Good Shepherd Grapevine – 4 April 2019
This Week’s Rattling – Swimming Pool
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah Ch 29 v11
A Swimming Lesson
This week I have really enjoyed watching my students swim at the Rex. Many of them get really excited at the opportunity to do something different from ‘normal’ schoolwork. Although as adults, we know that they are still learning important skills and knowledge. As I watch them enter the pool, I notice that some are confident and slip right in, some are cautious and some just dip their toe in and take a bit longer. Once they are in, they listen carefully to the instructor and practise their swimming. Many students have been practising floating on their back. Interestingly enough, they quickly learn that unless they relax and trust the water to hold them up, they sink! Other students who are swimming in the deep end have to trust that their swimming strokes will propel them to the safety of the other side. Students who don’t normally get to swim in the deep end, may have the opportunity to jump in wearing a buoyancy vest, confident in the knowledge that they will pop up to the surface. The look on their faces when they emerge says it all!
It struck me that God’s love is a lot like this. His love upholds us and if we relax and allow His love to support us, we will ‘float’ in his love. However, He has made us for a purpose, has plans for our lives and wants us to reach our full potential. So we need to do our part in order to move forward and not just to float aimlessly. We need to learn the ‘strokes’ of Christian life. Reading the Bible, trusting in Him and actively trying to live out the lessons He has for us. Sometimes however, we know that we can get caught in the ‘deep’ end and struggle to keep our heads above water.
Trust God to be your buoyancy vest. Trust that he will bring you to the surface and ‘float’ once more in His love!
When we practise these things, we know we will get better at them. (This is what I keep telling my students!) So keep swimming!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to relax and know that Your love is there to support me every day of my life. But also teach me to learn from You and work with You so I can fulfil Your purpose for my life. Amen.
Year 1/2 Teacher
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- GASTON: Paul, Vanessa, Jack, Thomas and Max
- GRIPTON: Wade, Sarah, Zachary, Aimee and Holly
- GRUNDEL: Anthony, Selena, Tyson, Sharli and Jaslyn
- HARVEY: Craig, Virginia, Mitchell, Bella and Olivia
- HEINRICH: Roger and Kylie, Erin and Brodie
- HUNTER: Jodie, Ian and Zack
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Sarah Loveday
- Pastor Rob Borgas
- Edith Unger
- Pastor Peter Ziersch
- Sonya Abdelmalek
- We pray that all our families have a safe and blessed Easter break and enjoy a well deserved rest after Term 1.
Many happy returns for:
6 Olivia Emmett
6 Felix Frost
8 Benjamin Noack
10 Sharli Grundel
10 Maya Klose
11 Harry Swincer
15 Senspri Qualter
18 Emily Perryman
2 Grace Alexander
2 Mackenzie Edwards
7 Olivia Harvey
Looking back over this first term there is so much to be thankful for. We have just celebrated the opening of our beautiful new junior primary classrooms. The day began with a dedication service followed by the official opening, refreshments and tours. It was a wonderful event from start to finish and will be remembered for a long time to come. Of course the life of a school is not always full of big events such as this (thankfully). There are many smaller, but no less important, activities that make Good Shepherd such a special place for our students and indeed the whole school community. Looking back on our term one calendar I noted that we have also had:
- Parent information night
- Whole school fun and games morning
- Cyber safety workshops
- Grip leadership workshop
- Nuriootpa High athletics day
- Police band
- Sports Day
- Shrove Tuesday buddy fun
- Wellbeing expo
- Hockey clinics
- Knock out girls cricket
- Knock out boys cricket
- Parent teacher interviews
- Puppeteer workshop
- Swimming week
No wonder some of our students are looking a little tired! Next week we will conclude the term on Friday 12th with a ‘just because breakfast’ made by our fabulous P and F followed by a chapel service at Zion Lutheran Church. I would love to catch up with you over a cuppa and a hot cross bun.
