Good Shepherd Grapevine- 26 July 2018

by Jul 26, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 This Week’s Rattling – “Chalk”

Empty Sidewalks

As my son was recovering from pneumonia on his spring break, I thought he was ready for some sunshine after several days indoors on the couch. What better activity than a little bit of drawing with chalk on our sidewalk! We had a great time creating a big map together. I drew the roads as he directed me around the driveway telling me the names of various cities. We added houses, bridges, stores, and a tree to our map. Practically our entire driveway was filled by the time we were finished. For the next couple of days we would walk on the chalk-drawn road to get in our car to go somewhere.
Later in the week we woke up in the middle of the night to a thunderstorm. The next day when he went outside, Caleb immediately noticed our clean, empty sidewalk. All our work was washed away. Only a small reminder of our afternoon art fun was left under the porch awning.

Our clean sidewalk is similar to what God gives us each day.

Every single day we get a fresh start.

Maybe yesterday wasn’t so great and you wish you’d handled some situations differently. Maybe you spoke harsh words to your children or ignored your husband or got yelled at by your boss. Today is new!
No matter how bad yesterday was, this morning remember this…

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:23-25

Our God is so loving and faithful.
Enjoy this new day He has given.

And if you have a moment, grab some sidewalk chalk and enjoy the sunshine.

Sourced from https://lacedwithgrace.com/empty-sidewalks/

Upcoming Events

Prayer Corner

This week, staff and student’s pray for:


  • GRUNDEL:  Anthony, Selena, Tyson, Sharli & Jaslyn
  • HARVEY:  Craig, Virginia, Mitchell, Bella & Olivia
  • HEINRICH:  Roger, Kylie, Erin & Brodie
  • JOHNSON:  Phillip, Tanya, Alexander & Bailey


  • Mick Emmett – Year 4
  • Melissa Emmett – Foundation / Year 1
  • Pastor Rob Borgas – New School Pastor
  • Rhian Doecke – Library Resources Coordinator


  • God guide the school community as we work toward a dynamic Term 3. May we continue to bless each other with friendship and care.
  • We pray for Mick Emmett as he settles into the Year 4 class and think of Renae Ruediger as she takes some deserved long service leave.
  • Please keep Hiedi Smith in your prayers as she has major surgery next week. Pray for God’s guiding hand on the surgeons and for a good post op recovery.
  • We thank God for the blessing of our new Pastor Rob Borgas being installed this Sunday.


We love to celebrate your birthday & baptism:
In the coming fortnight:



27  Jayden Ahrns
28  Egan Schwarz
31 Mitchell Harvey


1  Amelia Klemm
5  Hannah Noack
9  Romek Kuchar



1   Max Gaston
1   Thomas Gaston
23  Jed Klau

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

In the first week of the holidays the staff from Good Shepherd joined with the Staff from Redeemer for professional development delivered by International Baccalaureate presenters Joanne Pearn and Sean Watt. The focus of this workshop was ‘collaboration’ . Collaboration is integral to the Primary Years Programme (PYP). We know that by planning together and being open to new ideas and experiences, we develop much richer Units of Inquiry leading to deeper learning for our students. During the two day workshop the teachers explored our present collaborative practices and discussed ideas for improving collaboration in our schools using a range of strategies.

We also joined with staff from St. John’s Lutheran School, Eudunda and Vineyard Lutheran School, Clare for further professional development. Staff from our three schools have been working in teams preparing collaborative learning projects that incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) in transdiscipinary units of inquiry.  This is part of an exciting two year project between our schools which we intend to maintain into the future.

We are very blessed to share strong and positive partnerships with our sister schools and value the opportunity to develop collegial relationships where we can share our understandings, learn from others and celebrate our successes. Stronger together!

The final day of the professional development week had a more practical emphasis. Fueled by our staff breakfast we all ‘rolled up our sleeves’ and set to work in the F/1 and 2/3 classrooms ruthlessly culling old and broken items until the skip couldn’t take anything more.  Anything not needed in those rooms that could be removed and stored was taken out. The junior primary classes will be temporarily relocating to the library and German room during the upcoming refurbishments and the major clean out will make this process somewhat easier.

