Good Shepherd Grapevine – 3 December 2020

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10 Ways To Have a Peaceful Christmas

What a year 2020 has been. I remember being excited starting 2020. A fresh start, a new year, a new decade and I liked the look of the number 2020 (the OCD in me!)

2020 has been the most challenging year for so many people in so many different ways. Covid has changed our whole world (literally) and what we knew before no longer exists.

What remains our constant though is God. Covid has not affected God or His love for us.

As we head towards Christmas I hope that we can remember the true meaning of Christmas and share that joy with our loved ones.

Christmas might look a little bit different this year. Socially distance photos of our children with Father Christmas, Christmas celebrations with less people (pray that the restrictions still ease) or not seeing loved ones who live interstate or overseas.

The real meaning of Christmas though is that God’s son, Jesus was born to be the way that we can be reconciled and this enables us to be close to God. Our God will never be a ‘distance’ God… He is before us, beside us and behind us. We will never be separated from His love for us.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a wonderful and safe new year.

God bless,
Rebecca Liersch

Below is an extract from Joyce Meyer on ‘10 ways to have a peaceful Christmas’ incase you need some uplifting during this season.

1. Take a deep breath.

Job 33:4 says, The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life (NIV).

When things get hectic, take a few moments to talk to God and receive His peace and refreshment.

2. Read something uplifting.

Proverbs 4:20-22 says, …Turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body (NIV).

God’s Word is alive and full of power—and it has the ability to revive and refresh you when you get weary and worn out!

3. Listen to praise and worship music.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. —Psalm 100:2 (NIV)

4. Go to bed on time (maybe even a little early).

It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. —Psalm 127:2

5. Spend time with a close friend.

Galatians 6:2 says, Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (NIV).

When we get extra busy, we sometimes forget to do the things that bring us joy and help us relax…like spending time with someone we enjoy.

6. Enjoy a delicious, nutritious meal.

Third John 1:2 says, Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well (NIV).

When we’re pressed for time, it’s easy to let good habits fall to the side. However, taking a little time to eat something that’s nutritious—something you like—will pay dividends in the end!

7. Write down your worries…then throw them away.

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.—1 Peter 5:7

8. Make a list of things you’re thankful for.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.—1 Thessalonians 5:18

9. Get outdoors for a while.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. —Psalm 19:1 (NIV)

10. Be playful and laugh a lot!

A cheerful heart is good medicine…. —Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • WILKINSON: Kerryanne, Olivia and Jayden
  • ZHENG: Fushuang, Maggie and Kevin
  • BUTLER: Renee, Shane, Mackenzie, Charlotte and Parker


  • Rebecca Liersch – PE Teacher
  • Pastor Ziersch – Pastor
  • Abby Beames – 1/2 Teacher
  • Anne Marschall – Principal
  • Josie Wundersitz – The Arts
  • Edith Zeller – LOTE
  • Brenton Klau – Cleaner/Bus Driver
  • Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer



3   Rylan Barry
10  Oliver Doyban
10  Annie Mathews
16  Millie Scholz
17  Jed Klau
20  Aaliyah Kuhn
20  John Lewis



1     Matilda Barrett
2    Georgia Barrett
4    Bella Harvey
6    Tom Noack
21   Leo Abdelmalek
24  Jasper Podolski


    • This week we pray for each of our graduating Year 7 students as they continue on their education journey to secondary school. We also pray for the other students and families that will be leaving us at the end of this year and we wish them all the best with their new ventures.

    Principal’s News

    Dear Parents,

    Here I am writing my last newsletter of the year and what a year it has been! I spent a bit of time this morning looking at my first newsletter way back in February, full of excitement for the coming year. I then started looking through the subsequent newsletters charting the impact of COVID – 19 over the months. As Kierkegaard famously said, “life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards”. This has been such a complex year to navigate for everyone. Looking back there have been many things that that we have not been able to do but there have been so many things that we could do, albeit a little differently. Here are some of my 2020 highlights: Aloha, our combined Angaston Show stall with the Early Learning Centre, Sports Day, student lockdown learning snapshots, various excursions, House Day, the new classrooms building project, wellbeing week, knock out sports events, Tournament of Minds, the establishment of the GSLS Alumni group, Student Led Conferences, Market Day, Reconciliation Week, dress up days, Book Week, Challenge for Charity and the year seven Exhibition.

    COVID has taught us many lessons. What is important and what is not. How to reimagine new ways of doing old things and how to think outside of the square completely. It has helped us to be more resilient and re-evaluate our priorities. I know some of the changes have been hard on parents, especially the restrictions around school events and adult attendance but all these things have been accepted with grace and good will.

