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Good Shepherd Grapevine – 24 February 2022

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I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.  Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:5-10 (NIV)

Devotion

Sometimes the things God says in the Bible are different than what the world tells us. The Bible tells us not to be boastful or proud. Instead, it says that when things are hard we can be comforted by remembering that we are strong with God.

Lots of times that is very different than what some people would tell us to do! We might think if something is hard for us, then we should hide it. God says that when things are hard, he is strong. Sometimes it’s not the easiest to see that God is with us and that God is the one who can help us – because we can’t help ourselves! For that reason – because it’s so good to know God is with us and helps us – we can be happy with times when we need God’s help!

Family Prayer

God, thank you for being with us no matter what we are going through. Thank you for helping us when things are hard. Help us remember to turn to you when we are happy and when we are sad or need help. We love you! In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!

You might like to try these activities together as a family.

Family activity

Brainstorm the following together as a family:

  • Think about times when each family member can do something on their own – when they don’t need help. Ride a bike, play a certain sport, etc.
  • Then, think of times when each family member does need help. Maybe it’s being lifted up to reach something high, remembering to do something they always forget, certain homework that’s hard, etc.

Talk about how when you do the things that are easy, it’s easy not to have to even talk to each other. When you need help with something, then, of course, you have to turn to someone and ask for help! That’s relationship building. Those are the moments God loves, too! He loves to take care of us and be with us.

Adapted from ‘40 Days of Renewal – Family Devotions: Day 23′

Submitted by Mrs Fiona McDonald

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:

FAMILIES

  • BAKIC/GRAETZ:  Kimberley, William, Rubi and Brock
  • BARRETT:  Tim, Sarah, Jemima, Matilda and Georgia
  • BAWDEN:  Bec, Thomas, Shailah, Ruby, Alex and Abigail

STAFF 

  • Edith Unger – Volunteer
  • Brenton Klau – Bus Driver
  • John Morgan – Maintenance
  • Fiona Lloyde – School Chaplain

Birthdays

February

2   Asia Kuchar
5   Cooper Jachmann
10  Elsa Penna
14  Alex Johnson
23  Archie McGorman
26  Tillie Waechter

Baptisms

January

15  Sophie Doering
15  Rachel Doering

February

1   John Lewis

 

Principal’s News

 

Dear Parents,

“Reunited and it feels so good!” The sign board on the front lawn said it all really, how good it was to welcome the whole school to face-to-face learning last week. As nice as it was for the junior primary students to ease back into school it didn’t feel quite right until we had the whole school back, playing, laughing, and learning together.

Now that schools have reopened for face-to-face learning, our school-based home learning program has come to an end. The Department of Education has created a website specifically for children who are isolating due to COVID. This website contains learning activities (updated daily) for all year levels to access, across all curriculum areas. Classroom teachers may still email home ongoing learning projects or particular tasks that they would like isolating children to complete, however they will not be providing online learning activities via Seesaw and Teams. The website for learning tasks whilst isolating is: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/our-learning-sa.

As we approach the fifth week of school there are some things we can cautiously reintroduce. From next week individual music tuition will restart. The Principal’s Tours scheduled for March 18th can go ahead but bookings are required. Classes can go on excursions. Sports day on 25th March can go ahead as it is an outside event. Parents can attend but must follow the usual COVID protocols.

Last week we were gifted a couple of laptop charger trollies from Immanuel Lutheran School at Gawler but had no way to transport them to Angaston. After a quick call out we had several offers from parents wanting to help out. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Shane Butler who promptly collected and delivered the trollies to us. Also Amanda Pech and Janelle Sawley who also offered to help out. We are very blessed by a strong community spirit at Good Shepherd. During the break we purchased class sets of laptops and the ‘new to us’ charger trollies will be a very welcome addition to the library resource centre.

After 14 years of faithful service, our amazing groundsman, John Morgan, will be hanging up his rake, hammer and ride on mower keys and enjoying full retirement life. John has seen many changes to the school over the last few years with the development of EDEN, the playground and several new buildings projects – all of which have added to his never-ending jobs! Despite this John has always approached his work with a smile on his face, a positive outlook and a gentle humour which has won the hearts of staff and students alike.  John will be with us until the end of this term, so we have plenty of time to load up his task book with all the little jobs that we know he loves. In all seriousness, John is deeply loved and respected by everyone and will be sorely missed. His service will be formally honoured and acknowledged by the school community (assuming we can gather as a community by that time) at the end of term school Assembly on Monday 11th April.

Blessings,

Anne Marschall
Principal  

Classroom Snapshot – Frau Hepner’s German Lessons

 

Our Foundation students received a lovely surprise this morning during Frau Hepner’s 5.6 German lesson – Schultüten .

A Schultüte (school cone) is a colourful and elaborately decorated cone filled with small gifts and treats that is given to German children on their first day of school.

Our students loved the cones and eagerly opened them to discover the contents. Maddison said “I got lots of stickers!” and Alex said “My favourite part was the outside because it had a picture of Thomas the Tank Engine.” 

Library News

It is that time of year again when we start thinking about the Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) for 2022! 

Foundation class do not need to worry about completing the challenge at home, we will complete it with students during class and library time.  

Year 1-6 are asked to read 12 books; 8 from the PRC list and 4 free choice. The PRC books have stickers on them marked with the appropriate year level but don’t hesitate to ask if you are needing help finding suitable books. 

