Good Shepherd Grapevine – 20 September 18
‘Going UP the Downward Escalator’
Genesis 28: 10-22 – Jacob’s Dream at Bethel.
The Christian faith is often compared to climbing a ladder. ‘Jacob’s ladder’ (Genesis 28:10-22) was a popular symbol among Christian mystics in the Middle Ages, because it represented the struggle the Christian must undertake to reach perfection. And I suspect that many of us still have this kind of picture in mind when we think about the Christian faith. To a certain extent images like this can be helpful if they are properly explained.
The problem with the idea of the ladder, however, is that it tends to set us off in the wrong direction. It tends to make us far too concerned with things that are ‘out of this world’, over which we have no control, rather than the things that belong to this world, that God has made us responsible for – our family, our community, our environment.
Unfortunately, religion can tempt us to try and ‘float up’ to heaven to escape the problems of this world, when really we should be seeking to come on ‘down to earth’, to learn what it means to really live here, in this world.
The Christian faith proclaims a God who, in Jesus Christ, was quite happy to live among us 2000 years ago.
This same God is still a ‘down to earth’ God today. So we don’t have to try and climb up to heaven to find God, because God has promised to be here with us on earth right now.
Through the words and actions of Jesus, God works to convince us that we are accepted and called by God to remain here on earth (for the moment, anyway). God can take care of heaven for now, let’s serve him by taking care of his earth today.
Written by Pastor Rob Borgas
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- LLOYD: James, Julia, Jemima & Annabel (last week)
- MARSCHALL: Jerome, Kathryn, Denver & Lachlan
- McCARTHY: Jim, Kylie, William & Sean
- McGORMAN: Paul, Kimberley, Ava, Charli & Archie
- McMARTIN: Troy, Kristy, Sienna & Hunter
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Lara Hepner – German
- Brenton Klau – Bus driver & cleaner
- Fiona Lloyde – School Chaplain
- We pray for the interview panel for the new positions available at Good Shepherd. May God be your guide in selecting the ‘best fit’ for our school.
- We praise and thank God for Pastor Rob and the time and support he gives to all the staff and parents at Good Shepherd.
We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
and those in the holidays:
2 Mr Dan Hausler
8 Kaitlin Schultz
10 Mrs Mel Hooker
14 Mr Simon Herrmann
15 Tom Blenkiron
20 Tyson Grundel
25 Ella Randall
30 Mason Lade
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 Jayden Ahrns
4 Brodie Heinrich
14 Mitchell Harvey
23 Sam Klau
30 Romek Kuchar
30 Jesse Brandon
2 Hannah Noack
4 Alananah Trinne
28 Amelia Klemm
It was fantastic to see so many families at the Bonfire Night. The weather was kind and we had a beautiful, clear afternoon and evening together. A number of 2019 school families also attended and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for looking out for them and welcoming them to Good Shepherd. During the night someone said, ‘it’s like a great big family gathering’. So true, Good Shepherd is like one big, caring family. Yes, we have our ups and downs, sometimes disagreements but also celebrations and we always have a wonderful time when we take time to sit down together and have fun over food and fellowship. A crackling fire, marshmallows, a beverage or two and good company. Often it’s the really simple things that are the best memories. Thank you to our awesome P and F and the wonderful Angaston Lions for organising the night and preparing the food, it was fantastic.
In a similar vein, it was wonderful to see so many families coming to worship with our parish congregations at the ‘Blessing of the Animals Parish Service’ last Sunday. Dogs, cats, roosters, rabbits, things in boxes and things in blankets – all came forward to receive a blessing along with their human friends. Many stayed on for the community lunch afterwards, catching up with old friends and making new ones. This once a year event is a special highlight for our school. We know we are so greatly blessed to have strong relationships with the Angaston/Moculta and KEVS congregations and we value their prayers and support.
The School Council would like to thank families for completing the recent uniform survey. There was a strong response from over half of our school community. The vast majority feel that our uniform represents the school well but there is room for some improvement around issues of usability. Students in years 5 to 7 were also asked to provide their feedback via the survey. The survey results were discussed at Governing Council with the recommendation that a sub-committee be convened to explore what options are possible. These will be presented back to Governing Council. We will keep you informed throughout this process.
I would like to wish our school community a peaceful and restful term three break. Meanwhile it will be anything but peaceful and restful back at the school! When you come back here you will be in for a few surprises. The Junior Primary building project will be starting from the first week of the October holidays and continue throughout the term. Yes, things will be topsy turvy for term four with the F/1 Class relocating to the German Room and the 2/3 Class setting up in the library but it will all be worth it when the Junior Primary students start school in term one of next year in their brand new, state of the art, fabulous new learning spaces! Stay tuned for progress reports….
