Good Shepherd Grapevine – 21 February 2019
This Week’s Rattling –
I asked my class the other day why they think Christians believe God made people. The common response was ‘to make them happy’. It gets tricky when people think that God is there just to make them happy. Then when something bad happens, people may be quick to blame God or think he is bad or that he doesn’t exist because he allowed a bad time to happen. God never said life would be easy for Christians and instead said there was going to be hard times. Here are 3 suggestions why I think people may go through some hard times. All 3 reasons could be seen as a way God uses ‘clippers’ to ‘prune’ different parts of our lives.
1) Our will is not in line with God’s will.
When we think back to the story of Jonah, he had to experience being on a boat in a scary storm, being thrown into the ocean in the middle of nowhere and eaten by a fish. These were very bad and scary times for Jonah, but God had to help Jonah’s will line up with his own will. If Jonah had straight away done what God had asked him to, then he wouldn’t have had those terrible experiences.
One time I can think of in my life where I think God was trying to line up my will with his was when we were trying to make renovations to the house. We had our big plans, however everyone who came said it was going to be too hard or cost too much or they thought they couldn’t do it. So our dreams were crushed. Then a year later someone came and had bigger and better plans for the area, at a better cost. During the process I felt God saying we had to wait and now wasn’t the time, because God had bigger and better ideas for us.
2) To make us a better person.
Peter was devastated after he denied Jesus 3 times. He thought he was so loyal to Jesus and even told him so. When Peter’s heart broke that night it helped him become a stronger person. He was more devoted to Jesus than ever before and helped build the Christian church that we know today.
I feel God is trying to prune me at the moment, which unfortunately he hasn’t had success yet. The reason being, is to make me a better person. I’ve been feeling for a while now that God wants me to get rid of all my DVDs that don’t have good morals or don’t follow the 10 commandments. I really love my drama, action and thriller movies and TV shows. Together with my husband we would have over 500 DVDs and out of them we would only be able to keep a small handful. So I’m fighting this one, but I know it would make me a better person. One reason being it has made me immune to a lot of behaviour that shouldn’t be normal or appropriate.
3) To help us realise how God works through us.
I love how God used so many people in the Bible where they said ‘but I can’t do it’ and then they could, because they had God helping them. One man was King Saul. After a while Saul started to think that he was winning so many wars because he was so great and talented and not that God was working through him. Then things went downhill for Saul and he wasn’t winning the wars anymore. God was reminding him who had the power.
God has used different times in my life to make sure I knew he was behind any gifts and talents I may have whether in the classroom, giving messages in chapel or working in the garden. If I start to feel I’m great in an area, he knows how to give me a nudge and remind me to be grateful on how he helps and provides for me in what I do.
So I believe that sometimes we have bad times in our lives, because God is pruning us. It is great when we can realise and acknowledge it, because those times help point us to God and appreciate him even more. Even though being pruned can be difficult, it is needed to encourage new growth in us.
Year 3/4 Teacher
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- BARRETT: Tim, Sarah, Jemima, Matilda and Georgia
- BARRY: Renee, Trent, Rylan and Bridie
- BAWDEN: Rebecca, Thomas, Ruby, Shailah and Alex
- BRANDON: Deborah, Joel, Jesse and Jadon
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Dan Hausler
- Fiona Lloyde
- Danette Mifflin
- Dearne Prior
- This week we pray for our School Council. We pray that God guides them as they work together to provide a strong and viable foundation that our school community requires in order for us to continue to provide a unique Christ centered education to many families.
- We also pray for Anne, John and the Marschall family on the passing of John’s mother. We ask that our Lord helps them through this time of loss.
