In the Crumbling, Christ is the Constant
“He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 (CSB)
Add it to the list, I said to myself, making yet another note of something that needed my attention. Somewhere after “study the Bible more” and “read to the kids,” I added another item: “Eat more vegetables.”
Before putting the list away, I thought of something else: “Work on being a better listener.”
Perhaps the saying is true that we’re our own worst critics, but despite how hard I try, sometimes it feels like every area is sort of falling apart.
Sitting there in what was supposed to be a moment of self-reflection, my attempt at fixing things turned into shame and discouragement. I was reminded of everything I’m not doing well, everything I had said I’d do for months — who am I kidding, for years now.
Sinking into a bout of self-pity, I needed to remember the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how gloomy things feel or how badly I believe I’m doing, Jesus is there, ever bright, ever loving.
It’s during those moments when we seem to be failing at all the important things, that we need to take our eyes off of us and put them on Christ. He’s still good.
He’s our constant.
When I only look at what I’m not, the entrapment of my perceived failures keeps me focused on the shadows in the tunnel instead of seeing His hope-filled light. Sometimes the way out is merely a perspective change. I can beat myself up about too many French fries and not enough quality time, or I can look to Jesus, letting His light pierce through my dark moment and guide me closer to Him.
Colossians 1:17 tells us, “He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.”
That includes me! I may be struggling to hold things together, but the Lover of my soul holds all things together.
When we commit to Him our victories, our failures and our efforts that land somewhere in the middle, He holds them together.
The verse says He’s before all things. Jesus knew our struggles long before we knew them, and He’s rooting for us to see beyond those struggles and look to Him. If we take our gaze off of all that we’re not, we can embrace who He says we are.
Though we may need to work on our friendships, Jesus says we’re His friends. (John 15:15)
When we feel disconnected and inadequate, He says we’re branches of the true vine, able to bear fruit in Him. (John 15:1, 5)
While we’re being hard on ourselves and sparing all grace, Christ says there’s no condemnation for those in Him. (Romans 8:1)
There are times when it feels like everything is either falling apart or, at best, an extremely long work in progress. Even then, though, Jesus is solid, and He offers strength that will carry us through.
He’s our constant.
I don’t have to have it all together. I just have to know the One who does. He’s there whether I’m checking all the boxes or barely making it along. I know He wants me to be a better friend, wife, mom and servant, but I’ll only become better by looking toward the Light, the Refiner.
See, when I make my struggles all about me, it becomes harder and harder to pull myself out. But when I connect my unmet desires to His desires for me, I gain strength to keep pushing. He wants us to succeed!
There will be more days when I wonder, Am I being a good friend? Am I giving enough? The answer may very well be “no,” but you know what? I can praise God that He gives me a mind to even care about those things. I can look to Him with a soft heart and let His Word show me how to get to where I need to be.
When we become better for those around us and can say Jesus is the reason, He gets the glory, and our struggle is not in vain.
Lord, help me to see that Your greatness outweighs my shortcomings, and You’re right here with me as I grow to become more like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Taken from Jasmine Williams from Proverbs 31 Ministries
Submitted by Naomi Guglielmo
4/5 Class Teacher
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- BRIONES: Sarah, Kratos, Ezrela & Savarni
- BROOKS: Sarah, Rodney, Chase, Parker & Lily
- BUTLER: Renee, Shane, Mackenzie, Charlotte & Parker
- BYRNE: Sophie, Jarrad, Tiarah, Lillie, Jack & Gracie
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Danette Mifflin – Administration
- Naomi Guglielmo – 4/5 Teacher
- Lara Hepner – LOTE Teacher
3 Deacon Grieger
3 Priya Rathjen
9 Amelia Emmett
16 Amelia Schroeder
18 Sarah Cameron
23 Zack Hunter
26 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon
28 Parker Brooks
31 Samuel Spiteri
1 Heath Atyeo
8 Jobe Rathjen
15 William Linke
17 Karlo Scholz
21 Calum Klose
22 Georgia Leggett
29 Erin Heinrich
This week we pray for our 2021 Student Representative Council members as they use their God given gifts to serve our school community, uphold the values and expectations of the school, support their peers and be outstanding role models.
It was a fantastic day on Saturday for the annual Angaston Show and the this was reflected in the big crowd that turned up for the day. Once again Good Shepherd joined forces with our partners at the Angaston Early Learning Centre and OSHC to provide free opportunities for children to get creative while mums and dads rested their feet and chatted to us about the school. I am very grateful to the school staff who gave up part of their Saturday to support Good Shepherd in our local community. It’s not only our staff who go above and beyond, our parents do too. We are blessed with a dedicated P and F and many parent volunteers. Parents manned the gates at the Show all day to raise money for the school. You are all deeply appreciated in your service to Good Shepherd.