Wellbeing News – Achieving Mindfulness
People achieve mindfulness when the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. (www.mindful.org) It’s about stopping your body and mind so that you can focus your thoughts on one particular thing. Our bodies and minds don’t often let us do this as we have so many different tasks or thoughts on the go at once. The problem is we often get overwhelmed with trying to achieve so many things at once that we don’t complete any of them to the best of our ability. By putting our focus on just one thing we can learn how to prioritise and how to focus in times when we feel all is lost.
We practise mindfulness techniques with our students at Good Shepherd. Some of us use the SmilingMinds iPad app, others practice meditation techniques with their class and others allow students to be quiet and reflective as they colour in mandalas or other colouring in pages. There is an endless list of ways that mindfulness can be practiced or achieved, and often what works or someone may not work for the next. The following comes from the Kids Matter website which lists some fantastic benefits of practicing mindfulness as well as providing some great examples of how you can practice mindfulness at home with your children:
The benefits of mindfulness with children
- Research shows that mindfulness training increases connectivity in the frontal lobe of the brain, which is linked to improved attention, memory processing and decision making abilities.
- Mindfulness training involves tuning in to internal and external experiences with curiosity resulting in increased self-awareness, social awareness, and self-confidence.
- Mindfulness training increases children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions, especially difficult emotions such as fear and anger, through breathing and other grounding techniques.
- Mindfulness has been shown to improve empathy or the ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling, which improves children’s awareness of others and helps them to build positive relationships.
Mindfulness and childhood mental health
- Mindfulness training has been to shown to reduce the severity of depression, anxiety and ADHD in children.
- Mindfulness builds resilience by giving children skills to help them to cope better with stress, as well as engage more fully with themselves and the world.
Mindfulness for parents
The best thing parents can do to help their children become more mindful is to commit to some regular mindfulness practices themselves! The more present and mindful you are with your children, the more happy, mindful and resilient they will be. Mindfulness training can assist parents to remain in the present moment and engage more fully when interacting with their children. Research shows that parents and carers who practice being mindful around their children contribute to improving their child’s sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
Mindful play: Dedicate a window of time each week to mindfully play with your child or children. Turn off all other distractions such as TV, and put your mobile away and on silent. Try to give them your full attention during this time and if your mind wanders off to all the things you should be doing, that’s fine – that’s just what minds do! Use your child as an anchor to come back to every time your mind wanders away.
- Mindful cooking: Cooking together can be a great way to spend quality time. Help your child notice the colours, smell and taste of the ingredients as you add them to the meal, and the touch of the different items as you cook.
- Mindful dinnertime: Create a time for your family to appreciate and savour their food at the start of a meal by spending the first few minutes of dinner in silence, just eating and enjoying the food. It’s a surprisingly nice activity to do with the whole family, and done regularly, can become a lovely ritual.
- Mindful teeth brushing: Getting kids to brush their teeth can be a challenge, so why not make it a challenge, by inviting them to try to do it mindfully with you? Invite them to pay attention to the feel of the brush in their mouth and the sensation and taste of the toothpaste. Ask them three things they noticed that was different about their brushing tonight than from the previous night.
I challenge you to try one or more of these techniques at home and would love to hear the stories of how it is received – research suggests you will be doing your child and yourself a great favour!
Welcome to New Family
This week we welcomed Thomas & Rebecca Bawden and their daughter Ruby to Year 1 in Mrs Mel Emmett’s Class.
We hope you settle in well as you join our wonderful Good Shepherd Community.
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assemblies Monday 10th & 17th September
Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
BELLA HARVEY – RISK TAKER – You have grown in confidence with taking risks in your learning and attempting tasks independently that may seem hard at first. You try hard to find solutions to problems and seek help when needed.
DYLAN LEGGETT – COMMUNICATOR – For being a communicator when you confidently express your ideas, yet patiently wait for your turn and listen to others. You are kind and caring towards others, often helping out without being asked.
Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz
BEN SCHULTZ – RISK TAKER – Ben made a big effort to get used to the expectations and routines in the 2/3 class. It was great to see him volunteer to take a major part in the drama skit for Chapel!
TIARA SCHULTZ – RISK TAKER – Tiara has made a big effort to get used to the expectations and routines in the 2/3 class. It was great to see her smiling with her peers and putting a great effort into her school work.
