God Sees Who You Can Be, Not Who You Are
This week our worship theme is based upon Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a young person whom God had great plans for. God wanted Jeremiah to be a prophet and to teach others about him. Jeremiah committed his life to God, even though he questioned and doubted his ability at times – particularly his confidence to speak to others and for others to listen to him considering his young age when he began. I think we all doubt ourselves from time to time, sometimes regularly. At times God will put us in positions where we feel uncomfortable and find it difficult to believe we are worthy or acceptable for a certain role or moment. The following devotion I found at https://newspring.cc/devotionals/jeremiah-a-33-day-devotional/god-sees-who-you-can-be-not-who-you-are talks about trusting in God and his ability to support us through all situations.
Life is challenging enough. Then someone tells us we aren’t, can’t, or shouldn’t, and we find ourselves believing our limitations are greater than they really are.
Jeremiah received the “word of the LORD” about a great plan for his life (Jeremiah 1:4-6). Think like Jeremiah for a moment: “Who, me? But God, I can’t, I haven’t before, I’m not ready, I’m weak.” This kind of thinking causes us to dodge God’s blessings and His power. Rather than focus on God, we focus on ourselves. “But God, look at me” — as though it’s somehow a surprise to God.
God doesn’t condemn us because we haven’t reached a milestone, been tested by time, or become an expert. Instead, God takes scared, inexperienced newbies and shows up personally and powerfully in their lives. He transforms ordinary people into extraordinary men and women of faith, one step at a time.
Jeremiah said he did not “know how to speak,” and he was “too young.” God told Jeremiah not to worry because he would have the power of God’s Word.
Jeremiah was stressed about being called to speak for God, and we would be, too. But God knows what He is doing and how to do it. When God calls you to something you can’t yet see in yourself, go with it. Believe the God who made you rather than the voices around you.
Jeremiah, from his start as a self-centered whiner, became a key player in God’s movement through history with His people. God can do the same with anyone and everyone. God can do the same with you.
– What weakness is clouding your ability to see, trust and receive God’s strength?
– What is one thing that is holding you back that you can trust God with today?
Submitted by Daniel Hausler
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- LEON/SCHULZE: Emma, Shaun, Cody, Natalia, Lincoln and Lawrence.
- Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
- Pastor Rob Borgas – Pastor
- Fiona Lloyde – Chaplain
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
6 Jasper Podolski
10 Ruby Bawden
14 Georgia Barrett
17 Bella Harvey
20 Bailey Johnson
21 Oscar Doyban
22 Tom Noack
23 Judith Ratsch
24 Karlo Scholz
25 Lily Brooks
26 Charlie Klemm
28 Deegan Evans
28 Luke Scanlon
28 Amelia Klemm
We pray for the new little miracle named Arthur who joined the Klemm family on Friday 2nd October 2020, weighing 8lb 7oz and 53cm long. May their family cherish these beautiful moments as they get to know the latest addition to their family.
Our prayers are also with the Butler family. We pray for Shane (Parker’s dad) as he continues to recover from a stint in hospital.
What a year this has been (and it’s not over yet…). So many of our traditional events have been either cancelled or significantly modified in order to comply with COVID–19 requirements. It has certainly tested our ability to think outside of the square and be creative. On Tuesday we celebrated our first (and hopefully last) COVID–19 Grandfriends, Book Week parade. As we were unable to gather in the Hub our grandparents and special friends lined the tennis courts and watched each of the classes parading in their Book Week costumes. Thank goodness we were blessed with a morning of beautiful sunshine! It was not possible for our visitors to come up to the classrooms and do the usual Book Week activities together with the children, but everyone was presented with a little gift from the children to acknowledge how special they are to us.
Similarly, the end of year graduation service will also need to be different this year. As you know in previous years the end of year service has been a compulsory event where the whole school celebrates the school year as well as honouring and farewelling the graduating Year Seven cohort.
