Good Shepherd Grapevine – 23 August 2018

by Aug 23, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 This Week’s Rattling – “Deck Chair”

According to Wikipedia, a deckchair is a folding chair, usually with a frame of treated wood or other material. It is meant for leisure, originally on the deck of an ocean liner or cruise ship. It is easily transportable and stackable, although some styles are notoriously difficult to fold and unfold.
A simple deckchair can be a wonderful place to while away a sunny day, soaking up the warmth while drifting away, gently rocked on the water as the boat glides on safe and sound.  Who knew that such a flimsy contraption of wood and canvas could be so comfy?

"Rearrange the deck chairs"

To “rearrange the deck chairs” is a popular saying meaning that things have changed only apparently.

The phrase, “rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic” amplifies on it by implying that someone is overly concerned with unimportant minutiae during a crisis.  In other words, to do something pointless or insignificant that will soon be overtaken by events, or that contributes nothing to the solution of a current problem.

Not for the first time, man’s seemingly blind faith in technology and its ability to master the elements led to decisions about the need for an adequate number of lifeboats, which had catastrophic ramifications for the passengers and crew that night.  Popular culture and urban myth have taken this expression a long way from that awful evening in the icy waters of the Atlantic that resulted in such a high loss of life.  In Peanuts, Lucy has no problem setting herself up as an expert on everything:

Like Charlie Brown, we often come up against situations in life that we cannot seem to get our heads around.  The recent stage 4 cancer diagnosis of a close family member living with us has thrown our household into something of a bewildered chaos, all of us running around trying to keep everything afloat.  There are so many things to organise and source, so many different appointments to keep and people to see, it can be hard to know what to do first or how best to help, particularly in the knowledge that whatever we do, the end result is looming full steam ahead.  The captain does not seem to be anywhere to be found.

So where can we best place those deckchairs? Shall we face them backwards to see where we’ve been, or do we really want to see the iceberg in all its terrible splendour?

The apostle Paul endured enormous trials and tribulations once he decided to become a Christian and spread the news of Jesus, joining those he once persecuted with such zeal.  He suffered terribly and yet persisted secure in his hope, telling us in 2 Corinthians 4, verse 17,
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
How easily he dismisses circumstances that we would see as being just as hopeless as sailing on the Titanic, as being light and momentary!

It is almost as if Paul is encouraging us to stay calm in times of trouble and just rest in our deckchairs, when he says in 2 Corinthians 4, verse 16, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day”.

In 2 Corinthians 5: verse 1

Paul goes on to remind us what was proven by the willing sacrifice Jesus made on the cross: “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”  It is so important in our lives not to lose sight of this, whatever else is happening in our busy lives.


Helen Westermann

Upcoming Events

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:


  • KLOSE:  Shawn, Jaymee, Maya & Calum
    KUCHAR:  Kris, Sarah, Romek, Piotr & Asia
    LADE:  Lachlan, Bridgette, Mason & Dillon
    LEGGETT:  Chris, Tammy, Riley, Georgia & Dylan.


  • Mel Hooker – – Year 6/7
  • Sonya Abdelmalek – Learning Support
  • John Morgan – Caretaker
  • Simon Herrmann – Year 5/6


  • We praise God for clear results for Hiedi Smith. The Good Shepherd community rejoice with you !
  • We pray for Helen Westermann on her resignation, as she takes time to care for her family’s needs.
  • Pray for our new German teacher, Lara Hepner as she takes up the reins.
  • We thank God for the support and love we receive from our Grandparents and Special Friends for our students at Good Shepherd.


We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:


25 Jadon Brandon
27 Leo Abdelmalek
27 Georgia Raymond
2  Dan Hausler
10 Mel Hooker



23 Jed Klau
31 Maya Klose
  2  Jayden Ahrns
4  Brodie Heinrich

We welcome a new family:

Scott & Jessica Merkel and their son, Henry who will be joining the Foundation Class every Friday. We look forward to also getting to know Henry’s younger siblings Ivy and Oliver with school drop offs.

We welcome you to Good Shepherd’s great school community.

