council and the P&F. Please collect an official nomination form from Reception, complete and return to school before Friday 2nd November 2018.
DO YOU HAVE AN OLD GARDEN BENCH?
The Year 7 Exhibition Team are hoping that someone may have a small garden bench that they would be willing to donate to the school. Please contact Mel Hooker if you are able to help.
This is the continuation from our last newsletter… Part C will be in the next newsletter.
Not Every Act of Meanness is Bullying.
According to ‘Bullying No Way’, the National Australian definition of bullying is:
“an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert)… Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying”.
It is important for children to understand the difference between someone being insensitive or mean and what constitutes bullying behaviour because being able to successfully resolve and navigate these situations is a huge step in their emotional growth and maturity. If the situation is deemed to be simply mean or hurtful behaviour it is important not to over-play this through misleading terminology (i.e. bullying) and offer ways for the child to address and resolve this themselves…
To be continued…
God’s richest blessings,
Speed Zones around School.
Parents are asked to be mindful of the 50 kms/hour speed zone on Gramp Avenue, Valley Road and 25 kms/hour School Zone on Neldner Avenue.
The safety of children is of the upmost importance.
Term four fees are due by 16th November unless you have an agreed payment plan, your school account will be sent out this week.
Please note 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.
Monday 22nd October
Monday 29th October
Stars, moon and night time animals
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.
No Canteen this week Due to Spring Fling!
Drinks can be ordered on your order form/brown bag or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple/Raspberry]
Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00
RECESS: Frozen Yoghurt – Strawberry or Mango $2.00
LUNCH: Hot Dog $3.00
White Hot Dog Roll & Hot Dog Sausage (sauce provided on trays)
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50 cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|October 21||10.45 am|| 8.45 am HC
|October 28||8.45 am HC||—||10.45am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|October 21||9.00am HC||11.00am HC||—-|
|August 19||10.00 am LR||9.00 am HC||11.00 am|
ARE YOU PLANNING SOME TRAVEL ?
ANGASTON CAMP AUSTRALIA OSHC
For more information contact Lillian on
0468 672 772 or email: sagoodshepherdangaston@oshccampaustralia.