The Triple Filter Test
by Pastor Rob Borgas
I recently read something on the internet, but I forget where it came from, and I’m not even sure if it is true; but I thought it was pretty useful. The story went something like this:
One day an acquaintance of the Greek philosopher, Socrates, said to him, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before telling me anything, it might be a good idea to filter what you are about to say. I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man said, “I’ve only just heard about it and . . .”
“Alright,” Socrates said. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
“No, on the contrary . . .”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” Socrates concluded, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”
The apostle Paul once wrote in Ephesians 4:29 (TEV), “Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.”
What impact would the triple filter test have on our conversations if we refused to pass on anything that could not be verified, that did not build up and encourage, or that was not useful? How would speaking this way to others change the culture of our school and our community?
I can become very discouraged at how easily I sometimes fail the triple filter test. But then I remember what Hebrews 7:25 (GNT) says: “And so he (Jesus) is able, now and always, to save those who come to God through him, because he lives forever to plead with God for them.”
At least there is someone who will always stand up for me and say good things about me, even if I don’t always do that to others. Thank God for his grace and forgiveness through Jesus! Now that really makes me want to speak well of others.
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- SCHULTZ: Renee, Craig, Kaitlin, Tiara, Ben & Zahli
- SEABROOK: Alana, Angus and Sofia
- SPITERI: Danielle, Jason, Samuel and Thomas
- STACEY: Sally, Matthew, Chelsea, Brayden, Saxon, Toran & Harper
- Sonya Abdelmalek – LSO
- Lara Hepner – LOTE Teacher
- Jennifer Grieger – 4/5 Teacher
- John Morgan – Maintenance and Grounds
- Jodie Hampton – PE/Arts Teacher
1 Jayden Wilkinson
10 Spencer Pech
16 Ezekiel Osborne
17 Holly Gripton
25 Ella Randall
28 Bonnie Kenny
29 Evie Cooper
30 Olivia Grieger
1 Tate Grieger
4 Brodie Heinrich
14 Mitchell Harvey
22 Charli McGorman
23 Amelia Emmett
Dear Good Shepherd families,
The end of another term…
It’s amazing to think that we have made it to the end of another term! Although it got off to a shaky start with a lockdown and the recommencement of home learning, it finished strongly with lots of exciting and important learning and community building events for our students and GSLS families. Despite the short lockdown, we can be thankful that school has continued relatively normally. Events such as Exhibition, Zoo Snooze, Parish Service, School Photos, Excursions, Assemblies, Chapel and Book Week Parades have continued, which for many of our interstate counterparts has not been the case.
Sadly, my time at Good Shepherd has quickly come to an end too. I am very grateful to the GSLS school board for giving me the opportunity to serve your community for this term. I can honestly say that you have a wonderful school and should be very proud of it. I have seen first-hand the incredible commitment and genuine endeavour by staff to care and provide the best education possible for your children. I have also been very impressed by the volunteers who provide countless hours of service to the school. Your efforts are certainly appreciated, noticed and valued. Most importantly, the children at Good Shepherd are what makes this place special. They are the ones who ensure the walls of the learning spaces are humming with curiosity, collaboration and cheer. I am deeply grateful for the way they have welcomed me and demonstrated such care, respect and a desire to learn this term.
I wish the school all the very best for the future as it continues to provide a quality and Christ-centred education.
Earlier today I met with Mrs Marschall as part of our handover process. I am pleased to report that she has had a wonderful break and is feeling refreshed and recharged. She sends her greetings and is looking forward to seeing you all next term.
Term 4 will commence on Monday 11th of October. The term will start with Opening Worship in the Hub at 9.00am. Parents and friends of Good Shepherd are welcome to join us.
Casual day – Jump rope…
Yesterday the school had a causal day to raise awareness and money for the Australian Heart Foundation. It was great to see a bright and colourful school, with students keen to support this important cause. During the day, our PE teacher Mrs Hampton coordinated a jump-off which saw all staff and students participate in a range of skipping activities. This was a wonderful afternoon that was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Mrs Hampton for organising this event for our school.
