Good Shepherd Grapevine – 4 February 2021

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God’s Love

A woman needed to make a run to her local pet store, where she noticed a parrot on his perch just inside the door. The parrot took one look at the woman and said, “You are the ugliest woman I’ve ever seen.”

“What did you say to me?” the woman asked in disbelief.

“You heard me,” the parrot told her. “You are the ugliest woman I’ve ever seen.”

Shocked and offended, she demanded to see the store’s owner. When he walked out from the back room, she told him what the parrot said.

“Ma’am, I am so sorry,” the embarrassed owner told her. “Let me deal with this parrot.” He walked over to the parrot, took him down from his perch, and carried him to the back room. A short time later the two emerged, and the owner returned a quiet parrot to his perch.

Feeling vindicated for the insult she suffered, the woman glanced over at the parrot as she walked toward the door.

“Hey, you!” the parrot called out to her.


“You know,” the parrot said.

There are certain things in life that we just know. Whenever I’m tempted to doubt the love of God, I need to take a long look at the cross and remember that Jesus demonstrated His love for me by dying there in my place.

The apostle Paul said, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NKJV).

Whatever is going on in our lives, whatever we may see in the news, we can know as Christians that “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28 NKJV). How do we know it? Because God has shown His love toward us by sending His Son, Jesus.

By Greg Laurie

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • ABDELMALEK: Sonya, Leo and Sam
  • ALEXANDER: Kate, Jezza, William & Kate
  • ATYEO: Craig, Melinda, Imogen, Gypsy and Heath
  • BARRETT: Tim, Sarah, Jemima, Matilda and Georgia


  • Pastor Rob Borgas
  • Fiona McDonald – Foundation Teacher
  • Rachel John – Library/Resources Coordinator
  • Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer



4   Calum Klose
18  Kratos Briones
22 William Linke
27 Sienna Boyd
29 Olivia Wilkinson
31 Isla Boyd
31 Olivia Harvey


2   Asia Kuchar
5   Cooper Jachmann
10  Elsa Penna
14  Alexander Johnson
18 William McCarthy
21 Kevin Zheng
23  Archie McGorman
26  Max Gaston
26  Tillie Waechter



14   Olivia Grieger
23   Aimee Gripton
25   Jadon Brandon
31   Holly Gripton


1    John Lewis



  • This week we pray for Virginia and Craig Harvey and their family on the sudden passing of Craig’s mum. 

  • We also pray for Robyn and Caitlin Rehn as they grieve following the loss of Brenton.

Principal’s News

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! A special welcome to all the new students and their families. I hope you will be truly blessed by the Good Shepherd community. This year we also had several new staff starting or taking up different roles. We welcomed Mrs Fiona McDonald as Foundation Teacher/PYP Coordinator, Mrs Jodie Hampton as Arts Teacher, Mrs Jennifer Grieger as Sports Teacher (and Foundation Teacher one day a week), Ms Danielle Pywell as Learning Support Officer and Mrs Linda Fiebiger, also Learning Support Officer. We are very blessed by the amazing staff at Good Shepherd and I know the new staff will further enhance our team.

The new learning spaces are almost completed and I could not be more delighted with the way they have turned out. The classrooms are just beautiful and incorporate the very latest research for effective teaching and learning. The corridor is bright and light filled and the deck is a peaceful and inviting additional learning area. This building project has completely transformed Good Shepherd to the extent that it looks and feels like a totally different school. I am so very grateful for the Federal Government grant that has enabled us to do this. We are currently in the process of applying for another grant for 2022 to begin the third phase of the School’s Masterplan, renovating the remaining two rooms and creating a natural play and learning space along the front of the school for the junior primary classes to open out to.  The new classrooms will be dedicated and officially opened by Mr Tony Pasin MP during our Chapel service on Friday 19th March at 9.00am. We hope that you are able to join us for this special event.

2021 is a Vintage Festival year and Good Shepherd has registered to enter a float in the parade on Saturday 17th April. So now we are calling out for fun, creative people to form a committee to design and build our float. We have had some very creative entries in previous years and this year there is a prize for best school (which we have our eyes on…). It’s always a lot of fun and a great way to be involved in the school and wider community. If this sounds like you, please let me know ASAP so we can start working on our ‘grand design’!

One of our Good Shepherd traditions is Aloha Night. If you are new to the school this is a fantastic night to start getting to know your school community and make some new friends. It’s like one great big family reunion – with the family you wish you had! After the restrictions of last year everyone is so looking forward to the opportunity of getting together again as a school and celebrating. This year Aloha is on the 12th of February starting at 4.00pm.  Aloha is a lovely evening where families can relax in our beautiful grounds (or up on the new deck) while students enjoy activities planned by the teachers. School Council and Parents and Friends put on salads and a barbecue tea. There is really nothing for you to think about other than relaxing and enjoying yourselves. I look forward to catching up with you there.


Anne Marschall

Our new staff members for 2021 were officially installed during our Opening Worship held on Wednesday 27th January 2021. Pictured from left to right: Pastor Rob Borgas, Danielle Pywell, Fiona McDonald, Linda Fiebiger, Jennifer Grieger, Selena Grundel and Jodie Hampton.

