Good Shepherd Grapevine – 5 March 2020
Natural disasters, pandemics, violence, scandals, political uncertainty, climate change, stock-market crashes, war, poverty.
It seems that our world is experiencing a plethora of problems, many of which members of our community have experienced first-hand.
It is easy to become despondent. Too much suffering, too much anger, too much to fix, a lost cause.
But that’s just it, you see. Why would we need a loving God if we could solve all the world’s problems ourselves? Awful things that we can’t fix are happening all the time. The world is a lost cause. But, mercifully, in walks Jesus.
Jesus, God’s son, our only hope.
“…we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Paul wrote those words in his letter to the Romans (chapter 5).
As Easter approaches, and many of us are overwhelmed by suffering, we can lay our hurt at the foot of the cross. There, Jesus endures the suffering for us, defeats death for us, and offers true, eternal hope.
Submitted by Josie Wundersitz (Arts Teacher)
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- BRANDON: Deborah, Joel, Jesse and Jadon
- BROOKS: Sarah, Rodney, Chase, Parker, Lily
- COOPER: Rhiannon, Anthony, Bella, Evie & Ethan
- DAVIES: Jessica, Simon, Harrison & Archie
- Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
- John Morgan – Groundsman
- Josie Wundersitz – The Arts
- Danette Mifflin – Administration
- We pray for all of our students participating in Sports Day tomorrow. May they be blessed with strong arms, fast legs and a sense of achievement with every activity they complete.
3 Priya Rathjen
9 Amelia Emmett
14 Isabella Mathews
18 Thomas Gaston
23 Zack Hunter
26 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon
28 Parker Brooks
1 Heath Atyeo
15 William Linke
17 Emma Scholz
21 Calum Klose
22 Georgia Leggett
29 Erin Heinrich
Did you know that Good Shepherd Lutheran School has a ‘Wellbeing Subcommittee’? We actually have a number of subcommittees that work together for the good of the school but today I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the Wellbeing Subcommittee and what they do. This subcommittee meets every term. As with all the subcommittees, the facilitator is a member of the GSLS School Board (Kylie Heinrich). The other members are Zac Osborne, Jenelle Draper, Fiona Lloyde, Dan Hausler, Pastor Rob and myself.
Our agenda each meeting is developed from the GSLS strategic plan: ‘Mission and Ministry’ and we work together to intentionally ensure the visions in this document ‘come to life’ at Good Shepherd. Last year one of the major goals was to review the format and structure of worship in our school. We also looked at how we can better support families leading to a review of the class carer program and rewriting of the class carer booklet. We also purchased membership of a resource for families, http://www.parentingideas.com.au/ giving our community access to blog posts, webinars and articles to support families.
This year we are looking at how we can strengthen our connections with the congregations that support the school in addition to the Parish service held each September. One initiative that we will start is to invite a congregation each term to attend a Friday chapel service. At the service we will ask a representative from the congregation to briefly share a little about their church and pray for our school. Our school captains will then pray for the represented congregation. We believe there are many more ways in which we can foster stronger relationships with our supporting congregations and we are excited to explore this further as the year progresses.
Also, this year we are implementing a new program, Friendly Schools, which is a whole school approach to increasing social/emotional wellbeing and preventing bullying. Ultimately it will give us a consistent, common approach across the school. It is a long term, comprehensive program which we are just beginning to embark on. Staff have taken part in a pre-assessment audit of those things that we are doing well in the school and areas to target for improvement. Senior students will also have input into this process. This data will help us to frame the delivery plan as we prioritise short, medium and long term goals. What we particularly like about the Friendly Schools program is that it is entirely aligned with the Government’s child protection curriculum with lots of strategies and activities that can be embedded into each classes health curriculum. It also aligns with the Australian Curriculum and the PYP. We also love that it is evidence based, supported by rigorous research. It is an intentional, long-term approach to strengthening a positive culture within our school rather than a toolbox of ‘quick fix solutions’ (which are usually fun but not lasting). There will be more information coming out about this program as we get fully underway.
Classroom Snapshot – Ms Abby Beames’ 1/2 Class
‘Our Choices Affect Our Wellbeing’
In Year 1/2 we have been learning about how we can stay well physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually. So far, we have investigated good and bad foods and have talked about being active. We have also created our own emotional thermometers, and reflected on our different emotions.
We have also had a special guest, Mrs Fiona Lloyde (GSLS Chaplain) come into our class and share with us about being well. We then reflected what we are doing when we personally feel well and have written/drawn these around ‘ourselves’.
