Good Shepherd Grapevine – 6 June 2019
This Week’s Rattling – Playground
This week our rattling is “Playground”. My favourite part of primary school was the playground and break times – and from what I can tell, this still rings true for many kids today! Whether it be chasey on the fort, four-square by the sport shed or footy and cricket on the oval, the playground was the lure that just kept hooking me! My problem was that I wasn’t the most coordinated of boys and would often have scrapes or bruises (some would say not much has changed)! In fact, at one stage in about Year 4 I had two black eyes and an egg on my head due to being hit twice in the same spot on my forehead by a cricket ball that we had snuck out at lunch time!
I love the following devotional which I found at Proverbs31.org which tells how a little girl went from a box of bandaids to the Bible in an attempt to help her peers with their playground mishaps.
Because Band-Aids Can’t Fix Everything
by Alicia Bruxvoort
“For You, O Eternal One, have come to my aid and offered me relief.” Psalm 86:17b
When our daughter, Hannah, was in kindergarten, we lovingly called her “Little Nightingale.”
She may have been an elementary-school rookie, but it didn’t take long for our 6-year-old to realise that recess is both the happiest and most hazardous time of day. While a playground is the perfect palette for sliding and swinging, chasing and racing, it can quickly become a canvas of boo-boos and tears.
It was this unspoken paradox that prompted Hannah to create her own “kindergarten first-aid kit.” She emptied an old plastic pencil box and filled it with Band-Aids and cotton swabs, gauze strips and tissues. Then she slipped it into her backpack right beside her library books and lunch box.
Without flamboyance or fanfare, Hannah carried that little pencil box out to recess each day, and she looked for kindergartners in need. She tended to bruised elbows and stubbed toes, monkey bar mishaps and merry-go-round woes.
And when we gathered around our kitchen table after school, our Little Nightingale often told tales of kindergarten calamities. She spoke of Gracie’s slip from the swings and Johnny’s run-in with a tree, Samantha’s bloody nose and David’s skinned knee. Hannah never seemed to run out of classmates in a fix. Nor did she run out of mercy.
But as the school year progressed, we began noticing Hannah’s recess reports were shifting in a subtle way. Our tender-hearted girl spoke less about her classmates’ scrapes and scabs and more about their bruised feelings and aching hearts.
It was as if our Little Nightingale began to realise that the greatest wounds on the playground weren’t always the bloodied lips or the clumsy trips, but the saddened spirits and the heavy hearts.
Maybe that’s why I eventually discovered a bright orange shoebox in Hannah’s backpack where that plastic pencil box had always been.
“Oh, that’s my new first aid kit,” Hannah replied with a shrug of her shoulders.
“It’s so heavy!” I exclaimed. “Are you carrying Band-Aids made of steel?”
“No-oooo, Mom,” she said with a giggle. She took the box out of my hands and set it on the counter. Then she lifted the lid to reveal what lay inside. “I put my Bible in there,” she said, “Cause a Band-Aid can’t fix everything, ya know.”
She held my gaze for a moment and then skipped off to play with her sister, leaving me alone with that bulky orange box and a kindergartner’s wisp of wisdom.
I stared at that well-worn children’s Bible tucked beneath a pile of Band-Aids and cotton balls, bandages and tissues, and I thought of all the times in my own life I’d opened God’s Word with a hurting heart and a cry for help. And I felt a lump of tears rising in my throat as I realised the timeless truth of my daughter’s words.
We may have hurts our friends can’t fix or wounds our family can’t bind. But we have a God who sees our pain (Genesis 16:13) and a Heavenly Father who hears our cries (Psalm 18:6).
And when we seek Him on the pages of His Word, He meets us in the depth of our need.
Psalm 86:17b reminds us we can secure tonics for our troubles and seek mends for our mishaps, but our source of surest aid is the One who loved us first — “For You, O Eternal One, have come to my aid and offered me relief.”
So the next time we find ourselves in need of a little spiritual first aid, let’s reach for our Bibles and seek God’s presence.
Let’s allow God’s truth to mend our hearts and buoy our hope.
Because according to a Little Nightingale I know, Band-Aids just can’t fix everything.