Many happy returns for:
23 Brayden Evans
26 Max Gaston
26 Fletcher Smith
3 Priya Rathjen
9 Amelia Emmett
It was great to see so many families in attendance at the recent Aloha Night. I got to know many of our new families a little bit better during the night and I could see others did too as friendships were being formed on the lawns or over the barbie. Social nights like Aloha are a good opportunity to start to become part of a school community but there are many other ways too. One of these is by volunteering in your school. We have a very active Parents and Friends group, led by new President, Amanda Pech. They have planned a number of fun raising and fund raising events for this year. The first is coming up this Sunday afternoon at the Angaston Oval. Our P and F have secured the tender to remove the ‘horse waste’. I don’t know about you but I can’t think of a nicer way to make friends and help your school than by bonding over pony poo. We will start on Sunday afternoon but there will be a second shift during Monday. Many hands make light work and this fundraiser will earn $1,000! Just think what that money can do in the school, new sun shades for sports day, upgrading the sound system in the Hub, additional outside seating, there are lots of possibilities. The School will also be represented at the Show on Saturday with a promotional stand. Why not stop by and say hello as you explore the Angaston Show?
Following feedback from staff and discussion at the recent Wellbeing sub-committee meeting, we are making some changes to the way we celebrate House Points at the school this year. Staff will continue to allocate and affirm students as they receive House points for acts of quiet service in the school but this affirmation will take place in the classroom rather than writing it on a sticky note and sticking it on the Hub wall. When a student receives a House point the student’s parents will be informed that this has happened and what it was received for. This will be communicated in a way that suits each teacher. It may be via see saw, an email, diary note or direct conversation but you will be ‘in the loop’ and able to congratulate your child also. Teachers will give their weekly House point tally to Mr Hausler who will update the totals on display in the hallway each week. We will continue to display images of the students in each House in the Hub. All the images will be updated and added to with the new students in the coming weeks.
In the last newsletter I appealed to parents who would be interested in forming a float committee for the upcoming Vintage Parade to come forward. So far we have only had one expression of interest. The biggest issue would appear to be the timing of this event, in the second week of the school holidays when many families are away. This is something outside of our control. Good Shepherd has entered a float for many years and I would love to see our school represented this year too but obviously we need a group of people to work on this. Please let me know in the coming week if this is something you are considering.
Performance Appraisal for Professional Development: A Process for Principals of Lutheran Schools
Appraisal is an important part of quality management as it allows strengths to be affirmed and areas for growth to be addressed. All Lutheran school principals undertake such reviews every three years. After meeting with Director, John Proeve, and in conjunction with our Principal, Anne Marschall, it has been agreed that a performance appraisal will be conducted in the coming weeks.
The survey will be administered by the Lutheran Education SA/NT/WA. Members of the school and some members of the parish community will be asked to complete this survey. The survey will be an on-line survey, forwarded by email, and the results will be anonymous. Your support of this process will be greatly appreciated as it will guide plans for the professional development of the Principal.
Chair of Council
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Hausler’s 5/6 Class
The Year 5/6 class (along with the Year 6/7 class) are currently working on their “How we express ourselves unit” which inquires into the central idea that states “Leaders possess unique qualities.”
One of the tasks that students have been involved in was an afternoon of guest speakers talking on the topic of leadership and the kinds of qualities needed to be a leader. We certainly appreciated the attendance and presentations of Mayor Michael Lange and Mr Craig Harvey. Some of the students summaries from the event can be found below:
- The Mayor said the most important things about leadership is taking responsibility and being honest. – Bella M
- Mr Harvey said normally the best leaders show integrity and make good life choices. – Annabel L
- Mr Harvey said to be the best you have to take risks and try hard to get things done. – Georgia L
- The Mayor said that a good leader will be honest with everyone. – Mitchell H
- Mr Hausler said that a good leader will make sure people know their roles, will stay positive and not be afraid to get their hands dirty. Mason L
- Mitchell’s dad said a good leader makes the right decisions and follows their dreams. – William L
- The Mayor said a good leader must be honest, communicate well and show integrity. – Jaslyn G
- Mr Hausler said that a good leader needs to be themselves, builds others up, trust God and works towards achieving goals. – Erin H
- Mayor Lange said that a good leader leads by example and tells the truth, because it is really hard to take back a lie. – Jadon B
- Mr Harvey told us that to be a good leader we should always be honest and cooperate with each other. – Casey R
IB PYP News – The PYP Language
I thought the way I might introduce myself as PYP coordinator was to give an outline of some of the PYP language. I hope this may help some of the new families to the school and for those who have been around for a long time, it may help hearing it again-even as staff we need to hear it over again.