Each student will be given a PRC Readers Record sheet and the teachers and I will decide how best to keep these sheets so that they can be filled in regularly. Oftentimes these sheets will come home to be filled in as children will borrow PRC books during borrowing time. 

I am encouraging students to complete this in term 1 but the form isn’t due until September. The first 20 students to complete the challenge will receive a pick from my library prize box! 

Medals and certificates will be presented in term 4. 

Many thanks and happy reading! 

Rachel John
Library and Resource Coordinator

Library Times for 2021 

F – Wednesday 

1/2 G & M – Tuesday 

3/4 – Wednesday 

5/6 – Thursday 

P&F News

We put the FUN in fundraising. The P&F is a great way to become involved in the school, meet some new people and have some fun along the way. We meet twice a term for meetings (one day meeting and one night meeting) and there is no obligation to attend them all.

We also, hold events through-out the year to raise additional funds for the school. In the past these events have included; Sports day cake stall, Hot X Bun drive, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, Christmas raffle and many more. The funds raised in 2021 were used to provide a new lectern and projector in the Hub, seating for the decking area. Additionally, each class was given a support payment. With these funds, the classes bought games, crafts and additional resources.

If you are interested or want any further information about joining the committee or any upcoming events, please reach out to Virginia Harvey (Vice President) or Amanda Pech (Secretary).

CANTEEN – ON HOLD

The canteen is operated by Sarah Gripton (Canteen Manager) and any parents who wish to volunteer. In previous years the canteen has been operating on Friday’s however, with the current Covid restrictions, canteen is on hold until further notice. We hope to have the canteen open in some form before the end of term. Please watch this space!

HOT X BUNS

Yes, you saw right, Hot X Buns! D&Ms are kindly providing delicious 6 packs of Hot X Buns. The buns will be available in the following varieties; with fruit, fruitless or choc chip. An order form will be sent home in the coming days.

SPORTS DAY (25th March 2022)

Watch this space! Details to come in the next Newsletter.

Everyday Reminders

Absentees

It is important that the school is notified by 9.00am each day if your child is absent.  Please ensure that a reason is included with your notification.  You are able to advise us of absentees by SeeSaw, phone or email gsls@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au by 9.00am.  Please understand that the Front Office is unable to access SeeSaw notifications sent directly to class teachers.  We also ask that parents keep children home if they are unwell.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community,

I have a poem I would like to share.

Sunshine, Mercy and the Breaking of Bread

The sun comes up in the morning.
It descends in the evening.
In between times it shines on us, the earth, and our fellow creatures.
When the sky is clear the sun seems to shine more brightly, and it lightens our hearts.
When the clouds are there its resonance is still with us.
If we fly up in an aeroplane above the clouds – we glimpse the sun’s transcendence.
The sun is truly ancient and yet new every morning.
Delivered to us fresh, like a baguette on the streets of Paris. But without charge.
The sun is an icon of mercy. It offers its warmth and light to us, independent of our behaviours and attitudes. It seeks to convert us silently, patiently to gratitude and to promote our health.
Thank you, sun, for vitamin d and for making our vegetables grow.
The bible tells us that God’s mercies are made new every morning, like the sun, ancient yet always fresh.
Every day, an opportunity for a new start, a different story.
The sun speaks to us of mercy as the basis of our existence, more fundamental to life than daily bread.
Let us be found in the sunshine and in the breaking and sharing of bread and of mercy.

Amen.

Written by Dr Phil Daughtry
Dean of Faculty, Humanities and Social Sciences / Dean of Faculty, Ministry Practice (Tabor University)

Fiona Lloyde
Chaplain

Finance News

School Fees Term 1 2022

School fees for Term 1 will be emailed to all families this week.  Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you do not receive a statement. Payment of school fees for Term 1 are now due by Friday 11th March 2022 (extended due to later start to term).  Please contact Sarah if you have not yet set up a payment arrangement or have any questions about your statement.

School Card Scheme 2022

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

Uniform Shop

Please note that our Uniform Shop is open each Monday afternoon during the term from 3.00pm to 3.30pm.  Please note that one adult (and an accompanying child) are permitted in the uniform shop at a time.  If you are unable to attend during these times please feel free to contact the Front Office by phone or email and your order will be processed and sent home as soon as possible.

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.

Reminder – Return of Emergency Contact Forms

Thank you to those families that have been able to return the forms that were sent home at the end of last year.  Please ensure that forms are returned by Wednesday next week so we can update our records.

Please contact the Front Office if you require a replacement set of forms or need to notify us of any important contact updates.

1962-2022 Celebrating 60 Years

If you would like to hear all about our 60th anniversary celebrations we invite you to join our 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.
 

Local Church Service Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Sunday 27th February 2022
Angaston: 8.45am Harvest Thanks
Gnadenberg: 10.30am HC Harvest Thanks

Wednesday 2nd March 2022
7.30pm HC – Parish Service at Angaston

Sunday 6th March 2022
Angaston: 10.30am Traditional
Gnadenberg: 8.45am Traditional

KEVS Service Times

Sunday 27th February 2022
Keyneton: 11.00am
Eden Valley: 9.00am HC

Wednesday 2nd March 2022
7.30pm HC – Parish Service at Angaston

Sunday 6th March 2022
Keyneton: 9.00am HC
Eden Valley: 5.30pm
Springton: 11.00am HC

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