Good Shepherd Grapevine – 20 June 2019
This Week’s Rattling – Captain America
We can all be Superheroes!
We’ve probably all got a superhero that we totally love. Whether its Superman, Spiderman or Captain America there’s probably one that stands out to you more than another. Superheroes are pretty awesome with all their love for helping people and superpowers, but what if we could all be superheroes?
Although we live in a broken world that constantly tempts us to forget who we are, to set aside our spiritual gifts, and to put our needs ahead of others, God continuously presents us with opportunities to rise above the fray.
The Lord calls each of us, no matter what our age, to be heroic for Him in our daily lives, just as He called the biblical super heroes of old.
Here’s a great question: Have you ever felt the desire to act differently, to behave better, or to become a bigger person in a challenging situation than you would normally be inclined to be? Whenever we feel called to become more courageous, more altruistic, and more loving than we feel is humanly possible, we hear God whispering in our ears, tugging at our heartstrings, inviting us to become more and more like Jesus.
We live in a world where people often disappoint us, but in God’s Kingdom, love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8). That’s the standard that God sets for us. We are to aim high, go for the gold, and live out Jesus’ commandment:
Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:12-13
We often see young children dressed as superheroes, ready to fight the powers of darkness – to align with good and not evil. Little do they know at this young age that this reflects the very heart of God;
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
The Bible is filled with examples of ordinary people whose names and stories we know because they placed their faith in God in the midst of challenging circumstances, obediently following His instructions and allowing His Holy Spirit to work, even when human logic told them a desirable outcome was simply not possible!
Every day, as we listen to the news and hear what is happening in our communities, our country, and the world around us, it’s apparent that we need to reflect the qualities, mindset, and heart of the superheroes we admire in the Bible. How do we go about doing that? To become an Ultimate Super Hero for God, think of traits like faithfulness, honesty, patience, and self-control as just a start to cultivating characteristics and qualities of a real life superhero!
Superheroes may entertain us, but aspiring to be superheroes for God has everlasting impact and eternal value!
Submitted by Rebecca Klemm
Adapted from Faithgateway.com
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- LEWIS: Lucy, William, Michael and John
- LINKE: Chris, Darren, Cassandra, Joanna, Angela and William
- LIU: Freddie, Ruby, Richie and Reming
- LLOYD: Julie, James, Jemima and Annabel
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Edith Unger – Volunteer
- Pastor Peter Ziersch
- John Morgan – Caretaker
- Deane Prior – 1/2 Teacher
- Please pray for all in our school community that are unwell
and have succumb to one of the many colds or flu that are doing the rounds at this time of year.
1 Savannah Campbell
1 Georgia Leggett
1 Benjamin Schultz
1 Tiara Schultz
3 Bella Cooper
11 Charlie Kenny
11 Michael Ratsch
23 Stevie Schwarz
27 Jayden Ahrns
31 Mitchell Harvey
5 Asia Kuchar
25 Olivia Emmett
30 Dylan Leggett
What’s your superpower? We began this week looking at our rattling, ‘Captain America’, in Monday’s staff devotion. It led to a somewhat divergent discussion around superheroes in general and what kind of superpowers we’d like to have. In my eyes all of the staff at Good Shepherd are superheroes with amazing ‘powers’ that contribute to our beautiful school community. Let me introduce our Awesome Avengers…
Marvellous Mel, always playful and positive.
Daring Dan, defeats gloom with good humour and humility.
Radiant Rhian, constantly sparkling and eager to try new things.
Joyful Josie, she’s number one for creativity and dedication.
Darling Danette, the epitome of ‘grace under pressure’.
Judicious John, he’s the master of ingenuity.
Lovely Lara, taking us on an amazing journey each week.
Super Sarah, spreading cheerfulness and laughter in a most ‘accountant-like’ manner.
Resilient Renae, hardworking and trustworthy in so many roles.
Delightful Dee, always able to see the silver lining with a heart of gratitude.
Sensational Sonya, persistence and patience are her secret weapons.
Brilliant Brenton, our awesome ‘grime-fighter’.
Beautiful Bec, caring and kind-hearted service in all that she does.
Reliable Renee, her helpfulness and versatility are appreciated by all.
Fantastic Fiona, scatters love and joy wherever she goes.
Jaunty Jayden (the real alter ego of Captain America), bursting with enthusiasm and passion for his vocation.
With a team of inspiring superheroes like these we are in good hands!
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Hausler’s 5/6 Class
The Year 5/6 class have had a super busy Term 2! It started with a camp and will end with students participating in the school concert. Along the way students have become immersed in many learning experiences across a range of concepts. They have enjoyed creating our class football league, with students creating their own guernsey’s and then enlarging them to 2 times their original size, problem solving a way to create a fixture and then playing the matches against their peers which has helped students learn their six times tables and practice using more than one function to solve a problem. Some students have had the opportunity to be league CEO which has required them to gather the results after each round and create a ladder (the current one can be found on our class door)!