To begin with there are 6 transdisciplinary themes:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet.
All 6 are covered over the year in each class in their Unit Of Inquiry lessons, this year Foundations are covering 4. They also are connected to everything we teach, whether it is German, Christian Studies or Maths.
Next we have the 8 Key Concepts:
- Form-What is it like?
- Function-How does it work?
- Causation-Why is it like it is?
- Change-How is it changing?
- Connection-How is it connected to other things?
- Perspective-What are the points of view?
- Responsibility-What is our responsibility?
- Reflection-How do we know?
Key concepts are like looking at the world around us with a different lens. If we look at a tissue box, we could have an inquiry on ‘Change’ by looking at how it has changed or how may it change in the future. ‘Responsibility’ by considering do they have any responsibilities around tissue boxes in the classroom or the impact on the environment. ‘Function’ by considering how a tissue is always ready after one is pulled out.
There are 10 learner profiles. IB learners strive to be:
The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognise their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, helping to create a better and more peaceful world. When students are encouraged to demonstrate attributes from the learner profiles, they are well on their way. We celebrate learner profiles through the reasons given in the awards during assembly.
There are 12 attitudes. Students should demonstrate:
The IB recognise knowledge, concepts and skills don’t alone make an internationally minded person, so we have a focus on the development of personal attitudes towards people, the environment and learning, which is where the attitudes come in. Students will show how the attitudes are fitting into their learning when they share at assembly this term.
You may have a look at how these are used in our UOI (Unit of Inquiry) displayed in the corridor.
Please note in your diaries the following performance dates and times for this year’s school concert:
– Matinee Performance: Wednesday 26th June 2019
– Evening Performance: Thursday 27th June 2019
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assembly Monday 11th February:
Foundation Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
JASPER PODOLSKI – Caring – You show care for others when they are hurt or upset. You are kind and considerate. You also look after the environment by putting your rubbish in the bin.
1/2 Class—Mrs Dearne Prior
CAMPBELL PECH – Communicator – By expressing himself confidently when sharing in front of his peers. He listens carefully to the teacher and follows instructions. He respects his peers and appreciates other student’s ideas and suggestions when working in small groups.
3/4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger
TOM NOACK – Inquirer – Tom was an inquirer when he explored the old pocket watch and asked many questions about it.
5/6 Class—Mr Dan Hausler
TILLY BARRETT – Caring – Tilly is a caring and considerate student. She has been accepting of all her peers and open to starting new friendships. It was terrific to see her showing compassion and care for her Foundation buddy during chapel.
6/7 Class—Mr Jayden Evans
SAM KLAU – Knowledgeable – By trying his hardest in all work areas and for making time for others by helping them with their work once he had completed his own. He showed great leadership and teamwork and wish that he keeps it up throughout the rest of the year.
Presented at Assembly Monday 18th February:
Foundation Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
WILL PITMAN – Knowledgeable – You showed that you were knowledgeable about our Unit of Inquiry topic and that you are interested to inquire and find out more about it. You are resourceful and often question the reason why things are the way they are.
1/2 Class—Mrs Dearne Prior
AVA Mc GORMAN – Caring – Ava always makes herself available to help others in her class even without being asked.
3/4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger
LUKE SCANLON – Balanced – Luke was trying to be balanced this week by using the knowledge he learnt at school to make excellent decisions to help his breakfast be more balanced.
5/6 Class—Mr Dan Hausler
HEATH ATYEO – Committed – It was wonderful to see Heath committed and determined to complete all his work demands last week. Most tasks were completed enthusiastically and with pride.
