Good Shepherd Grapevine – 4 June 2020
I don’t know about you, but I can not wait for the long weekend! Jules and myself are bursting out of this self-isolation bubble and travelling to the coast to enjoy some fishing, country hospitality and the company of good friends. It feels like the government has been in control of how I have had to live in regards to my social life over the last few months and have made decisions that have puzzled me on occasions – and I have found that hard at times. The government had their reasons, and I am glad they did take a strong stance as I am very impressed with how few cases of COVID-19 we had in South Australia. We aren’t back to life as we knew it yet though (the lack of hot air balloons in the sky on our crisp and calm winter mornings are evidence of that), but we are slowly being handed our lives back. I guess we can feel like that at times in regards to our faith. We want a clear picture of where we are heading and a map to tell us how to get there. Sometimes we can become troubled and frustrated because we are moving in a direction that goes against what we were initially hoping. The tricky part is, God is the only one who truly knows what lies ahead of us. The following devotion reminds us that we can find our destiny in the simplest of daily tasks.
Looking For Donkeys–And Discovering Your Destiny
The Word for Today (https://vision.org.au/the-word-for-today/ )
‘Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head.’ 1 Samuel 10:1 NKJV
Here’s the remarkable story of how Saul became Israel’s first king. He was out scouring the countryside for his father’s lost donkeys when he met the prophet Samuel. ‘Samuel said to Saul, “Tell the servant to go on ahead of us.” And he went on. “But you stand here awhile, that I may announce to you the word of God.” Then Samuel took… oil and poured it on his head, and… said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?”’ (1 Samuel 9:27–10:1 NKJV)
Think about it: Saul went out looking for donkeys—and discovered his destiny! And it can happen to you too! God has a habit of calling people who are busy doing other things. James and John were mending their fishing nets, Matthew was collecting taxes, Elisha was farming, and Saul was out looking for his father’s lost donkeys. It was just another day on the job, working to make a living. But when God has a destiny for you, and a date on His calendar with your name on it, He will come and get you.
You say, ‘But I’m nobody special!’ That’s what Saul said too: ‘Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin?’ (1 Samuel 9:21 NKJV) Your social status doesn’t limit God. When He has a plan in mind for you, He will reach into the background and bring you into the foreground.
So stay faithful, keep serving Him, and your time will come!
Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing an enjoyable long weekend.
Daniel Hausler – 3/4 Teacher
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- KLEMM: Rebecca, Ben, Amelia, Charlie & Matilda
- KLOSE: Jaymee, Shawn, Maya & Calum
- KUCHAR: Sarah, Chris, Romek, Piotr & Asia
- KUHN: Rachel, Steven & Aaliyah
- Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
- Melissa Emmett – Foundation Teacher
- Fiona Lloyde – School Chaplain
- Rebecca Klemm – PE Teacher & PYP/Curriculum Coordinator
- Danette Mifflin – Administration
- Renee Barry – LSO
This week we pray for the Emmett family who were involved in a vehicle accident on their way home from school earlier this week. We are very thankful that no-one sustained any major injuries and hope that they can get back ‘on the road’ soon.
9 Richie Liu
10 Natalia Leon
12 Will Pitman
14 Jesse Brandon
14 Charli McGorman
17 Aimee Gripton
17 Annabel Lloyd
24 Mitchell Mathews
28 Dylan Leggett
1 Benjamin Noack
Last Friday we celebrated House Day across the school. Students arrived proudly wearing their House colours of red, yellow and green and friendly rivalry was evident between staff and students in every class. All the acts had been pre-recorded either at home or under the direction of Mr Evans and the House Captains. During the afternoon each class sat down at the same time to watch the various talents within our school community. There was much laughter as we appreciated each other and the gifts that we bring to this beautiful community. It was a wonderful morale booster! I am very grateful that we live in a time where technology enables us to still celebrate the traditions of our school, albeit a little differently. I am also very grateful to Mr Evans and the House Captains for giving up so much of their time to coordinate this event. It involved many hours of editing to pull it all together. I hope you were able to access the link and view it from home. Congratulations to the winning House, Fife, and all students who participated.