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 5 – Monday 24th February 2020|
|Communicator||You were a communicator when you confidently expressed your ideas and presented your Show and Tell. You patiently waited for your turn and listened to others. You worked well with your classmates and your buddies.|
Henry and Rylan were deeply concerned about some destruction in Eden and they made every effort to fix the damage, showing their deep compassion and commitment to Good Shepherd and God’s creation.
|3/4||Priya Rathjen||Caring||Priya shows genuine care for all of her peers and will always look for ways to help others and around the classroom.|
|5/6||Millie Scholz||Caring||Millie showed great care for her peers this week when she offered to share her ideas with those in need and has used kind words.|
|6/7||Fletcher Smith||Caring||Fletcher was caring when he worked with the Foundation students during House Day practice to calm and support some students who were anxious and nervous about joining in.|
|Week 6 – Monday 2nd March 2020|
|Caring||Elsa shows care for others when they are upset or hurt. She comforts them and is kind and considerate. Elsa also packs things away and takes care of her belongings.|
|1/2||Dylan Leggett||Principled||Dylan critically thinks about his choices and encourages his classmates to do the same. His maturity takes responsibility for his actions and is a respectful leader in our class.|
|3/4||Ruby Bawden||Principled||Ruby has demonstrated that she is principled by always putting in her best effort towards any task, cooperating well with all of her peers and standing up for what she believes is right.|
|5/6||Jaslyn Grundel||Communicator||Jaslyn’s written response after our guest speaker’s visit in Unit of Inquiry was excellent. She communicated her thoughts and ideas beautifully.|
|Communicators||Erin, Aaliyah and Isabella demonstrated being strong communicators and leaders as they worked with the Foundation students on Shrove Tuesday to create pancakes, giving up their recess and lunchtime to help out.|
Hope you are having a good week. The article chosen for the newsletter is on ‘strengthening kids’ self-esteem in a digital world.
Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas, one of Australia’s most trusted sources of parenting education and support. As part of this membership, all the parents in this school community can attend some fantastic webinars in 2020 at no cost. We’re pleased to let you know about an upcoming webinar.
Future-proofing your child
This century is characterised by disruptive change that is turning our world upside down. Jobs aren’t just changing, whole industries are ceasing to exist. The scripts for success are being rewritten on a daily basis in our families, at work and in life. In this webinar Nikki Bush teaches parents what to expect and how to support their kids to thrive in a future world of work.
Key learning and discussion points include:
- Developing a client care strategy that builds and sustains long-term relationships
- How teachers can engage parents in their child’s learning
- Building confidence to conduct sensitive conversations with parents about their children’s learning, wellbeing and behaviour
- Effective methods to support parents with many of their common parenting and family issues
- Techniques to overcome parent negativity and turn adversaries into advocates for the teacher and school
Award-winning speaker and bestselling author
Click this link to view the video overview: https://vimeo.com/376706791
Wednesday 18 March 2020 at 8:00PM AEDT
Redeem your webinar now – it’s easy
- Click this link:
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- Click ‘View cart’
- Enter the voucher code FUTURE and click ‘Apply’
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This offer is valid until 18 June 2020. If you’re unable to make the broadcast time, just register anyway and you will get access to the recording.
Please take the opportunity that our school has taken part of to help us learn, grow and flourish.
Have a great week.
Gods richest blessing,
Action in the PYP
Action, the core of student agency, is integral to the Primary Years Programme (PYP) learning process and to the programme’s overarching outcome of international-mindedness. Through taking individual and collective action, students come to understand the responsibilities associated with being internationally minded and to appreciate the benefits of working with others for a shared purpose. When students see tangible actions that they can choose to take to make a difference, they see themselves as competent, capable and active agents of change (Oxfam 2015).
Action gives students the opportunity to show they have linked their learning to real-life issues and opportunities. Action can be short or long term, revisited or ongoing. It may be individual or collective, small or large scale and may take place at home, at school or in local or wider communities. Some actions may not always be visible or immediately impactful; they might appear in the form of impressions left on students, or small things that go unnoticed because they are part of the daily life of the learning community. Action can take many forms and some examples of this can include:
- a change in attitude
- a consideration or plan for action in the future
- a demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for self, others and the environment
- an engagement in school decision-making or an expression of support in community, local and global decision-making.
For many inquiry topics action is not immediate, it may happen sometime after the inquiry. Action may also not happen at school, it could occur at home or in the community. It is important for teachers that we can be made aware of any actions students may be taking outside of school to support connections being made and develop skills. For this reason we ask that if you are aware of any action your student may be taking as a result of an inquiry then please let the teachers know. This could just be a quick SeeSaw message or email. Actions don’t have to be on a large scale, for example while completing a unit on how our choices affect the environment your child may tell you not to use too much soft plastic, or turn off the tap so you don’t waste water.
It is important that the whole learning community is responsive in recognising, appreciating and supporting action.
On Friday 21 February we were very fortunate to be able to provide our Foundation, Year 4 and other new students with bibles.
The bibles were again kindly donated on behalf of the Springton Lutheran Women’s Fellowship, Eden Valley Lutheran Women’s Fellowship and the Angaston, Gnadenberg, Gruenberg, Keyneton, Eden Valley and Springton congregations. We are truly grateful and appreciative of the continued support of our congregations.