6/7 Class—Mr Jayden Evans
SHARLI GRUNDEL – Knowledgeable – By working on all her tasks with dedication and showing great effort in her spelling this week. Sharli showed great determination to finish all her work with great creativity and enthusiasm.
Hope you are all settling into the new school year. I have part 2 of the back to school survival guide.
Lots of Talk
When you choose not to rescue them and instead, show confidence in their ability to solve their own problems, they begin to feel capable.
Children love to know what is coming up and what something will look and feel like. Chatting casually about what to anticipate helps a child form ideas and pictures about what to expect. As a parent, you can talk about what is likely to happen in a day, like eating morning tea, and choosing who to sit next to. You could mention the teacher’s name and a few of the other children’s names as well. Anticipate the things your kids might worry about. For example, what they might do if they find themselves without a friend or needing some assistance. A simple little game that children love is, “What would you do if…” In a fun way, you can make up some likely (and some funny) scenarios that your children might face. It gives them a rehearsal of what to do when facing a dilemma. “What would you do if you lost your shoe?” “What would you do if you forgot your library book?” “What would you do if your teacher said you could do anything you liked for the rest of the day?”
Asking great questions is also a useful way to get children talking. The most frequently used questions tend to be, “How was school today?”, “Who did you play with?” and, “What did you do today?” Some keen children will answer these, but lots of kids will respond with something like, “It was okay,” or, “I can’t remember.” It is important not to make this time an inquisition or even a teaching time. A couple of alternative questions are, “What was the best part of your day today?” and, “What was your least favourite part?” If you keep the questions fun and light, your kids will enjoy participating. The key to get more out of children is to say less. When a parent nods and says, “Tell me more” it often draws more information out of a child. As your children share snippets of their day, use this time to add anything helpful they might have missed or misinterpreted.
Helping children make and keep friends
Most parents are anxious about this one. It helps if you keep in mind that children do not always have the same need for friendships as adults do. Some children are very happy pottering on their own or with just one or two friends. The key is to help your kids with some simple friendship skills to increase their confidence and resilience. You can coach your children on how to join a group or ask other children if they can play. All children need is a script and an upbeat tone – “Hi there, can I join in and play?”
Some children are less socially aware than others and don’t carry the ‘software’ for knowing what makes an enjoyable experience for those they are playing with. These children can be shown how to be a good friend.
Some of the important things to teach them are to be friendly and to say ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ and ‘how are you?’ Children need to understand that they cannot be the boss all the time. They need to let others have ideas, wait to take turns, and keep the rules. It’s important to teach your kids about personal space too – that others don’t like their space invaded, and that leaving enough room between them and their friends is a pretty good idea.
Setting routines and good habits
Organisation takes time and effort but it makes a big difference and really pays off.
The night before school:
- Lay out clothes nicely for the next day
- Make lunches or have them ready to assemble
- Read books, sign homework and collect notices
- Pack bags with togs, library books, sports equipment etc.
On the day:
Everyone wakes up in time to get ready – an extra 10 minutes makes all the difference!
Keep television and screens off in the morning
Have a list of four to eight tasks the children are responsible for, depending on their age. For example, making the bed, getting dressed, eating breakfast, packing their bag, doing their teeth etc.
Eat breakfast together as a family, when possible
Give the children a kiss and hug as they leave home and have everyone wish each other a lovely day.
Helping out with anxiety
Some children get anxious about school. They find leaving a parent or caregiver difficult and upsetting. Make a plan and let your child choose whether they are going to wave or blow a kiss as you depart – this will give them some sense of control. Other questions and concerns that can cause anxiety, include –
Who will I play with?
What if I get growled at?
What if I make a mistake?
Who is picking me up?
What if I don’t know what to do?
Lots of these concerns can be talked about as they crop up. Simply welcoming your kids to share stuff they are bothered about can encourage them to talk. Be proactive and say to your child, “I am here to listen and talk about anything you might be worried about. Let me know if you are concerned and I will help.”