Dear Jesus, help me turn to You first when I’m in need. Give me a hunger for Your Word. Use Your timeless truth to buoy my soul, bind my wounds, and make me whole. I love You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This fortnight, staff and student’s pray for:
- KUCHAR: Sarah, Chris, Romek, Piotr and Asia
- KUHN: Rachel, Steven and Aaliyah
- LADE: Bridgette, Lachlan, Mason and Dillon
- LEGGETT: Tammy, Chris, Riley, Georgia and Dylan
STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
- Brenton Klau – Cleaner/Bus Driver
- Melissa Emmett – Foundation Teacher
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Rebecca Klemm – PE Teacher
- Please join us as we pray for Cheryl and Malcolm Scholz and family as they grieve following the passing of Malcolm’s mother.
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
As we enter the Winter months it takes a lot more effort to maintain your ’positive mojo.’ The days are cold and dark. It’s harder to get out of bed in the mornings and most of us are fighting off one lurgy or another. Normally nice people become demanding and narky and before you know it you’re out of sorts with yourself and everyone else. It’s the same in schools too. Everything’s easier in the Summer terms. The sun is shining (no inside dreary play), the days are brighter and lighter and everyone’s more tolerant.
At Good Shepherd we’ve always recognised the importance of intentionally building a positive school atmosphere. The ‘spirit of the school’ should be healthy but we know that this often requires a little help along the way. This is why we have built extra-curricular fun events into our school year. They become traditions that we look forward to, sitting above the winter doldrums. One of these events is ‘House Day’. It’s a day where we laugh together, competing in our House teams but ultimately united as a school family. This year’s House Day was no exception.
Students from George, Fife and Angas entertained us with a wonderfully diverse range of acts. These included singing, dancing, mime, jujitsu, magic, hula-hooping, basketball, musical instruments and gymnastics. We were joined by celebrity judges, Captain America and Bat Girl, much to the delight of the children. This year George House won the competition, but we all came away smiling so the spirit of the school was definitely the overall winner!
As reported at the end of last year, we received a significant federal government grant last year that we were able to use for capital works within the school. Some of this money was put towards new furnishings for the Foundation to year four classrooms and break out spaces. The remainder has now been expended on agile, new furnishings for the year five to seven classrooms and break out area, supporting learners to collaborate in a variety of environments and helping teachers to create flexible and visible learning spaces. We were also able to have cushions made up for the benches under the big picture window in the library. This will be the perfect place for students to snuggle up comfortably with a good book in the winter (and summer and autumn and spring) months!
I am holding ‘Principal’s Tours’ at 9.30am and 5.00pm on June 20th. Enrolments for our 2020 Foundation class are quickly filling so if you know of someone who is interested either in starting in February or in July for the (6 terms) mid-year Foundation intake, why not invite them to come along to a tour and see our beautiful school in action? If they would prefer a personal tour these can be booked at any time by appointment.
Classroom Snapshot – Foundation and 6/7 Class with Schuletüten
As it is a German tradition to receive a Schultüte (a paper cone) full of lollies and stationery on the first day of school, the year 6/7 class started the year off by working together to create Schultüten for the new Foundation class with a few goodies inside.
The Foundation class have been learning German through their class unit of inquires this semester. They have been looking at similarities and difference between German and English as well as similarities and differences of information about themselves and others. This term we are learning about communication, in particular, how we can communicate ourselves in German and who we can communicate with in German.
The year 1/2 class have been having fun this semester with 2 new friends in their German classroom, Felix und Franzi. Felix and Fanzi are 2 hand puppets that help teach the students German and live in a German Briefkasten (letter box) in the German room. Students particularly enjoy getting the chance at the start of a lesson to greet the other students in German with the puppets. The year 1/2 class have learnt about the 5 senses in German as part of their first unit of inquiry, Greetings and Animals.
The year 3/4 class have been linking in with their units of inquiry so far this semester. They have learnt about their hobbies in German and sorted them in relation to physical, mental and social health. This term they are inquiring into animals including endangered animals and how to describe them in German.
The year 5/6/7s started off the year by learning German grammar, looking at German verbs and how they change with pronouns. This term we have been inquiring into animals, first looking at their names in German and how to describe them. Now they are learning about food chains and food webs and are working towards explaining who is eating who in German.
In the last two weeks of term one all students learnt about Easter in Germany. One German tradition they learnt about was the Oster Baum (Easter tree). Students then decorated paper eggs and hung them on a tree in the Front Office as one of their activities.
