Good Shepherd Grapevine – 19 March 2020
Gospel Reflections – 15 March 2020
This week, the world, or at least we Australians have been getting back to basics. Locked away for 2 weeks, what is the one thing we don’t want to run out of? It’s toilet paper apparently. It would seem we Aussies do not want to be caught short when Covad-19 comes a-knockin’. In the hierarchy of human necessities, there’s always been air to breathe, food, clothing and shelter but now coming in at number one (and number twos), is toilet paper!
Jesus is also focused on basic human need in this week’s gospel reading. He gets into a fascinating discussion about water and life with a woman at a well. Each day, it would seem, this woman comes to the well to collect what is a vital need for her day ahead. But on this day, she leaves with something far more valuable and life-giving altogether. For Jesus is not talking about any old water, but living water. ‘Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” ’ (v 13 & 14)
Water, is of course, a vital human need. Our bodies are made up of 60% water (our major organs 70-80%), the earth is over 70% covered in it and we cannot live more than a couple of days without it. It is also something that gives us joy – we wash in it, swim in it, fish in it, maybe surf, ski or even scuba dive in it. It is indeed the stuff of life!
In his interaction with the Samaritan woman, Jesus moves on quickly from the need to quench one’s immediate thirst and offers what is not just life-sustaining but what will bring her real joy and fullness of life (see John 10:10). He cuts to her real need. He is not unkind to her or judgemental. We do not have all the detail about what she does about her life but the response we see in her actions is telling; “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” They came out of the town and made their way toward him.”
Her life was no doubt changed that day…and many others as a result (v 41).
The Bible mentions water over 700 times – I’d suggest that it’s a word worth paying attention to. Perhaps the most significant watery reference is to that of Baptism. The ‘living water’ Jesus calls himself is no doubt a reference to baptism. In Romans, St Paul says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6: 4
This water brings life out of death. Jesus shows the woman that a different life is available through him. She recognises this and responds with excitement and hope. No doubt she is confronted by the life she is living and sees, through Jesus, a way to really live. Jesus doesn’t want us living where the water is stagnant and stale, he wants us drinking, washing and playing in the life-changing water he gives us through himself in our baptisms.
Luther puts it this way, “In Baptism God forgives sin, delivers from death and the devil, and gives everlasting salvation to all who believe what he has promised. For daily living, Baptism means that our sinful self, with all its evil deeds and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self should arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. (Luther’s Small Catechism)
A health crisis gets us thinking about some of our basic physical needs. Jesus invites us, as he does the woman at the well, to urgently address more important things, our most basic spiritual need, what is needed for a new, joyful and ultimately eternal life. Amazingly on the cross, Jesus cries out, “I thirst”. As he hangs there dying for me, is this a cry on my behalf too and indeed of all humanity? A thirst so strong and urgent that only his death can quench for each of us. As water flows from Jesus’ love-filled, sword-pierced side (John 19:34), do we need to look any further for the source? – ‘A spring of water welling up to eternal life.’ (v 14)
Blessings for your week.
Mark Rathjen (Uncle of Jarred)
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- DOERING: Kylie, Sophie and Rachel
- DOYBAN: Emma, Molly, Zoe, Oliver & Oscar
- EDWARDS: Danielle, Ryan and Mackenzie
- EMMETT: Mick, Melissa, Olivia, Amelia & Isla
- Melissa Emmett – Foundation Teacher
- Rebecca Klemm – PYP/Curriculum Coordinator
- Renee Barry – LSO
- Selena Grundel – LSO
- Please pray for those people all over the world that are infected with COVID-19 or are in quarantine.
- We also pray for protection of those in our community that are at higher risk of developing the disease.
- Be with the many medical professionals, carers, researchers and leaders responsible for making the decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries and the wider world.
