Good Shepherd Grapevine – 29 August 2019

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This Week’s Rattling – Thermometer

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.  Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NLT)

Thermostats and thermometers are entirely different instruments even though they sound much the same. A thermometer reflects the environment whereas a thermostat affects the environment. A thermometer tells you how hot or cold it is. A thermostat shapes how hot or cold it is.

Followers of Jesus can be either of these instruments. We can reflect our world or affect our world. We can become captive to our surrounding culture so that we blend in and are just like everyone else. Or we can be distinctive non-conformists who exemplify a different and better way of life.

Being thermostats doesn’t make us weird eccentrics or pious killjoys. It just means we bring something of Jesus’ values and teachings into our own lives. We point people to Jesus, and in so doing, we shape and reshape the world around us.

Christians have two options. We can let our surrounding world change us for the worse, or we can help change it for the better. Our text tells us the choice we need to make.

Devotion sourced from Hope 103.2- www.hope1032.com.au by Mel Emmett.

Melissa Emmett
Foundation Teacher

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • PITMAN:  Helen, Daniel, Will and Sophie
  • PODOLSKI:  Melissa, Andrew and Jasper
  • PRITCHARD-GORDON: Kate, Sam, Jemima, Heidi and Miranda
  • RATHJEN:  Tracy, Jarred, Priya, Jobe and Quinn


  • Danette Mifflin – Administration Assistant
  • Dearne Prior – 1/2 Teacher
  • Josie Wundersitz – Arts Teacher
  • Edith Unger – Volunteer


  • We pray for those that have been unwell in our community. We pray that God continues to protect us and provide us all with the strength to continue to support and care for our loved ones each day. 



8    Kaitlin Schultz
10  Spencer Pech
11  Archie Davies
14  Dakota Paloff
16  Zeke Osborne
25  Ella Randall
30  Mason Lade



2    Jayden Ahrns
4    Brodie Heinrich
14  Mitchell Harvey
22  Charlie McGorman
23  Amelia Emmett
23  Sam Klau
30  Jesse Brandon



Principal’s News 

Dear Parents, 

This week our Year Seven students shared their learning with parents, friends and the school community through the ‘Exhibition’. As an International Baccalaureate school delivering the Primary Years Programme, we look forward to the Exhibition each year as the culmination of the programme. During the Exhibition our students demonstrate the traits of the IB Learner Profile in action. For their unit of inquiry our Year Seven students have been learning about the life and culture of people from past civilizations. They have worked in groups over the last six weeks, developing their own inquiry questions and guided by staff mentors. All the students did a brilliant job of sharing their learning on Wednesday night. It was a powerful testament to the value of the IB curriculum in shaping focussed, independent learners. Well done Mr Evans and the Year Seven students. Students in Foundation to Year 6 will also have an opportunity to share their learning later in the term (September 18th) at the Student Led Conferences.

Friday 6th of September is a student free day at Good Shepherd. Staff will meet to engage in professional development together. We will spend this day working with Connect materials, exploring the first module. Connect is an accreditation, professional learning and formation course that provides staff in Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) schools with the opportunity to experience and explore spirituality, theology and their role and contribution to Lutheran education. It is grounded in Growing Deep, the leadership and formation framework for LEA schools. We will also spend some time together in spiritual retreat. As a community of faith we value this opportunity to explore our vocation and how we might use our God given gifts and talents.

This week we were delighted to welcome the Boyd family back to Good Shepherd. After a couple of years enjoying a sea change at Goolwa the Boyd family have now returned to the Barossa. Sienna is joining the Year One class and her younger sister, Isla will be commencing in the Foundation class next year. Mum, Serena, is looking forward to reconnecting with families and making new friends in the school community.

And the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones is at the school Bonfire tomorrow night. Now in its third year, Bonfire Night is becoming a tradition that we all look forward to. It’s super casual and the night just rolls along as the kids play together and the adults chat over a few beverages. Bring your own chairs, drinks and nibbles. Tea is taken care of by our beautiful P and F with help from the Angaston Lions. At just $10.00 per family it’s amazing value! (Don’t forget to get your order slip back to the school office for catering purposes.) I look forward to catching up with you there.


Anne Marschall

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Melissa Emmett’s Foundation Class

This term we are undertaking an author study on Pamela Allen. We read the books “Who Sank the Boat?” and “Mr Archimedes’ Bath”. These two books related to our work in Maths on measurement – capacity and volume.

In Maths we have been inquiring into what is capacity and what is volume. We discovered the capacity of a variety of containers by estimating then counting how many cups of water it held.

In week 4 it was National Science week and students were encouraged to share something about science. This ranged from an interesting scientific fact, their favourite non fiction book and demonstrating experiments. You’d be surprised what we found out.

Melissa Emmett
Foundation Teacher

Year 7 Exhibition

Our Year 7 students proudly showcased their major project for the term.  The senior students confidently answered questions from teachers, parents and friends as they browsed the many different presentations.  We learnt about fashion, entertainment, the arts and design in Ancient civilisations like Egypt, Rome and Greece.

Throughout the Exhibition process students are assessed on their ability to demonstrate appropriate work habits and social skills when working with a group. 

Student Awards

Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Weeks 5 and 6:

Week 5

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Bella Cooper – Communicator – Bella confidently expressed her ideas, yet patiently waited for her turn and listened to others.  She is kind and caring towards others, often helping out without being asked.

1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Karlo Scholz – Knowledgeable – Karlo showed he was knowledgeable when he made connections with capacity in Maths to his lunch box containers and recognised capacity in a range of different situations.