In my last newsletter I mentioned the leadership shown by our senior students. This week I want to highlight the students on the Student Representative Committee (SRC) and the positive difference they make within our school. The SRC meet fortnightly to share ideas and/or challenges that arise in their individual class meetings and share ways to work through these. Recently they brought up the problem of the tree rule at Good Shepherd. Good Shepherd has several trees that would be fabulous to climb but the school has always had a blanket rule that students must not climb the trees. The SRC wanted me to reverse this rule but rather than just asking for this they did their homework and presented me with a comprehensive and persuasive letter. In this letter they pointed out that they had examined all the trees and found six that would be very safe and suitable to climb. To ensure that students only climbed to a safe height they decided that this could be highlighted with a piece of duct tape and the six climbing trees would be clearly signposted. They would also make up signs for the entrance to the playground so that staff and students would quickly become aware of the new rule. How amazing are our kids?! They set realistic goals that make things better for everyone, take ownership about how to make it happen from researching to planning and creating the necessary signage. By doing this they are leading a positive change that not only benefits themselves but also their peers and countless students for years to come at Good Shepherd.
This week we welcomed our midyear intake of students in the Foundation class. We are one of the few schools to offer a mid-year intake at Foundation. We still have some places left as this is a very small class even with the July intake (13 in all.) So, if you are aware of a family who are contemplating the option of a midyear (six term) Foundation year please encourage them to contact the school ASAP. In a similar vein, our 2021 Foundation class is quickly filling and at this point is close to our capacity of 20 students. If you are aware of anyone who is considering enrolling at our wonderful school, please encourage them to book a personal tour to avoid potential disappointment.
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Daniel Hausler’s 3/4 Class
The Year 3/4 class have had a very busy couple of weeks as they have gone about producing some amazing work across a number of inquiry units. During “Sharing the planet” the students inquired into the importance of environmental sustainability and discovered ways that we can be more environmentally sustainable. They then used the knowledge they had gained from the unit to design and create a model of a house that contained environmentally sustainable features.
Deegan – “I learnt that sustainability means to do things that don’t involve pollution.”
Priya – “I included chickens, compost heaps, a vegetable patch and double glazed windows on the model I created of a sustainable house. The double glazed windows make it harder for the temperature to go up or down quickly inside a house.”
Parker – “Sustainability is important for future generations.”
During mathematics students have been looking at the features of shapes. They considered the types of shapes used in the construction of buildings and structures. They have identified the features of 3D shapes and begun exploring elements of area and perimeter. As part of this unit the students created a 3D shape mobile.
Campbell – “I have learnt that vertices are a technical name for corners.”
Dakota – “I have learnt the cube has 6 faces.”
Mitchell – “There are lots of different types of shapes and they can be 3D or 2D”
The students have recently commenced their “Who we are” unit of inquiry. During this unit they are exploring the central idea stating “Indigenous people belong to country”. To help us inquire during this unit the students listened to Paul Kelly’s song “From little things big things grow”. Students explored and discussed Vincent Lingiarri’s journey, why this was important for Indigenous people and how it impacted upon Australia. Students then created art pieces that reflected the message they took from the song as part of Reconciliation Day activities.
Georgia – “I learnt that the song talked about a story and you really have to listen to the words to understand the story.”
Brodie – “I learnt that Reconciliation Day is a day where we say sorry to the Aboriginal people for taking their land.”
Grace– “The song taught me a bit about what Aboriginal people have gone through and that the invasion wasn’t the worst part.”
National Reconciliation Week
This week our students acknowledged and recognised National Reconciliation Week by participating in a variety of activities from designing boomerangs, painting posters using Aboriginal symbols and a collaborative hand print banner. Our 5/6 and 6/7 classes have been experimenting with weaving in the Arts with Mrs Wundersitz and they will continue to build up skills to make their own artefacts in the next few weeks.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 5 – Monday 25 May 2020|
|FDN||Zahli||Risk Taker||Zahli shows courage in how she approaches her learning. She voices her opinions bravely and has a go at new activities with confidence.|
Sean intentionally listens to instructions and ideas, creating and expressing his learning confidently. He is also excellent at and very committed to greeting others and blessing them in Deutsch!
Olivia takes time to consider the perspectives and feelings of others. She works particularly hard and always sets a positive example for her classmates.
|3/4||Brodie||Principled||Brodie worked extremely well across a number of curriculum areas during the week. He displayed fantastic behaviour and carefully created excellent work samples.|
|5/6||Olivia||Knowledgeable||Olivia’s presentation on bushfires for our Unit of Inquiry assessment was fantastic. She demonstrated an excellent understanding of bushfires and how people respond to the changes that occur during a bushfire.|
|6/7||Mackenzie||Communicator||Mackenzie displayed great communication this term through her work as House Captain. She also displayed great leadership with her work during our buddy|
|Week 6 – Monday 1 June 2020|
|FDN||Isla||Communicator||Isla expresses her ideas, yet patiently waits for her turn and listens to others. She is kind and caring towards others, often guiding others to do the right thing. She helps others without being asked.|
Alex consistently acts out of respect for himself, others and the school environment. He seeks justice and looks after others, being honest and taking responsibility for his actions.