23 Zack Hunter
26 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon
28 Parker Brooks
8 Jobe Rathjen
21 Calum Klose
22 Georgia Leggett
29 Erin Heinrich
We are certainly facing unprecedented challenges this year as we navigate unchartered waters in dealing with Corona Virus (COVID–19) and its impact on our school. There have been several emails and updates in recent days, but the situation is evolving almost daily, and we need to be agile in responding to it and communicating those decisions to you. As you would have seen in the March 16 update, we have had to cancel some of our major school activities for the end of this term including swimming week and the 5/6/7 camp. While this is disappointing it is unavoidable and ultimately the health and safety of our students and staff is paramount. Following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement on Wednesday, we will be unable to conduct whole school inside gatherings and events at this point in time. Students will worship in two groups as a Junior Primary and Upper Primary cohort. Assemblies will be suspended but students will still receive awards. These will be presented individually in classes. Our school Easter service, traditionally held at Zion, will be held outside on the school oval (weather permitting). Some things may look a little different in the coming weeks and months but where possible we will endeavour to keep ensuring that as many of the routines and special events of the school are preserved as possible. I am very grateful for your support and understanding as a school community throughout this process. I would also like to acknowledge the staff who have taken on additional responsibilities and the teachers who have been working on contingency planning for online learning. We are very blessed by our dedicated Good Shepherd team.
We were extremely lucky that we were able to hold our annual Sports Day before the implementation of social distancing measures. We enjoyed brilliant weather and a fantastic day of friendly rivalries, team spirit and families catching up with each other. Angas team Captains, Mackenzie and Kaitlin led their team to a great victory, congratulations! Well done also to Mr Evans who ably coordinated his first Sports Day. And finally, it wouldn’t be a Good Shepherd Sports Day without the lovely recess treats and tasty lunches provided by the P and F and the Canteen Team, thank you all!
Last week Vicky Martin, Phil Graetz and Malcolm Linke from the Keyneton Lutheran church, St. Peter’s, attended a school chapel service. Malcolm spoke to our students about the history of the church and then prayed for our school. Our School Captains Will and Stevie then prayed for the St. Peter’s congregation. We look forward to similar visits and sharing with the Moculta, Eden Valley, Springton and Angaston churches. We are very blessed as a school to be part of such a caring and active parish.
Families with students in Years 3, 5 and 7 will have received information about NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) testing which will occur in May of this year. All students in Years 3, 5 and 7 are expected to participate in NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN tests give you information on how your child is progressing against national standards. This information can be used to identify areas in which your child may benefit from additional assistance. NAPLAN does not replace, but rather complements assessments run by your child’s classroom teacher throughout the year. If you do not wish for your child to sit one or more of the NAPLAN tests it is important that you contact me as soon as possible as this request must be recorded and documented.
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Rebecca Klemm
In PE lessons, the first 6 weeks of Term 1 have been very busy for all students preparing for Sports Day. We have explored many of the different track and field events involved in athletics and the three main techniques required, which include running, jumping and throwing. During lessons students had the opportunity to reflect on techniques and refine their skills in order to achieve their personal best.
Sports Day was a wonderful reflection of all their hard work and we were so blessed with such a fabulous day for the event. Mr Evans did a fantastic job organising the day, along with all of the other staff and parents who helped with setting up, packing up and supporting the children.
On Wednesday 18th of March, we were fortunate to have two members of the Angaston Moculta United Hockey club volunteer their time to deliver hockey clinics to all grades. Children were introduced to a range of beginning hockey skills at different levels and many enjoyed the opportunity to try out a new sport. Thank you to Michael and Mark for all the knowledge they shared with the children.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 8 – Monday 16th March 2020|
|FDN||Jobe Rathjen||Thinker||Jobe thinks carefully and shows initiative. You make good decisions and are developing your problem solving skills. You contribute to class and group .|
Ellie has been sharing her love of learning with our class as she confidently asks questions. Ellie works well with others, but has recently also been creatively problem solving independently.
Zeke is consistently compassionate and considerate of all in the school community. He recently put his own feelings aside on Sports Day to selflessly comfort an upset friend.
|3/4||Dakota Paloff||Principled||Dakota has worked extremely well in small group situations, always offering to support and guide her peers whilst at the same time trying to deliver her best work.|
|5/6||Jadon Brandon||Reflective||Jadon has been a reflective learner this term. Upon completing a task or project, Jadon enjoys discussing what he did well, and how he can improve his work next time.|
|6/7||Jesse Brandon||Inquirer||Jesse has demonstrated being an inquirer throughout our persuasive writing unit creating and researching a well thought our debate with fantastic examples and statistics.|
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
For many of us the news of the Coronavirus has caused anxiety, fear, and bought about a sense of uncertainty into our lives.
