Good Shepherd Grapevine – 26 August 2021

Upcoming Events

[ecs-list-events limit=’8 ‘key=’start date’]

Fed by the Lord

by Pastor Mark Gierus

Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there shall be none. (Exodus 16:26)

This lovely passage gives us an insight into the heart of God and his dealings with his people. It is God who rescued his people out of Egypt. God broke the bonds of slavery and then parted the Red Sea. He led his people towards the Promised Land. And it was God who along the way sustained his people, providing manna from heaven for them. But it goes even deeper.

Our text for today tells us that the people were to gather twice as much bread as on the other days, for the Lord said that the next day was a holy Sabbath – a rest day where there shall be no bread.

The Sabbath for God’s people to observe is to rest in their God and Father. To rest from, in this case, collecting food and other daily jobs and instead, resting in God – for he fully satisfies.

You and I have the invitation to do the same. To take a break from your labours and rest in God. It’s not only about resting from the work you do. Jesus calls us to rest in him when we are tired from the burden of sin, guilt and shame. You see, Jesus nourishes, heals and satisfies all of our needs in him. He forgives us because he died for us, taking on our sin, shame and guilt and setting us free from slavery to sin. He continues to feed us by his word daily. He continues to invite us to rest in him and live our new life daily.

In worship, God comes to us in bread and wine and by his word. He loves us and provides all we need. When we spend time in his word, he speaks to us by his spirit, reminding us of his great love in Jesus for us. Jesus rescued us and will continue to provide for us, feeding us along the way as we wait for eternity (although we have eternity now by faith in Jesus) when he returns to take all who believe with him forever. Today, you have been fed by his very word. Ask Jesus to fully satisfy you in all you need for today, tomorrow and always.

Dear God, let me make time to rest in you always. Let me hear your voice. Help me know more of your deep love and provision for all my needs and the needs of those I come in contact with each day. Feed me so that I am fully satisfied. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Submitted by Fiona McDonald (Reproduced with permission: Lutheran Church of Australia 2021

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • PRITHARD-GORDON:  Sam, Kate, Jemima, Heidi & Miranda
  • PISANO/RANDALL:  Gabrielle, Paul, Jacob & Ella
  • RATHJEN:  Tracy, Jarred, Priya, Jobe & Quinn
  • RATSCH:  Helen, Travers, Michael & Judith


  • Darren Altus – Acting Principal
  • Rachel John – Resources Coordinator
  • Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Pastorate
  • Pastor Rob Borgas – Angaston Pastorate
  • Abby Mann – 1/2 Teacher



1   Amelia Klemm
1   Zahli Schultz
12  Eleanor John
12  Ava McGorman
13  Austin Doecke
21 Sam Abdelmalek
22 Thomas Spiteri
25  Jadon Brandon
27  Leo Abdelmalek
27  Sean McCarthy



1   Max Gaston
23  Jed Klau

Dear Good Shepherd families,

What an amazing event the 2021 GSLS Exhibition was yesterday! It was great to see many proud parents, grandparents, siblings, mentors and teachers attend. I was also very proud of our students for their knowledge and understanding, clarity of speech and belief that they can make a difference in our world. The enormous amount of research and collaborative effort was obvious and the exhibits were colourful, interactive and full of information.

Leading an Exhibition involves hours of planning, effort and preparation. I would like to thank our Year 6/7 teacher Mr Jayden Evans, LSO Mrs Selena Grundel, specialist staff and PYP Coordinator Mrs Fiona McDonald for the many weeks of planning, student support and organisation. I also thank those staff who gave up their own time to act as student mentors.

This year the Exhibition was based on the Transdisciplinary Theme of ‘Sharing the Planet’.  As part of their inquiry, each group looked into a specific Sustainable Development Goal as set by the United Nations.  These goals revolve around themes of pollution, peace and justice, equality, water, sustainable cities and sustainable farming practices. I must say that from attending the Exhibition I was inspired to take action and I hope that if you came along you felt the same way.

Congratulations Year 6/7 students! You have successfully made it through the PYP Exhibition journey.  Please know that the Good Shepherd community is proud of your efforts and accepts the challenge you have set us of making a positive difference in the world we live.