    As principal I have appreciated the kindness and flexibility of the school community throughout this year. The check-in calls and caring gestures. The meals and encouraging cards. I can cite countless times when people went above and beyond to make sure that others in ‘the family’ were coping. I also want to comment on the staff of this school, each and every one of them. From the first lockdown and remote learning and every change to their routine and workload since, they have been not only dependable and capable but faced everything that has been thrown at them this year with such good humour and team spirit. We are very blessed by the staff of Good Shepherd.

    I know we are still on the COVID journey and while I hope that next year is less challenging than this year, I doubt that it will be an ‘easy’ year. Whatever the new year brings we will take the lessons that we have learnt this year into 2021. In closing I would like to leave you with a quote that has encouraged me this year. I hope it encourages you too.
    “Lutheran schools are communities of hope nurtured by the promises of God’s word, love and forgiveness which empower staff and students to embrace the future with confidence.” (Growing Deep Our Foundation)


    Anne Marschall

    Classroom Snapshot – Ms Abby Beames’ 1/2 Class



    The 1/2 Skiparoos have been completing a Unit of Inquiry over the course of 2020 all about celebtrations as part of ‘how we express ourselves’ transdisciplinary theme. We have covered a variety of events such as Valentines Day, ANZAC Day, Lent, Remebrance Day, RUOK Day, NAIDOC week, and of course Advent and the Christmas season.

    The summative assessment task involved the students choosing their favourite event from the year and then researching into why, how, when and where it is celebtrated. Once they had gathered their information, they were then required to create an acrostic poem (linking in with our English unit on poetry) about their event, including the information they had found themselves online.

    Christmas – Samuel and Cooper

    Christ is the reason
    How does Father Christmas’ reindeer fly his sleigh?
    Relieved because it is nearly the end of the year
    Icky Christmas pudding
    Some presents are amazing
    Toys are cool and you’re lucky enough to get some
    Merry Christmas all around the world
    Awesome celebration
    Supper is sweet


    New Year’s – Rylan and Will

    Nine million people or more celebrate it
    Everyone gets ready for the New Year
    When the fireworks go
    Year is beginning
    End of December
    All around the world
    Ready for the New Year
    Santa has already been


    NAIDOC Week – Amelia

    November 8th – 15th
    Aborginial and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    Indigenous posters made out of native paints
    Displaying posters in your street
    Own photos of Indigenous spiritual places – for example, Uluru
    Connect with the land
    Within the week we celebrate it
    Everyone across Australia celebrates it
    Everyone Indigenous person is proud of the land
    Kindness is all around


    IB PYP Learner Profile Awards


    Week 7 – Monday 23 November 2020
    FDN Charlie Klemm Risk-Taker & Knowledgeable Charlie regularly challenges himself to try new ideas and further his skills. Charlie was also respectful and patient during our Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
    1/2 Amelia Klemm Reflective

    Amelia demonstrates thoughtful and considerate behaviours within her learning and social interactions. She leads others with patience and shares insightfully in our discussions.

    3/4 Priya Rathjen Principled Priya has demonstrated that she is principled by the way she approaches social situations and dedicates herself towards her schoolwork.
    5/6 Benjamin Schultz Thinker This week Ben has made the effort to think more deeply about his work, particularly during our Unit of Inquiry lessons about migration.
    6/7 William McCarthy Communicator

    William demonstrated being a great communicator by remembering and reciting his school captain speech off by heart. 



    Week 8 – Monday 30 November 2020
    FDN Bailey Johnson Risk-Taker & Knowledgeable Bailey has shown wonderful commitment to complete his draft about the Teddy Bears’ Picnic. He attempted to spell unknown words all on his own and used his knowledge of letters and sounds that we have been working on in class.

    Charli McGorman


    Felix Maddern





    Charli consistently shows respectful and considerate behaviours. She is loved by her classmates because of the way that she takes initiative and supports them in their learning and organisation.

    Felix has demonstrated critical thinking skills and an amazing imagination in his writing. He thinks creatively when approaching tricky tasks and interprets learning well independently. 

    3/4 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon Knowledgeable Jemima has worked really hard this year. She has developed a wonderful work ethic and has a desire to do well. She has improved her knowledge and understanding across many areas.
    5/6 Georgia Leggett Caring Throughout this term, Georgia has displayed being a carer by always helping her classmates when they need it and by thinking about the feelings and needs of others.

    Isabella Mathews

    Mackenzie Edwards




    Isabella has demonstrated being a caring individual this week through her work with our buddies and being a caring member of our class.

    Mackenzie was caring this week by continuing to be a friendly and supportive classmate to her peers.


