Good Shepherd Grapevine – 24 October 2019
God or Government
Bible Reading: Mark 8:1-9
Why? Why did Jesus not seek the power of institutions to provide for others? Because He knew the infinite power and the infinite bounty of His Father, our Lord God Almighty!
To put it in the vernacular, why fool around with a box kite when there is a Boeing 747 at your disposal?
Remember the time Jesus fed the multitude? With seven loaves He fed them – four thousand persons, plus!
There in the desert, away from the city, the crowds had gathered and Jesus ministered unto them. He healed the sick. He made the lame to walk, the blind to see, the dumb to speak, through the miracle of God’s love.
At eventide the people were hungry and Jesus had compassion on them. The disciples questioned where they would get food to feed so many. But Jesus said, “How many loaves have ye?”
“There is no need for them to leave. Feed them here.”
Feed them! With what? Seven loaves of bread? They asked this of Him to whom all power is given – in heaven and on earth.
Jesus took the loaves and blessed them and gave them to His disciples to feed the multitude. And they ate – every one of them, the whole four thousand – plus women and children. They ate until they were filled and even then there were seven baskets of food left over.
How great, how truly great, are the works of the Lord! Oh, ye of little faith! How is it that we turn to Caesar for the answers to our problems? Why do we feel the government and not God is the answer for our lives, our families, our community, our state, our nation, our world?
Where we look for aid says more about us than we realise.
Submitted by Dan Hausler (5/6 Teacher)
Taken from Refreshing daily in God’s word – https://www.refreshingdaily.org/2019/07/daily-devotion-god-or-government.html
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- SMITH: Hiedi & Fletcher
- SWINCER: Alicia, Daniel, Sam, Harry and Isobel
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Brenton Klau – Cleaner/Bus Driver
- Dearne Prior – 1/2 Teacher
- Dan Hausler – 5/6 Teacher
- Josie Wundersitz – Arts Teacher
We continue to pray for Steve Seidel (previous GSLS Principal) who remains in hospital after being admitted last week. Please keep Steve and his family in your prayers.
- This term we especially pray for our Year 7 students as their time at Good Shepherd comes to an end. Bless each and every one of them as they prepare for the next chapter in their education journey at secondary school.
25 Lily Brooks
28 Deegan Evans
28 Luke Scanlon
4 Michael Lewis
10 Sam Swincer
24 James Noack
26 Heath Atyeo
28 Jaslyn Grundel
28 Erin Heinrich
29 Charlize Campbell
28 Amelia Klemm
1 Annabel Lloyd
1 Sam Abdelmalek
1 Karlo Scholz
1 Millie Scholz
6 Ava McGorman
8 Luke Scanlon
8 Michael Scanlon
25 Michael Ratsch
27 Senspri Qualter
The P and F school disco was a huge hit (and what an awesome way to finish off the first week back at school!). It was great to see a combined disco this year with younger and older children having fun together. Hats off to our amazing P and F team who work so hard to plan and deliver such great events. Disco, like Bonfire Night, is a fun raising, rather than a fund raising event because our P and F recognise that building community is just as important (actually more so) as raising funds for the school. At a time where fewer and fewer schools actually have an active P and F we are so blessed that our little school has such a passionate team of parents working together for Good Shepherd. Remember the P and F is open to everyone and they are always keen to welcome new members.
I am delighted to be able to share that we received a State Government Capital Funding Grant at the end of last term for $40,000. This will enable us to invest in a number of capital projects within the school over the coming months. These include the installation of an automated bell/PA system that will be able to be heard across the whole school (including the Art Room and the Shepherd’s Hub), mobile IT screens that will be utilised in the new upper primary classrooms next year and enable agile learning opportunities for teachers and students in the Learning Street too and more flexible furnishings for the year 6/7 classrooms to complete the furniture renewal across the school that was begun this year. We are very grateful for this State Government Grant that will enable us to provide the latest infrastructure to support our students in an exciting learning environment.
