Good Shepherd Grapevine – 6 February 2020
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- ABDELMALEK: Sonya, Leo and Sam
- AHRNS: Serena, Quentin and Jayden
- ALEXANDER: Jeremy, Kate, William and Grace
- ATYEO: Melinda, Craig, Imogen, Gypsy and Heath
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Abby Beames – 1/2 Teacher
- Naomi Guglielmo – 5/6 Teacher
- We pray for all our families and students as they settle back into another school year. We especially pray for our newest families and students as they embrace our wonderful school community.
4 Calum Klose
18 William Alexander
22 William Linke
27 Sienna Boyd
31 Isla Boyd
31 Olivia Harvey
2 Asia Kuchar
5 Cooper Jachmann
7 Angela Linke
10 Elsa Penna
14 Alexander Johnson
18 William McCarthy
26 Max Gaston
26 Fletcher Smith
26 Tillie Waechter
23 Aimee Gripton
25 Jaden Brandon
1 John Lewis
17 Angela Linke
What a great start we have had to the 2020 school year. The first day began with an opening chapel service where we installed our new teachers, Abby Beames and Naomi Guglielmo and our new Lutheran School Officer, Rachel John. We also officially installed Renee Barry and Sonya Abdelmalek as Lutheran School Officers. (Since the opening chapel service Selena Grundel has also joined staff as a Lutheran Schools Officer for 2020). At the opening service we shared with the students some changes to the way in which we will enter and leave from worship this year with a focus on a peaceful and respectful transition from chapel services. During the announcements Mr Evans presented the School Captains: Will Alexander and Stevie Schwartz and the House Captains for George: Ben Noack and Thomas Gaston, Fife: Bella Mathews and Maya Klose and Angas: Mackenzie Edwards and Kaitlin Schultz, with their badges. Congratulations to each of these students. We thank God for the gifts that He has given to the students and look forward to experiencing their leadership in the school community during this year.
This year we have been joined by new families in several classes and look forward to getting to know these children and their families.
One way of quickly making new friends is through our annual Aloha Night, starting tomorrow from 4.00pm. Now in its third year I think we can call it a ‘tradition’ at Good Shepherd. This is a lovely evening where families can relax in our beautiful grounds 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.
Over the Christmas break a new automated alarm/bell/PA system was installed. This will be effective in all areas of the school including the Shepherds Hub and German room and even as far as EDEN. These are areas we have always had to physically run down to to alert staff and students during drills. The new system is not only practical for students and teachers (having bells to start and finish school periods and a PA system for admin messages) but a massive improvement to student wellbeing and safety being able to sound an alarm that can be heard everywhere. We are very grateful for the School Capital Grant funding through our State Government that enabled this project to go ahead.
This term we have commenced our new timetable while the school day starts and ends at the same time, we have incorporated a longer playtime earlier in the day and shortened the lunch playtime. We are trialling this following feedback from other schools who have found that students are often kept indoors missing much of their lunch playtime in the Summer months when temperatures are higher later in the day. Having a longer play time earlier in the day before the heat kicks in allows the students to get the break that they need. Schools following this model have also reported a significant decrease in behavioural incidents between students during lunch play as the break is shorter later in the day when students are tired and less resilient. Lessons commence at 9.00am to 10.50am students have a 10-minute eating time followed by a play time from 11.00am to 11.40am. Lessons recommence at 11.40am until 1.30pm when students will have a 10-minute eating time followed by a shorter play time from 1.40pm – 2.00pm. Lessons then recommence until the end of the day at 3.30pm. Although the number of hours for instruction remains the same, the learning period in the afternoon is shorter. This is typically the part of the day when teachers find student concentration is lowest. As always, any changes that we introduce at Good Shepherd are to benefit our students in their learning outcomes and general wellbeing. We will trial this change for 2020 and track the data, especially in regard to student behaviours.
May God bless Sonya, Rachel, Abby, Renee and Naomi as they serve at Good Shepherd.
2020 School Captains
William Alexander and Stevie Schwarz accepting their School Captain badges.
2020 House Captains
George – Ben Noack (Captain) Thomas Gaston (Vice Captain).
Fife – Isabella Mathews (Captain) Maya Klose (Vice Captain).
Angas – Mackenzie Edwards (Captain) Kaitlin Schultz (Vice Captain).