And finally, we received some fantastic news this week. Good Shepherd was successful in receiving a very significant grant from the Australian Government through the National Landcare Program.  This grant is for the continued development of EDEN and will greatly assist with the costs of revegetation, weed control, further development of the outdoor learning and play spaces, safe access across the creek and erosion control.  Our children are so very blessed to have this wonderful resource right on our own grounds and they love to use this space. We are also delighted to see it being utilised by others in our community such as the Angaston Early Learning Centre and the Building Blocks playgroup. Full credit for securing this grant goes to Tammy Leggett. Tammy spent considerable time preparing an outstanding submission that highlighted the value of EDEN for our children and our vision for its future. Thank you Tammy!


Anne Marschall



In the final year of primary school, students, carry out an extended, in-depth collaborative project known as “Exhibition” At Good Shepherd student’s in Year 7 will be starting this process during week 7 of this term.  They are very excited!  Students have been working with Mrs Wundersitz already this year in Art lessons to help prepare them.
This means therefore they do not lead a Student Led Conference in week 3 of this term.

Exhibition involves all the student’s to work collaboratively to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real issues or problems.  Students will collectively bring together all the elements of the Primary years Programme in ways that can be shared with everyone in our school community.  This process also provides teachers a powerful and authentic process for assessing student understanding.  The transdisciplinary theme for the 2018 Exhibition will be “How We Express Ourselves”.  Students will design their own central idea and lines of inquiry. 

This is a significant and unique opportunity for students at Good Shepherd to exhibit the attributes of the Learner Profile that they have developed over their years at primary school.  They are excited to share their learning with you.

Exhibition will be held on Wednesday 14th November, in our school library.  More details will follow over the term, including an invitation for you all to attend.  Students in Foundation –Year 6 will have an opportunity to visit the Exhibition on Thursday 15th November with their teachers.

If you have any questions in relation to Exhibition and the process please do not hesitate to contact me melissa.hooker@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au

Mel Hooker

PYP Coordinator

Welcome to New Staff

We welcome Mick Emmett as our year 4 teacher for Terms 3 & 4 2018.

May the Good Shepherd Community help you feel at home and the students settle quickly with their new teacher !

Welcome to our new School Pastor

We welcome to Good Shepherd our new School Pastor,
Pastor Rob Borgas

We invite our Good Shepherd Community to attend Pastor Rob’s Installation Service to be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Angaston at 2.30pm Suday 29th July.

We look forward to working closely with Pastor Rob in our Chapel Services and his involvement with students and parents at the school.


Student & Family School Photos went home Wednesday.

We hope you are very happy with your orders.

Sports & Co-curricular photos are now available.

Photos will be on display on the Community Noticeboard for you to look at and select if you wish.

You have the option to order on line at

www.theschoolphotographer.com.au using the code: 18S8020VT34or collect a cash envelope from the school office.



Scholastic Book Club Issue 5 is out now.

Orders need to be returned to the school by Monday 6th  August.

There are 2 ways to order;

  1. Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with cash.
  2. Order online (LOOP). Go to scholastic.com.au/LOOP and register your details. You are able to order and pay online.

If the books are a gift and you do not wish them to go home in the class tray please select the gift box when ordering online or leave me a note and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.


Rhian Doecke

Resources Coordinator

Book Week is coming

Book week is nearly upon us!
This year’s theme is “Find you treasure”.

We will be having a parade on
Tuesday 21st August.

You may dress as any character from any book, if possible please have a copy of the book with you.

There will be activities during lunchtime over Book Week so stay tuned for some lunchtime fun!

Book Week Writing Competition

What book do you treasure? Is it a family favourite you read many nights growing up, or is it a more recent favourite?
Write a book review (between 50 – 100 words) that details why you treasure a particular book so much. Include an illustration of the story.
Prize given to the most creative entry from each year.