Last minute call for any Netball players…
This term Mr Hausler has helped to organise a netball tournament for senior students at recess time. He has been joined by Tracy Rathjen who has helped to umpire many of the games. Given the popularity of this initiative, a final one-off match has been organised for recess tomorrow between any interested GSLS parents to take on the might of the GSLS staff! If you are interested either in participating or coming along to watch, the game will start shortly after 11am on the courts here at Good Shepherd. May the best team win!
Going to Zion tomorrow…
Tomorrow (Friday, 24th September) the school will be having its weekly chapel service at Zion Lutheran Church which is located on the main street of Angaston. Students will walk from school to the church and back again. We will leave school shortly after the commencement of the school day, with the service due to start around 9.20am / 9.30am. We will return to school by foot after the service has finished. Parents are welcome to join either by meeting us at Zion or walking with us from school.
Business or home with street frontage…
We are often in search of new ways to promote our school to the wider community. We are currently in the process of creating some new promotional material which we will be looking to display on roadsides or in shop front windows. If you own a business or have property that receives roadside exposure and would be happy to display some signage from the school for a period of time, please get in contact with Danette email@example.com
Student Led Conferences…
Last Thursday it was wonderful to have many families from our community come on site for Student Led Conferences. These conferences are a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase some of their learning and to explain what they know about themselves as a learner. We know that students were excited to take the lead by hosting their parents. Thank you to our PYP Coordinator Mrs Fiona McDonald for coordinating this important event.
Today the school will be sending home NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) results for the tests which were sat by students in Years 3, 5 and 7 earlier in May. NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy against National Standards for all Australian students. While the NAPLAN data does add to the overall picture of student learning and achievement, we need to keep it in context. NAPLAN is not (and does not claim to be) an absolute measure of each child’s academic ability. NAPLAN complements all of the assessment data we already collect and is simply one more piece of data. We need to be cautious about placing ‘too much’ emphasis on NAPLAN. By all means talk to your child about NAPLAN results if this is appropriate for your circumstance, but we need to avoid making NAPLAN bigger than what it needs to be.
The school will continue to look at the NAPLAN results for overall trends and patterns. The true value in NAPLAN for us as a school is that we can use the data to ensure our curriculum is rigorous and that each year level builds on the skills taught previously.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
Week 9 – Monday 13 September 2021
FDN: Deacon Grieger (Thinker)
Deacon is such a self-motivated learner. He is always seeking out information challenges. Deacon has a true zest for learning and his attitude towards life and school is infectious.
1/2: Sophie Doering (Caring)
During the recent Zoo Snooze Sophie went over and above to care for her classmates. She was someone who they could rely on to listen to them and to help them in the dorm and around the camp site. She was also a reassuring friend to those who were nervous. Sophie also showed her caring nature during learning experiences and shared her knowledge about how to care for the environment and God’s animals while at Monarto.
2/3: Sienna Boyd (Communicator)
Sienna has been able to communicate a good understanding of the difference between types of animals and is able to classify them according to observable features.
4/5: Aimee Gripton (Inquirer)
Aimee is a student who regularly demonstrates all aspects of the learner profile. She is diligent towards her work and always presents it to the best of her ability. Aimee has been incredibly focused during our inquiry unit on Earth and the Universe. She has shown excellent research skills when inquiring into her topic on tornadoes and the dwarf planet, Pluto. She has also been keen to share her new learning with others.
6/7: Jed Klau (Balanced)
Jed has demonstrated being principled this school year, taking responsibility for his actions and displaying honesty when communicating about times he was in the wrong or acted unfairly.
Week 10 – Monday 20 September 2021
FDN: Sophie Scholz (Risk-Taker)
Sophie should be very proud of her bravery and persistence. Last week during Chapel, Sophie was going to share a part of the message with a partner. Her partner was absent on the day and Sophie bravely went up on the stage by herself, solved a microphone problem and spoke confidently and clearly to the whole school group.
1/2: Eleanor John (Principled)
Ellie is a reliable and honest member of the Good Shepherd community. Ellie can always be trusted to tell the truth and to seek forgiveness when she makes mistakes, and she inspires others to do the same.
2/3: Harry Swincer (Caring)
Harry showed care and concern for his classmates when selecting his seat during Week 9. He also has demonstrated an understanding about how to care for the environment during the ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit of inquiry.