May God bless our new staff members as they serve at Good Shepherd.

Welcome to the following new students and their families:


Sarah Briones (Kratos)
Sophie and Jarrad Byrne (Lillie)
Rhiannon and Anthony Cooper (Evie)
Amy and Craig Doecke (Austin)
Jennifer and Joshua Grieger (Deacon)
Sarah and Wade Gripton (Holly)
Melissa and Damon Jachmann (Nash)
Rachel and Justin John (Harvey)
Caroline and Jonathan Kenny (Bonnie)
Cheryl and Malcom Scholz (Sophie)
Kimberley and Paul McGorman (Archie)
Kate & Sam Pritchard-Gordon (Miranda)
Traci and Adrian Rohrlach (Evelyn)
Jemma and Jarred Schroeder (Amelia)
Alana and Angus Seabrook (Sofia)
Alicia and Daniel Swincer (Isobel)

Other Year Levels

Anna and Jamie Cameron (Sarah) Year 4
Jennifer and Joshua Grieger (Tate Year 2/Olivia Year 4)
Sally Stacey and Matthew Ling (Saxon) Year 3

IB PYP Learner Profile Awards


Week 2 – Monday 1 February 2021
1/2 Zahli Schultz Thinker

Zahli problem solves carefully and creatively in class. She thinks outside the square and makes good decisions that better her own and others learning experiences.


Saxon Keys



Tate Grieger







Saxon has made an impressive start to his time at Good Shepherd.  He has taken risks as he becomes familiar with expectations and routines in the 2/3 class as well as getting to know new peers as he begins to build friendships with them.

Tate has made an impressive start to his time at Good Shepherd.  He has taken risks as he becomes familiar with his new school environment, routines, teachers and peers.  He has also demonstrated initiative in offering help around the class and company to lonely peers.  

4/5 Rian Maddern Principled Rian has settled into the 4/5 class wonderfully. He has displayed being principled by always making the right choices treating everyone fairly.
6/7 William Linke Principled

William has displayed a fantastic ability so far this year to show cooperation and leadership during break times to include others in games and teach others new skills in basketball.


Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Naomi Guglielmo’s 4/5 Class

Library News

Book Club issue 1 is out NOW! Orders need to be returned to the school or placed online by 20 February (end of week 4).

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.

Library Times for 2021

FDN – Wednesday after recess
1/2 – Wednesday after lunch
2/3 – Tuesday before lunch
4/5 – Tuesday before recess
6/7 – Tuesday before recess (after 4/5 class)


Previously, lost or unreturned readers have not incurred a cost. After some discussion at the end of last year it was decided that now lost/unreturned readers will incur a cost of $8.00 as it costs us at least this much to replace these items. Overdue notices from books still not returned from 2020 will be coming home soon. A big thank you to those families who have spoken to me and/or returned books that they found over the holidays.

P&F News

Welcome to 2021! The P&F are looking forward to the blessings of the year ahead. 

The P&F hold events throughout the year to raise additional funds for the school. In the past these events have included; Sports day cake stall, Jolly socks, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, Christmas raffle and many more. The funds raised in 2020 were used to provide additional seating in the playground, the fabulous fun day – ‘Incursion Day’, a shaded tent with the school logo on it. Each class was also given a support payment. The classes bought games, crafts, a laminator, and a class pet with the funds. 

12/02/2021 – ALOHA EVENING

To kick off the year, the School Board in conjunction with the P&F are hosting the annual ‘Aloha evening’. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new families and catch up with old friends in a relaxed setting. 


This is the P&F’s major planning meeting for 2021. The evening is held in the school staff room, commencing at 7pm. Pizza will be provided with planning to follow. I encourage all families to come along. If you are unable to attend, we would still love to hear your ideas, so please speak with either Julie Madden (P&F President) or Amanda Pech (P&F Secretary). 

27/02/2021 – ANGASTON SHOW

To begin our fund-raising efforts for the year, GSLS has secured the role of manning two of the entrance gates at the Angaston Show. We require lots of volunteers. If you could spare some time on the Saturday, it would be greatly appreciated. Please nominate your preferred hourly timeslot (from 7.00am to 3.00pm) on the volunteer slip that will be sent home today and return to the Front Office.  

26/03/2021 – SPORTS DAY

During Sports Day, the P&F will hold a ‘Cake Stall’. We sell small treats for the students and spectators. The treats include; cupcakes, biscuits and slices. Volunteers on the day will be asked to work a 30-minute shift. More information to come. 


We would like to welcome Sarah Gripton as the new Canteen Manager. The canteen will be open on Fridays (starting tomorrow). The canteen is operated by Sarah and a team of volunteers – no experience required. Start times will vary slightly from week to week but most weeks the team will start at 10.00am and be finished by 2.30pm. If you are able to help, even if just one Friday of the term, that would be greatly appreciated. Please chat with Sarah Gripton if you are keen to help out!