Welcome to our new German Teacher

Guten Tag Frau Hepner !

Introducing Lara Hepner who will take your children for German lessons every Thursday.

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

During our staff devotions last week one of the staff commented that our Good Shepherd team is like the spokes of a wagon wheel held together with Christ at the centre. We need each of the spokes to be present to support the wheel and for the wheel to be able to properly do it’s job. The wheel is often adjusted with a spoke here and there being taken out but the spokes are always replaced with another strong spoke. The spoke is not the same as the previous spoke, that’s not possible, sometimes the spokes are very different in looks and construction but the spokes are always well constructed and the wheel continues to move forward. I was reminded of this recently following Helen Westermann’s resignation. Helen has been such a passionate and dedicated German teacher, a unique spoke in our school wheel. This week we are joining a new spoke, Lara Hepner. Lara currently teaches German at St. John’s Lutheran School, Eudunda one day a week and has agreed to a contract position as our German teacher for the remainder of this year. Please make yourself known to Lara as she settles into teaching at Good Shepherd.

I am delighted to share that there has been very strong interest in enrolling at Good Shepherd in 2019.  If you are aware of families who are interested in our school please encourage them to the next Principal’s Tours held on September 5th or contact the school office to arrange a personal tour.  Personal endorsement from current families is still the strongest influence on  prospective families but social media is also having a positive impact with many enrolling families saying they have seen our Good Shepherd Facebook posts and were intrigued to make an appointment and find out more.  Just as your endorsements help to build our enrolments so does your support of our Good Shepherd Facebook posts.  Many Good Shepherd families view and ‘like’ these posts, some also ‘comment’ but every ‘share’ sends our story far and wide! Not a member? It’s easy, head on over to Facebook, type ‘Good Shepherd Lutheran School Angaston’ into the search bar and join our page.

There are quite a few new families joining our school next year so I have invited them to our Bonfire Night on 7th September. This is such an awesome, laid back night of fun where people can relax and chat without having to rush around.  It will be a great opportunity for ‘newbies’ to start to get to know the GSLS family so if you see new faces please take the time to pull your deck chair over and make them feel welcome and excited for the year ahead!


Anne Marschall



Keeping a close eye on wellbeing at Good Shepherd

Wellbeing – the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy. (Google Dictionary)

This is something I think we would all agree  is important for everyone to achieve.  Unfortunately, we recognise that this is becoming an increasing struggle for many, which is why wellbeing is a strategic focus at Good Shepherd.  We intentionally address wellbeing in all aspects of our curriculum and culture. One such way that we do this is through lunch-time clubs.  We recognise that lunch play times can be daunting for some students who find it difficult to mix with their peers or come up with activities to entertain themselves with.

Currently we have a Lego Club, Coding Club, Solar Power Challenge Club, Tournament of the Minds group, Sustainability group (God’s Little Helpers)  and a Lunchtime Netball Tournament on the go. There is a diverse range of clubs and extra-curricular opportunities for our students to engage in.

The lunchtime netball tournament evolved after Mrs Jaymee Klose approached me about giving students the opportunity to further develop their netball skills after working on them during P.E. lessons in term 2.  Jaymee and Mr Malcolm Scholz play a large hand in ensuring the netball matches are a success.  Jaymee umpires the matches and Malcolm coaches players on both teams to help them develop their game.  It has been truly wonderful to see the enthusiasm students have brought to the Wednesday and Friday lunchtime matches, with many of the participants playing netball for the first time outside of P.E. lessons.  We have four teams in the competition with students from Years 2-7 playing. Each team can field a maximum of two boys on the court at one time. Clubs such as the Lunchtime Netball Tournament are great because they provide students with organised activities to immerse themselves in.  The Lunchtime Netball Tournament has also been great due to the parent support and interaction we have had.  Besides Jaymee and Malcom’s impact, it has also been great to see parents attending to watch and cheer on the matches.  Not only have they been able to see their children being risk-takers and participating in a friendly and fun environment, but it has also provided parents with an opportunity to socialise with each other and develop/ strengthen their own relationships.
If you would like to come along and watch our netball games please feel free to do so.

