Good Shepherd Grapevine – 21 November 2019

You are a Designer Original… a Masterpiece


For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand. That we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:10

Because of my own insecurities, I find it easier to point out all the ‘flaws;’ I think I have. I always complain about how I need to lose weight in this area or gain muscle in another area, how I need to work on my hair, how I need to work on my acne or even trying to dress better. Oh My Goodness! Don’t forget the way I dress. Sometimes I feel like I look fresh! While other times I try so hard but I feel and do look terrible in my mind.

I had a lot of friends at middle school who were all about wearing the latest fashionable outfits. At that time South Pole, Timberland, Rebook and many other logos of the early 2000’s were the thing to wear. I always tried to come to school with my own style because I didn’t have the money to keep up with the ‘cool crowd’. So, I’d wear outfits that were similar in colour, design or logo to show that I was ‘fresh’. It took a lot to keep up with the ‘cool crowd’ and it was tiring to try and show them I was cool.

Well it was a dark morning, being daylight savings time and I was trying to throw outfits together to see if they worked well. I tried matching shoes with shirts, shirts with pants, pants with shoes, nothing was working out. I must have tried in twelve different outfits. As I was putting on each outfit, I began to get frustrated. I wasn’t looking ‘cool’ or I wasn’t picking the right look. I vividly remember after the last outfit change, I stopped and looked at myself in the mirror. I felt ugly, not strong, not cool, and I was noticing all the ‘flaws’ that I believed I had. I stood in front of the mirror and cried and had a mini panic attack. I sat down on my bed and decided to just put on a normal shirt and let go of trying to impress people. I decided I was fed up with trying to maintain an image that was not me. I threw on something and just went to school.

I use a slightly embarrassing middle school story to illustrate a simple point that we make so complicated. Your heavenly Father doesn’t make junk! In fact, the Bible says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God doesn’t make junk. He doesn’t make junk. Ephesians 2:10 says that you are God’s Workmanship, His Handiwork, His work of Art, His Masterpiece.  We are God’s children whom he dearly loves. Why do we seek others approvals when God’s is the only approval that matters? God sees you for who you really are – His child.

You are God’s Masterpiece. You are God’s poem. You are God’s work of art.

Adapted from “You are Enough… You Matter – A Devotional on Finding Purpose in God” by Jamelle Jones

Rhian Doecke
Library/Learning Support Officer 

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • BOYD:  Serena, Darren, Zac, Sienna and Isla
  • DAVIES:  Simon, Jess, Harrison and Archie


  • Danette Mifflin (Administration)
  • Mel Emmett (Foundation Teacher)
  • Lara Hepner (German Teacher)
  • John Morgan (Caretaker)


  • We pray for all of our emergency services and in particular the CFS volunteers as they constantly give up their own time and energy protecting our community.
  • We also pray for those that have been affected by the recent fires in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.




4   Michael Lewis
10  Sam Swincer
24  James Noack
26  Heath Atyeo
28  Jaslyn Grundel
28  Erin Heinrich
29  Charlize Campbell 





1   Annabel Lloyd
1   Sam Abdelmalek
1   Karlo Scholz
1   Millie Scholz
6   Ava McGorman
8   Luke Scanlon
8   Michael Scanlon
25  Michael Ratsch
27  Senspri Qualter




Principal’s News 

Dear Parents,

The recruitment process for the 2020 year 5/6 teacher is now concluded. I am delighted to be able to inform you that the successful applicant is Mrs Naomi Guglielmo. Naomi is currently at Angaston Primary School where she has taught for the past three years. Prior to that she was at Ridgehaven Primary School for a year and had a semester contract at Paralowie R – 12 School. Naomi is passionate about integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning and is the ICT Leader in her current school. She is excited to have an opportunity to teach in a Lutheran school and share her faith. I know that you will join me in welcoming Naomi into the Good Shepherd family. The 2020 year 5/6 class will have the opportunity to meet with Naomi during ‘step up day’ on the 3rd of December.

Mrs Rhian Doecke has accepted a job for next year at an early learning centre. Rhian is excited to have this opportunity to return to early years teaching with preschool children. She has been a wonderful blessing to our school in the four years she has been with us both as a library technician and a learning support officer. Although we are very sad to lose her, we know that she will continue to be an asset to her new learning community. I have begun the process of recruitment for a library technician/learning support officer and will inform you of the successful candidate as soon as practicable.

The class allocation process for year 5 students transitioning into year 6 is now completed. I apologise for the time this has taken but it is a complex task as teachers consider the very best fit for each student. We have not been able to accommodate the requests of every parent, but we believe we have done the best by the students in selecting their class cohort. We also wanted to wait until after the recruitment process was completed so that parents in year 5/6 class would know who their child’s teacher was.