Congratulations to the following students that received IB Learner Profile awards for Week 5 and 6:
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Cooper Jachmann – Inquirer – Cooper showed an understanding of our Unit of Inquiry topic and related aspects of his life to it. He clearly explains ideas to others and asks questions to learn more about how we communicate.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Hunter McMartin – Risk Taker – Hunter showed he was a risk taker when he overcame his uncertainty to speak confidently at Chapel. He is showing that he is becoming more resilient when faced with challenges and change and working cooperatively with others.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Jadon Brandon – Reflective – Jadon showed the ability to be reflective last week. After being provided with constructive feedback Jadon made a big effort to improve his work ethic and quality.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
Blake Perryman – Caring – Blake has been caring and thoughtful to those around him and many have appreciated his friendship.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Charlize Campbell – Inquiry – Charlize demonstrated inquiry through her work on her final assessment task on the human body. She worked extremely hard and displayed fantastic work ethics to create a highly detailed report and never being satisfied with anything less than perfect.
Foundation Class – Mrs Melissa Emmett
Asia Kuchar – Principled – You are helpful and respectful towards the property of others and of the school You share your belongings with others. You tell the truth and are fair. You act with a strong sense of fairness and justice.
1/2 Class – Mrs Dearne Prior
Bella Harvey – Risk Taker – Bella showed she was a risk taker when she overcame her uncertainty to perform a gymnastics routine at House Day.
3/4 Class – Mrs Renae Ruediger
Sam Swincer – Inquirer – Sam was an inquirer when using the greenscreen app. He explored the app and discovered ways to make his creation even more creative.
5/6 Class – Mr Dan Hausler
William McCarthy – Communicator – It was fantastic to see William up on stage and shining during his magic show as part of House Day.
6/7 Class – Mr Jayden Evans
Stevie Schwarz – Risk Taker – Stevie demonstrated risk taking last week during House Day with her dance performance and her work on stage taking real courage and determination.
Wellbeing – House Day
I am sure if you were fortunate enough to have attended last Friday’s House Day you will agree with me – it was simply SUPER! We had acts including magic tricks, ventriloquism, dances, singing, musical interests and more! The students deserve to be congratulated on the time and effort that went in to perfecting their performances.
I’ve had people ask why we have House Day, and I am sure if you saw event and felt the atmosphere you would back me up that the event has so many benefits.
Firstly, it allows students to experience being risk-takers and develops their communication skills. They are performing skills in front of an audience – I am sure we have all faced that daunting experience! Their beaming faces after their performance proved that each and every one of them were winners on the day.
Secondly, it allows the audience to show respect and care for those peers who are performing. The cheers were loud and warm on Friday! This also helps build up the self-esteem of the performers and allows their peers to recognise talents that may have generally been well hidden.
House Day also allows our House Captains to develop their leadership skills. They were fantastic right throughout the journey to House Day last Friday. They organised announcements that they delivered at assembly, designed the posters that were hung around the school, spoke to our “guest judges” to invite them to the event, sacrificed their break times to sign up the House Day acts and then again to watch them at the compulsory rehearsal and then managed the running of House Day. The cooperation that they demonstrated and confidence they mustered is a credit to who these fantastic people are. The House Captains deserve a massive pat on the back as they were responsible for much of House Day’s success.
Finally, House Day is great because it allows our staff to spend time with our students in a more casual atmosphere. Each year staff have been more than happy to be a bit silly and dress up to be our “celebrity judges”. Batgirl and Captain America were no exception this year, and I thank them for that. We also get to see our kids shine in areas that we don’t get to see in and around the classroom very often. This provides us with conversation starters to help us further develop the relationships and mutual respect with the amazing children in our care.
Once again, a big thank you to all who contributed to House Day 2019 – House Captains, staff, parents and students. We look forward with anticipation to the 2020 version!
House Day Coordinator
An interesting read on REST.
How to help your child rest.
Kids who are terrified of getting in trouble, are terrible at resting. A child who strives to always do right in every single area at all times is almost always an exhausted child. As Deborah McNamara puts it, “A child who is made to work for love and approval by meeting parental demands, negates any chance of true rest.”
What does a child striving look like?
Children strive for love in all sorts of ways. They might try to work out how to stay out of any trouble at all. Maybe they’re performing to get praise.
What do parents need to watch?
Comparison can spark unhealthy competition and striving amongst siblings.
There are unintended consequences to the small things that we say and do. It’s great to celebrate your children when they succeed, but make sure you embrace them when they don’t too. It’s also great to see the unique strengths of each of your children, but comparison can spark unhealthy competition and striving amongst siblings.