Entries due: Thursday 9th August
Winner of each year announced at:
Book week Parade, Tuesday 21st August

The Great Book Swap

One’s person trash is another person’s treasure. This year will we be partaking in another student book swap with a difference.

The Great Book Swap is a fantastic way to celebrate reading locally, and raise much-needed funds for remote Indigenous communities. The idea is to swap a favourite book in exchange for a gold coin donation.

This year we hope to engage 30,000 students across Australia to help us raise $300,000 to buy 30,000 new books for remote Indigenous communities.

Do you have any books you would like to donate to be a part of
The Great Book Swap?

Please bring them into the library. There will be a box labelled The Great Book Swap donations.

We will be hosting the Great Book Swap during Book Week.



Will be held during Book Week on

Tuesday 21st August.



Monday 30th July


All Things Alphabet

Monday 6th August


Bubbles, bubbles everywhere !


We encourage parents with young children to come along on Monday at:

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.

Monday 23rd July - Obstacle Course

Student Attendance Policy

Governing Council has recently ratified this Policy.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School works with parents and caregivers to encourage attendance:

  • The school will foster a climate that promotes the expectation of school attendance
  • Front office will contact families after 9.30 a.m. to alert of a child’s non-attendance without notification.
  • Data collection and reporting systems will be monitored to track individual student attendance. This is to ensure timely identification and provision of support to children at risk of chronic non-attendance.
  • Staff will communicate with the Principal to share concerns regarding students with frequent absences or habitual lateness.
  • The school will inform parents/caregivers of their legal responsibilities in relation to attendance and the possible implications of non-compliance.
  • The school will work with families to develop strategies to resolve attendance difficulties.

See full details in GSLS Student Attendance Policy


Parents are reminded that the school day commences at 8.55 am.

The yard is supervised from 8.35 am and classroom supervision commences at 8.40 am.

Camp Australia OSHC (situated on our grounds) provides before school care from 6.45 am and after school care until 6.20 pm. Should you require this service Camp Australia bookings can be made to Angaston Coordinator: Lillian on 0468 672 772 or by logging on to the Camp Australia website www.campaustralia.com.au and entering Good Shepherd School, Angaston, as shown.


Term three fees are due by week 5, Friday 24th August unless you have an agreed payment plan, your school account will be sent out this week.


Student Led Conferences (Foundation to Year 6 students) are being held in week 3 on Wednesday 8th August. Time slots are from 3.45 to 6.15 pm.

Please get your reply in no later than Monday 30th July.  Time slots are allocated in order of return, if we have not received your reply a time slot will be allocated from the remainder times available.

Canteen News

RECESS:  Snack Pack – sultanas, popcorn & squeezy yoghurt      $1.50 each

LUNCH: Toasted Sandwiches                                                         $3.00 each
White bread with:
Sliced ham, tomato & cheese OR Chicken, avocado & cheese

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] Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00

RECESS: Honey crackles                                                                  $0.50 each
LUNCH:  Butter chicken                                                                   $4.00
Homemade with carrots served with white rice & green beans

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
No pre-orders.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times

Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnadenberg
July 29 2.30 pm

Installation of Pastor Rob Borgas

   Combined Combined
August 5 10.45 am HC        — 8.45 am HC

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
July 29 10.00 am LR 11.00 am
Ps Mark Welke
 9.15 am HC
Ps Mark Welke
August 5 11.00 am
Ps Vernon Kleinig
  9.00 am HC
Ps Vernon Kleinig

Working Together




Support the facility we have right here at Good Shepherd for all your before and after school hours care. Bookings essential.

For more information contact Lillian on
0468 672 772 or email: sagoodshepherdangaston@oshccampaustralia.

Angaston Early Learning Centre

The Angaston Early Learning Centre join us weekly at Good Shepherd for story time and book borrowing, buddy time as well as some sport fun.

Community News


Final Tally for COop ‘Cash for Schools’

Good Shepherd Lutheran School has collected 1,270 tokens which equates to $63.50. This will be put toward school resources.

Thank you everyone for your support !

We also thank the Barossa Community Co-op for the opportunity to raise money for our school.

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