How To Have A Heart Of Compassion
Three steps to help you follow Christ’s example and love with a tender heart by Elizabeth Peale Allen.
The term compassion has its linguistic roots in the Latin terms com (with) and pati (suffering). Practically speaking, we have compassion when we set aside indifference and connect with those who are in pain. In a curious way, this seems to be a first step toward healing.
When Jesus saw the blind men, for example, he “had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him” (Matthew 20:34).
When he saw groups yearning for his teaching, “he had compassion on them and healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14). Christ noted the confusion of the people in the crowd following him, and “had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (Mark 6:34).
All these examples of Christ’s compassion have two things in common. First, Jesus notices the people around him. This tells us that compassion is only possible when we are attuned to others.
If we’re absorbed in our own feelings, problems, worries and desires, we will overlook the needs of those God puts in our path and ignore the opportunity to help them.
Second, Jesus responds to people, instead of reacting to them. He listens to the ten lepers rather than being irritated that they’re interrupting his conversation (Luke 17:12-19). He takes time to speak with the woman who touches the hem of his garment, instead of simply chastising her for lacking appropriate boundaries (Matthew 9:20).
Like anything else, we get better at compassion when we practice. Here are three basic steps:
- Build up your empathy.
Spend five minutes a day practicing putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Choose a news report, a neighbour or a member of your own family and really contemplate what it feels like to be that person. Don’t shy away as soon as you think, “That must be awful!” Delve deep into what it’s like to suffer in that way. This exercise can help you learn to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).
- Learn to pause before speaking.
Scripture tells us, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). To be compassionate toward others, we need to allow time for the Holy Spirit to override our tendency to judge. A simple prayer like, “Holy Spirit, guide my heart,” often provides enough space (and guidance!) to help us see whypeople are behaving the way they are.
- Recognise the barriers to compassion.
It’s impossible to be annoyed and compassionate at the same time. Frustration, suspicion, irritation, bitterness, dislike and anger are all signs that we may be looking at others without compassion. We can pray to the Father to “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” that rules in our hearts (Ephesians 4:31).
Ask God to help you “be kind and tender-hearted” (Ephesians 4:32). Begin this very day to cultivate a spirit of compassion.
Submitted by Dan Hausler
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- KERNICK/QUALTER: Louise, Jojoe & Senspri
- DELLAR/KLAU: Jackie, Brenton, Sam & Jed
- KLEMM: Rebecca, Ben, Amelia, Charlie, Matilda & Arthur
- KLOSE: Jaymee, Shawn, Maya & Calum
- Danette Mifflin – Administration
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Jennifer Grieger – 4/5 Teacher
- Lara Hepner – LOTE Teacher
- Pastor Rob Borgas
8 Evelyn Rohrlach
9 Richie Liu
10 Natalia Leon
14 Charlie McGorman
17 Aimee Gripton
24 Mitchell Mathews
24 Isobel Swincer
28 Dylan Leggett
30 Rachel Doering
7 Deacon Grieger
This week we pray for our fabulous Playgroup Co-ordinators, Bec Bawden and our newest recruit, Sarah Briones. They go above and beyond in ensuring that we provide our community with engaging and play-based educational activities each Monday, often setting up in their own time over the weekend.
Some years ago, Good Shepherd implemented a ‘bring your own device’ BYOD (iPad) programme for students from years 4 – 7 with students from years F – 3 being able to borrow school iPads and all students being able to borrow school laptops. At the time this model of parent provided devices for students from Years 4 – 7 was seen as the best way of ensuring 1:1 access to a device that could be personalised through Apps for the individual learning needs of each student (and also school prescribed Apps). iPads were deemed the best device at the time as they were a multi-function, light and portable tool that supported a variety of learning activities and could follow the student between home and school.
In recent years feedback from both staff and the parent community around the BYO device model along with new developments in the use of technology to enhance teaching, has been the stimulus to review this approach.