4/5: Georgia Barrett (Caring)
Georgia is a kind and helpful student who tries her best at everything she does. She demonstrated a deep understanding of her learning by presenting confidently during her Student Led Conference. She has combined her caring nature and leadership skills to benefit the environment by co-creating the ‘picking up rubbish club’ with her friends. We know that she will continue to exhibit all aspects of the learner profile as she heads on an adventure around Australia with her family next term.
6/7: Erin Heinrich (Balanced)
Erin has demonstrated great balance this year with her schoolwork, leadership as school captain, sporting achievements as well as being a supportive and enthusiastic class member.
Classroom Snapshot – The Arts with Mrs Jodie Hampton
This term in The Arts we have been mainly focussing on Visual Arts. The 4/5 and 6/7 classes have been looking at painting – acrylic paintings and watercolour paintings. We chose a galaxy/night theme to fit in with the 4/5 space topic.
To complete the acrylic galaxy picture the students had to use a sponge to create/blend the background. They then flick painted to represent stars. After it had dried the students then drew and painted their planets. We looked at the Art Element value and tried to make at least 2 of our planets show value (value is the lightest or darkest shade of a colour).
We have yet to complete the watercolour night sky. Although I’m really looking forward to seeing how the students can blend colours using the watercolours.
In the Foundation to Year 3 classes we looked at ‘How are living things portrayed through Art.’ We looked at how different animals were portrayed in different ways through Art.
We looked at sketching, clay pottery and sculpture, nature and the scratch paintings. The students loved working with clay over the 3 weeks and made different clay pieces. They each made a pinch pot (pottery) and animal (sculpture) and then chose what they wanted to create for their final piece.
During Term 3 students participated in Tri Skills for four lessons. Each lesson had a particular focus like safe landings, rock/paper/scissors or animals and cooperation. The students learnt to land safely, balance, jump, swing, rotate and create sequences with their peers.
Some of the equipment they used included the bar, the parallel bar, mats, wedge, beam, mini trampolines, rebound nets, and various balancing objects.
A letter will be coming home this week regarding payment for overdue items. Payments will be due early next term if you are unsuccessful in finding your overdue items over the holiday break.
Book Week Parade
On Friday of Week 8 our students celebrated ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’ in our Book Week parade. The students spent the week reading the shortlisted books and completed several activities in the Library based on this year’s theme.
Jump Rope for Heart – Jump Off Day
On Thursday our students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart – Jump off after lunch. Students were encouraged to wear casual clothes featuring ‘red’ in lieu of a gold coin donation. We are pleased to advise that we raised a total of $160 to support lifesaving research into heart disease. Well done everyone!
GSLS 60th Anniversary
In 2022, Good Shepherd will be celebrating its 60th year. As part of the celebration the P&F will be making and selling a cookbook, with your favourite recipes. We would like to form a sub-committee who will be responsible for the design and collaboration of the cookbook. If you are interested in being part of this committee, please express your interest to Virgina Harvey or Amanda Pech before our next P&F meeting.
Please mark in your diaries that the next P&F meeting is on Monday 18th of October at 2pm. The meeting will be held in the staff room. All welcome.
Our AGM will be held in November. This year we have the following positions to fill: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Canteen Manager. If you are interested in one of these positions or would like to know more about the roles please reach out to Amanda Pech or Sarah Gripton.
TERM 4 Fundraiser
For our Term 4 fundraiser, we will be selling Billy G’s Gourmet Cookie & Biscuit Dough. Billy G’s dough comes in 1kg tubs of dough. You can either eat it straight out of the container or you can bake up to 40 large 25g cookies, per container. There are 10 dough-licious flavours to choose from, including an option for our fur babies (dogs). Fundraising forms will be sent home with your child at the start of Term 4.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
This week’s Parenting Ideas article is called “The language of respectful relationships.”
Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas indicates, that by focusing on the language of respect you are laying the basis for kids to enjoy respectful relationships both now and in the future.
The Bible has its own language with the understanding of respect and when we explore this language, it begins with our respect for God. God the creator. The planet maker. Our relationship with Him sets the tone for every other relationship we have and how we will respect ourselves and how we respect others.
Show respect for all people (treat them honorably), love the brotherhood (of believers), fear God, honor the king. Peter 2:17 (AMP)
So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is (the essence of) the Law and the writings of the) Prophets. Matthew 7:12 (AMP)
Wishing everyone a peaceful and safe holiday break.