This week we say farewell to the Schroeder family who are moving to Queensland.  We thank Matita (Yr 1) and Amelia (Foundation) for being such wonderful Good Shepherd students and to Jemma and Jarred for their support of the school. May God bless and keep your family safe as you embark on a new exciting chapter.

Upcoming Events

Parish Service (Blessing of the Animals)
Each year Good Shepherd partners with our supporting Lutheran congregations for a special worship service in the Hub. This service will once again be happening on Sunday, 12th September.  For those of you who have attended previously, you will know that this is an important community event and one not to miss on the GSLS calendar. Although I haven’t been to one myself, I am very much looking forward to it, and am especially keen to witness the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ – a part in the service when you can bring along one of God’s furry, feathered or dare I say scaly creatures to be blessed.   The service will commence at 10.30am and will run for approximately 45 minutes. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions there will not be a shared lunch afterwards.

Given the importance of the event for both the school and our supporting congregations, we strongly encourage all families to be in attendance.  This will also be important for us as we plan for student involvement on the day to assist with songs and readings.

Student Free Day
A reminder that next Friday, 3rd September is a student free day for GSLS students. If requiring the services of OSHC on this day please contact Suzy Linke on 8564 3387 to book a place.

Thank You Good Shepherd Parents
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Good Shepherd parents for the wonderful way that you have partnered with the school in regards to complying with the current SA Health, Covid Restrictions. While life for students attending GSLS is largely ‘normal’ at the moment, this is not quite the case for the parent community. The school has appreciated parents wearing masks when on school grounds and understanding that for the time being, parents are unable to join children inside their learning spaces. We all look forward to a time when restrictions ease or end completely, but in the mean time we continue to do the best we can within the rules that are in place.


Darren Altus
Acting Principal 

Exhibition 2021

IB PYP Learner Profile Awards

Week 5 – Monday 16 August 2021

FDN:  Nash Jachmann (Risk-Taker/Principled)
Nash is such a risk-taker. He is an honest and hard worker particularly if things get tricky. He can be relied upon to give everything 100%. Nash is very principled, he has a keen sense of fun but knows when it is appropriate to be serious and when to let his natural sense of humour shine.

1/2:  Zahli Schultz (Principled)
After breaking her wrist, Zahli was determined to attend Chapel on Friday. She wanted to perform in the play and say her prayer, despite feeling very sore. She was not going to ‘let the team down’ after we had practised all week.

2/3:  Olivia Harvey (Inquirer)
Olivia has displayed a keen interest as we have inquired into how animals can be categorised and the identifiable features of animals.

4/5:  Parker Butler (Knowledgeable)
Parker has been working incredibly hard this term. He worked diligently throughout home learning and shared his completed tasks via SeeSaw. Parker has been applying the skills he has been practising during spelling lessons to his reading and writing. He has also shown wonderful enthusiasm towards learning about area in Mathematics.

6/7:  Emma Scholz (Risk Taker)
Emma showed great risk-taking skills this past week when engaging with the community of Angaston to gather data for her Exhibition. 

6/7:  Jadon Brandon (Inquirer)
Jadon showed he was a great inquirer throughout the Exhibition process, as he continually researched and detailed different sources for his questions, and wanted to add as much detail as possible to his answers. 


Week 6 – Monday 23 August 2021

FDN:  Elsa Penna (Caring)
Elsa is such a bright star in the Foundation classroom. She radiates kindness and positivity. Elsa always encourages others, often giving compliments and sharing her warm smile. Elsa shows her love of life and people through every interaction.

1/2:  Charlie Klemm (Inquirer)
Charlie has been working incredibly hard during our Sharing The Planet unit to independently research and write information reports, both at school and in his spare time at home! He reflects thoughtfully on his learning by editing his work and asking questions.

2/3:  Thomas Spiteri (Communicator)
Tom has displayed focus during group discussions, enthusiastically sharing his thoughts and ideas with others. He also demonstrated considerable focus as he went about communicating his knowledge of swamp turtles in an information report.

4/5:  Campbell Pech (Knowledgeable)
Campbell has shown great dedication to his learning over the past few terms. He has shown efforts towards English tasks and he regularly asks questions to further his understanding. Campbell demonstrates good self management skills that assist him in his learning.  He is focused during independent work, and helps his team to stay on task during reciprocal reading groups.

