Good Shepherd Grapevine – 23 August 2018
"Rearrange the deck chairs"
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.
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.
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!
In 2 Corinthians 5: verse 1
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.
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- 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:
We welcome you to Good Shepherd’s great school community.
Welcome to our new German Teacher
Introducing Lara Hepner who will take your children for German lessons every Thursday.
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!
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.
They take place in The Hub every Wednesday and Friday lunchtime this term.
If you have any questions in relation to wellbeing initiatives at Good Shepherd please do not hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Frau Helen Westermann
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.
German Mothers' Day Cards
Foundation_Year 1 Classroom
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.
International Day of Charity
WEDNESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER
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!
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?
Value is subjective
Getting stuck in grief
Mark the time
Don't forget about the later
Foundation/Year 1 class visit
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
GRANDPARENTS & FRIENDS DAY
BOOK WEEK PARADE
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
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
Monday 3rd September
Let’s cook !
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.
WEEK 3- FRIDAY 24th AUGUST
RECESS: HOT CHOCOLATE & BISCUITS – ‘JUST BECAUSE’ FREE
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.
Contact Jaymee Klose: 0400 666 478
We thank parents for taking on board the chocolates for fundraising.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|August 26|| 8.45 am HC
|—|| 10.45am HC
|September 2||10.45 am||—||8.45am|
KEVS Service Times
|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