The article below from Parenting Place has insights to help us talk to our children that are also dealing with the unprecedented impact on our daily lives.
The Australian Psychological Society has an article on ‘Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety’ on psychology.org.au.
With Gods richest blessings,
At assembly on Monday the following students received their SRC badges: Jayden Ahrns, Matilda Barrett, Aimee Gripton, Parker Brooks, Olivia Emmett, Luke Scanlon, Dylan Leggett and Amelia Klemm. The SRC provide a ‘student voice’ for the classes which they represent as they share ideas on how to make Good Shepherd an even better school community. We look forward to supporting them in this important leadership role over the coming year.
During Week 6 the Year 7’s, Mr Evans and Mrs John went to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for the annual GRIP leadership conference. This conference is an important aspect of the School’s leadership programme.
Senior students had the opportunity to learn and discuss how to become better and more responsible leaders at Good Shepherd. We shared the exciting leadership initiatives that we have in place at Good Shepherd and discussed with other schools different programs and leadership opportunities that we could implement at our own school.
This fortnight we learn some more about our German teacher, Frau Zeller.
|WEEK 9 – FRIDAY 27th MARCH|
Layered fruit & yoghurt crumble.
Toasted sandwiches – white bread with sliced ham, tomato and cheese or
|WEEK 10 – FRIDAY 3rd APRIL|
Frozen Yoghurt – strawberry or mango.
|LUNCH:||Individual Lunch Platter – kabanas, cheese, cherry tomatoes, carrot, cucumber, snow peas, boiled egg and bread (piece of french stick buttered).||$4.00|
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, Pine Orange] Soda Water Cans $2.00
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00
We are blessed with a very dedicated and hardworking staff at Good Shepherd and I think you would agree, they constantly go that extra mile to support students and their families. While we appreciate and value their commitment it is important they preserve a healthy work/life balance to ensure they have the time they need for renewal and recreation with their own families. With this in mind last year we implemented new guidelines for communicating with staff outside of their work hours. Staff have been asked not to respond to emails received on weekends or before 7.30am and after 6.00pm on weekdays. There may be up to a 24 hour turn around on response. If the matter is urgent then parents are to contact the Principal who will make the determination if it warrants sharing with the staff member. Good Shepherd is committed to providing an environment for its staff, students and the wider community that enhances well-being and we believe this initiative has a positive impact for all.
Classroom Opening Times
- Please note that classrooms are opened by teachers each morning at 8.40am when supervision is provided until lessons commence at 8.55am.
- Classrooms are not able to be accessed until 8.40am when teacher supervision commences.
- Bus students arriving at school prior to this time are to wait in the school Atrium. This area is protected and shaded from the weather.
- Angaston Child Care & ELC are conveniently situated close to the school and provide before school care.
Angaston Child Care & Early Learning Centre: 422 Valley Road, Angaston SA 5353
Director: Suzy Linke
Phone: 08 8564 3387
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 6.00pm
Finance and Administration News
As swimming lessons have been cancelled any fees already paid will be applied as a credit onto your school account.
Please see Sarah in the Finance Office if you would like to arrange an alternative method of reimbursement.
If you have not yet enrolled your Foundation child for 2021 please see Danette at the Front Office ASAP.
We also 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 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.
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.
Riding and Walking Safely to/from School
Just a friendly reminder about ensuring that your children are riding and walking safely to and from school. This includes before and after school hours. We have received reports of a ‘near miss’ in the past week and would appreciate you reminding your children to be careful when on, around or near all roads. Further information about road safety can be found on the following link from the Raising Children Network. https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/safety/outdoor-safety/bikes-scooters-skateboards
All students are required to bring a hat to school from mid August to the end of April when the UV levels tend to be 3 or above. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, Slap, 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 lunch or any outdoor activity between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
– Loan hats are not provided by the school.
Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|8.45am HC||10.30am HC|
|7.30pm Lenten service at Gnadenberg|
|8.45am HC||10.30am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|7.30pm Lenten service at Gnadenberg|
|5.30pm||11.00am HC||9.15am HC|
Building Blocks Playgroup
St Patricks Day was celebrated as we made hats and rainbows hoping to catch a glimpse of that elusive pot of gold.