They take place in The Hub every Wednesday and Friday lunchtime this term.

A big thank you to all who have supported the development of any of our clubs at Good Shepherd – you are making a big difference in our students’ enjoyment of their time at Good Shepherd!

If you have any questions in relation to wellbeing initiatives at Good Shepherd please do not hesitate to contact me via email at daniel.hausler@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au

Dan Hausler

Wellbeing Coordinator

Student Awards & Results

Presented at Assemblies Monday 13th August & 20th August

Foundation / Year 1 Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett

GEORGIA BARRETT – COMMUNICATOR – Displayed communicator skills by sharing her ideas with confidence. Georgia can explain ideas clearly. She is a respectful listener and participates in class discussions.

BRODIE HEINRICH – KNOWLEDGEABLE –  In our Unit of Inquiry Brodie showed that he knew a lot about living and non-living things. He clearly explained what living things need and showed an interest to inquire and find out more.


Year 2 / 3 Class—Mr Dan Hausler / Mrs J Wundersitz

AIMEE GRIPTON – COMMUNICATOR  – Aimee displays wonderful commitment towards literacy lessons. She shows dedication towards the Lexile reading program and is making an effort to use proper sentences when asnwering comprehension questions during literacy groups.

EMMA SCHOLZ – THINKER –  Emma put thought into her choice of measuring tools when asked to find out how big the surface of the tennis courts were. She worked well with others to ensure her measurements were accurate and recorded appropriately.


Year 4 Class—Mr Mick Emmett

JADON BRANDON – THINKER – Jadon connected the construction of a square metre to develop an efficient way to determine the area of the volleyball court in the Hub.

GEORGIA LEGGETT  and CASEY ROWE – KNOWLEDGEABLE – For demonstrating confidence, commitment and creativity by utilising airdrop, pages and power point to prepare class assemblies and worships.


Year 5 / 6 Class—Mr Simon Herrmann

STEVIE SCHWARZ – COMMUNICATOR – Stevie did a great job communicating and sharing her learning with her parents during Student Led Conferences.  She took pride in her work and desired to showcase her best possible efforts.

LIAM WHITE – COMMUNICATOR – Liam was enthusiastic about filming his groups ‘news report’ using the green screen on how humans have impacted upon resources. It was also great to see him communicate his appreciation and his own ideas to Michael Wagner during and after his visit.


Year 6 / 7 Class—Mrs Mel Hooker / Mrs Mel Ryan

TYSON GRUNDEL – BALANCED  -Tyson strived to be balanced over the last few weeks with all his assignments. He managed his time well and was on task producing outstanding pieces of work.

EMILY PERRYMAN – CARING – Emily always demonstrates empathy, compassion and respect towards her peers at all times. Emily acts to make a positive difference in both the lives of those around her and in the world.

German at Good Shepherd

Lutheran School

Frau Helen Westermann

A few short years ago I had the great pleasure of coming to teach German at Good Shepherd Lutheran School.  Already teaching at St Michael’s in Hahndorf, it was a thrill to come to another place so steeped in German traditions.  The students proved to be extremely friendly and were very quick to show interest in their own heritage, as well as furthering their knowledge of the language itself.

The numerous German language assistants we have had were all very impressed by the positive attitude of Good Shepherd students, and commented on how well they could ask and answer basic German questions.  Action songs have also been a popular way to learn about traditions and new vocabulary.  We enjoyed our excursions to such places as Luhr’s Cottage in Light Pass and it was great to have the opportunity to try speaking German when we were visited by native speakers or students from Faith.  The German assistant teachers were also quite surprised to discover just how much German culture and language has survived here in the Barossa Valley.

Visiting German language assistant.

As the new national curriculum includes quite a bit of formal grammar study, it has been gratifying to see how easily even the younger students can identify and remember such principles as all German nouns being either masculine der Vater), feminine (die Mutter) or neuter (das Baby), helped by such strategies as colour coding.  The older students have been coming to grips with how to ask questions in past tense, with a start also being made on the complexities of the German case system.

