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Today I want to share a short story with you about gratitude…
A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which read, “I am blind, please help.”
There were only a few coins in the hat – spare change from folks as they hurried past.
A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. Then he put the sign back in the boy’s hand so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.
Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy.
That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign returned to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”
The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”
I wrote, “Today is a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”
Both signs spoke the truth. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind, while the second sign conveyed to everyone walking by how grateful they should be to see…
When your life seems full of troubles, it seems difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude, doesn’t it? All we see are our problems, like a blackened storm cloud casting a dark shadow over our lives.
And the times when everything just seems to be going smoothly? We often take these precious moments for granted too, don’t we? Caught up in the bliss, comfort, and familiarity of it all, we can simply forget to be thankful.
So what, then, is gratitude?
Simply put, gratitude is a habit. It’s a way of looking at the world and all the good things in it with a feeling of appreciation, regardless of whether or not your current situation is to your liking.
Gratitude is a heart-centered approach to being at peace with yourself and with all you have. When you practice this feeling of gratitude, it attracts even MORE things into your life for which to be grateful.
Article written by Nick Ortner and published by The Tapping Solution
Submitted by Jodie Hampton
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- HEINRICH: Roger, Kylie, Erin & Brodie
- JACHMANN: Melissa, Damon, Cooper, Nash and Harley
- JOHN: Rachel, Justin, Eleanor, Harvey & Piper
- Pastor Rob Borgas – Zion Pastor
- Pastor Peter Ziersch – KEVS Pastor
- Rachel John – Library and Resources Coordinator
- Brenton Klau – Bus Driver
- Jennifer Grieger – 1/2G Teacher
27 Brodie Heinrich
29 Dexter Lawrence
29 Scarlett Lawrence
8 Evelyn Rohrlach
26 Samuel Scanlon
As you would have seen on Monday, we have just launched our new brand identity and updated you on the various strategic initiatives that we are working on this year. If you haven’t already, please view the plans for the carpark development, new build and nature play gardens on display in the Learning Street. There is a lot happening this year at the school, but these initiatives are largely interconnected and it’s the right time to be acting on them. We’re very excited about the direction that Good Shepherd is heading in!
New directions bring new opportunities, and this is the perfect time to investigate the transition to a smart new uniform in a sporty style that students will be proud to wear. We want our children to be active, comfortable and able to move freely as they learn and play. Student voice is important and especially in this context as it is the students who will be wearing the uniform every day. I have already met with students from years 3 to 6 to gather a range of ideas for what they would like to see incorporated in the new uniform. Our children have fantastic ideas and thoughtful contributions about what is and isn’t ideal in a school uniform. Next, I would like to hear from the parent voice. Why not come along to Chapel tomorrow and stay on afterwards for a chat and a chance to share your thoughts about what you are looking for in a smart, comfortable and practical uniform for your child. We’ll do it again after Chapel on the following Friday. I know not everyone is able to catch up during the school day but you are always welcome to call me or email your ideas to me: email@example.com
We want to get the process started straight away as it takes time to make and order new uniforms. Uniforms are an expensive investment for parents and with this in mind we will have a two-year transition period from when the new uniform is available for families to still get plenty of wear out of the old uniform.
We are continuing to offer a mid-year Foundation intake and have some places available this year. If you know of a family who would be interested in this option, please encourage them to come and meet with me and take a tour of the school.
The Premier of South Australia, the Hon Peter Malinauskas, has announced that the requirement to wear face masks in schools will be removed from next week (Monday 30th May). At Good Shepherd we recognise that surgical face masks offer another level of protection to reduce the risk of COVID – 19 spreading through our school community. Therefore, we will continue to strongly recommend (but not require) face masks for all adults – including visitors and parents – while indoors, except when teaching or interacting with children.
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Grieger’s 1.2 Class
Welcome Mr Montgomerie
Over the past two weeks Mrs Grieger’s 1/2 class have been getting to know Mr Rhett Montgomerie. Mr Montgomerie will spend six weeks on placement as part of his Bachelor of Primary Education studies at Uni SA.
We hope that Mr Montgomerie’s time at Good Shepherd is valuable and he gains much experience. We wish him every success in his future teaching career.
Knock Out Netball
On Monday seven students from Mr Hausler’s Year 5/6 class, along with three students from Keyneton Primary School headed to the Angaston netball courts to compete in the Knockout Netball competition.
Good Shepherd played against Angaston Primary School first and won that match 24-2.
In between matches we were able to watch Gawler play Angaston Primary, Angaston won 16-4.
We then played Gawler. Good Shepherd won 49-0.
A big thank you to Mrs Cameron for coaching, Mr Rathjen for setting up, Mrs Gripton for scoring and Mrs McGorman for umpiring. Thank you also to our helpers from Keyneton.
Aimee Gripton and Priya Rathjen
To Market, To Market…
The Year 5/6 class are currently immersed in their ‘How We Organise Ourselves’ unit of inquiry. The purpose for our visit to the Adelaide Central Markets was to learn about the kinds of goods and services that markets provide, the ethics that were on display in the marketplace, and how the different stalls attracted their customers through colour, displays, slogans and other ‘X-factor’ strategies.