The language of respectful relationships
This reply to playground name-calling has been taught to children by generations of parents. While the sentiments are true, it demonstrates how destructive language can be when it’s used to hurt or humiliate.
Name-calling dehumanises the child or young person on the receiving end, making it easier for a perpetrator to bully, put down or abuse. The language of bullying and sexual abuse is deliberately vague and generalised making it easier to hurl insults about gender or ethnicity. It’s much harder to insult someone when real names are used as it becomes personal.
Bullying uses language that dehumanises. Respectful relationships has its own language, and it’s through this language that respect is shown, and personal safety and integrity are assured.
Parents can help children and young people to develop the language of respectful relationships in the following ways:
Use first or preferred names
The sound of a person’s name respectfully spoken is music to the listener’s ears. Teach kids to refer to other people by their first or preferred name. If a relative prefers to be called aunt or uncle rather than by their first name, then out of respect, encourage children and young people to adjust their language accordingly, even though you may not subscribe to such formalities. Politeness is respect in action.
Differentiate between behaviour and the person
It’s incorrect to define a child’s character through their poor behaviour. A child who tells lies is frequently called a liar, someone who steals is often labelled a thief, or someone who inadvertently shares secrets is deemed untrustworthy. In sporting parlance, focusing on the behaviour rather than on the person teaches kids about to play the ball, not the person. It may sound like splitting hairs but the focus on character traits rather than on a person’s behaviour is hurtful, often degrading, and leads to resentment rather than change.
Call out disrespectful behaviour
The standard of behaviour you ignore is the standard of behaviour you accept. Disrespectful behaviour needs to be called out by adults so kids learn that bullying, racism and other forms of disrespectful language are not acceptable. When discussing the behaviour and character of friends, fictional characters in books and personalities on film differentiate between the behaviour and the person, calling out the use of negative labels when you hear them. It’s easy to ignore disrespectful language when you hear it, but this one area where a consistent approach by adults is critical.
Frame behaviour as a choice
Framing behaviour as a choice is an essential respectful relationships strategy that needs to be reinforced for children and young people. “That’s a smart/good/helpful choice!” is the type of response kids should repeatedly hear, reinforcing that their behaviour is a result of choice rather than driven by others, circumstances, or emotion. Personal choice negates the idea that somehow other people or circumstances determine behaviour, or become convenient scapegoats for all types of abuse and disrespectful behaviour . “She/he made me do it” just doesn’t wash in a civilised society.
Develop a wide vocabulary
Build a wide vocabulary of terms essential to respectful relationships. Terms such as safety, choice, respect, acceptance, tolerance, love, likeable and host of others should be familiar to kids as well as phrases that emphasise fair and respectful treatment of others in all types of environments.
Respect is shown not only through the treatment of others but through the language kids use every day. By focusing on the language of respect you are laying the basis for kids to enjoy respectful relationships both now and in the future.
Finance and Administration News
Our Uniform Shop is open each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 3.45pm during the school term for any uniform purchases.
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.
School Card Scheme 2021
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. https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building Blocks Playgroup
It was great to see some of our littlest learners exploring Eden in the sunny weather last week.
Unfortunately whilst we were not able to attend this week we look forward to seeing what our playgroup co-ordinators are planning for Term 4. Watch this space!
Please contact our friendly Playgroup co-ordinators, Bec Bawden (0427 538 371) or Sarah Briones (0448 354 583) if you have any questions.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
Sunday 26th September
Angaston: 8.45am HC
Gnadenberg: 10.30am HC
Sunday 3rd October
Angaston: 10.30am LR
Gnadenberg: 8.45am LR
KEVS Service Times
Sunday 26th September
Eden Valley: 11.00am HC
Springton: 9.15am HC
Sunday 3rd October
Keyneton: 11.00am HC
Eden Valley: 9.00am HC
Parish Service and Blessing of the Animals
Last Sunday our parish congregations joined the Good Shepherd school community for the annual Parish Service and Blessing of the Animals.
It was wonderful to welcome everybody to our school Hub to give thanks and praise God for all our wonderful creatures. Thankyou to Pastors Rob Borgas and Peter Ziersch for blessing each and every one of the pets that accompanied their owners during the service.