Good Shepherd Grapevine – 5 December 2019

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The 12 Symbols of Christmas

When reflecting on this week’s rattling of ‘baby’ the obvious connection that springs to mind at this time of year is the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus.

The angel Gabriel spoke to Mary.  The Angel said, ‘Mary, you will give birth to a son.  Give him the name Jesus, who is the Son of God. Luke 1:31

When preparing your home this advent season, take a moment to reflect on the celebration of God coming into our lives and hearts in all moments, places and times and the hopeful anticipation and joyful preparation of the season.

The following extracts from author Felicia Mollohan gives meaning to some of the most simple, everyday Christmas symbols and traditions that can often be lost in our busy Christmas preparations.

Evergreen Tree

An evergreen has a very appropriate name. It is ever green-always green. It does not become dormant in the winter as most other trees do.  The colour green represents new life and the needles of the evergreen always point up.  It symbolises our everlasting life with Jesus Christ.


Making cookies is a favourite pastime for most families during the Christmas season.  Cookie cutters are used to turn ordinary dough into edible masterpieces.  God doesn’t use any cookie cutters when he creates each one of us.  He makes everyone of us so special and unique.  He is the potter and we are his clay.  He wants to mold us into His masterpieces.


Ornaments are used to decorate Christmas trees each and every year.  People look for the perfect ones to fit in their tree.  Ornaments symbolise the blessings in our lives. Our lives just wouldn’t be complete without God’s blessings. Everything that we have is due to God loving us so much.  Just as ornaments are all shapes and sizes, so are his blessings.  The next time you decorate your tree, think of the blessings God has given you.


The wreath has it’s evergreen branches bent in a circle so that the ends touch, having no beginning and no end, just as there is no end to Jesus’ eternal love for us.  Just as the wreath looks the same throughout, so his word will always be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.


The bell rings out to guide his lost sheep back to the fold, signifying that all are precious in the eyes of the Lord. Jesus is our shepherd and He laid down his life for us so that we can spend eternity with Him in heaven.  He is calling us to follow him through his word.


The wise men came to visit Jesus as a young child and gave him presents. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. These men, these wise men, saw this baby and knew that He is a king, is God and that he would die for the sins of the world.

Bows and Ribbons

Many people spend hours wrapping presents, but what meaning do the bows and ribbons have? The bow ties our present with a beautiful ribbon, just as Jesus ties us together with his love. We may not be in the same family, but we are all in the family of God. Jesus is the ribbon that binds us together.


We see holly as decorations during the Christmas season, but what does it really stand for? The leaves represent the crown of thorns that was placed upon Jesus’ head as he was being crucified. The berries symbolise the blood that was shed for us. He endured criticism, excruciating pain and embarrassment all for you and I.


When a room is full of darkness it is dark, but if you light a single match in a dark room it is light.  There may be more darkness, but the light overpowers it. We are that light.  We can be the single light in a world of darkness.  We must share our light with the world.


Imagine you are a lowly shepherd watching your sheep, then all of a sudden an angel of the Lord is in the sky above you, telling you of the Saviour’s birth.  You, a shepherd? Why did God send an angel to tell shepherds? Because the message about the birth of Jesus was for ALL people. EVERYONE!

Candy Cane

The candy cane symbolises multiple things. If you hold it upright it looks like a shepherds crook.  If you turn it upside down, it looks like a ‘J’. The red and white colours are also symbolic. Red represents the blood that Jesus shed for us and the white represents the purity of Jesus. Who knew that this delicious simple candy was so profoundly symbolic of our Lord Jesus Christ and his simple birth.


The star is a heavenly sign of prophecy filled ages ago, the shining hope of all mankind.  The star led the wise men to find baby Jesus.  They travelled many miles following a star in the sky, it was their ‘guiding light’ to the saviour.  We now have God’s Word as our ‘guiding light’ to lead us to be with him. 

Adapted from ministry-to-children.com

Submitted by Rebecca Klemm
Health/PE Teacher

Prayer Corner

This fortnight, staff and students pray for:


  • DOERING:  Kylie, Sophie and Rachel
  • LEON/SCHULZE, Emma, Shaun, Cody, Natalia, Lincoln and Lawrence


  • Bec Klemm – Health/PE Teacher
  • Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher 
  • Renae Ruediger – 3/4 Teacher
  • Fiona Lloyde – Chaplain
  • Rhian Doecke – Library/LSO
  • Edith Unger – Volunteer


  • This week we pray for each of our graduating Year 7 students as they continue on their education journey to secondary school. We also pray for the other students and families that will be leaving us at the end of this year and we wish them all the best with their new ventures. Finally we pray for departing staff members Renae, Rhian, Dearne and Lara as they all move onto new chapters. We wish each of them every success for the future. 



