Good Shepherd Grapevine – 3 May 2018

by May 3, 2018Good Shepherd Grapevine

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 This Week’s Rattling – “Lava Lamp”

Lava Lamp Experiment

This is an experiment I have done several times with my girls
(under supervision).
Clear cup
Vegetable oil
Food colouring
1. ½ fill a clear cup with oil
2. Pour in ¼ of the cup of water
3. Add a few drops of food colouring
4. Drop in an aspirin

The result is a homemade lava lamp.
I could go into the details of the wonderful science behind this experiment (and I do enjoy science) but this is not the objective of this article. Rather, it makes a good opportunity to discuss with children about the rise and fall of the ‘lava’. There are times in your life where you feel quite lifted and other times where you feel low, in fact my girls seem to experience joys and disappointments daily.

With this experiment I like to discuss a growth mindset (in child friendly language) and brainstorm what we can do or say to ourselves in times of sadness. Thoughts like: ‘I can try another way’ or ‘by making mistakes I am learning’. Sometimes we practice relaxing and thinking of happy moments.

There is a multitude of feelings that we encounter through our lives. They can make us feel like we are ‘rising’ or ‘falling’ just like the lava. It is important to remember that feelings change and a growth mindset can positively impact our lives. Just as important is to remember God is with us, through all our highs and lows. He gives us guidance and strength and listens to our every word.
Isaiah 41:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Written by Melissa Ryan, Image by: https://goo.gl/images/aypGVv

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Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:


  • SMITH:  Barton, Jodi, Jorji & Zachary
  • TRINNE: Carla, Charlie, Dominique, Alannah, Graziella &baby Saoirse
  • TRENWITH: Jason, Kathryn, Kody, Shanelle, Courtney, Payton, Ella, Mia, Riley & Jordan.
  • VASICA-ROHRLACH: Peter, Rosanna, Aaron & Martin.


  • Fiona Lloyde – Chaplain
  • Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
  • Sonya Abdelmalek – Learning Support
  • Anne Marschall – Principal


  • We praise God for the great start to a dynamic Term 2.
  • Pray for Anne Marschall over the week as she travels to Hobart for a Principals Summit.
  • We thank God for the blessings of our mothers as we celebrate Mothers Day on 13th May.


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

30 Ella Trenwith

 2  Mackenzie Edwards
14 Casey Rowe


6  Liam White
7  Tayla Dixon

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you have had some opportunity for rest and renewal with your children over the last couple of weeks. Special welcome to Zachary Smith and his parents, Barton and Jodi . Zachary will be joining Mrs Hooker’s year sevens. The Smith family have relocated to the Barossa from New South Wales. Please look out for them and help them to settle into the Good Shepherd family.

While the students were away a few changes have occurred across the school. The year four classroom now has a groovy new feature wall, the Learning Street has new pops of colour on the walls and additional ottomans. Outside the paths have neat brick edging, the back fascia has been finished and painted and…… THE SWINGS HAVE ARRIVED!!!!! There are still a few odd jobs to complete in the playground which the landscaper couldn’t attend to until the swings were in position but we are almost there.

There is always something on the go. The next big project will of course be the redevelopment of the Junior Primary classrooms. It is natural to think why do all these things take so long to get underway? Why don’t I just get on with it? I understand this, after all if it were my place being renovated it would be a case of meeting with a builder, sorting out a plan, submission to Barossa Council and work starting as soon as plans were approved. In a school it doesn’t quite work that way. Schools are democracies, not dictatorships (not that I’m a dictator in my home…) Brian Cosh and I have had many meetings and email communications back and forth with the architects who have worked to the brief of what we want to accomplish for the classrooms to be innovative, amazing educational environments. Our governing council has appointed a building sub-committee to also work with the school. We are very blessed to have councillors with experience in building and design who can help point out different solutions to achieve everything we want in the new classrooms and learning spaces. The building sub-committee came up with a number of excellent additional suggestions which were submitted to the architects. Sarah Loveday and I will meet with the architect on Friday to look at the changes to the plans and this will then be presented to the building sub-committee and school council. Once we are happy that the plans are the best possible design then the project can be put out to tender. Democracies may take longer to get things underway than dictatorships but I think you would agree by working together as a group and utilising the expertise and experience of others we will end up with a far better result in the long run.