This year in order to comply with COVID safe requirements, including social distancing, we are unable to accommodate all Good Shepherd students, families and guests in the Good Shepherd Hub. Therefore, the students attending the end of year graduation service will be all students in Years 5 – 7 and Foundation students as well as siblings of those students (siblings will be sitting with their parents). The graduating Year Seven class will be given priority and we have asked the families of that class to contact the office to let the school know how many family members and special guests will be attending. To assist with organisation, we have also asked that parents of students in other year levels let us know how many family members will be attending. We sincerely regret that we cannot have the whole school at this event.
Although these arrangements are very different to previous years, we are still planning for a very special end of year graduation service that includes all the Good Shepherd rituals and traditions that our students and families hold so dear.
Thankfully we are still able to hold the Year Seven Exhibition as we have previously. Tonight our students will be presenting their learning to friends and family in the Good Shepherd Hub. For their Exhibition the students have been inquiring into understanding how consumers can help businesses plan ahead for greater success. They have looked at the relationship between consumers and producers, why and how businesses plan to achieve their objectives and what makes a successful business. Although we cannot make the Exhibition open to the wider community this year we encourage our school community to join our students at 6.30pm for a celebration of their learning.
School Board Nominations
The School Board are seeking new members as we have a number of people finishing their terms this year. We invite you to consider nominating for this role and become part of our passionate ‘team’. There are two meetings per term and it’s a great way to get to know your school better and meet other school parents who you may not necessarily bump into in the corridor. Nomination Forms are available at the front office and we look forward to welcoming new people to the Board. Never underestimate your ability to do this! Applications close Friday 30th October 2020.
Please contact our Chairperson, Chris Linke on 0429 998 921 if you have any questions or would like to enquire about the nomination process.
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Hausler’s 3/4 Class
The Year 3/4 class are extremely excited to be able to share their learning experiences with our school community this week. We are currently working through our “How we organise ourselves” unit of inquiry which focusses on the central idea “Communities rely on people doing different kinds of work.” To help students recognise that our community has people involved with a range of different jobs or taking on other volunteer roles within the community I put out a request via the Barossa Community Chat page on Facebook. The response from community members to come in and talk to the students about their jobs and other roles was amazing! The post itself had more than 100 helpful comments, and I was able to organise a dozen people from our community to come in and talk to the class. Our visitors were:
- Krysten Marschall (Niece of ex school chairman, Dave Marschall) – St John’s first aid
- Jo Fechner – Nurse
- Anna Marie Brink-Fimmel – Horse massager
- Kimberly Allmond – Civil Celebrant
- Tommy Gerlach – Element Jiu Jitsu
- Odette Haley – Scouts
- Roswitha Buck – Thermomix consultant
- Mandy Russell – SA Performing Arts
- Tara Kate – Artist and art therapist
- Loren Fowler and Tamara Parker – Century 21 Real Estate and Aussie Mortgage Broker
- Sarah Schiller – Ambulance volunteer, sporting team manager, Justice of the Peace
- Deanna Keogh – Works in television.
The students gained a lot from the presenters, asked relevant questions and even got to experience some of the kinds of tasks that these people complete or are enjoyed within their business. I thank all of these presenters for giving up their valuable time and energy to speak to the students.
As part of this unit students also participated in a walk down the main street of Angaston. They visited a historical display that featured the works of people in hospitals and blacksmiths from a bygone era. Rich discussion was had about how these jobs have changed over time. Students also looked at the varying different businesses throughout Angaston and considered how they are all inter-related and important for the community.
Students gave the following recounts from their experiences throughout this unit so far:
- Amelia – Something I didn’t know about scouts was that they put their badges on rugs.
- Rian – I didn’t know that you couldn’t do kicks or punches in Jiu Jitsu and also the Thermomix could turn sugar into icing sugar in a split second.
- Priya – I didn’t know that girls could be civil celebrants and marry people, I thought only boys could be pastors.
- Lily – I learnt that brides don’t have to wear a white dress.