2   Zachary Gripton
3   Rylan Barry
10  Oliver Doyban
16  Millie Scholz
17  Jed Klau
20  Aaliyah Kuhn
20  John Lewis 



1   Matilda Barrett
2   Georgia Barrett
4   Bella Harvey
6   Tom Noack
21  Leo Abdelmalek
24  Jasper Podolski


We also wish Pastor Peter Ziersch a very Happy Birthday on the 19th of December for his 70th Birthday!

Principal’s News 

Dear Parents,

What a great time we had at the Angaston Christmas Night last Friday. We really appreciated our wonderful P and F and parent volunteers who staffed the food stall through cold and rainy conditions, that’s dedication, thank you! Despite the rain lots of students, siblings and parents turned up on the night to walk in the parade, giving out Good Shepherd balloons and generally representing our gorgeous school in our town. I also appreciated those staff who volunteered their time to come along. I think the quote of the night goes to Dan Hausler. When I thanked him for coming to every single parade over the years he responded with, “that’s okay Anne because once the parade comes around, I know the end of term’s in sight!” Indeed.

The end is nearly in sight but not before the end of year rites and traditions are observed. Amongst  these is the final assembly of the term known as the Christmas Assembly. Held on the last Monday of the year, each class will present a Christmas related item. It is usually light-hearted and always a lot of fun. Following this is the Volunteer morning tea in the school library. This morning tea is hosted by the school staff to honour the many volunteers at Good Shepherd who enable us to give our school and it’s children that extra special attention that makes all the difference. Finally, on Thursday night at 7 p.m. we will hold our end of year, Graduation service. This is a compulsory school event and students are asked to attend in formal uniform. I am sometimes asked why this is a compulsory event when much of the night is centered on the year seven cohort. Put simply, it’s about saying goodbye. We pride ourselves on the warm and caring relationships across our school. We are a family. When someone leaves the family to step out into the wider world, we are there for them. Encouraging them. Honouring them. When our year sevens look out on the night into the sea of faces they should see their family, all their family. That’s why it’s an expectation. It’s who we are.

Finally, I would like to close by acknowledging the leaving staff and students. I will address the year seven students personally at the Graduation Service on Thursday night. However, we also have three students leaving Good Shepherd. Brendon Vorster joined us this year and was only with us for the year, but we are glad to have known Brendon and to have experienced his friendly personality and willingness to be involved in the life of the school. Brendon’s family are relocating to Victoria. We wish Brendon all the best at his new school. Savannah Campbell will be finishing her journey with Good Shepherd at the end of the year. Savannah has been a bright and bubbly member of the Year 1/2 class. We hope she makes many new friends as she starts at Trinity College next year. Michael Scanlon is also leaving us. Michael has been with us since Foundation and we have seen him grow into a reflective and caring student over the years forming friendships across the school. Michael will be attending Faith middle school from next year. We also wish Michael all the best at his new school. We have three staff leaving the school: Deane Prior who completed a one year contract this year is taking a contract at Horizon Christian school next year. Rhian Doecke our Library Technician/Learning Support Officer is returning to teaching at the Redeemer ELC and Renae Ruediger is leaving Good Shepherd after 7 years of faithful service to teach at St. John’s Lutheran School, Eudunda. Lara Hepner will be taking maternity leave over next year as she looks forward to the birth of her second child. We wish all students, families and staff leaving our school every blessing as they begin new chapters in their lives and thank them sincerely for their association and involvement in Good Shepherd Lutheran School.


Anne Marschall

Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Melissa Emmett’s Foundation Class

This week we asked some of the Foundation students what they knew about Christmas…


My favourite decoration is the gold star at the top of our Christmas tree.


I love going on holidays and getting presents at Christmas.


I open my advent calendar each day to count down how many days to Christmas.


At Christmas we go to Nanna and Pop’s block. I go in the boat with Dad and sometimes Mum and sometimes my little brothers and my cousins.


We celebrate Christmas because it’s Jesus’ birthday.


You spend time with your family at Christmas.


I like Christmas because you get lots of presents and stuff in your stocking.


Baby Jesus was born at Christmas.


My favourite thing to do at Christmas is to unwrap presents. When it’s Christmas Day I have to wake up early.


I know about Christmas because Jesus was born. You put a Christmas tree up and have decorations in your home.