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Senspri Qualter – Inquirer – Senspri researched Judaism and did a great job at recording her findings.

5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Casey Rowe – Knowledgeable – Casey worked well with her group on their diorama explaining what life was like in the past.  She described the impact of significant events on our society and changes to systems or technologies.

6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Georgia Raymond – Inquirer – Georgia has demonstrated great persistence and inquiry this term as she worked hard throughout exhibition to work on her research and create detailed paragraphs.

Week 6

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Charlie Kenny – Knowledgeable – Charlie showed that he was knowledgeable about a science experiment that he shared with the class.  He spoke with confidence and answered questions.

1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Olivia Harvey – Thinker – Olivia showed she was a thinker when she used creative skills to make her sock puppet and develop a story line for her character.

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Dakota Paloff – Communicator – Dakota was a clear and confident communicator at our decision making expo.  She was respectful to our visitors and showed integrity.

5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Georgia Leggett  Communicator – Georgia worked diligently as she created a timeline to show her understanding of how telephones have changed over time. 

6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
William Alexander – Communication – William has demonstrated great communication this term as he has made many great relationships and asked for assistance when required.

Chaplain’s News by Pastor Rob Borgas

Dear Good Shepherd Community,

How to help in times of personal crisis.

So what can we do when someone we love has one of those life-changing days?

Too often we call, express our sympathy, and then say, “Please let me know what I can do!” Unfortunately, while the sentiment behind such a statement is good, the reality is that we’ve just added one more thing to the distressed person’s plate. To figure out what to ask someone to do for us when we’re in crisis is nearly impossible, and probably means we won’t ask for anything at all, though our needs may be great.


What to do instead? Anything.

Think about your own life, and put yourself in your friend’s shoes. If you were in their position, what would you need, moment by moment, as you faced that crisis?

Here are a few practical ideas which are pretty general needs for most families.

• Take a meal, but be prepared to be available to stay and talk/listen or not be invited in.
• Make room in your schedule. We are all busy with our to-do lists. However, families in crisis need our availability. Drop your agenda to help them.
• Be accessible, not overbearing. Listen. Sit. Allow time and space for tears, talking and silence and prayer.
• Serve the family by offering to do daily tasks (folding/ironing washing, mowing lawns etc.) Phrase acts of kindness by saying “We would like to do this for you” (not “can we…” or “how can we help?”‘) Be specific.
• Provide financial support. Often during times of crisis, work is interrupted, and there may not be sufficient holiday pay. Ordinary bills continue to pile up, there are often extra medical expenses, cars still need fuel and food still needs to be purchased.
• Send a card and continue to send messages of prayer, hope and even Bible verses. You may not know what to say, but these words are often received at just the right time. This support through the following months helps the family to know others haven’t forgotten them.
• Help with children. When parents are overwhelmed and minds are spinning, they are also often short-tempered and low on entertaining ideas. Children in the family know something is wrong and they may be stressed too. Having a trusted adult take them out for a couple of hours or for the day is such a welcome thing in most cases, as mum and dad may be feeling guilty about not being much fun in their current situation.

For more information please contact Pastor Rob or our School Chaplain Fiona Lloyde.
(Thanks to the Grow Ministries team for this information – growministries.org.au)
In the next edition we’ll look at how to answer those hard questions from our children when facing a life crisis.

Pastor Rob Borgas
Zion Lutheran Parish

Bonfire Night – Friday 30 August 2019


We look forward to seeing everybody at our Bonfire Night.  Join us in the paddock next to Eden from 4.30pm.  Tea will be available from 6.00pm.

Remember to bring your own chairs, snack foods, drinks, a torch and warm jackets.


Library News

What a super Book Week we had! We appreciate everyone who put in a big effort at home. I know those costumes don’t make themselves, so thank you. The inaugural parent parade was fabulous. It will become a yearly feature, so start planning next year’s costumes parents!

We had various lunchtime activities to help celebrate Book Week. It was great to see different groups of students engage in storytelling, comic book creating and creating chalk superheros. The comic books and some of the chalk superheros will be displayed in the library.


Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 is out now.

Orders need to be returned to the school by 2nd September. 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 let me know or leave me a note and I will arrange to get the books to you another way.

Happy reading,

Rhian Doecke
Resources Coordinator 

Grandparents and Special Friends Day


Thank you to the many grandparents and special friends that made their way to our Grandfriends Day last Tuesday.  Our school community witnessed how important it is for our students to spend time with their extended family members and other special people in their lives who love them. Thank you to our wonderful P and F for the delicious morning tea.

Canteen News






RECESS: Veggie Sticks, Rice Crackers and Cream Cheese $1.00
LUNCH: Roast Beef & Gravy Roll $4.00


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


Finance and Administration News

School Fees for this term are now OVERDUE.  Please see Sarah Loveday if you need to discuss.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.


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.

School Photos

Please note that the sports and special group photographs are now available to be ordered as per details below.  Group photos are also on display on the school noticeboard.  

Please collect order forms from the Front Office. Orders are due by 30th August 2019.

                                                 Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times


Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnadenberg
September 1 10.30am HC 8.45am
September 8 8.45am HC 10.30am HC


KEVS Service Times


Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
September 1 9.00am HC 4.30pm
Meal to follow
11.00am HC
September 8 5.30pm 11.00am 9.15am HC


Playgroup News

Activities planned:

Monday 2 September
Seed Planting

Monday 9 September
Mt Crawford Forest Adventure

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.
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