- Georgia – I learnt that you can start scouts at age 5, end at 14 and then you can teach.
- Tillie – I didn’t know that Civil Celebrants could do funerals.
- Aimee – Something I didn’t know about the mortgage broker was that you need a job or a bit of money for them to help you. It also takes 30 years to pay off that mortgage.
- Richie – Something I didn’t know about ambulance assistance was that they have different levels of their skills.
- Deegan – Something I didn’t know about St Johns volunteers was that they use defibrillators sometimes.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 2 – Monday 19 October 2020|
|FDN||Annie Mathews||Knowledgeable/Reflective & Caring||Annie has had a great start to term 4. She has come back to school settled and has worked hard on her Maths and Literacy over the past week. Annie has also shown she cares for others by taking a new student under her wing and helping her to feel welcome in our class.|
Olivia makes consistently great efforts in her learning, improving on her goals all the time. She has also shown great progress in her social and academic independence this year.
Sienna works independently and creatively to demonstrate her thinking. She demonstrates incredible resilience and courage every day as she navigates school life.
|3/4||Tillie Waechter||Inquirer||Tillie listened to our guest speakers keenly, asked relevant and appropriate questions and reflected on how their roles benefit the community.|
|5/6||Jaslyn Grundel||Knowledgeable||This week, Jaslyn has demonstrated an excellent understanding of metaphors and similes and has used them as effective poetic devices.|
|6/7||Erin Heinrich||Inquirer||Erin has demonstrated being an inquirer throughout her work on Genius Hour. She has taken a lot of initiative and displayed great self-motivation to complete her project.|
A huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and special friends who came along to celebrate our Book Week parade on Tuesday 20th October. It was a huge success with so many students embracing the theme and coming dressed as a curious creature or someone/thing with a wild mind. I was really proud of everyone’s efforts.
We have enjoyed ‘create-a-creature’ activities in the library at recess time during Book Week.
Book Reviews on *some* of the shortlisted books for Young Readers:
Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay
From the beginning the book was quite interesting but I found that it got more interesting as it went on. The book was about a girl around 12 years old. Her name is Frankie and its set in 1979. One of the world’s first space stations, Skylab, is falling from the sky. One of the things that I found most interesting about this book is that it’s based on a true story. The main character has a little brother and her mum works as a nurse. Her father died when she was little and Frankie loved space and would always watch the sky with her dad. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book to read. – Annabel Lloyd, Year 6
The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt
The beginning of the book was interesting as it told me about who Magnolia Moon was. All the main characters are a bit different but the story was relatable and could happen in real life. I liked the ending of the book the most and the part I liked the least was when Magnolia Moon’s best friend Isabella May left because she was the only one who really understood Magnolia May. I would recommend this book to other students my age. – Aimee Gripton, Year 4
The Thing about Oliver by Deborah Kelly
The beginning of the novel was kind of slow and a bit different to most books but as it went on I became more interested in it. It was very real and relatable. The main characters are 12 year old Tilly and 8 year old Oliver, along with their mum and Aunty. Tilly dreams of being a marine scientist but she doesn’t know how to swim. The part I liked most about the book was when Tilly finally gets to do her swimming lessons. Oliver is autistic and makes Tilly feel invisible and lonely sometimes because he gets a lot of attention. I liked how this book was so close to people’s real lives, especially people who face hardships. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes books different to regular fiction. – Georgia Leggett, Year 6
Overdue book accounts will be sent home in the next couple of weeks. These accounts can be settled at the front office or by purchasing or bringing in a book to the library to replace books on the account. Many thanks in advance.
NEW LIBRARY TIMES for the remainder of the year:
F – Wednesday 12.10pm
1/2 – Thursday 9am
3/4 – Wednesday 11.40am
5/6 – Thursday 3pm
6/7 – Tuesday 10.30am
Restricted Access to Neldner Avenue
We have received advice that there will be roadworks on Neldner Road next week from Monday 26th through to Wednesday 28th October 2020. Please be patient and observe any detours that may be in place and use extreme caution whilst dropping off and collecting your children. Access between 9.00am and 3.00pm on these days will be limited so please allow extra time if you need to access the school during these times.
