Good Shepherd Grapevine – 20 May 2021
I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. (NLT) Ephesians 3: 16-18
We sometimes imagine that our basic problem is that we don’t love God enough. Apart from trying to figure out just what “enough” means, this is mistaken. Our basic problem is that we don’t know how much God loves us. His love is primary, our love is responsive.
Our lives are to be lived out of a deep awareness of how much we are loved. When it comes to his loving of us, God throws out the ration book. He does not dole it out in some miserly way so that we get just enough to survive on. He pours it out lavishly, but we so often fail to grasp it and so our lives are not rooted in love but in fear or guilt or shame or insecurity.
We may think we are not worthy of that love. In which case we have to realise that the love of God is not a payback for our good behaviour but a free gift offered to all, worthy or not. Or we may wonder how anybody could possibly love us because we have had so little experience of it from other human beings. In which case we have to realise that God is not like those other human beings whose love for us is ego driven, fickle, or sometimes disastrously misguided.
The bedrock reality of our lives of faith is that God loves us and that Jesus is evidence of this. All else follows from this. Being loved is the rich soil from which all our fruitfulness and fulfilment grows.
Submitted by Jennifer Grieger
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- JACHMANN: Melissa, Damon, Cooper, Nash and Harley
- JOHN: Rachel, Justin, Eleanor, Harvey and Piper
- JOHNSON: Tanya, Phillip, Alex and Bailey
- KENNY: Caroline, Jonathan, Bella, Claudia, Charlie & Bonnie
- Jodie Hampton – PE Teacher/The Arts
- Edith Unger – Volunteer
- Bec Liersch – Teacher
- Linda Fiebiger – LSO
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
2 Grace Alexander
3 Sofia Seabrook
5 Heidi Pritchard-Gordon
11 Nash Jachmann
14 Casey Rowe
18 Lillie Byrne
19 Campbell Pech
21 Samuel Scanlon
22 Emma Scholz
27 Brodie Heinrich
29 Dexter Lawrence
29 Scarlett Lawrence
8 Archie McGorman
22 Priya Rathjen
25 Cooper Jachmann
26 Samuel Scanlon
I don’t know how you feel about walking but I love it. I try to walk every day, rain or shine, even if that often means I have to get up around 5.00am to fit it into my day. Walking is not only good for the body but also good for the mind. When I walk in daylight, I enjoy noticing the changing seasons of the beautiful Barossa. Sometimes there’s little unexpected surprises on my walks, classic cars on the road, a hot air balloon drifting above and sometimes I’m startled by kangaroos bounding out of the vineyards. Once I was lucky enough to see a koala. Of course, these are special days, more often than not my walks are uneventful, quiet times of solitude to plan for my day, work through any challenges that I might be facing and think about my blessings.
This has been a week of focusing on walking. Last week we celebrated National Walk Safely to School Day. Despite the light drizzle we had a happy band of students, younger siblings, parents and grandparents joining with staff to walk from the Angaston Foodland carpark to Good Shepherd. Walk Safely to School Day was established 22 years ago to promote walking with children, supporting safe pedestrian behaviour and to encourage daily walking habits. Although we don’t all live close enough to Good Shepherd to walk to school we can all fit more time into our day to be a little more active which not only benefits us but sometimes others too.
And that is my not so subtle segue into the next paragraph……
Tomorrow we will all be walking laps of the oval between recess and lunch. This is part of the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) fundraising initiative, ‘Walk My Way’ raising money for refugee children in East Africa. In recent weeks staff from ALWS have spoken at a Chapel service and run workshops in the school sharing with our students about the life of children in the refugee camps. Every $26 dollars that we raise will send a refugee child in East Africa to school for a WHOLE year! If you would like to donate, it’s easy. Just go to: walkmyway.org.au and search for our team under ‘Good Shepherd Lutheran School Angaston’. Every single dollar makes a difference. Anyone is welcome to walk along with us on the day, so if you can join us the more the merrier!
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Evans’ 6/7 Class
Every year as part of our persuasive writing focus, the year 6/7 students host a public debate of a topic that focuses on attempting to win over an audience with statistics, showmanship and propaganda! Some of the topics this year include: Do sports stars deserve so much money? Country life is better than city life, as well as the age old question, are aliens real?