Please note that Mrs Gripton will have Fruit Boxes, Frozen Yoghurt and Zooper Doopers available to purchase from the Canteen on Friday mornings during Recess.  Please send correct money (if possible) with your child/ren if they would like to purchase a cool treat.
Fruit Boxes – Apple, Apple & Blackcurrant, Apple & Raspberry, Tropical and Orange. These will be $1.50 each.
Frozen Yoghurt – Mango and Strawberry. These will be $2.00 each.
Zooper Doopers – These will be 50 cents each.

Scarecrow Club

This year Good Shepherd will be entering a scarecrow in the Scarecrow Trail as a part of the Barossa Vintage Festival. From weeks 3-8, children who are interested will join the ‘Scarecrow Club’ and will create on Thursdays during Recess. 

If you have any bits and pieces lying around your place that you think could be useful for us in as we endeavour to create our Scarecrow, could you please bring them in before the end of week 4 so that we can create on behalf of the Good Shepherd community. If you have any queries regarding what might be suitable to donate or any suggestions, please contact Miss Beames.

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 or email gsls@goodshepherd.sa.edu.au.  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.

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.

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.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Good Shepherd Community, 

Welcome back to the School Year – 2021.  It seems like holidays were ages ago. Though we are just in week 2, it doesn’t take long to get back into the swing of things.  I really hope you all were able to find time for some ‘Rest and Relaxation’ over the school holiday break.  Wishing all in our school community a wonderful year.

This week’s newsletter article is on ‘Building deep emotional connections with kids’ By Parenting Ideas.

The ability to emotionally connect is a wonderful gift, and to know how to be present when our children experience different emotions throughout the day. This week’s insight helps us understand emotional connection and how they work, how to give feedback that creates connection and why positive feedback is important. Hope you enjoy the short insightful read.

Take care,

Fiona Lloyde

Building deep emotional connections with kids

Imagine your child comes to you upset that a sibling or friend has cheated in a game. There are a number of ways to respond, including telling them not to worry (“Let it go!”), advising them how to handle it (“Next time you keep the score.”) or empathising emotionally (“You must feel disappointed.”)

Each is a legitimate response for a parent and teacher to make, but only the latter builds a deep emotional connection. Importantly, the empathetic response builds a child’s or young person’s emotional intelligence as it taps into their ability to recognise current feelings.

How emotional connection works

Kids crave to be understood by others, especially by the people they love or respect. When you accurately feed back how a child or young person is feeling you demonstrate that you really care. Strong relationships are formed on the bedrock of care, kindness and compassion.

How to give emotional feedback that connects

Giving accurate emotional feedback to an upset child or teenager takes practice. It requires that you pay attention, move into the present moment, listen to a child and identify the feeling behind their words. High or loud emotions such as anger, annoyance and panic are often easier to identify than low or muted emotions such as worry, discouragement or loneliness.

An effective way to connect on emotional level is to listen to what a child has to say, and then think back to a time you were in a similar situation. Imagine if a child says they feel horrible because their friends laughed at them when they made mistake in class. Rather than respond immediately, think back to a time when you made a mistake in front of others and identify how you felt. Embarrassed, ashamed, or annoyed? “I bet that you felt embarrassed and annoyed when your friends laughed at you.” Your child may tell you that you’re off the mark, but they’ll more than likely appreciate the empathy you show.

Feed back the positive emotions too

You don’t have to wait until something challenging happens to connect with a child on an emotional level. Accurately mirror positive feelings such as relief (after a stressful situation has passed), enthusiasm (as they begin something they love doing) and chilled (as they put their feet up at the end of the day). We all experience many emotions throughout the day. The ability to accurately recognise and feed back the emotions of children and young people is a wonderful way to build connections of quality and depth.

Michael Grose

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s an award-winning speaker and the author of 12 books for parents including Spoonfed Generation, and the bestselling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It. Michael is a former teacher with 15 years experience, and has 30 years experience in parenting education. He also holds a Master of Educational Studies from Monash University specialising in parenting education.

Finance and Administration News

School Fees Term 1 2021

School account statements will be emailed to our families next week.  Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you do not receive a statement.  Payment of school fees for Term 1 are due by Friday 26th February 2021. Please contact Sarah if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.

Uniform Shop

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.

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. 

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.

2022 Enrolments

We plan to begin the process of confirming places for the 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.

Golden Years at Good Shepherd

Some of our newest Alumni members, Jesse Brandon and James Noack were confirmed by Pastor Rob Borgas at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday.  Pictured is Pastor Rob Borgas with new confirmees Jenna Habermann and Jesse Brandon.


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

Thank you to all who were able to join us on Monday for our first session back for 2021. It was lovely seeing lots of new and old faces.  We look forward to seeing you all again next Monday for ‘Firework Painting’.

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





February 7
Epiphany 6
10.30am HC
8.45am HC
February 7
Sunday Evening
7.30pm Parish AGM @ Good Shepherd Lutheran School
February 14


KEVS Service Times



Eden Valley


February 7
Epiphany 6
5.30pm 11.00am HC
9.15am HC
February 7
Sunday Evening
7.30pm Parish AGM @ Good Shepherd Lutheran School
February 14
11.00am HC
9.00am HC No Service


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