For a small school we have many leadership opportunities. These include SRC, God’s Little Helpers, House Captains and School Captains. They are all important roles and all contribute to making Good Shepherd the beautiful school that it is. This week we began the task of selecting our next Captains.  Six courageous year six students delivered their speeches to the staff, students and parents after Assembly on Monday. This is the first step in the process of applying to be a School Captain for next year. During the day students from years three to seven and all staff voted. The candidates then went through an interview with myself and Mr Jayden Evans. The successful candidates will be announced at the end of year graduation service.


Anne Marschall

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Prior’s 1/2 Class


3D Shapes

In the 1/2 class we have been exploring 3D shapes. We identified some of these shapes in the environment and learning how to describe them using faces, edges and corners.

PYP News

To get an insight of the PYP, I asked the school community about their thoughts…

I showed student agency when I went into the staffroom with the teachers and got to help them come up with interactive tasks to learn about the government. – Tilly, Year 5

We use the Learner Profile attributes to make student awards. If they were doing the right thing, they would be principled. If they were balanced, they like to do their work and play and not too much of each. – Parker, Year 3

We use key concepts to look further into what we are learning. We are learning about exploration. One of the key concepts is perspective. There are different perspectives of the First Fleet like the soldiers, Indigenous people, convicts, children and animals. –Aimee, Year 3

The exhibition is good because you get to look into things you are interested in. I liked the night because you feel really proud of what you have achieved and you can see everything you have done. It was also good because you could work through things in your own time and because you enjoy what you are doing you are enthusiastic and push yourself more.  – Jemima, Year 7

One thing I like about it is that it helps students to be inquirers and work out how to find information for themselves. – Mrs Gripton, parent

I liked the Student Led Conferences because my mum stayed and my dad stayed. I liked showing all my good work. – Will, Foundation

Renae Ruediger
PYP Coordinator 

P&F News

Thank you to all the people who attended the P&F AGM on Monday 11th November 2019. All positions were filled and are as follows:

  • Vice President – Virginia Harvey
  • Treasurer – Sarah Gripton
  • Secretary – Emma-Louise Henschke
  • Canteen Manager – Jaymee Klose
  • Canteen Members – Selena Grundel, Sarah Gripton, Amanda Pech, Kimberley McGorman, Virginia Harvey, Anna Scanlon.

Our planning meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 3rd December at 7.00pm in the school Library and we invite you all to attend to help us plan a great 2020 school year.

Also if you haven’t got your hamper orders in it’s not too late! Limited numbers are being made so get in quick to avoid disappointment.

Amanda Pech
P&F President 

Library News

Congratulations to all those who complete the Premiers Reading Challenge for 2019.

Certificates and Medals will be presented at assembly on Monday 25th November 2019.

Student Awards


The following students received Learner Profile awards:

Monday 11 November 2019

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Natalia Leon – Thinker – Natalia thinks carefully and shows initiative. She makes good decisions and is developing her problem solving skills. She contributes to class discussions with enthusiasm.

1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Oscar – Communicator – Oscar showed he was a communicator when he used a confident voice to present at our Chapel service.

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Senspri Qualter – Caring – Senspri was caring when she was asking people to play with her.
Oliver – Caring – Oliver was caring when he helped Olivia clean the whiteboard.
Max Gaston – Knowledgeable – Max was knowledgeable in class when we worked on the first fleet.

6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Alex Rowe – Risk Taker – Alex was a risk-taker during the Canberra Camp. 

Monday 18 November 2019

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Zahli Schultz – Communicator – You confidently express your ideas when listening and responding to stories and in class brainstorms. You patiently wait for your turn and listen to others. 

1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Dillon Lade – Reflective – Dillon showed she was reflective when she thought about how she has demonstrated a growth mindset. She reflected on her learning and set a goal to achieve the times tables challenge.

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Judith Ratsch – Communicator – Judith was a communicator when she showed her exploring the ocean keynote and used a clear voice.
Tiara Schultz – Thinker – Tiara was a thinker when she thought of many ideas of what we have been learning about health.
Priya Rathjen – Risk Taker – Priya was a risk taker when she showed her work in front of everyone.

5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Tilly Barrett – Principled – Tilly has proven that she is principled as she approaches all tasks and situations with focus and a determination to do her best. She also treats others fairly and sticks up for what she thinks is right.

6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Abby Riedel – Risk Taker – Abby was a risk taker when she went on the slide at Questacon.
Jemima Barrett – Courageous – Jemima demonstrated being courageous because she went onto the Questacon slide and wasn’t scared to give it a turn.