German Mothers' Day Cards

We give the new students in the F/1 class a special German welcome with a “Schultüte”. These are special presents given to boys and girls in German speaking countries on their first day at school.  In the past they were quite large and included lots of lollies, but in recent times the emphasis is more on useful items such as colour pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners.  Our students helped pack their mini  “Schultüten” with similar things, including a copy of the Lord’s Prayer in German and a stick of Kinder chocolate.

Foundation_Year 1 Classroom


It was very hard during the holidays to find out, due to a sudden increase in family care needs, that it would no longer be possible to teach German at Good Shepherd for an indefinite period of time.  As there is no way to predict how long this situation will continue, there was sadly no alternative other than to hand in a letter of resignation.

I cannot say how much I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching German at Good Shepherd: I am very grateful for having had the opportunity.  May God continue to bless the students, parents and staff of this wonderful school.

Helen Westermann

International Day of Charity



Wednesday 5th September is the International Day of Charity. Good Shepherd, being both a Christian school and an IB school, thought it was important for the students to help the greater community. Close to our community’s heart is our farmers. Seeing the struggle many farmers are going though at present made GSLS want to help!

Each Good Shepherd House team has chosen a different event to hold to raise money for the ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign to help out our farmers. Farmers in Queensland and Northern NSW need our help to keep their cattle, sheep and horses alive through one of the worst droughts in living history.

On Wednesday 5th September from 3:00 – 3:30pm you can come and support the Houses in their events. Students can wear their House colour on this day.


Obstacle course challenge on the Oval

Each House member will bring home a sponsorship form. Can you sponsor them per lap they make in 30 minutes or a set amount? If each House member raises $5, $150 could go towards this great cause. George House are grateful to receive whatever they can to help the farming community.


Give something up for a day & possible induction of new Fife teacher.

Fife wanted to properly induct their new teacher into their House. In order to do this they will be giving something up for the day of Tuesday 4th September. Each student gets to decide what they will be giving up, such as T.V, devices, sugary foods or sport. They will bring home a sponsorship form to raise money. If each student raises $5 the House can make around $150!

If the House raises $75 they get to do the ice bucket challenge on Mr Emmett.

Raise $150, Mr Emmett gets slimed! Mr Emmett’s also thrown in an extra incentive for the House!
Can Fife do it?
With your support they can. Sponsor someone, come along and have some fun as we raise funds for a well-deserved cause.


Car wash on the grass by the Hub

Has it been a while since your car has had a wash? Then you need to come to the Good Shepherd Hub at 3pm. For $5 per car your car will be lovingly washed by Angus house!


Hi Everybody,

Some really interesting tips from theparentingplace.com

How to talk to your kids about Grief

Most parents try to protect their children from experiencing grief. If you want to try and protect your child from it, here are some parenting choices you should never make –Buy a pet. – Let them meet their grandparents. -Neglect a potted plant. – Move house. – Let them make friends. – Allow them to get too attached to a caterpillar.

Unfortunately, you’ve probably already done most of the things on this list – which is great! These things are the things that make life worth living, but they are also the things that make life painful at times. That’s what grief is. Your kids are going to experience it, so don’t try to protect them from it – teach them how to navigate it well instead.

How do you explain grief to your kids?

How do you explain grief to your kids?  as – all loss is change, and all change is loss. One beautiful description of grief we’ve come across is, “Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot. Grief is just love with no place to go.” (Jamie Anderson). As we grow up and become adults, our pain threshold gets higher, and most of us find it hard to validate the fact that our child is distraught because Moana has finished and now they have to have a bath. To help kids navigate the big versions of grief, we have to help them navigate the smaller versions of grief. At its lowest level, grief is disappointment. At its medium level, grief is loss or change, and at its higher levels, grief is despair that something has happened and now things will never be the same. To help kids navigate the big versions of grief, we have to help them navigate the smaller versions of grief. So, to be available to chat about how they are doing when they experience any loss.   – Goldfish- Rabbit – Cat -Dog -Grandma.