Car Park Safety and Speed Zones
Following recent reports of several near misses and excessive speeds used in our car parking areas we remind everyone that the safety of our students is paramount. Please ensure you are aware of the speed limits in and around the school and always encourage your children to use the footpaths in the school car park.
With the weather warming up it is really important that all students bring sufficient water into school to keep them well hydrated. The water fountains are still unable to be utilised due to COVID-19 restrictions.
All students are required to bring a hat to school. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, 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 recess/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.
Helping children who struggle with learning can be a hard task, whether it be in maths, spelling or sport. Whenever there is a child struggling at school or on the sporting field, the odds are there are parents struggling to figure out how to find the most effective help for that struggling child.
This week’s Parenting Place article gives six insights, on how we can help those children who struggle with learning.
Have a fabulous week!
Gods richest blessings,
Helping children who struggle with learning
Parenting is easy when you have a child who is talented and finds learning relatively easy. You can marvel at their performance and feel some measure of parental pride.
On the other hand it’s frustrating and, at times, heartbreaking to watch your child struggle to attain even mediocre levels of success at school, in sport or in leisure activities. It’s even more difficult if your child repeats a year of learning.
When your child has difficulty at school, your approach as a parent makes huge difference to their self-esteem, the relationship with their teachers and their attitude to learning.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind if you are parenting a child for whom success at school, or in other high-status areas such as sport, just doesn’t come naturally.
1. Avoid using other children as benchmarks
Benchmarking your child’s progress against that of other children is not a wise parenting strategy. Inevitably it will lead to frustration as there will always be a child who performs better than your own on any scale you use.
Each child has his or her own developmental clock which is nearly impossible to alter. There are slow bloomers, early developers, bright sparks and steady-as-you-go kids in every classroom. It’s the first group that can cause the most concern for parents who habitually compare the slow bloomer to siblings, friends’ kids and even themselves when they were in school.
The trick is to focus on your child’s improvement and effort and use their results as a benchmark of progress and development. “Your spelling is better today than it was a little while ago” is a better measure of progress than “Your spelling is the best in the class!”
2. Focus on your child’s talents
Be mindful that many successful people including Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg struggled at school. Traditional learning wasn’t for them. However they each had supportive adults in their lives who helped them find their interests and fostered their talents. Help your child see beyond any limits they put on themselves (“I’m hopeless at school”) to see the many other talents and strengths they have.
3. Develop a growth mindset
Recent research shows that people who believe they can increase their intelligence through effort and challenge actually do get smarter and do better in school, work and life over time. It’s exciting to know that your child’s talent and smarts aren’t fixed. Their brain can always learn more, continue to grow and be stretched. Communicate a growth mindset to your kids by focusing your praise more on their level of effort rather than on their natural abilities of talents. Praise the strategies they use and look for opportunities to stretch their capabilities.
4. Be your child’s cheerleader
Kids who have to work really hard to achieve need someone in their lives who is able to boost their self-confidence, particularly when they are struggling. Make a fuss over small successes so your child can puff up their chest every now and then. Many adults find it easy to encourage the kids who do well but baulk at encouraging kids who struggle or find learning difficult. But it’s these children who really need encouragement. As much as humanly possible, comment favourably about your child’s effort, contribution and improvement in all areas of life. You can do it!
5. Increase their time in activities where they experience success
As a young teacher I remember when a father banned his son from playing football as his school results were poor. I was incensed. This boy found school learning very difficult and football was one area where he was able to shine. I suggested to the father that his son should spend more time, not less, playing football, as this was the activity where he experienced the most success. Children who struggle at school benefit from spending more time in environments where they feel confident and capable, as those feelings can eventually transfer over to other areas – including the classroom.