Ideally, it would be wonderful if the works could commence in the mid-year break. It would enable us to pack up and move learning spaces and commence works without the added disruption of ongoing school operation. This is not really looking likely, so we will need to plan to work within possible disruptions during term time as we did in 2014 with the staff room and library project. We had to be patient and flexible in the short term but the end result made it all worthwhile.

Once the plans are approved there will be an enlarged copy on display in the Learning Street for you to view.

Last week I attended the Nuriootpa ANZAC day dawn service with our School Captains,
Tyson Grundel and Hannah Noack. As always, I was very proud of the way these students conducted themselves and represented the school. Thank you also to Josie Wundersitz who helped the students make the wreath and set up the amazing ANZAC display in our Learning Street.

Anne Marschall

Staff Installation

Our new staff members Sarah Loveday (Finance Officer) and Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain) were inducted into the Good Shepherd School Staff Community at our Opening Service Monday 30th April.  Pastor Graham blessed them as they serve in their specific roles.


At the end of term 1 we said farewell to Hiedi Smith who will concentrate on her university studies. We thank Hiedi for all that she brought to Good Shepherd in her expertise and wish her all the best in her studies and career path. 

We welcome Sonya Abdelmalek who will complete the remainder of Hiedi’s contract.

Welcome to our New Family

We welcome Barton & Jodi Smith and their son Zachary to the Year 7 Class.

May you settle in well to the Barossa and make valuable relationships with the Good Shepherd Community.

ANZAC Day Remembrance

School Captains, Tyson and Hannah, proudly representing Good Shepherd at the Nuriootpa RSL Dawn Service.

Come into school to see the wonderful display Josie Wundersitz has put up from students’ learning outcome.

New Swings

The new swings are a big hit! 😀👌

All things Bright & Beautiful

We were a bit busy at Good Shepherd while the students were away….


Book Fair


It’s that time again! Book Fair is simply the best place to buy books for your children, for brothers and sisters or gifts for others, as a generous percentage of sales is returned to the school as commission. This is directly reinvested back into our library. Last years’ commission was very helpful in establishing some novels for the senior years. This year we hope to expand our non-fiction collection.

Everyone is welcome!

Where: Library

When: Tuesday 8th May – Thursday 10th May

Times: 8:30 – 8:55am, 1st half lunch, 3:30 – 4pm

Book Club

Scholastic Book Club Issue 1 is out now.

Orders need to be returned to the school by 9th May.

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.

 Happy reading

Rhian Doecke
Resources Coordinator


Monday 7th May

Mothers Day Craft

Monday 14th May

Bats and Balls


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.



Parents are asked to please avoid making appointments for your child/ren in week 3, specifically Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May as NAPLAN testing will be conducted for Year 3, 5 & 7’s.

We ask that students arrive to school on time so that they are settled prior to the commencement of testing in the morning.

Finance News

Term two fees are due by 1st June unless you have an agreed payment plan, your school account will be sent out this week.


Mothers Day Stall

Lovely gifts for our mothers and grandmothers will be available for students to purchase during lunch time on Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th May to celebrate Mothers Day on Sunday 13th May. Gift prices range from $2 – $7.

Canteen News

RECESS: Fruit Cup; watermelon, banana & apple                                 R: $1.50
LUNCH: Toasted Sandwiches                                                                 L: $3.00
White bread with ham, cheese & tomato OR chicken, cheese & avacado.

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: Pikelets; served with butter, honey, strawberry jam & cream.                  2 for $1.00
LUNCH:  Sausages                                                                                                            $3.50
BBQ sausages (2), mashed potato, carrots, corn cob, peas & gravy.

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 Gnandenberg
May 6 10.00am HC
    — 8.45am HC
Ps H Oberscheidt
May 13  8.45am HC
10.45am HC       Mothers Day

*Thursday 10th May – ASCENSION DAY – 7.30pm HC Parish Service at Keyneton

KEVS Service Times

Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
May 6 11.00am
Ps M Welke
Ps M Welke
May 13 9.00am HC
Ps M Welke
10.00 LR 11.00am HC
Ps M Welke

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.

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