There may be times when it is appropriate to talk to the teacher about problems. Your children need you to be their advocate.
An important message that children (and many adults) need to learn is that worries can be told to wait. Send the message that while you are open to talk about anything, some things can wait until later in the day or even the next day. You may need to make the call on when it is time to contain the worry, instead of solving it on the spot.
Keeping learning at home fun
Naturally, parents want to do their best for their children and give them all the help they need to thrive and achieve at school. What works well is keeping the learning fun. The moment your child feels that reading to you is a test or there is pressure to perform, the fun can disappear. Many children will be reluctant learners if they feel too much tension, and if they are constantly on the receiving end of too much correction. Keeping it fun means adding some playfulness to the learning. This can look like taking turns to each read one page of the book, leaving out a word and getting your child to guess what it is, or even inserting a wrong word to see if your child notices.
The moment your child feels that reading to you is a test or there is pressure to perform, the fun can disappear.
When it comes to homework, timing is everything. Children need a break when they arrive home from school. They need afternoon tea, time to unwind and then, after some play, it is time for homework. If your children are too tired, postpone the reading until the morning.Children love to be in the midst of things, so it’s worth choosing a homework spot that is not isolated. If you’re nearby or doing something alongside your children, they will be easily persuaded to get stuck into their work. Doing homework in the same place each day, i.e. at the dining room table, formalises the activity with a time, a place and a setting. Some children are motivated knowing that after their homework is done, they can choose something else they would like to do.
Parents sometimes need to remember that they are not the ones doing the homework. Offering to help if it is needed is fine, but doing the work for your kids so it looks good, is not setting them up for their own success and sense of achievement. Opportunities to learn are everywhere. Following your child’s interests can bring out the most wonderful discussions and learning because kids are curious to learn about things they find fascinating. They may pick up a dead monarch butterfly on the way home and, before you know it, they are asking questions, reading about life cycles and wanting to get their own swan plant.
Children pick up excitement and optimism when parents talk about school in a positive light. Your confidence is infectious. When children have love, support and the sense that they will do just fine, school can be a wonderful time in their life.
God’s richest blessings,
The Uniform Shop is open every Monday from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. 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.
Speed Zones Around School
We ask that families do not park on the concrete pad next to the OSHC building as OSHC need to access this area with their bus. Please also use extra caution when entering this car park as there will be OSHC children getting on and off the bus.
Parents are asked to be mindful of the 50km/hour speed zone on Gramp Avenue, Valley Road and 25km/hour School Zone on Neldner Avenue.
The safety of children is of the utmost importance.
Pick Up/Drop Off Safety Zone
Please note that it is important for your child’s safety that all students are collected and dropped off at the front of the school near the Front Office.
Please refrain from using the car park by the Shepherd’s Hub unless you are walking with your child/ren as we are unable to ensure adequate supervision of your child/ren before and after school.
Term one fees are due by Friday 8th March 2019 unless you have an agreed payment plan.
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 25 February
Make your own aquarium
Monday 4 March
Building and Construction
We encourage parents with young children to come along on Monday at:
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.
Drinks can be ordered on your order form or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple/Raspberry and Pine/Orange]
Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate or Strawberry Milk $2.00
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 50 cents each.
Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
WEEK 5 – Friday 1st March
RECESS: Scones served with raspberry jam and cream. $1.00 (2 halves)
LUNCH: Chicken Caesar Wraps – White wrap filled with crumbed chicken, cos lettuce, bacon, cheese and caesar dressing. $4.00
WEEK 6 – Friday 8th March
SPORTS DAY – More information to come out soon!
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|February 24||8.45 am HC||10.30am HC|
|March 3||10.30am HC||8.45am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|February 24||11.00am HC Pooled Lunch AGM||9.00am HC|
|March 3||9.00 am HC Harvest Thanks||5.30pm||11.00am HC|
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Angaston Early Learning Centre
The Angaston Early Learning Centre now provides after school care. Please contact the ELC for any bookings.