Next year will see some staffing changes at Good Shepherd. Mrs Dearne Prior’s contract is concluding at the end of this year. We thank Dee for the blessing that she has been to our school community over this year and will formally acknowledge this at the end of the year Assembly. Miss Abby Beames has been appointed as Year 1/2 teacher in 2020. Mrs Lara Hepner will be taking maternity leave next year. We wish her God’s richest blessings as she awaits the birth of her second child. Mrs Edith Zeller has been appointed as German teacher for 2020.
This week many of our Year 6/7 students have been on camp in Canberra learning all about our National Capital. This is an amazing experience for our students. They visit so many interesting places. In addition to the old and new Parliament houses they go to the Australian War Memorial, Exhibition Centre, National Gallery, Australian Mint, Questacon, the National Library, Telstra Tower, National Arboretum and numerous museums. It’s a jam packed week of interesting experiences and life long memories. We look forward to hearing about all their adventures on their return next week.
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Hausler’s 5/6 Class
The PYP is going through some changes at the moment and one idea they want to promote is how action, student agency, the learner profile and international mindedness will work together to strengthen students’ confidence in their ability to make a positive change in the world.
One part of that is ‘action’ and classes are making students aware of what action is and what it can look like, so keep an eye out in class newsletters. Action is initiated by students and is part of the learning process.
Demonstrations of action can include:
- Participation – contributing as individual or group
- Advocacy – action to support social/environmental/political change
- Social justice – relation to rights, equality and equity, social well-being and justice
- Social entrepreneurship – innovative, resourceful and sustainable social change
- Lifestyle choices – e.g. consumption, impact of choices.
As we make students aware of what action is, you can support action by:
- Helping students connect action with personal experiences
- Celebrating student action with others
- Engaging students in dialogue around ‘what is action?’
- Encouraging students to consider the appropriateness and impact of their actions
- Supporting students in establishing and maintaining connections to local and wider communities.
It’s that time again! If you’re looking to secure some Christmas presents then look no further, book Fair is simply the best place to buy books for all. A generous percentage of sales is returned to the school as commission which is directly reinvested back into our library.
Last years’ commission was very helpful in expanding our non-fiction collection. This year we hope to continue this expansion.
Everyone is welcome!
When: Tuesday 12th November – Thursday 14th November 2019
Times: Before and after school until 4pm
The following students were acknowledged for a great start to term 4:
Monday 21 October 2019
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Asia Kuchar – Inquirer – You have shown a clear understanding on our Unit of INquiry topic and relate aspects of it to your life. You clearly explain your ideas to others and ask questions to learn more about it..
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Charli McGorman – Knowledgeable – You are helpful and respectful towards the property of others and of the school. You tell the truth and are fair. You act with a strong sense of fairness and justice. You care for the environment and try to put your rubbish in the right bin.
Amelia Emmett – Communicator – Amelia showed she was a communicator when she used a confident voice to present her sharing in front of the class. She also answered questions with detail and enthusiasm.
Georgia Barrett – Knowledgeable – Georgia demonstrated she was knowledgeable when she recalled facts and information around mixtures and solutions. She used her knowledge to make connections to the world around her.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Grace Alexander – Caring – Grace cared for others when she made them laugh when they were sad.
Luke Scanlon – Risk-Taker – Luke was a risk-taker when he tried doing high jump for Faith Challenge but he was a bit scared.
Sam Swincer – Balanced – Sam was balanced when he works very hard and also loves to play lots of games.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Jaslyn Grundel – Knowledgeable – Jaslyn continually puts in her best effort during lesson time to ensure that she gains an understanding of concepts and communicates this knowledge appropriately. Her sustainability guide is an example of this.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Jayden Ahrns- Knowledgeable – Jayden demonstrated knowledgeable this year through his work with maths and his determination to improving his abilities. He has shown great confidence and determination through this work.
On Tuesday our happy Canberra campers arrived safely in our Nation’s Capital. Mr Evans has sent through some in-flight pics and our students enjoying the views from their visit to the Telstra Tower.
This article for our newsletter is from a daily devotional called “The Word for Today” (Bob and Debby Gass). It comes from Proverbs 3:13 (New King James Version).
I personally love the wisdom we can learn from the book of Proverbs.