This knowledge will assist students as they work towards designing and creating products that they will sell at their own market stalls that at the Barossa Central Mall on Tuesday, 14th of June (10:00am-12:00noon).
PIE DRIVE 10/06/2022
The P&F Pie Drive with McCue’s bakery is on again! Order forms will be sent home with your child this week. The pie drive will offer a range of sweet or savoury pies in family sizes or individual serves. Orders are due back by 10th June. Orders will be ready for collection on Wednesday 29th June.
CALLING FOR RECIPES
Thank you to all the families who have submitted their recipes for the 60th anniversary cookbook. For those of you who haven’t yet, we would still love to include your favourites! If you could please forward your recipes within the next few days to Virginia Harvey.
There are three ways that you can submit your recipe:
- Fill out and return the attached template to the school.
- Email your recipe to Virginia Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Take a photo of the recipe and send it to Virginia on 0407 716 350
We look forward to seeing all your delicious recipes in our book!
P and F Meeting
Our next meeting will be held on Monday 6th June from 7.00pm in the School Library. All welcome.
MUMS’ NIGHT OUT 4/06/2022
Our annual Mum’s Night Out will be on Saturday 4th June. We will be commencing the evening at 6pm with a VIP shopping event from Born Again at the Zion Church.
Following this exclusive shopping event will be dinner from 7pm at the lovely Wanera Wine Bar in Angaston. This is always a fantastic night out (without the kids) and a great opportunity to get to know other mums within the school. All welcome. RSVP on the FB event or to Virginia Harvey by the 27th May.
Thank you to Mrs John for coordinating another successful annual Book Fair. It was certainly a very popular place for our students to visit during the week.
Thank you to those families that supported the Book Fair as all purchases go towards obtaining new Library resources.
Mrs John’s favourite part of the Book Fair is seeing the enthusiasm and smiling faces of the children as they explore the many new books and stationery items on offer.
They battled the wet weather and slippery conditions, and showed that their training in recent weeks was certainly worthwhile by producing some impressive results.
Sarah Cameron and Olivia Harvey came first in their age groups, whilst Annie Mathews and Charli McGorman came 2nd, Jobe Rathen 4th, Amelia Klemm 6th, Cooper Jachmann 7th, Charlie Klemm 8th, Sophie Doering 8th – all finishing inside the top 10 of their races!
The rest of our students did their best and were proud of their efforts.
A big thank you to Virginia Harvey, Bec Klemm, Anna Cameron and Brenton Klau for their help throughout the day.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Are you OK?
I know it is not, are you ok day. However, I think it should be every day that we check in on people if we can.
This week’s theme for the Chaplains Corner is… Are you OK?
It is ok if you are not, there are seasons in life that are wonderful and seasons that are hard going.
No one is capable of being ok all the time. Life can take us on many different journeys.
So…my question to you is, are you ok?
If you are not please, be brave and courageous and tell somebody.
There are many different strategies that could work to help you feel better.
Don’t forget the support networks available within our school community.
As well as locally we have Lutheran Care, a wonderful service. Lutheran Care offers many services for participants. For example, access to personal counselling, financial services and emergency relief.
However, regardless of all the services that are available we must not forget the importance of self-care.
Self-care is an important part of our daily lives, which is so often overlooked because of our busyness and stresses in life. When we can look after our own wellbeing it will help us get through the tough times.
I have attached a link for those who would like to ‘Create your own self-care plan’ (From the Black Dog Institute).
It has been developed as a self-care template to help you identify what strategies help to improve your wellbeing, what may be triggering or unhelpful activities, and what you can do to cope during challenging times.
It is a plan that you can have on hand for when the challenging times come.
So please don’t forget to check in on each other and maybe learn the practice of selfcare. Maybe even go one step further and get that selfcare plan in place, one that is designed perfect for you.
Link – Self Care Planning
With Gods richest blessings,
Finance and Administration News
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.
If you have not yet enrolled your Foundation child for 2023 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.
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.
1962-2022 Celebrating 60 Years
Angaston Lutheran Parish Service Times
Sunday 29th May 2022
Angaston/Gruenberg/Gnadenberg: Pastorate Service at Angaston 9.30am
Eden Valley: 9.00am HC
Springton: 1.30pm HC
Sunday 5th June 2022
Angaston: 10.30am HC Traditional
Gnadenberg: 8.45am HC Traditional
Keyneton/Eden Valley/Springton: KEVS Pentecost Service at Eden Valley at 10.30am HC
Please note that the Angaston Child Care Centre are offering a Vacation Care program for the upcoming school holidays. Please see planned activities below and contact the ACCC directly to book.
Angaston Child Care & ELC are conveniently situated close to the school and provide before and after school care.
- Angaston Child Care & Early Learning Centre: 422 Valley Road, Angaston SA 5353
Director: Suzy Linke
Phone: 08 8564 3387
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 6.00pm