(Early) Easter Blessings,
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Evans’ 6/7 Class
Unit of Inquiry – Who we are – An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Central Idea: Cultural and environmental factors affect the human body
We have been looking at mental health in our 6/7 classroom and how adolescents and people in society deal with adversity and problems they face on a daily schedule. Students were required to research and detail a a range of mental health illness that many people experience and develop during their adolescent and teenage years. After a class discussion about the anxieties and stress they are feeling about moving to high school next year or the year after, our class worked really hard on creating information brochures and posters that can be used to help those who are suffering from these conditions as well as identifying how these mental health problems can occur in themselves.
Schizophrenia by James Noack and Emily Perryman
Depression by Alex Rowe and Georgia Raymond
OCD by Stevie Schwarz and Angela Linke
OCD by Jayden Arhns and Abigael Riedl
Depression by Brayden Evans and Jesse Brandon
PTSD by Liam White and Michael Scanlon
Depression by Sharli Grundl, Mackenzie Edwards and Jemima Barrett
Shout Out To Our Awesome School Community
Good Shepherd is excited to be participating in ‘Something on the Street’ on Sunday 28th April, the last day of the Vintage Festival. The main street of Angaston will be closed off for the event. A big ‘Thank You’ to Helen Pitman who has made the area in front of her shop, ‘Tame the Tangle’ available to us to set up.
We have planned games and craft activities for the day. It runs from 10am – 3pm and I will be there for the duration but I would love some help during that time making sure that materials are topped up throughout the day and games set up.
If you are able to help for an hour please let me know, there will be plenty for your children to do and this is a great way to share our presence with our neighbours in this wonderful little town.
We are also seeking donations of the items listed below that we can use on the day. Please have a look at the list below and bring in any donations to the Front Office by Friday next week.
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.
List of items wanted for our recycling maker table:
– wine corks (unused)
– obsolete wine labels/award stickers
– obsolete wine capsules/stelvin caps
– unused wine cartons/dividers
– other packaging materials.
What an extremely busy and exciting term 1 has been at Good Shepherd! This week students are involved in swimming lessons, whilst during the term students have had the opportunity to enjoy excursions/incursions, Sports Day, Nuri High Athletics Day, SAPSASA swimming, Knockout cricket for the girls and boys, The SA Police Band, Puppeteers, Whole school worship and assemblies plus all the fun and valuable activities within the classrooms. I am often asked by people inside and outside of the school community why we put so much effort into the extra and co-curricular activities, rather than just teach. These other activities are not only fun and exciting, but also allow students to develop their wellbeing. They learn resilience when they miss out on a ribbon on Sports Day. They learn to be modest when they do win one. They learn to cooperate and how to participate as a team when they play sports such as cricket. They may find some aspects of school difficult, but they get to smile and dance to The Police Band’s tunes or to the funny voice of the puppeteer. They learn leadership skills when elected as SRC members.
I consider myself extremely fortunate to be the Wellbeing Leader at Good Shepherd Lutheran School. One of my roles over the past two years has been to develop a Wellbeing Framework in consultation with the school’s leadership team and staff. We decided to base this framework on Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMA model (Seligman, M.E. (2011), Flourish). The model ensures that the school intentionally plans to make school life a positive place for all and that students have opportunities to develop their social skills and understanding.
PERMA makes up five important building blocks of wellbeing and happiness:
Positive emotions assist people to achieve happiness. Positive emotions are good for children because they stretch their imagination. When children do something they enjoy or find interesting, they are more likely to persevere in the face of challenges, and naturally search for more creative solutions and opportunities. Examples of this at Good Shepherd include Super Play, Buddy classes and House activities.
Engagement is all about providing students with opportunities and experiences which enables them to become totally absorbed within them. To provide engagement at Good Shepherd Lutheran School there is an expectation that thought goes into ensuring all students have an opportunity to be involved in tasks which interest them. Examples of this at Good Shepherd include lunch time clubs, camps and sport clubs.
Relationships are important for all people and in all aspects of life as they help provide a sense of worth and belonging. To develop relationships at Good Shepherd activities are chosen that support students to develop the social skills and pro-social values that underpin positive relationships. Examples of this at Good Shepherd include restorative practices, the Goodies program and services provided by our Chaplain.
Having meaning or purpose in one’s life is vital to achieving authentic wellbeing. The aim of this framework is to provide opportunities for exposure to activities that can provide the Good Shepherd community to develop a sense of meaning. Examples of this at Good Shepherd include weekly whole school Chapel services, service programmes and student leadership.