Welcome to the following new students and their families:
Rebecca and Benjamin Klemm (Charlie)
Kelly and Jason Mathews (Annie)
Bonita, Barry and Trish Penna (Elsa)
Helen and Daniel Pitman (Sophie)
Tracy and Jarred Rathjen (Jobe)
Jemma and Jarred Schroeder (Matita)
Serena and Darren Boyd (Isla)
Melissa and Michael Emmett (Isla)
Other Year Levels
Julie and Troy Maddern (Felix Year 1/Rian Year 4)
Kelly-Ann and Leigh Waechter (Tillie) Year 4
Danielle and Jason Spiteri (Thomas) Year 2
Welcome to our Foundation Class
Our newest students enjoyed spending some time getting to know each other in the playground.
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Naomi Guglielmo’s 5/6 Class
Welcome to a new term, and new year…2020. It has already been a really lovely start to the year, seeing so many happy faces that seem eager to learn. I am looking forward to this year and what God has in store for us all.
This week’s newsletter written by Bob and Debby Gass.
The secret of having joy.
‘A Merry heart does good, like medicine.’
Proverbs 17:22 NKJV
The Bible says, ‘A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.’ Do you know that laughter is such good medicine that it can help to relieve stress, cure headaches, fight infections and alleviate hypertension? Some doctors tell us laughing produces physical benefits similar to the benefits we get from vigorous physical exercise. When you throw your head back and laugh out loud, the muscles in the abdomen, chest, shoulders, and elsewhere in your body contract, while your heart rate and blood pressure increase. Just one burst of laughter can cause your pulse rate to double from 60 to 120, while your systolic blood pressure can shoot from a normal 120 to 200. Then once you stop laughing your heartbeat and blood pressure dip below normal-signalling reduced stress. God created laughter because He know it’s good for your health. Don’t, however, confuse happiness with merriment. Merriment comes from joy, not happiness, and understanding this is crucial to your emotional well-being. There are times when we can’t and shouldn’t be happy – when people are hurting, going through tragedy, or losing jobs and loved ones. In the face of injustice, happiness is inappropriate, if not impossible. Yet the joy that comes from knowing that you are unconditionally loved and accepted by God enables you to remain joyful.
(1) Happiness is external; joy is internal.
(2) Happiness depends on outward circumstances; joy depends on inward character.
(3) Happiness depends on what happens to us; joy depends on who lives within us.
(4) Happiness is based on chance; joy is based on choice. So today – choose joy!
Gods richest blessing for 2020,
This year we welcome Mrs Naomi Guglielmo to the Good Shepherd community.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB
Scholastic Book Club gives your child an opportunity to engage in reading in many forms! They have a range of quality books, software, games and gifts to support your child’s learning in this area.
Scholastic Book Club magazines will be distributed twice a term, coming home with your child via their classroom tray.
Issue 1 has come home already (hopefully!) and any orders for this issue need to be returned to the front office via the classroom trays by Tuesday 11th February (week 3).
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.
PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE
It is that time of year again when we start thinking about the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2020.
Foundation class do not need to worry about completing the challenge at home, we will complete it with students during class and library time.
Year 1-7 have to read 12 books, 8 from the PRC list and 4 free choice. The PRC books have stickers on them marked with the appropriate year level but don’t hesitate to ask if you are needing help finding suitable books.
Each student will be given a Readers Record sheet as soon as they become available (probably their first library borrowing lesson in week 3).
I am encouraging students to complete this in term 1, which roughly equals 1.09 books a week. If students hand in their signed from during Term 1 they will receive a special incentive!
Once you have completed the challenge see Mrs John to complete an activity. This year the activity will be around the Book Week theme “Curious creatures. Wild minds”.
Medals and certificates will be presented in term 4.
Many thanks and Happy reading!
Library and Resource Coordinator
New School Timetable
|WEEK 2 – FRIDAY 7th FEBRUARY|
Fruit Cup – watermelon, strawberries and grapes.
|LUNCH:||Nachos – corn chips served with bolognaise sauce, grated cheese and sour cream.||$3.50|
|WEEK 3 – FRIDAY 14th FEBRUARY|
|RECESS:||Scones served with raspberry jam and cream.||2 halves for $1.00|
|LUNCH:||Bacon and Vegetable Fritters – Two bacon, zucchini, corn and cheese fritters served with lettuce, cherry tomatoes, carrot and cucumber.||$3.50
(Additional Fritter 50 cents)
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
Finance and Administration News
School Fees for Term 1 will be emailed out to families by Week 4. Please see Sarah Loveday if you need to discuss payment arrangements.
If you have not yet enrolled your 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. 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.
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.
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.
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
|February 9||8.45am HC
|February 16||10.30am HC
KEVS Service Times
|February 9||9.00am HC||5.30pm||11.00am|
|February 16||5.30pm||11.00am HC||9.15am HC|