The review was rigorous and comprehensive. It was conducted over the course of last year and the first term of this year and specifically concentrated on the way in which technology was provided for, and utilised in, the school. A focus group comprising parents, teachers and an LESNW educational advisor joined me to examine how we were using technology from Foundation to Year 7. In addition to observations and interviews with students, staff and parents, we explored current educational thinking around best practice, and visited other sites of learning who had already undergone a review process to also learn from their experiences.
In summary, the review identified a number of challenges as well as many positive experiences around the provision and use of technology. This was consistent with our findings in other schools. It was noted that a reliance on parent owned devices meant that teachers could not ensure that devices were regularly updated and working efficiently. Downloading of essential Apps (on iPads) could not always be relied upon leading to frustration for teachers and students and impacting on the learning. Some families also commented on the financial burden of supplying an iPad at year 4 and the desire to not own a device as they would rather their child did not have access to a device outside of school. It was agreed by all that technology has an important role in enhancing and deepening many learning experiences and supporting students to share their understandings and be successful. It was also agreed that our students need to have access to a range of technology with skills developed across more than one platform.
Following the recommendations of this review Good Shepherd will be restructuring the provision of devices from the BYOD model to a school owned device model from term one 2022. Using Capital Grant funding the school will purchase additional iPads and laptops to ensure all students have access to sets of devices, booked out by teachers when required to support learning. The school will implement a central management system providing the best security and ensuring all devices are automatically updated and new programmes installed to ensure a school managed, efficient environment where the focus is clearly on the discerning use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning.
Peter Coombe Performance
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 5 – Monday 24 May 2021|
|FDN||Harvey John||Knowledgeable/Caring||Harvey is a learning sponge! He just soaks up every opportunity to further his understanding, applying it confidently and capably. Harvey then shows such a caring nature to make sure that others are supported in their learning journey. He is always on the look out for anyone needing a friend both inside the classroom and out on the playground.|
|1/2||Ezekiel Osborne||Prinicipled||Zeke is trustworthy, reliable and caring to all students and staff. He is sure to share with and encourage others wherever he can, making everyone feel included and loved.|
|Samuel did a terrific job at communicating his understanding of where some places are located within our world and suggested reasons that people might want to visit these places.
Whilst learning about German speaking countries, Heidi has been eager to communicate in German through speaking. she is willing to try new words and phrases and learns from her mistakes.
|4/5||Ava McGorman||Caring||Ava always goes out of her way to show kindness to others. This is reflected daily as she regularly helps others, whether this be students in and outside the classroom, her teachers or office staff. She always offers a helping hand with a smile on her face.|
|6/7||Zack Hunter||Balanced||Zack displayed great balance last week during the Walk My Way challenge. He was balanced by displaying an understanding of his body by recognising the need to push through pain or to slow down to preserve his energy.|
|Week 6 – Monday 31 May 2021|
|FDN||Sofia Seabrook||Creative/Caring||Sofia is such a kind friend. She welcomes everyone with a huge smile and a twinkle in her eye. Sofia is extremely creative, she uses her excellent drawing skills to make detailed pictures and loves to make and design.|
|Sophie has been working hard across all learning areas to research and understand new concepts. She continues to ask questions and work hard until she has demonstrated all she has learnt.
Bella has been working hard across all learning areas to research and understand new concepts. She continues to ask questions and work hard until she has demonstrated all she has learnt.
|2/3||Scarlett Lawrence|| Risk Taker
|Scarlett was a risk taker when she courageously performed during House Day, even though she is new to the school. It was also fantastic to see Scarlett volunteering to help her peers out with their performances at short notice.|
|Karlo has demonstrated he is open-minded by adjusting to the new routines and expectations in the year 4/5 classroom. He has shown great improvement in his self-management skills. He has been able to make good learning choices which have helped him to avoid distractions. Karlo also demonstrated he was principled by working hard to complete his ‘unfinished work’ list.|
|6/7||Olivia Emmett||Risk Taker||Olivia displayed risk taking throughout the 2021 House Day competition with her courage and resilience; showcasing her utterly incredible vocal ability.|
Classroom Snapshot – German with Frau Hepner
In Germany it is a tradition to receive a Schultüte (a paper cone) full of lollies, toys and stationery on the first day of school. Mr Evans’ 6.7 class started the year off by working together to create Schultüten for our new Foundation students.