    Foundation Transition Visit and Step Up Day

    On Tuesday our newest learners visited the Foundation classroom for their second transition session.  All other students along with some new faces ‘stepped up’ into their classes for 2021.

    Transition visits and Step Up sessions aim to provide each student with a sense of belonging and familiarity in their new learning environments. It was wonderful to witness our students being courageous, determined and resourceful as they prepare for a positive start to their 2021 learning journey.

    PE Classes – Tennis

    Over the past four weeks, tennis coach Haydn Leo came to our school to teach our PE classes some tennis skills.

    Haydn came to us with nearly 20 years of coaching and 30 years of playing experience.

    He connected with the students quickly and catered activities for all classes and age levels.

    We thank him for his time and input into our school.

    Rebecca Liersch
    PE Teacher


    P&F News

    2020- What a year! At the start of this year, who could have anticipated the year that was ahead of us all.  Through all the unknown the school community still stood strong. 

    The P&F held many events during the year with the additional help from the students. We would like to thank all of the families who have supported the events that we were able to hold during the year. Some of these events were: Sports Day cake stall, Jolly Socks, helping at the Angaston Show, the Mother’s Day stall and the Father’s Day stall. Without the school community’s support such events could not occur. 

    Our final fundraiser for year – The Raffle closes tomorrow, Friday 4th December. Please ensure that all tickets are returned before the end of the day. The prize winners will be drawn on Monday 7th December and notified shortly after. 

    The P&F wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and safe holiday.

    A big shout out to Mr Troy Maddern for transporting several large wooden logs from Seppeltsfield to Angaston.  Once these logs have been positioned in EDEN they will be a great new attraction for our students to explore. We also thank Seppeltsfield Barossa for their kind donation of the logs.

    Everyday Reminders


    It is important that the school is notified by 9.00am each day if your child is absent.  Please ensure that a reason is included with your notification.  You are able to advise us of absentees by phoning and leaving a message prior to 8.30am; use the Skoolbag App or email  Please understand that the Front Office is unable to access SeeSaw notifications sent directly to class teachers.  We also ask that parents keep children home if they are unwell.

    Drink Bottles

    With the weather warming up it is really important that all students bring sufficient water into school to keep them well hydrated.  The water fountains are still unable to be utilised due to COVID-19 restrictions.


    All students are required to bring a hat to school.  Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, 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 recess/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.

    Chaplain’s News

    Dear Good Shepherd Family,

    Celebrating Christmas is something many people look forward to all year long, and soon it will be Christmas Day.

    Wishing everybody a very happy, safe and peaceful festive season. May you all celebrate Christmas remembering our Saviour and the reason why we celebrate Christmas.

    Christmas can be a wonderful time of year for many families. However, there are others who struggle with different worries and concerns. Many are lonely and find it a time where it can bring up sad memories. Furthermore, as Christians we believe, God cares and is there for those who need comfort and reassurance.

    Fiona Lloyde

    “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

    Managing the mother load

    “The mental load means always having to remember.”

    Emma, a French cartoonist summed up the mental load that most mothers carry in her 2017 viral comic, ‘You should’ve asked’. In the opening scene a very hassled mother was preparing for a dinner party, while feeding her two young children, dealing with a noisy dog and answering the phone, all while she was hosting a colleague for dinner. As the dinner boils over the stove and onto the floor she looked at her partner imploringly. He unwittingly answered, “But you should’ve asked! I would have helped.”

    This scene artfully exemplifies the many invisible layers of responsibility that mothers carry including arranging most household tasks, managing the family home and being on top of the fine detail in every family member’s life.

    This is not the case in all families, but current research reveals that the great majority of women bear the load when it comes to housework (mums do twice as much as dads), caring for children (again, mums doing twice as much as dads) and carrying the mental load for their family.

    There’s only so much we can manage. For those of us who are anxious, there will be times our plates will fill, and overflow. While there’s no single way to ease the mental load that mothers carry the following ideas will help to make life more manageable:

    Stop making life easy for others

    Anecdotal evidence suggests that many mums will overdo preparation rather than expect others to step up and help. I have been known in the past to cook and freeze up to a week’s worth of meals prior to travelling for work. Not any more though. Magically, my husband and two school-aged children have become very capable in the kitchen as I’ve stepped back.

    Delegate and let go

    Delegate some household jobs to your children. Leah Ruppanner, professor of sociology at Melbourne University says, “Unless death is impending from poor domestic decisions, step back, support and allow others to learn from their mistakes.” Letting go of jobs and allowing kids to do things in their own way is hard for perfectionist personality types, but it’s essential if you are going to last the parenting journey. Surprisingly, both guilt and perfectionism ensure that many mums keep their children dependent upon them.