‘Happy is the man who… gains understanding’
The truth is that experience is costly. You cannot gain experience without paying a price. You just have to hope that the price is not greater than the value of the experience you gain. And sometimes you cannot judge what the price will be until after you have gained the experience. Further, not learning from experience is more costly. It’s tragic to pay the price for experience and not learn from the lesson. But that’s often what happens. When an experience is negative we want to run away from it and say, “I’ll never do that again.’ No, don’t run away from your experiences; instead, evaluate and learn from them. Remember, evaluated experience lifts you above the crowd. People who make it a practice to reflect on their experiences and learn from them are rare. But when you meet one, you know it. There’s a story of a fox, a wolf and a bear who went hunting together. After each of them caught a deer the bear asked the wolf how they should divide up he spoils. He said, “Everyone should get one deer.” AT that point the bear ate the wolf. Then the bear asked the fox what he thought. The fox offered the bear his deer, and suggested the bear ought to take the wolf’s deer as well. “Where did you get such wisdom?” asked the bear. “From the wolf,” replied the fox. The school of life offers many difficult courses. Some we sign up for, others we find ourselves taking unexpectedly. All can teach us valuable lessons, but only if we desire to learn and are willing to reflect on these lessons.
Have a great week.
Dear School Community,
I am wanting to make some care packs for families in our school community that may be struggling from time to time. I am going to leave a box in the front office for anybody who is able to donate any of the items listed below. The desired effect for the care packs is to make someone’s day ‘just that little bit easier’.
I am looking for non- perishable food items. For example- Muesli bars, tins of tomatoes, vegemite, crackers, biscuits….etc.
It would be appreciated.
|WEEK 2 – FRIDAY 25th OCTOBER|
|RECESS:||Veggie Sticks, Jatz & Cream Cheese||$1.50|
|LUNCH:||Quiche||1 for $2.50
2 for $3.50
|WEEK 3 – FRIDAY 1st NOVEMBER|
|RECESS:||Mini Pavlova with Cream and Berries||$2.00|
Sausages and Salad
Drinks can be ordered on your order form/brown bag or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Apple, Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple Raspberry, Pine Orange] Soda Water Cans $2.00
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks and Zooper Doopers (50 cents each) are available to purchase at lunch time.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees for term four have been sent to families. Fees are payable by Friday 15th November. Please see Sarah Loveday if you need to discuss payment arrangements.
If you have not yet enrolled your child for 2020 please see Danette at the Front Office ASAP.
We also 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 2019
Did you know that applications for the School Card Scheme for this year are still 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. Skoolbag App also has an absentee note you can send which is received as an email to school.
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.
The Skoolbag App—FREE
For quick notifications of alerts, newsletters, canteen and playgroup information directly to your phone. Advising school of your child’s absence is quick and easy with the e.form available.
NO PARKING ON NELDNER AVENUE
Parents are asked not to park on Neldner Avenue as the buses need to be able to pull up, for the safety of our children. Please use the car park south of the school or by the Shepherd’s Hub.
All students are required to bring a hat to school from mid August to the end of April when the UV levels tend to be 3 or above. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, Slap, 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 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.
Please ensure your child comes to school with a full water bottle to ensure that they remain hydrated during the day.
Please remember to pack appropriate cutlery for your child/ren for recess and lunch if required. We have had a large amount of requests for plastic spoons and forks over the past few weeks.
It would be appreciated if any loaned items of uniform are laundered and then returned to the Front Office as soon as possible so that we can continue to provide a change of clothing to those students that require it from time to time.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|November 3||10.30am HC
Guild 80th Anniversary
KEVS Service Times
10.30am Service at Pastor Peter’s Property
|November 3||5.30pm||11.00am||9.15am HC|
Monday 28 October
Monday 4 November
Melbourne Cup Hats
Looking for a Playgroup Assistant/Volunteer
Our Playgroup Co-ordinator, Bec Bawden would love for someone who is just as passionate as she is to help with setting up and tidying up on Monday mornings.
If you have some free time and would be able to help Bec please contact her on 0427 538 371.