Value is subjective

The more we value something, the more we grieve when it is gone. Our kids place different value on different things to us. Sometimes with our adult point of view, we can devalue the grief that our children experience when they have lost something, or when something has changed. The more we value something, the more we grieve when it is gone. Our kids place different value on different things to us. However, taking the time to sit and ask questions and listen to your child, actually helps them put language and expression to their experience. Once you can see the world through their eyes and have heard their perspective on the thing they value, only then can you offer another perspective. If they valued something, then they will experience grief – even if you didn’t value it.

Getting stuck in grief

Most people feel sad for a while and then they move on. At first every day is sad, then some days are sad, and then after a while, you are having more not-sad days than sad days. Some people do get stuck in grief. This usually happens when someone places more value on what they had than on what they still have. This is when we need someone to get into our world and offer a different perspective. A common mistake that people make is by rushing in and telling someone to move on. A better thing to do would be to get your kid to write a couple of lists or draw some pictures about what was good then and what is good now. You can help to point out some of the good things about now as well as acknowledging some of the good things that no longer exist.

Mark the time

They say that time heals all wounds. Now that’s not true for everything, but it’s often true for our feelings. Time really is a great healer, and so one of the most helpful things that you can do to help to teach your children to grieve well is mark significant anniversaries as a family. Have a special dinner a month after the family pet has died, and ask everyone how they have been feeling about it. Have a funeral for a goldfish. Gather extended friends and family around a year after a significant loss and celebrate the good and mourn the loss.

Don't forget about the later

The way that you engage with grief now will teach your kid how to engage with grief later in life. It’s easy right now, to distract them, or to offer quick fixes or to buy a new one. But do we really want our kids to seek distraction, or quick fixes or get a new one when they are adults? Healthy functioning adults know how to grieve well and this starts with teaching your kids that it’s okay to grieve too. Making space for grief is an important part of making space for the whole range of emotions we experience as humans. So instead of trying to avoid grief, teach your kids how to grieve well.

Fiona Lloyde

Foundation/Year 1 class visit
Angaston Kindergarten

Good Shepherd students from Mrs Melissa Emmett’s F/1 class visited the children at the Angaston Kindy to share in science experiments as part of National Science Week. We were welcomed by the Director, Mrs Cathy Bury and invited to share in many activities prepared for our visit. Students were excited to see the exploding lava from the volcano experiment and watching the load testing of books on top of half egg shells. A lovely healthy snack was also shared with the children. We thank the staff at Angaston Kindy for their input to make the morning a great success.

Woodwork table of activities

The anticipation of the erupting volcano

Load testing

Load testing egg shells with books led by Cheryl Whitehead from the kindy.– Campbell Pech awaits in anticipation !




A winning combination

2018 Book Week Theme
‘Finding your Treasure’

We have lots of treasures at school ….
Your children !

9.00 am Book Week Parade

9.30 am Classroom Visits

11.00 am Delicious morning tea
Provided by our wonderful P&F Group

Sharing activities

Classroom activities and morning tea

Thank you parents for the time and effort creating the wonderful costumes. The students had a great time.


Monday 27th August

Fathers’ / Special Person
Day Craft

Monday 3rd September

Let’s cook !


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.


P&F – Thank you !

A big thank you to the P&F for purchasing the new netball bibs.
Now we look the part.

Canteen News

Additional biscuits will be for sale on the day for 0.50 cents each.
LUNCH:  CROISSANT                                                                              $3.50
Oven baked croissant with ham, cheese and tomato.


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: DRIED FRUIT & PRETZEL BAGS                  $1.00
LUNCH:  CHICKEN SCHNITZEL                                  $4.00
Crumbed chicken, potato gems, carrots, corn & gravy.

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
No pre-orders.


Contact Jaymee Klose: 0400 666 478
P&F President

Cadbury Fundraising

We thank parents for taking on board the chocolates for fundraising.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnandenberg
August 26  8.45 am HC
       —    10.45am HC
September 2 10.45 am        —     8.45am

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
August 26 11.00am HC
Ps Kym Mills
 9.00am HC
Ps Kym Mills
September 2 9.00am HC
Ps Ken Pfitzner
10.00am LR 11.00am HC
Ps Ken Pfitzner

Working Together

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.
Good Shepherd’s

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