MITCHELL MATHEWS – RISK TAKER – Mitchell has made a big effort to become part of the 2/3 class. It was great to see him mixing well with his peers.
PRIYA RATHJEN – PRINCIPLED – Priya is principled in the way she approaches her school work. She always tries her best and particularly showed commitment, enthusiasm and creativity as she worked in a small group to role play an Indigenous Dreamtime story.
Year 4 Class—Mr Mick Emmett
ELLA TRENWITH – REFLECTIVE – Ella has made significant improvement in regards to her focus, identifying the spaces that are most workable for her and the questions she needs to ask to clarify expectations.
WILLIAM McCARTHY – REFLECTIVE – William proactively checked the criteria on the final Maths assignment in order to enhance his grade. He added more key terminology and specific data to justify his prediction.
MILLIE SCHOLZ – REFLECTIVE – Millie has used her work with her tutor to assist her to work in Maths more independently.
Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann
FLETCHER SMITH – THINKER – Fletcher thought carefully about how to solve different questions involving adding and subtracting fractions. He applied different skills and also used his previously learnt knowledge to help him solve the problems.
KAITLIN SCHULTZ – RISK TAKER – Kaitlin has been a risk taker as she has been willing to ask questions, share her ideas and mix with others in the classroom, after recently starting at Good Shepherd. It was also great to see her participate in the School Parish Service where she confidently led a prayer. Well done Kaitlin on being a risk taker.
Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan
JOANNA LINKE – THINKER –Joanna was a thinker when she created and designed her own logo. She used her critical and creative thinking skills to produce a fantastic new logo for Krispy Kreme’s.
ALEX ROWE – RISK TAKER – During Bike Education lessons she approached uncertainty with forethought and determination and was resilient when faced with challenges during the lesson.
YEAR 6.7 CLASSROOM SNAPSHOT
What a busy term we have had in the Year 6/7 classroom!
We worked on our Unit of Inquiry with the central idea
“An understanding of consumers can help businesses plan ahead for greater success”. This was such a great, engaging unit and the students had lots of opportunities to gain a real deep understanding. One of these ways was a variety of members from our wider community who have either run a successful business or are currently running one. Mrs Herrmann came in and spoke about her business “She Loves Life”, Skye Underwood came in and spoke about her business that she purchased “Alabaster”, Amber Rushton spoke at length about how you can market your business and Mr Pech talked about his journey to become an electrician and be his own boss! These were fabulous ways of learning new knowledge and the students appreciated very much learning this way.
For the year 7 students they are about to embark on their final unit for the year and their primary school life, Exhibition. The transdisciplinary theme this year is “How we express ourselves”, a unit I personally am very excited to see where it leads. Students are currently in the process of choosing a world issue like homelessness, poverty, war or mental health that they will inquiry into. Then early next term they will choose a form of expression like photography, street art, 3D modelling, scrapbooking or dance to help express their problem. The possibilities are endless and very exciting!
Whilst our year 7 students are working on Exhibition our year 6 students are working on their own business plan in an area that they are interested in. This is a fabulous opportunity for students to take the new knowledge that they have learnt over the term and apply it to establishing a business in an area of great interest to them.
Mrs Hooker and the students in 6/7
Year 5 – 7 Arts Excursion
Josie Wundersitz – Year 2/3 teacher
What does a tiny bird sculpted out of scrap metal and a grand organ with over 2000 pipes have in common? Both are an artistic means of expression! The Year 5/6 and 6/7 classes spent Thursday of week 6 in Tanunda visiting Joel Zimmermann’s SALA exhibition and the Barossa Regional Gallery to hear the Hill and Son Grand Organ being played (built in 1875 and the oldest concert organ in Australia). We also ventured below the organ to see the “guts” of this massive instrument, complete with bellows. Steve Kaesler, the organ player, spoke to us about how the organ works and how it was restored. Joel helped us to understand his sculpture making process and we saw his many wrens on display. Thank you to Mrs Doecke and our parent helpers who attended the morning.
Joel Zimmermann's Bird Sculptures
I enjoyed seeing all the sculptures and learnt that you don’t always have to get things right the first time. Kayley
I thought the sculptures were cool because they were made out of metal. Sam K
Hill & Son Grand Organ
The sound of the organ and how the air went through the pipes surprised me. I liked the bird sculpture that was on a piston. Riley S
I learnt that the organ has lots of keyboards! Jemima B
I enjoyed going under the organ and learnt that there are more pipes than can be seen. Fletcher
I liked the detail of the sculptures and the sound of the organ. Liam
Just some information you may find interesting, taken from:
*Because of newsletter space parts B and C of this information will be in the next two newsletters.