Achievement requires the provision for opportunities to experience and celebrate the success in life. This includes setting goals, developing a plan on how to achieve them and then providing opportunities to work through the plan. Examples of this at Good Shepherd include the PYP Exhibition, interschool sport events and students sharing their work at assemblies.
During the next few weeks we will particularly focus on Positive Emotions, Relationships and Meaning as we enter the school holidays. I pray that you have the opportunity to spend time with your children during the break, grow your relationship with them and have an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of important events that arise during the two week period. We will remember the fallen as we commemorate ANZAC Day, with our School Captains representing our school at the Nuriootpa and Angaston War Memorial Services. We also have the opportunity to reflect and celebrate on the story and purpose behind Easter. My family and I will reflect on the almighty and indescribable sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us and then the excitement and wonder of Him rising from the dead to save us from our sins. I pray that you too share in reflection of this story with your loved ones, and look forward to seeing you back in term two after an enjoyable holiday period!
Last week we welcomed Brendan Vorster to Mr Evans’ 6/7 Class. Brendan and his parents (Nikki and Barend) recently moved to the valley from overseas. Please join us as we welcome our newest family to the Good Shepherd community.
Student Awards & Results
Presented at Assembly Monday 25th March:
Foundation Class—Mrs Melissa Emmett
SEAN MCCARTHY – Communicator – You confidently express your ideas, yet patiently wait for your turn and listen to others. You are kind and caring towards others, often helping out without being asked.
1/2 Class—Mrs Dearne Prior
GEORGIA BARRETT – Inquirer – Georgia demonstrated curiosity when she brought in some insects from home as part of our Unit of Inquiry. She asks questions to seek further information, shows enthusiasm with learning and connects it to her own life..
3/4 Class—Mrs Renae Ruediger
PARKER BROOKS – Inquirer – Parker identified an area he was interested about being balanced. He looked at different resources to answer the question and clearly summarised his findings.
5/6 Class—Mr Dan Hausler
KAITLIN SCHULTZ – Independence – Kaitlin displays independence as she works through all tasks. She is quick to settle into her work and seeks clarification on what is required if needed. Kaitlin will also use her initiative to help others or to do tasks around the class.
6/7 Class—Mr Jayden Evans
ABIGAEL RIEDL – Risk Taker – Through her interactions at the Year 7 Leadership Day in Adelaide. Abigael showed confidence and friendliness to all students from different schools which resulted in her winning a prize for her ability to communicate with new people.
Soon its Easter, it is such a special time within the Christian faith. I personally love the season of Easter, celebrating special times with my family and friends at the beach.
However, Easter is more than the symbols of Easter eggs and hot cross buns. It is when we celebrate and reflect on the very reason of why Jesus came to this Earth in the form of man. His death and resurrection bought life to us.
May you all have a safe and blessed Easter, and get some quiet time to reflect on what Easter is truly about.
An Easter Poem
The Bible tells of Jesus Christ coming to earth as the Son of Man.
It relates His birth in a manger in the town of Bethlehem.
His great works and His miracles are explained in His life story,
But the most important event of His life was His death upon Calvary.
The Lord Jesus was brought before Pilate and accused of claiming to be Christ, a King,
Yet Pilate could find no fault with Him after further questioning.
So, he sent Him to Herod when he discovered he was of Galilee.
Herod at first was glad for a chance the Lord Jesus to see.
However, his joy turned to mocking when he heard Him accused thus,
And he sent Him back to Pilate who found Him still guiltless.
To satisfy the people, Pilate devised a plan,
He offered to release the murderer, Barabbas, or Jesus, the miracle man.
Pilate expected Jesus to be released but the people cried,
“Release unto us Barabbas and let Jesus be crucified!”
So, on that day a guilty sinner walked away free,
While the sinless Son of God died upon a tree.
We all must realize that we are as Barabbas on that day,
Jesus died in our place – sin’s debt to repay.
He hung on that cross and suffered instead of you and me,
That we may walk free of sin’s chains and live for all eternity.