Sport stars only work one day a week usually. They should definitely not be paid as much as most other jobs because other people work a lot harder and for a lot longer. An example of this are military workers. Being a military worker is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Military workers go to war for months and sometimes even years to fight for their country and some don’t even come back from war. Even then they still don’t even get 1% the amount of money that the most paid athletes would get. The average soldier gets paid $63,500 per year compared to the average basketball player that gets paid $186,000 per year. The highest paid basketball players like Steph Curry get paid $40 million per year. Basketball players only have to play 1 game every now and then but the soldiers have to fight everyday and work hard all day. Basketball players have fun with their teammates and playing basketball. Army soldiers come back from the war with lost body parts, bad injuries, feeling traumatised and having bad mental health. Basketball players get injuries sometimes, but army soldiers get a lot more injuries more often and go through a lot more pain with a lot of other bad things. Jed Klau
You’re in the city having the warm sun shining on you, but then you open the window and hear the loud traffic and smell the disgusting air. You’re wanting for it to go away but it doesn’t go and you feel sick after. You close the window and then you’re throwing up in the toilet. But in the country, you’re smelling fresh air! Firstly, the country air is great to breathe in because people want clean air so they can’t get sick from breathing in carbon dioxide. In the city there are so many cars that run on petrol or diesel, and that pollutes the air because of the smell. People are working in factories near the city and the wind blows it over the city and it kills the fresh green plants. The city is disgusting because there no greenery for the city to be smelling better than the polluted air. In the city people are making things in factories with gas with oil and coal which isn’t renewable. That’s why being in the country is better than the city! Tom Noack
Okay, sure, some animals need to be in zoos. But most of those animals only went there because of the acts of people! They are harmed and abused by those people and are having to do things they don’t want to do! Trapped in cages, starved and trained to do tricks they wouldn’t have learnt in the wild. They are killed for not doing the things that some zoo keepers want them to do. And what for? Tourists? Money? Fame? Seriously! The greed some people have is unbelievable. Teachers wouldn’t bring young children to a real solitary confinement with actual insane people in them would they? But they think taking them to a zoo with miserable caged animals in cages that are way to tiny for them is fine? Animals have feelings possibly even more of a heart than some people but we still treat them horribly. We need to change. How would you feel if you had to be taken away from your family, stuffed in a cage and had cameras flashing nonstop at you until the day you die? It’s not fair for them. Jaslyn Grundel
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 3 – Monday 10 May 2021|
|FDN||Deacon Grieger||Inquirer||Deacon is so curious about the world. He asks meaningful questions and loves to challenge himself. Deacon is a natural problem solver, this is really evident when he is using his ‘engineer brain’ to design, reflect on and modify structures and vehicles.|
|1/2||Charlie Kenny||Risk Taker||Charlie demonstrates great courage as he builds new relationships, shares his ideas confidently and takes part in activities that used to worry him.|
|2/3||Sean McCarthy||Inquirer||Sean has displayed plenty of commitment towards his inquiry into different places within Australia as well as the rest of the world. He has discovered some interesting facts and enthusiastically shared these with others.|
|Lily has shown she is open minded by starting the term in a positive way. She has been open to new learning, new routines and a new teacher. She has begun to show more confidence by contributing her ideas to class discussions and class meetings.|
|6/7||Casey Rowe||Principled||Casey showed great resilience and persistence with her work in her persuasive debate as she was able to be flexible and change topics to suit her peers, even though she really wanted a certain and particular topic.|
|Week 4 – Monday 17 May 2021|
|FDN||Evie Cooper||Caring/Principled||Evie is such a kind-hearted member of the Foundation class. He always makes sure that others are invited to join in. Evie is quick to support her friends when they are unsure or sad with her kind and gentle manner. Evie can always be relied on to do the right thing and encourage others to do the same.|
Charlie thinks carefully about his learning and shares insightful comments and ideas with the class. He works hard and supports others in developing understandings. He has shown particularly great focus during the ‘where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry.
Cooper is a healthy and happy student who has been developing great focus in learning times. He is active and has a great understanding of what it means to eat healthily, as shown in our recent inquiries. He is also a trusted friend who is respected and relied upon to solve problems fairly.
|2/3||Dexter Lawrence||Risk Taker||Dexter has shown that he is a risk taker by being able to adapt so quickly to new school and classroom expectations and routines. He has shown confidence to make new friends and become involved in all lessons.|
|4/5||Priya Rathjen||Open-Minded||Priya demonstrated resilience and patience throughout NAPLAN last week. Despite having numerous interruptions during her test, she pushed on and didn’t let it stop her from doing her best.|
|6/7||William McCarthy||Knowledgeable||William displayed great knowledge and enthusiasm this past week through NAPLAN as he worked on every test with great persistence and great strategic reasoning.|
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Trusting you are all braving this cold weather. I must say,”it has been lovely hearing the rain falling on my tin roof.” My tanks are being filled and that is always a bonus. With a change in weather sometimes our schedules seem to be upside down, but the next season for me is a time of reflection, rest and enjoying some quiet time. I must also say, “it is certainly a lovely time to be living in the Barossa Valley, the leaves are changing colour as well as falling”.🙂
This week’s newsletter article is about parenting for emotionally healthy kids. Michael Grose, founder of Parenting ideas; explains that raising children and young people to reach emotional maturity is an often (unintentionally) neglected part of parenting. By paying attention to their emotions and responding rather than shutting down when their emotions get the better of them you will help lay the foundation to live healthy, balanced lives.