6/7:  Tom Noack (Balanced)
Tom was balanced these past few weeks through exhibition being very dedicated with his time and showing good organisational skills.

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Jennifer Grieger’s 4/5 Class

Hot Shoe Shuffle!

During National Scrience Week Mrs Grieger gave her 4/5 class a STEM challenge. Each group had to design and create a shoe that would be able to be worn by Mrs Grieger.  There were two guidelines; shoes had to be made solely out of newspaper, and use a minimal amount of sticky tape.  Mrs Grieger enjoyed trying on the many different sandshoes, slippers, sandals, slides and even a stiletto. The best shoe design of the day was awarded to Sam, Deegan and Richie for the best design and fit of running shoes with laces.


Library News


In Week 8 this term we will celebrate Book Week. This includes the celebration of book reading, activities and of course – our book character costume parade!

WHEN is the parade? Friday Week 8 – September 10

WHERE and WHAT time? 9am in the Hub, after the chapel service for the day.

WHY do we do it? As is the tradition in our school and the many other schools around our state/nation we read and do activities based on the shortlisted picture books for 2021 (as voted for by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)). We also engage in activities based on the Book Week theme for the year, which is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. Normally we have begun our celebrations with a parade at the beginning of the week however this year it has been decided that we will end the week with our traditional parade.

HOW do I be a part of it? Start thinking about which book character you might dress as this year! As always you are encouraged to have fun and there is no pressure to have the perfect costume. My advice would be to use things that you have at home to create it, or you may already have/or can borrow a costume that you can wear. I’d love to see each student bring in the book (either from home or borrow from the library) that contains their character to show during the parade. If your costume matches the theme for Book Week this year (Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds) all the more credit to you!

Rachel John
Resources Coordinator

Adelaide Zoo Excursion

The Year 1/2/3 classes enjoyed a fantastic day at the Adelaide Zoo on Monday to help them further develop their understanding of concepts related to their Unit of Inquiry about ‘Sharing the Planet’. It was an extremely rich day of learning, as students were immersed in experiences to help them understand more about the different habitats that are present around the world such as wetlands, rainforests and savannas. The students also explored the variety of names and characteristics of animals found at the Zoo. We can’t wait for our Zoo Snooze in a few weeks! Thank you to Amanda Pech (Spencer’s Mum) for being our Zoo photographer on the day.

P&F News

NEXT MEETING 13/09/2021
Please mark in your diaries that the next P&F meeting is on Monday 13th of September at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Staff Room.  All welcome.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community,

This weeks insights article from ‘Parenting Place’ is on, ‘Prioritising mental health in the digital world’.

There is no conclusive evidence that links digital media use to poor mental health. Although, there are many studies showing that children and youth aren’t getting enough sleep, and that the impact of digital device use is linked to sleep disruption.

This weeks article sugests there is enough evidence that indicates that the key pillars of mental health (sleep, healthy relationships and excercise) all mentioned in the article can be severely impacted by the overuse of digital technology.

As part of the school’s membership with Parenting Ideas you can also access the ‘Taming digital distracton’ webinar at no cost.  Please refer to the details on how to register at the end of the article.

God’s richest blessings,

Fiona Lloyde

Prioritising mental health in the digital world

by Dr Kristy Goodwin


Whilst there may not yet be conclusive evidence linking digital media use to poor mental health outcomes there’s no denying that it’s one of the chief concerns facing parents and educators of children and adolescents, growing up in a digital world. The contradictory research findings confirm that this is a complex topic.

There’s certainly consensus in the research that young people are heavy technology users, which comes at a cost of their psychological and physical needs. Their digital behaviours eat into the time that was once available for three pillars of mental health – sleep, relationships and exercise.

Minimising sleep disruption

Sleep is vital for mental wellbeing and emotional regulation in childhood and adolescence. Inadequate amounts or poor-quality sleep can cause mental health issues. Studies consistently show that Australian children and teens aren’t getting enough sleep. Digital device use is also linked to sleep disruption, impacting the sleep-wake cycle. The Lancet study suggested that nearly 60% of the impact of young people’s psychological distress could be attributed to disrupted sleep and exposure to cyberbullying.