The next community event that we will be involved in is the Barossa Vintage Festival Parade, Saturday 17th April. You will have received a letter last week calling for interested students to dress up and be part of the fun riding in the parade on the Good Shepherd float. Our theme this year is ‘the Good Shepherd Garden’. The float will be decorated with foliage and transformed into a colourful garden. The students can dress as fairies, gnomes, elves and gardeners. The Vintage Float Crew have already had one meeting where ideas flowed thick and fast. Stay tuned for more information or better yet join the crew and be part of the fun!
We have had lots of lovely comments about the new build and the overall presentation of the school. It is certainly bright, light filled and modern. The educational rationale behind the classrooms is for the glass doors to open out enabling classes to collaborate together or utilise the additional learning spaces on the deck or in the corridor. Conversely, the doors can slide back in to create intimate class spaces again. The spaces work really well for teaching and learning and the students and teachers love it. The official opening and dedication will be held on Friday 19th March during Chapel followed by morning tea and tours of the school. If you are aware of any families who are considering a Good Shepherd education please encourage them to join one of the tours on the day.
This week parents of students in years 3, 5 and 7 will have received information about participation in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The tests are conducted in the week commencing the 11th May and are held online. The tests cover reading, writing, conventions of language and numeracy. The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. This information adds to the data that teachers collect on an ongoing basis to track student progress. All students in Years 3,5 and 7 are expected to participate in NAPLAN. If you believe your child should be withdrawn or exempt from participating in NAPLAN this year, please see me ASAP so that the appropriate forms can be completed.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 5 – Monday 22 February 2021|
|FDN||Evie Rohrlach||Knowledgeable||Evie has so much knowledge about the world around her. She happily shares her observations with the group and is always keen to learn more. Evie is open to new ideas and easily builds on her understandings quickly and always with a huge smile on her face!|
|1/2||Sophie Pitman||Communicator||Sophie makes excellent efforts to include others both in during play and learning. She gently supports others and has been learning how to share her ideas with confidence.|
Charli listened well, took on feedback and showed persistence when completing high jump last week. She reflected on the advice to help her improve her ‘take off’ and perfected taking off on the correct foot.
Amelia has approached all school tasks in a principled fashion. She settles to work quickly, always tries to complete her work at a high standard and often uses initiative around the classroom.
|4/5||Mitchell Mathews||Communicator||Mitchell has displayed outstanding communication skills during our Unit of Inquiry project this week. He worked productively in his group, and communicated with his group members respectfully to ensure their success.|
|Chase has demonstrated being principled this school year, taking responsibility for his actions and displaying honesty when communicating about times he was in the wrong or acted unfairly.|
Classroom Snapshot – Ms Abby Beames 1/2 Class
Measuring in Maths!
The year 1/2 Supercats have begun their new maths unit on Measurement this week. The first investigation was all about length and was conducted with the 2/3 class. Students were able to use all different kinds of tools to measure with; blocks, golf tees, rulers, and bottle caps, to name a few! They were then asked to record their findings by writing in sentences about the object, its length and the units that were used to measure it. The students are very excited to continue this investigation over the next couple of weeks.
Swimming Week 2021
This week our students have been having a splashing time during swimming lessons at The Rex.
On Friday 26th February Sam Swincer represented Good Shepherd Lutheran School during the SAPSASA swimming try outs held at the Nuriootpa War Memorial Pool.
Sam had a good swim in the 50m freestyle and has been selected as part of the freestyle relay team which will compete at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre later this month.
We wish you all the best in your relay swim, Sam!
Thank you to all the people that volunteered their time on Saturday, to help ‘man’ the gates at the Angaston Show. With everyone’s efforts, we managed to raise $500! This money will go toward projects around the school. Pictured below are Jaymee and Julie having a blast volunteering.
This was somewhat of a ‘changing of the guards’, as Jaymee completed her last shift after many years of volunteering on behalf of the Good Shepherd family at the Angaston Show gates. For our newly appointed President this was her first opportunity to volunteer to work at the gates since joining the Good Shepherd family.
Next Meeting (15/3/2021)
Please mark in your diaries that the next P&F meeting is on Monday 15th March at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the staff room. All are welcome.