6. Be mindful that persistence pays off
Children who have to work hard and persist learn an important life lesson: that success in most endeavours takes effort. Those kids who sail through their childhoods without raising a sweat can struggle when eventually they do have to work long and hard to succeed.
Raising kids who find life a breeze is easy. However, parenting kids who take longer to mature, or kids that must put in a 110% effort to achieve, is challenging for any parent. Parenting a child who struggles, or has to repeat a year level, requires you to develop a growth mindset, focus on kids’ strengths, be liberal with encouragement and have realistic but positive expectations for success.
Donations for Christmas Hampers
Dear School Community,
Each year our local Lutheran Community Care put together Christmas Hampers for those families that may need extra support at Christmas time.
If anybody feels that they are able to donate to this wonderful cause, that would be appreciated.
Donations of non-perishable food items, 1 litre of lifelong custard, toys or appropriate age-related gifts for children aged between 5 years to 17 years.
Please contact the Chaplain if you are able to donate any items to arrange delivery. It would be appreciated if all donations could arrive at school by Friday 4th December 2020.
Please donate to this worthy local cause.
Important Announcement re 2021 School Fees
As you may be aware, each October the Good Shepherd Lutheran School Board approves the budget and school fees for the following year. This year has been a very challenging year for many of our families and we know that the economic impact of closures and restrictions brought about by COVID–19 has been felt across our school community.
Because of this the GSLS Board has made the extraordinary decision to not increase school fees for the 2021 school year. Please be assured that when we say ‘we care’, we really do. Good Shepherd is more than a school, it’s a family, and like all families we stand together and help each other in tough times.
If you are experiencing economic hardship please make it a priority to contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday: firstname.lastname@example.org or 8564 23 96 for a strictly confidential discussion about how we will support you. If there is any other way that we can support you and your family during this challenging time please do not hesitate to let us know.
School Fees Term 4 2020
School fee statements have been emailed to families and are due and payable by Friday 6th November 2020. Please contact Sarah Loveday if you did not receive a statement or need to discuss payment arrangements.
School Card Scheme 2020
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.
Please note that our Uniform Shop is open each Monday afternoon during the term from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. If you are unable to attend during these times please feel free to come into the office and complete an order form. If you have any other uniform enquiries please feel free to contact our Uniform Shop Co-orindator, Virginia directly on 0407 716 350.
Notice of Withdrawal
We 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.
Golden Years at Good Shepherd
Flashback to Book Week 2015/2016/2017
One of our families has kindly shared with us a collection of Book Week memorabilia to align with this week’s Book Week celebrations. What a super effort to get this trio dressed each year in style – they look amazing!
There’s no better way to enjoy reading a good book than with a cup of coffee! The coffee is on us with our next D&M’s voucher up for grabs. To win our voucher, simply be the first to contact us and correctly identify the family featured in this week’s Book Week Flashback.
We invite you to join our new Facebook group: Good Shepherd Alumni Angaston. This is a group for past students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School from 1962 to present. Members are invited to use this space to catch up, share and reminisce. If you are in contact with Good Shepherd old scholars, please encourage them to take a look and join the group or they can share their contact details with the School directly on 08 8564 2396.
Building Blocks Playgroup
It was great to welcome back several see a few familiar faces for our first two playgroup sessions this term. In week 1 the children enjoyed getting creative with paint and learning all about road signs whilst riding on some of the newly purchased bikes and trikes. This week they dressed up for Book Week and showed their costumes to the school students in a mini parade.
We look forward to seeing you all next week for some fun ‘Hat Creations’ at our new time of 10.00am.
If you would like further information please contact Bec Bawden our Playgroup Co-ordinator directly on 0427 538 371. Please note that we are not currently able to facilitate shared fruit.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|October 25||8.45am HC
|Rob Borgas||10.30am HC
KEVS Service Times
|October 25||11.00am||9.00am HC||1.30pm|
|November 1||9.00am HC||5.30pm||11.00am|