Children can feel obliged to copy us, and can adjust who they are to fit our expectations. This can outwork itself in signing up for sports they don’t actually want to play – believe me, I’ve been there. When I was a child I did whatever I could to be like my dad. I played soccer, not because I had a deep burning desire to, but because dad did.
How do we help children come into true rest?
We let them know that we love them no matter what.
We let them know that we love them no matter what. That there is a place for them in the family that nobody else can fill. Tell them that, and write it out somewhere for them to see. It always helps to have visual reminders of truth.
We get in first before they’re ‘hungry’. Before they need a cuddle, we give it to them. We read to them before they ask for a story. A friend of mine meets her daughter every morning as soon as she wakes up, she asks, “How did you sleep?”. She lets her know that it’s going to be a great day and that they’ve got breakfast going downstairs. My friend is intentionally filling up her daughter’s emotional tank, and that is something that works a whole lot better than trying to parent a child with an empty tank.
We don’t hold children responsible for our feelings. When someone spills the milk, it’s easy to say, “Look what you’ve done! I just don’t know what to do with you these days. You’ve made me so upset.” Instead, acknowledge your own feelings, hold them, and hold yourself. Your child doesn’t have the capacity to manage their feelings yet, let alone yours.
We accept that it will take time for your child to mature and grow. There’s no shortcut to maturity, and as parents, we’re there to offer hope and patience.
We encourage our kids to be themselves. Not a version of ourselves, or someone in the family that everybody admires. We offer our children an invitation to exist in our presence as they are.
Take Care & God’s Richest Blessings,
Fiona Lloyde (Chaplain)
Barossa Bush Gardens Reconciliation Week Celebrations
On Wednesday 5th June our Foundation, Year 1/2 and 6/7 classes attended the Barossa Bush Gardens Reconciliation Week celebrations. They watched the Welcome to Country ceremony and participated in art activities, bush food tastings and performed a song. This event linked with our Units of Inquiry with the Foundation class focusing on forms of communication. The 1/2 class focused on ways people are connected to places and the 6/7 class on practices and values for Indigenous Australians.
Scholastic Book Club Issue 4 is out now.
Orders need to be returned to the school by 13th June.
There are 2 ways to order;
1. Fill out the order form on the back page. Rip it out and return to the school with cash.
2. 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.
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.
DCSI Screening (formerly Police Checks)
A DCSI screening clearance is now required for volunteers who assist in the school or would like to volunteer for class camps etc. Free screening for volunteers are now available through the Department of Human Resources. The Screening Unit processes most applications within 3 weeks, however it may take longer. Our school is registered for online screening and will initiate the online screening application on behalf of the applicant.
When the school has completed the application, you will receive an email with login and password details. This will allow you to log in to the portal and complete your application.
If you would like us to initiate your DCSI screening please contact Sarah or Danette at the front office with your full name, date of birth and email address.
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.
|WEEK 7 – FRIDAY 14th JUNE|
|RECESS:||Trail Mix – Pop Corn, pretzels, dried apricots & sultanas.||$1.50|
|LUNCH:||Fried Rice with Sweet and Sour Chicken.||$4.00|
|WEEK 8 – FRIDAY 21st JUNE|
|LUNCH:||BBQ Sausages with mashed potato, carrots, corn cob, peas and gravy.||$3.50|
Drinks can be ordered on your order form 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 – 0.50cents each – Available to purchase on Fridays at lunchtime. No pre-orders.
Uniform Reminder – Shoes
Please note that our current School Uniform Requirements policy states the following regarding acceptable black leather lace up school shoes.
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces are to be worn by boys and girls all year. The shoes must be of a plain style that can be polished with shoe polish, hence suede is not acceptable. Black leather sneakers that can be polished are acceptable.
Black leather lace-up school shoes with black laces (as above)
Plain style, black leather T-bar shoes sold as a school shoe. These must also be leather that can be polished (as above). These are not to be a fashion shoe (not patent leather). Pull on boots are NOT acceptable.
Black leather lace-up shoes with black laces (as above)
Pull on boots are acceptable.
Don’t miss out! Return your Pie Drive Order Forms tomorrow.
Save the Date…
Local Church Services Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|June 9||8.45am HC||10:30am HC|
KEVS Service Times
|June 9||10:30am HC @ Keyneton|
|June 16||9.00am HC Family Service||11.00am|
Monday 10 June
Monday 17 June
Let’s Go Camping
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.