Our current unit of inquiry is focusing on the central idea that “Natural systems use diverse components to function”. Some of the learning experiences have included students learning how animals and plants are classified using a dichotomous key exploring the differences between a food web and a food chain, identifying adaptations that animals and plants have to live in their ecosystem and the names and differences between ecosystems. Students were fortunate to visit the Adelaide Zoo and be involved with lessons regarding adaptations and classifications from a zookeeper and educator from the zoo. On their return to school students have enjoyed the opportunity to create a plan for a zoo of their own (some with real animals, some with mythical or imaginary animals). This has allowed students to use their understanding of processes involved in solving large number problems, area, perimeter and conversion between units in a practical and open-ended way.
Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Week 8:
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Spencer Pech – Communicator – Spencer confidently expressed his ideas and showed what he had created that related to our Show and Tell topic. He patiently waited for his turn and listened to others.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Oscar Doyban – Communicator – Oscar showed he was a communicator when he said ‘good morning’ confidently in a different language. He listened carefully to the teacher and his peers when working in a group.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Grace Alexander – Enthusiam – Grace has shown enthusiasm in concert practises and was always thinking of ideas.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Ella Randall – Thinker – Ella displayed deep thinking skills as she considered the similarities and differences between monotheistic religions.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Alex Rowe – Communicator – Alex demonstrated excellent communication with her partner during her Christian Studies project to create an intriguing script and interesting characters.
This week I have chosen an article by Dr Tim Clinton (Blogger for Dr James Dobson).
God is at Work — Even in Your Pain
God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. As you go through the dark, deep valleys in your life, remember that the great Apostle Paul was even pounded by the evil one. All hell seemed to be against him. In his moment of darkness, he begs God to get rid of this thorn in his flesh, this messenger of Satan that was harassing him. (II Corinthians 12:8)
What messenger of Satan has come your way? Does it feel like there is a thorn deep in your flesh, and you can find no relief? Have you pleaded with God to just take it away? Paul did. He cried out to God not just once, but three times. And still God chose not to remove his thorn.
In all of this Paul learned something special. God simply spoke to him and said, “I have provided grace for you. Sufficient grace. Grace to remind you and reassure you that through this weakness, I will show My Power.”
Paul got the message. He declared that he would be, not just “ok” with this, but that he would be most glad about it. He went on to say that he would not only be content with the “thorn” but also with insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. He understood that you can’t control your life. God will be at work. He will use the “thorn”—the messenger of Satan—to remind you that He is all you need. He is in control. Look around you. Can you see it? Grace… more and more grace…
Take Care & God’s Richest Blessings,
Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain)
A few weeks ago the McMartin family kindly spent a considerable amount of time over one weekend mowing, raking and sweeping up several trailer loads of leaves, pine needles and other organic matter that had accumulated over the school playground, oval, tennis courts and car parks. We are very fortunate to have families in our school community that are willing to give up their free time to help make our school ‘shine’. We are very grateful and appreciative for the work that the McMartin’s have done!
An amazing 73% of the school has already completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2019. What a fabulous effort! You have until 16 September to complete the Challenge.
It will be holiday borrowing next week. This means that students can take home double the amount of books.
Overdue notices will be going home today. Please ensure you have returned all books so you are able to partake in holiday borrowing.
Please note there are no canteen orders available on Friday 28th June 2019. Teachers will be sending out further information in the next week.
Winter Pie Drive
Thank you for supporting our Winter Pie Drive.
Please remember that orders can be collected from the Canteen
on Thursday 27th June 2019
from 3.00pm to 4.00pm.
Students have been working hard at making props in Art, learning lines, singing songs and rehearsing as we near closer to the school concert.
On Monday a letter will be sent home to parents with further details on timings etc but for now please make a note of the following rehearsal and performance requirements:
Dress Rehearsal – Tuesday 25th June
Please note that there will be a full dress rehearsal next Tuesday. Students will come to school in their school uniform, change at school before and after the rehearsal, and leave costume items at school.
Matinee Performance – Wednesday 26th June
The matinee performance will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 26th June. Students will come to school in their school uniform, change at school and wear/take their costume home.
Evening Performance – Thursday 27th June
All students are to arrive at school dressed in their costumes by 6.45pm. They are to report to their teachers in their classrooms. Parents can then be seated at the Hub. We expect that the performance will run for approximately 1 hour.
At the conclusion of the performance students will return to their classrooms and will need to be collected by a parent/carer. Please acknowledge that you have taken your child with each teacher prior to leaving the classroom.
Thank you to those of you that have helped us to source some props however, we are still seeking a couple of items. Please contact us if you would be willing to loan us any of the following:
– A canvas water bag
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|June 23||8.45am HC||10.30am HC|
|June 30||10.30am (HC)
KEVS Service Times
|June 23||5.30pm||9.00am HC||80th Anniversary Women’s Fell. 11.00am|
|June 30||9.00am HC||4.30pm||11.00am|
Monday 24 June
Build a Rocket Ship