Christmas was when baby Jesus was born. We have a special family dinner.


At Christmas I write a letter to Santa to ask for things that I need.

Cricket Knock Out Report

Last Wednesday the Good Shepherd, Light Pass and Keyneton knockout cricket team played Stella Maris in the grand final at Victoria Park oval. The Good Shepherd boys that played in the team were Zachary, James, Sam, Liam, Archie, Thomas, Ben and Fletcher. We bowled first and we had Stella Maris 5/76 at the end of their innings. James took 2 wickets, Sam took 1 wicket and took a good catch. Zachary took 1 wicket and took a good catch. Then Good Shepherd batted and were 3/92 at the end of our innings, which means that we won. Archie made 16 runs and opened the batting with me, James made 9 runs, Ben made 4 runs not out, Liam made 3 runs not out off of 4 balls. Thomas made 2 runs not out off of 3 balls, Sam made 1 run not out off of 2 balls and Zachary made 15 runs. 

On behalf of the team I would like to thank Mr Hausler for organising and coaching the team for the whole competition, the parents who helped when Mr Hausler was gone or with the girls team. I’d like to thank Mr Davies for umpiring most of the games, Mrs Gripton for scoring every game, and all of the parents for supporting the children and driving them down there. It was a really fun day and the boys all played their part and did really well. 

Zachary Gripton
Year 7 Student 

P&F News

We are excited to annouce that our highly anticipated marquee arrived in time for Faith Challenge. The marquee certainly stood out on the oval and provided a great area for the students to congregate. The installation of the new sound system in the Hub has also been completed.

There are still a limited number of the Traditional Hampers for $40 available.  To ensure you don’t miss out please contact the school or Sarah Gripton ASAP.

The P&F wish you all a Merry Christmas and safe holidays.

Amanda Pech
P&F President 

Student Awards

The following students received Learner Profile awards:

Monday 25 November 2019

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Zeke Osborne – Risk Taker – Zeke has grown in confidence with taking risks in your learning and attempting tasks independently that may seem hard at first. You voice your opinions bravely.

1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Ava McGorman – Open Minded – Ava works well with a wide range of peers. She thoughtfully considers the ideas and opinions of others and values each person’s contribution when working in a small group.

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Jemima Pritchard-Gordon – Caring – Jemima was caring when she asked Grace if she was okay when she looked sad.
Richie Liu – Caring – Luke acknowledged Richie for being caring when he did a king swap in four square. 
Dakota Paloff – Knowledgeable – Dakota was knowledgeable when she gave change to someone at her shop. 

5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Mason Lade – Communicator – Mason has been putting in a consistent effort to communicate in effective and creative ways.  It is great to hear him sing enthusiastically during chapel and he communicated a strong understanding of elements relating to federal political parties.

6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Jesse Brandon – Inquirer – Jesse was an inquirer by researching and collecting lots of information about federal, state and local Government for our unit of inquiry. He also asked questions to get a better understanding on the task.

Monday 2 December 2019

Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Spencer Pech – Principled – Spencer is respectful towards the property of others and of the school. He tells the truth and is fair and acts with a strong sense of fairness and justice. 

1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Sienna Boyd – Knowledgeable – Sienna showed she was a comunicator when she confidently put her hand up to add to our class dsicussions. She listens carefully to others and akss questions to further her understanding. 

3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Tom Noack – Caring – Deegan says that “Tom is caring everytime I’m hurt. I can rely on him he is the nicest person that I know. “
Calum Klose – Knowledgeable – Calum was knowledgeable when he worked out the correct change in Maths.
Sienna McMartin – Knowledgeable – Sienna was knowledgeable when she noticed that the wrong change had been given.
Emma Scholz – Risk Taker – Emma was a risk taker when she spoke at assembly.
Mitchell Mathews – Knowledgeable – Mitchell was knowledgeable when he was exploring Click Battle Madness in Maths.

5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Kaitlin Schultz – Balanced – 
Kaitlin has demonstrated that she is balanced across a variety of fields.  She puts effort into doing her best at whatever she tries whether that be her schoolwork, the cricket tournament or working towards the bake sale.

 6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
 Michael Scanlon – Knowledgeable – Michael has been knowledgeable as he has shown much improvement in Maths this year.

Chaplain’s News

Dear Families,

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year’.

I am excited to inform our school community that next year we will have an added touch to our ‘Chaplains Corner’.  We will be able to access information from ‘Parenting place.’

This will allow all families to easily access information on family and parenting ideas online.