Hot Cross Buns (24/3/2021)
Yes, you saw right, Hot Cross Buns! D&Ms are kindly providing delicious 6 packs of Hot Cross Buns. The buns are available in the following varieties; with fruit, fruitless or choc chip. An order form was sent home during the week, however additional forms are available from the Front Office. Please ensure the order form is returned to the Front Office by Wednesday 24th March to avoid missing out.
Sports Day (26/3/2021)
Watch this space! Details to come in the next Newsletter.
2021 Student Representative Council
During week 5 our SRC members were presented with their official name badges.
SRC Reps: Zahli Schultz, Bella Cooper, Olivia Harvey, Rachel Doering, Jasper Podolski, Bailey Johnson, Max Gaston, Priya Rathjen, William McCarthy (SRC President), Millie Scholz, Olivia Grieger.
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 email@example.com. 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.
With the weather warming up it is really important that all students bring sufficient water into school to keep them well hydrated. Bottles can be refilled at the water fountains during the day.
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.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Who can believe we are over the halfway mark of term One? Time flies when you are having fun.
This week’s newsletter is about, ‘how to help your child become the best student they can be’…..
Michael Grose the founder of parenting ideas talks about how it’s tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority. However, he continues to say, “ this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It is wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person to become the best student they can”.
He gives us some ideas on the how. Enjoy the read.
Have a wonderful rest of the week,
Helping your child become the best student they can be
The new school year is full of excitement and possibility for students and parents. Regardless of how a child or young person has previously performed, this year offers a chance to set a new course.
While it’s tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority, this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It’s wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person become the best student they can be. Here’s how.
The rapidly changing world and workforce that your child will enter requires that they have a willingness to continually learn and adapt. The concept of a lifelong learner, previously lauded by educators with an eye to the future, has now become a reality. Learning and continual improvement should be embedded in each child’s psyche so that school life is just a starting point to a lifetime of learning, growth and development. Help your child see themselves as successful learners who achieve results through hard work and application, and that nothing is beyond them if they apply themselves.
Leadership is required in all walks of life including at school, at work, in families and in the wider community. Help your child see themselves as a leader by focusing on personal leadership capacities such as planning ahead, communicating clearly, being accountable for their behaviour, developing emotional awareness and fostering good relationships with siblings and peers. Personal leadership development provides a strong foundation for the development of leadership skills in more public forums in later life.
The school years are critical for the development of independence, which can easily be closed down by the roadblocks of impatience, overindulgence, fear and lack of time. Alternatively, independence is promoted when we show patience, provide opportunity, display confidence and teach students how.
If there is one difference that modern schooling is making to the next generation it’s in the leadership they have shown in recent years to the maintenance of mental health and wellbeing practises. Parents can support their child’s long term wellbeing by embedding wellbeing habits including healthy eating, exercise, sleep, relaxation techniques, regular time in nature, gratitude and mindfulness.
If you want your child to be liked by others, it’s essential to spend time and effort developing the skills and attitudes needed to succeed. Develop in them an awareness of how their behaviour impacts on others, instil manners and community-mindedness and develop a broad range of friendship skills that will assist them to relate well to others.
2020 showed us life is unpredictable, full of ups and downs, straight balls and curve balls. It’s the unpredictability, the downs and the curve balls that develop kids’ resilience. How parents and teachers react to the hardships, frustrations and difficulties kids face either hamper or foster resilience. Spoil, overprotect or pamper and growth opportunities are wasted. Support, encourage and teach kids to cope and you’ll be helping them develop a real sense of psychological hardiness and resilience that’s essential for long term happiness and success.
Make this year a memorable one by helping your child grow and develop into the best student they can be. Keep the focus broad and do all you can to ensure that your child sees themselves as a confident and continuous learner.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees Term 1 2021
Please note payment of school fees for Term 1 are now overdue. Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday 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 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
We would love for our Alumni to share in the excitement as we officially unveil our brand new learning spaces at Good Shepherd. Celebrations commence at 9.00am with our opening service followed by a tour and morning tea on the new deck. What better way to reminisce and catch up with past scholars.
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
It was great to see so many new faces at playgroup over the past few weeks. Our playgroup learner’s have been busy with nail weaving and this week they made counting octopus.
Due to the Public Holiday on Monday, our next Playgroup session will be held on Monday 15th March and we look forward to seeing you all again then.
Please contact our Playgroup Co-ordinator, Bec Bawden if you have any questions on 0427 538 371.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
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KEVS Service Times
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