The first unit with the Foundation class linked to their classroom unit of inquiry focusing on similarities and differences between each other. Students learnt words and phrases in German through play, reading books and watching videos. This allowed them to express their age, name, favourite colour and what country they come from in the form of a simple profile. The second unit we have started focuses on language and how we use it to express ourselves. Students have inquired into what language is; finding out that there are lots of different languages that are spoken in Australia including German. With the help of two class puppets, students are finding out how to express greetings and feelings in German.
The 1.2 and 2.3 classes have been investigating characteristics on heroes in various cultures. Students had to explain who their hero was in German and then create a profile. The second unit students inquired into ‘Families around the world are connected to different places’. In German students inquired into what DACHL means. They found out that DACHL is the acronym of the 4 countries that have German as an official language (Germany, Leichtenstein, Austria, Switzerland). Students located these countries on a map, and learnt how to describe these countries flags and the size of the country (big or small) in German. Students also compared German and Australian Primary schools finding out that German students don’t have a uniform and finish school between 12.00 and 1 pm. The 2/3 students found it fascinating that home schooling is illegal Germany.
Scholastic Book Club Issue 4 is out now! Magazines went home this week.
Orders need to be returned to the school by 17th June.
As usual, there are 2 ways to order;
- Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with the correct cash.
- 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.
Well done to the Good Shepherd students on their impressive work with their Lexile reading this year so far. I was informed the other day that our students have read over 2 million words, have attempted over 240 quizzes and have an 81% pass rate. Keep up the good work kids!
International ICAS Assessments
It is that time of the year again when we open up the ICAS online assessments to students wishing to participate. These assessments are open to students from years 2-7. Below is a blurb from UNSW about what these assessments are promoting.
ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies.
Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition. Every student will receive a printed certificate and an online result report. Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies to have their academic excellence publicly recognised.
ICAS Assessments are now online, a move that reflects a sector-wide transition to computer-based assessments. This allows greater accessibility for students and faster delivery of results.
Learn more about ICAS here: unsw.global/ICAS
A letter will be sent home this week (week 6) with information about the assessments. It will also include a permission slip and the unique access codes and information needed to enter the Parent Payment System. The Parent Payment System allows you to choose and pay for the different tests your children are interested in giving a go.
Pie Drive 4/06/2021
All Pie Drive order forms are due back tomorrow. If you require a form, there are some spares in the front office. Please ensure you return your form to avoid missing out!
Mum’s Night Out 5/06/2021
The P&F invite all mums to a night out! We will be meeting at 6.30pm on Saturday 5th June at the Wanera Wine Bar in Angaston for drinks and dinner. This is a great way to get to know other mums within the school. All welcome. RSVP on the FB event or to Amanda Pech.
Born Again – Preloved Fashions & Wares 8/06/2021
The Born Again HQ is open for a ‘Sunroom session’ on Tuesday 8th June, 11.00am-3.00pm at 87 Murray Street, Angaston. Come have a look through our range. The kettle will be on, for a cuppa and chat as well.
2021 School Concert – “Dancing Through The Decades”
Tickets to both the matinee and evening performances are now available to book online via the link that has been emailed to families. Please contact Danette at the Front Office if you are unable to book tickets online and she will be happy to book tickets for you.
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we plan to discontinue the use of the Skoolbag App. 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.
Car Park Safety and Speed Zones
We remind everyone that the safety of our students is paramount. Please ensure you are aware of the speed limits in and around the school and always encourage your children to use the footpaths in the school car park.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Wishing you all a happy start to Winter.
I am so thankful for where we live, as we can appreciate and enjoy every season. Also, in scripture God talks about different seasons in our lives. Through the different seasons we can learn and grow. Each season has a way of teaching us different truths. Some seasons can be full of joy where others can be sad and hard work. Whatever season we are in, there is always hope and peace through Christ, that is there, and this never changes.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11…gives us insight into life and its seasons.