Parents need to remind children and young adolescents about the critical role sleep plays in their psychological wellbeing. Parents can help adolescents foster healthy social media habits by establishing a digital curfew, keeping devices out of bedrooms and discouraging teens from ‘bookending’ their day with social media as it can easily trigger the stress response at these times.

Maintaining healthy relationships

Positive relationships are fundamental to a young person’s psychological wellbeing. Adolescents are biologically wired for relational connection. They want to be part of a tribe. Whilst teens and pre-teens may insist that technology connects them and caters for their relational needs, if used excessively or inappropriately, technology use can compromise their relationships and deteriorate their mental health.

Parents need to encourage and sustain opportunities for real interactions amongst adolescents. When we connect in-person the brain releases oxytocin, the social bonding hormone, which isn’t replicated online. The need for keeping a balance between digital and face-to-face interactions is paramount.

Ensuring sufficient exercise

Sedentary social media and digital consumption frequently replaces physical movement on weekends and after school, which are the opportunity times for kids’ sport, free play and outdoor activities. Brain science now informs us that physical exercise boosts serotonin and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine that play a critical role in regulating adolescents’ mood.Lack of exercise is now being linked to the current anxiety epidemic that we are seeing in young people.

Parents need to ensure that children experience a minimum of 30 minutes exercise, and teens a minimum of 60 minutes. “Go outside and play” is a term that this generation needs to hear as frequently as children in past eras.

In closing

The research into the links between kids’ digital technology use and their mental health presents a complex picture that defies simplistic conclusions. Blanket statements and headlines that suggest screens and social media are to blame for kid’s poor mental health aren’t helpful as technology is now a part of all our lives. However, there is enough evidence to suggest that the key pillars of mental health outlined above can be severely impacted by the overuse of digital technology. All things in moderation, a common guideline for healthy living, is best when considering kids’ social media and digital technology use.

Dr Kristy Goodwin presents a related webinar: Taming digital distractions

Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas. As part of this membership, you can attend the upcoming webinar ‘Taming digital distractions’ at no cost.


In this webinar, Dr Kristy Goodwin helps parents and carers understand why children and adolescents are vulnerable to digital distractions. She provides science-backed solutions to help kids and teens develop healthy digital behaviours so that they can focus, learn and thrive online.


Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 8:00 PM AEST

To redeem

1. Click this link:
2. Click ‘Add to cart’
3. Click ‘View cart’
4. Enter the coupon code TAMING and click ‘Apply Coupon’ Your discount of $39 will be applied.
5. Click ‘Proceed to checkout’
6. Fill in your account details including our school’s name to verify your eligibility. These are the details you will use to login to your account and access your webinar and resources
7. Click ‘Place Order’

This offer is valid until 8 December 2021. If you’re unable to make the broadcast time, just register anyway and you will get access to the recording.

Dr Kristy Goodwin

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a digital wellbeing and performance speaker, author and researcher (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, and a media commentator who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone, or unplug the gaming console (digital abstinence isn’t the solution). Kristy translates research into essential information and realistic strategies for parents to ensure kids and teens thrive in the digital world. For further details visit

Finance and Administration News

School Fees Term 3 2021

School fees for Term 3 are now overdue.  Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.

Uniform Shop

It’s great to see our Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia back this week.  All going well Virginia will be available 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.

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.

Student Absence

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.

School Banking

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

Not sure if Monday’s rain stick activity had anything to do with the rain on that day but we like to think it was all due to the great rain sticks that the children shook during Monday’s playgroup sesson!

Next Monday we make crafts for Father’s Day along with our usual climbing activities, songs and story time. Remember to bring along your face mask and entry to each session is $2 per child or $5 per family.

Please contact one of our friendly 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 29th August (Pent 14/Proper 17)

Angaston:  Lambert Estate Winery
Gruenberg:  Pastorate Service
Gnadenberg:  9.30am

Sunday 5th September (Pent 15/Proper 18)

Angaston:  10.30am HC
Gnadenberg:  8.45am HC


KEVS Service Times

Sunday 29th August (Pent 14/Proper 17)

Keyneton:  5.00pm
Eden Valley:  11.00am
Springton:  9.15am

Sunday 5th September (Pent 15/Proper 18)

Keyneton:  11.00am
Eden Valley:  9.00am HC
Springton:  1.30pm