Gods richest blessings,
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Parenting for emotionally healthy kids
Most people steer clear from using destructive, toxic parenting strategies for fear of raising dysfunctional, emotionally unhealthy adults. Living vicariously through your kids or using fear to gain obedience are the types of strategies most parents avoid. So, what behaviours can parents practise that will help their kids function well, relate well to others and reach emotional maturity in adulthood? These behaviours will help your lay the foundation for your child to become an emotionally healthy adult.
Helping kids tolerate discomfort
While you don’t need to expose kids to pain just for the purpose of toughening them up, you don’t need to shield them from discomfort. Missing being picked for a team, a friend moving away and sitting a test that makes them nervous are the types of situations that reflect real adult-life. Providing children and young people with exposure to such experiences and giving them coping strategies such as positive distraction builds their resilience, which is essential for success and good mental acuity.
Validating their feelings
Telling kids to stop worrying or stop crying sends a message that emotions are bad. It teaches them to hide their emotions or fight their feelings. Similarly applying the terms ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to emotions sends a message that some emotions are not acceptable. The use of terms ‘pleasant’ and ‘unpleasant’ when discussing emotions is non-judgemental and shows your acceptance of all feelings. Let kids know through your language and behaviour that all emotions are a natural part of life, and that they provide important information to help them navigate their world. “Ahh! I see you feel upset about this” is the type of statement kids want to hear particularly when feelings are negative.
Letting kids live their own life
Parents have unrealised dreams as well as unhealed emotional scars. It can be tempting to put your own emotions onto your child or steer them away from areas of life that caused you pain. This practice places enormous pressure on children and restricts them from developing their own sense of self that comes from making your own life choices and living with the consequences. Kids require a certain amount of emotional space to develop their own interests and strengths that may be at odds with your expectations, which can be challenging when parenting small families.
Being emotionally available
One of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of parenting is sharing a child or young person’s emotional burdens. Supporting a child who is sad, or helping a young person manage disappointment is draining emotional labour, requiring your full attention. Supporting, coaching and coaxing kids when they are down is when parents do some of their most important work.
Raising children and young people to reach emotional maturity is an often (unintentionally) neglected part of parenting. By paying attention to their emotions and responding positively rather than shutting them down when their emotions get the better of them you will help lay the foundation to live healthy, balanced lives.
On Wednesday the whole school participated in National Simultaneous Storytime. Each class took part in reading “Give Me Some Space” by Philip Bunting. National Simultaneous Storytime is where a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places all around Australia and New Zealand. It is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy.
This year’s annual Book Fair was held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week and has been another succesful fundraiser for our school. Thank you to the many families that supported the fair this year. We also thank the fabulous Mrs John for her hard work in setting up the Book Fair and making herself available before/after school hours and during recess.
The annual P&F pie drive with McCue’s bakery is on again with order forms already sent home with your child. If you haven’t seen the form yet there are spares in the front office. Orders are due back by 4th June.
Mum’s Night Out
The P&F invite all mums to a night out! We will be meeting at 6:30pm on Saturday 5th June at Wanera Wine Bar in Angaston for drinks and dinner. This is a great way to get to know the other mums within the school. All welcome. RSVP on the FB event or to Amanda Pech.
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!
Our lovely Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia is in the Uniform Shop every Monday from 3.15 to 3.45pm. If you are unable to visit during this day/time you can place an order with Danette or Sarah at the Front Office.
Fees for Term 2 have been sent out to families. Please ensure that fees are paid in full by Friday 28th May 2021. Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.
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.
Building Blocks Playgroup
Thank you to Sarah Briones for stepping into the role of playgroup coordinator for Bec last week.
We look forward to seeing all our playgroup members next week as we create animal music. Please remember to bring along your gold coin donation and we always appreciate any help with the packing up at the end of the session.
Please contact or Playgroup Co-ordinator, Bec Bawden if oyu have any questions on 0427 538 371.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|Angaston Pastorate Service
9.30am HC Angaston
KEVS Service Times
|KEVS Pentecost Service, Springton, 10.30am HC|
|9.00am HC||4.30pm||11.00am HC|
Barossa Community Connector
The Barossa Community Connector is available to families living in the Angaston area. You are welcome to make contact with Tam who can help you connect to services in the local area or just have a chat about how life is going for you.
The Barossa Community Connector is a pilot project that aims to help people support their social, emotional and mental wellbeing as well as connecting with local services, or simply finding out some information to support you or your family.
You can also contact, make an appointment or send a query to Tam on:
P.: 0499 339 987 or email: email@example.com
The Barossa Community Connector is funded by The Barossa Council and the Department of Human Services.
Further information on the project is available at: https://www.barossa.sa.gov.au/community-and-wellbeing