    Diarise and check

    One way to ease is the mental load is to lessen the number of mental notes and details that you carry around. Set up recurring electronic calendar entries for routine tasks and check regularly. This way you have less to remember and a place to find what you need, which is more efficient and mum-friendly way of being organised.

    Lower the bar

    Many mothers confess that they constantly feel guilt. if they don’t put their children first. That’s a heavy burden to carry. If anxiety is a constant companion, it’s essential to lower the bar on your self-expectations. Unfulfilled expectations are proven stressors for mothers so take away tasks, rather than add to your mother load.

    In closing

    There’s little doubt that many mothers carry an overwhelming mental load that adds to their anxiety and stress. I’m not suggesting that you abandon your job entirely but rather to look for ways to make the mental load you carry a little lighter. In doing so, life will become easier to manage. As with all behavioural change its easiest to start small. But whatever you do, if you’re straining under the mother load make a start at releasing and sharing the load.

    Parents can learn more about minimising anxiety as a mum in Dr. Jodi Richardson’s book Anxious Mums: How mums can turn their anxiety into strength published by Penguin Random House.

    Dr Jodi Richardson

    Dr Jodi Richardson helps people to reduce their anxiety, strengthen their wellbeing, live by their personal values and achieve resilience and lasting happiness. Her research-based advice is grounded in a career of extensive university studies, clinical practice, education and endless compassion. Jodi is the co-author of the highly acclaimed book Anxious Kids. Her latest release is Anxious Mums: How mums can turn their anxiety into strength. For further details visit

    Donations for Christmas Hampers

    Dear School Community,

    Each year our local Lutheran Community Care put together Christmas Hampers for those families that may need extra support at Christmas time.

    If anybody feels that they are able to donate to this wonderful cause, that would be appreciated.

    Donations of non-perishable food items, 1 litre of lifelong custard, toys or appropriate age-related gifts for children aged between 5 years to 17 years. 

    Please contact the Chaplain if you are able to donate any items to arrange delivery. It would be appreciated if all donations could arrive at school by Friday 4th December 2020.

    Please donate to this worthy local cause.


    Fiona Lloyde

    Finance News

    School Fees Term 4 2020

    Please ensure that your school accounts are finalised by Thursday 10th December 2020.  Our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday will be contacting families at the end of the term to discuss payment arrangements.

    Uniform Shop

    Please note that any items you require from our Uniform Shop will be facilitated via the Front Office until restrictions ease. Please feel free to come into the office and complete an order form or phone/email your order through.  If you have any other uniform enquiries please feel free to contact our Uniform Shop Co-orindator, Virginia directly on 0407 716 350.

    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.

    Golden Years at Good Shepherd

    Welcome Back Danielle!

    Some of you may know that Mr Evans’ 6/7 class has been hosting Danielle Pywell as she completes her 5 week placement, as part of her Primary Education studies with the University of South Australia.

    Some of you may also recognise Danielle as she actually attended Good Shepherd from 2005-2012. She was a part of Fife House Team and enjoyed participating in school concerts and chapel services.  She also led Fife to victory in 2012 as house captain! 

    Since graduating Year 7, Danielle went on and completed her secondary schooling at Faith Lutheran College. Danielle also completed her Year 10 work experience at Good Shepherd in 2015, working in the Foundation class.  She then proceeded to university where she is currently completing her Bachelor of Education (Primary)

    In the future, Danielle hopes to use all the knowledge and skills she has learnt to teach and support primary students in the Barossa Valley region. Her ability to form positive relationships and be innovative will certainly make this a reality. 

    We invite you to join our new Facebook group: Good Shepherd Alumni Angaston. This is a group for past students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School from 1962 to present. Members are invited to use this space to catch up, share and reminisce. If you are in contact with Good Shepherd old scholars, please encourage them to take a look and join the group or they can share their contact details with the School directly on 08 8564 2396.

    Building Blocks Playgroup

    Our final playgroup session for 2020 will be held on Monday 7th December at the Barossa Adventure Station in Angaston from 10.00am to 12.00noon.  Please bring hats, drinks, healthy snacks and a BOOK for your child wrapped in Xmas paper with their NAME clearly labelled (gift from Santa).

    Please contact our Playgroup Co-ordinator, Bec Bawden if you have any questions on 0427 538 371.

    Local Church Service Times

    (Please note that some services may be subject to cancellation/change)


    Angaston Parish Service Times





    December 6
    Advent 2
    December 13
    Advent 3
    8.45am HC
    10.30am HC
    Family Service


    KEVS Service Times



    Eden Valley


    December 6
    Advent 2
    5.30pm 11.00am 9.15am HC
    December 13
    Advent 3
    11.00am 9.00am HC 1.30pm