Also, watch this space… I am looking at setting up a ‘Ubuntu’ coffee group for our school community.

Ubuntu means “I am, because you are”. In fact, the word ubuntu is part of the Zulu phrase “Umumntu ngumuntu ngabantu”, which literally means that a person is a person through other people. Community, is one of the building blocks of society. It’s a beautiful and old concept. At its most basic, Ubuntu can be translated to “human kindness,” but its meaning is much bigger than that. It embodies the ideas of connection, community, and mutual caring for all. So…with this in mind I hope to bring this concept into our school community.

*I will let you all know more earlier in the year.

This week’s newsletter article comes from ‘The word for today daily devotion’ (Vision FM). 

The Real Story of Christmas

‘All who heard it were amazed’. Luke 2-18 

To fully appreciate the story of Christmas, you must look at four things:

(1) Who Gad called to tell the story. Shepherds! In first-century Palestine they were considered to be the lowest in society. Yet God picked them to tell the greatest story. Perhaps that’s because some of us would have debated the story or even denied it. Not them: ‘They spread the word’ (Luke 2:17 NIV). This answers the question, ‘Could God use someone like me?’ Yes, you don’t need to be a scholar. Just tell people what you’ve seen and heard, and the change Jesus has made in your life.

(2) The response of those who heard the story. ‘All who heard it were amazed.’ The grace of God is amazing: ‘God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation’ (2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV). The Gospel is not good advice, it’s good news! Your sin debt is cancelled; your books are reconciled; and with God, by putting your trust in Christ it doesn’t get any better!

(3) Mary’s part in the story. ‘Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’ (Luke 2:10 NIV). She wanted to understand what God was doing, and how it related to her. And you need to do that too. God doesn’t change, but He moves, and you have to stay in step with Him. There were many things Mary didn’t understand about God’s will, but she accepted and obeyed it. And that’s what God is asking of you too.

(4) Christmas is a time for giving. Just like God gifted us Jesus, we can give love too. It may not be the ultimate love that Christ gave and continues to give (Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come! Revelation 4:9), but the power of love during this Christmas season (and hopefully throughout the whole year) is something that we can spread!

Merry Christmas to the Good Shepherd community, your family and all those in your life, may God’s love shine and his blessing be with you over this Christmas season!

Fiona Lloyde


Angaston Christmas Town Night Parade

A sprinkling of rain did not dampen the spirits of our students and families as they eagerly participated in the parade during the Angaston Christmas Town Night on Friday evening. Our cascade of blue balloons (thank you Tracy 😁) certainly brought much joy and Christmas cheer to those in our community.

Canteen News 

RECESS: Dixie Cup Sundae $1.50
LUNCH: Hot Dogs $3.00




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, Pine Orange] Soda Water Cans $2.00
Chocolate & Strawberry Milk $2.00

Quelch Fruit Ice Sticks and Zooper Doopers (50 cents each) are available to purchase at lunch time.

Finance and Administration News


Term 4 School Fees are Now Overdue
Please contact Sarah Loveday if you are unable to finalise payment of your school fees by Thursday 12th December 2019.

2020 Enrolments
If you have not yet enrolled your child for 2020 please see Danette at the Front Office ASAP.

We also 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.

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.

The Skoolbag App—FREE
For quick notifications of alerts, newsletters, canteen and playgroup information directly to your phone.  Advising school of your child’s absence is quick and easy with the e.form available.

Local Church Services Times

Angaston Parish Service Times


Date Angaston Gruenberg Gnadenberg
December 8
Advent 2
8.45am HC  10.30am HC
December 8 7.00pm Carols at Angaston Town Hall
December 15
Advent 3
10.30am Lessons & Carols 8.45am
Family Service
Lessons & Carols
December 15 8.00pm Candlelight Service at Strait Gate
December 16 8.30pm “Follow the Star” at Moculta


KEVS Service Times


Date Keyneton Eden Valley Springton
December 8
Advent 2
9.00am HC 5.30pm 11.00am HC
December 8 7.00pm Carols at Angaston Town Hall
December 15
Advent 3
5.30pm 11.00am 9.15am HC
December 15 8.00pm Candlelight Service at Strait Gate
December 16 8.30pm “Follow the Star” at Moculta


Playgroup News

Monday 9 December

 Christmas Party

This is our final playgroup for the year. Thank you to all the families that have supported us during the year. A special thank you to Bec Bawden who has worked tirelessly to make playgroup such a wonderful and fun experience for our youngest learners. We look forward to seeing you all back next year.

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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