We would also like to thank Pastor Peter Ziersch, Sue Marschall, Glenda Oberscheidt and Maralyn Bartholomaeus for taking the time to come along and present the bibles.
This fortnight we learn some more about our school Librarian and LSO, Mrs Rachel John.
Issue 2 of the Scholastic Book Club magazine was sent out this Thursday afternoon, be sure to have a look at what’s new and exciting in the universe of books! As I’ve mentioned before all dollars spent equates to free money we can spend as a school to resource the library and beyond. We are always so thankful for your help in this way.
Issue 2 orders are due back to the front office via the classroom trays by Thursday 19th March (week 8).
Just a reminder, if you are paying with cash or cheque please complete the order form at the back of the magazine and place in an envelope with the correct cash money OR cheques made payable to Scholastic Australia.
If you are paying by credit card, please follow the LOOP instructions on the order form. If you do this, there is no need to fill out the order form or send anything back to school.
No telephone orders.
All orders will be sent home via the class trays once they arrive. If you would prefer to collect the book club order yourself, please write PARENT PICK UP and your name and number on the form.
LOOP orders can be made for ‘parent pick up’ too, just click GIFT ORDER once you have entered your child’s details.
Library and Resources Coordinator
A big THANK YOU those families in our school community that were able to spend some time over the weekend to work on the Angaston Show gates on Saturday or assisting with the pony poo cleanup on Sunday. With all your help we will have raised a massive $1,500! Well done everyone.
You may have recently noticed our two new sets of tables and benches in the playground. We all share in a sense of achievement and pride when we see improvements that directly benefit our students. Of course none of these improvements are possible without the hard work of our P&F. We are truly grateful and appreciative!
Anne and staff also enjoyed their time at the Angaston Show getting crafty and spreading the Good Shepherd love in our community along with our friends from the Angaston Early Learning Centre.
|WEEK 7 – FRIDAY 13th MARCH|
Veggie sticks, cream cheese and Jatz.
|LUNCH:||Tacos – taco shell filled with beef taco mince, lettuce, tomato, cheese and carrot.||$2.00|
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
We are blessed with a very dedicated and hardworking staff at Good Shepherd and I think you would agree, they constantly go that extra mile to support students and their families. While we appreciate and value their commitment it is important they preserve a healthy work/life balance to ensure they have the time they need for renewal and recreation with their own families. With this in mind last year we implemented new guidelines for communicating with staff outside of their work hours. Staff have been asked not to respond to emails received on weekends or before 7.30am and after 6.00pm on weekdays. There may be up to a 24 hour turn around on response. If the matter is urgent then parents are to contact the Principal who will make the determination if it warrants sharing with the staff member. Good Shepherd is committed to providing an environment for its staff, students and the wider community that enhances well-being and we believe this initiative has a positive impact for all.
Classroom Opening Times
- Please note that classrooms are opened by teachers each morning at 8.40am when supervision is provided until lessons commence at 8.55am.
- Classrooms are not able to be accessed until 8.40am when teacher supervision commences.
- Bus students arriving at school prior to this time are to wait in the school Atrium. This area is protected and shaded from the weather.
- Angaston Child Care & ELC are conveniently situated close to the school and provide before school care.
Angaston Child Care & Early Learning Centre: 422 Valley Road, Angaston SA 5353
Director: Suzy Linke
Phone: 08 8564 3387
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 6.00pm
Finance and Administration News
School Fees – Term 1 2020
School Fees for Term 1 have been emailed out to families. Please see Sarah Loveday if you have not yet received your fee statement.
Term 1 fees are due to be paid by Friday 6th March 2020.
If you have not yet enrolled your Foundation child for 2021 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.
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.
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.
Riding and Walking Safely to/from School
Just a friendly reminder about ensuring that your children are riding and walking safely to and from school. This includes before and after school hours. We have received reports of a ‘near miss’ in the past week and would appreciate you reminding your children to be careful when on, around or near all roads. Further information about road safety can be found on the following link from the Raising Children Network. https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/safety/outdoor-safety/bikes-scooters-skateboards
All students are required to bring a hat to school from mid August to the end of April when the UV levels tend to be 3 or above. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, Slap, 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 lunch or any outdoor activity between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
– Loan hats are not provided by the school.
Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|8.45am HC||Moculta visit to Forster|
|7.30pm Lenten service at Gruenberg|
KEVS Service Times
|10.00am LR||11.00am LR||9.15am LR|
|7.30pm Lenten service at Gruenberg|
|11.00am||9.00am HC||12.30pm Lunch
Building Blocks Playgroup
This week we made our very own hungry caterpillars. They crunched and munched all morning. Maybe we will see some cocoons next week?
Planned activities for the next two weeks:
Monday 9 March 2020
No Playgroup due to Public Holiday
Monday 16 March 2020
St Patrick’s Day Craft