Chaplain’s News


Hi Everybody,

Nearly the end of term… where have the weeks gone.

Timeout is this newsletter’s topic by Bob & Betty Gas. Enjoy…

…God ended His work…and He rested…
Genesis 2:2 NKJV

If we keep treating our work better than we treat ourselves, there’s a good chance we won’t be around to finish it. To have the greatest impact when we do work, we must learn to take ‘time out’. Why do the mighty fall? Because they don’t understand the importance of rest! In the book of Genesis, we read…. “God ended His work….and He rested…” (Genesis 2:2 NKJV).

God rested, so why don’t we? There are two reasons: first, we strive for goals that God never gave us. Jesus said, ‘My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’ (Matthew 11:30 NKJV).

When something is constantly too hard or too heavy, we need to ask, ‘Did God really call me to do this?’ The will of God will stretch our faith to new limits and our talent to new levels, but it won’t destroy our health, peace of mind or family. Second, we lose perspective. Our priorities get out of line. We say, ‘I am doing this for my family.’ But has it occurred to you that – given the choice – your family would rather have more of you and less of other things? We don’t give them that option, do we? Personal empowerment begins when we recognise that we’ve had enough, and begin to take control of what happens and when it happens in our life. If we feel guilty about taking a break, we need to change our thinking! The Psalmist writes, ‘He makes me to lie down in green pastures…He restores my soul… (Psalm 23:2-3). Spiritual, physical and emotional restoration begins with rest. So, let’s learn to take ‘time out’ without feeling lazy, irresponsible or unproductive.

Have a lovely week…

Fiona Lloyde


Remembrance Day

Last Monday our school captains and senior students attended the Memorial Service held at Angaston.  The junior students and Building Blocks playgroup held a service in the school library.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Canteen News

RECESS: Snack Pack – Pop Corn, Pretzels and Apple Slices $1.50
LUNCH: Ham or Chicken Roll $4.00


RECESS: Frozen Yoghurt (Strawberry or Mango) $2.00
LUNCH:  Amanti Pizza $2.00 per slice


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

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks and Zooper Doopers (50 cents each) are available to purchase at lunch time.

Finance and Administration News


School Fees for Term 4 are now OVERDUE.  Please see Sarah Loveday ASAP if you have not yet paid.

2020 Enrolments

If you have not yet enrolled your child for 2020 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.

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.

Student Absence

Parents are requested to call the office by 9.30am if your child is absent. An answering machine is available to leave a message after hours. Skoolbag App also has an absentee note you can send which is received as an email to school.

Late Arrivals / Early Departures

If your child is late for school or they depart early for appointments etc parents/carers must sign them in at the front office in the Student Sign In/Out Register.

School Banking

LLL Banking—Lutheran Laypeople’s League. Passbooks to Administration on Monday morning for processing during the week. Application forms for opening an LLL account are available from the front office.

Student Accident Cover

Children are covered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year but only in respect to any injuries that happen:

  • While the student is engaged in school activities and school-related extra-curricular activities (including work experience, vocational training, excursions etc).
  • While the student is engaged in organised school sporting activities.
  • While the student is engaged in organised non-school sporting activities with a club that is a member of an established sporting association. The student must be a registered and/or a financial participant of the club.
  • During travel to and from school, school activities, organised school sporting activities, and organised non-school sporting activities.

The Skoolbag App—FREE

For quick notifications of alerts, newsletters, canteen and playgroup information directly to your phone.  Advising school of your child’s absence is quick and easy with the e.form available.


Parents are asked not to park on Neldner Avenue as the buses need to be able to pull up, for the safety of our children. Please use the car park south of the school or by the Shepherd’s Hub.

Everyday Reminders



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.

Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child comes to school with a full water bottle to ensure that they remain hydrated during the day.


Please remember to pack appropriate cutlery for your child/ren for recess and lunch if required.  We have had a large amount of requests for plastic spoons and forks over the past few weeks.

Spare Clothing

It would be appreciated if any loaned items of uniform are laundered and then returned to the Front Office as soon as possible so that we can continue to provide a change of clothing to those students that require it from time to time.

 Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times


Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnadenberg
November 24 8.45am HC
10.30am HC
December 1 10.30am HC 8.45am HC


KEVS Service Times


Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
November 24 5.30pm 11.00am HC 9.15am HC
December 1 11.00am HC 9.00am HC No service


Playgroup News

Monday 25 November

Christmas Craft

Monday 2 December


Angaston Early Learning Centre

The Angaston Early Learning Centre join us weekly at Good Shepherd for story time and book borrowing, buddy time as well as some sport fun.

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