Ecclesiastes dismantles our simplistic ideas about God and our lives, by showing that death, chance, and the passage of time makes it impossible to control life’s outcomes. But this unpredictable nature of life actually opens up the way to wisdom and the fear of the Lord.
1. There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven.
2. A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4. A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5. A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
6. A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7. A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to keep silent and a time to speak.
8. A time to love and a time to hate, A time for war and a time for peace.
9. What profit is there for the worker from that in which he labours?
10. I have seen the task which God has given to the sons of men with which God has given to the sons of man with which to occupy themselves.
11. He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity (a sense of divine purpose) in the human heart (a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God)- yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.
This week’s parenting place article by Dr. Jodi Richardson is called – Spending time with Kids: How much is enough? She brings insightful ideas to help optimise the time you spend with your kids.
Spending time with kids: How much is enough?
I’m fortunate to have the flexibility that allows me to spend a great deal of time with my children. However, my nine year old daughter wants to spend more time with me. My eleven year old son, on the other hand, is content either way.
Australia ranks first
According to a recent study Australian parents rank number one among OECD countries (including most of Europe, North America, the UK and Finland) when it comes to spending time with their kids. The lion’s share of this time is still invested by mums, but Australian dads are ahead of those from many other countries, averaging around 70 minutes a day with their children.
The source of misplaced parental guilt
According to research published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, not spending enough time with children is the biggest source of parental guilt in Australia.
The researchers also found that it’s quality, not quantity of time children spend with parents that’s important for their emotional wellbeing, achievement and behaviour for kids aged 3-11 years. The researchers concluded that volume of time doesn’t matter. It’s much more important how time is spent with your children when you are together. This in no way advocates for absentee parenting. It’s about making the most of the family time you have and reducing feelings of stress for you if you can’t be around as much as you’d like to be.
Here are some ideas to help make sure you optimise the time you spend with your kids:
- Create a tradition of one-on-one time with each of your kids around an activity that you both enjoy, such as a cafe catch up over a milkshake, shooting hoops or playing a favourite board game
- Read regularly to each other, as these are special times of connection, especially in bed at night
- Eat meals together as a family so you can all catch up and connect – this is worth its weight in gold when it comes to quality time
- Pay attention to your children, watching for cues that they’re in need of extra time with you
- Adolescents benefit from spending extra time with their parents. Through interactions with their parents teenagers can learn to make better decisions about their health, improve their academic achievement and experience better wellbeing
- Take an interest in their interests. Connect with your children through the activities that they value such as music, sport or games, even if they aren’t hobbies you don’t normally enjoy. Your kids will appreciate you making the effort and will respond accordingly
- Be present when you’re with your kids. Research shows our minds can wander up to 47% of the time when we are with our loved ones. If you’re present with our kids, you won’t miss out on nearly half of that precious time.
Be mindful of the importance of unstructured time for kids. That is, time they spend playing alone or with siblings and friends. Play is essential for our kids’ wellbeing and development. Play changes as our kids grow up but as long as whatever they’re doing is child-led, it’s play. This is the time to leave them to it.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees Term 2 2021
Payment of school fees for Term 2 are now overdue. Please contact Sarah if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.
Our Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia will be available each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 3.45pm during the school term for any uniform purchases. Please contact Virginia directly if you have any uniform queries 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
No Parking on Neldner Avenue
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.
We are now in the final stages of confirming places for our new Foundation students in 2022. As enrolments for this year’s Foundation class reached capacity we encourage any families to collect an enrolment form from Danette at the Front office and return ASAP.
Building Blocks Playgroup
Please contact Bec Bawden if you have any questions on 0427 538 371.
We would like to thank our Playgroup Coordinators, Bec Bawden and Sarah Briones for undertaking the mammoth task of sorting through and organising the storage area in the Shepherd’s Hub. We appreciate and value the many hours that went into this task. Thank You!
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