Charlie is developing an enthusiasm for reading as he reflects on his learning. Charlie is working hard to grow and achieve his goals with an open mind.
|3/4||Sam||Caring||It was wonderful to see Sam showing care for his peers in a variety of ways during the week.|
|5/6||William M||Thinker||William displayed being a global thinker with his knowledge and ability to look into the perspectives of Indigenous Australians.|
|6/7||William L||Knowledgeable||William produced an outstanding comic strip illustrating the story of how Lutherans came to South Australia. He put 100% effort into his drawings, and all of his facts were correct.|
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
It is week ‘six’, and slowly but surely life back in our school is going pretty well.
This week, I have chosen an article from Parenting Place. It includes interesting points that we could take on as we move forward from the changes COVID-19 has bought. As well as information on anxiety.
Last Friday your class carers sent out a little pack and note saying –
‘Sending a bit of love and comfort your way’. Just to let you know we care for you! – Hope you liked it.
(Leaving a contact detail list of all of the careers in our school community, so if you need to contact them you can).
‘TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY’
I really do hope you are all taking good care of yourself and your community. Don’t forget that when you take care of yourself, then you are able to take care of others.
Did you know that before the emergence of COVID-19, the most common mental health problem is anxiety disorders. The figures are alarming.
Environmental factors that may increase the risk of anxiety disorders include, early traumas and life experience. There may also be a genetic component to anxiety disorders. Resent research attributes 30 to 50 percent to heritability for anxiety disorders.
The neuroanatomy of fear involves many regions of the brain, including the amygdala. Our brain plays a major role in mediating fear and other emotions. Anxiety disorders impact children and adults and may be manifested by excessive fear and avoidance. According to the Mayo clinic, symptoms of anxiety include sleep issues, challenges on thinking/focusing on thoughts that triggers worrying, sweating, trembling and the list goes on.
Managing normal anxiety, there are a few steps you could put in place, such as getting enough sleep, good nutrition, and regular exercise. Make time for fun and relaxation. Remember it is important to identify what is triggering the feelings of apprehension and create a plan… one that works for you.
Experiencing anxiety now and then is a normal part of life. It is not unusual to temporarily feel anxious when facing stressful situations, uncertainty or extreme challenges. The emotions of anxiety and fear in confronting a real threat are part of the survival instinct.
Anxiety might become problematic when it becomes persistent or impairs day-to-day tasks, performing at work or school, rational decision-making, and maintaining healthy relationships. In those cases, there is no stigma in seeking out professional assistance- mental health is as important as physical health.
Take care everybody,
We are still limiting the number of adults entering the school at present.
Parents are asked to only enter the school if you need to.
We also request that you utilise the ‘kiss and drop’ drive through (outside the Atrium) to drop off/pick up your children.
Book Fair is Back!
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 expanding our non-fiction collection. This year we hope to expand our Graphic Novel collection.
Due to current restrictions we ask that, where it is suitable, you simply send your child in with some money if they wish to purchase at the Fair. Senior students and I will be on hand to help with all purchases and choosing of books should your child need any help.
When: Tuesday 16th June – Thursday 18th June
Times: 8:30am–8:55am, 1st half of Recess, 3:30pm–4.00pm.
Just a reminder that Book Club orders need to be returned to the school by Friday 12th 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.
International ICAS assessments
A letter has been sent home this week 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. See letter for details.
Library and Resources Coordinator
Uniform Shop Open
We are pleased to advise that our lovely Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia will be back in the Uniform Shop every Monday from 3.15 to 3.45pm.
Please note that entry to the Uniform Shop is limited to one person at a time.
Thank you for being patient with us!
BYO Gum Boots
Recent rain has brought our creek bed to life and it has been a very attractive area for our students to explore and discover during recess and lunch breaks. We certainly encourage our student’s natural curiosity and ask that you provide gum boots for your child to wear at school during breaks if they would like to use this area. Please ensure boots are named.
Swimming and Camp Fees
Any fees that may have already been paid towards swimming lessons or the 5/6/7 camp will be credited to school accounts. If your account is in credit and you would like to arrange a refund please send an email to our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure that you also provide bank account details.
School fees for Term 2 are now overdue. Please contact Sarah Loveday to discuss alternative payment arrangements if required.
We are very mindful of the increasing economic impact that COVID-19 is having on many of our school families. Please be assured that we understand. We have directly contacted those families that we are aware of who are experiencing financial stress to offer support. If you are also finding this time financially challenging, and have not yet been contacted, please make it a priority to contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday, for a confidential discussion about how we will support you.
School Card Scheme 2020
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.