Not Every Act of Meanness is Bullying
One of our jobs is to help children and young people to interpret events proportionally. However, in recent times, I have seen a shift involving the wrong application of words like trauma, depression and bullying. When these very meaningful words are misused, their misuse can result in unwanted consequences. What might be the ‘unkind’ behaviour of another may, in fact, not be ‘bullying’. In this article we discuss the differences between unkindness and bullying – and how defining the two correctly can teach kids resilience and how to cope with conflict.
Anyone who spends a great deal of time with children or simply remembers their own childhood or schoolyard days, would know that children can be downright mean. An experiment by Debra Pepler at York University brought together children from years 1 to 6 who were identified by their teachers as particularly aggressive or particularly non-aggressive. What the study found was that the aggressive children were mean to others on average every two minutes and more revealingly, the non-aggressive children also displayed mean behaviour but on average every three minutes.
Conflict is unfortunately a part of life that we all deal with, no matter what age.
Bullying is however, way more than that and can have serious and sometimes tragic consequences. Yet the term ‘bullying’ seems to be readily bandied around these days for all forms of ‘mean behaviour’ …………… continued next newsletter.
Principal’s Afternoon Tea
The Principal’s Afternoon Tea is by special invitation. Each teacher nominates two students to be invited to a very special afternoon tea with the Principal, Mrs Anne Marschall in the staff room.
It affords an opportunity for every day ‘quiet achievers’ who may or may not ‘shine’ in traditionally recognised areas such as sports or academics, to be acknowledged for the important role that they play in this school. These students may be the ones who go out of their way to look out for others, quietly do the jobs that others ignore or push themselves to improve against their own personal best. The Principal’s Afternoon Tea is our way of saying, “We see you and we thank you”.
The Principal's Afternoon Tea held on 20 September
Foundation / Year 1 – Alexander Johnson & Dillon Lade
Year 2 & Year 3: – Tiara Schultz & Thomas Porter
Year 4: – William McCarthy & Heath Atyeo (absent)
Year 5 & Year 6: – Angela Linke & Michael Ratsch
Year 6 & Year 7: – Zac Smith & Tristan Pearson
‘Blessing of the Animals’
Thank you to parents and children for bringing along your lovely pets for the blessing by Pastor Rob Borgas.
Read about it in The Principal’s News from Mrs Anne Marschall.
Monday 24th September
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.
CFS CAR PARK
Parents are advised they are NOT to park in the CFS car park across the road. The Chief came to explain the difficulty when the alarm has gone and CFS members arrive to head out on their fire trucks.
Opening hours for the remainder of Term 3 will continue on Thursday morning 8.45 – 9.15am.
Uniform Shop will be open every MONDAY 3.30 – 4.00pm
Thank you to Virginia Harvey for taking on the role of Uniform Shop Volunteer. We appreciate Kathryn Marschall’s offer of assistance during the hand over.
Second Hand Uniforms:
We would love to have more second hand uniform as we have had a run on them with many new students that commenced in the last few weeks – Must get our stocks up ready for next year !
Support from the GSLS families would be greatly appreciated to help raise funds as well as being part of a local community event which promotes our wonderful school.
As you can imagine lots of preparation and organisation is required for an event like this … and many hands make light work … so we would like to invite you to be part of the volunteer crew. We need assistance with setting up, food service, cashier table and packing up.
Please fill out the reply slip that went home last week or contact Selena Grundel to indicate the time/s you are able to assist by Thursday 20th September.
With many thanks from the GSLS P&F
Contact: Selena Grundel 0419 217 212
WEEK 3- FRIDAY 21st September
RECESS: Spagetti & Toast $1.00
LUNCH: Roast Lamb & Vegies $4.00
Roast lamb, cocktail potatoes, carrots, peas, corn & gravy.
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: Fruit Cup – Watermelon, Orange & Apple $1.50
LUNCH: Spring rolls, Dim Sims & Fried Rice $3.50
Cocktail vegetable spring rolls & beef dim sims served with fried white rice
(peas, carrorts, corn, egg).
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|September 23||10.45 am HC|| 8.45 am
|September 30||8.45 am HC
|—||10.45 am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|September 23||11.00 am||9.00 am HC||—|
|September 30||9.00 am HC||10.00 am LR||11.00 am|
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