By Judith Searle
It’s that time again! Book Fair is simply the best place to buy books for all. A generous percentage of sales is returned to the school as commission which is directly reinvested back into our library.
Last years’ commission was very helpful in expanding our non-fiction collection. This year we hope to continue this expansion.
Everyone is welcome!
When: Tuesday 7th May – Thursday 9th May
Times: 8:30–8:55am, 1st half lunch, 3:30–4.00pm
Premier's Reading Challenge
Next week is the last week to finish your PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE and receive a House Point which will go towards your Houses’ overall tally!
If you have not finished your premiers reading challenge, don’t worry, you have until 6th September to hand it in.
50% of the school that has already completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2019. What an amazing effort.
The 5/6’s are now on track to be the first class to finish again! Can anyone stop them?!
It will be holiday borrowing next week. This means that students can take home double the amount of books.
I will encourage students who have not completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge to take home appropriate PRC books.
Overdue notices will be going home today. Please ensure you have returned all books so you are able to partake in holiday borrowing.
Opening of New Junior Primary Classrooms – Friday 22nd March 2019
A big THANK YOU to Zac Osborne (Zeke’s Dad) for coming on board to assist Virginia in the Uniform Shop.
The Uniform Shop is open every Monday from 3.15pm to 3.45pm. If you unable to come into the shop during these times you may fill in an order form and leave it with Danette at Reception. Virginia/Zac will then pack your order and leave at Reception to be paid for and collected.
Finance Officer – Change of Office Days
Please note that our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday will be available from Mondays to Thursdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm as of 29th April.
Reminder – Change of Date – P&F ‘Just Because’ End of Term Breakfast
Please note that the ‘Just Because’ End of Term Breakfast will now be held on the last day of term, Friday 12 April from 8.30am (moved from Tuesday 9 April).
This will be followed by our school chapel service at Zion and we welcome all families to join us.
We look forward to seeing you next Friday!
Please remember to return your forms with your Hot Cross Bun preferences by tomorrow!
Monday 8 April
Easter Craft and Egg Hunt
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.
Drinks can be ordered on your order form or sold on the day.
Fruit Boxes $1.50 each [Orange, Tropical, Apple/Blackcurrant, Apple/Raspberry and Pine/Orange] Soda Water Cans $1.50
Chocolate or Strawberry Milk $2.00
Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks – 50 cents each.
Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime.
WEEK 11 – Friday 12th April
RECESS: Popcorn $0.50
LUNCH: Sushi – Teriyaki Chicken, Tuna, Salmon and Avocado, Vegetarian Combo, Fresh Prawn Roll and Tempura Chicken. $3.00
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
KEVS Service Times
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An incidence of head lice has been reported in the school. Please check your children’s hair tonight if possible.
We are asking that all parents examine their child’s hair for signs of lice infestation. The lice themselves are often hard to find because they move around on the head. Therefore, you should be looking for the eggs or nits. These appear as tiny silvery white specks attached to the hair shaft near the scalp. Dandruff and hairspray may look similar but these are easily brushed away, the eggs are not. Other signs of lice infestation may be a red rash and scratch marks on the scalp, nape of the neck or behind the ears.
If you child has contracted head lice do not be alarmed. Although the condition is unpleasant, it is easily treated with treatments or conditioners available from your chemist. Please follow the instructions on the packet carefully.
It is important that all members of the family with nits are treated also. It is also recommended that hair brushes, combs, pillow cases be washed.
The child may return to class the following day once treated, and no visible signs remain.
We recommend a re-treatment in a week’s time. Girls are reminded to keep their long hair tied up.
Thank you for your help and assistance in this matter.
Confirmation Lessons will begin at Good Shepherd Lutheran School in the Library on Wednesday 1st May from 4-5 pm and then on each following Wednesday throughout terms 2, 3 and 4. A confirmation service will be held on Sunday 2nd February 2020.
We hope that this time of instruction, learning and service will be a very meaningful time for your young son or daughter, in which they will deepen their faith, grow in their relationship with their Saviour, and make some real connections with other young Christians, and their local congregation.
Please see your pastor if you are interested.
Angaston Early Learning Centre
The Angaston Early Learning Centre now provides after school care. Please contact the ELC for any bookings.